Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cards & A Couple Pics of Hot Things

I haven't had much to post this week, and I still don't.  But because my parents love to check my blog, I'm putting something up.

Next month's card swap theme is "summertime".  I really have nothing for it.  I made a card with some flowers on it and a bee.  I handmade that stupid bee and because it doesn't have antennas it kind of looks dumb.  The idea of making antennas makes me wanna stab myself in the face with a spork.  So, it stays as it.

This is supposed to be a surfboard.  It doesn't look anything like it.  The example I copied this from looked like a surfboard.  I have no idea how to fix this either.  HAHA!

My Stampin Up demonstrator Jessica had a yard sale today.  I got some pretty good buys!!!  Including a stamp set that included a surfboard.  (Mother puss bucket!!!!)

Dinner!  Stuffed red peppers in a crock pot!  Man, they smell awesome!!!  (I just included that pic to gloat about my mad cooking skills today.)

The little head feel off my musical jester figurine today.  What does it mean???
(It means I'm a clod who should look behind her to see what her fat ass is going to knock off the shelf when I turn around.  Way to overthink it, Steph!)

Well, that's about it.  Other than that I'm trying to write this book.  Lately I've been re-hashing previously written chapters and making them better.  I'm struggling with one of the characters.  I'm having problems deciding if I should convey their inner turmoil to the reader and let them in on the trauma, or keep it a secret until the end of the book.  Either way it would be a good read.  I just don't know how much "mystery" I care to keep the readers in.  It's a third-person omniscient story, so it's not all about Lyssa.  Just mostly.

Did any of that make sense?  I'm probably taking it way too seriously.  To offset that, here's a picture of Alex half-nude.

"Yo, James Bond.  Your wiretap is showing.  Don't you think you should...oh, nevermind.  You look just fine."

You're welcome.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Me and my daddy.  This was copied from a slide.  That purple light on my dad's ear is not some supernatural phenomenon.  It's deterioration.

Me and Dad again.  I would bet you anything he's laughing at something perverted one of his brothers just said.  When you wanted to laugh over a funny and most-likely-dirty story, you did it in Grandma's kitchen.  I don't know why.  (Yes, that's where I get it and why my mother married into that family.)

This is when my father was in nursing school.  This was either in 1967 or 1968.  Probably five minutes after this photo was taken he knocked up his wife of four years (aka MOM!)

Well, I'm sorry!  But it's the reason for the season!


Saturday, June 16, 2012

"Game of Hearts" - Meet Lyssa Winfield

In honor of reaching over 50,000 words, meet the heroine of our story...

This is Lyssa.  She works as a project manager in the gaming software development department at Markison Industries.  She enjoys yoga, Thai food, and long walks down Newbury Street to window shop for cool girly-things she's going to buy with all the overtime money she rakes in by not having a social life.  

Next on her To-Get List:  Hypoallergenic lingerie in a color that matches Alex's eyes.

Actually, this is a chick from a hairstyle magazine that we were thumbing through at work.  It was another, "Gasp!  That's her!" moment.  I don't even know her real name.  I guess it's just Lyssa.

FYI - Lyssa's eyes are actually silvery gray

Friday, June 15, 2012

Judy's Tat

Judy, one of my best buds and co-worker who sits next to me, has a tattoo on her left leg of a heart with some flowers.  Across the heart is a blank banner.  I asked her today why it was blank.  She explained that at the time (20 years ago) she didn't know what she wanted in it.  She thought about putting her boyfriend's name in it, but then they broke up.  Then she thought about putting her son's name in it, but then she had more kids.  She's definitely not putting her husband's name in it.

So I grabbed a ball-point pen and added my own ink to it.

Now Judy's my byotch for 24-hours.  We're thinking about charging people a buck to write their name in her tattoo.  We'll donate the money to diabeetus.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Drew and I started watching "Game of Thrones" again.  I like it.  I've gotten to the point that I want to kill the stupid people off more than the evil people.  Sometimes I can understand why they would be evil.  I mean, the king really is a pig.

I finally found someone that had uploaded the SNL sketch.  This is brilliant!  Taran Killam as Kit Harrington and Bobby Moynihan as George R.R. Martin are brilliant.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Shirley's Card Workshop & Swap

Last Saturday was a Stampin' Up card workshop at Shirley's house.  The usual gang was on-hand for the swap.

 The picture sucks even more than normal today.   Sorry.  The cards were all wonderful!  As Jessica said, "Everyone's stepping it up."  Us "pros" gotta work even harder next time.

