Who Are You

30 01 2009

Got this in an email from a friend and thought I’d post it here.  You have to answer each question with only one word.

  1. Where is your cell phone?  purse
  2. Your significant other?  work
  3. Your hair?  ponytail
  4. Your mother?  anal
  5. Your father?  country
  6. Your favorite thing?  crafts
  7. Your dream last night?  didn’t
  8. Your favorite drink?  Late
  9. Your dream/goal?  professor
  10. The room you’re in?  beige
  11. Your fear?  alone
  12.  Where do you want to be in 6 years?  mom
  13. Where were you last night?  Naxx
  14.  What you’re not?  skinny
  15. Muffins?  blueberry
  16. One of your wish list items:  printer
  17. Where you grew up?  Austin
  18. The last shopping you did? groceries
  19. What are you wearing?  Jeans
  20. Your TV?  big
  21. Your pet?  Bulldog
  22. Your computer?  Mac
  23. Your life?  busy
  24. Lost any Emails?  no
  25. Missing someone?  godson
  26. Your car?  purple
  27. Something you’re not wearing?  earings
  28. Favorite Store?  Hobby Lobby
  29. Your summer?  soon
  30. When is the last time you laughed?  last night
  31. Last time you cried?  unknown

If you write a blog, do this one yourself and let me know, I’ll compile a list of links here.  You could also do this in the comments.

Have a great weekend!!





To Do List

27 01 2009

In order to keep myself accountable here’s the to do list I posted last week and my progress!

  • Pick up the house for Craft Day on Sat  – Got this done, Craft Day was fun!
  • Gather raid mats for WoW (if you don’t know what WoW is… let’s just say that it’s a computer game that I spend waaaaay too much time playing)  – Didn’t get this done at all, I did the Elders thing.
  • Update addons for WoW – Didn’t do this either
  • Look into selling stuff on Etsy.  What gets reported to the IRS?  Will I have to pay self employment taxes?  How do I decide how much to charge for shipping?  Would anyone buy the stuff I make?  If so, how much will they pay for the stuff I make? – Started on this one, still need to do a little more research before I try to post anything
  • Set up sewing machine for Craft Day – Didn’t wind up doing any sewing
  • Finish Mom’s scarf for the next time I see her in Feb – On the docket for this week
  • Find some bookcases on the cheap – Probably get around to this next month
  • Set up spare bedroom furniture – Also probably next month
  • Decide how do decorate spare bedroom (I’m leaning towards blue, yellow, and white) – Want to wait and see how it looks with furniture in there to decide how to decorate
  • Make Dr and Dentist appointments – This week
  • Get eyebrows waxed – Still need to do this
  • Get back on the Weight Watchers wagon – Started back on the diet yesterday, doing ok so far
  • Decide what to wear to the comedy club tomorow (going to see Joe Rogan and I’m super excited)The show was really good.  We had a blast, I wore a cute pink t-shirt and jeans
  • Make baby quilt for the next time I see them (31st of this month probably) – I has a plan… and the fabric isn’t even cut, probably won’t be ready for this month, maybe next month.
  • Put pictures of my “Work-In-Progress” stuff up on the blog – Need to get Hubby to get pictures off of the camera for me
  • Talk to Matt about self-hosting my blogs – Not quite ready for this, need to have some free time available
  • After I talk to Matt, talk to Zack about graphicsDid talk to Zack, should have a Lunar Fest banner up on the WoW blog soon
  • Buy food for the dog and catPets are fed!
  • Get filterd water for the fish tank – got the water, it’s still in my car

Wasn’t a terrily productive weekend, but I did get a few things done.  To give myself a little credit, a lot of this wasn’t actually slated for this weekend.  I did accomplish most of what I wanted to get done this weekend.  Got to keep checking things off the list!





To Do List

22 01 2009

Inspired by this post from a blog that I read, today my good readers, you get a glimpse into my crazy little life and see my to do list.  In no particular order:

  • Pick up the house for Craft Day on Sat
  • Gather raid mats for WoW (if you don’t know what WoW is… let’s just say that it’s a computer game that I spend waaaaay too much time playing)
  • Update addons for WoW
  • Look into selling stuff on Etsy.  What gets reported to the IRS?  Will I have to pay self employment taxes?  How do I decide how much to charge for shipping?  Would anyone buy the stuff I make?  If so, how much will they pay for the stuff I make?
  • Set up sewing machine for Craft Day
  • Finish Mom’s scarf for the next time I see her in Feb
  • Find some bookcases on the cheap
  • Set up spare bedroom furniture
  • Decide how do decorate spare bedroom (I’m leaning towards blue, yellow, and white)
  • Make Dr and Dentist appointments
  • Get eyebrows waxed
  • Get back on the Weight Watchers wagon
  • Decide what to wear to the comedy club tomorow (going to see Joe Rogan and I’m super excited)
  • Make baby quilt for the next time I see them (31st of this month probably)
  • Put pictures of my “Work-In-Progress” stuff up on the blog
  • Talk to Matt about self-hosting my blogs
  • After I talk to Matt, talk to Zack about graphics
  • Buy for for the dog and cat
  • Get filterd water for the fish tank

Lot’s to do!  Time to get busy!





