Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mmm, Cake!

German Chocolate Cake


I made this cake yesterday for a friend's birthday. I sure wanted a piece. The frosting looks kind of gross in that picture. It would have looked better with a piece cut out of it maybe. Hmm.



I went to see the tax lady this afternoon to finalize our taxes. It is done. What an ass-whippin. Before that I bought some La Roche-Posay Rosaliac moisturizer on eBay for lots cheaper than from any other website I found. I got a free sample last of it last time I ordered from Sephora, and I really like it.

I haven't received my cheap-o glasses that I told y'all I ordered. I looked online, and they left Hong-Kong on the 24th. Good Lord. It must cost more than they profited to mail the stupid things from Hong Kong. They were only $15.

Oh, I just looked and I paid $8 shipping. I can't wait to get them and see what they're like. Here is what they look like online. I ordered green just like the picture.

I need to do laundry in the worst way, but it'll have to wait until later this evening. Right now I'm off to take a much needed nap with my dogs. I feel rather zombie-like.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Turkey Waddle

Is this not the cutest screensaver ever? Of course, he's moving around and licking all over the screen in person. If you want it, send me an EMAIL and I'll send it to ya. It makes me laugh hard.


I made a nice dinner last night using a new chicken casserole recipe. (New to me at least) It turned out fantastic even though I changed quite a few things from the original recipe because I didn’t want to have to go to the grocery store so I just used what I had. My version is below. The original recipe can be found HERE. I can’t imagine that it could be any better! The stuffing makes a really nice, crunchy topping.

Chicken & Rice Casserole

1 can chunk white chicken
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 can chicken broth
1 cup frozen green peas
1 jar chicken gravy (I only had beef, but it worked)
1 cup dry stuffing (StoveTop or Pepperidge Farm)
½ stick butter, melted
black pepper, garlic powder, and celery salt (to taste)
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan, add rice, turn the heat down to low, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook approximately 20 minutes or until there is no liquid left in the pan. When the rice is done, mix in the frozen peas, black pepper, garlic powder, and celery salt and set aside. Drain canned chicken and set aside. Melt ½ stick butter and mix with the stuffing mix in a small bowl.
Spray a medium-size casserole dish with cooking spray. Spoon the cooked rice & peas into the bottom of the dish, then lay the chicken on top of the rice, pour gravy over the chicken, and top with buttered stuffing mix. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

I also made a Pineapple Cake for dessert. It was really good and easy to make, but beware – the pineapple custard frosting is gag-me rich!

I found some mascara I like...

CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Blasting Mascara
It makes big, fat lashes. It still smudges on my eyelid though.
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THE RED HAIR
Lookie how "long" it is!

After seeing these pictures, it's official. I'm getting a chin job this summer! Gobble-Gobble!

GROSS! I'm Horrified.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Not Much

I've been sitting at my computer all day reading about html and how to make your own web page. I'm thinking about changing my page template completely to make it all purdy for you. I'm kind of afraid to start for fear I'll screw this one all up and never get it back. I may just start over on a new page and address so that doesn't happen. It's taking up a lot of time reading trying to figure it all out. We'll see how it goes.

I never got around to dying my hair over the weekend. I'll be doing that in just a few minutes. I'm sure you'll hear about it if it turns out all freaky. I really doubt that will happen. I've done it a thousand times before.
I've been watching the NASCAR race today. It was rained out yesterday so they're running it today.
As you can tell, I have nothing interesting at all going on to talk about. Not that that has ever stopped me from rambling on before, but I'll keep this one short. Later.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Saturday Stuff

We're having two couples over to play cards tonight. I'm making spinach dip, sausage/rotel dip, and Rice Krispie bars. Everybody else is bringing something too. This just happens to be the day my cleaning lady came so I lucked out there. She's here now. Barnaby wants to make this a regular once-a-month deal. We'll see. He's really pushing this socializing thing. I'm the girl with social anxiety, remember? I'm the one who panics and hides when she sees someone she knows wherever she goes, remember? I'm the one who takes meds so I don't totally freak out in those situations, remember? We hadn't had people over (other than family) in 17 years because of it up until a month ago, remember? Now all of the sudden I'm supposed to be a party animal? It's been getting easier since I've socialized more this past year, but it's still hard.

You've all seen this grippy shelf liner stuff, right? There was an article in one of my magazines that suggested other uses for it, and one of them was to place it under your computer keyboard to keep it from sliding around. I'd been having that annoying problem for quite awhile and bought some at Target yesterday for $1.99.
Works like a charm!

