Thursday, December 29, 2005


For info about our ultrasound, check out our baby blog.

What Celebrity Do You Look Like?

Compliments of Alison's Blog, check this out. It's kinda fjun, as you can see by what I did below.

Here are my results: Consuelo Velaquez, Anita Ekberg, Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Cate Blanchett, Sophie Loren, and below that it's less than 50% match. Not sure how much I look like any of them, but interesting nonetheless.

I did my friend Jessi and what I came up with for her is this message: Sorry, no faces were detected. Guess she has her own unique look.

When I did a picture of Kendra it gave me: Naomi Watts, Demi Moore, Olivia Newton-John, Julie Christie, Halle Berry, Sophie Marceau, Hillary Swank, Aaliyah, & Isabelle Allende.

I did the picture of Tim from their blog profile and here's what it gave me: Saif Ali Kahn, Kevin Smith, Marat Safin, Michael J. Fox, Billy Bob Thorton.

When I did Andy I got this: George W. Bush (Yikes!), Juan Antonio Samarach (Who?), Michael Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Alain Prost. I don't think that Andy looks like any of these either.

I scanned in a different picture of me and got different results: Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Meg Ryan, Kate Winslet. Again -- I don't think I look like any of these.

Letting Go.....

It all started about 6 years ago in grad school when I was taking a class on CBT and I volunteered to use myself (in front of the class) because I was frustrated with the interactions with my brother. It was that moment that I chose CBT as my theoretical basis and began to apply it to my life. It started out slow with choosing how I react to being stuck in traffic and then started applying it to have I react to other people.

I think I have done a fairly good job at being able to separate what things I can make choices about and which things I have not control over, the latter mainly being other's people thoughts and actions.

Oh, I am certainly not perfect. Far from it. But I sit here at 5 in the morning thinking about how I am frustrated that people do not let go of things from the past and keep drudging it up. Honestly, I wish they would let things go, especially when things have changed. But I realize that I cannot make them do that. I can only change how I react to them. I do not know how I will do that exactly until I am in that position again, but until then I just have to remind myself that I can choose to react differently and find a way for myself to let go of the fact that some people may never let go of something.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

You Gotta Get This!

This was one of my xmas presents from Andy and we love it. It's a Egg'n'Muffin from Back to Basics.

The toaster part is a wide slot, perfect for bagels. You can make toast by itself, egg(s) by itself, or and egg(s) and toast simultaneously. It's perfect. Well, plus you can heat up pre-cooked meats as well.

The toast gets perfectly browned, and you choose the level of egg hardness (soft, medium, & hard) by how much water you add. It basically steams the egg(s) to cook them.

You can make one egg poached (or scrambled if you choose to do that) or you can make 4 hardboiled eggs (2 separate trays). There is also another try to add your pre-cooked meats to, in case you want to have meat with your sandwich as well. We haven't done the meat thing yet, I think I'll pick up some canadian bacon so that I can try it out.

Both yesterday & today we both had egg & cheese breakfast sandwiches. So yummy! So quick! So easy! Almost every day I would make a breakfast sandwich to make and eat on the way to work, but it involved lots of steps and timing on my part. With this I can just start it and walk away and come back in a few minutes to a perfect egg & english muffin.

So, Steph - you definitly should buy this for Jason for his birthday. You will definitly get a lot of use out of it. And if you buy good quality english muffins (there are some light ones by Lakeland Foods, or WW ones -- which I like better), add an egg, and some LF cheese you can make a sandwich for 2.5 WW points (3 if you use regular cheese, 2 if you use egg beaters instead of an egg). So, you can definitly keep your points down for those of you doing WW.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

My Weekend

Friday -- Christmas with the in-laws. We did the appetizer thing where everyone bring an appetizer to share. Good food. We both got some nice gifts, some for the baby.

Saturday -- Made nut brittle, divinity, chocolate banana bread, and 5 gallons of carmel corn (the 2 latter or gifts for co-workers). Of course after all that there was a lot of dishes to do. Watched Rudolph (have the tape) and then went to dinner @ Pizza Hut and went to Javalive for some hot cocoa & entertainment. Javalive is a coffee shop that has free live entertainment on most Fridays & Saturdays. Sometimes when you get free entertainment that is all it is worth. This lady (who did most of the singing) was pretty awful. She kept forgetting the words to popular Christmas songs. What the hell? The guy sounded fine and played nice. We have heard some really good performers while we've been there, so we keep checking out what's there. Plus it's smoke-free and something to do.

Sunday -- Filled up Andy's trunk with a crib (we picked up from Raoul -- don't ask) that my parents will use and a bunch of presents. Andy picked up my car from the repair shop (finally got it back!) and I did some grocery shopping.

Tim & Kendra's Blog

Our friends Tim & Kendra (you might remember her from some pictures previously posted on here) are seriously considering on moving to Manila (in the Phillipines) for a year for a project for her work. They have started their own blog. I wanted to post it here, as I am sure my mom would be interested to hear how they are doing. Plus, I tried updating my sidelinks the other day and gave me an error and I just haven't had time to figure it out, so now I at least have the blog linked somewhere.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Molly Likes Loony Toons

Well, I am not sure if it is Loony Toons in specific, or just cartoons. Since there are no kids here yet we don't watch a ton of cartoons, rarely any except Simpsons, King of Hill, you know Fox cartoons.

Anyways -- HBO Family is Gremlins 2 and the introduction before the movie starts was a short Loony Toons clip and she was just fixated on the tv, once the Gremlins movie started she was back to chewing on her ball.

Anyone ever have a dog like cartoons or Loony Toons in specific?

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Snow Day!

Well, not quite a snow day. We had a 2-hour delay start, which was nice as I could get some laundry & dishes done & ate a nice breakfast at home. So, I only had to work for a few hours, then had my 1-year follow-up for my Lasik, which was a good appointment. Then I visited with my neighbor Mary for a while, which was nice. And made a good supper -- Seafood ala King (with shrimp & scallops.)

Today has not started so well......I have been awake since just after 5 (due to the cat) and finally got up and did some dishes and surfed the internet. I have been feeling a little nauseated this morning, which I am not pleased with. And I forgot my cell @ home, I hate when I do that. It's sitting there in the charger -- bah! Tonight I was planning on going to the holiday party for our department, but we'll see how I feel later on. I am pretty tired and stomach is upset, so maybe I'll just skip it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Now that's a Mouthful!

Wow! You gotta check out all the adorable pictures on this website:

Monday, December 12, 2005

Weekend Review

Hmmmm.....this was a really laid-back weekend.....

Friday -- stayed home and watched movies on cable

Saturday -- took our time and finally went out and bought a couple of presents we need for this weekend, and then ate dinner @ El Tequila in Northfield. El Tequila is our favorite restaurant down here. We have never been to the location in Northfield, just in Owatona & Faribault. They also have a location in Farmington. Then home again.

Sunday -- hmmmmm.....ran a few errands and spent most of the day at home. Did manage to clean out the closet in the nursery which was over-run by photos and pictures we took down from that room and others, and donations to Goodwill & the humidifier that needed to come out and start being used. That was our one thing we set out to accomplish this weekend. We waited to the last minute, but we did it. Now it's just a closet with some baby things, a hamper and my maternity clothes.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Lunch-lady Memories

Alison gave me the idea for this post, as when I was commenting on her blog I started thinking of all those foods I liked that we had in our school cafeteria.

See, before you read this, you need to know that I went to a VERY small Catholic school for K-8, so there was not hundreds or thousands of kids to cook for. There weren't even a hundred kids at the school, yes it was that small. Most things were homemade. It was great. A lot of kids went back for seconds (in a small school you can do that). The head lunch-lady was also the owner/cook of a popular local restaurant/bar that was open in the evenings.

These were some of my favorite dishes:
* Pizzaburgers (not like a patty, but layers on a bun) Kinda like this recipe using the tomato soup, but on open-face hamburger buns.
* Tunaburgers (they were a creamy mixture on a bun, this recipe sounds like it.)
* Homemade pizza (crust & everything, this was a real treat!)
* Peanut Butter Dessert Squares (check out the Creamy Dessert Squares)
* Tater-tot Hotdish (recipe here)
* Pizza Casserole

I didn't care for the tacos. I was the weird kid that would take someone's refried beans on taco days in exchange for my taco, because you had to have a clean plate. I also didn't like peas and would try to get rid of those. Oh, and I detested these pork chopettes. A lot of the boys like the pork things so that was an easy thing to get rid of. I also didn't like when they made us take the raisin & peanut cups. I was not very fond of raisins thenand the peanuts were unsalted. What the hell? Who wants to eat unsalted peanuts.

