Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's the HUMP DAY HOLLA!

Holla, peeps! Bunny's in 'da house! Actually, Bunny wishes she were outside the house, enjoying the fabulous, yet pollen-filled, day. But we must work. No rest for the unemployed. Well, just goofing off via blogging.

So, yesterday was a pretty hectic day--I had an early a.m. networking meeting and made a couple of possible freelance contacts, then I went to the ATL to talk to someone about a potential full-time position. We'll see what happens. I am just trying, the best I can, to take it day by day. Otherwise, I become overwhelmed and the anxiety starts to mount. It's a new world for me--the world of not obsessing--but I have to make myself do this or I will have an ulcer. Seriously.

So, last night, I went to Bobs for dinner and Idol--more on that later. Then, today, I have spent the morning following up on leads from yesterday and other work. I swear, I never remember days going this fast when I was working full-time! Anyway, I did have one cool thing happen today--I gots a free lunch (and who said there were none anymore??), courtesy of Domino's. Woot! Yesterday, one of the frugal mommy bloggers I follow posted Domino's was giving away their new pasta bread bowls today FREE so I called my local joint and, yes, Virginia, they were participating. Behold the Bread Bowl:


Y'all. This thing was mother-'effin GOOD. Seriously. Now, I am sure it was not remotely healthy (yeah, I got the Chicken Carbonara--chicken, alfredo sauce, bacon, mushrooms, onions) but I was quite surprised by the tasti-ness. Props to Domino's for the offer and the goodness. I think I will send them a note to thank them.

In other news, it was such a nice day today, I decided to take some more photos of the front of the house. Behold Casa Bunny, the rocked version 2.0:


Here is the front from the other side, showing the stoop. Gosh, y'all, it's hard to believe it's finally all coming together.


And here is the stoop from the outside. Obvs, we need to paint/stain the column, which we plan to do once the pollen dies down a little.

What I'm Cooking:
I hinted at my Monday night "fairy cuisine" meal last post, so let the teasing be over--I made sauteed herb chicken:


I pounded some chicken breasts flat, S&P'ed them, dredged them in flour with a hefty dose of Herbs de Provence mixed in, then sauteed them in my grill pan with a little oil olive. Dudes, they were golden perfection, juicy and tasty. I served them with a salad of tomatoes, cukes, onions and field greens and Archer Farms red pepper risotto. Here it is plated:


It was so good! Now I am trying to think of other add-ins to fix chicken this way. I was thinking of using dry ranch dressing mix in the flour--I think that would be yum-mee. Last night, I was at Bobs, so I am posting his meal as a "guest edition" of BGR What I'm Cooking:


Bobs made quesadillas a la Bunny in his Bobby Flay cast iron grill pan. It's a nice pan. I may need one of those (hint, hint, Bunny b-day coming up!). Bobs kept it healthy with whole grain tortillas, ground turkey breast and a little cheese.


Here it is plated. One concession: Bobs made guac. At least avocado is a healthy fat! We also whipped up some cool concoctions of the alcoholic variety:


Bobs took my TJ Limeade and lime vodka mix and upped the antey by adding a shot of lemoncello. Mmm. Like a tipsy Sprite. You drink them fast because they are so good, and the next thing you know, it's kicking your arse. We were trying to think of a name. Maybe "Citrus Kicker" would work.

What I'm Listening To:
Right this minute, Goodbye to You by Michelle Branch. I first feel in love with this song when it was played on a Buffy the Vampire episode. It's a great song. Heart-tearing and yet wistful.

What I'm Reading:
Still on Very Valentine. Not much headway this week. Reading is basically more for the weekend.

What's on My Mind:
1) I had to get up yesterday at 6 a.m. (I will wait while most of you laugh...out loud, I am sure) and I know for a fact that when I find a new FT job, getting up is going to KICK. MY. ASS. Hard. For weeks. Yo.
2) Here is a photo of the current view from my kitchen window. I cannot explain why, but it makes me feel so good every time I look out:



Well, peeps, I guess I better get back at it. Be back soon! B

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday, Monday...

Dudes, it's been a sublime day at Casa Bunny. Yo. Yesterday, we spent the day doing more gardening in the morning (Tangent: Um, yeah, Bunny made a little error on the W-S cooking class. Yesterday was NOT frittatas and stratas but rather Cooking with Kids. Since I don't have any of those, didn't think I would go. So, yeah, oops. Good thing I checked!). After doing a few chore-y things, I rounded out the morning with some creative expression. Several metal objects d'art in the yard needed refreshing, so I gots out my spray paint and went to Andy Warhol town:


Behold resulting technicolor dragonfly! I also lent my mad skillz to a lantern and some of the windows hanging on the end of the house. You all know Bunny is a severely repressed artist, right??? I really am. I need to set that inner artist free. Yo.

The afternoon was spent cleaning house, reading and errands to Target and Home Depot. Oh, yeah, and obsessively reading about swine flu on the Huff Po. Like I need one more thing to heighten my anxiety. Sigh.

Today, it was work, look for work, etc.--you know the drill. On another note, this morning, while celebrating the moments of our lives (also known as drinking our coffee), the hubs noticed KK stalking some prey, so I took this shot out the deck door:


She's on the pine-strawed hillside, laying in wait. The hubs said she was trying to act like a rock. Ha! As far as I know, however, she was not successful since there were no "parts" lying about on the deck later today. (If you can'ts see her, that's her in the bottom-ish right of the pic)

What I'm Cooking:
Well, last night, I decided to make hamburgers, which I crafted with the W-S Hamburger Seasoning (mentioned in an earlier post) and served on the Publix fave multi-grain buns (also mentioned prior). I gots all crafty with the sides and decided to do roasted potatoes and tomatoes.

Here is a roasted potato tip: Dice them up, then par boil them for a few minutes before putting them in the oven. Yes, it messes up another pot but it gets them done on the inside and crispy on the outside, rather than crunchy on the inside and burnt on the outside.

For the tomatoes, I threw some grape tomatoes in a pan, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with S&P, then I threw on some blue cheese when they were all busted and oozy. Here's the up close:


Mmm! Tas-tee. The hubs made the comment they looked like they would be good spread on the burgers, so that is how we wound up eating them. Here is the dinner plated:


Very good, and had extra burgers for today. Tonight, I am pulling dinner out of my arse (fairy cuisine, as I call it, where I just make some shit up) so tune in later to see what develops.

What I'm Listening To:
Right now, Primitive by Annie Lennox. Sexy, elegant song. Look at these lyrics:

Sweetheart
Take me to bed
That's where all our prayers are said
Whispered silent in the night
That's how all our dreams take flight


Pure poetry. Word.

What I'm Reading:
Finally finished Bright Lights, Big Ass. Brilliant. Now, I have started Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. It's the first in a trilogy, so Oy! I am signing on for a threesome!

What's on My Mind:
Tomorrow is a big day--two meetings about possible jobs--one freelance, one full time. Please send positive thoughts my way! Love you all! B

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Beer & Bea

A quick addendum to my earlier post. In sad news, Bea Arthur, of Maude and Golden Girls fame, died today. She was a great..."broad." And I mean that in the best sense. She will be missed.

And I had my freakin' beer--all 30-something ounces of it. Heaven. Now it's time for ibuprofen and bed.

Grab a Cocktail & Buckle In...It's Another Long One, Bitches

Yo, peeps! Things have been PERKING around Casa Bunny. You know how it is--feast or famine, and we have been feasting away the past 36 hours, fo' shizzle.

Yesterday morn dawned way too early, but there was lots to be done. First, I had an interview--don't get excited, not for a job-job, but a freelance-job. Then, I had about a million errands to run, including dropping off my 401K rollover check (I am sure THAT will just do great!) and my annual eye exam. And guess what? Something about the Bun is getting better with age--my eyesight has improved! Dramatically! Here's the irony--my eyesight has improved because I am not working all day on the computer. Ha! Job loss = healthier. See? Working is not good for you. Case closed.

The BIG NEWS yesterday, however, was we FINALLY had the rock installed on the foundation of Casa Bunny's addition. Behold:


It's BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL! We loves it totes! So, so tres excited! We also gots the stoop done, too. Here is the before and after:


Stoop before--plain and fugly.


