In years past, I have generally Christmas shopped right up until Christmas Eve. There was always a mad dash for …
I have a confession. I haven’t had much of a reason to post on anything in awhile. Just the same old stuff has been going on in our house (aside from the 35 year old water pipes needing replacing.)
I’ve been working on school things and my new job in finance and thanking God that this election is over. It is over, right? I’ve been planning trips to San Antonio, Seattle and Alaska (all in that order) and possibly a cruise with people from my high school alumni (it’s been almost 20 years, am I really that old?)
I’ve also been shopping, since I have lost 17 pounds and am back down to a size 5/6 (4 at Eddie Bauer). I love Chicos. I have fallen in love with their holiday catalog. In the past month, I have purchased 5 dresses, a pair of sequin covered pants (you can find the link below) and a off the shoulder sparkly sweater….and I’m not done shopping that catalog.
I’ve also been Christmas shopping, food shopping and flooring shopping because the floors in my house look like something out of the Brady Bunch. Everytime I turn into the kitchen, I expect to see Alice making cookies and folding laundry.
Ok, so perhaps I have been busy. A little bit busy. I promise to do my best to post more often, hopefully with topics that readers will enjoy.
For a look at Chico’s holiday line, click here: https://www.chicos.com/store/category/new+arrivals/cat40036/
I have a confession, I cook a lot. Maybe a little too much sometimes. Last week when I was off of work due to the flooding here in Houston, I used the Crock Pot so much that I am surprised it didn’t die.
With all of that cooking comes a lot of leftovers. So much so that Tupperware has taken over my refrigerator and freezer. So, I decided to get creative.
With all of the leftovers, some being eaten again, some not, I have decided to create new recipes with them, depending on what it is. Mashed potatoes turn into potato pancakes, roast chicken becomes soup or Kentucky Hot Browns (if you don’t live in the South and are curious what that is, comment and I shall share my favorite recipe) and braised short ribs gets cubed and thrown into a pot with about 2 pounds of mushrooms and 2 cups of wine, the latter being tonight’s dinner, which, on that note, I have listed the recipe a paragraph below.
I would love to see ideas for how you, dear reader, reuses your leftovers. Any yummy recipes you want to share are welcomed 🙂 Till next time, sooner than later. Yes, I know I have been lazy in my writing….I’ll blame it on lack of coffee.
Leftover Braised Short Rib Stew
2 tbsp olive oil
Half a large onion, diced
Minced garlic, it’s up to you how much you want to use. I used 3 cloves because we like garlic in my house.
2 packages of sliced mushrooms, any kind will do
Salt and Pepper
Leftover braised short ribs or roast or another cut of beef, cubed
2 cups of dry red wine, maybe drink a glass while you’re cooking
2 ribs of celery, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
4 cups of water
3 beef bouillon cubes
2 bay leaves
Saute the onions and the garlic together. Add the mushrooms. Add the meat. Cook until veggies are tender, about a few minutes. Add the wine (not from the glass you’re drinking, that would be wrong). Cook another couple of minutes. Salt and pepper to your liking. Add the celery and the carrots and the 4 cups of water. When the water is hot, add the bouillon and the bay leaves. Cook for about 45 min. Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or in a bowl by itself.
Recently, I visited a local mall here in Houston about 15 minutes from my home. I used to love going to shopping malls. It was so convenient. All the stores I wanted in one place. I could get all of my shopping done in one hour and have a bite to eat. Now, the mall is not so appealing.
Large crowds, screaming children with oblivious parents and those vendors in the middle of the mall peddling everything from cheap makeup to a nail buffer that will magically make your nails shiny. FYI to that salesman, you can buy one of those little blocks at Wal-Mart for .99 cents and get the same effect.
I used to not mind the crowds until I grew older. Now, if I have to go to a store, or God forbid, the mall, I head out for shopping the moment I know the store will open so I can avoid the crowds like the plague. People with no manners, people who like to block the aisle while having a conversation with someone whom they only saw about 15 minutes ago. Shopping carts being left in the middle of one aisle while the customer shops in the next one.
Last Black Friday, news outlets were reporting that malls saw a decline in Black Friday sales because of online shopping. God Bless the online shopping merchants!! Shoprunner is a bonus for me with it’s 2 day shipping for so many stores as well as Amazon Prime. A lot of stores are also offering same day delivery in select cities. Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and local grocery stores as well as Amazon have jumped on that bandwagon. Now, I can buy anything from my house while still wearing my pajamas and no makeup!
So, in closing, no more malls for me. I’m done with it. I’m blessed to have a grown child in my home who hates malls as much as I do and a spouse who doesn’t really like shopping at all. Now, back to my coffee and browsing at Amazon.com.
Well, it’s crunch time. Christmas is next Friday….and I still have shopping to do. Yes, I started in September, but my start was gradual.
