Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Public Service Announcement

If you have not heard of Jen Lancaster, that means you haven't read her books or blog. That means that you have seriously deprived yourself of literal LOLing. I have heard Karinski rave about her before, but never really got around to reading...until this week. I LOVE her and think she's hysterical. You should read. Unless you're easily offended. I have no doubt that Queen B will love her...she's our people. The only bad thing about her is that she spells Jen with one one's perfect!

Jen's website/blog can be viewed here.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mystery "Diet"

My Aunt, and particularly my sister, have been badgering me to give them a "menu" of what I've been eating to lose weight. The way I eat is pretty much based off the book: “The Insulin-Resistance Diet” by Cheryl R. Hart, MD. & Mary Kay Grossman, RD.

The Rules:
1) Never eat more than 30 grams of carbohydrates in a 2 hour period.
2) Always eat protein with your carbs (aim for 10 grams of protein per 30 grams of carbs). You can have protein without carbs, but never the other way around.
3) Dairy carbs don't "count". Sugar added to them does (ice cream, yogurt, etc.).
4) Fruits and vegetables are all you can eat, with the exceptions of potatoes.
5) Kiss french fries and potatoes good-bye except in very small quantities on rare occasions.
6) The good news is that fast food is legal.
7) Desserts that follow the above rules are legal. I kept them in the same category as potatoes at I don't really want them.
8) Whenever possible, substitute wheat carbs in place of white.
9) Portions are important - you'll spend some time reading labels until you get the carb maximums done. That's what ends up control your portions.

Menu Options:
Pretty much all Starbucks Grande Lattes
Breakfast Jacks from Jack in the Box
Non-sugary cereals
Kashi bars

String Cheese
Almonds or other nuts
Protein shakes
Apples and peanut butter
Fruits and veggies until you're full

Kid's meals from just about anywhere are ok if you can substitute something for the fries.
Bean & Cheese burrito from Taco Bell
6 piece Chicken Nuggets from McDonalds
Jr. Cheeseburger from Wendy's
Salads with chicken

More of the above snacks
Bonus: ice cream cones from McDonald's are legal!

If you pass on potatoes and bread (except for a few bites), and add protein, you're in good shape.
Wheat Spaghetti with meatballs
Instead of rice, potatoes, or pasta, I substitute beans as a side to my meat. When I want rice or pasta, I use brown/wheat.
2 slices of hawaiia pizza on thin or wheat crust

The Double Stuf Oreos that I just ate? Balanced by dunking them in milk :)

Snowman Throw Up

Forgive my formatting issues, but below are a few pictures of the snowmen that have thrown up all over my mom's house. Every ornament on the tree is a snowman, her entire table is snowmen, and she even has several pieces of snowman attire. These photos represent about 65% of her collection.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Henry IV

Further proving that I have bad luck remembering to take pictures of my fully cooked Henrys, here is Henry IV:

The history of my Henry's can be found here.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I'm totally exhausted, but for my family, here are all the pictures I promised would be up tonight...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Clapper!

Not just for senior citizens anymore...

Santa Stalker

My sister BBM'd me this morning looking for the link to stalk, I mean track, Santa's progress. Here it is.

Dog Grooming

While I have dog grooming listed as a back up profession, I dislike grooming Oskar. It's a whole process. Since Christmas will be hosted at my house tomorrow (and Oskar will be dressed up as Santa) it was time for a bath and grooming. Clearly it had been's the after and before.

Yes, that is fur COMPLETELY covering the pads on the foot on the right. Pictures of Santa Oskar coming soon :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Word verification has been removed. Now stop nagging me Queen B and Striker!

Bad Baby/Pet Sitter

Last night my Facebook status said something to the effect of:
"Jennifer doesn't think her mom should be allowed to babysit pets or small children without extensive training."

