Sunday, May 31, 2009

I'm Not Convinced

...that's it's possible to make ice cream without expletives spewing from the laundry room - after the inevitable rock salt spill



but the end result- oh so fine Lime Sherbet this weekend. It may not look delectable- but trust me, it was...someone set the freezer on the lowest setting, which is what accounts for the spoon marks. A lame attempt to pry some out late at night....



Am I the only one who was thinking sherbet had an extra "r" at the end? It needs one..

Thank you for continuing to vote for my son. Things have been heating up, with someone getting close to 700 votes in a day!! I'm sweating it and will be eating lots of ice cream this week to calm me down :-)

YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Six Word Saturday




Testing the Soap Box Derby Car


My son is so thankful for all your votes. There is still time to vote! Please click here. It's quick and painless! And you can do it everyday :D **someone has come out of nowhere with close to 700 votes in 2 days - so every vote is helpful!**


P.S. Still time to enter my giveaway too!

Toni Totally Rocks!

Check out this video montage Totally Toni made this morning of some of her Tweeps. If you would like to see the faces behind some of the blogs you may already be reading, you will enjoy the video. It is also a good resource for some fun blogs that merit a follow! Oh, yeah, and that's 'lil ole me at the end *blushes*


Blog Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Linkathon from Toni Patton on Vimeo.

Visions of BlogHer Dance in My Head

I've been reading many blogs where bloggers are gushing about their plans for BlogHer- Getting all giggly like a bunch of school girls about rooming together and placing their fancy "BlogHer '09 I'm Going" buttons in their sidebars....

Unfortunately, I have neither a ticket nor a room. (boo-hoo-hoo - I know). What does someone do when they are in this unfortunate predicament- they enter a sweepstakes in hopes of winning a trip!

I came across this sweepstakes sponsored by JVC to send a blogger to BlogHer and provide them with a JVC Everio camera of their very own. I'm lovin' the HD camera - so I'll be able to record all my blunders and gaffes in high def. (cue groveling: me, me, please pick me).

Some of the advantages of the Everio HD are:

  • KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS (F1.9, Filter diameter: 30.5mm)
  • 60GB Internal Hard Disk Drive**no pesky cassette tapes! Yippeee!
  • 25 hours recording at the highest quality (Ultra-DVD Movie)- imagine what I could record in 25 hours!!
  • Full HD1920 x 1080P Recording
  • Up to 1920 x 1080 Digital Stills- so If I forget to pack my digital cam- I'm still in business!
  • Up to 9999 digital stills at the highest quality- dang-- that 's a lot of "cheesy" photos
  • One-Touch Backup to PC (Direct Backup)- Backup is good; I like Backup!!!
  • One-Touch DVD Creation (Direct DVD)- so we can mail videos to all the relatives...
Another feature I really like is the One-touch Upload to YouTube (Windows) - so I can upload my juggling vids for all my "many" subscribers to enjoy! - LOL

Which leaves me pondering, if I was to win, will I have to bring my own peanuts cheeseballs for the airplane ride? Probably so.
Will I meet lots of inspiring people and learn how to make my blog sparkle? For sure.
Will I have time to take photos of cheeseballs at locales around Chicago if I have some spare time? Possibly.
Will I be able to get into Harpo Studios and persuade Oprah to pose with the cheeseballs? Depends.
Will I come across interesting and unusual commodes that I can take digital stills of? There is a strong possibility.
And, lastly will my blogging improve greatly upon return? One can only hope....

P.S. Thanks to all of you for your continued voting!! Voting goes through next Friday, June 4th at midnight. Every vote helps! You guys are the BEST...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dude Could Use Your Votes ... and Dude's Mom would be most grateful!

I discovered the other day when I lost a "begging contest" on Twitter, that I am not so good at begging. But, when it comes to my kid, well, then that's a whole 'nother story!

It would mean so much to me if you could enter some votes for VC in this local Silly Face Contest he entered. All you need to do is click here and go to Page 2 where you will see this picture ("Austin") fill in the dot under his picture where it says "vote" (it will turn green) and then click on "Vote for This" - it's that easy! You can do this 5 times in a row. It will let you know when you reach your limit.

You can get in 5 votes per day through midnight on June 4th - yippeeee! A little bookmarking action goes a long way! It would mean the world to him. Thanks so much :D


*I'd love to reciprocate, so if there is a contest you would like me to cast a vote for you in, please let me know and I'll be happy to help!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

On a More Serious Note

Occasionally I like to post on relevant news topics that have been on my mind. [This blog is so much more than about cheeseballs, McFlurries, belly piercings and Alec Baldwin. Ok, so maybe it's not yet, but that's the plan.]

Last week this photo was in the news again.
I'm sure many of you recognize the photo. Her name is Madeline. And she was 11 years old at the time of her death.

Did she have some rare inclurable disease? No. She had diabetes and would still be alive today were it not for her "loving" parents who neglected to get her medical treatment and chose, instead to watch her die.

I know that certain religions take a stand against blood transfusions and chemo, but that was not the case here. If she had received the diabetes medications she needed, she would be alive today. Who knows what the vibrant girl in the picture would have achieved in her lifetime?

According to the article I read on FoxNews (yes, FoxNews; y'all just calm down now), her mother, Leilani Neumann (and I quote) "is charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the Easter 2008 death of her 11-year-old daughter Madeline from undiagnosed diabetes. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

Neumann has said her family believes in the Bible, which says healing comes from God, and she never expected her daughter to die."

Her father considered her illness a "test of faith" and believed she was under a "spiritual attack."

This is their excuse for never taking her to the doctor???????

I'm hoping she gets the maximum penalty. In my mind, this is a simple case of child neglect. Certain people were never meant to be parents. Losers..


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Monday, May 25, 2009

I'm a Mom of the Year - Who Knew???

Yep, you heard correctly. Lucy has graciously bestowed this honor upon me. Thanks Lucy! BTW, Lucy is a fabulous mom who also puts up with a ton of crap from the Booster Club...

Rules of the Award:
•Admit one thing you feel awful about involving being a mom. Get it off your shoulders. Once you've written it down, you are No Longer allowed to feel bad. It's over with, it's in the past. Remember, you're a good mom!

What do I feel awful about? Hmmmm...maybe that I don't always fully concentrate completely on what VC (or MB for that matter) is saying- in fact, they've made a bit of a joke about it!


•Remind yourself you are a good mom, list seven things you love about your kids, you love doing with your kids, or that your kids love about you. These are the things to remind yourself everyday that you Rock!


1. I love that I am still his personal alarm clock.
2. That even as a teenager, he still likes to sit and talk to me.
3. That occasionally he "throws me a bone" and admits that I made a good suggestion.
4. That I can still refer to him as my "little bugaboo"
5. I love that he shows concern for my feelings and wants me to find something I'm passionate about.
6. I love that he knows that I've always "got his back."
7. I love that we can still bounce juggle together. Here's our latest video:



*Please note: I am really not as slim as it appears in the video. VC had the setting on "widescreen" by mistake so we both appear extra slim and trim! Check out my older videos to see that I do have a butt :-)

**also: If you are concerned about my choice of footwear, I do not normally go out in public wearing clogs and no-show socks! These are my "house shoes/juggling shoes!"

•Send this to five other Mom's Of The Year that deserve credit for being great moms and remind them that they are the best moms they can be!! Remember to send them a note to let them know you've selected them, and add a link to the person who nominated you.


I nominate the following moms:

Two Pretty Little Skirts
Amy
Kelly
Mommy24cs
Just A Mom (aka JAM)

Please remember to enter my giveaway! (unless you have gorgeous non-frizzy hair 'course; in which case I am jealous!!!)

Fanny Flashback

Before there was writing on his hand with a Sharpie to remind himself what needs to be completed for a school project (This is what VC's hand looked like on Friday!)

he had to learn to spell

before learning to spell, he had to learn the alphabet

before learning the alphabet, he had to learn to



go on the potty!! That's right.....it's been a while, but we still recall the time spent potty training VC. Lucky for us, it was relatively quick and painless.

We still like to tell the story of when we were attending a huge indoor Christmas fair; it was wall-to-wall people attending, mostly older ladies...MB had VC on his shoulders above the crowd. VC announced loudly, "I gotta go potty!" to the delight of all the smiling grandmas nearby.

And just when I thought I was all done with potty training, I signed up to teach his 2 year old preschool class. Half the kids were still in diapers, so I had the "opportunity" to do some more potty training! woo-hoo!



To hear more potty training stories, visit

http://www.pull-upspottyproject.com and http://blog.parentbloggers.com

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Six Word Saturday






Reading While Son Makes a Splash!

