Thursday, December 29, 2011
2 chicken breasts
1 small onion
5-6 potatoes - cubed
2 cups of carrots - sliced
2 cups of chicken broth/stock
1 tbs minced garlic
1 tsp garlic salt
1 cup of milk mixed with 1tbs of flour
8 oz cream cheese
1 pkg of Reamed frozen egg noodles
Salt and pepper to taste
Boil chicken breasts in just enough water to cover them until thoroughly cooked. Turn heat down to medium and pull out chicken to cool. Add veggies, garlic, salt, pepper, chicken stock and some water (I usually add about 2 cups). Cook until veggies tender. While waiting, cool and shred chicken. When veggies are ready add chicken back to pot. Add noodles. Wait until its boiling again and then add the flour + milk mixture. Watch the pot and stir or it will boil over. Lastly add the cream cheese in large dollops and allow to melt. Don't try to stir it in or it will separate and look nasty. Once it's all melted, stir, add water if necessary and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes before serving.
The quick and dirty method speeds up the time because there is no waiting to cook the veggies. You just add a can of diced potatoes and a can of sliced carrots. Then, you can quickly add everything else and serve.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Our Christmas Eve dinner was homemade creamy chicken noodle soup, this bread, and homemade peach pie. So good!! I'll post my creamy chicken noodle soup recipe tomorrow. It's a hybrid of various chicken soup recipes I've found. I served my mother in law on Christmas day the leftovers and she loved it too!
What's good about this is it takes about 1 hr from mixing to baking. And there's no kneading.
1 pkg of yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups of hot water
4-5 cups of flour
Mix yeast, water, salt, and sugar until thoroughly mixed. Add flour a couple cups at a time. Cover with towel for 20-30 minutes (or longer if you have time). Then dust your hands with flour and throw a little on the bread and cut it into two round loaves. Dip bottoms of loaves in cornmeal (or flour if you're out of cornmeal). Then place on cookie sheet and brush with butter. Bake for 10 minutes at 425. Then turn oven to 375 and bake for 15-20 more minutes. Let it cool just a bit before cutting. Yum!!
As for the homemade garlic butter, I just throw ingredients together. I soften a stick if butter then add a spoonful of minced garlic, a smaller spoonful of parmesan cheese, a few shakes Italian seasoning, about 1/2 tsp of garlic salt and mix well. Then I use my Pampered Chef cookie dough/ ice cream scooper and make little balls of garlic butter and chill them in the fridge for a bit before dinner.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I've been finishing up my school work and assisting my husband in his school assignments for the last month or so. And I've started a little resale biz on eBay with my love of thrift stores.
And!! My mom has a friend on a quilt guild who is opening an upscale crafty place and my mom and I are going to share a spot. I can't wait!!
As for the title of my post…I'm walking the stage for my bachelor's degree on Friday morning. I'm getting nervous. I'm one of those people who are prone to falling on their face in public, especially while wearing heels. Wish me luck!!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Here is one of my favorites in an acoustic version:
Here is Hubby's favorite. It even made him go read The Great Gatsby:
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
I'm totally doing this to our walkway. It's perfect as it kills 2 birds with one stone...clean out the fridge and add to my super cool Halloween decorations outside. Aren't they adorable? And I have all the supplies in my house...when does that ever happen?
I need to take pictures of our Halloween house and post here. It's like Glitter Halloween meets a little bit of scary.
We have realistic skeletons crawling up the bricks, and a giant glitter spider web complete with blue fuzzy spider killing a Barbie doll (well...technically it's a Scary Spice doll from the thrift store), and another partially webbed doll (Ginger Spice, also of the thrift store) -- all of which is outlined in my front windows decked in orange lights. We have ghosts in a circle holding hands around the big tree - made by me from thrift store white sheets, paper bags and polyfil and dowel rods. Those were in a magazine for Halloween this year, one of those crafty ones. Oh looky! I found a tutorial for them online.
