Ham-mer Time

Last year, Herbie decided to make Easter all about him.  Dick move, and I let him know I felt that way. This year, we were celebrating! When you invite the hostess with the most-est to your place for Easter lunch, you must have a suitable center piece. This was my attempt!

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Fresh flowers adorned with Peeps and jelly beans. Mannie even got into the spirit…

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Let’s eat some ham!

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After a full tummy of ham, potatoes, deviled eggs, baked beans, rolls, cake… we needed to walk it off. Mom was impressed with the flowering trees in the community. Sounds like an old person thing but I will admit, these were pretty cool.

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When we bought the ham, we had few to choose from. 12-15 pounds each! It’s only 5 of us. So we have leftovers for days. What to do? Make ham sandwiches!

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I’ve eaten ham 3 days in a row! I’m done with it, send me your shipping address. And don’t tell CS.

Pay It Forward

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It works. Try it.

A friend, who is also a co-worker, got sneaky on me a while back. While I’m in the lunch line behind her talking to another friend/co-worker, she secretly bought my lunch. I go to hand the cashier my card and she kept saying “You’re good.” Me, “What?” It was like a who’s on first moment. I just wasn’t getting it. She finally spilled the beans and said my friend had bought my lunch. Awww shucks. I text her later that day and all she asked was that I pay it forward. Today, I found a great moment to do just that.

I was up early and hungry. That formula is always solved with a Starbucks Gouda and bacon egg sandwich. On my way to work, the only drive-thru Starbucks I pass is downtown. It’s always a nightmare drive-thru line. It usually moves nicely, but there are 2 entrances and you know how people get before they’ve had their caffeine. I was at the side entrance, and a nice lady in a white SUV let me go in line in front of her. I asked the cashier to put her bill on mine. Felt really nice and fitting for Valentine’s Day. Spread the love and #payitforward. @HaleyJoelOsment.

When I Dip You Dip We Dip

A friend needed to take a side dish to a Super Bowl Party. I offered up my famous taco dip recipe. I have no idea where I learned this from, so I can’t take credit for creating it. It’s so simple and I always end up with an empty dish after I serve it. My suggestion sounded so good, I thought I would make it to take over to our friend’s house tomorrow! 3 key ingredients: 8 oz sour cream, 8 oz cream cheese, 1 package taco seasoning.

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If you let the cream cheese soften, mixing in the bowl is much easier. Before…

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After!

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Spread the mix in any glass dish. I prefer a round with 12″ diameter.

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You can top with whatever you want. I always use 1/2 yellow pepper, 1/2 green pepper, and 2 chopped roma tomatoes.

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Toss some shredded cheese on top and you are done.

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Serve with your favorite tortilla chips. I like the Scoops. Get’s all the goodness in 1 bite! Very colorful, very delicious, and very little clean up too. All you use is 1 bowl, 1 fork, 1 knife and a cutting board.

Bucket List

Turning 39 did not excite me this year. Being with my friends did, so I found a fun way to make them do some work for me!

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Have at it, party people!

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A quick Goodwill trip and a staple gun provided a DIY way to showcase my bucket list ideas.

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Lots of great ideas. A few questionable ones.

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Thanks to JW, this thing follows me around at every birthday since my golden. Luckily she forgot the real deal at home but happily sent a phone pic later. Those are not caterpillars. Those are my eyebrows before this girl learned what sculpting was.

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My event coordinator and I taking a breather after the meatball debacle.

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Black and gold was a fitting color scheme this year.

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We leveled up this year by adding live music. Our youngest guest was loving the Guitarist by cutting it up on the dance floor!

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I love being surrounded by friends and family. I felt loved!

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I don’t throw birthday parties to get presents, but AV picked something special out for me, so I was excited!

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A cupcake puzzle! Can’t think of a better birthday gift! Just need to pick which weekend I’ll be working on it. As the birthday girl, I tried to make the rounds and mingle with everyone which caused me to lose my cup every now and then. Oh well, we can double fist it.

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After all that fun, clean up day was bittersweet.

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After the weekend festivities, a good workout was needed but damn, JL outdid himself. Who needs training?!

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I was ready for a good dinner and a cocktail. I think a martini pairs nicely with filet. Or anything.

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I’m ready to tackle 39 and rock into 40…. I think.

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Boos Booze & Carving

Previously. A bit previously. And waaaaaay previously.

I built a pumpkin cairn so our 22 RSVP’d guests could find the party!

