Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jack the Giant Slayer

It's been a while since the last time I shared any of my dreams here to my blog.  The one I had last night has stuck with me all day, and I came home with the feeling this one needed to be shared.

Last night I dreamed that I was a teenaged boy named Jack. I lived happily with my mother and three step siblings (two brothers and a sister) on the surface of a giant.

My mother was his wife. My siblings were biologically his children, though none of them had the same birth mother, and all of them called my mother, "Mom". I was the odd duck out, as my mother had born me to a mortal man in a previous marriage. But they all loved me as one of their own anyway, and I loved them. We were family.

We lived on the chest of the giant, over his heart, and that steady rumble was the comforting music that lulled me to sleep at night.

I discovered my mother was cheating on the giant, and it made me so furious that I ran away from home. The most terrifying part was when I reached the edge of the heartbeat and had to step out into land without. I had learned to walk on that steady rhythm. I had learned to crawl upon it as well. And now I was taking my first step without it. The anticipation of the action was worse than the actual outcome, and I quickly got used to it.

As I travelled, I realized that above the giant's heart was like a mountain retreat in the midst of a suburb that was the rest of his chest.

When I entered the dark of his arm pit, I realized it wasn't all good. This was a den of crime, prostitution, and drug addiction. But at the center of it, where echoes of his heartbeat could still be heard, there was a medical clinic run by a young doctor. He treated his patients with care, kindness and respect, recognizing the humanity within them despite their current seedier occupations.
He was in love with the giant, but the giant was heterosexual, and would never be more than a dear friend. The giant cared for him, and that was enough for the doctor. And so at night, he was comforted by the echoes of a heartbeat I had always previously taken for granted.

I continued to explore the lands and typography of the giant and was around his left knees when the news broke of my mother's infidelity. I was furious at her for hurting him, swearing I would never forgive her.

I was approaching his ankle when I learned that the giant was heart broken. But not from my mother's actions. He recognized that mortal women needed more, that only mortal men could provide, and sincerely wished her the best.

No, he was heart broken that I had left. He loved me and raised me as one of his own, and he thought I had left because of him.

As I desperately made my way back, his body was covered in sickness. Apathy filled cities that had previously been filed with light. Anger and chaos ruled previously happy and productive streets. The citizens/ denizens of the giant were affected by the sadness and sickness creeping into his heart as he mourned my loss, my betrayal.

I rushed back to the home I had always known, empty and barren now. Looking for my mother. Looking for my siblings. But they were gone, with no more trace than I had left them.

As I sank to my knees crying, I realized that I was truly alone. The heartbeat that symbolized home...had not beat once since I'd been there. Spending so much time away from it, I hadn't immediately noticed its lack. But now I was acutely aware of it. I would never hear it again.

I woke up mourning.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dream Inspired Breakfast

For my first blog back from the busy of summer, I thought I'd share a dream (and a recipe)  (;

Last night I dreamed that I lived in a town where crimes were resolved with scotch eggs.

Someone stole my purse, so I went to the police station to report it. As they took my statement, I watched them prepare a scotch egg, using a fresh egg from a chicken allowed to wander the station, boiling it and peeling it while I described my purse and the location of the incident.

They seasoned the meat and wrapped the egg while I described how I'd felt during the incident. And while it baked, a sketch artist drew the thief. When I was done talking, they removed the finished scotch egg from the oven and offered it to me.

I was nervous, because I wasn't sure what was going to happen. And as I brought it to my mouth and took a bite... My alarm clock went off.

So I have no idea how they resolved crimes with scotch eggs....but I know what I'm making for breakfast!


The truth of the matter is that I've never made scotch eggs the same way twice.

Today's recipe was made with the help of my nose.  (To be honest, that's my favorite way to cook.  By smelling what goes well together.)

I started by boiling seven eggs.  You can use your favorite method, mine this morning involved covering them with cold water, setting them on the stove in a covered pan on high then getting briefly distracted by feeding the dogs so I knew it had reached boiling when the water boiled over the pot.  At that point, I turned off the stove and moved it to a cold burner to simmer in what remained of their water for the next ten to fifteen minutes and cleaned up water before moving on to the next stage.

