Monday, June 30, 2008
The moral of the story, kids: When you spend a lot of money, be sure to keep an eye on the sales afterward, and don't be afraid to go ask for your money back!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
- Gordon B. Hinckley
Friday, June 27, 2008
I'm also grateful for our personal growth... in showing restraint... by not making hasty, expensive purchases... like we used to! We're currently in the process of updating our washer/dryer, and we've been working hard by doing copious amounts of research (thanks, Dad!), talking to as many people as we can, and collecting advice. We've "remodeled" our laundry room to accommodate larger machines, but now have a few concerns, since it's on the 2nd floor. Anyone out there own front-loading machines? If so, we need to talk...
I got this one for Brian in Scottsdale, AZ, back in February. Now that it's t-shirt weather here, he's worn it out a few times. Without fail, 2-3 people will stop him and comment about In-N-Out Burger.
Today in an elevator, out of the silence, we heard, "Double Double with Fries."
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The 2 WINNERS of my FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY are...
(Yep, I visited each of your blogs to grab the funniest picture I could find!
Read more about Tib's pic here and Kristen's pic there.)
I will be delivering your mixtape packages
to the Post Office on MONDAY!
Big thanks to all y'all* who entered and
take the time to read and comment on my little blog.
I appreciate it more than you know!
*(Had to work this phrase in... it drives my dad CRAZY! ;)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Change of Heart
by Jodi Picoult
From Publishers Weekly
Picoult bangs out another ripped-from-the-zeitgeist winner, this time examining a condemned inmate's desire to be an organ donor. Freelance carpenter Shay Bourne was sentenced to death for killing a little girl, Elizabeth Nealon, and her cop stepfather. Eleven years after the murders, Elizabeth's sister, Claire, needs a heart transplant, and Shay volunteers, which complicates the state's execution plans. Meanwhile, death row has been the scene of some odd events since Shay's arrival—an AIDS victim goes into remission, an inmate's pet bird dies and is brought back to life, wine flows from the water faucets. The author brings other compelling elements to an already complex plot line: the priest who serves as Shay's spiritual adviser was on the jury that sentenced him; Shay's ACLU representative, Maggie Bloom, balances her professional moxie with her negative self-image and difficult relationship with her mother. Picoult moves the story along with lively debates about prisoner rights and religion, while plumbing the depths of mother-daughter relationships and examining the literal and metaphorical meanings of having heart. The point-of-view switches are abrupt, but this is a small flaw in an impressive book. 1,000,000-million copy first printing.(Mar.)
Don't miss Saturday's premiere of another Jodi Picoult novel, The Tenth Circle, on Lifetime at 9pm Eastern/Pacific. With Ron Eldard and Kelly Preston starring, it looks really good!
Next up on the nightstand?
Per Emily's suggestion: These is My Words by Nancy Turner
I love the library!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
If not, hurry on over to here.
Remember, give a shout-out on your blog,
and you'll have 2 entries in the
BEST GIVEAWAY EVER!
(Yes, I realize it's only a mixtape,
but new tunes are always fun,
and I'm going to throw something else in there fo sho!)
Monday, June 23, 2008
The main dish was Citrus-Honey Chicken, with Crash Hot Potatoes and Lemon-Butter Snow Peas. Dessert was a Wild Strawberry Shortcake. All served beneath a lovely bouquet of fresh-cut sunflowers... fresh from the Farmer's Market. Mmmm, mmmm good!
Sorry, no leftovers here... you're going to have to try these recipes for yourself!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Making reservations now... looks like it's hard to get in to...
Chinese sign... Thanks, you cleared up a lot of confusion for me.
Shhh... don't tell anyone!
(As seen on The Telegraph.)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
- My mom who allowed me to bring stacks and stacks of books home from the library each week to read, during the summers when I was a kid. Because now, I love to read!
- Being in the right place at the right time. We found a new mesh chair at 60% off last weekend for the office - the hottest room in the house. Although it's not the most aesthetically pleasing design, it was what we were looking for and was the last one there. My back and butt are really enjoying the breezes!
- Living far away from a flood plain. Not too far from us, people are spending their days sandbagging and hoping flood waters won't rise any higher. I'm grateful for my dry basement!
- My hubby who worked really, really hard today to cheer me up. Thanks, sweetie.
300 posts later...
Blogging has been really good for me... I've learned a lot, I've developed new interests, I've met new people, and I've reconnected with old friends. I've also figured out that this blog can be anything I want it to be... there are no rules! I view it as my current creative outlet, and I hope that something here entertains or inspires you, gives you a peek into our mundane lives, or just distracts you for a bit.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally won something on a blog giveaway! Being the recipient of Tiburon's Totally Awesome '80s CD, got me thinking about how I should totally rip off her idea of a mixtape, make one of my own, and have my first. ever...
At the very least, I will be sending you a mixtape exploding at the seams with sweet musical heaven. I pinky swear with you that this will be a mixtape worth winning! (Yes, it will actually be a mix CD - so Mom isn't confused... "What are you doing making tapes? Don't you kids use those silver discs now??") I promise that it won't have any tracks from Barry Manilow, Lindsay Lohan, Nelson, or Johnny Mathis. It will be the mixtape you can't stop listening to this summer... at least I hope so! And, you never know, I might even throw in another goody or two!
I'm gonna make it real easy for you to win:
- Anyone can enter... family, real friends, imaginary friends, even strangers (come out, come out, wherever you are!)
