Thursday, December 15, 2011

Golden Globe Obscure

Watching the Golden Globes this morning, I couldn't help but think that this blog is like one of those nominated films where the parties involved are thrilled to be nominated but hardly anyone has seen the movie, nor will many more ever see the movie :D

Not that this blog is nomination-worthy but you can see the analogy in terms of the relative obscurity....

And now I know why I shouldn't do any BIG thinking until after 10:00 AM

What does your blog compare to?


Christmas and Cleaning!!

Two words that go hand in hand. Kind of?  Now that I'm on Christmas Break, I've been trying the whip the place back into shape.  Although I didn't completely let things go over the last semester, it was short of my normal standards.

Before putting up the tree I make sure to vacuum the area so as not to stir up extra dust.  That was ingrained in my head from growing up in a tidy household.  I finally splurged on some more Swiffer Dusters too.

Here's a small glimpse of some of our christmas decor.  Although VC is now a teenager, we still put the Sesame Street ornaments on the tree- and the key chains from the Rudolph movie that we converted to Christmas ornaments because he liked the movie so much.  A friend gave it to us when he was about 2 years old since with his then blonde hair that flipped up in front he looked like Hermie the dentist.   While the tree is not very beautiful in the classic sense,  we fill it with fun memories.

Immersed in with these family memories are several beautifully handmade ornaments as well as a few ornaments that were carefully laid beside a dumpster. I kid not. We're all about reusing and recycling and perhaps the occasional dumpster diving ;-)

I'd be lying though if I said I can't wait until the decs are stored back away so we will have more open space.  I'm a big fan of open space :D

Are  you a traditional holiday decorator with classic decorations or more of a this n' that dumpster diving decorator?


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Can You Believe This?

The infamous Black Friday  "Walmart Pepper-sprayer" is now contemplating SUING Walmart.  A commenter raises a good point: were her kids "allegedly" being trampled before or AFTER she unleased the pepper spray??

This is exactly why this country is getting so wack (to quote VC) - definition 2 in the urban dictionary.

As I mentioned in my profile - I was maced once - accidentally and man, it was NOT pleasant.

This B needs a dose of her own mace.  Hopefully a sane judge will throw out any potential lawsuit...

Workin' on my Christmas Cards. Already received 3 from people who were not on the list - YIKES!!  but I refuse to get more printed :P


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Panini Perfection (A Review)

It's been a while since I've done a review, so bear with me as I gush about the new addition to my cookery.  Last year we somehow got hooked on paninis. Not wanting to invest in another grill, when we had a tiny wafflemaker that could turn into a sandwich maker, we've been making due with tiny paninis that look like this:

Cooked one a time I might add...

So I when I was offered an opportunity to review a product from the wonderful, I immediately thought Paaannniiiiis!!

Instead of bread that was squished like a pancake, we are now enjoying bread that stays fluffy, but with a delightful crispiness.   And with the Delonghi Retro Panini Grill, I am able to cook 2 at a time, which allows me more time to spend with my loved ones having pleasant conversation around the dinner table :D And you know we only have pleasant conversastions.

They may not look cookbook perfect, but they tasted that way. I made up a couple sauce concoctions, that's what you see oozing....

VC is already asking when we'll be making them again, which is a good sign, because he always gives me the honest truth, teenager that he is..

What are your thoughts on paninis?


disclosure: I received this product to review. No other compensation was provided.


Guess Who's Out of School for a Month?

Uh-HUH, that would be me. I still can't believe I'm already 14 credits in and getting closer to the end.

Hopefully I've gotten most of the rote memorization courses out of the way. It was a killer taking Med Terminology I and II and Anatomy & Physiology together.

My mind does not memorize things quite as well as it did oh, 20, years ago, so it's been particularly grueling.

I've picked up some scrubs. White bottoms, which I've probably already b*tched about. I despise white pants. Even in the 80's when white pants were cool, with a comb in the back pocket, I steered clear, but that is the requirement. No cute scrubs with teddy bears or chili peppers *sigh*

VC says I look very "gangsta-like" with my baggy scrubs and white clogs.

P.S. I still am not receiving email confirmations when you comment on my posts so it may take me a few days to get back with all of you xxoo

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Alec, Alec

I've written before about my Alec Baldwin crush which is really quite ridiculous.  Love him on 30 Rock although I haven't watched it at all this semester.  His awesome youtube skits with Jim from the office and his Capital One commercials and SNL appearances are a hoot too.  He has a dry wit that makes me happy.  What can I say.  I used to call it a "man crush" when referring to him but then someone informed me that I would need to be a guy for it to be considered a man crush.  Whatever.

Don't agree with much else he says outside of his acting.  Calling your child a "thoughless pig" is never a good idea, but whatever. I ignore it because it is Alec!

Now he goes and gets himself kicked off American Airlines.  I know one must take aviation seriously but I still would have liked to have been there to see it all go down and hold his hand and calm him down ;-)  Kidding.

Who is your celebrity crush that makes absolutely no sense and that you should not admit to?

Thanks for all of the good wishes for my finals week.  Yesterday my first final was one of those where I probably would have gotten the same grade whether or not I studied, which is sad.  Tomorrow is Anatomy & Physiology, which reminds me what I should be doing instead of updating the blog....


P.S. Judging from the comments thus far I would say there are not many Alec Baldwin fans present.  And now I read on the reputable news journal TMZ that he was an "epic jerk" according to eyewitnesses  :-(

P.P.S. Is anyone having problems with wordpress not sending comments to their email or is it just me, the Alec Baldwin Loser???

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Could This be the End of the NBA Lockout?

Darn. I was enjoying not hearing about basketball and the overpaid self-righteous players and their run-ins with the law.  *of course, I realize this is only a small fraction of the players ;-)

I'm happy those working at the stadiums and in other supporting roles will now have an income, but as for the basketball players? meh.  Hey, but at least Kim K's husband will have a job now that he may need one.  Fine, I take it all back :D

Are you happy the B Ball season may soon be happening?

Gonna head out and support some small businesses today- oh and study. Have a good one!

P.S. You notice how I carefully craft these posts so as not to offend anybody on either side???? And you thought that was by accident...

Friday, November 25, 2011

No BF Shopping for Me, No Sir!

Ahhhh...just rolling out of bed at 8:20 am.  Once again, I've decided to take a pass on all of the Black Friday festivities.  I must be getting old because the thought of the chaos freaks me out.

Plus, it's not like we really need anything, even though VC pointed out last night that the black bars on top and bottom of the movies we watch on our "antique" TV's seem to be getting bigger the more outdated our TV's get.  Also, words are cut off if they are on the far margins - "Free" shows up as "ree."  But the TV we normally use fits so nicely in the teak TV cabinet and a new TV would mean a new cabinet.  And the wide array of choices is mindboggling.  Still not making any progress with my decision-making abilities...

In what was probably a sign, I had a dream this morning that I walked by a drug store and they were giving out free vouchers.  I waited in line for mine - and it was for $8.00.  I figured I could get whatever I wanted but it ended up the voucher was only good on straw hats with wool flowers - which sold for $49.95 or some hideous flowers made of yarn.  I have a feeling that is what my real BF shopping would have ended up like.
Did you brave Black Friday?

P.S. If anyone can tell me if my feed is set up correctly it would be helpful.  Seems it may still be going through my old blog somehow?  Also, any way to move over the Google Friend Connect or do I need to start from scratch?  It used to be working but not any more... thanks :-)

P.P.S.  Ha ha. I read this back and realized I didn't mention the thought of going Black Friday shopping - for OTHERS!!!  Well, we don't exchange many gifts so it is not worth the BF effort - and it's not like I'll be giving out LCD TV's...


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Great Mattress Debate

Well, VC has been pining for a new mattress for some time now.  He wants a number bed like we have and yet, I gotta tell you, I am hesitant, mainly because he'll be off to college in 2 years and his old mattress still has some life in it, though it's reached the dreaded 8 year mark according to the tag.

It has "life" because for many of those years it was rarely used as it sat in our guest room.  It is no secret that people don't like to come and visit us - kidding ;-)  maybe :D

I would spring for the mattress if his bed was a larger size, but it is a full size and therefore won't fit on the new larger guest bed once he leaves- plus it is too small for our bed.  I am in quite the quandary.  Fortunately as he is a teen, we don't need to worry about any fancy duvet covers.  He is a simple guy.  Although with all his crazy acrobatics he is someone who needs a nice mattress to relieve his aching joints.  I tell him he is like a 65 year old with his knee and wrist braces.

So, let me hear it, do I shell out $700+ bucks for the full size mattress (no box spring is needed)?


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Twenty Minute E-mail

You know where all my studying time is going??  To returning emails.

I just sat here and spent 20 minutes on an email that should have taken 2 minutes tops to compose.  Unlike with the hastily posted updates to this blog, when I send a reply email I'm always second guessing, especially when it involves people like the exact same one I had the run-in with at the grocery store parking lot where I rambled on like an idiot.

How to answer the question, make everyone happy, not offend....A simple "No" becomes an excruciatingly long, drawn out process (in my mind).

