Monday Stuff, Prompt Fiction

Craving Freedom

Freedom threw her favorite sweater into her suitcase at the last minute. She hurriedly closed the lid, but was careful not to make a sound. She was sitting on top, trying to make it close that last half inch when the alarm went off.

“CRAP!” she hissed. She had totally forgotten about the automatic setting on her alarm clock. Sweat dotted her upper lip as she frantically worked to close the case.

“Freedom! Time to get up!” her mother yelled from down the hallway.

She sighed with relief as it finally clicked. Grabbing the case, she ran toward the window.

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Write up to 100 words, fact or fiction….

This is a themed writing meme hosted by The Head’s Office. The goal is to write something that does not exceed 100 words. The prompt this week is in italic.

Monday Stuff

Monday Mingle: I’m a Nice Person, Honest

Questions:

1. Which decade do you think would have been most fun?
2. On what TV show would you like to have a guest starring role?
3. What’s the strangest/weirdest thing you’ve ever done?
4. What is your favorite ride at an amusement park?
5. Whats the nicest thing you have ever done for someone?
6. What do you like best and least about your life?

P.S. I just thought of something else that Kevin thinks is weird about me – I have sharp elbows. We’ll be sitting on the sofa, watching a movie, and he will reach over to rub my elbows. “I can’t believe how sharp your elbows are,” he will say. “You could injure a person with those things.”

Ha! And don’t you ever forget it, buster. 😉


Monday Stuff

Monday Mingle Vlog: Sexy Voices (Real Ones, Not the Ones in my Head)

This week’s questions (submitted by Robyn from Robyn’s Online World):
1. Who has the best voice you have ever heard? Or sexiest?
2. Would you rather be smarter, more athletic, or better looking?
3. If you were a doctor, which specialty would you choose?

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NEXT WEEK’S QUESTIONS:
1. How do you feel about doing fun challenges for Monday Mingle every once in awhile? Like take a video of yourself trying to blow the shell off of a hardboiled egg (just an example 🙂
2. Who is one of your heroes and why do they inspire you?
3. What was the best TV sitcom ever?

Monday Stuff

You Ask, I Answer

I’m answering the “Getting to Know You Questions” from MannLand5 as well as my own questions from the Monday Morning Meme.

(Because Mondays are so much easier when all you have to do is answer questions – you know?)

1. Do you like seafood?

Ugh. Hell to the no.

I can’t stand chewing on anything rubbery, or anything that makes a squeaky noise between my teeth. It totally and completely grosses me out!

BUT…

I’m okay with some fish (Tilapia, Salmon, the Long John Silver fish [whatever that’s officially called]) and crab? Is not my favorite, but pretty good with noodles and Alfredo sauce at Red Lobster.

Okay fine, I’m okay with SOME seafood.

My guys love shrimp – I can’t stand to even look at shrimp, cooked or otherwise. Just … yuk.

2. Are mermaids hot?

I’m not sure, I’m not into mermaids – I don’t swim those waters.

If you know what I mean. *wink*

But Mermen … NOW we’re talking.

RAWR

3. Have you swam in the ocean?

Yes. But not just to swim – we went snorkeling a few times. And though it was cool to swim with the fish, I hated every minute of it. One, I’m not a big fan of water – especially big bodies of water (I’m not the strongest swimmer). Two, I swallowed enough salt water that I was burping seaweed for a straight week after that.

Not. Fun.

4. If you got stung by a jellyfish, would you let a stranger pee on you?

Depends on what the stranger looked like.

I kid. (Sort of).

I don’t know. I think it might depend on how badly it hurt. I’ve never been stung but like to think I have a pretty high pain threshold. But then again, I hear jelly fish stings are pretty painful, so again … it depends on how hot the stranger was.

Kidding again. (Sort of).

5. Have you ever pee’d in the ocean?

Um. No. And I’m quite proud to say I’ve never been tempted.

Fish deserve clean seawater, too, you know. And yes, I’m TOTALLY playing the wacko environmentalist card cause I’m a jerk like that.

(Clean – seawater. That’s got to be an oxymoron, right?)

6. Can you make a cute fish face? (Show a pic..if you want)

I’m not sure about the “cute” part, but here goes nothing …

7. When you see the lobster tank at the grocery store do you just have this overwhelming urge to set them free or cook them up?

No. I have an overwhelming urge to avoid even going within ten feet of the tank. Lobsters are the things nightmares are made of.

