Friday, October 31, 2008

My Top Ten

Ok, I have been saving this post for a day when there was absolutely NOTHING going on and it was so, so boring at Casa Bunny that the only thing to perk up the day would be looking at some fine, fine men. So, peeps, I have decided to present my (current) Top Ten Men Who Do It for Bunny. Of course, the hubs is my numero uno, but if he ever met a very, very sad and untimely demise, one of these mens would be an excellent second best. So here goes, in no particular order:


Patrick Dempsey is the reason I watch Grey's Anatomy. The hair, the wry smile, the sad eyes. What they HELL is wrong with Meredith Grey?? This is a truly beautiful man.


Ahh, Batman. Christian Bale is an exceptional actor and exceptionally good looking. He's got the whole dark/broody/mysterious thingy down to a tee. The fact that he is actually British is just icing on the cake.


Steve Carell strikes me as the guy next door--always around and good for a laugh until one day you realize he is also hot. Don't believe me? Watch "Dan in Real Life".


Anderson Cooper, the Silver Fox. I don't care about the whole gay thing--I'd be his baby mama, drinking buddy or GBFF.


Hugh Grant had me at "Four Wedding and a Funeral". He is the quintessential Brit male. I think I love every movie he's ever been in just because he was in it.


Matt Damon just seems like he would be super fun while being super sexy. Did you SEE the Bourne movies?? Yeah, who wouldn't love to sing "I'm F**cking Matt Damon"?


John Stewart is so smart and such a smart ass. Lethal combo especially when combined with those blue eyes.


An unusual pick, but Rick Astley can SING. His greatest hits albums is one of the best albums EVER. Plus, I have this thing about red hair, okay?? (It's hard to tell here, but it IS auburn!)


Michael Buble, another great singer who can turn a standard into something fresh and sexy. And he usually looks like he's up to something, just like in this photo.


George Clooney is just a classic. Our generation's Cary Grant. I would def be up for a month long sojourn to his Italian villa to drink limoncellos.

There were several runner-ups--Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Colin Firth--but this is my list. Hope you enjoyed the eye candy. Have a great weekend! Lots going on so I should have something to share about me next time. Love, the Bunny

NOTE: Please, head honchos of the image companies, don't sue me for using your photos. I just wanted to share some beauty with my small world! Thanks!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hump Day Holla

Yo, peeps, this is a late-breaking HDH, but I realized I could not post tomorrow night and I knew you would all be waiting with bated breath to hear the latest in the PWD (that's PEACHTREE WINDOWS AND DOORS, WHO SUCK) saga.

So, something told me this morning I needed to check my new front door. See, it's all bubbled and plasticized up but after the CF with the windows, I just wanted to make sure it was ok. So you see what's coming next?? Yes, you guessed it. The damn door was WRONG!!!! W. T. F.???? Does the words "quality control" mean anything?? We ordered the door painted brick red on both sides, but it seems it is brick red on one side, and dark bronze on the other, which is our trim color. Now, the hubs is pissed and those of you who know the hubs know it takes a lot to piss him off. So they are ordering a new panel for the door and we still have not nailed down a date for our windows but, supposedly, someone's walking it through, blah, blah, blah. We'll see what shakes down. Maybe that ass-crawling yesterday did a LITTLE good though. Sigh. Did I remember to say again that PWD SUCK??

Just for kicks and giggles, here's some cute pics of the girls I took today:


America's Next Top (Canine) Model


Mama, this is what I think about PWD! BLAH!

What I'm Cooking:
Last night, I made pumpkin pasta. Here it is plated:


It looks a little blah on the plate, but it's quite yums. Canned pumpkin, Italian sausage, heavy cream and sage--it's a Rachel Ray recipe. I served it over whole wheat pasta with a fall salad (spring mix, apples, blue cheese).

Tonight, I made shrimp creole but I forgot to take pics. It's really good--coarsely chopped celery, bell pepper, onion, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce with shrimps. I agree with the hubs that I forget how good this is until I make it. Plus, it's pretty low-cal which is always a good thing. Esp. since I need to get my fat arse back on the healthy eating bandwagon. I'll do that tomorrow, after I finish this glass of wine.

