Recipe of the Week-LEFTOVERS!

Here's some guidelines on storing those leftovers.

Any perishable food should not stand at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. So within 2 hours of roasting, the poultry meat should be removed from the carcass and put away in the refrigerator or freezer. If desired, slice, cube or cut the meat into strips. Leftover poultry parts or pieces can be packaged without being cut up. Meat and leftover poultry casseroles can be refrigerated for 3 to 4 days, stuffing for up to 3 days and gravy for 2 days. Stuffing can be frozen for 1 to 2 months, and meat and casseroles for up to 6 months. Homemade gravy does not freeze well.

What to do with all that leftover turkey!! Here's a little something different.

Curried Turkey

Ingredients:

2 cups milk
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 cups diced peeled apples
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 cups diced cooked turkey
Hot cooked rice

1) In a small saucepan, heat the milk and bouillon, stirring until bouillon is dissolved. Set aside.

2) In a large saucepan, saute apples and onion in oil until tender. Stir in the flour, curry powder, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add milk mixture and lemon juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add turkey; heat through. Serve over rice.

Yield: 6 servings.

NUTRITION FACTS: 1 cup (calculated without rice) equals 338 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 675 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 31 g protein.




What are You Thankful For?

Of course, you know that I am not sitting in front of my computer this morning typing out a blog. I wrote this days and days ago. I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving. If you are reading this instead of sitting in the living room watching your family members swear at the referees of the NFL football game on the TV or listening to them snore after eating too much turkey... shame on you! Get off the damn computer! Come back tomorrow and tell me what your reasons for being thankful are ... Here are mine...



One of the things I am thankful for is a friend who is WAY more organized than me. She, Cam, came up with writing out a weeks worth of posts prior to the week they are to be posted. A genius idea. For a while I was just posting everyday about things that were going on. Then nothing happened and I didn't know what to do. I was lost in blogger limbo. I am also thankful for just having her in my life for so many other reasons that I don't even know where to begin.



Cam is not the only friend who I am thankful for. I am thankful to still have Jeep Chick in my life. We "lost" each other for a few years. Yes, I said years. She was living her life, I was living my life. Then our lives came together again. She might say it's saa-weet. I would agree. She helped me through some stuff and she was always there when I needed her. I hope I can be there for her.





I am also thankful for my family. My husband is the greatest man, like ever. He works so hard to take care of his family. The kids are there to test every ounce of patience that I have, but I am so very glad they are in my life.

Additionally, I am thankful for the things people usually overlook. Sunlight, moonlight, stars, the wind, the Earth, clean water, trees, dirt, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right to choose, democracy, waking up this morning...

Thankfulness also comes in odd places... like toe socks, Milk Duds, Starbucks' Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha, Ramen noodles, flannel sheets and stuff like that...

Whatever you are doing today, take a moment to be...
thankful

Inner... Uh... "Chi"???

So I’m sitting here at the bus stop at 2:32PM on Tuesday afternoon, the18th. No, the kids don’t get out of school early or anything. No, I wasn’t just bored sitting around the house.

For starters, I jacked up my computer. I don’t have any idea what I did either. My kids computer (aka my old computer) had a multi-card reader on it so I decided that I was going to take it from their computer and put it on mine. No problem, it’s an easy process. Just unplug from one and plug it into the other. Well, that’s what I did, but I plugged it into the wrong spot. I didn’t notice that it was plugged in wrong at first. No horrible problems when I turned my computer back on. Except that my mouse wasn’t working. I tried a different mouse. Still nothing. I turned it back off using the keyboard to navigate around the desktop. I then discovered that I had plugged in the card reader wrong so I fixed it. Turned the computer back on. No mouse movement. AND no keyboard. But the card reader was finally working. I thought I could get along with out the mouse for a little while until I could take the computer to have it looked at about the mouse. Well, now I can’t even shut it down properly. I just have to pull the plug. For you guys that know me, me without internet = crazy lady. So I called and groveled to my mom to borrow her laptop. She sensed how desperate I was becoming and obliged me. Thanks Mom!

