Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Economic Crisis

If you want to see a great cartoon about how the economic crisis will affect you, click here and watch the video. It is a great, simple explanation that anyone can understand, even if you are like me and know nothing about Wall Street and the economic system.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Restaurant Week In Review

Here is the list from the week, with some opinions :)

20th - Mercado Juarez - Ft. Worth - We were trying to think of something different. We used to go here many years ago, but have not been in a while. I had the fajitas and they were pretty good. (We don't go to the Arlington location because years ago, they got a terrible score from the health department. I am not very forgiving of that.)
21st - La Hacienda Ranch - We didn't quite get our Mexican fix for the weekend, so we had to go to one of our favorites. Good as always.
22nd - Ken's Burgers - If you like a burger with a thin patty (my favorite), this is a great place. They have grilled buns and grilled and raw onions. They have good french fries, but they have changed them since the last time we were there. Pops was not happy about the change, but they were still good.
23rd - Pollo Campero - I have been here a few times, but this was Pops first time. I love the grilled chicken (very flavorful and citrus tasting) and black beans and rice. They also have fried chicken, which I tried for the first time. I like the grilled, Pops likes the fried. I like it, but I am not sure I can get Pops to go back.
24th - Jason's - A favorite in our weekly rotation. I love the salad bar.
25th - We went to a lecture series and reception for Craig Hall, who is a big time real estate investor. It was interesting to hear his opinion on the current financial crisis since he has been in the business for over 30 years; and has gone from rags to riches, back to rags, and riches again. The reception was catered by Consilient restaurants, which owns several of our favorites. We had the Brisket Sliders and Mac and Cheese from The Porch, and they were so good. I could have eaten a whole lot more, but since it was a small reception and I was talking to several people, I did not want to look like a pig.
26th - J. R.'s Steakhouse - I love steak, but my favorite part of the meal is the salad, sides and bread. We had the grilled lobster on cheddar corn grits for an appetizer. It was delicious. The wedge salad was a disappointment. I love blue cheese and theirs was funky. The bread was just outright horrible. The steak was one of the best I have had in a long time and the potatoes that came with it were really good.
27th - Pappasito's - Always a favorite. I always get the Del Mar, beef fajitas with shrimp that is stuffed with a jalapeno, cheese, bacon wrapped and grilled.
28th - Cafe Medi - It is a Greek restaurant that we tried for the first time. It was really good, and I will definitely go back. I love Gyro's and theirs did not disappoint. Pops had snapper topped with crab. The rice was exceptionally good.

For lunch this week, I branched out a little from my usual Celebrity. I tried Cero's Hero's in Grapevine. It has been there from many many years. It was good, but not something I am dying to rush back for. They are a cash only establishment, and that causes great concern when I am having to dig through my change to find enough.

I went back to Boo Boo's in Arlington to have their famous Chicken Salad with my favorite Spike seasoning. I had to taste the Chicken Salad one more time because I am getting ready to make some (literally after I finish this post) and wanted to make sure I had the right ingredients. I think I have it down now.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Message to Alan Fishman

Our country is in a huge financial crisis. I have tried to understand what is going on, but I will admit, while I know a little, there is a whole lot I don't know.

What I do know is that it is absolutely a CRIME that Alan Fishman, ex-CEO of Washington Mutual will be paid almost $20 million for his 17 day reign. That is more than a million dollars a day. Most Americans don't make what he made in a day during their lifetime. This is very sick.

There are a lot of people in America that are suffering financially. They work hard, but because of the bad economy and bad decisions made by others, they are having a rough time.

Alan Fishman, what are you made of? Do you have any integrity and character? If the answer is yes, you will DECLINE your bonus and your severance package. You are not the only one stealing absurd amounts of money. Have some character and don't take what you don't deserve.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Shout Out to Amazon

Since Pops has an obsession for books, we order a lot from Amazon.com. I think he has some kind of membership that he pays a small annual fee for that gets us 2nd day priority FREE shipping. When we order from Amazon, not only do we have free shipping, but we do not pay any sales tax. Their merchandise is usually heavily discounted, so if we can be patient and wait a little bit, it is a great deal.

I usually think about buying something and it is a day or two before I make it to the store, so waiting on Amazon shipping is not a problem.

So, yesterday morning, I saw a book that I wanted to order for Pops. The retail price was $14.99. The Amazon price was $10.16, which included shipping and tax.

