Friday, November 30, 2007

What was for lunch this month?

Nov 1....Potato Leek Soup
Nov 2....Tacos
Nov 3....Potato Leek Soup (again)
Nov 4....Tacos (again)
Nov 5....Applebee's with Ana. Grilled Cheese BLT and French Onion Soup
Nov 6....Shrimp with cocktail sauce
Nov 7....BLT at Raffles Cafe inside Mandalay Bay
Nov 8....Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad (Tuscany Grill with Mike who had the day off)
Nov 9....Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Hot Fish, and Sichuan from the Sea (PF Chang's China Bisto with Mike)
Nov 10...Organic Minestrone Soup
Nov 11...Grazing: hard boiled egg, low fat cheese sticks, Sun Chips, clementines
Nov 12...Smart Ones Lasagna Florentine
Nov 13...Hebrew National hot dogs
Nov 14...Smart Ones Salisbury Steak
Nov 15...Baked sweet potato, V8
Nov 16...Smart Ones Dragon Shrimp Lo Mein
Nov 17...Macaroni Grill

Nov 18...Lean Pockets Turkey, Cheddar, Broccoli sandwich thingy....not so good.
Nov 19...Wendy's small Chili and side salad
Nov 20...Wendy's small Chili and side salad (This time with Ana)
Nov 21...Albacore Tuna salad on Triscuits
Nov 23...Thanksgiving revisited
Nov 24...Still Thanksgiving
Nov 25...Enough with the carbs already. Just turkey and cranberry sauce today.
Nov 26...Italian Chopped Salad, smoked salmon
Nov 27...Chopped Salad - BUT - I chopped it myself this time.
Nov 28...Southwest salad, 100 calorie pack baked Cheetos
Nov 29...turkey pepperoni, pepperjack cheese, wheat thins
Nov 30...I'll be out running errands so I'll try to get something at least a little healthy

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Day in the Life...HEY! WAKE UP!

0130..wake up because Mike is out of bed working, let the dog out, take meds I forgot
0213..check the clock - still awake
0302..check the clock - still awake
0358..Mike back from work, cold, provide body heat to warm him[i'm so sweet :)]
0613..first wake up call from Ana - yes, she wakes ME up, not the other way around
0631..out of bed, get dressed, contact lenses in Ana to school
0704..arrive back home, make sure Sam is getting ready Sam to school
0800.."shop" breakfast, pretend to be a spy and do top-secret stuff
0919..go to walmart in search of winter coat for Sam (soccer season is COLD!)
0938..done at walmart - no coat, only a hat ($1.42)
0952..arrive at mall prior to opening - starbucks is open, thank goodness
1022..mission accomplished at victoria's secret
1035..short notice appointment at chiropractor to put hip back in place
1122..finally get to sneak in a shower
1150..check email
1210..receive phone call from friend lunch while reading blogs on my own blog call from Ana, trainer says no practice due to slight elbow injury
1320..pick up Ana from school and go to walgreens(no luck) and smith's for elbow tape
1401..arrive home to ups package on porch - Ana's fur lined hoodie
1525..get Sam from school - lego club cancelled, he didn't tell me
1547..arrive home, get mail, three netflix movies arrived
1620..make dinner - killer turkey hash (the cookbook's name, not my opinion of hash) dinner, pretty good, but not "killer"
1720..lay down on the bed and rest for a few minutes, it's been a long day
1730..greet Mike who is home from his even longer day
1753..leave for karate with Ana
2104..arrive home, eat snack
2135..type up blog post so it's ready for tomorrow (another busy day ahead)
2140..check calendar for tomorrow's appointments (doctor and Ana's away soccer game)
2142..take meds(remembered this time) and go to bed

There's a reason my byline is "The minutiae of the life of a housewife." This stuff is boring!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Are You Ready for a ZOMBIE Attack?

Are you ready for a ZOMBIE attack?
Your Result: Badass

In the event of a zombie attack, you will single handedly defeat the zombie hoards at the cost of family, friends, and anyone who gets in your way. Way to go, a--hole.

Dead From the Start
A Hindrance
Are you ready for a ZOMBIE attack?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

I think the boys would be proud. Not because I'm a Bad@$$, but because I actually bothered to TAKE A QUIZ about Zombies.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Opening Day

Ana is on the far right of the photo.
Women's Soccer is a winter sport.
I can hardly wait for next year when it is a fall sport.
It is currently 54 degrees.
That makes for very cold tushies on metal bleachers.

She was very happy after the game.
She played very well.
It was her first game of 11 on 11 on a full size field.

We were rewarded with a happy teenager...

and a beautiful sunset.
Never mind the pole in the middle.
I don't own PhotoShop.

Stay Tuned

Ana's first high school soccer game is this afternoon.
The post will be late...but it will arrive prior to midnight.
So I can keep my NaBloPoMo word.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Bah Humbug

I've been trying for hours to find pictures of Christmas tree from different parts of the world.