*Please don't forget to enter my giveaway.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Belly Button Bling - Revealed!

***Warning: If you are squeamish about things piercing-related, this is NOT the post for you***

OK, so I am now ready for the big unveiling of my new navel piercing. First, here's how it went. I got up that morning having no plans other than to attend a local festival with the boys where my belly dancing group (the advanced class) would be performing.

After the performance we walked down the block and saw a sign out front a newly relocated tattoo/piercing shop. It looked so welcoming, we decided to take a peek.

MB, knowing I had wanted to pierce my belly button for years (he had even tried to pierce it once - long story), suggested we inquire about pricing, etc. After being reassured of their sanitation standards, I decided to go for it!!

Those who know me well, know I like to think things over, rethink- and then think some more. So a hasty decision like this was well out of character for me- & sooo darn fun!!

The technician, Gabe, said it would feel like someone was pinching my skin (gross understatement as you can tell from my grimace). I've gotta say, though, that Gabe, who could pass for Frank Zappa's twin brother, had more bedside manner than most physicians I've visited over the years.

Here I am trying to "play it cool." LOL

I felt much better after it was over

...and how it looks today:


A few things I didn't realize beforehand:

(1) That the piercing can take 6 months to a year to heal!! over which time you need to wash it twice a day with antibacterial soap and avoid touching it.

(2) You have to be uber careful to avoid infection. As Perez would say, "This is serious shizz!"

(3) That you cannot go in a pool or to the beach for a month afterward, which is why it wasn't the best idea to do it the week before the pool opens!

All things to keep in mind should you decide to get some belly bling...

Please don't forget to enter my giveway! "Be like me. Be frizz free" LOL :D

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bring on the Humidity! *giveaway*

I am extremely excited about my latest giveaway! Remember a while back when I said that I was eager to try a new anti-frizz hair product for my follically challenged frizzy hair? ...Well, I'm happy to report that I've had the opportunity to try No Frizz Wave-Shaping Curl Defining Styling Spray and No Frizz Straight Making Styling Spray. Both products are made by Living proof™.

I first came across the name of this company in a fashion magazine. After looking at their website and philosophy, I was further intrigued.


Here's some background info from Living proof™:

"Nearly every anti-frizz product on the market - there are more than 1,000 treats frizz with silicone....The problem with silicione is that it doesn't address the causes of frizz; It doesn't prevent humidity from entering the hair shaft, and it doesn't reduce the surface friction on hair.....Living Proof™ scientists identified the problem as one they could solve. The company was created for the purpose of applying advanced technology to solve the toughest beauty challenges. We are a team of scientists led by MIT Institute Professor Dr. Robert Langer, and beauty authorities who share a single vision: to invent efficient formulas with new molecules that deliver results you can see across the room."

Without further ado, here are some pictures I took of my little experiment.

Here is my hair in it's natural frizzy state. NO styling products were used and I let my hair air dry. You can be sure that this is an unretouched photo! Otherwise I would have used better lighting and my face would match my neck. Notice my "Bozo No-No" hair:



After spritzing my hair with No Frizz Wave-Shaping Curl Defining Spray (and allowing it to air-dry) here's how my hair looked:



As you can see, my frizz has been tamed. In it's place, defined waves. There are still a few flyaways, but I have a feeling this may be because I should have saturated my hair more with the spray.

One thing I'm especially excited about is that Living proof™ states that the product performance improves with continued usage. With such wonderful results after only one treatment, I'm in for some fantabulous hair down the road!

Next, I tried No Frizz Straight Making Styling Spray and styled my hair using a blow dryer. I think you'll agree, the results were simply amazing:


I purposely tried both products on a damp, humid weekend. And, living in the South, we have plenty of humidity. I am outside in this picture so you can see it is an overcast day. You'll have to trust me on the humidity. Believe me, it was very humid. It rained on and off throughout the day and my hair held up through it all...

My hair was silky and shiny. MB wasn't at home when I tried the No Frizz Straight Making Styling Spray. When he returned and saw my "new" hair he said "Wow! Your hair looks gorgeous." A compliment from my beloved? It doesn't get much better than that!!

Here's an added benefit to using these products. According to Living proof ™, "...the technology repels most other materials like water and oils, translating into a non-greasy coating that doesn't attract dirt and other particulates.....it is actually more repellent to dirt and particles than natural hair; as a result, you can actually go longer between shampoos."

