Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
While looking around, I noticed a half-price rack in the men's section that seemed to have an abundance of sports coats on it. I made my way over to the rack because you never know what you will find. I did have extra motivation though because Phillip had asked for a sports coat for Christmas. Flipping through the coats, I came across a diamond in the rough a Brooks Brothers sports coat that was in the same color/pattern Phillip liked. I checked the tag and it seemed to be his size.
Now, as many of you know with consignment stores all sales are final, so I couldn't just pounce on the coat without knowing for sure it was a fit for Phillip. I drove home, grabbed him, and told him about the deal that was only 1 mile away and he happily obliged to go and try it on. We returned and the coat was a fit and he liked it! So, I make my way to the register skipping and singing "Here comes Santa Claus" and to my delight the coat was only going to cost me $25. As I'm getting ready to pay, I notice that if you pay in cash you get an additional 10% off so I'm like awesome! I get out my wallet and come away with a price of $23.85 (tax included).
Needless to say, it was a wonderful find and the feeling of getting a good deal was so exhilarating! The picture above is from Brooks Brothers website of a comparable sports coat. The pattern and colors aren't an exact match, but you get the idea of what it is like. The best part is that this coat's original price was $498.00 and ours is only $23.85--don't you just love that?
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds ground turkey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 onion, cut into 1-inch dice
2 carrots, peeled and grated
4 ribs celery, chopped
4 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups turkey or chicken stock (recommended: Kitchen Basics brand)
A few dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 (10-ounce) box frozen peas
2 cups shredded sharp yellow Cheddar
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a deep skillet or a Dutch oven heat 2 tablespoons oil over high heat. Add meat and break up with a wooden spoon, season with salt and pepper and poultry seasoning.
Place sweet potatoes in a pot, cover with water, cover pot, bring to a boil, salt and cook 15 minutes until tender.
Grate onions and carrots into the turkey. Add the celery and stir, cook 5 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add flour to melted butter and whisk 1 minute then whisk in stock and season with salt, pepper and Worcestershire. Thicken a few minutes. Add sauce to meat mixture.
Stir peas into meat and turn heat off.
Drain potatoes and return pot to heat. Add remaining butter and melt over medium heat. Add potatoes to the pot. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper. Mash potatoes and adjust seasoning. Top the meat with the potatoes. Cover potatoes with cheese and set in oven. Bake to melt cheese, 5 minutes.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
We only left with a pumpkin, but I really wanted to try some pumpkin butter (kind of like apple butter) but the stuff was too expensive for the amount you got. I am a Frugal Fran when if comes to deals so this did not seem worth it. But, we all decided we could make a good go of it guessing pumpkin weights when folks got off the tractor. We managed to guess our 2 within a pound and the guy working the table said the money was alright. Maybe if we got good at that we could upgrade to guessing people's weights at the state fair? I don't know just a thought. Here's some pictures:
(looks like I've got a weird turkey neck going on)
(you can never be too careful, even with seemingly small pumpkins)
It is so nice to be doing fall activities in fall-like weather, unlike the Hotober that is happening in Texas. Wish y'all could have been here for our fun...
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Your favorite sweater
Chai Latte sips
Schools a hummin'
Shirts with sleeves
Soup in cup
Hand in hand
A simple rhyme
For my favorite time
Monday, September 24, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
- 6 phone conversations with the cable company
- 1 complete cable outage in the span of 2 days
- 2 visits from cable men (1 was late so we got a $20 credit to our account. Aren't you proud Kyle Bethancourt?)
- 3 resettings of the cable box
- 1 1/2 total hours on hold on the phone
- A few strong words from me to the customer service ladies, nothing mean just effective
- 1 visit from an official cable van
- And finally 2 exasperated people
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Well, that my friends is the delectable funnel cake, the king of fair desserts, and my once a year treat that I recently acquired from the Kentucky State Fair. We made a trip to the fair on Tuesday night with our friends Robbie and Dani to see Gary Allan in a "free" concert. But, we got robbed at the entrance gate for both a parking fee and a 2 fair admission tickets, so the concert wasn't truly free which seems to be the case with most things.
The highlight was seeing Kentucky's finest citizens in their natural element. There were big mommas, toothless wonders, and wanna be cowboys which should not be confused with the beer bellys, mullet men, or the saggy tattoo crew. All of whom were encircled by an ever present cloud that resembled the Marlboro Man...
