Currently, I working on my entry to my circle journal which needs to be mailed out before we leave Saturday. "Working" is actually a lie. I am stalling the work on it. I have creative block. I took the photo for it, edited it, added some bling to it, printed it and now all I have is the photo still. A day later. "It" hasn't come to me. Not yet anyway.
So I am stalling. And while I stall, why not post the yummy monster cookie recipe that Susan requested today?!?!
MONSTER COOKIE RECIPE: (keep in mind that this recipe is halfed because the original would make enough to feed a small country).
9 cups instant oats 1 1/2 lbs. peanut butter (about one large jar of Peter Pan) 1/2 lb. butter (3 sticks) 6 eggs 1 lb. brown sugar 2 cups of sugar 1/8 cup vanilla 4 tsps. baking soda 1/2 lb. M&M's 1/2 bag of chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients but oats, M&M's, and chips together with a mixer. Then add each cup of oats at a time and hand stir. Last, add M&M's and chocolate chips and hand mix.
Reg. cookie size will bake at 350 for about 5 min.
So if you have any questions, just ask. These were super easy to make, and are a favorite in the Trump household! :0)
On a seriously FUN note: I got a really super exciting phone call last night from THE Miss Kelly Purkey! It was so nice to chat with her via phone instead of email/chat! Such a treat and I can't wait to see her in person on Sunday!
Shout-out K.P. Style. Thanks for the call!!! :0)
P.S. I finally updated my banner. A silly/cool photo I took of my self yesterday. Thought it would be at the very least - (cough,cough) interesting. Ha.
...I have been living in...yup, you guessed it. Domestic Bliss.
Thanks so very much to my wonderful Mother-in-Law to be, I am now the very proud owner of my very first Kitchenaid appliance. I have wanted one of these mixers since I was like in high school. I swear. This mixer is like, the GOD of all mixers/woman appliances/kitchen power tools. She gave it to me for Christmas. I was so touched when I tore off the wrapping paper that I got all teared up. I sort of thought I might get one as a wedding gift, but for Christmas?!?!? I was all choked up. And it was an awesome surprise.
So far, I have made a double batch of sugar cookies. Turned out fab. And last night, Adam and I made Monster Cookies. Monster cookies were the real test for this baby. They are exactly like their name - monstrous! Just half of the recipe makes at least 8 dozen. But the whole time, my shiny red Kitchenaid mixer kept on kickin. I love it. Thank you, Benna! It's absolutely the BEST!
And I think I will begin a mental countdown to VEGAS today.
5 Days till Vegas!!!
I am sooo super excited. Kinda nervous. I am getting to meet lots of wonderfully creative people, and friends who I feel like I know already. Plus, just being in Vegas, ya know.
I broke the news to my advising teacher yesterday. I dont' know why I was so nervous about telling her that I would be missing 3 days of student teaching. But i was terrified. Like I should have known though, it was all good. She just smiled and said to remember to let my host teacher know - and it would be fine! :0)
After that worry-weight was gone, I officially began my real excitement yesterday! We are going to VEGAS and it's gonna be a blast.
And for those of you wondering... No, we aren't planning to elope while there. But you know what they say.
I ***heart*** Garden Ridge. We don't have one in Bwd. Everytime we go out of town I try to make it by there, but never get a chance. I am usually with non-crafty people who don't want to wander around aimlessly for 1hr+ while I look. i.e. Adam.
Last weekend, we headed to Fort Worth Hulen area to go to Kohls (thats a whole other exciting post in itself, but I will wait for pics). Anyway, we were at Kohls and right next door was Garden Ridge. My delight! we went in. BUT before we even entered the double sliding doors, there they were. These cute babies!
They were in a sad torn cardboard box with a sign above them : "SALE 5cents EACH" Right away Rachel and I started placing them one by one in our cart. Finally, I decided at 5 cents each, I wanted the whole box. So I told they man by the door and they were mine. All hundred and seventy something of them for under 9 bucks.
For those of you that know me, know that Adam and I are planning a fall wedding. That's where these cute babies will come in. I am not quite sure yet what we will use them for, but i am thinking somewhere along the lines of party favors/table setting name-tags. Something! I just know that we will use them - and I know that they were just sitting out there for ME to come and buy them. :0) I love finds like that - it made my day, and still makes me smile when I think about it.
In other B-news, I started student teaching today. My first official day. However, I didn't teach. Just observed for the most part. I played a game by myself and tried to learn all the students names. Guess which one's I will remember?!?! The bad ones. The one's who made a ruckus, of course. Did I just say Ruckus? I think I did. :0)
I am fighting a cold - AGAIN. Not very good for my first day, but I will make due with enough Alieve Cold and Sinus, and Theraflu at night. If anything, I will sleep good.
I saw the other day that Susan tagged me for a game of 4's . And I will answer it soon!
To get off work. I just got here 30 minuntes ago. 1 sad customer who just wanted an estimate price - not one item did he buy or ship.
So I am posting. Probably would sooo not be doing this if my bosses were here. But they are not and I am okay.