I then defrosted a lb of ground beef and set the over to preheat to 350.

After the meat defrosted, I put it into a large bowl, cracked in two raw eggs, then added spices. Plenty of salt and pepper.  Then garlic powder and onion powder to taste.  Then parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.  More parsley, less sage, equal parts rosemary and thyme, but all to taste (or smell), so it's kind of subjective.  Then I added oregano, as much as I added parsley.  Then a good solid squeeze of yellow mustard and mixed that all up.

It was at this point I thought I should probably consult an actual recipe, so a quick search on my phone and all three of the recipes I found mentioned bread crumbs and cooking in oil before baking.  So I grabbed out a box of club crackers and spent a couple of moments gleefully crumbling them into a third bowl.  The recipes mentioned coating the meat encased eggs in a mixture of egg and crumbles, but I looked over at that bowl of delicious smelling meat and thought, "That looks a LOT like making meatloaf" and for meatloaf, I toss my oatmeal directly in, so those cracker crumbs were mixed directly into the meat.

While I peeled my eggs, I set a 2.5" frying pan to heating about an inch of vegetable oil on high.  Then I divided my meat into seven balls.  I picked up each ball of meat, flattened it into a patty in my palm, laid a boiled egg on top, then wrapped it, making what amounts to individual meatloafs with an egg inside.  I could smell the oil heating so I turned it down and put the first one in.  I was in the middle of wrapping the fifth when I should have turned the first one over.  And the middle of wrapping the sixth when I should have turned the second one over.  I finished wrapping the seventh one quickly so I could get the first three turned over and very quickly decided that the first two were too singed for the rest of the family, so clearly those were mine.  Everyone else's turned out beautifully golden.

I put them on a paper towel covered plate to drain a bit of the oil, then cut them in half and served everyone, turning the oven off before I walked out of the kitchen.

If you'd like to duplicate this recipe, I'll share it better organized below...but leaving the oven on without using it is entirely optional.

Dream Inspired Scotch Eggs

Ingredients:

Boiled and Peeled Eggs (enough so that everyone eating can have at least 1.  1.5 is incredibly filling and 2 is a recipe for overfull).
1 lb of ground beef, thawed for every 7 - 8 eggs
2 raw eggs for every 1 lb of ground beef
Crushed 3/4 package of club crackers per 1 lb of meat
Oil

Spices:
*Note:  When it comes to spices, I'm a 'to taste' kind of person, so I'm going to attempt to give measurements to something that didn't actually have measurements.*

Salt  enough to cover the top layer of meat in a light snow
Pepper  enough to hide the layer of salt
Garlic Powder  enough to hide the layer of pepper
Onion Powder  half as much garlic
Parsley  a small mound in the palm, crushed between my fingers before sprinkled over the meat
Sage (powdered)  about four pinches
Rosemary about two dashes
Thyme  also about two dashes
Oregano  a small mound in the palm
Yellow mustard (I used the same kind we put on hot dogs, but you can use the powdered just as well, I suspect) a good solid squeeze

Mix the raw eggs, beef and spices, then add the crushed crackers

While you separate your meat into equal sized portions, one for each egg, heat your oil.  You can use an inch like I did (which will entirely cook your meat), less if you just want to just brown the outside of them, or a deep fryer (which will also entirely cook your meat).

Flatten the meat into a patty in your palm, place and egg on top, then wrap it in the meat.  Place in the heated oil and let it stay long enough to brown, then turn it over to do the same on the other side.  If you over cook them (like I did the first two), the meat on top will split and reveal your egg, but if you turn them when they first start turning brown, it doesn't crack.

When all sides are golden, remove them from the oil and put on a paper towel covered plate to drain, then cut in half and serve.

To quote my husband, "I highly endorse your efforts!", my oldest son, "These are delicious!" and my youngest son, "The egg tastes better if you eat it with the meat."  And enjoy!  (;



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

#100happydays Looking back on 100 days

If you'd like to read about the first 57 days of my 100daysofhappy challenge, you can catch up here.

