Saturday, November 25, 2006

Turkey Day Shortcuts

Until the last minute, I wasn't sure where we'd be spending the Thanksgiving holiday. Turned out we spent it on our own, at home. Nothing like a last minute scramble at the supermarket the day before a major holiday. Lucky for me, John did the shopping. Poor guy. He told me he was ready to start cracking heads by the time he finally reached the register.

So what does a happy homemaker do when she has a newborn and a planned trip to the hospital during a morning that would ordinarily be filled with major food prep? Shortcuts, baby!



So...we substituted my famous broccoli/cauliflower/cheese casserole for frozen cauliflower with cheese sauce, sub'd freshly mashed sweet potatoes for the fridge to microwave variety, sub'd my famous sage stuffing for a box of Stove Top, sub'd my fabulous gravy for Campbells instant, sub'd cranberry sauce made from scratch with Ocean Spray's delish canned version, apple pie straight from the store bakery, and finally we had a little 10 lb freshly roasted (but unstuffed) turkey. That last item I did make myself. The little fella only took 3 hours - it cooks faster without stuffing.

The verdict? Good! I was pleased with everything except the stuffing. Stove Top just didn't cut it, in my opinion.

Now that I know we can have a nice meal like this on short notice, I just might do it more often! How was your holiday?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

My thoughts are all over the place these days, it's difficult to write a coherent sentence. I've been going through all my photos from this year to try and select at least 12 for the annual Year of Tyler extravaganza calendar I make for friends and family every year...oh, but wait. Now we have Max too! So this year's calendar will take a sudden and startling turn in October. Now I need to come up with a new name for the calendar too. Hmm.

While going through a year's worth of photos, I find myself lost in fond memories of the places we've gone and people we've seen. I came across this photo I snapped of my friend Heather and her daughter Sarah and thought, "How great would this shot be if only John hadn't wrecked it?" LOL! My poor husband. I had to delete him.

Before:
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After:
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Sorry sweetie, I'm afraid the shot looks much better without you.

On to my next disjointed thought... Check this out!

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Look at the delicious swirl on the back of Max's head! I swear, I did NOT comb it that way! His hair does this all on its own! Seriously! Neat, eh?

Well, time to get ready to go. We're off to visit Grandma in the hospital. My poor MIL has been hospitalized since November 1st. She had surgery for a bowel obstruction that turned into one major complication after another. I think she is very upset to be missing all the great sales this weekend. [Very Big Wink!]

Hope you all have a nice day! I'll be back later with more photos, hopefully.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Just when you think...

...I can't take much more of this. I see this face:


Oh yeah. That makes it all worth it. :-) I'll sleep when I'm dead.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

RRPC: In the Kitchen!

This week's Round Robin Photo Challenge topic is "In the Kitchen!" Not much going on in my kitchen lately. Too tired to cook. We've been living on a whole lot of frozen foods and take-out. What IS going on in the kitchen? This:

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Yep. A whole lot of bottle making at all hours of the day and night. Similac, anyone? I serve it up at room temp in a hip Dr. Brown's baby bottle. Mmm mmm, yummy!

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Thank You, Memory Foam!

Like me, my "memory foam" mattress topper is starting to develop dementia. The memory is going. Every night I sit on the side of my bed and get things together...remove my hair doohickies, make sure I have a bottle of water handy, check the alarm clock, arrange my pillows, read for a bit, yadda yadda. Over time, my generous buns have formed a sort of indent.

All day today, Max has been restless and unable to get comfortable. He hasn't been sleeping well in his cradle or any of his usual spots. A little while ago, in desperation, I carried him into the bedroom, sat in my usual spot, and bounced on the bed until he fell asleep in my arms. Then I set him down in my still warm ass indent.

I think this is the soundest he has EVER slept! I'm sitting in the glider next to the bed, typing very quietly. He's already 15 minutes past due for his next feeding. I'm wondering if I can slip into bed next to him without waking him. Soooo tempting.

