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Thai Food & Classic Tunes

This is the time of year that my husband has to work a lot of hours.  I don’t mind so much because I totally guard my time alone.  Always have.  I’ve heard people say that’s unhealthy, but I beg to differ. I think it depends on the individual.  And for me?  I think it’s totally healthy.  If I don’t have that space I get really pissy.

My daughter has a great friend who lives at our place on the weekends.  Sometimes she lives with us during the week as well.  I don’t mind.  I only have one daughter and my son is in college so he’s not around anymore.  When the girls are together I really don’t know that they’re here.  They hang out and play the PS3, they watch Netflix and geek on Facebook.  It’s all good.

Last night it was just us 3 chicks for quite awhile so I rummaged the cabinets to see what I could fix.  The rain has been totally insane for the last 24 hours or so and to top that off, it feels like freaking winter out.  Ridiculous!  In other words I did not want to go out.  Luckily we had most everything we needed to whip up a decent Thai spread.  Rice noodles, chicken, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, peanut and teriyaki sauce and red wine for me.  We jammed out to some Traffic, the Kinks and Van Morrison.  What a fun night!

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The party was in celebration of my FIRST FREE weekend after I quit cleaning.  I have had places to be, things to do or been sick since I quit!  And what am I doing on my free weekend?  Besides eating Thai food and drinking wine, I’m prepping the bathroom for a paint revamp.  Yep.  We are leaving the freshwather fish border and mossy green paint behind.  Going soft, pale blue with black accents.  Lauren will have a new background for all of her Facebook shots that she takes in there since the light is great. 

I’m covered in Kilz.  Later.

 

 


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Party On Pine Island

After our visit to the salt pool, we came back to the house and planned our dinner.   We had to have a laugh about how she used to make almost $72 an hour and now she makes like $10.50.  We also joked about how much I used to make when I had the video store.  We have less disposable income but we still enjoy the finer things and eachother and that’s all that matters.  We have a place to live and we’re not starving to death.

Instead of crying about how much cash we used to rake in, we decided to laugh and have a few (or more) alcoholic beverages.  She quickly whipped up some great pina coladas.  They were awesome, whipped cream and all.  I’m not really into rum, but I downed three to be exact.  We also made Thai food.  I washed the dishes last night and accidentally submerged the Nespresso Aeroccino.  Big mistake.  I had no clue as I have the poor mans manual pump frother at my house.  After a short flip out I dried it out with a hair dryer and all is good.  We had froth the electric way, enough said. 

That’s Jeanine and I on the left.  Ava took this photos, she’s 5, and she’s a little short so I think we look a tad bit squatty.  We’re drinking our pina coladas in a fancy, retro, thrift store glass.  We are three years apart (I’m older) and we weren’t always as good of friends as we are now.  But I can’t imagine life without her.  She’s funny, she’s smart and she’s totally sarcastic.  She’s also great with fashion (I totally suck at that) and she can shop like a mad woman. 

Today we ventured into Ft. Myers for shopping.  When we passed through Cape Coral, I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Lots of homes were overgrown and empty.  She pretty much said that’s how it’s been.  Several shopping centers are vacant as well.  This area has been hit super hard with the downfall in the economy.  Pretty much because the bulk of the jobs were in real estate and construction.  Sad it was to see the ghost town areas and places that we used to go offering such deep discounts.

We took the kids store called the Cheshire Cat and of course the Ulta store.  After that we had a little snack for lunch.  On the way home we stopped at Family Thrift where we dropped $93 between the two of us.  We totally scored.  I got five pairs of pants and only three fit, but that’s ok.  She got a brand new pair of Keen canvas shoes for $30.  I also scored three brand name tops and Ava picked up a gigantic stack of awesome books and some clothes of course.

We stopped at Old Time Pottery on the way back to the island but frankly, I was too dead to look around.  That place is ginormous but awesome.  Definitely a place to spend a couple of hours in for sure.  Tomorrow I will babysit Ava here on the island while Jeanine works.  We will meet my folks at a halfway point tomorrow evening so I can head back to Englewood.  They had a great time with Lauren and Mady today at the beach for starters.  Then they made soap and then they made bon-bons.  I can’t wait to see all of their creations that’s for sure.

