Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2 Days of Sewing & Netflix

It was so nice to have yesterday off of work since I did the craft show all day Saturday. I spent all day Sunday and Monday sewing. My friend had wanted me to make some stuff for her before Christmas but I was too stressed out. She asked me if I had time now so I got them made up for her.


2 drawstring backpacks



a mug cozy and a make up bag.


And then I worked on some keychains I had started. These are always kind of a work in progress. I'll do a few steps and then go until I run out of something. I really enjoy making them. Something from little bits and pieces of fabric. I sold several this weekend. I had one person buy 3 different keychains so that was fun. (I sell them for $4, they cost me about .20 to make if you don't count the fabric scraps which would probably just have been tossed.) Other than that it's just time but hey I get a lot of Netflix watched while I sew ;)


This weekend I watched the latest season of Grace & Frankie. I think that show has about ran it's course. What's up with all the F bombs? I hang out with a lot of older people and they might throw one in every so often but nothing like that. I did think it was kind of funny when they were having the vision or whatever it was with Grace's face all done up.

Then I watched the new season of Friends From College. I was totally cracking up with the skunk scene if anyone has seen it, you'll know what I'm talking about. It's so weird to see Fred Savage play a gay man. I was totally into Wonder Years when I was young and so was he ;)

Now I need to find something else to watch. I watched Derry Girls a couple weeks ago, so funny!

I also watched the Marie organizer lady that is all the rage. I was kind of laughing to myself that I kind of already organize the way she teaches except for all my crafting/resale stuff. And everyone else's crap in the house. I have slightly given up on my house. Once someone moves out it will be easier (not picking anyone just when everyone is in a bedroom again!). I don't really appreciate having to clean up after adults who don't appreciate me cleaning up. And I don't need a lecture on withholding things or what not because hello I've been married 25 years that obviously doesn't work in my house. I just get angry and that doesn't get us anywhere besides me being angry haha.

PS my Etsy link is on the left side top of the screen. I do not put any character/sports items on there so if you are interested in those just message me :)

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Another Craft Show Downtown Modesto

I did a new venue on Saturday in Downtown Modesto. It was the first time in this location for the venue organizer so I thought I'd give it a try. I got lucky and it was the one nice day in a week of crappy weather!

I was set up right in front of the movie theater.


This set up worked really well since there were people walking on both sides (in front and behind my booth). Also it gave a lot of room for multiple people to be looking at my stuff. Definitely a winner for a non corner set up.


There was live music played by teens all day. They did a FANTASTIC job and were so entertaining! Some people complained that it was too loud but I was down a bit from them so it was ok.


It would have been nice to have a helper with me for when I had to go to the bathroom and to be able to look around a bit but the people next to me were nice enough to keep an eye out while I ran to the bathroom lol


I did a tiny bit better than the last 3 shows I have done so not too bad for not making anything new since my last show. I signed up to do another one on the 2nd. I want to try and make up a few Valentines wine bags. I'm down to THREE non Christmas bags and 2 of those are part of the original ones I made lol. I think I might just put those in my donation pile for the next time I need to make a raffle donation. 

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Reno, Continued

OK here we go, I'm up early (kind of) on Sunday before all the kids start sucking up the wifi lol.

So anyhow, headed home from RENO! We are driving along and some people are putting their chains on. It starts to get where a lot of people are putting them on so we pull over and Scott puts them on (thank God we bought them!) We then continue to drive for awhile thinking we didn't really need to put them on yet and maybe he should take them off. But then we get to a point where there are some people without chains and they are all over the road and we are like whew, so glad we had them on.


And then the traffic just stops. It creeps along every so often but for the most part we are just sitting. We saw these people in front of us throw trash out the window and then later saw it was a diaper. So gross.


creeping a long. Stuck between 2 exits. Somewhere in here we pulled over and got out and peed on the side of the road (with a blanket between the doors)


Sitting some more. This cop comes through with his sirens blazing. No one can move. Siren keeps going off.  We were actually behind the truck and got inched over because he pushed a car towards us. He finally got out and walked up and made everyone move a couple inches so he could get through. While he was doing that the truck backed up and either almost hit the car we moved for or DID hit the car we moved for, not entirely sure but I was really glad we weren't behind it at that point.


Hours later. Dreaming of Taco Bell. We were like it's only .6 miles. I could so walk that and walk back and you'd probably still be sitting here. The traffic would move a couple feet and we'd be like well maybe it's going to move. 



Here's where we were sitting. Notice all the closed roads. Somewhere in here I climbed in the backseat of the car and peed in a Wendy's cup.  Apparently my bladder holds a small Wendy's beverage.


