Peenterest: Thanksgiving Edition

I’ve always felt that the Thanksgiving holiday was more stressful than Christmas. Not that Christmas is nice and calm. It can turn into a family shit show but at least there are presents. Yes, I’m all about the presents. What do you get for Thanksgiving? Bloated, tired, and a strong urge to stab your dickhead brother-in-law.

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I have a particular male relative in mind when I saw the one below.

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It never fails. There always seem to be that one older relative who farts their way across the room while you have to stand there and pretend not to notice. Meanwhile, you’re about to pee your pants from the laughter you’re trying to keep in.

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Princess Rap Battle

Having a 5 year-old daughter who loves anything to do with princesses can be trying at times. I mean, just how many tiaras and sparkly princess shit does a girl need? Apparently, lots.

But spoofs like this help cancel out all of the times I’ve had to hear Let It Go. Well, that and wine.

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Dear Pumpkin Spice… I’m Just Not That Into You

Who wouldn't want their vag to smell like pumpkin spice?! Okay, so this isn't real but who knows, it might be a reality soon enough.

Who wouldn’t want their vag to smell like pumpkin spice?! Okay, so this isn’t real but who knows, it might be a reality soon enough.

It’s that time of year where people go apeshit crazy over everything pumpkin spice. Even my husband gets a little giddy when he has his first pumpkin spice latte of the season.

On Pinterest, there’s all kinds of pumpkin spice everything. I go to Target and have seen pumpkin spice Oreo cookies.

There’s pumpkin spice bread, beer, vodka, yogurt, candy, coffee, candles, muffins, lip balm, and on and on.

Pumpkin spice is everywhere!!!

I have a confession. I fucking hate anything to do with pumpkin and really get the gags when it comes to pumpkin spice. I just don’t get the craze.

I must be missing the pumpkin spice gene. I don’t find the taste appealing at all.

Even as a kid, my family would be like happy, little kids because mmmm, pumpkin pie. And I would always be thinking ewww… cold, slimy pumpkin pie. Then, I would douse my piece in whip cream to try and cover the flavor.

The closest I will come to having anything to do with pumpkin is when my husband roasts the seeds.

I’ve noticed this season especially, the pumpkin spice craze started much earlier and I can only imagine just how crazy companies are going to get next year.

Pumpkin spice scented tissues? Pumpkin spice body wash? Pumpkin spice flavored condoms?

Oooh, could you imagine the millions we could make off that stuff?

In the meantime, my family will be doing what we’ve done for the past few years for Thanksgiving. The husband and the hummingbird will go crazy over the pumpkin pie that’s made and I get chocolate cream pie all to myself (okay, I share, a little). And I get to be the proud new owner of about 5 extra pounds on my ass.

Since it’s Thanksgiving next week, what are you thankful for? I don’t mean the typical things… but something that you accomplished. Something you’re proud of doing.

Like kicking an asshole friend out of your life, quitting a job you couldn’t stand, speaking up for yourself, surviving a shopping trip with your kids without any meltdowns, etc.

For me, it was finally realizing I need to stop taking shit from a family member because I was so fed up with the drama. It was hard, it sucks, it hurts, but a weight has been lifted.

Oh yeah, and also that my in-laws aren’t visiting us for Thanksgiving after all. Damn, that’s such a shame.

*I’m going to be done with my medical program at the end of December so posts on my blog up until then might not be as often as I’d like since I’m still slammed with studying. I’m currently having a love affair with Instagram so you can find me on there.

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What’s For Lunch?

I can’t believe it’s already November. The hummingbird has been doing great in school and her love of reading has grown even more which makes me so happy since I’m a book addict. She’s still in the very early stages of learning how to read but I love when she’s lying in bed looking at a book and trying to sound out the words.

I think I’ll post some of the books that her teacher has been reading in her Kindergarten class sometime soon. The hummingbird has been adoring several of them.

Now, on to lunch!

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*Sweet Pickles

*Goldfish

*Goldfish S’mores in container

*Cheese Cubes

*Pepperoni

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*Grapes

*Cherry Tomatoes and Carrots

*Ranch Dressing in container

*Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam Sandwich

*Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips

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*Blueberries

*Caesar Harvest Snaps

*Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pie

*Shredded Cheese Sandwich

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*Frozen Cherries

*Carrots

*Salsa in container

*Tortilla Chips

*Cheese Quesadillas

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*Pretzel Sticks

*Fresh Corn From The Cob

*Peanut Butter and Honey Tortilla Wrap

*Applesauce Pouch

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*Cheese Cubes

*Yogurt Pouch

*Pepperoni

*Peanut Butter Cup

*Crackers

*For some of the items I use for the hummingbird’s lunch, you can refer to this post!