It's been like the rest of my "holiday season" experience.

Not going well.

At this point, I give up and share the only photos I was able to find.

Let's start close to home at the Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

I found a photo of a tree in Red Square.

And this cute little Christmas tree from Sweden.

I LOVE that there are real candles amongst the branches.

After my tirade above, I must have been inspired.
This tree is in Queensland, Australia.

Found one in Singapore, too.Should have guessed I could find one at the Vatican!

And my personal favorite...Raffles City Shopping Center in Singapore.

Sunday, November 25, 2007


I've taken some really nice vacations in my life.

I've cruised the Caribbean (more than once) and the Mexican Riviera.

I've spent time in Bermuda.

Travelled to France. Strasbourg was lovely.

I've been as far as Russia to see St. Basil's Cathedral.

I've been to Maui twice.

I'm ready for the next trip.

Call me crazy, but I'd like to go jet boating in New Zealand.

I've long wanted to go on Safari in Botswana, but only if I get to stay in a lodge like this.

Even something as simple and lovely at the Smoky Mountains looks pleasant.

I've wanted to see Angkor Wat since Matt Lauer went there on The Today Show.

Mike applied for a job in Bar Harbor, Maine. Beautiful...but cold.

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. I'd expect to see nuns singing in the hills (even though she was in Austria.)

It's cloudy today. Maybe that explains my sudden wanderlust.

I'm finding posting every day to be tedious. I'm just not that interesting. I'm looking forward to December when I can post whenever something strikes me as "post-worthy."

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Through the eyes of Sam

I asked Sam to be in charge of the camera on Thanksgiving. Whenever I ask to see something through the "eyes of Sam", I am NEVER disappointed. He has the most unique perspective on life I've ever encountered.

At some point during the day, I asked him to take the garbage out to the garage.

This is what he saw.

The following two pictures are what I consider to be his best work of the day.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Let's go Shopping Again

This time in fantasy land...

Let's start with another decanter.
I tell you...something is MISSING
since I have to drink my red wine
without proper aeration.

If I had a laptop, I could blog anywhere!

I'd like a smaller camera. I like the Canon I have now but this one is smaller and would fit easily in my purse so I could take pictures ALL THE TIME!

A Ferrari sweatshirt... I never would have
thought of this on my own but I saw it at the Wynn.

I own this necklace.
I think I need the matching bracelet.

I have a robe, but not one made of cashmere.

A pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans would be great.
At $246, I guess I'll stick with Levi's.

A Tag Heuer watch. Pretty, functional.

Who pays $2200 for a watch?
No one who's likely to give me a gift!

If I'm going to have the watch, I need an approprite hand bag.
This one will do nicely!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Poem

We are the seeds of the tenacious plant.
And it is in our ripeness and fullness of heart,
That we are given to the wind,
And are scattered.
Curtis Schroff

This poem was written by a friend of my sister when she was in high school.
I memorized the poem after his death at FAR too young an age.
He was just a teenager.
I found the poem meaningful and inspiring then...

And I still do to this day.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


The catalogs are still coming on a daily basis.
I'm no longer browsing.
They go straight to recycle.

Monday's offerings:
Doctors Foster and Smith
Harry & David
Hickory Farms
The Orchards of Hickory Farms
The Sharper Image
Victoria's Secret

Tuesday's offerings:
Fairytale Brownies
Home Bistro
Tiffany & Co.

Wednesday's offerings:
Coldwater Creek

A slow catalog day. We must be mostly done. No mail tomorrow. Just turkey!

Last Night...

...I didn't ride my stationary bike.


I did sit in my spa.
By myself.
With a glass of wine.
Under a moonlit sky.
Gazing at the stars.

I didn't improve my cardiovascular fitness.

But I did great things for my psyche.

I'm a very content woman.

And, I'm happy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


This week Ana made the Coronado Cougars Junior Varsity soccer team.
She has been named a co-captain.
I think that's pretty impressive for a freshman.

Monday, November 19, 2007

In case you care...

Recently, my car windshield has been attacked by whiteflies.
I was unaware that whiteflies hung out in Southern Nevada.
I've never seen them in the more than 9 years of living here.
I saw them in Arizona.

They were YUCKY!

Two Hundred Calories

Starbucks Non-fat Caramel Macchiato....................190

Two "One hundred Calorie" packs (any two will do)...200
My favorites are:
Orville Redenbacher Kettle Corn
Keebler Grasshopper Cookies
Baked Cheetos

Smart Ones Dragon Shrimp Lo Mein.............240
A little over...but worth it! Yum!
Wendy's Small Chili...................220
What's 20 calories?

Wendy's Side Salad with Caesar dressing....................160
Two eggs, scrambled.............................................. 75
Dairy Queen Child's Dip Cone: Vanilla in Butterscotch....200