The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

175 ivory votives, 6 rolls of silver wrapping paper, silver trays… June 27, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:32 pm

The wedding preparations continue. I think we’re down to somewhere around 54 days or something like that. My daughter and I made a tremendous amount of progress today. The many, many details are being whittled down to a shorter and more manageable list. I’m starting to get excited about how it’s all beginning to come together. I’ve also decided the thing I’m most grateful for is that my daughter and I share similar tastes. I can’t imagine how miserable it must be to do this kind of planning when you have opposite opinions about everything.

So, tonight my feet hurt and I’m exhausted, but, feel as though a lot has been accomplished. I hope tomorrow and Friday go as well!


Fat Chick and her view on cooking light June 26, 2007

Filed under: The Adventures of "Fat Chick" — auntlelo @ 8:57 am


Me: “What are you reading Fat Chick?”

FC: “I’m looking for some good recipes. Gotta lose a few pounds.”

Me: “Really? That’s great! Finding anything interesting?”

FC: “Well, my choices have been narrowed because I refuse to be a cannibal.”

Me: “A cannibal? What the heck are you talking about?”

FC: “Think about it. I’m a chicken. What do you eat a lot of when you’re on a diet, you murderer? I refuse to eat chicken or eggs. That means I’m targeting fish this week. They’re going DOWN!”

Me: “Oh, I see. I never really thought about it that way, since you’re ceramic and all.”

FC: “You just have to keep throwing that in my beak, don’t you? It’s not my fault I’m ceramic. Why don’t you try being a little more accepting and not look down on those of us who wear paint and a fired on glaze. It’s not my fault I was made in a factory in China or somewhere!”

Me: “My goodness, you’re a little testy, Chick! I meant no harm. I perfectly understand where you’re coming from about not eating chicken or eggs. What about turkey?”

FC: “I think anything that has feathers and lays eggs is off limits. It would be like chewing on a family member, if you know what I mean.”

Me: “I certainly do. Maybe I’ll get you to share some recipes with me. If I set a small goal and see what happens, maybe it will be a good kick-start. You can be my inspiration! How will you measure your success?”

FC: “When you stop talking about being fat and dieting, then your alter ego can quit calling herself Fat Chick and stop trying to inspire you. That’s my measure of success. So, I guess it’s up to you!”

Me: “That was really sneaky Fat Chick. This whole thing was cooked up to force me to diet again, wasn’t it? That’s not fair! Alter egos should have SOME morals!”

FC: “Hey, quit complaining. I’m YOUR alter ego. In case you hadn’t noticed, you’re the one typing this conversation. It exists in your head, remember? I’m just a ceramic chicken sitting on your table. You act like I can actually think and talk or something. Geez, you’re losing it woman! Get a grip!”

Me: “I guess you’re right. Okay, we’ll focus on fish and light foods this week. But, we’re having chicken for dinner tonight.”

FC: “CANNIBAL!!!!!!”


A drunk squirrel June 24, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:35 pm

I promised I would share with you another of my husband’s best pranks. He’s notorious for pulling his best ones on the fellas he works with. Apparently, there is a gentleman who does some odd jobs occasionally around the shop. It is also apparent that this person loves beer a little too much. In fact, my husband told me that his pickup is full of beer cans—all the way up to the seat on the passenger side.

One day when he was visiting the shop, my husband decided to have a little fun with him. He borrowed one of the empty beer cans from his pickup and utilized a poor dead squirrel from the parking lot and proceeded to give the poor guy a bit of a start when he finally returned to his truck. I expect he hates it when squirrels drink all that beer and throw the emptys in the floor!



6000 more rose petals, 250 white chairs, a champagne fountain… June 23, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:18 am

The purchases for the big event on August 4 continue. Today we’ll be dealing with flowers. I think the current opinion of the bride is leaning toward ivory and champagne roses. We’ll see more about it when we actually sit down and talk turkey.

A stroke of luck and the other flower girl dress and shoes came in early. Yahoo! I was a little worried that might take until the very last minute and would be another stress point. Things are starting to come together and that’s a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say.

Today is another bridal shower for another niece getting married in July. That’ll be the 3rd of the 4 big weddings this year. Making progress!


Rooting for the “Waffle House” cook June 22, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:45 am

I don’t know why I love Hell’s Kitchen, but, I do. I think it’s because it really exposes to a large audience of inexperienced cooks just how much skill it really takes to put a great meal on the table for scores of people in a short period of time. I also find it entertaining to see just how many supposedly “trained” young chefs are completely incapable of seemingly simple tasks. A shining example of that appears in the first episode when one after the other fails in their ability to fry a tiny little quail egg for appetizers. It took the practical experience of the previously shunned Waffle House cook, Julia, to put them all to shame as she quickly and deftly managed the task in a few short minutes.

Julia continued to watch, learn and apply her steady work ethic to put them to shame on other occasions. She even earned a personal thanks from Chef Ramsay when she not only completed breakfast service for her team, but, also helped finish breakfast service for the men’s team who seem unable to complete anything this season.

Long story short, she may not be classically trained or have experience working in a fine dining establishment, but, it’s difficult to hide when you’re just a hardworking and good cook. My money is on Julia this season.


