Friday, February 27, 2009

Because My Mind Works This Way, Y'all

My work week in a nutshell:

Our shipping department was supposed to have sent 6 skids of boxes to a customer (cause, you know, we make boxes) and we sent a chair instead. On a skid. Wrapped in bubble wrap.

We also sent 35,000 pizza boxes to a brotherly love type pizza maker in Milwaukee. Usually you wrap the skid in leftover cartons to protect it in shipment. Our shipping department wrapped these in Raid boxes. You know, the roach killer? Luckily for us, we make those boxes and they hadn't touched any product. But the customer just about had a heart attack when they received them.

I also got this email today from shipping:
FYI

We have a package by Shipping for “ Rey Manabat “?

Would Rey Manabat please contact the Shipping Office?

We don't have a Rey Manabat at our company. So of course, we replied back with the likes of:

I think I just saw him going into the bathroom...
I think he's outside having a smoke...
“Rey! Man da bat!” (It’s a lesser known baseball saying.)

and
Did you try paging him? :)

Lots of laughter today in the office. Some of it so hard we were crying. It's one of those weeks that if you don't laugh, you will cry, and they won't be tears of joy.

Needless to say, the customer rejected the chair.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Avoidance Techniques?

Well, you all know I've been MIA. Between ebola, Buck's games, photog, ski trips, work and home, life has just gotten in the way of blogging! *damn life!*

Here is a photo montage of what I've been doing to keep myself busy -


Ski trip - just before going out on the first run of the weekend. What a blast!


My V-day flowers! 2 dozen roses, well played Mr. Greg, well played. :-)


My goddaughter at her 5th birthday party - she wanted to go to Monkey Joes which is a huge warehouse filled with jumpy house thingamajigs. Lots of fun!


Trying not to show my braces off, but show off the new hair cut! And getting stabbed in the process.


Me and Jeni at the game! I was so sick that night!!

And we'll end with a video - Greg is marching the Milwaukee Buck's Drumline this season and we went to see the games. Obviously $10.00 tickets didn't get us too close to the action. Fortunately, we're MUCH closer this Saturday and I'll have better pictures to post.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Boobie Snicklehump is back!

I know I've been MIA - I'm a horrible excuse for a blogger, friends. I have a few fun things in store, I promise they are coming!

Christie Kern, my acupuncturist, passed this on to me and I had to share it. I was laughing so hard in the car last night with Jeni I had tears in my eyes.

The following is excerpted from a children's book, Captain Underpants And the Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants, by Dave Pilkey, in which the evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names...

So:-

1. Use the third letter of your first name to
determine your New first name:

a = snickle
b = doombah
c = goober
d = cheesey
e = crusty
f = greasy
g = dumbo
h = farcus
i = dorky
j = doofus
k = funky
l = boobie
m = sleezy
n = sloopy
o = fluffy
p = stinky
q = slimy
r = dorfus
s = snooty
t = tootsie
u = dipsy
v = sneezy
w = liver
x = skippy
y = dink y
z = zippy

2. Use the second letter of your last name to determine the first half of your new last name:

a = dippin
b = feather
c = br atty
d = burger
e = chicken
f = barffy
g = lizard
h = waffle
i = farkle
j = monkey
k = flippin
l = fricken
m = bubble
n = rhino
o = potty
p = hamster
q = buckle
r = gizzard
s = lickin
t = snickle
u = chuckle
v = pickle
w = hubble
x = dingle
y = gorilla
z = girdle

3. Use the third letter of your last name to determine the second half of your new last name:
a = butt
b = boob
c = face
d = nose
e = hump
f = breath
g = pants
h = shorts
i = lips
j = honker
k = head
l = tush
m = chunks
n = dunkin
o = brains
p = biscui ts
q = toes
r = doodle
s = fanny
t = sniffer
u = sprinkles
v = frack
w = squirt
x = humperdinck
y = hiney
z = juice

Thus, for example, George W. Bush's new name is: Fluffy Chucklefanny.

Remember that children laugh an average of 146 times a day; adults laugh an average of 4 times a day.

What is your new name?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What's In A Wordle?

