Monday, September 30, 2013

MM/LL/WS Link Ups

           Warning: Puppy pictures included in this post. Be prepared for cuteness overload!



                                                     Linking up with Blair for Life Lately.
 
Linking up with Carissa for Misc Monday
                                           
                                            
                                              Linking up with Sami for Weekend Shenanigans
    
 
Happy Monday!!!
 
As I write this, I am really tired, and I have no clue why. I could really just fall asleep. I am at work, so falling asleep is not an option:) We did get some new stuff for the store today, so I have been having fun going through that:)
 
A couple of things that I didn't mention on Friday;
 
My friend informed me that her and her family are moving back to town! They lived here about 5 years ago, and we lived (and still do) near them, but we never really took full advantage of it, so when they moved, I was sad. So, when she told me last week that they were coming back, well, I was very happy. It may have made my week!!!
 
Hubby had an apt last week that I have been trying to get him to for ages. He finally went. It was very positive and encouraging. I feel hopeful that good things will come out of that.
 
As I type this, I very nearly crying. I am really stressed, with EVERYTHING, and when I tried to tell hubby that I was stressed, he wanted to know what I was stressed about:) I tried to tell him, but I think he thought I was nutz:)
 
I hope this week is a good and positive week, for both of us!!!
 
My weekend started out by my getting my blood drawn. Let me tell you, it is never a pretty sight when that gets done! I have small veins, and well, you know.

Yes, that is my bruise...and they poked me 3 other times. Thankfully, this was by far the worst of it.
 
I got some had some coffee from home, which I happily drank after my test (I had to fast). At noon, hubby and I met up with my aunt and uncle for a quick coffee/lunch at, you guessed it, Starbucks. We had a nice chat, and then we all went our separate ways. Friday night, we had fish and chips. There is a new fish market that opened in town, and their fish is very fresh!! And good. And expensive. But it is worth every penny. Ours cost about $15 for one huge fillet. He cooked them and the fries in the deep fryer (where our house still smells like oil), and we ate in front of the TV (we always do). I spent the evening watching tv, playing my games (FHS, and CCS), and watched shows on our PVR. I actually have no clue as to what I did Friday evening. Not much, but it was nice, that's for sure. I am pretty sure I wasted my evening watching TV:)
I know that hubby fell asleep on the couch. Even our cat was wondering what was up :)
Saturday, I went with my friend to an Avon Sales Mtng that was out of town. I got packed, ran to the dollar store, watched my cooking show, got ready to go, ate breaky and was all ready by 11:)

                                       
After she quick stop at Tim's we were on our way!
Yes, I took a selfie. So sue me:)
 
The weather wasn't exactly road trip driving - worthy, but it was nice, nonetheless.
 
We got there early, so we wandered around the town a bit. Sadly, it was raining there, too, so we couldn't exactly be walking tourists, but it was nice to see another town. I have only been there once or twice, and that was just driving through.
 
The mtng went long, but it was nice, and I am getting excited about selling Avon again:) I even got some free swag to take home:)
 
I was planning on going to my parents Sat night, but the mtng ran later than we thought (and it started late), and since it gets dark around 7:30 now, and I hate driving in the dark, and it looked like it was going to rain, I decided to put it off until Sunday. Anker and I watched Employee of the Month, and Made of Honor. So, we had some nice time together.
 
Hubby decided that he didn't want to come (don't get me started), so off I went on my own. The time away was great. I got to church at the last song, and the service was great. I was in a bit of a bad mood, but after visiting with people, I felt a bit better.
Spent the day with SIL, and of course, playing with the puppies. We had a great afternoon together. We had tea, toast and tomato soup in front of the fire. We chatted about and looked through Avon stuff, and we talked with Mom and Dad, too.
One that I felt was really odd was not having my other siblings there! With S, A, and V all off on their adventures, it only left Baby Brother #5 as the only sibling left who lives there, and of course J (they live SIL's parents place), so it was VERY quiet!!!
 
 I dropped her off, and we had pie that my brother made, and I went back, and played with the puppies some more. Just relaxed in the evening. I showed my parents how to work their new PVR, and we watched Two Weeks Notice. Played on my computer during and after the movie, and went to sleep.
 
This morning, got up early (for me), had breaky, played with the puppies, answered the phone (our house is a very place), and got the car ready (gas, air) for the trip. I met up with SIL again for coffee on my way back.
Cheesecake Cherry Chocolate Tart. Yes. I had one. Yummy!


                                                        I had their PSL. It was pretty good:)
I got some fresh corn. I am a happy girl!
 
And some eggs....oh yes, I did:)

And now for the stars of this post....

My brothers dog Ginger, had her SECOND little (NOT planned) in 10 months!! No worries. This will be last, apparently. She seems to enjoy the male companionship a little TOO MUCH! She had them the end of August (not sure of the date..late 20's), and they are 5 wks old. And they are looking for homes. And yes, we want at least one. But we can't. And that makes me sad. Sigh! She had 8; 4 of each. I tried to get pics of all 8, but I wasn't that successful.
They are at such a fun age right now. They don't goo too far, but you have to be careful you don't run over them when you come and visit. This little one actually made it up my parents' steps (which is no small fete, as they are kind of big steps), and got into her Mama's food. They are so roly-poly right now. And I may or may not have taken a couple into the house. Maybe. I hope that at least a few of them will be there in two weeks. Even though they are a bit of a pain (selling, etc), they sure make everyone smile. Dad even wanted to see the pics I had taken of the puppies (and he lives there!). Is it wrong to want to put stunters in them so they stay that size?
 
Some of the pictures I took were blurry...


                           haha...Ginger (the mom) isn't all that impressed with her Octuplets.
Kate Gosselin has nothing on Ginger.


Let's eat!!! I love the brown puppy's little bum in this one.

                                         I love the one...I love the brown puppies' little bum!!!
Me and one of the group of 8.


5 wks old:)

                                                    We love hiding under the bike rack:)
We're really going places.
 
4 on one side...

...and 4 on the other...

A straight on view.
 
 
It was a great 24 hours, and I am glad I went:) I got me some puppy therapy, some free food and gas, and I also got to soak in their new tub!!
 
Happy Monday!
 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Five on Friday/Random 5/Let's Be Friends Blog Hop

Linking up with the girls again for Five on Friday, and Nancy for Random 5. (please note, I had somehow messed this up, and it opened another page, and I didn't worry about it...I had done the ENTIRE post, and even saved it..somehow...it didn't save, and it reverted back the original page..I am not happy!!!)

It is a lovely Friday! This Friday actually means something to me, as I have the whole weekend off:) It is raining..oh how I love fall:)

 
1. My weekly mags:) I am getting Canadian Living and Chatelaine delivered to my house, and I bought the other two last night. I love my mags:) 
 2. I mentioned this earlier this week that our women's Bible Study that we are doing Soul Detox. The first wk went really well, and I really enjoyed it. I borrowed the book-book, and I hope to at least skim through it this wknd. I also want to read and maybe even buy The Christian Atheist. I read a few pages yesterday, and it really seems to speak to us and where we are right now. It is also easy and short.
 
3. This was the only picture I could find, but it is Premiere Week! I am loving the shows (so far!). We watched BBT, and GA (at least most of it) last night. They were both really good, esp when they double their premier times. I can't wait to watch Master Chef JR tonight, and Amazing Race on Sunday!
 4. My (fake) blue-suede shoes. I bought these last May for my aunt wedding. They only cost $9. True Story. I can't bear to put on socks and shoes just yet, and it is too cold for flip flops and sandals, so this is the next best thing. They hurt my feet, but I still love them.
 
4. I mentioned this earlier in the week, but it is one of my FoF's of this week, so I wanted to mention it again...in on of our infertility groups I am in, we were paired up with someone, and we did a gift exchange, and this is what I got. Necklace, mirror/purse compact, nail polish, lipstick and holder, and a tunic-shirt. I love them!
 
 
1. I think I am getting a cold. I started coughing/snorting yesterday and last night. Ugh!

2. I am looking forward to this wknd. Tomorrow, my friend and I are going to a sales mtng an hour away, then hubs and I are going my parents'. We are going to see the new puppies family, as we haven't seem them in awhile. We aren't 100% sure we are going to get up there for Thanksgiving, so I think we will go now.

3. I have mentioned this before, but I love our library. I had asked awhile back if they could order season three of Hot in Cleveland (they had the previous two), and sure enough, they did!! I am so happy!

4. I think I am going to take a break from reading novels for a bit. I don't seem to have enough time for them lately, well with tv, and playing my games, and all:) I am looking forward to reading the above-mentioned books, though.

5. I have (re) discovered Candy Crush Saga and started playing Farm Heroes Saga. Hubby and I are having a bit of a contest to see who can get to the highest level the fastest. I may or may not be losing.



