Barnmouse Blitherings


CRIKEY!!!

Where has the time gone?!

Several things to report and a whole 20 minutes to do it!

First, Yes!  6 unexpected OVERNIGHT guests!  They happened to be my brother-in-law, his wife and their 4 young children.  Who scream high pitched screams and do not listen to their parents.  Of course, their parents don’t really seem to care that they’re in someone else’s house or that one of them (ME!!!) is suffering from a sinus headache.  Nor did it cross their minds that maybe we didn’t want to get up at 7 am, especially after said sinus headache didn’t go away until 4 am and some noisy “somethings” kept waking me up every hour or so.  Ugh.  Anyway.

Second!  Yesterday (before all the mess) I ran….*drum roll please* 15 MINUTES!!!!  YES!! WOO!!!!  I was planning on kicking up the pace and just running for 10 minutes again, but then I got to thinking that hmm…maybe I should make sure that I really can run for 10 minutes and that the previous day wasn’t just a fluke!  So I ran the 10 minutes and then said oh what the hell, I’ll run another minute….and then that minute went by and I said okay….one more minute!  And then I realized I was running in unison with the guy on the treadmill three machines down from the one I was on (Note To Kind of Tall Guy Running on Treadmill 3 Down from Mine…THANK YOU!  Please come back!!!) and it kind of gave me a second wind.  Now I know why I always see people running in pairs on the side of the road.  It just makes it so much easier!  Yay!

Third!!!  Yes!  There’s a third!  TODAY at the gym (even though I woke up feeling like crap!) (I have at LEAST 2 weddings to go to this year and I’ll be DAMNED if I’m going to be the chunky one!!!) I kicked up the MPH from 4.0 to 4.2!!!  And….AND did 15 MINUTES AGAIN!!!!!!!!!  I can’t believe it!  I’ll try not to talk about this so much in the future.  I’m just in shock that I actually did it!

Fourth.  Umm…I think there was a fourth….I just can’t remember what it could have been.  Hmm.  Too much excitement over all the running!  And my still being able to stand up straight and walk up the stairs!

I feel pretty.

*goofy grin*

Shadow had a grand time playing in the nearly negative amount of snow we got yesterday.  He likes to run around with his head down to the ground with his mouth open, scooping up little lines of snow like a bulldozer.  Hee. 

Hmm.  10 whole minutes left to write something interesting.

Oh!  While I was running at the gym today (me!  running!  yay!) I was trying to keep myself from looking at the time clock thingy, so I was thinking about this.  Yes.  I cannot stop thinking of things to write here.  Funny thing, I can never remember what I was going to write!  Except for now.  Anyway.  I think I’m going to start a weekly “New Year’s Resolution Check-up”.  If anyone wants on my list, just leave a comment or email me or whatever and tell me as much or as little about your New Year’s Resolutions as you’d like.  And hopefully, once a week, I’ll make a post here with updates on how mine are going and then ask y’all about your’s.  I was just thinking that if someone had ever kind of poked me and said Hey….how’s it going with that New Year’s Resolution?  That I might have actually kept one.  They’re just so easy to forget about….especially when January is gone and it’s halfway through February and someone comes home with a giant box of chocolates….or they go on sale at the grocery store and you see chocolate covered cherries….which happen to be your favorite….and they’re half off….and they’re just sooooo goooood…… and….*drool*

So!  Anyway!  If you’d like to participate….anytime in the year, just leave a comment or email me or send telepathic thoughts or a carrier pigeon!  ETC.  I hope you will!  I need some buddies to keep me on track!  🙂

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PICKING THE BAR UP OFF THE GROUND

Lately I think I’ve run out of interesting or the-least-bit funny stories or things to write about.  Like, the last four months or so.  Give or take a month.  Yes.  The bar, while already set fairly low, somehow ended up on the floor among the dust bunnies and the dog-hair tumbleweeds where it was kicked around and jumped over and I think maybe I tripped over it once.

Now that it’s the beginning of a new year (okay, 16 days late, but who’s counting?) and I’m going to attempt to pick the bar up off the ground and set it at a moderate level.  Hopefully, I will occasionally make it over the bar instead of landing flat on my face as I am want to do.  But be prepared to watch me fall on my face, most likely time and time again.  I hope to eventually get so good at jumping over the bar that I can do it in heels without messing up my hair or smearing my lipstick.  *note to self: start wearing lipstick*

So on to the New Year’s Resolutions that I promised…um…let’s just say “earlier” and leave it at that.

New Year’s Resolution #1 (or “numero uno” as I like to refer to it)  To be able to jog/run for 10 minutes without stopping.  This resolution includes several things I’d like to accomplish and become a part of my daily life and who I am, all in one, seemingly obtainable goal.  They include, but are probably not limited to: 1)keeping my back in good shape seeing as how I just got it back into working order with the help of a brilliant physical therapist.  It’s kept me from doing way too many things over the 10 years that I have apparently had a twisted, tilted pelvis and “ass bone” (because I can’t remember what that’s called), and several lower vertebrates were trying to pretend that they were one and would not move independently of each other.  I can now move, lay down flat, and sit without pain and without my bones jarring together when I jog!  2) The ever popular “get into shape” resolution, which has always been a part of my resolutions, but with such a bad back, I was limited in which exercises and how much I could do.  I know I’ll probably never be a size 2, but I can definitely be healthier and less face it, more svelte (look at me with the fancy words!) than I am now.  I would love to feel more confident in my own skin and hopefully the jogging/running will help accomplish that.  3) I love the outdoors.  I hope that when I can increase my jogging speed and time (from the 4 miles and hour for 8 minutes I’m at right now) to be able to just bolt out my front door and run along some of the fantastic trails we have around here.  That’s  one of the “lifestyle” things I was talking about.  There are more of these things, but I think this is enough explanation for one resolution.

New Year’s Resolution #2 – Go to the gym at least 3 times a week.  Obviously this goes along with the first resolution, so not too much explaining is needed here.

New Year’s Resolution #3 – Do my back and neck stretches and exercises at least 3 times a week.  In order to keep my back/pelvis/ass bone/blah blah blah in shape and to get the muscles around that area stronger so that I don’t end up on the couch for days at a time again, my physical therapist gave me *sigh* a LOT of exercises to do (some on a yoga ball!  Yay!  Fun!), one of which, I hate.  I really do.  I HATE this exercise.  I really like a few of them and am pretty neutral on the rest.  Anyway, I need to do them.  I know I need to do them.  But still I put it off.  Also, my neck and shoulders have been getting really sore and stiff lately, so she gave me some stretches that will help with that.  So I need to do them.  Or they will not help.  I’m hoping that by putting this out there that it will push me to do them.  *fingers crossed*

New Year’s Resolution #4 – Finish the baby blanket I’m making for a friend of mine.  I still have a hard time believing that I have friends that I went to preschool/kindergarten on up with that have kids and are having kids.  I mean, yes, I’m 26.  I know that in my head, but in my well…in another part of my head, I think I’m still 16 or so.  A very good friend of mine already has two…TWO kids and now, my very bestest friend from kindergarten or so on to high school is having a baby.  So, even though we definitely drifted apart and even kind of disliked each other for awhile there after a misunderstanding or whatever, we kind of reconnected a few years ago, so now that I know more than one dang crochet stitch (okay, okay….I know three) I’m making her a baby blanket.  I started it long enough ago that I should have finished four of them by now, but I’m still working on it.  I’m hoping to have it done before the child is in school.  Hee.

New Year’s Resolution #5 (I know, this is getting long) – Try a new dog treat recipe at least once a month.  This would obviously be for the benefit of Canine Confections (my dog treat business I’m trying to get started).  I should probably like, you know, try to sell them or something too.  Hmm. 

New Year’s Resolution #6 (or as this one is known “Enough damn resolutions already!) – Blog every day of 2008!!!  And not just blog.  Blog well!  Blog interesting!  Blog funny!  Blog stuff people other than my mom would want to read!!  And every day too!  Running and exercises are going to be cheese next to this.

