Monday, October 30, 2006

Paninis & Cookies

Chicken, mushrooms, spinach & cheese
We had grilled wraps for lunch yesterday. We made them on a panini grill that Barnaby bought at Target. They were really good. The browned spinach tortilla tasted great. I can't wait to try a grilled cheese with rye bread. Yum.

I made some no-bake Corn Flake Cookies on Saturday just because I was bored. It got the recipe out of my NASCAR Fast Food Cookbook. I'm a dork for even owning it. Anyway, they're really easy and good. Here's the recipe:

No-Bake Corn Flake Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
4 1/2 cups Corn Flakes cereal
1 cup of coconut
Chopped nuts, optional

Combine sugar and syrup and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add peanut butter. Mix well. Pour Corn Flakes and coconut into a large bowl. Pour peanut butter mixture over them and mix together with nuts, if using. Drop tablespoons of mixture onto wax paper and leave until set. Refrigerate for a slightly firmer cookie. They will still be chewy and crunchy at the same time.
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I'm obsessing over my windows and what I want to do with them. Three of the four are irregular in size, and it's driving me crazy looking at curtains and shades and trying to figure out what to do. I just know I don't want what's there now. Guess I'll just go to Lowe's and look at books there since I'm going to have to special-order them due to their sizes. I don't want to spend a ton of money though, and was hoping I could just buy them ready-made. I was avoiding shutters because I'm pretty sure they're expensive, but maybe I should just go ahead and price them since special-order shades & curtains are probably going to be just as expensive. Nobody cares but you, Pam! Shuddup already.
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Happy 14th anniversary, Barnaby!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Have a Seat in the Parlor

Bamboo Shades & Curtains
Curtain Texture

The shades and curtains turned out great in my office. I really like the texture of these curtains. I wish they came in more colors than this gold, dark brown, or white. I took the ones down in the kitchen because they just looked like crap. The curtains are exactly like these, except they're a dark brown "spice" color. I think I'm going to have to just go with a scarf on that big kitchen window and special order the shades. Nobody makes curtains or shades for a 48" x 48" window, and I have two of them in my house.

I'm also going to get busy and do some more painting inside too. I need to do the kitchen, guest bedroom, and the front dining and sitting rooms which are really just one big room. I like to call the front sitting room "the parlor" because I sound like a big dork and it makes me laugh. Everybody used to call a room like that "the parlor" back in the day, and they weren't dorks for doing so. It makes me want to wear a velvet smoking jacket, have a glass of fine brandy or cognac, and hold a lighted cigarette in a holder a foot long. Nobody does that anymore either. What a bunch of bores we've become. When I was looking for a picture of a cigarette holder, I got caught up looking at all the cool ones that are out there. Some are beautiful and others just look like crappy crack pipes. Some of the prettier ones are below. I especially like the ones made out of jade. Cigarette holders would be a neat thing to collect, don't you think? You could keep them in a lighted display case in the parlor.


Friday, October 27, 2006

Parton Me


Lordie, that's a big mouth. She looks nothing like the original Dolly, though, when you look at the details. I still love her. Not that I buy her records or anything, but she's a neat lady. I just accidentally came across her picture and thought I'd share. I know that's a lame title. I'm a dork.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Windows & Carpet

I bought two of these Levolor Roman shades at Lowe's today. I also got the privacy panels that go behind them so you can't see in. I also got two sets of these really neat drapes. I've looked all over the Internet and can't find them to show you. They are made out of a crocheted chenille and are really neat-o. Barnaby will be thrilled when he gets home and I'm bugging him to hang the rods for me.

I bought some of this at Lowe's today too. Last night I spilled BLUEBERRY applesauce right in the middle of my bedroom floor on the nearly white carpet. I'm telling you it was a dark purple color splattered everywhere. I really didn't think I'd get it out, but I thought I'd try something and see. Imagine my shock and surprise when this stuff worked! If you need to get a spot out, try it.

No time. Gotta go.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Self-Absorbed Much?

Do you know what this is?

