Frank said…#104

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Frank: Forgive me, Courtney, for I have sinned.
Me: [slightly nervous] Um, what did you do?
Frank: I bought crappy toilet paper.
Me: Aw man.

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High Five on Friday

Fotor_142746177380135I only have time for a quickie today because finding pants to wear to work took longer than I thought. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

I really wanted to wear these shoes in the photo and my skirt I had made wasn’t sitting just right so pants it was! (Maybe I should have bought these shoes in black instead? But I just loved the brown!)

Anyway! Here’s five random thoughts for today:

  1. Yesterday I went to an initial visit with my OB in hopes that we can get a little biker for our triathlon team sooner than later. (We’ve been trying for a year now.) The trying to get knocked up doctor’s visit went well. We’re starting with some blood tests in the next few weeks so we can see if it’s something that’s “easy” to fix or if it’s something that needs to be referred to a specialist on right away.
  2. I’m incredibly thankful today for a reasonably stable job with good benefits. (Knock on wood that doesn’t change any time soon.) Having time saved up and support makes facing a lot of challenges easier.
  3. Next week I’m headed to hopefully sunny Florida to see Momma et al! I’m pretty darn excited – especially after finding out that one of the ladies who will be there likes Pudding Shots! My birthday is while we’re down there so I’ll have to make some.
  4. I get super excited about snail mail. Even when the post office messes it up. (Love you for trying, BatGirl!)
  5. I need some new art for my office. Let me know if you have a kiddo who wants to make me something. Or share a link to something awesome. (This goes for our house too. Our walls are embarrassingly blank.)

What do you have to share for me? Any big plans for this weekend? I hear there’s something in NYC called Wine Riot. It looks like fun! Tickets for this year are sold out, but maybe another event.

I hope you have a kick ass weekend! Anything exciting planned?

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Thank you and Pudding Shots

Pudding Shots

Pudding shots might not *look* like much, but they’re awesome.

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who reached out to me privately with concerns about how I’m doing. I’m on the upswing and dare I say, “okay” and I really appreciate that you guys care. I feel seriously loved and cared for and can not thank you enough.

As a thanks, I’m offering you the Pudding Shot recipe that I’ve raved about several times.  I have to thank Hockey Joe’s friend Eric for introducing me to these bits of amazingness. He handed me one at his house a few years ago and said, “Trust me.” I did. I’m glad.

I’ve been a big fan of Jell-O shots through the years, but hadn’t seriously thought to make them with pudding. (Mostly because pudding is made with milk and milk and booze doesn’t always jive well.)

Who doesn’t love pudding? (Don’t tell me if you don’t, I have a high opinion of my readers and don’t wish to tarnish it.) Pudding with booze? All the better.

For our New Years Eve party I reached out to Eric to find out how to make them because I wanted them and thought it might be a nice addition to the bar. I’m lucky he was willing to share!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 big box of INSTANT pudding (or two small boxes) I like chocolate
  • 1 Tub of Cool Whip
  • Vodka
  • Cream based liquor of your choice. I used Baileys for this blend.
  • Condiment cups with lids. I got them at Target but have seen them all over.

What you’ll do:

  1. In a medium bowl, make pudding according to instructions subbing half the liquid for cold vodka and half for the cream based liquor. (I actually used a little less vodka for a thicker pudding and it worked nicely)
  2. Fold in tub of Cool Whip
  3. Put in condiment cups with lids.
  4. Freeze. We put ours outside in the snow because NY is handy like that.
  5. Hand out to friends who enjoy such things. You might give them a spoon too.
  6. Enjoy. They’re really fricken good. And pack a punch so be careful

If you want to be all fancy, you can garnish with a cherry, chocolate shavings, more whipped cream etc. With all the flavored vodka options the combinations are almost endless. I think next time I’m going to make Vanilla with Cherry vodka. Or chocolate with Creme de Menthe! If you need inspiration, Pinterest has some for you

Questions? Comments? What kind are you going to make? There are a few left in my freezer if you want to come over and sample one…

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Reading more: The Same Sky

book squareThe Same Sky by Amanda Eyer Ward was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through NetGalley. The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

I realized that I have a bunch of reviews started but not finished so I’m going to start posting them once a week. If you don’t like them, I invite you to go check out fun things here or find me an awesome Listverse post.

Although I was excited to be reading so much again for a bit, I hit a book slump again and haven’t been reading as much as I’d like lately. It turns out there’s only so many hours in a day. Go figure.