Why can't I remember the other foods. I remember getting tomato soup and grilled cheese -- that was good and chili. I don't remember a lot of other soups. I also remember eating ravioli and loving that. Mom didn't buy us canned ravioli, so getting it at school was a treat, although I don't like the ravioli in the high school I work in. We always had a fish or vegetarian main course on Friday -- as we were a Catholic school. On fish days she always made her homemade potato salad. It was good, but since you knew you were going to her restaurant that evening and would have it, it did get old. I never did like the fish fillets (like those Van De Kamps breaded triangular ones) or fish sticks. I gave those away too. Oh! And I never likes the mashed poatatoes -- they were instant. Still don't care for instant mashed potaoes. I did like baked potatoes, but as a kid I didn't like skins and would get hollered at for not eating my skins. But that is why we always traded, so you got to eat the foods you liked and didn't get hollered at for not eating everything, because they made you take one of everything.

I guess I didn't care much for a lot of the pre-made stuff, except the ravioli. I always liked the homemade stuff and have fond memories of those things. Even now that I work in a high school, I tend to eat the lunches that require more assembling (as nothing is "really" homemade when you have 2000 students to cook for). Although they make the tatertot hotdish homemade (can you get tatertot hotdish pre-made?) and this great homemade potpie. I tend to eat a lot of salads there. They have a great salad bar with tons of things on it. They also always have a few choices for fresh fruit, which is great to get a variety of melons in the winter.

The good thing I notice about the high school and about the public high school I went to, is that they don't make you take anything.

You know, now that I re-read this post I am starting to think I was a little bit picky. I never thought I was a picky kid, as there were kids who didn't like things A LOT more than me. As I got older my tastes changed and I like some of the things I used to not like (peas, tacos, ok mayeb that is it). Hmmmm.....I wonder what my kid is not going to like.......

Another Take on Vegetables

Ok - maybe this is someone else's idea of vegetable (& fruit too!) garden planning,

These pictures on "Tiny Grain of Sand" are hilarious.

Vegetable Gardening Plans for Next Year

This baby business is going to cramp into my vegetable garden planting this year. I am due right around the time that I need to be tilling and getting the garden to plant.

Do you think with a big belly with a baby ready to pop out of it I am gonna want to want to do any digging? Or after that when a 8 pound baby (I'm hoping it's not as big as I was when I was born) comes ripping through me (yes, I am scared of ripping! ouch!)? Or what if I need to get a c-section and am not going to be able to do digging stuff for a while?

So, I've decided that I am finally going to do something different with my garden. I started it last fall a little bit, but this spring I am going to do the whole thing. I am going to do a Lasagna garden. No, I am not planting pasta, cheese, & tomatoes (well, yes I will be planting tomatoes). It's a type of gardening that layers organic materials that composts and provides the plants with valuable nutrients, that my compact rocky soil is missing. There is no digging, no wedding & no tilling! Convinced yet?

I bought the 'original' Lasagna gardening book on the above link. I've had it for a couple of years and read it a couple times. I couldn't sleep last night so I read it again (a very easy read!)

Last fall I had Andy cover the garden with chopped leaves to see how just one layer affected the garden. I then had our tiller-guy (Tiller-guy went to college this fall and said he would probably not be moving back to the area until after 4 year.) go through the composted garden. It was amazing how just this layer of leaves composted over the winter made a difference in the garden. That was step one in my small test.

Step two was creating the small areas in my garden that were separated by walking paths made of an organic material (I used cut grass!). These paths cut down on my weeding tremendously. No longer did I have to weed in between rows of plants. I had also planted groups of plants in boxes rather than rows, which is supposed to allow more plants because you have less space for walking. Step 2 worked nicely as well.

What was also great was that I had some place to put my grass clippings and leaves and didn't have to bag them all. I have 2 compost bings behind the garage and both are basically full, so I don't really have room there for more clippings.

So, my plan is to go the Farmer's & Feed Supply Store and buy some straw, an inexpensive purchase. There is a layer of composting leaves and grass on it now, which I will rake to the side as I layer the bottom with newspapers (I actually did this newspaper things with some flower garden I put in, works nicely for most weeds, but somehow those persitant picker plants find a way to get through.) Then I will rake the composted layer back on, layer with some straw, and I'll have to make a trip to Wal-Mart or Lowe's to get some peat moss and maybe some bagged manure to add to the layers, then empty at least one of my compost bins on the garden and I have wood ask in the firepit, although I will have to be carefull sprinkling it as we have burned things with nails in there and such, so I'll have to watch for those things. And I imagine we'll have mowed the lawn once already and I'll throw that in the layers too.

To plant you just pull apart the layers and put in you plant or plant seeds on tops of the layers and cover with another layer. Oh, you do plant in blocks and have the paths too.

The first year is when the greatest cost is involved because you have the most layers to make and if the supplies are not all available for free to you, you make have to go buy some. After the 1st year you just keep adding more layers. It doesn't get all tall and huge because it composts down. You start out with an 18-24" pile when you start, and it composts down to 6" in no time at all and continues to compost after that even further.

So, that's what I am going to do. And now that I told you all about it, you can do it too.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

My Sleeping Boys

Camera phone doesn't take the greatest pictures, but here are my sleeping boys, Andy & Larry.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Holiday Traditions

Andy & I have talked bits over the years of our own holiday traditions and those that we would like to have with our kids.

I just thought it would be nice to reflect on the good things from the holidays that I remember enjoying.

* I always liked having Christmas Stockings from Santa
* I never noticed it growing up - but Santa presents came in Santa wrapping paper, that's a neat idea.
* I liked that Santa always gave us a gift to the "Family" which was something we could do that night or the next day, like a movie or a game.
* I like listening to the Disney Christmas albums, it's what my mom played (on record) when we were young. It always cracks me up when Goofy sings "Five Onion Rings"
* I like how we take turns opening presents, so that when you are done opening you pick something from the pile for someone else.
* It made me laugh when my dad would put on a clown nose and a santa hat, like he was Rudolph & Santa all in one.
* I like that we do a bunch of appetizers (Andy's family does this too) for xmas Eve, and then a dinner on xmas day.
* I like that we have my grandpa say prayer at xmas day dinner and I always liked that we invited them over for that day. Since everyone else has to share them on the eve, we get their full attention on the day.
* I alwas thought it was nice that mom made people pies, fruit cakes, candies, cookies, etc. for holiday trays as gifts and delivered it to them. They always seem to appreciate it. I like to do that too.

Ok - it's time for lunch. But I will have more to comment on. What holiday traditions do you like that you did with your family?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Bah Humbug?

If I don't xmas cards this year - or maybe ever again - does that make me a Scrooge?

I hate the feelings of guilt about having to send out cards to anyone & everyone.

Does it make sense to send out cards to people just because they send me a card?

Honestly, there are some people I would want to send cards, but do you need to send a card if you will see them in person? Isn't a verbal greeting as good or better?

Isn't it ok to just send cards to people you want to but cannot give a verbal greeting to? Or maybe I should just call those people instead -- I'm thinking of those people out of state that I do not have the opportunity to wish a Happy Holidays to.

I feel a little like the card business has made such a push at commercializing the holidays and making you feel guilty if you don't buy a $5 box of cards and send it out.

Really, what is a card if all it is, is a card with no letter or anything and is just a signature on some pre-printed words.

I'm not doing xmas cards this year, well, I might send out to a couple of friends out of state I will not see and call them too. But other than that, I am giving myself permission to not feel guilty about not doing cards. And maybe next year I will feel even better about not doing it.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Bitterly Cold

Andy took this picture this morning and sent it to me on his way to work. Yikes! The joys of living in Minnesota.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

First Weekend in December

Friday night I met Linda for an early dinner at the Peppermill, early for me is anytime before 7pm, we were there around 5:45. It was nice conversation and good food. I was home and in bed around 9:30.

Saturday I put up some Christmas lights in 5 windows and an illuminated hanging snowman and 2 illuminates hanging hollys, and some non-illuminated holiday decorations & a wreath & holiday flag. It looks even more Christmasy here. I like it. The colorful lights make me happy. That night Andy & I went to an early dinner, coincidentally the same time as yesterday's early dinner. We decided to check out The Pinecone Restaurant, which is a truck stop restaurant in Northfield. We saw a sign saying they had a huge salad bar and that sounded good to me. For $7.95 we had the buffet (salad bar, soups, and hot foods including fried chicken, ribs, turkey, all the turkey trimmings, mac&cheese, & macaroni casserole). Pretty good and pretty nice inside. Although we ate too much food. Then we came home and watched The Longest Yard, which we picked up from Redbox. I did make some holiday rice krispie treats that are very good.

Today I ran some errands and did grocery shopping. Yup, that's really it. I don't plan to do much more than make dinner for us in a few hours.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

The Long Holiday Weekend

I can't believe I have to work for 4 weeks now before I can get another break. At least then it will be for just over a week, as we go back to work on January 3rd. Andy has no sympathy for me at all. He keeps forgetting that he has a ton of vacation that he can use.

So, it started on Wednesday evening. I went to see the new Harry Potter movie. It was pretty good, I just didn't like how packed the theater was. I should have waited another couple of weeks and seen a late show, then it might just be a little less busy.

