Tuesday, June 29, 2010

More give away goodies

Fishing and Wishing


Here is another cool bloggy giveaway by my friend Mel from Fishing and Wishing, she is giving away a really cool hand made silver twig ring created by Michael Lionel.    Stop over at his etsy shop and check out his original silver and gold creations.... very cool! 

Then stop on over to Mel's site and check more or her cool giveaways... and don't forget to post a comment to get in on the goodies... psst... don't forget to mention you read about them here!!!!

:O)

Monday, June 28, 2010

More giveaway goodies

My friend Mel is hosting another fantastic give away over at her blog Fishing and Wishing.

This give away is from some cool art created by a Mother and Son duo that created these pieces to help her son with his autism.  Max and Me has a bunch of really cool pieces that are both not only wonderful pieces of art work, but also a medium through which Max has been able to come through and make progress with his autism.  Go and check out their site to read more about Max and to check out the cool pieces they have created.  Also if you happen to pick up any pieces, remember that  "10% of our profits are being set aside to be donated to art and autism programs."So go on and check out both Fishing and Wishing and Max and Me to see all the cool artwork a boy and his mom can create!




:0)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Stealing Meme- The Eighty Meme




This on comes from Sunday Stealing: The Eighty Meme, Part One AND I borrowed it from Smellyann....whom so graciously provide me with an outlet for more useless information about me....

Cheers to all of us thieves!






1. What curse word do you use the most?
I am partial to the f-bomb... and its numerous variations....





2. Do you own an iPod?
Yes I do, and it is currently plugged into my car stereo





3. What person do you talk to on the phone the most?
I tend not to talk on the phone too much, but I'd say my mother.





4. Do you still remember the first person you kissed?
Yes I do... J.L. at summer camp when I was in 4th grade!   REAL kiss was D.P. on our 8th grade trip to Washington DC





5. Do you remember where you were on 11/9/01?
I was at work in Worcester, I was a paralegal and I had the internet radio on, when my friend ran over and told me that the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane... we brought in a tv to the office and listened to the radio the rest of the day.





6. What was the last movie you watched?
I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button a few days ago....





7. Has anyone ever called you lazy?
Yup... sorry man I can be





8. Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep?
Nope I don't like to take unneccesary meds


9. Has anyone told you a secret this week?
Since I emailed my friend Mel my secret I'm hoping she will divulge hers to me!!!


 10. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
Smile and teeth





11. What are you looking forward to?
My mini vaca to Virginia to meet my blogosphere friend Mel, but it may be put on hold!!!  :O(




12. Do you own any band t-shirts?
I may have an Aerosmith tshirt somewhere





13. What will you be doing in one hour?
probably still sitting hear wasting time online... if not knitting.




14. Is anyone in love with you?
I like to think my husband is...





15. Last time you cried?
ummm... the beginning of this past week.




16. Are you on a desktop computer or a laptop?
Laptop




17. Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoos?
Yup... I am always wanting more tattoos... I already have 4




18. Would you ever date anyone covered in tattoos?
I have




19. What were you doing before this?
Eating dinner with Sebastian



20. When is the last time you slept on the floor?
Its been awhile... the last time I was REALLY drunk





21. How many hours of sleep do you need to function?
Ideally at least 8, but for the last two years I can function semi-normally on 4 hours...





22. Do you eat breakfast daily?
Only on the weekends...


tune in for more useless tidbits about ME!!!

:oP


More Giveaway fun from Fishing and Wishing

Here is another great giveaway from Fishing and Wishing, my friend Mel's new PR blog about all kinds of neat products...

Her newest giveaway is for $50 in Jafra products... a really great skin care line that has a little bit of everything for everyone!  So hop on over to both her blog and the JAFRA site to see the products available, then go over to Fishing and Wishing and leave a comment to enter the contest... and don't forget to mention you read about it here!

:oP 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday 9- Letters from Sky


Saturday 9: Letters From the Sky

Welcome to this week's edition of Saturday 9, hosted by Crazy Sam . Link up here if you're playing along!





1. Do you believe that we will ever be contacted by beings from another planet?
I believe that we already have been... NO I am not a crazy alien fanatic, but I find it incredibly hard to believe that WE are the only intelligent beings in the entire universe.  AND if we are.... ho humm.....





2. Have you or a family member ever traced your family tree?
I know my mom has to a point, and a distant cousin traced my mom's side back to Spanish lords or something of that nature... pretty cool...





3. Did you ever consider an acting career?
NOPE, I have a HUGE fear of public speaking so that kills that aspiration.





4. What is the funniest situation you’ve witnessed in a religious setting?
OMG I went to a hispanic christian church for a while and the funniest thing I saw was people being "filled" by the Holy Spirit... I seriously couldn't hold my laugh in... btw I am sooo not trying to offend any christians that may be reading this post, I am catholic and this was way more "lively" than what I am used to.





