Tuesday, March 31, 2009
One good thing about Tuesday are the cartoons.....generated just to keep interest in TuesdaysYes...promises were made but so were threats (and I am frankly more worried about the threats) and those threats have already begun to be followed through on. I wish they were stored along with the promises. But love the Tuesday Cartoons.
Maybe we should have Tie-dye Tuesday!! Oh, wait...I tried that already...
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I was looking for a recipe that I had heard of for a Mexican Casserole made with Ramen Noodles. I have a ton of Ramen Noodles.
Anyway, this is a pretty good little recipe if you're trying to cut back on your meat intake but it's also good with a can of chicken in it.
I altered the recipe a little and I think it works better.
Mexican Casserole Ramen Style
3 pkgs chicken Ramen Noodles with 2 seasoning packets
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 can diced green chilie, drained
1 small can diced olives, drained
1 1/2 cups light sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup crushed corn chips
1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease or spray a 11 x 7 baking dish.
2. Cook noodles in water according to package directions, rinse with cold water and drain.
3. Combine noodles with the 2 seasoning packets, Monterey Jack cheese, chilies and olives. Stir in sour cream. Spoon noodle mixture into a baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and top with corn chips. Bake 20 minutes or until brown and bubbly.
You could substitute the cheeses and chips for lowfat and it would drop the fat intake quite a bit. But, it's pretty good the way it is.
And in return...the girls indulged me for a little silhouette action...
which turned out so good...that I actually cried.
It's all worth it...this indulgence. Can't wait to indulge again.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
All the while, giggling and singing....nary an arguement. Well, maybe a couple, but nothing that a little "it's a small world" sung over and over couldn't fix.
We had fun and I have a ton of photos to post. I'm not going to lie though...it was nice to have a break from the internet. I almost didn't even want to turn on the computer this morning. I think I spend way too much time on blogs. So, if it seems I'm not commenting as much from now on, that's why. I'm still going to check in on everyone...just not everyday. :)
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I tried distracting myself with hobbies. First it was crafting. I've done them all. I even took up knitting, and I've got the big honkin' basket of yarn and started projects to prove it.If you've ever been in my home, then you'll know I have an entire office...devoted to my hobbies. But as with anything. Once I realized that all I was doing was burning out on hobbies, I discovered I didn't like them so much anymore. What a waste...although looking back on those times...they did bring me much joy.
Then there were the years of exercising. Couldn't miss a day of that...heaven forbid! I did it because I'd always done it. Then I did it to keep off baby weight. And then there were years I did it because I felt better about myself. And then there were also times I did it so I could socialize. There's also the years you do it because you're getting old and you think you might be able to reverse time. I'm telling you, that's a false notion. Then it got to the point where I spent more time trying to talk myself into exercising then I was actually doing it. I can't justify in my mind...the 1-2 hours a day I need for this. Not to mention...I have a hard enough time with my own self acceptance. I can't be around others who look great who obsess about it too. It's too hurtful.So, there are a few things I enjoying wasting my life on now. I crave a good book. I yearn for travel...and daydream pretty much all the time about it. I like eating out with friends. And I love shopping. Pretty much any kind of shopping will do. But, you know...that gets old too....money runs out eventually. But since it's my duty...I stick with it...you know, we all have our duties....pay taxes, work for the man, shop to boost the economy....And I strive to do my best. And actually, my husband doesn't complain if I shop. See, I'm not a personal shopper. I generally don't buy for myself much. I probably have less shoes in my closet than anyone I know but I my house stays accessorized and gadgetized. Not to mention...my husband probably shops more than me anyway! Ah, well...more wasted life.
I'm currently wasting my life with something else...blogging. Even so.....I find at least I'm journaling. I've printed 4 books now from my blog. I leave them on a coffee table in our hearth room and almost everyday I see someone reading from them. Makes me smile.
I think the biggest wasteful thing I've done recently...is the rehash of life. Turning 40 is brutal. You get there and you wonder what you've done with your life. Who are you? Am I a waste? Seriously....the struggle I have is not comparing myself. It's all an illusion.
Don't we really spend a lot of time creating our own mountains? I know I do. My perceptions can be wiggity whacked sometimes.
