Thursday, August 28, 2008
Starbucks - getting you laid, one Frappuccino at a time

One of guys from work was running to Chili's to pick up his lunch and asked me if I wanted anything. Well Starbuck's is right next door so I asked him if he'd run through the drive thru and grab me a grande java chip Frappuccino. He slides a post-it over to me and says he will if I "right that shit down"... so I do and say thanks and get back to work.
About fifteen minutes later, he walks in with my drink and says, "Thanks for making me buy the sissy-est drink ever."
I laugh and tell him thanks and he is all, "No, Kate, you don't understand. I didn't go through the drive-thru because the line was too long and there was only one person inside the Starbucks so I just parked and went in. Well the one person was a smoking, and I mean SMOKING hot chic. So I walk in and all smile at her like hey baby, what's up? Then I get to the counter and read what you wanted off the slip and I never go there so I have no idea what I'm ordering but while I wait I am checking the chic out and sending her the signals. And then the dude comes back and hands me THIS. THE SISSY-EST DRINK EVER. I just walked out of there. Didn't even look back. So thanks and I'm never going there again."
I'm still laughing.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

These were taken and posted by the chic who is as close to a sister as I will ever find in someone I don't share blood with...

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Friday, August 22, 2008
Nifty Recipe
Now I am the LAST person you should ask for recipes, the very last. I know how to make a handful of items well and the rest usually ends in catastrophe and occasionally loss of life.
But, seeing as how I have three little humans who are dependant on me for food for survival, I do try. And one of the rather awesome websites I use is Family Fun which has all sorts of arts and craft and best of all, kid friendly recipes :) Thank you Disney!
Since school starts next week and we doing this year sans daycare, I need to not only have snacks available for Em and Trin when they get home at 3:15p but also some new dinner ideas wouldn't hurt one bit. So I was browsing around for ideas when I came across this recipe which I had to share and really, who better to share it with than ya'll?

Colorful Cupcakes
The first surprise here: there's not a grain of sugar in these cupcakes. The second surprise: your kids will love them anyway.

Meat Loaf
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Potato Frosting
3 cups mashed potatoes
Food coloring

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin tin cups with foil bake cups.

2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the meat loaf ingredients until well combined. Divide the mixture evenly among the lined cups (the liners should be about three quarters full).

3. Place the filled muffin tins on cookie sheets and bake the cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until cooked through.

4. Divide the mashed potatoes among three small bowls and stir a few drops of food coloring into each batch to create blue, yellow, and pink pastel frostings. Spread a generous dollop on each cupcake.
Makes 12 cupcakes.

Oh man, how FREAKED are my kids going to be the first time they come home and these are sitting on the table for dinner??

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I Trust You'll Treat Her Well
(Victor Buono)

Dear World:
I bequeath to you today one little a crisp dress...with two brown eyes...and a happy laugh that ripples all day long.. and a flash of light brown hair that bounces in the sun when she runs.
I trust you'll treat her well.

She's slipping out of the backyard of my heart this morning...and skipping off down the street to her first day of school. And never again will she be completely mine.
Prim and proud she'll wave her young and independent hand this morning and say "Goodbye" and walk with little lady steps to the schoolhouse.

Now she'll learn to stand in lines...and wait by the alphabet for her name to be called. She'll learn to tune her ears for the sounds of school-bells...and deadlines...and she'll learn to giggle...and gossip...and look at the ceiling in a disinterested way when the little boy 'cross the aisle sticks out his tongue at her. And now she'll learn to be jealous. And now she'll learn how it is to feel hurt inside. And now she'll learn how not to cry.

No longer will she have time to sit on the front porch on a summer day and watch an ant scurry across the crack in the sidewalk. Nor will she have time to pop out of bed with the dawn and kiss lilac blooms in the morning dew. No, now she'll worry about those important grades and which dress to wear and whose best friends is whose. And the magic of books and learning will replace the magic of her blocks and dolls. And now she'll find new heroes.

