Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Ultimate Bromance

Step aside MB and "skater boi," (who incidentally are back "on") there's a new bromance in town!!

If you get a chance over the break to see Sherlock Holmes - I highly recommend it. VC and I have just returned from our excursion to the new theatre located right down the block!

We saw Sherlock Holmes, with Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson. Fantastic flick!! Lots of drama and magic and plenty of bromance between these two hotties. I have always been drawn to the dark/quirky badboy troubled poet types (I mean really it doesn't get more dark and brooding than MB) and RDJ fits the bill. Sure, he's weathered a bit over the years, but it is a "good weathering." Plus, you will get to check out his carefully sculpted physique in the boxing scene. Who knew what he was hiding!!

I've thought Jude to be quite delicious too, since seeing him in The Talented Mr. Ripley. No wonder Sienna keeps returning to him despite his "moral shortcomings" ;-)

Anyway, this movie (and the playful bromance) is not to be missed. Check it out. I give it "5 clicks of my zils"

Sunday, December 27, 2009

One Step Up from Redneck Christmas (Maybe)

VC's favorite Christmas Song is Redneck Christmas: ♪ ♫ 12 Pack of Bud, 11 Wrasling Tickets, 10 Copenhagen, 9 Years Probation, 8 Table Dancers.....♪ ♫ I'm sure it may also be your favorite holiday tune too, since it is a catchy number...

Anyhoo, we are very practical out our place. Almost too practical (and it is mostly my doing on this account - my nickname is "The Fun Ruiner")

As VC was opening up his stocking (and mind you these were all things he put on his list - himself), MB commented that they were weird to give as Christmas gifts. If it says anything about my state of mind, I hadn't thought of them as odd until he mentioned it....

Here's a small sampling: Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Croutons, Black Electrical Tape, Bird Seed, 4 Hour Extended Life Battery for camcorder....and I'd go on only then I would further embarrass myself*....

VC is holding up some of those "goodies" in this here photo:

*Note: VC also did receive some cool real Christmas gifts, so don't be sad....

VC is covering his lip in the photo because he had surgery on his lip this week and has stitches sticking out of his mouth. He seriously resembles a catfish :D I have been saying he had a "Lip Tuck" or alternately, a "Lip-o-suction" (I'm quite the humorist, I know ;-)

C'mon, fess up, what "redneck" Christmas Gifts were on your family's list?

Foreshadowing to future blog post: Today I discovered why t*pless beaches are so popular.....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ready For Christmas - In the Wurst Way!!!!

MB is a man of many traditions. Every year, he and VC would drive an hour to visit the "authentic" German market to stock up on wursts (love that word!!), Brochen, German Ham, and "Gelts" (click to see fun pic :D ....

However, we recently got word from another stubborn German that the store had gone out of business!! This sent MB into a funk - and onto the interwebs -

....Where he finally located a German company that was able to ship him some Westhepalian Ham and Gelb Wurst in a frozen state.

It wouldn't have been Christmas without it.

What Christmas foods can you not live without?

[P.S. I like to impress MB with my knowledge of German (which I pronounce -"Scher-man"); words include: beer garden - which I pronounce "bier gar-ten" - and "shanken" - my word for German ham. Oh, and a long drawn out auuuuuuuuges "eyes" Gets him every time!)]

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Little Wounded Bird

A post by my bloggy friend Tammy, (love her!) brought to mind an incident that happened this week, wherein I, "big brave Carma", was compared to a little wounded bird....

I need to be a little cryptic about the situation, but the general gist was that I was speaking to a particularly challenging individual who is very intimidating, at which point I burst into tears...I was tired of the constant challenges to any topic I brought up and was exasperated trying to get my point across and feeling grossly undervalued. Again. Midway through the discussion she said I looked like a little wounded bird.

The sad thing is that this statement is more true than I care to admit. Since I'm too cheap to go to a shrink, I did a quick self-diagnosis: Most of my difficulties boil down to the fact that I hate to disappoint anyone. Ever.

I've been bullied by several individuals over the years and have rarely fought back. Is it time for the little wounded bird to kick some serious buttocks????? Me thinks so. Other sad truth: That is unlikely to happen. I realize how often I tell my son not to "end up like me." Who wants to grow up to be the wounded bird instead of the proud eagle? He's going to be an eagle. I just know it. *runs to get tissues*

But fret not peoples, I have just received an awesome blog award with seriously the nicest "tribute" ever from Cristina at When is There Time To Sleep. Cristina has a wicked sense of humor. Head on over and check out her blog!
I know I'm supposed to be passing this on to my sweet blogging friends, but since it is 12:45 am and I was so excited I had to add it to my post toute de suite!

If you are a regular commenter to my blog, consider yourself awarded. If you do a "Ten Things That Make Me Happy List" - please let me know so I'll be sure to visit your site to read it :-) Thanks Cristina!

Friday, December 18, 2009

For the Baby Who Has EVERYTHING

Have you seen this? For the folically-challenged baby that aspires to be the next Paris Hilton - hair weaves!!!

I kid not. This is an actual product called Baby Bangs. Is this baby wearing lip gloss???

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

And the Winner is......

....I'll never know!!!! Because MB blew his nose loudly at the EXACT MOMENT the radio station was announcing the name of the person to call in and win. And there was only ONE chance to hear the name. I was at the ready - ear near the radio and then bfffffftssstttttffffffppppppppp MB blew his nose LOUDLY (one of those old man nose blows)....

I'll admit that I'm a sucker for the occasional radio contest. This particular one, sponsored by a local radio station, asked listeners to register online and then listen for their name to be called 4 times a day. I was scheduling my errands around those 4 times a day so that I would be near a radio at that time (since I'm crazy insane like that) - since listeners only had 30 minutes to call a special line after their name was called.

All winners (who called in) won a gift certificate and were also put in a drawing for $4,000 diamond earrings from a local jeweler. Now I'll never know what it may have been like to wear these babies...

Is the loud obnoxious Man Nose Blow really that more effective than a dainty Lady one???

photo credit tanjila

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It Never Takes Long for the Haters to Emerge

I was on twitter last night when the news came in about the accidental drowning of @Miliary_Mom's son Bryson Drago Ross (seen here in this twitpic that she posted this morning Several online friends of hers immediately posted their condolences. At least one of the them had met Shellie Ross (@Military_Mom) in person at a blogging conference.

I checked out MM's twitter account and indeed she had tweeted about the drowning and asked for prayers. I posted a couple messages on some of the tribute posts in show of support and many others did as well.....

Well, it didn't take long for the haters to emerge on Twitter. @Military_Mom has been responding back to them, but hopefully she will just let it go. Several have written tweets accusing her of neglecting her child and Tweeting while the incident happened. Of course, no one knows the actual circumstances, but that doesn't stop the conjecture and hate.

I always wonder what this type of individual (hater) is like in real life. Do they hide behind their twitter accounts or attack people they meet in person, too....

Maybe some may not find it appropriate for her to be tweeting so soon after his death, but until you have experienced the same loss, who are you to say what is or isn't appropriate...For many bloggers, their internet friends are only a click away and more "there" for them than some of their real life friends....

Just some thoughts. I know that people are extra diligent about verifying things, especially after the whole April Rose hoax, but by all accounts (the story has just been verified in a local paper Florida Today) this is a real story with real people, that is a real tragedy...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Stylin' and Profilin'

The selection of a profile pic is such a critical thing - you don't want to scare readers away- or attract the wrong kind of readers...(who am I kidding, I'll take any readers I can get ;-)

You may have noticed that I switched my profile pic, and now I'm in a quandry....

Do you prefer the former, more carefree picture (which is ironic because I don't recall ever having felt carefree even in my childhood) - or this new, more formal Carma complete with "poils"?

Why am I wasting a blog post on such a non-topic??? Because I haven't had anything monumental going on in my life this week. The Christmas cards are still sitting awaiting addressing, shopping is yet to be completed and unlike the ever-busy blogger Yaya, I did not sell and buy a house this week!!!!!

Thanks for visiting me here in Dullsville - and please leave me a comment about my profile pic..."yay" or "nay" or "I find neither flattering/hire a professional"!

In case you forgot what the former pic looked like:

Dang. Now I'm getting all nostalgic. BTW, my childhood friend calls me "Kermie" since she says my smile reminds her of Kermit the Frog. Is that a good thing???


