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June 23, 2012 / fivehundredeightysixsqft

This weeks things

This weeks things


I’m listening to this glorious mixture of harmonies by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. This is on repeat. 

I’m watching Sons of Anarchy. At first I was very skeptical. Kasjen’s been trying to get me to watch this for years. Yes, plural, YEARS. I resisted because it’s about guns and motorcycles, but the drama pulled me in. Oh and it didn’t hurt that the main character is the hunk of all hunks. Oh yeah…

I’m reading nothing spectacular yet, still looking for a new book, but I did finish Bossypants and it was awesome.

I’m cuddling this little creature. She looks like she did something naughty. 

I’m eating nacho cheese chicken chalupas from Taco Bell. It’s a chalupa shell with nacho cheese, chicken, lettuce, and tomatoes. It’s glorious, particularly after midnight. 

I’m laughing at this Very Mary-Kate video featuring the trenta, starbucks extraextra large coffee.

I’m strangely happy about this news story that spread after a viral video showed an elderly bus monitor being bullied and tormented by thirteen year-olds to the point of tears. After the story and video spread supporters donated to Karen Klein (the bus monitor) over $575,000 so far for her dream vacation. The story gave me a lot of hope for people, and a lot of hope that those kids get punished accordingly. The full story is here.

I’m worried about wildfires. Kasjen serves as a wildland fire fighter this summer, so when a fire can’t be contained somewhere in the U.S. he gets shipped off to help contain it. This is no surprise that’s what I’m currently worried about. With such a dry summer fires have been spreading a lot. He’s just waiting for a phone call. Scary stuff.

I’m using St. Ives Green Tea Scrub. I absolutely love this stuff. It has small beads in it that really scrub your skin and leave it super soft, plus it smells great. It’s light but effective.

I’m drinking Daily’s Cocktail Pouches. They’re soo easy. You freeze them, run a little warm water over them to loosen it all up, put it in a glass and you have a wonderful mojito, or margarita, or daiquiri. They also cost a little over a dollar at my grocery store, compared to the six dollars I would spend at a restaurant. 

I really want to be working out but I have 0% motivation. Less than 0%. Maybe -1%.

So yeah…that’s all for now, more later 🙂

June 20, 2012 / fivehundredeightysixsqft

Spicy Pea Pasta

This is a recipe I’ve seen done about a thousand times online. Every time I see it it looks so delicious, so I decided to try it. There was only one problem. As you might have guessed from the title of this post, this dish has peas in it. Kasjen “hates” peas. He told me to make it without them, and I told him to eat around them, or make dinner himself. This resulted in a new pea lover. While he insists that he doesn’t like peas still, he got really excited when he got to the bottom of him bowl and a bunch had sifted down there. Needless to say this got gobbled up fast, even the leftovers have moved quickly.

Ingredients (I don’t measure things a lot so these are all pretty rough estimates, I change amounts based on my love for the ingredient):

2 Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless)

1/2 Jar Marinara (I used Newman’s Own Marinara)

3/4 Jar Alfredo Sauce (I used Bertollis regular alfredo, the one w/out mushrooms)

Olive Oil (Enough to coat the skillet)

Red Pepper Flakes (I use a lot because I love it, but depending on your level of spiciness desired, it could easily be changed. My first batch I used half a tablespoon, my second batch I easily doubled that)

3 Cloves Minced Garlic



1 Cup Peas (I used frozen peas that I had thawed)

1 Lb Short Pasta (first time I used rigatoni, second time I used penne, they both turned out great)

((Most of this stuff I keep on hand anyways, which means this recipe is a no-brainer for me))

1)) Boil Pasta
2)) Lightly coat the bottom of your skillet with olive oil, on medium heat add in red pepper flakes and garlic. Let this merry for a bit (2-4ish minutes)
3)) Cut chicken into bite sized pieces (I just diced it). Add chicken to the skillet and cook until browning (mine took about 10 minutes, but it’ll depend on the size of your pieces)
4)) Add marinara, then let this merry for a couple minutes.
5)) Add alfredo sauce, then let this merry for a couple minutes. You’ll want to make sure that the alfredo doesn’t boil at all, and that the sauces are well mixed. At this point I added in the salt and pepper, just a bit because the alfredo’s already a little salty.
6)) Add in peas, and mix well.
7)) Drain your pasta well and add it to the skillet. Mix until all the pasta is coated.

and TADA!!!!

I like this recipe a lot. The peas take away from the heat and add a fresh element, they’re like golden bombs in this recipe. I’m so glad I never left them out because they really added a lot to it. If you have a non-pea eater, make it anyways this is a dish that could convert them.



June 13, 2012 / fivehundredeightysixsqft

This weeks things


I’m listening to this cover of sexy and I know it. 1. This song makes me INSANELY happy. 2. This version is better than anything else I’ve heard. If you click the link, you won’t be disappointed. I know it’s a chubby nerdy kid but listen on, he’ll be a superstar someday.

I’m watching this clip of Andrew De Leon. If you haven’t seen this it will blow you away.He’s amazingly talented, and shows that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.

I’m reading Tina Fey still. I’ve been slow on my reading this week. 

I’m cuddling this beautiful beast.

I’m eating Oscar Mayer Jalapeno Cheddar hotdogs. OMG soooooo good. 

I’m laughing at Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepsen, and the Roots playing ‘Call Me Maybe”with classroom instruments. It’s actually super good. Kudos to them. 

I’m strangely happy about this video. I consistently have to change my 198023849081290 billion passwords and this pretty much sums up that experience to a tee.

I’m worried about Zombies. No news, but I’m always worried about zombies, and this bath salts thing is FREAKING ME OUT. If you’re like wait, what, bath salts? Please google it, and don’t watch the video about the guy eating the other guys face, it will scar you for life. So my worried list is currently, 1. Zombies. 2. People on bath salts acting like zombies.

I’m using  Tresemme split remedy. I haven’t used this brand in years. It never appealed to me, but after receiving a sample of it, I bought the whole line. It’s great for me because I have super long hair that gets abused, heat, sun, wind, straightening, pretty much the works, but these products keep my hair looking well managed. Also, it smells great. 

I’m drinking summer shandy, because lemonade and beer mix together for a refreshing drink. If you’ve never had a Summer Shandy before, it’s super light weight which is awesome for summer. I’d try to drink it on a beach if at all possible, it feels like it belongs there.

I really want to be back on the same boat I was on last week. OHEMGEE, it was beautiful.

I recently purchased this fantastic piece of t-e-k-nology. It’s awesome. I can do everything without hard wiring my laptop to my tv, plus the picture quality is superb. I feel like I just realized how awesome bluray technology is. Yes I work for a technology company, yes I still rarely buy new tech for myself. Here is the link if you’re thinking about purchasing one yourself.

That’s about it for my weekly wrap up. Thanks for visiting. Also,  no one paid me for any of this, and no one pays me to blog about any of their stuff. It’s just me, showing you, what I do, baby boo.

June 11, 2012 / fivehundredeightysixsqft

The search

As you all know, I recently graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in awesome. I graduated three weeks ago, and I’ve begun to assume “real life.” While applying for jobs online with feigned enthusiasm, the idea of the real world bounces around in the back of my head. Unlike my glorious college days of being suffocatingly (totally a real world) busy, now I have all the time I’ve ever wanted. Yet my dishes sit dirty in the sink and I’ve been wearing the same outfit for the past four days. My blindness to life after college was made apparent this last week. I’ve begun to assume that real life is terrifying and the point is either to make the most money or be the happiest, both of which seem too competitive for my nature. While I have been extraordinarily lucky to have many friends that work bizarre hours and are available for chill sessions at almost any time, my drive has been decreasing.

I have been working the same part time job for years. I could literally work blindfolded with one hand while reading 50 Shades of Grey and no one would question my accuracy. I love this job, I always have. While occasionally thankless and hostile, the people that surround me, make my position undeniably the best. I am extremely lucky to have such a wonderful part time job. However this job does not fulfill what I have been sent to earth to do: Publicly Relate.

My search will continue on. I will venture on to tirelessly apply for jobs until I find one. I will also continue to answer every person who asks me if I’ve found a job yet with, “not even a little bit.” For now my search continues.


Sidenote: I truly appreciate all the beautiful and wonderful people that have helped me. Your support means the world to me, and I understand how blessed I am. Thank you.

June 4, 2012 / fivehundredeightysixsqft

This week’s things


I’m listening to MGMT Time to Pretend.

I’m watching Cougar Town. This is my guilty pleasure as of lately. A fantastic friend suggested it and I’m wild over it. Kasjen hates it, naturally, but it’s quirky. It’s like scrubs (even some of the same characters) with wine in a Florida cul de sac. It’s not for everyone, but I’ve watched the entire season in about two days.

I’m reading Tina Fey Bossypants. I just started it today, but so far hilarious. I’ll try to post a quick review when I finish it. I’m trying to read more. I find when I’m looking for books I look for hysterical, successful, brunette women, that’s not too specific right?

I’m cuddling Mika. This section will probably always be Mika, because she’s so damn cute.

I’m eating Feta Cheese. A lot of Feta Cheese. I made the most beautifully delicious bruchetta the other day. I’ll make sure to share that recipe because you’re going to want to make it. BY THE GALLON.

I’m laughing at this cat video. I love a good cat video.

I’m strangely happy about this video. (WARNING LANGUAGE) These women are fantastic and amazing and hilarious (Why is scrubs intertwining itself with my life?)

I’m worried about this. Oh, you didn’t know I’m fully capable of surviving a zombie apocalypse? Read the beginning of my blog.

I’m using this gorgeous summer polish OPI Suzi and the Lifeguard (Target, CVS, most Drugstores) 

I’m drinking Yellow Tail’s Moscato. It’s probably my favorite summer wine. It’s super light and bubbly. It’s perfect for a hot night.

I’m tweeting about a broken teapot that just doesn’t want to whistle. I’m out of ideas on that.

I really want to be watching Snow White and The Huntsman in 3D. It looks AWESOME.

All for now, I’ll continue to post sporadically. As is true with all things in my life.

June 2, 2012 / fivehundredeightysixsqft

Book review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

I wanted to read this book before it came out, probably before it was even written. I’ve been reading Jenny Lawson’s blog for years. She makes me laugh, she makes me cry, she’s fan-tas-tic. I knew her book would something I couldn’t put down.

If you’ve never read her blog before and just picked up her book you would still love it. She has an amazing story. Through problems with depression, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, and complications in pregnancies, she doesn’t hide anything. She let’s everyone know that although she has had these obstacles in her life, she’s still “furiously happy.” You fall in love with hilarious portrayals of her life as a blogger and mother in rural Texas. She explains that the book is a “mostly true memoir.” The stories, although strange seem real and heartfelt.

Kasjen glared at me extensively while I laughed out loud reading my Kindle. I’d just tell him he had to be there, because explaining to your boyfriend that you’re laughing because a blogger you’ve never met before had to rebury their pug after being stung by a scorpion, so the vultures wouldn’t eat it, doesn’t really make you sound sane. I’ve read her blog for so long, many of the stories are familiar, but each story has a little bit extra. Not all the stories in her book are from the blog, but when someone posts about taking a taxidermied miniture french alligator on an airplane, you remember it. It didn’t bother me that I had heard the story twice, because in the book she went into much more hilarious detail, and made it well worth my $12.99.

Her love for bizarrely taxidermied animals made me want to have a wine-slushy with her.

This book is fantastic, although it does have a few swears (so if you’re uberconservative you might want to watch out).

I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a laugh, which is everyone really.

You can purchase it here or for my nerdy Kindle friends here.

June 1, 2012 / fivehundredeightysixsqft

A drift

I know, it’s been a really long time. I thought at one point I’d never do this again, but with the loving, and consistently pushing support of my beautiful family and friends I’m back. So much has been going on in my life since my last post. My life has changed dramatically.

May 20th I graduated college.

I now hold a bachelor’s degree from Mount Mercy University in Public Relations.

No, I haven’t gotten a job yet, but for right now, that’s OK. My life was so psycho for so long that being able to breathe is a novelty. I am applying for jobs here and there when I hear about something and I know that it would be something I could invest my soul in for the rest of my life, but I’m not settling for less than that. I have an easy part-time job to provide for myself for now, and I don’t want to settle for something I’m only partially moved by. I want to be pushed over by my career, not nudged. I’ll keep you posted with where my life takes me.

I decided that there’s no reason for me to not blog again. I love it and with this new found freedom, there’s an abundance of time in my day.

Today I joined Twitter. I had an account years ago but I used it for a month then it sizzled out. I’m excited to master it. Feel free to follow me @jenkoenighain. That’s all for now. My next post is a book review 🙂