Translation: On days I am running late for work, I can skip the shampooing!

Interested in experiencing the joy that is frizz-free hair? Enter my giveaway! Winner gets their choice of one product from Living proof

Frizz solved.


Here's how to enter:

Leave a comment on this post!

For Additional Entries:
1. Visit Living proof™ and tell me which product you would like to try
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Deadline to enter: June 1st at 7:59 pm EST

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cheeseball Tuesday

Cheeseball Tuesday is back in action!

Stephanie from Sew Fierce surprised me with some cheeseball pics. Stephanie's blog is called A Pocket Full of Buttons. She is an extremely talented seamstress. As someone who got through the sewing part of Home Ec in 7th grade by turning the wheel of the sewing machine by hand instead of using the pedal so that I could control the machine better -without using the power, I am in awe of the beautiful pieces she creates...

If you have a chance to mosey on over to her site, she is hosting a giveaway- winner gets a $30 gift certificate to her shop, which is filled with all sorts of handmade items for kids, including bibs, smocks, aprons, custom pillows and much more...

Here's what Stephanie sent me:





She did such a wonderful write-up, I am including it here verbatim: "[Here] is a pic of me and a pic of the girls. They wanted to get in on it too. I think they just wanted me to hurry up so they could eat the CB's, they had been waiting for days...haha

The pictures were taken at Mt Soledad. The cross was originally constructed in 1913 and then replaced with a concrete one in 1954. With an amazing 360 degree view of all of San Diego it is beautiful and awe inspiring! This spot is very important to me because this was the first place Traves took me on our Harley when we moved to San Diego together.

This was a favorite place for him growing up in Mission Beach. Then it is also the place where we got married March 14th...a surprise to me since I was planning a big wedding for June 26th. I thought we were just out for a ride, never expected we would walk away from the cross married (we still had the planned wedding in June).

So yesterday taking our cheesy pictures, I got to share this place with my daughters and I hope they go back to the same spot we love when they have kids."

Stephanie, thank you for sharing this beautiful story. You have made it a wonderfully sentimental Cheeseball Tuesday!

I've just realized that the Cheeseballs have now made it to two places beginning with the word "San" as in San Diego and San Francisco. Interested in participating? Please send me a photo of you and some UTZ at a distinct location near you. I'll feature your photos and link to your blog. They are sold at your local Sam's Club, BJ's or Staples or are available for purchase online directly from UTZ or through Amazon.com.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

You'll Never Guess What I Did - Read the Meme to Find Out

Two Pretty Little Skirts nominated me to complete this fun meme:

Rules of the meme. Respond and rework. Answer questions on your own blog. Replace one question. Add one question. Tag 6 people (again, I'm going to leave this open to whoever wants to participate- please let me know if you do!)

1. What are your current obsessions? Twitter, blogging and entering to win giveaways (trying desperately to ease up on the latter)
2. Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often? My Colorado Clothing Zipper hoodie. It is so soft and comfy and I’m always cold.
3. Last dream you had? That I went to the bathroom and my toilet was missing. Minutes later it was replaced by a much larger toilet that would rise in the air when you sat on it; I was thinking my parents may have splurged on a champion 4 for us (seriously)
4. Last thing you bought? Oh, that would be my um my new belly button piercing – day-um- I got brave! (photos to come) *fyi - this is not related to my new "class" - been wanting to do it for years!
5. What are you listening to? Jason Mraz & Muse
6. What is your favorite color? Lime Green
7. Favorite holiday spots? Hands down, Charleston, SC, Raleigh and Asheville, NC fun to visit, too.
8. Reading right now? The Help
9. Four words to describe yourself. Neurotic Ball of nerves LOL
10. Guilty pleasure? Watching Dateline “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH” (my best Keith Morrison impression)
11. Who or what makes you laugh until you’re weak? Any SNL skit with JT and Adam Samberg, including last week's Mother Lover skit; also videos on Failblog














12. Favorite spring thing to do? Go for a walk
13. Planning to travel to next? Probably Charleston (do I sound like a broken record?)
14. Best thing you ate or drank lately? Ice milk with Chocolate Syrup – yes, a fresh batch!
15. Dream vacation? Sardinia to select my retirement home (just planning ahead)
16. Favorite ever film? Pretty Woman
17. Care to share some wisdom? Try to keep in mind it’s the journey- not the destination- it's taken me a long time to accept this; the "more than a card" painting I won & selected from Cynthia @ A Shimmy in My Spirit is a good reminder. It has a wonderful quote by Paulo Coelho “I discovered that searching can be as interesting as finding." Please visit Cynthia’s site when you get a chance for more inspiration!
18. Song you can't get out of your head? According to my son “the dumb Jason Mraz one.” [Sung in falsetto by VC]
19. Thing you are looking forward to? The end of the school year so I can sleep late on non-work days- woo-hoo!!
20. What makeup item would you like to purchase next? Some electric blue eyeliner- I hear it's back in style!

