Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Big Deal

Good Morning!

It is pouring down rain here this morning and dark.  So, comfy and perfect.  Makes me want to snuggle up with a book, make soup and stay in my jammies all day.



Was Gor-GOUS!  The sun was out all day and it was a light jacket kind of day.

Justin played golf with a friend and his Dad.

I started my day with some oats and eggs.  The usual.


Once everyone was up and out of here for the day, I went to yoga.

I have been practicing yoga under Marti Lee for the past 7 years and now, in the past several years, her daughter and I love them.  So when I know she is going to be gone, I usually skip. I know, not very Yogi of me.

When I pulled up yesterday, their cars were not in the parking lot and felt my nervous system get wacky.  But I really wanted some yoooooga. So, I pulled up my big girl panties and went inside. The sub-teacher was WONDERFUL!


I left class feeling so refreshed and peaceful.

On the road back home, I decided to stop at Noodle & Co. and this is where I lost my mind.  I ALWAYS get the same thing at Noodle & Co.

I guess I was feeling adventurous.

After all, I had just tried something new and it turned out to be just what I needed.  So I marched right up to the counter and ordered spaghetti and meatballs with rice noodles.


I usually get the Pad Thai with chicken. Lesson learned. NO NEW FOOD!

But the sun was shining and I was eating my lunch on our deck with the “kids”. So, it was hard to be disappointed for long.


After lunch, I unloaded our car from the road-trip, FINALLY!  Although, it was Tuesday and we got home on Sunday, so that’s kind of a record for us.  We are pretty bad about putting stuff away after trips so I knew if I didn’t get out there and get it done, there was a good chance those suitcases and bags of chips would stay in there until November.

Since I was already cleaning up the car, I decided to go all out and vacuum.


So, it was a pretty big day already.

Once the car was all spiffy, it was time to pick up one of our clients and take him to the dentist.  As I pulled into the parking lot, Justin was pulling up to the house and called to let me know he was locked out! 


Shoot.  I was 25 minutes away and just walking in to the appointment which has a history of being the World’s Longest Dental Appointment EVER!

I can not remember the last time either of us has been locked out.  It is a terrible feeling though.


Luckily, we got immediately in and the whole visit took about 15 minutes!  Before I knew it, I was back on the road and home to save Justin.

Not long after we were all safe and sound inside the house, Justin had to head out for his own dentist appointment so I tucked myself into my “recording studio” and sent off some auditions!


This picture was taken in March. Which is around the last time I had been in there! yikes!

Actually, that’s not true.  I got my first job in voice over during the summer!  I am the after-hours telephone recording for a lawn mowing company in Georgia! I made $25!


I wrapped up the day with dinner, Big Brother and crocheting.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Let’s Catch UP!

Good Morning!


I haven’t blogged since MARCH!  Dang it.  There is so much to catch up on! IMG_9844

The bullet points….


Keeping up with the brothers and sisters…


Sarah, came in town!


We went to Vegas….


Indiana to visit friends!


Back at home

The furbabies are still livin’ the life.  Sara ragweed allergy is in full swing, so she has to take allergy meds. Sad smile I am crocheting of course, it’s Fall after all.  Justin and I both are deep into essential oils!  There is an oil for EVERYTHING! (by the way, if you are interested, I can sell them to you! Winking smile)


And now you are all caught up!

Hope everyone had a great summer!  It feels great to be back!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Closet Studio

Meal #1


Meal #2


That bowl of yummy deserves another picture.


And a close up!


Those are my two favorite meals of the day.

Last week was such a fun week with voice over.

I did a Skype lesson with a sound engineer that works with my voice coach and he taught me SO MUCH!  The program and equipment I am using is definitely for professional people and not someone who has no idea what they are doing.  It would have taken me a long time to figure out what he taught me in a hour and a half.  I am so grateful for his time.


Once I had some sort of grasp on how to make a decent recording, I wanted my recording space set up immediately.  And since Justin’s side of our closet is STILL laying on the floor (his whole side of the closet fell off the wall), I set up my stuff in the spare bedroom closet.

I took a mattress pad and pinned it on the wall and put two pillows on the shelf over head.  It took about 2.5 minutes and….

Wa La! Sound proof!  Well, sound reduced let’s say.  Either way, it appears to be working.


Justin took some pictures.  He was pretty surprised when I asked him to come look what I did!

I have been in there every day since Tuesday and have been sending in auditions. It’s so fun!

When I’m not standing in the closet….


at the gym……


or working, I have been coloring…..


I should be cleaning or organizing something.


I should be doing laundry or going through clothes to give to good will.


Or doing paperwork, but I have a serious love for markers.


I also have a serious love for this guy!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I started this post on Tuesday morning, when St. Patrick’s Day was just the day before. Now it’s Wednesday. Shoot.

Let’s get caught up!

Did everyone have a fun St. Patrick’s Day? Did you wear green?  Did you get pinched? Did you purposefully not wear green so you could get pinched?


Remember doing that in school?  It was so stressful for me.  And for some reason I NEVER had anything green come St. Patrick’s Day.  Why didn’t my parents make SURE this fair-skinned, red head, that blushed at even the WORD pinch, had green?


Is what I would have said, had I not been so busy blushing.

The HORROR of being pinched!

Who started that anyway?

Monday started with oats and eggs.


Then we dressed our group home clients in green. Then ourselves. Then headed to the gym.


Back at home, I  ate butternut squash soup and chicken with veggies from the crockpot meal I made on Sunday.

I headed out to run errands and one of the places was Bed, Bath & Beyond. Man, I love that store!  At the register, I found this gem:


And hilarity ensued for hours!

Well, for me anyway.

And it was more like half an hour.  Remember being a kid and those things being funny for hours?

Justin was bored from me asking him for words for HALF of the first one.  Mad Libs are still fun and had us laughing though.

Oh, I went to a home party last Thursday where my friend invited a bunch of different vendors and Stella & Dot was one of them.  I purchased a necklace and a clutch.  The clutch came Monday!


It is so pretty!  A beautiful, rich royal blue. I can see myself reaching for this often.

Monday was also laundry day.  And by laundry day, I mean wash and dry the clothes, then lay them out neatly in the living room so the cat can lay on them for a week.


He found a good spot that day. (and now the top shirt has to be rewashed!) The sun was coming in perfectly for his naptime. I was jealous.


He looked so comfy, I didn’t want to move him.  Oh well, I guess putting the laundry away can wait another day. Winking smile

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Butternut Squash Soup, Again

As part of meal prep for the week, I made a pot of Butternut Squash Soup.


This isn’t the first time this soup has been on the blog because I LOVE butternut squash!  I also posted a recipe here.

I pretty much made it the same way.

Start with roasting your butternut squash.


And sautéing onion, celery, carrot and white potato.


Add some chicken stock.


As it cooks down you may need to add some more liquid.  I add water at this point.


When everything is all tender and done.  Add your butternut squash to the soup.


Then the fun part! Get our the immersion blender!




Blend until it is the consistency you want to eat.

Salt and pepper to taste.  You can top with crispy bacon or apple chicken sausage or just enjoy plain.

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