The next party is at Terrie's house and the theme is "Summertime".  I'm gonna make a card of a giant ant battling a giant mosquito at a road construction site.  That about sums up Summertime!

Back row: Stacey, Judy, Teresa
Middle row: Me, Drew, Christie, Jessica
Front row: Terrie, Shirley, Karen

 These are the cards we made at the workshop. We got to use the new foam ink pads that Stampin' Up switched to. They are amazing!!! I'm psyched about stamping again!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Motivational Video in honor of Jason


Yeah, I know.  The resolutions screwed up.  It wasn't worth another hour dicking around to correct it just to send Jason a message.   Not that he isn't worth it.   Don't read more into that than beyond the letters, spaces and punctuation please.  And don't read anything more into the video either.   It's exactly what it's supposed to be.  A message to Jason.  Which is...

WE WATCHED HOT ROD FINALLY!  Stupid movie that made me giggle 'til I peed in several places.  This was one of my faves.  Oh, and it secures in my mind that Bill Hader is a comedy god and can do no wrong.  (Yep, settin' him up for a huge fall off the mountain too.)

Although honestly, this montage is a perfect metaphor for everything I do.
"I'm awesome!  I rock!  I can take on the world!  I can dance!  Oops.  I'm fallin'.  And this is gonna hurt.  Oh, hurt a lot.  But hey!  I got another idea!"  Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

Ah crap.  I went there.  Sorry.  It was a funny movie though.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Game of Hearts" - Meet Alexander Dane

This is Alex.  He works for Markison Industries as a Security Specialist.  His current job is making sure nothing happens to pretty project manager Lyssa Winfield.  Not only would Alex take a bullet for Lyssa, he'd gladly catch anything else she threw at him.  Except the wooden spatula.  When he sees his frisky little ninja babe wielding the spatula he ducks.  She's kind of dangerous with that thing.


The story behind this photo --- I was going to give Chase, another character in the book, a goatee.  I did a google image search on "goatee" to find one I liked so I'd have a picture as a reference for describing it.  I like having pics for inspiration.  As soon as I saw this beautiful man's face on the screen I instantly gasped, "That's Alex!"

His name is Rajneesh Duggal and he's a supermodel/actor from India.  This photo has been a huge inspiration for the character Alex.  Before this, I was having a hard time picturing him.  Now it's kinda easy.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Heavenly Slow Cooker Chicken

I'm cooking again!  Actually, I never really left.  I just haven't tried anything new in a while.  Today I picked out a new one to try from  It was called Jennie's Heavenly Slow Cooker Chicken, but I changed it up a little bit, so now it's...

Jennie & Stephanie's Heavenly Slow Cooker Chicken

2 tablespoons butter
1 package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix OR 1/4 cup wet Italian salad dressing
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz lite cream cheese
1/2 cup dry white wine
salt & pepper
4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast OR cut 2 massive ones in half with your official "Game of Thrones" breast cleaver that you purchased at Books-A-Million
(I mean, they have to have it there right?  They have the "Game of Thrones" refrigerator magnets so it's only appropriate that a store of it's caliber would have the rest of the official "Game of Thrones" kitchen gadgetry.  And you can get it at 10% OFF if you join the book club.  JOIN THE CLUB!!!!)
2 TBSP flour
fresh spinach
angel hair pasta

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in the salad dressing, soup, cream cheese, wine, salt & pepper.  Heat until cream cheese melt. 

Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of a slow cooker, and pour the sauce mixture over the chicken.  Cover and cook on Low setting until chicken is tender, about 6-8 hours.

After 6-8 hours, remove a cup of the sauce and whisk in the flour.  Add the flour mixture to the crock pot and mix thoroughly.  (The flour has a tendency to clump if you dump it right into the crock pot.  But hey!  You may like clumping, clumpy.)  Add handfuls of fresh spinach.  By the time you are done cooking the pasta, you should have finished off the rest of the wine bottle.  The chicken & sauce will be ready too.  Serve in bowls.  Blog about it.

Bon appleteat!

Drew of Auburn: Yes!  I loved it!  I can't wait to have it again!  Please put down the "True Blood" barbecue tongs honey.

(P.S.  In all honesty, a fantastic recipe!  The more spinach the better!  And yes, they do really sell "Game of Thrones" refrigerator magnets at Books-A-Million.  No joke.)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Treadmill Music Playlist

Monday thru Friday I'm on the treadmill before work for 30 min.  I mostly walk with a little bit of running.

Here's the current music playlist on my phone.