5. What's the first movie you remember ever seeing in a theater?
I remember seeing Rocky II, I think I was like 5 or 6... but I fell in love with Rocky!





6. What's the most difficult confession you've ever had to make?
Personal... but it was difficult.



7. What is a city that you have visited and hated?
None that I can recall





8. Has anyone in your life been "they one who got away"?
Yup





9. Why do you think the 10 foot duck walked into the bar on Thursday Thunks?
WHAT????


HAPPY SATURDAY!!!!
:o)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Watch As We Walk On Our Way

I am WAY behind again on posts... but once you read all that I have to post about you'll see why!







First this is Isabel's official transfer from Elementary school into Middle School....waaaaaaahhhhhh!!!  When did my little girl get so big??  I can't believe that she is old enough to be going to 6th grade... I feel like only yesterday I was taking her to kindergarten. 

So on Thursday June 7th, Isabel's 5th grade class had a graduation ceremony... filled with awards, music, song and a snazzy dvd montage of the end of the year events for the 5th graders.  It was really nice.  The theme  "Watch As We Walk On Our Way"  symbolic on the kids moving onto the 6th grade and moving onto another school... quite sad as many have been here since kindergarten. 



See very nicely set up in the school's gymnasium... it had a really graduation feel... not a cheesy here's your report card, good luck next year.

Like I said, many awards were handed out to students, UNFORTUNATELY  Isabel decided to slack the last semester of the year and got STRAIGHT C's!!!!  WTF  I was livid.... Ok, yes I understand that she passed, and that a "C" is average... but honestly who strives for their child to be JUST AVERAGE? Not I... so although I am happy she passed the school year, I was very upset that she did not do her best.  Especially since at mid term she was all B's and 2 C's... and in 3rd term had ALL B's!!!    So I have told her she is getting prepped all summer for better homework skills and school skills.  I am making her read one hour a day, she must complete at least 1 book a month, which she will have to tell me about in a book report.  AND we will be doing at least 30 minutes of math work every day as well. 

I know she is on summer break, but seriously people... school is not gonna get any easier, and if I can't get her to be more diligent about doing her work and taking pride in it what is she going to do next year when they give her a lot more??


I know the pic isn't the best, but here she is getting her Certficate of Acheivement for passing into the 6th grade.  That's the Principal and V.P. shaking hands with her.



After all were awarded their certificates, the entire 5th grade class seranaded us with a musical number... don't ask what they sang because I can't for the life of me remember today!



More singing....



Posing with Carlos and the baby... (Tyler was in class :o( so he wasn't at the ceremony)



Proud Momma... and yes she is taller than me... she was gracious enough to slouch for the pic! 
(wise arse!!!)



Celebrating with her friend Mya



Finally a picture with Mr. Burns... the vice principal


So that was the ceremony, I thought it was great, although I was a little sad at Isabel's final performance... but we are gonna change all that this summer!

:o)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

More Giveaways!

Who doesn't love a great give away... especially if you win... and win I want!  (does that even make sense?)

Any ways, hop on over to Mel's Fishing and Wishing blog to check out her latest give away for some really nice glass bead jewelry.  Also check out main site ... Zapata Designs on Etsy to check out her other creations.

Don't forget to comment and make sure you say you read about it here!

:0P

Here.... fishy, fishy, fishy....

Don't ask!

But check out the give away on Mel's new PR blog for a coool necklace!!! 

Here are the links:

http://lizzysends.blogspot.com/2010/06/kiping-and-such.html

http://beccascontestlist.blogspot.com/2010/06/gymbohannahs-chunky-silver-skull-dice.html

and of course there is always Mel's new blog.... here.....http://notsofishyreviews.blogspot.com/2010/06/giveaway-gymbohannahs-chunky-silver.html

check it out!!!!

:oP

Friday, June 18, 2010

Garden Project update- week 4

I haven't posted any pics of the garden lately, mostly because it seemed to be the same as the day before... but with all the rain we have picked up over the last week my veggies have been growing!  Granted this picture is about 4 days old now, but I'll take new ones later today when I go and water and weed the garden again.





As you can see, my zuchinnis (spelling?) area growing at lightning speed... I'm thinking there isn't enough room in the box for them... but I'm gonna try trellising them... I'll let you know how that goes.

The cukes in the middle are coming along, although I don't understand why some are much smaller than others...

I've thinned out the beets and carrots... on the pic above beets are on the right and carrots on the left.



Can you see the lettuce up on the front left???  They are actually looking like mini lettuce plants!

On the right front, I thinned out the brocolli (spelling?)  plants and they are loving the extra room to grow....

I'm so proud of myself... I love the fact that all that I planted actually grew and I can now point out ALL veggies and not just point to a patch of dirt and say "this is where the lettuce will grow"

My tomotoes have started to bloom, beautiful yellow flowers... I'll post those pics tomorrow!

:o)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'm soooo behind

I just realized that I didn't post at all last week!  Wow... and I had a bunch of stuff that I kept saying to myself "I gotta post this on my blog"... oh well... thus is the story of my life.  So I will cram all my interesting happenings into this one post.  Grab your coffee and a snack, and get ready!

First of all  I FINALLY FINISHED TYLER'S SWEATER!!!!  Yeaaaaaaaa meeeee!!!!!


This is my first time making such a complicated cable pattern... I like it...


Here is a little closer look at the cables...


Yes, I know it took me something like 4 months, but seriously its hard to find time to knit when I have a baby yanking at my yarn, stealing my needles, crying for my attention, Tyler and Isabel needing my attention, and oh yeah, homework to do as well.  Now that I think of it, I'm proud of myself for actually finishing it!  So I presented the boy with his sweater and can I say he has got to be one of the sweetest people on this earth... he couldn't thank me enough and he proceeded to put it on and try it right away, even though it was like 85 degrees out!

Can you see his sweaty head?!  He is too funny.

BUT the important thing is he loved it and it fit!  He also told me that he was intending to wear it to school the next day... um sorry bud, it's gonna be like 90 degrees, no sweater!


So on Tuesday, Isabel had a Mother Daughter tea party at her school... the first in the 3 years she has been attending Johnny Appleseed Elementary.  It sound interesting, even though it was 90 degrees out and I was sweating like a pig!  I love all those events though, I feel that they create memories that last a lifetime, and if I have to sweat a little so that we creat wonderful memories, then so be it!

So I freshened up as best I could so I wouldn't smell like a smelly, sweaty mess... and off to the school I headed.  I arrived and was told to find a seat in the jam packed cafeteria... but at least I was lucky enough to get a spot near the back where they had the doors open.  Then the principal started his speech, thanking us mothers and thanking the kids... most of all the 5th graders that would be leaving the school this year.  Then out came my baby....



The theme of the tea party was "Fairy Wishes and Dreams"... all the girls had princess crowns and wands, very cute!







Can you believe how big she is!!!


Yes, I am a hamm and YES I had to wear the crown, because I can...

We had a great time, apparently the tea had a dual purpose which was to bring awareness to some syndrome that I had never heard of before of which one of the school's students suffers from.  They had a donation basket for those that wished to donate to the finding of a cure... I wish I remembered the name of the syndrome, but it was week ago!!!



I love taking Bel's pic in profile... I think she has a beautiful profile...

Wednesday it was rainy and crappy... typical New England weather... and off to Isabel's softball game we went...  they did not do good at all!  Poor things lost 16-3!!!!  It was awful!!!  The other team's pitcher looked like she should be in highschool and pitched with blinding speed!!!  At one point I heard one of Isabel's team mates say "how do they expect us to hit that???"  It was sad.

So no pics of the game nor the players, but I did get a pic of Sebastian eating cheetos...



this boy likes his cheetos!!!

On saturday the coach had a 2 hour practice to work on the girls' catching skills, play skills and hitting skills.  Apparentlly it worked because on saturday the girls one against the best team in the league, 10-7!!!  Go Tigers!!!!




I lied apparently I did take a pic of Isabel on base... she got this run in, the one that put them on top!!!

So on Friday I felt like some chowda... yummm... so I went to the store early and picked up the needed ingredients and made a big pot o'chowda...



Can  tell you, this was some damn good chowder!  I wish you could taste and smell it... but no wonkavision here!

Oh and lastly I discovered, after 25 years of living in this same town, that there is a few dairy farms in the area and one of which sells its milk, as well as products from other local farms!!!





So I wandered in, but since there wasn't a lot of veggies available yet, I picked up some milk, cheese and strawberries



Yes, I took a drink of milk before   took the picture... but I couldn't wait!!!  1% milk, but it was so delicious and creamy!  I can't wait to go back.

So there you have it... that was my week... oh wat on Thursday I went to the auto auction with Carlos annd we picked up two cars. A 1994 Infiniti I30  and a 1995 Acura Legend L...yes the are old BUT they are in great condition and NICE.  I don't have pcs but I'll post soon... oh yeah and I rode a mechanical bull at the auction!!!  yeeeehaaaw!!!!

That's all, I'm sure you've had enough, so I'll be back later!!!

Chao baby....  :o)

Friday, June 11, 2010

THREE MILKS CAKE (TORTA DE TRES LECHES)

I was just looking over my HUNDREDS of emails that I have in my inbox this morning, and came to one of my most favorite emails that I just can't wait to open when I see. I get regular emails for My Colombian Recipes, a blog by Erica, a colombian woman living in the US where she posts daily recipes of typical colombian dishes, and her own recipe creations based on colombian dishes with her own twist.  I LOVE to make colombian dishes, and my menu is basically limited to those dishes I grew up with, or have been taught to make by various members of my family.  So when I found this blog of course I was gonna follow it!