And now for the rest of the adventure!

Day 58.

 It's starting to sound like music! And boyo is one of only a few in his grade being invited to demo band for the local elementary school (:



Day 59.

Today, I got to have lunch with my honey and this evening we had impromptu hot yoga at yoga. Love the theme for the month, can tell I'm getting more flexible and a _little_ bit stronger. It's a start! (:

Day 60.

At 3 am, happiness was taking delight in bed kitty happily snuggling and purring. At 6:20, it was having overslept but not by so much that it mattered and Woohoo! for the good ole internal clock. At work, it was in the delight of my coworkers and a busy day. At 5 pm it was getting to see Scadian friends. And at 10 pm, after five hours of driving, it's for finally being home. A lot was done and moved, and I'm incredibly thankful to Woody and Anna and my two boys for all their assistance in my mad capering (;

Day 61.

Today, I'll be happy that tomorrow is Friday.

Day 62.

This morning, I laughed as my seven year old pit played like a puppy with the hound puppy. They had the remains of a fabric toy between them and were alternately playing keep away, tug of war (complete with dragging each other across the length of the living room), and taking breaks to gnaw on it, sometimes practically lip to lip, and sometimes gently gnawing on each other, tails wagging the whole time. (:

Day 63.

So I decided I wanted to wear these today, but my closet is in a dark corner, my shoes aren't organized and my husband is asleep. As I quietly leaned into the dark abyss, I suddenly remembered Ernie and thought with a grin, "Well...it couldn't hurt..." So I whispered, "He-re fishie fishie fishie fishie fishie!" And tried not to cackle in glee when I immediately found one shoe. A second round of, "He-re fishie fishie fishie fishie fishie!" immediately netted the other one (:



Day 64.

Much Mother's Day fun was had at Adventure Land (:










Day 65.

Got my latest commission off in the mail today and a new commission to work on (:



Day 66.

Today, I was pleased to have my own mind for company on the drive to and from work. (I entertained me.) On the ride this morning, I was behind a vehicle towing an expensive car that had clearly been wrecked. While thinking on how it might have happened, to include rich teen who doesn't care about cost, I was suddenly giggling as I imagined Palpatine's financial adviser getting the news for the end of the Death Star and suffering a fit of apoplexy. Then on the drive home, I was thinking about boyo's band concert tonight and thought, "Hey! Muggles have wizards!....Ours just wave their wands at musicians and make music..." (;

Day 67.

Today, I got to have lunch with my fabulous sister in law at Rojo. Delicious food, excellent company and the weather held just long enough. (Seriously. It was down pouring for the ten minutes before I headed out and stopped the minute before. Then started down pouring a minute after I got back from lunch.) (:

Day 69/ 68.

 I am happy for the purring cuddly goodness of my sweet kitty cat, a family who loves me, and great coworkers. Yesterday, it was getting to bed early. This hasn't been a banner week for me, but I've survived it and still found time for moments.

Day 70.

My honey got me a grownup art table! I'm moving up from the dining room table (:




Day 71.

Today, I got to see my friend Liz who I've not seen since our NSU days AND some of my Shire friends AND got to belly dance (((: All in all it was an incredible Sunday!



Day 72.

So I got used to, when I was growing up, my mother pulling out a middle name meant trouble. I also got used to the fact that she would laugh if she tried to use the whole thing. But I didn't expect it from my -kids- (lol). Tonight, they decided I was grumpy and pulled out my middle name to let me know (; Then my oldest went to one up his brother and tried for the whole thing, where all three of us ended up laughing.

Day 73.

Today, I enjoyed the sound of my children playing in the water outside. They were out there for a good 2 hours with plenty of laughter and came in soaking wet. I like when they enjoy each other's company (:

Day 74.

Today, I couldn't help but grin as I took my hair down. Held up by nothing more than a single hair stick, it's always like magic the way it falls when I pull that hairstick out.

Day 75.

You know it's true love when you know he's surrounded by coworkers and you can hear the sincere smile in his voice when he says "I love you" as you get ready to hang up (:

Day 76.