Tonight we’ll finish off the Thai food and the pina coladas.  Then I’m going to make a creme brule.  We’ve listened to James Taylor, Allison Krause, The Killers and Bob Marley.  Life just doesn’t get much better than this.  Did I mention that I bought a one way ticket?  Mabye I’ll just stay.


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Yoga Mala and More 2009

100_3230The New Year’s Day Yoga Mala was quite a success, as always!  At the beginning, my daughter counted 63 people.  There were more that rolled in, so I believe it’s safe to say we had around 70 for sure!  Beth and Eric did a fantastic job with the live vibration.  They are an amazing team for sure!  I chanted the second set with Beth and it was so much fun!  We took in $78 in cash and I dropped off the food that was donated today, and it weighed in at 303 lbs.  Wow.  That’s a lot of food.  We had several people with cameras running around, so as soon as I get the rest of the photos, I’ll have something up on the web site, and of course get a newsletter out to the world.  I’ll leave you with these photos for now.

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After the Mala, we headed up the street with fresh flowers (that I forgot to bring to the Mala….shhh…don’t tell anyone) and a bottle of wine, to have dinner with some friends, L & M.  They met in Europe a few years ago.  M is a British tour guide who still travels the world.  He happened to be the guide for the tour L was on with her students.  Thankfully for us, they fell in love, got married and made their home base here so we can enjoy his accent, sense of humor and the amazing food they prepare together for us! 

We started our meal with a tomato, mozarella and avacado salad drizzled with something out of this world.  I’m sure it was something simple like olive oil and lemon juice and basil, but it’s always way better when someone else makes it!   Why is that?!!  Next up, they served us beef burgundy with some awesome potatoes that had a bit of a mustard flavor.  Good stuff, and of course, they served it with a great bottle of wine that made it even better.  For dessert they whipped fresh cream, made the best coffee ever and we enjoyed a lemon curd patisserie for dessert.  Thanks guys for one of the best meals ever and of course the company rocked as well. 

What a perfect start to the New Year, first Yoga, then Family, Food and Friends.


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Downward Spiral of Festive

Our day was quiet, just family, no running, just staying at home.  We celebrated the holiday with the in-laws on Monday evening.  Today was just the four of us, opening gifts and hanging out.  Super nice way to spend the day.  We baked a ham and all the goodies to go with it.  No over do though.  Simple.  We didn’t even do a dessert.  There were enough cookies and goodies around, that we passed on that!  We did invite the in-laws over for dinner.  My dad (who lives in K.C.) also stopped by this evening for a little while.  He made us a beautiful, large, bird feeder.  I will be posting photos of it! 

The kids made a haul.  Lauren got a Nintendo DS and Jordan got an iPod Touch.  Gifts from my parents.  Lucky kids they are and what cool technology!  I hadn’t held either one of those items, so it was all new to me as well.  I’m not really a gadget/gizmo person.  My cell phone doesn’t even have a camera on it and I just got a laptop this year!  I gave Frank some cool tools and I got:

faux-fur-bootsI’d seen these in the Sierra Trading Post catalog and then, someone came into yoga class wearing them.  Same brand, Sorel.  It was all over then.  I checked them out (but I didn’t try them on) during relaxation.  Shhh….I usually dig through people’s purses too…….just kidding.  We ordered them online from Sierra and they were on sale, $74.  They fit, they’re so comfy and I can get them wet, unlike my snuggly Ugg boots that I love!  I like stuff that I can wear barefoot, easy to and from yoga classes!  For all of those who are wondering, YES, the fur is fake!! 

 

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We also got this.  An Omega 8003 juice extractor!  I’m excited.  We got this used (like 3 times so they say) on e-bay for less than 1/2 the price of a new one!  It’s still in the box and looks totally brand new!

