Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hump Day Holla

Peeps! The pup is home. Actually, she came home yesterday. I will have to share the saga. I called the vet office around 11 a.m. and got the good news--solid pooping! ready to come home!

I go to pick her up around 1 p.m. and the vet office is chaotic. Six Jack Russells, a fat black Lab with a chain smoking, redneck mother, and a pitiful little old man with a caterwauling cat. I could hardly think. Luckily, the damage was not as bad as thought (only $200 rather than $300! whee!).

Things go downhill from there. As soon as we get in the vehicle, Savannah pees in my passenger seat. I mean, pees a river. Did they not take the damn dog out?? Jeez. Savannah WILL NOT pee inside. Unless she is sick. That's how we found out she had diabetes. She started peeing inside which was very NOT normal. Anyway, then, a mile from the vet office, I realize I forgot her bag of stuff I took with me on Sunday so I have to turn around and go back. And I forget to talk to the vet about what we should be doing. Sigh.

Anyway, we get home and Savannah seems at about 50%--very droopy and weird acting. Which sort of scares me. So I call the vet. Which I needed to do anyway since I never talked to her about what we ought to be doing about Savannah's home care. The vet says it may just take Savannah a day or so to get back to par. I, mean, she was pretty weak and sick and no insulin for two days and I bet they didn't give her the daily dose of doggie Xanax either. Good news is that now I would say she is back to around 85% but still a little slow. Here's what the girls have to say about the whole situation:


I AM POOPED FROM POOPING, Y'ALL-Savannah


SCREW THAT DIVA. SHE'S SUCH A DRAMA QUEEN. I'M OVER HER.-Pepsi

Yesterday evening, I went to dinner with a friend. We were going to go to Cracker Barrel, but decided to go elsewhere--elsewhere with alcohol! I damn well needed a stiff one or three. That's why no blogging last night.

I didn't sleep a good wink last night because I kept worrying about the dog, listening for her to be in distress. I HAVE GOT TO STOP THIS! I am taking years off my life worrying about her all the damn time. The hubs never seems to worry about a damn thing. I asked him how he does it. He said, "I can't tell you." Can someone give me a Y chromosome please???

Anyway, today was spent watching over the dog, working, going to a meeting for the non-profit I volunteer for. I am co-chairing their annual fundraising dinner. That will be an interesting tale over the coming months.

What I'm Cooking:
More grilling today. Sirloin steaks with my EVOO, lemon and garlic baste with Simply Potatoes mashed sweet potatoes; an arugala, spring mix, strawberry, pecan and gorgonzola salad with EVOO and white balsamic vingrette dressing; and the good crusty French rolls. This is becoming a favorite meal.

What I'm Listening To:
Live in Philadelphia with John Legend. He is a smooth mo-effer.

What I'm Reading:
Sigh. Maybe I can start another book this weekend.

Well, I am off to bed. I am going to have a big glass of wine or a Tylenol PM or both and, hopefully, sleep much better tonight. The weather hear has been so nice and the nights cool. Ciao!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday Addendum

Well, the dog thing has me in such a dither that I COMPLETELY forgot the good news I got today! I've been promoted folks! Only in my job a year and I gots the boot up! Not boot up the butt, which has usually been the case. Anywho, my title now has the word "Senior" in it (that may be a reference to my age and not my abilities, but, hey, I'll take it!) and I got a pretty nice raise too! Which can't come at a better time since the doggies need poop meds and blood curves. WOOT! Thank you Lord! I really appreciate this blessing in the middle of all the crap. Literally ALL THE CRAP.

THANK GOD IT'S MONDAY!

OK, I know that is a weird title but this weekend SUCKED SO BAD that I was glad for the weekday to roll around. Sorry no post again yesterday but Saturday night WAS. NOT. GOOD. After Savannah had done OK most of the day, 'cept for the weird late afternoon gimpiness, we all went to bed around 11:30 p.m. Only to awaken around 1 p.m. to the sound of projectile poop. Yes, Savannah's diarrhea had returned. With a vengeance.

