Thursday, September 03, 2015

Another Boy Creation...

I had this post in draft for quite a long time as I was waiting until the "gift was delivered".
From life getting in the way to it being pasted around for awhile, it took a bit longer than I expected.

Happy to say that a special little man now has this blue and brown monkey quilt!


Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A Food Review

If you are heading to Las Vegas anytime soon, I highly recommend stopping by Guy Fieri's Kitchen & Bar at the LINQ.  
I have to say that it is obvious that Guy Fieri's expertise is food.
And he does that very well!

On our first visit, I had the Monte Que Sandwich (pictured below).  
Delicious! But very messy...
I ended up having to eat most with a fork as the sandwich was so full, it just kept falling apart,
The fries are great - four different styles mixed together.  I might try to recreate for a party in the future...
MBB had the Bacon Mac-N-Cheese Burger.  I wasn't a fan, but all three guys at the table who ordered it liked it (one ordered it again on our second visit). 

Guy's Cheesecake Challenge (also pictured below) - unbelievable.  I never thought that potato chips would go good with cheesecake. 
Yep!  It does.  I was not a fan of the pretzels, but others at the table were.

On our second trip, MBB and I split the '68 Cajun Sandwich (minus the hot sauce) and I must say that isn't a repeat for us.  Others at the table recommended it to us, but it just doesn't make our list.

The concensus at the table (and we had a large table with everyone returning a second time), was that the Tatted-Up Turkey Burger was the best thing on the menu (out of everything that we tried... and we tried a lot).  I will make a return appearance to order one for myself! 
NOTE:  This masterpiece is not available on their late night menu. But should be!

I mentioned earlier that Guy knows food. 
What Guy does not Service.
Be warned that the service at this restaurant is HORRIBLE.
But, the food is so great...that even I, the quickest to tip and the quickest to take away, can overlook it for that food (with a lower tip, of course)!


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Time is Flying!

I blinked andd...
July and August are both gone.

I have no excuse for not blogging in July.
I didn't travel for work (that one day during working hours doesn't count)...
I just spent lots of time with family and getting some stuff done.

August had a big chunk that we spent in Vegas on vacation...
Yep, I'm using that one for August.

September finds me traveling again for the Big T, but I do have a lot of posts in draft form.
See, I do think about the blog on occasion.

My dilemma now is whether to back date the drafts...
But then it looks like I did post during those months and hey...
All about transparency here...
And the cat that keeps trying to lay on the keyboard right now...
Yes, as I type.

I have the evening to myself...
Other than making my fitbit happy...
So, I am going to try to get some blogging done.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

An Update on 2015's 12 Books

Thanks to the kindle that MBB bought me, I have been reading a huge amount lately .  My brain may like it, but my allowance fund is still groaning!

But a lot of the books there do not qualify for this list...They are just quick reads that get my mind off of work, relocation, bills, etc which allows for a better night sleep - most of the time.

Though if it is a series that attempts to tackle some topics in the midst of the mindless romance, I am thinking about counting the series...
I'll have to think on that one...

Since I have been reading so much (and the kindle makes that easier on airplanes)... I have changed the goal up a bit.  Instead of 12 reads, I am going for 12 reads that I would recommend.  Yep, have read a lot lately that I wouldn't recommend...Though I will list those at the bottom.

Updated reads through the end of June (in no particular order):

1. Viper Game by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalker Series) <--Recommend! But you need to read the series in order.  This is one of the authors that I will not read on kindle.  I still buy the real book and keep it in my library!

2. Obsession in Death by JDRobb <--Recommend! But you need to read the series in order.  This is one of the authors that I will not read on kindle.  I still buy the real hard cover book and keep it in my library!

3. The Portland Storm series by Catherine Gayle (kindle)...
Okay, I thought about it and I am going to include this romance series. It is a 10 book series (the link connected to the title is only for the first four), so I'm not trying to wimp out on my reading or anything.  Some of the books hit on different topics like Recovering from Abuse (the first one)... There is another about Cancer (two if you count the novella)... And many other real world issues.  Now don't misunderstand me - this is a romance series and makes for a good mindless read if you skip over some of the serious issues, but I really enjoyed the deeper story lines and I learned a little bit about hockey in the process.  <--Recommend!

4. The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede (kindle)
I have had this book on my wish list for awhile now, but couldn't stomach paying $10 and not have a book to hold in my hand.  Then MBB gave me a kindle gift card for Mother's Day and this was the first one that I grabbed.  Appropriate that I read part of it on the flight to New York where I went to visit the 9/11 memorial (didn't make it to the museum, so I will have to go back)...  I liked the backbone to the book and I liked the human touch, but I was a bit disappointed in the writing for $10. Good book to read if you remember 9/11, but I recommend waiting on a sale.

5. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell (kindle)
This board is about a family torn apart by hoarding.  I enjoyed the read, but it was deep in spots and flighty in others.  Not sure on the recommendation, so I'll leave it here for now.

6. Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World's Most Engaged, Loyal and Customer-Centric Employees by Doug Lipp (kindle)  I enjoyed this kinda sorta story about Disney and kinda sorta self-improvement book.  I really like the concept and kept thinking as I read the book - if only this were still the case today (especially in the Disney Stores, which is also talked about in the book). <-- Recommend for those on a kinda sorta history / Disney kick, though catch on a Kindle Deal of the Day like I did!

7. Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines Book 1) by Marko Kloos (kindle - prime shared 052015)
This series kinda reminds me of Hunger Games, a little bit.  Set in the future where life as we know it is no more.  I really enjoyed the first book of the series.

8. Lines of Departure (Frontlines Book 2) by Marko Kloos (kindle - prime shared 062015)
The second book of this series started out very slow (almost didn't keep going), but got better throughout the book to the point that I am waiting for July so that I can "check out" the third one.

Anyone have any recommendations for free/cheap kindle books???

The Not Recommending List
 > The Financial Wisdom of Jesus: The 7 Spiritual Principles of Weath by Paul Millard (kindle)
 > Remove Negative Thinking: How to Instantly Harness Mindfulness and The Power of Positive Thinking by Helga Klopcic and KC Harry (kindle)
 > Fitness Optimization: Learn the Essentials of a Healthy Lifestyle.  The 8 key elements of Fitness, Lose Weight, and Become a More Radiant Human Being. by John Mayo (kindle)
 > Small Habits, Big Results: 55 Small Changes That Completely Turned My Life Around by Michelle Williams (kindle)
 > When God Makes You Wait by Adam Houge (kindle)  Honestly, I don't even remember what this was about (other than God), so I'd have to put this in the Not Recommending list.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Night To Get Stuff Done...

Just wow...

The beginning of June saw me in Indianapolis and Detroit twice.
I got most of this week at home to get through the piles on my desk at work and spend some time with the family...

This evening, I decided to take care of some things outside of the office that had been neglected (waving at blogger land).  So now...
 * I have pretty toes (don't ask MBB how long I have been complaining about those)...
 * Three loads of laundry...
 * My legs didn't like the 20 minute visit with the elliptical earlier tonight...
 * Another 20 minute visit happened with the sewing machine...
 * A 20 minute visit was attempted with the bill/file pile (don't ask - not sure what was
   up with 20 minutes tonight), but when time was up...the pile just begged for 10 more
 * An hour processing hints on = leaving with more hints than when I started.
 * And -- yeah, HI THERE!

It was a busy night... and even though I love spending time with the family (and that is usually my #1 priority)... It was very productive having the house to myself for an evening to get organized!

Friday brings Zilla and PipSqueak...
Saturday brings another shot to win a spot playing pool in Vegas, this time with MBB...
Sunday is a mad rush to pack a bag, cause yes - I am heading out for another week!

In other words, I make no future promises...


Sunday, May 31, 2015


Looks like the constant travel of April decided to stick around for May...
Some days I wondered if MBB remembered what I looked like...

On the road again...
Mommy's Day
New York City

That list seems pretty short, but a most of the trips were pretty long...
And work exploded...
And yeah... I didn't make it on here to post.
And yeah again... June ended up heavy on trips also.

I am so looking forward to July - no overnight trips (so far)!
Perhaps I'll make friends with the elliptical and blogger again...

OK, don't hold your breathe!


Thursday, April 30, 2015


Why am I gone so much this time?

Here Comes Peter Cottontail...
Happy Birthday Pip Squeak!

Ever used Facebook Messenger to have a friend in Kentucky order food for your party while you are in Canada???
Yep - been there, done that.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Beautiful Union...

I found myself at the wedding of two dear friends today...

It made me think...
It made me feel...
Yes, I cried...
I don't think there was dry eye in the sanctuary.

It made me happy that a wedding 20 some years in the making was finally happening...
And how I wish that their legal wedding could have been the same day as their wedding celebration.

Baby Steps...


Saturday, April 18, 2015

My Pip Squeak...

My heart is smiling and crying at the same time...
My Pip Squeak is now a year old!

Happy Birthday Buddy - you and your big brother make my life complete!


Sunday, April 05, 2015

Taking That Step...

I saw a post recently, yes I shared it, that said:
"Sometimes God closes doors because it's time to move forward.  He knows you won't move unless your circumstances force you.  Trust Him!"
And, I believe that messages always arrive in threes.

So, after getting slapped in the face last week three times, I did some hard thinking...
I did some brainstorming with my two best friends...
I did some praying in church...

I feel like I am now facing the right direction...Now to take that first step.

It is time to focus on the positive of those steps and not on what I am leaving behind.