Thursday, January 31, 2008
Why does it get so quiet when it snows? Have you noticed that?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
"Meooow" translated: I need out.
"Meooow" translated: NOW.
"Meow" translated:Grown up lady who lives here, LET ME OUT!
I awoke as did Joe, but since Charlie was on my side of the bed, I picked him up to take him to the door. On my way down the hall, I sleepily looked down and saw a pile of brown. I thought: Great. The cat took a dump on the carpet right outside our bedroom door. Oh well I can't be mad at him because we left him in.... I'll grab a papertowel on my way back and clean that up.
I got said papertowel and was contemplating which cleaner to use and I bent down and picked up a pile of ....tan knee-high panty hose.
I had a good laugh at 3:51am this morning.:o)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
~SuSu's Salty Scrub~
3 cups Sea Salt (I used Hain, pictured below)
1 cup of oil (I used a combination of the following oils)
~Play with the combination and use your favorites~
2 ounces sweet almond oil
2 ounces vitamin E oil
2 ounces olive oil
tea tree oil (just a drop or two)
oil scent of your liking (I used honey almond YUM!)
Stir together and store in an airtight container.
Note: I also tried a blend of epsom salt and sea salt. It was not as abrasive as sea salt alone. I think I like Sea Salt alone, but if you have sensitive skin, epsom salt may be for you.Use about 1 1/2 teaspoon full and rub all over your dry hands. Rinse with warm water and pat your hands dry. Do not wash. Allow the oil to soak in your hands. This can be used all over your body except your face.
This is what I had for dinner. Uncle Joe and I went out for a nice adults only dinner with ourselves. I think that is called a "date". We don't get to do it too much these days, so the idea was kind of foggy.
We went to a local Italian ristorante called Johnny V's. Their food is very good, very affordable and very plentiful. When your meal comes your eyes grow to the size of saucers...."You expect me to eat all that??!!" Immediately you are envisioning your lunch and supper tomorrow.
I had spaghetti carbonara and it was very tasty. The only carbonara I had eaten to this point was Lean Cuisine, so this was a huge treat. Literally. I ate about 1/4 of the plateful of food. We have enough for all of us to eat again for one meal.
We had wanted to go to a movie too, but our wait at the ristorante was quite long and we would have had to go to the late show. Carlyjo was our babysitter and we didn't want to overdo it our first run with her and CassiJo home alone. :o)
I did however squeeze in a short Walmart run. Our family needs several medications on a monthly basis. Let me just say that Walmart is saving me a boatload of money with their $4 perscription plan. If you take a lot of medications it is worth it to check it out. It is great for me because I can pick the rx's up at my convenience and not have to work around the employee pharmacy at the hospital where our rx's are usually filled. Some of our meds had to be changed because our insurance had made them "nonpreferred" or worse "noncovered". GREAT. Our copay's went up too, so the $4 rx fills are cheaper than my copay. That is just wrong. I try really hard not to complain because our premiums are cheaper than other plans and it has been good for us up to this point. (OK I'll shut up)
Have a great weekendn y'all and in the immortal words of Larry the Cable Guy and GroovyMom: GIT-R-DONE!!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Everyone seems normal until you get to know them. (Some famous person said that but I don't remember who...is that still plagarism??)
Thank God It Is Friday. This has been a hard weird week at work.
Thank you and now we will return you to your regularly scheduled progamming.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Here is a list of the winners in case you missed it.
~People's Choice ~
• Female TV star: Katherine Heigl (I think she is SO beautiful!)
• Male TV star: Patrick Dempsey (I watched Can't Buy Me Love this winter and he has grown up so nicely!)
• Talk show host: Ellen DeGeneres (I don't get to watch her show much, but it looks funny!)
• Scene stealer: Chandra Wilson (How can you NOT love her?)
• TV drama: "House" (I work with a doc just like House. I don't need the show)
• TV comedy: "Two and a Half Men" (haven't seen much of this one either)
• Reality show: "Dancing With the Stars" (A great idea!)
• Game show: "Deal or No Deal" (Howie is the only reason I watch this one. I love the soul patch!)
• Sci-fi show: "Stargate Atlantis"
• Animated TV show: "The Simpsons" ( I may be a stick in the mud, but I don't care for this show)
• Female movie star: Reese Witherspoon (An absolute doll....she will be around a long time.)
