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Things I am Loving Friday

Friday, August 30, 2013
Cause I am a big pile of love today on this holiday weekend and looking forward to 3 days off!!! WooHoo!!

  • Publix Chocolate Trinity Ice Cream

This should be illegal it's so freakin good. Seriously and I'm not even a huge chocolate fan but this... ta die for!

  • Stella & Dot - The Mae, Somervell and Christina Link Necklaces

I am crazy for these 3 necklaces and I must have them. Sadly I can only afford one at a time so I am ordering one today... cause it's pay day too. This weekend just keeps getting better!

  • Nike Tennis Dress - Maria Sharapova Night Dress

I haven't really talked too much about my tennis problem but one of the best things about this sport is the cute clothes you get to wear. I must have this. Please go on sale. Please go on sale. Please go on sale.

  • Calf  Hair Camo Flats

Because I can redneckognize the value of a little camo in the wardrobe.

  • Essie  - Power Clutch

I love this color and it kinda goes with my fall camo theme.

  • Zac Brown Band

And last but not least I cannot get enough of this band lately. And because it's It's #backthatazzup Friday! with Whitney and because It's feel good music and awesome for belting out in your car... enjoy a little Chicken Fried!  Happy Weekend!!! And GO NOLES!!!!

#U WANT IT....Goals for the Dirty 30

Thursday, August 29, 2013

No I am not turning 30. I am not referring to some insane Cross Fit work out. Or a mud run in Oklahoma.

So.... I have been thinking about the goals I need to set and what I need to get accomplished in the near future. I am not very good at sticking to things when I set a long term goal. I don't know why but I think it is because life is always evolving for me right now and I just need to adapt... a lot. So why do I keep beating myself to a pulp for bagging out on these seemingly unattainable goals? And how can I set goals that I can stick to? Because I think it's really important to complete things, it says something about you as an individual. A lot about you actually. I hate things being left undone, it drives me crazy. I think it is the Virgo in me for sure. Yet I am the worst offender... ugh. Except when it comes to wine, that I always finish.

The more I think about my life right now the more I have come to realize that it revolves around the 30 days of the month. I know every one's does so that actually sounds moronic but stay with me... My biggest struggle right now is paying my mortgage. That is my biggest source of stress and constantly on my mind. I must be done every 30 days or in 90 days or so I'll be a bag lady with a coach bag and a ballin SUV rollin on 22's. And by that I mean I will be living in my car... with my 3 kids!! All the bills need to be paid every 30 days in fact and for the most part I am achieving that goal. Ok... some are late and some I am perpetually a month behind on but you see what I am getting at here. I can do things in 30 days. I can focus that far ahead at least and stick to some semblance of a plan. Push it out to 3 or 6 mos and you might as well set a goal for me to be twerking Robin Thicke on national television... shit's not likely to happen.

And it would have been a cryin shame not to find a place to work this into my blog this week. Too Good Miles... it's just too asstabulous. Thank you.

I think my new time frame for goal setting is the next 30 days... the Dirty 30. I can get some shit done in 30 days. It's not overwhelming to me. I can think that far in advance without feeling a panic attack coming on and reaching for the xanax and box o' wine. And maybe just for shits and giggles since I put 5 things down there on my list I should make the goal to finish 3 things so if I get 50% done  I am still an underachiever and very bad at percentages still winner winner catfish dinner? Does that make me sound like too much of a slacker? I am a single Mom with 3 kids so sue me.

So here's what I'm thinkin I wanna do...

The Diet Bet - Weigh in 9-30-13 - 4% Weight Loss w/ Skinny Meg & company
(I paid $25 bills for this so I'm doin it)
The Shred - Complete It
My Fitness Pal - Tracking 5 days a week min.
Training for Fire Fly Run 5k on 10-5-13
(Don't laugh that I am training for 3 miles)

Training progress for Ruckus Run 5k w/ Bethany (Mud & Obstacles) 
(I have to get on this now but it's ongoing till Nov.)

