Thursday Thinking

This is a weekly series that I hope you will take part in. Basically, I will ask a question, you answer. Easy-peasy. ;) Sometimes the questions will be very simple and easy to answer in one word. Other times they may be more controversial and require a bit thought on your part.


What was your most memorable Halloween costume while growing up? Good or bad…

The one I remember the most was the year I went as a birthday present. We took a large box, cut holes in the sides and top, “wrapped” it in birthday paper, then once I put it on, we stuck a bow on my head.

What is sexy?

No worries, the blog you know and love has not taken a…ahem…different turn.

And yes, this question is relevant to a mommy blog.

What is sexy? Where does it come from?

I think the definition of sexy changes during different parts of our lives and changes based on our own experiences. I also think where  we think it comes from changes.

To one person, perhaps a girl in a bathing suit is sexy.

To another, maybe sexy is defined by a woman in a stained bathrobe rocking a newborn at 3am.

To a third, it may be the gray haired gentleman helping his wife out of the car.

Right now, at this moment in your life, what is sexy?

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I switched your coffee #PeetsCoffee #Cbias

Alaskans can tell fine differences in snow.

Wisconsinites can wax poetic about cheese

Texans can tell you all about the finer points of barbecue.

Floridians can spot all the different types of tourists.

I’m in Washington. What do we know?


We know the coffee. And the rain, but this particular post is about the coffee.

I have a love-hate relationship with coffee. I love coffee and hate when I run out. Coffee is my mommyjuice. It gets me up in the mornings, it keeps me company in the afternoons, it keeps me awake in the evenings. It is my love. My muse. My get up and go. My hand warmer, my forehead cooler. If you were to take a DNA analysis of me, I’m sure at least one part would be related to the coffee bean.

I was pretty excited when I was given the chance to try Peet’s Coffee.Peet’s is a brand that we have not tried yet. I was planning on pulling an old-fashioned coffee switch on my husband. I wasn’t going to tell him when or how, I just was.

But, as is often the case in our family, things took a different turn.

Faith has not been feeling well. Her Familial Mediterranean Fever cycle began. She was grumpy and feverish.  One of the few things that help her feel better during the cycle is hanging out in the bathtub. Since she can not run a bath, or even undress herself, she can’t be left alone in the tub. What that also means is that I spend my time hanging out in the bathroom also. Whoo-hoo. Not.

One morning she woke up extra grumpy. She wanted to rest in the tub NOW. Not after my coffee and breakfast. Not after I had a chance to get out of my jammies. NOW. So I got the water running, got the kiddo in the tub, and yelled down to Jimmy to please….please….PLEASE….bring me up a cup of coffee.

Little did I know, Jimmy had a Peet’s Coffee “Coffee Switch” of his own planned.

Jimmy made my coffee exactly how I like it. With one pump of sugar free caramel syrup and a hearty splash of creamer. I knew right away what he had done! The Peet’s coffee was a bigger, bolder flavor than my usual K-Cup. I usually drink Coffee People Donut House. It’s a medium roast that tends toward the lighter side. The Peet’s was a more intese, richer flavor. I really enjoyed the taste and it was a perfect start to our day.

What fun! I thought I was going to switch his coffee, and instead, he switched mine!

Follow along as I go on the hunt for Peet’s Coffee.

How do you usually take your coffee?

If you are interested in trying Peet’s Coffee for yourself, here is a $3 off coupon.

{This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

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Social anxiety and networking

Hello! Have we met? My name is Allison and I have severe social anxiety.

I know what you are thinking….. I’ve met you Mommy Rambles….I follow you on Twitter….We are Facebook friends….and you do NOT have social anxiety. You talk and laugh and make jokes….

The part of it that you don’t realize is it takes me hours of building myself up to even enter a social situation. And the entire time I am there, I am shaking and scanning for the nearest door. Or bathroom.

The main reason I love my blog and the Twitters is because I can connect with people without having to in person connect with people.

I have been invited to my very first bloggy function.

It’s a little one.

It’s close to home.

It would be amazing for beginning to network.

I was asked by someone I trust and who is my friend.

….so what’s the problem?

I am terrified.

Absolutely, completely, totally…..


You and “i” or MiEV (plus a little giveaway)

Recently Jimmy and I have been talking about the next step in our lives. We are less than a year away from retiring after 20 years in the Navy. It is an overwhelming time for us with so much to think about. One thing we are discussing is cars.