The story: My sister was at my house pretty much all weekend to assist in the Great Binder Assembly of 2008. At one point she mocked the fact that I had only decorated the front of my tree (because I haven't yet accumulated enough ornaments to fill the whole tree - besides, who sees the back of it anyway?). She then felt compelled to report back to my mother that I had a half naked tree in my living room. Feeling sorry for me and my Charlie Brown Christmas tree, both my mom and aunt descended upon my house last night to properly fill my tree with ornaments left over from my mom's collection after snowmen threw up all over her tree (she has a snowman theme).

I cautioned them not to decorate the bottom branches because my cats, particularly Felix, would not tolerate having to duck under and would sure bat the ornaments off of the lowest branches. Of course my mom did not listen to me, and within seconds, Felix had batted off an ornament. I modified my warning to only use non-breakables on the lowest branches and vowed that I would not pick up any ornaments that were batted off between then and Christmas (when my mom will come over next) so that she could see the devastation.

My aunt has 2 cats and a dog as well, so she understood why I was cautioning my tree decorators. My mom has not had any cats in her house for about 15 years, claims to not like animals, and has not been blessed by having any small children in her home since my sister and I were little. I need to take pictures of her house decorated for Christmas as it rivals Mom Evans'. And thus, this is why my mom should not pet sit or baby sit small children:

When we returned home from the grocery store, we found this:
It's the bag full of ornament hooks that my mom left on a table by the couch that the furries got into. Hopefully, none of them swallowed any of the little suckers or I'll be borrowing a page from the Kim1Champ playbook.

Jenn Ann Rule Breaker?

I am certain that I won't be able to comply with this law that goes into effect next week. What will I do while sitting in traffic or stopped at red lights? Not to mention how will I capture great photos like this and then mobiley blog while going 75 mph? My license plate collection will now be an illegal activity, or at least adding to it will be. Stupid California!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Birthday KT!

The reason for my last post - I'm going with "The Queen made me do it"
Last year's post - the good news is that I've significantly increased the number of times I have been in the company of both Kim1Champ and Kim1Bump, now Sydney :)
Kim Thomas Rocks Day - However, the only pictures that I could easily find of Kim involve her holding 2 cups of Starbucks

I apologize to everyone trying to read this on their BlackBerry. But the links make the post :)

Happy birthday KT! And yes, I know to expect some form of post punishment on my birthday...

Reasons December 22nd is Important

Brought to you by Wikipedia (of course)...

Not only is it the 356th day of the year, but it is the most common day of the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. I like it because it's 3 days before Christmas. :)

Be sure to check out the link above with all of the fun facts. Nothing important seems to have happened in 1973...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Further Proof the Queen and I Are Alike

I'm stealing this from Andrea Braun and Queen B because it's fun :) And I'm great at procrastination...

Things you've already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font
Things that match the Queen: *

1. Started your own blog. *
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band - or musical. - planning this for HCBC January gathering * Oh my...
4. Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower. *
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland/world.*
8. Climbed a mountain.*
9. Held a praying mantis. (Is the Queen CRAZY?!)
10. Sang a solo. (no, and hell no.) * Unless the car or shower count...
11. Bungee jumped. (and I'm strictly forbidden from doing so) *
12. Visited Paris.
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. *
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. Crocheting
15. Adopted a child. The jury is still out on this one.
16. Had food poisoning.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables. *
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
20. Slept on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight. * No plans for doing so at the HCBC meeting ;)
22. Hitchhiked. *
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill. * Although I considered it a mental health day :)
24. Built a snow fort. * That would be too long in the cold
25. Held a lamb. *
26. Gone skinny dipping. *
27. Run a Marathon. *
28. Ridden a Gondola in Venice. *
29. Seen a total eclipse. *
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. *
31. Hit a home run. And this is where the Queen and I are different...
32. Been on a cruise. *
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.
35. Seen an Amish community. The Queen is so jealous of this one!
36. Taught yourself a new language. *
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. *
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person. * What is with the obsession with France and French things?
39. Gone rock climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David.
41. Sung karaoke. (see #10)*
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt. *
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant. *
44. Visited Africa.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.*
46. Been transported in an ambulance.*
47. Had your portrait painted.*
48. Gone deep sea fishing.*
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling.* Snorkeling in 7th grade and I never want to do it again.
52. Kissed in the rain.*
53. Played in the mud.* Surprisingly I did get dirty as a child even though I didn't like it.
54. Gone to a drive-in theater.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.*
57. Started a business. *
58. Taken a martial arts class. * I want to be like Chuck Norris.
59. Visited Russia.*
60. Served at a soup kitchen. *
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies.*
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Gotten flowers for no reason.*
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.*
65. Gone sky diving. * Thankfully this is also strictly forbidden.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a check.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.*
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.*
71. Eaten Caviar.*
72. Pieced a quilt.* I'll leave this to ABBA.
73. Stood in Times Square.*
74. Toured the Everglades.*
75. Been fired from a job. (heehee, jk)*
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.
77. Broken a bone.*
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
Seen the Grand Canyon in person.*
80. Published a book. *
81. Visited the Vatican.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Walked in Jerusalem.*
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible. *
86. Visited the White House. *
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. *
88. Had chickenpox.*
89. Saved someone’s life. *
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous.*
92. Joined a book club.*
93. Lost a loved one.*
94. Had a baby.
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake.*
97. Been involved in a law suit.*
98. Owned a cell phone.*
99. Been stung by a bee.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Naughty or Nice?

