Saturday, August 30, 2008

Kid's TV

Can I just tell you how much I hate most of the children's programming on TV today? It seems like most of it is little more than an ad for some toy or trading card of some sort. Very few of the shows have substance, and the tween sitcoms like Hannah Montana and especially The Suite Life of Zach and Cody grate on my nerves big time.

The other day I tried to explain to Chickenhead that when I was a kid (yes, I realize how old that makes me sound) we didn't have entire TV networks of cartoons and kid shows. We had one show every morning-



How could you not love the Captain? Oh how I wish this show was on DVD! I probably wouldn't let Chickenhead watch them, though. Let's look at another one! I loved Mr. Moose and his ping-pong balls most of all!



Now seriously, why are there not shows like this on TV anymore?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Another Puzzle

Dang, I think I'm hooked on creating my own jigsaw puzzles! Ok, here's a new one. I thought this was a cool photo of Buddha; I like the way the photo was taken at an angle. Have fun!

Click to Mix and Solve

Websites I Love

I wanted to share with you a couple of websites I'm really crushing on right now. The first one is Cozi.com click here to go to Cozi. Cozi is a free online calendar, but it's so much more than just a calendar. You can set up a calendar for your family, group of friends, whatever, and everyone can add or edit events on the calendar. Anyone can send email or text message reminders about events to everyone else. My favorite part is the shopping list. You can have a shopping list for the grocery store, the warehouse club, even a list for the Wal-Marts or Target. You can print off your list or have it sent to your cell phone. I love it, because I can just put items on my Cozi list as I think of them, rather than have to rely on my failing memory when I go to write up my shopping list. If someone picks up something on the list, they can go on to your site and check it off.


One of my other favorite sites right now is the Simply Recipes blog. click here to go to Simply Recipes. This is a fantastic food blog with tons of recipes. All of the posts are labeled, so if you're looking for wheat free, or desserts or whatever, it's easy to find. The recipes are clearly written and easy to follow.

OK, I'm gonna go update my shopping list and surf through some recipes!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Especially For Moms of Boys

The Country Doctor's Wife has a great post on her blog today. Check out her 'choreganizers'! click here to visit CDW

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Puzzle

I love puzzles and my favorite site online to do jigsaws is jigzone.com In fact, I think they may be one of the only sites where you can do jigsaw puzzles online. Anyway, you can upload your own pics, so let's see if it works.

Click to Mix and Solve

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Epiphanies, Realizations and Other 'Duh' Moments


"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Buddha



The other day some of my friends and I were chatting online about the things that we've come to realize now that we are older. We each posted a list of the things that we've learned about ourselves since we were know-it-all 20-year olds. One sentence that I wrote has really stuck in my mind-

"I don't need the body I had when I was 16 in order to be happy. I wasn't that damned happy then, so size is never really the issue."

I can't believe it's taken me 20-some years to realize that my happiness doesn't depend on how thin or beautiful I am. Yes, it's important to me to try to be healthy, and to take care of my appearance, but that's not the key to my overall happiness. I wasn't that happy when I was in high school; I never really dated, and even though I tried to appear outgoing, inside I was shy and convinced that no guy would ever be interested in me. I let the negatives take over my life for a while, and my only regret now is that I wish I hadn't done that.

Happiness comes, I think, from being able to live in the now. When one can stop obsessing over past failings and fears of 'what if', only then can you learn to accept where you are in your life now and find happiness.

It seems like such a simple thing, doesn't it? To let go of the things that are holding you down and to accept the love that you can feel right now. It's actually harder than it sounds in some ways, but I'm working on it. Every day it gets a little easier to shed those old feelings and to love who I am now, and know that there are people who love me.

I can't say that I have this new mindset perfected yet. It's hard to change 40 years of thinking, but it's coming along. I can honestly say though, that now, right now, I am happy. I have family and friends who love me. I've got a job I enjoy, working with people that I like to be around. I have a husband who loves me as I am, and encourages me when I want better for myself. I have a son who lights my day and has shown me that love can fill your heart in ways you could never imagine.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go find Chickenhead and see what he's up to. It's awfully quiet around here!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Celebrity Eye Candy- Josh Holloway

Since we've got like a million years until the next season of LOST starts, I've been going through some serious Sawyer withdrawals. So imagine my surprise when I was watching a re-run of 'In Her Shoes' on FX, and they aired this commercial for Davidoff's Cool Water-



Yes, this might hold me over for a little while!

