Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Favorite Breakfast

I love breakfast foods more than any other kind. Eggs, english muffins, waffles, omelettes, juice...woohoo!

My latest?

Stoneyfield Oikos Greek Yogurt with Blueberry, Strawberry, or Honey on the bottom, topped off with a 1/4 cup Bear Naked Original Granola.

YUM-O. Look it up at your local store!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Recap

This year's super fun Thanksgiving checklist with the Kienows in Aberdeen:

Successful non-revving. Check...mostly...we landed in Watertown. We got out in the first try all the way through to ATL. Not bad.

Freezing temps of minus 5 windchill. Double check. BRRRRR!!!

Pheasant hunting. Check. Yes, I walked. No, I did not shoot.

Extended time with the Steineke's. Check. (AND A SHOUT OUT!!!! HI FAMILY THAT READS THIS!!!!!!)

Double colds for me and Jeff. Check. We barely noticed after DayQuil and wine :)

Talk of decorating. Check. I think I might get hardwood floors in the bedroom out of it.

Catch Phrase. Double Check. I laughed myself stupid this year!

Nikolas family time. Check. I think it's been 2 years, and wayyyy too long :(

Babies. Awwwww, Check. Hello to my newest 2nd cousins, Dylan (Tyler and Kate's) and Gideon (Josh and Lauren's).

Food!!! Check. Taco Johns, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, soup, beef, pizza, pork, jerky, brats, Qdoba...is there any food group we did NOT cover in 4 1/2 days?

Extended Mom and Dad time. Check. I wish I could stay forever!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Getting ready!

We always feel like there isn't quite enough time to enjoy our Christmas decorations. Because inevitably, we get back really late the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and don't get anything put out until the next weekend which is the first week of December. Then there are only 3 weeks to enjoy it!

So this year we decided to be early birds. As of November 21st, we are almost done! Our 7 outdoor lighted wreaths, complete with ribbon and poinsettias, are hung. Our lighted snowman is 3/4 working (his tummy went out). Our luminaries are lit in every window. Our tree is up (with no ornaments yet though). My Snowbabies are out, the nativity is set, and my buffet is decorated with laughing santas and funny snowmen.

It's beginning to look at a lot like Christmas!

Friday, November 19, 2010


Travel for work has slowed down for me (yay!) but this week I did take a trip to the great state of Oklahoma.

I say the great state of Oklahoma because the whole trip, Tuesday through Thursday, covered from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, with a 2-hour road trip in the middle.

I can't say that the OK state was much of anything - windy, rolling hills, chilly, and windy. And windy.

But the people were nice, the food was normal, and the trip was a success!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My new non-gay crush

Ok, so on Glee he is playing the friend / potential love interest of Kurt...

In real life, in my heart, not so much!!! Welcome to the Glee family of superfans, Darren Criss!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Guess who's home...

Ok, enough of the heavy-handed politicalness...why? Because Hubby is home!!!! And all of a sudden...he is all that matters to me again :).

Kienow Harvest 2010 in South Dakota has finished successfully - no serious injuries of people or equipment. That is a success in my book!

I picked him up around noon after his direct FSD-ATL flight on Thursday morning, and took the rest of the day off to hang out.

We had a "welcome home" lunch at La Hacienda, our favorite Mexican place in Peachtree City. We followed up with a quick tour of my VERY CLEAN house, and petted our kitties like crazy - they really missed him too! We did some (a lot) of fish tank maintenance and plotted what fishies we might buy next. After a quick nap, we settled in to watch a few old (to me) episodes of Glee, then a yummy dinner and an early night in.

WHOOPEE!!! I am so glad to have my partner home again!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

No winners

I keep waiting to hear, "WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!". In Georgia, for this girl, it's not happening.

I think for almost every vote I cast on Tuesday, the opposite person won. With the exception of a few amendments that I DID agree with the majority on, everything else went the opposite way. I feel like my voice may never be heard in this state.

It's weird to have been so aligned with my friends and neighbors, first in Brown County in SD, then later in Minnesota (sorry Rapid Citians, Pennington County and I also did not agree), and now to be so misaligned with the leaders of my city, county, and state.

I think at its core, and what I did not fully realize until now, is that I have a fundamental worldview difference from others around me. I think that the government should provide a social safety net to the poorest and most disadvantaged citizens. Others do not.

I was shocked - shocked, I tell you - that Amendment 2 did not pass. It called for a $10 annual registration fee on all regular vehicles, to provide funding to the state's trauma care centers. In 2007, a state legislative committee declared the trauma centers to be in crisis, and that many rural areas are without this service. In 2009, the state Senate passed legislation to provide funding, but it failed in the House. This fee would have bypassed those needs and provided much-needed funding.

My shock was that Georgians would not pay $10 PER YEAR (which is like, a meal for 2 at McDonald's) to ensure that if they get in a wreck in the southern part of the state, they won't have to travel 120 minutes - 60 more minutes than the critical time frame - to get to a trauma center.

The arguments I have heard around the office against the amendment are "balance the budget and find the funding", "go through elected officials", "this should be privatized anyway", and "I live right in the city, I don't need it" could be valid in their eyes - but I just don't agree.

All I can say is people better hope they never drive to Florida and on the way get sideswiped.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fun with AMY!!!!

Look who came to dinner...check out my photos on Facebook!!!

We had so much fun. I picked her up on Friday night, and we picked up some wine on the way home. Gabbing over wine, cheese, grapes, and crackers was so fun - we stayed up until 1:30AM!

On Saturday, we woke up late and had a quick workout in our bomb-diggity workout room - she on the treadmill and I on the elliptical. A quick shower and we were off to lunch at Thai Spice in Peacthree City. Our appetizer was for basil rolls, and I had SPICY green curry while she had pad see ew...super yum. (I NEVER GET TIRED OF THAI FOOD!!!)

We walked around in the sunshine of the outdoor shopping center for a long time, and eventually stopped into Ann Taylor to check out the sale racks. I bought her a super cute top for $6 and of course bought myself an awesome bracelet for $21.

A quick trip to Tea Fusion for some snowflake tea (a black tea combo of coconut, cinnamon, and chocolate) and found a park bench to watch the trick-or-treaters go from store to store and pick up candy.

Over the course of the next hour or so we saw LOTS of Disney princesses, Iron Mans, Spidermans, and even some pirates. My favorite kid costume? A little girl, maybe 1 or 2, dressed as a CUPCAKE - complete with a cherry-on-top hat and squeak-squeak-squeak shoes. My favorite adult costume? A bona fide Storm Trooper. Awesome.

A quick trip back home for some relaxing, then we headed to Midtown to visit Fat Matt's Rib Shack, a dive BBQ place with arguably the best food in Atlanta. And live blues!!! Who can resist?

Sunday went way too fast - we just hung out, ate our leftover Thai food, and took Amy to the airport by 1:30PM. I am so glad she came to visit and can't wait for the next one!!!