Monday Shmunday

The Green River pushing it's boundaries to the limit.
What a wet, soggy weekend we've had here!  We did have a few tiny moments of sunlight, but not enough to bring anyone's spirits up.  We've had too much rain again and the threat of flooding.  Thoughts of last year's flooding comes to mind and it's just too big of a downer to make anyone feel all happy-go-lucky about having warmer weather.

No, I didn't watch the Oscar's last night.  No, I don't care a thing about Charlie Sheen's mental/drug/life problems.  No, I could care less what team Carmelo Anthony is currently being traded to, however, I would like to know why the Kentucky Wildcats CAN NOT win a stinkin' game unless they are in Rupp Arena.

I'm in serious need of some SUNSHINE here.  Real sun or virtual sun, I don't care... just send me some sun!!

Banana Bread Ice Cream

I found this recipe on my Tumblr dashboard.  Banana bread + Ice cream = Holy crap, are you serious??  After several clicks through three other blogs, I think I found the original author.  As you know I'm just sharing these recipes so I want to give credit (the right credit) where it's due.

via the Guilty Kitchen
source: guilty kitchen
Printable version

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup half & half (or for a creamier ice cream use all heavy cream)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky, natural or not so natural)
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 3 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp butter

Preparations:
  1. In small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Continue to cook until it begins to foam and bubble but do not stir. Cook until the foam dissipates and you are left with a browned butter.
  2. In 2 small baking dishes (such as 9″ rounds), slice bananas into coins. Pour browned butter over and coat. Bake in 400°F oven for 20-25 minutes. Your bananas should begin to caramelize and be a bit golden when you take them out. Allow to cool before continuing to next step.
  3. In a blender or food processor, purée the banana/butter mix with the sour cream.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat cream(s) with brown sugar, salt and vanilla. Do not allow to boil, but just bring to a high enough temperature that the cream begins to steam and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  5. Cool to room temperature and add to blender or food processor with puréed bananas.
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Mix peanut butter and icing sugar until well blended.
  8. On a cookie sheet spoon out small teaspoon sized portions of peanut butter. Place in freezer overnight.
  9. Over a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a pot of gently boiling water, melt chocolate and butter together.
  10. Follow manufacturers instructions for your ice cream maker.
  11. When the ice cream is basically done, begin to drip the chocolate in a fine stream into the ice cream. This will create the stracciatella (little bits of chocolate that melt in your mouth).
  12. Remove ice cream from machine, stir in peanut butter chunks and freeze for at least four hours.

And the winner is...

Thanks to all who entered the Federal Grove Pure Maple Syrup giveaway!  
The entries!
Some entries were not counted because I could not find them on Facebook or Twitter.  =(
All the entries in a jar!
*drumroll please!!!*


Congratulations to Caregiving Daughter!

I've sent you an email!  Thanks again to everyone that entered the giveaway!  

Not So Wordless Wednesday

We were finally able to buy some baby stuff! It felt great after walking through baby sections everywhere and "just looking" because we didn't know what we were having.


Let me tell you about what we've purchased so far.  I couldn't pass up the $4 Carter's bunny hat.  It really was too cute.  It's for Easter, but who needs a holiday to wear a bunny hat!  Now I just need to find some baby bunny booties to match or make my own.  The 3-pc monkey suits from Carter's were, I think, $14.  The Circo "I Love my Daddy" body suit was only $4!  Another pack of onesies from Carter's, a plain light pink crib sheet, and her baby book.  Plus some Burt's Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash and Lotion.  All of these were purchased at Target!

And our first order of FuzziBunz from Diapers.com!

We are going to purchase 3-4 at a time every couple of weeks until the baby gets here.  I'm glad that I could get my husband on board with cloth diapering.  I'm a little worried that it may be overwhelming, but I'm not going to let that stop me from at least giving it a try.  The cost alone in the long run is worth it, but the environmental impact means so much more.  Any cloth diapering mom (or dads) out there?  I would gladly welcome all advice/tips/tricks!

Have you entered the GIVEAWAY yet?  Contest ends tomorrow at 10PM!

