Monthly Archives: May 2009

Maple Lane Garbage Man Candy

Maple Lane Garbage Man Candy

This morning my garbage man actually made me laugh! Usually he causes me great anguish and frustration but now I can just laugh. I’ve been in many arguments with him so laughing at his expense just was very liberating!

Can you guess what two hints in the video below lead me to believe that he noticed me photographing him despite my best efforts to be discreet?


Wednesday Weigh In

Wednesday Weigh In

With the seven parties that we went to over a span of three days, is it any wonder that I gained 2 pounds? Now I’m only -8 pounds. I guess it could have been worse. Actually, I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s kinda like credit. Slowly, the interest rate on the hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and dips, the alcoholic beverages and the Dairy Queen ice cream cake are going to sneak up and bankrupt the progress bank I’ve been keeping.

How To Keep A Friend After She Turns Into A Mommy

How To Keep A Friend After She Turns Into A Mommy

I don’t have young children. I don’t have children at all but my friends do. I think I’m a pretty good friend; I go to the mall and sit in the play area for hours just to get to talk to my friends, I tolerate crying, screaming children in my company as we shop for clothes, groceries, etc. I still invite my friends to my get togethers and include their children too. I try to have a little activity for the kids; cupcake decorating, Lego ornament assembly, etc.

There are two things I have in my home that I recommend.
1.       A small closet with games and toys that are appropriate for several ages
2.       A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
Both of these things have saved my friendships with several friends and allowed me to continue to spend time with my girlfriends even when they give in to the dark side (just kidding). A television helps too.

Click here for more advice from people who might actually have kids!

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

 This is my friend Chandra. The other night we were hanging out on my front porch (obviously my favorite place to catch up on neighborhood gossip news). Chandra recently lost her job. She decided to write a blog and her sister and I named her the Apartment Girlfriend. She doesn’t have a house (yet) and she’s not married (yet) but we wanted her to have a nickname. She’s worried people will judge her. I told her the blog world is full of love.

Thoughts I Cannot Control

Thoughts I Cannot Control

 

Tonight we had an excruciatingly painful meeting at work. It was tense, it was dramatic and it was inconclusive. So, my mind is still reeling with thoughts and feelings and I cannot sleep despite the exhaustion that I faced before my 45 minute drive home when the meeting ended at 10pm!
I was totally following along in the meeting but I didn’t really have a place or an opinion to say during the meeting so I had no outlet for my thoughts. I also hadn’t eaten since 11:30am.
15 minutes into the meeting I could feel the tension in the air. All I could think about was the leftover Tostitos cheese in a jar in our fridge at home. I was trying to remember if there were any tortilla chips left.
40 minutes into the meeting the tension level jumped three or four levels and I contemplated how many Mountain Dews I’d have to drink to make my urine the same color.
63 minutes into the meeting I wondered if I’d have to remove all other food and drink from my diet on the same day that I attempted the Mountain Dew color experiment.
79 minutes into the meeting I felt the urge to go to the bathroom. I did. It wasn’t any pretty color or anything.
80 minutes in the intensity level picked up and I could feel my foul starvation scented breath crawl up my throat.
I won’t narrate any further because the meeting got even more intense and my mind got even more weird. 

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

 Monday: BBQ at a friend’s house. We’ll be bringing some of my famous dip and some pretzels to go with it.

Tuesday – Work late at the Non Profit. Probably some sort of sandwich or microwave meal.
Wednesday – Dinner at a friend’s house. We’ll bring wine.
Thursday – Dinner with peeps from the Non Profit. We’re going go carting and laser tagging and mini golfing! Summer is fabulous!
Friday – Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken & Pasta
Saturday – Breakfast Burritos for Brunch and then off to a cook out and bachelorette party for dinner.
Sunday – BIG fancy dinner at the Non Profit.
You all know I’m good for photos and recipes later but really it’s another week I won’t be cooking much.
In other news: Strawberries were only 99 cents per package at Aldi this week and when I went two weeks ago! Yummy. I think I might try some freezer jam as recommended from a friend of mine! 
You can join in on all the menu planning fun here!

Happy Everything!

Happy Everything!

 

This weekend has been chock full of parties and graduation open houses. I’ve enjoyed each one that we’ve attended and they’ve all been so different except for the whole hot dog and hamburger thing.
Last night we attended a party at the home of one of Jay’s high school friends. They had a Dairy Queen ice cream cake! I haven’t had one of those in forever. This one had a unique spin, it was a divorce cake! Have you ever heard of such a thing? Has anyone else ever been somewhere were a divorce has been celebrated in such a way or in any other ways? What are your thoughts on the appropriateness of this?
When the divorcee was cutting the cake, I thought, “Awww, just like on your wedding day but different”. I may or may not have said this out loud. 

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

What’s the secret to make it grow.

I feel like a gardening loser.

When I see the gardens of other bloggers and visit the gardens of other friends, I realize that mine doesn’t compare. Despite my best intentions to get the garden going early inside, my garden is weeks if not months behind others. Plus, my soil sucks. I’m trying to tell myself that it’s okay, it’s my first garden that I’ve done on my own AND it’s the first garden I’ve had in the Midwest. The California climate allows for much earlier planting and here I had no idea what to expect.
Here are some photos. I’m still really excited but I’m also feeling a bit let down. I’m open to ideas, suggestions and even though I’m sore about it, I WANT TO SEE YOUR VEGETABLE and FLOWER GARDENS!

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup in the Crock Pot

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup in the Crock Pot

The other night I got the ready to go and then refrigerated it overnight. The next morning I put the pot into the crock, set the time and went to work. Perfect morning routine!

What to Buy:
3 Frozen Chicken Breasts
1 16 ounce jar Salsa Verde
2 cans Black Beans
1 can Sweet Corn
1 can Diced Tomatoes or 1 can of Rotel (use both if your family likes tomatoes!)
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin (I used 2 because I love Cumin – weird, I know)
½ a package of Cream Cheese (About 4 ounces)

What To Do:
Place frozen chicken breasts in bottom of Crock Pot. I always use PAM spray on my crock pot before use, it makes clean up a lot easier! Add everything else except for the cream cheese. Cook on low for 8 hours. Just before serving add the cream cheese and let it sit on warm for at least 30 minutes. Stir it in so that it melts. Serves about 6.

Recipe borrowed and adapted from What’s for Dinner?