A Trip 11 Years & 11 Months In The Making – Mount Rushmore

Back in 2005, when we took a trip around the country. At one part of the trip, we were heading to Java’s house for a wonderful, Fluxx-filled visit. 

On that leg of the trip, we wanted to stop and see Mount Rushmore. We ended up missing it because of the snow storm that was heading for us.

SO, this trip, we made a plan to stop and see it come hell or high water! We made it to South Dakota.

And then we ended up driving back into Wyoming… oops. But once we figured out where we were, we had a nice scenic drive.

Once we’re back in South Dakota, we finally got to see it! After 11 years and 11 months… we saw this

Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s impressive but, all the ads make it seem like it’s four times larger than what it is. We still snapped photos of each of us in front of it. Here is a picture of Miles in front of it.

He is the photogenic one of the group. 

But the best part of the whole trip? That was when I was done snapping a ton of pictures, I turned back around to see what the boys wanted to do next.

That is when I snapped a picture of my kids that sums up the entire trip.

The best part is, random dude in the background has about the same expression.

Was it worth it? Hell yes! 

Will I do it again, probably not. But it was still cool to see.

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50 Questions: My Favorite Recipe

I couldn’t think of my favorite recipe because I like all food. I decided that once or twice a month, I would share one I like. 

I did one earlier but I can’t find it so I am redoing the question. I will link it here if I ever find it again. For #3 on the list of 50 Questions

Today’s choice is Bone Broth. I am not going to go into details about the benefits. You can Google that or read about it here or here. I used this  recipe from Wellness Mama.

Here is what I use

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds of Beef Bones (or chicken or whatever you want. I prefer beef bones and even used baby back rib bones)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Onions (optional)
  • Carrots (Optional)
  • Cheese cloth (for straining the stuff out) or a metal strainer

I forgot the picture of the next steps which is sad considering it cooks for two days. Meh, I am forgetful.

I use 1.5 pounds of bones per pot. By the way, if this post says anything about a pit, that is supposed to say POT but my phone thinks I am cooking in a pit this week.

  1. Roast the bones in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or 177 Celcius, for about 30 minutes to an hour… or until you smell beef and remember you are cooking bones and totally didn’t hear the timer. Either way…
  2. Once it is done, put them in a pot with all the grease.
  3. Add water to fill the pot and add 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar.
  4. Let it soak for a couple of hours or until you remember you are making bone broth.

Adding the veggies!

  1. Chop the carrots and onions into chunks and throw them in the pot.
  2. I also add sweet potato peels, onion ends, yam peels, and anything else like that.
  3. At this point you can flavors like basil, parsley, etc. If you are adding garlic, add it on the last day 30 minutes before you take it off the stove. I have no idea why. That is what all the directions say.

Time to cook!

Bring it all to a nice rolling boil. Some people say skim the bubbles off, some say don’t. You can choose to skim if you want. I always forget to so mine is bubble infused.

After it’s at a rolling boil, I let it boil until I realize I am still cooking and then I turn it down to 2 (low/ simmer) on the stove.

As the water boils off, I heat up a pot of water and then pour it into the bone broth pit. See?! My phone is Autoco-wrecking “pot” to pit EVERY TIME!

Anywhoodles, let it simmer away all day and night and day and night, refilling the water as needed. I also keep a lid on it through the process.

When it’s done two days later -this isn’t from me forgetting I am cooking, this is how long it acually cooks- I strain it all through cheese cloth to get the bone and veggies out. I usually eat the good veggie chunks.

Refrigerate it to cool it and solidify the fat and grease. Then I scoop the fat gobs out because ew.

It will look like this when done

 

This isn’t eye-candy food. But it does taste good! And pouring it through the slatted side helps get more fat out.

Here it is heated up so you can see you won’t be sipping broth and chewing fat globules. 

You won’t get all the fat out

It’s actually really good. You can add salt if you want or other spices. I like mine plain or with a touch of basil.

There you have it!

Have a recipe you want to see me make allergy friendly?

Let me know and I will do my best!

 

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Questions From This Week … Answered!

I get questioned throughout the week about my blog and posts. My squirrel, Sparky, working in the background suggested that I make a post each week of the questions people asked. Her thinking was, if one person asked you, other people may want to know too. Good idea!

How is this different from MAILBAG! posts? These weren’t sent through email, comments, or any other social media site. These are questions my friends and family members asked in person, through text messages, or in chat.

Question 1: Did you reschedule the sleep study?

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50 Questions: My Favorite Shoes

Anyone who knows me in person, knows I am far from a fashionable person. My personal style is known as lazy, teenager, and pajamas. Those are the three I heard this week. I’m not hating the descriptions either because they are all pretty much true. Well, except lazy. I would go with “relaxed” over lazy. 

Trying to think of anything to go with Question #29 on the list was a challenge! Then I remembered I have a lot of shoes. Not that I wear them all. In fact, I should get rid of some of them. BUT, I do have favorites I tend to stick with when I am going out. SO with that in mind, here is my list:

My Top 5 Favorite Shoes!

Just a quick note: I am counting “shoes” as any item I wear on my feet that I would wear out into public. That is pretty vague but I am not counting socks, slippers that are like socks, or socks that have sticky dots on the soles of the feet. This made it a touch more challenging but a little more fun.

Shoes #1: My Aussie Dog Boots

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I bought these a couple of years ago during winter when my feet were freezing and I couldn’t take walking around a Montana winter in slippers anymore. They were on sale for $75 which makes them the most expensive pair of shoes I own. At that point in my life, I just wanted warm feet! And these are WARM!

Shoes #2: My Airwalks

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I hate pink. BUT, I actually like these shoes. I have had them for YEARS. They are comfy as hell too. 

Shoes #3: Flip Flops. All of them.

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Do I really only get to pick one? Okay. I will stick to one pair. If I had to pick just one pair, it would be the red Earth Spirit flip-flops.

Shoes #4: My Hiking Shoes/ Low Boots

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I almost forgot to photograph these. I din’t have someone to help… so here is one of them while on my foot. I’ll try to get a better picture up here eventually.

I am not sure if these are considered boots or shoes. But I love them! They are kind of heavy though so I don’t wear them often. Best thing about them? They make my size 11 feet look small.

Shoes #5: My Sparkly Pretty Flip Flops

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I love flip-flops. They are my favorite shoe, period. These flip-flops are on my list because they are cute and because I saved up for them. They were $50 but very worth it. The quality is high, they fit perfect, and they are platform so I am a little taller. The gems are falling off slowly but that’s okay. They are still cute.

They don’t fit perfect anymore because someone put them on and they stretched out. If I save up for another pair, I will be a lot more assertive about not putting my shoes on!

What is your favorite shoe? Please someone tell me you have a lot of shoes!

 

 

50 Questions: Something I know Nothing About

Write a how to post on something you know nothing about

 

To help with this, I used my AlphaSmart 3000 to type the post without any access to the internet.

 

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I asked my son to give me a topic or something to write about. He chose “How to upgrade your computers CPU.”

 

Disclaimer: I have no idea what I am doing. Don’t follow these instructions.

 

First, identify your computer. I have an HP Pavilion G- something or other. Order the CPU part that you are upgrading. I find Amazon and eBay helpful for finding the part at a price I can afford.

 

For all you geeks out there, I am so sorry.

 

Remove the back cover of your computer and put all the screws in a small container so they don’t roll off.

 

Next, you will want to remove the battery… maybe we should do that first? I am not sure. Anyway, the battery is out now so let’s move on.

 

I am assuming you have all the cords unplugged from the computer, right?

 

Okay, next you will remove the motherboard… Let me just stop and say that I really did work on computers YEARS ago when the IBM 386 and 486 were getting phased out. I did the cleaning and whatnot, the hooking up wires between boards and such. Now, I take care of security issues. I never once replaced CPUs. I did replace a power supply once.

 

Okay, so now we are going to find the fan and unplug it, unscrew it from the CPU piece, and set it aside.

 

Next, pull the CPU piece off the board, put the new one on, screw it in place, and plug it in.

 

Now, put heat sink on the CPU where the fan sits. Put the fan on the CPU and screw it into place, then plug it into the board.

 

Reassemble the computer/laptop. Admire the two screws you can’t figure out where they go, and then fire it up!

 

Voila! I have totally butchered it, I just know it. But you have upgraded your CPU.

 

Now I will ask my son how far off I was…

 

One moment please…

 

He says I am kind of close. Like 4 out of 10.

