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Free tacos for all

First the Red Sox win the world series, again.

Now this! Taco Bell is giving away free tacos to all (today from 2-5pm).

Why you ask? Someone in the Major Leagues just had to steal one tiny base (like that's so hard) and all of America would be in free taco heaven.

Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury completed the task in Game 2, stealing second base in the bottom of the fourth and thereby gifting everyone in the United States a free beef taco.

Thanks Jake.

posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/30/2007 11:18:00 AM, ,

Date Night

Andy is great. He's put up with my whining all week and I love him for it.

On Monday, I stayed home from work because I was feeling awful and he came home with flowers and best of all dinner. I love the million little things he does to show he cares. Tuesday he even took out the garbage without being asked. This is huge people.

I still wasn't feeling too hot last night, but I tried to make the best of it because it was Friday night and we didn't have youth group. It's all about attitude. If I would have said "I still don't feel good, lets stay in" he would have been fine with that. But I didn't, because I know he wanted to go out. Give and take people. Ya know - we had a great time too. We had pizza and went out to see a movie (Dan in Real Life). Not exactly revolutionary, but we enjoy each other anywhere (with The Mall as a possible exception).

Today is a lazy Saturday. We were going to go into Boston today, but it's raining. I still have it in my head that we're going to hike the Freedom Trail and have clam chowder at Quincy Market before snow flies.

I've been cooking up a storm this week! I've made this, this, this, this and tonight, I'm making this. I LOVE fall cooking. If the rain holds off we might make our way down to the Saco Pumpkin festival tonight. I'm a sucker for pumpkin flavored treats.

posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/27/2007 11:05:00 AM, ,

Every have one of those kind of days?

I'm having one today. My head is poundy. My ears are screaming. My sinus' are blocked. Today sucks. I thought I'd whine here and spare my husband. My poor husband. All of this discomfort is due to stupid wisdom teeth. I can't get them removed for five more days. Apparently everyone in Maine is having their wisdom teeth out at the same time. The nurse at the Surgery Center was not too helpful either. She suggested that I go on an all pill diet: 4 Motrin every 6 hours and 2 extra strength Tylenol in between. She also suggested I get lots of sleep. Sounds good, right? Sure, except that when I lay my head down my ears feel like they are trying to give birth to a steak knife. It's going to be a long five days.


posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/25/2007 02:16:00 PM, ,


Well they won. 13 to 1. All is right with the world.

Another game tonight.

This movie comes out today. Not anywhere in the Northeast because its "Christian", but I'm hoping they will have it on Netflicks soon. I want to show it to the girls in youth group.

Ok, that's all for now. My teeth hurt.

My wisdom teeth have been given their eviction notice. They will be out by Wed.

posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/25/2007 09:11:00 AM, ,

Game One.

We are going to the World Series, again. To me this isn't such a big deal because I really only started watching seriously (read: rarely) back in 2004. Ya know, when they won the World Series for the first time in like 1,000 years or so. For Andy, the Red Sox just going to the World Series twice in his lifetime is almost more than he can take.

Game one is tonight. Pray it goes well. The success of the Red Sox greatly effects his mood.

Back in the day at The Red Sox Parade.

We were all smiling, but it was raining, we were wet, and I had the flu (don't even get me started on the T-ride back home). The stuff we do for our husbands.

posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/24/2007 11:33:00 AM, ,

Monday tidbits

Momma Mia, we had a powerful sermon yesterday: Visible Maturity leads to Visible Unity.

In other news, check our my friend's Etsy shop! Fancy, right?

posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/15/2007 01:21:00 PM, ,

Toby Mac

We just got back from the Portable Sounds Tour that featured Thousand Foot Krutch (a little yellie for my taste - but good), Barlow Girl (whom I adore) and Toby Mac. It was well worth standing in the pouring rain for two hours.

There is just something about worshiping God with thousands of people. It's amazing. It's a lot like what I think Heaven will be like. Hopefully the t-shirts will be cheaper though.

