Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Way to go!
Friday, January 26, 2007
I know I don't drink that much coffee, about 6 oz. a day. I know this because I am anal and measure it. It is lowly instant coffee, I add 4 oz. of milk to it, and 3.5 squirts of sugar-free Starbucks Vanilla syrup, has to be Starbucks.
I am not known to be a coffee connoisseur. I've been known to drink day old coffee, espresso, the last dredges in Kerry's coffee pot, just about anything as long as it has the caffeine, the milk and the syrup. And as long as it's room temp or colder, I will leave my coffee on the counter for hours to cool down. And if you ask me if I want a coffee, chances are I will say no, unless it's a Starbuck's Tall Any Flavour Light Frapaccino, because I don't drink coffee, not hot at least. At any social family gathering, I will never get asked if I want coffee. They aren't in on my little secret. They think I'm a tea drinker. If they only knew...
If I don't drink my piddly amount of coffee within 45 min. of waking up, I get THE headache, the blurry eyes, the grumpies. Which is where I am at right now. Which is why I am drinking a can of diet Pepsi as fast as I can so I can go out and get milk. How sad is that? Cookie bars (my hubby bakes damn good bars) and pepsi for breakfast!
Nothing like starting the day off right!
Which brings me to the following... I'm going to WW this afternoon, Yo better be there or I will hunt her down! I need Jenni's optimism right now and not just about eating better and being nicer to my body. WW's Jenni is the best! She has so many great quotes and a great memory for them. I wish I could bottle her enthusiasm. I would make so much money! I know she's not perfect but I bet she didn't eat cookie bars for breakfast!
H comes home this weekend and I am still so sad.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
This is Emily's exciting skating close up. Really, she's saying "Mom, mom, did you see that? Mom, move the camera so you can see me skate with your eyes, not the lens!" She probably pointed me out to her friends..."that's my mom, no not the one with glasses, no, not the one in the hat, she's the one with the camera for a face!" I am one of the only moms that brings a camera to every fieldtrip, I realized this may be the last year E. wants me anywhere near the school so I have to document it.
Friday, January 19, 2007
The line up wasn't too long, only about 24 people ahead of us. We were told how to figure out how long it would take...
15 minutes a passport, not a person, so if one person has 5 kids that need passports, do the math,
if there are 4 people working, 4 people every 15 minutes get their paper work done, about 16 an hour,
if one employee takes a break, you can try to bribe them with money or chocolate but it doesn't work;
you can try to buy a seat further up the line, I don't know what the going rate was;
a passport costs $103 and change.
We didn't move for over 1/2 an hour. No one came in after us for at least that time. When someone did, we moved and moved and moved. And then the guy behind me says "what's the big deal, this is nothing, I'll be out of here in about an hour and a 1/2" and I'm thinking we've been here for over 2 hours, shut up. But you know, no one was grumpy, everyone was in a good mood dispite having to wait in what looks like a fire trap for at least 2 hours.
And even though the idiots were on the road, they weren't in the passport office. A man was told around 3:30 that he needed to have this and that for his wife's passport and she wasn't there, so he asked the people on either side if they would hold his spot. And they did, he promised them chocolate. Every time we moved, the woman in front of him picked up his sandwich and moved it with her. Then the sandwich gets to the front of the line, everyone is speculating "did he just go home, did he say forget it?" when the owner walks in just as they call "Next please". He had a huge tray of chocolate in his hands and passed it to the woman in front of him, and the man behind, and then to everyone waiting. Most of whom didn't even know what was going on. And we ate the chocolate dispite the germs and everyone was happy! I was really glad the kids got to see this, especially after seeing the crazy drivers. We all agreed to meet again in 5 years to renew our passports, except for the guy behind me who is going back in 4.5 years to beat the rush!
And the passport agents are postal workers, not 'government agents', so they are really pleasant! At least, this is what the kids and I decided.
And guess what, Kerry gets to go back with the rest of the passports. We only did Shaun's because he needs it ASAP. And if you need it before March 15, too bad! It takes at least 40 business days right now.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Yes, we almost bit it while sitting innocently at the light. Some young woman must have been driving for the first time in the snow or she's just stupid. Shaun and I let out a OH CRAP she's gonna hit us. And luckily she slid just past us and then spun out trying to take off fast again. People!!!
We have shovelled the driveway twice already (it's just after noon), and most of the times I love our super wide, super long driveway but not today. My sides hurt, my arms hurt, my neck and back will be next.
I think Shaun needs to be prepared for the worst. He, and his parents, put off filling out the passports until the very last minute and he may not get it before his school band trip. Even though they are going by bus, the teacher wants them to have it just incase. So I may have to go out yet again today to brave the downtown traffic to find the passport office. If I'm lucky, no one in their right mind will be out in this weather, except me and the Toyota girl. But she should be so traumatized that she should go home and look at her driver's manual again.
I made a bunch of cards for my little friend Nancy and for my displays. But I wasn't smart enough to make some for grandmas and their card boxes.
Monday, January 15, 2007
I neglected the family starting late Friday and managed to get a decent amount of creating done all weekend.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
1. To make donuts: In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 jar Nutella, ricotta, salt, vanilla, baking powder, flour and eggs. Mix until smooth to form dough.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste
All the holiday parties had gone to my waist
When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber)
I'd remember the marvellous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces with turkey all paired
The wine and the rum balls, the pate and cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please!"
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt--
I said to myself, as only I can
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"
So, away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the chocolate, every cracker and chip
Every last bit of food that
I like must be banished
'til all the additional ounces have vanished
I won't have a cookie, not even a lick
I'll now only chew on a long celery stick
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore---
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot -
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!
