Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Mid-decade crisis?


As I rapidly approach my next birthday that ends with a 4, I have been wondering, am I entering my Mid 30's or is it still considered early 30's? I know that 35 will mean Mid 30's, but does 36 automatically put you in the late 30's category?


I typically don't care about age - I've always seemed to do things later than my friends. First bra, Period, first boyfriend, extra year of college, marriage, etc. Not sure why this one is bugging me this year! I think it's like when you go to the Doctor and your chart has how many years and months old that you are ... it's not enough just to have the year. I'm also beginning to hear my "clock" start to tick and that is a little scary too.


But don't worry... I do love birthdays and will be celebrating "birthday week" as usual!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Come on

Puh-leaze...

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Weekend Recap

It was relatively quiet around Chez Labrador this weekend. Hubby and I had date night on Friday for sushi. Saturday was spent cleaning, errands and somehow getting sucked into a marathon of America's Next Top Model. Geez. We did successfully book our hotel room for the Country Music Half Marathon in April. I didn't realize how quickly rooms would fill, so we ended up paying more than we expected, but it's a super deluxe room located in the downtown area.

On a cleaning note, and of course with our abundance of dog hair, I will say that my favorite cleaning tool is the Dyson. We have the Animal and it is great.

Also, an update on Let's Dish . We tried one of the dinners and a dessert over the weekend and they were both great. We tried the citrus tilapia last night. It consists of filets of tiliapa, drizzled with olive oil & cayenne pepper. There are also slices of lemons & limes between the filets. Before baking, you sprinkle a few spicy almond slivers on top. It was easy and very good. We also tried the individual molten chocolate cakes. Ooey-gooey chocolate and cake. Need I say more?

We also started Week 4 of Boot Camp today. Today we focused on arms/back for our weights and then tons of running outside. Backward running, power skips, pop squats, jumping jacks and squat thrusts. Whew.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Addition to my morning coffee

No, it's not Kahlua, it's dog hair. How do these labs manage to shed so much & how does one little hair seem to find it's way to my hot, vanilla-creamed coffee? I'm used to seeing a few tumbleweeds behind doors or under chairs, but this?? Oh well, I guess a little dog hair won't kill me!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Let's Dish...

We seem to have had an abundance of quick-fix dinner solutions pop up in our city. We have Super Suppers, Let's Dish & I think there is even another one. I had the opportunity to go to Let's Dish, make two meals and a dessert for $25, so I went.

It is such a great concept and perfect for busy professionals or for busy moms. You can choose to either prepare yourself or have the staff do it for you. It's a bit more expensive if you have the staff do it.

I chose pork tenderloin with apricot-chile glaze and prosciutto wrapped chicken breasts, stuffed with herbed cream cheese. And, individual molten chocolate cakes. I was shocked at the servings - two tenderloins & 12 chicken tenderloins. Plus, 6 cakes! Hubby and I will be well fed for quite a while. You freeze your meals & prepare when you're ready. We sampled some other dishes & I am sold on this concept. We always ask "what's for dinner" when it's 7pm and we're both starving, so hopefully this will help that dinner solution! And, it's real food - nothing really processed, so you also feel good about what you are eating.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Busy....

Last week was a little crazed. Work really took over and I don't think I was finished in the office any night before 7pm. Then my evenings typically entailed working from home that evening as well. So, Friday night, we met up with friends at our old neighborhood haunt. Our beloved pub has been closed for several months, due to the owners not paying bills. Whoops. So, new ownership, new name, new appetizers, but somehow we all felt like we were "home". Hubby and I had dinner & a few beverages, but when the call for Irish Car Bombs was made, we made a quick exit stage left.

On Saturday, we attended a friend's wedding. It was a beautiful and sweet ceremony with many personal touches that made it so special. The bride and groom were announced & they did the processional. The groom escorted his new Mom-in-Law out and I found that to be such a nice gesture. After the parents and grandparents were out, the Bride and Groom came back and served as "ushers" for the guests. They both greeted their respective "side" as the guests left each aisle. It was very appreciated and a lot shorter than trying to do a receiving line.

