Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sloshy Saturday

Y'all. It has been a miserable, wet, cold, nasty two days. I know we need the rain--I know we really, really need it--but it is still nasty. This kind of weather also makes me fearful of falling trees. And, let me tell you, if a tree falls on my newly remodeled house, I may just lose my shit. Seriously. And I am terribly anxious about March storms. You know, last year about this time, was when we had those REALLY BAD tornadoes and, let me tell you again, that I have spent enough time shaking in a bathtub while praying for my life to last me for'eva and 'eva.

So, yesterday, I did the Mom Triathlon--Sam's, Walmart and Grocery Store. Yeah, I ain't a mom but we needed stuff so I slogged out in the downpour and now we have enough toilet paper, Soft Scrub, soap and vitamins to last for, oh I don't know, like three months. Can I tell you how much I LOVE buying bulk?? Yeah, because the older I get, the more I HATE shopping. Now, I like spending money--don't get me wrong--but going out and physically finding stuff and toting it home drives me crazy. If they had grocery delivery and I could afford it, I would SO be doing it.

Last night was low-key--household chores and such following dinner. Today, I went to see Slumdog Millionaire and Milk with a friend which was a good way to spend a rainy Saturday. However, I didn't eat much so by the time I arrived home, I had a screaming headache. Now, the hubs is waiting for me to watch another movie and I hope I can stay awake long enough to watch it.

Tomorrow, they are predicting snow. Yes, SNOW. IN MARCH. I mean, daylight savings time is NEXT WEEK. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. See, I don't like this severe weather swing. Severe weather swing = Dorothy in Oz. Get me? Anyway, I am planning on staying indoors, doing chores, and drinking hot toddies. Maybe a nap will be in order, as well.

What I'm Cooking:
Last night, I made this awesome soup, peeps. Here is the starter:

This puree is from W-S (that's Williams-Sonona for the newbies here!) and it has been languishing in our cupboard for months. I decided we probably did not have many more soup days left, and yesterday was so cold and wet, it was perfect for soup. Here it is in mid-cook:

Onion, garlic, puree and chicken stock. And, yes, yes that is my Le Creuset. Woo-hoo. This was her inaugural voyage. I know...I have just been holding onto her until something just right came along. So, after this step, I used an immersion blender to cream the soup, then added diced roasted veggies (parsnips, turnips and carrots) along with heavy cream, and voila!

MMMM! It was good. A little sweet but the root veggies were a nice balance to the sweetness. I served with a turkey and cheese sandwich with cranberry relish. Hearkened straight back to fall. Good meal.

What I'm Listening To:
Breathe by Sia. This song is so moodily lush. I first heard it as the "soundtrack" for a PostSecret video last fall. If there is one thing I do like dark--other than my coffee and my beer--it's a good, dark song. Check out these lyrics and then check out the song:

Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold me
I am small
I'm needy
Warm me up
And breathe me

And, y'all, if you have never been to PostSecret, you owe it to yourself to go there. It's a Sunday morning ritual to visit and read the new secrets. It is a wonderful exercise in empathy, compassion and hope. Go. Tomorrow. Just go. Here's the link:

What I'm Reading:
Woo-hoo. I started a new book. Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen. Only through the first chapter so it's hard to tell if I'm gonna like it, but I will report back.

What's on My Mind:
I am still thinking about seeing Milk today. I don't think it is a surprise to anyone who reads my blog that the Bunny has had numerous very close friends throughout her life who also happened to be gay. Because these people have meant so much to me, and I have loved them all for the joy and happiness they brought into my life, it saddens my heart that gays continue to be treated the way they are in society. I won't go into all the reasons here why I support equal rights for gays--including marriage--but if you ever want to have the discussion with me, let me know. However, this movie made me want to go out tomorrow and be a gay rights activist. The saddest part of the movie was that Harvey Milk knew he was a target, knew he would be killed for his beliefs:

"I fully realize that a person who stands for what I stand for--an activist, a gay activist--becomes the target or the potential target for a person who is insecure, terrified, afraid, or very disturbed with themselves."

That quote is from a series of tapes he prepared about his activist life to be played in the event of his assassination. Sadly, he was assassinated shortly after. While the capacity for human love never fails to amaze me, neither does the capacity for human hate. Most of all, I loved this quote from Harvey Milk, which I think is as apropos today as it was 30 years ago when he made it:

“Hope will never be silent. I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living."

Amen. Here's to hope. Love, B

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Start Me Up

I don't know why I chose that title, other than that I could use a little start me up. How do the weeks seem to fly by and at the same time drag on endlessly? I want nothing more than for this week to be done, but tomorrow I will look back and wonder where it went.

