I wonder how anyone can think the economy is going to get any better any time soon.
I filled up my tank today for $29.00
That's for a little over 8 gallons of gas. My Focus is pretty fuel efficient.
However, as I explained to a family member, going to a concert is going to be getting pretty pricy. As if ticket prices aren't high enough for major artists, parking costs and gas to get to the shows are going to become close rivals.
If gas does hit $5.00 the cost to fill up the tank after a drive to First Niagara Pavillon will cost close to $40.00. And let me tell you if you are traveling there from my neck of the woods, either way you chose to go, will use up about half a tank of gas.
I have a feeling this is going to be another Staycation year. Thank God I have a lot of books to read.
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1. The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin: Sorry Justin, this song bores me to tears, always has always will.
2. The Moody Blues - Words You Say: It would be impossible not to have this epic monstrosity by my lovely Lodgey on this list, especially if I'm picking on Justin. Actually this song also fits on my list of songs that make no f-ing sense. Still boring though it is, it makes me laugh when I play it.
3. Duran Duran - Winter Marches On: This is the worst song on one of their best albums. It is a total snoozefest and it really feels out of place on Notorious.
4. Erasure - A Long Goodbye: Yup, the title pretty much sums it up. On an album of LOOOOONG ambient techno pop, this is one boring boring boring song, not worthy of Vince and Andy's usual brilliance.
5. Elvis Costello - North...the whole freaking album!! Erm...no let me narrow it down: Let Me Tell You About Her. Dear God, I know...this album is brilliant..yada yada yada, but Elvis doing slow Krallesque jazz is a bit of a disappointment for me. This whole album puts me to sleep.
I've been searching websites for stuff I can make in the slow cooker, so that mom doesn't have to cook. I was really hunting for an easy Cranberry Pork recipe, but I found this instead.
Pineapple Pork!! Mmmmm this llooks so good!! I'm actually getting pretty good at this cooking thing, and I really love the crock pot.
Original Recipe Yield 6 servings
1 (3 pound) boneless pork roast
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, undrained
1 1/2 cups chopped dried cranberries
1.Rub the pork roast on all sides with salt and pepper, and place in a slow cooker. Pour in the pineapple chunks and juice, and sprinkle in the cranberries.
2.Cover, and cook 7 hours on Low.
I should have known the day was going to turn out lousy when:
1. The bagel burned in the toaster.
2. Got bitched at, at work.
3. Crazy Save-A-Lot cashier walked out in front of my car as I turned out of McDonald's. Scared the hell out of me, and I missed hitting her by about an inch. No joke the lady was not looking at the light. I'm pretty sure the pavement does not tell you when a car is coming.
I'd say it can't get much worse than this..but there are still a few hours left in the day and I don't want to press my luck.
Yesterday at 3:30 p.m. the sleet started. A few hours later, it changed over to snow. By 11 p.m. the meteorologists were saying the worst was over.
Why then, was my hill not plowed at 7:30 this morning.
Why were the roads horrible at 10:45?
Who dropped the ball on this one?
Did our boroughs and road crews sleep through the weather?
This was one of the worst commutes I've had in the morning, in ages. There wasn't any need for it to be this bad either. It was a wet heavy snow. The kind that can easily be plowed, if road crews were... GASP...working.
I wish spring would get here...I'm losing my patience with winter
Maybe because I just read a book about Marie Antoinette.
Maybe because the Tea Party governor in Wisconsin is badshit insane and doesn't give a fly rats ass about working people.
Then there's the total disgust most people feel for our government as a whole.
This is scary.
Both parties are two far to their respective sides to compromise. They are too busy worrying about getting ahead in the next election to care about the millions of people out of work, or working at the poverty level.
This is wrong.
But most of all it is scary.
I think most of you know which party I associate with most of the time. But right now, I don't think either major party is doing their job, and those Tea Party-ers? Oh dear god, toss them in Boston Harbor where they belong.
There has to be some way to bring sanity back into our government?
As many of you know, Borders filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this week. They also announced the closing of many of their stores, 2 of which affected me greatly. The one I will miss the most is the one located near South Hills Village Mall in the Pittsburgh burbs.
From the time I was in high school I frequented that store. I did so even more when I worked at "The Village" for a time after college, when I aspired to be a retail manager for Kaufmann's. I had a lot of friends that worked in that store. I loved that store. They carried Q magazine from the UK...and I devoured that one like candy for the longest time. They also carried all the Doctor Who mags, which are not easy to find here in the US.
Oh and the music! When I first discovered the store, they carried all sorts of import CDs. Any album I was looking for, I could find there, or they could order it.
It is sad to see it go. I loved that store, and even though in recent years, I didn't shop there as often as I did before, I'm going to miss it.
I finally decided to buy a Smartphone. The Motorola Citrus is a starter Smartphone. I really coveted the LG Vortex, but I didn't want to spend $80 on a phone, especially as I don't use the phone all too often.