The reception was a blast -great music, great food, fun favors. The band was big where they attended college and appealed to all ages with fun beach/shag music. Hubby and I took a few spins on the dance floor and really had a good time.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

I know where I get it from

Note: Thanks to everyone for their votes! The contest ended at midnight on Saturday and mom thinks she won. Apparently, she had left the computer momentarily (she's on central time) and when it was 12:00 EST, the home page changed. So, cross your fingers & we should find out Friday if she's a finalist!

My love of dogs, that is. I think I have mentioned Smoochablepooch.com before. My mom entered her English bulldog, Thunder into the contest several months ago. I followed suit and entered our labs as well. Mom took this contest much more serious than I, and is currently in the top running for her state.

Here's the catch... Thunder, my family's beloved bulldog did not make it to see the end of the contest. He had to be put down in December, due to canine lymphoma. It was horrible and very sad. I think my mother is on a mission to ensure that he wins the Tennessee vote. I find it funny that if she wins, she'll win a year's supply of dog food. Helloo? She has already said that she will be donating it to their local animal shelter.

The voting ends Friday at midnight, so if you have a chance, please vote 5 stars for Thunder. You can follow this link and vote here. My mother (and Thunder) would greatly appreciate it!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day continued


Hubby and I celebrated our Valentine's Day tonight with a yummy chicken pot pie from a local gourmet deli. Heat and eat, baby. Along with chocolate covered strawberries for me and red velvet cake for him. Plus, my laptop came along to our dinner. Grumble, grumble. I have been working on a proposal for work and I needed to try to get a jump start for hopefully finalizing it tomorrow.

Hubby was very thoughtful and bought me two sweet gifts, both from Swoozie's. Since our store opened in the fall, I think he has bought nearly every gift for me there, which is great. First, a new coffee mug with a personalized "Rise and Shine" message from my Hubby. And, a new red leather address book. Love it. I've been looking for months & haven't found the right size, texture,etc. I can't find a photo online, but it's great! Plus, a sweet card, which is always tops in my book!
Oh, went to my Dr. - I'm sure he thinks I'm stalking because I've been there so much with the same issues. Lungs are clear, no infections so Mucinex for me. It actually seems to have helped, even though I am creeped out by their ads. Luckily, no mucus-monsters on their packaging! Thanks for the get well wishes... hopefully, I'm on the mend!

Happy Valentine's Day!

After feeling that I was about to cough out a body part last night, I made another appointment with my Dr. to find out what all of this bronchitis/sinus/stuff is that apparently loves to settle in my body! This is my 3rd time to the Dr. since Thanksgiving, so I am hoping for a big Z-pack, or better yet, a shot in the booty to finally be rid of this junk! Coughing, sniffing and nose-blowing is not how I pictured spending today!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

V-Day

I do love Valentine's Day, or actually what it represents. Do I think that there is a lot of unnecessary pressure put on every man and woman out there and a whole lot of bad gifts, candy and stuffed hearts that can be given as gifts without any thought? Sure.

So, Hubby and I were discussing V-Day this morning. We couldn't get reservations at any of our favorite restaurants, but it's not like we typically just don't go to those restaurants any other night of the week. So, we decided that we'll either order in or cook dinner at home, which I enjoy. Then, we have been going to a Bikram yoga class on Monday and Wednesday nights and the question was... should we go on Valentine's Day? I guess in theory, it sounds sort of sexy - heated room, sweaty bodies, flexible poses, but in reality, we are both sweating like pigs, red faced and tired. Not sure if it would be an appropriate prelude to a fun, "romantic" evening at home!

It's funny... the older I get and the longer I have been married, the acts of "love" come in so many different shapes. I saw one of these acts of love last night. I had settled into bed when I realized that I had forgotten to apply chap stick. Weird obsession, but it's just one of those things... like my nightly hand lotion ritual. Comfy and tired, I asked Hubby to get my chap stick for me, so I could stay happily nestled under the down comforter. He did this without complaint, then waited for me to apply so he could place back into my purse. Awww, ain't love grand?

