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Thursday, May 31, 2007

I DID IT!!!!

I bonused. I did it! Woooooohooooooo!

That means an extra 3% commission on my party totals for the month of May. Tonight's hostess' party was unbelievable! More than $1000 .... and I saw so many people I knew from different areas of my life. Very odd.

Anyway ... exhorbitantly expensive curling iron, you are MINE! And Elvis can defintely have his oil change this weekend.

On a totally different note, I tried another Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry recipe: Glad Thai Dings .... Thai flavoured meatballs with sauce. SOOOOOO gooooooood! Yummmmmy!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

P & H Corkscrews

What kind of corkscrews? Huh?

Pasta and Hair.

More confused?

Ok, here it is.

I made the Eat, Shrink and Be Merry recipe - "Worth Every Penne" - OMG! It was delicicous! I was a little sceptical since there was balsamic vinegar in it ... not a big fan of balsamic vinegar ... but it was amazing! Of course, I cheated a little bit. I used white balsamic .... SO MUCH better than regular balsamic. Anyway ... I am getting far afield here. I tried the recipe ... as you can see from the picture ... I added the spinach and tomatoes a little too early, but it still tasted amazing! I ran into a little problem though ... I only had a 1/2 cup of penne ... so I had to add some rotini, that wonderful corkscrew pasta. Probably my favourite pasta. Holds sauces better, yadda yadda. Anyway ... I would do two things differently next time I make this ... I would add MORE spinach and tomatoes and I would just stick to the rotini, no penne.

So. Now you are wondering about the hair part. Well, probably not. But I am going to go ahead and believe that you are dying of curiosity. I am referring to my hair! I had my hair done tonight. At Avalon, of course! And no, it was not because of Kelly's rocking hair style that I went to Avalon ... my hair appointments are standing appointments, every six weeks. And my hair stylist's name is Darcy, not Selena. Once again, far afield. Back to the topic at hand. Corkscrews .... as in curls. All over my head! Last time we went with the style Darcy wanted. I put myself in her hands and told her to do what she wanted to my hair. Which apparently required a flat iron. And a lot of product. About 6 of them. I don't own a flat iron - gasp! Nor do I want one, as it will mean more work on my hair. And I'm too lazy for that. So tonight, I told her I wanted to get it trimmed, as usual, but I wanted it styled in a way that I could do at home - with very little fuss. Basically to work with the wave and curl in my hair. So, she pinned my hair in bunches, blow dried it, and put about a half dozen curls in with a curling iron. Voila! Done! And she only used three styling products ... the Be Curly creme, the anti-frizzing oil (have it), and hairspray. How can you go wrong with that? Of course, she tried to sell me on the curling iron ... $70. I am tempted ... only because the one I have sucks ass. This curling iron she showed me is a ceramic one ... heats in 30 seconds (good for me, because I am sooooo impatient when it comes to my hair), and it's fairly lightweight. Maybe, **maybe**! if I bonus this month, I will buy it as a treat to me.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Woohoos and Beer

I did a mystery shop for Woohoos today. REALLY didn't want to. But they keep calling me and asking me. This last time, they wanted me to do one at lunch time. I told them I couldn't .... unless I had my mother come down and stay with they kidlets while I went .... they immediately offered to double my fee. I guess they're really that desparate.

Travel time included, I managed to do it in 30 minutes. My biggest challenge when doing mystery shops for Woohoos is the food. It's kind of a big problem, since that is what I am mystery shopping. I ordered a Big Woo, fries, and pop .... I did eat the Big Woo, but couldn't stomach more than a couple of fries. Enough to honestly report on their quality. Part of the evaluation includes sitting in the dining room for 15 minutes to observe your surroundings. I was there 15 minutes to the second and then bolted. Since this location happens to be downtown, there really isn't much to observe, as the dining area is maintained by the mall, not Woohoos. And let me tell you, that 15 minutes crept by slowly. Specially since they all watch me. Yes, the Woohoos staff watches me. I'm the only mystery shopper in the area, so they all know me. So, there I am observing them observe me. Wow. How fun! The 15 minutes was up, and I was gone!

Afterwards, I had to go to the liquor store for beer. And no, I wasn't picking it up for my afternoon cerveza, thank you very much Tickey! I needed it for a recipe that I was trying for supper tonight. Ususally I have at least ONE beer in the fridge, as someone generally leaves their beer behind after a gathering. But I must have used it all up. Anyway ... there I am, I have to have a 1/2 cup of beer. A 1/2 cup! What the hell!?! I really didn't want to waste money on a six pack of that swill. So I popped down to the Kings St store and lo and behold! They sell individual cans and bottles of beer! I picked up a can of Canadian and two bucks later, I have the last ingredient for supper!

After mixing up the marinade that called for the beer, I was left with almost a cup of beer. What was I supposed to do with that? I know most people with undiscriminating taste buds would tell me to drink it. But really. Why would I torture myself drinking something that tastes like a yeast cake? So, I divied it up into two portions and froze it. Seriously, all I ever need it for is cooking ... doesn't need the fizz for cooking, only the flavour and the acid for tenderizing. Thawed beer will work just fine.

So, after all this talk of a recipe calling for beer, are you wondering what it is I am making? It's an Eat, Shrink and Be Merry recipe .... Flank'n'Stein .... should be interesting. That paired with potatoes, carrots, and onions spiced with VE blends, foil wrapped and grilled ... it will make for an amazing supper!

FYI - I did the parfait thing for breakfast today. Sliced strawberries (on sale at Superstore for $2!), granola and the lemon chiffon. When I made the lemon chiffon, I used half low-fat sour cream and half no-fat yoghurt. Next time, I will use the yoghurt and non-fat Cool Whip. I think it will produce a better lemon chiffon.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Facebook Junkie

I have been a very bad blogger. I just can't get into the whole writing thing. I am starting to think that Facebook is sucking the will to write straight out of me! My Facebook addiction is so bad, that I just leave the window up all the time and check it periodically! I can't bring myself to close it down ... logging in uses up so many precious seconds that I could be using to browse my friends profiles!

Facebook. Look that term up in the dictionary and it will defined as brain-draining, ass-inflating cyber crack.

I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook.

I love that I can find old school mates and old friends (the two aren't always mutually exclusive). I love that I can keep in touch with relatives who live elsewhere ... cousins particularly, that I may not have normally kept up with on a regular basis. I love that people feel free to be sillier than they normally would - my sister and her profile pic or my friend Jeremy, for a couple of examples. I love that I can check in on my close friends and see what they are up to today.

The hate aspect of my Facebook relationship ... that's different. There are way too many people out there that I don't want to talk to. I've found people I went to school with that I don't want to remember. I hate that certain unpleasant people will see my profile. To the point that I have locked my profile down as tight as it could get. I hate that people feel compelled to add certain people because of pressure. You shouldn't have to add anybody you don't want to! That smacks of bullying. I hate that Facebook sucks up sp much of my free time. I definitely have better things I could be doing. Like writing my blog!

So, I have to make myself a promise ... I have to post more frequently. I have to carve out the time to write. And if I start to slip ... like more than three days ... you are all free to nag me to post!