For more pics go here.

posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/12/2007 11:09:00 PM, ,

Get Moving

For a while Andy and I have been talking about buying a treadmill. We finally bit the bullet last night and got one. We went to several different stores and tried them all out before settling on the mid-priced Reebok. While I couldn't get them to come down in price any, they did throw in one of these which makes it all worth it. If you peeped through our living room window last night you would have seen me rolling around on it. Quite a sight, I'm sure.

Perhaps today, I'll tackle these.
We've also been trying to cut down on the refined sugars and white flour we eat, which is in everything! Ahh.

posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/12/2007 08:23:00 AM, ,

I Love Lists.

Taken from the book: No one cares what you had for lunch (consequently I had a hotdog - they were raising money for breast cancer awareness month outside of Hannaford - $2 for a hotdog w/onions, chips and bottled water. Can't beat it!)

From page #42 Make Your Timeline

Age under 1: I'm living in Ohio with no siblings. So far, life is good.

Age 2: Mom and I are living with my Grandparents in upstate, NY as my father is in active duty in the Airforce. I wait by the window every afternoon for "Popcorn" (read: Grandpa) to come home. He got the name "Popcorn" because he would make some for just us every day after work. Sometimes...I still call him that.

Age 3: My long, luscious, almost to my bottom, dirty blond hair has been chopped off and I now look like Dorothy Hamill. I believe this was also the first time I said "I hate you Mommy".

Age 4: I start going to preschool at the Catholic church in town. I refuse to call the priest "Father" and get a note home. "You're not my Daddy!"

Age 5: On the first day of Kindergarten I make friends with Jennifer Hoch. She had on corduroy pants like me and was also sporting the bowl cut. We were fast friends. Later in the year we find out we both have the same sweater monogrammed with an "A" or "J" respectively. BFF!

Age 8: I get an eraser thrown at my head in class. I apparently was talking away while the teacher had stopped and every was staring at me. He would get arrested if he did something like that today! I forgive you Mr. Jay.

Age 10: On top of the world. I have 25 girl scout patches. More than anyone in my group. I can sell cookies! Meanwhile - how good to Girl Scout cookies sound right now?

Age 15: A popular boy with a used car salesman name tells me during science class, "You would be really pretty if you wore make up." I am sort of flattered by this comment. I haven't stopped wearing foundation, mascara and lip gloss sense that day.

Age 23: I marry my best-friend surrounded by family, friends and Elk.

Age 28: I'm waiting...waiting for the next chapter.

posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/06/2007 07:43:00 PM, ,

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

It's my turn to bring snack for Women's Bible Study at church tonight. All week I was trying to think of something "fallish" to make. Leave it to Rachael Ray to come up with the perfect thing: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.


1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, 1 stick melted, 1/2 stick softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon plus 2 pinches salt
1 2/3 cups flour
4 ounces cream cheese, chilled
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.2. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the baking powder, the baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour.3. Using an ice cream scoop or tablespoon, drop 12 generous mounds of batter, spaced evenly, onto each baking sheet. Bake until springy to the touch, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.4. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, cream the softened butter with the cream cheese. Add the confectioners' sugar and the remaining 2 pinches salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; mix on low speed until blended, then beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.5. Spread the flat side of 12 cakes with the cream cheese frosting. Top each with another cake.

posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/04/2007 02:06:00 PM, ,

Purity Ceremony

I've been leading a class for the past couple weeks for teenage girls on purity. We are reading through Shannon Ethridge's book Every Young Woman's Battle. I highly recommend it for any teen or college age girl. I wish I had this vat of information when I was growing up.

Anywho -the study will wrap up in November, so I'm in the planning stages of doing a commitment ceremony. I want it to be a night where their parents come and give them purity rings, maybe a short message, etc.

I'm having a little problem envisioning this. I was never given a purity ring from my parents. If you have can you share your experience, or thoughts on this?!

I found a ring I think is cool. What do you think?

posted by Amanda Wheeler @ 10/02/2007 10:20:00 AM, ,