Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ok, so maybe I feel a leetle bit better…maybe.

I admit it. I was a downer the other day. I tend to find the negative in most things before I see the positive. And while I can’t quite see the positive of a clogged sink drain and the need to call a plumber, I can feel a little bit better about it.

How? Not quite sure yet, I’ll let you know when I do!

No, seriously… I feel somewhat better today than I did yesterday and even the day before. It might have something to do with 2 (two, dos, zwei, deux…you get the picture) iced coffees today!! Wheeee! I think I was caffeine deficient!!  That MUST be why I was misscrankymcspankypants. No other reason I can think of, (except no money, clogged drain, and oh yeah, no money). Ahem, sorry. Bright side…

 

…(crickets)

 

Um..yeah. As I was saying!

 

Oh yes, caffeine. It’s a glorious thing. I ran out of Dr. Pepper and didn’t think 1 can a day would make much of a difference, but I guess I was wrong.

I usually don’t like coffee, but iced with milk and sugar is just a wonderful thing, and so much less expensive than Starbucks.

I must be hyped up because I can’t seem to stop talking about it.

So I guess that’s all for now.

 

Oh, here’s the linky to the power juice I made this morning. Enjoy!

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/perfect-iced-coffee/

 

Love and iced coffee buzz,

angies-sig

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Just put me out of my misery, please!

 

cancer-health-stress-cartoon

Just when I thought we would catch a break from all the repairs and bills our sink decided to back up.

So, last month our guest bath fell apart, the car needed repairs, and various expenses popped up unexpectedly. Oh, and I forgot, 3 of our kids went to camp for a week. Can you say stress??  How did we deal with all these expenses? Well, after our bonuses ran out, (My parents who are generous to a fault-mostly mine)  came to our rescue. Not sure what we’d do without them.

Now our sink is clogged and we have to wait until Tuesday for a plumber. We’ve tried everything we can do, so we’ll be washing dishes in a bucket and using paper plates.

I’m just a girl trying to get through them summer with 4 kids and a hard working husband. Why does our house have to continue to fall apart?!

Why?

So frustrating.

Can the universe just stop throwing crap my way please?

kthxbai.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

I have trouble with clever titles.

and to add insult to injury, I’m pretty sure I’ve already lost whatever readers I had before since I haven’t posted in like FOREVER omg!!

I’m not a Mommy blogger, or an entertainment blogger, or really a blogger at all, since I’ve stared at my blog’s homepage for weeks and felt, "Meh. I’ll do it later."

Gah! I can’t even formulate complete sentences. Why do I have a blog again?

 

Ok, well, you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit, so here is all the stuff that’s happened in the last month or so, just to catch you up, since I know you are dying to know how many loads of laundry I’ve done!

 

  • My Sister and I flew to St. Louis to visit my Dad. We had a great visit!
    I flew stand-by, thanks to generous friends. (Important to know because I got snowed in during the "SNOW-POCALYPSE of 2011" and thought I might not make it home.)
  • I got snowed in in St. Louis because Dallas was being hit by the Ice/Snow storm of the century at the same time St. Louis got 9-11 inches of snow or something like that. It’s all a flurr.
  • While I was gone, a bunch of really awesome young adults from the Access group at our church came and cleared our yard of every. plant. and tree. (save for 2 crepe myrtle trees) and even took down our nasty dilapidated patio cover! It looks great and lets in tons of light. (I’d show you pictures of what they did to the yard, but I just now discovered that Facebook and it’s billions of dollar earning creators have made it impossible to right click save on photos now. Even though they are mine and I own them. so yeah.)
  • We celebrated the snow-pocalypse of 2011 with almost a whole week of snow days off from school and I went crazy while they were all stuck in the house. The end. Just kidding, more stuff happened in Feb.
  • I made a fancy feast of food for Valentine’s Day! Pasta with "Love sauce", salad with red pepper hearts (yes, I cut the red bell peppers in to heart shapes) and red velvet cupcakes (I bought) with hearts (I made) and fresh chocolate dipped strawberries! (I made those too, because well, I rock!)  It was delish!
  • I went to a baby shower, a valentines day party, and 3 kinds of dip all in the same weekend!
  • I got my hair cut. 3 1/2 inches off! 