Now back to why I am sitting at the bus stop more than an hour before the bus comes. I park on the side of the road in a spot just big enough for my car in the middle of nowhere on the county line to pick my kids up off the bus. ( Wow that’s a huge sentence right there) Last week, there was some girl parked in my spot in the morning! How dare she!! I had to squeeze my car in between a mailbox and a concrete marker that says “Valve” on it. Who the hell does she think she is?! She didn’t put her kids on the bus too so I was left wondering what in the world she was doing there at 6:30 in the morning. She was obviously waiting for someone because she kept looking out her window. She wasn’t there that afternoon so I thought well, maybe she was just meeting someone. The weekend came and went and on Monday morning… no girl in my spot. Joy of joys. Monday afternoon, however, she was back again. Parked all catawampus IN MY SPOT! WTF? So I again had to squeeze in - Make room ! Make room! No kids got off the bus to get in her car… Sooooo…. I am here early to see if she comes today. I’m trying to see what time she gets here so I can leave a little early and beat her here.



Yes, I know…it’s just a piece of grass on the side of the road, but it’s my piece of grass and I’ve been parking on it for two years. Get your own piece of grass on the side of the road some where else "parking spot stealing girl".

-Fin-

UPDATED: I wrote this early and posted it late, but I wanted to post that I finally found out why she was there. She is putting her kids on a different bus going to a different school. I know this is a trivial thing. I know that I shouldn't be irritated by the whole thing, but I am. I've been parking there to meet the bus for about two years. When I first started going there to meet the bus, there was a different woman also meeting the bus there. She parked at the end of the road, just out of the way of traffic. I DID NOT start parking where she was parking. I found somewhere else to park. Because that was the polite thing to do. Not just take it upon myself to park my car, truck, SUV in the exact same spot that she did. I am trying to take Cam's advise and remember that I am moving in just a couple of months and then I won't have to deal with it... so I'm searching for my inner whatever to keep me from being irritated over something that I shouldn't be irritated over....

Yes, It's True...

I am apparently completely in love with a fictional character. I am also completely embarrassed by this. I don't want to be classified along with all those teenyboppers. That's what my Dad would call them... teenyboppers.

Gypsy (Cam) and I went to the movies yesterday to see "Twilight". There were several cars in the parking lot, but I wasn't scared. There was a small line at the box office window, but I wasn't upset. I purchased our tickets ONLINE. That's right, none of that sold-out business for us. I was kind of worried because Cam hasn't read any of the books at all, I've read all of them. In fact, I read them all in about a month. I bought one every week, then proceeded to read each one in only 2 to 3 days. I guess it's an understatement to say that I found them interesting.

The movie experience went well with only minor irritations. Firstly, there was the girl who, as I stood up to take off my coat, decided she wanted to sit in the aisle we were in and just walked up to me then walked right in front of me with her cell phone attached to her ear. Did she say excuse me? No. Did I? You are damn right. Then, after she finished her conversation, said, "I'm so sorry. I was talking to my boyfriend." Um... who cares? Say excuse me. That's what I wanted to say, but I didn't. I just nodded and Cam said, "It's ok." No one says excuse me anymore. It seems everyone feels entitled to just do whatever. I pointed out to Cam after that when anyone else came down our aisle... every single one of them said excuse me or pardon me. Let me clarify that these were older, not like gray hair or anything, but not teenagers or 20-somethings, that said the excuse me's. The first girl was younger. Hence cell phone attached to ear socket. Any way.... the only other flub-ub was the lady who answered her cell phone. In the middle of the movie. TWICE. Oh no she diiidn't, you say? Oh yes, she did.

I was glad that Cam did indeed enjoy the movie. The whole series is a little "sappy, teenage lovestory-esqe", but I love it anyway.

I left the movie theater wondering where I could get myself an Edward and how soon could I take my husband to see the movie and point out to him the imaginary mans' most attractive features....


Recipe of the Week

With Thanksgiving coming I thought I'd put a little recipe in here that you all could try for a little something different this holiday. I don't care much for cranberries at Thanksgiving dinner. I guess it's just an aversion to seeing cranberry jelly sauce straight out of a can and sliced on a plate that made me this way. Try this instead!



