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PORK CHOP AND PASTA DINNER

1 Tbsp olive oil
4 boneless, center-cut loin chops about 4 oz. each
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-15 ounce can whole tomatoes
½ tsp dried rosemary
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
8 ounces fettuccine
*Brown chops in oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, rosemary, pepper, and red pepper. Reduce heat to low. Simmer partially covered until chops are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Cook noodles. Remove chops from heat and stir in vinegar. Serve over drained pasta.

Sleep!

I've been up with the baby every 2-3 hours every night for the last three weeks with the exception of last Saturday night when he let me sleep until 4am. I've turned into a cranky sleep deprived bitch and Allan has been getting the brunt of it. It's especially hard this week because Alex is on school vacation so I can't really nap during the day. I'm open to suggestions!

Swimmer

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Toatl Mses

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by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.

To Do

*Make Christmas go away
*Wash 4 loads of laundry
*Vacuum everywhere
*Library books

First Christmas

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Wise Men Still Seek Him

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Rice Cereal

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Wool Pants

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Spaghetti Fisherman

This is what my mom always made for Christmas Eve when I was a kid. We're having it tonight because I refuse to go grocery shopping or any shopping for that matter past the 20th and green onions and mushrooms only last so long. Not to mention seafood.


SPAGHETTI FISHERMAN
1 pound vermicelli noodles
½ pound butter
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup green onions, chopped
1 pound shrimp, cleaned & de-veined
1 pound crabmeat, chopped (imitation works well)
fresh grated parmesan cheese
*Cook noodles, drain and keep warm. Melt butter, add garlic and shrimp. Sauté until pink. Add the rest of ingredients and sauté until heated through. Serve over noodles and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Cookie Exchange (Two Shits One Post)

I'm going to our neighborhood cookie exchange tonight. Last night I crushed a package of oreos and mixed them with 8 ounces of cream cheese, chilled them and rolled them into balls and dipped them in white chocolate. They taste deelish but they are uglier than sin. You can see the black through the uneven coating and they remind me of bird shit. And I have to add that I'm sort of a neighborhood outsider. No, not because I'm turning into a hippie and don't bathe but because we're latecomers to the neighborhood and I'm a little shy. So, naturally I want my cookies to stand out and not look like Alex made them. But I have to take Nugget to the vet (along with a baggie of his shit) and then go to David's playgroup holiday gift exchange party and then there will be a 2.5 hour block before I have to get Alex off the bus and ready for Karate that I could possibly come up with something more visually stimulating but it depends on how cooperative David plans…

Overheard

I've been laughing at this for three days. Allan won't even crack a smile when I say it even though he knows I don't agree with it. My Dad would have loved it. It's part of someone's signature on a bulletin board for crunchy moms:

"The real Jesus forgives your Jesus for being a greedy Republican warmonger"

Visually Stimulating

What? My tattoos aren't visually stimulating enough?

Christmas Cookies

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Driveway Sticks

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The sticks on the driveway mean four things:
1. Snow is coming!
2. I'm going to have to be really careful when backing out of the garage because once the ground freezes, the sticks do not go back in.
3. We've paid an enormous amount of money for a plowing contract.
4. Nugget has something new to chew on.

Santa

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Don't worry, David, this does not mean that we are ever going to tell you that Santa is real and have you doubt everything else we've ever told you once you find out the truth!

Ugh-Laundry

I was planning my day this morning before I even got out of bed. Since I have a ton of laundry to do which includes folding the three emergency loads that were washed, dried and shoved in baskets, I thought I would wash our sheets first since I fold the clean clothes on our made bed.
First, Alex peed the bed this morning. So I had to wash his sheets first.
Then, David pooped so I had to wash diapers next.
It's now 1:30pm and I have finally made our bed with the clean sheets and dumped the clean clothes on it. But now I'm exhausted and I can't seem to continue!

My Nephews' Birthdates

Somehow I think Aunt Allison and Uncle Karter did this to make my job easier! They have a November, a December and a January and an '01 an '02 and an '03 and three 18ths.

12/18/01 Austin
1/18/02 Jameson
11/18/03 Gage

Sick AGAIN!

Wednesday morning I felt nauseous and by noon I was in bed with abdominal cramps and the diarrhea and the vomiting, etc. etc. etc. The fog finally cleared late this afternoon and I had solid food this evening.

Allan was a trooper and came home early Wed and worked from home today so I could recover.

And Alex had school today and David is content to just lie on my bed and coo and goo at me.

This illness was much less catastrophic on my lifely responsibilities. But-enough already!

4 Months Part 2

Dad at 4 months: 16 pounds 26 inches
Mom at 4 months: 13 pounds 6 oz, 25.5 inches

Good Books (Probably Available at Your Local Library!)

4 Month Stats

David at 4 months: 15 lb 4 ounces, 26.5 inches long
Alex at 4 months: 17 pounds, 27 inches long

Christmas Shopping

This sentiment is from our pastor and I totally agree: What do you get for the person that has everything? Nothing! How about shopping for the person who has nothing instead.

Ack!

Right now my mom is on a date. Her first in thirty five years. All I can say is that I'm glad it's not me.

Not Our Christmas Picture

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Just a close-up of Alex's tonsils.

Off the Wagon

I knew just as soon as I posted my weight watchers success I'd fall off the wagon. And I did. Allan asked me a week ago as I was shoving cookies into my face if perhaps I was no longer on weight watchers and I had nothing to say. I know. It's just so hard! Even the snugger fitting size 14's don't speak loudly enough to get me to stop.

In other news, I'm going out for a nice dinner at the Olive Garden with two of my friends tonight!

Four Months

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Waiting for the Phone to Ring

Alex has a bad cold. He has a cough, runny nose and he sounds very hoarse. Since it hasn't slowed him down one bit at home I sent him to school today. Actually I gave him cold medicine and sent him to school and told him that if he was feeling too sick to be at school to have his teacher call me. He said, "They have a doctor at school....I mean a nurse....I'll go there first" I have a feeling he won't make it until lunch but I had to try!

Holiday Brunch*

Ham
Scrambled Eggs
Bagels, cream cheese
Blueberry Muffins
Fruit Salad with Fresh Citrus Sauce
Pineapple Stuffing
Mimosas, Orange Juice, Coffee

*Now with recipes!

BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
½ cup margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2½ cups blueberries
*Preheat oven to 375. Line 12 muffin cups with paper. Cream margarine and sugar together with mixer. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add this mixture alternately with the milk and vanilla. Fold in blueberries. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake 30 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan, then remove and cool on a rack.

FRUIT SALAD WITH CITRUS SAUCE
2-3 bananas, sliced
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 pint strawberries, sliced
2 kiwis, sliced
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
2 cups grapes, halved
*Mix fruit and pour cooled sauce over the top. Allow several hours to marinate in the refrigerator.

CITRUS SAUC…

1985

I had a patient today who was born in 1985. I couldn't deal with the fact that I was taking care of a MAN who was BORN in a year that I REMEMBER.

December

I had my first Starbucks Gingerbread Latte of the season yesterday, I think they bring it out every year around this time because it's my birthday month.

I'm avoiding retail stores like the plague. If it can't be obtained at the grocery store, I really don't need it. When Allan finally decides what he wants for Christmas it better be sold online or he's getting grocery goods. Actually, David is getting grocery goods for Christmas. He has three boxes of oatmeal infant cereal and a case of jarred first fruits all wrapped up and tagged from Grandma because I wouldn't let her get him anything else. He has more toys/clothes/books/large plastic entertainment centers than two babies could use but Grandma insisted on having something for him to unwrap.

How very Anne and Edna of you, Mom.