angie hair 2011

  • I felt the calling of reviving our Women’s Ministry at church. Still figuring what God wants to do with it and how He’s going to use me, but I’m excited to see us grow!
  • Went last weekend to a Women in Ministry Conference and came away with a fresh outlook and vision for what our ministry could be!
  • Had a great time driving through the fog with my friend Andee, singing songs from my iPod and eating twizzlers!
  • My three oldest kids had a great weekend at FUEL ( a discipleship event) at church a couple of weeks ago. I got to spend quality time with Jon and MJ. Gelato was consumed. Oh and pudding. but not at the same time, eww. 
  • Cooking every night for the last 2 weeks because gas prices have us over a barrel. Get it? barrel? gas barrels? ha. anyway, GAS IS FREAKING EXPENSIVE!
  • and cooking every night makes me tired. and the dishes! don’t get me started. I’m allergic.
  • Taking care of sick girl at home with strep and this morning my oldest boy says his throat hurts. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. Wheee! This is fun!

 

So, that’s pretty much the highlights of the last month+. You’re welcome. I knew you were going through withdrawals.

Now if I could just get motivated to blog the rest of my summer trip to Europe from LAST YEAR, I would feel more complete. 

So I leave you with this.

The picture I wouldn’t let my Sister show ANYONE, but the one that makes her laugh the most. We were mid-primp when Kurt snapped this baby. I was fixing my hair, NOT saying "Hallelujah!" and my Sister seems to be bringing out her inner Queen, "I do say, this is a lovely day for a picture!"

 

fixing hair in zhanse

So there you go. Until summer, I bid you adieu.

 

Love and underachieving,

angies-sig

PS. Loads of laundry = 5

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

My Mama said there’d be days like this…

Days that make you feel good and accomplished! Today was one of those days!

I played hooky from church and slept in. We were expecting snow and I really didn’t feel like going to church. Ever have one of those Sundays? Well, I did. So I didn’t get up. Instead I woke up refreshed and HUNGRY!

I made a super delish Black Bean and Sausage soup for Jon and I. I was impressed with my skillz in the pantry. It was made with all things I had on hand. Love when I’m able to do that!!  A little summer sausage crisped up in the cast iron skillet, cans of veggies, some beef broth, and some spices from my growing collection. I think my favorite part of lunch was the garlic and cumin flavored sour cream I dolloped on top with some shredded colby-jack cheese! I love me some sour cream!!

After lunch was done, I got to making the crock pot Macaroni & Cheese a la Paula Deen. I made it with just a tad more sauce because I used a whole bag of uncooked elbow macaroni instead of just the two cups the recipe calls for. I was worried the sauce was going to be too loose, but it turned out just right. Rich and creamy! Next time I make it, I will cook the noodles for like 5 minutes instead of the 7 so they’ll hold their shape more. Just a tad soft, but still very good. It cooked in the crock pot for about 2.5 hours and then I dumped it into a square baking dish and topped with with buttered panko bread crumbs and threw that baby into the oven! Everyone thought it was the bomb.com!! I served it with pan fried polska kielbasa. I enjoyed it very much, as did the whole family!

I did the dishes in between cooking and straightened up the kitchen. I let the counters get so cluttered! I am surprised I can even cook a whole meal with all the jars and boxes spilled all over. As I was cleaning up, I washed out 8 more IKEA spice jars and filled them with all the spices and herbs I use the most. It’s so nice to get those off my counter and into one place!

I love these little jars! Only $2.99 for a pack of 4!!