We have glowing eyes in the side windows (we're a corner lot), and I will soon be adding orange lights around them and another spider web. Hmm...what else? Oh! Yes, we have spider webs with giant purple glittery spiders on either side of our garage and each of those light fixtures has a red light. Our porch light is now a black light and we have a ripped up black fabric curtain at the entrance with spider webs here and there and glitter bats hanging down. And when I can get the darn outdoor extension surge protector thingy from the Xmas decorations, I'll be adding some purply lighted bats to the bushes. And my husband's piece de resistance is the scary glowing eyes lurking in the bush at the front door that shakes the entire bush when it senses movement.
I'm working on the new tutorial I was supposed to have a couple weeks ago. I got bogged down with midterms for me and six-week tests and projects for the kids. Seriously, do these people have kids? Is this some kind of torture for parents? I just had to sew some "ear-o-matics" for an invention project. They keep long-eared dogs ears clean when eating. I should totally do a tutorial for those things. They are so easy to make, and I swear I've seen something like them in stores for outrageous prices.
Anyway, I'm back on easy street with my school work, so I should have the tut up by the end of the week. And, I've been diligently staying up at night working on stuff for an etsy store. My goal is to have it ready by November 1st. I have quite a few things, but I want a good stocking before I officially open.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
My husband is so funny. He is never really thrilled whenever I talk him into going to the casino. He thinks its stupid to pour money down a hole, I suppose. I tell him it's like going to Chuck E. Cheese for grownups. We live like 35-40 minutes away, and we probably go maybe 2-3 times a year. However...when we do go, he's like a kid in a candy store and will not leave. He keeps finding more games to play. I have to drag him out of there.
He also gave me presents on Saturday night. First was that sweet wonderful card I mentioned earlier. Plus, he gave me a gift certificate for a pedicure (I can't wait!), an awesome new flour sifter (for cakes!), and a bottle of Olive Garden salad dressing (I swear I could drink that stuff :D).
And that wonderful grandma gave us $40 to blow at the casino! We broke even and came home with $40, even though I was up like $100 at one point, I somehow decided to blow it all. I blame the Yahtzee progressive slot machine. Oh and we ate at Toby Keith's I Love this Bar and Grill. The chicken fried steak is ginormous and comes with two sides, so we split one and each got a side. It was yummy!
The only disappointing thing was that a manager came over to talk to us and gave us free tickets to a show they were having, but it wasn't until 8 pm that night, so we couldn't go. We had to get back to the kidlets close to 6. Oh well...
It was a wonderful birthday! One of the best I've ever had!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
I love the way he makes me things. I have flowers made from napkins and clay and all sorts of origami from when we were first dating.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Here is a close up of the sleeve. I love the thumb holes. Molly put her thumbs through them and immediately started sucking her thumb, which is odd because she is not a thumb sucker at all. They were very easy to make, you just pull one of the pieces out of the serger's way to make a hole. Funny, since every once in awhile, how many of us do that inadvertently when serging?
Now here is a close up of the button placket. I admit I was in LOVE with this turquoise sweater. It was 100% cashmere and heavenly. I tried to use it as much as possible. I also loved the placket. You can't see, but under button #2 it has a gathering that is just adorable. I attached the placket when I attached the hood together at the same time. I attached them under the binding that goes around the entire edge of the coat. Oh! Here you can see the waistband and the ties. This way it's a little big now and we can tie it tighter, but as she grows into it, we can loosen the ties.
Here is the back. I made a shortened pixie hood. I was afraid it would drag the floor if I made it too long. It's really cute, especially when she has it pulled up over her head. The front I made very wide and attaches fairly low onto the front of the coat. I like how it's open, so if she's wearing a hat, it won't be too tight.
This is the side view, so you can see the length of the hood. To give you an idea of the size, I'm saying 18-24 months. She wears 12-24 months size. She's a tiny 16 month old. She is always in the 5% for height and weight.