Stop the presses!!! Sideways Carma is back in da house :D After reading your comments and seeing the new pic on my page, I have decided to stick with my old self. I've never been formal a day in my life, so why start now!!

If you would still like to weigh-in - this was the new profile pic that was up for less than 24 hours....
The reason for the "formality" was that this was the outfit I wore to MB's company party last weekend. Figured best to dress like this than as a skanky ho ;-) [He is not employed by Tiger Woods]

Friday, December 11, 2009

I Can't Take Anymore GOOD NEWS!!

If you've been watching the morning shows this week, they've been covering all sorts of "feel good" stories. The Today Show has been doing a Good News segment. I guess it is in keeping with the holiday spirit. Yesterday they featured a family that had I think it was 9 kids, many of them adopted; The mother and her husband had even planned to adopt more, but sadly he passed away last year at the age of 48 from complications from diabetes - The family had hit on hard times....Enter Walmart to make the Christmas special for the kids...The family walked outside to find their lawn had been decorated with lots of coats, laptops, etc....choked back tears and hugs ensued.

Today the featured story was of a guy who was in peak shape, completing marathons and competing in the Iron Man challenge. Then in 2007 he had a horrific bicycle accident and was paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors didn't think he would walk, but he defied them and is not only "walking" but also climbed many flights of stairs at a fundraiser for the rehabilitation center. All this while maintaining a sunny outlook.

Yes, this is all fantastic news!!! The problem is that I watch the show while working out and in order to keep from sobbing all over my elliptical, I have to keep running to get tissues!! I've been literally bursting out in tears....

Tomorrow I'll keep the tissue box on the mat next to the elliptical. Although, with all of this pre-planning it will probably be a "bad news" segment.

Over at Good Morning America, the message boards have been buzzing over the change in hosts: Diane Sawyer moving to anchor World News Tonight and Chris Cuomo moving to 20/20. Diane will be replaced by George "Yawn" Stephanopoulus - big mistake!! and the affable Chris will be replaced by the more serious JuJu Chang. I suspect their ratings will be taking a bit of a plunge. I think that Chris is really the biggest loss. I loved his corny humor and easygoing nature...What are your thoughts??

Have a great weekend everbody!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Belly Dance Smackdown - It's Off!

Would everybody puh-leeeeze stop asking me how my dance class is going ;-)

Well, as long as you've asked: I have BIG news! I've actually had this news for over a month but so many more pertinent blog posts presented themselves that I had to put this one on the back burner.

Here's the story. Belly Dance Diva has dropped out!!! Suspiciously, her departure seems to have coincided with my taking over the lead position. Was it my lack of coordination that did the trick and scared her away- never to grace us with her Arabic twistback or Egyptian shimmy ever again??? She lasted a mere two weeks with me in the lead. I'll admit I did screw up a bit (a lot) when first learning the move that I would be leading: i.e. The Choo Choo (yes, that really is the name) - was this destiny?? (Remember not too long ago MB compared me to a steam locomotive!)

There is more dance news to come but it is still developing so I'll be putting it in a separate post. Oh, the anticipation!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's SITS-mas Time!

Today I am participating in the celebration over at SITS...

Wishing all you lovely SITStas a happy holiday season. I don't have any specific hopes for the coming year, so I made the mistake of asking "the boys":

One (Michael Jackson) said: "To worry less" - the other (The Grand Huzzah*) said "To complain less" - they don't paint such a pretty picture! In the future, I'm not asking their opinions...

Yet, their comments do tie in to the wish I've had for over three decades: To one day be at peace with myself...warts and all (no, I don't have warts, but I do have plenty of "and all")

To anyone else who is feeling conflicted, I wish the same for you :-) Now go forth and party on!

- Your SITSta in dance :D

(which reminds me- it's about time for the next Belly Dance Smackdown Update. Here's a little foreshadowing: You will not be hearing about any further smackdowns...)

[*My son was awarded the title of Grand Huzzah at the finale of the Renaissance Festival. It is a huge honor! (not to brag ;-) ]

P.S. If you are cringing at the template I picked for the card - in that it doesn't go with the photo, this was the only template available that the non-standard sized photo would fit in without cutting off our heads. But now that I think about it, how funky a card would that have been!! Next year!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Return to Sender

My shopping mall avoidance is not going as well as I had planned. Thus far I have ordered online from Sephora - and we all know what a brilliant success that was! And then last week I placed an online order for 2 new diabolos (Chinese yo-yo's) for VC.

