Thursday, September 09, 2021

How to Turn a Teacup into a Saucer

I had my annual mammogram yesterday, and, while the process still requires the sandwiching of each boob between panes of lucite for thirty agonizing seconds, an upgrade in technology has made it unnecessary to hold your breath while said sandwiching occurs. It's amazing how much impact such a small change can have, y'all.

 I kind of enjoy breathing.

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Fall Bucket List 2021

It's been a hot minute since I posted a seasonal bucket list; I think the last one was in 2019. The Year That Shall Not Be Named played a huge role in that, if I'm being honest. The pandemic, my new job, and my rapidly depleting hormones combined to form the Trifecta of Suck and I just didn't have it in me to try to set goals, even when the goal was something that would result in enjoyment.

That being said; fall continues to be my favorite time of the year and, now that I am functioning slightly better as a human being (thank you BIHRT!), I think it's time to bring back the list. 

So, here we go!

1. Go on a good, old fashioned picnic. Use the good wicker picnic hamper. Make an Italian stuffed Mufuletta sandwich. Pack a good bottle of wine and a good book. Take my camera. Make a day of it!

2. Go on one last camping trip before it gets too cold to enjoy the forest.

3. Start exercising regularly again.

4. Clean up my diet.

5. Attend at least 3 social events. The Year that Shall Not Be Named made a hermit out of me and it's time to reawaken my inner extrovert.

6. Throw a Halloween-themed Porch Night.

7. Pull off another epic skeleton display for Halloween.

8. Host Friendsgiving, invite people who otherwise have nowhere to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving. 

9. Schedule self-care appointments: massages, reflexology, facials, pedicures, etc.

10. Cook at least one from-scratch meal a week (low bar here, but a girls' gotta start somewhere).

And, that's it for the Bucket List. One additional goal that I feel the need to set for myself is to write here more often. We'll see how that goes.

Monday, September 06, 2021

The One Without a Title

Happy Labor Day! I think that's especially important to say to all you folks out there who continue to show up at your jobs everyday, despite being understaffed, over-worked, and unappreciated by asshole customers who fail to take any of these things into consideration before complaining about slower than normal service, supply issues that make it virtually impossible to stock certain items/ingredients, and other issues completely out of your control.

Y'all deserve a huge raise and a nice vacation.

I am technically off today, but, have already fielded a call and anticipate several more. I also took a call yesterday, so, my long holiday weekend is pretty much shot. However, on Saturday, Hugh and I did get to celebrate our 28th anniversary, undisturbed. 

How did we celebrate? We took the drive up to the popular ski town just south of us. Hugh had made reservations at the nicest restaurant on the top of the mountain. We rode the gondola up, walked around the ski village for awhile, and then enjoyed a delicious meal, served by one of those hardworking folks that I mentioned earlier in this post.

It was a nice way to spend the day and we have the pictures to prove it.

All dressed up and ready to go..

The view from the gondola...

 Touring the ski village...

The restaurant is located at the top of the mountain, has amazing views, and awesome ambiance...

And the food is amazing! The restaurant features a three-course prix fixe menu which includes dessert. Bread and butter sprinkled with sea salt are served first, and we enjoyed it with both sparkling water and adult beverages...

...followed by an optional appetizer. We chose the marinated olive selection and goat-stuffed peppadew peppers wrapped in prosciutto (heaven in every bite, not even kidding)

My choice of salad was the heirloom tomato and burrata, which was so good; Hugh sent back his Cesar salad and ordered one for himself (he claimed the lettuce in his salad was bitter but we all know he was jealous).

My entree was mushroom risotto, which, was not really the best risotto that I have ever eaten. It was a bit gluey and the mushroom flavor did not really shine through. That didn't stop me from eating it, but it was a bit disappointing.

Dessert was New York cheesecake, which made up for the blandness of my entree. Our server added candles to our plates in celebration of our anniversary, which was a thoughtful touch.

After dinner, we rode the gondola back down the mountain and made the drive home. As I said earlier; it was a nice way to celebrate. And, we made certain to tip, really, really well.

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Viva Las Vegas!

Hugh and I left for Vegas exactly a week ago, today. We drove out with another couple: Ben and Shelley, who are another wrestling official /wrestling official's widow, so the trip went by quickly and pleasantly enough (only complaint: the backseat of Hugh's truck is a lot less comfortable than it should be considering the ungodly amount of money that we spent on it).

We got into town and checked into our room before grabbing dinner in one of the hotel restaurants. It was a great choice; my dinner started off with a cup of french onion soup, followed by a baked half chicken and a bite of Hugh's dessert, which was the biggest slice of cheesecake I have ever seen served in a restaurant. I also ordered a bottle of Butter Chardonay that was fabulous.

After a truly restful night's sleep, I awoke to a cup of coffee from the lobby Starbucks, delivered to my bedside by my adoring husband. I'm pretty sure he was sucking up for having spent half the night in the casino, an affront I was more than willing to forgive when he flashed several $500 chips in my direction.

