Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
The Ruidoso High School gym was really nice.
Bailey and her best friend Marle were so crazy and so much fun to be around.
Alan and I riding the tube lift:
After tubing, the girls just wanted to play in the snow. When Alan joined in, it became a snow fight.
Ruidoso at night was really pretty - they still had Christmas/Winter lights up in Midtown, so it looked very festive. Much more so than showing in this photo:
On the drive back home I had to get a picture of aliens in Roswell:
It was a fun but short trip. Lastly, here's a video of when the four of us hooked together and rode one of the tube runs. (I couldn't get Google to post the video, so hopefully the link will work instead.) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8053255165352757624
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Incidentally, I finished Brian's Winter and recommend it for anyone who likes survivor-type stories or series such as Man vs. Wild or Survivor Man. Today I started 12 Sharp - a lucky find at the library!
Update: I opted for no drugs. Got a nice shoulder massage from Alan, laid on the couch, and Alan piled on blankets. When I woke up two hours later, the headache was gone.
Monday, January 15, 2007
I just saw one of the Head-On commercials where they complain about how annoying their own commercials are. So it reminded me of another bad one lately - the pregnancy test commercial where they show a PRETEND STREAM OF PEE spraying the indicator. I can't wait for that one to play during dinner.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
I may not ever make it out of my pajamas today.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
And then we learned that Karl, Alan's brother, is leaving for Somalia due to recent events and is probably en route as I type. His other deployments, although in the Middle East, seemed a lot safer than this one. He'll be gone at least a month, will come back for a month, and then return.
And now Addison is moving out by choice to live with her dad full-time. At least we're 99% sure it's going to happen. It's probably going to be a really good thing for her, but there's a whole slew of "mom" emotions that I'm going through that are just hard to explain and hard to talk about.
So no, life doesn't suck, but it's really hard some days.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
5 large or 7 medium tomatoes (the medium, nicely ripened tomatoes give a better flavor)
1/2 small onion
1 small to medium green bell pepper or 1/2 of a large
1 jalapeno pepper
1 serrano pepper
1 handful fresh cilantro*
Juice of one lime
1 clove garlic or 1/2 to 1 tsp minced garlic (optional)
Kosher salt to taste
Boil the tomatoes until the skins split. Remove from water and cool slightly for easier handling. Peel off skin, remove hard base of stem, cut in half, and place in food processor. Don't skip this step, because it's gross to have skins in your salsa. Quarter the bell pepper and onion, and cut off stems of hot peppers. If you want less heat, remove the seeds of hot peppers. Place in food processor with rest of ingredients (except salt) and pulse a few times to get large vegetable pieces broken down. Blend until desired consistency and add salt, usually a couple of teaspoons. Add a little salt at a time, because you can overdo it quickly. I think when I first started making this, the recipe called for a little sugar to counter the salt. I know that salt and sugar somehow work together, but I haven't been adding the sugar to mine.
*The amount of cilantro depends on preference. It's best to start with a little and add as needed.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Alan said not to tell him right away if I hear anything, because he wants to have a few days to believe our efforts paid off. So Alan if you're reading this, I think the steel wool was no match for our cute, cuddly friends.
Our other project was to hang the small fireplace mantle that had been sitting in the garage becoming a resting place for tools or work boots or whatever other grimy thing was in our hand and looking for a convenient place to be dropped. This is how it looks for now.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
I don't get it. I live here, and uninteresting doesn't begin to describe this place. Midland does have two claims to fame however: Jessica falling down the well and the Bush family's home town. Neither seems reason enough to keep namedropping Midland though. But here's a possible theory. For a population of only 100,000, you wouldn't believe the money in this town. Old and new money. Just take a little drive in the ever-growing affluent neighborhoods and see all the mansions. So maybe it's possible that some of these people invest their money in Hollywood and have a small influence on what gets mentioned? Regardless, maybe I shouldn't leave the house without makeup as often as I do.