Here is a fun gift the hubs' boss sent to me:


What's better than bunnies and ice cream?? A bunny ice cream scoop!

What I'm Listening To:
I talked about this song several, several blogs ago, but I am all hooked right now on constant repeat of You Make It Real by James Morrison. I have waxed on here about his debut album, which was awesome, and he just released his sophomore effort, which this song is on. It's so good, he's so good. LOVES these lyrics:

There’s so much craziness surrounding me
There’s so much going on, it gets hard to breathe
When all my faith has gone, you bring it back to me
You make it real for me

When I’m not sure of my priorities
When I’ve lost sight of where I’m meant to be
Like holy water washing over me
You make it real for me

And I’m running to you, baby
You are the only one who saves me
That’s why I’ve been missing you lately
Cause you make it real for me

When my head is strong, but my heart is weak
I’m full of arrogance and uncertainty
When I can't find the words
You teach my heart to speak
You make it real for me

TOTES LOVE.

What I'm Reading:
Still working on We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg, but still have not gotten very far.

What's On My Mind
I am tres, tres excited about my date Sunday night! It has given a bright spot to this shat-filled week. I have be reacquainted with someone from my high school days and we are meeting up in person after many days of emails. I can't wait!

What's My Meme:
I guess that's why they call it the blues....seems fitting for this week:

Have you ever had the blues?
Oh, yes. But I call it a "funk."

What sorts of occurrences might cause you to feel blue?
Republicans winning the presidential election. My remodel being delayed. The general weight of the world on my shoulders. Breathing.

How can you beat the blues?
Alcohol. Sleeping. Friends. Drinking alcohol with friends. But not sleeping with friends!

What is your most loved shade of blue?
Royal blue. I'm a winter.

So, good night peeps, I am off to bed! Be back soon!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

PEACHTREE WINDOWS & DOORS SUCKS A$$

So, I guess you know now we DID NOT receive our windows as promised today. Oh, peeps, it's bad. It's one big 'ol Charlie Foxtrot of Madness (that would be Cluster F**k for those of you who don't speak sailor). I won't go into all the details, but the promised windows didn't come, then we found out that the replacement windows that were ordered were the wrong size. Yes. Measured by Peachtree and the WRONG SIZE. How the hell did THAT happen? So, I lost my shizz and ripped some manager a new one. So who the 'eff KNOWS when we are getting our new replacement windows?? But we did get four. Here THEY are:









The four SMALLEST ones came. But they look nice. If we could just get the one that fits in the BIG GAPING HOLE in the front of the room (which was promised to be here today, yeah, right) then AT LEAST we could progress with the room. Oh, did I tell you PEACHTREE WINDOWS AND DOORS HAS SHITTY CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUCKS A$$???? Good.

So here is our stained deck B&A. Here's BEFORE--nice, clean wood:


Here's AFTER--stained same as our cedar siding and window trim:


Oh, yeah, and none of you slackers commented on my 100th post. Seriously, don't I brighten your day and provide some entertainment? At the very least, I make you feel better about your life, right?? So, if you want to make it up to me and make me feel better about my life and windows or just get an early start on Christmas, here's a list of things on my wish list:


W├╝sthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Santoku Set with Sharpener, $129.95, Williams-Sonoma. Precision forged in Germany of stain-resistant high-carbon steel, the blades follow the traditional santoku design. The Japanese word santoku is translated as “three benefits,” a reference to the knife’s fine mincing, slicing and dicing capabilities. The set includes a handheld sharpener designed especially for the special angle of a santoku knife’s double-beveled blade.


Elsa Peretti Pearls by the Yard Bracelet, 8-inch, $250, Tiffany & Co. Bracelet of cultured freshwater pearls in sterling silver. Scattered along a delicate chain, pearls are sleek treasures harboring luminescence in their round profiles.


Sony 32" Class Bravia LCD HDTV with Digital Tuner, $637, Walmart.


Bobbi Brown Artist Lip Palette, $200, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. The ultimate Bobbi Brown collector’s palette. Tailor-made for lipstick aficionados, this new palette for lips includes a Retractable Lip Brush and is filled with 42 lipstick shades in three different formulas.