The World's Longest Quiz

That I lifted from Lurkergirl's page, that she stole from someone else, that they stole from someone else, that they...well, you get the picture. Get comfy, this might take a minute.

Kwiz Me Meme

How many people live in your house?
Right now, 4- Me, Chickenhead, The Husband and my momma

Do you like your siblings?
I have a half-brother whom I've seen 3 maybe 4 times in my life. No love lost there, apparently.

What color are your nails?
Natural

What’s your favorite place on earth?
Chicago

Ever punch someone in the face?
No, but that doesn't mean I don't fantasize about it

Did you have a dream last night?
I don't remember what it was. Nothing good, obviously. I was having sexytime dreams about Bono from U2 there for a while Woo-hooo!!

Where is your shirt from?
Dillard's

Are you mad at someone?
No, but it's only 11:47. The day is young!

Where’s your best friend?
Currenlty in the office building next to mine, otherwise she's kicking it near the MO/Iowa border!

Last place you bought something from?
Lunch at Chipotle on Monday. It was a burrito bowl with shredded beef, black beans, pico, lettuce and guacamole. It was love at first sight!

Last person you were in a car with?
The husband and Chickenhead

What bank do you use?
Well, that's a tad personal. Ha, I'll tell you I'm having sexy dreams about Bono, but won't tell you where I bank.

Do you like being in pictures?
As long as I can control the photo-shopping of the picture.

Who’s your last missed call from?
Probably a bill collector.

Ever broken something at someone else’s house?
Oh god...when I was 8 or 9, I accidentally broke my great-aunt's ceramic bird bath. I was carrying the bowl for her to wash and I tripped over the hose in the yard. I thought my mom was going to kill me. She didn't speak to me for 2 days! My great-aunt was cool, she said she could make another one, but still.

Are you a good driver?
Yes

What’s on your mind right now?
Is it Friday yet?

When is your birthday?
In 2 months

What kind of cell phone do you have?
Some Sony-Erickson slider piece of crap

How old will you be in 5 years?
Still 36

Are you a movie buff?
I don't watch movies in the buff.

If you could move tomorrow, would you?
By myself? Really? Nah, I would at least take Chickenhead with me. And the husband too, I suppose.


Do you like the weather today?
It's humid and crappy. I spent 30 minutes straightening my hair this morning, only to have the work rendered completely useless 30 seconds after I stepped outside.

Do you like the outdoors or indoors better?
Indoors any time.

How tall are you?
5'4"

If you had to choose an age to remain for the rest of your life what would it be?
30

What’s something in your past you wish you could relive?
I wouldn't change a thing, even the bad stuff. It's a pretty sweet life right now.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Sleep in, then maybe shop

Favorite nearby vacation destination?
What is this strange word, 'vacation'?

How’s the weather?
Cloudy and crappy

Does anything on your body hurt?
My left knee hurts, which means it's going to rain.

What was the last television show you watched?
Greatest American Dog, and part of the news this morning.

Do you prefer orange or cherry ice-pops?
Neither

Do you like pickles?
Yes, Claussen dills. Yum!

Does your hair still smell like shampoo?
Nope hairspray and frizz-ease

What’s plugged in in the nearest outlet?
computer, calculator, radio

What was the last thing you wrote by hand?
A note to the Avon lady

What’s your favorite commercial?
The beef jerky one where they sneak up on Bigfoot, but he hears them and throws the guy into the lake.

Do you pay attention to celebrity gossip?
I read D-listed pretty religuously. They're all such losers you can't help but laugh at them.

Have you sung out loud today?
Not yet, but I was groovin' to Jungle Love by Morris Day & The Time on my iPod earlier.

Do you wish it was 4 years into the future, or 4 years back?
4-years into the future.

Can you touch your nose with your foot?
Hee, hee, that's funny!