This constant ruminating is a huge time suck.  Considering I have 4 tests next Monday-Tuesday and then finals the next week, I need to get my non-inflated with fix-a-flat buttocks in gear.

Thank you for all the good wishes. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

All emails received over the holidays will not receive a thoroughly thought out hand-crafted response ;-)

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Would You Trust This Guy With Your Butt?

Shaking my head.

You may have read in the news that dude (yes, dude) for "enhancing" women's butts with substances such as cement, glue and tire sealant.

I question why anyone would want to fakely enhance their butt in the first place. Secondly, if a "guy" had a butt that looked like THAT (judging it from the part that has mushroomed out on his sides since I can't see the back) would he be the one you would want boosting your's???


P.S. I've got finals coming up so if you don't hear from me for a while, please be assured I am not ignoring you, nor am I getting my butt boosted.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Two Posts in One Week!!

I wanted to post about I study that a couple local DJ's were talking about the other day. Only I can't find it...I googled: "study about how many close friends people have vs 1980s" and up came these top 2 recommendations: "DOG- Wikipedia" and "Sexuality, homosexuality and bi-sexuality". Not quite what I was searching for.

The study compared the number of close friends a person has oday vs. back in my glory days, the rockin' 80's. Waaaaaaay back then it was common for people to have 3 to 4 close friends. Now the number is 1-2 (if I am getting that right).

The first two criteria were whether the friend is someone who would lend you money or take you in for an extended period if you are down and out, in which case I have zero close friends because I seriously don't think any of them would be offering either of those. Or maybe they would. I'll need to ask just in case.

What do you think? Silly criteria or true in your case?

P.S. Many people answered that they have 0 close friends, the reason being that (1) they have nothing to say or (2) they have a lot to say but no one wants to hear it...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Whatever Happened to John and Jane?

I wanted to post about I study that a couple local DJ's were talking about the other day. Only I can't find it...I googled: "study about how many close friends people have vs 1980s" and up came these top 2 recommendations: "DOG- Wikipedia" and "Sexuality, homosexuality and bi-sexuality". Not quite what I was searching for.

The study compared the number of close friends a person has oday vs. back in my glory days, the rockin' 80's. Waaaaaaay back then it was common for people to have 3 to 4 close friends. Now the number is 1-2 (if I am getting that right).

The first two criteria were whether the friend is someone who would lend you money or take you in for an extended period if you are down and out, in which case I have zero close friends because I seriously don't think any of them would be offering either of those. Or maybe they would. I'll need to ask just in case.

What do you think? Silly criteria or true in your case?

P.S. Many people answered that they have 0 close friends, the reason being that (1) they have nothing to say or (2) they have a lot to say but no one wants to hear it...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How Does This Guy Get All the Chicks??

I'm going to ponder something here that I was pondering on Facebook, since it is 6:19 am and I need to be at class at 7:30 am. What better time to blog??? :D

Here's my question: How Does this Man Attract All the Chicks???

Per (and you know it has to be accurate if it is on
"Dr. Conrad Murray has at least seven children. We know he has at least six children with his wife. In addition, he has a son with his mistress, Nicole Alvarez.
It is unknown if he has anymore children than this." <----------wait a minute, as I suspected, this statement completely FALSE.

Which is good because then it supports the premise of this post, how does a guy with 7 children by 6 different women still manage to attract new hot baby mamas? You could see several of them testifying at the trial.

His personality is hardly "sparkling" Is it because he is tall??? And you know what they say about tall men, or it is big hands, either way.....

Wanna bet that when he gets out of jail, the women will still be fawning over him? Or maybe not, because by then the gravy train will have stopped?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

OMG - I'm Back!!!

Thank you to the two people who inquired about my blog being down for 4 days. It's good to feel loved :D

Those of you considering self-hosted wp, this is one of the drawbacks. It seems whenever the host site makes a tweak, I need to go to my domain manager to re-link to the new address. Who knew??? I'm more into the writing of blog posts, what little I've done lately, than the techie part so this is a source of much frustration and had me strongly considering a return to Blogger. Oh yeah, I said Blogger.

But here I am. Oh, did I mention I studied 16+ hours for a lab test last weekend? Yep, I cloistered myself in the house for 3 days, only to show up for class on Tuesday to find the prof. had cancelled class and the exam would now be TAKE HOME!!! GRRRRRRRRR.... I've realized I am spending too much time studying and need to scale back. Of course, just when I do that is when they'll hit me with a doozy.

In other news, I discovered the $42 foundation I had been using last year looks much better than the $12 foundation I am now using. This was discovered by squeezing out a teeny bit I had left in the old tube that was sitting in the drawer. Do I go back to splurging on the $42 foundation or put the extra $30 money for VC's college fund??? Now, that's a tough one!

This time of year is when fancy grocery stores are holding their holiday food tasting events. I encourage you to check them out, as me and MB did today. It will save you having to make dinner and assuming an annoying neighbor does not come along and disrupt your free meal, as happened today, the food can be quite enjoyable. Plus fingers crossed that I'll win one of the gift baskets :-)

It's the simple things that keep me going. Only a month and 2 days til holiday break from school. I CANNOT WAIT!!! Excited about my little "freelance" art opportunity I have this week. If I could parlay that into a regular gig helping artists host openings at their studios, I'd quit college IN A HEARTBEAT. and pass up on the whopping 10.50-$12.00 an hour that I'll have the "opportunity" to make upon graduation as stated in the official Student Handbook.

Remember to turn your clocks back tonight. Extra sleep YAY!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011


I've been trying not to write so much about school in order not to bore you to death. Buuuuuuut, there is something I wanted to post so y'all can see why I am so stressed out.

Do you know that the grading scale for my "medical" courses (including physiology and anatomy) is completely different than the regular grading scale used by the rest of the school??? Ohhh yeah, it is!

According to our scale - a "C" is 85-90; a "B" is 90-95 and an "A" is 95-100.

Soooooooo, anything below an 85 is considered an "F" and an average below an 85 in any of the classes I am taking means a re-do of the class next semester or more likely next year when the course is offered again. Plus the added bonus of having a ZERO (for F) averaged into your final GPA.

How do you like them apples??

I hope all you non-students are getting outside and enjoying this beautiful weather. I'll be pasty white come June.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hollywood Fake Teeth = Not So Hot

Had a horrible, horrible online test yesterday. The clock was ticking and I was sweating. I swear this stress is not healthy.

Which brings me to fake teeth. I was looking at some photos of a sports star yesterday. While flipping through the slideshow, I noticed his teeth used to be totally different. He had one of those snaggle tooths, which on him was cute and he was still hot, and normal colored teeth. Fast foward a couple years and he had the complete Hollywood tooth makeover, perfect shockingly white teeth, which I think aged him greatly. I'm not mentioning his name because he was recently in a horrible tragedy :-(

What makes people think a full set of veneers so that every tooth looks perfect makes them look better, especially if they were already good looking to begin with?

It almost looks like they are wearing dentures.

Oh well. Don't think I'll be signing up for the Hilary Duff Special any time soon. You?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Stop Me from Becoming a Neo-Luddite

Have you seen this video - of the baby who wonders why her magazine is not working like an i-PAD.  Maybe I'm showing my age but it kinda makes me long for the olden days of pencil and paper.


Look for the part where she wonders if her finger is not working properly so she taps it on her leg.

Now to hit the books.....They are actual books, with paper pages. And, ironically, VC is performing at the Renaissance Festival where he is not permitted to use electronic devices in view of patrons. We are so 1600's!!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

THAT Person

I can't believe I haven't posted in October yet!  Anyway, so last night I had to head out to seek a wireless signal so that I could go on the internet.  MB, in his infinite wisdom and love of digging, had severed the phone line in the back yard so we had no DSL.

Panic immediately set in - because I had an ONLINE TEST TODAY!!!!!  It was a very sleepless night, but the repair guy arrived bright and early this morning and got us set up. Disaster averted...

Anyway, so last night I was looking for a wireless signal. I thought for sure there would be one in the supermarket at the Starbuck's area, but there was not - we moseyed around (VC and I) and found that there was a strong signal outside the burger joint.  So we camped out on some wire chairs and I checked emails and he watched some Repo Man show on YouTube.  We were about to close up when he realized he needed to access his online textbook to do his homework, so with a little ingenuity and photographing of screen, he was able to go home and do his work.

All of this has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the point of this post.  It is that I bumped into THAT person outside the supermarket.  The person around whom I always freeze up and sound like a bumbling idiot the minute I open my mouth.

We got to discussing juggling and how VC would miss it due to the RenFest, at which point I blurted out that I hoped it would be warm on Sat for the first day, not that that made a big difference. Then I rambled on about how we had no internet since the phone line was in the middle of the backyard and MB severed it and the Library was closed on Thursdays so VC was sitting - pointed to spot - doing his homework and that he did a "little thing" at the school that morning (meaning a juggling performance although it was hard to tell from my wording) because it was Fairytale day and that it was so touching that the teacher of one of the educationally challenged kids came up to him to say the boy had said "that was awesome" - and that was monumental because he normally doesn't speak much and then I closed with something about keeping us posted.

