Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Politics (the good kind), Plagues, and...

And I couldn't come up with another 'p' word that referred to a grocery store.  LOL  Ah, PRODUCE!  Yeah, that works.

Politics, Plagues, and Produce...

Last Friday, Princess ran and was elected to the student council for her third grade class.  Now, while I was worried at first, she's a very people-oriented person.  She's helpful, she's thoughtful, and she likes being your friend.  She's also very intuitive and can get to the heart of matters she doesn't even understand.  This could be a good thing for her. 

Poor Miss Mischief has a nasty rash on her leg.  I was starting to get better and the the nurse calls... I had to leave work to go get her and make a doctor's appointment.  Poor kid.  And it was starting to look better too.  *sigh*  Add to that the fact that I forgot Mischief wouldn't be there to meet Princess for Safe Key.  Princess will FREAK if her sister isn't there so I have to leave in *checks clock* nine minutes so I can stop by the school and let them know.  They won't take messages over the phone since they can't verify my identity... even though they KNOW I have my other child.  *double sigh*

Just a couple weeks ago, I started shopping at a place called Fresh & Easy again.  Finally have one right by me.  I was amazed at the fact that I could spend about the same amount of money (or LESS!  Less is always good!) for what I'd get at the regular store!  And the bonus?  Almost everything they sell is preservative free, organic, no hormones-added, etc.  I could care less about the organic, I'm on the fence about whether it's really better or not, but I got a package of Angus strip steaks big enough to feed my family of 4 for $7 + change!  I mean, really!  And milk was nearly $1 cheaper - no added hormones.  Now THAT is something that concerns me, having two girls.  They're moody enough at 6 and 8, please do not give them more reason!  LOL

*sighs again*  Anyway, need to go pull Mischief off Daddy's computer so we can go to the doctor.  If you made it this far, congratulations - you deserve a medal.  And it's in the mail. LOL

~TCL and Mischief

Monday, September 29, 2008

Okay Now... Get That

Bitch off my man!  LMAO!

*sighs*  Okay, I feel better now.

Amy & Ali

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I Can Get Used to This...

Dear Amy,
Here is your horoscope
for Sunday, September 21:

You're feeling a little crazy today -- but in a good way. It's one of those days when it's just more fun to get wild and play around with people's minds than to meet their expectations.

*cue maniacal laughter*

Friday, September 19, 2008

Pun Intended


Thank you, Robin...  And anyone who really knows me will tell you that, while I enjoy a good bad joke, I love nothing better than a bad pun.  Wonder if that's the Monty Python lover in me?

1. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. 

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian. 

3. She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still. 

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption. 

5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and
got a little  behind in his work. 

6. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll
still be stationary. 

7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and
was cited for littering. 

8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would
result in  Linoleum Blownapart. 

9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie. 

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. 

11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall.
The police are looking into it. 

12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. 

13. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the
hallway. One hat said to the other, 'You stay here, I'll go on a-head.' 

14. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me. 

15. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off  the Grass.' 

16. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken
to a  hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse  said, 'No change yet.' 

17. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion. 

18. The short fortune -teller who escaped from
prison was a small medium, at large. 

19. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper
spray is now a seasoned veteran. 

20. A backward poet writes in-verse. 

21. In democracy it's your vote that counts. In
feudalism it's your count that votes. 

22. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a
taste of religion. 

23. Don't join dangerous cults, practice safe

Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's a Hamster's Life

And it's good.

You should know at this point that my baby, Sasha, had to go back to the vet to get her pouch re-un-impacted.  Yeah, I made that up, Sioux me (sorry, old lame joke from about 26 years ago...).  Well, it appears that she's recovering just fine and not letting her tumor impede her one bit.  Even if she is hiding from me...


I wasn't fast enough to get a picture of it, but at one point, she had the entire entrance covered in toilet paper and Care Fresh bedding.  Really looked like an igloo after that.  Nothing more amusing than seeing an animal the size of a mouse dragging around a sheet of toilet paper (clean, of course).


