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Jan. 3rd, 2010 | 10:16 am

Okay, since I have not actually done much on here about this, here goes:

I decided to make Curried Chicken, because it's yummy, and I generally have all the ingredients on-hand (save for the pepper and the onion.)

So here it is! If you stock your pantry like I do, this will be cheap to make, too. (Sorry, Erin, it's chicken. But that's what I have a lot of, frozen. It's cheap- what can I say?)

Feel free to cut this in half, as it makes a sizable amount.

1/4 C butter
medium chopped onion
diced green pepper
1 C flour
6 C chicken broth
2 Tbsp curry powder
4 C cooked, diced chicken

Melt butter in large skillet; add onions and green pepper and saute until tender. Stir in flour. Gradually blend in chicken broth and curry powder. Cook until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Then add chicken. Continue to cook until thoroughly heated. Serve with Jasmine Rice.

It's really easy and I got it from a 1950s cookbook. This one is listed under "planned for a hostess who must prepare and serve unassisted." Ha ha! Yep, that's for me....I gave my maid the day off! Ha!

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Dec. 30th, 2009 | 04:32 pm

Well, I finally chucked my 2009 resolutions list. I had made 9 resolutions for 2009 and basically only completed one fully.

(I resolved to lose the baby weight...um, I did that but I got preggers again. So, um, no.)

Which one did I accomplish?

Seeing the new Harry Potter movie the weekend it came out. Ha ha ha! Yep. That's it.

I guess I should make a resolution list for 2010. Ya know, because I am SOOOO good at keeping them. Eh. For this reason alone, I am not putting anything related to a homebirth on the list. It might actually jinx it.

Okay so here goes:
1. See the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal
2. Take a LUSH bath once a month
3. Set aside $15 per month for a year-end LUSH spree during their annual sale
4. Keep my "eligible for leads" status with Pampered Chef
5. Get a system for keeping the house "clean" without having to spend days fully devoted to nothing but cleaning (this one needs some research)
6. Put a new sink in the guest bathroom
7. Read two books a month
8. Practice patience...with myself, my kids, my husband, as well as total strangers
9. Learn how to use Photoshop Elements 8
10. Be better at sticking to the budget- spend less, save more and all that jazz.

Now, if I can do these, I will REALLY be in a good place this time next year. Last year, my goals were either too rigid or too nebulous. But I think these are more realistic. Like, I can learn sign language when my kids are IN SCHOOL! Hello!?!

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so, like, 14 years later.....

Dec. 28th, 2009 | 03:01 pm

A looooong time ago, I picked up a book in the clearance section at Barnes and Noble. I like to do that- sometimes you find great treasures amidst the crap. And heck, for $4.98, why not, right? I was drawn in by the writing and found it to be quite good, aside from the annoying way that the writer would say the boy was going to "McDanolds" instead of "McDonalds"....which I assume was to avoid getting sued for using their name? I dunno.

Anyway, it was about a boy named Nick Twisp and I vaguely recall thinking he was a bit too much on the "pottymouth" side, but whatev.

The book was called "Youth in Revolt" and it was a pretty long book, written by CD Payne, whom I had never heard of before. This was, well, not sure, but I think it was around 1996 or so? I was out of high school but still in college.

Flash forward to today: on failblog.org, I see a link for a sponsored ad, for a movie called Youth in Revolt. Now, I have to wonder, what are the odds? So I click it. And lo and behold, it's the SAME STORY! From like 14 years ago! Which now makes me want to re-read the book. I have almost chucked this book into the donation pile about 7 times, but I just never could let go of it. It was a really good book, from what I recall. Which I hope translates into a really good movie.

But of course, time colors things. So I want to re-read it...WAS it that good? Anyone else happen to have read this? (I bet you can't find it in the clearance bins anymore!) Movie comes out Jan 8!

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relaxing and watching aliens in my belly

Dec. 25th, 2009 | 03:26 pm

So today, Levi started really kicking and moving around while I was sitting down taking a break from the Christmas chaos and Kirk looked over and saw the movement and made SUCH a face. He said "that looks like Alien".

And I told him that was what Levi's been doing for weeks now. Every movement is visible, it seems.

Right now, Jax is napping, Kirk is showering and I am typing on my Christmas netbook (yay!) and listening to the sound of the rain.

My other fave presents so far? Pretty Hate Machine and License to Ill. I only had those on cassette, so I haven't heard them in years. Of course, I can only listen to these while Jackson is not in the car with me, so that does limit their play-ability.

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Dec. 23rd, 2009 | 11:40 pm

I can't believe it's almost Christmas! The time has just flown by.....

Of course, just about everyone I know is saying that, so I don't think I am the only one. I feel really prepared though. Tomorrow, I have to go to the post office (ugh!) but not for a Cmas package. Nope. I have a PC party scheduled for Jan 10th and want to get her packet out to her so that she has plenty of time to plan for the party.

Other than that, Jackson and I have a big day of baking cookies for Santa!

Then I make our Christmas dinner while the boy is napping. Well, we *hope* he naps. Today was the shortest nap EVER! Ugh...and of course, I had planned to sneak in a 1-hour nap myself as soon as I got all the "essential" nap time chores done. So no nap for me today.