So, let's see what's happened since we last gathered here. Well, Monday was not a bad day, all things considered. Tuesday...well, Tuesday sucked. It was NOT. A. GOOD. DAY. NOT. GOOD. Bad. Sucked. So, yeah, Fat Tuesday was a big fat sack of shayt. Why, you say? Well, let's just say the Bunny can only take so much disappointment and discouragement before she breaks right in two. And Tuesday broke me. Luckily, I already had plans to go get my drink on that night and, yes, I did. Have you ever had an Irish Car Bomb? Well, they will rock your world. Guiness, Bailey's and Jameson's. I had two. And some Bailey's shots. And some wine. So, by the end of the night, the shayt of the day was a distant memory. Don't judge. Alcohol is cheaper than therapy.

So, Wednesday, was a better day and I had some good news, actually. I guess Karma can be a bitch but even she has her limits about two days in a row. Which was a good thing, because Aunt Flo is visiting and yesterday was Day 3 which is when I usually hemorrahge to death. Then, last night, I had dinner with a friend which was nice because I had not seen her in a while and we were able to catch up. More on that later.

Today was a quiet day at home--I was glad not to have anywhere to go actually. And, honestly, not to have to put on makeup or dress up. I have to admit that, to me, that is the one perk of working from home. I don't have to get pretty if I ain't going nowhere. But I am tired. So I think I will head for bed early tonight.

What I'm Cooking:
Monday night, I made paninis because we had bread and turkey that needed to be eaten. Then, Tuesday, I made paninis again for my friend at their house because, after seeing the Bunny's fine panini making here on the blog, they developed a craving. I must say that I lived up to my reputation.

Last night, my friend made Pad Thai from one of those box mixes and it was quite tasty. Look:

She made it with shrimps. It had just the right amount of spice. I am gonna have to try this now. I took this wine for us to imbibe, which was a DFM pick:

It was aw'ight but it didn't come close to the Sicilian wine. Not even. At all. So, tonight, I made chicken piccata. I know I have pictured it here before, but I am posting some new photos for the newbies. Here's the sauce:

So, yeah, piccata sauce is lemon juice, butter and white wine. What's not to love, I say? And, y'all, this recipe is SIMPLE and OH SO GOOD. The Bunny can THROW DOWN some chicken piccata, peeps. Here it is plated:

MMMM! Damn skippy. Not the hubs favorite, but I loves. First of all, I get to beat the hell out of the chicken to make it thin--helps work out some daily frustration and aggression. Then, you know, the SAUCE. Yum.

What I'm Listening To:
Right now, Primitive by Annie Lennox from Diva. Very good song.

What I'm Reading:
Ok, I have a confession. I am not finishing a book. I just could not finish that Meg Cabot book. It was not what I thought and, worse, it was a murder mystery. Oy. So, I was trying to force myself to finish it and then the other day, a friend who blogs wrote a post about not finishing books and said she was letting herself off the hook about it because life was too short and there were too many good books she wanted to read. Brills, I thought. So I let myself off the hook too. It's very liberating and I don't feel bad at all. Wow.

What's on My Mind:
This was my horoscope today:

Your life is a paradox now because those things in your immediate reality seem unreal, yet when you think about your long-term goals, your plans can be quite exacting. The problem is that it may be difficult to turn your detailed strategy into action. Letting go of control and simply rolling with the incoming waves could be your most productive move today.

Those horoscope people. How do they know so much?
Later taters! Bun

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Slacking

Y'all, I am being such a slacker. Seriously. I cannot get motivated to do anything and I don't know why. I think I am going through stages of grief over the death of my job. I think I am in "depression" now, hence my lack of ability to do anything. Just so you know, the other stages are Denial (this isn't happening to me--yep, was there), Anger (why is this happening to me--yep, was there, too), Bargaining (I promise I'll be a better person if...yeah, I was there), Depression (I don't care anymore--and I cannot do anything) and Acceptance (I'm ready for whatever comes). At least Acceptance is next, because this Depression part sorta sucks.
So, that said, I did not get anything done for work I needed to get done this weekend. I need a fire lighted under my ass--maybe I need to think about the mortgage coming due soon. Yeah, maybe that should do it. But for some reason, it doesn't seem to be working. Someone help me pull my head out of my ass, please. And then strike up the match.

So, let's see, yesterday I went to the ATL to have my haircut. My last haircut was a butchery of the worst kind and I was waiting for it to grow out a little so I could have another go. Not sure how I feel about this one--better than the last but the proof is in the growing out, that's for sure. Feel the top may be a little short, but we will see.

After haircut, I went to the Dekalb Farmer's Market. Peeps, I am in MAD LOVE with DFM. If you are any kind of foodie--or winey--gets yourself there. It is like a mad foodie paradise. They have EVERYTHING. Every meat, veggie, bread, cheese, grain, spice and fruit. There are things there I have never seen but want to try. There are things I have never tried and don't know what to do with. It is intoxicating. Overwhelming. And cheap! Get this:

I bought coriander at the Publix for $3.99 (jar). At the DFM, the big vat of it was $.31!! I shit you not.