Hugh left for the wrestling tournament, which was taking place in the convention center (conveniently attached to the hotel) and I took my coffee down to the pool to spend the day with Shelley, a good book, and unlimited bar access. It was about the most relaxing day that I have had in quite a while.

Later that night, we joined eight other wrestling couples for dinner in another of the hotel's restaurants. The food was just as good as the night before and, despite just having met our dinner companions, I really enjoyed the conversations around the table.

The next day, I was awoken by yet another Starbucks delivery (and several $100 chips!). The tournament had scheduled a shorter day, so Shelley and I did some shopping and then ventured into the convention center to watch the husbands in action for a while just as the tournament was finishing up (excellent timing, if I do say so myself).

The guys got cleaned up and we headed to Freemont Street to make it to our reservation for the Freemont Street Zipline.

The zipline was a lot of fun. The rest of the Freemont Street experience, less so. I don't know if I've been in my line of work for too long or if I'm just becoming an old "you kids get off my lawn" kind of woman, but, the fact that I seriously considered calling child protective services to report children being exposed to drugs and pornography at least three times strongly suggests one or the other.

In my defense, Freakmont Street is not the place for babes in arms, people! The marijuana smoke alone will give you a contact high.

Anyhoodle, the next morning, Shelley and I had to rush to catch our 9:30 flight which was inexplicably cancelled and rebooked as a 6:00 a.m. flight. We weren't notified of the change until getting a text message at 3:30, which meant we had to roll out of bed and race to the airport. We made it, but not without a lot of swearing, which, I did the lion's share of the heavy lifting for because Shelley doesn't cuss.

Good times.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Ms Congeniality Dot Com: Sharing Nonsense on the Internets Since 2006

I hit Publish on the first post of this blog on September 1, 2006, so, I could say that I have been blogging for fifteen years, but, that is not 100% accurate; I actually started a blog several years earlier, on a long-since shuttered blog forum, the name of which I won't divulge (if you know, you know, fellow Old Skool Bloggers).

Blogging has certainly changed in the past decade-and-a-half. It started out with Mommy Blogging, wherein the unspoken requirement was that every character in your blog be known by a twee pseudonym such as Dear Hubby, Sweet Daughter, etc., etc. 

Mommy Blogging eventually evolved into Lifestyle Blogging, which quickly morphed into the world of The Influencer, which, is where it currently stands; with most bloggers linking every small detail of their lives for monetization. 

If that's your jam, good for you; I'm more of a hold-out for the OG.

This blog is a time capsule of our family; every so often, I hit the Random Post button and transport myself back in time. Usually I am reminded of something I had completely forgotten, and, more often than not, it is a pleasant memory. So, I'll keep chugging along on this platform for as long as I can.

Old skool style.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Fall 2021 FabFitFun: The Unboxing

 Remember back in 2020, when I was so bitterly disappointed in my FabFitFun boxes? Well, the company has redeemed itself this year; especially with the Fall box.

So, what was in it, you ask? Well, first let me talk about the items that were beside it (in the larger packing box).

One of the perks of being a member is the opportunity to purchase Add-Ons to the basic box; an opportunity that I take full advantage of each season. This time around, I purchased an insulated water bottle by Stone Cold Fox. It's pretty and functional, especially since I drink so much water each day.

I also purchased a replacement tube of dr. brandt exfoliator. I got my first tube in a box earlier this year and have been using it regularly. 

Just for fun, I picked up this food trivia game. I thought it would be fun on road trips. Hugh and I leave for Vegas today, so we will see if I was right.

Now, on to the regular items in the box!

First up, we have what I consider "bonus" items; these are usually small, sample-sized items. This season, they include a lip balm and a mini deodorant.

Next up, we have this adorable buffalo plaid baseball cap. It just screams "fall" to me and I can't wait to pair it with my autumn wardrobe. I think it would be especially cute on a day that Hugh and I attend one of the seasonal events scheduled in Petticoat Junction; maybe the Apple Fest event at which Hugh is scheduled to be a judge in the apple pie contest!

This eyelash curler will come in handy, and, it's pretty!

Who doesn't need a pumpkin and ginger detoxifying mask? Also, that sounds delicious. And, now I'm hungry.

This set of environmentally friendly combs will go into my travel case so I can leave my regular combs at home.

And this little travel bag will hold my jewelry nicely.

Although this Dutch oven is small; it's the perfect size for four servings or so. Since it's just Hugh and I eating at home these days; that's actually the perfect size.

And, we all know how I much I love a good charcuterie board; this wooden cutting board will be perfect for one!

All in all, this was a great haul! My faith in FabFitFun has been restored and I feel better about re-upping when my membership comes due.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

What's Up Wednesday, August 2021 Edition


Welcome to another scintillating edition of What's Up Wednesday, or, as I like to think of it: One of Only Four Posts I Will Write This Month. 

