I admit, I like blogging. Now I am not as prolific as my sister-in-law or some other blogs that I follow but I do truly enjoy writing one. It’s fun to pop on-line and scribble out your thoughts. Embarrass your children and husband, lament or glorify your job, post recipes or even just ramble. Now that it is winter and things are slowing down while I would like to think that I will blog more, I cannot make that promise. This winter has been crazy here in Ohio. We’ve had snow and wet and very limited sunshine. Though today would seem to be the exception to that rather than the rule. Today sunlight is pouring into my office practically blinding me and keeping it at an overall temperature of about 80 degrees. Now as someone who likes to dress for the weather (love those winter sweaters) an 80 degree office is somewhat overwhelming. So I open a window, and my employees moan and groan. Lamenting the cold. And how it isn’t right for me to open my windows when it is 39 degrees outside. And to them I say…get over it. They love me anyway (ha ha ha). Usually I end up shutting my office doors to avoid sending a draft everywhere. And normally they just crank up the heat. See future blog on being Green (lol). Anyway that is all for today. More tomorrow…maybe.
I love this time of year and I wait patiently for it to arrive every year. The time when the children (girls specifically) come to the office with their Girl Scout Cookie order forms. This year one of my employees almost sent them away after placing his order. I asked him what was wrong with him and told him that he could not possibly deprive the rest of us of the yumminess. This would be the same employee who we actually had to contact the sales girl again because he realized after she left that he had not ordered enough cookies. As these are a once a year item, I can say I totally understand. We were then joking around about the cookies we ordered and how long they would actually last. Personally only ever order one box of samoas because I can scarf them down within hours of their arrival. In fact samoas rarely make it out of the office. Now thin mints, on the other hand I tend to hoard away. Most of the time I just don’t take them home so that I don’t have to share them with anyone. Not kind, I know but it’s not like I don’t by cookies for everyone else because I do. I buy tagalongs, dosido’s and trefoils. So I comfort myself by saying that I am sharing. Nothing like a yummy Girl Scout Cookie.
So we are now if not well into the New Year we are at least chugging along nicely. Both Cass and Ingvild are working their way through mid terms (ugh) and of course Ms. Bean is just happy to be oblivious to such things. Though she did write Ingvild a nice little note wishing her luck on her exams. Both girls decided we need to go to Chicago again last night. Ms. Bean because she wants to see Lego land and Ingvild because she has family out that way. Don’t know that it will happen but can’t say definitively that it won’t either. Guess it will one of those surprise things. Ingvild also wants to go the Toledo Zoo so she can see the underwater hippo exhibit. I think perhaps that is a little more likely than Chicago. But again you never know. Lots to do these busy winter weekends. Need sometime to relax. A friend observed that weekends don’t even feel like weekends anymore because there is always so much to do. Guess its just a matter of making the time. Oh well, more later.
Here we are again at the start of a New Year. And while I am still trying to figure out where last year ran off too and cannot say I am altogether sorry to see it go. I am happy to be celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary this month and looking forward to an exciting 2010. We are getting ready soon to start looking for our 2010-2011 exchange student though I believe it will be difficult to find one as wonderful as Ingvild. We have been quite spoiled by her good nature and thoughtfulness. And while I anticipate like any child that comes into ones life that our hearts will grow to accomodate them I expect many tears come time for her departure in June. I also expect PC to pack herself into Ingvild’s suitcase so she can go off to discover the great white north. Much like Ms. Bean, PC has completely adopted Ingvild into our family. I fear Ingvild will be cleaning cat fur off her clothing for many years after her return home.