Last night I had my Christmas edition of Punk Rock In Your PJs and it was awesome. Well, except for the turntables being borked. Phantom helped me troubleshoot and it appears that someone decided to rewire the things and did it WRONG and so no sound was coming out....just a hideous buzzing. There is a DJ out there who is getting HEAPING LOADS OF COAL in their stocking.

Even worse? Toward the end of the show, someone REQUESTED a song that I only had with me on vinyl and had planned to play. Grrrr!

But oh well...what's done is done. Time for happy fun Christmas time!

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decadence is.....

Dec. 21st, 2009 | 11:22 pm

Oh goodness! I know what decadence is now! I spent $107 at Publix tonight. Mostly stocking up on staples for the kitchen, like butter and milk and well,......M&Ms.

And that included our Christmas dinner fixins as well as a giant vat of cat litter (that stuff is $12 per giant, please-don't-make-me-lift-it container) and the "OMG it's finally on sale!" purchase of the only brand of spaghetti sauce Kirk will eat. (We've been waiting for this because I refuse to spend $3.69 per jar when I know it's just a matter of time before it's BOGO.)

We have definitely whittled down the pantry supplies to date, too. As a matter of fact, with all the potluck parties going on lately, well, all we seem to have left is frozen chicken. (Most recent potluck, I brought a frozen pound cake and a cranberry sauce topping for a dessert. The sauce was the homemade stuff my Mom's boyfriend brought at Thanksgiving...it's quite lovely.)

(We had to chuck the cans of chili...they were, um, rusty. Yeah. Don't even recall what year they were purchased.)

Even better than the decadent feeling of spending $107 in Publix? Seeing the "you saved" line be $78! Wowzer!

Anyway, I know that this isn't exactly going to become routine....I plan on doing a bit more recipe-trying and being creative with what we have now that I am done with "the" stocking and have actually been feeling more up to cooking lately. Don't know what it was, but for the past few weeks, I have avoided my kitchen like the plague. Now I am ready to be Suzy Homemaker again. Hooray! (Now off to search my faves....allrecipes.com, joycesfinecooking.com, and of course, thepioneerwoman.com/cooking)

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cards, knitting, heartburn, etc

Dec. 18th, 2009 | 12:48 am

So I always wonder if my hubs is exaggerating his heartburn....cause the weirdest things seem to do it to him. But of course, I know he really only complains when something is genuinely wrong.

Meanwhile, in my lovely third trimester, I am getting heartburn right and left! My all-time favorite chili is the WORST offender. And it stinks because it's so dang healthy. (Turkey, chili beans, green pepper, onion, jalapeno, and tomatoes.)

It is totally worth it, though....I mean, as long as I have it for lunch and not dinner.


It was almost Jax's bedtime and I said that we hadn't taken the Cmas card photo and so we hopped into action and spent about 45 minutes trying to get ONE picture where all three of us looked at least presentable.....Kirk and I are notorious blinkers. Jackson doesn't exactly focus on the camera. And really, if I am not careful, HOO BOY hello CHINS!

We got one. We ordered cards. Only $20 at Costco, actually. Less than I thought. Hoping to pick up the envelopes tomorrow since the cards aren't done til Saturday.


And I am furiously knitting. Like mad. Well, maybe not like mad. After all, I am typing on LJ right now. But you can be damn sure that I am working hard to get this blasted thing done by Sunday. That's the goal. If I can do it, it will surely be a Christmas miracle. (I have 2 Christmas parties and a gift-wrapping booth to do this weekend. Eeek! Might have to bring the knitting along?)

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Dec. 12th, 2009 | 02:43 pm

Hey Mary Maxim-

Fuck you.

-Me (as I rip out the whole damn stocking)

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a Dear Mary letter

Dec. 12th, 2009 | 01:04 am

Dear Mary Maxim-
Why must you have complete idiots putting together your knitting pattern compilations? Do they not understand that they MUST do the "cut and paste" function IN ORDER for the WHOLE pattern?

Because I have followed your instructions quite meticulously and even had an expert knitter on hand to help me along the way.

And yet, the stocking I hold in my hands CANNOT be fixed and must be ripped out. Why? Because you put the instructions for the "heel" after the "toe" (on a pattern that works its way DOWN the stocking.)

And when we called for tech support or at least some guidance, all you would do was take our number to call us back. You didn't actually CALL, though.

You are bastards and I will not be using any more of your crappy-ass patterns.

Cause you know what? I have VERY little free time, what with a job and a toddler and a house to run and all. I certainly don't want to spend my days ripping out ONE HUNDRED ROWS and doing them AGAIN.

One pissed-off knitter

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what month is this?

Dec. 9th, 2009 | 11:15 pm

So, Florida, I love you and all....I dig the whole "not having to drive in snow" bit as well as the "easy to find flights because everyone wants to come here" part.

But did anyone inform you that it is DECEMBER? Cause the 85 degree weather is kicking my pregnant ass and making me sweat all the damn time.

Really. I mean, I'm not asking for snow. I just want a seasonably normal 65-70 degree HIGH for the day. It's not so much to ask.

You tease with your 1 or 2 day reprieve from this heat, but then you selfishly switch back to the high temps only to leave us wanting more. I gaze longingly at my sweaters and long sleeves and have to keep wearing the same 2 pairs of shorts that I can still fit into.

And besides, the hot cocoa industry is probably feeling the pinch- give them a break too! They have families to support! Where's the love, Florida?

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