Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
She is one of the most loving, gentle, cuddly pups I've ever had the pleasure of being around, but Pupcake is very skittish. Vacuum cleaners, motorcycles, motorized wheelchairs and plastic grocery bags are the bane of her furry little existence. We can now add to that list, the Gosselin children.
Sadieroodle has always had a difficult time with kids. Something about their high pitched voices, need to squeeze her and similar size really throws off the little girl. Her paranoia, however, has now spread from actual children in her path to those on TV. This weekend I was tuning into a Jon & Kate marathon. Sadiekins was sleeping soundly on the sofa next to me, when Aaden, Alexis and Leah began arguing and crying. As soon as she heard them, Sadie was off the couch standing stock still in front of the television. Every hair on her back was standing straight up and she began growling and barking at one half of the sextuplet clan.
Throughout the rest of the episodes, nothing I did could placate the pooch. She remained transfixed on the screen and followed each movement of the tots on the screen. When one would cry... or laugh... or yell... or make any noise, her hair would stand up, and the growling began. Poor thing couldn't handle it, bless her heart.
Of course, I'm assuming it was the children that scared her... it very easily could have been Kate.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Why the diatribe about ABC's The Bachelor? Well, my dearest Queen Bee Swain has tagged me with the Awe-Summm award! How thoughtful!
Now, for my part, I'm supposed to list 7 awesuuuuh things:
1. It's Boyfriend's birthday today!!! AND even more awesuuuuh, I get to spend it with him!
2. Big, huge changes are happening with my professionally. The jury is still out on the awesuuuh-ness factor, but I can't wait to share details.
3. Despite two weeks of hair heinous-ness, things are getting better. PHEW!
4. Lane Kiffin is bringing the Vols back to power in a few short months.
5. Sis is home for the summer!
6. Answers to prayers are coming in left and right.
7. My sewing instructor hates Tyra Banks as much I do.
Were you expecting something a little more... me? Yeah, me too, but my head is totally spinning this week (promise details to come), so this is about all I can muster. BUT Happy Birthday to B and happy Thursday to all of you loves!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
What did the tomato say to the lettuce?
Let's make a salad!
If I was revising to today's comedic standard I would exchange "lettuce" for "carrot" and "Let's" for "Lettuce." Either way, though... hilarious, clearly.
Mary the Mother of Jesus!*
*As a non-Catholic, I had a suprisingly strong affinity for the Virgin Mary and played dress-up often by draping a blanket over my head while pretending to ride a donkey. Baby Sis often played the role of Baby Jesus.
** I also had a very strong speech impediment/lisp/word slurring, so "Jesus" was pronounced "Gethuth" while "Mary the Mother" was "Mawee the Mothuh."
Monday, May 11, 2009
What a lovely weekend I had celebrating my beautiful mom. It was so nice just spending time with family (minus my big brother). Activities included, but were not limited to, pedicures, lunch at McCormick & Schmick's, cheering at a triathlon, church and lots of Whatever, Martha!
I have pictures, but someone (coughSiscough) needs to email them to me, so I can post. Expect a photo-philled entry soon! Now back to the real world and a busy week!
First night of sewing classes with a lady calling herself Mrs. Stine (short for her first name Ernestine). She makes hats and handbags with Scripture and fur - Sassy to the extreme.
Showing my apartment to yet another potential roommate.
Time spent with my sweet Sis, who's home for the summer
O.A.R. free concert in Uptown Charlotte!
Dinner plans and fun scheduled
A day off!
Originally planned to go fishing with B, but the plans have changed since Baby Sis and I will be spending the weekend babysitting for the daughter of Olympian Summer Sanders (who's more profound job titles include sportscaster and host of Nickelodeon's critically acclaimed Figure It Out!). Seriously a random story, but it should be fun, lucrative, and an amazing opportunity to network with Summer and other sports commentators - my dream job to end all dream jobs.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I don't have much to share today, but I realized that I have never contributed a recipe to Polka Dots & Protein Bars, which saddens me greatly. I am an avid baker, and I want to be Paula Deen when I grow up, so why I have never shared my plethora of favorite dishes is beyond me. To celebrate my first recipe posting, I wanted to start off with a bang... one of the easiest, richest, most sinful desserts... Caramel Apple Cake with Caramel Topping.