I bought things on my lunch hour, ordered stuff online through Zulily.com, and then hit Cyber Monday hard because this gal does not do Black Friday. But now, I am determined to finish my shopping by tomorrow. I have shopped today during my lunch hour, which also caused me to be 8 minutes late to come back to work. Thank God my boss is forgiving. Later today, I will go back out there into traffic and a crowded mall to the American Girl store, and Michael DeMarco, if you read this, I have shamed you and I am sorry.
Like all of my other shopping today where I went online, ordered my stuff and picked it up at the store, I had hoped I could do the same thing for American Girl. Unfortunately, that is a big fat no.
So, I will head out to the mall, and pray for a breezy commute on the freeway, because even though my pride and joy is no longer a child, she has always wanted one of these dolls and I, being the loving parent I am, will brave the store to get her one. Perhaps with my mocha, sans booze and valium, of course.
So, you may have noticed, but I have been slacking in the blog writing department lately. We have been so busy here with work, school, vacations, illness, etc…..and now Christmas is here!
I have been Christmas shopping since September. Trying to ease up the chaos that seems to happen every year. Usually, I run around like a mad woman, making sure all of the gifts are bought, not one thing out of place, spending more than I should, but this year, I have decided to slow down a little. I’ve shopped online more (due to anxiety about crowds thanks to rude people and screaming children at Wal-Mart, aka the mecca for all things obnoxious) and have scoped out sales, shopped during the morning hours and my lunch hour when people aren’t in the stores much and planned out my shopping by lists for each month by using my Cozi app on my phone.
I am happy to say that I have one more shopping trip to make in two weeks and am much happier and more at ease. Cyber Monday with Amazon.com has helped a great deal. Also, I have gone back to college online in addition to working a full time job, so becoming little miss organized, so to speak, is making my life beyond easy. Something I would like to do more often, especially so I have more time for everything, including my blog.
I know this is short and sweet, I felt the need to write this while taking a little breather today. My apologies for slacking, dear readers, and I will post my often.
How do y’all manage your time? Do you use lists? A planner, calendar or phone app? What works best for you?
As a parent, the last thing you want is clothing that is complicated and uncomfortable….even at work. I know that’s how I feel. I’d come to the office in sweats everyday if I could! (Psst….I have worn sweats to the office on a Saturday.)
Well, happy news has landed in my lap today, ladies. Lilly Pulitzer is coming to Target! Fashionable, cute, comfortable and very affordable. Clothes for ladies and kids as well as accessories and stuff for your home.
The line is available starting April 19, 2015, but you can get a sneak peek by accessing the lookbook here: http://www.target.com/c/lilly-pulitzer-for-target-brand-shop/-/N-4ymap#?lnk=snav_0326_lilly_espot_large_3&intc=2412057|null
Just in time for Summer! Happy Shopping!
Working in car sales has its perks. I get salary and commission, employee discounts, paid vacation and sick pay and I get to work with my spouse, which is quite lovely.
But then, work also has it’s days of craziness where customers call in asking questions like, “If I put money down on a new car, will the total price go down?” or “I traded my car last year in August for a new one and now I want my old one back.” Yeah, and I want a million dollars and wine in an IV bag.
Some days at work can be crazier than others and I thank my lucky stars that I do not work in the showroom itself. Thankfully, most customers are delightful and don’t turn my hair gray (it’s already gray enough as it is.)
Other things make work crazy, too. Like an operator who gives you most of the phone calls and then states, “Wow, it seems like you’re getting all of the calls today!” No kidding. Or when said operator rescues a possum she thought was injured in our parking lot (hello…um, they play dead,) then places said possum in a cat carrier and brings it into our office, to rest under her desk. Yes, she’s still employed here.
But, all in all, this job is pretty awesome. My one year anniversary here was last week and while there was no fanfare, there were a few congratulations, which made me very happy.
Even if there are a few crazy moments.
I love my family. I love spending lazy Sundays in our home, watching movies, baking treats and reading the paper with a cup of coffee in hand. Steve and I don’t go out much. We prefer to be homebodies unless we have an occasional event we want to attend or a party at a family members house or an event that Sandra really wants to go to (stay tuned for future post about our trip to Disney On Ice: Frozen.) Occasionally, we go on a weekend vacation to a resort along the Gulf Coast. But, other than that, we don’t really do much of anything. I don’t do much of anything.
I’m not a shopper. I used to be, but then I found that the crowds and obnoxious sales people annoyed me to the point that I just want to avoid the mall like it’s the plague. I like an occasional party with grownups and wine, maybe even coffee with a friend at Starbucks. But lately, it’s like you have to drag me out of the house to do anything.
Last night, I went to a delightful event for Tesla Motors. I made new friends, sat in a car that was much too expensive for my little salary, and ate smoked salmon. I had fun. I met a nice lady who said that we should go to another party sometime. When I came home, I was refreshed. I made dinner for my little family and realized that an occasional “me time”, for even just an hour or so, is healthy.
Looking forward to the next one, even if it is just for an hour.