Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Cook dinner for 5 - this is usually my mother-in-law's job during the week, but she broke her ankle on Friday so it now falls to me
Bake 3 cheesecakes
Bake 24 cupcakes
Bake 1 large loaf and 6 small loaves of banana bread
Package said banana bread
Wash, dry & fold 2 loads of laundry and start a third
Make sample wedding invitation for customer
Finish cropping pictures for Braden's scrapbook
Finish one more page in said scrapbook
Start making list of things to pack for trip to Colorado
Needless to say, I was a little tired and I'm already exhausted for today knowing that I have the following to do:
Frost and decorate 24 cupcakes
Make birthday card for co-worker
Finish third load of laundry and do 2 more
Clean craft room
Finish 8 pages of Braden's scrapbook
Pay personal bills
Do the books for three other clients
Anybody want to come help? My goal is to be able to relax and finally enjoy Christmas come 5pm tomorrow night when we all gather for Christmas Eve dinner at hubby's grandma's.
Blogging will be intermittent over the next couple weeks because I'm without internet at home (a power surge two weeks ago took out all wireless devices in our house and it's been real fun working as a bookkeeper without having access to online bill paying or banking...we've been working on it and hopefully today we'll be able to get it back up and running for good), no computer at work (thus no photos), and travelling.
Until then, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2009!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Anyways, after I picked mom up, one of the first things I said was that I wanted to go to this little cupcake bakery that I read about online. She said she wanted to do the same thing because she saw it in a magazine so our first stop was Crumbs. I had the caramel chew and mom had the red velvet and both were out of this world. I brought hubby a chocolate pecan pie one that he said was pretty wonderful too. We figured we'll eat dessert first seeing how it was right near the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
Next it was looking at all the shop fronts along 5th Avenue. Some beautiful stuff, but I think the Disney store was actually my favorite. The angels near the Rockefeller tree were beautiful too. The white metal ones we're pretty as well :)
After that we decided to go to Rosa Mexicano's for dinner. Yes, the same one I ate at the night before. I'm telling you people, it was THAT good. And yes, I ordered the exact same thing too, minus the pomegranate margarita. With bellys full, we walked back to our car (we sure got a lot of walking in!) and on the way decided we'd make one more swing my Crumbs so we could get another cupcake for mom if they were still open seeing how she ate all of hers beforehand and I only ate half! Unfortunately they were closed so we drove by the Macy's windows on the way out of town and made the long trip for home.
How about you? Have you been doing any fun Christmas activities?
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
And here's our work tree. It looks better when the front lights are off, but I didn't want all the guys to think I'm crazy for turning off the lights and photographing our work tree, so this will have to do. This doesn't look 80s because last year I was given the company card and freedom to go buy a new tree and whatever decorations I wanted when our other one bit the dust. Have I mentioned I love my boss?
(Side note: Anyone work for a hospital that is looking for casework? See that thing behind the tree? That's a patient closet...one of the many items we design and manufacture where I work. If you're interested, let me know and I'll hook you up with our sales dept.)
For placecards, I stamped everyone's names on paper leaves I cut out and then attached them to real pears with upholstery tacks. This also served as a favor that people could take home. Very inexpensive and they were a big hit!
For my centerpiece, I used a glittered magnolia leaf garland that I got for 80% off at Michael's and a copper container that I already had. I filled it with pinecones and paper pumpkins and dried leaves that I also got at Michael's for 80% off.
And, here's the table all set and ready for the spread of food. This is my mother-in-law's dining room and china set so it's a little too blue for my taste, but I think it still came out pretty. I set the placecard pears on each bread plate next to the homemade herb butter pats I made which were also a big hit. Here's the directions in case you want to make some of your own:
For each softened stick of butter, chop about 2 Tbsp. of fresh herbs (I used sage, thyme and parsley...all herbs that appeared in other dishes for the meal). Stir together. Scoop into a ziplock sandwich bag and flatten out into a rectangle about 1/8" to 1/4" thick. Freeze until firm. Place butter in fridge for one hour before serving. Right before serving, cut away ziplock bag and cut butter into squares.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Hope you are all enjoying your Christmas preparations and fesitivites so far. I know I sure am!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
How about you? Any fun plans for the weekend?
Our town is suing a former attorney because of some actions he took that put the town at risk. This is the same guy who's been trying to fight this for two years by following hubby and suing him saying he violated his 1st amendment right and all that.
One of our township committee people (a lady who used to be our friend and was one of hubby's running mates) is very good friends with this attorney. She doesn't like at all how the town is suing him and released confidential documents regarding how the town is pursuing the litigation to the judge who then handed them over to the attorney we're suing, thus making them public documents. She doesn't see how she did anything wrong and thus, two weeks ago at a meeting, hubby & the rest of the governing body censured her and another committeeman who did the same thing.
Well, fast forward to the next meeting which was last night and she had organized (with the help of the attorney the town is suing no doubt) a lynch mob of people to come out and lambaste my husband and defame his name for about an hour and a half. I shed some tears at one point as I witnessed person after person who used to be our "friends" go up and call him unethical and question everything he's ever done. They even brought in people from another town to attack him.
It's so hard to sit there and watch this happen. But, at the same time you can't give up because then they "win". I admit, I lost it at a point and called some of them bad names under my breath as they walked past me on the way back to their seat. Then I get more mad because I'm allowing wackos to aggravate me to the point that I act in an ungodly manner.
The unfortunate thing I've learned about politics is that the good people get burned out due to stuff like this and the minority of uninformed crazies has the loudest voice. Oh how we need good and godly politicians, but I'm really starting to ask myself why anyone in their right mind would want to put up with all this crap.