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Sunday, September 30, 2012

It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it. -Julia Child




I don't know what it is, but since I've gotten my band, I really enjoy cooking. Don't misunderstand, I'm still feeding Blaine stuff out of bags and boxes, because sometimes that's just the easiest and quickest thing to do.

But, I like finding a recipe we both like and making it. Maybe it's because I want better food, instead of larger quantities. Maybe it's because he so appreciative of me taking the time to make him some love-filled food.

I'm a much pickier eater now. Maybe it's because I am doing better at keeping the dishes washed and the kitchen clean. Not good, just better. I still don't like doing it. But to cook, you go through ALL the pots, pans, and bowls!

Today we went to Sam's and bought some crab cakes. I'm not ready to make those yet! I decided I wanted some remoulade sauce to go with them. I found this recipe online at Easy Remoulade Sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions, white and green parts
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet pickles
  • dash garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon or Creole mustard
  • few drops Worcestershire sauce
  • pepper, to taste

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to blend flavors and chill.
Makes about 1 cup sauce. Good with crab cakes, fish, fried seafood, etc..

I used parsley and green onions out of the pots on the front porch. I don't think I actually "measured" anything. I did add some horseradish for a little 'kick.'

I put it all in my tiny food processor and blended the crap out of it! I actually forgot to put any pepper in. I liked the sauce better than the crab cakes. I won't be buying them again. I will continue to be on the lookout for a good frozen crab cake. Someday, I'll bite the bullet and make my own.

 The picture is a little blurry and I'm not a big fan of the iPhone 3GS when it comes to photos. I still miss my Blackberry Torch. It took the best pictures! I'll get a new phone someday soon (when they cost $1!)

Blaine was still hungry about two hours later. We went to Sonic and ordered him a Jr. Deluxe Cheeseburger. Tell me why the menu board said the burger was $1.49 and they charged us $1.19 for a burger plus $.50 for cheese?
I believe I will find the email to Sonic and ask them the same question. I will include this picture and one of our receipt. I know it's only $.20 (why don't I have a cent sign on my keyboard?) But they need to get it right!

What would you do?

~Robin

Saturday, September 29, 2012

"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." - Andy Warhol

I love my job. There have been days I haven't but for the most part of the past 19 years I have enjoyed being in education.

I started out subbing for a semester. I subbed in every grade and every subject over 5 five months. I think every teacher ought to have to subbed for a semester before going into a classroom.

You get the kids at their sneakiest and wildest. You find out what it's like to fly by the seat of your pants and try to maintain control over children you don't know. You also prepare more diligently for when you are absent, because you know what it's like to walk into a classroom with NOTHING.

I never planned to be out of the classroom after six years. I do believe that becoming a librarian was one of the smartest decisions I never really made.

I had spoke about if I did go back to school I wanted to get a degree for library, but I never really followed through. My friend Cissy ruptured her Achilles tendon and needed somebody to drive her to grad school. I didn't have anything better to do and thought I would start taking classes with her.

The first day of our first class, a lady came in and asked if anybody was interested in being a librarian for the West Memphis School District! Wow! What nobody knew was that I had already filled out applications for Marion and West Memphis. I was interested in some stupid boy and wanted to move closer to Memphis.

I called and spoke with the Asst. Superintendent for Elementary. He said he was interested in interviewing me and I asked when he would want me to come. His reply "YESTERDAY!"

At my interview they were looking for my application and couldn't find it, until they looked on the Asst. Superintendent for Secondary's desk. That day they offered me the choice of Elementary Librarian or East Junior High Math teacher.

I took Librarian in a heartbeat! Little did I know that Blaine was at East. God knew I wasn't ready to meet him yet. Four years later, I was moved to East. Two years later, I was married to Blaine!

I have never regretted leaving the classroom for the library. I enjoy finding books that kids like to read. I love when their eyes light up about a book.

I don't get to read often at work, but it has given me a greater love for young adult fiction. I'm constantly watching for new books for my students.

I have always been a voracious reader. I come from a family of readers. I believe that children must be encouraged to read from the very beginning. Read to them every day. When they get old enough, have them read to you.

I've never had world-wide fame, nor do I really want it. I'm not even 'city-famous.' I'm EJHS famous! But it's still kind of a thrill to go out to eat, hear your name called, and see a smiling young face that's waving enthusiastically. Then hear him loudly whisper, "Mom, that's my liberry teacher!" "Hey Mrs. Reeves! Hey Mr. Reeves!"

It makes my heart happy.

The liberry lady,

~Robin

p.s. we got the new washer and dryer, they are working like dreams!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Death in the House

No matter the circumstances, when there's a death it's always hard. You may know it's coming, you may think you have prepared for it mentally. No matter, it still hurts when it happens.

