Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday Song: Stuck in My Noggin

Ever since the Chris Isaak concert last week, this song has been stuck in my head. Stuck. But in a good way. My friend brought me her Chris CDs the other day to pirate enjoy and I have been playing this one over. And over. And over. Here is a video of the acoustic version. Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Life is on "Ditto"

Ever feel stuck in a rut? Yeah, well I am there with you. I'm not saying the rut is necessarily a BAD thing. It just is. Same thing every day. Same foods. Same hubs. Same. Same. Same. While I like a simple life right now....and I like the non-cost of having a simple life....some days I bore myself.

I did, however, have an exciting Saturday evening. A friend and I went, yet again, to the ATL outdoor music place and saw Chris Isaak and Marc Broussard, as announced this past Saturday. What a GREAT concert that was.

Marc did a very good opening set. My only complaint is that I wish he had sung MORE songs off his album Carencro. He did sing Home, however, he slowed it way down and I didn't really lurves the rendition. He did, however, redeem himself after his set by bounding through the crowd, shaking hands, and staying outside the souvenir booth for about 45 minutes signing autographs and posing for photos. Very nice. That is him there in the middle. I was that close, yes. But it was a cluster of fame whores after a few minutes so I bowed out. For the record, Marc, if you are reading BGR (which you find while Googling yourself today) you are one talented dude and thank you for sharing your talent with us.

After Marc came Mr. Chris Isaak. I have always liked Chris but never been a HUGE fan. Well, I am now. He is an awesome singer and, better yet, a full-on entertainer in concert. Storytelling, joking with the crowd, playing tons of songs up until the last noise curfew limit. He even wore his awesome mirror suit:

It's hard to tell from this photo, but the suit has little mirrors/metal reflectors all over it. LOVES! So sparkly! The only weird thing about the concert was he just sorta finished and he and the band walked off stage with no encore. It was, however, a GREAT show and I am totally pirating my friend's Chris Isaak CDs now.

In other news, I continue to read books, I continue to cook (though nothing remarkable per se) and my garden continues to go gangbusters esp. the cherry tomatoes which are coming out. of. my. ears. Here is an interesting Roma variety I picked this week:

It is varigated and quite tasty. Very pretty too. I really need to get out and do some SERIOUS work in my vegetable garden but 1) I have no time and 2) it has been too blazing hot. So unless I chose to get up at 6 a.m., it's not gonna be happening. Well, maybe the weekend. We will see.

In other news, I have weekend work events the next four out of five Saturdays. Whee for me. I hope I make it through without getting sick. Again. Hope you are all having a good one! I am off to go write my African child whom I received a letter from today. I <3 him. Later! B.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday Song: Guess Who I Am Seeing Tonight?

This song remains one of the sexiest and most sensual songs I've ever heard. Feelings which are only reinforced by this video. And I will be seeing Mr. Isaak tonight. Yeah baby.

But, wait. It gets better. Opening for Mr. Isaak is another fave: Mr. Marc Broussard. Look up definition for "blue-eyed soul" and there will be his pic. His first album, Carencro, blew. me. away. Every song is great. This video is for his first BIG song, which is still as awesome as the day it was released. As they say, he can flat out sing.

Needless to say, I am SO SO SO glad I have recovered enough to go tonight. Terribly excited for this double-header.Hope you are having a great weekend. Bunny

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Redeux

Well, peeps, it has been a week. And then some. Sunday started off with a bang a little after midnight Saturday when my stomach flu swung into full force. That was after a perfectly lovely day, too. First, I spent the morning and early afternoon with my sista and her boys and we gots to go to Trader Joe's and buy all kinds of lovely things and play Wii and such. (BTW, I really like Boom Blox. It's the one thing I can win at AND it fulfills my secret destructive nature)

Saturday evening, a friend and I went to a very popular ATL outdoor amphitheater and saw Mary Chapin Carpenter who was AWESOME. I did not know, but after her last album a few years back, she was preparing to go on tour and found out she had a pulmonary embolism. Scary. This is her first tour since. She was so good. So very good. Music for the soul.

Then came Sunday. Holy mother of pearl and all things good in the world that was some DOOZY of a stomach flu. And it was like the flu. Headache, chills, fever, extreme lethargy and copious amount of fluids violently and uncontrollably expelling themselves from my body. Monday, the hubs had to go all day to the ATL for work, so I was alone in my misery for more than 12 hours. Thank God for my moms who brought me Gatorade, saltines and meds. Tuesday, the fun continued, but I finally ate some solid foods. Today, I finally ate "normal" for the first time (my diet for days has been cheese and carbs, the blander, the better). In sad news, my hubs came home tonight with symptoms. Oy. I cannot believe it has taken this long to appear. I pray his recovery is swifter than mine has been.