I Have a Confession

20 01 2009

I did not vote for Obama.

Sorry.  I didn’t.

I’m not a huge McCain fan, and I don’t think Obama’s going to do a bad job either.  I’m a republican at heart though.  I’m pro-choice, and against prayer in schools, but other than that I’m fairly conservative (which is like saying you worship the devil here in Austin). 

Even being a republican, I think Obama is going to be good for the country.  I think he’ll set us on the path to turning around the economy.  We have reached the point where we need the government to be the “spender of last resort.”  We’ve tried lowering interest rates (and OMG they are low!), we’ve tried tax rebates… people just aren’t spending right now and the problem only compounds itself.  A republican isn’t likley to do that spending, but democrats typically aren’t afraid to spend (please don’t crucify me… broad generalizations here people).

That’s not really my point.  The reason I didn’t vote for him is that he scares me.  He’s YOUNG!  He’s really YOUNG!  A lot of people my age think it’s great.  They think it’s refreshing.  They think he’ll bring new perspective to the office.  He probably will. 

My issue is what did he do to get where he is so quickly?  In order to run for (and win) the presidency you need support, funds, name recognition…  his political career is so young, how did he get all of that?  He’s very charismatic, but I really find it hard to believe that he won the presidency just with his sparkling personality.  The people who help you win a presidency don’t do so out of the goodness of their hearts.  They trade favors.  What favors has he promised and to who?  We won’t know until he’s fulfilled them.

These concerns are true for anyone in any political office.  They’re not unique to Obama.  It just seems to me that with his lack of time in the political machine, he probably had to trade more favors than a candidate that’s been in the system longer. 

Like I said earlier, I think he’ll be good for the economy.  Something has to change.  That seems to be what Obama’s about.  However, I find myself waiting for the other shoe to drop.  He’s such and unknown quantity.

I also wonder if he can live up to the expectation that the nation has put on him.  I’m not sure any human alive could accomplish what we as a nation want him to!  The one thing I’m confident about is that he will try.  I do believe that he will do his best, and that’s all we can ask of him.





Babies, Babies Everywhere

15 01 2009

Is it just me or does it seem like EVERYONE is having babies?  Let me list for you all the people I know who are pregnant or have recently had a kiddo:

  1. Ex Co-worker due in Feb
  2. Good friend in the Dallas/FW area also due in Feb
  3. A couple we used to play poker with is due in May I think
  4. One of the ladies in my bible study just told us last night she is pregnant and due in July
  5. Another who just joined our bible study group is due in May
  6. The leader of our bible study group just started their last attempt at IVF
  7. Another just had a baby at the end of Dec (her 2nd)
  8. My sister-in-law had her son a couple of months ago
  9. Another friend had her son at the end of Oct
  10. A couple that got married around the same time we did had their 2nd about a year ago
  11. My husbands co-worker had a baby about 3 months ago
  12. Another of my husband’s co-workers has a 1 year old kiddo.

I don’t know all that many people… and I need my toes for that list and I know a few more couples that are trying! 

I’ve got no issue with people having kids, I’ve got baby fever so bad I can hardly stand it.  It just leaves me wondering…

I remember sitting in my dorm room on 9/12/01, we had been watching the news non-stop for a ridiculously long period of time (I still have a hard time watching the news because of that experience), and some sociologist came on predicting another baby boom.  He claimed that when a society goes through an event that threatens their existence (like 9/11 or WWII which was the precipitating event for the previous baby boom) people tend to loose some of their inhibitions.  They live a little more in the moment, get married younger, have kids earlier and have more of them.  They make life decisions differently because the feel as if their lives were nearly taken away from them.

I don’t know about anyone else but I feel like he hit the nail on the head.  [Side note: I just did the math and realized that I got engaged about a month and a half after 9/11.  I can’t say for sure but it wouldn’t surprise me if 9/11 had an impact on my decision making]  In my personal observation, my generation (people in their 20’s right now) are getting married younger, having kids younger, and having more kids than the generation before mine (those in their 30’s right now).  Of the couples I know that are under, say 35, we’re close to being married the longest (6 years).  Of that same group of people, I’m also one of the youngest at 25. 

Also in my own observations, my generation tends to be from smaller families.  I know just as many only children as I do people with siblings but very few with more than 2 siblings.  My parents generation came from larger families (my mom was one of 7 and my dad was one of 6; they just had me).  Granted, that’s likley due to the larger availablilty of reliable birth control.  However I am seeing people having larger families again (I want a large family myself).  I’m seeing an increase in stay at home moms or work from home moms.  I feel like in the 90’s there was a general attiude of making kids work around the parents life.  People were taking their kids everywhere and not changing their lifestlye to accomodate a young child.  It was kind of revolutionary.  There was a feeling that an adult didn’t have to give up being an adult in order to have kids.  I feel like our society has come back the other way in the last 10 years.  Back to parents molding their lives around their kids.  Back to a more family-centric attiude.

