Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quotable Swift

So...love her, hate her and her new song, Taylor Swift's latest, Shake It Off, gives good advice. So, of course I had to turn it into some quote art. Because it's my blog and love me or hate me I do what I want. Deal.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Post bath pout

She not happy with me at alllllllll!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Party Retrospective

So we celebrated Alyssa's seventh birthday last Saturday. Planning the party nearly killed me. Definitely killed my credit card. 
I was up late Friday night making truffles. Baking and decorating cookies. Drinking Fuzzy Navels. You know. Like most aunts do the night before their niece's birthday party.
Sis1 and Emmy came over Friday night and Sis1 spent the night at my house which was great because...Help! haha
So the party...

I got up super early and went to Sis2's to help decorate. I'd planned on leaving work early to go help Friday afternoon but her MIL came over so I was told to just wait. (Her MIL is vile.) So up early Saturday morning.

Lyssa, bless her heart pitched in. How amazing is it that she's old enough to run the vacuume?

And sweep? Kinda a little Cinderella moment there. Which is funny because she's wearing an Ariel nightgown while cleaning for her Frozen birthday party.

Witness the transformation. It's Elsa!
They found the dress on Ebay. Apparently there's a guy on there who makes them and sells them for not an astronomical price. Emmy did her hair in an attempt to replicate Elsa's long pretty white braid.
Meanwhile, I hung out with Olaf!

The cake, m'dears was inspired by a cake we saw on the interwebs  and spent a butt-ton of money to replicate. Rock candy sticks, a wedding cake staircase, waffle cone trees and figurines of the characters on a sheetcake topped with a six inch round cake. Mama did all the really hard stuff like baking and frosting. I put the tall rock candy sticks together (two sticks stacked and wired to skewers)in the back and helped her figure out how to make the waffle cone trees taller. (stacking one on top of each other, in case you needed to know.)

It was not without it's share of difficulty. Transporting a cake in August heat--even with the A/C blasting--is just a melted corner of frosting disaster waiting to happen.

But it did NOT disappoint.

There were games. The most popular was "pin the nose on Olaf." Goofus had a larger photo of Olaf printed off and Sis2 cut out carrot shaped pieces of orange construction paper. All the littles thought it was just the bees knees that the teenager played with them.
I did manage a little photo op with the ice queen. She was gracious enough not to freeze my heart and she's definitely worth melting for. And worth the exhaustion. :-)

She wracked up on presents and lemme tell ya. Her friends give good gift.
The photo below is of the grin I got when she read the card I gave her. Not because it had money in it but because I had quoted Olaf. One of my favorite quotes from the movie: "Head's up! Watch out for my butt!"

This girl hung out with me in the kitchen when all the noise and bodies started to get to me. She's so sweet.

This boy is a kid after my own heart. He and I both needed periodic breaks from all the chaos. So of course he was in the kitchen with me. He also sought me out several other times just to climb in my lap and get a reassuring hug when it all got to him. Just little mini time-outs from all the fun. He's my little introvert buddy. haha

This girl, on the other hand, she was in the thick of it all day long. She's a little social butterfly like her Nana. A pretty truffle eating social butterfly. ;-)

We had Cheetos, strawberries, truffles, marshmallows and cookies. Oh! And carrots for Sven. We couldn't forget Sven.

The table set up in the dining room. The swag around the window is tulle studded with snowflake cutouts on blue glitter paper (my Wednesday night activity) and the snowflakes in the center are a cardboard mobile I got off Amazon and conned Goofus into hanging from the chandelier.

As worn out as we all were....as crazy it as it all was, the girl had a wonderful time and that's all that really counts.

Friday, August 22, 2014

I'm Alive...

...but hanging on by a thread.

This has been the week from hell. I had fully intended on getting the party post up Monday. And Monday got shot to Hell. Spent Tuesday catching up and then the rest of the week went back to Hell.

I've been training new student workers. Five of them. All in one week but never all at once. So I've been giving training to five new students over and over and over again all week long. I've talked so much that I'm almost hoarse. My throat actually DOES hurt. I've walked the building till can't hardly walk anymore and I'm, like, REALLY SICK of the library. lol

Today is the last day of training, though. I tackle my last student this afternoon and then I come to work for three hours tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow I'll get to blog about the party. ;-)

Not much else going on this week. I've gone home every night just about dead on my feet. Last night I went home, cooked supper and crashed on the couch. Slept for two hours. I'd probably have slept the whole night through if not for Libby waking me up because she was bored and needed a belly rub.

