A Turkey, a House and Ten Resolutions

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So I made that turkey for Mom’s Christmas dinner and it rocked!  Everyone kept talking about how good it was and my aunt hinted that I’ll be making it from now on.  Didn’t I predict that would happen?

Here’s a picture of what it looked like after the first 30 minutes at 500 degrees:


I got sent home with the turkey carcass and though I knew I would end up making stock out of it, I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with the stock.  I decided tonight to make turkey noodle soup.  Yum!

Here’s what happens to a 19lb turkey after it hangs out in a stock pot for the day:


I wound up with four quarts of stock which turned into this:


It was DAMN tasty  – at least Tucker and I thought so.  Cara ate Doritos.  Two year olds have no taste.

Even though we’re far from being ready to buy a house [and not even sure that we want to stay here for any length of time] I have found THE house.  It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and the price is totally dead on.  Of course I have pictures.


I hate that I found it now instead of when we are actually looking since I know when/if the thing sells that it will break my poor whittle heart.  The house has been on the market for almost 200 days and I told Tucker that if it’s still for sale when our lease is about two months away from being up that I’m calling the listing agent to see if the owners would consider letting us rent it with an option to buy.

Hell.  The worst that they can say is no.

Since it is New Year’s Eve and all of that, I figured that I would list my resolutions.

The most obvious [and everyone’s favorite] is to lose weight.  BUT, since I’ve been resolving to fit in a bikini since I was around 10, I really just don’t see the point.

So, here’s my list [in no particular order]:

#1 Get better at time management – the ADD thing wrecks havoc on my ability to stick to one task and see it to completion.

#2 Schedule “play time” with Cara – working from home is GREAT but it puts a major drain on my “Cara and me” time.  I have to find a way to find a better balance.

#3 Ignore stats – that’s easier said then done since writing is actually my job and higher stats equal higher ad revenue.  THIS site was started by me as an online journal of sorts and I need to do a better job of remembering that.

#4 Get more serious about my short stories – I have a couple that aren’t too shabby and I need to actually enter them in some contests.

#5 Appreciate Tucker more – This asshole has provided me with the amazing ability to stay at home with our awesome kids and I need to tell him more often just how cool I think he is.

#6 Figure out a way to get to BlogHer ’09 – I want to go something FIERCE and it’s tax deductible.

#7 Realize that I ain’t got it that bad – It’s way too easy to get down on life and sometimes you just have to suck it the fuck up and go on with it.

#8 Track my moods better – Having Cyclothymic Disorder is like having Bipolar Light.  Still the mania and depression but revved up a bit.  I need to keep track of those swings better.

#9 Not be such a damn shut-in –  Along with #8 comes #9 and my “social anxiety disorder” or whatever the hell you want to call it.  I’m all big and bad on the internet but I tend to stay at home since meeting new people kind of scares me.  Must work on this.

#10 Read more books – You can help me with this.  If you have a book [preferably a series] that you LOVE then let me know.  I need to broaden my horizons in terms of what I read and I’m always open to suggestions.  Hit me up on my “contact” form or find me on Twitter @tastelikecrazy.