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12.27.2006,12/27/2006 03:34:00 PM
Happy Birthday, My Dear Husband!!
My wonderful, fabulous, extraordinary, darling husband is celebrating his 32nd birthday today! Woo hoo!

He has today and tomorrow off, lucky bastard, so this morning I jumped back into bed with him after getting mostly ready and said, "Today's my favorite day!"

He replied, "Why's that?"

I said, "Because you were born today! And if you hadn't been born I never could have married you!" (my thought processes were a bit slow this morning, so it sounded way more eloquent in my head)

So, happy birthday, DH. I don't know what I would do without you. *kiss*
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12.20.2006,12/20/2006 10:07:00 AM
Brought to you by the Letter "S"
My lovely friend Poppy gave me the letter "S" and challenged me to think of 10 things I love that start with that letter. I hope I can think of 10, but here goes....

1. Stoli
Ahhh, vodka. Vodka is my favorite liquor, especially since it goes into my favorite drink, dirty martinis! Yes, I know that a traditional martini is made with gin, but I can't stand the stuff, personally. Too bad I have to abstain from alcohol at the moment due to this medication I'm on. :(

2. Sneezing
There's something very therapeutic about sneezing. I tend to quickly sneeze twice in a row, semi-loudly, and DH always waits until the second sneeze to say "Bless you!" Of course, there are times when I sneeze only once, and I'm left hanging, but generally, I sneeze twice in a row.

3. Sex
How could I have the letter "S" and not mention sex! It's fun (duh,) relieves stress, and brings you closer together as a couple, pardon the pun.

4. Sunbeams
They're warm, comforting, and I enjoy watching the kitties loll about in them on Saturday mornings, which leads me to...

5. Saturday
My favorite day of the week! The day where you can sleep in and not have to worry about getting up for work, have a leisurely cup of tea while watching the Food Network or HGTV....pure bliss. Of course, when the kids start coming, it will be a different story, but for now I relish my Saturdays.

6. Salsa
MMM, I love salsa. It goes with just about everything. One of my favorite ways to eat it is on a wheat tortilla, with cream cheese and turkey. Wrap it up and you have a tasty yet filling snack or make two and you have a light meal!

7. Smallville
I love this show. I can't believe that we hadn't watched it before this summer. Admittedly, the first season started out a bit slow, but then it picked up and has been a wild ride ever since. Currently DH and I are waiting for the fifth season discs to become available on Blockbuster Online.

8. Sharp cheddar cheese
My most favorite of all the cheeses. My particular favorite is Cabot's Extra Sharp. My sister and I call this "The Best Cheese in the World!"

9. Science Fiction
I used to scoff at this genre, thinking that it was all cheesy space monsters and tinfoil robots. Until I started reading Robert Heinlein, and I was hooked. The obsession has bubbled over to television, too, and I'm now a fan of Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, and, as much as I hate to admit it, Dr. Who.

10. Stars
No, not the ones we read about in the gossip magazines-I'm talking about the celestial bodies themselves. I love looking up at the stars, especially when I'm in a place with little light pollution. You can see just about every star up in the sky, and it truly is a beautiful sight.
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12.19.2006,12/19/2006 08:02:00 PM
Casserole Time!!
Liz and Bearette requested the recipe for the broccoli-rice casserole a while back, and I am now posting it because I have a picture to go along with the recipe!

Courtesy of Kraft, but I've made it for so long that I just throw stuff in a pan! (Click on the photo to enlarge)


Broccoli Rice Casserole

INGREDIENTS

* 1/2 cup chopped onion
* 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
* 2 cups cooked MINUTE White Rice
* 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
* 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli, cooked, well drained
* 1 cup CHEEZ WHIZ Cheese Dip (I use the whole jar--more cheese the better!)
* 1/2 cup fresh bread cubes

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook and stir onion in 1 Tbsp. of the butter in large skillet on medium heat until tender.
2. Add rice, soup, broccoli and CHEEZ WHIZ; mix lightly. Spoon into 1-1/2-quart casserole. Toss together remaining 1 Tbsp. butter, melted, and bread cubes; sprinkle over casserole.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

The recipe calls for baking the casserole along with bread crumbs, but since it's going to be sitting in a fridge all morning until the luncheon tomorrow with no oven to reheat it, I'm leaving it as is and will reheat in the microwave at lunchtime. It still tastes good, though!!

