Tuesday, January 31, 2012
1. What’s your variety of apple? Is "apple pie" an answer?
2. Do you prefer Long-English or Field cucumbers? I like just a regular, garden variety cucumber.
3. Tomatoes – Delicious or disgusting? So so delicious. I luv, luv, luv tomatoes and slice them up like an apple with a little salt. Such a great snack!
4. What’s one fruit or vegetable that you can’t stand and why is that? Anyone who knows me knows I can NOT stand banannas. The smell, the texture. Blech.
5. What’s your favourite way to prepare veggies? I eat most, if not all of my veggies fresh (with the exception of corn, potatoes, green beans or asparagus). I love fresh carrotts, cukes, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, etc.
6. Sweet potato pie: Love it or hate it? Hate is such a strong word. Hope about "intensley dislike??".
7. What’s your favourite “style” of French fry? I can eat any type of french fries / tator tots / hash browns. You name it. I do like potatoes!
8. What’s your favourite fruit-pie filling? I like a hot apple pie with cool-whip. I also like key-lime pie and lemon meringue. And hot blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
9. When you were a kid did your parents make you sit at the table until all your veggies were eaten off your plate? Ugh! Yes. It was awful. I refused to do that to my kids.
10. Do you drink veggie & fruit juice blends (such as V8, etc.) or make them yourself? I don’t drink veggie or fruit juice blends (and I've never had a Bloody Mary, either!)
Link up @ Roots & Rings.
Monday, January 30, 2012
These books were suggested to me years ago by a friend at the pool one day. Since the books took place in NJ, she thought I'd like them. At the time, I think there were only a handful of books published, not the 18 books+ out today. They are a funny, light, easy read. The heroine is Stephanie Plum, an unemployed lingerie buyer, who applies for a filing job with her cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman. The position has already been filled but Connie, Vinnie's assistant, talks Stephanie into becoming a bail bondsman. As the series progresses, several characters are introduced: Joe Morelli, vice cop and onetime sexual acquaintance of Stephanie, Lulu, a prostitute; Ranger, Grandma Mazur, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_Plum
I am definately one of those people who read a book and automatically think who would portray each character in the film version. Having said that, I'm not really sure how I feel about Katherine Heigl in the Plum role (please pardon the pun!). I've read all 18 of these books and all the "in-between" books. I've definitely thought of Heigel as more of chick-movie, rom/com kind of actress. Not a tough cookie from Trenton, NJ.
However, I do like some of the other actors/actresses in the movie and think they are a good fit. The guy who plays Morelli looks like I imagined him. Good-looking, blue-collar, man's man (I always thought the guy who plays the plumber on Desperate Housewives would be a good Morelli -- the one who is married to Terri Hatcher's character Susan). The actor cast as Ranger looks good, too. Daniel Sunjata was one of my favorite actors in Rescue Me (I envisioned Benjamin Bratt in this role while reading the books). Sherri Shepherd plays street-smart Lula. I'm not a Sherri Shepherd fan but I think she'd be a sassy Lula. Debbie Reynolds plays Grandma Mazur. I always envisioned Estelle Geddy from Golden Girls as the Grandma (but I think she may be deceased???).
The next book-to-movie I'm looking forward to is The Hunger Games!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
When I had both of my girls I suffered horribly from Melasma (also know as "pregnancy mask" or hyperpigmentation). It was terrible and lasted for several years after each of the girls were born and I was very concscience of it. When we moved to the south during my pregnancy w/ KJ, I was diligent about applying sunscreen daily. After she was born, I did a series of microdermabrasion and glycolic treatments and that seemed to kick-start my skin back into shape. I am also not a sun worshipper and although I love a healthy tan as much as the next person, I usually protect my face at all times w/ either a hat or copious quantities of Clinique City Block. I also drink a lot of water at work and I've been taking vitamins regularly the last year or so. I haven't had a professional facial in years and should probably get one soon (just a matter of finding the time!).
I guess my efforts are paying off because twice in the last two weeks I've had complete strangers ask me my age. KJ & I were at Chili's a couple of Saturday's ago and our server asked for ID. #daymade!!! Then, last night during my pedicure, the nail tech and I were making small talk and she asked if I had any kids. I told her I had two girls and my oldest was a senior in high school. She stopped what she was doing, looked up at me and said, "Wait. What?? Aren't seniors in high school like 17 or 18???" I said, "yes, my daughter will be 18 in July." She said, "Oh My God. You don't look old enough to have an 18 year old!!! How old ARE you???" Now, I don't know if she was just being sweet or fishing for a big tip but it still made me feel good!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Do these girls have any idea what these are going to look like after a couple of kids??? Can you imagine your 85-year old grandma walking around with a freakin' Hello Kitty tattoo on her chest???
Several times T has mentioned she'd like a tattoo. A small, meaningful tattoo. Not a tramp stamp or on the wrist or shoulder where everyone can see it. But something discreet. While I'm not crazy about this idea, I'm glad she's discussed it with us. Cosmo, naturally, is not happy (keep in mind this is the man that cried like an absolute baby when his girls got their ears pierced!!!). She has a couple of friends who have already turned 18 in the fall of their senior year and have gotten tattoos with out telling their parents. One friend has a tattoo on her ribcage. Her mom is going to be in for the shock of her life come bathing suit season. And I think that's precisely why she did it. Her mom is a controlling pyscho and this was her way of saying, "screw you." Oh God! Please don't ever let my girls want to say, "screw you!!!"
