Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My Last Wishes

Just in case the plane crashes on my way to or from San Diego:

If I could pick one detail about the circumstances when I die, it would be that I don't want to be afraid when it happens. And being terrified because I'm plunging to the earth in an airplane at 800 mph is out of the question, so that must not happen tomorrow or I will be pissed, people.

If it does happen, please have my epitaph read, "She's Pissed!" That would make me laugh and maybe ease my anger a little after I'm gone. If I'm cremated, have it engraved on the urn.

I'd also like some dog paw prints on there.

I'll be pissed that I was a fat-ass when I died too. (I know I'm supposed to push that out of my mind until after vacation, but I just want it noted.)
I'm leaving in the morning and will be back Saturday night. I may or may not post an entry or two from San Diego if I make it there.

Thank you.

Pitty Party!

I weighed this morning and I've lost not even one teenie-tiny pound!

I just want to stomp around and throw a hissy fit.

I want to give up on trying.

I want to smash that scale with a sledge hammer and never weigh again.

I want to go buy moo-moos in several colors and live in them like Mrs. Roper.

I want to go back to bed.

I'm pissed.

No comments unless you just want to be mad with me. Sympathy will make it worse.

I'm going to sit around and pout while I have my coffee with no damn sugar, and then I'm going to try and push it out of my mind until I get back from vacation (and maybe a little longer).

My knee-jerk reaction is to make a big pan of brownies and eat them all, but I'm not going to. I'll probably gain nine pounds just thinking about it because obviously my body is fucked up.

That's right. I said the f word. I'm going to hell in a GIANT hand basket because that's all my foul-mouthed ass will fit in.

That was kind of funny.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Some Pictures for Today

I lovingly crocheted this silly Blackberry holder for myself.

I even sewed a button on. I think it's pretty cute considering I didn't have a pattern.

My foot that I injured on Friday when I fell over the baby gate. The bruise that you could barely see that day turned into a giant, honking bruise. My feet are giving me fits the past few months. My high arches and hard floors put a hitch in my getalong. Heh, I just like to say, "Hitch in my getalong." But my feet really do hurt like a big dog from the hard floors. I swear those are NOT hairs on my leg, but it sure looks like it. Ew. Look away! I'm hideous!

I love powder. This cucumber melon one smells great. I always sprinkle powder on my sheets at night before I get in. I also have some in regular and some in lavendar scent, and I have some Chantilly and Jean Nate' powder too. I told you I love it. My grandmother never wears perfume, but she always uses powder. I always notice how good she smells when I give her a kiss and a hug. The Chantilly is her favorite.

I saw this little cart at Hobby Lobby the other day and had to have it. I just love it, but I can't find a good place for it. I've been using it to wheel my make-up in and out of the bathroom when I'm getting ready to go somewhere. It would make a good crochet cart too. I only paid $41 for it because it was on sale for 30% off.
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Random: There's a Hamburger Helper variety called Taco Bake, and it's really good! We had it yesterday during the race. Tip: You'll need more Fritos and some hot sauce to go with it.

I've been doing laundry and staring at this computer all day. I need to shut it down and do something constructive, but I don't wanna. I'm kind of already on vacation though. I mean, I leave the day after tomorrow so that's close enough, right? I can do whatever I want!

The chocolate I had on Friday night (and a little bit on Saturday) was just okay. I was really disappointed that it didn't make my eyes roll back in my head like it sometimes does. It just wasn't that good. Hmphf.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

An Indian Afghan Beginning

This is the "American Indian" afghan I started on Friday. I'm about a third of the way through it. I'm trying to decide if I want to just keep adding new colors or if I should start repeating the colors in order. You can barely see on the right-hand side that I have started a row of dark green. It looks good next to that rust color. I wish I could take it and work on it some next week on the plane and in San Diego, but it'll just have to wait.

I got this pattern off of Linda's site.

The Diamond Afghan is still in progress. I just switch back and forth when I get bored with one.

I'm thinking about starting a new blog just for crochet stuff. I really don't want to have a whole other blog to maintain, but I do realize that not everybody is interested in crochet babble, patterns, and pictures. Maybe I will and maybe that's just too bad. I'll have to mull it over.

TV Shows I Watch

Are y'all watching Simon Baker's new show, The Mentalist? I've always been a fan of his (I wonder why?), and I thought the first episode of his new show was really good. Barnaby and I both watched it, and he liked it too. Simon disguises his Australian accent pretty well, but I had fun trying to catch him slipping on a few words that would give it away. He's easy on the eyes, that one. You can check him out yourself on Tuesday nights at 8:00 CT on CBS.

