Brownie Fail

This week there has only been one workout that I have fit in, well one and a half.

My friend is coming to town for the weekend, she is actually getting to our place this evening while we are both at work.  So the week was spent getting ready for company and getting my list all “done” before the weekend.  The weekend usually holds a lot of my chores like laundry and changing bedding.  Friday’s are my usual stop at the dry cleaner to pick up last week’s items and drop off this weeks.  But who wants to do that stuff when company is in town.

I got all of those items checked off by the time I left for work today.  Including picking up some favorites from the Thai restaurant to be at the house tonight.  I also made some of the keto brownies I first made this Summer.  Luckily I was busy doing laundry and cleaning the bathroom and changing the humming bird feeders before heading to the store.

I was able to cut out the brownies and tasted a corner and I had forgotten the sweetener.  They were so gross.  I mean they are flourless and sugar free so they are not normal brownies anyway, but so so gross.  I tossed them in the garbage and when I was at the store and picking up the Thai I also picked up some more baking chocolate to try again.

I didn’t taste these but I do hope they are better then the first batch.  The photo is the brownies in the garbage and the second batch packaged up for company.

Three day weekend ahead, chores done, friend in town and lots of things planned.



My employee spotlight for the month was published today.
They had to shorten and rearrange some answers to fit the format, but here they are since you asked!


For Blog

Sushi and Cupcakes

What a horrid combo if they were actually connected.  But without anything major to blog about I will just fill you in on the minor.

We have a new sushi restaurant in our little neck of the woods.  Here are some of the reasons this is relevant and newsworthy. (Oh and exciting!!)
1) We love sushi
2) There are not a lot of good restaurants in our neighborhood and this is under 2 miles away
3) Our old sushi restaurant was 15 miles away, but closed recently
4) Its really good sushi and related to two restaurants in nearby cities and they have great reviews and reputation

On to the cupcakes.  I do love baking and getting up early this morning to make 8 dozen mini cupcakes for Lori to take to two co-workers for this last weekends birthdays brought up lots of memories of getting up early to bake for the farmers market and making four times as many.  Today’s flavors were lemon and chocolate.  Its a good thing I can make these in my sleep and no taste testing needed as there were no extras.

Employee of the month

It seems I was nominated for the September spotlight employee.  I guess there will be a write up in our Intranet next week.  I got to choose 5 questions to answer and submit a photo.  I sent these three photos and figure they will pick the work one, but it was fun to offer the others.

There were a crazy amount of questions to choose from.  I chose these five from the following list.  Easy to answer and not to personal.

– Before working at [company name], what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
– What has been your favorite project at [company name]?
– Best vacation you’ve been to?
– What is your personal philosophy?
– What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? 

Company Related
– Before working at [company name], what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? 
– How did you first learn about [company name]? 
– How do you balance your career at [company name] and family? 
– How has [company name] helped you in your career development? 
– If you could pick one theme for [company name] to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? 
– If you could switch your job with anyone else within [company name], whose job would you want? 
– What advice do you have for prospective [company name] candidates? 
– What are 3 words to describe [company name]? 
– What do you find the most challenging at [company name]? 
– What do you like most about [company name]? 
– What drew you to [company name] originally? And how has [company name] changed since? 
– What has been your favorite project at [company name]? 
– What have you gained from working at [company name]? 
– What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with [company name]? 
– What is the favorite part about working for [company name]? 
– What is your proudest moment at [company name]? 
– What is your role at [company name]? 

