Thursday, June 30, 2011

Off The Hook

Reverb 10's June Prompt is

What can you let yourself off the hook for?

I know that I am once again squeezing in at the last minute with the Reverb posts.  It's not that I forget about it.  I see it in my mailbox and then I tend to stew on it.  And stew I did.  I hold myself to a pretty high standard.  I have a hard time forgiving myself for things.  Even when I tell myself I am over it.  It sometimes has a way of creeping back up in me.  It has been a slow process and I am making small steps forward.  

As much as I love Reverb for helping me dive deep down and reflect, I struggle with the question.  So as much as I have thought about it, I think I would have to say my answer would be working out.  I had a good momentum going the beginning of the year.  Don't we all with our resolutions?  Then things got difficult and I found it hard to find time for myself to go out and hit the elliptical.  So it started to slide until everything became unraveled and I found it so much harder to get back up to speed.  So I quit.  

So now I am sitting here totally not happy with the fact that I have not made any progress.  I haven't went up any clothing sizes but I haven't gone down any either.  I'm at a stand still.  I haven't mentally gotten back in the game.  I know I should.  I know that I would be a healthier person and in the long run that would be the true benefit.  But at the end of the day I just can't get my groove back.  

I have been stewing on that.  Mad at myself.  Mad that I haven't made time for myself.  Mad that I'm making excuses instead of just doing it.  At some point I know I will get there.  It just hasn't felt like a good time.  

With everything that has been going on it's only natural that I would slip up a bit.  With all the emotions attached to everything I have fallen back on my old eating habits as well.  I need to work towards turning that around and quit relying on fast food.  I also need to ignore all the comments about how I am on "another diet".  It all needs to change.  I need to be better.  

And there the cursor sat blinking.  I had to take a moment to soak the words in so that I can accept it, build a bridge, get over it, and move on.  

So that is what I am letting myself off the hook for.  I have given myself a free pass for last month.  My slacking will not get the best of me.  Time to put in the work towards a better me.   

To a Close

Ahhh my blog meme is coming to a close.  It was fun.  So can you tell?

I'm a fan of blog memes!

Like you haven't already figured that out right?  I find them fun and whimsical almost.  After all this whole blog started with Reverb10.  Lot's of stuff reflected on back in December.  Reverb was much more structured than any other meme I have managed to participate in.  Every day a prompt was given and you take it and run with it.  NaBloPoMo has had some fun themes too.  You can also participate in their daily prompts as well.

What I like about these themes/memes is that they help expand the context of your blog.  Yes, I love my Clover, my Hubby, my friends and my music obsessions but there is only so much writing about them I can do.  With the structure of a theme or prompts it forces me to write about things outside of my box.  I like that.  It's not forced creativity or anything.  Just a jump start in another direction you may or may not have gone in your blogesphere.

There is probably a ton of stuff that I could have written about that I am a fan of.  I may revisit this theme during the Summer.  You know for funzies!

Good Night June.

Hello July!        

The Power of the Blog

I guess the Hubs really reads my run on sentences.  This little lovely came in the mail!

When I said I "hint, hint" I figured he would just file away under things to someday buy the wifey.  I didn't know he would rush right out and buy it.  Now I have to be careful what I write since I have discovered my new found powers!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

See Us

Hubby is off doing his thing.  While I am at home I decided to show him some love and sport my "I love Nerds" Hello Kitty socks!

Manic Pixie Dream Girl

So my thirty days of things of which I am a fan is coming to a close.  It's been fun and playful.  I didn't hit my blog everyday mark.  There were just some days where I didn't feel the inner blogger.  That's okay.

The only cohesiveness to the posts was the blog theme.  They were pretty much all over the place.  Mostly whatever was in the forefront of my mind at the time.  So what to fill in my last few days with?

Favorites? I pretty much already listed my favorite musical artists.  Kylie, Darren (sometimes Hanson) and JC.  Favorite movie?  My favorites change depending on my mood really.  It's hard for me to pick a solid and concrete favorite.  But I will try to narrow it down for you.  Favorite actor?

I am a fan of Zach Braff.

