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Just a few rambling thoughts and crafts from a mind that is full of both. I am talented in my mind but regularly run full throttle into the wall of procrastination. I have raised procrastination to an art form. A friend once told me I have a BS in BS and a minor in excuse making. If there is anyway to get out of doing my best, I will do my best to get out of it. Welcome to my saburban life. : ).. Lol.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Five Month Absence? Wow..

It's been quite a while since I've blogged on here.
I did start a small Facebook version of
My Suburban Life though 
in the meantime.  It's been a while since I posted there too.  Lol.

Lots of things happened in the interim.
Work.
Work.
Work.
More work.
A craft fair with bath bombs this time.
More work.
Work.
Work.
Work.
Auntie Em got sick with Pancreatitis and we lost
her shortly after she came home from the
vets office.  She passed away one day
after her 9th birthday.
Work - missing Emmy.
Work - missing Emmy.
Work - missing Emmy.
The boys know it's quiet in the house but seem
to be doing ok otherwise.  They miss Em too.

And finally - we've come full circle to the time
where I started my blogs.

Here is the post that started it all on Milo's blog
E'UnaVitaBella.

Just another crazy day.

It all started at 7am yesterday morning. My momma was blissfully sleeping with me at the foot of the bed, keeping watch over her.  She was totally unaware of the chaos that was about to ensue.

Chirp!  Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark! My sister, Auntie Em, or Emmy as we fondly call her, and I immediately sprung into action!  My momma's in danger!  Stop!  Who goes there?!  Halt!  Chirp! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!  Emmy waivered and decided to hide under the bed.  I, however, am on the job!  I jumped off the bed and raced to the front door.  No one gets past me!  You should see vat I do to bears and beavers!  Grrr.

No one was there.  I patrolled the hall.  Nothing there either.  Chirp! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark! "Calm down, Milo, it's just the battery in the smoke detector downstairs."  Oh.  Chirp! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!  I'm not so sure. 

She went to get a new battery and returned.  She put it in.  Silence.  Chirp! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark! "What the..." she asked.  Don't worry, momma, I've got it covered!  She called the people at her work.  After looking for a hush button and not finding one, she took the smoke detector down.  I watched, fascinated, barking occasionally at each chirp.  Chirp! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark! She unhooked the alarm system.  Chirp! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!  She started upstairs and I followed, bound and determined to save her from impending doom.

She tried pulling the attic door, screamed (I was there!  in a flash!) and let it slam shut.  A huge spider fell out and ran across the floor.  I like spiders, but that one was HUGE!  I don't know how he fit through that door!  Well, alright, it wasn't THAT big, but he was huge!  She killed him with a shoe, saying, "ughhgh" all the time.  He's not dead yet!!  His leg is detached and twitching!  Ack!  Kill it!  Kill it!  Chirp! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!

By this time, we know there has to be another smoke detector somewhere, but daddy's still sleeping.  How can he sleep through all of this?  There is something dangerous in the house!  Is it a bear?  I can handle bears.  Is it a beaver?  I've got them covered too.  Squirrel?  I'm on it!  Chirp! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!

Daddy finally gets up and comes upstairs.  After a few minutes, momma has a flashlight in hand, and finally discovers that it is only an old, dying carbon monoxide detector that keeps chirping.  Chirp! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!  Wheee!  e  e  e  e....  It squealed when she took it out of the wall and then finally.  Silence.  Chirp?  Nope.  Silence.  Blissful, beautiful silence.  Ahh..  Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!  Squirrel!

Our Carbon Monoxide detector has been chirping non-stop at us 
for the last few days.  It's been seven whole years since we
bought one.  And it's been seven whole years since I started my poor, 
neglected, sparse blog.  Lol.  I promise to get back to it soon.
But!  That's what I keep saying about swimming too!
Speaking of swimming!  I think I'm about to go.
Thankfully even though there is snow
on the ground outside (ick! I hate snow)
I still have 24/7 access to an indoor pool at one of
our local hospitals.  It's been a couple months
since I went the last time soooo,
I would say it's about time that I get back in there.
: )..
Ciao!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

4 month absence? Wow! That time flew by!!

It's been a crazy, hectic four months.
We are losing two more of our group homes at work
and I've been temporarily reassigned to one of them because
all of their day shift staff quit.  It's coming to a close
on July 1st though so I will finally be back at my
old group home and closer to where I live.
Can't wait, although it's only 7 miles right now to work,
it will be 2.5 miles soon.  It's also in a better area
so that will be nice.

I also got back to swimming again.
Dropped out of the North Kansas City Hospital's
Health and Fitness Center / Pool program from November
last year until this month.  I love swimming but with
everything going on, it's been too hectic to even
try to get back over there.  That's an additional
10 miles one way to the pool.
It's definitely worth it though!
$24 a month, we get 24/7 access to the
fitness center and the pool.
Can't beat that!!