We again quarantined her in the bath but my "mom's ear" (you know, the semi-bionic ear that all women seem to have that can hear sickness or crying from miles away??) finally got the best of me, so I got up at 2 a.m. and moved to the couch. I figured at least the hubs could sleep. I spent the next 8 hours cleaning up poop and counting the minutes until I could leave to go to the vet (our vet is open on Sundays for emergency situations and boarding pick-up from 10 a.m. to noon). I was at the vet's at 10:01 a.m. and handed off the poor thing. Bless her heart--toward the end, she was so bad, she had rectal bleeding. Not fun.

Then, in the middle of all this dramz, Pepsi, the quiet one, throws up and, after a quick run outside, shows signs of stool distress. Lord, take me now! Luckily, Pepsi rebounds quickly from things so a Pepto and some poop meds from the vet and she seems much better today. Who know what happened to cause all this. I am thinking they picked up a doggie virus from the groomers on Friday.

So I had about MAYBE 2 hours of sleep so I felt AWESOME yesterday. I came home from the vet, took several headache pills and crashed for a couple of hours. The afternoon was spent on freelance work, then I made dinner (see below) and went to bed at 9 p.m. The hubs dragged my ass out of bed this morning at 7:45 a.m. and, let me tell you, I slept like the dead, which is fitting since I felt like death warmed over.

Anyway, today was work, errands, checking on Savannah. She is spending another night at the vet (cha-ching!) which really is fine by me since her "stool is not yet firm" said Dr. Vet. I guess I will have to check into how much kidneys are going for these days if this keeps up though.....ha. Please pray for my little dog--she is a sweetheart.

What I'm Cooking:
It's been all about Trader Joe's for the past two dinners. Last night was TJ chicken tenders, TJ mac and cheese and fresh frozen lima beans. I really wished I had biscuits but I couldn't talk the hubs in going out to get some. Tonight, we had TJ Mandarin Orange Chicken over white instant rice and TJ Organic Mixed Green Veggies. Easy peasy.

What I'm Listening To:
No music today but the sound of my sobs. Ha.

What I'm Reading:
I got a new Cooking Light today so I will probably be perusing that tonight before nodding off.

Hopefully, the dogter will come home tomorrow. I'll let y'all know how she is doing.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dog Day Morning, Noon & Night

Well, today started at 6 a.m. With Savannah yacking on the floor of the bedroom. And then eating it at 6:01 a.m. And then having diarrhea at 6:05 a.m. right outside the bedroom. At least THAT was on the hardwood floors.

Yes, today has been a pleasure. After the abrupt awake, the hubs and I just decided to get on up. Since the hubs did not have to leave for work until 9 a.m., I decided to do onto Walmart at 7:30 a.m., so he could keep an eye on the dog (who we quarantined in the bathroom in case of more projectile poop). Walmart that early is great. I parked right by the door, no crowds, nothing picked over. Awesome.

Anyway, I got back home and called the vet who said to give the dogter a Pepto capsule and bring her in if it kept up. Savannah has a delicate stomach which is tricky with the diabetes because her blood sugar can be thrown off easily. Anyway, we gave her Pepto and fed her a little, then I went onto keep feeding her small amounts through the early afternoon. She was doing really well until 4 p.m. when I went to take the girls out. Then she started gimping. Badly favoring her left rear leg. Badly. Out of the blue. I called the vet and we cannot give her aspirin since her stomach has been iffy, so she is just listing around.

It has been a really REALLY ROUGH day, y'all. I told my mom that I was glad I didn't have children because I couldn't take this watching and worrying all the time. It is emotionally and mentally and physically draining. I just worry that with Savannah getting and being older, this may be a more and more common occurrence. And when something happens with that dog, I will have to have drugs. Big ones. We are both hopeless in love with her. She is our first ever dog. There will never be another like her.

Anyway, between checking on the dog every ten minutes, I managed to clean the house well and swap around my summer/winter clothes. Woot. We are getting ready to watch a movie so I guess I better wrap it up.

What I'm Cooking:
I made veggie pizza tonight with fresh dough from our grocery store. Honestly, though I just did not get excited about it because it has been such a shitty day. Worry has curbed my appetite.