I love Garden State.  FYI...actually watching it right now.  I watched High Cost of Living earlier tonight.  I waited.  I wanted to be able to watch it without interruption.  You can already guess how that went (twice).  It was a very deep movie.  There was a lot of emotion to it.  I think they made a great choice with casting Zach Braff as a bad guy.  You want to hate him through the movie but you can't.  Or at least I couldn't.  I just kept waiting for him to do the right thing because his character seemed to be the type that eventually would.  I even set down my knitting to watch the end.  So that right there tells you how good it was.  His character was so well written and acted that you just had to root for him.  And it's not just because it was Zach because honestly I hated his character in The Last Kiss.  It may have been because I watched it when I was four months pregnant but I just couldn't get into that movie.

I also love Natalie Portman in Garden State.  Possibly because I want to see myself as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.  

If you can't laugh at yourself, life's gonna seem 
a whole lot longer than you'd like. --Sam            

I live this motto every day!  Especially when I trip on the carpet and almost fall on my face!

Monday, June 27, 2011

And Now For A Glass Of Wine

I may or may not be drinking said glass of wine while blogging.  Would that be irresponsible?  The wine thing is fairly new.  I am mostly a hard alcohol fruity drink kind of a gal.  Lately I have found that that I have become a wine fan.  I am still a total newbie to the whole wine world.  I will not try to pretend that I can taste hints of cherry or what kind of wood the wine was aged in.  I'm not that hardcore.  I basically like anything on thing on the sweeter side.

I am a fan of dessert wines.  Anything with the phrase "pairs well with chocolate" will work.  I also like fruit wines.  Casa De Fuita's Raspberry!  Yum!  I have also had some good pomegranate stuff but I don't remember the name of it.  I have not wondered into the other realms of wine.  I am just getting my feet wet.

So why said glass of wine?  Today just seemed to be a day where everything got to me.  I tried to just shake it off but some things wouldn't budge in my mind.  I have come to the conclusion that I am horrible with birthdays.  Just when I think that I have it down, I find that I am wrong.  I need to keep a master list on my computer or on my phone so that I don't forget.  Relying on Facebook to tell me is no longer cutting it.  I thought that I had it down today.  I even had my friends bday on the calendar.  Only to discover this morning that I was wrong.  It's not was today!  Okay...shake it off right.  Nope.  Wouldn't budge.  I even tried the Bollywood Dance Blast move where I shake it off.  So alright, I admit that I am a dork.  A dork with good intentions though.  So that counts for something right?

Other things on my mind...I have been thinking a lot about Karma lately.  The whole what goes around comes around business.  There are just certain situations in this world in which Karma can not come fast enough.  I try to be a good person.  I like to think that if I can make someone else's life just a bit easier that maybe I contributed to this world.  I know several people who also think along the same lines.  I like surrounding myself with people like that.  So it hurts me to see people intentionally hurt others.  It's amazing what people can justify to themselves as being right.  It is one of those things I just don't understand.  What do they gain?  Is what they gain worth what they will eventually lose?  Things like my respect?  It's one of those situations that I watch from the sidelines and cheer on Karma.  I'm getting impatient waiting for Karma.  But here I sit with my pom poms at the ready.

I am starting to notice more spelling errors than usual so I think I will blame it on the alcohol (thanks Jamie Fox).  So I will graciously excuse myself and relax for the rest of the night.  Night Y'all!  



Saturday, June 25, 2011

Media Shmedia

Lot's of things to share.  First of all Darren's first single for the new album is out!  I will just end that sentence with SQUEELL.  It's called Talk, Talk, Talk.  You can hear it or watch the video here.  Words.  Words cannot describe how much the anticipation for the album is killing me.

So I will keep myself busy with other things.

Sometimes, I am an instant gratification Itunes kind of a gal.  But Cd wise, I bought one.  I like buying cds.  I enjoy listening to the cd through.  I instantly pick out my favorites.  Usually the faster beat songs.  But occasionally a ballad will work it's way in.  I haven't bought music in awhile.  Everything that I listen too is older pop stuff.  Just picked up Matthew Morrison's Self Titled album.  I have to say that Hey is my favorite song so far.   My ballad/slower song that snuck in was Still Got Tonight.

While I was shopping I also picked up some work-out dvd's.  I need something I can do inside.  My poor elliptical is out in the garage and since it's good o triple digits here it's probably not in my best interests to work out there.  The upside to the dvd is that it's something I can do during the day with Clover in tow.  Well, sort of.  She spent quite a few moments hanging on my leg.  I can also do them during the day while she is awake and that means I don't have to wait until after 8:30 to try and squeeze a workout in.  So what did I buy?