This is proof that I've taken vanity to a new ridiculous level. These are padded panties. They are supposed to make us white girls with flat asses look like we have perfect round sexy bottoms. Um, yeah. It doesn't work. I may take a picture of my ass with these on underneath my jeans later and let you see how ridiculous it looks, but for now all you get is this picture. I swear, it looks exactly like what it is when it's on. It looks like I have a big ass AND glued two oval pads on my ass. The pads are too high and too big, and you can see the shape of them through my jeans. Who designed these anyway, and what were they thinking? They need to be smaller and run along the very bottom of your butt. And the pads need to gradually slope to the edges, not abruptly just end. Can you believe I bought these? How stupid. God forbid I do some squats. Maybe if I tried putting on a body shaper over them it would squish the pads down enough to look right? Gah! I wish I hadn't started this entry now.

We're having the coolest day so far this fall, and it's all cloudy and gray outside. It's 50 degrees right now and supposed to only get up to 62 later. Love it. I may even force my flat ass outside for a walk. It could happen.

I've got nothing. Later.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Boob


I just had to post again to show you this ridiculousness. What an idiot.

Patricia Arquette wore this dress because she’s:
A. Blind
B. Drunk AND High
C. Stupid
D. A Whore
E. All of the Above X

Coffeemakers & Jalapenos

I had been noticing a puddle of water on the countertop under and around the Bunn coffeemaker. I cleaned it up the first time without thinking much about it. I figured Barnaby spilled the water while filling it or something. Then I saw it twice more and realized it was leaking. Since it IS electric, I didn't want one of us to get zapped by electricity and die making the coffee. I can't speak for Barnaby, but it would piss me off to die that way.
Anyway, I unplugged it and called Barnaby at work to ask him to pick up a new one. He said he would, and for me not to throw the old one away because he wanted to take it apart in the garage and see how it worked and save parts, or whatever it is he does out there. (Bunn coffeemakers are great, y'all. We've had this one for at least 3 or 4 years. They run around $100, but they're worth it if you're a big coffee drinker like me. It makes a pot of coffee in 2 minutes. Love it.) He went to Sears and brought a brand-new one home.
That evening, he had been out in the garage just a few minutes when he called me out there to see something. I wish I had taken a picture of it, but I didn't even think about it. The inside of the coffeemaker where the water is stored and heated was so full of CRUD you wouldn't believe it! It looked and smelled like old, rusty metal pieces, both stuck to the insides and crumbled loosely in the bottom. GAH! It looked like something you'd scrape out of a scummy, stagnant pond.
I asked him at least five times if that's where the water came from we had been drinking for God knows how long in our coffee. It was obvious that it was, but I still wanted him to tell me it wasn't. It was gross! I drink A LOT of coffee made in that machine daily. Makes you wonder what the hell is in our water that builds up and leaves crap like that behind. (Also makes you wonder what's in my stomach right now.) And I swear, y'all, I cleaned that coffeemaker, as the instructions stated, pouring vinegar and water through it many times. I guess I need to do it once a week from now on. I'm going to have Barnaby open it up and look inside there on a regular basis too.
I'm sorry to those of you who have had coffee at my house recently. Come to think of it, I'm glad I didn't take a picture now. You would die if you saw what I saw; knowing that you had drank (drunk? drunken?) coffee out of there. RUN WHITE VINEGAR AND WATER THROUGH YOUR COFFEEMAKERS, PEOPLE!! AND DO IT WEEKLY!! Maybe you should open yours up and take a gander at it too. You might be surprised at what you find. I won't even mention looking inside the coffeemakers at your work place. We can safely assume they are full of pond scum too.

Race Food: Stuffed Jalapenos

Well, Jeff's car blew up near the end again. I think he's pretty much out of it now. Jimmie still has a chance, but he'll have to do great the last five races to win it. If he's lucky, some of the guys ahead of him in points will have some bad days. Mark Martin had one last night. I can't believe he walked away from that wreck. He hit that wall HARD. Mark's a nice guy, but he gets on my nerves being all humble, and "I love you guys," and "I'm so lucky," and "I'm just so proud," etc.. Just shut the hell up already! Somebody needs to shake him. There is such a thing as being too humble. And, and, AND...there is no way he is the same age as I am. No freakin' way! He looks like he's at least 60! His pants are on fire. Liar. Look:

See?

