Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's Ok to be Different - Eggs and Mothers

Are you like me?

I'm one of those people that can't buy a carton of eggs without opening up the lid. I'm not just checking for cracked or broken eggs. I'm standing there wiggling every single one out of the dozen. I never buy eggs without thinking of my mother. She's the one that told me years ago. "If you're going to buy the eggs, open up the carton and wiggle them to make sure they aren't cracked on bottom and stuck to the carton. You can't use them if they are stuck because you'll break the egg getting it out of the carton." I swear to you on times that I've been in a hurry in the grocery store and haven't taken the time to wiggle the eggs after making sure they had no surface cracks, I ALWAYS end up with an egg stuck to the carton which won't come out of its slot until I break it out. In moments like that, I think, "I should have listened to my mother!"

Imagine my surprise when I opened a carton of eggs recently and saw this:
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Not only did I think of my own mother, I also thought of my mother-in-law who has a tendency to declare odd and out of the ordinary things "good luck". So, I decided this funky shaped egg from an obviously stressed out chicken had to be good luck. This was the carton of eggs for me! (Good thing none of them were stuck to the carton or cracked, I'd have had to put it down and get another one, abandoning my lucky egg!)

I debated blowing this egg out and saving it somehow, but I decided it wasn't worth the trouble. I cracked and cooked it. Hopefully I didn't ruin my good luck. ;)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Admission - I am Spoiled

I've been trying to make better choices about my drinking habits. If you know me well, you know that I've been addicted to Dr. Pepper for-evah - at least fifteen years. Wow. I used to be a Sprite pusher - it did win the taste test way back when that was part of their slogan against their rival 7-Up. At some point in my life, Sprite went up against Dr. Pepper and lost its standing.

I've been working out occasionally with a couple of ladies from church. We're on a six week plan. Well, we're on Week 5 and we're on still on Video 2. Hmmm... Life has gotten in the way a few times - teething babies, sick children, other obligations - interrupting our workout schedule. Two weeks ago, we decided that we needed to cut something out of our lives until we were finished with the video. Reason #1 - Maybe we'd see better results from our workouts. Reason #2 - Depriving ourselves of something might be motivation to actually workout and move through the program in a more timely manner! We decided to drop sugar out of our diets. Wow, that's hard. And wow, that's going to mean Dr. Pepper! I've said for the past few years I needed to drop it. I've been successful for a few days in omitting it. But I always go back. It's a good thing I'm not addicted to something more dangerous. :/

Are you wondering what all this has to do with my subject line about being spoiled? Well, let me tell show you.
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When we moved to Korea, we purchased a water cooler because we weren't sure about the water quality on post even though the had a water treatment facility on post. Still, we didn't want to take chances. We purchased it because it was more economical than renting one. We are glad to have it here because we're on well water here.

My break up with the Dr. hasn't been so bad. Oh, sure, I miss him and our quiet moments of my hands wrapped around that cold bottle as I sip and savor every last drop. (I sound like an alcoholic, don't I? See, told you it is a good thing I don't have more dangerous addictions!) Sometimes all good things must end. As everyone says at the end of most relationships, there are other fish in the sea. My other fish since the Dr. have been hot teas and water. COLD water on demand right at my fingertips, not clouded with ice and HOT tea also right at my fingertips without the hassle of boiling the water and waiting. It's all about convenience and if convenience makes me spoiled, well, at least it's not spoiled fish I'm ingesting. ;)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Missing summer

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I know, I know! We still have to wait a few weeks before spring even arrives! I've been going through some photos from last summer, more specifically our vacay in Hawaii last summer.
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Looking through these photos really makes me miss the days of summer, shorts and t-shirts, flip-flops and the beaches of warm climates!