So what is the point of this wasteful post? I don't know and I don't care...it's spring break and I'm outta here. Just in time.
Uh...sorry, I just had to add....
If you stuck with me on the post this far...you totally deserved this video. :)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Never mix an exploded bottle of Liquid Plummer and clean up duty with your beloved sweatshirt. Good thing the back of Kiera's car didn't bleach out like this.
Today I choose Delish over not so Delish.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I counted and recounted...
I've moved, to the best of my knowledge, 31 times in my life. There are a couple of years that I'm not quite sure of...but these are the moves I remember. So, if I'm 39.5 years old..on average...I've only lived in the same place 1.27 years. That means I moved every year and a quarter. I think that's a little crazy. I'm just thinking about the impact moving makes on relationships. I'm certain there are people who have moved more times than I have, but I'm just thinking about how that has effected me...not anyone else.
Why am I thinking about that? Those are the kinds of things my mind thinks about when I'm at the dentist.
Update: I thought of two more times that I moved since I've been back from the dentist...crazy.
Update #2: So, I've been talking to my Mom today and we came up with 2 more...so I'm up to 35 moves. 35 MOVES!!!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
current book: Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
current music: I'm on a Shinedown kick right now
current shame-inducing guilty pleasure: eating whatever I want.
current drink: Diet Coke
current songs: Crow and Butterfly, Second Chance
current movie: Australia
current wish-list: a personal trainer and dietitian
current needs: will power and energy
current annoyance: mean people and being mad at mean people
current indulgence: currently and always....chocolate. I've got a new recipe from Mom:
10 cups popped popcorn
2 TBS melted butter
2 TBS sugar
2 tsp cocoa
Mix cocoa and sugar. Pour melted butter over popcorn and mix in cocoa mixture. Try hard not to eat the entire bowl.
current happiness: Spring break approaching and this picture...sent for Boyd's birthday.
current outfit: Seminary outfit.
current excitement: a big week of school stuff with girls...a musical, awards assembly and choir concerts.
current quote or song lyric: "The works, and the designs, and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught....Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of man." D&C 3:1-3 And this article.
Monday, March 9, 2009
How well do you know your husband?
Here's a chance to see how well you really know your husband. Cut, paste and fill in the answers, tag people to fill it out, then hit publish . . . shoot, you know what to do. The real challenge is to send it to your husband to see how right you really are.
1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen? ESPN
2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad? Blue Cheese or Ranch
3. What's one food he doesn't like? sweet potatoes, beets
4. You go out to eat and have a drink. What does he order? Depending on what they have...in this order of importance...Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet Coke, then Dr. Pepper
5. Where did he go to high school? Hamilton High School
4. What size shoe does he wear? 9-9.5 DD
7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? guitars, cars, guns.
8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? pastrami, roast beef & cheese
9. What would this person eat every day if he could? M&M's
10. What is his favorite cereal? Grape Nuts
11. What would he never wear? bling.
12. What is his favorite sports team? BYU Cougars, Gonzaga
13. Who did he vote for? McCain
14. Who is his best friend? Steve...and hopefully me.
15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do? organize his stuff.
16. What is his heritage? Norwegian, native American
17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake? German Chocolate
18. Did he play sports in high school? Cross Country, Wrestling
19. What could he spend hours doing? watching tv, 4 wheeling, playing Rock Band
20. What is one talent he has? singing.
Actually, these are all easy peasy lemon squeasy...I'm sure there are plenty of things I don't know about! ;)
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I truly am humbled by how much love people showed us last night. Everyone is so thoughtful and kind....even when they are shoulder to shoulder with strangers and people trying not to spill bbq on my new carpet. No disasters...happy to report! I'm even not so bitter about the girls peeking into my TRASHED office and closets! I guess it's payback for me showing Boyd's closets on my blog...but at least I have an excuse for the mess! I'm not sure if it's physically possible to cram more BBQ, sight-seeing and Rock Band in a two day period than we have. Plenty of people are going to be pretty tired after this weekend. I wish I had more pictures of everyone at the party!
I'm needing a spa day...preferably before I turn to mold...anyone up for it?