Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009!

I hope everyone has a safe and very happy new year. I am celebrating at home with my parents, Uncas and Sammy. My parents came up this afternoon. We had a tasty dinner and then celebrated our Christmas with them. They got to open up their red toaster for their kitchen. It will match their red mixer, tea kettle, trash can, and dish drain. Now they will really have to redo their kitchen to match all of their red accessories!

Uncas received a miter saw with a stand. I am going to have him build me some stuff starting tomorrow! I also received a lot of nice gifts from my parents. Sammy received a singing gift card which he is enjoys barking at.

We are getting ready to celebrate 2009. We have some sparklers and even a fountain to set off, so I better get going.

Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

One More Day . . .

Wow - it's been nearly a whole month since I decided that I would blog every day for a month.  Now granted some entries were shorter than others (see yesterday), but overall, it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.  Some days I didn't feel like saying much, but when I sat down to write, I just kept typing.  Other days the entries were short, and you know what - that's ok too.  So - what does everyone else think?  Did people actually check in every day for an entry?  Not sure at this point if I will keep it up.

I have made my peace with Sammy.  I know that we have been really spoiled so far and the fact that this is our first major "casuality" (besides his dog beds that used to reside in his kennel - don't even ask me how much we spent on new ones) means that we are doing pretty good with him.  I have to say that I was rather impressed with myself.  When I walked in the house and saw the torn up slipper, I knew that I couldn't yell at him.  That was probably the most frustrating part.  I wanted him to know how mad I was, but what good would it have done?  It's a good thing he is so darn cute . . .

Today was my last day at work for the week.  Tomorrow my parents some to celebrate New Year's Eve and we will also be celebrating our Christmas with them.  I can't wait to see them.  My mom hasn't seen our house since June, and we have done so much.  It's going to be a fun weekend of games, eating, watching tv, going shopping and seeing a movie in the theater!  I can't wait!

2009 Work-out Update - yesterday I went 3 miles - I ran about 1.5 of those.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Frustration

Sammy chewed up one of my brand new slippers today - argh!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Shop Till you Drop

Today I went shopping with Ella for those after Christmas deals on decortations. We were talking over Thanksgiving weekend how we each plan to shop for decorations after Christmas, but usually end up being too tired and don't feel like doing it. This year we planned that we would go together the weekend after Christmas. Even though we were both feeling tired, we didn't want to let the other down, so off we went today in search of some good finds. It was a successful shopping trip - we each picked up quite a few things and loved the 70, 75 and 80% off! We plan on shopping together again next year!

It's been a nice long weekend - hard to believe Christmas is over with. The good news is that we still get to celebrate with my parents when the come up this week for New Year's Eve. I can't wait to see them and for them to open their presents from us! Until then - here are some pictures from this past week.

And on a final note - our little neighbor girl who let's out Sammy during the day while we are at work informed us that she is no longer able to come over. It really kind of sucks and I understand that she is young, but I found out after I called her to see if she was going to come over this week. It would have been nice if she could have called us to break the news instead of us having to call her. As it is, Sammy has adjusted very well to being in the dining room and kitchen (no more kennel), so soon we will probably transition to him being home all day by himself. I know he will miss us, but especially with the winter weather, coming home during the week can take a little bit longer than in the summer.

Ok - I lied - I have one more thing to write about. Today I am starting Week 1 of 52 for going 500 miles. I ran/walked on the treadmill for 2.5 miles this morning.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Home Sweet Home

We made it home safe and sound today.  The roads were only wet and not too icy at all or at least that was the impression that I got from Uncas who was driving.  Our puppy who is now bestest friends with Sophie (Uncas's parents dog), is currently crash out on my lap.  This is after he slept on my lap the whole way down from Duluth.  Those two dogs played and played non-stop.  I think this means that Sammy will be sleeping for two days straight now!

Will write more later and post pictures.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Post Christmas Coma

Today has been quite the relaxing day. First we slept in . . . well, not as much as I wanted to because Sammy thought he had to get up with Sophie, but Uncas got to sleep in pretty late. We had a tasty breakfast and then we just hung around the house. We played a fun dice game ( I lost pretty big) and then I played a bunch of Wii. Uncas's mom napped through out the afternoon. Uncas spent a good part of the afternoon trying to solve a Rubik's cube. I bet him that he wouldn't be able to solve it in one day and he did it. I will post pictures when I get home.