My Lovely Weekend

This weekend was nearly FUBAR, but it was salvaged.  Let me warn you... this is a l-o-n-g post.

We ended up having to purchase a new crib.  I had wanted to use the one that we already had, but too many issues were in the way (12 years old, drop side, etc.) so I began the arduous task of shopping for a new one.  We have a bit of a space issue so I wanted to get one with a changing table built in.  I did not want to pay more than $200 for one.  I know that's asking a lot, but we are not, I repeat ARE NOT, having any more children so I want to keep the costs as minimal as possible.  I found THE crib at Walmart.com for only $149.  However, I hum-ha'd around too long and when I finally got around to showing to the husband, it was OUT-OF-FLIPPIN'-STOCK.  Yee gads!  I nearly flipped my wig.  I searched and searched.  I couldn't find what I was looking for so I settled for one that I wasn't really happy with.  Then someone mentioned Kmart.  D'oh!  I had completely forgotten to look at Kmart.  I headed to their website on Saturday and found a crib that wasn't THE crib, but would do just fine.  It was also on sale, but for $179.  I could handle that.  I noticed that it was listed as "In Stock" at our local store so I decided that on Sunday we'd just go to the local store and put it on layaway until the one that I had already ordered from Walmart had come in and we could return it.

I was so excited walking into Kmart on Sunday!  ..........  First, I mistakenly assumed that the label on the shelf was wrong.  So then I had to track down an employee for help (who was not pleasant).  I explained to her that online this exact crib was listed at $179, not $249.  She gave me a look that indicated I was less than intelligent then informed me that it must have been on sale and the new sale bill came out that morning.  Yee gads... again!!  Then... she just walked away.  No sorry for your trouble.  No maybe I can get a manager to help you.  No kiss my ass.  Nothing.  The husband hastily ushered me from the store before my mouth exploded with words.  Guess I'll be taking the one that I'm not really happy with after all.

But wait, there's more!!

We have lived in our current abode for almost two years now.  We rent from my in-laws.  It's a great arrangement (seriously!).  Anyhoo... the previous tenant (referred to as The Idiot) left owing a significant amount of past due money.  Rent, electric, water, etc.  He also left behind an old pick up truck and the shell of a dirt track racecar.  About 3-4 months after we moved in, we phoned him and asked that he please come and get the vehicles off of the property.  He said he would.  *insert Jeopardy music*  A year later and he still had not retrieved the vehicles.  He did make ONE attempt to get them, but never followed through.  Now listen, let me explain that I live in a rural setting.  We owned 4 cars of our own (3 not operable) plus we have my mom's vehicle.  So tally that up folks... seven cars in our driveway/yard.  Uh... redneck much?  We found a man (Mr. Efficient) who would haul away all of the useless vehicles for us.  I wanted to call him my savior, but didn't want to offend anyone.  He came a few weeks ago and removed one for us.  We've spoken to several people (as have the in-laws) about the abandoned vehicles that The Idiot left behind.  Mr. Efficient came by on Saturday to see about hauling away the rest of the vehicles, spoke with us, spoke with the rightful landowners, done deal.  Sunday morning, 9AM.  He is a very efficient man as his name implies.  He arrived in our drive way at 8:55AM on Sunday morning with 3 trucks/trailers.  Goodbye old stinky vehicles!!

Fast forward a few hours.  We're out doing our shopping.  Mr. Efficient calls.  The Idiot has seen him on the road AND FOLLOWED HIM TO HIS HOUSE.  In two years, The Idiot has not one time set foot in our drive way even though we know he lives less than a mile down the road from our home.  He informed Mr. Efficient that those were his vehicles and he wanted them hauled back.  Several hours, phone calls, and Sheriff's visits later... The Idiot still doesn't have his (abandoned for two years in someone else's yard) vehicles.  Mr. Efficient told him that he would not haul them back.  He asked The Idiot if he had a way to come get them himself to which The Idiot said he did.  WTF?  If he had a way to move them, why didn't he just get them from our yard???  See why I call him The Idiot.  Now he has to drive to the next county instead of less than a mile down the road.  *sing song voice says, I-D-I-O-T*

But you know what?  It's not in my yard anymore!!!

