My Mea Culpa to Jeffrey Donovan

Posted in Uncategorized on August 3, 2012 by swinglizrd

Ok…  I admit it.

In  I expressed disappointment in Mr. Donovan’s acting ability.  Well folks, HE DUN GOT ME GOOD!

This season has been incredible and he has impressed me episode after episode.  After the last two episodes *I wont spoil it for the kiddos that havent seen it* I have been left in tears.

Burn Notice is one of THE best shows on television right now!

love as thou wilt,



Study of Zombie Gnomes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 1, 2012 by swinglizrd

When my husband and i bought the house we are currently living in, the people that moved out left these amazing garden gnomes in the yard.  I am in love with these things.  They were always kinda ratty, but they have recently gotten incredibly, gorgeously ratty.  


This guy has got to be the leader.  He just seems like an alpha kinda guy.  With his ax and jaunty little smile, he knows he’s in charge. *oh yeah.. in charge of ripping your limbs off*


Here is my wise one.  He’s got his pipe ready to be lit, and all he wants is to stay in his little cabin and read by the fire.  *all the while thinking of eating your brains*


This one?  He’s the derpy cousin.  He got his arm ripped off along with its shiny lantern in a freak mining accident and has never been the same.  *he’ll just shamble along after the others hoping for some scraps of your intestines*

What do you guys think?  I’m thinking i wont be able to sleep… Cuz the zombie Gnomes will eat me.

Love as thou wilt,


haven’t even finished the damn book yet!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2012 by swinglizrd

YAY!  Got my copy of The Bloggess’ book “Lets pretend this never happened”.  Lets just say i had to put it down because my face started getting sore.

I have not laughed this hard whilst reading a book. EVER.

Folks, when i say this book has everything…. i do mean everything.  Jenny manages to touch on everything from dead squirrel puppets to why Neil Patrick Harris would be the best serial killer of all time. 

And ya’ll… i’m not even halfway through the damn thing.

I’ll write a real post on it when i finish… which looks to be pretty quickly since i’m having a hard time not reading it!

Love as thou wilt,


Oh… HAI… sorry I’ve been gone!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2012 by swinglizrd

So hi!  It’s been a while ya’ll.  No excuses for me not writing.  I just distracted by the holidays, then lazy with everything else.  I had an inspiring weekend as far as cooking was concerned and i made a few amazing things.  

  • Asiago Cheese bread.  WOW.
  • Veggi Marinara with linguine and garlic bread.  Zuchinni, mushrooms, green peppers and LOTS of tomatoes
  • Taco Meatloaf.  I kid you not.  I served it with a corn tomato salad and it was epic. 
  • Loaf of whole wheat bread. *my  bread machine got a workout!*
  • Balsamic marinade that was to die for on some steaks that hubby grilled.  I have been deemed by myself and my hubby… the… MISTRESS OF MARINADE!!!!! *cue rock guitar riff*.

The story behind the mistress of marinade title is this…. The past few weeks i have tweeked some really great vinegars, oils, and other elements to create some really great and tasty liquid gold. My hubby was hanging out with me in the kitchen whilst the asiago cheese bread was baking in my bread machine.  He gave the machine a little caress… then a hug.  Yes my dear friends… my husband HUGGED my bread machine.  Then he proceeds to tell me that i am the breadmaker’s APPRENTICE… I gave him a strategic finger and said… WELL.. I’m the MISTRESS OF MARINADE!! MUAH HAHAHAHAHA! BOW BEFORE ME!…. yup..

Well i am… and mine is an evil laugh.  

so my dear friends, all of that is to say that i am back.  Hopefully my depression doesn’t get the better of me and make me curl up into a ball again.  

Another thing.. I’m taking a class called “Write That Novel”.  I have come up with more ideas and now i have 3 trilogies in my brain, plus a couple of plays, PLUS a screenplay that i’m trying to write that was my hubby’s idea.  Hubby and i also bought this incredible camera for ourselves for Christmas, so i’m dying to learn how to take incredible pictures, AND…, well… Hubby bought me a gun for my birthday.  I am now over my irrational fear of shooting guns and begging him every weekend to go outside and shoot the hell out of some bottles and cans.    

