Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
In case you were wondering, it took me until Monday night/Tuesday morning at 2 AM to get all my lights and decorations on my big tree. Six hours. I did my lights too thick at the bottom and my back-up strings weren't working to throw more lights on it. And I couldn't have a half lit tree, so I had to unwind and rewind.
|As seen from my couch while I was crashing. That's the corner of my love seat.|
Normally, I take down the day after Christmas. As much work as it was putting it up, and will be getting it down, I may just leave it up until St. Patrick's Day. (Highly doubtful, but...)
And I got my other little tree up too. I'm having a party for some friends to see it. Otherwise, I'm not decorating like this for my health. I was exhausted yesterday, my back was killing me, and I have bruises all over my legs from getting up and down from standing on chairs.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
I untangled two strings of garland and started hanging them up, but the lights were out in one string. I've totally unstrung the lights that have been twisted around the garland for years. I'm going to rig different lights with the garland some other way. The garland had shiny holly leaves on it. Soon it won't because so much falls off every year. I'm going to have to vacuum as soon as there's room to vacuum.
I am not looking forward to the big tree. If I hadn't spent so much the past few years on all these purple and orange ornaments, I'd just skip decorating.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Mom wanted to get dad an office chair at Office Depot. He's the one with a list this year as opposed to the norm. Their sales circular had $60 worth of iTunes gift cards for $45. All the nieces wanted those for their iPod Touch. You can't beat $15 free. I was also looking for a laptop that was like $300 off so that I wouldn't wear out my nice, large, touch screen computer so quickly because I've gotten some of those scary DOS screens on shut down lately. Plus, I could actually go someplace with Wi-Fi and work from time to time for a change of scenery.
That would mean going to Whataburger because I'm not sure the Slot Machine Coffee Shop has free wi-fi. I can also go out of town and still be able to accomplish work.
I didn't see the computer out there, and I forgot what I saw in the circular because I didn't have it with me. I bought my gift cards, Mom and Dad bought the chair (guess Dad needed an excuse to get out of the house and not hang up Christmas lights).
We decided to go to Waxahachie where we just got in on the Early Bird specials at Belk because the lines were so long at 5 minutes until 1:00 that you could kind of cheat.
We shopped Belk, the Hallmark store, JCPenney, Target, and Office Depot up there.
Here's the secret to Black Friday Shopping...
You have to ask them for what the sales ad has. They keep those behind the counter and sell you the more expensive ones.
Before I went into the store, I looked online this time and saw the computer at the price I wanted. I walked in, said, "I want this."
They looked to see if they had it in stock, went behind the sales counter, picked it up and sold it to me. If I hadn't asked, I would have not gotten the one I wanted. That's rather annoying. But, the manager did say that most of the stuff in those Black Friday ads are things they don't carry regularly, so they aren't out on display.
Now, I can play TV shows on the big screen computer across the room, and have a laptop that I can hook up to dual monitors and more efficiently work with split screens. YEA!!!
So much for not shopping on Black Friday.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I am too stuffed to say anything more than Happy Thanksgiving. My cooking, with the exception of a squash casserole I tried (epic fail), was too good for anyone's own good.
Don't my pecan and buttermilk pies look good? Dad messed up the pumpkin one he made for Mom. He put the wrong kind of milk in it, so without sweetened milk, it was not sweet and the crust didn't cook right. It was raw dough that sat out for 20 hours because the rest of the pie looked done. Thankfully only mom tried it before we dumped it all out. At least his coconut one turned out with good looking meringue that didn't weep.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Maybe I need to go Black Friday shopping after all.
I was looking at the Walmart ads. Two whole circulars. Event 1 starts at 8 PM on Thanksgiving. Event 2 at 10 PM on Thursday. Each with its own deals.
Event 3 starts at 5 AM on Black Friday. This is a picture of the front page.
Seriously? I mean yeah, it's a good deal on the big skeins of yarn. Yes, unlike serious crocheters, I use Red Heart (like my Nanny did).
But really? They had more yarn on another page. I just found it strange that yarn ranks with 60" TVs as front page deals.
I'm kind of thinking about going to Walmart on Friday after all. That makes me a mega nerd.
Oh and I had to go out there today. My parents' microwave started firing sparks this morning so I went with Dad to get a new one. An exhilarating day off. It was nuts today. I can only imagine the rush for yarn.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Here's what Crystal Paine, aka The Money Saving Mom, has to say about shopping on Black Friday:
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
My dad found this birthday card and mom had some of my old Sunday school kids sign the card. She was only able to catch a few of them, but it was fitting.
