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  • I haven't talked about Aaron in a while...

    Posted by Katie

    erin

    Since I haven't talked about Aaron Rodgers in a while and he seems to be all over the place lately I figure I might as well go on a little Rodgers Rant. 

    First of all I would like to say what a class act he once again proved he was yesterday.  When Matt Flynn threw that first touchdown, I am not sure who was more excited, Rodgers, or Flynn.  It was great to see Rodgers on the sideline, being supportive, and genuinely happy for his team.  Unlike some other quarterback we once knew.  (ahem Dallas, when he sat in the lockerroom refusing to come out and support Rodgers.)

    Next, on to the whole Aaron Rodgers/Erin Andrews rumor.  A lot of people have emailed me asking if this is true.  To be honest with you, I have no idea whatsoever.  This was also Aaron Rodgers response to the media- “I don’t think its anybody’s business, whether I am dating, not dating, who that person is, what they do, I really don’t feel that’s anybody’s business,” Rodgers said. “That’s my personal life. My public life is scrutinized as much as possible by people, positively or negatively”.

    Ok, after being around Rodgers and asking him these personal questions on a regular basis- this does not seem like him.  One thing I have learned from "interviewing" (actually Maino asking questions and me sitting in the corner red as can be refusing to make eye contact, and then finally working up the nerve to ask him one question.) him is that he never denies anything with us.  When I had asked him about Hilary from lady antebellum he pretended I didn't ask the question and made a joke.  When I asked him about the grapefruit heiress, his response was yeah she had nice grapefruits.  So I feel like this response from Rodgers is very out of character, which makes me wonder about the source of this rumor. 

    First of all their are some things that are completely just false about the reports.  My biggest issue is the claimed Erin had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.  Um, when did Green Bay get one of those???  I believe it was Cheesecake Heaven (which Aaron has been spotted at often.)  Second, she was in town to interview Clay Matthews, not to see Aaron.  To me if the reporter can't even get those small details correct, how can I believe the rest of the story.  Here are some other reasons I feel this story is false.  I checked Erin Andrews twitter and she was only in Green Bay for a little over 24 hours.  I don't know about you, but if I had a long distance relationship and my job sent me to my boyfriends city of residence I would do my best to make sure I stayed there for longer than a 24 hour period, especially if he wasn't even practicing due to injury.  Secondly, when I am on Facebook and Aaron Rodgers sneezes it is reported.  One of my friends posted that he was at Best Buy the other day, another that he was at such and such restaurant.  I find it hard to believe that Aaron Rodgers and Erin Andrews could go out in public together and not a single person noticed it.  Man alive, when Kirk from the Bachelorette brought Ali to town and supposedly ate at Chives, everybody and their mother knew about it!

    Whether or not it is true, Rodgers is somewhat right.  I will be the first one to admit I am guilty of it, but the guy does deserve a little privacy.  Just think of how hard it is in the beginning of a relationship.  You know that whole, what are we stage?  Is he my boyfriend, is he just a friend- now imagine throwing the media in there forcing you to put labels on yourselves...so until they choose to be seen together I will leave the topic alone.  So that is a warning to Aaron- once you two are photographed together it is fair game :)

  • Mad Props to Plow Drivers!

    Posted by Katie

    snowplow

    Dear Snowplow Drivers,

        First of all I would like to start this letter with a thank you!  Yesterday was our first true snowfall of the season in Northeast Wisconsin.  I have a 30 mile commute one way and I truly dread the snow for this reason.  Last night were not perfect conditions to be driving, and I blame the jerks in their suv's and trucks who think that just because they have an suv or truck that they can go 70 in the snow covered left hand lane while the rest of us are creeping along at 45 miles an hour.  I wish I had the guts to politely smile and honk as I see them on the side of the road in the ditch.  I have a hard time feeling bad for them.  Just because you are in a four wheel drive you are not invincible.  

    Anyways, when I woke up this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see the roads on 41 were pretty much ideal.  If it weren't for the white stuff on the side of the road, you wouldn't have even known it snowed :)   So I must give you mad props for your excellent job. 

    I must now apologize.  I am sure in the next two weeks I will be complaining (shocking, I know.)  I will be complaining about the roads.  But what I want you to know is I know it isn't your fault.  I think what you guys do is so comendable.  What I will be complaining about is the lack of support and help you guys have.  Why is it for some reason whenever there is a budget cut the snow plows are one of the first things to go?  I don't get it.  I drive in Outagamie county, and you can tell a huge difference the second you cross the brown county line.  Again, I know it is not your fault and the work that you guys do is amazing and deserve tons of kudos.  I would be so angry if I were you guys, not just because it is impossible to keep up with the demands, but I think it gives you guys a bad rep.  For the people that don't get we don't have enough plows, you guys get the blame, and that isn't fair!

