Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday is my favorite day

Happy Snowy Friday!  In the picture below, you should be able to see two hospitals.  You can see none.  The snow is already sticking to the highway.  Who cannot wait until their drive home?!  Me!!  We are estimated to get 6 inches!  How's the snow in your area?  I much prefer snow over ice.  Plus, it's so pretty.  I just have to run to the store before I go home, then I don't intend to go anywhere else tonight.  I'm  thinking about doing a little rearranging of furniture in the front room.  What are your plans for Friday?
 I ended up in the middle of a kibben cat struggle this morning.  They play a little rough and my foot got in the way.  The cat in the picture is not the culprit.  It was actually the little tortie that got my foot and she looked remorseful once she did it.  She was probably thinking she wouldn't get any meow mix if she didn't feel bad. 

Friday Favorites!
1.   I had a three day work week! 
2.  For Valentine's Day, my daughter cleaned the kitchen!
3.  I received two postcards in the mail!
4.  I finished "Educated", have you read it?  What is your opinion?
5.  School conferences are finished and the reports were pretty swell.  Except one, but that's another story all on it's own.

Enjoy your weekend!  Keep warm!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Zombie Burger -- Des Moines, Iowa

We left around 8 am for our adventure to Milwaukee.  It was cold.  I was in the back seat.  Eck!  Our first stop was at Zombie Burger in Des Moines, Iowa.  It's a fun restaurant with a Zombie theme.  All their burgers have fun names.  Mine was Trailor Trash.  It had cheese, fried pickles and fried cheese curds on it.  It was so dangerously delcious.  They have vegan options.  My vegan friends liked the Negan.  IF you are ever in Des Moines, give it a go.  It's not terribly expensive.  It has a sit down restaurant and a quick service side. 
 The Menu
 I sent the soylent Green picture to a friend as she was going on about Soylent Greens are people last week.  She said the greens were really gross.  Meaning people are really gross to eat.  But we are at a Zombie restaurant.
 Trailer Trash Burger
 Our new teammate.  We were tempted to put her in the car with us.
 Dawna's new BBF!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

We haven't had a full week of school all year....

We haven't had a full week of school all year long.  The snow and ice are making a lot of appearances this year.  I am okay with whatever.  My car can get me to work without a lot of problems (or any problems at all).  Slow and steady.  The other drivers weren't being a**holes, so that helps.  A lot.  The Kansas side of the city was taken care of pretty well.  Missouri was another story.  It is always like this.  My road is a private road, but someone has been salting and sanding it these past couple of weeks.  I have no idea who is doing it, but I'm extremely grateful for them.

I signed up for a Book Swap on Instagram.  The theme for this month is Local Love.  I've read a book recently that the setting was Kansas City and it's poorly written.  The grammar drove me bananas.  She had included Kansas City Roller Warriors in her book, but was totally off base with what kind of business we are.  I am going to write her and invite her to come to one of our games and see what the real deal is.  She made some horrible mistakes about Kansas City and the area.  She said you had to cross a river to get from Overland Park to Kansas City, KS.....the answer is no.  There is not a river dividing the counties.  My book swap person likes mysteries and crime books.  I am going to get her Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood"  The setting is Kansas.  We also send our swap person local things.  I have some ideas and I'm excited to go shopping.  She is from Virginia and they are currently experiencing 80 degrees right now.  I'm jealous.
poorly written Kansas City setting book
My daughter did a project on the Norse Universe.  She can't draw, so I drew her the tree with the levels of the Norse Universe.  She gave me the information to draw from.  She did all the painting and wording. 
 Let's do a little throwback Thursday.  This picture was taken on Sunday.  It was 60 plus degrees! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

I Broke It Before I got it Home!

We’ve made it halfway through the week!  I have a five day weekend coming up.  I took Friday off for travels to Milwaukee and I took Monday off for rest and that we have a holiday on Tuesday.  I figured just make it a mini vacation while only using two vacation days.

Work has been a little slow.  We’ve had an abundance of non-english speaking people in this week. 

I played in three derby games over the weekend.  It was a lot of fun.  I was practicing for the tournament in March. J

My insurance sent an email regarding a program called Naturally Slim, I signed up for it, as well as a few coworkers.  So far it seems a little kookie.  Maybe once I get into it a little more it will seem legit.  I did read reviews on it and most of them seemed to be positive.  Does anyone have experience with this program?  How'd you like it?  I can't complain too much since it's free.  They did send me a workbook and a tape measure.  I have yet to measure all my body parts though.
My FitBit Band broke.  I ordered a new one off of Amazon in Tiffany Blue.  I have no idea why I picked that color.  It looked pretty and not my norm.  Tiny step out of the box.
For Christmas I received an Utensil Holder.  I immediately broke it by dropping it on the floor :(  I started looking around to replace it.  Wal-Mart had them for $11, but they had been discontinued, so I look to Amazon.  Amazon is charging $35 for it.  WTH?
I do a little more shopping around find a whole set of items (including the utensil holder) for $59.  It was on and I can pick it up in the store.  It's a darn good deal and I don't have to buy each piece separately.  I already own the four piece measuring cup set, but it doesn't hurt to have more than one. (Or I can always give as a gift or something)  I've been super cleaning out my kitchen, getting rid of broken and non-used items.  I'm making great progress.  I have a lot of items on my wish list.  I need a nice set of knives and a new canister set (mine is 15ish years old! and I don't have the matching plates anymore)  My big thing for the kitchen is getting a new fridge.  Mine is old and it's not working as it should, meaning lots of trips to the grocery store each week.  I have an eye on one at Home Depot.  It has the French Doors and freezer at the bottom.  Delivery is free from Home Depot and they will haul my old fridge away for $20.
How is your week going?  Any exciting plans coming up?
I have scrimmage and practice tonight for our games this weekend.  Practice was canceled yesterday due to the ice.  I didn't have any ice around me, but I heard some areas of Kansas City were bad.  Better safe than sorry.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

I want Pizza, not your opinion.

