Coffee’s Not Enough

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There are some days when a regular cup of coffee is just not enough.

Days when Vista decides to get up at 4am would be a prime example of this.

Rather than get in the truck and drive all the way to the next town to get a Starbucks (because, let’s be honest – I’m too lazy and Starbucks isn’t open at 4am), I resort to a glass of Ca phe sua da. Also known as Vietnamese iced coffee.

Only problem is – I don’t have the nice little setup to brew it the traditional way.  So at home I  resort to:

Jenn’s Ghetto Vietnamese Iced Coffee

  • Make some espresso.  Or a pot of really strong coffee.  Or go super ghetto (like me at 4am) and just make double strength instant coffee.
  • Put about 2 tablespoons (or more if you like it sweeter) of sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk.  You need the sweet thick stuff) into a glass.
  • Add a little bit of your coffee to the milk just to dissolve it a bit.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour the rest of your coffee over the ice cubes.
  • Stir and enjoy.
  • Make it through the day sane.

You’re welcome.

 Coffees Not Enough

This Is What I Call A Workout, Sort Of. Now Where’s My Chocolate?

This morning started off nice and leisurely.

Vista got up, I made her breakfast, had a coffee. We were just kicking back.

I pulled up the weather site. Checked the temperatures. Cool. Hmmm… well, maybe if I bundled her up and threw her in the stroller we could go for a walk, since I’ve been saying for the last 6 months 2 months couple weeks that I was going to get out and start exercising.  Then I could have my shower once we get back while Vista’s having a snack.

My nice little plan was starting to take shape – then the unthinkable happened – the phone rang.

I know?  Who the hell calls at 8:45am?  Even if they do know I’ll be up.  Even if it is a weekday.  Still.

Jenn:  Hello *sounding a tad irritated*

Cindy:  Oh hi Jenn, it’s Cindy.  We have a 9am appointment for Vista and I just wanted to make sure we were still on.

Jenn:  Oh of course!  Come on over.  We’re ready and waiting!

Cindy:  Alright, see you in a few minutes!

I looked around at the living room, that hadn’t been vacuumed in two days, scattered with toys.  Glanced to where Vista was sitting, still in her pajamas, hair not combed.  Realized that I was wearing ratty house clothes, I hadn’t showered, teeth weren’t brushed, had an epic case of bed head and a ginormous zit had taken up residence on my chin.

And Vista’s early intervention worker was going to be here in 15 minutes to work with her.


I sprinted down the hall and grabbed the vacuum and did a 10 second tidy of the living room and hallway.

Grabbed some clothes out of Vistas drawers (matching is for pussies.  And if Cindy says anything I’ll say V picked out the outfit.  Yes.  I’ll LIE).  Threw them on the girl who was still sitting there watching me, trying to figure out what the hell was going on.  Her hair.  Oh geeze.  Thank goodness she’s obsessed with hats.  Grabbed one and threw it at her as I sprinted down the hall to my bedroom.

I cursed the fact that, of all days, I had to pick today to forget to check my calendar.  Then made a mental note to thank Bil for throwing on a load of laundry, so I at least had clean clothes and made the mad dash into the bathroom.  Blow dryer in one hand, toothbrush in the other.  I realized I’m not that coordinated when I just about ended up with toothpaste in my hair.

I gave up on both and resorted to copious amounts of styling product and hairspray, and a good rinse with mouthwash.

Check the clock.  2minutes.  Crud.

I critically examined the zit that was attempting to become a micronation.  Grabbed the cover-up and did what I could.

Looked at the rest of my makeup… another glance at the clock.  Dammit… guess I’m going au natural.

Ran out to the living room and got Vista to help me herd the animals outside.  She’s giggling hysterically thinking this is great fun.  Yeah….laugh it up chuckles… just you wait til you have kids…oh gawd…I’m becoming my mother…

Try to get around Vista who’s meandering back to the living room.  Gave up and ran the other way around the kitchen island, jumped the steps down to the front door, and pulled it open as Cindy was coming up the walk.

I pasted a big smile on my face and welcomed her in while calculating in my head how many calories I just burned, because, really?  I think I deserve an award… made of chocolate.

 This Is What I Call A Workout, Sort Of.  Now Wheres My Chocolate?

