Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Fancy Pants

Pretty Layered Peppermint Fudge

Isn't this pretty fudge? It tastes really good too. And it's so easy, I'm almost embarassed to give you the recipe. It would be a great recipe for a baby shower or if you just want to look like Miss Fancy Pants like me.

The meds the d-d-d-doctor gave me have magic dust in them. I feel a whole lot better. I also haven't slept for two nights in a row because that's what that kind of medicine does to me. As long as I'm not sleepy and can work during the day, I don't care. I've also had the hiccups at least four times a day for the last few days. Hmmmm.

We've been having spring weather around here. It's been hovering around 80 degrees for several days. My roses don't know whether to bloom or shit the bed. I bought three new bushes but haven't planted them yet. I think two of them may be dead and the other one is growing like crazy right outta the bag. Finicky Fancy Pants roses. I bought them at Big Lots for $3 each, so if they want to die, so be it. I'll throw your brown asses out with the garbage if you dare die on me! I still have them in the grocery bag they came in with their root balls all tied up. I water them every few days and have been sitting them out in the sun during the day. I guess it's time to get them in the ground.

Okay, here's the fudge recipe. Don't laugh. They're good and nobody will know how easy it was to make.

Double-Layer Mint Fudge

1 bag (12-0z) semisweet chocolate chips
1 bag (12-oz) white vanilla baking chips
1 can (16-oz) creamy chocolate frosting
1 can (16-oz) creamy vanilla frosting
2 drops red food color
1/2 cup finely crushed peppermint candy
2 (1.55-oz) milk chocolate bars, chopped

Line a 13 x 9 pan with foil so foil extends over sides of pan; spray with Pam. Melt chocolate chips in microwave or on the stove and stir into chocolate frosting. Spread in pan and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Melt vanilla baking chips and stir into vanilla frosting. Add red food color and finely ground peppermint candy. Spread carefully over chilled chocolate layer. Sprinkle chopped candy bars over the top; press down lightly so they adhere to the top. Refrigerate just until set, about 1 hour.

When fudge is set, use foil to lift fudge from pan; remove foil. Cut into desired size and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Monday, February 26, 2007

New Lungs Please

My lungs hurt and I'm coughing up great gobs of green goo. I'm so sexy.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Flu

I've had the flu since Friday. It's not of the chicken variety, but that picture of that chicken peeking through the fence made me laugh so I slapped it up here. I'm hoping it will make you laugh too, and my job here is done. See you when I'm better. I'm obviously already a little better or I wouldn't be here now.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Retail Therapy

There's nothing like a little retail therapy. I shopped for shoes online this morning, and ended up buying these and another pair of sandals for summer. It'll be here before we know it around here. My favorite pair of sandals last summer were this color. I hope they're comfortable. I also got my stuff from Sephora I ordered about a week ago. I bought some Philosophy self-tanner. Sounds like I'm itching for summer to get here, but I'm not.

It's another beautiful day. The city is supposed to come sometime today and inspect the new water heater. They wouldn't give me a time or even narrow it down to morning or afternoon. I may go ahead and leave, and if I miss them, too bad. They can come back another day. Hopefully it won't blow up in the meantime.

I'm going to make parmesan chicken wangs for Barnaby this evening. It makes me laugh to call them wangs instead of wings. These are really, really, really good.

Parmesan Chicken Wangs

4 lbs chicken wings
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 Tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash the chicken wings and cut them into two pieces with kitchen shears. Remove and discard the pointy tips. Combine the Parmesan, parsley, oregano, paprika, salt & pepper in a bowl. Melt the butter in a shallow bowl.

Line a shallow baking pan with foil & spray with Pam. Don't omit this step, or you'll be scrubbing the pan a week later.

Dip each piece of chicken in butter, roll in the cheese and seasoning mixture, and arrange on the foil-lined pan. Bake 1 hour.

You can half this recipe, but I've found that you'll still need the same amount of butter and seasonings. Also, it works much better to only use half of the Parmesan/seasoning mixture at a time because it gets all gooey from the buttery chicken and it's hard to coat the chicken.

This recipe came from Dana Carpender's cookbook, 500 Low-Carb Recipes. She calls them Heroin Wings.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

C'est La Vie

Barnaby got pissed at Butt Crack yesterday and made him leave. We have another Butt Crack coming today to install a new water heater. At least we do if Barnaby doesn't get pissed again. I'm just glad he's here to deal with it instead of me.

I was just going to brag about not having any work today, but I was just notified of a new email, and what do you know -- I have work. Oh, well. I got to schlep around all morning and leizurely take a bath and make a dessert for Barnaby's poker game tonight. Guess I'll earn some money to pay for that damn water heater. Something like that always seems to come up when we get our tax return, doesn't it? C'est la vie, que sera sera , and all that crap.

I think I'll go sit outside in the sun for a few minutes and soak up some vitamin D. I can use all the help I can get with my mood lately, and that's supposed to do you good.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Emergencies & Butt Cracks

Sharpei Puppy


So I take Sammi in to the vet yesterday for her second round of shots. This was a new vet because our old vet is about 30 minutes away so we decided to switch to someone closer. He was a nice man, and really loved Sammi. He said he wants a Bugg really bad and was supposed to get one for his last pet, but his daughter showed up with a "surprise" for his birthday. It was a Pekinese puppy. He said he loves it, but he really wants a Bugg. He grew up with Boston Terriers. Okay, I got off track here...



