Tuesday, July 31, 2007
We have about 1200 songs on our i-pod. We are using about 10gb of our 60 that are available. We only have one movie on there and that takes up about 1/3rd of the space that we have used. I can not even imagine what we would have to load on there to use up all of that memory. Of those 1200 songs - only 75 of them were purchased on i-tunes - the rest came from our cd collection that took me at least a week to load up. Twelve hundred songs is a lot - it is roughly three days and four hours worth of songs. According to i-tunes - in the 15 months we have had this i-pod- some of those songs have not been listened to yet - but some of them have been listened to alot.
Here is how it all breaks down in order of how many times they have been played:
79 : I'm Feeling Good by Michael Buble (I will say that I do love this song - but the reason it has so many plays is because Nicole loves it more than me. She will listen to it everytime she gets a chance - she swears that when he sings the line "Stars when you shine"... it sounds just like Syd the sloth from Ice Age)
71: I'm On My Way by the Proclaimers (this is from the Shrek soundtrack - they are Scottish brothers and we have all been known to rock out to this song)
65: I Am Superman by R.E.M.
62: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by the Mormon Tabernacle Coir (What the?? Just kidding - I know why - we have a Mormon Tabernacle Playlist that we set the i-pod to and hook it up to the stereo every Sunday so here are the rest of the Tab choir hits: Battle Hymn of the Republic 56, Oh What Songs of the Heart 55, Love is Spoken Here 54, Come Let Us Anew 53, A Child’s Prayer 50
61: It is You I Have Loved by Dana Glover (also from the Shrek soundtrack)
60: Policeman's Xmas Party by Five for Fighting (I don't know why the kids love this song but they really do.
59: It's the End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M. (another kid's favorite - I don't think they can sing a word of it except when it says Leonard Bernstein really loud in the middle of the song)
58: We Are Going to Be Friends by Jack Johnson (they love this song because of the White Stripe's version sung at the beginning of Napoleon Dynamite)
54: Ball and Chain by Social Distortion
51: The Riddle by Five for Fighting
48: Yesterday, When I Was Young by Roy Clark (This is where Alan's old country music comes in.)
43: By The Time I Get to Phoenix by Glenn Campbell
Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson
I Like to Move It by Erick Morillo (from Madagascar)
Freedom Never Cries by Five for Fighting
Come Away With Me by Nora Jones
What does your i-tunes say about you?
Monday, July 23, 2007
Then we went to our family reunion - we were gone one Sunday - but Devon did not come home with us. He went to California to meet up with Alan's brother Will and have a good time in Santa Barbara. Will is a golf pro at a fancy country club in Santa Barbara and he and his beautiful wife, Michelle, live about a half a block from the beach. So Devon spent that week golfing, surfing and hanging out at the beach. While he was gone - Courtney left to meet up with our friends the Waites. They bought a motor home and have spent the majority of this summer traveling the United States. When they called and wanted Devon and Courtney to meet up with them they were in the Washington DC area. Courtney flew out on Friday the 13th and Devon joined her the following Wednesday. Since they have been there - they have been to Washington DC, Philadelphia, a lot of little Amish towns (Devon loved that), Rhode Island (a day at the beach), New York City, Boston and are now staying in Portland, Maine for a few days. Before they come home - they will go and see Niagara Falls and the Sacred Grove in Palmyra. They are having the time of their lives - but I sure miss them.
Hopefully, Devon and Courtney will be home this weekend - but Alan leaves this Thursday to go to Portland, Oregon to visit (and baptize) his friend Kevin. He will return Tuesday the 31st and then, we will all be together again!! I can't wait.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I get headaches - migraines - they are debilitating. Once I thought I was going blind and then after much medical help a brave eye surgeon explained to me that I was having a migraine. They are that bad - even when I don't feel like I am going blind - I sometimes feel like I am going to die. Prescription medication makes me too sleepy - I don't like the feeling it gives me of not being in control. Luckily I don't get the headaches often and when caught early and treated with the "secret combination" they are manageable.
So here it is - the top secret combination :
4 aspirin + 4 ibuprofen +1 caffeinated beverage = sweet relief
I don't know how it works - but it does. I know aspirin is a blood thinner and ibuprofen relaxes your muscles - and these ingredients are almost exactly what is found in Excedrin. So that is my tip for today. I used this very combination this morning and I am feeling better. It works for me!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast
2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
12 slices home style white bread cut into 1-inch cubes
16 oz. cream cheese (cold) cut into 1-inch cubes
1 dozen large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. butter
Slice the strawberries.
Arrange one half of the bread cubes in a well greased 13"x 9" baking dish.
Arrange all of the cream cheese cubes over the bread cubes, and sprinkle 1 1/2 cups strawberries on top.
Arrange the remaining bread cubes over the strawberries.
Pour the half-and-half Into your blender, then add the eggs and blend. Add the maple syrup and blend.
Pour the mixture evenly over the bread, strawberry and cream cheese mixture.
Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Remove the dish from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes; remove cover and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until French toast is puffed and golden.
To prepare strawberry sauce:
In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and 1 cup water.
Cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until mixture has thickened.
Stir in the strawberries and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until berries have softened.
Add the butter, and stir the sauce until butter has melted.
Serve hot over the Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast.