Friday, July 31, 2009

Six Word Saturday



Announcing the Winner of my Giveaway!



I hope it's OK that I add a few more words:

Since our last video is insanely popular on SITS ;-) we decided to do ANOTHER ONE. (BTW, there is still time to VOTE to help me save face! click here - it is a poll and takes literally a second to vote!)

GAH, there I go plugging my SITS video, when the purpose of this post is to announce the winner of the Online Poster Printing 16 x 20 Canvas Wrapped Poster Print Giveaway - $88 value! (focus Danielson, Focus! oh, I bet the use of that phrase will get me at least 2 more votes..negative votes, that is!)

The winner said she would use a photo of the kids on a haystack. The only thing that would make the photo more perfect would be a photo of the kids on a haystack with a container of Utz!! Oh, the photoshopping possibilities!

Missed out on this giveaway? I've got another one in the works from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM BTW, it is more than just flowers that croak after a few days, you can get potted plants and herbs as well!!! I say "go for it"

I Could Use Some Votes!! Please, Please

Remember the little video production my son and I made about SITS? Well, it is featured on SITS today, and I'm up against some "heavy hitters"!! If you enjoyed the video, I'd be thrilled if you could vote for us :D

You can vote via this SITS post - the poll is to the immediate left of the post.

Thanks so much for all your support! I <3 you guys!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Giveaway

I'm taking a small break from discussing chiggers and bromances to bring you a $50 Giftcard giveaway from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

Did you know that a recent Harvard study found that people who made a point of looking at flowers first thing in the morning actually felt cheerier and even more energetic throughout the day? I didn't either. But if I can be cheerier and more energetic, bring on the flowers!! (Did I just read "cheerier"? Perhaps my belly dance 'buddy' could benefit as well :D )

Here's an example of the benefits associated with certain flowers/scents:

Scents:





  • Lavender – Considered a natural remedy for insomnia, the scent of lavender can prompt your body to produce a calming compound which promotes relaxation and helps relax and alleviate stress. Check out the Lavender Dish Garden
    ($49.99) or the Crabtree & Evelyn® Lavender Hatbox
    (SALE $55.99)

  • Mint – With a scent that immediately awakens, the smell of fresh mint is refreshing and purifying to both the body and soul. Check out the Summer Herb Garden Trio
    ($44.99) or the Taste of Tea
    ($16.99)

Colors:

  • Light Purple & Blue – These hues are soothing and can help relieve tension and reduce anxiety. Use these colored arrangements to create an atmosphere of comfort and tranquility. Check out the Blue Hydrangea
    ($59.95) or the Blue Purple Arrangement By Jane Packer ($100.00)
  • Yellow – A cheerful and uplifting color, yellow enhances alertness, increases self-esteem and can strengthen overall wellbeing. Try sunflowers such as Martha Stewart Golden Sunflower Bouquet
    ($59.95)
For those of you budding Martha Stewarts, Julie Mulligan, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s floral lifestyle expert, recently did a blog post about the “power of flowers
" so if you’re interested in learning some of her tricks of the trade for easily incorporating fresh flowers into everyday d├ęcor click on the link above.


Blogging can be exhausting, so take time out to smell the roses! Or send flowers to somebody special....and no, I do not mean bromance bros!

Here's how to enter:

Go to 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and tell me your fave flower arrangement.

I like the Summer Herb Garden Trio (below right - $34.99)

For additional entries:
1. Tell me your favorite color (mine's Lime Green)
2. Tweet about the giveaway
3. "Follow" my blog on Blogger*
4. Subscribe to my blog*
5. Fave my blog on Technorati
6. StumbleUpon, Kirtsy or Digg any Carma Sez blog post that you've particularly enjoyed
7. Blog about the giveaway and link back to my blog
8. Post about the giveaway on Facebook

*please leave a separate comment for each additional entry. If you are already a follower, please still tell me so in a separate comment. Thanks!

The giveaway ends on Thursday August 6th at 8:00pm EST.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's Bromance Time!


