Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy Late Anniversary Pillsplace!

Today I decided to see how long that I have been blogging. I know that it's been a while and that I started around this time. Well, it turns out that my anniversary date was September 17th. My first blog was about corn on September 17, 2006. Since then there have been a total of 719 posts. Almost one everyday except for that time when I got hurt and was stuck at home and thought I would have nothing to blog about. Then I decided that being stuck at home gave me all sorts of things to blog about and the blog continued.

For those that have stuck with me since 2006 I just have to say....what the hell are you thinking? Don't you have something better to do?! No, I only kid. I want to say thanks for coming back to Pill's Place. You are the reason why I do this in the first place. On a two year anniversary it is tradition that you give the gift of cotton...so here you go:This T.P. or "Powder Butt" as my hubby calls it it made of 100% cotton. I hope you enjoy your gift and happy two year anniversary, just a little late!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Going Down?

The new building that I work in has an elevator. Obviously I use it because I work on the 6th floor and I don't do stairs. This is the most that I have had to use an elevator and it's such a unique experience. I know, going up and doing doesn't sound very unique! The reason is...people do not talk! I would say about 90% of those that get in the elevator are tinkering with some sort of electronic device in order to avoid contact. I always smile or say hello and at times I get looked at like I'm something from another planet. Is everyone just afraid to ride in elevators? Is physical contact really that scary now?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Swag

As I mentioned before, the first 100 visitors to Craftoberfest will be getting free swag bags. Not only will there be good stuff IN the bags, but the bags will also be made with recycled t-shirts making even the bag excellent. I've been racking my brain for a swag idea for a while now and thanks to Katie's hubby Ben I now have my swag. I will be putting in bags of adorable peanut butter dog treats in the swag bags so you have something to share with your best friend when you get home. Thank Ben for the excellent idea!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Congrats!

To Sarah Duffy for figuring out "Sinnet Ball." See, my husband is a bit goofy which I may have mentioned in past posts. He likes to nickname things and can be frequently be heard saying words that you have never heard before. We like to call them "Bill'isms." When we had Louie he loved himself a tennis ball more than anything else in the world. Whenever Bill would play ball with Louie he would tell him to go and get his sinnet. Louie would respond and knew that word more than tennis. Me, being a natural strawberry blond, couldn't figure out where he got that word until about a year later when I had an "Aha" moment and realized it was just tennis backwards. When I was trying to think of a name for the business Bill recommended Sinnet and then I just tacked Ball on the end. So, there you have it.....Sinnet Ball.

Sarah, you can head on over to Sinnet Ball and pick out the toy that you want! Congrats!

Friday, September 26, 2008

What are you doing on Saturday?

Well, you are coming to the College Greens Craft Fair of course! I will be out there pedaling my new Sinnet Ball wares as well as some Bouton Blue items. It's going to be a beautiful day with lots of great crafts so don't miss out!

College Greens Swim and Racquet Club
September 27, 2008
10am to 5pm
2707 Notre Dame Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Open for business!

I'm super excited to announce the opening of my new store on Etsy...Sinnet Ball! The home for all your dog toys and accessories. Right now there are just toys, but there are more items on the horizon very soon. To celebrate the launch of the new business I'm giving out one free toy to the first person to figure out the name Sinnet Ball. This does not apply to those of you that already know what the name means, so don't try to be sneaky!


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Little Cakes

There is this great market by our house called Selland's Market. It's really a high end little boutique market (that's the second time I've used that word this week) that also has prepared foods that you can grab and go. I visited tonight and it was impossible to not leave without some sort of dessert. I was meeting a couple girlfriends and decided to take them a little treat.