Poor Butterfinger, since he's been healthy, hasn't been getting equal time here on my blog.  So, as luck would have it, I have a few cute pics of him as well, bozo hamster that he is.


They both just LOVE toilet paper tubes.  They're toys, they're shelter, OOOH... they're FOOD Mama!  Multi-purpose at its best.  Well, someone forgot to tell BF that he's bigger than the tube...


Oooh... tight fit, Mama, why'd you let me do that?


Silly Syrian, tubes are for dwarfs...

~TCL and her furry babies, Butterfinger and Sasha


My name is Amy and I'm a blog-a-holic. 

Welcome, Amy.

Add to that the fact that I love my new digital camera more than life itself and well, you get problems.  LOL

So, anyway, believe it or not, I'm behind in my blogging (couldn't tell from all the mindless chatter I've posted lately though, could you?) and have at least 12 book reviews to post.  And some update pictures of my poor little hammie, Sasha. 

You have been warned.



Okay, so let me preface this by saying 1) that I live in the desert and 2) that I have been a maniac since I bought my new camera back in March.  It's an Olympus 1010 and fits in my pocket so it goes everywhere with me.  That said, yesterday afternoon, on my drive home, it clouded up.  Fast.  I was sure we'd get some rain, but not in my area.  However, when I stopped at the last light before my house, I saw this and it was all worth it.

If you look to the bottom center of this picture you can see just a hint of a rainbow.  Click to get a larger view.


Since I was sitting at a stoplight, I zoomed in and tried to get a better shot.  Not too bad considering I took it through my windshield. LOL


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Daily Horoscope

Dear Amy,
Here is your Daily Horoscope for Tuesday, September 16:

Your feelings are out on the edge today, thanks to an infusion of weird energy that makes you wonder what's really going on inside you. Try not to let any one person bear the brunt of it!

Holy crap... sometimes my horoscope scares me.  I mean, I woke up in a panic and have been on edge ever since.  WTF?  I guess that it's a good thing I'm going to be essentially alone for most of today.  LOL


Friday, September 12, 2008

The Good, The Bad, and The Fuzzy

So, as you know from my earlier whine that Miss Sasha had to have a return trip to the vet to get her pouch cleaned back out today. 

The Good: Dr. Cutie only charged me $12 for a re-check visit.  Nothing for the anesthesia, nothing for the procedure (knocks her out, cleans her pouch, etc).  I think I love this man.  He even asked how she was doing, checked her out completely, let her walk a bit and observed her even.

The Bad: Turns out she has a small tumor near her rear leg, which would explain why she's been having such a hard time climbing lately.  He didn't seem too concerned about it right now since he could see for himself that she was eating (she was gnawing on a pellet when he pulled her from her tote), she was active (she ran alllll over the countertop), and that she was happy (she didn't try and take his finger off this time - I think she remembered him LOL).  He just said to keep an eye on it because they can get big.

And now, the best part: The Fuzzy...


Not the best picture, I know, but she's QUICK and sometimes it's hard.  LOL  That's actually her in my profile pic.


This is her hiding after her last trip to the vet.  Poor baby!

I think I'm more attached to her than either of my children.  Go figure.

~TCL and Sasha

Zor and Zam

In light of that last post (thanks Michelle Hoppe for getting me started in the first place)... here are the lyrics to one of my all-time favorite Monkees songs.

The king of Zor, he called for war
And the king of Zam, he answered.
They fashioned their weapons one upon one
Ton upon ton, they called for war at the rise of the sun.
Out went the call to one and to all
That echoed and rolled like the thunder.
Trumpets and drums, roar upon roar
More upon more.
Rolling the call of "Come now to war."
Throughout the night they fashioned their might
With right on the side of the mighty.
They puzzled their minds plan upon plan
Man upon man
And at dying of dawn the great war began.
They met on the battlefield banner in hand.
They looked out across the vacant land.
And they counted the missing, one upon one,
None upon none.
The war it was over before it begun.
Two little kings playing a game.
They gave a war and nobody came.
And nobody came.
And nobody came.
And nobody came.
And nobody came.


