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Friday, July 27th, 2012
8:33 pm
Baked Ziti Recipe
Baked ziti is one of those incredibly adaptable recipes you can change to suit your mood, your family's tastes or the ingredients you have on hand. Try adding browned ground beef or roasted vegetables to this easy baked ziti recipe.

Serve this simple baked ziti with garlic bread and caesar salad.

Ingredients:
•16 oz. ziti pasta
•1 large egg
•15 oz. ricotta cheese
•1/2 tsp. garlic powder
•1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)
•2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
•4-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce (homemade or from a jar)
•1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.Prepare pasta according to package directions for "al dente." Drain.

3.In a large bowl, beat egg. Add ricotta cheese garlic powder, basil and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Mix well.

4.Add cooked pasta and 2 cups of the spaghetti sauce.

5.Pour 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce in a 9 x 13 pan.

6.Top with the ziti mixture. Top with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the sauce.

7.Cover with foil, and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10-20 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.

8.Let the baked ziti rest 10 minutes before serving
Thursday, March 29th, 2012
10:09 pm
Ongoings :)
Life is still awesome. I get a perfect balance at work and at home.

I havent watched this movie in years but i keep thinking about 'American Beauty.' Hell, I dont even remember what the movie was about. But what I do remember about it is that Kevin Spacey went from some fancy demanding job to flipping burgers. I thought the very thought of doing something like that was completely absurd until about 6 months ago. I may have not taken as big of a job jump, but I do want credit for doing a similar thing. I Started working at kindercare in January 4th. It was a big pay cut with less benefits. No more paid good fridays, year end bonuses or wellness reimbursements. No more working overtime to get a little bit ahead on bills. Daycare, although discounted deeply, is only about 40 dollars less then what i was paying for a week at the previous daycare. Our bank account is screaming SOS.

(side note: need to remake budget)

But I am happier then a pig in shit. I look forward to what life has to offer me. I have a healthy balance going on. My job has hardly any stress to it. The teachers and staff i work with are upfront and honest. No more mandatory overtime sucking my family time. There were days at my old job that i didnt get to see Jimmy but only for 10 minutes in the morning. Now i get to see him whenever i feel like it. I spend my mornings eating breakfast with my family and then my dinner time and after dinner time with them. Its just... Amazing.
I didnt realize how much my boss was making my job miserable for me until i left. I no longer have to go to therapy to try and work out job issues and depression.

So far, I have lost 23 pounds. My skin feels better because i have time to take care of it. I am not pulling out as much of my hair as i was and its growing back.

I feel free.

Because of the loss of income I have picked up a new obsession. Extreme couponing...but reasonably. I am only getting the things my family can use. I am starting to stockpile, but not like 100 of the same thing, More like 4 or 5 of this or that.

I am not that great at it...but I am getting better. I know it sounds lame but I am getting things for like 30 cents and stocking up on them instead of running out and getting that thing for 5 dollars at last minute. I really hope it works to save us money. I have gotten alot of stuff for free and cut grocery bills in half. one time I even saved 70 dollars of a 100 dollar grocery bill. All stuff I would have bought anyway.

It gives me a good feeling saving so much. I am also trying to put a little towards my car payment each month. Thats a really hard one though.

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
9:23 pm
A poem I want to remember
The Circle
By edwin markham

He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic,rebel, a thing of flout.
But love and i had the wit to win.
We drew a circle and took him in.
Friday, July 22nd, 2011
5:04 pm
its too flipping hot
yep.

my ac is broken in my house. home waranty people cant make it out until tuesday. its too hot to move.

this might however be a good thing. rob is going down into the basement to work on a project to 2. hopefully one of those projiects MAY be the basement itself?
 
lets cross our fingers.

Current Mood: hot
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
8:10 pm
ergh
too pissed off to write about it lol

Current Mood: pissed off
Sunday, July 17th, 2011
11:15 pm
a million things are crossing my mind.
i should be sleeping but instead i go from one thought to another. im on overload. my brain just wont stop, its exhausting. 100s of thoughts just passing through in one minute. Im tired but in order to go to bed my brain needs to shut up!


It took me a 1/2 hr to write this. ha

Current Mood: okay
Friday, July 15th, 2011
6:17 pm
and so it goes....
This song may be about Joels divorce ...but to me it has so much more depth. I love everything about it.

when it first starts it reminds me of the hymn that was always played during communion when I was young and still had faith. The sunday mid morning mass at the Naval Academy.
 
My heart then becomes filled with that which i have lost and that which i will eventually lose. It is a deep sadness but also uplifting to realize these are things that i have/had the beauty of experiencing.

every now and then I have a vivid dream of rob passing. It is a terrifying time. I wake up in panic, have to call him (he works nightshift) or wake him up if he is beside me.  The only thing i fear more than my own death is the time where i may have to experience the passing of Rob. We already sort of made a pact that i would go first. Or else we would end up like those old married couples where one passes and the other one goes quickly after.
     That all sounds dramatic, I know.but after being so deeply involved with someone for so long and can only see us being together until this time....and  it makes you think of that time.

This song as horendously beautiful it is, it has also allowed me to come to terms with the end. To enjoy the present. cherish the past.


and so it goes....



In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along

I spoke to you in cautious tones
You answered me with no pretense
And still I feel I said too much
My silence is my self defense

And every time I've held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so will you soon I suppose

But if my silence made you leave
Then that would be my worst mistake
So I will share this room with you
And you can have this heart to break

And this is why my eyes are closed
It's just as well for all I've seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows

So I would choose to be with you
That's if the choice were mine to make
But you can make decisions too
And you can have this heart to break

And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows

by billy joel
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
7:25 pm
im still alive...
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
6:21 am
Don't go to Marley Station Mall.
 This isnt some sort of joke or forward...I am very serious and incredibly pissed off.



