Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Why bother?

I cannot decide if I just want my nails painted or get acrylic nails for our wedding dinner next month. I was thinking of getting my nails done here before going home because I might not have time when I get home to get my nails done plus I don't know a manicurist. I was talking to a BFF last week about having acrylic nails. Some people told me that it hurts a the beginning when you get acrylic nails but then you will get used to it and some people told me that he doesn't hurt at all. So me being me the crazy one decide to just get the nails painted but now I wonder why do I even bother wasting time and money getting the nails painted. I didn't want to get acrylic nails yesterday because I knew that it would not last till next month so I thought painting it yesterday would be a better option anyway it is not that the manicurist didn't do a good job but the problem here is I am too rough. I have housework to do and I think I have already chipped a few nails. I now know why people get acrylic nails because it is suppose to last longer and doesn't chip that easy. One of the few housework that needs to get done everyday is washing dishes. Since I am not working I don't expect hubby to wash his dishes after he eats because I am home. I think I chipped my nails doing dishes but I'm not sure because I had to wash the dogs leash and vacuum the carpet too.
BFF have a manicurist that she goes to every two weeks and I'm hoping that by the time I get home I will have time to visit the manicurist (I only trust a certain manicurist because I've heard that some people don't sanitize their equipment etc) since my friend goes there all the time. If not I guess I will just get it painted probably at a near by mall.

I just want to give up..throw up the white flag!!

I think hubby is right. I think we should give up the two dogs (although deep in me still wants to keep one). Sadie did it again. She pooped on the carpet yesterday night and JUST NOW! I thought keeping a close watch on her or just tying her by me would stop it but it was too late when I saw it because I was on the computer!Yeah I can be blamed because I was not paying attention!But I just can't sit and look at her all day long. I guess if I do want to keep her this is what I'll have to do or put her in her crate. After that incident I put both her and Milo in the crate. I can't deal with them at this time. I know is not Milo's fault but then both their leash had some poop on it too so I have to wash them and keep them crated..I just wish everyday that she will be accident free. Everyday I am about to announce that she/they are accident free she does it again..I think I'm about to give up! No wonder hubby just want our lives back with just Stanley. We went through a lot with Stanley too but then he eventually got trained thank god!I love both of them too much to want to give up but I don't have the will power to do it now.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Lazy or busy?

When I first started dog sitting I barely did anything around the house. All I could do was cook in the kitchen because I wanted to confine the dogs in the kitchen so if any of the guest had accidents it was easy for me to clean. Anyway I could not longer sit in the kitchen and not really doing anything apart from cooking and cleaning my kitchen. I had a few laundry basket that was FULL with clean laundry and it was getting wrinkled from being taken out from the dryer and just sitting there. I still don't really trust Milo (the black chihuahua) and Sadie (the brown chihuahua) yet. At first we thought that Sadie was housebroken because she didn't have any accident the first day she was here while Milo had two and a half(half was because he squirted a little but I managed to catch him in time) then it all went down hill. She pooped twice (once on my carpet [thank god we need to change the flooring anyway] and once on the kitchen floor) and pee twice which I think it was my fault she had to go really bad and I was taking my sweet time while getting them ready to go out. The first time when she did it on the carpet I was taking a shower and hubby was suppose to watch them. I was so proud and was going to announce to Aunt and Uncle Richie that they were day 1 accident free until she pooped near where Aunt sat..argghhh...told hubby that we have to watch them because they will get into trouble! (that's the reason why hubby doesn't want to keep both and have three dogs because he doesn't like spending all his time keeping an eye on them) Anyway the other time was hubby took her out in the morning and didn't tell me that she didn't poo so I allowed her to run around thinking she did and when I turned around there was poo on my floor (arghhhh)!
I am not able to do anything because I need to watch the two of them closely just in case..It is very easy to spot if Milo needs to do anything but Sadies is a little more difficult. ANYWAY.....I actually managed to do some stuff around the house. I cleaned the shower, and the sink, vacuum the floor upstairs and folded and kept the mountain of laundry before hubby came home. I did all these after I came home from lunch with hubs. I had to leash them up to the stairs railing so that they can see me and I can see what they are doing and yet not let them roam/round around freely in the house.
I am also in this HUGE dilemma. I love both of them dearly and hubby wants to find Milo and Sadie a good home but I do want to keep one of them..*headache* I know for sure I can't handle THREE dogs and I cannot keep Milo and Sadie but the worst part is I don' t know which one I should keep. I love both of them sooooo much...Hubby wants our life to be "normal" again just with Stanley. I want our life to be "normal" again too but then both of them are so very attached to me. Hubby with be carrying one of them as soon as I sit down both of them will start jumping on my lap. Even if I am carrying Sadie (she jumps on me once she sees me sitting) and other people (ie hubby or aunt/uncle Richie or anyone else) or if anyone else carrying either of them once I start sitting both of them WILL come to me. The other day hubby and I were sitting next to each other looking on the computer; hubs had Milo while I had Sadie the next thing I know Milo starts climbing over to me so I gave Sadie to hubby she sat on hubs lap for a while and climbed back to me then I pass Milo back to hubs and he'll sit for a bit and climbed back to me..yeah you get the story back and forth..so I just end up holding two!How can I choose?How can I even let them go? I am not sure what I should do??I wish that one of the family member can keep them but it is impossible so I am not even going to look into that route..

