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Friday, May 30, 2008

Ready For Homeownership (I think)

Here is what we're looking at right now. I found these online and they are really what we are looking for.

House #1:

Description from Realtor.com:
Wonderful 3 year old Granite Ridge home, located on a rolling, partially wooded, over 5 acre lot. Over 1/2 acre stocked pond with beach area and shelf all around pond for safety. Solid OSB exterior walls with Anderson windows. Great open concept in house, tastefully decorated throughout. Custom oak cabinetry. Handicapped assessable doorways. This truly is a home you must see to appreciate!

This looks like it is awesome. That is the only picture available though. It is a handicapped house and it just says that it is open and spacious, but I don't know if that means anything else or not. We both really like this one. This is in Auburn.

House #2:

Description from ColdwellBanker.com:
Come Home to this beautiful country estate on 6 acres! Enjoy the scenery and wild life from your covered wrap-around front porch. All the updates are complete including vinyl siding, windows, flooring, kitchen cabinets, and paint. New bathroom with his/hers pedestal sinks and ceramic tile. Kitchen comes with stainless steel appliances and ample cabinet space. To top it off there is a newer 30x40 outbuilding with 2 garage doors and openers. Perfect shop area and place to store the toys. Seller will install new roof with acceptable purchase agreement.

This one looks awesome. It is much cheaper than the first too. This is in Butler, in between Auburn and Angola. I haven't had a chance to show this to Josh yet, I just found it this morning.

House #3:

Description from ColdwellBanker.com:
Very nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on basement with 2.5 acres in Angola school district. Just north of Ashley and minutes from Angola. Plenty of room for the growing family inside and out. Screened in porch off the back and wood deck across the front. Great open floor plan, with solid oak cabinets in the kitchen, and also has woodstove in living area for alternative heating. You really must go inside and walk this property to see all it has to offer.

This one is in Ashley, which is between Angola and Auburn also. Obviously we would walk through these. I wish they would put pictures of the inside on all of these. It would help A LOT. : )

Anyway, we are both very excited about it, hopefully we find something.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Small Towns

This morning I had to go to Decatur for work so I could file something at their courthouse (they are about 30 minutes south of Fort Wayne). It was a nice relaxing drive, I'm not complaining at all, plus I was out of the office ALL MORNING. You can't ask for more. So anyway, I got there and I had this ginormous stack of papers that should have probably been put into a box for me to carry, but wasn't. Anyway, I had the papers and I was climbing the steps to their courthouse, and wouldn't you know, the dang building has two sets of doors that you have to pull to get in. I hear this guy yell at me from pretty far away, so I turn around and there is a guy running toward me from the corner of the block, which is pretty dang far away for someone to be yelling from. He was yelling at me to hold on so he could get the door for me. I was shocked. How often does that happen? In Fort Wayne, they'll just let the door slam in your face. I couldn't believe it. This guy had to seriously run quite a distance to help me. I think I might like small towns, I could get used to that. I bet if I worked for an attorney in a small town he wouldn't send me out of town just to file papers...

That picture is the real Adams County Courthouse in Decatur.

Identity Crisis

I think my identity crisis might be over. I went to lunch with Ashley today and I was telling her about my whole identity crisis with my name and I realized that it doesn't really bother me anymore. Angi Terry doesn't sound bad. I like it. I'm excited for it to be my name. I really think that realizing that I didn't want to go to law school has helped me fix a lot of things in my life. I'm so glad I figured it out on my own, and I'm so glad I figured it out now. There is a reason for everything, it will all work out.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Please take my poll to the right. I just figured out that I have this feature! If you want to have cool polls, get your own blog!

Preschool Graduation

Both of my brothers had preschool graduation tonight. They called each kids name to give them their diploma, and when they called their names they said out loud what they wanted to be when they grew up. Dillian said he wanted to be a daddy. William said he wanted to be a milkman. Set the standards high, kid.

Ha ha, it was really hilarious.