Last night my parents and I took Paige and Peyton to Mardel's and Hobby Lobby for what ended up as Christmas shopping for them rather than birthday shopping for me, but that's ok too. We then ate at Cracker Barrel as a pick everyone would like. I was all about including the girls iny plans since they were more concerned with my birthday than I was.
Today my two special fans followed me around church. Morning and evening. One of them put my name into an iPod app for my own special birthday song. When one had a small branch to give me birthday lashes, my Dad surprisingly told him he needed a bigger one which he did find.
The other who is probably reading this right now posted "happy birthday" on 79 of my blog posts. I am impressed with his effort because I woke up from my Sunday nap to 79 emails of comment notifications. Thank you for your many many birthday wishes!
My day came to a close with some friends who came over to watch SISTER WIVES.
All in all, it was a great day!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
I wrote a special Thanksgiving post over on the Litfuse blog for our Friday Favorite Feature. It's a family story, so be sure to go over there today to check it out. Just click on the picture below to take you over there.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I have marked a few things off, but have added numerous more back on. Oh, if that only covered all that I need to do.
Before a baby shower this weekend, I really need to go finish a crochet project. I've finished one part, but need to go finish another.
I blame my new addiction to Song Pop on my phone. Really, I do.
Then, I have another project started that I started 4 times trying to see how I was going to do another project I have promised. It may be started yet again by the time it's all over with.
Oh, but with a post on Facebook I made yesterday, I may have a new side job and another to-do list. Isn't this adorable? I asked if anyone wanted me to make this, and a number of people do. I'm not sure how fast I could get it done, if it even turns out right!
I'd give credit, but I snagged it off of someone else's Facebook wall where they had reposted it.
I also have a friend that's asked if I could make this for her little boy.
On principle, I would just like to say that this may be a little too much like this pin from Pinterest that went straight to my "Things That Should Not Exist" board.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I may have created a stalker.
Tonight as I was walking around the church building, I met the Hispanic minister along the way. His name is Mud. Because he is terrible.
Our church building makes a big loop. I would call the halls a circle, but it's not a round shape. Anyway. The halls are ceramic tile and the place echos. And when people like Mud are loud, you are sure to hear it around the entire building.
So, Mud says, "you're boyfriend's behind you."
As a reflex at "behind you," I turn around to see Not-My-Boyfriend-Timmy-the-Fly coming around the corner. I just laugh really loud, then say, "you know that's not true," really, really loud in case anyone thought that might have been true.
What I was really wondering is if a certain someone else was following me after already coming across him elsewhere.
You see, ever since the kids in my 5th grade class have promoted, the boys, especially one in particular, have taken to make sure they speak to me every time they see me. Both have at different times followed me to my car in the parking lot and tried to leave with me. But, one does it more often than the other and is sure to make me smile and laugh.
The past two Wednesday nights, I've been looking for Rachel who's gotten out of the building before me. So, I've gone out the door she would have to see if she's left. My new best friend has been following me out, and walking a good distance across the parking lot (closer to another exit) to my car.
And he's kind of been following me around the building. I find this funny because A) he's not creepy like the fly, B) he's only 11 and doesn't have a driver's licence so C) I don't have to worry that he knows where I live.
What's seriously cool about this kid in particular is that over the last year, I've really seen him come out of his shell and develop a funny personality. That is probably the coolest thing school teachers witness. I can hear some people say, you really should teach. In case any of you forgot, I tried that 11 years ago, and it lasted all of one semester.
I seriously wondered if I was going to get away from the two boys tonight because they were talking my ears off.
I should be completely flattered that two young men want to talk to me, think I'm funny, believe I'm cool, and try to get my attention. They do keep me entertained, even if I was at 24 years old when they were born.
It's moments like this that I kind of miss my teaching my crazy group on Sunday mornings. These two miss getting to be uploaded to You Tube every week. They were ready to make a video tonight. Maybe I should have whipped my phone out so that you could laugh right along with me. I might have to do that next week.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Next thing I know, Klout will think I'm influential in crackpots.
Let me just say that I will NEVER EVER make potato soup again. At least I have no intentions to.
After pinning a few recipes on Pinterest, I picked one that could cook in the crockpot for a while vs. some others that were more hands on in that you couldn't let it cook on it's own. However, this was a long, drawn out mess.
