My crazy weekend

We bought a new Christmas tree this year. I have to say it is the biggest, fullest tree I have ever had! I love it. It has the regular white lights but also bigger bulbed multi color lights that you can switch patterns on how the colored lights will blink. I believe it’s an iTwinkle tree, where I synch it up to my iPhone and then I can choose the song to be played and the light patterns, too fun! Let me tell you, having a taller and fuller tree is more work! I spent a good hour fluffing the tree up getting my arms scratched up. I had one of my little buddies help me decorate it Friday and noticed the tree was not full of ornaments. I texted the hubby and told him we need to go shopping to get more. I need to get a chair so I can reach the top parts of the tree lol.

The family had a Christmas party to go to at my in laws house Saturday. It was a blast as usual, lots of laughs. We also got our gifts because we live an hour away. Since the girls are older and one is out of the house; by the time everyone is up, the oldest gets to the house, we all open gifts, and have breakfast or brunch it plus get ready it is late afternoon. Let’s just say it is easier to do Christmas with them on their party. So the hubby got a smoker and money and I got money. On the way home I asked him how did he manage to get a smoker and money? He just smiles at me. When we get home we put everything away and I noticed the cute bag his mom put a picture of the smoker in to give to him (smoker was in their garage). I notice a tag that said to both of us!!! I looked up and he’s laughing at me!! Uh huh what a brat he was going to act like that smoker was just his. That’s ok, he can claim it’s all his and I’ll just make sure he does all the cooking then (yea right).

I spent six hours at my desk finish my paper, taking a quiz, and finishing up posting for school. I haven’t gotten a comfy chair yet. In fact, I am using one of those large file cabinets as a desk so in order to sit at it I have to spread my legs or cross them. No wonder my whole body ached last night. Didn’t help there has been a dampness in the air. I can sure handle the 40 degrees woo hoo. Technically I need to get a desk and a comfy chair!! I still have a year in a half of classes to go so I might as well do it in comfort.

So I have had to be seen by the doctor or hospital staff 4 times over the month and they take my temperature each time. This last time I asked what it was and the nurse tells me 98.4 and realize it has been the same the past three times it’s been taken. Hubby looks at me confused wondering why that makes me happy. So I explain to him the lower the body temp the more my thyroid isn’t working as well, oh and the adrenals too. So my body temp is raising, I am having more “good days” and less drained, fatigue days….can I get a hell yea? Hell yea!!! However, the weight isn’t cooperating with me at all so I think we might have to do some adjusting to my meds. The doctor who I have loved to go to for the past three years doesn’t seem to be in our insurance network anymore :(. I don’t want to go to someone new. O’well I’ll have to call her and find out what is going on.

I need to find a mascara that doesn’t irritate my eyes. I have tried Tarte, Mally, Covergirl, and Maybeline. The Mally was $20 and I was not impressed but the way the mascara was blobbed on the wand. I noticed after an hour it would get flaky and I’m sorry $20 flakes is not what I want. Tarte flakes when it is time to get a new tube. I have tried two different type of Tarte mascara and they both irritate my eyes. I find it I only have the mascara on for the day and take it off by 6 then I’m ok. Looks like I get to experiment more. It’s not too terrible being makeup shopping is so fun.

Gotta get off of here. Have a wonderful day my friends!! 🙂

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Antipasti stuffed chicken

I made antipasti stuffed chicken and wanted to share the recipe, just go here http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/antipasti-stuffed-chicken.html. It is so good!!! My son said he wants it for his birthday dinner 🙂 . I mentioned in another post how I am getting back to my roots and trying different Italian dishes whether from my family or others. This recipe is a keeper.

Rockin mom

I had some left over gluten free baguette from dinner last night so I made my son a pancetta, egg, and cheese sandwich with it. I cut the baguette in half, buttered it, and then toasted it. I also made him peppermint mocha coffee to go with his breakfast. Trust me he usually only is allowed coffee on the weekends, he’s going to be 15 in a couple weeks so he’s allowed to be spoiled once in a while. It was nice to see his face when he was eating and drinking. I could tell I did good :).  We got on the subject of what he was going to cook in Foods today and darn for the life of me I forgot. Anyway, I mentioned I watched the movie The Hundred Foot Journey while he and dad was at the Newsboys concert and how the movie was a great reminder to slow down  savor the tastes and life of food. He then tells me that he might want to get into the culinary arts after high school….hmmmm ok! My youngest daughter used to have the desire to bake and make sweets. That would be awesome if they teamed up to have some sort of bakery/restaurant. I have noticed around where I live there isn’t as many family owned restaurants they are more the franchises. This is the time in his life where I am sure my son will try a lot of new things in life and possibly make it a career.

For over a year and a half my son has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and loves it. Back in February his instructor moved to California and opened a gym out there. I could see he still had love for BJJ but something was changing and when I questioned him he said that the gym has a different vibe. I explained to him there are times people are going to move on in life and if he loves BJJ he needs to focus on that. There are some parents that think it is important to finish out something a child has started to teach them but in this there is no 8 week course it continues, so do I push him or let him stop? When he goes to the gym of his old instructor’s brother I see the fire come back. The hubby mentioned maybe we should move to that area so he can go to that gym. I do not want to live in that area!!! My son has been in soccer, baseball, basketball, and football. He finished out all of those no problem and figured out he really likes football and basketball. When he played saxophone he struggled with reading the music because of his dyslexia and the teacher was not helpful at all so I allowed him to stop. Looks like I will talk to the instructor at this other gym and see what he says.

Who’s all ready for Christmas? Not this gal!! I have my undecorated tree up and a few decorations around the house lol. I guess I have been preoccupied with health issues I have been going through the past month. Let me just say I USED to love our health insurance but over the past 3 years they have started to suck. We now have a high deductible, higher rates, and they don’t cover as much. I am really tired of always having medical bills be the reason we struggle!!! I am thankful we do not have to pay full price for everything but it is still ridiculous. Our portion of one bill we received yesterday is $1100.00, Merry Christmas…NOT.

Oh boy my preschool kids will be here shortly I better get off of here. Be blessed!

Thoughts running through my head

I recently had someone call me a racist because I did not agree with the looting in Ferguson. I laugh because it is easy to sit behind a computer screen and call names just because our opinions differ. I don’t see skin color; I see humanity. I look at the behavior and character of any person. I have been blessed by people’s kind words or stories whether they were Black, White, Asian, or Indian.  I have heard my Black English teacher tell stories of how it America was when he was younger. My heart broke for him, I could not wrap my mind around how another person can treat another person so badly. I am trying to do the best with my life. I am not a perfect person but one thing I can say is I AM NOT a racist. I pray each and everyday giving thanks for being alive another day. I thank God that I can see, hear, touch, and speak. I might not like the way my body looks right now but I give thanks for it; each organ, cell, and hormone. I pray for love and peace to dwell in each and every person in the world. There is power in prayer and I believe the more we pray for love and peace for ALL we can make changes. I don’t want to concentrate on negative things. The only good thing about something negative is to learn not to do it. I’m not going to debate history but I will learn from it and how to be better. Not one of us is without fault, I am no better than anyone else. Each and every one of us matters and makes a difference. We just need to choose are we going to make a positive difference or a negative difference. Will those choices honor who I am or hurt my character? To me looting private businesses that help the community is not a good thing. In the long run it hurts everyone. On to a different subject

My oldest daughter is learning some tough life lessons. Her and her boyfriend broke up and it kinda went ugly. I know my daughter and will not sit here and put her ex down. I know she had a hand in the demise of their relationship. However, when he was being very wrong I told her to stop all communication don’t engage with that mess. Her ex is a young man who doesn’t have his life in order and trying to figure out who he is, my daughter is doing the same. So I tell her to let it go for now, maybe once they both have their lives in a better place they can try again or maybe there is someone better for her out there. When my daughter was in a fit of rage because she didn’t realize love could hurt so much, she wanted revenge. I let her vent, rant, and rave and when she was finished I told her it’s time to work on herself. Let go of the anger and hurt, instead learn from it. She just text me saying she realized what I told her was true and she had some apologizing to do. She allowed a friend’s words influence her in a negative way and because of that she was verbally attacking her ex. She didn’t care if her ex’s actions were wrong, she wanted to own her mistakes and apologize. YES!!! She realized she needed to let love take over and guide her words and actions. I love when the way I raised her starts to shine through.

On a totally different note: I have been getting back to my roots; Italian food!

I watch Extra Virgin on the cooking channel and see how Gabriele has such passion with the food he makes for his family and friends. We all know that food is life so it is important to find life and passion in the food we make. I also just watched the movie The Hundred Foot Journey, it made me remember to be mindful of the gifts of food and spices we have available to us. So as I made the menu for the week I wanted it to be something that was filled with healthy foods filled with flavor and love. My son is in Foods and Nutrition class so I have him helping me and it is such a special time to be able to teach him about food, how to prepare it, and why we need to bless it. Now I can see why food has been a way to bring people together.

I think I have rambled enough. I wish you nothing but peace and love. Have a blessed day!!