I can't even begin to describe how much I love
getting to swim again.  I swear that I am
definitely a mermaid at heart.
Not only do I love them,
I drink like a fish at times.  Mostly water.
Sometimes wine.  Lol.

What mermaid / swimmer wouldn't love to be
able to listen to their music while floating
peacefully in the pool?
I sure love it.
I get people asking me about my little
MP3 player allllll the time.
It's truly a God Send!
I looked around on Amazon and finally found
one that had better reviews than most of the
other waterproof items.

It's from Underwater Audio and let me tell you!
Not only is their product fantastic and super easy to use,
but their customer service is phenomenal.
I had dropped my player a couple times,
which I'm sure isn't very good for them,
and I had left it on a charger too long a couple times too.

My first shuffle stopped charging and went to a permanent
red light, which the customer service rep verified was the light of death on them.
They sent me all of the instructions to return my defective
player and once I had a tracking number, they immediately sent
out my replacement shuffle.  How great is that?
It comes in some super great colors and it's super duper
cute!  It comes with a sticky goo to help the earbuds that
come with it stay in your ears, but I ended up buying
another set of waterproof headphones that not only stick up into
the ear canal, but they have a wire that flips over and then
behind your ear.  They come in several different colors too!

The IPod Shuffle is easy to charge, usually takes less than an hour,
depending on how low you let it run.  It's also super, duper easy
to load with music.  Just open ITunes and click on the IPod Shuffle
on the screen and then click Music, Sync and voila!  It loads it
quickly and away you can go.  You can use it in or out of the
water.  I do both at times.  It has a great clip on the back
that really holds onto whatever clothes you clip it to.
It's small and sometimes I tend to drop things (I've never had
much strength / grip with my hands), but if it's got the headphones
plugged in, I can catch it before it falls.
It's got a shuffle or non shuffle feature so you can choose
how to listen to your playlist.  It also stores quite a bit
of music and although I have gotten the "Low Battery"
voice warning a couple times (mostly because I didn't let it charge
all the way), I haven't ever had either shuffle run out of
power and shut off.  I usually swim for an hour and usually
charge it each time before I go.  I don't always go every single
day, sometimes there are a day or two in between trips to
the pool.

If you love swimming, especially if you love doing laps,
let me tell you!  This is the waterproof MP3 player
that you need. You will be the
envy of the other swimmers as you glide by, drowning out any and all
noise and jamming on your own great music choices!
It's well worth the money!  Best money I've spent in a long time!
I love it, love it, love it!




Sunday, February 4, 2018

Shrimp? Yeah Buddy!!

I love shrimp.
I think that I've mentioned that before.
But, just in case I haven't,
I loooooove shrimp.
I love Shrimp Scampi.
I love Shrimp Chimichangas.
I love grilled shrimp.
I love garlic shrimp.
I am starting to sound like
Bubba from Forrest Gump.
It's safe to say,
that I love me some shrimp.

So, looking online today,
there is another posting for some easy
sheet pan recipes and one of them
just happens to be..  Shrimp.

Count me in!
Easy peasy!
Sounds delicious!
Looks amazing.
Shrimp.
It's what's for dinner.
: )..




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Chili.. With Brown Sugar.. Over Cornbread? Oh yeah!

I have always loved Chili and it's always a quick
go to meal for cold weather days.
Now?
My boss got me started on chili
with Brown Sugar, served
over warm cornbread.


My easy peasy chili recipe is now:
Browned hamburger with onion,
1 can of chili beans,
1 can of diced tomatoes,
1 can of tomato sauce,
some chili powder,
(I usually just eyeball it)
salt and pepper to taste
and then a few clumps of
Brown Sugar stirred in.
I follow my Jiffy Cornbread mix
and break it up and ladle
that delicious
brown sugar laced chili over it.

Ohhhhh my. 
Best chili ever.
: )..
Delish!!
The Brown Sugar
and Cornbread
really makes the taste pop.
I will never eat plain
chili ever again.
Bon Appetite!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Cookie Dough Marshmallow Fluff.. Wait! Whut?!

Oooh my!
Cookie Dough..
Made by Toasted Mallow..

It's Cookie Dough Toasted Marshmallow Fluff..
For real..
Yes Please!!


I'm thinking about adding it to a milkshake
kinda like the Toasted Marshmallow
milkshake a few posts ago..
Click Here for that link..




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hi! My name is Jan.. (Hi Jan!)..

Dang informercials!
Anyone who knows me in the slightest,
knows that I can't pass up on
an informercial product.
I really do need Informercial Anonymous
because I'm addicted to the products..
I have a Schticky!
I have some Perfect Portions bowls..
I have..  Well..  I have several
products from the,
"As seen on TV" era.