One I recently finished was The Same Sky, by Amanda Eyer Ward. I didn’t recognize her name when it was sent to me, but I have also read her book, How to Be Lost which I also enjoyed.

From Amazon:

Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach.

Carla is a strong-willed young girl who’s had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla’s grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands—and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life.

In this elegant novel, the lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way. Poignant and arresting, The Same Sky is about finding courage through struggle, hope amid heartache, and summoning the strength—no matter what dangers await—to find the place where you belong

The description above does not do this book justice but I can’t tell you much more without giving away too much of the story. It was interesting to explore issues of cancer, infertility, adoption, illegal immigrants, drug use and more through the eyes of personal experience rather than politically charged rhetoric.

I was so into the story and making sure that Carla was okay that I read this book in two sittings. (The second one being about 3 hours straight.) I loved this book even though I almost cried. My heart broke for both characters as their stories unfolded and then when you see how they come together I almost cried tears of happiness.

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that there are several traumatic events in this story and if recounts of sexual or physical abuse are difficult for you, this may not be a good book for you.

Is this a book you’d like to read? Do you like books that make you feel overly emotional or are you more of a lighthearted book reader? I generally prefer lighthearted books, but this was a great read.

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This weekend was…

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I don’t know what Dex said to him, but he looks worried.

I don’t usually do a weekend recap because although I enjoy my weekends, I don’t think many of you care what I do for most of them. Also, as my bro said over the weekend, I’ve gotten a little boring.

I do wish to tell you a little bit about my weekend though so I’ll summarize parts with a word.

Complicated. I spent a good portion of my weekend cleaning at Mehmere’s house so it can be ready for the renters. My feelings tied to her former home are difficult to express, I think because it doesn’t look, smell, or feel like her home anymore. The flower beds and gardens are gone, her collections of stuff are gone and it doesn’t even have the smell of slightly stale coffee going for it any longer.

Dirty. Saturday, I scrubbed and swept. Scrubbed and swept some more and then moved things to scrub again. I chased Brody around and through some what I hope was mud and then back to cleaning I went. I ended up a rather gross specimen of a human being. Oh this was all after sweating on the pool deck for a few hours to start the day.

Fun. I went out with my brother and ran into some family friends out for a 21st birthday party. It was a fun night out even if my dear brother told me I’d gotten boring in the last year or so and my drinks were too girly. I told him that being married, working on having a baby, and the fact that my liver/head/body don’t like me much after a couple of drinks made it less than fun to be out an about as much anymore.

I also saw a whole bunch of family this weekend when I crashed my 15 year old cousins sleep over birthday party and then popped over to Pop’s house to say hello before heading home.

Exhausting. I haven’t been sleeping well to begin with and adding to that a warm pool deck and then many hours of moving, schlepping, cleaning, visiting, and being out and about, coming back to my desk today was a welcomed break.

Good for me. I’m back to having a lot of things weighing on my mind and heart. Stuff with both jobs, some friends, and expectations for myself have left me feeling sad. Recently I feel like I’m not a good enough family member, friend, or contributor to my world and that contributions I thought I made to things over the last several years haven’t meant anything. That’s a hard pill for me to swallow.

I know that some of the things said to me most likely have more to do with the person saying them and not me or something I did or didn’t do, but they still hurt and I need to wrap my head around it. I also need to figure out if anything is valid or if I’m being too sensitive. Even if all of the icky feelings are result of disappointment in my self and not coming from those around me, they still need to be processed and dismissed. Spending hours scrubbing, catching up with family, and getting out of my own head was good for me. It’s hard to feel bad about yourself when you get the really finish scrubbing the gross off kitchen cabinets, making 15 year olds laugh, and hugging friends and family.

How was your weekend? Can you sum it up in a few words or phrases?

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Good things 2015: Week #12

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It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

After a long, but okay weekend, I’m feeling pretty gloomy so I’m doing this now to snap out of it. Here we go (in no particular order of importance or timing):

  • Google for when a member asks me a question about something at 6pm that I’ve actually never heard of before.
  • A kiddo at the pool swimming all by herself.
  • Someone you didn’t expect to see seeming genuinely happy to see you
  • A fun night out with my bro and some hometown friends
  • Seeing Brody after an especially rough morning
  • People loving their crafts
  • Connections with new coworker
  • Agreeable staff at the pool to help me out
  • Mutual Admiration Societies I belong to
  • Reminding myself I have an upcoming break to see Momma.
  • Tom working out on Blacklist ;-)
  • Three decent attempts at C25K (first was decent, second had to be done in elliptical due to time/availability, and third one wasn’t as good for distance, but I felt pretty good about it over all.
  • Comfort of old favorite songs
  • Being able to ask myself, “Does this really hurt your heart or are you being to sensitive? Will this matter next week? Next month? Next year?”

