Monday, February 25, 2013

george harrison and a first date

So today is George Harrison's birthday.

You know who George Harrison is, right?

Hint:  He's dead.

Hint:  He's not a president.

Hint:  Think music.

If you don't know who George Harrison is, it's ok.  Just keep reading.  But don't tell me you didn't know, because it will make me think a little less of you.  I'm sure you care.

Today he would have been 70.

Love how he dances in this song.
And then there's this song, written by George.  This is the live version.   

I always remember his birthday because February 25th was the date my first date with Superfrydad.



20 years ago I went on what was possibly the world's lamest date.

First of all, it was a double date.  With people I didn't really know.

Secondly, we went to see a dog movie.  I hate animal movies.

Also, I did NOT like him at all.  And he didn't like me either.

The second date was almost as bad.  We went to Denny's.  With the people from the first double date.

How we made it to the third date is beyond me.

I guess we were either desperate, bored or it was meant to be.

I like to think it was the latter.

Happy Birthday, George Harrison.

Happy 20th Anniversary of our first date, Superfrydad.

You are Something.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

cookin up some new stuff

I don't know why I find myself blogging about cooking so much. So far, I think we've covered canning green beans, black raspberry jelly, strawberry freezer jam, and fire roasted crayfish.
I actually do not like to cook.  I do, however, love to eat.
As evidenced by my morbid obesity.
I also spend a good amount of time on Pinterest.
Because I'd rather be on the internet than out running.

Perhaps you've seen some of the Pinterest "testing" type sites.... pinterestyouaredrunk, pintester, and the like.  Basically, they try out things from Pinterest and/or just make fun of crazy things on Pinterest.   By the you follow me on Pinterest?  Click over there to the right and follow me.  From time to time I pin something worthwhile.  Other times, I pin crap.  I trust that you can decide what you want to waste your time on.

So, here are a few recipes that I found on Pinterest and how I liked them:

1.  Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake
This is great.  Worth making.  Not sure how many calories or anything like that, but who cares?  Not me, obviously.

2.  Italian Crockpot Chicken
I kept seeing this pinned and repinned, so I thought I'd try it.  It was just meh.  Many of the comments I saw raved about it, but I'm not sure I would make this again.  It looks gross, which would be ok if it tasted great.  But it tastes like chicken with italian dressing and cream of chicken soup on it.  Which is basically what the recipe is.  Not impressed.

3.  Glazed Doughnut Muffins
These were pretty good.  I didn't have to buy any special ingredients.  You should have everything you need in your pantry.  I overbaked them, which made them not as good as they could have been, but still good.  Good if you only have basic ingredients on hand.  Easy & quick.

4.  Spicy Lemon Garlic Shrimp
This is actually from the Pioneer Woman.  But I've made it twice in the past 2 weeks.  I don't use the fresh parsley, because I forgot it the first time and the second time I couldn't find any.  I just threw in some dried italian seasoning and called it good.  I made pasta and threw in the shrimp and the pan juice when it was done, and called it dinner.  The first time I used frozen raw shrimp in the shell, which was a pain to eat, but tasty.  The second time I used cooked, peeled shrimp, and it turned out just as well and was easy to eat.

Sorry I don't have something more interesting to post.  Like I've said before, there are lots of things that happen that I can't blog about because I wouldn't want the person to know it's about them.  Maybe if I outlive everyone I know, I will become a super-blogger.  Or just old.  Either one.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Unsolicited Advice

I don't really like unsolicited advice.

What I mean is that I don't really like to receive unsolicited advice.

However, I kind of love to give unsolicited advice.  I don't want to be like that, but if I'm honest with myself, it's something I do all the time.  Some might say I'm bossy.  I think of it as being helpful.  It's all about perspective.  Change yours and I'll seem nicer.  See?  Isn't that helpful? (I think I may have just sounded like Sheldon Cooper. Bazinga.)

Anyway, if you, like me, don't like to receive unsolicited advice, I would advise that you stop reading now.  I just did it again, didn't I?  Sorry.  Look, just keep reading. Ugh, I did it again.  I can't help it.

If I'm organized enough, I'll add to this list later as I think of more suggestions on how you should live your life.  Lucky for you, I'm usually not that organized.

The first 3 things I want to share are actually from Oprah.  I've watched a lot of Oprah shows, and I don't agree with all of her life philosophies, but these are the things that have stuck with me.

1.  Trust your instincts.  This is my favorite piece of advice.  It applies to every person and any situation.  God gave you a "gut feeling" for a reason.   

2.  Never let yourself be taken to the second location.  Thankfully, I've never had to use this in my life.  But it's a piece of advice that could save your life, so I think it's important.

3.  When people show you who they are, believe them.  I can't really add much to this one, except that sometimes this is a painful lesson to learn. 

4.  Be content.  It's okay to be different and not have the same things or do the same things or like the same things as everyone else.  Be happy with who you are and what you have.  My favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 13:5b "be content with such things as ye have, for He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee". 

5.  Don't start drinking diet soda.  It's supposed to be horrible for you and once you start, you can't stop.  I mean it.  I am on day 3 of no Diet Coke and I am starting to realize that they call it Coke for a reason.  If I could cook some up in my kitchen right now, I would. I am staying away from fast food drive thru windows like a recovering addict stays away from their favorite dealer's corner.  

Ok, so 5 things are enough to get started.  Like I said, maybe I'll post more later.  Probably I will get distracted or get back on Diet Coke and forget.