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Wing Off and Five Guys

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Today was the day for the annual Wing Off! It was warm today and very windy. Everything at the Wing Off was weighed down, tied down or blown away! LOL! DS and I got there around noon, set down our chairs and cooler, grabbed a plate and took off. There were over 50 cooks and I swear I sampled every single one of them! LOL!

After my one trip around, I did stop eating. But I did walk around again, talking to everyone I knew. I told DS that we could probably head out in 30 minutes or so. A little over an hour later, we actually left! Part of the delay was the dogs fault. One couple brought their two Bull Mastiffs (BIG dogs) and two other couples had boxers. Since my son is 11, he HAD to play with the dogs. And, since I have dogs, I HAD to talk to about the owners about their dogs and my dogs. I really enjoyed myself! On the way home, dropped DS off at a friend's house to play and now he's spending the night there. DS has a friend spending the night, so they are hiding in her room. DH is in bed, so I practically have the house to myself!

For dinner, DH and I decided to try Five Guys Burger and Fries. We had never been, but had heard good things. I ordered the little cheeseburger, with everything, and fries. The burger was good and I really like that you can get grilled onions and grilled mushrooms at no charge. Yummy! Unfortunately, that's the only thing I liked. No, wait, the fry sauce was good.

It took longer than I thought it should to get our food. Even tho we were staying there to eat, the food was placed in a brown paper bag. I don't know if they always do this, but our burgers were in the bottom of the bag and the containers of fries were as well. (Duh, right?) But the weird thing was that they dumped a bunch of fries on top of all of the food! emoticon Why in the heck would they do that? To make it look like they serve a LOT of fries with the meal??? Whatever. And, the fries weren't even very good. Even DH didn't like them.

If we go back, I would order the little hamburger (the american cheese wasn't melted very well and I didn't care for the taste) without the condiments. The veggies added enough flavor that there was no need for the extra calories. Of course, if I'm choosing, we won't go there. But if I'm not, I won't say no! Any food that someone else cooks is better than anything I cook! LOL!

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RWETHAIRYET 6/13/2010 8:47PM

    mmmm, wings! I could have gone for that.
And talking about dogs...I wasn't planning on getting a new dog any time soon, but everytime I go out and talk to another dog owner/see another dog, I'm thinking about it. hmmmm....

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IILAAD65 6/13/2010 12:20PM

    Everything food related in ST. Lou is GERMAN lol ... would love something different! Road trip!!

Do you think your tastes have changed during your transformation here?

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SUZYMOBILE 6/13/2010 12:18PM

    Wow, a wing off! I could get into that! We get chowdah festivals around here, and believe me, you can have only so many little Dixie cups of chowder before you're stuffed to the gills! Which wings won?

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NEWNAC304 6/13/2010 12:03PM

    Sounds like a good day. Our Saturday went by too fast. I wish the weekends would go slower!

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BKNOCK 6/13/2010 8:07AM

    Sounds like a good day! Mine was not too bad I sort of just hung out because I am really not feeling too great. Have a great Sunday!

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KENDRACARROLL 6/13/2010 12:14AM

    I'm not choosy either if I don't have to cook :)
Five Guys - not a fan. The food is alright, but yes, it takes a long time for them to have it to you and it's also quite pricey.

Actually, I am eating out a lot less than I used to. Economics and calorie control dictate this and really I don't mind. Mostly I'm just cooking for myself, which means I can throw together anything that tickles my fancy.

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CHARITY_DAWN 6/12/2010 11:36PM

    oooooooooooooh wing off :) I love hot wings.. my DH makes some fantastic ones.. :)

oh and I agree any meal that i don't make is fantastic

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I'm in a rut...and I like it!

Friday, June 11, 2010

I am in a rut. The kinder folks may say that I am a creature of habit. Less kind souls may say that I'm an anal SOB. Tomato - tomahto! I say I have a bit of CDO (that's OCD with the letters in the correct alphabetical order!).

Every morning, I get up at the same time every day (M-F). I do the same things to get ready (BTW, clothes are picked out the night before) and I leave within a 5 - 7 minute window every day. I get to work within that same window, when the parking is best! I take the same route to and from work every day. I make dinner and then go work out. When I get home, I Spark, shower, make lunch, pick out clothes and go to bed.