     

    So just so you know if I do complain, please know it isn't directed at you.  It is directed at whoever decides to make the budget cuts!  You guys are doing a fantastic job, keep it up!

                                               Sincerely,

                                               A driver terrified of driving on 41 in the winter.

  • O Christmas Tree

    Posted by Katie

    tree2

    So after being in our apartment for almost two years- I finally talked the Diesel into letting me put up a Christmas tree.  Actually, he had no choice, my sister bought me one for Christmas because she knew how much I missed putting up a tree.  I went out the day after Thanksgiving to buy all of the supplies, which by the way are ridiculously expensive!  I know I know I should wait until after the holidays, but I didn't want to wait another year to put up a tree, and hey I was just doing my part at stimulation the economy.  Not gonna lie, the Diesel was not all too pleased when he saw the bill, especially when he opened the bag and saw I did an all purple theme.  In my eyes I figured it was more manly than pink!  For some reason I have been on a huge purple kick lately.  I don't want to make such a bold statement, but it may slowly be replacing pink as my favorite colors.  Anyways, I digress.  After putting up the Christmas tree I had somewhat of an epiphany.  Seriously I must be a complete idiot.  I just decorated my Christmas tree to look like the most vile thing I can imagine- a Minnesota Vikings tree.  I will leave it up for the rest of the season because A I am simply too lazy to take it down at the moment and B I am also too cheap to go buy more ornaments.

    tree 2

     

  • Train Chrismas Song

    Posted by Katie

    So if you listen to our station you have probably heard the Coca Cola commerical.  Train sings the jingle.  Murphy andI caught ourselves going wow, this is just a plain good song.  Lo and Behold it is actually a song, not just a jingle.  Here you go!  Enjoy!

  • When Kids Won't Eat.

    Posted by Katie

    kate

    Here is an article I stumbled across while I was purusing the internet today...

    That's Disgusting, Kate Gosselin!

    A source says that Kate Gosselin has a major problem with her children not eating their packed lunches at school.

    Here's what the source had to say about it:

    "She repacks it for them in the next's day lunch."

    The source also said that it's school policy for uneaten food to be brought home.

    "The kids are stubborn, so sometimes the little kids have the same half-eaten sandwich in their lunch all week."

    To make things even worse, the source says that the kids get teased for this.

    Jon Gosselin also isn't a fan of Kate's frugal ways with food.

    According to another source, Jon has said the following to the kids:

    "If you lived with me, you wouldn’t have to eat rotten food for lunch every day."

     

    Well, people are outraged with Kate that she would do this to her children.  I have never really been a huge fan of Kate, so some may be surprised at my opinion on this matter.  Well here is my take on the article...Ok again I will begin this with no I do not have children.  No I do not know what it is truly like.  BUT I am a VERY involved aunt.  I eat a meal with my nephews at least 2 to 3 times a week.  I have been responsible for them for days at time.  So I at least have a little insight to this topic.  I am completely siding with Kate on this topic.  I do not feel sorry for these children.  I have watched the show and actually watched what Kate puts in their lunches.  She asks them what they would like.  She makes it.  She adds a fruit or vegetable, along with a juice box or some sort of snack.  There is no way that this is being unreasonable.  Three of my four nieces and nephews will eat anything put in front of them.  I have one nephew who is picky about EVERYTHING!  So I know exactly what she is experiencing.  My nephew will eat pretty much only hamburger meat, ketchup, spaghetti, and chicken nuggets.  I have witnessed the break downs because he hates everything and anything either my sister or I makes him.  It is SO FRUSTRATING!  I am a firm believer in if they are hungry, they will eat. 

    I know their are going to be people out there that say well give kids a choice.  Don't force food on them.  Don't make them eat something they don't like.  I completely respect that.  My nephew truly hates cheese.  I make it a point to not include cheese in anything I make.  My nephew hates chocolate.  I will not make anything with chocolate if it is for him.  It is when I have seen him eat these foods prior, but just because today he doesn't feel like it, it doesn't give him the right to throw a hissy fit at the kitchen table.  I think this is just a part of growing up.  I don't know how many times I sat at my kitchen table for hours because my mom said I was not leaving the table until I finished my dinner.  I don't hate my mom for it.  I don't think I was being tortured.  I feel that my mom was showing me that she is the adult and I am the child.  Children don't have the rights to make decisions like adults do.  I remember debating with my nephew about eating one night and then all of a sudden it hit me- why am I debating a 4 year old?  Why is a four year old dictating anything to me?  Why is a 4 year old making decisions for the entire family?  And most importantly, why does a 4 year old think he has this power?