I will give one tally point to Kentucky for being the originators of "that high lonesome sound" commonly called Bluegrass that Phillip and I learned more about on a documentary on the Public Access Channel last night. We did watch this show after eating dinner at about 5:50 pm at which time we concluded: documentaries + early dinners = 2 old married folk...but you couldn't find 2 folk happier to be married...
Thursday, August 16, 2007
This semester he will be taking the following: Systematic Theology I, Church History I, The Worshiping Church, The Ministry of Leadership, The Work of Christ, and The Ministry of Proclamation (Preaching). He's quite excited about the line-up this fall. He will get to work on his preaching skills, learn more about leadership, and I think he has to play a hand bell solo for his final in Worshiping Church...well maybe not, but Debbie would love it if he did!
In other school related news, next Thursday I will attend training for becoming a substitute teacher in the public school system. Yes there is a Mrs. Bethancourt coming to class sometime soon, which I'm sure will bring many entertaining stories of it's own. Maybe I'll call this series of my life The Chalk Dust Chronicles...
Saturday, August 04, 2007
When we arrived at the campsite, we ate some sandwiches (the quintessential campsite food) and then pitched our tent. At this point I was hot and tired, which generally makes for an unhappy Cami, and so we sat down in the lawnchairs to have a cold drink and some rest. A few minutes later, Phillip sternly commands me to get up and go get in the car. Being the submissive wife that I am, I oblige willingly and once we reach the safety of the Yukon I turned around to see what all the fuss was about. Then with my own two eyes I saw a black bear galavanting through the campsite not more than 45 yards away. He was crusing through not stopping for anything and looked like he was on a mission--hopefully not to come over to the Yukon! We waited in the car a few minutes more after he was out of sight then looked at each other in amazement and said: AHHHHH! Holy smokes we just saw a bear!!!!!
Needless to say, that will get your blood pumping and your heart racing and it certainly makes all those noises in the middle of the night sound a lot more like bear footsteps than you might have thought otherwise. But, I am glad to report that we made it out alive with a tale to tell that will probably be told in Bethancourt lore for many years to come. I'm sure by the time Phillip and I get to be grandparents that bear will be an angry Grizzly only 5 feet away that we had to fight off in the rain with only a stick, a rock, and our bare hands (pun definitely intended)!
So, if you're wondering about our future in camping I would say the forecast is mostly cloudly, but could change to partly sunny if the campgrounds have a Hyatt.
Friday, July 06, 2007
We capped off the night with a fireworks preview show and a short trip to the skate park (because it was on the way to our car). Now I must say that was my first ever trip to a skate park and probably my last. I have never seen more guys doing dumb things in my life. Every one that passed by to do a trick seemed like they were one slip away from a serious neck injury or a broken bone. I kept cringing at every moment not knowing if I could handle seeing someone's head crack on the cement. Not to mention the guys in skin tight jeans who made you want to scold their parents for ever letting them out of the house in what seemed like female clothing. Needless to say, we resolved then and there that our sons would never be allowed to go to a skate park. Why you may ask? Well, I'm reminded of that old commercial where the guy holds up the egg and says "this is your brain" he then cracks the egg in a hot skillet and says "this is your brain on drugs." I think the same would be true for the yay-hoos who skate in this park if they busted their heads open, except the voice over would say "this is your brain on skates."
Monday, July 02, 2007
It seems like we've learned a lot this year and here are a few things that come to mind...
-Flexibility is a wonderful trait and I think it's been added to us a little more this year
-The laughter of new friends and old friends is cherished
-Family is always 1 plane ride or 1 car ride away
-Dr. Pepper is a good pick me up
-Books mulitiply like rabbits when your husband is in seminary
-Apartments are grounds for weird noises and funny stories
-There are always new adventures
-Good food feeds your body and your soul
-Kentuckians and Texans are made from different molds
-We're more in love on 7/2/07 than we were on 7/2/06
Thanks for taking the journey with us so far...
Sunday, June 03, 2007
We received our assignment: Babies A, the youngest of the young, the super-poopers, the drool machines. We came in pretty confident about our assignment with us plus 2 other adults we definitely had it handled. In total we had 8 little ones to keep happy for a little over an hour while their parents were in church.
