Let's Try This Again

Sorry I've been MIA this week and sorry there is no boozy popsicle today. I've had a pretty intense week.

Today I am going to tell you a story.

Picture it Kentucky 1993. I was 16. My next door neighbor who was a few years younger than me visited a friends 2-2/12 hours away. While there she met a boy who was walking home from the ball field with some friends. They hung out that evening and she came home with a picture and an address.

She showed me when she got back. I told her he was really cute so she gave me the picture. So I did  the most logical thing and sent him a swim suit picture. In my defense I was a swimmer so I was in a swim suit 6 days a week all year long. Also in my defense I wanted him to write back. He did, and we wrote back and forth for several months. Gotta love life before technology. So about April something I asked if he wanted to go to my prom. He said yes and was bringing a friend for my friend Chrystal. I met him at a mall an hour and a half from my house so we could meet face to face and work out the details. I thought he was so cute, and had the prettiest eyes I had ever seen.

This is us, at 16.

We dated a few more months and then the logistics of being over 2 hours away from each other at a time that there was no email, unlimited text and call ect...took its toll and he broke up with me. I was crushed. Fast forward two years.

I was a sophomore at Morehead and he was an incoming Freshmen. The first day we were back at school, I ran into a guy I had gone to high school with lets call him Heath (cause that's his name) we started talking, then went on a date two days later. That was kinda it, we were joined at the hip from then on (At least for the next two years) Meanwhile guy I had gone to prom with was now a student at Morehead also. He looked me up about a week after I started dating Heath. I went to his room and sat on his bed and told him I had a boyfriend. I got up and left and didn't see him again.

So in January my job changed. The job duties are the same but my region is now different. Now my region includes the town I knew he had lived in. Several weeks ago Abbey went with me to visit some places for work (Her school Career Pathway is my Career) while we were driving we passed the sign for his town. I mentioned that he lived there.  Around the same time, his son was going to prom and he mentioned me to his son.

About 2 weeks ago I got a friend request from him. I accepted and we just quickly caught up with what we have been doing. He has a son 12 days younger than Abbey and a daughter 3 months older than Emmy and another daughter a couple years younger than Em. We've both been divorced a couple of times. He joined the Air Force a year or so after I told him I had a boyfriend which partially explains why I never saw him again. I can't help but find it so funny that we got together because of a letter and he now works for the post office.
We met for lunch when I was in his area this week. He was the same guy I remembered. Its going well and I am cautiously optimistic. But writing about it on this blog always seems to be a curse so fingers crossed that it ends well.


Fuzzy Navel Slushie

This drink and I go way back. To like high school. A friend of the family got married. It was an open bar, no I didn't get to enjoy the open bar. The bride however had several of these and was pretty darn tipsy when we left. I thought her drink looked cool. I forgot about it.

Flash forward to a few years ago and I was at a several day long meeting. After an extremely long day several of my coworkers and I went out to eat. The girl beside me ordered a fuzzy navel. I remembered the bride from my past and ordered one for my self. It was kinda love at first taste. Its the perfect combination of everything, if you like orange juice you will most definitely love this.

I have a friend that owns a bar and I kill him with these. Its pretty much all I ever have him make me. The slushie version is just as good as the drink. We have had rain all week long so now outdoor popsicle time for me. On the bright side if you stick it in a glass you can enjoy it inside while binging your favorite Netflix show. If you need suggestions Steph has some. You can find her at Not Entirely Perfect 
 So. I bet you're wondering how to make this? Its really easy.
1 part Vodka
1 part Peach Snapps
4 parts Orange Juice
Give it a stir and stick in in the freezer until its a slushie.

I think its a good brunch drink too, the OJ makes it a breakfast drink, right?


How To Get On My Hate List

I dislike lots of people and I can hold a grudge for a hundred years. I hold a grudge against a couple of people that aren't even alive anymore. You know the saying Forgive and Forget? Well I am not Jesus and I don't have Alzheimer's so that aint happening.