Ooo, don't forget to get entered in the supa-sweet GIVEAWAY!

Hot Spinach Dip

via Food People Want

Image source
Printable version
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds spinach, cleaned, trimmed, and coarsely chopped, or 2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and thoroughly drained
  • 1/4 cup stock or water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Baguette slices, breadsticks, or crackers, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat oil over medium. Add onion and garlic; cook until lightly browned and softened, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add spinach in two additions adding a portion of the stock or water with each and cover with a lid. Let the first batch wilt before adding the next; cook until completely wilted, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a colander; drain, pressing to release all excess liquid.
  3. In the same pot, warm milk over high heat. Whisk in cream cheese until melted, about 3 minutes. Add spinach, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and 1/2 cup mozzarella; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a lightly oiled 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella.
  4. Bake until bubbly and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot with accompaniments, as desired.

Federal Grove Maple Syrup Giveaway!

I have been wanting to try a locally grown/harvested maple syrup (made in my hometown!), but have never remembered to actually go and buy any.  Recently the farm supply store in my current town began selling it!  I was so excited!


Federal Grove in Auburn, KY was established in 1805 as a 1,700 acre plantation.  Later the property became a  general store, blacksmith shop, and one-room school house.  In 1871, the property was purchased by James Hall and remained in the Hall family until 1991.  Now Federal Grove is a bed & breakfast and restaurant.  Not to mention, maker of THE BEST MAPLE SYRUP I've ever tasted.


I'm not just saying it's the best I've ever tasted because we, the syrup and I, are from the same place.  I'm saying it because it's the honest truth.  So rich, so sweet, so very, very, good!


We paid $8.50 for our 8oz bottle.  A little pricey, but it's so rich that you only need to use a 1/4 of what you would normally use for your pancakes or waffles.  And just look at that bottle!  Isn't it wonderful?

If you are nearby or just cruising through southern Kentucky, stop by and grab a bottle!  You can also purchase a bottle through the Taste of Kentucky website here.

OR...  

- Leave a comment telling me what your favorite locally grown/harvested/or made item is!
- Tweet this exactly as it's shown here:  " Giveaway--Grab a bottle of homegrown sweetness! http://ow.ly/3Z5OU @christinebewley " then leave a comment telling me you have.
- Post to your Facebook then leave a comment with link telling me you have.

Each comment will count as an entry!  Giveaway will end on Thursday, February 24th at 10PM (CST).

And we're having a...

The suspense is finally over!  We're having a GIRL!


I didn't want to put an image of her "lady parts" on here.  Don't need those kind of photos floating around the internet already!  Now on to the best part, the video!!!  No sound though... boo.




At 0:33 you can see her sucking her thumb! Or at least making an attempt at it. Then she throws up a peace sign! I think that may be a shout out to her Aunt Cam.

The sonographer and the doctor both said that all was well.  Yay, I can finally go buy stuff!!

Boy or Girl??

Guess what I'm doing today?!?  We're FINALLY getting an ultrasound!  I am more than excited about getting to find out if we are having a girl or a boy.  We still haven't purchased anything yet and I feel like I am so woefully behind in the baby buying department!

At 1PM (Central time), I'm asking that everyone cross their fingers and pray that little baby's legs aren't crossed!  Feel free to make guesses on the gender!

I'm gangsta, yo!



I guess it's kind of obvious that I'm of the Caucasian persuasion and have only seen a real gangsta's paradise once in my life, but I still used to ROCK OUT this song. I'm still proud to say that I know every word.  Don't hate... you know you do too!

P.S. A special thanks goes out to the Green Hornet movie that myself, my husband and son went to see this past weekend.  If you haven't seen it yet, do.  It's a great movie.  Funny, serious, and little more funny.  I was disappointed with the theater though.  They have made the switch to all digital projectors in our local theater.  I miss the grainy quality that I have come to expect from "going to the movies".  Ah well... progress I guess.

Now That's What I'm Talkin' About!

Forecast for the week of Feb. 13th-19th.