I can’t believe people actually eat those suckers.

I mean think about it a minute – how was it even discovered you could eat those things? Did someone walking down the beach one day spot one and think, “I wonder what one of those ugly, creepy, monster-looking things would taste like?”

I mean, I can’t even comprehend that thought let alone think about putting something so hideous into my mouth.

Just … ew.

8. Are you afraid of sharks?

No. As long as they’re on the other side of glass.

Would I ever get into shark-infested waters? Only if I were unconscious.


1. If you could take back something you did to someone, what would it be?

I can’t answer that, it might incriminate me. (No. Seriously. It’s bad. Sorry to be so cryptic, but … well, sorry to be so cryptic).

But there are plenty of things I’ve said over the years that I wish I could take back. I have a big mouth (I KNOW! That’s such a shocking revelation), and I have a tendency to just blurt something out before thinking, especially when I’m annoyed and especially when I’m ticked off.

It’s funny, most people get a little more outspoken as they grow older, I find I’m starting to exercise restraint as I get older. And I really think it’s because I’ve said so many stupid things in my lifetime that I’ve met my quota.

My stupid meter is close to being maxed out – I have to dole out my stupidity slowly now.

2. Would you describe yourself as spiritual, religious, or something else?

Definitely spiritual. I have a strong faith in God and I trust Him implicitly. I study His word (the Bible, for those not in the Christian faith), and I follow Jesus Christ.

Religious, to me, implies people who put too much time and energy into belonging to an organization or a group that enforces strict rules, regulations, or rituals that one must follow in order to One, belong to the group or organization and Two, to stay in the group or organization.

I personally don’t believe that God meant for Christians to be so … restrictive? I guess, for lack of a better word. I never make it a secret that I’m a Christian on this blog and if you’re interested in learning more about what I’m only glossing over here, you can find more information here.

3. Did you ever receive detention in school? What sort of kid were you in school – bookworm, smart kid, troublemaker, quiet … etc.

Erhm, yes. (*said in a tiny, child-like voice*)

What can I say, ya’ll, I was a bad girl back in my day.

I got suspended for skipping school.

It wasn’t my fault!

(Okay, yes it was).

I had good intentions. I drove to school. I drove into the parking lot at school. Then I would think, “Wow. It’s a beautiful day. I don’t feel like going to school today,” and then drive back OUT of the parking lot.

*sigh*

When I was AT school (*ahem*), I was a huge drama geek. I was stage manager (for a show we took all the way to state and WON, thank you very much) and student director my senior year for the school musical.

I very much LIKED being student director. I totally had license to boss people around.

I’m sure that’s hard for you all to accept, but yes, I was (am) a bossy person.

4. When’s the last time you ran a mile? How often do you exercise?

I don’t run. I don’t want to ruin my knees, but I will do one of those pathetic walk/jogs where I’m not technically walking or running but just sort of … skipping?

The last time I exercised was about two weeks ago. I did Turbo Jam and then walked skipped three miles. I was so sore the next day that I couldn’t move, let alone exercise and then I got distracted and never got back to it.

But I will. I go through exercise “spurts” and I feel another one coming.

Soon. Very soon.

Monday Stuff

You Ask, I Answer

I’m answering the “Getting to Know You Questions” from MannLand5 as well as my own questions from the Monday Morning Meme.

(Because Mondays are so much easier when all you have to do is answer questions – you know?)

1. If you accidentally nick a car in a parking lot..Do you leave a note or do you get the heck out of there?

Wait. This is a hypothetical question right?

Because hypothetically speaking, if I were to ever accidentally back into a parked car while exiting a parking space, and get out to check to make sure there was no damage to either car, and then not seeing any discernible damage proceed to take off …

you wouldn’t think less of my hypothetical self, would you?

Whew. I’m glad we’re only talking hypothetically here.

*wink*

2. Love your body or plastic surgery?

Mostly, love your body. We all have flaws, we all have trouble spots – if it bothers you that much, try to find a natural way of living with it, or fixing it.

(For example: I have a pretty big/crooked nose – it used to bother me, but now? I just chock it up to my Indian ancestry).

I think the only way I would condone plastic surgery is if there was a deformity of some sort or not fixing it with plastic surgery could cause a health problem later on down the road.