Artisanal Three Months of Cheeses, $199, Williams-Sonoma. Made by artisans who preserve hands-on cheesemaking traditions, these cheeses are produced in small quantities using only milk from family-owned herds of free-ranging cows, sheep and goats. You’ll receive three outstanding cheeses each month, along with pertinent details and wine-pairing suggestions.


Paloma Picasso Tenderness Heart Ring, Size 9, $200, Tiffany & Co. Heart ring sterling silver symbolizing friendship and happiness.


Ebelskiver Filled-Pancake Pan, $39, Williams-Sonoma. A popular pan for preparing traditional Danish ebelskiver, the light, puffy pancakes filled with jam, curd, fruit or cheese.

See, lots of price points for everyone! Let me know if you need a shipping address.

So, here is the bright spot to my day (after my ass-chewing phone call with the Peachtree manager):


"Screw the stinkin' windows, mama. I'm cute! That's all that matters."

So, no extras tonight because I haven't started dinner yet and, well, I'm just not in the mood. Maybe I will do a Hump Day Holla tomorrow and an update on how much PEACHTREE WINDOWS AND DOORS SUCK!
Love,
the Bunny

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Centennial Celebration

Y'ALL! GUESS WHAT?? This is my 100th blog post! Woo-hoo! I think prezzies are in order--I mean, it's like my birthday. I would love some gift cards to Williams-Sonoma. Seriously. These cooking classes are bankrupting me.

So yesterday, the hubs and I gots up and parted ways--he to run his errands, including going to pay for our hardwoods (I haven't EVEN bored you with THAT drama--don't make the ones we have anymore, none to be had, special orders, selling our order to someone else, blah, blah, blah. Really, it would have broke me to go over that on top of the windows.) and I went to Walmart! We are now officially restocked on TP and PT (that's toilet paper and paper towels) and cat food.

Yesterday afternoon, I started cleaning house, but soon stopped because the hubs was painting trim so I was limited to the amount of rooms I could clean. So instead, I worked on my article. Then the Internet went down, so I napped. Overall, not a terribly production afternoon. Last night we watched our weekly movie--this week was Baby Mama which was cute but had a pat, predictable ending.

Today, we slept in (yes, we have been heathens and skipping church; I don't think I can do anything "normal" until this remodel is done!) and then the hubs went with me to cooking class at W-S. Today was fall soups and it was great. I will definitely be making the two Little Jake made today. He's so nice. I want to take a photo of class to post here but I don't want to be weird. We'll see....

So, this afternoon, we came home and painted MORE trim. Do you know how much 'effin trim is in your home??? Think about the front and back of EVERY door, the trim around the doors, front and back, and the baseboards. Bless the Lord we do not have crown molding. I swear I would kill myself. And, like most things in our house, the trim was painted very shitty-ly so it's been taking a while to get it all coated up good. Sigh. Tomorrow I am off and we are going to stain the deck and more cedar siding. I am SO SO tired. And it's only just starting.

What I'm Cooking:
Well, Friday night I talked the hubs into going out to Waffle House, which I think I may have already mentioned. Last night, I decided to make the Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken which is SO SO yummy. Better than any Chinese in a restaurant and MUCH cheaper. It's one of our faves and great for a quick, cheap meal or when you are craving Chinese.

Today, I decided to go big but it was actually easy. I made Beef Bourguignonne, which I cannot spell OR say. It was crafted from this W-S base:


So, I diced up some thick slice bacon and browned it in my cast iron casserole, then drained it while I browned my beef (chuck). Then, I put the bacon back in the pan with the sauce, stirred it up and let it simmer in the oven for 3 hours on low heat. The last hour I added baby carrots and pearl onion. Here is the done dish:


Yeah, it's just fancy-schmancy beef stew but it is super yummers! Here it is plated:


Since it is similar to the Shepherds Pie we had recently, I decided to serve it over buttered noodles rather than mashed potatoes. One the side, I had another fall salad:


Spring greens, golden delicious apple, blue cheese and walnuts. Yum! Oh, yeah, and we had crusty rolls!

What I'm Listening To:
We have been listening to the two Michael's today--Michael Buble and Michael Feinstein. Both carriers of the standards torch and I love them both, but in a contest, M.F. would win hands down. He has such a beautiful voice. LOVES! TOTES LOVES! I wish he would come back to the ATL soon.