Finally 7-8 hours later they let us get off the freeway. They won't let us turn to the right. We go left, can't make another left to go to Taco Bell lol but they make us get BACK ON THE FREEWAY going back the other direction. This is where Scott loses his shit. He gets back off the freeway at the next exit where we know there is food (he's for sure going to fade away at this point, he'd make a horrible contestant on Survivor). We get off the freeway and once again the traffic is stopped. Scott gets OUT OF THE CAR lmao so I go around to take the wheel as he walks to Shell station. Apparently he yelled at the guy at the front of the line who was holding up traffic and got him to move. 

I drove along and he waved at me not to turn into the shell station road so I went up one further to go to the grocery store parking lot. I'm so glad we had been in this shopping center several times on our way to go camping.  I hit a bump and all the snow that had accumilated on the top of the car fell on the windshield. I made it into the parking lot and cleaned the windshield off then moved the car to a better parking spot. 

Eventually Scott came back with some beef jerky lol. Personally I would have walked a tiny bit farther and went to McDonald's. 

So the parking spot was right by a Pizza place. We got in and of course a long line to be seated. I was like can I order before I sit? She said no. I'd have to order it to go. So I did. I went to go to the bathroom and wahaaalaa there was a bar! So I sat at the bar and we had a pitcher of beer and I inhaled this small loaf of bread almost entirely by myself. We ate almost a whole pizza. Diet Schmiet. 




We knew we would be sleeping in the car. There was no where to stay and we were not going to drive back to Reno. I'm glad I threw a bunch of blankets in there and my pillow.  We went overt to CVS and the grocery store looking for hand warmers but they didn't have any. We didn't really need them anyways, the car was plenty warm enough with our body heat.


Plus, I never really slept haha. I'd maybe doze off for a couple minutes then I'd wake up. There was a snow plow going in the parking lot ALL NIGHT LONG. I was pretty pissed when I woke up and the parking lot wasn't spic and span. Like what was he really doing? Just keeping me awake with his jingly bell sounding snow plow.

When we were both fully awake we attempted to park closer to Starbucks in the same parking lot which just ended up me yelling at Scott to stop yelling. Finally parked and then we got into Starbucks to wait in the long line to use the bathroom.  We got 2 large coffees then I checked the only thing that seemed to be updating and it said the road was open. So we jumped in the car and we were off.

We got up to right before the exit we were sent off of the night before when the traffic stopped again. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! Thankfully after about 10 minutes they finally let us through.

Up and over the mountain



I've never been so glad to NOT see snow lol. Obviously we are flat landers and do not usually deal with the snow and it's probably safe to say we will NEVER go to Reno in the winter again!


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Friday, January 18, 2019

Reno Trip Part 1

I'm so tired I'm blogging laying down on my bed. I keep meaning to write some stuff but then I give up and just go lay down and veg out until I fall asleep.


I think I remember why I fell off the wagon of my diet last time. I spend all time after work cooking and washing dishes. I just had to go out to the unattached garage in the rain to change the laundry over because there are no f*cking clean towels. It feels like I just washed a ton of towels. Where did they go? I'm about to just hide a couple for myself so at least "I" have a clean towel and everyone else can figure out out for themselves.


So ahem. I am backlogged on blogging because I am kind of an in order type of girl and need to blog about our weekend away! We went to Reno on January 5th. My friend had tickets for a free weekend at the Peppermill they weren't going to be able to use and I jokingly said well heck I'll use them! Then she talked to her husband and the next thing I knew he had put them in my name and um it was for the NEXT NIGHT. Scott and I hemmed and hawed about it a bit since there was some snow in the forecast but it looked like there was a good enough window that we would be able to make it back.


Of course the Thursday night I decided to have a full on cold. Snot, coughing etc. I stayed home on Friday and washed all our clothes (even clothes that weren't mine, and no one thanked me either, see if I do that again), took cold meds and waited for Scott to get home. When he got home we went by my friends to get the paper with the info, stopped to get CHAINS, just in case you know, and some better cold meds. Also I bought the most disgusting cough drops ever made.


We went through the drive thru at Wendy's and got a grilled chicken sandwich and a side salad and of course a diet coke and then we were on our way!


When we got to Reno it was COLD. We got all checked in with our $200 free food and $300 spa credit woohoo.  The room was nice with a big fancy tub that I never ended up taking a bath in lol.











After we got in the room I remembered I left my Kindle in the car so I had to go all the way back out to the car (parked on the 5th floor in the garage). When I was walking back there was a girl with a thin tube top and skirt with heels walking in too. I'm not sure how she wasn't just one big Popsicle. Brr. 
Since I was going to the car I took $5 with me and played a few slots on the way back (I'm cheap and find the cheap penny machines). When I got back Scott wanted to get something to eat. I wasn't all that hungry so I hemmed and hawed at the menu. I didn't want to mess up my diet already! I finally decided on some jumbo prawns which were expensive but hey we had free food lol. Scott got a full plate of huevos rancheros for the same price.




After eating we went to bed and I slept off and on between coughing. Saturday morning we got to sleep in until like 7 am when we were wide awake lol and then went to breakfast/brunch.