Do you prefer paper towels, or napkins?
Paper towels

Are you currently texting anyone?
No

What was the last movie you watched?
I never have time for movies. I tried to get Chickenhead to watch Ferris Bueller with me the other night, but he wasn't interested.

Whom did you last high-five?
Chickenhead

Describe your best friend in 3 words.
Loyal, Dependable, Honest (it sounds like I described a Chevy, but no, that's my best friend!)

Do you watch the Olympics?
Most definitely

Can you dance?
I call it dancing, and that's all that really matters

Do you keep the oil changed in your car?
This is the husband's dpeartment

Have you ever been hunting?
No

Do you like taking pictures?
Yes

What about making scrapbooks?
I love it and I've gotten away from it. I'm trying to get back in the game, though.

Are you a sushi lover?
No

What is your favorite restaurant of all time?
Gojo's Japanese Steakhouse. I heart that place

Does it annoy you when people drive slow in the fast lane?
Yes, get off the road, losers.

What do your parents do for a living?
Dad is currenly deceased, so I don't think he's up to much. Mom works part time at a community center.

Are there any famous people you’d like to meet?
Robert Plant so I can have his baby, and apparently Bono, too.

Do you get tired of hearing about celebrity divorces?
Yes and all of their freakin' kids.

What are your plans for the weekend?
Yard work, housework, fun, fun!

How often do you tan?
I don't. I'm Irish, so the standard procedure is burn, peel and freckle.

Are your nails always manicured?
My toenails yes, my fingernails, no

Could you ever go without eating meat?
Dear Lord no. Life with out a hamburger? No bacon? Yeah, not happening.

Where is your favorite place to buy groceries?
Price Chopper

When was the last time you took a bubble bath?
Last year, maybe?

Do have good sense of style?
Anymore I tend to stick with classic pieces. I don't try really trendy stuff too often.

If you could have any car, what would it be?
A Volvo or a Saab

Do you like fast food?
Not so much McDonalds and such. I like Taco Bell every now and then, but I really love Chipotle and Quiznos.

Have you ever flipped someone off while driving?
I thought you were SUPPOSED to do that.

Do you like to receive compliments or give them?
Both

Have you ever been to a casino?
Just the boats here around town. I want to go to Vegas, though.

What do you do to relax?
Read or sleep

Do you like kids?
I love them!

Does family mean a lot to you?
Yes

Are you going to the beach anytime soon?
I'm in a landlocked state, so I don't see it happening.

What is your favorite perfume?
Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist. But I also like this new stuff called 'Clean'. Which is exactly what it smells like. I'm also a fan of the Brown Sugar and Fig collection at Bath & Body Works.

What is your favorite men’s cologne?
Eternity for Men

What is your favorite type of dog?
Corded Pouli- you know those dogs that have dreads?

If you had to move to a different country, which one would you choose?
Ireland

Do you like to color in coloring books?
Only if it's with Crayola crayons. Lurkergirl is right, the cheap crayons feel different on the paper.

Do you think you would have been a hippie in the 60s and 70s?
Probably

Would you rather be cold or hot?
Cold — because you can always put on another layer--hot, sticky and sweaty don't work for me <--what she said


Incense or candles?
candles

What brand of cosmetics do you use the most often?
Maybelline and some MAC here and there.

What is the one commercial on TV that annoys you the most?
The Secret deodorant commercial where the girl is going around raising her arms.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Early Bird

Would you rather be smart or beautiful?
I'm both (ha!), but if I could pick just one, it would be smart.

What is your favorite reality show?
Project Runway

So whom are you voting for in the upcoming election?
Probably Obama-rama. He has a fun name!

What ringtone is on your phone?
I think it's called 'whoopie'.

What would you tell a 3-year-old that asks where babies come from?
Mommies and daddies make babies.

What is your favorite type of cereal?
Coco-Puffs

Are you double jointed?
No

What videos do you search for on YouTube?
Every once in a while, I'll want to see a video that was on MTV back when all they showed was videos. I made Chickenhead watch 'Fishheads' with me last weekend.

