Thursday, December 28, 2006
One of my resolutions for next year is to cut down on spending. I kinda went nuts this year. Not beyond our means, mind you, but still a lot more than I normally spend. Internet shopping is way too fun and easy. I think that's where I got off track. I'm going to set myself a monthly "allowance" starting January 1. Now I just have to figure out how much that's going to be.
Another resolution is to not have any sugar for the month of January. It would be ridiculous to try and not have any for a whole year, but I think I can handle 31 days. After that, I'll see how I feel and how much weight comes off just from that, and make a decision on what to do next. I know I can do it because I did it a few years ago when Barnaby and I both went on Marilu Henner's program. We went cold turkey on sugar, dairy, and meat other than fish, and did great on that for months and both lost weight. I'm not so much trying to lose weight as trying to get healthier by eating better.
Gotta go. Later.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. I hope you're happy and healthy and everything goes your way. Much love all around.
Friday, December 22, 2006
The color in the kitchen and breakfast room is exactly the same as what's in our living room. I had no idea it was that much the same. It should look much darker with the tea stain.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
It's my favorite kind of day again: overcast and dark, chilly, rain, and I have lamps on all over the house. I just love lamps. I could have ten in every room. Clocks that tick are one of my favorite things too. I'm going to get a coo-coo clock one of these days. Maybe next year for mine and Barnaby's 15th anniversary. We bought one for our 4th, and I still love it.
I've been taking my camera whenever I leave the house. I've been hoping to get a fun picture to share. No such luck. My world is being boring. I guess when you only leave the house to run to the grocery store or drugstore, there's not going to be much exciting or interesting to share. Who knew?
I've had a box of hair color sitting on my bathroom counter for several days now. I decided on a dark auburn color. I miss my strawberry blond hair, but I don't want to go that light anymore. I had no idea my hair was this dark now. And mousy, ashy, and boring. When I get around to putting it on my hair, I'll take a picture of that. How pathetic is that? Will you be checking back every five minutes to see if I've posted it yet? I'm so sure.
BP? Where are you? We keep missing each other on the phone. I miss talking to you.
Monday, December 18, 2006
I went to Ulta on Saturday. I had the best time for the first 15 minutes, and then Barnaby came in and was up my ass for the whole rest of the time. I didn't expect him to like shopping in a beauty store, but damn. He was supposed to be at Best Buy while I was at Ulta, but he only stayed about 15 minutes and then came to bug me. I told him to leave because I wasn't NEARLY finished looking, but alas, he stayed and bugged the crap out of me until I finally decided to leave and a midget girl checked me out.
It was weird because she was about 3-feet tall and teeny tiny, but she didn't look like a midget -- or dwarf or little person or whatever is politically correct now. Her head and arms and legs were in proportion to her body, and she was pretty. As we approached the counter, Barnaby said, "Is that girl sitting down on something?" I said, "Shhh! No, she's not sitting down!"
It doesn't feel like Christmas around here at all. Not one little bit. It's been around 80 degrees for a week, and we have the air conditioner on. I'll just be glad when it's over. I'm not sure why, but I absolutely hate Christmas. Bah Humbug.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Operator, well, can you help me make this call?
See, the number on the matchbook is old and faded.
She's living in L.A. with my best old ex-friend, Ray,
a guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated.
Isn't that the way they say it goes?
Well, let's forget all that.
And give me the number if you can find it
so I can call just to tell 'em I’m fine
and to show I've overcome the blow,
I’ve learned to take it well.
I only wish my words could just convince myself
that it just wasn't real, but that's not the way it feels.
Operator, could you help me place this call?
Well, I can't read the number that you just gave me.
There's something in my eyes.
You know it happens every time
I think about a love that I thought would save me.
Operator, let's forget about this call.
You see there's no one there I really wanted to talk to.
Thank you for your time.
You've been so much more than kind.
And you can keep the dime.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Here's something new: My dog, Phoebe, is licking her foot incessantly. It's driving me bonkers. There's nothing wrong with it, she's just licking for whatever reason. Apparently this is common in dogs. This is what I read on the innernets:
WHY DO DOGS LICK THEMSELVES RAW?
