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I will be renewing my subscription for the year on my original journal instead of this one. If you don't have it on your friends list I would ask that you please add it. I won't be abandoning this journal entirely so it's up to you if you'd like to keep it as well.

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I hope to see you all there dear journal friends!:D

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Writer's Block: Holiday blues

What is the most emotionally challenging aspect of the holidays for you? Do you enjoy this season more or less than you did as a child?


I don't think it's a matter of enjoying it more or less than when I was a child. I think it's more that it's different type of enjoyment. When you are a kid your ideas of what makes the holiday great aren't all the same as they are when you reach adulthood.

Holidays when I was growing up had a lot more drama in them due to my family always having some drama disaster of some sort on every one of them. It's funny but now that I am an adult even though it still happens to some degree it is less. It does make the holidays more enjoyable that way. That's not to say I don't have happy memories of the holidays growing up I certainly do.

When I was a teenager for a few years in a row I was in the play the Christmas Carol and I enjoyed it greatly. I always did like acting. I played Bob Cratchit's wife. It was a great time I really enjoyed being on stage and performing. Also the candlelight services at church and making cookies. There were a lot of things I always loved. I guess in the end I would have to say even though I am in a much happier place in my life now my Christmas memories have quite a bit of good either way.

I love a lot of the same things now. There is also the shopping which I adore and the cooking and baking. I enjoy spending time with my loving husband and his family as well. I enjoy reading about all my friends wonderful holidays online. I am blessed to have so many more people in my life now that I didn't when I was younger. Over all what I am saying is I am just thankful for all my great memories of past and present and all the good times to come.

Recipe: Shrimp Toast Cups

Shrimp Toast Cups

* 48 Servings
* Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

* 24 slices white bread, crusts removed
* 1 cup butter, melted
* 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup mayonnaise
* 3 tablespoons sour cream
* 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
* 3 cans (6 ounces each) small shrimp, rinsed and drained
* 16 green onions, sliced
* Fresh dill sprigs, optional

Directions

* Flatten bread with a rolling pin; cut each slice into four pieces. Place butter in a shallow dish; dip both sides of bread in butter; press into miniature muffin cups. Bake at 325° for 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
* In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and horseradish until blended. Just before serving, stir in shrimp and onions; spoon into cups. Garnish with dill if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 dozen.

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I plan on making more of these soon but I figured I would post what I had done. I hope you find something you like! :) These were fun to do since I love the Booth/Brennan pairing myself. If any one else has a request let me know. :)



It's been a few days since I posted last. Not too much has been going on since. I got my new phone on Saturday. It's the Blackberry Tour. I really like it a lot so far I do have to get used to a few things on it though. It's all pretty easy it's just a matter of getting used to how I have to move my files around and save my music.

Today I made a recipe that was in our local paper. Shrimp Toast Cups. I liked the quite a bit. I made them for Jared's Mom and I. If you would like the recipe just let me know and I will post it here. It's fairly simple and doesn't take too long to make.

I plan on finally filling out my about me information on my profile soon. I never know what to put on those exactly but I think it's about time I did. Also I will be making a set of icons and other graphics for purplewinds . If anyone else ever has an icon or graphics request please let me know and I will be more than happy to get some done for you.

Ohio weather is kicking in to full swing again. Lots of sleet and freezing temperatures for the next few days. We did have some snow but it all melted and its now just slick out.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

It works!

Just got my new blackberry and wanted to see if I could get posting on journal to work. Success! I have no idea why this makes me so happy.

Anniversary ring

My Anniversary was October 15th and this was my gift from Jared. I love this ring so much. I had been wanting to post some pictures of it to show everyone but didn't get to take any good ones until tonight. You can see my hands are still swollen but they are much better than they were! One thing though it is much shinier in person!




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Graphics requests anyone?

If anyone has any icon requests please let me know. I would like to make some more soon and would love to do some suggestions. Stock,text,television,art, games,anime or whatever else you can think of send away! I will also make banners or wallpapers.

Thanks much!