Stoop after with 1.5 inch flagstone. Things are finally coming together. Now we just need to finish up the painting and gutters. Maybe in the next three months things will be finally, finally done. Then, we party. :) Here is our great little contractor:


This is Kevin Flack, contractor extraordinaire and owner of Treadstone Construction. Kevin worked for a $$custom-home builder$$, but like Bunny, was let go due to economic conditions. However, Kevin is a hard worker and started his own gig. And he? Is good, peeps. I would def recommend. Young, talented, good follow through. He's got it going on. Indeed. One last house pic:


This is our foundation we painted a couple of weeks ago, all prettied up by the hubs. I thought it would be too dark but the hubs had faith. Good job, hubs!

So, I rounded out Friday with groceries and walking (yes, again! no, I don't know what is wrong with me.), then, today, the hubs was off and we decided we would play in the dirt. Wouldn't you know, it was the 'effin HOTTEST day so far this year? It was hot enough out there to make Bunny want to cut a bitch. Seriously. But, LOOK! My garden is all planted!


First, last night, the hubs and I went to Lowe's (don't EVEN get me started on that! I have "officially" converted to Home Depot, peeps. Lowe's DOES NOT know! But that is another rant for another day) and got manure and soil amendment. I am not sure why they spell it "Kow"--trying to be hip?? It's manure. It's not hip.


Here's the "before" garden--ready to work! So, work it girl!


Here's hubs turning the garden, with amendments. We were pleased to find the soil is actually getting quite nice. Damn skippy! See, enough shit eventually makes things better.


Here's the turned garden. Admire the dark brown soil. Oooooo! Ahhhhh!


Here is the papered garden--newspaper is a great weed block. Water goes through it, but weeds won't. Put it down, wet it, and lay mulch on top. As it wears, it disenigrates into the soil and makes it richer. Love!


And, here, is the planted garden, which was first mulched, then cages set up, then planted. 4 cuke plants, 6 bell pepper plants, 2 cherry tomatoes, 4 heirloom tomatoes, 4 regular tomatoes, 2 roma tomatoes. Whee!

Funny mulch story: The pile of mulch is in front of the house, the garden is in the back. There is no easy way to get from one to the other, in part because of the slope of our lot. So, here I was this morning, out there toting mulch, and the Hispanic workers are finishing our stoop. After several trips, one of them offers to help me. I decline (after all, that was not what he was here for and I am not one to take advantage) but then, of course, as I am taking around my load, I practically trip and fall right into him. Bless his heart, he swoops in and takes over the wheelbarrow and, in 5 minutes, totes two loads of mulch around to the garden. He was probably thinking, "silly fat gringo girl," but I don't give a shit. I have never been so thankful. BTW, the hubs had went off to get pine straw, if you're wondering where he was.

Here's some more garden porn:


Our neighbor's azaleas. Huge and lovely.


Our blueberry bushes, finally planted. Then, the hubs reminds me he does not like blueberries. Oy.


My basil planted. The two "empty" looking pots are four varities, planted from seed--lemon, lime, Marseilles and Italian.


The oregano (still going to town!), the sage (making a fabulous comeback!) and the newly planted thyme.


Hubs, cleaning out the pond, arse in the air. (snort!)

What I'm Cooking:
Thursday night, we had leftover taco skillet. Sorry. I, too, wish it could have been more exciting. Last night, we went traditional and had Frozen Pizza Friday with a Publix pizza and salad. Tonight, the hubs is taking me for cheap Mexican. Can't lift a skillet. I am sore. Worse than Stone Mountain. And I need a beer to hydrate me. So, in lieu of proper food, I have a few favorites, old and new, to mention:


I bought this salad yesterday at Publix--it is so good. It is spring greens, blueberries, apples, other dried fruit. I made a blue cheese viniagrette to go on top. Yum.


Dudes, you know I love me some creamer, and this is the newest flava--Almond Creme. MMMMM! Tas-tee.


These tasty little crackers are from Trader Joe's--if you love Everything Bagels, you will love these Everything Crackers.


OH, HELL YES! Publix has back the Yellow Corn Chips! I am SO excited! I bought two bags. And told the manager (who looked at me like I was a crazy woman) that I was excited. They haven't had them for, like, 4 months. Whee!

What I'm Listening To:
Ok, I have had Time (Clock of the Heart) by Culture Club in my head all day. Why, you ask? Well, because everytime I work with thyme (the herb), I always think of that song. Shut your piehole. It may be corny but I can't help it. That is a GREAT song though. Say what you will, but Boy George has a beautiful voice. Word.