Well, here's our rundown: we had 2 cryer extraordinaires who seemed like nothing you tried could completely cure the problem, 1 drool machine who wetted up his whole outfit, 1 little guy who had a total receding hairline at age 4 months, 1 teeny-weeny boy who just seemed interested to be there, 1 angel girl who was sugar spice and everything nice, 1 toy-thieving girl who wanted anything that anyone else had, and last but not least was my dear friend: The Bomb Dropper.
The Bomb Dropper came in on a stealth mission. He was nice, quiet, and overall probably one of the best kids there. As Phillip was holding him, he told me that he thought he had a wet diaper and asked if I could change him. I said sure, no problem, I've changed lots of diapers in my time. Well, when I got on my latex gloves and opened the hatch there was an atomic bomb in that diaper! I have never in my life seen this much mess come from such a little unassuming fellow--it was by far and away the WORST diaper I have ever changed in my life! I had to coach myself not to lose my breakfast and to stay calm because I knew if I could get through this one I could get through anything. I must say that I was successful on both accounts and safely averted the spread of radiation from the atomic bomb. I am seriously patting my back for that one...
Stay tuned for more Adventures in Babies A!
And speaking of babies, we have a new little nephew: John Thomas Bethancourt born at 3:43 on May 25, weighing 9 lbs 10 oz, and 20.5 inches long. He sure is a cutie and I'm sure he hasn't atomic bombed his sweet new parents yet...congrats Kyle & Lori, you're doing great!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
It all started Thursday night, when after a busy day at work, Phillip & I decided to grab some Burger King for dinner. As we were getting out of the car, we noticed our right front tire was looking pretty flat and the culprit was a large screw stuck in the tire. Great. We gobbled up our BK and stopped by the Chevron to give it some air to make it home.
Now, because we only have one car here I needed a way to get to work in the morning while Phillip was going to get the tire fixed. Our friends the Dockerys were gracious enough to bring over their car for me to drive the next day to work. So we had our plan all set and went to bed feeling a little better.
I got up in the morning and headed to work in the Dockery-mobile. I had almost arrived at my destination when a lady pulls up beside me and declares that my back right tire is flat. What?! A flat tire on the Dockery-mobile? Oh yes it is true. I pulled into the parking lot at work to discover that the tire was indeed flat. I called Phillip to let him know the situation and to check on his progress at Wal-Mart getting our screw infested tire fixed. Now's where it gets interesting...
He tells me that he got the screw-tire fixed and was pulling out of the store, but before he got too far he decided to take a look at the car to make sure everything was up to par. When he got out he noticed that the screw-tire looked good, but much to his surprise he noticed a NAIL in the back right tire! We'd been screwed and nailed all in the same day! So he promptly pulled back into the Wal-Mart automotive department for Round 2 at the tire repair station.
Well, he came home with 2 fixed tires and he aired up the Dockery-mobile tire and it seemed to be holding well so we were thinking we were in the clear. I got home from work about 6:10 and we were resting and recuperating from our long day. It had been pretty overcast all day and it actually started raining quite hard while we were sitting on the couch. As we were talking, Phillip felt a water drop and we looked up to discover that our roof had sprung a leak! We grabbed a bowl to catch the water and looked at each other and decided that when it rains...it DEFINITELY pours!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
1) Travel to and from TX for the Dockery wedding...click here for a link to their slideshow. It's super cute! Also in TX, we helped C&C and K&L settle into their new houses...what family do you know that has two siblings moving at the same time in the same city?! Only the Bethancourts...
2) The Kentucky Derby is this weekend so dresses, hats, and purses have been flying off the shelf at work...
3) Phillip is getting ready to finish up with finals/papers next week. I now enjoy going to sleep by the light of the Dell and to the steady click-clack of typing fingers...
**Announcement! Because Phillip may not tell you himself, he was recently nominated then elected by his peers to serve as the Ministry Coordinator for the School of Theology next year. I don't know what all he will do, but he will probably be doing a lot of coordinating of ministry-ha!
4) One major breakthrough in my grocery store world has been the fact that Ranch Style Beans have come to the Dirty Kroger! Oh joyous day! No more Frito Pie with Bush's Chili Beans which are a cheap imitation. We now have several of those little black cans in the pantry. I was even asked by the check-out guy at Kroger about Ranch Style Beans and I think I was able to convince him that they are far superior to any other canned bean around.