• Male movie star: Johnny Depp (That Johnny Depp, he's one fine actor! And easy on the eyes)
• Leading lady: Drew Barrymore ( I would like to see her in more movies)
• Leading man: Joaquin Phoenix (I am glad he has been succesful. He is a great actor. I loved his brother, River)
• Female action star: Keira Knightley (Gotta love Keira, but for goodness sake, have a cheez burger!)
• Male action star: Matt Damon (Looks like the guy next door, who doesn't like Matt? What a smile!)
• On-screen match-up: George Clooney and Brad Pitt (sad to say I haven't seen any of the Ocean movies, but how could you go wrong with those two?)
• Movie: "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (I must put this on my t0-do list)
• Movie drama: "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (i have no response to this)
• Movie comedy: "Knocked Up" (glad I aint!)
• Action movie: "The Bourne Ultimatum" (on the edge of my seat the whole time!)
• Family movie: "Shrek the Third" (i don't care who you are, farts are funny)
• "Threequel": "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (...going to Blockbuster now.....)
• Independent movie: "Becoming Jane" (sounds like a good movie......what do you think Carol?)
• Female singer: Gwen Stefani ( I don't listen to a lot of her music, but she is beautiful......)
• Male singer: Justin Timberlake ( He brought sexy back)
• Group: Rascal Flatts ( THEY ARE GREAT!)
• Pop song: Justin Timberlake, "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" (duh I knew that!)
• Rock song: Daughtry, "Home" (Go Daughtry!)
• Country song: Rascal Flatts, "Stand" (oh yea.....)
• Hip-hop song: Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, "Give it to Me" (never heard it)
• R&B song: Rhianna, "Shut Up & Drive" (well ok)
• Song from a soundtrack: "You Can't Stop the Beat" from "Hairspray" ( Hairspray.....it's a good thing!)
• Reunion tour: The Police (I wish.......)
• Funny male: Robin Williams (gets better with age )
• Funny female: Ellen DeGeneres (I loved the American Express commercial with all the animals)
Just doing my part to keep you up to date on what is goin on in the world....with or without writers.
Thank you and good night.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
Any way here goes:
Abstract thoughts. Nope not really
Loves reality and abstract. I know this: I hate reality shows.
Intelligent and clever. I am a little of both despite what people say about me. I may be intelligent, but it is cancelled out by ditzy.
Changing personality. Oh yea. I feel like a chaotic person inside sometimes. I wear lots of different hats for what ever the occasion requires. I like to fit in so I can change to mingle a bit easier
Attractive. Well there must have been something attractive about me at some time in my life because I married the sweetest man I had ever met.
Sexy. I like to call myself "A Closet Naughty" (but I cannot talk dirty....it makes me laugh)
Temperamental. Who Me?? I feel tempermental, but try to keep it in.
Quiet, shy and humble. If I say I am humble doesn't that mean I am not??
Honest and loyal. I try very hard to be honest. I am a terrible liar so that makes it pretty easy.
Determined to reach goals. I wish I was more determined. I have good intentions but have a hard time seeing things through to the very end.
Loves freedom. At my job I love the freedom I have to do what I think needs to be done, but I also like having guidelines and deadlines.....structure to keep me on task working towards the finish.
Rebellious when restricted. Well come to think of it. Once when Uncle Joe and I first got married we were 'rasslin and he got on top of me and held my wrists down so I couldn't move. I think I turned into a tazmanian devil when I couldn't move. We laugh about it now......
Loves aggressiveness. Exept for when I can't move (see above)
Too sensitive and easilyhurt. Oh yes! It isn't as bad now, but I do get hurt very easily especially by the ones I love. Most times it is perceived.
Gets angry really easily but does not show it. I will refer to the Corn Muffin Incident of 2006. Joe and I had had a "discussion" and I thought we were done. Well I got alone with nothing but my thoughts and they overtook me. When I came back into the room where he was I was mad again and couldn't really say anything.....so I threw a corn muffin at him. I felt much better after that.
Dislikes unnecessarythings. After having 2 children who love little bitty toys of all sorts I have become a disliker-of-unnecesary things like the 800th pair of Barbie shoes or the 78th Happy Meal toy...you get the idea.
Loves making friends but rarely shows it. I love friends and I love making friends. (my old friends are like my favorite quilt) I don't get nearly as many opportunities that I would like to though.
