Sunday, February 23, 2014

Weekly Reset

I am trying something new today. I have been thinking about how I feel the need to reconnect with my blog and the blogging community and with my reading time being cut back since I started here, my reviews have also been cut back but I still love talking about books. I also have been trying to adjust since my work schedule is so absurd (I work 45 hours from Wednesday - Saturday and have Sun, Mon, Tues off...random right?) I have had to adjust my post schedule and the memes I participated in. Since Sunday is the first day of MY weekend and also the first day of the week have decided to try what I am calling my Weekly Reset. It is a time for me to look back on my week and share a little piece of it with you--in a focused manner--because my Sunday exhaustion typically leads to either minimal brain function or excessive rambling...I'm sure you can't tell. And then move on to the next adventure. I love reading Kim's "Currently" posts over at Sophisticated Dorkiness and they gave me inspiration for my own format (thanks Kim, I hope you don't mind) so we'll see where this takes me.

~currently involved with~  I am reading Stillwater by Nicole Helget for a blog tour that I will be participating in soon. I also have Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran as a standby to pick up and get a few pages in while I eat my breakfast. 

~moving on from~  Work last week was especially crazy I managed to leave last night with only 2 extra hours added to my normal 15 hour Saturday, rounding it to a painfully lovely 17 hour work day. I'm happy to move on to my 3 days off. 

~taking with me~  Apparently I am taking a mug with me today (temporarily). I was at my fave local coffee shop just sitting outside, listening to music, and lost in what I was writing when I decided it was time to go. I got up and was going to return my "for here" mug but the door was locked. They had closed 15 min earlier and I didn't even notice. I don't know if the lady working forgot that I had a mug or knew that I visited enough it would be returned. Either way, it will have a home with me tonight and I will have just one more reason to get coffee tomorrow when I return it. 

~quote of the week~  "Mom." So simple, not even a sentence, just a word. This was what one of my boys called me this week before throwing his hands over his mouth, mortified. We were cleaning the kitchen with one other boy and it was just an innocent slip but coming from one of the teenagers I work with it was hilarious and sweet. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Weekend waffles, the MIL edition

The husband and I spent a long weekend with the in-laws and I had my mother-in-law's signature breakfast. Waffles!

For her special breakfast you need walnuts chopped up all nice (my husband was assigned the job of chopping these). 

And bacon. This was delicious but it was even better when we cooked it a little longer...I like it on the burnt side. 

The key is to crumble the bacon up and throw it IN the batter with the walnuts. 

Yeah, the first time I was served them years ago I was all...

But seriously...deliciousness! 

While I went for a standard drizzle of pure maple syrup on mine, my mother-in-law put me to shame and went all out with her toppings. In case you're wondering, that wondrous pile consists of Greek yogurt, banana, blueberries, and a drizzle of honey. I was already 3 waffles in and unable to fit another bite or I may have had to try her masterpiece. 

If you try this amazing food item or have had it before (you are much more creative than me because I would have never thought of mixing these items) I'd love to hear your thoughts. 


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday!

Delicious soup in a big bowl on Sunday. Is that not what that means?
Well I am embracing the fact that the husband is working so I got myself out of any Super Bowl obligations this year. Yay! I hope I don't sound unAmerican. I did listen to the halftime show while I cooked. And I read a few chapters of Lone Survivor this morning which has to earn me a few patriotic points (it counts in my husbands eyes at least). 

So this is what happened...
I woke up this morning to what I thought was our heater making crazy ass noises only to realize it was rain. RAIN!! Oh my old friend how I have missed you. Not just because we are having a scary draught in CA (but thank you rain for any dribble you will give us). Not just because my mom wants some rain to "dust everything off."
she needs to sort out her priorities gif 
 But because I LOVE the rain!  It makes me so happy. so I decided that I was going to allow myself to have a lazy rainy day (who knows how many of those there will be this year) and not feel guilty about not watching the game.
Muffin was excited for the rain too.

The soup was the first ham bone soup I had ever made. I found a good recipe from Damn Delicious and made a few changes as I went. I added some kale just because I wanted some green in it and I had some in the fridge.