So when I got home, I glanced up towards the drive and a spot of color caught my eye. One of my snap dragons is blooming again (: I planted them almost 5 years ago in fall, right along with the dusty miller. When I put them in, I was pretty sure it would just be that one winter season I got to enjoy them, but there they are, going strong.



Day 77.

Swimming, grilled bacon wrapped chicken, corn on the cob, and grilled asparagus: 1st day of summer done right (:

Day 78.

Finally introduced my guys to the fun that is Clay-O-Rama (:

We had Norbort (Cthulhu's zen cousin with a penchant to lose his head), Two face (the indestructible slug with no face), El Diablo (the armored fanged turtle with weapons), and Tadpole of Doom (with a retractable tongue and the ability to use it to throw an opponent at other opponents).

Wanna play it for yourself? The rules are on line here.






Day 79.

Having two fish for children means I inevitably lose at races, but I'm better (for now) at under water handstands (: It was hysterical watching them play water leapfrog, where the current jumper rolled when he leapt over.

Day 80/81.

Yesterday was getting to go back to yoga for the first time in two weeks. I missed it! And Mesuva Studios is growing so there's more space (: Today, it was the joy of not cooking dinner (((: Woohoo for burritos!

Day 82.

My oldest son has been making me smile and laugh off and on this evening with his antics. (:


Day 83.

On the drive home tonight, I saw that our local Hardee's has a brand new shiny billboard announcing their latest burger and that you can find it all of 5 minutes up the road. And then I burst into laughter at the irony...because right now, Hardee's has been completely torn down in a much needed remodel and I could just imagine it: There you are, driving along, you see that sign, so now you're hungry for that delicious burger...and there's literally NOTHING where your burger is supposed to be?!?!?! Well...Burger King right across the street is probably appreciating the advertising (;

Day 84.

Looky what came in the mail today! ((: (on an aside, I love that fb wants me to tag the face in my earrings) (;


(These are a pair of earrings featuring my artwork)  ((:  If you'd like a pair of your own, you can find this design and more here.

Day 86/85.

Yesterday was delicious broasted chicken for dinner and my honey getting me more wood for new hobby critters (as yet to be designed). Today, it's a quiet evening before the storm of activity that is final preparations for Palio Di Flintmarsh II, an event being hosted by my local group The Shire of Flintmarsh (:



Day 87.

Six years ago today, our piggy (our pit bull, Ruby) joined our family. My honey went to the gym after work and she was wandering the lot, then she waited for him while he exercised. When he got in the car to leave, he left the door open and invited her in and brought her home, leaving her loose in the front yard with a bowl of food and another of water. When I got up in the morning, at first glance out the front door, I thought the friendliest possum I'd ever seen was trying to get into my house. Turns out she had found her forever home, and we sure are glad to have her (:

Day 88.

was celebrating my wonderful Sister in Law's Birthday (:



Day 89.

finished the second pony.



Day 90.

finishing the third pony.



Day 91.

Getting to go to the Palio Di Flintmarsh II. It really was an incredible event (and I have an entire photo album dedicated to it)!

Day 92.

Sleep! (lol) After three weeks of doctors appointments, birthdays, anniversaries, the busy season starting at my day job and LOTS of painting, I needed it, and my guys were sweet enough to let me get it (:



Day 93.

My youngest is enjoying his family reunion and calls me every night to ask for a riddle. Tonight, the riddle was, "What tastes better than it smells?"

Day 94.

Woohoo! My throwing axes came in the mail today. Now it's time to learn how to use them in time for Fool's War next year (((:



Day 95.

Woohoo! Now my fingers won't blister and I'll stop damaging the top of my knuckle with the fletching when I shoot. (And my set of throwing knives came in.) Weather permitting, I will definitely be doing archery this weekend! (:



Day 96.

Tonight, I had the opportunity to look up at that almost full moon in wonder (: I also had the chance to muse about technology-- in our own little town, we have 4 digital billboards. 10 years ago, you wouldn't have seen them pretty much =any where=. Technology makes me happy (: Just another friendly reminder that the future is now, and it's pretty darn awesome.