This weeks forecast looks SO MUCH MORE APPEALING than the last two months worth of weekly forecasts.
Dear Friday, February 18th,
     Please get here as soon as possible!
Sincerely,  Me and The Entire Population of Kentucky
P.S. You could maybe add a few extra degrees to that high temperature.  I'm just sayin'.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Brown Sugar Cookies

Since the dreaded lovely Valentine's Day is upon us, I had to add a holiday appropriate recipe, right?

Early 20th century Valentine's Day card, showi...                             Image via Wikipedia
Whole Wheat Chocolate Brown Sugar Cookies
Via Joy the Baker
Printable version

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
Directions:

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

n a medium bowl, whisk together flours, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fit with a paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugars. Beat until well incorporated. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl. Add the egg. Beat on medium speed until mixture is glossy and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Stop mixer and add the dry ingredients all at once. Mix on low speed until all of the flour is incorporated Stop mixer and finish incorporating ingredients with a spatula. Spoon batter out onto a sheet of waxed paper, and form loosely into a log. Roll and seal cookie dough and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Once chilled, divide dough in half and place one half on a lightly floured counter surface. Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Use a heart shaped (or whatever) cookie cutter to cut out cookies and place dough on prepared baking sheet. Very lightly brush cookies with water and sprinkle with granulated or turbinado sugar.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to rest on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Roll and cut cookies, re-rolling the dough once or twice, until all cookies are cut and baked.

Cookies will last, in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to five days.

Hmmm...

So I was sitting around the house this morning, all by my lonesome because everyone else is still sleeping all snug in their beds, and I got to thinking.  I know it's a rare occasion when I can actually get my brain to think, but I did it.  I wondered what I was doing around this time last year.  This is one of the great things about having a blog.  You can look back at what you were doing or have done.

*I highlighted one of the many reasons why I am who I am today.
*We bought a new car!
*My desktop computer caught itself a virus.
*I finally got Muh Precious camera.  Then blogged about it here and here.
*I did a crappy video blog.
*I highlighted my favorite vampires.
*I made my own laptop bag.

I was very productive in the month of February in the year Two Thousand and Ten.  In stark contrast to last year, let's take a gander so far this month...

*Bitched, moaned, and complained about the weather.  CURSE YOU SNOW!
*Complained about high school.
*Gave props to my friend.
*Complained about Valentine's Day.
*Shared a few recipes.
*Complained about blogging stuff.
*And shared some crap.

Wow... I think I'm noticing a pattern here.

Funny Find

Doo-Keys - Source


According to the fredflare website, you can "fix your crappy day" with these key covers.  They were inspired by, you guessed it, crap!

For only $10, you can get a 6-pack of these.

Check 'em out!

Grrrr!

I love reading blogs.  There are just a few things that bug me.

I use a blog "reader".  Usually I use Feed Demon, but lately I've been using good ol' Google Reader.  There really is nothing worse than finding a blog that you love, adding it to the reader, then finding it's only a partial feed.  I understand that everyone wants STATS, but I follow/read about 170 blogs.  If I had to visit each and every one of them every day, I would never walk away from my computer.  I hate having to unsubscribe/unfollow blogs, but if you don't have your feed set to full, I have no choice.  Please, please, please change your blog feeds to full!

On Blogger it's really simple.  From the Dashboard : 1) click Settings, 2) click Site Feed, 3) click the drop down menu and select Full, 4) save.  Told you it was simple.

Then there is the dreaded, horrid.... NOREPLY-COMMENT@BLOGGER.COM.  Other bloggers have mentioned this before too, most recently I read about it on Beth's blog.  I obviously don't get very many comments, but when I do, I like to reply via email.  If Blogger would (for the love of all things holy) get with replies in the comment form, this whole thing would not be a problem.

This is another super simple fix in Blogger.  From the Dashboard: 1) click Edit Profile, 2) click the little box next to Show My Email Address, 3) if you haven't already, enter your email address where labeled, 4) save, save, SAVE.

Help your fellow bloggers out here!

