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I am evil Barbara, I am evil Barbara

Monday, August 03, 2009

To get the full effect of that title and what is going on in my head (yeah, not really something the uninitiated should see), chant that to the tune of "I am evil Homer" from the Simpson's.

Anyway, why am I evil today? Or at least, why am I blogging about it? Cos I'm proud of it, of course! LOL!'s the story.

Next door neighbor brings over eight zuchinni. Yes, eight. I'm not a big fan of zuchinni unless it is battered and fried. Kinda defeats the purpose, right? Oh, and I like it in zuchinni bread. But, I'm not much of a baker and, since my son can't have wheat, I really don't have a recipe for zuchinni bread anyway. MIL makes killer zuchinni bread that the boy could eat, but she is four hours away and has her own zuchinnis.

So now I have this dilemma. What do I do with all this zuchinni? I could take it to work, but no one wants zuchinni! If they did, they would be growing it and bringing it in themselves. Then, I get this brilliant (if I do say so myself) and EVIL idea. Tonight's dinner was lasagna. What if I grated some of that zuchinni and added it to the lasagna sauce. Would anyone notice? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA (evil laugh, for those who didn't know).

Nope, they didn't notice. I grated the rest of the zuchinni and put it in the freezer in individual bags. Figure I can add it to other dinners later. My family is eating veggies and they don't even know it! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Don't get me wrong. I'm a little leary about the theory that you have to hide veggies in the food to get your family to eat healthy. I always encourage my kids (and DH, but that's a lost cause) to choose healthy snacks and have a veggie for a side and such. If they "accidentally" eat some veggies, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. LOL!!!

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STEELERCRAZY 8/6/2009 12:11PM

    Um, forgive me Evil Barbara for being so late to see this blog, but I am on my knees in quiet and obedient reverence to you. I do have to say that you are one perty smart cookie to pull a fast one like that on your fam. I commend you for your sly-handedness and your stealth-like prowl. You, my Evil One, are an evil genius.

Clap, clap, clap, clap...clap........clap............


Comment edited on: 8/6/2009 12:11:40 PM

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    Evil Barbara,
You might have an evil twin, LOL
That was a great blog and a great way to infuse some more healthy stuff into your families tummies. Actually, it sounded quite good. Too bad we live so far apart, or you would have a visitor, LOL

I'm not much of a zucchini bread eater either and I totally understand the idea of battered and fried too. I usually just cube mine into bite sized pieces and sautee it with some onions and maybe a yellow squash and maybe even some canned tomatoes and have a veggie delight, great as a side dish or even as an entire meal.

Thanks for the idea of adding it to lasagna

Have a great week

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NORCALTOPAZ 8/3/2009 2:12AM

    Oh evil one, I bow my head to you in your queenly deviousness! LOL! This is hilarious! Here's another way to hide the zucchini: throw in a stew!

And I'm with you - I want my zucchini deep fried, topped with fresh parmesan and dipped in some salt-laden marinara sauce! (But my blood pressure wouldn't like me very much)

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YOWSER 8/3/2009 12:58AM

  I honor you, Evil Barbara. I kowtow to greatness of your Evilness.

Grating veggies into stuff is really the best way I know how to get veggies into myself at times since I'm not the best about getting my daily vegs. Thanks for the funny and insightful blog.


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CARLYNMCC 8/3/2009 12:56AM

    Great idea! I used to chop vegetables up really small & add it to spagetti sauce to get my kids to eat vegetables. I think you can bury just about anything in marinara!

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PPENCILL 8/3/2009 12:47AM

    LOL. My DH will hardly even look at a zuchinni, but I love it. I just might have to try this tactic. Hee hee.

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Car wash for football, team mom...

Sunday, August 02, 2009

It must be getting towards the end of summer because today was my son's football team's car wash fundraiser. It was close to 100' today, so the boys LOVED getting wet. I did have them wash my car. Not the best job, but only $5 and it went to a good cause. I helped out by hanging towels to dry. It's amazing how quickly towels dry in direct sunlight!!

Afterwards, the Bulldogs' coach took all of the boys to the Arctic Circle for ice cream. Nice guy, huh? I tagged along (someone had to watch my kid!) and helped corral them outside after they put in their order. No ice cream for me!!

As we were getting ready to leave to go to the library, Coach told me that I could be Team Mom. I had volunteered, but also said that if someone else really wanted it, that was fine too. But, YAY!!! I wasn't that impressed with last year's team moms. Nice ladies but not really organized like they should have been (in my world, anyway). I offered to help last year and wasn't taken up on the offer. Since I hadn't volunteered at the beginning of the season, I felt that I really couldn't complain much. (Complaints are really just one way to volunteer!)

I mentioned to DH that I would be Team Mom and he wasn't very happy. "Why do you have to volunteer for every thing that comes along?" (Deep breath....) First of all, I don't volunteer for everything. Second, I am involved in my kids' activities. There is nothing wrong with that. Third, I can make my own decisions and determine what I can handle. emoticon Okay, I didn't yell, but I felt like it a little bit. He wants me to be home. Sweet, but not gonna happen!

AND, I do NOT volunteer him for anything...EVER! I would be irritated if he did that to me, so I don't do it to him. So many times you hear DH's complain about DW's signing them up for something. It won't be my DH. I don't even insist he go many places with me. We're both much happier that way! LOL!!

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    Nothing like being active in your kids events.

Better than the parents that know nothing about their kids!

Kudos to you for caring and showing the interest.
Have a great week

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Why do compliments come on days...

