Sunday, May 31, 2015

Good Times

My husband and I took my stepdaughter, Amber, and her boyfriend William to Lake George yesterday. We've made it tradition to take Amber and a friend to Lake George every year for her birthday. We had a great time and the weather was gorgeous, for the most part (it did thunder and rain a few times on and off).

When we first arrived, we decided to go on the boat tour on the Mini Ha Ha. On the way onto the boat, my purse fell off my shoulder! Yep, my strap broke. Out of nowhere. Ironically, I bought that purse in Lake George 8 months earlier at Ocktoberfest. So I had to stuff the strap into the purse and carry it like a clutch. After lunch, I bought a new purse. Michael Kors no less!!

The boat ride was nice, there was a breeze and the lake was beautiful. Joe, Amber and William got sunburned. I put sunscreen on before we left. Who was the smart one?? (though I did burn slightly on the back of my shoulders because I always forget to put sunscreen there).

While on the boat, we took several nice pictures. The picture of Joe and I had to be cropped though, from the top of my chest up, and for good reasons that I will not mention here but use your imagination! Something we didn't realize til we looked at the picture later. Put it this way. Tip of the Day: Make sure your boobs are properly secured in your tank top before taking a picture!!

The public restrooms were annoying. The toilets had automatic flush. That's obnoxious. This was my experience....IN ONE POTTY BREAK. I was pulling toilet paper off of the roll to wipe down the seat when the toilet flushed. Then, I barely pulled my shorts down and the toilet flushed. The WORST part was the third time when I was SITTING on the toilet and it flushed! Crazy part was, when I was all finished I waited for the toilet to flush and it wouldn't, so I had to push the button.

After the four of us ate lunch, we decided to walk through Frankenstein's Wax Museum (side note..not a good idea after just eating). It wasn't really scary except for two times when you're walking through a dark hallway and suddenly lights flash with loud noises going off. I think the scariest part was Amber screaming most of the way. At the end, they have a bridge you have to cross but freaky lights that go around and around so when you're walking across the bridge, it feels like you're starting to spin. I made it halfway through when I had to stop and scream. Amber was behind me and dropped to her knees and screamed her head off. Then I laughed and finally made my way across. Once we got out, we all felt a little queasy.

We did get soaked by pouring rain two times but all in all, the weather was nice and we had a terrific day!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Got Cheese?

I was standing in line at the grocery store and happened to notice the groceries on the other side of the stick dividing a lady's groceries from mine. I spotted a brick of sharp cheddar cheese and thought “Crap! I wanted to grab a brick of cheese to have with wine tonight, but I forgot.”

I actually stood there thinking about how easy it would be to slip that brick of cheese over the divider and onto my side. The lady was busy (slowly) putting groceries up on the conveyor belt. She wouldn't notice! And the cashier certainly wasn't paying attention.

To take the cheese or not take the cheese? That was the question.

Of course I didn't take the cheese. That would have been wrong. Am I right?  It would have been stealing.  I mean it was HER cheese.  So....wrong?  Sigh.  I suppose.

But darn I sure did think about it!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Have You Ever...............................

Knocked down a pile of apples at the grocery store after pulling one from the pile?

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Fallen off of a spinning chair?

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Stubbed your toe and DID NOT curse after?!

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Lost an ice cream cone?

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

High School Musicals

This weekend I attended two high school musicals. “The Sound of Music” performed by Herkimer High School students and “Peter Pan” performed by Little Falls High School students.

I love high school plays. It took a lot of restraint during "The Sound of Music" not to jump out of my seat and start singing!  I was in two musicals in my high school days (“Annie” and “Into the Woods”) and when you are involved, whether an actor or stage crew or even orchestra, you really understand the amount of work that is put into these plays. I give all involved tons of credit. Long days of school then homework then play practice until 9 or 10 at night, rehearsals, etc.

“The Sound of Music” is one of my all time favorite movies so I really enjoyed this performance. The acting and singing, for high school kids, was pretty good. You could tell that they worked hard and had fun.
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“Peter Pan” has never been a favorite of mine but the students at Little Falls HS blew this one away! The singing and acting were both magnificent!! And I'm not biased because my stepdaughter attends there. The energy of those kids performing was outstanding and whether you like the story of “Peter Pan” or not, you couldn't help but LOVE this performance. My stepdaughter was involved in stage crew and her best friend played the lead, Peter. I am very proud of them both and all involved in this production.