When I walked out this morning to get the mail, the book was on my front porch. I check the tracking on line and it came last night at 9:52. I ordered this book around 9:00 a.m., so that means from the time I ordered til I received it was about 12 hours. Amazing! This is a record. I highly recommend Amazon.com .

I copied this from my tracking info:

Ship Carrier:
A-1 Courier Services
Tracking Number:
Order #:

Order Date:
September 25, 2008
Shipment Date:
September 25, 2008
Bedford, TX
Track your package

Event Details
September 25, 2008
01:47:00 PM
Bedford TX

Shipment has left seller facility and is in transit
September 25, 2008
02:54:00 PM
Bedford TX

Shipment received by carrier
September 25, 2008
09:52:00 PM
Bedford TX

They don't just have movies, books and CD's. I have ordered some crazy thing on Amazon, like the Spike Seasoning and a scooter last Christmas.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Thank You*Thank You*Thank You

Thank you for all of your support for the 2008 Presidential election. Unfortunately, I will not be able to fulfill my obligations. I was really looking forward to working with Sarah Palin. I have been called to serve in another capacity and I will have to decline the Presidency.

I will be serving my county for the next three months. I will be making sure that the felons in my county stay off the streets. I have done this in the past and was fascinated by it. It is very scary (yes, much scarier than the Presidency) to find out the horrible crimes that are going on right out my back door.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. I won't be able to keep the felons out of Washington, but hopefully I will help keep them off the streets around here.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

VERY Disturbing Video

There is a huge rumor going around that there is a strong third candidate in the Presidential election that is causing quite a stir.

It is very scary. I am really disturbed about this. Please watch this video and give me your opinion. I don't know what is happening to our country. Are you as scared as I am?

Disturbing 2008 Election Video Coverage

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Restaurant Week in Review

I thought I would start something new. I will keep up with where we have eaten during the week and if I don't have a "review" on it and it is something that you are interested in, let me know and I will tell you all about it.

I will go back a little farther than a week, if I can remember that far back :)

5th - Empress of China
6th - Pappasito's - Ft. Worth
7th - Actually cooked steaks at home
8th - Jason's Deli
9th - Cuba Libre - Dallas (Lolly - BD Party) - Dickey's BBQ (Pops)
10th - Chipotle
11th - Pollo Campero (Lolly) - Cracker Barrel (Pops) - took Jordan and Justin after they went to a FC studies class at church
12th - Party at the McClendon's - Carraba's and lots of other good stuff
13th - Hibiscus - Dallas
14th - Family dinner at home - grilled out hamburgers
15th - Palio's Pizza
16th - Hector's on Henderson - Dallas
17th - Jason's Deli
18th - Chick-Fil-A
19th - Fireside Pies
20th - Tonight - Just decided JR's if we can get a reservation

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Growing Up Too Fast

Landrie is growing up way to fast for her Lolly. I still want her to want to wear what we pick out for her and for her to watch "The Wonder Pets". She has other ideas.

Yesterday, we were sitting in the car and she heard some different voices on the radio. She asked me, "Why do they have different voices?" I answered that God made all of us different.

Then she said, "I want brown hair." You see, she has yellow hair and she doesn't like yellow hair. I told her I got to my hair salon every month and pay lots of money to get yellow hair. She said, "Will you take me there so I can get brown hair?" I think she is feeling like the odd man out because everyone else in her family has brown hair. I understand because growing up, I was the only one out of five with blonde hair and blue eyes. But it is true. . . blondes have more fun.

Landrie's 5th birthday is in a couple of week. Jennifer has planned a great party at a pumpkin patch in Flower Mound. She has all this cute pumpkin stuff picked out. Landrie DOES NOT want it. She wants Camp Rock with Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers. That is all she can talk about.

We know Demi's family through church and Janelle did Demi's hair for a music video about 4 years ago. We have told Landrie and so she always refers to Demi as "my friend Demi". She whispered to me yesterday, "Can you email Demi?"

Oh my goodness, she is only 5! She's talking about hair color, celebrities and email.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

If You Workout, PLEASE . . .

If you know me, you know I am not a workout queen. I hate exercise!

A couple of months ago, I decided to join the fitness center and walk. I can't sit around and talk about how bored I am if I am not doing everything in my power to help myself. My goal is to walk 5 days a week, but I am lucky if I get in 3 days.

The girls love going to the "gym" and it really breaks up our day. I have not lost an ounce (could it be all of the cream cheese?), but I decided it is good for my mental health.

