Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Here they are:
Now it's time to hit the shower and into bed early tonight. (It's inventory week at work and I have to be there by 5:30 am every day!) Can't wait for it to be over.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
2 cups dates - cut fine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice and bake on cookie sheets for 10-12 minutes.
Here's a video clip of one of Tugger's songs from the Broadway production: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4G8WMbmCJY&feature=related
Friday, December 12, 2008
1 cup molasses
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Tonight was (my niece) Shelby's Winter Band Concert. I am so proud of this girl! She plays the bass guitar in the Jazz Band, the flute in the Concert Band and she's learning keyboard in her spare time! (In addition to that, she sings in the church choir, two choirs at school and was just cast in one of the leading roles in 'CATS', the school's spring musical.)
Anyway, they apparently did the same concert four times yesterday - once in rehearsal, twice during the day at school assemblies and again last night for friends and family. By the time the night was over, my little guitar hero had blisters on the middle three fingers of her right hand from playing the bass all day! She toughed it out though. What a little trooper!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Weather has been super cold for December. Feels more like January or February. I can't seem to get warm. We're expecting a major snowstorm tomorrow afternoon/evening, either 3-5 inches or 5-7 inches, depending on how the storm tracks.
I should have gone grocery shopping yesterday. The fridge is looking pretty bare - not much in there to pack for a lunch, I'm almost out of coffee creamer and there's only a couple of dog treats left, a sure sign it's time to panic. By the way, Coffeemate's Peppermint Mocha creamer has to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. If there was ever anything that could motivate you to drink and entire pot of coffee in under two hours, this is it! They should make it all year long; I wonder if it freezes...
Friday, December 5, 2008
2.the children of one person or one couple collectively
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
- I stopped by my sister's house to look at the damage to her SUV - she hit a deer on the way home last night. (She's okay, but the Highlander's gonna be in the shop for a few days.)
- I went to work from 8am 'til 1pm - got a lot done; I love Sunday mornings - nobody bugs me.
- I ran some errands on the way home - PetSmart for dog food and Dress Barn for 3 new shirts.
- I wasted the whole rest of the afternoon doing absolutely nothing.
- I had shredded BBQ pork sandwiches for dinner.
- I took a long, hot shower.
- I procrastinated some more - the Internet is evil, LOL.
- I am now laying on the bed, watching 'Desperate Housewives'...
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
It's a great day to be a Hawkeye!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The class is really not about scrapbooking or about writing, but about the gathering process. About the remembering process. About collecting the experiences, big and small, that shape us and make us who we are. The stories worth telling. I can't wait!
6 TV shows: Heroes, My Own Worst Enemy, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Survivor and The Unit
6 Things that happened today: my dad died 10 years ago, I talked on the telephone until 2 a.m., I watched a bunch of old home movies, I baked peanut butter cookies, I made chicken & dumplings and am now watching the Iowa Hawkeye football game
6 Things I am looking forward to: seeing the new 'Twilight' movie, Thanksgiving, getting past inventory @ work, Christmas and then, vacation
6 Things on my wish list: to lose 25 more pounds, to cure my Diabetes, to meet Mr. Right, to find a job that pays more and to win the lottery
6 People to tag: LouAnn, Amanda, Steph, Nikki, Jennifer S. and Erica
Sunday, November 2, 2008
2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken from the deli
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 15-ounce can black beans drained & rinsed
1 4-ounce can chopped green chili peppers undrained
1 10-ounce can red enchilada sauce
8 corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded monterey jack-colby cheese
1 8-ounce carton sour cream
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 11 x 7 inch glass baking dish with Pam. In a medium bowl, mix chicken, cilantro, black beans and chiles.
Spread 2 Tablespoons of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Place 4 tortillas over the sauce, overlapping as necessary. Spoon half of the chicken mixture over the tortillas; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese. Spoon half of the remaining enchilada sauce and half of the sour cream randomly over the cheese. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, chicken mixture, 1/2 cup cheese, the enchilada sauce and sour cream.
Cover with foil. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until hot. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake uncovered 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
- I have lost 22 pounds since July!
- My A1C is down to 7.2 from 7.9 in July. (A1C is a picture of your average blood glucose control for the past 2 to 3 months and gives you a good idea of how well your diabetes treatment plan is working.)
- The doctor says that if I get my A1C down below 7.0 I can reduce or cut out one of my medications.
- The doctor predicts that at my current rate, and if I'm 'fairly good over the holidays', I can lose 40 more pounds by the time I see him again in April. (We'll see about that one...)
So, in typical Teresa fashion, I came home and celebrated with pizza and a handful of Dark Chocolate M&Ms. (Oops!)
Back on the diet tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
You know you're from Iowa if...
- Vacation means driving through the Amanas or going to Adventureland.
- Down South to you means Missouri.
- You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Des Moines".
- You know the answer to the question: "Is this Heaven?"
- You know where all the Yoders live (or Andersons, or Van den Bergs).
- You know what "Hawks" and "Clones" are.
- All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit or vegetable.
- You can locate Iowa on the map.
- You've ever been on a "Geode Hunt".
- Your idea of a really great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the bun and is accompanied only by ketchup and a dill pickle slice.
- You say "catty-wampus" instead of "kitty-corner".
- You've never taken public transportation.
- You know what "uff-da" means and how to use it properly.
- You know what "Amish Country" is.
- The only reason you go to Wisconsin or Missouri is to get fireworks.
- You know exactly where "Field of Dreams" was filmed.
- When someone says they are going out for dinner or supper, you know which meal they are talking about.
- You're pulled over and asked by the cop, "Had a little to much to drink, (insert your first name here)?
- You can use the words, 'crik', 'holler', and 'skunk weed', all in the same sentence.
- Your Christmas gift when you were ten years old was a shotgun (a BB gun if you were a 'townie').
- You've had sex in the back of a truck ... amid cows.
- You know that cows don't sleep standing up.
- You're concerned about the rates of corn growth in Illinois as compared to that of Iowa's.
- You believe that trees in Iowa lean towards Nebraska ... because Nebraska sucks!
- You know several people who still refer to Japanese cars as "rice-burners."
- "Styx" plays a concert at the county fair, and people actually show up.
- You don't get nervous when you walk into a biker bar (unless you're an Iowa City cop).
- You judge distance by the time it takes you to get somewhere instead of by miles.(Example: Des Moines is about an hour from Creston.)
- You say pop instead of soda.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Okay, nothing really caught on fire, but it might as well have. Last Tuesday I was 't-boned' at an intersection on my way to work and the Kia Sephia was totalled! Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, although I did make a trip to the hospital, as my head received a severe smash to the door frame. [I still wake up with a headache.] Two days later, I was salvaging my little baby at the junkyard for $300. How depressing! I made a visit to the bank, got approved for a car loan (tricky business in these economic times), and am now car shopping - yuck! Stay tuned for pics of my new ride...
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
- Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
- U2 - The Joshua Tree
- Michael Jackson - Thriller
- Madonna - True Blue
- Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
- Billy Joel - The Stranger
- The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
- Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
- Prince - Purple Rain
- The Beatles - White Album
Monday, September 1, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Here's a look at my current favorite:
Friday, August 15, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
What do you think? Are retailers way too quick to push the holidays on us? Or, is it okay to start thinking and planning this far in advance?
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Warning: Rated PG-13, some images in this film are pretty disturbing. Even at 12, Jacob covered his eyes for some parts...
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
The production was lively, witty and thoroughly enjoyable.
Of course, today I am busy scrapping pages for everyone to frame...
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The sky is overcast and clouds are looming again - we've had rainstorms on and off all day and, according to the weatherguy, a severe thunderstorm is approaching. Fine by me; I'm spending the afternoon with a book and a Beagle!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
For those of you who are wondering, "What the heck is Boca Java?", well it's a company in Florida that was "founded out of the pursuit for the perfect cup of fresh-roasted, gourmet coffee." I found out about it from my sister, Mary, who sent me a gift package from them when I still lived in Arizona. Whether your beverage of choice is coffee, tea, or chai latte, Boca Java has a great selection of quality products, including delicious gourmet coffees and teas in rich, exotic flavors.
You can purchase directly or join the Connoisseur Club, which is what I did - all you have to do is maintain a minumum order of 2 bags of coffee, which is automatically sent to you every 4/6/8 weeks, depending on what you want. Prior to each delivery, you get an email reminding you that a shipment is scheduled for delivery and a link to your account page in case you would like to update any information. You choose your coffee, delivery date and delivery frequency online. Best of all, you get a 10% membership discount and every time you order you earn 'Boca Bucks', which will translate into deeper discounts as you go along... My new thing is ordering gifts online, so this company fits the bill perfectly.
Here's a link: http://www.bocajava.com/
Now, on with my day!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
1. What is your first name? (Teresa)
2. What is your favorite food? (anything Cajun)
3. What high school did you go to? (Wahlert High School)
4. What is your favorite color? (green)
12. Your favorite holiday? (Christmas)
Okay, I cheated on question 10 and hyphenated... Thanks to my friend Jennifer Stewart for the idea! Visit her blog at http://www.jenniferstewarts.blogspot.com/
Here's how to do your own photo mosaic:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions above into Flickr Search.
b. Pick an image you like of the ones that pop up.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker.(make sure your mosaic is 3 columns, 4 rows)
d. Right click on your mosaic and save it to photobucket, or your favorite hosting place.
e. Share it on your blog! The mosaic maker gives you the html to put under the mosaic on your blog so all of the links will show up....
