Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Stitch Markers

So I made these fun little stitch markers because I saw all the cool pretty ones everyone else had! I know, I'm such a follower. :-)

And my latest project.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


That is all I have to say.

(FYI: You are more than likely to see this exact post more than once throughout the season.)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Spinach Manicotti

Made this a couple nights ago. Definitely have to love spinach to like this :-) I'm actually not a huge fan (of spinach) but still like it!


8 dried manicotti shells
1/4 cup sliced green onion (2)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
11/3 cups milk
3 ounces process Swiss cheese, torn
1/3 cup chicken broth
1 beaten egg
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

1. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Drain. Cool manicotti in a single layer on a piece of greased foil.

2. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan cook green onion and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in flour. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add Swiss cheese and broth, stirring until cheese melts.

3. For filling, in a medium bowl stir together egg, spinach, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and lemon peel. Use a small spoon to fill manicotti shells with filling. Arrange filled shells in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Pour sauce over filled shells.

4. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

5. Makes 4 servings

Scarf and Hat Set

Again with the creative subject line. I know. :) What can I say?

So I finished the hat and scarf for my co-worker! She was thrilled to get it which made me happy! I'm loving the hat and probably will make tons more now (not just of this particular pattern).

Monday, September 22, 2008

Priority Overnight

About 2 weeks ago I came home after a normal day at work and saw a package sitting on our front porch. I picked it up to see that it was a manilla envelope. Priority Overnight from the Dept of the Army.

Yep, you guessed right.

Mike wasn't home yet so I called to tell him what I just told you and he said "that can't be good" and asked me to open it. Inside was a letter with orders calling him back to active duty, "Operation Iraqi Freedom", for up to 400 days. He reports to duty on 11/2/08 and if he passes the physical with flying colors (he will), he will return to duty at his discharge rank of CPT. We have absolutely no other information.

For those of you that don't know, Mike served in the Army for approximately 4 years. He was in the 82nd Airborne and got out January 2006 to work for UPRR, where he is now.

This news has been quite a shock for us. Obviously when you're active duty you come to expect deployment and orders to move. He's been out for 2.5 years and though the possibility that this could happen has always been in the back of our minds, we never really thought it would happen. You're just not prepared for it.

So if you would all keep Mike in your prayers I would greatly appreciate it. He has no idea yet where he will go or for how long. So I'm hoping for the best. I have to admit that I'm not at all prepared for this. :)

I didn't share sooner because he hadn't had time to get the information to the appropriate people yet. I was a mess for the first few days and now am just hopeful.

Friday, September 19, 2008


So I know that everyone hates dealing with insurance benefits. I do. But isn't it pretty much common knowledge at this point that EVERYTHING is increasing in price and don't you pretty much assume that medical insurance is going to be RIGHT ON TOP OF THAT?? Because if you don't, then well. You're just ignorant.

I didn't say it was fair or right. I'm just saying it's common knowledge. AND, if your company pays for almost all of your benefits anyway, I say you don't have a freakin right to complain about it in the first place. Especially if you're one of 2in the entire company that receive that benefit and everyone else has to fork out the money to deal with it. OH and especially when none of the people that actually pay for it complain about it.

In case you're wondering what the heck I'm talking about :D, it's open enrollment period for our company. And I'm IT. No really I am. And this year was so absolutely insane that I only had 2 days to put together all of the packets to distribute to all of our full time employees. And I'll only have 1 week to get them
back and enrolled.

So you might not hear from me again for another week. :-)

Actually I love my job and as hateful as I sounded above, I really love the benefits part of it. It just drives me crazy that the one complaint I have received came from someone who doesn't even pay for his own crap to begin with.

That's all. :-)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More pictures

Just a couple more pictures from our Indy trip.

Now keep in mind that I have on 3 layers of clothing! :D lol

My Naked Babies :-)

So Hubie and Dolce's fur were getting really matted and I took them in to the groomer's on Wednesday before we left. They got shaved :-) lol

Pretty stinking funny!!!
Here's the before and afters:


I know that glass is filthy. You try having 3 big dogs and see if you can keep it clean! :D

Dolce (and a few pictures of him in OU gear)

My friend/co-worker watched Dolce while we were gone and as usual someone else just came to the house to feed and play with the big dogs. Well Karen got some pretty hysterical pictures and videos of Dolce with his little girlfriends. So as soon as I get those they'll get posted. Can you imagine 3 hyper little dogs running around your house 24/7? lol I don't know how she did it, but it's hysterical!

Indy MotoGP

LOTS of pictures. Mike got some pretty awesome shots in. I told him he needs to put his watermark on them.

So pretty much, in case any of you didn't stay up to date with the weather, we got dumped on. Hurricane Ike stormed right up through Indianapolis. So it rained off and on all day Friday, was sunny on Saturday so we got burned, and then POURED on Sunday with lots of high winds.