*Catches breath*

Do you have one of these people in your life.  Those who do not say much so you feel like you need to fill in the gaps when you really should ST*U?

I'd like to say I'll remember to do that next time, but you know I won't.....

Have a great weekend everybody.  Miss you all xxoo


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Yes, The Bimbo Degree!!

Yesterday I was picking VC up from helping a classmate with editing a video she was making.  I got to chatting with her mom and then told VC that we needed to run since I had a big test tomorrow (today - and let me say it was a doozy!!!!)

She asked what my major was because she was surprised to hear I was studying Anatomy & Physiology - when I told her she said, "Oh, you mean those bimbos at the doctor's office study THAT???"  She was incredibly surprised since she said most of the medical assistants she has come across when she visits the doctor don't seem too intelligent.

So let me boil things down:  I have gone from working at an upscale art gallery, where people used to Ohhh and ahhhhh when they heard what I did, to going to school to get another degree so I can get a job as a bimbo.


P.S. Blogging has become my guilty pleasure.  To take a few minutes away from my books to make a posting provides some much needed levity.  Sorry that I haven't been around to visit, but I'll get there....when I'm on break.  Too many body parts to memorize so I need to keep my focus.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It Bears Repeating

You may have seen me post this elsewhere, in which case, please ignore it, but I am still so tickled over this topic, I wanted to post it here.

.....and the topic is - that Kendra Wilkinson has a 'sex island' in her kitchen just the right height for Hank.  Can you give me a collective ewwwwwwwwwwwwww...

When I'm cooking in the kitchen like I did the other day making a Rachael Ray dish that could send me into instant cardiac arrest it was so cheesy, the last thing I would have wanted as a prep surface would be a sex island :-O)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Things from Today that Made me Paranoid

I think this will be a recurring segment.

I was driving VC to his gig downtown tonight - and he decided to take a nap.  I glanced over and realized that his seat was completely folded flat (yay Element!) - but I was in the *GASP* HOV lane.  OH MY GAWD, what if no one was able to see that I had a passenger in my car??????  The window is such that there is no way anyone could have seen him.

Do I move over to the right lane or just stick it out???  What if there are cameras?

Continuing along in the HOV lane at a high rate of speed and then realizing that my fancy new purse has opened and the contents are slowly rolling under my foot, such as a cap for my portable bug spray LOL. Do I sound like a granny?

Speaking of grannys, realizing that I am wearing underwear that sticks out above my low rise jeans but that I am too lazy to change so I just make sure I do not bend over all evening.  Now, this underwear was labeled as "bikini" - as in bikinis for a octogenarian!!!

Realizing that I have another big Anatomy & Physiology test next Thursday and only a teeny tiny bit prepared so I bring along my books to VC's gig. I am on information overload.

Oh, and turning on the computer this morning to find a black screen and blinking cursor, one day after I did a complete reinstall to factory settings.  Yes, on the day I was scheduled to take an online test. Yay me!!! ;-)

But on a positive note, my hair looked Super-Awesome today :D

I hope you all have a paranoid-free weekend.


P.S. Congrats to "nerdy" - winner of my SUPER giveaway.  She was the first comment!  See, first commenters DO Win!


Monday, September 19, 2011


Have you seen this interview between Anderson Cooper and his mom Gloria Vanderbilt?  I hail from the days of Vanderbilt jeans with the swan on the pocket so part of the reason I clicked on the link was that I knew she had to be very old.  I had to blink a couple of times in amazement at her appearance.

The subject matter is extremely tragic, but can you believe she is 87????

Get me her plastic surgeon on the line ;-)


Friday, September 16, 2011

Anyone Lefthanded?

Lack of sleep due to stress is is a bad thing.  I've gotta find humor where I can, like yesterday when I was looking in the supply closet for a new pair of rubber gloves for washing dishes.

I always wear gloves when washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms etc. to protect my hands so they will not get all rough and scaly.

Thing is, all that I discovered was a pile of gloves - left handed only.  The right ones always wear out first and for some reason I can't bring myself to discard the perfectly good left hand ones.

I can't be the only one with this problem.....

I realize the quality of my blog posts is inversely related to the amount of school work I have.  Thanks to those of you still sticking around.

Still time to enter my SUPER giveaway!

P.S. After reading the first few comments I realize I may be coming across as an old fuddy duddy - either that or similar to the woman in the wacky hand model video :-O)  But seriously people my hands are soft and smooth!!!!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Doormat No More....Maybe

Looks like I am making strides in not being such a doormat.  Yesterday we received our snazzy new belly dance costumes.  (I say "snazzy" although what I really want to say is "potato sack" :D )

It was a box of 10 costumes for 10 dancers, each a different color.

The girl who ordered the costumes was divvying them up - and I had my eye on a maroon costume, since I figured it would be most flattering to my skin, compared to say the glow-in-the-dark lime green or orange one.

I waited until the others had been reserved and then it came time for the maroon one I had been wanting to snag.  The girl who ordered them handed it to another dancer and I was bummed since the remaining colors were red and black.

Well, she saw I was bummed (probably from my pout and mumbling that I didn't like the other colors as much) and agreed to give it to me.  YAY!!

What was interesting is that my bellydance buddy came up to me and said, "Wow, I never expected you to be the 'difficult' one."

See that, everyone expects "good 'ole carma" to never speak up!!!

No more!

I'll be proudly wearing my faux velvet costume with "I Dream of Jeanie" pants in the next recital. Not sure if I'll be posting pics, as it really is not too flattering.

But I may have spoken too soon about "the new carma" - about an hour ago the phone rang, and it was a certain hotel chain promoting their vacation club.  Instead of just blowing them off, I was sweet as pie, to the point where MB asked why I was being so kind.  I explained far too much - that I was going back to school and would not be vacationing any time soon, etc. etc. etc. and probably added a "thank you."

So there you go.  One step forward, one step back.

I have such a mountain of homework I can't even begin to tell you all that I have to learn by next Tuesday between medical terms and bones.

But I wanted to pop in and say 'hi' :-)

Monday, September 5, 2011

As the Blog Limps Along

I am finally able to post again on my blog! In a bizarre circumstance, I was unable to access my website from my home network; not one of the computers could pull up the site. Still no idea how the issue was resolved - whether it was the internet provider or the host site, but regardless I can post again.

Not that I will have many interesting posts, since they will mostly be whiney school posts. Much like the blog, school is limping along. I've taken a step back and realized if I kept up the pace I was going at, I'd have a complete breakdown by December. Part of my new acceptance plan will involve taking a lower grade on some things rather than trying to achieve perfection and hoping to make up for it on future tests/projects.

I seriously had no idea the program would be this rigorous or I may not have signed up :-O) It's not that I'm lazy, it's just that I frankly don't need the stress!!!

Still can't decide if it is the major for me. Suppressing my artsy/creative side in the interest of conforming will not be fun :-( But then I knew that when I signed up.

I miss the days when you could pick a major that was something you would excel at and be pretty much guaranteed a job. Fact is that the jobs I would be good at are not hiring!! My theory is that if I was to spend the time to go back to school it would be for something which had hiring potential.

Which meant only one thing: the Medical field.

Would you feel comfortable having me check your blood pressure and take your blood????? :D

My advice if you want to be happy: Don't do as I do.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


I miss you guys!!!!! As you can imagine I've bitten off more than I can chew and think I may have flunked my first quiz ev-er today!!!!! Lack of sleep is putting me in a bad spot. The workload is insane - several papers due already next week plus an oral presentation plus about 200 medical terms to learn. I'm holding on by the skin of my teeth. Just wanted to pop in and say hi and apologize that I haven't been able to visit your blogs. It has been very difficult holding myself back from quitting which we all know I like to do recently ;-) I'm in an "I don't need this crap" mood, which is not good.

I got about 4 hours sleep last night after taking CPR from 6-10 pm - and then insomnia all night. Popped a Benadryl which was a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad idea. Could that have slowed down my thinking?? I realized halfway into the quiz that all the answers were on the bottom of the page - the answers we needed to answer the questions posted above. GAH!!!!!!!!!! Seriously if I pulled in a 50 it will be amazing after I erased and went back up changing things and then she collected the quizzes so quickly some people were still writing.

Have I mentioned that I HATE going to school. I love learning, but on my own time and at my own pace....

What about you?

oh, and I've made plenty of "interesting" observations that I will need to post very anonymously in the future :D

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Did I Miss Something?

I pride myself on my knowledge of useless celebrity news (which needs to come to a halt BTW) - so I was shocked when I saw this photo with the heading: Reese Witherspoon's Post Baby Shorts - in a photo montage of stars in short shorts.

The caption: "Not bad for someone who gave birth just a month ago."

When did Reese have a baby???? Last I read everyone was speculating after she looked a little fuller in the mid-section like I do after a pasta binge. But actually having a baby, unless I am mistaken, not so ABC News/Entertainment....