Anyway, we got home and I left to go grocery shopping. I got home, fixed lunch and ate it and sat down to work. It's about three hours now since Sammi had the shots. I feel her jumping on my leg wanting me to pick her up, and I look down and her whole head is swollen, her eyes nearly shut, and she has hives all over her. She looked EXACTLY like the Sharpei in that picture, all swollen with folds of skin hanging off her face. I got all terrified and called the vet to tell them I was on my way. I was afraid that she was going to start having trouble breathing from the swelling. These kinds of dogs with flat noses have trouble with breathing on a good day, so I was really afraid for her.

They rushed her in and gave her a shot of Benadryl and steroids, gave me more to give her last night and today, and we left. The swelling slowly went down over the course of the evening. She slept for a long time and then woke up around 8:00 as playful and full of energy as ever.

The vet said it was rare that puppies have a reaction from vaccines, but it does happen. I guess she's just lucky. He also confirmed that she does have an extra nipple. Like I said, I guess she's just lucky. Poor thing.

Later that same day...

Our water heater has gone kaput so we've got a plumber coming today to put in a new one. We're going to get one of those tankless water heaters. You get a $300 tax credit from the government because of its energy efficiency. I have no idea how a tankless water heater works so don't ask...and I don't wanna know either, so don't try to explain it to me. Stuff like that makes my head spin.

I guess I get to stare at a plumber's butt crack all day. I hope he's cute at least. Ewww. I just grossed myself out. I don't even want to look at a cute guy's butt crack.

The Daytona 500 was fantastic. Kevin Harvick won, and he's on Regis & Kelly at the moment -- I can hear him talking in there -- so I'll see y'all later, barring anymore emergencies.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Product Review: Max Factor

I'm loving this Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara in Auburn. It's darker than it looks here. It's the same color as my hair right now, and it doesn't smudge. I was having a problem with my mascara rubbing off of my lashes and onto the top eyelid. That doesn't happen when I wear this. It doesn't say it's waterproof, but it says it's "smudge-proof." Love it.

Sleepy Head...look at that belly. It's so soft! I think she's got an extra nipple. Don't stare. We're going to the vet tomorrow, and I'm going to ask him about it. I have no idea how many nipples dogs are supposed to have. Maybe they're just misaligned...I'm not sure.

A bigger Sleepy Head. Her belly is soft too. Sammi and Abby are such good buddies. Abby's a good sister/mother to her.
I'm feeling much better today. I made some chocolate chip oatmeal coconut cookies earlier. I'm making something for dinner later, but I'm not sure what yet. I have a coupon for Ulta and 20% off my total purchase at Linens & Things. I've been wanting a new juicer and have had my eye on the Jack LaLane juicer. I just didn't want to pay $100 for it. If they happen to have it on sale, AND I can use this coupon, it's mine. They're having a huge Presidents' Day sale, so maybe I'll get lucky.
The Daytona 500 is tomorrow too. How could I not be happy about that and the fact that NASCAR season is upon us again? Yee-haw!
Thanks for hanging in there with me while I've been boring and whiney and unhappy. Lordie, that was a bad one. Good riddance!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Zero

I thought maybe if I came here and stared at an empty page I would get inspired and have something to say.

Didn't happen.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Be Mine


Need help groveling? Here you go: Form Letter

I sent that link to a certain someone that I wanted an apology from, and I got it. It was just a nudge in the right direction. That certain someone didn't use the form letter, but I got what I believe was a heartfelt apology. Maybe my mood will improve now.

Here is something that is quite good. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

So Pretty

Okay, so I'm obsessing. You'd think I was Lebanese or something. Ha. Did you get that?

Sunday, February 11, 2007

This Too Shall Pass

I'm here. I just don't feel like communicating much. Maybe it's depression. Maybe it's just laziness. Who knows? I should try and get out for a short walk today. That would make me feel better, I'm sure. I'll be back.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Sad

I liked her, y'all. I'm sad.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Sammi the Bugg

Lordie she's cute!

She has just been pure joy for me these last few weeks. We're very happy and so is she. I'm so glad we decided to take her and give her a good home. I haven't regretted it for one moment.
H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y , B I G S I S T E R ! ! ! I hope you're having a wonderful day. I love you.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Ouch


My Ass Hurts (And My Leg)

It feels just like the picture looks. I don't know what I did, but it's been hurting since yesterday and is worse today. Sciatica is a bitch. She will kick your ass. I had surgery for it in April of 2002. This is the first time it has flaired up this bad since. My sister does a little trick that gives some release for a little while. You lay on the floor on your stomach, and she sticks her elbow in the middle of one butt cheek, right on the nerve, and presses. It hurts and feels like your leg is on fire, but when she's done, it doesn't hurt anymore. I need to call her. Seezter! Come feex me! I have no idea why I suddenly broke into a Frito Bandito accent.

Whatever happened to him anyway? Maybe somebody decided he wasn't politically correct anymore. Whatever.