Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Maggie Moss....Come On Down!

I have a confession.

I am a game show addict. Not reality shows game shows, I mean your Bob Barker Price is Right type. When we had TV channels flowing in to our wires, I loved watching those games on HGTV where a couple would have to guess the price of a house and if they were right they won it. Or, Ben Stein's Money. But my absolute favorite, now don't shoot me, was Wheel of Fortune. I just couldn't help myself. I love the show and I was invariably better than any of the contestants. Of course, I wasn't in front of a camera, live audience and standing next to competitive spellers.

Family Feud. That was so much fun. And I really like Louie Anderson. The original host was kinda smarmy.

I never much got into Who Wants to be a Millionaire, but I did love watching Alex Trebek and his Jeopardy.

Do you guys remember the Gong Show? There's an oldie.

Oh, and I loved both versions of Whose Line Is It Anyways, which was really more of a comedic show, but always side splitting.

Yeah, I miss the shows. Sometimes.

Any of you have strange TV addictions?

Shameless Shameless

I'm having a drawing. Over at the Brown Books Blog! Go there and put a comment on this post. There are no obligations, you do not have to read the book we're about to take on, but if it interests you, you never know. In any case, I will be drawing a lucky winner Monday, June 1st at 8:00 pm Eastern Time. Go, be a contestant!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tempting the Tongue

I want to talk about food. Because it encompasses my universe.

In a budget conscious time, we still want our gourmand palate satisfied. By we I am of course referring to my husband and I. As far as the kids are concerned the following meals are all they could ever need:

pizza
macaroni and cheese
hot dogs
hamburgers
grilled cheese
spaghetti
cookies
ice cream

And I am all too happy to oblige since these meals fit quite easily into a tight budget. But for us (the foodie two of the family) I've been finagling. For instance, I found a salmon flank on sale for half price. Whip up a lemon thyme marinade, grill that sucker and add in a light summer salad with grapefruit juice vinaigrette (have I mentioned this is my new addiction?) and voila! C'est magnifique. (Practicing French never hurts - especially when referring to food)

Another great mouth melter: One of our favorite vegetable sides happens to be a spring veggie and therefore found at wonderful prices right now. Asparagus, my second love. Prep these guys up, cut in 1 to 2 inch pieces, douse with a balanced amount (read: not drowning but coated) of olive oil, sprinkle with about a tablespoon of sea salt, toss to mix and throw in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes and ooh baby have you got something.

Foodie Faux Pas: do not under any circumstances buy medallion steaks at half off nearing their expiration date and expect to actually make steaks with them. Nope. You could cut the meat and use it for stew or something, but the idea of them being good steaks equals total mistake. Ugh. To call it tough would be a compliment.

Ice Cream. What else can you say? Except perhaps Homemade Ice Cream. Oh yeah. I've wanted an ice cream maker for at least four years. I finally broke down and bought one. I am giving the no rock salt variety a try. Yesterday I whipped up a batch of Creamsicle Cake Mix Ice Cream - my own creation. The oohs and aahs have it. Two thumbs up and here comes a summer of frozen fun.

Foodie Quip: you never realize just how much you need a whisk until you haven't got one. Rue? Gravy? Sauces? Good luck.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I found my bellybutton!

I've been gathering a lot of Moss. Lack of inertia rushed in like a broken dam and flooded my days. Standing still has not kept me from working. Physical work demands constant attention, seasonal jobs have drawn my sweat like snake poison. But the mental satisfaction of any of it has been absent. Unhappy? Depressed? I don't feel so.
Inside my family I've been expressive, silly and focused. Children have had nearly undivided attention during the days. The onset of Spring and Summer weather has triggered annual emotions of hope and visions of gardening grandeur.
But coming here has been a chore. The desire is there. I miss your words, the giggle inducing quips. I am aware of an awakening on the brink. Drawn deeply inward, my thoughts have all but exhausted the energy for personal analysis. "I set my mind in motion" and force my feet into daylight.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I wielded the Rapier of Unfairness

It's hard to watch someone you love struggle to be happy. It's harder still when you've known them as positive, upbeat and silly before. But most difficult is telling them that they are hurting the people around them. And they knew that on a level, but were so deeply affected by their health and situation they couldn't seem to do what they ought to about it. But when the foot came down, the gentle demand for them to rest and take care of themselves was made, they came through and it made me happy. There still lies a long road before him to recovery, but we're getting there, little steps at a time.

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I made a new friend! Technically she's still more of an acquaintance. But I feel a budding friendship. Hopefully we can click. She is a neighbor whose son is just two months younger than the twins. She recently left her job to start a home daycare. I have spoken to her nearly every day as she passes for a walk with the kids. Yesterday she invited the twins to come play in the afternoon for an hour with the kids. She was so nice. And when she brought the kids back, she and her son and one child still waiting to be picked up stayed to play in our yard for a few minutes. And we talked. I used mostly french. Not necessarily great french, but hey, it's a start. Yay!

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I had a birthday on Monday. I turned something above 35. I'm not feeling so down about gaining a year. Last year was tougher for me. I've had some fun for the event. I made myself a red velvet cake. Oh my. I used some birthday money to buy a shelf for my fabric stash and some organizational things for getting my space in order. I bought myself a chair (actually a stool) with wheels for my studio space so I can fly between my computer and my sewing machine. Wheee!

My husband gave me the three Dvd's put out by the Mythbusters. Oh yeah. It was definitely a wonderful birthday.

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We've started playing a new card game called Munchkin. It's hilarious and so much fun. It is one of those games where you have to fight monsters and gain powers and such, but it is extremely tongue in cheek. Like you can get the Boots of Butt Kicking or the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. We're always glad to find new games to play as a family (right now this one is just played with B - the twins will have to get a little older). We love this one, and it has a ton of extension packs and variant starter packs, so the fun should go on for quite a while. If you love funny games, check this out.