Bollywood Dance with Hemalayaa!   It's hilarious and actually pretty fun.  You can catch a youtube clip here.  I am alternating with Bollywood Dance Blast.  That shake n bake move killed my calves and I didn't even do it all the way through!  I have to say though...I need more body jewelry when I work out.  I think it would improve my workout if I had shiney bracelets on while I worked out too.  And I am totally serious here!

I totally killed my workout with one of these delicious brownies!  I found the recipe last week.  I made a batch but they went to the Father In Laws for Father's day to share.  I made another batch for movie night, and well, they stayed here.  I worked out and went swimming so I will just call it a draw with the brownies.

I think all in all I have been keeping pretty busy.  Or at least trying too.                      

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I Heart Nerds

Things are getting exciting around here.  Hubby has the opportunity to be part of something big.  Without giving out to much detail...he gets to do something he loves.  He is participating in a product release for some emerging technology.  He is walking on air about it.  I am in awe of how comfortable he is in front of a crowd.  While some of us would be stammering trying not to mess things up, Hubby will be in front of everyone talking about stuff that he loves.  I think that makes him so great at his job.  And let me be the first person to tell you that my man can talk.  and talk.  and talk.  Good thing he married a good listener (if I do say so myself).  He is passionate about what he does.  He always has been.

I guess I knew at an early age that I was a fan of Nerds.  I kind of have to be since I married one right?  When we first started dating I barely knew what a computer was.  Let alone how to work one.  I could run a word processing program.  That was about it.  Now days, I rock my Mac.  So needless to say, I have been converted.  The day he realized I had been assimilated was a proud day for him.

I am very proud of my Hubby and I want to show my support.  There's not a whole lot of "wife of a nerd" gear out there.  But while I was shopping I did find this.


I think it's perfect for my Summer bag.  It has enough room to throw some of Clover's stuff in before we head out the door.  I have no problems showing some nerd love!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I'm Tour Guide Barbie

I am a huge fan of kids movies.

There I said it!  Even before we had our darling Clover, I was dragging Hubby out to see the latest Pixar/Disney movies.  Even before he was Hubby, when he was just "the boy" we went and saw Toy Story together.  Clovers first movie at the theaters was Toy Story 3.  She not only sat fully through it once but twice.  We have been to a handful of movies with her and nothing has held her attention quite like Toy Story.

As we speak she is laying down on the couch fully immersed in Toy Story 2.  I'm not sure what it is about the Toy Stories that keeps her.  No other movies replicate this effect.  As an adult I am also entertained by these movies and I love that we can share them together.  I don't mind that we have seen it so many times that I know the dialogue.

We've had a super busy day today and I am waiting for her to crash.  From the looks of it I won't have to wait that long.

So what's your favorite kid movie?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Solstice

It is officially Summer!  Not that you need a reminder.  It's triple digits here!  Lovely I know.  We spent some time in the water today and hung out with a friend and her cutie lil baby.  Then I went to the store specifically to buy a watermelon.  We hung out with some family and ate as much watermelon as I could possibly have room for!  I thought it would be a great idea to have watermelon on the first day of Summer.  There was just something very summery about having a nice red juicy watermelon on such a hot day!

I am a fan of watermelon!  It is my favorite Summer fruit.  I love strawberries too but not as much as watermelon.  I know that you can get it year round thanks to greenhouses and importing from other countries but there is just something about a Summer watermelon!

Monday, June 20, 2011


We worked on our Summer board today.  I took lots of inspiration from some of the other boards floating around on the internets.

I did the letters and the circles on the cricut.  I left some room on the bottle just in case we come up with some other ideas.  Do you see the secret message?

On another note, I am trying to come to terms with how much I don't like my handwriting.  I could type everything our or cut out the other letters on the cricut but that would take to much time.  Overall I think I am happy with the results.  Can't wait until we can start checking some of them off!      

Blingy Bling

While surfing my social network sites this morning I found something I was a fan of pretty quick.

I am a fan of Lisa Leonard Designs.

She has a shop page and a blog page.  She is doing a giveaway here for her new Summer Line.  I really love the stamped metal look.  I have the heartstrings necklace that I got last year from my darling Hubs.  I have a list going of my favorites in hopes of encouraging Hubby to head over there and buy me a piece.  I am a fan of the new pinwheel necklace.  I want it with "Play.  Juju.  Play" on it (hint hint Hubby!).  I love that its a darling reminder to play.

Speaking of playing we are going to work on our Summer To-Do list today!  What are you putting on your list?  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bring the Bag

I am a fan of Trader Joes!  I can never get out of there without buying something chocolatey.