Pigging Out

Most weekends hubby and I eat really well (most weekdays too). Hubby and I (me more so) get so stuff during the weekend that working out during the week is just a waste or you can say to burn off the pounds that I put on weekend.
I actually started my feast on Friday when I ate a huge breakfast and then hubby came and pick me up for lunch for some Mexican Food (for some reason we are ALWAYS stuffed after a Mexican meal). Dinner we resorted to just snacking because we were still full.
Saturday I got up very early because I was really hungry from not eating the night before. I told hubby I wanted Japanese food and off we went to a Japanese buffet place. This place was really nice and the food was pretty good but the price was pretty steep. I didn't know that it was so expensive because when I read about this place on the Internet the price there was cheaper. I might have gotten this place confused with another one and we should have asked how much it was before digging in! After that we walked around the mall for a little bit and headed home. At night we feasted again. To make things worst we weren't really hungry but because I already defrosted the steak and I didn't want to go to be hungry again I decided that we should cook dinner. Dinner consist of Steak marinated with home mix spices, Saute mushroom, Saute peppers with onions and Scallop potatoes. Once again we were STUFFED!..

Meat Marinate

3-4 teaspoons of salt
4 teaspoons of paprika
2 teaspoons of ground pepper
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of cayenne powder
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of coriander

Mix all spices together.
Sprinkle generously on meat.

I normally try and marinate my meat over night or for days. Sometimes when I am not feeling lazy I will marinate my meat and freeze them up separately so when I/we want to cook them we just defrost a pack of it. If I am in a hurry I just dump the seasoning on it and leave it to marinate until ready to cook. I also mix up a bottle of this seasoning so when I need is ready to go.

Sunday we got up and had breakfast. I op for something light which is granola with milk while hubby had french toast, eggs, sausage and bacon (I ate some of his bacon too). We then just hung out in the house trying to clean and unpack stuff etc...We invited Aunt and Uncle Richie over for dinner because we were going to grill some hamburgers and brats. For dinner we stuffed ourselves full again O_O (Nothing new now). I mixed some ground beef up with some barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, dried onions, crumbled crackers and two eggs. I think I should have just used one egg because hubby said that it was breaking apart..Trial and error..I always mix my ground beef with different stuff (more like what ever I can think of and what ever I have handy) We had some chips, Scallop potato, baked beans and pickles. No dessert because I didn't have time to make anyway. Before we made dinner we were busy running around to get our house ready for the couch we got.
I really need to get my fat ass to the gym this week to lose all the fat!The worst and most unhealthy thing about me is when I ate the steak I normally and love to only eat the fat part (don't ask me why I just loved it) and the side dishes..So yeahh I need to lose some weight before I get home end of the month or else...*faint*