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes?

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Frank said…#103

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

I was talking about what I was going to make and take to D’Lovely and her family while she was recovering from her surgery. Frank was having a different conversation

Me: I think I’m going to save some chili for D’Lovely et al, but I’m not sure she eats ground beef.
Frank:White Castle has onion rings
Me: What? Huh? You want to take them onion rings
Frank: I was thinking about onion rings.
Court: OooohKay then.

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Friday coffee er Lunch ’15-6

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I think they like Jesus. There were more stickers on both back panels

Why hello there, thank for meeting me for lunch, my other plans got changed for an afternoon meeting. How are you today? Are you having a good week? Ours wasn’t super awesome, but it’s almost over and we’ve survived this far. Just a few more hours and tomorrow’s swim lessons and we’re out of here!

At least I am, I don’t know if Frank is staying or just dropping me off. I have to pick up my car from Momma’s house because I was driving hers while we had Brodsmontana.

Any big plans this weekend? I have some but can’t share them just yet. It’s a surprise! I am headed to Oneonta though to help put in floors at Mehmere’s old house so it can be rented for a bit until they’re ready to sell.

I also have to get ready to go to FL. I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to getting a break and to be the hell out of dodge for a bit. I’m feeling antsy, stuck and we all know that’s never a good thing. I think I’m just sick of the weather. I know, I know, I live in Upstate fricken NY so I should be used to it! Normally, I’m okay I really am,  but this winter seems to be a little rougher than usual. Maybe it’s added pressures? Maybe it’s just the winter blah? Or the fact that I just haven’t felt well for a good chunk of time now? Don’t know. I do know that some sunshine, happy faces and my beloved Daytona Flea market are sounding pretty good about now.

What are you most looking forward to this weekend?

 

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Reading more: Saving Grace by Jane Green

book squareSaving Grace by Jane Green was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through NetGalley. The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

I realized that I have a bunch of reviews started but not finished so I’m going to start posting them once a week. If you don’t like them, I invite you to go check out fun things here or find me an awesome Listverse post.

Although I was excited to be reading so much again for a bit, I hit a book slump again and haven’t been reading as much as I’d like lately. It turns out there’s only so many hours in a day. Go figure.

One I recently finished was Saving Grace, by Jane Green. She’s not one of my favorite authors (too chick lit for me) but I have enjoyed a couple of her books.

From Amazon:

Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

This was one of those books that although it was engaging and moved quickly, it wasn’t all that great in my mind. I like twists and turns, not a plot I’ve seen in Lifetime movies time and again. There were times I just wanted to scream at Grace and tell her to open her eyes and get help. I grew frustrated with her and the plot line when she didn’t get help sooner.

I did like the recipes included in the book and might try them one day.

Is this a book you’d like to read? I think I’ve decided I like a little more fantasy or weirdness to my books.

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Good things 2015: Week #11

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NotSoSweetPea sporting her Christmas gift.
I was asked to make another for a friend
because damn it, winter isn’t over yet

It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

Here we go (in no particular order of importance or timing):

  • Decent first run to start getting back into it even if my tush is a wee bit sore.  (I’m doing Couch to 5K and I started with the end of Week 2 because the first few days don’t seem to do much for me.)
  • A kiddo at the pool “swimming” underwater. (She was really just trying to kick with her face in the water, but it’s a huge step in the right direction.)
  • Supper with D’Lovely and her crew and smooshie hugs from Em and O.
  • My Board of Director understanding that the tech mishap wasn’t my doing and thinking I’m doing a great job.
  • A photo from Brody
  • Lunch with Sue between pool shifts
  • Mental hugs from afar.
  • Advil, Excedrine Migraine, and Zyrtec with a Coke to make my head less hurty.
  • Friends helping each other out
  • Dinner being ready when I get home from a long day and night at the pool.
  • Frank
  • Netflix to keep me company while I can’t sleep and/or don’t feel well. (Currently watching Leverage.)
  • News of babies, new jobs, milestones, and other great things for friends.
  • Alex Minsky‘s abs.

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes?

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