Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Well, there was this guy that worked at Toy R Us with me. He was in his twenties and he had a very strange obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I think he thought he was one. He bought two of every action figure - one to keep in the box and one to act out the movies. Not only did he have this turtle thing going on but he also had a very intense fascination with me. I was nice to him. That, apparently, didn't happen often. I was always attracted to (not in a hubba hubba way but drawn to) very odd people. He was definitely odd. He would call me. He would write me 10 page letters professing his love for me. It took him like a year to tell me about this craziness but he remembered exactly what I was wearing the first time he met me and exactly where I was standing. He would come to my other work (a restaurant) and just sit and stare. Looking back now, I should have probably gotten a restraining order but I didn't. I was too nice. I was upfront with him and told him I wasn't interested but it was like he didn't hear me. One night I worked this extremely long shift (overnight). I was still there when the store opened. The turtle guy was there and he started following me around. At first I was tolerant but when he walked out to my car and tried to open the car door for me I broke. I turned and yelled at him. I said something like...just leave me alone. I still remember the look on his face. He finally heard me. He didn't say a word but turned and walked away. He went back into the store and passed out. Yes...he fainted. He hit is head on a shelf and had to get stitches. It wasn't long after that incident that I went away to Kent State. I don't know what ever happened to him but while at Kent I worked at a new Toys R Us. When the manager called the old store for a reference they told him the story (ha ha right). He thought it was great and always called me the "black widow". Nice.
Hopefully Jude grows out of the "turtle" phase before he is 25!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I do have a quick and funny story about her. She works for a Veterinary magazine. They were having a meeting one day and they were trying to come up with a new way to reach people. So Jennifer told them about my blog. She described it as conversational and she really likes that part. The next day she tells her boss he should take a look at my blog. How cool is that. That evening he did. After reading THIS post (which happened to be my post the day he looked) he noticed a link for an earlier post with JenF stories. Needless to say...her boss read some interesting stories about Jennifer. I guess he teased her for a while - called her faucet mouth & such.... Sooooooooooooooooo Funny.
At least I thought it was.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
1. Albert Einstein
2. A person in a straight jacket
3. Pee Wee Herman
5. A Pilgrim
6. Raggedy Ann (punk rock version)
7. School Girl
8. 70's Roller Skater (not roller girl but my friend did that one year!)
9. Vampire (also punk rock version)
10. Club Kid
12. A Sailor (I also punked this one out a bit)
13. Dead Bride (I found a wedding dress for $10 and really just wanted to wear a wedding dress - it was before I was married!)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Either way- why the cleaning rant? Yesterday was laundry day. Last week it took me the entire week to complete the laundry. I was upset about that. So...yesterday I started early and stayed on top of it. It was pretty easy since my sewing machine broke and I wasn't distracted by crafting. I actually folded stuff as it came out of the dryer and even put a lot of it away as I went. It is amazing. Just as I put the last load in my sister called. She was very upset. Her mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer just a few short weeks ago & yesterday they got a call that she was dying and they wanted the family to come and be with her. What an awful thing. So, my sister was going to be going out of town but didn't want to take her two small children to watch their grammy pass away. So...I kept the kids. They got here around 3:30 yesterday afternoon and will be staying until this evening. My mom & dad are on their way up right now, to watch them. Not that I really mind....well, I did at 6:30 AM when they woke up...but 5 is a handful. Unfortunately, Patty (the mother-in-law) passed away before my sister even got the kids here. It is the saddest thing. Last night Reichen & Elise slept in the same room. I heard them talking so I sent Jake up to check on them. He heard Reichen saying that his Grammy died. Elise was asking him if she was in the hospital. What a heart wrenching thing to hear two 2 year olds discussing.
So, once again....let me reiterate - Life is too short to clean your own house - or for many other things for that matter. Enjoy it.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Some little girls have the horse obsession. They collect horses and dolls that wear equestrian riding apparel. I was never one of those girls. In fact I can't really remember what characters I liked as a kid. I did have a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party once.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Well, I am sleep deprived and typing...not a good combo.
So, Avery and I were alone for two days. I had a lot of projects going on. You would think that I would get some rest with the kids gone but I was very busy. Come to think of it I mostly did the stuff I have been putting off for a while. I am happy to say the house is quite clean and somewhat organized. I did do a little shopping for Jude's birthday. Speaking of which...have you seen kids party invitations lately? Jude wants a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party. I am having a tough time finding stuff for it. Anyhoo....I did go to Goodwill several times this week - Jake even went with me on Friday night (hot date). I swear, that is my all time favorite store. I find so many things. It is just plain fun. I have found several things I can use as gifts...not to mention clothes - I can't remember having this many nice things to wear! Seriously. I have had to limit myself (I didn't even look at the women's clothing on Friday). I have been working hard to clean out our stuff and get rid of junk - so while I am shopping I am very careful not to buy stuff just for the fun of it (or because it is such a great deal!) BTW...if there is anything any of you have been looking for that you want me to keep an eye out for just let me know! I passed on a Breadman Bread maker a couple of weeks ago. It looked practically brand new (a newer model as well) for only $5. I should have bought it. I don't need it but I am sure someone out there does....ha ha ha.