And here is the little stinker. I bribed her with rocking in the recliner by herself if I could snap a few pictures. This was, unfortunately, the best one that gives an idea of the fit. For the bodice, I used a nice black Banana Republic sweater in 100% italian wool with puffy sleeves in a size adult medium. I felted it, and it shrunk down to probably around a size 6x. Then, I put it on her and pinned it a more fitted size for her, and probably took about 4 inches off the width of the bodice and 2 inches off the sleeves. I was able to keep the puffy sleeves, but you can't really tell in the pictures. In real life, it's adorable with the puffy sleeves.
I am so pleased. It came out just lovely. It is made from upcycled wool, cashmere, and silk/wool blend sweaters. And it has thumb holes!!(Molly loves the thumb holes.)
I'll post more pics after dinner so you can see it all, including the adorable elfin hood and the back.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Do you know the beautiful Katwise sweater coats? Well I'm making kid versions for some craft fairs my mom is going to go to this fall/winter. So, I've been scouring thrift stores this past weekend for sweaters. It's funny, I have found more cashmere sweaters for $1.49 than wool ones. You would think those would be more expensive? But...oh so soft!! Hopefully in the very near future I will have a showing of Molly's sweater coat I'm working on ala Katwise. (Don't tell but hubby wants me to make him one, too. I'm not so sure...but we're talking about a man who bought a kid's hat with a giant stuffed duck on it at a thrift store and wears it in public.)
Anyway...You can do this too! Being a stay-at-home mommy with only one income, hubby and I have become thrift store aficionados. We buy our clothes nearly exclusively at thrift stores for both of us. I once found a wad of cash in a pocket of dress pants I bought hubby at the thrift store. My oldest is still a thrift store snob, but she's seeing the fun in it lately, especially when I can find her favorite brands. The younger two could not care less where their clothes come from. Mr E thought it was awesome when I found him a t-shirt from a Soviet airlines.
The baby gets 100% of her clothes from thrift stores, and I exclusively buy boutique brands or nice brand names of stuff like Gymboree, Hanna Andersson, and the Gap. You would not believe the stuff I find in thrift stores practically new. Aeropostale, Abercrombie, Land's End, and all kinds of boutique brands.
We have also started a little eBay biz with thrift store scores. I found a Coach purse a couple months ago for $17, vintage Tupperware for 39 cents and sold it for $3, every Hanna Andersson piece I put on eBay usually sells with the BIN button. Our best so far was a recent purchase of a vintage Peterson strobe tuner. Hubby found it at one of our thrift store outings for $15. He played with it for about a month, and then we sold it for $118.
To do this, all you need is to specialize in a few things, so you can easily know your product and figure if what you want to purchase can be sold at a profit. My specialties are baby clothes, contemporary and vintage sewing stuff, and vintage food stuff like Tupperware. Hubby specializes in vintage electronics and musical equipment. I don't buy something if I cannot make at least 200% profit on it, minus the fees on eBay.
A lot of times if we aren't sure, we use our iPhones with the eBay app and check "completed listings" to see what stuff sold, while we are in the store.
Sunday, September 04, 2011
Why do I bother posting with my iPhone? It messes this thing up all the time. I'm now fixing this post for the last damn time, lol.
While waiting for diapers to dry at 2:30 in the morning last night, I made this for Mol's room. The kids each have a little "mommy" work of art on their walls so I felt like it was time for hers. I don't like how her name is, so I'm going to change it after I find this certain set of alphabet stickers in my stash today.
Without the other kids on this holiday weekend, my next project is Em's apron tonight.
Friday, September 02, 2011
It was just three of us--me, hubby, and the baby--as the other kidlets were at their dad's this weekend. We sit down, I start feeding the baby. Hubby gets the drinks and sits down and starts eating. All of sudden a couple of people bust out the door to find seats out on the patio, too. This woman walks past our table and starts looking for a seat. I look up and realize it's HER! I'm rather glad the look on my face was more along the lines of "WTF, you evil bitch" than a look of "shock and awe." So I glare at her as she takes in me, the baby, and then realizes it's her ex-husband sitting with us. She literally ran around the corner to the ONLY table out of our sights. It made me giggle. The look on her face was priceless. I should have taken a picture.