I was going to make a stew in the crockpot today. I thought it sounded good since it's supposed to rain a lot today and be cooler than normal. I went to the store and got everything to make it last night, but then I was too lazy to put it together this morning. I guess I'll do it tomorrow. We don't have anything planned for today. We'd usually be watching a race, but that was last night. The Dallas Cowboys don't do much for me these days, and I don't really care to watch them. It is laundry day, so that will get done sometime. I'm usually folding the last load while we watch Desperate Housewives.

Is my exciting life keeping you riveted in front of your computer screen? I know it is.Here's the stuffed jalapeno recipe if anybody cares:

Stuffed Jalapenos

1 large can whole, pickled jalapenos

6-8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup shredded cheddar (I used a Mexican blend)

Garlic salt & onion powder to taste

Sliced bacon

This damn thing is double-spacing again for absolutely NO REASON! Grrr.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with Pam. Drain the jalapenos, cut off the stems and slice in half long-ways. Scoop out the seeds and membrane with a spoon. Set halved jalapenos onto baking sheet.

Mix cream cheese, shredded cheese and seasonings. Pipe the cheese mixture onto jalapenos. (I put the cheese in a sandwich baggie, cut off a corner tip, and squeezed it out.) Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap a piece of bacon around each jalapeno and place back on baking sheet.

Bake jalapenos at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Serve hot.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Greeen, Green, Green!



We're just about to watch the race. Go Jimmie & Jeff!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Team Sawyer

I like Sawyer. He's a bad-ass.
Jack is too moody and gets on my nerves with his pessimistic attitude and sadness. Not that Sawyer is less moody, but he's so good-looking that's all I can see. Yum. I thought I would melt into the couch last night when he kissed Kate the way he did and then started kicking everybody's ass. Did you see the way he kissed her?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Product Review: The Present & RoC

Philosophy's "The Present"
Best Stuff EVER! Run, don't walk, and get it.

RoC Moisturizer. No need to run. It's French.

Okay, don't get mad at me for going on and on again about Philosophy's products, but I have to share this one with you. The Present is a clear make-up. It sounds weird, but it works. Even if I'm not going to wear make-up some days, I'll still put this on. It evens out your skin and fills in your pores. It makes a fantastic primer for make-up. Your make-up will stay fresh-looking forever. Okay, maybe not forever, but it it works! It says it's for fine lines and wrinkles too, but I can't say that I notice much difference where those are concerned. Even without that little perk though, I'll never be without this stuff again.

The RoC daily moisturizer I like because it's light, not greasy, has SPF-15, and it hasn't given me a single zit. I've been using Lubriderm under my make-up for years, and just switched to this. Again, this stuff says it's "age diminishing," but so far I can't say that it's true. I'm not sure if I'll buy this again or go back to Lubriderm. Maybe all this age erasing stuff just takes more time? I mean, it's not like I have giant crags in my face that you could fill in with spackle or anything. No, really!

I've been having trouble posting here daily or even every other day since I have been so busy with work. That's a good thing for business, but bad for being consistent here. I absolutely hate when people whose blogs I like to read don't post daily. I'll try to do better. It's just that I don't just pop on here and type away, usually, without some thought and effort put into it. I like to have pictures and a main topic in mind, even though you maybe can't tell that by reading the end result.

This damn thing has started double-spacing for some reason I can't figure out. It's starting to piss me off so I'm going to sign off now before I have a wall-eyed fit. I think a wall-eye is a fish. They must be temperamental or something to have a metaphor named after them. That's right, isn't it? Wall-eyed fit is a metaphor, right? Now look. I've forgotten all about that stupid double-spacing thing that had me cussing a minute ago. I think I have ADD. Medication please!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Dark & Rainy

This is just sad. Why would any designer want a model like this wearing his clothes?

“FRENCH fashion house Guy Laroche called it their ready-to-wear collection. But this super-skinny mannequin looks ready to SCARE.