Since he is now beyond the "Santa years" - I put him to work shopping online for his own gifts and doing price comparisons. Some may call it lazy - I call it resourceful!

The big box came yesterday and I opened it with him - since I promised he could use a set of the new diabolo sticks ahead of time (yeah, I'm um a softie)

Only to discover inside the box were two of these:

instead of two of this:

Can you spot the subtle difference?

Not a big deal, except this is the exact same mix-up that happened three months ago when we ordered from the same company!

I contacted a rep and they said I could simply mark the box RETURN TO SENDER. I was very skeptical because THE BOX HAD BEEN OPENED. Yet, as I heard the mail truck making the rounds in the neighborhood, I decided to see if I could quickly patch the box back together (it was one of those jimmyrigged boxes) --

Only one snafu:


Two rolls and neither had an obvious start to the tape. Sweat was beading down my face as I ran my hand round and round the rolls and could not find where to peel it off. Ended up having to use the heavy duty army tape.

Then I quickly slipped on my clogs. The mail truck was already at our neighbor's house. I ran up the street in my slippery clogs, over hazardous wet leave piles, around the corner, and was finally able to get the attention of the mail lady, who told me she would mark it REFUSED but that there was a good chance I would be seeing it again. ON MONDAY. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr......

Curious what VC has been working on with his juggling/diabolo:

added bonus: You will get to see our pathetic "natural area" on the front lawn ;-)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Does This Tote Make Me Look Chic???

I am usually not one to fall for gimmicks - srsly! But, when I got the email from Sephora advertising a free tote designed by tattoo artist Kat Von D with $25 purchase, I started getting all antsy. I HAD TO HAVE THAT TOTE TO MAKE ME LOOK CHIC YET ALSO EDGY. It was only available in limited quantities so I had to move quickly.

Since it was too hectic to venture anywhere within a 30 mile radius of the mall last weekend, I had a great idea! I would order my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer online and get the free tote. Only I needed $8 more to qualify for free shipping. Toss in some Clinique Black Honey Lip Stain. There, I met the quota. Sat back eagerly awaiting the tote that would transform me from dorky to edgy.

My purchase arrived within days. I was so excited to see my "free" tote that cost me $62.00. You can imagine my disappointment:
Does this make me look chic yet edgy????

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Big Books and Other Tidbits

First, let me congratulate the winner of Oh!Nuts Giveaway = entry #18 Christina! Christina will win one pound of bulk candy! Congratulations!

[Extra special thanks to my bloggy buddy Joy, who tweeted her heart out; Alas, the fickle had other plans...please stop by Joy's blog and show her some love so I don't feel like crap ;-)]

Here's a little cost-saving tidbit that you may want to use once your kids get to middle school and you are expected to purchase novels for their Language Arts classes. Again, I like to remind everyone that VC attends public school, not some fancy schmancy academy (although after recent events I may be rethinking this in the future ;-)

Typically the middle schoolers read 4 novels a year, in addition to their textbooks.

As soon as VC finds out he needs to purchase a novel, he tells me and I immediately drop everything, step away from the blog and put a "hold" on the book at the library. (The school bookstore inflates the prices by up to $5.00 a book) Even when there is a waiting list at the library - 9 times out of 10 it arrives in time. This saves around $50 a year figuring the books are around $10 each. Let's just say that fifty bucks can buy a lot of Smart Balance margarine.

Oh, here's a soundbite for today:

VC hops in the car after picking up the most recent book I ordered from the library (The Book Thief).

Me: "That's a huge book; are the words big?"
VC: "Looks that way"
Both breathe sigh of relief

Don't we sound like Ivy League scholars???

In other book news, would you believe what I saw on the table at the Book Fair at VC's school? .........None other than this "gem"
Lastly, thanks to all of you who have recently awarded me some generous blog awards.

Special Thanks to the lovely Lea from Snapping Panda, who graced my blog with the Best Blog Award!
If you get a chance to visit Lea's blog, you will enjoy her photography and insightful blog posts. If you are a regular commenter to my blog and don't yet have this one in your arsenal, please grab it!