(If you are reading this, cover your eyes Andrea)

We have an older Toyota Corolla that Jimmy has been using as his commuter car. We are thinking about giving it to Andrea so she will have a car at college. Then we will get a new little commuter for Jimmy.

When I was contacted by Mitsubishi, it seemed to be a perfect time for us to check out the brand new Mitsubishi i.

What the heck is the Mitsubishi i???


The  first thing I would like to say about the “i” is….this car is CUTE. It’s all about the rounded edges and…well….cuteness. But, don’t think this is a chick car. Jimmy instantly liked the lines of it as well. It appealed to both of us equally. Opening the door, I was pleasantly surprised at how spacious the car was. Looking from the outside, you might think it would be cramped. It’s not. Four adults can comfortably fit. Starting this car is not what I expected. Turning the key results in a “click” like flipping a light switch! I actually asked our “i” specialist, who was along for the ride with us, if it was actually on! I’m serious when I say there was no sound at all. Pure silence. Part of me expected that when I moved the shift to “D” that it wouldn’t go anywhere….since it couldn’t possibly be running….but it did! And away we went!

The “i” has quite a bit of pep! It sprints forward smoothly, turns in tiny spaces and even has a back up camera! To be honest with you, if you are looking for horsepower or to be the first off the starting line, this is not going to be your car. The “i” gets up to speed at a decent clip, and has a top speed of just over 80 miles an hour. During my drive, which encompassed both twisty country roads and fast paced city driving, I found the “i” to be more than acceptable! I’m not a slow-poke driver, but I’m not a speed demon either.

Jimmy enjoyed his turn at the wheel also. And from the back seat, the “i” sounds exactly like the car from the Jetsons! I’m serious! Even if you are not in the market for an electric car, or any car, go take a test drive with someone just so you can sit in the back seat and listen.  Just like the Jetsons!!! This car was a blast to drive and is now sitting squarely at the top of our list of possible cars to purchase once we move.

Hey Jimmy! You grab that end, I'll grab this one and let's see if we can sneak it off the lot! They probably won't even notice!

More about the Mitsubishi i

The breakthrough Mitsubishi i is the most affordable 100% electric-powered mass-market production vehicle available in North America. Its starting MSRP IS $29,125 and the net MSRP* after federal tax credit is a very affordable $21,625 for the standard ES model and only $23,625 for the upgrade SE version, making the starting price for the all-new Mitsubishi i several thousand less than other mass produced electric vehicles available in the market.

 Powered by Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (MiEV) technology, the rear-wheel drive vehicle’s drive system includes a 49 kW (66 bhp) AC synchronous electric motor; an 88 cell, 330V lithium-ion battery pack for a peak storage of 16 kWh; and a single fixed-reduction gear transmission. This electric motor is capable of producing its peak torque of 145 lb.-ft. almost instantaneously when accelerating from a standstill; the vehicle has a top speed of approximately 80 mph.

 The driving range of the Mitsubishi i is a very robust EPA certified “real world” rating of 62 miles/charge. The Mitsubishi i can be recharged using three advantageous methods: A 240V/15A Level 2 home EVSE Eaton charging system (estimated charge time from completely empty battery to fully charged – 7 hours; charging method recommended by Mitsubishi), a CHAdeMO Level 3 public quick charging station (estimated charge time from very low battery to 80% full – 30 minutes; requires optional DC charging port available as an option), and through the conventional 120V/8A Level 1 portable charging cable that plugs into a standard wall outlet (estimated charge time from very low battery to full charge – 22.5 hours; included on all Mitsubishi i models).

 The Mitsubishi i may be compact in its overall dimensions, but this EV’s clever packaging and design make for very roomy and comfortable accommodations for four adult-size passengers. With its relatively tall roofline, rear-mounted electric motor and battery pack placed safely and securely in a watertight, stainless-steel safety cell underneath the floor of the passenger compartment, even the rear passengers will experience an exceptionally satisfying degree of legroom. There’s even a small cargo area at the back of the vehicle that is more than capable of carrying numerous bags of groceries or purchases from the local mall. And with the 50/50 rear seats folded flat, the cargo capacity expands greatly, allowing the Mitsubishi i to become the preferred vehicle for weekend trips for bulkier items at a discount warehouse or home improvement retailer.

 Mitsubishi anticipates an initial rollout of their game-changing EV into its dealership network in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii by November 2011, followed by the northeastern U.S. market by March 2012 with nationwide availability expected by December 2012.

