What I Learned This Week

I have a to-do list that’s a mile long. Yet, here I sit watching Dancing With The Stars like I’m being paid to watch it.

As I type this, my wedding ring is rolling around my ring finger (aggravating the snot out of me) which can only mean that my ring finger has caught up with my wrist in the weight-loss race which is a friggin’ shame because I NEED TO LOSE IT in other places.

So, the first thing I learned this week is that when you lost weight, you don’t get to pick where you lose it.

Here’s all the other things I learned this week:

1. The machines at the bank do not recognize red ink. Oops!

2. When preparing for a fancy dinner that is almost three hours away, you should not depend on eleven and eight year old children to gather their dress clothes without checking to see what they are bringing.

3. I can get a great deal done on an unexpected, free Saturday.

4. Although our boys are very good about helping to carry groceries into the house, they are not so great about making sure the yogurt makes it into the fridge instead of being left on the kitchen counter.

5. I should be buying Zyrtec by the case.

6. After twenty years, I’ve learned it’s not the cooking I mind. It’s the planning, shopping, carrying in and putting away that I mind.

7. When cooking breakfast for dinner, one package of bacon is no longer adequate for my bacon eating band of four.

8. Ernest Hemingway was injured in two plane crashes, both in Africa.

9. There are alarming levels of prescription drug residue in our water supply.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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We Are Not Fancy People

We had two baseball games on the schedule this weekend, but they were both cancelled. Because of that, I spent a good chunk of the weekend cleaning. My bathroom is cleaner than it’s been since we moved in here eleven years ago. And, after several hours of cleaning out closets, drawers and shelves, Stevie and Alex’s rooms are beautiful, straight, and neat. And if I had any sense, I would have taken a picture because in all likelihood, by tomorrow at this time, their rooms will not look like they do now.

On Saturday evening, my fellas and I got all gussied up and we celebrated with McDaddy’s brother, Dave who was inducted into Alderson Broaddus University Hall of Fame.

I’m always leery when we attend a fancy event because, well, WE ARE NOT FANCY PEOPLE, and because there are typically more forks than I know what to do with.

And, also because our boys are eleven and eight and the last thing eleven and eight year boys are interested in, is the fancy.

They picked out these outfits for Easter and I think they look handsome and grown up. Unfortunately, I did not oversee every detail of their pre-fancy dinner preparation, and Stevie ended up wearing one blue sock and one black sock. Alex on the other hand, was wearing white, ankle length, athletic socks.

So funny.

Only NOT.

First, there was an informal reception with hors d’oeuvres (which is a stupid word, by the way!). Several minutes before the reception was scheduled to begin, we lost track of Stevie. The room wasn’t crowded, so it only took a few seconds to spot him. He was standing, plate in hand, at the food table and he was helping himself to cheese cubes.

After a quick discussion about asking before helping ourselves, we had a good chuckle and helped him get rid of the cheese cubes quickly, which was a mistake because the pepper-jack cheese was H-O-T and he hadn’t had time to also grab a drink before we could get his attention.

It’s a good thing they are charming.

For dinner, we were served a chicken breast (with peas and a lemon slice on it), red potatoes and green beans. I was skeptical because who puts a lemon on a chicken breast? And also, because the green beans were the fancy type of long green beans and I was pretty sure they hadn’t been cooked in bacon grease like the ones I make here at home. Alex took a big bite of the green beans and within two seconds, he was dropping the green beans out of his mouth and back onto his plate.

Heaven, help me.

Thankfully, I don’t think anyone else at our table saw the green beans make their way back onto his plate, but I was still mortified.

Other than that, the fancy dinner went well (Except when a grape tomato flopped off of my salad plate and onto the table as I was cutting it up in my salad) and I’m happy to say we made it through without too much of a spectacle.

Like I said, NOT FANCY.

All in all, it was a wonderful evening and I enjoyed spending time with McDaddy’s parents, his siblings and their spouses.

Have a great week, y’all!

Letters To Crazy People

It’s been one of those days. For that reason, it’s also time for another popular installment of Letters to Crazy People.

Dear Local School Officials,

When you send home an information sheet regarding a survey that will be administered to students later this week that uses the words, sensitive and material, you better believe I’m going to be all up in there asking to see a copy of it before it is presented to my kid. I don’t trust any of you jokers to do the right thing.

Sincerely,

That Parent

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Dear Rude Driver,

When you approach a construction zone on the interstate and see the “Right Lane Closes In 1 Mile” sign – that is YOUR CUE to GET OVER into the left lane. It is not time to speed as fast as you can in front of every other vehicle slowly and cautiously merging into the left lane and then expect those drivers FOLLOWING THE DANG RULES to let your sorry butt over, because I can tell you this: I will never, IN A MILLION FRIGGIN’ YEARS let you over.

