To-Do List

I’m a list maker, I love a good list.  Even more than a good list, I love crossing things off my list.  Sometimes, when I do something that isn’t on my list, I write it on there just to cross it off.  It feels so good!

Let me tell you about items that I had to put on my list yesterday…

  • Finish painting the bathroom, including the ceiling – Check
  • Treat Mr. T and I to dinner, cause after 2 days of painting after work, I deserve a break.  – Check
  • Get pulled over by a cop and be given a warning – Check
  • Almost having to have the cop that pulled you over call you a tow truck because you are stuck in the mud on the side of the road – Check

Mr. T posted this on Facebook “Mom just got pulled over by “sneaky” cop after getting dinner. Now it is cold.”

So, after I was blessed and was only given a warning I had visions in my head of not having to pay for a ticket, but having to shell out a couple hundred for a tow truck.  Fortunately, after slipping and sliding and my car turning directions it shouldn’t have, I managed to get back on the road.

Wondering what I was pulled over for? Speeding.  Technically, 11 over… my speedometer must be busted cause I would have sworn I was only going 10 over!

Yup, that happened last night.

I am the master of the to-do list!

I am the master of the to-do list!

I’m a Sucker

I’m a big sucker.

Did you know that there is a pair of sunglasses out there, HD Vision Fold-a-ways, which are like magic sunglasses with high definition lenses? They give you clear, HD vision, and they fold like five times in order to fit in your pocket or in that tiny purse??  They look way cool!  And, since I’m forever just dropping my glasses in my purse and scratching the lenses, maybe I’d use the cute little bag that comes with them… Maybe.  I haven’t bitten the bullet on those yet.

Okay, exchanged a gift at Target and bought this.  I love it!  It's awesome!

Okay, exchanged a gift at Target and bought this. I love it! It’s awesome!

Have you seen this OrGreenic Non-Stick frying pan?  The coating won’t chip or flake, it had a convenient stay cool handle and you can cook without oil, butter or grease!  And nothing sticks to it!!  You can burn a slice of cheese, and it comes right up.  You can even crack an egg and then slide it all over the pan and it really doesn’t stick – it just slides!!  I must have one of these!!!

I bought this a few weeks ago, $15, to replace the $150 real one that Mr. T broke.  We installed it, and it does serve it's purpose.

I bought this a few weeks ago, $15, to replace the $150 real one that Mr. T broke. We installed it, and it does serve it’s purpose.

There is even this frying pan out there that has a hinge and another frying pan on the other side, so you pour pancake mix into the bottom, hinge it closed and then you can flip the frying pan to the other side! No more messy messes made while trying to flip pancakes! Oh – I bet omelets become a breeze in that pan!  I’m pretty sure I can resist this one though.

Okay, these were in our stockings a few years ago.  They are awesome!  Always take camping with us.

Okay, these were in our stockings a few years ago. They are awesome! Always take camping with us.

I will admit that Wal-Mart had this as-seen-on-TV bra on sale, half price, during the holidays.  It was supposed to lift and separate and be so very comfortable.  And, yeah, I bought it.  I am such a sucker!! Fortunately, I accidentally bought the wrong size, so I could take it back and not feel guilty!

Ha! I bought these years ago when we lived in an apt.  They were perfect! I hung everything with them!

Ha! I bought these years ago when we lived in an apt. They were perfect! I hung everything with them!

I will tell you, though, that the Magic Bullet was worth every penny.  I used mine to death, and my sister bought me a replacement a few years ago.  I’ve about worn it out, too.  It’s the perfect size for me.  It does everything that I could want it to do from salsa to chocolate mousse to traveling with me when I go camping with the girls and making excellent margaritas!

So, while I may be a sucker, and I may have an account with QVC and while my family and friends may have received gifts that I’ve bought off the TV, some of them have totally been worth it!

Give from Santa this year.  It works really well!

Give from Santa this year. It works really well!

As I was sitting here typing this blog, I realized that I come by this obsession honestly, as a commercial for The Olde Brooklyn Lantern just came on.  Santa brought all of us one of these this year.  Call now and they will double your order!! Just pay separate processing.

Steve

I have two names.  Well, technically, I’m sure I have more.  There are 3 names on my birth certificate – and a totally different one on my social security card.  If I ever have to get a passport, I may be in trouble there, but until it presents a problem, I have no desire to fix it.  (Okay, I’ll tell you, I know you are dying to know.  My dad told my mom that she could name me anything she wanted, but he got to pick my nickname.  My mom gave me a great name and my middle name is my Grandmother’s.  So, my formal name is on my birth certificate; however, when dad got social security cards for all of us, he filled mine out with my nickname instead of my full name!)

Squirrel!!

If you’ve read anything on my blog, then I’m sure you know that I’m a single parent.  The bio father isn’t involved at all, but when I’m lucky, I do get child support.  That’s another long, and at this point, boring story.