I'm dying my hair red tomorrow. Light auburn is the color on the box. I had used Lightest Auburn since high school before I let it grow out my natural color a couple of years ago. I'm ready to go back now. I'm waiting until tomorrow in case something goes terribly wrong and I end up with orange hair tonight with company coming. Talk about social anxiety. At least I'd have a good reason for it.

I have a confession, and I don't want to tell it but here goes...I've gained 9 lbs over the last two months, and I'm starting to panic. I don't feel like I've been eating any more or any differently either, but I've got to get it off NOW. Can having high blood sugar make you gain weight when you're not taking in more calories? Hmm. I must investigate so I can blame it on something other than me being a piggy.

Gotta go!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

80-Year-Old Dork

If anyone that doesn't know me came into my office, they'd think I'm a huge dork for having a celebrity's picture cut out of a magazine and taped on my desk. That's a picture of Hillary Swank, and I really don't care for her as an actress, but I think she's got a killer body. The idea is that I'll see this picture and be inspired to exercise and eat right more often. Does that make me a huge dork? I say do whatever works.

I didn't finish my office rearranging until 9:45 p.m. last night. I was so tired and achy and sore. What am I, 80 years old now? That's how I felt. I did get a ton of stuff organized and cleaned, and I feel like I'm in a brand-new office. All that caffeine I was talking about ended up being a good thing. I'd have never accomplished all that without it.

Random thought: My teeth ache. That always happens in the winter.

I've got nothin'. I haven't done anything today except surf blogs, talk on the phone, and make an Angel Food Cake. I'm off to take a bath. Later.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Insert High-Pitched Whistle Here

I am fixin' to march my happy ass outside and find that little kid who has been blowing that damn flute thing-a-ma-jig incessantly for hours, grab it from his grubby little hands, and find his mother and jam it where the sun don't shine! Doesn't she have any ears? GAH!

P.S. Caffeine makes you irritable too.

Discovering the Obvious

Do you see how I've already posted three entries today before noon? I have had a quart and a half of very strong Starbucks' iced coffee (made at home), and I've accomplished nothing on my list of things to do today. (See my first entry today)

I have, however, torn my office completely apart preparing to move the furniture around. Everything is off the walls and outta here except the GIANT desk/credenza/bookshelf thingy which I have to use a screwdriver and some manpower to move. Oh, and the dumb cat stairs that are attached to the wall (another caffeine-driven project of mine) need to be removed too. Kitty does like them, but I don't think I'm going to put them up again. I need my wall space. I may put one back up under the window sill so she can sit and look outside.

I must stop drinking so much coffee or at least go to decaf or half decaf. I think it's wreaking havoc on my nervous system.

Gee, Pam, ya think? You mean caffeine can make you nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs and unable to concentrate? That's groundbreaking stuff!

Oh, shut up and bite me.

Husband & Wife Conversations

From: Me
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:27 AM
To: Him
Subject: Drill?

I want to charge-up your drill or Dremel or whatever it is to unscrew stuff in my office. Which one do I charge, and where is it and the charger?

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From: Him
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:37 AM
To: Me
Subject: RE: Drill?

Madam, Step away from my tools!

It looks like this and is probably not in the case, but rather sitting out on the top of the workbench.


The charger is probably on the bench also, but could be in the case (see pic above). The charger only fits that specific battery so it will be apparent which one it is.

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From: Me
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:53 AM
To: Him
Subject: Drill?

I will NOT step away!

I will drill!

I will hammer!

I will saw!

I will, uh, use that, uh, giant doo-hickey thingy in the garage that’s about 5 feet high!

And when I jam it all up, you will fix it! Yes, you will!

And you will bitch!

And yammer on and on about it!

And point your finger at me!

And I will agree to never touch them again and meekly scamper away and make your dinner! Oh, wait! No, I won’t!

Love you.

Your Irreverent, Disrespectful, and Adoring Wife

Analness & Preparedness

What? Doesn't everybody type on little stickers and put them on their desk calendars all nicely and neatly?

Evidentally I got anal and bored yesterday and replaced all the messy handwritten stuff on my calendar with typed stickers. I write my bills on my desk calendar a week before the due date and check them off when I've paid them. I even put the ones on there that are paid by auto-draft so I remember to enter them into our budget program. I put the actual bills in a letter holder dealie on my desk until they are paid, and then I file them.

