Monthly Archives: August 2008

Your one shop post..everything you needed to know…

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In the past a couple people told me they like my random blabbing..so that is what I’ll do. Fill you in on what is going on in the world, bullet style.

  • It’s a long weekend. No work for me on Monday. Woo hoo.
  • Sarah Palin our new VP candidate has given me hope for the GOP. I hope not to bring up politics much..but I like her.
  • Dolce’s friend is going to school to be an eye doc..her university clinic is cool w/ me being a patient. Helpfully I’ll make an appointment for next week.
  • Gustav COULD be the most powerful hurricane since Katrina..but what do they know? The year after Katrina we were supposed to have more hurricanes then ever and I don’t think we had any. This weekend will be interesting.
  • I’ve been loving the Twilight book series but I’m not looking forward to the movie. I can’t stand the actor that is going to play Edward.
  • Last night was double elimination on Big Brother. Ollie and Michelle were knocked off. J and I were happy w/ that. It will be interesting what happens now. If I were there I would get rid of Renny. She hasn’t pissed alot of people off and would not be a person I could win with in the bottom two.
  • My friend’s friends..follow me?? They adopted a little girl, got her home…a month later the biological dad said he wants the baby back..they went to court, a few weeks later the baby went back to the B dad. Can you believe that still happens??? How does an adoption go through before both biological parents are 100% signed off on this stuff. OMG.
  • David  Duchovny went to rehab cuz he’s addicted to sex. Never quite understood that.
  • I think I broke or sprained my pinky toe..the right foot. It got stuck on the doorframe. Ouch.
  • Did you hear about all those decapitated bodies they found in Mexico..makes you wonder about vampires, doesn’t it? Oh..
  • They are STILL investigating the Zodiac Killer.
  • September 9th they are announcing new iPod Nano’s and Touch’s. I double it’s due to the technology changing, it must just be due to the almighty dollar.
  • Mackenzie Phillips was arrested at the airport for having coke and heroin. First off who goes to the airport with drugs? Second..OMG. Had she been clean and sober all these years or was it all a lie. She was such an anti drug advocate and did Disney TV. I don’t think you just fall off the wagon…when you have it stuck in your waistband at an airport. I feel so strongly about this cause she was one of the people I watched everyweek on TV..and I thought she made it through the storm. (yeah I know that sounds gay)..AND she and I share the same birthday, but she’s older.
  • Sinbad and I have the same birthday too.
  • Biddy’s birthday is Sunday.
  • Tempered Woman’s birthday is today. She moved to Colorado.

I hope everyone has a wonderful safe weekend. Not quite sure what we’re doing. Sometimes it’s great not having plans.

Thursday 13 – Wordless Wednesday – and other stuff

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Old Cathedral and Arch

Old Cathedral and Arch

So… I don’t do the normal stuff and I thought I would today. There is a picture..a day late. I edited the image using Flickr’s Picnic Premium..that I got as a present from Bri… Swag from Blogher.

Here are 13 things that I am OVER…
1. The election. I’m about puking over all the twittering and crying over Hillary and Barak’s wife. I tell you what. Please..but then I was the one that cried 16 years ago when Bill was elected, and they were NOT tears of joy. I am so glad I don’t have to watch live TV anymore and can skip all this BS. Just give me my ballot already. No, I don’t want to debate it either. I used to wear my politics on my sleeve and “fight” the fight..whatever, I’m too tired for that.

2. My eyeballs. I only read for 2 hours last night and the pressure from trying to focus was killing me. I ended up making a temporary patch out of toilet paper. Dolce’s friend is going to school to be an eye doctor..I’m hoping maybe university would like me as a guinea pig.

3. Old People. I think that someone needs to find that fountain of youth already. My parents are getting way too old and this is stoopid. They need about 30 years back. OK..someone work on that right away.

4. The Olympics. Lucky for me, they are over. It got old after a while, didn’t it?

5. Ass Kissers. I work at an office where some people do some serious ass kissing. These people really are trying to hang on to their jobs.

6. Road Construction. Our main Highway 44/I64 is under MAJOR construction, due to this many of the “artery” roads are under construction. I drive 20 ish miles a day to and from work and am constantly surrounded my orange cones.

7. Child Abusers. Come on.. Instant Death Penalty. Enough said.

8. Waiting for Thanksgiving to release new movies. Come on people.. I see movies for free. I want a decent selection at the theater.

9. Fat. Yes I’m talking about me and my poor eating habits. I’m not in my fat clothes but I’m not in my skinny clothes either.. I’m in the middle and need to go down, not teeter on going up. K?