(And in case my SIL is reading...it took FIVE YEARS for this to happen. Foam doesn't permanently indent in a matter of minutes. And it would probably happen to anyone of any size who sits in the same spot each night.)

Tyler & Cow


My son... That gleam in his eye tells me he's up to something. This photo was taken right before Tyler and Cow The Cow hit the bricks to go Trick or Treating. Cow was wearing a Halloween costume I'd bought for my Boyd's Bear last year. Cute, no? Deceptively so. That cow is a trouble maker.

This duo reminds me of another from one of my favorite comic strips of all time.

Wouldn't you agree?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dream Guilt

I had an extremely disturbing dream tonight. Back in 1989, my best friend's death was ruled a suicide. Tonight's dream revealed that the whole thing was an elaborate hoax just to fake her death. All because she hated me so much. Why? My last conversation with her before she died later that day was harsh. I was harsh. She'd called me at work on a particularly horrible day, I was angry and frustrated and I took it out on my poor needy friend. She wanted to have lunch with me and I just didn't have the time.

The dream starts much later in my life. The boys are grown, my husband has died (sorry, hun!) and I am the CEO of my own successful graphic design and advertising business. It's the weekend, I'm having lunch in the park with friends when I see a good looking man having a conversation with a woman who looks strangely familiar. I head toward their picnic table and over-hear part of the conversation.

Somehow from the scrap of words I hear, I jump to the conclusion that this man is "Tom" the boy my best friend was secretly in love with in college and the woman is HER. She's alive.

I confront him and he tries to convince me that I've seen a ghost. I almost believe him but then later decide to have him followed. Turns out he's one of the key people who helped her pull off the death hoax. Even K's parents thought she was dead. (She resented them too for their controlling ways and her smothered/over protected childhood.)

When K finds out I'm on to her, she comes to my office. I try telling her what her "death" did to me, but she's still so angry. Eventually she reveals that she's there to kill me. That's when things turn really, REALLY strange.

Queue the James Bond like chase scene where K and a band of assassins are chasing me and I suddenly have all this high tech gear at my disposal. Turns out my advertising business is just a front. I secretly manufacture spy gear for the international market.

As I run from overwhelming danger, I reach the far side of a tall parking structure, deploy collapsible wings from the black backpack I'm wearing, and leap. I'm crossing my fingers that the device works because, as I jump, I realize I've never fully tested this device before. It's a prototype.

There is the dizzying sensation of falling as people are shooting at me...and then John wakes me up to take over care of the baby.

Is there a psychiatrist in the house?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Halloween Video

I took a few videos with my new camera on Halloween night (more on the camera later). It was dark out, so the picture is sometimes absent. Then, as I was filming, I forgot you can't just suddenly decide to flip the camera from landscape to portrait - so you'll need to cock your head to one side to watch. I'm such a ditz sometimes. You may or may not catch John starting to mention the mail in his hands. Turns out, the night before (mischief night), someone had filled our mailbox with shaving cream...so the mail was covered. Ick. You'll also see the huge disco ball necklace the police were giving out to the kids.



In this next video you'll see the only shot I have of my cauldron full of treats. I forgot to take a photo of the Halloween goodies this year.



So! My new camera. There's a story. My old camera (Canon PowerShot S50) has been great, but it's starting to act it's age. The zoom is a tad sluggish and there are a couple bad pixels. Nothing to warrant buying a new camera, of course. I had planned to use this one for at least another year. Then John went away to a work conference a couple months ago and won a door prize...$100 HPShopping.com gift cert. With his employee discount (and a rebate to boot) he was able to get me a killer deal on this:

It's so skinny and tiny! I finally have my purse sized camera. I'm still getting the hang of it. I think I like the video my older camera produces better. Not sure yet. The flash seems much brighter too, which is good and bad. Bad, because it forces the kids to squeeze their eyes shut on almost every shot I take. It has a huge 2.5 inch LCD display too. Blah blah...if you're interested you can see it here. LOL!