This type of foot-chewing may be compared to nail-biting in people. We chew our nails when we are bored or worried, out of habit, or even as an obsessive/compulsive behavior. Often, we find similar motivations in these foot-chewing dogs. Frequently, there has been a change at home such as:
*Addition of a new pet or human house-guest to the family
*Death or loss of a companion pet
*Loss of owner or absence of a family member
*Moving to a new home
(None of those are true for her except maybe boredom.)
For many dogs, treating the skin lesion is not enough; the dog must be palliated psychologically as well. Extra attention to the pet on a reliable basis may be all that is needed; however, some dogs actually require psychoactive drugs.
AMITRIPTYLINE - helpful in only 30% of dogs but considerably cheaper than the others. It takes 4 weeks on medication to determine if there will be an effect. If the medication is found helpful, the pet continues on it.
Approx. cost for 1 month of treatment for a 75 lb dog = $15.00
PROZAC - helpful for 50% of dogs that lick. The medication is given for 4 weeks. If no response is seen, the dose is doubled for another 4 weeks. Medication is discontinued if a good response is seen.
Approx. cost for 1 month of treatment for a 75 lb dog = $135.00
NALTREXONE - helpful in 50-60% of cases. The pet takes the medication for only one month. If licking stops, it usually is stopped for weeks to months. Should licking resume, another course of medication may be instituted.
Approx. cost for 1 month of treatment for a 50 lb dog = $210.00
Um, no. My dog is not taking Prozac or anything like it. She already takes meds for her arthritis. I'm going to wrap it with an Ace bandage and see what happens. She hasn't licked it raw yet, but she will soon. Right now it's just dark and discolored where she licks it all the time. Oh, and I'm bat-shit crazy listening to that incessant licking! Lick, lick, lick, lick. Gah! Stop it before I chop your leg off!!!! I'm the one who needs Prozac. Again, um, no.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Is this the coolest Christmas tree topper you've ever seen? Love it! We got it free in the Pirates of the Caribbean DVD. It's actually a pin for your shirt or hat, but I thought it would look great on top of our little tree, and I was right. Merry Christmas, Scallywags. Arrrr!
As you can see, I drug out what few Christmas decorations we have. It's plenty. I'm not a big fan of Christmas and all the hoopla. Barnaby is even a bigger Scrooge than me. We really are perfect for each other. *Le Sigh*
I don't know why, but I couldn't find any pictures bigger than these of Pepe Le Pew. I'm sure there's a way, but I don't know what it is without making them all blurry-looking. It's funnier if you can see the expressions on their faces clearer.
And while we're on the subject, Pepe La Pew was nothing more than a stalker and rapist. If you think about it, it really is inappropriate. I don't think they'd make a cartoon like that these days. Or do they? Do they still make new Pepe Le Pew cartoons? I say that with tongue in cheek. I don't really care, but I always think that when I see his picture. Way to go, Pam. Make something nasty out of a silly cartoon and ruin it for everybody.
I'm pissed about my eye job. I'm going to the doctor and tell him I'm not happy. I still look like I need an eye job. He was WAY too conservative and I still have my upper eye lids resting on my eye lashes. My right eye is worse than it was before surgery as far as getting a black spot of mascara that rubs off my eye lashes and onto my upper lid. That's just not right to still have that happen after paying money for an eye job. I don't see how he can argue with me once he looks at it himself. It's obvious that I still need something done. I'll let you know what he says. I'm not sure if I'll go before Christmas or wait until the beginning of January. Probably the sooner I go the better.
I'm off to read some mags before bedtime. See ya.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
He asked me to babysit his puppy, Mick, while they were gone. We kept him from about 3:30 until 12:30. I just don't know how we're going to do it when we get another dog some day. Puppies have so much energy! It was crazy around here with our three dogs, the cat, and Mick. I remember when our dogs were little thinking that I'd never get to sleep for a few hours straight ever again. They just take up so much time and attention, and you have to watch them every second or they'll chew on something, or shit, or piss, or vomit. I was worn out by the time he left. It made me really appreciate my dogs though.
I have a list here of things I need to do today, like doing Christmas cards for a few clients, wrap presents, go to the post office and mail some, groceries, bank, laundry, and the list goes on. Guess I better get to it.
I don't wanna. I have to. Bye.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
"Friends and family told Fox News they don't know why she didn't listen to all the warnings. We found her lifeless body outside under a giant snowball, dressed in shorts, a halter top, and flip-flops."
