Adventures in the Good Life

The Engineer and I just got home last night from another weekend down in Nebraska.  Mostly we went to see his family and so I could get some practice in shooting my broad head tipped arrows.  It’s easy to find places to practice shooting in town, but broad head practice is essential….however hard to do when you live in town.  Enter…..The Engineer’s Dad’s house and land outta town.  Plus, there were plenty of pumpkins for target practice.

Anyway, Saturday was cold and rainy, so we filled the day with shopping!!!!  It doesn’t do much for practicing “being comfortable being uncomfortable” while hunting, but when fun shopping is so close it’s hard to want to stand out in the blowing rain shooting pumpkins.   The Engineer had never been to Trader Joe’s before, so I decided he needed to experience it all, and I needed to refill on some snackies!

Remember that one time I went to Trader Joe’s and accidentally bought the unsalted peanut butter filled pretzels and they were sorta sad?!  Well, I fixed that, actually paid attention to what I was doing, and got 2 bags of the blue, salted pretzels!  We had to get 2 bags this time because The Engineer really likes peanut butter, and it was the only snack that he actually admitted that he wanted from the store.  It took him a couple minutes to warm up to the whole excitement that is Trader Joe’s…….he felt out of place amongst the hipsters and health mommas.

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SO, SO, GOOD!

I snagged a bag of trail mix, and I’m having severe regrets about not grabbing a couple more bags.  It must be their fall seasonal variety.  Actually, most of the store aisles were slightly over run with pumpkin spice-esk things.  Soups, sauces, pasta, spice mix, beer, pop tarts…..if you want it pumpkin spice flavored Trader Joe’s currently has it.  Don’t get me wrong, I like pumpkin spice just fine, but I don’t necessarily need it to overrun everything in my life.  I did make an exception for Harvest Spice.  If you don’t know what that is, it’s apparently just candied pecans and cashews…..so basically…..deliciousness.  The trail mix is rounded out with almonds, dried apples, and candied ginger chunks.  The bag is basically gone after we munched on it during our running around Omaha and on the drive home.  I probably won’t make it back to Trader Joe’s before fall is over, so fingers crossed Harvest Spice sticks around into early winter!

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The Engineer really perked up when we got to the frozen section.  I had actually never seriously shopped the frozen section because I had always just been to a Trader Joe’s on vacation, but this time we came prepared!  We hauled down a cooler, mostly so we could bring back another haul of elk meat.  Couple that with the fact that instead of a hotel, we stay with him parents, and it meant that I could shop the frozen section for the first time ever!

Our frozen food finds are the orange chicken and steak and ale pies.  Orange chicken is one of The Engineer’s favorite Chinese entrees, so we snagged two bags.  He decided he wants to pair the bags with fried rice from Hy-Vee…or so I thought.  When he texted earlier and said he’d pick up rice on the way home I assumed he’d arrive with takeout boxes of rice.  Instead, he brought home a bag of rice and we had to quick whip up some fried rice….which we apparently did wrong.  It tasted alright, but got a little overcooked because we didn’t fry cold rice…….Google tells me that makes it better.  I had only had Trader Joe’s orange chicken once before, and I wasn’t a huge fan.  We whipped some up tonight with our rice and it still wasn’t my favorite.  I liked it more than I remembered, but I wouldn’t rank it as my all time favorite Chinese food.  It will probably get some jazzing up, but I think it will become a staple purchase item whenever we wind up at Trader Joe’s.

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A decent meal in a pinch, and something worth having in the freezer for lazy nights.

The steak and ale pies I decided to try.  They just looked so warm and wintery, and the box weighs about a ton so I’m assuming each pie is very well stuffed.  Also, my mild to moderate obsession with The Great British Baking Show, Marry Berry, and Paul Hollywood has me convinced that savory pies are a thing I need in my life.  They are always making these great King Henry VIII sized meat pie towers of delicious….I need that in my life.  I don’t even bake and I feel suddenly compelled to turn my kitchen into a prep center for some sort of great hall feast al la history books and Harry Potter!