Again, bay leaves at Publix were $2.99. At DFM, $.56. Amazing! Who knew spices had such a markup?? I will never buy spices anywhere again. And look what I bought for breakfast this morning:

MMMM! Strawberry-cream cheese croissants. Golly, they were so yummy. And look what I gots for lunch yesterday:

Farro salad, white bean dip (this is AWESOME--like hummus made from cannelli beans) and a very fresh French mini-baguette. It was all heavenly, I tell you. Heavenly.

So, I came home and felt so rotten that I took a little nappy. Then, I got up and procrastinated all afternoon, then dinner, then we watched a movie. Today, I got up and went walking (3 miles!) then the in-laws came for pop-in-law's birthday lunch (I made the Publix chili) and then more napping, and more procrastination, then dinner and Oscars. Now I am procrastinating by blogging. Sigh.

What I'm Cooking:
So, last night, I made Sloppy Joe's. I really don't know what possessed me--well, I do. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a recipe for Sloppy Joe Sliders in a magazine and they looked good. I don't even know if I have EVER made them for me and the hubs. But I did last night. Here they are:

They were quite good--I served them on soft rolls with mustard and cheese, sided with good 'ol Lays P-Chips and bread & butter pickles. It was a simple, yet tasty meal. I will def make again sooner rather than later.

So, this morning was the croissants, then chili for lunch, and for dinner, I made homemade chicken noodle soup. Behold:

Y'all, this shizz was GOOD. It is a W-S recipe and it was savory. It was cold today, too, so it hit the spot. And it made a TON. We had two bowls each and I still have a huge container left. Of course, I doctored the recipe a bit. You know the Bunny. Always having to make things a little more savory. I also wanted to mention a couple of libations I have enjoyed recently:

Ok, I know all my winey friends will shudder when I admit this, but sometimes I choose a wine based on the label. This wine would be one. I always wanted to try this because it was called "Red Truck." And a friend recently brought it to a dinner. And, you know what? It was aw'ight. Not the best I've had, but not bad either. Then, I had this the other day:

Damn, this was smooth. I gots it at DFM the last time I was there. It's Italian and I have no idea what it is but it has a good rating. And a friend went to Italy last summer and raved about Sicilian wines. So, I was like, ok, I'm in. Very nice. Very nice, indeed. And heady. As in "went straight to mine." I looked it up to find out more about it--here is what I found:

Feudo Arancio Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT
Nero d'Avola is an indigenous Sicilian variety with a huge reputation. It was first cultivated only in the area of Siracusa, but has since spread all over Sicily.
CHARACTERISTICS: Red wine with a unique fruity character. Hints of red berries and cranberry. It has a deep red colour with a soft and delicate structure.
PAIRINGS: It pairs well with risotto, baked pasta, red meats, game, lamb and seasoned cheeses.

It says they also have a pinot noir--I will have to check it out.

What I'm Listening To:
Right now, Better Man by James Morrison. What a great song. He is really an amazingly talented artist. If you have not heard him, please check him out. I love his first album, Undiscovered, which this song is on. These lyrics are so great:

There was a time
I had nothing to give
I needed shelter from the storm I was in
And when it all got too heavy
You carried my weight
And I want to hold you
And I want to say
That you are all that I need
For you, I give my soul to keep
You see me, love me
Just the way I am
I said for you I am a better man
I said you are the reason
For everything that I do
I'd be lost, so lost, without you

What I'm Reading:
Still playing magazine catch up esp. my cooking mags.

What's on My Mind:
Lots going on this week, and right now, I am just trying to keep all the balls in the air while I try to figure out what my next move is and what happens next. That's part of my problem, too--you know when you have so much to do, you are sorta just paralyzed by it and cannot do anything? Yeah, that's me. Stay tuned and keep praying for me and for my to have the wisdom to make the right choices. Be good, peeps--loves you all totes! Bun

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Catch Up

Yo. I cannot believe it has been so long, peeps. I am so, so sorry. This week has just been insane, and you will see why. But let's backtrack and I will catch you up on the happenings at Casa Bunny.

Last Thursday was a whirlwind, we had to take the hubs car to have the brakes replaced, and then I spent part of the day with Bobs doing some errands (since he was my ride for the brakes and all, it worked out). Friday, I had an early morning meeting, then I went to the circus with Bobs and his niece and nephew. Yeah, I know! And, no clowns got near me, so no embarrassing displays of paranoia. Here are a few pics:

The sign above the big top opening.

I loved the elephants--they are so smart and such huge but yet graceful creatures.

The tigers are beautiful animals but so intimidating. And I wondered, how do you get in the business of lion training??

The acrobats, trapeze artists and other folks were all so STRONG. It is truly incredible what they can do with their bodies. It was a fun night--I had not been to the circus in forever--and never a big outfit like RBBB.

Saturday, of course, was V-Day, but me and the hubs played it low-key and didn't exchange gifties this year because of well, you know, the financial situation. I did, however, make French toast for breakfast from some brioche I had recently purchased. I had not made French toast in forever and it was yums. Behold:

Yes, again it was my trusty IKEA grill pan. I didn't want to do nothing on the day of love though, so I decided to gather a few single friends and get together for a night of food and fun. On a tangent note, I really look down on the forced romanticism of V-Day and the way the marketing makes those without someone special feel like losers. I think somewhere I read it called "Singles Suck Day." That's wrong, so I wanted to celebrate with singles instead, esp. since I LOVE my friends. Bobs cooked most of the meal and it was awesome. We had fillet mignon, leek and sour cream mashed potatoes and green beans. And Bobs made homemade tiramisu for dessert--see:

Yeah, Bobs also made chocolate covered strawberries (my idea!). Bobs is an awesome baker. And, I think, a slightly better cook than me. And it was a great dinner and easier and cheaper than going out. Between the lemoncello shots and the Wii Carnival Games, a good time was had by all.

Sunday, the hubs and I focused on finishing painting our guest bedroom because Monday and Tuesday, we had hardwoods laid in our two remaining rooms that did not have them. We had purchased the hardwood back several months ago when we purchased it for the new room--we were just waiting to paint first. Here is our remodeled guest bedroom:

So now we have hardwoods throughout the house except for the bathrooms (which are tile). Yeah! No more shatty looking stained carpet! Though I did have a headache all day Monday and Tuesday from all the pounding!

Wednesday was pretty quiet--nasty weather, had to go to ATL for some work related matters. Speaking of work, things are looking pretty good right now on that front, but it has been hard for me juggling looking for a job, looking for work and trying to do the work I have to do. Changes in routine always take an adjustment and this one is particularly hard as I feel very unstable and there is no concrete focus right now. But I am grateful for the way things have gone so far and remain positive.

Yesterday, I was tres excited because an old friend from high school whom I have reconnected with came for afternoon wine and convo and stayed for dinner. He is someone I truly have a special place for in my heart and I have been so glad to connect again. It felt like we never missed those 20 or so years. I asked him what he wanted for dinner and he requested goulash (he spent some time in Hungary) so this is a good segueway into:

What I'm Cooking:
So, I will go backwards with cooking, peeps. Last night then, was the goulash. I had never made goulash, so I went to my trusty Williams-Sonoma and, low and behold, they had a recipe. Howevs, there were some slightly funky seasonings (not necessarily things you can pick up at the Publix) so Bobs, bless his culinary heart, went to the Dekalb Farmer's Market for Hungarian paprika and parsnips for me. Here it is:

Y'all, this is some kinda good. It is basically beef stew but the paprika and the caraway seeds give it a smokey sweet flavor that is simply divine. The hubs said he always wants me to make stew this way from now on. Actually, he said it TWICE. That is some high praise from the hubs because, you know, he's used to the awesome cooking. :) It also got the thumbs up from my world-traveling friend. So here's the link to the recipe at W-S should you want to try it yourself:

Other than that, it was a weak week of cooking--mostly because the house has been a disaster with the painting and floors. Last Thursday, we had big salad with chicken, Friday, it was soup and sandwiches, Saturday was V-Day dinner, Sunday was soup and sandwiches, Monday, we went out, Tuesday, I actually did make a pork roast in the slow cooker along with mashed potatoes and broccoli, and Wednesday, we had Publix subs. Lame-o I know, but this week, I have all kinds of stuff planned--I spent enough on groceries this last week, that's for sure!

What I'm Listening To:
Nothing right now. I am enjoying the quiet of my house, actually.

What I'm Reading:
Too busy to read anything more than a magazine or two.

What's on My Mind:
I hope this weekend is a little calmer than the past week. I need to get going this morning because I have several errands, and back home for work this afternoon. I need to get caught up and get my shizz together. Tomorrow, however, I am going to get my hair cut--it is so sad and needs some help. I promise I will get back on track though and be a better Bunny blogger. Have a great weekend! B

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

Yo, peeps. So sorry it has been a while but it was a tremendously busy weekend and here it is, late Sunday night, and I didn't accomplish everything that needed to be accomplished this weekend and I am so, so tired. Something had to give and that was the blog. Please forgive but I promise to be back as soon as I can. Until then, keep reaching for the stars!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hump Day Holla

Peeps! It's been fo'eva! For someone without a full time job, you'd think I'd have more time, but between hustling for freelance work and trying to do the work I have, I have become overwhelmed. I believed this before but I know it is now true that looking for work is a full time job unto itself. Seriously.

