The Saddest Thing

December 14, 2010 at 1:45 am (Personal)

It’s December. To me, that’s Christmas. Family time. A time for decorating, for baking, for trying to get the cat to bat the bell around while also trying to keep it out of the tree.

I love family at Christmas. Heck, I generally like family any time.

But there’s something seriously wrong with families.

What happened to dinner? I see people piling int restaurants – sure that makes some sense, sometimes, that’s easier. (but not every night! Sheesh!) But in restaurants… they want to sit to see the TV.

But even worse is what I’ve been seeing, and saw a HORRIBLE case of the other weekend…

We were at Chili’s, my sister, grandmother, mom, and I, and we pulled out a cell phone a total of I think once.

A family was seated next to us. They came in, the three of them, mother, father, and daughter, each staring at their cell phone. They never talked to each other. They never even looked UP at each other.

They ordered. No “please”. No “thank you”. No eye contact, just mindless droning. The kid was sprawled all over the place, (And I mean like maybe 8, tops.) going “bloop bloop” and making annoying (to others) noises. Her parents didn’t bat an eye. She slurped and sucked on her beverage in such a way to make that god-awful sucking sound, the one that’s annoying and gross all at once.

Neither parent said anything. Mom and Dad (both overweight) were on their smart phones. Dad was reading, Mom playing solitaire.

Food arrived, the mom just nudged it out of the way and kept playing. They didn’t put their phones away to eat.

This family was barely there. They made my heart ache. How can you live like that?

There’s this person you married for love (I saw rings), but you’re not even looking at them. They’re just the person who happens to be sitting next to you.

There’s a child you brought into the world, and instead of teaching her, spending time with her, showing her love, you’re ignoring her.

That was so indescribably sad to me.


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Christmas Baking!

December 12, 2010 at 1:44 am (cooking) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Today, Allie, Mom and I went over to Grinnie’s house to turn her kitchen into a war zone.

Okay, not war zone… but it darn near seemed like it!

Huge batch of Giant Ginger Cookies… Prolific batch of Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies… Too-Cute-To-Eat batch of Roly-Poly Santas… Sugary batch of Russian Tea Cakes….and two batches of fudge.

We’re tired. We hurt. BUT!!!! We got our baking (mostly) done. We forgot to bring the recipe for the candy cane cookies ;_;. We also forgot to get lemon and orange peel for the Fig Thumbprint Cookies, so we passed on them for now.

So tired!! But most definitely worth it!

And of course we cleaned up after ^,~.

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December 10, 2010 at 9:37 pm (cooking) (, , )

Man, I hadn’t had enchiladas in AGES, but I had a hankering. So, my mom has shared with me her relatively easy enchilada recipe she used to make when we were kids. (By we, I meant my sister and I lol)



oil (canola, corn…not olive)
corn tortillas
can of red enchilada sauce

Sour Cream
Can of refried beans

First, turn on the oven to 350. While it preheats, warm up the oil in a pan large enough for a tortilla (not frying hot, just enough to warm the tortillas.)

*When it comes to tortilla selection, you should go for the taco-sized thicker variety. Don’t go cheap. ^^.; (I learned this the hard way tonight lol)

Once the oil is warm, put in one tortilla at a time – just enough to darken it, to soak up a little oil. Have a paper towel ready, this goes pretty quickly.

Once the tortillas have been oiled (or as you went with a helper), add cheese and roll them up. (You can add chicken, or veggies, whatever you desire. Cheese is my favorite lol) Put the rolled tortillas in a flat glass baking dish (We used a 13×9).

Once the pan is full, pour the red enchilada sauce over them – don’t drown them. Use your best judgement. 🙂 Top with more cheese, then bake for about 15 minutes.

Pair with rice, beans, pico, whatever suits your fancy. ^__^. Add a dollop of sour cream and yum!
Relatively easy, no? 🙂

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December 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm (Personal)

Huzzah! My copy of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm has shipped! lol


Well, what I really wanted to write about is the New Year/the Current Year. I know that when the New Year hits, I will probably forget to write a journal for it. Makes sense, then, for me to do so now! :)

Unfortunately, what I see with New Year’s entries revolve mainly around “goals for the next year”…along with notations of what didn’t happen.

I’m going to shake it up, and challenge you, and myself, to instead write what we’re PROUD of for this past year. What have we accomplished? There’s always something! :)

Here, I’ll start.

In the past year, I’ve worked hard, and gotten myself to a good place, mentally.

I have lost over a pant size in weight… I used to wear a 30-32 (I kept trying to tell myself I still wore a 28, but it was tight and I was always afraid of it showing off my stomach and lower back.). Now, I am happy to say that I wear a 26 in pants, and almost a 24 in shirts! (My waist is the 26, but the legs and rear are too lose! I am so thrilled)

And I am still losing weight.

I can fly without needing a seatbelt extender.

I can walk around at Disneyland all day. Same with the Dickens Fair, but come on… Disneyland is WAY more fun! lol

I can use a regular bathroom stall. (hey, I’m really happy about this lol)

I have reread three of my favorite book series.

I’ve worked hard to improve my leatherworking, and done what I think are some pretty nice commissions! :)

I gave up soda – I decided it wasn’t doing anything for me anymore, and just quit cold turkey (I was drinking 2-3 large bottles a day, sometimes a 2liter a day of mountain dew.). I will occassionaly have a soda – but I always ask myself “Am I drinking it because I want it? Or think I need it?”. (I’ll drink a dew on an 8-hour car trip…The other day I had a small soft drink at a fast food place but didn’t finish it!) I’m really happy that I kicked the habit. I am so much happier drinking water. I feel more energetic.

I’ve improved my cooking!! I can make a thicker sauce, and I’ve finally perfected chicken soup and my spaghetti sauce. :)

I am so much happier this year than I have been in a while. (hey that’s a big step for me lol)

So there you have it. What I am proud of. ^__^.

My goals for next year are to keep losing weight and keep up with my cooking and leatherwork. ^_^.

How about you guys?

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