Perhaps one of the highlights from this weekend so far was a lesson in the "new-fangled" math that they teach the kids these days. Uncas's dad showed us some new ways to add, multiple and divide. The concepts seem a little tougher than when I was in school, so when we have kids, we may have to send them to Grandpa for help!

It's a good thing that we decided to stay an extra day in Duluth. The weather has been pretty icy and the roads pretty slick. I hope tomorrow's weather proves to be better for when we drive home.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! After enjoying the evening at home, Uncas, Sammy and I headed up to Duluth early this morning. The drive was fast and uneventful. We used the time to call my family and Grandmas. Opening presents was a little chaotic here with 3 kids, 3 dogs and 6 adults. But it was a lot of fun and now we are enjoying some snacks before we have Christmas Steaks - yum!

Hope everyone is having a great day!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve

I am sitting here on my couch with a puppy on my lap (which is challenging as I am typing this from a laptop) enjoying our first Christmas Eve in our new house.  Uncas and I decided that we would head up north on Christmas morning this year since we both had to work today.  It actually turned out to be not such a bad day - we got to leave early which was great!  Tonight we had a tasty dinner of ham, scalloped potatoes and peas.  Yum!  Sammy even got to enjoy some Christmas ham.

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday and has safe travels!  Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Treadmill is Here!

Ok - so this isn't the treadmill, but what a cute picture of Sammy to get things started!!! Tonight Uncas went and got our new treadmill. It was a floor model, so it's not brand new, but it's new to us. Sammy is pretty intrigued by it.
Uncas putting it back together (this fit in his Golf!)
Sammy likes to supervise Uncas's handiwork.

So far it seems to be working just fine. I don't think I am going to get up early tomorrow to walk or run on it, and then we'll be out of town, but for sure over the weekend I will start to break it in!

Monday, December 22, 2008

17 Things

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are to write a note with 17 random things, facts, habits or goals about you.

  1. I hate being late for work even though I can’t stand going to my job.
  2. If I could, I would probably eat sweets for every meal with a salad, veggie or fruit thrown in every now and then.
  3. I constantly wonder what my dog is thinking. He looks at me so intently sometimes, I just have to believe that he understands more than most humans will give him credit for.
  4. My goal is to run or walk 500 miles this year. It seems completely doable right now (averaging ~10 miles a week), but ask me again in June.
  5. It irritates me that lately people are constantly asking if I am pregnant or when are we going to have kids. Wouldn’t they feel bad if I answered that I was barren? That’s what I feel like saying because it’s not really any of their business. And if and when we want people to know, we will tell people on our own terms.
  6. One of my hidden talents is that I can fold a fitted sheet and it doesn’t look like a mess when I am done. I was taught by my mom, and I have done demonstrations to more than one friend and have even been videotaped doing this.
  7. I was an avid nail-biter. I sort of kicked in the habit in college, but every now and then I relapse. Right now I have a good streak going. Perhaps I will paint them for Christmas.
  8. People often call me Heather. I have received voicemail messages from people saying “hi Heather . . .” It has always been this way for most of my life and my best friend’s dad used to slip up and call me Heather. I sometimes will respond to it.
  9. I am a fast reader. I sometimes skim read and if I can’t pronounce a name, I just skip over it. That can be troublesome when a book has a lot of characters with difficult names – I tend to get confused with characters.
  10. I have moved 20 times in my life (that count includes the number of addresses that I have lived at – during college I lived in 7 different places). The only move I don’t remember is when I was two and we moved from Grand Rapids, MI to Saginaw, MI. It’s no wonder that I hate moving. It’s also no wonder that my last move was probably my easiest and least stressful. I plan on dying in our house so I don’t have to move again.
  11. I was on the cross-country team from 6th-8th grade. I hated every minute of it. We only ran a mile and ½ at the meetings. This summer I ran 8 miles with Josh while training for the half marathon (that I decided not to run to keep my sanity). One day I would still like to run a ½ marathon.
  12. I cry when I am frustrated. It’s not the best coping mechanism, but I am learning to accept that it’s just apart of who I am.
  13. I used to go to a lot of concerts. I am sad that I don’t attend very many any more because I love live music. My all time favorite concert was Green Day in September of 2005. Best. Show. Ever! Although No Doubt at the Excel was also fun, but only because we got to go backstage after the show.
  14. I love junk drawers. I probably have like 10 of them at home. If I can’t see the mess, then it’s clean to me.
  15. I have trouble listing favorite things. It’s hard for me to think of a favorite food, candy, restaurant, movie, song, etc . . . although my favorite color is yellow.
  16. Someday I want a job that doesn’t require me to sit at a computer for 8 hours a day.
  17. I love making lists. I am that person who will add something to a list just to cross it off. I love the feeling of being productive and have shed tears when I have been frustrated because I feel like I have done nothing (i.e. nothing has been crossed off the list!)


