This is my South Park picture. Yep. This is how I see myself as a South Park character.
Okay - for those of you following my blog with diligence *wild cackle - yeah right!* you know that I have a bar in my house. I mean a real honest to goodness bar with just about any kind of alcohol they make. Not all varieties of the same thing - I just have my favorite varities such as Chopin Vodka for shooting or martinis and Sky Vodka for mixed drinks. I tend not to keep brands I don't like around. Occasionally I run out of things, like Apple Pucker is out right now, but overall, I keep a well stocked bar so I can offer guests just about anything they could want - with very few acceptions.
To that end, I have tasted many a yummy drink and have decided to start posting to my blog the various recipes for those drinks that I like OR think people should try. This is my initial post so here goes:
Blend all except ice for 10-15 seconds. Add the ice cubes and blend for another 10 seconds to break up the ice cubes slightly. Serve in a Poco Grande or Hurricane glass garnished with a slice of orange and a Maraschino cherry.
Now - if you aren't into Dark Rum, then use golden rum - I prefer Mount Gay from Barbados. Check out their website at www.mountgay.com . This has got to be the rum that inspired the line "Why is the rum gone?" in the Pirates of the Carribean movies. They've been making it since 1703 and it is definately a time tested product. Excellente!
I would use Mount Gay in this drink hands down - well, I'd use it in any drink for that matter or heck be pirate and drink it straight.
Another tip - if you really want this to be super pretty, serve it in a hollowed out pineapple cup like they do at all the big resorts in Hawaii. OR in coconut shell cups - available cheaply from Oriental Trading Company.
Make this drink like you would margaritas - in large batches because everyone will want one - they are awesome.
There are days when I think that some people working in the district have absolute shit for brains. Some days are better than others. I try to remember what my mother told me “Don’t hold other people up to your own expectations for yourself.” It’s true, and I do that all the time and I know I shouldn’t. Just because I can do it doesn’t mean that the other person should be able to do it as well as I can, or as fast. It’s frustrating though waiting for the proverbial ‘light bulb’ to appear over their head so I know they understand. Some people haven’t paid the electric bill in decades.
On the good news front, my ‘sister’ Shurree is considering moving to Kansas from Kentucky. It’s a huge step for her to take and I am doing my best to provide her with support without trying to sound too excited. I don’t want to get my hopes up that she’ll move here and end up disappointed when and if she doesn’t. I’ve sent her all kinds of job information, spreadsheets on cost of living and potential savings, and the cost of moving. It doesn’t sound daunting to me since I moved from California and gave up everything in my world to do it – good paying job, friends and family, church, and choirs, et all to come to Kansas. Shurree’s move is a thousand miles closer and she would be leaving an underpaid job she loathes. She’d miss her friends and family, but as she has often told me, she’s different from them – as in she has higher education (multiple degrees) and doesn’t aspire to breeding or living in the same town as her forbearers. She’d only been a one day (13 hour) drive from home, whereas it would be a minimum of two days drive to reach my parents.
Yet, understanding that she has never lived farther from home than two hours, is tough for me. Less than two months out of high school I moved to Europe – half way around the world. I had my reasons – and now – I think Shurree has hers. I hope she is doing this for all the right reasons and not because I am pestering her. Baby steps I keep telling her. She could live here for a few years, decide this isn’t big enough and move on to Chicago, Dallas and Denver, and then eventually Los Angeles or New York. At least I think I have persuaded her from not trying to jump from Corbin straight to New York City. That would just be setting her up to fail – which is never a confidence booster. I think she could be very successful here in Kansas. Good paying teachering positions or local editor, opportunities to get a Masters degree or more. Starting small and working her way up is the best option for long term happiness and solid success in business – but try telling that to someone who absolutely hates where they are and feels like they are chaffing at the bit.
Again, no surprises here. This happens to be one of my favorite musicals / movies of all time, with one of my favorite singers / rock stars of all time - David Bowie! Again, I have no idea why the quiz isn't appearing in its normal box and red line format, so here are the words.
Which obscure musical are you?
Your Result: Labyrinth 86%
Goblins, puppets and David Bowie in tights. What more could you ask for in a musical. And music by David Bowie himself. You must have a taste for fantasy, masqurade balls and the death of Glam Rock
I just love this movie. Have you seen it? Just got to love David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. Jennifer Connolly is great in this movie as well.
I wrote this huge post about how awesome my husband is an it didn't save...bummer.
Well, in a nutshell, he picked up dinner and a movie on the way home. We watched the movie snuggling together on the couch, and he is planning on taking me to the movies this weekend to see the Simpson's movie and the weekend after that to see the Bourne Ultimatum. Two date nights lined up for two weekends in a row while the children are at his parents house in Pennsylvania.
He is totally awesome. He thinks about me during his day and goes out of his way to do small things to make my life better.
I couldn't be happier with him or my life. He makes every day an absolute joy and I am so utterly blessed to be his wife. We are so lucky. Our refinancing application was approved. We hopefully get to close escrow next week. It's wonderful.
Thank you powers of the universe for bringing Matt into my life. Thank you for giving me another chance at happiness and fulfillment as a wife and mother. Thank you for the simple happiness and joy I feel in every day that I am with him.
My copy of the Deathly Hallows showed up on Saturday at 10am thanks to UPS and Amazon.com pre-ordering.
I spent all day on Saturday reading the book. I finished it a 11:45pm on Saturday and immediately started to read little bits over again. Matt read the whole book on Sunday. We agreed not to talk about it until we could both let it set in.
So, last night, we talked about it. We both read books differently. I try and figure stuff out as I am reading, like when the silver doe appeared, I questioned it and thought about who could have sent it. Not Matt. He just reads and accepts it as something that will be explained later - of course a zillion chapters later it was.
We were both surprised by the amount of characters that were killed off, some with just a line saying they were dead.
We were both happy with the ending - not the last chapter, but the ending. The last chapter about the future was cool, just not enough for me. I wanted more. But of course, I always want more.
We were both surprised certain characters used unforgiveable curses and nobody said a thing about it. Granted it was a war, but yikes, such Dark Magic.
We both laughed our buts off in certain places. Some places in the beginning were just damn funny. A certain line of Hermione's made both of us nearly roll off the bed with laughter. Do you know which one?
So - Harry Potter took over our house this weekend. I started re-reading it last night, slowly, reading it with relish and detail.
I am very sad the series is over. Happy that the story wrapped up, but sad to know there will be no more books about some of the best characters ever.
Well, at least I have two more movies to look forward to.
Cheers to you JK !!
So despite being utterly tired and wired on Pepsi, I am doing better today at least at this time of day than I was nine hours ago.
I remembered to take the drill and a screwdriver to work. My hutch is up over my desk and it starting to look somewhat like an office. I still have boxes everywhere and I fear it will take quite some time to get everything put away where I want it. Considering the maintenance guys haven't put my desk drawers together, I've done a good job at getting through at least three boxes of stuff. How did I get so much stuff?!!! What's scary is...I actually use all of it! No kidding!
I am going to do my best to make the office a nice place by the end of the day and then tomorrow I'll bring in the digital camera and take pictures to post on the photo album. I do have to say I have the nicest furniture of all the budget techs and pretty much the biggest office besides Ronda and Linda. I don't see it as being spoiled though, not in the least. I put up with a lot of discomfort in my old office at a desk that didn't work for me for over four years. Honestly, I felt it was my turn to get something nice. Jennifer got new furniture, then she got moved to my office and Kimmie got the new furniture. Elizabeth, Kim C and Kim Mc all got reclassified and although I have taken on more responsibilities, I haven't. I am not holding my breath on that one either.
Anyway, I don't want to sound bitter, I just am happy I got new furniture as some sort of compensation for having to move and not getting reclassified. Oh well. Water under the bridge and all that.
I need to bring in some more pictures of Kyle since I only have three of him and I have five of Michelle. I need to even that out a bit, although there are far more pictures of him on the website. Still, no favorite playing here!
Ahhhh...back to work.
I am so incredibly tired I don't know even where to begin.
