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September 16, 2009

I wonder if everyone goes through these feelings before they unveil the cloke of their website.

I’m a little nervous about Blog World Expo 2009.  What if these people don’t like me?  What if I can’t answer their questions?  What if someone asks me questions I don’t want to answer?  What if…

The Trip to Explain a Lifetime (Part 2)

September 14, 2009

Dalhart 6

(part 1 here)

We left dad’s childhood home and drove a few blocks to the elementary school he had attended.  Anything that isn’t an adventure to a child seem so far away… such a long journey. Dad was amazed that the old school was less than 2 blocks from his house.  I was amazed because the two story school house is now a private residence.  I could not imagine how much effort was needed to keep the place clean.  Just to mop the floors in this place would be a killer not to mention its outrageous monthly utilities.  One thing that was in the owners favor though; they don”t have to water their grass.  The entire school yard was dirt, just like all the roads in this part of town. Dad won a school talent contest one year for singing, Somewhere Over the Rainbow (he must have paid someone off because he can’t sing a note.)  Dad got his first school whipping in this school when he was in the fourth grade and it was here that he began his life-long love of studying history.   Read more…

Amazing Grace

September 11, 2009

Thank you to all the families who sacrifice so we do not have to endure another day like this one 8 years ago.  May God Bless You!

Please take a moment to say a prayer for all the victim’s families, a life cannot ever be replaced.

To all my brothers and sisters serving our great nation, thank you. No words can express my gratitude.  I’m so proud to be an American, so proud to be a part of our military.  There are no words…

Birthday Sheet Cake

September 10, 2009


My friend Pamela’s favorite cake is a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  It’s not her birthday and I didn’t make the cake for her, but instead made Ina Garten’s Birthday Sheet Cake for The Husband who has been moping around the house because I gave away almost the entire apple slab pie I made last weekend.  If history is any sort of predictor, I’ll be giving away most of this cake as well. Read more…

Smoky Chipolte Chicken Tortilla Soup

September 9, 2009

Smoky Tortilla Soup

This past weekend The Husband and I had our normal group of people over to say farewell to Summer.  Of course, none of us were too happy about summer ending.  For the women it was the end of seeing our husbands for a while.  For the men, it meant the hard work was just beginning and there wouldn’t be reprieve for another 16 weeks.   Read more…

The Trip to Explain a Lifetime Part 1

September 4, 2009

Dalhart 32

“Honey, it’s mom. Call me when you get this.” I hit end on my cell phone and returned my attention to the meeting I was in.  I was in a rush to get out the door, eager to get on the road to Dalhart, TX with my dad.  Dad and me were picking my brother up in NoWhere, OK, halfway to Texas as soon as I could shimmy out of work.  I finished the meeting and immediately called mom back, curious as to what her strange tone of voice was about.  “Hi honey.  I just thought I’d let you know that your dad left his suitcase at home.  I’ve already called your brother and he’s bringing some extra clothes for him to wear until he gets back home.” Chevy Chase, was already parked at my house anxiously awaiting my arrival, an hour from my mom’s house… in the wrong direction, with no way to retreive his suitcase. Read more…

Blog World Expo 2009

August 28, 2009


A few months ago I was asked by Blackfive to attend the Blog World Expo in Vegas this year.  At first I thought they got the wrong girl.  Surely, they wouldn’t want me!  As it turns out… I’m the right girl and I’m headed to Vegas in a few short weeks!

I encourage each of you to check out the Blog World Expo website. My girl, Tammy Munson and I will be panelists on the They Also Serve: Spouse Bloggers forum in the Military Track.  Here’s a brief description of our panel:

They Also Serve:  Spouse Bloggers

But sitting and waiting are NOT their thing.  Half of the equation that makes that protection by military, law enforcement, and other first responders possible is often not heard.  Come hear from the spouses that deal with the logistics, support, and emotions of being married to someone who puts it all on the line.

So there you have it. I really look forward to meeting some of you.  Feel free to come sit in on the forum, ask questions and meet some great military folks.  Of course, you don’t have to be a blogger to attend the expo and you don’t have to be affiliated with the military to attend our forum.  I truly hope you join us!

For more information about the military track, please visit Blackfive where Laughing Wolf has it all detailed out…

White Pizza with Spinach Salad

August 27, 2009

White Pizza

The Husband recently told me he will be in class until 2200 on Tuesday nights.  For someone who cooks dinner every night then takes care of the house chores, Tuesdays suddenly became an inspiring night to catch up.  I could work on all of the crafts I’ve started but have yet to finish.  Perhaps I can catch up on my reading that is awaiting reviews.  I might possibly do a little writing and stop giving myself heartburn with the last minute deadlines (that aren’t exactly last minute since I know about them a month in advance). Read more…

Buffalo Chicken Bites

August 24, 2009

Buffalo Chicken

The week I was married I began menu planning.  I’ve never done a formal plan with charts and spreadsheets, just a simple list of what I was planning to cook along with a grocery list with all of the ingredients needed for that week.  Occasionally, I’d ask The Husband to participate in the week’s menu by incessantly asking what he’d like to eat and shoving cookbooks across the dining table toward him.   Read more…

Mango Peach Daiquiris

August 13, 2009


The neighborhood is experiencing a bit of a growing pain this week as school officially started yesterday bringing the end of summer to a skidding halt.  Tuesday night I sat in the front yard and visited with the neighbors as they watched their kids play hard for the last hurrah.   Read more…