The good thing about MB not reading my blog is that he does not read my blog! That allows me to come up with posts such as this one about what I've been good naturedly referring to as his latest "bromance."

As I've mentioned before, MB and I met in the 80's at our local Jersey roller rink. That's where we would spend most our weekends. He with a new chick on his arm each week, me with my group of friends.

We still skate occasionally. Last Thursday, MB decided to take VC along to "eighties night" at a roller rink nearby. Coincidentally, it was also "all you can eat pizza night." Those of us from a certain era, can spot other skaters from this same era by the style of their boots and type of plates on their skates. (It is also easy to spot fellow 80's skaters by recognizing the special "shuffle move" not to mention gray hair and love handles.)

So, MB was sitting on the floor during the dice game (after instructing VC to hold a spot in the pizza line- this is all whacked, I know! The adult is the one playing the dice game???) He happens to sit down next to another skater in his forties, whose plates he recognizes and they strike up a conversation. Thus begins the Bromance.

It turns out that this guy skated at the same time as MB at another NJ roller rink, along with a whole clan of skaters that they were both friends with. (Being they were part of a "clan" and not a "tribe" there were no distinguishing tribe marks on their chins.)

This guy has a site on Facebook where all of the skaters who skated at that rink in the 80's can keep in touch. MB and he knew so many of the same people, that MB packed his photo albums to bring to skating with him last night so that he and his new pal could reminisce. VC and I stayed home and went to the pool (fyi, I DID go in the water). MB came home excitedly to tell me that another guy that we used to skate with found out that MB's new bro had been in touch with him and now he wants MB to get in touch with him on Facebook.

But back to the bromance, plans are now underway for MB and him to meet up at yet another area rink next week. MB says he would like me and VC to come along, yet we know that we will go unnoticed, except maybe to hold a spot in line for pizza ;-) After all, this is the beginning of what looks to be a long lasting bromance.

[And before anyone (family members perhaps) goes ape crap on me for talking in this manner about MB and his new bud, I would like to go on the record as saying I am very happy that he has met another guy friend especially one that he has so much in common with. He works such long hours that it is nice to see him looking forward to some fun as well as getting in shape skating.]

BTW, I'm still ROTFL (always wanted to use that in a blog post) from Alicia's comment yesterday about the "smackaho tribe" :D

And I do apologize if it is taking me longer than usual to visit your sites..things have been hectic and today it looks like my "superior" will be in at work. I hate it when work cuts into my blog time ;-)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Belly Dance Smackdown - Part II

photo credit LloydThrap


No Bachelorette updates here, but if you are looking for Belly Dancing Updates, you've come to the right spot!!!

I know you've all been on the edge of your seats waiting for this week's report ;-)

I decided to broach the subject of the unfriendly beyootches as I drove to class with my classmate. And lo and behold I was NOT IMAGINING THINGS!! As soon as I mentioned getting the "once over" and snickers she knew right away who I was referring to: the Ice Princess and her cohort. She was also getting bad vibes and noticed them looking her over as well.

My friend started the class many months before I did, so she is one of the few "veterans" in the class. She was a little P.O.'d at the pushiness of the Ice Princess (who we now refer to as Ariel, because she has long red hair) to get to the front of the room. She tried to engage Ariel in conversation, complimenting her on something, but Ariel's response was barely a grunt.

I am just elated to confirm that I AM NOT BEING PARANOID! Because you know that paranoia is the destroyer :D

But back to Monday night's class: The instructor had us gathered 'round her laptop to view a video on proper makeup techniques, i.e. wear gobs and gobs. It was about a 10 minute video. A few of us asked questions at the end and we were still standing together as a group. Well, off goes Ariel - about 15 feet away to admire herself and primp her outfit in the mirror. Hello?????
The teacher glanced over with a quizzical look. Oh, and one of the makeup requirements is to wear a line from our lower lip to our chins - this indicates what "tribe" we belong to. (This really is a lot of fun- I've always wanted to belong to something akin to a "tribe") Anyway, Ariel says, in whiny voice, "Do we really have to do that?" The teacher was a little taken aback, but assured her that yes, we did.