Another one of my favorite shows is still Ghost Hunters on Wednesdays at 9:00 CT on the Sci Fi Channel.

Paranormal State comes on A&E on Mondays at 9:00 CT. Not as good as Ghost Hunters, but I can't stop watching it.

Lost when it's on, which seems like never. Love it.

On The Record With Greta Van Susteren on FOX News every weekday night at 9:00 CT. I almost always watch her show, but now that the presidential election is nearly upon us, I don't watch her as often. I'm sick of all the political B.S.

Studio B with Shepard Smith weekdays at 2:00 PM CT on FOX News. Y'all know I can't miss my boyfriend's show.

Cash Cab & Cash Cab After Dark: I don't know when it comes on because I just Tivo it. It's on the Discovery Channel. I have a crush on Ben Bailey and have no idea why.

What Not to Wear on The Learning Channel Friday's at 8:00 PM CT.

Chuck, new season starting next week, Mondays at 7:00 PM CT.

NASCAR races, qualifying, Trackside, pre-race shows.

Those are pretty much all the shows I record and watch every new episode of. Then there's:

Entertainment News Shows: Extra, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider (not too often because I can't stand Pat O'Brien).

Others just when I happen to catch them on: American Idol, UFO Hunters, Desperate Housewives, Kathy Griffin My Life on the D List, Dog Whisperer, Forensic Files, Diagnosis Unknown, A Haunting, I Shouldn't Be Alive, I Survived, Girls Next Door, Larry King (if there's someone on I like).

I watch almost no daytime TV other than the FOX News Channel. I do watch Judge Judy sometimes at 4:00 PM CT. Judy should be everyone's mother. The world would be a better place if everyone had to live with her the first 18 years of their life.

That is all. Ta-ta.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Day 19

And I hereby declare that I'm having some chocolate tonight!

Scrap Afghan

I added two more rounds of trim after this picture was taken, but the picture didn't turn out very well because it was getting dark by then. This was a fun afghan to make. I didn't get bored because of all the color changes.

I nearly broke my foot yesterday morning when I tripped going over one of those baby gates carrying Little Boy. I just laid there kind of stunned as all the dogs just stood around gawking at me. Apparently none of my dogs will be one of those hero dogs that call 911 when their owner is hurt. Hmph! Sammi was horrified thinking that the gate had attacked me, I guess, and she wouldn't get near it the rest of the day.

My foot was a little swollen yesterday, but it seems fine today. I just have a bruise on top of my foot, and you have to really be looking to see it. I didn't twist it or anything like that. I must have just slammed into the gate and scraped my foot against the top of it. I could go into a long explanation about why it happened, but I won't bore you with the details. Just suffice it to say there was a different gate there than normal, and I'm an uncoordinated, accident-prone doofus, especially before my coffee.

I need to figure out what clothes I'm taking to California next Wednesday, and there's plenty of laundry to do. I'm too sleepy-headed to think about all that at the moment because I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet. I'm headed for the kitchen. Maybe I can make it there before falling and breaking a hip.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Day 17!

I forgot to mention that this was Day 17 with no sugar! I'm going to weight next Monday, Sept. 29th since I'll be going to San Diego on Oct 1st. My clothes are definitely looser! My estimate is about 7 lbs.

I'm Not the Only One

I had to work most of the day today and yesterday so I didn't make an entry.

I'm anxious to go sit down and finish the afghan I'm working on. It's the one with the big blocks of Xs that I posted a picture of when I started it awhile back. I got all the blocks sewn together last night at 10:00. Now I just have to crochet the edges and trim. THIS is the one I'm talking about.

Want to see someone who's a bigger crochet nut than me? Go HERE and look at how many afghans this woman puts out in a month. Amazing! I went through all of her archives to see them all and couldn't believe it. Now I'm all inspired and fired up.

I'll post the afghan picture when I'm finished. Hopefully that will be tonight.

Later!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Amigurumi Sucks!

Ha-ha-ha. This is so typical of me. I'm all excited and gung-ho about something, and then the next minute I can't stand the site of it.

These little Amigurumi guys are making me bat-shit crazy! I don't have the patience. It's all the counting and counting within counting:

(Example: single crochet in the next 24 spaces 5 times.)

WTF? Why don't they just say, "Single crochet 120 times"? That would make it a lot simpler. The other way I keep getting lost and confused about how many I've done and how many times. I guess I am the stupid one for not thinking to just do the calculation and do it my way.

It also involves quite a bit of sewing, which I hate. And by quite a bit, I mean just a little. Sewing sucks. It just seems like quite a bit when you have to rip it out and start over 50 times.

