Friday, February 20, 2015


Most of my readers know that I live in New England. And unless you've been living under a rock, you know that over the last 3 weeks New England has been hammered with several significant snow storms. Much to the point that we now have several feet of snow on the ground and we are running out of places to put it. We are on track to have one of our snowiest winters.

Got to keep the birds fed

At this point I am just sick of snow. It's so deep I can't have Mister Mans play in it, it's up over his head. We have this hill on the back side of our house that is perfect for some beginner sledding. But it's just too much snow to even get over to it. With the snow comes cold weather. I heard on the news last night that for the entire month of February we have only been at or above freezing one day. That day the high was 32*. With the cold weather I haven't been able to go outside with Mister Mans much. He is never patient enough to get bundled up to go outside and for the first 2 weeks of February he was battling with a cold/cough. He even had croup for a few days.
At least it's pretty to look at

I am getting at least my upper body workout in. We have literally been stuck in a cycle of snow and clean up. The clean up takes days. First is the initial clean up, snow blowing the paths around the house and the driveway, which is what my husband does. I shovel out all the doorways and access to our fuel fills (oil and propane). I also shovel off the back deck, mainly to keep the snow load off of it, but also to have access to the bird feeders so I can fill them. The next day, we usually take care of the roof, which typically includes roof raking, but since we've had so much snow my husband has had to actually get on the roof a couple of times to get some of the snow that we cannot reach with the roof rake. Then he has to snow blow that snow away, because it usually fills in the paths he's made the previous day.

Mister Mans makes a good supervisor

Then I head over to my parents place and help them clean up their place.

Mister Mans and I helping out at my parents

So it takes roughly 2-3 days to clean up after the storm. With storms coming every 3-4 days it makes it quite tough to get anything else done.

Hubby taking a break

Definition of insanity... This Winter!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Super Bowl 49

I'm from New England, so by birth right, I'm a Patriots fan.

Wow, what a great game. I really enjoy the close games. I truly believe that this match up was the two best teams in the sport.

On the home front, we had a quiet night at home. I didn't even realize that I had the night off from work until last week. So we invited some friends over, and it didn't quite pan out. So it ended up just being the three of us last night. Which ended up being just right.

We had to pause the game, as we were trying to get Mister Mans to bed and he wanted to watch his show. Then after we got him into bed, we were able to watch the game, in our pjs of course! It was a nice relaxing evening.

We made some healthy snacks, we had a veggie tray and Ben made some buffalo cauliflower. I also made some pigs in a blanket.

So spoiler alert.... The patriots won! I woke up this morning to check the Internet, and the memes aren't disappointing at all. Here are a few of my favorites....

Don't taunt us Seahawks... The Internet will make a meme out of you....

The other thing I noted was Jeremy Long's interception, and then injury.... The commentators didn't really go any further into it. Thankfully the Internet delivers again!

Oh man, that is a nasty break. I hope he is recovering. Sad that he made one big play and it ultimately took him out of the game.

Obviously I'm happy with the outcome. New England has a great method to success, and it absolutely shows.

Congrats to the Patriots! Time to dust off the duck boats for another rolling rally! That is as soon as the snow lets up.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Re-adjusting routines

Finally! I completed my 10 day course of antibiotics (well it ended up being 11 days since I forgot a dose or two over the 10 days). I am starting to feel more human and resuming my normal activity level. I was even able to get a session in with my personal trainer. I felt every movement she made me do. It also reminded me how much not being active or getting to the gym does to my body.

With all the overtime I have been working, I haven't been making it to the gym as much as I once was. Coupled that with being sick for 2.5-3 weeks. My body just went back into fat ass mode.

My trainer is awesome, she worked with me to modify my session so that I didn't overdue it, but also gave me a time line for easing back into a routine as I start to feel better.

Personal trainers are expensive, but the right ones are worth their weight in gold. I feel really comfortable with Sue and she does an excellent job explaining the movement we are doing and where I should be feeling it. She also isn't afraid to call me on my bullshit if I am slacking. It's exactly what I need for the kick in the rear to get me going.

We also talked about whether to continue with the aquacise in the water. Originally when I joined the Y, it was at the advice of PT (when I was rehabbing my knee). Now that I am working out with a trainer I am able to do more higher impact routines. So I feel like aquacise isn't giving me the biggest "bang for my buck" for my gym routine. Sue felt very similarily, but she felt that there was still some benefit to being in the water. So we decided to do more of a gym routine with the occasional aquacise class.

So before I was doing all aquacise (3 times a week), now I am going to aim for 1 aquasise class per week and 2-3 gym sessions (mini-Sue workouts). Granted this is on top of still working a ton of overtime (which is looking like it will continue for the next 3-4 months); so hopefully I can keep in line with this goal.

