#Project365: Dell is still dying… (147/365)

I’ve already replaced the A/C adapter (last fall), so I decided to replace the batter to give Mr. Dell a little more shelf-life.  Luckily for me the battery arrived 60% charged, since IT IS STILL NOT CHARGING.   So, at least I have enough juice to use my computer for a little while longer without worrying about bumping it and having to restart after some cord wiggling.  This makes me miserable.  Now I just have to make sure I shut it down all the way every time instead of leaving it in a nice little slumber the way I used to.

Hold on, Mr. Dell, just a little bit longer.


#Project365: Creepy Shrouded Bridge (144/365)

Jess, if you’re reading this, this one’s for you!  (muhahahaha)

Due to the current Cape Fear Memorial Bridge paint project, I get to spend my mornings getting creeped out by the gauzy sheets covering the inbound side.  It’s kind of hard to explain, but the bridge’s new “shroud” just makes me hyper-aware of the fact that I’m crossing over a big, old, rickety beast four times a day.   It was a cloudy day, else I would have made sure to get the sun coming up behind the sheets, giving it some extra spook.

I would like to take a moment to apologize to my husband, who gets pissed when he sees I’m taking pictures while driving…

#97: Buy a bra & panty set that matches (also #project365 (141/365))

Other than having black bras and a bunch of black underwear (which in my opinion doesn’t count), I have absolutely no bra/panty sets that actually are meant to go together.  Just not a priority to me.  Still, I guess in my crazy mind I thought it was important enough back in January 2009 to put it on my 101 list.  Therefore, I present to you….


No, I would never subject you to a picture of me actually wearing said undergarments, so you’ll have to admire the lovely lace and satin.

Oooo la la.

#Project365: Book rut (140/365)

Have you wondered why I haven’t done a book review in a while?  THIS is the culprit:

This book is so hyped right now.  There are sequels already published and movies being made.  So, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, why am I just not that into you?

I have been reading this book (which is not even 600 pages long, by the way) for nearly 3 months.    Only around page FOUR HUNDRED did I start to get that familiar feeling of wanting to stop what I’m doing so I can sneak off somewhere and read what happens next.  Even then, I wasn’t blown away.  I’m about 50 pages from the end, and to be honest I think I’m just going to be relieved I got through it.  Unless I am left with the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers, I’m not so sure I’ll pick up the next one.

Next up?  Another first in a series, called Shiver.  This has been recommended by several friends and is supposed to be a quick read.  I’ll let you know.

#Project365: Save me, Seagate! (139/365)

My Dell is dying.

My old Dell laptop started dying around year 3 and I finally gave up on it a year later.  I’m not quite ready to give up on this one yet since it’s only 2 1/2 years old.  However, it’s started to really piss me off, to be honest.

Plugged in, not charging.

Plugged in, not charging.


My battery only sometimes charges.  I made the mistake a few days ago of forgetting to check to see if the power cord was plugged in before going to bed.  Now the battery is completely drained and absolutely refusing to charge.  I’ve tried all of the troubleshooting, tried purchasing a new AC Adapter, etc.  Right now it works, but only plugged in and holding my breath just right.  I ordered a new battery to try to hold on a little longer, but the prognosis probably isn’t good.  I’m just not ready to give up on a computer that is still super-speedy, and I’m not willing to pile a bunch of money into a sinking ship.

So, just in case , I ordered a 1TB portable hard drive and I transferred everything over.  My goods are safe on the Seagate.  I hope.

Any other Dell owners have a solution for me to try?

#Project365: Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Chicken (137/365)

Technically, this was more of an assembly than a real cooking project.  Literally nothing was homemade because I’m just not there yet.  I looked up a recipe for just general baked chicken breasts, then added my own ingredients that I happened to be craving.  A local restaurant, The Copper Penny, makes the BEST chicken sandwich with pesto and roasted red peppers.  Since I’m still watching what I eat, I made my own version, minus the sandwich part.  Here’s what I did:

Covered a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Pre-heated oven to 400 degrees.

Put 3 chicken breasts in a ziplock bag with about 4-5oz pesto (I bought it pre-made) and rolled them around until they were thoroughly covered.

Placed on baking sheet, cooked for 30 minutes.

Removed from oven, topped with roasted red peppers (from a jar) and a generous amount of 2% shredded mozzarella.

Baked another 5 minutes.  The end.  Three servings:

A better cook can probably roast their own peppers and make their own pesto.  I found a recipe for pesto online and I have an unused food processor, so maybe I’ll try to make some next time.

#Project365 A/C issues again! Grrrrr (135/365)

Our house is 3 years old.  We change the filters regularly.  Why oh why is our A/C already being fickle??

A few weeks ago, we noticed it was running all the time but not quite keeping up.  So, we gave it a new filter, turned it off for a night and it worked fine the next day.  And the next day…

Until now.

This afternoon, it was 84 outside and 82 inside the house.  Obviously too hot for this warm-natured girl and obviously not doing what A/C is supposed to do.   So, we turned it back off and I’ll see if that helped tomorrow.  If not, the dogs and I are in for a hot day (my husband will at least be in the a/c, even though it’s because he has to work).  Hope we can get a Mr. A/C Fix-it in early next week!  Until we do, it looks like our ceiling (and floor!) fans will be working overtime.

#Project365: Bo & Bean Week (Last day! 134/365)

Bo & Bean have a million places in the house to sleep – several dog beds, old comforters, sofas, even our bed (Bean can still jump up, Bo can’t).  However, they usually end up some place together, and yesterday morning I found them spooning on an old comforter.  I accidentally woke Bo while grabbing my camera, but luckily he only rolled over and didn’t get up, so you still get the picture.   Though I think he finds her annoying sometimes, I’m so glad we found a compatible dog companion for him.  I want to make sure I can always look back and know that we gave him the best life possible.