And on top of all of that all 3 of my kids have sports, my birthday is in a week, tennis season starts (aka my drinking team has a tennis problem), I'm going to Tallahassee to cheer on my Noles' for a weekend, college football starts, pro football starts and it's Fall which is my favorite time of year!!

 How much more can I pack in here??? 

So What Wednesday

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I am kind of at a loss today so I am hijacking some one else's post pretty much because I am in a so what kind of mood. So here goes nothing.

So what if Miley Cyrus is all acting a fool all over the VMA's. First of all who watches these videos? I thought VH1 only showed Mob Wives and Basketball Wives? Celebrity Rehab maybe? Do they show video's anymore cause I go to you tube for that. And B. Miss Jr. Gene Simmons can do whatever the hay she wants, she's not a role model for my girls. I am their role model... Me... their Mom. Shocking I know. But whatever Miley does or does not do....

So what if it's a holiday weekend and I have no plans. Why does everyone want to know my plans? make your own plans.  My plans are to drink beer/wine, watch college football, eat nachos (cause my Dietbet w/ Skinny Meg starts on Tuesday), maybe go for a run/walk/run... and that's all I got for Saturday. Oh and sleep and laundry always. The rest of the weekend is a crap shoot! And....

So what if lately I have been blowing off more important stuff to indulge in the things that make me happy. The things that make me feel a little more settled inside. The bills will get paid eventually, the house will get clean too. Am I right??? Because honestly....

So what if I am going to take my time and not rush into a new relationship with the first person to come along. If he's really wonderful he will understand my hesitation. And if it is meant to be, it will be. He's probably just as effed up as the rest of them and and I need the time to find out in advance. Because I'm really starting to wonder if the mob wives are onto something and...

And here is my biggest so what of the day...So what if your life is not perfect or exactly the way you want it to be. I am so tired of listening to people around me be depressed and complain about their situations when they are not really willing to do anything to change them. Or maybe they have tried and it's just not working. Whatever it is, most of the people I know don't have it that bad. So you're broke, your ex is a douche, your car breaks down, your job sucks, you have no job, your spouse is a pain, your kids wear you out... so what is your point? I bet you a lot of folks have it alot worse than you... for real. Maybe we all just need a little perspective sometimes. Take for example this chick, she's got it bad...

Drankin at the Lake & A French Toast Casserole

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
This is going to be a Tuesday weekend recap I guess ... better late than never. So it was kind of a busy weekend. Pre-season football started for the kids so we had some cheer leading and the weather was finally amazing! So sick and tired of the rain. I also had a quick girls overnight getaway with my bff's in the hood. We ate and drank and played cards.We were in a house that was super old and I slept in a room with creepy dolls with animal heads staring at me all night... see below.  Just hung out for the night and had gallons of wine some real "fellowship". I look kinda Drunky McDrunkerson in this pic and everybody made fun of my glitter headband but who cares. Bitches are jealous cause no one wears glitter like I do... unless you're like 8 or something.  I made the most amazing French toast casserole for breakfast and I am including the recipe cause you have to make it. Yes, it's Paula Deen's recipe... sorry, not sorry... her food is amazeballs if you can overlook the fat for a minute. I also made and insanely good BLT pasta salad from Pinterest. Seriously ya'll I could eat that whole bowl!! Random other stuff like the super cute coozie wedding favors from my ex-sister-in-laws wedding. Who doesn't need another coozie!

My girls took a trip to the barn to visit the new baby donkey. How friggin cute is that thing with the ginormous ears??? My daughter's bff is an aspiring photographer and she captured the most amazing shots of my 2 beauties! This is the first year I am actually looking forward to our Christmas card photo... we might actually all look good if she is taking the pics! Aren't they purrrrrdy?

Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup

Prep Time:20 min   Inactive Prep Time:8 hr 0 min    Cook Time:40 min
6 to 8 servings

1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash salt
Praline Topping, recipe follows
Maple syrup
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

Praline Topping:
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole.