My regular cell plan only allows for 450 minutes and 250 text messages. I've now got a data plan though...More than I want to spend a month, but I did find out something that makes me happy.
I found out that if I bring a pay stub in to Verizon Wireless, I'll get 8 percent off my bill!
2 cans tomato soup or 1 pint tomato juice
1 lb lean ground beef
1 minced onion
1/2 cup uncooked rice
2 slices of bread soaked in milk
salt and pepper to taste I used a few shakes of Nature's seasoning to the sauce
Bring soup or juice in large pot over medium heat to a light boil (You may need to add some beef or chicken broth later if it gets to thick so keep one can handy)
Mix ground beef, rice, egg, minced onion and bread.
Form meatballs the size of a quarter (these WILL expand with the rice and bread/oatmeal. Drop in one at a time into the lightly boiling tomato base. Cover and cook on low heat for 20 minutes or until the beef is cooked through. You may need to add some moisture if the rice in the meatballs absorb too much of the juice. I usually add a bit of chicken broth if necessary.
This is definitely a must try recipe! Check out Mennonite Girls Can Cook for more awesome recipes! I can't wait to get their cookbook!
Yet another politician has resigned as a result of a sex scandal. And who knows maybe crybaby Boehner will be next.
Seriously, keep it in your pants guys!
What kills me about the latest one...The REPUBLICAN Christopher Lee was sending shirtless pictures of himself and saying he was unmarried to a woman he met on Craigslist.
Plus Mr. Lee has a beautiful wife and a cute little boy.
These guys should be ashamed of themselves. Mind you, I don't think this should be grounds to leave office, well except that he's a Repugnant Republican, but still. Don't these guys know they almost always get caught with their pants down..or in this case with their shirts off?
Which brings me to the question I ask everyday...and I'm sure Bilbo does too....How many brain cells are there in our government? Is there a full brain between them all? Somehow I don't think so.
I woke up to a phone call from my boss asking for a favor. That favor involved me going to Washington, PA this morning.
I actually got to Target for the first time since Christmas! I also got a wonderful breakfast sandwich at Panera Bread too. Mmmm. Oh and dad got his dozen Krispy Kreme donuts too. Oh and I got the book light for my Nook!!! Yipee!
Yup this morning was all about "win!"
I even managed to get to the YMCA for a half hour on the exercise bike and then went grocery shopping.
I dumped my spare change in the Coinstar machine and got a gift card for Amazon for $18.54! No wonder my purse was so heavy!
Then I made dinner...
After which I passed out on the couch watching Bones.
I think this was my most eventful Saturday in ages! Woo hoo!
Tomorrow I get to make my twice a year visit to the girly doctor. Now, don't get me wrong, I like my doctor. I like her more than my primary care doctor, but frankly I do not like being poked and prodded where the sun doesn't shine by anyone.
I have my appointment at 4 o'clock.
What a nice way to start my weekend!
However it does seem like a fitting way to cap off a rather cruddy week.
I can only hope this visit doesn't result in another colposcopy. I don't have the money for this.
~ note to the elected officials...FIX HEALTHCARE!!
I got a coupon sheet from Ponderosa today and I got to thinking back to when I was a little girl. When my family would go to Ponderosa you followed a cafeteria line from the time you placed your order until you reached the register. And you had your food when you got there!
For awhile, you got a tiny wooden bowl of salad as you made your way down the line. Then the first salad bar arrived. It was tiny and had all the basics, veggies, bacon bits and croutons.
Then the food bar arrived.
The salad bar grew up.
Now Ponderosa is pretty much a buffett with steak and seafood.
It is kind of depressing, because I think the food was better when they stuck to the basics. However they do make great fried chicken!
American Idol has started so lets do an Idol themed meme:
American Idol, love it, or hate it? Tell us why!!
I hate it. I wish talent scouts would go out to the clubs and find the "real" talent lurking in this country. Its out there. Country scouts, for the love of god, sign Sarah Marince to a major label! This girl has a voice of gold! Plus she's cuter than Taylor Swift.
Who is your favorite Idol artist? If you don't like any of them, feel free to tell us why!
I love Carrie Underwood, now that all the Idol crap is over. She really is a great vocalist. Taylor Hicks is actually the next in line cos he's cute.
Who is your favorite Idol judge?
I loved Simon, because he was so damn nasty! Tell it like it is!!!
Do you miss Simon this season?
Can't miss someone if you don't watch, right?
1989/? - Nov 2, 2006
Sleep well sweet prince.
1993 - Dec 16, 2006
Sleep well baby girl
199? - July 21, 2008
Sleep well baby, Itch.
1995 - August 27, 2009
Purrbee was a nice little dog. Sleep well sweet prince
1993 - Sept 20, 2009
Mutchka: The Great Mutchcoweeo, he was always looking for food for his piehole.
May 17, 2012 - June 9, 2013
Blinky Mucker: My sweet sweet binky mucker, I love the Blinky Mucker
April 2, 2006 - Aug 29, 2013
Bootsie: Bootsietardalopasaurus, the invisi-cat