Sitting with Drake, working on stuff at the kitchen table.  A song from Hugo is playing.

Me:  Guess what this is.

Drake:  [pauses] Hugo.

Me:  Yes! I don’t usually like it [the Hugo soundtrack] so much, but recently I’ve really been enjoying this song.  I don’t know why.  Maybe because it is so pretty.


If you are a fellow lover of soundtracks, the song I am referring to is “The Thief” from Hugo.



Heads up:  This is going to be random.  Over and out.

While I was doing school, my feet were cold.  So I went and put on a pair of socks, only to discover that both socks had holes in the toes.  But I have not bothered to take them off (too lazy/feet are to warm) so I am just walking around with an increasing number of toes sticking out of the front of my socks, all the while being slightly annoyed.  There are currently 3 toes sticking out of the left side, and 1 sticking out of the right.  I kind of want to keep them on just to see how much bigger the holes get.

I made pumpkin muffins this afternoon.  I had attempted to make some paleo pumpkin pancakes the other day, but they didn’t work.  And I still had leftover pumpkin in the fridge.  So I decided to make muffins with it.  But I didn’t use all the pumpkin, so I still had to freeze the extra.  So what was the point of making the muffins in the first place?

I discovered that I was multi-talented (is that a word?) while I was making the muffins:  I can lick the batter spoon while scooping the batter into the muffin cups (using a utensil, of course).  Pretty impressive, huh?  Oh, and by the way, what is SO attractive about the leftover batter in the bowl?  My favorite batter would have to be a good cookie dough.  Something with chocolate.  But everything I make has chocolate in it, doesn’t it?

*I break here to insert an idea I just had*  Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies?  I’ll have to think about that.

*Carrying on now*

I really didn’t need to make the muffins.  I need to try to chill on the sugar intake.  I have to start being firm.  Cause I have been a bit of a wimp in this area lately.

Let me invite you inside my head.

Voice #1:  Hey Allison!

Voice #2:  Ya?

Voice #1:  Listen, you need to chill on the sugar.  No more chocolate chips with that scoop of peanut butter after lunch.  You know that it isn’t good.

Voice #2:  I know that last part. But…*sniffles*

Voice#1:  What?

Voice #2:  I like the chocolate chips and peanut butter!  A LOT!  *Sniffles again, then bursts into tears*

Voice #1:  I like it too.  But sometime the good things are hard.  You know you used to be better about your sugar consumption.  So you know you can do it.

Voice #2:  *stops crying, sniffles*  Ya, I know.

Voice #1:  So let’s try again.

Voice #2:  I guess that would be good. *sniffle*  Do you have a tissue?

Voice #1:  Here.

Voice #2:  Thanks. 

Voice #1:  So are we on the same page about desserts?

Voice #2:  Oh, not having that peanut butter and chocolate chips everyday after lunch?

Voice #1:  Well, it’s a little more than that.  I’m going to put this very plainly:  WE NEED TO CHILL ON THE SUGAR INTAKE.  PERIOD.

Voice #2:  I’m not sure I have any tears left.

Voice #1:  So are we together on this?

Voice #2:  *sighs*  I guess.  But after the pumpkin muffins are gone?

Voice #1:  Well, you can still eat them, but s…l…o…w…l…y.  Not the whole of them in two days.  Got it?

Voice #2:  Yep.  Got it.  And now that I am all cried out, I am really with ya.

Voice #1:  Great.  Let’s hit it.


I put up Christmas lights on the house on Saturday.  Noah wrapped the back deck with lights, and I put the lights on the front.  The front has colored icicles and the posts are wrapped with colored lights.  But I have too many strands plugged in to each other, so they have blown two fuses already.  I need to go out and split them onto two outlets.  I will probably do that soon.

My brothers are flying airplanes, and Drake just flew one over my head.  He then proceeded to try to do it again, but this time it hit me straight in the head.  He says there was an air current.  Hm.

I am looking forward to this week:  Mom and I are going shopping.  Tomorrow it will be just the two of us.  I like when I get her to myself.  It doesn’t happen all the time.  And we have a lot of fun together.

I am also looking forward to this week:  Cooking.  Lots.  Stuff for Christmas – gingerbread dough.  And Mom is having a party, and I am cooking for it.  Not going to say what I am making, because some people who are *hopefully* going will possibly be reading this.  But for those of you who are curious, I will probably post about it post-party.  (I just used “post” with two different meanings in the same sentence!)