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If you don’t watch this show, you need to!  Ready……Set…..BAKE!!!!

So……we shall start with frozen Trader Joe’s and move upward from there.  Frankly, I’m not even sure I like meat pies, and it’s much easier to find that out at this stage than halfway through feast prep!  Plus, they seem like they would go excellent with some mashed potatoes….and I’m currently rocking a slight surplus of potatoes.

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I didn’t even notice until now, but each pie is about half a pound!  Should make for a very nice, quick, winter dinner!

The last of my fall/winter snackies is a jug of apple cider.  Some nights it’s just nice to come home and mull up some cider, maybe throw in some rum, and curl up with a good book and a blanket.  I’m hopeful that this won’t be too sweet, I like my cider a bit on the tangy side, so we will try it out and see how it goes.  Worse comes to worse, just add more rum I guess!

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I rounded out the Trader Joe’s haul with a jar of my favorite salsa, the english toffee bars, and a few RX Bars.  All in all, a very successful shopping trip, and I think I converted The Engineer to the glories held within Trader Joe’s.

After Trader Joe’s, we scampered over to Cabela’s to scope out some turkey hunting supplies.  We did find a couple calls in the bargain cave, and I picked up a small multi-tool for my bow case.  I’m pretty sure I just annoyed him all the way back to Fremont trying to learn how to use my mouth call.  I’m not sure I sound very turkey-esk, but dying duck is a sound I’m pretty sure I have down.  There’s a couple weeks left of practice time, so maybe I’ll get my gobbling skills up to par.

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T minus 16 days till the season opens and 25 days until I hit the fields!!! 

 

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The Results are in and……

I DREW A TURKEY TAG!

I guess that means that The Engineer and I will be spending a weekend down in Bon Homme county hunting for a big fall tom!

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This is what I’m hoping to have not happen.  The Engineer and I spent a couple hours at one of the outdoor ranges yesterday working on making sure my bow is sighted in as accurately as possible for a few different distances and several different shooting positions.  Based on the poundage of my bow, I don’t feel comfortable making an ethic shot past 40 yards, but hopefully we can pull them in closer than that.  I’ll have a few more weeks of practice before the season opens, but I have some decisions to make until then…..namely choosing broad heads.

The Engineer is prepping for my big hunting adventure mostly by tent shopping.  We had discussed trying to camp out for the weekend we go hunting.  Momma’s house is in the adjacent county if things go really badly, but the running plan is to “rough it”.  To assist with that plan, he bought a tent!  To clarify, he bought a tent from Menards that was on sale for $20, because for $20 how could you not buy a 5 person tent?!  I’m cautiously supportive, however his new investment didn’t come with any rain protection.  Fall in SoDak can be a fickle bitch, so I guess we will just have to wait and see.  He assures me that tarps can be had if rain arrives….I’m maybe a bit less than convinced.

Speaking of hunting, The Engineer and I had a Halloween party to attend last night, and we channeled our inner hunters….

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Don’t mind my invisible upper lip….it’s there I promise, it’s just small. :/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bitch Faced Bestie and The Hubby in Law threw a themed diaper keg for their coming new little addition.  She loves Halloween, so of course the diaper keg was an early Halloween party!  The Engineer isn’t much for costumes and dressing up, so he got to wear some of his normal hunting clothes and I got to try out my makeup skills.  I feel like I did pretty well considering I never even did a practice run of this.  The antlers were a bit of a challenge, but luckily that’s why I have my engineer!

On a final note, a couple weeks ago I ordered myself some flowers!  My favorite place to get flowers, other than the farmer’s market downtown, is Bouqs.com!  They ship everything in bud form so your flowers will last and last.  The selection they offer changes seasonally, and they have quickly become the MisHappenings family standard place to order flowers from.  They were having a free upgrade sale and I have a couple gift cards on the website so I decided to treat myself to some fun fall flowers!