I was so keyed-up and tense after about three hours, I just had to stop and put it all away. It's supposed to be relaxing and fun, but instead I felt like all my hair was going to fall out from stress. I thought about how fantastic a shot of Jack Daniels would be more than once today, and that almost NEVER happens anymore. Thank ya, Jesus.

Instead, I drew a hot bath with Lavender Bath Salts and soaked away my stress. Drunken stupor averted.

Next stop: Rag Crocheting. It's so cool! I mean, you know, right this minute it is. Maybe not so much once I try it.

Is there such a thing as Crafting ADD?

Amigurumi!

Well? You've never heard of it, have you? Was I right? Or have I been living under a rock and am the only one that hasn't heard of it?

I got the book pictured above at Michael's yesterday, along with all the stuff I needed to make them. The picture should be self-explanatory, but I'll give you the technical definition:

Amigurumi: The Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. Amigurumi are typically cute animals (such as bears, rabbits, cats, dogs, etc.), but can include inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features. Amigurumi can be either knitted or crocheted. In recent years crocheted amigurumi are more popular and more commonly seen.

Amigurumi are usually crocheted or knitted out of yarn. The simplest designs are worked in spirals. In contrast to typical Western crochet the rounds are not usually joined. They are also worked with a smaller size hook in proportion to the weight of the yarn in order to create a very tight-looking fabric without any gaps through which the stuffing might escape. Amigurumi are usually worked in sections and then joined, except for some amigurumi which have no limbs, only a head and torso which are worked as one piece. The extremities are sometimes stuffed with plastic pellets to give them a life-like weight, while the rest of the body is stuffed with fiber stuffing.

The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness. To this end, typical amigurumi animals have an over-sized spherical head on a cylindrical body with undersized extremities:


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Two Fun Floppy Crocheted Hats


I made the black hat on Friday night and the blue one this afternoon. Aren't they too cute? They're fun to make. I'm going to make a few smaller ones to add to my cancer hat stash for donating to a cancer treatment center. I'm going to make a red one with furry white trim next.

Oh...they're supposed to have a crocheted flower on the side about 2" x 2". I haven't found a pattern for any I like yet, and the pattern for the hat didn't include a pattern for the flower.

In my next post I'm going to tell you about something I can almost guarantee you haven't heard of. I ran across the word on the Internet completely by accident. It caught my attention after I saw the word several times. What is this ... they speak of? Why have I not heard of this? I stuck the word in Wikipedia and BAM! Now I know about it and so will you! My mom is coming over tomorrow so I can show her and tell her all about it and see if she's interested in doing this thing with me. Wait till you see how cute!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Got it Cut

**I don't know why Blogger won't put spaces between my paragraphs in this post. I tried everything, but it just won't work. I can put several lines between each paragraph, and it still won't leave a space when it publishes. It really annoys me. I think I'll write them an email right now and whine about it.


I told you I was gonna get it short!
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Fletch's Cherry Eye went back in! Yea! He looks perfectly normal again. Very weird. I didn't know it would do that on its own.
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I also got the grocery shopping done for the weekend. We're going out for dinner tonight. I have a hankering for some fish tacos. I love fish tacos. You just have to make sure they don't stuff them full of coleslaw. I always ask for plain lettuce instead.
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That's it. Y'all have a nice weekend.
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**Ha! I got it to work by putting an asterik between each paragraph. I win!

Mostly Dog Stuff

*No Sugar Day 12*

Mr. Man woke up this morning with Cherry Eye...

DAMMIT!! That's two dogs in a row that have had it when I'd never heard of it before in my life. What's up with THAT? I'm glad I put off having him fixed. Now he can have it all done at the same time like Sammi did (neutered, microchip, cherry eye). My vet did a fantastic job with Sammi's eye, and we haven't had any trouble with it since.

Supper yesterday: Black Bean Soup

I just finished cleaning the back porch. It was nasty. It's amazing how filty it can get when we haven't spent any time out there in weeks. I took all the furniture out into the yard and washed it off, threw away a bunch of crap, cleaned up all the planters and plants, washed off the porch, and put everything back.

Fletch chased the water hose the whole time. I think he's worn out now. Good. Let the little shit sleep for awhile! Yesterday I found him on top of the bathroom counter just standing there looking at me. He finally figured out he could jump up on the toilet seat and get up there to get Kitty's food. I guess I need to go buy ANOTHER baby gate to keep him out of there now. I found the last two baby gates at a garage sale for $2 each. These are the baby gates I have up now:

Master Bedroom: I keep one up to keep him out of there during the day. The dogs are only allowed in there at night.