Counting down the days until my mom and I go to the symphony.  For my Christmas present,  we are going to see Pirate of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl at the symphony.  They will have the movie on a big screen, and they play all the music LIVE!  IT IS SO AWESOME!  We went and saw Lord of the Rings:  Fellowship of the Rings when they did that, and it was SO WONDERFUL.  I always said thought that if they were to do Pirates music, I would want to be there REALLY BAD.  I am really excited that we are going (if you couldn’t tell).

Oh, and I ate a pumpkin muffin not a full minute after I finished the above dialogue

Well, I think that is all.

Now off to fix those Christmas lights.

From toes-sticking-out, batter-spoon-licking, multi-talented, too-much-sugar, Christmas-light-loving, excited,


Love ya!

P.S.  And if you read all of that, I am amazed.  You persevered.  🙂

A Lesson Learned

Last night Mom and Dad went out.  Usually when they go out, my siblings and I have a “party.”  Often, this includes loud music, dinner, dessert, possibly a movie, and general fun and silliness.

While Meiling and I were listening to music in the kitchen, I decided that it would be fun to make something quick for a dessert.  I pulled up this recipe for Chocolate Coffee Mousse, and we made a double batch of it.  All my siblings like chocolate and coffee, so I was pretty sure that it would be a hit.

Well, it was supposed to be refrigerated until it was firm, but we couldn’t wait that long.  Once it had hit the 2-1/2 hour mark (this was at 9:25), we dug in.

And they were good.  Very good.  Meiling gobbled hers up, exclaiming how delicious it was.  Noah really liked it, too.  Drake said that it was a make-again.

My parents arrived home not long after that.  As Meiling was energetically climbing on my dad, he looked at me and asked,

“Was that coffee caffeinated?”

“Yes, it was.”

I hadn’t really considered the fact that we would be eating this treat rather late, and that eating 1/2 tablespoon of caffeinated coffee grounds per person probably wasn’t the greatest idea.

Yes.  A scant 1/2 tablespoon of coffee grounds per person.  My 6-year-old sister included.

Drake and I had a rather exciting game with our Star Wars trading cards.  More exciting than it has been in a while.  I think we were both being affected by the coffee.  (This could partially be due to the fact that I won.  This is probably my 3rd or 4th time to win, out of the last 30 times I’ve played with Drake.  Obviously I am not the best at strategy games.)

Thankfully no one had a hard time sleeping, or at least not that I’ve heard yet.  I was up a bit later that I wanted to be, but it wasn’t terrible.

Note to self: keep it to decaf coffee when it is getting late on a weekday night. Especially for the 6-year-old.

A Few Questions (Ten, to be Exact)




I am entering the blog party over at Bramblewood Fashions.  Here is the list of questions with my answers!


1. What word are you totally loving at the moment? Well, it seems to be tacky.  I have been using it more often.

2. Any tv shows/movies you are excited for this fall? Not really.

3. Anything that symbolizes something to you? Nope, not off the top of my head.

4. Two favorite songs at the moment? Hmm… “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum and “Lead me to the Cross” by Francesca Battistelli.

5. If there was suddenly a world taker over by an evil dictator what would you do? Join the resistance.

6. What is your favorite summer activity?  Canning.

7. What has been your favorite summer vacation? I am not sure.  Our last trip to Branson was quite nice.

8. If you received an unlimited shopping spree to any store, what store would it be for? This is really hard.  I really like Kohl’s.  I’m sure that Von Maur would be great, but I haven’t been there in so long to see what I do and don’t like of theirs, so I can’t say I love that store.  I do absolutely love Shabby Apple!  They have the cutest dresses!  Amazon would be great, also, as you can get just about anything.  So, to give you an *actual* answer, I would want to say Shabby Apple, but my smarter self would say Amazon (more options).

9. What is your favorite summertime food? Homegrown tomatoes. Lemonade.  Cucumbers fresh from the garden.  Peaches.  Blueberries.  And the list goes on.

10. What is your favorite summertime movie? I can’t really say that I have a favorite summertime movie.  I don’t exactly have a favorite movie right now, either, although “Avengers,” “Cranford,” and “Megamind” are on the top of the list.



One Last Extension

I have decided to extend the Sons of Georgia giveaway for one more week – until Friday the 25th of May.  You have until midnight that night to get your entries in.

I am extending the giveaway in hopes that I will get a few more entries.  Thank you oh-so–very-much to KT, Racheal, and Brytni for entering!  And this is the last time I am going to extend it.

If you haven’t entered yet, please go here to enter.