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Children’s Book Reviews: Elizabeth, Queen Of The Seas And My Pet Book

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Elizabeth, Queen Of The Seas – This is a very sweet story of a real-life elephant seal from Christchurch, New Zealand. Elizabeth has made her home in the Avon River but soon she goes onto the two-lane road near the river. Worried citizens decide to move her far out to sea but Elizabeth has other ideas and comes back.

Each time volunteers take her further out to sea, the elephant seal comes back to Christchurch where she loves to lie, stretch, and sleep on the two-lane road. The locals realize this lovely seal, Elizabeth, will always come back and becomes a celebrity of sorts. The town even puts up a sign, “Slow. Elephant Seal Crossing” near her favorite place to sleep.

In the back of the book is information about elephant seals, along with a photo of Elizabeth lying on the road in Christchurch. This book is for ages 4-8 and is a great book for animal lovers.

There was once a lovely elephant seal who lived in the city. Most elephant seals live in the ocean, in the saltwater.

They sleep on rocky coasts and lie along sandy beaches. But this seal was different.

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My Pet Book – In my pet book, a little boy would love to have a pet but has allergies. He decides that a book would make a perfect pet. He goes to a bookstore to find a pet book and a red hardcover book catches his eye. He loves taking his book out for walks on a leash and never has to worry about it shedding or even picking up poop.

Not only does his red pet book make a perfect pet, it also has wonderful tales inside that take the little boy to all kinds of places.

One day, after returning home from school, the little boy goes to greet his pet book and finds that his beloved pet is gone! He looks everywhere and the housekeeper realizes she made a big mistake. While cleaning up, she collected several things to donate to charity. The two race off to track down the pet book can’t find it anywhere.

They put their heads together to think of where a scared pet book would hide and he finds him in a little nook. Arriving home tired from the day, he takes his pet book up to his room and sleeps soundly with his beloved pet in his arms.

This book is for ages 4-7 and has a wonderful rhythm to it. I love reading this to the little hummingbird.

The boy’s mom gently asked him how a book could bring such joy.

“It’s cuz every book’s a friend!” said the yawning little boy.

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Back To School

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Well, hello there! I’ve been so busy with school and time with the hummingbird but I’ve really, really missed blogging. For awhile now, I’ve been looking into different education programs that would give me a chance to work outside the home since the hummingbird is finally in Kindergarten.

As much as I write here, other sites, books I’m working on, and my very first screenplay (yay, I’m so excited), I need something that will help supplement my income AND get me out of the house, even if it’s part-time. I really want to go back into the work force and make my own money.

That way, I can tell my husband, especially since it will be coming from my pay that “Yes, we do need that 6 piece martini glass set!” even though he never uses them. Or “I know I already have 7 pairs of boots but I HAD to get another pair in dark brown!” See, I won’t feel as guilty and it’s better than always using my standby excuse… “What, this jacket? Of course it’s not new. It’s been in the back of my closet for years. Well, okay since a few hours before you came home from work.

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I really wanted to go back to college and thought I would just start with a class or two at a local community college in the area but the closest one is 45 minutes away from us. Nope, not gonna do that. Mostly because it will be snowing here like crazy soon and I really don’t want to make such a long commute several times a week.

Another thing I thought of was how much I miss working in skin care, make up artistry, and being an Esthetician. I haven’t worked as one in years but have kept my license up to date. But I felt I really needed some updated training. Only, the closest school for that is about an hour away. Yikes.

Recently though, a friend mentioned how a good number of spas in this area like to do their own training so I’m going through the *frustating pulling my hair out process* of getting my school records together, as well as state board records, grades, testing, things signed in blood, etc. so I can apply for a state license here.

I know, this is boring shit. Sorry.

So, in the mean time I decided that since I’m so impatient and I’m really hoping to get out and work after the beginning of the new year (but it will probably be a little later), I decided on a fast track program. I rather not say exactly what it is but it’s in the medical field. When I was first looking into it, I was told to expect at least 20+ hours of homework a week throughout the program and I thought okay, sure.

