wildirishrose80: (Adrian)
Okay, maybe not his FAVORITE thing...but he certainly is amused.

wildirishrose80: (innocent)
So not too long ago, I burned my hands in the process of trying to take dinner out of the oven. That was how I found the defects in my oven mitt.

Tonight I was trying to take dinner out of the oven when it started to slip out of my grip. So what did I do? I grabbed the casserole dish with my bare hands.

I'm a dork.
wildirishrose80: (innocent)
Took the afternoon off, because Adrian had to go back to the doctor. His ears are better (yay!) and he didn't cry when he got his flu shot. I'll count it a victory.

He's spent the afternoon teaching me things...
-Those sippy cups hold a lot more juice than it looks like they do.
-Paper towels are not nearly as absorbent as the advertisements would have us believe.
-Mice and hammers are not the same thing.
-No amount of hammering will fix the coffee table.
-Everything looks cooler when it's spinning.

before everyone freaks out, I should clarify, that's TOY mice. It's also toy hammers, which is probably why my coffee table does NOT actually need to be fixed.

He's a funny kid.
wildirishrose80: (shiiny)
So about a week or so ago, I picked up an issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. It's terribly unlike me.

I've decided I actually kind of like it, for a couple of reasons. First, the decorating tips. We're in the process of renovating our house, and any time I can find cost-saving ideas, I'll take 'em. My favorite one from this issue is to use a bamboo rod instead of window hardware for hanging curtains. I can see that, mostly because the curtain hardware I'd pick out is effing expensive.

Second, it has recipes. One of the things they were trumpeting about on this month's issue was their vegetable soup plan to help people lose a bunch of weight before the holidays. Since my attempts to lose weight have been thwarted at every OTHER turn, I decided I'd try it.

There's a LOT of vegetables in this soup; one of them is zucchini. Let me make it clear: I hate zucchini. I would have been happier to put almost anything in its place. But the recipe called for zucchini, so I bought some and added it to the recipe and brought a bunch of that soup for lunch.

I still hate zucchini, but the soup is not half bad at all. Particularly not after you add some croutons and swiss cheese. Okay, so maybe that sort of thing is defeating the purpose. Still, the soup is good, which is a relief, because it makes a freaking lot of it. Lance and I each took some for lunch today, there's eight more serving-size bowls in the freezer, along with two big tubs (because I ran out of smaller ones) and another serving and a half in the refrigerator. If Lance isn't willing to carry on with it, I'll at least have lunches taken care of for a while. :)

Now, as long as I lose at least a little bit of weight, I'll be happy. I really don't think I'll lose 20 pounds, but I don't think five or ten pounds is too much to ask.

Why is it we have to eat stuff we hate to stay healthy?

Marge Simpson: But I thought broccoli was--
Dr. Hibbert: One of the deadliest plants on earth! It tries to warn you itself with its terrible taste!


Sep. 25th, 2007 07:09 pm
wildirishrose80: (shiiny)
This is slightly inaccurate; it should read that my kitchen is someplace I never leave.

Your home is a

Magnate's Manor

Your kitchen is someplace you never go, because you "have people for that." There's a Chocolatessen, which is rapidly becoming your favorite room of the house. Having one is also becoming a trend among your wealthy neighbors. Your master bedroom is the size of a small barn, with carpet thick enough to reach your ankles. Your study has hardback editions of every classic ever written, plus a special edition of Rich Dad, Poor Dad with the parts you ghost-authored highlighted. One of your garages holds your collection of ferraris, and is measured in acreage.

Your home also includes a guest wing and private quarters for your servants. Your guests enjoy your home theater with 37 different sports channels. Outside is your hedge maze and gardens, meticulously tended by a team of world-class botanists.

Below is a snippet of the blueprints:

Build YOUR Dream Home!
wildirishrose80: (crazy)
Prepare to hate me. Yes.

This has been stuck in my head all day. Now it's your turn...

wildirishrose80: (innocent)
Yeah, I know you all think I'm nuts...

I've been struggling, more than just a little, to lose some weight. A while back, I nearly gave up on it and I started having a bowl of ice cream every night. Not a huge amount, just two scoops, but still--it's ice cream, it can't be all THAT good, right?

well, I was wrong. I started losing weight. I stopped eating the ice cream, the weight came back.

I started again a couple nights ago, and the weight is once again going down.

Coincidence? I think not. All hail the power of ice cream!

(if this works, I'm turning it into a book and a grocery product line.)
wildirishrose80: (crazy)
happy early birthday [livejournal.com profile] jkhuggins!

and now, just for you, a tribble cat!
wildirishrose80: (carth)
and, since I stole it from [livejournal.com profile] dwh, it gets the Carth icon.