So, golly, I have lots to catch you up on, so let's take it one day at a time. Saturday, I walked for almost 3 miles! It was the first time I have exercised in...well, in a long damn time. I was SO sore later that day too, let me tell you. Then, I had the joy of going to have my taxes done. To say I was dreading it would be the understatement of the year, but let me just say again, how much I LOVE MY ACCOUNTANT! Seriously. I drive 30 miles one way to her office. And look what she has in that office:

Yes, it's the image of fire, with crackling sound, playing on a computer monitor. To make you feel cozy and relaxed. And the chairs in front of her desk are ROCKERS. I lie you not. She's awesome. And she's truly awesome because, all told, we are going to pay less that $500 which, for us, is AMAZING. LOVES HER TOTES.

So, Sunday, guess what? I got up and walked 3 miles AGAIN! Yes, I know. I am crazy as bat shit. But look at the beautiful park I walked in:

The weather was amazing, it's on the lake, and it was so nice. Made it almost tolerable. And then I came home and helped the hubs paint our guest bedroom. BTW, I want to show you all my paint pants:

These are some granny-fied elastic waist jeans I picked up somewhere to do chores in. They now have every paint and stain color from our remodel on them. They have become a source of pride--almost like a badge of fortitude.

So later that night, between the walking and the painting, I thought I would die and took a handful of ibuprofen to numb me. Monday was another beautiful day and I gots to see my Moms, so all was good. Then, yesterday, I let Bobs talk me into getting up at the crack of dawn to walk again. But, amazingly enough, this time I was not so sore! Yeah! I swear, if I don't become fit this time, I am just giving up and being a fat ass. Seriously.

Last night, I spent the evening in the local rednecky wings and beer place watching folks sing karaoke and laughing and conversing with good friends. I SO, SO, SO wish I had my camera but, alas, I did not. However, I promise to return and chronicle the experience. It was like an anthropological study. And props to Cowboy Steve (who sang Family Tradition) and the older gentleman from Texas (who sang You Never Even Called Me By My Name)--y'all were awesome.

Today, the best thing that happened was I gots V-Day cards from my nephew and niece. Look:

Yeah, I would say they gots the Bunny artistic talent. I may frame them and call it "folk art."

Also, one more note: We gots our electric bill last week and it was $195. Now, this may sound cheap to some of you, but we live in a small house. And there is only two of us. And I have kept records of our utilities for three years and it has NEVER EVER been close to that much. So, I called the power company to complain. As I told the girl, we just added energy efficient windows (by GOD, finally!) and front door, an Energy Star rated heat pump, put CFLs in half our lights and I have been freezing to death in 66 degree "heat" every day. So I KNEW that S.O.B. was wrong! She curtly told me January was a cold month. I said "oh, really-the coldest in 3 years?" Then, she said energy improvement didn't take effect right away. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. Are you stupid? Anyway, she agreed to send someone to re-read our meter, and guess the 'eff what? They called today and said we could "readjust" our bill to $153. HA. Lesson 1: They do NOT read your meter every month. Lesson 2: Don't 'eff with the Bunny. Word.

What I'm Cooking:
It has been a weak cooking week for the Buns. Saturday night, we had the fabulous yet super easy Mandarin Orange Chicken from Trader Joe's. Then, Sunday, I was making homemade pizza but I burnt the F**K out of the crust (it was a new one I had never tried to make before), but never one to let tragedy get her down, the Buns got all resourceful and made "Pizza Pasta." I quickly made some rotini then scraped the entire top of the pizza onto the pasta and stirred it up. Voila! Not the best dish I ever made but it saved perfectly good sausage from getting thrown into the trash.

Monday night, we had a simple supper of grilled turkey sandwiches and salad, and last night, I was out with my friends. Tonight, however, I made up for the week with a super tasty new dish centered on this:

This photo sucks but it is Italian Herb Chicken Slow Cooker seasoning pack from McCormick. Basically, you place 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms in the bottom of a slow cooker, then layer chicken on top (I used boneless thighs), then pour over a large can of coarsely chopped stewed tomatoes. Finally,whisk the seasoning packet with a small can of tomato sauce and pour over tomatoes. Four hours in the slow cooker and yums. Here's how I served, step by step:

I cooked angel hair and at the last minute, added fresh spinach just long enough to wilt. I put the pasta and spinach on a plate, the topped with $10 salt, fresh ground pepper and a drizzle of good olive oil.

Next, I added the chicken thigh, then topped with the mushroom and tomato sauce:

It was really quite yummy and I will defs cook again. Besides, cooking in the slow cooker is so easy-peasy.

What I'm Listening To:
Right this minute, it just happens to be Stand by Love by Simple Minds again.

What I'm Reading:
Don't ask.

What's on My Mind:
I am going to chronicle the Year of the Bunny by recapping each month, my accomplishments, life changing events or new things I tried, big and small, just so I can be accountable to me. So, better late than never, here is January:

-Continued to improve my cooking by attending W-S classes, purchasing a Le Creuset casserole and receiving a Wustof knife.
-Read 1 book and watched 5 movies.
-Went to the Mexican grocery.
-Gave blood and set myself up to give platelets next time.
-Lost 3.5 pounds.
-Lost my job.

Whee--I am on my way. February will be even more eventful. And I totally expect you, my peeps, to aid and abet in the Year of the Bunny, so get to it! Now, I am so, so tired and can barely hold up my head, so I am off to sleep.
With love, B

Monday, February 09, 2009

A Ray of Monday Sunshine

Y'all--I wanted to do a new post tonight, but I am too pooped. Instead, I am provinding this ray of sunshine in the midst of all the daily doom and gloom. As I said in regards to my job search, it never fails to amaze me that in times of greatest tragedy or saddest moment, the people who come to the rescue and the true human kindness that comes to light. Enjoy and I will be back for Hump Day Holla.

The Gainesville couple who went on eBay and sold everything they own to raise money for their children's medical expenses are absolutely stunned.

One bidder--a Texas couple, actually--bought it all.

"I did have a high bidder, for $20,000," said the seller, Brittiny Peters.

Then the purchasers suddenly said -- we'll give you the money, but there's a catch.

And Brittiny instantly realized that for all that she and her husband, Gregg, gained for their young family in the deal, they are at a loss to comprehend the kindness of the strangers who won the bidding.

"They've changed our lives," Brittiny said.

The reason Brittiny and Gregg Peters were selling, on eBay, everything they own -- everything but the house itself -- was to help pay for the expensive, on-going medical care they just found out two of their three small children need.

Their two year old son, Noah, was diagnosed with autism and sensory and gastrointestinal disorders; then their seven year old daughter, Ayla, was diagnosed with a rare form of juvenile arthritis. They also have a one year old son, Eli.

Suddenly, the income Gregg was making as a tennis instructor that had provided the family with a comfortable living was barely paying the monthly bills, with nothing left for the huge medical bills that insurance did not cover.

And the winning bidders assured Brittiny and Gregg that they will honor the terms and send the money. But they immediately imposed a condition that practically knocked Brittiny and Gregg out.

"They informed us this morning that they do not intend on taking possession of the things. They're basically purchasing them and giving them back."

Brittiny took a deep breath. "And so, you know, my husband and I were a little taken aback by that."

Brittiny and Gregg objected, tried to let the Texas couple out of their obligation, but the couple insisted.

"They basically informed us that the items now belong to them and they can do what they please and that we don't really have a say in it."

The purchasers, Keith and Donnia Blair of Fort Worth, told the Associated Press, simply, "We've been blessed," and "we saw an opportunity to help."

Brittiny said $15,000 will pay their children's outstanding medical bills, and the rest will help pay for the on-going treatment they require.

"The fact that a family halfway across the country that we have never met would care about our family, and our children and their needs, it's amazing."

Brittiny and Gregg Peters, willing to give up everything for their children, can speak now of gaining intangible riches of faith and hope and new friends.

"The American people are good people. And if they see a family, a city, in crisis, they run towards that family or that city and put their arms around them, and that's the thing that's touched us most."

Now all Brittiny and Gregg want is to meet the Blairs, to thank them in person.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Oy! It's been a week!

Ok, peeps, so I am pulling myself out of the funk and trying to face the future with something that looks like optimism. At least on the outside. So, you know, keep praying for me and wishing me well and all that jazz and I will try not to randomly bust out in tears. Deal?? Good. Let's move on then, shall we?

So, yesterday was a better day. I had a few good leads--maybe they will go somewhere, maybe not. I have been hustling what I my mama gave me though. Hell, I went to the grocery store today and chased down someone I used to work with to tell them I was looking and keep me in mind. Believe it or not, they know someone who is looking for freelance work and told me to send them my info! See, it pays to broadcast your misery. I have no pride. I just need to pay the mortgage. Get me?

So, last night, I spent all evening and into the wee morning hours working on preparing our taxes for my meeting with our accountant tomorrow. Now, I LOVE our accountant which is the only thing that makes the process remotely pleasant. We always get raped in the worst way because we are DINKS (double income, no kids) so we have few deductions. And, really, sometimes I think I am just working for the government when I do freelance and work full time, but I guess I don't have to worry about that anymore, huh?

So, after about five hours sleep last night, I have felt spectacular today. At least today was a better today--I was a crabby beeotch yesterday. I was pissed off at everyone and everything. And, no, it is not hormones. But that is another thing--my acne is all flared up. Couldn't be stress now, could it?

Anywho, we finally got back our dining room furniture today and it looks great, see:

I am well pleased. And it was freeish. Well, the hubs decorated his boss' house for Christmas in exchange. I am not sure who got the better deal, but ours is more lasting. We can get at least another 10 years out of this now, I think.

What I'm Cooking:
Well, Wednesday night, we had frozen pizza and a salad. Woo-hoo. Then, last night, the hubs' boss took us to dinner at Chilis. And I made a poor choice which really pissed me off because, damn, someone else was paying for it! Tonight, I decided to make Mexican simply because I wanted more of this:

MMMMM! More guac made with the W-S starter. Damn, they ought to be paying me for the promo. Think I can swing an endorsement deal for bunnygoround? And since it is Friday night, it was time for Friday Night Cocktails:

MMMMM! Trader Joe's limeade with lime vodka. This particular combo is esp. good in warmer months but I decided I needed a little pick-up and this is one of my faves. Yummers. So, for food, I made Taco Skillet which I have not made in fo'eva.

It's stupid easy--brown ground beef, mix in kidney or black beans, diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, rice and water, then, voila! Garnish as desired:

I like a sprinkle of cheese, a dash of sour cream and some green taco sauce. If anys of you wants the recipe, let's me know.

What I'm Listening To:
Right now, Hold Me Now by the Thompson Twins. Actually, this song brings back unpleasantish memories of a teenage love gone wrong. Oy. It is a great song though, with great lyrics. See:

you ask if i love you
what can i say
you know that i do
and that this is just
one of those games that we play

so i sing you a new song
please don't cry any more
and i ask your forgiveness
though i don't know just
what i'm asking it for

Sigh. If only I could know what I know now and go back to high school.

What I'm Reading:
ARG! Y'all, I just cannot get into Big Boned. And I like Meg Cabot. But I discovered it apparently one in a series and I haven't read the books before which is irritating. Yes, I am anal, but I prefer to read related books or books in a series IN ORDER. I don't know what to because I have a rule to never stop reading a book. My obsessive tendencies and my compulsive tendencies are battling!

Where in the World is Bunny?

That Bunny! Swinging from the chandeliers!

Have a good one, peeps! Be back soon!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Hump Day Holla...Of Sorts

Well, peeps, I can finally say what I have been wanting to say for almost two weeks--the economic tragedy has hit Casa Bunny as my position of employment has been "eliminated." As for the Bunny, my emotional pendulum swings wildly between feeling like everything is going to be ok and dire weepy depression.

Most of you know the story, but two years ago I left a job with a really good salary, really good benefits and stability to do something I thought I had always wanted to do. I enjoyed my job, but here I am, without it. And a mortgage. And a home equity loan. And a diabetic dog.

I won't say I didn't see it coming, but I did keep hoping for the best, as most people are want to do. However, seeing the train coming does not stop it from hurting when it hits you. I truly feel everything happens for a reason, and I pray that the Lord know what He is doing and that reason will have a positive outcome, because the Devil and his mistress, Fear, are a mean, spiteful duo. They pick and eat away at you, trying to destroy your faith, when they know faith is all you have.

I will comment on a few things: It is so true that when the chips are down, you see who your true peeps are. I will say I have been surprised by some of those who have offered help, and by some of those who have 110% simply ignored my news. Not even a "sorry." I will remember it too. Don't get me wrong--I am not talking about those who did nothing--I will forgive them (eventually), but I will always be grateful for those who lent a hand, a prayer or a good thought.

Also, for the record, I am tired of everyone saying it will "be alright" and telling me how fabulous/talented/awesome I am and I will surely find a job. Well, while that middle part is right, the first and last are not necessarily true. There are lots of fabulous/talented/awesome people who have lost their jobs, too, and are out there looking. And there's not a lot to look at. And, not to be a beeotch, but that doesn't make me feel better. Wanna make me feel better? Buy me a beer. Or two.

On the upside, I have some freelance projects that should at least keep us in peanut butter for a few months. But it just sucks, peeps, it just sucks. And not even the job so much as simply feeling let down that I took a chance, for once in my life I took a chance, filled with hope and excitement, and it failed.

So, I don't even know how many of the dozen people I invited still read this blog, but if you do, thanks. Now, I am going to go cry through Top Chef.