(yep, that last intriguing question was one I made up)


Next it is time to pass on some more blog bling! Amy, at Bitchin' Wives Club, graciously bestowed upon me the "A Sushi Grade Blog" Award. If you are not yet a follower of Bitchin' Wives Club (what the heck are you waiting for????), Amy is a multi-talented video maker, Karaoke Singer, and all around cool mom.


The "A Sushi Grade Blog is fresh, lively and of superior quality. It is rare, has character and is of good taste." It requires the nomination of 5 blogs.

I hereby nominate some new (to me) bloggers whose blogs I've been enjoying:

Shawn- incredibly talented, impeccably stylish mom to many
Rant Rave Roll- humor with an edge - check out her blog for jokes such as this:

What's The Difference Between Roast Beef And Pea Soup? Anyone Can Roast Beef

My Net Finds - Self-proclaimed internet Surfer Extraordinaire, plus she makes recipes that include chocolate and peanut butter (two of my absolute faves)
Mocha Dad- I've been enjoying reading his thought-provoking blog; plus he and I both survived our respective camping trips recently; a fellow reluctant camper deserves an award!
Brown Eyed Gal - I get to listen to one of my favorite songs of all time (by Van Morrison) while reading her blog

Congratulations!

Friday, May 15, 2009

You're Never Too Old For Slime

VC asked me the other day if I still had the recipe for slime- the slime that I last made close to 10 years ago. I used to be a big thrower-outer -- but a valuable recipe for slime- why, I had that tucked away where I could easily find it- 10 or even 20 years later !

I may not come across as a "crafty hands-on supermom," but I do have a couple tricks up my sleeve- slime being one of them.

If you are stick inside on a rainy day, this is a fun activity to do with the kids. I'll try to type everything up as accurately as possible, keeping in mind that the last time a friend requested a recipe (for the now infamous chickpea stew) - she wrote back asking why I did not have chickpeas anywhere in the recipe - oops!

Here's what you need to have on hand:
{Borax, Elmer's Glue-All and Food Coloring}

To begin:

1-Make a saturated Borax solution by adding a tablespoon of the Borax to one cup of water. Stir to dissolve the Borax. If the solution is truly saturated, some solid will settle out undissolved. [this is what you want to happen] If all of the solid dissolves, keep adding more until some solid remains on the bottom of the cup.


2- Give the Borax solution a big shake and mix the Elmer's Glue-All* (4 teaspoons) and water (4 teaspoons) together in a disposable cup. Add one or two drops of food coloring.
*school glue will not work


3- Add to the glue mixture one tablespoon of the Borax solution and stir with a disposable spoon

4- Stir until a mass of slime forms on the spoon. Then pull the slime off the spoon and knead it gently until it no longer sticks to your hands

5- It's now ready to play with. You can do all sorts of cool stuff- similar to Silly Putty- you can stretch it, tear it, bounce it- put a straw in it and blow to make body noises, the possibilities are endless!



6- When finished playing with the slime, it is important to put it in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out. It should keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

**If you play with the slime with dirty hands, it may grow mold, so try and avoid this; also try to avoid getting the slime on carpets, upholstery, wood furniture, etc.

Southern Charm - In Assorted Colors!



As summer fast approaches we are already planning a few excursions to my favorite vacation spot: Charleston, SC.

With views like this (VC juggling on the pier last summer) - you can see why it is near and dear to my heart.

Rows of sherbert (another one of my favorite views!) colored houses are a delight to the eye....


And, we've discovered Charleston is one of the few places we can all relax and where there is something each of us enjoy to do (the beach for VC, Museums & house tours for MB and perusing funky shops for me.) We have many happy memories from our visits to Charleston. If you've never been to this charming city- you are missing out! It is a treat for the eyes. Oh, and did I mention the treats for the mouth?

Take a look at the size of these pizza slices!


to see more magnificent views, visit http://www.windexoutdoor.com and http://blog.parentbloggers.com

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hunger Strike or Publicity Ploy??

I am soooo tired of hearing about celebrities going on hunger strikes to protest this cause or that cause.

When I heard the other day that Mia Farrow was ending her hunger strike in protest against the atrocities occurring in Darfur after 12 days (falling short of her planned 21 days) because of weakness. I thought, "Do you mean to tell me you were becoming weak after 12 days of fasting-- that's odd!"

Here's a quote from People.com: "...she has been eating oranges and drinking soup to regain her strength. "I feel so much better with the food in my system. I feel so much more peaceful," she says.

You have got to be kidding me? You feel so much better with food in your system?

Cynical Me thought, "How much of the hunger strike is about raising publicity for your cause and how much is about raising publicity for yourself--- hmmmmm?"

Seriously, do you think celebrities going on hunger strikes is going to make any difference? I'd love to hear your thoughts while I go and grab a sandwich.


P.S. While I may not be tackling any international causes, I AM ready should the Swine Flu come a-knockin' at my door. Karen recently held a contest on her blog and yours truly (how pompous!) was the winner. I won by evaluating the situation, calculating around what hour Karen would be meeting her mom for dinner, estimating that her mom would call the night before and therefore correctly guessing the day and time that her "crazy hysterical" (disclaimer: not my words) mom would call to warn Karen not to go on her trip to Mexico/cruise. I am happy to report that Karen is going on her trip and was able to borrow a piece of luggage from her mom that will hopefully not become contaminated with swine flu.

Here I am posing with the contents of the Swine Flu Survival kit that Karen assembled. The contents: hand sanitizer and alcohol wipes, a bag of Hot N' Spicy Fried Pork Skins, TheraFlu and a jumbo box of Kleenex. (There was a run on air masks in Karen's area.) I've never felt more prepared for anything in my life! Thanks, Karen.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Going Behind the Cabin Curtains

[Warning: If your eyes glaze over at the very thought of seeing photos from other people's trips, this is not the post for you; if not, read on....]


As I alluded to in my earlier post, we spent Mother's Day weekend doing some "cabin camping." Here's how it all came about: over a month ago the boys planned a fishing trip with a friend of MB's. The trip coincided with Mother's Day weekend. In order that they didn't feel guilty leaving me behind on Mother's Day, they made me feel guilty if I entertained any thoughts about not joining them. A bit of "guilt transference."

While some of you moms may have been celebrating the weekend at a luxurious spa getting a massage and seaweed mask, this is where I spent the weekend:


VC Was glad I came along, since he was looking forward to having someone to balance his weight out on the see-saw.


We also went swinging- not as Swingers- on swings!!!:


Here's a peek at the deluxe sleeping arrangements:


I've written before about our lack of extended cable TV. When we travel, it is a treat to see the stations we normally do not get at home, such as the History Channel and my fave: E!

While the boys were out on the lake fishing, I decided I'd catch up on some True Hollywood Stories, but unfortunately most of the afternoon on the E! Channel was devoted to a marathon edition of "Going Postal." Who wants to hear about massacres when there is gossip to be had!!!!! Here's our TV setup:

We went on a little hike:
and used the toilet tank as a pseudo dish drain (when else would you get the opportunity to do this?):

All in all, it was a fun weekend. To top it off, when we got home, I had the honor of spending hours on Mother's Day washing the mountain of linens and laundry that were dumped in the laundry room following the trip...seriously! I have a feeling the boys are planning on making this an annual event. I think I know who ended up getting pampered on Mother's Day!

In other news, it looks like I have a taker for Cheeseball Tuesday. Yay!! Hoping to post the photos next Tuesday!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

8 Things Meme and C.O.W.

I hope all you moms had a delightful Mother's Day. I spent the weekend camping with the boys. More to come on that later. It was technically not "camping," since we stayed in a cabin, but it's close enough for me to consider it camping and I think you'll agree when you see the photos. In the meantime, the cabin, as rustic as it was, had WiFi!!! So, I completed this meme that my bloggy friend Janna Bee tagged me for last week:


8 Things I'm Looking Forward To:
Returning to civilization
Grilled Peanut Butter Cup sandwiches (just had one and all I can say now is "meh")
My next "class" so I can use the brand new zils MB helped me to assemble (he sews better than me)
Going to Charleston over the summer and eating pizza at Andolini's
Not having to shave my legs
Coming up with something else to look forward to - this list is sad :-(
Honda finally diagnosing the problem with my rear brakes so I can drive w/o turning the radio up
Trying this new anti-frizz stuff from Living Proof on my hair- has anyone tried it?


