Saturday, September 27, 2008
Anyway, when I find ones I like, I add them to my favorites. I don't always get to go and visit their blogs, but I do lurk through them every once in a while. So, I thought I might point them out to you so you can check them out and maybe find something else to read on those days that you are bored and looking for something to read. And on those days when you come here and find that I haven't posted in a week or a month or... whatever.
(Side note, I would like to point out that this is my SIXTH post in as many days!!!! Huzzza!)
*NOTE* This post was written on 9/25/08 and scheduled to post on the 27th. Because there is already another post scheduled for today. And I didn't want to double post and overload ya'll. Now that I know (after 3 years of writing this!!!) that I can schedule posts, maybe there will be more of them! Kinda feels like cheating. But it makes it much easier to sit down on a Sunday and write posts and have it all done with! Then wait on the comments. *snicker* OK, on with the post...
Anyway... here are a few links. But first!! Just to remind you... (and to let any new readers know - I don't want to deprive them) the first blog I check every day, and several times through the day... is Pioneer Woman. I absolutely love her blog. After seeing me check it for the umpteenth time one day, Jeff said, "you should just see if you can go live with her." Ha! You don't think I haven't already tried? Sheesh. I'm sure she gets several requests for that. Could you imagine living with her and being surrounded by all those cowboys? Ooops, sorry Jeff, but it was your suggestion. I just meant they would be good for ... keeping things running right and getting the cows. Yeah. That's it. I have also tried a lot of her recipes, and have loved every one.
Also, I'm not quite sure how I found her, but Smitten Kitchen is another good site for recipes. Even when she is making something I don't really like, I still love reading recipes and what she writes. Yeah, I'm weird like that. I used to get the Taste of Home magazine at home and when it came, I read it from cover to cover. Love it. However, I never did much cooking from it. I really want to try Smitten Kitchen's Chocolate Peanutbutter Cake. If I do, I will invite those of you who live near me to try it. If there is any left after Jeff and Conor see it.
Another one I found through a series of links (possibly through Smitten Kitchen), and another food blog - thought it is not all about food - is Orangette. I so want to make that Honey Ice Cream she has in her latest post.
A non-food blog, but someone who is very crafty (I *so* wish I was a "crafty" person, I just don't have it in me yet!) and very fun to read (it's not all about crafts!) is gigglepotamus. She is the wife of Poop and Boogies author, and she is just as funny and fun to read as he is, IMO. She is currently pregnant with her 3rd son, and you have to admire her living with 3 boys already - now there will be a 4th. I'm sure the funny stories will only get better. :) Oh, and their boys? They are soooo cute.
Anyway, just thought I would share some of my "go-to" blogs when I get the time to go reading after I have finished clicking through the ones linked on my blog. I'll probably update my links and add these someday... but not right now. :) Go click and enjoy! You might find something good to fix for dinner, too.
Oh, and any of you male readers? If you need advice on how to ... uhhh... attract a woman? Read Pioneer Woman's story about how she and her husband met. That story has had to make every woman who has read it weak in the knees. Oh, ok, here is the link directly to the chapters she has posted.
Also, if you haven't read Pioneer Woman by now? It will take you months to get through her archives and you should just start now. Yeah... I know. Is there a self help program for addiction to blogs? BA? Blogs anonymous?
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
And here is an old picture I found of the kids... before I had a digital camera. It just seems to be missing something.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Anyway, we had a pizza and cake party on Wed of last week to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of being bought. He came down for the party (his work site is quite a bit north) and gave me a "farewell" gift.
A coffee mug (and he didn't even know I collect them!), a pen, and a sign for my cubicle. The mug is engraved:
Monday, September 22, 2008
Anyway, it's on for now, so I thought I would share some tree pictures from my grandma's house.
Here is the pole that fell in her yard (she has a lot of land, so her yard is pretty big). You can see the two trees down in the distance of this photo as well.
Here are some closer pictures of those two trees:
My uncles, cousins, and step dad worked on this tree on Friday and got it off the house. It was tangled in the electric lines so they wanted to get it off the house so it didn't catch on fire if the lines became live before the electric company knew about it. There was a bit of damage to the roof, but nothing major I don't think.
Last night (Sunday night) a crew of men from North Carolina showed up and cleared the lines and restored power to their houses. According to my mom, when they turned them on there were some sparks on grandma's roof, but the men were right there to take care of it and there wasn't any damage.
Grandma offered them drinks and to feed them dinner, but they declined. She is one of the best cooks so they should have taken her up on it, although, I think it was a time constraint. There were more places that needed worked on.
So everyone is relieved to have their electric back and for things to start getting back to normal. There is still more cleanup to be done, but that is just a matter of time.
On the positive side... because you always have to look for the positives, don't you? Tons of fire wood for the winter. Just have to get it split and let it season. =)
I hope it all holds up!
Friday, September 19, 2008
They have a recorded message if you call them... "blah blah blah, we are working with the power company and as soon as power is restored, cable service will be restored..." which is total crap because I never lost power, yet I don't have my cable restored.
