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Boise State beats Utah!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Or should it read "Boise State wins despite their best efforts"? Man it was an ugly first quarter. I swear that both teams had dropsies and weren't really ready to play this bowl. BSU pulled it together for the win, but it was a stressful game to watch. So glad I have tomorrow off so I don't have to stress about getting to sleep on time! LOL!

My favorite play...Pettis gets the ball (reverse shovel pass from Moore...I think). He is chased across the field. Sees an opening and tosses it to the end zone. Pass is blocked and batted up into the air. Pettis catches the batted/blocked pass. Yes, you read that right. The guy who threw the ball also caught the ball! The only thing that would have been better would have been if he had been able to run it into the end zone for a touch down. How cool is that?

College football is over for me. I can relax and destress...until my Packers play again!

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BKNOCK 12/23/2010 10:27PM

    Enjoy relaxing!

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/23/2010 8:53AM

  I hate games where your team wins despite their bad play. The Patriots were like that in their last game. They really deserved to lose, but luck and an inexperienced quarterback were on their side.
UNH(our college team) lost in the quarter finals as usual. They had a really good team but they just don't do well in the playoffs. Our hockey team is the same way. They will win their division and then get creamed in the finals.

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CARLANNIE 12/23/2010 8:42AM

    That was such an awesome play - we all laughed and laughed about it. We were wishing Pettis could have made the touchdown on that play. It's so much fun to win, isn't it? Hope you had sweet dreams.

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USFBULL 12/23/2010 12:38AM

    My Team plays on the 31st against Clemson but I must confess I like college football emoticon and am quite a fanatic. How else do I know about your teams. It is the best time of the year for college football. Christmas is pretty good to. LOL

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I like heels

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The shoe variety, not the people-who-are-jerks variety.

Much of my short, young life (I might exaggerate a bit, but you can ignore that) I have been a tomboy. I grew up on a farm with two brothers. When my mom got "dressed up" to go out, she would put on lipstick. That's it. Okay...she would wear clothes too, but no makeup besides lipstick. emoticon

I have also worked very physical jobs. Fast food for years and then I worked on the production floor of a large manufacturing plant. Twelve hour shifts, mostly spent on my feet.

Because of these reasons, I have lived my life (note, still short, still young) in tennis shoes. Tennies are comfortable and offer great support and have the added benefit of allowing the wearer to run after small children if needed (or as needed in my case).

In the past four years, I have transitioned from an on-my-feet-all-the-time job to a desk (on-my-butt) job. I rarely go to the production floor any more. I rarely stand for more than 15 minutes at a time (and that's usually when I am walking to a meeting on the other side of the site). AND, I am trying to dress more appropriately for my position. Especially when we have customers or suppliers visit.

The sit-on-my-bum job, combined with nicer pants (that *have* to be long) combined with watching the What Not To Wear show have convinced me that heels are a pretty cool invention. When I wear heels, I feel more feminine. I feel more professional. And I feel like I'm 5'2"!!! I practically tower over my non-heel-wearing former self!

So even though tomorrow is game day (Maaco Bowl - go Boise State!), I will be wearing a pair of heels. Cos I like heels! Who'd a thunk it?

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/22/2010 10:03PM

  I have never enjoyed wearing heels. Wedges are okay but heels kill me. I'm into tennies or old lady oxfords. My heels are very narrow (AAAAA) and slip- ons just slip off.

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GEEMAWEST 12/22/2010 9:15PM

    Are you exaggerating about the "short" or the "young" part? Let's see, I already know you're short so that leaves..........hmmmm?

I used to wear heals when I was younger (not exaggerating here) but now I have a very active job and very high arches (again, not exaggerating) so heels would not be a good option for me. But I do agree that they make me feel more feminine.

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BKNOCK 12/22/2010 8:21PM

    You can have them, my feet hurt in them!

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JOHNTJ1 12/22/2010 8:15PM

    Boy there is a lot I could say here. But a rather youthful Dutch friend taught me otherwise.

I'll simply say I am glad you are happy and you look much taller in your pictures.

Who'd a thunk it?