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Thanks to Joann’s 50% sale, I added a lot of new pieces to the Halloween theme.

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Mom RSVP’d for 3. Huh? Mom + Dad + ? = 3. I was scared they were bringing a dog which they planned on leaving here. No time for that right now. I was delighted to meet Mannie instead!

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His face just says “wwwwwwwwwwoooooooooaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh”. Mannie welcomed our guests to a delightful spread courtesy of CS, me, and Carole. CS made his world famous chili, homemade salsa which accompanied my meatballs, taco dip and Carole’s devil eggs with eyeballs! Our guests were well fed, which is always our goal.

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Based on what we learned last year, we brought out the heavy equipment. “Bring out yer drills!”

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We had plenty of kid-friendly activities to keep the youngsters entertained. Paint, chalk, Sharpees. Ok, maybe Sharpees wasn’t the best.

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Who wants pumpkin glasses?! This kid!

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Thanks to karma for the great weather! It was a beautiful outdoor day to spend with friends and family.

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Finished product by SJ, who was in love with using a drill. Such a cute design!

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I was a bit nervous about my bat design choice. It wasn’t looking great during day light. Come sun down, I was surprisingly pleased!

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I think we have a great tradition building.

Pin Me

I’ve been wanting one of these for years. I even tried to use work as a reason. I finally caved and shelled out the cash myself.

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What is it?

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All the reviews said the circular cutter that came with it was crap. Recommended you download the 1 inch template and just cut yourself.

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Load it in, and out comes a BUTTON!

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994 buttons to make until I run out of supply!

Reality Check DIY

My Dad forgets he’s 70. I needed to find a way to remind him of this fact that he could appreciate. Patent pending, I introduce Reality Check CardsTM.

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The goal of this DIY was to remind my father, he didn’t have to save the world anymore. He’s worked hard, so take a break. 1/2 of the cards are uplifting and sweet. That half of the deck also has images of him with family over the past 10 years.

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Every day, he pulls a card, reflects, then shares it with Mom. Of course I required proof. Started getting texts w/ images. These 2 are up to no good some days!

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Then he found his favorite card.

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Point made and point taken.

Next comes that friend who just picks the wrong girls. I asked “Is your red flag radar broken?” I made him one to replace it.

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There are 8 categories to consider. It includes questions he needs to ask himself when continuing a relationship with females. Once he finds 4 red flags, she has to go.

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It’s effectiveness is currently being tested. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a slam dunk and the hottest Christmas present for 2016!

Man Down

Fighting off a sinus infection this weekend. So the only thing I want to do is lay on the couch and watch TV. As I catch up on my Ellen marathon, the TV makes sounds like it was eating a giant bowl of Snap Crackle Pop cereal then goes black. Son of a beech.

I jiggled the cord, very technical solution. I unplugged for a while to “reset” it, very Help Desk like. Time for Google. Google says its bad electrolytic capacitors. Ok, Google image please!

Good ones:

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Bad ones:

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All articles say the ends are raised up, split, or look puffy. Give me my drill! Let’s get the back off and check this out.

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The electrolytic capacitors pictures above are from my TV. I think I found the culprits but it’s too late in the day to get replacement parts. Good thing I have spare TVs all over my home to sustain my laziness for the weekend. Day semi-saved. Stay tuned. <-- Get it? See what I did there!

2 Degrees Lower

Here’s why…

My condo had the original windows from the day the building was erected. Over the past 10 years, they have really broken down. You could see moisture forming between the glass and the screen. I had full plastic covering on all the windows upstairs that would seriously blow out like a giant bubble when the winds were strong. Air was just coming in and out as it pleased. It was time. Since my community has standards, I had to have casement windows. Which of course, are more expensive. My old ones had gold handles that stuck out and locks that weren’t sexy.

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My new ones were going to be slick! The team of 3 arrived at 9 am and quickly got to work. This window was our problem child. The guy is standing right in front of the spot that had rotted out. This was also a major factor for getting these windows done now. We didn’t want the rot to spread and require all new framing.

They were able to save the frame and replace the boards. You can see the hard line towards the bottom of the picture that shows what all they dug out.

Once they got all the insulation packed in, they went around to finish the trim work. Almost there!

Damn they look good!

On the inside, the white handles fold down and look like a seamless part of the window. It was kind of a shame that I had to just hang my curtains back up and cover them up. Already, they are saving me money. I turned the thermostat down to 70 degrees and my furnace isn’t working overtime any more. Looking forward to using them in the warmer weather! And the 2015 tax write off!