Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Teriyaki Chicken

I tried another new recipe tonight, and I really liked it so I want to save it in my "Blog Cookbook."

3 pounds chicken thighs (bone in)

Marinate this chicken in:
3/4 C soy sauce
3/4 C sugar
2 garlic cloves
1/4 C oil

Marinate chicken for three hours to overnight.
Bake chicken in a 350 degree oven for about one hour, turning the chicken halfway through cooking time.

It was really easy, and really good!

PS.  I am sure that you could make this with chicken breast also and it would be very tasty!  I think if I did it with chicken breast, I would grill instead of bake.

It's All in the Name

I was going shopping for nail polish last week, determined to get a deal at the Ulta store.

(In case you don't know what Ulta is, it's like, the best most awesome beauty supply store ever...)

They were selling an OPI base coat and one of a handful of colors for five dollars each, and I had a 3.50 off a 10.00 purchase coupon.  Great deal, makes me smile, right?

So, I get there ready to find my deal when I saw this color:

And then I read the label:

"Princesses Rule"

Ohhhhhh.....  I'm such a sucker for the right name.  (Especially with a beautiful sparkly pink shade!)

So I forfeit my great deal for an 8.50 bottle of perfect pink with a perfect name.  I still got a great deal on the topcoat though!

I am starting to see a pattern here.  Before Bella I had a stitch of common sense, but she just wrecked it.. . Oh well, maybe I can make up a color that Jules would wear too. We could label it "Not Girly Girl."  I'm afraid for Jules right now, that color would be "clear." 

And I guess that two "girly girls" in one family is enough.  Love you all my ladies!

PS.  You can also see my weakness for awesome names and colors in the change in my blog background.  Of course, it's Christmastime, but a pink "Sassy Santa" background, did I have a choice?

Freezing Football Finale II

Our trip to Vegas didn't end as well as it started.   Tyler's team lost for the first time THE ENTIRE SEASON!  So Sad!  I don't really know much about football, but the thinking goes that our team had more skill, and we should have won.   Between our team not being on top of its game (we played a really hard game the day before), and some bad calls by the referees we just couldn't pull it together.

Our first game on Friday was against a team from Taylorsville, Utah.  They played a great game but we were able to pull off a win against them.  Derek said it was one of the best coached teams we played.  And ps. they had awesome sportsmanship.  As I was watching the game, I wondered if this is what it is like every time you play football in Utah.  Those boys on opposing teams would smash each other, and then take turns helping each other up and giving pats on the back.  (Our boys are really great too, you just don't usually have two teams with the same level of sportsmanship.)   It is so fun to play a team like that, you want both teams to win.

The best part of all these games though, was watching Tyler play.  He is awesome!  Once again, I don't know football, but I know when Tyler plays well and he did such a good job.  I was a proud mom!  He made some plays that could've been game changers during the second game.  It was so fun!!! 

And the other fun thing was I was able to see Rachel, Matt and kids.  They drove the two hours from Cedar to watch Tyler's game. I haven't seen Rachel in forever but we were sitting there like we ate dinner together the day before and this is just what we do on a regular basis.  That is always how it is with "best friends," you can always pick up where you left off.  I feel that way about my sisters.  I am so blessed!  Just wish we all lived closer...

It was hard to decide to go, but I am happy I did.  The cost wasn't as steep as we were afraid it would be.  We were thinking we would need to entertain children, but there was really only enough time for football!  One more game this Saturday and we are DONE!

Now that I'm home, it's onto Christmas projects!  Busy, Busy, Busy...  (But super fun!)  Love you all!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Freezing Football Finale!

We're in Vegas! 

Tyler's team won their game today, so they are in the Championship Game tomorrow.  He played so well.  I know I am his mother, but when other people are yelling your sons name, you know he is having a good game.


However, since we've been here, it's been freezing cold.  Literally, not one day above fifty degrees.  (I know that is not technically "freezing", but everything is relative, okay!)

So, I am at a game the other day as part of this playoff, and I hear a child, definitely old enough to know better, yell loudly - loud enough so that everyone sitting around me and half the parents from the other team hear:  "hey mom, is it okay if I pee my pants?!" 


Certainly, I don't have any children that would say such things.  Who is that kids mother anyway?