Luckily, my bro in law and his girlfriend hooked me up as a nice belated birthday surprise.  Inside the bag was a nice bottle of something bubbly and a bag of TJ's Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits.  The name just sounds a bit wrong but they were delicious.

Today after a nice swim we camped out on the couch and got ready to debut some Little Mermaid.  I handed Clover a hunk of chocolate out of the TJ's bag.  Her eyes got all big as she took a bite.  She looked right at me and told me

"Bring the bag Mommy!  Come sit down...and bring the bag!"  

That's how I know she is my child!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Awesome Sauce

Had some awesome spaghetti sauce out of the crock pot and found a crazy good bread recipe!

Check it out at How Sweet It Is.  Looking forward to making the Cinnamon version!  Had to share.  It was an easy and great recipe.

A Whole Mess

My kitchen is a comfort zone to me.  I love it.  Not necessarily cleaning it!  But more along the lines of being in the kitchen and being creative and making something totally yummy!  Why is it when you make spaghetti you never end up making a little?

I always make a whole mess of it.  I am a fan of crock-pot spaghetti.  I usually start a batch at 12.  I throw it in the crock pot for about three hours on high and then kick it on low until dinner time.  I like how stress free I feel knowing that dinner is 3/4 of the way finished and that it's going to be totally yummy when it comes out.

I still need to clean the kitchen while I am thinking of it, but I am on the fence about making marshmallows.  Since I haven't committed yet I don't want to get in there and make a mess after I clean it.      

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Carp Diem

I purposely flunked my NaBloPoMo challenge last night.  I had lot's of thoughts to write about but I didn't feel like writing.  I felt that whatever I wrote was only going to be subpar.  I've done the thirty day challenges before so I wasn't trying to see IF I could do it.  I like the theme and was doing it for fun.  And that's what I want it to be.  Fun.

Our family received some sad news these last couple of days.  My brother's future ex-wife passed away.  I am not in a position to comment on what other people are going through.  I can only comment on my perspective.

This news has shocked me and effected me in a way I was not prepared for.  We were not incredibly close.  We were nice to each other, but our paths only seemed to cross on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I am saddened that her life was cut so short.  She was only in her mid twenties.  Although she had some health issues, mid twenties is just two young.

I find myself in a sudden rush to take better care of myself.  Eating better and exercising have seemed to move up the list of priorities.  Housework has taken a back seat the last two days a bit.  Not totally but I feel like right now my time is better spent with my family.  I know that there is a balance.  I will settle back in to my routine and gain my balance back.

But for now, I think I will take my Clover to the park and enjoy the day.

Willow: Carpe Diem! You told me that once.

Buffy: Fish of the day?!

Willow: Not Carp, Carpe. It means seize the day.

Buffy: I think we're going to. . .

Willow: Wow. . .

Buffy: Yeah.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Sometimes it's about remembering.

Remembering a life.

Remembering to live a little.

That's what I did tonight.  I spent the night out by the pool with my two loves and created some great memories.

Sometimes it takes sad news to shock you out of your routine.  To jolt you out of your reality.  Just when I was getting used to my reality.

So yes,  I spent a little more time with my family and hugged my daughter a little tighter, read her an extra story and kissed her three times before she went to bed.

I feel as if I am starting to sound like a broken record.  So this isn't a post about death.

It's about remembering to live.  And I am a fan of that.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Cherry Limeade

Summer is finally starting to show up around here.  Soon all the complaining about the weird weather will turn into complaints of the outrageous heat.  It is what it is.  I choose to live here so I guess I have just accepted it.  Although there is a general complaint when the power bill comes.  So with the warm weather has come all the lovely summer treats.  Watermelon is one of them, but that's probably another post.  Also, the Summer drinks come out.

I am a fan of Cherry Limeade.

The drink is awesome but so is the Scentsy scent.  I have to admit that I came in late to the whole Scentsy Scene.  I love scented candles and was a Yankee junkie for a long time.  I loved Green grass and Macintosh.  We used to have cats so it was always a pain to have to put the candles up so the cats wouldn't jump over them.  I tried Candle Light when my friend started selling them.  They smelled great but were a bit on the pricey side.

