today i'm thankful for my mom who lets me come over at midnight, talks to me into the wee hours of the morning and feeds me chocolate chip cookies, pretzels and tea at 1am.  who hugs me tight and lets me sneak off with yet another one of her cookbooks - to add to the other 13 that i already have at home.
today i'm thankful for a puppy who won't stay kicked off the bed because she wants to snuggle even after she steps on my stomach with all of her 55 pounds and makes me think i may not have my innards in tact still.

today i'm thankful for coffee - which makes 4.5 hours of sleep much more enjoyable.

hello wednesday.  i'm ready for you.

love you momma.  so much.


sunday funday?

we bought a flat of mangos last week at costco and i have been eating them up -- tonight i ran across this smoothie recipe from whole foods and it looked like it might be delicious -- use frozen bananas if you have them (add an extra if it taste's too "green" for you)  i sub the soy protein powder for brown rice protein -- but you can use whatever you have...


Nourish your body after a night of indulgence with things it really needs: nutrients and antioxidants. Sweet mango and banana, a hint of green earthy flavor and soy protein powder that contributes even more plant power!


2 cups organic chopped fresh greens such as spinach or kale, thick stems removed 
1 mango, peeled and cubed 
1 cup original or unsweetened ricemilk 
1 banana 
3 tablespoons Whole Foods™ Organic Vanilla Soy Protein Powder 


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

 i'd say it's been a fairly productive day - ended with an evening of back-to-back-to-back-to-back "Lie to Me" - i think i've mentioned our addiction to this show...

it's going to be a busy week -- i'm not quite prepared for it -- menu is almost done -- but that's about it and i still have one more dinner to plan...oh --- i got it -- falafel salads with homemade hummus and ranch dressing.  well, that is one more check off the list -- now i'd better go get to a few more before bed -- happy sunday!

 love love love these girls
taken a couple weeks ago -- girl's trip to boise --


how the story goes...

it goes like this...

when jon is home i don't really blog.  there are a lot of things i don't do when jon is home that i do do when he is gone.  blogging is one of them.  it is either that he demands all of my free time or he demands the computer, or it could really be just that we do other things --- also i go to bed earlier because i can't sit in bed with the computer on for hours when he is trying to go to sleep -- this is because i don't like it when he is on the computer and i am trying to sleep. phew.  glad we got that covered.

so i realized (again) today that i just haven't been on the pictures --- really since summer -- and here it is almost summer again.

i also worked on my december daily book today -- yes,  i am aware that it is march.  and no, it isn't done, but it is close.  that should tell you about how much scrapbooking i have been doing lately.

so the real question is just what have i been doing?  well, i think i have been hibernating and when not hibernating i think i have been at work with possibly a weekend or two of travel...  so while i can't really think of any "thing" that i have been doing, i know that it has been good.  and that's what counts right?

p.s.  how did it get to be march already?

today i spent most of the day hibernating in my sweats and sweatshirt -- then i spiffy'd up a bit and went out on the town -- well to town that is -- to senior recognition and a birthday party to be exact.  now i am back to the sweats again.

the family at senior recognition

at the birthday party