But it was a blast nonetheless!

Like father like son.

Casey Stoner
Valentino Rossi

Nikki Hayden

This one's my favorite!!! If I had a bike that's what I'd want it to look like :-)
Check out Nikki's helmet

Mike and his dad getting autographs from Casey Stoner (and Melandri)

A replica of Casey Stoner's helmet, Mike got it autographed by him.
He's never going to take this off. Have you guys ever seen that Progressive motorcycle insurance commercial? Yeah... lol

Check out that awesome tatoo on his head!!! Talk about dedication :-)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Ropes and Ladders Scarf

I know my titles are so creative. I never claimed to have an imagination :-)

So I'm actually making this scarf for a coworker because she gave me these really awesome knitting books! I found this pattern and LOVE it.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Long Walk

I went for a walk with my friend Jill at the SC Marina this morning. She had the jogging stroller with baby Lucas and I had Dolce. It was still much warmer than we anticipated so it was fairly exhausting towards the end. (It's an hour walk) Dolce was so pooped near the end that he jumped right in to the bottom basket of the stroller and just rested! Is that not hilarious?? Jill and I were laughing so hard we couldn't even walk. He kept laying down in the middle of the path and Jill had shown him the basket earlier, he must have remembered it and kept walking between Jill and the stroller and when we stopped he jumped right in! He just curled right up and lifted his head looking around and enjoying the breeze.

Seriously hysterical! I wish I had a camera :-)

Friday, September 5, 2008

The History of Sylvia


1) Raised in:
Mostly in Lawton, OK (army brat)

2) Your name:
Sylvia Maya Warren

3) Birth date:
February 26

4)Have any siblings?
1 brother

5) Oldest of them all:

6) Hair color:
Naturally dark brown with some red, always have blonde highlights.

7) Hair length:
Shoulder now *sigh*

8) First school:
Amberg American Elementary School (Germany)

9) Eye color:
Hazel/Brown, occassionally green.

10) Shoe size
4.5, or kids 3. :-)

11) Mood:
Usually cheerful!

12) College:
Cameron University and University of Washington

13) Height:

14) Lefty/Righty:


1) Do you remember your first real relationship:

2) Do you believe in love:
Of course!

3) Shortest relationship:
Few weeks. But seriously, do those even count?

4) Have you ever been heartbroken:
Ummm sorta not really

5) Do you love someone right now:

6) Have you ever fallen for a friend?
Probably don't really remember.

7) Are you afraid of commitment:
I was, but obviously not anymore. Guess it just took Mr. Right :-)

8) Do you believe in love at first sight?
Not at first sight. I think it can happen quickly and maybe even on the first date, but let's be realistic. We're all on our best behavior the first few months, after 4.5 years I think Mike's still figuring out the real me :D lol


1) Love or Money:

2) Coffee or alcohol:
Alcohol, don't like coffee.

3) One night stands or relationships:

4) Television or Internet:
Internet, you can watch tv on the world wide web!

5) Pepsi or cola:

6) Long night out or romantic night in:
Long night out

7) Phone or in Person:
In person


1) Have you ever been caught sneaking out:
Never tried it.

2) Have you ever skinny dipped:

3)Have you ever been on a house boat:

4) Have you ever finished an entire jawbreaker:

5) Have you ever colored your hair:
Never did until a couple of years ago and now it's always highlighted.

6) Have you ever been streaking:
Heck no!


1) Are you talking to anyone right now:

2) Are you German:

3) Are you Italian:

4) Are you French:

5) Are you Mexican:

6) Are you Dutch:

7) Are you Indian:
Native American, yes.

8) Are you Irish:

9) Are you Russian:

But I'm more Korean than I am anything else.


1) Do you get depressed about things easily:

2) Do you live life to the fullest?

3) Are you comfortable with the way you look:
I could still lose a few more pounds.

4) How do you dress?
Well I used to always dress up until we moved to Elko. My style has toned down quite a LOT. Now mostly comfy but I still like to dress up occassionally.

5) Are you scared of growing old alone:
Nope because I'm not gonna :-)

6) What do you want to be when you grow up?
A good mommy. I think that's my biggest fear.

7) Favorite season:
Summer!!! Actually I like them all. I just don't like winters here because it's TOO cold and it snows TOO much.

8) Are you a vegetarian:

Monday, September 1, 2008

Crazy Weather

I realize that there is crazy weather all over the nation right now but the weather here is, well, INSANE.

So yesterday it was 95 degrees and today it was 50 with a forecast for snow. We'll see if there's snow when we wake up in the morning. I'm sure there'll be some in the mountains if we don't see it in our back yard.

Isn't that just ridiculous? SNOW!! ALREADY!! In case I haven't mentioned it a million times.... I. hate. snow. It's cold and it sucks to drive in.