Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thursday Thoughts



Sitting on the runway waiting for some mechanical checkup on your plane seems like a good time to blog. I just inserted a photo, I think? I've never blogged straight from the phone before. Whee.

I wish I didn't stop watching Parenthood a few seasons back. I watched it the other night and was glued to the screen. I might just pick it up again. When can I have dinner in the parents' backyard?

My neighbor Jamie put out a call on FB for light face makeup suggestions and Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer was a popular answer, so she's trying it and i decided to also. Debbie has used it for a while and loves it so i have high hopes. Look at me! I'm all grown up, trying face makeup. Yesterday was my first day wearing it and I have to say, it was pretty awesome.

I'm on vacation! Right now. Today. And every day until October 1. Giddyup.

Who else has a compulsion to clean their house top to bottom before they leave for a trip? I know it's not just me.

We left the house three hours ago and I already miss my dogs. Thank you to our it takes a village dog crew: Effing Warren for staying at our house, and Mom, Michelle and our neighbor Tony for mid-day duties.

MFD loves SkyMall catalogs. He's annoyed that since we just flew at the end of July, he's already seen this one. Traveling people problems, yo.

I got about three hours of sleep since MFD is a night before vacation packer...he started packing at midnight. We woke up at 4:30. Even though I'm bad at math I know that equals doom in the sleep department.

Sayonara, friends. Fingers crossed this plane gets going soon. We're already 20 minutes late and still at the gate.

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You know you're ready for vacation...

When you don't feel like thinking about anything besides vacation, including the work that must get done before you leave. You know you have a very finite time in which to do that work, but it's like your brain has just stopped moving.

And when everything annoys you and makes you want to cut a bitch. Except looking at shoes for the fall because shoe shopping exists in its own special time/space continuum, where everything is dreamy and feels like cashmere.

And even though you want to cut bitches, you're so numb to the daily grind that you can nonchalantly walk over the puddle of fresh urine pooling on the steps as you make your way up from the train platform, like it's not worth caring that someone has pissed on a heavily used walkway. Because hello it is! We should care when people use the world as their toilet. Right?

Vacation always seems to come along when you really need it. I just wrote a blog entry where I attempted to tie cutting bitches, urine, and shoe shopping together. I think I need it.

One down and 3.6, tomorrow and I'm out of here.









Monday, September 17, 2012

the mid-September weekend that was


Lamesauce opening photo, right?
Friday night hausfrauing, top and main floors and bathrooms. 
Of all the vacuums I've had, and I currently have one on each floor, this little 
$40 Dirt Devil is the best. And grossly, you can see how much your dogs really shed.


Sometimes at the end of a tiring week, this is what's for dinner. 



Joe Dirt. 
My name is Joe Dirte. I add an e to the end 'cause it sounds cool.


The Wake up Committee let me sleep until 8:30 on Saturday...
which is why I didn't call them the Ahole Wake up Committee. 



Saturday morning grocery shopping to stock the pantry so it's set when we return from vacation.
Some fall essentials...lasagna noodles, pumpkin, and of course Sweetzels.



Coffee. I was dismayed to find we were out of half & half.
I had to wait for my coffee until after I went grocery shopping on Saturday. Nervy!
That's Evan's middle finger mug, it's a crowd favorite.
Aubrey uses it whenever she comes over.
Sunday's cup was Mickey, because in less than seven days we will be sailing the seas on
the Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, The Fantasy.


Individual chicken pot pies to freeze. These were really good. 
I read a bunch of recipes, so I can't find which one I used,
but what I did is this to make 12 large muffin size individual pot pies:
Preheat oven to 375. 
1. Mix 1C bisquick (I used homemade whole wheat), 4 eggs and 1C milk
2. Cut up 2 lb chicken (I used thighs) and saute in oil until cooked through
3. Add 1C onion, 1C chicken broth, 1TSP thyme, salt & pepper, and cook until simmering
4. Add 1C frozen mixed veggies and cook 5 min (drain after this)
5. Add 1C grated cheddar (I used sharp) and mix well
6. Spray muffin tins with nonstick spray
7. Add 1.5TBS bisquick mix to each
8. Top with 1/4C chicken mixture
9. Add another 1.5TBS bisquick mix
10. Bake for 25-30 min (min took 27)
11. Cool for 5, then cool on a wire rack for 10, then remove. 

I tried one and froze the rest. The crust does not get hard, so if you like a hard crust (dirty pervs), I'd use a pie crust and adapt the recipe. The mixture itself was fabulous. 


I nearly crapped my pants when I unknowingly walked into the web 
of this man eating spider out back.
Where are they growing these things?
My heart's still pounding.



Hot crab dip for Stephen & Aubrey's:
a block of softened cream cheese, two six oz cans crab if no fresh is available (it wasn't), a few healthy shakes of Old Bay, some minced onion, 1TBS lemon juice, 1TSP Worcestershire, 1/4 tsp dried Colonel Mustard, a little salt, and about a cup and a half of sharp white cheddar.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes in a pre-heated oven.