As I have done on more occasions than I care to count, I totally stole this idea from Calicobebop. Because she's so awesome, she never hunts me down to tar and feather me. Go visit her and say hi and help me make up for stealing her stollen idea. :)

This is my Wordle. It's a decoupage, if you will, of the words and phrases I use most in my blog. I figured that Greg, Blog, Martini and Snowboarding would be front and center.

I was way off...



And here is my wordle, with more words, ahem, I mean, COMMENTS.



Click on the pics to get an up close and personal view of them. Or squint. Whatever floats your boat. ;)

You can get your own Wordle here.

Be sure to send me a link in the comments section so I can check you out!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Red Sauce a la Missie

I made pasta sauce before the ski trip and again this past weekend while Greg and I were holed up in the house with ebola. (Also known as strep throat and bronchitis)(Him, not me)

Now, keep in mind that I'm no Pioneer Woman Cooks. I don't even get to basque in the shadow of her spatula. But I made some kick ass sauce y'all!

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I didn't get any pictures of the prep. And I always clean up my cooking mess AS I COOK, because anyone who knows me, knows I'm the girl that will have all the cooking schuffs cleaned up, in the dishwasher, and the counters wiped down before I sit down to eat.

Cause that's just how I roll.

Here's what you'll need:

2 cans of pasta sauce - plain - no spices or anything
3 bell peppers - red, yellow, orange
oregano
parsley
basil
marjoram
sugar

Beef, pork or chicken of some sort. I used Jimmy Dean's Pork Sausage (It was on sale, 2 for $6)


So the red sauce:

I started with 2 cans of Hunts Pasta Sauce - the plain Jane version.

You can use tomatoes and stew them, but I didn't have time. Or the energy. I just wanted some yummy pasta sauce, dammit!

In a large sauce pot, I warmed the pasta sauce up for about 10 minutes.

I then added fresh Basil, Parsley and Oregano. (when I made this on Sunday, I used Marjoram and Cilantro too) Oh, and celery leaf!

You can totally use the jarred stuff, I just wanted to be fancy.

*Don't forget to taste your work as you go along!*

Let that simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.



In a separate pot:

Brown your meat SLOWLY, letting all the flavors come out. I don't add any seasonings to the meat at all.

Back to your sauce:

It's starting to smell good and look REALLY yummy right about now. But we've got some more to go.



Then add in 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of dried parmesean cheese (from the shaker)

Then I added in about 1/2 a ball of fresh mozzerlla cheese. (Cut into chunks)

You can see it all gooey and melty here:



Again, *Don't forget to taste your work as you go along!*

Then I added red, yellow and orange bell peppers. Chopped as big or small as you like them.

The secret is to add in the sugar. And also let it cook for a while.

Then add in the beef and turn the stove down to a very low simmer. Go do some housework or watch some TiVo. Remember to stir it every so often. Or do what I did and run errands, reminding your boy to stir it every once in a while until you get home to stir it some more.



Oh yeah, and this last time, I cut up zucchini into leetle pieces and threw that in there right away. I love zucchini, and you may not. But it added a really garden-esque element to the sauce. Yummers!

Eat or Freeze. I use the Ziplock twist and seal containers because you can freeze a twofer or a family sized portion. And I get them free from Jeni. :)

Did I mention? *Don't forget to taste your work as you go along!*

Enjoy! I didn't hear any complaints on the ski trip and Greg seems to like it, so it's all good! Let me know if you make it and what you change. I'm always looking for ways to spice it up a bit!

Makes a bunch, feeds a ton.

Monday, February 9, 2009

46 Things You Never Wanted to Know About Me

(Random and In No Particular Order)(101 was just too much crap)(As if 45 isn't either)
(No pictures this time, sorry)