Yeah I have been getting the blues for not posting in a while. Sorry people been a bit busy…but I am back and only 7 days until Christmas. The other thing I am hearing about is my lack of Christmas cards. You know the ones people haven’t received yet. But there is hope, I am on a forced more or less (the whole use it or lose it thing) vacation thru the end of the year. Can’t complain though because of course I am getting paid for it. However I fear the mice have already started playing in my absence. We will see. But with that said it is now time to enjoy the Christmas holiday. Still have some cookies to bake, possibly a gingerbread house to make, and then there is the decorating on which I am way way way behind. Got to get busy. Presents to wrap, books to read, swimming for one kid and studying for another. Although I am not sure AR reading counts as studying, nor does flute, recorder or guitar practice. But we will make it thru. As the reindeer in Prep and Landing says “laughing all the way”. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
Yeah, its my favorite time of year. I just love Thanksgiving. Turkey, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, yum yum yum. But the more important thing is the thanks and it took my exchange student to remind me. So taking a page from her book I am going to give thanks for all those around me. First, people who remind me of the important things like giving thanks for what I have. Secondly thanking God for all the good he has given me. Thirdly, thanking those I love for being just that those I love. So share with me what are you thankful for? I look forward to hearing from you all. And remember to give thanks.
Yeah, I know I have been neglectful of my blog of late. Due in large part to the fact that we had our annual MOR/audit at work. 65+ hour work weeks make for a nice paycheck but precious little time for anything else. That includes, children, husband, reading, writing, cooking well pretty much anything but work. Such a drag. Anyway, I am back now and have been having fun cooking again, we had super yummy sausage and lentils (an all time wade favorite, who knew he would like lentils, but he does), then he and Ingvild made some supremely yummy potato soup from the P is for Potato cookbook. Everyone enjoyed that sometimes you just need comfort food. I don’t really know what else I will be whipping up but I did pick up some Nestle Dark Chocolate and Mint chips. How good do those sound? And have found some really cool new recipes so I will be keeping everyone posted. Its good to be back.
Saying goodbye to a loved one when they leave us is very difficult. There is no one way, right way, wrong way, easy way to do it. Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. You cannot judge how someone deals with the situation. Because we all deal differently. I am experiencing the death of someone who was very dear to someone I love very much. And while I am sad for the loss of the person in my own life I am more sad for those who I love who have to live with that death.
And with it come the crazy Ohio temperatures. As Ingvild pointed out tonight when we were shopping. She was able to ride to school this morning in her shirt sleeves. Yeah, I said but look out the bottom is going to fall out of the temperature next week. It’s crazy. Well much like my one coworker, fall is hands-down my favourite time of year. But I have to agree with a comment she made today which is the fact that there is always something going on at work to ruin it. For example, our upcoming Assisted Housing Inspection. It kind of wrecks all of fall and most of winter. But I am going to make a concerted effort this year not to let that happen. So pray for me, for us, for work. I am all about the happy fall things, pumpkin spiced lattes and pumpkin pie. Butternut squash, cider, apples, you name it, if it has something to do with fall I am all about it. Making a very large effort to keep a positive outlook. Looking for those silver linings.
Oh the joys of going to the farm in the fall. Fresh veggies abound and we are always sure to come home with a 5 gallon bucket of something. Today it was fresh corn, potatoes, summer, butternut and spaghetti squash. Along with some pumpkins for the girls. Ingvild (who’s never had pumpkin pie) asked if the pumpkins were the kind you used for pie. I told her no that they were the kind you use for Jack-O-Latterns. I think something got temporarily lost in translation but then her eye lit up and I knew she knew what I meant. We had yummy pork roast for dinner with fresh corn on the cob and because currently we are being overrun with onions (no complaints) I made onion rings. And then because I had left over batter some fried zucchini. Yum, yum, yum. But then again I remembered why I don’t fry things so often. I hate the smell once you are done. So regardless of how good it is, it just isn’t worth the smell to me. So now the search is on for what to do with the various squashes. I have found a yummy looking recipe for the butternut squash. It’s on the Simple Recipes blog. Can’t wait to try it out. I found something else on FoodNetwork that looks like it might be good with the Spaghetti squash but I will have to keep you all updated. I keep adding fun new links to my blogroll of places I find good recipes. I like to try and share the wealth.