Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Is In the Air

Yeah, not really.

And I'm OK with that.

We're supposed to a rain/snow mix tomorrow.

People Northwest of us are supposed to get accumulation. You would think that it was raining acid (Whatever happened to acid rain? Remember how that was a big concern in the 80s? Did that become uncool to worry about as global warming became the en vogue environmental cause?).

April (snow) showers bring May flowers people!

Speaking of flowers--last week I got the final part of my spring seed order in the mail.

I splurged on a blueberry bush for pots!
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And the darn thing is already flowering--wha?!?!?!?!

Spring is also a time for cleaning. Which we will be doing a lot of in the next two weeks--for in a scant 14 days, Grandma and Grandpa Mad Scientist are coming down to visit. See, Oldest Sister Mad Scientist is getting married at the end of the month, and they're coming down first to visit with us and then on to the wedding.

We've got some cool stuff planned for while they're here. Stay tuned! Ha ha!

April 16 will also mark the 1st anniversary of our living in this apartment. It was a mere year ago we were getting ready to leave Squirrel Gables for good.

And while I don't get to see the evening arrival of the strippers anymore at the Boobie Bar across the street--I get to see the March of the Maids every morning after I drop Chunky off at school.

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Drive by picture shootings means I don't have to blur out the phone number for privacy!

Is it bad when you imagine how much you'd rather clean up other people's filth than do the job you actually have? I sigh wistfully every time I pass the March of the Maids in the morning packing up their mops and vacuums into their cars. (And yes, I've been a Mop Maiden in a past life--I know what it entails. And yes, I still wish I could trade spots with those girls!).

Finally I'll leave you on an upbeat note. After seeing this idea, I couldn't help but do it myself.

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I didn't use string though, I used ribbon. Just as good.

And Mr. Mooch couldn't get enough of it when I hung it up...hee hee! I think he'll really enjoy hunting for Easter eggs this year.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Timing

Two posts in one day!

Gasp!

But I had to laugh at the timing of this story I heard on the way to daycare/school/work today.

I don't know where I stand on e-children's books/reading apps. I kind of see the things they describe in this story as more high-tech versions of those leapfroggy things.

What I do have an issue with is giving an expensive piece of equipment to a toddler.

I'm not going to shell out $500 on an iPad II and then let Moochie slobber all over it.

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Call me low-tech Mom.

But better yet, call me cheapass Mom!

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Cookie of the Week

Three minutes until I have to get the boys up for their day...but quickly-

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Cookie of the Week!

Holy freaking cow!

These are "Mocha" Cookies from that Gourmet Cookie Cookbook I talked about in earlier posts.

There's nothing mocha about these though. I ommitted the espresso powder they called for.

Didn't matter one bit. These are rich, soft, and fudgey. Almost like the love child of a cookie and a brownie.

Two thumbs way up!

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

I've Got Gizmos and Gadgets Galore

For Christmas, I received a very generous American Express gift card from 75% of my bosses.

There was a moment when I thought about blowing it on buying an e-reader of some sort.

But I nixed the idea when I saw the e-book offerings out there. It seems to me that to really use an e-reader to their potential you have to either be a big fan of old books that are now free in the public domain, or recently published books. (I was looking at the library's offerings and this is what they mainly had.)

I couldn't seem to find things published between those two time periods. And sadly, that's what I like to read.

And besides, who doesn't like a nice good old fashioned-touch-the-pages-yourself book?

I worry that someday that paper books will become scant.

But then something occured to me that alleviated that worry.

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Yes. Moochie.

Would you give a fancy schmancy e-reader to your baby/toddler?

Yeah probably not.

Well maybe, lord knows kids are already 21st century digital kids...

But if books die out, I think picture books will be the last to go.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Drive By

I can't believe tomorrow is Thursday already!

Thank goodness!--in some ways--and "Oh crap! I need more hours in the day!"--in other ways.

Work has been kicking my butt.

We're divorcing a client that we've been doing a lot of work for and they have not been paying us for. Part of the final divorce agreement is that we'll finish up document production before discovery ends.

In layman's terms: "Here's 50 boxes of paper, Bezzie. Organize it in a way that's rational by the end of the week, and oh, make sure you still do the work your other three attorneys (and whoever I'm backing up that day) want you to do."

Ugh.

As such, until the divorce is finalized, you'll be getting scant post-age from me.

I'll leave you with a couple of highlights from my week:

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My license plate fell off when we were bringing our Christmas tree home this year (it fell off as I was tying the tree to the top of my car--using the front bumper as a rope anchor for the tree).

Because my car is a Michigan car--and Michigan doesn't require front plates--but New Jersey does--I had to rig this g-fab wiring of the plate to my bumper.

After four years, the wire finally rusted thru. Basement Neighbor noticed that my front plate had fallen off and was on my dashboard so he offered to drill some holes in my bumper to secure it.

