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When Betty was born we went through many songs to find the perfect one that would induce sleep. The one that stuck and the one that we had to learn all the lyrics was I love you a bushel and a peck. That song has been sung at least a million times in the past 3.5 years.

For a while, it fell slightly out of favor as it was the magic song. The magic song that would induce sleep even when Betty didn't want to sleep. Lately, it has been requested again at bedtime. Which means a lovely snuggle and Betty singing with me now.

And that is lovely and magic making itself. Especially when we hit the third verse and Betty corrects me when I sing "it makes my life a mess, a mess of happiness". No, Mommy. It's a mess of dirtiness.
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I've decided that I'm making many changes this year. One of them is to get back to journaling on a daily basis. I miss writing so I'm scheduling myself time to write.
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Oh man! The heat wave is here. Kind of wondering if we'll have another one towards the end of July like normal. We were at a birthday party yesterday. A bit too hot to have a party outside in the middle of the day. We all kept saying "I don't want to complain about the heat . . . ". Thankfully we have a portable AC that we gets set up in the bedroom.

OK, the bank sign says its 92 degrees. I think it's a good idea to chill in the bedroom for now.

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Reality checks suck. Big time. And they always seem to occur when you least expect them. Today was pulling my phone out of my purse to check the battery only to find I had a text from a friend saying that his partner was in ICU after a fall on Friday and they expected to take him off the ventilator on Monday.

WTF? This is how the universe works? Apparently he had a heart attack and stumbled going down stairs and hit his head on the concrete floor. The doctors think his brain was deprived of oxygen for too long before he was found. The last update was that the brain activity that he would need for recovery was not there.

Needless to say today has been rough. This is the 2nd unexpected death of a friend in the last 6 months. So universe I hear you. I'm trying my best not to take people for granted but I'd really like for you to tell me in nicer terms.

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Why is it that when you try to declutter/clean one thing you end up with a completely huge mess somewhere else? I've been systematically trying to reorganize and clean the house. I made it my goal to do one bag of trash and one bag of recycling during nap time. I've been fairly successful. However it seems like as soon as I get one thing done, I find five other things that need to be done. Today was spent moving piles around the basement. I still have piles, albeit a bit more organized and not scattered. Sigh, I just wish I had a week with no Betty to get stuff done.

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Naptime. It is a very lovely thing.

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Hello insomnia. So lovely to see you again. The morning will come way too soon with a little face waking me up.

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Thanks for having amusing posts.

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How is it that with one less person in the bed I still have the same five inches of space? Not necessarily complaining as we tradition to a big girl bed but still. I keep switching sides - cause I can- and the same elbow finds the same spot in my ribs.

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I really dislike my neighbors right about now. A while back they installed a bunch of security flood lights in the side of their house. Lovely, except at 2am when you are woken out of a dead sleep. I'm thinking about practicing my slingshot usage.

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I think I has forgotten LJ was here. And I've missed it. So my plan for 2013 us to catch up and write more. We'll see how it goes

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Bed is calling my name. I have a sleeping baby in my lap which means I need to put myself to sleep. However, here I am posting to LJ because 1) my computer is out of commission until Monday and 2) I just remembered I have LJ on my phone. I can't read anything but I can post.

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OK, super yummy collard green recipe. It was quick and tasty.

Shredded Collard Greens with Walnuts and Pickled Apples from Gourmet September 2000
yield: Makes 6 servings
Active time: 30 min Start to finish: 1 1/2 hr
For pickled apples

* 2 red apples such as Gala or Idared
* 1/2 cup cider vinegar
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon pickling spice

* 1/2 cup walnut halves (3 ounces)
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1 bunch collard greens (1 pound)
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Make pickled apples:
Quarter and core apples, then cut each quarter lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Boil vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and pickling spice in a saucepan, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Add apples and return to a boil. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and cool. Chill, uncovered, until cold, about 1 hour.

Prepare nuts while apples chill:
Toast walnuts in oil in a small skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until a shade darker. Cool nuts in oil. Transfer nuts to a cutting board with a slotted spoon, reserving oil. Coarsely chop 1 tablespoon nuts and finely chop remaining nuts.

