Sweet Potato Pie and Shut My Mouth

Oh, it’s Thanksgiving Week.  I love Thanksgiving.  Because this former fat girl still loves to eat.  NOM NOM NOM.

This year, it’s only going to be my husband and myself.  The rest of our family has plans, and to tell you the truth, I’m actually kind of happy it will just be Bob and I.  I don’t get nearly enough time with him, and the thought of spending the day with him alone with nothing but good food and football doesn’t hurt my feelings at all.

I have been thinking about our Thanksgiving meal for weeks.  We’re having turkey, and stuffing, and mashed potatos and corn (um, hello carbs, I’m your bitch).  I’m also baking my husband a pecan pie, and making homemade bread.  This year I’m attempting my own cranberry orange relish, and making myself a sugar free sweet potato pie.  Luckily I remembered to take the turkey out of the freezer today so I don’t have turkey popsicles on Thursday.

And then we shall watch football.

My husband leaves Friday morning to go on his annual hunting trip.  I have plans to do nothing at all.  Just me and my dog on Friday (I am NOT a Black Friday shopper).  Saturday, I’m  having a girls day with some friends.  We’re going antiquing, and to lunch, and then we’re watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (or Elf…) and gossiping.  Because yes, women do that.

So, I bid you all good eating this week.  Enjoy your family and friends.  Enjoy your food.  And give thanks, for everything you have and everything you hold dear.

Let the holidays begin.


OH – and just a quick update to my previous post – it appears I have a vit. D deficiency.  They’ve upped my D supplement and if that doesn’t work, they’ll be adding in Zoloft.  Hopefully it will get me over the hump to actually ENJOY my holidays.


Holy Cow – Busy!

Sorry I’ve been absent, but it’s been a whirlwind around here.  Between work, and my new jewelry business, and housework and getting ready for classes starting, I’ve hardly had time to do anything at all, like blogging!

So, if you haven’t already, please check out my etsy page!  I’ve got lots of pretty things for sale.  I’ve sold quite a bit too, so my stock is pretty much revolving.  Each week there should be something new.  And I’m still pushing my grand reopening discount of 20%!  Just ask me how!

School starts back up for me next week, but my class actually opened up yesterday, and of course, I have assignments that are due next week, so I’ll be getting started on them this week.  I’m really hoping accounting  hasn’t changed too much in the past 13 years.  Of course, I realize already how different the undergrad classes are from the graduate – but c’est la vie – I gotta do what I gotta do!

My knee continues to heal, and PT continues to torture me.  But this time I am seeing results, so that’s a plus.  I’m working downtown 3 days a week, and working from home two days, until I can get some more stamina on the knee.  I go back to the ortho on the 17th.  I can bend up to 137 degrees now (that’s a good thing) but I’m still fighting a limp and some pain and definitely swelling, which sucketh. 

So, let’s see…what else…hmmm…nada.  Darn I’m boring.  I won’t even talk about the Eagles Season except to say that my team sucketh.

So, what’s new with you?

Update – the State of the State at Casa de Pollo

We’re ringing out here from all the rain.  The next person that suggests the north east is in a drought will get punched in the face.

I did decide to switch up my major.  Turns out, my accounting credits from my MBA are too old (sigh) so I have to take 15 credits of undergrad accounting classes before I can take my grad level accounting classes.  I still have management grad classes to take, so I will get those out of the way while taking my undergrad credits.  I decided NOT to wait until January since this was the case, and am taking Basic Accounting starting October 3.  My class is less than half the cost of my grad classes, but still – $771 I didn’t expect to spend, and on top of that, it won’t even count towards my GPA.  Plus, the book is a custom text (yay) which means I can only buy it at the UMUC book store, AND it cost $143.  For a binder.  A. BINDER.    But, I gotta bite the bullet and do this.

I go back to the ortho today.  I’m praying he tells me I can go full weight bearing on my knee so that I can go back to work next week.  I’ve been working from home, but it’s killing me.  I work harder from home than I do in the office.  And I need to see some people OTHER than my husband.  Don’t get me wrong – I love my husband, but recovery has been a wee bit too much togetherness.  I have now completed two full weeks of PT, and my knee has gone from a 97 degree bend to a 134 degree bend, and that makes me happy.  It’s really sore at night, but during the day doesn’t bother me much.  I’m ready to resume activities, including driving and going to work like a big girl.

