December 11, 2006

An Update, A Meme and A Recipe (Oh My!)

An Update:

Have been ungodly busy. We're going through a website overhaul - new database management, etc. It's ugly. Somehow, I got put in charge. Anyway, it's been sucking up a lot (okay, all) of my free time. I've got a lot to do before my vacation starts on the 21st! Will post again when I can.

A Meme:

I actually saw this on a couple blogs several months back. I copied the question for "one of THOSE days" where I needed something to post. I think today counts.

List ten things you want to say to people you know but you never will for whatever reason. Don't say who they are. Use each person only once.

1. I'm sorry for what I said. I will always be sorry for what I said. I wish more than anything that things could be different.

2. I don't hate you for what you did. I hate you because you underestimated me.

3. Your life would be so much easier if you'd stop feeling so damned sorry for yourself, and took a little responsibility for your own happiness. It's nowhere near as bad as you make it out to be.

4. I miss you.

5. Remember in the 9th grade when you told me I was ugly and stupid? You don't? Well I do. Thanks for that one, asshole. It fed into self-image issues that took me years to get over.

6. You cancel plans so many times for such BS reasons, I was secretly scared you weren't going to show up to be in my wedding.

7. Stop being so pretentious. You try to come off like this perfect little wholesome angel, and I can see right through you.

8. Would you like to know the things your husband said to me?

9. For the love of God, just shut up! I'm happy being me. I'm happy making my own mistakes. I don't want to be just like anybody else, so stop offering me your "advice" on how I can be.

10. Thank you for pushing me as hard as you did. Thank you for teaching me that some things are worth the fight.

And lastly, A Recipe:

I made this last night. It's defintely not a "whip up" recipe - there's a TON of prep work, and lost of dirty dishes. Honestly? It was worth the effort. It's quite easy (just time consuming), and very, very good.

Potato Penne Soup:

· 1/3 cup margarine
· 2/3 onion, chopped
· 6-2/3 cups water
· 1-1/3 large carrots, chopped
· 3-1/4 potatoes, peeled and cubed (I used about 5 or so. I like a lot of "stuff" in my soup)
· 1/3 cup pearl barley
· 1-1/3 (14.5 ounce) cans fat-free chicken broth
· 2/3 cup penne pasta (I used a full cup)
· 2 stalks celery, chopped, with leaves
· 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
· 2/3 red bell pepper, diced
· 2/3 green bell pepper, chopped
· 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper (whoops! didn't have any. I used black pepper, instead)
· 1 cup cauliflower florets, broken into bite size pieces
· 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
· 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
· 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
· 1-1/3 cups whole milk
· 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon soy sauce

1. In a large saute pan, melt margarine, add onions and cook over medium heat until translucent. Reduce heat to low.

2. In a large stock pot, add water and bring to a boil. Add carrots, potatoes, pearl barley, and cook for 10 minutes. Add chicken broth, penne, celery (including leaves), chicken soup base, red bell pepper and green bell pepper and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes.
3. Add white pepper, cauliflower florets, parsley, thyme and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

4. In a food processor or blender, puree 3 cups of aleady cooked soup and return to stock pot.

5. In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour and 3/4 cup whole milk; blend well. Add flour mixture to the cooked onions and mix well. Gradually add remainder of milk, stirring constantly until mixture is heated through.

6. Add onion mixture to soup and stir. Add soy sauce and bring to a boil. Adjust seasonings to taste and serve soup hot.

December 01, 2006

December 1, 2006.

Support World AIDS Day

Be safe. Educate yourselves. Support your local HIV/AIDS programs and efforts.

Click here to learn more.

As some of you know, I work closely with volunteers. I recently started volunteering myself with a local HIV/AIDS program. I have seen firsthand what a difference it's making in these families' lives, and it's nothing short of amazing.

My volunteer experience has caused me to (naturally) become more aware of issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, and I've realized that people don't talk about AIDS as much as they did 10 years ago. After Magic Johnson, it kind of fell out of the news.

The problem didn't go away. Recently, with the help of things like (product)RED (and yes, I have one of those super-de-dooper cool shirts!) and the high profile campaign that Oprah and Bono started with RED, awareness has been raised to the AIDS epidemic in Africa. I think people are forgetting that it's still here in the US, too. (if you want to buy one, you may click here.)

Do something. Take a stand. Get involved.

Happy Friday!

November 27, 2006


1. Aaahhhh, Thanksgiving. I ate so much I literally thought I might explode. I was in PAIN after stuffing my face like a glutton. Hope everyone had a nice holiday. I’ll be around to visit soon – I promise.

2. My dinner project went just swimmingly, if not being a little overwhelming. 80 teenagers is a lot! But it went smoothly (I guess), everyone worked, no one argued, and the meals got delivered, which is all that matters. I had 2 TV stations there to cover, one of which interviewed me – neither station aired the piece. The local paper, however, was there with a reporter AND a photographer. We had a picture on the front page, as well as a 2-page article with more pictures on the front page of the “local” section. And the write up was REALLY nice. I was excited.

3. I wanted desperately to get my tree up this weekend. It didn’t happen. I spent the afternoon with my girlfriend on Friday. Saturday I had a nail appointment, went shopping for new tree garland, and it was Lil’ Beastie’s first birthday! So naturally, he had to go on a shopping spree in PetSmart. He got two new toys and a chewy treat – which he promptly demolished.

4. It was also my SIL’s birthday on Saturday. So we all got together, rounded up a couple friends and went out to dinner, and then headed to a local bar to watch the USC-ND game. It pained me (as a Buckeye fan) to cheer for USC. But I don’t want to see an OSU-M rematch.

