Saturday, November 14, 2009

Feeling better and WDD

Just a short one today. I still need to shower and get stuff ready for tonight. I did sleep late and feel a bit better today so I'm hoping this weekend won't be a total bust. Being sick sucks! Thanks for the well wishes!!

Today is World Diabetes Day, a campaign to bring awareness to diabetes. This year The Domes in Milwaukee will be participating in their momument challenge. Buildings all over the world light in blue to mark World Diabetes Day. Hubby and I are hoping to swing by during our travels tonight and check it out.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 13, 2009

It Figures

I've been looking forward to this weekend for weeks now, ever since I found out hubby was planning something for my bday. So why is it that I'm starting to get sick? My throat has been killing me since late yesterday afternoon. What perfect timing!

I've gone years without getting more than a few sniffles during the winter. Now this year, it's not even the middle of November yet and this is the second time I've had a bit of a cold.

So I better get to bed. I plan on sleeping as late as possible tomorrow so I can enjoy the evening tomorrow and not pass out in the middle of dinner!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Birthday Gift {part 1}

Remember back at the end of October when I mentioned I found out what parts of my bday gift from hubby was? I'd include the link but blogger is giving me problems and for some reason I can't copy and paste it. And I'm too lazy to try to copy it because it's really long and the last time I tried I missed a letter!

Anyway, here's the first part. I mentioned to him toward the end of October that I thought I needed a haircut and was thinking of going the next day. Well, he wouldn't let me because he had made an appointment at a local salon for me to have my hair done.

Yeah, not what you'd expect as a typical bday present. Well, hubby can be anything but typical. He did it because he knows how I "struggle" with my hair. I've never been one to be high maintenance when it comes to hair/nails/appearance etc. I usually just go to Cost Cutters, get a cut and be done with it. But I never seem to be happy with my hair. It's fine and limp and just doesn't do anything! I've never had a regular hairdresser that got to know me and my hair. I usually never went to the same person twice. He did it because he wanted me to splurge and do something for myself and maybe come to like it and her and keep it something for me.

So that appointment was today. He had told her I wanted a perm. I had mentioned it before because my hair is just so straight and lifeless. But going in I had no idea what I wanted. She looked at my hair showed me some ideas for my length and that's what I did. Got it permed.

It's not real tight, but it looks much fuller and not so blah. Are you ready? Here's the "new" me.

This photo doesn't really do it justice, I don't think. It doesn't seem to look at all like it does to me in the mirror. Plus, it seems much darker in the photo and no not just because I converted it to b&w. I don't know, why is it so freakin hard to get a decent picture of myself?

So far I like it. We'll see tomorrow when I try to style it myself! I also liked the woman who did it so there's a good chance I may just go back.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Eat your veggies!

If your kids are like mine.......or pretty much any kid out there........or like me, pickiest eater in the have a hard time getting them to eat many veggies.

Well, here's my "trick" to get mine to eat green beans. Hey, did you ever think you'd be getting a cooking/food tip from this blog? Probably not!

Anyway, all you need is some butter or margarine, a can of French cut green beans and some bread crumbs.

Melt margarine in a skillet, drain the green beans, spread them in the pan and cover them with bread crumbs. Stir fry them until they are a nice golden brown. Don't be afraid to add bread crumbs until you get the right texture. Even though you drain the beans they tend to soak up the moisture from them. You want them kinda crisp, not soggy!

And viola..........

Bread crumbs and beans! Even I think they are yummy! I'm lucky if I can get the kids to eat a couple beans normally. I make them like this and they take a whole big spoon full and even ask for more.

My grandmother used to make them like this all the time! It wasn't until just recently that I tried them again, not sure why. Hers of course were much better........she used fresh beans and cooked them in a cast iron pan. So all the better if you've got either of those.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Happy 40th Birthday Sesame Street!!

Reason #123,456 that turning 40 makes me feel old.......I'm as old as Sesame Street!

Well, technically a week younger but what's 7 days when you're this old! LOL

I grew up with that show. I was just searching youtube for some classic episode clips. It's amazing how you can still sing along with some of those songs like it was just yesterday!

Here's a clip that looks like it features most of the original humans........including the one and only Mr. Hooper!

Monday, November 9, 2009

I knew it!