I am going to tag just a few people – my dad, Ella, and Lisa because I think they might actually do this.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Relaxing Sunday

After our shoveling, baking, cleaning, party-hopping, and merriment last from yesterday, today was much more laid back.  We started the day with brunch with Josh and Jaron.  After that we stopped at home to pick up Sammy and headed to the pet store to complete our Christmas shopping.  Then we came home and have been snuggled up on the couch to read (me), sleep (Sammy) and watch football (Uncas).

Here are a few pictures from the week.  Little Miss Truffle-Maker.

 
My dad gave Sammy this coat in August. It was pretty big for him back then, but it fits him great now and he loves it in this cold weather.

And finally Sammy looking cute for the camera (can you ever have enough cute Sammy pictures?!)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

It snowed today. It snowed and snowed and then snowed some more today. We got somewhere between 5-8 inches (Uncas's guess). We spent most of the day inside. I baked while Uncas cleaned up the basement to make room for our treadmill. We had two holiday parties to attend tonight and despide all the snow, blowing snow and cold temperatures, we made to it both.

I don't have much else to say because I am tired, but Sammy has now started to "bury" his dingo bones in blankets and the couch custions. I find it fascinating to watch.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Monkey Butt!

Lisa sent me a couple of pictures this week of Caiden, my godson. I had bought this outfit for him when he was born. I like to give bigger outfits to newborns, because often times people have so many outfits for newborns, but not for when they are older like 6-12 months. I thought the Monkey-theme was cute and it sure does look adorable on him!!!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sammy and the Snow

Today's post is brought to you courtesy of Mr. Sally. Thanks for the comic. It's pretty much sums up how our dog feels about this weather:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mr. Mechanic

Tonight my car battery died again. Fortunately we were at home and I was just going to start my car to run out to the store (Uncas drove to work today). But instead of recharging my battery, Uncas just took it out and went to the store and bought me a new one. 30 minutes later my car was running as good as new. I am so glad that I have a husband who knows how to do stuff like that. I didn't even have to ask him to do anything. I just simply stated that my battery was dead again and off he went. Thank you Uncas!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Baking Up a Storm

So tonight I had plans to get together with some friends, some of which I haven't seen since this summer. You know what messed up those plans? THE WEATHER! Seriously - it makes me crabby. My commute home makes me crabby. Shoveling the damn driveway makes me crabby. Seeing my dog hobble around because his paws are cold makes me sad! So - Jessie, even though you were laughing this morning at my angry blog posts about the weather - now it's not so funny when our plans get messed up!

What else can you do when it's crappy outside? Stay inside and stuff your face with cookies. And make the cookies that you stuff your face with. Yes, it's a great past time and explains the extra pounds that I have put on this fall (now that the weather is cold, our dog does not like to go for walks). Tonight I made another batch of Oreo truffles (made a batch last night), but this time they are Mint Oreos. Haven't tried one yet, but I hear truffles are the breakfast of champions! I also made some dough for some pecan balls which I intend to make tomorrow or Thursday night.

