Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I'm not impressed

We live in a very family friendly, walkable neighborhood and I have to say that our trick-or-treat traffic is barely nothing. It's really sad, because I love this holiday and have actually said how happy I am to be living here, because I thought we would get loads of kids, all dressed up in their homemade costumes yelling in unison "trick or treat."

We have all of the lights on, a jack-o-lantern carved and lit, along with 3 other pumpkins, yellow mums, and a witch on our door! What gives? Maybe the family before us gave out raisins...

This is bad, because what this means is no dinner for me (again) and just lots of candy wrappers and boxes. Plus, loads of candy leftover.

You'd come here, right?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I have a problem...

It's not normal to come home from work and only eat Halloween candy, is it? I would take a picture of my trash, littered by miniature wrappers and boxes, but it would just humiliate me. Too many fun-size MnM's, hot tamales, Mike & Ikes, and Snickers. I can blame some of the Snickers wrappers on Hubby, but I really think most of them are mine. Thank God tomorrow is Halloween and I can get rid of this crap to deserving little goblins.

Monday, October 29, 2007

About My Man...

I've seen this around, so I decided to tag myself.. enjoy!
1. Who is your man? Hubby

2. How long have you been together? Married for 2 years on November 12, together since October 2003.

3. How long did you date? From Oct. 2003 and we got engaged 1-1-05

4. How old is your man? 36

5. Who eats more? He does, but we both love to eat. I think he's been known to tell me "back away from the (insert food name here), slowly, back away.

6. Who said "I love you" first? He did

7. Who is taller? Uh, Hubby by a lot.

8. Who sings better? That's a toss up, but the question should be who is worse. Neither of us are going to win any awards.

9. Who is smarter? That's a hard one - he has a crazy almost photographic memory & remembers everything, can break down information well, etc. I probably test better, but not sure if that means anything.

10. Whose temper is worse? Mine.

11. Who does the laundry? Both of us - somehow we still both always do our own. Can you say independent and getting married after the age of 30?

12. Who takes out the garbage? He does, but I have been known to help on occasion.

13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? He does.

14. Who pays the bills? We both do, but I will probably assume that duty when we finally consolidate all of our bank accounts.

15. Who is better with the computer? Moi

16. Who mows the lawn? He does - he doesn't love it, but he does.

17. Who cooks dinner? Both of us

18. Who drives when you are together? Him, almost 100% because he hates my A4.

19. Who pays when you go out? Typically, he does.

20. Who is most stubborn? I think me, again.

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? I think he does, but because he really doesn't like to fight.

22. Whose parents do you see the most? His, they only live 2 hours away.

23. Who kissed who first? He kissed me.

24. Who asked who out? We were encouraged to meet by mutual friends. I think he asked, but I had the tickets to a play that we went to see.

25. Who proposed? Him... I wasn't buying my own ring!

26. Who is more sensitive? Me

27. Who has more friends? Actually, him. He's never met a stranger.

28. Who wears the pants in the family? While I do wear a lot of skirts, we are pretty equal on the decision making.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Our latest addition

Is the Crosby. Isn't she cute? My grandmother, affectionately known to me as Meme had this phone (but had the real-deal version). I wish we still had the old rotary dial one, but this will do.

And for just $25 and easy to find at my local Target, it was a steal.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Back from the motherland

I am back and exhausted. Imagine being surrounded by 100 other vendors selling their wares, inside a coliseum where you cannot see outside light for 5 days... We were located on the arena floor, which is on top of the ice where the Hurricanes play. It's covered, but from time to time, it really got cold. We had a great show, but guess where we were located? By the flying monkey booth! Can you believe it? Cute purses, jewerly, pimento cheese, personalized everything, clothes and guess where we ended up?

You got it... right here by the vendor that sold these..
Yes, flying monkeys that would fly 50 feet in the air (by built-in sling shots).

But, aside from that, it was wonderful. I overheard one vendor describe it as sending an alcoholic to work at the ABC Store (for those of you outside of NC, that's a liquor store). It really was a non-stop shopping extravaganza and of course those of us who are trying to be good, did have to refrain a little!