As a thank you I gave him a half dozen of the Cookie of the Week--just plain-jane chocolate chip cookies.

I couldn't resist doing the license plate tag. Ha ha!

And finally, in the upcoming weekends I'll be playing with this:

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My first jelly roll of fabric! Still waiting for the rest of the fabric to come in, but I may get started on what I have planned to do to this this weekend. We'll see!

Could be a complete fail. But it should be fun trying!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Top O'The Brownies To Ya!

My younger sister has a theory about bringing brownies to work.

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You have to take the first brownie so that people won't be hesitant to take the first on themselves.

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These are Virgin Irish Cream brownies. They're OK. Not as Irish Creamy as I would have hoped, but meh, what are you going to do?

They're made with Bailey's Irish Cream Coffee Creamer instead of the real deal.

They're coming to work with me. 90% of the women in the office started Weight Watchers yesterday. They held their meeting at work in one of the conference rooms -- and totally jacked up the conference room scheduling. And everyone participating took their normal one hour lunch plus an hour for WW.

I've got nothing against Weight Watchers, and I can let the conference room thing slide. But a two hour lunch?

I'll be a passive-agressive little lunch-deprived leprechaun bringing tempting brownies in today.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Look To The Cookie

This week's Cookie of the Week is brought to you by Seinfeld:



Mine are a little different though--mini black and whites!

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I got the recipe from here:

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I asked for this book for Christmas. But someone was incapable of ordering it online or going to the bookstore to buy it for me.

I had an Amazon credit (from buying that certain someone's birthday present--see? It's so easy shopping online!) so I only paid for shipping on this baby.

Love, love, love this book.

I though about posting a review, but sometimes I feel like I'm betraying the original spirit of this blog--which was started as a knitting blog. (Which I still do by the way--I just don't knit fast enough to show you ton's o'FOs and I really find WIP posts kinda boring to write).

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pimped Out

I've seen people who have decorated their spinning wheels in various ways.

The tricked out wheels I've seen are usually pretty jawesome, but I've never been inclined to jazzify my own wheel.

However, for some reason, I had the urge to pimp my Toni Janome.

But I didn't want to permanently mar her.

I did a little surfing around and purchased a sheet of hot pink vinyl from here (great customer service by the way--she somehow screwed up my address so my purchase took a little longer to get to me, so she added a few extra sheets of vinyl for my troubles).

Next, I went onto this site and downloaded the the trashiest looking font I could find -- I picked a font called "Creampuff" -- how appropriately named!

Then using my exacto knife I got down to business and came up with this for my darling Toni Janome:

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Hee hee!

I added the little heart that dots the "i"; that wasn't part of the font.

Pimped out--yet completely removable with no residue!

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Even my little shadow helper liked it!

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Mustache March

I wasn't aware of this, since I don't possess the ability to grow substantial facial hair, but my brothers on Facebook were talking about it -- Mustache March.

Actually I'm not sure if what they were bantering about was specifically the movement found at the link above.

However, the idea of Mustache March has dredged up some great childhood memories.

When I was growing up, my father usually kept a full beard and mustache.

However, when he'd get bored on weekends and the fancy struck him just right, he'd shave in different ways.

And each way he'd shave he'd assign an alter ego.

For example, (and I don't know if I'm remembering the egos to their facial hair configurations correctly, but you'll get the idea) when he would shave himself a goatee, he would assume the identity of Chip Lauderdale, a washed up nightclub singer.

Just a mustache was "Biff O'Connor." Which now that I think about it, kind of sounds like a 1970s porn star name.

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Biff O'Connor poses with his eldest daughter on the date of her first communion. Ha ha!

And everything shaved off -- no mustache or beard -- was a guy named Arley Snakebite. I can't remember what Arley's schtick was...rough and tumble cowboy?

Needless to say it was always hilarious to see who would emerge from the bathroom on Saturday mornings.

I wonder if the Old Man still does this now that we've all grown up and left?

Hee hee! Do other people have parents this delightfully weird??

Sometimes I feel bad for Dr. Mad Scientist. I mean his parents are so, normal. Ha ha!

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Spud Dreams

I noticed something peeking out of the top shelf of one of my kitchen cupboards this weekend.

Here--I took a picture by holding the camera over my head.

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The little seedling potatoes I tossed in a mason jar decided to sprout. Looks like I had an escapee potato from a normal bag of potatoes I keep on that shelf too.

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My potatoes aren't the only things thinking about sprouts.

I placed my seed order this past weekend. I'm excited. Last year we were in the throes of moving and I didn't really have time to plan out my pot garden.

I ordered some container pickles, tobasco peppers, scallions, and dill. I splurged on a container blueberry bush and okra. Yeah, I don't know if the weather will be right for okra, but I love okra. I bet it would be great pickled too. Wait, strike that, I KNOW it would be good pickled!

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Soon my dear potato will have some friends to hang with outside!

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