If you make it let me know how you like it!!! My sister-in-law specifically requested I make it again this year for Christmas!
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12.18.2006,12/18/2006 10:46:00 AM
Times, they are A-Changin'
Thanks so much, everyone, for all of the warm comments about the new casa! DH and I are very excited about it, and can't wait for January 26! Some of you asked about the particulars of the house, and here they are:

1933 sq. ft.
3 bedrooms
2 baths

Separate shower/tub in the master, split plan (meaning that the secondary bedrooms are on the other side of the house from the master,) nice-sized back yard, two living areas, kitchen open to family room, and breakfast nook.

The inspection went well, aside from a few minor issues, and our realtor has gone back to the seller with the things that need to be fixed and ask that he repairs them before we move in. We'll see what he comes back with.

But, you know, it seems that when things in my life change, boy, do they change! Why, you ask? Well, as of December 29 I will no longer be employed with my current company. I accepted a position with an application service provider as an Account Executive and gave my two-week notice on Friday. What is an application service provider? Well, basically this company creates software applications for businesses, such as database systems, etc. and hosts them, too.

Here's how it happened: About a month ago, I got a call from said company (I worked with them at my previous job--the one where they booted me,) saying that they had an opportunity I might be interested in. The division I would be working for had grown exponentially after I left my previous job and had become the company's #1 selling division, and they were needing people to manage these clients and basically be the liason between them and my possible new employers. Seeing that I already had experience with the software they provide, they came to me to see if I was interested.

I told them no.

Twice.

You see, I was (still am) very happy in my current position, and I wasn't sure if I wanted the added responsibility this new job would provide, with us planning to start a family and all that jazz. Plus, I'd essentially be managing the same people who gave me the boot a year and a half earlier, and I didn't know if I wanted to work with them again. So, after saying no the second time, the VP of the division called me, and said, "What will it take to get you to come work for us?"

This got me thinking. Yes, I love my current job. The people are great, it's not too stressful, and the commute is relatively easy. BUT, it's not always the most challenging job, and I really have nowhere to go, since it's a small company--I'm pretty much stuck where I am. The new position would be quite a bit more money (25% pay increase + commission,) the work is mentally challenging, and I have the opportunity to grow within the organization as well as telecommute 3 days a week. So, I gave it another chance, and met with the VP.

I said, "This is what I'd be willing to leave my job for." They said, "Okay" (this is very abbreviated) and I accepted. I start the new job January 4, and will be working at the office for the first couple months or so, getting retrained on all the software, getting to know the clients (I don't believe I'll have to work with the company that booted me, although a former co-worker thinks it would be very funny) and learning the way the organization works. After that, I will start working from home! How crazy is that??

Then again, it's not going to be easy leaving my current job. I have been so happy here, but, as my current boss said, you just don't pass up this kind of opportunity.

We'll see how it goes!!

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12.14.2006,12/14/2006 03:42:00 PM
Guess What this is??
If you said, "Bdogg and DH's future house," you would be right! (It's a small pic, but I'll put a better one up soon!)

Last weekend we put an offer on the above house (about 15 min away from where we're currently living) and they accepted! Tomorrow I'm meeting with the inspector and if all goes well, DH and I will officially be homeowners on January 26, four days before my 30th birthday. Kinda crazy, isn't it? I still don't feel "grown up" enough to be a homeowner....

I'll post more as we know more!

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12.13.2006,12/13/2006 12:15:00 PM
Something New for Wednesday
I thought I'd try something new for Wednesday, so I'm introducing Wednesday Mind Hump, from BlogdriveInsanity. Enjoy!

1. What kind of weather is winter bringing your area right now?
Winter? What's that?? The high for today is supposed to be 75 degrees. Yes, I know we got a dusting of snow a week or so ago, but did I mention that the day before the alleged snowfall it was 80 degrees?? Bleh.

2. What's your favorite way to warm up during winter?
Well, I usually go outside, since IT'S SO FREAKING WARM HERE. In December! Sheesh! Otherwise, I like to snuggle with my honey. :)

3. Which celebrity would you want to engage in a snowball fight?
Um, well, I've never had a snowball fight, but if I was going to, I would have to say Jessica Simpson. I'd love to lob some snowballs at her head.

