Saturday, March 29, 2008

Just a Note

Too busy trying to save the world to post right now. Love to chat but I have to squeeze into my super woman costume and you know how hard that can be.

Don't forget my CONTEST

Monday, March 24, 2008

Rock Band

Rock Band comes to my house -

Too bad I can't post the Music. You'll have to imagine the thump, thump, thump -bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, and dum, dum, dum. Ain't that great? Well at least I know where my teenagers are - in my family room desparately trying to make music.
Three out of four are mine the extra one is an honorary child.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Mac and Cheese kinda Day & a CONTEST!!!!!

There has been a lot of conversation about mac and cheese in the blog waves lately. The short version is - Uberstrickenfrau is knitting an adorably cute baby sweater with, "fake yarn" also known as , "the cheap stuff" in a wonderful color of orange that bears a striking resemblance to one of the best fake products man has ever made - Kraft Mac and Cheese. While the color is probably no where near to the real bright orange we all know and love, because it's really a picture of a picture of a picture that we are all looking at ( her camera, posted on her computer as viewed on my screen), it is still not the pink that is common for girl babies.

While the debate continues on how to embellish said garment and if it should be wrapped in an empty carton of mac and cheese I started thinking, Mac and cheese ...yeah that sounds good.

Although I am not the best cook in town, see What's for Dinner, and my famous meat mush is now folk lore, I do on occasion make a pretty tasty meal, see The Comeback Meal for details. All disclosures aside I now formally present-

My Way Mac & Cheez

Boil water for macaroni

add macaroni and cook for 7-8 minutes

3 tblsps of butter - melt for 30 seconds in microwave

whisk in

3 tblsps of flour


1 cup of milk

1/2 tsp of salt

dash of Cayenne pepper

nuke for 2 minutes

remove and whisk


2 cups of cheese - I use Colby and sometimes cheddar, any kind works

Stir macaroni in to cheese sauce and serve.

This recipe should take approx. 21 minutes to prepare ( I factored in time for the water to boil) thereby beating out Rachel Rays idea of fast cooking by a whopping 9 minutes.
So good, so fast and so cheesy :)

Contest details -

Please submit your mac and cheese recipe - even if it's out of the box with cheese sprinkled on top. On April 1st I will randomly select a winner who will receive their choice of either a gift card for Starbucks or Jamba Juice or some other equivilent item if you live in an area that doesn't have such a place. Sorry no yarn to give away- my stash hasn't been fully developed, aged or grown.

Correction ---

Sophanne has offered her very own version of mac and cheez yarn to go with my prize.

Two gifts - one mac and one cheeze -Purfect

Have fun with the idea and spread the news - A contest, free stuff!!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Break-In

A few weeks ago at my neighborhood monthly Bunco game we heard the very sad and scary news that one of our dear neighbors had been robbed during the day while she was home. I'll never forget the hostesses announcement that "J " would not be joining us to play because she was sick and because she had been robbed the day before. She then played the message "J" had left on her phone. We all huddled around the telephone as we listened to the playback. Everyone strained to hear her soft, calm and sad voice retell the previous days events.
She had come home from work feeling tired and sick and went straight upstairs to settle down for a rest. She heard noises downstairs and thinking that it was her husband called to him. The thieves were surprised and quickly grabbed her purse (which she had sat on the kitchen table) and then ran out of the house. My friend got a sense of something being wrong and went downstairs to discover her purse gone and the door open. She reported the crime but in the short interim the bad guys had already made it to the local gas station where they filled the tank( 5 years ago I am sure that this would not have been a thieves first purchase) and then charged a few items at another store.
We had to listen to the recording twice because her voice was so soft in some parts. By the end of the second playback a very heavy mood had embraced everyone. Who couldn't imagine how easily it could have happened to them? We were all thinking about our community and how much we cherished the idea that we were safe and happy. My neighborhood is very unique and special. We actually know our neighbors and enjoy being with them. Throughout the years that I have lived here we have spent many lovely times visiting with the neighbors.
One lady organized a Bunco game and after the guys saw how much fun we were having, her husband organized a men's poker night. I'm hoping to get a couples poker game going in the future. We also enjoy hanging out in the driveway and watching our kids play in the street. You can call it "white trash" but I call it, "Party's on the Drive". It's fun. Our kids play and ride their bikes, while we eat pizza and drink beer. The kids have a great time and don't mess-up the house and the grown-ups get to hang-out. Over the years that I have lived here I have had the genuine pleasure of getting to know some really neat and nice people and I don't want that to change. I feel very fortunate that my kids have friends to play with and so do I.
Now, after hearing the recording everyone began to share stories about other break-ins. I was surprised at how much our neighborhood has been attacked. Certainly not one of the best conversation openers, "hey by the way I got robbed the other night" , but then again something that you need to know.
As the conversation developed we learned that a few neighbors had seen some kids hanging-out in the neighborhood on that day. Kids that aren't usually around. Although the instinct is to say, "they don't look like they belong here" the secondary instinct is, "it's probably okay and I should mind my own business". We have all done it. I know I have. I still remember my neighbor being away on vacation and they had arranged for people to stay in the house. One day the house sitters left the garage door open for a long time and I thought I should tell them that the owners liked to keep the door closed, but I didn't and they got robbed. A really nice bike was taken and other items. It would have been easy for me to say something but that good ole secondary instinct kicked in and I jumped to the, "It's probably okay and I should mind my own business thought". The owners had insurance and ended up getting an even better bike so everything was okay but this latest break-in happened while someone was home and that is a different story.
The entire night was changed. I really look forward to playing Bunco because it is a lot of fun and a time to relax with friends but after I heard that recording all I wanted to do was go home and get into bed. I felt sick from the thought.
As we all shared and talked the conversation evolved to - what can we do? The neighborhood had a Neighborhood watch program - we know that because the signs are posted. The signs are all rusty and beat-up now and no one can remember what happened to the program. So....
here I am organizing a new neighborhood watch program.
The first meeting is next Tuesday. I handed out flyer's last Saturday and I will post signs later this week to advertise. I hope that a lot of people will come and get involved, but my gut instinct is that too much time has passed since the last robbery and complacency has already set-in.
If you have ever done anything like this or are involved in a Neighborhood Watch program I would dearly love your thoughts and advise.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Garage Sale and Spring Fever