Laundry Room: That's where the cat litter is. The nasty-asses will get in there and eat her doo-doo if I don't lock them out.

Extra Bedroom: They aren't ever allowed in there.

My Office: I keep them locked in there with me when I'm working most of the time. Otherwise they'd get in trouble. I'm surprised Fletch hasn't learned to open the fridge and make himself a sandwhich. He's a smart little booger.

And now the main bathroom needs one. I don't just close the doors because Kitty needs to get in and out of most of those places. Those are the only places she can get any peace. She does come out and join us in the living room in the evenings, and they don't bother her much. She just gives Fletch a good slap on the head with her clawless paw, and he takes the hint. I'm pretty sure she could take him in a fight.

I'm starting to feel the effects of not eating sweets. I feel thinner, but I'm still not weighing until October 1st. I'm curious to see how much weight comes off just changing that one thing.

I went to a website yesterday that had tons a sugar-free dessert recipes. I wasn't there long when I decided that it wasn't a good idea to start making sugar-free cake and sugar-free cookies, and sugar-free this and that. We did that once when we had both lost a lot of weight on Marilu Henner's program. We started eating a few "legal" things like chocolate chip cookies made with turbinado sugar and dairy-free chocolate chips. It was right about that time that we both started cheating little by little until we weren't following the program at all. It's best for us just to stay away from dessert-type stuff altogether.

I'm gonna get some make-up on and go get my hair cut as short as possible without being bald.

Bye!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Speaking of Nail Salon Ladies...



My son sent me this YouTube video because I was talking about the women in nail salons in my last entry. Check it out.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I Got Up at 5:00 A.M.

I finished this Color Block Scarf yesterday.
I need to iron it. I like the colors.

Ugh. I have one of those really painful "bumps" just on the inside edge of my nose. You know what I'm talking about. Everybody has had one. I prefer to call it a bump instead of a zit. It just sounds better, even though we all know what it really is. It bugs me. I look like I'm constantly picking my nose because I keep feeling of it. I don't know why. Boon Pappy would tell me it's a "filth bump." That always makes me laugh.

I am officially gross.

I got up at 5:00 a,m, this morning, which is unusual. I didn't sleep well last night because I kept sweating and itching. It's like I was semi-conscious all night, and it was a long one. I know I slept because I had a couple of really weirdo dreams. I've accomplished a lot in the last four hours though. I finally caught up on entering all our receipts in the budget program we use and balanced the checkbook. I'm usually pretty good about keeping up with that, but I had let it go since mid-August. It feels good to have it done and out of my head.

I also made some oatmeal pancakes. I used the recipe that I posted two or three weeks ago, except I substituted half of the white flour with whole wheat flour and Splenda for the sugar. This is the third time I've made these. I love to have them in the refrigerator to have as a snack with peanut butter. I just grab one cold from the fridge, schmeer it with peanut butter, and roll it up and eat it. Yum. Good snackin' and more than halfway healthy. Those and apple slices with pumpkin dip have been a staple for snackin' since sugar has been banned from my diet.

I want to go get a haircut. The guy didn't cut it short enough for my liking last time and it's bugging me. I could also use a professional pedicure. I haven't had one since last year. I usually prefer to do my own. I don't like those ladies yackin' at each other in Vietnamese, asking me stupid questions, and tickling my feet. Why they feel the need to ask 101 questions is beyond me. Hair people are the same way. I'd prefer they just shut the hell up so I can get out of there. All I end up saying is, "What?" half the time anyway because I can't understand them. Is this your day off? Where do you work? Do you have kids? Are you married? Where do you live? Did you take a crap yet today? Gah. That's why I keep putting these things off.

Man, I kind of sound like I'm crabby today, but I'm really not. I probably just need a nap already since I've been up over four hours now. Did I mention I got up at 5:00?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I'll Keep Him

I meant to mention this earlier but I forgot...

I went out and bought two pairs of jeans last night, and it was so painful to have to buy that bigger size. I wouldn't have done it, but I need something to wear for the upcoming trip to San Diego. Ugh. I'm telling you, it was physically painful in my chest. You know that broken-heart feeling? Some of you might think I'm just being dramatic, but it's really the way I felt. It's hard to be in denial when you're clothes shopping and trying things on.

I snapped at Barnaby and yelled at him about something really stupid later in the evening and had to apologize. I knew it was just because I was feeling bad about myself and being pissy. He understood like he always does. I wonder what I did to deserve such a great husband. He's all mine, girls! He loves me fat or skinny or in-between, and he even loves me when I'm being Miss Pissy Panties.

It Feels Like Fall

NO SUGAR DAY 9.