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday T had a dance competition at Spain Park HS. This is a HUGE state-wide event and Spain Park's basketball gym doesn't hold a lot so you have to get there pretty early to secure your seat. T & Tins competed in the solo division and both girls placed (T was 8th, Tins was 7th; last week it was opposite. T finished slightly ahead of Tins.). Very proud of both girls! Seven seniors on the Buccanettes and they were the only two to step up to the plate. T loves to set goals and push herself. She welcomes competition and isn't afraid to put herself out there (whether it's dance, lacrosse, a pageant, whatever.). Tins's dance was very elegant and graceful, T's was a bit more contemporary and energetic. The Bnettes totally rocked their hip-hop dance and their jazz routine was the best I had ever seen them perform it.
Meanwhile, Cosmo & KJ were headed to Montgomery for KJ's first volleyball tournament. Her team did great and finished 3rd overall. I left Spain Park and hauled ass to get down to Montgomery and although I missed her 2:30 PM games, I was still able to catch her 4:30 games and her 7:30 games Saturday night. Saturday night she was the clean-up server. We were behind by a bunch, they put her in and she finished off the game and we won! All the parents thanked her after the game because if we had lost, we would have played at 8 AM on Sunday instead of 9 AM. Sunday was single elimination. They played at 9 AM and 10 AM and as soon as they lost that last game we were able to leave. We went out to lunch afterward at Wintzell's with a couple of the other girls and their mom's. It was a very nice weekend because we also got to visit with some of our friends on other teams and we all watched each other's games and cheered the girls on.
We can't escape lacrosse however. In between games Saturday evening, we were in the lobby heading up to our room at the Renaissance when a guy in a tux runs over to Cosmo yelling "Coach! Hey Coach!" It was a Mt Brook parent there for a wedding. His son plays on BamaLax. Then, Saturday night we went to dinner at SaZa's and ran into one of Cosmo's mens lax teammates and his wife.
So last week I had decided I had had just about enough of the negative, obnoxious, judgemental, sanctimonious comments on Facebook and decided to delete my account. It was a hard decision to make because I love keeping in touch with friends and family (especially since we are so far away from our loved ones!). Holy Cow was my family mad at me! Last night Cosmo, T & KJ all told me how disappointed they were that I had deleted my account. When I explained further, they all agreed that I should just de-friend some people (which I think is just awkward and uncomfortable) and I should just totally and completely block others. My 12-year old actually looked at me and said, "Mom. When you deleted your account, you let those idiots win."
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Paula Deen recently disclosed that she suffers from Type-2 Diabetes and has suffered for some time now (insert snarky "What? Water is Wet?" joke here). However, she didn't announce her diabetes until AFTER she landed a paid endorsement with a diabetes medication company. That doesn't sit very well with me.
"Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later," Bourdain tweeted earlier this week. Last summer, he trashed her cooking and approach to the business, saying, "She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations, and she's proud of the fact that her food is f------ bad for you. ... Plus, her food sucks."
I understand Bourdain's point entirely (about the leg-breaking, not about if her food sucks or not). It's like a a big tobacco company who's made bazillions off addicted cigarette smokers switching gears and now making bazillions off smokers trying to quit using the patch.
I am not saying that Paula Deen has diabetes because of her own cooking. However, she's been hawking her cook books and recipes for years now and is quite proud of the fact that her recipes are rich in butter, fat and sugar. Will folks with diabetes see her as a "fellow traveler" -- or an enabler who helped America get fat and still insists her favorites are fine "in moderation?" True, we're all adults here and perfectally capable of making our own wise, healthy decisions. No one held a gun to anyone's head and forced them to make/eat her recipes and I do agree with her when she says, "Honey, I'm your cook, not your doctor."
Last year I read a couple of Lisa See's books, Shanghai Girls and its sequel, Dreams of Joy. I really liked both books and decided to check a couple more of her novels. This year, so far, I've read Peony in Love and Snow Flower & the Secret Fan. I enjoyed the Snow Flower book, Peony in Love, eh. Not so much. http://www.lisasee.com/books/
I also read The Island by Victoria Hislop this month (one of my mother's recommendations) and think I will look into her other books. Last night I started reading A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith (yes, I'm back to historical novels) and I've also got The Leopard by Jo Nesbo qued up on my Nook. I read one of his other books, The Snowman last year and the style of writing was reminiscent of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (The Millennium Trilogy). Haven't seen the Dragon Tattoo movie yet. The book was so graphic and I don't know if I want to see that stuff on the big screen.
I'm always on the look out for a great book! Please share any titles / authors!
Monday, January 16, 2012
The pageant seems to be breaking from tradition and trying to focus on a more natural, all American, all around girl. But the entire show felt really rushed and chaotic. I didn't like the way they tried to interview the girls between categories. And, what in the world was Kris Jenner doing as a judge??? I think former Miss America contestants should be judges. Girls who have been through the pageant system would be much tougher on the girls rather than some reality TV mom-ager.
I finally got to watch The Help last week. I had read the book when it first came out but just hadn't gotten around to seeing the movie.
I think Madonna stole this from Lourdes's closet
Is it Just Me or Does She always Look Mad???
How to Dress Appropriately for Your Age Yeah, I know. I've got Diane Lane on here twice. She can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned.