Monday, July 23, 2012
Today was my third day off from work. I was looking forward to these three days and had decided I was going to do nothing but paste my butt to the recliner and watch t.v. My first day off and two hours later I knew I was in trouble when I tried to see how far I could stretch a slobber string from my bottom lip. The day didn't really get much better from there.
The second day was better. I went to PetLand and played with my chiweenie. See my SparkPage. Isn't he cuuuute???!
Today I decided I was going to take pictures to share with all of you, of my exciting life. At noon I looked on my SD card. I had three. Brian weedeating. The cat cleaning himself. Me painting a smiley face in the dust on the treadmill. I knew I had to get out of the house when I saw the one of the toilet after I cleaned it...it looked so pristine. And SHINY. I was so proud...
So, I decided to take a walk. I thought I would take pictures along the way so you could walk with me! Isn't that cool? So come on...let's go!!
Okay. So far so good. Out of my house. Up the hill we go.
On the other side of the hill I was met by Raphael. He thought I wanted to touch his boat. As if.
My neighbor's mailbox. This has always bothered me.
You are here.
Let's go around this corner...
And this curve...
Ummmm...let's not go here. The hills have eyes...
"State Nature Preserve. Restricted Area. Access By Permit Only." Hmm. Hope they don't catch on that I've lived here for about 16 years now. Could you imagine the FINE???!
SSSHHH! WAIT! EWW, I hear something! What is that NOISE??
Let me grab a club or something...
What did I tell you? Mystery solved.
On we go. In these parts this sign means "Snakes Ahead."
To our right...
To our left...
Where all the lawyers and doctors go in this town to hide from their wives during Ohio State Football. Seriously. They set up their big screen in the backyard and nom on hot dogs and beer during the game.
I feel like a fairy is going to jump out at me any minute with a key or glitter or something...
Where we must stand until the rain stops. Because SOMEONE forgot the umbrella...
Okay, ten minutes later, sun is out, I'm wet and ticked, so let's continue on. Move it.
What? You don't know where you are???? Let me, ARGGGHHH, move these tree branches and...yep. We're lost.
I love this little place. They've got squirrels coming out the wazzoo. Unfortunately I did not get to see any today. :(
Water. I need water.
How we hillbillies spell "Oops." And we write it on the road with our fangers.
Pit stop. Breath in. Breath out.
You have got to be kidding me. All the way here and the horses aren't out???!!!
Welp, time to ski-daddle, folks. I hope you enjoyed walking with me. Maybe one day you can go to work with me. (Like a "Take-Your-Sparkie-To-Work-Day." Lol.) I know that I have enjoyed sharing my day with you. And, maybe one day, we can share these walks in person. Until then...remember...
God bless you. You are loved.
Monday, June 18, 2012
I can't believe how quickly time flies when you're having fun. Bre came home a few weeks ago and it's been such a wonderful time! She and I have made a pact that this summer we are going to get to our healthiest weight and eat "good for you" foods. We have also eliminated sugar, flour and most meats from our diet which has lead us to experiment with vegan recipes. We've learned that there are alot of great ways to dress up fruits and vegetables which leave us feeling fulfilled and not feeling deprived in any way. On the flip side, we have also learned what DOES NOT WORK.
I can tell you that Black Bean Brownies are not good. AT ALL. They look gorgeous. Thick and brown, fudgy. They even smell great. But the first taste leaves you scrubbing your tongue with a Brillo pad and picking black flakes out of your teeth for two days. I'm thinking you can add all the Agave Nectar you want to these little treasures and they will still have you shooting up out of a deep sleep screaming, "REALLY?! What was I thinking?!" I had to lick a Reese's Cup just so I could remember what chocolate is SUPPOSED to taste like.
Our homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing left us puckered for days. It made it difficult to apply our lipstick. We have decided it is BEST used as a window cleaner.
Tofu stir fry. Our first clue should have been when the tofu stuck to the roof of our mouths like bad peanut butter. Or when it bounced off the floor like one of those little super balls. But wanting to encourage one another with healthy eating habits, we urged the other to keep eating it. It eventually became a bribe..."If you finish your tofu, honey, I will buy you a new pair of shoes." "If you finish your tofu, Mommy, I won't tell Daddy that you tagged a shopping cart at Walmart and kept going." (Tofu is bad. It makes you have hallucinations as well.)
I thought it would be interesting to add different kinds of veggies to spice up regular salads. So I bought some Asian bean sprouts to throw in the mix. Halfway through, in mid-chew, Breanna screamed, "Did you read the label?!" Her tone of voice made me spit out the wad in my mouth, roll my tongue around a tad and whisper, "Wh...Why??" To which she replied, "It says that they are so fresh they are alive." To which she promptly dumped a few on the island and prodded with a fork. Okay, okay, we knew they weren't alive but the mental visual was just too much for us to take. We threw them out in the backyard and prayed they didn't morph into giant worms.
