- Things are better on the emotional front. I'm not sad or happy or stressed -- I'm neutral.
- There are no work emergencies or crises so far today.
- The wind is blowing at least 40mph, and it sounds like our roof is going to blow off. I can see a few shingles in the yard.
- I have some kind of stomach bug and need to stay close to the bathroom, if you know what I mean.
- And I have stomach cramps to boot.
- I'm still in my pajamas at 12:45 in the afternoon.
- I need to do business taxes and personal taxes, but I keep putting it off. I'm putting it off again today.
- My printer/copier/fax is dead. I ordered a new one online this morning.
- I am not hungry, which is weird.
- I can't think of a number ten.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I think I'm better now. Or at this point I'm just numb. Whatever. Go away.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
The candies turned out great. I had a major meltdown in the morning hours and wanted to cancel the party and go hide under the covers in my bed.
I called my mother, and she came over to help me make the candy. By the time she got here, I had the candy mixed up and we just had to wait for it to set up so we could roll the balls. In the meantime, the chocolate for dipping them was melting on the stove and I decided to have a sandwich since I hadn't eaten anything yet that day.
I discovered something miraculous about eating.
No sooner than I finished the sandwich, I was as calm as could be and promptly decided I needed a nap right that minute (crazy!). So we took the chocolate off the stove and left the candy in the refrigerator, my mother left, and I went to sleep on the couch. I woke up an hour later still feeling calm and completely over it. I made the candy, ate supper, and felt just fine the rest of the evening.
Some of you may remember that I had been having some blood sugar issues lately. Well, apparently when your blood sugar is wild because you haven't eaten, it can make you irritable and slightly crazy. Who knew eating a sandwich could make such a difference in the way you feel? Not me, but I do now! Now I just wish I had tested my blood glucose level before and after I ate.
I got up this morning and had my coffee as usual, and then ate a sandwich before I did anything else. I'm completely pleasant and ready to do what needs to be done for the party tomorrow. I just have two pretty simple recipes to make, and I need to go pick up a table, chairs, and a coffee caraf from my mom and sister. I may wait until tomorrow and pick those things up when I pick up the sandwich platter I ordered from the deli.
Here's the candy recipe. I renamed them Cherry Bombs because the original name was Chocolate Covered Cherry Candies, and they are not what I think of as chocolate covered cherries. Chocolate covered cherries are whole cherries covered in chocolate, right? Anyway, here it is:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 stick of melted butter
2 boxes powdered sugar (2 lbs total)
2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups coconut
1 jar of marachino cherries, chopped (about 1/2-3/4 cups)
24 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 stick Gulf wax
2 tsp vanilla
Combine first 6 ingredients well and refrigerate several hours until solid enough to easily roll into walnut-size balls. (I took out a little at a time and left the rest in the refrigerator because it gets sticky if you don't.) Store rolled balls of candy in the refrigerator until you're ready to dip them. Again, I took them out a few at a time to keep them cold.
Melt the chocolate and wax in a double-boiler on the stove. Turn heat to low to keep chocolate hot, add the vanilla, and mix well. Using a toothpick, dip each ball into chocolate and place on wax paper to cool. When completely set, store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Okay, calm down. It's not that big a deal.
GAH! I can't help it!
Simmer down and take a chill pill. It'll be okay. You can post your pictures later.
GAH! Pictures of his bloody nose!
Oh, please. You're overreacting. Go eat some of that "emergency" Dove chocolate you bought last night at the grocery store.
GAH! I'd like to -- wait, WHAT? I bought chocolate? There's chocolate in the house?
Yes. Now please just calm down and go eat a few pieces. The world will look different afterwards.
Well, okay, if you insist.
This is a link to the entry I read.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Great stuff. It makes your skin super-soft and it smells great. Slather it on after your shower or bath. You'll find it next to the lotions and it costs $3-$4.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped peanuts (optional)
1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream together shortening, margarine, brown sugar, white sugar, and peanut butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the oats and nuts until just combined. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Press with a sugared glass.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until just light brown. Cool and store in an airtight container.
It's really cold today (for Texas) and I'm fixin' to go light a fire in the fireplace and take a nap. I've been all about the nappin' lately. I'm living the life of luxury since work has been slow, and it can stay slow as far as I'm concerned. I could totally be retired and never get bored! At least not bored enough to want to work.