Snow Day Number 15

Today marks snow day number 15 for my kids.  I can not express to you just how sick and tired I am with all this damn snow.  The school district has changed the calendar.  It now says TBD for the last day for students.  Thank goodness we had to cancel our planned trip to South Dakota.  Originally cancelled because my due date is around that time, now because who knows when the kids will ever get out of school.  The kids (and myself) are obviously going completely bonkers.  It's just too cold to send them outside and they are bouncing off the walls being inside.

There is one good thing that has come from all of this.  I discovered Amazon Video On Demand.  I love Amazon!  I can't believe that I've never known that they had this awesome service!  You can rent movies or buy movies.  Download or stream them.  There are some movies you can buy for only $4.99.  Do they have new releases, you ask?  Why yes, yes they do!  And those can be purchased for only $14.99 or rented for only $3.99.  The streaming quality was far better than that of Netflix.  I only pay about $10 a month for our Netflix account, but their streaming movies leave a little to be desired.  While they have literally hundreds of movies that you can stream to your computer or game console, I have no wish to watch 75% of what they offer.  The only complaint I have so far with Amazon is their TV episodes.  Granted they are only $1.99 an episode, and that's a great price, but why would I want to pay for something that the network has on their website for FREE?!  I'm just sayin'.  Now not all networks have their show's episodes online and some only go back 4 or 5 episodes, so I can see where this would come in handy.

Basically my point is that you should check it out.  Especially if you are stuck in Snow Hell like I am.

Favorite Family Eats

Today's Prompt:  Favorite Dinner
One of our favorite meals is one I've posted before.  It's what I like to call my Italian Stir-Fry.  I have found that using a bit of soy sauce in place of the Italian dressing is also just as good and offers a bit of a different flavor.

From the old post:  I usually don't measure out the portions. I also usually grab a bag of Great Value deluxe frozen veggies. The one with broccoli, snow peas, little corn cobs... that one. I've been adding some turkey smoked sausage. This recipe is so good because you can add to it or take away from it whatever you want to make it yours!



Our second favorite (and equally as easy to make) is Alicia's Easy Philly Cheesesteaks.  Just grab these ingredients:  (At Wal-Mart) Great Value Philly Steak meat, green bell pepper, onion, cheese (of your choice), and some sub sandwich rolls.

Slice the onion and bell pepper then set them to the side.  Take the philly meat and put it, frozen, into the skillet.  You really only need to cook it a couple of minutes on each side.  Add the onion and pepper to the meat mixture and let it cook for a few minutes.  You'll only want to cook them slightly because you still want to have a bit of crispiness to them.  Place the rolls on a baking sheet.  Add the meat/veggie mixture and place your cheese of choice to the top.  Place them in the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese and VOILA!  All done!

Old Man Winter

Needs to take a vacation from visiting us in Kentucky.  It is snowing.  AGAIN!

I left this morning at 7:30am.  By the time I came back home at 9:30am, our road looked like this.

Day 38 of my Project 365.
It's a bit misleading.  Most of what is on the road is very slushy and not very slick, but if you aren't careful and mindful of what is around you, this could still be dangerous.  I drove the 6.5 miles from town to my house going anywhere between 35-40MPH.  I wasn't taking any chances.  Plus I had to slow down to take that picture.  *cheesy grin*

We've had so much more snow this year than in years past.  Normally we might get two instances of 2 or 3 inch snow falls throughout the entire Winter.  This year all total we've received around 15+ inches!  Of course that isn't all at once (that would shut down the ENTIRE state), but we've had several snow falls of more than 2 inches.  Could this be due to global warming?

I know it sounds like an oxymoron to say is SNOW due to the warming of our planet, but lots of scientists think so.  The floods and storms during the Summer and now all this snow.  This just makes me even more mindful of what I am doing to/for the planet.  Even small things like changing out your lightbulbs can make a big difference.

What are you doing to help Mother Earth?

Make Your Own Ginger Tea

Photographer: Frank C. Müller                                   Image via Wikipedia
via Vegan and Sara (who found it at Vegweb.com)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced ginger root
  • 6 cups (1.5 liters) water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Sweetener of choice
  1. Simmer all ingredients but sweetener for 20 minutes; strain and sweeten.
Good for indigestion or “bad hair days”.

