Major Discovery

I've been addicted to soda for a long time. Particularly the cherry flavored variety. This is a real problem because every little 12 ounce can is on the average around 160 calories each. I was drinking way too many for way too long. This caught up with me along with getting older and having my metabolism (and myself in general) starting to slow down.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Diet Dr. Pepper does not taste like regular Dr. Pepper. I don't care what those people on that commercial say. I can not handle the taste of diet sodas. There is just something in the after taste that leaves me feeling a little nauseated. I even tried Coke Zero products. Those were just as bad. I guess it's all just a matter of opinion and taste really.



I finally broke down a couple of weeks ago and decided to give Diet Rite a shot. Wow. I was impressed. Not only does it not taste like a regular diet drink, it isn't made with aspartame. It's made with Splenda, a sucralose sweetner. It has no calories, no carbohydrates, no caffeine, and no sodium. It even comes in 7 different flavors. Cola, cherry, white grape, tangerine, black cherry, red raspberry, and kiwi strawberry. So far I've tested the cola, cherry, white grape, and tangerine flavors. All get a thumbs up, but the regular cola flavor is only a go to if there are no other flavors available.

My mom was shocked when she saw me drinking a diet drink. She even said as much. I would still prefer to have a regularly flavored, calorie full soda, but this is the best thing I've come across in comparison. If you are looking for a way to cut some calories out of your diet without having to give up good tasting stuff, definitely give Diet Rite a try.

I Made A Quiche

It's Monday once again. No matter how hard we try to make those two days that are The Weekend last longer than they should, Monday always seems to roll around again too quickly. There is something that I would like to talk about this morning, but I will not. I will keep my thoughts to myself on this because it is not my pain to bear. I am bearing a fair amount, but nothing in comparison. I just want to throw out this thought as something we can all think about today.

Today is a new day. Yesterday is gone. In the end, all we have is hope. No matter what it is that you are hoping for in this life. Don't give it up.

Now... on to what I had planned on blogging about this morning.

FALL IS FINALLY HERE!! I had to close all the windows this morning when I got up because the breeze was so chilly. The local weatherman said that we'd already hit our high temperature for the day and we would only be going down from here. The low tonight is in the 40's! I know that in a couple of months when the high is only like... 19 degrees... I'll be blogging about how I want warmer weather, but for right now, this is perfect! We also have the added bonus of sunlight this week! It's been like two weeks of cloudy, overcast, rainy skies for us and we need the sun around here.

I love to cook. Mostly, I'm a baker. I like to bake cookies and cakes. I like to cook other things in other ways too, but baking is what I"m good at. I like to go to Kraft Foods and Taste of Home to find new recipes. I've made some yummy stuff and some stuff that required an acquired taste.

I have never made a quiche. EVER. My mom used to make them. I seem to remember that hers had squash in them or some other gross vegetable. This is along the lines with goulash. What the hell is that stuff anyway?!?! Mom used to make goulash and dad used to love it. Me... not so much.

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While browsing for something different to eat because let's face it, one can only eat so much Hamburger Helper or pork chops and potatoes, I found a quiche. What caught my attention was one word. BACON. I knew that if the kids saw the ingredients, they would never even try it. I chopped up the mushrooms, green onions, and tomatoes in the morning and then stuck them in the far back region of the fridge.

Like I said, I've never made one of these before. I was surprised by how simple it was. Even more surprised that 3 out of the 4 people in our house liked it. Of course, Neil had to put ketchup on it. Yuck! It was filling and made a great meal for a little amount of money.
Crustless Bacon and Cheese Quiche

What you need:
  • 5 green onions, chopped, divided
  • 1 tomato, chopped, divided
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Reserve 2 Tbsp. each onions and tomatoes. Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels. Add mushrooms to reserved drippings; cook and stir 2 min. or until tender. Remove from heat. Crumble bacon. Add to skillet with remaining onions and tomatoes; mix well.
  3. Beat eggs and sour cream with whisk until well blended. Pour into greased 13X9-inch baking dish; top with bacon mixture and cheeses.
  4. Bake 30 min. or until center is set. Top with reserved onions and tomatoes. Let stand 5 min. before cutting to serve.

One Million Dollars



I need $1, 699, 900. I know it seems like a lot of money, but I want you to know that it would be going to a good cause. It would be going to allow my children to grow up in a historical part of a historical city in the heart of the South.

