You pine for the pool every time you drive by it – at least 4 times a day.
The amount of static in your hair/clothes/cat actually might electrocute you.
There is a constant coat of sand and salt on your lovely hardwood.
You gain back 8 pounds and you’re desperate to start running again. But damn it’s sooo cold!
All of your photos start to look alike – and not on purpose. There is nothing else to shoot.
I think I’ve reached my limit of pics of bare trees for one year. All of my other recent photos are of the boy or the cat. Yeah, I’m ready for spring.
Did you hear we’re supposed to get another snowstorm again this weekend? *headdesk* I miss green grass and daisies!
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Since we’re sitting here watching the Patriots play, and trying not to be too antsy about it, I will give you football humor, 9 year old style. Josh wrote this and asked me to post it here for him. Sure!
Wide receiver, running back.
All of these I do not lack.
Quarterback, tight end.
I am flexible, I can bend.
I am the opposite of lame.
But only in my video game.
You guys. How freaking cute is that??!!
I don’t really do those typical year end wrap-up posts, of course because I don’t really blog enough to bother! Since photography has become kind of a favorite thing for me lately, I thought I’d share a few iPhone photos that I never got around to posting here before. Btw, I stopped posting on Instagram and I’ve gone back to Flickr – come find me there!
Happy New Year friends, I wish you all the best!
I’ve spent the last few days trying to think of the right thing to say.
I just can’t.
Wishing you all peace.
I don’t know what I’m doing here anymore. I pretty much just do bullet posts and photo posts and I’m boring myself. I can’t even imagine how bored you must be. Anyway! Today is Friday so that means bullets. You’re so welcome.
- I’m working again! Hoo-freaking-ray! I have a small project I’ve already started and a few big ones lined up to work on all winter. Phew. The in-between contract times can be scary so it’s good to know I’ve got enough work to keep me here at home.
- I suspected work would pick up right before Christmas (again) so I am completely DONE with all of my Christmas prep. I’ve bought and wrapped everything, including stocking stuffers. All of my cards are done, and the house is as decorated as it’s going to get. I’ve NEVER EVER been done this early before. Don’t hate me.
- It’s not like I did all that much anyway. Really, don’t hate me. Go read my philosophy on Christmas craziness. I’m here to talk you down.
- I already cooked my Christmas ham.
- I only bought it because it was on sale. We really do have lasagna for Christmas dinner every year. Breaking traditions since 2001!
- It was the best ham I ever made. (Relatively speaking. I’m not a ham snob so I’m sure there are GREAT hams out there but I can’t afford them.)
- You know how spiral hams kinda get all dried out so you gob on lots of sugary glaze? Blech. That does NOT make for good leftovers.
- We were supposed to go to Maine last weekend to visit family but you know Maine and it’s stupid freezing rain, and sleet, and black ice, and well, not so much with the traveling.
- Not planning to be home meant we had no groceries in the house. Except a ham.
- I put that sucker in a turkey size oven bag and poured a whole lot of ginger ale over it and stuck it in the oven. The bag kept it from drying out and the ginger ale toned down the saltiness. Hello fabulousness. I think any soda would work well, sprite, root beer, etc. BUT NOT DIET SODA. That would be bad.
- We’ve ham leftovers all week and we haven’t gotten sick of it yet. It’s a miracle.
- Ham, ham, ham, ham. Ham, ham, ham, ham. HAM.
- Ham salad with tons of vinegar and a smidge of mayo.
- Pea soup with ham. Damon normally hates pea soup. Damon loves MY pea soup. If you want a great pea soup recipe let me know.
- Pea soup is not photogenic. Like at all. I tried.
- I’m making chicken today. Because I might actually be sick of ham, a little bit.
I’m curious, what do you do for Christmas dinner? Do you go all out like Thanksgiving or do you go the simple route with take-out? We have lasagna because it’s one of the few meals Damon likes to make so I get to do absolutely nothing!
It’s been a long time since I did a Friday bullets, but here I am again!