You can take that to the bank.

Aggravated and Agitated,

The Gal Driving That Cute Little Saturn Sky That Refused To Let You Over This Morning

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Dear Taco Bell,

Your “I’m Ronald McDonald and I love Taco Bell’s new breakfast” commercial, is um, confusing, yet brilliant.

Amused,

Julie

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Dear People with the last name McDonald,

Who names their kid Ronald?

Curious,

Julie

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Dear FOX Television,

“I Want To Marry Harry”

Really?

I mean, is it really the Prince Harry?

So Excited,

Princess Julie

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Dear Crazy Person Driving The Blue Truck,

When hauling a truck-load full of junk (and that’s exactly what it was) you need to make sure you secure the junk, so that a hot water tank doesn’t shift and almost fall right off the back of your truck into traffic.

Strap Your Crap Down Clown,

The Poet

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Dear Alex,

I know that new glasses are exciting. And I get that you “can’t really wait” because WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU GOT THAT LOVELY TRAIT FROM? but you can rest assured that I will let you know the minute the call comes through saying your glasses are ready. There’s really no need to ask me every hour if I’ve heard from the glasses place.

I Love You,

Mommy

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Dear Julie,

When your eleven year old (WHO DOESN’T MISS A THING) tells you that his game is at noon on Saturday, and not at 6:00 PM, even though that’s what you have written on your calendar, you might recall that you are 40 and your mind is not as sharp as it used to be.

Yours Truly,

Julie

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What would your Letter To A Crazy Person say today?

What I Learned This Week

It was a PERFECT day for a topless ride in a bright chili pepper red, perfectly washed (thanks, McDaddy!) Saturn Sky. It has been W-A-Y too long since I’ve enjoyed my hair flappin’ in the wind while my SKYTUNES playlist blared from the radio.

1. The black Fit Bit bracelet looks much better after adding some bling on a string.

2. The bling on a string is holding up much better than I thought it would.

3. For those of you interested in finding it, bling on a string, is actually called bling on a roll and can be found in the scrapbook section at Michael’s.

4. The more I clean out and organize, the more I am motivated to clean and organize every single thing in this house.

5. It feels so good to clean out and organize.

6. I have no business buying Rocky Road ice cream.

7. If you purchase a bedroom suite from a friend and discover that the bed rails do not accommodate your queen size mattress, you can purchase bed rails separately at Big Sandy.

8. There is A LOT of clutter in this house.

9. Redfoo is a WEIRD-O.

10. It is not easy to find a green taper-candle in the city of Charleston.

11. My boys really enjoy watching Jeopardy.

12. There are fewer things I enjoy more than cuddling with my sweet boys.

13. Having a Goodwill-type store within two minutes of my house is handy.

14. A stink-bug flying around this room is enough to drive me crazy crazier.

15. The stupid stomach bug has stayed way too long up in here.

16. Oak furniture makes a room look much lighter than pine furniture.

17. I dread our home phone ringing these days because there is a 97% chance it is a telemarketer, a politician, or some sort of recorded nonsense that I have no interest in.

18. Michael’s has kinetic sand.

19. Kinetic sand is really cool.

20. A mammogram isn’t nearly as painful as I thought it would be.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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Styrofoam Cup Easter Baskets

For those of you coming here today to find out if we found a solution to our bed situation, I am so sorry to tell you that our mattress and box springs are still sitting on the floor. McDaddy didn’t have any luck finding wood that would match at Lowes today, so now we must find out if a carpenter friend of ours might be able to make some rails to fit our mattress set.

I spent most of the day cleaning out our closet and getting rid of clothes we no longer wear. I am determined to clear out the clutter up in here. It might take me most of the year, but I will get it done.

On Wednesday evenings, I teach a Pioneer Class of Kindergarten and First Graders, with my friend Jeana. We are always on the prowl for holiday crafts and activities to do with our kiddos. Years ago, my dad taught me how to make an Easter basket out of a Styrofoam cup. I looked for an Easter craft on Pinterest, but I didn’t find anything I liked better than my daddy’s creation.

They are simple and cute.

Start with a large Styrofoam cup.

Using scissors, make a cut in the “lip” of the cup and cut it off.

This piece will be the handle.

Next, use your scissors to make small cuts all the way around the top of the cup.

This next step would be much easier with an X-acto knife, but since I didn’t have one, I used scissors.

Make a small cut on both sides of the cup.

Put one end of the handle through one side of the cup and place the other end through the hole on the other side of the cup.

Very carefully, push down gently on the top of the cup to “fan” the slats out.

Aren’t they cute?

You can choose to fill them with Easter grass OR you can do what we did and cut tiny strips of green paper to make the grass.

Fill the baskets with candy and goodies.