Photo credits:1. The Shape Of My Heart, 2. crawfish, 3. Bus Gals, 4. ♫ YO Yo yo, there's no place like a green penthouse... so i told the genie i wanted to be well hung. ^o^ ♫ nah... wildlife from singapore♫, 5. Johnny Depp, 6. Art, 7. vintage tea set with cupcake, 8. rose, flower, 9. Day 27/365: Two years, 10. Jimi, mi perro - my dog, 11. castle, 12. candy tree
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce; fancier houses, but broken homes.
It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...
Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
"It’s a dog’s life. And for Leo it couldn’t be better.
Leo, rescued from heavy chains that confined him as one of the pit bulls in former NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring, is a lover, not a fighter. He now happily frolics in a clown collar as he makes the rounds at the Camino Infusion Center, where he brings comfort to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Animal advocates are divided over whether fighting dogs can be trusted to have new lives as pets or working dogs. It’s the age-old story of second chances. By living his, Leo helps tear down entrenched stereotypes that pit bulls are irredeemable killers."
> the complete story can be found at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25214356
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
The water supply is at a critical level. The Cedar Rapids Water Department is currently only able to produce water at 25 percent of normal operation. City officials are urging residents to use water only for drinking, to use paper plates and avoid doing dishes or running a dishwasher. Residents are also being urged not to flush the toilet after each use, to use hand sanitizer rather than water to washing hands, and to avoid operating a washing machine. Flooding also closed Interstate 80 from east of Iowa City to Davenport. The flooded Cedar River crosses the interstate in Cedar County, about 20 miles east of Iowa City. This re-routed interstate traffic is now coming through Dubuque. Gov. Chet Culver declared 83 of the state's 99 counties to be state disaster areas, and nine rivers were at or above historic flood levels.
Once again, please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Sorry for not updating the Blog in over a week; I've been so busy. Many of you have called or emailed in the last couple of days to check on us. I just wanted everyone to know that we are absolutely fine! Yes, we have experienced several severe thunderstorms over the past few weeks, including a couple of real good tornado scares. But the flooding in Eastern Iowa that's all over the national news is not hitting Dubuque like many other nearby towns.
The sad part is that many of the rivers have not even crested yet, meaning that it's not over by a longshot. I think the worst is yet to come... Anyone who wants to help should donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster you can say so at the time of donation.
Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers,
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday's twister, three-quarters of a mile wide with winds of up to 205 mph, tore a path through Parkersburg, leveling over half of this little town 120 miles west of Dubuque. The storm continued on, with tornadoes touching down several times, with the last big funnel cloud being seen near Manchester, about 45 miles west of my house.
Bailey and I spent the better part of the night listening to the sirens, watching the storm track on TV and wondering if we were seriously in danger. (I actually started packing an emergency bag!) Luckily, the storm veered north and all we got was a severe thunderstorm.
Please keep the storm victims in your prayers...
Sunday, May 25, 2008
1 T olive oil
1 (3#) chuck roast
4 carrots, sliced
4 medium red potatoes, quartered
1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
3/4 C water
1. In large skillet, heat oil & brown roast
2. Arrange vegetables in the bottom of the slow cooker; top with roast.
3. Combine soup mix with water and pour over roast.
4. Cook on LOW 8-10 hours.
5. To thicken gravy, stir in 1/4 C water, blended with 2 T all purpose flour. Cook on HIGH until thickened.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.
Friday, May 23, 2008
It was so fun to see her play the bass guitar! Of course, I was snapping photos, envisioning the next scrapbook page... (She's the one on the right.) If you look over her right shoulder, you can see our family front and center!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Speedy Mediterranean Chicken (serves: 4)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 16-ounce jar thick & chunky salsa
1/2 cup sliced green olives
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup honey
1 deli rotisserie chicken cut into pieces, skin removed
1. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Stir in curry powder. Cook over medium heat 1 minute, stirring constantly.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients except chicken. Add chicken; turn to coat.
3. Cover; cook over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes, turning chicken occasionally, until sauce is bubbly and chicken is thoroughly heated. Serve with brown rice or couscous.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Enjoy your day!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
- It's opening day of the Farmer's Market (Bailey and I will be heading out first thing)
- It's Mary's birthday and she wants a family afternoon @ the movies (I think we are seeing Ironman)
- Birthday festivities will continue with dinner out somewhere...
I'm afraid to lie down before the laundry is done because I think I will probably fall asleep immediately! I guess I'd better get up and straighten up the house while I wait for the dryer. Have a good evening...
Thursday, May 1, 2008
I'm off to get ready for work. Have a great day!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!