4. Tell us about one of your favorite childhood memories of winter.
This isn't a childhood memory, but a more recent one: The day after DH and I moved here to Dallas, it snowed. We had been so stressed that day because of the move, and, exhausted, went to sleep on our mattress on the floor in our new house the night before Valentine's Day. I woke up at about 5am to go to the bathroom, and saw that the light outside was rather diffused. I peeked out the blinds, and a blanket of white covered the entire landscape. It was so beautiful.....then, later on that day, we went out to get food or something, and there were all these snowmen in the neighborhood. One of them had a croissant for a mouth--whoever did that was very inventive. :)
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12.12.2006,12/12/2006 01:10:00 PM
three(3) things
Stole this from Belle, who was tagged by Bearette....you know the drill. Feel free to pilfer if you like!

3 things that scare me:
-Losing a loved one unexpectedly.
-Spiders.
-Heights.

3 people who make me laugh:
-DH - every freakin' day
-My brother
-The entire cast of South Park - I've just rediscovered that show and it kills me!

3 things I love:
-Food
-Being with friends/family
-Reading

3 things I hate:
-Exercising
-Bananas - the actual fruit. I love banana bread and strawberry/banana yogurt. Go figure.
-Shitty drivers

3 things I don't understand:
-Anything related to math
-Certain male mentality
-Mortgages

3 things on my desk:
-My computer
-Soda bottle
-My new purse!! (DH bought me a new Kate Spade for Christmas!)

3 things I'm doing right now:
Typing, chewing on a pen and working on stuff

3 things I want to do before I die:
-Go to Europe
-Have children
-Get my Master's in Library Science

3 things I can do:
-Spout trivia like nobody's business
-Bake and cook
-Say the alphabet backwards

3 things I can't do:
-Dive off the high dive--well, dive anywhere for that matter
-Do the "rr" sound in Spanish. I've tried for 15 years, and it's just not happening
-Drink tequila--well, I can, but it's not pretty the next day

3 things I think you should listen to:
-Any Christmas carol by the Robert Shaw Chorale
-nine inch nails
-Justin Timberlake

3 things you should never listen to:
-Paris Hilton
-People who belittle you.
-Bill O' Reilly(I gotta go with Belle on these)

3 things I'd like to learn:
-To play the cello
-To speak Spanish better
-To fix my own car

3 favorite foods:
-TACOS!
-Lamb kebab sandwich & hummus
-Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

3 beverages I drink regularly:
-Water
-Tea
-Diet Coke w/Splenda

3 shows I watched as a kid:
-Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
-The Price is Right
-The Smurfs
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12.05.2006,12/05/2006 09:25:00 PM
Come Fly the Coked-Up Skies
This past weekend DH and I traveled to Lubbock to visit my dad & stepmom. We try to see them at least twice a year, but we especially like to visit at this particular time because it coincides with my dad's birthday (he turned 59 on Saturday) and it kind of kicks off the Christmas season for us.

Because of time constraints, and the fact that we've done so much driving over the past few weeks that I'm about ready to fall over, we decided to fly this year, so we could spend more time with my dad & stepmom and less time driving. Our flight was scheduled to leave around 7pm on Friday, and we got to the airport no problem, I got an "A" from the TSA guy because I had everything like it was supposed to (yay me!) and we got checked in with only minor problems (DH happened to be on the "watch" list--he happens to have a VERY common name, and his dad, who has the same name, just happens to be doing a lot of overseas traveling as of late.) Got to the gate, boarded our flight, and sat there.

Apparently, because of the snowstorms and the cancelled flights the day before (why is it that I always seem to fly on or around days where shit goes down?) a flight from Tulsa was delayed getting into Dallas and we were "just going to wait two or three minutes until those passengers could connect and get on this flight." Never mind that this flight was fullfullfull, the seats are kinda small, and it was getting hot in the cabin, and on every other flight I've been on in the same circumstances, they would have left my ass. But that's neither here nor there.

The two or three minutes turned into thirty.

That was all right. I was cool with that--well, not cool, because it was hot on the plane--but I had brought a book and OK! Magazine and was happily ensconced in the world of TomKat fighting on their honeymoon and Britney going hog-wild. The tardy passengers boarded, the airplane doors were closed, and we took off.

