Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Why Hello There! Wherever Have You Been?

Let me take you back.  Back to time when I was most excellent at journaling my life on this little blog.  Back to a time before I went to Orlando.  Back to a time when I seemed to have just that.  Time.

Whatever has happened?  Louis was asking me, just last night, what was I writing about lately.  He asked if I had told everyone about his visit to Marilyn Monroe's to play with Henry.  He asked if I had told everyone that he would be going back to daycare because his tail was healed.

I was embarrassed to tell him that I had told no one anything.  In far too long....


I'm going to do a quick overview today to bring us all up to date through last Friday.  I'm lacking the pictures that I want to share from the weekend, and that's just not good for anyone involved.  Pictures make everything so much more colorful.  And...well, real :)

So, Before I left for Orlando I had some lovely ladies that I used to work with for the "big bad healthcare system" over for lunch.  I was off on that Friday (2 Fridays ago), and I prepared the Greek Turkey Meatballs with Skinny Tzatziki Sauce that I learned about from Gina's Skinny Recipes that I told you about HERE.  They were a HUGE success.  Yay!


Then, that very same evening we all went to Daisy's house to make pizza's on......get ready....THE GRILL!  What?  Yes.  The grill.  I dare say that my personal grill pizza may be the best pizza I've ever had in my life.  Including when I was in Italy.  Just sayin. 

I can't find a picture to show you, but I'll tell you that Daisy made this fabulous dough and then chilled it, and then separated it into little balls.  Then, she rolled the dough into little 8" pizzas and cooked the dough most of the way on the grill. 

(these aren't ours, but looked pretty much the same!)

When everyone was ready to eat, they simply picked up a pizza crust and piled on anything and everything they wanted.  Daisy had a HUGE spread, and it was so much fun!  I put all types of neat toppings on mine, and even got a wee bit experimental :-o  Then, back onto the grill for a few minutes to warm everything up. Sooo delish!

(kindove like this...)

(and, kindove like this...)

The next day TEN's mother came to town for a visit!  We watched The Preakness with her, and enjoyed a lovely dinner and some cocktails.  She was only in for part of Sunday, and she loves her grand-pup, so I left Louis with TEN Saturday night. 

It's always so hard for me to leave him.  I worry that he will "need" me.  I am his mummy, after all.  And I text TEN constantly while I'm away, trying to reassure myself that Louis is fine.  And then I get messages that have pictures that say "Hi Mommy!", like this:



...and I know I've just been over reacting.  And then I feel silly :( 


Anyway.....

Off to Orlando!

I didn't take many pictures while I was there, and those that I did were on my blackberry or on TEN's camera!  I did take a video, but that is also on TEN's camera.  We'll have to circle back for that later this week :)

The big excitement was that every day at 11am the Peabody Ducks march from the penthouse elevator to the center lobby, where they swim in the fountain all day.  Then, every day at 5pm they march from the fountain back to the penthouse elevator.  So freakin cute!  Here are some pics from my blackberry:







They play the silliest music during the whole event, and let me just say that I highly recommend it if you are ever in Orlando.  You don't have to stay at the Peabody Hotel to participate.  And they have a bar right there.  I mean really...how can anyone say no to cocktails and prancing ducks?

And then....

I got a text message.  Asking which Peabody Hotel I was staying at.  And I replied "Orlando".  And then I was asked if TEN was with me.  And I said "no, why?"  And then I ended up having drinks with the ex.  But it wasn't scandalous.  Just odd.  Really, really odd.  That he was there.  BUT...it was for his company.  Not because he's a stalker by any means.  He's actually a really nice guy.  But it still weirded me out a little bit.  I mean seriously...what are the chances? 

And of course I texted TEN to tell him.  Because that's just how I am.  Smalltown, VA is so small that I was quite sure if I hadn't texted TEN he would have known within a few hours anyway.  It's amazing, really.  But that is how it is.  AND..just for the record...I would have told him anyway.  Because I can't keep something like that from someone I love.  It's just not right.  And he ran into his ex one time in Richmond.  And he told me.  So we're honest like that and stuff.  It's nice :)

So, back to me....(hahaha), my flight out of Orlando was rather late in the evening.  I had checked out of the hotel, and had nothing but time to spare.  Whatever shall I do?  Hmmm....


Excellent suggestion.  Thank you very much.

And then...

I got home. Let's just skip Thursday.  It was super busy at work and at home and I'd rather just forget that day.  Nothing bad, per se...just exhausting.

And then...

I was off on Friday :)  I love this being off every Friday thing.  It's quite lovely. 

I chose to do a bit of extreme couponing on this chosen Friday.  I didn't buy a thing that I didn't have a coupon for.  I saved over 50% on both of my shopping trips.  I bought deodorant for $.25.  I bought bar-b-q sauce for $.50.  I bought worcestershire sauce for $.50.  I bought mustard for $.75, and I bought all of these seasoned rices for $.25.  I have more body wash than I could ever possibly use, and my "stock pile" is looking grand. 

What is a stockpile, you ask?  Here, let me show you mine:




Certainly nothing like what you see on TV, but it's just the perfect size for me :)  I'm going to head out again this week to see what else I can find.  I think I have a problem.  Like an addiction.  But I'm rolling with it.  For now.

And THAT's it folks. 

For today.

I'll be back tomorrow with Westie Wednesday & the Weekend Update :)

Hopefully I can get caught up with YOU now!

T

13 comments:

Dee Stephens said...

OMG T! You have drank the kook-aid with extreme couponing. Brad and I watched that show a week ago and I couldn't freaking believe the shit people stockpiled.
You are killing me!
The pizzas have got to be a blog post.
I need Daisy's recipe because that is so up my alley.
And.. the ex thing. I'm the same way with Brad.
Nothing but honesty.
Also, I've seen the ducks in Memphis but not Orlando. Cuteness.

MCW said...

I wish I had the space to extreme coupon! I get excited when I save .50 cents.

Jess said...

You are just always so busy!! Love how much fun you're always having though.

Pizza on the grill actually sounds truly delicious..may have to try that one.

Annie said...

Pizzas on a grill - umm hello! We need the recipe! Glad you're back!

Kori Donahue said...

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Miss Sweet Tea said...

Welcome back!

We grilled pizza last night for the first time ever...DELISH! It was seriously so good!

Can't wait for the weekend update!

Ann said...

well I'm glad to see you got some time to chill in all that busyness.

Hoke said...

I love those pictures of you! YOu look just like me...and I think we have that same couch...isn't it comfy!!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

Those grill pizzas look delicious!

The City Boy said...

yay you are back!

that is so weird about your ex...i always end up seeing people i dont want to see places. For example: going to new york this weekend and my "ex bestfriend" is going to be there at the same time??

The City Boy said...

yay you are back!

that is so weird about your ex...i always end up seeing people i dont want to see places. For example: going to new york this weekend and my "ex bestfriend" is going to be there at the same time??

The City Boy said...

yay you are back!

that is so weird about your ex...i always end up seeing people i dont want to see places. For example: going to new york this weekend and my "ex bestfriend" is going to be there at the same time??

The City Boy said...

yay you are back!

that is so weird about your ex...i always end up seeing people i dont want to see places. For example: going to new york this weekend and my "ex bestfriend" is going to be there at the same time??