Friday, December 19, 2014

Fly on the Wall, December 2014

Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. At the end of my post you’ll find links to this month’s other participants’ posts.

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The “r” key on my laptop sticks. It’s very frustrating to by typing away, to to proofread and see every word with an “r” in it has that letter missing.
So I was sitting in the den trying to insert “r”s into words, banging down on the key over and over angrily saying the sound the letter makes: “rrrr. . . rrrr . . . rrrr”
When suddenly behind me I hear a voice say “aye, me matey”.


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We had a problem with the gas fireplace in the basement. It seems that the pilot light went out, which has never happened before. Hubs got out the directions that came with the fireplace and was reading through it.
Hubs: I’m reading through these directions and they don’t answer one of my questions about relighting the pilot light. I tried to email them but there’s either something wrong with my email or theirs, it won’t go through.
Me (grabbing the pamphlet from him): That’s because their url is not an email address.


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Hubs is rummaging through my junk drawer.
Me: What are you looking for?
Hubs: Batteries.
Me: They aren’t in there, I keep them on the shelves above the desk.
Hubs: You may not keep them here but it doesn’t mean there aren’t some here.
Me: I’m pretty sure that DOES mean there aren’t any there. But hey, when you’re done, be sure to look in the toilet. I don’t keep batteries there either.


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Either winter has crept in and frozen my brain or I’m just plain showing my age. I was trying to type “everytime”. When spell check kept telling me I spelled it wrong, I looked at it, retyped, looked, retyped, looked, took off my glasses, held the laptop up to my face, looked, retyped, looked. A good ten minutes later, frustrated, I looked at the sentence again.
Ummmm, yeah, everytime? It’s not a word. I knew that . . .


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Hubs asked it we could have dinner at 5:30 pm on Wednesday. He had a meeting that evening at 6:00 pm and usually I just leave a plate for him to heat up after his meeting, but this one happened to be near home so he could come home, change, have dinner early and go to his meeting. Fine with me and I put it on the calendar.
Wednesday comes and late that afternoon College Boy said that he had to do an assignment for school online that needed to be done right at 6:00 pm. He asked if we could have dinner at 6:30 pm. I told him that was fine with me.
So at 6:15 pm as I’m finishing up making dinner, I look at the calendar and realize I was supposed to have made dinner early.
So . . . I forgot to make dinner early and Hubs forgot to come home before his meeting. Worked out, right?
Oh, hell no. I played it for all it was worth. Told him I had rearranged my whole day, rushed home early, had the table set and dinner on it right at 5:30 pm, then sat while it got cold waiting for him to show up.
He felt so bad . . . and now he owes me. Big.
Wonder what it’s gonna cost me, though, to get College Boy to keep my secret . . .


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Orange Cinnamon Coffee Cake


College Boy asked me to put peanut butter on my shopping list.
Me: Do you want smooth or crunch peanut butter?
College Boy: Smooth, I don’t like crunchy.
The next day at lunch time I walk into the kitchen to see College Boy making a peanut butter sandwich. He spreads the peanut butter on both pieces of bread, throws a handful of cocktail peanuts in the middle, closes his sandwich and sits down to eat.
OK then, got it. He doesn’t like crunchy peanut butter . . .


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College Boy: I’ve been trying to decide whether to tell you that the frozen pizza you bought m actually had 2 pizzas in the box.
Me: Why wouldn’t you tell me?
College Boy: Knowing you, you’d go back to the store and give them more money.
Me: I’m glad that you think I’m so honest.
College Boy: Honest . . . dumb . . . potato/potaaaato . . .

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Lately I’ve been having this recurring problem. When I change my clothes at night I notice that I’ve been wearing my underwear inside out. All day long. I get dressed, I go to the bathroom, I’m oblivious. Then I go to change at night and realize it. All I can say is that it’s a good thing I don’t get into a car accident. My mother would be mortified at what they’d think at the hospital . . .

