Sometimes it snows in April...sometime I feel so sad...

Thursday, April 21, 2016


April 4, 2014 - Somewhere in Minneapolis


Sometimes it snows

Prince waxed poetically

This is all I could (muster).

#RIPPrince


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A pretty little arrow

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A woman noticed my necklace today...

A pretty little arrow that I found one day recently on a shopping trip with Boo Boo.

And I bought it.

Today I wore it because I felt the need to be BRAVE like Merida.

The woman I was speaking with commented on the necklace and asked me if it might have meaning...because her sorority symbol was the arrow.

"Oh, no.  I just liked it."
"It is pretty."
"Yes, and my sorority symbol is a panda anyway."
"That's nice.  Everyone loves pandas. Not everyone loves arrows."

I felt odd at the time, but I realized....it's a compliment.

Alpha Love to all my pandas - and arrows.

Mwah!

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Asian Inspired Noodle Soup!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

My husband came home from a day out snowmobiling and I made this soup. He declared it the best one ever so I am blogging the recipe.

Mostly so I don't forget.

20 oz chicken thigh, boneless/skinless -chopped
1t to 1.5t  tomato paste*
3 ribs celery with a few leaves, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 T green curry paste (add more after you add broth if you want more spice - I think I did 2)
1 heaping T ginger from refrigerated tube
1 T garlic paste from refrigerated tube
1 good T soy sauce
S&P
Olive oil
2 32 oz boxes chicken broth
Rice noodles, soaked, drained and cut to your desired length

Cook chicken in good glug of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, over medium high heat. Add a good teaspoon plus tomato paste while chicken is cooking.
Add in onion once chicken is no longer pink and cook 3 minutes,  add carrot and celery and cook 7 minutes.

Add curry paste, ginger and garlic, cook another few minutes.
Add chicken broth, soy sauce and bring to a boil.  Turn down to simmer add rice noodle and simmer until noodles are warmed in the soup.

Yes. It was delicious.
And Happy Chinese New Year!

*Buy a tube of tomato paste, keep it in the fridge and thank me later. Use it to amp up tomato things and make other things, like soup, taste like you simmered them all.day.long.

Love this razor - Dollar Shave Club

Thursday, January 21, 2016

If you have not used Dollar Shave Club I have no idea why you are wasting your money.

My husband and I share the blades that are delivered, I have two handles - one in my tub and one in the downstairs shower - and he has his one handle.

They are awesome and seriously cheap.

SIX DOLLARS for four?

Try it out and use my link.  Lisa's Dollar Shave Club Link! then I get a reward too.  :)

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How to work a good deal.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Last Saturday Target had whole broccoli on sale for $1.24 each.

I bought two.

I cut the tops off, tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Roasted them at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes and served them for dinner with our chops.

I peeled the stalks and sliced them about 1/2 inch thick. I sautéed them with onion and olive oil, salt and pepper.
When softened I added a little cayenne, garlic, and all the other leftover veggies in my fridge.  A baked potato, sliced tomato, and a bit of avocado. 
I added one box of stock. I used chicken, but whatever you have works, and brought to simmer for 15 minutes.
I fished out half the soup, cooled a bit, and blended until smooth and added back to the rest of the soup. Voila, three lunches!

The last of the roasted broccoli?  It ended up on two salads.

That is how you work a deal.

Things that make me go, 'EW!'

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

This morning I was walking into my office building and I saw a bumper sticker that read, 'TED NUGENT FOR PRESIDENT!'

Ew.

I verbally said 'Ew' out loud.

I would almost rather have Donald Trump as president.

Almost. 

Speaking of 'Ew.' last night I asked T-bone to help me with a little drain problem.  My bathroom sink had started filling up if you ran it too long. 

He pulled out the drain stopper and ...

'EWWWW!' 

Said by me, not T-bone.  

Thankfully I have the hubby who is not skeeved out too bad by a little grody hair gunk.  I also am happy to report he told Boo Boo La La that he found a mouse in the drain and she said, "REALLY???!!! Let ME see it." 

Ew.

Enjoy your day Tweeps!    

Boo Boo is not feeling well today....

Friday, October 16, 2015

My poor baby woke me up about 5:10 am not feeling well.

Her tummy ached, but no fever.

She tossed her cookies, and popcorn, and dinner, anyway.

Now.  She has been sleeping since just before 7am.  It is 9:30 and I was checking my "Facebook Memories" it led me to my post asking for help deciding on her play kitchen for Christmas. 

But you know what it reminded me of?  My sassy girl in this video.