For five full years now I've been her sage and Santa Claus and pal and playmate and mother and friend. Now she'll learn to share her worship with her teachers ...which is only right. But no longer will I be the smartest woman in the whole world. Today when that school bell rings for the first time...she'll learn what it means to be a member of the group...with all its privileges and its disadvantages too.

She'll learn in time that proper young ladies do not laugh out loud...or kiss dogs...or keep frogs in pickle jars in bedrooms...or even watch ants scurry across cracks in sidewalks in the summer.
Today she'll learn for the first time that all who smile at her are not her friends. And I'll stand on the front porch and watch her start out on the long, lonely journey to becoming a woman.
So, world, I bequeath to you today one little a crispy dress...with two brown eyes...and a flash of light brown hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs.

I trust you'll treat her well.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Pics from Amanda's camera phone...
My ridiculously gorgoeus sister.

Amanda has this cool feature on her phone called "Fun Frames"...


Emilee & Amanda

Purple Haze...

Astronaut Amanda.

Football Player Amanda.

Purple Football Player Trin.

I LOVE this pic of Trin.

Astronaut Trin.

Trin & Belle.




Amanda & Mommy.

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Monday, August 11, 2008
Why I love Sprint even if I have to call every single effing month to get billing issues corrected:

Try it FREE for 15 Days with no obligation.
Cancel any time during the trial.
After 15 days, the regular charge will show on your next bill— $9.99/month per family (includes up to 4 locatable phones per family).
Locate Your Children immediately, from any web-enabled mobile phone or from the web.
Safety ChecksSM let you know that your children have arrived at home or school on time.
Sprint Family Locator gives you and your family peace of mind in the palm of your hand. All devices now supported with mobile web—go to on your phone.

--Ok, I don't need this right now but I am going to be totally straight with you, in about three years, I will use the shit out of this :) Especially the Safety Checks feature which will let me know when my kids get home! You rock Sprint, way to let us Mommies be cyber stalkers! I appreciate it!


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Thursday, August 07, 2008
from El Camera Telephono
Amanda's new phone riding shotgun on the way home....

Amanda holding her new phone which she has named Bob.

Emilee riding shotgun.

Noah's hair. He's growing it out. I think it's alive.

Emilee getting her hair cut. Most likely out of fear after having seen Noah's hair.

Amanda chillin on my couch in my office watching Labyrinth. She went to pilates with me that day. She is a wuss :)

Trin fast asleep in the front seat of my car with her pop tart in hand.

Trin holding the funnel cake that she and I devoured a few moments later.

Trin in all her cuteness. [An aside, Trin was at work with me yesterday and one of the guys here said to her, "You still have all those freckles!" and she was all "yeah, I think I have even more." and the way she said it was so uber adorable that everyone in the room's heads exploded.]

She was so country that day with her little country shirt and her pigtails and the fact that she totally says "ya''ll guys" all the time.

Amanda Panda all pretty.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008
Yay for Saturday!
So today is a big day! I get to go and pick Emilee up from Summer Camp! I'm super jazzed! I dropped her off last Sunday so she has been gone for six nights so I am in Major Emilee Withdrawal Mode. I'm going to post a few pics from last Sunday but I am saving all of the camp photos for another post after I get her disposable cameras developed... (I don't want to all steal her thunder or anything...) at which time I will also post copies of all of the Emilee letters to home...
Hello mudder, hello faddah, here I am in Camp Granada...
It will be an Official Emilee Summer Camp Post.
In the meantime, here are a few pics I took when I dropped her off on Sunday...

This is Emo sleeping the morning of camp.

In the car, looking a little freaked out on the way to camp.

Emilee in front of the mossy tree while we waited to get into camp.

The line of cars in front & behind us waiting to get into camp...

Temperature was in the nineties as we sat in the car, gates were supposed to open at 2:30...


Emilee crossing the bridge to the cabin area.

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