Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Buche de Noel

Here's my first attempt at a Buche de Noel - recipe courtesy of my Aunt up in NH...it didn't turn out too nice, but I thought it still tasted good ;) (It is supposed to look like a log.) I'll try again next year....

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Jax Jaguars - Week 16 and Tennis!

I won't say much more than - GO JAGS!!! (Put another tally in the W column!)


(4-11)





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Oakland 0 3 0 8 11 Final



Jacksonville 14 14 7 14 49

(11-4)


Well, for those of you who have been hearing me talk about trying tennis - I'm all signed up and registered for a class that will be starting in the beginning of January. After talking to several people about their opinions regarding individual classes vs. group classes, I decided to go with the group class. I need to figure out if I really enjoy the sport, first! So...more to come on that!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Discovery

My co-worker has given me a great house cleaning tip this past week. Selma told me that she has been washing her shower curtain in the laundry machine for years - well, I tried it today, followed all of her instructions (wash w/ laundry detergent and a little bleach) and it came out looking better than brand new! It even has a little shine to it now. :)

I also finished a scarf I've been working on for my friend Shraddha in CA - It's going in the mail tomorrow - I wanted to document what the finished product was but no one was home, so I had to take a picture using the timer on the camera. (And, coincidentally, another friend in CA called me just as the picture was about to take - that's alright, the focus was supposed to be on the scarf.) I chose to make the scarf a little thinner than usual - I used two different yarns: Karabella Merino Wool (light gray) and Tahki Scoop for the accent color. I'm pleased with how it turned out ;)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Bux is online!

Hooray! The Bux is now online...(actually I may be a little behind the times on how long this has been available but I've just recently discovered it online)...Now if they could only deliver my double short, vanilla, non-fat, no foam, latte to my doorstep - Good thing I've got my handy espresso maker in the kitchen :)

Visit the Bux (or Starbucks for those who are confused) online! http://www.starbucks.com/

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Jax Jaguars - Week 15 & random thoughts

Great win today for the Jaguars...(and a great win for me in the fantasy football league)...

(10-4)





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Jacksonville 3 7 12 7 29 Final




Pittsburgh 0 7 0 15 22

(9-5)

Caleb and I went to the Orlando Christmas Parade this past Saturday and I must say that it seems like the parade going experience has changed a lot. Or at least from what I remember... We got their early with the two interns from work to make sure we could stake out a good spot on the curb - and about an hour before the parade started, there were at least a dozen people selling cheap toys from a cart, walking up and down the street. Now, my recollection of a parade involved some type of security personnel keeping people on the side of the road and preventing people from crossing the road in the middle of the parade. Not the case at this particular parade. There were people running across the street in between floats/cars and children literally running in the street to gather candy that didn't reach the curb - keep in mind there are large floats and cars in the parade that this children are running in front of - I just couldn't believe that parents were allowing their children to run in the streets during a parade - granted I did not witness anyone get run over...but I did witness a little girl trip and fall on her way out to gather candy, resulting in a skinned knee. This aside, the parade was nice - I haven't been to one in years and it was fun to watch one again - we did take a few pictures while we were in downtown Orlando - one featured below...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Special Day...

December 13th is a day to remember - Caleb and I are officially engaged ;)

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Jax Jaguars - Week 14 & Christmas fun

Well, first things first - Jaguars win today . . . VERY NICE . . .

(5-8)





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Carolina 0 6 0 0 6 Final



Jacksonville 7 3 10 17 37

(9-4)

This week Mom and I went to a silent auction event to benefit the Alzheimer Resource Center in Orlando - the auction was for Christmas wreaths - there were at least 30 to bid on, in so many different colors/themes. There was a Florida Gator wreath with orange and blue lights, a few "dog" wreaths with chew bones and squeak toys as decorations on the wreath, there were purple wreaths, teal wreaths, lighted wreaths, a Neil Diamond inspired wreath (specifically made for the song, "Forever in Blue Jeans"), a Harry Potter inspired wreath (made by one of my friends in the knitting group), a Hershey's chocolate wreath and so many more! My mother and I both left with two wreaths - mine are pictured below - as you can tell I went the more traditional route. (Both of Mom's wreaths were food inspired - one decorated with different candies, the other with gingerbread men.) The best part of the auction was bidding and then checking back to see if your bid was still the highest - and bidding again is someone had outbid you, then checking back again to see if you were still the highest.



And while I'm on the Christmas theme - we've got our little tree up and the fireplace decorated for the season - notice the gifts are on the mantle - don't want the little pugs open the presents early!


Saturday there was a Christmas boat parade on Bear Lake behind our house - so Caleb's family and nephews came over to see the parade - we had a little cookout with hot dogs and smores in the backyard. There were only about 8 boats in the parade but it was fun none the less.



Monday, December 3, 2007

Jax Jaguars - Week 13 and technology ;(

Jags had a loss on Sunday against the Colts - they just didn't play their best which is what you've got to do to beat the Colts. Good game...
(8-4)





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Jacksonville 0 7 7 11 25 Final



Indianapolis 14 7 0 7 28

(10-2)
I have had several technological mishaps this past week - I accidentally deleted one of Caleb's work files and then desperately tried to restore it with some program I found on the internet but no luck. (He was not very happy at all.) Then, my cell phone died (had to get a new one which is always a chore b/c they try and get you to sign two year contracts) - the charger connection broke so the phone can no longer charge (lost a few phone numbers that weren't saved to my SIM card . . . sorry if I don't call!) THEN, mysteriously, all of my bookmarks disappeared on my internet connection! So I'm starting from square one there too. Sigh...as my mother says, "Technology is great as long as it works." I'll use another quote from my mother to describe this past week - "Never a dull moment."

