Sunday, November 16, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014

ONE!  Ah ah ah!  TWO!  Ah ah ah!  THREEEEE!  I love it!!!  Halloween is the best!  Also the only time of year that I think multiple selfies are acceptable.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Little Debbie is a Footy Pajama Wearing Man...and other stories

I think I missed my calling.  I really do.

When I was little I would practice faces and voices and general goofing around.  I wanted to be on SNL in such a bad way. I think I could have done it...honestly, I do.  After a while, I could have graduated to the Weekend Update and then to writing....not so much because of my incredible acting or singing (well, for sure not because of that), but because of my weird and curious mind.

For instance.

Today I had to go the grocery store at 6:45am BEFORE work because that's normal and totally fine.

 Thing #1 - I saw a teenager in a footy pajama outfit and it just pissed me off.  Why?  Because it's annoying.  I find the movement by teenaged girls and/or adult aged to be cutesy and bimbo-ish really offensive.  FOOTY PAJAMAS?  Come on.  In my mind, I thought of a group of women in a room all wearing footy pajamas and sweating their asses off.  It would be like a spin-off of Orange is the New Black.  Imprisoned in a hot cage of pajama.  Shanks made of bunny zippers.  It got weird from there.  I'll spare you the details. 

Thing #2 -I had a tax exempt form because it was a work purchase so generally that was annoying to the clerk.  Said clerk did not have on a name tag and I wished with all my might that there was one present because I was dealing with a Pat.  You know - It's PAT!!  I honestly could not tell if it was a man or a woman.  So I made ridiculous, obnoxious small talk and sweating profusely as if I were wearing footy pajamas.  All I could think of was those sketches where they stare at Pat to see if he/she has boobs or a bulge.  It was terrible. 

Thing #3 - An unaccompanied Little Debbie delivery truck was running idle outside of the store upon my exit.  I immediately went into a daydream where I hijacked the truck, took it on a joy ride and ate nothing but Oatmeal Cream Pies and Swiss Cake Rolls for days thus sending me into a serious sugar-related illness/disease.   The authorities had to send in a swat team to tear me out of the truck as I had become a rabid, Nutty-Bar eating lunatic.  My sidekick was Pat the clerk and s/he was wearing footy pajamas.

Shaking my head, I got into my car and started my day.  I felt exhausted all of a sudden.  It was only 7am.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


 Peas!  Yes - it has been over a week since I have blogged and I even have 5 month pics to share but the hours march on and I wish I didn't need sleep like the Cullens.  Alas...

My sweet pea loves peas!  Like the other veggies before, green beans, squash, carrots, now peas are on her list of foods she loves! 

TNT is very fun to feed - she is a great eater to no one's surprise.  She gets really excited and actually lunges at the food.  See below.

TNT lunging at the peas.  Actually leaning forward to get the peas.  Look at how she is chomping her mouth.  :)
Mushing the peas - MMMMM!
We have to take a break in between to straighten her up so she can eat.  
But then she dives forward and tries to eat the tray. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Carrots! She loved them just as much as the green beans and squash.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Anniversary DT

 Can you believe it's been three years?  Well, DT, what a wonderful year....and so many more to come.  Thank you for all your love, support, listening and just   Thank you for the best gift of little peepster. 

Here's to us on our third anniversary.  I love you.
The gorgeous cake and backdrop that we spent so much time planning only to stand to the side and have Kauker photobomb our entire cake cutting.   Thank you for not smashing the cake in my face - I would have killed you.  You know me so well.
My gorgeous bouquet with acorns for good luck.  God bless you Beth Hafner!

The one ring to rule them all - no wait...but I love my ring and I have never seen another that I would want more. 

This picture makes me smile - we are laughing and having a great time.  I remember our angel of a photographer being so patient with us while we goofed off and just enjoyed being married for a while. 

One Motley Crew.

That's about right.
Favorite photo from the day.

You know I can't pick favorites - maybe this one......

Sunday, October 5, 2014

That 70s Food

About once a month or every two I get together with a group of friends for a potluck type dinner known to us as...

The Hili Cock Off.

Now, this was the chili cookoff at one point but you cannot limit food lovers to just chili and let's just say there was a drunken incident with a bar sign labeled "chili cook off."  After we left, the hili cock off was born. 

And it stuck. 

It's a rotating party that we each host. Themes have included chili (of course, and we usually do this annually), Olympics, America, Shark Week (that was fun!), Chopped style including 3 must include ingredients and the most recent...70s. 

Immediately my brain went to jello and those copper tins that hang on the kitchen wall at the cottage. Fondue ?  What else? I did some research and it seemed everything iconic from the 70s was bad processed food. Tang anyone?

So -the hubs whipped up a cheese log which was amazing and we displayed it on a plate that was from my grandma's house (very 70s).  I decided on my mom's famous "watergate" salad which is hardly salad but rather a dessert of pistachio pudding, cool whip and pineapple topped with marshmallows.  It's delicious.  Plus the name alone fits the theme.  " I am not a salad!"  Lol. 

