Monday, November 24, 2008

7 things

Madeline at My Boy and Me tagged me for this meme.
The rules:
Link to your tagger and list the rules
List 7 random facts about yourself
Tag 7 people (and make sure you check back and see what they say!)
If you're tagged, play along and pass it on!

I've already shared a lot of random stuff about myself, so I'm going to have to try to come up with something new :-)

1. I like watching Top Gear. It's a British car show that's freakin' awesome.

2. I really like cars. As of right now, my dream car is a Jaguar XJ. I like lots of the "luxury cars" but the Jag keeps popping back up. That being said, I drive a really old Buick- about as far from a luxury car as you can get !

3. I hate for anything to be under my fingernails. Dirty fingernails are disgusting.

4. I am trying to make as many of my Christmas presents as possible this year. That being said, I have a LOT of work to do!

5. Like Madeline, I hate taking out the trash. This is gross, but I can actually smell it as I write this and I'm wishing I had made Mr. McHacker do it when he was home for lunch. I wonder if I can deal with it till he gets home or of I should just bite the bullet and take it out? Ugh.

6. When other drivers piss me off, I yell obscenities at them. Only because I know they can't hear me. I'm way to chicken to cuss someone for real.

7. I am seriously craving some chocolate. That's pretty much a 24/7 occurrence though.

I tag you:
1. Lisa at Cakes and Cupboards Since she's having a hard time on what to blog about :-)
2. Patty at May all your days be happy. She was one of my apron swap partners, and seems like a great lady, so I would like to know more about her.
3. Jenn at I Hate Whine.
4. Dr. Wifey
5. Tassie
6. Carrie at Confessions
7. Buzzard roost babe
If I didn't tag you and you want to do it, please do, just let me know so I can read it! I love reading random stuff about people :-)

Menu Plan Monday

Here's this week's menu, dinners only. When I typed this up we didn't have any Thanksgiving plans. Mr. McHacker's mom and dad and a couple of our friends may be coming over for a "thanksgiving" type of meal, I'm not sure of which day though, so I'll leave it like it is for now.

Monday 11-24
Southwest Quiche

Tuesday 11-25
Steak and baked potatoes

Wednesday 11-26
Breakfast for supper (eggs, grits, bacon, and pancakes)

Thursday 11-27
Chicken Club Ring

Friday 11-28
Cheeseburger and French fries

Saturday 11-29
Fried chicken tenders and macaroni & cheese

Sunday 11-30
Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, and garlic bread

Monday, November 17, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Okay, I think I have completely lost my mind. Four posts in one day? Yeah, I'm crazy. But I remembered it's Monday and I want to get back into doing Menu Plan Monday. I'm actually going to buy groceries today, to the delight of my husband :-) This week I'm only putting what's for dinner since lunch most days will be leftovers or sandwiches.

Monday 11-17
Taco Salad

Tuesday 11-18
Red beans and rice with sausage and cornbread

Wednesday 11-19
Chicken Caesar Salad

Thursday 11-20
Chicken Pot Pie

Friday 11-21
Pepperoni and ham calzones

Saturday 11-22
Pot Roast with potatoes and carrots

Sunday 11-23
Chicken Spaghetti

Ruby and Roja giveaway

No it's not my apron giveaway just yet.


Beth, Christy, and Arianne of ruby and roja are giving away an entire year of blog designs!!! The only reason I'm telling you is because making a blog post about it is the only way to enter. So don't enter it cause I want to win it! Just kidding, good luck to all of you too! But y'all know I'm in some serious need of blog design help!

Hot Drinks for Hot Mamas Apron Swap

The Hot Drinks for Hot Mamas Apron Swap ended a while ago, but I'm just now getting around to posting about it. It was a really fun swap and I enjoyed it very much. Here's the apron I got from my partner Yvonne. I think it is so cute.

She did a really great job! She included lots of other goodies too, which I forgot to take pictures of. She told me that the pattern came from the A is for Apron book which really excited me since I had just ordered it and was waiting on it to arrive, which I mentioned to her in my thank you note. She was so sweet and wrote me a note back letting me know of some mistakes in the instructions in the book. Since Yvonne was so kind to share them with me, I'll pass them along.

page 40 "Cakeland"
1/2 yard for overlayer
3/4 yard for underlayer
1/4 yard for pocket

page 47 "Lemon Meringue"
3/4 yard for front
2 packages rickrack

page 88 "Pop Beads"
1 yd. of 3/4" grosgrain ribbon

page 104 "Wash Day"
1 1/2 yards oil cloth

Thanks again Yvonne!!!

Here's the apron I sent to my partner, Patty. Her favorite color is red as well, so I figured if I made something I liked, that hopefully she would like it too. Since we don't have a really great selection of fabric in Starkville, I couldn't find any fabric to fit the theme, so I decided to appliqué some coffee cups onto the pockets. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. When I heard from Patty, she told me she liked it, and that made me very happy. The pattern is Lorelei from the A is for Apron book and I just love it.

Here's a close up of one of the pockets.

During the time the swap was going on, I was in the Dollar Tree and saw a cute little cross stitch pattern. I haven't cross stitched in ten years but it fit the theme so well that I had to make it. I was going to make something cute with it but ran out of time, so I just put a red backing on it and sent it like it was.

I've really enjoyed participating in apron swaps, they're a lot of fun. If you want to participate in a swap, but aprons aren't your thing, take a look at Swapdex. It gathers together all of the swaps out there on the interwebs and conveniently puts them in one place.

In between playing Animal Crossing this week, I'll be finishing up aprons for two holiday swaps: The Winter Sassy Apron Swap and the Holiday Hostess Flirty Apron Swap.
I'll post pictures of those when I know my partners have received them. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Animal Crossing

I'm kind of a video game nerd. Not as bad as my hubby though. I'm getting Animal Crossing: City Folk today and I'm SOOOOO excited!!! I can't wait to play it. I think I like the Animal Crossing games even more than Dr. Wifey likes Guitar Hero ;-) So, if any of you guys play this game (or more likely your kids play this game) we should trade friend codes so we can visit each other's towns. Yeah I know I'm a big nerd :-P Here's a video. Isn't it adorable?

If y'all don't hear from me for a few days, you'll know why! Have a great day!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

So stinkin' cute

Have y'all seen this?

Cool, huh?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Yeah, I'm still alive

It's been a long time since I've posted, sorry 'bout that. I've been thinking about writing, but for some reason, I just haven't. I keep thinking that I should but don't have enough time to write a proper post like I want, so I just don't do it. But I figured that I'd better just jump back into it or I may never get back into blogging. So, here I am.

Something that I've been thinking about is the fact that I'm becoming less and less anonymous on this blog. My husband reads this (hey honey), a couple of people I know "in real life" and I've met some really wonderful, godly women, but sometimes I feel like I can't always say what's on my mind because it might hurt someone's feelings or make someone think less of me. Or because someone might not agree with my view. One of the biggest reasons that I started writing this blog was so I could have a place to "get it all out." I know it's not good to keep things bottled up, but when you don't really have any friends, it's hard to be able to vent. This blog was supposed to be my place to vent. I'm not sure what happened. I've thought about starting a completely different, completely anonymous blog and not telling anyone about it, so I can say whatever is on my mind without regard to what others might think of me. But then I realized how stupid that was. At the risk of sounding cliché, I'll share with you one of my favorite quotes, and a couple of proverbs I came across that pretty much sum up how I feel.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Suess

" A mere friend will agree with you, but a true friend will argue." -Russian proverb

"False friends are worse than open enemies." -proverb

I'm going to be who I am and say what I feel. What I write may contain something you don't like or agree with. That's fine, argue with me about it if you want to. It may contain language you don't like. Don't read it if you don't want to. I want you to read what I write because you want to. So, as Forrest Gump would say, that's all I have to say about that.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Rocky Horror Picture Show and some other stuff

Sorry it's taken me a few days to make a post! Friday was really busy and I was exhausted, so I didn't do anything when I got home. I spent Friday volunteering at the school's Halloween carnival and then helped out a friend (who was my teaching assistant last year) with decorating a cake for her dad's birthday. Yesterday was spent mostly just being lazy! We walked over to campus to tailgate with my friend E and her family for a little while yesterday. It was fun, but it's just not my "thing." The rest of the day, we sat around and watched lots of tv and dvds. It was great to just be lazy. I haven't done much today either, but I will be catching up on some housework this evening.

Now to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was fun, but we were SO cold! Of course I took pictures, here they are with commentary.

They had a HUGE, inflatable, rear projection screen to show the movie on. Here are some random shots of the screen and audience, and Mr. McHacker enjoying some free pizza.

Going to a showing of this movie is really fun because members of the audience who know the movie dress up like the characters and bring props to use during the movie. During the scene at the church, the audience threw rice in the air, some sprayed squirt bottles during the storm scene, and some of them put newspapers over their heads as Brad and Janet do when they are walking in the rain. They also hold up lighters when Brad and Janet see a light, throw Scott toilet paper when professor Scott makes his entrance, and throw toast when Dr. Frank-n-furter makes a toast at dinner. Unfortunately the only picture I got of any of this was when some folks had newspapers in their heads. Another fun audience participation thing is when they do the time warp dance.

The movie was sponsored by a radio station and the local CBS affiliate as well as the campus activity board. Here are the radio personalities on the screen live during a commercial break and from where we were in the audience.

The radio folks asked trivia questions during the commercial breaks and Mr. McHacker was chosen to be on the air for trivia questions with some other folks. He didn't get all of the questions right, but he still got a nice prize, a North Face baseball cap. Doesn't he look cute?!

We ended up leaving a little early because I was freezing and needed to pee, so we finished watching the rest of the movie at home while drinking hot chocolate! All in all, it was a lot of fun.

I'm going to be heading to Lucedale on Tuesday, so I'm going to try to set up some posts to auto post while I'm gone since I won't have Internet access very often while I'm gone. So if y'all don't hear from me much next week, that's why. Also, my sister's wedding is back on! So it looks like I'll be making some cakes after all. I hope you all have a great week!!!