"Easy and Healthy Carrot Dogs." Served on regular hot dog buns. We looked at the recipe and giggled crazily. We needed a laugh.
We decided after all of this healthy eating that we needed a cheat day. So, when designated "Cheat Day" arrived, we ate pizza and had a small cup of ice cream. Which left us taking turns running to the bathroom, sometimes knocking each other over during the trade-off. She actually upper-cutted me the fourth time around and screamed, "Move it or lose it!" It was then we realized that our bodies had become acclimated to eating well and didn't like "junk." It's almost like it was reacting to poison. Which made us realize that what we were doing, by eating healthy, was helping our bodies recognize what was NOT good for us. And we were really feeling great when we were eating great. :)
I had a small set-back this weekend. The stomach flu has been going around at work, and no matter how much I washed my hands, it creeped in on me. I was pretty ill for a few days but have managed to make it through. With that, Breanna made dinner this evening and I was slightly hesitant to try it. However, I was pleasantly surprised...
Vegan Curried Sweet Potato with Fresh Herbs. It smelled like pure heaven. Here is the recipe:
10 heaped cups of 1-2 inch cubes of sweet potato, yams or Japanese pumpkin that has been lightly steamed until just tender.
2 cups (about 2 medium) finely chopped brown onions.
1 cup freshly chopped cilantro/coriander
1 cup freshly chopped parsley
1/2 cup cold-pressed organic extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp finely minced ginger
2 Tbsp finely minced garlic
2 tsp brown mustard seeds
2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp ground curry powder
1/2 - 1 tsp Celtic sea salt.
Lightly steam the sweet potato until tender. You don't want it too soft or it will become a mushy ball when mixed together.
Heat the oil in a wok on high heat and stir-fry the mustard seeds until they just pop.
Now add in the turmeric, curry powder, ginger and garlic.
Stir in the sea salt and onions and cook until the onions are translucent.
Chop up your cilantro and parsley in the food processor and stir through the mixture.
Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and fold through the sweet potato, yams or pumpkin until uniformly coated with the mixture.
It was sooo good. You just have to go through a few hits and misses until you find something you really like and I really looove these. And they are beautiful as well.
Have a great week, dear friends. Be aware of what you eat so it doesn't eat you! God bless. You are loved.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
At work, I am methodical, smart, contemplative, professional. On my days off, well, to put it bluntly, I am just an idiot. Apparently, I don't handle time on my hands very well. I end up doing stupid things. Like, painting ivy on my bathroom wall. Without my contacts in. Sometimes I sign up on another social network. I joined a site the other day and noticed dollar signs and numbers going up at an alarming rate until suddenly a red banner flashed, saying, "Congratulations!! You are owned by Roderick!!" WTH?! As quickly as my dial-up would allow me, I deleted that page but not before Eduardo out-bid Roderick and I was given a "goodie" of stilettos and and fishnets. Uh-uh! I told Breanna what happened and she said, "Mother. You are such a troll." Whatever THAT means.
I was off work today. This morning I had my ultrasound (to monitor my valve prolapse, I am NOOOT pregnant) and I came home, did a little laundry and made lunch. The sun blared hot and there was not a cloud in the sky. YESSS!!! Bathing suit time! Who needs sunblock?? NOT ME! For some reason, I just know I won't burn today! But I burned today! And now I am blogging, alternating butt cheeks every two minutes and whimpering each time I forget and lean my back against the chair. What really makes it worse is the fact that after coming in, when I was still unaware of the damage I had done, I shaved my legs.
I decided to nail down a few loose boards on the patio, too. Brian would love my initiative. He would buy me flowers, slather my feet with fine oils, declare me a goddess. As I was fantasizing about this, I misjudged slamming-time, smashed my finger and threw the hammer. Hitting the side of the Corvette. I am not getting another flower as long as I live. My feet will wither from dryness. And I was not declared a goddess. But I was declared SOMEthing. Over and over again.
I dug up my sister's flower bed to get rid of the weeds in it while she was at the farmer's market this afternoon. Little did I know that she kept the spare key to her house buried in the right top portion in the soil in case she got locked out. We spent an hour sifting through dirt to find it. I lost three fake nails today. One in the flower garden, one under the crunch of the hammer and one in the toilet while trying to find a creative way to sit so as not to aggravate my sunburn.
I think I need to call it a day! Yes?? Yes. Now to just find painless ways to sleep while my skin is throbbing. Pretty sure the throbs are curse words from my skin cells! Declaring me a nincompoop!