3. What about your favorite blog(s) continues to drive you back?

The writing. Or the photography. I also appreciate variety – some popular blogs have stumbled onto a method, or a format, that works for them. Which is fine, it’s obviously working, but it gets old sometimes.

I also like to laugh, so blogs that continually post something fun or funny always get my attention.

While we’re on the subject of popular blogs – have you noticed that some popular bloggers only post once or twice a week? Or that when you follow some of the popular bloggers, say on Twitter, they’re actually not very nice people?

Or they tout being from a “tolerant” party and yet, their actions and words show that they are anything but tolerant if you disagree with them? Or, they start spouting off judgments without taking the time to research the facts first?

(One blogger spouted off some stupid things about a certain honor rally that took place this past weekend and when asked if she actually watched it? “No. We don’t turn the TV on very much.” WTH?? Don’t comment if you don’t have the facts – it makes you look foolish. Sheesh).

I honestly can’t believe some of these “popular” bloggers are still popular. It sort of disappoints me that readers aren’t more selective. I’ve run across a ton of bloggers who are better writers, heck, better people, and who deserve way more attention than they’re getting.

It’s really frustrating.

4. What percent of your blog is BS just to make your life seem more interesting than it really is?

Zero.

I may be vague about some things to protect the innocent and/or I may exaggerate some points to either make my point or to make the story a bit more interesting, but I don’t embellish my life. What you see is what you get at this here little ole blog of mine.

I am the first to admit my life is boring and I’m totally okay with that.

Honest.

5. If you had to give up one type of meat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably liver.

Okay, that’s not fair, I would rather pluck my eyeball out than eat liver, so I’m giving up something I never had to begin with.

I’d probably give up red meat. I love chicken and would rather eat fish than red meat.

Wait. Is fish considered a meat?

Now I’m confused.

6. How often to you eat out?

We “go git” (it’s an Ozarks thing) every Friday and Saturday night. We cook at home the rest of the week.

Kevin and I have a standing Wednesday lunch date (it’s true! We even schedule work meetings around Wednesdays. “I’m available every day but Wednesday.” We put each other first. I know, that’s so cute it’s nauseating).

Other that that? We don’t go out to eat very often. (Which I guess sounds lame since we go out at least three times a week).

I have a HARD time spending money on restaurants. A family of four (and we have two teenage boys who eat more than me and Kevin combined), is EXPENSIVE. So, if we go out, it’s usually to a fast food restaurant where we can all eat for under $20.00. The few times we’ve gone out to fancy places and ended up spending $50, I just couldn’t enjoy myself. You might as well stick a $50 dollar bill in your mouth and chew.

Want some salt with that?

7. Skinny jeans or boot cut jeans?

Skinny jeans. I love them.

However, they don’t exactly love me. They only accentuate my pooch and they only look good if you wear tops that come down to your hips (thereby hiding the pooch).

I like boot cut jeans. And I wear boot cut jeans. In fact, I read somewhere that boot cut jeans looked better on, ahem, older women such as myself.

What say you?

8. If you caught your spouse cheating would you forgive, divorce, or plan your kill?

Kill her. Maim him (because he’s the father of my children after all, he needs to live just for that reason), and then leave his ass in the dust. (Notice I didn’t say divorce him).

AND THEN …

I would try and figure out what in the world happened. Just what part did I play in the affair? Did I drive him there with my whining, complaining, bitching, belittling insults and frigid attitude?

Remember, it takes two participate in a breakup.

Would I take him back? I can’t answer that. Again, it depends on the situation. Did I drive him to that point? Can our marriage be salvaged? Could I ever learn to trust him again? Does he have a sex problem that requires counseling?

These types of questions are never cut and dried even though I think society would like to make it seem like it is.


1. What would you say to your 16-year-old self, and why?

Learn some humility, for pete’s sake. You’re NOT all that and if you don’t start training yourself to have more patience now, you’re going to end up regretting the first year of your oldest son’s life.

Trust me, chicka.

2. What are you avoiding?

Something big. Can’t talk about it. 🙂

3. Describe a “Hah! I told you so” moment you had recently.

Oh. I have those moments all the time.

I just choose to keep my mouth shut and allow the situation to speak for me.

Even though I’d like to rub the fact that I’m right in some people’s faces, I (usually) refrain. I opt to take the high road.

Which is really, really hard for me, sometimes. I assure you.

Usually? I just smile (okay, smirk) and that’s all that needs to be said.