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My Three Little Pigs

When hubby first brought home Milo(Black one) and Sadie(Brown one) they barely ate I think is because they are trying to get adjusted etc. The next day Sadie was showing signs that she was adjusting pretty well because she would eat anything given to her on the other hand Milo would only eat the biscuits that I made. Finally he would eat a couple of dogs food here and there when I fed him from my hands. He would not eat from the bowl too and finally one day hubby put his food on the floor and he ate it all up from there. Milo is tiny and a very slow eater which sucks because Stanley and Sadie would gobbled up their food and prey on Milo's food that's on the floor. I have to yell at them to get away from Milo. When Milo is eating I cannot do anything else except watch him because the other two pigs would rush to eat his food. I noticed yesterday even Milo wants to eat all the time hence I have THREE little pigs now. I try to give Milo a huge treat in the middle of the day because Milo is just skin and bones. He's so skinny that hubby said we have to help him put on some weight. Yesterday while I was busy making dinner Milo jump on top of the dog food container and tried to open it/bite the cover so I quickly took a treat and dump it in the crate and lock him up so that he can eat his crate in peace while I'm cooking. The other two just sat in front of the crate looking at Milo. I feel bad but then I don't want to feed the other two too much because I don't want to be fat!

Everyone wants to be on mummy's lap..*smack head*
Sadie is very attached to me because every time when I sit down on the chair she will jump on me and Milo will follow after her. Milo is just like a little cat jumping everywhere!Anyway since they are both always on my lap when I'm there I think Stanley feels it too because he will jump on me too. Can you imagine having three dogs on your lap all at once. I am trying very very hard to give everyone the same attention because I don't want anyone especially Stanley to feel slighted(Stanley is used to all the attention he used to get before we found them). We try to give Stanley more attention cuddling him and telling him we love him when we are in bed. I hope that he understands that he's still very important to us that we will never ever get ride of him.
Anyhow we kind off feel that three dogs is quite a lot for us especially if we kind off planned to try for a baby next year. Ideally it would be nice to get ride of both together in the same house because they belong together but then I do want to keep one. I really do want to keep both but then I cannot watch two at once and Stanley. In our hearts we kind off know who we want to keep but then hubby is kind off think that it would be a great idea to just give away the two of them. I have put ads up about them being missing and so far no one has come forward to claim them back.

Key Lime Cheese Cake

Last Saturday I was going to the store to buy one lime for the fajitas we were planning to make but then I don't think I saw ONE lime for sale so I bought a whole bag of lime. It was not that expensive and hubby said that if we managed to use half of it and the rest go bad it would not be that bad. Aiks with the current economy of course we need to save more and not waste any food right. I told him that I would squeeze the lime one by one and put it in the fridge before it goes bad so that we can always use it. Anyway with all the lime I have I decided to see what I can make with it. I googled and found Key Lime Pie. I didn't think that I was a Key Lime Pie fan (although I've never had it) and then I remembered seeing Key Lime Cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory and I have been having cravings for cheesecake. I was going to bug hubby and uncle Richie(See which one would take me there first) to take me to The Cheesecake Factory but I was thinking I should probably try baking a cheesecake myself and if I'm still not satisfied then I can bug them. Anyway I made a Key Lime Cheesecake. I took a small bite from scooping it out for Uncle Richie because I was having dinner at that time. I got too full after eating dinner because I cooked up a storm yesterday too so I am going to attempt to eat it later. Hubby said that I should quickly eat it before uncle Richie comes back over tonight to finish it. Uncle Richie loved it so much that he took about half home. He said that as long as I keep baking this for him he's a happy camper and mind you he's supposed to be on Atkins diet I didn't think that he would take a huge slice home but as long as someone enjoys it I don't really care.

Key Lime Cheesecake

2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. grated lime peel
1/4-1/3 cup of fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 HONEY MAID Graham Pie Crust (6 oz.)
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

oven to 350°F. Beat cream cheese, sugar, peel, juice and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; mix just until blended.

POUR into crust.

BAKE 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Top with whipped topping just before serving. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

p/s: I omitted the whipped topping because I didn't have any and to save some calories and I decorated my cheesecake with grated lime peel. I think I might have put too much lime so it's a little sour for my taste. Adjust the lime accordingly to suit your taste.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Chimichangas and Red Sauce

Our Thanksgiving turkey was not that big but because we had so much food on the table the turkey was barely touched. Yesterday I decided to make some Chimichangas with the leftover turkey. They are so easy to make and is really delicious too.