And now back to preparing for school which is what I am supposed to be doing. TTFN.

Please weigh in in my previous post if you get a chance :-)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Family Photos in the *gasp* Family Room!!!!

Thank you throngs of blog visitors ;-) Gonna keep it easy breezy today. I start school on Monday and my blogging time will be very limited as I get my mind back in action. It hasn't seen much heavy duty brain activity in the last 4 years or more, unless you count making of my intense youtube videos.

Todays topic: Is it gauche to hang photos of your family - separate photos of kids and joint family photos - in the FAMILY ROOM?

I'm a sucker for free magazines - and in one of these fine publications, a local interior decorator had this to say about home accessorizing (and I paraphrase):

Family photos are meant to be hung in the private areas of the home - i.e. hallway to bedrooms or stairway. which point I glanced over the family room where we have two large family photos hanging over the TV cabinet and a black and white photo of VC that is at least three feet tall on a side wall surrounded by several small black and whites of VC/us grouped and matted in 3 tall frames.

That doesn't sound like overkill does it?? Should I ban them from the family room?

Where do you hang your family photos?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ignore My Previous Whiney A$$ Post

I've got more important things on my mind, like should I purchase one of these Nose Huggies to get rid of the bump on my nose??

.99 on ebay - not sure if it worth the gamble?

If you are wondering how the Nose Huggie works, according to the website:

To use the Nose Huggie simply open the hinges and place it on your nose, closer to the bottom where all the cartilage is. Remember, consistency is the key with this product so try to wear it every day for about 15 minutes. After about 2 weeks you will start to see your nose will appear noticeably smaller and thinner, and straighter on the bridge....a large percentage of your nose is made of cartilage which can be gradually be changed to a desired shape with appropriate pressure. This is why the Nose Huggie works.

I'll have to research this further when I start my anatomy class...All I know is that the before and after pictures are remarkable - as good as surgery. And I'm sure there is NO WAY they could ever be photoshopped...

Yes, Ma'am I Understand. Oh ReaaaalllllY?

I beg to differ.

Oh, just reflecting on yesterday's morning's colossal computer crash. Note to husbands: If you turn on the computer at 5:30 am and it comes up a black screen, DO NOT WAKE UP YOUR WIFE WITH THAT NEWS and then tell her your son will help fix it when he knows that you will be the one who will need to fix it!!!!

I bolted out of bed knowing that this was it. The "biggie" I've been waiting to happen for weeks. My HP Pavilion (which as I mentioned is less than a year old) - has been having trouble booting up. Hours of calls over several weeks to HP - that temporarily postponed the inevitable - came to a head yesterday.

After speaking with the phone with a delightful rep from the Far East for an hour and a half at 5:30 in the morning, it was concluded that I'd need the rescue disks.

Whatever. What irritated me the most was that these customer service reps are trained to "diffuse" the situation by trying to be overly sympathetic. I know you've all experienced this. It is way more frustrating than saying NOTHING.

She started asking me if my computer was for business or personal use. When I mentioned it was for personal use but that I needed it fixed PRONTO because I'm headed to college next week she starts going on about how she knows how difficult it is at exam time. WTH? I haven't even started yet!!! She was going on an on about how tough it must be with exams trying to get all "cozy" with me, when not trying to pressure me into purchasing a $79 extended warranty.

Seriously before I dump another $79 into that PC I told her I'd buy a new one!!! Which she said was ridiculous.

Advice to HP Support: You may want to tweak your customer service training.

What are your thoughts on this patronizing approach? I prefer the cold hard truth without all the pleasantries!!!!!!

P.S. I mentioned all this to @HPSupport in a friendly tweet but apparently they are not interested in hearing more :D

Friday, August 5, 2011

Another Milestone (filed under 'things I should not admit because then I don't seem hip')

Because I'm so frugal errrrrr cheap, VC and I have been sharing a phone for over a year, which is no biggie because when he is in school he can't have a phone with him anyway. That's my excuse.

The phone is rarely on unless we are expecting a call. Let's face it, I obviously don't have that many friends or family members who need/want to keep in contact with me on a regular basis.....I've never programmed any numbers into the phone or any of that fancy complex stuff.

I used to have a stylish Verizon flip phone - for 15 years until I realized that I didn't need it. I went out and purchased one of those prepaid phones and have been using the phone for the past year, with mixed results.

VC finally figured out an easier way to text on it so he is happier with it, but admitted to me the other day that on days when I have the phone and he needs to call home, he tells people he doesn't have his phone on him that day to avoid embarrassment because you know every 15 year old has a phone glued to them.

When we were in the car and the most recent report hinting that there might be a connection between cell phones and cancer came on, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta was saying that he didn't give cell phones to his kids at a young age because their brains are still growing which might present long-term danger, I pointed out to VC that he'll thank me in 20 years. I'm good like that - at pointing stuff out ;-)

My new $15 a month cell phone is great for quick calls, but if you need a guaranteed connection or plan on talking on the phone for any length of time, lots of luck with that.

To put it another way, if you don't mind talking through static at times when the call is not dropped, this is the phone for you!!!!!!

Today I was on my house phone. Do you remember house phones? We still have one :D - when my craptastic cell phone rang. I quickly hit the "ignore" button which I didn't realize was ignore until today, which meant the caller was forced to leave a message, which is all good and well except I don't know how to check voice mails. Well, to be honest, I do know how, kinda sorta, but I keep forgetting which key I need to press to access it.

With VC being away at my parent's house, I was required to figure out how to do it "all by myself."

After 8 plus minutes of fiddling with it, I can now say that I have successfully checked a voice mail!!!!! Score one for the hip mom ;-) !!!!!!!

Now, please don't go assuming I'm some backwoods idiot- because I'm quite computer savvy. It only took me 5 weeks to fix the "error at line 1" Internet Explorer error after all! Phones have never been my thing. I'd invite you to call me on my cell only it's too much trouble.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Another Reason to Quit Blogging or To Get Less Personal

I noticed while checking my stats yesterday (as abysmal as they are) - that there was a huge jump in page views. I immediately knew something was up because let's face it, this blog is no "Dooce."

Come to find out when looking at the stat page - where everything was compressed with a huge bar up the middle - that most of the visits were from one site (380+ visits), in the Netherlands.

While I'd love to think it was someone who was interested in reading my superb content ;-) more likely it was a spammer since there was hit after hit in succession.

I mentioned a while back that I'll be posting fewer personal photos, in part because I don't want them to wind up on some site in the Netherlands or any where else other than on my site.

Blogging has lost a lot of it's luster for me. Fewer people are reading fewer *personal* blogs and I'm wondering if it will soon be passe, replaced by the quick 'hit and run' that is twitter, facebook, etc.

What do you think? How long are you planning on maintaining a blog?

P.S. I think I may have solved the error that was occurring when my blog was viewed with Internet Explorer so it should hopefully load more easily for you now :-)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hello Friends

I've not been in much of a blogging mood lately. Lots on my mind. Plenty to blog about but I'm just not feelin' it - I'm sure some of you can relate.

School is rapidly approaching and I'm starting to FREAK OUT!!! Been trying to find my books on the cheap online but haven't been able to find reduced prices on 3 of the books :-(

Why did I bring this on myself again? I keep forgetting!!! I could have easily stayed at my boring dead end job, but nooooooooooooooooooo always gotta shake things up.

I was a bit of a "B" last night and it is weighing on my conscience. When people annoy me I sometimes play ignorant when they need me to do something, especially when not asking and just telling you they need you to do something. This is a bad habit on my part - especially since it was not something that would be that difficult for me to do.

Now I'm thinking I need to do an about face, but I'll most likely just wait a week and see if the person resolves the issue on their own. But they are pretty helpless which is why I should have stepped up to the plate when no one else seemed to jump.

Just felt that I needed to confess this ugly side of me so you can see what you're dealing with ;-)

Do you have any similar passive aggressivity - does it keep you up at night?

Have you ever taken thyroid hormone replacement medication and found out it causes you to gain weight and gives you a pregnant looking belly? Yeah, I'm dealing with that also- and it is depressing the hell out of me :-( There is really no alternative other than to take it; I need to get my energy back before school starts or it will be a major train wreck....

Wow - this post is a real downer. Hope you are having a lovely summer.

P.S. I'm happy to see that J Lo loved herself enough to walk away from her marriage. Ahhhhh....the life of a Hollywood "star."

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Think I'll Remain a Blank Canvas

I was reading an article about how tattoos are becoming the "new black" for suburban moms. I was shocked for about half a millisecond.

Last weekend we spent some time on the beach and I noticed we were about the only ones who didn't have tattoos.

Most of the bellydancers in my class have tattoos - one is working on a full arm "sleeve" -

I've personally got no issues with people who have tattoos - some that I've seen have been quite artsy and maybe even 'meaningful,' some not so much, like the one dancer who got a tattoo of a belly dancer on her side (a large one) - the face wasn't all that pretty so she was looking to have it fixed by covering part of it with some more hair. The body looked great though....

