Friday, July 30, 2010

Mullet management

It's that time again - time to trim back my luscious locks. When my hair starts growing over my ears and I can pull it away from the back of my neck it's time to make an appointment.
I had to come home and wash it right away though because I was littering hair debris all over the place.

With my free afternoon I went over to New York and Company to use my 50% off a $100 coupon I got in the mail.
I stuck with tops because I still don't comfortably fit in my old shorts since the surgery so I'd rather not waste my money on any more until the swelling and second surgery are done. Not in the photo are a pair of silver sandals I grabbed at the last second. They're comfortably resting on my feet right now. I didn't try on anything there, but once home I decided to take the tank top on the far left back. It's too long in the shoulder straps so the neck line is too low. Unless of course my mission is to distract people with my ta-tas. Then it's just right.

Chris got into town early from a site visit so he texted me to meet him over at Barnes & Noble for a little coffee and magazines. It's not blazing hot today, but warm enough that being inside drinking iced coffee was a welcome treat. I'm hoping it cools off enough this evening to squeeze in a walk around the block before going to the gym. It's already down to 87 degrees at 7:00 pm so it's looking good.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Our music director at church is on vacation for two weeks so I've been asked to help lead songs for the traditional style second service this coming Sunday. I met with three of the musicians at church tonight to practice some hymns and praise songs.
I'm not a big fan of, or connoisseur of hymns so I had to bring the music home to practice between now and then. It's going to be a long, long weekend for Chris.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chef Chris

My tummy was hurting today (I suspect the artichoke hearts from dinner last night) so Chris took over dinner responsibilities tonight while I laid down.
He put together a tasty mix of crookneck, zucchini, basil and tomatoes (all from our garden) mixed with a can of cannellini beans served over rice.
Maybe I can trust him in the kitchen more often. Maybe.

Unbelievably, Chris finally made it through the liters and liters of beer we had around the house and I actually had to make a run to Ray's Liquor in P-town for a combo six-pack.
The first two have been barely drinkable, which is unfortunate. I hope my mom is ready to take over the reins when I get fired as the official beer shopper. You should never trust a connoisseur of Boone's Farm to pick out beer. My palate is clearly too sophisticated for such things!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cupcakes and crafts

What does one do with an abundance of flour, sugar, oil and eggs? Make cupcakes of course! While at Trader's this morning I picked up a package of mini peanut butter cups to throw in the batter, from a recipe I found online.
So easy and so good. I broke the sad news to Chris that he does not get the whole dozen. I'll save him a couple, but the majority are going to work tomorrow. I love bringing in goodies to work. It gives me the chance to bake, yet I don't feel compelled to eat the whole thing. I'm happy and my pants are happy.

I spent some time this afternoon finishing up a scrapbook page I'd started yesterday from our weekend in Chester for the little brewfest in their park.
Next up, Wilson's graduation. Then I'm all caught up and I can find a new project to spend all my time and money on.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Working at the carwash

Today was one of those days that any errands or outdoor plans you had needed to competed by 10:00 am in order to avoid the devastatingly hot afternoon. After a quick breakfast of waffles, Chris snuck off to the garage to tinker while I plopped myself on the couch and read some more of my Eat Pray Love book in between doing laundry, washing dishes and making the bed.

By afternoon we were growing bored of each other and decided to seek out some entertainment. We settled on a trip to Kohl's, for grins and giggles, and Barnes & Noble for magazines and coffee. By the time we got home there was some NASCAR to watch.

I've been driving through a construction zone at the bottom of the Skyway every morning for the last couple of weeks and it's made my car look like I've taken it four-wheelin' so Chris helped me wash Tango tonight.
So fresh and so clean.

I thought I'd throw up a quick blog before heading over to the gym for a late evening swim. On Fridays and Sundays I do weights before my workout so I don't like to swim those nights since I don't really want to straddle the weight machines in my swimsuit and dress cover-up. Kind of weird. Instead I swim on my non-weight lifting nights. Dear Jesus, please don't let there be punk kids cannon-balling into the lap pool tonight. Amen.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I went to a Silpada party a couple of weeks ago (pricey silver jewelry) and my order just arrived in the mail this week;
A multi-strand necklace of hematite, glass and seed beads with sterling silver accents. I love it.

I was so focused last week making sure I took multiple pictures every day and blogging religiously every night that I seem to have pulled a 180 this week and have done nothing. But in my defense nothing exciting has happened either. Work was crazy busy every day (I took tomorrow off to recover) and I was home every night. Last night we watched my co-worker's copy of Fantastic Mr. Fox. It was full of dry humor for the adults and very entertaining. So don't worry, you haven't missed anything.

While I was making dinner tonight (taco salads) Chris came in with more bounty from the garden.
Pimple squash and more Momma Mia tomatoes. That's on top of our baseball bat sized zucchini Chris picked the other night. I'd better make some big saute plans for this weekend.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Week in the Life: Sunday

Today is the last look into our high society, jet-setting life. No more living vicariously through us, you'll have to find your own adventures. Without further ado I give you Sunday;
Sundays I go to church. Every other Sunday I sing (like today) and have to be there an hour early, at 8:00 am for practice. Peek-a-boo, who's the photo crasher throwing out the 'dueces'?
I give myself enough time in the morning, before church, to read the Sunday paper. The Sunday ads are the whole reason I get the paper.
I also sang a song for second service this morning to help fill in for the choir which takes the summer off.
Did a little baking this afternoon. Made some snickerdoodle blondies that tricked me with a clean cake tester into thinking they were done baking, but really could have used a couple more minutes.
Sunday night is family gym night again. Tonight we both went swimming, can you tell?