My friend Dale, who blogs at Stroke of Living, awarded me this snazzy award. Dale is running a bit of a competition on Wednesdays with her Wordle Wednesday posts. I encourage you to check it out, as well as Dale's posts, which she approaches from her own unique perspective.

Thanks Dale and Lea!

[Kathie and Allison I still have blog posts in the works for your awards/tags...sorry for the delay.]

Monday, November 30, 2009

Blog Filler (aka The Carma Suri post)

This time of year, people are out and about and not sitting home reading blogs....halllloooooo....*echo bounces back* Kidding! Actually I've been thrilled that so many sweet bloggers have visited lately.

But, I figured it was a good time to post something that I had on one of my original blog posts over a year and a half ago, figuring no one could possibly remember it. It is one of those "new to you" posts.

When Suri Cruise was born and I started seeing her baby pics, I thought that they looked very similar to some of my baby pics.

(That's me on the bottom)

Of course, it may have to do most with our Moe (from the Three Stooges - or as VC liked to call them when he was a toddler "The Three Students") hairstyles :D

Here's a pic of me at about the same age Suri is now...she's way cuter...

Aren't you relieved I made you aware of this??

Probably not as relieved as Tiger's wife was after he made his official statement, though ;-) I'm figuring she won't be picking up a golf club any time soon*....

Hey, would that be the same as me running out after MB with his leaf vacuum???

He'd better not cross my path!!

*Of course, I realize that this is all "alleged"

Friday, November 27, 2009

Pass the Turkey, You Turkey!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here's how mine went (I figured I'd illustrate it in my cartoon style):

Two relatives got into an argument and were not speaking to each other the entire day:

(I have not put on any identifying marks so that the parties can remain anonymous.)

Another couple is always noticeably absent because they are not "kid people":
I've come to the conclusion that I am never going to know what it would be like to be in this scene:

because inevitably our family get togethers come off more with us acting like these folks:

On the brighter side, I did get to eat lots of this:

Please share your fond Thanksgiving memories. However, if they are "too fond" please don't share as I will just get depressed :-(

Oh, and this will be me - next year!!!!!

The others can get together and "enjoy" each other's company!!!

Still time to enter my Oh!Nuts Giveaway!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Oh! Nuts Giveaway

To get us in the mood for holiday goodies, here's a fun giveaway sponsored by Oh! Nuts

**Disclaimer: I did not receive ANY products to review nor compensation, this is just a fun giveaway!**

I love nuts. Even practically OD'd on a bunch of cashews 20 years ago....and you all know I recently got busted to sneaking into VC's treat bag. So I am drooling over the awesome selection of nuts and candy at Oh! Nuts (can I possibly work a few more 'Oh! Nuts' into this giveaway?)

They have a fine selection of bulk candy:

Take a peek at these juicy jelly fruit slices:
or these Anakonda Gummies (what boy would not want to find these in his stocking?)
or one of my childhood favorites - Rock Candy!

Now, let's get to it! Winner will receive their choice of a pound of bulk candy

To Enter:

Visit Oh! Nuts and tell me something that strikes your fancy (you can do this once a day)

For extra entries (Please leave a separate comment for each entry):

1. "Follow" my blog on Blogger
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3. Grab my handy dandy blog button (please let me know so I can reciprocate!)
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5. Blog about the giveaway and link back to my blog
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8. Tell me what you like most or least about my blog

**If you are already a follower, or already have my button, please still tell me so in a separate comment. Thanks!**

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, December 1st at 8:00 PM EST

Sunday, November 22, 2009

You May Be Wondering....

"How did Carma's man get so rugged and virile (see previous post) - if he was not out roping cattle???"

Well, I'm tickled you asked....
MB was using this little contraption - a machine that "vacuums up leaves" - only this particular model was picked up at the curb. A neighbor put it out as trash and we happened by at the most opportune time and got to be the proud new owners!!! The only problem being that it is old and if you push it like a mower - you get a face full of fumes and debris.

What is wrong with using a good, old fashioned leaf rake, you ask?

