Where the Hell Have You Been?

No, not you, me actually. 

Where the hell have I been?  Treading water mostly.  Just trying to keep ahead of it all.  I didn’t really have much to say.  Scratch that.  I had plenty to say just not much of it – nice, and I didn’t want to be Miss Whiney Hiney blogger Bi-otch. So, I haven’t posted for quiet some time. 

And, my son’s hockey season started so any free time I may have had went right out the window.  AND in a particularly brilliant maneuver on my part my brain squeezed out a fart and I said, “Sure, I’d love to be the team manager!”….????  What was I thinking? Organize a fundraiser?, team uniforms?, state championship paperwork?  No problem!!  Yep.  had a big ‘ol brain fart.

Anyway, so here I am at the tail end of the season and finally looking at my blog again.

So, how’ve you been?  I’ve missed you. I’ve missed the process of writing too.

Lots going on.   My baby sis got remarried to a great guy and is now the proud matriarch of  a family of 9!  3 hers, 4 his – all great kids. I’m so happy for them both.  They threw a great party and hopefully I’ll get some pictures up soon.  Spoiler alert:  she had a hairstylist and makeup artist for the wedding party and I was all glammed up with fake eyelashes (a first) and everything!

(Ok, I’ve just tried to publish this post and my pictures are not showing up.  WordPress is starting to piss me off.)


February 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

Dinner Success

Serving a successful, i.e. “mom, this is really good”, dinner to your family is not normally a post-worthy moment for most people but for those of us who are fundamentally culinary challenged, its kind of big deal.  So much so, that I’ve even created a blog category on this site, “Recipes My Family Actually Enjoys” which includes my rare gastronomic successes and my amazing “dinners out of nothing” where I miraculously whip up a tasty meal from various food scraps I have sitting in my refrig.

Enter last night’s concoction I call “Riding on Suddenly Salad’s Coattails“.

I used:  1 box of Suddenly Salad Ranch

  about 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

 extra penne pasta

 cherry tomatoes


I grilled up the chicken breast topped with some poultry seasoning.  While that was cooking I put a large pot of salted water to boil.

Once boiled, I threw in the pasta from the Suddenly Salad box that I had on hand and added extra penne pasta to the pot.  Following the directions on the box I mixed up the Suddenly Salad sauce and added the cooked pasta and mixed well.  Chopped up some tomatoes and tossed them into the pasta.  I thinly sliced about 3 large chicken breasts and tossed them into the salad as well. Done.

The salad is supposed to be served cold but I kept everything warm and doled it out as I was in a hurry to get my son to his hockey game.

Verdict:  Everyone, even Emily who despises sauces of every kind, liked the dinner.  A true “This is really good Mom” moment.  Sweet!

August 17, 2012 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Sad Endings and Bright Beginnings

Ah the waning days of summer.

Everything seems to be ending. The Olympics contests are complete, my summer softball is over (we lost is the first round of the playoffs – no biggie), my son’s golf league ends today and his summer hockey season ends next week. 

Everything is winding down, coming to a close.

We haven’t done a tremendous amount of things this summer since Mom and Dad had to work but we are going on vacation next week (finally!) and looking forward to the break.  Taking a vacation at the end of the summer is nice because it is something to look forward to and also offers a chance to relax and reset before the coming Fall and school, sports, holidays, etc.

We did manage to do a few fun things however, lunch and bbq’s with friends, cornhole games (your’s truly and partner regained our Cornhole Champion status! Whoo!) and cook-offs.  I tried some new things too: yoga class for the first time and tennis with the ladies.  (We should definitely try the tennis thing again gals – super fun.)

Summer is not officially over until I go on vacation so I’m having a little difficulty looking forward to and planning for September.  I still have to pack for our trip and make arrangements for someone to feed the cat.  Nothing like leaving things till the last-minute. Oh well, it will all work out I’m sure.

September will bring new beginnings for our clan, middle school, high school, college applications, driving tests, SATs – yikes!  I don’t know about the kids but I’m certainly not ready.  (Oh, and for those who believe in a higher power, please, please remember us in your prayers that my eldest gets accepted to Skidmore.  Thanks.)

I’m also going to try to do some home projects around the house in the midst of all that so wish me luck.  This post is all over the place – I’m babbling.  Way too much thinking in my head, again.  So I’ll leave you with thoughts of summer’s end and Fall’s beginning.

August 15, 2012 at 9:10 am 2 comments

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Well, sad to say, the Summer Olympics are officially over.  I didn’t catch all of the closing ceremonies last night but from what I’ve read, there were mixed reviews.  I personally turned off the tv when Russell Brand came out atop a psychedelic school bus singing a Beatles’ song surrounded by a few swinging-60’s glad dancers.  No thanks, too Superbowl half-time show for me.

I instead switched on my PM Yoga dvd and struggled to follow the instructor, Mr. Yee, for 20 mins of RELAXATION poses designed to “gently reduce strain and eliminate the stresses of the day”, blah, blah, blah. 

I found it hard to concentrate on my breathing while simultaneously holding a screamingly painful stretching pose and trying to remove the visual of a pasty-hairy faced, Jesus impersonator, Russell Brand gyrating to the Beatles surrounded by mini-skirted groupies. 

But by the end of the workout I felt better and much more relaxed.

August 13, 2012 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

Olympic Fever!

Hi, my name is Karen and I’m a Olympicaholic.


If I was in London I would totally be like these guys, face paint and kitchy accessories, love it!

  But since I’m still in the good ol’ US of A, I have to settle for non-stop viewing of any Olympic sport I can get my hands or eyes on.  Which means I’m staying up WAY past my bedtime watching everything from fencing to water polo to the US lady gymnists putting a spanking  on the rest of the world!  Whoo! You go girls!

(What’s with the hideous gray uniforms?  Nike really dropped the ball there.)

I confess I can’t get enough of the swimming.  I could watch every qualifying heat with or without an American competing. I like watching the volleyball too, especially the inside 8-man team volleyball. 

Beach volleyball creeps me out though, all I can think about is how uncomfortable they must be with all that sand working its way into unmentionable crevices…..chills.

Are you watching the Olympics?  It is so addicting.

August 1, 2012 at 9:47 am 1 comment

Downward Dog with Broken Toe…

Last night I took my very first yoga class.  And not just plain ol’ yoga, no I had to take a hot yoga class.  Oh boy, where do I begin?  First off, that place was HOT, like holy Moses this is Africa hot.  I have never sweated so much in my entire life.

 Downward dog pose(This of course, is not me.  I couldn’t keep my legs straight and could barely touch the floor and I was drenched in sweat.)

Despite the buckets of perspiration rolling off of me, I really enjoyed the class.  It reminded me of pilates only a tinsy bit nicer.  It was wicked hard, don’t get me wrong.  And to compoud things I did it with a broken toe which screamed at me throughout the entire class.  (I dropped a frozen can of grease on my toe 2 weeks ago.  Ouch.)  I’ve also discovered a few things about myself as well:

  1. It is very difficult to do yoga with a broken toe.
  2. I am extremely unflexible.
  3. I have very poor balance.
  4. I like the warrior pose.
  5. I can sweat ALOT.
  6. I think I like yoga.

Warrior II pose  (This isn’t me either but I looked just like this chic, only fatter, sweatier, and in a mismatched t-shirt and yoga pants.)

The instructor was very nice and wasn’t all hippy-dippy love guru.  She had just the right balance of spiritual vibe with physical toughness, if you know what I mean.  Anyway, I left the class drenched but very relaxed and calm.  Today however, I’m totally hurting but despite my current pain, I would definitely go back again.

July 24, 2012 at 8:33 am 3 comments

Friday On My Mind

Oh thankyou Lord! It is finally Friday.  It has been an excruciatingly long week for me.  I don’t know why, but this week I have been extremely tired and I’ve been getting to bed by 10pm, so I don’t know what’s going on.  I’m just relieved the work week is over.

One thing I did do this week which has helped to ease my stress, was to create a meal plan for the week.  I picked out what I was going to cook for the week last Sunday and made sure I had all the ingredients I needed, weeknights have been a breeze.  Some of the meals were hits, some not so much but that’s ok.  At least I wasn’t staring into the refrigerator abyss at 5 o’clock wondering what I was going to make for dinner.  I got home, looked at the calendar and made dinner.  Easy, peezy.

My daughter, Emily is making dinner tonight: frozen ravioli with sauce.  Simple but it’s a start.  I want my kids to learn how to cook a few meals for themselves to get them on the road to independent living.  My eldest, Fiona, will be going to college after this year so I really need to get things going.  Em is my first volunteer, she’s such a good kid.  I’m going to try to have the kids rotate and make one meal a week.  They will be in charge of the whole thing, planning, choosing a recipe, shopping for ingredients and cooking.  I’ll let you know how it goes.


July 20, 2012 at 7:59 am 2 comments

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