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Delayed Openings Suck

Some things I read online veer into homeschooling/unschooling territory. As expected, a few are religious, a few are secular and a few are people whose smugness about being such "salt of the earth hipsters" makes me want to upchuck. But it is all about live and let live right?
I have always enjoyed the road less taken. The rebellion. So my rebellious heart finds a sort of kinship with these folks who chose to buck the system and take control of how the educate their children. Would I do it? Not necessarily, but I enjoy reading about their endeavors.
A lot of folks home school because they fear the "liberal" ideas of public education. I for one, do not. I wish sex education was the norm like Europe who has a way lower teen pregnancy rate than we do, but the religious right here would never allow such a thing. I don't care that religion is not taught in school, that is a personal choice, but if it must be taught, it should be World Religions not just Christianity…

A Funny Story

Bloggers have been known to over share. While I try not to get too personal, this weekend an event happened that I have decided is worthy of over share fodder.

I started working out again a few weeks back, which has been great, but then I got bronchitis when the in-laws were here so I did not work out for about 10 days. This past Saturday I was all psyched to get up and attend spin class. Now, spinning can be a touch intense, but the instructors are very clear about not needing to keep up. Since I was just getting over being sick, I took it easy and did not do heavy resistance on the bike and stayed hydrated throughout. 5 minutes before class ended I felt weird. Everything got tingly and tunnel vision began. The instructor's voice became muffled and I realized what was happening. I slowed down, took my right foot off the pedal and woke up on the floor surrounded by uniforms. 
To fill in the blanks, apparently my friend Charlie, who thankfully goes to same gym, saw me just standing t…


Things have been bustling so here is what's going on.

In-laws came up for a visit and watched out little guy while the hubster and I went out on a Saturday night. Granted it was to an auction for the preschool, but it was a Saturday night. It was awesome. I won a gift card to a spa, a restaurant and a store in Morristown. We also bid and won the basket I put together for the auction which had gift cards to local places and a membership to Liberty Science Center. AWESOME.

A few days before I had the pleasure of being diagnosed with bronchitis. I had no mucus, no fever and my cough was awful at night, but that was it. What compelled me to go to the doctor was the weird drowning feeling I kept having on the left side of my chest. I was prescribed an antibiotic and when I was still feeling gross by Monday was sent for a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia and went an picked up an inhaler. Pneumonia was ruled out and I am now back to myself.

Thanks to being sick I could not got to spin c…

Changing Tastes

Isn't it weird how your design tastes shift? I mean, I was into the whole southwest look when I was in high school. The somewhat pastel palette, adobes, the pottery, but now? I would only do that vibe if I lived in Arizona and even then that is iffy. Though Adobe homes are still stunning to me.
I adore Victorian houses, but I don't aspire to their cluttered look with heavy fabrics. This living room is at the St. Benedict Bed and Breakfast in East Sussex and I would love to stay there, but I would not want my living room to look like this full time.

Craftsman homes are exquisite, but I hate the kitchens that accompany them as they feel too dark. This is well done, but still not my style. Crocus Hill Kitchen
I am someone who has not gotten on board with needing to own an Eames Chair, I would set that thing on fire, open shelving or the Mid-Century Modern look. Yes I can sort of appreciate the aesthetics, but they are not mine. But recently, I have begun to bend…

Shrimp Tacos

I had tacos shells left over from Trader Joe's. Now, while I love Trader Joe's, their products do tend to spoil right on time and sometimes before. (Looking at you moldy cheddar cheese...) Their taco shells, according to the box need to be used within 4-7 days of opening. No pressure. I decided it would be nice to make shrimp tacos. The Google gods turned up many a recipe, but nothing was really biting me. Until....

Bonefish Grill makes a dish called Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos. A blogger, known as Cinnamon-Spice and Everything Nice, is obsessed with them and duplicated the recipe which you can find here.


I did not have sweet chili sauce and it did not matter. I cut up some green cabbage to stuff into the taco, made a side of black beans with shallots and threw some rice in the rice cooker with turmeric. Hands down this is one of the best meals I have ever made and my hubby was beyond giddy. I must thank Cinnamon-Spice and Bonefish because shrimp h…

Cookie Time!

Windows are open throughout the house. We have played outside. It is 50 degrees baby!!!

Amazing what a little warmth and sunshine does for one's soul.

My son's school is a cooperative. This means every month I get to participate in the classroom and also bring a snack. We fell a little shortsighted on our last shopping trip and forgot to get a snack for the class. Not wanting to go spend more money, I decided to take on the task of baking chocolate chip cookies. This is a very big deal in our house. I don't like making cookies. I think they use up all my butter and for what? A dozen or so treats? No thanks. (This is as irrational a thought as one could have and I know this and I don't care.) Since I figured the kiddies would enjoy this, I set off on a quest for recipes and realized as I looked that I have no white sugar.


I then googled recipes for sugar free cookies, but that only brought results for cookies made with spelenda, agave, and honey. Again, not wha…

Dress Fabulously!

Up to 8 inches today. While it is pretty, I look forward to the warmer temperatures headed our way. Sad when 40 is considered warm, but let's go with it shall we?

I believe I have mentioned the wonderful blog Advanced Style before. Ari does a wonderful job of finding elegant, sophisticated and eclectically dressed women of a certain age and featuring them.
Older people, especially women in this country are a greatly undeserved demographic. Older in the US means social security, doctors visits, nursing homes and death. One would not look at a seventy five year old woman and think, "She has sex." or "She plays tennis." or "She is working." You know, as if she or even he has an actual life.  Thankfully, there are those that buck the system and I hope to be one of them. The aforementioned website also has a documentary. An enjoyable one at that. Joyce Carpati, a stunning 80(!!!!) year old woman, says the best thing I have ever heard in regards to how wo…

Icy Wednesday

Winter has introduced March like a lion. Yesterday we had snow, sleet, ice and tonight, more snow.

Enough of that.

Here is what is on tonight's menu. Grandma's Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili. I will be altering it to fit with what we have and you can do the same. Our food supplies are low as we were supposed to be away, but had to cancel since the friends we were to visit became very ill. A real bummer, but they will be up our way in a few weeks which means we will get to see them.

I made a yellow mung dal soup the other night and it is delicious and not an expensive meal to make at all.

We watch a decent array of videos on The Kid Should See This. I liken it to a great aggregator of interesting and alternative video entertainment for kids. There is cooking, science, music and honestly, ones does not need to be a child to enjoy their content. On their site we recently came across The Girl and The Fox. So beautifully animated and such a lovely story.

The little man and I watched …

A Tiny House

Busy weekend and of course, it is snowing.

That is how winter is making me feel. If you have never seen the campy fun movie "Clue", you must.

Was browsing Houzz, because really, when stuck indoors, isn't it nice to look at places like the one below in Southern California?

McClean Design

All that expensive beauty aside, allow me to share a tour of a 200 square foot house. It is very well done and thought out. While I like the concept of tiny homes and the designs, I don't think I would want one to be my permanent abode. Actually, some of the larger tiny homes work well so I guess if I wanted to live some high priced place like La Jolla, CA or Hawaii, that is how I could make that happen. Not that we are moving, but all this snow has made me wish to be somewhere that does not require boots, a heavy coat and the need to warm up the car.
Hope some of you are getting sunshine and flowers and know that I am jealous and cannot wait for spring to roar her way over here to New…