Friday, May 29, 2015

I Just Can't Wait

These past few weeks have been hectic. I keep reminding myself that this is just for a little while. It's like everything else in life, it's just a season. But I have to admit that I just can't wait for this time of being crazy busy to be over.

Right now I just can't wait to be able to have a couple of days when I don't have to wake up to an alarm clock. It doesn't matter if you set it to be music or that annoying alarm sound. It just isn't the best thing to hear first thing in the morning. I'm always so much more relaxed and easier to get along with if I'm allowed to wake up slowly.

I just can't wait to spend quality time with people I don't work with. I like the people I work with. For the most part they are good people. But to be honest they most of them aren't people I would choose to spend time with if I wasn't being paid to do so. While I don't totally agree that familiarity breeds contempt, I do have to admit that if I hear one of my co-workers say one more time that she is the only one who has to do anything extra around there I just might loose my mind. I want to spend quality time with people I enjoy spending time with not people I get paid to spend time with.
 
I just can't wait to be able to actually work on some projects around my house. Yes, with all of the overtime I've been working things have gone crazy at home. I so can't wait to be able to clean my house, and get something accomplished at home. The extra money from the overtime should pay for something extra at home.
 
I just can't wait to have time to work on creative projects. I have so many that I've started or have ideas for, but once again it is back to that time thing. If I just didn't need to sleep I could get so much more accomplished.
 
What are some of the things that you just can't wait for?
 
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Boyfriend From Hell Book Review

I recently read Boyfriend From Hell by E. Van Lowe. I received it as a free book on Amazon. And since I enjoy books about the paranormal, I thought it might be something I enjoy.

The Story


The main character in this book is Megan. She's a fifteen year old girl who lives with her single mother. Everything is going great for both of them until her mom decides to begin dating again. She meets Armando, who seems perfect, but he is in reality Satan. And he is looking for a new bride. Things begin to get strange for Megan as she finds that her two best friends don't believe her when she tells them the strange things that have begun to occur. And Megan doesn't have anyone to turn to for help. Megan finds herself finding a new friend, who helps her solve the paranormal mystery surrounding her mother's new boyfriend.

What I Think

So what do I like about this book? I really liked that Megan is a smart girl. And that she is tough enough to stick to her guns when she knows that something is really wrong. I really liked that Megan faces so many of the problems that so many teenagers face. She is dealing with her mom dating for the first time that she can remember. She is dealing with the fact that her mother is making a bad choice in the man she is dating. And she is dealing with what happens when her friends don't understand what is happening in her life. I liked how the book combined the paranormal with the ordinary events of life. What I didn't like is that it is a series. Why do all books have to be a series anymore?

But I do recommend this book to individuals who enjoy books about the paranormal. I really think that it will appeal to young female readers.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Happy Memorial Day everyone! While we all spend time with family and friends making memories, let's not forget about those who have given their lives so that we can have the opportunity to do this.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

My Pet Humans Overtime

Recently, my pet human has been away from home a lot. She has been talking about something called overtime. I have decided that the word overtime should be banned from my pet humans vocabulary. It has been brought nothing but loneliness to my life. My pet leaves early in the morning, and she doesn't return until late in the afternoon. Hours fly by before she returns home. I sit and long for her return. When she does return home she is rushing around the house trying to do far too much in too little time. And most importantly, we are not spending quality time together. This is not acceptable.



So these are a few of the steps I have taken to resolve this overtime situation. Since my pet is not at home, I have reviewed and updated her resume. I have decided that I should notify her employer and let them know that this is not acceptable.

And I have decided that perhaps, I should look more closely at my career decisions. Perhaps, if I take up some sort of job it would allow the human in the household to spend less time working. When I reviewed my talents and passions in the career decisions post I decided that my most marketable skill is not getting stressed over the little things. After researching how to put this into action, I have decided that I should become a feline life coach.

Since I have made this decision I feel much better. I am beginning to put together a plan on how to make this work. If felines have advice on starting this career please provide it to me.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Can You Solve These Mysteries?

So I have a really good life, but there are a few mysteries in life that just kind of boggle my mind. Can you solve these mysteries for me?

Why do the ladies with over 15 items and WIC vouchers get in the express line?

I have no problem with individuals who receive WIC. It's a great program. It provides nutritious food to children. And the vouchers assure that the food that is being purchased is nutritious. They don't allow any junk food. But just because you have four vouchers, and each of them has five items that can be purchased doesn't mean you fit in the category of under 15 items. And we all know that those vouchers take more time than a regular purchase. So why do would anyone think that those 20 items they are purchasing with WIC vouchers fits under the definition of express?