Somewhere here recently, my little grandnephew turned one.  I can’t believe it.  He’s so stinking cute too.  I gave him an Elmo fork and spoon and an Elmo ABC book.  He loves Elmo.

The dog is still wearing her cone of shame.  Sigh.

So, that’s about it.  Nothing exciting at all.  No interesting fodder to blog about since I’m stuck here at home.  Sigh.

Mother Nature, You Are a Bitch

I am SUPPOSED to be enjoying my last day at my beach place, but thanks to Irene, we came home yesterday.  Of course, the Eastern Shore is under mandatory evacuation.

So, our vacation was eventful, even though it wasn’t supposed to be.

We got down to Virginia last Saturday with our friends in tow.  They are looking to buy soon, and wanted to see what Trails End was like.  We showed them around and then visited with my sissy for a while.  We went to the dance that night (which I spent on the sidelines, since, well, I can not dance right now) and enjoyed ourselves.  We spent Sunday and Monday not doing much of anything but relaxing and reading, which was lovely.

On Tuesday, we decided to go to the pool in the afternoon.  After lunch, we packed up and headed up.  It was a gorgeous day and the pool was lovely – not crowded at all.  We found a table, and I even managed to get in and out of the pool so I could exercise my leg.  About 1:50, we were both sitting at the table with our noses in our books.  I felt someone shaking my chair, and I turned around to see who it was.  Only it was no one.  Um…  I looked over at my husband, and he was looking at his chair funny, and then we looked at each other.  I said, “Did you feel that?”  He says, “Yeah – must have been a strong wind gust.”  Only the wind was coming from the other direction.  I looked around to see if anyone else had felt anything, but no one had, so I chalked it up to wind.  Then I checked Facebook on my phone – and everyone was posting, “Did we just have an earthquake?”  I knew it!  Sigh.

We were also watching the weather report with the anticipation of Irene.  We decided Tuesday night to just hold off and wait until Friday morning to make any decisions.  By Thursday morning, it looked as if we were definitely going to leave by Friday morning.  By Thursday at noon, they had posted signs around the campground to evacuate (keep in mind, we were in Horntown, VA, which is in Accomack County, on the eastern shore of VA – which is right in the storm’s path).  It was a voluntary evacuation.  We decided to tie down the popup and the picnic table and to head out Friday am.  We had tied everything down and were taking a nap when security knocked on our door.  “Have you heard there’s a storm coming?” 


Yes, yes we have.

“Are you leaving?”

Right now?

“Well, do you plan to leave before Saturday?”

Yes, we’re leaving first thing Friday am.

“Ok – people who stay will be pretty stupid.”

Ya think?  Seriously, like I want to weather a hurricane in a 1953 travel trailer with no toilet.  Um, no.

So, we got up early yesterday, packed up, and headed home.  We’re now sitting here on the sofa, watching the rain and wind pick up.  We have power, and satellite, and internet, so we’re good to go so far.

Hope everyone is safe.  Here’s a picture I took about 5pm tonight…

And here’s how my family is spending the afternoon…

I’m Here

I’ve been so swamped that the internets have become a bit of a “wow I’d really like to get back to that soon” idea that hasn’t really materialized.

So, some quick bits…

Mia is doing great.  She’s a great dog, and so well trained, that it’s hard for me to believe someone could dump her.  It’s apparent from her behavior that she was dumped – she’s skittish about going to the park – doesn’t want to get out of the car until she’s absolutely sure we aren’t going to leave her there.  She’s underweight and has patches of skin that are healing but we can tell where she dug at them with her nails or teeth.  But she’s sweet, and loyal and loving.  She knows a bunch of commands, loves to play with toys, is very good with the kitties, and loves me to bits and pieces.  I just can’t wait to fatten her up a bit.


Work is very busy and is kicking my butt.  I once again owe Bluz cookies for fixing something for me yesterday.  He’s requested chocolate chip.  I’ll try for them soon.  I’m also on a committee here to make the work place a happy happy joy joy place to work when it’s more like Office Space.  Sigh.   I may need to take my printer out to a field to beat it.

