Letting in some fresh air

One of our neighbors has just had his yard redone. Doncha just love it when your neighbors are remodeling and there’s work crews going up and down with their wheel barrows and push reel mowers and you have to keep all your windows shut tight to keep the dust and noise out?

Well, the good news is that it looks like work has finally been completed and we can throw our windows open again and let in some fresh air. At least the annoyance level is down one notch. Sometimes it’s the little things that get to you, isn’t it? πŸ˜†

Table for one

Table for one

It feels strange to be eating alone today without my kids. Hip2bDaughter2 is in school and I’ve just dropped Hip2bDaughter1 off at college, and am sticking around to wait for her to be done with her one class today. The traffic has been insane this week so instead of driving all the way home and back, I parked myself at a nearby McD’s.

McD’s was often my savior when the kids were younger but we’ve moved on. We haven’t set foot in a McD’s for like 2 or 3 years now. So it feels strange to be sitting there,Β without the kids, having my second breakfast of the day – a muffin sandwich which isn’t half bad actually and a cup of Arabica coffee which I used to affectionately call dishwater coffee πŸ˜† .

I am reminded that I somewhat enjoy eating alone. Sitting backed against the wall and letting my eyes travel the room freely gives me a sense of an undercover detective in a movie. Back when I was working in Corporate Tower, I used to do that. a lot. I would leave for lunch an hour early, sometimes earlier even. Because I could.

There’s no squeezing into crowded elevators, waiting for my food and rushing through my lunch. I like walking into a food place and feeling like I own it. Somehow when a restaurant is busy, it rushes me into wanting to gobble up everything and leave. Today was nice. A quiet bit of me time to sit and watch the world go by. I do enjoy eating alone sometimes, do you?

Weekly Schmooze #3

Weekly Schmooze #3

1. I swear Raine has sixth sense. Over the past few days, she’s been thinking it’d be cool to sign up for Instagram since it’s now available on the Android. Toying with the idea but procrastinating. In a good way, I guess. Because we woke up one morning and bam, FB has bought over Instagram. Oh well, now I can forget about signing up, she announces. So glad my kids can think for themselves.

2. I swear I’ve never heard any of Gavin DeGraw’s songs. But my lovelies insist I have. When? What song? They wouldn’t tell me but they say it was playing in the car one time on our way to their guitar class and “you didn’t punch the radio”. I didn’t?!! Wow, my kids know me so well πŸ˜† . Yup, I have this habit of stabbing the poor radio if the singer doesn’t agree with me.

3. That’s twice I started a sentence with I swear. Am I swearing too much or what?

4. I’m sitting here trying to plan next week’s menu. As if I could ever do that. You know I’m a cook-on-the-fly kind of person. The funny thing is that the week shwooshes by so fast that you can’t even recall what you ate last week. Can you remember what you ate last week because I sure as heck can’t? All I remember is that I made these oven-fried potato chips (so no need for phenterex) and they tasted amazing with my homemade guacamole.

Weekly Schmooze #2

Weekly Schmooze #2

1. Some dreams have no rhyme or reason. They leave you wondering, what the heck was that all about?

2. 9 hours of sleep and still yawning 😳 .

3. 80’s rock revival on weeknights. Good times! Awesome listening to people who can actually sing. Strange new appreciation for songs and singers I didn’t quite like before.

4. To reduce stress, I say carry fewer mobile devices and you won’t have to spend half your time looking for them, wondering if someone stole them and crying when you find out it’s really gone and you’ll never get it back. No brainer, right? Not everyone is as lucky as Steev.

5. Pit stop at Coffee Bean after our grocery run. Me and Raine’s peach tea. Stealing a few sips.

Quinoa and us, the anti-climax

Quinoa and us, the anti-climax

I’m not sure what possessed me to buy a whole bag of this. But I did.

Yup, you see it right there inside that mushroom cap, peeking out from underneath the layer of cheese.

Quinoa!!

That’s right. Quinoa.

I’m sorry I can’t post a close-up because just looking at it gives me goosebumps! This is the best I can do. As long as I don’t see it, I’m fine. I mean, after all, it’s just a grain, right? And the name sounds so cool some celebrity will name their baby after it, just you wait.

So how was I to know an innocent grain could look so utterly unattractive when cooked?

Okay, here’s the story. I’ve been reading about quinoa. The rave reviews. The health benefits. The disclaimer, I’m not someone who falls for health fads like detoxes or enzymes or electronic belts that can jiggle away your belly fat (huh!), or whatever’s making the rounds on the internet today.