2/3 cup picante sauce or your favorite salsa
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken/turkey, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 green onions, chopped with some tops (about 1/4 cup)
6 (8 inch) flour tortillas
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
shredded cheddar cheese, for serving (Optional)
chopped green onion, for serving (Optional)
picante sauce, for serving (Optional
Mix chicken, picante sauce or salsa, cumin, oregano, cheese and onions.
Place about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture in the center of each tortilla.
Fold opposite sides over filling.
Roll up from bottom and place seam-side down on a baking sheet.
Brush with melted margarine.
Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes or until golden.
Garnish with additional cheese and green onion and serve salsa on the side. (I pour red sauce on top to make it wet)

Red Sauce
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons flour
5 teaspoons red chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon of garlic salt
6 ounces tomato paste
2 1/4 cups chicken stock
salt and pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
Melt butter/margarine in a sauce pan.
Make a roux by browning flour in melted butter/margarine.
Add spices and tomato paste; stir until well blended into roux.
Add stock gradually, stirring constantly.
Heat until boiling.
Continue simmering and stirring until desired thickness is achieved.
Taste often to adjust spices as needed.
Pour over Chimichangas, Enchilada, Buritos etc before serving.

Apparently my Red Sauce was a little too spicy for hubby. I guess is because of the cayenne pepper. I made extra chimichangas and red sauce so if hubby wanted some he can just pop it in the oven to reheat again. I like this chimichanga because is not oily like the once you get at the restaurants.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Gifts

I cannot believe is already December. Time really flies and Christmas would be around the corner. I have already started my Christmas list not for myself but for family and friends. The most difficult person to buy a Christmas gift for is hubby because hubby has a lot of wants. Some of the price for the tools he wants is just outrageous! Also since we have moved so far we no longer have access to some of the tools that we could use if we were still living up North.

Maybe I could just go to La Police Gear and buy some cute tools for him. I know he don’t go hunting no more but then he does have plans to probably go back up North for deer hunting next year so maybe some of the tools/toys that I can get from here would be useful to him next year. I could probably get some for FIL and BIL too since they will go hunting every year.

Maybe buying Christmas gift for the guys won’t be that difficult after all this year. Now all I have to do is find something for the ladies. I wonder what hubby would be getting me for Christmas this year.

*this is a sponsor post*

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Three Monster "Day Two"

I was awoken by a phone call at 3:30 am this morning and it was SIL. At first I thought that she might just have accidentally called me so I did not answer then she called hubby's phone. Her hubby is working and she had this terrible migraine and she wanted to go to the ER. She asked if I could go to the hospital with her and I said ok. We waited in the waiting room for about two hours and then waited again for about 10 minutes before a physician actually saw her. So much for EMERGENCY ROOM...*shake head*...Anyway they gave SIL a shot of something and then we had to wait about another 30 minutes again I think is to see if she was alright after the shot. She started to get drowsy so I dropped her off at her apartment and went home. I quickly took the two lil one out and went to bed. Asked if Hubby to deal with Stanley before he left for work so he took Stanley out and fed him then brought him back up stairs in bed with me. I slept on and off until about 1 pm..The two lil fellow was whining and then Stanley started barking after he hears them argghhh...just back and forth and back and forth...I was actually able to make lunch while tying them up to the door. I had a baby gate between the kitchen and the living room but the two lil fellow always try and work together and push the gate down and run out to the living room *slap forehead*
Trying to get a picture of all three