I'm going for a walk.

Friday, November 30, 2007

OMG!!! (interpretation: Oh my Gosh!)

My friend, Vicki, sent me this link to an article...as I read through each item my jaw just kept dropping. The nutrition facts for some of the things we can order at restaurants are, in a word, disgusting!!! Check it out for yourself....The 20 worst foods in America .... Happy Eating!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Jax Jaguars - Week 12 and more pictures

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Buffalo 0 7 7 0 14 Final



Jacksonville 10 6 3 17 36

(8-3)

Another Jaguar win...looking good Jags!

And, I've got more pictures to share from this extended Thanksgiving weekend - enjoy!

Friday, November 23, 2007

THANKS

Thanksgiving is a nice time of year - I love it all - getting together with friends, the gathering of family and lots of food! There was no shortage of that this year at all!
Tuesday - drinks & appetizers with the girls (mmm...good ole bar drinks)
Wednesday - dinner at my place (Asian/American mix)
Thursday - 1pm - lunch at the Hamel's (Thanksgiving)
Thursday - 6pm - dinner at the Lo's (Asian inspired)
Friday - 3pm - dinner at the Lo's (Thanksgiving)

We had a total of 22 people at my parent's house this year for Thanksgiving dinner (yes, a day late, but still great food!) Lots of noise, good wine and great dessert selection! YUM! Here are a few pictures from my Thanksgiving weekend...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Jax Jaguars - Week 11 & other ramblings

The Jaguars were on their game today - Garrard was back and was very impressive after a three week absence. One more in the W column - 24 - 17 Sorry San Diego...Go Jags!

In other news...I have been growing a pineapple plant in the front yard, waiting patiently for it to ripen. I noticed the other week that it was just about ready (getting nice and yellow) but I told myself, "I'm going to give it one more day." Well, apparently a raccoon in the area was keeping an eye on my little fruit plant as well - Caleb walked out to the driveway the other day and caught the little bugger enjoying MY PINEAPPLE!! He instantly ran away but now I will never know how delicious my pineapple was. It probably was pretty tasty since the raccoon ate the fruit down to the nub -Here's a similar picture of what my pineapple looked like:







And here is what was left of my plant after the raccoon enjoyed it.










In Thanksgiving news we have a number of family members coming to my parents house to visit - probably the most in our family's Thanksgiving history - estimating 22 people. Needless to say, mom is a little stressed. There are some who will be staying at their house, others will be at my brother's places (since he's got several at the moment). I am looking forward to see everyone though, I haven't seen my father's parents or a few cousins who will be visiting in about 8 years! Pictures will be posted after this week I'm sure :)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A few ideas for gifts . . .

I am in the process of getting all of my Christmas cards and gifts done - thought I might compile a few websites that I like for gifts - I love the internet b/c you can sit at home in a comfy sweatshirt and sleeping pants with a pug on your lap and shop for all of your friends and family. FABULOUS!

1. www.picpads.com - creates note pads from pictures you've taken
2. www.pajamagram.com - choose from a variety of adorable pjs, everyone needs something cute and comfy to wear at night!
3. www.harryanddavid.com - by far some of the best fruit baskets you'll ever find - who couldn't use something a little healthy during a season full of "bad for you" foods?
4. www.mymms.com - Personalized candy, how neat is that?
5. http://bakersedge.com - By far the best invention for brownies - EVER!
6. www.alyssaettinger.com - they have some great items for any of the knitters you may know!
7. www.peterborobasket.com - Who couldn't use more baskets?
8. www.dollarscrapbooking.net - Any scrapbookers you know will love this site - VERY AFFORDABLE!
9. www.decorativethings.com - Add some pizazz to someone's home or office
10. www.mxyplyzyk.com - unique gifts for that unique person
11. www.etsy.com - Get something handmade
12. www.keyingredient.com - put family recipes onto a CD or a bound book

Does anyone have any other websites they like - please share!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

My Favorite You-Tube Video

This video just touches my heart and makes me cry every time I watch it. It is probably because I have three little pugs and know how wonderful they can be. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Jax Jaguars - Week 10 & Baby Shower

Victory...Redemption...

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Jacksonville 7 7 7 7 28 Final




Tennessee 0 3 3 7 13

(6-3)


A dear friend of mine, Mary Helen, from Jacksonville had her Baby Shower this past weekend - Here is the Mom to be...and the baby sweater for little Aaron Edward Stewart when he is born.



I will have to admit, driving to Jax in the new (larger, yet not as fuel economic) Ford Explorer was a very nice ride...albeit a little more expensive than it used to be for a day trip. Nonetheless, well worth every penny to see good friends.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Jax Jaguars - Week 9

Sad...should've won...Next week is a conference game - got-to-win!!!!


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Jacksonville 17 0 0 7 24 Final



New Orleans 17 7 14 3 41

(4-4)


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pug Halloween

This year I made the attempt to dress the pugs up as mummies for Halloween. After I got them dressed though...I decided they looked more like injured dogs than mummies. Their costumes came off.




2005 Halloween Costumes were much better - Emmett was a Jaguar football player and Brantley was a Jaguar cheerleader.




And before that, in 2004 they were characters from the Wizard of Oz - Brantley was Dorothy and Emmett was the Cowardly Lion.