Things that make me smile

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  1. Skinny girls with cellulite
  2. Cool-as-a-cucumber people who experience moments of insanity
  3. Spotting bunnies on my morning run
  4. Watching Penny get yanked back on her leash when attempting to chase said bunnies
  5. Babies laughing
  6. Babies sleeping
  7. Quiet mornings with my cup of coffee, just before the rest of the house wakes up
  8. Brilliant people who can’t spell
  9. Friends who clean up after dinner when I’ve asked them not to
  10. BFF (big fat friend)
  11. Jillian Michaels who after 20 days of her 30-day Shred tells me that by now I should be seeing a 6-pack
  12. A young couple going on vacation alone without their 6 children
  13. Birthdays, especially mine
  14. Scoring 102 points on a 4- letter word on Words with Friends
  15. Harry Potter July 15

Appreciating the little things ….

Penny meets American Girl accessories

Penny broke her leg the other day. She won’t fess up as to how she did it. I suspect it had something to do with that skateboard trick (the KickFlip) she’s been trying to perfect.

Lucky for her we had the American Girl Feel Better First Aid Kit for Dogs Dolls laying around, ready to help get her quickly on the mend.

I got sick of hearing her walk around at night with that damn cast banging against the tile.

So … she’s learned how to use the crutch.

Eggcellent chocolate cream pie

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I made this unbelievable chocolate cream pie the other day. I actually made two of them in preparation for a BBQ we were having at our house. Turns out that you have to let these beauties sit for a total of 8 hours (2 hours for the custard to cool; then 6 for it to set). Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I hadn’t  read that before embarking on my baking adventure, and so ended up with 2 pies.

Lucky for my neighbors I was feeling generous and so gifted them one. Had I tasted it first, I WOULD HAVE KEPT THAT ONE TOO!!

This was so good that I’d make it again in a heartbeat. It was easy too.

My youngest thought it was too “chocolate-y”. (This is where teeny tiny Ana living in my brain, who knows to keep her mouth shut so as to not hurt her children’s feelings, would say, “PUHLEEEEEASE!!! What do you know about ‘chocolate-y’?! YOU’RE EIGHT!!! Go play with your dolls!’). In this case though, I would agree with her. (Teeny tiny Ana living in my brain… silenced.)

Next time I’d do half bittersweet chocolate and half milk chocolate.

The only thing I changed was I didn’t make a crust.

Why make a crust when there’s Oreo cookie crust?!

Yummy!

Tennis balls gone bad

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Mmmmm, this is so wrong.

Thirty-first ranked Bethanie Mattek-Sands wore this get-up at a Wimbledon player’s party. The dress is designed by Lady Gaga’s designer, Alex Noble.

Do you think that Noble ever laughs at his creations? Laughs at the fact that people are willing to pay for them?

In this case below, I don’t know what’s worse. Her dress, or his pants … or shirt … or shoes … or jacket.

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