I am sure you could skinny this up a bit but I make it like twice a year so I figure why bother. 

Happy Boozeday Tuesday!

Getting a Divorce? So here's what...

Monday, August 26, 2013
Fave new shirt, you can get one HERE..

I have been thinking for awhile about writing a post on how to go through a divorce. Not that there is a right or wrong way to do it but it's kind of one of those baptism by fire type of deals. You just learn as you go. I didn't buy any books although I am told there are a lot. I relied on my girl friends (and a guy friend or two) to give me advice and hold my hand. I learned a lot and I really hope that no one reading this ever has to get a divorce but hey... let's face it... for every 3 people that read these words one of you will get divorced. I know... thanks Debbie Downer... womp womp.

And it's not always a bad thing but I am coming from the perspective of the leave-er not the leave-ee. There is a vast difference in how you experience it for sure. For me my marriage was over and I was checked out long before I hired my attorney. In fact, at my initial consultation with him after the first five minutes he took the obviously placed box of tissues on the conference table away with a chuckle and a "I can tell you won't be needing these". And he was right, most of my tears had already been shed. So I am just gonna go with a list here and do a little exercise in word vomit about my divorce and see where it leads me....
  • Go with your gut every step of the way. Because when you know, you know. If you don't feel like you are ready to make a decision drink on it think on it for a minute. 
  • Hire a good attorney and research him/her to make sure he's not going to drag it out and rob you blind. Whose kids do you want to put thru college? His or yours? 
  • Know that every time you call, email or think about contact your attorney in any way you will be billed, for every solitary second of their time. At $650.00 an hour that shit adds up fast so use your head and you can figure a lot of this stuff out yourself.
  • If you can't afford an attorney you can get a divorce on your own and it's pretty easy. I had mine draw up the initial paperwork and then I ran out of money cause douche bag wouldn't sign a thing. I spent the next 8 mos. getting my own divorce with no fancy attorney. It can be done. Ask me how, I'd be happy to help.
  • Before you have the initial meeting with your attorney or start drafting your own settlement agreement, take some time, sit down and write out what you want. In terms of custody, support and division of property. This will save you time and money.
  • Be prepared for a fight or at least for some name calling, mud slinging  back and forth . Mine went from uncontested to contested in about 30 seconds and I never saw that coming.
  • Be very careful who you talk to. Some people have a hard time picking sides. 
  • If your divorce is anything but 100% civil, document everything you do and everything your spouse does or doesn't do. I posted everything I did with my kids on facebook. Sounds weird I know but it documented the fact they they were in my care 99% of the time and I did all of the extracurricular activities, school functions, doctors appts. etc. 
  • Do not document your shenanigans personal life. Take a break from checking in at the hair salon, Starbucks, the liquor store or your favorite night club. When the shit hits the fan the craziest things can come back to bite you in the boo-tay. 
  • Court is scary but it's not horrible. Unless you are doing something illegal or immoral the judge will be at the very least cordial to you. But don't argue with him, I was shocked at how many idiots (my ex douche bag being one) actually stood there and tried to go toe to toe with Hiz Honor. "Yes Your Honor, No Your Honor, Thank You Your Honor, May I be excused Your Honor" is pretty much all you need to know  unless he asks you to be esplainin' your biznatch a little more. If you have an attorney you just sit there and look intelligent and engaged.
  • Shut off your cell phone!!! OFF people!! The judge does not want to hear your Brittney Spears Toxic ring tone when he is in mid sentence. You want him to like you, don't give him a reason not too.   
  • When you go to court empty all of the miscellaneous shit out of your purse. They don't like tweezers, nail clippers, scissors, leatherman tools, glass perfume bottles or previously opened water bottles. They will confiscate it or make you haul ass back to your car and dump it off there then haul ass back and hope to god you don't miss the judge calling your name on the docket.  The judge does not like it when you come in after court is in session. My ex douche bag did this twice. Idgit!
  • Don't go to court without first filing your paperwork. This makes your honor very irritated when you appear in front of him and he doesn't have your papers. 
  • When the court orders you to appear, APPEAR. Even if you don't know why, just go. Cause ain't nobody got time for jail. 
  • You have to take your shoes off every time you go thru the metal detector at court. Plan accordingly... think buckles, zippers, tall boots, socks with holes in them... ya see what I'm gettin at?
  • Keep your divorce moving through the court system. If you are doing it yourself schedule your temporary hearing as soon as you file whatever initial paperwork is required. After that, immediately file your next court date, it usually takes 6 weeks anyway. My divorce took 9 mos. to from start to finish once I filed. 
  • Talk to your friends who have gone through it before you. This is actually where I learned the most valuable information! If you have a friend who has been divorced more than once start referring to her as your personal "Elizabeth Taylor", an expert on divorce... she'll love that. 
I admire this woman... she never gave up on love and she wasn't afraid to try again.
  • If you want it to be over sooner rather than later be willing to be flexible with your ex. Go to mediation if you can't reach an agreement. Mediators are there for a reason. Take advantage of their skills. (By the way this was the most difficult and gut wrenching thing I had to do. Sitting at a table with your ex and a stranger taking your life and possessions apart piece by piece is extremely emotional and final. No one prepared me for this. It was awful.)
  • If you feel like you want to start dating do it, but cautiously. Remember you are still legally married. Your ex might wait for you after work and follow you with your kids in the car. Won't you be surprised when your six year old says "Mommy we followed you after work today!" Oh yes, that happened to this girl right here. 
  • It's OK to keep on living and do fun things. Just because you are getting a divorce and everyone is sad for you doesn't mean you have to be miserable and sad too. You will have your moments of both. Expect it. 
  • One of the most brilliant things about getting divorced is that you get to start your whole life over. Now I know it's not what anyone plans when they first take those forever vows but... Shit. Happens. Life is all about how you move through the shit... deal with it.  Not everyone gets the chance to completely start over or takes the opportunity. And life is too precious to spend it with the wrong person or in an unhealthy relationship... it just is. I am looking forward to what the journey has in store for me. It hasn't been easy but I am still here and everything is going to be what it will be and I'm down with that.

I Do Know Jack Shit & I'm Not Sure I Like Him

Friday, August 23, 2013
Does anyone else have pet peeves? Or is it just this one (me)? I really think I am super easy going as a rule but there are a few things that I just can't a handle. Like take for example feet. I hate feet, they are gross. I don't want to touch any ones feet or anyone to touch mine. Blech!!! I'm not even big on the pedicure cause I once got a bit o the nail fungus and now I am completely paranoid... another gross aspect of feet... toenails...ewwww. I have to stop talking about this now before I hurl chunks of my bagel, seriously.

Getting back to the pet peeve thing... so we all have them right? What if you tell someone your pet peeve and they keep doing it, or talking about it or shoving it in your face? I am not big on the psycho babble but I think this is what the white coats call passive aggressive behavior... No?? 

I got a little ticked off yesterday at a guy friend who is always making what I refer to politely as "bathroom humor" jokes. I CAN NOT stand it. It completely grosses me out. Now I would never get mad or offended the first time someone jokes about taking a dump or something, or if it's an occasional thing, cause sometimes... let's face it, it's funny. What annoys the crap, yes I did, out of me is when someone talks about it all the time. Especially when said someone is your husband, boyfriend, significant other or potential love interest. I'm sorry but it just kills it for me. And when I say all the time I mean like daily or even weekly is too much. Put it this way, I could go months without hearing about you taking a shit or a piss or being asked about such things, maybe years, maybe ever for that matter.  I feel like I'm talking to my 11 year old son or one of his friends... not sexy. 