And they won't even talk to me. The auto thing says "goodbye" and that is all. All I want is for them to talk to me. A little one-on-one conversation so they can let me know that they haven't assumed that we have everything fine because our power never went out.
So they can't tell me that they are working in my area on such and such day... or that it's possible to have it restored by Sunday... anything. Yeah, I know... we shouldn't be so reliant on this stuff. And... yeah, we can survive without it.
Except Jeff takes online classes. His classes are moving on without him and he will have to try to catch up. One of the classes is a Linux Server class and he has a Linux Server set up at out house to use for the assignments. He can't just lug it around to other people's houses to do his homework.
He is also still looking for a job. Who knows who might have called this week to offer him a job, just to find a message that say, "we're sorry, your call did not go through" upon dialing our number.
And I need the Internet to prove my arguments with him! We talk about something... he disagrees with me and I CAN'T LOOK IT UP ON THE INTERNET AND SAY "HAHAHAHAHA I'M RIGHT!!" Which, we all know I am, but he just doesn't accept my word for it.
I'm thinking about calling another service company and saying, "If you can get out to my house and set it up before my cable company gets around to repairing, I will switch to you." Because, they will at least give me a date.
OK, so I will wait until Monday to do that. Maybe. ;)
After volleyball last night, I played around a little more with Photoshop. Maybe someday I will be good at it, but... it's just lacking. So NOT as good as Barb's. =( If I ever get internet again, I might show you what I have done!
I also don't have all of my templates and stuff that I got from Misty Cato - they were on my old computer. I do have them on an external drive, but I couldn't find them all when I was transferring stuff the other day.
I miss the Internet at home. It's just not the same at work. They block all the really good sites. I can't even go to youtube anymore to listen to music while I work. BooHooo.
OK, back to work. Can't be writing here all day, ya know.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Others in my family were not so lucky, and I have pictures to show of that... but since I don't have Internet at home I cannot share them!
So, no school this week because... they didn't have electricity either. But lo and behold, somehow my work was the only freaking building in the area that did not lose power. I woke up Monday morning, figuring that we wouldn't have work. I did the cursory drive to work though - dedicated worker that I am. (HA!) No traffic lights. No morning coffee from McDonalds. No business in site open. But I walk up to my office? Lights on. OK... so... we need the Internet to work too, that's probably down. No? Really? We get to work all day? Yippee!
Meanwhile we are plotting to find the incoming power source and cut it ourselves. OK, so... we didn't really. But we all wanted to!
While I got to work, my family (Jeff and the kids) went to my mom's to help out with the cleanup over there. A tree fell on the garage and Jack's truck. A few fell at my grandma's house as well, but due to them being tangled in electric lines, they weren't trying to remove them yet.
After work, I went over and helped a little bit as well, but by the time I got there they were all wore out and ready to quit. So, we went home, I made some food and my mom came over to eat and take a shower.
The kids were off school on Tuesday and Wednesday as well - the electric got turned on at the schools sometime Wednesday night. Not sure if they have food to feed them or not, but... they went today.
So, what did I do with my evenings without the Internet to distract me? Well aside from dinner/dishes/laundry... last night I sewed. Yes! I do know how! Just because it is not something I do often, doesn't mean I don't know how. I took Home Ec in 8th grade, ya know. And yes, I'm well aware of how long ago that was, thank you very much, but it's not hard to remember how to take a needle and thread and poke it through material.
Besides, two pairs of my pants had holes in the seams that needed sewed. Yes, I was still wearing these pants with the holes in them... they weren't THAT noticeable and besides, I wear black underwear and the pants are black... so I don't see an issue with it. The hole was right on the seam and didn't gape open or anything. Sorry, may have been TMI (too much info), but hey, it's the truth.
Anyway, after I finished my sewing, I played with editing videos on my computer. What a HUGE headache. All those software advertisements that say "Make your own home videos on your computer, it's easy!" are lying. Or maybe I just didn't have the patience for it last night, I don't know.
I went through a lot of old videos, and they were so fun to watch. Allie walked in at one point and I said, "Someone else in this house has to learn how to edit videos because I have a lot that need edited and I just don't like it."
She said, "Me?"
"Either you, Jeff or Ceara - I don't care who does it, as long as it's not me. Seems like something that you and Ceara should be able to pick up quickly."
After all was said and done, I did get ONE video from my camcorder onto a DVD. But it isn't edited. And I had to leave it burning while I went to bed because it was taking forever.
Oh, and I didn't get to check if it worked or not. I'll do that later.
But I've had plenty to do without the TV/phone/Internet. I still want it back on though!
Completely off topic question... Why does spellcheck make me capitalize Internet? Is it really a proper noun? Because I think it should just be internet.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
This time, they had remodeled what used to be a screened in porch that they basically used for storing stuff, and the downstairs rooms - living room and front room, kinda a sitting room. The porch is more like a sun room now, all white with wicker furniture. Beautiful.
And they added a door into their living room.