Serves: 6

Can't get much simpler than this, right!?  P.S.  I didn't make a printable version of this 'cause... it's 4 ingredients.

Ugh... it's that time of year.

I am not a fan of Valentine's Day.  It's become a day fueled by marketing meant to take all yo moolah.  I prefer to just cook stuff heart shaped and make cheesy cards from construction paper.

I don't like chocolates and if my husband buys me one more ring I might actually consider shooting him.  I mean don't get me wrong, I like jewelry, but a person only has 10 fingers.

And who the hell decided to put velvet on cards?  Those cheesy ribbon-y, covered in velvet Valentine's cards.  No one likes those.  My husband stopped buying me these cards a few years ago when I told him that the thought was nice, but the card made me puke a little in my mouth.  I always ask if he has actually read the card he buys for me.  He says he does, but I have my doubts.

Every year I avoid one whole half of Wal-Mart between mid-December and February 15th.  That's when they completely cover everything in pinks and reds and seemingly force you to buy huge bags of conversation hearts and Disney character/school appropriate cards.  I'm over it.  How 'bout you?


Why My Best Friend is Da Bomb

Cam LaBelle (Free Spirit Chronicles) is my bestest friend in the whole wide world.  She's been my friend for what seems like forever (back when Kris Kross would make you Jump, Jump!).  Between the two of us we have been through every conceivable issue known to man.

Oh how I love her... let me count the ways!
  1. We think alike.
  2. We like the same stuff...
  3. Except for music and movies, but we'll always have the Sandman.
  4. We have secrets.
  5. She makes me think about serious stuff.  Don't believe me?  Read this.
  6. She is strong.  Not like in a bodybuilder kind of way!  In a 'she has intestinal fortitude' kind of way.
  7. She drinks for me 'cause I'm pregnant. 
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        8.  She is kind.
        9.  She is loving and lovable.
      10.  On my very first trip to Savannah, she took me to Starbucks and
             Bonaventure Cemetery.  Two places that were high on my list,
             and I didn't even have to tell her.
      11.  She's a goofball.
    
       12.  She is the Carrots to my Peas.
       13.  I could go on and on, but since this in number 13 and we both
              have the world's BEST LUCK ever *sarcasm* I will stop here!

Please make sure that you stop by her blog and visit her.  She's also a great writer and photographer!

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Today's prompt:  Write a post giving your best friend props.

What I Miss... no, not really

Some times I just have no idea what to write about.  I sit down with Muh Precious and then I sit.  It's a flaw in the perks of being a stay at home mom.    I'm sure that I'll have tons of stuff to write about in a few months when I'm deluging you with images of baby doing this and baby doing that, but for now I need a bit of help in the idea department.

Gigi at Kludgymom has a great Idea Bank and now Bloggy Mom has the Blog Dare.  Awesome stuffs for a lazy ass like myself.

Today's prompt:  What I miss/don't miss about high school.


Ahhh.... the joys of high school.  When the biggest decision of your day is what to wear.  Those were the days, right?  I definitely wouldn't say they were the "best days of my life", but it was sure nice to not have to worry about EVERYTHING there is to worry about in life.  Hakuna Matata as a past friend and I used to say.  I miss those friendships too.  The hanging out in the school parking lot before class and after class 'cause no one had anywhere to be.  The homework could wait.  I'm only close with two of my friends from high school now.  I do sometimes reminisce, but growing up, getting wiser, and letting go is just a part of life.

Ahhh... the pain of high school.  One word: DRAMA.  I do not miss the teenage angst drama overload known as high school.  Petty fights over nonsense that, to this day,  I can't remember the actual nonsense that caused the fight to begin with.  I also don't miss homework, getting up early, Mr. Myers science class, Mrs. Myers French class (he was the devil and she was worse), having the football team beaten every single year by our rival, and the very special lunch treat known as "Cougar Surprise".

What do you miss or not miss about your high school days?

Tuesday Tunes



Definitely one of my favorite Fugees songs.