Paula Deen's Caramel Apple Cake with Caramel Topping
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts (I use pecans)
2 1/2 cup chopped apples (usually 1-2 large apples)
3 sticks butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
Lightly grease and flour 13 x 9 baking dish; Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together sugar, eggs and oil. Add flour; mix together until well blended; add vanilla, nuts and apples.
Spread into pan; bake for 45 to 60 minutes. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
To make the topping, heat all ingredients together over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Let boil for 3 minutes.
When cake is done, punch holes in the top with a knife and pour topping over warm cake.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Miss Adorably Distracted tagged me in the game of eights... Ready? Let's take her for a spin...
8 THINGS I LOOK FORWARD TO
1. A long weekend next week
2. A trip to the Florida Keys in June
3. Getting rid of my fugtrocious hairdo
4. Eating a peanut butter & banana sandwich
5. Celebrating Boyfriend's birthday
6. Making cute dresses
7. Being a mom
8. 5:00 p.m.
8 THINGS I DID YESTERDAY
1. Woke up
2. Got pretty
3. Worked out
4. Ate PB&B
5. Piddled at my desk
6. Celebrated my Sis coming home for the summer!
7. Watched America's Next Top Model
8. Snuggled with Sadieroodle Pupsadoodle
8 THINGS I WISH I COULD DO
1. Make lots of money
2. Write children's books
3. Own my own bakery
4. Run my own boutique
5. Write this blog for a living
6. Dance like something other than the whitest girl on earth
7. Be America's Next Top Model
8. Make a difference in someone's life
8 SHOWS I WATCH
1. Gossip Girl
4. America's Next Top Model
5. Ace of Cakes
6. Whatever, Martha
7. Animal Cops
8. Deadliest Catch
9. Paula's Home Cooking
I think everyone and their mom has played this game, but if you haven't, please know that I'm tagging Y-O-U!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
After that moving experience we had a prayer circle where we were asked to all pray aloud for the health of the mother and baby. I wasn't comfortable (nor did I feel led to) praying out loud, so I skipped that activity as well. Once we took a break from those super entertaining activities I knew that may well be only chance to escape. I spoke with the mother-to-be for exactly 15 seconds. I sent her a text message later telling her how wonderful it was to see her and apologizing for my brief appearance. Her response? "That's okay. You look great." Mmmm, thanks.
Anywho, that chore is crossed off my list. I wore an adorable sundress from Harold's (RIP). Naturally, I was having too much fun at the shower to be bothered with picture taking, so below is an image of the dress I found online. The neckline is extremely flattering for those of us with linebacker shoulders, and who doesn't love a dress with pockets?
This weekend I also learned how to make ruffles... obsessed! I just need to find the proper garment to decorate. Little and I also completed two shift dresses. The results were better than expected, although shift dresses are really not flattering on ample rumps (coughPolkaDotscough). I have pictures, but I'll save those for another time. Let's just say, they don't show me at my most photogenic. I'll be trying my hand at several other patterns this week until I find the best for my shape, and then I'll share the progression with all of my cyber lovelies! Eww, does that sound really creepy? Um, probably. Note to self: never say that to anyone.
Friday, May 1, 2009
A Rhyming Invoice:
Just a friendly invoice to serve as a reminder,
From your favorite babysitter (who couldn't be kinder),
I know your schedule is packed and oh so busy,
Even thinking about it makes this girl dizzy,
I understand that you'll be gone the rest of the week,
I thought I'd send a little note about the payment I seek,
So when it's convenient, just let me know,
Thanks so much! From Caroline - XO.
She responded last night that she would bring money TODAY. Cha-Ching! As the Wu-Tang Clan says, "Dolla Dolla Bill, Y'all." Hopefully she doesn't throw a pink slip in with it.