Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The hills are alive...

with the sound of music. Yesterday, I attended the Sound of Music singalong at a local theater. I convinced a friend to join me (Mr. Fix-it was thrilled he didn't have to join me, lol), convinced since she usually doesn't go out on a "school" night. It was quite a bit of fun, but I think not as much fun as attending a live orchestral performance. I'm hoping this becomes an annual event and becomes more interactive in addition to the singing (hissing at the baroness, flashlights when the Nazis use theirs).

By the way, if you're a fan, Oprah is having a Sound of Music reunion. Depending on where you are, that episode is playing on Thursday or Friday. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Monday, October 25, 2010


I reorganized our spices. I bought shelves at the Container Store and wondered if I would fill the shelves. Looks like there wasn't a problem with that. In fact, I had to transfer some spices to smaller jars so I could fit everything in and stack some of the smaller jars. I'm thrilled that everything is alphabetized and even better, stays alphabetized. Now Mr. Fix-it puts the spices back in order rather than wherever there is an empty space.Scrapbookers, I've seen a few photos where scrapbookers used the shelves to organize their stamps or Stickles.

Friday, October 22, 2010


This is what Google told me a couple months ago:
Now they'll telling my they don't support my brower. Think I need to upgrade?

(Unfortunately, I can't upgrade the browser on that particular computer for various reasons.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Panic in the pantry

A few months ago, I checked our cupboards and we were down to two jars of pasta sauce (my go-to meal when I don't feel like cooking) and (gasp!) no pasta. How could an Italian run out of pasta? No, I'm not Italian, but I happen to be married to one.

Here's how an Italian runs out of pasta: when I ask Mr. Fix-it to choose a pasta for dinner, but he doesn't tell me he opened the last box, that's how. Plus it hasn't been on sale for a while. You know I can't pay full price for pasta (for anything really).

But now the pasta crisis is over. Sales + coupons = awesome savings. I'm not such a good couponer that I got all this for free, but anytime I can get pasta for 50 cents (or less) a pound, I'm happy.
That's the shaped pasta. That shelf is now full. The spaghetti-type pasta is stored in a different cupboard:
I think we're set for a while, especially since I bought a few more boxes since I took those photos. Now I'm panicking about where I can store all of this, especially since I've also stocked up on pasta sauce.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

October garden

I was thrilled to see my Frequent Flyer iris blooming again. And I'm still getting roses, although they don't seem to last as long as they did this summer.
Lest you think I've got a green thumb or am some sort of gardening wizard, I've got a lot of these too:

Friday, October 15, 2010


Mr. Fix-it has been under the weather this week and I think he shared it with me. Must be love, eh? So I made some soup tonight with some homemade broth and mirepoix, plus some frozen veggies and pastina. Good thing I have a well stocked freezer and pantry.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More evidence that I'm a Luddite

We had a little celebration at work in honor of a coworker's upcoming nuptial. I was one of the organizers and got the last-minute suggestion of having some wedding music in the background, probably prompted by my email subject line of "going to the chapel." Hmmm, great idea, but we're all swamped with work (the day of the celebration was carefully selected to avoid clashing with any deadlines) and there was no way I was going to ask anyone to compile a collection.

But wait! I just happened to have a CD compilation of love songs. Yes, a CD, not a collection on an iPod. And no time to ask anyone to convert the CD to MP3s. No time to ask anyone if they had an MP3 collection or an iPod w/speakers. So I brought in my boombox, put the CD on continuous, enjoyed the party. Sometimes being a Luddite works.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Table for one

I finally understand when singles say that they hate to cook for themselves. When I was single, I didn't mind. But maybe it was because I knew I didn't have a choice since I couldn't afford to go out to eat.

Mr. Fix-it was (is) gone for a week and I really struggled with what to eat. The fridge was pretty empty and I didn't feel like grocery shopping and I didn't feel like cooking either (long days at the office will do that to you). I ended up buying a two-item combination Chinese take out because I knew I could stretch that into a couple of dinners and lunches with the addition of more rice and vegetables. We got lunch at work two days this week; otherwise the Chinese food wouldn't have lasted so long and I would have had to think more about food. Here's what I ended up eating.

Day 1: Bunco, so no need to think about food (thank goodness!).
Day 2: Made an omelet and took half for lunch the next day.
Day 3: Bought Chinese takeout.
Day 4: Leftover Chinese takeout.
Day 5: Made potato broccoli chowder and had a friend over (having company was so motivating).
Day 6: Turkey sandwich.
Day 7: The last of the Chinese takeout. I actually bought lunch at work intending to eat it for dinner, but I decided I should finish the older food in the fridge first.

Thank goodness Mr. Fix-it is coming home tonight. I think we'll have homemade spaghetti sauce.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Happy World Card Making Day!

Yes, there is a day for everything, lol. I don't think I'll be crafting today, but I do have some cards to share with you. I made these in August to send to some friends who were doing the Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk for a Cure.