Saturday, February 26, 2005

Last Meal

Elizabeth posted a great question in the comments to my last what would I choose as my last meal? Yikes. That is a really hard question. If I had to choose right this minute, it would be:

Cracker Crumb Chicken (which I *gasp!* neglected to mention in my list of favorites)
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Mom's homemade Quick & Easy Refrigerator Rolls
Upside Down Chocolate Pudding (with a tall glass of milk)

No veggies for me! He he he..... Anyone else have a thought as to what your request for a last meal would be?

Chunky Monkey

Just finished putting a batch of Chunky Monkey in the oven to bake.....yum. I know what I'll be having for breakfast this week!! (In case you are beginning to wonder if I've lost my mind, Chunky Monkey is my family's shortcut way of saying Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread.)

I've really enjoyed reading so many of your "100 Things About Me" or "I Never" lists, as well as enjoying reading Judy's favorite types of books lists. So, I'm going to do some more!

Today it is favorite foods - in no particular order - we'll see how many I can come up with!

1. Chunky Monkey
2. Buttery Caramel Quicks
3. Cinnamon Nut Coffee Cake
4. Cinnamon Pinwheels
5. Chocolate Chip Cake
6. Pizza - anytime, anywhere
7. Diet Coke
8. Pineapple juice
9. Steak
10. Eggs (cooked Daddy-scrambled) - with the optional additives of cheese and/or sausage
11. Spinach Artichoke Dip
12. Sausage Balls (especially mixed with poached eggs)
13. Biscuits and gravy (mom's homemade)
14. Poppyseed Bread
15. Strawberry Bread
16. Upside Down Chocolate Pudding
17. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
18. Chicken Salad from Hickory Street Cafe in Abilene, TX
19. Cheap boxed Macaroni & Cheese
20. Purple Juice Salad (a Trietsch family original recipe)
21. Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
22. Disgustingly Rich Potatoes
23. Corn Casserole
24. Jalapeno Corn
25. Kentucky Derby Pie

Okay - I think that's enough for now -- can you tell that I am hungry?!?

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

The Collection

Ok, I teased you and nobody guessed it. So here's the backstory:

Our family went on our first real family vacation in March 1986. Spring Break. At the time we lived in Lakewood, Colorado. The trip was to southern California - we did all the usual stuff: Disney Land, Universal Studios, Sea World. Plus we visited my great-uncle's avocado farm and ate
kumquats straight off the tree.

One of the favorite memories: It was March. We lived in Colorado and mom only let us pack one pair of shorts, because it was March. So, all week long we are burning up at Disney, Universal Studios, etc because it was really hot. The treat was going to be to wear our one pair of shorts on Friday. What did we do on Friday? Drive south to San Diego, go to Sea World and the beach. What kind of weather was it? Cool and rainy. Did we have jackets? No, not really, just little windbreakers. Did we freeze? YES! It's great now to still give mom grief about that.

So, before we left for the trip, Mom and Daddy set out a few ground rules. One in particular was about what kind of souvenirs we would be able to get. They decided that we didn't need 87 t-shirts. Nor did they want us begging for each and every overpriced cheap toy. So, we had to start a collection. We could get one of whatever we chose to collect at each place. So, I decided to start collecting thimbles. They are pretty cheap and you can get them almost everywhere. Plus, they take up almost no space in a suitcase. Like I said, I have 172 in my collection right now and they are housed in about 3 square feet of wall space.

Some have come from random people, but most of them I have either purchased on a trip, or someone in my family has purchased for me on one of their trips. I have them indexed and catalogued so that I can remember when I got each one and where exactly it came from and who gave it to me. I started that catalogue in a yellow spiral notebook that I managed to keep up with from age 10 until college, when I computerized the list into Excel.

So, there it is. I collect thimbles. Any other collectors out there? Have a story to tell about what you collect or how the collection started?

Thursday, February 17, 2005

5,000 and counting!

Wow! Over 5,000 hits to this little corner of cyber-space in such a few short months! Thanks for visiting, listening to my rants, sharing some of your day with me, and allowing me to share mine with you.


I never thought it would happen. When my parents first told me that they were watching this new show, I thought they were nuts. I did watch the finale episode of season 2 with some girlfriends, because there was a cute guy from Texas in the finals. I tried to watch (I think) season 3, but couldn't get past the bickering in the first episode. I didn't get hooked until season 7. Now I'm addicted. To what, you may be asking yourself?


I'd love to go back and watch the first 6 seasons, just so I'll know what they were talking about during the All-Star Season (#8). But I won't buy them - maybe someone could loan me the DVDs?