Thursday we went to the in-laws for Thanksgiving.

Friday, I got up early and did some Christmas shopping. I had a lot of my Christmas shopping done, but I can't resist the bargains. So, I did some xmas shopping for my brother. That night we put up the tree & I wrapped the presents in the afternoon. See previous post for more details.

Saturday, went out and did a little shopping again. I have never really went out on the Saturday after. It's pretty disappointing, not all the bargains. Then we went to Carrie & Kyle house and played Texas Hold'em & Scattegories with them and Kim & Travis & ordered some Dominos.

Sunday, so far so good. So far I have felt great today, but it's now the evening and my stuff sets in and I can feel it a little, but so much better than before. Did some laundry and some cooking, which has been rare as I have not felt like cooking or wanted to smell cooking much the last 4 months. So, I made us a big brunch of wheat&honey pancakes, eggs, & peaches. For dinner I made a Costa Rican dish called "Chicken w/ Mushroom Sauce" served over the top of rice. Also made some chocolate pumpkin bread - this is absolutly fantastic - and some califorina rolls (my craving, these with some wasabi and soy sauce just go down so easily.) Mmmmm..... We also went grocery shopping and I did my prenatal yoga dvd. While I cooked Andy watched football.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Phone Camera Pics

So, I took these pics with my camera phone. It doesn't have the greatest quality, and I was too lazy to run upstairs and fetch the digital camera and put batteries in it. So, I just took these yesterday.

The first one is of my fat cat, Larry. Sometimes he rests on his back. Strange.

The second one is of the xmas tree & presents (so far!) this year. On Black Friday, I go out early in the morning and go shopping and when I come home I spread all the presents out I bought that day and before and thn start wrapping. It took me a good 3 hours this year to wrap. We still have a few people left to buy for (well, basically presents we ordered online and am waiting to be delivered) and of course Andy still needs to finish buying presents for me and get them under the tree as well. I shop for presents for my brother to give (sometimes presents my dad tells me to get for my mom too), so we usually end up with a pretty impressive spread under the tree. Wait until next year, when we have presents for the baby.

So, last night we put up the tree and decorated it. You can't have a pile of presents just sitting there; they need a tree to be under. Larry likes the tree. We have a little path through the presents so he can go sit under it in the back. Plus he has this things about chewing on the artificial tree, I think that is comon for cats.

I also have the manager and figures set up, but I need to go get some straw. It's not the same without the straw. Andy thinks it would be funny to carpet the manager. JoAnn Fabrics & Wal-mart usually have a "tiny" bale of straw in their craft area. A couple of years ago I bought one and used half that year and half last year.

We also got some other holiday decorations up around the house, but no outside lights. I am not sure if I feel like doing that.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

A Great Feast & Breakfast

I was very thankful we planned our Thanksgiving Feast (Raoul's 9th Annual Thanksgiving Feast) to occur the Saturday after the cleaning lady. It made it so much less stressful to not have to worry about a lot of cleaning and cooking.

So, I did some cooking on Friday night and then finished the rest on Saturday. It was also very nice that the guys were in charge of frying the turkey (we have now acquired a turkey fryer that Raoul bought and gave to us).

There was 12 for the Saturday Thanksgiving Feast and then 6 of us for breakfast today.

Here was our menus:

Saturday Feast:
  • 22 lb. Deep Fried Turkey
  • 7.5 pounds of mashed potatoes (these were awesome)
  • 2 acorn squash
  • 2 bags of corn
  • coleslaw (was gonna buy pre-shredded stuff, but the store was sold out so I had to shred my own green cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots) (dressing recipe in the most recent Lena cookbook)
  • Jello Salad (jello, cream cheese, pears, abd whip cream all blended together - awesome! In a Holy Cross Cookbook)
  • Pumpkin Cranberry Bread (Andy's Aunt Dee's recipe, in Deal cookbook)
  • Fresh Wheat Bread
  • 2 dozen white dinner rolls
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes (recipe out of Deal cookbook too)
  • Stuffing (used Brownberry stuff and increased recipe by 50% and added a chopped apple and 3/4 C chopped cranberries)
  • Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
  • Pies (1-pumpkin, 1-peach, 1-apple)
  • Lots of wine and beer!

Yes, there are plenty of leftovers. We also had appetizers that included: Harry & David Chocolate Macademia Shortbread Cookies, H&D Pepper & Onion Crackers, mixed nuts, candy corn, a huge veggie tray with dip, and california rolls (glad Jessi brought these as I was craving them, it's the flavor of the seaweed & wasabi I like).

And included in Breakfast was:

Yes, again there are leftovers. I won't have to cook this week at all. And considering we are going to Andy's parents house for Thanksgiving, that will be another meal I don't have to cook.

Mmmmmm! Leftovers!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


It's the first snowfall of the season. The power went out last night for a couple of hours, that was a pain in the ass since the thermostat is electric and basically we had no heat. It started to get cool awfully fast. Not sure why the power went out; there was probably a lot of ice on the lines and it was really windy.

The weather this season has been weird; it's been a warm fall and all of a sudden it just got cold. It was like, "Ok, it's winter now."

I had to drag out my winter coat and was reminded that I have that issue with the zipper.......I figure I'll buy a new coat next winter since this year I can tolerate wearing my old one until it no longer fits around my stomach and then I'll claim one of Andy's as my own.

It's kinda pretty to see the snow on the trees, but driving in it sucks.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

A Custom House

Last year, almost to the day, we had 3 companies come out and give us quotes on replacing all the double-hung windows in the house.....we're talking around 15 windows....yikes! That's not including 7 picture windows (included only one) or the 2 bay windows (which, other than the 3rd floor window we replaced are the newest windows in the house). Well, every window in our house is custom. There is not one window that we could go to Menards or Lowe's and buy the window and install it ourselves. Every single window has to be special-ordered, which means spending more money. So, needless to say we cannot afford to replace all the windows in our house at one time. So, this year we decided to do one room at a time (which means about 3 windows each year, including the picture windows). So, it will probably take us about 7 years at that rate, but hey, that's what we can afford right now.

Damn house with too many windows!

So, I signed the contract and we will be getting 2 new windows in our master bedroom and 1 new bedroom in the master bath. So, we can be warmer this winter. Save us from the drafts. Next year we will do the nursery for sure (2 windows) and maybe the kitchen (1 window).

Now we just have to wait for them to do the work.

Interesting Places......

Here are a couple things I find interesting that are in Northfield that I didn't know existed:

Northfield Buddist Meditation Center

Capati (Indian Restaurant)

Monday, November 14, 2005

Free Movie (@ Theatres)

Glamour put in their magazines some movies that they will be screening in select cities before it is released.......Andy & I are hoping to get to go see Just Friends. It will be in Edina on Thursday. You have to go to their website and register to get free passes. They are also doing a screening for Rent, but that one isn't being shown in MN anywhere.

Weekend Wrap-up

A pretty calm weekend.....somewhat relaxed.....some puking.....some accomplishments.....

Friday -- Went to Culver's (I've been neglectful of feeding Andy red meat, so he needed a burger & I needed ice cream)

Saturday -- Puked. Went to the movies and saw Zathura. It was a decent movie. Stopped @ Wendy's & nearly lost it from the smell of Andy's chicken nuggets (haven't had a good response during this pregnancy to Wendy's), although my Frosty went down just fine. Went to bed early.

Sunday -- Puked. Then felt decent the rest of the day. I put new flooring down in one bathroom while Andy put a new toilet in another. Today is the start of my 2nd trimester....what happened the promises of magically getting better??!?!?! EMPTY PROMISES.

Did find out that there are 2 other people at work pregnant & due around the same time as is due 5 days before and the other is due 12 days after me. I've been eating a lot of ice cream this past week, so I think I will be seeing a weight gain at my next doctor visit.

This weekend we have our Thanksgiving Feast with Raoul. We'll see what kind of mess he manages to get himself into. We did fix that door from his last episode. Funny.

Material Girls

So, finally blogger would let me post this picture of Carrie & I in our Halloween Costumes.....

Yes, we did buy most of the stuff......we did not save it....although I have to admit that the banana clip I am wearing (I'm in purple for my readers who do not know me) is my own banana clip from the 80's. Not sure why I never parted with it. Maybe a part of me always hoped it would come hair is naturally curly so it always worked well for my hair.

So, let me walk you through my outfit from head to toe to help you relive the 80's.

Ok - got the banana clip in the hair, you probably can't see it but I have purple paint streak in my high bangs and in the curls in the back. I have the big hoops in, light blue metallic eye shadow and frosty lips, big hoop earrings, layered plastic beads around my neck (the long set is tied in a knot), wearing a Walk-man, have fingerless gloves on and bangle bracelets, and oversized top over leggings, a large belt worn hanging off the hip, 2 different colors of slouch socks in penny loafers (I did put pennies in them for the night).......

