Thursday, October 30, 2008


yesterday Evey's school called me and said that she was running a fever so i went to pick her up early. She had a big halloween festival at school that afternoon and we had to miss it so we were sad. Instead, Evey and I came home, she took a nap, and then Jason came home and we went for a walk around lake Ella. The Grower's market was in full swing, with tons of vendors and people - it was beautiful! there were sweet potatoes, cranberries, lettuces, garlic, greens, honey, wine, clams, and even someone selling clothes! We forgot it was market day and only had 2 dollars so i re-stocked my garlic and we moved on. We got some Pumpkinlicious ice cream from Barb's Brittles - which Evey loved, and then walked on home.
wow. Lamest story ever.

Hopefully we'll carve pumpkins tonight! Now we just have to decide what to carve... When i was a kid, everyone in my family had to draw a design, then we posted them on the door anonymously and voted on what we liked the best. Oh, now we didn't just vote for #1 or #5, we had separate categoies for eyes, nose, mouth, eyebrows, and other. I remember always being a freak about it saying "we CAN'T put the eyes from #2 with the mouth from #6! They'd look terrible together!!" and i say it was anonymous but with 3 1/2 years, 2 years, and 18 months between the kids, plus the familiarity of your parents handwriting, it was always pretty easy to tell whose was whose - for me anyway. I probably always voted for my own - i honestly can't remember. I think i was such a brat when i was younger that i have blocked most of my childhood from my mind.


yeah so much for writing everyday. I had a sick child all weekend! i swear! it's not my fault!
you: excuses, excuses.
me: are they really excuses when they're TRUE?
you: good point. Yes.
me: dang.

On Tuesday i had my weekly vegetarian meal cooking sharing thing I do with two families. This was my week and i made what i call my Halloween Chili. It came out very very well - so thought i'd share the recipe. All ingredients were organic, except the morningstar crumbles, which don't come organic for some reason. but that's of course not necessary.

Halloween Chili
1 Huge pot
1 Large Saute pan
3 large cans petite diced tomatoes
3 cans black beans
3 cans red/kidney beans
1 can garbanzo beans / chick peas (same thing)
1 can corn
2 onions (one red one yellow) diced into small pieces - remember it's going into chili so it should be about 1/4 of the size of the spoon you're going to eat it in, like the size of the beans
6-8 cloves of garlic minced
5-6 big carrots chopped
3 green peppers (diced)
1 red pepper (diced)
1 yellow pepper (figure it out)
1 bag morningstar crumbles (fake ground meat for extra protein)
2 TBS Chili powder
1 1/2 TBS Cumin
3 bay leaves
salt & pepper

1) Find friends to watch your child so that you can work
2) open all cans (*a good activity to get helpful hopeless cooks to do so you don't have to be alone in the kitchen) drain slightly and add to HUGE pot
3) turn on heat to higher than you think you should to get the canned ingredients to start bubbling STIR OFTEN to keep from burning
4) Add Carrots to give time for them to soften
5) While that's heating, chop all veggies
6) Saute veggies in large skillet in batches you're comfortable with and add to huge pot - watch the pot - when it starts to bubble, turn heat down to med-low and continue to stir occasionally
7) add spices
8) add crumbles
9) stir stir stir. It's done!
takes about an hour.
Can leave on stove on low heat all afternoon - just keep stirring every so often to keep it from burning.
It's great served with some cheese and cornbread on the side. Yum!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

rapping and rhyming and other nonsense

every day every day i will write every day...
oh that was a little rap song. I write them all the time. They're pretty much two lines long and either rhyme a word with itself (see first example), or they end in *verb* a mother mother *noun*. Although, come to think of it, the *noun in that example is always rhymed with itself too. In other words, i can not write raps or songs of any sort. We do however own a rhyming dictionary - you'd think i could come up with more creative rhymes than always rhyming words with themselves with one of those lying around, but no.

Oh, so life story. Today, when i took evey to school she was again very happy to be there, immediately she was laughing and pointing to the teachers. I was at school for about 10 minutes today (i was going to leave sooner, really i was, but one of the teachers ran a quick errand right after we showed up). AND when i picked her up (well jason and i both did- fun friday) she was happy to see us but not eager to leave! AND AND she took not 1 not 2 but 3 naps! two were 30 minutes and one was 45! AND AND AND (uggh that's annoying now) they got her to sleep by patting her back - PATTING HER BACK! Now if you've ever tried to put Evey to sleep you should know that this is pretty much impossible. I don't know how they did it, but hooray that they did!

Today for dinner we had leftover turkey from the easy 17 step recipe from a few days ago. The re-heating of the meal was much easier than the original production:
1) put stuffing on the stove to heat
2) put child to bed
3) it's now 45 minutes later and your husband (if you're lucky) has taken the stuffing OFF of the stove to keep it from burning
4) put the stuffing back on the stove
5) remove top from container containing (ha) the leftover turkey and vegetables
6) heat in microwave for 2-3 minutes
7) get caught up in watching videos on youtube and go back and re-reheat the dinner
8) serve! Yay!

see! leftovers cut the work in half!

Friday, October 24, 2008

woah! where did the time go?

A couple of years ago, some of you may remember a little flash game involving a yeti, some penguins, a bat, and great sound effects. (for the curious or just nostalgic for the easier days that were 2 years ago - here's a link to the game - ). That was pretty much my first foray into flash games. For the most part, i find them boring and not as addicting as they are hyped to be.

Today i have an exception - my friend Jo sent me this link.
There are no instructions, you just have to start playing. It is incredibly addicting, and although there are no yeti (plural of yeti is yeti?) or penguins, and the sound effects aren't quite as fun, it does have monkeys, coin, upgrades, strategy, and balloon popping.

i mean really, how much more fun could you cram into a game?

I would bet that if you begin playing this game, as you try to figure out what the heck is going on, and begin to be successful, you'll all the sudden look up and it will be dark outside - unless it was dark out when you started playing, in which case... well you know. Playing this game is kind of like reading a Dan Brown book - the chapters are really short so you think "well, just one more chapter" and then all the sudden you have read the whole book. In this game, the levels take between 20 second and 1 minute so you always think 'just one more'...

Sorry to give you a time waster, but really i think we all need to waste a little time now and then - especially at midnight on Thursday apparently.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


today for dinner i made turkey in the crock pot. A deceptively simple meal. As i'm trying to log all the randomness of my life here's the recipe:

deceptively simple turkey dinner
2 turkey breast halves from publix on sale
some olive oil
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1/2 bag of frozen green beans
3 big carrots peeled and chopped in big pieces
2 cloves of garlic peeled and halved
some spices (rosemary and thyme plus salt and pepper)

1) remember to make dinner before noon
2) find crock pot
3) figure out some way to entertain child while you climb on the counters to reach the crock pot
4) when that doesn't work, try not to fall while listening to child scream because you left her on the floor while you did something cool (how dare you)
5) take cover off crock pot and throw to child in hopes of entertaining her while you get the crock pot set up
6) when that doesn't work, put child in high chair and gi ve her something that you shouldn't (for example, an unpeeled carrot) so she can watch you cook
7) while handling raw turkey breast the child will inevitably drop something that will make her scream. Endure until you can wash your hands.
8) put turkey in crock pot and wash hands.
9) peel and chop carrots, cutting on the side of your body so child can see
10) smash garlic with side of knife. If you're lucky this will be highly entertaining to child.
11) add other ingredients hastily
12) give up and take child out of high chair
13) don't forget to turn ON the crock pot (Cook on low, and until you're ready to eat it, but for at least 4 hours)

oh but wait! there's more!

14) realize at 5:30 that you don't have stuffing or cranberry sauce, both of which would be remarkably yummy with turkey
15) go to publix all together and hunt down said ingredients
16) realize that you also need beer - because when don't you need beer
17) agonize over which beer to try while child enjoys waving at strangers and playing with beer bottles in boxes
18) go home and serve! (and good luck getting child to eat anything but the cranberry sauce)

and that's it! just 18 easy steps and you too can have this yummy meal!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

october road

Today i've been thinking about voting -
I kind of wish it was on a lickert scale - like a 1-5 sort of thing, with the scale being:
1) i hate this person with every fiber of my being
2) not voting for you that's for sure
3) undecided
4) s/he's ok, or at least better than the alternative
5) holy god i love this person please please please let her/him win!

so you cast a vote for every candidate. But can choose to not vote for any candidate (#3), AND the "holy god"s count more than the "s/he's ok"s. Plus, the "i hate"s and the "not voting"s count as negative1 and negative 2.

This was all brought on by trying to figure out who to vote for in the more local elections, when you have a hard time figuring out what the people stand for, and an equally hard time figuring out what the heck their responsibilities would be, and far less time to even look it up. We've got a nice liberal website called "progress florida" that goes through and suggests who to vote for based on who is the most in line with liberal issues.

But jason has helped the most because he can find ANYTHING on the internet. Literally anything. My favorite story is when he was sharing an office with a tech-savvy guy who wanted to find something online. After nearly an hour of searching finally asked jason if he could please look for it. He found it of course - but in like 2 minutes. That's when we decided that finding things on the internet is jason's superpower.

he also has the superpower of being able to eat/drink smoothies and milkshakes wicked fast without getting brain freeze - he is completely immune to these nasty cold-related headaches. Me, i take one sip a little bit too big and i'm in agony - jumping up and down or trying to warm up the roof of my mouth to make them go away, squinting all the while. When we get smoothies together he's done before i've gotten less than 1/4 the way through. He's often heard to say things like "you still have that thing?" and "you're not done yet?" to me on such occasions.

On the note of smoothies - why do they only come in gargantuan size. here are your options at our local smoothie place - 42oz cup or no smoothie. Seems like they could come up with some sort of halfway. Granted they do have kid sizes, but the kid smoothies suck (strawberries and ice, chocolate and banana, or something else lame). and the few times i've asked for a normal smoothie in kid size, i've gotten a big one anyway. Plus i'm annoyed at the whole 'smoothies are good for you' thing when they put a quarter of a cup of raw sugar in every one. How can that be good for you?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

once upon a cd...

here's the story:

I was re-reading Twilight (Stephenie Meyer) again - I started it about a week ago. At the same time jason had left a CD in the player by the band Muse. He had played some of their stuff for me before, and I wasn't a huge fan, it's really dark... unomfortably so sometimes - actually at times it encroaches on metal. But for whatever reason I left it play - Oh wait i know the reason, i was really mad about some lame school thing. Anyway, so i was listening to it and was struck by how much the music kept reminding me of the books - the whole series really. Basically, the sentiments and emotions in the music were very reminiscent of the Twilight books. Creepily so. I didn't think it was possible to have music remind you of a book but it REALLY did.

So I just wallowed in that idea for about 5 days, and finally told jason what I'd been thinking about the music/book connection - thinking he'd tell me i was crazy. BUT he just said "yes." This intrigued me. So I pushed, and he explained that apparently Stephenie Meyer listened to them A LOT while writing the books! She even thanked them in the acknowledgments sections of the last 3 books - i believe at one point saying something like "Did I mention Muse yet? Muse Muse Muse - I could not have written these books without the genius that is Muse"!

Can you believe that music can sound like a book? If you've read them, or if you're going to, i challenge you to have a listen to them and see if you think the same thing. Although maybe now that you know the connection you wont' hear it... Here's the link to their website - . And for the well informed or the just curious, the CD that first caused this reaction was Black holes and Revelations, but we also have Absolution, which also does the same thing.

happy listening!

Sunday, October 19, 2008


today i made pancakes for Evelyn. She loves loves loves pancakes, and they're so easy to make that i do it all the time. Actually the other night i dreamed that i was making pancakes, so i think that proves that i can make them in my sleep. Here's the Evey pancake recipe:

Evey's Pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup oatmeal (quick oats)
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/4 teaspoon salt (can't make anything without it)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup applesauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water or milk to thin batter as needed

you know the drill - combine dry ingredients, combine wet ingredients. make a well in the dry ones and pour in the wet ones. Stir as little as possible, and make pancakes.

and that's the one.

Friday, October 17, 2008


today is jason's birthday. True to my craziness, i basically forgot to have a party for him. I did manage to invite a couple of people over, but VERY last minute. I only know for likely that 2 of them are coming, so talk about lame-o, how much do i suck?!

Today when i dropped evey offa t school, she was being really clingy so i hung with her for a good 30 minutes before i left. I'm being that mom! Sorry to my daughters teachers. Oh one of the teachers in her room has a son who is exactly one day older than Evey, AND he was also born on his due date. Crazy! He goes to school at the TCC center, but she works at Eveys' school, so i'm not sure what that means, other than that she's smart not to have her kid enrolled the same room where she works.

We're doing lunch for jason's birthday today, so i'm sure i'll have fun and have more things to write later.

i really thought i was going to be much wittier on here, perhaps i just need to drink more coffee.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


So how the heck did it get to be october? That's all I'll say about that. Kind of makes the name of the post lame though.
Today was Evelyn's third day of school. She seems to really like it. When we were in the car i said "do you want to go to school?" and she got very happy and tried to get out of her car seat. She pointed all the way to her classroom door and laughed when we got inside. So far so good...

Also today, as a hallmark of how scatterbrained I am at the moment, several things happened:
1) i packed evey a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, even though they're not allowed at her school (oops)
2) I forgot to eat breakfast until 10
3) I made coffee, but forgot to turn the coffee pot on this morning. sigh.
4) Left my phone in the house when i took evey to school and had to run back in for it.
5) also found that i left her pancakes that i made for her breakfast on the counter - but didn't notice until i got home from taking her to school which i had to do because:
6) that was without me actually getting ready, but just pulling on jeans, a t-shirt, flip flops, and a hair tie being as i haven't showered in I think 3 days.
7) even though i can take her as early as 7, we didn't get to school until 9:15.
7) I left my purse - with my wallet in it - at work yesterday. Frantically searched for it for about 30 minutes before I asked jason to look for it for me. He found it of course.
8) I just used the number 7 twice.
9) and it's not even noon yet. Or wait, yes it is.

so this is not for you to pity me or feel sorry or get depressed - just laugh at me, that's why i'm doing this. I will laugh at me and will be more likely to laugh at me with your help.


I've been thinking a lot lately about how i'm doing a zillion things all the time and thought i'd like to share - with myself if nothing else. Kind of like a diary of whatever random things i happen to do that day. It's my goal to write every day, but we all know how goals work, right?