Friday Footnotes – Sept 4

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I’ve kicked the sinusitis & cough. I think part of it may have been a side effect of my blood pressure meds. So I tried to go off of it for a few days. Sure enough, I can breathe better. Hmmm. I need to just get a hold of my health so that I don’t need to be taking extra meds.

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Had some friends over on Sunday for the MTV Video Awards. But then, someone hurt themselves and we went to the er. I swear these kids need to be bubble wrapped. Everyone will be ok though, thank God. But now we all know the phrase “What’s good?”  MTV is so educational. 



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I’ve been working on a blog post about my experience Panic Attacks. I can only do it a little bit at a time. Because it turns out talking about Panic makes me a bit Panicky. 

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If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you know the story of Marco and me. We dated way back in college and then, thanks to Facebook, we found our way back to each other again. Yesterday we found a friend of ours who was a big Marco-Lex supporter. We are both so excited to be back in touch with her. I’m really hoping she happens to have some old photos of us. Because we don’t. Super sad about that. 

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My friend Pauline wrote a book. I’m super excited for her. Pre-orders are available now! 

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Oh hey, I got a Tumblr. I still don’t get it but I’m there. 

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Friday Footnotes – the 1st

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I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while. Just an end of the week brain dump. It’s late tonight to start asking you to join in, but starting next week I’ll be doing it weekly with a link up for you to join in.


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This week has had its shares of ups and downs. I’m still fighting the sinusitis. I’m coughing like crazy. And then on Wednesday, we had a fire drill at work and I had to walk down nine flights of stairs. Taking deep breaths makes me cough more. And that day did me in. So, today I went to the Dr to make sure my lung wasn’t going to come flying out. I’m ok. Just coughing. Rest, fluids, and the good cough meds. 

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The twins were auditioning for stuff. We walk in and the guy tries to take their video shot and ask them questions and they are more interested in checking out their surroundings and acting like Minions. So, I’m not sure if they will want to keep doing this. They love going to set though and actually doing a scene. We had one audition and a call back this week. The call back was a fiasco. But that’s ok. They are 4 years old and that’s how kids are. And if you ask them, they’ll say they had fun that day. 

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading this year. Are you following me on Goodreads? 

I’m currently reading Beautiful Creatures and I’m hooked on the story. Being a mom to a teen has gotten me into a lot of YA stuff. It’s fun comparing notes with her. 

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Do you happen to be a mom to small kids? Maybe you can give me some tips on getting them to sleep in their own bed. I thought that since the twins had each other, they’d be ok sleeping together on their own. Nope, they prefer to be with me. Eh, they’re only little for a short time. 

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And that’s a wrap for this week. I just love Fridays. Are you looking for a blog to read? Check out my friend Briya

Beating Sinusitus

Sinusitis has been kicking my ass and making me crazy.

But I’m doing my best to hang in there. Or I was doing my best. Until my body said, I don’t think so, lady. And my ass was kicked down some more.

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So, sinusitis. Upper respiratory whatever thing. It all sucks.

  • Sinus headache.
  • Face pain.
  • Puffy nose.
  • Nasty cough.
  • More headache.
  • Lots of tissues.
  • Phlegm. (one of my least favorite words)


  • Exhaustion.


When I first started feeling sick, I wanted my mommy. But then I remembered I’m the mommy.

Chicken Soup - Caldo de Pollo

Caldo de Pollo

So I sent Marco to the store for ingredients and I made my super special caldo de pollo (chicken soup).

And I felt better. For like a couple of hours.

But this was more than just a cold. This was a sneaky, burrowing, make itself at home, virus plus infection.

I called the dr for an appointment and was given this brand new service called a Phone Appointment. I talked to the dr, described my symptoms, through some lovely coughing effects, and boom, he sent my prescription over to the pharmacy and I didn’t even have to get out of my jammies. Marco went to pick it up for me. (And then back again because they didn’t give him everything.)

Now here I am days later, still sick. A teensy bit better, but I have zero energy.

I did nothing but rest all weekend because I can’t miss work anymore because of this stupid illness.

Days off should be for fun and stuff!

I’ll probably make some more soup, just for good measure. The last time I faced a bout with a sinus infection, the cough lasted for weeks on end.

What makes you feel better when you’re sick?  

Spaghetti and Stuff in 30 Minutes

Spaghetti and Stuff in 30 Minutes

Spaghetti and Stuff sounds like a perfect family meal, right?

It was dinner time. And though I wasn’t in the mood to cook, I had some ground turkey already thawed that I couldn’t let go to waste. I wasn’t in the mood for tacos. Or meatloaf. Or burgers, because we had just had sloppy joes the night before. I thought maybe something with potatoes, but then I realized we didn’t have any. So I looked around the pantry and fridge and threw something together.

I had some spaghetti, so I set that to boil with a splash of olive oil.

I browned the ground turkey and seasoned it with about a teaspoon of Italian dressing packet and ground black pepper. 

I found a can of stewed tomatoes with oregano and basil, so I added that to the meat. And then I threw in about a cup of frozen spinach. (If I had fresh tomatoes and spinach, that probably would work too, but I was dealing with what was on hand.) I added a clove of chopped garlic. 

Ground Turkey with Tomato and Spinach

Ground Turkey with Tomato and Spinach

I lowered the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. When the pasta was done I added it to the meat pan along with some of the pasta water (about half a cup). And let it simmer a bit more.

Finally, I served it up with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese.

And here’s the thing, it’s a totally versatile dish! I can add other vegetables, like zucchini, green beans, asparagus, or whatever sounds good. I can spice it up with some jalapeño, red chili flakes, or sriracha. Instead of ground turkey, I can use chicken, ground beef, or sausage. Or no meat at all! 

The twins love eating spaghetti and stuff

The Twins Love It

A big hit with everyone and a new 30 minute dish to add to our menu rotation. I love it when that happens.


Spaghetti & Stuff
Spaghetti with ground turkey, tomatoes, and spinach. A delicious versatile easy dinner in about 30 minutes.
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  1. Spaghetti
  2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  3. Ground Turkey
  4. Italian Dressing Seasoning (1 tsp or to taste)
  5. Ground Black Pepper
  6. Can of Chopped Tomatoes with Basil and Oregano
  7. Chopped Spinach (frozen or fresh)
  8. Garlic Clove (or 1 tsp chopped garlic)
  9. Parmesan Cheese
  1. Boil the pasta as directed on the package, adding 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the water.
  2. Brown the ground turkey and Season the meat with the Italian Dressing and Ground Pepper
  3. Add a can of chopped tomatoes with oregano and basil
  4. Add a cup of chopped spinach and mix
  5. Let the meat mixture simmer on low heat for 15 minutes
  6. Add the cooked pasta with about half a cup of the pasta water to the meat mixture and stir
  7. Let simmer another 5-10 minutes
  8. Top with grated Parmesan and serve!
  1. Other Options: Add or substitute other vegetables, Substitute chicken, ground beef or sausage for the meat, or make it a vegetarian meal and use all vegetables
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