Well, my last post was a while ago and it was quite a downer. I haven’t felt like posting much since then. I find myself working a lot more than is probably healthy, but I’m going to be changing that. Why? Because I’m having a baby. After 14 years of marriage, we’ve taken the plunge. We’re expecting a boy in March. I’ll try to avoid the ins and outs of pregnancy because let’s be honest, there is plenty of that out there already. If I post, it will be what it usually is; a rambling of words coming from my mind to my fingertips. You’ve been warned!
On the morning of Sunday, June 16, 2013, we said goodbye for the last time to Skittles, our cat of 15 and a half years. She was getting very sick and finally reached the point where we knew it was the end. She made it to her 16th birthday, getting a can of Friskies as a special birthday treat. She even had the chance to enjoy being outside and in the sunbeams one last time. She had a well traveled life and is definitely missed.
I decided to give another cauliflower pizza crust a try. This time I tried The Lucky Penny’s, “BEST Cauliflower Crust Pizza.” Prep wise, it was fairly easy. I don’t know if perhaps I needed more herbs but all I tasted was the cauliflower. While I love cauliflower, I wished it hadn’t been so overwhelming. I think I’ll try it again with a bit more herbs than the recipe.
Perhaps all of these years of spicy foods has done in my tastebuds. Oh no! I’ve become my father!
This weekend I put myself first. I have put off and put off redoing this site and this weekend I did it. I am not completely done. I am not settled on the colors and logo. But I am picky, so it will take time.
I do have to thank the bumble bee that I stepped on. Had it not stung me and made walking painful, I probably would have done yard work or something that “needed” to be done. I have a hard time taking time for myself. I think we all know that.
So back to that bumble bee sting. 36 hours later and it is still swollen, itching and painful. I have discovered that the use of toothpaste does help. I am taking an antihistamine and that is probably why this is turning into a ramble. Sorry about that.
So how many people have actually done the things they’ve posted on their Pinterest boards? I’ve been pretty good about trying the ones on mine. For the food pins, I have used my office as my test subjects, much to their waistline’s displeasure I am sure. I’ve cut back and occasionally have Josh try them. I think I’ve only had one recipe that I didn’t like (a brie bake).
I took a hiatus from Pinterest at one point. Their terms of service made me uncomfortable. Times have changed and I’ve started pinning again. I didn’t really miss anything as I’m seeing a lot of the same pins pop up. I tend to use it for blog hopping. A find a pin I like, check out the site, and then start the hopping from there. You should try it. You might find something fun.
I’ve been terrible about posting my recipes. Well. I’ll get to that another day. How about I post some links that I have tried or an itching to try.
Been There, Done That or Things I’ve Given a Go:
- Asiago, Rosemary Cheese Crackers – These were good but didn’t taste the same after a few hours. Note: Make sure you use round silicone cups, not cupcake liner style cups. Cleanup was terrible.
- Banana Pancakes – The banana flavor is very overpowering. If you love bananas, this should be a go for you! Easy version of the recipe is 2-3 eggs and one ripe banana. Mash it very well and mix it all together. Voila, pancake batter
- No Bake Oreo Truffles – OK. I couldn’t bare to use cream cheese, so I substituted about 3/4 of a container of vanilla icing. Office Tested & Approved.
- No Bake Cookies – Sweet! No really. These are super sweet. Almost too sweet. Office Tested & Approved.
- Peanut Butter Balls – Product performs as expected! Office Tested & Approved.
- Cauliflower Crust Pizza – Amen! My first attempt didn’t go so well. I didn’t get enough moisture out of my cauliflower and it didn’t hold together well. My second attempt was successful and Office Tested & Approved!
Let’s Go On an Adventure or Stuff I Haven’t Tried Yet:
- Easy Hot Spinach Salsa Queso Dip – Hello! Combining two of my favorite things?
- Spinach Gruyere Puff Pastry Pinwheels – Yum
Occasionally I get a break. Not as often as I want. A lot of times I just want one day that doesn’t have a request for assistance. I try not to enable people so I push back but it can be difficult. People as a whole are difficult. I don’t mind helping but I sometimes need more patience by the time I get home and I don’t know where to find it.
I have been using audiobooks to clear my head on the drive home. That has helped. Game of Thrones is my current auditory distraction. I am hoping it continues to help.
Ok. This was a bit of a ramble, but I needed it.
Oh my dear site. I’m sorry. I promise it was worth it. It’s taken nearly five years and a lot of hard work but I have a new title at work! I still do what I have been doing for the past three years but now it’s official that I am doing it.
In other news, I joined the dark side and got an iPhone. I decided to give it a whirl. It’s not like I couldn’t sell it for a decent price if I didn’t like it. So far so good. Everyone is on me about not faffing over it. It’s okay. It’s not the bees knees or anything. Honestly, there hasn’t been too much of a difference for me. It does what my android did. It’s kind of been more of a hassle when it comes to music and ringtones. I don’t use it for movies, so I can’t say how it does there. It was way easier to load music on my android.
When it comes to performance, I’ve had tactile response issues with the screen. It’s frozen on me a few times and it has turned itself off on me a couple of times too. I was NOT a happy camper then. I couldn’t get it to turn itself back on and it finally took plugging it in to my computer to get it back on. It had 86% battery life too. No idea what caused it, but it happened. Just thankful I had my work phone in case there was an emergency.
I did buy myself a little present for my phone. Actually, it was for any device. I got a little Belkin Bluetooth Receiver for Smartphones. My car doesn’t have Bluetooth in it (that apparently came standard in the next year’s model). I don’t listen to local radio unless it is the news channel for traffic. So, I prefer listening to TripleJ or audiobooks (Game of Thrones is my latest kick). I had been researching Bluetooth receivers for a while and kept going back to this one. I have not had good luck with the FM transmitters. Even the so-called good brand ones. I found that there were two Belkin models that looked identical. A bit more research led me to discover that they were. Interestingly enough, one sells for twice the price of the one I got! Make sure you get the F4U037 model!
So what else did I buy? A clear back bumper for my phone and oh yes, a new septic leach field. Don’t be jealous. I’d forgotten what it was like to be able to use water without fear of something really bad happening (like non-clear liquids coming back out of pipes). Thankfully we never got to the point of wrong things coming from the pipes, but the fear was there. Oh yes, it was there! So yes, don’t be jealous. Really. I mean it. New leach field, it’s worth it.
I think I realized why I haven’t posted much. There are a couple of possibilities. I feel like I’m being narcissistic. This site used to be a way for me to update my family about what is going on in my life, but now that I am living so close, it’s become a moot point. Then there is the social media aspect. With the prevalence of Twitter and Facebook I wonder if maybe I’m putting too much of myself out there.
So maybe they are just excuses. Who knows. I’m not giving up my site. Sometimes it is fun to look back and see what I was doing 15 years ago.
So the dear little miss Brittany is getting ready to graduate. She has been accepted to college and is getting all of her paperwork squared away. Wait. Did you hear me? Brittany is getting ready to graduate! Holy crap.
I teased her the other day that I still have her “letters” to me from when she was a wee youngin. They usually involved stick figures or hand traces. I saved them and will probably give them to her when she gets older. I have her sister’s too. Her brother wasn’t really into writing but I have some great videos of him as a baby.
When was the last time you looked at photos from over 15 years ago? It is good to remember those days. Good and bad, they are what made you.