Simple: MB is the 2010 version of Tim the Tool Man Taylor
Use a rake - instead of a "power tool??" pfffffft That's only something that his boring minimalist neo-Luddite (I kid on that one but wanted to use the term) blogger wife would use :-)

[BTW, I know everyone hates the word verification, but I was getting so much spammy nonsense I had to put it back on...]

Friday, November 20, 2009

He's Also Rugged and Virile (aka My Worst Post Ever)

I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to post this. I've had a lot going on lately with the daily stresses of life and haven't had as much time to focus. But, since I did prepare this post, I hate to let it just go dormant, although that is EXACTLY what I should be doing ;-)

Without further ado, I bring you my WORST POST EVER:

Who does this photo remind you of??

Hint: Think of a cow rancher.

Does MB not look like the Marlboro Man of the famous Pioneer Woman blog??? (more accurately, the Marlboro Man in 15 years) He had just come in from a long afternoon working on the yard and I couldn't resist snapping a few shots.

This is how he originally wanted to appear in the photo:

To get those images out of your mind, I figured I'd better post a more flattering pic that is not distorted by the use of the digital camera up close. I've added a Michael Jackson hat which should jog your memory ;-)

Pioneer Woman followers: This is just a spoof - not meant to offend. I know her blog is awesome.

*and she slowly hits the Publish Post key*

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

You Don't Say??

ABC News recently came out with results of a new study: "Scientific evidence shows we all have a "phone voice" that's different than the voice we use in our regular, face-to-face conversations!"

Wow! It took a study to figure this out! MB and I have been ribbing each other for years over my high pitched friendly phone voice and his signature lighthearted chuckle that indicates he is on the phone with one of his relatives.

Do you have a phone voice that is the butt of jokes? Do share!

P.S. Congrats to the winner of the Crazy Dog T-Shirt giveaway: bayctygrl (Jennifer)! Thanks to all who entered :-)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Five Obsessions

Lucy , one very spunky blogger, graciously bestowed on me the Fabulous Award. The rules of the award are to list 5 Obsessions and then pass on to 5 bloggers. There is a good chance I have already done this list, but I shall post 5 more obsessions just in cases :D

(1) Rice - I am obsessed with the white fluffy stuff; I'm trying to break this obsession, yet I think I had rice 4 nights this week.

(2) Smart Balance Buttery Spread- Now with Flax Oil! to slather on the above rice
(3) My Precor Elliptical Machine
to combat obsessions #1 and #2; I am not one to splurge, but one thing I've discovered is that if you are buying exercise equipment and know you will be using it regularly (this is key ;-) - go for top of the line or the most you can afford. You'll be glad you did.

(4) Maintaining my youthful complexion - which means I slather on lots of this:

(5) Being successful at something - anything - (and I'm not fussy at this point)-before I lose my youthful complexion and have permanent bloat from eating too much rice.

I have chosen to pass on this award to:


Looking forward to hearing your obsessions if you choose to participate!

Congratulations to Fashion Frugality, winner of the Rolled Canvas Print!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Petticoats and Poker

The other day VC went on a field trip. This was not just ANY fieldtrip. It was a $34 field trip! (what happened to the days of the $5 field trip???) to a restored village about 2 hours away.

Kids were allowed to bring iPods and other things to keep busy on the chartered bus ride. VC wisely decided to leave his iPod at home, which is good because then I did not have to help him conduct a search and rescue upon his return when he would have realized he left it on the bus or worse....

It was a long day, having to be at school at 6:30 am and not getting home until 7:00 pm. I asked him if he slept on the bus on the way home and his answer was, "No. I played poker." Apparently he decided to bring a deck of cards (along with his Rubiks Cubes) and he and his buddy played Black Jack and Texas Hold 'Em most of the way home.

(You heard about the 21 year old winning over 8 million at Poker the other day.) It never hurts to know when hold 'em. (I swear I couldn't resist. I did not want to use that line.) Especially if he one day finds himself in a jam - and can't raise enough cash with his busker skills. He may need to hustle up a few bucks with his poker game. [Just thinking worst case scenarios here.]

Funny story: When we attended back to school night when VC was in second grade, there was a bulletin board outside the classroom decorated with pictures the kids drew of something they liked to do. Most wrote things like: Play soccer, jump rope, blah, blah, blah, and then we glanced over to VC's picture and activity. It was labeled: I like playing poker.