I just made the BEST salad ever. I was in a huge hurry though so I didn't have time to take a picture of it. This picture isn't the one I made, but it looks similar. And it is so easy to make. You really just have to throw it together.

All you need is:
1 Can of black beans
1 Can of whole kernel corn
1 whole avocado
Wishbone Bountifuls Simply Santa Fe Dressing (pictured)

Just throw the lettuce in a bowl. Warm up as many black beans and as much corn as you want. I found these 4 oz individual servings of corn at Wal-Mart that are awesome. They are Great Value brand, and a perfect size for a salad. All you do is pull back a corner and heat for 30 secs and its ready. I put the beans in a bowl and warmed it up for about 45 seconds. Throw corn and beans on lettuce. Then I cut an avocado, I use the whole thing because I love avocado, but you can use however much you want. I use big chunks though. Getting that huge seed out is tricky sometimes. Then I used the dressing. The dressing has corn and chunks of tomato and some other stuff in it, and it is delicious. If I were you, I'd definitely try this salad. It is SO EASY and SO GOOD!

Come On Now

She is so pathetic. "I'm ready to marry Spencer now"??? Get a life. I can't stand them.

Nightmare Bride Strikes Again

I had another bad wedding dream last night. This time it was our wedding day (which was a year in advance) and Josh forgot to pick out tuxes. I was getting ready at my house, and I was in such a hurry. I threw my dress over the back of a chair like it wasn't important or anything because I was freaking out so much. I went to David's Bridal and told them I needed tuxes for that day and the lady said no problem. The whole time I was fuming and saying, I knew I shouldn't have left Josh to do this. I only gave him ONE task to complete and he can't even do that!! I woke up freaking out. I hope these dreams stop soon.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Big Changes

I've decided to do some changing in my life. I've picked a hell of a time to rebel, too. Since the sixth grade, since the very day I dissected a worm in my first science class to be exact, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. The worm proved to me that I did not want to be a veterinarian and I somehow picked up the notion that I was going to be an attorney. So senior year in high school I applied for an internship to see if I liked it. I ended up not hating it, which was reassuring. So here I am, five years and three law offices later. My first two offices were fine. Actually my second office was a dream job. If I still worked there I would most likely be going to law school right now. The attorneys there were amazing, nice, caring, helpful, everything you could ask for. We closed down and merged with the office I'm at now. Office number two was probably the best job I will ever have. I consider myself very fortunate to have had that opportunity and wish every day that I could have it back. But it was obviously not meant to be. The third office, which is also my current job, ruined it all for me. My rosy picture of life as a lawyer came crashing down. It is nothing like I imagined here. To save myself from going off on a long tangent and essentially just trashing everyone I work with, I'll just say that I cannot see myself living like any of the attorneys here do. It is not what I want. And to be honest, I've never seen any of them look happy. I have been re-evaluating my life these past few months (it started with my name crisis, and I am so grateful for everyone who has stuck through these last few months with me) and I realized that I have been hung up on the idea of going to law school. It became more of what I was going to do, than what I wanted to do. It was what I had to do to be successful, because it hadn't even occurred to me that there might be something else out there for me. I got interested in teaching last year when I tutored a sixth grader in math. I had a lot of fun doing it and it was very rewarding. Our tutoring ended for other reasons, but I was definitely interested in teaching. So now I am planning on finishing up my history degree and then earning a teaching degree. My plan is to teach high school history. My family initially took it well, but last night it came out that my mom and her parents are disappointed in my decision. The old me (the people pleaser) would have cared. I don't. They have a right to what they feel, and hopefully they'll come around, but I don't regret this decision, and I'm sure I won't. I don't want to live for my career, I want to live and be happy with my husband and our kids. Last time I checked, my mom and her parents got to do that as well.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Check It Out

If you love this apron as much as I do, check out Indie Fire Designs. She has the cutest stuff and it is so reasonably priced! Definitely check her out.

Yummy Brownies!

These are SOO GOOD. AND they aren't too bad for you! Try Them!

Cheesecake Brownies
Prep: 10 min. - Total: 40 min.

