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Well, It’s Been a Long While

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I was just cleaning up some websites, and here I am on this one.  I’m going to leave it up, but I’ll let this post be a little update.  I like bullet lists, so here we go:

  • The girls, Becca and Chloe, are about to turn 10 and 8.  I’m no longer a soccer mom, but the girls have been taking drum and guitar lessons for about a year.
  • We still have the restaurant, Downey’s House, and it is doing well
  • I’ve become a life and business coach.  Go check out my website :)
  • I’ve stopped working on t-shirt designs, but all my old designs are still selling.
  • I haven’t gotten any younger :(
  • I may come and post some kid related stuff here.  Maybe.  I’m contemplating.
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Diggin’ The Swine

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This post is probably going to sound like a guy wrote it.  Oh well.

The other day I was using  (I had a few extra minutes, the tv was ‘taken’ by the girls, and I didn’t feel like working).  I came across a recipe.  An evil but seemingly delicious recipe.  Go check it out. Here it is.

Some people might think that it looks disgusting.  But that salty and sweet combination is just so damn yummy.  I spoke of this recipe at a birthday party for my nieces.  My sister-in-law’s brother has a seriously loving relationship with bacon.  He said that this was just about the best thing he had ever heard.  He also suggested that I try me some chocolate covered bacon.  I think that’s going on the bucket list.

So, I brought this recipe up at the restaurant yesterday.  Everybody was in.  But I don’t work again until Monday.  Could we make home made cinnamon rolls with the pizza dough?  I’m sure we could.  But we’re going to follow the recipe on Monday and check them out.  If they’re good enough, I’d be more than happy to put them on the menu.  Nothing like a crazy dessert to get some attention.  I’ll let you know how they are!

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Warm Fuzzies

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Reading a review like this makes me all warm and fuzzy inside :)

Thanks, Deb!

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A New Toy

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I love getting new toys. Really, I’m just like a little kid when it comes to gadgets. Did I want jewelry or flowers for Mother’s Day? No. I wanted a little pocket video recorder. So, here’s the one that I picked out for myself:

I really like it…although I haven’t gotten a bunch of time to play with it. Chloe’s last day of school is tomorrow, and they’re having a little concert. I plan on recording the concert, and posting it here. Here are a couple of sample videos I did. These are NOT in high def, just in regular VGA mode. I’ll play with the high def more later.

This thing is great! It uses 2 AA rechargable batteries (which came with it…it actually came with four) and fits right in the palm of my hand. Great for throwing in my purse. It takes still pictures, too. I’m going to have fun playing with this…and I’ll be able to share some more video of the kids with my folks. Right now we have a camcorder that records on those mini dvd’s, and it’s a pain in the arse to share them with my folks.

So, I got a new toy to play with, and today I’m going to get some new hair! Well, not NEW hair, but a new cut and color. If you live around Pittsburgh, I absolutely LOVE how Jess does my hair. Jess owns Hot Heads Hair Design, which is right next to Downey’s House in Robinson Township. She’s super sweet, a whiz with color, and she took a big risk opening a place of her own. she’s great!

So maybe I’ll post a pic of me and my new hair. I hope everybody has a great day! The weather is fantastic here. Maybe I’ll slap some fake tan on myself soon, so I don’t scare everybody when I wear shorts!

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Summer Teaser

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Well, it was a fantastic weekend for weather here in Pittsburgh! It started on Friday, and it looks like it’s going to last through today. The kids really enjoyed it. But here’s how it went down:

Friday after school, Becca started. “Can you put up the pool?!?!” (I’ve promised that we’ll put up the easy-set pool that has been sitting in the garage for two years this summer). I told her that I can’t put that pool up until their birthdays (end of May).
Then she wanted a smaller pool. Well, it was 4:00 on a Friday. I wasn’t ready to tackle any kind of pool. So we compromised on the sprinkler. They were happy. Saturday, I caved. I put up one of those hard shell plastic pools for them. We later found that there must be a hole in it. But they had a great afternoon, bouncing between my yard and my friend’s yard. Carefree, almost summer.

Sunday we had a couple of events to head to. There was a christening for our friend’s twins down the street, then a communion party for other neighbors at our restaurant. We headed down to the christening. Now, our friends there put in an in ground pool last year. They got it late in the summer, and the kids were in it once. I didn’t think that the pool would be open yet for the season. But we got there, and the pool was open. (On a side note, I’m totally jealous of their pool and the set up. It looks like something out of a magazine. They should rent it out for parties.) So, I ran back to the house, got their suits, and they swam for a couple of hours.

Hello…it’s April in Pittsburgh.

It was a great time, and the first time that, as a parent, I didn’t have to get in the pool. They were fine just swimming on their own. Nice.

The communion party was held on Downey’s House’s deck. Because it’s not normally this warm in APRIL, we had to sort of scramble to get the deck semi-ready. The chairs still don’t match. We don’t have any coolers out there yet. We need to do some landscaping. But it went well, all things considered.

So, it looks like our little visit to summer ends tomorrow. Which is OK with me. But I’m glad that summer IS right around the corner!

But if you talk to me in August, I might have something to complain about :)

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