4. Do you think that back-to-school shopping is a big deal? How did your back-to-school shopping go this year?

Back-to-school shopping USED to be a big deal, when the boys were younger and actually (semi) liked school. It was fun to pick out school supplies and even though they have never liked clothes shopping, at least back then they didn’t make me want to leave them on a street corner with an “I need taxi fare home” signs.

I loved back-to-school shopping. It always marked a new chapter in their lives. Clothes shopping was bitter / sweet for me because it meant they were getting BIGGER!

And OMG, they were getting BIGGER! 😦

I also enjoyed picking out yuppie-looking clothes for them. Now? They won’t be caught dead in a t-shirt with pockets.

I’m not even kidding.

No. Back-to-school shopping has become an odious task for us now – it means the boys have to stop playing their video games and face reality.

*gasp*

I’m such a MEAN mom.

*sigh*

(I plan on using the Monday Morning Meme picture as my writing prompt for tomorrow’s Flash Fiction – stick around).

Monday Morning Meme, Monday Stuff

You Ask, I Answer

Does anyone else have trouble coming up with something to blog about on Mondays?

Normally, you can’t shut me up, but here lately … it’s like Monday rolls around and I’m all like:

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Exactly.

So. I thought I’d answer my own meme questions today as well as the “Getting to Know You Questions” from MannLand5.

1. What kind of athlete has the hottest body?

Probably a football player – because they have to bulk up so they have the weight to knock their opponent to their feet, which usually translates into muscle, usually. I’m thinking the running back, specifically. They have the muscle, but it’s lean, hard muscle and …

What was the question?

2. Are you a planner or a procrastinator?

I’ll get back to you on this one.

HA!

Seriously. I’m a procrastinator, hands down. But I don’t like to call it procrastinating, per se, but rather, I like to take a duty, a task, an idea and sort of chew on it for a while, digest it if you will.

You can’t rush genius.

HA!

3. Diet or regular (soda)?

None. I’m not a soda drinker. I used to LIVE on soda way back when, I drank it in lieu of water and well, kidney stones put an abrupt and painful stop to that nonsense.

Now? I rarely drink it. And when I do, I almost always regret it because GAH, that crap is SWEET.

4. What’s your one “must have” for Fall?

Blazers. I LOVE blazers. They look smart and they cover the poochy belly. They look good with slacks or jeans so they’re versatile. In fact, I’m thinking about asking Santa for a leather blazer for Christmas.

*ahem* Santa, are you listening??

Though I don’t know, boots are a close second.

5. What’s your favorite fast food restaurant?

Wendy’s, of course. 😀

(I used to work there way back when and you would think that would make me not want to eat there anymore, but ah contrare, Wendy’s food ROCKS my socks).

P.S. I was not paid to say that but if Wendy’s happens to find this? I am not opposed to accepting coupons – just sayin’.

6. What do you think is the sexiest profession for a guy?

Police Officer.

No.

Firemen.

I’m not picky. 😉

Seriously. *drool*

Of course, accountants are DEFINITELY sexy.

(My husband is an accountant, I’m sort of required to give that answer. *wink*)

7. Did you wear braces?

Nope. And it’s a miracle, really. Growing up, we couldn’t afford to go to the dentist, but luckily, I didn’t have to. Any cavities I got, came out in with a tooth. And my teeth are pretty straight-ish.

Now my boys? Both have worn, and are wearing, braces. Dude had them for about four years (that poor kid – too many teeth for his mouth) and Jazz is wearing them now (he has the room, but they’re just sort of sticking out, like buck teeth, only not that bad).

Braces are expensive, but worth the investment. My father-in-law had terrible teeth growing up and was extremely self-conscious of them his whole life. Finally, a few years ago, he had them all pulled and now wears false teeth. I wouldn’t recommend going that route, but if you can afford to get your kids’ teeth fixed, I would.

Life is hard enough without having to worry about your smile. You know?

8. Would you rather have a guy that’s super sexy or kind?

How about kind of sexy?

HA!

Okay fine, kind. Sexy is good? But sexy is not always kind, you know? And when you have to live with a person, kindness is a HUGE factor (the sexy can sort of wear off after a while).


1. If you could be any book character, who would it be?

Belle. From the Twilight series.

And not for the reasons you might think. Every time I read any of the books from the Twilight series, I always think, “doesn’t Belle get tired of having this blood-sucker breathing down her neck all the time?”