1 pkg. (19.5oz.) brownie mix
1/2 cup applesauce
3 egg whites, divided
1/4 cup water
1 pkg. Neufchatel Cheese, 1/3 less fat than cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Mix brownie mix, applesauce, two of the egg whites, and water. Pour into 13x9-inch baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.

MIX Neufchatel cheese, sugar, flour and remaining egg white until well blended. Spoon over brownie batter. Cut through batter with knife several times for marble effect.

BAKE 28 to 30 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs attached. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into 32 (2x3-inch) pieces.

Makes 32 servings, 1 piece each.

Calories: 110, Fat 3g, Chol <5mg, Sodium 80mg, Carb 19g, Fiber 0g, Sugars 13g, Protein 2g

My comments: These were awesome. I made them Friday and there is definitely only two left sitting on the plate. You can't even tell that I used applesauce and my dad had no idea until I told him today that they are healthy brownies. The Neufchatel cheese is in the same spot at the cream cheese and it actually looks identical to it, but in the top right hand corner it says Neufchatel Cheese 1/3 less fat than cream cheese, and it tastes the same. Exactly the same. Oh yeah, and our oven might be a little weak, but it took about 35-40 minutes for them to bake, but I had the corners a little crispy. Just make sure you check it. Check out these awesome pics.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Cutest Things You've Ever Seen. Ever.

We really almost had to buy one. Or ten. If you're interested in starting your own farm, check out your local Rural King!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

New Must Try

This is my new fav. I made the best salad in the world tonight, but it looked so good that I ate it before I even thought about taking a picture of it. Anyway, I used Dole lettuce, I think it was some kind of leafy blend (dark green and dark purple leaves), and I got these fantastic tomatoes from Wal-Mart. We have a ton of string cheese in the fridge so I took it out, cut it in half length wise and then cross ways so that I had little chunks of cheese (like my own version of the Kraft Crumbles...and the string cheese only has 70 calories. Now, can you really beat that?). I topped my salad off with quite possibly the yummiest dressing EVER and enjoyed. I will definitely be eating this again. Probably tomorrow.

An Article I Agree With

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Oh No!

Audrina spent her birthday without Lauren? What is the world coming to? Click Here.


I was just looking back through my blog and I posted a few weeks ago about dress shopping and tiaras. This is the first time I've looked at that post since then and I just realized that the pictures I posed are pictures of my actual dress. Ha ha, I must have subconsciously known that was the one for me! So scroll down to see pictures of some skinny girl in my dress. I look much better in it.

Yesterday in the car I was looking at myself in the mirror and noticed that I have a wrinkle at the side of my mouth. I pointed it out to Josh but didn't really make a big deal about it. I really didn't care, but then I had this dream last night that everyone could see it and everyone was pointing it out. Sometimes I torment myself in my sleep. I don't know why.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Dress Thoughts...

I don't know which I like more.


I Can't Believe I Forgot To Post This..

Remember this?

This is the dress I HAD to have. So I bought it while it was on sale. I bought a size to small because I wanted to wear it this summer. You know how in magazines they often use airbrushing to make the models look more perfect? Thats what they did in this dress, or they photoshopped the hell out of it. I got it and it seriously had brown stripes in it. BROWN. Ok, more of a tanish sand color. It sort of resembled the picture, but only because it was kinda yellow and had some spots on it. It was nothing like the picture. The back had elastic across it, which didn't look very good. And the dang thing fit me. It wasn't supposed to fit until I lost more dang weight. I was a little ticked. And then I realized that I was fitting into a smaller size and quickly got over it. But I ended up sending it back. Yes, I sent back the dress that I DROOLED over for months. Oh well. Some things just look better in the picture.

I like it.

I don't know what it would look like in real life though.


These pictures make me want to just go with the separates idea and let each girl do her own thing. What do you think?

Found at David's Bridal


Sometime a few days ago I posted about how no matter how much weight you lost you would still get bloated. It's true.

