Project 52 – Week 35

August 23, 2012 § 3 Comments

The Woman That Saved Me

Graduation day, 19 year old me
My son had just turned three

Two years earlier I was alone and unsure
Struggling but trusting my intentions as pure

I sought a way to make good and do right
And before long I had an angel in sight

The woman that saved me
Is as mild mannered as they come

Well, after all, she is a Nun

But not typical, in any way, shape or form
Sister Betty Ann was definitely not the norm

But she always got the job done
She always made her point and got her way

At the very end of the day

The woman that saved me
Built a school where I could go
When I was 18 with a toddler in tow

And when she spoke with me
She always encouraged the best I could be

She was also an English teacher and liked my poetry
She always told me I should keep at it

The woman that saved me


Organizing is Habit Forming

August 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

It seems lately that I can’t walk into a room in my house without noticing the clutter and dust bunnies. I think with all the recent renovations I’ve accidentally trained myself to pick up on mess right away.  *sigh*  I’m pretty sure I was happier in my oblivion.

Nevertheless, our on-line business was suffering as a result of the chaos and lack of organization. Purchase orders and shipping labels were getting lost, packing supplies were all over the house stuffed in random corners and frankly, it was costing us money.

So this weekend Hubby and I got down to it and tackled a good chunk of our home office.

This is part of my desk before…

And this is after…

The rest of my desk before…

And the rest of my desk after…

This is our printer station before…

And the printer station after…

There is still Hubby’s desk and another set of shelves that need purging and organizing but we did add a much needed filing cabinet to the space and for now this will make a huge difference in our productivity level.

I’m beginning to wonder what I’ll do with myself once I’ve organized every room in the house. Well, I guess there’s always my novel.


Project 52 – Week 33 (I think)

August 10, 2012 § 5 Comments

A Novel Idea

I wondered how long I could ignore
I wasn’t sure I would last a day

Let alone a week, a month
But it’s been over a year

Since I put away
A story I started so long ago

Always believing it a novel idea
Always happy when I was working on it
Always wanting to just finish it

Food is NOT Fun! – A Rant with A Recipe

August 2, 2012 § 4 Comments

Seriously, does that head of cauliflower look like a barrel of laughs? Will it, at any moment, crack a really funny joke or break out into a silly song and dance? No, right?

So why do advertisers feel the need to describe food as “fun”?  Food is necessary, tasty and, for some, even fun to prepare. But by itself, just sitting there, the last word that would come to mind to describe it, is fun. How silly. Worse yet, the word fun is most often used to describe prepackaged, loaded with preservatives and chemicals and totally unhealthy snacks or meals marketed to kids.  And that’s not silly at all, it’s a darn shame.

From the ridiculous singing wheat cereal to people breaking out in a highly choreographed dance routine while eating a chocolate bar, marketers are trying to create and sell an idea that wouldn’t otherwise exist in reality. So what else is new? (Believe me, you don’t want to get me started on anti-aging products aimed at women of *ahem*, a certain age.)

My question of why is mostly rhetorical.  I know that what they’re trying to do is sell their snake oil product. They know this shit is bad for you, they know that their regular consumption leads to health problems and lends to the ever growing issue of obesity. Still they peddle the idea that this *insert pretty much anything sold in the middle aisles of any grocery store* is really crap in pretty wrapping but hey, it’s fun, fun, fun. Meh, it’s the bottom line that counts, right?

Thankfully though, the trend of people being conscious about they are putting into their bodies is growing just as fast as people’s waistlines.

Food is NOT fun. Especially healthy food, like veggies. I mean, really, is there anything more boring than a head of cauliflower? YAWN.  But good food IS good for you and if cooked well can taste really yummy.

Case in point, this recipe.

Roasted Cauliflower (of course!)

1 small or 1/2 a large head of cauliflower chopped into bite size pieces
2 tblsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tblsp of finely chopped garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat Oven to 350F

Spread cauliflower in a shallow baking pan
Drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle with garlic, salt and pepper
Stir to incorporate

Bake for 15 to 20 mins (stirring part way to avoid sticking) or until cauliflower starts to brown just a little.

That’s it. If you think you don’t like cauliflower, I dare you try this recipe and see if you don’t change your mind.



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