Friday, October 19, 2007
As you know my latest hobby is Thrifting. Earlier in the week my phone rang. When I looked at the caller ID I had to start laughing. It was my friend, Melanie. I was laughing because the last 3 or 4 times I have talked to her I have been in Goodwill - this time wasn't any different. She must think I live there. Ha ha. Well, I don't but I have been going about once a week. I am still amazed at the stuff people give away. I guess it is true: one person's junk is another person's treasure. This week I found the coolest thing....A Starbucks French Press Coffee maker thingy. I don't know the technical name. Either way, I have been wanting a French Press for some time now. I was even going to put it on my Christmas list. Now I don't have to! I am so excited. BTW...it was only $4!!!!! Oh, wait - I also had a 20% off coupon for donating stuff. So it was only $3.20. It is not only is in perfect condition but it came with the instructions. I made coffee in it this morning and I will admit it has been a learning process. It says to course grind your coffee but I think I made it too course the first time because the coffee was very weak. I ground some more and added it. It made for a perfect cup of joe. Really....very good.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Here is the recipe I got from Coffee & Tea (it looks like the blog is no longer active but there are other yummy sounding recipes there as well!). BTW...I did make the Pumpkin Spice Butter and it was amazing. That is all I can say - amazing. Before you run out and make these check out this Arizona real estate.
2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup pumpkin (if canned, be sure there are no spices or sugar added)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix together flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter into small pieces and cut into flour. Mixture should look like coarse crumbs. In a separate bowl mix together the pumpkin, buttermilk and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together (don't overmix).
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead gently 3-4 times, and then shape/pat dough into a circle about 1 1/2 inches thick. Slice in half, and then cut each half into 3 equal pie-shaped wedges. Brush with egg glaze (1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp milk), and sprinkle with Turbinado sugar.
Bake on a cookie sheet for @ 375° for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 6 scones.
Pumpkin Spice Butter
1/4 cup (half a stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
Combine all and mix till creamy.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Anyways....back to the title of this post. Gone Fishin' - while we were in Tennessee my dad (aka Poppy) decided to take Jude fishing. Well, as you would expect, Elise decided she wanted to go too. Jude has been a few times before but it was Elise's first time. From what I hear, I started fishing at about the same age. Jude likes holding the fish and digging in the tackle box but he isn't that into the actual fishing stuff. Elise on the other hand, well she liked it. She wanted to cast her own fishing pole and everything. I finally took the hook off so she could cast it without hurting someone. She was having fun. I was so surprised she even held a fish. When we got back to Ohio, one evening I was going to make dinner and I said "do you want some fish?" Elise said, "No, the fish is yucky." She was thinking about fish in their slimy, smelly form. How funny.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Thirteen Recipes I Will NOT Be Trying
1. Celery Whirls
2. Lollipop Franks
3. Hot Sardine Canapes
4. Prune Bran Muffins
5. Creamy Anchovy Stars (a sandwich)
6. Deep Fried Eggs with Mushroom Wine Sauce
7. Ground Beef Parmesan
8. Lima Bean Casserole
9. Pigskin Special (ground frankfurter meatloaf)
10. Glazed Stuffed Beef Heart
11. Prunella Cake
12. Deviled Ham & Macaroni Ring
13. Anise Lollipops
Let me know if you want to try any of these - I will gladly email them to you!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I am not getting paid for this review in case you were wondering.
I love going to the movies. I've mentioned it before. When I was single I would go to the movies several times a week. Many times I would go alone. I always knew what the latest movies were and knew the release dates of upcoming ones. I guess you could say I was a movie buff. Well...things change. We all have to grow up and get our priorities straight. I probably spent money for my bills on movies. Anyhoo. When Jake and I go to Tennessee we always go to the movies. The theater down there shows first run movies for $3 on the week-end and $1 during the week. We have been known to see more than one in a day. It also helps that we have my mom to watch the kids. The bad thing about the theater is that it usually plays movies that draws in a lot of teens. It is really the only thing for those kids to do down there besides drive around the pole (long story). When we got to TN on Friday I started looking to see what was playing. I don't think I had even heard of any of the movies. One was 3:10 to Yuma. When I said it my mom and dad both said they wanted to see it because it was a remake of an old western. So that is the movie Jake and I picked. I figured any movie would be fine...but I wasn't excited about it at all. But I was pleasantly surprised. I LOVED it. I thought it was a great movie. It is rated R - it drops the F-bomb a few times and for the violence. Trust me - they didn't hold back when it came to the violence. If you saw "The Departed"...well, it was like that only a lot more dust. Russel Crowe is in the movie. I have never been a fan of his...until now. I really liked him in this movie - of course he played the bad boy and everyone knows how girls like the bad boys. Either way, I highly recommend the movie. If you can handle a little shoot 'em up bang bang then you will really enjoy it.