10. Biting My Nails. I’m 41..you think I’d be done w/ this habit already.

11. Zits. See above, 41 NOT 14. I’m sick of these things.

12. Rimmy. You are dead to me. No i’m just kidding. Testing to see if you are reading or not. You in jail..?? Email me!

13. Money. I think that we should all barter or something. I’ll rub your shoulders for an hour a day..and I don’t pay a mortgage. You… I’ll fix you dinner every other Tuesday I don’t have a cell phone bill. Think it will work?

The Only 4 Meme

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Gregg tagged me for the 4 Meme

Four place I go to over and over:
Target
Dierbergs
My parents
Work

Four people who e-mail me (regularly):
friend Carol
MIL
friend Michelle
friend Biddy

Four places I would rather be right now:
Aruba
Hilton Head
New York City
Italy

Four TV shows/programs that I watch over and over:
No Reservations (Anthony Bourdaine)
Trauma Life in the ER
right now..
Big Brother Ten
The Closer
It’s not fair I can’t name them all but this meme is for only 4

Four things I have for breakfast:
Coffee
Yogurt
Poptart
Banana

Four animals I like best:
Cat
Dog
Fish
Lizards

Four beaches I’ve been to:
The beaches of Aruba
Hilton Head
Daytona
Laguna Beach

Tagging 4 people..I’m not gonna tell you..just do it. 🙂
Grandma J
Patrice
Marly
Manager Mom
(chosen cuz they were the next 4 blogs I have to read!)

Weekend Update AKA Sports Central

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SO I think I can have a new name for Drew. Whiner Boy..I’ll remind him of this when he gets older. I’m hoping it’s a phase.

He was fine Friday night. I picked him up from school (school is close to my work) and we went home. We did alot of nothing…which he does very well.. jumping from the computer to the TV to the XBox to the PSP..you get the picture.  Video marathon..which someday will be an Olympic Sport..just watch.

Saturday morning we get up bright and early.. J stays home and does his thing, I drag the child w/ me to Office Max for ink for the printer and surprise him w/ a trip to Game Stop. We go in and look for about 30 minutes. He finds 2 Spidermen movies for $12 bucks total..bonus.. of course we get home and his charger is at Mommy’s.. uggg.. We bought him 4987 of them and somehow he brings them all home. We’re going to have to search his bags before he leaves.

I get on the computer and am trying to get all of my Hilton Head photos edited cuz my MIL wants a CD w/ the pictures…. So it’s like cramming for a test. I still didn’t finish but was ready to burn a disc. Legit question: Can you burn a disc of your photos FROM Flickr?   

So…time to go. We met my MIL at J’s aunt’s house so we could all ride in the same car downtown to the Cardinal game. We had free parking and free tickets from my work. It’s Saturday afternoon and it’s 847 degrees outside..and SUNNY. No problem though, we’re in the shade. No problem at all.

We get to the ball park:

We are NOT in the shade, we have BETTER seats and we’re in the sun. The child goes ballistic..OK that is not entirely true (his dad reads the blog)…but he can complain and complain and his dad took him around the park 385478 times. They did get to see the Albert home run…

Meanwhile I’m slathering on the SPF 8.. EIGHT, can you believe it? I didn’t pack 50 or 30 even cuz I thought we were in the shade. So as I sit there getting skin cancer my beautiful husband comes back to the seats  with one of those squirty bottles w/ the fan. I lurve him.  We make it to the top of the 8th, we’re down by one run..then BOOM…CRASH. Thunder, Lightning… I look at my little family, pick up my purse and say.. “ooo, lets get out of here”. My MIL says “really?”…OK I like baseball too but come on already.

Drew is VERY excited we’re leaving. He hates baseball, it’s hot and now we’re going to the football game! What? I didn’t mention to you that we were going to the Ram’s game that evening…which is IN doors…in the AC…and it’s football not baseball.

Here is the kicker. We purchased our tickets online and we have to pick them up at a hotel in downtown St Louis before 7pm. Game time is at 7:30pm…. it is now after 5pm. We still have to take my MIL back to J’s aunt’s house..and right now I’m one huge sweaty mess and I wanna change clothes.

We step outside of the stadium to a DOWNPOUR. If you live in the St Louis area and are saying to yourself “what is MP talking about, it didn’t rain on Sat”.. trust me, it did downtown.

Right then I realize…I gotta go pick these tickets up and I need to just make a run for it. J, Drew and MIL walk AROUND the stadium to the garage. I walk across 2 parking lots and up the street to the hotel. It was some rain..BIG, HARD, WET Rain.. If I didn’t have my glasses on I wouldn’t have been able to see because it was pounding my face. I was soaked. 100% ..ALL of my hair, my shirt, shorts, underwear, everything. You know what though, I wasn’t hot anymore or sweaty. By the last street I actually slowed my walking, it didn’t hurt as bad that way. This drunk hoosier smoking a cig under the awning says, “You just don’t care do ya?”.. I just smiled and said “Nope”.

