Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Comments Like This Make Me Realize We Are Indeed 8 Years Apart.

Yesterday in the car, a commercial for the Richard Marx concert in Toledo came on. Of course I made a comment about him to which my 21 year old sister said the following:

“Who is Richard Marx?”

GASP! I know! Did your heart just break a little like mine did.

I proceeded to ask her if she was serious and how she could not know who Richard Marx was. I also sang a bit of one of his songs, but she still didn’t recognize it…..and she should have because it was spot on.

So yes, my sister does not know who Richard Marx is and I feel sorry for her. The cheesy lyrics, alluring voice, seductive looks and amazing hair of Mr. Marx has melted the hearts of many a ladies over the years. And from what I can tell he still looks and sounds amazing. I will be getting out my greatest hits CD this weekend and forcing her to listen to it and swoon with me.

I mean how could you not know “Now and Forever”….oh my gosh, when I heard this song it may have been the first time I actually got giddy and started daydreaming about a singer and then subconsciously started setting unrealistic expectation on relationships and what men should say (or sing) to women. “Terry will you love me until the day the ocean doesn’t touch the sand. And will you now and forever be my man.”

Or how about Right Here Waiting. “Wherever you go, whatever you do, I will be right here waiting for you.” I know you will be Richard.

Or Hold on to the Night. “I wish I could give you something more, I wish I could be yours.” (melted.)

And so many, many more. Ahhhhhh, I feel all flustery like a teenage girl :)

I may love my rock and metal music, but there will always be a place in my heart now and forever for Richard Marx and his love ballads.

*I will not apologize for the extreme cheese factor of this post.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things…

I love pretty much ALL things having to do with this time of year. The months from September thru December are my absolute favorites and contain some of my most favorite things or activities to do. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, I feel like a little kid, full of happiness and excitement. Every year I have a few traditional items that contribute to those feelings and there are always a couple new items that make me feel happy. Here are a few of those things that have made me feel happy this year!

- Fabreze Flameless Luminary Shades. This is new to our home this year and I have to say I just love it. The smell is strong at first but becomes mild after a couple days. What I enjoy more than the smell is the soft flickering glow that it has. It has the flicker of a candle and is very calming and very cute! Plus after 4 hours it turns off by itself so you do not need to worry about wasting the battery. They have different shades for all year round and right now I am sporting one of the Christmas shades. A starter kit is about $14 with the refills only about $6. I love it. (Eddie and the fabreze shade, he loves it.)

- A WoodWick Candle. I got this from the Cracker Barrel and it is a candle that features a natural wick made from organic wood that creates the soothing sound of a crackling fire. It is wonderful, especially for people who do not have fireplaces but enjoy the quiet sounds of a fire. If you have the TV on you will most likely not hear the candle, but if you are curdled up on the couch under a blanket reading or crocheting, this candle is amazing! They come in different scents and a large candle is about $23 and a smaller one is $17, however they burn every bit of wax in the candle and I think worth the price, especially during the holidays.

- A Spinning Christmas Tree. Yep, look out Griswolds because our tree spins!! Unfortunately we had to get our first fake tree this year. As persons who LOVE real trees, this was tough so we decided if we have to get a fake tree then let’s do it in style. This is our tree. Now imagine it spinning. Yeah, it is awesome, even with the slight lean and though this will not permanently replace our live tree it has brought plenty of Christmas laughter and frustration to our home this year...and that is what the season is all about.

- Fun ornaments. Most people know when I am planning something a theme is key, however, with our Christmas tree the “theme” is simply chaos! I adore a tree packed full of different and fun decorations. Some have meaning, some are of our favorite things, and some are just cool. Every year we get new ornaments, here are some of our newer favorites. And yes, this includes my favorite decoration – the Christmas Pickle!

T. loves his Godzilla. (Yes, this one makes noise)

We have a series of M&M's dressed in Star Wars outfits. FUN

Rock'em Sock'em Robots - of course!

