Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Pick

Last night was my Monday night to choose dinner.  Even though I have Greek blood in me, I was a bit afraid of what we might find at The Olive Oil.  I was at the dentist last week and overheard a lady exclaiming how great it was...but you never know.

I don't know why I worried.  Give me olive oil, feta cheese and kalamata olives on anything and I am won over!  The Olive Oil was delicious and the helpings were huge.  So much so that I had it for lunch and will have it again for dinner tonight!  Opa!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bending the Rules

Last night was back to our Monday night dates!  Yippee!!

The rules clearly state that we cannot go to a place either of us have been to before.  However...we both loved the Indian food restaurant that we went to back in November so we decided to bend the rules a tad and go back.  It was yummy once again!

We did agree that if we happen to go to a "repeat" restaurant, we would have to order something new off the menu.  So, last night we got this terrific fried vegetable appetizer.


After dinner, we went to Hubbell and Hudson and bought some amazing sea salt chocolate-covered caramels, dark chocolate-covered almonds, and some peanut butter cups that would put Reese's out of business if everyone would taste just one!  It was a good, good night.

I did have a funny story to tell that I waited to tell Chris until AFTER dinner.  Yesterday I took the boys to the dentist.  I have been rinsing my mouth with straight Hydrogen Peroxide for months (thank you Pinterest!)  My teeth have gotten whiter because of it and I got Connor hooked on rinsing with it as well.  After Connor was done getting his teeth cleaned, the dental assistant pulled me aside and questioned me on our use of the peroxide.  I was excited to tell her how great it was...and then she stopped me.  Sweetly she said, "You need to know about a side effect that some people may have after doing this."  ...OK... "You can develop a black, hairy tongue."  WHAT??  I started laughing and thought she was tricking me.  Nope.  She was serious!

Can you imagine waking up to this one morning???

The up side would be that your teeth would be EXTRA white next to that black hair!!

I've been using lots of other tips from Pinterest and am really hooked on cleaning with straight vinegar. However, if anyone knows of any "side effects" of cleaning with vinegar, please let me know!  I would hate to wake up to my hair-covered stove!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

A Look Ahead

After a wonderful two weeks with family, we got back to reality today.  It's always so hard for me to let go of my boys and reconvene our "normal" days.

However, it's also a bit exciting to wonder what a new year will bring.  Connor is a Junior and I know this year will bring lots of decisions about his future.  Colby is headed to Cooperstown this summer with his baseball team so we will be planning another NY trip!  And, today, I just got the rodeo lineup for this year and I am going to get to see Kenny AND George in the same week!!  Looks like 2013 is going to be good!

One downside though...as we were unpacking from Christmas, Chris was in our closet and heard a squeaking, eery sound.  He looked up in time to see MY side of the closet ripping away from the wall.  Hmmm...

Guess I'll be saving money in 2013 since my closet spilled my clothes-hoarding secret to my hubby!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Spicy -- and not so Spicy Date Nights

Connor got his driver's license in June.  It was a bittersweet moment for me.  On one hand, I was a nervous wreck watching him back out of the driveway by himself and head down the road.  On the other hand, it definitely freed up my schedule!

Both boys have practice on Monday nights at the same facility.  Therefore, Connor takes Colby and I get to stay home!!

Chris and I went to Las Vegas this summer and one of our favorite parts of each day was getting all dressed up and going to a nice restaurant for dinner.  Because of baseball and school, we didn't have a chance to do that much in our "real lives".  Well, now both boys are gone on Monday nights AND I don't have to be the taxi!  We came up with a plan...We would take turns choosing a place for dinner -- however, it had to be a place that neither of us had been to before.

We began this back in October and have stumbled upon some great food:
The first week was Chris's pick and we went to Thai Cottage.  Good food, good service, only two tables of people...hmmm.

The second week, I chose Yucatan Taco Stand.  It is on the Waterway and has awesome fish tacos -- which I didn't know I like until that night.

The third week, Chris enlisted the help of a friend from work.  We had met at the previous restaurants, but he decided to surprise me with this pick.  He came to pick me up and we drove and drove.  As he pulls up to Wunsche Bros. I am having a total dilemma in my head..."Do I lie to him?  Do I tell him I've been here several times before???"  I know that I can't keep anything from him, so I told him the truth. He was so upset but it was still an amazing Chicken Fried Steak!!

The fourth week, I chose Pallottas.  A great Italian restaurant - or so I was told.  We order and get our salad and bread.  When my entree comes out, it has shrimp and not chicken on it.  The waitress takes it back to redo while Chris waits patiently for me to get my plate back.  I'm sure his is cold by the time I get it, but he is too sweet to complain.  When I get my plate, we both dig in.  I'm eating and eating.  I twirl pasta around my fork and a long hair twirls right in with it!  Back it goes.  Chris waits.  The manager comes out to apologize and made mine and Chris's plates over again.  Third time was a charm!  Not sure if this place will be a repeat or not...