Funny story about the pecan balls. My mom had this recipe that she got from her mom. The cookie recipe was called "Pecan Crescents". But what's funny about it is that for as long as I can remember, my mom actually makes Walnut balls because she usually has walnuts around the house and rolls them into balls is easier than crescents. So every year for Christmas she pulls out the recipe title pecan crescents. This year she actually did have pecans in the house, so she made the balls with those. I took a bunch home and finally broke out the Christmas cookies this week. I keep telling Uncas that the pecan balls are really good, but he didn't listen. Finally this morning before he left for work, he tried one or two or four. Tonight he mentioned how great the cookies are with the pecans. I have some pecans that Josh gave me, so I made the dough tonight for them.

And on a final note - even though I have been stuffing myself silly with cookies and sweets, there is end in sight, sort of. This weekend Uncas and I purchased a treadmill. We hope to get it on Tuesday. I am super excited because for years now I have been wanting a treadmill at home, so I wouldn't have to pay for a gym membership. It's finally going to be a reality and I will officially have no excuse not to work out. I think I will set a goal of walking or running 500 miles in 2009. I know it's pretty ambitious, but that's just under 10 miles a week. Piece of cake, right? I will post my mileage each week to keep me accountable.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas is Saved!

I found the missing gifts!  They were in the closet in our dining room, which is where I thought they were in the first place!  It feels good to know that I am not going crazy!!!

In other news - tonight I made the first of 3 batches of Oreo Truffles.  The next batch I will make on Wednesday night with Uncas's help and they will be Mint Oreo Truffles - yum!

And in other, other news - Uncas charged my car battery and it is now working!  My battery was dead this morning.  Although, I can't really blame my car for not starting.  It was way to damn cold to go anywhere.  In fact, when I got up this morning - I turned on the news in hopes that maybe we could stay home.  No such luck in Minnesota.  These temperatures are "normal" and "to be expected".  I say BULLS***!

Temperature

This is what the National Weather Services website says today:

This Afternoon: Sunny and cold, with a high near -3. Wind chill values between -20 and -25. West wind between 11 and 13 mph.

Currently it's -3 degrees here. Tonight the low is -17 with even colder wind chill temps. What the hell am I doing living in MN?! It's only December and that is the high! Usually we have a streak like this in January or February. It's a little too early to be starting with these cold temperatures. I don't know how I am going to make it through the winter.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

It Runs In the Family

I lost some Christmas gifts. Last year my mom hid one of my dad's presents so well, she didn't find it until July. I hid presents for Sophie, Bake, and Sammy (the dogs) and I have exactly 10 days to find them.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hobbies

My darling husband has a couple of hobbies that I have no interest in. It works out fine for us. I am glad he has things to do on his own which leaves me with my own time to bake, read, and watch tv. Oh - I can't forget taking naps (which is what I did today). Uncas enjoys hunting and fishing. This time of year it's ice fishing.

Apparently when I was younger, I was intrigued by ice fishing. Really I like the cute little houses on the river. My parents never took me, which isn't surprising considering even as a child, I wasn't a fan of the cold or sitting still.

A couple of years ago I went up to Duluth for my first and last hunting season. I think my mother-in-law was convinced that one day I would go hunting with Uncas. To those of you who know me well, you know this will NEVER happen for a number of different reasons:

1. You have get up early and sit out in the cold. I don't mind the early part, but I hate being cold. Case in point - all of my hobbies keep me warm - baking, running, walking, talking with friends, watching tv . . . - nope, don't like the cold.

2. Not only do you have to sit in the cold for hunting, but you have to be quiet. I am not a quiet person.

3. You have to kill a cute little deer. I have no problem killing living things (i.e. bugs, spiders, etc), but I can't imagine shooting at Bambi.

Those are just the reasons for not going hunting. And I also will probably never go ice fishing. I just don't want to sit out in the cold for an extended period of time. I will however go visit, which is entirely different. I am a social person. Stopping by to check up on Uncas and see how he is doing is far different than sitting out there for a couple of hours with a pole in my hand. Now that we don't like just down the street from Lake Harriet, I have a feeling that my visits to Uncas will be few. Plus our puppy doesn't like the cold weather either (must take after me).

As for regular fishing - like during the summertime. I don't mind doing that because usually I end up reading a book and it's nice and warm and sunny when I choose to tag along.

So, while my husband is busy with hobbies, I am busy with mine. Today I took Sammy shopping, we napped and I am getting ready to bake some cookies. When our friends ask us tonight how our day was we can both say it was great!