I mean, I know it was cold, but that would have only kept that child warm for what, two minutes? As luck (or divine intervention) would have it, someone rescued that unnamed child from his mother, and he didn't end up peeing in his pants after all.

I hope that mother learns her lesson!  Stop taking your children out in public already...

Go Coolidge Bears!

PS.  The mother and child in the above story shall remain anonymous, I am sure that you may possibly know someone that this may or may not have happened to.  That is all I'm going to say about it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Heartbreak and Hugs

I know many of you are fans of Disney's "Good Luck Charlie." 

I watched my first episode this week, and I have to admit, it made me a little weepy and it's made me think.

Charlie is a little girl, well toddler, that is part of a family with much older siblings including a teenage girl, Teddy.  In the episode I saw, Charlie meets Teddy's new boyfriend and doesn't like him on the spot. She continually tries to send Teddy signals by biting, hitting and glaring at her new boyfriend.  In the end, the older sister finds out her new love is cheating with another girl and becomes brokenhearted.

At the end of each "Charlie", the family records a video message for her to watch when she grows up.  In this episode, Charlie's mom is holding a crying Teddy as she looks at the camera and says "Hey Charlie, your sister just got her first heartbreak."  The teen looks at her mom and says: "What!?  The first?  You mean there will be more!?"

(Teddy goes on to say it's too bad that Charlie won't have a little sister to look out for her when Charlie's her age.  Of course, I found that part so sweet...  The similarities between the show and Bells and Jules isn't lost on me.)

But the lesson here was something I've been thinking about lately.

How sweet and naive that Teddy hadn't considered that there would be more heartbreak in her life.  That's how kids are, right?  Especially teens.  They just don't think bad things will happen to them.  That's when it gets tricky for we parents.  They look like adults on the outside, but on the inside they are still little.  They need our leadership and guidance at this point more than ever!

Our kids will have heartbreak, and it's all a part of learning and living life.  No matter how much we may want to take pain away from them, it's just as important for them to learn from their mistakes as it is for you to let them make them.  And, I think it's important that we don't try to take away all of their burdens, No matter how hard it is, I think some burdens are theirs to bear alone.  You can intervene and give advice, but at some point, it's up to them.  (Mistakes and burdens aren't always the same thing either, but at this age, they can be.)

It's the trials in life that make us who we are, and overcoming them is what gives us the strength to carry our burdens and help others carry theirs.  So many times, our trials end up being our greatest blessings.

All you can do is hold them and tell them that everything will be okay, because eventually and always, it will be.

Wow, I have so much to learn about raising children.  Ready or not, here come my teenagers!

(And what a great show  "Good Luck Charlie" is!  Love it now.)

Gratitude Tree

I heard about a new Thanksgiving tradition that I wanted to share.  I haven't done it yet, but the week isn't over.  We'll see if I can get to it while I'm getting ready for Giant Football Playoffs.  (There is so much more to that than it sounds... weigh ins, driving, several games - all over the next seven days.)

Anyway, here it is:

You either print the tree and leaves that you can find on http://www.sugardoodle.net/  (an AWESOME resource for all things LDS), or make up your own pattern.  The leaves print separately so they can be cut out and written on.

You tape the tree branches up on your wall and then for FHE, have the kids write down the things they are grateful for on the leaves. Place the leaves around the tree and leave it up for November.

I feel like Thanksgiving is starting to be a little ignored.  Retailers are in such a rush to sell Christmas toys that they've made "Black Friday" a MUST DO so we don't even have a chance to digest our turkey before we're rushing out to Christmas shop.

*NOTE:  I love Black Friday, I am in no way bagging on Black Friday.  I am a big believer in getting as many deals that day as I can get my greedy little paws on... hence the reason I think the Thanksgiving Tree is so great!   Ads here:  http://www.blackfriday2010.com/

HOWEVER, I think the tree would be a great reminder to us all to be Thankful for this great country and all of the blessings that we enjoy.  Then maybe we could really remember to actually CELEBRATE Thanksgiving and its importance.

"Thanksgiving Style" Roasted Chicken Legs

I made some chicken legs for Activity Days tonight.  We did a "Gratitude Dinner" for Thanksgiving.  Our new leader had the great idea of having chicken legs instead of roasting a turkey or chicken.  It was a fabulous idea, and the chicken turned out YUMMY! 