5. Sunday should have been tree day. But alas, we didn’t finish our fall chores, so we took advantage of the HIGHLY unseasonable mid-60’s-and-sunny (this time last year, there was INCHES of snow on the ground!) weather and finished raking leaves in the backyard. We raked over 50 bags of leaves for the backyard alone. We haven’t done the front yet (the second time), and Hubby has to clean the gutters out. I love our pin oaks. They’re gorgeous old trees – we have two, and they’re probably 120 ft. tall. They’re just monstrous! But they lose their leaves late, they lose a ton of leaves, and there’s about 62,000,000 acorns to contend with.

6. And if you’ve never been pelted by acorns while you’re doing yardwork, you’re not missing much. I am not made for yardwork. I’m too prissy, number one, and number 2, I’m WAY too allergic. But I spent three and a half hours outside with my work gloves, raking and bagging and sweeping the deck. Sneezing the whole time.

7. While we were outside, we left Lil’ Beastie in the kitchen. This day shall forever be known as The Day That Everything Was Eaten. In the three hours we were outside, he hopped up on the table, pulled down some mail, shredded four pages of the cell phone bill – ALL OVER THE KITCHEN (part of the envelope with the glue got stuck in his jowls, so after I was done cleaning up a mountain of paper, I got to unstick envelope bits from his mouth). In addition, he got a hold of a coaster and chewed that, mangled one of my placemats and CHEWED THE CORNER OF MY KITCHEN CHAIR. I could have absolutely killed him. He’s never done anything like that before. And if I’m lucky, he won’t do it again. (On an upside, he got ahold of another remote, but didn't crunch this one to bits. And we've been okay with curtains thus far...I've only had to replace 4 panels. I have 2 on backup.)

8. Anyway, after I got done cleaning up this debacle and administering appropriate punishment, we finished up in the yard. I cooked dinner, scrubbed the kitchen floor, scrubbed out my fridge, did three loads of laundry, cleaned the bathroom, stripped the bed and shredded junk mail. Hubby helped with laundry vacuuming and dusting. I also put out SOME decorations, but no tree. Bummer.

9. I’m off to go do some work now. I have a lot to catch up on today. Happy Monday, all!

November 22, 2006

In Thanksgiving.

I promise I'll be back after Turkey Day. Until then - I'd like to leave this little poem as something for everyone to think about.

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire — if you did,what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something...For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times... During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations...They give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge... Which will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes... They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary...Because it means you've given your all.
It's easy to be thankful for the 'good' things...Yet, a life of rich fulfillment comes to those Who are thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive... Find a way to be thankful for your troublesAnd they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

November 18, 2006

All I Have To Say:

How 'bout dem BUCKEYES!!

November 17, 2006


1. Tomorrow marks a high holy holiday at my house. You all know what it is, right? The third Saturday in November? Umm…hello?! It’s the OHIO STATE-MICHIGAN GAME!!!! And I expect every one of you to don your scarlet and grey tomorrow and to be singing “Hang On Sloopy” at the top of your lungs (don’t forget the O-H-I-O!!). And if the unspeakable should happen (and you know what I am referring to. I can’t even type it out!), think of me. Because it will NOT be a happy day at Syl’s house.

2. I’ve got my lucky sweatshirt ready to go. Lil’ beastie has his collar at the ready. We’re good.

3. Seriously, as much as I hate Michigan and all things Michigan, my sympathies to the Schembechler family.That just sucks.

4. Tomorrow will mark the one-year anniversary of becoming a homeowner and moving into our house. Seriously. That year flew by. So much has happened since then!

5. Did y’all have PS3 mania where you live? We had people camped outside local best buys since TUESDAY here. Which is, in and of itself just weird. But it’s also been no warmer than 50 and raining pretty much all week. And when the news interviewed them, most of them said they were just going to sell it on eBay. Why? Just why?

6. My Thanksgiving project has taken on a life of its own. Next Wednesday. I have 76 teenagers showing up to make 200 Thanksgiving dinners and deliver them, with the aid of 22 volunteer drivers. These kids represent 11 different churches in my area. I’ll be driving a carload of kids to deliver meals. It’s kind of cool, in an overwhelming way.

7. I have a craving for California rolls. Mmmmm….yum!

8. I have a song stuck in my head. It’s random – “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus. Which leads me to my next thought bubble – I have to start my CD’s for 4Q06!!Marina laughed at me when I used that phrase but it was a reflex.

9. I STILL haven’t finished that fargin’ Funny Farm game. I had to walk away for a day or two. It was becoming an obsession.

10. Happy Weekend, Everyone!!!

November 16, 2006

Title Me!

I'm still looking for a title suggestion for my Google Searches. Any suggestions??

Anyway, here's how people found my corner of the 'net:

50s lyrics bawitdaba
(Syl says: Ok, I know Kid Rock is SO over, but he wasn’t from the 50s! Sheesh!)

how much do you have to drink to get drunk of ouzo?
(Syl says: Depends.)

sinus infections and achy feeling
(Syl says: What about it?)

mouseketeer alcoholic
(Syl says: I hate when I get a REALLY GOOD search string, and can't come up with anything to say about it!)

official swell and gee
(Syl says: Not just ANY swell and gee, mind you. OFFICIAL swell and gee)

malibu hemp
(Syl says: Best. Lotion. Ever.)

moisturizing a pork roast
(Syl says: I dunno. Malibu Hemp?)

does tequila make ya get sick
(Syl says: If ya drink enough, it will!)

sylvia hit me
(Syl says: DID NOT!)

diggy diggy bones
(Syl says: not just any bones. Diggy diggy bones!)

z pack made me sick to my stomach
(Syl says: Sorry about your luck!)

can a sneeze break a rib?
(Syl says: Dunno. Try Yahoo Answers.)

Happy Thursday.

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