Now, before you think I have no soul, I can vary some. In the morning, I may stop at the Chevron for a Diet Pepsi on the way to work. At work, I always take a lunch, but I vary the time depending on how the day looks and how hungry I am. I sometimes have to run errands after work and take a different way home. Sometimes the kids make dinner (not often, but it has happened!). I don't always go to the gym. But, pretty much, that's my day.

And you care, why? You probably don't! LOL! emoticon That's besides the point! What matters, in my well-structured little world, is why I'm telling you. It's because my day is going to be ALL MESSED UP tomorrow! Completely, 100% ruined beyond all repair!!! emoticon

How, you say? (Because now you're hooked into this soap opera I've created...) Because I have to pick someone up on the way to work, drop him off at his work and then take him back home! I know! Can you believe the horror?!?! Oh the humanity!!!

Okay, so he lives about two minutes out of my way. He works for the same company I do, just in a different building. It will really cost me less than 10 minutes all day and not enough gas to even mention. He asked if he could catch a ride tomorrow and I said yes.

But, as the day draws nearer, I've gotten crankier and crankier. And I think I figured out why. It's cos I will be missing my "me" time of the commute. I'll have to play nice with others at a time that I'm used to being able to be my own b!tchy self. My routine is changed away from my comfort level! I didn't have to say yes when he asked. He doesn't *need* a ride, just didn't want to drive his wife's vehicle. No big deal really. But I don't want to do it.

I know, I know. I'm being whiny. Intellectually, I get that. But the little girl inside me is throwing a fit!!!! LOL! (Should I let her out?)

Okay. I'm done. Thanks for watching my drama play out. I'll feel better when I get home tomorrow. After all, Friday starts the weekend!

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DEUSMACHINA 6/13/2010 2:49AM

    Hahaha! Let that little whinger out for a run about, hey?

I can't believe you can be so orderly. I'm not chaotic, but I never to anything in the same order twice! I loathe doing things the same way over and over. I think that's why it's so hard for me to stick to healthy eating! I can't just 'set and forget'!

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/12/2010 11:24PM

  My routine is not quite as set in stone as yours, but losing my me time would drive me wild, too. Just ask my son. If i make plans or have any kind of routine don't mess with me. My me time is little enough and I don't want to give it up.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 6/12/2010 8:31PM


Seriously, I have some habits, of course, probabbly more then I can think off right now.
I would like to be a bit more organised, no a lot more really.
My main habit is I start really early so i get everything done on time, and I will never be late.

But you... LOL.... I would love to be the reason to upset your routine, and I would give you heaps and heaps about it.. hehe

I would be in the car, and as you were driving me home i would ask if we could just quickly stop at the supermarket as i needed some milk.

I would keep staring at you to catch your reaction in your eyes... and seriously i would have a little ball... hehe

( you probably don't wanna be my friend anymore now??? )

Haha, I still love you though ;00



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GEEMAWEST 6/12/2010 7:39PM

    I can totally relate to your distress. I do the same things, including picking out my clothes for work the night before and making my lunch. When I get home I also have my own routine. When DH wants me to do something different it's like "What?! You want me to participate in life?" Then I'm cranky all night long. Sometimes it's really hard to stuff that little girl back inside when she wants to come out kicking and screaming, isn't it?
Enjoy your weekend! Mine just started and the weather is beautiful!

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RWETHAIRYET 6/11/2010 8:53PM

    heeheeheee, being a creature of habit myself, I can certainly understand the frustration here. I'd be getting cranky and resentful too, haha.
and sadly that would be about all it takes to throw my whole entire day out of whack.
(Heaves deep, long-suffering, woe is me, sigh here, hahaha!)

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CARLANNIE 6/11/2010 1:44PM

    And you say you have teenagers? They are the ultimate rut breakers, lol!

I am exactly the opposite, with no two days being the same. Guess that comes from years of working for myself in a home office where I can work in my bathrobe if I feel like it. When I 'have' to get up to be somewhere early, THAT really bugs me.

