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Thankful Thursdays #34: I’m a real person

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I made a thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day until next Thanksgiving.  Here’s what I am thankful for this week!

Thursday: That I somehow managed to lose .4 pounds last week, despite only counting points two days out of seven.  Honestly, I don’t even know why I’m paying for Weight Watchers any more.  Actually, I do.  I think paying for it is the only thing that’s keeping me from gaining.  I’m not following the WW plan at all, so it must be those dollars spent that is keeping me from gaining.  I think I may have just jinxed myself, though!

Friday: Once again, our friends, Ben and Ashley, invited us over to dinner, but this time I remembered my camera.  I know my Thursday posts are always on the long side, but forgive me because I’m about to share a bunch of photos of our wonderful dinner with you.  Ben is a foodie, and fabulous chef.  Try not to be too jealous, OK?

Our appetizer: fried zucchini (garden fresh) with Ben's special sauce

The master at work.

Buttered mushrooms & caramelized onions to top the steaks, and a side of potatoes seasoned with smoked paptrika and bacon.

He also made a side of lemony buttered artichokes.

Den's T-bone steak with rosemary butter. As you can tell from the lack of anything else on his plate, this was all he cared about. He was in steak heaven!

My plate! It was soooo fantastic, and I don't really even like steak usually.

Individual apple pie tarts for dessert!

Served warm with ice cream. Pie nirvana.

You might recognize their daughter, Leah, from my Bible class.  BTW, she has renamed me “Caddy.”  Or maybe she’s calling me “Catty.”  (Hope not! lol)  Not sure how she got either from “Veronica,” but it’s kinda cute and I like it. :)

Playing in the sandbox while Daddy makes dinner.

Saturday: Good local restaurants and my zany family.  We had breakfast at Lexi’s, a new diner-type place just a few blocks from our home, and they had the best, biggest, fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever eaten.

In the evening, I went to my cousin, Racine’s, Tupperware party and she greeted me at the door in this getup, calling herself “Mrs. Discofire,” pronouncing it “disco fi-ah” in a perfect NY accent.  She stayed in character almost the whole night, and as you can guess, it was a fun one with lots of laughs.

Sunday: My Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. ALWAYS.

Monday: That we found someone who could fix my water pump for $75, just 1/4 of the price quoted to us at the shop, and that we had exactly that much money in our bank account!  Actually, we were short $5 but my Dad ended up paying us $10 (he does this once a month b/c that’s how much we pay to keep him on our phone plan) so it all worked out.  Booyah!

Tuesday:  That I no longer have to carpool with my husband!!  My water pump started leaking so bad that I couldn’t even make it two miles without having to pull over to refill the radiator with water, so I had to stop driving it last Wednesday.  Because our schedules are different, carpooling meant I had to drive him to work (across town), then drive home, then drive myself across town to work, then pick him up when I got off, and his huge extended-bed F150 is not so economical when it comes to gas consumption.  So glad we both have our own cars again.

Wednesday: I got the job!  As of August 1st, I will be a career employee for the US Postal Service.  Woot-diddly-doot!  I’m a real person now! LOL, that’s what my preacher said when I told him that I got offered a permanent position after all this time.  I’ve been a temp for seven years, so it does kinda feel like I’m real now. LOL!  Honestly, this still hasn’t settled in yet.  It just doesn’t seem real.  I’ve been a temp so long I don’t know if I can handle being a “real person” with job security and benefits.  Ha!


Thankful Thursdays #29: friends with benefits

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I made a thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day until next Thanksgiving.  Here’s what I am thankful for this week!

Thursday: Free tupperware! (Went to a Tupperware consultant meeting and got a free Forget Me Not onion keeper for attending. It hangs in your fridge so you don’t forget it!  *Note: I did not give in to the dark side and become a Tupperware consultant. hehehe)

Friday: Girl-time! (Co-hosted a Tupperware party with my sister at her shop.)

Saturday: Miniature Golf! (We got to play a round for $1 as part of the River Festival activities. Today was the last day of RiverFest.)

Sunday: Friends with benefits! (No, not thooooose kind of benefits!  I mean the benefits that come with having an artist for a friend that can turn an ink stain on your jeans into a work of art. Booyah!  Thanks Miss Tara!)

Before–plain jane jeans with an ink stain:

After-my razzle dazzled-up jeans:

I love it!

She even did the leg…

and pimped my booty too!

This is the same friend that pimped my hubby’s guitar with a drawing of Medusa and won second place for it in the misc. art division at the state fair:

Does she rock hard, or what?!

Monday: Dollar Tree & flash cards! (I found a pack of Disney princess multiplication flash cards at the Dollar Tree, where everything is $1. These are helping me with my pre-test studying as I forgot some of my multiplication tables and needed a refresher for the math portion of the test.)

Tuesday: Screaming bananas! (You know, the bananas that have been sitting on the counter so long they turn black and start screaming to be used?  Don’t be scared of them–they are perfect for baking!  I made the most delicious all-natural, sugar-free blueberry muffins with them.)

Wednesday: My hubby! (I locked my keys in the car at a gas station and he left work to come and save me.  I’m also thankful he has a job with the flexibility to clock out whenever he wants to and for how long he wants to, as long as he gets in 40 hours by the end of the week.  We were able to have lunch together before he went back.)

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