Anyway, for the myriad of things I can hold a grudge for and put you on my hate list. There is one biggie. Aside from harming one of my kids (fur or human) and that is harming an animal. I live in a state with some of the worst animal right laws and that will not change because as much as I hate to say it. Lots of people here do not care. Its one of the reasons that I can't see myself living here the rest of my life.

So, Here is the story. My across the street neighbors rent (I assume although I don't know who owns the property) They look to be early 20's. They have two dogs a shepherd mix puppy maybe 6 months or so judging on size and another one a little smaller but not the size of my shih Tzu's or pom.
At first they would leave the dog outside and it would whine and bark. I may have mentioned here, I know I have on the podcast, but I live off  of the busiest road in the town. Our houses are right on the road. That's why I built a fence so my dogs could run and enjoy freedom and sunshine while being protected. They also have a fenced in back yard but I guess they have to go around the house to access it. I have mentioned on more than one occasion to them that we have a leash law and their dogs could be taken away if they don't keep them up. Well now they walk the dogs to the backyard. Every single time they come out of the house with the dogs not on a leash the dogs run into my yard barking and carrying on at us. They stop once they get up to us and we stick our hand out for them to smell.

Still not an ideal situation but at least I saw an improvement. Today (yesterday as you are reading this) Hannah came home from work and as she was driving up the road she saw the man outside punching and smacking the shepherd mix) Hannah being awesome, stopped her car between  our houses and got out asking him what the fuck he thought he was doing. He still beating his dog, said it was in their trash which was sitting on the curb not in a trash can. Hannah told him there is a difference between discipline and beating (the same argument I have with parenting human babies too) and that if she ever saw him beating the dog again she was going to beat him. He picked the dog up by its harness and threw it in the house.

Now we blew up the phones trying to find a way to get this baby out of that house before he has enough and either dies or bites someone and then is labeled a "bad or dangerous dog" What we learned was there is nothing that can be done. We could call the police but unless he is actively hitting it or its starved nothing will happen. We could call the shelter about it being off the leash but unless they catch it running lose probably nothing will happen. Also there is no guarantee that they could come right then anyway. This literally makes me insane. I am glad I wasn't outside because I would have probably jerked him off the dog and punched him. I think its the Irish in me. I think I am 10 feet tall. Honestly I am surprised Hannah didn't get physical.

What really pisses me off is basically the only thing we can do is video tape it and publically embarrass him.


Unicorn Slushee and Pride Popsicle

Before I jump into the really delicious recipe I wanted to tell you some exciting news. Etsy finally approved my name change. I have tried to get them to change it to a version of what it was and my reasoning was not good enough.  Then I had the idea to make it pair with the blog, CatHairandGlitter was taken. But CatHairGlitter was not and they approved it. Abbey still says no one will want to buy something that comes with a sprinkling of cat hair but I think they may. Now I can work on on a banner.

Ok now for this weeks popsicle. Since its Pride Month, I wanted to do something to reflect that. Plus I'll tell you how to do an alcohol free one, for the kids. We can do this the easy way.....or the hard way.

Jumping on the unicorn bandwagon, here is my take on it. You will need Just a few ingredients.

Put the Jolly Ranchers (about 8-12) and as much Vodka as you want to use (and of course you can use any brand you want) into a container to dissolve. Overnight did it for me. Then add Sprite. Now the easy way is you add a flavor to a glass or popsicle bag. The hard way is you stick the containers in the freezer and then add them in layers when they are slush and then add them back to the freezer to freeze.

Edited to add: You can use any sweet candy like skittles or starburst but you will have to filter off the waxy coating. With the Jolly Rancher you don't have to filter anything its ready to mix and freeze as soon as you dissolve it.
I used Grape, Watermelon, Green apple, and Blue Raspberry. Sorry Cherry, you were just too close in color to Watermelon.

Pride popsicle is done the same way, only it is a popsicle instead of a slushee.