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Shout out to Clarksvegas

Just wanted to do a "shout out" to my visitor from Clarksville, TN. Not sure if you know, but Clarksville is my hometown. Drop me a comment, I'd love to chat and find out news about my fair city!

Roses & Warm Fuzzies

I am part of a women's volunteer organization where I live. Today, we delivered Valentine's Day roses to our Sustainer Emeriti. These are ladies who are at least 80 years old and are Sustainers with this organization. We have about 50 ladies who still live in our area. Let me tell you, if I am half as with it, cute and funny as these ladies were today, when I'm 80, I'll be doing OK. One woman was playing bridge, one was working on her taxes, another catching up on her mail when we stopped by.

It just reminded me of my own Meme, my grandmother, and of time spent with her. It was truly uplifting to meet these fabulous ladies and hopefully we brightened their days as well.

Friday, February 09, 2007

This better lift my butt!

Today at Boot Camp, we did a 30 minute cycle/circuit class, then moved to the gym for numerous rounds of walking lunges, backward lunges, side steps, pop squats and squat thrusts, which are really evil. We also did some sprinting, agility work and abs.

I'm feeling good right now, but I'm sure by tomorrow, I'll be walking a little funny. We decided last night that are going to Key West in April, with two other couples, so I am hoping that these classes will get me bikini ready, or at least bikini/skirt/towel cover up ready by then! I have been scouring the new JCrew catalog for some appropriate FL gear!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Buyer's Remorse.... maybe


I recently bought these note cards for my husband. They are Boatman Geller and I thought they were too cute, plus we have labs, so I thought he could appreciate the "non-tacky" Labrador paraphernalia. Now that they arrived, I'm afraid they are too juvenile for him to use. Not that he writes that many notes, but I don't want him to feel like he's 12 when he uses these! I still think they are so cute, but I just hope he likes them. Any thoughts?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Scooterville,here I come

This is Day 2 of Boot Camp and the soreness has definitely kicked in. Not to go into too much detail, but I just had to go to the restroom and I caught myself holding onto the bar as I sat down. I am thinking that I need one of those lifting chairs, like this so I can get up and down easier.

Today, we had a warm up with jumping jacks & stretching, three rounds of different weight stations - biceps, triceps, "skull crushers with a barbell", the "booza" ball, crunches, etc. Then we went outside to run that consisted of running backwards, sprints, pop squats, etc. Of course, this is in 30'ish degree weather - cold for this Southerner! I did feel better today - no lunch time nap necessary!

Aren't these the cutest?

I am a kitchen gadget addict, so I always look at the many juicers, peelers, pans and assorted contraptions that I know I won't ever really use. But, at Williams Sonoma, I recently saw this set of pink baking goodies that I know I would use often! First, I love their silicone spatulas, they are wonderful for all sorts of recipes. And then to make them pink & personalized? Even better. I think I need a set or 2 to give and a set for me! I also love their pot holders - mine are literally falling apart from over use.I think these cute pink heart ones would make me even happier when I cook! (hint, hint, hubby!)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

25 Things

I’ve been tagged by Jenn at The Preppy Wedding...