- Damon had foot surgery on Wednesday to remove bone spurs on his big toe joint. So that’s been fun. He’s fine now, just not particularly mobile.
- In related news, I have run up and down the stairs, oh, about 45 times since Wednesday night carrying various food, drinks, and ice packs. And more ice packs.
- But! As he said, “I could come downstairs and lay on the couch?” Um. NO. I’m gonna need my alone time/DVR breaks today, thankyouverymuch. And lots of coffee.
- The only one happy about Damon having to lay/sit/not move in this house is George. He is taking full advantage of this opportunity.
- George is an armpit snuggler. Not even kidding. (And he’s feeling much, much better btw.)
- We had to go into Boston for the surgery. I drove in at rush hour, and I drove out at rush hour. Holy hell. Do people really do that every day?? On purpose?! If you do that, I feel for you, I really do. I think I’m still having an anxiety attack over it.
- Speaking of work. I haven’t had a contract job since July. My summer of fun is now my fall of wait and see. Not worried. Just waiting and bored. You would think I would be bored enough that my house would be really clean. But alas.
- It’s time to declutter again. I look around and see piles of sneakers and books and sweatshirts and other general stupid crap and it’s annoying me. I’m having trouble identifying things I can get rid of this time around though. I decluttered so much last time that I feel like I need everything we have right now, but I know that can’t possibly be true.
- Since I’m hoping for inspiration, I’ve joined Cass in her 30 days of Subtraction Project and so far I love it. I know have only pens that work and none that don’t. 😉 I think you can still join in if you feel the need to lighten your mind and your space.
- I’m crocheting again. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt like doing it but I have a large project that I started over a year ago that I picked up again and I’m really enjoying it. I’ll have to wait to show it to you until it’s finished and sent off to the person it’s meant for though.
- It’s very hard not to go out and buy more YARN. I love yarn. I got rid of a ton of yarn and I still have a ton of yarn and I CANNOT go buy more yarn. The end. What? We all have our addictions man. At least I own up to mine.
- Oh addictions. Okay fine! My other one is chips and dip. I have been on the wagon for seven months. I had one slip in August. Humph.
- I’m stuck at 42-43 pounds down. Yeah, that’s good, I’m not knocking it. I lost more than my age this year! Woohoo! But oh so stuck for the last few weeks.
- I’m not sure running is for me but I’m thinking about starting my C25K app over again just to be sure. Anyone with me?
- What’s up with you today? Feel free to whine in comments if you need to get something out. I’m good at commiseration.
ps. I don’t have a pan big enough for my stupid turkey. I DECLUTTERED it 2 years ago. Arghh.
But he’s been my baby for 13 years. He was my baby before I had a baby. He’s my shadow and Josh’s best buddy.
George isn’t doing great. He’s lost a bunch of weight over the last few months. We did some bloodwork earlier in the week to rule out some things and tomorrow he’s going to be sedated so he can have an ultrasound and x-rays.
Fingers crossed we can figure this out and it’s an easy fix.
Update: George has kidney disease and possibly some issues with his liver, both common in aging cats. We’ll be treating with a renal friendly diet and, of all the strange things, Pepcid. It’s really hard to cut those teeny tiny pills into quarters. It’s even hard to shove a 1/4 of a pill into George’s mouth and make him swallow. He’s too smart for me to hide it in his food. Anyway, for now we’re just going to love, and pet, and snuggle him as long as we have him.
Fenway Faithful. Red Sox Nation. Whatever you want to call it. Some of us just can’t help being fans. Tonight is their last game of the season and no matter how sucktastic this year has been, and it’s been really, incredibly bad, I still love my team.
We went to a game a couple Sundays ago – I think it was the last game they won – and we had a fabulous time.
That’s Pedey at bat, right before getting on base and then scoring. (I admit, he’s my favorite, mostly because he just seems to love playing.)
The best part about the game though, came after it was over. It was the last home afternoon game so they let all the kids who attended run the bases. No, really. We got to walk out on the warning track. Josh got to RUN THE BASES AT FENWAY. He got to high five Middlebrooks and Lavarnway. It was completely awesome.
