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Friday, May 6, 2011

Trash or Treasure

This morning started a little different than most with a quick trip to the store. Logan has learned to make his own scrambled eggs & toast and loves showing off his culinary skills. But with only 1 egg left, what other choice was there but to take Lil' Chef to get another dozen.

With 2 more cartons of eggs in hand, we made our way back home. As we pulled onto our street I see 2 bookcases sitting at the end of our neighbor's driveway. A thought flashes into my head. "Those would be perfect for Logan's room to house more of his Lego collection!" I dropped Lil' Chef off to begin his magic and I went to find Daddy, my excitment building. (I know. How sad that I get this excited over the potential of free stuff. I mean really! What has happened to me???) Now I guess I should give a little background as to why this is so noteworthy. I live with the garage sale guru! Every Saturday, he and Logan make a list and head off to find "treasures". Me on the otherhand, I can't stand going to garage sales (or hosting them for that matter). Oh, I like saving the money or making some extra cash. I just think it's a lot of effort. For Tony, I think it's more about the game-find the best stuff for the cheapest price. And I have to say, he's pretty good at it. He keeps to his standards and only gets nice things we can actually use. Which brings me back to the bookcases.

I needed someone (ie Tony) to walk across the street and get them because I couldn't do it. I mean what if they were home? What if they came outside and asked what I was doing? Not to mention, my mom has no shame in finding "trash treasures" too. Now I don't mind finding her words coming out of my mouth from time to time, but not this!!! I think I caught a glimps of myself turning into her! Before I know it, I'll be planning out my Saturday schedule along with Tony! Nooooo!!! This can't be happening! So I found my guru, told him of my find, and asked him to do the dirty work. He did, and brought back 2 perfectly good bookcases, in great condition, that match Logan's furniture!! Woo hoo!! Now I just need to get them dusted off and displayed with Legos.

I guess the saying holds true, "One man's trash is another man's treasure". But I think I'll leave the treasure hunting to the professionals. :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dinner Disaster

Today as I was making dinner I wondered if June Cleaver ever had an off day. Now I don't wear heels, pearls or dresses just to clean the house, but I do take a lot of pride in my role as a stay-at-home wife & mommy. I try to keep the house as neat as possible (which between the 2-year-old's toys and the 9-year-old's socks & Legos is a never-ending task), clean, run earrands, do laundry & make dinner each night. Most days things go pretty well; every once in awhile you just have "one of those days".
Well, I have to confess, the whole day wasn't "off", just the dinner part. On Sunday afternoon, I prepared 3 dinners that I put in the freezer. I decided to use one of them tonight. It was a new recipe and I was anxious to try it, Chicken Wonton Rolls. Being a lover of chinese food, I thought it sounded pretty yummy. I decided some fried rice & sesame cucumber salad would round out the meal. Sounds good so far, right? I got the rolls out of the freezer, started the rice, chopped the veggies, made the salad dressing. Everything was on its way. After 15 minutes in the oven, it was time to flip the rolls over to bake on the opposite side. Oh the horror!! They were burnt! :( So I flipped them over anyways for just a couple more minutes. Then I checked the rice. Are you kidding me!!! I like sticky rice, but this was just a glob. I could hear Gorden Ramsey in the back of my mind saying, "Ah, come on! You're not gonna serve that, you donkey!" But with only 5 minutes before Tony & the kids returned from the park, what other choice did I have? Yep, you guessed it...takeout! So with disappointment in my voice, I called Tony and told him what had happened; told him it was "ok" but definately nothing I would make again and that he may want to pick up something on the way home. But being the loving husband that he is, he said it would be fine. " You've already made it, and I'm sure it will be fine." Now that's love! Not so sure he'd feel the same after tasting it.
Well, I don't know what Ward would have done, but I'm guessing he would have eatten it too. The kids even tried it (eventhough they finished their meals with PB&J).
It's been a long time since I watched Leave It to Beaver, but I think it's safe to say that even June had a "please-don't-make-that-again" dinner. ;) Oh, well at least there were homemade chocolate peanut butter cup cupcakes for dessert!

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