I should have been in bed by 10:30 pm, but showering and blogging has pushed me closer and closer to 11:00 pm. That's unfortunate as I need all the beauty sleep I can get.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Week in the Life: Saturday

Neither one of us slept well last night. I don't know if it was the late evening iced (non-decaf) coffee or what, but I was still awake long after 1:00 am. And then we were up and out of bed before 7:00 am. Hardly how I wanted to start my weekend!
While I got up and showered, Chris ran out to the garage to tinker before the day started heating up.
As requested earlier in the week, I made blueberry pancakes for the Canadian.
After breakfast I went and ran some errands which may have resulted in some new dresses following me home.
The Canadian got a random hair today to go the home brew shop and check out their home brew kits.
The brew master at work on his keg of moonshine.
An afternoon trip to the library was in store because Chris finished his last book and needed something to entertain him while I'm busy reading Eat, Pray, Love.
In between catching some NASCAR racing, I knocked out another scrapbook page. Now I'm out of photos and have to send some more to Wal-Mart to print.

Dinner was some pasta leftovers from the other night followed by an evening showing of '500 days of Summer'. Good movie, I really enjoyed it. Afterwards we braved a walk around the block since it had 'cooled down' to 91 degrees. Now I've got to give some serious thought to making the bed with our freshly washed sheets if I plan to go to bed anytime soon. Maybe when I go into the bedroom I'll surprised to learn that Chris has already made the bed. Riiiiight......

Friday, July 16, 2010

Week in the Life: Friday

Fridays are my short work day, just four hours in the morning. We work four 9's and a 4. The afternoons usually involve grocery shopping, laundry and a little house cleaning before the Canadian gets home at 5:30 pm.
Fridays are the one work day we can wear shorts and sandals since we're not open to the public, but I just didn't feel like it today.
I geniusly forgot about my standing nail appointment yesterday, but luckily my nail lady could get me in today at noon. Heaven forbid I spend the next two weeks with ghetto nails.
Driving down the hill we got shuffled into a single file lane because the canyon side of Skyway had caught on fire and there were a bunch of fire trucks (and hunky firemen) there. The news said about two acres burned. Like my driving while photographing?
I stopped at Safeway on the way home to pick up the last few items on my shopping list and while there got a Strawberry Nirvana smoothie (made with Splenda) for lunch from the Jamba Juice kiosk.
We're singing a new song at church on Sunday so I printed out the sheet music and practiced it on my recorder. That's how I memorize the tune between Thursday night practice and Sunday service. Anyone need a sweet jazz recorder for their bar mitzvah?
Since it was 103 outside this afternoon I stayed in and read. My friend loaned me this book to read before the movie comes out next month.
My newest Studio Calico scrapbook kit came in the mail this week, but this was the first day I had a chance to unload it and ogle all the goodies. I love these kits, they're the greatest.
'Helloooo ladies'. Friday is family gym night meaning we both go. We both do a round of circuit weights and then Chris heads for the lap pool while I put in some time on the elliptical trainer. We get home around 10:00 pm, shower, play on our laptops, and then zonk out.

Stay tuned for Saturday morning - blueberry pancakes will be making a special guest appearance.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Week in the Life: Thursday

Today was the hottest day of the week by far, getting up to 108 in Chico. Who thought that was a good idea? Here's the breakdown on my thundering Thursday:
I was covering for a co-worker today on the building dept counter so I made sure to wear something comfortable for being on my feet all day.
Breakfast on most days is a bowl of old-fashioned oatmeal with a few dried cranberries, a small smattering of chopped pecans, a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a spoonful of Splenda brown sugar blend.
Hubby completely surprised me by showing up at my work today. Timing was perfect for lunch though, so we went down the street to Cozy Diner for some soup, salad and bread.
Whipping up my last Rachael Ray recipe of the week. A mix of bowtie pasta, cherry tomatoes, bacon, lettuce and chopped red onion in a homemade pesto sauce of parmesan cheese, italian parsley, smoked almonds and olive oil. The mustached one liked it.
Did grocery shopping tonight to avoid mid-day 199 degree Friday shopping.
The remnants of my chocolate tres leches cake from CholoMaxx. Apparently eating it was more important that taking a photo of it.

Normally I'd have singing practice on Thursday nights from 7-8:15-ish p.m., but VBS is going on this week so our practice was cancelled. All the more time to spend grocery shopping, oh joy!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Week in the Life: Wednesday

I'm glad today is over. Work was hectic and I got stuck on the phone with a difficult customer for the last 30 minutes. What a way to ruin the evening. But here are the highlights;

Wednesday is garbage day so I have to keep an eye out for the garbage cans as I back out of the driveway.
We'd been saving beer caps for my co-worker to use for an art project for her Sunday school class and she brought me some finished products as a thank you. They're magnets!
I had a lunch date today with a co-worker and a retired co-worker at Real Burger. Ironically nobody got burgers. I picked a chicken rice bowl with a spicy Thai sauce. Tasty stuff Maynard.
Wednesday night is bible study night, or b.s. night as we call it. There's four of us and we alternate between houses for dinner and study.
It got too late to go to the gym tonight so I pulled out the bike and peddled some miles while listening to a little Jesus music on the boob tube.

It's already bedtime, where did the day go?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Week in the Life: Tuesday

Day two of my fascinating life:

Ready to roll at 6:30 am.
Finishing a staff report for a public hearing on Monday for a dance studio.
My mom took me out to dinner at Casa De Paradiso for dinner before my bunko game tonight. I had the most wonderful fish tacos.
The view from the back deck of my friend Lucille's house who was hosting bunko this month. She lives up in the boonies of Magalia.
Tonight all the prizes were wind chimes. I lost the roll-off for least amount of wins so no wind chime for me.

I got home around 9:40 pm and am winding down for a 10:30 pm bedtime. Yawn. Nighty-night.