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INTJ, clarinetist, wife (Feb 2011), mother to 2 baby girls (April 2014, June 2017), Houstonian

Interests: learning, math, musical instruments, science, picnics, psychology, design, shopping, genealogy, books, chai tea, beauty products, wellness, baking, lists, summertime, handwriting, theoretical statistics, tutoring, architecture, soy lattes, historical fiction, photography, vacations

Amber follows:
jen music (100 new albums)
Loren movies (Halloween flix for me & Baewolf & roomie)
Kari comics (favorite)
Valerie notes
Kay books (BBC Big Reads)
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My husband & I make/have made A LOT of new recipes each month for the past 7 years, but here are some of our favorites that make more repeat appearances (or at least should) throughout our dinner menus... Recipes are listed in descending order (i.e., most favorite 1st).

{Recent changes are in italics}

Pastas

  • Spinach Artichoke Pasta (ThePioneerWoman.com)
  • Spinach Lasagna Rolls (SkinnyTaste.com)
  • White Cheese & Chicken Lasagna (TastyKitchen.com)
  • Peanut Noodles w/ Shredded Chicken & Vegetables (Eating Well magazine, June/July 2005)
  • Meatballs Stroganoff (Every Meal Easy cookbook)
  • Ham & Curry Spaghetti (30 Minute Meals cookbook)
jun 7 2011 ∞
nov 24 2014 +
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  • My House:
    • Ravenclaw
  • My Wand:
    • Holly (by quiz) or Ash (by birth)
    • Dragon heartstring core
    • 10 3/4"
    • Nice and supple, reasonably springy
      • {According to Pottermore my wand is: Black Walnut, Phoenix feather core, 12 1/4", Unyielding}
  • My Blood Purity:
    • Half-blood
  • My Pet:
    • Cat
  • My Patronus Possibilities:
jul 24 2008 ∞
jul 13 2012 +
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Note: I live in south Texas, so my reality of the 4 seasons isn't exactly the typical months of the 4 seasons you learn in grade school...

Spring {Feb, Mar, Apr}

  • Being out in warm sunlight
  • Fresh, new makeup & clothes trends
  • Gentle rainstorms
  • Seeing greenery & new flowers
  • Days start to get longer
  • Bermuda shorts & shorts
  • Bright colors & pastels
  • Valentine's Day decorations, cookies, & cupcakes
  • Being outside without being ridiculously sweaty
  • Butterflies
  • Flowy dresses & skirts
  • Spring break vacation
  • Cute flip flops & sandals
  • Purging my belongings & spring cleaning
may 3 2009 ∞
dec 29 2012 +
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  • Warm donuts or cinnamon rolls (sweets in general)
  • Books/paper
  • Espresso & coffee
  • The way my husband smelled when we met in high school
  • The way he smells now (most of the time)
  • Toasted marshmallows
  • Clean babies
  • Fall & winter air
  • Cilantro
  • Dry erase markers
  • Mr. Sketch markers
  • Schools (very nostalgic)
  • Oatmeal baths
  • Band instruments & cork grease
  • Tide detergent (original scent)
  • HS football games
  • Garlic bread
  • Those strong chemicals they use at nail salons
aug 10 2008 ∞
mar 10 2011 +
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Sit-down

  • Carrabba's Italian Grill
  • Corner Bakery
  • Mozarts's
  • BJ's
  • Las Mañanitas
  • Los Cucos
  • Texcian Cafe
  • Panera Bread
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Poblano's
  • Stone Werks Big Rock Grille
  • Chuy's
  • Magnolia Cafe
  • Kerby Lane
  • Cafe Brasil
  • Carino's Italian Grill
  • Sushi Nikko
  • RA Sushi
  • Ruggles Green
  • Jason's Deli
aug 5 2008 ∞
jan 14 2014 +
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  • Donuts
  • Pancakes
  • French toast
  • Stuffed French toast
  • Crepes
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Breakfast tacos
  • Breakfast sandwiches (bread + egg, often + meat)
  • Biscuits & gravy
  • Pastries & real Czech kolaches
  • Sausage patties
  • Biscuits (buttered w/ jam)
  • Yogurt w/ fruit & granola
  • Sausage links
  • Meat "kolaches" (not real kolaches in the Czech sense)
  • Hashbrowns
  • Toast
  • Waffles
  • Muffins
may 14 2009 ∞
dec 29 2012 +
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(In descending order...)

  • Plain glazed
  • Cinnamon Twist
  • Chocolate Filled
  • Donut holes
  • Cherry Filled
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Chocolate Iced
  • Chocolate Iced Nut
  • Sprinkle
  • Coconut
  • Apple Fritter
  • Apple Filled
  • Cream Filled
  • Strawberry Filled
  • White Iced
  • Lemon Filled
jun 23 2012 ∞
feb 20 2014 +
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- - - - - CLOTHES - - - - -