Later, B

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Sunday of Surprises

YO, PEEPS! You didn't know where you were, did ya? Yep, I decided to mix it up a little and change the bunnygoround background and add a pic. Actually, it's the same background as before, but the "darks" version. I just wanted a change. You know, because there are NO other changes going on in my life right now or anything. HA. So, I hopes you like it and, if you don't, too bad. Suck it. (teasin')

So, it has been a pretty quiet weekend but I have LOT of photos, because I know you all are needy and all. Remember, I'm a giver. So, yesterday, the hubs and I worked around the house all day, cleaning, packing stuff away. There is still so much to do to wrap things up on the inside and outside. Last night, we went to dinner with our only couple friends which was nice. We don't have many/any couple friends because everyone our age has kiddos and that's all they tend to do. Kids, 24/7/365. I understand but, still, we don't fit that mold because, you know, we don't HAVE any.

Today, I worked all day shuffling through receipts and working in Excel, getting our shizz ready for our tax appointment next week. Joy. The hubs worked on painting trim in our guest bedroom--the last room to be painted. The plan is to paint it next weekend, then have the hardwoods put in the next week. Then, we will be pretty much done inside. By the end of February, we should have birthed this baby--and it was only about a 12 month gestation.

What I'm Cooking:
Nestle in, peeps--this is gonna be a long one. First off, last night, after dinner, our friends came back to Casa Bunny to gaze upon the new casa and I made dessert. Behold--Crockpot Cake:

This photo was early on, not done, but basically you dump cake mix, eggs, pudding mix, oil and chocolate chips all together in a crock pot and cook it for like 8 hours. It's this gooey, pudding-like cake when done. Freakin' yums.

Now, backing up, yesterday, I made the MOST AWESOME sandwich for lunch. I bought some sourdough bread and brushed it with olive oil, then layered it with turkey, tomatoes and cheddar cheese, then grilled it up in my IKEA grill pan and spread on an oozing amount of leftover guacamole. Look:

YUMS! I love a hot sandwich, and esp. paninis. I cannot afford the $99 W-S panini maker, so I crafted up my own way to smoosh the bread and leave a nice grill mark. Behold:

Yep, that's a cast iron skillet. I simply laid some tinfoil over the sandwich, then set my skillet on top. Worked like a charm. Yes, yes, I am brilliant. I decided to repeat the process today and have the hubs take photos so you could see how it was done:

Step 1: Brush one side of four slices of bread with olive oil then lay two of the slices, oil side down, in a grill pan. Layer on turkey and tomatoes, salt and pepper, then spinach.

Step 2: Add cheese and bacon (we ran out of guac, so I substituted bacon for the fat and added the spinach for more color).

Step 3: Place the other slice of bread on top, olive oil side up. Place a piece of tin foil on top, then something heavy (like a skillet or even a clean brick!). Flip when golden brown on bottom.

Step 4: Repeat the tin foil and heavy item step until golden brown on second side. Devour, but be careful not to burn your mouth.

Tonight, I marinated steaks and grilled them in the IKEA pan (yes, it is getting a workout this weekend!) and served them with roasted red potatoes tossed with olive oil and Tuscan spices and a fabulous salad of baby spinach, arugala, blue cheese, strawberries and walnuts. Behold:

Pretty! This salad is a fave. I tossed it with this:

Strawberry basil balsamic vinegrette from Target. It's tas-tee esp. when used with a salad with strawberries! Here it all is plated:

So, I think I kinda outdid myself on the cooking front this weekend, right peeps?? Yeah, I know. I'm awesome.

What I'm Listening To:
Hmmm, it was a hard choice, but the song of the day was Wonderful by Annie Lennox off her album Bare. My hubs is the one who LOVES Annie Lennox--I like her but this song is SO good. Great lyrics--a sophisticated, adult love song with just the right amount of pining and lovesickness. See what I mean:

Idiot me, stupid fool.
How could you be so uncool?
To fall in love with someone who doesn't really care for you.
It's so obscure.

But I feel...Wonderful.
Yes, I feel...Wonderful.

God it makes me be so blue,
Everytime I think about you.
All of the heat of my desire,
Smokin' like some crazy fire.
Come on here, look at me where I stand.
Can't you see my heart burnin' in my hands?
Do you want me? Do you not?
Does it feel cold baby? Does it feel hot?

What I'm Reading:
Still on Big Boned by Meg Cabot. I actually read a few pages before conking out last night.

What's On My Mind:
Y'all may remember a few posts back when I posted the pic of the girls' bunny toy. I had a funny thought that I might occasionally post a "Where in the World is the Bunny?" pic or two. You know, for kicks and giggles. So, here's what the bunny's been up to since you last tuned in:

Bunny hoping to make a break.

Pepsi and Bunny having a convo. Think it went something like: "Bun, you try to make a break for it again, and there's gonna be some 'spaining to do."

Bunny napping with the Pud.

That Bunny, she gets around. Ha. So have a good week, peeps. I am off to watch a movie--Period piece. The Duchess. Lust in bustles. Be back soon. XO, Bun