Archive for March, 2010

Anticipation of a Great Week

  • new house keys on Tuesday afternoon
  • lunch with my mama on Wednesday or Thursday, midday
  • Indigo Girls @ The State on Friday night
  • maybe a little time snuck in with my best friend during the week or on Saturday
  • bowling with my friends on Saturday night
  • French films @ The State on Sunday afternoon (free tickets!)

Hello week! I am excited for you!


Love Where You Are

Spend some time just enjoying where you are. There’s something wonderful about your location. Enjoy it.

In my neck of the woods, it’s daffodils, a concert, an old friend (hopefully) coming to visit, our favorite Greek restaurant, the bead store I’ve visited for the last 15 years, a free art gallery, time snuggling on the couch & a walk in the sunshine.

Have a great time loving your life & city.

Current Loves

  • smart crime solving shows like Numb3rs (yes, I forgive the questionable E as 3), Bones & NCIS (guilty pleasure, I know)
  • looking up art prints on Etsy (hoping the new house will happen & we’ll have walls to fill) – particularly entranced with dandelions & prints made of colorful dots (don’t ask)


  • the idea of possibly winning money at Bunco tomorrow night (however unlikely that outcome actually is)
  • the idea of rearranging our furniture in a new location
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • puppies
  • She & Him’s new song “In the Sun

Connect Four

I play this game with my husband very, very occasionally. One of the reasons why we don’t play it more often is because he feels sorry for me. Invariably, this is how our games go:

  • We begin evenly – blocking each other’s plays.
  • I think of an absolutely brilliant plan that will trap him into assisting my win.
  • He notices what I’m doing and counters it.
  • I don’t notice his counter, get disproportionately excited about how I’m going to win.
  • I lose.

I am a good strategist, adept at many games. However, something about this game just baffles me. Luckily, my husband will only play this with me infrequently, which I really appreciate. Last night, while waiting for the peanut butter cookies to come out of the oven, I talked him into a game. I was so excited that I was shaking the game as I held it. I almost had the win. Almost apologetically, he beat me yet again. Maybe next time (but probably not)!

Raisin Bran Muffins

My mom used to make these muffins when I was growing up. My Great-Uncle Harry loved them so much that my mom only made it in bulk & she’d send a large portion of batter home with him so that he could enjoy them again at home. Be careful. You will certainly want to cut down the recipe if you are making it for yourself. It makes several dozen muffins.

  • 3c sugar
  • 1qt buttermilk
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1c oil
  • 5c flour
  • 5t baking soda
  • 2t salt

Sift the dry ingredients together. Add everything else. Combine. Add one 15oz package of Raisin Bran. Mix thoroughly. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Use as needed – will keep a couple of weeks. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.


I cannot stop watching videos at Today’s Big Thing. It’s an addiction. I have sent a combined total of 50+ videos in emails, instant messages & links on the walls of people’s social networking sites. I can’t stop. My name is Ellen, and I have an addiction.

Okay, but I have to show just one, right?!


I am…

  • wrapped in a blanket
  • always awake when my husband gets up
  • excited about the upcoming live events at The State
  • happy that a random restaurant find (Fisherman’s Galley) turned out so well (great bread, soup, fish, service)
  • contemplating tempting fate & beginning to pack for our possible impending move
  • looking for new auto insurance
  • volunteering at the library tomorrow
  • waiting until my husband leaves for work before bursting (inexplicably) into song