I walk into the hotel, literally dripping. I don’t know if I should shake like a dog or what. I went for just unsticking my clothes from my body and slurping the rain that was dripping down my face. I went to the counter and asked the gal where I pick up Ram’s tickets. She points to the direction behind me and tells me to go to that table. Remember I’m 100% wet. I can’t even dry off my glasses in order to see. I can hear though..and I hear my full maiden named yelled across the lobby. My old boyfriend works for the ticket place. Well he’s not my old boyfriend…he was my something for quite a few years until J came around. I used him.. he had a dry shirt…he dried my glasses. We chatted for a few minutes then I had to deal with trying to find my MIL, J and Drew.. After a few “where are you, what street, wheres”… they find me I get in the car.. Drew wants to know why Grasshopper (he thought that is what I said his name was), my old BF dumped me. He thought it was hysterical…then J mentions how some girls would freak not looking “their best” and running into an X..and I have to say it didn’t cross my mind AT ALL.. honest Abe. I don’t really think I was ever with anyone that cared or acted like the cared. I could have a zit on my forehead and run into my boyfriend from when I was 16 and I wouldn’t care. I have to figure that no matter what I look like now…if you knew me at all you have seen me worse.

SO.. we drop off my MIL get our Jeep go home…take showers get dressed… and OMGwe’re not going to make it by half time, it is THE END OF THE WORLD. We do make it before half time… and the seats are flipping awesome…and who the heck is this angel child sitting with me. It’s football..Ram’s…who cares if it’s preseason. The child is so hysterically happy and grateful. The Ram’s are winning. I ordered a $94 beer..or whatever they are..and sit and relax. Then comes half time… we went to the store got some kick ass nachos and a huge soda..I think the bill was $49.53 or something like that.

Game over, Ram’s win…small delay in the garage where the child can practice his whining again…Steak N Shake then home.

Sunday the angel child was NOT looking forward to church..he wiggled and waggled until communion time..he likes that part. We spent an afternoon of video games and TV….after we dropped him off w/ Mommy we let out a collective sigh.. some weekends are just more work than others.

I did get to watch a bunch of Ben 10 episodes.. I like that show. I got one hug, I stole a kiss on the lips…and I got a game for my DS while I was at Game Stop.

9 year olds will be 9 year olds…and boys will be boys..

I hope you all had an eventful weekend too!!

Tonight I’m doing a book swap w/Bri and we’re going to get BBQ.

Bri’s actually helping feed my addiction to the Twilight series 🙂

Sunrise

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Hilton Head Sunrise

Hilton Head Sunrise

Nope, the bathroom pictures are not ready yet. I did spend time though playing on flickr this weekend. Scroll down…see my flickr pictures..there are a bunch more up now.. click and go see. See one you want big? Let me know I’m going to be ordering a bunch of prints soon.

Weekend update that you won’t want to miss later this afternoon 🙂

I’m gonna Rock N Roll all night

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No..I’m not going clubbing. We’re talking about concerts! I was thinking about it cause the town is a twitter over Springsteen. Saturday there is a baseball game, football game and the concert in out little downtown. What does that mean? sucky traffic.

Concerts in general are expensive. Tickets, parking, food, drinks…so I went through a stage where I never went. Recently we debated over Neil Diamond (again) or the BMW Classic…we’re doing the Golf.

So..in your lifetime, what concerts have you been to?

My list here is NOT in chronological order..cause my 20’s are a little fuzzy.

  • The Police. This WAS my first concert. I was 15 I believe. My friends and I walked to the Checkerdome. We had cups of orange soda w/ vodka from Burger Chef. Delinquents
  • LoverBoy . Keep It Up. I can’t believe I remember the concert name.
  • Billy Joel. I will not add him a bunch of times but I have seen every Billy Joel concert except for one in the last 25 or so years.
  • Billy Squire. AWESOME. I went w/ my friend D. I remember her dad dropped us off and picked us up cuz they were afraid the hoosier/redneck boys would get us.
  • Duran Duran at the Keil Opera House. This was when Rio came out. 1983 or 1984..damn I loved John.
  • Men At Work. I went on a date and smoked a joint.
  • Joan Jett actaully opened for them. She was better than them.
  • Squeeze. I don’t remember who they opened for but they were fricking awesome.
  • Jimmy Buffet…8 million times. I was a big Parrot Head back in the day.
  • INXS.. the original. Awesome.
  • Harry Connick Jr
  • Little Riverband
  • Ace of Base (won tickets on a radio call in show)
  • Chicago
  • Van Halen.. both ways
  • Cheap Trick
  • Michael McDonald
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Akon
  • Neil Diamond
  • Eagles w/ Glenn Fogarty
  • Daughtry
  • The American Idol Concerts
  • Barry Mannilow – a date took me and I thought it was so gay.. I look back and it was awesome.