Friday, December 12, 2008

TGIF

We are tired after a long week and we are looking forward to catching up on sleep this weekend.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chinese Food Issue

This is a very serious issue - according to Uncas (which he informed me that I could quote him on it!) We can't seem to find a good Chinese restaurant close to our new house. I never thought this would be a problem, but Richfield is seriously lacking in good quality Chinese food. We have tried several places and so far nothing compares to our favorite Kwon's in South Minneapolis. Fortunately there does seem to be an abundance of places, so there are still a couple more let to try. And worst case, we could always go south of 494 to Bloomington . . . the search continues . . .

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Off-Night

Every baker must screw up once in a while, right? I am sure Martha doesn't have stuff turn out perfectly all the time. Tonight was an off-night for me baking. Part of it could have been the fact I was on the phone with my dad while measuring the ingredients for the chocolate chip cookies. This is a recipe that I know by heart. I have made it so many times before and I have a reputation at work for the best chocolate chip cookies. Because two of my favorite co-workers' birthdays are this week, I decided that I would make them some cookies for tomorrow. But it just wasn't meant to be. I can't figure out what I did wrong, partly because I was talking with my dad and I really wasn't paying attention. Fortunately I do have a Plan B. I pulled a bunch of Christmas cookies from the freezer and I am sure they won't even remember that I was suppose to make the chocolate chip ones!

In other food related news, Uncas made dinner tonight. He bought some salmon while grocery shopping last night, and some green beans. He looked in the cupboard and discover a wild rice/mushroom mix tonight when looking for another side dish. After he started making dinner, he turned the rice box over to discover this meal idea . . . strangely enough - it was the exact same meal (Uncas prepared our salmon with lemon pepper and dill). Unlike the cookies - the meal turned out awesome! The salmon was some of the best that I have had in awhile. Thank you for cooking Uncas!!!





Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Not Much to Say . . .

Hmmm . . . up until today, it hadn't really been a problem to blog every day. But suddenly I don't really have anything of interest to write about. Today was pretty normal.

We did wake up early to shovel (yuck). I had set my alarm to get up early, but I didn't expect Uncas to join me. When I told him I was going to shovel, he mumbled stuff a few times before I could understand him. He said that he could help, but I told him that I was fine. Well, I wasn't even out there 10 minutes before he got dressed and made his way outside.

Sammy on the other hand did not want to go outside, but he didn't want to be inside by himself either! So while we were shoveling, I could hear him barking. I went to open the door and he ran away. I closed the door and continued to shovel, but I could hear him barking away inside. Later, Uncas opened the door and Sammy came hopping out. Uncas sent me inside so he could finish up - what a great husband. It didn't snow at all today, but I hear that we will be getting more snow this week . . . remember - it's only pretty until January 1!

Monday, December 8, 2008

First Big Snowfall of the Season Winter 2008/2009

Sammy's first experience with a big snow fall. This is a little path that Uncas shoveled in our yard so he would have a spot to potty.

The path curves around to the front of our house. Sammy likes to stick his nose in the snow.

Check out his cute little coat from Grandma and Grandpa Blume.

The snow made for a long commute home, but it does look awfully pretty. I always like snow in December. I think it's because of the holidays. However, come January 1 - I am over the snow and unfortunately we still have four more months left of white crap! But for now - I am going to enjoy it.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

This One's for Mom Part 2

We had a great weekend with Derek and Jeanna. Yesterday they decided to skip the movie and do more shopping and then come back home to hang out with us. Little Saffy enjoyed her first visit to Mall of America. She vows to come back next year and perhaps even go on a ride or two.

Last night we exchanged gifts. Lucky Saffy was the recipient of the beloved Mariah Carey CD. The dogs all received squeaker toys and some treats. I received some Apples 2 Apples expansion card set and lots of new cookie cutters. Uncas received some accessories for his Wii. We spent much of last night playing with the Wii and also playing Apples 2 Apples.

I thought that I didn't take that many pictures yesterday and today, but I kept to my mom to my mom. Here are the rest from the weekend.