And when I say "take off," I don't mean in flight. Ohmygod, that pilot must have been determined to make up for lost time, because as we were heading out to the runway, this guy was driving that plane as fast as he could, taking the corners very sharply, and being very erratic. Great start, huh? Not to mention that one of the flight attendants (short, long blonde hair, tiny) was sprinting back and forth, up and down the aisle of the plane. Doing what, we have no idea.

All right, so we finally get into the air, and the flight attendants act like they need some Xanax and a nice glass of wine--super manic! They practically threw my drink at me when they came by, and not one of them smiled or really acknowledged us other than to get our drink orders. And the flight was quite turbulent, too, which doesn't really do anything for me, because I have a nervous stomach and I'm not the greatest flier in the world.

As we begin to make our descent into Lubbock, Little Miss Sprinter comes on the intercom and
says, "WeareabouttomakeourdescentintoLubbocksocouldyoupleasemakesureyourtraytables
areupandyourseatsareintheiruprightandlockedposition?" Seriously. I don't think she took a breath the entire time she was speaking. Then ZOOM! Off she goes back down the aisle. When we land, the pilot slams on the brakes and I see everyone's upper bodies go forward, and he continues to drive very fast until we taxi into the gate. And for what? To make up 20 minutes?

All's well that ends well, though, because we had a wonderful time with my dad & stepmom, and we got a couple of really nice gifts (I got a new camera! Yippee!) and the flight back wasn't nearly as crappy as the flight there, although the flight attendants were just as manic. But then again, if it were a ho-hum experience, I'd have nothing to blog about, right?

Well, I'm off to bed. DH is going to look at some houses tomorrow (sadly, I'm unable to get off work because the sales team is in from the field and we're having meetings) so hopefully he'll call me and tell me he's found the perfect house. In order to look at said houses, he is waking up at 4am to get into the office by 5am. It was such an obscene idea that he couldn't speak the time he was waking up tomorrow--he just showed me on his fingers.

Good night, everyone!
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12.04.2006,12/04/2006 09:51:00 AM
Christmas Meme
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
We always had them on the fireplace underneath the stockings.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
We don't decorate the outside yet, just put a wreath. At the after-Christmas sales last year we got one of those pre-lit trees with the multi-colored lights on them. Unfortunately, with all the crap we're doing during the holidays, I don't think we're gonna decorate. :(

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No--I get to kiss someone whenever I want!

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Usually the last week in November/first week in December.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Broccoli/cheese/rice casserole.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
Christmas Eve with the whole family.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I was with my Girl Scout troop and we were shopping at the Galleria. I was on the escalator when one of the girls behind me started talking about how Santa wasn't real. I was about 8 at the time, and was so upset. (I was a bit sheltered...)

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We open all our gifts Christmas Eve, then have "Santa" or stockings on Christmas Day.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
In the past, we'd have white lights with red & gold balls, along with special ornaments that I've collected over the years. I think I'm going to start collecting those Hallmark ones--well, buy one or two each year, that is. :)

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it when I get to stay home. Hate it when I have to come into work!

12. Can you ice skate?
Oh hell no. It's all I can do to stay upright without being on a razor-sharp 1mm blade....

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
The complete set of "Little House" books.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Being with my husband and our family.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
I like the cookies.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Before I moved to Big D, every New Year's Day my Dad would get out his super-70's gold fondue pots and we'd have a meat & cheese fondue. We've been doing it since I was 5 years old and it's one of the things I miss most about living in Houston!

17. What tops your tree?
A star.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or Receiving?
Giving, definitely!

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
"What Child is This?"

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
I looooove candy canes, especially when they're dunked in hot chocolate!
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12.01.2006,12/01/2006 03:58:00 PM
Totally Random Tidbit(s)
Okay, I have to ask a really random question before I head out for the weekend. I was looking at Merrie's blog and saw this really cool favorite songs meme, and her favorite TV theme song is the one from Smallville, which, incidentally is mine as well (not counting Alias, but that isn't on anymore.) Which made me wonder, does anyone else who watches Smallville think it's weird that NOBODY mentioned Pete after he left because he couldn't take the heat of keeping Clark's secret?

I just thought that was weird. Kinda like the Law & Order episode where Claire gets killed and that's the last time we heard about her--Lenny was freaking crying in that scene, man! And NOBODY mentions her after that? What's up with that???

All righty. I'm done being weird...for now!

Have a great weekend everybody!!
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