Thursday, November 30, 2006

Thursday, November 23, 2006

"...Captain Jack Sparrow."

My daughter said this: "Captain Jack Sparrow is a hottie."

Yes, Lily. Captain Jack Sparrow is a hottie.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thursday, November 16, 2006


Lily says: "Mom! I know what trees are called when they don't have any leaves on them!"
I say: "Really? What's that?"
Lily says (rather yells quite loudly): "BUTT NAKED!!"
Insert me laughing here. "So, Lily, where'd you learn that?"
Lily says: "From one of my school friends."
Me: "One of your school friends, huh? Did this happen to come from a boy?"
Lily: "Yeah."
While giggling, I couldn't help but think that this is what we're paying tuition for. ;-)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Brought to you by....

Today's Blog is brought to you by something Japanese.

Because Thanksgiving is only a week away...

My mom informed me that Thanksgiving is next week. NEXT WEEK!!! I seriously thought I had a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. Color me completely unprepared. Normally by now I have the turkey and have a general idea of what's going on. This year, not so much. I do, however, know that we are spending the holiday with Casey's family. Woot. Oh, and we're making a turkey as usual.

AND in honor of the gloriousness that is our turkey, I blog to you the recipe. Ladies and gentlement, the best turkey ever... PUERTO RICAN TURKEY!!

This is THE BEST TURKEY ever made. It is very juicy and is just absolutely fabulous. You should all try this out. Oh, and thanks to my cousin Juancho for passing on the recipe.

1 turkey (thawed)
1/4 cup Adobo Goya con pimienta
1/4 cup Adobo Goya sin pimienta (NOTE: Goya is the brand)
1/4 cup Garlic Powder
1/4 cup Oregano
1 orange


Wash the thawed turkey well with water and then with the juice of an orange (translation: cut the orange in half and then squeeze it over the turkey while rubbing the juice on it). With a sharp, pointy knife poke deep holes all over the turkey (make sure you squeeze a little of the orange juice into the holes).

In a seperate mixing bowl, mix all your spices together. Place the turkey in the tray where you will cook it and then apply the spices to the turkey (it's best to do this by hand). Make sure you get spices in EVERY SINGLE HOLE you poked! Also, apply spices to the inside of the turkey.

Cover the turkey with tin foil and let it marinade for AT LEAST two days.

When you go to cook the turkey, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add 1 cup of water to the turkey tray and then cook, covered, for 4 hours or until done (cook time depends on turkey size).

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART: Every 30 minutes remove the turkey from the oven, uncover and get some of the juice from the bottom of the tray and squirt it over the turkey (those giant dropper things work really really well). The idea is to keep the skin of the turkey moist with the juices that has all of the flavour. When the turkey is done, take it out and carve it up, seperating the dark and white meat. Take some of the juice left over in the pan and put it on the pieces you cut. This is especially handy on the white meat. It makes for a very moist and tasty turkey.

Now, go and enjoy!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Fun with Rogers and Hammerstein

Ladies, Gentlemen and of course Robots... Gwen Stefani's new video.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Confronting Mortality

Most kids do this when their grandparents die. I, being absolutely true to my procrastinating nature, did not confront mortality until Sunday morning. For those of you who don't know the story my mother went to the emergency room on Sunday morning. The right side of her face was swollen and numb (somewhat paralyzed). Insert panicking Jess here. I instantly was thinking stroke and with good reason. My mom suffers from insanely high blood pressure.

Thankfully, it wasn't a stroke, but I will get to that in a minute.

Casey got me to the hospital (he didn't let me drive, which is probably a very good thing), wrangled Lily while I sat my butt down next to my mom and didn't move until they took her for a cat scan. I think I was more worried and scared than my Mom was.

It turns out she has something called Bell's Palsy. The short explanation: a nerve in her face went to sleep due increased pressure from a cold and ear infection she had been suffering from. The doctor put her on some prednisone, did a cat scan and took some x-rays just to make sure it wasn't a stroke and we were discharged. Mom followed up with her family physician this morning.

I know she's going to be fine, but I can't help but worry. My mom has not been sick like this... ever. I can't ever remember my mom being so sick she had to go to the ER. The strange thing is, I had a short conversation with Casey not so long ago about how I thought I should prepare myself for something like this. That my mom is getting older and while she does keep herself in excellent condition, she is still more prone to problems than she used to be. Did I handle it? No, I cried. I cried and cried and cried. I'm not ready for my parents to be old. I don't want my parents to die. Why couldn't I have dealt with mortality issues when I was younger? I'm 28 years old and I'm sitting here crying over the fact that my parents will eventually die one day! I feel incredibly ridiculous about it and I realize that it's something that I have to accept and yet I'm still upset. It doesn't make any sense to me.

Casey asked me this morning if I was going to be okay. I told him that I was going to be fine. I honestly think I need another good cry or two and I need to have a serious talk with not only my mom but my dad as well. Mom has been dropping subtle hints about where stuff is (like where she keeps her safety deposit key so I can get to her will, etc) and what type of funeral service she wants and to please keep the antique silver tea set as it is a family heirloom (which I naturally joke about Antique's Roadshow about), along with the Yladro statue. Dad, however, I have no about what he wants done. Does he want to be buried, creamated, where's the will, etc. My parents are getting older and I think it would be smart to prepare myself. Now, if I can only do it without crying my eyes out. Or maybe I should cry now so I don't do so much when it actually happens...

I don't know. I'm confused and scared about the whole parental death thing and I really don't want to think about it... but I can't help but think about it and that makes no sense to me. Ugh. Stop thinking, brain!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Lily Allen

This would be Lily Allen, the song is LDN. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Guts

I wanted to post this picture simply because of the look on Lily's face. That's utter disgust, folks. Lily definitely doesn't like getting her hands dirty, let alone covered in pumpkin guts. We finally managed to get her to get most of the guts out (with some help of course).

Post Halloween Update

Well, we're all overdosed on sugar yet we're very tired. Trick or Treating was fun yet freezing but I did get to thank our local Fox news weather guy for the fact that it didn't rain (somehow I don't think he really had anything to do with it, but we all yell at the weather man when the weather sucks so I might as well thank him when it's nicer than it should be outside).

Lily was Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She looked very cute with her unruly hair, Hogwarts Robes and want. She also scored a pair of fake vampire teeth at the school Halloween party and wanted to wear those around, so I let her trick or treat to a few houses with those in. It was kinda funny. I had curled her hair the morning of the party (because Hermione has curly hair and "Mommy, I want curly hair!") but by the bewitching hours (aka trick or treat time), the curl was gone and it looked more unruly and wavy than anything. I think that's okay, though, because it was like first year Hermione rather than the latest version of Hermione that is growing up way to fast (as I'm sure her parents would agree).

I'll be putting up some other pictures today from the great pumpkin carving of 2006. Yeah. Fun. Nuff said. But for now, I must get Lily to school for today is a mass day.