5) Last but not least, we've been recently listening to a new CD we aquired from our friends The Coppengers, who knew that we would love just such a CD. It's called Deep in the Heart of Texas: Favorite Songs of the Lone Star State. It's all songs about Texas, but they are all instrumental versions. It is awesome.
Alright, that's all for now...Goodnight!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
In other news, I have taken a job at a local boutique called Glasscock Women's Apparel. We sell social occasion and specialty dresses, and some jewelry, hats, and accessories as well. So ladies, if you are looking for a special outfit, I might know just the place. We get lots of mother-of-the-brides/grooms, prom queens, brides-to-be, social butterflies, and especially Derby debutantes. This is the busiest season right now because Derby is only 1 month away, so the women of Louisville are trying to find "just the right outfit" that they can sip their mint juleps in while they seek shelter under their one-of-a-kind hats. And boy are there some fantastic hats...
Here is Exhibit A:
Now that's a hat...I think this one is harboring a dead cockatoo. I might have to call PETA.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Here's Jack Henry
And the triplets from L to R: Luke, Alex, Isaac
We are also greatly anticipating the arrival of nephew #5 "Cinco" in May, so we can put his picture up too! Boys, we love you and we're thankful for how special each one of you are to us.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Country music legend, and a singer near and dear to my heart, "Mighty" Merle Haggard has decided to pay tribute to a person not so dear to me-Hillary Clinton-in his new song "Hillary."
What happened to "Okie from Muskogee", "The Fightin Side of Me", and even "Mama Tried"? But my personal favorite song to attest to the matter at hand is "Rainbow Stew" and here is an excerpt:
You don't have to get high to get happy,
Just think about what's in store.
When people start doin' what they oughta be doin',
Then they won't be booin' no more.
When a President goes through the White House door,
An' does what he says he'll do.
We'll all be drinkin' free bubble-ubb,
Eatin' that rainbow stew.
Merle is calling for some integrity here and it is apparently not coming from a woman in the White House! Much less one whose husband doesn't know what the definition of the word 'is' is...
I must admit that this is not "My Favorite Mem'ry of All" and in fact I can't just say well "That's the Way Love Goes." The real question at hand is if a 2nd Clinton comes to reside in the White House, I truly don't know "If we make it through December we'll be fine"...
Thursday, March 01, 2007
According to BlueBell.com...
The Best Ice Cream in the Country Comes to Louisville
Starting on Monday, March 12, residents of Louisville will be able to get their first taste of what the rest of the South has been talking about—Blue Bell Ice Cream from Brenham, Texas.
Blue Bell has moved into temporary quarters at 2501 Millers Lane in West Louisville. The new distribution center will serve markets within about a 100-mile radius of Louisville with a total population of approximately 1.2 million people. Driver salesmen are being hired from the Louisville area to work at the new Blue Bell branch office.
Products will be sold initially in the Louisville area at Kroger and Wal-Mart, as well as at other chains and independent grocery stores. Blue Bell Ice Cream is also featured at all Carraba’s and Outback Steakhouse restaurants.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Practicing a funny family portrait where Phillip is trying out his "dad face." Kyle you might should spend some time in front of the mirror working on your '"dad face" too...
The girls at Julie's tea...
Monday, February 12, 2007
Dear Blue Bell
I love your ice cream but I can't find it in Louisville. Help!
Now, I don't know who Sam Schramm is or why he chose to rent billboards in Louisville about Blue Bell ice cream, but it made us hopeful of what might be coming. So I came home and did some research (i.e. googling info) and I discovered that there were job postings listed for drivers and managers for Blue Bell Creameries at a branch in Louisville KY! All signs seem to point to something good here and that good comes in the form of Moo-llenium Crunch, Cookies and Cream, and Pistachio Almond!
Blue Bell if you're out there and you're reading this...bring on the ice cream!
Sam Schramm we don't know who you are but we like you're style...
And finally I would like everyone to reminisce and start singing "Blue Bell homemade ice cream--it's homemade country style and Blue Bell it's better by a country smile."
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Just call us the Morton's because we have enough salt for our steps, for our food, and even enough to make a good batch of homemade ice cream!
