Miscellaneous Ramblings

That moment …

… when you can’t help but laugh because your husband didn’t use “the shield.”

Boy mommy’s should understand what that is 🙂

Oh it’s been one heck of a week around our house. I’m on jury duty during the month of April and it is going to be one mess of a month. I can only hope that I will get called soon and be sat on a jury so I can be done. It’s hard when you’re a part-time stay-at-home-mom. And your babysitters are an hour away in the town where you work. But, Kentucky doesn’t seem to care a lick about that situation. I just want to get it over with so they won’t call me for another couple of years. By then it will be much easier with Garrett … of course by then I could have another little one too, you never know.

I finished a really good review book this week, “Evidence of Life” by Barbara Taylor Sissel. I CAN’T WAIT to share my thoughts on it with you. It was such a great book. I could gush for a long time about it, but you’ll have to wait until 4/11 to read my review. I hate when I finish a good book and I can’t immediately share my thoughts with you guys. I’m not a very patient person.

We booked our trip to Vegas over my birthday. Woo! Last year was the first year in ages that I stayed at home over my birthday and while I enjoyed it because Garrett was a teeny tiny baby, I am ready for a weekend getaway with my husband. Bonus is that my brother-in-law and his fiancee are going with us, we’ve never been out to Vegas with another couple our age, so we are looking really forward to having a blast. The bad news is that I only have 3 months to get my body into swimsuit shape. … Round is a shape, right? Ugh. I never have to worry about bikinis again, Garrett leaving me with a lower stomach full of stretch marks took care of that … but I need to lose about 20 pounds (I’ve got a lot more than that to lose, that’s just my goal for July). Either way, I’m really looking forward to the trip!

I can’t hardly believe that I’m already thinking about Garrett’s first birthday. When did my baby become not such a baby anymore? It’s really sad. My mom said that this is the point when she started to get the itch for another child (sadly, I was an only, they were never able to conceive again), and I will say that I have the itch, but it’s definitely not strong enough to even consider it right now. I’m kind of looking forward to having him be a little more self-sufficient for a little while longer before I jump back into another pregnancy and have to start the infant stage all over again. Besides, this year is busy busy – I’ve got Vegas planned, two weddings to attend this fall as well as our 10 year high school reunion … I have no intention of being pregnant during any of that. My clock ain’t ticking yet 🙂

I found out a few weeks ago that a good childhood friend lost her 4 year old son. He had health issues from the day he was born, but to know that she had to bury her son. It just pains me so much to even think about it. I definitely hugged Garrett a little tighter the night I heard the news. I reconnected with her sister on Facebook this week, and she gave me her cell phone number, but I haven’t been able to work up the courage to call or text her yet. What do I say to her? I know I shouldn’t be so selfish, but I’m just at such a loss at to what to say to her … I don’t want to put her into hysterics or anything, but I want her to know that I’m here and thinking about her. It’s a fine line I have never had to walk before – I’ve never known someone who lost their child other than miscarriages. Definitely going to be a hard phone call to make, but it’s one I need to do sooner rather than later.

Well I’ve rambled a lot longer than I had anticipated. And Garrett has napped a lot longer than I anticipated too 🙂

I guess have a good weekend and wish me luck with the jury duty, lol.

Recipes

RECIPE: Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo (4 servings)

  • 4 oz.  Cream Cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup  Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 3/4 cup  milk
  • 1/4 cup  (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1/4 tsp.  white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp.  garlic powder
  • 8 oz.  fettuccine, cooked, drained
  • 1/8 tsp.  ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. Mix cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, milk, butter, white pepper and garlic powder in medium saucepan; cook on low heat until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended.
  2. Toss with hot fettuccine. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Recipe Source: Kraft Recipes

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Personal Review: I am like a fettuccine alfredo addict! Seriously. It is my absolute favorite pasta, ever.

I have been making this recipe since I was a junior in college in my very first apartment! It’s not necessarily “the best” alfredo sauce I’ve ever had, but I like it because it’s an easy meal to put together on a weeknight. I always add a smidge more parmesan cheese to this recipe, and I never measure out the garlic powder or white pepper.  And I omit the nutmeg.

I highly recommend adding more parmesan cheese than the directions call for. Since this recipe doesn’t use whipping cream, the extra cheese adds much more flavor to the sauce.

Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets

Bathing Beauties Cover- FINAL


About the book:

Publication date:  April 2013 
Genre: New Adult Jazz Age Mystery

It’s 1927 in Galveston, Texas—the “Sin City of the Southwest.” Jasmine (“Jazz”) Cross is an ambitious 21-year-old society reporter for the Galveston Gazette who tries to be taken seriously by the good-old-boy staff, but the editors only assign her fluffy puff pieces, like writing profiles of bathing beauties. The last thing Jazz wants to do is compare make-up tips with ditzy dames competing in the “International Pageant of Pulchritude and Bathing Girl Revue.”

She’d rather help solve the murders of young prostitutes who turn up all over town, but city officials insist on burying the stories during Splash Day festivities. After Jazz gets to know the bathing beauties, she realizes there’s a lot more to them than just pretty faces and figures. Jazz becomes suspicious when she finds out the contest is sponsored by the Maceos, ruthless Beach Gang leaders and co-owners of the Hollywood Dinner Club, where the girls will perform before the parade and pageant.

Worse, her half-brother Sammy Cook, owner of the Oasis, a speakeasy on a rival gang’s turf, asks her to call in a favor from handsome Prohibition Agent James Burton—an impossible task that could compromise both of their jobs and budding romance. While Agent Burton gives her the cold shoulder, she fends off advances from Colin Ferris, an attractive but dangerous gangster who threatens Sammy as well as Burton. In the end, she must risk it all to save her friends from a violent killer hell-bent on revenge. Inspired by actual events.


Ellen M. Collier - Author PicAbout the author:

Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer/editor whose articles, essays and short stories have been published in several national magazines. Formerly she’s worked as a magazine editor, and in advertising and public relations (plus endured a hectic semester as a substitute teacher). She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism, where she enjoyed both coffee and colorful cocktails. A flapper at heart, she’s the owner of DECODAME, specializing in Deco to retro vintage items (www.art-decodame.com).
Bathing Beauties, Booze and Bullets is the sequel to Collier’s Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play.
Links to Purchase Book 1: Amazon
Barnes & Noble

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First chapter, Meme

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros #8

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Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts this meme.

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Today I’m featuring a review book that I am currently reading – Evidence of Life by Barbara Taylor Sissel.

On the last ordinary day of her life before her family went off for the weekend, Abby made a real breakfast – French toast with maple syrup and bacon. It was penance, the least she could do, given how utterly delighted she was at the prospect of being left on her own for two whole days to do as she pleased. It would sicken her late, in the aftermath of what happened, that she could so covet the prospect of solitude, but in that last handful or ordinary hours, she was full of herself, her silly plans.

I started this book a few days ago and was immediately hooked from the first page. As I read more and more into the book I realize that things are not at all like they seem – and I am DYING to find out what exactly is going on with this family!

Based on this opening – would you keep reading? It sure caught my interest quickly 🙂

Life

Fun

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Oh yes, you read that right. As you read this I am currently sitting in my local courthouse praying I am dismissed quickly.

But with my luck it won’t happen that way.

If you think you’re having a bad day, just think of it this way … You can’t be having a worse day than me 🙂

P.S.: This is not an April Fool’s joke 😦