313 Abercorn Street. Doesn't it just sound like a great street to live on? It is right across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and next to Lafayette Square in Savannah. Walking distance to River Street and Forsyth Park.




Look at the great kitchen and dining areas.

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And what a great looking bedroom!



For more photos, check out the listing here. It doesn't have the big front porch, the old plantation house look, or the long row of Live Oaks that I dream about, but it is located in the historical part of Savannah AND it has a palm tree!! Write a post about a great piece of property you'd like to own, comment this post and I'll put a link to you at the bottom of this post! Happy hunting!

For more great house finds, check out Hooked on Houses.

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Cam's picks can be found here and here in Thomasville, Georgia. My personal fave of these two is the second one.

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Smell That Autumn Air

This post didn't actually start out as a chronicle of my favorite TV shows... but it's ended up as one. So just humor me here, ok?

I have not watched "Grey's Anatomy" yet. I had to DVR it. I know that I, apart from Cam, am probably the only woman in the Western Hemisphere to NOT watch it last night. Do not tell me any details!! I will have to kill you. I would like to go and watch it right now, but would you believe that Chris has forbidden me to watch it without him? He did and I'll oblige him. This one time.

Nearly every single show that I enjoy watching comes on Thursday night! It's so difficult to decide which ones to watch! "The Vampire Diaries", a new show, comes on the CW at 7PM. It's pretty good, I'm diggin' it. Not to mention that, holy crow, those guys are good looking! Then "Fringe" comes on Fox at 8PM, but Grey's and "CSI" are on then too! I usually end up missing CSI completely. Fringe is really good if you'd like to watch a mysterious, science fiction-y type show, plus...Joshua Jackson.




Since we are already on the subject of TV shows... I missed both series pilots for ABC's "Modern Family" and "Eastwick" (because of other shows I was watching!). Wednesday is another day like Thursday where all the shows I like come on at the same stinkin' time. Luckily, in this new fangled world, nearly every show is online so I was able to watch them! Modern Family was great! I can not wait to see where this show goes. Plus I don't think you can go wrong with Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill).

Tell me who hasn't seen "The Witches of Eastwick". You? Well, you need to go rent it. Right now. Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer... seriously. Anywhooo... the new TV show is based on the movie. It's basically new characters living in the same town, but "he" has come back. Ooooo.... Ahhhh.... I know!! Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price, and Jaime Ray Newman (who used to play Kristian Cassidine on General Hospital) star as the three witches. Great actresses, but I was so excited to see Sara Rue!!! She was on a sitcom called, "Less Than Perfect". An absolutely hilarious show that had Sherri Shepard, Andy Dick, and even Eric Roberts. I don't know why it was canceled, but it should not have been. I'm so glad to see Sara Rue again! I hope that she has a bigger role in the upcoming episodes.

Speaking of Wednesday nights... I know some people believe in ghosts, some people think that maybe there may be something out there, and still others think that we believers are total nut balls. And that's ok with me. However, it you are a fellow nut ball, like myself, you must catch "Ghosthunters" on the SyFy channel. Formerly the SciFi channel... still not sure what happened there. I've been watching this show for years now. It follows TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) on investigations for paranormal activity around the country. I appreciate their willingness to debunk what some would consider "ghost activities". Their show spawned an international version, "Ghosthunters International". I enjoy watching this show too, but more for the architecture of the countries they visit and less for the investigators themselves. There's nothing like the original of anything. Wednesday's also mean Josh Gates and "Destination Truth". Last week they went to Egypt and spent an entire night in the Valley of the Kings. No one has ever been permitted to do so before. They were even allowed to enter King Tutankhamun's tomb during their overnight stay. Similar to Ghosthunters, they do investigate haunted places, but for the majority of their cases they travel to locations to investigate legends or folk tales. Really I just watch this show because I have a secret crush on Josh Gates. Cam says his voice sounds like Kermit the Frog. Maybe she's right...

I Need Sun

I need the sun to come back please. We've had days of overcast-ness. I've made some new things for the Etsy shop, but can't get good photos without some good ol' sunlight. The reason I need good light is my sometime crappy, sometime good "point and shoot" camera.