 For more on the Mitsubishi i, visit and

And just because it’s Friday, and I’m in an eco-friendly state of mind, let’s do a giveaway. FOUR winners will each receive a package of Seed Bombs and a Northwest Produce calendar.

The seed bombs are cool little clusters of wildflower seeds that you just throw outside and they grow. (I’m anxious to try these…) and the calendar shows what produce in season each month and the proper time to plant. It’s a neat reference.

Just leave me a comment below. Tell me anything…. How is your day going? Plans for the weekend? Whatcha making for dinner?

One comment per person only, please.

This giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on October 26th, 2011. I will use to chose four winners from all comments. Winners will be posted on October 27th. Winners will then have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be drawn. (Update – Oh to heck with it….you all won!)

Mommy Rambles was provided a gift basket in exchange for test drive this car. However all thoughts and opinons are my own and were not influenced in any way. It’s a cute car, seriously!

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Thursday Thinking #19

This is a weekly series that I hope you will take part in. Basically, I will ask a question, you answer. Easy-peasy. ;) Sometimes the questions will be very simple and easy to answer in one word. Other times they may be more controversial and require a bit thought on your part.


If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I would like the ability to have the exact amount of money I needed every time I opened my wallet. Not any more than what I needed, not less, but the exact amount. Groceries total $95.99. Well looky there, I have exactly $95.99. Kiddos tuition bill come in $3028 more than expected because the GI Bill made a change we didn’t know about? Hey, I happen to have $3028 right here. And I wouldn’t even abuse it by confusing wants with needs. It would only work for needs.

So, who’s in charge of superpowers? Can I talk to them?

My John Hancock

OPSEC and Ham

For my fellow Military wives :::
OPSEC by Dr. S!
I am Sam.
Sam I am.
Do you like OPSEC and ham?
I do not get it, Sam I am.
I do not get OPSEC and ham.
We must use it here and there.
We must use it everywhere.
You CAN share it in a car.
But you CANNOT in a bar.
You CANNOT share it in a text.
You CANNOT share it at the NEX.
You CAN say it in your house.
But should NOT tell a random spouse.
You CAN say it in the shower.
But do NOT go sharing at happy hour.
DON’T make the Ombudsman sweat.
DON’T post it on the internet.
You CANNOT share it in a tweet.
That would not be very sweet.
Beware of Facebook and Myspace too.
It’s tempting to let your feelings through.
You Cannot tell it to a friend.
NOT even at the very end.
It is a privilege to know a date.
DON’T tell ANYONE or they may be late!
Oh, I get it, Sam I am.
Now I get OPSEC and ham!
I will not tell anyone.
I will keep hushed until they’re done!
I will not tell him or her.
I will not tell my dog with fur.
I will not tell my child’s teacher.
I will not tell any creature.
Thank you, THANK YOU, Sam I am.
Thank you for clearing up OPSEC and Ham!!!

I am not Pioneer, but I am Woman

What am I doing wrong?

I can cook. I can cook well.

But this one recipe is beating me. Ok, maybe that’s not quite true. I can make this Chicken Pot Pie. But when I try to double it, it fails me. The obvious answer is…

Well, don’t double it then.

But it’s not that easy.

I am lazy.

If I have to stand there and chop up a billion carrots, then I may as well chop 2 billion carrots and freeze half so I can be extra lazy on another night.

But every time I try to double this pot pie filling, it turns out like soup. What am I doing wrong???

Original recipe calls for 2 C chicken broth, 1 C heavy cream, 1/4 C white wine and 1/4 C flour.

To double, you would think that you just…well…double it.

When I did, it became soup. Tasty, yummy soup, but still soup.

Next try…. I used the same “doubled” liquids but upped the flour to 3/4 C.

It was chowder.

Yesterday I dropped the liquid to 3 C broth, 1/2 C wine and 1 C Cream then upped the flour to 1 C.

WTHeck. Still chowder. A thick chowder, but not Pot Pie material.



Thursday Thinking #18

This is a weekly series that I hope you will take part in. Basically, I will ask a question, you answer. Easy-peasy. ;) Sometimes the questions will be very simple and easy to answer in one word. Other times they may be more controversial and require a bit thought on your part.


What is the one item of clothing you wear the most? 

I have a pair of threadbare fleece yoga pants. I wear them all the time. As a matter of fact, about the only time I’m not wearing them is when they are in the washer or when society dictates that I must wear real pants. Stupid society.

My John Hancock