I’ve read several blogs lately that deal directly and indirectly with this subject.  One was about how any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.  I truly believe this. (Check out Smirking Cat: http://smirkingcat.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/a-real-father/)  Yesterday I read a blog that listed 10 reasons why being a single parent rocks.  I cracked up; it was all so very true!  There are so many very reasons why this is a blessing and it’s easy to overlook that fact when mired in the day to day life.  (Check out Prego and The Loon: http://pregoandtheloon.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/ten-reasons-single-mommyhood-rocks/) Nothing against those of you that have a more traditional life as I totally respect that.  My parents have been married to each other, and only each other, for 40 years now.  That is just not the path that I have, my journey is different.

I am very fortunate that my son has wonderful men in his life.  My father and my brother have always been there for him.  More than a few years ago, I signed up for the Big Brother Big Sister program – and after a few years on the waiting list, we were paired with Rowland, who was amazing.  Sadly, in less than a year he had to move back to New Jersey to help his parents.  He still stays in touch, and he has been a great resource for Mr. T.  I also have a great friend, BA, who I had lunch with yesterday, and as we were leaving, he said that it had been awhile, so he’d swing by to hang out and see Mr. T.  He’s been a good resource, too.  Mr. T will text him and even invited BA and his daughter to his last birthday party. Mr. T’s babysitter for years and years is now as close as family, and she and her husband are a second home for Mr. T.  It’s just a given that he will spend Spring Break with them and spend several weeks during the summer with them.  He is former military and a strong, calm presence.  So, I am very blessed to have wonderful people in my life to help and be there for my son.

Some days I do feel that he is missing something.  The fact that I would get out in the yard to hit the ball with him, or toss a football, didn’t always seem to be enough.  Until the day that Mr. T gave me a new name.  He called me Steve.  I died laughing and asked what on earth was he talking about?? He goes “you are both my mom and dad, so I figured you needed a ‘dad’ name.”

My heart was overflowing.  I have a dad name.  And I answer to it, too.

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I’m giving myself this award today, I’ve earned it!

Winter… Ugh…

To those of you who wished for a real winter down here in Texas, go suck it. I hate you all. I live in Texas for a reason, and the snow and cold isn’t it. I could go back to Nevada if that was what I wanted. It’s been below 50 degrees for weeks now. I can handle the bit of rain we’ve had, and the more rain we have coming, but once the temps get below 50, it’s freezing! I only own 4 pairs of long pants!! And that includes one pair of black pajama pants that, yes, I’ve been known to wear out in public. Seriously, they look like real pants, unless my shirt lifts up and you see the flap. Yes, they are men’s pj pants. That’s not the point. The point is, it’s cold. I’ve actually had to wear snow boots and tennis shoes. For a girl who lives in a variety of sandals and flip-flops, my toes don’t like to be squished! I’m tired of jackets, tired of sneakers, tired of the runny nose and cold toes.

I am thankful that we’ve had minimal tornadoes and the couple of hurricanes have not impacted us greatly. We’ve been very blessed in that aspect and yes, by the end of the week we should be back up to the sixties; however, it was 29 degrees this morning. 29. Seriously.

So, you know who you are, and right now, I don’t like you one little bit!!

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Okay, this isn’t from this years snow, but I don’t have a picture of this years snow – it was too freaking cold!!

Failed!

Today I totally failed at my goal to not compare myself to others.  I fully expect to say this many times over; however, I have to share this one with you!  A dear friend of mine, Karaboo, gave me a pay-it-forward gift.  I still have yet to find the right words to thank her for it, I’m just shocked and honored and humbled by it.  

Karaboo gave me laser hair treatment.  Yup, you read that right, laser hair treatment.  Now, most pay-it-forward’s that you hear about sound more touching and heartwarming – like the Secret Santa’s that hit Kmart and paid off peoples layaway accounts.  Or the person who walks by and drops a quarter in the meter that’s about to expire on the street, you know those stories.  

Before you judge, let me tell you that this is something I have wanted since it was invented. This is something that I would never be able to get for myself.  Something that I would never get for myself.  I feel guilty for the $30 – $37 I spend every month on my pedicure (I have finally decided that it’s okay, and that it’s worth the time and money to have an hour alone to myself once a month, it helps me be a better mom.) Okay, enough of my neuroses.  The point is, this was the most awesome of gifts and I in turn will, in the future, bless someone else in their life.  

Back to my story of failure.  Today was my second treatment.  I got in the chair and let the technician get to work.  She asked me about the holidays, told me about hers.  Now, here is where my total failure comes into play.  My technician is a young, beautiful woman.  Long jet black hair, beautiful body, pretty skin, great smile, funny and heart warming.  I see a girl like this and just assume that she’s the popular one, always going out and having a good time.  I completely and totally compared her to me, and since she looked so different than I did, she couldn’t be like me in any way.  Oh my goodness.  She’s a homebody.  She loves being at home.  My jaw just about hit the floor.  Yet again, I’ve been hoisted by my own petard.  

I see it as a reminder from the Universe to keep trying.  As far as reminders go, it was a pretty good one!  