Hand carved wood ornament from Warthers Museum back home.

The pickle.....easier to see in a white tree

- Scarves. I. LOVE. SCARVES. I feel that a person can never have too many, though my husband may disagree. I have gone to making my own scarves so that I can have even more and with my favorite colors and patterns. Wearing scarves may be one of my top 5 favorite things about colder months! Here are just a few of the dozens of scarves I own. Wearing a scarf IS winter time to me.

- A record player. Athena’s Bees wrote a blog about how she still listens to music on a record player and I have to agree that there is just something about listening to Christmas music on vinyl that compares to nothing else out there. The crackling sound you hear from a record while sipping hot chocolate and spending time with family on Christmas morning (or anytime really) is pretty darn close to perfection if you ask me.

- Listening to your favorite Christmas albums. This varies a bit every year. I seem to hear a certain artist and then cannot get enough of their music for the remainder of the year. However two albums that never change are Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. It does not feel right if I have not heard songs from their records at least once a day. Three others I am loving this year in particular are Noel by Josh Groban, Let it Snow by Michael Buble, and of course no Christmas is complete without We Wish You a Metal Xmas...and a Headbanging New Year…by various metal artists of course.

- Watching Christmas movies. Of course there are the classics like it’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, a variety of version of the Christmas Carol or 48 hours of the Christmas Story on TBS which are all nearly unavoidable but fun to watch once a year. But in our house it is ALL about the funny movies and the cartoons at Christmas time. Charlie Brown, Rudolph, and Frosty are a MUST. And who could have Christmas without the Muppets Christmas Carol…I for one could not! (I also watch Love Actually at Christmas time every year.)

- Cinnamon hot chocolate. Heat up some milk, hot chocolate mix and a cinnamon stick on the stove on low heat for about 10 minutes. Pour in an oversized mug with a few marshmallows or whip cream and some chocolate shavings. Seriously, the ONLY way to drink hot chocolate.

- Baking Cookies. There is something so fun and relaxing about baking cookies at Christmas time. I have only had the chance to make one batch of cookies (pic below: Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies with marshmallow cream frosting inside! yum.), however I have some that I hope to make with my mom and sister over the next few days. On the potential list: Hazelnut chocolate cookies with chocolate drizzle, chocolate brownies with peanut butter cream and chocolate ganache, maple iced cookies, and biscotti. yum

Do you have any favorites during the holidays?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Now That's What I Am Talking About.


Today's activities include: finish wrapping gifts, bake cookies, (a little laundry), listen to Christmas music and enjoy how wonderful it looks outside!

Um, Christmas is less than a week! YAY!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Yep, I’ve Still Got It

So tonight while at the local grocers I was approached by a gentleman who flirted with me and you know what, it totally made my day!

I am stopped in the middle of the aisle and he comes up to me and says in a low voice:

Gentleman: “Have you been kissed today?”
Me: smiling “No.”
G: “Well would you like a kiss?”
Me: giggling
G: Hands Me a Hershey’s Kiss (in retrospect, hopefully one he didn’t steal from the store)
Me: still giggling “Well thank you very much, that was perfect!”

So what did the gentleman look like, well he was tall, about 72, and totally hugable!! :) Ok, I didn't really get flirted with, but honestly if someone my age used that line on me I would have punched them....but when older men use lines like that I am seriously smitten.

The thing is I adore older/elderly people, particularly men. Terry tells me I have a problem because of my infatuation with old people (or for you politically correct individuals…people who are Gerontologically advanced). Whatever, I love them! Well as long as they are not driving.

And for the record, YES I did eat the Hershey’s kiss…after I got to my car and fully inspected it to make sure it was properly wrapped and not dirty. SO.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I’m Sorry I know You Are At Lunch, But….

An open letter to all coworkers everywhere.

I know I can not be the only one who hears this statement A LOT at work. “I know you are at lunch but” …….followed by……”I have a question, here is a file, can you do this for me, do you have a minute” etc.

We do not have a lunch room and as I do not have time to leave for lunch (and also have nowhere to go) I stay at my desk and mess around on the interweb for a bit. During that 30 minutes I like to pretend that I am all alone in a locked room with no distractions; just me, my microwavable lunch and the computer. Of course actually achieving any solitude is impossible when you sit in a cubicle right by the door and at the center of the office, but I strive to at least pretend that I have some morsel of privacy for a few minutes each day. I have managed to block out the constant drones around me; the beeping of the copier, the ringing of the phone, the annoying chatter that echoes through the entire office and I have to say I am fairly good at doing so. Well, I can block out just about everything except loud crunching. (Why people WHY must you crunch loud?!) Yes, I manage to block out all of the office hullabaloo that takes place around me, that is until my fleeting moments of peace are interrupted by those dreaded words, “I’m Sorry I know You Are At Lunch, But…”.

Let us take a moment and just dissect this phrase if we can, because I find a number of things that are wrong with a person saying this phrase to me.

First: “I’m Sorry”. Are you? Are you really sorry? Are you sorry that you are disrupting my “me time” or are you just saying that in an attempt to make yourself feel better for the unnecessary question you are about to ask me and the interruption to my lunch you are about to cause? I am guessing if you thought long and hard you are not really, that sorry. I’m sorry, I’m just say’n.

B: “I know you are at lunch”. Had you just started talking and then said as you saw me take another bite of my 4 cheese penne Lean Cuisine “Oh I didn’t realize you were at lunch” I may have forgiven you for simply be unperceptive to the activities taking place within my 4x6 area. But noooo, to come out and acknowledge the fact that I am at lunch and you know it and yet you still just have to talk to me right at that very moment is unacceptable.

3rd: “But…” This is where I believe you make your fatal mistake. When walking up to me and noticing that I was infact partaking in lunch you could have made that phrase above a statement and just said “I’m sorry, I know you are at lunch.” (period) And leave and I will come to you when I am done. But no, you choose to add a but at the end of that phrase and that but is not what I want to hear while trying to enjoy my 30 minutes of serenity during my otherwise crazy work day.

I guess I shall say this. I get 30 minutes for lunch. 30 quick minutes where I am stuck in the office. I understand things happen, but (and this is my but to you) unless there is a fire or someone is hurt or I am in grave danger…please give me my 30 minutes of attempted peace and quiet and I promise if you do that I will not dream of throwing my half eaten apple at any of you or dream of paper cutting you with our file folders ever again. I know I am nearly not that important that 30 minutes of not talking to me will cause chaos to ensue and the company to crumble. But I guess I should be happy you all think that highly of me.

Thank you,

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

I Was Just About Speechless…..

Last night I watched the show Hoarders on A&E. Um, WOW.

I knew it would be about people who kept everything and lived in a messy house, but I don’t think I was ready for what I saw on this show. I was thinking of something like Clean House Extreme Edition but what I saw was a lady who has been hoarding for over a decade and when they cleaned they found not one but TWO dead cat remains; remains most likely that have been there for many years. Again WOW. I will tell you what, Niecy Nash would not sign up to host this show…oh hell no.

Seriously, I watched in absolute amazement and pure disgust. Our house isn’t by any means perfect, it is a very “lived in” house and I am not always fussy about keeping things in order all the time, but the one ladies bathroom (the one with the dead cats) had excrement on the floor and the toilet looked like it hadn’t been flushed in years. And another episode showed a family who had two school aged kids and a toddler living in the mess. Horrible. Another lady found a cabbage on the floor that was black with mold. She peeled off the outer layer and wrapped it back up in a bag saying it was still good. Obviously these people have serious problems.