Daring and stubborn. I am my father's daughter......and he is as stubborn as the day is long. I am not daring though. I am very cautious and make calculated moves.
Ambitious. Not enough. I could stand more in my opinion.....but I am a hard worker.
Realizes dreams and hopes. Not really.....but it is fun to have them any way.
Sharp. I am very curvy and soft.
Loves entertainment and leisure. You have got to be kidding. Of course!! My GNO with Carol two weeks ago was SO great. We leezed and entertained for 26 glorious hours! (next time there will be mani/pedicures and a long soak in a hot tub at her house!)
Romantic on the inside not outside. I have all these grand romantical ideas but feel silly about them now. I am too old to be acting that way! When I was woo'ing Uncle Joe we made each other all kinds of sweet romantic things....letters pictures, activities and services. *sigh* Remember Joe??
Superstitious and ludicrous. Aren't they some rap singers? I can't rap.
Spendthrift. Ask Doozie, Clarence is my best friend. I know where he hides in all my favorite stores. He always has good deals for me.
Tries to learn to show emotions. Well I actually need to learn to show my emotion more constructively and without fear of rejection. They are my feelings and I am entitled to feel them right?
Let me see what the month of Joe's birth says about him in my opinion.
Stubborn and hard-hearted. YES
Strong-willed and highly motivated. YES
Easily angered. YES
Attracts others and loves attention. YES and NO
Deepfeelings. VERY DEEP
Beautiful physically and mentally. Of course! ( I love to watch him in his Batsuit)
Firm Standpoint. YES
Needs no motivation. well.....sometimes.
Systematic (left brain). actually no he is right brained
Loves to dream. YES
Strong clairvoyance. FREAKY YES
Understanding. He is the one all people go to for advice.
Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Not so much......
Good imagination. The girls used to love him to "tell a story from your mouth" when he put them to bed. His stories are funny!
Good physical. Hellooo....Batman!
Weak breathing. Except when he snores then he can peel the paint off the walls
Loves literature and the arts. I will say yes
Loves traveling. We don't travel near enough but he is up for a good road trip
Dislike being at home. Nooooo....he has gotten used to it by now.
Restless. No he is restFULL
Not having many children. Two is plenty right?
Hardworking. Fast working I hear.....
High spirited. Sometimes
Spendthrift. Except when it comes to shoes and guitars
Here is Carly:
Has a lot of ideas. YES
Difficult to fathom. She is a teenaged girl...duh.
Thinks forward. Especially about the boy that sits in front of her
Uniqueand brilliant. YES!!
Extraordinary ideas. YES
Sharp thinking. hope so
Fine and strong clairvoyance. not important
Can become good doctors.
Dynamic in personality. yes
Secretive. Teenaged girl....yes
Inquisitive. Mom? Mom? Mom? OH MY GOODNESS HOW MANY QUESTIONS CAN YOU ASK ME IN ONE DAY CHILD?
Knows how to dig secrets. She is relentless
Always thinking. Aren't we all?
Less talkative but amiable. I think she is very talkative
Brave and generous. We are working on overcoming fear and she is pretty generous with her friends, just not her sister.
Patient. HELLOOOO!!! Teenager!!
Stubborn and hard-hearted. Stubborn yes. Hard hearted? NO
If there is will, there is a way. OK
Determined. Only what SHE wants to do.
Never give up. ditto
Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Her sister can provoke her with one word.
Loves to be alone. Nope. She is attached to me at the elbow.
Thinks differently from others. Yes. She isn't like her friends in many ways.
Motivates oneself. I would say NO since I have to drag her kicking and screaming to the kitchen to do dishes.
Does not appreciate praises. She has difficulty accepting praise
High-spirited. We used to call her a High Maintenance Chick.
Well-built and tough. She is well built but kinda whiney
Deep love and emotions. Very deep
Uncertain in relationships. She is only a teenager. so yes
Homely. No. She is a dark haired beauty!
Hardworking. ummmmm no.
High abilities. yes except for diving. we are still working on that
Trustworthy. ......still working on that one too.
Honest andkeeps secrets. a work in progress
Not able to control emotions. yup
Loyal and generous. yes
Sexy. UCK she is 8yrs old!
Active in games andinteractions. She loves to play and play hard!
Impatient and hasty. yes
Influential in organizations.
Fun to be with. You better get your ears rested up first though!
Loves to socialize. She will talk to anybody.