I found this today and couldn't have said it better.
My mom radar told me Shaun was finished school around 11 so I drove that way and found one teen on the side of the road, right near the school. He was as amazed as I was. So we went to Costco together. Gotta love that. No heavy lifting for me. But that meant I had to have lunch at Costco and darn teens, they talk a lot. And they need to know exactly how long shopping will take. Like more than an hour, no, maybe an hour, but not more, no I am hoping not more, less than an hour, probably, okay, I'll go then, because if it's more, take me home, no I'm not taking you home, but I have to watch
I did make a yummy chili with stuff found in the freezer. If you move the 58 containers of cherries, you will find the odd container of ground beef, pack of bacon and 13 containers of strawberries. The freezer is full of freakin' fruit! I don't know where all that baking went that I did before Christmas, oh, wait a minute while I loosen off my belt. Anyway, it's like a freezer black hole, the baking is no where to be seen.
Kerry and I played a little Wii last night, I think we play more than the kids, I know we do! My golf game is improving. Kerry's mom will be so proud. When I played with her, I lacked a little sportsmanship. I was averaging 10 over par and last night golfed 1 under! The happy Kelli dance is much nicer than the 'John McEnroe of Golf' dance. Emily beat Kerry to a pulp in boxing. Our conversation later...
Me: So a 10 yr. old girl beat you at boxing?
Ker: Ya, I suck.
Me: Did you let her win?
Ker: NO, she really kicked my a$$! My mom was right, I'm a lover not a fighter!
Me: Snicker Snicker Snicker
Growing up, my dad taught me to box, play baseball, and he tried to teach me to ride a motorcycle. At home, I could do it but at school, I was too shy and very much afraid of getting hurt. But now, I can shine and kick Kerry's and Shaun's butts on a video game! My dream has been fulfilled! The motorcycle thing, ya, after dad bought me a nice shiny blue and yellow one with gears that no one taught me how to shift, I promptly ran into the swingset and bent it and never rode it again. I stuck to my brother's little no-gear bike. I'm sure dad had big hopes, he was an amazing rider, built tracks, had a trophy room, and then wrecked his knee. I could have gone pro, if not for the gears.
No pictures today. Nothing to show for yesterday's lack of work. But today, I am going to Costco and I think I will see about getting a heater so that my stampers won't have chilly little tootsies! And maybe I will look at light fixtures. We aren't doing very well finding one. Over the holidays we bought track lighting. Kerry put it up and turned it on. A craft room is no place for a spotlight, which is exactly what this thing did. It was so dark in the cornes. So down it came. This is the second fixture we have installed. We may just have to get an electrician in to wire for 2 lights. We were trying to avoid removing the ceiling tiles. I hate it when something that should be easy turns out to be so darn hard. At least we did get a closet organizer and it's beautiful. And we discovered that if you are buying a stud finder, don't buy the B&D $15 one unless you want 8 holes in your wall. Spend a little extra and get a good one, one that doesn't tell you your studs are 2 feet wide.
Friday, January 05, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
I also took pictures of my hatbox. I won a huge $100 box of goodies from my Mary Kay rep. Mylene had the whole lot packaged up in a blue hatbox and I thought I should use some of my stash to alter it. It took me a whole day to do it. I am not a modge podge person and I think with thinner paper and some patience this could have been less lumpy. I used Cosmo Cricket stuff, Bazzills and SU cardstock, Making Memories paint, 7 gypsies(?) printed twill. And the scallopped white cs on top is actually a whole lot of circles lined up around the patterned paper and lovingly attached before being modge podged to the top.
We had a pretty low-keyed night. Shaun went to the dojo where his sensai had a great little idea. For a small fee, you could drop the younguns off from 7 pm to 2 am. They had snacks, played games, had a few tvs with video games and a few adults stayed as supervision. Shaun took his Wii and the kids loved it. At 12:10 we got the call to pick him up, he was going to sleep. He had been up since 5 am, had to work all day and was dead tired.
Emily had a friend spend the night and I think they expected more than what we had planned. They did play in the snow for quite awhile, ate all kinds of 'good' stuff from M&M's, and seemed to have a fun on the computer.
Kerry and I did the most exciting stuff out of everyone...The kids discovered that London Drugs has the best assortment of Anime and spend hundreds of $ there this past week. More than my boots cost! Anyway, they bought the first 4 DVDS of Elemental Gelade. I'm not big into this stuff because it's like a soap, you have to watch all the episodes or you are so lost. We watched everyone of them, the kids hadn't even seen them. So for a few hours of my life I knew more than they did about something they like! It was great! And now I need to find the other DVDs for this series because I am hooked! I need to know what happens to Ren and her friends.
If you haven't tried the Nintendo Wii...don't, you will want one. H. and K. came over last night and played it, hilarious! My 89 yr. old grandpa has not played it but has watched and given tips on how to bowl better, Kerry's mom and both my parents have played it and had a blast, Kerry's brother tried it and couldn't find one for his son. But I am such a good sis-in-law. We went to Walmart for the millionth time this week and the sales associate was telling a group of people that this was the last one of 5 in the store that they just that minute received. No one new much about it and no one was stepping up to buy it so I said "I'll take it". The lady beside me said my kids would be so happy, I told her we already had one and she thought we were selling it on Ebay. And NO, I was getting it for Kerry's bro! What are the odds? Not only have we had 2 of these things in our hands, but we seem to be the only people with 4 controllers and almost 4 nunchucks. Lucky us!