We began our eight hour Lower Bucks County tour in deep Levittown.
College football and family dinner at Stephen and Aubrey's, 
featuring a fabulous lasagna by Aubrey (I snagged a piece for Monday's lunch) 
and one of my favorites, lemon meringue pie by Carol.



A lovely after dinner sky 



Happy birthday week to our nephew Drew.
It seems like we just visiting him in the hospital when he was born. Time flies.
It was nice to catch up with the Morrisville crew at Mindy & Andy's.
Incidentally, when I was there I learned from Fran that Honey Boo Boo Child's niece was born with three thumbs, and they took the baby home like that...
I'm sort of scarred, and now I'll need to investigate this On Demand.



Our third stop was the Danfords' house in Yardley, where I got 
QT with some of my adult and kid friends. And Yo Gabba Gabba. 


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Kill Bill Vol. 1
I would not want to be involved with O-Ren Ishii and her Crazy 88s.



I baked zucchini bread on Sunday morning. It was magnificent.
One to eat and one to freeze. I used The Smitten Kitchen's recipe, found here.




My crapper texting phone went dead. Balls.
I think I need to replace the battery.



Then I was lazy. Drinking coffee, reading magazines, and snuggling with my cute dogs.
Disregard my morning look.




Villanova vs. Princeton at Villanova. Villanova lost, 1-0.
Amazing sky, no picture trickery either.
I love the flag in the corner.
Happy birthday week to my Sean, his birthday is Wednesday.




My pedi place is so awesome you get a hot stone massage included in the regular price.
$22. Not bad. And I ran into a friend there, always a bonus.


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I hit Marshall's in an attempt to find a new dress for the Sannelli/DiCostanzo wedding.
No dice. I did, however, find the perfect red scarf.
I've been looking for one since last year.
Even if I don't find a new dress for the wedding, this will bump up a LBD.
Marshalls, will you marry me?
It's not polygamy if you're married to a man and a store simultaneously.
My blog, my rules.




Being in the sun at the game + hideous allergies all weekend =
Me being a whiny slug like Randy from A Christmas Story.

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the weekend that was

Three day work week? Don't mind if I do.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

You guys. You guys you guys you guys...a week from today I'll be on vacation. Two weeks from today I'll be doing exactly this at Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay, except I'll be reading a different book and will have different color nail polish on my toes.


When I return, summer will officially be over, even though I'll wear flip flops until that one morning where I'm practically crying by the time I get to work because my feet are so cold. I want to start thinking about what's on my fall to do list. One thing immediately comes to mind: pumpkin everything.

I also need to replace some makeup...one of my MAC lipsticks has gone rogue, and there are other holes in my program. I could put this lipstick in a pot and apply it with a lip brush. But I won't. I tend to not wear makeup in the summer, then I see a bunch of photos of myself on FB and I say WTF get the makeup out. I'm a cyclical makeup wearer. 


If you're married or ever thinking about getting married, you should read Lydia Netzer's blog on 15 Ways to Stay Married for 15 Years. Thanks to Shelby from the Big Hungry Shelby blog for passing it along.

Track changes is a total asshole and makes me want to rip my hair out. I want Microsoft Word to REMOVE THE OPTION. Just fucking remove it. Insert a note if the change is big enough to call attention to, otherwise let it fly. If you're working with someone who's going to quibble over the use of a vs. the, just get another job now.

Does anyone else have a dog that's crazy about licking Popsicle sticks like my Gussie is?

I made this crock pot meal on Tuesday night, billed on The Larson Lingo as the easiest dinner ever. And it really was. I added some diced green chiles and diced tomatoes and more salsa than called for, and a few shakes of Tastefully Simple's fiesta dip mix. I also used frozen corn instead of canned. On Lauren's recommendation, I held the cream cheese out until after I shredded the chicken. Then I added half a block of lite cream cheese. I ate it as a soft taco. Very easy and good.

Is it just me, or does John Mayer seem like the biggest douche as a prospective beau? Celebrity ladies, get it together. Stop dating him.

photo: gdaugherty.blogspot.com
Last night in Zumba, the second song was exclusively squats. I'm glad I drug myself to the gym by my own hair when I was more inclined to be a slovenly layabout.

Looking for a new author to try? I like The Last Child by John Hart. I also just finished Everything Changes by Jonathan Tropper. I'm a big fan of his books. Both were quick and easy reads, but good.
Amazon.com
Are you on Instagram? I need more people to follow. Hook a girl up with your instaname.

I cheated and watched the pilot of Revolution On Demand. My heart is still hurting over LOST and this could be my long awaited rebound. I'm in. Let's do this, fall TV.

Photo: tvequals.com
I wasn't in the shower alone this morning. Don't worry, this is not about to get weird. I was in there with a huge MFing spider. From my reaction, you'd think it was Norman Bates. Sorry living thing...I don't share showers with arachnids. Rest in peace.

Photo: andyerupts.com
Ecard of the week pinned by cousin Col:


Remember...Goonies never say die. Get out there and have a good day.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Resilience


We all know exactly where we were, what we were doing, the things we thought, and how we felt eleven years ago today. We'll never forget the images we saw of towers and planes coming down, dust in the streets, first responders on the scene. What we heard, read, and learned in the days and months following: of the last phone calls, the missing notices, the flag raised at ground zero, people converging on New York City to search, "Let's roll" from Todd Beamer on Flight 93, a nation sharing its grief in candlelight vigils, on the radio and Internet and tv, through music, in newspapers and on street corners.

We also saw a nation showing its strength and unity; its desire to help each other, heal each other, and protect each other.

Thinking back on all of that, the feelings of loss, grief, disbelief and sadness seem as fresh today as they did then. Our hearts remain heavy for those who lost their lives, for families and friends who lost loved ones, for heroes who died or returned forever changed from desert lands in the years that followed. We still tear up seeing images of that day, hearing tributes, listening to Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights go out on Broadway) and remembering Billy Joel performing it for NYPD and FDNY.

Perseverance and resilience have always been cornerstones of this nation. They were reinvigorated with a vengeance by a terrible attack on innocent people that will forever haunt us.

In a politically polarizing time where there's finger pointing and lots of talk about what's wrong with America and how bad things are, let's remember that out of a terrible day in our history, a renewed sense of patriotism as well as a fierce appreciation for and protective feeling of the American way came about. We stood together. This is a day that renders politics useless and lays waste to party lines and rhetoric. Today is purely and simply a day to reflect, remember, and honor together as citizens.

Every year we say never forget, as if we possibly could. Those who lost someone never will, and those of us who watched our fellow citizens and our way of life come under attack never will either. As construction continues on the new World Trade Center site, we see plainly that we are built of strong stuff, individually and collectively as a people. They are a symbol that America is resilient, and she rises.

The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. 
Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. 
We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, 
the rule of law and respect for human life. 
We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.
 --Rudolph W. Giuliani. December 31, 2001

Monday, September 10, 2012

the weekend that was


MFD picked me up at work and we headed to Penn's Park at UPenn on Friday night to watch Villanova play Hartford. It was my first time seeing my youngest brother play in a college soccer game. 
He starts and plays the whole game as a freshman, I'm very proud! Villanova won 2-1.


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Me and mom, Mom's hair mane circa 1989, and our similar feet.

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I fell asleep on the couch, in my dress. I think I was tired. 

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Up and out by 7:30 a.m. on Saturday to eradicate my grays and catch up with my lovely friend and stylist Kristi Morgan at Sensational Scissors. 

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Surprise!

Thanks for the photo O Koro Tochi!
The day of Amanda begins with a surprise bridal shower at Brio.
I did manage to refrain from hitting The Christmas Tree Shoppe in the same shopping center.
Will I be rewarded for that?


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An hour lounging in my muu muu painting my nails and watching college football

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Shipping out to South Philly under Ghostbuster skies.
There is no Dana, only Zuel.
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Cargating for Amanda's bachelorette


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The Phillies game was our initial plan, but the game was rained out.
So we had an old fashioned hotel room party until the booze ran out.
The shirts were really cute and said Chase's Last Chance.
I tweeted the pic of Amanda in the shirt but got no replies from Mr. Utley.

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Xfinity Live for Amanda's bachelorette. It was my first time there.
 Cons: I couldn't get close to the bull and drinks were expensive.
Pros: Live bands playing everywhere, Victory Beer Garden, and we had a total blast.


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Thanks to Michelle for driving, and taking care of me!

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Celebrating Amanda's impending wedding equals a two day hangover.
It's Monday morning and I'm still not right.
I think it's really great when one of your longtime friends picks a spouse that becomes your good friend, and is someone you would've been friends with on your own anyway.
I've been very lucky in that department.

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Already, leaves?


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Thursday night, I made cauliflower crust pizza.
I've seen it all over pinterest and the food blogs I follow and had to try it.
I followed this recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen, but I substituted whole wheat flower for almond meal.
It was really good, and I didn't have high expectations for it turning out well.


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Add this to the list of hangover foods.
Kentucky Fried Chicken. So gross. So good. So nap inducing.


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I love Grosse Pointe Blank.
"I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork. How've you been?"

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Some laundry, grocery shopping, and the couch on Sunday.



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I spent a large portion of Sunday watching Snooki & JWoww, which I've never seen.
I'll never get those hours back, but I couldn't stop it.
Among the millions of things that are ridiculous on that show,
Snooki's eyelashes take the cake.

Photo: www.examiner.com
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Lovely Sunday sunset


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I needed a kick start to this week. 
One egg bagel, toasted, with cream cheese and veggies will do.



Lots going on this week, friends. Things to do, people to see, places to be, vacation packing lists to write. Toodleoo!


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