Thursday, October 29, 2009

What to be.....or not to be

Bun in the oven

Balloon boy
-this is what I would be if I were to dress up

Probably wrong on some level,
I find it humorous and you know whatever party these people are attending,
adult type beverages are being served. I bet that guy did not count on asking someone over and over to give him a drink all night.

Sandra Lee from Semi-Homemade
(or whatever her kooky tablescape show is called)
as Madonna.

I just gave someone an idea.
There's a good chance that if you are the go out to a bar on Halloween kind
of person, you may see this costume.
I wonder if this is a costume or one of those sad street children
in India (I watched Slumdog) and the urinal is their house.
If not, cool costume.

Sexy very WRONG

And then there was the Kate wig..........

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Book review

I read it.
I did not love it.
Does that make me a bad person?
I had heard good things. It's a book that lots of people seemed to love.
Just really was not for me. It's SO not believable.
I give a 5.75 out of 10.
I'm not sorry I read it.
On the cover of my copy it says:
Here's the next THE LOVELY BONES
This book is no THE LOVELY BONES.
Read it. It's been a while for me. I'm going to read it again.
Now that's a good book.

Friday, October 23, 2009

1 down, two to go

Do you remember our fish? Rocky and the twins, Jed and Julie?

Yesterday Julie passed away. Jack noticed her floating on the bottom of the tank. I noticed Rocky nudging her like he might eat her. I had supicions that Julie was pregnant. She was in a tank with two male fish and yadda yadda, you know what happens. I fear that she may have died during chilbirth.

We immediatly scooped Julie out and gave her a proper send off in our bathroom.

Julie's passing got me to thinking about The Cosby Show and the episode where Rudy's fish dies and they hold a funeral for her fish. Vanessa wore a black leotard and tights. I tried to find that clip on You Tube and was unsuccessful, instead I found this little gem. I kind of think Julie would have wanted it this way.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Save the rabbits

Seen on the side of a van (along with one of those stick people decals that represent how many people are in your family and a Jesus fish):

I got to wondering, what are they rescuing the rabbits from?
A life spent inside a magician's top hat?
A once loved 4-H champion rabbit that is past his prime and been put out to pasture?
Or perhaps a rabbit that is in an abusive relationship and just can't get out. I can just imagine the rabbit in the grocery store pushing her cart, wearing sunglasses to cover the bruises and some lady comes up to her and gives the HARE Rescue card, telling her that there is a way out.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Slow leak

Have you been as obsessed with the balloon boy story as I have?
Turns out it was all a hoax.
I went ahead and destroyed my weather balloon.
Those freak shows just ruined it for all of us.
If one of my kids were to get in a weather balloon and float away now no one would believe us.

From here on out I will be a more than a little cautious of people named or who have named their child Falcon.
Falcon is only a name if you are appearing on The Bold and the Beautiful. It is not a name for real life. I'm sure there was a falcon in the Bible. That does not make it a Biblical name.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Parenting for real

Here's what they don't teach you in all those fancy parenting books:
What do you do with your kids at McDonalds while placing your order and getting the food?
You can't hold the 10 month old and a tray filled with McDonald's goodness.
You can't trust the 4.5 year old to carry the tray filled with the McDonald's goodness (even more so because he was mad that we were at McDonald's and not Chips and Sauce and was only satisfied with McDonalds because they had Bakugans in the happy meal).
What do you do with your kids at Wal-Mart when you have to go to the bathroom (and you have to go really, really bad. partially due to the fact that you forgot that eating anything from McDonald's will necessitate a speedy trip to the bathroom). You can't take your cart into the bathroom. You can't put the 10 month old on the floor because it's so gross. You can't leave the 10 month old in the cart outside the bathroom with your 4.5 year old. It's an age old problem.
These are things they don't tell you at birthing classes. These are important issues that are not addressed in WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING.
It's high time someone wrote a realistic parenting book. One that tells it like it is. One that gives you the morning line-up on Disney channel and Nick Jr. One that tells you that every once in a while it's ok to give your baby that refuses to sleep a dose of Benadryl before bed.
I'm not up for the job. I'm still recovering from my meal at McDonald's. If you've got it in you, let me know. I'll buy a copy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Book review --Little House style

I recently finished reading Melissa Gilbert's book Prairie Tale.

