Monday, February 28, 2011


So, yesterday I went to my first Scentsy party. I haven't been to a home party in a while. I'm usually really bad. Hosts love me because I'm the sucker. I plan what I'm going to get ahead of time. I tell M that I'll only get this, so no worries. Then, when it comes to looking through the books, I splurge. I ended up becomming an Arbonne consultant for a year just for the discount. I do love the product, but I'm not social enough to sell. I have also been a part of the Avon, Creative Memories, Tastefully Simple and Pampered Chef suckers. Thankfully I've been able to say no to jewelry parties.

So, what is Scentsy. It is no flame candles. Decorative warmers that function by light bulb (a la Easy Bake Oven). I went planning on getting a stuffed animal for AJ. I don't have spare outlets in our tiny old house, so I couldn't justify buying something that plugs in and serves no real purpose. I left with my checkbook smokin. Three warmers, one in each size and six scents. At least I was able to hold back and not get the really big scent packs. I have one that will go in the kitchen, one in the living room and one in the bathroom. Here's my reasoning, at least what I told M when I got home. I already have candles in the kitchen and bathroom. They are almost burned out and I'll need to get more. The one in the bathroom is up against the wall sitting on the back of the toilet. Everytime we light it, I have to go back in later and wash the wall and seat to get the soot off. It's horrible. So, I guess it was worth the try for me. We have animals, AJ and I love to cook/experiment, so there are always smells in the house. Not always nice ones. Since AJ has proven time and time again she likes to get into EVERYTHING, hot wax and flames seem like a bad combination with her running around. And, they're pretty.

Here's the kicker though. My "friends" talked me into hosting a party next month. Ugh! I have no spine.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

All backed up

I am so tired of watching AJ strugle with her constipation issues. I have looked for reasons that could cause it, and I can't find anything other than what we've already tried. Her pediatrician just says that as long as the Miralax works, there's no issue. Well, Mr. Pedi isn't here when she's screaming in pain trying to do normal body functions. He doesn't see the pain in her face. He isn't around when it gets so bad she literally needs help pushing it out. I've done the poop zit pop more times than I ever wanted to do in my life. I've seen her tear anus just trying to get it out. I am at a loss as to how to help her further. She's on Miralax daily, she gets a high fiber diet, she eats lots of fruit and veggies. Some days are fine, she'll go without any trouble. Then, for no reason I can see, she'll just back up and by three days without poop, she'll be strugling and screaming all over again. I can't figure out what else to do for her. I keep saying I'm going to shop for a new pediatrician, but I'm not sure that would help. I just wish there was a place I could get answers to help my poor girl.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

7 of 75

Against All Odds (Heroes of Quantico, #1)Against All Odds by Irene Hannon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was actually surprised at how much I did like this book. I figured it would be another ebook freebie "meh" type book. A Christian themed romantic suspense. There were some parts that were unbelievable and major ebook typos, but all in all, a very nice surprise.

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Day 10

Something you're afraid of:


I was going to put a big ol picture of one rather than any text, but I was throwing up a little in my mouth trying to find a pic.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

A while ago I bought some cornmeal because I wanted to make my own corn muffins. Well, that left me with a lot of cornmeal and no idea how to use it. It's been slow going, but in the mean time, I'm finding lots of different recipes I wouldn't have looked at otherwise. Here's one from allrecipes


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 cup milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 egg, beaten

1 cup frozen blueberries


1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

2.Sift flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, salt and baking powder together into a large bowl. Dredge the blueberries in the sifted ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the milk, butter and egg. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins.

3.Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Let muffins sit for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
Makes 12 muffins

I baked them for 27 minutes, and they were very yummy.

It will end!

My last post about the snow was pretty dreary. But today I found that an end to winter is in sight


That's it! I''m crying Uncle. I'm done with snow! This past January was the 4th snowyiest (is that a word?) on record. And that's going back 150 years or so. WTF!!!

This is our front walk

Do you know why we had so much snow? Why we'd only get snow in bursts of 6-20 inches at a time. Because our snowblower bit the dust. So, here is our handiwork for the past month
These are 7 foot snow banks. All shoveled by hand. So that's it. I'm done. I even raked a roof for the first time. I never want to have to do that again this season. Trudging through the nearly 3 feet of snow to get to the roof was bad enough, then to stand there and rake for hours. Blah! No more! The groundhog didn't see his shadow and the Farmer's Almanac said that if we can get through February, March looks good. Please, that's what I'm holding on to right now to get me through the next few weeks.

Day 9

The girl in the middle (A) is my cousin and best friend to this day. Actually the girl on the left (S) is also my cousin. I am the one in the back with the crazy Wild Woman hair. I'm the oldest, then a year later came A, then a year after that S. Cousins are the best friends a girl with only brothers could ask for.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Book Challenge 6/75

The Centurion's WifeThe Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm not sure why this is called The Centurion's Wife. The Centruion's Fiance or The Centurion's Betrothed would be more apt.

Anyway, it was okay. Nothing spectacular and I found it really hard to get into. I was close to half way through before it got interesting, and by then, it was only half-heartedly interesting. I more just wanted to finish. There were some good parts, and for the price (free) it was worth a read, but nothing I'll save to read again.

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Snowy Days

There's nothing quite so great as relaxing. I'm sitting in the living room on a day I'm supposed to be at work, watching a cheesey Hallmark movie, while the snow falls and AJ sleeps. AJ has been sick for almost a week, and a sick kid makes for a cranky kid.. The quiet is definitely treasured, plus the bonus that she actually ate solid food today for the first time in 3 days. The snow is supposed to be close to another foot by it's end tonight. So no going outside. I wasn't planning on being home, so no projects need to be done at the moment and I'm out of flour, so no baking to pass the time. Nothing to do but enjoy being home.