So my friend sends me a FB message yesterday and tells me to check it... I'm thinking it's a sweet message of some sort and I'm all excited and mushy feeling. Well it's not, it's some pic about Il Explosivo Diarrhea  and Taco Bell and a DEA agent. I would post it but I was so mad I immediately deleted it. Now let's consider the facts... I have told him at least 5, maybe 10 times it skeeves me. I don't find it funny and it makes me the complete opposite of sexy feeling towards him. And he keeps doing it. And now I'm getting mad at him and having horrible flashbacks to the things my ex used to do that I hated and completely embarrassed me. We had so much history he did do a lot of it on purpose because he knew how to push my buttons. 

So what does it mean... I keep telling him I don't like it and he does it anyway. Why do guys think this is so damn funny???

 He did apologize yesterday because he knew I was not happy but hours and hours later. I got the distinct impression that he was annoyed that I was mad.  And then of course I felt bad, like I made a big deal over something silly. I guess what I am really struggling with is committing to the idea that I deserve to be treated with respect and I have a right to say I don't like that, stop doing it, and not be called a crazy bitch. I let my ex walk all over me and treat me like crap, completely disrespecting me all of the time. Am I overreacting? In all other regards this guy is really sweet, sexy, funny... we have a great time together and I really like him. Something about this feels like a red flag and to be honest I am feeling pretty shitty about it:) Maybe I should tell him to kiss my ass.
Ba-dum-bump ching!

I know this doesn't fit in here at all but I would just love an occasion to say it. With a Dutch accent.

And cause it wouldn't be Friday without #backthatazzup with Whitney and in honor of my big pile O' pet peeves ta-day, let's back it up old school style and bust a move like you're at a 90's frat party with a little Doo Doo Brown. 

A Schwanky Dinner & A Fit Bit

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Double Zero Napoletana - Atlanta, GA

First up I went to a really cool place last night with two of my best college girlfriends to celebrate our joint birthdays. We are all born with in 2 weeks of each other and we get together annually to celebrate. Like an ass I did not get a pic of all 3 of us but I did get o few of the delicious awesomeness that we ate and drank. First I dove head first into a good "Old Fashioned" as I have been in a very retro mood lately in my quest to bring back the cocktail hour every day.... Mmmmm a muddling of sugar and bitters with a good whiskey and some citrus and of course cherries. 

Next up we just shared some small plates... Crispy Pork Belly Risotto with a Slow Poached Egg and Beef Cheek Ravioli (yes it's from the cheek of the cow, my friend Erin did not get that from the name)  with a Wild Mushroom something or other and Goat Cheese Crema... More heaven on a plate...

We also had a pizza margherita that did not make it to the pictures and then dessert... bamboloni ...basically donuts... who doesn't love a donut. Especially with a shot of Limoncello.

We had a great time and a nice end to a slightly annoying day

We also talked alot about this...  the Fit Bit

It's an interactive pedometer that tracks you steps (duh), distance, and calories burned – and syncs those stats to your computer and smartphones. You can set goals, challenge friends, earn badges... it's basically like social networking meets fitness a little bit. It even works with my fitness pal. 

Does anyone have one? How do you like it? My girlfriend is a breast cancer survivor and she is pretty into staying healthy plus her company is offering huge incentives and savings on health insurance for participating in this trackable program. The employees are actually challenging each other to see who can go 10,000 steps every day... harder than you think if you have a desk job. She says it has been an eye opener to some at how little they actually move on a daily basis. Thinking about getting one.  Need some reviews!!!

5k Mud/Obstacle Run - You mean I have to Train???

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

First off let me start by saying that this is something I have been wanting to do for a very long time. I don't know why it's just a bucket list thing I guess. Let me also say that I am NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, a runner. I am a wanna be runner though and I started experimenting with it last summer when I was super stressed and depressed going thru my divorce. Yes, I am the moron brilliantine that decides to start running for the first time in her life in July... in Georgia. And it was pretty awful at first. I couldn't breathe it was so hot and I never thought it was possible to be so wet and not be swimming or in the shower. Trust me... it's totally possible. The first few times I went out I didn't know what the hell I was doing (which I know seems odd cause you would think you just like... run Forrest run... like in the movies or something) and I had to walk a lot. Then I down loaded the C25k app and started following that and it helped alot. I am a Virgo, I need order and I need a plan. I can't just do anything willy nilly, that shit cray.

