Alabama Angel

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

First Day

Today was a day. My new roommate Betty's baby boy Mikey (3 months) woke me up with screams this morn. He doesn't usually do that. As much as I needed to sleep, I went & got him. Heck I was up anyway by then. I don't sleep well & once I am awake, I can't go back to sleep.

I got up, got ready, went to my first job & worked. Had help today from Birmingham. Thanks Jan! Left in time to go through the drive thru, run home, eat a couple bites in the driveway. Got inside & had to clean up. It was a mess. Went to my second job (first day). By the time I left at 5, I was tuckered.

Came home, gathered laundry, sorted, started. Gathered stay dishes that found their way through the house, gathered lots and lots of trash. What do I collect? Trash.

Once I sat down for a minute I realized that I didn't want to get back up. I finished up the lunch plate I didn't eat for lunch (didn't do breakfast either). Now I have retired to my room for a little bit of solitude. The dog fed & watered, the ice trays emptied & refilled. I am done for tonight. Rod & his friend are hanging out. My roommate & her baby are unpacking some stuff they brought in today.

Tomorrow I have more work to do, just different work. I am trying to wrap my head around being organized enough to do these two jobs, homeschool, do everything necessary here. But you will be amazed at what you can do when it is a priority.

I am very blessed to have my jobs -- and thankful.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Friday Night

It is almost Saturday morning, but as I sit up here in bed, I know that I had a fun & fun-filled day, and only because I *told* myself I was going to. I chose. I chose to have a good day. I had a choice. I made the choice. I made it

Today was another Red Shirt Friday. If you don't know about Red Shirt Fridays, please visit for more information. It is to support the troops (aka: My favorite Soldier/Hero, my wonderful husband who I am grateful for). I wore my Red T-shirt with our beautiful flag on it, and what hangs in front of it but his dog tags along with his wedding band. That way I feel like I carry a little bit of him with me wherever I go.

So, I had a lot to do today as I had stated before. I got a lot done, still got to hang out with two of my besties, but I feel rotten. I forgot about the Sundae Friday until it was too late. I mismanaged my time. I missed out on seeing a friend from church who recently joined & I had wanted to see her bad. I also missed out on seeing a bunch of my old friends that I so dearly love. In case you haven't heard, I have THE VERY BEST and MOST AMAZING friends. I am so blessed. I mean in a way that is hard to explain. When I look around me at all I have to be thankful for, it is just a very humbling thing.

While out running errands today, I got some potentially wonderful news. Yes, another blessing of course. I will tell more as time goes on. Let's just say, I have been waiting on this one and even though I have to work for it, it is like this particular blessing was hand picked just for me.

I can't remember the last time I was in such an *almost perfect" place in my adult life. My childhood was a complete dream. My adult life has been a struggle. Some of the struggles have been my own doings, of course. I was once young, I don't always make the right decisions, I am human, I am deeply flawed, I am a sinner. But some of the things that have fallen into my path were not any of my own fault. Maybe my way of dealing with them, using them as stumbling blocks instead of stepping stones is my fault. But anyway, back to the here and now. Here and now, my life is a blessing. I would only change having my husband home. That would make everything exactly perfect. I can't imagine a more perfect life at all.

I got to chat with my husband earlier (not too long ago) when he should have been sleeping. I think we got so close in the nine (+/-) months we had together this last time that neither of us are sleeping well since we got used to falling asleep touching each other. But getting to chat with him tonight was wonderful. He sent me a little smiley face kiss on chat & it made my night. I know, I know, simple mind, simple pleasure. But really, it takes so little from him to make me smile. We are always connected, but sometimes you just feel closer to each other than at other times, especially when everything is over the computer. But tonight, when he sent me the smiley face, it was ever so nice. It was almost like I could touch him, like I could feel his skin. It's a connection that is deep, no superficiality, and it isn't a physical thing. I almost felt his presence. Maybe it is wishful thinking. Maybe in the back of my mind I was trying to transport him here.

I also got other good news in the last 24 hrs. More news I can't share with you just yet. Well, not the details. I will say this. I have a countdown going now.

My life is a little crazy right now, but it is the good kind of crazy. The kind where everyone is healthy, fed, and loved.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Thankful for much, but to day si Friday and it is a good early morning for me. i haven't been sleeping late, or sleeping much at all really.

Today we have a Sundae Friday planned for the homeschoolers. No, I did not misspell Sundae. We are talking ice cream. Yummy. Let's hope it isn't so hot that we melt or the ice cream either. I wish my son would be able to be there, but he will have to work.