I look at my husband and say, "Um, I think that was your ex-wife." He looks shocked and then he sees her brother and her mother coming out the same door to sit with her. Then my dear husband says as loudly as possible, just as his former mother-in-law walks by us, "Yep, that's her." Then we both start giggling.
A little while later, the baby gets tired of sitting in the highchair, so I let her walk all around the patio with me. When we turn to go back to our table I look over, and she-who-must-not-be-named is practically trying to crawl into her little plastic basket holding her burrito. After being such an ass to my husband, she was such a scared little girl when I saw her. I couldn't believe it.
After a little while, we finish, grab a drink refill and walk past their table to leave. Hubby carries our sweet little girl on his shoulder past them with his head held high, completely ignoring her. I thought it was great. It went much better than I anticipated. I figured the first time we saw her out, she would confront him or something. There's always next time, lol.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The older two kidlets had signs and pictures on their doors, but the baby did not. I've had these wooden initial letters sitting in my crafting room for what seemed like eternity and thought I should finally put a decoration on her bedroom door.
I made this tutorial up as I went and decided to turn it into a cute little how to for anyone else. I love, love, love how it came out. It's super fun and so easy to make. It will take you less than 30 minutes from beginning to end for one letter. But, you could do their entire name and be done in an afternoon and have a great wall decoration for a nursery or anyone's room.
Enjoy!! Hopefully that apron tutorial will get itself done this week. My sewing room is making me feel anxious and overwhelmed. There is just too much stuff, but I've gotten it down to the minimum I need. I think I need some more storage for it. Maybe I can go thrifting this weekend and find something amazing for a bookshelf.
Friday, August 26, 2011
I want to give it to her this weekend for her b-day and if I can manage it with only the serger I'll post a tutorial. I'm thinking my technique will be somewhat like a serge-a-quilt.
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Monday, August 15, 2011
I remembered the picture this time.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
So while looking at other people's boards I discovered Sopapilla Cheesecake over at My Yellow Umbrella. Ms Em and I had to make it. I let Ms Em make the entire thing last night after dinner. It was delicious!! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture.
We did change up the recipe just a smidge.
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cinnamon & sugar - I used 1/3 cup and sugar and 1 tbs of cinnamon.
Unrolled and spread 1 & 1/2 can crescent rolls on bottom of un-greased pan. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread mixture over crescent rolls. Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
And after we made it, I thought if it's a sopapilla cheesecake, then it needs honey too, so after it's sliced and on the plate, we add some honey to top it off.
Monday, August 08, 2011
My plan is to get my sewing room in order so I can sew some things for a couple of craft fairs with my mom and some Etsy things.
So here is the work in progress. This is my eBay/sewing/baby room all in one. As soon as I'm done I'll post new pics of my tricked out sewing room lol.
Friday, July 29, 2011
I think I'm swearing too much in this post.
Well, to make myself feel somewhat "crafty" and I'm always cooking and baking for about 99% of our meals, I like to bake up new things, especially desserts. My hubby is a banana lovin' man. I swear if we go somewhere and they have some type of banana dessert, he will get it. (The Cheesecake Factory's Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake is sinfully delicious, and that's saying something since I don't even care for banana desserts.) So...I had bananas about to go rotten and not much flour, so I made this recipe. It makes exactly 12 regular-sized muffins. It came out deliciously moist and so yummy. I love the topping. I'm thinking of trying it again, but leaving off the topping and making banana buttercream frosting.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
2-3 lbs of cubed chicken
1 box of chicken stuffing
About 6-7 biscuits - shredded
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of evaporated milk
2 cups of chicken broth
3-4 tbs butter
Shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Poach chicken by adding chicken to sauce pan or skillet and adding just enough chicken broth to cover it. Let it come to a bubble, but not a rolling boil, just bubbling a bit. Cook until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Poor into bottom of casserole dish.