So my bestie and I ran/walked our first 5k in October of last year and it was super cool and fun. I did not feel like a runner though I felt like a fat blob runner wanna be, especially when I got passed by a guy with a broken leg running on crutches. No shit, that dude was fast too, B and I were like "W.T.F. we got serious issues" passed by a guy on crutches... you cannot be serious!!!! But we had fun, and then somewhere around the 6 weeks of Christmas I fell off the wagon, hard.  Then the wagon backed it's ass up and ran over me and offered me a shot or twenty of Fireball on New Years Eve and running went by the wayside for six months give or take a hot minute.

Why anyone would bother doing this I have no clue.

So here we are. B. and I have signed up for a mud/obstacle 5k this time in November. I am also running a 5k with my daughter in October. I haven't trained for anything like this ever but the coolest thing I think about 5k's is if you can commit to 3 days a week minimum you can train and do just fine. So that was my plan, then I saw this...

Mud Run Training: Running endurance
Day 1 & 2 Sprint training:
Easy run to warm up-about a mile
Sprint work: Find a hill, (length and steepness is up to you)  For each rep sprint up the hill and walk down. Then repeat.
Slow steady jog for 1 mile

Day 3 Race pace run:
Fast trail run-no treadmills or sidewalks, get off road and run over uneven terrain. Run at least 3 miles at race pace and time yourself.

And this....

Mud Run Training Strength program:
Circuit 1:
  1. Dumbbell or kettle bell thruster-holding weight at shoulder level, squat down, press weight over head as you stand up out if the squat in one smooth motion
  2. Push-up
  3. Dumbbell or kettlebell swing
  4. Dumbbell or kettlebell Renegade row
  5. Walking lunge with dumbbells or kettlebells
  6. Knee ins from push up position- get into a push up position and draw one knew in towards your elbow, alternate sides.
*perform each as many reps as possibly of each movement for 1 minute.

Circuit 2:
  1. Dumbbell or kettlebell snatch
  2. Dumbbell or kettlebell alternating step up
  3. Dumbbell or kettlebell overhead press
  4. Dumbbell or kettlebell swing
  5. Chin-up/ pull down
  6. Dumbbell or kettlebell windmill
WTF... hill sprints, kettlebells, trail running??? as in off the sidewalk???

Now I know that all of you marathon runners out there are laughing right now but this scares the pants off me, which is not good cause if you read my blog you know I am usually commando. Can I do this?? I suck at finishing what I start. Except for my marriage and divorce, I finished those two up like a champ. And wine, I am fanfuckingtastic pretty good  at polishing that off too. But a training program, sticking to it and following thru so I don't fall on my face like a fool at the race?? ( hey that rhymes... cool)  Hmmm... I know I can do it... but how? I bet if I just cut out reality TV that solves the time problem right there. It's the stick-to-it-tive-ness that I am lacking. Wish me luck and give me some tips! I know a lot of you are pros out there... share the love!!

P.S. - Really Ruckus??? Is it really necessary for me to see this??? Who does one of these things in a bikini top and little boy shorts anyway???

Happy Huuuuuump Daayyyyy!

Binge Viewing, Murder & A Casserole

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

binge  (bnj)
1. A drunken spree or revel.
a. A period of unrestrained, immoderate self-indulgence.
b. A period of excessive or uncontrolled indulgence in food or drink: an eating binge.
intr.v. bingedbing·ing or binge·ingbing·es
1. To be immoderately self-indulgent and unrestrained: "The story is like a fever dream that a disturbed and imaginative city-dweller might have after binging on comics" (Lloyd Rose).
2. To engage in excessive or uncontrolled indulgence in food or drink.