 

Now it’s back to stuff as normal.  Frank will be doing the Mall thing early, it will be worse than Black Friday.  I’ll be teaching a yoga class in the morning (I am so ready to get back on schedule) and the kids will sleep in I’m sure.  Speaking of yoga, I’m blogging while I’m waiting on the Yoga Community group e-newsletter to go out!  I have to do the reminder…..the New Year’s Day Yoga Mala  2009.  We do 108 sun salutes to live drumming and Sanskrit chanting for charity and it’s really cool.  This year, we’re collecting food to replenish the food pantry after the holidays.  I think I’m helping in the chanting department this year, so it will be powerful, good fun!  It’s always an exciting event and we have a great turnout!  This year, we’re holding our event in the sanctuary of UU (Unitarian Universalist Church) it will be nice.  PA system already there, windows, carpet, small kitchen…….

The newsletter takes awhile.  There are roughly about 650 on our list.  I do it in small groups and probably won’t finish it tonight.  Doing stuff from home rocks.  After I hit send on the next big group, I can wash my face and head to bed and just let it roll. 

Hope your holiday was filled with family, fun, food and joy!


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Snowmen in the Freezer

If you’re here in town, you couldn’t help but notice the weather yesterday!  My family has been wishing for snow, and they got their wish.  I can’t remember the last time we had snow this early in the year. 

My parents came up from the campground yesterday.  They had to bring my kid back (school today) and my brother back (airport at 5:30 a.m.) so we munched on the tons of leftover Mexican food I’d made Saturday night.  We complimented our meal with seven layer dip, Bud Lite Lime and Margaritas!  We also made a huge pan of brownies and I’m so glad that they’re gone!  I hate to have that stuff hanging around for too long.  I’ll eat it, all of it while I suck down my coffee! 

Some of us played scrabble, some of us geeked on the internet and my daughter played in the snow.  Though there wasn’t a large amount, it was a good, wet snow.  Great for making a bunch of tiny snowmen that are now in our freezer! 

Today, was up early at 4:30 a.m. to get my brother to the airport for his flight to Denver.  I was hoping it would be canceled and he could stay until tomorrow!  But, nope.  Out into the cold, dark morning we went.  It’s really quiet.  After the company has left kind of quiet.  My parents will be back today, they don’t leave for home until Friday as my dad has to take his real estate test this week in order to keep his license here.

Drive safe, and stay warm today.  I’ll be out, teaching two yoga classes.  I am more than ready to move!!!


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My Lucky Day

*Thanksgiving was wonderful.  We brined a huge turkey and chowed.  Frank’s sister brought Quinoa stuffing and man was it fantastic!  I love quinoa.

*My brother also made it in.  He flew stand by on United and arrived at 5:45 just in time for the “second” dinner!  As a heads up, if you fly as a guest of United, you have to wear slacks, nice shoes and a collared shirt.  He lives in Boulder and I hadn’t seen him for almost three years!!

*My sister and her husband stayed in Florida.  Her husband builds pools and water features which means he works with a ton of illegals.  Unemloyment is 8% in Florida now and probably like 12% if you count the ones you can’t really count.  They invited two guys from Guatemala and one Mexican to join them for dinner.

*Us chicks walked over to Phelps Grove Park and did a couple of treks around the track after the big meal.  Then we came back and had pie.  It’s all good.

*The guys went to the Mall and checked out the Segway.  I would’ve loved to have seen my 83 year old father-in-law on that thing!

*My parents are camping at Taneycomo.  They seem to be adjusting to retirement very well.  This is the first time they’ve traveled and not had to worry about a “business.” 

*In the video business, you are open every single day of the year, 12 hours a day, so that also presents a problem on holidays.  Some years, we had Christmas at midnight the day of.  When you hired people, they said they could always work on the holidays, but when the time came.  Guess what?  It was usually us and a few others behind the counter!

*I’m passing on the camping since I really DO NOT want to shop today.  My husband, had to be at work at 5:00 a.m.  At 7:00 a.m. he said traffic was gridlocked from the Mall to Target.  I’ll be going to the Gratitude Yoga Class at 10:00 a.m. instead.

*I hit the Mall on Wednesday to return an item I purchased on Evening of Giving.  The Lucky brand stuff was marked down 40%.  Oh…my…..God.  The sales clerk must’ve heard me gasp.  She said she couldn’t believe it either as they never have sales, only clearance.  No kidding.  Whoa.  I returned my top that didn’t fit quite right.  They gave me a gift card (since I wrote a check) for my purchase (we don’t use credit cards unless we travel) and I put it towards the Japanese People top I’d been eyeing!  I paid $27.88 after my exchange, the top was originally priced at $58.  My Lucky day!!

