Thursday, July 31, 2008
On a side note we played Friends Trivia. I am a Friends addict and some of the questions are SO hard! And the rules are so complicated it might as well have been Bamboozled (a Friends reference, if you did not watch them don't worry about it)!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The kids go back to school 3 weeks from today and suddenly my to-do list got longer!
- Shop for School Supplies
- Clean out closets with stuff they can't/don't wear anymore.
- Get rid of toys they don't play with anymore.
- Go to the park more.
- Swim more.
- Bake cookies.
- Get to the zoo!
- Plan for brownies.
- Sign up for soccer.
- Get PTA stuff together.
- Have more of kids friends over.
- Get summer pictures taken (we do Christmas pics and summer pics)
- Go bike riding.
We've had a very nice summer and VERY relaxing so I feel like now knowing its coming to an end WAY too fast we got cram in some of the fun stuff but still get the work part done ya know? So anyone else preparing for the next year? I can't believe they will both be in elementary school now - eeks!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
(The good news is she is not nervous but excited!)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Many of you know I am an avid reader. I just finished a book called Alphabet Weekends (if you are a reader I recommend it, not GREAT, but cute and quirky, a romance novel, blah, blah, blah). In this book two old friends are at crossroads in their lives and the guy invents this game in which they must spend each weekend doing something together but in alphabetical order...in the book its like A for abseiling, B for ballet, C for canoeing...etc.
So while we dont have whole weekends or often even whole nights to date Todd and I are alphabet dating (if you are guy and reading this, don't give him a hard time, my idea, my begging, my kick you will receive if you make him complain anymore than he already is). Each week one of us will have the assigned letter and have to plan something - whoever's week it is gets to decide the night (around the rest of the schedule), arrange the babysitter if needed, and plan the evening. It can be an outing or something we do together after the kids go to bed.
I know I sound like I have lost my mind and that I probably have you laughing right now but thats ok. I think it will encourage us to think outside the box and not just do dinner and a movie once every 3 months! And if it flops, well it flops but every once in awhile you have to be a little nuts right?
So stay tuned for alphabet updates.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Community Hospital Psych = 46
Springbrook Hospital = ~60
Harbor Pasco = 50
Harbor Hernando = 50
FL Hospital Zephyrhills = 25
Morton Plant = 25
St.Anthonys = 35
St.Josephs = 40
Suncoast = 35
PEHMS = 60
All full. Thats approximately 420 psychiatric locked down beds available in the Bay Area and every last bed is full. Few of whom will stay more than 10 days max. Might make you look at the guy behind you at the store just a bit different huh?
She lived there for one week before returning here to Earth. She lives in a spaceship (her apartment) inside a larger spaceship (her apt complex) which converted a couple of weeks ago from the complex to spaceship. She knows this from the green smoke that rose out of the ground recently. While she was in Jupiter her heart was transplanted with a microchip and it was her job to visit various places here on Earth including a mall, a school, a park and a hospital. She has been to all 4 today. She also can only drink pink water.
Ready for the scary part?!? WE SENT HER HOME. She is not suicidal, homicidal, unable to care for herself, unoriented to person/place/time, or unable to seek medical attention if needed.
If I had not been at work for 9 hours already with 6 more to go I would tell you I love my job but since I have been and still do I have to say I love/hate my job.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Check out this new drink from Starbucks, in two flavors - mango and chocolate. Loaded with whey protein and fiber as well as milk and juice this new drink is supposed to be pretty healthy. But here's the really good part:
It's Free! Well it is every Tuesday from July 29th-August 12 when you bring your gym membership card to Starbucks. This Starbucks junkie is excited to try one.
For example I woke up at 9 am yesterday morning...no nap, no sleep, no nothing...until 7:30 this morning. Then I got to sleep until 10 before the dog woke me, took half an hour to go back to sleep and had to wake up at 11:30 to pay the babysitter and get her out in time to be wherever she had to be at 12:30.
I got more sleep having a newborn!
Anyways my point is its killing me. I am exhausted on the day after I work which makes me terribly grouchy and quite thoroughly disgusted with my husband who thinks its all my problem. Funny but when he was working nights I am pretty sure he got at least 6 hours EVERY DAY!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Every once in awhile I get really inspired. This post and my long held love for ice cream has inspired the kids into a new summer project - homemade ice cream. Today we made plain old but delicious creamy vanilla. Next on the docket: 7 layer bar ice cream, skittles flavored, and spice cake flavored - the three chefs favorites of course!
What flavor do you think needs creating!?
Monday, July 14, 2008
The kids loved boogie boarding. Poor Tristan could only go out as far as his knees though or the waves took him down!
This was our hotel - it was located in this surf complex that had a parking garage for the beach, huge stores, Starbucks, restaurant, lessons, travel agent, etc.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Here's what I learned today:
- The last 2 yrs with no car payments has me SPOILED!
- Cars have 8 million options.
- Whatever you say your budget is salesmen show you cars 2-5000 over.
- I am picky.
- This is going to be a much longer process than I had originally hoped.
We saw 2 possibilities but that was about it. Not "oh my gosh we love it and its perfect for us" cars. 2 vehicles that had the space we needed, were in the ballpark of our price range, and that one of us did not hate for some reason or another. I also decided that like cheap furniture building and room rearranging should be added to premarital classes.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
My brownie troop had a pool party for the girls and their siblings.
My dad celebrated his 55th birthday so we all went to Maggianos - yummy!
The kids cousin Aedan turned 7, had a pool party in which there was a bit too much water and not enough rules for my camera to be allowed out there. This picture was taken before we left - its not good but its a picture of them.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
My friend, Jenni, posted this on her blog and I had to share. What an amazing concept - to share a peice of his travels with people - a peice that makes you smile and want to join him. For more go to Matt's site.
a.)costs alot of money
b.)is not a good habit to teach my kids
c.) has made me fat.
That being said I found a couple of recipes I am sharing with y'all in the hopes that you will leave me a good healthy recipe in my comments in return!
Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Salad Wrap
4 cups romaine lettuce
6 oz. chicken breast cut into strips
1 tomato chopped
1 can whole kernel corn drained
1/2 cup Mexican shredded cheese
1/4 cup Ranch dressing
1/4 cup salsa
8 flour tortiallas
Toss romaine, chicken, tomatoes, corn, and cheese in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine dressing and salsa. Then pour salsa/ranch mix over the salad and toss. Spoon into tortillas evenly and wrap. Makes 4 servings - 2 wraps each.
Suggested sides: Refried beans and/or spanish rice.
Beef Noodle Bowl
8 oz linguine cooked
3 cups broccoli florets
3 carrots peeled and sliced
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 lb beef sirloin cut into strips
1/4 cup italian dressing
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
Cook pasta as directe don package, adding broccoli and carrots for the last 2 minutes of pastas cooking time, then drain all. In skillet, heat oil and add meat, cooking until brown on all sides. Add in dressing, teriyaki sauce, and ginger - cooking until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Mix noodle mixture with meat in large mixing bowl. Makes 4 servings, 2 cups each. Side suggestions: Rice or baked vegetable egg rolls.