So the whole Scentsy set is a lamp with a warmer.  You pop the little bricks of scented wax in and the lamp does the rest.  No wicks to worry about or trying to find a lighter.  I have to say that I love them the first day that you pop them in when they are at the strongest.  I made tri-tip tacos for dinner and the whole house smelled like meat for an hour afterwards.  I popped in some Cherry Limeade and now everything smells summery and refreshing.  I also love the one called Beach.  The Hula one is great also.

The only downside is that it actually makes me want some Cherry Limeade and all I have is the regular plain lemonade.  I guess that will have to do.

Welcome Back Summer!  We were starting to wonder where you were!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Go, Diego, No

As much as I want to fill up thirty days of things I am fans of, there are a few nots sneaking in.  It's not that I don't enjoy writing about things I love.  It's just sometimes there are things that I am not a fan of that are more fore front in my mind than others.  Today is one of those days.

I am not a fan of the stomach flu (that's a given, right)
I'm not happy that Clover has it now.
I'm not a fan of some of her tv choices.

I am not a fan of Go, Diego, Go.

I know I am not the first mommy blogger who has posted a giant wtf on some of the children's programming out there.  There are lot's of complainers out there and I guess I will just add my name to the list.  There are lots of reasonings that I have read out there in the blogiverse.  Some parents don't like how loud the shows are or how incredibly neon bright they are.  I don't have a problem with that.  I don't have a problem with the bilingual stuff.  I actually think it's pretty cool.  I like that they are interactive shows and try to engage their preschool audience so my issues don't lie there either.

So what is my issue?  For anyone who hasn't seen the show, Diego is Dora the explorer's cousin.  He and his sister Alicia are "Animal Rescuers".  They run around the jungle with their magic back pack and his video watch.

Where are their parents?!?  And why are they driving a jeep?  What are they like 12?  Diego looks like is is 8.  They have parents.  They have been in a few episodes but only for a few seconds when they justifiably ditch their kids in the name of science.  I get that they are cartoons.  I'm not starting a letter writing campaign anytime soon.  I'm just irritated.  It would be much easier if I just didn't let her watch the show, but it's one of her favorites.

I get that they are on adventures, but couldn't they go on adventures as a family?  Instead of letting the older sister watch the little brother and let them both run around willy nilly IN A JUNGLE.  Is the video watch really a kid lojack and that's how they justify ignoring their kids?  When they have been in an episode they are evidently to busy with their jobs as scientists to pay any attention to their kids.  One episode they okie doked them and sent them on their merry way because a Caiman/alligator had pink eye.  There are grandparents in some of the episodes also.  So why isn't ONE of these adults watching these kids!  Maybe I am over analyzing.  I just don't get it.  I know parents aren't with their kids one hundred percent of the time and this isn't a latchkey argument or anything.  My point is that these kids are way to young to be running around a jungle.  Let alone unsupervised.  And that stupid talking cat doesn't count as a babysitter!        

My other complaint with this show was in one of the episodes Alicia picks up an alligator that was ditched in a city pond.  She picks it up and says "when picking up an animal you should support their neck" or something along those lines.  Uhm..NO.  How about "Don't pick up random animals!"  I don't want my preschooler eventually thinking that it's okay to pick up random wild animals because Alicia told her it was okay if she supported it's neck!  

When we do watch it I make sure that I make a point to tell Clover that she is not allowed to pick up animals.  I also make a comment about how they should be with their parents.  Then she looks at me like I am a giant stick in the mud.  If you ask her she will tell you that Diego is one of her boyfriends.  Greeeeaaaat!  Just so she knows now, she better not think she is going to be running around the jungle with my grandbabies!

For now I will just calm it down since she is only three.  And currently sick with a bug and this is what she wants to watch.  So I will tone my rant down, and hold my baby girl in one arm and a cup of gatorade in the other.  

Saturday, June 11, 2011

In Which I Reminisce

I am totally a fan of cherries.

Fresh juicy red cherries are the best.  I like mine a little on the tart side.  Not only are they delicious but they conjure up some great childhood memories.  My grandparents used to have a few trees on their property.  Now looking back I realize how spoiled we were.  How awesome is it that we could just go over to a tree and pick delicious fresh fruit.  Where other kids had to sit in a grocery cart to get buy their fruit fix, we just walked over to the trees and picked our favorites.  Lemons, Cherries and Pomegranates seemed like there were always in my hands.

My grandmother always used to tell us that if we ate too much fruit that it would make us sick.  I don't ever remember getting sick off of any of it.  Looking back now it has dawned on me that she probably was just trying to get us out of her bowl.  She was always making something with them.  Home dried fruit rolls were always asked for.  She had no problems giving into us since she knew what went into the rolls and how they were dried.