8 Things I Did Today:
Ate a Pop Tart (not the fiber ones)
Took Shower in creepy cabin shower
Saw a catfish on a hook
Entered blog contests that I have minimal chance of winning.
Went on a see-saw
Followed back a ton of people on Twitter - who honestly didn't seem all that interesting.
Went on a swing
Took a bike ride


8 Things I Wish I Could Do
tell a certain somebody where they can go
Be competent enough to belly dance with the group in public one day!
Visit NYC
Be my own boss
Live in a city
Get my nose or belly button pierced
Break my addiction to carbs
Realize it is not my responsibility to keep everybody happy

8 Shows I Watch:
The Office
Scrubs
30 Rock
48 Hours
Dateline
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Tag 8 People
Since I did plenty of tagging last week, I'm not going to tag anyone with this meme, but if you do decide to participate, please let me know so I can visit your blog.

And now, for the Comment of the Week (C.O.W.):
The C.O.W. goes to Tammy Howard for her comment on this post:
She said, "My hubs would kill me, too - or - worse yet - stop following me! And if he stops reading my blog, how will he know what's on my mind?"- love their method of communication!

Keep those comments comin' if you would like to be eligible for next week's C.O.W.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Pass on the Worry and Other Good Stuff

In honor of Mother's Day, here's some of the things my mom passed down to me. First and foremost, I come from a long line of worriers. Not many can challenge us in the Worry Department. In fact, at one of my previous jobs, I was given the title of DDW, which stands for Designated Department Worrier! (not only do I worry about myself, I worry on behalf of others.) photo credit stevechasmar

Another trait that I received from my mom is my well-documented "sleepy eyes," which my mom inherited from my grandmother and which it seems I may have passed on to my son as well, because whenever my mom sees a picture of her grandson, she says, "He looks awfully tired in that picture. He must not have gotten much rest the night before."

But let's not dwell on the negative, because my mom also passed down some good traits, including her patience (which I kind of hope I inherited - perhaps in a much smaller dose), her fastidiousness, her ability to empathize with others and some decent listening skills :-)


She also passed on her tried and true cleaning tips, product recommendations and recipes. I recently asked her to look for some Soft Scrub ("hasn't scratched yet!") because the store where I normally purchased it from was no longer carrying it. She is also big on the use of baking soda and used to buy it bulk and divvy it up so that I would have a huge bag sitting on the shelf in the laundry room. I remember when we were selling our house MB pointed out that we had better put it in a closet so it wouldn't be mistaken for an illegal white substance. LOL If MB needs a tip on how to cook something, he immediately dials my mom who invariably has an answer. Unfortunately this is one area that I should have paid better attention to growing up, because it apparently wasn't genetic...


To read about what other moms passed down to their children, and to learn about the Celebrity Hand Me Down Auction, visit: http://www.ebay.com/celebritymoms and http://blog.parentbloggers.com

A Horrendous Mix-Up

We took many, many group photos at MB's mom's milestone birthday party: parents with the grandkids, parents with the kids, parents with the outlaws, parents with the friends, parents with the great-grandkids...

When it came time to develop the photos, MB prepared a lengthy list of the prints he wanted for his album. I decided to develop them at the kiosk in the store since there were so many.

I carefully checked the numbers beside each photo. After the 50 4 x 6's were selected, he requested an 8 x 10 group shot of the extended family-- all 31 smiling faces.

The day I went back to pick up the photos, the clerk suggested looking at the photos to make sure they were OK before paying for them. Normally I would just toss them in the cart. Luckily I did not do that this day. To my surprise, when I opened the 8 x 10 envelope, instead of a family photo of a grey haired couple surrounded by extended family, I discovered this little gem:



It was a photo from MB's "Weightloss Series."

The clerks had a nice laugh and said they would need to keep the photo to return it to the lab. You just know where that baby's gonna end up- as a lifesize cardboard cutout at the photo lab!

[sidenote: MB walked by as I was creating this post. He asked why I was still on the computer. I said I just needed to upload a picture of him. He gave a loud sigh, knowing it is never a good thing when I say those words!]
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