Monday, September 29, 2008

Today is the day that Kellie has two teeth pulled! eeek. She's not a happy camper right now. I just thought I would stop by and say hi before we leave. Should be a quick procedure and we should be home again in about 2 hours. Poor Kellie. Lots of tears the past few days.


This is Birdie Jason's parrot...


Back when he was a baby and loved everyone. Now he thinks only Jason is worthy.
He's a Timneh African Gray...

I hate him. He hates me. We understand each other. Birdie lives in our family room just off the kitchen. He takes up valuable space. If I sit down to eat ANYTHING he runs over to his food dish (as you see here)...puts his little foot in and hurls food at me. Yeah, that's goinna get ya a treat. So I yell...Quit it Birdie! Knock it off Birdie! on and on. And to me he says "hahahahhahahaha" "Hey Birdie!" "helloooo?" "How-word!" "Outside!" "Whatcha doin?" "Birdie peanut?" on and on. I will admit he's funny but he's a nasty bird to everyone but Jason.

So I made a ham for dinner last week and we had Lemon Basil Pasta With Ham with the left overs. It's a Betty Crocker recipe but I couldn't find it on the BC website so they must have taken it off. It's soooooo good! You have to make this.

Lemon Basil Pasta With Ham

Prep: 10 min Cook: 20 min

2 Cups Uncooked Rotini Pasta (6 ounces)

2 Cups 1-inch Pieces Asparagus Spears

1 Cup Diced Fully Cooked Ham

1 TBSP Grated Lemon Peel

1 Clove Garlic, Finely Chopped

1/4 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil

1/2 Cup Sliced Fresh Basil Leaves

1/2 Cup Shredded Swiss Cheese (2 ounces)



1. Cook pasta as directed on package, adding asparagus during the last 3 or 4 minutes of cooking. Drain.

2. Return pasta mixture to the saucepan. Stir in ham, lemon peel, garlic and oil. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot. Stir in basil. Sprinkle with cheese. 4 Servings.

It's one of our favorites. Try it.

Friday, September 26, 2008

A Little Freaked!

Here's a bit of scary business...I was on my driveway (aka the bus stop) this morning talking to my neighbors/friends and they were telling me that I need to get the small local paper (I only get the Baltimore Sun) because I'm not hearing about the craziness going on about 2 miles from my house....

In a shopping center 1 1/2 miles from my house...Last week...The bank I go to has an attempted robbery. Same shopping center a man tries to drag woman into his jeep while she is taking a little walk on her lunch hour. A man in a neighborhood across the street from this shopping center is robbed at his front door. In the parking lot of my grocery store, also about 1 1/2 miles from my house, a woman was walking to her car around 10 AM (exactly the kind of time I would be there on any given day) and a man tried to drag her into his car. Jason and Molly and their friends walk to this shopping center ALL THE TIME -- granted they are probably safer being in a group, but this makes me want to keep them with me 24 hours a day! Sorry guys, no more smoothie shop, no more video store, no more sub and pizza place, you have to stay home with me even though it's only 3 in the afternoon and the sun is shining. Jason's going to be 17 in December -- you think he'll listen? I'm thinking for my own safety I could take Howard with me in the car...
of course the car makes him sleepy and he gets to a point where he can't keep his eyes open...
That could be a problem should a bad guy arrive on the scene, huh?

This week at same bank...Woman attempting to make a deposit drop from her store pulls up to the banks drop box in her car at 7:30AM. Puts her window down. She sees a shadow approaching her car. Man launches himself through her car window and grabs the bag on the seat next to her and then runs off. Luckily he grabbed a bag of candy she had and not the bag with the deposit!

About two months ago...a woman would come to the door trying to sell children's books (trying to see if you had children) a short while later a group of men/women would come up to same house if kids were out alone and try to take them. In one case a boy was playing ball in his driveway. The garage door up and his mother had moved her car for him so they probably thought he was home alone. A group of men came up and asked him if he wanted to play ball with them. He said no. They kept trying to talk to him so he said "let me go ask my mom" and thy took off. I do this for Ryan ALL THE TIME! I usually block the driveway with my car, but even so...this could have happened to him! And he plays out front with his army stuff every day. I don't go out with him anymore because he's "just in the front yard" and he's 11. Anyway, my neighbors (both women I was talking to) saw the woman and called 911 after the woman came to their doors. I don't know where I was == I don't remember her coming to the door - Of course I probably wouldn't have been suspicious because I didn't even know about this one!