Now lets say you are REALLY short on time and don't want to dissolve Jolly Ranchers. You can substitute Jolly Rancher Popsicles. To make it alcohol free just dissolve the jolly rancher in the sprite and enjoy.
I can't get over how perfectly sweet this is. You almost don't even realize there is Vodka in it. I don't even have words for how yummy this is. Even all mixed up in the glass its awesome.

How To Make An Aspirin Mask

One of the things the girls and I love to do is face masks. When they were  little it was a "girls night in" thing we did. We did facials painted out nails and  watched a movie. As they got older it became something we did to keep our pores clean,. On days that we were feeling particular clogged we added aspirin to the mask.

Now a true DIY Aspirin Mask would consist of crushing the aspirin and adding it to yogurt or honey, or even a mixture of the two. We take the lazy way out and mix it with a packaged face mask. It gives the mask a little extra kick. It is so good at unclogging pored, reducing redness, and softening the skin.

Even though it calms the surface of the skin, I do not recommend this if you have an allergy to aspirin.

Its super easy to make. Just take 4-5 aspirins and crush it up, A spoon works great for this. then mix in the mask, another good use for the crushing spoon. Then put the mask on. We like to use a foundation brush to get a good even coverage.

Let me know if you try it with honey and yogurt. I would love to know how well that version works.


How to Add Personalization To Your Yard

It's finally stopped raining here. I was starting to think the guy who built the ark encounter a few hours up the road wasn't as crazy as I thought he was.

When we aren't having monsoon like weather we are outside. This is a drastic change from years past when we never left the house.

I am basing the difference this year on the fact that we've added personalization to our space. It only took 2 (almost 3) years. When we lived with Greg (for those that don't know, he is an ex we were together almost 6 years before we called it quits) he had a corn hole game and he liked to be outside doing that. I am not super athletic. I use to be on a swim team and love to swim, but you don't sweat while swimming. I knew that adding yard games was not going to be what got us outside. Even if I did try to tell myself it would be fun when company came over.

What I did instead was think about the things we like to do and build on that. So I bought a swing (sadly no porch swing) The dogs think this is just for them and demand to be swung everyday.

We added the hot tub which is small enough to fit on my patio and since it is a blow up one, its like a bubbly pool when it gets super hot. If that's what we want.

We also added a grill and taught ourselves how to use it. Hannah is the master of this though, and truthfully we need to upgrade to a bigger size.

To cap off the days we have a fire  pit. I love sitting around the fire at night, its so relaxing.

But what give all of this a personalized touch is the items that we've customized.

Back in early November I was shopping the Halloween candy sales and came across Star Wars trick or treat buckets. I bought several even though I had no idea what I was going to do with them.

When Spring finally got here I needed some hanging baskets and it hit me that I had these Halloween buckets. I drilled drainage holes in  the buckets and planted flowers inside. There is something awesome about a Sith Lord with pretty flowers coming out of his head.

My front stoop had two Milk Churns that I added a monogram of our last names on. I had moved them with me through several moves and was just feeling like I needed something else. I found these metal buckets at a store called 5 Below. There were solid white so I taped them off and painted the pink line around them and added pink vinyl for our house number and last names. I am actually surprised that I have been able to keep any of these flowers alive.
 Yes Painting the front stoop is on my to-do list. I think its remnants of 5 different colors.

Don't be afraid to change the color of something or add to it, spray paint is cheap and comes in tons of colors. Also, re-purposing from other holidays is always fun.


How to Make Adult Popsicles

I have been really excited about writing this post. It hit me over Memorial Day weekend. We were outside all day long and the kids were eating freezer pops and I wanted one, only I also wanted the drink I was drinking. That's when I got the bright idea to mix the two.

These are super fun to make! I even made non-alcoholic versions for the kids, which allowed me to test out two different DIY Ice Pop containers we had previously bought. The first are shaped like you would imagine an ice cream bar to be shaped. They are really super cute. The second are little zip lock bags that are shaped like ice pops. They are the perfect shape and size.