I have a great pumpkin dip recipe for you. I've altered it to use no-sugar ingredients, and it's still just as good as the original. I am using regular molasses, but I'm not worry about that little bit. I'm not being crazy with this whole thing. I use this to dip apple slices in. It's REALLY good.

Pumpkin Dip

1 can pureed pumpkin
8 oz lowfat or no-fat cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup splenda
2 Tbsp sugar-free maple syrup
2 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add pumpkin and remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into a plastic container with a lid and refrigerate.

If you want to make the full-fat, full-sugar version, just use the regular version of all the ingredients and replace the 1/3 cup of Splenda with 1/2 cup sugar.

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We've had really cool weather the last couple of days. It's been wonderful. It's absolutely my favorite time of the year. Pumpkins, falling leaves, brown & gold & red-orange colors, a cool snap in the air, long sleeves, boots, the smell of burning wood, and soup & stews for supper. There's nothing like it.

One of the dogs (Fletcher!) stole four apples off of the kitchen counter and ate every bit of them last night while we were gone. There was no evidence of apples left anywhere, just the bag. I can't believe none of the dogs had a bellyache or diarrhea. My guess is that Fletcher snagged the bag they were in off the edge of the counter, and he and Abbey are the ones that ate them, cores, peelings, and all. Sammi probably ate some because she's a little piggy when it comes to food, but I'm not positive about that one. I'm positive about Abbey & Fletch though. I guess I should have learned from the bread-stealing incident last week that I can't keep any food on the counters anymore.

I need to end this and go to the bank and post office. Y'all take care and enjoy your day.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday

The sun is shining and it's a bee-tee-ful day here in The Lone Star State. I've got nothing for you. I'm watching the pre-race and race coverage today. I read that it was raining in New Hampshire where they are racing today so it's possible they'll get rained out or delayed.

I started cleaning out kitchen cabinets and closets last week. I have three big junk drawers to tackle today. I'm going to dump them all out in the living room floor and do it while I watch TV. I've been putting off cleaning out my bedroom closet and drawers because they're a mess. A ton of stuff is going to Goodwill.

That's it. See ya.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Weather & No Sugar

Nothing is happening with the weather here yet. It's overcast, raining a little, and the wind is blowing, but it's not bad at all yet. Ike is still south of us, and the bulk of it is supposed to go east of us.

I would like to announce that I am on Day 6 with no sugar! Go me. Please hold your applause.

The hardest part for me is not the lack of sweets to eat...it's not being able to bake anything. I suppose I could bake some bread, and maybe I'll do that next week if I'm feeling tortured. It really hasn't been nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I've replaced the sweet stuff in the evenings with popcorn, and that has really helped. Evenings are my hardest time as far as eating goes. I'm not restricting anything except sugar right now. Like I always say, baby steps, people.

I don't feel any different yet weight-wise. My clothes are still too tight and uncomfortable. Not that I expected any big difference this early. I'm not going to weigh until October 1st.

I don't want to talk about it anymore. Bye.

Friday, September 12, 2008

News Freak

I just went to the grocery store and got milk, eggs, bread, sandwich stuff, and some other things for the weekend. Barnaby wants stuffed jalapenos sometime this weekend, so I got the stuff to make those too.

The grocery store was crowded. I guess everybody is grocery shopping in case we get bad storms. Everybody does the same thing when there's a slight threat of snow. Oh my god! We're all going to starve!

I heard that we are now under a tropical storm and flood warning way up here in North Texas. Don't these things usually spawn tornadoes and stuff? That's what scares me. Those dang tornadoes have invaded my dreams since I was a little girl. I guess I'll turn off the Fox News Channel and catch some local news at 6:00 to see what they're saying about it all today. I swear the local weather forecast is different every time you see it.

My boyfriend, Shepard, will have his broadcast shift at 10:00 PM tonight. I can't wait. I love watching stuff like this much more than watching movies or anything else. I'm a news junkie even when there's nothing going on. Stuff like this for me is like a football fan watching the Super Bowl. Is that weird?

It all started with the Branch Davidian incident in Waco. I was watching when all that went down. And then there was the Columbine thing. I was watching that day too. And the Virginia Sniper coverage was really fun to watch and horrifying at the same time. They had continuous coverage of that for at least three or four days until they finally caught them.

And then, of course, there was 9/11. I just happened to be home that morning running late for work, which is extremely unusual for me, when I sat down to put on my shoes and clicked on the TV just before the second plane hit. I was running on just a few hours sleep each night that whole week because I was afraid something else was going to happen and I wouldn't know it. I'd wake up several times a night and turn on the TV to check. I brought a little TV to work so I could watch it. I was really annoyed when I had to leave the house for a family function the weekend after. I wanted to be home watching the news.