    Another point to bring up.  She has 8 children!!!  I would be pretty annoyed if I spent the time to make a lunch for 8 children and due to my childrens stubborness half of it wasn't being eaten.  If you want to be stubborn child, I will show you.  Plus, I highly doubt a sandwich is going to become unedible after two days. 

    Again, I know I am not a parent and I will never grasp this concept until I become one, but I want to know what you guys think of the subject.  I know this is often highly debated and I always love a debate- so please parents feel free to share your thoughts!

  • Gwyneth you have converted me!

    Posted by Katie

    Last night Gwyneth Paltrow was on Glee.  I was stating yesterday about how much I couldn't stand her.  I don't get her.  Just because you marry Chris Martin from Coldplay all of a sudden you are british?  You are constantly trying to be an entrepenuer on ridiculous things...like cupping for therapy, or her crazy diet she was endorsing.  Anyways, after last nights episode of Glee- she has officially converted me into a fan!  She was great!  She was funny!  She showed personality!  All things I have never seen before. If she is anything like the character she played, I think she and I would actually be good friends, dare I say BFF? So I apologize to anyone who tried to tell me she is great.  Well done Gwyneth, well done!  Here she is on Glee performing CeeLo's forget you.  It was my favorite performance of the show!

  • Another Cooking FAIL!

    Posted by Katie

    Yesterday I was excited to get home all day...I had chili waiting for me in the crockpot!  As some of you may know I am not a chili fan at all.  As I was purusing the weight watchers website I noticed this barbecue chicken chili recipe.  I thought it sounded fantastic.  My biggest complaint about chili is the sauce, and to replace most of the sauce with barbecue sauce sounded like the answer to my problems.  So I went to the grocery store, grabbed the ingredients, threw everything together on Wednesday night and had the Diesel turn it on before he left for work the next morning.  The Diesel's sister had given us a tip about how to set a timer on the crock pot.  We use one of those light timers (you know for like Christmas lights that you can set to turn on for a few hours?)  Ok anyways, Diesel set it for 9 hours.  The recipe called for 8-10 hours on low.  I got home that evening, it had been cooking for 8 and a half hours and it SMELLED AMAZING!  I go to open the lid and it is compeletely dry!  I then thought ok well I just need to stir it.  Yep, I stirred and got nothing but black chunks of pure burnt chili.  It was AWFUL.  The Diesel then reminded me of the soup incident.  It has been determined I am no longer allowed to handle any of the liquid meals :)  And to answer some questions, no I did not precook the chicken.  The crockpot was for sure set on low.  Here is the recipe...and a picture of my epic fail... Let me know if you have any ideas on why this happened!!! p.s.- if you try this recipe, let me know how it turns out for you.  Also, for anyone on weightwatchers, it is only 5 points :)

    chili fail

    Ingredients

     
    1 pound(s) uncooked ground chicken breast   
    1 large onion(s), chopped   
    1 medium green pepper(s), seeded and chopped   
      3 medium garlic clove(s), chopped   
    31 oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained   
    15 1/2 oz canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained   
    14 1/2 oz canned diced tomatoes   
      12 oz chili sauce   
    4 1/2 oz Ortega Diced Green Chiles, or other brand   
      1/4 cup(s) chili powder   
      2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce   
      1 Tbsp molasses   
      1 Tbsp packed brown sugar   
      1 Tbsp ground cumin   

    Instructions

    • Place the chicken, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a slow cooker; stir with a fork to blend. Add the kidney and pinto beans, tomatoes, chili sauce, green chiles, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, brown sugar, and cumin; mix well. Cover and cook until the flavors are blended and the chili thickens slightly, 4–5 hours on high or 8–10 hours on low. Yields 1 1/4 cups per serving.

    Notes

    • Dark-colored seasonings, such as molasses, brown sugar, and chili powder, compensate for the lack of browning of the meat before simmering. Cornbread makes a great accompaniment to this zesty chili—a 2-inch square will add 3 POINTS.

      You can mix all the ingredients for this chili in the insert of the slow cooker the night before and pop it in the refrigerator. The next morning, simply place the insert into the slow cooker and set it on low before going to work.
  • New Mariah Christmas song!

    Posted by Katie

    Mariah is releasing a new Christmas c.d.- and I AM SO EXCITED!  All I want for Christmas is you may very well be my all time favorite song.  It is for sure my favorite Christmas song!  So unfortunately I don't think anything can compare to it....she tried here, but still isn't as great!  It is a good try though Mariah!  If you ask me, there is no way to beat perfection!

    And now justfor the fun of it...oh Mariah you really know how to make Christmas music!

  • The Tree that stole Christmas...