At the conclusion of the Christmas Light walk/tour, the hubby and I were in desperate need of a bathroom. Since it was 9:30 at night, we decided to stop at a Stater Bros. As we were walking out, we passed by this Santa hat which caused me to halt immediately and profess that I HAD to have it. I couldn't find a price tag, but figured it couldn't be more than $10. Again, I professed my dire NEED to own my very own hat. The best part (other than the fact that I am 100% sober in the picture below despite what y'all think)? It was only $4!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Lights, The Finale

To answer yesterday's question...

Striker came into the house while hanging our Christmas lights and told me to come outside. When I looked up I saw the following:
Take a closer look:

Yep, Striker was moving along nicely when he realized that his convenient storage rack wasn't so convenient when you've already moved the ladder out of reach!

The good news is that the lights look awesome - thank you Bunny! I love you!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Lights Part IV

I think I might just make this whole week about Christmas Lights...aren't you excited? Who can tell me why Striker has this look on his face and why I took this picture? I'll give you a hint, it involves Christmas Lights :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Lights Part III

I realize that you all might not find Christmas Lights as entertaining as I do, but I had to share this genius idea with y'all (somehow the Queen is rubbing off on me...must have been all of our radio/phone time lately):

Why didn't I think of that? How much easier does this make it to put up lights?! These people are hardcore!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Lights Part II

This house was all Disney themed - that's Cinderella in the back and Belle and the The Beast in the front.
Striker was very impressed by the decorations that hung across the street.
After seeing a few For Sale signs we figured that the pressure to decorate would deter some potential buyers. This "Just Moved In" sign proved our theory!
We dubbed this one the "It's a Small World" house. Each of the cut outs is holding a sign with Merry Christmas in the appropriate language.
Yes, I walked the entire route in 45 degree weather in flip flops. I can hear my mother in law scolding me now :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Lights Part I

On Saturday night, Striker and I headed off to Rancho Cucamonga to look at Christmas lights. The specific coordinates were highly recommended by several of his co-workers so we set off to see what it was all about. We were not disappointed! (The general vicinity is Sapphire and Thoroughbred Lane in case you happen to be in the area.) We plan to make this an annual event.

Even the family pets get in on the festivities:Striker voted this house "Best LEDs":
This one was voted "Best Roof Decor":
Best Garage Decor:
Several homes sold hot chocolate, churros, and cookies...this sign was actually on a cone in the middle of the street - they earned bonus points!
This house might have been the biggest demonstration of "Christmas Throwing Up" - this has become a popular term for mass decoration - I promise!
LOVED the reindeer and Santa that mooned us - their rear ends moved side to side as they shook what their mama's gave 'em!
This house had a horse theme...we thought that my mother in law would particularly like this one since she's a horse lover...
I made Striker take a picture with Surfer Santa...
After all, we are in California!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

When Bowling with the KFujs...