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I also realized just how old I really am because 20 years ago when I was still in high school, I'm pretty sure we didn't have headset microphones for performances. We had to speak LOUDLY and sing LOUDLY! At least now you can be assured you'll hear the speakers/singers!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

What's Happening in the Kitchen.....

Though lately I've become a better cook (with few mishaps), I have burned a lot of things and set on fire and exploded.......hey, I'm not perfect.

Vegetables (peas being the very first)
Pasta (ahhh spaghetti, how I loathe you!)
Water (hey, I'm not the first to burn water)
Hard boiled eggs (if you forget about them, water evaporates and they explode!)
Wooden spoon (heh, caught that sucker on fire)
Dish towel (ahem, also caught on fire)
Coffee (YES you can burn coffee; when using a perculator, coffee can burn)

To name a few!!!

Come on, admit it, you've burned things in the kitchen and/or set things on fire. ADMIT IT!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Healthy Snack!

Recently, a friend made an awesome healthy muffin-like thing and I loved it so much, I asked her for the recipe. She had gotten the recipe from a friend and passed it along to me (so I cannot take credit for this treat but I am passing it along to you). They're called Blueberry Banana Oat Cupcakes (or as I like to call them, “muffins”). Easy to make, no extra sugar, healthy and a great snack to have with coffee or have for breakfast!

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
3-4 bananas (mashed)
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 eggs
1 pint blueberries (*can also use strawberries, or any other fruit)

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl; mix wet ingredients (except for fruit) in another bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Fold in blueberries (or other fruit).

Spoon mixture into cupcake tins (*I spray the tin with Pam cooking spray instead of using the paper cups as the paper doesn't peel well sometimes).

Bake at 350 deg for about 15-20 min

Wait until cool before taking out of cupcake tins.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday's Favorite Fives

I haven't done this in awhile but I've had a rough week and forced myself to stay positive and count my blessings. Along with doing that, I've come up with five of my favorite things for this week!!!   Please join in by linking up over at Susanne's or sharing one of your blessings in the comment section.

Cleaning/Re-Organizing My Kitchen
Yes, that sounds nerdy BUT it needed to be done and I feel very accomplished. My daycare kids all napped at the same time and I cleared the counters and scrubbed the counter tops, then rearranged things to my liking. I even scrubbed the refrigerator and microwave!! I love my kitchen now!

OH MY GOODNESS YES I have COOKING as one of my faves! Everyone who knows me knows that I am not the best in the kitchen. I used to be able to bake pretty well, but lately that's not turning out successfully. As for dinner, well my husband was the cook in the family and I appreciated that. However, Joe has been busy with a wood working project he was hired for, and I have been making the dinners. I have to say, not only have I been 90% successful (I have to burn SOME things a couple times a month or it wouldn't be me, lol) and I kind of enjoy it! My best is meatloaf!

Good Book
I recently finished a book by Lisa Scottoline called Look Again. I love her novels. I began reading from this author after reading a book review awhile back by my friend, Faith (visit her site at Great story, didn't drag and I couldn't put it down. I love a good book!!
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I have a home daycare and I give piano lessons three nights a week. My normal work week is 10-11 hours per day and naturally I am exhausted by 5:30pm. This week, I have been allowing myself to rest. After my final daycare kid or piano student leaves for the evening, I shower, make/eat dinner, then curl up either on the couch or in bed with a book and REST. My body needs it, my mind needs it, my soul needs it. And I am thankful for it.
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Best Friend Time
My favorite hasn't happened yet but must be included. On Saturday, I am heading out to one of my best friend's house (the bff who lives IN state, the other lives in CA) for a day/overnight of fun and laughs and chill time!! We plan on heading to the mall, getting dinner (and I'll try a Margarita for the first time ever...yes, I'm in my 30's and never had one) and then chill at her house and watch chick flicks while drinking wine and eating chocolate. I need this girl time!!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! What are some of your faves from this week?