Sunday, November 28, 2010

Another Holiday is in the Can

Hello Friends,
I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday. I'll admit to being a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to the holidays, eagerly checking them off my "list" as they come and go. What can I say.....

We were just happy to have some downtime, and avoid the debacle that was last year's Thanksgiving (click to see my illustrated story).

The Secret: Not inviting any family members to come and visit :D

Most of the weekend was deliberately spent away from the computer (which accounts for my not having visited your blogs *sheepish look*) I like to try this every now and then to remind myself to soak in the little moments and the simple non-technical aspects of life. The car remained in the garage and we walked to town on Friday and Saturday. I visited the local yarn shop on Friday and Small Business Saturday.

I ended up crocheting not one, but two hats and attended a fan veil workshop in preparation for our next belly dance recital in January. It was a very crafty weekend.

I'm a creative type. Have always been, so I guess I was a little ticked at myself for not having taken on regular creative projects in the past year, spending that time instead on the computer and what do I have to show for it except a blog that has been gathering dust ;-)

If you are interested in seeing any of the above-mentioned projects (namely my hat and fan veil, I'll post some pics when I get a chance) Otherwise, carry on!

Oh, and if you have any dysfunctional family stories, I'm all ears!!

P.S. I did eat lots of pumpkin pie (ooops! I just typed "pumpking") - in 1" increments so it wouldn't be obvious I was consuming half the pie. Fact.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Being First for Her Firstness

Did you see this video about the woman who has been waiting in line since Monday (or Tuesday) so she would be first for the Black Friday sale?

It is so moronic it is worth a view. Does she not have anything else do do the entire week???

Waiting in line for over a day - possibly even over an hour (unless I'm at the DMV) is something you will never catch me doing. I take that back. I did wait in line for over 5 hours when I had bronchitis during my "Country Phase" to purchase Garth Brooks tickets :D

But on Friday you can bet I will be at home doing something that starts with an 'S.' As in SLEEPING!!!! Get your heads out of the gutter ;-)

Are you planning on heading out into the craziness for Black Friday shopping?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Well, I Guess I'm in the Minority

I seriously figured more people would regret not having gone to their reunions...Maybe it just 80's nostalgia that is clouding my thinking...I mean - did you see NKOTB on the AMA's on Sunday? Nothing makes me yearn for the 80's like a NKOTB song. And now that they've combined with BSB - and are sharing the last "B" in the acronym, why that makes it even more awesome!!!

A couple of my friends from HS thought I was whacked out for even contemplating going, but I'm gonna say right here and now that if I'm still blogging in 5 years, I shall be "live blogging" the reunion. Because how important does it make an event seem than to say you are "live blogging it???"

Part of what has made me see my HS years in a whole new light was communicating on Facebook with two individuals who I didn't have any contact with in school. We never had even one class together. One is the class vice president, who organized the class facebook page. He has a wit that is unparalleled (at least in my feeble mind) and has gone out of his way to keep in touch with most of our classmates. Keep in mind the class was a little over 400 students. He sings in a cover band that has a large local following, has a family, works yet he manages to always have a sense of humor. Maybe singing in a cover band is the key?

Speaking of bands, it was interesting to discover that many classmates are rockin' out - several are in bands and one even moved to Nashville and is a country singer. Yes, a Jersey girl can sing country!!! Blew my mind what some of my peers are up to. (And also made me feel like I need to accomplish a thing or two in the next five years - blogging and tweeting doesn't count; wanna bet in 5 years I am still saying the same thing ;-) )

Anyway, so the class VP and I exchanged this FB tread after I discovered that he wasn't in any of the reunion pics that were posted:

Me: Were you wearing your invisibility cloak at the reunion?? I have yet to see a pic of you, the commander and chief reunion organizer??

Class VP
: Yes, I spent the night hidden in the ladies stall

Me: That's a good idea - they are always cleaner than the men's stalls - or so I've heard...

Class VP: I have pictures to prove it! A lot has changed since I mastered the art of restroom photography at [our high school]! Time to retire and set the self destruct timer on my laptop:)

Me: nooooooooooooooo must see pics.

Class VP: LMAO ROTFF PIMP*! I made [other student] our new class CEO. I am going to look for a staff intern so I can disgrace the office of VP, write a book and speak at colleges! [Other student] wants the next reunion to be at Chuckie Cheese! Tell your son not to renew his juggling contract so you can come.

Me: Heck, if the reunion is at Chuck E - VC can provide the entertainment. I admire your goal of disgracing the office in order to get some lucrative speaking contracts. I think you should only interview scantily clad women with low morals.

You see, if I had been there we could have had this thought provoking discussion in person!!!!

On a more serious note, this individual has also done a lot to keep alive the memory of our 4 deceased classmates - (2 were suicides :-( )

So I guess the moral of the story is that I went to school with a memorable group of kids, despite my wanting to escape becoming a "town fixture" the first chance I got!

P.S. If I ever think of grocery shopping again two days before Thanksgiving, please smack me upside the head

P.P.S. Did you see this picture that was on Yahoo! the other day. It makes me giggle.

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P.P.P.S. *I love that he unknowingly used the word PIMP as that is kind of an inside blog joke ever since the spammer left me a comment saying PIMP.

P.P.P.P.S. Still time to scroll down and enter my giveaway.

P.P.P.P.P.S. Love you guys!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Reunion Regret

This past weekend was my high school class reunion. It was a big BIG reunion year. I did not go.

VC was still under contract with the RenFest through the weekend which meant I would have been on my own heading back to the lovely Garden State which is about 5 states away (one of these days I need to look at a map and confirm that)....

It was at a bar (a fancy upscale one) - since they wanted to keep the expenses low since so many people have hit on hard times lately.

On Sunday I checked on FB to see if there were some pictures posted. Sure 'nuff. Plenty of pics. Some people aged incredibly well. Others, well, let's just say I had to get out the yearbook to compare the angle of their smiles to see if it was the same person!

Part of me regrets not hauling my underrated a$$ * up there to mingle with the "populars" now that I wouldn't be quite so on the fringe (my punk rock poser days being far behind me). Guess I'll have to wait another 5 more years and hope that I can maintain myself in the interim (GAH, the pressure!!! Jackie, don't fail me!).

Have you gone to a BIG reunion year at your high school? How did everybody hold up over the years???

*I reserve the right to mention that nomination another 75 times, or at least until I get nominated for something else equally as prestigious.

While you are here, please scroll down to yesterday's post and enter my giveaway!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Something to Cheer You Up

I know I've been getting down on a lot of things lately, outside of Joy Behar, so to cheer me up I turn to websites such as Cheese People.

Now don't tell me something along the lines of Justin Brieber doesn't just make you smile!

My second favorite, of course, being Goudachris!

(ok, so maybe I'm just a big dork, but you gotta admit those are fun!)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Joy "Biased" Behar

Did anyone else catch The View yesterday? I rarely watch the show (with good reason) - but a late workout "forced" me into watching.

The show had no sooner started than Joy comes out with one of her politically charged statements.

It is so obvious her political affiliation -- as it comes through in most everything she says. She is becoming so predictable and seems so bitter towards the guests, especially since yesterday's guest happened to be none other than conservative Christian Joel Olsteen. Talk about night and day. And they had to sit side by side LOL.

He held up incredibly well against the Whoopi/Joy tag-team! Is that guy syrupy sweet??? Either he is an exceptional actor or he is a genuinely nice guy. I've never heard him speak before as religious shows are not my cup o' tea-- (so she doesn't want to hear political shows or religious shows?? gosh!)...

I rarely talk about politics or religion on the blog - so I won't say what "side" of either I come down on -- Although I can appreciate Joy's humor at times -- I've been around people who feel they need to work their political views into most every statement they make and it is quite frankly nauseating. I could probably sit in with the ladies and say what I would expect her to say after only watching a few episodes.

As soon as Whoopi started in on Joel about his church's view on homosexuality (which I don't agree with personally), saying that of course his church would not discriminate against those who are this, that and the other thing, Joy needed to stick in "and Muslim" - as if we don't already know never to make any derogatory remarks against Muslims!!!

