My Interview With Myself On Video!!

“An interview is a conversation between two or more people (the interviewer and the interviewee) where questions are asked by the interviewer to obtain information from the interviewee.”  (ganked from Wiki)

Well, it looks like I just changed the definition of the word  “interview” because there was only one person during this interview–ME.

I also did it in one take because I certainly wasn’t going to waste my time with this. What you see is what you get.

I did none of this planning.

So if you want to see the dumbest ass interview ever: watch this. Sometimes I even embarrass myself. Oh, this interview is rated PG. The lighting is bad because of my crappy camera and it gets a little blurry at times. I should have just done it over during the day but I think it’s best to see the first try.

Happy Birthday Mom! I Sort Of Forgot Yesterday Was Your Birthday Too!!

It took my sister Barbara to remind me that yesterday would have been our mother’s 95th birthday if she were alive.  My son shared his birthday with her. I can’t believe I forgot. I think it was because yesterday I was missing Damon so much.

My mom passed away in 1997.  She had dementia and had been in a nursing home for about 6 years.

My Mom on the left. She was one of 12 children. I think it must have been difficult for her family. They didn’t have much but they all survived.

Me, my mom and my two cousins. I remember you always called me “angel”.

Me, my mom and my sister. I always cuddled up with you in the evening.

You were a good mom.  You did the best you could. You weren’t a very good cook.  Thank goodness Dad was. I wish you would have been more happy.  I hope you are finally happy now.

Happy Birthday Mom!!  I am sure you’re up in heaven with Dad.  I miss you both.

Your Daughter,

Noni

Happy Birthday To My Son!

Happy Birthday Damon!!  I love you so much.  This was my birthday cake and I wanted to share it with you.

I have nothing else to give you but my love which will always be there for you.  Oh, and advice.  Whether you want to hear it or not.  You know me, I have to tell you what I think.  Whether you take my advice is up to you.

I just talked to you five minutes ago and you sounded so happy and excited.  I’m glad the sun is shining for you today in Alaska.

I can’t believe you are 27 years old.  Where did my little boy go?  Remember playing “Tame Pony”  You used to love that.  Remember all the rides we would take together? Going to the airport just you and me? Trying to drive down every single road in Falmouth and checking them off on the map as we did it?  Chasing around town when we heard stuff going on the police scanner?

I remember the day you were born and you wouldn’t open your eyes for two days.

I remember when you first learned how to talk and you thought you were Italian and called me, Mammia and Dad, Daddia.

I remember when seagulls hovered over you at the beach because you were always covered in peanut butter and jelly and Auntie Barb and I called you “alien piggy” because you always seemed to be staring up at the sky.

I remember the little boy who loved his “Care Bear” and who used to make long lines with all his matchbox cars.

I remember when you put a baseball hat on and never took it off again.

I remember my little fisherman.  You would go to the pond and fish for hours all by yourself. I would bring you lunch.

Now you are a man but you still have the baseball hat on and still catch the fish.

I think of you everyday and hope  the best for you but only you can make that happen. I know in my heart you will get the best.  It may be a hard road sometimes but you will travel it and eventually reach your goals.

I love you,

Mom

Brutally Attacked by Crazed Seagull at the Beach Today!! With Video!

Well, maybe not exactly brutally,  but the damn seagull stole my sandwich that I made myself right out of my hand. I do have a short video of the horrific aftermath.  You can see the bird (the fucker, which I actually yelled that at him in the video) eating the rest of my sandwich.

First I have a video from my car and I am not driving. SO DO NOT BE AFRAID!! Only 1min 39 seconds.

This next video is just before the thieving bird got my sandwich. Short only 21 seconds.

The last video shows the seagull eating the remnants of my sandwich. Short only 30 seconds.

I try not to take videos that are too long so you won’t get bored.

I also bought a freakin’ bathing suit today.  The first one I have bought in so many years I can’t even remember. I guarantee one thing:  YOU WILL NEVER SEE ME IN IT.

I am going to catch up tomorrow on making comments here and reading your blogs.

Oh, I was interviewed on Anonymum’s blog “The Nook of Oz” today. So please go check it out.  After that interview you will know a helluva lot more about me than you ever did.

Webcam Junkie

I went to see “Batman The Dark Night” today with the kids at the Imax theater.  Then we went to Applebee’s Restaurant where they sell Weight Watcher meals and  I had a great steak/portobello mushrooms,  potatoes & broccoli dinner for 7 points . I wrote the following last night knowing I would be gone for the day.  I will comment on comments tomorrow and visit everyone. BTW, the movie was great.