And yes, that's an Emergency Preparedness file in the front. You ALL should have one. You can download and print your own information for free at this site: Ready America Or you can call 1-800-BE-READY and request all the brochures to be mailed to you.

Through its Ready Campaign, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security educates
and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to
potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Ready
asks individuals to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit, make a
family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies
that could occur and their appropriate responses.

You can thank me later if you're still alive and well. Sometimes being anal can save your life.

P.S. I do not know why Blogger doesn't get their shit together with this formatting. It messes up my pretty indents and spacing all the time. How hard can it be, people? It drives me insane!

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I have several things I need to do today that I've been putting off like:

1. Call the vet to get an appt for Sammi's checkup and shots/boosters.

2. Call the Dr.'s office and tell them they owe me $4000 because they filed with my insurance company and they actually paid them that much for the surgery I had already paid cash for. You'd think they'd be decent enough to just send me a check without me asking, but NO.

3. Call and make an appt with my primary doctor for many reasons.

4. Go pick out carpet or tile or wood for my office and master bedrooms and get an estimate.

5. Go to the bank, Staples, and grocery store.

I'll get all of them done except #4. I'd like to do #4 with Barnaby. (That last sentence sounds kinda nasty. Hee.)

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Have a great one!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Making Up for Lost Time

Barnaby and I went on an excursion a couple of weeks ago, and I had forgotten about it until I came across these pictures I had taken to document and share our infinitely interesting day. Please go take a restroom break and get some coffee now. You don't want to miss any of this.
We went to eat lunch at a Thai Japanese place first called Zenna. I didn't even know there was such a thing as Thai Japanese, but whatever. It was really good. I had an Alaskan salmon roll that came with salad, a spring roll, two slices of California roll, and some kind of sour chicken soup that was nasty. I ate the chicken pieces out of the soup and left the sour broth. You can see how excited Barnaby was in this picture. I think he was giving me the finger, but he swears he wasn't. You can't really see how long his hair is in this picture because it's all pulled back in a ponytail. It cracks me up because he's SO NOT a long-hair hippy-type guy.
Then we went to circuit City to get some coax cable to try and fix my DirecTV receiver problem. Everything I have TiVo'd since moving it to a new location in our bedroom skips to the point that you can't watch it. He thought maybe a new coax cable was needed, and we needed a 25-footer. When we saw it was $59, we promptly left. Don't buy cables at Circuit City, people. We later found the same cable for $14!