I’d be all, “Dude. I love you. But seriously, give me space. And though I’m okay with dying and doing the whole immortal thing with you someday, right now? I want to live my life so back off, Jack.”

I always get impatient with characters that put so much of their energies into being somebody’s mate. I don’t care for characters who are willing to lose a portion of their identity – I just don’t identify with that, at all.

There’s passion, which is sexy.

And then there’s obsession, which is not.

2. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard a child say?

Oh geez. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head – probably because I tend to think children are pretty much cute and hilarious all the time, so I took the liberty of Googling it and this little story made me laugh out loud:

Stopping to pick up my daughter at kindergarten…

…, I found out that the topic of “Show and Tell” that day had been parents’ occupations.

The teacher pulled me aside. Whispering, she advised, “You might want to explain a little bit more to your daughter what you do for a living.”

I work as a training consultant and often conduct my seminars in motel conference rooms.

When I asked why, the teacher explained, “Your daughter told the class she wasn’t sure what you did, but said you got dressed real pretty and went to work at motels.”

HAHA! If your kids haven’t gone to school yet, then you may not be able to relate to this yet, but speaking as a veteran mom of school-aged kids, this is a stigma you don’t exactly want to carry with you the 13 years your kids are in school. Because most likely, your kids will be around the same teachers, the same kids and the same parents for those 13 years and you don’t exactly want to have to fight a racy reputation from the very beginning – save that for later years. *wink*

3. Thunderstorm arrives, power outage! How do you occupy your time?

If there’s enough light, read. If there’s not enough light, listen to my iTouch.

And if there aren’t any kids in the house, well …..

Also, stress about the food in the fridge.

4. Do you usually write your blog post first and then the title? Or do you write the title first, and then the blog?

I usually write my blog post first, and then title it. Once in a while, I’ll come up with a title and then write a blog post around that, but most of the time, I write the post, then pick out a juicy title from that.

I probably don’t give my titles as much thought as some people (or as much as I should), but then again, I don’t care much if search engines find me or not.

5. Bonus: Write a caption, poem or short story inspired by this picture:

You smell good. I like you. Can I sit on your lap? Can I lick your face? Do you have any treats? I’m a good doggie. Where’s my tail? You smell good.

Monday Stuff

Monday Mingle – Aging

Questions I answered this week: (submitted by Dee from Say Anything)

All about Aging:
1. What is the one thing you find most frustrating about getting older?
2. What is the one thing you like best about it?
3. What age did you look forward to most?

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Questions for July 5th:

Summertime fun:
1. When is the last time you went to a beach? Where?
2. What are your plans for this summer?
3. What are your favorite summer recipes (you know, those that don’t require the oven!)

Monday Stuff

My Daybook: June 7, 2010

Today… was busy. Jazz started summer school today; he’s taking TWO classes. The first one (PE) starts at 11:30 and runs until 2:30. The second one (Band) starts at 5:00 and runs until 9:00 p.m. So, I’m tired, but not NEARLY as tired as Jazz is going to be when he gets home tonight.

And just think, we have FOUR more weeks of this. *sigh*

Outside my window: The day started out overcast and a bit scary looking. We had a pretty good-sized blob hit us and though it didn’t really storm, we heard thunder in the distance thereby causing the worst of it to miss us, apparently.

The blob is moving past us now and the temps are rising, along with the humidity. I love living in Missouri, but I could definitely do without the humidity.

I am reading: … nothing at the moment. So much has happened this past eight weeks that I haven’t had the time, or the energy, TO read anything.

However, I started to read, and intend to get back to reading, “F is for Fugitive” by Sue Grafton. The alphabet murders are a bit simplistic, but that’s not why I read them, I like the main character, Kinsey Millhone. Though to be honest, she’s almost a bit too masculine for my taste.

Right now, I’m thinking about: … Kevin, of course. My husband hasn’t been out of my mind for very long periods of time since his accident on April 16th. He was in a lot of pain yesterday, so much so, in fact, that he had to go back to bed and take a nap. When he succumbs to bed and a nap, then I know it’s bad.

He’s been overdoing it. He’s been in his chair all day, every day, this past week and I think it’s caught up with him. But what can I do? I nag. I complain. I bribe. I get angry, but the man is stubborn. He thinks his body should already be back to normal and the fact that it’s not really annoys him.