She did actually manage to find one complimentary thing to say about the guest. I have no problem with political talk shows making their political views the focal point of the show (obviously) - but this show is supposed to be a couple of ladies talking about "hot topics" -- I don't see the need for the constant political spin....

Agree or disagree?

Have I dug myself into a hole with this post? I don't agree fully with the views of either Joy or the guest but I think it is possible to have a non-politically charged conversation, especially when he was on there to promote his happy book ....

Monday, November 15, 2010

Imma Let You in on Another Secret

Thank you to a sweet, sweet bloggy friend for asking how I've been doing since I haven't been posting as often :-) I've just been caught up in end of year nonsense, like trying to be clairvoyant and anticipate health care spending for next year. That is something that always frustrates the carp outta me -- Like how will I know how many sinus infections I might get next year - or if I'll crack a tooth??? Between that, work and being VC's unofficial, unpaid manager <----------- gotta do something about that part (without turning into Orange Oprah), heading to RenFest (again this past weekend) - and going back to bed whenever I can to avoid doing stuff, I haven't had much time for blogging/commenting.

When it gets to the point that I receive more spam comments in a day than for reals comments, I begin to question time spent on the blog. Sad, but true.

As busy as things are lately, one thing that I do not skimp on is a short workout most every day..Unlike what some of you may think about me being a healthy eater, such as this recent reply to a comment I left on a blog, "You are as big around as my thigh. So I will spend most of my time thinking that you deprive yourself of all things that taste good and instead spend all your time eating spinach LOL" (that is an actual comment) -- I do like to consume unhealthy starchy foods on a regular basis.

To keep things in check I workout...and what's kickin' my butt these days is this workout DVD:

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About a year ago, a blog reader asked how I keep my arms in shape, and I replied that I do some weights...Mind you, I do not do the entire DVD workout. I did that a time or two and quickly figured out I did not have the mental fortitude to stick with it, i.e. it was too much work.

****This is not a paid review or anything of the sort. Just divulging another one of my secrets, in this case my secret to avoiding arm waddle :D

I May Soon Regret Saying "Yes"

It may seem like deja vu, but have I mentioned recently how much I enjoy the purchases I've made from one of my super favorite places to shop- CSN Stores? At their 200+ online stores, you can find everything from briefcases to bring to your place of work to exercise ball chairs (got my eye on one of those :D) for your home office!

It is likely they even have one of these (I just checked and, of course they do!):

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Why do I bring this up? Because VC is gunning for a 15 ft. trampoline for his Thanksgiving present. (He keeps moving up the occasion since he is so eager to get it).

Do you have an outdoor trampoline?

(a) best thing ever for the kids


(b) biggest unused eyesore in the yard

Please weigh in....

VC has been taking an acrobatics class - but it is only once a week so he wants to be able to practice at home. All I can think about is the episode of the Simpsons where they got the trampoline and then the scene looked like this:

followed in the next scene by kids lying beside the trampoline with all sorts of broken bones (great, now I need to factor an extra $3,000 into the healthcare flex spending account budget for broken bones next year just in case...)

HA! in my search for that pic I came across a warning from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Parents should never purchase a home trampoline or allow children to use home trampolines.

Should I heed this warning???

Friday, November 12, 2010

Scrapping the Bottom of the Barrel for Blog Topics (Part I)

As I sit here eating my Greek yogurt and pondering the existence of new planets and avoiding the vacuum at all costs, I realized that I'm at a loss for blog posts, although I do have a list of proposed blog topics written on a little pad that I rarely glance at until the topic is no longer relevant. Funny how that happens.

BTW, if you have never tried Greek yogurt, I highly recommend it. The texture is much thicker/smoother than your typical yogurt, plus it is naturally low in fat. Dannon now makes their own version so you can get it relatively reasonably priced, which means not cheap, yet not as high as the original "authentic" Fage Greek Yogurt.