Today is errand running day. I am going to treat it like a Monday. Isn't that going to be fun? haha I am going to accomplish as much as I can. I don't have too mcuh to do anyway. I usually get more accomplished on a Monday than any other day of the week, but today I still have a few things that need to be taken care of.

Rodd comes in from work tired. He has completed a 3 month apprenticeship where he worked 5 hrs/day 3 days/week, but he has never worked an 8 hr shift days in a row before. I haven't had to tell him to go to sleep for sure.

I woke up to really good news. I hope the day just keeps getting better. I know it will. It is a Friday. It HAS to be good.

I may go to the free movie here on post tonight. it is Nightmareon Elm Street. Not really my kind of movie, but I will go anyway. rod has Improv class tonight right after work, so when he gets in he will be tired for sure.

One thing that got put into storage in GA that should've came with me: The Step Stool. Why I didn't think of it when we were packing I dunno. I don't need to go anywhere without one. Seriously. At 5 ft tall, I need to carry a portable one in a backpack every where I go. I could use it daily from when I have to go to a public restroom & the only open stall is the handicap one with the extra tall potty, to work having to reach the signs that are just out of reach for me even with 3 inch heels on.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday, August 26

Today was my first "hands on" training with Hallmark. I think I am really going to like this job. I met some great people to work with & can't wait to really get my system set up & get going! It feels great to be employed again.

Rod started work this week also, but you will have to ask him about that since that is his news to tell. He is a great worker though. I am so proud of him.

Speaking of which, this morning, as I was driving to Hueytown for training, I had the radio on 88.1 WAY-FM (my fav). They were asking about the best person you know. I immediately thought of my son, his giving spirit, his willingness to help, his compassion, his fight for the underdog. Then I wondered just how many people could say that about their teenager. Still pondering that. So many teens, all you hear is bad stuff. I also am pondering if all the "bad stuff" teens do is because that is all they hear about is bad teens. Are teens really encouraged as individual persons? I am not talking academically. Are we really bringing out these values in them?

I am thinking if the job I am still hoping for comes through then I will be plenty busy with those two & homeschooling this year. I am trying to keep myself busy and it is definitely worth it.

It has definitely helped to be surrounded with the richness of my family & friends. They have been a huge support thus far & I have needed them this go round more than ever.

About my hubby: There isn't much to update. He is doing well. he seems to be in such great spirits for the most part! that helps me a lot to know he is in a good mood. He has been very sweet (I'm teling you like it's a secret) lately & it makes me smile to think about. I can't wait until he gets to come home at least for a visit. It is going to be great! He is getting to see first hand, history in the making. Since he is who he is, I know he is absorbing minute details even. Maybe I can convince him to write it all down for our future ancestors one day! I would love to have something like that from my ancestors.

It has been an exciting week. My friend Betty & her baby boy have gotten moved in & almost all the way unpacked. I have had sleepless nights, but I think I will be able to sleep tonight for sure! Let us pray!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday Aug 24

Today is my brother Scott's birthday! Scott is 41. Happy Birthday Scott! Also, today is my nephew Jame's birthday. He is 24. Happy Birthday Jame!

Since I have nothing to cook today, I will tell you what I cooked yesterday since it is "Tempt My Tummy Tuesday"

My thought was to use what I had here at the house, so this is another "cabinet" recipe, not something I had tried before.

Turkey Meatloaf

(since ground turkey has almost no flavor, you can use whatever to spice it the way you want it)

Ground Turkey
Stuffing mix (I had a little leftover dried in the bottom of a bag)
2 slices stale bread that I toasted (broken up)
1 honey wheat English Muffin (toasted & broken up)
some cheap canned spaghetti sauce

I mixed all of that, sprayed a pan, stuck it in the oven @ 350 for about an hour, poured the rest of the cheap spaghetti sauce on top & it was really good. Don't ask for amounts of stuff because I just did it till it was a good consistency

I had a bag of instant potatoes that I did a serving according to directions, added in sour cream, extra butter, a lil salt & pepper, and some shredded cheddar cheese. After I got through, they were nice!

Love Dare- Day 2

Today's Love Dare is to not say anything negative about my honey & to do a good deed. I can do this. I really can. These are the easy parts, right?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Love Dare Day 1

I thought about waiting until tomorrow. Fresh new day, fresh new week, right? But why put off until tomorrow what I can start today. So I am posting Monday's Dare Today. I am sure some of these will be harder than others.

This is going to be a little more difficult seeing as how my husband and I are geographically separated, but I am going to find a way.