When I was transferring the spices/herbs, it dawned on me that I could re-use the plastic jars with flip lids in my craft area. I could fill them with glitter, beads, buttons, or notions. I had an epiphany! When I buy more spices from Aldi, which by the way cost about a dollar, I can just keep re-using the jars! Thrifty organization! Can’t beat that!

When I clean up my craft space {which is on my major to-do list}, I’ll take some pictures and show you how I put them to use! I can’t wait. I have some re-organizing plans up my sleeve too! Those little glass jars would also look awesome lined on a shelf in the craft room with ribbon, buttons, or even paint!

After the spices were in place and the counter cleaned off, I went to work making dessert. Chocolate dipped Oreos!!

I wanted to make these for Christmas, but never got around to it. I also wanted to make Peppermint bark, but that didn’t happen either! I’m making up for lost time.

It’s a super easy method of chocolate dipping. Just put the chocolate bark in a bowl/container and microwave 30 seconds at a time until smooth and melted. Dip cookies and pick up with a fork to remove excess chocolate. I recommend putting them on parchment paper to decorate/harden because the dinner plate I put them on wouldn’t let me pry them off without breaking them! I also stuck one of the bark chunks in a ziplock bag and melted it, snipped off the end of the bag and made the white drizzles, then added crushed candy canes for a little extra flavor!
I made 15 oreos and with the rest of the chocolate I dipped pretzel rings and did the same treatment as the cookies. The salty and the sweet are so good!

I LOVE it!! Probably a little too much! I ate 3. I tried not to think of how many points they were, until my Sister asked. {6 points each.} Good thing I’m not tracking my points. Or is it?

Anyway, all in all I had a great day and felt like I got something done. It always feels good to make a meal for my family and stick with the menu/plan.

Tomorrow: Italian Pork Chops, rice pilaf, and green beans. Can’t wait!!

Have a great week!

Love and Oreos,

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday Mini Edition

Here is a taste of my What I wore Wednesday post. Not that I have any more pictures, but I can’t stand that I haven’t participated in almost 2 months! My daughter accidentally broke my full length mirror and so I haven’t taken any good pictures since then.

As you may not know about me, I am in a band. A theoretical rock band actually. You can see me here and read about how we started here. I tried to glam it up a little, but it was laundry day and I was late to pick up my son from school. Sorry guys, I could have jazzed it up more.

I have some gift cards from Christmas that I haven’t spent yet, so I plan on getting another full length mirror so I can resume my WIWW posts. I know you can’t wait!

Sweater: Old Navy

Flower Pin: Me

Tree Brains T-Shirt: The Sneeze

Jeans: Walmart

Gross Bathroom: My Kids

I’m linking up with Lindsey over at The Pleated Poppy.

Love and Rock & Roll,

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Crafts up my Sleeve

Happy New Year!

You know how it goes: You make long lists of resolutions and then beat yourself up a couple of months later for not accomplishing them.

I’m not making any lists this year, I know I will feel the self directed pressure and quit anyway, so instead I am going to do fun things!

So I have a list of some crafts I want to make over the next few months. These are just small projects I’ve seen on the craft blogs I read {stalk} that have got me to thinking!  I am determined to do my holiday crafts/ideas as the year goes on so I don’t feel so darn overwhelmed when the holiday comes up, because you know, Christmas comes at the same time every year!

I’ve gathered a bunch of ideas for Christmas that I am tucking away and making over in my mind. I picked up some fake snow at Michael’s and Target this week, so I can collect some apothecary jars and do up a cute little winter scene. Like ThriftyDecor Chick did!

Just you wait, I’m going to make some super cute stuff for next Christmas!! Yay!!

I’ve been obsessed with glitter houses and I received a Michaels gift card for Christmas. I can’t wait to go there {alone} and check out what paper mache houses they have! I would say I need to get a life, but I know some of you have the same feelings about crafts that I do! It makes me giddy! It’s a sickness really. I’m ok with that. There is even a Valentine’s Glitter house! It’s TDF!! {To Die For}. I love it!