In other news, the garden continues to go gangbusters. First, my cherry tomatoes? Are OUT. OF. CONTROL. All I can say is "Park Seed rocks." Below is a bowl full of chocolate cherries and tomato berries. This is TWO DAYS worth of harvest. It's insane.

My Romas and big tomatoes, however, are pitiful this year. Just pitiful. I have a Cherokee Purple that's doing ok, but no other big tomatoes. And the Romas are weird looking and have never grown very big or look very healthy. I cannot remember if I mentioned, but I wound up ripping out about six of the heirloom plants. NEVER AGAIN.

My cukes are ok....I am not sure if I have watered them enough. Or something. My picking cukes...well, some of them...look like stunted little commas.

The truly sad news is that while we have the produce we DO have, since I haven't really felt like cooking, it is languishing. Sad. Here we are, in the middle of summer harvest after all my hard work, and cannot enjoy the fruits of my labor.

In other news, outside of my stomach flu, it seems I am healthy as a horse. I went for my annual physical Wednesday and all my numbers are great. Except my weight. So I am going to finally, yet again, try to do something about that. Soon.

Well, I have children to walk and a hubs to check on and then bed for me since it has been a long week. Have a good one, dudes. XO, B.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hump Day Holla: Oy Vey!

Peeps, I have had all kinds of good things to write about since Saturday. Like going to the Mary Chapin Carpenter concert Saturday night. Like the good meals I made this weekend. But then a BITCH of a stomach virus/flu sidelined me Sunday, Monday, Yesterday and is still lingering Today. A BIG, BIG BITCH. It's the worst. I'd rather have two WEEKS of a cold than two days of this crap...or crapping. It's pretty awful.

In the meantime, I have decided to play with my background for kicks and giggles. Do you like? Maybe just for the rest of summer anyway. And I will leave you with one more morsel: Another video by Florence + The Machine who I spoke about here a few weeks back (oops! see an issue with the new format!). Anyhoodle, I have been seeing ALL the commercials for Eat Pray Love, the movie (can they promote that MORE? of course, I have heard there is a LOT riding on this movie..."industry insiders" are saying that if a #1 Oprah sanctioned book and Julie Roberts cannot make it, then there is no hope for "chick flicks". In that case, I hope it does well.) which had this GREAT song. Last night, I realized it was Florence's voice! So here is the video, which is more than a little weirdy, but just close your eyes and listen. Hope you enjoy and hope I am well enough soon to post a longer post. Later! B.

PS, Here's a LIVE version of the song...much less freaky. She's so pretty. Such an EXCELLENT voice. Sounds great live...just like the taped version. Who can say THAT these days? She will be THE NEXT BIG THING. Mark my word. And does anyone know how to keep this box in column??

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday Song: Guilty Pleasure

Ok, it's been a long, tiring, sad week. But this song always makes me feel better. I just lurves it. It is def a guilty pleasure. Enjoy! (PS, It will not let me embed so you will have to follow the link)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Because I Want to Remember This Day

I think most of you know by now that my "new" job I started earlier this year was with a humane organization...a shelter, if you must. Anyway, we often take in animals....mainly puppies....from other area shelters who have no space when we do have space.

These puppies, by the time they reach our door, have been through God knows what. They have been to at least one other shelter, came from who knows what kind of situation to get there, and have been moved from crate to kennel, post to pillar.

Then, they come to our door, go through intake, and within two or three days, undergo major surgery (a spay or neuter) and are poked and prodded with injections and such, receiving their vaccines, being dewormed. Then, they are put up for adoption and poked and prodded by all kinds of folk until someone decides they want to take them home. And then they go to a new home, maybe with little kids. Or other animals. All this and they are only seven or eight weeks old.

It's a lot of stress. They are very little. It's amazing that any of them survive, but the vast majority of them do make it and find wonderful forever homes with a loving family. Like Charlie. But some don't make it. They become sickly...often respiratory problems...effected by all the chaos they have been through.

Since I have been at the shelter, I think we have lost four or five puppies. They seem to become sick in batches. After I first started, we lost three in a few weeks. This week was another batch. Two puppies, within days of being adopted. The first one died Tuesday. She had been adopted by a family with a little girl. I helped them pick out the puppy. The little girl was so happy. I cannot imagine how her parents told her the puppy did not make it.

Now, I need to back up and tell you that every time...each and every time...a puppy comes back sick, my boss take the puppy into his office and cares for it until it recovers...or not. He takes it home every night. Feeds it from syringes. Every two hours. All night long. If that's what it takes. He takes it to the emergency vet  on Sundays. He is not a vet, but he puts his heart and soul into each puppy's survival.

This week, there was a second puppy. She had an upper respiratory that turned into pneumonia. But that little puppy...she was a fighter. She held on all week. She wouldn't give up on her own. The puppy's parent...a young man...decided he couldn't bear seeing her so sick after visiting her last night, and relinquished her back to us.

