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Men Having Fun

I adore when people have a great sense of humor.
I love it more when it is a bunch of men, flag footballers to be exact, lip synching to a Britney Spears song.
The cherry on top is that a few of them are hotties.

Work Bitch indeed.


Sewing a Nice Gift and Knitting Humor

Sometimes I like to just bop around the web hoping to come across things that strike my fancy. This Lap Duvet sewing project from Purl Bee counts as one. This is something I may bookmark and do down the road because it seems so easy and would be a nice gift to myself or to someone else.

Hilarious post on Madman Knitting that I got to via Down to Earth. The title alone piques one's curiosity.

I Was Questioned By The Police

God Bless some people.


Sometimes It Is Easy To Judge

At least that seems to be the case with those considered poor. You know them, those lazy good for nothings that take all the SNAP and WIC and go get their nails done or own an iPhone instead of looking for work.
"Welfare stereotypes" that get trotted out every time a bill come up or there is an election.

Yeah, those people.

Those few rotten apples that have helped to tarnish the working poor to no end here in America. And sad to say a lot of folks in varying classes are about a paycheck and half away from joining those ranks. Life has not been cheap for some time, but some people have it way harder than the rest of us. Parts of this country are prohibitively expensive and in some cases, that is also where specific well-paying jobs are. No one wants to go broke trying to live, but it does happen.

An article about poverty in The Atlantic directed me to post on Gawker's Kinja platform titled: Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts.

I do not care what country yo…

Handmade Goodies

It is late. I am tired.

And for some reason I am perusing Houzz, yet again.
This is my version of porn and I am not ashamed.

Well, maybe a little.

So, in an attempt to not get caught drooling over someone's kitchen, I decided to open some tabs. I bounced from one vintage clothing site to another and somehow ended up on a blog called Handmade Jane.
Her most recent posting is about things to make for craft stall sales, but since we are just about into the holiday swing of things, these said items would be great gifts if you are a crafty person and wanted to make one of them.


That is all I have for you. My dog is snoring and I can barely keep my eyes open.
Thank God for spell check.


A Tasty Dinner

Swiss Chard, Onion and Cheese Frittata via Taste Williams-Sonoma

Yes, you have to make this. Light, great combos of flavors. I threw some cumin and kale in mine as well. Our chard has white stems, but damn if mine did not look just like that picture. :)


A Nice Gesture That Could Be Done More Often

Last week I had received a newsletter in the mail from my chiropractor that all week they would be giving patients a free adjustment if they brought in a bag of groceries for the local food pantry. Since I was already booked for Friday I went off to the dollar store, bought cans of beans, vegetables and sweet potatoes as well as a bag of rice, black pepper and a jar of beef bouillon cubes. I was happy to see a nice pile of bags when I got there and added my lot to the bunch.
They were also giving away free frozen turkeys that day but had run out. Since we are vegetarian I would have asked ours to be donated to the food pantry instead.
After a wonderful adjustment by the new female chiropractor who palpates vertebrae like no one I have ever met, I got to thinking about why more businesses do not offer such a deal.

We have all seen the barrage of opinion pieces about the ludicrous hours that stores will be opening on Thanksgiving Day. America's obsession with shopping and seemingly …

What I Am Reading

Picked up three books from the library yesterday. The first one I actually browsed through when I got home was "Knitting Little Luxuries" from Louisa Harding. While the designs are pretty, I have to see if I have any comparable yarns in my stash since I am in no position to spend some bank on high quality yarns.

My other book is something I have wanted to get my hands on for a very long time.
Madeleine Vionnet by Betty Kirke.
I am excited to read all about this cutting edge fashion designer AND there are actual patterns in the book. Now, my sewing skills are not that great, but it would be something to recreate a dress of hers to wear. Dream Miss Fifi, dream!

On a few blogs I have read about the River Cottage series of books. Recently I decided to look them up and saw there was one on vegetables so I had my library get me a copy of River Cottage Veg: 200 Inspired Vegetable Recipes.

It rocks.

I cannot WAIT to make the kale and onion pizza or the spicy chickpea and carrot pita …

It Is Your House, Do What You Want

My house is old. Not UK/European/Middle East rest of the world old, but old in how Americans view things. Hell, a house from 2000 is considered old here. Odd, but that is how we roll.

Our 1920's bungalow has come with many a problem that I have talked about before. As of now, the electrical is the biggest issue and anyone who has worked on an old home knows, it gets pricey. As does plumbing and mold issues. To upgrade and bring things up to code is not cheap. Let alone having to fix things that were done in such a way that one wonders how the house never caught fire or blew fuse after fuse.

In many ways, I feel like we are building a home from the ground up. Scary, but necessary thanks to the idiots that wired the home so shoddily. This of course allows us the opportunity to redesign as we see fit.
Now, let me be clear, while I LOVE Houzz, I have no desire to have a bathroom that I can drive my car into. Nor do I want a kitchen that large. I am very happy to keep the footprint of …

Can We Stop Treating Tech Companies Like the Second Coming of Christ?

Ironic considering I am using Blogger which is a Google company.
The reason I have a bee in my bonnet is  recently Fortune magazine featured the 50 most powerful women in business and of course, Sheryl "Facebook" Sandberg was on the cover. You know, because other women who have been doing their jobs for longer and maybe even better are doing it in the non-tech sector and that will not do. American has a sick love affair with Silicon Valley. While I appreciate the innovation, I do not believe it so amazing it could be considered a miracle in biblical terms.

What got me started on such a tear is that my toddler was on You Tube  watching a Sesame Street ABC video when he tapped something in the feed. It was a video of a woman, showing off her latest find of Disney Collectibles  (see: crap)  from Target. They were plastic Angry Birds eggs filled with God knows what.


What the hell?

Clearly the people who aggregate data and set up search words are pretty friggin' l…

Humor Is Best

Things go well here at our casa. The room is progressing, I am sort of getting some writing done. I am knitting like a fiend and hope to have most of the projects done this weekend. Our son continues to make me wish I had a way to bottle his energy and drink it. I have not gotten to the gym lately,  BUT I started doing some cardio and core exercises this am thanks to You Tube. Have to find a way to build up my poor pelvic floor. (Let the Kegel jokes begin.)

In the meantime, I feel like things should be bright and light today. And with that, here are a few funny clips from some favorite films of mine.

The Witches of Eastwick

Death Becomes Her

The Women (1939)  - Witty Lines

The Sure Thing

Pineapple Express

Auntie Mame

Ocean's 11


Spread For The Bread

Sounds like a cheesy porn movie title eh?
I was making a stunning loaf f bread this am when I realized I have no butter and half a tsp of almond butter left.
This will not do.
While I will eat warm bread sans anything, I wanted something to spread on my bread this morning.
I have honey so there must be something else in my pantry that I can combine it with. Lo and behold, I found a wonderful quick recipe for honey and coconut oil on the Hauser Homeopathy blog. I cannot wait to eat all of it.

Creamy Coconut Honey Spread Many people go to bread and honey as a comfort food.  Coconut oil makes this treat more balanced and adds a fat-burning boost. 3 tbsp coconut oil 1 tbsp unpasteurized honey In a small bowl combine the coconut oil and honey.  Place the bowl in the freezer for two to three minutes, remove and mix some more.  Return bowl to freezer for another one to two minutes.  The mixture should be creamy and spread like a thick butter.  Use immediately on fresh whole grain bread for a…

Pandora's Box

When a neighbor heard we were redoing our bedroom we were discussing some issues that had come up early in the process she declared old houses to be like a "Pandora's Box". Her own home is from the 1800's so she can relate.

Man, she was not kidding.

Our contractor has uncovered even more electrical nightmares. Honest to God, it is amazing this house has never burnt down to the ground. **Dear Universe, I am NOT testing anything and would prefer to never experience a house fire. Thank you very much.**
Uncovered wiring, outlets installed incorrectly and a wire from our brand new panel that got accidentally cut in half. (Well that explains why our sons air conditioner stopped working.) This is all but a taste of what our contractor has come into contact with. He already closed off one bad outlet in the living room. Seems prior owners left uncovered and uncapped wires in the wall. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people????

Here is an outlet from our upstairs bath. …