Today, I was on the treadmill between two men. Not where I would choose to be necessarily, but it was the only available spot. Someone (and it wasn't me) forgot to shower and put on their deodorant this morning before they worked out. He stunk to high heaven. It was not pleasant at all. I thought I was going to get sick, but I could not leave until I had done my 2 miles.

So, if you workout, I'm begging you . . . PLEASE wear your deodorant.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Cream Cheese

Paula Deen and I have a lot in common. We both LOVE cream cheese. And, butter, mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, sugar . . . all that fattening stuff.

I was making a cheesecake this morning for a party I am going to tonight, and I realized that I have bought a bunch of cream cheese this week. I don't cook much these days and I don't go to the store much, but I realized I have bought 4 pounds of cream cheese in the last week. I haven't eaten all of that, but I have had way too much. Yikes!

I made a strawberry pineapple Jello salad last week, with a cream cheese topping (package #1). It was so good that when it was gone, I made another batch (package #2). My friend Jodi had a birthday and called me for the number of one of our favorite cake places. She wanted to order a cake for her family celebration. I told her I would make her some strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese icing (package #3 & #4).

By that time, Jello #2 was gone so I decided to make another one of my favorite Jello salads. It is called Cherry Coke Salad and guess what it has in it. 8 ozs. of cream cheese (package #5). As I was making my cheesecake this morning, I opened up package #6, #7 & #8. Eight 8 ounce packages of cream cheese equals 4 pounds.

I'm sure I have gained 4 pounds just by licking the bowl.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pick On My Friend

Well after my post about cell phones, I was hoping that I wouldn't lose any of my good friends. So far I think I am okay, but I still have one friend who hasn't read it. She is the person in the Celebrity Bakery lunch story.

Tuesday night, four of us got together to celebrate Jodi's birthday. We have not all been together since this time last year. We had a lot of catching up to do and were all excited to see each other.

We decided to go to Cuba Libre in Dallas - about a 30 minutes drive. Since I knew where I was going, I drove. We had not been in the car for 5 minutes when dear friend's (aka DF) cell phone rang. She answered and carried on a conversation for the next 20 minutes. She got so loud that the other three of us had to yell to be heard over her. I don't think it was an emergency. It was from her friend that is in the process of a long divorce. The marriage has been over for years. She was giving an update on the latest events.

That call ended, only because DF's boyfriend called. We got to the restaurant, valet parked, got settled at our table and she went to the bathroom to finish that call. We got our drinks and appetizers before DF made it to the table. She set her phone on the table and I cringed. I was afraid it was going to be one of those nights. She received a text from boyfriend, read it to us and then turned her phone off.

We had a great night, but the phone almost ruined it. I am glad she could find the off button, because I didn't know she knew how to use it. DF, if you are reading this, I do love you, just not your phone. I like to enjoy time with you and not share it with you while you are on the phone with other people.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I Am An Idiot

In July, our main computer crashed. Completely dead. We are such idiots that we never backed up any files and lost everything. I am still contemplating taking the hard drive to a company in Irving that restores them, but I don't really want to spend hundreds of dollars just so I can have the info. Other than the 3,000 pictures that were on there, I can't really say that there is something specific that I want. Every few days, I will think of a document that would be nice to have, but it is not something that I "need". There was about 6 years of information that we lost.

We still each have laptops. Mine is just a year old and I have never backed anything up on it. I basically use it for internet access, but I did have files with sites and passwords.

We went to eat dinner last night and when I got home, my laptop screen was blank. I restarted my computer and it was blank again. I spent a couple of hours trying to make it work. That is a joke because I don't know what I am doing, but if it sounded like it might work, I did it. I hoped that this morning when I got up, I would walk in and it would be magically fixed.

Since that didn't happen, I got on the phone with Dell this morning. After over an hour of clicking her and clicking there, I have my computer back, but I again, have lost all data. It has been restored to where it was when I bought it. It has taken me 4 1/2 hours to find and update Norton and AOL. I am hoping that somehow I can get my IPod playlist back, but I am too brain dead to think about working on that today.

This is so frustrating!!! I am so thankful that it is working again, but I am such an idiot that I didn't learn my lesson after the first crash. At least I only had to pay Dell $49 and not guy a new hard drive.

I guess the first thing I need to do it to learn how to backup files.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

I Hate Cellphones!

The other day, I went to the Nail Spa to have my nice relaxing pedicure. I love to sit and soak and read my magazine. Unfortunately, the girl next to me wanted to talk loudly on her phone the whole time I was in the chair. I was really not interested in hearing about her real estate deal and details about her kids. I was a little surprised that she was saying some of the things she was out loud, and saying names where everyone could hear. I think when people get on their phone, they forget where they are and don't think about who might be listening. Over the years, I have heard some interesting things. Do you not think that people around you might know who you are talking so badly about?

