Monday, November 26, 2007

Blog Tag, I'm It!

So I have been tagged in a game of blog tag - I logged on to Blogger to find this in one of my comments: You are IT in a game of blog tag! Find out the details of the game by visiting the post that you were tagged in
Looking forward to seeing your blog tag post!
So this is how it works:

"Post these rules on your blog.
List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself.
Tag seven random [?] people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting on comment on their blog."

Let's see....
1. I am a huge makeup addict even though I hardly ever wear the stuff. I'll go on Sephora and spend $100 easily but I won't wear half of it. I have a huge drawer full of makeup that has never been worn, yet I still keep shopping and buying!

2. I have a slight case of OCD. Very slight, but it's there. For instance, when I wash my face I have to rinse a total of 10 times but if I feel like my face needs more rinsing, I increase it to 12 or has to end on an even number. Also, when I put deodorant on I have to swipe it the same number of times on each underarm. I promise I'm not a freak.

3. I'm a huge germaphobe - public restrooms frighten me. Purell is my friend.

4. I am terrified of clowns. Any kind - if the face is painted, I'm running in the opposite direction. Just the word clown makes me nauseous. I get shaky, sick to my stomach and feel like crying if I see one.

5. I simply cannot fall asleep before 10 p.m. Early bedtime for me is 10:30. I'm usually up til 11 or 11:30.

6. If I had the nerve, I would dye my hair black and blue. I've always wanted to do that but never did get up the nerve. Now I'm probably past the age where it would be acceptable.

7. I have 4 tattoos and I'm going back for more!!

Go check out the cool people I tagged:

Question of the Week

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and ate way too much food like I did. So here is my question: Have you started your shopping yet? Are you doing most of it online or do you prefer brick & mortar? I think I'm going half and half.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Old School Sesame Street

I came across an interesting article in The New York Times today about Sesame Street in it's first years, the pre-Elmo time when smoking a pipe meant you were cool. We all remember the rumors that Bert and Ernie were gay, but a diabetic Cookie Monster? Depressed Oscar the Grouch? Hallucinating Big Bird? Yep, it's all there in season 1 and 2 of Old School Sesame Street, straight out of the slums where the group all lived.
You can check out the entire article here. It makes for a pretty entertaining read.

Somebody Loves Me!

I received an award today from
Thank you! Rewards are awesome!

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Question of the Week

I still cannot believe that the holidays are upon us and Thanksgiving is this week! I am so not ready to fight the crowds everywhere for the "best" Christmas present. So my question is this: do you fight the crowds on Black Friday or do you sleep in? Is it worth it?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I'm Flipping the Bird!

Nope not that bird - my Thanksgiving turkey! It really just hit me tonight that Thanksgiving is this Thursday and I need to figure out how I'm going to cook my bird. I know the basics; wash it, remove the stuff inside, throw it in a pan and stick it in the oven; but I needed a recipe of what to add to the bird itself. So I did some searching and came across this site:
Mom's Roast Turkey
The basics of it are, stuff your bird with some veggies and roast the sucker breast side down. Apparently doing it this way makes for a very moist turkey with some bonus rack marks on the boob. So it's not as pretty when it comes out but it also won't be as dry. I've always roasted my birdies boob side up but I think I'm going to try the flip side this year. I'll let you know how it turns out. If anyone else decides to try it let me know how it goes!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tag, I'm It!

I got tagged for my first meme by! Being somewhat of a meme virgin, I hope I'm doing this right!

4 dishes I like to cook:
* Spaghetti
* Mac and cheese in my crockpot
* Pot roast
* Grilled cheese

4 movies I love to watch over and over:

* Overboard
* Mean Girls
* She Devil
* The Incredibles

4 qualities I love in people:

* Big sense of humor
* Patience
* Lots of money (just kidding!!) hard working

4 TV shows I enjoy watching:
* Survivor
* King of Queens
* Dr. Phil
* Miami Ink

4 places I have been:
* Italy
* Florida
* Switzerland
* Vegas baby!

4 things in my bedroom:

* my comfy bed
* my laptop
* burts bees lip balm cause my lips are chapped!
* a humidifier for my bad sinuses

4 favorite foods:
* mac and cheese
* chicken
* cheesecake
* spinach & artichoke dip

4 dirty words I like:
* crap
* slutbag
* dammit

blogs I'm tagging: Sadly, I have no idea who to tag with this. It may die right here on this page. :(

Belated Question of the Week

I feel like such a slacker. I swore to myself that I would keep up my weekly questions and post them every Monday and I remembered at exactly 10:30 last night that I needed to post one. Obviously that did not happen as I was way too lazy and comfy in bed to move over and drag my laptop up into bed with me. So here is my belated question:
My son is 2 1/2 and has been going thru the "terrible twos" for approximately 2 years and 5 months. Ok, I'm exaggerating but it does seem like that. Anyway, this week has been particularly trying with the hitting phase he is into now and I'm trying not to lose my temper when I get smacked one in the face, but rather just walk away from the situation if I feel the blood pressure rising. Of course there are times when my temper takes over and I yell at him. How many of you let your temper get the better of you? What do you do? Walk away, yell, punish the pillow? I swear I look back at his newborn and 1 month pictures and wonder ... where did my sweet child go?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Love Thy Neighbor