Anyway, I'm not sure that the instructor has gotten the big picture yet. While she was demonstrating something I glanced over and noticed Ariel looking down her nose at the teacher with her usual air of superiority. Beyootch needs a reality check something fierce.

And by the way, her buddy wasn't there tonight, which meant she talked to absolutely no one. When we were gathered in groups at the beginning of the class exchanging pleasantries, she was off on her own, undoubtedly admiring herself. At the end of class she had her shoes on and was out the door without so much as a goodbye to anyone.

My friend said she has been hoping that Ariel would drop out, but I told her it was doubtful we would be so lucky. Once someone invests in a costume, I tend to think they plan on sticking around for a while.

Lucky us. One things for sure, she's never ever gonna be my "sister in dance!" I'll call her an "estranged sister who I despise in dance"


P.S. Why has "beyootch" not been added to spell checker yet???

Monday, July 27, 2009

Blog Hoppin'

This week's theme is "Favorite Kid Photo" and this is hands down our favorite photo, taken when VC was one year old. Look at that determination!




MckLinky Blog Hop

Not Me! Monday

*MckMama's little Stellan is in the hospital again. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with her family


I've been missing from Not Me! Mondays for a while now. This is due to me executing everything in my life so flawlessly that there have not been many "Not Me!" moments to be had ;-)

However, this morning, as I was NOT putting nail polish on my butt, I decided it would be the perfect time for a Not Me! post.

You heard me correctly. I was NOT putting nail polish on my butt. This was NOT due to the chigger bites on my butt and thigh. They have not been so itchy I could scream bloody murder. Nail polish is NOT known as a way to relieve the itching by sealing off the area from air. (If you try this remedy, be sure to use clear nail polish, not the blue sparkly stuff or black goth polish.)


How did I get so many chigger bites you ask? I was NOT sitting at the side of the pool with my feet in the water at VC's request because there was nobody he knew at the pool and he wanted company. The chiggers did NOT proceed to climb up my shorts and take refuge in my butt cheeks.

Why wasn't I in the water where I would have been safe from chiggers? Because the water was damn near freezing. In fact, I normally come up with every excuse in the book as to why I am not going in the water: A new piercing, plans for that evening so I don't want to redo my hair (like my hair takes that much effort), Bandaids on the bottom of the pool, or because almost EVERY OTHER mom at the pool gets to sit in a lounge chair fully clothed and read a book!!

By the end of the week I did NOT finally break down and go in the pool at 6:30 pm. The only other MOM WAS SITTING IN A LOUNGE CHAIR READING A BOOK. Brownie points for me, the "involved" mom!

When we joined the pool I did NOT harbor all these fantasies about how awesome the pool would be. VC would be going there and meeting new friends while I would be dry, in the comfort of my air conditioned home reading blogs cleaning and doing laundry. Big backfire of plans!!!

Other weekend mishaps: We did NOT discover that the ribs MB was pre-cooking had in fact EXPIRED TWO DAYS EARLIER! This was NOT an hour and a half before the guests were to arrive. I did NOT fly into a panic. The ribs had NOT been purchased only a few days earlier. MB did NOT chide me for neglecting to check the expiration date. We did NOT toss out $12 in ribs and I did NOT drive 12 miles to get some more. Oh, and I am NOT cheap.

The Renaissance auditions did NOT go crappy. They did NOT turn out to be more of a test of VC's acting skills. VC is NOT not an actor, except in this video. However, I was NOT quietly celebrating the fact that VC would have many more free weekends come fall if he was not NOT accepted. I did NOT marvel that I would not have to cart him back and forth to the Renaissance Fair. I did NOT feel a little guilty about this. But, VC was not NOT that disappointed as he quickly came to the same conclusion.

Finally, MB's piano c. 1897 did NOT go on the fritz again. I did NOT capture the moment he attempted to fix it - complete with his new flashlight on head (I'll spare you Part II from later in the evening - MB in his boxers attempting to fix the piano). The piano is NOT now missing some keys from the upper and lower register. But who uses those keys anyway? pffft

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Six Word Saturday

photo credit Krisandapril

At Renaissance Festival Auditions with VC

P.S. There is STILL TIME to enter my giveaway!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

All About Gwynnie

How 'bout a well thought out post for a change!