1. My middle name is Jean. It was chosen after my grandmothers and my mom.
2. My first real kiss was in 8th grade with a boy named Bryan Javier. I hated kissing and thought I'd never want to do it again. Even though he was a good kisser. I just thought it was gross.
3. In my life, I have been love 3 times. My first, my hardest and my real, true love.
4. Tom Cat was the name of my first pet - he was a huge tom-cat, hence the name.
5. I am probably the clumsiest person you will ever meet.
6. It is hard for me to understand why people can't stand up for what they believe and I tend to have little tolerance for it.
7. My favorite color is a tie between brown and orange.
8. I take pictures of everything. All the time. I am a visual person, so I love to have a lot of photos of a great time.
9. Autumn is my favorite season, which I always call Fall.
10. I secretly love the Beatles, but don't tell anyone because it's so cliché.
11. I will probably piss at least one person off each blog. It's not intentional, but people tend to take what I say too personally, when it is directed at no one, EVER.
12. I am an only child, but I do have a brother. Ask me about this if you want to know.
13. I don’t know much about anything. Nor do I try to, unless something fascinates me, then I immerse myself in it.
14. People think I'm about an inch deep, when I have so much more inside of me, but do not like to share it with anyone.
15. I think by verbalizing everything. Some people cannot handle this and tend to think I'm gossiping, when really, I'm just thinking out loud.
16. I can be persistent about what I seek. I might not be consistent about what I seek though. Or considerate.
17. I tend to keep people in my life who are not afraid to tell me how it is.
18. I don't understand people who can't disagree with someone without thinking it's an argument or that they should get defensive about it.
19. I once had 4 mice that were supposedly all female. One of them ended up being a male and got the rest of them pregnant. I then had almost 30 mice in a 10-gallon fish tank. I let them go in the local park because I didn't want them being fed to someone's snake.
20. Dirty houses make me anxious and I do judge people who have a messy house.
21. I am a firm believer that when you make the right choices in life, everything will fall into place.
22. Twenty-two is my lucky number.
23. I had almost a perfect score on my ACTs, but never took the SATs. I wish I had though.
24. Laughter is one of my favorite things to do.
25. You may find that I am one of the loudest people you have ever met. I tend to be loud because my hearing sucks, so I think that I'm being quite, when really I'm speaking at a normal level.
26. My grandma is my hero.
27. I think I'm mildly OCD, but do not care to be tested.
28. I had to take a series of tests for my current job regarding reading, math, communication and personality. I scored "exceptionally high and in the upper-most percentile" on every test.
29. I tend to ruin moments by saying what is in my head without thinking. Especially when I'm giving someone a gift, because I get more excited about it than the person getting the gift.
30. It's a tie between Halloween and Christmas as my favorite holiday.
31. I can't tell a joke or a story. I'm horrible and my laughs come from how horrible I am telling the joke.
32. Most often, when I do something rude or hurtful, it was in no way intentional. I get sick to my stomach when I am hurtful or mean, so I just don't do it. I do everything with a kind heart.
33. I find people who are 'ghetto' to be boring and stupid.
34. I wish I had more compassion for boring and stupid people.
35. I always wanted to be named Samantha. Then my brother named his daughter Samantha and all was right in the world.
36. I think very few people care enough to prove someone wrong.
37. It really bothers me that so many of these lines start with "I".
38. Although I judge, I really don't care. I may form an opinion, but it doesn't make me think less of anyone. It's just a thought. And it can be changed. Really, it probably WILL be changed.
39. I talk a lot (see #15) because I have so many thoughts circling in my head and it makes me anxious that something brilliant or important will disappear because I wasn't able to verbalize it.
40. I always wear clean underwear and socks. If I take my socks off, I will put clean ones back on.
41. I am not as self-important as you think I am.
42. I am unlike anyone you will ever meet though.
43. I wish everyone could see the good side of me but feel that many don't because I can be standoffish and distant when I am uncomfortable or tired.
44. If I have not eaten, I get very crabby.
45. I am usually very in touch with my emotions.
46. I was named after the Allman Brothers Band song "Melissa".

Well, now ya know!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Ski Trip 2009!

A Success!

Minus this injury I sustained whilst riding the T-Bar lift going up a double black diamond. Yes, you read that correctly. A DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND. And hells no, I did not go down that thing. I was trying to go UP it. And fell. Off the damn T-bar.

Want proof?



How do you like THEM apples?

That's my thigh by the way.

Lovely, aint it? Dead sexy if you ask me. :)

Other than that, the trip was a ton of fun. I'll post many pictures tomorrow or the day after. Tonight, my butt is hitting the hay. At 8:45 PM.

'night y'all.