Loves praises. YES
Loves attention. YES and will steal it if you don't offer it willingly
Loves to be loved. who doesn't?
Honest and trustworthy. no. a secret for her is like soda under pressure.....she told UJ what I was getting him for Christmas!
Not pretending. She is a Princess Dancer Singer Mommy Skater Doctor Teacher
Short tempered. Very short
Changingpersonality. She can turn on the charm or turn you off in a heartbeat
Take high pride in oneself. I wish she took more pride in herself, but she is a kid and not prissy or conceited. She is who she is and doesn't care what you think.
Hates restrictions. Don't all kids?
Loves to joke. YES
Good sense of humor. As long as she is not the butt of the joke.
There you have it . If you have made it this far you deserve a prize.
You win a lifetime supply of air. Breathe in for your prize delivery......
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
Here is something sweet: My friend, Beverly, who got a divorce for Christmas last year has reconciled with her exhusband and expects to remarry some time this year. It makes me misty when she tells me about it. Beverly had a hard childhood and when she had a medical crisis 2 years ago, her personality changed. It is a long story, but after being apart from her husband and dating a string of jerks realized that her ex really did love her and she loved him. All the while she was dating these other men, when they would hurt her she would always go back to Scott for advice. He must have been taking notes on "what NOT to do" because he is a changed man. He has made lots of changes in his attitude, his actions toward her and it has paid off. Maybe it is true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Maybe they needed to be friends before they could be lovers again. They needed to see each other in a new light and through different eyes. In any case Beverly gives God the glory for this restoration. She said He spoke to her about it, and I am so glad she heeded His words. Her marriage is recovering, her children will not grow up in a broken home and THIS time SHE gets to propose to Scott. :o) We will have fun planning a small intimate wedding soon. I can't wait.
Have you heard any good news lately? I heard, through the bloggie vine that Someone has a bun in the oven. (A very sweet bun too!) Hmmm, now how are we going to have a Blogger Baby Shower?? We must brainstorm about that.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
You can find it here: http://www.pandora.com/
Go check it out and start making a play list of your favorite musicians.
Here are some of mine/ours: Michael Buble', Carrie Underwood, Suzanne Ciani, Enya, Phil Keaggy, Kutless, and Third Day. What ever mood I am in I can find something I like. As the albums display I learn of new artists I would like to know more about. I think I listen to Michael Buble' Channel the most. I really like some of the older music believe it or not. :o)
Pandora. It makes me happy.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
1 T butter
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped celery
4 - 15 ounce cans chicken broth
1 - 14.5 ounce can vegetable broth
1/2 pound chopped cooked chicken breast
1 1/2 c. egg noodles (or what ever noodle you prefer)
1 c. sliced carrots
1/2 t. dried basil
1/2 t. dried oregeno
salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Cook onion and celery in butter until just tender...approx 5 minutes. Pour in broths and stir in chicken, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving.
Yummy for your tummy.
Warmness for your hummy.
Soup. It's a good thing.
Especially when you are freezin' your bootie off like we are today!
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
The maiden cookie voyage for the Batman Mixer was Snickerdoodles. I found a great recipe and oh.my.goodness. These cookies were so good they made you want to do a cookie dance.
Prior to making these cookies make sure you have a nice cup of coffee to dip them in. :o)
Aunt Jo's Snickerdoodles (yes I can name them after me!)
2 cups sugar, divided
1 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cram of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 400 degrees F
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine 1 1/2 c. sugar, Crisco, eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until well blended.
In a medium bowl combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Add gradually to shortening mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.
In a small bowl combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. (I used a MEDIUM cookie scoop) Roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 7-8 minutes. (since I used bigger balls I had to cook mine longer)
Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets. Place on cooling racsk to cool completely.
In the words of Rachel Ray: YUMMO!!
Aunt Jo's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 c sifted all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 c butter flavored Crisco
3/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 c sugar
1 teaspoon hot water
1 cup chopped pecans
1-12 ounce package semi sweet morsels
2 cups uncooked oatmeal (not instant)
1 teaspoon vinlla extract
heat oven to 375 degrees F
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
Cream together the shortnening and the sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, together with the hot water. When mixed well, add the pecans, choc chips, oaties and vanilla
Drop by teaspoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. (Again I used a medium cookie scoop so I had to bake mine a lot longer.)
Both were a hit and I plan on making them again......