Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Since it's just the three of us (Husband, Ruby and myself), I got a little fresh chicken instead of a turkey.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Go ahead, eat way too much - I know we will! :)
I will be on hiatus for the long weekend, but return on Monday!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I am sad to say that as a result of my antics this weekend, the glass is no longer usable. I broke it (and the first four earlier). I know. I am not very proud.
To make Momma feel better, I am shopping for a new set of Marini glasses for her! I finally figured out this Google thing (the things I learn because I get myself in trouble!). First up are Temptation Martini Glasses. I like them. They are blue and pretty, and look like they'd be fun to play with.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thanks to MAC paints, it stays on all day, and I love the plethora of colors and shades. My favorites are 4-color palletes like one pictured here. You can fill it up with four shades of your choice!
I've got three or four different ones, and am working on filling up a fifth. I am really loving the neutral colors in this limited edition Notoriety palette. Hmmm maybe I will go ahead and add it to my collection! ;)
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here are the things I'd like to accomplish before the year-end:
1. Clean my closet! I disposed of a good 25-50% of my clothes when we moved in June. Now, the only way to make room for new clothes is to dispose of something old. Well, I've been purchasing new ones, but not getting rid of the old ones! My closet is a mess.
2. De-clutter our living room. Same as above - we have been accumulating "stuff" and storing it in the living room. Everything must go!
3. Figure out a solution for the jaC Jewelry newsletter. My new computer does not have the program I use to create my newsletter. There is no way to get that program, either - it is no longer sold. I keep using my old computer once a month to create my newsletter, but this is a temporary solution. I need a permanent one. This one's going to be the toughest on this list.
4. Figure out if I want to take another jewelry class (wax carving) or photography class next, and sign up. I am really looking forward to this one! I think it's going to be wax carving, but you never know.
5. See "The Nutcracker" ballet. This one should be easy - I already found the venue; all we need to do is pick a date and buy tickets!
See, they are not completely unreasonable. :) What are your goals?
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Gone is the past participle of to go. Used as the verb of a sentence, it must always be preceded by an auxiliary verb such as has, have, had, is, am, are, was, were, be, or one of their contractions.
Went is the past tense of to go. It never takes an auxiliary verb.
Incorrect: They gone to the movies.
(Gone needs an auxiliary verb.)
Correct: They have gone to the movies.
Correct: They are gone to the movies.
Correct: They went to the movies.
Incorrect: You could have went with them.
(Went takes no auxiliary verb.)
Correct: You could have gone with them.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thank you, my boss's boss's subordinate's subordinate!
And if you followed all that, I will give you a cookie (or a Fruit and Nut granola bar).
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I blog almost daily (and Ruby blogs once a week). Sometimes (like today) have a hard time coming up with a topic.
What do you want to know? What do you want to read about? Give me your ideas, please. :)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Allow me to introduce to you my second cousin Monica! Momma's cousin found her on the street with a bad cold and an infected eye that was shut closed. She took Monica to the vet, who gave her some medicine, and then brought her home and nursed her back to health. She was a teeny little thing - only two months old, and couldn't even say "Meow" as she had lost her voice because of the cold.
Thankfully, she has fully recovered now, and as you can see, her eye is just fine! I am really excited to have a second cousin and can't wait to play with her some day!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The cafeteria is on the second floor. What really annoys me is when people take the elevator from the first to the second floor (I am talking about young, healthy people - I know some of them personally, and they are perfectly capable of walking one flight of stairs). What annoys me even more is when people take the elevator from the second floor down to the first! Am I being unreasonable?
Monday, November 16, 2009
Let me tell you a little bit about Alison, the lovely creator of the tiny Swarovski trees. Alison and I "met" about a year and half ago on Etsy. Ever since then, we've exchanged frequent e-mails, spoken on the phone and purchased jewelry-making supplies for each other. Not only is she a dear friend and an amazing mother to three energetic boys - she is also Ruby's Godmother!