Monday's DARE

Day 1

The first part of this dare is fairly simple. Although love is communicated in a number of ways, our words often reflect the condition of our heart. For the next day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose to not say anything. It's better to hold your tongue than to say something you'll regret.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

One, Two, Skip A Few

So I am still trying to get better about my daily postings, or lack thereof.

Yesterday I finally got out of the house. I have noticed that I stay in the house, inside a lot. Not good. At least I have enough mind left to realize it.

So yesterday I had a our first Prom Planning Meeting of the year. Yes, for those of you that do not know this, Homeschoolers DO have Prom, at least here we do. When I mentioned it when we were at Ft Stewart I was looked at like I had suddenly drown an arm out of my forehead.

I am so excited about the Homeschool Prom this year. It is going to be a blast!

So my highlights this week besides the Prom Meeting were giving my doggie a bath, getting laundry beat down, and having a house full of teenagers all week, mostly.

I get to go see a few of my army wife friends tomorrow while they have some coffee. So there. Summation.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thirsty Thursday

Yes, I know I skipped Wednesday. Today my thirst was quenched with some Hazelnut coffee with sugar & Creme Brulee creamer, over ice. Mmmm! A great way to wake up!

I woke this morning to a chat message from my husband. It had came in while I was asleep. He knew I would be. Waking up to that sweet sweet message has made my day go so well. He knew he would be unavailable all day, so he left me the chat message. I was surprise, touched, and delighted by his thoughtfulness. Of course, he never ceases to amaze me! So I can't help but smile all day today. I still have the message upso that I can look at it & remind myself all day.

I am still looking for volunteers to come mow the back yard since we haven't purchased a mower. :)

Tonight I think I am going to try out Adult Drama class where my son takes Drama & Improv. I need an outlet, you know. Plus, I am a character!

I got to babysit a beautiful little girl for a little bit this morning. She let out a man sized burp though & it surprised me. What a laugh!

Tomorrow is my first Prom Planning meeting. I am excited. I can't believe we are starting prom planning this early. I have no idea why it is going to be started this early. I guess since we started the school year.

I am really loving living in Huntsville for now. Having all of my Army Wife and Homeschool Mom friends rally around me & keep me fairly busy has kept my mind busy so I don't sit at home continually & just miss my husband.

My hubby is doing well in Iraq for those of you who are wondering. He seems to be in great spirits. Anyone who wants to send a care package can send to:

A Co, 703rd BSB
4/3 AAB
APO, AE 09333

A list of items that are always in need

Unscented baby wipes
Foot Powder
Baby Powder
Mens Deodorant (unscented or no strong scent due to bugs)
Men's Bodywash (no strong scents, same reason as above)
Razor blades
Liquid bandage
cheap black click writing pens (ones without caps)
saline nose spray
saline eye drops
travel sized tooth paste (the very small tubes)
Individually wrapped snacks (chex mix, jerky, protein bars, trail mix, skittles)
Drawings or letters or cards from your kids

Ok, that is all I can think of right now.

I wish that postage to send boxes to soldiers was free, but it isn't. The best way is to get a one rate box.

For some reason, I can't get myself together to go out this week. I think I will jsut stay inside.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

Ok, Ok, so I know I said I wasn't going to post a recipe today, but I have to re-post this! I want to try this next.

Homemade Protein Bars

1 mashed banana
1 1/2 cups dry oatmeal
2 Tablespoons flax seed, ground
2-4 scoops protein powder
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup water
1 large chocolate bar (I used organic dark chocolate) or 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients but chocolate together well (mixture will be somewhat sticky). Line an 8×8-inch pan with foil and spread the mixture evenly in the pan. Melt chocolate on the stove or in the microwave. Drizzle or spread over the mixture in the pan.

Place the pan in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Cut into 10 -12 bars and wrap in plastic wrap and/or foil and store in the freezer.

Thaw slightly before serving.

1/1oth of this recipe = approximately 260 calories and 11 to 13 grams of protein (depending upon how much protein powder you use, per Calorie Count.)

Tuesday Temptations

Instead of a recipe, I will tell you some of my favorite new things

Try their almond pound cake & their beer bread! Those are two things you will NOT want your kitchen to be without!

Also, Dove Chocolate, like you get in the stores, now has an at home line. You are going to love it! My picks: Chocolatini Mix, Chai Mix, and the Smoothie mixes (you can use the smoothie mix to make a cheeseball & it is divine!