Something that is also true, is that (well, if you're me) no matter how much weight you lose you won't ever feel satisfied. I'm not saying I'm wanted to be Nicole Richie size, what I'm saying is that I basically have a new body now (I look at myself and don't recognize it as me). Yesterday I was looking in the mirror at the Y and thought to myself, I wish my legs were a little longer. I wish I were three inches taller. Why can't I just be happy with what I've got? I'll tell you why, because I can't get anything out of the cabinet without using a chair, I have to get a foot taken off of my wedding dress so I can walk in it, I always have to sit in the middle of the backseat because I "fit better". I'm not bitter though. Really. I mean, when I'm walking and there is a branch on a tree hanging low, I don't have to duck, and when they hang stuff from the ceiling at school, no problem for me. I don't have to avoid any of that. I can wear heels and be normal size (WHICH SUCKS because I hate wearing heels.)Ok, so this started out as a self-image post and has turned into an I hate being short post. I sound so crazy. But really. After I thought that at the Y..which I said so long ago, so if you've been distracted by all my crazy talk, yesterday at the Y I thought to myself, I wish my legs were a little longer. After I thought that I yelled at myself for being so ridiculous. I can't change my height. I need to shut up and be happy with what I've got. I can be such a baby sometimes.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

My Dove Chocolate

I don't know if you know this or not, but I love dark chocolate. I do not like milk chocolate at all. While we were in Cleveland my mom was looking at a bridal magazine and saw this advertisement for Dove Chocolate Wedding Favors. I went on their website to check them out, because they obviously have the best dark chocolate, and I thought it would be cool to give everyone something I love.

This is what the inside looks like. You can personalize the message on the inside of the wrapper.

This is what ours would look like. I don't like the box very much. I don't really want to advertise for Dove at our wedding.

I am working on our guest list now and it is getting to be quite a monster. We haven't narrowed or anything yet, but for example, say I would order 300 favors. 300 favors would cost me: $1,197.00. No, that is NOT a typographical error. I'm dead serious.

So I thought this was a cute idea too. Without having the box it would be cheaper and each person would only get two chocolates instead of three.

Three hundred of these cost: $825.00. Dead serious. I wish I were made of money because I really think it would be cool to give out our own chocolates. Not in this lifetime.

I actually just found this:

I suppose if I wanted to spend $719.94 in order to have 600 pieces (or enough for everyone to have two) I could do this route and scatter them on the table, or put them in my own boxes. Or I could just find something else. Who really spends this much on a favor? Who will remember anyway?

Call Off The Search!

I've found it! I found my dress! However, I will not be posting pictures of it because I don't want Joshua to see it before our wedding day. He doesn't care what it looks like but I don't want him to see me in it before then. I'm VERY VERY excited. It is a dress by Maggie Sottero and it is BEAUTIFUL! I am so so so very excited about it. I feel like so much more of a bride now. : )

My Latest Creation

I had to make a cake for my dad. He always says I always make stuff for other people and not him. (I don't really make stuff for other people, he just saw Megan's cake and got jealous.) Check it out. I like it. Very simple.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Another Box

I'm obsessed. Love it.

Thursday, May 8, 2008


I LOVE this hair. However, I don't think my hair will ever be long enough to pull this off. It is beautiful though.