My boss told me after the young man left yesterday that he would probably keep the puppy if she made it. He said he had bonded with her. He was impressed by her strength.

This morning, my boss took the puppy to a vet that helps us out. They did an X-ray and found out one of her lungs was so damaged that even if she did recover, she would be an invalid. So my boss decided the puppy needed to be at peace.

This afternoon, our vet came and administered the euthanasia. At the time, I did not know what was happening so I went to my boss' office door...and saw him in the back corner of his office (where you cannot really see him) with his back to the door, cradling that puppy in a towel. I turned around and left.

Now, I will tell you that my boss has been in this business more than 20 years. And it makes me glad that he still becomes attached. That he still bonds. That he still cradles dying puppies in his arms. I am glad I work for this person who has a heart. And I am writing this post because I want to remember this day so that when I become discouraged at my job or irritated with my boss, I will remember why we do what we do and that he is a good man. Later peeps. B.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hump Day Holla

Whoa. Wow. Okay. Lord, please just deliver me to November. Please. Until then, here's what's going on here at Casa Bunny, the abbreviated version.

First, we've been enjoying lots of salad here at Casa Bunny. Big salad. Bread salad. This yummy steak salad.

Just romaine tossed with blue cheese, olive oil and white balsamic vinegar. Topped with perfectly cooked think sliced steak and carmelized Vidalia onion. Divine. And back to that bread salad.

Up close bread salad. Real pepperoni and fresh cukes and tomatoes. And toasted rosemary foccacia. I just love this stuff. Love.

And my veggie garden is start to really put out. Like a slutty little girl. Pickling cukes. Regular cukes. And that tomato? My FIRST Cherokee purple. My cherry tomatoes are just out. of. control. Bending over on themselves. However, my Romas are looking a little crappy. And all those heirlooms I bought? I had to rip out about six of them because they just looked shitty. NO. MORE. HEIRLOOMS. At least from that same lady. Bad maters. Bad.

And one more funny Charlie photo. Here he is showing everyone is double-jointedness and his freshly trimmed peen. Yes, we had a mini-groom for Charlie last Friday and they trimmed the hair around his penis. What's that all about? It looks so weird now.

Really, peeps, I am just trying to keep it between the rails. The next several months at work are going to be C.R.A.Z.Y. busy. At least I will be so busy, I won't remember how freakin' hot it is. But I may also not remember to do important things. Like water the garden. Or feed myself. Wait. Is that a bad thing? Lots of big plans this weekend so I will be back soon with details. XO, Bun.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy Birthday to the Charlester!

Our baby turns 6 months old today. To the day in calendar months. In weeks, it's actually a little longer.

I think he has lost most, if not all, of his baby teeth now (we found four) but he is still in heavy chewing phase. Luckily, he is really good to chew on chew toys. Not our furniture. But we have been pretty diligent about keeping him entertained with the "right" toys and training him appropriately.

He is still a big ol' baby though. We let him out a lot more now that we don't have to worry about he and Savannah getting into it. We still miss her a ton--and as I have said before, no dog could take her place--but we have plenty of love to give Charlie, too.

He's starting to do "big doggie" thing like roll over on his back. But he still has not mastered catching treats in his mouth. Last week, I had to purchase him a bigger crate because he outgrew his smaller crate. His SECOND smaller crate. Oy. And we thought he would only be about 20 pounds tops. He's at least 25+ now.

And even though he is exasperating sometimes (like last night when he peed in his new crate. on his new bed. actually, he has done very well with house training. I think that incidence was more of a marking thing.) I keep reminding myself that he is just a baby. And a sweet one most of the time. Hope you are all having a great day. I am off to clean house and then maybe relax by the pool at Bobs. Later taters! B.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saturday Song: Retro in the Metro

My bloggy bud Jen over at Jen on the Edge has been having a Retro 80s music week this week. Her post Friday inspired me to do my own retro song this Saturday. In fact, I just ripped this one off from her because it is a perfectly awesome summer song: Head Over Heels by the Go-Go's.

Go ahead. I dare you to listen to it and not bop some part of your bod. This song, by far, was my favorite Go-Go's song. I thought Belinda Carlisle looked simply divine in this video. The hair. The huge earrings. The Flashdance-inspired sweatshirt. The leggings. I wanted to be her best friend and hang with the band. Because they, like, totally rocked. To the max. Enjoy and I'll be back later in the weekend. B.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Hump Day Holla

I am not even going to say I am tired anymore, peeps, because I think I stay perpetually tired. I am not going to say work is crazy because I think it is perpetually crazy. So, I will just review what I have been doing the first half of this week. Which has mostly been cooking and eating.