Actually all the sauces on tastefully simple are so great! And I have not had a bad anythign chocolate & you know if it is from Dove how great it is, OH and the chocolate mousse. Mmm!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Not So Manic Monday

So todays Manic Monday where I am all happy happy joy joy wasn't like that at all. I didn't sleep Sunday night. I ached & hurt. This morn I had to cancel a meeting I had planned. Too much pain. What a way to start off a week! No more wild weekends out with my Mother, right?

So over the weekend I wound up having a pretty bad Friday night. Saturday was decent & picked up my Mom who spent the night with us. We went to Improv show. It was wonderful. I got to see friends that I haven't seen in a while. It was really nice.

Sunday my Mom & I go out to go shopping. I fall in the parkinglot on some oil I think it is. At the time it hurt, but I thought I was ok. Now, oh brother. I am in pain.

So today I woke up feeling really bad & That is when I cancelled a meeting, I got more done today than I thought I would but felt wawful. I still have lots I need to do. And it wasn't the Manic Monday that I usually have where I get lots done. It was a-typical. I did get to have lunch with my Dad today though and that was awesome!

And Rod's first drama class of the year was tonight! I am glad to get that back started.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Awards & Such

My friend, ex-neighbor, and best baker I know gave me this award on her blog:

Sand Mountain Girl- (can I just tell you her husband has only been in a couple of years and he has already been to Korea without her and is now deployed again)

I can't tell you how happy she made me. I woke up & found it & it has just made my day already. I think of my friend Pam often. We lived on the same road & our houses almost backed up to each other. I try to forget those who do me wrong and I never forget those who are true friends. Pam let me borrow a vehicle more times than I can tell you about. When you are just starting out (again in our case-- re-enlistment) and you are starting out with big kids, things don't alwasy go as planned. Pam baked a lot & would offer bread & things to me. Listen, I don't know if you have ever had a neighbor like this, but homemade bread? Just let me say, it went over well at the house. She is a true blue geniune person. I miss her dearly, especially now that I live back here on the same road. I go by her old house & there is an old VW Bug in her driveway & it looks so out of place to me. Their truck & van should be there. There should be sidewalk chalk on the sidewalk. And since I am as set in my ways as an old man, 10 years from now I will still think of that as Pam's house.

Wow! My day just keeps getting better & better. I didn't sleep a lot. I got a message from my husband at 2 this morn & it thrilled me to hear from him, so going back to sleep was NOT an option. I got up & tried to find him online. It took an hour so he mustve done something else. I am unsure. But then we chatted for about an hour & a half (not long enough in my opinion when I had to go over 24 hrs without hearing from him). I was as excited as someone who just won a new house. So then when he had to go, I still couldn't sleep because I am not someone who jsut drifts back off to sleep. No way. But then my good friend does this. It is definitely a wonderful day!

AND . . . . I am going to get my hair done today. I might even get to have lunch with a friend if we time it right! I love being back! Now, if my DH were just here, things would be almost perfect! That is scary to say after what all we go through. Almost perfect makes you afraid the other shoe is going to drop, ya know. But he & I deserve some happiness so we are goign to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy while we can and when & if, we just gather closer together & weather out the storm. Some of our "storms" we can now look back & laugh at. Some are still too close, too painful. Some we will never laugh at. But we are so strong together. And we have already made ti through so much. It is amazing how many things you can pack into a little over 4 3/4 yrs.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Manic Monday

You know me, I hit the ground running this morning. I think of Mondays as the brand new start to a clean fresh week tha ti haven't screwed up yet. It is a new beginning

So, i wake up, get ready. A friend picks me up. She brought me Starbucks. It jsut didn't get much better than that. Starting your day not only with Starbucks, but with Starbucks brought to you from a friend? That is suh-weet!

So we go to the interview. I now have a phone interview in another week or so. And I am not even sure after what they said to my friend that they are a company I would want to work for. I question their policies already. But when you need a job, there are certain risks you take, right?

We then go & pick up our mutual friend & I get to have lunch with them & ones husband & child also. It was great. We had great food, great service, and great conversation.

We then went shopping for a few minutes where I bought nothing of course because we are broke since I bought so much furniture. But it was still fun to hang out with my friends.

We then took a friend home so she could get her daughter off the bus. Me & the other friend went to get the oil changed in her car. We talked & laughed as we sat in the car waiting.

We came back to my house, picked up a few things, went to Verizon & got a few things done and then we went to tell housing that she is moving in with me here. So even though I am back to having a roommate per se, it is going to be different & good I think. I am excited about it. While I was there I got a lead on a job. That too I am excited about! Yay! Wish me luck as I am really excited about this one.

We came back home & set up some stuff in my friends new room. My son & his friend (he calls himself my other son) came home & helped unload my friends car & put together a few things. Now my friend is on her way back home for now. My kids (my son & my other son) are out running an errand for me.

I got to talk to my hubby today also. It was so good to hear from him I just DRINK IT UP when he calls. He thrills me to no end when I get a message from him. It isn't always good news and he isn't always in a good mood, but still.

So it was a full day as I am just now getting back in. But I got a lot accomplished. Just another Manic Monday! Oh, I gotta go start some laundry & some late supper! hehe

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Worry-Free Wednesday

Worry-Free Wednesday is where I list (you can do this literally or mentally) everything I woory about & I turn it over to God. I don't worry about it any more. Because worrying is the opposite of having faith & we are instructed to have faith.

1. I am not going to worry about money. Instead, I am going to learn to be a better steward of the funds we have.

2. I am not going to worry about what other people think of me, because what He thinks is all that matters.

3. I am not going to worry about being alone or being left. I will never be alone because God is always with me.

4. I am not going to worry about the future, because God already knows it & has it in his hands.

5. I am not going to worry about my past because I have asked for forgiveness and received it in Christ's name, and I have an eternal future with my Saviour.

6. I am not going to worry about the people who are talking against me, rather I will pray for them and make a special effort to be helpful & kind & show the kind of generosity that Jesus did.

7. I will not worry what kind of parent others think I am, because I know that God is within my child and that try as I might, I will fail at times, but God will NEVER fail him.

8. I will not worry about all that I still don't have at my age. Instead, I will be thankful for all I do have & praise His name for all the blessings that are handed down just for me each day.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fat Loss Tip of the Day

Avoid buttery, fattening croissant bread - eat any other kind of bread to save 9 grams of fat or more.

Have a Fat Loss Tip? I want to hear it!

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

Olive Tapenade

Olive tapenade is delicious, easy to make and can be used as a dip, sandwich spread or topping for fish and poultry. Make a batch to keep in the refrigerator for enhancing your meals throughout the week.

Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

8 oz kalamata olives, pitted and minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBS capers, rinsed and drained
2 TBS minced fresh Italian parsley
2 tsp minced lemon peel
Freshly ground pepper to taste
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 minced anchovy filled (optional)


In a small bowl, combine olives, garlic, capers, parsley, anchovy, lemon peel, and black pepper.
Add extra virgin olive oil and mix thorougly.
Makes 1/2 cup
Healthy Cooking Tips:

The olives, capers, garlic and parsley may be minced at the same time in a food processor.


Olives are harvested in September but available year round to make a zesty addition to salads, meat and poultry dishes and, of course, pizza.

Olives cannot be eaten right off of the tree; they require special processing to reduce their intrinsic bitterness. These processing methods vary with the olive variety, region where they are cultivated and the desired taste, texture and color. Some olives are picked green and unripe, while others are allowed to fully ripen on the tree to a black color. Yet, not all of the black olives available begin with a black color. Some processing methods expose unripe greens olives to the air, and the subsequent oxidation turns them a dark color. In addition to the original color of the olive, the color is affected by fermentation and/or curing in oil, water, brine or salt.


I was given a baby gate to use to keep the dog where she needed to be. When I got the bed I thought she wouldn't be able to get on it because it is high. The first night, she didn't know she was able to get up there I think. The second night I was asleep & she cam in & jumped on the bed & scared me. I didn't get up in the middle of the night or anything, but then I put the gate up coming down the hallway so she couldn't get to the bedrooms last night. I swear she is like a cat! She is spiteful! She let me know REALLY quick like that she wasn't digging the gate by my waking up this morning to her pooping RIGHT IN FRONT OF IT THREE TIMES last night. In other words, (her words of course, because I speak Pixie Dog)"You can put the gate up, but don't expect there to be no consequences to your actions!" So first thing this morning i was scrubbing poop fromt he carpet. Nice! This from a dog that has been housetrained for three years! She will definitely let you know when something doesn't set well with her. She doesn't need words to get her point across. That is ok though. Today -- She gets a bath! And yes, she is in my room now. I caved. I have been trying to keep her out because my DH doesn't like her in our bedroom & I thought if she wasn't in here while he was gone it would be easier on her to adjust when he comes home. But now, I am going to let him do all the getting her adjusted when he gets back. This is too hard. She is not only in our bedroom, but up on our bed, curled up under the covers into a little sweet furball. If she wasn't so darn cute, she would be in trouble!