I'm lucky that I have lot's of great memories of my grandparents even though they are no longer with us. I have more than a few great stories to share with their great grandchild.  I think sharing those stories over a big bowl of cherries makes it all more special.  Although Clover is in this phase where she doesn't like picking out the pits so mommy has to help.  

Friday, June 10, 2011


Isn't everyone a fan of fridays?

I am!

Even though it's a "cleaning" day.  I am still a fan.  It's also a chill out day.  We have friends over to hang out (there's the one reason I clean).  We are lucky to have wonderful friends who don't mind hanging out here.  Friday nights = start of the weekends.  Usually our summer weekends are full of swimming and chillin.  Maybe even add in some grillin and we are all set.

Right now, Clover and I are chillin on the couch.  I worked through my normal cleaning routine and then my body reminded me that I'm still not up to one hundred percent.  So I got the bathroom scrubbed down and the living room taken care of and I had to take a break.  We are camped out watching Lilo and Stitch.  Hubby bought me a mini Stitch and a Stitch coffee mug for my birthday so it seemed appropriate!    

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Strawberry Cake-Cake

Thanks to my adorable niece, I have not been able to pronounce "Strawberry Shortcake" the correct way for some years now.  It's forever engrained in my head as "Strawberry Cake-Cake".

And here is another piece of information about Juju.  I can't do frilly Angel Food cake!  I need something more substantial that can hold it's own weight.  It's gotta be Pound Cake!  I mean it's so awesome Van Halen even wrote a song about it.

So today, instead of the traditional birthday cake, I went with a nice small piece of Strawberry Cake-Cake.  It's so nice to have an appetite back!


If I said I was a fan of myself that would probably come out a little on the conceded side of things.  Wouldn't it?  I think so.  So what I really mean to say is that

I am a fan of my birthday!

It may or may not be my birthday today.  Although I am pretty sure it is since Hubby let me sleep in, oh and took me to breakfast, and took me shopping.  So yeah, I am guessing that it is indeed my birthday.

I wasn't always a fan of celebrating my birthday.  I did the grumpy "I hate my birthday!" thing.  I guess I just thought thats what you do?  I always waited around for people to celebrate it for me instead of celebrating it myself.  Why would they want to if I didn't want to?  Then I got a little older and a whole lot wiser and figured out that there was no justifiable reason for making myself miserable.

So don't do what I did.  You should totally celebrate your birthday!  Why?  Cuz your are awesome and people love you for just being you!

Even though I am not 100% recovered from this flu thing.  I am feeling much better.  I have been shown lots of love today from friends, family, my loving husband and my cutie-po-tutie daughter of mine.  Moments like this make me feel like I am totally blessed.  And what an awesome feeling to help me celebrate this day of my birth!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What Show?

I've been sitting here trying to rack my brain about what to write about.  I've settled down in my pjs.  New ones none the less, well not brand new ones but a fresh pair since the last three days I have basically been living in mine.  I've got the tv going and then it dawns on me...

Why am I a fan of shows that have been canceled?

I always seem to miss the boat on awesome shows and then back track my way through.  Lucky for me there are a lot of awesome shows on netflix that I can catch up at my pace one at a time.  Without having to worry about renting or buying dvds.  My current fascination is Ghost Whisperer.  Which is odd for me since I don't do scary.  But here I am with the tv on, and the light off.  I am convincing myself that I am being brave.  I didn't even know the show was canceled until I googled it.

I have a long list of shows I love that are no longer on the air.  Back in the day when I had a free Sunday to myself I would pick a season on DVD and watch the day way while knitting.  This last Christmas I finally broke down and bought the M*A*S*H collection and that series ended in the 80's!  I have seen every episode multiple times and can quote them.

Buffy was another one I came into the last season and had to work my way forward on.  That was really confusing trying to figure out where in the heck her sister came from.  I came into scrubs the fifth season and love that series.  Even though the whole writers strike thing mucked up that one season.  Gilmore girls is another one I have on dvd.  Or at least the first three seasons.  Once they start to write only for ratings I get impatient with the story lines and find another show.

As of late I haven't really had much time to find new shows or reminisce with my old ones.  Since I gave the elliptical some time off the Tv has snuck in as my new B.f.F.  Too bad we will have to break off our love affair once I start feeling better.  But for now I will enjoy my show here in the dark.  That is until I hear a noise and scare myself.    

