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thursday thoughts…

a few days ago the windshield of my car had an unfortunate run in with a baseball. a quick call and a quick thanks to the all glass option on car insurance polices had me set up with an appointment for a brand spanking new windshield. the window of time was 12-5pm, he was here at 11:45am. but no harm no foul. less than an hour later he had me sign the receipt and i had a brand spanking new windshield. (with instructions not to drive for two hours…) two hours up, had some errands to run, climbed into the car, started her up and looked to the right. but it didn’t look right. the trees were…wavy? kinda like a magnifying glass, but bigger. initially i told myself i was just imagining it, then i doubted myself saying it’s always been like that, then i drove on the road and realized this is so not right…so now i wait, for a replacement, and its raining…

this whole experience has opened my eyes to the wonder that is twitter. after the first experience i tweeted that i needed a new windshield but they wouldn’t replace it until four days had gone by in order to let the adhesive set, i found that odd. i got a response from @quenchmarks about windshield adhesives, in fact the avatar used says “auto glass update”. how is that possible?

i also had one tweet about my upstairs neighbor snoring and got a response from @snoringbuster suggesting i buy him the snoring buster…www.snoringbuster.com. i don’t like my neighbor, he is not getting a snoring buster from me!

i am equal parts impressed and freaked out by this recent twitter activity

but i do enjoy that the escaped cobra is still tweeting…

 

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ten on tuesday…

ohhh questions about food. i may be one of the most pickiest eaters anyone of you has ever met. if its not picky it is defiantly persnickety, but i like to think its sophisticated. once again these questions are brought to us by chelsea at roots and rings

1. What is a food that you never thought you would try, but then tried and liked?– i like to think that i would try anything once. piercings, snake handling, extreme roller coasters. but when it comes to food there are certain things i wont even try. for example; pie. lets get this out in the open once and for all…i don’t like pie. i wont eat it. i love the way pumpkin pie smells at thanksgiving and i have been told my dad makes a mean apple pie. but i wont eat it, have no desire to try it and have noticed that seems to be a theme in my life when it comes to food…

2. Do you subscribe to any foodie publications? If so, which ones? – no because then i would be required to make things from said foodie publications…thats way too much of a commitment…

3. What ingredient do you find yourself reaching for the most when you cook?– garlic. not sure if its because i am sub-consciencly worried about vampires, or that is the only gene from my italian side of the family that has manifested in me. because the second shocker is i don’t eat/like pasta…grandma fritzen thinks i hatched…

4. Are there any foods that you hated as a child, but then learned to like as an adult?– eggs. i used to avoid eggs like the plague. i can eat them now, but they have to be scrambled with cheese…

5. What do you like to eat that others may consider weird?– i love eating cheerios with syrup. its the only way i will eat syrup, i hate it on pancakes and refuse to eat french toast (its soggy)…

6. What is the weirdest ingredient you’ve ever cooked with?– i used rocks to cook a lasagna once, but they weren’t nesaccarliy in the lasagna, and well i have already established i don’t like pasta, so this answer really isn’t an answer to the question is it?

7. Do you have any major food allergies?– no, but i will tell people i am allergic to the poisonous qualities of tomatoes. because i HATE tomatoes. i realize hate is a strong word, a word that makes peoples blood boil, but that is how strong my aversion to tomatoes is…

8. Is there an ingredient that you would like to cook with, but are intimidated to try?– tomatoes…they’re poisonous….

9. Do you bake?– cookies!!!!!!!!!!!

10. If you could go on any “foodie” show to compete, which one would it be, and why?– well i haven’t really watched many, i don’t think i could smoke enough to be on hells kitchen, and i certainly don’t like being yelled at. i can bake cookies but suck at frosting things so cake boss would be out. maybe i would have to develop my own “foodie” show and call it this or that. the premise being “she wont eat her grandmothers spaghetti but she will eat chef boyardees spaghettios and meatballs…” or something along those lines…

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ten on tuesday…

hey! winter! I am done with you! just thought you should know…

now that that is out of my system, lets answer some ten on tuesday questions brought to us once again by the lovely chelsea at roots and rings, so glad to hear she beat the plague…

1.  What condiments are always, always in your fridge?– kens red wine vinaigrette, cheese (a multi-purpose item) and ketchup…

2.   How do you like your steak cooked?  Your burgers?– medium well for both. i am not a huge fan of my meat still mooing, but i certainly do not like to eat leather…or hockey pucks…

3.  What’s your favorite use for fresh tomatoes?– um…yuck…garbage filler perhaps? i have never liked tomatoes and i have tried. i love fresh mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar, but i usually pick out the tomatoes. now my husband eats the tomatoes, and loves the fresh ones with a little salt and pepper. i have only once had a fresh tomato prepared in a way that i loved, it was at a fancy restaurant in portland maine on our honey moon. maybe it was the occasion and maybe it was the tomato, but i ate it, and i liked it, and haven’t been able to replicate it since…

4.  What’s your go-to dinner when you haven’t planned anything in advance and you don’t feel like going out?– chicken patties, i know…lame…but twenty minutes later and we all have something to eat thats not too bad for us and edible….

5.  What’s your favorite snack food lately?– i don’t know if its considered snack food, but recently have i have been “snacking” on roasted cauliflower. little bit of olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, garlic and salt. i have to thank that wife for the recipe…

6.  What’s your favorite weekend breakfast to make at home? – it has taken me a long time to like breakfast but now i like it so much we even have it for dinner. the combination is eggs, bacon, potatoes and cinnamon rolls…

7.  What’s your favorite thing to grill?  How do you do it? – salmon on a cedar plank with a little seasoning…yummmmm

8.  What’s your favorite wine for under $10? If you’re not a wine person, what brand of beer is your favorite?– i have been partial to the bare foot varieties, i tend to go through phases, when its warmer outside i like a chilled pinot grigio but when its cold i like a thick red like the zinfandel or pinot noir…

9.  Give us your most delicious cocktail recipe.- i cant remember the last cocktail i had but when my bff maggie and i were in college we took a bartending (bar management to be technical) class. we felt we would do so much better if we had a fully stocked bar because, duh, we had to practice. my favorite from that class is the classic long island ice tea. i believe the final in that class was to pull a drink from a hat and make it in front of everyone, i pulled a screwdriver, aced the class…

10.  How do you like your eggs?– it took me many many many years to like eggs and they have to be scrambled with cheese. no milk, just cheese. sometimes the cheese to egg ratio is skewed to having more cheese than egg, but then again i did mention it is a multi-purpose item in the fridge…

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ten on tuesday…

its tuesday! which makes me happy! which means questions! i know i have been absent from my little corner of the internet, things have been busy? hectic? loads of changes on the horizon! in order to ease back into the  blogging thing, once again i will answer questions brought to us by the lovely chelsea at roots and rings. i am glad to see her little man is getting better and i am excited to be back here!

1. What is your cleaning style like?- if my mom read my blog, i KNOW she would respond to this question with a huge “BAHAAAA! Jen? Cleaning style?” but i assure you i clean. i clean when the spirit moves me, of course my husband just laughed after reading this question much like how i imagined my mom would laugh, but i do clean, and next to his “nonexistent” cleaning style, i think i have some style, perhaps not a fancy named style, but style none the less…

2. What is your favorite thing to add to an outfit to take it from casual to classy?- diamond earrings…its all about the earrings!

3. Do you like stormy weather?- yes. one of my favorite things about growing up in michigan was being able to watch the storm clouds build up in the distance. the place was so flat you could see storms miles off and just appreciate the raw power building and still find a safe place to cower…

4. What is your favorite cold treat on a hot day?- reeses peanut butter cup blizzards….

5. What is your favorite warm treat on a cold day?- lobster bisque…

6. Who is your favorite animated character?- that is a tough one. i LOVED cartoons growing up…oh wait…i still love cartoons. my classic favorite animated character is scooby doo, but i also hold special places in my heart for the surfs, animaniacs, tiny toons, bugs bunny, elmer fud (Kill the Rabbit) spongebob squarepants and many, many others…

7. What do you keep your jewelry in?- i have a jewelry box, two depression glass bowls and two sunflower bowls i got from the seaport a few years ago…

8. Do any of the rooms in your house have a theme?- um…no, i clean better than i decorate…run with that…

9. Do you watch any interior design TV shows – if so, what is your favorite?- i used to watch trading spaces, a LONG time ago, but then the designers got really weird, so i stopped…

10. When was the last time you did something risk-taking?- how about yesterday, when i accepted a new job…

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