We had a 33/22 sort of day...Just ignore Striker's score at the bottom...he's a bit of an overachiever :)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dining Etiquette

Please note: I do not mean to offend anyone, only to share the irony of the following situation.

Striker and I went to dinner at Lucilles tonight to spend some of his birthday money (thank you Helga and Art!). While we were waiting for our meal we were chatting about dining out with small children versus getting a baby sitter. As a childless couple we are firm believers in baby sitters. We also learned that neither of us were ever watched by anyone other than family when we were little, we know that we were lucky.

Shortly thereafter a family of 4 sat down across from us. Like my discrete photo? Thankfully I remembered to turn the flash off first!

We then experienced the following from the daughter who we estimated to be between 12-18 months old:
Shrieking repeatedly - just when we thought it was over it'd start again;
Sugar packets - rather than bring toys to entertain the girl, the mother allowed her to "play" with all of the sugar and artificial sweetener packets;
Baby chair/booster seat refusal - the whole reason they sat next to us is because they requested to be moved to a booth when the daughter refused to sit in a baby seat-really?;
Playing with steak knife - just when I'd accepted that I could live with the shrieking, I looked over and saw her playing with a steak knife and yes, her mother was watching her do so;
Climbing the wall - shortly after the steak knife incident, the girl was climbing the wall. The top of the wall was a mesh screen thing and not glass like it looks like.

Striker and I stand by our beliefs! Side note: I have dined with small children and their parents before and they have kept their children entertained and quiet or removed them from the restaurant. Therefore, I do not feel that I have unreasonable expectations.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Kim Thomas Rocks Day

Does anyone want to argue the fact that having Kim deliver your favorite Starbucks beverage to you is worthy of declaring that day Kim Thomas Rocks Day? That's right, a peppermint mocha twist and vanilla latte no foam were delivered to Rachel and I at work today. We should have sipped them by our office Christmas tree like Kim, but instead we looked at real, hard copy, not on a BlackBerry or computer, pictures of Sydney. Thanks Kim! You ROCK!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Hay Sale

First Saturday of the month.

Random Guy

After the Kings game, one of Mr Kfuj's friends played hockey at the Staples Center. Mr KFuj and Striker kept trying to spot the friend, but weren't sure which player he was. Several in the crowd started referring to one mismatched player as Random Guy because he did not match the "uniform" of either team. That's him in the middle there. With one red sock, one white sock with red and blue stripes, and a blue jersey with red lettering. The official team colors were either red and black (not his team) or blue and yellow. Blue team won - 7-0. (Kings lost in a shoot out.)

Friday, December 5, 2008

When the Cat is Away...

...this mouse does NOT play.

When I found out that the hubby would be out of town for a few days I had illusions of relaxation. Bubble baths, massages, maybe time to read a good book. Instead...

  1. Feed Dog
  2. Feed Cats
  3. Clean out litter box
  4. Pick up dog poop
  5. Change dog pee pad
  6. Take out trash
  7. Put car in garage
Do all of the above after working late, scarfing down fast food on the way home, then sitting in bed with work laptop working while loving the furry critters and attempting to watch tivo. Repeat each day until the hubby returns.

Think I missed him?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pre-flight Checklist

The hubby is in San Fran at a conference for work this week. He left Tuesday morning and comes home Friday night.

He is not a list maker. At his last 2 jobs he traveled rather excessively and forgot to pack something on almost every trip until we developed the pre-"flight" checklist.

Me: work shirts
Hubby: check
Me: casual shirts
Hubby: check
Me: socks
Hubby: oops...

You get the idea. The best part? I work off my mental list that I've memorized over the years.

I miss you Bunny!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Do You See What I See?

I see a hay truck pretty much every day on my way to work. It occurred to me this morning that most of you probably do not. Random, I know.