  • Top Favorites:
    • Gap
    • LOFT
    • Ann Taylor Outlet
    • LOFT Outlet
    • American Eagle
    • Victoria's Secret
    • Target
    • DSW
    • Bauble Bar
    • The Limited
    • Francesca's Collections
    • J. Crew Outlet
    • Ann Taylor
    • Gap Outlet
    • Academy
    • Kohl's
    • Aerie
    • Town & Reese
jul 2 2008 ∞
mar 6 2014 +
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  • Walking on packed snow
  • My cat Kylie
  • Getting hand or foot massages
  • Extra plush fluffy blankets
  • Writing with soft chalk on a good chalkboard
  • The way my hand fits into my huband's
  • Cool stream of water on my feet
  • Wide dry erase markers that write thickly on boards
  • Super soft makeup brushes on my face
  • Using a mortar & pestle
  • Playing w/ dough or clay
  • Baby soft skin
  • Sleeping in soft, clean bed linens
  • When people pop my back
  • Modal fiber clothes or charmeuse
  • Pages of books & magazines (& book covers & bindings)
  • Being cuddled up & warm on the couch watching a movie
aug 10 2008 ∞
mar 10 2011 +
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  • Hot Shipley donuts
  • Beignets / zepolli
  • Cheese tortellini
  • Warm blackberry or cherry cobbler
  • Pies (...mmm, pie)
  • Spinach & mushroom raviolis
  • Fruit pizza
  • Enchiladas
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Hot large soft cinnamon sugar pretzels
  • Bananas w/ peanut butter or nutella
  • Los Cucos chips & green sauce
  • Orange juice
  • Grapes w/ string cheese
  • Thai noodles
  • Fresh fruit/yogurt/granola parfaits
  • French toast
  • Fancy salads (especially summer/fruity salads)
  • Warm bread pudding
  • Sun-dried tomatoes & goat cheese
jul 2 2008 ∞
jan 2 2012 +
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  • Harry Potter (series) - J.K. Rowling
  • The Hunger Games (trilogy) - Suzanne Collins
  • Twilight (series) - Stephenie Meyer
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! - R.P. Feynman
  • The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
  • Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (triology) - E.L. James
  • The Help - Kathryn Stockett
  • Divergent (triology) - Veronica Roth
  • The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
  • The Mortal Instruments (series) - Cassandra Clare
  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Night - Elie Wiesel
  • His Dark Materials (trilogy) - Philip Pul...
jul 2 2008 ∞
mar 6 2014 +
  • Aladdin
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Anastasia
  • The Aristocats
  • Bambi
  • Beauty & the Beast (incl. Blu-Ray)
  • Bubble Guppies - The Puppy & the Ring
  • Bubble Guppies - Sunny Days
  • Despicable Me
  • Ella Enchanted
  • The Emperor's New Groove
  • Finding Dory (incl. Blu-Ray)
  • Finding Nemo
  • Frozen
  • Hercules
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Parent Trap (Lohan)
  • Paw Patrol - Meet Everest
  • Ratatouille
  • Robin Hood
  • The Sword in the Stone
jun 2 2017 ∞
sep 6 2017 +
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  • Getting hand massages
  • Wandering through libraries
  • Playing clarinet in ensembles
  • Really good desserts (pies, cheesecakes, cupcakes, cobblers,...)
  • Having an occasion to get dressed up
  • Quality family time
  • McDonald's half cut tea
  • Making lists
  • Summertime
  • Really good enchiladas
  • Thinking about what other people were doing throughout history in the general vicinity of the space I'm in
  • When my cat Kylie is super cuddly
  • Playing amateur tennis & being decent that day
  • Admiring interesting architecture
  • Tutoring others
  • Playing & listening to musical instruments
feb 18 2009 ∞
may 13 2012 +
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  • Talented people playing classical instruments
  • Cats purring
  • Soft clicking of computer keys
  • Walking on snow
  • Cutting a thick piece of construction paper
  • Intellectual conversations
  • Water trickling through a river (brook)
  • Smacking noise of dishing out something with thick oatmeal consistency
  • Good genuine laughter
  • Little kids whispering
  • Cracking/popping joints
  • The loud, distant roaring of late evening, summer thunderstorms
  • The very soft ambient noise of a quiet library
  • The clink-clink-clink of a roller-coaster heading up a big drop
  • Some of my cat's various meows
aug 10 2008 ∞
may 25 2011 +
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This list needs to be completely redone now that I have a child & am reading children's books again...

  • 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo – Eric Carle
  • 10 Little Rubber Ducks – Eric Carle
  • A House for Hermit Crab – Eric Carle
  • A to Z – Sandra Boynton
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Judith Viorst
  • Amelia Bedelia – Peggy Parish
  • Are You My Mother? – P.D. Eastman
  • Arthur – Marc Tolon Brown
  • Baby Bathtime! – Dawn Sirett
  • Baby Happy, Baby Sad – Leslie Patricelli
  • Bear Snores On – Karma Wilson
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas – Karma Wilson
  • Berenstain Bears – Stan & Jan Berenstain
  • Big Red Barn – Margaret Wise Brown
may 3 2009 ∞
feb 2 2015 +
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"Board Games"

  • Bananagrams
  • Scattergories
  • Sorry!
  • Boggle
  • Taboo
  • Cranium Pop 5
  • Monopoly
  • Pictionary
  • Would You Rather...
  • Guesstures
  • Apples to Apples
  • The Logo Board Game

Video Games

  • Super Mario Bros Wii
  • SNES Mario & Yoshi games
  • SNES Donkey Kong
  • Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 Wii
  • Xbox Kinect dancing games (even though I'm TERRIBLE)
sep 9 2008 ∞
mar 16 2012 +