Some of my favorites included this adorable shop for vintage aprons and these great bags. I bought two - one for me and one for a gift.

These purses were to die for... Plus, I loved the name!

For the cutest baby onesies around, go here. They were out of my size, so I had to order, but my cute and comfy PJ's should arrive in about 2 weeks. Their booth was great - all of the employees wore PJ's and robes all day.


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

On the road again...

I'm heading out of town for work for a few days, so no posting or commenting from me for several days. I will say that the event we are participating in involves shopping and thousands of women so can it really be that bad? Or, wait... I'll be surrounded by a retail smorgasbord all week, so that could be bad for the checking account! I also think that Preppy Potato has a booth, so I'll be stalking their booth, I mean visiting to see what fabulous belts she has!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A nice surprise

I received a nice surprise - a little "shout out" from Southern Somedays... be sure to stop by and say hello!

I appreciate your recognition!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Reader Question - Invisible Fence

As you may know, we have an abundance of dogs, 2 black labs to be specific, in our family. At the new house we are sans fence and that really needs to change. Zeus & Zoe are typically OK to wander around the yard, do their "business" and come when called, but we have had a few occasions of wandering next door to bark at the neighbor's dog, sniff out the construction at the other neighbors, etc.

We love all of the landscaping, trees, and shrubs that we have and hate to risk losing them with a traditional fence, so we are having a visit from Invisible Fence on Friday. My question(s) to all of you are, have you ever used Invisible Fence and how did you like it? Did you have any problems with your dogs running through or issues with other dogs coming in your yard?

Thanks for all of your help!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Yummy goodness, Banana Bread

I noticed that we had two overripe bananas this week and I finally had the chance to make a batch of banana bread this morning. I also wanted to try out the convection feature on our oven. Banana bread is a childhood favorite, so I was very excited about my baking adventure.

The recipe is from Joy of Cooking and is really simple and yummy.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease an 8.5x4.5 inch (6-cup) loaf pan.

Whisk together thoroughly:
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

In large bowl, beat on high speed until lightened in color and texture, 2-3 minutes.
5 1/3 tbsp unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar

Beat in the flour mixture until blended & the consistency of brown sugar. Gradually beat in:
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Fold in just until combined:
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2)
1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans (I omitted)

Scrape the batter & spread into pan, evenly. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean (50-60 minutes). Let cool for 5-10 minutes on a rack... or not!

I had 2 good helpers while I was getting everything ready...

Before:

And, after:

I think this will make a great addition for my Father-in-Law's birthday celebration later today, if I can restrain myself from slicing a big piece right now!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Our neighbor

We have been settling nicely into the new neighborhood - meeting neighbors, stopping to pet new dogs on our walks, saying hello, waving when you drive by... It's really nice, because we've met more people in the 2 weeks here than we met in 3+ years at the old location.

One neighbor that I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting is a hawk. The house to the left of us is under renovations and the woman in charge of the work has seen him several times and thinks that he may live in the backyard, in one of the huge trees. Last week, apparently, he swooped down into our front yard and then perched on the roof long enough for her to grab a shot with her camera phone. She is supposed to send it to me, so as soon as I have it, I'll post it.

I do think hawks are magnificent, beautiful birds. Am I glad that Zeus & Zoe are 80+ pounds each? Yes. Hopefully nothing like this could ever happen... I do think there are a shortage of squirrels in our yard, but I'll try not to think about that!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Our 2nd home

Oh, I just like the way that sounds... if it were only true. Our 2nd home that we are desperately trying to sell is more like it. We did receive a nibble yesterday and found out that a realtor has a person interested in making an offer. Cross your fingers and say a prayer to St. Joseph for us.

I think the house looks great - my parents helped us do some last minute things this summer, Hubby (along with a couple of friends) updated the kitchen last spring, and we recently updated the bathrooms. All we need to find is the right buyer!

Let me throw in some realtor speak...nicely updated kitchen with neutral colors and new appliances...


New bathtub and surround and fresh paint make this house move in ready...


I think Zeus & Zoe do miss our backyard - full of trees, squirrels, and cats that they tormented on a daily basis. Spacious lot with mature trees (don't mind the race track left by previous dogs).