We live in a really nice neighborhood! We're in the sweet little suburbs for crying out loud! What the heck is going on???!!! I hate to make my kids prisoners in their own home, but every single one of these things happened in broad daylight not 2 miles from my house! We never had stuff like this before! This is a scary world. You think you've got the kids covered. You watch them, you try to explain to them how to be careful, you move to a nice area with a low crime rate -- are we ever safe? I thought we were relatively safe - that stuff happens in that area, not were we are - can't say that now.

Now on a funny note...apparently there has been a serious breach of pop tart etiquette in my house. Poor Kellie has been reduced to writing angry messages on her pop tart box...
It says...QUIT EATING MY POP TARTS!!!

And while unloading the dish washer I discovered that Jason has had to resort to hiding his pop tarts...
Where did he learn that I wonder?
hmmm, I think that might be the cookies I bought myself at the grocery store yesterday. ;O) I'm thinking the culprit is most likely my dear sweet angelic innocent as new fallen snow Ryan! Mmmmhmmm. This has Ryan written all over it. I did purchase these at the store yesterday morning too while all my wonderful, sweet, loving children were at school...


NOW LOOK....
Little pigs!!!! They clearly do not savor their chocolate. They probably went at these like rabid dogs! :o) I guess, to be nice I should leave that last one for Mark to have after his long day at work...
Naaaa. :O) Have a good weekend friends.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

First, Mark's much better. He rested and took a lot of Tylenol and now seems to be on the mend.
Second, I came home from the store just now and a H-U-G-E Heron was in the pond eating fish!
He ate 6 of them!!! Poor Mark. I think it's time to get a net to protect the pond now that we know that Herons do show up!

I pulled out all of my fall boxes and need to switch all the decorations over for the new season. In one of the boxes were these...

This is a little table runner thingy that I put on the island in my kitchen...
And these I hang on the wall...

This I hang on the door knob on the foyer closet...

They were really fun to make (and fast!) so I think I'll sketch out a new one -- maybe a witch
That's it for me today because I MUST work on school for tonight. All of my goofing off is really starting to show! I usually get about 18 errors at the most on a test -- got a test back Tuesday with ... 133 errors!!!! Yeah, that's pretty bad! Must focus...focus, focus, focus!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Back to sewing...

***WARNING*** The following craft photos just might be the worst photos ever posted. Sorry...

This is a little UFO I pulled out today.
I made these cross stitch blocks back in 1997 (oops, for Molly)
and made them into this quilt top for -- Kellie. Then as usual, I put it aside and forgot all about it. As you know, I've been pulling out all of my old quilt tops to finish. It's a lot! So anyway, I decided to get this finished for Kellie before Christmas. I need to get the backing fabric and binding so that I can get started on this. I'm going to do very basic quilting -- nothing fancy -- I think with those girls being on linen cross stitch fabric I'm going to just quilt about 1/2 inch inside the edge all the way around on each one and then just do a basic X in each of the colored blocks extending it into the two white borders - ya know what I mean. Anyway, she'll be very happy and hopefully Molly wont remember that these blocks started out for her. ;O)

So my friend Robin asked how the aquarium is going...I must not have told you about the mass exodus! When we went to the beach in August everything was fine. We asked my mom (mmmhmm) to come and feed the fish. We were only gone 5 days. We came home on Wednesday. We noticed that our big Heniochus looked funny. By Friday he was dead. Saturday 3 more fish died. Monday 2 more fish died. Wednesday 2 more fish died. We were down to just 4 fish. We really aren't sure what started it all. Everything looked fine. The water quality never changed -- all the tests showed the water quality was great. I don't know if my mom was cooking the food, forgetting to turn the pump back on (which would cause the water temp to drop) or what. But everything seems to have settled down again now. What's left looks healthy and is eating. We did get a new clown fish last week and he seems fine, too.


And Mark totally screwed up his back again (he had back surgery last October 1st for a ruptured disk) digging ginormous holes in the ground for the pond, then for bushes around his pond. It went like this...



