Monday Listicles

Here we go again. Monday fun day.

I just completed back to school shopping. For my son, not me. Although I was tempted to buy myself a new backpack since I would actually be the one going BACK to school. Then I realized that dropping your kid off doesn’t count as going to school and further more does not require a backpack. So I kept it in my shopping cart just in case. That’s right, I did not actually leave my house during this incredibly exhausting shopping ordeal. Does anyone still do that?!? Cause that’s why Amazon was invented you know…

Anyhow, all is well that ends well and this week my husband ( who also the official sponsor of the above mentioned shopping spree ) decided we should write a list about food. I rewarded him with the opportunity to write his own and have it published while I shoe shop. So this list is entirely brought to you by my spousal unit.

Next week 10 ‘OH NO YOU DIDN’T’ MOMENTS. Let’s make each other laugh!

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1. Home made pasta sauce (it’s the sauce that makes the pasta)

2. Grilled pork chops with mashed potatoes

3. Colombian chicken potato soup

4. Home made lasagna (extra bonus… Reheated for lunch the next day)

5. Pizza from our local Italian restaurant

6. Poached eggs with toasted muffins and caramelized Pancetta

7. A Sunday Roast with roasted vegetables and Yorkshire pudding

8. Ravioli with Brussels sprouts and bacon

9. Grilled Salmon with brown rice and steamed vegetables

10. Paella

Zero (before the #1) Brinner (breakfast at dinner time)!

Monday Listicles

Have you heard of places with no internet and no cell reception?

Seriously, they exist. We went on a skiing vacation in one of the best resorts our beautiful state has to offer this week. Amazing time, amazing place, great skiing. But NO twitter, facebook, Instagram, blogging! I could not google things and we called from a landline every morning to check the snow conditions on the mountain. In case you are unsure what house phone looks like:

Because it was the first time ever for my 5 year old son to see me use it!

Anyhow I taught Little J how to ski and play chess without an app and Big M found a bear without google maps. My husband did not irritate me in the least and we actually had a great time. So for this week’s listicle, chosen by The Bonny Bard I decided to narrow down 10 ways my partner’s awesome to just this past week. Cause you all already know my husband is sexy and kind and a great dad and writes my listicles for me and… So let me tell you some of the great things he did while on leave. And what makes your partner awesome?

Also due to no internet situation I am a little behind on reading your lists of 10 fantastic smells Kerry called for last week. I will catch up, promise. Thank you Kerry for a great suggestion.

Next week, how about a list of 10 things spring.

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1. He grows a great beard.

2. He walks our dog in pouring rain.

3. He does most of the cooking.

4. He let me have extra alone skiing time.

5. He cleaned out the garage.

6. He did not talk about work at all.

7. He says cool old school stuff like: Listen to your mother son!

8. He chopped wood and made a fire just for me.

9. He said my hair looks great a few times this week.

10. He really stepped up yesterday morning when I double booked myself by mistake.

Monday Listicles

Woof woof!

I had a wonderful day taking photos at a local dog shelter of adorable pups today so I am full of love and sappiness. Funny how today’s topic for Listicles, chosen by Wendy is 10 THINGS YOU THOUGHT AS A CHILD YOU WOULD DO/BE. Well I thought I was going to be a jet pilot like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, only less cocky. Didn’t work out for me, but I did marry an officer in a flight suit! Later on I fell in love with photography and today I have my own studio. Not to be presumptuous since things seem to really work out for me, but I recall dreaming about being a first female President of United States and the only thing standing in the way is a tiny little amendment to our constitution. Remember to vote for me once we have those silly rules ironed out. Where is Terminator when a girl needs one?

Before we start sharing our hopes and dreams and compare them to our grown up reality I wanted to tell you what awesomeness is in store for us next week. Ducky twitted me this

and I said sure! I might even buy myself a cute purse to follow the prompt!

Let’s get to it. I got my husband to write the list while I was at work. Isn’t he the best?

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1. Cowboy: The earliest career desire that I can remember.

2. Truck Driver (a.k.a. trucker or lorry driver): My grandfather played a big role in this as he was drove a Mack truck and would always blew the air horn for us when he left on a trip. From a little boy’s perspective that was awesome!

3. Police Officer: I wanted to be one of the good guys and fight crime. I am sure TV influenced this to a great degree. Shows like Adam-12, S.W.A.T. and CHIPS were an influence.

4. Undercover Detective: Still wanting to be a good guy and fight crime but I thought it was much cooler to wear civilian clothes and drive unmarked car. Again I am sure it was those 70’s and 80’s shows like Hawaii Five-O and Starsky and Hutch that influenced me.

5. FBI agent: I guess you can see a trend here. Anyone that can come onto a crime scene and say “this is our jurisdiction, get out or we will take it from here” plus wears suits has got to be better than a Police Officer or undercover detective. Well from a kids point of view I guess.

6. ARMY man: Still on track with the good guy v. bad guy theme. This was around the time I found out that FBI agents needed a college degree. Let me put it this way, I was not a big fan of school.

7. Dairy Farmer: I spend many of my earlier years working on a dairy farm doing various jobs (feeding baby cow calves, bailing hay, and feeding the cows) based on my size, maturity, and skills. Over the years I got to do a lot great jobs but at that age I was not able to drive the tractors, hay trucks or hook the cows to the milking machines yet. So I still desired to do those jobs which I thought was the whole “Dairy Farmer ” career package.

8. Tool and Die maker: This was my fathers career and lifelong trade. When he opened his own business I worked for him during the summer.

9. U.S. Navy Officer: In high school I joined the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) and my mind was opened to a world of possibilities (travel and adventure).

10. U.S. Navy Enlisted: Remember I was not a big fan of school! Naval Officers need a college degree and could not bear the though of more school after high school. I also learned that my grandfather and Great Uncle Victor had served in WWII and my uncle was currently in the U.S. Navy. So that was it… I enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Years later after much hard work and diligence I was selected for commissioning as a U.S. Navy Officer. Ironically the commissioning program did not require a college degree. I have since knuckled under and finished my college degree.

See, dreams do come true!