I wonder: … if I’ll ever get back to writing. I want to, I sit down to start, but then my brain sort of shuts itself off and my creativity goes out the window. I have ideas, but ideas don’t write a story.

I’m going to try my darnedest to set myself a schedule and stick to it. I’ve been distracted and I wish I could say it’s been solely because of Kevin, or because the boys are home, but I’ll be honest – it’s because I’ve been haunting Twitter again.

I have got to seriously cut the Twitter umbilical cord – again. It’s almost sick how addicted I get when I jump on there.

Anyway, my goal is to sit down and pound out a 250-word Flash Fiction piece for tomorrow. I mean, it’s 250 words, SURELY I can write that much.

Right?

Right??

In the kitchen:

* Monday: Fried Chicken
* Tuesday: Breakfast
* Wednesday: Chicken/Pepperoni Spaghetti
* Thursday: Pot Roast
* Friday: Go git (I take Friday and Saturday off from cooking. Kevin cooks on Sunday, with help 🙂 ).

I’m cooking fried chicken right now and I have to tell you, it feels weird to cook again. I didn’t have to cook for four weeks and then two weeks after Kevin came home, we had family constantly bringing us food. Though I would have loved to continue that trend, we started feeling guilty and put a stop to it.

Which means, it’s up to me.

To feed my family.

Which means I have to cook.

Have I mentioned I LOATHE cooking??

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it a time or two (or a hundred).

I am really excited about: … going to the doctor tomorrow. Not for ME, oh good Lord no, but for Kevin. Finally, finally, we get to go see his orthopedic doctor tomorrow. They plan on taking more x-rays so they can see if his fractures are healing, or God willing, ARE healed. We’re hoping the doctor will tell us that he won’t have to wear his braces anymore.

This whole doctor thing is a bit squirrely. Since they actually worked on him in Columbia, this doctor down here in Springfield was sort of pushed onto his case. So I wonder if he truly knows what’s going on. Plus, since they couldn’t work on him here and had to send us to Columbia, I wonder just how good the orthopedic doctors are here in Springfield.

I hate to say that, but I do wonder. In fact, tomorrow will be the first time I’ll get a chance to meet his orthopedic doctor. Every time he came to visit Kevin at the hospital, I wasn’t there. We’ve been warned that he doesn’t offer very much information other than what is absolutely necessary, so we have about 17 questions (no really, we wrote them down!) to go over with him. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles our questions.

One last thing I want to tell you about before I go:

Have you seen this Nike commercial?

I love stuff like this! Soooo inspiring. I love how it depicts how someone can be on top of the world one minute and then not the next minute. The world is fickle, isn’t it? All the more reason to just be yourself.

Or just do it.

Either way, it works for me. 🙂

Let me tell you the story behind that picture up there:

I had gotten Burger King for my guys one night and I don’t know, Dude stuck the bag on his head, which caused Kevin to stick the bag on his head and then Jazz had to get in on the act.

Sometimes, being surrounded by testosterone is difficult. (But entertaining).

Monday Stuff, VideoPlay

Monday Mingle: Tattoos, Politics, Wedding Memories

This week’s questions (submitted by Karie from The Five Fish – thanks Karie!):
1. So you must be a little on the wild side somewhere…how about any tattoos? Piercings? Show us your wild side. If you are free of any taintings do you want any? Piercings or tattoos?

2. Considering the state of our world today what is one thing you might change, suggest, or push for or against if you were to be elected to office?

3. Reminiscing about my impending 10 yr anniversary, can any of you recall your wedding day? Vows? Any funny or memorable moments from your special day?


(I apologize for the quality, or lack thereof, I was in a hurry to get this online before the day was over).

The infamous “hiding his white basketball tube socks” picture:


NEXT WEEK’S QUESTIONS:

From Robyn – Robyn’s Online World:
1. If you could visit 1 city anywhere in the world, what city would it be?
2. What is your favorite vacation you went on as a child?
3. What is the best museum you have ever been to?

Monday Stuff

My Daybook: April 5th

Family April 2010

Today…

Outside my window: It’s overcast, though not gloomy. Rather, it looks like the sky is trying to decide whether to go ahead and cloud up all the way and give us rain or clear up and allow the sun to shine through. The wishy-washiness of the whole thing drives me nuts. Make a decision already! This looks like rain, then dazzling sunshine indecision is hard to keep up with.

