Friday, October 31, 2008
The others were all older kids, like upper elementary to middle school kids. The last 2 girls were dressed up as "The Cheetah Girls"... I thought that was pretty clever. They had on ballet tutus and cheetah patterned tights...
The best part about the evening was I got rid of all the Butterfingers that were hidden in the miscellaneous bag I bought... So now I am left with the ones I like and will eat...
Oh, and honey, if you are reading this, we had so many kids come that I ran out of candy, which is why there won't be any left when you get home in 2 weeks.... Please ignore the commentary above...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I was going to go as Meg Griffen for Halloween, but I can't find my pink hat... So I don't think I'll be dressing up as anything this year. Normally, I'll wear A's old flight suit and go as a "pilot". It's pretty controversial. It has the old CAF patch on the back (from before they changed their name to "Commemorative Air Force"...) I wore the suit to an office I worked at where some people "of color" worked, and I got some really evil looks from some of them. I think that was the last time I wore it for a Halloween costume.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
(Personal note: Go get a flashlight and emergency candles and matches etc... Maybe a battery operated lantern...)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Gosh... I hate being sick, especially like this.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I can't wait to be a "pack" leader... LOL...
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This is my favorite time of year. From the time of my birthday to the New Year. I am giddy with excitement and anticipation! I can hardly wait! :)
When do you start preparing for the holidays?
(Oh, just be prepared... in my heightened state of excitement and anticipation, I may repeatedly change my blog without notice... Well... I guess this could count as notice :))
A's sister married someone also born on October 23...
My best friend had her 2nd child on October 23...
I used to work with a girl who was exactly 1 year younger than me...
Has anyone else notices just how many birthdays occur in October? I guess that people are "gettin' busy" around Valentines Day, and that must account for it.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, my 8 yr old self's birthday cake of choice was Lemon Cake with Lemon Frosting... My tastes have matured a bit... My 28 yr old self's birthday cake of choice is Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting... I'll make it when A gets back. If I have an entire cake all to myself, I will make myself sick...
Also... I got my first birthday present today :) My boss gave me the "Iron Man" DVD! YAY!!! I'm so excited I can't wait to go home tonight to watch it :)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I think, for my 8th birthday, my mom let me make my own birthday cake (or at least frost it by myself, I don't remember the actual baking). I remember making designs in the frosting with the butter knife. I think I drew an 8 in the frosting.
My 16th birthday was bitter-sweet. We had just moved away from home, but I got to go back to visit my friends for my birthday. We ended up at a rodeo, sponsored by Wrangler, in Billings Montana. Can I just say... Wrangler Butts Drive Me Nuts!!! (ok... I got it out of my system). I think my friend and I spent the whole night watching the gorgeous, tall, lanky cowboys walk around in front of us... or at least away from us... lol...
My 21st birthday ended with me not getting carded... despite my numerous attempts... bummer...
Now, I am 28. This one is OK, so far. I like my job. My office is taking me out to lunch. My husband is far away, but at least he has a job, so I'm thankful for that. I will probably go get a pie or some ice-cream to eat (probably for dinner)... I mean, it's my b-day. I can have ice-cream for dinner if I want (right, Mom?)
Now, you can enjoy a video I found last night. It combines 2 of my favorite things. A "Weird Al" song and Full Metal Alchemist. Happy Birthday to Me :)
It definitely makes the heart grow fonder. Having A underfoot for so long during this latest job upheaval was making me want to hide the knives (which he finally found for me in our garage this weekend... we've been looking for them since March). As his stress level rises as the days get closer, I find I don't want to spend time with him, if only to prevent us from fighting all the time.
I also get to actually talk to him while he's gone. We are usually both so distracted when he's home with various projects, we don't get that much time to spend together, just talking. It reminds me of when we were first dating, and I was still in High School. I was living with my parents and had a curfew and everything. So we would IM eachother, back when Instant Messaging was still new, or call and talk on the phone for hours about nothing, when we couldn't type anymore. Now, I get to be nostalgic. The technology is different, but I'm looking forward to our time apart, as I feel it will bring us closer together.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
So, just in case you forgot... it is Tuesday still...