Next, I had leftover biscuits I made a few days ago for breakfast. I shredded them and then combined them with the stuffing. I layered this on top of the chicken. **I don't see why you can't just use 2 stuffing boxes or substitute a can of biscuits instead of homemade ones or even a pan of cornbread.
Then I poured the rest of the chicken broth, cream of chicken, and cream of celery soups together in the same sauce pan I had cooked the chicken in. I heated them up and then added the evaporated milk. Then I melted 1 tbs of butter while stirring to prevent burning.
I cut up 2-3 tbs of butter and put them along the top of the stuffing in the casserole dish. Then I poured the soup/milk mixture over the entire thing. I then mixed it up a bit to make sure the soup/milk mixture got all the way down to the bottom.
Finally, I topped it off with about 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar. (If you like swiss, it goes well with this too, but we don't like it.)
Cook for 40 minutes uncovered. Then let it sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
This recipe is to die for! My husband took one bite and could not quit raving about it, so did my son. They devoured nearly the entire pan themselves.
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Monday, July 11, 2011
I'm starting my online speech class today. It requires journaling - - that should be easy peasy ;) I feel like this class is a big secret I should keep, like the school is not aware they offer a speech class that doesn't require I make any speeches.
Gotta do a bit of homework then I will return to the tutorial.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Anyway, I just finished my Bus Law & Ethics class on Thursday with an "A" and my speech class doesn't start til Monday. Dang, that A was well earned too, that professor made us write long essays defending our positions and it was hard!
As an aside....if you are like me and would rather the ground swallow you whole or die than ever speak in front of people, but yet your stupid school requires a "speech" class, take interpersonal communication, and do it online no less!! Yes, I am taking a supposed speech course about one-on-one relationships. Do you know what the syllabus says? I watch movies and write journal entries -- for speech class!! No speaking to web cameras, no going to class to make presentations -- it's just about relationships. Woohoo!! Thank the FSM for my beloved husband who told me about this class, which he hated, lol. My husband the extrovert. Do you ever wonder if extroverts wish they were introverts, like us introverts wish we were like them?
Okay so....we were talking about a tutorial...yes shiny things always distract me. Well, it will be for a toddler, since I conveniently have one of those right now. It will be super cute!
I'm going to go pull out my machines and do the tut right after I finish so more busy work homework for intro to math. Maybe I'll have a cooperative toddler who will let me get it done earlier than tomorrow. Cross your fingers!!
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
The Bright Forever by Lee Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For fear of giving spoilers away, I can only say this ending made me angry. But...I get too involved with imaginary characters in books. It's that or the mother bear in me came out while reading this book. I just don't know how you could live with yourself everyday for the rest of your life knowing your lack of involvement allowed such a horrible tragedy. Why do people stand idly by while horrific things happen that they could prevent, especially to defenseless children?
While a great read, this is a book I wanted to throw across the room when I was finished. However, I chose to refrain from such vandalism since it was a library book, lol.
The author does an excellent job of building and building the story until you are so heavily involved, you can't bear to not know what happened to the little girl. As you read further into the story, you begin to question your suspicions. I could not guess the culprit until it was revealed. Those are the best kinds of stories.
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Friday, June 17, 2011
It's funny, last night she was terrified but this morning she was more excited than scared and did an awesome job. I'm so proud of her!!
It was literally a couple days after she tried out for the team where we used to live when we found out we had to move. She's so happy we found another team so close by.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 04, 2011
On another note I'm going to sell some of my beloved fabrics on eBay from Trefle and PRR and Baby Lulu and others. It's my contribution for our legal fund against the female version of Voldemort.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Anyway, so I am sure you are thinking, "Wtf? Zimbabwe cookies?" my dear darling daughter chose Zimbabwe as her country for the little social studies fair tomorrow night. For the cultural part, we are doing food for people to sample complete with recipe cards These are Zimbabwe Sweet Potato Cookies with a lovely lemon glaze. They have lemon and honey and nutmeg plus a cup of sweet potato. The baby loves these cookies without the glaze. Next up in the morning I'm making crock pot peanut butter stew except instead of beef or lamb we're doing turkey. I'm betting the stew is going to be delicious.