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

You Remind Me of the Babe

What babe?

The babe with the power...

What power?

The power of voodoo

Who do? You do! Do what?

Remind me of the babe.

Okay...So I am a fan of Labyrinth!

I love it.  I even own it on dvd.  But am I playing it on dvd?  No.  That would require energy to go and get the dvd out of the cabinet and put it in the dvd player.  Considering the fact that I feel like I am eight paces away from losing consciousness, that is too much effort.  So I am streaming it from netflix via the remote sitting right next to me on the couch.  My latest knitting project is right near me along with Clover's toy story blanket and my air.  I am all camped out.

I have still managed to put a load or two in the laundry.  I still need to do dishes when I feel like I wont pass out when I stand up.  Hubby is still fighting a fever and chills.  Clover isn't showing any signs yet.  Other than taking a mysterious nap, she is feeling fine.  She has been really good about playing by herself today.  I feel so guilty about not being able to play with her the way she wants me too.  I've already made a mental note to make it up to her.

Another mental note:  they sure did use a whole lot of glitter in this movie.  I wonder if anyone measured how much they used?


Monday, June 6, 2011

Deep Fried Hangover

Is it possible to experience a deep fried hangover?  I felt fine last night.  After everyone left and I got Clover down I sat on the couch and knitted while I watched Ghost Whisperer in the dark (while it was raining none the less)!

This morning is another story.  Hubs said he felt icky when he got up.  I didn't think anything of it since I hadn't crawled my butt out of bed yet.  As soon as I stood up I felt it.

So needless to say...
This is a "NOT A FAN" post.

I am not a fan of feeling icky!

I'm not sure if it's because I lack a gallbladder and have issues with oil.  Or if it is just that I ate like crap last night so I feel like crap this morning?  I had a salad with my buffalo chicken strips...and I don't think I ate THAT many snickers.  It's been twelve years since I had the gallbladder out so I thought I had adjusted.  Maybe not.

You see right after the Hubs and I got married, two days after my health insurance kicked in I landed myself a stay in the hospital.  I had a gall stone stuck in my duct and my gallbladder was infected and about to burst.  It actually did burst while I was being operated on and I landed a four day stay.  I had symptoms but ignored them.  I just figured it was gas or that I was suddenly lactose intolerant.  When I went into the ER at four in the morning they gave me a pain shot and I ignorantly went home.  The next day at the consultation from an ER referred doctor I was sent back in.  I was nineteen and scared out of my mind about staying at a hospital by myself.  My brand new husband was worried and had to go home by himself.  I'm sure he wondered what he got himself into!  We pulled together not only as friends but for the very first time as husband and wife.  

From that moment I have learned not to ignore what my body was telling me.  For months and months I ignored the symptoms and ended up on the table.  Right now my poor body is telling me to take it easy.  I am pretty sure that's what I am going to do today.  I have cleaning to do and that will get done, just a little on the slow side.  I don't even want to go in the kitchen.  If you don't hear from my I'm fine.  Just trying not to catch a nap on the couch!

*Update:  With the surprise presence of a fever, all conclusions that it was the oil are now proven wrong.  And I am usually the first to admit that I was wrong.  Looks like we have the flu present and accounted for in our household.  Hubs seems to have been hit the hardest with a fever/chill/icky stuff combo.  Mine seems to be toying with me.  Like "yeah you feel terrible, but you can still sort of function"  I am assuming that Clover will be next.  All in time for my birthday too.  Yay me.  (sarcasm at it's finest)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Thunderstorms and Deep Fried Snickers

So somebody bought the Hubs a mini deep fryer for his birthday.

So what would be a perfect accompaniment to the three thunderstorms that blew over our house?

Deep Fried Snickers!

Clover hung out with her Aunts and Uncles and watched the lightning shows.  Then everyone crowded in the kitchen and ate every batch as soon as they came out of the fryer.

What a way to spend and evening in June.  Especially considering it's usually on the way to triple digits by now.  I'm not complaining in any way shape of form.  I love it!  Now would probably be a good time to start getting back up on the elliptical.  Or maybe tomorrow!


Me:  I havn't blogged today...What am I a fan of?

Hubby:  Shopping with your girlfriends and taking Clover.  Oh yeah...and cat videos.

Me:  That IS what the internet is for.  The internet is full of cats.

I am a fan of cat videos on the internets!  Specifically I am a fan of Maru.

