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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Answering my own question....

On Thursday I asked if someone could consider themselves bisexual even though they have never had a sexual experience with someone of same sex.

I thought I would explain. LOL

Recently was watching this cheesy reality show, on MTV, called A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila. This one is a bit diffrent as she has both men AND women competing to be with her. She is bisexual. In the first episode, she met the men first. Then met the women. Then brought them together and announced she was bisexual and both sexes would be competing with each other.

While watching it, its been interesting hearing the womens views and experiences. It just got me thinking.

So that was why I was asking. Of course there is a part of me that is a bit attracted to women. But I don't know of its just a natural curiosity? Given the oppurtunity I don't even know if I would be with a woman. But by having a natural curiosity I don't think that would classify me as bisexual? One word they use on the show, a lot, is bi-curious. I think that might be a more accurate label for some???

Interesting, huh?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

HNT & Question of the Day?

Can a person call themselves bisexual even if they have never had a sexual experience with someone of the same sex???

I'm just wondering........

Here I am, at my favorite resturant, waving to all my blogger friends:-)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Kitchen Obsession

Every since the city announced they want to buy our house, to tear down and build a road; I continue to look at available homes in my area. If it were up to me....we would stay put. I love my house! I admit that there are things about the layout that I am not crazy about and the bedrooms are a bit lacking. But I am happy here.

Mostly I love my kitchen! And I have yet to find ANYTHING that comes close to it. It is warm and cozy....and big. And I have a TV in it. And a lazyboy. I spend most of my day in the kitchen.

This is my kitchen as you walk in the back door. Back door? Yep, this is the door that EVERYONE uses...except strangers or first time guests. In this picture if you look across the kitchen/dining can see the front door. It's a nice shiny front door...since no one uses it. And the large china cabinet? In the middle is a section that opens up to reveal my kitchen TV:-) Orange hallway leads to bedrooms and other end of house where our family room is. That kitchen table is over 10 years old. Scarred with D's name, he carved with his fork. And many nail polish smudges from the girls.

As you walk into my kitchen and look to the right...there is the KITCHEN part. Large pantry next to the fridge and a nice window over the sink that looks out over our back deck into the back yard.

Standing at beginning of orange hallway, looking into dining room; you can see my old fireplace/wood stove. This is the one that is so temperamental. Most winter days it gets so blazing hot that I could cook in my swimsuit. LOL And to the right of fireplace is my beloved 'area'. The lazyboy. I spend HOURS sitting in that chair; watching TV while reading, making menu's or just spacing out.

Now from front door looking back, you can see the back door that everyone uses. And to the right is the garden window. We received that garden window from a friend who removed it during a home remodel. David installed it, we picked out pretty tile and redid the entire thing. It is filled with plants (some alive...some dead), birdhouses, and lots of rocks from various travels.

When I recently complained that I would miss this kitchen, it was homey and warm; my sister in law told me its because I made it that way. I'm sure she is right. But it has so much character that I am unsure I will ever replace. Or maybe its just all the good times I have had here? Just the other night, I sat in my recliner with the lights off and just candles lit. I sat there for a few hours; thinking there was no better place in the world. Will I be able to do this in a new kitchen? Will it feel 'right'? Or will I be stuck in a cold kitchen with no character or warmth to it?

That is my fear. We will move and I will HATE my kitchen.....

Friday, October 12, 2007

Carne Adovada

I've spent a few weeks looking for a good Carne Adovada recipe. So many recipes have you marinate the meat overnight. I needed one that could be done in one day. So I finally found this one in Sunset Magazine. (and I don't see why you couldn't marinate overnight using this recipe??).

OH it was soo good. And for anyone dealing with the winter crud....this is as good as chicken soup. Just the right spiciness to clear up the sinus without too much heat to not be enjoyable!

Carne Adovada (Red Chile and Pork Stew)
Pure ground dried red chiles are the star of this simple stew. Prep and Cook Time: about 2 3/4 hours. Notes: Serve with warm corn or flour tortillas if you like.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 medium onions, chopped (about 3 cups)
6 large garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 1/2 pounds boned pork shoulder (butt), fat trimmed and meat cut into 1 1/2-in. cubes
1 cup ground dried red New Mexico chiles
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 bay leaf

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large, heavy-bottomed, ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring, until onions are golden, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer onions and garlic to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, cumin, and pepper. Add pork and toss to coat. Return pot to medium-high heat, add remaining 1 tbsp. oil, and, working in batches, lightly brown meat on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes per batch. Transfer meat to a separate bowl as you go.

3. Return onions and garlic to pot. Sprinkle with ground chiles and cook, stirring, 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Add broth, stirring to loosen browned bits from bottom of pot. Whirl sauce in a blender until smooth. Return sauce to pot and add bay leaf and reserved pork.

4. Cover pot, put in oven, and cook 1 hour. Set lid slightly ajar and cook until pork is fork-tender, about 1 hour more. Remove bay leaf before serving.
Sunset, SEPTEMBER 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Cold and Flu Season

So the germs are flying in my house. Started with D, moved on to me! K seems to have recovered but D is still hacking along with me.

Stuffy, congested, achey and all around bitchy. That's me!

As soon as I can breath properly (through my nose and not my mouth!) I'll be back to posting.

In the meantime I'm gonna take a tour of other HNT's and then go back to bed.

Monday, October 08, 2007


Last week I posted a pic of our Sunday weather. Oddly enough, this past Sunday was exactly the same....just a bit more rainy and windy.

I thought I would share a picture that B took last Summer, from our back porch.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

HNT: Margaritaville Time

Not the most flattering. But this is what happens when you mix good times with margarita's. :-)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Bumps and Bruises..and much more

Three active kids and I have been to the ER with two of them....numerous times. Between the two, I've dealt with dislocated kneecaps, torn ligaments, sprained ankles, many broken fingers, a broken wrist, a broken nose (and surgery to correct it), MRI's, Xrays, stitches, rides in ambulances. Our bathroom closet looks like a cabinet you would find in a hospital; full of various braces, slings, wraps, neck braces, gauze, splints ect.

This was taken last month. The day after D, dislocated his kneecap for the SECOND TIME. The first time, was last year, during football practice. I got to ride to hospital in the ambulance with him. NOT FUN.

Flash forward a full year. He decided to not play football this year. So he is playing basketball at the park and I get a phone call from his buddy. He did it AGAIN. So guess what? ANOTHER trip ER in an ambulance with him. This time around, he felt better...sooner. But he is wearing the brace longer...although off crutches.

The doctor is suggesting surgery. D is freaking out...but he is also tired of this happening. So we will see.

You'd think I would be a pro at this by now. But each time something like this happens and I FREAK out...on the inside. Seriously, I remain calm and cool to the kids and everyone else. But it takes me a while to recover from these incidents. I'm not sure how many more I can take?

I think I am putting B in a bubble so I don't have to do this with her too.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

TMI Tuesday

1. Early bird or night owl?
~~~~ OMG...NIGHT OWL for sure. I think this started when my kids were little. I could stay up, after they were in bed, and enjoy the peace and quiet. Luckily they were late sleepers so we all would sleep in. If I NEED to be up in mornings; I can do it...but I prefer not to. I'd rather sleep away under the covers. I don't do mornings very well till I have a few shots of caffeeine.

2. If you could only be one, would you rather be smart or good looking?
~~~~ SMART. Then I would be smart enough to improve my looks. LOL There is nothing worse that a gorgeous person who is dumb as a stump! And I know many people who might not be good looking at first glance but once I have gotten to know them; they become beautiful!

3. Do you gossip?
~~~~ YES and NO. I love to talk. And I will talk a lot about others; but not in that 'behind their back, backstabbing' way. I never tell anything I am sworn to not tell.

4. On a scale of 1-10, how adventurous are you? (1 is lowest, 10 is highest)
~~~~ I'd say a 7. My problem is I am way adventurous on the inside. there are so many things I want to do...but never really get around to doing them. But when I say adventurous; I'm not talking like a bungie jumping way. LOL

5. On a scale of 1-10, how good a kisser do you think you are? ( ditto )
~~~~ I'm gonna say 8. Kissing is my favorite thing to I have lots of practice. :-)

Bonus (as in optional):What do you consider the biggest turn on out of the following? a) lingerie b) movies c) toys d) role playing e) leather f) none of this does anything for me.

~~~~ If I HAD to chose, I'd go with Movies or toys. But really..none of those are MY turn ons.