Monday, November 5, 2012

Procrastination Is My Middle Name

Procrastination is my middle name and it is way past time to change that.  

At home it is five minutes at my computer before I do <insert task, chore, anything that needs to be done here> and next thing I know it is 10:00pm and I should be in bed. But I have successfully avoid the task that I was supposed to do.  Damn it, I'll do it tomorrow ... after I check my e-mail, facebook and twitter and I should probably check here for comments (even though I get e-mail notifications) and something interesting may have happened on twitter or facebook while I was doing that.

At work it is a quick break from whatever task is melting my brain to organize a pile of papers into proper files and next thing I know the office looks like something has exploded in it because I have decided to organize while taking a break from the brain melting task.  Organizing which no doubt involves making piles of things that I don't want to deal with at the moment and will procrastinate finishing until some day when I am procrastinating doing something else.  

(Right about now, I hope my boss doesn't read my blog!  Although, if you are reading, I assure you that all the really important, time sensitive stuff gets done on time.  Usually, I think!)

So, please people, I need some suggestions, what is a better middle name for me to adopt?  Procrastination just isn't working for me anymore.  It is bad enough that I procrastinate when it comes to things that I don't like doing or that cause my brain to melt, but when it comes to doing things that I like, that's a sign that it is getting a little out of hand.

I should go start making Christmas cards . . . but I think I will go get a drink first and then check Facebook and Twitter.  By then it will be too late to be bothered starting.  Maybe tomorrow would be a good time to start.  Or next week?  I still have a month before they have to be in the mail . . .

Sunday, November 4, 2012

From Pumpkin Patch to Pumpkin Pie

Our journey from Pumpkin Patch to Pumpkin Pie started a couple of weeks ago.  On a sunny Saturday morning, we went to Miller's Farm in Manotick in search of pumpkins.

We took the wagon to the pumpkin patch to look for the perfect pumpkin.
Although there were lots of great pumpkins in the field, all of the REALLY big ones were already at the store area and we wanted a REALLY big pumpkin!  We came home with a 40 pound pumpkin.

Then it was time to get that pumpkin cleaned out and turned into a Jack-O-Lantern for Halloween.  Once all the guts were removed, it was carved into a scary face, as per Liam's instructions.

As is the case with all good Jack-O-Lanterns, when Halloween is over, so is their life.
 The 40 pound pumpkin turned Jack-O-Lantern was destine to be cut into pieces ...
 ... put in a 350 degree oven ...
... and baked for an hour.
 As if that wasn't enough torture for  poor Jack, he was then peel and chopped into smaller pieces ...
 ... tossed in the food processor ...
... and made in to puree.

And that my friends, is what we used to make a lovely pumpkin pie for dessert!
(And A LOT left over to go in the freezer for future pumpkin goodies!)

Pumpkin Pie Filling

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 375 F for 50 minutes.
For a large deep dish pie, double recipe.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


My eyes itch and water.
My nose is stuffy and drippy.
My throat is dry and scratchy.
I feel like I have blown my nose a million times today.
My eyes are bloodshot.
My nose is red.
I have taken allergy medication.
I sit here sniffling.
I wait for it to start to work.
I hope it kicks in before I scratch my eyes out.
Because I really do like being able to see.
I really think my allergies are trying to kill me tonight.
I really hope they don't succeed.
Because I have things to do tomorrow.
And the next day and the day after that.

So, allergies, if you are reading this, 
Please, get the message.
I want you to GO AWAY!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Six Word Friday - Questions


Everywhere I turn there are questions.
Questions being asked.  Questions needing answers.
All day long, home and work.
I feel bombarded by the questions.

Sometimes answers are easy to give.

Sometimes I silently look for answers, 
to impossible and  even ridiculous questions.

Sometimes I just want to scream:
"Go figure it out for yourself."

Sometimes I really don't understand why
the question is even being asked.

Sometimes I am happy to help,
to find an answer for someone.

It all depends on the question
and why it is being asked.

Who?  What?  When?  Why? Where?  How?
The questions will never, ever end.
Some will bring joy and excitment.
Some will bring angry and frustration.
Some will bring indifference and boredom.
But they will always and forever
Be an everyday part of life.

This post was written as part of Six Word Fridays at My Memory Art, take a minute to pop over and see some other "Question" posts.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Fun!!

Every year, Halloween gets more and more exciting!  Two years ago, we Trick or Treated at 2 houses because every time someone opened their door, Liam cried.  Last year, we had to be right beside him to knock on doors, ring door bells and take the candy when he decided to be shy.  This year, he was a pro!  Walking up to houses by himself, knocking on the door, saying Trick or Treat and Thank You and having a wonderful time!

Here is our Halloween adventure in photos!

 Miller's Farm in Manotick.  Liam would have played on the hay bales all day if we hadn't reminded him that we were there for a pumpkin!
 Checking out the pumpkin patch.  So many pumpkins!
 "I want these two.  One can have a happy face and one can have a scary face."
 "You want me to put my hands in there?  I don't think so!"
 "Are you sure I have to touch this stuff?  It is like slime."
 "I guess it's not so bad after all."
 The scary pumpkin. (We got a small pumpkin that was supposed to be the happy face, but it started to rot before we craved them.)

 Captain America . . . ready to save the world . . . if you have candy!
"Come on people!  There are more houses to go to, lots more houses."
Captain America and all his goodies.  We told him that he could choose 2 things to eat before bed.  He was very good about it but probably only because he was too exhausted to put up a fuss!  We stopped Trick or Treating because he asked to go home to bed!  I don't ever remember asking to stop Trick or Treating, we were always trying to talk Dad into one more house!  But then again, I don't remember being three years old!  When he finally went to bed, Liam was very sad that he couldn't wear his Captain America suit to bed!