Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Posted at 11:00 AM
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The new crisp breeze in the air.
Getting excited about excursions we are planning for the fall.
Adding little bits of color to my wardrobe and around the house.
Finding great deals.
Getting cozy and reading.
The thought of warm and hearty food.
Finally embracing my curly hair.
The return of my favorite shows.
The DVR that allows me to watch them when I please.
The feeling of complete happiness that has returned in my life.
Posted at 10:50 AM
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Posted at 10:33 AM
Monday, September 21, 2009
Posted at 10:52 AM
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I wanted to warn you all that I will also emotionally dump on you guys every now and then as well.
Sometimes I just need to get thoughts out of my head. They may not be on current situations. In fact, more than likely they will be brought on by my reflective thoughts. It's just they way I figure my own life out.
I feel the need to emotionally dump on you because I need to get the thoughts out of my system. All of the sudden I will have a thought that just needs to be written/typed out because once it happens...it's gone.
I'd like to have a place to look back and remember and reflect again and my blog is the logical place to do it.
Most of the time the thoughts aren't completely developed and might not even make sense especially since I most likely won't be giving you a back story. Let's face it - back stories are just too long and complicated for the the most part. So please bear with me and forgive me for emotionally dumping.
Posted at 10:13 AM
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (Get the canned chicken for casseroles, so much easier)
2 (10 1/2-ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained (I also always chop these)
1 (3 1/2-ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained (I doubled the mushrooms)
1 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup crushed cornflakes cereal (I used plain potato chips)
Garnish: chopped fresh parsley
(It's better than it looks!)
Posted at 10:03 AM
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Both of the books I read were set during WWII, which is one of the most interesting time periods in history in my opinion. The first one is one that I have been wanting to read for a very long time, Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. To be honest I was more captivated by the authors story and the circumstances of how the book came about than the actual book itself in the beginning. Irene Nemirovsky was of Jewish decent and was in the midst of writing this book when she was captured by German soldiers and sent to her death at a concentration camp. The manuscript was found by her daughters some 60 years later.
She never got the chance to complete the book and you can tell there are some unfinished story lines within the book. Thankfully at the end they actually translate her notes on the book which gives you an idea of where she was going with the ending. The book was wonderful even in it's unfinished form. It tells the story of several different families in France and there trials and experiences when the Germans began their occupation. It is intriguing and it told a side of the story of WWII that I had never really heard much about before. Check it out!
The next book I read was Atonement by Ian McEwan. To be honest I started this book forever ago and couldn't really finish it. To me there were some very slow parts especially in the beginning. However, once I got through that first part and really got into the storyline I started enjoying it a bit more. As previously mentioned, it is also set during WWII and the story details what happens after a very imaginative 13 year old tells a lie. Her lie catapults a serious of events that change the lives of almost everyone around her. Most excitingly, I can now see the movie!
As always, I would love to know your book picks! For me my next task is reading Ayn Rand's We the Living and Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol.
Posted at 11:17 AM
Monday, September 14, 2009
I think people are scared to be them selves - to be that true individual. Yes, we might share certain interests or beliefs with another, but when you get down to the nitty gritty none of us are exactly alike.
There is something about the whole "grouping" thing that makes it uncomfortable to show your true self. Will you be cast out because you disagree on something or because your personality is just a little different?
Isn't it our individuality that really makes people like us?
You are liked because you are you. A you that no one else can be. Each person has a uniqueness about them that makes them interesting. Why is it that people are so uncomfortable to show their true selves?
Posted at 10:01 AM
Friday, September 11, 2009
- Flies and gnats that insist on buzzing around my kitchen
- The look of auducity when you ask for ketchup at a drive through
- Shopping carts left in parking spaces
- When the drive through lady hands you your bag of food while telling a co-worker that she hopes no one gets what she has
- Running into people at the grocery store that you really didn't want to see
- Getting ketchup that has sticky ketchup residue all over it
- My broken straightner
- Only getting two packets of ketchup for a large fry
- Rain that only comes on weekends that you plan to camp out
- Getting 15 packets for a small fry
- Never getting enough done during the day
Posted at 11:18 AM
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
1/2 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
1 cup fresh white bread crumbs (4 slices, crusts removed)
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 extra-large egg, beaten
1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 onion)
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup good red wine, such as Chianti
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, or plum tomatoes in puree, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan
Place the ground meats, both bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, salt, pepper, nutmeg, egg, and 3/4 cup warm water in a bowl. Combine very lightly with a fork. Using your hands, lightly form the mixture into 2-inch meatballs. You will have 14 to 16 meatballs.
For the sauce, heat the olive oil in the same pan. Add the onion and saute over medium heat until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the wine and cook on high heat, scraping up all the brown bits in the pan, until almost all the liquid evaporates, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper.
Posted at 10:22 AM
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I feel the need to write you/me (okay I'm not very good at this 3rd person thing) a letter of advice because I see you/me heading down that slippery slope of sleepless nights and heavy thoughts.
There is no need to create things to worry about by analyzing every little detail of your life over and over again until everything is a confusing mess. You don't need to constantly be going over all the old stuff just because there is currently no crazy, mind blowing catastrophe going on in your life. It's okay. Sometimes life is uneventful and it's totally cool.
Also, there is no need to try to predict every little thing that is going to happen in the future. Whatever happens next will catch you off guard anyways and you will be just as unprepared. When are you going to realize that you are not in control? Just let go...you never know you might be pleasantly surprised.
I think you have too much time on your hands and need to get out of the house. Maybe finding a job would be a good idea. Why can't you just figure out what you want to do? Even third graders know what they want to do. You need to get off your behind and find a job or at least a project soon before the long and dreary winter comes. The last thing we need is the winter blues.
You/Me...better known as The Crazy Lady
P.S. I've been reading your blog and I see a common theme....you have control issues and a problem with over analyzing things. Fix it. You'll be happy...happier.
Posted at 7:49 AM
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Posted at 10:34 AM
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
- Boots - I am in desperate need of some new ankle/mid calf boots in both black and brown.
- Colorful Tops - I pretty much only have white, brown, black, and grey. How drab is that?
- Fun Flats - I need some fun shoes to spice up my existing drab wardrobe.
- Lightweight Scarf - I have heavy ones that I never wear. I need some more functional scarves.
- A Dressy Brown Coat - I only have a casual brown peacoat. It's time for something a little more dressy.
Don't you just love these? They aren't budget friendly (or not that I've found yet) but they are to die for....Steve Madden - Elivate
Top from Gap
Maybe some color?
Maybe some animal print?
Or perhaps some metallic?
All shoes shown from Target - very budget friendly indeed! Maybe I can have them all, hehe.
Scarf from Old Navy - Certainly budget friendly!
Still looking for deals on this one - Coat from Victoria Secret
So tell me - what are your best deal finding secrets???
Posted at 11:27 AM
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