One obstacle to overcome is the distance, the Y is 30-40 minutes away (depending on traffic); however its affordable and it has access to a pool, which is what drew me to it at first, however they also have swim classes and swim time for Brenden which is also a huge benefit. The second obstacle is Brenden... trying to juggle around a toddler is not picnic. Thankfully the Y also has a day care, which is included in the cost of my membership. So I can go to the Y during the day and Brenden can be in day care. Which I do admit, there are times that I put him in day care, just so I can get a proper shower! Oh man, there is nothing that feels like a nice warm shower when it's been days since your last one.

The Y is building a new location which is significantly closer for me, however it won't be completed for several years. I think once it does open, we will most likely move to the new location.

Monday, January 5, 2015


Does anyone really like being sick? Ugh. I have been battling a cold for the last 2 weeks, so I thought I was finally over the hump. Then this weekend, bam! Sinus infection. Well at least that is what I thought it was. I had to wait until today to get seen by a doctor to confirm it.

This infection hurts pretty bad, like someone is shoving knives up into my sinus cavities. I can breathe through my nose perfectly fine, but there is just so much pain through the sinus area both on my face and also down the sides of my neck and the top of my mouth.

Thankfully I was able to go to my doctor's "Express care" option and walk in without an appointment, I went early and was seen quickly. I was able to get properly diagnosed and sent on my way with a script for an antibiotic.

What the doctor told me was that Sudafed isn't the best option, since its a great decongestant. However she informed me that it also thickens your mucus. So when you have a sinus infection, it actually hinders your bodies ability to get rid of the excess mucus. So instead of taking that, I was told to take Tylenol for the pain, and hot steamy showers to help drain off the excess mucus. It was very enlightening for me.

But honestly, I just wanted the pain to go away, I was willing to do whatever. I'm just glad I am not breastfeeding anymore, I wouldn't have been able to take anything!

The amoxicillin pills are horse pills, ugh. Twice a day for 10 days. Yippee. Hopefully I'll be able to return to a normal blogging schedule soon.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

And then it was a new year!

Happy New Year! I hope you have some grand plans for 2015.

I spent New Year's Eve at work on forced overtime. Would have much rather spent my time with my friends and family. But such is the life when you work in emergency services.

On top of being ordered into work, I also was sick as a dog. Just a nasty head cold, but man, it zaps all of my energy. I spent most of New Year's Day taking a nap and resting up. I am feeling better today. But I am trying not to overdue it so I can get better sooner, rather than later.

How did you spend your New Years?

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe

I posted on Instagram about my overnight French Toast casserole. A couple of people asked about a recipe. So I decided to dedicate a post to it to share with everyone.

I really love making this dish for Christmas morning, for the guys at work, or on a rare occasion at home. It's such a rich dish, that I don't like to make it all the time. However it is always a hit when I do make it.

It does require a bit of planning in advance. As you make it the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight. I also find that getting the bread a day or so on advance that it helps as well. My favorite is an Italian loaf, which I get from my local store's bakery.

So what you need:

1 loaf of bread (cut or torn into cubes)
1/2 cup of melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon (or apple pie spice)

5 eggs
1 1/2 cup of milk (I use buttermilk, but you can use regular)
1 tsp vanilla

Cut or tear bread into cubes. Mix your dry ingredients (sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon) in one bowl. Whisk your wet ingredients (milk, eggs and vanilla) into another bowl. Take your melted butter and coat a 13 x 9 baking pan.

Take half of your bread cubes, layer the bottom of your pan. Then take half of your dry mixture and sprinkle over the bread cubes. Take the other half of your bread cubes and layer on top of the first layer. Sprinkle the remaining dry mixture on top. Pour the wet mixture on top.

Then cover the casserole with tin foil. Set in the fridge overnight.

Next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lift up the corners on the tin foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then remove the tin foil, and bake for another 15 minutes uncovered.

Lastly (and this is optional) sprinkle the top with powered sugar. The dish is sweet, but is also very delicious with maple syrup.


Merry Christmas!

Just stopping by to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas! Our little family had such a wonderful day. We were able to see lots of our extended family. It was also nice just to be home and enjoy some of the smaller moments of the day.

Although my house is a mess, I think it will take me a solid week to find all the little bits of wrapping paper. Mister Mans had an awesome time opening up gifts, even helping others open their gifts! What a helpful boy.

We were also able to go to Christmas Eve mass. The sister church to my home church does a family service, and they have a wonderful space in the church for families with little ones, with quiet toys for them to play with / keep them distracted. It was nice to get back into a church. It was great getting to sing carols.

Mister Mans was most obsessed with ringing his bell and blowing out Dada's candle during Silent Night.

I'll post some more pictures later on, these are the ones from my cell phone! I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas! I have been on facebook for the last few hours just looking at pictures of all my friends with their families, it brings such warmth and joy to my heart.

If you have been a follower of my blog for awhile, you know that I live in New Hampshire. We are used to cold, snowy winters. Christmas Day today we hit a high of 51 degrees while we were in the car! Holy Toledo! That's nearly shorts weather. And no snow to be seen.


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