Saturday, August 01, 2009

when you've eaten like a horse?

Let me preface this "story" with letting you all know that this week has been really long. My boss irritates me, my husband took four days to wash the dishes (another story for another day), I didn't get enough sleep and I'm really tired of carpooling. So, I decided to treat myself to lunch out today. I usually pack lunch, breakfast, snacks and make sure I have enough to not be hungry and stay in my ranges.

I was so tired last night that I didn't want to make my lunch. So, I went to Jack in the Box. They have some healthier options. I did not choose one of those. Noooooo, I waffled between the Ultimate Cheeseburger and the Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger. I ended up without the bacon. Not because it saved approximately 200 calories, but because it saved my 40 tax. Oh, and I had fries (with ranch for dipping, of course) and a 32 oz cola. Diet, of course! Balanced out the calories there - right? LOL!

After lunch, I went to the lab to x-ray some parts and started talking to one of the ladies in there. She asked me if I had lost a significant amount of weight (yep, 60 pounds from highest weight) and asked if I had had surgery to do it (nope). She told me that I looked really good and was impressed by how well I had done. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

So, yay for the compliment! (Yes, I said thank you!) But...I had just had a full day's calories in one sitting! What kind of example is that!?!?! AND, I had pizza for supper! I felt a little guilty about making the unhealthy choice but I REALLY enjoyed sitting in the sun, reading my book, eating some very delicious food. Back on track now. The scale tomorrow will be registering water weight only....LOL!

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NORCALTOPAZ 8/1/2009 11:57PM

    Tomorrow is another day and 60 lbs is nothing to sneeze at! We all have those days, today I was craving a turkey burger with fried onions and cheddar (but darn, I couldn't find it) emoticon emoticon emoticon

You rock, don't worry about it - as long as you're aware that's more than half the battle.

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HICALGAL 8/1/2009 1:55AM

    water weight and maybe a little muscle weight in case it's a big

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NYCGRRL 8/1/2009 1:48AM

    60 lbs is great! Don't beat yourself up for not being perfect. But remember this feeling when you make need to make choices again.

And when someone compliments you on your weight loss, say thank you and smile.

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WANDAC2013 8/1/2009 1:29AM

    Give yourself a break!!! You have done an incredible job just by losing 60 lbs----what an accomplishment!!! So, you had a day in which you didn't stick to all healthy options. One day. Amongst how many??? And, better yet, you enjoyed yourself---not because of the food, but the whole experience. That is what matters. Stop feeling guilty, make healthier choices tomorrow, and when you have one of those off days, just enjoy the experience---as TTM123 said, "LET IT GO!"

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SHRUTI23 8/1/2009 1:21AM

  Your blog's title drew me to read..

Hey you must be proud 60lbs is no joke.. One day will not set the example.. The whole saga of losing 60lbs is an example in itself.. Good going.. Keep up the good work!!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/1/2009 1:19AM

    One day doesn't take away from what you've already accomplished. LET IT GO!!!

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SWEETSARA124 8/1/2009 1:14AM

    One day of cheating isn't too bad as long as you get back on track, and from the fact that you've been able to lose 60 lbs so far definitely shows you have what it takes. I have my days too when I eat crap (too often before I left on my holiday) and now I have to make sure I get back on track when I return. Good luck!!

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Results of the game

Friday, July 31, 2009

We lost.

Okay, so it was a blast. We did lose, but only by 2 runs. I played catcher (as usual) and had a blast heckling the other team. They laughed too, so I think they had fun too. One guy came up and started filling in the hole at the plate. I started a fake cough, just to give him grief. The next time he came up, he filled in the hole again, but this time he coughed!! LOL! They had three lefties (I know, three!) I told each one that they were on the wrong side of the plate. The third one, I was like "Didn't they teach you anything in baseball camp!" LOL! Yes, they all least at the plate, they did.

One guy was a really big hitter. I told him it would be okay to be the third out (by striking out, of course). I let him know that he would be a hero if he did...on our team. He caught on pretty quick (no dust on him!) so I pouted and said "Don't you want to be my hero?" LOL!! It so totally didn't work. He got another nice hit....Oh well. I gotta try!

So, Juiced (yeah, that's our team name) has a perfect record...we have lost every game! Yay TEAM!! The good news, it's fun. I'm loving it, even if we don't have a W next to any game....yet.

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You're a HOOT!
At the game and here at SP too!!

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PINK-LADYBUG 7/31/2009 2:19AM

    Okay, I don't follow softball at all so I don't get some of what you said, BUT - I am glad you had fun, and thanks for the laugh! I really thought for a second that "We lost" was all there was going to be! emoticon

Better luck next time! Hope you ruin your perfect record SOON!

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I might be getting a new boss!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

So, with the new position being filled by "John" (see earlier blog), there is a hole in one of the two groups that works together. The powers-that-be have decided to take this opportunity to do a full re-org. I am sooooo hoping that I get a new supervisor out of the deal. My current one is a micro-manager and I have trouble dealing with that.

Wish me luck. Should only take "two weeks" which in corporate speak means no one knows when. I'll hold onto the hope until they dash it!

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NORCALTOPAZ 7/30/2009 1:48AM

    I wish you all the luck and I'll say a prayer for good measure!

Lady T.

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I've got my fingers crossed
my legs crossed,
my arms crossed,
my eyes crossed,
Shoot, I'm even crossed the street
and some on the team call me a

cross dresser, LMAO

We'll be waitin' for your good news!

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