A funny thing I have noticed is that when people get on the cellphones, they talk really loud. When you get 2 or 3 people going at the same time, it is really annoying.

Last week when I was at a Bible study, 4 cellphones rang within the first 20 minutes. What's up with that? Can't we turn them off for just an hour? It is pretty sad when they have to announce in church to turn your phone off. I have recently saw a sign at a Dr.'s office that said they will take care of you when you are off your phone.

We have a rule in our house. If we are taking our kids out to dinner, they have to turn their phones off and leave them in their pocket. I can't stand trying to carry on a conversation with them and they are constantly texting and asking you to repeat what you said because they are so engrossed with their phone.

Most of my good friends are attached to their phones like it is an appendage. I am not perfect, but when I am with others and my phone rings, if it is an important call, I will answer it quickly, and call the person back later, or just let it go to voicemail. By quickly, I mean less than a minute. That is the great thing about caller ID and voicemail, you don't have to answer it and you can take care of it later.

I think it is just plain RUDE to carry on a long conversation while you are with someone else. It makes the person you are with feel very uncomfortable. One of my worst lunches ever was with a friend at Celebrity bakery. When she came into the restaurant, she was on her phone. We stood in line together, ordered our lunch, and I had completely finished mine before she got off the phone. We then had a 5 minute conversation and left. For me it was a wasted lunch. I would have much rather gotten something to go and eaten by myself in front of the TV. This has happened to me many times, but this was the most extreme occasion.

Have we forgotten our manners or do we just not care? When I am with someone and they take a long call, I feel like they are talking to the person that is most important.

Am I alone, or does anyone else feel this way?

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

I Love Sarah Palin

I was so excited to hear her speak last night. She did a good job. I didn't like the negative attacks. I wish her speech writers had left that out. I like for people to win on their own merits, not on discrediting others. I liked her best at her press coverage when she was just talking straight from her heart and you could see her personality shine.

I have to tell you about my FAVORITE part of her speech. First I need to give you a little history.

When I was a foster parent for Gladney, I loved my babies so much. It was so important to me that they be always be dressed really cute (in Gymboree) and that they have perfect hair. If I had a girl, they ALWAYS had a bow and if it was a boy, his hair was always perfectly fixed. I even used gel and hairspray if it was really wild. I was well known for using hair clippers and scissors to get the perfect look. (I don't think sideburns and hairy ears are very cute on a baby.)

There were many times that their hair got unruly, and I would slick it back down with a little water if available, or I just used a little spit. Now, I did it very discretely with a couple of fingers, but lots of babies wore my spit.

I got so cracked up last night when the camera showed the Palin's youngest daughter holding the baby, and spitting on her hand and slicking his hair down. Her mama taught her well. She has been taught the importance of having good hair and she took care of it.

She is a woman after my own heart. Oh, and I did love her line about the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull - lipstick.

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Thank You Readers - All 5 Of You

I'm excited to see the comments from all 5 of my readers. My numbers are doubling. Seriously, thanks, it is fun to read comments.

I had to write about my precious little Landrie. She is always saying the cutest things. Whenever she says anything to me, it always starts out with "Hey Lolly". I wonder where she got that from? Whenever I say something to her, I always say "Hey Landrie". I guess it is a southern thing.

Monday, I cooked. I know that is really unusual, but I started cooking early in the morning and made some really good ribs. There were a few left.

Yesterday, as Landrie and Karsyn were eating their PB&J (Uncrustables that is, because I have gotten too lazy to even make sandwiches) I was eating a rib. Landrie said, "Hey Lolly, I didn't know you saved any of those stick bones."

I now have a new name for ribs.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Terrible Blogger

I have been a terrible blogger lately and I don't know why. I have lots of things to write about, but I get online and read my LONG list of regular blogs, followed by a few new ones and then I think what I have to write is very boring.

I have several things to write about, so for the 2 of you who read, here is what is coming in the near future:

*Sarah Palin - Can't wait to hear her speech tonight.
*Scotland/England - Need to finish and still have lots to write about.
*Disneyland - Need to finish and post pictures.
*Tillman's Roadhouse - Great restaurant in the Bishop Arts District
*Pappas Brothers Steakhouse - Ate there a couple of weeks ago for the 2nd time.
*Sullivan's Steakhouse - Tried for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

Stay tuned.

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