It's a Kodak EasyShare C875. I've had it for a few years now and it's been a pretty good camera for the money. Chris bought it for me as a Christmas present and I think it was about $200 at the time. I have a few issues with it though. There is no viewfinder. The digital camera that I had before this one came with a viewfinder and the option to turn off the LCD screen. It was a great battery saver option. This camera does not take good photos indoors. No matter what setting it is on, even the "indoor" setting, all indoor photos come out blurry or too dark. I've tried all types of things to remedy this, but nothing works. Outdoors, in bright light, takes great pictures.




I've been longing for a more "professional" camera for a while... Have you looked at the prices of some of these DSLR cameras? I want to cry sometimes! Let's face it, we can not afford to pay $600-1,000 for a camera. I wish that I could, but I can't. It's just not a realistic goal. Anyone wishing to gift me one, I thank you in advance. *insert cheesy grin here*

I read CJane. I also read her other blog Dear CJane. The photos on her blog are always crisp, clear, and beautiful. Recently someone emailed her the question, which she answered on Dear CJane, about their camera. She said it was a Nikon D90. If you don't want to click the link, I'll just go ahead and tell you that it's a $1,000 camera. Wowza! I'm intimidated, but the pictures it takes are wonderful! So I did what most people do who don't have the funds to just go out and buy such an expensive device. I checked at Wal-Mart.com.

At Wal-Mart.com, the D90 is $1,200! That's more than the actual Nikon website! I compared it with the Nikon P90, also for sale at Wal-Mart.com, but listed at only $400. You can see the comparison page here. I didn't see too much that was different between the two. I'm obviously not an expert in this field though. Lots of photographer jargon that I don't understand, mixed in with a little pixel here and red-eye removal there. I found the picture at left of the camera on this blog. There are some excellent examples of photos taken with this camera on that blog. I'm digging the P90, but it's still $400. What I wouldn't give for Wal-Mart to BRING BACK LAYAWAY!!!! I want this camera! I've already dragged Chris to the computer to show him my new obsession. He did the shoulder shrug. If you can't find me... I'll be praying to the camera gods.

Anyone have any suggestions on a good, yet inexpensive camera?

M...o...n...d...a...y

Normally I would tell you all about our weekend, but since the kids have been out of school it's been like an extended weekend where the days have all run together. I'll try to keep it brief.

We took the kids clothes shopping for school pictures. This is like a test of all patience. I always feel bad going shopping for clothes. I KNOW! Scary thought, huh? I feel bad because I always wonder if I could have gotten a better deal somewhere else. Neil wasn't really a problem. Of course, he's a boy so he doesn't really care what shirt you get him to wear. We found some cool NFL thermals and his only problem with that was if they had a Patriots shirt in his size. Kaia, on the other hand, could not be pleased. Nothing that we found in two different stores was what she wanted. I was seriously hopeful in Old Navy because they had all of their clearance marked an additional 50% off. She couldn't find a single thing that she liked that didn't have green in it. Side note: The photographer is using some kind of green screen technology this year, so the kids aren't supposed to wear any shade of green. She said she wanted to go to Justice so we took her. Cute clothes. Overpriced as well. There is no way that I am paying $29.95 for a t-shirt for an 8-year-old. Those people are insane. After getting home, I did find that their website has a sale going on of 40% off. Wish I had checked that before we'd left! Finally, she settled for an outfit from Kohl's that was, guess what?? On sale! $24.99 for the entire outfit! She still wasn't happy about it, but I'd had all I could take. She really wanted an outfit from Avril Lavigne's Abbey Dawn, but it's only available in Junior sizes. All of the clothes in the section of the store that were her size looked like they belonged on a 4-year-old. Cutesy little frogs and monkeys. Big block prints. She wasn't having any of that. I had no idea that shopping for one stinkin' outfit for an 8 & 10-year-old would be so exhausting! I think from now on, I'll just go alone.

I completely forgot to tell everyone that last week Kaia made it into the "Five Mile Club" at school! You may recall that Neil has also accomplished this feat. She was very excited when she came home Tuesday with this news. She barely let Chris in the door when he got home from work to tell him about it. I would love to have just an ounce of their energy.

And so begins a new week. The first day of Autumn is tomorrow. I am really struggling with NOT putting up the Halloween decorations. I really don't think that the end of September is too early... well, maybe it's just a little too early... Maybe the last week? If I start now then I'll be done putting them up BY next week...doesn't that count?