Be sure to check out her shop, where you will find more holiday earrings and beautiful jewelry for any occasion!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Mr. and Mrs. Hoot....Christmas Owl ornaments....Amy Butler fabric, $28, from aprilfoss
One Sweet Linen Tree Ornament, $24, from allthingswhite
Mini Hand Knit Christmas Stockings, set of 2, $9.50, from PrairieThreads
Friday, November 13, 2009
I added three amazing bracelets in winter holiday colors to my shop recently! They feature one of my favorite combinations - handmade lampwork beads and white keshi pearls.
Poinsettias in the Snow Bracelet - Red, White and Silver Handmade Glass Lampwork Beads, White Keshi Pearls and Sterling Silver Bracelet, $85
The Bluest Moon Bracelet - Blue, Ivory and Silver Handmade Glass Lampwork Beads, White Keshi Pearls and Sterling Silver Bracelet, $85
Merlot Bouquet Bracelet - Cherry Red, Ivory and Silver Handmade Glass Lampwork Beads, White Keshi Pearls and Sterling Silver Bracelet, $85
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Last week, Husband showed up with a cup of bubble milk tea; he bought it for me at a Chinese restaurant all the way in Flushing and carried it back on the subway (for about an hour)! I was so excited, until I discovered that he sampled the tea on the way and drank two thirds of it. (The first time he tried my tea a few years ago, he did not like it. This time, he discovered that it is very good! Go figure.) Still, it was a pleasant surprise.
Today, Husband delivered a full cup of bubble milk tea from the same place! It traveled all the way from Flushing on the subway for an hour, and he managed to stay out of it. :) It was delicious! Husband gets a gold star for this one, don't you think?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
They claim it's because of the last-minute change of plans and other fake reasons. The real reason is they do not want to leave me all by my lonesome! I am so happy. I was NOT looking forward to having a strange babysitter check on me daily.
Now I get to eat a lot of turkey and cause mischief all day. Life doesn't get any better than that!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A top coat is a must for my nail polish to remain intact and chip-free for a week; I've stuck to L'Oreal, as I have not found a better quality top coat. It works equally well on solid colors and French manicure! I highly recommend it.
Monday, November 9, 2009
She is a beauty! I love the bright poppy color and the classic style.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saw is the simple past tense. Seen is the past participle.
Here are several examples:
I saw that movie already.
I have seen that movie before.
When was she seen last?
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
2 lb medium onions, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced lengthwise
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dry white wine
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth (32 fl oz) (I used regular)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
6 (1/2-inch-thick) diagonal slices of baguette
1 (1/2-lb) piece Gruyère, Comte, or Emmental (I used a mix of Gruyère and Emmental)
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Special equipment: 6 (8- to 10-oz) flameproof soup crocks or ramekins (I got a set of four, $29.99, at Bed, Bath and Beyond); a cheese plane (I used a regular knife instead)
Cook onions, thyme, bay leaves, and salt in butter in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, uncovered, stirring frequently, until onions are very soft and deep golden brown, about 45 minutes to an hour. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in wine and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in broth, water, and pepper and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.
While soup simmers, put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat until cheese is melted and bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Who addresses Husband by his first name and discusses sports every time they see him?
Our doormen do.
Who rarely acknowledges me and fails to give me our packages?
Our doormen do.
Does it bother me?
Not at all.
Who thinks Husband decides how big of a tip the doormen get for Christmas?
Our doormen do.
Who is wrong about that?
The doormen are!
Who will get a big fat tip this Christmas?
NOT our doormen.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Today is the first week of our weekly grammar review! A certain somebody who resides with me lost my copy of Strunk and White's Elements of Style. Until I find it or replace it, I will rely on Google to help me out.
Stacy asked to explain the difference between their, they're and there. Here we go!
Usage of their, they're and there:
1. Use there when referring to a place, whether concrete ("over there by the building") or more abstract ("it must be difficult to live there").
There is an antique store on Camden Avenue.
The science textbooks are over there on the floor.
There are many documents that are used in investigations
2. Use their to indicate possession. It is a possessive adjective and indicates that a particular noun belongs to them.
My friends have lost their tickets.
Their things were strewn about the office haphazardly.
3. Remember that they're is a contraction of the words they and are. It can never be used as a modifier, only as a subject (who or what does the action) and verb (the action itself).
Hurry up! They're closing the mall at 6 tonight!
I'm glad that they're so nice to new students here.