Clearly showing her ribcage as she modeled a loose-fitting white satin backless dress, fashionistas gasped as the unnamed girl strutted down the catwalk in Paris yesterday. Every vertebra in her spine was visible and six-inch heels with black leggings heightening the unattractive look. The weight of her chunky pendant and necklace looked too almost much for her. One onlooker said: 'The heaviest things about her were the bags under her eyes.'

Rag trade bosses in Madrid have banned the skinniest girls after a model that ate only greens for three months died of a heart attack.”


We are having my favorite kind of day today…dark and rainy. I love having to turn lamps on during the day. I just love the atmosphere it creates for me. I feel so homey and safe and warm and fuzzy. It makes me want to bake something. We need this consistent rain too.

Barnaby and I just planted the side garden yesterday evening anticipating the rain. We ended up just planting the two Japanese Sky Pencil and Mexican Bush Sage there, and we put the Barberry out front on either side of the sidewalk. I’m going to try my hand at rooting some crepe myrtle cuttings. If they take, I’m going to plant those in the side yard along the length of the house.

I know I've said this before, but I’m totally obsessed with Philosophy products. I’ve been to Sephora twice in the past week buying more. I also got the Bare Minerals make-up I’ve been dying to try. I signed up for a Sephora preferred customer membership (free) and they went ahead and gave me my birthday gift since it’s coming up the 2nd of November. I was so happy when I looked in my bag after I got home to see it was a full-size Philosophy vanilla shampoo & bubble bath. The membership also gets you free sample size products every time you come in. There are four or five different samples to choose from and they change each month. I got some Smashbox luminescent face moisturizer this time. I’m glad the mall is not a convenient location for us. I’d go broke in that store.

Talk at y’all later.

Monday, October 09, 2006

KaBoom!

I'm a winner!

I started entering these sweepstakes about three weeks ago from Quick & Simple magazine. There is a different prize every day. You have to go to their website and enter a code every day, which you get out of their weekly magazine. Evidently I won the first week I started doing it. A giant box filled with a year's supply of KaBoom toilet cleaner showed up on my doorstep about 30 minutes ago. I'll have the cleanest toilet in town for the next year...Woo-Hoo!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Blah

Here we go again. I'm too tight. Going to get some saline taken out today at 1:15 so I can eat something. This is getting old. I will have had this thing for a year the 28th of this month. It should have been adjusted properly months ago.

The landscaping job was finished yesterday. I need to plant what I bought in the side yard this week. I think I'll wait until it gets cooler after this weekend. We're still in the 90s right now. Barnaby is going to paint the front door. I don't know if I ever told y'all that we decided to paint the door with a dark red/burgandy. That red in the picture is too orange and bright. I'll have pictures when it's done.

We went to play in a poker tournament on Monday. Before the first game was over, the casino lost power and all the lights went out. They had to stop play because when the power came back on, it had short-circuited the security cameras. We both wondered about all the people playing slots, and if anybody had just won a bunch of money when the power went out. I don't know if loosing power clears out the machines or not, but I bet it does. Come to think of it, the power went out one other time when we were at that casino. I sure hope they aren't doing that on purpose when someone wins big. I know, I'm a conspiracy theorist. It wouldn't surprise me if it were true though.

Do I sound whiney and blah today? I feel like I do. Maybe that's just how I want to be today. I feel lazy too. And hungry. Maybe that's what's wrong. Gee, ya think? I haven't eaten much in a week. I keep finding myself just sitting here staring at the screen doing nothing and thinking about nothing. Maybe my blood sugar is low. Maybe the sky is falling, Chicken Little. Wah.

Oh, I did want to say that I thought the premier of Lost last night was really good. I'm not sure how things are going to go this season or what they have planned. It could turn into a whole different show and I'm not sure I'll like it. I wish it would move a little faster. I swear, it's worse than a soap opera in that regard. I tried to throw up a Lost picture, but Blogger is being finicky this morning and won't let me.

I didn't have any interest in watching the new show that came on after it, The Nine. I don't know if I could take another show that is done in flashbacks, and I've heard that's how it's done. It kinda drives me crazy on Lost as it is, and I like that show.

Okay, I'm off to do some work before my doctor appointment. Chow. I mean, Ciao.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I'm a Grandma!

My Grandson, Mick

This is my son's new puppy, Mick. How cute is he?