Here is the recipe:

Chicken legs  I bought them at Safeway, so they were a good quality.  I think that helped! (I made literally ten pounds of chicken legs - great sale at 88 cents per pound.)

Take the skin off the chicken if you want.  For the most part, the skin cooked down and peeled back on this chicken, but I think if you wanted to go through the trouble it would be just as good because I added "fat" in the marinade and during cook time. 

Sprinkle chicken liberally with Adobo Seasoning.  I am sure that this can be found in Utah, you may have to hunt a little but it should be in your "Mexican" or "Latin" food isle.  If you don't have this, I'd use Jane's Crazy Salt or Seasoning Salt.  Rub the seasoning into the chicken.

Place chicken in plastic bags.  I put approximately 5 pounds of chicken in each bag.
Marinade: Per bag of chicken
Pour 1/4 C vegertable oil
1/4 C soy sauce
1/2 C mesquite marinade
Let the chicken marinate for a least one hour, longer if you can.

(I am using both marinade and marinate to describe what I did here.  I'm not sure which is grammatically correct so please reserve judgement.)

Line baking sheets with foil.  There's no reason to make your clean up time any more difficult than necessary.  Place chicken on the baking sheet, then take a half stick of margarine and dot it "here and there" around the chicken.  Yes, go ahead and add it!  I think that kept the chicken tender and juicy.

Roast chicken in the oven at 375 degrees for about an hour and a half.  (You probably don't need to cook it that long if you're not making TONS of chicken, so check it.  You don't want your chicken to dry out!)  About halfway through cooking time, turn the chicken so that both sides carmelize and get that yummy brown outside.

When you pull the chicken out of the oven, sprinkle both the chicken and the cooking juice with some garlic powder and garlic salt to taste.  Surprisingly, I'm going to say use caution adding the salt.  Both the Adobo and soy sauce will add the salt taste to it, but being me I thought it needed a tad bit more so I added garlic salt.

It was no accident there were three specialty salts sitting on my stove a few days ago.  Now, there is only one jar of mixed up specialty salts.  Sigh.... all I could salvage.

I made this chicken early in the day and then placed in in the crockpot on warm.  I poured the cooking juice over the top of it to keep the chicken from drying out.  My Activity Day Girls and my own kids LOVED this chicken.   I don't normally make "chicken with bones", but I think I'm going to start.  This was cheap and good.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Beef "Stoup"

I made a "stoup" tonight.  (Rachel Ray calls a mix between soup and stew, "stoup.")  I wasn't sure if I wanted to write down the ingredients because I didn't know if it was that good, but my family loved it and ate almost the entire pot.  So, I guess I'll go ahead and save it here in case I decide to make it again someday.  Maybe you all can try it too and let me know what you think.

Start by making a "roux"
1 1/4 C margarine
1 1/4 C water
Combine in the bottom of heavy dutch oven
Stir in two cups of water and mix with whisk.
Slowly continue to add about six additional cups of water and whisk continually so that you don't have any lumps.

2 cans beef broth
1 can Campbells french onion soup
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 bag of frozen vegetables.  I added a bag of broccoli, cauliflower and peppers in a cheese sauce.  It added extra flavor to the soup.

We had london broil for Sunday dinner, and it was delicious.  I added about 1 1/2 pounds of leftover beef cut into cubes.  If you have leftover steak or roast, I'd add it as is, but if you are using raw beef, brown it in some oil and season it before you add it to the stoup mixture.

Season with:
1 envelope beef stew seasoning
1 tsp. dried rosemary
garlic powder and garlic salt to taste

I brought the stoup up to a boil, then let it simmer for over an hour.  Total cooking time was about an hour and a half.  I'm thinking the crockpot would do a great job on this recipe so I'll use it next time.

I only have about a three to four month window when it is truly chilly enough at night to make soup.  We'll see what else I can come up with this winter!  :)

I Need A Win

In my "Battle of the Bella", I am afraid I'm behind today.  My laundry is piled as high as ever, dinner just got going (at 6pm.)  I am down three jars of "specialty salts."  The worst part of that is, she got one. jar. at. a time.  (What's the definition of insanity?  Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?)  Thought so.  I should've moved the salt the first time.