Fingers crossed for a better week next week. I'm probably taking Monday off to recuperate from this long terrible week that would have no weekend otherwise.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We survived!!

The party is over and we all escaped with our lives. ;-)

More details and photos tomorrow. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Things I'm Loving

1.) Oikos Toasted Coconut Greek Yogurt. It really does taste more like toasted coconut than yogurt. I like to sprinkle some mini-chocolate chips in there and call it breakfast dessert.

2.) This French Onion Pasta. I've made it twice since Joy posted the recipe. The first time I added  some smoked sausages to the pasta when it was done. Last night's version was a quarter of the recipe and served as a side with chicken. I think you'd like it even if you don't normally like onions. The onions kinda melt into it and get all sweet and caramel-y.

3.) Kasey Musgraves' Same Trailor Different Park CD. I liked a couple of her songs when they first came out a while back but I didn't really fall in  love with her music until I saw the CMT Crossroads that she did with Katy Perry a couple months ago. So yeah, I had to buy her CD then. That Crossroads episode also cemented me as a Katy Perry fan but I haven't gotten any of her CD's yet. Waiting on my money situation to stabilize after this party business before investing in any more music.

4.) Victoria Dahl's latest book, Looking for Trouble. Yowza! That is one white hot read. I can't even...*fans self* Finished it in two sittings. Would have finished in one sitting but, you know, I had stuff to do.

5.) The fact that my fingernails are finally recovering from the nail polish I put on them FOUR FREAKING MONTHS AGO. Not even joking. I wore nail polish for Easter and ever since I removed it my nails have split and pealed and been generally grotesque. I've had to keep them super short in hopes of growing out of the peels. Just noticed yesterday that even though they are still super short, all of the peeled places are finally gone and they look like healthy nails again.

6.) These Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies. I made a half batch Saturday night and have been rolling around in them blissfully ever since. I added a handful of chopped pecans to mine. In the last batch I also threw in some mini-chocolate chips. I've eaten them for dessert, breakfast (with my yogurt) and pre-supper snack last night. I also smeared some mocha hazelnut spread on them at one point. They are just so good! Not dry like ghosts of oatmeal cookies past. These are chewy with a little crispiness on the edges, super sweet and just altogether yummy.

7.) This girl.

8.) The first season of Masters of Sex on DVD. Probably not something I should admit to watching but it's pretty interesting. A little naked at times, but the relationships and the characters are really interesting. The only real problem I have with it is that the male lead (Dr. Masters) is played by the same guy who portrayed the creepy mind reading Vulturi guy in the Twilight Saga movies whose name escapes me at the moment and I keep waiting for him to do something creepy and mean. haha

9.) My new kitchen faucet. Yes. I'm still on that. Last night was the first night since I got it that I didn't wash dishes. But that was mostly because my Monday night shows were about to come on. It's a Moen, in case you were wondering. Supposed to be super durable and long lasting.

10.) My boss being gone to a conference out of town this week. 'Nuff said.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

House Updates

So my faucet started leaking several months ago. I had to put a towel behind it just to wash dishes or run water at all or face mopping up my counter for days.

My handy uncle moved away almost a year ago so I was at a loss as to what to do to get it fixed. I didn't want to hire a plumber after my last gouging experience with one a couple years ago. My dad knows how to do that stuff but physically isn't in a good place to be crawling around under a sink. 

Thankfully, my uncle decided to come up to visit my grandparents and offered to help me out. While I had him, though, I also got him to switch out some light fixtures. Yay for Uncle R!!

Sort of in love with the new faucet. I actually raced it the sink to do dishes last night, I was so excited. haha

I love that it's a goose neck which means easy rinsing and easy pot filling. Also love the levers because I don't have to grasp any knobs to turn the water on. Handy for when my hands are gunked up. 

Then there's the new light fixture in the dining room. I went unconventional by swapping the chandelier for a semi-flush. With the fixture not centered over the table, a chandelier is just not practical. The semi flush is pretty and unobtrusive. Plus, I won't be smashing my head into it like I did the chandelier. 

The guest bedroom a also got a light upgrade just because. :-D

It's hard to see the details. I just can't get well lite pics of this room. But it's capiz adorned. Appropriate for the beach/cottage inspired guest bedroom. 

We also got a good long visit in with my aunt and uncle. We hadn't seen them since Christmas and won't see 'em again until this Christmas. 

Libby loved all the new people who awed at all her tricks that are common to me. lol

Got a few more projects on my list but I can (hopefully) tackle those on my own.