These are called "Crash Hot Potatoes". A friend of mine referred me to the recipe here, after she tried them recently. I am calling them "Crack potatoes" since you have to crack them open before you cook them in the oven and they are addictive like crack. I keep going back and nibbling on the leftovers which should be for tomorrow's lunch! Oops. So easy and delicious!!! I see these becoming a regular on my dinner table. :)
Honestly, this is the picture I intended to take yesterday, but forgot. I got home and couldn't be bothered to get dressed again and go out.... so I know, "cheater cheater pumpkin eater". Oh well, I've been pretty good so far! But anyway, look at that price! And at Kroger, you get another 3 cents off with your Kroger plus card! In just a week, the price has fallen another 12-15 cents! It's crazy. Of course, now I have a full tank, since I filled up the other day for $1.67. Damn!
People have started putting on the Christmas lights. I love it! This is honestly my favorite thing about the season and I always get sad after Christmas when people start taking them down. Since it's been a fairly good year for me, and I'm once again feeling the Christmas spirit, I will be getting my own tree to put up this weekend. :)
As much as they hurt right now, they carried me 13.1 miles this morning. Some running, some walking, but I made it. And oh yeah, the rest of me is in pain as well! Can we say stiff???? Oh well, this will remind me that I really DO need to go out for that 2 miler (or whatever it is I'm putting off at the moment!)
About the only time I ever go to our local art museum (the High Museum of Art) is when we have exhibits. They do get pretty good ones here (we've been getting rotating ones from the Louvre for the past three years) I'm looking forward to going to see this one. It just opened a week ago.
I do have to say that it was a lovely day to be downtown today. I really love being in the city and I try to enjoy it every time I get the chance to walk around down there. It's also nice to see "city stuff"- the tall buildings, crosswalks, subway, folks on the sidewalks, signs, etc.... That's what I was thinking about when I was sitting in my car waiting for the light to change (so I could get onto the highway) as I looked up and saw this sign. Then I snapped out of it in time to remember to take a picture of it for the blog! I would have saved the theme tomorrow, but since it's going to be Thanksgiving, I figured I'd go ahead and do it today!
Isn't she a beauty?? My new combo modem/wireless router! $139 later.... Stupid Comcast internet blew my router and modem this morning. They kept giving me the run around about how it was not their fault. I went out and got this new one tonight at Best Buy and got connected within a few minutes. Luckily, the guy at Best Buy was familiar with Comcast and was able to point me in the right direction! This combo one was cheaper than buying two separate ones. At least now I can stop "renting" the other one from Comcast.
One funny aside from when I went to Best Buy. Since both the modem and router wouldn't even power up anymore, I took them into the store to make sure that I wasn't just doing something wrong. As I walked up to their Geek Squad tech counter, I calmly asked if Chuck was there. You know, Chuck from the show "Chuck" who works at Buy More?? LOL The guy just said "oh, Chuck's already gone home!" I had to explain it to him! At east it calmed me down, since at this point I was livid after dealing with Comcast customer non-service!
Fun and exciting stuff at the hockey game tonight! Several fights broke out (even one involving my boy Eric Perrin!! He NEVER fights!) and I was able to capture this one using continuous shooting on my camera. I'm going to post the entire series on my facebook. I'll post a link to it here once I do. :)
After being told how easy making homemade tortillas was, I thought I'd give it a go tonight. I was going to make fajitas (with mushrooms and asparagus!). Um, yeah. These were kind of a pain. They are way too thick and I think I needed more water really to make them stick together. I tried to make them the way I saw the ladies in Honduras make them when I was there so many years ago. Apparently, it's not as easy as it looks! I thought a tortilla press was just a gimmick. I will be buying a tortilla press this weekend, I think! I never got around to making the fajitas. After all that effort, I couldn't really be bothered! I made a salad later instead.
Outside my school as I left today. It was a beautiful day, to be sure! But what happened to all the leaves? It was autumn just a week ago or so. It's starting to look more like winter every day now. At least it's not freezing cold (for the moment).
By the way, I was this close to going to the Pittsburgh-Atlanta game tonight (with killer seats!) Mandy couldn't go in the end, so I just came home and made a nice dinner instead. I will have a nice photo of hockey on Saturday, though. :)
Happiness is getting gas/petrol for $1.77 per gallon!!!!!!!!!!! I filled up (with my tank on empty/light on...) for $26! 14.6 gallons, too! Now THIS is how I can save more money for the move. Loving it!
I"m posting this space holder, since I took the photo, but the batteries died and I can't upload the picture until the batteries charge again. I will post it when they are ready....
My classroom wall, all ready for the Lighthouse Committee visit. We got all gussied up for the visitors. They never even came to visit my room, though, so it was a wasted effort! Oh well. I've piqued the 7th graders' curiosity about the project since they know that they'll have to do the same project later in the year.
I should have gone to this game!!! But my damn working schedule had me working till 7 and I wouldn't have made it till half way through the game. :( My friend was texting me major updates, including when my favorite player (you can read about it in the second paragraph of this article!) scored his first goal of the season! I can't believe I missed it. I guess this reminds me that I need to take some time for myself and things I like to do! I haven't been doing that (hardly any running, either). I can't go to the very next game as it's on Thursday night and I will be tutoring until well into start time, but Saturday I will be going! I'm already planning on seeing about arranging who's coming with me and maybe even going for dinner before or drinks after. I think I need a nice night out! :)
I got home at 5:20 today (instead of the usual 7:30 or later). So, being both sick and exhausted, this was where I spent my evening. I know, I know, put the shirt up already and straighten up those wires! You should see the coffee table that is just out of the shot to the left. :(
Yes, I know what you're thinking.. lust/bed- way too easy, right? But ah! You'd be wrong! This isn't about the bed. It's about my lovely electric blanket you see on top there. To the right is the controller, by the way. I have never been so happy about getting into bed as when I've got the blanket on the bed! It was a Christmas present last year from my parents. Best.present.ever! Saves me tons on heating bills (yay!) and is soooooooo comfy! As soon as I have the motivation, I will actually put it under my duvet and on top of the sheet. Works better that way. :)
Oh, and yes I'm a lotion freak! I don't know why, but I just love having many different varieties! There's even one there from London this summer. :)
What was I thinking? I was originally just signing up for Sunday and Thursday papers. Instead, he said he would throw in the whole week for free. I'm already 5 days behind. Oh the guilt! I will be visiting the recycling bin I suppose. :(
Guess where I got to go this afternoon. Luckily it's not strep, despite the intense sore throat. I think (and so does the doctor) that it's just a regular old sinus infection. Lovely. He gave a prescription for a z pack that I will fill if I'm not better by Tuesday. Hopefully it won't last that long. I see lots and lots of hot tea in my near future!
Ok, so it seems I needed a bit of shopping and pampering! I had fun, but my debit card is on fire I think. Ooops. It was all worth it, though! :) Plus, I discovered we have a Lush store here in Atlanta! I got some fun soap to try them out!
My attempt at capturing the cool mid-morning light reflecting in through one of the windows of my classroom. There are bushes outside the window that filter it like this and the desks just glow. No wonder the students always end up pushing this row next to the wall and window (they're actually supposed to be a couple of feet away). I don't blame them. I love the window view, too!
This is rappini. I found a recipe that calls for broccoli rabe and this is the closest thing I could find at Kroger tonight. So, I'm trying it! Pasta, (fake veggie) sausage, broth, garlic, rappini, hot pepper flakes, bit of butter, parmesan cheese and voila! Dinner! :) We'll see how it is in a few minutes....
So here's my electronic ballot! I waited 1 hr 15 to vote today. Not too bad considering what people had been waiting in other locations. Sorry for the bad quality. I was trying to take the pics on the down low without getting noticed! Guess you now know who I voted for, too..... ;)
The colors of the sunset as we drove this evening were spectacular. I wanted to take one out of the window, but at 80 mph there was just too much wind. Oh well. It was worth a try. I think we were in South Carolina by this point. I have a feeling that this route is going to get a LOT more familiar over the next year!! I already miss little Willow. I can't wait till we go back up to Virginia in December!!
Can I just say how much I love small towns?? My sister, the UGA fan, had to watch the GA-FL game. Since baby Willow (and her mom!) were sleeping, we decided to hit up the bar across the street from our hotel. I'm not an American football fan, but I am a beer fan! They have Yuengling on tap here (which up until last Monday, has NOT been available in Georgia) and we wanted to take advantage. After our first round of pints, the waitress informed us that it was now happy hour and 32 oz glasses were $2.75!! (Same price as the pints had been, which already was a bargain!) We had a good time and definitely took advantage of happy hour!!! Sadly for my sister, though, GA was smashed something like 42-10??
This is an idea I got from another website. Thought it would be fun to attempt to capture my daily life during my last year (?? at least for a while??) here in America. Objective is to take some kind of photo of some aspect of my life every day and upload it here. I will try not to have any repeats!