Why don't companies ever schedule enough employees to work on the days they know they will be the busiest?

It doesn't matter where you work there are never enough employees scheduled on the busiest days of the week. And I do mean never. As one of my co-workers put it, they always act surprised when we can't get the work done on time on these days. Why are they surprised? I know it's going to happen. Why don't they?

Why do the people in my neighborhood insist on walking down the middle of the street?

I believe that I can understand this behavior in the winter when sidewalks aren't shoveled. It's spring, and the sidewalks can be walked on. Use them please! And if you are walking in the middle of the street and a car is coming could you walk faster? I mean what part of a car is bigger than you don't you understand?

Why does my cat insist on putting his butt in my face?

Is this a payback for me calling him Buddha belly? He kind of does have a Buddha belly when he sits. He's not fat, it's just the way he is shaped. I mean I have accepted the fact that even though he is lying on his back with his belly exposed that I shouldn't pet his belly. Why can't he accept that I don't want his butt in my face?

Why does the guy who does mows my lawn always show up when I am leaving the house or getting ready for bed?

I can never understand this one. He just has a radar for one or the other. I just want to know how he knows. Does he monitor my habits and say to himself this is the right time?

Well, these are the current mysteries in life that I would love to have solved. If you can help me please do, or do you have any mysteries that need solved?

 

 

 






Monday, May 18, 2015

The Special Moments of the Week

There are always special moments in life that make it enjoyable and this weeks special moments for me included.

Those peach raspberry pancakes  had at breakfast, they tasted wonderful. And it was a great flavor combination. The only problem with pancakes is I get really hungry again a couple hours after I eat them.

 
Going in to work on Saturday afternoon and one of my co-workers had helped set up some of the time consuming work. It made the afternoon go so much more smoothly. I'm not sure which one of my co-workers did it, but I sure did appreciate it.
 
I had a day off this week. It was the first day off I had in two weeks. You know it's nice to get the extra money from overtime, but it's even better to have time to relax. And it was wonderful not to have an alarm clock go off to wake me up.
 
The expression on my cats face when I offered him those freeze dried shrimp as a treat. I guess that wasn't his idea of a treat because he just walked away. I don't understand how he can hear a box of crackers open up from any room in the house and beg for one, but he shows no interest in those shrimp.
 
What have the special moments in your week been?
 
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Simple Steps To Beautiful Skin

Beauty is only skin deep. But it sure feels good to have beautiful skin doesn't it? It seems that when we look good we often feel a little better about ourselves. And here are a few simple tips that will help make your skin more beautiful.

Water

Without enough water your skin cells will become dry. We've all heard that water is important to our bodies, but did you know that the body sends water to other organs before it sends it to our skin. So that means that we need to drink plenty of water. I know that there are many individuals who don't like water, but hey you want to look good don't you?

Healthy Foods

That old saying we are what we eat is pretty much true when it comes to your skin. Vitamin A, C, and E are all important for healthy skin. And the best place to get those vitamins is from the food you eat. That means pass up the bag of chips and eat some carrots or apples when you want something crunchy. Your skin will look better if you do this consistently.

Wash Your Face

Yep, it's just that simple. A regular skin care routine is necessary for beautiful skin. That means morning and evening. And it doesn't have to be expensive either. All you need is water, some mild soap, and you can even use baking soda as an exfoliant. And use a facial crème without loads of chemicals.

Get the Right Amount of Sleep

Get to know your body. Seven to nine hours of sleep is what is recommended for an adult. It depends on what you require. The proper amount of sleep relaxes the muscles in your face giving you more beautiful skin. Also lying down decreases the affects of gravity.

So what are your secrets to maintaining beautiful skin?

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Extraordinary Times

In extraordinary times, the ordinary takes on a glow and wonder all of its own.
Mike A. Lancaster, Human.4

Friday, May 15, 2015

Chicken Rice Noodle Stir Fry

One of the great things about stir fry is it never turns out the same two times in a row. You can be so creative with stir fry, and it's a great way to clean out the fridge. I mean there really are no wrong ingredients when it comes to vegetables and stir fry are there? So here I was craving stir fry, and here is the recipe I came up with for chicken rice noodle stir fry.

Here's What You Need

Chicken (I used half of a rotisserie chicken I had on hand)
1 sliced purple onion
1 sliced red bell pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
2 cups chopped napa cabbage
2 chopped carrots
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 cups chicken slices
2 cups of noodles
2 cups of rice noodles
1 teaspoon chili peppers
1/2 cup of soy sauce
2 Tablespoons sesame oil

What to Do

Chop up all of your items and set them aside. Cook your rice noodles as directed on the package. Next warm the sesame oil in a stir fry pan. Then add your napa, carrots, onion and bell pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes. Next add your chicken and soy sauce. Make sure your chicken strips are cooked through. Add your garlic ginger, cilantro and chili peppers. And finally toss in your rice noodles. Mix all of the items together thoroughly.

And now you have a great and if you used low sodium soy sauce fairly healthy meal.

Did you know that rice noodles are gluten free, but soy sauce is full of glutens? Now you know.


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Week in Winter Book Review

I recently read Maeve Binchy's book A Week in Winter. I have read several other of her books and I really enjoyed them. So I thought I couldn't go wrong with this book.
This book is the story of several individuals who find themselves staying for a week at a bed and breakfast in a town named Stoneybridge. An actor, a librarian, a woman and her boyfriend's mother, are all just a few of the visitors at Stoneybridge. All of the characters are interesting, and each has a story. Their reasons for coming to Stoneybridge are all different, but they find by the end of the week that the trip was exactly what they needed.
 
I was right when I thought that I couldn't go wrong with this book. Like the other books that I read by this author she creates characters that I can identify with. She does a great job of showing the strengths and weaknesses of each character in the book. And the book draws you in. Binchy is a great story teller.
 
There are two things that I didn't like about this book. The first was that it ended. I missed the characters when the book was finished. I felt like the were people that I knew well and I had shared part of their lives. The second thing I didn't like was this was Maeve Binchy's last book. She passed away in July of 2012. I will miss her writing. Her books always entertained me, and made me remember that everyone no matter how great their life seems has problems. But their problems don't have to define them. Problems are just a transition time in life.
 
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Captain's Dilemma

Yes, I do have to admit, I have been feeling a little lonely lately. I never thought I would say it, but I do miss little Bobaloo. While finding ways to torment everyone in the house, she did have a sweet side. She would bite my butt as I walked by, but she meant it lovingly.

You see this is the first time in my life that I have been the only feline in my home. And while it has its perks. I have unlimited access to my pet human's attention when she is home. But when she is not home, I am all alone. It is just too quiet when she is not here.

When my pet human goes outside I have noticed that there is another feline outside. I have met her through the door as my pet human enters and exits. And this feline is looking for a roommate. She is personable enough, and she could be good company. My pet human has mentioned taking her to the vet. This has distressed me because my little friend Bobaloo visited the vet and did not return.

But why would my pet human be contemplating names for the cat outside the door if she is not going to allow her to become my roommate. I do hope that she decides soon. I do need another cat to discuss the truly important things in life such as the best methods of chasing a string or the where to obtain the best catnip.

Please let me know if you have any ideas for a name for the cat outside the door. I would like to make suggestions to my pet human.

 
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DAGOBA Lavender Blueberry Dark Chocolate Bar Review

There's that quote I'd rather fall in chocolate than fall in love. DAGOBA lavender blueberry dark chocolate bars will make you feel this way. I recently picked up one of these chocolate bars at the store, and I've decided to share what I think of this product.

When I looked at chocolate bars that day, I thought to myself I have never tried anything with a lavender and blueberry combination. It flew into the shopping cart.

When they say presentation is important, it is true. I really like the color of this packaging. It made me wonder just how much of the lavender flavor would come through when I tasted the chocolate. So when I got home and broke off a bite I immediately tasted that slightly bittersweet taste of dark chocolate. Then there were blueberries in the chocolate, and yes the slight taste of lavender. I liked the mixture. The lavender just added a little something extra to the two different flavors.

I like the fact that Dagoba is an organic chocolate. Yeah, it costs more than a Hershey bar, but the chocolate is great. And I didn't realize when I bought it, but this chocolate bar contains protein. That's a bonus! And I like that it is aligned with The Rainforest Alliance. They encourage more growers to grow their chocolate organically.

The one thing I didn't like was that I had to go to a store that carries mainly health foods in order to purchase the chocolate bar. I have never seen it at my local grocery store. But maybe that just made it a little more special.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring Flowers

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

That First Apartment

Everybody has a first home. They have fond memories, and often some not so fond memories of their first home. Your first home is the place where you begin your life of total independence. I know many people that have had only lived in a couple of homes. They are fortunate. I am not one of those people. I have moved several times in my life.

But that first apartment that I had was the actually my first home. How did that first apartment come about? It was simple I was still in college. I lived in my parents home, but my parents were going to move to another state. I needed a place to live. So the hunt for an apartment began.


I had a couple of months before they were going to move so I had time to prepare for my big move. My mom gave me some good advice. First she told me to make a list of things that I would need when I moved out. That is not as easy as it sounds when you have never lived on your own. If you have lived at home all of your life you have no idea all of the things that you need when you live on your own. You have no idea that you will at some point in time need to have a plunger in your home. You have no idea that you will need more than two bath towels. And you take for granted that a measuring cup will be around.

So my list was complete now the shopping began. I had no idea how much items would cost. But following mom's advice. I took a little bit of my paycheck each week and purchased a few items that I would need for an apartment. I found that I was not going to be able to buy the coolest items that cost more, but that I would need to decide which items were most important to me. Umm, this wasn't so much fun.

The other great piece of advice that mom offered was about rent. She told me that I should not pay more than one weeks pay in rent. That way I would not over extend myself. That was a reality check. I looked at the newspaper at the listing and the prices for rent. Gulp, I was not going to be able to afford anything glamorous. I looked around, and I talked to friends. A friend of mine lived in an apartment complex that was going to have a vacancy. The price was right and the neighborhood wasn't too bad. And of course it was kind of cute.

So I decided to move in. There were loads of things that I didn't know when I moved in. Like how much groceries would really cost. That I really could live for a while on macaroni and cheese. I learned life runs pretty well if you don't have a home phone as long as there is a pay phone down at the local convenience store. I also learned that it isn't much fun to have to change a tire in the cold. Where was dad at to help me with this?

That first apartment is the place where I learned those valuable survival lessons. And a big thank you goes out to Compass for inspiring me to write this post. If you live in the D.C. or New York City area and you're looking for a new home or your first home you should check out their site. They can help you locate what you're looking for.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Everyday Celebrations

Everyday we see things that just make life special. Sometimes we notice them and remember them, and then sometimes we take them for granted. This week there have been several everyday celebrations in my life.

Balancing my personal life and work life has been a challenge for me lately. I am so thankful that I was able to have time to go to lunch with a couple of friends this week. It's good to be able to talk about what is going on in each others life. Sometimes just hearing about other people's problems makes mine seem miniscule. Time spent with good people is always a blessing.
As I was sitting in the restaurant with my friends, I saw a couple walking down the street with a piñata. It's not something you see everyday, but it was May the fourth. And people were definitely planning their celebrations for Cinco de Mayo. As we left the restaurant, I noticed that the store next to it was a piñata shop. You could see balloons with newspaper on them through the window. Wouldn't it be cool to have that as your profession?
 

That day seemed to be a day when I was seeing unusual things. As I was driving home, I saw a man going to his mailbox dressed in a trench coat. It was a warm day, so having a coat on seemed odd. When I looked at him closer, he didn't have pants on. Not sure if he had anything on under that coat, and I'm glad I didn't find out. But really who walks to the mailbox with just a trench coat on? I am thankful for something that made me laugh.
I am thankful that I was able to spend some time working in my yard this week. I really enjoy flowers, and it always seems to relax me when I have time to go out and work with the soil. And my neighbors are always glad when the jungle in the back yard gets under control.
 
 
What great things are going on in your life?



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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thai Inspired Meatloaf

So I was rummaging through the refrigerator again. What could I make that was a little bit different than the normal meal. But what could I make. I thought something Thai would be great, but just didn't have all the right ingredients. But I did have some hamburger that I needed to use. And then I thought meatloaf. And then I decided instead of a traditional meatloaf, why not a Thai inspired meatloaf. I had the ingredients for that.


What You Need

1 lb of hamburger
1/2 red bell pepper chopped
1 scallion chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 egg
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp minced ginger
1 Tbsp Red Curry Paste

Mix all of the items together in a bowl. And then put it together into a loaf. Then bake for one hour at 350 degrees.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A New Pet Human

I am the cat outside the door. I have spent the past winter observing a human. And I do believe that this human would make a good pet.

I wanted to move in with this human last fall, but there was another feline there that was quite territorial. And attempts to enter the house have been met with resistance. There has been no room at this inn for a feline like myself. But the human at this house has fed me through the winter. I found a warm spot near to sleep at a neighbors house. She had a vent near her window which provided me with plenty of warmth. So I have stuck around.

I noticed this last week that something has changed. That little feisty feline is no longer living there. After communicating with the big white cat in the house, I recently learned that the household was hit with the double whammy. I feel for the human and feline in this home. They have suffered great loss in the past couple of weeks.

But I am also seeing an opportunity here. I believe since there is a vacancy in the house I may be able to move into the house. The big white cat is feeling a little lonely. He has never lived by himself. And I have seen that the human is softening up to me. She has been talking to me more. So I am confident that at some point I will be moving in, and I will have a new pet human.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th Be With You



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The Buried Giant Book Review

I recently read The Buried Giant is a book by Kazuo Ishuguro. And I thought that I would share it what I thought about the book.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
 
The book is about an elderly couple named Axl and Beatrice. They live in the time King Arthur, and a mist has covered the land. The mist has stolen people's memories. It has stolen memories about the couples son. And they decide they want to go see him. Along they way they meet several individuals. And Axl finds that he has forgotten much more about his life than his son. And by the end of the story when the fog lifts and memories return, he finds that sometimes forgetting some things about the past can actually be a good thing.

I enjoyed that there was a little bit of a mystery that revolved around Axl in this book. There is much more to him than you would expect. He actually has a complicated past. I also like that the book focused on an older couple seeking adventure. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that there seems to be something more to the book that I just didn''t come together. It is a good book that is worth reading, but maybe there was something deeper that I just didn't grasp. Or perhaps, I expected more adventure since it was set in the time of King Arthur.

I would recommend this book to individuals who are looking for a love stories. This is a romance novel, but it's a true love story. The couple is devoted to each other.

So if you are running to your local library check out this book.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

May Goals

It's so hard to believe that May is here already. April flew by in a flurry. But it is time for me to set some goals for the month of May. But how did I do with my April goals?

I did pretty good with my April goals. I did manage to clean out and organize that bathroom closet. It wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought, and well I did have a few things I needed to get rid of.

I managed to get all of the leaves raked up in the yard. Okay, I did a lot of it, but then a couple kids from the neighborhood showed up and asked if they could rake them for $20. It was a deal!

And yes, I got my taxes completed ahead of time! And yes, I got a return. And yes, I have spent it all on bills.

And I did enjoy reading more during the month of April.

So what do I want to accomplish in May? I've been thinking.

1. Get the gutters on the house cleaned out. I have put it off a couple of years. Yes, isn't that awful. It's routine maintenance, but for various reasons it hasn't been done the past two years. So I am either going to get up on a ladder and do it myself or hire someone this month. It has to be done.

 
2. Create another zentangle. A Couple of months ago, I posted Zentangle in Blue.

It was a project that took me a while to complete, but I enjoyed working on it. It also really helped me relax. So this month I want to start another zentangle and see where that goes.


3. Review pictures on blog posts. I have some fairly solid blog posts. But looking back through the posts I've noticed that my pictures are not what they should be. I think I can do better. I think that I can plan out some really good photos and take them. I guess I'll need to work on some of my photography skills too. But I have a few ideas, now can I put some of them into action?

4. Update my resume. I realized last night when I was out with a friend that while for the most part I enjoy my current job, it is not meeting some of the needs I have in life. I work a strange work schedule. And my employer seems to not be able to schedule me less than six or seven days a week. Both of these issues are causing me to spend less time with individuals that I enjoy spending time with. And when I do spend time with them I am so tired that I am unable to fully enjoy the time. The first step in finding a new job that will meet my needs is updating my resume.

So thee are the big four goals I have for the month of May. What do you want to accomplish this month?









Spinach and Broccoli Side Dish

Who doesn't need a good and healthy side dish with their meal? Spring is here and we will begin to see more fresh vegetables around. Here is a spinach and broccoli side dish that is healthy and easy to make.
 

What You'll Need

3 cups of Spinach
2 cups of Zucchini slices
3 sliced Scallions
1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes halved
3 cloves of garlic chopped
2 cups chopped broccoli
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon sea salt
Ground Pepper to taste

What to Do

Heat your oil in a skillet. Add your garlic and scallions and saute them. Then add your spinach until it's a little wilty. Then the broccoli, zucchini, and finally the cherry tomatoes. Then serve you side dish with your meal.
 
Did you know that consuming spinach is actually good for your hair? It's true! Spinach contains a high amount of Vitamin A which is important to maintaining your hair well moisturized.
 
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