Some of these products work, eh..  Ok..
Some of these products work great!
Now?  Now I found one that I
will keep for quite some time to come.

One of my co-workers mentioned
that she had an Air Fryer that made some
really great things.  Chicken Wings!
I loooove chicken wings!
Crispy French Fries!
I loooove crispy French fries!

One day..
While relaxing in front of the tv..
I happened to run onto the
Power XL Air Fryer
infomercial.
That's all it took.
It makes Bloomin' Onions!
I loooove Bloomin Onions!
And it cuts them from 1950 calories
down to 380.  Can't beat that.
It makes empanadas!
Oooooh..  I could eat empanadas
for days!!
It makes Stomboli.
I could definitely try some of that!
It makes Mozzarella Sticks!
I loooove those!
Ooooh the possibilities are
endless for what you can make
in one of these little air fryer doo dads..

Yeah.  My hubs will undoubtedly
roll his eyes and fuss about yet,
"another kitchen gadget".
The money that it will save us from
having to eat out at restaurants because
it's easier to do that than cook
paid for this alone.
The cost of gas, having to drive
any where in our town (which is pretty big),
fight traffic, fight crowds,
wait for food to be delivered,
and tipping like we've got a lot to spend
(I generally try to tip at least $5 each time)?
All taken care of in one neat
little package.
And cleaning up?
Pfft!  Easy Peasy!
Any one that knows me in the slightest,
knows that I am allll for the Easy Peasy
stuff as well.  It's got a non-stick
basket that has not only not stuck
to anything (including cheese),
but it's been a cinch to clean!

I cooked Toasted Ravioli because,
well, I looooove Toasted Ravioli..
I cooked bacon for BLT's last night to go
with some delicious locally grown tomatoes..
And I cooked some Sweet Potato
Tator Tots because, well..
Everyone that knows me in the slightest,
knows just how much I
loooooooooooooooove Sweet Potatoes.
I also made some Crab Rangoon,
guess what?  Another fave!
And finally..

I made these.
Ooooh my.
What are those?
Those..
Those are Spring Roll Cheeseburger Wraps..
Whut?
Yeah.
Those?
Those are sooooo delicious!

I'm telling you.
I may never have to eat at a restaurant ever again..
Easy peasy!  Good but not greasy!



Here's the link to the Power XL Air Fryer

Right now they are running a great deal,
buy one Fryer, get another for half price,
plus free shipping and $100 in
grocery coupons.  Now that's a heck of a deal!





Sunday, June 25, 2017

Low Carb Waffles? Whut?? Count me in!

I am not a fan of pancakes,
but I LOVE waffles.
I have a fairly busy Pinterest board
full of Waffle Iron foods.
And now..
I ran across this quick, easy and
undoubtedly delishious
Delish recipe for low carb waffles.
Low carb waffles?
Yeah!
Low..  Carb..  Waffles!!
They are made with Cauliflower.
Whut?!
Yeah.
Cauliflower!
Sounds interesting.
Looks great!!
I can't wait to give these a try!
Click HERE for the link.
Cauliflower Waffles..
Whoda thunkit?
Delish!!
That's who.
I love Delish!
They make some of the greatest stuff.
And they make it all look so easy.
That's my kind of cooking!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Yes Please!

I grew up in a swimming pool.
I'm surprised that I'm not still pruny from it.
I miss my swimming pools.
It's been way, way, way too long since
I've gotten to have one of my own.
This seems like the perfect solution though!
I've got 3 Cairn Terriers that love to dig,
so a regular, soft sided pool
wouldn't be such a great idea.
 
My other solution is to build a concrete base,
and build a little wooden fence with a
gate around it.
 
I'm up for either choice.
Just as long as I get a pool.
I'll be good.
I'm pretty sure I was a mermaid
in my previous life.
 


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Yummay, Yummay in mah Tummay!

That looks delicious!
That sounds even better!
It's Chrissy Teigen's
Super Tuna Melt.




I know what I'm having for lunch!
Yummay!!


Friday, February 17, 2017

"Prices have not yet been announced.."

Soooo.  There's a chance we can still afford one, right?
Lol.  Great looking car, from the back.
I'm not such a fan of the look
when I see it from the front though.
That's good.
It's a Lamborghini Urus.
Lamborghini.
Soo.
Lol.
Maybe it's a good thing that I don't care for the
front view after all.
I just saved a whole lotta money
by switching to a different vehicle.
Hmm.
Uh oh.
Rut roh.
I kinda like this one.
Sigh.
Better start saving some money.
Lol.
If you have to ask how much it is,
there's a chance you don't
want to even know.
Right?
Thankfully pictures are free.
One can dream.
Right?