Recipe & photo from Taste of Home Baking Cookbook pg. 453


It's Fun Friday...

In today's episode of "The Adventures of Peas & Carrots", Cam & I will be taking you to a far off land called... the movie theater... da daa dunnnnnn! I know most of you may not know what this place is anymore because, like myself, the economy keeps us from doing things we enjoy.

But today is different. Today is "Twilight". It is different from our normal "Fun Friday" adventures. I love these books. Cam hasn't read them, but I've talked and talked about them and so she agreed to a matinee with me. Don't tell that employee of Hot Topic though because apparently she already thinks that we are a couple. Ha! Anywho... I will be debriefing you all tomorrow of our adventure to the movies today.

Hope everyone had a great Friday!

It's Creeping Up on Me



Christmas, that is. I've been trying to avoid as much of the Christmas stuff as possible this year. Only because it's not even Thanksgiving yet!!!

I did finally give in though. I figure that it's after Halloween so it may be safe to go ahead and wander the Christmas aisles. We've had the same ornaments on our tree for about 4 years now so I thought we could do with a change. Not to mention that after walking down the 5 aisles of ornaments at Hobby Lobby, I felt the need to possess new ornaments this year. And we all know how distracted I am with shiny things!! I will admit that some of these "things" were God-awful ugly and weighed so much I don't know how anyone could use them or would want to. Ugh. So I've purchased all the new ornaments for our tree this year early. (They were having a 50% off sale!)

I will not put them up before Thanksgiving! I refuse. I saw a house just this past Saturday night that had a lit-up snowman on their front porch. A snowman people. Another had their icicle lights already glowing... what??? It's just too early people. Stop already. The year went by fast enough with out having to speed right on past the next major holiday.

Slow down. Enjoy it. Jeez.

They Let Her Have a Kid??

Kaia swears she doesn't snore.

"I do not snore!", she says.

So she fell asleep on the couch the other night and I seized the opportunity to prove her wrong....and have a little fun too!



Sometimes I question my own parental skills....


TreeHugger Tuesday







Recipe of the Week

15-Minute Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients:
12 ounce boneless beef round steak
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1- 8 ounce pkg. fresh mushrooms, quartered, or one 2 1/2 ounce jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1- 8 ounce container dairy sour cream onion dip
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
--Hot cooked wide noodles or rice
--Snipped fresh parsley or chives (optional)

1) Trim fat from meat. Cut meat diagonally across grain into 1/4 inch wide strips. In a large skillet, brown meat in hot oil. Remove meat from skillet. (If necessary, add additional oil.) Add the fresh mushrooms, if using, and cook until tender.

2) Return meat to skillet. Add the canned mushrooms, if using. In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream dip and flour. Stir into mixture in skillet. Stir in milk and pepper. Cook and stir until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Serve over hot cooked noodles or rice. If desired, sprinkle with snipped fresh parsley or chives.

Makes 5 servings.

**Try not to over cook, it will lose the flavor. I found this out the hard way.**

NUTRITION FACTS: 364 cal., 18 g tatal fat (8 g sat. fat), 80 mg chol., 398 mg soduim, 29 g carb., 2g fiber, 23 g pro.

Lower Fat 15-Minute Beef Stroganoff: Prepare as directed, except substitute light dairy sour cream dip for the dairy sour cream dip.



Random Weirdness

Goofballs, we are.





These were big and wooden and just kind of weird utensils. There was also a spoon which I failed to photo.

A New Obsession

I made an executive decision this year to make everyone's Christmas gifts. I have no idea what I was thinking when I came to this conclusion. I am trying to save money while not offending anyone when we don't buy them something for the holidays. Personally, I don't really want anything. I would rather people buy themselves groceries or gas or spend it on a good book then to spend it on me.

Cam turned me on to a blog, Lolly Chops, that is excellent for inspiration purposes. I've read through the entire blog and come up with ideas for everybody this year. Excitedly I searched thorough ye olde storage room to find ye older than dirt sewing machine. I shouldn't poke fun... it really is an ancient machine and it still works with a little love and effort. Anyway, I got it out. I set it up. I realize that, well, I'm completely lost with the thing. I don't know what that knob does or what that lever moves. I don't even know how to put the thing in reverse. Wow... I'm severely untalented. I have sewn on it before.... like 15 years before. And all I did was sew some square pillows. The bare minimum of sewing expertise.