Old School

I'm feeling all deep and intellectual today. Why, you ask? Because yesterday my Mom brought me a blast from the past. She had discovered a VHS tape of my 8th grade graduation and dance. Circa 1993. First thought was "Oh my gawd... this is going to be funny!" Second thought was "Oh my gawd... Amanda is on this tape." Some of you who know me in the real world, know the who's, what's, why's, and how's about Amanda, for others who don't know the story, Amanda was a friend who was murdered in 1999. She is the sole reason for my friendship with Cam. I will forever be grateful to her.

For the rest of the day, I tried to remember where in the world we had put that VCR. I knew that even if I did find it I'd still have to wait for Chris to get home so he could hook it up. He's the master of all things electronic in the livingroom. I dare not touch a thing for fear of royally screwing it all up.




After he took about two steps inside the door, I walked up to him, tape in hand, big grin on my face and asked him if he could pretty please with sugar on top find the VCR and hook it up so I could watch this video. Being the greatest of all husband, he obliged. We got the VCR all hooked up and ready to go. I put the tape in. Pushed rewind. Waited..... Finally it stopped and I pushed play. The tape ejected. Huh? So I put the tape back in. Pushed play again. The tape ejected again. I took the tape out and pushed the little button on the side to slide open the end. AHHHHHH!!!!! NO TAPE!!!!! The tape had broken. I am not ashamed to admit that I was devastated. Chris gingerly took apart the case and found the ends of the broken tape. This thing is super old so I should have thought about the fact that it might possibly break. Apparently a section of the tape had become sticky and stuck together. He took a pair of tweezers and pulled out the sticky part, snipped the ends, and with the expertise of someone who had obviously done this before, taped the two ends back together.

Guess what? It worked. For the next hour or so, I sat and watched while laughing, crying and saying things like, "What were we thinking? That outfit is horrible!! How were silk shirts ever popular?? Oooo...look at her hair!!" This weekend Chris said he would hook everything up so I can copy the tape to a DVD. The sound quality is junk, but it's the images that are the most important.

I didn't find it too ironic when I woke this morning to hear this song on the radio...

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Nine Years

After my reality check this week, I completely forgot to tell you guys about my anniversary! My husband and I had our 9 year wedding anniversary yesterday. That sounds like we've been married for quite a while, but in reality we've been together for about 15 years.

We actually met when we were just kids. Somewhere around the ages of 8-10 I think. My parents knew people and his parents knew people and it turned out they were the same people. I'm sure you've seen that movie, "Sweet Home Alabama" where Reese Witherspoon's character says, "Who meets their soul mate when they are 10 years old?" I did! I did! Except I didn't know it then. I was friends with his sister and we just thought he was icky. He and his family moved though so I didn't see them again until high school.

We dated (not really at that age...) then broke up. I dated a TOTAL loser for a while, then he showed up in my life again. That was in 1994-5. We've been together ever since. Of course, we've had our ups and downs, but the one thing that has kept us solid with each other (forget all those other people!) has been COMMUNICATION. We've always been able to tell each other everything. Even when it was going to hurt. Even when we were still just 16 year old kids and I thought he was, you know, doing something with my friend, so I got back at him by, you know, doing something with one of his... we talked about it. Even though we've had lots of interference, we've always known the truth from the fiction. Always known that this is where we should be.

Now here we are, 14 or 15 years and 2 kids later, still together. We even each other out so well. He's the level headed one, I'm the impatient one. For our anniversary last night, he bought me pizza and watched, "Dirty Dancing" with me so I could cry over Patrick Swayze. What a great husband I have!

Luck

We've all done it. Drop something in the floorboard of your car. Reach into the backseat to grab something. I'm guilty of it.

Yesterday afternoon I had just left my house when this overwhelmingly grotesque smell hit me. Soured food. I found the culprit, whose lid had fallen off, laying just behind me in the backseat floorboard. I reached around with my left hand to grab the offending bowl and lid. I took my eyes off the road for only a second. That's when it happened.

It all happened so fast that I can barely remember it. I heard the rumble strips from the side of the road. Before I could even grab the steering wheel with both hands, I was in the ditch. On the wrong side of the road. This isn't your typical every day generally sloping ditch. I thought for sure that I was flipping. All I saw was grass flying and I realized that the road was nearly perpendicular to the roof of the car.




