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[not entirely] random thought of the day…8.2.08

“What a crazy random happenstance,” has become a constant thought in my head.  If you know where that is from then you know what I’m talking about.

If not then you seriously need to check this site out.

random thought of the day…7.29.08

If you have a child that is deaf and a child that is blind how do they communicate with each other?

Seriously, this popped into my head this morning…talk about random.

random thought of the day…7.28.08

Forgetting sunblock is a bad thing.

Thirty-one years old…you would think I would know better by now.  But no…………of all the days I forget sunblock today had to a real scorcher.  It didn’t feel that hot out but there were no clouds and after I got out of the pool I was drying on the lounge and it was just so nice and the kids went inside and I just laid there.

Yeah, dummy, guess what happens when you lay out in the blazing sun with now sunblock.  I’m a moron.  Now my back is itchy and my arms feel like they are on fire.  Blah.

random thought of the day…07.26.08

Tastes change.

Another true fact from me to you.  When I was a kid I couldn’t stand when my dad would make asparagus.  I think he was the only person in the house that ate it and I just wanted to gag.  Here it is, some 20+ years later, and what did I make with our Italian chicken tonight?

Asparagus…on the grill.  A technique I learned on the 4th of July.  Just make a foil packet out of heavy duty aluminum foil, place frozen asparagus and some butter, close and toss on the grill with the chicken.

It was so tender and yummy.  Oh, that brings me back to my point that tastes change.  I had TWO helpings of asparagus tonight.  All three of my kids (that are here, my oldest is at a friend’s house) devoured it.

random thought of the day…7.25.08

Legos are the coolest toy ever invented.

They can keep a child occupied for hours and build creativity and are great for all ages.  My 6yo son and 5yo daughter cleaned the whole house just so they could get my collection of legos out of the basement.  Now they, along with my 2yo daughter, are playing happily in the dining room and I’m resisting the temptation to go join them.  I have such fond memories of playing with Legos when I was a kid.

A sampling of our Lego collection, circa 2006 (we've since added more)

A sampling of our Lego collection, circa 2006 (we've since added more)

random post of the day…7.24.08

Sometimes coming up with a random thought is hard.  That’s as random as I get today.

random thought of the day…7.23.08

Getting too much sleep will actually make you more tired.

It’s true.  Oversleeping is just as bad as not getting enough sleep in making a person tired throughout the day.  When I was in college I used to go to bed at 10pm and not wake up until 11am and wonder why I was still so tired all the time.  I was getting enough sleep…12-13 hours a night.  Come to find out I was getting too much sleep.  After I quit school and started working full time at Wally World I was going to bed at midnight and getting up around 8am.  A nice eight hours of sleep.  Sure I was super tired in the morning and didn’t want to get up but once I got moving I felt find and was never exhausted all day long like when I was sleeping 12 hours a night.

Now with kids, during the school year, I average 5-6 hours a night.  In college I never would have thought I could survive on less then 8 hours a night but I do it most of the year now.  Now that it is summer and my husband is home all the time (he hurt his back and hasn’t worked since December) I sleep in every morning.  I go to bed at 2am and sleep until 10am or later sometimes.  I am always tired.

I need to get back into a routine where I go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up at 8am on the dot to start my day.  Yeah, who am I kidding…that will never happen becuase I like staying up late.  I don’t relax until the kids are in bed.

random thought of the day…7.22.08

To make the perfect batch of Kraft boxed mac & cheese…FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!

I made the kids some mac & cheese today.  Here’s how it turned out:

  • Don’t overcook the pasta….FAIL! (I got sidetracked doing a scrapbook page and let it cook to the bottom of the pot)
  • Use the correct amount of butter…FAIL! (I didn’t feel like wasting my good real butter so I just tossed in a big spoonful of vegetable spread)
  • Use the correct amount of milk…FAIL! (I never measure the milk)

Not that the kids care or anything.  They still ate it and said it was good.  I even ate some of the leftovers.  It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either.

Of course, now when I want to make really good mac & cheese I do it from scratch.  My dad gave me the recipe.  It’s simple, fool proof almost…almost.

  • 1 16oz box of pasta, cooked (not overcooked!)
  • 1/2 brick of Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 package of skinless smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 TBSP milk

Here’s the super simple part: Mix all ingredients and put into large baking pan or casserole dishes.  Bake at 350° for 30 minutes, stir, bake another 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted.

See, simple, and oh so delicious.

random thought of the day…7.21.08

Leaving the freshly washed cover to your sofa drying on the line overnight is a sure way to ensure it will rain by morning.

It is in the same realm of washing your car on a bright sunny day will ensure it will rain before the wax is dry.

Which I think is related somehow to the sock that always goes missing in the dryer, although I’m not clear on the connection.

random thought of the day…7.20.08

I like cherry passion tic-tacs.  I really do.  I can polish off a thing of those in less then a day if I’m not careful.  I’m sucking on my last three right now, trying to savor them.  At least I got them and not my two year old.  She loves them, too.  I don’t like the other flavors, except maybe cinnamon.

Uh-oh, they’re gone.  Mental note: buy more cherry passion tic-tacs.

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