Thursday, November 30, 2006

So sad flip flop...

It snowed today and so once again my favorite flip flops will be headed to the back of the closet sniffle sniffle weep weep weep. I love sweater weather but I long for the dry warmth of the flip flop season.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I use to be thankful for...

I found this in an old e-mail I sent to my family as I spent my second Thanksgiving on the east coast without them.

i am thankful for...
hobbes my car so i don't have to metro or bum rides
my short commute to work ~so i can sleep late and still make it to work on time
non stick skillets
gap jeans
recess
watches that are set five minutes fast
mom's spaghetti
videos so you don't have to leave the house every time you want to see a flick
albertsons grocery stores because they make sense
e-mail so my friends and family can write me
co-workers so i don't have to do all the work
federal holidays and 15 vacation days so i can make it through the year
the d.c. temple
peanut butter and chocolate ice cream
my friend both near and far
the holidays because i get all those christmas cards and the music is good too
grip staplers because they make me look cool
spoons because it is hard to eat soup with a fork
nieces so there is always something to spoil
baby brothers so there is always something to tease
water to drink and swim in and to throw on unsuspecting roommates
my charlie the tuna erasers -so i always have someone to talk to in my cubical
and most of all i am thankful for my family, all of it even the mean ones that had thanksgiving without me

This year I am thankful for...
Talents that I have been blessed with & get to share
Family including eight nieces & nephews to spoil
My orange cardie
Diet Coke
DVR
My friends all far away
Blogging so I can keep in touch with friends I would have never have met otherwise
The Library
My car LOLA that runs beautifully
Temp teaching because those 8th graders are a real kick in small amounts
Flip flop weather
Most of all I am grateful that the whole family could gather together this year and that we all love to be together ~and tattle tell on each other 20 years after the fact.

May everyone be blessed this holiday season.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

In the Mail...

So I just got back from the post office where I put my first holiday package in the mail. I really meant to have it in the mail on Monday to make sure it got to its destination by December 1st but I think it will be okay as is.
Here is a little hint as to what it was...


I got the idea for this little gift here. Jenny Harris is truly talented.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Happy Holidays ~Aready?

I am already madly working on Christmas gifts ~some promise to be a huge success while others are already taking on an undertone of disaster. I promise to show pictures of the good, the bad and the ugly when I know they have been opened by the recipient.
But Christmas isn’t all about giving silly little tokens of affection that remind people that I love them it is about getting the gifts. So this year I am once again publishing my list just in case any of you need to get a little something for me (he he he.)
1. Marta Barware ~This is the most beautiful thin glass to drink out of anyone could ever put to their lips ~I would love to own 10 of them in 18oz version.
2. Jim Henson's the Storyteller - The Definitive Collection ~This was short lived series on Sunday nights that told the best folk tails ever. My favorite is about Sapsorrow she had a dress that looked just like moonlight and I love moonlight.
3. Pearl Bracelet ~I have lovely ring, earrings and necklace that I was lucky enough to have brought back from China for me but I still need a bracelet to complete the set. Also pearls are a classic and always a good idea.
4. Dylan’s Candy Bar Tee ~Little Manhattan is one of my favorite movies and Rosemary wears a Dylan’s Candy Bar Tee on their first day and I love it.
5. Knitting School ~I have been learning to knit this year and I looked this book over and it has rather nice illustrations on some knitting moves and well I need all the help I can get.
6. A Passion for Desserts ~I love me a good cook book
7. I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris ~She is funny enough said.
8. Flea Fabric ~Denyse Schmidt is my quilt hero and any fats of her stuff would go to a good cause I promise.
9. Mixed CD ~Here is an example of what I mean ~but not in this order I am the worst at putting things in their proper order musically. These are just song I like and don’t currently own copy of.
a. Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric
b. With a Little Help from my Friends by Joe Cocker
c. This Never Happened Before by Paul McCartney
d. The Way We Get By by Spoon
e. We Just Disagree by Holly Jean Cosner
f. Hide & Seek by Imogen Heap
g. If I Fell In Love With You by Maroon 5
h. Hold You in My Arms by Ray LaMontage
i. Let Myself Fall by Rosie Thomas
j. Save Me by Jem
k. Everyday is a Holiday (With You) by Esthero
l. No Sleep Tonight by The Faders
m. Wait by Get Set Go
n. Catch My Disease by Ben Lee
o. Never Leave Your Heart Alone by Butterfly Boucher
p. Someone to Love by Kate Earl

Thursday, November 16, 2006

A woman's place is in the kitchen?

I don't believe there is any place that women belong I do however believe that there is a right way and a wrong way to load the dishwasher ~but that is another post.
Today I baked birthday cakes ~I tried two recipes the first one tasted like particle board and the second one was edible, and once it is toped with berries and cream it will be lovely. It is a simple old fashioned yellow cake that is sugarless ~the cake is for my brother in law who is himself sugarless yet somehow really sweet.
The best part of the day though was this...



Bottsie loves the kitchen and she loves being in the mix and I more than anything love sharing my love of cooking with her. She is busy helping make the first cake here the one that tasted like asphalt that was going to be a carrot cake.
~Here is the recipe for the second cake in case any of you want to cut sugar out and punish your self with cake.

The Doable Sugarless Yellow Cake

This recipe makes one 8" round cake so double it for two 8" or a 9x13. It would make a great base cake for a jell-o poke cake made with sugar free jell-o in my opinion.

2 eggs
1/2 Cup frozen apple juice concentrate ~thawed
1 stick of butter ~melted
1 Tbls vanilla ~good vanilla
2 Tbls honey
1 1/2 Cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350' Spray and flour an 8" round cake pan.
Mix eggs, juice, melted butter, vanilla & honey together. Sift flour and baking powder together and then add to liquid. Mix just until combined. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 25 minutes. Check with a toothpick to see if it is done and add a couple more minutes if necessary. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and place on rack to finish cooling.

