Friday, April 8, 2011


I love Fridays. It's the last day of the work week for Jake so I know I get two uninterrupted days with him. We actually have some plans for this weekend, nothing too exciting but it feels good to have plans that don't consist of getting all the chores done so we can play MMOs all weekend. We bought the game Wipeout for Wii that we're planning on trying. It's Jake's favorite TV show so I figured it was worth getting! We have a bunch of yard work to do, if we can squeeze it in in between the rain. And maybe a walk or two!

Last Sunday there was a pretty intense thunderstorm here. We lost electricity for a few hours, and we were able to watch the electric company mess with some of the wires from our bedroom wire. A few cars went down that way, stopped, then eventually turned around. We checked the day after and there was a huge tree that fell over in a neighbor's yard. It knocked down a pole, which was blocking the road, which explains why no one could get through that way! The tree is massive though, and the guy is lucky that it didn't land on his house. I wonder if you have to pay for replacing the line if a tree in your yard falls over? I'd hope not, you can't really control it! I should have taken pictures of it but it didn't really occur to me until I started typing about it! Plus I wouldn't really want people taking pictures of my house and posting them online haha.

I've been taking Reeses on a short walk every other day. I think I might start doing every day soon though, and increasing the distance slowly. I'm trying to increase his mobility in his back leg. When we were too busy playing WoW I liked to pretend that we were great pet owners. But although we made sure they were fed and such we didn't give them the attention they deserved. One of my biggest regrets is that we didn't do enough to help with Reeses' leg problem. I should have been walking him every day since we found out about it. Instead, I just played WoW and ignored the problem. That's not fair to him, nor is it fair to our other pets to be ignored most of the time. It just makes me sad to think it came to that, I love our pets and they deserved better. I intend to do my best to make sure they get it from now on.

I made lasagna today. I used fresh onion and garlic, which I usually don't. In fact, I've never chopped an onion before today. I used to think it was silly when people talk about how onions make you cry. Yeah, it's definitely not silly. It's so not very fun, and I think I've discovered that I wasn't meant to be a chef! I did a pretty terrible job of chopping the onions, but the lasagna tastes amazing. A tip I learned from looking up how to modify my recipes to include fresh onions and garlic instead of minced: while cooking the sauce for the last 1/2 hr stick the uncooked noodles in a pan of very hot water. It's much easier to work with the noodles like that than cooked ones, and they finish cooking in the oven. Plus boiling lasagna noodles is always a headache, they're huge and you have to be careful not to break them.

I bought a paint by number kit the other day. Sounds silly, but my sister used to do them all the time when we were younger. I never really tried them, and I was hoping doing so would spark my passion for painting again. I was never really that great at painting, but there's something so amazing about the feel of a brush across canvas. I used to use oil paints, but now I kind of want to try acrylic as well. Either way I'm definitely going to buy some canvas at some point and hope I come up with something half way decent! I also kind of want to try my hand at a mosaic again. When I was in HS I made a faux glass window type mosaic, using those colored pebbles used for fake plants on a large sheet of Plexiglas. It didn't turn out as good as I wanted it to, but it was really fun designing it and working on it. I feel a lot more creative now that I've quit MMOs. Sort of like the old me coming back to life again.


  1. I hope you have fun playing Wipeout, and hopefully you can get those walks in!

    Yikes, a tree fell? Thank goodness it didn't go through the guy's house. My family home is in San Francisco, and they planted eucalyptus trees all over the place because they grow so fast...but the problem is that they will fall over in wind storms, and every year when there were bad storms, there would be a story about some tree falling over into a street or on a house. We had two of them fall on our house through the years, though thankfully the damage wasn't too bad.

    LOL, it's funny how we lie to ourselves about what good parents we are when playing WoW. We did it too. It's nice that we are finally giving our pets the attention they deserve!

    Oh yummy! I love lasagna! I've never made it by myself, but I've helped Steve and my ex make it a bunch of times. It's really easy though, isn't it, and it's so tasty! Yeah, onions are something you must cut carefully with eyes averted or, I will position my knife and close my eyes as I cut down so when the juice sprays, I don't get it in my eyes!

    And as for being a chef, lol...I made sure my ex knew, and I let Steve know, that I am NOT a cook. I *CAN* if I need to but I don't want to and I don't like my deal is that I'll clean up if they cook. It's a good system, but I also help whenever requested, which is fun unless I'm hungry! Then I just want to eat, not make something to eat! :D

    Paint by number?! Oh wow, I haven't done one of those for ages! They are so much fun!!! You'll have to tell me how it goes!

    By the way, I love to paint, though I haven't done it for a long time. I used to collect and customize model horses. If you would like to see what I've done, here's a link!
    (BTW, that website was something I did years ago...there are thousands of images that I scanned in, hundreds of goes on and on. I dropped out of the hobby some time ago but a person I know still maintains the site. She's changed some of the design elements so if you hate it, don't blame me!! :)

  2. Ahh, ironic! I go to the link and check out that site and the add on it is for World of Warcraft :-P I prefer baking over cooking any day of the week, that's probably why I enjoy making lasagna. I get to do a little baking at least! I hate having to stand there and stir stuff, I just get so bored so I end up surfing the web in between stirs and end up not paying as much attention to it as I should haha. The model horses look good, I don't really know much about them though I'm afraid. Do you buy models then paint them or? I have zero idea how it works haha! I love horses though, I used to have one when I was younger. I was learning how to ride when we had to move out of state :( He was a palomino which to this day is my favorite coloring!

  3. Thanks for the compliments on the models, I wish the images were larger so you could see them better. Lots of shading and neat colors. Some day I should find those pictures and rescan them larger...

    In regards to what you do...well, you can buy the model and then paint it, or you can chop it up and use epoxy and carving instruments to reattach in different positions and then paint. Or you can start from scratch and sculpt from a wire frame. I actually wrote a 200 page book, "The World of Model Horses" a long time ago, which showed people how to paint and customize models, and much more. LOL, blast from the past...anyway, model horses can be a lot of fun for folks. I just don't have time or interest these days!