Archive for December, 2007

Wii Would Like To Play

OMG! How much fun is the Wii? I know I am a year late to the game, but we got one for Christmas (OK, I knew we were getting it since I bought it), but ILOVEIT!!! I have never been a big console game player, but I am hooked. I recommend it.

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Whirlwind Weekend

OMG! This past weekend was so very busy! The son had a party to attend Friday night, until 11. I thought this was a little late for 13 year olds to be terrorizing the suburbs, but apparently I was wrong. I picked him up at 10 and he willingly left, but there were still ALOT of kids there.

Saturday dawned and I couldn’t get out of the bed. There was so much to do, but I had so little energy I didn’t want to think about it. I didn’t get out of bed until 11. Then I cooked a big brunch for the son and I. The canine children would have loved it, but they get no people food. Anyway, the rain hit hard here in Georgia on Saturday. Yay, we need it desperately, but it was very cold and wet. I had to go to the store, so I threw on a baseball cap and braved the inclement weather. I had to bake cookies and I had all the ingredients except for one. Arghhh! 70 dollars at the store later, I returned home. I mixed all the dry ingredients for my cookies, and then decided to go ahead and start the baking process. I did need at least 4 dozen for the cookie swap I was attending the next day. I chose a recipe for molasses cookies, which I got from this site. She has great recipes and I just want to say the cookies were a hit.

So after backing 53 cookies (I counted them), I had a party to get ready for at my neighbor’s house. I made homemade pita chips and artichoke dip, both of which were ready by the time I was ready to go across the street. I had a great time, and met some new people, which is always good. There were jello shooters to be had at the party in a variety of colors. I did 4 through the course of the night and I was more intoxicated once I got home than I was when I left their house!

Sunday arrived far too early. I was in some pain, but I managed to make it out of bed at 1pm. An hour before the cookie swap was supposed to start. I almost bailed, but I had all those cookies to get rid of! I also had a 12 pack of beer to swap. You see, I live in the burbs. There is no denying that. My son goes to school with a great group of kids and their parents are all buddies and do fun things together. The cookie swap is one of those things. Beer, wine, heavy h’ors douevres, cookies. What more could you ask for? Well last year apparently the men decided that since the ladies were swapping cookies, why couldn’t they swap beer? Makes total sense. Well, I think that I am the only single parent in this group of people. So, since the majority of cookie swap attendees are paired and would likely be going home with cookies AND beer, I decided that it only fair that I go home with cookies and beer too. So, I did. The men were glad to have me participate. I drink good beer. I don’t drink any of that Miller Lite crap or Budweiser. I am a Newcastle gal. Guinness is always a treat. So, after the cookies were swapped and before the beer was swapped, I gathered my empty beer box and got in the line for the swap. There was a man standing in front of me who informed me that this portion of the event was for the men. I told him that I was participating and he arrogantly asked me if I brought beer. I hit him with the empty beer box.

No, really, I held up the box and showed it to him. I am sure that he brought the Michelob. Or that gross Chillada beer. I brought Sweetwater 420. Yummy yummy.

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!

Look what I can do!

Mmm, yummy peppermint bark – prebreak….want the recipe? Here it is!

3 bags of white chocolate chips
12 candy canes, crushed
1/2 to 1 tablespoon mint extract

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. As it begins to melt, add the mint extract. Once the chocolate has melted completely, remove from the heat and stir in your crushed candy canes (I use a gallon ziploc bag and a large spoon. Make sure you seal the bag before crushing!). Line a jelly roll pan with wax paper. Pour the chocolate mixture onto the wax paper and spread over the chocolate into a smooth layer. Refrigerate until hardened, then break and enjoy!

Tired

I am tired. I am tired of other people’s drama. Why do people thrive on having chaos in their lives? I like my quiet, regular drama. Drama that I know I have. But I am sick of other people’s drama and listening to all of their bullshit. The only person that I vent to anymore is my poor mother. None of the people that I associate with seem to want to know how I am. If and when they call it is always about all the shit that they are going through.

My newest drama is my teenager. He is a new adolescent, but has been headed there long before his time. Attitude, school work, etc. Today I got a call at work from him. His math teacher wanted to know if I had seen his grade. I guess I was supposed to have signed something that never made it to my hands. I asked him what the grade was, knowing that it wasn’t going to be good. All I got was “It’s the same as last time”, which translates into “I am still failing”.

Just for a little background on this child o’ mine, he is brilliant. The smartest person I know. I was never that smart at 13, or now for that matter. He is in a Magnet program – science and technology is the focus. It is to prepare him for the IB program at the high school he should eventually attend. So, hence my frustration with the failing math grade. He is barely passing his other classes, except for band. He has an A in band – go figure, right?

I am honestly at my frustration level with this situation. So, I wrote him a letter. He will receive it tonight when I pick him up. It includes the restrictions that are heading his way, effective tonight. He will hate it. Especially coming into the Christmas break when he will have all that time alone to do a big bunch of nothing, now that I am taking it all away. I hate it. He could so easily be on the honor roll with very little effort.

Help.

Mystery Topic Challenge

The Christmas Ninja presents The Mystery Challenge #5! The topic was proposed by Scott of Scott-O-Rama, the winner of MTC #4. Below you will find all the entries for this challenge. Please visit and read them all. Once you’ve read all the entries, please vote for your favorite. Members of the forum may vote in the poll HERE. Guests can place their vote in this thread HERE. Voting concludes on Dec. 16th.

Read – Robby Rational: Holiday Traditions
Read – Peter Namtvedt: What are your favorite holiday traditions and why?
Read – Uninhabited Man: Mystery Topic Challenge #5: What are your favorite holiday traditions and why?

Read – Jester: The Christmas Colonic
Read – Leaf Probably: Mystery Topic Challenge #5
Read – Jayne d’Arcy: Holiday Traditions – MTC #5

Read – Zybron: That Holiday Spirit
Read – BunGirl: MTC #5: Christmas Traditions
Read – Some Go Softly: Traditions Are Our History

Read – ShadyLady: MTC#5
Read – Mr President: The Christmas Ninja
Read – Seaguy8: Mystery Topic Challenge: Favourite Holiday Traditions
Read – Geekgrl64: Mystery Topic 5 – What are your favorite holiday traditions and why?

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Mystery Topic 5 – What are your favorite holiday traditions and why?

Trying to think about my favorite holiday tradition, I realized that my family doesn’t have any real holiday traditions.

When I was a child, I remember late Christmas eves driving back from my grandparents house. I remember talk of Santa and his sleigh in the sky that dark Christmas eve.

If I were to decide on something that I consider a tradition, it would have to be late night gift wrapping on Christmas eve with my sister. I am the youngest of 4 and my oldest sister is 10 years my senior. What started many years ago was sitting in the bonus room of my parent’s house late into the night wrapping up all the gifts that we had selected to give our family members. It was always a special time to spend with her. Now, she lives many miles away and no one has the monies to send an airline ticket. I know that she is here with me and the family in spirit and there will be other Christmases to stay up late and wrap and spend time being sisters.

Happy holidays everyone.

Charlie

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Are you the one they call Beowulf?

So, yesterday afternoon my son and I ventured out to the local cineplex to see Beowulf. I was a little unsure about it since it was all CGI.

The I Am Legend trailer makes the movie look awesome, like trailers are supposed to. I hope it is as good as they make it out to be. Cloverfield looks interesting, and I heard that the monster was Cthulhu, but you never get to really see what is attacking NYC, so I am not sure if the Cthulhu info is correct. I leaned over to my son and told him that I wanted to see the monster, and he agreed. We were both disappointed. Back to Beowulf:

Initially the CGI was a little bothersome, but I adjusted. I enjoyed the movie, not really knowing the story. I vaguely remember it being discussed in my senior English class in high school, but that is about it. Oh yeah, the mud show at the local Ren Faire used to do Beowulf in the mud. All I remember of that is calling the monster, “Grendel, Grendel”. I don’t know, weird mud people acting.

Anyway, I liked it. My 13 year old son liked it. I recommend seeing it, especially if you don’t mind video games that are 2 hours long. Happy Monday!

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