Monday, October 20, 2008
It's pretty cheesy at the end, also in true "Christmas Carol" fashion. Of course, the Michael Moore look-a-like learns that it's not a good thing to constantly bash the country you live in. And also, that without wars, slavery would not have been abolished, and we would all probably be speaking either German or Japanese. OK, I added that last part, but it makes sense.
Friday, October 17, 2008
He is still employed, but he won't be flying the plane they originally hired him to fly. That plane got damaged, and will take up to 4 months to repair. He'll be flying a Cessna 207 until then. We didn't find that part out until today because they had to see if they still had a spot open for him. Hence, the frustration. For the last week and a half, we weren't sure if he was going to go back to work or not.
The downside to all this is that he originally was to go to Bethel on the 29th, which means he would have been home for my birthday. Now, he has to leave on Tuesday, so he'll be gone for my b-day... sigh... I guess that's what I get for being married to a pilot. Missed birthdays and anniversaries...
At least it appears that his 2 week schedule will fall at the beginning of the month, so theoretically, he should be home for the holidays.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I would respect both candidates more if they stopped blaming each other and started working together for the greater good. I know that they are playing the ultimate popularity game, but smearing each other doesn't work that well, in my opinion.
Case in point... There is a candidate running against Ted Stevens for US Senate here in AK, Mark Begich. I have not heard one bad thing about Ted Stevens in any of his sponsored commercials, especially with everything going on right now for Mr. Stevens. Instead of saying "Vote for me because Ted is evil" he says "Vote for me because I have these ideas that will work for the state." That's refreshing. I wish it could be like that everywhere. Instead of breaking it down to what has been done wrong, personally and professionally, break it down to something more like "OK, we know we have problems, let's do what we need to do to fix it." Isn't that what it's supposed to be about? Voting for someone based solely on their principles and ideas, not based on the color of their skin or the fact that they are a woman?
I hope that both presidential candidates wake up and stop blaming each other. I'm sick of it and, right now, I'm not too sure that either one of them will do a good job. All they've proven to me is that they are good at placing the blame on someone else, and not taking responsibility for their own actions.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
1. My favorite color is yellow, but I use green in/on practically everything I do...
2. I have a total of 7 brothers and sisters.
3. Only one of them is my "full" brother.
4. I really only have a speaking-relationship with my oldest brother, who I didn't grow up with. (Maybe that's why...)
5. I LOVE to cook, but I HATE to clean up afterwards... So I don't usually cook.
6. I saw my first gray hair at the age of 24.
Now I will tag 6 people to keep it going.
Have fun! I look forward to learning 6 things about you!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
So when that movie was over, we started watching the one that came on after License to Drive (I won't say the name of the movie, because it wasn't a very good one) and then the DVR went crazy on us and we had to switch back to "live" (we had paused License to Drive while we were getting situated for the night, so we were about 30 minutes off "live"). When we did, we caught the last 30 minutes of "Space Balls, The Movie" LOL... That movie is just as stupid as I remember it, but seeing it as an adult, I get the jokes a lot more than I did when I was 10. LOL
After that was over, A suggested that we watch "The General," which was on a few nights ago and he recorded it. I remembered watching the first 10 minutes of it before I went to sleep. It happens to be one of A's favorite movies, and so I snuggled in to watch it with him. It is a silent film, which I hadn't seen any of this genre ever, but I really enjoyed it. The comedic timing is perfect, and subtle. Something you don't see much today. The facial expressions just had me rolling at times. Like when he goes to save his girl, and they get away, and she thinks he came "just to save her" and, of course, being a guy, he's going to play to this. Like, "Oh, yeah, baby, I couldn't have left you with those monsters, Give me a kiss as thanks now...." LOL I have now added as many Buster Keaton movies as Netflix has to my list.
It's quite refreshing to get to watch a movie like that, without getting hit over the head with obvious and quite vulgar humor that is so prevalent in today's movies.
So, thanks to my husband, I have found another passion... Silent Movies! Maybe we'll make one ourselves, starting Noni... If we do, I'll post it...