Holy shit! Much easier said than done. I missed several classes in the beginning because the hummingbird got sick, then I got sick and had that sinus infection that’s still lingering so I still have several more classes and homework to catch up on. But it’s becoming a little less overwhelming than it was.

The nice thing about this program is if you do happen to miss a class, you can watch the recorded online lectures later.

I admit that what I’ll be doing isn’t something I actually plan on doing forever. And I am kind of bummed I couldn’t make going to college or esthetics work right now. But it will still be nice to have something that I can do no matter where we move to and not have to worry as much with state boards and such.

It would be nice though if I can get my state esthetician license here sooner rather than later. Who knows? If I do, I can mix my medical experience and skin care for my patients. While they’re waiting for the doctor, I could give them a relaxing facial massage. Hehe!

So, that’s why my blog has been abandoned for a bit and it sucks.

The bad news is the group blog I was hoping would work will have to wait since I’m already stretching myself too thin as it is.

I feel if I don’t get back to writing soon, my head will fucking explode. And that’s another thing. I know I will always be writing for years and years to come. That’s a given to me. With these different writing projects I’m working on, my fingers are crossed that something will hopefully come out of it.

I’ve also been thinking for a while about whether or not to put together a blog based book filled with essays I’ve written over the past 4 years, along with some new ones.

It’s been a crazy, hectic last few months since going back to school but I’m so glad things finally seem to be settling down a bit and balancing out.

Whether you work from home or outside the home, how do you manage and balance work and kids? Same if you’re currently back in school?

I’ve found with being a military wife, I’ve had an even tougher time finding work since we move every few years, people you meet in the Navy come and go so references can be a pain to have, and while the interviewer will usually let me know “I thank your husband for his service to our country.”, these people pretty much in the same breath say something a long the lines of “But, you have several moves and job inconsistencies on your resume.”

No fucking way? Really? Hmmm, let’s see. A military wife that has to move every few years, uproot the family, and start all over again in a completely new place? Well, duh! Okay, being told that so many times over the years has really gotten to me.

If you’re a military wife, how have you managed having a career while moving place to place? Has it been easy for you or harder?

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Andouille Sausage, Asparagus, And Smoky Potato Skillet

sapskillet1I’ve made this recipe three times in the last month and it’s definitely a welcome dinner for all of us. It also has balsamic vinegar, which I absolutely love, and is a really comforting meal. You can use any kind of sausage that you like with this.

Same for the potatoes. I’ve tried it with two large russet potatoes, cut into chunks. The only thing I didn’t care for was that they didn’t really hold their form and made the skillet mushy. Of course, it still tasted great.

I’ve put a “kidafied” version below in case you have picky eaters like mine. You don’t have to go out of your way to make something completely different, which is such a pain in the ass.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

24 ounce bag of small Yukon Gold potatoes (or two large potatoes)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

small red onion, thinly sliced

4-6 large andouille sausage links (or any you prefer… would also work great with Polska kielbasa)

1 pound trimmed asparagus, each stalk cut into thirds

1/3 cup water

Vinaigrette

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

dash of salt

Directions:

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

While potatoes are cooking, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. Cook sliced onions for 2 minutes along with smoked paprika. Slice sausage into 1 inch pieces and cook in pan for 3 minutes. Add asparagus and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

Add potatoes and stir well. Add 1/3 cup of water to pan and simmer with lid on for 5-8 minutes, or until asparagus is to desired tenderness.

While that’s cooking, make the vinaigrette. In a small bowl, add ingredients and whisk together. Remove the pan from heat, add vinaigrette, and stir together. Serve immediately.

“Kidafied” version:

Once potatoes are cooked, set aside some potatoes in a small bowl. Remove skin and add a bit of milk and butter to make mashed potatoes. Add a dash of salt if desired and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Before adding vinaigrette to the skillet, remove a few pieces of the sausage and asparagus and set on plate for your picky eater, along with the cheesy mashed potatoes. Add sliced fruit.

Sit down together for dinner and wait for one of two things to happen.

1. Either your picky eater will have complained for the past hour about how hungry they are and will at least eat the mashed potatoes and fruit.

2. They will have complained for an hour about how they’re starving but not want to eat a thing on their plate because ewww, the sausage has touched the mashed potatoes or the asparagus is “gross”.

Good luck!

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