People got so creative!  Our hosts put out an incredible spread of traditional cheese fondue (that I devoured! Seriously devoured) but added more toppings/dippers like sausage, crudités, apples and bread cubes of course. I will admit to you that I dunked a cheese cube in the cheese.  And I don't regret my decision. 

The green jello with cabbage and mayo in the copper tin (!) made an appearance but I was too busy stuffing my face with fondue to try that.  Cheese Wiz and crackers, quiche, pretzel jello (another mom dish that I love) rounded out our festive feast. 

To drink we had a rainbow sherbet punch and someone found Matuese, the official rose Wine of the 70s. It tasted like old church wine to me. Somehow I still drank my entire glass and enjoyed it.  My mouth was as dry as the Sahara afterward. 

70s food is back to the basics - reminds you of what your mom or in our cases grandma cooks. 

Try an era for your next Hili. It's pretty fun!

Friday, October 3, 2014

I give up

Everyday Health posted a list of what to do to keep your weight off.  I got all excited (like I do for every list that promises to help you lose or keep your weight off) and then I read it.

  1. Build more lean muscle.   Ok - If I'm being honest - I'm not really doing this right now.  I don't really feel like getting up at 5am to build lean or non lean muscle because I need my rest.  That's a goal for maybe next month.  Or next year.
  2. Fight off hunger with more filling foods. Oh, really?  Should I eat fruits and veggies?  Pschht!  Tell me something I don't know!
  3. Avoid temptation. Yes, we know about this too!  Come on!  I don't keep anything good in my house for that reason. 
  4. Count calories.  Duh.  Seriously - I have journaled, Fit Bitted, WWed.  What else is there?  They noted that most women who are successful eat 1800 or less.  I'm at 1200.  What's happening?
  5. Plan your meals in advance.  Sure.  I pack my lunch the  night before every day and have my dinner planned as well.  Not rocket science. 
  6. Consider adding minutes to your exercise plan. That's why I got the fitbit!  I really like it too - I like to be able to push myself and get the extra steps. 
  7. Measure your portions.  Measuring cups, and tablespoons and food scales, oh my!
  8. Weigh yourself daily. Nope!  Cannot.  I won't do this to myself.  I do, however, need to be a part of a weight loss program where someone ELSE weighs me at least weekly.  I need to be accountable somehow.  Also it helps when you pay them.  For me anyway. 
  9. Include dairy in your diet. Unsweetened almond milk.
  10. Let your plate be your guide. Thank you Michelle Obama.
  11. Watch less TV.  Who has time for TV?!?!
  12. Eat breakfast. That's why I get up in the am - well, that and my little peepster :)
I think they forgot:
13)  Avoid having cash in your car and never, ever drive by Taco Bell or any Ice Cream stands. 
14)  Stop looking at food porn on pinterest and cooking shows on TV Network
15)  Win the lottery so you can spend your feelings, not eat them

Weight loss was hard BEFORE the baby, now with a husband working nights and weekends, working myself full time, and a long commute to and from work - it's even harder.  BUT!  I will prevail.....right after this cookie (jk, jk.....sobs to self).....

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Jeff!

My Pizza Tour Buddy -


To a wonderful friend that survived selling not only DT and me our house but also selling the famed and prized Woodmont; one which had a lot of sentimental to our family value...THANK YOU!

Not every realtor can quote Dumb and Dumber at the drop of a hat (but they should be able to - they would sell more houses, that's for sure).

Not every friend can join in for my extensive love of pizza and Wixey's treats, especially without judgement but also immense excitement (VP is next!).

Not every friend appreciates silly, weird humor that all surrounds 80s TV and movies.

Not every friend buys you the same birthday gift you got for them (in the form of candy corn and peanuts).

Not every friend appreciates TOLEDO like you do!! 

Have a wonderful - pesto free - BIRTHDAY!!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Sal

Hey Bob!  It's your birthday!  Welp....  It was yesterday.    SARRY!  You don't care and that's one of the great things about you - you are so easy going (aaand your bday present is on it's way too! - SARRY again!).

Happy Birthday.  I love you so much.  Aunt Sal.  Uncle Bob.  Either way. 

In honor of you, here are a bunch of lines that maybe only you will understand.



A bee bop a bee bop a boopnbop

Yeah yeah, ohhhhhh


Dick Dale

I'll eat it Don!

A couple a meatballs


Bababababababa Eggplant


I've had 'em my whole life

Sal, that is disgusting!

Morris....let's take your bear for a walk....NOOOOOOO

 (There are a ton of things that I want to write but I have to pantomime them)

Has anyone seen my new red hat?

Bunny rabbit, bunny rabbit, bunny rabbit, bunny la la la la la la, HEY

I am perfectly calm

Sal makes a scene at Brooke's wedding


Mouse in the house

Cheers drink!!  Same amount!!

Sugar cubes for horses