Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy New Year's Eve Eve

Hey guys.

I'm still digging out from Christmas and moving (I'm returning to the old condo tomorrow for the final cleaning, should anyone want to help... Yeah, I didn't think so.).

The good news: all of the kitchen boxes (more on this later) and all but 2 dining room boxes are emptied, and the new stove and refrigerator are in place. Plus, my step-daughter now has the coolest room on this side of town, complete with her own private half-bath. And, we're lucky enough to have a great friend whose house warming gift consisted of setting up the TiVo/TV/DVD/VCR/receiver/cable modem/wireless network/surround sound system for us, complete with new wires!

The bad news is: there are two more bedrooms (we got as far as finding the bed linens in our room), 2 more bathrooms (no fear - we do have TP, our shower essentials, tooth brushes, and a couple of towels), living room, rec room, office, laundry/mud room, garage, shed, and outside patio left to be unpacked and set up.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and plans for a fun and safe New Year's Eve celebration (I think we're going to hang out at home, provided the next 36 hours of unpacking and cleaning don't drive us insane). I'll get caught up eventually...

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas to all...

Hey guys - just wanted to come up for a breath of air and say Merry Christmas! If you don't celebrate Christmas, I'm hoping you fall into the same crowd as the 3 people I polled on this, and you're not offended by my wishes.

Rumor has it our office might close early today (ok, so it was blatantly obvious when they announced the last mail run will be at 1:00 instead of 3:00). Since 1:00 is my official quitting time, there's really nothing in it for me... Maybe I should have left already, although by the time I wrap this up, clean out my coffee mug, and go to lunch, it will be time for me to head home, so I'm pretty much "gone for the day" now.

Only one call (so far, knock wood) today about the house and it was just our realtor to confirm I hadn't received any calls from the mortgage guy, the title company, the bank, or anyone else asking for any last minute information or a signature on yet another form. It looks like everything is in place for our closing on Tuesday, followed by the move on Wednesday.

Well, everything except packing.

Feel like helping? Let me know - I'll provide snacks and beverages. And by beverages, I do mean of the alcoholic type... That could make for some interesting discoveries when we unpack!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

See you next year

Seriously guys, it's almost Christmas and I have a ton left to do.

Added to the normal holiday stuff, we're closing on our house on the 27th and moving on the 28th. That means we're in the middle of packing, arranging for utility hook-ups, forwarding mail, changing our address and getting the last minute paperwork to the mortgage folks (why didn't they ask for everything 3 weeks ago?). Oh yeah, and work.

I'm seriously buried, and don't think I'll resurface until 2005 has been put to bed. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I'll see you then!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Thanks, that's just what I... can't use.

It was the weekend of gifts I have no use for.

Our secret santa at worked wrapped up its second week Friday. Two weeks' worth of $1 gifts from a randomly appointed person in my department. Hey Santa, I don't know if you don't know me or don't like me or just don't care, but I think the majority of my gifts are being donated to charity. Except the 2 liter of Pepsi. My sister gets that.

My company holiday Christmas party was Friday evening. I had already announced that I would be receiving a mac daddy door prize this year, and soon found myself to be the proud owner of 2500 square feet of carpet cleaning.

Have I mentioned that my new house has gorgeous hardwood floors?

Please, don't waste anyone's time asking. I considered a bidding war, but instead opted to switch for a prize I would actually benefit from, and enjoyed a wonderful (free) dinner at Carrabba's Saturday evening. I guess her place is carpeted, as she was delighted with the trade.

Sunday morning, running to Jack in the Box sounded much better than me scrambling eggs and making oatmeal. The girl at the drive-thru asked if I'd like a (free) snowman antenna ball. I was thinking about how cute and festive the little guy would look on my car's antenna and practically leapt from my car when I returned home, ready to display my snowman with pride.

Then I realized I have no external antennae on my vehicle. My husband seemed to appreciate it - we'll see if it's still hanging out on his truck when I get home this evening.

So, if you're thinking about surprising me with a small token of your appreciation this holiday Christmas season, I'm asking that you get it pre-approved. Or attach a gift receipt. Or fall back on the old reliable cold hard cash (or Target gift cards).

Thanks and Happy Holidays Seasons Greetings Merry Christmas everyone.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Who, me? Jealous?

That bitch My friend BB went to what sounds like an amazing show last night.

Hey Santa...

If it's not too late, this would look GREAT in my brand new white kitchen.

via /food

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Friday, December 09, 2005

Big weekend plans...

After witnessing last night's debacle (see 3 a & b) at the GEC, I'm looking forward to a quiet evening (preferably in) tonight. That will leave me plenty rested to watch Kentucky beat Indiana (yeah - it was hard enough to lose to Duke, but Indiana State??? Sorry Mike, but that's just not acceptable.) before heading downtown to watch my husband dance around in a large dress.

Sunday = baking. And I mean from the time I wake up and drive to Spring Hill until it's time to go home and crawl into bed (yeah, so that's not necessarily very late - at least it should be after dark).

Dinner or a movie?... I'll take dinner.

It's been a while since I read about a sandwich and decided I had to try it. But this recipe for the sandwich featured in Spanglish keeps haunting me. I'm thinking maybe I need to break down and make it. Either that or just watch the movie and find out what it's really all about, but I have a feeling that would be quite a painful endeavor...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Merry Christmas to me!

I know what Santa is bringing me. Well, not THE Santa, but my cookbook Santa. I just peeked at my "purchased" items on my special cookbook wishlist.

I'm getting the BEST reference cookbook in the world (I have a paperback version I swiped borrowed from my mother's kitchen years ago that's disintegrating as we speak - don't worry, I've since bought her a replacement) and something that will make my lunches much more productive (after Christmas, I'll be lunching at home, as it will be a mile from my work - nothing like multi-tasking at lunch and taking care of what's for dinner).

And yes, I already have a bookcase full of cookbooks, not to mention the countless recipe archives online, added to the fact that I rarely follow a recipe as anything other than a "suggestion"... There's just something about a cookbook.

Please tell me Francesa is a dog

From Overheard in New York:

Woman #1: Did Francesca like the sweaters you bought her?
Woman #2: She liked the red one. But I came home the other day and half of it was gone. She ate it.

'Tis the season to be baking...

In the tradition of the Bottom Five Thanksgiving Sides, Slashfood offers the Bottom Five Reasons to Look Forward to the Holidays.

I have to say, other than fruitcake, I don't support this list.

If you ask me, egg nog is one of the wonders of the season. I still have my children's cookbook (yes, it's quite old, but holding up well, thankyouverymuch) with a recipe for homemade eggnog, complete with a stain where I dripped some nog way back in the 70's. Of course, that was long before I started spiking it. Now, I settle for a carton from Kroger and enhance it with some spiced rum.

As for the rest of the list, I've never heard of a yule log cake, I think Mexican wedding cakes are great little cookies, and have never encountered mincemeat in real life.

This reminds me - mom and I are starting our Christmas "baking" this weekend. We usually tackle rosettes, spritz cookies (the ones made from a cookie press that end up brightly-colored and shaped like Christmas trees, wreaths or pointsettias), fudge, peanut brittle, white almond bark with peppermint pieces, dipped pretzels, rugelach, sugared pecans (seasoned with everything from cinnamon to cayenne pepper), our secret-recipe cookie "cream cheese dainties", and whatever else either of us found a recipe for since last year that we HAVE to try.

Problem is, I don't eat sweets, so I usually bring a huge tray to work and share the fruits of our labor with my coworkers. As some of you may recall, I no longer sit anywhere near my coworkers, and therefore am opposed to bringing in treats for them.

Making individual goodie bags for those who haven't fallen from my "nice" to my "naughty" list requires too much effort.

So, it looks like me and the old ball and chain (see Honey, I do too mention you on my blog) might spend this holiday season getting fat and happy, dining on sweets as we watch season 2 of Miami Vice (have you pre-ordered your DVD yet?).

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

So that means I just threw out a perfectly good loaf of bread...

Food mold: it won't hurt you.

Maybe it won't hurt me, but I don't think I'll be eating any green bread on purpose.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Color therapy

A 7 year old step daughter is the perfect excuse to buy coloring books and crayons and spend hours sitting at the coffee table coloring.

I don't think she noticed I was having just as much fun as she was.

I wonder if I can get away with pulling out the coloring books when she's not over...

Monday, December 05, 2005

Anyone want to give me some frequent flyer miles?

Although I have been accused more than once of never being a child, I have many memories of being short and not having a full idea of what was going on around me.

I also remember sitting in class, awestruck as we watched filmstrips (that's where the video doesn't move) of volcanoes, thinking that someday, I'd love to see one up close.

That's why I really want to head to Hawaii right now.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

...and to all a Bud Light

I sincerely hope none of you have a White Trash Christmas.

But if you do, please don't tell me about it.


Yes, that's a dog humping Rudolph outside the trailer...

Not that I'm bitter or anything...

Every Thursday morning, I check out the lines and select my team for Survival Fantasy Football.

Until this morning, when I remembered we lost.

Note to the three players left: you're competing for MY prize money. Hope you enjoy it!

Note to Oakland: Thanks for nothing.