Besides being a Blog Addict I am a web cam junkie.  I thought I would hook you up with some of my favorite web cams.  None of them are porn cams. Sorry!!

Africam has two live streaming web cams at waterholes and if you’re lucky you’ll see live action of elephants, lions, etc. They also have several cams that update every 30 seconds.

The Times Square cam site has a lot of cams in NYC.  I once saw my daughter on one of them when she visited NYC for a business meeting.

This is a bar in Key West.  I once saw my son and my wasband on the cam there when they visited Key West both looking for women. Ha! Ha! Damon was waving at me.

This hooks you up to some web cams on Cape Cod.  You can see the traffic on one of the two bridges that connect you to the Cape.  The bridges that I rarely traverse.

This cam is in Wales, Alaska and is only 55 miles from mainland Russia.  It’s the closest place from mainland USA to mainland Russia. You also can control the camera. The camera faces Russia.

The actual closest we get to Russia is the Little Diomede Island which is owned by the US and is 2.4 miles from Big Diomede Island which is owned by Russia.

If you wait until the time they say you will see bats flying out of the bathouse.  I think they are all Vampires.  So this is not for the feint of heart.

No WW Saturday Update! I Forgot To Set My Alarm!! Memory Lane!

Well, I did it again and forgot to set my alarm.  I hate missing a Weight Watcher’s Meeting. I forgot to mention that last week I made it into the 50’s by .2 pounds so I now weigh 259.8 as of last week so I can officially listen to music of the 50’s. I posted this list when I hit the 60’s but I will post it again so you can get an idea of what I will be listening to for hopefully not too long.

  • Perry Como
  • Tony Bennett
  • Rosemary Clooney
  • Eddie Fisher
  • Nat King Cole
  • Pat Boone
  • Fats Domino
  • The Platters
  • Bill Haley & His Comets
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • The Everly Brothers
  • Buddy Holly & The Crickets
  • Frankie Avalon
  • Paul Anka
  • Bobby Darin
  • Elvis Presley
  • The Chordettes
  • The McGuire Sisters
  • Little Richard
  • Patti Page

I used to love Pat Boone when I was a kid.  My favorite movie of his was “April Love” 1957.  Pat Boone has been replaced by Johnny Depp who doesn’t sing but sure is a hot one and a damn good actor too.

Do you remember Poodle Skirts.  They were made out of felt.  My sister had a felt skirt but she didn’t have a poodle on it.

Birdpress ought to bring the poodle skirt back into style.

It was hard being 6 years younger than my sister because she got to do stuff I couldn’t do like read Modern Screen Magazine.  My mother thought it showed to many suggestive images whatever that meant to her.

I used to get hold of them anyway.I loved reading about movie stars and used to send away for autographed photos of them, not realizing that the photos were just stamped with the autograph.

One of my favorite TV shows back then was “Route 66”  I loved those guys in their Corvette.

Well, enough about memory lane.  I just found out there are some episodes of Route 66 on DVD. I might just have to see if Netflix has them.

Well look for new videos next week as my sister drives us around Falmouth.  I am also going to interview my sister and have her interview me.  So if you have any questions for me just let me know.  I will also be writing about how my sister and I discovered you could listen to cell phone conversations on a police scanner.  This was about 10 years ago.  They finally took the cell phone bands off the scanners.

Come Take A Ride With Me Down Main Street!!

I did a little video today of me driving down Main Street.  Hopefully I don’t get a lecture from anyone around here about video driving.  I don’t think I’m supposed to be doing that in Sarah’s car.  Well, at least I wasn’t drunk driving. I’d never do that and that’s the truth.

The hard part about making a video is narrating it. I start to not know what to say but feel I should keep on talking. I actually said “Ta Ta” at the end. WTF was I thinking. I was probably thinking “Just don’t hit anyone! Just don’t hit anyone!” I actually said the beach was crowded and in the same sentence said it wasn’t. I don’t think I would make a good radio announcer.

After I turned off the video camera I came upon an accident on Main street. I did video it up until I got close to the policemen but didn’t want them to see me videoing so I stopped. I decided not to show it because I don’t want to come across as an ambulance chaser.

I do have a police scanner though. I’m thinking I should listen to it more often. My son and I used to listen to it late at night and then go in the car to look to see what was going on. We didn’t go see car accidents (well sometimes we did if we were bored) but we came across some funny stuff. My son would always drive because he won’t drive in a car with someone else at the wheel. Thank Goodness, because five of his friends were killed in a horrific car accident a few years back. The driver was drunk and Damon wouldn’t get in the car. The police said it was the worst accident they had ever seen.

One night the police were chasing some kid in the woods because he broke into Papa Gino’s Pizza. I think every police car in town was there. The kid didn’t even get any money. I don’t think he even got a pizza out of the deal because they were closed. We watched the police finally surround him and he gave up.

Ta! Ta! for now.

Two recipes!! Salmon Salad & Slow Cooker Rosemary Cashew Chicken

Here are the two recipes I promised. I already posted a photo of the salmon salad the other day and of course forgot to take a photo of the chicken last night. So I found this photo online at The Taste of Home website which is where I got the recipe. They serve it with pasta.

Sarah’s Salmon Salad

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of maple syrup (the real stuff not that imitation crap)

2 TBLS Soy Sauce  ( Sarah prefers dark soy sauce because of the richer flavor)

1 clove minced garlic

1/4 tsp garlic salt (we use garlic powder, there’s already enough salt in the soy sauce.)

1/8 tsp black pepper ( I only use freshly ground black pepper. I am a pepper snob)

1pound salmon

Directions:

Mix up the first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Place Salmon in a shallow baking dish and coat with the mixture. Cover the dish and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes. turning once. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Cooking  time is about 20 minutes give or take.  You have to use your own judgement to see if it is cooked through.  I cook it with the skin side down. When it’s done I just peel off the skin.

Now those are the actual directions.  My daughter doesn’t measure anything.  She just pours the stuff on and we usually cook about 2 pounds of salmon for all of us.

We make a buffet style salad.  I fill bowls with salad ingredients like:  salad greens, grape tomatoes, avocado, yellow peppers, cashews, dried cranberries, crumbled goat cheese, FF croutons and I put out a couple of different bottles of FF dressing.  My favorite being a balsamic vinaigrette.  Of course, you can make up your salad with anything you want and then I just place the warm salmon on top.

It really is awesome and if you aren’t fond of salmon this might change your mind.

Rosemary Cashew Chicken

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken– I buy a whole chicken, usually a 7 pounder because we have a lot of big eaters and we love leftovers.  I have the butcher cut it up and skin it. They can’t skin the back or the wings so I don’t use them. You can save them for soup stock. I have it skinned because of WW.

1 med. onion sliced thin

1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate (do not water down the concentrate)

1 tsp dried rosemary or 1 TBL fresh rosemary

1 tsp salt (I don’t use the salt -blood pressure problems and people eat too much salt anyway.)

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 TBLS cornstarch

3 TBLS water

1/3 cup chopped cashews.

Put chicken pieces in slow cooker. Combine in a bowl, onion, OJ concentrate, rosemary, salt and cayenne. mix it up and pour over chicken.

Cook on low for 4-5 hours.  Mine usually cooks for 5 hours because I use a 7 pound or more chicken.

About 1/2 hour before it is finished,  mix cornstarch and water until smooth and add to pot stirring it well into the liquid which there will be a lot of.  Add the chopped cashews.

Don’t be afraid of the cayenne and OJ concentrate.  This is not a “Hot” dish because of the cayenne and the OJ does not over power the chicken.  You just get a hint of citrus.  The meat falls off the bone it is so damn tender. Be careful because there could be bones in the gravy so watch out for kids.  My SIL likes dark meat and my daughter likes white meat which is why I use a whole cut up chicken to make everyone happy.  You could make the same recipe using chicken breasts on the bone.  I don’t recommend using boneless chicken breasts in a slow cooker.  If you cook them even a bit too long they shred.  With a slow cooker you do not want to overcook chicken. I serve this over Jasmine rice and with broccoli.

With a big chicken I use a 7 quart slow cooker.  If you have a smaller slow cooker use a smaller chicken or just use the chicken breasts on the bone or chicken thighs or whatever the hell kind of chicken you like.

I will guarantee that this recipe is very tasty.  Everyone here loves it.

Remember with a slow cooker to not be tempted to take off the cover and stir. Only take off the cover when you have to.  You lose a lot of heat by removing the cover.

The Rosemary cashew chicken is about 7 weight watcher points for one piece of meat and some gravy.

Bon Appetit

I Took Part In An Interesting Survey!

Just a quick post to let you know that I took part in a 3 part survey called Women + Blogosphere = Impact.  It was done by Writerchick AKA Annie over at Writer Chick Talks – The Home Planet

I have to say that I have the utmost respect for this woman.  She is definitely not a dumbass.  She did a great favor by letting me do a guest post a while back about some serious things (Yes, I can actually be serious on occasion.) that I didn’t want to write about here.  And at that time she hardly knew me.

Since that time I have found Annie to be a most awesome writer and blogger.  She is a caring, intelligent woman and I am pleased to call her a friend.  I hope you head over to her blog to read all three parts of this survey about women, men and blogging. She put a lot of work into it so I would like to have it get to the people so they can enjoy the results of her labor.

Thanks Annie for including me.

True Confessions of a Human Dumbass–Part II

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OK, We’ve all decided I’m only human but geez, I still make some dumbass mistakes. And I have the nerve to get a hold of a camcorder to video people doing dumbass stuff.  I wonder who is taking videos of me?  I need binoculars.

My neighbors might be videotaping me at this very moment.  I sit in the picture window and there aren’t any curtains.  The whole world could be watching me. There may already be YouTubes  up of me doing dumbass stuff.  Yikes!! OK, a little too paranoid here.

OMG,  I forgot to tell you,  Sarah’s car was broken into on Monday night.  After bringing all the groceries in the house we forgot to lock the car.  The one freakin’ night we don’t lock it they get in and steal her Sirius Radio worth about $270.

THIS IS WHAT’S LEFT OF THE RADIO.

The stupid dumbasses didn’t even steal her $300 pair of sunglasses.  Yes, she has a sunglasses addiction.

Now here is my theory.  I went to bed at 1:30 AM and couldn’t sleep and got up about 2:30 AM to get on the computer in the living room.  I turned on the light and I wonder if I scared them away.  They even left the loose change in the car (about $10 worth)  and instead of unplugging the radio from the cigarette lighter they just ripped the wire like they were in a mad hurry.

So I went to the police station on Tuesday morning to report it and a woman walks in to report her two cars were also broken into and she lives right around the corner from me.  She said she never locks her cars.  I bet she will now.

I thought of a few more confessions I need to get off my chest which is actually getting smaller.  So before it disappears altogether I should make my confessions now.

My first confession is I didn’t post a Weight Watchers Saturday update this week because Weight Watchers Saturday sort of sucked.  I only lost .2 pounds.  That’s point 2 not to be confused with 2.  I know I shouldn’t let it bother me.  I did lose something but I was on a roll having lost 3.5 one week and then 4 the next week.  WTF happened?  I eat the same damn food every week except for the possibility that I ate too many FF Pringles.

“Olean® allows snack manufacturers to make great tasting, low calorie, zero fat savory snacks – an excellent alternative to full-fat snacks. A diet high in fat and calories can contribute to obesity, increased risk of heart disease and an increased risk of certain kinds of cancers. By reducing calories and fat from the diet and adopting a healthy lifestyle, people can lessen their chances of having to battle the pains of obesity, heart disease and cancer. Benefits of Olean brand Olestra
Olean contributes zero total fat, zero saturated fat, and zero trans fat and as a result can assist individuals trying to eliminate fat, calories and trans fat from their diets by offering unique health and taste benefits. As millions of consumers have found, Olean snacks are a great tasting option when looking to manage calories and fat. Both Pringles Light and Frito-Lay Light products contain Olean.”



What they neglect to say is that if you eat too much Olean you get diarrhea.  They also neglect to say that you’re never going to look like that woman in their photo and they also neglect to say that if you eat three boxes of FF Pringles in the dark in one week you aren’t going to lose weight. So I have decided to stop eating FF Pringles because I have no control over them.  I already ate two boxes this week so I don’t think I’m going to have a good WW Saturday this week either.

My only other confession I will make today, because this post is already getting too long,  is when Sarah was about 4 or 5 months old I dropped her on her head.

She was in her high chair but I had forgotten to strap her in. I turned around for one second and then I heard the clunk and she’s on the floor crying.  I was convinced she would be brain damaged.  It actually must have done her some good because she turned out so smart but it scared the hell out of me at the time.

Well, I have to go make a crockpot of “Rosemary Cashew Chicken”.  I hope all my good cooking makes up for locking Sarah in a running car and dropping her on her head.

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