Not only were they cute, but they were also ADORABLE! Look at that little Frankenstein head! They are actually called petit fours, but I can never remember how to spell that. I start with Petty For, then move to Petit Fores, then move to Pettite Fors and then just decide that they are little cakes. Little delicious cakes!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Devil Dog

I did it. I broke down and bought a Halloween costume for Whisky. Yep, I have become one of "those people." Well, I don't even know who those people are really. Perhaps they are an excellent bunch of people to be a part of. I know that I won't be visiting any high end dog boutiques anytime soon to buy him designer wear, but a costume seems so innocent. He probably won't even wear it since Bill is pretty anti-dog costume. Although he might have a costume party to go to and then he will have to wear it. He looks adorable in it though, don't you think?

Next year I'll just put a big W on the red cape and take off the horns and then he can be "Super Whisky!"

Monday, September 22, 2008

Craftoberfest!

The holidays are just around the corner and the Sac Craft Mafia is going to kick it off with Craftoberfest! Come and see 27 exciting and unique vendors selling their handmade items. In addition to vendors there will be swag bags to the first 100 visitors, a kids craft table and a raffle! You don't want to miss out on this great show!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Spare some change?


When I was in Texas with my Mom I learned that she has been stashing quarters away. She is stashing the quarters away so she can save up money to get herself to Paris. I thought this was an excellent idea, both quarters and Paris, so I also have started a coin collection. Now, I've always had a place to put coins you see, but I've also always taken the coins out when I need them. This time they are staying put. I'm also paying for everything with bills and never giving exact change so then I can come home and put my change in the collection jar. It's kind of fun really. I will let you know when the jar is full! By the way, that is one of those ginormous novelty Ball jars, not just a dinky pint. A pint jar won't get me anywhere near Paris.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Da bears!

When one is at Donner Lake it is a must that one gets themselves a public pier and lies in the sun all day. One should take with them sunscreen because it is very easy to become a crispy critter out there. One should take a towel in case the sun gets so hot that one decides that they might like to cool themselves off in the water. One should definitely take some music, magazines food and beverages for entertainment and consumption. One should expect to see lots of boats and people on watercrafts. One might even see a hot bikini clad girl or stud soaking in the rays. What one typically does not prepare themselves to see are bears.

Yes, when one's dog starts barking one looks up expecting to see another dog. A mama bear and two cubs in close proximity actually can cause one to wet their pants. So, that said, one might want to pack a change of undies next time.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Camping Part Deux

We've headed up the mountain again for the final camping trip of the summer. Whisky was super excited to see that all the camping gear was getting loaded up. Last camping trip Whisky spent most of his time either lying in the dirt or on his sleeping bag. This trip however Whisky finally wised up and found a more comfortable place to sleep. This dog is no dummy!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Feeling Spooky!

I know it's still September, but I'm so ready for Halloween! This is by far one of my favorite favorite holidays. I never do much for Halloween anymore, but man did I love dressing up as a kid. I loved coming up with costumes and figuring out how to pull them off. Unfortunately I never have costume parties to go to, so I just don't dress up as much now. Double unfortunately we get next to no trick or treaters! That doesn't keep me from buying full size candy bars and giving the neighborhood kids at least 6 bars each. I also love carving pumpkins. There really isn't anything I don't like about Halloween!
I've already started decorating inside. I have my simple Halloween table set up. I found some cool place mats at Target and decided that this years theme was skulls.
I kept the table really simple this year and like the way it looks, although I need to find the candles that go with the tree in the center. Then it was time to do something on the chalk board (which I have been neglecting as of late.)
Again, very simple. Then today I went to Walmart and found this awesome Skull candy dish which I had to have. I love putting out candy corn and pumpkins and thought this was the perfect dish for my skull theme!

Spooooky! I love how the candy corn almost looks like brains. That's all the decorating I've done so far. I'll try to hold off and save the outside for October!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Working Girl

Well all you blog readers...I got a job! The interview that I went on that I really liked worked out for me and they offered me the position on Tuesday. I am officially the Client Service Manager for ASG (Asset Strategies Group.) I will be back in the working world on Monday the 22nd. I'm super excited and also a bit sad. It's kind of like when you were a kid and you were on break. Towards the end of break I was always ready to go back to school, but at the same time not ready to give up my break! It's been boring lately just sitting around and home and I'm ready to get back in the real world and actually spend the day with adults. I will miss being able to run errands and get stuff done during the day, and of course I will miss Whisky. I'll be coming home for lunch with him and so will Bill on occasion to break him in. I'll also probably take him to doggie daycare every now and then so he can play. I hope that he takes it ok!