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We had a problem with our heat last month. Not only did the heat stop working, but it was pumping cold air on us all night long.
Hubs: I didn’t sleep at all last night it was so cold. I’m exhausted.
Me: Now that we’ve got the heat on, go take a nap.
Hubs: I can’t. I really need to go shopping. I desperately need a few dress shirts and shoes for work.
Me: Oh, I have a $5 off coupon and a 30% off coupon, take those with you.
Hubs: Can I use both?
Me: Yes, it says so on the coupon. They’ll take the $5 off then give you 30% off of your purchases.
Hubs: So, will they take $5 off one item or my whole purchase.
Me: Ummm . . . it doesn’t matter.
Hubs: But I need to know if the $5 will come off a single item or the total.
Me (picture an incredulous look): No you don’t.
Hubs: How do I know what to have them take the $5 off of?
Me: You are banned from operating heavy equipment. Go take a nap and don’t leave this house until you can make sense of all of this high finance.


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I flew PurDude in for Thanksgiving. I was nervous about him coming in because he had to take a bus to Chicago, get through security and then take a plane home. He thought that a friend wanted to pick him up at the airport. He knew we certainly would and were waiting to hear what his final plans were.
A few days before I texted him to print out his bus pass. Nothing.
The day before I texted him to print out or download his boarding pass. Nothing.
I get so frustrated when he doesn’t answer me so at 1:00am the night before he was coming home I texted him again telling him that I hope he’s ready to go, has an alarm set and if he’d let us know if we’re picking him up at the airport that would be great.
A few minutes later he finally responded: “Can you do laundry when I get home tomorrow”.
Well, OK then. As long as we all have our priorities straight.



Now click on the links below for a peek into some other homes:



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Orange Cinnamon Coffee Cake
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp orange zest
1/3 cup mandarin orange juice, squeezed from approx. 2 – 3 oranges
2 eggs
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¾ cup sour cream
 
¼ cup orange marmalade
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
 
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 TBSP mandarin orange juice
 
Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bunt pan.
*Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, orange zest and orange juice.
*Mix in 1 cup of the flour, the salt, baking powder and baking soda. Beat in the sour cream, then mix in the rest of the flour. Put half of the batter into the bunt pan. NOTE: Batter will be thick. Dollop it into the pan and then carefully spread it around until even.
*In a microwave safe bowl, melt the orange marmalade for 30 seconds. Mix in the brown sugar and cinnamon. Dollop this mixture over the batter in the pan. You can swirl it around slightly but don’t press into the batter. Cover with the rest of the batter. Manipulate gently until it’s even.
*Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely.
*Stir together the powdered sugar and the final 3 TBSP mandarin orange juice. Drizzle over the cooled coffee cake.

43 comments:

  1. You've had a busy month! I l love that your husband asked you to explain the coupons. My favorite was the crunchy peanut butter. That would absolutely happen here. Mmm Orange cinnamon coffee cake.
    Do you realize how many words have "Rs" in them? Holy Hannah.
    <3

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    1. Ugh, a master shopper my husband is NOT!
      ❤ ❤

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  2. OMG, I can;t stop laughing...this is great...I don't know what's funnier though, the hubs looking for batteries, you spelling everytime, or the dinner...

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    1. The batteries . . . oh what I have to deal with around here!

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  3. LOL @ the peanut butter!! I have to keep both in the house. One kid will only eat crunchy and the other will only eat creamy...I've never seen them add peanuts, though...

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    1. Yeah, I'd never seen anyone add peanuts before either. Leave it to my kid!

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  4. Our house is battery-impaired as well. And your son doesn't want crunchy peanut butter. He wants CRUNCHY peanut butter. There's a difference. And I assume that if you feed the yummy coffee cake to college boy, he'll keep your secret! I would . . .

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    1. HA, perfect plan, the way to a College Boy's silence is through his stomach. I should have known.

