Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ask Me Anything Date

About a week ago, my sweet husband, Chris, asked me out on a date.  I don't remember the exact conversation but somehow I said, "why?"  He told me he wanted to get to know me.  Get to know me?  We've been married for almost 22 years, we've known each other since we were 11 and 12 years old. What's to get to know?

We try to make it a point on a date to not talk about the normal day-to-day stressful things like work, children, bills, the house, etc.  So, what is left to talk about?  In a desperate plea to have meaningful conversation and to "get to know" Chris after 3/4 of my life with him, I turned to my iphone.  I went searching for apps.  I found one called, "Ask Me Anything."  They have several different versions; for teens, for couples, for adults, for job interviews, etc.  The one I found for free that evening happened to be the teen version but I downloaded it anyway.  It pops up a question, and you ask and answer it.

I've learned more about Chris in the past week than I have in years.  I know turtles remind him of a silly song from his childhood, and what scares him the most.  It really helped to open conversation and makes me anxious for another date to pull out the app and find out what he wants to be when he grows up.  (Okay, maybe I should download something besides the teen version.)

Chocolate, Chocolate-Chip Muffins

So, I'm having a hard time with my second post.  If I post about card making all you non-card makers out there will be turned off and never come back.  If I post about fashion, I'll seem too shallow.  If I post about theatre, I'll seem like a theatre geek.  If I post about school, well that's not happening this week because it's Spring Break.  However, since I haven't told anyone I have a blog yet, I guess I can write about anything.

A few weeks ago, I went camping with the Boy Scouts to Enchanted Rock.  It was beautiful and we had a great time.  One of the dad's brought chocolate - chocolate chip muffins to eat.  The were wonderful.  He told me the secret ingredient was pumpkin.  So, I googled chocolate pumpkin muffins and found several websites with the simplest of simplest recipes.   Knowing that this dad made the muffins and didn't have his wife make them or buy them, I figured he probably used the simple recipe.  Mine are in the oven as I type and I'll let you know how they turn out.

There are just 2 ingredients:  chocolate cake mix and a can of pumpkin (Of course I added chocolate chips to mine.)  Just mix them together and bake at 350 F for 20 - 25 minutes.  Here's a picture of mine.  They don't look that pretty but taste is better than looks when it comes to muffins.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

My first blog

There are times when I'm at home and think of something that I want to share.  But, I don't know who to share it with; who will really care.  Or, it's late at night and I don't want to disturb my friends while they're sleeping.  And, I'm worried that if I keep posting over and over on Facebook that everyone will get tired of me and defriend me.  Then, it hit me.  That's what a blog is for.  I can write my random thoughts and if you choose, you can read them.  If you don't, I've at least put my thoughts somewhere besides just inside my head.  I kinda wish I did this when my kids were younger and would say some pretty crazy things.  Maybe, I'll go back and share some of those memories sometime.  Like when we had to explain to Marshall that in this family, we don't put bagels in socks.  Anyway, I'm not sure how often I'll remember to update this but it's nice to know I can.