Friday, July 20, 2018

Stress, I Have It

I mentioned last week that Friday the 13th bit me in the butt. Well it didn't give up on Monday. I had a chunk of shingles come off my roof and they are hanging out in my drain right now.

So I'm waiting to see how much this is going to cost me.

I'm trying desperately to get bills paid off right now.

The whole Mokey situation from the beginning of the year has thrown my finances off.

I had plans to get a new storm door and dining set this year.

Oh well, that isn't happening. Probably not

Now I'm waiting to see when the guy can come and look at the roof.

Like Tom Petty said, the waiting is the hardest part.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday The 13th Bit Me In The Butt

We usually joke about bad things happening on Friday the 13th.

Nothing usually happens though.

Not so today.

A normal work day was disrupted by having to run to the bank in the middle of the day for my boss, and rushing back so that I could take our driver to the garage so that he could pick up one of the tractor trailers that was finished being serviced.

GAH!

Then no end of the day banking that usually shortens my work day by 15 minutes.

Oh and when I went to do laundry, my machine crapped out on me. I had to rewash my clothes, and submit a ticket for a refund, making it take over 2 hours to get everything done.

Oh and one of the cats decided to pull half a roll of paper towel on the floor to use as bedding.

Its been a long day and now all I want to do is sleep or at least curl up with a book and forget about the world around me for awhile.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

My New Bucket List Place

Ok, so I've been reading Beverly Lewis' The Ebb Tide, which is a sweet little work of Amish fiction, and the vast majority of the book is set in Cape May, NJ.

I've not been a huge traveler in my life, but there are several places I'd love to see someday, Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands in NY is one of them. After reading this book, I'm adding Cape May to my list.

I started Googling Cape May last night and I started drooling. I have to admit, I love what I've seen of the Jersey Shore. I've been to Atlantic City a few times for Moody Blues concerts, and anyone that knows me, knows my love for that city, but Cape May! OMG so beautiful!

Lighthouses and Victorian architecture! Absolutely stunning.

I just want to go and take loads of pictures, and sit in the sand and stare at the ocean. Oh and I probably want to drink some pretty girly cocktails!

Its about twenty minutes south of Atlantic City and very near to Stone Harbor.

~sigh~

Now I'm thinking of the Stone Harbor Grill which keeps on popping up in my Facebook feed with photos of their gorgeous food.

Now I have something new to dream about.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Behold My Mug Collection

I have to admit. I love crazy mugs. I seem to be picking them up wherever I go these days.

Marvin is an old favorite. I've had him for years, as he's one of my favorite cartoon characters.

I have to say that takes me back to the 90s when the Disney Stores and the WB stores where in all the cool malls.

Are there any cool malls left?

The donut mug came from Big Lots. The 2 coffee time mugs are recent acquisitions from the Dollar Tree and Rite Aid's dollar section.

Yeah. I love mugs.

A Lot!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Greek Frappe

I used to read a mystery series with a Greek wanna be PI, who was very similar to Stephanie Plum for those of you that read Janet Evanovich.

Sofie always drank Frappes in these books and today I found a recipe for this coffee drink.

Its not like the stuff at Starbucks!

Its made with instant coffee!

I did not know this!

That is until the author posted a video with the recipe for the frappe, done by a very hunky Greek dude.

Eye candy and coffee. Really, you can't get much better than that.

If you're interested in how to make them, click this linky

Now I have to get some Nescafe stat, because this is the perfect drink for this kind of weather, right up there with using the keurig and brewing over ice cream!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Another Year Older

So I turned 44 yesterday in what was probably the most uneventful birthday of my life.

I learned a few things yesterday.

1. I'm old

2. Dining out is no longer my thing.

I'm dealing with #1 but #2 really saddens me. I used to love going to restaurants. I went to Eat N' Park for dinner yesterday. BY MYSELF. OK, so that made me feel like a bit loser, but it was nice to not be "dining with cats."

However, I have been watching my weight for the last year. I lost about 20 lbs but I've been at a plateau for months, mostly because I hate exercise and I haven't been able to walk because of either extreme heat or rain.

I ate way too much yesterday and that's not something I'm used to doing and now I'm miserable.

The only good thing was the food. Spicy pepper pasta was in fact, YUM.

But for now on, I'm cooking and if I'm eating out, I'll stick with sandwiches.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

My Keurig Will Be The Death Of Me

My brother gave me a keurig awhile back and I absolutely love it, even though it makes coffee drinking more expensive.

But hey, what isn't more expensive at this point?

Before I had the keurig, Walmart and most of the stores around me had pods of all sorts. Now its just the same old same old, and I have to admit, I love me some flavored coffee. If its raspberry, then I'm probably going to do the happy dance.

They used to make the pods for iced coffee, now nope? And any flavors you have to buy online.

I hate ordering everything online dammit. Sometimes I want instant gratification.

Thank god they have some good flavors at Big Lots, because otherwise I'd have to get my Angelino's pods shipped more often than I want too.

Grrr.

Why can't I just get the good stuff in the stores I normally shop? Huh? HUH!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

I Ate The World Today, Oh Boy!

Let's just say that Charleroi's Community Days are a detriment to my diet.

Why?

Food trucks and other random food vendors.

OMG!

I think we ate everything.

BBQ chicken kabobs, mac and cheese, onion blossoms, funnel cake, burritos, haluski and halupki.

You name it, we ate it today.

Granted we brought all of that home and we all shared.

Seriously, the chicken kabob was so big that three people could get plenty from it.

The only problem with most festival food are the prices.

Yikes!

Very pricey, but oh so good.

I'm just glad that this sort of thing only happens once a year.

Friday, June 29, 2018

My Life In Music

Around my birthday I find that I always start thinking about songs and the music that shaped my life. For the most part, I still love the same music, I just add on new favorites.

If its from the 60s, chances are I'll love it, or at least like it, especially if its in the pop category. The Beatles, The Monkees, Herman's Hermits, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap..the list goes on and on.

The 70s for me are all about Gordon Lightfoot and David Bowie.

The 80s were my growing up decade, Madonna, XTC, Roxette, Erasure, Duran Duran, (those two I didn't pick up on until 92 for serious love) Cyndi Lauper, Wham!, Def Leppard, Poison...gah so much to love for me in the 80s.

Considering that I was born in 1974, I didn't go for the music I should have and even the stuff that was current growing up, wasn't my favorite. I always went for the lesser known artists. I was never a huge Michael Jackson fan, even though everyone else was.

I picked up on Elvis Costello when he worked with Paul McCartney in the late 80s, but didn't really start to appreciate his music again for another twelve years. That goes for The Moody Blues too.

Now I've picked up on Irish music again. I've always had a fondness for Enya and Clanaad, but now I like the Irish boyband Celtic Thunder. I know they aren't a real boy band, but they are a prefab bunch of hotties that can really sing. I love Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne.

I miss making my mix cds for my birthday but I have no place to play them, as I haven't had a CD player in years.

Sigh