*My parents brought us some great furniture.  My sister, who used to make scads of cash, has had approximately 10 couches in 15 years.  I scored one of her great sofas she got at Burdine’s, a leather ottoman/coffee table, and an end table, plus a barrel chair from the house that I grew up in. 

*Anyone interested in a big sectional, with two recliners and a sofa bed?  It’s blue, it’s comfy.  It was here when I moved in and I am unable to rearrange our living room as long as we have it.  I”m looking forward to getting this out of our house to open up the HUGE picture window even more!  Look for it on Craig’s List soon!

*Speaking of scads of money, my brother used to manage a nice bike store.  This guy, a president of a “company” would fly in on a private jet and buy stuff.  Usually thousands of dollars in bike clothing and sometimes bikes.  He would hand my brother one item and that meant he wanted it in three different sizes.  

*One time, my brother asked him why he never tried anything on.  He said because his company pushed the pencil and the time that he would take was not worth it.  The pilot would then come in and pay for the stuff, with an American Express black card.  They’re made of metal and you have to spend like $250,000 a year to be considered.  What did he do with the stuff that didn’t work out?  He passed it on to his employees.  Cool.

 

*The family is hoping for snow this weekend.  So is my husband.  He spent all summer welding a bracket for his Lawn Boy Lawn Tractor, so he could attach a snow shoveling bucket.  He was pushing leaves around the yard with it the other day.  I did not know this, but a Lawn Boy Tractor, is NOT a Lawn Boy riding mower.  Who knew, or it was more like to me, who cares?  He’s so excited about this snow bucket.  Look for Jefferson to be clear and plowed this year, by yours truly!

*He drove to Branson three years ago and hauled home two riding mowers (the Lawn Boy was one of them) for $80.  After some minor stuff, the Lawn Boy was up and running.  The other one?  It’s stripped and combined with some other mower, so now his dad has a good one too.  Where’s the rest of it?  Don’t ask, but I want it out of here soon!

*Looking forward to hanging with my family again, when they come back in the morning!  I don’t think, I know I can’t handle Branson today!


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What’s Up With That?

*Chik-Filet – we ordered a chicken sandwich (with mayo) on wheat bread, nuggets (with bbq sauce), two lemonades and two waffle fries.  We drove off and had this.  A chicken sandwich on white bread with two pickles and nuggets with no bbq sauce.

*Wendys – we ordered a mandarin chicken salad.  Got home.  They got the salad correct, but they gave us honey mustard and croutons!  If you’ve had a mandarin chicken salad, you know that honey mustard and the croutons just don’t jive.

*I saw my flasher at the craft fair.  He had a girl on his arm.  Scary.  But then again, so was she.

*My sister and her almost 4 year old daughter dropped me off on campus to teach on Monday.  On the way there, Ava (the 4 year old) was amazed with the rock houses.  She said, “Look, that one’s a combination.  It has brick, rocks and wood.”  Who knew?

*I saw a fellow yogi leaving as I was entering Petsmart the other day.  My sister sat in the van with her daughter waiting for me.  She said some people tried to get into the van, it was just like theirs.  It was my friends from yoga.  Long live the blue Ford Windstars.  Guess I need to put some more stickers on mine!

*My sister had this little ad from Target, with this really pretty shawl-like, poncho sweater.  In Florida they told her it was an online item only.  Online, they told her it was a store only item.  So we showed the photo to the chicks here at our Target.  Low and behold, they had them in the back.  They brought them out.  We tried them on.  They were supposed to be a shimmery, cable knit, with a cowl type neck.  Instead, they were like a big rectangular blanket, with a hole cut in it.  Not cable knit, but with a raised stripe.  Ava (4 year old) said we looked ridiculous and laughed.  So did we!  We left the store with flat hair covered in fuzz.

*My husband is a huge flirt, tease and tormenter of children.  Ava (4year old) said, “Mom, Uncle Frank’s taunting me!” 

What’s up with the bad customer service, false advertising and 4 year olds with massive vocabulary?