What I'm Listening To:
I listened to Sirius, the Pulse, the 90's and now, today while doing chores. I actually went through my youth in the 80's but the 80's is a mixed bag [say, Huey Lewis :( vs. INXS :)] but the Pulse is my favorite station.

What I'm Reading:
Between last night and this morning, I read The Bright Forever by Lee Martin. It is a great, quick, compelling read about a small town and a young girl who goes missing. To say more would give too much away but it was a great book, the kind you have to keep reading until you finish. I honestly haven't read such a good book in a while. Highly recommend.

I hope tomorrow is better. No I pray. Pray for me and Savannah too.

Friday, April 25, 2008

8 Months Until Christmas!

Woo-hoo, y'all! Today it is ONLY 8 MONTHS until Christmas Day! Actually, my Rain Main hubs pointed this out to me earlier this evening. I simply asked the date, and he said "April 25th, 8 months until Christmas." Thanks, Raymond.

Sorry I missed posting yesterday. Here's how it went down. I was attempting to make a menu for the coming week and started searching for new Mexican recipes online. That got me to craving Mexican cuisine, which I seriously can, and HAVE, eaten 3 or 4 times a week. Cheap Mexican (those little local joint with "El" in the name where everything costs $6.95), Tex-Mex, homemade Mex, whatevers, I love it all.

So then I talked the hubs into going out for cheap Mexican. Then, when we got there, I decided to have a margarita. A big one. A double. Now, I have a glass of wine here, a beer there, a simple cocktail before dinner. But I cannot tell you the last time I had tequila. And I cannot tell you how STRONG this restaurant makes their margaritas. I think my lips were numb by the time I finished. Needless to say, I was in no shape to do anything but come home and crash on the couch and watch Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy then roll my ass to bed.

Let me now tell you how I have spent $300 in two days on our dogs. Yesterday, I had to take Savannah for blood curves (did I mention she was diabetic?) and her annual shots and today, both the girls had grooms. Ouch. I try not to group big expenditures but it sort of happened that way this time. Tell me if this was worth some of that money. Here is the before:



Here is the after:



I know, she's freakin' cute either way, right?!? The hubs says we'd spend more money on kiddos--really, I cannot imagine. So the past two days have been carting around the girls to appointments, working and then, this afternoon, we went to a window and door showroom to look at options for the remodel. It was quite educational. I won't bore you with the details, but suffice to say the door we were in love with we saw in person and hated, and the windows we wanted but didn't think we could afford are more affordable than we thought. Onward and upward.

So anyway, I better sign off. I have a FULL weekend--groceries, Walmart, clean out my closet. I know you are all busting with envy.

What I'm Cooking:
Not a damn thing. We went out again tonight. But check back soon--I have some good stuff planned for the week ahead including several new menus and a new recipe.

What I'm Listening To:
I am in love with Lizz Wright, an incredibly talented R&B/jazz singer from Atlanta. Her voice is like butter. Real butter on a hot, crusty roll. On her new album, The Orchid, she has THE MOST AWESOME cover of Thank You by Led Zeppelin. And I LOVE her album, Dreaming Wide Awake. Highly recommend. I am still kicking my arse because she was in ATL last spring playing with the ATL Symphony and I didn't go.

What I'm Reading:
I will probably start a new book this weekend. Will have to see what I am in the mood for when I choose.

Later taters! Raymond just up and decided to make a chocolate cake (did I tell you my husband is a baker??) and it beckons.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Few of My Favorite Things

Since my life is so overwhelmingly boring these days, I thought I would do a twist on today's posting and share some of my current favorite things. I actually Single White Femaled this idea (that would mean "stole it") from another blogger so kudos to her for coming up with it. Here we go:

1) My dogs sleeping:



I mean, Savannah is so freakin' cute in this photo, though she is giving me the evil eye. The hubs and I used to worry that the girls were bored all day at home alone. Now that I work from home, I realize how incredibly stupid we were to feel guilty--all they damn well do is sleep on the furniture all day!

2) This curl gel:



I have extremely thick, naturally curly hair that is hard to manage. Thus, any product from $4 to $54 dollars that promises less frizz, better curl definition or silky locks, I will buy. I have a hair product graveyard under my sink because most of them do not work. But this product, which is around $8 (woo-hoo!), has been working for me so far. We'll see what happens when the humidity of summer hits.

