Thursday, September 27, 2007
We still don't know if our belongings will stay put in our house, or whether we are going to get packed up, so I'm just washing clothes and blankets and organizing. I packed up my precious scrapbook room myself, because goodness knows what the movers would have done with my stuff... Dumped everything into some boxes and called it good. No Way! I organized my lovely papers and bagged up all my stamps....I said a little goodbye...hopefully it won't be too long before we can see eachother again.
Today is Keaton's official birthday, even though we celebrated it with Kolby's birthday last month. I went to his class and brought cookies. Tonight Heath's boss is feeding us. So nice!
Hopefully by the next post, we will know more information! Talk to you later!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
We were told to immediately move into TLF (a type of furnished hotel on base) because our sewage line had broken.
So we are off. We'll have to pack up the house later.
It may be a while before I can update you all. Hopefully we'll get a house soon!
Monday, September 24, 2007
The last time I was out, my dear friend stopped by the store on her way to my house and bought out the entire supply. She brought the box, filled with 17 of these bad boys, right up to the register. So great. Thanks again, April!
My supply is running short again. I need to get some more. I keep chapstick everywhere. At any given time, in any given room, I will be able to tell you at least three places that you can make your lips feel happy again. I keep chapstick by my bed, in my bathroom, on my person, in my makeup bag, in my car, in my purse, in my church bag, at my computer, in my kitchen, and on my bookshelf. That's probably why I need to buy 17 at a time.
And SO SAD is the day that I find myself without my chapstick. It happened over Labor Day. I was at the lake. No Chapstick to be found. (sniff). It was all I could think about. My lips! Chapstick! Please help!! A friend came to the rescue with her version of chapstick. It helped, but I'm telling you...If you haven't tried this, you haven't experienced heaven on earth. Go get some!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
If you've been a reader of my blog, you know that we are getting kicked out of this "mansion" because they are going to demo it.
And ya know what, this house deserves to be demoed. It's really old and dirty. Here's a picture I took yesterday.
Now...do you want to see a picture of the inside? Here it is. Just a few more days of living here. We actually like the inside, despite it being so old. It's roomy. I like that.
Plus, it has my little scrapbook nook. And I'm going to miss the color I painted. Sigh.
Here's the same room from a different view.A Million Memories. We had to pull out our stash of foam stamps. The numbers 20 in the layout are foam stamps, and I totally messed up lining them up, but once you put it down, there's no turning back.
These are pictures of George a few weeks ago, when we went to the beach. Right after the first picture, a wave totally toppled her over, and I took the second picture right after I picked her up from the sandy shore. So sad.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I am talking about the title to the song from the movie The Last Unicorn. Never heard of it? Good. It is a terrible movie. I hate it. My sister loves it.
In fact, she just called me to tell me she changed the ringtone on her phone. My ringtone. It use to be the song from Say Anything "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel. Instead, she changed it to "Now that I'm a Woman". Ugh. I hate that song.
See the above clip to listen to the song...my new ringtone.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
That is not him yawning. It's him making one of his many faces. He is very expressionate.
This is me and Nicki after we dropped off the boys. We are FREE!
(wow. My head looks really huge in the picture. Let's just say I was closer to the camera. geesh.)
By the way, no word yet on the house situation. I think I will clean out a closet today.
Monday, September 17, 2007
So, we had a lovely weekend, full of all the emotions possible (mostly from my husband) regarding the "no house" thing. I am anxious to see what today brings. We told the kids last night we would be moving, and they were excited to get a house with neighbors. Funny.
I know I have lots of blog-viewers, so this post has been in the works for a while. I want to know who you are. Since I have to wait around to see what house we will get, I don't want to dwell on it all day. I'd rather play a game. So to all of my readers, I say thank you. I'd like to see how many comments I can get from you. Come out, come out... So please, if you've never commented...then humor me. I need some fun in my life right now. Leave a post. Talk to me. Can't wait to see how many of you there are. I'm setting a goal of 30 comments. Bring them on!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
We currently live in an abandoned neighborhood here on the Air Force Base. No one lives on our street, or surrounding streets. We really live by ourselves, in the ghetto. Our last "neighbor" moved this week. It's just a street for people to zoom past in their cars, on their way to the more established part of base.
So. A few months ago...we were offered, as well as the few remaining tenants of our neighborhood, a lovely (heavy on the sarcasm) townhouse that had already been condemned on the other side of base because our neighborhood was scheduled for demolition sometime in the near future, but funds were not received yet. Apparently, we could not get a normal functioning house, like everyone else on base. Why? That is a great question. We have never gotten an answer. Man, we feel low class. We either had to move off base, or accept this gift of a townhouse that isn't suitable for anyone to live in.
Our choice? We chose to stick it out and risk the A.F. not getting funds because we will be finished with our service to the A.F. in February. Who wants to move, and then a few months later, move again? Not us. Pretty safe bet, eh?
We were told at the end of the workday yesterday that funds were received...demo would start in less than a month....good luck...get the heck out of your house. By the way, that "lovely" townhouse we offered you...no longer available. You are screwed. (Oh, and I am paraphrasing. Of course, we were told with the utmost, uh, politeness.)
Now we are left with the weekend to dwell on this huge problem of not having a house until we can contact the right people and get this resolved.
Now I'm sure you are saying, "Why doesn't she just move off base?" I'll answer: We can't afford it. Plus, after 1st month's rent, deposit, cost of utilities, new phone line, and contracts (we only have 4 months left), it isn't a possibility.
I think I'll drown out my troubles with salsa.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
We made seven batches of salsa. Believe me. It's a lot! We started around 9am and got done at 4pm. We had six of us working, and 16 kids running around having a blast. Here is our finished product. It almost filled my table. We had quart size jars, pint size jars, and half-pint size jars. Here's another view.
Lastly, I sat down to rest after everyone left, and turned around to see what George was doing. She had gotten cozy on the table and found a little seat on my salsa.Now...I'm off to go eat.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
And here are my girls and I, being silly. It was fun. Can't wait until tomarrow!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
This month is full of birthdays for friends and family. Hopefully I can keep up with everyone
Yesterday we had some visitors to our home. My cousin, his wife, and two of their girls came over for a while. We really enjoyed having them in our home. They are some of the nicest people I have ever met. We made tacos together complete with all the fixin's and had key-lime pie for desert. We have plans to get together next month for a bike trip, and I CANNOT wait!
So here's a recipe for my key-lime pie. Please don't judge it by the picture. I forgot to take out the cool whip from the freezer, and so I tried to manipulate it into thawing faster. Um, it didn't work. I just succeeded in making a really flat, drippy, cream. So, word to the wise, take your cool whip out of the freezer!! You'll get better results. So here's the picture, and here's the recipe. It tastes better if you make it the day before you want to eat it. Enjoy!This recipe makes 1 pie.
1 graham cracker pie crust.
4 egg yolks
zest of two limes
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup whipping cream
Combine your egg yolks, lime juice and zest, condensed milk and whipping cream. Pour into your pie crust and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Let it rest on the counter for an hour and then refridgerate for at least 6 hours. When ready to serve, top with fluffy whip cream!
Friday, September 7, 2007
In June, my IUD decided to play peek-a-boo so I was sent in to have an ultrasound to find it. Radiology couldn't get me in right away, so about a month later, I had the ultrasound and they discovered that it was just fine. However, upon some investigation, it was discovered that I had a cyst on my left ovary. Come back in six weeks to see if it resolves. No biggie. I'm a radiology transcriptionist (in my spare time!) and I see these reports all the time. They almost always resolve on their own.
So fast forward six weeks. Today. I went in for a followup.
The nice male tech did the pelvic ultrasound just under my belly button. That was just fine except for the feeling that I was going to wet myself because my bladder had to be screaming full for the examination. Then we move onto the second part of the examination...from the inside. Delightful.
Now, the first 10 minutes were bearable. If feels like you are cramping and uncomfortable. I can handle it.
Then he kept going.
My insides were pushed, throbbed, rubbed, tweaked, pulled, maneuvered, shoved, and flipped around for the next 15 minutes and I thought I would scream with relief when he finally said, oh so casually, (as only a male could, who doesn't really understand what he just did to me) said, "Alright. I'm done". I am a silent sufferer. I didn't make a noise. That's how I am when I have babies too. But I tell ya what, I should have gotten a baby out of this for all the pain that was involved. I am not going to be a competent wife for a few days, that's for sure.
So, he goes to check with the doc to make sure there are no more images to be had, and I lay still and recuperate.
He comes back in with another tech. She needs to gather more information, only thankfully, the images are taken from on top of my pelvis, instead of inside. Bless you.
As they are questioning what they are seeing, I started asking them questions.
"I hope you found something good in there for all the probing around you did."
Turns out, my cyst on my left side had gone down. Good news.
However, (bad news) a new cyst on my right ovary had developed in the interim and was GIGANTIC. My male tech had measured, probed, poked, and such for a while, and when he went back at the end of the exam to check again, IT WAS NOT THERE. All that was left was a bunch of "free fluid".
THE MALE TECH HAD RUPTURED MY CYST.
"Good news", the lady tech says happily "The cyst has resolved and you don't need to come back for a followup! We're done!"
Her and the male tech converse for a few minutes in puzzlement and amazement and she turns to me and says "We've never seen that happen before. That was neat".
"Glad I could help" I reply dryly.
After another quick check with the doc, my male tech comes back in the room, tells me I'm done and thanks me.
"It was my pleasure", I reply.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Had some extra time today. I was planning on mopping the floor but our water was shut off due to some construction work up the road...so, no water means no mopping. That's ok! I'll scrapbook.
This picture was from last year on Halloween. We had the clever idea of being Pirates, with baby Kennedy acting as our parrot. We had a fun time.
Don't know for sure what we will be for this halloween, but we've got something in the works. We'll see...
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Take about 4-5 chicken breasts or 10 chicken tenders and make sure they are defosted. Get three shallow bowls. In one, add 1 cup of flour with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper. Mix. In another bowl, break 2 eggs and beat to combine with 1 tbsp water. In the third bowl, combine 1 cup of breadcrumbs and 1 cup of parmesean cheese, shredded.
Take your chicken and coat it in flour, shake off excess, dip in egg, completely covering the flour, and then dip it in your bread crumbs/parmesean cheese mixture.
Heat some olive oil in a non-stick skillet and brown your chicken, it just takes a minute or two. Put your chicken in a pan and put in oven at 350 to cook the rest of the way through. This takes about 15 mintues.
While your chicken is in the oven, boil your angel hair pasta and steam your broccoli. When the pasta is done, drain it and drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
You've got yourself a great meal. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
15 Rhodes Dinner Rolls (thawed)
Zest of one orange
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
Roll each roll between hands and tie in a loose knot. Dip in butter and then in the zest/sugar mixture.
Let rise for 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. (more time may be necessary depending on your oven)
After they are done cooking, brush with Citrus Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 TBSP melted butter
3 TBSP OJ concentrate
1/2 tsp vanilla.