Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Thursday, December 25, 2008

My latest project:

My sister and I collaborated on a gift for our parents for Christmas. It was not to be from us, it was to be from all the grandchildren. My sister got the idea, we worked together on the design, and I did the constructing. It's a family quilt, which we the grandkids gave them tonight, and which they absolutely loved. Yay!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

And also:

Happy Holidays, everyone!

My very own Christmas miracle!

So, as previously mentioned, my laptop power cord went kerplooey on Monday. I ordered a new cord on Monday night, with free two day shipping. (yay!) But that meant it would ship on Tuesday, and since Thursday is a holiday, I would not receive it until Friday. Not a very long wait, but with The Boy and I fighting over who gets to use the desktop computer, it was getting a bit hairy already.

Except that tonight when I came home from my parents' house, the new cord had already arrived! And it works! And the computer still works, which means it didn't get fried when the cord exploded! And I'm typing on my laptop right now! Wheeeeee!!

Oh, how I missed you, Laptop. Please don't ever leave me again.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Festivus!

Monday, December 22, 2008


... is exactly what I exclaimed when the cord to my laptop sparked and exploded.
I've ordered a new one. And I promise to be more gentle with this one.

I just hope my computer is ok.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ah, I've taught him so well...

Just went to get our Christmas tree. This year Christmas snuck up on us really quickly, and I felt I was really late getting the tree. Sure enough, when we got to our usual place, they literally had maybe twenty trees left. One whole side of the lot, usually full of trees, was completely empty. Not much to choose from, they were all bigger and more expensive than I wanted. And then The Boy asked me: "And what have we learned about waiting too long to get a Christmas tree?"

The only answer, of course, is: "Foamy!"

Well, and: "Expensive!"

Monday, December 8, 2008

This just defies the laws of nature

I wanted to hate it...but now I just WANT it:

'A Friendship Lasts a Lifetime'
Anyone who has ever enjoyed the magic of the 100 Acre Woods will love to be part of the 80th Anniversary Celebration with this cozy Limited Edition piece (Production limited to 2006)! Classic Winnie the Pooh and the more contemporary Pooh Bear are both represented as they share the adventure with the Honey Tree as readers, big and small, have for decades. Fourteen different molds were used in the careful creation of this meticulously detailed porcelain bisque treasure. This is a collector's piece that will bring a lifetime of pleasure! 5"H.

Hubba, hubba

I'm really liking the beard.

Blast From the Past

You may or may not remember when I posted about my nephew Mikey's birthday in October. At that time, my dad had requested that I take a picture of him and my mom, with all the grandkids. He wanted to recreate a photo that had been taken of them all, some 10 or 11 years previously. I finally managed to get that original pic scanned into the computer, so I can now share with you the two pics together.
Jake did his best at remaining in the position he was supposed to, but he's a little too big to sit on his Mimi's lap these days.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Please Don't Bomb Nobody This Holiday

I'm not terribly familiar with the comedy antics of Dan Finnerty, but if he could get Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris to appear in his holiday video, he's got to be ok.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Game Fail

Christmas, anyone?

I'm trying to organize my Christmas card list. Is there anyone who's not on my list who would like to be?

If so, please either PM at the temp WD (which is up again!), or my email address is on my Facebook page.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

And now, a word from the cat:


Sleep? We don't need no steenkin' sleep!

Yeah, we do, actually. I've been having so much trouble falling asleep for weeks and weeks, now. And then I have just as much trouble waking up in the morning. It's shameful, really, the time of day I wake up. So, now it's 3am and I'm up blogging, instead of sleeping.

What's new:
I have three new books that I'm excited to read. I abandoned Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson (which I've read eleventy million times), right in the middle, to start reading The Color Purple as soon as it arrived. I am currently on page 180. Then I will read Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs, and The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

I have also decided that my newest obsession is CSI: NY. I hate it when I get into a show four or five years in and have so much catching up to do. But luckily for me, Spike TV has been playing mini-marathons during the weekdays. I tape them and watch them later. They are even running them in order, so I should be able to catch up with most of the episodes. And I've got just a teeny tiny thing for Carmine Giovinazzo.
It must be the accent. And that he's Italian. And I love the glasses, but it appears that it's just his character on the show who wears them, not him. And, true fact: he was the first person to be killed on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show, not the movie). Yep, he is the boy who snuck into the school with Darla at the beginning of the first ep. So cool!

When I'm not reading or watching CSI: NY, (well, sometimes while I'm watching CSI: NY), I am knitting my shrug. I can't wait to finish it because my shoulders are chilly. I'd show you a picture, but I'm too lazy to go take one. I'm almost done with one arm. I've finished the increases and now I'm just knitting row after row, and when it's long enough, I'll start the decreases down the other arm. I had to keep very careful track, on paper, of where and when the increases were made, so I can make the decreases the same on the other side. Now that I don't have to keep track of that stuff, it's going much faster. I noticed a slipped stitch quite far down, and dropped my stitches down to it to pick it up, but now that they're back up, it's still there. I must have missed it. Doh! I'll fix it again tomorrow.

Oh, and because he's on TV right now so I thought of it, did anyone know that Anthony LaPaglia is Australian? I had no idea. I thought he was native New Yorker. Boggled my mind when I read that.

And also, go check out Jenn's Rather Crafty's Etsy shop. She makes the most lovely handmade cards for all kinds of occasions. They are so sweet. And then go check out Meg's blog, as she is hosting a giveaway, and YOU can get a chance to win a set of these wonderful cards.

And, finally...pie.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


The Temp WD is down again. :(

Monday, December 1, 2008

Quick and Dirty Chicken Pot Pie

  • Poach chicken breasts in canned chicken broth.
  • Saute celery and onions in butter.
  • Remove celery and onions, add more butter to pot, melt. Add flour to make a roux.
  • Remove chicken breasts from broth, mix strained broth into roux, stirring well, to make sauce. Add more chicken broth as needed. Make sure sauce is thick.
  • Chop up chicken.
  • Add chicken, celery and onions, and thawed frozen peas & carrots to sauce.
  • Now that we know how much filling we're dealing with, decide which casserole dish to use. grease and flour casserole dish.
  • Open box of Pillsbury pie crusts, which have been sitting at room temp. Put bottom crust in casserole dish.
  • Add filling.
  • Add top crust, pinching edges. Cut hole in middle of crust for steam release.
  • Cover top with foil.
  • Put in 350 (preheated) oven. Set timer for 30 minutes.
  • Knowing how badly your oven Sucks Out Loud, pray for the best.

I'll let you know what happens.

Ok, it ended up baking for 1 hour with the foil on top, then I took the foil off but recovered the edges of the crust, and baked for about 20 minutes more, until the top was golden. At some point I'd wished I'd baked it in glass, so I could check on the bottom crust. But it cooked well, and did not burn.


E-Harmony is *soooooo* picky!