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I have recently discovered a show I just love. Criminal Minds. It has been around for quite some time but I just never could seem to catch up with it. Now thanks to reruns on A&E and remembering to set my DVR I will be caught up in no time. Well maybe not no time I do have five seasons to catch up on and a pretty busy schedule. I just love shows with forensics and the law and such. The writing is great and the characters I like a great deal, which is a required for me to like the show. I especially love Garcia. She has a great style and sense of humor. All the character interactions are really good. There was only one episode of all I have seen so far that I didn't care for much. (the one where a priest was killing people with exorcisms.) Imagine my surprise when I saw Jim Parrack (Hoyt from True Blood) on one episode playing a serial killer. It was interesting to say the least. Any one else watch this show?

On a side note I talked to Dad today get got everything worked out with his phone and such so that was good. I sent him all of the family's contacts so he could call. He seemed to be doing well which I was glad for. Still not sure what exactly was up yesterday. Christopher hasn't called me back yet. In any event it seems things are well for now. I am still going to give Dad my phone after I get my new one. I am just going to stop by his house that day.

Today it was a strange one

I had a very odd day.. in fact odd doesn't even really start to cover it. I had a doctors appointment I arrive there only to find the office is closed. A calendar is hanging on the door saying they are closed for the holiday. I couldn't believe it I checked my card three times and I was right. So now I have to call tomorrow and make another before the end of the week. No big deal but still they should have let me know they scheduled me when they wouldn't even be there! I couldn't have been the only one.

Then my Dad comes over which wasn't so odd. He was upset though and needed to borrow some money. .This also wasn't a really big problem aside from how upset he was acting. He said it was for a bill and I understand no one wants to ask for money from someone else. We have all fallen on bad times before and with the economy like it is it's only going to happen to people more and more. Thing is he just seemed so upset.. to me it seemed a bit much for the situation. As much as I hated it it came to my mind about what my brother said. That there is more going on than I know and I shouldn't put myself too far out to help. I can't help it though you know. It's family and regardless of anything that means something. He asked me if he could use my phone since he won't have a new cell until Saturday. ( I am giving him my old one when I get my new one because he likes it so much.) He then asks me, after talking outside on the phone in his car for about forty five minutes if he can borrow it until I get back from the store.

I have to admit I was reluctant. The whole situation seemed so very odd to me. I had a deep sinking feeling too one I have had off and on for weeks now. I feel something is coming and I don't know what but something not good is going to happen. I am am optimistic person but sometimes you just get a feeling and you KNOW. I hope none of that sounds too crazy. Either way I agreed and took off to the store with Jared. We got all the stuff we needed. It didn't take too long. When I called my Dad to see if I could pick up the phone he wasn't home and asked if he could instead drop it off. I agreed.

He showed up about twenty minutes later with it no harm no foul. I told him thanks and gave him a hug and he went on his way. A few hours later though sometime around seven he comes over again. He tells me the phone people were giving him a hard time. I felt bad for him but there wasn't much I could do. He needed some money so and this is the hard part for even me to believe... when we didn't have it he asked my in-laws. I know Dad is having trouble and it must be something to ask them. Don't get me wrong my in-laws are wonderful generous people...they did give him the money too.. but Dad just never did those things. It seemed even odder than even that with how upset he had been. I am starting to wonder what exactly it all was for. I am not saying my Dad is lying it just seems so odd..with the car phone calls and the money borrowing and being so distraught. Another odd thing it wasn't that much he borrowed. Not even one hundred. There are some other behaviors of Dads that are not like him. They aren't bad or anything just not like him and it's bothering me. So why does it all seem so odd to me? I just have a bad feeling I can't help it. It's not just related to today..but it is there off and on and was strong again today. I wish my family didn't block me out of the details of things. Christopher of course refuses to go in to details on what he was hinting at when we were at Mom's.

I will keep everyone posted if I find anything else out. I just wanted to get all this out about the insanely oddball day I had today.

Also it was my Mother in laws Birthday today. I love her so much. God bless her. Hope you all had a wonderful day!