With all of the Mackenzie Phillips "I slept with my father" talk out there,
this book was a breath of fresh air.
As a long time devoted fan of Little House on the Prairie (LHOTP), I found it to be highly enjoyable. Michael Landon sounded pretty Pa like in real life. She did not like the girl who played Mary (I never really liked Mary myself)
and was good friends with the girl who played Nellie.
Besides the inside scoop on LHOTP, she pretty much tells all about her life.
This book is not going to win a Pulitzer Prize, but I give it two thumbs up.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's the Great Pumpkin!

Jack was so surprised and lucky again this year when our friends Norman and Cinda Short
brought him a HUGE pumpkin that came from their pumpkin patch.
It weighed at least 1000 lbs!
ok, maybe not 1000, but it weighed a lot
Jack with Norman and Cinda.
We love Norman and Cinda.
They are so good to us and really love our kids.

Jack was so happy!
Thanks Norman and Cinda!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I love the Homecoming parade. Mainly because of the NCHS Marching Eagles Alumni Band.

Here they are playing Battle Hymn.

I'm not sure if it gets any better than this.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jack's new pet

10 days ago Cliff brought home over 50 goldfish (technically they were not goldfish, but lots of them were orange) to use as bait for his river fishing trip. I thought it was a little barbaric and felt pretty sorry for the fish. Some of them were pretty large. I immediately suggested that we build a fish pond. I guess that takes a little more work and preparation than I realized. The fish were doomed. There lives would end on the Embarras. Except for one. Cliff told Jack he could keep one. He choose the one that he said had the longest tail (and does not look like a goldfish). Jack named him Rocky.


Cliff ended up coming home with a few unused fish and Jack got to choose two more.
We now have Rocky and his brother and sister, the twins--Jed and Julie.
10 days and $50.00 spent at Wal-Mart on a fish tank and supplies later, they are shockingly still alive. Jack does a pretty good job of feeding them and reminds me that it is "his responsibility". Cleaning the fish tank must be my responsibility.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pointing it out

  • If our trip had not been rescheduled I would be in Walt Disney World right now. Instead I am in full blown trip planning mode for our rescheduled February trip. I decided against telling Cliff that we would be wearing matching Mickey shirts at least one day (probably more--shh). I am sure he will appreciate it that much more if it is a surprise.
  • Have you tried the Bounce dryer bar yet? I love new laundry products. I think this one works pretty well. You just stick the bar inside your dryer and it is supposed to last up to 4 months.
  • I feel really bad for Kandi from the Real Housewives of ATL.
  • I finished reading "Julie and Julia" last week. I give at 7 out of 10. It was an ok book. It's the true story of a woman named Julie who cooks her way through Julia Child's cookbook and blogs about it. I think it would have been a little more relatable to me if it was say the Grace United Methodist Women's cookbook.
  • Jack is sick. Hacking cough and fever. I am hoping he feels well enough to go to school tomorrow for school picture day. Speaking of, what's up with choosing the background color, pose, and package size BEFORE the pictures are taken? TOO many choices before I even know if the pictures are good!
  • I've said it before and I will say it again, I LOVE GLEE! Wednesday nights on FOX. 8:00 I cannot rest until everyone I know is watching this show!
  • Harrison is 10 months old. He is SO close to walking.
  • No 2016 Olympics in Chicago. I was not so sure that Obama was going to get us the Olympics, but I thought if anyone could it would be OPRAH. Poor OPRAH. Maybe now she can focus on a health care plan.
  • I am SO OVER Jon and Kate.
  • My blog counter tells me that I am getting close to visit 200,000. Watch for a give away when it gets close to the 200,000 mark.
  • Jack told me today that he wanted to be called Jackula. I thought that was pretty inventive, by bedtime he was over it.
  • I'm worried about Burt Reynolds.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Filled with GLEE

If I could only watch one TV show (I don't think my Keith and Rachel on MSNBC would have to count), it would be GLEE (FOX, Wednesday nights at 8:00).

Here's a clip from last week's episode. High school football with a choreographed dance number on the field! Can it get any better? (hint, hint Coach Fulton)