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From One of My Favorite Bloggers

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Achilles heel: Ice Cream

Battle cry: Bring It On.
Casket size: None — I plan to donate my body to science and then be cremated.
Deformity: one ear is significantly lower than the other.  To the point that when I make dangly earrings, one has an extra link in it.
Embarrassing nickname: Grace.  Because I’m not.  Graceful, that is.
Fish I’d most like to be if I were somehow, for some reason, forced to be turned into a fish: Mudskipper, because they show some inititive
Getaway route: Any path that will take me by a Carribean beach where I can become blissfully distracted
Hillbilly name (click here): Betty Rose Clementine
Inanimate object I most resemble: An hourglass
“Jack”, Favorite blogger named: That would be Jack Sh*t!, of course
Knot I have most trouble untying: Sheepshank.
Last lesson learned: Do not try to blend an entire blenderful of hot soup. 
Middle letter of middle name: A
Nearest Chinese restaurant: P.F. Chang
Oldest person I know: My MIL — She’s actually older than my Grandma
Pancakes, Favorite topping for: pecans and maple syrup.  The real stuff.
Quality I wish I had more of: patience
Rap artist I’d most like to chillax with: Usher.  Is he a rap artist?
Salad dressing I despise most: Catalina
TV show I wish would disappear forever: All reality TV programs
Underwear, Favorite kind/color: Clean, nude
Vice that I wish I could do away with: talking too loudly
Website that I check first every day: blogger
Xerox, Funniest thing I’ve copied on: a fern frond
“Yes,” Dumbest thing to which I’ve answered: “Can you help with the Cookie Sale?”
Zombie, Favorite “brain” dish if I ever became a: scrambled
 EMail Anglea Pea

20{4}40 – Pi Day!

Photo by Tim May, Photographer Extraordinaire
Remnants of the Blueberry and Coconut Pies

 Today is Pi Day.  Being a total geek engineer, working in an office with a bunch of other engineers, I decided that we needed to celebrate with a Pi Pie Bake-Off.  Eight folks made pies, myself included.  Then we let the always starving masses sample pies and vote for their favorites.  My pies?  I actually brought two pies – a coconut cream and a blueberry – and won first and second place.  However, because it would be sort of weird to win the Pi Pie Bake-Off that I organized, I disqualified myself and handed out prizes to a Blackberry Pie, a Lemon Chess Pie and a Chocolate Creme Pie. 

So what am I thankful for today?
81. Pi Day
82. Pi Day Celebration at Work with a Pie Bakeoff
83. Making the best Coconut Cream Pie EVER and getting kudos from peers
84. Blueberry Pie
85. Chocolate Crème Pie
Prizes for the winning pies were autographed Justin Bieber posters. No, Justin did not autograph the posters, one of our young engineers autographed them. 
86. Justin Bieber Posters
87. Husband who calls me at 4:00 and says “I Love You! I’m bringing home Chinese food for dinner!”
88. Teen Son who answers the phone with “Guess what I did, Mom? I mopped the kitchen floor!” Excuse me, but who are you and what did you do with my son?
89.  Not tearing a hole in the knee of my new compression pants when I fell while running tonight
90. The neighbor who stopped her car and jumped out to help me up when I fell running tonight
91. No broken bones
92. iPod for keeping pace
93. Fartlek Training
94. A dishwasher
95. A washer and dryer that work, providing clean clothes and linens for my family
96. CFL’s that don’t make that funny ringing noise
97. A tea kettle that whistles
98. Chammomile Tea
99. Comfy bed
100. Fuzzy throws

Lenten Challenge Following Ann, counting my blessings.