Rainbows and Unicorns

We were up bright and early this morning.  4:30am early. Which in my opinion is still night time.  No sun, no morning.  I’m all about simple concepts.

Bil tried in vain to convince Vista to go back to bed.  And she actually did lay down for a few minutes.  But the second she heard him leave for work, she came bounding into my room, flipped on the light, and screamed


I may have mumbled something about shutting off the damn light, and ungodly hours, and someone being Satan’s spawn.  But it’s all kind of blurry.

Eventually dragged my carcase from the bedroom to the kitchen, then crawled to the couch, hugging the precious bounty of a cup of caffeine and flipped up my laptop screen.

And the first thing I saw was this

NicUnicorns 300x143 Rainbows and UnicornsMy initial reaction, knowing Nic like I do, was …


I figured maybe her husband had started slipping something into her coffee after her call to him the other day.

Turns out it was a total false alarm and she’s still crazy.  *phew*

But, in my sleep deprived state, the word rainbow stuck in my head, kind of like one those irritating songs that get stuck in your head.  Like going through the ‘It’s a Small World‘ ride at Disney Land and then you’re humming that stupid tune for the rest of the day and you want to repeatedly stab yourself with an ice pick to make it stop.  Hypothetically speaking, course.

Luckily I remembered seeing someone in my blog reader had made some really cute rainbow cupcakes the other day, so I spent half an hour flipping through old posts looking for this.

And because I’m a glutton for punishment, V and I spent the afternoon covered in cake batter and food coloring!

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Now could someone please come eat them, because I can feel my ass getting bigger just looking at them.

 Rainbows and Unicorns

Drama Sucks So I’m Giving Away Stuff

UPDATE:  Entries are now closed!  I’ll be back shortly with the winner!!

UPDATE#2:  Allowing for 2 commentors who left an extra comment each, which brought the actual number of entries to 55,

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-10-24 01:05:32 UTC

Which means the winner is Colleen!

Congrats Colleen, you are going to LOVE this!!

Thank you to everyone who entered!


I am soooo over this past week.

The whole internet seems to be one giant BLAAAAH

So, cheer up.  I have a giveaway!  YAY!

That’s right, my very first one.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you’ve probably seen my tweets about Tassimo Canada giving away free Tassimo machines.  If you thought it was yet another internet hoax, you guessed wrong.  Mine was delivered by a very nice FedEx driver this morning.

Bil and I have been Tassimo die-hards for the past few years.   Take away my microwave, but lay a finger on my Tassimo and I will seriously take you out.  So went the newest model came out, we went out and bought it immediately.  Again, very happy with our purchase.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and the Tassimo Canada giveaway.  I contacted them and said “Hey, I already have a Tassimo, but I’d love one to give away to my awesome blog readers!  So, can I have one?”.  They came back with “Is it a contest?”… huh? what? nope.  “Are you going to use it to collect information from your readers?”…. ahhh, a negative on that one too.  “Then go for it”.

Which means one of you lucky people is getting a shiny new Tassimo coffee system!!  But it’s not just coffee.  Espresso, hot chocolate, tea, lattes, cappuccino, chi tea lattes, the list goes on.  I love it for company.  Everyone gets exactly what they want.

Tassimo 300x270 Drama Sucks So Im Giving Away StuffBut the winner doesn’t just get a Tassimo machine.  Oh no, that would never do.  You also get 9 packages of T Discs to start you off:

  • STARBUCKS® House Blend
  • NABOB 100% Colombian
  • NABOB Espresso
  • NABOB Cappuccino
  • NABOB Latte
  • NABOB Breakfast Blend
  • MAXWELL HOUSE Decaffeinated
  • TWININGS Chai Tea Latte
  • TWININGS Green Tea

These aren’t ‘sampler packs’ either.  They are the full size packages you buy in the store.

So now the good part – How to win.

Let’s keep this simple, because my brain is sort of fried this week.

Head over to Tassimo and visit their Recipe page and tell me what recipe you’d most like to try in the comments below.  One comment per person.

That’s it.  Easy.

The winner will be drawn using a Random Number Generator.  Entries close Friday, October 23, 2009 at 7pm MST

Ready?  Go!

**Full Disclaimer:  This Tassimo Coffee System was given to me by Tassimo Canada during a marketing promotion they had.  I’ve received no other compensation**

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