Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
There's artwork galore - originals and prints. I adore this print and think I will order it for the house. This one is by the same artist and it's vying for my attention too.
This is one of the coolest shops I found - Retired Records creates all kinds of cool things out of old vinyl LPs.
I'm also loving this shop. Crystal's Creations has some wonderful monogrammed coasters and some oh so cute reusable coffee sleeves.
Also, I know a few gals who're pregnant and these shops offer some items that would definitely make nice gifts for them: Easy Edges Studio and Sunny Stitches.
I hope you guys go check out Etsy and find something awesome!
Oh...and apparently the dogs can't stand to be in the same room with me when I practice. Shooter says it's because (and I quote) "Laura, I think your flute playing hurts their ears." Needless to say he spent the night on the couch. Well, okay, he didn't - but I got really mad. Well, okay I didn't get all that mad, but I gave him a good poke in the ribs for it....and made sure the dogs slept between us in the bed. ;-)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Oh lord....what have I done!!!!
Okay...so I went and signed up for an audition with the Greater Atlanta Community Christian Orchestra and Choir. Ugh. What WAS I thinking!?!?!?! I haven't played my flute in an orchestra in like....ummm....7 years? Argh...I'm doomed.
I am going home tonight to dust off my flute case, pray that all the pads are there and the thing is in working condition. Tentatively play a few notes and see if it all comes flooding back, it's like riding a bike, right? God I hope so.
The next hurdle is figuring out my audition piece. I hope I can put my hands on some of my old pieces, if I even have them - Mom, they're not in that box of memorabilia in my old room are they??!?! If I can't find them I may have to cancel.
How do I do this to myself......
Monday, January 21, 2008
We always have bananas left over at the end of the week at work, and I'm going to try to rescue as many of them as I can each week and create some wonderful banana recipes with them. I'm going to have fun developing new ideas.
Also, I must say that I absolutely hate my measuring cups. I got them at one of my wedding showers....almost 9 years ago. They're hateful things and I vow to get new ones. Perhaps some wonderful All-clad ones? Nah...too pricey. Anyone have any recommendations?
Oh, I decided to put these in three smaller tins thinking that it will help me with portion control. Heh...yea, I'm sure that'll keep me from eating all of it. Really, I'm a sucker for the crispy top, and this way I get three times the amount of crispy top.
I do hope you wander over to Rasa Malaysian and check out the blog. There are wonderful recipes there. Also, check out Tastespotting - you'll love it even if you just check out the pics. The great thing about it is that you can find some really great blogs out there.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Yesterday, Atlanta was hit with another round of snow. I thought it would be a good time to go out and hunt for the elusive snow-schnauzer. We've heard such a beast exists, but alas have not been able to either find one or capture it on film.
Today, however, I was VERY lucky and photographed not only one but two of the elusive creatures! They blend in so well to their surroundings that I almost couldn't distinguish their figures.
See how well they are camouflaged. It is so easy to understand how they came by their name.
See, here I completely lost the subject, but luckily once I examined the photo was able to see the figure blending in so well with the habitat.
Ah, it sees me. After this photo my cover was blown and the creature retreated and hid until the next snow storm. Perhaps I will get lucky and capture it again on film.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Okay...so we haven't called him Beavis all his life, and no my Mom and Dad don't have sick senses of humor and decide to name him that. It's just that this picture taken at Christmas just lends itself to this nickname.
And I'm going to start calling Shooter "The Amazing Kreskin".
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
It's kinda like Spring Cleaning Mode has hit our house early this year. It started with the weeding out of my Christmas decorations. I'm going in a whole new color direction next year, so out with the old and in with the new! This last weekend I spent Saturday morning going through all my drawers and cabinets in the kitchen. Tossing, organizing, cleaning, sorting. I was a whirling dervish!
Now...if only I had an entire week of those moments of clarity. An entire week where I had boundless and endless energy and could knock out all the nooks and crannies of my house. To tackle that desk that's become the buffet in the dining room. To work my way through Shooter's "Man Cave" and not run screaming from the mere sight of his desk. To work out other storage solutions so that my guest room closet doesn't look like the upper shelves of a Sam's Club. To figure out how to make my master bathroom a more usable and lovely space.