Oh well,

How am I supposed to compete against this?

Or This?

I want to point something out here.  I took both of these pictures today. See any difference?  Picture #2 means that Bella won today.  If I took pictures of my laundry pile, kitchen, or ME, then you'd really see how big she won.  (But I have some pride left.)

I think we're going to bed early tonight.

PS.  You'd think from my blogs that I don't have any other children doing anything else.  We are all very busy and I do have other things to write about.  Bells is just VERY time consuming and I need the most "journal therapy" from her...  :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The "Little Things"

The little things in a relationship make such a big difference!

When I was sick the past few days, whenever I reached over to my nightstand there was always an icy water and diet coke on the table next to our bed. 

I was thinking about that today.  It's the little things that show how much someone cares about you. Derek is so sweet, I love him.  :)  He teaches me how to serve others every day.

Speaking of Derek, he is also starting a "blog journal."  It's called:   http://www.mycupisalwaysfull.blogspot.com/  (He said he didn't mind if I posted it here.)  I guess we both enjoy writing "online journals."

PS.   I found my missing camera.  I can neither confirm nor deny that it was sitting right where I last set it.  That's all I'm going to say about that....

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

****s Bells!!

Wow, there are some days where Bella really impresses me.

This morning, I was talking on the phone and folding laundry.  Bella was sitting back to back with me - we were touching.  Imagine my surprise when I stood up and saw Bella with her hair full of conditioner, all over her body and in a puddle on the carpet.  WHOA!

Soooo....  in the tub she went, safe and sound for about ten minutes while I cleaned the mess.

 I pulled clean, silky, soft haired Bella out of the tub and let her go (what was I thinking) to clean up the bath clutter.  She makes so much clutter while she's in the tub.  She takes all the bottles, soap, cups surrounding the tub and throws them in.  That doesn't take long, right?

I go to find her and happen to see a can of diet coke, spilled all over the carpet.   Grrr...  She usually just drinks the stuff when she gets her mitts on it, what the heck!?  So I find another towel and get to work. 

Finally I am on my way to corral the little bugger and put her to bed and what do I find?  A "piddle puddle."  The turkey peed on her closet floor while I was cleaning the Diet Coke mess.  AGGGHHHH!!!

However, the icing on the cake was tonight.  The boy's Jr. High music program was tonight so  I took great care to charge my video camera.  I even downloaded the instruction manual so I could do a better job of filming the boys performance.  Then I set it on the end of my bed so I could just grab it on our way out the door.  When we were leaving, I went to get it and guess what...  IT WAS GONE!!  No where to be found!  I looked everywhere.  ( I even checked the toilets.)  GONE!!!


Now, maybe I'll come to find that I did something else with it. That could happen.  But for now, all that comes to mind today is, well, my edited title.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

"Guilty Pleasures"

I'm sick today, and bored.  Part of me is relieved to be sitting down for the first time this week, but now my mind is wandering.  I'm finding my remote going back and forth between BYU TV and "The Kardashians."  I know, there is pretty much no more space on the programming spectrum than between these two channels.  It got me thinking about my other "guilty pleasures."    Why do I feel the need to share?  I'm not sure, probably because I'm bored...

*Diet Coke with Lemon from McDonalds
*Diet Coke with Lime
*Diet Coke in a Can
 (You get the idea.)
"Mormon Myth" inserted here.  I heard a rumor that President Monson loves Diet Coke.  If that's true, he's my new "favorite" prophet.   :)
*"Bring It On" Two (Only the second one.  The first one is dumb and yes, I understand that there are several ironies happening there...)   I have no explanation.  It always seems to be on Saturdays while Derek is working and for some reason, I never get bored watching this movie.  I'm embarrased typing that...
*Cheesecake of any kind
*Sonic Blasts, (with Reese's)
*Usher - I really enjoy his music, but I probably shouldn't.  He has some new songs out so Tyler and I listen together.  Hmmmm.... does that make me a bad mom?  (Rhetorical question, please do not answer.)
*Grilled Ribeye Steak with butter melted on top.  MMMMM..... Heart attack on a plate.
*Ruffles and Ranch Dip with cheese and bacon.  Missy makes it.  SO GOOD!  I can't stop eating chips and dip when they are in front of me.