Most people would slam on the brakes, right? Nope, not me. I just kept on going, steering myself out of the massive ditch, up onto the road, drove down the wrong the side of the road for a second with a flat tire, and pulled into the nearest driveway. I slowly put the car in park and turned off the ignition. Said holy sh*t about five times. Then tried to open the door. It was stuck. I said to myself that this situation was just wonderful. I banged the car up so much that I can't get the drivers door open. I gave it a little harder of a shove and it popped open. Moaning and groaning, but it opened. I got out and surveyed the damage. I was actually surprised to see that the only visible damage was a flatten and off the rim tire and a little caving/denting of the metal right in front of the door. Plus a little grass and dirt here and there.



Somehow during all this I had managed to not lose my phone. I did what any one else would do in this situation, I called my mom. I had been on my way to pick up the kids from school and I needed her to go retrieve them as obviously I wasn't going to be able to drive. I knocked on the door of my closest neighbor, embarrassed that I had to meet them this way, and explained what had happened and that my husband and I would get the car in just a couple of hours. She had no problem and was probably more concerned that she should have been for someone whom I didn't know, but that's one of the great things about living in the country. People care. She offered to drive me home, seeing as how it was only a half mile down the road, but I declined saying that I could probably use the time to calm down.

I stopped at the car to grab my wallet, my car keys, Chris' car keys (he had left them in the car), and the kids after school snacks. Down the road I went. I now call it my walk of shame. I had to call Rubi to let her know that coming to the Girl Scout meeting was probably going to be out for me. She was, of course, very understanding. As I was talking to her, I was walking by the ditch. I noticed a fairly large section of plastic something-or-other. I determined that it was inevitable that it belonged to my car so I picked it up. There I am walking down the road, hands full of junk and a big ol' honkin' piece of plastic, calling my mom back to let her know I was hoofing it back to the house, when I hear a car slowing creeping up on me. I at first thought it might have been my oh so nice, newly met, neighbor. Nope. Sheriff's Department. Now you see why I call it my walk of shame. He simply asked if I needed some assistance and was I ok. "Sure, I'm fine!", I said. "Just had a little mishap with the ditch back there, but I'm good." "Well, all right.", he says and off he drove.

Fast forward a couple of hours... I didn't catch Rubi in time to keep her from driving all the way to the house so she'd come, picked up the Girl Scout stuff, and gone. Mom had retrieved and delivered the kids. I'd already tried to explain what had happened to my ever so level headed husband, who informed me that he'd just stop on his way home and put the spare tire on it. THE SPARE TIRE?!?! In all that confusion, I had completely forgotten that I even had a spare tire.

Chris calls and says that he needs me to bring him the keys. That he and the guy that he carpools with have gotten the misshapen and off the rim tire off the car and the spare tire is on. I get there and see that they have gotten the tire back on the rim, but it needs air. He drives the car on the spare to the carpool guys house to use the air tank there. They put the tire back on the rim and inflate it. Chris brings it back to the house. I could not believe that this tire was holding air. I looked it over from one side to the other and I can find no damage to it at all. We put it back on the car and Chris takes it for a test drive down the road. He gets back to the house, shrugs his shoulders, and says, "Drives fine." WHAT?!

I was so very lucky. I was lucky I was wearing my seat belt (I always wear it!). I was lucky there was nothing in the ditch. I was lucky there wasn't any oncoming traffic like the semi's that barrel through here everyday. I was lucky that the only thing seemingly wrong was a flat tire. I'm still not sure how I got out of this except for the fact that instead of freezing up, I gave it more gas.

Moral of the story... Learn to live with the stinky things in life.

I See The Light...

At the end of the tunnel, I mean!  It's Friday people!  Yay for the weekend!  Yay for not having to get out of bed so stinkin' early!  Woo hoo and hooray!

There isn't really too much going on around here.  I just felt the urge to write.  Have you ever felt that way?  Not really know what to say, but felt like you need to say something.  That's me today.  I feel like typing, but have nothing of substance to really type about.  Look I made a whole paragraph out of writing that I really had nothing to write about.  Maybe I should start my own show like Seinfeld.

