becoming one with nature (1 of 2)

Saint and I got away camping for FOUR DAYS and THREE NIGHTS. Mind you, I don't mean camping as in renting a trailer or a cabin. I mean we packed up the tents, sleeping bags, coolers of food and off we went to temperatures about 15 to 20 degrees cooler.

It was fabulous!

I surprised myself over and over again.

I helped find wood and stow it under the car, so it stayed dry because dry wood equals food and I need my food especially breakfast. I reached for one particular branch only to realize at the last second there was a spider on it. Ew! But I just stopped, took a breath and moved to the next one. I have no idea how many things I touched that contained bugs.

If you have ever seen LIFE, then you know about the monkeys that use rocks to open the palm tree coconuts. When Saint was using a rock to pound in the stakes for the tent, it reminded me of that video and I started laughing, hysterically and couldn't stop.

It took about half hour to set up camp. The tent he owned said, "Sun Tent" not knowing exactly what that meant, we were lucky we bought a few tarps because it didn't have a solid roof, just netting. We did buy an aero bed, but a very cheap one. Mental note, you really get what you pay for when it comes to an aero bed. But I was glad to have it. One of the few luxuries for us. We borrowed a lantern from my dad and bought a big flashlight. I planned food for all meals before we left. We also were lucky to have my parent's lend us a big duffel bag of utensils, plates, coffee pot (bless you for having a coffee pot), pans and pots, a metal grill to place over the camp fire to cook, cooking stove and a few other things.

Here's me lounging in our pretty cool tent.

This is called organizing. It may not look like it, but I really was very helpful - when I put the camera down.

It doesn't take long for things to calm down and then all of a sudden, it hits you. I have to go to the bathroom. Can I get a drum roll? I actually used the bathroom in the woods. The first attempt at it, I peed on my shoe. Whoops! I re-learned real quick. Eventually, I just walked out back of our camp, dropped trow and went. I even forgot to look for people after awhile. As far as bugs and such, I tried real hard not to even begin to look around. I don't want to know.

Not to bad for a bunch of city goers who haven't camped in a few years - apparently over 15 for Saint. He did well. I was so proud of him - after he finally told me - "I wasn't dating an outdoors man." Big shocker! (haha) For not being an outdoors man, he sure took hold and led the way.

We spent the first day basically enjoying our camp and exploring what was around.

I figured out around dinner time that I forgot to buy something to eat for dinner the first night. Whoops! We ate sandwiches - PB&J for me and PB for Saint. He apparently doesn't like strawberry jam. Only grape. We did get a fire going later that night and enjoyed a few smores. Also, a first for Saint - though he's eaten them, he's never actually made them. There is something about making them, that makes them better tasting.

It was pitch dark at night. No moon at all. Weird, but not a big deal. Kind of like when I watch a tv show and when they turn the lights off, the lighting gets a little brighter. When we turned off a lantern, our eyes would adjust and there was a soft glow of some sort to see very fuzzy shapes.

Why is it, we drive out into the wilderness and all of a sudden I have to go to the bathroom every hour at night? Poor Saint, he was kind enough to accompany me out into the dark to pee every time. What a guy!

There were these bugs that were flying around the lantern and flashlight. They looked like a cross between a beetle and a grasshopper. Saint did not like them at all. I guess he has a thing about certain bugs. I'm not a bug fan, but to see him was calming for me. Or maybe I was so distracted laughing that I couldn't begin to be afraid. What freaked me out, is being inside a tent where I can't see outside. My imagination just shot off the roof sitting inside wondering what all the sounds were. After a few nails into the skin, Saint started to really talk to me, distracting me.

It was like heaven to me. We would sit in the tent and read next to each other before falling asleep. This is what I always pictured marriage was supposed to be like. I remember climbing in between my parent's who used to read side by side in bed.

It is very true that I learned a lot about Saint on our trip. A few quirks, but all good things. Just reinforced the way I already feel about him.

Despicable Me - HUGE two thumbs up

I saw one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time.

I laughed through the whole thing. Constantly laughing. It was great. It felt good.

The movie had such a good story line; such life to it.

It was a pixar movie -
Despicable Me

A total surprise. Saint has been talking about wanting to see this movie. I really didn't know much about it and the last couple pixar's haven't been that good (with the exception of Toy Story). But I loved this movie. I had no idea the main character is Steve Carrell. He did such a good job with the voice. I love that it was anew voice. Saint was thrilled that the nemesis, Vector, looked like Bill Gates.

Go see it. I highly recommend it.

Check out the trailer below -

LIGHT BULB! (go see the movie, you'll get this joke then, I swear)

Post It Note Tuesday - learning to love with all 5 senses

What can you say with a post-it note?

Martha Monday - what's for dinner?

Are you creative?
Do you love to invent recipes, scrapbook,
photography, gardening, etc?

Do you love to just TRY and be inspired?
You don't have to BE Martha
all you need is the feeling to cultivate and share
every Monday right here
Martha Monday

Sadly, I don't have any photos this week, but I made a really, really good dinner!! A friend at work gave me the recipe. It's very simple and healthy. Oh so nice! It has veggies in it, so I wasn't sure how Saint would take it, but he gave it a thumbs up. Though put cajun sausage in anything and he will usually like it.

Chicken & Sausage Rice Dinner

Andouille Sausage
Chicken, boneless
Peppers (red, yellow, green)
Hot peppers (I didn't use these)
Teriyaki Sauce
Jasmine Rice

In one pan, I put the chicken covered the pan and cooked it for about seven minutes.
In another pan, I put the sausage for about four minutes, then added the peppers, mushrooms and some water. Just enough to give it some juice.
In a pot, I cooked the jasmine rice.

Once all of it is done, I poured the chicken in with the sausage mixture and then poured teriyaki sauce in and mixed. I did put the teriyaki sauce on the table in case more was needed.

As an after thought, I could have made a salad, but we had leftover french bread to eat with it.

It was so good. So much flavor and a kick of spice. (imagine if I used the hot peppers) I am not usually a big fan of rice, but the jasmine rice was good - it was sticky and has a slight sweet flavor to it.

Saint asked for cayenne pepper put in with the jasmine rice which I can definitely do next time. Heck, I even have some in the cupboard - no need to go shopping.

What has inspired you this week?