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

Trying to “Be Sweet”

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I ran into one of the doctors that I’ve known since my first days as a new grad the other day.  I was having lunch with my father-in-law at Panera and he was meeting with a prior CFO for us who may be a new CFO for him. We only visited for a minute or two, but later in the lunch I recalled his admonishment whenever he’d hear anyone gossiping or being less than kind to someone else. “Be sweet,” he’d say with a wide smile, knowing he was only stirring the pot.

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 My father-in-law was taking me to lunch because he’d promised to take me to lunch after our attorney’s visit earlier in the week, but had more pressing business. That was fine with me, and he really didn’t have to make it up to me, since it’s difficult to find common ground to converse about with him, even in a drive-thru.

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It was probably best that we didn’t go to lunch after the lawyer visit, since it was short and sour. Disability insurance, as a whole, is a scam. Even if someone has fifty physicians and fifty tests that say they are disabled one non-English-speaking employee of the company with M.D. after his name can say, “I do not agree.” and it’s over. It took me a year to learn that. Short-term disability is a worthwhile investment. Not so with long-term.

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Anyway, on the short drive home from Panera my father-in-law suggested that I get the doctor we’d run into to get me a job (what part of “disabled” is unclear here?) and that I have my mother or father (My mother checks email on the computer – that’s it. My dad is running a farm AND teaching college classes at age 70.) research bankruptcy. He proceeded to say, in the most casual manner, that we’d have to give up our house, find somewhere to rent, and “get rid” of our dogs. I’m pleased to report that I did not do him any physical harm, and thanked him for lunch without telling him I was ten times fonder of my dogs than of him, and that if it came down to a choice I’d be doing mouth-to-snout-breathing.

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I got over that after an afternoon of dog snuggles and crying, but I don’t think we’ll be talking again soon. I’m trying hard to Fast Start Qualify with Nerium, but a month is very short when you have a goal. I had a wonderful online party, and I’ll be doing that again for sure – just need to learn what makes people realize what a great product and fantastic opportunity this is. It’s so new, but that’s part of what makes the opportunities so fabulous for those who can see them! And National Novel Writing Month is approaching quickly. Can’t decide if I want to try this year or not.

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I finally got to see John’s marching band show. I swear, if I had a comfy seat I could sit all day and watch marching bands. Unfortunately, last weekend’s competition was at Ballard, my elder son’s high school, and the bleachers are concrete slabs with measurements straight from the Inquisition. Impossible to ascend in a stable manner, and completely uncomfortable to sit on. Some part of your body will go numb or be in horrible pain even with the most comfortable “bleacher seats”- but you get to choose which. I sacrificed my feet, since I knew my back was shot already. I probably looked like the hunchback of Notre Dame getting out of there.

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Had to save the best (and most embarrassing for last). A friend and I had made plans to get together at her house one Sunday afternoon to do some freezer cooking, since neither of us was getting meals on the table at a reasonable hour. I put it on the calendar. But not on my phone. So when she called me to “bail” Saturday night I was SO thankful! I hadn’t even come up with recipes, let alone shopped for supplies! Oh well, maybe we’ll get it right next time ;)

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