Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hello Again..

I'm back. (So soon?... :P) I don't have much to blog about, project-wise. I have been working on my projects. Just haven't taken any pictures of them.. (How many pictures can I take, really?..:P) I got a new rooster tea pot, at the Dollar Store. It wasn't actually a dollar. I think it was $1.79. (It's the "Dollar *Plus*" store, not just a dollar...) Still, a good price. And it's a rooster. They had other rooster stuff, too. A thingy (?) you put your spoon on to not get the counter dirty. (? What is that called?) Salt & Pepper Shakers, a sugar bowl. I forget what else. Oh, a napkin holder. I just got the tea pot though. I've used it a couple times already. For my new favorite tea: Chai. Yummy. My favorite is Bigelow brand, and decaf. Cuz I like to drink it at night. I'm becoming obsessed with it. Probably not good to drink tea w/ sugar in it at night. But... It's better than other stuff I could be eating or drinking, I guess. I'm on a diet, by the way.. Which reminds me, Um... I have been on a diet since last Saturday. I have GAINED a pound. (I bought a scale on Saturday, finally...) My husband, who isn't counting calories or measuring food, cuts out beer and junk food at night and loses SIX pounds???!!!!!!! UGH!!!!!!!! What is up with that? I've been walking, drinking tons of water, being hungry... :( I want to give up. (But I'm not going to.) That just made me so mad.

Anyway... (Still mad, thinking about it... LOL) I tried to make some liquid soap. ? Don't ask me why I made liquid soap.. lol I am not really a "soap making" person.. (Even though technically you aren't making the soap with this..) I get the Frugal Living Guide emails. One of the latest emails had a section on making your own liquid soap.
I started thinking how my 7 year old likes to put pieces of soap in cups and make "potions" when he is in the bath tub. And also how I have all those billion little pieces of soap I can't bear to throw away just sitting in my soap dish (sigh)... I thought they would be perfect to make this with. I thought this would be a "fun" project to do with the 7 year old. (Even though he watched for like two seconds then ran off to play..) Well, I cut all the little pieces up, and started making the soap. It wasn't getting thick at all. So. I got a piece of soap out that was about half gone; and shredded it up. It got thick all right. I added more water and it seemed like just the right consistency (sp?). (It took me ALL morning, btw... Not "ten" minutes..) I put it in the (used) liquid soap dispenser. It got all thick and hard inside there (it thickens up later). Well then our 18 year old added some more water. Now it is just right. So. I just thought I would blog about it... :P For something to blog about. (See our lovely counter with no tiles on the side?...) Home project #73... (Still not done..) Ugh. Don't get me started on that. Let's just say, the landlord said he would give us money off the rent if we did some of the work around here. Well some of the tiles were missing (the previous owners had dogs who apparently chewed some of the tiles off?... Yeah.). The island was the worst. So we took off all the tiles (to use on the other counters w/ missing pieces), and are going to use wood trim all around the island.
Anyway. We (I should say, our son) got another new hamster. (No more after this!!!) It's a Russian Dwarf Hamster. (Girl) Her name is Oak. It sounds cooler in RL. :P She is SO cute!! She makes the other two hamsters look like Guinea Pigs. And the guy in the pet store (? it's more of a Feed Store w/ supplies and all kinds of pets...) said she is full grown. Mia has gotten a lot bigger since we got her. I think she was still a baby when we got her. She is getting more friendly and cute, too.

This was when we first brought Oak home in the box.
Our son was brushing her fur. (Old toothbrush) :P

We took her to my 7 year olds class to show them. (In the cage, of course..) All the kids loved her. I didn't know I was going to be a guest speaker for the class... :P They all sat on the floor and asked me questions. I didn't know I was an expert on hamsters, either. ;) Some of the questions I said "I don't know" then gave my opinion on why I thought it was... :P Then Eli got her out and brought her around to each child to pet (with ONE finger, the teacher said :P)... It was kinda fun doing that. (Eli was sick that day, btw... Sore throat/cold... I know, we shouldn't have gone to a classroom full of 1st graders when he was sick..) Well now the 7 year old has it. :( They have been sick ever since they started school! Sigh...

Tomorrow I get to go to the DMV (AGAIN!!)... Our 18 year old is supposed to get his drivers license. (AGAIN)... He better pass the test is all I have to say..
One last thing, I notice in some of my posts that I have 7 comments. When I click on the comments, I only see 3 or 4... I don't know what is up with that.. I hope I don't have a virus on my blog or something. (I am a computer dummy..)


Paula said...

glad to see you are back
:0} paula

Mimi said...

Hamsters and Guinea Pigs are really cute - esp. for kids. They might be bugging their parents now to get them one ;)
I love it that you have a rooster theme going on in your kitchen/table accessories ;) I'm trying to think of a theme for mine, but nothing comes up :p Maybe my theme is native baskets coz I have several of those...
Anyhow, I believe that cutting out on sugared drinks and eating at night would be very helpful for weightloss. My suggestion, don't stress out on calories and what not to eat, but concentrate on what you should be eating - more fruits and vegetables, the fresher, the better, and don't forget lots of water too (or fresh fruit/vegetable juice). That way, you'll eat less bread, less fat, less processed food...
My brother and his family in Australia are a bit overweight and have more health issues, even though they're younger. Their diet is like the typical American diet full of meat, fried foods, starches...and such.