Where was I.... Oh, what I have decided to do is to dig into my selection of blog drafts and pull out one, which happens to be about the neighborhood dog pooping fight:

A neighbor who has dogs but allegedly does not curb them properly put up this sign in their yard. You can appreciate the irony....

which was followed shortly by the neighbor across the street putting up this sign:

Thus began the bitter feud down the end of our cul de sac. We stay out of things. But neighbor A who put up the first sign wanted to try to rope me into speaking on her behalf when neighbor B contacted The Police Chief to complain about Leash Law violations, adding in the email that was circulated to all neighbors as well as the police chief, that "You [Neighbor A] obsess over your manicured lawn but have no regards for others and their lawns when you allow your dogs to defecate on other people's properties" at which time he documented the size of the dog poop he found at various times and the estimated age of said poop. I do not get involved in this sort of thing. I do not own a dog.

*I forgot to mention that Neighbor B has already left dog poop on Neighbor A's doorstep.

Ahhhhhhh....the pettiness that is suburbia. Makes me want to self-medicate with more Reese's cups, except I have finally reached the bottom of the trick or treat stash....

Have a great weekend. Still time to enter my fruit giveaway. Much healthier than Reese's and on par with Greek yogurt.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bloggers: Will You Be Un-Married?

I was shocked to read that a fairly well known blogger is getting *gasp* separated from her husband, who has been frequently featured in photos on her blog in the past.

In the post where she revealed she had been separated, she wrote that they are joining the ranks of the "unmarried," couples who remain married but live in different places.

Since I started blogging 2 and a half years ago, I have seen several relationships bite the dust and couldn't help wondering if there is something about blogging that makes bloggers more likely to divorce. As I scanned the comments section of her post, someone else was thinking along the same lines as me.

There is also a young couple married not much longer than a year who I recently read are living separately by choice, what she refers to as Living Apart Together- (abbreviation: LAT) according to Wiki, a term for couples who, while committed to each other, decide to have separate homes rather than one shared residence.

Is it merely a reflection of society in general - or inherent to blogging? What do you think of the "unmarried" trend in general?

I’m sure it has some advantages, who doesn’t want a little lot of peace and quiet every now and then. Until something breaks. I did not say that. I can fix stuff ;-)

Still time to enter my giveaway - $25 in fresh fruit up for grabs.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Non-Hairy Situation

I couldn't think of a smooth seque from discussing Kendra to debating hairless chimp photos. Some topics you just have to close your eyes and jump in....Have you seen the AOL article about the hairless chimp at a zoo in India?

The author claimed that the hairless chimp was akin to "a bronze statue of a human come to life."

If you click on the link above you will probably be puzzled because it looks a LOT like a chimp! Not much like a person. I was all set to write off the hairless chimp hysteria, but then I googled and came up with another photo of the chimp:

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Now there's a human-looking chimp, assuming the human has a monkey face and a bad slouch. What are your thoughts? A lot of fuss over nothing or totally awesome???

The more I look at it the more I see Madonna's "cut" veiny arms (in a nice way ;-) )...

P.S. If you haven't had a chance to check out my latest video, please click here. Unfortunately it got buried between a couple other posts. Who did that??? ;-)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kendra is a Single Mom?????

A few days ago I had a long wait to check out my groceries. I used to be one of those people who scoffed at how tacky it was to read magazines in line without purchasing them -- until I gave it a try that is. I am a very quick reader so I can breeze through the magazine before it is even necessary to put the grocery divider on the belt. Not to brag ;-)

I had seen headlines on the internets about Kendra Wilkinson's "split" and thought to myself, how could she have split from Hank when they have a relatively new reality show together?? I doubt they've really split. But then I came across a magazine with a headline to the effect, "Why I left Hank" and "I'm a single mom."

I don't watch her show, but was surprised that my high school buddy watches it. She was taking about how wild Kendra is. I know many of you also watch reality shows, so you can fill me in on the deets. I do know that Kendra was one of Hugh Heffner's babes along with Holly Madison and the other chick on The Girls Next Door and that she married Hank Baskett who is a football player. But do I really know that since I originally typed it as "Hank Bassett?" LOL.

Yet, as I started reading her definition of being a "Single Mom," it was puzzling as according to her definition, it just meant that she moved back to LA while he continues to play football on the east coast. They are still a couple. It's just that she wanted to be close to her family and preferred the LA lifestyle. Was this so earth shattering that it merited a cover story???

And according to Kendra, it so hard for her to be a single mom.