I have to tell you. I’ve been sitting here now w/ a major brain freeze. I went to tons more and can’t remember. See that is the problem when you drink and go to concerts..

  • Cake..omg awesome
  • Beach Boys (who hasn’t?)
  • Billy Joel/Elton John. The dueling piano’s at Busch Stadium. AWESOME!
  • Rick Springfield
  • Bon Jovi
  • The Fixx
  • The Cars
  • Hall and Oats
  • Billy Idol
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Violent Femmes
  • Steppenwolf
  • Ramones
  • 311
  • The Urge
  • Blink 182
  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • Third Eye Blind

Alot of those cool 90’s bands were due to Pointfest. I went to quite a few in the 90’s. I’m reading the lists of band going…uh, I don’t remember No Doubt..but I know I was there, do I count it?

OK…you have to take into consideration that I’m 41 years old.  I have to say I was invited to Shaun Cassidy but mom wouldn’t let me go, she said I was too young. My friends went to Prince but my mom wouldn’t let me go.

What concerts have you seen? Who do you want to see?

I would like to see Bette Midler, Green Day, Cold Play…guess that’s it.

The ABC Meme..

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No one tagged me, so I won’t tag anyone. I stole it 🙂

I was all prepared for a post on beating children..you know in school..but I’ll save it for another day. I’m feeling all mopey today, it’s raining… so I thought I better liven things up.

A. Attached or single? Attached to a husband, puppy, 2 cats, and 2 old people.

B. Best friend? J … most days… sometimes Jack the dog…or Drew..but usually J 🙂


C. Cake or pie? Chocolate Cake


D. Day of choice? Usually Friday. I don’t usually mind work..and then I can stay up late…but I do like Saturdays too… and during regular TV season I LUV Tuesday.


E. Essential item? Toothbrush. I could not LIVE w/ out a toothbrush.


F. Favorite color? I hate this question because it really changes. Right now I’m into brown.


G. Gummy bears or worms? FISH…Swedish Fish. How did they get their name?


H. Hometown? ‘STL.. please never say The Lou. I HATE that. If you ask my dad he’ll tell you “Dago Hill Missouri” (he can do that cuz he’s Italian)


I. Indulgence?  Shoes and Purses…and eating out.


J. January or July? January  cuz TV is better.. What??


K. Kids? A husband, stepson, 2 cats and a dog. Yeah, I got kids.


L. Life isn’t complete without? J, a book, computer and tv.


M. Marriage date? 12/11


N. Number of brothers & sisters? none although biologically I KNOW I have one half something that is older than me. Maybe someday I’ll know.


O. Oranges or apples? Apples….especially dipped in carmel and rolled in nuts


P. Phobias? Car accidents and bridges…usually falling off a bridge while in a car..

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Q. Quotes? Some of the BEST quotes are in Winnie the Pooh.

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
Eeyore was saying to himself, “This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.”

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.


R. Reasons to smile? Sun, laughter, no worries.
S. Season of choice? Fall. Warm enough to wear jeans and short sleeves. I LOVE the colors.


T. Tag seven peeps! Nope…


U. Unknown fact about me? I don’t know what I have and haven’t told you. Hmmm. My confirmation name is Elizabeth.
V. Vegetable? Mashed potatoes


W. Worst habits? Procrastination and laziness… oooo that is 2.


X. X-ray or ultrasound? 94857 xrays on my mouth and ankles and wrist.. ultra sound on my intestines


Y. Your favorite food? That changes ALL the time. Right now I would say meat. (maybe cuz I had bbq last night). Brisket or pulled pork.. ymmmm