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RWETHAIRYET 12/22/2010 3:05PM

    I like them...but my feet aren't particularly fond of them. And in the tech room down the hall there is an xray of a foot in a 4 inch heel...and it really isn't pretty (and explains why my feet dont like them, ouch!)
But they do make me feel oh so elegant and tall and thin...and pretty much living a lifestyle all my life that you described, that's really some kind of feeling, haha!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/22/2010 7:45AM

    Love what not to wear. I guess that makes you one of their converts. I'm retired school teacher (special ed preschool) and never learned the art of wearing or walking in heels. Obviously, now is not the time to start but I do love the way they look!

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Meat candy

Saturday, December 18, 2010

If you do not want to know how to make meat candy, stop reading now.

If you do not want to know how to make the most delicious, bad for you dessert ever, stop reading now.

If you don't like meat or sugar, stop reading now.

I got this recipe from the Bob and Tom Show, so it's not a very precise recipe. But it is good and I LIKE it!

Lil Smokies, wrapped with bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar, baked at 350' for about 10 minutes. I used ready-to-eat bacon. Next time I'll use uncooked bacon and might need to cook them longer. Oh...and I'll use more brown sugar.

My son was hoping the DH would hate DS could eat them all! LOL!

Let me know if you'll make them and if you do, how'd you like them.

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BRYLIA 12/27/2010 10:28AM

    Ok so I am thinking I am going to have to pass on this one...LOL...funny enough just caught a glimpse of a show DH & DS were watching on making head cheese. I think I will pass on that too! Would you care for some? Enjoy!!!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/21/2010 3:50PM

    Ugh! Your son can have my share, haha!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/19/2010 10:32AM

    Oh man, that sounds so bad for you! I read it to Bill, and he said (referring to a friend of ours who hs grown way too big for his own good), "That sounds like something Gary would eat!"

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/19/2010 8:50AM

    Uh, no can do!! LOL Somebody else will have to report back to you!!!!

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USFBULL 12/18/2010 11:26PM

    Decadent, I like it. Fits right in with paleo thanks. emoticon emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 12/18/2010 10:43PM

    Do have any idea about the calorie count? Just wondering. I would eat them anyway if they were in front of me. Sounds yummy.

BTW, Meat Candy sounds really weird. In fact, it sounds a bit redneck to me.

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BKNOCK 12/18/2010 9:30PM

    They sound good to me! I am going to Michelle's for some!

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STEELKICKIN 12/18/2010 9:20PM

    Whew!! I thought this blog was about my husband at first!

Sounds sooooo gooood! I'm doing it! For Christmas Eve at our little shindig we're having. And I'll let you know how they fly over!

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Ham and bean soup...such memories!

Friday, December 17, 2010

My department at work had our Christmas potluck yesterday. We had smoked turkey and ham. The ham was spiral cut and on a huge bone. Guess who got to bring the bone home? Yep! This gal!

Growing up, I can remember my mom making ham and bean soup. She would soak the beans overnight (after sorting them, of course) and then add a ham bone to the beans and water the next day. I LOVED ham and bean soup. Only now (as a grown up old lady) do I realize that my mom made it because it was cheap and filling. But mostly cos it was cheap! We grew up on a farm and you ate what was available or you went hungry. Nuff said!

So, I have a ham bone and tomorrow is grocery shopping day. I will be buying dry Great Northern beans, sorting them and soaking them overnight. Sunday, I will make my own version of ham and bean soup. It will have beans and ham (duh!) along with onions and celery. Maybe garlic, but only after I taste it (and check with my mom). No potatoes. No carrots. Those are silly fru-fru veggies that do not belong in ham and bean soup. LOL! That, and my DH is allergic to carrots. Small details, I know.

I am oddly excited about making soup. Weird huh? I hope it tastes as good as I remember it does!

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BRYLIA 12/27/2010 10:24AM

    Mmmmmmmm....Sounds great! My family and I will also be using the ham bone for Ham and Split Pea Soup. Enjoy!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/21/2010 3:49PM

    Funny, I was just talking with a coworker the other day about this kind of thing...ham and bean soup, turkey soup, red flannel hash...all things that were tasty and bring back great memories...but were actually made as a way of being "frugal" and stretching those food dollars. To this day I still love hambone soup and red flannel hash, haha!
You sort the beans because they might have bits of rock, grit, twigs, spoiled beans...the "closest to nature" product you can find in the grocery store, haha.

