Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I can't believe our holiday is almost over!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I love chips, but I'd have to say tortilla chips and queso (not spicy queso though).
Favorite Comfort Foods:
All things CHEESECAKE!!!
Favorite Picnic Lunches:
I've not had many picnic lunches in my lifetime. I usually just stop by a deli and pick things up to take. I do love a good potato salad and juicy coleslaw.
Best Food Smell Memory:
Fresh Krispy Kreme Donuts
Best Summer Snack:
The many different varieties of GRAETER'S Ice Cream! I have had a love affair with their ice cream since starting college! I'm not worried about where we move too.....they ship anywhere in the US!!!
Favorite Winter Snack:
Most Likely to Eat for Lunch:
Leftovers from last night's dinner, beanie weenies, or California Pizza Kitchen individual pizza.
Food that makes me gag:
I don't have a particular food, but many food smells if they are too strong make me ill. McDonalds and Taco Bell especially (my husband can attest to this).
Soup or Salad:
Soup anyday over salad! I am really getting into making different types of soups.
Favorite Breakfast Foods:
Fried Eggs (Fried hard, brownish color)
Favorite Type of Chocolate:
Sugar Free Mint Dark Chocolates by Dove
Diet Sunkist, Diet Mountain Dew, Starbucks
Smooth or Crunchy Peanut Butter:
Foods I Hated as a child, but love now:
yogurt, granola, various types of cheeses, and many others....I wasn't really exposed to a wide variety of foods growing up, so a lot of things have been new experiences for me the past few years.
Weirdest Food Habits:
I don't drink when I eat my food, it upsets my stomach.
Here are a few pictures from The Grove Park Inn's National Gingerbread House Competition. I made a special request that we go view them, and my MIL happily said yes! I overheard a judge talking about how everything must be edible that is used, and they actually will "spot drill" into random places on the gingerbread houses to make sure the rules are being followed.
Ben and I hamming it up for the camera!
"There's a little bit of fruitcake left in every one of us." - Jimmy Buffett
This is the outfit that I bought to wear to Ben's graduation. I was too lazy to put it on to take a picture, but you will see me rocking this outfit on December 11th. :) I am thinking of getting a pair of boots to go with it.
This is a self-portrait with the apron string tied around my waist, then tied back again in the front. This is a huge deal to me, because in high school working at a pizza place, I could barely get my apron tied around me. I worked with several other thin people who were able to double wrap their apron strings, and I really wanted to be able to do this. NOW I CAN! What a great victory!
Monday, November 23, 2009
We are going to look at upholstery fabrics to cover a sofa and chair that Ben's family is giving to us. If we don't like anything there, we will look tomorrow in Asheville at The Biltmore Villiage. Tomorrow we are going to see the Gingerbread House Competition. I will have photos from that. It was one of my favorite parts of last year.
Ben is making a phone call in a little bit about meeting up with the pastor search committee of a church that is located close to the coast in North Carolina. I would love living near the coast!!! I am VERY interested in meeting these people, and seeing what they have to say. :)
My sleep was off and on last night, so I'm going to lay back down for a nap.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Basic Training 101 (six classes)
Advanced Training (four classes)
Mastering the Art of Soups
Biscuits, Rolls, and Cornbread
Date Night Class with HH
Basic Knife Skills
Homemade Pizza Pies
An Evening with Friends Cooking Class
Yummy Soups and Sandwiches
17 classes in January through March (there are a few more I would like to squeeze in if time permits)
Maybe I should be a cook for a living....just sayin!
"I've got my mind set on Thanksgiving,
Set on Thanksgiving,
But it's gonna take butter,
a whole lot of precious butter,
to do it right child....."
There were more verses, but that is all I can remember right now! :) I love HH!
I had the most lively faculty meeting EVER yesterday in my nine years of teaching. WOW! Claws were coming out everywhere, and I didn't have to voice my opinion because it was being shared by several others and I couldn't get a word in edgewise even if I wanted. People who are normally cool as can be were hotter than hot.