Honestly, I should have purchased this little sign for my desk at work.  It’s perfect for me.  I like pizza a lot. J
A game for me!  I might have to go back and get it.  I love Bingo and I love cats!  Perfect combo.  Who is up for a game of Cat Bingo with me?

My mom’s birthday turned out perfectly!  I left work around noon.   I had an AT&T repair appointment.  My lines are finally repaired and since it took them eight months to complete it, I get $20 off my bill for a year.  My cousin’s flight got in early.  She text me from the plane and let me know and I was up there by the time she got off the plane and picked up her bags from the claim area.
We arrived at my mom’s house about 20 minutes before my mom got home.  My cousin hide down the hallway, so my mom thought I had just gotten there early because I left work to get my Uverse fixed.  My cousin stepped out of the hallway and my mom was so excited!  She was smiling from ear to ear. 
We ended up going shopping for a tad bit before our reservation at Firebirds.  This steakhouse is amazing.  My ended up getting the steak.  I got a perfectly prepared burger.  Tons of sides and appetizers.  My mom and Jackie drank all their wine.  (I was the driver).  I’m glad this made my mom happy.
I filled up my mom’s wine rack.  I need to go to Trader Joe’s and pick up a few more bottles for her.
Happy Birthday to my mom, I’m glad it was a good one. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

**February Goals**

{ Goal One }

Walk 10,000 steps every day in February!

{Goal Two }

Buy a New Fridge!

{Goal Three }

Read Three Books

{Goal Four }

Clean Out My Car

{Goal Five }

Create a Savings Plan and Implement it.

What are you goals for this month?

And Happy Friday everyone!  The temps are raising just in time for the weekend!  Thank goodness!  It's my mother's birthday and I have a surprise in store for her.  I'm picking up my cousin at the airport (she's flying in from Seattle) this afternoon and we are taking my mom to dinner.  I was going to take her to dinner anyway and now we have her best friend joining us!  She is going to be so surprised.  I think the plan is steak.  We'll have to find a place.
My AT&T Service has been out for a couple of days.  It's an area outage.  They told me when it got really cold, it messed up some of the lines and they had to redo them.  I have a service appointment today with them for unrelated matter, but I'm not sure we can even do it since there is no service at this time in my area. 
I got my Kansas Tax Refund already.  I checked my bank account this morning to make sure all my things went through and that was a nice surprise.  It's not a lot.  It's the excess amount I pay into Missouri.  I work in Missouri but live  in Kansas.  I had to have my debit card replaced yesterday.  The chip was bad and it kept declining all my purchases.  I called the bank and they said they weren't even receiving the info from my card and the chip was not working.  Thank goodness the bank branches make the debit cards now.I'll be playing in three derby games this weekend.  One with the Vixens.  My loves.  And the other two with a mashup team on Sunday.  Hopefully that will be fun.
What's going on with your weekend?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

January Review!

It's the end of January!  Bananas how it went by so fast!
We had so much more snow than we've had in previous years and I loved it.  It's pretty, nobody can deny that.  I don't understand the hatred for snow.  I mean, I have an entrance to Narnia at the end of my drive!
The Bond for the schools passed!  Yay!  We are going to get a new athletic center and middle school.
Alli got her braces off!! 
Work was crazy around the middle of the month.  While I wasn't effected by the government shut down, the clients we serve were.  I got to travel for work and it was awesome.  I'm glad I get to do that more often now.

What We're Eating This Month....
Instant Pot recipes!  I made so many things in the Instant Pot.  I get excited even talking about it.  I made a Spaghetti Pie and was impressed with it.  The chicken tikka masala was so yummy.  The only thing I made that I didn't love was Garlic Parm Wings.  They were blah.

What I'm Reminiscing About....
Nothing really.  I like to look forward.  I do enjoy my memories on Facebook though.

What I'm loving....
The Instant Pot.  That there will be no more Alli ortho appts!  My calendar.  Roller Derby.  Warm bath with Epsom salts!

What We've Been Up To....
answered above!

What I'm Dreading...
Hmmmm.....the first week of February at work.  Just because of the procedures we had to have due to the government shut down.

What I'm Working On....
My Business Process Reengineering Project for work.
Finding fun things for our Wisconsin Road Trip.
Lots of new recipes.

What I'm Excited About...
The upcoming Wisconsin trip!
Taking my mom to dinner on her birthday!
My tax return.
Getting postcards in the mail.

What I'm Watching/Reading...
I am currently reading "Educated" by Tara Westover.  Read it.  It's amazing.
I like watching all the medical shows...New Amsterdam, The Resident, Chicago Med, The Good Doctor.  The ER shows they have on TLC are good to watch too.

 What I'm Listening To...
I've made a playlist with pump up music!  I'll have to figure out how to share it from my Prime account.

What I'm Wearing....
I'm wearing a blue plaid shirt with a white tank, black leggings and boots.

What I'm Doing This Weekend...
It's my mom's birthday on Friday, so we are going to dinner. 
Saturday is our second Vixens Game.
Sunday I am playing two games of roller derby at a national tournament.
I'm going to get the oil changed in my car.
I am going to finish putting Peyton's desk together!!

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month....
Going to Wisconsin
Gradually warming temperatures
More Sunlight