What I'm Reading:
Well, I finished More Than This by Margo Candela. I really liked it muchly. I started We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg but I have not gotten very far.

What's On My Mind
Finishing this painting for tonight and then I need to finish my article. Oh, tomorrow, we are going to early vote!

What's My Meme:
This one's a little weird....

Have you ever had surgery?
Once--a tonsilectomy when I was 7 years old.

Have you ever performed surgery?
Um, no, unless you count the game Operation or cutting out an ingrown toenail.

Did you ever want to become a doctor?
No, but I did semi-consider becoming a nurse about 6 or 7 years ago, however, while blood doesn't bother me, I didn't think I could deal with the poop and pus.

Lots to do, so I am off. Have a great week!

Friday, October 24, 2008

11 P.M. Procrastination

Ok, peeps, I just realized I didn't blog today, but what's even sadder is that I have NOTHING to blog about. Things have been low-key and quiet here at Casa Bunny. Today was all rainy and cool and sleepiness and such. I did a bunch of nothing and work. Tonight, I opted to go out to the Waffle House for dins--rainy, cold weather = stout coffee and hot waffles! Tonight, I have been trying to write an article on driving and the elderly but I have distracted myself with everything known to man including reading blogs, updating my Facebook page and, now, blogging! You know how when you have so much to do that you just don't even want to start? Yeah, that's me right now.

Yesterday was quiet--work and then groceries yesterday evening then home to watch Grey's Anatomy. For dinner, we had a Publix sub, which, if you have never had one, are AWESOME! Seriously have Subway beat. I also managed to make it to the package store to score some Bailey's and whipped up a toddie last night to sip on while watching tv. But get this--the store was OUT of regular Bailey's--they only had mint which I HATE--so I had to buy those little hotel size bottles. WTF?? Was there a run on Bailey's or you just got lazy with the ordering dudes??

Just to let you know, I DID cook Wednesday night but it was not that good--a cooking disaster of sorts. I made this Mexicany dish with hashbrowns I needed to use. Lesson learned? Hashbrowns + Mexican = Weird. Oh, and 2) Don't make recipes off the back of the hashbrown bag.

Then, Aunt Flo came to visit today, which was just GREAT seeing has I have a marathon of activities lined up for the weekend. WOO-HOO! Yes, my weekend is TEEMING with excitement--Walmart! Painting! Staining! More Staining! Writing this damn article! Don't you wish you were me?? I AM going to W-S cooking class Sunday though--Fall Soups! Yeah!

BTW, HALF our windows from those lying bastards at PEACHTREE WINDOWS AND DOORS are on their way. HALF. The other half are coming, supposedly on Monday via overnight truck and directly to Casa Bunny. Dudes, can I tell you how OVER this I am? Those windows better not have ONE THING wrong with them--no scratches, cracks, NOTHING or I will LOSE MY SHIT. Seriously.

So, no extras tonight, peeps. I think I am just going to head to bed and call it a day. Be back in a few days and I'll try to be back on the ball!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hump Day Holla

Yo, yo, peeps, it's the Hump Day Holla. Not much been going on here at Casa Bunny. Monday, we gots the bad news that our windows and door did not make it on the truck. Yes, and we were the ONLY people whose items did NOT make it. So me and Peachtree have been at it. PEACHTREE WINDOWS AND DOORS DOES NOT KEEP THEIR PROMISES! That would be PEACHTREE WINDOWS AND DOORS. Tell all your friends. So, today I was again PROMISED that my windows would be here Monday. If not, I told them I wanted the windows for free. Period. It has now been a month of NO construction.

But that doesn't mean there's not DEstruction. No. Take a look at these photos. Sorry--they are all I gots to offer:


See the stacks of cedar siding. See the one in front, the big one? That's what's left. The small stack in the back? That's what's done. We have approx. 2 of 5 stacks complete. And not done well. That damn cedar SOAKS up stain like an 'effin super size tampon. Dudes. Seriously. And my shoulders ACHE today from the application.


This is an upclose of the cedar--it is a dark, ashy brown color that looks black or brown or grey depending on the light.


This is the huge patch on our living room, soon to be dining room, wall where a freaking wall phone jack used to be. Seriously, who has WALL phones anymore? I tried to fix it and did a totally shitty job so my bro did this patch. Eh, this wall is hopefully coming down one day.


These are the bare bulbs in our master bath--we are installing new light fixtures and, until we paint, this is all we gots. Worse than living in a trailer.


And our guest bath. Second act of new light fixtures.

So, that's about all other than our clean, naked deck which is also awaiting siding stain. We have lot of work, peeps. LOTS of work. This weekend, we will be staining the deck, more siding and painting trim. If you feel like a fun time, stop by.

No extras tonight. I am tired and PMS and just not in the mood. Sorry.
Love and kisses,
Bun

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Weekend Sublime

This was a pretty good weekend. A fairly nice balance of personal, professional, remodel and rest. Yesterday, the hubs and I went back to the paint place to have them lighten the stain (I told him I was NOT going to make another decision without him!) and we got a pretty perfect tint. Then, it was home, where I knocked out a few freelance projects I needed to get done. And I actually had time to take a little nap and read for a little bit. Wow.

Last night, it was a family birthday night--sis and sis-in-law, whose birthdays are about a week apart. We went to this kitschy Italian restaurant which serves family style. It was all good, but I tell ya, those kids got a little out of hand. They are pretty wild for a bunch of gradeschoolers:


M. polishing off his umpteenth glass.


K. finishing up her round after collecting "tips" from the other patrons for her "entertainment."


D. and A. all but passed out after kicking back and partying hard.

OK, don't call DFACS on the Bunny Fam--we keed, we keed! But I did think they were funny pics. After dinner, we headed home to movie and bed. This morning, I went to a W-S class on Roasting (more on that later) while my sweet hubs stayed here and cleaned the house. This afternoon, we stained cedar siding with our freshly lightened stain--whew, what a chore! I will try to remember to take pics tomorrow. It is going much slower than I thought but we can only move so fast. Oh well. And that cedar SUCKS up the stain like a high-powered Hoover. I see many more gallons in our future. Sigh.

What I'm Cooking:
Well, as I mentioned, last night we were out for familia dinner, but tonight I made the BEST meal!!! I went a little crazy at W-S--my VISA is still bleeding from the damage--but I just went all in. I have decided I need to get a part-time job just to support my new W-S habit. It's bad. Really bad. So, I bought this:


I have COVETED this ever since the first class when little Jake used it. It is SO, SO awesome! It totally works too! Tonight, I coarsely sliced some sweet potatoes, then diced them with this chopper, tossed them with olive oil, $10 salt and pepper, and roasted them in the oven. YUM.MEE. I also cooked a boneless pork tenderloin in the slow cooker today and needed something great to dress it up. So I tried this:


Holy cow! This was great! I heated it and, at little Jake's suggestion, threw in a little heavy cream and made it gravy-ish. So, so good. Slap-your-mama good. Seriously. I just steamed a little broccoli in the awesome Ziploc steamer bags to serve with. Here it all is plated:


What a good dinner! It deserved wine (well, ok, I had wine) and candlelight. I bought some other goodies too, but I will save those for a future blog.

What I'm Listening To:
I am still loving Let It Be My by Ray LaMontagne. He is a really great singer-songwriter. Here are some of the lyrics:

There comes a time,
A time in everyone's life
When nothing seems to go your way,
When nothing seems to turn out right

There may come a time,
You just can't seem to find your place
For every door you open,
Seems like you get two slammed in your face

That's when you need someone,
Someone that you, you can call.
When all your faith is gone,
It feels like you can't go on

Let it be me
Let it be me
If it's a friend that you need
Let it be me
Let it be me

What I'm Reading:
OOO--I started a new book which I love--More Than This by Margo Candela. Really like it and can't wait to read more!

What's On My Mind
A hot shower, a glass of wine and reading my book in bed.

What's My Meme:
Do you have any phobia or anxiety-type fears?
1. Heights
2. Deep bodies of water.
3. High bridges over deep bodies of water.