This is true for people. It's also true for washing machines.

Ours died yesterday. It's cold dead carcass is just sitting there in the laundry room. I finally removed the clothes and wrung them out. Blaine took them to his parents and they rinsed and dried them. When he got home he scooped all the water out and dumped it.

I got online at sears.com this morning and ordered a new washer and dryer. We really thought the dryer was who was going to go first. So, since we were buying a new washer, we bit the bullet and sprung for a new dryer too.

We just got a plain jane, run of the mill, nothing special set. Yeah, the new front loader are super pretty, fancy and have all the bells and whistles. But, I got a washer AND dryer for about what a new fancy washer would have cost. I also did a little research and found a promo code and saved 5% off my purchase! woot woot!

I also hit overstock.com and ordered a new area rug! Found a promo code for it and got a super cute rug for $125!!!! That's including delivery. There's no way I could find a rug for that price in Memphis and them deliver it! I've ordered rugs from overstock.com before and loved them. But after six years of heavy traffic, we wanted a new one. I hope I love it just as much!

I'll be sure and take pics of the new stuff when it gets here!

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's Just a Jump to the Left!

It's been one of those days.

No matter what I eat. Elmer is NOT liking it. Next is a can of soup. He always likes soup.
Friday night, I had a first!

At my age there aren't a whole lot of firsts left. At least firsts that I want to experience!
-I've never been arrested
-I've never been in jail
-I've never been in ICU
-I've never been interviewed on television

and until Friday night I had never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show in a theatre. It was great! There were people there dressed as the characters. We yelled at the screen, we threw things (no water, rice, toast or lighters per managements request!), and we sang and danced! 

Blaine may be scarred for life, but I had a blast. I'm ready to try the small theatre that does it once a month at midnight. I'm thinking it will be a pretty hard core experience!

Some firsts I have left:
-go to Italy
-go to Sun Studios
-go to Australia
-retire
-ride in a helicopter
-go to Alaska
-go to a cooking class
-see a professional football game
-go to the top of the Empire State Building
-live near the ocean
-spend a month on vacation

for your viewing pleasure:


What would you like to do?
~Robin

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I didn't trip I was just testing gravity.....yep, it still works!

Long hair, it's getting cut on the 29th!

Amazing hair corkscrew thingamajig!

All the hair is up and off my face. LOVE the thingamajig! Also, this was pic 600.
This is pic 60. I may not have lost weight in a while but I'll still take what progress I've made!~Robin

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Deja View

I find myself at Old Man River, watching another sunset with Blaine by my side. Just something about watching the sun slowly glide behind the trees lining the banks of the ambling water.

It makes me think of that old church song, "When peace like a river attendeth my way...." it ends "It is well with my soul."

~Robin

Monday, September 10, 2012

The picture

Riding off into the sunset

Actually we are sitting! We went to Lenny's, got a couple of subs, and headed for the river. We broke out the chairs and ate our food as we watched the river pass us by.

Some days at school are rougher than others and the river seems to soothe our souls.

Nothing like just sitting and feeling the calm in the air. Although, I do have to swat the occasional bug.

Life is too short to hold on to all that stress and tension. We need to just learn to let it out and keep on rolling.

What do you do for stress release?

I tried publishing this with a picture from my iPhone, but it just wouldn't cooperate.

~robin

Sunday, September 9, 2012

I'm still here. Just not motivated.

I haven't completely quit blogging. I swear.
It's my iPads fault. I hate typing on it. I'm a big fan of "fingers on home keys" and I just can't do that on my iPad.
The blue tooth keyboard is just too small.
The first weeks of school kicked my butt.
I just haven't felt compelled to share anything.
Not that there hasn't been anything going on :)

Okay, those are all my excuses, for now!

I don't even know where to begin on what's gone on since my last post, so I won't! I'll just hit a few highlights:

I haven't lost any weight.
I haven't gained any weight.
I did get a new passport and I look like America's most wanted!
I cooked Chicken Fried Chicken for the first time, Blaine loved it!
I bought some Mickle's Pickles yesterday at the Germantown Festival, I LOVE them!
My SIL gave me a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. I LOVE it! Thanks Sunday!
I had pink eye, blech!
I've had dinner with friends several times, fun!!!
I love being a librarian.
I love to travel, going on a trip soon!
I love Blaine and being married to him.
Reading on my iPad is the bomb-diggity!
I get excited when I find bargains on Amazon.com
I finally switched from my Blackberry Torch to an iPhone 3GS

What's been going on with you?
~Robin