- Leave a comment... just say hello... on this post. (Be sure to leave your name and e-mail address if you're posting anonymously/without an account.)
- If you'd like to give me a shout-out on your blog (extra traffic is always appreciated), I'll count your entry times 2! (Please leave in your comment that you're going to do so.)
- All comments will be swiftly deposited into my Warm Fuzzies Collector Pouch... meaning I will treasure each and every one!
- All comments/entries must be received before 11:59pm CDT, Wednesday, June 25th.
- I will randomly select and announce 2 winners next Thursday, June 26th!
- Winners will receive their prize package, valued: priceless, within the first week of July.
Brian flew to Norfolk, VA this week... on Southwest. He took the aisle seat in a row with a guy already in the window seat. As people are filing on board, salivating over where they're going to plop down, the light bulb turned on above Brian's head. He leaned over to his row-mate, and said, "Let's both look BIG and lean into the middle seat." Nobody chose their row to sit in. (Of course this would only work on flights that aren't overbooked, as most Southwest flights are.) Good job, sweetie!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
One of these days, I'm afraid Brian's going to think he can teach them a lesson with his BB gun! Because if he shoots at one of them, they're sure to run back and tell the rest of their bunny friends to avoid the Sprik lot. Instead he'll just scare the neighbor kids, and make Redneck think he needs to pull his own rifle off the gun rack to protect his homestead.
I approached the desk, noticed that management was attempting new methods of order, and saw a sign that pointed to where the line for check-out was to begin. I was the first one waiting when a
Someone may argue that it was a cultural norm for him to treat me this way... oppressive, subservient, less than. He was lucky my inner Rosie didn't try to school him on how this country, the one in which he's currently residing, treats women!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
FYI: The Barn is having its annual Summer Sale right now.
they are closing their Michigan Avenue store at the end of the month... Must. Get. Down. There. to check it out!
Like Phoebe, I've never been 100% in love with everything they offer, mostly because I don't want the inside of my home looking like it came straight out of their catalog. But, in moderate doses and at sale prices, they do sell some very lovely things! Check it out!
OK, OK! I'll try to lay off the Coldplay posts for awhile, though I can't imagine there are any of you out there who aren't fans... YET!
Monday, June 16, 2008
(As seen on Best Week Ever.)
For super-easy, super-delicious, yummy goodness, try this with all of your overripe bananas:
Note: I used my KitchenAid for this recipe, which made it super-easy! I mixed the butter and sugar first, then just dumped the rest of the ingredients in... my bananas were so overripe, that I didn't even bother mashing them ahead of time. I also added 1 c. chopped walnuts to the bowl towards the very end. DELISH!
Paula Deen's Banana Bread
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 ripe bananas, mashed
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar; mix well. Add the salt, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, baking powder and bananas. Mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes.
(Recipe found here.)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
We will all die of something, someday.
I know that may shock you, but you should really try to come to grips with it now. Life is way too short to be constantly consumed with fear and worry. You could spend your whole life avoiding everything you deem dangerous, and then one day, you're in a horrible car accident. Will you have enjoyed your time here on Earth? Everything in moderation, people!
but let moderation be your guide."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Do you remember the Monchichis,
back in the day when Saturday Morning Cartoons
were the best reason to wake up early on the weekend?
The Monchhichis resided in the woodsy kingdom of Monchia, under the rule of a benign wizard, Wizzer. This tribe of highly-developed monkey-like creatures lived in the tops of very tall trees, high above the clouds. Their idyllic life was continually threatened by the gloomy Grumplins of nearby Grumplor, whose evil leader enjoyed being called "your loathsomeness" and "your nastiness". The wise Wizzer would often conjure up powerful spells to save the Monchhichis from the evil grasp of the Grumplins. Fortunately, the Monchhichis were smarter and more resourceful in their efforts to protect their treetop society. The Monchhichis originated as a line of dolls in Japan in the 1970's. Their success in Japan prompted toy maker Mattel to introduce them to the American market, spawning this Hanna-Barbera Production. The show aired from 9/10/83 through 9/1/84 on ABC-TV.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
- A loving husband who tries really hard to surprise me, and this week succeeded! :) (Just don't ever tell me there's a surprise coming... I hate that... and I will get it out of you... slowly, but surely... until you're so annoyed with me you'll do anything to get me off your case!)
- Health insurance! We got some great news this week regarding our benefits, and although it's thrown us for a bit of a loop, it's all good.
- A patient mother who
forced me to learntaught me how to cook! Some days, it's nice knowing I can at least do that... :) Now if I could only get Brian to love leftovers...
Before you're first in line on Saturday to buy tickets to our Chicago show, I have to let you know that we've had a slight change in plans. We know how hard it would've been for you to have to wait until August 4th to see us at the United Center, so we're going to make it a little easier for you... Have any plans for Wednesday, July 23rd? In fact, we've had to move up several of our dates, so please be sure to tell all your friends. Thanks again for preordering the album on iTunes... I'll make sure you're able to download it first on Tuesday. Meanwhile, don't miss the opportunity to hear the album in its entirety on IHeartMusic... I know you're going to love it. You're the best groupie, EVER!
In my college days, I had a 2-week stint as a salad prep girl at Deseret Towers, before I moved on to a bigger and better job as a telemarketer. While being a cafeteria lady at DT, I learned all kinds of tricks... that I've since forgotten. However, when I saw this how-to video, memories of cantaloupe came flooding back to me! Here's how to quickly cut and peel a cantaloupe, in case you were wondering:
(As seen on My First Kitchen.)