Friday, October 10, 2008
So, imagine my surprise, when I was googling Gilmore Girls, that I found a website that continues the story from where the TV show left off. I've been spending practically my ENTIRE evening reading these new "episodes" online. I am rivited. It wasn't until I found it that I realized just how much I miss the goings-on in their lives.
So, thanks to these creative people, who were not ready for the story to end, so they extended it themselves for us to read.
While living in Hawaii, I dreaded this phrase. I can't exactly say why now. When I think back on my time there, the concept of ALOHA FRIDAY is kind of fun. Every Friday (probably for the benefit of the tourists) is ALOHA FRIDAY! Everyone wears their traditional Hawaiian gear (Aloha shirts, Mu-Mu's etc... btw, they are NOT called "hawaiian shirts" there, they are "Aloha shirts"), all of the radio stations play more hawaiian music with the mix of what they usually play, and you constantly here "It's Aloha Friday.... No work 'till Monday....etc (it's a song)"
I'm taking a page from the place I despise, and declare today ALOHA FRIDAY for anyone who wants to participate. I'm not taking things too seriously today. Monday will come soon enough for stress.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I know... I'm sounding like a whiny little witch with a capital B about it... If I were not me, and saw me whining about it, I'd probably slap myself (does that make sense?)...
Maybe I'm just cranky from the insanely busy day I had today, the migrane that started around 1 PM, and the fact that I FORGOT TO GET A DIET COKE AT LUNCH TODAY!!! I can't believe I forgot, and once I got back to work, I had to stay there in case the higher-ups needed something from me today... I should probably go lay down or something... Before I spew my hate and discontent all over my lovely husband, who cleaned the kitchen for me today... That wouldn't be nice... And I'm trying my hardest to be nice today...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
You can season the meat however you want. I usually put it in a bowl, add some garlic, maybe some fresh grated ginger (if I have it), some green onions (white to light green part only, I use the green parts for garnish later), soy sauce, wine/sherry (usually I'll just use whatever I have in my fridge), salt and pepper. I will put it together and let it sit until A decides he's hungry enough to eat dinner, which is usually around 7. I don't measure, I just use what I think it needs. I do start out with a pound of beef, so add whatever you like.
Before you are ready to cook dinner, bring together the following:(This is the traditional recipe for Brown Sauce, but I'll put my notes for my own tastes.)
1 Tbs + 1 tsp of oyster sauce (I use MAYBE 1 1/2 tsp)
3 tsp of hoisin sauce (again, I use MAYBE 1 1/2 tsp)
1 tsp sherry (I use whatever alcohol I add to the meat to tenderize, and I usually use a bit more than the 1 tsp called for, probably closer to 1/8 of a cup)
1 tsp soy sauce (I use about as much soy sauce as wine, I just eyeball it)
1/2 tsp sugar (unaltered)
1/2 c beef broth or juices from cooked meat (when I do traditional, I'll keep this intact, when I do my altered version, I will add what is needed when I bring the sauce together)
Mix thoroughly and I let it sit until I'm ready to use it. Just before you are ready to cook the sauce, combine 2 Tbs water and 1 Tbs of cornstarch and add to the brown sauce.
Brown the meat in a little bit of oil, trying to keep larger chunks of beef (I usually do this by rolling out little "meatballs". Because I don't use a binder, it will usually break apart while cooking, but it leaves larger pieces). Cook the pasta while the meat is browning.(I use Angel Hair when I cook with the noodles, but you can serve this with rice also)
When the meat is done, add the brown sauce after you mix in the cornstarch and bring to a boil, until thickened. Add more beef broth if necessary. Toss the pasta into the sauce and let sit to combine. Steam some frozen broccoli in the microwave (or use another method if you prefer) and add to the mix. Serve hot. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds (if you have them) and enjoy!
Please let me know if you want the "full and complete" recipe for the traditional version of Beef & Broccoli.
EXTRA INFORMATION: ADDED 10/9/08
I made this post before I cooked the dinner last night. I found that I didn't have any beef broth, so I used chicken, and it was OK. It was also the first time I made it with pasta rather than rice, and I found I needed to add some of the pasta water to the sauce when it was coming together in order to have enough sauce for the pasta. The dinner came together in about 15-20 minutes.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
What do you think about the new "fall" background I've made?