Carrie has her hair crimped -- crimped very well.....she actually had a crimper yet....

I'm not sure what is more keeping my banana clip or her keeping her crimper.....

Friendly Pictures

Here are some photos that friends sent me. They are funny so I had to share them.

The first one is of my friend Molly in her Halloween costume. I don't think there is any need to explain it. It's funny.

This next picture of Jessi & Alex. He has such a funny expression on his face.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Black Friday Stuff

Here are links to some places that are listing Black Friday sales:

Wal-Mart Don't think I will go here. Not worth it for justa couple things I maybe interested in, would need to see the actual pictures first.

Ace Hardware Think I will go here.

Toys'R'Us Some good prices on things, but not sure I want to go to the Cities.

Best Buy Here's info on the laptops out there, will try to get one from

Radio Shack Not sure if I will go here, seems like they always have the stuff available, even the door busters, so it's not as urgent to get there right away.

Wal-Greens Probably not.

As a side note - we are getting a Kohl's down here now too. They are starting contruction on it right now.

List of online deal sites.

Friday, November 11, 2005

So, Glad it's Friday

It seems like such a long really wasn't......just feels like it.....I'm so glad that it's Friday.

We're doing more home improvement projects around the house this weekend, as next weekend we are having this Thanksgiving feast at our house next weekend, so we wanted to do a few things.....

But other than that, hopefully it's a pretty relaxed weekend.....

Sunday, November 06, 2005

New Door Lock

We got this keyless door lock and just love it. Granted, it was kinda a pain in the ass for Andy to install, basically because our door is old and had an old hardware setup. This would probably install very easily in a newer door with newer hardware.

But we just love that all you have to do when you leave is press 1 button (the lock button). And when you return you just need to enter in your combination number and the unlock button. No fussing with keys! And if you are in the car and realize you forgot something, you don't have to turn off the car. No accidentally locking yourself out......and when we are gone we can easily instruct the neighbord how to get in the house to make sure the cats have food. Very cool.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Playing Catch Up!

Ok - so I have not been blogging very much.....been tired and sick A LOT.......well, because I'm pregnant......which we are excited about, but certainly am not a fan of the constant morning sickness. But you can read more about that on our baby blog.

So, we had this Wine & Specialty Beer Tasting party a couple of weeks ago. It was a very successful party......I managed to stay up pretty late......the guys got pretty shit-faced on all the international beers there were drinking (then to the vodka or Jager and Red Bull). Raoul got himself locked in the bathroom, which was freaking hilarious.......we ended up having to hake the door knob off the door & door of the hinges....very funny......I almost let them break down the door....things like that happen when Andy gets drunk with his we need to put the door back on the hinges and replace the doorknob (which is where the problem lie.)

Last weekend, I went to Jenny's Halloween party with Carrie.....we were 80's together ahead of time and got all dressed up. I took some pictures and have been trying to put them on blogger, but for some reason it keeps giving me an error code. I think I will try uploading them again in a different format. The party was fun and I was kicking ass atTexas Hold'em. Carrie fell asleep mid conversation on the way home and I had a good laugh about that. She started talking about getting rid of dog hair, while the conversation was about the price of diesel....very funny......guess she was a little tired.......

This weekend we are getting together with April, Jason, & Molly @ Benihana's. I have been VERY sensitive to smells, so I have my fingers crossed that I will do ok there. I have had A LOT of food aversions, but everything there should be fine.......And today we have our 2nd prenatal visit and get to hear the heartbeat.....

The in-laws stopped over last weekend.....they were in the area because they are thinking of moving down here (around the time the baby is born)......Andy seems pretty excited about that.....if they do move down here it will be the closest we ever lived to them.....

Today is the last day of 1st quarter for the kids....the time has sure flown by......I had let something slip to a kid the other day about being pregnant....and once one knows they all I have pretty much just annouced it. I am due right at the end of the school year and have plans to go back, which is a relief to many.......

I can't promise I will be any more diligent about blogging.......but I'll try.....

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Monster Mash

Alison had a link to this on her blog.

Your Monster Profile
Iron Destroyer
You Feast On: Grass
You Lurk Around In: Shopping Malls
You Especially Like to Torment: Dentists

DOOL Frustrations

Ok, ever since we got the DVR, I record DOOL and Passions everyday and watch it. I usually get through both soaps in an hour, and on good days when I am sick of certain characters or stories, I can get through the 2 soaps in 45's fantastic.....

Usually, I spend most of the time watching DOOL because the story lines move faster and I find some of the characters more interesting.....but not lately......I gotta say I HATE ALEX NORTH! I wish Jon would just come and axe him.....go back to your mercenary days and kill the bastard......Ugh! I've got frustrations with other characters, but I don't HATE any of them the way I hate Alex......I never even hated Stefano that much....this guy just really irks me.....

It bothers me that Phillip is so clueless....can he get any more dumb......I think he must be related to Ethan (from Passions) Both dumbasses and just don't get it......I'm getting pretty pissed at Belle too......just leave Shawn alone.....speaking of leave Shawn alone, I'm glad that Jan isn't there anymore....I hated her too......I kinda like Shawm & Mimi together though.....

I am sick of Sami always trying to find a way to get her parents back together....when is she going to get with it? And what is with naive goody-two shoes's a little over the top....

Did you ever notice how many of the guys in soaps are naive and easily manipulated......take Bo for example.....apparently he can only act on fears of jealousy or sex, 'cuz him & Hope are always jumping on each other......and why can't Max and Patrick see what a Bitch Chelsey is?.....Those 2 guys just need to drop her and move on with their lives.....

You know - watching soaps is like watching a trainwreck over na dover in slow just can't stop looking even though you know it's not going to lead to anything good.....

Pets that Communicate

So, the other day Andy & I were watching a show on the Discovery Channel about Pets that really got us talking about our own pets and how they aren't nearly as amazing as the ones on the show (otherwise, I suppose they would be on the show).

But what I find amazing is that it is a Saturday morning at 5:30am and here I am on the, it's not Christmas and Santa did not come.......I'm not watching cartoons......I'm not getting ready to leave on an early morning flight......I did not get a call to say that someone I know is hurt or dead.......

It's Freaking Larry.......oh, he can communicate......especially when the cat food dish is empty and he's I have been up for about an hour.......tried to go back to sleep, but it didn't happen and not I've got some nausea setting in and not making me happy.....

But do you want to know what he does......he used to come in and knock over our water glasses.....boy that would piss us off....then we wised up and started bringing in bottles with caps....ha! Ha! Take that! We out smarted a cat.......well, not so fast, then somehow he figured out if he digs at the mini-blinds it makes a lot of noise and we wake up......he only does this when he needs 4:30 this morning after he dug in my blinds, then went to dig in Andy's blinds, I finally got up........

Most of Larry's communication revolves around eating and sleeping....either he wants you to feed him (letting you know the bowl is empty or it's dinner time and he wants his tuna) or he wants you to sit or lay down so that he can come sleep on you......luckily for me the 16 pound cat always sleep next to me.....he likes to sleep in the crook of my arm resting his head and front paws either on my breast or ribs (always on the left side)......he's a pretty verbal cat and will meow about things that bother him, like if there is a hairball somewhere he wants cleaned or if he wants the litter box cleaned (probably 'cuz he took a really smelly dump)....when he meows, if you just follow him he will lead you to what is bothering him......

Lucy on the other hand.......she understands the word no and will leave if you tell her no......she comes when you call her name (actually both will, but Larry won't if he's too comfortable sleeping somewhere)........she lets you know that she is either feeling sick or proud (proud if she just killed a mouse) by becoming overly affectionate (neither of which you want her on you yawning, those times her breath stinks)....and if she wants tuna she'll rub your legs by the fridge.....she relies mainly on non-verbal communication.......when she's really happy and loves being pet she drools....kinda gross, but she drools all over you......and if she's mad at you, she turns away from you and seems to make it a point that she doesn't want to be by you or look at you.......

Now Molly.....she's dumb.....but she does how she quietly sits there while we eat looking at us with those big dumb eyes that say "I'll take whatever you have leftover, even if I just get to lick the plate".........she knows that Go to Bed! means shut up in your kennel (or we're putting you in your kennel and you have to shut up)....she knows what go get your ball or go get your bear (she loves to demolish stuffed animals) or go get your stick means......She knows Where's the kitty? means where is lucy (we had molly & lucy before we got larry) and will go find's actually kids cute......she lets us know that she has to go to the bathroom by wagging her tail fast and pacing in front of the door.....she has different barks in her kennel that tell us either she is out of food or she's lonely....sometimes she throws in a different bark when a mouse gets into her food in the kennel in the garage and she's killed it.....they're not heating her food, she kills those mice....although it's gross to see she drowns them in her water dish....YUK!....She knows Go into the House and loves those words......she knows go to your kennel (just as they are), but sometimes she doesn't want to go to her kennel and will lay on the ground and make herself deadweight......She knows what go for a walk means, even though it means she has to sit there and get her gentle leader put on.....

So, our animals do communicate to us.....they may not tell us that a tornado is coming (Larry hides for the smallest storm, while Lucy comes out and laps up the attention she gets because he's hiding and he won't get any) or that we have cancer or that a Tsunami is coming, or that Andy will be home in 10 minutes.......

Now, how do I get back to sleep.....

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

How Cruel Can You Be?

So, you're having a bad day and want to take it out on someone. How about a blond with flat abs? THIS is funny. Steph sent to me. I just love making her squeeze through 2 circles that look like they are connected. When she comes it the other end it's like 2 white butt cheeks pooped her out. And then -- stop her falling in mid air and drag her around and pound her head against stuff. This is great.

Here are the instructions to the above link:
Note: When she gets stuck, left click and drag her free..

That's it! HAVE FUN!

Friday, October 07, 2005

So Tired......

I've been busy and tired and have been neglectful of blogging. It might also be that things have been a little uneventful, which is sometimes good.

Although the cleaning lady came for the first time yesterday.....that was nice. My sink and tub were so's great!

Next Saturday I teach a couple of classes for a group of child care providers. My friend Rebecca is the director os the organization that is providing this series of classes. I am teaching the classes that I teach at the Community College. I am pretty excited to do the Stress Management one. I am going to do a progressive relaxation as part of the class. When I did this for my college students they really enjoyed it and had a lot of positive feedback.

This Saturday we are having dinner over at Rebecca & Dave's house. Not sure what we'll do tonight.....during the day this weekend we plan on finishing painting. We're re-decorating some stuff upstairs.....Andy wants his office to be more masculine (flowers be gone!).....and we're changing wall colors and bought some new windows treatments, new art, and am adding a reading nook area......should turn out nice.

What A Start to a Day!

Sometimes you just gotta love living in a rural area. I called into the local radio station to answer a question and win soem prizes and I WON! Well, actually they could have said Too bad! because it was a 2-part question and I only got the first part right. But they almost always give you a 2nd chance to answer it correctly. My question was how many fingers does Fred & Barney (of the Flintstones) have? How many toes?

I guessed 4 fingers since I knew that the Simpsons have 4 and thought maybe that was a cartoon standard. But guess how many toes.....Three! That seems weird. I think I may have to find an episode on cable and check it out.

For the loot I collected it is a gift certificate to a local restaurant (probably $10 worth) and 2 passes to a haunted corn maze.


Friday, September 30, 2005

October Movie Month

Ok - so if you have not done Redbox DVD rentals yet, you gotta try it now. It's the most affordable entertainment you can come across this month. Here's a link to a post I made on I just put in the info that was in the emails I got from Redbox.

We like Redbox. Basically, during October you can rent up to 15 movies and pay $5 plus tax. Now tell me you can get around 30 hours of entertainment for cheaper than that.


I lost my crankshaft pulley on the drive up to the Cities yesterday, taking with it a couple of belts, making my battery light go on and lose power to a lot of stuff. That was a real downer. Luckliy, I was paying attention to how far the next exit was and everything worked out so I could get off the highway (with construction, no shoulder, and down to one lane) and pulled into a Wal-Greens parking lot. My neighbor John, who owns the gas station, came up last night and towed my car home. Guess what Andy gets to do this weekend.

We ate @ Woody's Grille in Eden Prairie. It's a nice place. I highly recommend the Creme Brule Cheesecake. Mmmmmmm! We're at the Spring Hill Suites right now. It's a very nice place. Would highly recommend it. Almost missed breakfast though, got up at 8:50 (ended @ 9am) & ran downstairs and grabbed some stuff to take back to our room. The room is a suite (obviously, by the name) and has a fridge & microwave, so we kept things cool and reheated until we were actually ready to eat.

Have a headache this morning,but I am sure it will pass. We're going to go the Arboretum this afternoon and maybe run some errands, and then finally meet Jill & Tim (she is in town for a conference & they are both running the Twin Cities marathon on Sunday) and have dinner @ Buca's.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Recent Purchase

We just bought this Tahoe today. Great price on it. It has an exhaust issue, so we dropped it off at Exhaust Pros tonight and they will get it fixed. Now we have to sell the truck.

Weekend Re-Cap

Friday: Had that conference all day. It was pretty good. Andy & I went out for Chinese (huge buffet and we ate WAY TOO MUCH!) and then "The Ring Two" and "Ladder 49"

Saturday: Went to rummage sales in the morning until it started to POUR! Found some good deals. We also did some home improvement work. Finally finished the upstairs hallway. It needed to be trimmed out around the floor. Andy did most of that. I did the caulking to fill in gaps by the door frames. Damn! I love the caulk. It looks very nice now and that area is all finished. I guess I shuold take some pictures now and post. Sent out invites to a Wine & International/Specialty Beer Tasting Party that we are going to have next month. That should be fun. Rented & watched "Million Dollar Baby" and "Guess Who" Don't rent Guess Who, it's not worth the money. It pretty much sucked.

Sunday: Didn't really do a who helluva lot. Did some grocery shopping and laundry, took a nap, made Lentil Tomato Soup, and drove to the Cities to pick up the Tahoe. Yup, that's it. Just got the invite to Jenny's Halloween Bash on October 29th. I want to go, but not sure if I can get Andy to go. He hates dressing up. I might have to bring a friend with me.

Next Week: It's our anniversay (4 years) on Thursday. So, we are going to stay up in the Cities that night. I think I will be **cough, cough** sick to work on Friday. We are staying at the Spring Hill Suites in Eden Prairie. We'll go out to eat. The plan is to eat at Buca's. We talked about going to see a play, either at the Plymouth Playhouse (8pm show of the Church Basment Ladies) or at the Brave New Workshop (8pm show of The Brave New Others in: Five People to Avoid in Heaven), but we'll see how we are doing on time. We might just decide to go back to the hotel and crash. And on Friday, as long as the weather is nice we want to go to the Arboretum and possibly the Imax (@ the zoo.) But we'll see what we have time for and feel like doing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Something to Aspire To

So, this guy apparently must not work if he can spend almost 70 hours sitting on the couch, and almost 77 hours standing on one foot and 100 hours bowling. Who the hell kept their bowling alley open for that long in the first place? I am willing to bet he didn't have to pay anything to bowl in exchange for all the publicity they would recieve. And who has 16 Guiness World Records? What do he do - sit home and look through the record book trying to find a record to break. Maybe I should buy the most recent book or go to their website and have each of the kids come up with a record they think they could break.

Monday, September 19, 2005


Larry is such a poser. The moment he sees the camera he turns into such a ham. I had to take a couple pictures of him. The poor thing still doesn't get it that he is too big to fit into most things, but bless his soul, he still tries.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Come & Gone

Another weekend has come and gone. Although it was a very tasty weekend (no particularly forgiving to my hips though.)

Friday - Went out to El Tequila (had shrimp fajitas & plenty of free chips & salsa)

Saturday - Went to that auction I mentioned (just a bunch of crap, bought nothing), planted tulip bulbs in new (this year) landscaped area and covered with red cedar mulch, went to the party @ Cathy & Keith's house and had lot so great food (gumbo, rice dishes, crawfish boil, bread pudding, pecan pie, watermelon, chili, buttered garlic beans, keg of beer, Handgrenades, many other dishes) and played volleyball and had a campfire too.

Sunday - Went to an auction here in town (more crap, only spent a buck), then went over to the outlet mall and bought new walking shoes and some snacks & Harry & David, ran to the Cities to pick up some stuff and stopped @ Subway & DQ (had a Turtle Pecan Cluster Blizzard - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)

Guess I better put on those new walking shoes and burn off some of that Blizzard.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Need a Kidney?

I saw this ad (#12). Some dude is selling his kidney for $200,000.

A Cleaning Lady

So, I think we are getting a cleaning lady. People that Andy work with often wonder why we have not already gotten a cleaning lady and I think it was for a couple reasons 1) we couldn't budget one before and 2) I was thinking they would cost as much for one in the rural area as in the Twin Cities (foolish girl.)

So, a co-worker had recommended his cleaning lady and I met with her last spring and she only had an opening on a Tuesday, which is not what I was hoping for. I was looking for a Thursday or Friday. That way I knew the house would be all cleaned before I had people over.

She costs about 50%-75% less than some people in the Cities pay. So, really she is a bargain. She is only going to come every other week and I am mainly goingt o have her clean bathrooms (since we use 3 of the 5 on a regualr basis and I hate cleaning the bathroom). And dusting - she can do dusting - there is always dusting to do.......And vaccum the stairs, that never gets done often enough and there is always cat hair on the stairs.......

I've never had a cleaning lady before.....I feel so special.....

Sure, I can clean my own house, but if I can pay someone a little money to do the jobs I hate, then we all can be happier......and I can schedule happy hours at my place every other week......guess we can start drinking down the plentiful supply we have in our bar......