September 12, 1966: The first episode of "The Monkees" aired on NBC.


And despite the fact that I wasn't even BORN until 1974, this show, and the music it spawned, have proved to be hours upon hours of entertainment for me.  Now, if I could only convince Zan that it'd be a good show for the girls to watch...

~Savin' the Texas Prairie Chicken since 1986, The Crazy Monkee Lady

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Stop the Insanity!!!

Please, please, pllllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease just let me shoot myself.  See?  Shana's handing me her crossbow and Ali's fondling her side arm thoughtfully.  They know it needs to happen.


Anyway, can't remember if I posted this earlier or not, but Sasha now has another vet appointment for tomorrow.  I caved and made it, despite not having the money to do it.  I figured I'd use my Cingular rebate card I got in the mail - it was for $100 - and just have that much less to take on my trip next month.  Didn't want to, but thought it'd be a reasonable way to work her visit into the budget.

So, then I come home, silly woman that I am, and start sorting through the mail.  In it I find a bill for $160 from Zanderyn's foot doctor.  What the hell people??  Some of it is probably stuff not paid for by the insurance BUT they site $40 in unpaid copays... I sent them a freaking check for $40 LAST MONTH!  Worst part is, I just don't have the money.  No idea where it's going to come from either.  And yeah, I know, it could be worse but damnit, I just got to the point where I wasn't panicking about money every five minutes and now this.

That's it, I'm ready Ali.  Fire when ready.

~The Crazy Dead Lady

Whine x 3

Or more.

First, why is it that I seem to have married the stupidest, most stubborn man on the planet?  Well, maybe not THE stupidest, but he's running a close second these days...

So anyway, if you've been reading then you know that Zan was in a cast for two weeks due to a wound on his foot.  Well, last Wednesday, he went to get a check up and they took it off.  So, what does the dumbass do?  Saturday, he goes and plays TENNIS!  I told him it was a bad idea, but he said he'd be fine. Know what?  For once in my life, I WAS RIGHT.  He had another check up yesterday and they PUT HIM BACK IN A CAST!  Jerk had the nerve to get mad when I told him that he shouldn't have played tennis.  But then, what do I know?  Not much, obviously.

Next whine... LOL  My poor dwarf hamster has to go back to the vet.  Yup, she impacted her pouch again.  *sigh*  I had a brilliant thought yesterday, a day late and a dollar short as always.  Had I changed her food after the first instance it probably wouldn't have happened a second time! DOH!  She eats a mix that has assorted seeds and small pellets in it while Fat Butt eats these gibungus pellets.  Anyone want about 3 lbs of hamster food?  Cheap? 

Lastly, Mom is driving me nuts.  She's giving me the ultimate guilt trip for going out of town next month because I'll not only miss the wedding of a girl I've known forever (not that I have talked to her in ages) but I'll also miss my nephew's 9th birthday party.  Bad me, I mean, how thoughtless of me to schedule my return for 12:40 in the afternoon when his party starts at 1:00?  Let's not even mention the fact that I booked this flight in June.  That's totally irrelevant.  *sigh*

But, there is some exciting news.  Read in my Borders newsletter this morning that R. A. Salvatore has joined forces with his son, Geno, for a new young adult fantasy series!  YEAH!!!  You can take a looky-loo here.

There was something else I wanted to whine about, but I don't remember what it was. Oh well, that much less that you have to listen to, I suppose.  :)

~Crazier than Ever

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Nobody loves me,

Nobody cares,

Nobody picks me peaches and pears.

Nobody offers me candy and Cokes,

Nobody listens and laughs at me jokes.

Nobody helps when I get in a fight,

Nobody does all my homework at night.