I made another executive decision.

Last Saturday, my mom and I went to town... riding on a pony... no, no... now where was I???

Oh yea.. we went shopping. Just a few groceries and some things....

I bought the fabric, the thread, all kinds of gadget-y stuff that looked important and.....



TA-DA! A new sewing machine. Thankfully, this sucker was on SALE & came with an instruction manual. Joy of joys.



These are my sewing notions. I picked up that word "notions" off of a package that had a "seam ripper" and measuring tape in them. Some of this stuff I already had, but most I did not. I bought the plastic container too, but now I wish I had just gone to the fishing area and bought a tackle box. More room, less price.



The birdie pattern from Lolly Chops.





People this is very important. That is a button foot on my sewing machine. I changed that all by myself. No help, no trip to the hospital... The button eye balls on the birdies are just a little lopsided, but it's my first real project so I was excited that the buttons didn't just fall off.



Sewn together, but not stuffed...



Two little birdies! I obviously need to work on the closing stitches and sewing in a straight line, but all together I am very proud of my work. It is quite clear I am no professional, but still... I think with a little practice... I can get them to look great. I think I may be in trouble though because my daughter has already asked me if I will make her a pretty dress.... YIKES!!!!

Weekend Recap

This weekend was pretty uneventful. Not that I am complaining about that!



My mom & I did a little shopping Saturday morning. That's when I saw a sign that changed the entire weekend. A sight I never thought I'd see again...



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That's right. Gas less than $2.00 a gallon. Now granted, it's only a penny less, but still it's less and I never thought I'd see that again. Keep conserving people!! It's finally starting to work!



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The husband took the day off, which doesn't happen too often, and we spent our Saturday afternoon in Morgantown at what passed for a Veteran's Day parade.



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I just have to add, with pride, that when in high school OUR Army R.O.T.C. could have kicked this Navy R.O.T.C.'s butt. I couldn't find a single one of them that was in step. I was greatly disappointed in them.



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The band just got back from state competition. They placed 12th I think. Not so good, but they went and that was good enough.



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I told this gentleman that this car needed more chrome. It was a saaa-weet ride.



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My son's Cub Scout/Boy Scout Pack, which he refused to march with.



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And here's my Kaia. Happily waving her flag.



It's a little early, but for all the veterans who may be reading this (like there are many???)...



Thank you for your service & happy Veteran's Day.





Introducing....

I thought I'd try a little something new on this here blog. I try to mix up what we eat every week so we don't end up eating the same ol' crap every week. I decided I thought I'd share with you guys a recipe or two.

Introducing Friday's Recipe of the Week

Stir-Fried Chicken And Rice Noodles


Prep:25 mins Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients:
2-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
3 ounces uncooked Asian rice noodles
4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
3 cups fresh broccoli florets
2/3 cup chopped green onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
1/4 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts

1) In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, soy sauce, wine or broth and sesame oil until smooth. Pour 1/4 cup marinade into a large resalable plastic bag; add the chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 20 minutes.

2) Add the broth, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and chili powder to remaining marinade; set aside.

3) Cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, drain and discard the marinade from chicken. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry chicken in 2 teaspoons canola oil until juices run clear; remove and keep warm.

4) Stir-fry broccoli in remaining canola oil for 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic and ginger; stir-fry 3-5 minutes longer or until broccoli is tender. Return chicken to the pan.

5) Stir reserved broth mixture and stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Drain noodles; toss with chicken mixture. Garnish with pasnuts.

Yield: 6 servings

NUTRITION FACTS: 1 cup equals 293 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 498 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein.


*** I used egg noodles instead of rice noodles, mainly because I forgot to grab some rice noodles at the store. And we omitted the peanuts because, well, I just don't like peanuts unless they are honey roasted and in a bowl by themselves. All was good even with the little changes we made.