It was a busy and exciting weekend as I worked and completed my first neighborhood garage sale. In yet another effort to make myself and my services known ( I'm a Realtor) to the community, I organized a garage sale. Now this was no small undertaking. A little over a month ago I finished my first newsletter and I went to each house (242) rang their doorbell and introduced myself. Refer to A Dog Story for more fun details. After that I made another flyer ($71.46) and passed it out to each house. I also sent out the flyer to all my dear neighborhood Bunco friends. I ran ads in the Pennysaver both online and print and on Craigslist. Three days before the sale I posted four signs on strategic corners ( see Good Luck for more details) and on the morning (6:30am) of the sale I posted two more large signs, 12 directional arrow signs and 9 balloons. The end result was 15 houses had garage sales, the neighborhood was swarming with cars and people, and I met a lot of people. It was actually fun.

I was very happy that the weather was absolutely beautiful on the day of my big event. it's spring in San Diego and once again the long dark days of winter are over and I have got the fever. Spring Fever. Want to see
The flowers are blooming everywhere and I've got the urge to work in the garden. Here's what I hope to finally conquer -
This lovely bare spot has been planted four or five times. The last time I thought I had won but then I found crab grass and I got the bright idea to spray some killer that clearly stated it would only work on crab grass. Wrong, it kills everything and certainly not all the grass. Consequently, at least three flats of plants and hours of work were destroyed. But I haven't given up hope yet. As soon as the nursery can grow some decent plants for me I shall climb my mountain and replant.

Friday, March 7, 2008

"Good Luck"

I'm sure that you've all had a e-mail with this poem and message attached to it. Do this or else type of deal.

Good Luck!!
I hope it works...
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
OK, this is what you have to do...Send this to all of your friends!But - you HAVE to send this within 1 hour from when you open it!
Now................Make A wish!!!!!!I hope you made your wish! Now then, if you send to:1 person --- your wish will be granted in 1 year3 people --- 6 months5 people --- 3 months6 people --- 1 month7 people --- 2 weeks8 people --- 1 week9 people --- 5 days10 people --- 3 days12 ! people - -- 2 days15 people --- 1 day20 people --- 3 hours If you delete this after you read it . you will have 1 year of bad luck! But .. if you send it 2of your friends you will automatically have 3 years of good luck!!! :-)

While your thinking about the off chance of it actually bringing you good luck you're also worried about the chance of it bringing you bad luck.
I mean luck is very highly rated in our society. Lucky people win the lottery. You have to be! The odds of winning are like a gazillion to one. Luck is also embedded in the great mystery movie that is circulating these days called - "The Secret". The basic principle is that your positive attitude, energy, aura is received into the world and walla you got Good Luck coming to you and all your dreams coming true. Now in order for this to work you have to have your goals clearly stated and truly believe that they will come true. EX: You are driving your new Jaguar with the trunk loaded with money and your hair looks great. Literally the power of the mind can be used to make all you dreams come true. So simply get focused and your on your way.....

Anyway, I am Irish. Well actually my husband is half Irish and I think I'm about a fourth - but I really look Irish. So I'm thinking I going to have a Lucky day.