Now for the book review....
My sister recommended this book called "The Plain Truth" by Jodi Picoult. I got it and devoured it in only three days. I stayed up late reading this book and found myself reading it in the middle of the night long after Avery was done eating. It is about this Amish family and a lawyer. That is really all I am going to tell you. The Amish family is an older order Amish. The author must have done a lot of research because she was pretty accurate about the Amish but...I will say she did sensationalize the whole "honesty" and "forgiving" aspect. She even talks about their gas lighting. Either way it is a great book. Yesterday I went to the library and got another book by the author. I will let you know if it is as good.
Until next time here is something I thought about while eating my raisin bran this morning....Why do cereal companies always refer to raisins as "plump & juicy"? Raisins are not even close to plump or juicy. Do they think we are dumb?
Have a fabulous day!
Monday, October 08, 2007
start to grow on the string and we would get to watch it change each day. I told them the candy would look like diamonds growing on the strings. Well...that was the plan. The recipe said it would take about 2 weeks. Not bad. It also said we would see growth on the string after 3 days. Maybe in the lab that is how it worked but not in my kitchen. After getting all the them we were making candy but it takes a long time. I explained how the candy would ingredients together I realized I messed up by adding the vanilla too soon. I added it before boiling but you are supposed to add it after boiling. If you remember my caramel making - I did the same exact
thing. But it didn't seem to have quite the same effect as last time so I thought it would be okay. When I poured the liquid in the jars I didn't have enough for the four jars I had originally planned on making. That is what the recipe said I would need. Then I wanted to make 3 different colors to I add the food coloring to each jar. I got them so dark we could barely see the string (duh...)! Two weeks later we didn't really see much of anything. Then we went out out of town. When we came back a week later there were crystals growing everywhere except on the string. So....we do have rock candy but not the conventional way. What did you expect from me? I'll probably need some Ingersoll Rand air tools to get the candy out of the jars.
Preparation1. Arrange jars in bottom of a large Dutch oven, and fill with enough water to cover jars by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil 2 minutes (this is to sterilize). Carefully remove jars with kitchen tongs to a wire rack; cool completely, and dry.
2. Tie strings around centers of wooden skewers or pencils. Place one string in each jar, resting skewer or pencil across rim of jar, and making sure strings do not touch bottoms of jars. Set aside.
3. Bring sugar and 2 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; boil, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring, cinnamon oil, and vanilla. Let stand 5 minutes.
4. Pour about 1 cup syrup mixture carefully around skewer into each jar. Loosely cover with aluminum foil (including skewer); pierce aluminum foil several times with a skewer or knife. Let stand 10 to 14 days or until crystals form on strings. (Occasionally break up hard sugar layer on surface using a wooden skewer.) Remove strings from jars, and suspend strings between jars until crystals are dry (about 1 hour). Remove strings from skewers or pencils.
*10 drops of your favorite shade of food coloring may be substituted for red food coloring, and 2 tsp. of your favorite flavored extract, such as mint, strawberry, or orange, may be substituted for cinnamon oil.
Makes 4 candies
Sunday, October 07, 2007
I love traveling yet, I have never been an international traveler. Maybe someday. I would really like to go visit the United Kingdom. I've always wanted to go there. I think it would be soooo cool. I'd first go to London. I would love to see the London Bridge. I wonder about the hotels in London - do you think it would be expensive? I'd definitely try to get over to Notting Hill - I hope I run into Hugh Grant. Although that would be awkward - running into the other love of my life with Jake there and all.
Next I would travel to Manchester. It looks so old and beautiful. The town hall is a huge fancy building - not like anything we have in the United States. I've heard hotels in Manchester are pretty reasonable. Manchester also has a huge ferris wheel. I bet the city is gorgeous from up there.
Last I would go to Birmingham. There I would find theaters, cinemas, great unique food, huge markets and history. Supposedly, the city has more canals than Venice. I'd definitely spend alot of time in the museums and learn as much as I can. I don't think I would spend much time in the hotels in Birmingham.
In the mean time check out these kitchen sinks.