50 Questions: The Worst Christmas I Ever Had

My next 50 Questions is “The worst Christmas/Birthday you ever had?” just for the holiday season.

I haven’t really had a worse Christmas that I can think of. Instead, I will share a story of a year I thought it would be the worst Christmas and ended up being one of our best.

First… a Christmas picture from this year.

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Okay, now on to the story! I don’t have pictures of the year in question. Sorry. But here is what happened.

It was a rough year. We were being super frugal at this point and Christmas was coming up. We had chopped down a small cedar tree to decorate. It looked like Charlie Browns Christmas tree. Actually, his looked better. Continue reading

50 Questions: Rumors – What You Think About Me Vs The Real Me

Who do people think you are, compared to who you really are?

I am not even sure where to start with this one. I live in a small town and I hear a lot of the rumors about me. I could write a list a mile long. Some of my “family” won’t talk to me because of their incorrect ideas about me. It hurts to hear sometimes. But, most of the time I just sit back, shake my head, and laugh it off.

I think of myself more like this…

OMG! A REAL Picture of ME!

I am starting to think other people think of me like this

Crazy Bitch

But really… this is me right here…

I got this pic at http://merrymusing.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/tired-from-work/
I found this pic here 

Here are some of the “best” rumors I have heard so far.

Rumor #1: I am a drug addict

My whole life, the only illegal drug I did was Marijuana. That’s right! I haven’t done anything else. I was always very careful about my use of Marijuana also. I used it for the first time on my 26th birthday. I had a migraine, no migraine medicine, and I was at a joint birthday party for me and J. I didn’t want to leave and no one could drive me home. T offered a joint as a birthday toke-n. I took it. My migraines didn’t come back for three months. For three months, I didn’t smoke again.

Yes, I use it as medicine. No, I don’t abuse it. Even today, with a medical marijuana card, I use it as a medicine. Why? Because I don’t like being high. That’s why I make tincture (to downgrade the THC to CBN) and take CBD oil (with like .94% THC). I like being in control of my actions.

So for all of you who say I am a pill popper, drug snorter, inject-ee (what do you call those?), or someone who is high all the time… get a hobby.

Rumor #2: I am an alcoholic

Yes, I am. Sort of. I am a recovered alcoholic.

I only drink with reckless abandon once a year, December 31 into January 1. Although I am rethinking that tradition. I am rethinking that tradition. If I do drink during the year, it is one cup of wine or one cup of candy cane (a delicious alcoholic drink) or something like that. I drink ONE drink. I haven’t had a drink since… I don’t know… it’s been months. I had a cup of wine.

While I don’t do AA or anything like that, I do control my drinking very strictly. I am not one who believes in the abstinence theory. While it may work for some, it is not for me. I go with a limited allowance. I don’t think a 12-step program would be good for me at all. I looked into it at one point but I am not okay with the idea of saying I am “powerless” to something. I am not powerless to alcohol. I very much control my behavior.

It’s the same for when I finally quit smoking. I had to break the addiction. Like I said before, I like being in control of my actions. I am weird like that. But I can also have one cup of wine and be happy with that for a while.

I substituted my drinking with… A HOBBY!

Rumor #3: I am a Lesbian

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Gay Pride! Go LGBTQIA!

First… a bit of a rant… Why does my sexual orientation matter to anyone? Who cares? It’s like you guys sit around picking out the gays, the lesbians, the – anyone who isn’t straight. Who cares? You say it like it’s a bad thing. What if I am a lesbian? Would it matter to you? Would it change me as a person? Would it make you like me less? If it does, I don’t need you as a friend.

The answer: I am a bi-romantic, bisexual – but leaning toward asexual 90% of the time. Go ahead. Think about that for a while. Since you have nothing better to do. Here is a wonderful idea for a hobby! Research sexuality and how it doesn’t matter to anyone else who you love and who you screw.

Rumor #4: I kidnapped my children when I moved to Montana

This one really hurts. It hurts more knowing that people out there believe this but didn’t bother asking me for my side of the story and instead went and spread it some more.

For those of you who didn’t spread this crap around, thank you for asking me so I could tell you my side of the story.

For the real story, I moved up here with my kids with my husband’s blessings. I knew I couldn’t leave California and move with them without it. I am not as stupid as people think I am. When I moved here, he knew – and agreed to it.

