Does the idea of car shopping send your mind into a state of panic? I have to admit: it does for me a little bit. In my case, shopping for a new car is something I really have never done before. When I turned 16, my very first car was selected by my dad. My little gold two-door sporty car was picked out without much input from me (which was totally fine). I wouldn’t have known the first thing to look for at that age. When I went off to college, I inherited my current crossover SUV…and I’m still driving it today. My car is now about 13 years old, and although it is running fine at the moment, I know in the back of my mind it is time for me to start saving some pennies to put toward a new set of wheels.
So, when I was presented with the opportunity to test drive the new Dodge Durango recently, I had to see what it was all about. I mean, have you seen the commercials as of late? Of course, you have: how can you miss them? Not only have I been drawn in by the insanely funny Will Ferrell, but the commercials also piqued my interest in the car as well. I honestly went into the test drive without many expectations. Since I’ve never purchased a new car, I haven’t actually experienced getting behind the wheel of one for a test run. As for the Durango itself, the only preconceived notion I had about the vehicle was its size. My brother and sister-in-law happen to have a Durango (from a previous year), and I always thought it looked incredibly large. I am not sure if my memory was rusty or if the new Durango is shorter/slightly smaller, but when I laid eyes on the 2013 Dodge Durango it did not look intimidatingly large. Win! I thought to myself, “I could definitely manage a car of this size.”
Do you ever start a week and then immediately realize you didn’t have a chance to relax the entire weekend before? That is kind of how I feel this week. My weekend was consumed with a little event that happened on Sunday. I was a part of a chili cook off. Who would have thought?
To be honest, I was surprised to even be a part of the event! I submitted my poblano turkey chili recipe on a whim when the sponsors tweeted to me about it. A few weeks later, I received a call telling me I was a regional finalist. Ok then!
One of the biggest struggles I’m learning to overcome with my new job is balancing work and home. When I was working from a home office just a few short months ago, I could take a little bit of time during the morning or afternoon to prep a few things for dinner. It wasn’t like I presented a six-course meal each night, but I felt as though I was putting new dishes on the dinner table on the regular. I have long felt that one of the best ways to show love is through food. Sharing food with my family is extremely important, and the ability to share a meal with Justin on a weeknight is still just as paramount now that I’m busy in the mornings and afternoons as it was when I had more time to experiment in the kitchen. Even if our days are overloaded, we always take the time to sit down at our table and have dinner together. It’s a time for us to relax, recount the events of the day to one another, and enjoy something delicious on our plates. Both of us were lucky enough to grow up in homes where we sat around the table each night with our families. It’s a tradition I want to continue in the future, even if it takes a bit more effort to do so, it is absolutely worth it in the end!
I’ll be completely honest: Ordinarily, the terms “frozen meal” and “Katie” do not go together. I feel like a lot of you might be reading this and wondering why in the world I would be talking about one. I am usually not the biggest proponent of frozen meals; I think back to the days of the TV dinners with the sectioned microwave trays (I know I ate a few when I was a kid). However, frozen food has really come a long way, and bringing some prepared meals into my kitchen on occasion might not be out of the question any longer.
One of the fun things about teaching/working at a school is that every once in a while I get to act a bit like a kid again.
Last week, we happened to have some furry and feathery visitors at the school. A petting zoo set up in the school yard, and many of the smaller students were able to meet the animals up close and personal! There was a cow, a sheep, a goat, ducks, a rooster, rabbits, quail, and a piglet! I have to say: being able to pet a few animals myself was quite a fun time. I mean, how often do you get the chance to pet a 5 week old piglet? And yes: it’s just as cute as you’d think it is and I definitely wanted to take that cute little guy home with me. Anyway, today I thought I’d share a few pictures I snapped of our animal visitors – so cute, right???