And if that can't make you laugh after getting up too early to deal with vomit...you are dead inside.

Have a great weekend!!!
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Throwback Thursday - A little story

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I am participating today in Mama Kat's World Famous Writer's Workshop - but with an oldie.


I am terribly sorry if you don't like leftovers, but that is what you get today.

It is prompt 4) Something funny your child said.  - And I think we can agree Boo Boo La La is pretty entertaining so....

This story is from March 6, 2010.

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I have a pretty good one today.  If you like fart stories that is....you don't?  Well, you have not been here for the poop stories then, huh?

I remember it like it was Thursday morning, because it was Thursday morning.  Boo Boo and I were ready to leave and I went around the house ensuring lights were off and no dangerous articles were left burning somewhere.  I got back to where Boo Boo was in the dining room and she was leaning against the table and making funny faces...upon seeing me she said,

My butt itches, so I am trying to fart.

Hmm-mmm, farting makes it stop itching?

YES MAMA, you know THAT!  (more faces and butt sticking out)  I can't fart and my butt itches!

Maybe you will fart in the car like Daddy, come on let's go.

Okay, that might work....

Ahhh, yes.  Imagine the joy of a pre-teen Boo Boo when she hears she tried to learn to fart on command to relieve butt itchiness.

I would say my work is done here for today.  Have a farty-party weekend!

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I will be back this weekend with a new story or two.  Have a great Thursday! #TBT
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Happy #NationalCoffeeDay @Starbucks Love @mommylisa #Coffee

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I live less than a mile from a coffee chain's World Headquarters.

It is literally on the exit I get onto the highway from my house. I can zip in and zip out - it is super convenient.

But, I don't go there anymore.

I used to go there so much that I gave a baby gift to a pregnant barista.  They knew my name, that I always got a large latte, Boo Boo La La's name and what she liked too!

Then one Christmas my boss gave me a Starbucks gift card.

I thought it was odd because that company was in a building with that "other" coffee chain at the skyway level and nearly every meeting you had with someone mid-morning or late afternoon eventually ended up there.  He and I had my semi-annual review in this coffee house, yet, here was a Starbucks card in my Christmas card. Weird, right?

Where is there even a +Starbucks Coffee?

I found out there was one the next exit up from my house and decided one day to check it out.

Here is what I discovered.

I like Starbuck's coffee better.

There, I said it. It is nearly blasphemous in Minnesota to say you like it better than our home brand, but I DO! I love you +Starbucks Coffee and then, you invented the Flat White.

Can I say that made me fall in love again? Just like when you sent me a "Gold Card" for being a loyal cardholder.  And again when you had Barista Colin - who +erica steffenson and I would fight over who loved him more?  We even +Twitter message each other when we found him at a new Starbucks location.  Is that weird?  Don't answer.

But this week.  This week you outdid yourself +Starbucks Coffee - you launched in-app purchases to pick up my Starbuck's coffee on the run.  No time. No Line. Or so Starbuck's says.

They launched Mobile Order & Pay and now if they take it away from me I will cry.  It is the MOST AWESOME THING EVER IN THE UNIVERSE OF STARBUCKS!!!

You open your Starbucks app, you pick what you want, you pay in the app, you drive to Starbucks, park, walk in and go to the pickup window, Voila!  Hot and ready Starbucks...well, unless you got a Frapuccino, then cold and ready.

The first time I tried it I walked in and the barista said to me "Are you Lisa?" I nodded and he said, "I just finished. Here you go!" I was hooked.

I am not getting paid to tell you about this by anyone.  I am just telling you to hurry up and download the Starbucks app and start using this feature.

I don't want it to go away.

Happy #NationalCoffeeDay
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Always

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I always get up pretty early, but it seems to not be enough time to:

Do some laundry
Go to the gym
Do some laundry
Have rousing discussions with Tbone about the "idiots" at the gym or on television
Wake my daughter
Play a little Bejeweled Blitz
Get breakfast
Make Coffee
Find outfits for myself and Boo Boo
Cuddle
Snuggle
Take a bath - play some more Bejewled Blitz in the tub
Make the bed
Brush the teeth and hair
Put on the makeup, don't want to scare anyone
PROD the frozen child Boo Boo La La AGAIN to "Eat already!" and "Are you dressed yet?" and now the popular "Have you got your backpack & lunch?"
Check on the laundry again
TRY to put things in the dishwaser - fail, it's clean
Get out the door with the cell phone and MY lunch....crap go back into the house for one or the other or BOTH...

Yup, late again.

Inspired by Mama Kat's Writers Workshop Prompt -
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: late
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