Monday, I was off work for my 4th holiday, so I went over to Bobs' pool and we just got some brown down. Bobs has some inneresting folks who live in his community--never a dull moment there, for sure. These are some of the drinkingest, tannest folks I've ever seen. Not that that is a bad thing. Monday night, I decided to get a tad creative with the cooking and made the following:

Lamb sliders (with fresh rosemary and garlic), homemade fries, and watermelon salad with feta and basil. Tas-tee. The salad was really great--a wonderful combination of flavors. Last night, I had a friend over for dinner at Casa Bunny, and I just went all out.

First, this sparkling red wine? It's a beautiful color, yummier than any sparkling wine I've EVER EVER had, and just divine. Divine. Grab a bottle for your next special occasion. Or just because. (My occasion? Well, it was New Year's, but I was having a gallbladder attack then, so then it was getting a job, but that didn't pan out, then, it was my birthday....heck, last night, it was just because). For food, I started with this:

Some faboo artichoke dip (minus the olives because I did not have any) and my very simple Spicy Marinara with Feta. This? Could have been my meal. With the Banfi. But I also served some corkscrew pasta with alfredo and three cheese chicken sausages. Then, because we hadn't had enough to eat, I made this OMG dessert:

Mystery Mocha from Tasty Kitchen. Holy smokes, was this rich and delish. And easy to make. Served with some whipped cream (I could have whipped my own but in the interest of time, used Cool Whip). Warm. This dessert is special--crispy top, cakey middle, gooey bottom. Make it. Now.

Tonight, I was tired and convinced the hubs to take me out for dinner. Which we haven't done in a while. So it was nice. Now, I am watching SYTYCD (that's So You Think You Can Dance, dudes) and am about to be off to warm up leftover mocha. Be back soon....hope you all are having a great week! B.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Monday Musings

It was a laid back weekend, dudes. Saturday, I went to see the A-Team movie with one of my peeps (the hubs does not feel my love for the A-Team or action movies) and it was awesome! Action packed, and sorta campy and some great funny moments, too.

I loved the A-Team television show when I was younger. The movie is a prequel to the TV show, showing how the quartet got to be the A-Team.

Bradley Cooper plays Face...and, honey, what a face! And bod. Boy worked out for this movie. He was smokin' hot and the director took advantage with several shirtless scenes. (pausing to fan myself)

Liam Neeson plays Col. "Hannibel" Smith, and is so hot, as well. I, mean, I would LOVE to be the meat in this hot man sandwich. Word. I am just sad it hasn't done better at the box office so there would be more movies.

Then, I wents 4th of July bargain shopping and gots me a pair of jeans for $5 (!) and four tops, all for less than $40! Yesterday, we did absolutely NOTHING which was awesome. Well, the hubs worked on schoolwork, and I worked in the yard and did housework, then napped and it was great. I needed it because I have been feeling drained and tired. And it's gonna be a long, long July and August...I have FIVE weekend events and two fall events to plan. Oy. In other news, I have enjoyed two really good beers the past week. The first is:

Hop Sun by Southern Tier Brewing Company. This seasonal beer is labeled a "summer wheat" and it's pretty tasty. Here's the website descrip: Filtered to a golden clarity and dry-hopped to perfection, Hop Sun is a fantastic session ale in which flavors of wheat, barley and hops commingle to a refreshing and zesty conclusion. Hints of lemon and sweet malts waft to the fore as a touch of bitterness contributes to Hop Sun’s bright finish. I also enjoyed this very nice pils:

Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company. Victory has some nice beers, and might be edging into a third place behind Rogue and Stone for me. Here's there website descrip: Heaps of hops give this pale lager a bracing, herbal bite over layers of soft and smooth malt flavor. This refreshing combination of tastes makes Prima a classy quencher in the tradition of the great pilsners of Europe. I normally do not like super-hoppy beers but this one was smooth, as stated. Give it a try!

On the Savannah sadness front, yesterday I was straightening up the laundry room/pantry and was working through the dog bin when I ran across a can of Savannah's diabetic food....and started bawling. I also have a photo on the camera--the last one I took of her--that I just cannot delete even though it is poor quality. It's those little things I don't expect that set me into sadness now.

Well, I am off...have to water the garden (picked my first tomatoes yesterday! and plenty of cukes! think I am going to make cuke soup for supper tonight to go with lamb burger sliders) and play with Charlie before heading to Bobs for pool time this afternoon. Hope you all are enjoying your (hopefully) long weekend! XO, B.

PS, Sorry for the formatting on this's all wackado and I am tired of messing with it! STUPID 'EFFIN BLOGGER!!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Saturday Song: My New Favorite

Ok, maybe I am going to try something new peeps and start picking a song each Saturday, either old or new, to feature here on BGR. So this week is a gem that captured me this week on So You Think You Can Dance (shut up! I loves that show!): Cosmic Heart by Florence + The Machine. The lyrics are poetic and dark, the music lush and hypnotic, the voice melodic and powerful. Enjoy! B.