Friday I told him...you're going to screw up your back! You shouldn't be digging! "No! You just have to be careful! I know how to handle this." Mmmmhmmm. You sure do! Flat on his back all day yesterday and he could barely get out of bed this morning. "You really should stay home one more day so that your back has time to recover (from your dumb ass - hard headed - unnecessary work over the weekend). "MARY! I DON'T HAVE TIME TO LAY AROUND IN BED -- I HAVE WORK TO DO!" Okay Honey (don't let the door hit you on the way out!) Try to have a good day. AND BE NICE TO THE SECRETARIES! (it's not their fault they work for an idiot!) :O) Sometimes I wish he could read my mind. :O) Seriously, you have no idea how bad it is when his back hurts. He is so nasty and cranky I just want to kill him. It's a miracle we survived last fall when he hurt it -- PLAYING GOLF --because he was sure that he could just work through the pain. Surgery was needed and he was home with me for WEEKS! It was so bad that he gave me this to apologize...

It was bad. And call me crazy but I really don't want to go down that road again! Men can be such idiots! Those poor secretaries...he doesn't even try to be nice when his back hurts. For the first time I can honestly say I'm glad I have school tonight! :O)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hmmmm...


I picked Molly up from school on Friday from yet another play practice and this is the conversation...



M: Hey mom! Oh guess what...I signed up for my pen pals today. We could pick as many countries as we wanted.



Me: Oh cool. Who did you pick?



M: A guy from England, A guy from Ireland, A guy from Italy and a girl from France.



Me: aaah, why guys?



M: What? Are you kidding? Maybe only because guys from England and Ireland sound so darn cute and the guys from Italy look so darn good!



Me: mmmm. silly me. So why a girl from France.


M: Oh, I just thought a girl from France would be fun. Oh and guess what?



Me: I can hardly wait to hear.



M: We had this old lady subbing for gym today! (she's taking an aerobics class) She was like 60 with you know an old lady figure! (I don't think I like where this is going - and God help her if my sister hears this - she's 59!) She said "I'm really in great shape -- I walk" She walks...we were all like okay this should be good. So she has us doing each station for like 2 minutes. It was so stupid. Then she wanted us to rate the work out. We were all laughing and saying how exhauuusted we were and that it was definitely a 10 maybe even a 12! hahahaha. We didn't even break a sweat! It's probably the one she uses at the senior center!





Okay, I don't know about the rest of you...but I'm never going to sub a High School gym class! I walk damn it! :O) bratty, young, skinny, size 00 teenage girl! Just you wait--



This was Friday afternoon, too.



Naaaa, Howards not going to be a problem with this at all!



He can't wait for his new pool installation to be finished! Then on Saturday Mark bought plants. Pretty little water plants. Sunday morning...plants half eaten all over the backyard! MARY! LOOK WHAT YOUR STUPID DOG DID!!!! mmmm. Shocking. So unexpected.
Have I told you how much I love this dog?! :O)

Friday, September 19, 2008

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

Good Golly is a pretty day. Definitely not a day for house work. Ya'll are just goinna have to wear that underwear again! :O) Seriously, it's beautiful today.

Wednesday night I stayed up until 2:30am working on school work because yesterday I went out to lunch with a friend. By the time I got home from lunch at 5:30pm I was too tired to go to school! So when Mark saw me in my PJs by 6pm he said "well, that plan worked out well." :O) He took Molly and Ryan over to Target to get Kellie a new Nintendo DS because tomorrow is Kellie's birthday...WHAAAAAAA, my Baaaaaby is 8!!!! 8!!!! did I mention that she's 8?!!!!!! okay so anyway guess what....



HOWARD....YOUR HOT TUBS HERE!


Clearly my husband doesn't listen to me! I said "I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO TARGET?!" I did. Lowe's was right across the street. This morning Kellie comes down and looks out the window..."ah, daddy, Howard's going to think that's his new pool." Much laughter coming from me at the sink "Oh, we all know that pumpkin but daddy likes to live on the edge." Mark (very indignantly) "I'm putting a fountain in the center and that will keep him away." ME: "BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You mean he'll have a water fountain in his hot tub so that he wont even have to get up to get a drink! Okay, big boy let me just go on the record right now that while you are out there killing yourself digging the crater for that thing...I'll be on the deck drinking a mojito -- I - WILL - NOT - BE PART OF THIS CALAMITY. Kellie, your heard me right? Let's see if I have this right...after Howard terrorizes the fish, eats all the plants and splashes most of the water out of the pond he can get a drink from his fountain?" Mark (trying to change the subject) "can you go to the store for me this morning I need..." ME: "NO! hahahaha. I'm going to be on the phone all day telling everyone I know about this craziness!" I'm not a very nice wife. I don't even know when I'll stop laughing about this....a koi pond. good times.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gettin' It Together...

So after I posted yesterday I decided that to get myself in a better mood what I needed was a little retail therapy. So off to Joann Fabrics with some coupons where I bought some very nonessential stuff...

A little fabric...

Some fun fabrics to add to the stash...

I'm not sure what I will make with these, but I thought the greens/blues/browns went well together and had to have them... (I hope they look better on your computer than they do on my laptop! eek, they looked fine on the other computer -- but this one -- hmmm.)
And a little holiday fabrics for some ornaments/Christmas cards I want to make this year...


And some buttons, beads, ribbon, bells...I love the clearance bins...
And a new book and some new magazines...
Some new tiny cookie cutters should a little cookie therapy be needed...

Stopped off for a nutritious lunch...

And then it was home to eat this....
while doing a little of this...
Until it was time for Ghost Hunters to come on. Wednesday is ghost hunters/ghost hunters international marathon night - I love that stupid show! :O) And I ordered sandwiches for dinner from the sub shop! Yes, I do believe all is now right with the world. Now I just need to convince Mark that he doesn't need a Koi pond in the backyard to feel better! What is that man thinking?! Clearly I need to have him medicated...A Koi pond? In the backyard? With Howard? I think not. Can't you just hear him when he looks out and sees Howard standing in the middle of the pond, barking at the fish, eating the plants and generally splashing around like an idiot? Koi pond - I think that's a no. :O) Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly...

Hello friends...

so the good: A publisher contacted me and wants to put one of my mini quilts in a "how to" book. Very excited about that!



The bad: Those bastards in AZ picked the local guy! rrrrr. So here is a photo of the building Mark wont be working in...


On a positive note my sister, my mom, and Jason are thrilled that we will be staying in Maryland. Oh joy...


The ugly: When Molly was in 4th grade we bought her a flute for music class. In the beginning of 8th grade she begged us to let her switch to the oboe. She is such a music/art kind of kid that we thought it was worth it. So $1,800 oboe is now ours. This year her music teacher said that she needed more keys on her oboe in order to play the more advanced - complicated - music they were learning. Okay. No problem. Yesterday I went over to the music store and asked the repair guy to please add the keys that were needed. He explains to me (while chuckling) that you can't do that. So much for the teachers brilliant plan! I would need to purchase a new oboe. Go speak to Joe. Okay. Hi Joe. Bought this oboe from you two years ago and she needs to upgrade to a better one. How much are we talking about? Joe: Ooooh, yeah. She has a beginner oboe. (he couldn't have explained that two years ago so that maybe we would have just bought the better one right off?!) A new intermediate oboe would only be $2,500 or you could go right to the advanced oboe if she plans to stick with this through college (which she does) would be $4,700. Me: Oooookay. What about this oboe that we bought 2 years ago -- what kind of trade in can you give me? Joe: well the price I gave you ISSSS discounted, but I could give you maybe $300 for your oboe. Me: mmmmm, I'll talk to my husband. Thanks Joe.


$300!!!!!! for an oboe that is in perfect condition purchased from HIS store only TWO years ago! Are you friggin kidding me?!!! And then there is Molly: "ssso I can't get the oboe?" Yes, bring on the guilt. How can I look at those big sad stressed blue eyes and say no when it's a MUSIC INSTRUMENT we are talking about -- not a trendy new whatever! So I'm now trying to convince Mark that Molly is a music major - will probably get some scholarships to college because of her grades and the fact that she plays the oboe (which is apparently a rare choice of instrument - she was the only one in MS and now HS who plays the oboe), that if she played sports we would be spending a lot of money each season on equipment....So far he's not feeling the new oboe love.


And then....Mark's dad has been feeling sick for a few months and they can't find anything wrong with him. Sunday we get a call from Mark's sister that their dad was going to the hospital because he was hallucinating. They kept him for tests. Monday we get a call that he is still hallucinating and that he is also combative. Tuesday we get a call that all the tests are coming back normal and they can't figure out what's happening....


Poor Mark. No on the new job. $4,700 oboes. And now his dad. That's three so we should be good now right? Bad things only come in threes correct? So much for feeling relaxed. Oh! and my house STILL smells like melted plastic! I'm not feeling too peachy today - sorry for the crappy post. I'll be better tomorrow - promise.