For those of you that spread this, fuck you. Get a hobby!

Rumor #5: I left my husband during a mid-life crisis

I swear… This one annoys me more than anything. After all I put up with and how I patiently waited for him to pull himself together. I don’t plan on roasting him on this blog though. We both had issues. But it wasn’t a “mid-life crisis” by any stretch of the imagination. We were not compatible as partners and I couldn’t stay anymore.

I realized that it was unhealthy to stay in the relationship and I didn’t want to raise my children in that toxic environment anymore. That toxic environment was not ONLY my fault and it was not ONLY his fault. It was OUR fault as neither of us really wanted to work on the real issues. WE were BOTH responsible for our marriage ending. No relationship is wholly one-sided.

We are now friends and co-parents and we work better this way. I realize now that we can never live together. We are not compatible house mates even though we are good friends. If you don’t understand this thinking, try to find that one friend that you love as a friend but would have serious issues if you had to move into their house with them. It is possible to be friends and not want to live with the person or have a sexual relationship with them. I know it may seem foreign to some of you.

If this causes you massive issues and you just can’t wrap your mind around it, GET A HOBBY!

Rumor #6: I am rich and don’t have to work

Oh how I WISH! That would be freaking AWESOME! I’ll let you know when the books come out so you can help me reach that goal. Thanks in advance for your support.

In the meantime, get a hobby!

Rumor #7: I am faking my epilepsy/ fibromyalgia and really don’t have them.

I heard this one over and over and over. Here is a screenshot from a doctor’s visit.

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And now you know more about me than before. Of course, if someone wanted to know if I really have these problems, they could come over for a cup of coffee and I’ll show you all the medical files I have here. I would post the allergy list but it’s pretty long. Wanna see it? Come over for coffee. Email me and ask. Call and ask. Send a text and ask.

It’s really not that hard. Just ask. Why I would make up a medical problem is beyond me. I have enough to choose from already. Why people spread this crap around is beyond me. Get a hobby!

Rumor #8: I am a Pagan who used to live on a commune

Oh that sounds like a ton of fun! But no, I didn’t live on the commune. I VISITED the commune for holy days and celebrations. It was my way of being around people who shared my beliefs… or at least didn’t care what my beliefs are.

I am a Scientific Pantheist and a Pastafarian, if you are curious. I think the two mingle nicely. Of course, someone could just ask me. I love sharing my beliefs over a pizza or a pasta bowl.

This one just amuses me but it would be nice if people would ask instead of spreading it around.

Rumor #9: My husband and I agreed to send the kids to public school in Montana

Partly true! Wow. That one is almost legit. But not quite. We agreed together, and he made an agreement with the kids, that we would continue homeschooling through the holidays so it would be easier for us to travel back to California to spend the holidays with their dad. When school started back after the holiday break, we would go have them enrolled in the public school here. That was the original agreement.

Why this didn’t happen is still a bit of a confusion to me. He backed out of the deal after we were up here and I felt it wasn’t worth a fight. So they started public school right away. It doesn’t really matter why it didn’t happen. I am not angry about it. I was a bit hurt about it when it happened, actually, I was really hurt. But it happened. The past is now the past and we moved on. And got hobbies!

Rumor #10: I started homeschooling my kids without my husband’s consent.

Do you people have nothing better to do? I am going to make a list of hobby ideas for all of you and post it by this weekend!

This one usually refers to Montana. But I will start at the beginning.

I asked about homeschooling in the beginning and we eventually agreed to homeschool. It was not done unilaterally then. We BOTH agreed. Although we did have a lot of discussions about it beforehand.

In Montana, HE is the one that wanted me to start homeschooling again. At first I said no because I didn’t want to be blamed for anything going wrong. But, we discussed it again and eventually agreed to start homeschooling again.

I did not make that decision by myself either time.

Rumor #11: I am a paraplegic

What the… seriously? I injured my lower back. I didn’t sever my spine. I have a protruding disc, not a broken back. Yes, I have a days where my legs are weak and I hurt like hell and it’s hard to walk… but I am not a paraplegic and if you hear that, tell the moron to GET A HOBBY!

What to do if you hear something about me.

Ask me. Wow, that was hard.

Now I am off to make a list of hobbies for petty people who have nothing better to do than spread rumors about people!