1. Go to here.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top ten results.

1. Fast Food Worker (WTF?!)
2. Dry Cleaner (...)
3. Costume Designer
4. Set Designer (now we're getting warmer...)
5. Production Woodworker
6. Special Effects Technician
7. Industrial Designer
8. Desktop Publisher
9. Animator
10. Cartoonist/Comic Illustrator

(since those last two deal largely with drawing, and since I have the drawing skills of a bottle of mayonnaise, I'll post the next two on the list.)

11. Dental assistant
12. Fashion Designer (perhaps *not*).

I could really, really get behind number six. For that matter, I could get behind some of the ones that showed up further down my list. Like toolmaker, or lighting technician, or comedian. Except for that my sense of humor is more in terms of mocking people than anything else. Except that now, because of last night, barracudas are funny.
wildirishrose80: (crazy)
You were warned! You were ALL WARNED!


wildirishrose80: (innocent)
As busy as I've been this weekend, it's been a fairly slow one. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else, but it doesn't make sense to me.

Yesterday...clean, clean, clean, take A to the festival, clean, clean...then it was mid-afternoon. Spent much of it trying to calm down, with not a lot of success. I got good and frustrated with my sewing machine (I broke a needle, then I couldn't keep the new needle threaded for ANYTHING) and very nearly threw it out the window. I said it yesterday, I'll say it again...I'm not sure what made me think I could do it. Bah.

Only other thing about yesterday was I broke out my dehydrator for the first time. I loaded it with:
-3 pounds bananas
-2 pounds grapes
-1 pound mixed berries
-1 pound blueberries
-1 pound pineapple
-4 pounds peaches

The peaches, the pineapples, the bananas...they all turned out fabulous. The berries...next time, they'll be fruit roll-up type things. The grapes are not yet done.

My next chance at using it will be more for vegetables...onions, celery, jalapeƱos, green onions, etc. Especially green onions...every time I need them, I have to buy them, because the ones that I had have started to melt. Ugh.

Suggestions from people who dehydrate things, I welcome them. Suggest mushrooms and I'll beat you with a stuffed penguin.

Also, I have started training for a Cooper Fitness assessment. NOT looking forward to it, the push-ups will be my downfall. Other than that, at least I'll get a good overall idea of just how unhealthy I really am.
wildirishrose80: (KOTOR)
I bought a carnivorous plant yesterday, to help with my overabundance of insects. I should have known I was in trouble when I found a spider big enough to be punted....

I named him Jabba, for several reasons. First, naming him Audrey II as certain people will suggest I should have (you know I'm talking about YOU) seemed...ominous. Second, Jabba does nothing but sit there and wait for food to come to him. He didn't get to eat much last night, though--I checked him this morning and he still only had two pods closed. But when I came home this afternoon, EIGHT of them were closed so he's been busy today.

Wonder how big he'll get once he eats all my insects.
wildirishrose80: (Default)
The other day, when my sister was here for dinner and helping me out with Adrian, we were outside on the porch when she noticed we had two butterfly cocoons on our front porch. (Well, one of them is on a flowerpot on our porch, but whatever.) We talked about it, and I genuinely had no clue when I could expect them to open and we'd have butterflies. I expected it to be a while.

She was here again today, because we went to paint pottery. We were standing outside again when she noticed that one of them had opened, and a butterfly still clung to the spot where it had been, probably because it was still exhausted. I don't know how to explain how a butterfly looks tired, but this one did.

We have pictures, I'll post those when I get them (we actually took them with Dad's camera), but I still feel like an idiot. I mean, how long have I had cocoons out there and I never noticed them?


Aug. 29th, 2007 07:04 am
wildirishrose80: (innocent)
Yesterday was kind of a tough day. It was the day I would have had Ian, if he had survived.

I spent a fair bit of time yesterday just trying to keep my head down and keep busy, and for the most part it worked. I didn't necessarily want to encounter the cheerful people, but as with everything else that happens, what I want doesn't matter.

I also now profess my unending love for [livejournal.com profile] dwh. It was at her encouragement that I downloaded a random song by Great Big Sea from iTunes. They really are the cure for (almost) any bad mood. It certainly made me feel at least a little better. She also introduced me to a great deal of Carth Onasi fanfiction.

At some point last night, when I was trying (and failing) to fall asleep, something--I don't remember what--struck me as funny and I started laughing and laughing and laughing and couldn't explain it. I decided my brain is either trying to keep me from going crazy, or my crazy is trying to go me from keeping brain, or something.