It’s been warm. In fact, we’re supposed to get all the way up to 82 today, which is unusual for this time of year – the record is 83.

I am reading: Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber. I haven’t started it yet and I suspect it might be slow going. I like Macomber, but I sort of have to be in the mood for her.

In the kitchen:

* Monday: Nachos Supreme
* Tuesday: Pork Tenderloin
* Wednesday: Chicken Enchiladas
* Thursday: Spaghetti
* Friday: Go git (I take Friday and Saturday off from cooking. Kevin cooks on Sunday).

I am really excited about: Cooking potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner. I know. How random is that, but ever since we discovered The Pioneer Woman’s method for cooking mashed potatoes, we’ve sort of been obsessed. I won’t tell you her secret ingredient(s), you’ll have to buy her cookbook, but I WILL tell you that we also add a dash of garlic powder and YOWSA, it really adds some zip.

I’m also really excited about: our new back splash!! The tile guy (the same tile guy who did our kitchen floor tile – don’t worry, Kevin is overseeing everything so there is really no way it’s going to get messed up) got here at 9;30 this morning and is still working on it. (It’s now almost 2:00). I sneaked a peek and YOWSA, it REALLY adds a whole new element to the overall look. I’ll take pictures and post them later.

I’m also excited about finding a bench for our utility room. We went to an import furniture store at lunch today (me and Kevin) and found a really cool, distressed wood bench (the wood was imported from India and was actually part of a building in India) that I think might look really cool in that space. The problem is, it was too long. So though we didn’t buy it, we now have a pretty good idea what we want and can keep an eye out for it.

We had originally gone there hoping to find a corner cabinet. My mom and sister both found one for their kitchens and Kevin and I just love the whole corner cabinet concept. We’re looking for a TV corner cabinet to put in our dining room to use when we do Bible study every week. The import place had a corner cabinet we could order from their catalog, but it was pine and I don’t think that kind of wood would look good in a room that is predominantly oak. However, again, we now have a pretty good idea what we want, it’s just a question of finding it. I love when we have concrete ideas – it’s the not knowing that drives me nuts. (But really, you can’t be surprised by that).

This weekend we: were busy, as was everyone, I’m sure. Saturday, my folks came over and since my nephews were already over here to spend some time with our boys, we all got together and had our Easter together. I bought a Honey-Baked ham, we made The Pioneer Woman’s mashed potatoes (my dad had three helpings so I think he liked them!), some mixed veggies and I made my “famous” butt rolls. It always tickles me whenever anyone compliments me on these rolls. You can buy the yeast rolls at Wal-Mart (they come in little balls) and all you have to do is place two balls per muffin cup, wait for them to rise and then stick them in the oven for about 17 minutes. That’s it. And yet, everyone always makes such a big deal out of “my” rolls. HA! I don’t correct them. (Okay, I do).

I also bought a cake from Wal-Mart. Only, this cake had three slices of chocolate, three slices of strawberry, three slices of carrot, and three slices of lemon pieces to make up a whole cake and I was impressed! It tasted fantastic! I’m definitely buying that variety-type cake again.

It was really good to see my folks. I haven’t seen them since Christmas and we spent several pleasant hours together catching up. (Mom, dad, we need to get together more often!)

We also: went over to Kevin’s parents’ house on Sunday. His mom prepared brisket, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, potato salad, (yes, I had both!), some asparagus, and salad. The brisket was so tender I couldn’t even spear it with a fork! (I’ll have to ask her how she got it so tender). She also made a chocolate and zucchini cake, but I couldn’t quite make myself have a piece of that.

We also got to visit with one of my nieces who has been on a mission in Scotland. She came back home for a break, she’ll go back next month and finish out her two-year commitment. I really admire her strength and determination to give her life to God like that. She’s a delightful young woman and I really enjoyed talking with her (and everyone! We talked politics, and since we’re all on the same page with that, it was a VERY enjoyable discussion. In fact, my brother-in-law told me I should run for office because he was impressed with the way I expressed myself. HA! As if).

One last thing I want to tell you about before I go: I also can’t wait for the Ultimate Blog Party!!! It begins this Friday and I’m determined to try and visit as many blogs as I can possibly fit in. I plan on giving prizes away, but I have no idea what those will be at this point. I guess you’ll just have to come back and see. 😀

Oh …

And the Spring photo contest begins April 16th. You can find more information here.