We are lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by quite a few nice neighbors. They are all respectable dog owning, fence or leash using, fabulous people. However, there always seems to be one person in every neighborhood who either 1. Has a dog that barks all night every night or 2. Has a dog that is allowed to roam the neighborhood, thus depositing poo in every yard but it's own.
Case in point:
My husband and I have been together for 8 years. When we first decided to move in together, we rented a house from a coworker of mine that was perfect for us. (yes we lived in sin, big no-no in the bible belt where we live!) The house was perfect, that is, as long as you weren't a big sleeper when the sun went down. Our fence backed up to a fence where apparently a vampire dog lived. Vampire in the sense where he would sleep all day and stay up all night barking. We tried everything we could think of to shut the damn thing up, short of rat poison in a steak. I won't tell you what other things went through my mind as I lay in bed at midnight listening to the nonstop barking. We tried peanut butter filled bread, hoping to keep the four legged idiot quiet so I could at least fall asleep (my husband has never had a problem falling asleep, regardless if a dog is barking or a helicopter is landing on our roof). We tried putting literature about why dogs bark relentlessly at night (they're usually just bored; imagine that!) in the offending neighbors' mailbox. And last of all, we tried a screaming match at each other over our fences, threatening to call the cops for disturbing the peace (which we just couldn't bring ourselves to do). Finally, we had to move. We had originally been planning to buy this house, but the dog totally squished that idea.
So, after we got married, we started the house search. On the list of wants was a nice house in a quiet neighborhood. It didn't take long to find the perfect house in what seemed like a really nice, upcoming neighborhood. The first night there was a dream. Silence! No doggie solos to keep me up all night. I woke up the next morning totally in love with the house and neighborhood. That was the one and only night that would happen. The next night, the house directly across from us became the proud owner of an all night lab. So we were back to square one. This dog didn't bark all night, rather he would pick and choose certain times that he found best to interrupt my sleep. There were some nights I got to sleep and some nights I didn't. The kicker was, we also had a house at the end of the cul de sac that owned 2 labs that apparently paid the taxes for everyone because they got to poo in everyone's yard. Strange thing was, I still got a tax bill. It was really nice when said owner of tax paying labs would let his dogs out at 4 a.m. so they could stand directly under our bedroom window and bark until my husband had to get up and chase them out of our yard ... while avoiding their poo of course. So after a couple of screaming matches with those neighbors and two years of land mines in our yard, we got pregnant and decided to move again.
The next move, (and our present house today) was a fabulous choice for about 1 year. Then, the Twat, as we so lovingly refer to her, moved into the house directly across from us with her 1 cat and 2 annoyingly yappy, furry, small dogs. She has a nice 6 foot privacy fence that she chooses to ignore while she opens her front door and sends her menagerie out into the world alone and directly into our front yard. Being the seasoned poo yard neighbors that we are, we immediately chased one out of the middle of the road, narrowly avoiding being hit by a speeding car, and walked up to her to tell her that her dog was almost smooshed into a hairy stain on the asphalt. Her response? She calmly ushered her dog into the house and slammed the door in my face. Not to be outdone in the maturity game, I flung her dogs' poo that was so kindly left in my yard into her yard, up onto her front porch. I have since done this 5 more times because it makes me feel so damn good! So now there have been precisely 2 screaming matches between the Twat and my husband, as well as between her and a few other neighbors.
In closing, and thank you to anyone who has read this entire post, I would just like to ask ... is it horrible for me to not want dog poo in my yard when it doesn't belong to me? Is it so wrong for me to want the owner of the dog to remove said poo from my yard when it doesn't belong to me? And am I stupid for wondering why someone would let their defenseless animals roam into a street that is a major cut thru for Walmart ( you know how busy that makes a road!)?
Thank you. Rant over.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hello November, Thanks for Bringing the Snot...

I live in SC where it takes a while for the cooler weather to hit. Fall in this state lasts for about a week and after that week, it will either jump back to 80 degrees or drop to 30 degrees. This is an excellent state to catch and keep colds in. If I could own stock in snot, I would be a rich girl. My husband has now been sick for a week and had to go on antibiotics; he tried passing it on to me but I took some cold-eze and managed to fight the worst of it off, however I was lucky enough to get some snot. Now my son has joined in on the snot love and is enjoying a nose full. A few hours ago, my throat began to tickle again so I'm breaking out the cold-eze. I am determined not to get sick. I'm not ready for all of this! Before I was a parent, I loved the cold weather, using the fireplace, hot chocolate, you know - the whole 9 yards. Now that I have a 2 year old, I dread the onset of winter and spending every other week at the pediatricians' office. So for now, we are a house of snot and used tissues. God I love November.

Monday, November 5, 2007

My Question of the Week

I'm still determined to keep up my question of the week even though I haven't had any answers yet. :( C'mon people, help me out!! So here is my question: How did you drive traffic to your blog? Plain and simple. Any advice would be appreciated. I would love to have more readers and hopefully get answers to my endless questions.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Goodbye October

I'm having a hard time believing that October is over and it's time to start planning for Thanksgiving. Time is going by way too fast for me to comprehend. For some reason I feel like we should still be back in June or July. I don't remember going thru those months!
I hope everyone had a safe and fun trick or treating night. We definitely did. Pea dressed as a punk rocker complete with mohawk and Sex Pistols shirt. His favorite activity was ringing everyone's doorbell, mine was catching up with neighbors I hadn't seen since last Halloween. We all had a blast.

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Getting the 'do done

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Trying to get something into his stomach besides candy

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Rock on!

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The Pea and his cowboy friend

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Time for all punk rockers to go to bed