Sunday, March 27, 2011

I HEART DOGS

As if you haven't noticed. Yes, I heart dogs. Especially my 2 rodents.

I found a website called Draw the Dog that I absolutely fell in love with.

The artwork is amazing.

The cartoons are so funny.

And it includes dogs.

Lots of dogs.

And the way the cartoons load...I just can't explain.

Check it out.

See it for yourself.

And if you heart dogs too, let me know.

I'd like to meet fellow dog lovers.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

SKINS

Skins US to be exact.

We began watching this show with The Teenager at his request. It's become our "Tuesday night thing". I know it airs on Mondays but we DVR it and watch it together after dinner on Tuesday.

In case you aren't familiar with Skins, it's an adaptation of a British show by the same name that airs on Mtv about a group of teenagers who are friends and attend the same high school. Each episode highlights a different character on the show and depicts their individual life and how they relate to each other.

Yes, there's a lot of drugs and sexual content to the program that has prompted several of the advertisers to pull their campaigns from the show. The Parents Television Network has lodged a huge campaign against the show. There are groups of parents starting Facebook pages against it.

We've watched this program together as a family since the beginning. We've used each episode as an opportunity to discuss drugs, sex, and partying with our son. We've talked about how the relationships of the kids on the show shadow those of The Teenager's friends.

I've come to really like this show. I would even list it as one of my top favorites. I would like to encourage other parents of teenagers to watch the show with their teenagers and talk to them about it.

It's also been an eye-opener for me. My teenager knows kids that live these lives that are portrayed on the program. The opponents of the show state that it doesn't depict and over-exaggerates teen life problems but statistics do not lie.

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion reports that, as of 2009, 46 percent of teens have had sex, and 55 percent have had oral sex and almost three-quarters of high school students have gotten drunk by the time they graduate, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

I wonder about the parents that are so committed to having this show canceled. Are they afraid to talk about these topics with their kids? Do they think their kids don't encounter the same situations as the teenagers on Skins every single day? I'd like to know what life they live that there isn't sex and drugs in their schools.

Parents, get your heads out of the sand and pay attention to your children instead of spending all of your time getting programs like this off the air. Sit down and watch an episode with your teenager and ask them the name of their friend that is just like Stanley. Ask them how many Cadies they know. Find out whether or not your daughter is just like Michelle.

Trust me, it'll shock you. But what a better way to get to know your teenager and be able to relate to their lives.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

FREAK STORM

Yesterday afternoon, we were watching television, just hanging out. Both of the kids have been sick all week.

The Teenager has a sinus infection and The Kid has influenza B.

Yes, it's been a fun week for me (insert sarcasm here).

Anyway, Daddeee was headed down to the garage to try to fix my Revlon RV440C 1200 Watt Ionic Hot Air Dryer and Styler that quit working even though I've only had it for less than 2 months. (Not fixable, BTW), when out of the blue it began to hail.

No rain preceded this hail. No wind. No nothing.

It just began to hail out of no where.

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(Strangest thing about it was that Daddeee had been in the bedroom watching Halestorm videos on youtube.com. We blame him for the storm!)

Not long after the hail it did begin to rain and rained pretty much the rest of the day.

Luckily, there wasn't any damage sustained from this storm, unlike the one we experienced last summer.

Friday, March 18, 2011

TOO CUTE

Although I haven't purchased or tried this product, I thought the idea of it was adorable.



First, the name is just perfect.

Second, the idea is great. A wet wipe for your nose.

If you've tried this product, let me know. I'd be interested to know if the purchase would be worth it.

I would have but I thought the price listed, $5.99, was a little steep for something to wipe your nose with.

Monday, March 14, 2011

MORE YUMMY SOUP!

PASTA E FAGIOLI

    1 pound Ground beef (good quality)
    1/2 medioum onion, chopped
    1 carrot, diced 1-2 stalks celery, diced
    1 can diced tomatoes
    1 can red kidney beans
    1 can canneloni beans
    32 ounces beef stock
    1 and 1/2 teaspoons oregano
    2 teaspoons pepper
    5 teaspoons parsley (fresh chopped)
    1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
    1 can (26.5 oz) spaghetti sauce 8 ounces dry pasta


    Saute beef in oil in large 10-qt. pot until beef starts to brown.

    Add onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes.

    Drain and rinse beans and add to the pot.

    Also add beef stock, oregano, pepper, Tabasco, spaghetti sauce, and noodles.

    Add chopped parsley.

    Simmer until celery and carrots are tender, about 30-45 minutes.

Note: this does not have celery in it. I hunted for celery at 2 different stores and could not find it. I never knew celery could be out of season.

Oh, also, the photo quality isn't all that great. I took these with my cell phone. Pure laziness on my part for not going and getting my camera. Hey, I was hungry. What can I say?

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

SPECIAL PURPOSE



Remember back when Steve Martin as The Jerk discovered what his special purpose in life was?

Ever wonder what your special purpose is?

I've thought a little lately about what mine is. No, it's nothing like The Jerk's.

Of course, my main purpose is to take care of my family.

My "SPECIAL" purpose is to entertain my friends. I love doing it.

A normal Saturday night for me is having friends over for dinner. Usually we end up playing cards. Sometimes we watch movies.

We've even had themed nights. We did a Twilight themed night last summer. Everyone had a good time. I have it in the back of my head to do a few more of those.

On weekends that we don't have friends over, I feel lost.

I need to be useful and take care of my friends.

It's my special purpose :)

Saturday, March 05, 2011

PURGE

I am so proud of myself today.

I decided that the pile of paperwork on my desk had reached it's maximum and it was time to clean out the file cabinet and purge old paperwork to make room for the new.

New file folders have been made. I even used my favorite font, WillingRace, to label the folders.

Every piece of paper and every paid bill has been filed away in it's proper place.

Did I mention how proud of myself I am?

I really am because I am such a procrastinator. If procrastinators had a queen, I would be it.

What I found in the old paperwork was rather interesting.

I found a receipt to a JVC stereo that was purchased in April 1991. We haven't even owned that stereo since around 2000.

Tax papers I'm not quite sure what to do with. I've kept all of our taxes since 1993. I'm not sure how many years you're supposed to keep so I kept 10 years. It sounded like a good round number.

Other than the bag of papers that I need to figure out how to dispose of, everything is neat and tidy.

I'm good to go now until at least the year 2020.

Love,
Queen Procrastinator

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

YUMMY SOUP!

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup



1 cup chicken breasts, cooked and diced
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 quart half and half
1 14 ounce can chicken broth
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup carrots, finely shredded
1 cup onion, finely diced
1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin oil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon parsley

Freshly grated parmesan cheese – optional
1 pound potato gnocchi


Sauté the onion, celery, and garlic in the butter and olive oil over medium heat. When the onion becomes translucent, add the flour and make a roux. Let the butter and flour mixture cook for about a minute before adding 1 quart of half and half.


Cook gnocchi according to package directions.


Into the roux add in the carrots and chicken. Once the mixture becomes thick add the chicken broth. Once the mixture thickens again, add the cooked gnocchi, spinach, and seasonings, simmer until soup is heated through.


My guys don't like spinach so I added it to mine as a garnish.