*Photo Credit: Taste of Home Cookbook, pg. 231

Things Bouncing Around in My Head

I lost my daughter yesterday. Well, I didn't actually lose her, per say, but she zigged when she should have zagged. Both of the kids had a dentist appointment yesterday afternoon. The only way to get them there on time was to pick them up from school. I made sure that I wrote notes to teachers so that everything was kosher. Their school is very strict about the "no note = no change in going home procedure" rule. I am not complaining about that. It's a safety issue and I think they should keep on doing it. Back to the real story here.... I arrived fairly early to ensure my place was close to the beginning of the line. As I drove up to the principal, he looked down at me and said...

"Kaia was supposed to ride the bus, right?

"Uh, NO", I said.

Thus begins the back up in traffic. Thus begins the mad dash. That was me doing the mad dash. Across the loading zone. In heels. In between moving cars that were picking up their own kids from school. The school secretary hails the bus on the good ol' radio. The bus driver said she was still at the high school. The secretary tells her to let Kaia off at the high school. Later I found out that the bus had already left the high school and had to turn around and bring her back... *the shame*... so anyway. I ask the counsler in charge of escorting the correct children to the correct parents if I may please acquire my son for removal. To which she replied, I would have to wait until all the other parents had picked up their children before I could leave.

NOTICE: I have a short temper. And when cornered, like on this afternoon, my Irishness flows freely.

I looked at her. I said, "Look he has a doctors' appointment. That's why he is a pick-up today and not riding the bus. My daughter, however, did get on the bus so now I have to go track her down at the high school. I need to leave now. I was in line, but had to pull over right there --- I point--- to come in and have the secretary radio the bus. I'm not going to be in the way of any of the other people picking up their own kids and I'm not going to run over any kids, ok?"

"Neil", she said.

That's what I thought.

I get to the high school. That I did not attend. That I have no idea where the front door even is. I find it. I go in. I find my daughter non-chalantly doodling on some paper in the office. Behind the counter. Like she works there. I said, "Excuse me Miss, do you need a ride?" And off we go. I would lie if I told you I did the speed limit, but rest assured both children were in the back seat and both were safely secured in their seatbelts.

P.S. Dentist went well....no cavities for either of them. Cha-Ching!

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In other goings on...


I've scoured the globe, well at least the internets, for a good little "here's some crap about me" questionnaire or really just something to blog about. Anything really that I could write about. I was on a roll for a little while. I had lots of things to say. Then it all just stopped. I quit having witty banter with myself.

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I did finally finish my last Stephanie Meyer book, "The Host". It took me forever to get into the damned thing. Once I did really "get" the book though, it was ok. It is completely different from any of the books in the Twilight series. Each of those were read in just a couple of days. With this one, it's taken me a few weeks.

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I changed the blog again... again... I still don't think that I like it. I think I'll walk away from the layout blog for a little while so I'll stop being distracted by all the different ones.


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Is anyone else bothered by the obvious lack of remembering that Thanksgiving comes before Christmas? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love Christmas as much as the next guy, but what happened to Thanksgiving? It's like it's disappeared. Now I know that people don't usually decorate for that holiday. I just can't believe that we've been lead astray by the big stores who just skip over it because it's isn't a profitable holiday. I've always thought that this holiday was more about family than any other holiday.

Forget the fact that really we are celebrating the white people invading the native Americans' land and then taking it from them by force.

It's about family and thankfulness, right???

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In a completely unrelated subject...
(like any of this was "related")

It was brought to my attention a few days ago, but I'm just now getting around to blogging about it, that The Gatekeepers' blog, The Tomb, is gone. This saddens me. I really enjoyed reading all his posts. From hot chocolate to how to properly "decompose" a skull for Halloween. These are all things we should know. Plus he is a right smart individual and those are hard to come by.

You will be missed Mr. The Gatekeeper.

A moment of silence please.....

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Woo Hoo for History

I love studying history. I don't know why. I just always have. It's one of the few things that I find interesting enough to keep my attention.