Yes, I am having a giggle at myself.  But hey, I KNOW there must be a few more closet "Bring it On 2" fans out there.  ( I won't ask you to fess up.)

"Gearing Up" for the Holiday Season

After my very busy week, it dawned on me that Christmas is in a matter of weeks.  Time to break out my Christmas "to do" list.  I made it a few years ago in a crazy fit of organization.  Unfortunately I am way past it now, but I just want to pass on the one and only organizing tip I have to give.

Here it is...   If you haven't already written or typed out a Christmas "to do" list, I encourage you to do it this year.

One day, I sat down and typed out my Christmas card list.  Then, I took the cookie and tamale recipes I use every year and I put them with my list so that they would all be in one place.  I also listed the family traditions that we enjoy doing during Christmas.

I "tweak" my list with new ideas every year, then I print it out and put it in a binder where I keep other "family information."  It is really one of the best things I've done for myself.  I'm encouraging you all to do the same this year!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The "Grocery Game"

 Do you see this?  I usually don't have fun at the grocery store, but today was an exception.  I have become a coupon clipper.  It's pretty time consuming, but just one trip like this makes it worth it.  You see everything in the picture, right?  (There are a total of 15 WW Smart Ones here.)  Not pictured:  Two 24 packs of bottled water. 

My grand total?  15.50 (ish... less that 16.00)

With our economy in the dump and looming inflation, especially on commodities like food, I wanted to share some of the websites that I use.  (Here is where I could give away how much time I spend following politics, but I just won't.  I'm actually starting another blog about politics so that I can rant, but I digress...)

I get my coupons from a few different sources.  The Sunday paper, grocery stores, and several from the internet.

http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/  Has a list of coupons printed in your Sunday paper.
http://www.thekrazycouponlady.com/  Has a list of internet coupons

Both websites list national stores and sales.

OK, so I can't wait to hear about how you are all going to save money and build your food storage.  You can comment and email me with your questions!

*I changed the link above.  "The Krazy Coupon Lady" is the correct link.

I Forgot

I've been saying that a lot lately, and I'm about to say it again.  I had another topic to post on tonight, but I completely forgot what I was going to say.  So instead you get this:  I just can't remember.

Maybe I should have more sympathy with my kids when they tell me:

I forgot I couldn't have my cell phone in my room.
I forgot that I wasn't supposed to delete my texts.
I forgot I wasn't supposed to call my friends using my cell phone instead of the home phone.
I forgot to do my chores.
What!?  It's not my fault...  (Oops, sorry, that's a different argument)
I forgot I wasn't supposed to hit my brother.
I forgot that my Book Report was due tomorrow.
I forgot to listen when you were talking to me.


Well, you get the idea.

I have a very wise friend that once told me that after a certain age that you are entitled to forget things.  At that point you've worked so hard in life that no one can possibly expect you to remember everything.  You earn the right to forget.  You can just say "give me a break, I'm  (insert age here).  I pick 39.  That way, I can feel better about the fact the I forgot Matthew at the school last week...  (Sorry Matthew!)

Maybe I should forget how to get home next time I go on vacation... 

And guess what, now I've been rambling on so long here that I finally remembered what I was going to write in my next post.  YEAHHHH!!

Simple, Delicious Tuna by Michael (Borrowman that is)

While Mike was here he made some tuna salad that for some reason was like, the best thing I'd ever tasted.  He said that there wasn't any special seasoning in it, but I'm still not sure I buy it...  :)

Here what he told me he put in it.  (With no exact amounts, it's to taste).

Tuna (drained very well)
Regular Mayo
Celery cut into half inch pieces.  A little bigger than normal, but SOOOO good.
Avacado, also cut into half inch cubes
Red onion, chopped slightly smaller
Green onion, chopped into 1/4 inch rounds
Season with salt and pepper

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.

Refridgerate before eating  (That's my idea, it was a perfect cold temperature when I found it in Mom's fridge.)

I had this for lunch and dinner.  Sorry if anyone else wanted leftovers!  I know that this is so simple, and many of you may already make tuna fish perfectly, however, this was just yummy.  I usually cut my veggies into tiny pieces.  No more!  The bigger pieces made it perfection.