You can check out Maru's Youtube page here.

Maru is also one of Clover's favorites.  He is such a cutie!  I think his quirky antics are what makes him so popular.  I am totally okay with watching cats on the internet, especially since I'm not the one who has to clean up after them.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


I usually make it a habit to blog in the mornings when I do these memes.  This morning I got sucked into the internet and was busy figuring out tricky little puzzles and before I knew it it was time to get dressed and head out the door.

You can blame Darren.  He was doing this game/contest thing for his upcoming album release.  I told myself I wasn't going to do it since you have to have a passport because the prize is a flight to hear the album in the studio with Mr.  Hayes.  Okay so I don't have a passport and I entered that bad?  The temptation was just too much to bare.

Oh yeah.  Did I mention I was a fan of Darren Hayes.

Why yes, I have.  So there is probably no reason to recap all of that.  So maybe I wont visit him in London or Australia.  That whole no passport thing kind of kills it along with the "What do I do with my Clover?" puzzle as well.  Although she is a little budding Hayes fan as well so maybe she could come with us!  It really is adorable when she starts singing "You make me feel so beautifuuuuuuuuuuul!"

The whole anticipation thing is killing me though!  I can't wait for the new album to drop!  I was totally giddy when I picked up This Delicate Thing We've Made at Barnes and Nobles.  I was so shocked to see it on the shelf since I ordered Tension and the Spark online.

And with the album drop will come the tour and for the sake of repeating myself I already have my sitter lined up!  So maybe I wont be the first to hear it in the studio but I will be one of the first in line to buy tickets!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Ode to Coffee

To say that

I am a fan of coffee.

May be a slight understatement.

Junkie...would probably be a better word.

This mug describes me.

Almost perfectly.

Patiently wait to fill my cup

Extra cream and sugar

To the top

The green mermaid

Is a more than a familiar stop

Hubby's paycheck

Handed over through the driver side window.

Order changes depending on my mood.

Doesn't matter

As long as I get

My fix.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Since this is Hubby's birthday I feel that it is appropriate that todays post be about him.

I am a fan of my Hubby.

Awwwww aren't you all grossed out by the warm fuzzy vibe?  You should be.  It gets better.  I wanted to do something for him that showed him how much I loved him.  He already bought his own birthday presents so I don't really have to worry about that part.

So I wrote down 32 reasons I love him on his 32nd birthday.  I covered the entry way hall with them.

Some of them get a little personal so I wont share all of them but there are a few pictures.  So half way through Hubby decided to come in and in my effort to cover up the wall I scared him.  He jumped like five feet.  I guess cuz I was in a dark hallway trying to be sneaky and he didn't see me standing there and then I jumped to hide the wall and yelled "You can't looook yet!"

He was a good boy and didn't read them til this morning.

Two-thirds of the way through I ran out of post-its.  So then I raided my paper stash and found some non post it sticky notes.  They sucked!  I had to reinforce them with stickers.  It's a good thing Hubby likes cats.

Happy Birthday Babe!  I Love You!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Up and At Em

Good Morning June!

So maybe I lied about not being as cheery as a Starbucks drive thru employee smiling at you before you have had your first cup of coffee.  I asked a friend why they are always so cheery and she said they get free coffee and then mentioned that one of her co-workers if a fan of quads (4 shots of espresso)!  So that explains a lot.

My little earworm up there has dual purposes.  Other than getting stuck in your head, it's an example of what my mornings are filled with.  I am not exactly a get up and go morning person.  I used to be.  When I was working I would be up at 5:45 am, hurrying through my morning routine since I hit the snooze button two too many times.  Always smiling and ready to greet my kids when I ran through the door.  Now days my mornings are a little slower.  I can't remember the last time I got 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  So it takes me a few minutes and a cup of coffee to become functional.  I no longer have a snooze button since my alarm clock is now a darling fuzzy red haired girl in my face as soon as the sun rises.

So while I work the sleepy sand out of my eyes, make breakfast and sit down with my morning cup, I put on a show for Clover.  *gasp*  Yes we watch T.V.  And no, it's not always educational programming.  Judge away.

I am a fan of morning cartoons!

Our shows bounce from Nick Jr to Disney Jr and thanks to Netflix we catch a few classics too.  It's a fun morning routine.  You should try it.  I mean, how can you be any sort of grumpy?   It's totally awesome watching singing puppets while drinking your morning cup of coffee or strawberry milk (whichever is your preference).