Well here is what Good Luck looks like for me today -

Now being a true optimist and truly believing in the power of positive thinking and that I do have Good Luck, I do have Good Luck, I do have Good Luck -

I have decided that getting a flat tire one minute from my house was Good Luck. Yes Indeed.

Since the message of my blog is "To share", here is what I learned and what you should know

I backed-up the car to position it near the curb so that I could lock the wheels when I parked the car. But when I put the car back in drive I didn't put my foot on the brake and the inertia forced the car into the curb. That caused the wheel to ram into the curb and of course the concrete was uneven and that's how I got a hole in my tire. So you see it's very easily done.

Angel of the Day award goes to Andrea who called me from school and took my son to the robot competition, then bought him a shake and brought him home. Without her help Jason would have missed everything.

Big bonus points go to my super little boy who remembered Mom's cell phone number so that Andrea could call me. He can't remember which words to capitalize and usually forgets his jacket at the neighbors house but what's more important?

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Whooping cough Alert

My second son has been kinda sorta diagnosed with whooping cough. I say kinda sorta because it is extremely hard to diagnose usually only by default. I have been to the doctor twice now and they have actually called me at home to discuss the situation. For months now extra large child #2 has been coughing. In my best parenting and nursing skills I have told him to please cover his mouth. Then I tried to get him to take cough medicine but they haven't invented a palpable syrup that my dear 12 yo will swallow. I don't know why kids think it should taste good. It's medicine!! Anyway after I recovered from that episode and cleaned the floor I gave up on Delsyn and NyQuil. Actually I took a swig so I could sleep.
Now son is coughing really hard. He bends over and makes loud noises and is suffering. So he gets another day off school and I take him to the doctor again. This time steroid inhaler and some medicine that ends in -syn. After 5 days he is supposed to be better - only he's not. That's when they ( doctors one, two and three - cause I have an HMO or PPO or whatever but certainly not access to good health care) start talking Whooping Cough only they call it Pertussis, same thing just the fancy doctor name. All my children were immunized. I suffered the five year trek to the doctor and got my yellow card properly completed. Now here's the kicker that I need to share -

Even though you may have immunized your child at around 10 -12 years old the antibodies wear off and you need to get a booster shot. Well I learned that the hard way but you don't have to suffer. Get ye to the doc and get that pre-teen a shot or else suffer a cough that sounds like they are trying to hack-up a small internal organ. FYI this usually happens at the dinner table and seems to go great with meat mush or hamburger helper.
It lasts a long, long, time and it's painful so it's worth the trouble. Good luck.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Made you Think


Count every ' F ' in the following text:



HOW MANY ? WRONG, THERE ARE 6 -- no joke .


Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F's before you scroll down. The reasoning behind is further down.
The brain cannot process 'OF'.

Incredible or what? Go back and look again!! Anyone who counts all 6 'F's' on the first go is a genius.

Three is normal, four is quite rare.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A Dog Story

Saturday was a very interesting and challenging day.
Part one -
My daughter volunteered to man the phone lines for the Humane Societies telethon. At first I was sorely disappointed to see that they had not recognized my daughters greatness and she was not the host. How could they be so silly as to select a local television personality and the Humane societies president to chair the event. We want to see - Lauren. When she made her appearance - back row to the right - we all cheered and hoped with great expectation that the show would finally take a turn for the better. Well it did, dear daughter managed to grab her spotlight - a whole 8 seconds of air time when she phoned in her own pledge. Way to go girl.
After that we turned off the T.V.

Part 2 - I walked the neighborhood for five hours going door-to-door handing out flyer's about my community garage sell that I am sponsoring. Rising to the challenge of ringing strangers doorbells and then giving my pitch was brave enough but coping with the never ending barking and barrage of dogs was almost unbearable.
At one particular door the dog managed to escape his owners leg hold - you know the move where you barely open the door and use one foot to block the dog from tearing into the pour harmless victim at the door. Well it didn't work this time and very large dog with growling teeth ran out. I screamed my city girl head off and pressed up against the wall. I understand now that this is not the correct move to make. Owner ran out apologizing and grabbed dog who had no collar on and once again managed to come after me. On the verge of tears and a near heart attack I made my best defensive move and shut my eyes as tight as possible - because if your going to be eaten alive it's better to not see the first bite. Owner finally managed to calm dog down - which he claimed during the entire incident was very friendly and I resumed my pitch. After I calmed down and I looked at the dog who was now waging his tail. I looked at the owner and asked, "So I got to know what is your dogs name?" he smiled and said, "Angel"
In my best recovery line to date I said, " Yes, of course he's completely white".
Too much fun.

What I learned - I am never going to answer my door without properly securing my friendly dog. It's just not nice. I hope you share my challenge.