Linking up with Tiffany at The Dwelling Tree as well.
ALSO...my good blogging friend Kelly is hosting a blog link up for mommas of special needs. Hop on over!



That is all this wk! Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Throwback Thursday #2

I didn't link up with WW, and Midweek Randoms this week, because, well, I didn't feel like it;) Anyhoo...I will blog more tomorrow (five on Friday!), but for now, here is a pic for TT:)

 
I thought I could turn this, so I am sorry that it is on it's side. This is me on my 11th bday (I think). My two brothers are beside me.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday Muse #1

Just a quick (I promise!!) post to link up with Nancy at A Rural Journal. I don't think I have participated in this before, but I had a photo that I wanted share (well, I have a lot I want to share, but I will only share one). I actually shared it on my earlier post today.

This is what the temp was when I got up this morning, at 8 am
True Story.
 
Here was the temps at noon.
Yup. I am wearing pants. And I have the heat on at work:) Another true story!!!

Tell us Tuesday-Cooking Class/Show and Tell with April

 I am linking up with  Courtney over at  One Fine Wire for this weeks TuT:) I have decided to do a show and tell (with picture) of what I made (up) last night for supper!! I thought it would be neat to TELL YOU about a new recipe that I tried (and made up), on TELL US TUESDAY. Get it?

First off, though a little picture from my phone to show you how cold it was this morning at 8 am:)
That's correct. 3C. That is COLD!!! It is now 10C.

We didn't have a whole ton to work with as far as groceries right now, and we don't have the money to buy more stuff until next Monday, but I wanted something KIND OF healthy, so I decided (after an hour of being home, laying on the bed watching JJ eps) that I would make an adult version of mac n cheese. Well, there isn't much "adult" in it, except garlic, onions, and Havarti cheese, which some kids may not like. But other than that, there isn't any "adult" ingredients. Sadly, I don't have any measurements (I rarely do in cooking), and please excuse my small/messy kitchen.

                                                   Adult Version Mac n' Cheese

Macaroni (duh). I think I used about 2 cups, which was enough for Anker and I (plus he had seconds, and there are leftovers).
This was the first batch of ingredients, then I decided to add the Zucchini

Mustard, garlic (about two small cloves), onion (I used about a 1/4), Harvarti Cheese, Mild Cheddar Cheese, Light Cream, Zucchini, and butter, oh and ham (or some other meat).
I cut up the ham, like this.

                                                           And I fried it, to heat it up.
I crushed up the garlic, and chopped the onion...

....and fried them together with olive oil.
While the macaroni was cooking (please us a larger pot than I did. I had transfer it over to a larger pot, and thus had to wash two macncheese filled pots:)

Harvati...yum! This melted quite well. I would probably use more than I did, though.


                                     I am not sure on how much cheese I used..not enough..lol.
I grated the zucchini. I put everything on the plate before putting it over the macaroni.

First in goes the butter (or margarine), and cream..I used a bit too much...so maybe only a quarter of a cup of cream, or less.
As you can see, I had to transfer it over to a larger pot. Then in goes the cheeses.

Followed by zucchini, ham, garlic, and onion, and the mustard.

I also added peas to mine.

A better shot.
 
I think it turned out well. Anker is a pretty picky eater, and he had seconds, so I was impressed by how it turned out.
 
I went out for coffee (McD's this time) with a friend. We had a two hour chat. I was able to share with her with has been going on. It was great to have someone to talk to in person who understands, or at least can appreciate what I am going through. I felt a bit better after talking with her.
Baby Ice cream cone for .30. Perfect size for that late at night.
 
McD's PSL. I like it:)
I came home and had a hot Bubble Bath. Yes, one of the reasons I like fall and winter. Cool weather=hot (bubble) baths!
 
I ended the night with chocolate and doing my nails with some new NP that I got from my friend in our group. JJ+Pink Nail Polish Manicure+Chocolate=the end of a great day/night!
Pretty Pink nail polish:) This picture doesn't do it justice! I LOVE the colour!
 
I got my parcel from my friend L yesterday.
Necklace, mirror, lipstick and lipstick holder, earrings, and a towel gift.

I don't know for what it is. I think it is wrap of some kind.

                     I am going to use the mirror for my purse compact. It even matches!
See? It's a mirror.

My necklace and my nails this morning.
 
Well, that is all for now. As usual, it was longer than I had anticipate. Oh well:) And yes, some of this will be going on my Fof, TToT:)