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Sunflowers!!!!!  And a baby MisHappenings with my Daddy! 

Like I said, the varieties of flowers available change all the time, and I’ve never been disappointed with the bouquets I’ve chosen.  If you are in the market for flowers, especially if like me you have an abundance of vases already squirreled in cabinets, you should definitely scope them out!

Besties, Babies, and Hunting?!

It’s just a short on tonight, it’s been a busy weekend!  

Lil B came to visit so that we could help celebrate Bitch Face Bestie’s soon to arrive baby!!

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Me and Loki the cat looking annoyed while Lil B looks cute!

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Lil B and the momma to be….while I apparently talk with my hands!

After all the festivities and hanging out, I did manage to freeze three quarts of tomatoes from my garden and finally got around to taking my archery safety class.  Sadly, I was late applying for a turkey license, so I wasn’t able to apply for my preferred county.  Well, actually my preferred county would have been the one I currently reside in, however we apparently don’t have a fall turkey season.  My next preference would have been the county I grew up in, but I didn’t get a license there.  The deadline for round 1 applications was September 15…..I’m always running just slightly behind schedule….it’s less than helpful!  Now, I guess we just wait and see if my name is drawn for an adjacent county. It should be a couple weeks before I hear anything….keep your fingers crossed!!!

Also, I have a major bone to pick with the Game, Fish and Parks Department!!  It shouldn’t be a two hour process to find out which counties have permits available, and where public hunting lands might be in those counties.  They do have a map, but it’s about the least helpful thing mankind has ever created.

Also, apparently in other states……like Nebraska…..your license is good mostly everywhere.  I wasn’t aware of that, but The Engineer is from Nebraska, and apparently hunting is an easier activity down there….or at least getting the licenses is a much easier activity!  South Dakota doesn’t roll that way.

If I do draw a license, it will only be good for one chunk of land.  If that’s the case, wouldn’t it make sense that those counties might have their own pages in the public lands hunting atlas book/map thinger?!  Like a county by county map since I’m not allowed to hunt outside that county.  I feel like that would be the easiest and most useful, but apparently my state insists on making things difficult.  The county where my license would be issued…..TAKES UP 4 PAGES IN THE GUIDELINES BOOK!!!!!!!!!!  How is that helpful or easy for anyone?!  So you have to flip around like an idiot to scope out all your potential hunting areas.

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This is maybe the most confusing map I’ve ever tried to read!

I’m sure it’s done that way for a reason, but as a new user and someone who just wants to get started hunting, it’s difficult and confusing.  Between several map keys, keeping track of new acronyms, and attempting to pick something that seemed reasonably achievable……it was just a stressful evening as far as hunting was concerned.  Although….I did do bomb.com on my bowhunter ed online course!

The Engineer tried to help, and I wouldn’t have figured out the maps and land issue without him, but he doesn’t do any just random public land hunting here.  He goes hunting in specific places that he or his buddies have secured the right to hunt on.  I don’t have any connections in the available counties, so we just picked one that wasn’t too far away from home and I guess I’ll give it a shot.  If I loose $15 in the attempt to get my fall turkey, I guess that’s the way hunting goes.

Plumber’s Crack, See Through Butts, and Muffin Top

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No pants……no crack problems!

Now that I’ve snagged you in with that clever click-bait title, let’s get to the point!

Workout pants…….you put a ton of faith in them, and expect them to stay where they belong.  There’s nothing worse than going for a run and constantly having to hike up your capris, or feeling like your booty is slipping out of your leggings while you’re squatting.

I’ve got a pretty small waist in proportion to my booty, so finding good pants that stay put….workout or otherwise….has always been the bane of my existence.  Ideally, I need pants that are large butts but with a medium waist.  Medium butts make me a bit nervous about being that girl at the gym whose pants are always see through…..no one wants to be that girl.  I’ve tried several brands and styles and recently had a breakthrough!  I thought I’d review and rank them for you.  I can’t be the only one on this struggle bus.