Monday, September 15, 2008

So Relaxed...

I feel so relaxed after that little break. Arizona was beautiful. The weather was perfect...

90 degrees, but not killer hot! So different from 90 degrees at home in Maryland. Anyhoo, I was all by myself the entire day Thursday because Mark was in meetings all day. I met with the Realtor and we found a really nice house in this neighborhood...





The kids will love this lake in the community just two houses down from the house we are looking at.

Then I spent the rest of my day here...


on the porch for our room reading, quilting and texting with the kids. It was so nice in the shade. I hate to eat alone, so lunch and dinner alone in the hotel restaurant wasn't much fun. I took my book so that helped. Mark was also in interviews Friday until around 1:30pm but then we had the rest of the day together to drive around and have dinner together so that was nice.


When I got home and opened the front door...WHAT IS THAT SMELL?!!! Molly: What does it smell like? ME: Chemicals! Molly: Kind of like plastic? ME: YES! Molly: Hahaha, well let me tell you about that smell...Mommom came over to have lunch with Aunt Ann on Friday and decided to make tea. She put your electric tea pot on the stove and turned on the burner. The entire house filled with smoke and when she lifted it off all the wires were hanging out the bottom of the pot.


Yeah, this is why she wasn't asked to stay with the kids!!! She couldn't understand why I would ask my sister who lives two hours away to come and stay when she lives less than a mile from my house. Yeah, basically I wanted to make sure the kids and the house would survive my trip! I don't understand how she could lift the pot off of the base and not notice that it was electric! So now I'm worried about the burner too. I have a glass top stove. What does melting wire and plastic do to a glass top stove I wonder? I'm a little afraid to find out. And then there is Jason's parrot and Kellie's parakeets -- I'm glad they're still alive, but for all I know they could have brain damage. And my sister said that poor Howard was so upset it took him an hour to stop shaking. They had to put him outside before he had a heart attack! So anyway, my house still smells like melted plastic and it's been 3 days~great!


So today Jason is home sick (possibly strep because Molly had it last week) and we are all just waiting to hear if Mark got the job or not. A little stressed about that, it could go either way. He felt confident in the interviews and got a lot of positive feedback (one guy even said "I'll be seeing you again soon.") so we'll see. Have a good Monday!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Things Are Looking Up...

I made these for my niece and thought I would show them to you...




I love the turtle...
I used size 15 seed beads.


So I checked on Jump Rope Girl...



She's looking better. All the red that was splashed across the right side is gone even on the binding...




And my big excitement of the day...I'm off to Chandler Arizona tomorrow with Mark. He has a final job interview. YIKES. I'm somewhere between really excited and a nervous break down. One side of me thinks he wont be getting the job because it's too perfect and there are two people on the inside also applying--Mark thinks one of those two will get it because why move someone across the country if they have two local people to choose from.... The other part of me thinks he'll definitely get it because of his credentials. He's been in this field for 27 years and he has an MBA and a law degree -- he's frickin brilliant! Look at this guy...

how can they not pick him! :O) Of course if he does get the job that will mean crazy crazy times for me. Packing, packing, packing. Getting all of our junk, the 6 of us and our pets 2,320.45 miles from here will be a bit tricky! It's 35 hours and 52 minutes if we drove non-stop from our door here to our door there. Mmmmm, good times that! Mark: I might have to fly out ahead of you for the job. Me: Mmmhmm. And I may have to beat you in your sleep with a bat. :O) And I think it may be against the law for me to drive alone in a car with 4 kids and pets across the country for like 5 days of straight driving while on crack and drinking vodka. Just sayin'.

The good news is that I get to stay at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort - Accommodations for the next few days. I'm meeting a realtor on Thursday morning to look at houses in case we are moving. If we aren't moving then I'm completely waisting my time and his! Oh well. It can't be helped. If Mark gets this job we would have to be in Arizona by the middle of October. That wouldn't leave any time for house hunting. So this is a necessary house hunt. And I will have to get our house here on the market and houses just aren't selling here right now! I really do hope he gets the job. It would be a great opportunity for all of us. Cross those fingers for me...Talk to ya Monday. Have a great weekend.

Oh, and my sister will be staying with my kids while we are away...oh this should be good. :O)