Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wilson, and some "coffin" brownies

I'm taking "Wilson" to work on Friday. Actually, Rosie the Riveter is taking Wilson to work on Friday. Among the (many) odd and somewhat interesting facts about the firm where I work is that they have a MAJOR knack for the celebration. I showed up to work one day almost a month ago now and it looked like a Halloween store had exploded into the offices. Then we got the "memo" that we would be having a pumpkin carving contest (realistic fake pumpkins provided by the firm), a costume contest, and two food contests - one for presentation and one for taste. There are some who will not join the fun - the office Jehovah's Witness gets a free pass, no one is looking at her like the Grinch who stole Halloween - but from what I can tell the rest of us better play or risk being the one who just came to the party to eat the food. So I started mulling around ideas. I'm not especially creative, and I don't mind looking stupid from time to time but this was a whole lot of creative pressure!

I ended up picking a really cool looking white pumpkin. Then I started trying to come up with an idea. I had one of those light bulb moments but kind of wondered if it would be lame... Finally I turned to my trusty friend the internet. Lo and behold I'm not the first person to come up with the idea. Needless to say I probably won't win any awards, but at least I won't return with a naked pumpkin!

Meet Wilson:





He will be sitting on a Fed Ex box when I put him on display... just to add a little something to his relevance. Just in case you are wondering, yes - I know that movie is soooooo last decade, or maybe even last century, but it was the best I could come up with!

As for the coffin's, I make a mean brownie, so I decided to put my strength on a platter. I also am fairly handy with some cake decorating tools so we'll see how it goes. I'm baking and cutting out the shapes tonight. Then I'll wrap them up and freeze them so that I can decorate on Thursday night. I'll post pictures of those when they're done if I remember... but they smell YUMMY! Oh, and as an added bonus - tonight, I'm eating brownie scraps!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Public Service Announcement

Out of my love and concern for your taste buds I found it necessary to warn you:

There is a "candy," disguising itself in a Hershey Kiss wrapper, that is unworthy to be consumed by any human - much less be considered candy! Now, I don't know exactly what it is called but it's some kind of holiday bull crap with spices. I think it must be white "chocolate" (anything white calling itself chocolate is NOT chocolate - but that's a whole 'nother blog) colored about the shade of pumpkin pie and flavored with the spice mix meant to go in pumpkin pie. It is horrible. I mean truly awful - DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!

My boss - who I'm convinced at this point must be trying to make me vomit in the stairwell for sport (I'm wondering if Adam put her up to it?) - put a bowl of these by the sign in/out sheet on the third floor. I grabbed one on the way out and popped it in my mouth before heading down the stairs. I realized as soon as it's foul meltiness hit my taste buds that it was a mistake, but there was no remedy. I am stuck running down three flights of stairs with this horrendous excuse for a candy in my mouth. I ran out the door at the bottom floor, knowing that my rescue was near. I reached for the trashcan by the desk of our door man and SPAT that nasty thing out!

I think I may never live it down with the two coworkers who witnessed the event but I have learned my lesson. Never trust a Hershey's Kiss - they are no longer an innocent sweetness in a cute silver wrapper - they are trickery, madness, pure unadulterated BLECH!

Consider yourself warned!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Boring details of life

Yesterday I got up early - for a Saturday - and got the kids ready to go. Brian met us here and we all went down to the property. Oh, and we took Macy the wonder dog with us. Brian helped my dad carry hundred pound planks and put them up on the top of the structure to form the ceiling of the house. The progress is amazing! The kids and I picked up pieces of wood that littered the perimeter of the entire job site. The cut off pieces from all the walls formed an outline around the house. I worked on one section of that, then I went in and started sweeping up the interior. The kids kept working until they had cleaned up pretty much every piece of wood! It was amazing, and exhausting! We stopped for lunch and all eight of us squeezed into the little trailer. That was kind of interesting and a bit cozy! We quit working around two thirty and headed home. We got home, showered, and turned right back around and went to church. It was a LONG day, but a lot of fun! It was the first time I've felt like I actually contributed something to the project. I had my camera but, as usual, I forgot to take any pictures!

Today I decided I was sleeping in! The kids didn't go to their dad's so I didn't have to get them ready early. I woke up around nine thirty. I don't remember the last time I slept that late! I did finally go through a bag of junk that Drew gave me about a week ago. He said there were clothes for the kids in the bag. Most of it was too small, or too stained to actually use. I now have a giant bag of trash in my living room but at least I can check sorting through all that junk off my list! Now I have a week worth of laundry to do and last weeks laundry still needs to be folded... ugh... it never ends! I did enlist the help of the kids to get the dishes done. Obviously, I still have tons to do but I'm taking a break now, it's nap time!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

"When are you gonna stop using my last name lady?!"

That was the "important" discussion to be had this morning when the kids were buckled in the car ready to go with their dad to a parade this morning. So I said "what are you talking about?" He replies "well all of your stuff still has Gonzales on it and you still use the bunchagonzos email address and your name isn't even Gonzales anymore, we're divorced you know." To which I answered "actually, my last name is Gonzales." He then tells me "no it's not, it's Ashley, we're divorced." He says divorced nice and slow for emphasis, like I didn't understand it the first time. I tell him "no, it's not. I didn't change my last name back because I have four kids who have the last name Gonzales and I didn't want to make things complicated by having a different one." He's obviously annoyed now and implies that I can't do that. Wow, the logic and intelligence astounds me! So as I'm walking away, already shaking my head in a combination of amusement and disbelief, he says "so, when ARE you gonna change it?" I say, "I'm sure I'll change it when I get married again eventually." As I walk back to the house it takes all the strength I can muster not to laugh out loud! Talk about entertainment.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Big things are happening!!!

I'm dying to blog about it, but I can't... Yet. I'm tempted to send a mass email to everyone I know because I want so badly to tell everyone! Hmmmm is that what people did before blogging?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Blonde or Blond?

Oh, I thought of something random and stupid to blog about! How do YOU spell the word "blonde" or "blond" as in the hair color? See, I always thought it was "blonde" but spell check tells me I'm stupid every time I spell it that way so I thought, "fine! you want it your way, I'll spell it your way!" So I started spelling it "blond." Then I'm chatting with a friend online, I spell it spell check's way and they correct me. So, how do you spell it?! Is there a right or wrong? Is this one of those "English" spellings vs. "American" spellings? Maybe "blond" means something totally different than "blonde" who knows?! I don't prefer to look stupid though, so if someone with a freaking English degree could throw me a bone I'd totally appreciate it!

It's been a really long time since I've blogged!

So, I decided to write something. There's only one catch... I have HUGE things happening that I can't blog about! Argh! If you know me and wanna know - hit me up and I'll give you the info in an email.