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  5. Your Orange Cinnamon Coffee Cake sounds wonderful!
    It is far cheaper to pay off College Boy and save that IOU from the hubs for something of a greater importance. I may or may not know from personal experience. ;)
    I'm glad you got your heater working and that your husbands brain thawed out after a bit of rest. The Handsome Prince asks me about coupons until I give up and just do the darn shopping for him.
    Enjoy having your sweet family around your table together again. <3
    Wishing you a very Happy Chanukah and a fabulous New Year!

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    1. I think you're absolutely right with the whole College Boy thing. Much better to pay him off, especially since I can do it in baked goods.
      Happy holidays to you and your family as well. Thank you for the gift of your friendship.

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  6. These little dialogues sound so familiar to me! And that orange cinnamon is calling my name. Carrrooollll! Maaaake meeeee!

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    1. Well, if you do make that coffee cake, I bet you'll be glad it called your name!

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  7. Either you all need a break or you need to retrain the men in your life. Maybe they are not trainable -- batteries in the toilet -- don't be surprised if he is looking in there!

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    1. Sadly, I would not be surprised at all! And yes, I need a break. I've needed one for going on 20 years now.

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  8. OMG!!! TOO funny!!!!
    I was trying to explain to Jacob how I saved so much at Hancock's the other day. It took me about 5 times to explain it all to where he could understand! LOL

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    1. Yeah, men don't get it. My husband used to go to the most expensive department store to buy his socks and underwear. Hello? Haven't any of them heard of saving money?

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  9. One day I wish I could reach through the computer to snatch some of the pastries you make so I can snack while reading these funny posts!

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  10. Oh my gosh... the crunchy peanut butter saga... HYSTERICAL!
    I love the idea of the orange marmalade in the coffee cake. Yum!

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    1. Seriously, I'm still perplexed by the whole peanut butter thing.

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  11. So happy my husband gets things like coupons....otherwise, I'd be lost! lol My R button is a little wonky too. RRRRRRR

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  12. I do so love our FOTW post. Getting a peek into others lifes. LOL Love that your son asked about laundry, so typical. The pb sandwich, made me laugh. My son doesn't like crunchy, but he puts potato chips on his.
    And woman, that cake!

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    1. I put potato chips in my fluffernutters, but then I've never claimed not to like crunchy sandwiches.

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  13. My absolute favorite part? The batteries and the crunchy peanut butter. Men. ;)

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  14. You are definitely out-manned. LOL! I at least have a little extra estrogen around here. :)

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  15. Too funny about the batteries. My hubs would actually go look for them in the toilet if I said that. LOVE the "rrrrr" pirate reference, too. Coffee cake looks YUMMY and would taste great right about now…..

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    1. Yeah, mine may have stopped short of looking there, but he still didn't get the humor of my sarcasm. Sigh.

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  16. I look forward to this post every month. You always make me laugh! At least your husband will take the coupons - I can't get mine to use them. Pinning the coffee cake to make this week while my parents are here. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yeah, Hubs will take them. It's 50/50 whether he'll remember to use them at check-out, though.

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  17. The underwear!! I've been doing that too! Is it catching you Think?

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    1. Could be. Hopefully we're not contagious any more.

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  18. I confess....I have done the 'everytime' thing too...or stare at a word I spelled correctly but swore I misspelled it. Oh how our brains like to trick us :)

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    1. Yes, sometimes I just can't seem to figure out what I'm doing wrong, then once I finally figure it out I have no one to be mad at but myself.

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  19. I cracked up reading this. It's so like anyfamily. Is that a word? LOL

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  20. This looks delicious! It is so funny men can do so many things but give them a coupon and they get that deer in the head light look!

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    1. I know. They can chase down spiders the size of a car but a coupon stops them cold!

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  21. Sometimes it's hard to cope, isn't it?
    I would have been that crazy bitch to turn her whole day upside down to make sure everybody gets their dinner on time - only to become an angry bitch at the person who doesn't show.
    Were you able to fix your R? Otherwise here's a tip: you pretend to be Asian. Use L ;-)

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    1. The "R" fixed itself. I'm convinced it was just screwing with me.

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