So I am just going to go ahead and tell you how these turned out before I tell you the recipe I used. They are strong, definitely-booze-filled popsicles. That means they didn't freeze completely. Which means the cute little red lidded, ice cream looking mold did not work. Although I was not one to turn my back on semi frozen mixed drink. Having eaten it with a spoon.....it made a great slushie.

Now the ice pop sleeve worked great. It still didn't freeze completely, because I was eager and ended up being heavy handed with the alcohol. But, it didn't matter because the popsicle holder kept it from dripping and I was able enjoy it without mess. I stuck a straw inside it for quicker drinking.

I have plans to try the cute mold again next week and just relax a little on the alcohol.

You may be wondering why I chose Pina Colada as my first alcohol pop. You aren't? Ok well I am going to tell you anyway. When I was in college, Thursday nights was party night. (was that everywhere, or just at Morehead?) I met this cool girl on my floor and on Thursday's we would hop in her car and drive to Huntington, West Virginia, which is only a little over an hour away, in hindsight I don't know why we didn't go to Lexington. Also in hindsight I think she and I were on a date, but I was straight and clueless. So only realized this when Abbey mentioned it. Anyway, There was a club there called Robbie's which was owned by a former Major League Baseball player. (On a side note, it closed down after someone got beaten to death in front of it). The interesting thing about Robbie's is, you could go in under-age and then guys would come up to you and ask you what you wanted to drink. They didn't "work" there but I am sure they were working it. And I,being a complete novice to anything even remotely cool, (former band kid here) had no idea what to order. So when someone came up and asked me what I wanted I stupidly said ummm whatever. Thus introducing me into the world of the basic beach drink known as, The PiƱa Colada. I am singing, If you Like Pina Colada's....and getting caught in the rain. Because, you can't have a Pina Colada without thinking about Jimmy Buffet. 

Wow,  that was a really long pointless story. Sorry. With out any further ADHD moments, here you go.

I need to add that you'll also need a small can of pineapple juice. I didn't take a picture of that because I got distracted and forgot. Oops! I mixed all of this in a 2 cup glass pyrex mixing cup. The spout was perfect for pouring into the molds without needing a funnel.

For two popsicles you will need:

1/2 c . pineapple chunks
1/4 c. coconut milk (this was difficult to find, it was in the aisle with powdered milk)
1/2 c. Malibu Caribbean Rum
1/4 c. pineapple juice
For two, I was able to use the pineapple juice from the crushed pineapples.

In hindsight I shouldn't have drank the left over and  then tried to do math on how much I needed to convert it to make more popsicles. Here is my drunken math.

1 1/2 c. (12 oz) pineapple chunks
3/4 c. (6 oz) coconut milk, I just used the rest of the carton
1 1/2 c. (12 oz) Malibu Caribbean Rum
3/4 c. (6oz) pineapple juice

Come back next Friday for another another alcoholic popsicle. I am loving this adult twist on a kid favorite!

An Update

My ex husband use to say as soon as I decided I was going to do something a certain way I immediately stopped doing it that way.

He was referring to organization and how I would clean out a closet or drawer ect...and then say, ok this is the new home for whatever. Then immediately I'd stop putting it there.

He's not wrong, and I know I do that. I really don't know why.

Day one of Make The Blog Okay Again.....Should I make hats that say that? Anyway, I wanted to give up after day 1. Or Rather day 1 on implementation. I have ideas and a to-do list.....Oh God the to-do list is daunting. I had to prod myself in the butt to keep going.

I have a new blog design. I don't know why but when I am feeling like I need to reinvent (or just invent) myself I always want to start with a new design. I still have some work to do on this, but its good enough for now.

I have started working on an editorial calendar. Like a real one. In the past I would think of topics and then never follow through. This time I came up with actual blog posts. I don't want to start out putting to much on my plate so expect something on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday will be left open for an update or thrown together personal post.

I am really excited about sharing my first Adult Popsicle, Boozy Pop, Drunken Ice-Pops. Ok I have no idea what to call them. Suggestions welcome. I do know that making them was fun and enjoying them outside was even more fun. It made me wish I was floating on a raft in a pool.
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