Love you Mike!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Halloween! (Monsters and Princess - No Not Plural in Case You Wondered)

 I was a little crazy over Halloween this year.  Bella is somewhat to blame!  :)   I believe that I finally have a "girly girl"  (yes, everyone clap for me and give me long distance "high fives")  -  so I was absolutely determined that she was going to be a Disney Princess.  Unfortunately, the closest Disney Store is about 40 minutes away and my weeks (plural, not singular) have been out of control. 

We've been doing the "drop and dump" in our house for the past few weeks.  In case you're wondering what that is, it's like "Sunday house" on steroids.

NOTE:   Many of you must be familiar with "Sunday House."    We use that term to explain a house that everyone walks into and drops what they are holding, wearing, their trash, food etc. right where they stand.  GRRRR..... 


There are so many great uses for my time.  Laundry, bathrooms, new calling, laundry (did I mention laundry?) - you get the idea.  (PTO, fundraisers for football, Booster club etc. etc....)

So how do I use my ONLY two and a half free hours that I had last week? (That I had to cancel a parent teacher conference to get.  What!  Jules has straight A's...)  I drive to Gilbert to get Bella a Princess Belle costume.   Never mind Halloween was on Sunday so we didn't actually let the kids trick or treat,  OR that our church "trunk or treat" was on Saturday night at the same time as Josh's football game, so we were only at the party about 45 minutes. 

I paid 25.00 and two and a half hours of precious time on buying one Belle costume that was only used for 45 minutes.

Was it worth it?

C'mon, it totally was, right?  Ok, so she was a "poopy Princess" for just a minute. Turns out that she is no longer fond of the camera.  BUT, she loved her costume.  She made the same face when I made her take off the dress.  

 In my defense, remember that I'm a "girly girl" with four boys and one "not girly girl."  I'm entitled to have a few lapses in judgement...

*Please note the adorable flowers in her hair*  Aunt Christina made those specially for her.  Then, Grandma hemmed up her dress.  Thank Heavens for family! 

*Please do not pay attention to the mess that is behind Bella in the picture.  I did explain the "drop and dump" phenomenon, right?.....  I promise, it doesn't look the exact same right now, I swear.  C'mon, it's been four days.  At least we moved the piles around!  :)

And just in case this blog entry isn't long enough already, here are the rest of my little monsters.  (Nope, no more princesses here!)  Derek came up with the great idea of having a costume contest.  It ended up being between Mike and Jules, but they had a great time with it.  Jules won five dollars for taking so much time on her costume and being creative.  (Matthew finally caved under pressure - he was a Transformer, but still really cute!)

We had a great time.  As an added bonus, Uncle Mike was here and was part of our craziness and fun and games.  He made a Thanksgiving dinner menu, and then put it together with just some "sous" chefs.  In other words, the rest of us chopped some veggies.  He seasoned everything.  It was awesome!  Did you know that green bean casserole could be made with cheese soup and cheesy fried onions?  YUMMY.

One more life lesson I learned.  We were so excited about making homemade root beer again this year that Derek bought the ice Wednesday so that we would be prepared for Sunday.  Imagine our dismay when we pulled the bag out of the freezer and it was empty.  The dry ice completely disappeared.  Soooo..... Mike explained that dry ice is either a solid or a gas.  No liquid.  Hmmm....  who knew?  We were very sad.  Good news is, we will know for next time AND we will be making it soon anyhow.  I'll post the recipe when we do.

I hope you all had a "Very Happy Halloween!"

PS.  This note is for Julianna.  For all my talk of Princess Bella, I would not change ONE thing about you.  Not one!  I only WANT one Princess, I love you so much just the way you are.

On Wounded Knee

I am way too young to feel like a Grandma.

I wake up every day and my body hurts everywhere.  Is that normal?  After my chidren go to school I'm pretty much ready for a nap.  Is that what being grown up is about... exhaustion?

I can't figure out if it's because life gets so busy, or if it's from wanting to "turn off" from life to get a break...

Maybe I can convice my family I have narcolepsy.  (Am I making that word up?)  Then I could curl up in a ball and sleep and no one would question me...

PS.  I wrote this Saturday.  You'll be happy to know that it is Wednesday and I don't feel quite as old.  Still tired, but not as old.  I know,  WHEW right?  I knew you'd all be relieved.