I eventually settled down, obviously, but...

wildirishrose80: (crazy)
I needed something to distract me, so I spent the morning trading off between cleaning the bedroom (helloooooo dust bunnehs) and being a lazy wastrel. Both have kind of paid off...I barely recognize the room now and I haven't been bored out of my head.

Left to do today...clean up the rest of the bedroom (read: move a bunch of CDs and a bunch of laundry), write thank-you notes, crochet, eat.


Can't wait till I can drive again. And I want to get back into Linux on my computer and get the network card up and running on it so I don't have to use windows anymore. Windows is currently good for me for one thing, and my graphics card won't let me run KOTOR, so really...I'd rather have Linux.
wildirishrose80: (doom)
one of the secrets on postsecret.com this week says:

"You aren't being punished. You just haven't been rewarded yet."

I bet that's true for a lot of people.
wildirishrose80: (ophelia)
wildirishrose80: (doom)
stolen from TWO (count 'em!) TWO of my friends!

1. State a name you don't have, but wouldn't mind living with:

2. An address you wish you had:
Somewhere in North Carolina. Seriously. Or somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, but I'm not sure how they'd do that...can't really declare some small boat a sovereign nation...

3. What you REALLY wanted for breakfast this morning:
a bagel. Which I ate. And I LIKED it. :)

4. Tapioca Pudding: tasty treat or hideous slop?
*cringe* pudding is NOT. SUPPOSED. TO. HAVE. LUMPS.

5. Diet Coke or Coke Zero or some other fizzy brown water?
I loves vanilla coke.

6. Which would make a better Pope: Batman or Dr. Who? Why?

7: If you could be any character from any Star Trek show, who would you be?
Janeway. Not sure why, but Voyager seems to be the series I tolerate best.

8: Debussy or Ravel?
Debussy. Why not?

9. Hemingway or Fitzgerald?
FITZGERALD! I at least liked The Great Gatsby. I'm sure at least two of you remember when we had to read The Sun Also Rises, how much did that suck?

10. Picasso or Matisse?

11. Linguini or Angel Hair?
Linguini. Good with alfredo and shrimp.

12. Are beets actually food?
for some people, perhaps...never really been into em myself.

13. What Canadian Province are you most like and why?
Saskatchewan. A little weird, a little offbeat...

14. If you could avoid any further exposure to a current celebrity, who would you chose?
Everyone so far has said Paris Hilton, and I agree. But for the sake of originality, I'm going to say The Dixie Chicks. Oooh, look everyone, musicians with opinions...

15. Is there a conspiracy?
No. Look, a moose...

16. What is your favourite flower?
I like lilacs these days.

17. Pick five people you do not actually know - living or dead - to have dinner with together.
Grace Murray Hopper
Franklin Roosevelt
and, just to up the WTF factor, Sean Connery.

18. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie-Pop?
Hey, if YOU aren't gonna count...

19. You're sitting on a beautiful beach, watching the waves. It's a glorious day -- perfect in whatever way you like it to be. As you calmly enjoy your peaceful solitude it is suddenly interrupted by whom doing what? THINK FAST GIVE YOUR FIRST THOUGHT ANSWER.
whoever it is that keeps honking their horn in the night.

20. What does peanut butter taste best with?
Toast. No, chocolate. No, pickles. wait...
wildirishrose80: (lonely)
It was kind of a lousy day. Well, not entirely. It got annoying mostly after my student loan people called me again to nag me. Just like they did a week or so ago, and about the same exact thing. If I could get rid of them any sooner, I definitely would.

Anywho, after my discussion with them (this afternoon while I was at work) and I mean RIGHT after my discussion with them, gmail informed me I had a message. YAY.

So I checked it, and it turned out to be from Tiffany, another sister who is part of the Alumnae Association in town. Her message, in its entirety, read:

"I just wanted to tell you you're doing a fantastic job!"

thusly, we love Tiffany. She reminded me of why it's a good idea to just compliment people when they deserve it, because you never know when it's exactly what they need to hear.

Also, it took a lot longer than it should have (because I'm too stupid to operate a sewing machine) but I finished my first sewing project. I made a little pillowcase for Adrian. The doctor says he's old enough to have one (whee, just in time for the really hot weather!) so Mom talked me into making a pillowcase as my first project. I kept losing the thread in the needle, but other than that, it went smoothly and it's even the right size! :)

now it's almost time to move on to some freakishly large curtains...


Jul. 16th, 2007 07:20 pm
wildirishrose80: (Default)
I feel really, really, REALLY sorry for this guy...

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