I am so glad that I got to take my children with me yesterday to vote. They aren't nearly old enough to vote themselves, but I still feel like, by taking them with me, they were able to be part of it too. The little old man even gave them "I Voted" stickers too.

My daughter really wasn't that interested in the whole thing. She said she would just be glad when "all those president commercials was gone". Here, here to that one sistah. I'm sick of seeing them myself. The first thing my son asked me after he woke up was, "When are we gonna go vote, Mom?" That made me proud. He is only 9 years old, but he was paying attention. He told me that if he could vote he would vote for Obama. I asked him, "Why Obama?" He said it was because he would change things and make it so we wouldn't have to pay as many taxes as the people who make more money than Dad. Smart boy, that one.

So, after breakfast, off to the polls we went. I expected that I would have to wait in some sort of line. But I didn't. I was able to get in and back out in just a few minutes. With my son looking over my shoulder and paying close attention to make sure that I did vote for Obama and my daughter fiddling with her dress, I cast my vote. It felt good. This is only my second time voting for a President. But this time if felt like it mattered. This time was important. This time is was exciting.

I spoke to my friend, Cam, later in the day. She mentioned feeling like she wanted to cry all day. EXACTLY, I said!! I felt that way too. Not because of sorrow or sadness... but because deep down, we both knew that we just made history.

I tried to explain to my son the significance of having a black President. I asked him if he knew why this was election was special. He said it was because either we were going to have a black President or a women Vice-President. I told him he was right, but I asked if he understood why that was special. He shrugged his shoulders.

I told him that when his grandmother (born in 1949) was his age, she did not attend school with any black children. She didn't ride a bus with them. She didn't eat with them. It wasn't allowed. He could not comprehend what I was saying. "Why not?", he asked, shocked. I tried to explain to him what segregation was, but it just didn't compute for him. In a way, this makes me feel good. In another way, it makes me feel sad. I'm glad that I've raised my kids to know there is no difference in our skin color, but I think it's important that they understand that there was a time when it was a big deal.

There was a time.... but this is not that time anymore....

I'm so proud that I was able to be a part of this.


Get Out And Vote!!





The kids are home. The TV is playing political ads at an alarming rate. It must be... it must be...


ELECTION DAY!!!

So get out and let your voice be heard today! Your vote matters!






More Randomness than You Can Handle

I didn't find as many pics as I would have liked to, but I did find several random pictures worthy of a look-see. And when I say random... I mean really random.



It is obvious which of these is me by the clothing worn in the photo, but I still shake my head when I compare photos of myself with my daughter.



When I was in middle school, Operation Desert Storm was well underway. We live not far from a large military base on the KY/TN border, Fort Campbell, home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault!!) Our English teacher requested that we all write letters to the troops in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. I picked the guy in the picture. He and his wife surprised me at a band concert after we got done playing "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler. We continued to write for quite some time after that and the following summer he invited me to come to the base and check out what he did. He was a Capt. at the time (now a Major) and was a Chinook pilot. I know you love those spandex shorts I'm rocking right? And the vest? Betcha didn't notice that those shorts had a lace trim around the bottom did you???



Although she tried blackmailing me with a photo of me picking my ass (after sliding down a slide at the park), I'm not going to be swayed in my decision to post the poofy pic. *I love you Cam!!* I think that my plaid pants (shorts?) and the non-chalant peace sign trump her unusually big hair. Not to mention the glasses that cover half of my face. We were only like 12 & 13 in the picture so you can't hold it against us.



Ah, yes... the 8th grade graduation picture. This was such an exciting time...then I went to high school... ugh...



But it wasn't all bad in high school. ROTC rocked and I had friends like Jeep Chick.



Yes, it's a bad picture, but it's old... My boyfriend dumped me so Jeep Chick (& the parents) took me to Opryland, which doesn't exist anymore, to get over it. That place was awesome. They tore it down to make room for Opry Mills. This photo is just for her.



My high school pictures minus freshman year...because I couldn't find a copy of it.



I would be remiss to not post some high school dances. Ahh.... the good ol' days.

And last, but not least... in a vain attempt to apologize to Cam for posting the poofy picture...



...before husbands, before kids....
We were just peas & carrots...