First Day

Today is Rodd's first day at work. He just left to go to Taco Bell. I was good. I didn't cry. I didn't follow him out the door. I didn't take a pic of him getting in his Jeep. I told him to have a good day & to call em & tell me how it was going if he got a break.

Last night, he came in from Point Mallard all sunburned, did all his chores, laid his clothes out for work this morning (complete with threading his belt through the beltloops). He was excited. If only we all got that excited about going to work.

I can't believe he is old enough to go to work. Wow! I will of course be adding pics when he comes in all tired from working a few hours today. haha! Until then, I am a nervous Mama.

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday

Creme Brulee

8 egg yolks
3/4 c. white sugar
1 quart heavy whipping cream
2 T. Pure Vanilla
Brown sugar for dusting

Preheat over to 325. Separate eggs. Beat egg yolks only & sugar until encorporated. Add heavy whipping cream & mix. Add vanilla & stir.

Pour mixture into 8 ramekins. Place ramekins into casserole dish. Add water into the casserole dish until it comes about 1/2 way up the sides of teh ramekins. Place in the middle of the oven for approx 1 hour or until set.

Remove ramekins from water & allow to cool completely. Can refrigerate AFTER COMPLETELY COOLED until ready to eat. When you are ready to serve, dust tops with brown sugar & use kitchen torch to melt brown sugar into candy coating on tops of ramekins. If y ou do not have a kitchen torch, set oven to broil or high broil if you have high & low. move oven rack to top. Put ramekins (one at a time) under the broiler to melt brown sugar. Serve alone or with fresh fruit garnish. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 3

It is barely Tuesday already. 0041. This time 4 weeks ago, my husband and I were on post getting him ready to go to Iraq. We spent many hours doing this. It was the last time I saw him. Four weeks. Yes, I have gone longer. I am ready for him to come home. How can I miss him worse this time than last? Not sure of the answer except it is what it is.

He is doing well. I think this deployment is going very well for the both of us. We love having internet access to each other.

At 830 this morning my son will be working at his first job. Where did the time go? Where is my little preemie? Where is the little boy that said funny things in funny little ways? Where is that little smile that shows all of those sharp little baby teeth? Where is the smooth little face without stubble? I don't have a baby anymore. My son is a man. That sounds SO weird. And of course, flipping to the other side of the coin where it is all about me, I am not old enough to have a son with a job. Pics will follow today I assure you. Pics of him getting into his Jeep to his first day of work. Pics of him in his uniform that I take when I go make a surprise visit on his first day. Pics of him punching out if they will let me come to where the clock is.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Plan to Eat - Meal Planner and Grocery List Organizer

Plan to Eat - Meal Planner and Grocery List Organizer: "Weekly recipe and shopping planner. Create and share your recipes. Add them to your weekly planner. Go shopping with your categorized shopping list automatically created from your meal plan."

Anyone tried this? I would be interested in reviews. I am thinking of it. Tell me whatcha think.

Getting To Know Me

1. If you were to win an award today, what would it be for? Today's Award would be for Best Attitude on a Monday Morning. Now, I am glad you didn't ask me about yesterdays award, Yikes!

2. What is your shoe style? I wear flip flops until my toes freeze. Now, they are cute little yellow box camo with a gemstone covered heart on them. So they look feminine.

3 Does your car reflect your personality? No. My vehicle is just good strong sturdy reliable transportation. It isn't who I am, it doesn't define me. We have a Silver Jeep Grand Cherokee.

4. If you could take over someones body for a day..whose would you choose? Define "take over". hehe! Tomorrow my hubby will have been gone for 4 weeks, so I would love to take over his body right now. As far as my being in someone else's body, I would like to have my pre-baby body back, but it doesn't exist anymore. I might as well have said the body of a zombie.

5. Love or be loved? I love easily. I have a big need to feel loved. I have to go with be loved.

6. If you were on death row, what last meal would you choose? My first reaction was to say something light so that when I poop my pants from nerves & fright it wouldn't be as big of a mess, but then I thought, if I am on death row, I am not going to be the one to clean it up, so I would have Homemade Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Collard Greens, Boiled Cabbage, really good Fried Chicken like Mamaw used to make or Cubed Steak & Gravy. Hey, if I am dying, I am not going to worry about the fat content & all the gravy. I'm just saying is all.

7. Have you been on vacation this Summer, if so where? not really. Sort of. My husband and I went to NC for Mother's Day Weekend. THAT was a great time!