Wah, Wah, Wah.....I find it hard to be sympathetic -- after all she made millions from her "oscar worthy performance," probably pocketed an additional million from being the featured cover story, and the fact that SHE IS STILL MARRIED....

How is that being a "single mom?"

Oh, but she did add that she sends Hank "naughty pictures" so that things are really hot when they do meet up. That is good to know.

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P.S. Have you heard that Karina Smirnoff from DWTS is engaged again. This blog is a mecca of useless info today!!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our Latest Video

This video was just uploaded to YouTube last night; it will likely have at least 20 hits by tomorrow if we are lucky! Posting personal videos on blogs is a risky proposition- supposing the reader imagines you are a totally happening blogger and then they watch your geeky video - BACKFIRE!!!!!

In the video me and VC (my teenage son for those who are new to my blog) are up to our usual tricks...

Some things to keep in mind:

(1) While it may look like I am 4-1/2 months pregnant in the clips with my short shorts - be aware there is a bulky band and string tie at the waist which accounts for the extra volume (at least that's my theory :D ) Somebody needs some Spanx...

(2) There is some really bad dancing - on purpose - maybe

(3) Which may give one pause when you realize this is the Bollywood Bhangra Fusion song that I will be dancing to at the next recital - cue gasps and shakes of head

(4) The kitchen featured in the video is in our basement, not our functional kitchen that we use every day, so don't be horrified by the mismatched cabinets.

(5) I am not wearing makeup in many of these clips -- While it is fun to chuckle at the celebs without makeup on the trashtastic celeb blogs, it is not as funny when it is you without the makeup or without having applied brush to hair...

I think that just about covers it. Have a look see...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Boy, Do I Feel Like a Sucker!

Who spent the last hour and a half trying to win free prizes in Dr. Oz's Watch and Win promo and came home completely empty-handed, partially because she didn't realize some of the prizes did not have big banner spots that you needed to click on to enter. *sheepishly raises hand* (The other part of the "partially" being that at least 3 million other people were trying to do the same??? )

I finally just one minute ago was able to fill out the form to win some free Krill Oil -----> yes, I said Krill Oil. By this point all of the other cool prizes such as a free pair of Sketchers, a Night's Stay at the Holiday Inn and a $50 Target giftcard had already been claimed.

Well, there's an hour and a half of my life that I could have spent answering blog comments. DOH!!!

How did you spend the last hour and a half???? Someone has GOT to be bold enough to admit they were doing the same. MAN UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Too Old to Trick-or-Treat??? Somebody Needs to Get a Life and Worry About the Bigger Things!

I would be remiss if I did not post a copy of VC in his costume, especially after seeing all the cute photos of your kids on your blogs...

I wasn't going to post one, after reading the Yahoo article debating how old is too old in which the author felt that "under 12" should be the cut-off age. Several interviewed in the article said they refuse to give out candy to older kids or shut off the light. HARSH!!!! While I can see this as a safety measure if you are old and frail and living alone, I think for the most part it is perfectly acceptable to hand out candy to older trick-or-treaters. I've never had a problem with it myself and found that it saved me from binging on pounds of leftover candy...

While VC did not officially trick-or-treat door to door other than to five houses in our neighborhood -- (He hopped out of the car after returning home still wearing his Renaissance Costume from a "day's work" and rang some bells), he did go out late last week for one last trick or treat at the local college. We have gone with a friend and her kids and their friends every year. It is one of the fun traditions we enjoy - trick or treating in the dorms.

Here is a photo of VC and friends before heading to the dorms to get their loot.

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VC is only a year older than the girls, although it probably doesn't look that way....I told him that if they were not too old to trick or treat I doubted anyone would find fault with him joining in, and the college kids were incredibly gracious as always. He had fun. It is sad that this will be his last year. But by next year I assume he will definitely look like an adult trick or treater, at age 15.

Although we may re-think that next year after seeing this guy at the RenFest:

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Now that's the spirit!!!

Were your kids teenagers before they gave up trick or treating?? Did they experience any backlash from bitter fuddy duddys who refused to give them candy?

P.S. We only got 8 kids at our house, which means Reese's PB cups for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am not complaining :D
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