10 Random Facts

To save everyone from reading a lengthy post, let’s go with 10 random, maybe little-known, interesting facts about Mary:

  1. I try to have ice cream, if only a small spoonful, each day. I justify this by claiming it cleans my palate.
  2. I’m not a fan of arts-and-crafts. Least favorite part of church camp growing up. I don’t really enjoy making things, painting, scrapbooking, etc. They all take too much time.
  3. All-time favorite fast food chains are Sonic and Arby’s. My husband hadn’t heard of either until he went to college.
  4. I love love love to read. I wouldn’t miss TV (OK…most TV) if I had a good stack of fun literature.
  5. Seth and I have birthdays within 4 days of each other and I share the same birthday as his younger brother.
  6. Growing up, I dreamed of becoming an author, FBI agent, or Olympic figure skater.
  7. Never did I dream of becoming an accountant. No child should have a dream like that.
  8. I love to bake. This works out well in my family because my mother does not. So at family functions she handles the meal…I handle dessert and bread.
  9. I don’t do well in crowds (I think we all know this from previous post)
  10. My dream is to live in Colorado…and hopefully in a few years we can make that come true!

And to top it off, how about a random recipe to share as well. Kim gave me the recipe which I’m sure has been passed along from many others:

Beer Bread

3 cups self-rising flour

1/2 cup sugar

12 oz beer (your choice)

2 tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, and beer; batter will be a bit lumpy. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes. When 3 minutes are left, take bread out and brush with melted butter. Bake remaining 3 minutes.

Make sure and eat fresh from the oven – it’s sooo yummy!

Talk about a semi-successful/failure of a weekend. The attic door project was temporarily postponed because of a pesky gas line that was in the way. I told Seth, “Well, pick it up and move it then!”. Apparently it doesn’t work that way. So the Christmas tree remains in our extra bedroom. Curtains were not hung either. HOWEVER…curtain rod was purchased and curtains were (sadly) on backorder. So you can’t say I didn’t try. They will be up by the end of the week though! Hooray! We have almost completed all our “Anderle Spring Goals”! (Don’t ask) I am still sore from Saturday’s ride though. You’d think all the ice cream and pudding we’ve snacked on this weekend would fix that problem right up.

Unfortunately, I don’t have anything that fascinating to update you on. Which probably comes as a shock to most of you. I am about ready for V-Day decorations to leave the stores!!! How cheesy can they possibly make this holiday??! Valentine’s Day to me means: get some flowers, have a decent dinner. I don’t want any 5 ft tall teddy bears, boxes of chocolates (well I wouldn’t refuse them), or mylar balloons that say “Be Mine”. You have to draw the line somewhere people. But don’t worry…HEB already has Easter out in full force. I just wish it were time for candy corn again…ahh fall.

Ok, I did think of something. Today I had to run a few errands at the mall. And I HATE the mall. I always think I’ll get over it. I always think “this time will be different”, but the older I get, the more I can’t stand the place. Now don’t get me wrong…I enjoy shopping. Just not in a massive building with a million stores and a million people. It’s really the crowds. It’s the noise. It’s all the smells. It’s much too overwhelming for me and I nearly always find myself in a cold sweat or a panic. Not even joking. This is why we had to have our Christmas shopping finished by mid-November because there was no way I’d be able to handle the stores, come Christmastime. It’s bad I know. The same panic also happens in long lines at the grocery store and that other place I used to shop for my multi-purpose needs (WM). I realize this is pretty abnormal woman behavior. But I can’t think of a worse way to spend my day. Unless it’s a quick run-in to grab a cinnamon pretzel from Auntie Anne’s. That store alone redeems the mall just a little.

Dinner meeting tomorrow night w/ the Bayles’. We always have important things to discuss (i.e. celebrity gossip, Aggie athletics, who’s who in Houston, etc). We have an excellent dinner menu in store if I may say so myself. Oh, and that reminds me…be on the lookout for a fun recipe and 10 little known facts about Mary on the next blog!! I can’t even stand the anticipation!