The fifth week Chris totally surprised me with Indian food at Bombay Sizzler.  It was amazing!  Since Chris travels a lot, he eats a variety of food but does enjoy Indian food.  One year I went with him to England and it was in Cheltenham that I had my first Indian food.  Bombay Sizzler was a sweet walk down memory lane.
I decided that night that I should be taking photos every Monday to commemorate our outings...

Week six was my turn and I had to makeup for my last choice.  I chose a Tapas bar.  I was all dressed up and Connor walked into the room and said, "Wow, mom.  Where are you going?"  I told him a tapas bar.  He thought I said a topless bar.  He turned and walked out of the room.  Once we both cleared it all up we had a huge laugh!  But, hey, if we start running out of restaurants to go to, we may have to go to a topless bar!  Hee!!

On week seven, we went out of our norm and had sushi at a place other than Uni.  Great soup.  Sushi wasn't bad either.  Company was awesome!

Thanksgiving came and went and we both were tired of eating.  Sad situation.  So for week eight we chose to go to Salata and eat a salad.  I couldn't even bear to take a photo.  :(  Not that the salads aren't good; but nothing about that Monday fit the rules.

Since our salad, we have been on a hiatus.  "Real life" has gotten the better of our Monday nights.  But I am really looking forward to January and continuing our new tradition!

Thursday, December 6, 2012


My boys started watching Duck Dynasty when it premiered.  They would come down and tell me something that happened on an episode and I would think, "That sounds like the stupidest show!"

Some mornings, when he gets up in time, Colby watches TV while eating breakfast.  Last week, he put on a recorded episode of Duck Dynasty.  Five minutes in and I was hooked!  In fact, I left the kitchen and sat in front of the TV and pretty much forgot about getting Colby ready for school!

Chris came home that night and I made him watch four episodes with me.  I can't say he's truly a Duck lover; but I do know he laughs a lot while watching it!

I've also noticed that a handful of my Facebook friends are fans -- and these are classy ladies.  Not your backwoods rednecks.  This make me feel even more secure in my love of this show.

I wasn't sure why I liked it so much.  It is 30-minutes of silliness.  But, today, I found my answer in another bloggers blog.

It truly is 30-minutes of clean, wholesome TV.  That is rare!  There is no cheating, cussing, or killing.  Phil and Miss Kay are frisky and patient with each other after years of marriage.  The wives support their husbands and love their in-laws and are raising what seem to be great kids.  And then there's Uncle Si... It is a family that has strong values and beliefs -- a much needed example for our kids and ourselves!

If you don't believe me, grab you a glass of sweet tea, put on some camo and read this man's blog!


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Parental Failure

It seems I'm not only a failure at blogging, but also parenting...

On a side note, I did spend a while last night reading up on some of the blogs that I used to read daily and haven't in probably a year.  One lady I followed only had a few postings throughout the year.  I was happy to see that until I saw the reason why...she'd had a 4th baby!  Thank goodness my reason is just that I have been lazy!!

Chris and I have done more ordering online for Christmas than actual in-store shopping.  A box came yesterday and I wasn't sure if it was a present for me or a present for Chris because I couldn't think of any other gifts we had ordered the boys that hadn't come.

When Chris got home we both shook it and looked at the return address.  Neither of us was certain who it was for so we decided to enlist Colby's help.  We told him to open the box and then Chris whispered what he would find if it was in fact a present for me.  Colby opened it, looked inside and said "Nope".  So, I whispered in Colby's ear what he would find if it was in fact a present for Chris.  He looked at me and said, "Nope."  Then he grabbed the box and said, "It for me!"  And, yes, it was!!  We all got a huge laugh out of mom and dad's craziness!

Apparently, we need to be more organized when we shop!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Am I OK??

I'm thinking that there may be something seriously wrong with me.

Today is the first day of school.  Normally, I would be counting the days (from way back in July) until school starts.  I would be packing backpacks a couple of days before.  I would be itching to see that yellow bus.  But, not this year.  For some reason, I just was not ready for school to start!

It may have a lot to do with the fact that now that Connor is driving, I really didn't have a busy summer.  I took Colby to his lessons or practices; but, not having to shuttle Connor around made my summer SO easy!  He even worked this summer -- a lot -- so he was rarely around.  That really helped on the whole brother's fighting thing!  Plus, Colby is a huge helper.  He washed my car, helped me clean the house and put away laundry.  He was even my lunch date on many days.

Yep, I didn't want school to start!  But it did.

Today is my normal "domestic" day, as I call it -- cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping.  Today also confirmed for me that something may be amiss with me...  As I called several friends to see how their mornings went, no one was home to talk...  As I walked around Walmart getting groceries, there were only moms with toddlers...

Where were all the moms today???  Apparently I did not celebrate appropriately!

However, there is always tomorrow.  :0)

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