Friday, February 02, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Today it is 18 degrees outside with several snow flurries around. My parents just finished visiting us in Louisville and we had lots of fun. We did the tour of Churchill Downs, ate some good food, and played lots of Catch Phrase. This happens to be one of my dad's new favorite games I think, but the fact is that the girls dominated the game! The crowning moment might have been when I was describing the game badminton, but the word was actually backgammon. You know backgammon...it's that backwards checkers game that no one ever plays with the arrows, etc. I know the game it just didn't compute into my description. It was late and my system short circuited I think. No need to comment on my lack of vocabulary skills okay...
In other news, Phillip starts semester numero dos tomorrow. He's taking 18 hours of class and has about 1 zillion new books to read. In fact, we are in the market for a new bookcase to hold all the books that we are steadily acquiring. I did try to be a good wife and order the bookcase that matches our others from IKEA so that it would be here in time for the new book shipment. But, I ran into a bit of a snag when they told me the shipping would be $275. WHAT?! That is 3 1/2 times more expensive than the bookcase itself. It was outrageous absolutely outrageous...
Thursday, January 11, 2007
So, in the spirit of the good news of a baby boy yesterday I decided to look at the baby section in Target. I was already in there buying some other things so no I did not make a special trip to the store! As I was on my way to the appropriate section, I passed by a cart that a mom was pushing with a perhaps 2-3 year old girl. As I walked by, the girl exclaimed to her mother: "Look she's a mommy too!" while pointing directly at me. I'm not sure what prompted this revelation in her because I had no small children with me or no bump to be had in the stomach region. But apparently in the mind of 1 little girl I am certified mommy material. I just had to laugh...
Monday, January 08, 2007
We have a large Dillards here in Louisville so I figured there was a least a good chance of this special dress being in the store. But, I was armed with my brand, style number, size and color just in case it wasn't so I could have it ordered. I take a charming ride up the escalator to the dresses section and encounter Ms. Non-Customer Service, the only person working in the dresses section.
I take a slight sachet through the appropriate section and cannot find the dress myself, so I recruit Ms. Non-Customer Service for help. She then looks through the dresses out there, despite the fact that I told her the dress wasn't there. She continues to point me to dresses that are the wrong color and style after I repeatedly tell her those are not what the dress looks like. At least 3 times she asks me if the dress is long or short, and I tell her 3 times that I don't know the answer because I've only seen a picture from the waist up. Never once does she look in the computer to verify that they don't have the dress here.
Next, she is questioning me about size. I tell her that I am going to go with the size that one of my friends got who actually tried the dress on because we wore the same size dress in the last wedding we were maids in. She doesn't seem to like that answer and insists I try on a completely different dress to see if it might be like the same size. I just pulled the first one off the rack to appease her, tried it on, and still went with my original plan. Just order me a dang size 4 dress already.
Finally, I come out of the dressing room and it seems like we are actually going to go to the computer to order the dress, which is why I came in in the first place. She says her computer doesn't work so we have to go to another computer. This one doesn't work either and she has to call another lady over: Ms. IT Support. All she does is completely shut the computer off and tells me it will be a while before it boots back up. Holy Guacamole-my blood is really starting to boil now! Then, the creme-de-la-creme is that Ms. Non-Customer Service tells me: "Well, I have to go help somebody else right now." What! You my friend just committed the cardinal sin of customer service! You never ever leave the customer in front of you until their needs are met!
This time I had had it. (Brother Kyle you would have enjoyed seeing me get fired up again...)I took my post-it note with ALL the information necessary to make this dress order back from Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and tell them I will take care of it some other way because this is absolutely ridiculous. (I really wanted to say: You incompetent fools! Doesn't anyone train you?) Where's Christina's HR training skills when you need them?
I do some more investigating and retrieve more information from my mom and realize I must go back to the store to place the order. Ordering this particular dress online is not an option. Great. So, I went back today and Ms. Non-Customer Service was working but I successfully avoided her and went to another lady. But, because that would be too easy, this lady had no idea what she was doing and she didn't speak English that well, so guess what? She has to call Ms. Non-Customer Service over to help her fill out the order form. Now here I was eyeball to eyeball with my Dillards nemesis. I found myself having to take deep breaths. She helped Ms. No Comprende fill out the form and I am slightly hopeful that I'll get my dress in 3-21 days. What an absolute buzzkill. A Dillards Disaster.