So this morning I opened my email, just waiting to see what yummy recipe she would be sharing today... and lo and behold, a recipe for a treat that has come HIGHLY recommended by my cousin...







Doesn't it look heavenly?  I myself have never had this cake, but I have had others when I've visited my family in Colombia, and let me tell you they have some damn good baked goods there!

So, this will be my next creation... well after my dad's wife's birthday cake that I have to bake tonight for her birthday party tomorrow... BUT I will make this cake next week!  So make sure to check back for my critique of my own attempt at Torta de Tres Leches...

:o)



Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Garden Project- week 2





My garden is coming along superbly!!!! I am sooooo excited! I am gonna start by posting pics of the garden the day I planted the seeds a week ago....






These are the seeds... yes there is a ton.. I know.  BUT I managed to plant all but the watermelon, cabbage and an extra packet of tomatoes...

I went and gots to planting...



I think I already posted some of these, but oh well... my memory sucks and I don't feel like verifying.  Consider it a rerun to put you up to speed...







I vaguely remember posting this one...

but this is what it looked like once the seeds were planted... pretty unassuming



These are the strawberries two days after planting...

but just four days ago they had grown to this...



And, I know that today they will be larger still!  I can't wait until they start to bloom...



The blueberries already have a bunch of berries... I'm working on getting them in better shape than what I found them in.



Here is a broccoli seedling... circa last monday...



Can you see the rows starting to sprout?  The vertical ones on the far end are zucchini, summer squash and acorn squash... the horizontal row in the middle are cucumbers... and the near end has beets and carrots but those you can't really see in this picture.


here is a better pic of the cukes...



and a close-up of the zukes...


Monday these were ALL much larger, but I didn't have my camera with me when I was watering the garden so no pics, but since I will need to water them again this afternoon I will post more pics tonight.

My sister claims I am a bit obsessive with the garden, but I feel like a little kid every time I run to the garden and see that the plants have grown just a bit more than the day before!  That, and I can just imagine harvesting all that yumminess and I get all excited!

So check in later to see today's progress on the garden.

:oP

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sunday Stealing- Just Because meme

Sunday Stealing: The Just Because Meme


Visit Sunday Stealing to check out more cool memes... I snagged this beaut from Mel... Like I always do! and its not like you don't like finding out more useless information about me!!!!




1. Make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up.


carousel of gel pens
my bromeliad my hubby gave me for mother's day
Sebastian's toys ALL OVER the living room floor
Tyler eating a banana


2. How do you style your hair? How often do you cut it?


au natural... I don't do anything to it except some leave in conditioner... it's naturally curly


3. What are you wearing now?


blue cotton sun dress




4. What's your occupation? Do you like it?


Stay at home mom for the time being... and I love it!!!  I know I can't do it forever, but I wish I could.


5. When was the last time that you took a nap? Was there a special reason?


About an hour ago.. and it was too short... Not feeling good toay




6. Who was the last person you hugged romantically?

Well, my husband, of course.....drrrrrrrr




Ummmm  #7 is apparently missing


8. What was the last full meal that you ate?


My sweet hubby made shrimp and pene alfredo for lunch/dinner (linner?  dunch?)




9. What was the last email that you received?


spam... I get a ton of it!




10. What one website do you always visit when you go online?

Besides email, that would be Facebook....yup me too!






11. What was the last significant thing you bought?


Milk... Tyler loves his milk




12. What musical artist did you not get at first, but then became a fan?


good question.... I'm not really sure....




13. What do you think about before you go to bed last night?


OMG its like 1 am and I have to get up tomorrow to get the kids on the bus.




14. What was the last CD you bought?


haa haaa haaa!!!  I think the last time I bought a cd was almost 10 years ago!!!!




15. What is your favorite weather, and why? What's the weather like today?


I like sunny and semi-hot.... beach weather!  Today is icky muggy and not to sunny... but crappy hot.


16. If you could have a special artistic talent, what would it be?


I am good at knitting and cooking


17. Did you watch the Idol 9 finale? If yes, what are your thoughts?


ummm... What??? I hate American Idol..........PLEASE DON'T HURT ME!!!




18. What's something you'd like to say to someone right now?


stop being so damn selfish.....




19. Any special plans for this (holiday in the States) weekend?


cookout at my dad's.... just like every other weekend.


20. Besides your current S/O, who was the last person whom you loved romantically?


that would be my LAST S/O... drrrrr stupid question
 
 
SOOOO there, now you know a few more useless tidbits about me.... I hope you use the information wisely.
 
:o)