Prepare collard greens:
Halve each collard leaf lengthwise with kitchen shears or a sharp knife, cutting out and discarding center ribs. Stack leaves and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide strips. Transfer to a large bowl.

Just before serving:
Transfer all nuts and oil from skillet to collards and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Add apple slices, discarding pickling liquid and spices, and toss again.

Cooks' notes: ·Apples may be pickled 3 days ahead and kept chilled, covered.

·Nuts may be toasted and chopped 1 day ahead and kept in the oil in an airtight container at room temperature.
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I adore Coinstar. Love the fact that I just collected $110 in change and turned it into an Amazon gift certificate and bought a couple of things that have been on my list of not necessary but I just want them items. Yay me!
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I was in the mood for German potato salad tonight. In trying to figure out a recipe for the pork chops that were planned I found this recipe. They were goooooooooood! So I'm sharing

Mustard Pork Chops
Makes 2 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

* 1 - 2 T. flour (or rice flour)
* 1/4 tsp. salt
* Dash freshly ground pepper
* 1 oz. bacon, minced
* 1/4 onion, chopped
* 2 large, boneless pork chops
* 1/4 c. sherry
* 1 c. cream
* 1 T. mustard, spicy or sweet German
* 1/2 - 1 tsp. Hungarian paprika


Mix flour with salt and pepper. Dredge pork chops in mixture. Shake off excess flour.

Fry bacon until crisp and drain. Fry chopped onion in bacon fat until glassy. Push onion to side and add pork chops to pan and fry 3-5 minutes on each side (depending on thickness). Remove pork chops from pan.

Add sherry to pan and scrape to remove the browned bits. Add cream, mustard, paprika, bacon and pork chops and cook for several minutes to reduce cream. Season to taste and serve.

Serve with potatoes or rice and a plain vegetable.


May. 10th, 2010 01:41 pm
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Can I kill my carpool person?

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<lj-template name="qotd" id="1401" lang="en_L I remember way back when, far enough back that my other half jokes that I remember moments from the womb. What I think is my earliest memory is my dad sucking the goldfish out of the tank. The interesting part is that I remember many details to the story that my parents don't remember. As the story goes, my dad decided to clean out the fishtank which held one lonely goldfish. I remember my mother telling him not to suck the fish out of the tank as he was siphoning the tank with a water hose. I walked back into the living room when my dad was about halfway done and asked "what happened to the fish?" Now I know that the look on my dad's face was "oh shit!", but what he said to me was "he went under the house to visit his friends". I give my dad credit though because when I asked when he (the fish) was coming back, my dad said that he would come back when he was ready - meaning "when I find one to replace him". Lots of other details that go along with it like the fact that the fishtank was sitting on top of the white bookshelf behind the green chair in the corner with the green bathmat underneath the tank. Now why do I remember all this? Not sure why it stuck initially, but I do know that is the only time my father has ever lied to me.


Mar. 19th, 2010 11:58 am
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I realize that it is hard to get masage practice hours in but to fake ALL of your hours? ">

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I am just freaking tired but energized at the same time. And too much to study, so I'm off to remember the difference between my glenohumeral and my radialulnar
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First day of class out of the way. Man, am I tired though. I think it may be coupled with the fact that the weather has decided that it is time for RAIN. Good ol' Seattle, which means the rain coupled with the commute equals crazy ass drivers. And I drove today for my carpool. I was so glad to get home. But seriously, I'm so tired right now, my eyes are twitching. For anyone who has sleep deprivation from children, right now I feel your pain.

Class was good. I'm ready to go and terrified at the same time. Ready to get a move on and start learning and rubbing people. Terrified that in 12 months I'll be qualified to get paid to rub people. Terrified that I can learn something that fast.

There is a doula in my class that I've been conversing with. Yes, trying to figure out how to get doula training in as well.

OK, dinner is here. The plan is to eat and go to bed. It all starts over on Thursday.


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