Why I’m not a millionaire June 20, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:01 am

I was on my way to work this morning and heard a figure quoted on the radio that intrigued me. I verified it online with the Department of Agriculture’s figures and suddenly came face-to-face with the reason why being a millionaire has eluded me in my life, so far.

It costs approximately $500,000 to raise a child from birth to age 17. That is, of course, if they attend a public college or university. If you send them to a private institution, you’ll have to pony up a little more. And certainly don’t forget the cost of providing the “wedding of their dreams” if that child happens to be a female.

If you’re interested in learning more about what it may cost you to raise a child these days, here’s a cool calculator to help you figure this out.

So, next time my financial planner asks me why I haven’t invested more in my retirement plan, my answer will be “I did. My 6 kids are going to take care of me!” 🙂


2000 silk rose petals, 250 silver bells, a vintage suitcase and more June 19, 2007

Filed under: My View on Events — auntlelo @ 11:43 am

Such are the trappings we’re purchasing for the upcoming wedding of our daughter. There are so many more things on the list! But, all the tiny little things that one needs to create the wedding of a girls dreams! It would blow your mind!

On the plus side, my daughter and I have found we have very similar tastes, so the process of planning this wedding has been pretty pleasant.  It’s also provided the opportunity for us to enjoy some one-on-one time with each other during her last summer as a single person. It’s been a lot of fun.

Today we pick up the wedding invitations and commence the rather large task of stuffing, addressing and mailing them out. We finally found the right color red for some of the table linens and we’re down to some of the details. We’re just a few weeks away from the big event!


The hidden dangers of tortilla chips June 15, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 11:03 am

Yes, I knew that title would draw you in. You couldn’t help it, it contained the name of a food item. You’re sooooo easy…

It’s true. Tortilla chips are a dangerous food item. You might think it’s because they’re full of calories and so darn tasty and addictive. Or, you might think it’s because they have all that sodium that causes you to retain the masses of fluid you drink while eating them. It could be all the decadent things we eat with them: spicy salsas, yummy guacamole, luscious queso dips. It might be because they’re prone to crumbling when you munch on them and can make a terrible mess. But, no, none of those reasons are what make the tasty snackers so incredibly dangerous.

What is it, you ask? It’s the terrible, sharp edges that will slice the roof of your mouth like a knife. Oh the pain and agony of having a lovely chip full of hot and spicy salsa in your mouth, only to bite down and have it cut you when you least expect it. Top that with the additional pain of hot salsa and salt getting into the wound and you’ll understand my dilemma.

These things should come with a warning label: eat at your own risk. If the calories, fats and sodium don’t kill you first, you’re sure to experience this particular eating accident at some point. My advice? Stick to guacamole. It doesn’t burn as much!


Pranks, tricks and other useful ways to spend your time June 14, 2007

Filed under: My View on People — auntlelo @ 6:09 pm

I have a deep, dark secret. I love a good prank or joke. But, my husband loves them even more. Mine are usually pretty minor, like moving someone’s shoes or stringing together all their paper clips in one long string, but, his are usually well conceived and well executed acts of trickery. The end result is a lot of fun and people remember his forever.

Let me tell you about one of his most famous ones:

He used to work with an older guy. They were cleaning out closets one day and came across several items that had been left behind. Later that day, he walked up behind the guy, slapped him on the back and asked how he was doing, passing pleasant conversation. After all, my husband’s a very nice guy! Soon after, the guy left work and went to the nursing home to see his Mom. After spending a great deal of time walking around the nursing home talking to staff and other residents, his sister arrived. Only then did he learn that he’d been walking all over the place with a maxi pad stuck in the middle of his back. It has since become a classic gag that has gone down in family history.

Today, another gag was played and it, too, will probably become a classic. I’ll save that one for another blog entry. They’re too good to share them all at once! Wow, I wish I were that creative!


Good grief, it’s like a cave in here! June 13, 2007

Filed under: The Adventures of "Fat Chick" — auntlelo @ 8:53 am

FC:  “It’s dark in here, turn on the lights.”

Me: “No, I think I like the lights off sometimes—especially with the new fountain. It’s cool and relaxing.”

FC: “Is that what you call it? It’s like a cave in here! If I close my eyes, I’d swear I was standing in Meramec Caverns. All you need now are some bats and the scene will be complete.”


Me: “Really, Chick, you’re such a drama queen! It’s peaceful, it’s tranquil, it keeps my blood pressure down.”

FC: “And, what’s that music you’re playing? Oh for heaven’s sake, Celtic Music for Stress Relief? You’ve GOT to be kidding me!”

Me: “Look, if you don’t like it, don’t listen. I could banish you to the break room and you’d have to sit and listen to Jason and Josh banter with each other all day. Or, I could put you in the conference room and you could freeze to death.”

FC: “Are you threatening me? I’m gonna call that group that protects the rights of ceramic chickens if you keep harassing me!”

Me: “So much for peace and tranquility. Okay, I turned the light back on. Are you happy now?”

FC: “Completely! MY peace and tranquility have now been restored and that is what’s important, after all.”