Oatmeal Cookies, Pitbull in Alaska, One lone male bed bug, Tool, and Whilst

The other day I made oatmeal cookies. I thought it would be a good snack for the girls to have as well as something for our 8 yo to take to school instead of the packaged snack bar she usually takes for her snack.

I used this recipe from Betty Crocker and tweaked the ingredients to make it as healthy as I could.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


1 cup ground nuts or 1/2 cup nut butter
2 cups oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1 stick butter melted and slightly cooled
2 eggs beaten
5 heaping T whole fat yogurt
1/2 -1 cup raisins
1/2 t baking soda
2/3 cup sugar
1 t vanilla
1/2 t sea salt

Most ingredients used were organic.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add combined wet ingredients including raisins into the dry ingredients and mix together with a spoon being sure not to over mix.

It’ll look something like this:

Using a tablespoon or equivalent, spoon a heaping tablespoon of mixture onto a cookie/baking sheet. Feel free to form them but I am lazy and just slapped them on there. You should yield about 24 small cookies.

Bake cookies for about ten minutes, testing one to see if they are done to your liking. Cool and eat. Yum.

These come out like little muffin cookies so maybe I should’ve called them mookies! They were a big hit with everyone.


I picked up a recent copy of the Boston Phoenix because they have Morrissey on the cover and I am digging their new jazzy format (more magazine less newspaper style). Excited to read a Morrissey interview I dug right in. The interview was okay and I browsed through the rest of the magazine. And I am so happy I did. I have not LOL’d this much at an article or something I’ve read in a long time. David Thorpe’s tale of ‘rapper’ and musician Pitbull’s trip to Kodiak, Alaska is HILARIOUS! Read it here.


We may be the proud owner of one lone male bed bug. Since March, I am the innocent recipient of bites, in clusters, every few weeks. Bugs love me so it is not uncommon for me to suffer at the hands of a bug that bites. Whatever it is that is inflicting these bites is ruthless. Biting no one but me (the bites look just like bed bug bites) they swell up and itch like a MF…for weeks. Last spring we even hired a bed bug sniffing dog named Buster (or maybe it was Baxter) to try and crack the case. Results: negative. Cost: expensive. Husband: annoyed and thinking I’m more crazy than he already does. And when I went to the pest control place, the nice owner-man said I could buy a $60 dollar bed bug trapper or save myself the $60 and go buy a bottle of wine and relax because ‘Ma’am you DO NOT have bed bugs.’ When speaking to another bug expert and them telling me it is unlikely that we have them (infestation gets VERY obvious at some point) I asked ‘Could we have one lone male bed bug (they do not multiply like the females do)?, he replied, ‘it IS possible.’ So now, if I spend an extended period of time on the couch, and don’t move too much, especially in the evening hours, I get bites (at least once a month).

Moral of the story:

Maybe I should get my azz off the couch.


I am sure my friend Yum Yucky has a thing or two to say about this! πŸ™‚


I heard this song on the radio today and I was so happy. It just makes my inner hoodie-wearin’-loud-music-listenin’-rebelious teenage boy oh so so SO very happy.


I am obsessed lately with using the word whilst.

And whilst I am kinda annoying myself, I am going to continue to do it.

Have a great weekend everyone (or the three of you who are reading this ;)) and stay indoors because Susan Miller of www.astrologyzone.com says this full moon and whole weekend in general is gonna be a bitch!



8 thoughts on “Oatmeal Cookies, Pitbull in Alaska, One lone male bed bug, Tool, and Whilst”

  1. Still as funny as ever, A.! Could the bites be from a spider? I know they do that sometimes thinking they’ve got some food in their grasp….and those bites swell and turn red, and itch. Do you have some Rescue Remedy Cream to apply after you wash the area with soap and water? It really helps!

    Your cookies aren’t raw…..how come……got off that kick?

    Thanks for all the latest and greatest news! See ya next time.

    1. hi dot! thanks for stopping by. not raw, not but trying to eat lots of salads and have lots of smoothies and whatever happens after that is whatever happens! πŸ˜‰
      i think it could also be a spider but the bites are very much like bed bug bites and come every few weeks when this lil bugger gets hungry. but yes, spider is a possibility (they love me too and i am very allergic). thanks for the rec’o on the RR cream! good to know. sweet basil oil works great too.
      hope you are well!

  2. I vote for spider bites. Not that I want you chewed on but perhaps a spider is chillin’ in your house whilst biting you? Bed bugs really freak me out. I do hear that the infestation would be pretty obvious. Go drink some wine, girlfriend. (wait… maybe one of the kids is biting you? that happened to me before)

    1. I would totally vote for spiders also but the pesky internet (which is always right, of course) keeps pointing me to bed bugs, well, one bed bug because by now we would have an infestation and we don’t but I keep on gettin’ bitten. Wine is the only answer obviously.

  3. Could it be the material you’re laying or sitting on has some sort of prong sticking out of it? I once kept continually being “bitten” by something on my leg and checked the pants leg several times – in and out – to no avail. Then I realized it was something sticking out from the throw I had covering me!! Once removed I was fine.

    Same thing occurred on my back and I realized I was being pinched by the tag sown on with a nylon monofilament thread, barely visible. Thought I was going crazy for days till I found out what it was!!

    Check out those sources as well…… they can cause swellings and redness to the site too.
    Best of luck with that……

    And if you DO discover it is bedbugs after all……what do you plan to do to get of it before infestation? Is it coming home with Kaia from school perhaps? In the baby’s stroller, maybe? Check EVERYWHERE……

    1. these are definitely bites but i did consider something else since our couch is stuffed with down feathers but i have bites in places down just wouldn’t go :). since this has been happening since march and the bed bug sniffing dog found nothing, we definitely do not have a bb infestation. but it is completely possible we have one lone male bed beg who needs to eat. my husband travels a lot so he could’ve easily brought it home. the only reason i don’t think it is a spider is because it happens so often, only on the couch, and the bites are in patterns similar to bb bite patterns. we are planning to move within our area next year and the couch IS NOT coming with us πŸ™‚ but we won’t sell it we’ll just burn it or something lol. one of the methods they use now is heat to treat a bb infestation. costs thousands and they need proof, obviously, that you have them. there is a plug in $60 bb trap and i may buy that, i’m just too embarrassed to go back to the guy to who told me to get some wine!! quite the journey, isn’t it? and since i wrote this i post have six new bites so i am losing my mind…but it’ll be fine and a funny story to tell someday…

      1. OMG Adrienne!!! 6 new bites??? Are your children bitten also? I’d ditch the couch NOW…… so sorry for your troubles!! You must have sweet meat! LOL

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