The author of the post mentioned that she spoke to her tattoo artist and he said his next place was going to be smack dab in the middle of a suburban enclave, since that is where most his customers come from.

Not to knock suburban moms because I guess I can technically be considered one, but you know once the main clientele is suburban moms, well, it sort of takes out some of the edginess.

I think it may get to the point where those who don't have tattoos are considered the edgy ones, so I'll wait for that to happen and save myself the pain ;-)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Headed to My Fave Kind of Doctor Today - WOOT! <--- not exactly

Getting old is the pits. Remembering back to when I was young - there was never a concern that I'd ever get anything other than one of those postcards in the mail two weeks after the visit saying that everything was A-OK, so when I got a phone message from the doctor's office, I was thinking Holy CARP!!!!!!

Figured it was not a big deal and that I'd just follow up at my yearly visit next year instead of at the 4 month point like they recommended only they said that was not gonna happen...

So today I'm off to the "lady part" doctor for another check.

Being one of those who never programs numbers in the phone or writes them down, I had to google her information. Have you ever looked at the doctor reviews for your doctor when doing a google search? You will find out all sorts of interesting things you wished you never knew, such as this review about the doctor I'm about to visit:

I wouldn`t let this woman deliver my dog`s puppies. She is cold harsh judgemental and just plain rude!

Out of the 8 reviews on that particular site she averaged two stars out of 4 stars possible.

Now, I've been seeing this doctor for at least 8 years and she has already performed a minor sugery successfully - sure she's not the friendliest. As I said before about my piercer, he has better bedside manner than most doctor's I've seen...

Anyway, hopefully it is nothing major. Dr. Oz happened to be doing a segment this morning on the exact same reason I'm headed back to her office, so with the Good Doctor's advice in my back pocket, I think I'm well prepared knowledge-wise even though I can't recall the exact name other than it started with an 'A'.

What are your thoughts on getting old and doctor review sites???

P.S. I've been out of town which is why you haven't seen me on your site; hoping to get back with everyone this week. Didn't want to announce my trip to the world or my valuable possessions might be missing upon my return, not that we have anything of much value; a burglar would be sorely disappointed :D

if you haven't had a chance to see my latest YouTube video, scroll on down to the previous post

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

America's Got Talent?

I'm not normally a big TV watcher outside of real life crime dramas. Speaking of which - did anyone catch 48 Hours last night - with the female cop killer? Very intriguing that it took UH 20 YEARS!! to arrest her given the situation....and her beady eyes - very creepy....

It was a nice contrast flipping between the seriousness of 48 Hours and the train wreck that was last night's Americas Got Talent. Talk about incredibly underwhelming!!! A few of the singing acts were noticeably off-key and the juggler!!!! Good Lawd - what a mess that performance was. To be fair, I did not see him in the previous shows so maybe he was spectacular and just having an "off" night. People have suggested many times to VC that he should audition but he brushes it off because jugglers have never been shown much respect on the show, especially in the Hasselhoff days - His disdain for jugglers was fairly obvious. So we were surprised to see a juggler on last night.

VC was about to head to bed when he decided he'd replicate the trick that the juggler did as his finale - and didn't quite pull off: juggling 5 clubs on a rolla bolla.

He ran to the basement with 5 clubs - hopped on the rolla bolla and did it, the first try.

Of course there wasn't the pressure of having an audience - but still....

He is convinced that to get on the show as a juggler you need to have a schtick, and he is not big on that - he is more into the sport side of juggling without the clowning.

But you never know.....Maybe he'll be one of those jugglers that is in their 70's when he decides to audition and then he'll get on the show since everybody loves and old person with talent :D

What's up with you this week?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

This Video is Killin' Me

As you can see I have some free time this weekend. VC saw me watching this video and asked me what gossipy smut (or something like that) I was watching. I couldn't help it, the video is such a train wreck, I had to see it a second time.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, Courtney Stodden is a 16 year old aspiring country singer and her new husband, Doug Hutchinson, who is 51, is famous for acting in The Green Mile. How Lara Spencer was able to keep a straight face, I do not know...

But never mind all that, watch the video - you can speed up to about the 3/4 mark where she starts gazing at him like a pRon star and licking her lips while he talks like she is about to pounce on him.

Every move she makes is so contrived it is insane.

Good to know she was a virgin when they married - just watching her talk about that is a hoot too, like it was a big hardship - SHE IS ONLY 16!!!!!!! Was it really that difficult to wait?? And WTH are her folks thinking!!!!

View the end where she is prancing down the street walking her dog. Maybe these things are starting to freak me out now that VC is 15 - I warned him not to ever hook up with a chick like this - so it was another good family learning lesson.

OK I'm done.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Holdout

I know this is a very controversial post. But it needs to be addressed...

Last night I made this update on my personal facebook page:

"I know all the Harry Potter excitement is brewing; I plan on seeing it about 3 years from now if it is still available on RedBox then"

It was quickly met with gasps from the Potheads, including this comment from my friend since childhood:

"Your lame, acting old"

Ignoring the fact that she used improper grammar, am I the only one who has no desire to watch Harry Potter and whatever this #7 movie is called???

I was getting tired of the updates on Facebook - people complaining they would have to wait over 24 hours to see the movie - and others saying they'd be out at midnight. As I've said before - there are very few things that entice me to go out and do anything in the middle of the night or very early morning. Harry Potter and Twilight for that matter do not fall in that category.

Those of you who have been waiting for years to see it, more power to ya. At least with me not standing in line to get a ticket, you'll be able to get to the ticket window earlier :D

Oh, and I maturely replied to my friends comment with a simple " :P "

P.S. If I am really acting "lame and old" - feel free to nod in agreement with my friend.

P.P.S. Still no idea what script is causing the internet explorer line error. If you are able to view my blog on firefox or chrome, it should work splendidly though. If I get inspired I'll deactivate and reactivate more plugins over the weekend to see if I can find the source of the problem, but that is not likely.

Monday, July 11, 2011

I Am Sick of Computer Stuff!!!! And Life Update

Thank you for bearing with me until I can completely straighten out all wonki-ness associated with my site. It looks like the server is back up, which is a good thing. If you are still having trouble viewing my site and getting an error code, please send me an email with the code. As much info as I can get will be helpful to get all problems resolved soon.

I was discussing with a blog friend today some of the pros and cons of leaving blogger and going to self-hosted. Well, one con about self-hosted has been fairly obvious - i.e. complete site blackouts from time to time. If you are happy with blogger and are more interested in posting than in dealing with technical glitches, you may want to stick with blogger.

My PC, which is about 6 months old has also picked this week to crap out on me. I've spent hours on chat with the folks at HP, and while it seems to be running for now, I'm not ready to sit back and relax because it was working fine earlier in the week after a boot - up repair, but now minutes ago it went to black screen again and I had to go into recovery mode :-(

One of the benefits of going back to school in the fall will be time away from the computer. Some folks love to tinker with all this technical stuff. I am not one of those.

Give me a happy creative project and I'll be in my element, no pun intended. This other crap makes me want to pull my hair out...

And to say I'm not necessarily surrounded by patient people - well, yeah, I'm not necessarily surrounded by patient people....

To be the house Management Information Systems Department/Chief Computer Repair Officer is a role I'd gladly give up.

Enough of my whining.

Quick synopsis of other things going on: I've been searching Dress Codes for my new major at school and if it is similar to the ones I've seen online, the required dress code will border on Amish-looking, even beyond the removal of my piercing which is still making me sad.

VC is doing well at diving but he likes to wear a swimsuit that doesn't draw attention because he is not as skilled as the others who have been diving for years. If I could find a swimsuit the color of the diving board and pool tiles, he'd probably wear it. He finished his behind the wheel driver's ed class last week. Next step is to wait at the DMV for 4 hour to get his permit.

I can confirm that I do not have Tb - that was a required medical test before starting school. I've been having a complete under the hood check up and lots of needles - Man, I'm psyched :D Not really, but I must get my mind clear and into study mode by mid-August.

What's up with you?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Griff: A Book Review

I promise this place will not be transforming into Graphic Novel Central - but I do want to post a review with the help of my 15-year old VC, who also read this latest novel, The Griff. Knowing his love of graphic novels, I signed up for the review with him in mind.

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As soon as I received the book in the mail I tossed it in his room and he finished half the book the first night without my having to nag - if that doesn't speak volumes about the book, I don't know what does.

Getting a teen to read over the summer is no easy task. Here's what he had to say about this story where giant dragonlike creatures take over the world and it is up to a group of misfits, including a hip chick, to help save the planet from complete destruction:

"I wonder if the author has written any more graphic novels, since this one was pretty awesome." Then he pondered why woman typically aren't wearing much when it comes to end of the world books.

There is some adult language in the book but nothing a teen doesn't hear every day ;-) Of course, I'm referring to on the street!!

I enjoyed the artwork and layout of the book, not to mention the action words: Boom, Screeeeeeeeeee, Braap, Snapp....