Our counselor is leading the meeting because the principal has to be somewhere else. She basically tells us we have about twenty hours of secretarial work to do because the district is using a new form. She says snarky little things like, "Don't shoot the messenger," and "At least you have thirty minutes now to get started," Several people left the room to call the union, a grievance is being filed, and wow....craziness is all I can say. I can't wait to find out what happens today. The meeting ended with the counselor telling us to give back our records, and she was crying.
Two more days, and I'm off for NINE! :) My kids get to hear the "puberty" talk today. I'll be in with the boys of fifth grade. FUN TIMES!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We came back, and I started to help HH make the deviled eggs, but let him finish them up. I then took a very nice nap. :) I love naps. I wish I could take one every single day. The world would be a much happier place.
Last night we got together with my surgery weight loss friends. I've not been able to see them since the wedding. I really like these people, and many of them have fascinating stories I want to soak in. I am quickly reminded (in my head, not by them), that I don't know all the answers, but I can gain quite a bit of wisdom the more I keep my mouth shut and just listen.
I am off to get ready for church. Enjoy your day.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I know this place looks like the city dump exploded in here, but there really has been a lot of progress. Please don't do anything to clean any of this up. As soon as I come home, I'll go right to bed with you, and as soon as I wake up tomorrow, I'll get right to work on making the place look right. For now, there is trash (chocolate, peanut butter, rice chex, and powdered sugar) on the counter, and a few episodes of "24" are already in the DVD player. Please relax and enjoy yourself, and I'll see you soon. Until then, I remain
Your Loving Husband,
This is only a limited view of the mess in our living room. Grill stuff is EVERYWHERE. After only three months of arguing with Sears, we finally have it. Ben is also pleased to report that he has gotten further with this one than the first one. (Some major component broke on the first one.) Maybe sometime soon there will be pictures of food on the grill like the food I salivate over at The Biggest Diabetic Loser!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I was comparing myself to my two cousins. One of my cousins has put on a decent bit of weight, but she really needed too, as we thought for some time that she had an eating disorder. The other has always been stick thin. I was seeing where I "ranked" between the two of them.
Tonight HH and I are going to the rodeo. Then, I am going straight to bed. I was so tired today, I felt like a zombie.
I'll post pictures tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I am beginning to accept that others just see the me that is in the mirror now. Perhaps they don't evaluate every morsel of food I put into my mouth as "shes going to gain all that weight back."
I'll have more thoughts on this subject later.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tonight those things to add to that list are:
* Cornbread Stuffing
* Corn pudding
Previous items include things like: ribs and cream cheese frosting (although not together)!
I'm really enjoying this class I have. My personality and sense of humor is able to come out more and more, and I really like the relationship we are forming.
Tomorrow is bloodwork followup, dentist (crown), and the chiropractor. Tomorrow is the only night I can cook for HH, so I am making chili per his request. I need to find a new recipe to try. I also need to write for national boards.....
Sunday, November 8, 2009
How old was your mom when she had you?
How many siblings do you have?
How many people live in your household?
What year were you born?
What was the year of your first car?
How many tattoos do you have?
How many piercings do you have?
What time did you wake up this morning?
How old were you when Challenger blew up?
6 years old
How old were you when the twin towers were hit?
What is your average electric bill?
How many tvs are in your house?
What time do you get out of work?
Officially 3:50, yet there is always a meeting.
HH and I outside the hall for The Screwtape Letters. I tried taking a picture inside, but got in trouble because of copyright issues (I did it before the play started, but the set was in view.) The Brown Theater is very pretty, and I wanted to show it off to you folks. This is my new outfit from JJill, and I love it! The skirt is a medium, and I could have gotten a small. I love it when that happens.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
HH in front of the big reflective thing at the Science Center.
HH playing a game at the Science Center.
Yet another exhibit of why I always have my digital camera with me. Look at these fine vehicles people...after I was sure there were not people inside them, we stopped the car, and took the photo opportunity.
HH cooking up a storm for our "Date Night" cooking class. He was such a sport! Not only did he entertain me, but others around us as they cooked. I am going back to cooking class this Tuesday! :)
I really want this apron....who doesn't want an apron with pearls? Nothing says high maintenance like that ......