Actually...I might need more than an entire week to accomplish all that. Perhaps I could just declare myself a stay-at-home mom (even though we don't have kids) for a month and just take care of all that stuff. Oh, who am I kidding. If I had a month off, I certainly wouldn't be spending it working in my house all day.
Oh well...here's to hoping that I get more days that inspire me like Saturday morning.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
We call Morey "Mr. Velvet Ears" because he has the softest, silkiest ears.
This is Morey's tail....it grows so funny. As his fur grows out, he gets this fan growing that makes him look like he's part retriever or something. Quite funny. About now he's also demanding a neatening of his sanitary cut...he's not one who appreciates the occasional dingleberry.
Ahhh...da nose....but whose nose is it?
Oh my....one of the cutest things in the world....a schnauzer butt. I don't know why, but they are. This is Leah, and her funky tail. For some reason the groomers can't get her cooperation when it comes time to trim her tail, so they leave it. Sooooo...about a week or two after a grooming she has a tail that looks like she's growing an afro on her butt. The fur on her tail is still really wiry and coarse and just poofs right up. Personally I am enamored with the way their fur grows on their butts...those cute little curley cues...hehehe...
The ear....unlike her brother's ears, Leah's are cropped. We adopted her at the age of three so we didn't do that to her. Personally, I am a huge fan of the natural ear...we call them flops in our house. Morey ended up with the perfect floppy ears.
Leah's also a burrower. Must be the ratter instinct in her. She likes to sleep under the covers down by my feet, until she gets too hot and emerges around midnight panting so hard she wakes us up. This particular morning, I woke up and found her with her entire body under Shooter's pillows and laying on her back (as usual).
Friday, January 11, 2008
I've really been chastising myself about not researching the platform of each candidate to see what each one stood for. I've been following the news and watching the debates but haven't really researched the candidates online. Well, a friend of mine send me a link to a Washington Post quiz where you answer questions according to what you believe and then rank how important that topic is to you. It then spits out which of the candidates you're most aligned with.
Let's just say that the person I figured I was most aligned with came up third. Another I liked but didn't think I'd probably vote for came in second. The candidate I thought I'd be least likely to vote for came in as my best match.
Guess I'm still stuck not really knowing who I'm going to vote for.....
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Hilton is also being sought after in the deaths of two North Carolina hikers, John and Irene Bryant (79 and 84 yrs old respectively). They went missing on October 20, 2007 - Irene was found bludgeoned to death and John's body has never been found.
Another death in Florida is possibly being linked to him as well.
If he committed these crimes, there is no punishment out there that is severe enough for him.
I struggle with how someone could be so disconnected emotionally to commit crimes such as murder. I cannot even begin to imagine what her family must be going through. I was talking about this with my podmate at work yesterday about this story and we were both amazed that Meredith's father had the self control to keep from physically harming Hilton when he appeared in court. I know the only time I ever saw my father scary-mad was when someone had hurt me. You don't mess with Daddy's girl. *smile*
I keep Meredith's family and friends in my prayers as I am sure they need God's peace and understanding now more than ever.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
They'll eagerly jump on you and lick you to death if you try to come and take me away. I promise it...so don't come if you're allergic to doggie slobber. Really, they're mean, very mean, they'll bite your toes off. Well, okay, maybe not...but they'll tear your socks off and run away with them.
They're really excellent watchdogs. Really, REALLY good....
Well, okay, I'm off to finish my laundry and somehow mentally prepare myself to be an adult and go back to work and earn an honest living. Who am I kidding....an adult...pshaw!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
On Sunday morning, after Shooter and I decided to sleep in and be backsliding heathens and not go to church....and after my parents had headed back to Tennessee....I decided to try the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies again. Not sure why, other than I had peanut butter and chocolate chips leftover from making them before Christmas - and I was convinced I could make them better than I did the first time. Boy howdy was I right. They turned out great....which is probably a really bad thing since I've decided I'm going to try to eat right and workout more this year. Oh well....what can you do....
Hmmm...look at that gorgeous texture, would ya?
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in the peanut butter chips. Place sprinkling sugar on a plate. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into the sugar, then onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for expansion. Using a fork, lightly indent with a crissscross pattern but do not overly flatten cookies. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cookies may appear to be underdone, but they are not.
Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely.
Dude, you gotta go see these now. Duuuude, forget about work and do it now! Deeeewwwwwde, I understand, best to read my blog from home then.