Yup, I knew it would happen eventually. I just didn't think it would be this soon into the month.

I knew after committing to post daily for even one month, there would come a day when I just didn't feel like it. That day is today! I've been going all day and I'm just tired. Sure, I have a bunch of ideas lined up for the month but none that I feel like talking about today or taking the time and energy needed to formulate a post about.

So you're getting pretty much a whole lotta nothing today! I hope you'll still come back tomorrow when I'll try to have something more fun and interesting to say.

In the meantime, have a look at my lighthouse photos that I posted today.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

We love the zoo!

Another gorgeous day in Wisconsin today! So we took a little time and went to the zoo again. This time to check out the little tiger cubs that were born back in July. They are on display for a couple hours a day now.

Isn't she cute???

Let's see, highlight of the day (besides the cubs) was when we were checking out the lions. They were outside today and there is a viewing area where you can get up close behind glass. The male was relaxing on a rock and the female came over and at first just looked like she was going to lay down next to him. Well he get up, she lays you see where I'm going with this??? LOL It was funny because then as soon as he started to straddle her me and about 3 other parents were like OK time to go, let's move on!

We love going to the zoo. Well, this zoo. I think Milwaukee County Zoo is one of the nicest we've ever been to. Every time we go somewhere else we always compare it to MKE. But while we love the zoo and think it is one of the best as far as animal exhibits and activities, their food service leaves much to be desired! We decided to eat there today and afterward also decided that it would be the last time!

So, if you've never been and have the chance to go we highly recommend it. But we also highly recommend packing your own picnic lunch or heading somewhere before or after for lunch!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Family Saturday

What a beautiful day it was today! It got up in the Wisconsin! Now that is my kind of weather. I could handle a winter like that. Then I wouldn't have to go into hibernation!

We took advantage of the weather to head out and do some more geocaching. I won't bore you with the family drama that went on before hand to get us to that point! lol We all have some don't we?

I found my first cache! We usually all look together and whoever finds it gets their picture taken with it.

It's funny, we had no problem with the micro ones like this today but we had a heck of a time finding the one regular size one!

Now we are all playing couch potato and watching "The Fantastic Four"

Friday, November 6, 2009

Flashback Friday: I was a flower girl

This is my cousin and I in October of 1977 when we were flower girls for my aunt's wedding. That's me on the right. My grandmother made those dresses. Aren't they purty? She also made all the dresses for the bridesmaids. They were the same style but they were a rust color like the color of the ribbons on the flowers we're holding.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My latest purchase

My hubby collects lunchboxes, me and the girls are Twihards so this was a no brainer! Actually we got the Twilight one over the summer when the 4 of us were down at the Gurnee Mills mall in Illinois. I spotted it at Hot Topic and really didn't have all that hard a time talking hubby into getting it. So of course we had to get the New Moon one to go along with it.

I saw it online and was planning to get it but just hadn't gotten around to it. Then today I just happened to spot it in Target! I just love me some Tar-jay! Was kind of surprised they had it there, but I just couldn't pass it up. I did have a hard time deciding between this one (it has Jacob on the other side and Bella on the ends) and the one with all three of them together on both sides.

I put it up above the cabinets with the others and am waiting to see who if anyone notices and how long it takes. I of course being team Edward had to face him forward....also wonder how long before team Jacob turns it around! lol

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wreck this Journal {Update #2}

I've started a few pages in my journal and have a few completed that I can finally share with you! The first is the "this book belongs to" page......

I know it's hard to see the first where I wrote in white! I used white out for that.

This next page was fun. You drip something on the page and close it to make a print. I used nail polish. I think it turned out pretty room really stunk for a few hours afterward though.

It reminds me of one of those ink blot tests. What do you see? Anything?

The only problem I had with this one is the polish bled through a few pages in each direction and wrecked those pages...........I know, it shouldn't upset me.......that's the whole point of this right? lol

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What a relief!

I'm breathing a big sigh of relief right now after visiting the Breast Specialist/Surgeon.

I hadn't mentioned anything on my blog at all but I'll explain what's up. Back on October 8th I went for my annual mammogram. Yes, I know I'm not quite 40 yet but my doctor had me go at 35 to do a baseline mammo. The plan was then to start again after 40. Well, they found some cysts that first time that they followed up on a couple of times every 6 months and now I've been going ever since to be sure there are no changes.