    Posted by Katie

    I know, I know we have been amazing weather lately and trust me I am the last one to complain about this.  It is because of this weather that I am so ready for Christmas!  We are so lucky to have weather this beautiful in November that it is almost like wow, how can we complain about cold if mother Nature is only going to give it to us 4 months of cold instead of the usual 5!  My ideal world is no snow until November- if that happens there is nothing I can complain about- that is until snowstorm Aiden hits (for anyone who didn't know, they released the names of the snowstorms today and the first one to hit will be titled Aiden:))

    Anyways for some reason I have been more in the Christmas spirit than ever before.  Maybe it is because of my neices and nephews- I get to relive the whole Santa Claus experience through them, or maybe it is the idea that we will soon be playing Mariah Carey all I want for Christmas is you on a regular basis!  (p.s.- don't forget to tune in the day after Thanksgiving- it is holiday tradition for Murphy to play that song to kick of the Holiday season.)  I think I know the real reason.  I finally get to put up a Christmas Tree again!  I know you are probably thinking- again?  What happened?  Well here is the story....

    When Michael (aka the Diesel) and I first started dating, one of the first times he met my family is when we all went to go cut down Christmas trees.  He did a great job at cutting down my tree and dragging it home for me.  The only thing we forgot to do was actually put the tree up.  We got the tree the weekend of Thanksgiving and I think I waited three weeks to put it up, and all three weeks Michael badgered me about putting it up.  Well for anyone who knows anything about trees (which obviously I do not) knows that when a dead tree sits. the sap collects at the bottom of the stump.  Michael must have spent a solid two hours (in the middle of a Packer game mind you, because yes I swore it would only take five minutes, or at least the length of halftime.)  After many phone calls to his dad, brother in law, etc he finally got the tree cut.  Well, that wasn't even the hard part!  Unfortunately I had purchased one of the el cheapo stands.  Little did I know actually putting up the tree would be even more of a task.  After ANOTHER two hours of "it's not straight", it falling down, and at one point Michael asking to check my neck...yeah I didn't get that until he said yeah I just wanted to see if it was actually attached to your body, because only an idiot would have this much difficutly putting up a tree!  Needless to say, this was our first fight.  And because of that horrific moment Michael swore we would never get a real tree again (or at least until children were in the picture.) 

    Well my sister knew that not having a Christmas tree every year was killing me.  I had every intention of buying a fake tree, but I refused to pay full price because I know they are pretty much half off the day after Christmas.  Well on the day after Christmas the last thing I wanted to do was fight the crowds to go shopping.  So for my birthday this year my nephews surprised me with a fake Christmas tree- so I will finally have a tree again!!!  I am so ready to put it up today!!!  As I was typing this I realized- do I have to go buy a stand for this- or does it come with one??  Help me out friends, I am trying so hard to become more domesticated, but as you can tell, it isn't quite working!

    Anyways- here is picture of the Diesel and I by the Christmas tree that I refer to as the tree that turned Michael into a Grinch aka the Tree that Stole Christmas...

    Grinch

  • Makes My Day...

    Posted by Katie

    A couple of months ago I randomly started getting these Office calendar quotes on my desk after the show.  A lot of times they would relate to things we had talked about that morning.  For the longest time I never knew who did this.  It would seriously drive me crazy!  I accused certain people, but no one would ever fess up.  Then the one person I never suspected fessed up...Mr Corey Carter himself.  I was so surprised it was him!  I don't think he ever realized that these completely made my day!  So today he came up to me, and told me he had been slacking lately and handed me about ten days of office quotes...once again, my day was completely made.  It is the little things- so Corey, thank you for making my day today!

    the office

  • Murphy gives the best gifts!

    Posted by Katie

    Murphy went to New York this weekend for the Packer/Jets game and although we hate to have him gone for a day, he always comes back with the BEST souveniers.  Well, he may have outdone himself this time!  Maino got a hooded New York sweatshirt and he got me a brand new "coach" purse!  I am impressed with his taste.  He did a great job at picking it out!  I can't wait to go home and switch out my purses!  Thanks Murphy!!!

    "coach" purse

  • Who does that?

    Posted by Katie

    After talking football with Larry McCarren this morning I walked back into the studio to this.  I didn't think anything of it.  Maino a few minutes later goes, Katie what do you think this is?  I then examined it a little closer and realized oh that's ncie, it is a chew pouch.  Maino goes, yeah that is what I thought.  Yep, Larry left us a nice present when he left the studio this morning.  This is my question.  Who doesn't throw that away?  It is like taking a piece of chewed gum, putting it somewhere, and not throwing it away...sick...Thank you Larry...but seriously, who does that???

    chew