Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Desperate Times

Way too bored last Saturday night, Dalan and I found our way to Hastings. We wandered the aisles and noted their current promo (buy one used DVD, get the second for $1) and decided we needed to participate. After browsing the selections we found 2 Harry Potter movies that we didn't own for $5 and thought the night was a success, and then we spotted it, the golden gem of all movies, the movie that I asked myself "how in the world do I not already own this movie?!?!?!"

Thank goodness we immediately remedied the situation, and @ $22 it was a heavy price to pay, but so worth it!

Now I realized there is another movie on my must-have list. We are also missing The Emperor's New Groove. I imagine another trip to Hastings in our near future.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's a Girl! and a boy, and a boy, and a boy.

Mom and puppies are doing fine. We have a vet checkup later this morning to make sure that everything looks ok. Tobey is still adjusting to the fact that she can't be the baby right now, but she is an extra good mom as long as one of us is sitting with her.

Temporary names for the pups are Little girl, Rico, Nube, and Last One. We are currently toying with the name Tuba for Nube (he is the gigantor in the middle). Suggestions are more than welcome.

I would also love any new puppy mom advice you may have, or any babysitting offers as a matter of fact.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


So I stumbled across this on awkwardfamilyphotos.com.

Awkward Family Story: The Thanksgiving Letter

From: Marney

As you all know a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner does not make itself. I need to ask each of you to help by bringing something to complete the meal. I truly appreciate your offers to assist with the meal preparation.

Now, while I do have quite a sense of humor and joke around all the time, I COULD NOT BE MORE SERIOUS when I am providing you with your Thanksgiving instructions and orders. I am very particular, so please perform your task EXACTLY as I have requested and read your portion very carefully. If I ask you to bring your offering in a container that has a lid, bring your offering in a container WITH A LID, NOT ALUMINUM FOIL! If I ask you to bring a serving spoon for your dish, BRING A SERVING SPOON, NOT A SOUP SPOON! And please do not forget anything.

All food that is to be cooked should already be prepared, bring it hot and ready to serve, warm or room temp. These are your ONLY THREE options. Anything meant to be served cold should, of course, already be cold.

HJB—Dinner wine

The Mike Byron Family
1. Turnips in a casserole with a lid and a serving spoon. Please do not fill the casserole all the way up to the top, it gets too messy. I know this may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but most of us hate turnips so don’t feel like you a have to feed an army.
2. Two half gallons of ice cream, one must be VANILLA, I don’t care what the other one is. No store brands please. I did see an ad this morning for Hagan Daz Peppermint Bark Ice Cream, yum!! (no pressure here, though).
3. Toppings for the ice cream.
4. A case of bottled water, NOT gallons, any brand is ok.

The Bob Byron Family
1. Green beans or asparagus (not both) in a casserole with a lid and a serving spoon. If you are making the green beans, please prepare FOUR pounds, if you are making asparagus please prepare FIVE pounds. It is up to you how you wish to prepare them, no soupy sauces, no cheese (you know how Mike is), a light sprinkling of toasted nuts, or pancetta, or some EVOO would be a nice way to jazz them up.
2. A case of beer of your choice (I have Coors Light and Corona) or a bottle of clos du bois chardonnay (you will have to let me know which you will bring prior to 11/22).

The Lisa Byron Chesterford Family
1. Lisa as a married woman you are now required to contribute at the adult level. You can bring an hors d’ouvres. A few helpful hints/suggestions. Keep it very light, and non-filling, NO COCKTAIL SAUCE, no beans of any kind. I think your best bet would be a platter of fresh veggies and dip. Not a huge platter mind you (i.e., not the plastic platter from the supermarket).

The Michelle Bobble Family
1. Stuffing in a casserole with a serving spoon. Please make the stuffing sans meat.
2. 2.5-3 qts. of mashed squash in a casserole with a lid and serving spoon
3. Proscuitto pin wheel - please stick to the recipe, no need to bring a plate.
4. A pie knife

The June Davis Family
1. 15 LBS of mashed potatoes in a casserole with a serving spoon. Please do not use the over-size blue serving dish you used last year. Because you are making such a large batch you can do one of two things: put half the mash in a regulation size casserole with lid and put the other half in a plastic container and we can just replenish with that or use two regulation size casserole dishes with lids. Only one serving spoon is needed.
2. A bottle of clos du bois chardonnay

The Amy Misto Family (why do I even bother she will never read this)
1. A pumpkin pie in a pie dish (please use my silver palate recipe) no knife needed.
2. An apple pie in a pie dish, you can use your own recipe, no knife needed.

Looking forward to the 28th!!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

just a little big paranoid

With puppies due tomorrow I had a really hard time going to work today. I did however hook up a 'nanny-cam' so I can watch The Tobes. looks like things are nice and peaceful @ the Hilton residence.

Its also kind of fun to turn on the mic and talk to her. She is a little creeped out by the voice telling her how cute she is, coming from the counter.