I need to rummage up something for supper tonight. I'm sure I can find something to throw together at the last minute. I think I have some canned chicken, flour tortillas, and other stuff to throw together some chicken enchiladas. Sounds good enough to me.
Don't look now, but the NASCAR season starts in a month. I can't wait! Sundays are just not the same without a race, even if we do sleep through at least a third of them. I'm curious to see how well Dale Jr. does now that he's with Hendrick Motor Sports instead of DEI. I hope he kicks ass. He got a raw deal at DEI. I'm sure his late father meant for him to have ownership of that company. He just didn't think he was going to take a permanent dirt nap so soon. Junior's step mom did not do the right thing by refusing to give it to him. What a hag.
Speaking of naps, that's where I'm headed. Bye.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Have a great week! Back tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
I found this recipe in Health Magazine this month. I've had it cut out for several days, and I finally decided to make them yesterday. They're really good for cookies that are supposed to be good for you. I mean really good. I like them better than my regular oatmeal cookie recipe.
The Ultimate Heart-Smart Cookie:
6 tbsps butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups regular oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 lightly beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup pitted chopped dates
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and add brown sugar, stirring until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda, oats and salt. Combine the butter mixture with the dry ingredients and add the egg, vanilla and dates. Fold in chocolate chips. Mix well and spoon mixture by tablespoon-fulls out onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes until tops are dry to the touch. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
The recipe said it makes 32 cookies, but I only got 24. I used a melon-baller to scoop out the cookies so they weren't THAT big.
I was hoping to finish another hat today and have a picture, but it looks like I won't finish the trim until this evening. My arm needs a rest. I'm such a wimp, I get repetitive motion pain in my right bicept and forearm from crocheting. God, that's pathetic.
I've discovered Tylenol 8-hour Rapid Release capsules. They work really well. I usually buy generic acetaminophen and naproxen, but this Tylenol stuff seems to work better. I hate paying the money, but it's worth it for pain.
One of my Christmas presents from Barnaby was a fancy sign for my office door. He had it printed up at a print shop, and it says my business name and my name and "President and CEO." It makes me laugh every time I look at it.
I'm letting my hair grow out. I tell you this but you know it's very likely that I'll get fed up with it bugging the crap out of me and whack it all off again in a weak moment. And I have a lot of those. I'll try and get a decent picture so you can see how much longer it is. I really love it short because it's so comfortable and quick & easy. I just really miss having girl hair sometimes. Seems like I nearly always wore it up or pulled back when it was longer anyway.
Speaking of me being boring...you want to know how boring I am? I'm making Hamburger Helper tonight for dinner. Ha! You can't get much more boring than that. I'm making it with all-white ground turkey instead of hamburger. I told you I'm being healthier this year, and I meant it. I'm really having fun with it and making new things I wouldn't normally make. We've had several different kinds of whole wheat tortilla pizzas made with leftover roasted chicken, whole wheat pasta dishes, brown rice stir-fry dishes, and stuff like that. We both like tofu, but it never tastes as good at home as it does in restaurants.
Okay, that's all I can think of to ramble about today. Maybe something exciting will happen that I can share by t o morrow. See ya.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
I bought this plastic wrap for $1 at the Family Dollar Tree awhile back, and besides not being able to tear off the sheet, it works better than the expensive kind. It has great cling. I'll just use my sissors to cut it off the roll.
I just love having a shiney new, clean calendar on my desk. I use my desk calendar for everything, personal and business, and it gets kind of ratty after a whole year. And for some reason, I keep all my old calendars. They are kind of like a diary to go back and look at, especially when you write everything on them like I do.
Well, it's too late to turn back now. I sent out the email invitations to our poker party on January 26th. So far I'm not at all freaked out or panicky. I'm going to try really hard to just relax and let it all happen. What's the worst thing that could happen? Don't answer that.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Party Girl was asleep at 10:15 last night. Yes, I'm a wild child.
And I don't even have to make an entry today because Holidailies is over at last, but I love you so I'm doing one anyway. I'm such a giver.
I'm extremely sleepy, and it's only 7:30. I think I'm going to take L.B. and go try to read a magazine. Don't know how far I'll get because I can feel my eyes crossing as I type.
This is not much of an entry, but at least I gave it a go. Y'all take care now. Nightie-night.