Our next stop for the cable was Home Depot. I prefer Lowe's, but whatever. We found what we needed for $14, as I already mentioned.
Then it was on to Super Target where I got two pairs of cropped pajama pants, two tees, two kinds of mascara (I can't find any mascara that won't smudge onto my upper eyelids!), Fiber One breakfast bars, protein powder, and bananas.
What is the deal with my eyes these days? Even the no-smudge, waterproof kind still smudges off onto my upper eyelids after a few hours. What's up with that? Am I suddenly a grease-ball droopy-lidded old lady or what? I even paid $23 for Christian Dior waterproof mascara in the hopes that it would work since it's so expensive, and it's the worst-smudger yet! I love the mascara though. It has a really big and fat brush, and it makes your eyelashes really thick. Too bad it smudges on my eyes.
Of course we had to stop at Starbucks inside Target. I had a Skinny Cinnamon Dolche Latte. You can just order your drink "skinny" now instead of having to say, "Non-fat, no-whip, blah-blah-blah." Don't be a dork and order it the old-fashioned way. You heard it here first. Stick with me and I'll keep you hip, people.
The last stop of our terribly interesting day was the Neighborhood Walmart for the ingredients for an Eclair Dessert I was making for a get-together with some friends. Oh, and toilet paper for -- well, you know.
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What else has been going on?
1. My big sister from San Diego was here visiting all last week. I don't remember if I've mentioned that or not. We had a good time running around and shopping and eating and visiting.
2. Barnaby has had the flu. He had it Wednesday thru Friday. It started with a sore throat on Tuesday and then went to loads of mucus, a croaking voice, and a low-grade fever of around 100 degrees. He had some vomiting, too, but I think that was just the mucus making him nauseated. That word, mucus, is gross! He was feeling much better Saturday and Sunday, and went back to work on Monday. I've disinfected all the bed linens and surfaces in the house many times, and I haven't caught it so far. I think I'm just about in the clear. Surely the incubation period is up by now? Knock on disinfected wood.
3. It was really cold and rainy, and we got to have a fire in the fireplace all day Friday and Saturday! I love that. It's the exception rather than the rule here in Texas in the winter. It's usually not cold enough, and you feel dumb with the fireplace lit while wearing shorts.
4. The Daytona 500 was on Sunday. Yipee! I was so excited, and then I slept through most of the race after watching pre-race shows all morning and early afternoon. I was conscious enough to be able to wake up in case they had "the big one," but they never did. B-o-r-i-n-g! Jeff Gordon's car shit the bed and he dropped out of the race early. Bummer.
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I ordered some new glasses HERE for really cheap. Fifteen dollars plus $8 shipping! I didn't even have to fax my prescription or doctor's name or anything. I just typed in the numbers on my last prescription from the eye doctor. I didn't get the bifocal kind this time since they would be more expensive. I wanted to just get them made for distance to see if they are worth it first. I'll let y'all know when I get them if the quality is as fantastic as I've heard. I'm going to order more if it is. I first read about this site HERE. There are other cheap-o sites you can order from listed there. I just randomly picked the one I ordered from.
Tip: You'll need to know your pupillary distance to order glasses. That measurement was not on my prescription. You can print a mm ruler to use HERE, and use these instructions:
Put the millimeter ruler on the bridge of your nose. Ask someone to stand approximately 2 feet away from you and measure the distance between the centers of your pupils. You can measure pupillary distance yourself by using a mirror.
You may ask your doctor or a licensed Optician to obtain this information from your file or they can take the measurement for you.
Note: Typical adult’s pupillary distance measurements are as follows: (54mm to 66mm). Typical children’s pupillary distance measurements are as follows: (41mm to 55mm).
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Work has been fantastically slow since the beginning of the year. I'm loving all the free time. One of my clients quit working for one of his clients that generated a lot of work for us, so that's why there is a noticable difference. We (my business partner and I) are not concerned about this slow-down at all, and in fact, we are kind of happy about it after the craziness of the last few months of last year. We may want to hussle-up some new clients in the next few weeks by advertising or something, but for now we're happy.
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Have I rambled on enough for you today? I'm going to go read my new Runner's Magazine and hopefully get all motivated to move my ass a little.
See ya!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Boston Terrier Blog

I have been a bad blogger this past week. My sister has been here visiting from San Diego, and I haven't been around like I usually am. I'll be back at it later today or tomorrow!

Here's something to tide you over courtesy of Boon Pappy: http://boston-terrier-blog.blogspot.com/

Enjoy! It makes me ache for my Nicki to look at all those pictures.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Westminster: Day 2 Winners & Champion

Toy Group Winner (Toy Poodle)

Sporting Group Winner (Weimaraner)
Working Group (Akita)

BEST IN SHOW WINNER (Beagle)

As you can see, the Beagle won at Westminster. He's a great choice among the seven, and I wasn't surprised at all when he won. I'm just glad I didn't have to pick one.
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I'm watching the Roger Clemens hearing on Fox News this morning. I believe he's been lying all along, and they're going to prove it today. ROGER CLEMENS IS SCREWED, but it did it to himself. Liar.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Westminster: Day 1 Group Winners

Hound Group Winner (Beagle)
Terrier Group Winner (Sealyham Terrier)
Non-Sporting Group Winner (Standard Poodle)

Herding Group Winner (Australian Shepherd)
I love watching the Westminster Dog Show every year! Last night they picked four group winners. The last three group winners will be chosen tonight, and then all seven of them will compete for Best in Show.
So far the Beagle looks really strong. That's the best-looking Beagle I've ever seen. He's very stout. That Australian Shepherd is really pretty. I've never seen one with the red and white colors.
Tonight my favorite groups, the Sporting Group & the Working Group, will compete. I'll post the three group winners and Best in Show tomorrow for those of you who give a rip.
My sister is visiting from San Diego this week. She'll be staying with me on Thursday and Friday, and then we're taking her to the airport on Saturday. I'm making cinnamon rolls this morning to take to my mom's for coffee this afternoon at 3:00.
In my family, we have what's called Three O'Clock Coffee every day. We always have coffee and some kind of goodie. I guess it's kind of like the English and their Four O'Clock Tea every day. My husband has adopted the tradition and loves it. He's always saying, "It's time for 3:00 Coffee!" or, "What are we having for 3:00 Coffee today?"
Three O'Clock Coffee is best when taken on a nice day outside on the porch. Those are the best memories of 3:00 Coffee I have. If your family doesn't partake of 3:00 Coffee, you should. And you don't have to have coffee for 3:00 Coffee. You can have whatever you like.
Okay, I'm off to start the cinnamon rolls. Y'all behave now, ya hear?
Boon Pappy, I hope you're feeling better! You poor thang. I'm sorry you're sick!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

It's My Crappy Camera

I can't take a good picture to save my soul. I think it's the camera. I need to reset the pixels or something. I also have no idea what I'm talking about...