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? On the water and I would probably pick a lake over ocean, just for logisitical reasons.
2. What's your favorite article of clothing? Currently, my Joe's Jeans, Socialite fit and an argyle cashmere sweater, a Christmas gift from my Mom-in-Law
3. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex? Smile, height
4. What's the last CD that you bought? I haven't bought one since my iPod...it was probably Kayne West!
5. Where's your favorite place to be? On a dock at Hyco Lake at sunset, preferably with hubby, dogs and a gin & tonic.
6. Where is your least favorite place to be? Driving in torrential rain
7. What's your favorite place to be massaged? Lower back, calves
8. Strong in mind or strong in body? Mind
9. What time do you wake up in the morning? Typically between 6:30-6:45am, but on Boot Camp days, it's 4:30.
10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance? The coffee maker for actual daily use and my Kitchen Aid mixer for baking adventures.
11. What makes you really angry? Disrespect, lying
12. If you could play any instrument, what would it be? Violin
13. Favorite color? Pink
14. Which do you prefer...sports car or SUV? I drive a sedan, but it's sporty... I'll go with the SUV.
15. Do you believe in an afterlife? Yes.
16. Favorite children's book? Good Night Moon, The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree... I could go on & on here!
17. What is your favorite season? Autumn
18. Your least favorite household chore? Cleaning bathrooms
19. If you could have one super power, what would it be? Read minds
20. If you have a tattoo, what is it? No tattoos
21. Can you juggle? Nope
22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to? My Aunt Sue, she died when I was 3.
23. What's your favorite day? Friday... anticipation for the weekend.
24. What's in the trunk of your car? Tennis balls, ice scraper, tool kit and I'm sure some dog hair
25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger? This one's hard for me. I love them both. I'll say sushi.

Tags to The Seven Spot and All Things Kimba

Monday, February 05, 2007

Mid-Day Nappage

OK, I don't think it was the best idea to start Boot Camp following Super Bowl Sunday. I'm sure I ate my weight in BBQ, potato skins, dips, meatballs, bruschetta and other assorted "crap" that isn't really healthy, plus I stayed up later than usual! Let's just say that 4:30 AM came early after the afternoon/evening binge session and the weigh in hurt. At least our trainer did tell us that the scale weighs heavy, but still!

I just actually took at 20 minute power nap in my car. Is that wrong? It's freezing here today, so the car was nice and warm... perfect for a cat nap! Now, I'm more refreshed & ready to go!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Neiman Marcus Cookies




I'm not sure of the validity of the email, but the urban legend is that this recipe was purchased by a woman from Neiman's for $250. She thought the price was $2.50, so in an effort to "get back" at Neiman's, she has shared the recipe with everyone she knows. The email has been in circulation for years, but I decided to make the cookies for a Super Bowl party later today. I made them today and they are very yummy. I broke a couple so I had to sample those! The pups were good "watch-dogs" as I baked today.

NEIMAN-MARCUS COOKIES (Recipe may be halved)

2 cups butter
24 oz. chocolate chips
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
5 cups blended oatmeal
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice, optional)
Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.

Friday, February 02, 2007

2 Labs Need a Home






I typically don't get very serious on my blog, but my husband received this email last night from a friend who has fostered rescue dogs before, so it is valid. These 2 labs are in Wilmington, NC. As much as I would love to take them in, we would be outnumbered by dogs, so it just isn't feasible. If anyone is interested, there is a contact name and number posted.

TWO ADORABLE BLACK LABS NEED HOME!!!!
The owner has terminal cancer and can't care for them anymore, and he'd really like to find a home for them while he's still able. He's heartbroken and hopes to find a family who can take both together. They are located in WILMINGTON , NC but can be driven up to the Triangle area if needed.If you can find someone that is interested, please call - Aimee 910.558.7107 -If not, please pass this along to everyone you can think of in your circle. The more folks that know about it, the better chance we have of finding them a home.

Two Purebred Black Labs Need Home - URGENT SITUATION Details: Black Labs, Male, Adult, 4 years old, Altered. Names:Hunter and Fame are two gorgeous pure-bred labs, brothers, who find themselves needing a new home now that their owner has become too ill to care for them.They are truly wonderful dogs. The owner's grandchildren can crawl all over them, and like a typical lab; they just lay there and love it. Both are neutered, and up to date on their shots. They are housebroken and are very well behaved.They are about 4 years old. We would love to keep these two boys together if possible; they are the best of friends.
Note: I heard from a friend that these dogs were adopted on Friday.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

What's your Preppy Name?

I just saw this over at Perfectly Pink, so I had to try! Not sure how I'm a "Third" as a female, but anyway!

Your Preppy Name Is...
Clairemont Sexton Kirkland the Third
But most people know you as Coco