3) This coffee:



My hubs and I didn't start drinking coffee until about four years ago when they put Temptation a few miles from us, also known as Starbucks. The habit became too expensive, so we started brewing our own and now we are fiends. This is one of the best we've tried. Another reason to love Trader Joe's.

4) This coffee creamer:



Seriously, if Coffee-Mate ever stops making this, I will have a breakdown. Seriously. Sometimes it's the only reason I get out of bed in the morning.

5) This candle:



Tyler candles are da' bomb! They smell awesome (but don't buy them if you don't like super strong scented candles; me, that's why I buy candles--to smell 'em). And THEY DON'T SMOKE like some more expensive, uberly-touted candles I've tried (ahem, Votivo, ahem)

6)These rolls:



I first saw these rolls in a "reader favorite" feature in Rachel Ray magazine. The hubs and I go through a bag a week. Now, they ain't good for you per se, but they are SO TASTY--crusty on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. Just like a roll at a fancy restaurant.

7) This artwork:



I bought this piece of folk art at Folk Fest last August. I love this piece because it was 1) terribly inexpensive, 2) had a great message and 3) is so freakin' clever--it is actually painted on a old-fashioned wooden ruler--ruler/ruler! I love the play on words!

What I'm Cooking:
Tonight I cooked thin-sliced steaks again with the garlic, EVOO and lemon marinade, however, the steaks were thinner than the ones I previously bought so they were little well done. I thought about chucking it in and using them to make a steak and spinach salad but I forged ahead with the original menu. The good news is the Simply Potatoes Garlic Mashed Potatoes were yummy and the salad (arugala, spring mix, craisins and almonds with blue cheese vinegrette) was really good too. And, oh yeah, the rolls, the really good rolls (see above).

What I'm Listening To:
My dogs snore.

What I'm Reading:
My Eldorado Stone catalog--"the most realistic stone veneer in the world." Wonder if that means it is also the most expensive.

Good night!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Green Eggs & Spam

Well, today started off by me sleeping in. I am so freakin' tired. Sometimes I think I have a disease. The hubs says, yeah, and it's called "Old Age." (bastard!)

Anyway, it was work, work, work again today. I missed Dancing with the Stars last night since we were watching the Indiana Jones movie, but I caught up by watching it online while I ate my lunch. Watching online is awesome because, like a tape, you can fast forward through the boring bits.

This afternoon, UPS delivered part of my Burpee order--the non-plant parts. I don't think they ship the plants until they are ready to go into the ground--I hope they give me a heads-up before they send or I will be scrambling to find a place to put 24 strawberry vines!

I also had yet another contractor come today to give me a quote on another piece of the remodel. People are going to think I am the neighborhood whore with all these men coming by all day--"we know what she's working at home!" Anyway, this company will completely redo your crawl space with concrete and spray insulation so it is super useful and efficient. Dude, I am more excited about that than anything we have planned! I hope it will make our house warmer, our electric bill cheaper and the crawl space better for storage overall. I will have to take "before" and "after" photos and post.

Tonight, I worked on freelance stuff and watched Hell's Kitchen--Chef Ramsey is da' bomb! I think it's a hoot when he calls people "donkey!" Ha!

What I'm Cooking:
Tonight, I made frittata which is like a big omlet you cook in the oven. Or maybe it's better to say it's a crustless quiche. We eat frittata a lot in the summer because it is a nice, light dish. And it's super easy to cook. You can put in pretty much any meat or veggie for filling. For this one, I browned mild Italian sausage then stirred in a heap of arugala. Then I whisked together a cup of Eggbeaters and 4 eggs (I couldn't use the dozen eggs the recipe called for--sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen) with about a half cup of sour cream and poured it on top of the sausage and arugala. Because I have hard anodized aluminum cookware, I stuck the whole skillet in the oven until it was set, about 30-40 minutes. In hindsight, it could have used a little savory cheese--maybe goat or gorgonzola. I served the frittata with a salad of spring mix, sliced strawberries, roasted pecans and blue cheese with an olive oil and white balsamic vinegar dressing. Mmm, mmm, good!