So there you have it.  My new year’s resolutions for 2008.  Did you make any?  How about last year?  How did they turn out?  Speak up Dudes!  I’m all stuffed up and sick and trying not to sneeze out a lung and also boooooorrrrrrrrrred.  So I’m interested!  Really!  (in all honesty, I’m interested in all the comments you leave.  I’m like a little kid waiting for the ice cream van.  Empty email is so very depressing.  Especially when you’re sick and have nothing better to do than check my inbox every 30 seconds.)



ALL THOSE GETTING SNOWED IN RIGHT NOW, LOOK AWAY…

Rat and I made homemade ice cream today.  In January. 

My parents gave us an ice cream maker for Christmas this year and I just couldn’t wait any longer.  19 days is about all I could stand!  We made strawberry ice cream, but tons of other yummy-sounding recipes came with the ice cream maker. 

I’m definitely not one whose is very fond of ice cream (I have to eat it really slow to avoid the dreaded ice cream brain freeze), but this was good.  I seriously wish I could share it with all of you!  Except those allergic to strawberries.  For y’all I’ll make vanilla or something.

Anyway, I’m trying to finish making out my grocery list before I go to bed and it just dawned on me that I hadn’t blogged today, so ta-da!  I blogged.

Again, please excuse the choppy post.  I’m soooo very tired.  I went to the gym today (first time since last Sunday!  Yay me!) since I was feeling better (of course, I feel like crap again now, though) and I ran again!  Last week I ran 6 minutes, which I was ecstatic about!  But I knew I had to top that today.  Even as craptastic as I’ve been feeling lately.  So!  I ran for 8 minutes!!!  WOOO!!!!!  *doing the happy dance*  To run (or jog…whatev!) for 10 minutes is one of my New Year’s Resolutions.  And I kept thinking that in my head after I ran for 8 minutes.  So after walking for about 5 minutes so that I could breath again, I jogged for another 2 minutes.  Just to be able to say I jogged for 10 minutes.  Now in a row, but in the same workout!  I think next time I’ll have to just jog for 9 and then the next time do 10.  8 was a lot harder than 6.  But I did it!  And that’s the story of why I’m so damn tired and writing so crappily. (which is not a word)

So back to the grocery list it is.  I recently signed up for The Grocery Game, and OMG!!!  Why did I not do this before?  (well, because I didn’t know about it before…).  Really, if you’re interested in saving a TON of money, take a look around their website, or send me an email and I’ll explain it (’cause their website kind of makes some things hard to figure out…but that might be just me).  Also, if you do decide to sign up, if you tell them that I recommended them to you, (if 3 people sign up) then I get a few bucks off or something.  I really can’t remember!  Damn I’m tired! LOL



I GUESS SOMETIMES COMPLAINING IS ALL IT TAKES!
January 10, 2008, 1:25 pm
Filed under: dream for an insomniac, electronics are out to get me

Yesterday I mentioned that Live Writer couldn’t use my blog style for some reason….and today? Voila! It magically works!

Don’t you hate that? You mention to a friend or someone that you can’t figure something out or can’t remember something and then as soon as the words leave your lips you remember or figure it out. That happens to me constantly!!!

Completely changing the subject….

Has anyone else ever heard the phrase “That went over like a lead balloon”? I had never heard that before and then within the last month or so I’ve heard it about 10 times!

Sorry, my thoughts are just all over the place today. My head is still pounding. I’m all completely achy, especially in my shoulders and neck. And I can’t figure out if I’m really cold or really hot. Right now, I’m thinking cold, but check back with me in about 3 minutes because I’m sure it will have changed.

Hopefully this cold or whatever will go away soon so I can get back to thinking straight! At this point, I think of great, hysterical, intelligent posts at night while I’m trying to go to sleep, but then I can’t remember any of them when I wake up.

Blah.

I’m off to try and fix my music. Hope everyone has a great day!  Oh!  And also, this is apparently National Delurking Day!  I know a few of you out there who read this but have never commented!  C’mooooon….c’mooooooooooonnnn….you know you want to! 😉



DID YOU HEAR THAT? IT WAS THE SOUND OF MY LAPTOP GOING PPPPHHHHHLLLLLLBBBBTTTTTTTT

And then the loud bang you heard afterward was me throwing it out the window.

