Monday, May 31, 2010

Mission accomplished

My piles and piles and piles of laundry are done. I could add on a few more piles in there to make it more realistic. Like I had taken a series of Philadelphia jobs and saved all my laundry to wash back home in WA.
At every point when I thought I could see the end in sight, more laundry would emerge. Changing both of the kids' beds. Finding Chris' laundry still in the closet.

But, I made it through and it's done. And I'm very happy about that.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Daddy's Girlfriend

So the title to this may not seem like a happy thing but listen to this story:

While I ran into the grocery store for a few things, Chris drove across the parking lot with the kids to put gas in the car. The attendant was a woman that usually works as a checker inside the store and they were talking while Chris paid the bill. When they got into the car, Bec asked, "Daddy, is that your girlfriend?" Chris said, "No, she isn't my girlfriend." Bec says, "So, you don't have a girlfriend?" Chris says, "I have a girlfriend and it's Mommy." Bec asks, "My mommy?" Chris says, "Yes, your mommy." Bec thinks about this for a bit and says, "Karianne?" Chris says, "Your mommy is my girlfriend and after we had you and Ivy, then she turned into my wife." I wonder if I need some of the best eye cream for dark circles? Is that why Bec doesn't think I'm a worthy gf for his daddy?

I still don't think that Bec believed any of it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Watching weight

So, after being inspired by Katie and her explanation on the weight watchers points system, I signed up yesterday. And it's hard for me. And, I'm not sure how long I will last on it. Sometimes I'd like to find easy weight loss supplements instead.

But, the happy part about all of this is all that I'm learning! I'm addicted to the web page and am continually looking up recipes, foods and workouts. That part is very fun.

I'm not a big eater in the morning, but around noon, all the way through to dinner time I'm a hungry lady. I have to work on that. But, it's fun to challenge myself.

The timing for all of this is great this week. Mondays and Tuesdays are normally very good days for me to be motivated and to get things done. Wed-Friday, not so much. Any time PMS is involved, it's worse. So, let's take it day to day huh?

Spending time

Have you ever really thought about how you "spend" your time, just like money? I was thinking about this recently. Just the way that the wording plays out in real life. Yes, sometimes I think way too much about odd things.

Anyway, this weekend I spent my time very happily and wisely as far as I'm concerned. I drove to another part of the state to visit Melissa and meet up with Katie. Talk about a wonderful weekend and time very well spent in terms of my well being. These two are certified diamonds in my life.
Talking with friends, sleeping through the night and driving by myself did wonders to renew my spirit.

I feel even more in love with my life because of the way the time was spent. Wow, it's Tuesday and I'm still in a good mood!!

Love you guys!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Yes, You Can Make Homemade Bread

Baking bread makes me happy, mostly because other people enjoy freshly baked bread so much. :)

Basic Italian Bread Recipe, by Katiefucious

1 Tbsp (or 1 packet) yeast
2 cups warm milk (the fattier the better--I find buttermilk works wonderfully)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp salt
5 cups flour

**If you're using a bread machine, add the warm milk and yeast and let them sit for about five minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed. Use the dough setting. Add flour as needed, if the dough sticks to the sides.

**If you're mixing it by hand, do much the same thing, but knead the resulting dough with your hands for about ten minutes until it's smooth and not too sticky. A nice bread dough will feel soft and not lumpy. It will be doughy, but won't stick to everything. Add flour as needed. When the dough is nice and smooth, take out a large bowl and grease the sides and bottom of it with olive oil. Put the dough into the bowl and roll it around to make sure it is covered with oil. Cover the bowl with a damp towel. Let dough rise until doubled in size--about an hour or so.

When the dough has risen, punch it down and remove it from the bread machine or bowl. Separate it into two lumps, and shape them into your loaves. Put the loaves on an ungreased baking surface like a cookie sheet or pan--you can put them both on the same cookie sheet if there is enough room between them. There should be at least six or eight inches between them or they will stick to each other after they rise.

Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for another hour or so. If you can find a sunbeam, that works very well! The dough will rise until almost double in size again. If it doesn't rise quite that much, don't get frustrated.

When the dough is almost finished rising, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Depending on how you've shaped the loaves, baking time will vary. I check the loaves while they are baking. It will probably take at least 20 minutes, so maybe set your timer for 20 min and then check it every five minutes afterwards. When the outside of the loaf is a nice warm brown color--not too dark--the bread will be done.

Sometimes I roll out the dough and cut it into strips to make breadsticks. They are really really really really really good. Yummmmm.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chocolate Chess Pie

I just made my first Chocolate Chess Pie and I'm in love. Chocolate pie is my favorite so I was excited to try this one. I took out a book from the library, titled simply, "Pie" It has over 300 recipes in it. I'm looking for a used copy on ebay that will be somewhat affordable. Anyway, I used a refrigerated crust, but I partially baked it according to the recipe.

OMG!! What a difference it made with the bottom crust. It took longer, a lot more watching, but it is so good! I can't wait for Chris to try it.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


having myself and each of my family members fall asleep and stay asleep for the duration of the night. at all around the same time. That would be heaven. And at this point, an unattainable dream. Sigh. There is no need for any plus size lingerie in this house. Double sigh.

Friday, May 14, 2010

junk food and play places

Since I"m on my own for the weekend with the kiddos, I've been trying to think of things to do to get us out of the house and keep us busy. And to keep them away from the variety of electronics that I let them use during the week.

tonight we are meeting friends at McDonalds, where Chris doesn't like to eat. With the play place, the kids will go nuts and run around. me and tish will pass the baby back and forth, giving me a break from him breaking my arm off holding him.

Time to go!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

clothes time

It's time to break out the shorts and tanks around this place. Some may be hip hop clothes, flowing dresses or bathing suits, but a change of body coverings is in order.

Any reason to jazz up my look, or do something different is cause for a smile in my book. I spent the afternoon looking at goodwill for some original attire, but didn't find anything that I would spend my $ on. Next off, it's heading to the basement to figure out what I already have!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

large leaps

and small steps. The house has started to become more "us". We have had some major painting done, replaced some furniture and now we are having the outside painted. With each little personalization, (not including the new basement dehumidifier into that category) the house becomes ours.

But, I'm noticing more that it is the little things that really make it feel like home. I'm thinking about when I went to the basement and brought up some art prints I had done a while back. I set them up in our bedroom. They don't match. It doesn't "add" anything to the room from a design point. But each night when I fall asleep and look at them, I feel at home.

Friday, May 7, 2010

New Job!!!

Joel got offered another part time job! Yippee! And it could possible grow into full time. We will see! Oh so happy and proud of him!