And as far as my blog, I think I’ve  found a wordpress template that I can actually live with. My resident Geek helped me take this one and actually make it work. It’s definitely pink and girly, but not sickening sweet, so I’ll actually keep it for a while.

We’ll see. I’m fickle and like to change things up every couple of months. I’ll never have one of those houses where the decor and furnishings stay the same for 20 years. I can barely hang on for 20 days. LOL!

I think I’ve also promised every new year that I am going to update more often. We’ll see how that goes too. But for now, I have a list of projects I want to do and if I do them right, I’ll document them and share!

Love and glitter,

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday- The Underachiever Edition.

So last week I bombarded you guys with 8+ outfits! I guess I was excited to show you the good, the bad, and the ugly. This week, I wasn’t feeling as adventurous or as cute, so I only have a few to show.

I even wore the same shirt twice! *gasp*

Most days were spent in jammies and t-shirts. It was the first week no one was sick! Praise Jesus!

What I’ve learned this week:

  1. I need to have better lighting
  2. I need to paint my walls and the front door!
  3. I need to put the scale away that’s by the front door. Really? There’s got to be a better place for the hubs to weigh in every morning!
  4. And I need to find a better place for the vacuum!

So with all that in mind, here we go!

Thursday: Day 1- Week 2

thursday wk 2 outfit

Again, my most favorite jeans. I wore this to lunch with the hubs. I think that was the only day last week I got dressed “up” enough to be seen in public.

The lighting is so dark in my house (we have 2 huge 37 year old Oak trees in the front yard) that you can never see my shoes. I was wearing my Father-In-Law’s boots from a LONG time ago. They are so old that they need to be resoled. They’re worn and dry, but I can’t help it, they are too cute and even though they are *slightly* big, I LURVE them!

Here are said boots up close! I feel compelled to collect more pairs! How can a girl go wrong with multiple pairs of boots in Texas?!

“I’m not from here, but I got here as fast as I could!”
-seen on a bumper sticker the day we drove into Texas from Rhode Island

Thursday wk 2

Sunday: Day 3- Week 2

Sunday wk 2_1

I subbed for another Worship Team Member this day. I can spend an hour or more trying on outfits to wear to church on days I sing. I know God doesn’t care what I wear or how I look, but when you’re being video taped and archived, the last thing *I* want is to look like I didn’t care what I was wearing. Call me vain. I can take it.

Top- Cato
Skirt- Avenue
(another pinned skirt because it’s too big! Good problem to have, but I think my backside was looking a little J-Lo if you know what I mean!)
Boots- ?? It’s been so long I can’t remember
Black tights-Avenue
Necklace- Avenue
Flower Pin- me

Close up of the boots, they’re suede slouchy boots with no heal and a REALLY pointy toe! My feet aren’t THAT big.

boots wk 2

Every other day I didn’t take a picture…

Wednesday wk 2

PJ pants and various t-shirts. ‘Nuff said.

Tuesday: Day 6- week 2

Tuesday wk 2

Ladies Night Out with my girlfriends. I felt cute from the neck down. Ever have one of those weeks where you’re face isn’t very well, um…clear? Yeah. It’s like I’m 14 again. Good reason if you ask me to stay in ALL week. Being a girl is hard!

Ok, I’m done whining. I KNOW my friends and family are done hearing about my complexion! I just had to get it out, you know on the INTERNET and share. Thanks for listening! :o)

I leave you with one last thing. One of my favorite t-shirts. It pretty much sums things up.

See you guys next week!!

out of my mind most days wk 2

BEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPP.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

What I Wore Wednesday: The day late addition

I’m finally doing it. I’m following through on something I said I would do. I have decided to document what I’m wearing for a week and then post it on my blog. I’m not the only one doing it, you know. It’s a whole “thing” in blog land. Everyone is doing it and I’m jumping on the bandwagon! I’m linking up to The Pleated Poppy.