Now I have to get out and get a couple of office outfits. Since I've been working in the field I really don't have the office attire that I used to. Wish me luck! I figure as long as I don't end up looking like Melanie Griffith in Working Girl I'm all right.

Man, that sure was some sweet hair though!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A view...

Since I'm no longer with Java City, I no longer have a laptop which means when I'm on the computer I have to go back into the office and work on the PC. It's not a big deal really, and probably way better for my back than being hunched over on the couch. Whisky doesn't mind it so much either. He has a favorite spot when he's in the back office/bedroom. This is what you see if you are outside...

He loves lying on the bed with his chin on the windowsill while he watches the world go by outside. It's really quite cute. If I forget to open the blinds he reminds me by pressing his black nose into them. He's such a good office companion! Oh, I finally weighed him today. Since he is done with the vet and shots he doesn't get weighed as often but we can tell he is still getting bigger and heavier. He now scales in at 60.3lbs. What a big boy!

Monday, September 15, 2008

I vant to suck your blood!

So I am in some sort of vampire kick right now. I think it's because vampires are EVERYWHERE! If it's not a book, it's a show....if it's not a show, it's a movie. Vampires are the new cupcake!


As you all know I am hooked on the Twilight series. I'm now reading book three and although I'm not gobbling it up as much as one and two I am still deeply enthralled. Then came along "True Blood." This is a new HBO series about vampires done by Alan Ball, the same guy who did "Six Feet Under." It's hard to watch this show and not compare it to Twilight. There are some similarities, but some definite differences as well. Just think of "True Blood" as the sexier Twilight cause there's alot of sexy going on (or sex for that matter.) The main vampire's name is Bill too...I mean it just doesn't get any sexier than that! Unfortunately the actor who plays him I don't find all that sexy. Then I did a little research and found that he actually quite a handsome fella whom they are uglying down to play a vampire. Apparently this guy is also in the new series "The Starter Wife" and in that he looks quite handsome.
I'm sure he'll grow on me in his vamp mode as well. Needless to say I just can't get enough vampires right now, but they are everywhere I look. I was even at a baby shower yesterday (yes Meghan, I'm talking about you!) and this woman said that her grandma could tell a person's temperature by putting her lips to their neck. I'm convinced she was a vampire and could probably also tell blood type!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Give me some cajun!


I saw this recipe in a Bon Appetit magazine for an andouille and beef burger with spicy mayo and caramelized onions. I was intrigued. Kristi and Matt were coming over for dinner last night so i figured they would be the perfect people to try this puppies out on. Oh my gosh were they ever delicious! I wish I was good and took pictures while I was making them so you could get a step by step tutorial, but I was lazy you see. Well not so lazy that I didn't make burgers, twice baked potatoes (thank you PW), chocolate sheet cake (thank you PW) and homemade vanilla ice cream. I was just too lazy to take pictures. So, you will just have to gaze at the perfect picture of the magazine. Mine looked similar, but not nearly as fat! Oh, and I left off the picked okra and watercress and just went plain lettuce. Here is the recipe if you want to make these yourself. I promise you won't be sorry!
Spicy mayonnaise
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning blend
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Burgers
1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into scant 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup pecans, toasted, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck or ground beef (20 percent fat)
Caramelized onions
1 1/2 pounds onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for brushing grill rack
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon golden brown sugar
6 large hamburger buns, split
8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
12 pickled okra pods, halved lengthwise
3 cups watercress tops