– Any favorite line from a movie? 
– Any random facts you could share with us? 
– Are you messy or organized? 
– Best vacation you’ve been to? 
– Choose your Mr. Men/Little Miss, to describe your work personality? – Your home life personality? 
– Describe what you were like at age 10. 
– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog? 
– Do you have a favorite quote? 
– Do you have an office nickname? What is it? 
– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? 
– Favorite travel spot? 
– How do you define success? 
– If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? 
– If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? 
– If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? 
– If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be? 
– If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? 
– If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be? 
– If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why? 
– If you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
– If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? 
– If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
– If you were an animal what would you be? 
– If you were on death row, what would your last meal be? 
– If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring? 
– If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? 
– If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be? 
– If your house was burning down, What is the one non-living thing you would save? 
– Least favorite Food? 
– Motto or personal mantra? 
– People would be surprised if they knew: 
– Tell us a little about yourself. 
– Tell us a little bit about your family. 
– Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. 
– Tell us something about your family that might surprise us. 
– Tell us three things most people don’t know about you… 
– Three words to best describe you: 
– Top three life highlights? 
– What advice would you give to recent new hires? 
– What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? 
– What are your hopes for our industry? 
– What are your three most overused words/phrases? 
– What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? 
– What book did you read last? 
– What books are at your bedside? 
– What celebrity do people think you look like? 
– What children’s character can you relate with most? And why? 
– What did you want to be when growing up? 
– What do you always want to try and never did? 
– What do you like most about your job? 
– What do you like to do in your spare time? 
– What do you like to do on your days off? 
– What does a typical day look like for you? 
– What does true leadership mean to you? 
– What else do you do for fun? 
– What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime? 
– What is an ability you wish you had? 
– What is on your bucket list? 
– What is the best book you have ever read? 
– What is the first concert you attended? 
– What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery? 
– What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far? 
– What is the last joke you recall? 
– What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? 
– What is the one thing you cannot resist? 
– What is the one thing, you can’t live without? 
– What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had? 
– What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? 
– What is the worst thing you did as a kid? 
– What is your biggest pet peeve? 
– What is your family like? 
– What is your favorite childhood memory? 
– What is your favorite meal? 
– What is your favorite movie and book? 
– What is your favorite number and why? 
– What is your favorite sport? 
– What is your favorite thing to do in the wonderful city of [city name]? 
– What is your favorite thing to do? 
– What is your greatest fear? 
– What is your hidden talent? 
– What is your personal philosophy? 
– What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? 
– What music is on your iPhone/Android phone? 
– What one food do you wish had zero calories? 
– What phobias do you have? 
– What places have you lived in? 
– What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? 
– What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? 
– What would be the title of your autobiography? 
– What would people never guess you do in your role? 
– What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this? 
– What would you like to be famous for? 
– What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13? 
– When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? 
– Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
– Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? 
– Where is your favorite place to eat? 
– Where is your hometown? 
– Where would you like to go on a dream vacation? 
– Where would you like to travel to? 
– Which cartoon character would you most like to switch lives with? 
– Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities? 
– Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? 
– You’d like to be famous for? 
– You’re happiest when? 

Praying Mantis


I went out to bring in the hummingbird feeders to clean and re-fill and this guy was just hanging out.  I left him for a few hours, I mean they eat mosquitoes and we have dozens and dozens.  (Maybe I should have moved him in-doors.)

Nature Days


I took myself to Eldorado Nature park last Friday morning for a walk.  I tried to get there early, hoping to beat the heat but even getting there by 8:30 it was already in the 80’s.  By the time I left there less than hour later it was 90.

So much for any nature, there wasn’t a bunny, bird or even a turtle to be seen.  It was a nice walk however after going to the gym all week.

Saturday when Lori was off at an event I went to the Los Cerritos Wet Lands that has a first Saturday of the month bird walk and clean up event.  I was there a few hours and at least got to see some hawks and great blue herons.  I couldn’t stay for the clean up as I was on-call in the afternoon.

Back to the gym today, at least its airconditioned.

It’s Hot


Have I complained about the weather lately.  It’s friggen Hot.  Today was actually only mid ninety’s at our place.  But when I got in my car to go to work, the inside of the car was 107 and the pockets of my little plastic gym bag were melting together.

The three day weekend would have been a great time to do some yard work, but it was near 100 every day and that wasn’t gonna happen.

The yard was in really great shape, I was keeping up with the weeds and the last three weeks have been just to dang hot.  Once fall weather shows up in November guess I’ll catch back up.

For now, I’m just glad it will be low 90’s and upper 80’s for the weekend.  Those 10 degrees make a difference.