Read the rest of this entry…

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ahhh..peace and quiet. Sort of.

It’s been 7 days since I was here last telling you my tale of woe. Thankfully the only thing that happened after Wednesday was 3 kids came home sick from school. All three of the older ones were home. At the same time.

Let that sink in for a minute. I’ll wait.

 

I know right?! There goes all MY  fun!

 

Anyhoo, I made them soup and got them medicine and tissue. I accused Dan of faking it. Turns out that Monday would hit him like a ton of bricks and he really was sick. Oops. Muh bad.

It really wasn’t that bad to have them all home, I like to be dramatic. I did get to go to the store and stock up on groceries. That’s always fun. {crickets chirping}

 

I begged the next week to please be kind to me. It was, er well is. Being kind. Sort of. Let’s take a look shall we? I love lists. They are fun!

 

Saturday: Took oldest to the the sick clinic because she felt REALLY sick. Just a cold. That’s what I figured. Treat the symptoms- good advice Doc! That’s what I said, but whatever. Then she rested all day and was able to go to her school’s Fall Festival and sing in the Halloween show they put on every year. Brenna was able to go too and they both had a good time.

Michael and I went to the BFF’s house for a Monster Bash party. He won a couple of prizes for Silliest Pumpkin and Pin the Eye on the Monster. It was a ton of fun and Natalie out did herself! She’s a party hostess with the mostest! And if you are reading this Natalie, when you get tired of some of your Halloween decor, send it my way. Thanks. :o)

Oh and Jon put up my coat rack over the bench in the living room where I moved it. I love it! Wanna see? Sure you do. Please excuse the crappy picture- I used my phone.

decons bench in livingroomdecons bench second view 

so cute, huh? I’m beginning to really love my house!

 

Sunday: Went to church and I always need and enjoy going. Then came home and made lunch and then took a nap. It was an ok nap as far as naps go.

Monday: I slept in while Jon took the kids to school. Then….then… I WENT BACK TO BED!  Iknowright?! Then, I ate lunch and watched TV and when it was time, picked up the boy from school. That’s it. Quiet and lovely. Oh I did make dinner.

 

Tuesday: More of the same. Please see Monday. Thank you and amen.

Just kidding. I did some laundry and cleaned off my vanity. Man there was a lot of hair. How do I still have any in my head? I’m just wondering cause that’s just wrong. And gross. Oh and I made dinner, AGAIN!

But then I couldn’t sleep. I woke up at 4 something and just laid there until 6 something. Then I fell asleep while Jon got the kids ready for school. Convenient, no?  I didn’t mean to. I was tired. Sue me. Please don’t. I’m all out of money. Thank you.

 

Wednesday: Annnd, now we are back to right this minute. I’m SURE I’ll do one of two things. 1. go back to bed. Get those hours of sleep I lost, back. OR 2. Don’t go back to bed and do some more laundry and clean up my side of the bed. And maybe the dresser because that didn’t get cleaned off very well when we cleaned our room.

Yep, either one I am SURE to do. Let’s take bets which one it is! It’ll be funn!

 

{I’m just going to toot my own horn for a minute, ok? Commence tooting…}

Since at least Sunday October 16, because that is as far back as I can remember, I’ve cooked a meal at home for dinner. That’s 11 straight meals. At. Home. I know for some of you, that’s a normal occurrence.  Not so much for us. We always eat out at least once a week or did.

Money is a big factor these days {read: we have none"} and that’s true for so many. I know we aren’t alone in that department. What has surprised me is I’ve actually stuck to a menu! I make them all the time and then I allow myself to change the plan to suit my mood. Those moods are sometimes expensive. I’ve even used all the stuff in my freezer! Crazy, huh?!

So I challenged myself to cook at home until payday. I’m doing it! I also proved to myself that I could go a whole week without eating any fast food. And believe me when I tell you I talked myself out of it several times. I almost gave in yesterday and got me some Chip-i-top-a-tolp-le! I love that place and I know it’s a weakness. But I didn’t succumb and for that I am proud.