So with as disgusting as the show is you may think I will never watch the show again, but you would be wrong. I am totally fascinated by this show and the people and their reasoning on why they hoard. I also am amazed that these people don’t really see the “mess” the same way we see the mess. Very interesting. Yep, I will keep watching this show and the whole time I watch my hands will be over my mouth and I will keep saying “WOW. You have to be kidding me. That is disgusting.” I think I repeated that phrase 15 times last night. I think the show also wanted to make me clean, it could be a good thing watching the show. We will just start purging everything :)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sorry Luke Wilson…..

I know it is a recession and all, but I think you need to get a real acting job or at the very least find a better product to shell out other than a phone company.

I like you Luke Wilson (I really do) but I do not like you in these commercials. If you could just find some satirical romantic comedy movie to be in, it would be greatly appreciated. But misleading AT&T commercials, you are better than that.

I am just trying to look out for you. I don’t want your career to end and for you to only be remembered because you did some stupid AT&T commercials, the same way Jamie Lee Curtis’* did when she started selling Activia. Plus the commercials are just stupid, you need to be in something better than these.

I am only trying to look out for your best interests dearest Luke, you are far too young and funny for these commercials. I forgave you for My Super Ex-Girlfriend; I know we can get past this too.

*I also adore Jamie Lee Curtis, but come on who doesn’t laugh thinking of the SNL spoofs of her sitting on the couch eating Activia about to poop her pants. I will think of that always….or until something funnier comes along.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I Am Thankful……

- For a wonderful and loving family, and that we all have such a close relationship with each other. Not like creepy close but totally fun and healthy close ;)

- For a caring, supportive, loving, funny, and genuinely unique husband. Sorry ladies, I got the only T.H. in the world!

- For being optimistic and hopeful…….even when times and people would try to make you otherwise.

- Having a house over our heads and food on our table.

- For our cats. Call me a crazy cat lady, but these two felines are part of our family and bring so much happiness and laughter to our lives.

- For our health and the health of our family and friends.

- That we are able to spend the holidays with our family.

- For simple gestures of kindness.

- For awesome online deals during the holidays. Shopping online whilst sitting in your P.J.’s and eating cookies is the ONLY way to shop.

- For the amazing relationship I have with my sister and the bond that we share.

- For people who still have manners. Please, thank you, yes ma’am, no sir.

- For the U.S. men and women overseas.

- For the growing relationships I have with my brothers now that they are older. So far away and so young, it is nice we can now connect.

- I am thankful I am related to this little girl below because she is SO stink'n cute. And I am thankful I get to see pictures like these.

- For having good people in my life that remain positive and supportive.

- For my wonderful friends and seeing these friendships blossom over the years.

- That our Christmas decorations are up and Christmas music is playing!

- For online social outlets that allow you to connect with new and interesting people. Ok….for blogging!

- That T. and I can just be our crazy selves anywhere/anytime. Even when fighting off Polar Bears at The Lights Before Christmas :) (cell phone pics)

- For believing in a better world for me and our (one day) children.

- For the powerfulness that is laughter.

- And most of all I am thankful for love. To be loved. To give love. To show love in all I do.

I hope each of you also have many things to be thankful for this year and I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I Love……Crochet Edition

I love crocheting.

Yep, I find it very relaxing. Well, except when I mess up....or when I have to take apart something I have been working on for hours....or when I can't figure out a stitch....or when a finished product looks like shit. But other than that it is very therapeutic! It is fun starting with a ball of yarn and some time later having something that (in most cases) is actually wearable.

So a couple months ago I got the genius idea to crochet gifts for all my family members (and myself) for Christmas. I had an ambitious list of about 12-15 items I WANTED to crochet for people (and myself) by Christmas time. I find myself still crocheting and attempting to make as many things on my list before Christmas that I can and I am just over half way there! And yes I know that Christmas is just over a month away. And that it takes me about a week per project. And I have at least 6-8 projects left to complete. But I think I have plenty of time to get everything done. (Good thing I am not great at math)

When I tell people I crochet, many say that they want to learn but do not know where to start. So for this post I thought I would show a few of my favorite crochet must have items that will help you get started crocheting, as well as, a few of the things I have completed. Yes, I am showing off a bit.