AND...blogger sucks and won't put my pictures on here straight. Why did it shove that last picture down into yesterday's entry, I ask you? Why? How?

That is the look of hate on Phoebe's face. She would not stop barking every time I took a picture so I yelled at her and that is the result. Squinty-eyed hate.

















Sammi is falling asleep of bordom.
Kitty thinks we are all idiots.

Little Boy is looking cute with his tongue sticking out just in case I notice and might give him a Meaty Bone.
Abbey is just scared, as usual.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

My Geographic Life

Blogger is stupid and won't format any of this entry correctly. Hmpf. You'll just have to figure it out without bullets and numbers and nice indents. Or you could just hit that "X" at the top of the page and save yourself now.

Where I've lived:

San Antonio, Texas
Clark Air Force Base, Philippines
Little Rock, Arkansas
Reed, Oklahoma
Clark Air Force Base, Philippines (Again) *Interesting fact: In 1991, the volcano, Mt. Pinatuba, erupted and destroyed everything. It’s now under ash. Picture HERE. More HERE.
Abilene, Texas
Garland, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Plano, Texas
Boise, Idaho
Allen, Texas

Where I've been:

States:
Texas
Oklahoma
Kansas
New Mexico
Colorado
Wyoming
Idaho
Utah
Arizona
Nevada
California
Oregon
Louisiana
Arkansas
Tennessee
Missouri
Wisconsin
Iowa
Illinois
Florida
Mississippi
New York
Hawaii
Alaska

Countries:
U.S.A.
Philippines
Japan

How Many People Think This is the Least Bit Interesting:

Z E R O, including me.

Bye.

Strawberry Shortcut Cake

Yum!
The cake is very good. It's light and cool and so easy to make. I made even more shortcuts by using frozen sweetened strawberries, thawing and straining them. I also used Cool Whip instead of whipping some up fresh. The recipe link is in my previous post.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Weirdness

I just ate three bananas and have no memory of it. I only know I ate them because I bought bananas this morning at the grocery store, there are three empty banana peels on my desk, and I'm the only one who's home. I remember getting one and bringing it in here to eat while I read blogs, but I have no idea how the other two got in here and don't remember eating them.

At least there wasn't an empty cake box on my desk.

Just Stuff

I'm alive. There's just nothing happening. I've been a shut-in except for seeing family during a birthday lunch for my dad Sunday. Saturday we had birthday cake and I was out of the house for an hour or two. My dad was 75 on Saturday. You go, Daddy!

Other than that, I've been inside the house sleeping or reading magazines or watching TV. What a slug. I did manage to get the taxes done over the weekend. That is, our part of the taxes. Now I have to take everything to our tax lady so she can do whatever it is she does.

It's overcast and 75 degrees at this very moment, and it's on its way to 81 degrees for a high. Ahhh, winter in Texas. I'm turning on the air conditioner when I finish this entry. I can't stand to be the least bit hot & stuffy.

I just got back from doing the grocery shopping and the usual errands at the bank and post office. I was going to stop at Starbucks and Target, but I decided I didn't want to. I would have just spent $5 on one cup of coffee and blown who knows how much at Target on things we probably don't need.

I saw a new show on the Food Channel Saturday morning. I don't know if it's really new or not because I hardly ever turn on that channel anymore. It was called Down Home with the Neely's, and I liked it . I bought the stuff at the store to make the Strawberry Shortcut Cake. It sounds like something cool and light.

Well, shoot! I was just looking at that recipe on the link and guess what I forgot to get? The strawberry cake mix! Do you think I really need that? Ha. I guess I won't be making it today. I guess I'll take another nap instead. ;)

Oh, I forgot to tell you. I was initiated into the Boys' Club last Wednesday night. I'm the only female that's ever played in their regular monthly poker game. I'm honored. And I let them win so they wouldn't hate me. Shhhh! Don't tell anyone.