Sunday, January 31, 2016

I'm not too good at this blogging thing....

So I've just realized that I haven't posted on the blog in over a year. I've done a few things on the Facebook page but nothing here on the actual blog. I need to log on tomorrow and clean the blog up a bit. Some big changes have happened and I need to acknowledge them. Until tomorrow.

Signing off 21:05

Saturday, November 16, 2013

30 Days of Thanks- Days 1-15

Several of my friends on Facebook have been posting something they are thankful for every day for the month of November.  I decided to write a blog about it instead.  So here are days 1-15:

November 1st:  I am thankful for my life.  I love being alive and I love my life.  Thanks for creating me Dad and Mom!

November 2nd: I am thankful that I got to know my Grandma and that she was such a big part of my life.  I miss her every day and hope she would be proud of the woman I have become.

November 3rd: I am thankful that I knew my Nana.  She had such an influence on who I am today and I miss her so much.

November 4th:  I am thankful for my awesome Dad who took on the role as sole caregiver when I was young.  He did a great job raising us and I am so proud that I got to follow in his footsteps and join the fire department.

November 5th: I am thankful for my Mom and the fact that we have a relationship despite her absence for some of my life.  I am also glad that her treatments are working and she is beating her illness!!

November 6th: I am thankful for my wonderful Fiance, D.  He is truly my best friend and I am so lucky to have him in my life.  We will be getting married in 6 months and I can't wait to be his wife!!

November 7th: I am thankful for my ferret Teddy.  He is super awesome and I love him so much. 

November 8th:  I am thankful for my ferret Grover.  He is the perfect addition to our family and quite a personality.  I love him so very much.

November 9th: I am thankful for my job.  I love what I do for a living and am blessed that I get to have so much fun at work.

November 10th: I am thankful for my sisters J and S.  I couldn't ask for two better sisters and am so lucky that I got them!!

November 11th:  I am thankful for the LVFD.  I love being a member and helping our community.  It's so much fun!!!!

November 12th:  I am thankful for my health.  I have a few medical issues but mostly they don't bother me.  I am thankful that I am able to be well enough to live my life, enjoy my hobbies, and work full time.

November 13th: I am thankful for the freedom to practice my religion freely and without persecution.

November 14th:  I am thankful for my blog and the fact that I am able to write and entertain people with my writing.

November 15th: I am thankful for my sense of humor (which apparently I got from my Dad)  :D

Stay tuned for Part 2 at the end of November.  Until then remember to BE THANKFUL!!!

Signing off 23:15.


I would like to formally introduce our newest ferret Grover!!He is currently 9 months old and the newest love of my life.  Teddy will be writing a blog about him very soon.  Welcome to our family Grover!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

It's been THAT long?!

Seriously though.  It HAS been that long since I posted here on ATGAOP.  I guess I have to update what's been going on in the last 3 months since you heard from me last.

First of all let me say that D and I got ENGAGED on December 5th!  He totally took me by surprise by getting Teddy in on the act and proposed as I sat on the couch.....watching my PAJAMAS!  It was totally romantic and very sweet.  But that's how he is.  :)

We hosted dinner this year for Yulemas on Christmas Day (we have some Christians among us Pagans....but it's ok!)  We didn't burn or otherwise destroy the food (thanks for the help Ma) and had an entirely delicious dinner.

We went to visit D's family the weekend before and I got a blender from D's mama.  Very cool and awesome to make milkshakes in. :D

January and February came and went without any big stuff going on.  As per usual those two months are usually typically boring and that's fine cause I just want the winter to be OVER so we can start in with all the awesome spring stuff.  Like trips to the beach, hiking, and taking Teddy for walks (which he REFUSES to do when it's cold).

Well now it's March.  Hello March.  March is funny because it's an action as well as a month.  So technically you can march through March.  How many times can I say March in this blog.  Don't test me.  :)

We celebrated my Mom's birthday by taking her out for chinese food and getting her this embarrassingly HUGE cupcake balloon.  And then they gave her ice cream and we sang Happy Birthday as obnoxiously and as loudly as we could.  Super awesome and she was thoroughly mortified!

We attended my niece T's Sweet 16 party held at a night club!  She wore this GIANT red tulle ballgown and I spent part of the night reminding her and her friends to stop stepping on it!  No wardrobe malfunctions happened! Thank goodness!

I was moved to a new jobsite at the beginning of Manhattan.  I don't mind the commute because I don't have to drive.  I nap on the train.  Which is awesome.

We are heading to see D's parents this coming weekend so I will see ya next month with a new post!!

Signing off 12:35 hrs

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Official NORAD Santa Tracker

Did you know on Christmas Eve you can track Santa's progress to see where in the world he is flying and delivering toys?!  Well you can!!  NORAD has a special website just for him!

