Side Note:

Side Note:
For those who haven't figured it out, or haven't been here: The titles of most of the blogs here are song lyrics. If you google them, it should take you to the song and the song is good to listen to before, during, or after reading to help set the tone of the blog. I find music to be very cohesive with reading and writing.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

I'll apologize now for the lack of posts past, present, and for the immediate future because with the holidays I probably will continue to slack. lol I intend to spend as much time as possible spoiling my husband, visiting with family, and enjoying our Christmas season together!
I've been quite the busy baker. I've made cookies twice already. Erik's favorite: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip (aka PB&CC's.) I make them large (think dessert plates that come with dish sets) and he devours them. After that, we decided to make some Christmas Sugar Cookies and decorate them, so we spent a day baking and another decorating. It was a blast. Probably one of the most fun things we've ever done together.
Then Erik had a Christmas party this last Tuesday evening so I spent all day Monday baking, assembling and decorating two of my four-layer filled cakes. One was Devil's Food with Chocolate Cheesecake and Chocolate Truffle fillings and mousse and whipped frosting. The second was a French Vanilla cake with Vanilla Bean Cheesecake and Strawberry fillings and a cheesecake mousse and whipped cream frosting. They were huge hits. No one believed they were homemade and Erik's commander asked for my number. Hahaha!
At present, my stuffed peppers are in the oven baking. I think if someone would pay me to cook meals all day the way I want I'd do it in a heart beat, but I'd want to make my own menu and call the shots. I've considered the options such as being a personal or private chef or someday opening some small restaurant or the miracle of finding one that isn't doing so hot and wants someone to come in and revamp and cook. It'd be amazing. My practical side, however, knows I'm just going to continue to look into my Phlebotomy studies. People will always need blood drawn, whereas in a recession, people may not always go out to eat.

I hear the squeaks of a toy coming from the other room. I think the pup wants to play. I'm off for now!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Welcome to my World of Warcraft...

Just finished installing World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion pack only to find out that Blizzard, the maker's of the game, have decided that it's unfair for us eastcoasters to get the game 3 hours before everyone else this time, so I installed and still have to wait til 3AM to play.'s that one fair again? I stood in line 2 hours to be told to wait. Awesome.
I'm grumpy and sleepy and contemplating drawing angry faces on a hundred or so grapes and mailing them to Blizzard with microwave instructions...


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Oh! Christmas Tree! Oh? Christmas Tree?..

Payday was Wednesday. That was also the day that the lake effect snow hit us. You see, we are in upstate New York near the Great Lakes. This is our first winter here and really our first winter with this sort of whether at all. Erik is originally from California, so snow other than when he went snowboarding didn't really exist. I'm from Tennessee, so we get ice and maybe 6 inches of snow a year. Anytime even that happens in Tennessee, people run for the nearest Wal-Mart and clean out the rock salt, bottled water, matches, etc. so that should you actually need them you'd better pray for the snow to melt and people to try to return them because Wal-Mart won't get another shipment until Thursday. Here, the snow came down and no one went anywhere except us the newbies. We went to Wal-Mart, but not for snow gear or weather proofing. We decided since everyone else was hiding, we'd hit Wal-Mart for Christmas shopping. I couldn't find anything for Erik, but he apparently found some things for me and hid them promptly when we got home.
I finally found him some things yesterday while we were out. Saturday is usually the day we don't do anything because it's the weekend and I like to let him relax, but Saturday morning he let me know that his sergeant had asked if he'd help him move something. Erik, respecting his sergeant, especially this one since he's a nice guy, said sure and that he'd pick up the other guy who was supposed to help.
We got to the barracks around 10:55 to pick up Parks, whose name I had just been made aware of by Erik. Now if you know Erik and I, you know that lateness is a huge no-no with us. Especially when you are on our time and especially in a case like this where it is going to reflect badly to a higher up. By 11:20 I had had it and told Erik that if Parks didn't show within the next five minutes I was going to march into the barracks and start screaming "Parks! You scumbag! You tell me you love me and that we're getting married then you leave me and our baby! Parks!" Luckily for Parks, he walked out of the barracks at 11:24. Now, other than the lateness Parks is a really nice guy. We all chatted on the ride to Sergeant Wanke's house. When we got to his house, his SUV was pulled up to the door and he stepped outside and greeted everyone then pointed to the back of the SUV where a box with a picture of a fireplace/entertainment center combination on the front and the label "Team Lift" & "298.15 lbs" on the side. Erik looks at the door and says "Where is this thing going, Sergeant?" and Sergeant Wanke smiles and replies "Top floor. Up three flights."  I was suddenly very happy I had come. I love free entertainment. Three holes in the wall later, the behemoth was upstairs with Parks being crushed five or six times, the fireplace sliding down the stairs onto Erik, and Sergeant Wanke explaining to his wife three times while we were there how the holes were in the wall and how he was going to fix them as soon as we left. We stayed and chatted for a little while, then headed out on a mission to get lunch and get the guys haircuts.
The tree was supposed to go up when we got home, but Parks stayed to hang out with Erik and I so it didn't happen until today. Parks crashed on the couch and Erik and he decided they'd watch football today (that's still going on in the other room) but Erik made it his first priority today to help me with our tree. It was nice to do it together this year. It's our first year decorating a tree together even though it is our third Christmas together. I love him so much and little things like this just mean alot to both of us. We got the tree decorated and then I let the boys watch football while I relaxed and had a me and Rory snuggle day.
I love my life.