Friday again! Where does the time go? I feel like only older people say that, but life really does move fast. And for someone who lives by her calendar, there’s never enough time. I would take a screen shot of my Outlook calendar and post it here for your shock and amazement, but I’ll save myself the embarassment. I don’t understand why I love looking at my calendar so much. I really don’t even need one because I have it all memorized anyway. Yes, you SHOULD be sad for me. I just have this ridiculous memory. And I’m way better at memorizing semi-useless things. If I’ve called you once, I have your phone number memorized. If I’ve been to your house, your address is engrained in my brain. Zipcodes, birthdays, SSN’s (ok just kidding…sorta. I know my entire family’s, including Seth’s), passwords, random dates bank accounts, email addresses, etc. It’s sick. People would come up to me at my wedding and introduce themselves and I’d say, “Oh…Mrs. Jones! You live on Chesnut Lane, right?” (It was so fun to address 300 wedding invitations by myself)

I guess it can always be the talent part of my act when I’m in the running for Mrs. America (can’t be “Miss” anymore!)

Let’s move away from psycho Mary topics.

Tomorrow is bike ride #3…’Puddle for the Ducks’…out in Katy. Least favorite Houston suburb. Found along one of 2 least favorite Houston freeways (I10 and 290) I can guarantee you 5 things.

  • It will be cold
  • It will be crazy windy
  • I will complain a lot in my head
  • I will take a bubble bath immediately upon arrival back home
  • I will want chips & queso the rest of the day (and ice cream that night)

Seth will also be installing an attic door in our garage this weekend. This has been on our list of goals since…oh, last April. We have a door in our hallway but there is no storage for important things like the Christmas tree or moving boxes, so we’re taking matters into our own hands. I also plan on hanging curtains. I realize I say this every weekend and some of you are shaking your heads and “tsk tsk”ing me, but I can almost guarantee it will happen this weekend. As soon as I ride 50 miles, clean the house, use my coupons at Express & Ann Taylor, and finish our tax return :)

Happy Friday!

Family Fun

Oh yeah. The Anderles (note missing apostrophe) know how to have a good time. Maggie had an AWESOME first birthday. I made sure to note the “1 year” in the picture so that we’ll be able to distinguish between 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th….50th birthday celebration pictures down the road. And before you do anything else, please take that look of disgust off your face. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “She STILL wears those pj pants???” As Dabney nicely suggested earlier today, “How about just some solid gray or black ones…some not so ‘middle school’”. And she’s supposed to be on of my oldest BFF. Hmph. I happen to like my halloween-ish pj pants from high school. And I’ll wear them whenever I want to. Whether or not they happen to match my shirt of choosing.

But we had a grand old time. All the while I was trying to frantically make this Amish Friendship bread dough I had thrown at me last week. I’m sure some of you are familiar with this. Basically it’s dough that you receive from a “friend” and gingerly knead and care for during a 10 day period, and then bake…and at the same time creating additional bags of dough to help you gain more friends. Neat idea but I have never used so much flour or sugar in one night. And for some reason I thought flour was really healthy. Probably just like I thought wine and liquor had no nutritional content. I think I just always assumed they were like natural tea or coffee…essentially nothing. Boy was I wrong. 2 tbsp of flour is already 110 calories! Multiply that by the probably 5 or 6 cups I ended up using in all the dough – yikes! I don’t even know how many tbsp are in one cup! But I bet I could tell you if I looked at the measurement magnet on the fridge. Anyway. This is getting more random and I need ice cream. Homemade vanilla with a few sprinkles of powdered Nestle quick should do the trick!

Apostrophe, Smpostrophe

Today’s discussion practically created itself. At approximately 8:45am, I received some constructive criticism from a fellow reader, who shall remain anonymous. Let’s call her Allison W, ITS Analyst II, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Her email stated the following:

“When a family name (a proper noun) is pluralized, we almost always simply add an “s.” So we go to visit the Smiths, the Kennedys, the Grays, etc.When a family name ends in s, x, ch, sh, or z, however, we form the plural by added -es, as in the Marches, the Joneses, the Maddoxes, the Bushes, the Rodriguezes. Do not form a family name plural by using an apostrophe; that device is reserved for creating possessive forms.”

Wow. Someone is touchy with their grammer. This particular blog stalker disagrees with the title of my blog, preferring the rather confusing “Anderles” opposed to the more sensible “Anderle’s”. Let me explain.

If I just said “Anderles” that creates the misconception that our last name is just that. Anderles. Similar to “Bayles” (thanks for letting me use you for example, Paula). Now, since I don’t want people going around referring to “Mary Anderles’s blog”, I decided to make it easier for all by inserting the formerly referenced, elusive apostrophe. Anyone else have a problem with this? Please speak up.