8. What is your favorite food related guilty pleasure? I try not to do guilt. If I am going to feel guilty, I might as well not eat it. But I would have to say cokes and chocolate.

Please reply to post and comment with your answers! I would love to hear from you & know you are out there reading & enjoying!

Grateful Monday

Grateful Monday

This is where I list at least 5 things that I am grateful for to start my week off right and try to keep those things in mind as I set off through the week!

1. My new-to-me bedroom suite

2. Internet -- It may seem like something that doesn't belong on this list, but it is the only means of communication I have with my husband who is in Iraq, so it is dear to me.

3. My Soldier/Hero/Husband. I miss him!

4. My Son/Best Friend. If you have met him, enough said!

5. My family who continually rallies around me in support.

6. My friends that have kept me afloat & understand me & the situations that I go through as an Army Wife!

So more than 5, more than enough to be greateful for this week alone! Feel free to post a comment & let me know what you are grateful for this week.

Grateful Monday

Grateful Monday

Jigzone Puzzle of the Day--I love these!

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Monday's Cryptoquote

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I will post the solultion tomorrow. I love these things!

Fat Loss Tip Of The Day

Fat Loss Tip of the Day

No matter who you are or what your body type, we are all trying to eat healthier, or we need to. In that mindset, here is the Fat Loss Tip of the Day:

For a great low-fat, low-sugar snack, try no-butter, low-salt popcorn. Two cups
only has 60 calories!

let me know what you do to cut fat in your own diet!

Recipe Of The Week: 5-minute Green Beans

5-Minute Green Beans

Green beans are a rich source of vitamin K, C, and A, as well as health-promoting carotenoid phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. And one cup contains only 44 calories— great reasons to enjoy this easy-to-prepare recipe as part of your Healthiest Way of Eating.

Prep and Cook Time: 8 minutes

1 lb green beans
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 medium cloves garlic, chopped
3 TBS extra vigin olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste
3 TBS goat cheese
2 TBS sliced almonds
4-5 drops tamari soy sauce
1 TBS sliced sun dried tomatoes
2 TBS roasted red bell peppers
1 TBS chopped basil


Chop garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out its health promoting properties.
Fill the bottom of a steamer pot with 2 inches of watger.
While steam is building up in steamer, cut ends off green beans.
steam for 5 minutes. A fork should pierce through them easily when they are done.
Transfer to a bowl. For more flavor, toss green beans with the remaiing ingredients while they are sill hot.
Serves 2

Healthy Cooking Tips:

To mellow the flavor of the garlic, add garlic to green beans for the last 2 minutes of steaming.

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think by posting a comment on my blog!

Food of the Week: Green Beans

Commonly referred to as string beans, the string that once was their trademark can seldom be found in modern varieties. Although these bright green and crunchy beans are available at your local market throughout the year, they are in season from summer through early fall when they are at their best and the least expensive.

Green beans are picked while still immature and the inner bean is just beginning to form. They are one of only a few varieties of beans that are eaten fresh. Although green beans vary in size they average about four inches in length. They are usually deep emerald green in color and come to a slight point at either end. They contain tiny seeds within their thin pods.

Weekend Report

Friday night I went to my friend Kristy's house & ate dinner. It was so nice to have dinner with her & her sweet family. Spaghetti was great but the company was even better. My son was, of course, out with his friends, so I would have been eating dinner alone otherwise, which isn't good for a Waiting Spouse. I never thought that I would understand "Empty Nest Syndrome" but I do. I think it happens to a lot of women especially, who have their children young.
Kristy and I then ran errands, got some things she needed for her yard sale.

Saturday was a most busy day! I got up & called a lady I was supposed to purchase a second hand, gently used Queen Sized Mattress, Box Springs & Frame from since she ahd said the earlier the better. I called at 10 til 8. I left a message. Grabbed a card table to take over to the yard sale. Went to the Yard Sale & hung out for a while. Called again about the mattress on my way over. Called again when I left. No answer. So, not wanting to spend mroe time sleeping on the floor, my son & I set out on a hunt for a bed. I went to a couple of places, but no luck finding something that was within budget since I just purchased a washer & dryer.

Came home, Rodd's friends came over & they were hanging out. I hopped on craigslist & found a complete bedroom set, called about it, went to see it, loved it. THoguht I couldn't afford it, I made an offer & the guy accepted it. I went about trying to find someone with a truck then. Thanks to my neighbors who drove over & helped and I called my son & his friend to help also. Two truck loads later, and viola! I have a bedroom suite. It is a King Sized (bigger than this room can really accomodate, but I love it) sleigh bed with a slatted head & foot board, a 6 drawer dresser with mirror and two night stands. I am so happy. Things that make someone my age happy, new to me bedroom furniture! haha! I was so excited that I had trouble sleeping even as tired as I was.