I am happy to say that this post is the culmination of "months" of research, the most I've ever done for a blog post (which is not saying much).

Way back in March, I decided to check out all the buzz about Gwyneth Paltrow's new venture called Goop. In order to fully infiltrate, I needed to become a subscriber, which I did.

I knew this was the proper time to reveal my research when I saw an article yesterday about Gwyneth Paltrow being cut from the cover of Entertainment Weekly, while the rest of her cast mates from her upcoming movie were featured. The reason: Having Gwynnie's face on a magazine cover results in fewer magazines being sold! Say it isn't so!! But, according to the data, it IS.

While I do not consider myself a huge Paltrow fan, I did like her in Shakespeare in Love and I have admired that she handles herself with class, which is more than can be said for many Hollywood starlets with their crotch flashing. Plus, her makeup artist does an awesome job. I will agree, though, that her aloofness can be off-putting at times.

Anyhoo, so I signed up for Goop. If you are not a Goop subscriber, I'll give you a brief overview. Basically each email is one of several categories: See, Do, Make, Get and Be. There is plenty of name dropping throughout as her famous friends such as Cameron Diaz proffer their opinions or, like Katie Lee Joel (who finally managed to ditch the 'ole baggage but not before making a name for herself) offer up their favorite recipes, etc. I think part of what hurts Gwynnie is things such as calling something "semi-rubbish" like she has gone all "British" on us hoping we will forget that she is AMERICAN!

Then there is Gwynnie trying to sound edgy, such as when she says she got an invite to eat at Mario Batali's house and adds in parenthesis "that was a lucky f***ing invitation." Like "classy" Gwyneth would be seen uttering those words. Remember when she presented the award to Billy Joel and called him "William." About as annoying as me referring to her as Gwynnie.

Back to highfalutin things, one recipe called for fresh pane pugliese (wha?) and her GET list includes a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) and vegan shoes. All run of the mill things for your average American - riiiiggghhhttt. And let's not forget her famous "clean detox program" and a section on Healing Modalities that includes "cupping."

Hmmmm...I'm beginning to see why having Gwyneth on a magazine cover does not result in a big boost in readership! I am tempted to cancel my Goop subscription, but I think I'll hang on a while longer....after all, who knows what Gwynnie fun lies ahead??

And now it's time for a morning nap. All this "research" has me plumb tuckered out.

As luck would have it, there is STILL TIME to enter my giveaway!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thank You!

I truly am grateful for all your support in the "belly dance smackdown." I've got my big girl panties firmly back in place and am ready to tackle whatever comes my way...

Besides, as I told MB the other day, when you are having a bad day, just be glad that you are not named 'Dr. Conrad C. Murray.' Now that would really be a BAD day.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Belly Dance Smackdown!!

A couple months ago our instructor sent an email and in part said that she was so thrilled that we were all such a cohesive group. We were like "sisters in dance." (I'm paraphrasing here) since she often hears of a lot of "cattiness" among other dance groups.

Everything was all kumbaya and happy happy. I, too, was amazed at how supportive everyone has been. But then last week I noticed something interesting. There were two girls who joined the group a little over a month ago and they've not seemed overly friendly, which at first seemed no big deal, since I consider myself a bit of an introvert.

Last week class began and I was in the second row. We started doing the warm up and then all of a sudden one of the girls comes from behind me and stands one foot in front of me. She is much taller than me and I had to scoot way over to be able to see the instructor. The room is HUGE. There was no need for her to stand smack dab in front of me. Weird. But I made do.

A couple of weeks ago when we attended the Belly Dance Yard sale, I saw her and her buddy and asked all friendly, "Did you find everything you needed?" Her friend looked at me like I had three eyes and said NOTHING!!!