Last night I went with Rubi to a meeting about the goings on of the Girl Scouts in our area.  You know, one of those meetings that tells you about other meetings and conferences and how much money we raised doing this or doing that.  It was very informative and I'm glad that I went.  We also got all of our information about our Fall Sales fundraiser.  I don't think I can really say too much about it because we aren't supposed to sell this stuff online, but I will say that we have nut & candy tins for only $5 of various different varieties and that we will be selling magazine subscriptions and renewals.  If a Girl Scout comes asking for you to buy some candy or nuts or magazines, buy some!!



My husband and I will be celebrating our 9 year wedding anniversary next week.  I'm secretly hoping that he will remember this and have a date or something planned for Saturday, but I'm pretty sure that he doesn't have a clue and I'll have to remind him or just ask to go somewhere.

I am upset with this blog layout.  I tried and tried to redo the blog header yesterday.  No luck.  Every time I upload a new image the old image is still there and the new image is slightly off center so that it looks like POOP.  I am upset with this blog layout.  I actually like it.  I might actually stick with it.  If I can only figure out how to fix that header.  It's not the actual image that upsets me, it's the word placement.  It's so plain and off center.  It drives me a bit bonkers.  I am upset with this blog layout.

That's all I got really.  So I hope that you and yours have a wonderful weekend!

Something New and Useful

Do you know how excited I am that Blogger now has a way to make your posts expandable without all that HTML editing?!  I wish I had noticed it before I re-did my layout (again!!) and re-worked all that HTML.  It really didn't take a lot of work, just some copying and pasting, but just one click of the mouse would have made all the difference in the world!  For the latest word, check out the Blogger Buzz post.

I use Blogger In Draft to make all of my postings because I can use features they are testing before they publish them for all the world to use.  If you don't use Blogger In Draft, you can enable the new post editor on your blog.  First go to your blog's Settings | Basic tab. Near the bottom of the page you will see a field called Select Post Editor, and from there you simply need to select Updated Editor and save your settings.  So for those of you, like me, who like to post lots of cool pics and those of us (Cam......) who may be long winded with our words can now make our pages smaller, smoother, and cleaner.  By the way, I wasn't pointing any fingers at the long winded posters...I happen to like insightful postings.  An overview of all the new features of the new post editor can be found here.  

Here's a big THANK YOU to Blogger for sharing the love from their 10th birthday!!

P.S.
Dear Blogger Peeps,

     Could you pretty please with sugar on top add a spell checker???  Thanks so much!

Sincerely,
Perpetual Misspeller Christine

Five Miles

Seventeen laps. That's how many times around the gym it takes to make one mile. It would take me F-O-R-E-V-E-R to run just that one seventeen lap mile. Neil has already accomplished this feat FIVE TIMES! He is now in the prestigious Five Mile Club at his school with only a few more laps left until he's in the Ten Mile Club. I couldn't be prouder of him...or more jealous of his ability to stay active.

Mon...er, Tuesday's Weekend Recap

I sent the kids to school this morning dressed and ready for a Monday at school. Never dawned on me that it was actually Tuesday until Kaia looked at me when I told her I didn't care what shoes she wore to school today and said, "But Mom, I have P.E. today. It's T-u-e-s-d-a-y...". Oh, silly me. Wear your sneakers then, I said. I love these long weekends, but they always leave me confused the following week.

I did a bunch of things this weekend. It doesn't seem like much all condensed down on the blog, but I feel good about what I did get accomplished. I didn't rush through anything and that was something I was really struggling with. I always want to see fast results, but sometimes you just have to wait it out.

I pulled out the pattern for the baby dolls that I would like to make for the bazaar. I would just like to say that I have serious issue with the person who developed the pattern paper. Why does all pattern paper have to be so thin that you can read through it?? Why?? The entire time I was trying to cut out the pattern I was terrified that I was going to rip it. I felt like I was trying to handle something much more fragile than paper.

I had planned to get the supplies for making said baby dolls, but became overwhelmed with all the sewing lingo. Double fold bias tape, interfacing, with nap, without nap.... I decided it would be best to go with my mom instead of going it alone. I'll look like less of an idiot to the sales lady. I do think I may be over my head with this little project though.

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I went on an Etsy searching spree. You know, just randomly searching for things. I found this great place for PDF file images for Scrabble tile pendants. I tried to make these once before, but didn't have the correct resin for the glaze and they turned out absolutely awful. I bought the right stuff and gave it another try. I was pleased with the result and will soon have them for sale in my Etsy shop. Here's a peek. They were not completely cured yet so hence the cloudy finish. Now they are crystal clear after a 24 hour drying period.