I picked a recipe and bought all the ingredients a couple of weeks ago. Sunday night, I decided to cut up the 5 pounds of potatoes to make the full recipe figuring it would be good enough to share with my parents. Alright, all good. I spent probably an hour cutting up potatoes after washing and re-rinsing them since I decided they were still dirty. Thankfully, the recipe said to not peel them. Hallelujah.
I also cut up a whole onion that made my entire house smell like onion all night.
And yesterday, while it was in the crock pot, the house smelled like onions all day long. And made my eyes water as the smell drafted into my office. And as the potatoes cooked in chicken broth, I just craved Thanksgiving food.
Ok, I know this part is boring. Here's the part you can just imagine.
So, you're supposed to use an immersion blender to blend cream cheese into the potato mixture to make it creamy. I'll also throw in here that instead of putting garlic into the potatoes, for half of cream cheese you are supposed to put in, I used garlic cooking cream cheese. Possible huge mistake. Thankfully, I just did it with half.
I didn't have an immersion blender, so I used my blender as suggested as an alternative. If you blended half, you could mix it back in. Except I only have like a 2 cup blender to make smoothies. So I had to keep spooning out, burning my hand with hot chicken broth to get it into the blender. Then spoon in some cream cheese and blend. Then pour it into a pitcher so that I could spoon some more and do it all over again. I was making blended mashed potatoes and pouring into a pitcher. I finally threw part of the cream cheese in the crockpot to melt and then poured my pitch of mashed potatoes back into the mix.
Let me add here that my crock pot was probably small for the recipe. Then, the blended mashed potatoes and a greater volume than before they were blended. So, when I poured it all back in, it was practically overflowing the crock pot.
And all the cream cheese wasn't melting, so it was chunky and looked nasty chunky. It looked TERRIBLE. I mean terrible. Well, here, look at it.
And I had a mess. Mashed potatoes running all down the blender. Stuck to the sides of the pitcher. Oozing from the crockpot.
And then, the taste. I don't like garlic mashed potatoes, but I had runny garlic mashed potatoes by the time it all mixed together.
I melted enough cheese in it to make it edible, threw some green onions and bacon on top. Bacon has to make it better right?
Last night, I thought it was ok. Not great, but ok. At least it looks good here, right?
Today at lunch, I made myself eat another bowl. Instead of runny garlic mashed potatoes, because of all the chicken broth that congealed, I had a big nasty mass of greasy garlic mashed potatoes with sickening consistency.
I literally had to choke it down because in my mind, I had to eat more of all this I made as to not go to waste.
So after I forced down my lunch, not 30 minutes later, an author sent me a guest post about making creamed onions. I was semi-sick before, but the thought of creamed onions (no offense to the author at all) on top of my nasty soup almost made me lose my lunch. I've never eaten creamed onions, but it sounds horrible given my creamed potatoes and onions in the crock pot.
I told her I thought the article would work ok, but she asked if I would like another topic. I just couldn't bring myself to tell her how grossed out I was at the moment - the reason behind my less than enthusiastic response - the fact I was just plain out sick. It had nothing to do with her post, it was all to do with my lack of cooking skills.
Now, because I would not force these leftovers on the kids next door, I have to send it down the garbage disposal one ladle at a time so that I don't end up clogging the drain and having a bigger mess.
The next time I want potato soup, which will not be anytime in the near future given what a pain this has been, I will go to Cotton Patch or Chili's. I'll end up cheaper with less mess and better soup.
No joke, I'm getting sick again thinking about it.
Epic fail. I need to submit this to the Pinterest fail website. If I could find it again.
Monday, November 12, 2012
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Corporate turnaround specialist Morgan Spencer, dubbed the "success guru," has a Midas touch in business. But losing his wife sent him to the brink, and his two-year-old daughter, Livie, is all he's living for--until they encounter a woman whose trouble just might draw him out of his own.
Four years ago Quinn Reilly did the right thing. Now the man her testimony put in jail is getting out. Though she has put up barriers to protect herself and those around her, she has come to care for the Spencer family, especially the winsome Livie and her mercurial father. Unwilling to put them at risk when the threats begin, she requests something she hopes the super-successful Morgan might be able to deliver.
Fixing problems is what Morgan does best, but his counter proposal takes them in a direction neither is equipped to handle. Determined to confront the past, will they survive to build a future?
Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels, including Freefall,Halos, A Rush of Wings, and the Christy Award winner Secrets. She and her husband, Jim, and their family live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she serves as worship leader in their church.
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