(A word of advice...I should have known better, with my background in nursing, that unprotected exposure to the sun is damaging to your skin. Even if you do not "burn," you are doing damage to the underlying layers that do not immediately show up on the surface. They WILL as you age! Plus, you are changing the chemical make-up of your skin cells which could potentially result in cancer. Always wear protective sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 while outside! Find the brand that is right for you and enjoy your day in the sun!)
God bless, everyone! Have a great tomorrow and know that you are loved!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I think I need new contacts.
I just stood on my front porch, breathing in the cool country air, and was dumbfounded by a strange light in my woods. It zigzagged through the trees, did a 180 and topsy-turvied straight up before plummeting straight down. This light would be bright one moment, then dimly fade, showing up a few "feet" from its original origin. My heart pounding, I wondered if I was witnessing a real live bona fide UFO.
Just before I texted Bre to tell her of my other-worldly experience, I realized it was a lightening bug.
The other day while cooking, I added cinnamon to the green beans. Again. My old man is getting used to new flavors these days. And now you guys know why my homemade cole slaw made our mouths numb for a week? It's hard to tell what I added to it. (Probably window cleaner instead of vinegar??)
I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm getting older. It's true what they say. Eyesight goes, hearing goes, memory goes. I don't hear as well anymore either. (A little FYI...I'm deaf in my left ear so it's not really great to begin with, but if my right one goes, I'm screwed.) Case in point:
I had an argument with Brian the other day. I had gotten up from the chair and he said, "Your a__ likes to waddle."
Whipping my head around, I said, "You can bite it. How's THAT for ya?"
"You heard me, Bald Head!"
"What's your freakin' problem, woman?!"
"You used to like this a__! Well, gravity has definitely gotten its claws into you, HAH, let me tell ya!!!"
Slowly he scratched his head then quietly said, "Okay, fair enough, but what's all this got to do with getting me a GLASS of ICE and WATER?"
Let's just say I brought him the tallest, coldest glass of water I could make and I even put a straw in it. He told me to take a sip first then waited ten minutes before he drank it. After he took my vitals.
I walked out of the women's restroom at work the day before yesterday and had forgotten to zip my pants. It wouldn't have been so bad if hadn't forgotten to button them too. NOT TO MENTION that I wore two different kinds of shoes as well. They were both white sneakers, yes, but one was Nike and the other was Adidas. I'll just chalk those incidents up to fatigue. Yeah. That just SOUNDS better.
I'll just work on one problem at a time. First things first. Eye exam!
Before Brian comes home one night and finds me petting a squirrel or a raccoon because they're roughly the same color as my cat.
Goodnight, all. God bless and have a wonderful Wednesday. You are loved.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Winter time seems to set a chill in my bones that lasts until the first decent heat wave and it finally arrived yesterday, in the form of 96 degrees. Yep, I had a nine-hour work day but every chance I got, I ran outside and lounged at the picnic table. Carefully maneuvering my tush around the bird poop, I placed my back against the wall and let the sun's rays penetrate my skin. Today is much better and, since I didn't have to be at work until 4, I grabbed my swim suit and ran racing outside like a kid turned loose in a candy shop. I am thawed out. Officially. And I'm looking forward to tomorrow because it's going to be hotter and I have the day off! :)
I am also planning on having a piece of Key Lime Pie tomorrow. It is my planned sinful treat for the week. I've been pretty good for the most part except for the little slip-up at the beginning of the week. But I walk. ALOT. My little pedometer tells me that I do no less than 8 miles a day at work so it helps when these things occur. Not factoring in going up and down the ladder continuously and test-riding my bikes after assembly. :) Ohhh, how I love summer. I feel like I'm in another world now. It is days like this that I do not mind being in Ohio so much. But come October, I'm headed back to Fort Walton, Florida. I'm already thinking deviously...my plan is to bury myself in the sand the last day there so no one can find me and maybe my sisters will leave without me.
I really don't care to beach bum it. Really.
Bre has been home for the weekend and stays until Tuesday morning. She is returning home (!!!!!!!! :) !!!!!!) for the summer on June 6. We've already made plans for numerous things and I have officially laid down the law at work about cutting my hours so I can spend as much time with her as I can. It's hard to believe she is going to be a junior at college in August. This child has made the Dean's List each time it rolls around and gosh-darn I'm so very proud. Not to mention that she is absolutely the most beautiful woman I've ever encountered. She is my heart.
Well, I just wanted to check in while I had a few moments. I wish you all the very best and enjoyable Memorial Day!! Let's not forget to take a few moments to remember what this day is really all about then set out to spend time with your family and friends. Stay safe out there and hug often...
God bless. :)
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