It was sure fun having Little Miss Saffy and her crew at our house. We look forward to more visits in the future!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

This One's for Mom


Derek and Jeanna made it here safe and sound last night. Unfortunately they had to drive through some snowy roads, but they are here! Actually, they are currently introducing Saffy to the joys of mall shopping while Uncas and I are dog sitting. This afternoon we will be dog and baby sitting while Derek and Jeanna enjoy a movie. The dogs and baby were up early this morning, but everyone had a good time playing. When the guy from Dish Network came to fix the satellite - everybody else (Derek and Uncas) woke up too.

Here are some pictures that we have taken so far of the weekend. I promised my mom that I would take lots!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Waiting for our guests!

Today I ended up staying home from work today. I pretty much felt crappy all night and as a result slept very little, so I called into work. By noon I started feeling better and now I feel fine. I think it was something that I ate last night. I was a little worried, because I want to be well for our visitors this weekend.

Sammy, the spoiled little dog that he is, got to stay out of his kennel for the whole day. He spent most of it sleeping, which is a little strange. I wonder if he is not feeling well. Or maybe he is resting up for his friends Tina and Snoopy. Luckily it's the weekend we (I) can keep a close eye on him. Now back to looking out the window, waiting for Saffy, Derek, Jeanna, Tina and Snoopy!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Almost to the End

I have to say that I thought for sure this was going to be a really long week. After only working 3 days last week, on Monday, I was ready for this week to take forever. Surprisingly it has gone by super fast. It might help that I am fairly busy at work - not crazy stressed-out busy, but more like busy catching up and making my "to do" shorter than it's been for a couple of months. The other reason for the quick week could be that I am really looking forward to the weekend.

Our niece Saffy is coming to visit, along with Derek and Jeanna (her parents) and Tina and Snoopy (her dogs). Uncas and I are super excited. Last year Derek and Jeanna came to visit us around the same time and we had such a blast. This year will be even more fun with Saffy and the dogs added to the mix. There should be lots of pictures and fun stories to share.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Haircut and Crazy Dog

We have one crazy and very spoiled dog. The past couple of nights he has been super hyper when we get home from work. We bought him a new toy the other night, which I thought we were saving till Christmas. Turns out - we gave it to him tonight. He loves his new squeaky ball!

He was just hanging out in his bed, playing with it as well as running around the house. I think it was a good investment.

I got my hair cut pretty short a couple of months ago. I have a great hairstylist and the cut was perfect. I had scheduled an appointment at the time of my last cut and I almost called to cancel it. My hair cuts with this stylist always grow out perfectly. But ultimately I decided to keep the appointment because I didn't really like my hair style. I have given it a lot of thought, and I am going to grow it out a little bit more. She cleaned it up - especially the front and I really like how it turned out.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Learning the Hard Way

Sometimes Uncas and I learn how to do things the hard way. It's typically nothing major - something as simple as cracking an egg in a little dish before adding it to the cookie batter to keep the egg shells out (I learned this from my mom, not actually by doing it . . . ok, maybe once or twice I was lazy and it bit me in the butt!). Some of the things we have learned the hard way have come as being first time homeowners . . . you know - things that you don't think about when you live in an apartment forever.

Tonight we learned about how to keep a Christmas tree from leaning too much. We put our tree up on Sunday, and had to purchase a new stand since we never had a live tree before. There were these little bolt/cover things that I was convinced just covered the screw ends to make it look pretty. Uncas thought they were suppose to be put on between the screw things and the tree. Neither one of us went to look at the packaging and long story short . . . tonight we had to take the tree out of the stand and put the bolt things on correctly because our tree was leaning more and more every day . . . Lesson learned the hard way!

In other news - I have finally gotten back into the cooking groove. For awhile (like last winter) we were so good about making dinners, trying new recipes and then we bought a house. And then we got a dog and everything just sort of went to picking up food from local establishments or frozen pizza! I think the cooler weather has helped and I have been making a bigger effort to look through my cookbooks again. They were packed up for so long and even now, I have them in a bookshelf upstairs, which isn't too close to the kitchen. So far this week I have made soup, 2 loaves of pumpkin bread (not on the same day), a new recipe using haddock, a venison barley stew and pasta alfredo (not from scratch, but I did add mushrooms to the sauce!) It's been fun cooking and baking. This weekend I look forward doing more since we will be having guests!