Well, this time they saw something else and called me back to get more views and possibly do an ultrasound. So I went back on the 13th. After 2.5 hours, multiple angles and an ultrasound the radiologist still couldn't figure out exactly what it was that he was seeing so he recommended and biopsy. He said I could give it another 6 months but he was leaning toward the biopsy.

I went home a nervous wreck, discussed it with hubby and decided better safe than sorry and I should have the biopsy done. Well, before I had a chance to schedule it my OB called and he referred to me to a specialist before I went under the knife in any kind of way.

That appointment was today. I'm so glad I went and didn't go the biopsy option right away. He basically took one look at the pictures and knew I had nothing to worry about. They had taken multiple views of the same breast but what they were looking at only showed up in one of the angles. The specialist explained that if it was a lump of any kind we would see if from all the different angles. Because of the way certain tissue shows up he said we were basically looking at multiple layers of the same type of tissue directly below each other which makes it look brighter on the x-ray, therefore looking worse than it really is. Whew!

He said going for the biopsy would have been a waste, they would have been searching around for something that isn't there. Then I would have unnecessary scar tissue to deal with too. He does still want me to follow up again in 6 months because even though the risk is low at my age he says the tissue is constantly changing and it doesn't hurt to keep an eye on it.

No problem! I'll see you in 6 months!

Monday, November 2, 2009


I should have a been a bear! Then I could hibernate all winter and all would be right in my world. Because I don't like the cold and certainly don't like going out in it and driving in the snow!

So I've decided this year I want to do just that. Hibernate. Yup, lock me up in the house until........hmmm??........mid march should be good huh? Hopefully the threat of snow should be gone by then.

I've got it all figured out.

  • Skowt takes the bus both to and from school. Tiger rides it home but we carpool with 2 other families in the morning, but hubby has driven 90% of the time this year anyway because of my work schedule so he can just keep it up.
  • Food.....we can stock up now on non perishables, canned goods, frozen and meats that we can freeze. As far as perishables, again hubby has been on a mission lately to find the best deals at the grocery store so why deny him that.
  • I can do any other shopping that needs to be done online. How convenient is that?
  • Entertainment......I have quite a few books in my "to read" pile, my netflix queue is overflowing so I can have a constant stream of DVDs coming in, I watch a ton of tv anyway so I'd have plenty of time to keep up, and of course the hours of fun that can be had on the internet!
  • I have a few projects around the house that I can finally make a dent in.
  • Since I won't be driving anywhere or going shopping with mom, to lunch or a movie with a friend, not working won't be a problem since I'll be saving money on gas, eating out, movies and impulse purchases!
  • SLEEP!

Sounds wonderful doesn't it? I figure I'll start around Thanksgiving time. Because, you know, NEW MOON comes out on November 20 and I just have to go see it at least once........or as many times as my friends and I can fit it in! lol

There, I'm good to go!

OH wait.......there's that doctor appt. I need to take Skowt to at the end of the month. And the Orthodontist appt. both of the kids have in December. And that's right, they both have band concerts around the holidays. Oh and hubby and I have tickets to a show in January!

Dag-nabbit! Maybe it won't work out after all.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Day 1

Welcome! It's day 1 of nablopomo for November and here I am! So far so good! Let's see if I can keep it up. I will try my best :)

Since it's the weekend and I worked this morning and would like to spend some time with my family since it's really the only time we are all home at once, this one will be short and sweet. Hope you don't mind.

Saturday evenings and Sundays are usually our days to hang out as a family. We'll usually try to watch a movie or something on Saturday night (though last night was trick or treat). Sunday we'll find something nearby to keep us busy. Lately we've been doing some geocaching but that may take a back seat for a bit now since the weather is starting to get nasty. Today hubby decided he wanted to watch the Packer game. Needless to say I'm a tad bored!

I'd now like to invite you over the my photography blog to take a look around. Today I have a photo of my daughter in her Halloween costume from last night. Yes, I went and signed up for nablopomo over there too! I'll probably end up regretting this! My posts for October on both blogs have been pretty sparse and now here I'm going to try to post EVERYDAY in November.......on not one but 2 blogs! Someone must have slipped something in my morning OJ!