Winter sucks and I’m glad it’s almost gone.  My skin is so dry you could use it for sandpaper and my fingers are splitting.  I need spring.  Seriously.

We’re going to see my Mom this weekend.  We’re taking Mia to meet her gramma.  I have a feeling trips to my mom will be slightly less frequent now that gas costs are now priced at:

Dear lord let me hit the lottery.

In other news, I finally got around to watching America’s Next Greatest Restaurant.  The whole reason I watched it at all was for this man:

Curtis Stone, you are made of win, and awesomesauce.  And hawtness.  You are now on my list of five.  As a result of watching the show, though, I’m now having a major Chipotle craving.  NOM

Blow The Dust Off

Sorry…I know it’s been a while.  February has been a rough month and I didn’t want to come here to post, “I miss my dog I miss my dog I miss my dog,” every single day.  Kinda takes the shine off of things, ya know?

So, we are in the search for a new goggie.  We have been to the HCHS (Harford County Humane Society) and walked a few doggies there.  Unfortuantely, the dog we had our eye on was Lily, a little beagle.  She was beautiful and sweet, but they did not disclose to us BEFORE we wanted to see her that she was turned in for aggression, and on top of that had kennel cough and lymes.  Um, make her well before you put her up for adoption!  We also walked a little lab named snuggles who was good with me, but was terrified of Bob.  So, we are still looking.  We won’t go back to the Humane Society, unfortnately – they told me my cats weren’t up to date on their shots (they are, I have their certificates) but didn’t disclose to me that the dog we specifically told them we were there to look at was sick.  Sigh.  The search continues.

In other news, work has been crazy. C-R-A-Z-Y.  I am swamped and have had nothing but meetings out the hoohah.  That’s a lot of meetings folks.  I dropped my class so I could concentrate on work a bit more and relax on the weekends.  Relaxing on weekends is very important for me now. 

We are starting to get ready for our annual Colorado trip.  I imagine sometime this week we’ll plot out our trip.  We’re going for two weeks again this year.  So looking forward to this trip.  We’re trying to decide on one overnight – two years ago we did Colorado Springs and Fort Robinson.  Not sure where we want to go yet this year.  Maybe Cheyenne?  I’ll research some more.  Colorado Springs was gorgeous and so much fun!  It’s gorgeous there.  We treck up to Estes Park for a day every year, and if Trail Ridge is open, I’d like to take that drive again.  We go all over the state – from the mountains way out to Sterling, into Nebraska, up into Wyoming.  So we’ll just have to see.

And and and…we discovered the best freaking Sushi restaurant this weekend in Perryville of all places.  They’ve only been open two weeks, but it was amazing!  We had their lunch special – Bob got a sushi plate, and I had three rolls – for $20!!!  Score!

So, that’s what’s new here.  What’s new with you?

Another Frickin’ Snowstorm

I woke up this morning to this…


Notice the tracks in the snow – that is exactly how far the dog walked to pee.  I dutifully cleaned off my car and caught the train into work.  At which point I said, “Um, what the hell am I doing?  It’s nasty down here.”  So I collected a ton of work and took the 1:15 train home.

It had stopped snowing by then but it’s started back up.  We are supposed to get hit with 6 to 10 inches tonight.  I’m seriously OVER IT!  Done with snow.  It’s not magical and purdy.  It’s craptastic.  It really sucks when you have to commute 40 miles one way to work.  On public transportation.  I hate it.

I have enough work to stay home tomorrow if I need to (ok, let’s face it – I ain’t going in – we already have about 4 inches out there and it’s no where near done snowing).  Which means I’m trapped in the house with my darling husband.  And the History channel.  And his gun shows like American Rifleman.  I’m getting closter-snow-phobic with all this crap.  Teh bored has set it.  When that happens, I start doing things to amuse myself…like this…

Let’s just say the devil made me do it.

And I begin to torment the cats…

"I am plotting your demise...I shall follow through as soon as I figure out how to open the food cans myself."

And take pictures of my husband in compromising positions….

"You're not posting that on facebook are you?"

And instead of drying off the dog, I take pictures of her first (yes, I DID dry her off)…


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