ARGH!

Anyway, so I just finished installing a bunch of crap on my poor, old, ancient PC that I use pretty much just for writing (not that I’ve been getting a lot of that done in…oh…the last year or so) and that I really didn’t want to use for anything else.  But oh well.  I gotta blog!  Right?

Oh the plus side, I have an ergonomic keyboard up here (my office is upstairs, so when I say “up here” it’s because I usually blog from my laptop downstairs) and that’s nice.  I love my keyboard.  Lots of people have seen it and they either say one of two things.  Either “OMG how do you type on that thing?” or “OMG I looove those!!”.  I am of the latter group.  A friend of mine from waaaay back had one and when I would go over to her house, we would play on her computer and I got so used to her keyboard (it didn’t take much for me to become attached to it) I could barely use the one we had at my house!  So I begged and begged my parents for one for Christmas and lo and behold, Santa heard me! 😉  I loved it so much that when I moved out of the house, I got them another keyboard and took mine with me!  HA!

Wow.  How boring am I talking about a keyboard?

*crickets chirping*

Anyway, nothing incredibly interesting has happened to me since last I posted yesterday.  Of course, I was asleep (or at least trying to sleep) for most of the time.

I finally  took my friend’s Christmas presents to her yesterday.  Rat’s head is going to split wide open if I don’t take the Christmas tree down soon, and I have a strict “No Tree Shall Be Taken Down Whilst There Are Still Presents Under It” rule.  (hee hee…I said “whilst”)  And hers and another friend of mine were the last people with presents under the tree, so I went ahead and took hers to her.  She taught me how to crochet many, many (okay, not THAT many) years ago and now she’s taught another friend of ours (I’m going to have to come up with names for these people….”a friend of a friend of a friend” is going to get confusing) and we’re going to start our own little group where we get together and bring our “yarn projects” that we’re working on and some snacks and stuff and just have a blast!  It started to feel a little too “old lady” so I thought we needed a “cool, hip, and groovy” name for it so, of course, I turned to you, dear internet!  And of course I was rewarded for my brilliance!  Someone suggested something along the lines of “Stitch and Bitch” and from that my friend (friend #1) and I got “Stitches and Bitches”.  So that’s our little club.  We haven’t gotten together yet, but I’m going back to see her today (and friend #2) and we’re going to discus when we’re going to get together.

I know.  I told you nothing really happened.  So get ready for another 362 more days of THIS!  Woo!  I know y’all can’t wait!  Hee!  I will try to do at least a few interesting things this year…just for you!

Tomorrow I’m thinking of talking about resolutions.  Or how Rat is mad at me because I threw my laptop out the window.  So we’ll just have to wait and see if he can fix it.  I don’t really have any doubts.  After all, he is the Computer Whisperer!



DAY ONE: IN WHICH I THINK I MIGHT BE JUST A LITTLE BIT INSANE

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I hope 2008 is a great year for us all. Lord knows it couldn’t be all that much worse than 2007. But we won’t start the New Year off with all that mess.

I’ve decided to do this whole “Blog 365” thing (hopefully I’ll make it past January 3rd), and I can’t actually see myself blogging every day of 2008, but damned if I’m not going to give it my all. The rules are a bit different than the NaBloblahblah thing, such as if you can’t get to your computer or have to go out of town unexpectedly or anything else happens to pop up, then you can just write a blog entry. Like on paper. Whatever that is. That will be helpful if something happens to pop up and we have to go out of town or if our internet explodes or something.

And now that I have my ***drum roll please*** iPhone!!!! (OMG I AM NOT KIDDING BUT I’M SAVING THAT FOR A LATER POST SINCE I WILL UNDOUBTEDLY RUN OUT OF THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT IN 2 DAYS) What was I saying? I get distracted by the beauty that is my iPhone. Even just saying the word “iPhone” *dreamy sigh*, I lose my train of thought. Oh, yes. Now that I have my *drool* iPhone, I can blog from anywhere I can get online! I know! It’s magic! Or something. Whatever it is, it’s beyond me.

So anyway, some of my posts will probably be pretty darn short, or cute pictures of the cats or dog, or maybe a Family Guy clip from You Tube (because God knows, I haven’t had enough milk shot out of my nose lately), but I’ll honestly give it my all to post something every. single. day.

Every. Single. Day.

Prepare to get extremely tired of me.

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It’s Not What You Think, I Swear!

OR: HOW TO MAKE MARSHMALLOWS!

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Okay, this part isn’t about making marshmallows, but stick with me.  We’ll get there shortly.

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I’m at the middle stage of making truffles, thanks to my pal Rhiannon!  (So if they don’t turn out right, Rhiannon, I’m sending them all to you! LOL)  Okay, I don’t know what happened to those last few.  I think I just got lazy.  There’s a whole ‘nother plate full of them in the fridge (actually, they’re both in there now) so those last two are like number 66 and 67.  After 50 I got sorta bored.  Anyway, now I just have to wait for them to harden up and then coat them in MORE CHOCOLATE.  Is there anything better?

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Also!  I made fudge!  Like I said…MORE CHOCOLATE!  YAY!  This is only the first batch.  The second is still firming up in the pan.  There’s really more there than it looks.  That’s a LARGE rubbermaid box thingy (actually, I think it’s Glad, but really…who cares?).  Oh…and I might have eaten like…one piece….or ten….who’s counting?

NOW ON TO THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MARSHMALLOWY-TYPE PROGRAMMING

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First, you put some sugar, corn syrup, and salt into a heavy saucepan and bring it to a boil until it hits 240 degrees F.  Here you can see me bravely burning my hand with hot steam to get a picture for y’all.  Yes.  You are welcome!

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I didn’t take a picture of the gelatin, water, and extract because that would be a picture of a big lump and that’s just boring.  Instead, I took a picture of my stand mixer.  Woo!  Once the sugar mixture is up to temp, pour it over the gelatin mixture and mix on high (with the whisk attachment) for 10 minutes.  Be SURE to cover at least the front with plastic wrap because HOT SUGAR WILL BURN OFF YOUR HAND OMG OUCH.  I am speaking from experience….and I just got it on my pinkie!  Youch!

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Line a 13 x 9 inch pan (I actually use a sheet pan with high, straight sides because otherwise you end up with really tall marshmallows and they’re kind of hard to eat). Spray the pan WELL with cooking spray.  Now is not the time to be stingy with the spray.

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Here is the first picture of the marshmallows in actual marshmallow form.

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I had a little brainstorm the night before I made these and decided to cut them into bars instead of squares so that each marshmallow could be 2-3 bites!  These are the things that keep me up at night.  So here’s a picture of them cut into bars.  I know they’re kind of hard to distinguish from each other so….

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and…..

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Hello hand.

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Here they are all lined up on wax paper.  I like to go ahead and line them all up so I can make sure they’ll all fit instead of running out of room while I’m in the middle of coating them.

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So pick the chocolate you want to coat your marshmallows in (you don’t actually have to coat them.  I’m going to make some peppermint marshmallows in a day or so and right before I pour them out of the pan, I’m going to mix in a few drops of red food coloring to make them all pink and white swirly!  They look great even uncoated!), and melt it over a double boiler (you can do it in the microwave, but I have had mixed results doing that.  I’m using a raspberry dark chocolate by Nestle.  Just too yummy!  And my mom is a raspberry fiend!  😛

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Here they are half coated.

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And here they are fully coated.  But was I done yet?  Ooooh no.  Not me!  Not yet!

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A little white chocolate drizzle and NOW they’re done.  I had to go ahead and put them in the bags so I wouldn’t eat them all.  SO TASTY!

So there you have it!  What I’ve been promising to do for about a week now.  But with pictures!  And that’s better, right?  I’ll post more pictures of the truffles when I get them coated.  Hopefully they will look better then?  Hopefully.

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I CAN HAS CHRISTMUS PREZUNT NOW?

(That’s upside down, torn up wrapping paper he’s sitting on.  Bad kitteh!  I can’t even put ribbons on the presents now because Winston will chew on them and eat them and then come running into whatever room Rat and I are in and act like he’s dying and freak us all out and then hawk up a big chunk of ribbon.)