What I'm Listening To:
I don't know that I even heard a note today. Sad.

What I'm Reading:
My to-do list and window and door catalogs for the remodel. Gripping stuff!

Tomorrow my hubs boss is coming to the house. Long story but I cannot be bothered to go to any extra effort. Of course, this past weekend was "light cleaning" weekend. Oh well!

Off to Sleepy Town! Toodles!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday Madness

This will be a short one folks. It has been a long, stressful Monday and, honestly, I am just trying to make it to the couch where I can watch our Netflix movie, which finally came today, while drinking a big ol' glass of wine. I was going to work on yet more freelance work tonight but my head is splitting like a melon right now so I think I will procrastinate until tomorrow night...

I took some more photos of the garden today to share. Here is our pond (look close and you can see a speck of orange which are our fish) and our Lady Bank's Rose (lovely, small yellow roses which we saw these Charleston a couple of years ago and I had to get one--they are SO pretty!).






I also think someone has been using my freshly mulched garden as a giant litter box. I ain't saying it is our cat, KK, because there are other wild ones prowling about, but it is irritating!

Anyway, other than that little bit of beauty, the rest of the day was work, remodel, blah, blah, blah. Did have a nice lunch out with an old work friend though! I just feel like I have so much to do and it is really stressing me out. So I better get to doing what I have to do right now and then I can relax a little tonight.

What I'm Cooking:
I almost couldn't be bothered to make dinner tonight but I did--veggie spaghetti which is coarsely chopped zucchini, squash, red onion, peppers and whatever else is in the fridge. I sauted the veggies in olive oil, spices and garlic and threw in some jar sauce (7 Herb Ragu is a favorite and the one I used) then served the sauce over Barilla Pasta Plus with crusty rolls. I was too blah to make a salad.

What I'm Listening To:
Nothing today of significance.

What I'm Reading:
Finished the chick lit book but it will probably be the weekend before I can even think about starting another book.

Later peeps!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Sampler

OK, y'all, it was a fairly quiet day today and I cannot believe how fast it passed by! First, we slept in a little later than normal. Then, since it rained yesterday, we decided to spend some time in the yard this morning.

I know, I know, it is the Lord's day but let's hope He is OK with it since 1) we were beautifying His world, and 2) we didn't use any power equipment (For those of you who may not know, it is totally not OK to use yard tools/power equipment that makes loud noises on Sunday. No, I don't know who made up this rule, but it is one we abide by at our home.)

The hubs was able to turn over the soil in my vegetable garden for me Saturday evening, so I decided to finish it up. I put down newspaper as a weed barrier (This really works! An experienced gardener told me about it. Just lay down newspaper, wet it really well, and put mulch on top. The newspaper doesn't block water but does block sunlight and it disintegrates within a year.) The paper was a little frustrating because the breeze kept blowing it away, but I hauled about 8 or 9 wheelbarrow loads of our free wood chipper mulch around to the back of the house (trust me, this is not easy and I am sore). Look at my beautiful garden, all ready for planting!



The hubs cleaned out the pond. I cannot believe how much our yard has changed in one week--everything is in bloom! Here are two beautiful azaleas off our deck--I love the white one:



Anyway, the rest of the day was pretty quiet--a nap, dinner with the hub's boss and her hubs. (I may be doing some freelance work for her business.) Home and ready for bed. Lots going on this week so I will need the rest!

Have a good Monday!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

It's Another Saturday Night....

We woke up to cloudy, drizzly skies, which meant we should have stayed in bed, but we decided to try and make the best of the day by heading over to a town about an hour away to check out this building supply place our contractor told us about. We had looked it up online and it looked promising.

We got there and, y'all, this was like the ROSS of building supply centers. Leftovers, seconds and overstocks. There were probably some good deals, but places like that make my head hurt. It is overwhelming. In this case, it was literally aisle after aisle of doors and windows, in no particular order, stacked to a warehouse ceiling. We stayed about 20 minutes and left. I will just order my door from Lowe's and pay full retail, thank you. I, mean, I like a deal and I certainly enjoy saving money, esp. in this day and time, but searching through stores like that is sort of like work.