Just as a note to myself, here is a listing of what has gone before:

Season 01 - Survivor: Borneo
Season 02 - Survivor: the Australian Outback
Season 03 - Survivor: Africa
Season 04 - Survivor: Marquesas
Season 05 - Survivor: Thailand
Season 06 - Survivor: The Amazon
Season 07 - Survivor: Pearl Islands Panama
Season 08 - Survivor: All-Stars
Season 09 - Survivor: Vanuatu

Anyway. Survivor: Palau premiers tonight. I can't wait.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Just returned from my 2.5 week checkup after my LASIK surgery.....and I can see 20/20 in both eyes! Things are still a little fuzzy around the edges (the letters weren't completely crisp on the wall), but it is HUGE improvement over my vision from a scant 3 weeks ago! Next followup appointment - one month from now!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

100 Things About Me

I've read several of these that other people have written, plus I'm bored. So here we go:

1. I am the first born
2. I am stubborn
3. I have green eyes
4. I just had LASIK surgery to correct my very, very bad nearsighted vision
5. I am single
6. I live in an apartment (this line has been edited for my safety)
7. I love living in a big city
8. I like hanging out at home
9. I am bored right now
10. I love to read
11. I loved to read more in high school and college
12. Alias is my favorite tv show
13. I could live on pizza
14. I love the cheap boxed macaroni and cheese
15. I was valedictorian of my high school class
16. I have a Master’s degree in Accounting
17. I am a CPA
18. My lifelong dream is to be a stay-home wife and mom
19. I wear size 9 ½ shoes
20. I love to buy new shoes
21. I am a geek
22. I drive a silver Mazda 626
23. I have long hair – almost down to my waist
24. This Saturday (Feb 19, 2005) I am going to cut my hair – a lot
25. My younger sister is getting married in June
26. I have been to France
27. I have been to Switzerland
28. I have been to Mexico
29. I have been to Canada
30. I have been to the Philippines
31. I have flown through Tokyo’s Narita airport - but I don't think that counts as visiting Japan
32. My first plane trip was when I was 4 years old
33. I discovered that our house had been burglarized one Wed after church
34. I sing alto
35. I sang on the praise team at church for a while
36. I have one sister
37. I love to bake/cook
38. I hate to do dishes
39. I hate to put away clean laundry
40. I love to play hostess
41. I have a comfy red chair that I love to sit in
42. I still sleep in a twin bed
43. The curtains that hung in my nursery hang in my room now
44. I love to visit New York City
45. I have a Cookie Monster cookie jar
46. I subscribe to Mary Engelbreit magazine
47. I cross-stitch
48. I am a very organized person
49. I hate to clean
50. I love to sleep in on Saturday morning
51. My favorite is a stormy, thunderous rainy day curled up with a book or movie
52. I hate hot weather
53. I’ve lived in Texas practically my whole life
54. Except when I lived in Colorado
55. I want to visit Alaska
56. I played the viola in middle school, some of high school and some college
57. I’ve never had a boyfriend
58. I have a motorcycle license
59. I want to own a Harley-Davidson motorcycle
60. My parents have been married for 31+ years
61. My great-grandmother was 102 when she died
62. I met Tony Bennett
63. I met Dom Deluise
64. I would like to live in New York City, at least for a while
65. I want to visit San Francisco
66. I want to visit Seattle
67. I am planning a trip to South Korea and Thailand for Spring 2006
68. I love musicals
69. I listen to an eclectic mix of music
70. I sing along with most every song on the radio
71. I am waiting for the man of my dreams
72. I will wait as long as God takes
73. I can’t wait for heaven
74. I am a 10+ gallon blood donor
75. I am an organ donor
76. I am on the National Bone Marrow Registry
77. I want to be cremated when I die
78. Red wine, not white
79. Diet coke
81. I am a morning person (once I am up)
82. I turn into a pumpkin at 10:00 pm
83. I won best dressed female at my friend Heather’s Oscar Party last year
84. I was almost a leap-day baby
85. I have had two car accidents
86. I do my own taxes – but not anyone else’s
87. I’m on way too many committees
88. I am a blog-a-holic
89. I used to work for Arthur Andersen (before it blew up post-Enron)
90. I collect something unusual – but you’ll have to guess what
91. I currently have 172 in my collection
92. I love to watch ice hockey (but not on tv)
93. I do pretty well at Trivial Pursuit (the original edition)
94. I think I intimidate people
95. People intimidate me (but don’t know it)
96. I love my friend Heather’s custom made jewelry
97. I love dry wit and sarcastic humor
98. I have 7 cousins
99. My 7 cousins have 15 children
100. I am 1/4 German on my dad’s side (thanks to my sister for correcting my math!)

Monday, February 14, 2005


I love that confirmation email that says "your tax return has been accepted by the IRS"!!! Whew. Another year done. Now just waiting for the direct deposit!

Thanks for all the encouraging words re: Valentine's Day. I appreciate it. I'd also appreciate your prayers for me and my (hopefully) future husband. That we will both be waiting for God's perfect timing and that we will be preparing ourselves to be the best spouse we can be. Thanks.

And no, I'm not pining away at home tonight. One of my single girlfriends from church invited several of us over for dinner tonight. So, I'm headed out! :-)

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Waiting for confirmation

Well, it's done now.....for another year. Almost. I'm now just waiting for confirmation that the IRS has received my tax return. Then I'll wait a few days for my refund to be electronically deposited into my bank account. Yippeeeee! One more thing checked off the to-do list.

