Cooking with Mr. Blu

January 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Wherein he does the cooking…CookingWRobert

…and I drink the wine.

My wonderful husband is, for lack of better terminology, a hobby chef.  This means I weigh at least 1 1/2 stone more than I should.  I like talking about body weight in terms of “stones” because it doesn’t seem as much as “pounds”, makes me feel a little less guilty about going in for that 2nd slice of cake.  ;)

Tonight he’s creating something with chicken and Italian spices. These photos are actually from last night and that chicken right there has been marinating ever since.  I love it when he creates.  I will probably never lose this weight though, lol.

ETA 11JAN2013:  The incredibly delicious results….nom~nom~nom!


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January 1, 2013 Leave a comment

September 10, 2010.  Seems like a lifetime ago, not just two years (you might notice the huge post gaps since then).  That’s when everything caved in on me.  That’s when I posted my sad, pathetic little “woe is me” post.

Well, a lot has happened since then…some good, some bad, and though things haven’t really improved, one important thing did change.

I have gone from looking at my world like this:


to looking at it like this:


Same place, different perspective. :)

“When it rains it pours. Maybe the art of life is to convert tough times to great experiences:
we can choose to hate the rain or dance in it.”  ― Joan Marques

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Oregon Car Wash.

October 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Here comes the rain…again.

Categories: Video

RE: Clint Eastwood’s recent RNC speech

August 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Daughter: “So, that’s Clint Eastwood?”

Me: “Yep, silver screen legend, a total original.”

Daughter: “Why do they have a picture of Hugh Jackman behind him? Is he speaking too?”

Me: *face/palm*

To her point though, they really do look alike:


Categories: Politics, Random

Autumn 2011

November 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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Goin’ for a drive!

October 11, 2011 Leave a comment

There are few things in this world that Lucy loves better than “ball”.  One of them is going for a ride, which is serious business!  Wanna know how I know?  Take a look at her ears; see how they’re all plastered back and stuck to her head? We call those her “business ears” because whenever she’s wearing them like that, she means business!

However, since we have typical Oregon weather 11 months out of the year when it is more or less any one of 23 types of raining outside, we felt it was high time to get the girl some decent eye protection so she could stick her nose into the wind like a proper dog ought to be able to…even when the rain is pelting her in the face at 52 mph (which is about as fast as our 1994 Suburban gas-hog can run these days, lol).

Fortunately for Lucy, today is filled with sunshine.  Good thing her “doggles” are also sunglasses.  *heart*

Does your dog need Doggles?  Get’em here:

Categories: Lucy, My Photos

Crappy dog.

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment

No, not my beloved Lucy. One of the neighbors has a crappy dog…and guess where this neighbor likes to let it crap…?

For what seems like weeks I had been finding mysterious “piles” on my front lawn and yeah, I know my yard is not the nicest one on the block but just because I have a bit of crab grass and clover this does not designate my yard as the local canine dumping station! I mean, WHO DOES THAT???  Let’s their dog crap in a neighbor’s yard and just LEAVES IT!!?!

So not too long ago I was able to catch this neighbor in the act…or rather, it was the dog I caught mid-poo while the neighbor stood sheepishly nearby hoping to blend into the bushes.

I’ve seen him around the neighborhood a lot.  He’s an older retiree with a  fluffy, medium sized lapdog and I had already half suspected he was the culprit for about the previous month or so but couldn’t prove it, so I shouted out in a very friendly tone, “Good morning!”

He waved an embarrassed little wave and quietly said “good morning” back.

I said, with a little grin, “Hey…uh…you aren’t gonna just leave that there, are you?” And just stared at him, daring him to not answer me.

He starts patting his pockets…of course, someone who allows their dog to just go anywhere is not going to be prepared to “pick up” after their dog’s impromptu “deposit”.  He stammers, “Well, I would if uh…”

I smile brightly and say, “OHHH!  Do YOU need a baggie?!?  STAY RIGHT THERE! I’ll go get you one!” And I saunter into the house knowing this person knows he’s been caught, can’t just leave now without looking like a total asshat, and has to wait for me to bail him out of his ineptitude and self-serving stupidity by supplying him with something he knows he should have always had with him anyway.

A couple of minutes later, I stroll leisurely back out and hold it out for him and wait. He takes it, kinda looks at me with a “do you really expect me to pick that up” kind of look which got an immediate reactive expression from me which fairly shouted “HELL YES! I expect you to practically lick my lawn clean, jerk!” but then I smiled too so, it was all polite and stuff. He bends down and scoops his dog’s crap off my lawn, into the baggie,  and then has the audacity to look at me all “now what?”.

I handed him a couple of extra baggies and said to him, “I’ve got a garbage bin just over there, please feel free to use it if you need to.  I can take it for you this time though, since I’m here.”  I smiled my happiest “thank you for being an actual human and not a total douche bag” smile and walked his dog’s crap to my bin, which, you have to admit was rather magnanimous of me considering the situation. *smirk*

Just before I got into my car and just before he was past my yard, I said, “Thank you!!  I hope you have a wonderful day!”  I got a tip of the hat and an awkward “you too” and that was that.

Funny how I haven’t seen him since.  Also interesting there have been no more “mystery piles” in my yard.

GOTCHA! SUCKA! Winner is me. Ha!

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