And on a final note - I have decided to try blogging every day for a month. I can't guarantee that all posts will be long or interesting, but hopefully it will get me in the habit! 2 days down, 29 left to go!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Just My Dog?


I am convinced that Sammy thinks that the crushed ice that comes out of the dispenser on our fridge is really food. He always comes running (even if he is sleeping on the couch) when he hears me getting the ice for my water. He patiently sits until I am done. I usually do a quick tap at the end, so ice spews on the floor. Then he goes running over to it and starts crunching away. I can't figure out why he would be so excited about ice, but one day after eating it, he headed over to his food bowl and started crunching away on that . . . I suppose there are worse things he could be eating . . .

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Full Thanksgiving Report 2008

I did a mini post about Thanksgiving, but here is a full report of the whole weekend. Mom and Dad Nimz came down on Wednesday night, with their dog Sophie in tow. Sammy and Sophie had a great time together. Sophie was very patient with Sammy and enjoyed playing with him. Sammy would bug her and pester her and then go running to the closest legs/laps for protection. It was quite amusing.

We introduced Mom and Dad N. to playing with the Wii. They were great sports and managed to pick it up quickly. It was fun to bowl from the comfort of our own home. We also took the dogs for a walk before dinner. Between the Wii and the walk, we figured that we did a good job of burning off the meal.

Friday was a lazy day - for me anyways. Mom and Dad wanted to do some shopping, so Uncas went off with them, while I hung out with the dogs at home. After Mom and Dad headed back to Duluth, Uncas and I hung out at home. We decided to take a break from cooking and ordered take-out - yum!

Saturday I did chores around the house while Uncas started our Christmas shopping with Andy. I met up with them at Andy and Ella's house for dinner later that night. They made a tasty meal (lasgna, bread, and salad) and we had an even tastier dessert - apple cake! After dinner we played some Wii (can you sense a new theme for us this fall)?

That brings us to today. Uncas and I went out and got our Christmas tree! We think we picked out a pretty good tree. It's exciting to have a real tree. Sammy isn't quite sure what to make of it just yet. He likes to sit on the skirt under the tree and he definitely smells something . . . let's hope he doesn't try to bring it down. I spent the rest of the decorating the house and doing some more Christmas shopping. I would say that we are nearly half way done, which feels pretty good. I had hoped to have the Christmas cards out this weekend, but there was a little gliche in my plan. They should go out by Wednesday at the latest . . .

Check out the pictures from the weekend!

Uncas's Birthday


I know - I am so behind in posting lately. I don't know why, but I am feeling obligated to post pictures and as a result, I have been putting off posting. It's not like it's hard, but lately I just don't want to take the to download pictures, organize them, write captions . . . blah, blah, blah.

Anyhow - enough complaining. Uncas's birthday was on a Wednesday this year, so we celebrated with friends on Saturday. Josh, Jaron, Andy and Ella came over for some pizza, cake and a little bit of Wii. It was so much fun. Uncas requested a marble cake, and I had fun using my decorating tips on his cake. Check out the pictures here.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

Happy Thanksgiving! It's hard to believe it's the holiday season already. This year is pretty special because Uncas and I hosted Thanksgiving at our new house. Uncas's parents came down from Duluth. We had a tasty meal and I successfully cooked a turkey for the first time. Below is a picture of me, fearful that dinner would not turn out!




There are many things to be thankful for this year. I feel so blessed to have a house, a job, a loving husband, devoted puppy, and so many wonderful friends and family. What more could anyone ask for? I hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving!

PS - I know I am quite behind in blogging and I have taken many pictures. So look for a full update soon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Uncas!

Today my dear husband, Uncas turns 29! We both took the day off of work to celebrate. We are going to get some tasty breakfast/lunch at Perkins (his request) and then hang out doing whatever we want today -hurray! Uncas is a fabulous husband and puppy daddy. He likes to make me and Sammy laugh, play with us, and take care of us when we are sick. Thank you Uncas! Hope you have a great day! We love you!!!!


