Sunday, September 16, 2012

Eating Breakfast the Upper Crust Style

There is a little gem in Raleigh which I have fallen in love with, Lafayette Village.  So much so I could probably move in there.  So when Texter and I were looking for a spot of breakfast before errand running on Saturday, we stopped at Upper Crust Pie and Bakery.  Actually, Texter (and baby) were craving chocolate meringue pie and I didn’t have the time, ingredients or desire to make one for her.  I thought of this pie shop (which I had never actually been in) and off we went.

Caitlan is in thralled with the cakes and pies.  As you can see, Texter was enthralled with the bakery case while we were waiting for our breakfast to be served.  This is what she was in awe of….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Yep, just a few goodies I wouldn’t mind taking home with me.  Actually, at 8:30 a.m., these pumpkin Napoleons looked pretty darn good. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We both had French Toast for breakfast.  I had the ‘plain’ French toast and she had the Nutella stuffed French toast.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  My toast was wonderful.  It was warm, tender and I couldn’t shove it in my mouth fast enough.  I was trying to be cool, like I ate at something other than McDonalds for breakfast, but it was too good.  At first I thought the amount of syrup they gave me was a little skimpy, but it was more than enough.  The strawberries were sliced so I could remove the hull and have a bite with my toast.   Then there was Texter’s Nutella Stuffed French toast…..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  First off, we are not a family to shy away from sweets.  I am personally responsible for keeping the per capita consumption of sugar high.  However, it was all she could do to make it through one slice of the toast.  Not only was it stuffed, but they also put chocolate chips on top of each slice.  This is definitely a meal you share with at least one other person and have a large glass of milk with.  She and ‘Gomer’ enjoyed every bite and it satisfied her craving for chocolate meringue pie for the moment.

As we left to wander briefly around the center (Texter hadn’t been there before), there was a table set up outside (the weather was beautiful) for a party that was coming in.  Savvy would be sitting down here in a heartbeat!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  So after a wonderful breakfast and start to a lovely day, we left to start our errands.  More about the “under $50 maternity ball gown” later.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Who? Or rather What?

School in full force.  Have Texter here for 3 weeks while Gibbs in Colorado training.  Actually, I have both her and dog (Amani) here.  So full house with a full schedule.  But wanted to display one of my homework assignments.

Hudgins_composition  We had to take certain elements we were given and make a picture.  So here is my “What Owl”.   

Back to the books…….

Saturday, September 01, 2012


I am a life long nail biter.  I was never one to bite my nails down to the quick, but I definitely never had nails.  I tried all those nail biting things which were suppose to deter you from biting and nothing worked.  I could go a few days and then….nom, nom, nom.  No nails for me.  So when Savvy was here in July, I once again decided to put nail polish on my nails and give it a try for a few days.  And imagine my surprise!

P8310001  Yep.  Nails!  I have not bitten my nails in almost 2 months.  Now they still have the strength of paper, but I have nails. (Yes, I could use a manicure, but that is my birthday gift to myself.)  But I have not even had a desire to bit them.  Go figure.  Here I am turning 55 shortly and finally, after decades, have nails.  The other hand is the same except for 1 nail which broke off and not between my teeth.

But I have learned there is a downside to having nails. 

1.  Where did all that junk come from to get under my nails?  I can’t cook, work in the yard, craft without stuff getting  under my nails.

2.  You have to keep polish on them (or at least I do to give them any support).

3.  When you have an itch, you can hurt yourself scratching.

4.  Typing is weird now.  There is a ‘click, click, click’ on the keyboard that wasn’t there before.

5.  Opening pull tabs is a little awkward.

6.  The fingernail polish you put on and hate is the one color everyone else comments on and ‘loves’.

So after 2 months without biting, I think that now means I have established a new habit.  Don’t know why, but I’m not questioning it.  Now if I can learn not to eat sugar!