Cirque du Soleil La Nouba

Pete surprised me yesterday by asking if while we are in Disney World we can go to Cirque de Soleil! Well of course we can! Disney’s version is done by the same company that does Las Vegas’s version. The show is called La Nouba! I am so excited that Pete was doing research and found out about this. He is starting to get excited about the trip I had to twist his arm to take!

Weekend

I am so happy this weekend is almost here! I am watching Ryleah this weekend and have Birthday Party to go to! I need some R & R and some clean clothes.

Crazy Weekend

This weekend was wonderful! I watched Jodi’s kids for her while her and her husband went to Ocean City! It was a lot of fun, we had a few snags with the grandmother, but all in all it was great. Usually the Grandmother watches the kids on Wednesday and Thursday and I go Friday after work and stay til Sunday (we have been doing this for years, this same week of September). Well apparently this year she had memory lapses or something. First she stayed for dinner Friday and stayed even after the kids and I went to my house and to the store. Saturday she insisted on picking Lauren up for soccer and driving her. I stayed home and packed our picnic lunch. After soccer the grandma came in and fooled around and ended up staying for hours doing stuff at the house. We on the other hand went to Cunningham Falls. What a GREAT TIME! Dakoda and Crystal joined us and we just had a ball. The kids loved the lake. Afterwards we came home and played. Well the grandmom asked if she was staying Saturday night??? I said nope I am here. She also asked me if I wanted me to take the kids to Sunday School, the next day. I said I could take them, no problem. Saturday night Lauren and I watched movies and fell asleep. Sunday morning the kids were up so flipping early! 6:30am EARLY! We had breakfast and got dressed and ready for Sunday School. Well the Grandmom called and Lauren answered and the GM asked if she needed to take the kids again (NO!) so Lauren told her we would drop the kids off cause we were going to the store while they were at Sunday School. Well the GM flipped and started yelling and screaming because Lauren wasn’t going to church. She hates church and her mom and the GM forces her to go. But she had permission to not go, from her parents, this week and the GM knew this. So after yelling at Lauren for 10 minutes, she gets on the phone with me and says to me (yelling now…at me!) Can’t you wait until after church to go to the store, I said yeah sure, then she said Lauren has to go to church, I said Ok, then here is the kicker, she told me I should go to church! I said, I am NOT going to church (I still have a church problem since my mom died), then the GM tells me I am a bad influence on Lauren and I am the reason she doesn’t want to go to church! I said ok and hung up. I told Lauren to call her Mom and if she said Lauren had to go, then I would take her and she had to go. Then Lauren called her mom and her mom said again she didn’t have to go. So I am pissed off, because I make this child be polite, I make her talk nicely to her GM and I never have expressed my views on Church/God to Lauren. I believe in God and I go to church on Christmas, Easter, Weddings, etc. But I don’t see where sitting in church for an hour makes this crazy lady any better of a person then me! I am a good person who doesn’t do wrong things! I respect people (if I didn’t I would have laid into this jealous women!) and treat them right! So I am mad! But all in all Lauren didn’t go to church and I didn’t make her “do the right thing” (whatever), instead I took her and bought her a cell phone! LOL But we talked about it and she told me she thinks church is boring and that is why she doesn’t want to go, she told me she doesn’t like being forced to go! She is 14 years old…almost! But we went to Friendly’s and the park yesterday (after Sunday School) and had a great time.

Happy Birthday

My Mom would have turned 62 years old today! It’s weird to know that if she was alive she could get the senior citizen discount at restaurants, my mom was always way younger then her years and was never “old”! I miss her so much! She was so full of life. She is defiantly missed!


Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Lisanne! Lisanne is such a great person and a really good friend. Although I have only met Lisanne once in person, I think of her as a friend. I miss our old LONG talks in messenger, but we keep up with emails and through our blogs. She really helped me through one of the worst times of my life and I am so grateful! She is a great listener and a pretty good problem solver! SO head on over and wish her a Happy Birthday!

Dinner

I made this for Dinner last night and it was wonderful!

Chicken with Wild Mushroom and Balsamic Cream Sauce Recipe

This recipe is a modern take on the ol’ Cream of Mushroom Chicken. This one is more healthful and almost as easy as pouring that condensed, salty mass out of a can. It will heal a long day!

Salt
1/2 pound orzo pasta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 6 ounces
Pepper
2 tablespoons butter
12 cremini or baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
12 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
12 white mushrooms, sliced
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon thyme leaves, a couple of sprigs, chopped
2 large shallots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, eyeball it
3 tablespoons heavy cream or half-and-half, a couple turns of the pan
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, a generous handful

Heat a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and add orzo pasta. Cook to al dente.
Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper and add to the hot skillet. Cook the chicken for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan and cover with foil to keep warm.

Return the skillet to the heat, turn heat back a bit, and add the butter. Once the butter melts add the mushrooms and brown stirring occasionally for about 4 to 5 minutes. Once the mushrooms are brown season with salt and pepper then add the garlic, thyme and shallots. Cook stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes or until the shallots are wilted. Sprinkle the flour into the pan and cook 2 minutes more. Whisk in the stock, balsamic vinegar and the cream. Turn the heat up to high and simmer for about 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice the chicken on an angle. Add the parsley and the chicken back to the skillet to heat up, about 1 minute.

To serve, pile orzo on dinner plates and top with the sliced chicken and sauce.

Fat Girl

Ok, I am going to admit something I usually don’t talk about. I am a fat girl, pleasantly plump, rubenesque, overweight whatever you want to call it. I never talk about it, because to me it is a moot point, I am who I am and if you don’t like it your fault. I have been a fat girl since I was 7 or so. That is 21 years for those who don’t know my age. I am Pretty, I am happy, I am healthy (No High BP, No diabetes, No High cholesterol, basically no weight related anythings), I am active, I am fun, I lead the same life as a person half my size. I always have. I have always been popular always had friends, had boyfriends, went to parties, etc. I feel bad for the people who have been discriminated against and treated badly because of how they look. I read this article and it pissed me off. Especially this part:

“Appearance and size seem related to getting and keeping both job and salary,” she said.

Prejudice began early in life for obese females, with children as young as three shunning their obese peers, Heitmann said.

Family, teachers and healthcare professionals were also more biased against obese girls and women than boys and men, she said.

“Obese women are deprived of friendships, intimate relationships, social interactions, education, income and respect,” Heitmann said.

I have a job, I have a career, I have had a job since I was 18 in a competitive field, I have worked for 4 or 5 companies and have always gotten multiple job offers when I was looking for a job. So I have never experienced a Prejudice!

I have never had an issue with Family or Teachers or doctors.

I surely have never been deprived of friendships, I have always had friends and made friends easily, I have never been deprived of intimate relationships, I have had Boyfriends and sex(LOL), I have been on dates, I have been hit on by strangers, asked to dance in bars and clubs, had long term relationships.

As far as social interactions, I love people, I can talk to strangers and they all talk back, so no problem there.

I went to school, got good grades, went to college got a certificate for Early Childhood Development, never got a lower grade because I was fat.

I have a good income, I have always had a good income, always had a good job.

As for respect, I think I have respect and if I don’t I can’t tell!

I think it has to do with who you are, if you have self respect! I probally have too much…LOL Pete tells me all the time I am full of myself. This usually follows me telling him that I am beautiful! My Parents always told me and my sister how pretty and smart we are and I guess we believed them. When I went to school I had friends, that’s what you do, you go to school and have friends. I applied for jobs and got jobs cause that’s what you do. I never looked at myself as different and therefore was never treated that way! Never made fun of, or ridiculed. Always had “cool” clothes and shoes and friends and fit in. I do feel bad for the people who look at being different so negatively! I think you are who you are, take it or leave it!