What I'm Reading:
Still reading Bright Lights, Big Ass. Getting close to the end.

What's on My Mind:
Tomorrow, I am going to W-S class again--Frittatas & Stratas. Yum! The hubs hates eggs (sorta) but he may have to endure. Anyway, sorry to shoot my load in one big post, but I hope you were able to bear with me. Have a good one! Bun

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Che-Che-Che-Check It Out!

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You Love Me! You Really, Really Love Me!

I just got the BEST note, peeps! A friend who regularly reads BGR (and links to my blog from hers) told me that someone that read her blog (keep following me here!) linked over to BGR and asked her "Who is Bunny? She is hilarious!" DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THAT MADE MY DAY??? Whoever you are, mucho love!

'Cause I'm just saying, there are only like TWO of you who ever leave comments and I'd like to think ALL my FABULOUS friends & family are reading BGR, but I don't KNOW YOU ARE because YOU NEVER LEAVE A COMMENT. Or I find out when I start recollecting an antedote, only to have you interrupt me to tell me "Oh, yeah, I read that on your blog." REALLY?? 'Cause you NEVER leave a comment. I am not ashamed to admit I am needy and would enjoy a few more comments. If you could occassionally post a note, it would make my day. Seriously. Ok, I am getting off that soapbox and moving onto the next one.

When I last left you, I was on my way to the vet with Savannah. Yeah, as I thought, $100 and 30 minutes later, no idea what is making her randomly pee all over Casa Bunny. It's not a UTI. It's not the diabetes. It's (probably not) cancer. So the vet thinks it's 1) behavioral or 2) dementia. WHEE! So, I now have a senior diabetic dog with destructive dementia-related behaviors. I feel SO much better.

And the new toilet?? Lovely! Why didn't we always have one of these?? I can practically swing my feet when I potty. It's awesome. Or it was awesome until I got the bill today and realized geriatric toilet = half my mortgage. Oh, well--it will be a selling point when they repo Casa Bunny.

So, yesterday, to celebrate Earth Day, Bobs suggested we walk up Stone Mountain. He said it was hard, but I thought "How hard can it be??" Let me tell you, dudes, it is hella hard. YO! I mean, I seriously thought my heart would rupture at one point. I was panting so hard, I sucked in enough polled to turn my lungs yellow. But, BY GOD, I made it the the DAMN TOP! Here's the proof:


Yep. That's me with the ATL skyline in the background. See my freakin' RED face? I mean seriously, peeps, if you never have had the pleasure, at one point (also known as the last half mile) it is a shear 45-degree angle straight up. Freaking POLES are installed so you can hoist yourself up the side! WTF?? I, mean, should THAT be safe?? Anyway, Bobs later told me he thought I was going to bail on him. SUCK IT BOBS! The Bunny don't bail. That's just how I roll. And you know what?? I am planning on going back in a month to do it again and see if I am more fit. I know, I am bat-shit crazy, but now I have a goal.

Today, I went and walked an hour around a local park with Bobs. I figure as long as I am unemployed, I can try to work on getting rid of my ass. I mean, if things get REALLY bad, and I lose lots of weight, I could consider being a stripper. Miss Bunny. HA!

I also had two very good meetings about freelance work today, which made me feel better, esp. in light of the plumber bill. Wax and wane, peeps, wax and wane.

What I'm Cooking:
Oy. It's not been a stellar cooking week. Tuesday night, I made Taco Skillet. I have covered this dish before--you can find it here: http://bunnygoround.blogspot.com/2009/02/oy-its-been-week.html

Last night, I went to dinner at a friend's house who did an awesome antipasto-type spread with chilled tortellini, herbed ricotta, olives, cured meats, smoked cheeses, marinated tomatoes--just lots of yumminess. And wine. Lots of yummy wine.

What I'm Listening To:
I have to admit, the Bunny has been off her music game. I need something fresh. Or a blast from the past. But right now, I am listening to The Blow Monkey's Digging Your Scene. Fetch.

What I'm Reading:
Still reading Bright Lights, Big Ass. And my friend gave me the new Adriana Trigiani book, Very Valentine, last night, so that's next.