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Monday, November 10, 2008

Cookie Baking Weekend

This weekend was the annual Blume Christmas Cooking Baking weekend. My mom has always made a lot of Christmas cookies. She gives them away as gifts and makes sure that our family has plenty to munch on through out the holiday season. Years back we started baking them together and when I moved away, we would pick one weekend and just go crazy making as many kinds as possible. The past couple of years we decided that we would each make a couple of different kinds and just save the harder ones (cut-out and spritz) for the cookie weekend. Jeanna has joined us in more recent years and now the tradition is on! I didn't get many pictures of the actual cookie baking (I was a little busy), but if you hop over to my dad's blog, you'll see some action shots! (For the record, I declared myself Martha, my mom Betty and Jeanna is Rachel).

Of course, the house was busy enough with us in the kitchen, but we weren't the only ones around. Sammy, Tina, Snoopy, Derek, Saffron and my dad were all there too (Uncas was off killing Bambi).

Here is a picture of Sammy "protecting" Saffy while she was hanging on the bean bag chair.

Saffy sleeping in the bean bag chair.
Saffy tired out from all the cookie baking! It sure was hard work!!!
Cookies, Cookies - everywhere. We made 4 different kinds this weekend and I brought 3 other kinds that I had made earlier in the week!
Grandpa hanging (sleeping) on the couch with Tina (in the pink harness) and Snoopy (on his lap).
Sammy bugging Snoopy. You can just see Snoopy growling undering the blanket!

Snoopy hiding from Sammy on the chair, where Sammy can't reach!
Grandpa chatting with Saffy about the finer points of testing cookies.
Saffy hanging out in the bouncy seat.

Sammy and Saffy sitting on Grandma's lap!
Derek and my dad wore the same shirt on Saturday.

Here is a picture of a cute little Obama fan! He wanted me to tell you that if he voted, it would have been for Obama. He was sad to find out that he was too young to vote, so I let him wear my sticker!

And finally - this year Uncas gave me my birthday present early, so I thought that I should return the favor. His birthday isn't until next Wednesday, but tonight I came home from grocery shopping with his present. He is currently in the process of hooking it up!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Election Day!

Go Vote!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Oh Happy, Happy Day!

I actually started this post a couple of days ago, but last night I was glued to my tv, so I didn't even bother finishing it up! First - I am SOOOO happy, excited, relieved, elated . . . (I think you get the idea) that Obama is going to be our next president!!! In Minnesota the Senate race is not yet decided, so we'll have to continue to wait and see about that. Going to work was so much fun today to talk about the exciting night!

Anyhow - back to the weekend recap. I always forget that Blogger uploads these pictures in a way that annoys me and doesn't make sense, so I will have to start with Sammy. Because the weather was so beautiful this weekend, I managed to snap some great pictures of him.

Here he is in the yard posing sweetly.

In our dining room in his dog bed. He picked this room because it's really the only room that the sunlight comes in during the morning and afternoons.
Here he is posing for me while he was trying to get comfy to take a nap (see above picture)
I love this picture - he just sat in our yard staring at the neighbor's cat (the white thing in the driveway). The cat roams around the whole neighborhood, so he has had other encounters with it before. We are lucky that Sammy just stays in the yard, and doesn't run into the street!
A big part of our weekend was spent shopping and spending money. We are doing our share to keep this economy afloat! This year we decided our Christmas present to each other would be to buy a big, flat, LCD tv. After saving and doing research (Uncas did the research), we found a nice 42 inch tv. AFter bringing it home, we decided that it might be a little bit too big for our living room, but we aren't going to return it :-)

Here is a picture of Uncas and Sammy watching the Vikings game this weekend in HD!
Uncas hooking up the new TV.
Look the base of the new tv is just as big as our old tv!
Check out how big the box is? I put Sammy in front of it for a comparison!
Our spending didn't stop with the tv. Our dishwasher broke last week, so we also purchased a new. That won't arrive until next week, and then Uncas gets to be "Uncas the Plumber" as he tries to install the new one. I have to say that I am pretty excited because just doing all the dishes for a week is getting old really quick!

We are gearing up for some fun stuff this weekend. Uncas will be going up North to hunt (or kill Bambi as I like to say). I am heading South to bake Christmas cookies with my mom, and Jeanna. My brother and Saffron will be coming too along with Tina and Snoopy, so I know Sammy is going to be very excited!