Saturday, August 23, 2008

Zombie Mom

I am SO tired. It doesn't help that my husband has come home from work after 9pm every day this week (last night it was around 1am when he finally returned). It also doesn't help that I'm determined to keep the kids on a regular schedule, which means getting them in bed around 8pm and having them wake up around 5am.

I am SO tired.

Today's plan is to clean, do laundry and run errands. Totally boring day, if you ask me. I need a boring day, but I doubt the kidlets will cooperate. I was hoping to go for a picnic today, except it's the weather that has it out for me at the moment. Le sigh.

OMG, I just moved to take a sip of my coffee and thought my arm was going to fall off. One of my co-workers is developing a workout routine for me (which I desperately need), but boy am I sore today. He had me doing modified crunches with the medicine ball, along with assisted dips/chin-ups and dumbbell presses.

Maybe that's another reason I'm SO tired... ;)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Day off

Apparently, I bake on my days off.

No, seriously - I have been a baking fool today.

For whatever reason, I've been ridiculously inspired to bake today. I found a recipe last week for Mocha Rum Cake, and it is now cooling on my counter (and smells divine). More later on how it turns out (will add rum glaze eventually).

It occurred to me that I couldn't take the mocha rum cake to work. First of all, I don't have a convenient way to transport it, as it's almost a mile from the parking lot to my office. Second, if I make a baked item with rum in it (especially for the first time) and don't let my hubby have some, I may find some divorce papers on my desk. You can't take a slice out of a bundt cake and then try to take the rest to work - that just isn't kosher. So since I am out of options regarding the cake, I guess it's a good thing I went to Whole Foods today.

While I was at Whole Foods buying bread flour to make chocolate chip cookies (forgot the unsalted butter though, so I'm SOL there), I grabbed a 2lb container of some awesome looking blueberries. What do you do with a 2lb container of plump blueberries? Apparently, I make Blueberry Crumb Bars. There is currently a 9x13in pan of these babies in my oven, and boy, does my kitchen smell yummy.

Oh, and did I mention the 6.5lb Boston pork butt that's slow cookin' in my crock pot? Yay for pulled pork!!

It is a good day off. :D

Saturday, August 9, 2008

What happened to the national anthem???

What in the world happened to our national anthem at the Olympics tonight?

Well, I guess it's "this morning" out in Beijing, but it's still only 11pm here (EST). We stayed up late to watch Phelps win (go USA!) in the 400IM, and then made it a point to watch the medal ceremony. When we heard the opening notes of the "Star Spangled Banner", my husband and I both looked at each other - something didn't sound right. Then the opening refrain repeated (you could see the confusion on Mama Phelps' face - I looked the same way). And then the unthinkable: at "o'er the land of the-", the song STOPPED.

That's right, the "Star Spangled Banner" got cut off at an Olympics medal ceremony.

I am, to say the least, horribly shocked. I might also be a bit offended - I haven't decided yet. Points to Phelps and Lochte, as they both handled the situation with grace. Same goes for the Phelps family and Bush delegation.

Still, what happened??

I rewound the footage (thanks to my trusty DVR) back to the beginning of the song. Sounds like someone had two tracks playing at once, then decided on just one. But that still doesn't explain why the song cut off.

And am I being overly paranoid about the fact that the song just happened to cut off at "free"?

Things that make you go "hmmmmm....."