Z. Zodiac sign? Scorpio… .I am 100% Scorpio too.

Did you know…

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  • If you eat a peach then suck on a cheery Commit lozenge…then burp..it tastes like beer. For reals.
  • That I  went to http://www.yearbookyourself.com/ and put in a picture of myself. OMG I look like my mother!! But I can’t cuz I’m adopted!
  • My hair is in summer length..where I can put it in a ponytail and it’s driving me nuts.
  • I read that Twilight book in about 6 hours. I’m going to borrow the next 3 from Bri but I’m trying to pace myself. I LOVE the story. I want to BE Bella. I hate the actors chosen for the movie though.
  • I didn’t watch any olympics last night.
  • Everyone that comments on my blog is so sweet! I wasn’t looking for a “rock star” pick me up..but you did..pick me up that is. ♥
  • I bet it will take forever to get through my “to do list”.. ugg, I need to be rich and hire a personal assistant.
  • Healthy Choice Pizza’s have the WORST red sauce ever..and it’s giving me the burps.
  • I do the work of people in my company that are getting paid 6 figures, that’s why I have no guilt of pausing to read blogs and blog thoughout the day…and that is NOT bragging, it’s the stinking truth.
  • Rimmy still hasn’t surfaced 😦
  • My husband upgraded his phone. I think it can do everything including our taxes and wash the car.
  • When I upgraded my phone I downgraded and picked one that had buttons big enough so I could play tetris.
  • My mother is driving me crazy.

Anything else that I should know? Or am I good??

Why I am Not a Rock Star Blogger

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Rock Star Bloggers have been quite the talk lately on the Internet. Some of my favorite bloggers and people on twitter have been making comments ever since the big Blogher convention (that I did not attend)   (maybe next year)

So…do you aspire or dream of becoming a rock star blogger??

I think it would be alot of work first off and I’m a bit too lazy to try that hard. Then there is the whole thing about me being a very poor writer and speller. (can I blame the Catholic schools or is it my lack of hard work?)  I see bloggers out there that are doing everything to whore their sites and get more readers. Is it for popularity? Money from ads (one of these days I’ll get some) or is it their break into a serious career?  I of course do not blog for a living. I blog pretty much for myself. I would think by the topics of my posts that you would realize that. I talk about my bathroom, crazy mom and to do lists…along w/ some random book and tv stuff. I do not have the type of blog posts that web sites would crawl to and beg me to “guest post”… I’m not talking about when you go on vacation and ask me to guest post (biddy and dolce did once)

I read some rock star blogs.. Pioneer Woman/Dooce/Bossy  for three.. you know where you are 1 of 1000 and don’t feel the need to comment cause what’s the difference.  Then there are people that SHOULD be considered Rock Star but not enough people know about them yet, kind of like The Jason Show…but he’s getting there…what him be a guest speaker at blogher next year, that is my prediction. Then there is Robyn at Pocket Aces… there are only 2 people that comment on her blog.. WHY? She is SO Rock Star material. (I don’t feel like linking today….these people are all on my blogroll)

There are a few bloggers that I don’t read anymore, and it’s kind of sad. You know you come here and leave a comment you KNOW I’m reading your blog too..and it’s a bloggy friendship. I’ve found a few of those Rock Star blogger wanna be’s that just got too big for their britches. Once they became big enough for some recognition they quit reading blogs or leaving comments…cause they were writing for this blog and that blog. I have to tell you the biggest turn off for me is “I’m not here today check me out at this blog”… I never click over…unless you are doing a guest post for someone on vacation, not one of those parenting blogs..cause you know what? I’m a step mom …I already know everything 🙂

You following my rant and rave at all? I’m not naming names cause you know what, some of the people that I consider Rock Star may be no body’s to you..or they may be your best buddy.

Maybe I’m still a little bitter about that ad site. I don’t remember my name..but back when I was still on blogger I signed up for this site where you can pick items to talk or advertise. Stuff like you could get $8 if you talk about a laundry detergent or a website… I LOVE doing surveys and stuff and thought that would be something fun to add to my blog, especially since I was on a waiting list at blogher. The corporation turned me down. They said that my blog had too many run on sentences, misspelled words and not a theme. OMG asswipes…it’s like they told me my brain was dysfunctional. Cause that’s how I think..in run on sentences that are spelled the way they sound with lots of …. dots….  Even since then I have hung my hat on the idea of ever becoming a rock star blogger. I think it would suck to no appreciate every single person that reads my blog.

I have to tell you…speaking of Rock Star bloggers…you know who does it SO well… Sandy at Momisodes. She has like 40 plus people that comment on her blog and she always comes here a couple times a week at least and leaves me a comment…and I see her commenting all over the place too. THAT is a classy rock star blogger. Don’t you think?  You read Sandy? You should.

And I’m leaving you with an update on my To Do list.. (did you see Bossy copied off me and did her own to do list lol)

I spent any free minute this weekend reading …I started the Twilight series. I did NOT do anything w/ my pictures. I organized my husbands clothes and not mine. Rimmy is still MIA and Bri went out for karaoke way too late for my 41 year old body.

OK…gonna use spell check and hit publish.  I just read…I DO ramble don’t I?