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SUZYMOBILE 6/11/2010 9:45AM

    Yep, I'm the same way, too. That's so funny--I was thinking just last night about how one could set one's clock by my routines every day. Having my car crap out on me threw me into disarray briefly, but it IS nice to have the change in routine I've got now: having to work at home for a couple of days!

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NEWNAC304 6/11/2010 8:16AM

    We are a lot alike. I have the same routine every day and I like it! My husband has told me I'm also a bit CDO too. I have a 30 minute drive too and from work and i like that alone time. It gives me a chance to prepare for my day on the way into work and a chance to unwind before I get home. It's only for one day though and I'm sure he'll appreciate it. Maybe he can return the favor some day.

As my daughter used to say "It'll be okay".

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FITKAT2010 6/11/2010 6:05AM

    Stretching the personality self is good for you kiddo. We all have our ruts. And when the ruts are taken away from us we all panic.

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BKNOCK 6/11/2010 6:04AM

    Wow, you sound a lot like me! I have the same routine every day too and I like it to!

I hope that you survive your "different" day and maybe even enjoy it!

Take care,

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KENDRACARROLL 6/11/2010 2:54AM

    I can so identify with this. Love my solo commute as well, except for the days when traffic absolutely won't move. They say it's good to step out of your comfort zone, but who are they anyway? And what do they know? Ha.

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DAWNDMOORE40 6/11/2010 1:48AM

    I hope you feel better now that you were able to voice your emotions! I am sure that the gentlement you are giving a ride to will appreciate you doing a good deed to help him out! emoticon

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ELYMWX 6/11/2010 1:16AM

    Feel better now?

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Is it time for school to start back up?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

My kids started summer vacation on Friday (half day). They did okay this weekend. But then again, they each had a friend spend the night and I was home.

Yesterday wasn't too bad. I left them with enough chores and things to do that they didn't have time to bicker. At least, they didn't have time to tell me about the bickering! LOL!

Today was a different story. We have unlimited texting for each member of the family. I felt like I was over my limit on texts from DS complaining about DD. She wants to listen to music, he wants to watch TV. He's a jerk. No she's a jerk. Whatever!

The more I think about it, the more I really like the idea of year-round school. Although...they still get a six-week summer break. That might be a little longer than I can handle.

I will be taking a week off in July. Not sure when but it will happen. It'll be a stay-cation, but at least we'll be able to do stuff (zoo, Camel's Back Park) that will get the kids' minds off how much they hate each other. They don't really, but don't tell them that. They won't believe you! LOL!

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RWETHAIRYET 6/11/2010 9:01PM

    Heeheehee, the joys of parenthood.
One year, when the majority of my kids were in highschool, it was summer break. I only worked about a half a mile from home at a fabric store. 20 times a day one of them would call me, or even worse, show up at the store to tell me what a crap head one of the other siblings were. Finally, one day I had enough and went home screaming and laying down the law about how I didn't want to get any phone calls or visits from work unless someone was bleeding or dying.
A few days later, I come home and there's my youngest daugther sitting in the livingroom, pale as death, clutching her arm to her chest. Seems she had been playing football with the neighbor hood boys (and she was a tiny thing at the time, haha)fell and hurt her wrist. She had been sitting there for a few hours. When my oldest daughter was asked why she didn't call me, she informed me that Rikki was neither bleeding OR dying, so it didn't meet the criteria for disturbing mom at work.
So yes it was a late night visit to the ER, yes it was broken, and yes I had to be a little more general with the instructions from that point on.
Those so were the days. Much more boring and routine around here now, hahaha.

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KENDRACARROLL 6/9/2010 11:13AM

    Yes, the summer dilemma. I also vote for year round school.
I get texts from my kid during school hours saying that he was being suspended for using his cell... School is still in session here through the middle of next week. Can't wait for it to end. DS had a horrible school year (he's 16) and I'm working on attitude change by the time the new school year comes around.
I turn off my cell during working hours. The kids can call me on the land line if they really need to talk to me.