Written by NYT Bestselling author Christopher Moore and Ian Corson, the book is a fun escape. I read it while VC was at diving practice and it kept me enthralled. BTW, the creatures in the book are called The Griff because they look like the Griffins from mythology.

While reading, I was jealous of the hip young chick because she got to dress all funky like I used to dress *sigh* Learning that I may need to remove my nose piercing when I enroll in school come fall has me totally depressed. I know I'm being childish, but still...I may need to re-read the book to keep my mind of things...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Moving On

I've spent countless hours reading comments under Casey Anthony posts. Talk about wasted time. It was encouraging to read that Vivid has withdrawn their offer for her to star in a "video" because so many people wrote in and expressed outrage.

I have no idea who the genius behind this pic is or I'd give credit, isn't it a hoot???

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If we would all stop consuming this stuff (not the photo above - which rocks), me included, there will be no way for her to profit from the death of Caylee.

While reading a post on a popular blog, I came across something disturbing. This photo of Kendall Jenner:

Now, I'm very liberal when it comes to dressing, but this photo made me cringe, because while she is a beautiful girl, she is ONLY 15 YEARS OLD!!! The exact same age as VC.

So while Casey will no doubt exploit Caylee for profit, I wonder how much mama Jenner is making from her daughter's modeling career?? Not that there is anything wrong with a modeling career, maybe just more of a clothed one at this age....

Am I being an old fuddy duddy on this one?

P.S. Did you hear Casey's attorney Jose Baez, referred to her as a "GOOD MOM" ROTFLMAO - yep, right up there next to Mommie Dearest

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

As We Await the Verdict

If this is not as close to OJ Part Two as it gets, I don't know what is...So as we wait the verdict in the Casey Anthony case, I figured I'd update you on what is going on in my little insigificant part of the world as well as a decision I've made concerning the blog.

1. VC is doing much better. Thank you for all the well wishes. He competed yesterday in the "Show Us Your Best Trick" contest at the swimming hole and won with a Double Side Flip 180, so I'd say he is almost back to full steam. MB won for Biggest Splash as well as Smallest Splash. His secret to winning the former was to bulk up with an extra 5 hot dogs before the jump. He has since posted a calendar on the fridge to chart his weight loss over the next three months...

2. I spent a good part of the weekend, when not watching the fireworks and rooting for the boys in the Pool competitive events, googling "small bump beside nasal piercing," because that's exactly what I have and it's been freaking me out!! It goes up, then some days it's down. Turns out this is a very common problem. Luckily people have posted pics of their noses with the bump. It's better than WebMD. I've stopped treating with antibacterial soap, as I've read that can make things worse. Went out and purchased some aerosal Saline Spray instead since the one in the bottle is supposedly contaminated the minute you open it, which seems a little counterproductive. Anyway, after a flare-up again last night, possibly from overcleaning, it looks better today.

If you are contemplating a piercing, do not do it during the moist summer months. One would think I learned my lesson the last time, but apparently not.

3. I was watching a show yesterday that everybody loves to diss "Hoda and Kathie Lee!" Only for the first five minutes, but it was parachute long enough to learn that the top reason people are denied promotions is....DRUMROLL


Considering the new field I'm looking to enter into, perhaps the piercing was not the best possible decision at this time.

But I don't care. I like it :D

I'm sure that attitude will take me far....

4. Speaking of honesty, I came to the conclusion yesterday that I am not going to be posting as many personal pics on my blog. After a quick reality check via Statcounter, I learned that the bulk of my visitors come via keyword searches. Do I need every Tom, Dick and Stefano looking at my personal photos?

I'm becoming more and more uncomfortable with having so much of my personal stuff out there. Wouldn't it be great if most people were deliberately seeking out my blog to learn more about me and my fascinating family??? ;-) If there is one thing I am, it's rooted in reality. Not gonna happen in this blogger's lifetime.

VC thinks that nobody looks at blog posts without pictures.

Guess I'm soon to find out.

As a test, I've inserted an extraneous word in the middle of this post - Did you catch it????

One last comment on the Casey Anthony trial, did you read that lip readers are trying to decipher something she said as closing statements were being read. They've determined it was either "It isn't his fault" or "It's his fault." Wow, that's insightful!!!!! Maybe I should consider going into the lip reading field if that is the level of accuracy that is needed :D

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I Shimmied and then Danced Like a Gypsy

Here are some photos from the bellydance recital. I've selected photos where there are not a lot of my "dance sisters" - (MB says it sounds like a cult when we say that LOL) in the pics because I'm not sure how they would feel about being broadcast to the internets via my clandestine blog.

Oh, just because I look like I know what I was doing, don't be fooled....That is the beauty of still photos vs. video!


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This photo is from the gypsy skirt dance performance. Me and the dancer next to me had a small collision at the outset. There is a lot of arm flailing involved in this one and we were very close together.

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VC injured his back on Friday night (bruised and strained muscle) and it was questionable whether or not he would make it to the recital. He attended but we practically had to pry him out of his chair and prop him up for the reception afterwards. He is doing much better but our plans for the week have been stymied....Lesson learned!!

I'm hoping to be able to keep up with the dancing once I go back to college. If not, I'll be sad :-( It is a fun distraction - an hour a week when I can get my mind off the other crap I need to keep up with - Plus I like picking out my costume pieces :D <--- the real reason

My mom is in town this week and I'm running behind schedule since I had to wait on VC for three days, carrying up trays of food to his room while he rested his back- pampering him to the max; I hope to visit your fine blogs within the next couple days...

Monday, June 27, 2011

More Facebook "FUN" - next post: Dance Pics!!!

I was going to post the pictures from my belly dance recital this past weekend, but I'm too lazy to upload them, so I figured I'd continue on with more Facebook awkwardness - this time on MB's part.

BTW, I have just made this disclaimer as my latest Facebook post: "I must stop with my sarcasm/dark humor; effective today, only syrupy sweet comments on everyone's posts...." and people are already complaining about it :D

I loved reading all your comments on my previous post.  Facebook drama has added a fascinating new element of paranoia/neuroticism to our lives!

Well, my super favorite awesome cousin called last night (putting that in here in case he reads this post) -

While we were talking I mentioned that MB recently harvested 450 bulbs of garlic, from our tiny lot in the middle of suburbia. The garlic was located behind the 13 foot tall popcorn plants that we are growing, which is exactly why I refer to us at the "Addams Family," because we do what we want to do....

Pictures of garden and scary scarecrows to be posted after recital dance pics.

My cousin, being a fabulous Italian cook, suggested I put some in a brown mailing envelope to send some up North.  MB walked by as I was on the phone, so I said, "Let's send some garlic up to Cousin ___"  Then I handed him the phone because he and my cousin were starting to have lively banter back and forth.  For young people reading this, "lively banter" is what we old people use to describe conversations where people are dissing each other.

MB says to him:  "Didn't you see the pictures of the garlic that I posted on Facebook, " to which my cousin replies, "no, I did not."

At which time I reminded MB that he un-friended my dearest cousin months ago when he decided to elminiate everyone who did not rollerskate from his Facebook friends list, so as not to infiltrate the skating conversation with mundane, non-skating related stuff, the kind of stuff 99.9% of the population posts about.

So then he had to admit to my cousin that he did, in fact, remove him from his friends list and then I got back on the phone to explain MB's reasoning for said removal from his friends list; well, to such a point that it could be called "reasoning."

Have you ever removed anyone from your friend's list and then found yourself forgetting that you had done so?


Friday, June 24, 2011

So That's How You Are!

Facebook is getting on my nerves.  It's not the annoying people I see on MB's profile, one of whom has joined one of those multi-level marketing things *cough* pyramid scheme *cough*, who is always pushing her product.  That will fill a whole blog post, one that I intend to write later.  It's also not the people who are in love with their pets to the extreme.  Daily pet pictures and narratives in a creepy over the top way.  As if the pet is their spouse kind of way.

Who annoys me the most? It's the people who take everything you write literally!!!

I've noticed that Facebook reveals a lot of people's personalities that would have never come to light otherwise, like people who you thought had a sense of humor. Come to find out they do not.

People you did not realize were overly sensitive - come to find out they are!!!

Sometimes you discover this by writing a comment under a photo that is DELETED!!!!  Yes, this happened to me last night.  Please tell me I am not the first to have a comment deleted from the recipent's wall!  It's left me feeling like a big loser.

It was someone I went to high school with.  BTW, please don't get offended if I am not following you on Facebook.  The only reason I joined was due to that big High School reunion that occurred last year.  Other than old high school "friends," the rest of the people I've friended are family members, mostly far flung cousins.

Anyway, so this person from high school posted a photo of his brother and him from the late 1980's that they had made up as a gift for their mom.  Maybe that's where I went wrong; I'm not sure.

It was a good photo of the guy so I said something like, "Great photo.  You look smoldering. Is that a *cough* mullet."  I'd write the exact comment, only it was deleted.  Maybe it was the last part that he took offense with.  I don't know about you but I'd be flattered to be called "smoldering."  Am I wrong?

I just noticed that someone left this comment under the picture "Nice! Very Flock of Seagulls!"  Yet the Seagulls reference has not been deleted.  Another comment about his lips: and I paraphrase: "Your lips are ruby red - you need to trim your mustache and set those ruby reds free with a comment that his wife covets them as well."  That comment was not deleted.

Do you think my comment was "offensive."  I really had no idea he was so into his looks as to be offended by something like that.  It makes me question posting comments on people's photos in the future.

I did not do it with malice. I have no intention of trying to offend someone.

Sheesh!  I had some really wacky photos in the 1980's and you would be welcome to poke fun at them.  Heck, I'd even encourage it.

Contemplating removing him from my friends list because I run the risk of my fingers typing a similar comment in the future before my brain stops them.

Has anyone ever deleted a comment you left on Facebook?  Did it make you see them in a different light?


P.S. thanks to my first commenter, Janice, for being the voice of sanity - sometimes my mind does go to extremes :D  Only one way to find out for sure though - as someone in my house suggested, I need to leave the exact same comment again :D :D  Kinda like the Starbucks interview.

P.P.S. I realize that *cough* is past it's prime, remind me to stop using that expression

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Today's Lesson: a, j, k - How to Drive Your Teen Crazy Over the Summer But He Will Thank You in the Long Run

Since nobody reads blogs during the summer months except those of you reading this now, I've decided to post some parenting stuff and other potentially useful tips.

Last week I had a brain storm.  I had just gotten back from taking my keyboarding test at the college *97 wpm* and VC was inquiring how I am able to type so quickly.  He said there is no way he can type without looking at the keyboard.

But a second past - and I was upstairs digging through my giveaway pile locating the instructional typing CD-ROM that I purchased in 2003 for less than $10.

Lucky VC, he is now spending 5 minutes a day doing fun, interactive typing lessons.  He balked and kicked and screamed on Day 1 but then he discovered it is fun in a learned kinda way, and he has agreed to 5 minutes a day.  But not more than 5 because he told his friends on Facebook Chat that he would be back in 5 minutes and you know they must be running their stopwatches or something ;-)

He is now at 14 wpm.

Of course I'll keep you posted on his progress because I'm turning into that mom in my previous post....


Monday, June 20, 2011

I Hope I Don't Go to this Extreme. If I Do, Slap Me

For the past two days I've been periodically peeking at the comments on this article about a family in which the parents encourage their kids to embrace technology to the extreme.

Between the 5 of them there are 9 blogs, multiple twitter and tumblr accounts - some of which the kids have embraced and some of which the parents have "nudged" the kids to join.

The mom has a blog where she sometimes posts pictures about the kids that they aren't too fond of - or updates on what they are doing  despite their objections.

On this here blog I usually run all pics of VC  past him before I post them to get his approval, ditto stories about him. I've eased up on posting about him lately since I know as a teen he doesn't want all his goings on broadcast to the world.

When the family goes on vacation they bring along a bag with all sorts of cords, adapters, etc. to make sure they are constantly connected through their blogs and other social networking sites.

A lot of this doesn't seem too extreme to me but it is the pushing of the kids to blog/tweet that many find objectionable and that the family is so plugged in they are undoubtedly missing out on life.

One comenter said he'd rather be Amish than live like them.

Is this just a new fact of life - that you need to be plugged in to succeed in life in 2011 - or do you think they've gone overboard?

I feel like a hypocrite writing this post since I may or may not have commented on one of their blogs :P

Maybe this is just another sign that I am doing the right thing focusing on school and moving my life in a more mind-expanding direction....

What do  you think?  Is it time we stepped away from the Blog?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Who Is Caylee's Father?

It is difficult not to get caught up in the circus that has become the Casey Anthony trial, but for some reason I didn't realize until I saw a special last night that no one knows the identity of Caylee's father - it is not even listed on her birth certificate.

Given that Casey was a pregnant teenager at the time - even though her mother was telling friends at 7 months that Casey was just bloated - I mean how many partners could there be that no one has come forward to claim that they are the father or to identify who they think the father is.

In the age of Weinergate, everything becomes exposed eventually, which is why this is so unusual.

There is definitely a funky family dynamic going on in the Anthony family - amid the claims of childhood sexual abuse from both father and brother - and the brother even had to take a paternity test :-O)

If it was some teenage boy who had impregnated Casey you would think if he was trying to avoid paying child support that that would sadly be no longer an issue and that maybe now he would come forward.  Why all the silence??

This case gets more and more bizarre and is now being labeled as the OJ Simpson case of our time.

Are you keeping up with the trial?  What do you think?


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Why, Thank You Walmart Sample Guy!

As you know, since the whole work/school debacle thingy, I've not been feeling that fab about myself.  Well, leave it to the Walmart Sample Guy to turn my frown upside down :D

After I got my piercing, VC and I headed to Walmart to pick up the ingredients for the Rachael Ray dishes that may or may not have contributed to my latest bloating woes.  As you can see, I only pick up the finest ingredients when I cook? Wanna come to dinner??? ;-)

Every now and then there is a one of those people with the cart handing out samples.  Occasionally it is an older guy in his 60's. Small build, quiet.

I went to grab a sample for myself of the yogurt he was handing out that day and then called over to VC who was in the dairy section picking out the cheeses.

When VC came to get his sample, he said, "Mom, blah blah blah (can't remember)."  Well, the sample guy, says to me, "I don't usually say this to people but I can't believe that you are his mother. When he called you 'Mom,' I was amazed. You look more like his sister."  Well, color me super giddy.

I know what you are thinking, that the Walmart guy says that to ALL the moms.  Maybe so, but I turned to him with tears in my eyes to say that he had made my day. Because he had. And yes, I'm an emotional wreck....

Well, MB and I were at the store again last Friday and we saw the same guy and I told the him how good he had made me feel so then he gushed to MB about how I could pass for VC's sister and then he complimented me because he said he could tell that VC and I shared such a good relationship and that you don't often see that these days what with parents beating the crap out of their kids at Walmart.  A while back I was seriously ready to haul a$$ on a dad who was smacking his kid. It was all I could to do control myself.  I am normally a calm person with low blood pressure, but as MB knows, if I get fired up about something, prepare for me to unleash the beast (in a good way of course).

The purpose of this post is not for me to seek an opportunity for you to heap praise on me about how young I look *go ahead anyway* but as a public service announcement to remind you to WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN.

Recently I took a pretty bad ribbing about how I still remind VC to wear his sunscreen even though he is a burly 15 year old.  "Hardy har har, carma still reminds him to wear sunscreen."

So who should happen to wind up at the dermatologist's office yesterday at my insistence to have a boatload of what turned out to be precancerous spots frozen off his face.

Something tells me I have been vindicated.

Did anyone see that chick on Dr. Oz yesterday with the sun damaged face?? Whoa!!!  She is only 4 years older than me but looked to be 70.  Even the $3,000 laser treatment did not turn back the time that much.

If I had not been vigilant about staying out of the sun do you think the Walmart Sample Guy would have made that comment to me?  I think not!

Unrelated topic, I heard on the news that Bin Laden's replacement has been named as Ayman al Zawahir and the serious news guy expressed some doubts to his future success because he is not as "charismatic" as Bin Laden.  When I think charismatic, the first person who comes to mind is always Bin Laden.

The song that the nerdy Beatles fan with all the "no. 1 hits" sang on America's Got Talent the other day has been going through my head, "Truck drivers aren't supposed to cryyyyyyyyy.♪ ♫."  I woke up singing it - scary.

Hey, I have a new giveway up - 500 business cards!!  Mosey on over and sign up after you apply sunscreen.....


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's Day 4 in the Life of a Starbucks Rejectee and Things are Getting Bloated

You are not going to believe this new Starbucks development!!  Last night I received an email from the job site where I found the job opening for the Starbucks clerk in my local grocery store.  The site was notifying me that there was another opening.

So of course, I applied AGAIN!!

Because the only thing more fun than one Starbucks rejection without an interview would be TWO Starbucks rejections without being granted an interview!!!

I'll keep you posted on that.  In the meantime, there is a lot more pressing issue - literally- to tackle, namely what is causing my stomach to bloat up for days and the filling of my insides with gurgling air, which is making me want to burp - A LOT of air.

Now that I find myself unemployed, I've been trying to step it up in the kitchen.  Although after I saw MB's facebook update with his plank salmon and eggplant deluxe dinner that he fixed himself over the weekend, with the added comment that his wife (i.e. me) is an "OK cook" <---- his exact words!!!, my cooking days may become short-lived :D

Last week I watched the repeat of Rachael Ray's episode on her Top 10 Downloaded recipes.  I made two of them back to back.  One was a concoction of baked shells with ricotta and spinach, the second a broccoli casserole with 4 different cheeses.  Both called for a lot of onions and garlic.

Can't figure out if it was the richness of the food, the onions or garlic, which have given me problems in the past, or the fact that MB has been making batches of salsa for the past 6 weeks, with all ingredients from his garden, also loaded with onions and garlic.  He puts me to shame, I know....