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Yoga Pants: A Review in 7 Parts

  1. Beyond Yoga  These are my absolute new favorite!  I love a good pair of high waisted pants.  They are just so smoothing and keep everything in place.  Plus, because the waist is so high you don’t have to worry about your booty hanging out.  What makes these highest on my list is the lining in the waist.  They have an inner cotton lining which I think helps keep them tight and snug.  It also seems to help the waist from rolling down at all.  Nothing is worse than having your high waisted pants roll down and giving you the muffin top to end all muffin tops.  I purchased a large, but the waist definitely feels snug on me like a medium typically would fit.  Plus side…..the print I own is currently on sale, so snap them up in a hurry!
  2. K-Deer  The first pair of “high end” yoga pants I purchased was a pair of K-Deer capris.  They were actually a “desperate times calls for desperate measures” spur of the moment purchase when I realized the pair of capris I had on had a hole when I arrived at class.  I love that they are high waisted and very stretchy, however sometimes the waist band does roll on me.  I wear a large, and don’t have many issues with the pants moving around on me.  I will say, if you’re tall and want a mid-calf level capri, you should order the sneaker length.  I have a pair and they hit sort mid to low calf on me, but I do have extra gangly, long legs.  If you’re into bright, festive colors and patterns in your workout gear you really don’t need to search anymore.
  3. Teeki   I love Teeki prints….like seriously all the prints!!!!  Some people….cough cough The Engineer cough cough…..might tell you they are ugly, but you just namaste and walk away!  Teeki leggings are made from recycled materials so you can help the environment while you find your center.  They are very thin, which I love for all of my hot classes, however until I get sweaty enough to sort of stick the waist to me, it does fall and sag.  There is no elastic in the waist band, which is good for the muffin top, not so good for cardio.  I own two pairs, both in a large.  I did try on a medium, however because the prints are only on the outside of the leggings, squats in the medium made the white lining really show through.  I’m smart enough to know it isn’t my white girl butt showing through, but I don’t need to be causing that level of scandal during my classes.
  4. Alo Yoga  I have a pair of the Goddess style leggings.  I love them because they are extra long in the leg and ruched up the outsides.  Like the rest of my favorite leggings….they are of course high waisted!!  They have a good amount of stretch, but don’t just feel like spandex.  I have a size medium.  They are a little squeezey in the waist….mostly at the top of the waist band on the seam.  However, they feel alright through the leg and booty on me.  I’ve never tried on a large, but I would image they would feel too big on me.
    The photos are me in a pair of Goddess leggings from a photoshoot at my gym.  Pictures by Aime Hansen Photography, and styling by Form Fitness Boutique!
  5. Athleta  When I was looking for a pair of nice, black leggings to wear both to classes and just out and about it my life, I found a nice pair at Athleta.  They have side pockets for my cell phone when I’m out and about, zippers at the ankles that make them easy to wear with shoes or ankle booties, and the fabric feels the most cotton-y of all my yoga pants, if that’s something you like in your workout wear.  I own two different pairs of Athleta leggings, both high waisted size large.  The only thing I don’t like about them is the sizing.  The waists on both feel a size too big, however the booty on both feels like it fits well.  It isn’t a huge deal, I rarely wear them to work out…..mostly I wear them with over sized sweaters or hoodies lounging around or at work.
  6. Jiva  I have one pair….and I want to like them I just can’t really!  They run so small!  Also, they don’t feel like they have much stretch.  My gym carries them and I’m always tempted to try another pair, but there are just so many others I like better.  Realistically, they aren’t horrible, they are just tight.  I mostly wear them to barre class because that rarely involves deep squats.  Deep squats aren’t something that ever seems like a good idea in super tight pants.  The one plus side is that even though they are tight, they aren’t see through.  But, when I say they are tight I mean that they are even hard to pull on over your feet because the ankle holes are so small.  I have a large and they feel a bit small all over…..but they don’t look like they are squeezing me so it’s not all bad.
  7. Fabletics  When I first started getting really serious about working out, Fabletics was the company I turned to for my pants.  They are very affordable, the styles update every month, and there are cuts and colors for everyone.  I don’t own any high waisted styles from them, all of my pairs are older than their new lines.  I have maybe half a dozen pairs of varying styles and prints, and they aren’t they most consistent company.  Some fabrics feel like they make the pants run small, some fabrics aren’t as stretchy as others…..overall the pairs I like I really like, and the pairs I didn’t like I really didn’t like.  The pants that don’t stretch are constantly sliding down.  I only wear them for rowing or biking, anything else is just annoying because I’m constantly having to fidget with them.  It’s obviously hard to know what you’re getting online, so it always felt like a bit of a crap shoot…..or a box of chocolates….either way you never really know what you’re gonna get.