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NEWNAC304 6/9/2010 6:32AM

    Don't worry, they'll outgrow it! My kids used to fight like cats and dogs but now they're pretty good friends. Of course they still bicker when they see each other (they live 2 hours apart) but now it's all in fun.

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FITKAT2010 6/9/2010 6:22AM

    Have them do the main trail UP Camelsback hill. If they still have enough energy to diss each other, have them do it backwards. LOL LOL

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BKNOCK 6/9/2010 6:18AM

    Maybe the answer is to give them so many chores they don't have time to fight? LOL, that will give them a good vacation!

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Denny's on a diet

Monday, June 07, 2010

DH, DD and I went to Denny's for breakfast this morning. (DS was spending the night with a friend.) We hadn't been to Denny's in quite some time as our last experience there was wretched (poor service, bad food). DH had a craving for a Grand Slam (thanks to a well placed commercial) so off we went!

Looked at the menu and they have a "build your own" slam. There were about 10 options and you could choose four for the given price. Add up to two more for a given price. They actually had some healthy choices. Egg whites, turkey bacon, chicken sausage, fresh fruit, milk with granola are the ones that I remember as being healthier options. Of course, the bacon and sausage are loaded with sodium, but who's counting? emoticon

I did build my own slam. I had the turkey bacon, the chicken sausage, the egg whites and the English muffin. All of it was very tasty and I was satisfied at the end of the meal. I may have to look into turkey bacon next time I go grocery shopping. The family won't eat it, but it may be a healthier alternative for me.

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PSFITMOMMY413 6/8/2010 9:47PM

    FYI- beware of the granola...500+ calories and very high fat grams

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NEWNAC304 6/8/2010 8:21PM

    We don't have a Denny's around here. You did a great job of sticking to the healthy stuff. So, how does turkey bacon compare to the pork bacon? I may try it too.

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RWETHAIRYET 6/7/2010 8:11PM

    God, I haven't been to a Dennys since my heavy drinking days, know, the place you went after the bar closed and threw you out...but you weren't really sober enough to drive home????
God, that feels like centuries ago!!!

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/7/2010 6:35PM

  I go to IHOP for breakfast quite often because they have a healthier option menu. I just pick the lower sodium meals.
When you look for turkey bacon be sure you look for the low sodium one. Regular turkey bacon has as much sodium as the regular bacon and calorie wise they are the same.

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JUNIAATROME 6/7/2010 2:17PM

    I am not quite sure - but you may check out that turkey ham. I thought I read somewhere that it is not far from the common ham... No, I did not mean to spoil the great experience. I wished we had places for a healthy breakfast. I so miss this treat in this country. Everybody only has bread rolls and yogurt!

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STEELERCRAZY 6/7/2010 2:12PM

    Mmmmm. Oh yeah, bay-bee.

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BKNOCK 6/7/2010 2:02PM

    Sounds yummy!

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GEEMAWEST 6/7/2010 12:50PM

    You really should try the turkey bacon. It's pretty darn good.

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LMB-ESQ 6/7/2010 8:39AM

    Denny's... wow... one of the first meals I shared with my BF right after we met was at a Denny's on the west coast. And it was really good, with pretty good service. The Denny's where I live in Ohio? OMG... I went there with my son a couple of years ago and I will never go back. Dirt, bad, undercooked food, wait staff with terrible attitude. (When I sent my almost raw eggs back to be fixed, I got an attitude that would make me put my own kid over my knee)

Glad you had a better experience!!

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SUZYMOBILE 6/7/2010 5:32AM

    Good for you! I wasn't so sure when I read the title of your blog, but you did about as well as can be expected. I had lunch at Denny's one time and thought I'd do well with the grilled shrimp, until they arrived tasting like they'd been cooked in bacon grease!


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DUTCHIEKIWI 6/7/2010 12:36AM

    How awesome that you are SO in control of what you are ordering and eating! GO YOU!!! xxx

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JANTWO 6/7/2010 12:27AM

    Sounds yummy!!!! I like turkey bacon!!!! emoticon

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Billy Joel, Polly Anna and Justin Beiber

Saturday, June 05, 2010

What do these three people have in common? I know who they all are. I love Billy Joel's music. In fact, the first time through college, I used to listen to his tapes. Yes, tapes. Not CD's but not 8-tracks either! LOL! And yes, I know what an 8-track is! I even remember listening to 8-tracks growing up.