We spent the rest of the day getting the bed set up, had to make a trip to Home Depot since some of the screws got lost in the move of the bed. Also had to go by Dollar General & Targer to exchanage all of the Queen Sized stuff I had purchased when I thought I was getting a Queen for King sized stuff for the bed. I got brown teeshirt sheets. They feel good & were the cheapest sheets available. And soemthing I learned, they don't make the cheap foam toppers at Dollar General for a King Sized bed. Since I don't want it pieced together, I wait till next payday. Which is probably a good thing, because Target has some really nice memory foam ones that I would love to have!

Sunday I felt horrible (probably all the excitement from the day before) and I didn't even leave the house. I cooked fish. That was the highlight of the day. Chatted with my hubby online when we could. Horrible internet connection in Iraq sometimes and Sunday was one of those times.

Manic Monday

Good early Monday Morning to all of my friends & family who read & keep up with the blog I haven't been keeping up with. It is 532 and i have been up for over an hour already. I am sitting up in bed sneezing & feeling generally not myself. Monday mornings are usually such a chipper time for me when I feel the fresh start to a new week arriving.

Plans For The Week

Monday - As always I need to get the hosue back in order, so that is on the top of my to do list today. I have to fill up the tanks on both of the gas hogs, get groceries probably also.

Since it is the first of the month, I am going ot chance a/c filters in the house.

Wash the Dog - oh, I will do it. I don't like it, and neither does she. But it will be done!

My Dad is bringing my outdoor table & 6 chairs for my back patio, so I will be sweeping the back patio off really early before the sun comes up.

Since my son spent the night at a friends house, all the Monday Morning stuff, where I have a lot of steam & am wanting to get everythign done, will be me and me alone. Hey, did he plan it this way? Hmmm, ponder.

I also have to call housing for a few minor things around the house (leaking faucet sprayer in kitchen sink, tub stopped up in hall bath)

Tuesday - Rodd starts work. I can't tel you how I feel about this right now because I am still numb. I am not letting the fact that I am old enough to have a child that is starting to work sink in, because it IS all about me, you know. (haha!)

I also have a conference call this day. I have a part time job with Hallmark (the card store) as a Territory Assistant. I am going to go around to drugs stores & handle card displays there. I think it is going to be a lot of fun & I am looking forward to it!

This is when my husband will have been gone 4 weeks.

Wednesday - My plan is to survive till this day & get to church. I really have missed my church. I think things will look brighter from then on. I can't wait to plug back in there. I have been so busy & caught up in hte move that I haven't had a chance to go on Wednesdays. Every time there has been something come up. So this is the Wednesday I get back!

Thursday - I hope by this point in the week I am feeling better. There will be a light at the end of the tunnel. I am sure by this point my house will be a wreck again. I will have computer courses to take with Hallmark. Today is Organization & Trash Removal Day. Since trash runs on Friday, Thursday I will be going through stacks of papers, magazines, stuff that came in the mail that I haven't done anything with, cleaning out the cars (I hate that).

The bug man cometh. This is the day pest control comes out & sprays for me. YAY! I love on post housing here! They take care of everything & are so good to do so in such a prompt & friendly manner. This is NOT the case, I have found, at most installations. They spoil you here!

Also, since Friday is trash day, Thursday night is "Dumpster Diving" night as I call it. We don't actually dive into dumpsters here. Everyone's trask is by the road. But we drive around & see if anyone is throwing out any furniture since we came here bare bones since we are only going to be here a year before my honey is back & we are on the move again.

Friday - Whew! I will have made it if I make it to Friday. I will have a feeling of Victory & NOTHING will get me down then! YAY! I hope to finish up any computer classes for Hallmark I have left over, apply for more jobs, work in the house a little, mark another day off my calendar until my dear husband returns. I want to try to take a few snapshot pics, but I can't count on doing that today. We wills ee what the weekend has in store.

Saturday - maybe I will find something to do, but probably hanging out with the dog while my teenager is out having fun! maybe enjoy the quiet!

Sunday - Church. It will set me for the week. Right my path, keep me on track & focused on my loving God that forgives sins, depts, is an all-powerful God, THE Supreme being, part of the Holy Trinity, my Savior.