Nobody misses me,

Nobody cries,

Nobody thinks I'm a wonderful guy.

So if you ask me who's my best friend, in a whiz,

I'll stand up and tell you that Nobody is.

But yesterday night I got quite a scare,

I woke up and Nobody just wasn't there.

I called out and reached out for Nobody's hand,

In the darkness where Nobody usually stands.

Then I poked through the house, in each cranny and nook,

But I found somebody each place that I looked.

I searched till I'm tired, and now with the dawn,

There's no doubt about it-

Nobody's gone!

-Shel Silverstein

Feed That Fire

Mmm... new Dierks music!  And it sounds good - love the whole idea of the song as well, but then, I've loved Dierks from day one, so how could I not like this as well?

So much new music lately, which is a nice thing.  Taylor Swift's new single, Love Story, is on right now and while it is very HER, her voice has grown and sounds different, but the same, if that makes any sense to anyone but me. LOL 

My favorite new song right now?  Now, hold on, this might be a shock, but I'm utterly in love with Blake Shelton's new single, She Wouldn't Be Gone.  That and Billy Currington's new single, Don't.  Don't is darn near as sexy and seductive as Tangled Up, and that's saying quite a lot.

Also excited that Darius Rucker's debut country CD comes out next week.  Love that song Don't Think I Don't Think About It.  LOL  Gets my vote for most confusing song title anyway.  :)

Happy Tuesday!


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Lavender Balsamic Steaks with Macadamia Nut Butter

Tonight's dinner was Angus tri-tip steaks in a lavender balsamic marinade, topped with what was supposed to be a walnut bleu cheese butter.  However, Zan is picky and doesn't like walnuts OR bleu cheese... So, we got creative and substituted goat cheese for the bleu, so you still got the zing but not the overpowering flavor, and used Macadamia nuts for the walnuts.  Tasty.  Served it up with a nice, green salad and some mashed potatoes.

Lavender Balsamic Marinade for Lamb (and steak, obviously)

Notes: Who the hell has fresh lavender?  Surely not me... I live in the freaking desert!!  LOL  Use dried if you need to and cut the amount down to 1 1/2 tablespoons.

Serves 4

1 shallot, finely chopped

3 tablespoons chopped lavender

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

salt and fresh ground black pepper

1. Place meat in a large mixing bowl or wide dish and sprinkle the chopped shallot all over.

2. Sprinkle the chopped fresh lavender all over the meat in the bowl.  Then rub into the meat, especially into the fat.

3. Beat together the vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice and pour them over the meat.  Season well with salt and pepper and then turn the meat to coat evenly. 

4. Cook as you normally would, either on a grill or in a grill pan.

Goat Cheese and Macadamia Nut Butter for Steak

2 shallots, chopped

4 tablespoons butter, slightly softened

4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

2 tablespoons finely chopped Macadamia nuts

fresh ground black pepper

1. Saute the shallots in 2 tablespoons of the butter. Turn the mixture into a bowl.  Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, the cheese, walnuts, and pepper to taste.  Chill lightly, roll into foil to a sausage shape and chill again to firm.  Slice into rounds and serve a slice atop each steak.

Freak Cat

I swear, this animal needs help...  Click on the picture for a bigger shot - Blogger cuts it off if I make it any bigger...


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Yippee and Yummy!

Okay, so if that subject line doesn't have you confused... LOL

Zanderyn went back to see the wound care people yesterday and they TOOK OFF HIS CAST!!!  Wahoo!  There's the yippee for you.  *G*  It's still not completely healed, but doing much, much better.  He goes back to see them again next Wednesday, so keep your fingers crossed that it's better by then.

And now for the yummy...


I bought this Kashi granola a week or two ago when the grocery store had them on sale 2/$5.  I bought the Cocoa Beach and the Summer Berry.  So, this morning I broke out the box of Cocoa Beach and YUM!  It's like Cocoa Pebbles for adults!  LOL  Well worth looking into if you're a chocolate freak.