Still keeping it in my calorie range (didn't eat all that bacon, just 2)




When I was checking in the guy asked "do you want a mountain view or a pool view?" I said which ever you think is nicer. He gave me the pool view.






unfortunately it was empty lol



It started to get super windy on Saturday



We heard a crash and saw this trash can had blown over. There were white caps in the pool!




Good thing we didn't have to go outside! We had a 3:30 appointment at the spa. Since we were late making an appointment all they had available was a 25 minute Swedish massage. We both got booked for one but not "together", just at the same time. 


When we got there they called me in and took me into the locker room where they gave me a locker and a robe (ack I have to undress here???). Also some flip flops. After a bit the girl came back for me and took me up to this room where everyone was laying on chaise lounges. A bunch of them appeared to be sleeping but I don't know how anyone could sleep in a place with other random strangers. Unless maybe they were there all day and had already had a massage. 


Eventually the masseuse came and got me and I had a very nice relaxing massage. Afterwards she told me I should sit in the "salt room" since it would help my sinuses. I sat in there for like 3 minutes. No phone, no book, nothing to read, no tv. I guess I'm not good at just sitting lol. Also I was worried Scott would be stressing out if he was finished and I wasn't there yet.  I eventually figured out how to get out of the place. Got dressed in front of strangers and then went out to settle up the bill. $189, charge it to the room hahahaha.  I wasn't sitting long before Scott came out feeling like a hundred bucks. He was like "we should do that more often!" Yep, next time we get another free weekend (not in the winter...)


After our massage I was starving so we went to find something to eat. We decided sushi would be a good choice. So many little restaurants in this place. There was a bit of a wait but we opted to sit at the "sushi bar" so we walked right in. They were kind of pushing the all you can eat sushi but it was pretty expensive (even if we weren't paying) and we were still trying to be good so we just ordered 3 rolls.  It did come with some bread too so that was the bad part of the good meal that I ate most of lol.






yummy yummy! Afterwards we did some penny machine playing (found a couple that only had like 9 lines!)  and Scott tipped the cocktail waitress when she came around so we got a few rounds of drinks until we got tipsy and tired of playing.


I couldn't hardly sleep all night, probably from too much caffeine. I was also worried about the storm that was coming in and if we were going to make it home. Scott seemed less worried when he woke up so I figured we were ok. 


We got up and went and had the brunch buffet where I tried to pick out enough food that it was worth it but I wasn't going to totally kill all my calories for the day. 


I've never really had eggs benedict so I thought I'd try one. Then I decided the bread part of it wasn't worth the calories so just ate the top part.





I went back and got some crab legs but the big ones were super salty so I didn't eat much of those either.


Went to look at desserts but nothing seemed worth it so just got more shrimp.



Buffets are really a waste when you are on a diet lol.

After breakfast we packed up and checked out. For the whole weekend it was only $54 that wasn't covered (tips). Not too shabby! Well plus some gambling money but we just each used some of our cash we had stashed away. I MAYBE played $40 of my own money if that and I think Scott was about the same.

This is pretty long so I'll continue with our trip home in the next post (PS this took me 2 days to write since the internet went out while I was writing it lol)
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Skinnytaste Chicken Cacciatore Instant Pot

Oh my gosh I'm so tired but I'm waiting for my little quiche cups I need for breakfast to get done cooking before I can go to bed.

I like cooking and doing meal prep but it's a bit exhausting. And the dishes! I washed dishes three times tonight.

Tonight I cooked in my Instant Pot again. I made the Skinnytaste Chicken Cacciatore, but doubled it. I wasn't sure if I should use 1/2 a can of diced tomatoes for one recipe or if it was saying to use the whole can. Just in case I added another cans worth of pasta sauce since that's all I had that was similar. There was a ton of liquid when I was done so it would have been ok with just the one can.

The meat was fantastic and just fell off the bones. I had it over a bit of rice. After I took this picture I took the bones out and it was all shredded pretty and added a bit more of the sauce. Yum!


ok my little quiche cups are done. I need to put them away so I can go to bed. I'm still trying to recover from sleeping in my car on Sunday night. Story to come soon!




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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!

I worked all day on New Years Eve. The other agency at work got sent home on Furlough so we are the last agency standing.


After work I went home and took a nap haha. Then made some little salami cream cheese pepper roll ups and got my self ready to go.



I worked the "pull tabs" table along with Sheryl to the right of me in the pic. Scott, my friend Cassi and Jess sat with us too.


I won one of the big prizes on the pull tabs, $25 woohoo lol. Not too shabby for a .25 card!

Jess spent most of the time with her light up hoop. She is getting really good at it and now has an 80 year old stalker who kept video'ing her the whole time haha.


The lip sync contest was funny! Dinner was good with a ton of (potluck) food. I ended up working the cake booth too when that was going.  We stayed all night and closed down the bar at 1 I think! 







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