I prefer to err on the side of common sense and I do my homework before I even think about jumping onto the bandwagon. Exactly why I don’t bother with Facebook. Apparently some people (not all) get such a big kick from posting a bunch of bull. And people actually believe that bull!! πŸ™„

Quinoa, now that’s a different story. It’s not an urban legend. It’s not from an email spam written by some 10-year-old kid with too much time on his hands. Quinoa is supposed to be good for you and I thought we could actually be good together. But I just can’t stomach looking at it!

You know we don’t like to waste food. *sigh* So I forced down 4 of those quinoa stuffed mushrooms, Hip2bDaughter2 ate 3 with her eyes closed and Hip2bDaughter1 only managed 1 before she started to gag. We were laughing so hard we almost fell off our chairs as we tried to wash it all down with a gallon of iced lemon tea. Pretty traumatic but funny! πŸ˜†

Now I have a whole bowl left over! No one’s going to eat it. So it’s going to the dogs. Or birds. Literally. I’m dropping the whole bag of it off at the park with a little note to our feathered and furry friends, Enjoy and here’s to good health! Hip2bDaughter2, my animal lover, is going, Mom, are you trying to kill the birds in the park? Or the dogs? πŸ™„ No, honey, they’ll be in the pink of health when they’re done with dinner.

I have a whole bag of uncooked quinoa in my pantry! It’s expensive and I don’t want to waste it. What am I going to do? I’m thinking maybe I should make quinoa dog food for Tyson. Now where do I find quinoa recipes for dogs?

Weekly Schmooze #1

Weekly Schmooze #1

This was supposed to be week 4 of Saturday Snippets but I didn’t quite get around to posting this on Saturday. So here comes Weekly Schmooze which will make its appearance either on Friday, Saturday or Monday hence giving me more time to procrastinate 😳 .

1. One day last week, a stranger rang our doorbell twice within a few hours. Unfortunately he didn’t look anything like Paul Walker or I might’ve opened the door.

2. Not sure how those 2 cars landed up on the road divider. Windscreen of the bigger car had a big old spider’s web on it. Don’t these things have airbags?

3. Almost got a ticket for double parking. Had to run into the store for 30 seconds to grab my baking supplies. The lady officer was so nice she beeped her horn to give all the double parkers fair warning. Saved by the bell. Bless you, woman ma’am!

4. I had no reason to think coffee wasn’t vegetarian until I read the news last week that crushed-up bugs is an ingredient in a very popular coffee. Starbugs, anyone?

5. Had this at Friday’s and am craving it again. The pasta, not the sodium. Think I’m going to cook this for lunch this week πŸ˜‰ .

Hip to be Shopping – Cool Mother’s Day gifts for the techie mommy

The countdown to Mother’s Day is on, well, at least if you want to get an early start. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be shopping for hip Mother’s Day gifts you can get for the other moms in your life, or hint for someone to buy you πŸ˜‰ .


Call to Charm Cell Phone Handset in Red

Each season’s must-have gadget is sleeker and slimmer than the last, but that doesn’t mean an hour-long conversation with your coworkers, clients, or coterie will be any more enjoyable.

Fortunately, you’ve got this retro-inspired handset within reach, which invites you to enjoy the comfort and style of a classic wall phone, while communicating through your futuristic device. Just plug its curly cord into your phone or computers audio port and rest its sturdy plastic receiver on your shoulder. Also available in blue.

After securing your device with a simple snap on its ear, use this kitty’s tail to wrangle your collection of cords. Swinging from your bag by a brassy carabiner with a petite red heart on its chest, this charmingly functional feline is the loveliest way to pounce on every photo opportunity and urgent telephone call.


Armed With Technology Tea Infuser

Preparing a cup of perfectly steeped tea is always within reach when you’ve got this high-tech companion in your kitchen. Designed with a set of curving hinged arms that cling to the rim of your mug, this radiant tea-infusing robot makes sure the flavor is flowing through petite perforations on both sides of its futuristic metal frame.

Add a bit of your favorite loose leaf blend by giving its antennas a twist. When the initial phase is complete, return you state-of-the-art assistant to its coordinating silver tray, where it can dry without causing a messy meltdown. I assure you nothing could be sweeter!


Paw on Me Media Case

When you’re busy leaping from one event to the next, nestle your beloved digital companion in this cute, cat-shaped case. Made from soft black fabric with silvery, stitched features and polka dots adorning its exterior, this adorable accessory cradles your phone or music player with its plush, kitten-soft lining.

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