I wish I were kidding, but, honestly? Not so much. 

Anyhoodle, I am writing it and, as always, linking up with Sheaffer and Shay.

What We're Eating

If my ever-expanding waistline is any indication; alllll the things. I am eating all the things. Of note, however, would be the Hello Fresh dinners that Hugh has been cooking; the most recent favorites were a curry chicken and a taco salad.

I also hit a diner in Hooterville this past weekend, and the Eggs Benedict was perfection!

Yesterday, I went out of my comfort zone and tried a matcha latte. It tasted exactly like I would imagine freshly mown grass to taste. I...did not like it.

What I'm Reminiscing About

Remember when the world wasn't so ugly and hateful and friends and families weren't actively and viciously shunning one another for having differing political and/or social views? Remember when adults engaged in civil discourse; sharing their opinions and giving one another the grace of "To each their own" without wishing one another dead based on their opposing viewpoint? Remember when you could do that over the dinner table or, on a lawn chair at a community picnic, without worrying that you may be attacked for having views that someone else considers misinformed/immoral etc., etc., when none of those things are true or accurate? When, in reality, you merely have your own opinion of how you wish to conduct your own life...remember when that was not only allowable, but expected?

Yeah. I miss those days.

What I'm Loving

This shade of OPI on my toes makes me happy...

...I opened my Autumn FabFitFun box yesterday and the contents were amazing!

Love, love, love!

What We've Been Up To

Hugh and I met up with friends for a weekend of camping and four wheeling. We pulled our old motor home, Jenn-ay out for the trip and, despite having been moth-balled for the past couple of years, she performed admirably. For the record, we named her Jenn-ay in honor of Jenny from Forest Gump; mainly because she is about as slow as Forest's voice pattern. We love Jenn-ayyyyy (we are, however, looking to replace her with something more modern. Shhh, don't tell her).

What I'm Working On

I DIYed an outdoor solar chandelier. Did I need a solar chandelier? No. Do I love it? Yes.

What I'm Dreading

As this Neverending Plague Upon Humanity drags on; I am dreading another total shut-down of the Hawaiian Islands. We have a lot of money invested in the trip that we will be taking in December and I don't want to have to deal with refunds, etc. More importantly, I want to see my son walk across the stage to accept his diploma. It's been a long-ass four-and-a-half years to get him to that piece of paper, and we need to be there to celebrate his accomplishment.

Also, I am burnt like toast and in desperate need of a vacation to look forward to. 

What I'm Excited About

I realize that it is only August, but; I am really excited that the Spirit Halloween store already opened in Hooterville! I have plans for this year's skeleton display and it is going to be epic! Also, I am going to be hosting a Halloween themed Porch Night that is sure to bring all the witches to my yard, so...yeah! Excited!

What We're Watching

I am watching a new television! Our old television was not smart enough to support all of the streaming apps that have become de rigueur in today's society . I am mostly excited about this because, for some unknown reason, our old television had started locking up on Netflix and I was getting really tired of the stupid buffering message.

What I'm Reading

I really, really tried to finish The Haidmaid's Tale. I did. I just could not do it. Currently, it seems to read less like fiction and more like a precautionary tale.

I did, however, read Then She Was Gone in, like, record time. Seriously, I could not put it down. Highly recommended.

What I'm Listening To

Hugh is messing around with the surround-sound system in our living room right now. The new television is smart, but not smart enough to connect itself to our speakers, apparently. Does anyone else's husband utter profanity when working on technical tasks? Just mine? Lucky me.

What I'm Wearing

Currently, my wardrobe consists of anything I can find in my closet that meets the following criteria:

1: Fits

2: Is comfortable

3: Breathes (Tip for those of you entering menopause: certain fabrics, while lightweight, will trap heat  better than the doorway to Hades. Don't be drawn into a false sense of security!)

What I'm Doing This Weekend

Hugh has a wrestling tournament to officiate in Las Vegas. He has a group of friends who officiate at  this tournament every year and, this time, the husbands decided to drag along their wives. So, I will be spending a long weekend with five strange women (as in: strangers to me. I'm sure they aren't strange, people. Although, statistics show that one in every six females in certifiably insane, so...we shall see. Also, I just made up that statistic. Besides, if there is one certifiably insane woman in the group, it will probably be me, so...yeah. Sorry in advance, Women I Have Never Met Before).

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month

September has always been one of my favorite months of the year and I am hoping that this one won't prove the exception to that rule. Fun things to look forward to in September include Hugh and I celebrating our 28th anniversary and the Man-Cub turning 23. I am also hoping that we will get in at least one more camping trip as well as a trip to a nearby winery with friends. Also, my fall decor will make it's official appearance!

I love me some fall!

What Else Is New

The Man-Cub and his girlfriend flew back to Hawaii last Friday. They are taking a stab at this whole "living together" thing and I wish them luck. Her. Mainly I wish her luck; I've lived with that child and it is not a walk in the park (kidding! Mostly!).