Finally, send the kids home before they get all “sugared” up.

Enjoy!

 

File This Under ‘Daily Dose of Crazy’

It’s been one of those days.

First, I woke up to snow on the ground. Mind you, six days ago, I drove home topless in this…

Do you know how frustrating that is? Especially since the boys are off on Spring break this week. Quite honestly, it wouldn’t bother me if we never had another flake of snow fall here for the rest of my life. Honestly, it WOULDN’T!

It’s been a long, harsh winter, and I am so D-O-N-E with the snow and all its shenanigans.

And if that’s not enough, I’m aggravated because the biggest change in my body after losing fifteen pounds is a really LOOSE watch. Seriously, my wrists? Of all the races for the butt, hips and thighs to win. Nope. The wrists are victorious.

In addition to that, the craziest thing happened up in here, today.

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine posted a bedroom suite for sale on Facebook Yard sale. For a number of reasons, I had been wanting a different bedroom suite for quite some time, but mostly because, well, I get bored easily. After looking at the Oak furniture that our friend posted for sale, I decided I wanted it. I posted our furniture on Facebook Yard sale the next day. Within 45 minutes, our furniture sold. Two days later, the buyer came to pick up our furniture. Because I can never do anything the easy way, I talked McDaddy into buying new carpet for our bedroom. The day after selling our furniture, I purchased new carpet and it was installed the very next day. Since that time, our mattress and box springs have sat on the floor and we’ve used square laundry baskets as night-stands.

Because of baseball, scouts, church, and a busy social calendar, it took several days for us to pick the new (to us!) furniture up. We’ve been living out of 31 bags since I emptied our furniture. Last night, we brought the headboard and footboard home, along with the mirror that attaches to the dresser. Unfortunately, our friend had used the bed with a full-size mattress. Because of that, the support slats had been cut to accommodate a full size mattress. As he always does, McDaddy stopped by Lowes today and purchased the wood. He had the new slat supports in a matter of minutes. (Have I mentioned I love that he can do just about anything?)

We picked up the rest of the furniture this evening and I was so excited to get it in place. Once we got the dresser and armoire where we wanted it, McDaddy connected the side rails to the head-board and foot-board, and he placed his newly made support slats in their place. Then, I helped him woller the box springs down onto the bed frame. The only problem was the box springs were too long to fit on the bed frame. The only way the box springs would fit, was to disconnect the side rails from the footboard. As it turns out, the side rails are 75 inches long. Our mattress and box springs are 78.5 inches long.

Math has never been my strong suit, but even I can see the problem with trying to put a 78.5 inch mattress on a 75 inch bed frame.

Y’all.

The craziest things happen to us.

I have no doubt that McDaddy will fix the bed mess tomorrow. And I’d bet the farm he wishes he had talked me down from this latest bright idea, and just kept the furniture we purchased just after getting married 16 years ago, along with the gray shag carpet that was in our bedroom when we moved in here eleven years ago. Instead, our mattress and box springs are still sitting on the beautiful brand new carpeted floor, the head-board and foot board are leaning up against the wall above them.

Either the side rails for the bed have been cut to accommodate a full size bed, or we purchased an extra-long queen mattress and box springs – if they even make such a thing.

All I know is, I couldn’t find one single piece of evidence on the Google that this has ever happened to any other person on the planet.

But that’s not the case, now. I’m changing the face of the internet, one Facebook Yard Sale purchase at a time.

I say it all the time, people. This blog is about so much more than just cheap entertainment.

What I Learned This Week

We have been so busy with baseball and scouts, we’ve barely had time to breathe up in here – which also explains why I haven’t been blogging much, lately.

After picking the kids up from school, doing homework, getting dinner ready, and then spending three hours each evening at the ball field, I usually just come home, tidy up, and hit the sack. While I used to stay up crazy late, I’ve been reading up on how to lead a healthier lifestyle and everything I read says SLEEP IS IMPORTANT to weight loss, so, yes, sign me up!

In other news, and I hate to even type these words, snow is forecasted for tomorrow. I won’t even tell you how I feel about that. Instead, let’s just skip to what I learned this week…

1. I have 14 friends named “Amy” on Facebook.

2. I have 19 friends named “Jennifer” on Facebook.

3. Our local Krispy Kreme gives students (up to 6th grade) one free donut for every “A” on their report card.

4. There is such a thing as bow fishing – which, as you might guess, is the sport of fishing with a bow and arrow. (Crazy to think I am 40 years old and am only learned of that this week.)

5. The King Cobra is the world’s longest venomous snake.

6. The FitBit is a pretty cool little weight-loss tool.

7. Stevie answered more Jeopardy questions tonight than I did.

8. It is difficult for me to eat without dropping food all over my shirt. In fact, I have so many different stains on my shirt, McDaddy told me this evening that I need a bib.