Last night I actually went to bed before 9:30 and I THINK I fell asleep before 10pm BUT I know I tossed and turned throughout the night. I woke up to go to the bathroom at like 3:15 am and have been up ever since. Not fun in the least.
I don't know what the deal is. Is our bed too small? I certainly feel I cannot stretch out and am confined to a small place. I want my elbows and knees out at angles that just seem to collide with Matt's elbows and knees. My back is killing me. I feel stiff and achy, totally unrested like I didn't even sleep. Do we need a new bed? I've considered a sleep number bed.
Anyway, I couldn't take laying there anymore not sleeping so I got up and hopefully when Matt gets up to go to work, I can go lay back down and sleep another hour if that's possible. What I really want to do is take a sleeping pill and call into work and tell them my brain is fried and I need to sleep.
I really CAN'T do that though as the tension at work is THICK to say the least. The proposed budget book is due to the printers first thing in the morning and my office furniture still needs to be put together. I'll be wearing my grubbies today to put the rest of the furniture together and move my things out of Ronda's office. What a totally clusterf**ck that was!
Perhaps I just have too much on my mind for me to sleep?
There is a lot going on, none of it bad, just a lot going on.
Matt just got up...I am going back to bed.
Well, here it is 6:19 am. I went back to bed for an hour if that before the alarm went off. I've taken a shower, had a few mini breakfast quiches (the ones the size of large marbles) and now I am drinking ice water. Showered, fed, watered...I just need to think about what else I need to get done today.
My foggy brain can't think of much more that I need to do. Geesh!
Okay...time to get ready and leave.
Well, here it is July 2007 and I am already planning my vacation for the next year. I really have to plan ahead to consider the children’s visitation schedule and my various days I get off from work for federal and school holidays.
Something totally fun…a co-worker who is the Latchkey Director at College Hill saw the tie dye shirts on the website’s photo album and has asked the children and I to come be a part of their Tie Dye Day next summer. She has asked that we bring our shirts and do demonstrations and help the children do their shirts. I think this will be a wonderful experience and told her to put us down for that day. I’ve put a tickle reminder on my calendar and will have to make sure that we have the children on that day next summer.
I am planning on taking a whole week off this Christmas. Spring Break is a week off in March which is standard and I don’t have to use vacation days. What I really want to do is a houseboat trip to Lake Ouachita in Arkansas in July 2008. I had hoped the children would be able to come with us, but I don’t think they will if we plan to be gone for July 4th. They spent it with us this year which means next year we don’t get them for the 4th of July. I think they’d be really bummed out to learn we are going to go on a houseboat trip without them. Yet, with Matt’s very limited time off we have to plan his vacations around scheduled holidays to make the most of it. He gets all of one day a month of personal time that has to be used for vacation and sick.
I am looking at Hill’s Lake Escape www.hillslake.com again as they have very nice houseboats that outstrip any other ones I have been on or seen on websites. They make the ones on Lake Mead in Nevada look like trailer trash. It is expensive though for a week during the summer around that holiday. It’s basically $6,500 for seven nights Sun – Sun. I’ve worked out a plan for renting a six bedroom houseboat that comes with two full bathrooms, washer, dryer, frig w/ice maker, Jacuzzi and wet bar on the roof under a party awing, and a water slide. I’ve already recruited Joey who said he’s going to take a main deck cabin, just four more cabins and a couch to fill. I’ve put together a theme night menu which should be fun. I’ve learned a lot since I did the theme menu on the Delaware vacation and Sam’s Club will be helping a great deal on this trip. I won’t be making everything by hand from scratch as this isn’t about gourmet food; it is about fun and variety.
I am going to invite everyone I know to see if we can fill this boat with a diverse group of people. We are looking for an all adult trip – no children would be preferred – with everyone being between the ages of 21 – 40. Single or married doesn’t matter to us. We just want a group that is into the outdoors, swimming, fireworks, and partying. We might name this vacation “Cruisapalooza” – I’m not sure. I am contemplating getting t-shirts made for everyone that we can tie dye on the trip. I’ve got a fertile mind and a whole year to plan. Without having to bring the children we’ll be able to put the seat down in the back of the pathfinder and bring all kinds of cool things with us.