What's on My Mind:
I am all enraged this week over a fresh batch of homophobia that has hatched. First, that little Miss CA twit-head ("Opposite marriage"?? Seriously?? Shut your piehole, honey.) and, then, someone I know had a FB "friend" (term used loosely) tell them they were de-friending them and that they were going to Hell for being gay (after said "friend" saw on the someone I know's FB profile about their "partner"). Better off, I say. God hates hate, peeps. I'm just sayin'.

So, off that soapbox and onto my goodbyes. Lots planned for the weekend--mostly garden planting--so stop by later for some primo garden porn. Later taters! B

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

When it Rains....Well, You Know

Oh, peeps. Or should I say "Oy, peeps!" This week. Oy. And it's only Tuesday.

Sunday, we ran around all day being social which about wore us out. Now I know why I prefer to be a social retard--much more relaxing. Actually, we went to my sis' son's birthday party and it was good fun. I positioned myself at the kid's table, surrounded by five boys ranging in age from 6 to 9. SNORT! It was the most fun I have had in a while. As noted before, boys this age love all things relating to body fluids so the convo centered around constipation (how do kids know what that is??) and getting so backed up that "poop comes out your ears." The word "dork" was also used quite frequently (mostly by me), however, I basically managed to keep things under fair control. SNORT!

My bro-in-law fired up the grill for the meal--he is a master griller and those 'effin keilbasa were yums. Unfortch, we left early so we could make it back for the opening of the new patient tower at the local hospital--I used to work there, and recently did some freelance work for them, so I wanted to go. It is quite beautiful and I was glad I went--got to see lots of former work peeps, which was nice.

By Sunday evening, however, we were BEAT, so we had a simple supper, chilled out and went to bed early. Sadly, however, two things happened: 1) while doing a quick clean of the bathroom, I realized our guest toilet was leaking quite badly and 2) Savannah (we are pretty sure it was her) managed to pee all over the couch. Yes, the newly recovered couch. So, let's dissect those.

First, the toilet. Got up yesterday morning and called our trusty awesome plumber who came out and after three hours, could not figure out why the toilet was leaking. So, guess what?? $$$NEW TOILET$$$. Whee! I did, however, tell him that if we were putting a new one in, I wanted one of the high-sitting, "handicapped" ones--hell, ain't no one around Casa Bunny getting any younger and if that thing is going to be here for, you know, 15ish years, it needs to be for old farts. So, this morning, they brought the new geriatric throne which is now installed and gleamy white. See:


Now, where else but BGR can you get photos of toilets?? It's quite pretty--sleek lines, name brand (Kohler), so come on over and try it out!

So onto the other issue. In a few, I am leaving to take Savannah to the vet. In addition to the couch soaking, we have noticed other possible urinary issues and need to get it checked out. Best case? Urinary track infection. Worst case? Incontinence. Either way? $$$$. Sigh. If it ain't one damn thing, it's another and this time, it's both.

What I'm Cooking:
Sunday night, I made tuna-orzo salad which was nice, light and refreshing. I forgot to take a photo (though I pictured it here last summer), but it is basically canned tuna, cooked orzo, tomatoes, peppers, feta and onion tossed with a herbed vinaigrette. Great for summer.

Last night, I made kitchen-sink veggie pasta--basically, a jarred sauce with all kinds of veggies thrown in--peppers, squash, zucchini, mushrooms. Again, forgot to take a photo, but it wasn't all that exciting.

What I'm Listening To:
Right this minute, nada.

What I'm Reading:
Still reading Bright Lights, Big Ass.

What's on My Mind:
Well, sorry to be short, but I have lots to do today and tomorrow, starting with the vet, then doing errands and freelance meetings, and moving into applying for some jobs. Yeah, that would be important. Will be back on Hump Day for a longer post with pics (I hope! I have dinner that night with a friend and may just choose to get sloppy drunk depending on how the next 36 hours go). Later peeps! Bun

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Saturday? Sunday? Whazz??

I tell you, peeps, it seems that all the days these days just run into one another. And, worse yet, even though I have lots of time on my hands, I seem to get nothing done. I need a plan. A schedule. Seriously, I have to start getting my arse in gear while I have the opportunity because, one day, I will have a job again, and I will be wistfully looking forward to vacation, wishing I had a month off to "get some things done," and kicking myself for not spending this time more productively. Well, I have been doing some productive napping. And book reading.

I will say that I DID start exercising last week. Thursday and Friday morning, I went to the park and walked 2+ miles each day plus came home and did some weights. Though I am a little sore, it was SO invigorating and stress reducing. It was great. I will keep that up, for sure.

Thursday afternoon, I looked for jobs, worked on work (same song, diff day) and went to the grocery store. I swear, food is pricy. I only purchased 3 BAGS and it was $70. Crazy. Then, yesterday, it was the same old, same old again, however, last night, I did have some fun. A friend was able to get BOGO free tickets to the Hall & Oates concert at Chastain, and we went, see:


I labeled the photo so you would know which was which, because, you know, they look so similar and all. Anywho, I would give the concert a B+. They only sang about 1.5 hours and, with the number of songs they have, it could have been at least 2 hours. Not a very dynamic show either--I like a little talking, a little personal interaction. None of that. Nope, no siree. It was opening night for Chastain, too, and I must say, it was a little sad. It was half full at best. And that was with BOGO ticket sales. Oy.

Today, me and the Moms went shopping. Don't get all excited--I ain't out blowing money I don't have. We went to Walmart. Lookee what my Moms bought me:


$10 purse! They had some cute, nice looking bags for cheapo. In fun, warm weather colors like kelly green, bright blue, hot pink, orange and sunny yellow. I don't mind it being cheapo because if I am buying something fashion-y, I don't want to pay loads of money. I had a hard time deciding on a color though, but I really like this one. FUN!

I also bought more gardening stuff--a new hose, a soaker hose (for water conservation), some tomato cages. I also bought a few more plants--here is my stash:


Here is the plan: Next week, I am going to get the hubs to help me add amendments (read: cow shit) to the garden, and plant this first round of plants. They should mature in about 50-60 days (mid to late June) and, once they are spent, I am going to plant round 2, which I started today:


Here are my second round seedling starts, which are going to take about 6-8 weeks to mature, so my hope is that they will be ready to put in the ground when the others are ready to come up. Of course, this plan will probably not work to my advantage--you know, best laid plans and all. But I am trying to stagger yields this year so I am not hit with 100s of tomatoes at one time. And, this damn seedling starting better work! As the hubs noted, there comes a point when you have more money in the garden than the value of the crops it yields. But, I say, at least I get something out of my garden expenditures (you can't eat daylilys, hubs!). Because you all KNOW that there is nothing better than homegrown 'maters. Fo' shizzle.

What I'm Cooking:
So, Thursday night, I cooked this awesome pre-bagged/cooked London Broil I bought at Sam's. It was so easy and so good. Tender and flavorful. I made smashed red potatoes and broccoli salad to go with (the hubs requested the broccoli salad, and it is yummy--you know, broccoli, bacon, onions, sunflower seeds). Here it is plated:


The topping on the 'taters in the au jus from the meat. It was quite good and we had a ton of leftovers. I will be buying this again, yes, siree. Tonight we had frozen pizza and I tried something new:


I found this at Walmart and it looked so good. I was tres excited (grilled veggies! foccacia crust!) but a little disappointed in the outcome. The crust was excellent but not enough sauce so it was a little dry. Oh well. However, it was easier to get down with this:


This wine was a gift from a friend. Besides the label being pretty, it is quite tasty. OK, E, I know you are screaming "But you don't like Cabs!" Well, this one is mouth-puckering dry on first swizz but it has a nice sweet grapeness in the middle and ends with a nice peppery finish. Don'ts I sound so smart and wine-y?? :)

What I'm Listening To:
Right this minute, Asleep by The Smiths. Excellent.

What I'm Reading:
WHEE! I ordered the other two books by Jen Lancaster from my cheapo book buying place (can't beat $1!) and they both came yesterday, so I started reading Bright Lights, Big Ass. Maybe not QUITE as funny as the first (probably because I am atune to her style now) but still a great read so far.

What's on My Mind:
Look at this funny photo of the Pud:


She is so damn cute. If you look close, you will see her tail is a blur because it is moving so fast!

Tomorrow is my sis' youngest son's b-day party so more quality family time. This week is going to be busy--lots of meetings and networking (keep your fingers crossed!) and a couple of fun friend things, so yeah! Be back soon, loves to you all! B

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hump Day Holla!