Anyway, we had a great lunch at this groovy little restaurant nearby then headed home, where we immediately crashed and took a long nap. We woke to sunny, beautiful skies. Crazy ass spring weather in Georgia. The hubs decided to go outside and do yard work while I stayed in and cleaned house. Yes, I would have rather been outside, but now all my weekend chores are done!

I cannot believe it is already 9 p.m. I am thinking about heading to bed with a book. I did start a book today--a fluff chick lit. I had a Jodi Picoult a friend lent me but, after this week, I just mentally wasn't up to it. I mean, her books are not really light reads.

If I wasn't so tired, I would feel sad that I was going to bed this early on Saturday night. Recently, Saturday night has been movie night at Casa Bunny. We started Netflix last year in the fall and it is great! From Thanksgiving to Christmas, we rented all holiday movies, new and old. Now, we are rewatching the Indiana Jones series in "preparation" for the new movie coming out. However, our shipping got messed up this week somehow and our return was delayed so we never got our new movie--Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It was all those damn procrastinators and tax day!

What I'm Cooking:
I got back to cooking tonight! My husband suggested "Big Salad" earlier in the week, so that's what I prepared. Big Salad is simply that--a "restaurant-sized" entree salad. We eat them a lot in the summer. I make up combos and tonight was Southwest Big Salad. I piled up romaine lettuce and topped it with chopped cilantro and green onions. I topped that with rinsed black beans from the can and Trader Joe's corn and chili relish. I flattened some boneless chicken breasts and grilled them, brushing them with my made-up concoction of olive oil, the juice of two limes and Ms. Dash Southwest Chipolte seasoning. When they were done, I sliced them thin and placed them on the salad and topped with shredded Mexican cheese. For dressing, I mixed Hidden Valley Ranch Southwest ranch dressing with a little sour cream (to make it thicker and also cut the dressing a little because it is pretty spicy!). Served with Tostitos Multigrain chips (our favorites--so good!). I also topped mine with a Corona Light. :)

What I'm Listening To:
I was listening to the Eagles today--love me some classic rock!

What I'm Reading:
See above.

Oh, yeah, and I have a honking, big a$$ zit right on my upper left cheek! I have major acne issues--those really large, cystic, sore bumps. I cannot even go into all my problems with acne but suffice to say that I am OVER it right now!

Anyway, see you taters later! Good night!

Friday, April 18, 2008

TGIF!

Whew, it's here! Maybe this wasn't the week to start a blog, but I've surprised myself with staying with it so far, so yeah for me!

I told y'all I did not have human kiddos but I do have furry ones--two girl terriers. They are simply the cutest bitches ever! Don't believe me?? Then, check this out:


See, damn cuteness! We spoil them horribly--in fact, I wish I was my dog! All I would have to do all the time is sleep on the furniture, eat premium food and treats, and get belly rubs. However, we had to do something about chow time--they both were bolting down the food and often gagging on it. I mean, can you do the Heimlich on dogs? Yeah, I don't know either, but I didn't want to find out, so the girls got new food bowls:


They are called Brake-fast bowls and they are quite igenious! The dog has to eat around the little nubs that stick up which slows them down. We saw them at our pet food store but they never had two/were sold out so I finally ordered ours online (www.brake-fast.com). Our youngest dog (Pepsi, the brindle) got a system down right away, however, our oldest (Savannah, the wheaten) has struggled with eating out of it. Of course, she was also the worst of the two to gulp down her chow. Watching her eat from it the past couple of days has been funny and sad. She has sort of gotten it stuck on her nose a few times and it almost scares her. She REALLY does not like it. I hope she will develop a system like her sister or she may just stop eating. Bless her heart!

BTW, I have to interject that we adopted both our dogters as adults so we did NOT name them. And, yes, that is Pepsi, as in the soft drink. She is actually Pepsi VIII, so there are seven ancestors.

So today has been all about working even though it is gloriously sunny outside. I almost considered eating lunch on my deck but the pollen here is so thick you choke on it.