Tonight on the menu is a new recipe for Pork Carnitas! I can’t wait! I’m going to try cilantro lime rice and refried beans too!

I may just get my Chipotle after all!

{Ok, I’m all done tooting my own horn! Maybe one more…Yay me! Now I’m done.}

 

So far, this week is WAY better than last week. It would be the BOMB if my Sister got a call for that job she interviewed for last week after her purse was stolen and she was so angry she couldn’t see straight. Which by the way, her bestest spechals flew her out to California for the weekend to hang out and get her mind off all the junk that’s been going on in her life and were a healing balm to her heart. That’s the best right?

I love best friends! They are more than friends, they are Sisters that you choose!

Anyway, the best news today would be that she got that job. I want to see my Sister smile again and have it be FOR REALZ!

Let’s make that happen, mkay?! Thxbai.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

When bad things happen to good people and why I want to smack it in the face after I throw it down the stairs.

I’m running on about 4 hours of sleep, so forgive me if this post rambles and sounds dumb. I’m not in much of a mood to care. Oh yeah, I went there.

 

This week Jon is on a business trip. Gone for 5 days and somehow the universe decides to barf all over me and the kids. It’s in our hair, down our backs, and stinks really bad. Metaphorically speaking of course, because eww.

My oldest son fainted on Monday at school. Stopped, dropped, and rolled and hit his head. He didn’t even mean to. A bad of ice and an ambulance ride to the hospital later PLUS a $100 dollar ER co-pay he’s fine. I was not reachable by phone as this was all going down. Finally Jon was able to get a hold of me and tell me to meet him at the hospital. Dan became possessed when he had to be stuck twice with a needle. He threatened to kill the nurse and was and I quote, sure “they are trying to kill me”. Let’s just say, I needed some chocolate by the time that was over.

Then in a sick twist of fate, while picking up the other boy in my life (who is being observed for hyperactivity and ADHD) from the park at school, first boy locks my keys in the car while they are still in the ignition. And it was running. And the gas light was on. And my phone and purse were also in the locked car. Um yeah. Sucks! Universe is now up by 2 and I am about to lose my shit.

My dear friend who dropped everything to come pick up other boy while I get first boy out of the hospital, stayed with me until the Auto Rescue dude came, but not before I had to spend 15 min. trying to get a hold of the Roadside Assistance people from our insurance that was, you guessed it. ALSO in the running on empty, locked car.

Fast forward to later that night, I collapse in an exhausted heap and stay home with the first boy to “rest” (read: he totally could have gone to school since he was bored out of his mind staying at home) and did nothing.

While I did nothing, my Sister in several states away from me, had to have an emergency root canal, then her purse stolen out of the front seat of her running vehicle, and then missed a job interview that she so desperately needs. I cried for her and nodded my head in supportive misery, knowing the exhaustion I just endured the day before and what she must have been feeling. 

Universe 3 or 4 by now. Me: 0.

Today was added heartache.

My Dad’s cancer is growing again. He’s waiting to hear of a surgical option and if that doesn’t get approved, then it’s back to chemo. It could be worse, and it’s not the hardest thing he’s been through, but dangit! Can’t he be healed already? Is that too much to ask God? I know He can do what he says he can do, so why not heal my Daddy? I thank God for the extra time we have had with him, because I wasn’t ready to be without him 2 years ago, and I’m not ready now. So do what you need to do big Guy! You are a big and mighty God and I ask and expect big and mighty blessings from you.

So the universe or whatever has scored more points than we have and really, that’s ok. I have my faith, my family, and my friends. I can’t ask for more than that. I have nothing to be unhappy about. But those other things, those scary things that happen to us, I don’t like. Not one bit.

Here’s to an uneventful Thursday, ok? KThxbai.

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