Slacker Week

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Today I slept through my medication alarm. I set an alarm for about an hour before I really expect to be out of bed, walking down a few steps to let the dogs out, and making my coffee. Because until my first pain pill and muscle relaxer kick in I can’t do any of those things.  So two hours later, when I was wondering why turning over in bed was more than I could accomplish, I saw my morning meds in their container and realized what had happened.  Needless to say, and plans I had for the day were blown. So I ended up spending most of my day in bed, watching Glee on Netflix. There’s really nothing like a musical to perk me up, which is why I bought both seasons of Smash, a musical about making a musical – it’s my go-to bad day reset.

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 I’m dog-sitting right now, so there were three dogs in bed with me all day – my own two huge monsters and an adorable Yorkie who lets me hold her like a baby and rub her tummy.  Then she goes all diva and runs the two big dogs off the bed, but it’s good while it lasts.

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I’ve only recently noticed how big a part of my life my dogs have become. I’m here alone all day at least six days a week, with no way to go anywhere else. It’s been that way for over a year now. So, I talk to my dogs. We don’t have deep philosophical discussions or anything, but I find the sound of the TV annoying unless I’m actually watching something (like the National Geographic special on honey badgers – it’s very inspiring!) so I talk to the dogs. When I continue talking to the dogs after my husband and son get home it gets a little confusing, but not much since all seem to ignore me equally.

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I’m still loving the whole Nerium gig – got a check this week, and I have no idea why! There are fifteen ways to get paid, so I just handed that folder over to Michael when we decided to do this, since I obviously wasn’t going to grasp it. Five paydays a month, fifteen ways to get paid – maybe I’m still in the honeymoon period of this thing, but I thought any business was supposed to be harder in the beginning. If this gets any easier I may be able to do it in a coma. Mind you, it’s not huge money, but the surprise check was enough to renew my nursing license, which was days from expiring.

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I used the payment for my most recent sponsored post to put a down payment on John’s trip to New York with the band for Spring Break. It kills me that we haven’t been able to give him the same financial opportunities we gave Aaron. He had a High Adventure two-week canoeing trip and a trip to Washington in middle school, a Boy Scout trip to Philmont the summer before high school, and Spring Break in Hawaii his Freshman year with band.  John’s had nothing. We haven’t even had a vacation since he was in elementary school. But, thank God, he’s not bitter or resentful. He tries to hide it when his shoes are falling apart because he doesn’t want us to spend money on new ones. It breaks my heart.

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UGH. Money. A necessary evil.  One of the things I always wanted to see on Star Trek (and TNG) was Earth in their time. People working, living, going through their everyday life without constant financial worries. If everyone wasn’t making important decisions in their lives based solely on money we’d have so much free time and mental energy to devote to other issues. People would do the things they enjoyed for a living, not the things that pay best. College classrooms would be packed with students who want to learn, not people determined to add letters behind their names and zeros to their checks.

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Lastly (and most importantly) I have a granddog! Her name is Tabby, she’s living in pet-friendly Austin with Catherine and Aaron, and she’s a stunning Great Dane – Boxer mix. She’s black with white markings, has sticky-uppy ears, and hogs the bed :) She loves the dog parks, behaves well at the vet, and is putting on some much-needed weight. I’d post a picture, but the ones I have don’t do her justice. I really need pics from a professional (hint, hint). We’re very excited about her Christmas visit! Oh, and Aaron and Catherine too, of course ;)

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The Wonderful, Fabulous, Very Good Week

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Don’t get too excited. I’m still in constant pain (a bit worse, actually, as the temperatures drop) and I’m still disabled and get not “officially” disabled so we’re very, very poor. But there’s much more to life than health and wealth – so very much :)

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 As most of you know, I talked Michael into signing up as Brand Partners with Nerium. I can’t call it sales, because the very thought of selling anything makes me nauseous and twitchy. This is just sharing a ground-breaking, life-changing product. And doing it in the most supportive environment possible. And 90% of it I can do in 15-minute segments, or even in bed, in my jammies, on my phone.

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I set a goal for us with this company, that we would accomplish certain things within the first thirty days after signing with them. Mind you, Michael’s not a goal-setter or a resolution-maker. But I always have been, and it’s been extremely frustrating the past few years to never reach any goals, to never complete a to-do list. It turned me into a different person. But the old Angie is back! We reached that goal, and I celebrated loudly and proudly!

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It just so happened that the same night I was frantically trying to reach my goal before midnight (I’d taken a nap in preparation) we had ten drummers from John’s high school marching band here for a movie-fest and sleepover (except for the girls, who didn’t get to sleep over). These kids were wonderful. They loved the dogs, they ate a truly amazing amount of junk food, stayed up all night, recorded music in the basement studio, and entertained me to no end.

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They were also the most courteous, thoughtful, polite young people you could ask to have in your home. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, band kids are good kids! I actually felt bad for the two girls when they had to leave, so I thought perhaps next time I’d have fresh sheets on John’s and Aaron’s beds in case their parents allow them to stay. They guys all crash on the floor in the living room. BTW, I do realize that Aaron is married and living in Texas, but I just can’t call it “the guest room”. It’s Aaron’s room. Actually it’s Boss’s room, since he’s the one who sleeps there most often.

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When I was telling my mom about all of it the next day she said, “I would never have let you stay overnight at a boy’s house no matter what the arrangements!” I do remember allowing Aaron to do so – probably a couple of times. It was always groups of band kids and when it came time to sleep boys got one room, girls another. I was fine with it. What do you think?

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Anyway, I was also able to get together with a few old friends for supper this week, and was reminded why we’ve stayed friends so long.  We laughed until our faces hurt over things very few other people would understand, and everyone celebrated my Nerium success as if it were their own – and then we inspected each other’s faces for improvement, since we’ve all been using it for about the same time :) Best week I’ve had in a long time, and hopefully more like it coming up soon!

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Easy Fall Bratwurst To Go

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My husband and I both love brats. We usually just steam them, grill them, and them put them on a hot dog bun with our favorite accompaniments. But my husband had a great idea that made this an even easier food to eat on-the-go, since we’re a marching band family and constantly driving back and forth to practice, games, and competition. We have another family we carpool with, and I don’t know how we’d handle it all if we didn’t! Anyway, here’s Michael’s recipe:

5 bratwurst
1 cylinder of biscuits (10 to a pack)
preferred condiments
Heat oven to temp on biscuit package.

Steam brats over beer or water ( I prefer the flavor beer lends) until they plump up.

While brats are steaming roll out biscuits.

But two together to make each brat cover, so that you end up with five somewhat square-shaped thin biscuits.

Spread each square with your favorite condiments. We used spicy mustard and a sprinkling of chopped vidalia onion.

When brats are done, place them at one end of the biscuit square and roll them up, pinching the ends closed when fulled rolled.

Bake until lightly browned (usually about the same time as the biscuit package suggests).

Grab a couple of napkins and run for the car!

printable recipe

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