Another happening night tonight at Casa Bunny--dinner out (somewhere fast and cheap) and onto the grocery store! Woo-hoo! The hubs and I had planned to do some more yard work tomorrow but now the forecast is 70% rain, so we may go look at some windows and doors for the remodel. The fun just never ends.

And, hey, I finished that article on dementia. It wasn't my best piece of work, and not my worst either, but it is DONE! Now, I can spend that time cleaning the house instead. Joy.

Have a good one, peeps!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Power of Procrastination

Ok, here I am again. Writing on my blog rather than writing the feature article I have due on dementia. See now why I am procrastinating? Sounds like a barrel of laughs, eh?

First of all, the gentleman who I interviewed for this article was amazing. His mother in law, wife, sister in law and, sometime in the near future, daughter all have a horrible form of genetic-related dementia. He has spent 20 years caring for them and who knows how much longer. Makes my life seem like fun-time city in comparison. Life Lesson #1: No matter how crapola you think your life is, someone else's really is worse. Really. It's all relative, dude.

Secondly, I have yet to come up with my story lead. I have been thinking about it for days and it has yet to come to me. Usually, when I am drifting off to sleep or brushing my teeth or something mundane like that, my opening will just pop into my head. I actually keep a pen and notebook in my nightstand for just such occasions. But while I have a great end to the story (a heart-rending, tear-jerking quote from the aforementioned hubby), I do not have my great beginning so I guess I will just have to start writing and see what happens.

Lastly, I really hate having to write this story tonight when all I really want to do is something next to nothing. I started this craziness of freelance writing about three years ago and now I cannot give it up. I mean, we needed the money then and need it now, but after working all day, it is hard to make myself work some more after dinner time is done. I could write this weekend, but then I would be giving up a chunk of my weekend and if I can get it finished tonight, then it is off my plate. Unfortunately, procrastination is my soul mate.

That said, I guess I will get off my duff and go give this thing a start.

What I'm Cooking:
I have to admit, it was another night out. Pizza at the local college joint. I just couldn't be bothered tonight. Seriously, it's just been one of those weeks.

What I'm Listening To:
My song of the day was Leaving by the Indigo Girls. Nothing like a little melancholy to get your groove on for writing about dementia.

What I'm Reading:
Dude, I still ain't started that book! Who the hell knows when that will happen? My weekend was booked on Monday. Oh, well.

Later taters!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hump Day Holla

What a boring day. I didn't bother to get up and exercise this morning because I had an early appointment to have my oil changed--whoo hoo! I know how to live on the edge. Of course, I got to flirt a little with the cute and well-mannered young men at my auto shop though I admit it breaks my heart a little when they call me "Mrs. Bunny." Sigh.

Work, work, work. More remodel drama back and forth with my builder and designer/architect. My house is a total mess and I am too full of ennui to do anything about it.

I did have a great evening though--drinks, Mexican and good conversation. Now it is an evening of reality tv--America's Top Model, Girlicious, Amerian Idol, the Democratic debates. Ha! Now that's a true dose of reality!

That's it--the sadness of my life!
Toodles!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's Only Tuesday???

Ok, folks, you know that I was burned out last night so I made the hubs take me out to dinner. At the Waffle House. Yum! Hot waffles, grits, a grilled and buttered biscuit and two cups of caffed java. So, then I was a little wired and couldn't go to sleep. Sigh.

We also went to Lowe's. Can I tell you how much I love me some Lowe's?? We bought some hen manure for the veggie garden which I am going to be working on this weekend and we talked to a salesman about doors and windows for our upcoming remodel. The remodel I already think of as the remodel from Hell. And we haven't even started. But that is an ongoing saga of its own.

This morning, I didn't drag my lazy arse out of bed until almost 8 a.m. Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to work from home! Then it was work, work, work until I left to go have sushi lunch with a friend. I also ran by my optometrist to pick up some contacts. Can I tell you how much I love my optometrist?? He has saved my eyes from that freakin' idiot I used to go to. I wants to get me some RED frames but the ones I want are at Lenscrafters so I guess I will be getting a prescrip and going there--I do love my doc but he doesn't really have the most fashionable frames in stock.