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Bedtime Ramblings

I’m trying out the WordPress app I downloaded last night. It’s pretty cool. Plus, I’m obsessive, so it’s a way to feed my habit. If you know me, that makes sense.

My last blog bombed. I was disappointed and distraught. I don’t expect overwhelming responses every time, but I don’t know if I’ve ever really bombed like I did yesterday. I’m still processing it all.

Tonight was choir practice. That is code for lunch lady happy hour. As most emails go to work emails, they came up with the code to announce the get togethers. I’m not a lunch lady, but I work with them frequently. It was a good gathering, we did a gift exchange of regifts. The rule was to bring a gift you got that you won’t use, in other words, regift it, and we did the Chinese Christmas and it was a blast. Afterwards I hung out with my boss a bit, I only see him every couple of months, so it is always good to get face time with him. Then I spent a couple of hours with some reps who are also my friends. We hung out at the bar, laughing, joking and having fun, and in my case, I answered one of the guys phones when his ex called. It was hysterical, but I’m a little bit twisted that way. 🙂

So, it’s 8:30, and Mr. T went to bed over an hour ago. I found that to be a good idea, so I’m laying in bed, on the heating pad (long story), watching tv and testing out my new app.

Yup, in bed at 8:30. That just happened.

Reading and Pinterest

I’m a fast reader.  Mainly, I’m so very smart that I can grasp the concept just by skimming. (It’s not bragging if it’s true! But please keep reading anyway…)  Books that concentrate on setting the scene and telling me all about the gentle rolling hills covered in a blanket of green with patches of pink and blue wild flowers enveloped me like a quilt – well, that’s just wasted on me.  I get irritated when things are too descriptive.  While I have a vivid imagination, I don’t have the ability to create a picture based on a description.  I get a “flash” of an image, and I’m sure it’s one that I’ve seen somewhere.  I also have a very short attention span, so if you take too long to tell me about the cascade of green rolling down the mountain side chasing the stream that is rolling and bubbling and cascading by, well, you lost me at cascade of green.

Pinterest is great for me, it has pictures and short description.  It’s also pretty darn fun to pin items to boards of crafts I’ll never do, food I’ll never make and home improvements that will so never happen in my house! But… occasionally, I run across something that falls in my realm of talent. I’ve made a lot of the food I’ve found on Pinterest and added to my collection of go-to recipes.  There have been several craft projects that I’ve done, and had fun doing at the same time.

So, I skim items and Pinterest has pretty pictures.   Let’s put these two items together.

There is this recipe that has been floating around.  The blurb clearly says “in the crock pot, add chicken, taco seasoning and enchilada sauce.  Serve over rice, top with cheese, cilantro and sour cream if you want”  The picture looks so yummy!  And, I have these taco shell making bowls.  So, I dumped some chicken tenderloins in the crock pot, dumped a can of enchilada sauce over them and topped them with a package of low sodium taco seasoning.  I pictured myself letting that simmer for several hours and then I’d get the flour tortillas out and make some cute taco bowls, boil some rice, and Mr. T and I would have awesome chicken taco enchilada rice bowls for dinner.  How quick, fun and easy, right?

I came back to my computer, and this time, I clicked on the Pin and followed it through to the recipe… yeah, maybe should have done that sooner.  It’s only 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce, only a couple teaspoons of taco seasoning and they baked the dish.

I’m nothing if not adventurous.  Well, at least when it comes to some things I can say that.  I decided to just let it go. I mean, it’s chicken, enchilada sauce and taco seasoning – you really can’t go wrong with those ingredients.

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Here is the original picture on Pinterest. Click through to see the “real” recipe.

Fast forward a couple of hours… The chicken mix was simmering nicely.  I started some water to boil and dropped in a boil-in-the-bag.  I pulled down my taco bowl making thingamajig and pulled out my flour tortillas.  Yeah, the fajita sized flour tortillas are too small for my taco bowl making thingamajig, so I improvised and used two flour tortillas and made a half bowl.  I was amazed that Target had fresh cilantro, but they did and I grabbed it when we were there earlier!

I put my half bowl taco shell on the plate, filled the bottom with rice, topped it with a couple of chicken breast tenderloins, some shredded cheddar, sour cream (only for me, Mr. T is not a fan) and then the fresh chopped cilantro.  I highly recommend my new recipe!  It was super yummy.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to read the directions or instructions.  Sometimes a pretty picture is all you need!

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Yup, that supper did just happen! And it was pretty darn good! (Notice my cup in the back ground? Told you I love Tie-Dye!!)

I will also admit that while in the pantry pulling down the flour tortillas I saw a can of cherry pie filling, so I knew behind that was the box of angel food cake – I grabbed both of those.  I found this recipe on Pinterest; however, apparently it’s been around forever.  One box of angel food cake and a can of pie filling – be it cherry, blueberry or pineapple.  Mix together until it foams, pour into a 9×13 and bake at 350 dg for 30 minutes.  It’s a great dessert, and apparently low in calories.  I prefer the cherry pie filling, but that’s just my preference.

Apparently I was feeling pretty domestic tonight!