I use the term "Maybe I'm being a little Polly Anna" when I am trying to be VERY optimistic.

Justin Beiber is a 16-year old boy who happens to sing and is cute in a 16-year-old boy way. My daughter's BFF "loves" Justin Beiber. His songs don't all suck, but they are all very much bubble gum pop.

Today, while getting my hair done, I heard a Billy Joel song on the radio. The lady who does my hair did not recognize it as a Billy Joel song. When I explained who it was, she did remember him. emoticon And she recognized who Polly Anna was.

However, the young lady next to her had NO idea who either one was. But she knew Justin Beiber! Talk about feeling old. Or maybe I'm just lucky. I remember things that were more from my parent's generation, stuff from my own generation AND I'm learning about DD's stuff as well. Does this mean I'm well-rounded? emoticon emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 6/7/2010 12:45AM

    Love Billy Joel, and funny that about 4 days ago I was walking around the house singing one of his songs out loud.( we would all go down together) my dear husband had no idea who billy Joel was and didn't know the song. I know he's 7 years younger than me, but THAT was ridiculous!! So I googled and got some songs going through youtube....

syeesh, did I feel OLD or what.

Don't know who polly anna is, though I have heard a saying in New Zealand with the name.

And the beiber dude.... totally sad! But if I was 14, maybe I would be in love as well. ( I doubt it though, I like my men ( boys) a little more intelligent hehe)

BTW, you are not so well rounded anymore... hehe
now drop down and gimme 50!!!




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STEELERCRAZY 6/6/2010 11:42PM

    OMG, I had ALLLLLL of Billy Joel's RECORDS. Yes, the vinyl type, when I was growing up. I loved him, I loved him, I loved him!! And Hall and Oates. OMG, I loved those guys. And Polly Anna! Oh my! (My sister recently tried to sell her 8-tracks at a garage sale...I didn't have the heart to tell her that it just wasn't happening.)

You're definitely well-rounded if you know who Beiber is. I know who he is and I don't like him. Snipe-y little brat with a sissy hair-do. And has a sissy voice. Wait, is it okay for a 41 year old to bash a kid? No?? Oh.


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AUNTIEANNE22 6/6/2010 4:38PM

  My son(23) and I both like Billy Joel. We also both like Andre Rioux. We do like a lot of the same music. Growing up I liked the 50's singers, Paul Anka, Bobby Darrin, The Everly Brothers, etc. I had an older sister and we watched American Bandstand together.

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LMB-ESQ 6/6/2010 8:10AM

    I love Billy Joel too! And my kids actually like my music, or some of it anyway (how did that happen?) And -- even more "how did that happen?" -- I like theirs, or most of it, too. Some people might not care about that, but it gives me a weird sense of connection with them.

And I had an 8-track player in my first car emoticon My friend installed it for me, and when I was deciding at the store which kind of tape deck to buy, the sales guy told me, "go with the 8-track, they will be around longer than cassettes." Hahaha!! How's that for a bad prediction? emoticon

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BKNOCK 6/6/2010 6:30AM

    Wow Bill Joel and Pollyanna in a story together! I used to love that Disney movie when I was younger and I still love Billy Joel. My niece likes Justin Beiber too but her father is educating her on music so she will have a well rounded education! I have heard some of his songs and they are okay but nothing great.

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TERESATUCK2 6/6/2010 1:25AM

    Love Billy Joel! And I'm 27...grew up listening to my mother's music, it was Billy Joel, the Eagles, and one time I remember having a dance party in the front room to Al Greene...oh yeah, and Rod Stewart. You're not old.

I know Pollyanna too...cute girl who fell from a tree in a Disney movie. Thanks to my mom as I don't know if this makes you laugh or whatnot, but you definitely aren't old!

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GEEMAWEST 6/6/2010 12:24AM

    Love Billy Joel!! And I am proud to say that my 29 year old daughter does too! She even paid an outrageous amount for tickets to his concert.

Does that make me cool or well-rounded?

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