Then, this week, I notice her and her friend glance over my way and then start smirking. (This was the first week I came in full costume, as did most everybody else.) Ok. Whatever. I figured I may have been getting a little paranoid. Then, a little later on, I asked a question and I swear they were whispering to each other. WTH???? Talk about being transported back in time to middle school!! It made me very sad :-(

I stepped outside my comfort zone to take the class in the first place, and now I'm beginning to feel self-conscious. In class, I am not a Chatty Cathy and I pretty much fly under the radar, so I'm not sure what the deal is, but I was sooooo tempted to ask what the problem was. Of course, I may have been misinterpreting things since there are 12 of us in the room, but that is unlikely.

Luckily I have met another mom who lives about a 1/2 mile away and we have been carpooling. She and the other ladies are very sweet. I did not bring this up to her on the way home since I wasn't sure if I was blowing things out of proportion.

Today VC and I were shopping together and I mentioned finding some shells to go with my costume and he said, "I think the Belly Dance class really suits you." I told him about the girls who were being unfriendly and said I bet that he felt this same way at school when shunned by the Kewl Kids and he agreed.

My question: At what age does all this silliness stop??? Sometimes I still feel like a defenseless little kid inside. After years of mental "beat downs" I am ready to unleash a huge can of whoop ass!!

*Goes to eat protein bar. The only sugary thing available as comfort food*

Forget Sisters in Dance, I'm gonna call it "Beyootches in Dance" :D


P.S. VC just said that I will never get into a smackdown, ever (he should not be so sure)

P.P.S. If I can barely handle a belly dance class how would my "sensitive self" fare at BlogHer? I'd be eaten alive!!!

P.P.P.S. The purpose of writing this is just to convey my feelings, not to have you all feel the need to pump me up; although if you do decide to do that, it won't be discouraged ;-)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Blog Hoppin'

This week's theme is recipes. Since I am a vegetarian, I picked a vegetarian recipe that I make frequently. It may or may not have come from *cough* the back of a can *cough.*

But, don't let that deter you, it really is quite tasty. The vinegar and hot sauce make it nice and zesty! As another incentive, I just learned that on average bean eaters weigh less than non-bean eaters. It's time to break out the Beano, baby!

Traditional Black Beans and Rice
(makes 6-7 servings)

1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped fine
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 can (15 oz.) Bush's Seasoned Recipe Black Beans, drain and reserve juice
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon garlic salt
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 cups cooked rice
Lime wedge or sliced mango (optional)

In large skillet, heat olive oil. Cook onion and green pepper until tender. Stir in tomatoes, beans, thyme and garlic salt, and cook 3 minutes. Add vinegar, pepper sauce, and reserved juice and continue to cook 5 minute. Serve over rice. Garnish with lime wedge or sliced mango (optional).


Blog Hoppers: Please enter my giveaway!




MckLinky Blog Hop

One Very Shallow Blog Post



Why does it make me feel so good to discover that Megan Fox had some "help" in looking as hot as she now appears! Yesssssss! How totally catty, and how sad for me to divulge the things I use up precious brain space on. I had been thinking that she won the genetics lottery and cursing her perfect nose!!!

Here she is at left with her original features, which were cute! I guess they weren't smoldering enough by Hollywood standards. Plastic surgery, botox and most likely lip injections before the ripe old age of 24.

P.S. If my nose was as perky as her original nose, I'd be pretty darn pleased!!!

P.P.S. Have you entered my fantabulous giveaway?

P.P.P.S. Just noticed that Google has now placed an ad for Testicle Cosmetic Surgery on my sidebar

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Canvas Wrapped Poster Print Giveaway!


We took over 200 photos on our recent trip to NYC. I can't wait to get an enlargement of one of my favorites! (and no, I won't be selecting the "Pee Pee Hat" photo!)

I bet you also have some gems you would like enlarged to adorn your walls. Online Poster Printing can enlarge your photo into a canvas print "masterpiece" in either Gallery Wrap or Museum Wrap. (To see an example, click here.)

This is the photo I've selected to have enlarged and printed on canvas. It was taken in the fountain next to the Circle Line Cruise. I love the way the droplets are suspended in time and the way VC is dodging the water.