I also wonder if I’m just “that age” and it’s purely coincidence.  Everyone talks about phases in their life, first where everyone you know is getting married, then where everyone’s having kids (there’s 2 more but they’re depressing and I think you can guess what they are!).  Maybe my observations about families and kids are simply that I’m older and paying more attention.  Maybe nothing’s really changed… just my perception of it.

I wonder if it’s just me or if we really are seeing another baby boom.  I’m not sure it’s been long enough to make that determination yet.  I wonder what the divorce rate will be in 10 years with so many couples getting married in their early 20’s.  Will the attiudes that seem to have precipitated from 9/11 and brought about the things I have “observed” last us into our middle age years?

I’m wondering (as I’m sure you are too) what my point is… the truth is I’m not sure I have one.  Just throwing some thoughts out there to get them out of my head. 

I ask you, my 2 or 3 readers, have you observed the same things I have?





People! Please THINK While Writing Patterns

7 01 2009

If you don’t crochet or knit most of this post will be gibberish so feel free to mark as read and move on.

I get e-mails from Joann’s about sales and stuff.  I got one today that had a couple of free patterns advertised.  Since I’m all about free stuff I moseyed on over to check them out.  Here’s the hat pattern that I think is abysmal.  It’s fairly clear to me that this pattern was simply converted from a knitting pattern by someone who doesn’t crochet.  It’s worked from the bottom up (like most knitting patterns) instead of from the top down (like most crochet patterns).  The bottom part is worked flat and then joined.  The top is worked in rounds from there.  I can’t immagine how awakward it is to crochet along the inside, working towards the point, of a concave piece.  Crochet is much smoother to work from the point outwards.  Knitting is exactly the opposite.

There’s a note at the botton that this is an adaptation of a Lion Brand pattern and if memory serves the pattern is knitted.  In my mind Joann’s is a reputable source and it makes me really mad when they spit out patterns just to get more hits on their website.  There was obviously no thought as to how the piece would come together.  It seems very clear to me that the pattern writer doesn’t actually crochet.

Anywhoo, that’s enough of me ranting.  Maybe I’ll re-write the pattern in a way that makes sense… in my spare time between 3 and 4 in the morning!





Chicken Noodle Soup

7 01 2009

It’s soup weather around here… you know cold, wet, rainy, and just plain miserable.  Today is a little better but I understand it’s going right back tomorrow or Friday.  Since I crave soup when the weather is cold I thought I’d share my recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup.  It’s more of a ratio than a recipe so you can scale it to any size batch you want.

Ingredients:

  • Rotisserie Chicken (you can use any kind of cooked chicken you like)
  • Diced Carrots
  • Diced Celery
  • Diced Onion
  • Noodles (smaller is usually better)
  • Chicken Broth
  • Oil or Butter (I prefer butter, but you can use canola oil to make it a little lighter)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

What you want is for the carrots, celery, and onion together to equal the amount of chicken you have.  The average rotisserie chicken I buy will give somewhere between 3 and 4 cups of meat so I use between 1-1 1/3 cups of each veggie.  For the broth you want enough to cover the veggies 3-4 times depending on if you want a chunkier or a borth-ier soup.  For my usual batch it’ll be 2 – 2 1/2 of the large cans of broth.  As for the noodles, that’s a matter of taste.  I like the “No-Yolks” brand of egg noodles.  I like the flavor and they hold up really well after soaking in the broth overnight, most noodles get really mushy and fall apart after soaking in the soup overnight which makes leftovers very mediocre.  I use about 1/2 of a package for my normal batch.

Directions:

  • Put oil/butter and the veggies in your soup pot over medium heat with a little salt
  • Sweat* until soft, about 5-10 mins depending on the size of your veggies.
  • Add your chicken broth – add enough to fully submerge the veggies and then triple or quadruple that amount
  • Bring to a full boil then add the noodles and cook as directed on the package (8-10 mins usually)
  • After the noodles are cooked, add the chicken and heat until the chicken is warmed through
  • Add salt and/or pepper to taste
  • Serve with crackers, it’s also really good with grilled cheese.
  • Sometimes the noodles will soak up so much of the broth that you won’t have much liquid left the next day.  I like to keep a couple of extra cans of broth around in case this happens

* Sweat – A sweat is just like Sauteing but lower heat.  The easy way to tell the difference is that a sautee will make noise and a sweat won’t.  Sautee cooks the veggies too hard and fast for soups and usually involves browning and/or carmelization of the sugars which I also don’t like for soup.