Ever since then, I usually have on the Fox News Channel most of the day. Of course I watch other stuff sometimes, but I always check the news between shows and the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. If there's nothing on I want to watch, I have on the news.

I know this is terribly interesting listening to me rattle on about liking the news. I'll go now and try to think of something more interesting to talk about. I promise it won't be crochet either.

Hee! Geraldo Rivera just got knocked on his ass by a wave while broadcasting from Galveston. Too funny.

Holy Crap!

Ike looks like a bad-ass. I'm skeered for those people. I'm going to snuggle up in my pajamas and watch the continuous coverage all weekend. Supposedly we are only going to get one day of rain. I find that hard to believe.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We Were Robbed

I worked yesterday morning and then forced myself to get out and run some errands. Of course the rain waited until I was out and about to start dumping on us. I went to Hobby Lobby first for some snaps to sew onto a heating pad cover I made. I'm pretty sure I got out of there in less than 30 minutes, which is amazing because I usually stand in the yarn isle and stare. I have a really hard time in that isle. The last time I was there, I stood there for an hour and a half! I'm not exaggerating either. I stand there and stare and put yarn in my basket, then take it back out and put another choice in, and then take THAT out, and on and on and on. Sometimes I just stand there for God knows how long and realize that I'm not even thinking about yarn at all. I'm just standing there like an idiot with a blank mind.


Anyway, I made a conscious effort to get what I wanted and leave. But then I went to Target to buy some big plastic storage tubs. I don't know how long it took me to finally just pick three and leave, but it was a long time. I left the house at 1:00-ish, and when I got in my car at Target, it was 4:15. When I leave the house, I need to wear one of those watches with an alarm that goes off every hour and make that my queue to leave wherever I am.


I still had to stop by Mom & Dad's, so I called Barnaby to tell him I wouldn't be home when he got there and to please feed the dogs because I hadn't fed them before I left. At about 5:45, Barnaby called my cell phone...


HIM: Hi. You need to stop by the store on your way home for bread.


ME: But we have a whole loaf and some --


HIM: No, we don't have any bread. And remember that unopened package of tortillas?


ME: Uh-huh.


HIM: We don't have any of those either. Oh, and that entire package of unopened Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins? We don't have any of those either.


ME: Uh-oh.


HIM: Yep.


ME: I guess the dogs weren't hungry when you got home then?


HIM: Nope.


The little hellion, Fletch, had climbed up in a chair that I had moved into the kitchen earlier in the day to use as a footstool, then climbed up on the counter, walked across the stovetop, and stole all the bread off of the counter. At some point after he feasted on whole wheat bread, tortillas, and English muffins, he decided to share his bounty with the rest of the dogs and took what was left into the living room for them. There were bread crumbs and bread wrappers and pieces of tortilla ALL OVER the counters and floors, and there were little pawprints all over the top of my ceramic cooktop.


I guess I should have fed them before I left.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Slideshow

I just got distracted from work and spent two hours making the slideshow in my sidebar. I could get distracted for days putting new stuff up here. Mostly because it takes me forever to get it just right for my OCD self.

Hope you enjoy it. Back to work!

Blah, Blah, Crochet, Blah

I haven't left the house since sometime last week -- whatever day it was that I went to the grocery store and got the stuff for that cheesecake. I've been a crocheting fool. Thank goodness my arm and hands have not been sore at all and that has allowed me to crochet as much as I want.

I started these two new projects:

The top strip is the beginning of a diamond afghan that I saw HERE (second one on the right of that page). I searched high and low for the pattern on the Internet but couldn't find it. I also emailed the lady who owns that website and asked her if she'd share her pattern, but she didn't answer me. So I figured it out on my own using the picture of hers. I made mine seven rows of diamonds longer because I wanted a bedspread instead of a smaller afghan like hers. I should have made it about 15 rows longer, but now that I've spent a few hours on it, I'm not going to rip it out and start over. My beginning chain was plenty long, but it shrunk up once I got a few rows in.

The colored squares will eventually be sewn together to make a scrap afghan. You can see a finished one HERE. It's similar to the 4th one down on the right side of that page.

Note to Patsy: I also worked some more on your afghan. It will be done one of these days! I'm going to mail you that heart hot pad I made last week. I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Luggage space will be limited when we come in October so I need to mail it instead of bringing it with me.

Am I boring y'all to death with all my crochet talk lately? So sorry if I am. It's the only thing I have to talk about since that's all I've been doing! I've neglected all my housework but thank goodness my hubby is a real sweetie and has done a lot of it, including the laundry. I absolutely have to get out and do the grocery shopping today sometime.