Sunday, September 11, 2005

This Weekend & Next

This weekend -- well, what can I say. It started out with a 3-hour Happy Hour at my place. Alicia, Trudi, Linda & Misun came over. It was a good way to end the first week of school. I didn't need it until Friday, and when Friday came I REALLY NEEDED IT! I like to have people over to my house for drinks for several reasons: 1) it's cheaper 2) no smoke 3) plenty of snacks available 4) clean bathrooms 5) more privacy. Then Andy & I went and rented Hide and Seek. It was a pretty freaky movie.

Saturday: Not much happening here.....went to some rummage sales.....found a lot of crap! so I only spent 75 cents.....stayed home in the evening and made us a nice meal and homemade strawberry pie.

Sunday: Another day of sitting around.......I can ge used to this......only ran out to pick up a few groceries and met Carrie & Kyle @ the Muni for some drinks. Made Eggplant & Spinach Lasagna, which is in the over cooking as I type.

Next week -- LOTS of meetings....welcome back to work....yikes!

Next weekend -- Cathy & Keith are having a New Orleans party on Saturday night....I guess this was something they were planning before Katherine...she just wants to cook a bunch of food....I have some Hand Grenade mix I had bought in New Orleans and never used, so I think I will bring that with some vodka (don't have the grain alcohol it calls for.) I asked her if she plans to flood her house too. Probably bad taste.

During the day on Saturday Andy & I plan on going to this auction (click on Saturday's date). Looks like a lot of nice stuff. I am excited to go. We've only been to one auction this year and it rained so we didn't stay long. Auctions just get my adreneline pumping (maybe that's why I am addicted to ebay so much). This one is indoors, so it will be fine either way.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Sounds Interesting...

I think I want to go to this Open House for the U of M Southern Research and Outreach Center. I have never been there, so it will be nice to see. Plus - free food & wine. I'm game. I think I will offer it as extra credit to go to for the classes I teach at the community college. It fits in nicely with both classes I teach there in the evenings.

I am going to this conference on Adlerian Play Therapy in 2 weeks. I am looking forward to that. I get 5 conference days per year to go to (it's great being contract into the school district, as there is more flexibility.) I used 2 conference days in March and now one this month. So, guess that means I have 2 more to go.

I Made It!

I slept like crap last night because I was so excited about being back at work from summer break. I made it through the first day of school. When is the first break? No, I'm just kidding. We have some really challenging new students and one of our 4 periods is overloaded -- too many kids. You know what happens when there are too many kids with emotional and behavioral disturbances are together -- well, I can tell you it isn't good. They certainly don't sit around scrapbooking. So, we'll have to do some arranging of schedules to make sure big problems don't arise.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Innocence Stolen

Well, my innocence was stolen much before this. But this still does not make me happy. Andy had his Rio Carbon (mp3 player) in the garage and left it there last night and it was stolen. Fuckers! Didn't steal anything else, even though we have a lot of tools in there. So, it makes me believe it was probably teenagers. When Andy talked to the Sheriff he had no idea what an mp3 player was and said, "So, is that like an iPod." Yes dill-hole, it is. I sometimes hate that mp3 players are only known as iPod, just how all copy machines are either copy machines or Xerox Machines, or all tissues are Kleenex and all gelatin products are Jello. One brand gets known for an item and that is all people can associate with it.

Anyways, it sucks that his Rio was stolen and that we now have to feel like our little town is less safe.

The Long Weekend

Friday: We went to Carrie & Kyle's House. We were going to go out for dinner, but decided to run to Papa Murphy's & the liqour store instead -- which allowed the guys to watch the Vikings game while the girls talked. Kim & Travis joined us a little later. Andy got drunk.

Saturday: The morning I ran errands (bank, library, Farmer's Market, Fleet Farm, & get a dvd from Redbox) all in a 1 hour time frame. Then went over to the outlet mall to check out their Labor Day Weekend bargains. Found a bunch of recipes to make with my stuff from the FM. Cooked & watched Finding Neverland. Also watched Shark Tale on HBO. Then we sat in the candlelight and talked. The storms were pretty bad and I figured the power just might go out anyways.

Sunday: Pretty much stormed all night and morning. Ended around 10:30am. We had a Flash Flood Warning for our County & the one above us until 11am. Some more cooking. Made Raspberry Scones (ate some for breakfast) and have Chicken Wild Rice Soup in the slow cooker. Watched The Grudge and In the Army Now on HBO. Also, went to see March of the Penguins at the theater. Should not have gotten a Diet Coke that late at night. Read "The Undomestic Goddess" all last night and finally went to bed around 3am. Also, did some caulking of windows in the house, maybe that will help with the drafts in the winter. I'm not done yet (since we have sooooooo many windows and they are almost all 6-pane) but it's a start. God, I love caulk!

Monday: Made some Banana Cereal Muffins. They don't really rise much, but they sure taste good. For some reason I was really in a "homemade" cooking mood this weekend. For dinner I made homemade tomato soup. Never had that before, was very tasty. And some open-face ham,veggie& cheese sandwiches. Yum. Also ran to the outlet mall again. Went to a few stores I didn't go to the other day.

Tomorrow: Back to work. School starts.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Another Redbox Code

Code: LABORDAY to get your free night rental.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Farmer's Market

Today was a great day to go to the Farmer's Market.....there is so much produce ripe for that means so many choices. I decided to pick up some stuff that I did not grow myself. I bought a lot of stuff.
* 1 Eggplant (Plan to make Eggplant Lasagna with this)
* 2 Yellow Tomatoes
* 2 Zucchini (my plants seem to be done producing) (Want to make Chocolate Zucchini Bread)
* Small Basket of Okra (never cooked this before, thinking about making some seafood gumbo)
* HUGE head of cabbage (am makaing cabbage rolls & cabbage soup tonight and still have leftover cabbage)
* 3 Onions (1 yellow & 2 purple)
* Jar of Pico de Gallo (she claimed it was very me it's very mild)
* Bunch of Bok Choy (going to use this in a Chicken Stir Fry)

All that for only $6.50, pretty good I say.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Weekend

Friday: Andy went golfing in the afternoon with his dad & then went to our nephew's b-day party (it was all N of the Cities and since he works up there he was already halfway there, where I would have to drive a long time in freaking rush hour to get there - so I didn't go.) Anyways, I went out with Carrie. We went to Weber's Bar (never been in there before) and then we went to see 40-Year Old Virgin. Freaking Hilarious Movie! Then back to her place where her, Kyle & I sat & drank and chit-chatted.

Saturday: Late start to our day, but we had a good time. We went to the Cannon River Winery. It opened just about a year ago. Beautiful place. So, we drank some wine there and they also sell cheese & crackers there (good idea!) as we bought more wine by the glass. The cheese was sheep's milk cheese and was very soft as they flavored it garlic & herb. Very tasty. We tried walking around their town, but apparently we were an hour late, everything seems to close between 4-5. Oh well. Then we came home and ate dinner & drank some of the sparking wine I bought in Colorado. Watched the Spade-a-thon (or whatever they called it on Comedy Central) and watched "Joe Dirt" and "Tommy Boy". Then I ran to Mc D's (see previous post) and rented "Cursed" It was an ok movie. Best that it was free, would have been fine to rent for a dollar too, but would have hated if I paid movie ticket prices to see it.

Sunday: We went to April & Jason's house. Met up with Molly there.We took their boat out to Lake Washinton and spent all afternoon there. Docked at a lake bar/restaurant and had some appetizers and then was back on the lake. It was the PERFECT day to be out on the lake boating. Got some nice color today. Then back to their house for dinner. I made dessert. It was these Dark Chocolate Raspberry Squares. Very good. Now, we're back home and watching CNN and can't believe that we haven't heard about the hurricane that is going to wipe out New Orleans in about 7 hours. Yikes. That's scary. Make me glad we're in the Midwest.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Free DVD Rental

I saw this posted on Deal of Day. It's a coupon code for a Free Night Rental from Redbox. Gotta say - I love Redbox! It's so convenient. I rented "Cursed". So, even if it sucks it will be ok 'cuz it was free. Gonna go watch it now.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Yummy Food!

Last night I made some yummy food for supper. I made my favorite soup recipe, Pasta e Fagioli.
It's a completely vegetarian version (not like the Olive Garden Version.) I used greens from beet tops (bought at the Farmer's Market) in the recipe. I had actually used the beets to make a sauce, but that didn't taste so good.

I also made this Roasted Eggplant Basil Spread. I am actually eating it right now on some Rye Crisp. The recipe is actually from a Weight Watchers Website. No points (as it's all vegetables.) I had bought an eggplant at the Farmer's Market and was looking for a recipe. This was perfect. I halfed the recipe (except the garlic, I kept that at 2 cloves. I love garlic!) Definitly a recipe worth trying.

Today I will be making some jellies.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Books & Classes

They are actually 2 independent topics.

