Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I have a lot to be thankful for.  
And really, I'm very grateful for a boatload of crap.

But these wrinkles that appeared on my face over night?  Not on the list.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It runs in the family

My parents sent some local magazines to me a while back, and I thought it'd be fun to share.

99 blocks: Downtown's Magazine

June 31, 2008
Excerpt from an article grading different aspects of life downtown

September 11, 2008
Dad got his very own write up, because "he's a downtown institution."  And because he's super awesome.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Most recent rude awakenings

7:30 am on a Sunday:  across the street neighbors playing music so loud with bass so high it vibrates our bedroom windows

6:15, 6:52, 7:30, 8:45, 9:18 am on an off day:  wild rooster

4:45 am on a Tuesday:  popping sounds coming from living room which turns out to be Zeke eating the entire contents of the kitchen garbage can.  The buffet line started in the kitchen, wrapped through the dinning room, and ended on the living room rug.

5:30 am on a Saturday:  music and bass from neighbors again

7:15, 7:50, 8:05, 8:45 am on another off day:  wild rooster

5:49 am on a Wednesday:  68 pound King jumps on top of me, in the bed thought to be too high for him to get up onto, because the windows were open, and it was windy outside, and it kinda sounded like running lawnmowers, and he freaked out.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Not-So-Weekly Recipe

One of the best chocolate chip cookie recipes I've made.  Ever.  I think it was the Smart Balance.  And I might have added a bit too much baking soda...

(Leftover Halloween Candy) Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup softened butter (if you use Smart Balance butter get the kind for baking, not the other kind...the other kind ruins whatever you bake...just a note)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 - 2 cups chocolate chips (or 10 mini bags of Hershey's Kissables left over from Halloween that you had to promise to use up in cookies just so your husband wouldn't eat them all)


1.  Hand mix butter and sugars until creamy.
2.  Add in eggs and vanilla until combined.  
3.  Slowly stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.  Once dough is formed, mix in chocolate chips.
4.  Refrigerate for at least a half hour.  (If you refrigerate longer, you might want to cover the dough.)  
5.  Drop tablespoon-sized balls onto cookie sheet.  
6.  Bake at 375* for 10 minutes.  
7.  Let cookies sit on the sheet for a minute or two once out of oven.  Then cool completely on wire rack.  


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Jelly fights over Jam

So during these very hard and difficult times, Joe and I argue.  About whether or not Jim and Pam from "The Office" will stay together.

Joe says Pam will end up cheating, and they break up.
I say that's pure blasphemy...then cover my ears and run out of the room, screaming lalalalala.


Isn't it funny how when you wake up after dreaming about someone famous (whom you've never met) you want to call him up and start jabbering on about the best chai latte you've ever had, how Zeke does the cutest thing pushing open doors, isn't the North Shore amazing in winter, that Kerry would be one of the worst cabinet choices EVER, and asking if his first presidential mandate could be to cancel all 24 hour news networks.

But he would be all, "Umm, who are you?"

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Lots of new photos up on my flickr page.

You'll get a pretty good idea of what Joe and I do during days off.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Nerd Alert

Have you seen these?


I kind of love them.

A lot.