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, and i like it.

Love as thou wilt,


Adventures in Eastover

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2011 by swinglizrd

Went to the Dollar General to pick up some snacks and was standing in line to pay.  Glancing around i saw a little girl, no more than 2 years old, take a toy gun up to a man. He proceeds to say…

“You don’t need no toy gun.. go put it back.. We got a real one at home to play with.”


……  what…….

I’m all for teaching kids gun safety when there are guns in the home…. BUT.

He might have been joking, but there werent any other adults around but me to hear him, and he said it with a straight face… wow.

love as thou wilt,


Ahhh…. Abdominal pain.

Posted in BLARG!!!, Poor Poor Liz, Ranting, Self indulgent Tripe with tags , , , , on October 13, 2011 by swinglizrd

Sooooo… What a week so far…

It started on Sunday afternoon.  I ate lunch, a yummy chicken gyro type flatbread.  It had a balsamic chicken, lettuce, cucumber, a bit of garlic aoli and a drizzle of fattoush dressing.  YumO.

A bit after that I started feeling some, what I thought, was indigestion.  I thought it was just a pretty bad case of it and took some acid reducer and tried to just drink water.  The pain continued and got worse over the course of the night and by Monday morning I figured I should try to go to the Dr.  So that was *Count voice* “ONE… ONE SLEEPLESS NIGHT, ah ah… “.  There wasnt an appointment until the next day, so I decided to wait rather than go to “Doc in the Box”.  I figured if things got bad I would head to the ER or call the ambulance.  All day Monday all I had to “eat” was a glass of V8 Fruit Fusion *yum*, and a glass of Chocolate Lactaid *yum again*.  I had so much pressure and bloating in my abdomen with waves of gnawing pain I did NOT want to put anything else in there.  So I just tried to stay hydrated.  The pain came and went and my belly was not feeling good at all.

*Here is where I tell you a bit more about my anxieties.  As I have mentioned before, I am a hypochondriac.  Hypochondriac+internet+time along= TOO much self diagnosis.  I decided that it was probably had appendicitis and I was going to end up the next day having to go immediately to the hospital for emergency surgery.  Point number 2 in my crazy,  I have a phobia of hospitals and especially me possibly having to submit to treatment in said hospitals.  I have so far in my life never had any type of surgery or even had to stay overnight in a hospital.  I’m lucky I know, and when I eventually get prego, i will be in therapy getting through THAT phobia.*

ANYWHO, back to Monday.

All day Monday I am trying to get things ready to go on our vacation for which we were supposed to leave on Thursday (we postponed…).  Trying to do laundry get some cleaning done and all with pretty damn bad abdominal pain.  I finally give up and just sit on my ass and watch tv…   try to go to bed, but… very little sleep occurs *cue the Count*  TWO… TWO sleepless nights… AHAHAHA! (The Count might die soon.. just sayin…)

I “wake up” on Tuesday morning and take care of pups and  feeling less pain and just a lot of discomfort and bloating.  The pain surfaces every so often as painful hunger pangs and my anxiety is still pretty high.  I’ve been feeling a bit of nausea but no vomiting.  Sooo.. My mom comes and picks me up for my appointment.  I was so tired by this point I didn’t trust myself to drive.

Pretty standard scene in the office.  The Dr. pokes around my belly, asks me the questions and I’m doing my best to explain how I’m feeling… “Ok Liz.. Its one of 2 things… an ulcer or Gallstones”…. The dreaded G word.  Hypochondriacs know in advance the options that will probably be offered them.  Here is the thing, gallstones are not like kidney stones.. you do not pass gallstones. You have to have…………………………………………………………………………… Surgery.