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Why don't I just call this a food blog and get it over with? I post more food pictures and recipes. I didn't mean for things to be this way, but whatevah. You get what you get.
This is my first attempt at making my Granny's famous banana cake. At first I didn't think I got the icing right, but it's starting to firm up and crystalize like it's supposed to. We'll see when I have a piece later this evening.
If I get really ambitious, I may enter this cake in the Texas State Fair next year. I always forget that you have to do that sometime in the summer, even though the fair isn't until September. Please stand by whilst I go look on their website for the date I have to do that and put it in my calendar. If I don't do it now, I'll forget.
Okay, I'm back. I have to check back in June for the information. I've got it on my calendar now so I won't forget. I printed out last year's rules and info just so I'd have an idea what to expect. The rules can't change that much from year to year.
What else is going on? Hmmm. Well, I've had two contractors come and bid on the painting job. Actually, I have one bid, and the other guy is coming back in the morning with his. I thought that faux painting jobs would be really expensive, but it's not too bad. It's definitely worth it to not have to buy all the stuff and break my back. Looks like it will be done before Christmas, whoever I go with.
I haven't had any work since the Monday before Thanksgiving. I'm loving it and luxuriating in all this free time. Then I have moments where I get paranoid and freak out thinking I've pissed all my regular people off and they all hate me, and that's why they're not calling. I get over those moments pretty quickly though. Being paranoid is hard work.
I think I'm going to go now and give Phoebe a bath. If I have any energy left when I'm done, I'll do one of the other dogs too. I've already baked a cake, had a meeting with a contractor, cleaned out my refrigerator AND my closet, and it's only 2:45! There's no sense in getting all crazy. Maybe I'll just go lay down.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
4 BIG servings
½ cup uncooked quick grits
8oz Velveeta, cubed
¼ cup butter
3 large eggs
2 tbsp milk
¼ tsp salt
Prepare ½ cup grits according to package directions; remove from heat and stir in cheese & butter until blended.
Whisk together eggs, milk, and salt. Gradually whisk about ¼ of hot grits mixture into egg mixture; add to the remaining hot grits mixture, whisking constantly. Spoon mixture into a small casserole dish sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 degrees 30-40 minutes or until set. Test with a knife. If it comes out clean, grits are ready.
This is half of the original recipe. You can double it easily to serve 8 people, use a 13 x 9 pan and bake 40-50 minutes. The recipe in the magazine said it reheats well. Leftovers, yum.
THIS SO GOOD!
Monday, November 27, 2006
I'm going shopping with my Mom today after lunch. She has a couple of specific things she's looking for that are on sale, plus, we have coupons for even more off. Did you know that Bed, Bath & Beyond will take those 20% off coupons they send out all the time even after they expire? They also will take up to 5 at a time, and will take their competitor's coupons too (Linens & Things is their competitor around here). Last time I was there, the lady that checked us out told me all of this. I wish I'd known sooner! I could have saved bunches on all those damn curtains.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Cranberries, Jellied & Fresh
Candied Sweet Taters
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I made the candy and, indeed, it has the taste and texture of a Butterfinger candy bar. It was really easy. I didn't have any molasses, so I used 2 tbsp of brown sugar. It didn't seem to mess anything up. Credit goes to: Cookie Madness. Here's the recipe:
Peanut Butter Crunch Candy
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 teaspoons molasses
12 ounces of milk chocolate (or dark, your choice)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
Butter an 8 inch pan or line it with parchment paper.
In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar, water, corn syrup and molasses. Turn heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Place your deep fry thermometer in the pan. Cook the sugar mixture over medium heat until it reaches 310 degrees F. Do not stir.
While mixture cooks, place your peanut butter in a microwave-safe mixing bowl. Microwave peanut butter on high for 30 seconds and stir so that peanut butter is soft.
When sugar mixture hits 310 degrees (no sooner), pour the sugar mixture into the peanut butter mixture and stir until blended. Quickly pour into lined pan and spread out to edges. Let cool for about a minute, then score (do not cut all the way through) the candy into 1-inch or larger squares. Let cool completely. Melt chocolate in microwave and drizzle on top. Let dry and remove from pan to break apart.
A few pictures:
My Buddy, L.B.