Day 97.

Going to start this one off early today! So 1., this is Day 97 out of 100 in the 100 days of happiness challenge. Woohoo! And 2. I've finished my latest commission (:



part deux: My oldest boyo and I went to see the marvelousness that is Maleficent. While watching the previews in that darkened theatre, I leaned over to say something to my boyo when I suddenly heard a voice I was startled to realize I recognized. It's my friend Wendy Colonna ! Her Coca-Cola commercial was playing at the theatre. So proud of you, Wendy (:



Day 98.

There were several great things about today (and a whole photo album dedicated to a lot of it!) but I wanted to single out two awesome bits. 1. I received an awesome arrow head from my incredibly talented friend Mike Moulton. And 2. My youngest came home from his week long vacation with his grand parents in Augusta (:

Day 99.

Enjoyed a good day at home with the boys and a great evening at the inlaws making steak, pan fried potatoes, pan fried summer squash, and broiled asparagus with my awesome sister in law and mother in law (: I really do enjoy sharing the kitchen with them.

Day 100.

I made it! That alone is cause for celebration (: (But it's also kind of cheating, so) Today, I'm going to share a story that doesn't sound like it should be the final note for 100 days of happy, but it actually is.

Today, I went to the cardiologist, and the nurse instructed me to remove my shoes and pants, so there I am in my unders and shirt, sitting on an uncomfortable table with a large rectangle of paper serving as my only guardian for decency.

For an hour.

I almost fell asleep. Then the doctor came in and tells me the results of my tests were perfectly normal, in all of 30 seconds or less, at the end of that hour.

For $20.

So 1. I didn't actually need to be sitting there pantless for this news. 2. I didn't actually need to be sitting there -at all- for this news. They could have told me over the phone any of the three times I called them to ask. and 3. (The silver lining) My test results were perfectly normal. I'm okay. And -that- is certainly cause for celebration. (:

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So looking back at 100 days of happy, what I learned is that some days, my happy moment wasn't something that came with a picture.  And some days I might have gotten a picture but didn't have time to post it that day, so I'd post it the next.  And some days, even days that weren't good, there were still good moments.

If you're interested in doing your own 100 happy days, you can check it out here.  (:

Sunday, May 4, 2014

100 Days of Happy (Update)

With the season starting with the day job, I've not had a chance to keep up on the blog, but I -have- been keeping up on the 100 Days of Happy (:

So here's the update:

Day 28:
 Today's comes early, as I woke rested for the first time in four days with six hours of sleep. Yay! (I was worried I was at the beginning of another round of insomnia. The last one lasted 17 days.)


Photo: #100daysofhappy Today's comes early, as I woke rested for the first time in four days with six hours of sleep.  Yay!  (I was worried I was at the beginning of another round of insomnia.  The last one lasted 17 days.)


Day 29:

Happiness was a pot of bacon. (I have no idea how anyone else cooks those huge packages of ends and pieces, but basically making bacon stew is the only way I've figured out how to do it.) (As an aside, this also made my boys and dogs very happy.) (:
Day 30:

Snuggling my piggy (:


Day 31:

Today, my youngest and I worked on his Oklahoma "book" (aka. report) for his presentation tomorrow. Did you know Oklahoma had a couple whose house was picked up by a tornado and were safely returned to earth on the remaining floor? Or that it's the only place in the US to mine iodine? That it has the most man made lakes in the US? Was home to the Land rush? And was home to the first stationary parking meter? (:

Day 32:

 Today, happiness was getting to wear Jack Skeleton socks when I took my trip around the building on this beautiful sunny day. Our season is starting to pick up at the day job. On my way to yoga tonight, I saw a rainbow going almost straight up into the clouds, and even though more rain was forecast for this evening, we stepped out into a beautifully star bedecked night sky where my good friend Orion kept company on the drive home (:

