In no particular order:
- The fact that a door to door salesperson just rang my bell. At 9 p.m. I ignored it, as I'm trying to get two incredibly hyped up girls to bed and I've got a neighbor kid over and, hello, I don't open the door unless I know you. He rang the doorbell again. I ignored it. Again. He knocked. I ignored it. He knocked AGAIN - and I stormed to the door and almost ripped it almost off the hinges. "Hey, you know what? I didn't answer the door ON PURPOSE. I have a sick kid (more on THAT in a minute) and I am trying to get her to bed. I do not need what you are selling. Stop bugging me. No solicitations."
- To which he replied, as I shut the door in his face, "You know, I can just come back tomorrow."
- These 2 spam comments killed me: Art originates from life, but higher than life! and I really like your blog's style, and hungry to withstand friends is that: the strict test! So we can carry the absolute trust.What they have to do with my blog I have NO idea, but I appreciate the originality.
- My littlest girl has been coughing for 2+ weeks now. It's asthma. We know it's asthma. The doctor said it's asthma. The allergist said it's asthma. She's been on albuterol, Pulmicort and Singulair for 2 weeks now (added in at different times and bumped up once or twice) and she's still coughing. We went today for another check, and she was, in the doctor's words, wheezing like a freight train. So, we are going to stay on the steroids, but she added in an antibiotic, right after she took a culture for PERTUSSIS. The Air Quality warnings here have been orange - alert for asthmatics. I'm sure she's sick of coughing, but Gah, so am I.
- And one of my big kids had an asthma attack today. And we are almost out of albuterol for the nebulizer.
- Speaking of which, I'm arguing with my husband about keeping our health insurance. Can you see the big warning bells going off here? I've got five asthmatics, I have a history of migraines and melanoma and girly issues, 3 of my kids are in different therapeutic activities, and four of them wear glasses. He seems to think that we can save the $1200 a month and use it to pay stuff out of pocket. Except, you know, the Advair that three of them take retails out at more than $900 a month. BUT. He is of the opinion that giving them medication actually GAVE them asthma - and without meds everyone would be awesome.
- Yeah, it's like that.
- BTW - thank you SO much for the generous donations to my Chip In to Blogher. I sincerely and honestly appreciate the donations. The snarky commenter, not so much. If it only was just a matter of giving up my lattes, dear. The level of sacrifice that has gone on in this family over the past two years - see the point above about going without Medical? - is getting ridiculous. Cutting out the extraneous happened a LONG time ago. I did get some extra money in November of last year, but I used it for those things called bills and you know what, bite me. Don't want to contribute? Don't. I put it up because over the course of the last five years I've had more than a few readers ask me why I didn't have a contribution button - and Blogher isn't a vacation for me. It's WORK. Since I'm self employed, I don't have a company to send me - it's me and my keyboard. I'm trying like crazy to get sponsors, but it's not panning out.
- So. I made the Braided Lemon Bread and it was delicious. I made Crock pot mac and cheese and it was insane. This post is long enough so I'll put the recipe below the fold.
Have a great night, everyone.
Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese
Grease your large crock pot. Dump in 2 14 ounce boxes dry pasta shapes - I used rigatoni, since it was what I had. Grate in one half of a large block of cheddar cheese - I love that I'm so precise in my recipe. Cut up a block of Velveeta and stir the cubes in. Rip up about 6 slices of sandwich cheese - I used Munster since it's my favorite - and stir that in. Cut up 1/2 stick butter and bury it in the noodles. Add 2 T salt, 2 T pepper and 3 T onion powder. The original recipe calls for 9 cups of milk - I used three cans of fat free evaporated and then milk just until it covered the noodles. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. It was AMAZING.