And yes, I do have plans for the refund already. Banking it for a trip to Asia next spring - Thailand, South Korea, maybe the Philippines again. Looking forward to planning that trip.

On another note, I like the new comment structure/features that Blogger has added. But what happened to being able to set font formatting in my post template?!?

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

A little girl of the 1970's

One of my good friends sent this to me is too good not to share. I'm a little girl of the mid-late 70's, but most of these definitely rang true for me. Fun memories!!


1.You wore a rainbow shirt that was half-sleeves, and the rainbow went up one sleeve, across your chest, and down the other.

2.You made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake Oven and washed them down with snow cones from your Snoopy Snow Cone Machine.

3.You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked.

4.You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it.

5.You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades)that had metal wheels.

6.You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!)

7.You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island.

8.You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.

9.You had either a "bowl cut" or! "pixie," not to mention the "Dorothy Hamil" because your Mom was sick of braiding your hair.

10.People sometimes thought you were a boy.

11.Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.

12.You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers.

13.You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.

14.You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits.

15.You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze.

16.The swing set tipped over at least once.

17.You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color.

18.You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle). You also had a pair of salt-water sandals.

19.You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Olson!
20.You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink.

21.Your hairstyle was described as having "wings" or "feathers" and you kept it "pretty" with the comb you kept in your back pocket.

22.You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.

23.You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic.

24.You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend.

25.Every now and then "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the movie, "Annie" will pop into your brain and you can't stop singing it the whole day.

26.YOU had Star Wars action figures, too!

27.It was a big event in your household each year when the "Wizard of Oz" would come on TV. Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags!

28.You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: "Who will I marry. Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or Rick Springfield?"

29.You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever

30.You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom. Pot holders - I believe they were called "loom loopers"

31.You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!

32.You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.

33.You couldn't wait to get the free animal poster that came when you ordered books from the Weekly Reader book club. Double score if it was a teddy bear dressed in clothing.

34.You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy Blume books.

35.You thought Olivia Newton John's song "Physical" was about aerobics.

36.You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or rainbow designs.

Getting better and better..... eyes continue to improve!!! Today I went back to the surgery center for another post-op check-up. And the verdict is.....20/30 Left, 20/20 Right!

One reason that my left was not quite 20/20 was that there were microscopic imperfections under the flap. These they could fix by smoothing out the cornea. Strange. So, Dr. Constable put a soft contact on my left eye, dropped some deadening drops in, and smoothed my cornea. I would liken it to smoothing icing, but I really don't know since I couldn't see what he was doing!

So, I go back in one more week to check on how this worked, but he said I could see improvement as quickly as tonight.

It is still so unreal to me that I can see without some sort of vision correction. I've been in glasses since 2nd grade and started wearing contacts in 6th. So, I've pretty much always been so blind. I am hoping that this awe, wonder and thankfulness won't go away. I don't want to take this gift for granted like I do so many other of God's gifts....

Saturday, February 05, 2005

One week!

So, it has been one week since my LASIK surgery.....and I can still see!!!!!! It is truly amazing to me the technology that has been developed that can fix eyes back to "normal" and let us throw away our glasses and contacts! It still is a little weird to open up my bathroom cabinet and not see any contact solutions - or even my glasses case! (Although I haven't quite brought myself to throw away my contacts yet.)

So far, no complication or anything bizarre. I go back to the surgeon on Tuesday for my "one week" check up. I'm curious to know exactly how well I am seeing. But regardless of what the actual number is, I feel like I am seeing at least as well (quite possibly better) than when I was wearing contacts. And that is what my goal was - to be able to function normally, each and every day without correction. Yippeee!!!!

Friday, February 04, 2005

Yankee vs. Dixie

Click here for this little quiz.

As for me:
94% (Dixie). Is General Lee your father?

Yep. Born and raised Texan (well except for the 2 years in the mid-80s when I lived in Colorado). But I most definitely claim Texas as home.

Anyone else?

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Quiz for Today

Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!

Not sure if I completely agree with the assessment, but I do love Winnie the Pooh!

Thanks Bobbie for the link!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Today is a blah kind of a day. Chilly (40's), rainy, gray. I haven't wanted to work all day, but I did force myself to get a few things done. Now, I'm off for an evening of solace at home. I love nights where there is nothing planned!!

It is supposed to maybe snow tonight. Who knows if it actually will or not. Even if it does, most likely it won't affect things enough to get a snow day from work tomorrow. Although that sure would be fun!!

My vision is getting better and better. I had a yucky headache Sunday afternoon and all day long yesterday. I think it is because my brain was actually having to focus on re-learning how to focus. But today, things are pretty clear and sharp from both eyes and I've had no adverse effects (like dry or scratchy eyes). So, praise GOD, this LASIK thing worked! Yippeeeee!!!