Online Poster Printing is offering one of my readers the opportunity to win a free 16x20" Gallery or Museum Wrapped Canvas Print! This is an $88 value!

All you need to do to enter is: Describe what summer photo you would have printed.

For additional entries:
1. Tweet about the giveaway
2. "Follow" my blog on Blogger*
3. Subscribe to my blog*
4. Fave my blog on Technorati
5. StumbleUpon, Kirtsy or Digg any Carma Sez blog post that you've particularly enjoyed
6. Blog about the giveaway and link back to my blog
7. Post about the giveaway on Facebook

*please leave a separate comment for each additional entry. If you are already a follower, please still tell me so in a separate comment. Thanks!

The giveaway ends on Thursday July 30th at 8:00 pm EST.


About Online Poster Printing
Online Poster Printing specializes in printing high-quality posters using premium materials. We offer a money back guarantee on all our products, such as photo canvas prints, vinyl banners, wall stickers, and rolled or mounted poster prints.

The Fine Print:

Giveaway is open to US/CAN residents. Shipping of prizes is not included and must be paid by winner. Online Poster Printing reserves the right not to print obscene or offensive materials.

All designs submitted in the form of a giveaway may be used by Online Poster Printing for online marketing and promotional uses. The designs will be used solely as examples and will not be printed or commercially distributed.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Six Word Saturday


In a small city, browsing art.

Alternate SWS: Almost Celebrating National Ice Cream Day.

Friday, July 17, 2009

My First Etsy Purchase!

One of the cool things about having a blog, besides humiliating family members and winning prizes, is the opportunity to give a public thank you when someone goes above and beyond.

A few weeks ago, I made my first Etsy purchase ever!! You are probably wondering what took me so long....Me, too! I am soooo behind on this bandwagon....

I've been ordering from ebay and have gotten burned not once, but twice, most recently when I ordered my belly dancing skirt. [Long story short. The skirt will not be arriving. I came back from vacation to discover that the seller was no longer a registered ebay seller. She failed to send me anything and paypal refunded my money.]

So, I decided it was about time I tried Etsy.

The item I ordered was a "circlet" - which looks like this:
No belly dancing outfit would be complete without fancy headgear and this is what I decided would be appropriate and elegant. Since the look is tribal, there is a lot of mix and match involved.

I ordered the circlet shown above from a store called Venus in Chains. It was handmade by the owner, Victoria. When the circlet arrived, I tried it on and noticed that it was a bit too loose for my head (even when on the tightest link). I guess my head is smaller than my family seems to think! I figured I could somehow pin it together in the back to tighten it so that it wouldn't slip down over my nose during the performance.

I was going to leave it at that - but after I got back from my trip, I decided I would really like it to fit perfectly, so I contacted Victoria and her utmost concern was that I was 100% satisfied. She offered that I could send it back to her and she would readjust it and Priority Mail it back to me. Luckily I have time before the performance since I didn't want her to have to pay to use Priority Mail. I sent it back to her, and she adjusted it. When I checked the mail yesterday, I noticed the package had arrived back.

The circlet was adjusted so that it fell at the correct spot on my forehead. (You'll see the final result when I take some photos of my ensemble at the dress rehearsal. Besides I still need to figure out what to do with The Bangs! Why didn't I anticipate this BEFORE I got The Bangs??)


Along with the readjusted circlet, Victoria also included a surprise for me. So sweet!

All I can say is that Victoria made my first Etsy purchase a delightful experience!

If you are ever in need of a circlet or elegant jewelry and chainmaille for you or your little princess, please visit Victoria's shop.*

*I did not receive any compensation for this review nor did the seller know I would be writing a review. I am just a very satisfied customer :-)

UPrinting Winner

I did a random drawing to select the winner of the 250 custom stickers from UPrinting:

Here are your random numbers:

29

Timestamp: 2009-07-17 00:53:01 UTC

Congratulations to Kathie@mynetfinds!

Here's what Kathie said she would use them for:

"hmmmmm, I think I would plaster myself with them. just kidding. I would put them on all the envelopes I use to mail anything and everything!"

*Kathie, if you are at a loss at what to put on the stickers, I think Yankee Girl has a suggestion ;-)


Thanks to all who entered. I've got another fun giveaway in the works!


On a totally unrelated note, has anyone noticed that Technorati has not updated authority in months? I know that I've gotten a few new links, yet my number remains static. Or maybe people are deleting those links soon after I see them just to mess with me - a haaaa!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

R.I.P. Crocs

I came across this article today on the demise of Crocs. I had been following the meteoric rise of Crocs in the news and was amazed at how well the company had been doing. However, things are no longer looking rosy. The company went from a profit of $168 million in 2007 to a loss of $185 million last year. A loss of $185 million! OUCH!

The article puts much of the demise on the fact that the shoes were virtually indestructible and therefore why would someone buy a second pair. But, I'm not so sure about this theory. I've only owned one pair of Crocs, and it was the ballet shoe style, since the original Crocs were much too wide for my feet and made them look huge. I wore my Crocs a few times but then discovered that my feet would get slippery sweaty from the rubber *not that you wanted to know this* and since they didn't come in half sizes, my ankle got pinched and that made me grumpy.

Could it be that people have just gotten tired of walking around looking like they have huge elephant feet? or that people are fickle with shoes? Sure, a pair of shoes can be indestructible, but tastes change long before a regular pair of shoes is worn through. Plus if there is a brand someone likes, they will often pick up more of the same. I'm not buyin' it.

But, guess who has been tapped to help save the company? George Clooney! Pretty much the last person I could see walking around in Crocs. Perhaps he could wear them to the next red carpet event with his Armani suit? Lots of luck with that!

Now, where was I. Oh yeah, googling Dance Paws. Does Crocs make any of those?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Project Cheeseball

Dawn, who blogs at Two Pretty Little Skirts has graciously sent me a series of Cheeseball pics taken at her local BJ's. She purchased the Utz Cheese Balls as the perfect accoutrement to her 4th of July BBQ. And I have to agree it was a wise decision...

I like to call the sequence "Cheesiness to Go" (kinda like Ice Ice Baby to Go but without the Ice)


















"I'm Gonna Fill This Tummy Right Here with Cheesy Orange Spheres!"

"Cheeseballs and Pepsi. That's two food groups. Thanks Mom, You're Alright!"

"Bye bye Sponge Bob snacks. I'm not gonna let these cheesy babies leave my side!"


Dawn, thanks for participating! Those photos were UTZ-tastic :D

Interested in participating in Project Cheeseball and introducing new readers to your blog? It's simple: Just send me a photo of you and the Utz Cheese Balls in a distinct location near you! I'll feature your photos and link to your blog. The 35 oz. barrels of Utz Cheese Balls 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.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Three Things You Did Not Know About Me

***I have already divulged much too much about myself and my bowels, so I was hardpressed to come up with an additional Three Things You Did Not Know About Me. A little scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel, but here they are:

1. I have a disturbingly creepy photo of me and Don Ho hugging.


2. I may not appear to be a fashion maven- not by a looooooong shot, but many years ago, I aspired to one day working in a fashion-related field. I am actually a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Here is a photo of me and VC outside the hallowed halls on our recent vacation. With my fuzzy sweatshirt, bermuda shorts and MBT clodhoppers, you can tell that I am someone who still takes fashion seriously ;-)

3. My name is on the wall at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in NYC. What's that? Did one of my knock-offs of the masters make it into the their fine collection? Nah, just my name. When we visited the museum, a Slovakian artist named Roman Ondak was working on a performance piece entitled "Measuring the Universe." As part of his project he measured the height of those who wanted their names recorded on the walls. The person's name and date of visit was written at "head height." MB turned around and noticed me and VC in the line. He thought we were crazy to wait, but there was no way I was missing out on being a part of a piece of history *gosh*. Here I am being measured:

and here's my name and date on the wall - you will need to rotate your head to see it correctly. For the life of me I can not get the photo to appear normally in blogger!!!

You will notice that I am the exact same height as Song Dong!

I am not sure if this is a permanent piece or if my name will be painted over before we visit MOMA again. That would be sad :-(




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Saturday, July 11, 2009

China Buffet - The Aftermath

Since so many of you expressed an interest in our visit to the China Buffet, I felt compelled to elaborate further (that'll teach you to express an interest! Oh, or were you just reciprocating comments; errrr nevermind....)

I'm happy to report that my stomach (and bowels) have emerged unscathed, but one of the things I learned is that hot mustard does NOT work well as a salad dressing. This was due to the hot mustard being in a bowl that was grouped with the salad dressings - Ranch, Thousand Island, Mustard etc. It was in the exact same size bowl - with salad dressing ladle. I thought it was Honey Mustard dressing. That was so not the case! (Why would they possibly need to put out what appeared to be almost a quart of hot mustard?) Naturally, I felt that I had to point out my error to the waitress (remember my little problem?) so she wouldn't think I was a food waster. She didn't appear to understand what I said and then exclaimed with a sly grin, "You put hot mustard on your salad!" and looked at me like I was first person to ever have made this mistake!

Second lesson I learned, do NOT eat pizza that at a Chinese buffet. Said pizza was so greasy it practically slithered off my plate. Pizza at at Chinese Buffet you ask? Yep, also french fries, jello and softserve ice cream. All well known Chinese entrees.

Which brings me to my third lesson: Keep an eye on your kids' plates lest they only eat crap and avoid all vegetables (aside from potatoes and Duck sauce).

Lastly, when going with husband to Chinese Buffet, sit at a different table so when the waitress comes by with the bill aka "hint that it is time to go" - you will not be associated with him when he continues to have 4 more plates of food, even after the "is everything OK?" aka second hint from demure Chinese waitress.

Remember, if you express an interest in any of my further eating adventures, be prepared for a follow-up post ;-)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Six Word Saturday


Lots of LoMein. China Buffet Tonight!

P.S. Please enter my giveaway!

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Huge Ego or Secretly Self-Conscious?

We've all got 'em in our yearbooks: the signature from the kid who takes up an entire page in the autograph section. My son came home with his yearbook, and sure 'nuff, a classmate used an entire page for his autograph and to let everyone know that he IS SPECIAL. One of these days I am going to commission a study to see what motivates certain individuals to think that they merit a whole page while everyone else is cramped in together on the other autograph page! And to follow their career path. Is this the sign of a confident, successful individual or someone who is secretly self-conscious?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Carma Takes on the Masters (LOL)

More sights and quips from our trip to come, but in the meantime, a new reader to my blog inquired if I had any of my artwork on my blog. Evidently, she had read my bio where I say that my artwork is more "who did it and ran than Rembrandt." Someone read my bio! Someone read my bio!!

I plan to post some of my "original" pieces in the future, but during the trip I took photos of some of the paintings that I did studies of years ago. I thought it would be fun to post the originals as I photographed them in the museums- and then my versions.

First, VanGogh's "Wheat Field with Cypresses" (or as we like to refer to it "Cypri").

The Master (on display at The MET):

The Carma Version:
You'll notice several differences. The first thing is that the scale of the painting has been changed completely. This is due to the fact that I never measure anything or prepare in advance. (That's how I roll - but it doesn't make for a precise copy of anything - recipes included!)

Secondly, Picasso's "The Studio":

The Master (on display at MOMA):

The Carma Version:


Picasso's "Girl Before a Mirror" (as seen at MOMA):

A one minute study by me (my colors were limited as well as the time!):

And here's a piece I did not see on our trip, but which I also painted, Picasso's "Woman in Studio":

And the Carma Version:


It took me forever to get the angle of the head/nose correctly, and I never quite managed to do it!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this artistic journey!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Blog Hoppin'


I am participating in the Blog Hop. This week, on TUESDAY, 7/7/09, the theme is A FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPH. My photo was taken on July 2nd, when VC and MB made it on the Today Show. Sadly, I was just offscreen!

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