Holla, Peeps! That’s right—it’s back! The Hump Day Holla! For those of you newer to bunnygoround, the Hump Day Holla is simply when a post happens to coincide with, well, Wednesday, also known as Hump Day. But it’s always an occasion for extra bunnygoround specialness. So, yo, let’s get to it!

Well, Casa Bunny remains a vestige of boredom for the most part. Yesterday, I spent most of the day rebuilding my email contacts (I know, contain yourself! I live SO on the edge!) and looking for work. I sent out a three month “reminder” emails letting people know I am still seeking employment. I have found that the best way to get leads is to let people know you are looking. “Duh”-worthy, I know, but online searching is almost a waste of time. I am still doing both but in today’s world, getting a job is all about networking, so I am trying to do my best to reach out and touch as many people as I can. I actually have a few meetings set up in the next couple of weeks, so that is promising.

So, yeah, I have made a pact with myself—no more crying, no more feeling sorry for myself, no more negative thoughts. Ok, I may let a tear leak every now and then, but I am going to focus on staying focused, being positive and keeping busy. Between freelance work, looking for work and volunteering, that should be easy. Oh, and starting my exercise regime. Because I am all fired up after watching Biggest Loser last night. WOW! What transformations! Maybe I will apply for Biggest Loser. Now THAT would be an adventure. If only my hubs had not brought home TWO HUGE containers of Starburst jelly beans! Bastard! Yes, I have been BAD but I have NOT ran across any more mutants (you will be happy to know, Callie!).

Yesterday, I took the girls for grooms and I was gonna post photos, but I am sorta embarrassed for them. I asked—and the groomer complied—for them to be cut SHORT. Now they look a little sad and scrawny. Sorta like overgrown Chihuahuas. Poor Savannah was shaking this morning from cold, I believe. Yikes. Oh well, we needed to get value—grooming is expensive but we would rather pay for it than endure “love bites” from Savannah.

Today, the hubs was off and while I was working on getting work and some work projects, he worked outside. I decided to finish out the post today with some garden porn—just a tease of things to come, peeps. Just a tease.


These are blackberry and blueberry plants we actually bought last fall but never put in the ground because of the remodel. Now, we are trying to decide where to plant them. According to hubs, they grow 8+ feet tall. But am I stoked about fresh berries in my yard?? Yes, I am. Now I just need a raspberry bush or two.


This is my oregano, which survived winter and is going to town! Woo-hoo! That oregano! The sage looks like it might be making a comeback too, but it’s too early to tell fer sure.


This is a peony the hubs planted last fall. Peonies are my FAVORITE flower. Loves them and cannot wait for blooms when they get bigger.


This is a huge white azalea that grows right off our deck. Beautiful.


These are some heirloom tomato plants my hubs bought me at the garden expo last week. Yeah, baby! Just wait until those dudes start coming up.


And this is another flat of veggies the hubs bought me today for the good deal of $1 per 4/pack. Cukes, peppers, regular tomatoes. And my moms helped “underwrite” a big order to Park Seed a few weeks ago I am awaiting. I told her I would pay her back in produce, so it’s all good. I am so excited about the veggie garden this year. I have got to go get some Black Cow (that would be manure) and start getting my soil ready for plantin’.

What I'm Cooking:
I know you are going to be sad, but the hubs treated me to a cheap meal out last night and I have not made dinner yet today, but it is going to be paninis and soup. Sorry this week has not been more inspired. I will try to do better next week. I promise.

What I'm Listening To:
Right this minute, Right by Your Side by the Eurythmics. Over and over. I forgot what a great song it is—it has this Jamacian-y, steel drum rhythm to it. Fabulous. I just want a pina colada and warm breezes. Oh, yeah. “I’m so full of desire, when you set my head on fire, I need to be right by your side.”

What I'm Reading:
Still trying to catch up on some magazine reading.

What's on My Mind:
Have you SEEN the lady on Britan’s Got Talent who wowed the judges? Go to the link below now, do not pass GO, do not collect $200. It is incredible. I have watched it at least a dozen times today. WOW. Just WOW.

http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=84465962194&h=t9ZRy&u=Us4jg&ref=nf

Later dudes—peace out! The Bun