Preparation
For mayonnaise: Mix all ingredients in small bowl. Cover and chill. Do ahead: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.
For burgers: Toss first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Add beef; blend gently. Shape mixture into six 1/2-inch-thick patties. Transfer patties to small baking sheet. Do ahead: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
For onions: Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Toss onions and next 3 ingredients in large skillet. Place skillet on grill; cook until onions are golden, stirring often, about 25 minutes. Remove from grill; season with salt and pepper. (I did these on the stove instead and it worked perfect! I also added a Tbsp of butter because well, butter makes everything better!)
For burgers: Brush grill rack with olive oil. Grill buns, cut side down, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer buns to work surface. Grill burgers until brown on bottom, about 3 minutes. Turn over; sprinkle with cheese. Grill until burgers are cooked to desired doneness, about 3 minutes for medium. Place some onions, then burger, on each bun bottom. Top each with okra and watercress. Spread mayonnaise on cut side of bun tops; place on burgers. Serve with remaining mayonnaise.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Comfy!

I went shopping with my sister yesterday and was in desperate need for some shoes. I know, I know. I'm sure some of you remember a posting earlier this year about my shoe escapade at the Shoefly closing sale, but the problem is...I didn't really get work shoes. Since I'm going to hopefully be entering the work force I need to get my hand on some good shoes. Dressier office type shoes. I used to have alot of them, but I'm a 5'10" lady that likes to wear heels and that just can't fly anymore.

I went to one of those big shoe emporium warehouse places and walked up and down the aisles and managed to get myself one pair of ankle boots. They were cheap and black and relatively flat. Plus, the were comfy. What is it with dress shoes now...no one makes them comfy anymore!

As I was going up to checkout there was this stand for this shoe called Sanuk. They had this tagline that said something like "You might think we're a sandal, but we're not." Of course this meant that I had to try a pair on. Oh my gosh, they were like slippers! I didn't get a pair because the styles they had weren't very work appropriate, but online they do have some cute ones. I'm going to have to save up and buy myself some. I like these ones the best.....

Friday, September 12, 2008

Wax on, Wax off.

OK, here's the deal. I'm sure most of you have heard about Ike. Ike is the big hurricane that is coming into Texas pretty hard causing many evacuations. I just happened to be browsing through some online news pictures of Ike and this is the picture that struck me the most.

Why? Simply because these women are STUPID! Now, I know that I may not be considered very beach wise myself but let me tell you...if there had been a sign that said "Beach Closed" or if someone had told me what the red flag meant I would have been NO WHERE near that ocean. This girl on the other hand is showing us how she is going Ralph Macchio on these waves in order to protect herself. The moral of the story is these women need to get off that beach or get their butts knocked over so they learn a lesson. They obviously have never heard my honeymoon story!

Who Who, Who Who


Whoooo are you? Who Who, Who Who. I really wanna know!


So depending on your generation that will either remind you of CSI or of a band called The Who. I got to thinking the other day that I just don't know who reads my blog. I mean, I can look at Statcounter and see how many of you there are, but not who you are. It got my mind to churning! So, I want to know who you are. How did you find pillsplace? Is this your first visit? If so, will you be returning? If so, what keeps you coming back? If you don't want to share that much, then just a simple name would suffice...maybe where you are located, and if you have a blog yourself. Wow, there I got again asking for a lot!


Now if this goes like most of my requests for information then I will get two comments. One from my mom and one from my grandma, whom I already know read the blog and who keep coming back because they are family. I really want to know about the rest of you so please comment! After listening to me ramble on, it's time I heard from you! Just click that little comment icon and fire away.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Interviews

So I've gone on two interviews so far. They are tough! I have a hard time with the "what are your strong points/what are your weak points" type of questions. Perhaps I just don't like talking about myself. Then again...why would I have a blog! It's just so foreign to me after being at one place for so long to be out interviewing again.