Have you ever given money to a homeless person?
Yes

Have you ever had to go to the emergency room?
Yes

Who is your favorite comedian?
Steven Wright

Name some foods you will not eat:
Okra
Clams
Squid, calamari, whatver you call it
Oysters
Any organ meats (brains,liver, hearts, kidneys, etc.)

Do you have any irrational fears?
I'm afraid of being pushed down an escalator

Do you snoop in other people’s medicine cabinets?
No, and you won't find anything but hair product and skin product in mine.

What happens if you put the “This side up” side face down while popping microwave popcorn?
I don't eat microwave popcorn, so this has never crossed my mind.

How much would you pay in ransom if someone stole your pet?
Right, like someone's going to steal our parakeet, RePete

Have you ever eaten green eggs and ham?
No

Ever had surgery? On what?
C-Section, surgery on hand

Ever walked through a fast food restaurant drive thru?
Who would do that?


Ok, well, this was an incredible amount of time I spent on this thing. Y'all better comment. I put a lot of work into this one!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

An International Flair

Today we headed out to Swope Park to the K.C. Ethnic Enrichment Festival. It's gotten bigger over the years, and I think the last time we went was before Chickenhead was even born. He had a blast going from booth to booth checking out the different foods and trinkets from all the different countries. Mostly, he was there for the food.

I tried to get him to have some fun. Why do I have to nag him to have fun? If it doesn't involve eight levels of thrills and excitement and shooting aliens, it's not fun, I guess. I had to practically beg him to do this-


Right after I snapped the photo, all he had to say was, 'when do we eat?' Oh no, the husband and I said, First, there will be culture! So we sat down and watched the Native American dancers. They were really cool-



This guy's costume was awesome. Most of the dancers make their own costumes, doing all the beadwork themselves.


This guy made me laugh for some reason. Maybe because he's wearing an Elmer Fudd type hunting cap in August.


Finally, after the Native American dancers and a kendo exhibition, we finally ate. At last, Chickenhead was happy!


I told him this was where that turkey leg really came from-


He knows better than to believe me, though. I hope!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Greed or Lust- One of The Seven Deadly Sins

First, a random thought. Just as there are seven deadly sins, there are also seven dwarfs. Coincidence? I think not.

Earlier the husband and I were sitting around daydreaming about what we'd do if we won the powerball. Being as this is my current retirement plan, I think about it a lot. The husband has plans for a huge house/compound with underground roads and a subterranean shooting range or something. I just want, well, stuff. I want stuff that I have no need for, will probably never wear or use. Doesn't matter, I want it. It's probably a good thing that chances are likely that I'll never win the powerball. I'd blow through that money pretty quickly and end up being one of those people you see on a TLC special about how the lottery ruined their lives.

In the mean time though, a girl can dream. Here's some of the useless and semi-useless crap I would buy-


Christian Louboutin shoes. I'm not a red carpet kind of gal, so I'd probably traipse around the Casa in them, wearing them with sweat pants or jeans. But damn, I would look hot!



Yendi by Capucci perfume. I wore it in high school. It smells rich, but isn't expensive. It's actually something I could afford now, I wouldn't have to wait for my ship to roll in!


'Odin' flatware by Dansk. I have loved this stuff for years. Because it's weird looking. I smile when I think of having friends over for dinner and seeing the looks on their faces when they see this stuff on the table. Plus, my mom hates it, which makes me automatically love it even more, because at heart I'm still a 12-year old.



The big-ass Henckles knife set. Because bigger IS better. I think the block even spins. Wheeee!


These dishes from Target. I love the patterns and the color combinations. Another thing that I could actually afford now!

Thank you for letting me share my greedy, lustful desires with you! Is there anything you're lusting after? I can put it on my powerball list!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Nicknames For My Son



I rarely call him by his given name, unless he's in trouble or grating on the one last nerve that I have. Here are some of the other names he answers to-

Boo-boo (or Boo or Boo-boo Man)

Cheeto

Chickenhead

Mr. Twiddles (I have no idea how I came up with this one)

Slick

Fred

Satan-baby

Dingleberg

Hellboy

I hope he doesn't end up with an identity crisis.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Cheese Puffs- My Favorite!