Laying on hubby's lap

Stanley and the black one

At about 3:30pm I left all of them in their respective crates and went to the gym. Hubby got back before me and I was hoping that he dealt with them but NOPE I had to deal with them when I got home! They are good dogs and they are both 100% lap dog which makes it difficult for me. They both want to be on laps and suddenly Stanley wants to be on the lap too...I only have a set of hands and legs..I can fit two lil fellow my legs or carry them both together but I cannot have Stanley too...I try and give Stanley more attention but then I have to watch the two lil fellow because they are not house trained. When hubby gets back he's not a great helper...he wants to be the nice person and let them run around but he doesn't freaking watch them closely! Accident here and there! I said to take them out he does other wise...argghhhhh.....They proceed to sit on him or if they sit on me i'll ask him to play with Stanley. Yesterday I had one on me and one one him and he had Stanley with him too. We don't want Stanley to feel left out in any way. Poor kor kor aka older brother (Stanley) they both don't really want to play with him and all kor kor wants to do is to play with them. They are starting to tolerate each other but we are not sure if we still want to keep the two lil fellow. I told hubby that is going to be so difficult if we want to have kids. We are going to need to deal with 3 dogs and a kid of two *faint* we have to decide if we do want to keep them both. I love both of them but then I have to think about the future too. We still haven't decided what to do but if someone can provide them (they have to take BOTH) because they are like siblings and they get along and they do stuff together we will be willing to give them up mean time we're still scratching our head!

p/s:I was thinking of naming the brown one Sadie what about the black lil male??Any suggestions?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Busy Busy

One would reckon since I am not working I have all the time in the world to do anything I want. At the beginning it was fun because all I had to do is look for jobs and apply for jobs, clean the house a little, maybe think of what to cook for dinner when hubby gets back and then go to the gym. Most of the time when I have to cook I don't go to the gym so I will do my stuff. Sounds relaxing right??I could sleep in till about 11 am take Stanley out, feed him and then do my own things.
Female-the brown one

Male- The black one

Now...is so different...it all started with Thanksgiving week. First I had to think of what to serve and had to go get the stuff and prepare stuff that I could pre cook before the actual day. At that same moment I had to dog sit Bailey. After beloved Bailey's parents came back from their vacation which was Monday I thought that life would be somewhat "normal" again. Yesterday while hubby was driving around he found two chihuahua TWO chihuahua by a busy intersection abandon! Well we are not quite sure if they were really abandon. It took hubby about 30 minutes to persuade them to go in the truck with him. The dogs has no collar, leash what so ever on them. All they had was a miserable looking flea/tick collar on them so had to drive around asking people if they lost their dogs! Hubby then went to a animal hospital to see if they were microchiped. Nope they were not microchiped nor are they fixed.
When hubby texted me I was freaked. I mean I didn't think that we were going to have more dogs soon we just gave away Bailey a few months back. I am not sure at this time do I want more dogs. First I told hubby to drop them off at the shelter/SPCA on his way home then I changed my mind. I was confused and didn't know what to do. Anyway hubby stopped at a pet store and bought leashes and collars for the dogs. I was at the gym when hubby returned home with the dogs when I got home I saw the new collars and leashes. Back in my head I am thinking "don't tell me we are going to keep them now?"..OMGosh I cannot handle THREE dogs!!!
They are really cute dogs..my heart melted when I saw both of them. Even manly uncle Richie was cuddling them! When we brought them in the house I saw stuff jumping on my floor I told hubby OMG don't tell me they have fleas/ticks??*&^ what are we going to do now? Stanley was pretty close to them then $50 plus later we came home and bath all 3 dogs! The two had to be bathed several times to make sure that the fleas is dead. We bought flea collar (which is useless according to the vet) for them because we are not suppose to apply frontline 24 hrs after we bath the dogs. Now I am going to have to spend more money to buy frontline for them to make sure that the eggs and stuff on them is dead..argghhh....anyway we decided that we will wait a little while to see if anyone claims them back and hubby said that they better have a damn good explanation on why the dogs was in the middle of the intersection and did not have any collar or ID on them before he will give them back. If they did not have any good explanation he might not give them back to those irresponsible people.
My dilemma is if we keep them we have to keep all 2 of them because they come in a "package" that would mean that I would have THREE dogs granted two really tiny once. We will have to spay and neuter them and get them their shots and I've already called up the animal hospitals which also means more $$$. The WORST part is the black one don't get along with Stanley and brown one that's suppose to be miss goody I don't know what she did to Stanley because he's afraid of her! I need all of them to get along if I'm going to keep them. Stanley and them have to get along because I will never want to let Stanley feel threatened. The black one keeps having accidents in the house (well twice now actually).

p/s: We have not named them because we don't know if we are going to keep them!


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