We’ll be back again next year, still cheering for the home team, still hoping for a playoff spot, still badmouthing the Yankees. (Please beat them tonight!*) We’ll be there again the year after that, and again, and again. Because we can’t help ourselves.
In return, we want a manager and coaches that cares, a team that wants to play hard and win, and ownership that appreciates the fans. We want good baseball. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
When does Pitchers and Catchers start?
* Ugh. That was just pathetic and miserable.
There are very few things I hate in this world but I truly HATE politics. Not people, but the political machinery that is grinding away at all of us.
I know how I am going to vote, and I know what issues call to me. I research those issues with what I hope is an open mind, on my own, in as many places as I can. I read both Huffpo and Fox News in hopes of finding some truth in the middle. There is no middle. They both make me gag with their slimy bullshit sensationalism. The rise of the new muckrakers is upon us and no one seems to care.
I don’t need incessant phone calls, or endless TV ads, or crazy pants rants on Facebook, or whatever other medium people want use to try to sway me. Everyone spreads half-truths, tells outright lies, or resorts to personal attacks so I’ve just stopped believing anything I hear. Most don’t even know that they are perpetuating lies someone else created. I’m just sick of it all.
It scares me when I see how truly hateful some people can be. Especially on the internet where some sense of anonymity turns what I would assume are normal rational adults into fear mongering jerks who will attack on a whim.
We all dig our little hole in the ground, call it our position, and never waver again. Not even a lean in one direction or another. There is no listening to what others have to say, no hmm, maybe you could be on to something there. I only see my-way-or-the-highway arguments, name-calling, and belittling of others opinions and feelings. La la la la, I don’t hear you, I’m right, you’re wrong, screw you.
How is this ever going to get us anywhere? Where is the compromise, the kindness? How are we ever going to dig ourselves out of this mess if we’re all in our own little holes with no room to shift?
It worries me greatly.
You guys, I just discovered I haven’t posted a recipe here since 2010. You know why? Not because I don’t cook every single freaking day. Because, ugh, I really do. No, it’s because I mostly cook really boring things, like brown rice. And soup. Soup and rice don’t photograph particularly well!
When I do make something that’s actually pretty I always forget to photograph the ingredients, the process, and sometimes even the finished product. We eat it and then I think, “crap, I should have taken a picture!” I would make a terrible food blogger.
Anyway! We all know that since school has started again we all have potlucks looming. I made a pasta salad this weekend that is perfect for a potluck or picnic because it doesn’t have mayonnaise in it. My kid doesn’t like mayo! It’s like I don’t even know who he is. Of course, I’m not really eating mayo these days either – I love it, but it doesn’t particularly like me. So! This is my new go to salad.
I’ve made this a lot recently, and it’s just perfect; easy, light, and kid-friendly.
- 1 box of your favorite pasta cooked al dente and chilled – I like rotini or bowties for this – and I use either tri-color or Ronzoni Smart Taste or Barilla Plus. If you want to use good ole white pasta or whole wheat either will work fine.
- 1 can of medium Rotel diced tomatoes (drained) if you like a little heat, OR 1 cup fresh or regular canned diced tomatoes if you don’t.
- 1-2 cups fresh baby spinach, washed, and broken up into smallish pieces.
- 1 tablespoon-ish white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons-ish olive oil
- your favorite seasonings – I like Cavender’s but you could use Mrs. Dash or whatever. I also add extra onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper to mine.
- Parmesan to taste. Fresh or in the green can, I won’t judge. Parmesan is already salty so I don’t add any additional salt when I season it.
Mix it all up and finish seasoning to taste. You might need a little more olive oil or vinegar. I don’t measure mine so I guessed at the amount!
We love this salad exactly like this but you can use the recipe as just a base for the raw veggies your family likes – onions, chives, olives, shredded carrots, diced cucumber, celery (gag) or whatever.
If you want to make it a complete one dish meal add in some cold diced chicken and hard boiled eggs. I’ve also made a similar one using cold pesto as the dressing instead of the olive oil vinegar and seasonings. So good!