Photo: #100daysofhappy Today, happiness was getting to wear Jack Skeleton socks when I took my trip around the building on this beautiful sunny day.  Our season is starting to pick up at the day job.   On my way to yoga tonight, I saw a rainbow going almost straight up into the clouds, and even though more rain was forecast for this evening, we stepped out into a beautifully star bedecked night sky where my good friend Orion kept company on the drive home (:

Day 33:

Day 33 is all about appreciating the little horticultural alien sprouting up at my day job (:

Photo: #100daysofhappy. Day 33 is all about appreciating the little horticultural alien sprouting up at my day job (:

Day 34:

Today is siblings day, so here are some images of mine. The only sister missing in my personal albums is the youngest, from Hawaii. I had one single picture of her at a ballet recital at about five, but my house has hidden it tonight.


Day 35:

Getting ready for Fool's War (:


Day 36:

We had a fantastic time at Fool's War!


Day 37:

Monday was having burritos for dinner

Day 38:

Tonight, it's a living room of blissful silence as two out of three (present) Wises are reading (:


Hey! That's MY name! (;

Photo: Hey! That's MY name!  (;

Day 39:

Wherein we enjoy the adorable burrupy rolling antics of my poorly fixed Patches Le Pew (the overly lovey spayed cat that periodically goes into heat). 


Day 40:

 Today, there are three moments that stand out (: 1. This morning as I drove to work I noticed the two cars in front of me-- One was a white car called a Cobalt and the other, being driven fairly aggressively, was called a Rogue. I had to laugh at the balance of how one name fit so well and the other so poorly. 2. On the drive home from work, I saw a sign that wants voters to reelect the current coroner and I had to giggle as I envisioned a term end review of qualifications before allowing him to do so with questions like, "Did you pronounce anyone dead who wasn't?" and "Have you lost any of the bodies?" and then, 3. Just now, my oldest is playing Fable II and was charming the merchants one at a time-- to get good discounts. Bwhahahaha!

Day 41:

Today, oldest boyo is participating in a 24 hour lock in/ band rock a thon pledge drive. (:


Day 42:

Today, the boys and I are impressed with Mark's project for class! This thing is so cool!! (:

Photo: #100daysofhappy Today, the boys and I are impressed with Mark's project for class!  This thing is so cool!! (:

Day 43 and 44:

Yesterday was getting to spend Easter with family. Today, we celebrated my favorite holiday that comes around four times a year: Half Priced Chocolate Day! Woohoo!! (((:

Photo: #100daysofhappy Yesterday was getting to spend Easter with family.  Today, we celebrated my favorite holiday that comes around four times a year:  Half Priced Chocolate Day!  Woohoo!! (((:

Day 45:

 Last night, while laying in an extremely comfortable puddle at yoga, I had the opportunity to count my blessings, and actually did. I thought about each person/ critter/ ability/ thing that I am fortunate enough to count within my life and when it was time to open our eyes, felt truly blessed. And relaxed.

Day 46:

When I walked in this morning, I learned that today is administrator professional's day through the awesomeness that is my boss and surprise red velvet cupcakes (: I set it to the side planning to eat it for dessert afterlunch, but then when I got back from lunch, I got distracted by three of our five programs having temper tantrums and totally harshing my mellow. Before it way over stressed me, that red velvet cupcake caught the corner of my eye and my day was instantly all better again, so this cupcake was =3= instances of happy today (cause then I got to eated it!) (((:

Photo: #100daysofhappy When I walked in this morning, I learned that today is administrator professional's day through the awesomeness that is my boss and surprise red velvet cupcakes (:   I set it to the side planning to eat it for dessert after lunch, but then when I got back from lunch, I got distracted by three of our five programs having temper tantrums and totally harshing my mellow.  Before it way over stressed me, that red velvet cupcake caught the corner of my eye and my day was instantly all better again, so this cupcake was =3= instances of happy today (cause then I got to eated it!)  (((:

Day 47:

Ah ha! I've spent the better part of the last two weeks trying to figure out where fb had hidden all the pages that I liked, as they near completely vanished from my news feed-- Tonight, I found them on my computer AND made it possible so I can also find them on my phone (((: It was like finding old friends (:

Day 48:

I slept so well last night! (First night in almost two weeks where I -DIDN'T- wake up off and on all night. First time in a week that I woke up rested. Thank goodness.) I realized I get exceedingly cranky when I'm not rested...but when I AM, good lord, I sing my children awake, play with my dogs and up the chipper meter WAY high. This Friday is in for a whoopass of awesome!

Today, I got to have lunch with my friend Sarah C Barnes (: It was so good to see you! Definitely have to do it again (:

Day 49:

Today, I took my oldest helper monkey with me to the SCA Ozark Archery demo. We had a great time! Afterwards, he was helping me put everything up at storage and they had the push carts. As he was pushing it into the building, he laughed and said, "I feel like I'm headed off to Hogwarts! All I need now is an owl!" (:


Day 50:

On the drive to and from the shire meeting today, I had the opportunity to introduce my oldest to what I affectionate call my 'morbid sense of humor'. This was seriously brought into play when we passed 4 dead armadillos, (one of which looked like a skeleton wearing leather shorts) and I said, "Around here, feet up in the air on the side of the road is their natural habitat." As my boyo looked at me askance, I followed it up with, "In fact, it's practically a sign of spring!" (((:

Day 51:

So last Friday, my co-worker Katie suggested I needed more stuff up on my walls. My desk is now sporting two pieces of my art...and my co-workers are starting to think I have a thing about snakes (;

Photo: #100daysofhappy  So last Friday, my co-worker Katie suggested I needed more stuff up on my walls.  My desk is now sporting two pieces of my art...and my co-workers are starting to think I have a thing about snakes (;

There has been a whole lot of laughter in the office today. Our brains are a bit foggy. Example from this morning: I called an agent to schedule delivery. He said they had "Wednesday 4/30". I said, "4:30 pm?!?" He said, "No, April 30th." I said, "OH! Thank goodness! I thought that was awful specific!" Example from this afternoon: My co-worker asked when allergy season should stop and I quipped, "November." (;

Day 52:

So clearly, (I'm totally blaming the weather) I'm on day two of ever so slightly askance. Overheard my co-worker setting up a delivery for "Stephen, (pronounced Steven) with a P." After a quick pause, I started laughing and said, "PSteven ...the p is silent, right?" At least we've had plenty of laughter on this icky weather day.

Made Hoppin' John (: The funniest part is all three of my guys came in to inspect as I got started, and asked what I was making with faces of dismay...then proceeded to devour it when it was finished. (lol) Every time. They forget they like Hoppin' John until they're eating it. EVERY time. (;

Day 53:

Today, I came home (after 3 days of not sleeping) and my children let me take a nap. Merciful, merciful sleep. Now to go to bed and try to get a bit more before the next round of storms is sure to interrupt it.

Day 54:

*Squee* So a couple of weeks ago, I came across this fantastic meme that said, "For my birthday, send me a copy of your favorite book." I =adore= this idea and shared it. And my friend Spaz, sent me an early birthday present that came in today (((: I've wanted to read this book forever!! Thank you!



Day 55:

 So my honey is done with his class for this semester and was cleaning his school work out of the car this morning. As the boys were in the kitchen making their breakfasts, my honey put his 100s in my lap. As I cheered his good grades, I could hear my youngest asking my oldest what was going on and my oldest said, "Mom's checking Dad's homework, just like she does ours." It made me giggle (:

Day 56:

I got a picture of one of my pieces that's now framed and in it's forever home (:

Photo: Look what I finally got mounted and framed!

Day 57:

I've been keeping track of my dreams in a dream journal and it's up to 76,600 words and 162 dreams. 203 dreams to go until "Last Night I Dreamed" becomes more than excerpts and snippets (:   My yards are mowed and in order (FINALLY!)  I've updated my etsy shop, adding more original artwork (and listing many of the originals with free world wide shipping).  My society6 is running free world wide shipping.  I've had a chance to update my facebook portfolio.  And I'm slightly over half way through the 100 Days of Happy Challenge and keeping up with it (: