Saturday, January 28, 2012

A birthday around the corner

I took the kids shopping for their dad's birthday next week. Last year, my husband's special day got overlooked because I was lying in bed recovering from foot surgery. Silly me, guess I should have thought ahead and shopped online, but in my drugged state I guess I didn't think of it. Today we were armed with a long wish list and hit about four places to shop. I think hubby will have a good birthday.

When we got home, I went online (to JC Penney, remember them?) and thought I'd shop for shirts for hubby. Well, darn, they didn't have his size in the color I wanted. Poo. So much for them. That ended my search for shirts. Guess I'll use that money to take him out for his birthday dinner. Upon much thought, he decided it would be fun to go for pizza and beer as opposed to a nice dinner out. Fine with me as the kids have school the following day and there's a pizza place close by with yummy food and good beer on tap.

Some of the things on hubby's birthday list don't require money, just time. Do you know how precious time is? Oh wait! Maybe I should be attempting one of his presents instead of typing! He would like the basement to be clean. That's a major undertaking, but... while he's at school perhaps I can work on that. Hmmm... my scheming mind is at work! I could pitch all the VHS tapes that never get watched. Does anybody even want those things anymore???

Side note: Do you know a good crispy pizza crust recipe? We've been looking for one and have not been successful. We don't have a pizza oven or a pizza stone and we make BIG pizzas.

Back to the birthday thing. Hubby wants one of those small cheesecakes you get at the grocery store. Last time I made one, it bit. It was sooooo bad! I used a pre-made graham cracker crust but you know what? I didn't do anything wrong, but it was our refrigerator to blame. It wasn't chilling properly and that thing didn't set! It was horrible! May as well have been pudding. Bleh! So I am going to save my sanity and buy him a cheesecake that we can cut into at least 4 slices.

Today started out sunny but turned to rain later in the day. Figures. I wanted to go for a walk!

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's 2012, yessirree

Happy New Year! Guess it's a little late to say that. Maybe I should say something like Happy Super Bowl as that's the next major event for this month.

I was going to start a brand new blog where I can just say what's on my mind on any given topic but then I remembered this was here. I've got two others that are kind of in limbo, but I like the name of this and I think I'll use it more or just use it 100% of the time. If you like what you read, tell your friends. <3

So here we are in January. It is 40 degrees outside on my deck and I was outside with the dogs (so they could do their duties and most likely eat their duties because they are dogs) and it was just a bit too cold for my liking. I shall say that it was 26 this morning on the way to Costco and I was in the car but still I was cold as my wonderful hubby decided to open his window. Um.... hello?? Too cold! But he likes to have some fresh air whilst in the car.

I'm just rambling - get used to it. I tend to do that when I feel like babbling about everyday things.

Did you know that JC Penney is trying for a new image? Have you gotten the new catalog in the mail? Let me go get it. Well crud. Hubby took it. It's got a picture of a small girl's legs and feet in adult high heels. It's the February issue. February issue? ISSUE?? Like a magazine? It's basically just a waste of paper. It's thick and too busy, in my opinion. I was going to take pictures of it and post it here. If I can find it, I'll do that. But maybe you don't care. I just thought it was weird.

I'm trying the Special K 2-week weight loss challenge. You basically eat their food for breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and then you eat a sensible dinner. They have recipes on their website but they are for a single serving. I usually quadruple or double-quadruple them so I can feed my family as well. The recipes, so far, are quite tasty. You can also eat as many freggies (fruits and veggies) as you want if you get hungry. I'm all over that!

We are down to one income again as hubs got laid off. That's what happens when you work seasonal. It snowed. He got laid off. He's on, oh what did his boss call it... standby! He's on standby. He's also in school, so at least he can concentrate on homework while he isn't working.

I work, yes I do. From home, thank God!!! When we had the snow last week, and the power outages, I was either able to work (or not) when I could. No need to commute (hallelujah!).

Kids are doing typical kid things. My oldest, he's 14, has a friend over and they were supposed to be "quiet" while playing in his room. I hear them now. It is 5 p.m. It is almost time for son's ADD meds. Both my kids have to take meds for that. One of my sons has ADD and the other has ADHD but I think most people glom them together and either call it ADD or ADHD but not both. The kids have to take their evening meds around 6 p.m. or there will be serious issues. I really wish there was no need for meds but what do you do? Take them off the pills and let them freak out? I heard that sugar is to blame. Do know how many foods have sugar in them? How can I know what my kids are eating when they are away from the house? I can't control EVERYTHING they put in their mouths.

Guess that's about it for now. Have a good rest of the day and Happy Super Bowl!