I am still waiting for the library to tell me that the other 2 Kinsella books are in for me, so I went over to the bookstore at the outlet and bought a new book to pass the time (should have just gone to the library and picked something out -- but I hate wandering aimlessly in the library trying to think of what I might like to read next -- the bookstore has stuff displayed so it grabs your attention and then you read the cover and decide, yes I do want to read this book -- with the library I always request things online and only go in when they call to say my book or video is in.)

So, anyways, I bought The Dirty Girls Social Club. It is not exactly what I expected. I don't know what I expected, I guess I didn't understand that Dirty Girls was referring to the name of their group - Sucias - which is referring to their skin color (They are all of Latina descent, but very different backgrounds.) It's a pretty good book, aside from the random Spanish words thrown in here and there (which I don't understand) but they usually tell you what it means (eventually.) It could really be written about any group of women that formed their "after-college" club. It is neat to see what different perspectives they each have of each other and the secrets they keep.

The other topic was classes - I taught my first night this semester for both classes I am teaching at the community college. One class I have taught for quite a while now (Walking & Jogging for Fitness) and that was like and old hat. I am totally in the groove of teaching that one. I rarely had to even look at my notes and when I did I realized I had said all of that. The other class is new to me and I have been waiting for it to be offered at a time that is convenient for me to teach it, that is Stress Management. For the first time teaching that class, it went really smoothly. I was not going to get stressed out teaching stress management. I think I am really going to like teaching this semester.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Rest of the Weekend

Well, Saturday we went to the Cities to Jessi's parents house, as they were having a welcome back party for Jessi & Alex (back from their month-long volunteer trip to Sri Lanka.)

Here is a pic of Jessi that Alex took. Very cute.

At their party, her dad made these smoked,grilled turkey legs that were 2 pounds a piece. Each one could have fed a family. Everyone was eating their own; I couldn't believe it! Andy & I shared one. And her mom made this rice that had a bunch of spices in it (tumeric made it yellow, and black peppercorns, coconut milk, and many other spices.) It was pretty tasty.

After that we ran some errands and then headed home. We stopped at a couple of lakes on the way home that we had never been to, to see what they were like (Lake Sakatah State Park & Lake Fox.)

Today, we both did a bunch of clean-up stuff around the house and then we went to Peppermill to eat. We had never been there before. Pretty good food. We each had the AYCE Salad & Soup bar and then split a meal of 1-lb. of crab legs. By doing that we ate just enough and didn't have to roll us out.

Tomorrow class start back at the Community College. I teach one class on Monday nights and one on Tuesday nights.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Old Ladies

Check out this post on Alison's blog. It's very funny. You have to listen to the clip.

Outlet Mall Updates

Finally - after having a bunch of stores pull out of the outlet mall, we have some new things coming in.

Samsonite is already here (I think they came last month).
We are getting 2 news stores: Haggar, Pac-Sun & Old Navy. The Old Navy outlet is going to be huge. It is taking up was 2 (or 3) stores before. I think the Old Navy outlet will help revitalize the outlet. It will be nice to have Haggar there to get clothes for Andy.

A couple of stores flip-flopped sides (Izod and T's&Sweats and 50 Off).

The stuff that came new last year is: Mustard Seed Primitives (an antique and crafty store), Remember When Scrapbooking & Gifts, Untamed Riders.

There are 2 open spots yet. It will be nice to see them filled in soon.

Less than 2 Movie Tickets

I was thinking about suggesting going to the movies last night, but after running to the mini-mart to pick up a paper I decided against it and for less than the price of 2 movie tickets I decided to buy Marinated Tri-Tip (finally!) and pick up a vide from Redbox @ McD's.

We've been living in this town for 4 years and have continously heard people rave about the Tri-Tip Steaks. I guess I didn't think they could be that good so that is why I never went & bought any. They were nice & think (just the way I like my steaks) and marinated perfectly. I grilled the Tri-Tip with 4 ears of corn and it was all EXCELLENT! Andy went & picked up Lemony Snicket's from redbox and we were good to go. And for $10.55 we ate steak & corn and watched a movie. Certainly costs that 2 movie tickets (& we would probably have bought pop & popcorn too since we would not have eaten dinner.)

The steak was so great. See - it's from this butcher in town. But this guy does not sell from his shop, you can only buy his stuff at this mini-mart in town. He does other stuff (obviously) besides the Tri-Tip. They had some bacon-wrapped seasoned pork steaks that I think I might like to try next.

Lemony Snicket's was an interesting movie. I wanted to punch Count Olaf. Leave the kids alone!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Fair Time

Just got back from the Fair (3rd & Final time this week).

Here's the food tally:
* Cool Dog Sundae (Andy & I each had one, this is what my friend April was selling)
* Apple (free, the hospital was passing them out - me)
* Corn Dog (Andy)
* Strawberries & Creme (me)
* Grilled Chicken Sandwich Plate (I chose healthy sides of grape cup, strawberry cup, & Diet Coke, Good Deal from the 4-H Foodstand)
* Sloppy Joes Sandwich(Andy chose sides of potato salad & orange sherbert & lemonade, another 4-H Foodstand deal, they always have the best deals)
* Raspberry Custard Pie (Andy - these are always good and relatively cheap {$2.50} according to fair food prices)
* Bottled Water (Andy)
* Deep Fried Garlic Mashed Potatoes (we shared this, it was something new and came with seasoned sour cream - pretty yummy and filling)

We won't be going to the Fair anymore this week. It is always so crowded on weekends. It was pretty impossible to walk around tonight.

April & I did sneak away (leaving Jason to man the ice cream cart) to watch the human cannonball. I had never watched that being done. It was pretty neat to see. This year he was being launched over 2 ferris wheels.

Comments Hidden

I had to hide comments for a while. I have gotten spammed on here about 10 times in the last half hour.

Services @ Colleges (Part 2)

I did find out a few things that I was looking for before.

The Le Cordon Bleu school emailed me back and said:
You can make reservations at The Minnesota Room by calling 651-286-2400

I also emailed Northwestern chiropractic to find out about their services (I had gotten chiropractic services from them when I was in college - most affordable option I could choose and was good too.) But here is what they emailed me back:
Visit the link below to get information on our clinics. Costs are $30for an hour-long massage and $35 for an acupuncture appt and herbalconsult.
The Burnsville clinic specializes in massage and the Edith Davis clinicis acu and Om.

I found this about the Art Institute International.

You can go to the Aveda Insitute in Mpls and get a lot of services. I have done product & service testing for them & you usually get gift certificates for participating.

Any college that has programs of beauty, automotive, cooking, etc. are good places to get deals on the services. Every December, Riverland offers free pedicures, facials, or manicures to it's staff. It's a nice treat.


A bunch of dumbasses are spamming my last blog post comments section and it's pissing me off.

All sorts of dumb advertising ploys. They should all be killed.


How come they insist on asking you questions when they have metal utensils in your mouth? My dental hygientist is particularly chatty and kept asking questions, which I could not answer since my mouth was full of sharp pointed cleaning utensils.

Other than that - good check up & cleaning. All good. No need to return for 6 months.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

What is Andy?

So, he was born on April 20. He was born on a cusp - in between signs. Depending upon where you look he might be a Taurus or he might be an Aries. He was born in the morning (he thinks around 8:30, but he could be completly wrong). Anyone have any idea what he is?


I am Sooooooo a Pisces!

Shopaholic Series

So, I have finished reading 2 of the books in the Shopaholic series, although I was not able to get them from the library in order. I did read the first one first (Confessions), but had to skip the 2nd one (Take Manhatten) and read the 3rd (Ties the Knot). I have the 2nd & 4th (& Sister) requested. I am hoping to have them & read them before the end of the month.

It had a hard time getting into the first few chapters of the 1st one, but once I got going I really enjoyed it. In the 3rd one I was put off by the fact that the first couple chapters was about 2 cousins marrying (not the main character - Becky Bloomwood). Once they finished with that and got on with Becky's wedding planning it was much more interesting.

I know that the 2nd really does fit in the series, they build on each other. Although I am stumped by what the 4th is about - because Becky & Luke are both only children. So, I had to look up info on Amazon about it and it turns out that Becky's dad created a child with another woman before he hooked up with Becky's mom. But it also does make sense of where it falls in the series, because it has to do with Becky & Luke's honeymoon.

I still need to request her other book "The Undomestic Goddess". (Not part of the series.)

Monday, August 15, 2005

Services @ Colleges

I know that somewhere, sometime I read an article on getting a nice (& cheap!) several course meal at colleges that have cooking programs. I thought that might be something fun to do. Anyone ever here about that? I am having trouble finding it online.

Images in Red Rocks

I guess I should have turned some of these pictures. This should be turned. Here we have a butt crack.

Apparently my friend Jeni & I have a sick mind and we were seeing obscene things in these rocks. This should be turned. But here we have a vagina.

Jeni & I

Here is a pic of Jeni & I @ Red Rocks.