Work, work, work this afternoon. Drank a big glass of wine and cooked dinner. Watched Biggest Loser finale and American Idol. Isn't my life SO exciting??? I am glad a woman won though--maybe I will be inspired to get my arse out of bed tomorrow to exercise.

What I'm Cooking:
More grilling tonight. I took the thin sliced pork loins I didn't cook last night and made up a marinade of the juice of half a lemon, lemon pepper, EVOO and some garlic paste. Threw it all in a Ziploc baggie and mooshed it around and let it sit for 30 minutes then threw the pork on the grill. While the pig was sizzlin', I popped some broccoli into one of those Ziploc steamer bags--those things are the bomb, baby!--and into the microwave and then warmed up some Country Crock mashed sweet potatoes. Served with more crusty French rolls. Yummers and super easy cleanup folks!

What I'm Listening To:
Today, while I was driving, I repeatedly listened to "Goodbye to You" by Michelle Branch. What a great song. So bittersweet--and I love me some bittersweet. And featured on a great episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

What I'm Reading:
Still haven't started that new book, but my mom gave me a Cooking Light annual cookbook today so I will probably peruse that tonight before I turn out the light.

Good night, y'all!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Long Cold Monday

It's been a long, dreary Monday. After all that yard work yesterday and staying up later last night to complete a freelance assignment, I did not feel like getting out of bed this morning. Add to that cold, overcast weather and, well, you can get the picture--it was a great day to lay in bed with a book, a quilt and a mug of cocoa (ok, coffee with Bailey's) and nap. In Dreamland.

However, I had to work, and though I work from home, I am very focused and put in my hours. But at around 2 p.m. today, my focus slid off the track and all I wanted to do was put my head on my desk for 10 minutes.

And there is the car door slamming--I asked the hubs to go out to dinner and he is obliging so I guess I have to wrap this up early today. I was just too damn tired to lift a skillet. Anywho, maybe I will be back to fine form tomorrow.

C-ya then!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Pulling Up Daisies

Today, the hubs and I decided to work in the yard. My hubs in a master gardener and has loved gardening all his life; me, not so much. Last summer, though, I planted my first vegetable garden and I loved the experience--tilling the soil, preparing to plant, putting my plants in the ground. I was full of excitement and expectation. Then, a freakin' groundhog ate half of my garden including all my squash and zucchini plants (another story, another day). Well, regardless, the whole veggie garden experience got me liking gardening better.

Now I enjoy the occassional day in the yard. For one thing, you can spend a couple of hours outside and see a major improvement--you can really see your work. Secondly, it is that laborous kind of work that makes you feel good (well, mentally good--my arms ache and I probably won't be able to lift them tomorrow). Lastly, for me, it is stress relieving. I LOVE yanking out weeds!

I have spent the evening looking at the Burpee site concocting an ordering well over $100 including heirloom tomatoes, cukes and strawberries. I am very excited about the strawberries--something I have not tried yet it sounds easy. Unless those damn groundhogs come back and eat them!

Yes, $100 is a lot of money, but last year I spent twice that much on the garden just buying amendments, but this year, I got a whole truck bed load of compost for FREE so I figure I can spend the money I would have spent on compost on plants!

Now, if it would just get warm enough in GA to plant. We are having freaky weather--70 one day, 40 the next. I hope the next few days will be our last close to freezing temperatures.

Instead of setting up and writing this blog, I really need to be working on some freelance work right now so I guess I better sign off. Some things I want to share regularly though before I go--my food, my music and my reads:

What I'm Cooking:
I have been all into grilling since it is getting warmer so I marinated some chicken breasts in a tomato/garlic/basil marinade and threw them on the grill with a mix of gourmet mushrooms tossed in olive oil. While that was cooking, I sliced up some zucchini lengthwise and threw it in one of those Ziploc steam bags with some lemon pepper and garlic powder and tossed some garlic basil pasta from Trader Joe's on to cook. I served the chicken sided with the zucchini and the pasta topped with the mushrooms and some parm cheese along with crusty French rolls. Yum!

What I'm Listening To:
I am in love with the new Jason Mraz song, I'm Yours, and the new Moby CD, Last Night.

What I'm Reading:
I am about to start a new book, probably tonight, so I will report back later.

Good night!

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