1) I just got this book and I truly believe that it is a MUST HAVE for anyone who wants to crochet or learn how to crochet. It was on sale at Amazon for $20. It is called the Crochet Stitch Bible. It is not very big at all, about the size of a day planner. It has tons of beautiful pictures with detailed descriptions on how to do each stitch and it has nearly every stitch pattern you could ever want to learn and pictures of what the completed stitches actually look like. The book could be used by beginners or hardcore crochet-ers and everyone in between. (seriously, this book is so pretty to look at and very helpful, I love it – yes, I am a geek)

2) An 8 Pack of Wrights Boye crochet Aluminum Hook set -Sizes D-K. I prefer the aluminum crochet hooks and it is a lot cheaper to buy them in a pack like this than individually. A pack like this costs anywhere from $9-$13 and it will pretty much have every hook you will ever need. Plus I find they just fit well in your hands.

3) This is not actually necessary but I love it, especially the color. A Yarn Cutter Pendant. Scissors also work very well, but I just think this is really cool looking and it is under $10. I think there has to be some importance in having this, and that is why I have one.

4) Good yarn. Lions Brand is one of my favorites to work with. Go to their website for free patterns.

As for what I have made….

This is K. wearing the hat I made her. She was suppose to wait for Christmas, but she loved it so much I let her have it early. Her hat is the same pattern as mine which you can see in more detail below.

The back of the hat.

And the front.

This is a shawl/scarf I made for my Nana. (folded in the picture, but it is pretty large).

It is a shell pattern. Very pretty but took forever.

For my MIL.

My scarf

For my Grandma.

I love this pattern.

I have a couple more completed, but some family members read this blog and I need to keep theirs a secret :) But I do have a few more scarves, some gloves, some little kiddie hats and scarves to finish then I am done....for now!

In case you were wondering why over the past few months my blogging has been a little less frequent, it is because this is how I spend many an evening after work.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Confessions from Girl with Nothing Else to Blog About.

In case you wanted to know more about me…….

* I won’t drink the last 2” of milk out of the jug. I think it tastes funny.

* I own a pair of leg warmers. I wear them around the house with my ever so stylish yoga pants, floral nightgown, and sweater ensemble. I love them. Yes I know 1984 called, but they are not getting their leg warmers back.

* I think better when I chew gum. If I need to concentrate on something I HAVE to chew gum or else I can not focus.

* If it wasn’t for the fact that I know my cats would scratch and bite me I would totally dress them up in ridiculous outfits and then take pictures of them. I may or may not then want to make a calendar.

* I love storms, but thunder still scares me.

* I hate talking on the phone.

* I know that if I lived with someone who was a very loud eater/cruncher I would end up in an insane asylum.

* I believe I have supersonic senses, specifically with my hearing and smelling. Terry just says I have a mom nose and mom ears. I believe I have a super power.

* I really love shoes and love to collect them. However, I mainly just wear flats and sneakers (even at work) because I find heels to be very uncomfortable.

* I hate spit. It grosses me out and I think it smells. When Terry wants to gross me out he will lick my face or put spit right next to my face. He thinks it is funny because I WILL vomit. I do not think it is funny.

* I enjoy the smell of gasoline, bleach, mulch, and permanent markers. But I hate that sterile hospital smell.

* I cry for no real reason at least once every few weeks. It is a good release and I always feel better after.

* I get antsy as I wait for comments after I write a blog that I really like.

* I actually like picking blemishes off myself and my husband. Like popping zits, plucking hairs, or just picking at anything that seems to not be right. I especially like to use the tweezers to do this. My hubby loves it. Riiiiiight.

* My nose seems to run ALL.THE.TIME. I think I have a problem. Just call me drippy.

* I hate the nickname drippy.

* I enjoy making up songs to everyday things. Like walking from one room to the next, going to the store, making dinner, cleaning. It is totally not annoying to others.