So, I am off to try to make it an early night. Later taters!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Favorites

Let's see what's happened since we last met peeps. Honestly, I don't remember much about Wednesday except 1) what we had for dinner (see below) and 2) the presidential debate (thank God it was the last one!). I also went to the grocery store Wed. night instead of today because Publix had some mad BOOF deals last week so we cashed in before they went off.

Yesterday, I took the day off to do some remodel chores. First, I loaded up all our guttering and took to the aluminum recycling place. For my efforts and our gutters? A whopping $19! Woo-hoo! I will have to be careful not to blow it all in one place. Literally. Then, onto the paint store to match stain. More about that later. Then home to paint the laundry room. What a bitch. Who knew such a small room would be such a pain in the ass. Here is the "after":


I painted the walls a bright, cheery yellow (Laura Ashley Gypsy Gold if you must know). Hell, if you gots to do laundry, it might as well be fun! We added the rack to the left which I draped with a Tommy Hilfiger shower curtain I gots at Dillards for $6. At least one room is done now. Sigh. I was sore as a mo-fo last night though so I soothed myself with cocktails and ibuprofen. Then I didn't sleep worth a toot.

Today was work, work, work, 20 loads of laundry and a run back to the paint store. Seems the hubs thought the stain I decided on was too dark. But they say they can lighten it which is a good thing since I bought 3 gallons for a tune of $100ish. If we don't get divorced before this is over, it will be a miracle. Seriously.

So since there is not much going on, I decided to do a few recent favorites. I think they are all food. Sorry, that's how sad my life is--remodel and comfort food.


I love hard cider in the fall. Strongbow is actually my fave but my hubs needed green bottles for a garden project, so I bought this. I am actually drinking this very bottle as I blog--it was my last one.


This is a great tomato-less salsa from Trader Joe's. We are having quesidillas tonight so this jar will probably be opened before the evening is done.


I love this Trader Joe's limeade! It is esp. YUMS with some lime flavored vodka mixed in. MMMMMMM!


Sadly for my arse, I have recently fallen in love with P-Farm Verona cookies. I think the strawberry are my favorite.


This Blue Bell is SOOOO good. It has Snickerdoodle cookie bits, praline bits and cinnamon swirls. SOOOOO good.


HELL YEAH! The seasonal Coffee Mate flavors are back! I practically had a stroke in the grocery store the other night when I saw them. I screamed a little. I think I scared the little dairy stock boy. And they were ON SALE! I called the hubs I was so excited. Gingerbread is my faves. I know I am sad. Seriously. I do.


This AWESOME seasonal butter from Trader Joe's is also back. I bought two jars when I saw it. I swear I could eat it from the jar with a spoon.


I bought this wine at Trader Joe's too. It's French! There's a goat on the label! It's pretty good. It is from The Julien Farm (that's the translation). I will probably have a glass of this after the cider.

What I'm Cooking:
Wednesday, I made spicy shrimp pasta, also known more fancy-ish as Shrimp Arribiatta. But my sauce is out of a jar (Classico). Here it is:


It is a simple, quick and tasty dish--what's not to love?? I served it with this on the side:


Spring greens with pears, toasted walnuts and blue cheese. YUM-YUM! I know they sort of don't go together but I LOVE this salad or any version of it and I have a ton of pears right now.

Last night, we El Pollo Loco-ed. I was too pooped to cook.

What I'm Listening To:
Change My Mind by John Berry. It's from an I-Tunes mix I made from my moms. It is a pretty song:

Change my mind
Say you couldn't live without me
Say you're crazy about me
With a look, with a touch
Change my mind
I'm lookin' in your eyes
For the love we left behind
It's not too late to change my mind

Pretty.

What I'm Reading:
Unfortch, I have not started anything new yet. Maybe this weekend.

What's On My Mind
Getting this article done tonight I have due Monday.

What's My Meme:
List six things about me that I've never mentioned on the blog:
1. I have had pneumonia twice.
2. I broke my leg when I was 8 and had to wear a cast for 8 weeks.
3. I have a lipstick fetish.
4. I love 90's country music (Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, etc.)
5. I do not know how to swim.
6. If I had money, I would SO have plastic/cosmetic surgery/procedures.


Busy weekend of remodeling stuff. Tomorrow night is my sis and sis-in-law's bday celebrations. I will take photos. Have a good one, peeps!