EMail Anglea Pea


The ABC's of Me

Jumping on the Bandwagon here… 

A~Age: 47
B~Bed Size: Queen
C~Chore You Hate: Cleaning the oven. There’s no easy or comfortable way to bend yourself sideways, stretch over the open door and reach the back corners.
D~Dogs: Yes! Maxwell Noir. Wonderdog Extraordinaire.  Then there’s Bob the Cat…
E~Essential Start of Your Day: breakfast, which usually consists of steel cut oats with dried cherries, walnuts, brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon.  As of today, I’ve given up coffee.  EEEEK!!
F~Favorite Color: Green.
G~Gold or Silver: Silver – the platinum variety.
H~Height: 5’2”, 5’3″ if I stretch
I~Instruments I Play: Clarinet(s), as in multiple ranges and piano
J~Job Title: Professional Engineer; Senior Project Manager
K~Kids: Four – Teen Adult Daughter #1, Teen Daughter#2, Teen Son#1 and Teen Son#2
L~Live: Texas
M~Mom’s Name: Geneva
N~Nicknames: Angie, Grace  Grace?  Yes, Grace.  Because I’m not.
O~Overnight Hospital Stays: Only one, when Adult Daughter#1 was born, simply because she showed up after dinner and I had to wait until my Doctor made rounds the next morning to get discharged!
P~Pet Peeve: purposefully misspelled words, such as “Kwik”. Grrrr….it annoys me so much that I won’t patronize any establishment with a quirkily spelled word on their sign.  Babies out in public with nothing on but a diaper.  This list could expand exponentially over the next week.  See “E” above.
Q~Quote(s) From a Movie: “You’re a legend in your own mind”, Sudden Impact
“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need – roads.” Back to the Future
R~Right or Left Handed: Right
S~Siblings: Sisters. Several of them. I’m the oldest and it shows!
T~Time You Wake Up: 5:30 am, even on weekends.  I have a stubborn inner clock.  Miss Olivia sets the alarm.
U~Underwear: clean
V~Vegetable you Dislike: None – at least none that I’ve tasted so far.
W~What Makes You Late: See Letter “K” above. Those first two in the list? They don’t subscribe to the brush-your-teeth-shove-on-a-headband-head-out-the-door philosophy of life.
X~X-rays You’ve Had: Not so sure of the total – dental over the years, broken foot once, broken thumb…
Y~Yummy Food You Make: Meatballs. According to Teen Sons, I make the best meatballs in the world. They are best leftover and stuffed into a sandwich roll with extra sauce and cheese.
Z~Zoo Animal Favorite: Giraffes!

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It Was Meant to Be a JOKE…

…and a way to knock another half skein or so out of the stash.  Seriously, a Cat in a Hoodie? 
Whiskey Bob
I found the pattern here, and adapted it by knitting a rib band on each armhole because I didn’t have enough dark brown to make whole sleeves. Yarn – Cascade 220, gold colorway and Pattons wool, brown colorway.
Now all Bob needs is a clock on a chain and some shades.

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Conversations with the Inner Brat – Weigh In After the Storm

It’s Weigh In Day.  Which of course means Olivia starts in the moment I woke up this morning.

Oooooh!  You’re going to get it!  You have to step on that scale today!

Yes, Olivia, I know. And by the way, we’re going to walk to the meeting.

WALK?  Are you nuts?  It’s cold! Really, really cold!

Not cold enough to stop us, Olivia.  Besides, the sun is shining! Isn’t it grand?

Yeahbut, last week you didn’t get any serious exercise except for Monday because of the ice and snow.  And you ‘indulged’ in a lot of treats.  Like Italian Wedding Soup.  And tortilla chips.  And beer!

I know, Olivia.  That’s why today we’re facing the music, embracing our defeat.  We’re stepping on that scale and moving on.

As we’re waiting in line…

Just tell the nice lady we don’t want to weigh in today.  Just to listen to Terri, share with everyone else and discuss the topic.

No, Olivia. I’m taking off my shoes right now.

[She Steps on the Scale.]

 Zero.  No loss, no gain.

     We’ll take it.


Happy New Year! and Fun With a Flat Iron

Greetings, Chickies, and Happy New Year to You! 

Don’t you just love the fresh new start to a new year?  Everyone is all excited about their new found resolve, you get to arm wrestle for the privledge of a parking space at the Y and Whooo-eee! Everyone and their brother is out running at lunch time. Including me.

Ran 2.3 miles in 27 minutes. Not a stellar speed, BUT I’m actually running again and there’s no pain!  I’ve consulted a trainer – sadly, not Buff Chad on this one – about my running hip pain, and she’s made some suggestions for correcting my form, specifically my gait.

What’s a Gait?  Fancy biometric word that means the-way-you-step-on-the-ground.  Basically, my ankles roll out (already knew that because I am constantly having the heel caps on my shoes replaced).  It’s especially noticable on the ankle I tore up several years ago, which in turn causes me to overextend the hip on the opposite leg.  And I try to take too long of a step.  SO!  What’s a woman to do?  Concentrate on keeping the feet and ankles steady and take shorter steps.  So far, so good.

Other running observations?  It’s Beautiful in North Central Texas!  Blue Skies!  But also cold.  And I need to figure out what to wear running outside in the cold.  I start out with my light fleece jacket, because I’m really cold, but then have to pull it off and tie it around my waist by the time I hit 1.5 miles.  Then it’s all floppy around my butt and annoying me.  My sweat pants are too wide at the ankle and are threatening to trip me any minute.  I think I’d like to have some tight legging sort of pants with a running skirt and several layered tees.   The best article of clothing used today?  Enell bra.  I need to do a review of this amazing piece of architecture soon.  What do the rest of you wear and how comfy is it?

Me.  After running. 
Before eating
and changing
back into work clothes
Flat Iron?  I thought I’d tame the curls this morning with a flat iron.  Not so sure I’m a fan of the look, but Teen Daughters squealed in delight when they saw me and Husband likes it too.  LOL…see that streak over the top of my bangs?  It’s my Cruella DeVille streak.  White over blonde.  I’m impatiently waiting for all of my hair to be shiny white platinum blonde . 

EMail Anglea Pea