I run during #3, 5, 7.  The selections in between these are meant to be fun and keep me walking.  #1 and 10 I made myself by cutting down other tracks.  It's just warm-up/cool-down filler anyway.  But it works.  In fact, it all works a lot better than I expected.

My sister Amy and I are huge fans of Epic Theatrical Music.  The type of stuff used in movie trailers, huge battlescenes, video game commercials.  She's been feeding me a lot of great tracks lately, so I imagine I'll be able to create some killer playlists to walk/run to.  I'm ready to do more.  I'm not pressing it though.  I'll do what I enjoy.

It helps that I'm writing a novel in which the heroine works for a gaming software company.  I listen to the music and imagine she's at a work meeting to discuss the game their currently developing.  Of course none of this is really in the book.  Because that's boring work.  But it helps to build the fictional world in my mind.  And out of that comes my best writing.  When I'm just sitting around talking about the normal stuff that happens my brain will suddenly throw out something funny or scary to put in a scene.  I won't kid you.  It's kind of creepy sometimes how that happens.  People ask me all the time how I come up with my ideas.  The answer is...I have no effing idea.  It just...happens.  Like I said CREEPY!

So back to the point...I like music.  A lot.  It helps me enjoy other things that I otherwise wouldn't.  Like run.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Weekend Update with Me

This past weekend was the Ithaca Festival.  Stacey and I went on Saturday.  We took in a few of the live acts which were great.

Dancing + Drums + Vibrant Dance Outfits.  It looked great!  A lot of fun.  Stacey and I both agreed that if we lived in Ithaca, we would do this.  It's looked like Zumba at 78RPM, but without the feeling you're doing it in an attempt to avoid admitting you're too old to be doing it.  Aerobics + Art & Culture - Mediocrity.  Plus, the instructor Nana Amin was funny.  I like funny people.  Unfortunately I wasn't in a position to take photos.

Great rock band.  Really liked them.  Might even put them in my wine-trail mystery novel.  Didn't get pics because we were too busy enjoying the music, discussing which members we'd be personal groupies for (don't kid yourself --- all women do this!), and watching the drunks guys trying to start a mosh pit.  On concrete.  Unfortunately we didn't get to stay to watch one of them get hauled off in an ambulance, because we had to go see...

June is the instructor that Stacey and I took classes from last year.  We love her!  She's short and beautiful and just the sweetest thing!  We learned so much from her in a short time.  Her dancers were fantastic!  The costumes were to-die-for!  I did manage a few pictures here.  Nothing spectacular.  The camera phone was being pissy.

That's June!

June remembered us and wants us to come back.  We want to come back too!  Maybe in the Fall.  It's just not in the budget right now.  If we could get enough people, we might be able to convince her to come do a class in Auburn.  Unfortunately most people are all talk and no action.  "I'd love to do it!!" and then they don't show.  Erf.  But it was great to see the troupe!!!  

The crafters were amazing also.  Ran into my good friend Candy Lucas.  She's a mega-talented collage artist from Auburn.  We also found our new most favorite jewelry maker!!!  M&M Links.  Their website isn't up yet, but she said soon.  We got some necklaces that are just amazing!!!  It was hard to pick one out because everything was gorgeous!

We also found a couple shops in the Commons that we fell in love with.  The Free Trade shop had great jewelry, scarves, and handbags.  And there's a F.Oliver's store too!  They make flavorful oils and vinegars.  It's the latest rage that I'm into.  It's so tasty!!!

Next year we hope to see more shows and maybe eat there was well.  The array of food vendors was amazing!  Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, Indian, Mexican, etc...  We hadn't planned to eat there and didn't really have much time to, which is just as well as we'd never be able to pick out just one.

We did manage to find the wine and beer gardens though.  No problem there!  HA!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Hoosier Cabinet

One of the few pieces of furniture that Drew asked for when his mother moved was the hoosier cabinet.  I didn't think it was going to fit in our dining room, but it actually fits perfectly.  I still have to clean up the rest of the room as it's constantly being used for my cardmaking or Drew's Tastefully Simple stuff, but I did snap some pics of what we did with it.

There's a roll-down top that can close over the cookbooks, but I like it open.  The two cars are for my mother, who got me kits to make them for Xmas and kinda freaked out when I never made them.  I was going to keep them as collectibles, but after seeing the episode where Penny gets upset with Leonard for not playing with the Spock toy I decided I should make them.  So I did!  It was fun too.

In the bottom of the cabinet is a little wine fridge.  It's our wine center!  We still have the large wine rack; it's just moved across the room.

I quite like it!