Overall though I would say it hasn't been awful. My first interview I'm not too sure about, but my second interview I really am hopeful about. I liked the people that I met and felt like I would get along well in their office. Now the harder part of the interview process....the waiting game! Luckily I'm not in a huge rush to find a job. I'm really looking forward to working again, but it will be weird at the same time. I'll really have to re prioritize things in my life since I won't have time during the day to get stuff done.



Another hard part about interviewing is deciding what to wear. I had a little difficulty at first because I had an interview and had NOTHING. Plus, I just wasn't sure how the tattoos on my legs would go. So I went for a dress and black tights. I hate tights. I hate tights and nylons more than I hate interviewing and waiting. I knew that it was time to invest in an interview outfit and to make sure it was pants. This is what I settled on:



Nice black pants, white shirt, with just a splash of color in the shoes. Which, were a mistake by the way. I still can't do heels with the knee...but the pants were long and I didn't have time to get them altered so I had to go heels. Then I got to the interview and there were stairs. Not a good idea for me to wear heels ever again, in fact I think I'll have to take these back. Luckily they were just Target specials and weren't comfortable anyway. I felt really sharp in my interview outfit! That's enough of that though cause you know, I just don't like talking about myself!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cute item alert!

A long time ago I blogged about this very cute Butter Girl that I got to help butter corn on the cob perfectly. I absolutely love my Butter Girl and get comments on her all the time. Well, now we have some Butter Babies! No, my Butter Girl didn't get knocked up....she's a good girl and no Butter Boy has come anywhere near her. We adopted some babies. What do the babies do? Well they help you hold your corn of course! I'm in love and will be naming them all very soon.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Damn!


I'm hooked! I started reading "Twilight" on Sunday and am about 10 pages away from finishing and I'm completely hooked. I've actually never read a book series and got hooked in before, but I know I don't want to finish this book until the next issue is sitting in my hands. I'm not sure why I love it so much. It is definitely written so a wide audience will enjoy and at sometimes is very juvenile writing but I'm hooked. When everyone made a big deal about "Harry Potter" I finally decided to read the book. While I thought it was good, I wasn't glued to it and I never read another book in the series. This is completely different for me because once I picked this book up I didn't want to stop. Now, not only can I not wait to read more but I also can't wait to see the movie. I guess I need me some vamp in my life right now!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Yearbook me!

Sometimes one of those "adjust your photo" programs comes along and I laugh my butt of. Yearbookyourself.com is one of those moments. You can take a picture of yourself and see what you would look like in your yearbook photo over the years. Here are just a few of the dandy shots it created for me.

Here I am in 1954. I really always hated those glasses!


In 1966 I finally got contacts and decided to try out the new hairdo...the bob! It would be a favorite later in life as well.


In 1974 I was smoking alot of pot and couldn't be bothered spending money on haircuts so I just let it all grow out. (I think I look like my mom in this one actually, not to say she was smoking alot of pot!)

It was this look that got me backstage at the Bon Jovi concert. I won't tell you what I did once I was back there!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

So interesting!

Today I went into Walmart and was actually blown away by how nice it was. For those that live in Sacramento I HIGHLY recommend the Walmart on El Camino and Watt. It's clean and the crazies are going somewhere else apparently. Man, between the dog park post and this one you're probably all starting to think I have some serious crazy people issues!

One of the unique things about this Walmart is it is two floors. I've heard about it, but this is the first time I've seen it. There are elevators and escalators. In fact, if you choose to take the escalator there is even one for your cart!

That's my cart traveling down the escalator. The only thing that would make this better is if I could crawl inside and ride down like an amusement park ride. Now who's the crazy one?!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Dog Parks

I've now taken Whisky to two dog parks and I have to say it is quite the experience. I think it is GREAT that there are parks like this where you can let your dog run free, or wander free if we're talking about Whisky. I find it so interesting all the "Dog Park Rules" signs that hang in the park letting you know what you are supposed to do. Pick up after your dog, Dog must be on leash prior to entering the park, Dog must wear a collar and tags at all times are just a few examples of what you might find on these signs. What they neglect to put on there is "Crazy/anal people are not allowed in here, because this is after all a dog park!"