9. If a food has more than five ingredients listed, you should not eat it. OUCH!

10. It is possible to order carpet one day and have it installed the next.

11. Fresh carpet smell makes me smile.

12. There are few things I like more than NOT having to set an alarm clock.

13. According to Alex, he now sees better without his glasses.

14. When a frog jumps within an inch of my toes, I scream like a crazy person.

15. The white dots on dice and dominoes are called pips.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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High As The Sky

So today, there was this,

while I was blasting ‘O Happy Day’ in this.

I’m gonna say this, and I’m going out on a limb here, but I think the snow is finally over.

Alex and I had a wonderful topless ride, even though traffic was backed up for miles.

Who could worry about traffic when looking at this?

It was an absolutely perfect day to bring her home because IT WAS ALMOST 80 DEGREES HERE TODAY!

Both girls had a smile on their face all evening!

What I Learned This Week

Y’all.

It’s been one of those weeks. I’ll do my best to remember all the stuff I’ve learned.

1. Two large black tow hooks when placed just right in the newspaper box look exactly like a big, friggin’ black snake coiled up in the newspaper box.

2. When you are frightened into believing there is a black snake in your newspaper box, you may almost pee your pants.

3. Apparently, Siri mistakes the word pee for the letter P.

4. I am not capable of having four individual texting conversations with four different people at the same time.

5. I would be wise to remember that fact.

6. My girl Siri understands the word smiley face and will place a ” 🙂 ” into my text when I tell her to do so.

7. It is heartbreaking when one son wins a trophy in a father-son bake-off, and the other one does not. Especially if one son is crying his eyes out.

8. When ordering an item online, that I could purchase just about anywhere, I know better than to order it online.

9. I am no better at waiting at the age of 40 then I was at the age of four.

10. It is possible to sell an entire bedroom suite on Facebook yard sale in 45 minutes.

11. Carpet is more expensive than I thought it would be.

12. Our bedroom is a lot larger without furniture in it.

13. Julianne Hough was straight up nasty to my boyfriend Maksim Chremkovskiy this week on Dancing With The Stars.

14. When your cable service or TiVo or whatever FREEZES UP just as Derek Hough hits the dance floor, I am not very happy.

15. I hate having to make a choice between Scouts and Baseball. Actually, I am not fond of making any type of choice.

16. I enjoy making a list, almost as much as I enjoy marking things off of it.

17. When typing the words sick and duck while texting, it is important to reread your texts before sending them. YIKES!

18. It probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to REREAD all texts before sending. When will I learn?

19. The 45 cent taco seasoning tastes just as good as the $1.29 taco seasoning.

20. It would actually be beneficial to read the instructions before trying to use the FitBit.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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A Sweet Weekend

We had a crazy, busy weekend.

For starters, we kicked off Baseball season with opening day. Between our two boys, we are geared up for 53 ball games over the next 10 weeks. On opening day it was approximately 40 degrees, but thank the good Lord there was  NO FRIGGIN’ SNOW, so I’ll take the cold and not complain about it.

Later that day, Alex played in his first game of the season. He played first base the entire game and got eight or nine outs. I was a proud baseball momma.

Unfortunately, Stevie had to miss his first game because our Scout blue/gold banquet and father/son bakeoff was the same time as his game. Stevie will be crossing over to Boy Scouts in a few weeks, so this was his last father/son bakeoff hoo-rah. With two sons in cub-scouts, the father/son bakeoff is a lot of work for McDaddy.

With McDaddy having Drill all weekend, it was a busy Friday evening trying to get two cakes with two kids baked and ready.

Alex chose to bake the same cake that Stevie won first place with at the father/son bakeoff two years ago.

And he had so much fun working in the kitchen with his Daddy.

His Best Ever Banana Cake was delightful!

Stevie decided to bake his Pawpaw K’s fresh apple cake.

I just loved watching them work together in the kitchen.

My dad has made this cake for many years. I was excited that Stevie wanted to bake it with McDaddy.

FRESH APPLE CAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup grated peeled apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup confectionary sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour Bundt pan
  3. Sift flour, soda, salt and spices into large measuring cup
  4. Cream sugar, oil and eggs together on medium speed in mixer.
  5. Add all dry ingredients, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix thoroughly until well blended.
  6. Remove from mixer, add apples and nuts and stir until well blended.
  7. Pour into greased and floured Bundt pan
  8. Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour

When cake comes out sift confectionary sugar in small bowl and add orange juice. Mix with wire whisk and drizzle over top of cake slowly while still hot and still in pan.

Cool completely before removing from pan.

Slice (heat in microwave for several seconds, if you so desire) and enjoy!

OH, and you might also enjoy a first-place trophy, just like my fellas did in the father/son bakeoff!