Two days ago I decided that since our 24 hour antacids were of questionable age, that some Pepto Bismol would do the trick.  Well, three days into that little venture, I recalled the constipation problem that occurs from excessive Peptol Bismol consumption.  This was confirmed when I googled "Pepto Bismol constipation" and came up with this question from someone in the Yahoo! question forum:

Constipated from peptobismol help plz answer!!?

At this time, I will be quitting the Pepto.  What I'm wondering is if any of you have had this problem.  It may be the cheese.

Oh, I am not taking any Rx medications so it is not a side effect of any medications.  I know it could be debated whether I should in fact be on some type of daily medication :D

If you have experienced these symptoms and can provide a solution, I would be much obliged. I am not a big person, so a bloated belly becomes fairly obvious and can be confused with pregnancy belly.

P.S. If you have not yet seen the nose pics, click here.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day 2 in the Life of a Starbucks Rejectee

Today I'm pondering whether it is worse to :

(a) get a rejection letter from the Starbucks in the local grocery store without even being granted an interview or

(b) get a rejection letter from a stand alone Starbucks

I'm thinking the grocery store one is worse because it has less cache. Your neighbors will see you working there and conclude that you've hit rock bottom.

And to make matters worse, VC said to me this morning that I smile way more than others!!! His comment, "You even smile when you are hurt, it's weird."

Dag nab it, why didn't he tell me that BEFORE I answered the question.

When I look back at my old blog posts I have to chuckle at all the melodrama. Like I had to bring in that part about the comment from my "sister in dance" LOL Really, if I was an outsider and came across this blog I'd be doing the head shake.

Well, on with my Starbucks coffee-less day.

This marketing major with 10+ years of stellar customer service under her belt shall take her services to a less caffeinated venue.

Do you know in the long run I'm going to make out very well moneywise now that I won't be drinking Starbucks coffee :D It's like they're paying me without hiring me!!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Very Humbling Experience

Today I received my "rejection email" from an online application I put in for the Starbucks at our local grocery store. I did it on a lark, but half thought I might end up with the job, working a few hours a week while I took college classes the rest of the time.

It is all very humbling. Remember over the holiday season when I applied for that seasonal job I didn't get? I'm having deja vu.

I have a slight inkling of what may have done me in. On the required personality profile, I decided to answer honestly and not answer all the questions in superlatives, e.g. I was the best organized person at my last job, I spot all errors the first time, my chest is superawesome etc....

I answered some questions "more than" but on the question about smiling: Do you smile about the same as others, more than others or a lot more than others, I figured I'd put "about the same as others" - SCREEEEEEEEECH. I think they may have halted the application review at that point.

Some of this stems from dance class a few weeks ago. We were learning a new dance - a skirt dance, and we all had these deeply serious looks on our faces. I asked the teacher if we should be smiling during the dance like we do on the others (realizing that it was a more serious dance and that smiling might be out of place) - well, one of my dance compadres pipes up "Carma, you never smile anyway!!" Now this was at the time I decided not to pursue the program I had gotten accepted to and quit my job in the two week span. You know I was down in the dumps. But her words stung. When I am on the job I am always incredibly friendly and smile a lot. I safely could have answered the question that I smile "more than others" - but this was nagging me right there in the back of my mind and probably sealed the deal.

Have you ever had to fill out one of these online personality profiles before getting an interview. Did you answer in all superlatives?

Oh, BTW, another question asked how I felt about piercings in the workplace :-O) I answered "neutral" that I neither like a place that doesn't allow them (DUH) nor do I only want to work some place where everyone is all tatted up and pierced. This was my way of not revealing that I had a piercing or two. BTW, click here for photos :D :D

Are you a Starbucks reject? Let's commiserate.....

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bye, Bye Meredith (My Meredith Memory)

After somebody re-tweeted Ann Curry's tweet this morning about it being Meredith Vieira's last day, I dropped everything, put on my 16 year old "maternity" workout shorts and headed upstairs to the elliptical.

I didn't want to miss out on all the festivities in celebration of her last day on The Today Show.  And it also shows how pitiful my life has become <---- kidding.  I'm getting more done than I have in a while.  I've been tidying up the place, catching up on laundry and paperwork and taking the occasional nap. I heard on the radio this afternoon that those 5 Hour Energy drinks are being consumed in large amount by senior citizens!!!  May be time I tried one.  How am I going to make it through the day when/if I get accepted at the new college I've applied to???

Yep, it's just one big vicious cycle around here lately.  I figured I've done so much prep work, that I can't give up on college just yet.  Although sometimes I do stop and remind myself that I already have a degree....

But that's neither here nor there because it was Meredith's LAST DAY!!!

Which means I need to concoct a fond tribute post.  And I seriously do have a memory.  Two years ago when we visited the outdoor set of the Today Show on our trip to NYC, VC was juggling in the crowd.  The weather guy (a substitute for Al, who was out that day) - came over along with the camera guy.  When they panned back to Meredith she said, "America's got talent. At least that kid does."  It was so sweet!!!!  Got it on video.

Amid all the shiny, sparkly news people, she seemed the most genuine - able to poke fun at herself and to be poked fun at (darn, I'm also being tested on "Sentence Structure" - better not make sentences like that one with the dangling participle).

Anyway, I'll seriously miss seeing her in the morning.  Ann often overdoes it a little too much for my taste, with the fawning over the guests and going overboard with the empathy, if there is such a thing ;-)

Did you read that Rep Weiner's wife is pregnant???  If you are having a lousy week, just remember it could always be worse, which reminds me I need to post my Weiner joke in reference to that:  "His kid will have a good role model - errr more like underwear model."  Uh, yeah, I'd better not send that joke to Leno.  Underwear model?   As if!  He creeps me out.  You know that if he wasn't in that position of power these women wouldn't give him the time of day....

If you have a tween or teen who is creative, I'd love it if you entered my giveaway.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Fun Book Review and a Giveaway!! (I May Yet Strike It Rich!)

If you have a teen who loves graphic novels (narrative works in which the story is conveyed to the reader using artwork) love to draw figures - even stick figures, and have a creative bent, this is the giveaway for you.

As you know, I love to dabble in the arts. Lately that means a lot of drawings like this one from a blog post from last year showing me with my blinged-out sneakers and  "edgy" Sephora bag :D  :


Graphic novels are hot! My son, VC, first introduced me to graphic novels when he got hooked on the Bone series of books. I took a peek at them and found the books to be incredibly clever.

Barbara Slate, a graphic novelist believes it is time for all of us to get the "story out of our head(s) and onto paper."

She has written a book aptly titled "You Can Do a Graphic Novel," in which she guides the reader through the steps to creating his/her own graphic novel, with steps such as "finding a drawing style regardless of ability" - yes!!, navigating the creative process and creating memorable characters.

Something I always get hung up on is feeling that I have to outline the entire book which gets overwhelming. I like that she advocates using post-its to jot down ideas whenever they come to you - and to store them in a box until you have enough to begin writing.

VC, my 15 year old son, also shares an interest in possibly collaborating on a book someday. He said that the illustrations in the book kept him interested.  We'll see what we can come up with....stay tuned.  It may be published sometime in the year 2051.

Giveaway: To win a copy of Barbara Slate's "You Can Do a Graphic Novel," simply tell me that you would like to win and if you will be using it yourself or if you have a creative friend or child in mind.

Giveaway ends Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. EST


P.S. I've been hung up on re-learning algebra - yes, I'm already onto my next college -  and having to re-do all my testing - never give up!  Details to come....

Sunday, June 5, 2011

MB is The Godfocker - A Stunning Realization

I think part of the reason I feel so lost these days is that VC has a full schedule and is barely around leaving lots of time for my mind to wander. Between Diving and Track he will be out 4 nights a week through the summer.  Lots of other stuff going on too between a new team he's joined (more on that later), his juggling gigs and going out to the movies with friends - well, you get the point....I'm almost an empty nester *cue panic attack*

MB has been kind enough to do some more things with me to get my mind off the sad state of my job/school affairs.  Maybe getting my nose pierced while looking for a job was not the best idea. Say what?????? ;-0  Oh, yeah, I did it.

Besides that we have been watching some movies.  I patiently sat through his roller skating fave "Roll Bounce" yesterday afternoon.  It wasn't half bad. Nick Cannon was awesome in his role.  Maybe Mariah had a good sixth sense about him after seeing the movie :D

Today we watched "Meet the Fockers" and let me tell you - we both came to the exact same conclusion midway through the movie:  My dad IS Robert DeNiro in that movie:  Both Italian, Both strict with the kids, Both look strikingly similar, close in age, Brooklyn accent **YIKES**   And MB, well, he is a shoe-in for the role of the hapless son in-law who means well, is eager to please someone who is impossible to please,  always coming up short in the eyes of his FIL.  Too many examples to list.  The only difference is that MB's family is the one with the family tree obsession.

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About the only thing that hasn't happened yet is the knock down drag out fight in the ball pitt.  Just give it some time. And me, I'm right there stuck in the middle.

Welcome to my world.

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