Christmas night we were just relaxing and watching a movie.  If you like quirky movies like I do, you’ll love Moonrise Kingdom with Bill Murray.   Tony lost interest pretty quickly, but I was enjoying the movie when all of a sudden our dog Ed, who was asleep on the couch next to me, jumped down, peed on the carpet, ran around frantic in the living room, and then started to breathe super hard and was foaming at the mouth.

Neither of us had any idea what was going on.  We adopted our dog in September of 2001, and we don’t know how old he was when we got him – anywhere from one to three years old, so he could be 14 years old?

This went on for at least 45 minutes, we each thought that we were going to watch him die.  I asked Tony if he had ever seen any of his dogs die, and he said no. 

Then all of a sudden he was calm, and promptly fell asleep.  And he’s been fine ever since then – so weird!  Here I was telling him it was okay to leave with tears streaming down my face, and the next thing he’s sleeping like a baby!


My last day off from the long holiday weekend was yesterday, so I slept in until 9:45. Open-mouthed smile  Tony made me another of his amazeball breakfasts, which turned into my breakfast and lunch.  Scrambled eggs, spicy hash browns and sun dried tomato toast with spicy jelly.

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The reason my hash browns were spicy?  My Aunt Martha sent this to me in our Christmas box:

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It has a recipe on there for making pickled shrimp that I cannot wait to try. Have you ever had pickled shrimp before??

After watching the year end show of Real Sports, which I love, I got busy on laundry and going through my clothes.  Once everything was folded and sorted, I counted that I have . . . wait for it . . . 51 t-shirts for working out!  That’s insane, while most women hoard shoes, I seem to have a problem with t-shirts!  I weeded through them, 1/3 of them I was just able to toss because they had stains on them.  Yep, I am classy like that, and I put 10 in the Goodwill pile because I’ve never worn them for one reason or another.

Then it was time for the gym!  I was actually surprised to see how busy it was.  I did 32 minutes on the treadmill – mostly walking on a 15% incline, with some one minute sprints sprinkled in here and there.  Then I did upper body for 10 minutes and abs on the ball. 


We ended up deciding on pasta, but for the record, Tony almost never wants a red sauce.  So we decided on alfredo pasta.  It’s not too bad though – I make a basic white sauce – 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons flour.  Melt the butter and add the flour and cook for a few minutes – then slowly add 1 cup of skim milk.  Once thickened, I remove from the heat and added 1/2 a cup of grated Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. 

I cooked frozen peas and added that in, and topped with some bacon bits leftover from our Christmas baked potatoes.   Delicious!

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After I cleaned up the kitchen I started to put my food together for today.  Tony found this product when he was looking for something else in my disorganized cupboard, I had forgotten it was there.

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Shouldn’t all cleaning products be put in between bagged tea and cocoa nibs?!  Anywho, I normally clean out our coffee pot once a month with vinegar.  Holy cow – I used 2 tablespoons of this stuff with a full carafe of water, and it is amazing how well it cleaned the coffee pot – it looks brand new on the inside!  I am sure you can find that at Wal-mart.   I just finished brewing a pot of coffee, and it’s super hot too.

Can I ask a huge favor?  My blog friend (and friend in real life!) Mara, from What’s for Dinner, her sister is up for a JAMES BEARD AWARD!  Holy shizz!  She’s a pastry chef at Café de Architects in Chicago.  Her name is Leigh Omilinsky and you can see her bio here.

From Mara’s Facebook:

Please help her achieve this by visiting this link, logging in (they dont’ send spam, I promise!), and voting for Leigh Omilinsky of Cafe des Architectes in Chicago, IL in the Great Lakes region. Please and thank you!

So if you can spend a minute to vote for her today, I would appreciate it! Open-mouthed smile

Alright, off to put the rest of my shit together for the day – make it a great day!