Egg rolls. We love some egg rolls. Unfortunately, the recipe that I have isn't exactly what we want it to be. There is a gas station/truck stop in town that has the best egg rolls. They don't make them there though. Theirs are frozen and we think probably come from Southern Foods.  I had to use a food processor to chop up the pork because the grocer wouldn't grind it up for us. They said they weren't allowed to grind up pork. I have no idea why. I mean, they make ground beef back there, why not ground pork??? Here's the before, during, and after.
 
  
 

All together it was nice lazy weekend. We lounged around, watched some movies (The Unborn, The Uninvited, and a couple more that I can't remember the names of...), played a little football, watched a little football... Good times were had by all. It's hard to believe that it's already Labor Day and the unofficial end to Summer. Just two more weeks until the first day of Fall.

As a side note, I begging for egg roll recipes here. Send 'em in. I'll try every one of them, probably more than once, just to find the one that works for us.

TGIF

Can you believe that I thought that last background was just too distracting??? I did. I didn't really like it to begin with, but have you ever looked for a Autumn theme for your blog? I couldn't seem to find one that didn't look like it belonged with my grandmother. I, of course, don't like the look now either, but October will be here before we all know it and I can find something spooky for the Halloween holiday. You know it's my favorite!

It's finally Friday! A three day weekend for the kids and the hubby! These kids have been getting on my very last nerve this week. I'm not sure why, but they are both in need of serious attitude adjusting.

I'm sending out Cam and I's friendship journal this weekend. I can't help but feel like a loser friend for not writing in it as much as I should have. I had such high hopes for myself with the journal this month, but I fell short of my dream of making a rockin', kick ass journal. Maybe next month I will do a better job.

This weekend will mark the start to the new crafting adventure. I'm going to my beloved Hobby Lobby on Saturday to get some supplies. I hope I can do this. I keep telling myself that I can, but I'm not sure that will be enough. I have to remind myself to slow down. When I start a new project, I have a hard time taking my time. I want to hurry and see the finished project. And who doesn't really? This time I'm going to be trying to sell this project so I HAVE to take my time and make sure that I'm doing a good job. No one will want to buy a poorly made product.

I'm wishing everyone a great three day weekend! Have fun and relax! Let's all celebrate working by not working!! It's a great concept!

10 More Minutes

That's what I wanted this morning when the alarm went off. Just 10 more minutes. Except I said that to myself the next two times the alarm went off.

I have so much that I'd like to tell you guys today. I can't. I can't because this blog is public. By being "public" it means that anyone and their brother can read this and I've had enough of the drama in my life to know that I don't want anymore.

I started a private blog so that I could basically vent all of my frustrations. Without fear of retaliation from anyone who may read it. I hate having to censor my own words for fear of offending someone else when they have never attempted to not offend me.

That place is my attempt to leave it. To get it out.  To just walk away, be happy with who I am. I'm still trying to figure that all out after 30 years.

Visitors are always welcome over there should you want to visit. Just want to warn you that the words over there are heart felt. Mostly that means that what my heart is feeling is pain, hurt, irritation and lots of other emotions. Over there is where I need the encouragement. Click on over and drop me an email. I'd love to have you.

Stuff You Did Not Know & Some Stuff You Might Have Known

41. I am a leader in my daughter's Girl Scout troop. Technically, I'm called the troop coordinator.

42. I worked at the Wal-Mart jewelry counter for 5 years. When I started I knew nothing about jewelry, by the time I left I knew that people were paying way too much for their jewelry at "big name" stores.

43. I have sporadic OCD. All my paper money MUST BE facing the same direction, all my Girl Scout paperwork has to be neatly organized, etc...
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44. I secretly like Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus... Yes, I'm a dork.


45. My husband and I once drove to Chicago and back in one day. It was a long trip.

46. I'm 5' 1" tall. I hate being short. Nothing ever fits correctly.

47. I have 5 siblings. All brothers. Three are my dad's sons, two are my mom's sons. I'm the youngest.

48. Nearly my entire family lives in Florida. Only my mother, my aunt, and one brother live outside of that state.

49. I do not own a single credit card.

50. Wow! I made it to fifty! What else do you want to know?
 
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