Today is our dear Maggie’s first birthday! She could not wait to begin the festivities! Her big day started with a nice birthday walk. She also got a pre-birthday scrub-down and haircut last night. Poor thing…the haircut started out as a simple trim to get out some knots behind her ears. Then Seth just started shearing the hair off the back of her legs and nearly got part of her tail before I put a stop to it. Good grief, it’s her birthday, not the prom! Celebration will commence with a peanut butter carrot cake this evening and perhaps a small party with some of her closest neighbor dog friends. Of course I will take pictures! Be on the lookout for those in the next couple days.

I’ve been thinking of posting some of my favorite recipes on here occasionally. Just to share some of my culinary wealth. Thoughts?

Useless Info

I saw a random post as I was “archiving” through Cara’s blog the other week and thought I’d take a shot at this myself:

#1 Song on this Date in History (http://www.joshhosler.biz/NumberOneInHistory/05/0525.htm)

October 14, 1983 (the day I turned the world upside down)
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

May 25, 1995 (5th grade graduation? This date is a bit of a guess…I can’t remember when school used to end for summer)

“This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan

YES! Totally had this CD! “This is how we do it…it’s Friday night…”

June 2, 2002 (high school graduation)
“Foolish” by Ashanti

May 12, 2006 (my farewell to Texas A&M…at least I think this is the right date)
“SOS” by Rihanna

pause: what? what kind of signs are these? I graduate high school and we’re singing “Foolish”…I graduate college and we’re onto “SOS”…I told you I wasn’t meant for school or work.

July 10, 2006 (foolish Mary joins a big 4 accounting firm)
“Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland

well that only makes sense

December 30, 2006 (Day I made Seth the happiest man alive)
“Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé


And just for kicks…

January 16, 2008 (day I started my blog, of course)
“Low” by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain

Shoot. I was hoping it’d be Soulja Boy!

I think I need to stop changing our blog template because everytime I do, it messes up all the other posts. So now some of them look stupid. But I really don’t want to go back and change them all so please forgive.

Today is my Friday off work. I’ve come to the conclusion that I really need TWO days off work during the week, plus the weekend. There’s never enough time to get anything done! How am I supposed to maintain a super-clean house, cook breakfast and dinner, have time to watch all my shows (non-existent they may be right now), read my books, have hobbies, spend quality time with my husband, run all my errands (not at Wal-Mart though), etc etc etc with only 3 non-work days a week to prepare! I know what you’re thinking. And it’s the same thing I’ve been thinking for YEARS. I’ve known this next fact way down deep in the bottom of my heart since I was a small girl. Mary does not have time to work.

I tried to convince my dad when he suggested I go to college. “It’s just going to be a waste of our money because I don’t like to work!” (Can’t say I didn’t tell him so) I TRIED to convince Seth when he told me a stay-at-home wife is lazy. When is anyone going to start listening to me!!

Let’s move to Seth. Seth LOVES to work! He loves designing drill bits and working on engineering programs and seeing his design become a tangible creation. B-o-r-i-n-g. So shouldn’t his extreme love of work balance out my extreme un-love of work? And to clarify, this is ANY sort of work. Whether I am a CPA or a HEB checker…I still hold the same feelings. Yet, it’s something I’ve done since the second I turned 16. Maybe this is why God brought us together. Because he KNEW only someone like Seth, someone with the incredible patience of Seth, and someone with the inability to lose his temper would suit me. Am I making myself sound difficult? Hopefully not :)

Now that I think about it, it isn’t just work I’m not suited for. I was never suited for school. How un-fun of school to take up our ENTIRE DAY, every day, for 12+ years! I hated going to school! But I never wanted to stay home sick (I think I’m making myself sound crazy). I despised homework, I loathed school projects, and wanted to hide from group-work. HATE GROUP WORK. What happened to just waking up and having fun from sunrise to sundown? I can already imagine Seth’s face as he is reading this. It’s a face I know all too well…

I think I’ve just come to the conclusion that I don’t like thing interfering with my time. That’s it! That’s my problem! If I so CHOOSE to go to school, then that’s great. If I’d like to go to work…fantastic! But if you command me to participate in either…automatic dislike.

Yeah, women are complicated.

Bike ride #2 tomorrow and a busy weekend ahead! I’ll try to get some pictures time time.