Monday, October 31, 2005

The Lazy Gal's Way of Keeping Current

Special thanks to Cassie for giving me something interesting to post.

1. Name someone with the same birthday as you. I don’t know about birthday, but JFK was shot on that day, so will that work instead?

2. Where was your first kiss? I honestly don't remember and you know I would tell you if I did.

3. Have you ever seriously vandalized someone else's property? No, just TPing houses in high school. Chicken-feed-folly sort of stuff.

4. Have you ever hit someone of the opposite sex? Yes...a boy in the neighborhood who really pissed me off when he got mad because my mom put up a fence so little hooligans like himself could not have unsupervised access to our back yard trampoline.

5. Have you ever sung in front of a large number of people? Yes, but just karaoke.

6. What's the first thing you notice about the preferred sex? Hair. I hate long hair on guys.

7. What do you order at Starbucks? Chai latte with vanilla…yummy. Sometimes I’ll branch off and get the seasonal whatever, but usually chai latte.

8. Where did number 8 go??

9. What is your biggest mistake? Not going to a state college, preferably The University of Texas. Oh, and not getting my aunt to teach me how to make her salsa before she passed away. Get those recipes now!

10. Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose? Yes.

11. Say something totally random about yourself. I would own a Prius if they weren’t so damn ugly. I choose vanity over the environment.

12. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity? You mean I don't?!

13. Do you still watch kiddy movies or tv shows? The Magic School Bus and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang rule!

14. Did you have braces? Yes.

15. Are you comfortable with your height? I suppose.

16. What is the most romantic thing someone of the opposite sex has done for you? DH bought me my first emerald. Oh, and back in first grade a boy named Andy Bracco gave me a ceramic broach shaped as a fly when I came over for a playdate. It was so sweet! I just found it the other day and showed it to DH. He didn't think it was quite as sweet, but appreciated that *I* thought it was so that was kind of romantic!

17. When do you know it's love? I don't know...I guess it's different for everyone? For me when he met my grandparents and was able to speak to them (they only spoke Spanish).

18. Do you speak any other languages? Yes.

19. Have you ever been to a tanning salon? No.

20. What magazines do you read? Family Fun, Creating Keepsakes, US, People, Simply Scrapbooks.

21. Have you ever ridden in a limo? Yes.

22. Has anyone you were really close to passed away? Yes.

23. Do you watch mtv? Certain shows.

24. What's something that really annoys you? Tom Cruise, when my kids bug me about using my computer, parents of my students who give me too much information, people who double-dip.

25. What's something you really like? Scrapbooking, Logan’s Steakhouse, cheese cake, my friends

26. Do you like Michael Jackson? No, not even in his hey-day.

27. Can you dance? I think so.

28. What's the latest you have ever stayed up? Lots of all-nighters when the kids were newborn and when I was in college.

29. Have you ever been rushed by an ambulance into the emergency room? No, but an ambulance came when I had a car wreck. I declined to be transported though.

30. Do you actually read these when other people fill them out? Yes, as I’ve copied and pasted to answer them on my own blog.

Just a little more about me that you never wanted to know.


Sunday, October 30, 2005

These Boots Are Made For ... WTF?

Lately I've been having a style crisis. Today's subject shoes.

Is there a contest going on as to who can create and sell the most absurd shoes ever? Because if there is such a contest then I've seen some real contenders. I want to find something comfortable, stylish, affordable and fun that doesn't cross the line to ridiculous. How hard can that be?

So I'm crusing the web trying to find something that meets my needs. After all it's a whole big internet world out there and I can sign for delivery. Now I have to ask, is this really considered the latest trends? How about this? I mean these are listed under "latest styles" so am I to assume this is what all the icons of industry will be donning this season? Am I really *that* far off the mark? Because to this self proclaimed ignoramous of fashion those boots are ass ugly.


Friday, October 28, 2005

Pimping Popcorn

Tomorrow is the last day to sell popcorn for scouts. We are such procrastinators. Daddy got home at 6:00 tonight, we stopped off for a quick bite at our Friday night spot and then went and hit up most of our family to buy popcorn. Of course who can resist the little Tiger Cub's pitch of "can you help me raise funds for my pack" complete with uniform and hat?

Imagine how well we could have done if we didn't wait until the very last minute? Still one more day to get out the corn. If you know us we're coming your way so pick your popcorn and get out your checkbook.

I know it's so hard to get into all these fundraisers kids have for just about everything. Gift wrap for PTA, book sale for the library, carnivals, game night...yada, yada, yada. Most of the time I wish I could just write the check and skip the commitment, but for scouts we go whole hog. The fact is I think everyone should know how to sell. Even if it's not something one pursues long term the skill alone will help in so many other aspects of life! I mean no one dreams their child is going to be an insurance sales person or a used car sales associate, but at the very least you've got to sell yourself to an employer or a mate. Sell well.