I have a problem. Actually I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one. Unless that bitch's name is Bravo or she contains cream of mushroom soup and a block of cream cheese. Then you might as well just take me to bed or lose me forever. Since we are fast approaching the end of the summer of my discontent I feel like it's time for me to come clean and really start dealing with some of my guilty pleasures obsessions.

First off I am a huge binge viewer. My ex-asshat used to complain that I was in love with the TV, that it ruled my life if something I liked was on and it was affecting our marriage. (Not his staying out all night or inability to keep a job the last 5 years... Gosh NO) But since that part is in the past and I really can't do anything about it let's just take the now for example. No one is complaining about my binge viewing right now so I guess it doesn't really matter except that I have just pretty much wasted an entire summer.

Some weekends I prayed for rain and a real housewives marathon so I could lay around, ignore my friends and family and binge on the lives of people I will never know. I always say I am doing laundry during said binge but usually I am laying on it if ya want to know the truth. But this summer I didn't even lie I just straight up told everyone... I got no kids folks so I am binging on Bravo and wine while shopping online, pinning, texting, tweeting, blogging, facebooking, etc. I'll either be on my family room floor with a bunch of pillows off the couch or sprawled across my bed with clean laundry and balled up sheets and blankets. I'll be wearing running shorts or yoga pants and tanks. My hair will be in  a bun or a ponytail. Real shoes will not touch my feet cause really, where am I going? I have wine and Bravo... BOOM... nowhere! Thank you Bravo for this summer and giving me Princesses:Long Island and Below Deck to go with my housewives. I will never forget Ashlee being carried out of the nail salon rather than walk in shoes without a heel. Nor will I forget Jeff not "proposing" to Amanda on some weird train with some lame ass promise ring. He is just creepy and gross, where the hell did you find him??? And Below Deck... how did I not know about being a yachtie when I was fresh outta college???? I would have been the 90's Kat.

I also binged for days this summer on the ID Channel aka investigation discovery. Basically it's where you can watch all the crime stories of people whack jobs that weren't quite smart enough to get away with it. This is also an unnatural obsession. I could watch Dateline or 48 Hours for days on end and this summer when I discovered a channel that shows this stuff 24/7 I jumped for joy basically did. My kids hate when I watch this stuff so since they weren't around I took full advantage and immersed myself in Dates From Hell, Deadly Affairs, Southern Fried Homicide, Happily Never After and I Almost Got Away With It, just to name a few. Aside from shock value entertainment and just marveling at how the sociopath's mind works the best thing that came out of this was that it caused me to deactivate all of my online dating profiles... for good I think. Jesus Lord there are some complete psycho's out there!!!! With the kind of luck that I have with men I figured it's only a matter of time and I better cut my losses and delete my profiles before I end up on Dates From Hell floating down a river or thrown out of a moving car.

I also have a slight obsession with casseroles. Since this summer was all about me and wallowing in a bit of self pity (and being brokeahontas) I decided it would be a good time to live off of casseroles aside from bruschetta and wine. Casseroles are cheap, easy, great re-heated and you can stretch them out for days. Here is one of my all time favorites. Make it. You will LOVE it. Ur welcome.

Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini

Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini Recipe

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
Recipe fromSouthern Living

Recipe Time

Total: 45 Minutes 


  • Preparation
    (8-oz.) package vermicelli (I use the whole box 16 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms $
  • 3 ounces finely chopped prosciutto
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken $
  • 1 cup frozen baby English peas, thawed
  • (10 3/4-oz.) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
  • (10-oz.) container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth $
  • 1/4 cup Marsala (or a little's wine folks)
  • 1 cup (4-oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese $
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms and prosciutto, and sauté 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Stir together mushroom mixture, chicken, next 5 ingredients, and 1/2 cup cheese; stir in pasta. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  3. 3. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until bubbly.
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