This is Nebraska?!?!?!

This is the beach at the lake in the State Park that we stayed at in Nebraska. Can you believe that is in Nebraska?
Looks like someone took a wrong turn and ended up in the lake. Just goes to show what happens when you drive a Ford.
This last picture is another view of the beach. It was just beautiful. Read my blog post about my trip for more info.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Vacation Days

Tuesday - Sunday were vacation days for me. I left very early on Tuesday on Sun Country Airlines and flew to Denver to visit with Jeni. We stopped at her bar, 15th Street Tavern (check out the link, they are on Stuff Magazine list of 20-Best Dive Bars), then back to her place, and packed to go camping. We went camping at Lake McCounaughy in Ogallala, Nebraska. I will have to post a picture, because this lake is unbelieveable. It's huge, but what is amazing is that the beach is very nice and white sands. When we got there on Tuesday evening it was really windy, but we went in anyways. It was fun playing in the waves, almost like you were in the ocean (since it was so windy). What is great about Nebraska State Parks is that it costs $5, yes, that is it. I would like to go back there someday.

Wedneday - We stayed at the lake most of the day. It was a 3-hour drive from Denver. That evening we went to Elitch Lanes to bowl. On Wednesday nights they have $1 games, $1 shoe rental, and $1 beers. It was fun.

Thursday - We went to Hammond's Candy Factory and had a tour, tasted some samples, and bought some candy. FYI - Bath & Body Works will be selling a HUGE pink & white lollipop during the Christmas season that is made by Hammond's. It was a really interesting tour. Then we went to Redstone Meadery. We toured there, had samples, bought wine. This place makes wine out of honey & water. It was really interesting. I have not toured a place that did that, nor did I know they made wine out of honey. There are a ton of wineries in CO, and I would definitly like to go back and visit some more. Then we finally went to Red Rocks Park. This was really pretty. I will have to post some pics. I took pics of some interesting "things" we saw in the rocks (like what you see when you look at clouds.) Finally, we went to dinner at Tommy's Thai. Fantastic Food! And cheap too. Entrees were $6.85 and you get a huge plate.

Friday - Left to go back to Minnesota. I decided to upgrade to first class, which on Sun Country it only costs $75. I figured it was well worth it. You get a real meal and unlimisted beverages of any kind. I had a Bloody Mary before the plane even took off. It was fan-freaking-tastic. Plus, 1st class has their own bathroom, which rocks and your own airline strewardess, plus nice big leather seats. I highly recommend it (did it once before w/ Andy coming back from San Diego and it was great!) That evening we took off for Forestville State Park in Minnesota and met up with Carrie & Kyle there.

Saturday - Still camping (staying 2 nights). I went into a nearby town (Wykoff). They have a B&B there that I might like to stay at, just 'cuz it's interesting. It is called The Historic Wykoff Jail Haus. I did some shopping & food sampling at the Bank Gift Haus. And then went to Magpie Studios. The girl who just opened and owns this studio is only 22-years old. I bought a pottery vase from there. It should look nice with cuttings from my flower gardens. Later that evening we were joined by Kim & Travis. Lots of sitting around the campfire after we went hiking for 2 hours. Later we went hiking to the ampitheatre area to lay on the benches and watch the meteor shower, but unfortunately it was too cloudy and we couldn't see anything.

Sunday - Drove home and were here for the remainder of the day.

Next week is our county fair (largest free fair in Minnesota), so I'll have to write about my favorite fair foods. My friend April & her sister Jenny decided to start a business and have a booth there selling Cool Dogs Sundaes. They are hoping that next year they can get into the state fair to sell them.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Restaurant Knock-off's

I stumbled across this website. It is a collection of recipes that are like the foods you have in your favorite restaurants. Shhhh! It's Top Secret.

If I wasn't already a good cook I would use these and pass them off as my own, well, I still think I will do that. But honestly, I am a good cook. No kidding.

I looked at it a little more and looks like you have to buy the recipe. I bet there are other places out there you can find them for free. I know I have seen some of them.

Sunday, August 07, 2005


I leave for Denver on Tuesday. That should be fun. When I come back on Friday, we are leaving right away to go camping with Carrie, Kyle, Kim, & Travis. That should be fun too. We are tenting it, which we have not done before.

Fast Growing Bushes

So, we were talking about planting some bushes on the South side of our house next spring. We want to plant stuff in front of the 3-season porch and deck in the back of the house. The house could use some more shade and privacy, so we are thinking either a short tree or tall bush. And ideally fast growing would be nice. We have a couple bushes in the front of the house by the garage that grow nice & tall & fast (we have to trim several times a year).

Here are some options (I've included the growth rate and expected mature height):

Arrowwood Viburnum (my MIL has one of these in her back yard and she says it grows really fast, but she is annoyed that it was planted too close to the house because it hits the house eery time it is windy. (fast growth, 6-15 feet)

Lilac Bush (not too fast of growth, a medium. We already have 2 purple lilacs in the backyard and 2 white lilacs -- of a different variety -- in the front yard, and another one in the front that I can't remember what it is; I think white) (medium growth, 8-15 feet)

Elderberry (Fast growth rate, 8-12 feet)

Privet - Amur North River(I think this is what we have in the front yard by the garage next to the white lilac) (fast growth, 12-15 feet)

Indigo Bush - False Indigo (medium growth rate, 6-20 feet)

Looks like everything I picked out have blossoms, which is good 'cuz I like flowers. I definitly want something that grows 8-12 feet. I haven't decided if I would want something that we already have. Since we want to plant them across the back, we would have several of the same kind. And it might look cool to have a bunch of lilacs since there are already 2 in the backyard, or it might be too much.

The planting of these bushes and the tree in the front yard will probably be it for landscaping we do next year. I say we, but really I mean me. The flowerbed I planted earlier this summer is looking nice (now that I filled in a bit more and weeded it.) I will have to take a picture and post it.

Mutter Museum

Next time I am in Philadelphia I want to go to the Mutter Museum. I am watching "World's Creepiest Destinations" on the Travel Channel and this is one of the places featured. It was developed as a teaching tool for those in their school, but is now also a museum.

They also talked about Gettysburg, which we plan to be in next August for Andy's cousin Shannon's wedding (which will be in Gettysburg).

This is their list of Top 10 Creepiest Places:

10. Bermuda Triangle (in the Atlantic Ocean)
9. Haunted Hollywood (Hollywood, CA)
8. Tower of London (London, England)
7. Mütter Museum of Medical History (Philadelphia, PA)
6. Gettysburg (Gettysburg, PA)
5. New Orleans (New Orleans, LA)
4. Salem (Salem, MA)
3. Roswell (Roswell, NM)
2. Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, CA)
1. Lizzie Borden Bed-and-Breakfast (Fall River, MA)

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Hazzardous Name

Andy & I went to see this movie last night. It was cute. Certainly not good acting, but made me want to go drive fast & crazy. Of course in our cars we would kill ourselves.

When I was a kid my brother & cousin Jeremy always wanted to play Dukes of Hazzard. Of course they were Bo & Luke and cam to an agreement pretty fast as to who was who because one had brown hair and the other had blond hair. Hair color was the deciding factor here. You might think I got to be Daisy Duke, but there was a different determining factor for deciding who I would play. My middle sister got to play Daisy since she was the only girl left after the boys decided that I would play Uncle Jesse, since that was my name. I had to be an old man because our names were the same. What a crock of shit! I was pissed and refused to play and would try to convince them I should be Daisy, but they kept on playing and calling me Uncle Jesse.

It was then that I HATED the name Jesse. I was not a boy! and Jesse is a boys name and I was going to be called by my real name, Jessica. That's it! No more calling me Jessie.

That's easier said than done since I have A LOT of uncles & aunts that had been calling me Jessie all the time and now I had to get them to stop. At first asking them was just not cutting it. Because they all think they are funny, they then saw the humor in calling me a name I now hated. I would become livid and yell, "MY NAME IS NOT JESSIE!" This almost seemed to encourage them, because now making me mad was funny.

As I got older I would just not answer to the name Jessie, and then it was them getting mad because I was not listening to them. Eventually I would turn to them and say, if you would like me to listen you should call me by my real name. That was pretty effective, but I had to be persistent.

To this day, there are uncles & aunts that still call me Jessie. My brother is amazed that I don't start whipping out some kung-fu moves or something to retaliate. I like to think of it as I am older and wiser and it is just not worth my energy. I don't get the sense that they are trying to do it to be hurtful or see what they can get away with. I just think you can't teach an old dog new tricks. You can, but in the grand scheme of life, do you really have the time and will it be worth it in the end. I see my extended family so infrequently (usually once, maybe twice a year) and I don't need to get upset because they can't get it.

My immediate family is different, they try to pull that shit and they better bring it! I think they know better though.

So, now you know my first name, after just after a year of blogging. Although many of my readers are family members or friends(many of who never post anything, but send me emails later on) who already know my name.