Ok off to bed. There are four more days of school left.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
The landlord came and walked through a little bit ago. She told me I did a wonderful job of taking care of the house for her. I thought that was sweet.
Cross your fingers that one of these takes the house. It would be such a load off our minds. When we looked at it last year, we were the first ones to view it and turned in our application that very same day.
So she's showing up any minute and I've cleaned like a mad woman on Friday and Saturday, so it all looks perfect. The first people coming to check out the rent house is tonight. Cross your fingers they take it, cuz we need someone to replace us so we can stop worrying.
Anyway, we spent all weekend working on the new house. Hubby and I are experts at replacing screens that have been ripped up by huge dogs. And....I redid the back door weatherstripping all by myself - woohoo! And then my dear husband taught me how to use the carpet cleaner my parents gave us.
I think he had ulterior motives because I've been the sole carpet cleaner since Friday night now, lol. However, it has been an ongoing battle to get the dog pee stink out of the carpets, and I think I finally have a lead on the battle. When you walk in the house, the stench of urine no longer hits you in the face and that's from an unbiased source, lol. Now...if you want to smell the pee, you must stick your nose directly in the carpet. I was worried the smell was never going to disappear, but it looks like we can make it til next year's tax return or a bonus for hubby before we replace the hallway carpets with ceramic tile.
And best of all? We went stove shopping and I got one on Saturday. My mother-in-law met us for margaritas and then we headed to Lowe's. It's all electric (blech!) so we knew we wanted a flat top range. But I was set for the cheapie ones until I found a black Maytag on clearance (the rest of the appliances are black). It had a textured top so it hides messes better, and it has a hidden heating element in the stove which we could only find in the more expensive models. We got a $600 stove for less than $500 and they had one last one in the box so no floor model for me. I'm having it installed tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The mortgage company says he's wrong. Our attorney says he's wrong. Everything I've read about this exact issue says he's wrong. So...I've come the conclusion that she has not told him the correct information, how else could he be so dead wrong? It's that, or we may have possibly found the two dumbest people on the planet.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
When you agree to give someone the "keys," that is plural -- meaning more than one. I assume her loser of a boyfriend (cough, who she cheated with, cough) has them. I don't know if this is her power play to maintain some type of control or ownership of the house in this situation, but that is not happening, not with my children in that home. But it doesn't really matter as that will all be remedied tomorrow.
But that is not even the best part. The best part is...she took the freaking stove with her! Yes...the entire range! Can you believe it? The house is just now 4 years old and amazingly since June of 2009 both the fridge and the stove quit working and she had to buy news ones, so she's taking both of them with her.
The fridge I assumed she would take, but the f*ing stove? Come on, lady! I mean, she's living in her mother's living room. Where is she going to put the stove? I told hubby to ask her if she wanted to sell it. Well, before that, he asked what broke on the stove -- she couldn't tell him nor could she remember when it was replaced. So she filed bankruptcy, I'm thinking she's hurting for money and would sell it to us. Nope, didn't want to sell it either. I'm thinking the stove never broke and she just wanted to give my hubby another kick in the ass.
At that point, he asked if she took the dishwasher and built in microwave too. She actually chuckled and said of course they were still there, like he was crazy for asking. Geez lady, who takes a stove out of the house -- it's not like if you rent a place it won't have one.
So after she told us she took the stove, we were imagining the worst like the entire house was stripped of everything. I was terrified of entering the house to see what we were dealing with when we got there tonight. But we arrived tonight, all 3 kids in tow, and...it was not as bad as I was afraid of. Don't get me wrong, it's bad. The carpet is absolutely disgusting. I refused to put my baby on the floor tonight it was so gross. She basically allowed whatever animals were living there to piss wherever they saw fit. You walk in the house and the smell of urine just hits you right in the face. One place they particularly loved to piss was right in front of the study's doors.
My wonderful father is bringing his carpet cleaner and cleaning the carpets for me tomorrow night. Thank heavens for my mom and dad. They're coming all this weekend to help us clean it up. Unless we go terribly into debt for this and I have to use next year's tax return to pay off the credit cards, I'm hiring someone to tile the living room and hallways. I think that will get rid of any residual disgusting piss. Our rental home is like that right now, with only carpet in the bedrooms, the rest of the house is completely ceramic tile and I love it and so do my allergies.
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Back to the story -- our attorney made it sound so easy in our meeting earlier this week. The bankruptcy trustee isn't going to want the house because it has no equity. The ex and bankruptcy attorney should just easily want to sign the papers so we can all get on with life. Um, no, it's not that easy. Just when I'm thinking this situation cannot turn into a bigger headache...well yes it can.
We finally get an email from our attorney today. He uses the word "adamant" in the refusal of the bankruptcy attorney to have her sign the deed over to us. So he says the only alternative is gonna cost a lot of money to take her back to divorce court after the bankruptcy crap is over. Doesn't that sound like fun? Well, the best thing about that idea is that the mortgage company is going to start demanding their mortgage payment the second her bankruptcy is over, so my dear husband's credit is gonna get screwed over if we do it that way.
So hubby sucks it up and decides calling her and asking ourselves is a lot better than paying an attorney to just anger her and her attorney. Apparently, she was under the impression that the date in the divorce decree to have his name off the mortgage and refinance it signified to her that he would just kick her out of the house if that didn't happen and take it for himself. How would you even come to that conclusion?
After talking to her, it was realized that her bleeping bankruptcy lawyer never even asked her if she would sign the deed over to us. He apparently decided that answer all for himself. Don't you want an attorney who makes decisions for you? I certainly don't.
Anyway, hubby asked her if she wanted to get this over with as quick as possible and be done with it, and she agreed, so she decided for herself to sign the house over to us. So cross your fingers and hold your mouth just right that this part of this crap deal goes smoothly.
Now tomorrow night I need all the people in the world to send my landlord positive thoughts that she will not hate us for having to break our lease and be nice and understanding and let us off the hook so this nightmare can end somewhat happily. I cannot wait to get over the landlord issue, it's just making me sick to my stomach.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Surprise! You get a notice in the mail that she's filing bankruptcy. Your husband calls her to see what is going on. Now why didn't she feel the need to share this with you since she has been unable to refinance the house and his name is still on the mortgage? Oh that's right, because according to her (in between her screaming tirade), it's none of your business because it has nothing to do with you because she's exempting the house in the bankruptcy. You talk to an attorney and he calms your fears and you think everything is okay.
Fast forward two months later. Here is where it gets super fun! You get an amended bankruptcy notice from her and now, exactly 11 days before the exact date she has to have your husband's name off the mortgage, she's decided to surrender the house to the mortgage company. Holy mother of god...WTF? It just seems way too convenient, if you know what i mean.
And now after our very long meeting today with an attorney who specializes in divorce and bankruptcy....our only option to save hubby's job (as allowing the house into foreclosure and filing bankruptcy ourselves will destroy his career in finance) is to move to the house and take over the payments pronto.
But wait, there's more! Not only do we have to figure out how to get out of a 2 year lease right this second and move, we also just called the mortgage company tonight and unlike the story we were told by the ex-wife who said the mortgage was current, it's going to take about 2 months of mortgage payments on top of next month's payment for us to get it current.
Now the moral of the story is...don't ever buy a house with a spouse that you could ever possibly have any inkling for the potential to divorce. Chalk this up as another reason homeownership is not what it's cracked up to be. Geez, what a headache.
My sweet and wonderful 11 year old tween wanted to know why both of us were picking her up from school today, so I tried to prepare her as best I could. It didn't work too well because she just went to her room and cried. If there was anyway I could fix this horrible situation for my incredibly shy little girl so she would not have to start all over again in the 7th grade in a completely new town at a completely new school, I would. I feel incredible guilt. I think we're going to make a trip to Build-A-Bear tomorrow night for some retail therapy.
Now I try to be a glass half-ful kinda girl, so I'm trying to think of the positives of this situation. We did want to be able to finally buy a house again, so I sort of got my wish. And, it is a four bedroom house so each kid has their own bedroom. And it has two living areas - one for the family and one for sewing and crafting - yay!.
Hubby keeps reminding me that in a couple of years we'll look back at this and laugh. I've just felt numb all day, past the point of even crying. He's been trying so hard to be silly and giving me giggle fits all day since our meeting with the attorney to take my mind off it. Sigh...gosh, I love that man, and I don't know what I'd do without him.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
She is invited to speak at another seminar in Egypt to celebrate her husband's life and while there she becomes grief stricken once more. She flees and decides to go to Nag Hammadi where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and soon she begins a new journey. She is approached by a strange man at the seminar, who later finds her at Nag Hammadi, to smuggle a secret codex he has found to France where he will meet her. The codex predates the book of Genesis and has the potential to even disprove it.
In the background of all of this happening is a secret organization called Perpetuity whose members are hellbent on keeping religion intact in this world and will do whatever they can to stop such things as the evidence of extraterrestrials and this codex. So...while Lucy is flying the codex out of Egypt something happens to her plane and she crashes and ends up in an "Eden" of sorts with a stranger named Adam.
Next up is The Bright Forever. I'm hoping to finish it in the next couple days and have a review next week. I can't put that book down. If you enjoyed The Lovely Bones - it's right up your alley.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Five Cheese Baked Ziti
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
I have never really had dental pain in my life, and after living on hydrocodone for a week waiting to get into the endodontist, I decided that childbirth and 3 days of labor is less pain than one stupid tooth. It took my dear endodontist 3 hours to clean out the previous root canal, and then the he and his assistant were thrilled when the abscess started draining through the root system out of the tooth. It was quite weird to see them excitedly taking pictures.
The funny thing was I had a major midterm that same week I was living on hydrocodone -- the only test for my ethics and advertising class. I was terrified of taking it because I had paranoia of being aware I was not fully functioning while taking the pain meds. Somehow when everyone was sleep I decided to take the test the night before my endodontist appointment at 3 AM in case my pain was even worse. Magically, the baby slept and slept and I had the writing skills and totally rocked my essay. It doesn't happen often, but I love that groove you get into when something literally writes itself. Not only did I get a 100 on the test, my professor emailed me and asked to use my essay (my essay!!) for the key to the test as the example. I was beyond thrilled! My husband and I joked I should get high on hydrocodone before every test, lol.
I have another test this week in another course, so I will probably disappear for awhile. But I am going to try to create an Etsy store for some ephemera stuff. I have this strange addiction to it and went to a "junk" store yesterday and picked up some wonderful finds to add to mixed media art -- handwritten postcards from years ago, magazines from the 50s, and even this crazy old medical book.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Molly learned to crawl last week. She's a bit of a weird crawler. I like to refer to as the hermit crab crawl. She crawls with one knee and one foot. Very odd, but boy, does she move fast. Daddy is playing Death Cab for Cutie in the background. He'd probably die if he knew we could hear him, lol.
Projects to share very soon, as soon as I can remember to take pics of them.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
I'm getting a general studies degree from TWU with my concentrations in sociology and business with hopefully a minor in biology. It's totally weird, but I was on my way to a biology degree and med school years ago before I started having babies, so now I have TONS of hours in biology. I'm hoping they will let me put that bio minor on my degree. The advisor was a moron last time I spoke to her and she had absolutely no idea if I could or not. I just don't understand why they let professors be advisers as I have never had one who knew anything more than I did when it comes to a degree plan.
Ok now onto some sewing talk. I'm planning out my projects for the etsy and craft fair endeavor with my mom. I'm working on whimsical mug rugs sets currently and baby stuff.
Now that creepy doll hat - do you want a tutorial? If nobody wants one, I won't bother, but...if anyone is interested, send me a comment a I'll write it up.
Off to bed for some reading. I'm planning a little trip to Joanns tomorrow. I haven't been there in forever, but I need thread.