As if it isn’t difficult enough juggling time, finances and and stress, someone has to go and steal our Car. Rob was at the Sears in Marley Station mall with Jimmy a total of 45 minutes to an hour and came out to a disapeared car. It was 5pm in broad daylight. Rob is compulsive when it comes to locking doors and making sure nothing valuable is showing.



3 days later the car was found. It had been in an accident, the theif crashed into a parked car. The man got away before police came to check out the ambulance. The ignintion was popped and the front of the car/ wheel its quite damaged. Luckily we had nothing in there that cant be replaced. But they did steal rob’s digital camera, the car seat base and the diaper bag. The car reaks and is trashed. We are so very lucky..there might be a chance its not totaled...but many of them are.



Im just trying to save you money and trouble. The towing place told us that it was the THIRD car stolen at marley station mall as of very recent.



Although we are angry and upset about this, we are also very lucky and thankful because it could have been worse. Jimmy and Rob could have been in the car or something like that. These type of things happen to show just what really matters in life.

Even though it sucks horribly!

anyway..what i’d like to say is don’t go to Marley station mall . They only have one security guard driving around. Its pathetic.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
6:38 pm
Friday, September 21st, 2007
5:53 pm
ugh.
 

I am so mad angry. This morning I come in… I wasn’t feeling all that well. I started to work and then had a question about some paperwork.  I look over to my left, where the other receptionist sits so that I could get her attention to ask her a question I needed answered.

 

She was writing an email about me! I didn’t mean to read it, but I totally did. Her screen is as clear as day.

 

It was one simple sentence in capital letters to the other receptionist about me. I had my phone on busy (a button that keeps calls from coming to my phone) and I hadn’t realized it. Why she needed to write an email to the other receptionist complaining about this I have no idea. Why she couldn’t just tell me…Hey your phone is on busy, again I don’t know.  I thought the relationship with my co-workers was a smooth one in which they could tell me if they had a problem with me, but I guess not!

 

Normally I wouldn’t care; I’m not the kind of person to worry about stuff like that but this really got to me. I told the other receptionist whom was the one to receive that email..that it bothered me and told I felt uncomfortable with the fact she couldn’t just tell me, but instead she had to mention something to someone else.

 

Later that day I looked over, and yes intentionally, I’m now paranoid. She was writing another email about me!! I only read a sentence before stopping myself; I really hate getting into other peoples business. This time her email was in smaller print and she kept looking at me as she was writing it.

 

I really hate this BS. I am nothing but nice to her, I stick up for her when other people are talking about her.

 

Anyway..I asked the boss if I could switch desks with the receptionist that sits across from us. That way I won’t feel the need to look at her emails and she can talk about me all she wants.

10:23 am

I was suprised at how clear the pictures came out :)

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
5:41 pm
for anyone who reads this...
1. Do you have a tattoo?
2. How old are you?
3. Are you single or taken?
4. Eat with your hands or utensils?
5. Do you dream at night?
6. Ever seen a corpse?
7. George Strait or Jay Z?
8. How did we meet?
9. What's your philosophy on life and death?
10. If you could do anything with me, and have no one know, what would it be?
11. Do you trust the police?
12. Do you like Country music?
13. What is your fondest memory of me?
14. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
15. Would you cheat?
16. What do you wear to sleep?
17. Have you ever peed in a pool?
18. Would you hide evidence for me if I asked you to?
19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
20. Which do you prefer - short or long hair?
21. Do you sing in the shower?
22. What's your favorite color?
23. If you could bring back anyone that has passed, who would it be?
24. Tell me one interesting/odd fact about you?
25. What was your first impression of me?
26. Have you ever done drugs?
27. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you
Monday, September 17th, 2007
12:57 pm

ITS A BOY!!!

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
6:30 pm
wow
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/20097968/

17 children...all of their names starting with the letter 'J'
Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
6:38 pm
100 days pregnant today...180 to go :) 


I cried at work yesterday...out of nowhere. I had to go to the bathroom to wash my face off. Once I came back i was totally fine. Strictly horomones.  Today my boss had me come down to her office to see if i was okay and if i could handle my job. I said i was fine and that my hormones got the best of me. Being a former pregnant woman herself..i thought she would understand? I dont think she did. Every time she comes up to my desk, she asks me if im okay and how I am feeling? I am fine...I promise!!
Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
6:57 pm


3:00 pm

I am having really bad dizzy spells. Like i feel like i am going to pass out. Should I be concerned about this? what should I do? 

I am eating correctly and I am not nauseated... I am drinking lots of water and i dont feel ove heated or anything.

Friday, July 6th, 2007
5:49 pm

Authentic Mexican food
Sushi
mac and cheese
meatballs
Turkey BLTS
Wendy's french fries
Boardwalk fries
Tater tots
Crinkle fries
Baked potato and steak
BBQ pulled pork
soft pretzels with mustard
Boston market Chicken tortilla soup
Eggdrop soup, fried wontons and eggrolls
ICE CREAM
Milkshakes
Annes footlong's fries
watermelon
Pineapple
7 eleven nachos and taquitos
slurpees
meatloaf..my recipe
Instant mashed potatos 
Grape soda
that white cheese dip from the mexican restaurant across from marley station
pico de gallo



Current Mood: good
1:42 pm
<3

I am in love with this turkey BLT that i am having for lunch today. 

Is it wrong to be in love with food? some things are just sooo good. 

I think I am going to make a list of all the foods I'm in love with while at work today.



Current Mood: hungry
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