Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Alphabet Soup

While serving up dinner today, I noticed I had achieved a new culinary wonder quite by accident. Everything we were about to consume started with the same letter: chicken, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, and carrots (drinks not included). We have now decided to embark on the adventure of trying to eat different letters of the alphabet. Perhaps not each night, maybe once a week. Besides zucchini, what else does one eat that starts with "Z"?

Thursday, May 17, 2007

One Closet, One Wall and An Idea!

One solid wall, one useful closet (already filled) and one idea for how to decorate the "den". And it only took 11 years! LOVE my closet! Will really work better than it ever could have opening into the living room! LOVE my big long solid wall - although am still perplexed as to how exactly I want to decorate it. Have to choose which pictures where, but am currently stumped! And my brilliant talented hubby came up with good, really good use for this room that is typically (and currently) a dumping ground. We have needed to use it to fill with all the extras from the living room as we remodeled - it still has a few things left (like the old tv stand and the pictures I need to hang). The room was the previous owners master bedroom, but became our den when Joe removed the double closet doors and built me a big desk. The closet is right next to it. The rest of the room is pretty useless so far. But Joe wants to fill in the 2nd door to the bathroom, move a window, add a desk for the boys and book nook with one of those coffee house comfy chairs! I'm so excited I wish it was already finished! There are so may reasons to love him, but this brilliant idea is top of my list today!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Stolen from Epiphany

Hooray for the thieves

I've stolen yet another meme from Dad.

1. Introduce yourself…
Hi, I'm Fraukow.

2. It’s Wednesday at noon, where are you usually?
Killing time blogging before meeting a friend for a mexican lunch!

3. What kind of laundry detergent do you use?
All free and clear. Me too - just cuz there is SO much perfume in everything we use!

4. What brand of shampoo is in your shower right now?
Sauve Healthy Curls, my hair likes it, and I try not to argue with my hair. It's got attittude!

5. Did you ever get into a bar and drink before you were 21?
Yes. But never really got into the whole bar scence.

6. What countries have you been to?
Canada, Mexico, Germany, Holland,France.

7. Do you watch MTV anymore?

8. What do you think about Oprah?
I think she's overrated.

9. What color are your bed sheets?
red and teal.

10. You need a new pair of jeans: what store do you go to first?
Amvets, then Walmart.I like them cheap.

11. Did you ever watch The O.C.?

12. What kind of car do you drive?
A Pontiac Vibe and LOVE it.

13. Honestly, is that car insured?
Yes, for more than I really wish to pay.

14. Do you like sushi?
never tried it

15. Have you ever been to Tiffany & Co. or Saks 5th Ave?
I've been to both. LOVE Tiffany's

16. Did your parents spoil you growing up?
Not materially, but certainly with a good education. So many parents these days are too busy to care or too guilt ridden from lack of attention paid to be doing their children good.

17. Do you like roller coasters?
I used to love them, but no I find I don't have the stomach for them.

18. What magazine(s) do you buy regularly or subscribe to?
People, Zoo Books, Trains

19. Do you remember the WB show Popular?
Sort of.

20. When you go out do you prefer to go to a dance club or to a bar?
I can't claim to have been to a real dance club. depends on who you're out with which would be more fun.

21. What do you think about gay marriage?
I like Dad's answer, that it should be a non-issue - everyone should have the same rights.

Great Answer - can only add - why is the government objecting to earning more money? They would have to pay for licenses and all that crap. Plus revenue from more lavish weddings would be good for the economy.

22. Who do you think will be the next president?
I hate to say I don't care, but 2 years of presidential running is naueating

23. Are you registered to vote?

24. Do you own an iPod?
I have a MP3 player that I adore, despite the fact it's not an ipod. The boys have idogs.

25. Is your bathroom filled with beauty stuff?
Shampoo, soap, mascara, eyeshadow, deodorant, hairspray, perfume, baby oil. too lazy for anything else

26. What do you normally smell like?
Champange and Strawberries by Victoria Secret

27. Do you like Carrie Underwood?
Never met her

28. Been to “The Vegas”?
Yes, and I got paid to be there. Went when I work for Santo Tours .

29. How far away do you live from your parents?
About 1 hour.

30. Are you happy with your job?

31. Where do you work and what do you do there?
I am a church secretary, and I never know what I'll be up to next when I'm there. I have just started a 2nd job helping a friend with MD do his own stuff, so his mom can do hers. Like that one!

32. What did you get in the mail today?
Hasn't arrived yet, but am expecting some more Netflix movies. Yeah!

33. How do you like your steak cooked?
Medium rare.

34. Britney Spears…ready to have a nervous break down or just having fun?
She definately needs help. Getting out of the spotlight would be a good start. Have always wanted to shave my head though, so am a little jealous.

35. What do you usually order at Taco Bell?
We do Mighty Taco here, and I get a bean and cheese burrito with lettuce and sour cream - yum, now I'm hungry !

36. Have you ever sat all the way through Gone With the Wind?
More than once and I own a copy. Plus I read the book - and should again, it was good!

37. Have you ever been to Mt Rushmore?

38. Is it just me, or was The Marine (w/John Cena) a really horrible movie?
I never saw it.

39. Are surveys like the cocaine of myspace?

40. Where is your favorite place (that you have actually been to)?
The Balckman family cottage.

41. What is your favorite candle scent?
Partylite lily of the valley - but it makes my husband sneeze.

42. Do you believe places can really be haunted?

43. Do you smoke cigarettes?
I used to lightly, but completely stopped before I got pregnant and never went back. I do occasionally long for one.

44. Have you ever been to NYC or LA?
NYC yes, LA no.

45. How many states have you been to where all you saw was the airport?
One - Atlanta Georgia.

46. Do you think 50 questions is enough?
Today yes

47. Are you currently planning a trip?
Today to Batavia. In August to Toronto WOOO HOOO!!!

48. Is Ryan Seacrest gay?
I don't care.

49. Do you take anti-depressants? Sleeping pills?

50. What do you think about space travel?
Not something I would ever do, but certainly interesting to watch!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Whatever happened to..

What ever happened to that girl I used to be? The one who was silly and fun? The one who loved to dance and be adventurous? The one who was so flirty and cute? How ever did I become someone who prattles on about which vitamins give you energy and just why this pastor isn't right for our church? How did I go from some fun to be around to a boring stick in the mud? How did dreams of traveling the world become dreams of someone ELSE cleaning the toilet I didn't get dirty for a change? What happened to the girl who jumped in mud puddles during an August rain shower? How did she go from the dancing on tables to in bed at 8pm on a Friday night? How did I get so old so young?

Thursday, May 03, 2007


I received a paper postcard in the mail yesterday with the green recycle logo on one side. The other side states : "HELP PRESERVE OUR ENVIRONMENT!" "DON'T FORGET TO RECYCLE!" (magazines, aluminum, newspapers, paper, plastic, glass) and a 1800 number to call for more info. Is it me or does mailing paper to umpteen million people seem to defeat the purpose it's trying to promote? Is this what I pay taxes to accomplish?