Thursday, October 27, 2005

Thoughts In A Dryer

I'm thinking about not drying some of my clothes. The only thing is I hate that crunchy, line-dried feel that clothes get. I'm SO not ironing so it seems in the end I'd only wind up tossing the air-dried clothes in the dryer anyway.

What to do, what to do?


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Six Days and Counting

I've been sick 6 freaking days now. First it was fever now it's just sickness. When will this madness end? Why can I not shake this sniffling, sneezing, stuffy-head, fever that can't rest??!

A few unfortunate people have chosen to pick battles with me when I'm not my usually sunny self and have paid dearly for that choice.

Off to take a NyQuil and see if I can sleep this crap off of me.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Day Number Three

I am challenged.

I am going on day 3 of wearing the same too-big shorts. I must do laundry since I know I have at least 2 other pairs of shorts I can wear without ridicule. Maybe not. We are in Texas so mid October means highs in the 90's which sounds nice if the clothing manufacturers didn't think every state in the union benefits from New England type fall weather. There are no shorts to be found for purchase that aren't intended for running marathons or catching a man...if you get my drift.

How bad is it that in spite of the fact I did no less than 5 loads of laundry over the weekend I still have nothing to wear?


Monday, October 17, 2005

A Collection of Gripes

Just a few things that have ticked me off lately. Now I must get these thoughts out of my mind and off my chest.

1. If you invite my family to dinner please order for yourself as well. Don't tell us "oh, I have food at home, I just wanted to see y'all eat". First, it makes us feel bad and second, we recognize a stab at martyrdom when we see it.

2. When driving, please do not pull in front of me while I'm chugging along at a good clip. Especially when the other 3 lanes are wide open for your use. If that conversation you're having on that cell phone is so important that you are simply unable to concentrate on two things at once let's focus on the driving, shall we? After all that vehicle you're in, when not used properly, is a deadly weapon.

3. If you let your child run around without shoes on a playground please do not be surprised when there is a foot injury. Now you know.

4. We have this handy dandy thing in our neck of the woods called Freecycle. Got some old junk to give away, post it on the list and maybe someone can grant it new life. If the donor picks you then you pick it up and all is right with the world. The idea is to promote reuse. You can post "wanted" items and I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who'd love to oblige, however let's not get greedy or add the sob story. "I'm a single parent and need a washer and dryer. Please help." or "I'd like a new wardrobe for my child, name brands only please." Then there's the always popular "I'm a college student and need a new computer. Let me know if you have one you're not using." Yeah, buddy you and the 100, 000 other higher-education seekers in this six-college town. Think about it, do you really believe that Freecycle is a genie's lantern just waiting to grant you three wishes to come true?

5. Could someone tell my husband that if doesn't want our boys to use his guitar as a matchbox car garage, then he should put his guitar away. Preferably out of the boy's reach. Let me know if he listens to you more than me. I'd be shocked, but grateful.

I need a glass of wine to go with my whines.



Friday, October 14, 2005

The Test

I'm not sure if I'm surprised by my results or not.
You are a

Social Conservative
(36% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(36% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I Identify

I've gotten into this video-on-my-blog thing too since I'm incapable of having an independent idea. I decided to start off with the song "Fallen" because I love the song, but also because I can totally relate to it. Nothing in particular and everything in general. At least once a day I can think of one way or another of how I've messed up.

It's good to know I'm not alone.


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Tell Tale Signs of Fall

The air is a little cooler and crisper. We break out the sweaters (that we don't use. Again we're in Texas and those New England walk ads don't work for us).

And most telling, the fact I start shaving my legs every other day since I don't wear shorts as often.

Happy Fall, Y'all!


Saturday, October 08, 2005

Saturday Morning Knowledge

I have learned that if you have school-aged children you must get up and dressed as quickly as possible. The consequence for not learning this lesson early is to walk out into your living room in your jammies and find a sofa full of boys playing game cube and watching cartoons in the picture-in-picture.


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Rant On: Women's Clothes

I went shopping yesterday. I tried on skirts and some pants and all of them seem to have one thing in commom. They all have the zipper on the left hand side. Um, is my right arm longer than my left arm? Why is is on the side?

Very few of the moms I know can and still do wear mid-drift baring tops. We are not all built like Le Brit (and frankly, neither will she be now that she's squeezed out a pup) so let's add just a few inches to the bottom seamline of the shirt shall we?


Sunday, October 02, 2005

Day Late and Dollar Short, As Usual

It seems I was tagged the other day by the Dallas K's. Though I am a little late I dutifully play my part.

Fun with archives. The rules:
1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same.

This post happened to be a Stuff Portrait Friday game about my ride. In telling about my Suburban I write:

"It's a gas-hungry vehicle and I wouldn't be able to maintain her appetite if I had a car payment."

So that was fun! I tag Beth, Amy, Jackie, Dy, and Krisco.

Play on!