There are some WEIRDO's at dog parks. If you want to go somewhere with your dog and be all by yourself with no other dogs coming up to you then go in your backyard! If your dog is mean, then go in your backyard. I just don't get it.



Here is my edition of what people say at dog parks and what they actually mean:



"I'm not sure why he keeps humping your male dog." - Actually means that the dog humps everything that has four legs and sometimes things with two legs. This sex crazed dog is completely unbiased as to species or gender.



"My dog likes to be the referee." - This actually means "My dog will kill another dog is a split second."



"We don't play like that anymore." (said to a frolicking puppy) actually means that this woman in her three piece white suit doesn't want your dog to get a single paw mark or nose mark anywhere on her body. She came to this dog park to stay clean damn-it!



"Our dogs are buddies cause we come here every Saturday at 10am." This actually means that you and your dog are not welcome in this click of "dog friends" because this is only your first visit and these dogs and people were taught not to associate with strangers.



I can't wait to go back to a dog park real soon...then again I might just stick to my backyard.

I know that cartoon has absolutely nothing to do with dog parks, but at times we must admit that this is Whisky's blog. If he could read it he would probably just shake his head at me and go back to licking himself.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Jury Duty


Today I got a jury summons in the mail. See, I have no problem with jury duty really and would kind of like to be put on a case. What I do have a problem with is the fact that I have been summoned 6 times! I'm only 32 years old, is this even possible?! Here is how it's gone for me:


First summons I was 18 and STILL in high school. I managed to get out of it seeing how I was STILL in high school. Second summons I was in my second year of college and swimming competitively. I managed to get out of it because I was in college and swimming competitively. Third summons, this one was a doosey. I moved to Boston, MA in 1996, stayed for a year and then moved back home. I never filed taxes in Boston because I was never "technically" considered a resident. Three shorts months after moving back to California I got a juror summons for Boston in CA. I filed it out saying I would love to come if they would provide a plane ticket back! My fourth summons I was actually told to come in and proceeded to spend 8 lovely hours in a room full of people watching horrible 80's movies. My name was never called and I was released. My fifth summons I just kept calling the phone number and was finally told that I was released.


Now we are at number 6. This comes conveniently when I have to find a new job. That will be a fun one to tell the new employer. "Hey, thanks for hiring me. By the way, I won't be in the office cause I have jury duty!"


I wonder if I would be this lucky playing the Lotto?! How many times have you all been summoned?

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Home

Well, the Olympia fun is over and after a long 11+ hour drive we are home again. Olympia was beautiful. Everything was green, the weather was perfect! We had overcast days for sure and a little rain, but it was nice and cool and when the sun would come out it was perfectly warm. Then you cruise into Sac, watch the skies get grayer and grayer, roll down the windows and smell the delicious aroma of campfire. Ick! For those that think the overcast days in Washington are depressing...I think you should live in overcast smoke days when it's in the 90-100's! I want to go back to Wa. This posting doesn't even deserve a picture, so there!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

More yummy!


Another favorite for me while I'm in Olympia is Pho Hoa! This silly little Pho chain is just absolutely delicious. You get a big bowl of noodle soup and add yummy veggies into it. It's super filling without making you feel stuffed. Unfortunately there aren't any of these restaurants in the Sacramento area, but next time I'm in the bay area I am headed there PHO SHO!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Yummy!


Carey, another niece, loves to cook and try new recipes! She's a girl after my own heart! Well, she's a woman really and it actually feels funny calling her a niece. Why does that word seem like it should only apply to 10 and under?


So, Carey found a recipe in Bon Appetit for homemade marshmallows and wanted to try them out. If you cook I HIGHLY recommend that you make some of these too! They are very delicious and so much better than their fake bagged counterparts in the grocery store. I plan on making some before my next camping trip. You can find the recipe on Epicurious.

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