It's not quite Christmas yet so the site have activities and things you can play around with in the mean time.

Check it out HERE.

Merry Santa Tracking!!!

Signing off 12:38

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Totaling the 12 Days Of Christmas gifts....

EVERYONE knows the song the 12 Days of Christmas.

This blog has to do with just that.

The song.

First I will start out with a little history on the song and then I will get to my point.  Y'all know how much I love Wikipedia!  A search on Wikipedia found an article describing the background on the 12 Days of Christmas song here.  If you want to read the whole article there that's all well and good but the first section is pasted below for easy reference:


The twelve days in the song are the twelve days starting Christmas Day, or in some traditions, the day after Christmas (December 26) (Boxing Day or St. Stephen's Day, as being the feast day of St. Stephen Protomartyr) to the day before Epiphany, or the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6, or the Twelfth Day). Twelfth Night is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking."
Although the specific origins of the chant are not known, it possibly began as a Twelfth Night "memories-and-forfeits" game, in which a leader recited a verse, each of the players repeated the verse, the leader added another verse, and so on until one of the players made a mistake, with the player who erred having to pay a penalty, such as offering up a kiss or a sweet. This is how the game is offered up in its earliest known printed version, in the children's book Mirth without Mischief (c. 1780) published in England, which 100 years later Lady Gomme, a collector of folktales and rhymes, described playing every Twelfth Day night before eating mince pies and twelfth cake.
The song apparently is older than the printed version, though it is not known how much older. Textual evidence indicates that the song was not English in origin, but French, though it is considered an English carol. Three French versions of the song are known. If the "partridge in a pear tree" of the English version is to be taken literally, then it seems as if the chant comes from France, since the red-legged (or French) partridge, which perches in trees more frequently than the native common (or grey) partridge, was not successfully introduced into England until about 1770.

This leads up to the info that I found online yesterday.  Someone took the time to total up the prices for all the gifts given in that song based on today's prices.  They even gave a comparison figure based on last year's prices.  The prices in the list are only for 1 "set" of gifts as the link here explains.  The whole package with all 364 gifts at today's prices would be around $107,300.24 Yikes!

As promised here is the list (I added the pictures):

Prices of items in the Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” according to PNC Wealth Management:

- Partridge, $15; last year: same

- Pear tree, $189.99; last year: 169.99

- Two turtle doves, $125; last year: same

- Three French hens, $165; last year: $150

- Four calling birds (canaries), $519.96; last year: same

- Five gold rings, $750; last year: $645

- Six geese a-laying, $210; last year: $162

- Seven swans a-swimming, $7,000; last year: $6,300

- Eight maids a-milking, $58; last year: same

- Nine ladies dancing (per performance), $6,294; last year: same

- 10 lords a-leaping (per performance), $4,767; last year: same

- 11 pipers piping (per performance), $2,562; last year: $2,428

- 12 drummers drumming (per performance), $2,776; last year: $2,630

What I want to know is where the hell did she PUT all this stuff?!

I hope you have a happy holiday, no matter what you celebrate!

Signing off 09:45  


Friday, October 26, 2012

Piecaken and jello brains

This post is going to be pretty boring.  Mainly because I am talking about the first piecaken I've ever made.  Mostly because I forgot to take pictures as I was making it.  I know...that sucks.  I promise I will take pics of the next one.  I SWEAR.  We are getting prepared to move next weekend and I've been stressed about it and forgot.  Ugh.

Anyway.  I made a piecaken.  What is a piecaken you ask?  It's a pie (of any type) baked into a cake (of any type)....whole.  I made one with a cherry pie inside a chocolate cake and it turned out pretty damn good.  At least everyone who tried it liked it.  It's really easy to make also:

Step 1: Obtain box of cake mix of any variety (and the eggs, water, oil etc you need to make it)

Step 2: Obtain a whole pie (or make a whole pie and bake it)

Step 3:  Heat oven at temperature listed on cake mix box

Step 4: Spray and flour a springform pan of the round variety bigger than the pie

Step 5:  Prepare cake mix and pour 2 cups of it into the bottom of the springform pan

Step 6: Place entire whole pie in the bottom of the springform pan on top of the cake mix

Step 7: Pour the rest of the cake mix over the pie, making sure it's completely covered.

Step 8: Bake until cake is done (will probably take longer than listed due to the pie being in there)

Step 9: Once piecaken has cooled you can frost it if you want to

Step 10: Cut it in half so you can see how cool it looks and display for consumption

Step 11:  Enjoy!


Made jello brains in a mold too....those didn't work out too well as they lost shape upon removal from the mold.  We kept it to eat anyway cause cherry jello is yummy!

Let me know if you attempt a piecaken and how it turned out!

Signing off 22:50