Feel Good Story

Today I was at work and I was messing around (nothing new) talking to Kristine, the receptionist. We were joking around with each other because there is always cookies in our office. Normally if one of us gets our hands on them they go straight in the trash. Unfortunately, both of us are PMSing pretty hard right now so we were arguing over what to do with the cookies. So we ate them. Right in the middle of my wonderfully delicious and satisfying sugar cookie, one of the attorneys walks up to me. A little background: he's not outgoing, I've never spoke to him. I have worked there almost a year and a half and have never had a conversation with the guy (which isn't unusual...some aren't so friendly, no big deal). So he comes up to me and I didn't even realize he was talking to me at first but he said "I have to ask, how much have you lost?" And it took me a minute to get over my shock and understand what he was asking me. Somehow I gathered my thoughts and told him (which, by the way is 28 lbs). He then went on to tell me that I was doing a fantastic job and wanted to know how I was doing it. I told him I was lifting weights and he commended me on doing the right thing for my body and warding of osteoporosis for my future (it's true, it helps) and the entire time all I could think about was THE STINKIN' COOKIE IN MY HAND! I was like here I am talking about how I'm losing weight and I cannot get my mind off of this cookie! Ugh! It was kind of funny. So he came back in a few minutes (he was in the middle of a mediation so he was in and out of conference rooms and was standing in the lobby while he was waiting for either side of the mediation to tell him they had an offer) and he was asking if I was watching what I was eating too. Now that I'm typing this it sounds a little creepy. He acknowledged that it was considered rude of him to ask but he said he wanted to tell me what a great job I was doing. He said that a few years ago they had a weight loss challenge in the office and he won because he lost 60 lbs. And he told me how much better it made him feel, physically and mentally, and that is exactly how I feel too. And then some other small talk that I don't really remember, but it made me feel awesome. I knew my family could tell and friends and other people who I talk to regularly, but I didn't realize other people noticed. Especially attorneys who I thought didn't notice anything.

"Got no reason to bitch
Ain't no parties I've missed
Got to have it that way
'Cause baby I got…MOTIVATION"
-Sheryl Crow, Motivation

Got It

Found directions. Directly copied and pasted from here.

A few things first, I don't want to take credit for coming up with the idea for this frame. I actually saw it in anirahc's bio. Also, my dad is very particular about the construction of anything, even if it is going to be used once and tossed out. He is sort of a perfectionist. SOOO, that being said, the box could probably be put together a bit easier than the way he did it in the below instructions. The girl who initially made this box used tape for almost everything. Finally, if you have any questions, e-mail me at dutaski@hotmail.com.

Estimated cost (I?m not a great bargain shopper, so maybe you can do it for cheaper):

* $44 for 4 picture frames
* $3 for fabric
* $2 for poster board
* $10 for lazy susan
* $20 base and supplies:1/4 to 1/2inch thick plywood base, 8 ft. of plastic
* "L" shaped molding, staples, Velcro.

I bought four picture frames during a ? price sale at Sears. Just an FYI?.after I found these at Sears, I found a good selection at Hobby Lobby for a decent price. For downtown girls, there is an art supply store (I forget the name) on Chicago, right across the street from Paper Source, that has lots of paper, frames, whatever wedding supplies you might need.


* 4 picture frames, any size. I used 14 x 20 (or something close to that) with an 8 x 10 picture.
* Lazy Susan (ours was from target)
* A wood base
* Plastic molding shaped like an L (can be found at home depot)
* Lots of staples and staple gun (heavy duty)
* Xtra thick poster board
* Fabric (1 yard would be fine)
* Duct tape


Cut the plastic L shaped molding into 12 equal sizes. This will be used in the corners, base, and top of the box. Insert pictures in frames before assembling. Staple a bracket on the inside of 2 frames to create a corner, then the next frame until you have a square. I let the inside frame corners touch and created a indented outside corner rather than overlaping the frame edges. Cut the wood base the same size as the inside bottom edge of the assembled picture frames, so it will not be seen when you look at the disply. Insert the base into the bottom of the picture frame box and staple 4 plastic strips into where the bottom and frames meet.

For the top of the box, I used thick poster board cut to the inside edge of the frame box and ivory fabric to wrap over the board. Wrap the fabric around the board and tape to the bottom of the board. Cut a slot in the top for the cards and fabric material to the bottom. Staple the reamaining 4 plastic "L" brackets into the frames about a 1/2" from the top of the frames creating an flat edge to rest the top on. Use Velcro to attach the poster board to the plastic "L" brackets. Remove anything from the Lazy Susan until it is a flat surface and use Velcro to attach the to the base. (You could use screws as well)

I have absolutely no idea what this picture is. It was included in the pictures for the box so I added it, but I don't have a clue what it is.


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