* Words like fart, boobies, poop still make me giggle like a five year old. Also when I see the initials BM I instantly think Bowel Movement, then giggle.

* I don’t think I will ever correctly be able to spell the words definitely and inconvenience without the help of spell check. Seriously, they get me every single time. (and yes I had to use spell check for this post because they were spelled wrong – grrr)

* I think of weird things all the time. Like what if all the gum that was just spit out the window of a car was collected for an entire year…how big would that pile of gum be? Or if you combined everyone’s farts in a container for just one day how big of an explosion would it be? I think of things like this all day long.

* I make myself laugh all the time. No one else even has to be in the room and I will be laughing my ass off.

* My dreams are so real that I get confused some times between what was a dream and what is real. It took me about 3 months to realize I was not dating Jeffrey Dean Morgan ;)

* Sarcasm is my crutch.

Any "confessions" you would like to share?!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I Give Them Props For Their Resourcefulness.

So yesterday while mom, K & I were driving around town during our shopping extravaganza we noticed something that seemed a bit odd and most definitely unsafe.

Please see the truck below. It was in front of us on the highway as we go about 65 mph. On this truck there is a hodge-podge of random and loose items, being "secured" by a few random and obviously strategically placed straps (Don't worry I did not take the picture. My trusty navigator, aka my mom, took the picture.)

Take a closer look (click to enlarge). You can see there is a ladder hanging on the left, a chair on the top, a moving cart on the side, shelves on the right, and random items in the middle. All of this is being held in by flat cardboard boxes on the outside and blankets and tarps.

Yep, this seems so unsafe but had the three of us cracking up because it was just completely ridiculous! But here is the biggest question: How do you think they got those items to stay there in the first place so they could "strap" everything in?! I think they had to have 20 people hold the stuff up while someone wrapped around the two straps holding everything in place.

Unsafe = yes, but you have to give them some mad props for their resourcefulness.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

In Case You Were Wondering...

I will return to my regular blogging later this week, however at the moment I have been spending the past few days shopping and hanging out with my sister and mom!

Life is good :)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Because We Just Can’t Get Enough of Each Other

My sister K. and I have just added another dynamic to our relationship...…..coworkers.

Yep, apparently my sister cannot spend enough time with me (even though we live together) and has accepted a position to work part-time at my current place of employment. This will definitely be different for both of us, but I think it will be good for her to work for with me. It is absolutely a great job for K, and a hell of a lot better than Wendys.

K. will be doing many different jobs and under my tutelage she will become a great worker as she gets to see firsthand what an amazing worker I am. She will be my little apprentice and I, the master, will mold her into the perfect servant employee.

Yep, this should be good. I don’t think my employer knows what they are in for with having us both there. Mwah ha ha ha

I seriously am excited that we will get to work together! I left when I was 18 for college and K was only 10. Though we saw each other, we missed out on a good chunk of time together until she moved up here to attend BGSU. The weird thing is, from the beginning we have always had this strange closeness, strange in the sense that we are 8 years apart in age but are so similar. It can be truly eerie sometimes just how similar we are despite the difference in age and how long we lived apart. So in honor of her new job and because I promised to post pictures from when we were young (ok, and because I am a sap and just love love love my sister) I have posted some pics of Kristen and I from over the years. Enjoy :) And Kristen, I will see you bright and early at prepared to work!

True Fans

Everyone needs a fancy hat!

I think I scared her with my purple short shorts, orange shirt, big glasses and amazing hair cut.

She was so small, my little doll that actually cuddled back

That was the hair style I was going back off!!! You don't just roll out of bed with those bangs.

LOVE this picture.

This is one of my favorite pictures of us ever.

The traditional "First Day of School" picture

Tight curly frizzy hair + big glasses + braces = The dorky trifecta. But Kristen is pretty darn adorable!!

Bachelorette Party

Ginger Bread House Decorating Competition...I won.

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