~Good luck and well if you ever wonder my place is in the kitchen ~I rock the kitchen.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

No Hablo Espanol...

So the fun of being a Sub is you have no idea what you are going to teach most days when you show up and well I sub 7th 8th & 9th graders and most of the time that is the last time I actually had to learn these subjects for testing. ~Yeah for a liberal arts degree or as I like to call it my Arts & Crafts degree.
Well this week I got to teach Spanish ~I have been to Mexico & Spain and survived just fine so I figured how hard can it be to work with 8th & 9th graders on Spanish. The teacher had been for warned that I was a non-spanish speaker so he had prepared a fitting lesson for me ~Cognates these are words that look the same in English and Spanish ~I knew this Spanish and all went well until we came to the second part of the lesson plan... I had to hand out last weeks exams for the kids to correct for half credit. These kids knew I didn't speak Spanish except for what I like to call Survivor Spanish I can count to ten, find out where the bathroom is and ask if anyone speaks English ~along with helpful words like milk, water, green. So why on earth did these kids keep asking me to help them correct their test? Most of the classes were find with my reply to use their neighbor or their book but 8th hour turned on me and said mean things to me about not speaking Spanish ~I hate the last class of the day.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

My life in the movies...

This is a warning I might ruin the movie stranger than fiction for you so read only if you don't mind that sort of stuff.

The photo was added because I like it and well it gives a little bit of space so you won't accidentally read the post. O-kay I loved the movie I saw it Friday afternoon with my sister while the baby took a nap at my parents house and it was the best way I could have ever imagined to spend the afternoon.
I loved the movie because of the way they used words in it ~I miss use words all of the time and I love big words and I love words that have just the right meaning at just the right moment ~this movie on two occasions did it perfectly.
1. "I want you" this is what Harold says to Ana when he lets her know he is into her ~not "I like you" or "I am interested in you" he fully admits that there is something deep down in him that is connected to her and he wants it ~it is a gut feeling that I so often get and I love that he says it just like that instead of something cheep like "I love you" ~he doesn't know her he just wants to.
2. "I adore you" this phrase in my opinion is so much better than "I love you" better like the difference between a hot water bottle and the surface of the sun in terms of heat. "I adore you" is surface of the sun hot.
For 113 minutes I felt like I was living in Chicago and enjoying myself completely as I got to know Harold, Ana, Kay, Penny, Dave & Professor Jules Hilbert. It was just what a movie ought to be 113 minutes of else where, where I wanted to be.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Don't tell me show me...

So on Friday I was teaching World History for Mr. Peachy as my sub assignment. For reasons I can not explain the fifth time I taught the class we got done 20 minutes early ~I saw this coming about 10 minutes into the class these kids were quick and on task and seamed to be listening ~something that didn’t happen every hour, plus by now I had my speal pretty well down by then. Mr. Peachy had prepared two options for me if this happened.
1. I could have them read an extra chapter in the book.
2. I could let them watch a video on Vikings.
So I told the kids they had the two options to choose from and I would be making my decision based on their behavior.
~two hands shot up I called on the first student.
“ I really like your tights.”
“Thank you.” I said as I called on the second student.
“Your outfit is really cute.”
Now my hand goes up “you do not flatter subs by complimenting them on what they are wearing you flatter them by behaving and keeping quiet.” The students were quiet the rest of the hour and enjoyed 20 minutes of Vikings on video.
~Just for the record though my tights were really cute and the whole outfit really came together in my opinion as well as that of some really astute students.~

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Halloween Fright...

So I love making halloween costumes ~I just hate to wear them so I love the fact that I have an outlet for my costuming love ~my nieces usually benefit most and here are this years Magee is the Witch and Mac is the Corpse Bride ~and I said I would never make another wedding dress after Goo's.

Just because I made the costumes for the girls doesn't mean the other nieces and nephews didn't look great

Here is Swell in a train his dad made for him...

Here is Rager the cereal killer with two of the 101 dalmations Smillie & Zezra

One angry bee named bottsie that did her own makeup

And of coarse a very lovable ferry princess and devil clown (because clowns aren't evil enough)

I hope everyone had a great holiday and yes I did exercise a candy tax on my older nieces that made quite a haul.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

mobile is again mobile...

My life is in a bit of a crappie phase right now ~and all I can hope for is that this is truly a phase and not my life. A lot of things aren't exactly how I would love for them to be but I can take the blame for some of it.
Today though I fixed something that wasn't my fault in the first place and it felt oh so lovely. Two months ago my ipod mini died on me sort of ~it worked if it was plugged in and charging ~if it wasn't charging it didn't play. So it wasn't totally broken but it really wasn't working like I wanted it to. I am pretty sure it is suppose to be mobile other wise I would just listen to my itunes on my computer. Well when I mentioned this problem to my sister my brother in-law very handily told me I could fix it and it would be a lot cheaper than the $50 apple wanted to help me out. Yesterday a new battery that I spent a whopping $16 which included the shipping on arrived in the mail. Today while watching the demo video on cnet I was able to replaced the battery almost all by myself I made my dad hold the screwdriver while I pried the top off with the wedge that came in my kit (I did the bottom with out any help.) After letting my ipod charge up it is now mobile once again and it has twice the battery life than it had when it was new from the bookstore. Also I didn't loose any of my music so now I can run run with one of my favorite itunes mixes again.
I do have to make a confession I tried to document this whole thing with photos but I took one photo of my ipod and tools and then got so into the project I forgot to take progress photos until I was all done and the completion picture looked just like the ready set pictures so there wasn't any point. ~next project I hope to do better.