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CARLANNIE 12/19/2010 9:02AM

    That's the perfect soup for the weather we're having right now - enjoy!

P.S. We were in the city Fri/Sat and I had to go to the mall. OMG - parking lot was full-full and lines around the perimeter of the mall stretched from one entrance to the other. Traffic was so bad, it took me 50 minutes to get from the mall out to Eagle Road to pick dh up from his office. I am glad to be cozy at home now, just waiting for Santa to stop by. emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/18/2010 8:47AM

  My mom always made ham and split pea soup - for exactly the same reasons your mom did. With 8 kids to feed and only my dad working frugality was the name of the game. We loved those meals and begged for them when we had more money and could eat beef for every meal. My mom got very angry with us. I still go back to those meals.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/18/2010 8:18AM

    I love ham/beans!!!! I always fix it a couple times each winter. With lots of cornbread----YUMMY!!!!! Enjoy!

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BKNOCK 12/18/2010 7:52AM

    Sounds good! Good soup weather!

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ELYMWX 12/17/2010 11:44PM

    Dumb question: why do you sort the beans????

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GEEMAWEST 12/17/2010 11:13PM

    Not weird. I actually hated it when my mom made ham & lima bean soup or ham & split pea soup. Hated it! The only way I could eat it was by putting lots on raw onions on it so I couldn't taste it. Now I love it and always try to get the bone from a good ham. Yummo!!

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Not my greatest week to date

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sunday started my week and it was pretty good. Exercised, made PB balls, wrapped presents, stayed in calorie range. All in all a good day.

Monday started pretty good. Exercised, in calorie range, 5+ freggies, got stuff done at work. And then my daughter had a Christmas concert. My daughter and ALL of the other choirs in the high school AND the middle school. Two hours of music. While it was a good concert and I wouldn't have missed it for the world, it did make for a late night.

Tuesday started out okay. Good on exercise, freggies, water, etc. Lunch out with a subcon, so out on calories. Not bad overall. BUT...The Biggest Loser finale was on...until 10:00 in my time zone. I *had* to stay up and watch it! emoticon emoticon So, late night number two.

And today is only Wednesday. Ugh! Planning to be in bed by about 8:30 tonight to help make up for the two late nights earlier. BTW...since I was tired, I tried to make up for it with sugar and caffeine. Can you guess how well that worked? emoticon

Tomorrow is our company's potluck. I'm looking forward to it, but it'll be another day of not being in calorie range. And it's still not Friday. Why is the week before a holiday or a vacation always so long?

Anyway, hope everyone is having a great week. And hope I can stay awake and not over indulge *too* much tomorrow. Sweet dreams all!

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CAROLYNVIL 12/17/2010 6:53PM

    It is a very tough time of year all you can do is your best.

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RWETHAIRYET 12/16/2010 4:05PM

    I dunno, I still have so much to do that the week is flying faster than I want it least the parts where I'm not chained to an office desk, phone and computer, haha.
If it makes you feel better, I just finally shook that 6 lb gain from Thanksgiving, just in time to start packing it back on over Christmas...but I suppose that's better than gaining on top of the Thanksgiving gain, haha.
And since there's still so much to do just sign me...
Sleepless in Salisbury

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STEVENGO2 12/16/2010 11:39AM

    Merry Christmas, 10 days away. I hope you find the JOY in this Holiday season. Watch out for that caffeine and sugar! Enjoy the food, but when you can get some workouts in!

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ILUVTOTAT 12/16/2010 9:52AM

    So much like my week! But every day is a new day.


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CARLANNIE 12/16/2010 8:46AM

    This season is getting to me this year - usually I'm way more organized than this year. Ah, well. Christmas will get here whether I'm 'ready' or not. Rumor has it the weekend is coming up soon!

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NEWNAC304 12/16/2010 7:24AM

    This time of year is so hard. Good luck getting through it all!

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SUZYMOBILE 12/16/2010 7:19AM

    What did you make for the potluck? Veggies?? emoticon
Hope you got some sleep last night!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/16/2010 7:13AM

    This is such a tough time of year---for eating and sleeping!!! Hang in there!

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BKNOCK 12/16/2010 6:50AM

    Merry Christmas, it is that eating time of year!

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