I started a new circle journal this month. I finally took the time to order an awesome Bazzill album and some yummy supplies the other night, and it arrived yesterday. Good stuff. So now I am waiting patiently so that I can go home and play. I want to start and finish it in one day. Ha. As slow as I am, prob. won't happen, but the process is always fun.
One girl, Hanni, in our CJ group already finished her's and mailed it to the first person. It's so awesomely fun, and I just know that it's gonna be a blast sharing myself and learning more about my scrapbooking friends. It is always such a blessing to make new friends who share the same passion(s). A perfect reason why I love this hobby of mine. What better reward than new friendship?!
But until 2, I will wait patiently to go home and play.
There is this lady that comes in at least once a week to the place that I work.
Okay, wait. Let me say this first: I work with the American public. A retail sort of business. Serving the public on a daily basis. They bring in their packages, we ship them out.
Now, back to the lady...
When I first started, I was green. I had to be trained - like most other new jobs. My first day she comes in and treats me like a complete imbecile. Throwing around her better-than attitude, huffing and puffing because it was taking her longer than usual. I know, most of us have been on both sides of that story. So, I tried to be nice and smile at her and even thanked her for her patience and wished her a good day. It was a huge relief when she left. Still - 2 months later, when she walks through the door, I cringe. She still treats me like a fool. No matter how nice or fast I am - she still has that "better-than" attitude. Today, she came in and treated our newest employee the very same way. It made me mad. Worse than when she did it to me. It angers me that people have that attitude. My question to that is: what did the world do or give to her that makes her treat other people like that? Or, does she just wake up in the morning and feel the need to act superior to others. Treat people like "the help."
That whole attitude is my largest of all pet peeves. It digs under my skin like no other. I guess I let other people get to me. I am sensitive. Maybe a little too sensitive.
And then here comes the part that I now realize makes me somewhat like her.
During my usual week night run at the gym tonight, guess who walks in? Her. In her electric blue wind pants and long sleeve t-shirt. A newbie to the gym. What I like to call a "new years resolution newbie." She walked past me while I ran on the treadmill. She noticed me. She recognized me from a few hours before.
I acted like I didn't even see her. I stared right past her and just smiled on the inside. There she was, over-weight and pissed off cause there were no treadmills open, and I just kept on running with my skinny ass! I made it look easier than it has ever been. I was doing it on purpose. And for this reason: at work, I am the pee-on. She can treat me however she wants. It is my job to serve the public and be nice - no matter how rude they are. BUT outside - especially at the gym- I am in my own realm. A thinner/younger one - compared to hers. So I continued to smile and laugh on the inside. It was the best running motivation to watch her watching me from across the way.
I guess I enjoyed it so much because when I am in the gym, I am confident. "Can't nobody hold me down" as P Diddy would say. Not even that overweight-better-than-attitude lady.
But in the same sense, it doesn't make me a better person. I am kinda the same. I treated her rudely and purposely ignored her, instead of trying to befriend her.
Either way, that attitude is horrible and ought to be outlawed. I know very well that I may one day be on the opposite end of the "realm" and be that over-weight/old lady. But I vow to never have that "better-than" attitude. No matter how much bad the world throws at me.
And that is my story for today.
I may come back and delete this post later (cause it sounds an awful lot like whining and bitchiness), but right now it just feels good to write it down and get it out.
So, I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year's Eve. We had a great time at Adam's cousin, Stacy's, home. She and her husband are avid game players. Pictionary, Mad Gab, Scattegories...you name it - they have it! That night we played "The Newlywed Game." There were 9 couples in all and it was a blast! Lots of laughing, and good drinks and good snacks. It was nice.
Adam and I booked our flights to Vegas last night! Yeah. So excited to go to CHA in Vegas. That's like 2 great va-cay's in one. #1: it's Vegas - nuff said. #2: I get to meet all of my design team friends from Scrapsupply.com, plus lots of other scrapbook friends from all over the country. So cool. Oh, and the fact that we will get to see tons of new supplies over the 3 day period. Extra cool.
Work is work. Nobody said it would be as fun as waking up late and then getting to do whatever I wanted (scrap, clean, bake, etc.) all day. But you know, gotta do something to "get them ends" as my sister would say. :0) School starts on the 17th.
Oh. I actually took the time today to look at my visitor stats and views. Almost 18,000!!! So very cool! I seriously love people who ask me about my blog and say, "Hey, how come you haven't updated in **X amount** of days!"
By the way, Hi Renee!!! Thanks for the reminder! I will try to be more faithful to this thing this year.
It makes me feel good to know that people read what I say and still think I am an okay person. Haha! Just my ramblings, but ya know - a way to communicate to those I don't get to see on a daily basis.
On that note, if you take the time to read my ramblings, leave me note to say hi when you get a chance. I 'd love to hear from you.
And on a completely different note, I have to post this picture of Rachel. Over the Christmas holidays she had a bad sore throat that ended in losing her voice. Kidding around, she asked my younger cousin's Ryan and Gabby if they would search for clues to help her find her voice. Those two are so very creative and funny. They walked around from person to person asking about Rachel's voice and then decided to make that paper plate and hide it Mama's tree outside. They were so happy to inform Rachel, that they had "found her voice." So cute. Just thought I would share. :0)