Even as a second grader, he didn't fit the "mold" :D Yes, we used to give him his own little stack of chips to use when we played cards for fun.

Before you call us irresponsible, I learned just this past weekend (in USA Weekend) that there are Three Invaluable Life Lessons you can learn from playing poker:

(1) Look for subtle clues - Important in business as well as in your personal life
(2) Be objective - Learn to put aside emotions (this does not apply to bloggers ;-)
(3) Remember the past - Past performance is your best indicator of future results.

This holiday season, forget the Barbies and Thomas Train Sets (I am clueless as to what the new 'hot' kiddie gifts are), instead pick up one of those felt-lined poker cases with chips for your little one :D They'll thank you in 20 years.

Photo Credit: jking89

Still time to enter my giveaways here and here!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Oh Snickers!

Has anyone else been busted for sneaking in their child's treat bag? Unbeknownst to me, VC set a trap.

Take a peek at this photo. Do you see the Twist?

Well, I'm wishing I had seen the twist before inadvertently alerting VC that I had been in his treat bag (aka pillowcase) He is quite the detective these days :D

Monday, November 9, 2009

And I Said It Wouldn't Last...

I begin this post with a great big *sigh*

The bromance is no more. Cough. Cough. Gasp. You heard me. The bromance. It's Over....

I'm not one to say "I Told You So." (OK, maybe I am.) but my prediction has become reality.

As I alluded to in my first "Bromance" post, the bro was personality-wise very opposite from that of MB. While we try not to be very bragadocious, the bromance IS. For example he is so big into his vehicles that he has posted photos of them on his Facebook page along with his collection of tattoos. And you may recall when I first met him, much of the conversation was disrupted by him and his s.o. glancing at their i-Phones mid-conversation. That's when he is wasn't talking about himself ;-)

MB and I are proud fix-it-yourselfer's. We are not showy. We take pride in being able to make due with what we have, living beneath our means and not going hog wild on purchases. The bromance, on the other hand, drives a Hummer and uses $500 earbuds. One pair of skates is not enough. He has 10 pairs of skates that he brings with him presumably to show off. Top of the line. Fix a broken skate? pshaw!

So, it was inevitable that some friction would manifest itself at some point.

MB is the consummate planner. He plans his week at work in detailed spreadsheet format and carries around a list on a clipboard.

He is the same way when it comes to planning his fun activities.

So when MB and the bro were planning to go to a new rink this past weekend, MB did all he could to make the plan come to fruition. MB sent a message to the bro detailing info about the rink hours and location. And then a follow up email and call. He waited around on Sat. to hear back from the bromance. He received nary a text message. This was not the first time the bro suggested trying a new rink, only to doff out. All talk; no action.

It took sending the bro a message on Sunday: "So I'm guessing we aren't going skating Yesterday" to get him to respond back today saying he was "super busy on Sat." Yet, he amazingly found time to update his Facebook profile several times that day!!

If there's one thing MB can't stand, it's people who don't follow through, which pretty much describes the bromance.

MB has decided not to bother to send him any more messages and will just go on his own skating this week. Will the bromance show up? Will he be bringing his 10 pairs of custom skates, Hummer and $500 earbuds? dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnn.....

P.S. In case you are wondering, I got MB's "permission" before writing this post. Not that I needed it since I am a woman of the 2000's.

I hope you will enter my latest giveaway! A canvas print of the kids for grandma = priceless!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rolled Canvas Print Giveaway

I'm excited about this giveaway because it is just in time for the holidays!

Get ready to turn your favorite photo into a work of art. is giving one of my readers the opportunity to win a 16 x 20 rolled canvas print.

I bet your loved ones would be thrilled to receive a canvas print of your "little one" or in my case "larger one." And I know exactly the print I have in mind to enlarge and put on canvas: This photo of VC at the Renaissance Festival after he juggled with London Broil on stage. Woo-hoo!!!'s canvas prints are thick, high quality artist canvas with a matte finish. Poly-cotton blend makes this canvas ultra durable. Stretched orders are coated with eco-friendly protective matte coating that is UV protected.

To enter to win a 16 x 20 rolled canvas print:

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Giveaway ends on Sunday, November 15th at 8:00 PM EST

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