Of course the freaking out immediately starts in my head… The dr proceeds to want to schedule an Ultrasound for the next day… Ok never had one.. whatever… ack…

*BANG* (sorry just shot The Count)  Cue ANOTHER sleepless night.

Wed. Morning 10am… Ultrasound place.

Yeah that is one uncomfortable experience.  When you have pressure already in your belly area, and the tech is pressing really hard over everything including your ribs (sore today still) it is not a fun time.

So throughout all that my brain has gone from appendicitis to gallstones and of course the dreaded cancer idea popped into my traitorous brain.  I head home to await the results of the test, as the doc said she would put a rush on them. *love my doc BTW*

A few hours later and I’m making my tiny bland lunch (oh yeah, by this time I have had VERY little to eat… ) Doc calls and says “NO GALLSTONES!” (read NO SURGERY!).  So she tells me to take the Prilosec twice a day and be careful with my eating… No caffeine *not too hard for me* , No Alcohol *yeah… a BIT harder*… No spicy or over acidic… blah blah blah….

By this time i am exhausted and still in discomfort.  I call hubby and we cancel the trip until after my check up in 2 weeks.  I feel horrible about not going, but feeling so incredibly tired, ill, and emotionally drained.  Luckily we were planning on driving so no airline tickets lost.

So,  If anyone knows any good recipes or has any tips on living with an ulcer, please let me know!  I’m scouring the interwebz and not finding much help with specific ideas and recipes.  It’s all just what to avoid.. UGH!

So thanks to all who were thinking of me and praying for me.

Love as thou wilt,


Confession time…

Posted in BLARG!!!, FEED ME, Ranting, Self indulgent Tripe with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by swinglizrd

Ok y’all… (I’m allowed.. I’m a southern gal)

I have a confession…  For you foodies and health nuts, hold onto your hats and don’t be a hater…

All my life, the ONLY way i have ever really enjoyed veggies is with ranch dressing slathered on them… Yeah, I’m that kid/gal/woman…. I get disapproving stares and nicknames like “The Condiment Queen”.  I have also almost got into fisticuffs with a Subway owner when I asked for extra mayo… that is another story entirely.

well my dear readers, I actually ate a veggie the other night WITHOUT ranch dressing.  I think my husband nearly had a heart attack.  We concocted a meal that required NO ranch and only a dollop of sour cream. (It starts with a spoon and a dollop.. a dollop.. a dollop.. of Daisy…)  The menu was as follows :

  • steaks- incredibly seasoned and grilled  by my dear hubby.. My in home grill master.
  • Twice baked “scalloped” potatoes. (This was the dollop of sour cream.. really.. what is a potato without sour cream?)
  • Roasted Asparagus

The roasted asparagus was gone immediately.  It smelled so incredible while cooking and it was SO very easy.  Hubby and i are now sold on the properties of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.  Even with a pinch of this expensive (well to me.. 13 dollars for a cheese was definitely a splurge) cheese this asparagus dish was transformed into heaven.  I have no pics mainly because the stuff got eaten so quickly, and i have crappy cameras and i am SO very ashamed of my picture-taking ability, BUT.. here is what I did to it… If you are bored by veggies, THIS is a recipe to try.


  • Asparagus (duh)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (do NOT skimp on this.. regular Parmesan would not have enough flavor)

Preheat your oven to 400.

Place asparagus on a pan or baking sheet then drizzle with olive oil.  Salt and pepper to your taste.  We love fresh ground salt and pepper so I’m not sure the table kind would do well.  To each his own though.

Cook for 15-20 minutes depending on how you like your asparagus.

Take that tasty green heaven out of the oven and squeeze a bit of lemon juice all over.  Grate a bit of that fancy cheese over it and DONE.. Serve it up!

I promise you, if you love asparagus you NEED to eat it this way… IN.CRED.IBLE.

I think i am going to try to roast some green beans this way.  Anyone else have any suggestions on other veggies that might be good prepared this way?

love as thou wilt,