When my Aunt Judy was alive, she would make these cheese puffs for holiday get togethers. Not long after I got married, she passed the recipe on to me. They are so easy to make, and downright addictive! They're a great treat for upcoming football parties, Halloween festivities, etc. You can make up a bunch and even bake just 3 or 4 or 12 or 16 in your toaster oven. Not that I've ever done that. Anyway, here's the recipe-

Cheese Puffs

1 loaf of Texas Toast
1 8oz. package of cream cheese, softened at room temp
2 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened to room temp
2 egg whites, beaten

Cut crusts off of slices of Texas Toast and cut each slice into 4 squares.

In a double boiler, melt butter, cream cheese and cheddar cheese, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and gently fold in egg whites.

With a fork, dip bread cubes into cheese mixture, coating completely. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze cheese puffs for 1 hour and then place in zip loc bags.

To bake-

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place frozen cheese puffs on un-greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve hot.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Some Days I'm a Tigger, and Some Days...



Every once in a while, I wake up feeling exactly like Eeyore. "I suppose it's a good day, if you say so". I'm not really sure why I wake up in a blue mood every now and then, and really, I think probably everyone does. It's a bit frustrating, though, when you can't pin down exactly what it is that's bothering you.

It could be the fact that I'm feeling a bit bittersweet about school starting later this week. Chickenhead will be in 3rd grade, a harsh reminder that he's really not a baby any more, and that I'm getting older. Before long, it will be 6th grade, then high school graduation, and then college graduation, and then he'll run off and get married to some hussy and I'll never see him again. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit.

And, since my friend Beth passed, I find myself thinking about death. I don't want to die! I have a lot of years of nagging the husband left in me! I have a lot of bitching left to do! Seriously, I don't see myself dying anytime soon, but it seems like more so lately, I get that little voice in the back of my head warning me to look out for muggers, deranged shooters, cancer, plaque buildup in the arteries. I'm not letting any of this silliness stop me from living or making me afraid. I think I would be even more of an Eeyore if I was afraid to ever leave my home.

In the end, I think every once in a while, you just need an Eeyore day to let the blahs fester and boil over so you can get it all out of your system. I predict I'll be back to being Tiggeriffic tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Rambling Mish-Mash (or,What The Inside of My Head Sounds Like)

We now have one week until school starts! Yikes! I still have to buy folders and a protractor and Kleenex and hand sanitizer. Next Tuesday is Fee Night, a jolly event where I get the privilge of forking over $90 for 'textbook rental' (don't get me started, this is still a sore spot with me), put $30 on the lunch card, pay those PTA harpies $10 just so I can have their school directory and probably order some 'Bobcat' gear of some sort. Hmm...looks like I'll have to scour the husband's closet for some goodies to put on Ebay so I can raise some additional funds.

Our neighbors own an Indian restaurant in Midtown, Taj Palace . We were telling our neighbor how we had never tried Indian food, and were anxious to experience it. So last night, when he came home from work, he was kind enough to bring us some dishes to sample. We had Lamb Saag and Chicken Tikka Masala, both of which were divine! The rice was very good as well, and Kai loved the nan. Now I'm anxious to try other dishes and see what all I've been missing. I see a trip to Taj Palace in our near future!

My mother is again proclaiming her general displeasure of living with us. She is again threatening to move out, and this no longer upsets me. She needs to have her own place where she can feel like she can do whatever she wants. She can at our house of course, but she doesn't feel that way, and instead of making all of us miserable, I think she should move.

The song that keeps running through my head on endless loop is 'What's Goin' On' by 4Non Blondes. I hate that song.

*UPDATE*
I found a recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala that looks fairly simple. The ingredients are all things I could find at the store, it looks like.

Chicken Tikka Masala

"This is an easy recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala - Chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and then served in a tomato cream sauce. Serve with rice or warm pita bread."
Original recipe yield: 4 servings.
Prep Time:30 MinutesCook Time:50 MinutesReady In:2 Hours 20 MinutesServings:4 (change)

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
4 teaspoons salt, or to taste
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
4 long skewers
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

DIRECTIONS:
In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat a grill for high heat.
Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.
Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 3 teaspoons salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.