I’m Having Technical Difficulties

Soo….I was working on getting a blog posted, but my internet has been very sketchy today so I lost progress several times and couldn’t ever get my photos transferred.

I’ll post an extra long one this week to make up for it.  Technology has been a bitch to me all week, I guess it’s just continuing.

On a side note, I actually sat through an episode of Game of Thrones with The Engineer, so he was pretty excited about that.  Also…..we maybe napped through what was an acceptable dinner time, so we had corn on the cob on the couch while watching the show……it was maybe a little weird.  I’m not sure corn on the cob is a thing people eat on the couch at 8:30PM for a snack…..but it’s a thing we did.

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Hackers Gonna Hack

I’ve been hacked again!

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Ugh……mostly it’s just an irritating inconvenience, but still.  I think that once you get hacked it’s always just a matter of time until it happens again.  This time, I was sitting around a hotel pool with The Engineer and his sister’s family when I got a text alert that a $900 AT&T bill was charged to my card.  Perfect……first off, how does one even achieve a phone bill that high?!  Secondly, I’ve never had an AT&T phone in my life!

Cancelling one’s card isn’t hard really.  I just logged on to my account, answered some questions, the charge was removed, and my card was cancelled.  Last time this happened, I feel like my new card arrived quickly.  This time however, it’s been a week and still no new credit card!  Maybe this has to due with the fact that the incident happened on a weekend?  I’m not sure, it’s just another one of those annoying things.  It’s not a huge issue as I have an “emergency card” that I keep and never use.  Mostly I keep it for exactly this sort of situation.  You never remember how many things are automatically charged to your credit card until you start getting annoyed emails from places saying their payments had been denied.  Most of the accounts I’ve tried not to transfer to the emergency card.  Really I was hoping my new card would arrive so that I only had to transfer accounts once, that didn’t really work out for me though.

Every time this happens I just think that being a card hacker would be ideal.  You know what I would love…..not paying bills!

How does one even become a hacker?!

How do they always figure passwords and stuff out?!

 Is there a class or something I can take?!

In other news, this week I had my last dose of Vital Proteins Beauty Greens.  They weren’t bad, but I’m not sure they did much for me honestly.  Plus there was the added harassment from The Engineer and my coworkers every time they saw me drinking  the cloudy, green liquid.

It wasn’t good, but it also wasn’t bad….it just sorta was.  Other then a sort of internal sense of satisfaction that I was doing something almost snobbily healthy for myself, the greens didn’t provide any life altering changes that I can tell.  Because of that, on the issue of potentially reordering more beauty greens……

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4 Years…..

This past week marks 4 years since my Dad passed.  I never know what to say in posts like this.  After all….there are only so many things to say, and also so many things to say.  It’s always been a weird feeling, and I doubt that will ever change.  At the risk of repeating myself from year to year I’ll just say that cancer is a bitch and I’ve really had enough of it.

Cancer took the mother of one of my childhood friends this week as well.  I’ve gotten to the point of losing track of the friends and family I’ve lost to cancer.  It’s depressing, and it isn’t something that they teach you to deal with growing up.

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My family, right before Dad started his chemotherapy treatments.