Monday, October 6, 2008
The doctor was excellent. She did the majority of the exam on the floor, where Noni was more comfortable. We put her up on the table for the shots, mainly because it's easier to hang on to her. The doctor did all the shots really quickly, and then gave Noni lots of cookies as a reward for doing do well (I asked to myself, where's my cookie?)...
I expect her to be sore through tonight. She was the last time she got a rabies shot. But she did so good today.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Recipe as follows:
2 lbs. ground beef
1 onion (shredded, but only because I don't like chunks of onion)
3-5 minced garlic cloved (or garlic powder. I've used powder in the past and it works well)
salt, pepper, chili powder (I used New Mexico Chili Powder)
2 cans of refried beans
burrito size flour tortillas
1 can green chili (or fresh, if you have it, or omit it if you don't like it.)
Using a dutch oven, brown the ground beef, mix in onion, garlic, and seasonings. You can use as much seasoning as you like. I didn't measure, I just checked the flavor of the meat when it was done browning. When it is seasoned properly, add the 2 cans of beans to the meat and mix thouroughly. Taste again to make sure it is still seasoned properly.
Warm up the tortillas on a warm skillet (preferred) or in the microwave. Put as much meat/bean mix as you want in the middle of the tortilla, top with as much cheese as you want, and as much chilis and you want. Wrap the burritos, tucking the ends in before the final flip. Wrap the burrito in either wax paper or plastic wrap, then again in aluminum foil. Lable and freeze. When I was growing up, I didn't like chilis, so my mom would make some with and some without. If you have any picky kids like that, make sure to lable the burritos with wether there are chilis or not.
To heat the frozen burritos, you can bake them, microwave them, fry them (my favorite).
The number of burritos this recipe makes is variable as to how much filling you use, etc... You can also try a chicken burrito using ground chicken. Have fun mixing it up. Let me know if you have any questions.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Aside from being insanely busy this week, not much happened worth blogging about...
But here's a hypothetical: Why is it that when a pilot is scheduled off for a whole month, they sit at home on their butts, stare at a computer screen, only do the stuff you asked them to do 15 minutes before you get home from slaving away in an office for 8 hours, then ask, "what's for dinner?" Half the time, I want to smack him.... But that would be considered spousal abuse, and spousal abuse is wrong (said in my best Mr. Rogers voice).
I wonder what would happen in my house if I didn't love him...
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Short and sweet version: The girl at McD's said her computer was down, so she couldn't take my card (they recently stopped accepting checks because people here like to write bad ones and I hardly ever carry cash). The concept of taking down my card information to process when the computers are up never occured to her, even after I suggested it. Thank goodness for the supervisor who could take care of things or I would be without a Diet Coke this morning (Heaven Forbid)...
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I modified it slightly for what we had or could get here in Juneau. I used grueyer cheese, but we added some provolone to the mix for filler. I also only used one onion. I thought I botched my first attempt at a roux. I turned to wash the lettuce for our salad, and when I turned back to the roux, it was all lumpy. I tried whisking it and that fixed it well enough to mix the cheese into it. I had some shell pasta in my pantry, and it was the inspiration to try this dish, as A LOVES Shells'n'Cheese, but I HATE velveeta. This was a nice compromise.
It turned out better than I expected. I overcooked the pasta (I'm used to the time it takes to make penne, not shells). I also only used half a pound of shells. I mixed the bacon into the whole thing, rather than garnishing it on top. We have A LOT left over, because it makes a lot and it is really rich. We'll see what the leftovers are like tomorrow when I come home for lunch.
Next time, I'll try a different cheese and pasta combo, and make like a quarter of the recipe. But it is really really good :)
A got my office put together for me the other day... well, at least he got my desk set up for me. I have to work in there this weekend to get it a little more organized, and I think we are going to paint in there... I'll post pictures if/when we do...
Not much else going on... I'm posting from work, which if my boss saw me doing it, would probably result in a lecture or something, so I will continue this evening when I get home. I have to post about a new recipe I found a couple of days ago that we will be trying tonight since it is Wednesday...