I also have lots of REAL work to do today so no there'll be no crocheting until tonight. I need to shut up and get crackin'.

Boon Pappy sent me THIS LINK to a blog that looks interesting if you're into asian cooking. I'll have to look at it more thoroughly later and pick something to make. Some of you might enjoy looking at it too. Thanks, Boon Pappy! XOXOXO

Saturday, September 06, 2008

I'll Never Quit

Whenever I fall off the diet and exercise wagon, gain weight, and feel like giving up (and I've done it eleventy-billion times), I always remember a quote I heard or read somewhere:

"You can only fail if you stop trying." Or something like that.

I hate to fail at anything, so here's to eleventy-billion and one...

Friday, September 05, 2008

Done!

Well, almost done. I'm taking it over to my mom's tomorrow to see if she'll help me put the lining in and some pockets. I like it! I bought the stuff to make a dark gray one with white fuzzy trim. I suppose that's what I'll be doing most of the weekend.

Have a good one.

Love,

Pamela Martha Stewart (PMS! Ha-ha!)

Purse

The purse is coming along easily and quick. I would probably be finished if I hadn't used a bulkier yarn and smaller needle than called for in the pattern. My purse is going to be a lot bigger. I need to run to Hobby Lobby and get the rings to attach the handles and some kind of lining material, and hopefully I'll finish it up this evening. I can't wait to put the furry trim on! I'll have a picture up as soon as it's finished. I'll probably start another one right away because it's been fun.

Other than working on the purse, I've done nothing but sleep and work. There's just not a whole lot going on.

I'll yak at y'all later.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Cute!

This is my next crochet project. How cute is that? After crocheting the purse, you use a process called "felting" to make the yarn soft and fuzzy. The pattern and instructions are HERE. Wish me luck.

I'm FAT...Again!

And it's not cute like this.

I guess I need to get over it and learn to live happily with myself just as I am. Countless diets, exercise, starving, diet pills, and even two surgeries have been unsuccessful. I take the blame for having no discipline. I don't understand how I could want something so badly -- something that is certainly within my control -- and still not be able to accomplish it and maintain it.

I hit that horrible number on the scale this morning and just needed to vent. Y'all don't comment on this subject, okay? That is, unless you have some magic pills and want to send me some.

And now I'm going to eat a piece of cheesecake. Ha-ha-ha! Not really, but maybe, because there IS one in my fridge that keeps calling me and won't shut up. Okay, I probably will eat some. Let's be real. No, wait. Let's not be real. We don't have to because this is a safe place where we can pretend and nobody will know. I love it here.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Doh! #1, #2 & #3

Doh! #1

I was tricked into attempting to peel boiled eggs again using a "trick" that was sent to me via email on YouTube. Just for the record, it doesn't work. You just look like an idiot blowing on an egg.

You can see the marred eggs in the bowl to the left of the sink, AND my stopped-up sink from the egg peelings. As if I wasn't annoyed enough from the eggs! Grrrrr...


So instead of deviled eggs, I made egg salad for samiches tonight. I used the boiled eggs and mashed them up, added a small amount of chopped onion, lots of chopped celery, black pepper, and real mayonnaise.

Doh! #2

This should be a perfect dinner since Barnaby just called me and said he'd be late tonight due to an IA investigation he was assigned to today. Even though he doesn't run that department anymore, the Chief wanted him on it. I don't know why he was forced to transfer out of there after five years, because the Chief keeps pulling him back in there for "special" investigations anyway. Barnaby loved that job and did everything he could to keep from being transferred to no avail. You see, it's policy that no one stays in a position "inside" more than five years, but patrolmen can stay outside and rot for an entire career. Supposedly, staying in a position too long breeds corruption. I guess you can't be corrupt on patrol or if you transfer around? Whatever, Dudes.

I got off on a tangent there. Sorry.

Doh! #3

I'm not working because we had a power outage about 30 minutes into recording the hour-long Webcast and I lost it all. Now I have to wait until tomorrow and record it when it's available for re-viewing.

Nothing is working right today! I don't care. I'm still happy and in a good mood. I should be a big crabby-ass, but I'm not. I keep hearing sirens from the Fire Dept. or EMS in our neighborhood. I'm not the only one having a bad day. At least I'm not being whisked away by an ambulance. I usually don't hear any of those sirens. It must be the high winds carrying it this way.

I may post yet another entry today because I'm bored and I don't want to crochet. Check back often if you're bored too.

I Like Bullet Points

I'm doing today's entry in bullet points just because I like them. They're easy.

  • I re-made that cheesecake yesterday, but I used a better recipe. It's the one I always go back to because it's so good. You can find it on the back of the box of Keebler Graham Cracker Crumbs, "New York Cheesecake." I just added 2 Tbsp lemon juice and 1 Tbsp lemon zest to make it lemon. Well, duh.
  • Gustov (Did I spell that right? Gustof maybe? Whatever...) made his grand entrance yesterday into the Dallas area in the form of gusty winds and cooler temperatures. It's still windy today, a little cooler still, and it's now raining -- not much, but a little. I'm liking the cooler temps. Again, duh.
  • I haven't been doing much of anything except sleeping and crocheting lately. I've been sleepier than normal (if that's possible) and can drink a giant cup of coffee and go straight to sleep. Weird. I haven't had much work to do and it's a good thing. It's hard to type and sleep at the same time. Usually when I sleep this much I'm stressed or bothered about something. Hmm. I can't think of anything that might be bugging me, so I guess I'm just lazy. I'm happy, just a sleepy head.
  • I've been looking at crochet patterns on the Internet for hours. I swear, I could do it for days on end if my body would let me sit for that long. I print out the ones I think I might like to try, but most of them just get thrown in my crochet book. I do start a lot of them and never finish them. I cleaned out my yarn closet Monday and ripped out a bunch of forgotten projects and rewound the yarn. And by "cleaned out my yarn closet," I mean it's now all sitting on the poker table in the front room. The closet looks good, though! Hee. I need to buy another one of those big plastic storage thingies and put it all in there and under the bed. I have another full one under there now. Someone restrain me from buying more yarn. I can't help myself.
  • Okay, these bullet points are getting kind of long. That defeats the point, doesn't it? Bullet points are supposed to be short, concise summaries of a thought. There's your writing lesson of the day right there. I totally made that up. It's at least sort of right. I don't know the exact definition.
  • I like gum.
  • I have to go now and record a Webcast that starts at 1:00. My work begins when it's over at 2:00. No naps today. Oh, wait. I already had one. No second naps today!

I love you! Bye.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Food & Stuff

This was the most frustrating thing I've ever tried to crochet, and I'm never making another one! I bet I had to rip out what I'd done and start over a dozen times. The problem is knowing where you are in the pattern. Even with keeping my place with a sticky note, I still managed to screw it up countless times. I told Barnaby last night that it wasn't going to beat me and I was going to finish it if it was the last thing I did. I just finished it up a little while ago. I win! I attached a little silver heart at the top that says, "Made With Love." Awww, ain't that sweet?


The Book I'm Currently Reading

Salmon Patties, Corn, and Peas

My Breakfast This Morning: Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup oatmeal (quick or old fashioned)

1-1/2 Tbsp white sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup buttermilk (I used vinegar & milk)

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp vegetable oil (I used olive oil)

1 egg

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour batter by 1/4 cup portions onto griddle and brown on both sides.

I had these with Cary's Sugar Free Syrup and they were yummy. I used olive oil in the recipe because I'm out of vegetable oil, and you couldn't tell any difference.

Random: Yea! It's September!

I'm going to the grocery store now fotr those cheesecake ingredients. Barnaby was disappointed yesterday when I didn't have that cheesecake made. Guess I better get to it if it's going to have time to chill before he gets home.

See ya.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Beware of Boring Entry Ahead

I spent at least four hours yesterday evening making THESE. You have to make two of those hearts and then crochet them together before crocheting the edging on. After the two hearts were complete, I figured out that I had done them wrong and had to scrap them. I had stayed up later than normal to finish them after Barnaby went to bed, so I was not a happy camper that I had to trash them after all that work at midnight. I'm not giving up, though. I'm going to start over again today. It should go much faster now that I'm famliar with the pattern. Live and learn.

We should start getting some rain from Hurricane Gustov tomorrow or Wednesday. Bring it on. We need it.

This morning at 6:00 Barnaby informed me that someone had left the cheesecake out on the counter last night. I guess I forgot to put it back in the fridge after I had a piece to soothe my irritation at the crochet debacle. He then informed me that, "He only got one piece of it." Wah. I guess I'll be making another one. I'm not in the mood to do it right now. I'll have to run to the store for more cream cheese and graham crackers first. Maybe I'll cheat and make some of those individual cheesecakes using a cupcake pan.

Is anyone surprised that I'm sleepy and it's only 8:53 a.m.? If so, then you'll really be surprised when I tell you I'm going back to bed now. The dogs got me up too early. See ya.

Note: My back quit hurting before noon yesterday and I haven't felt even a twinge since then. The ice packs and heating pad did the trick. Hooray!