Saturday, February 28, 2009

Shower Cake Help

Hey everyone i need your ideas and opinions! I just got an order for a baby shower cake. The only thing they gave me was that it is a girl and they want a plain yellow sheet cake with fondant. I have a few good ideas but wanted to get a few opinions from my girls (or guys) on what you like.

Idea #1:
White fondant covered with silver pearl dust for extra sparkle. A pink ribbon around the bottom and made to look like a ribbon on a package (kinda like a christmas present???). In stead of a bow i want to do a big flower as the bow and then lots of little flowers on the rest of the cake. The ribbon and the writting (It's A Girl) would be in pink and the flowers would be in teal.

Idea #2:
White fondant to cover. In big pink letters across the top It's A Girl. Also dusted with pearl dust for sparkle. In the center a bottle, rattle, and binkie done in pink. On the design i had brown polka dots on the pink "plastic" part but it seems like that would be a lot of added work and i am already going to be in a bit of a rush.

Those are my 2 best ideas. I had also thought about doing a stroller on the center or something of that nature. i have no clue what they are doing in the nursery and i dont know much about the girl other than she is a lawyer and very (and this is the way her friends put it) plain jane/goody goody.

So give me some idea's here! What did your shower cakes look like? If you have a picture share the link with me! Girl me what you think you would like or any other ideas that come to mind. I have til Thursday to come up with a final draft. HELP!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Husband Store and More

Now i would normally never post chain mails and forwards like this but it raises a good point that i would love to talk about. So here it is and we will discuss I will discuss it a bit after.
The Husband Store...

A store that sells husbands has just opened in Ottawa where a woman may go
to choose a husband from among many men. The store is comprised of 6
floors, and the men increase in positive attributes as the shopper ascends
the flights. There is, however, a catch. As you open the door to any floor
you may choose a man from that floor, but if you go up a floor, you cannot
go back down except to exit the building.

So a woman goes to the shopping center to find a husband.

On the first floor the sign on the door reads: "Floor 1 - These men have
jobs." The woman reads the sign and says to herself, "Well, that's better
than my last boyfriend, but I wonder what's further up?" So up she goes.

he second floor sign reads: "Floor 2 - These men have jobs and love
kids." The woman remarks to herself, "That's great, but I wonder what's
further up?" And up she goes again.

The third floor sign reads: "Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love kids, and
are extremely good looking." "Hmmm, better." she says. "But I wonder
what's upstairs?"

The fourth floor sign reads: "Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love kids,
are extremely good looking, and help with the housework." "Wow!" exclaims
the woman, "very tempting. BUT, there must be more further up!" And again
she heads up another flight.

The fifth floor sign reads: "Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love kids, are
extremely good looking, help with the housework, and have a strong
romantic streak." "Oh, mercy me! But just think what must be awaiting me
further on?" So up to the sixth floor she goes.

The sixth floor sign reads: "Floor 6 - You are visitor 3,456,789,012 to
this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as
proof that women are impossible to please."
Now are we as women really this hard to make happy? Do we really always want and look for the next best thing? I was sitting here thinking about my everyday life and realized that maybe there is a bit of truth in this humor.

I know that women as a whole can sometimes be indecisive. We say one thing when we mean another, We want one thing so bad only to see something better and swear we will die without it. I get that we can be a bit hard to figure out for both men and other women. But i never thought of us as impossible to please. Difficult maybe but impossible???

I try to look into my daily life and all the things i bitch about, complain about, or roll my eyes over and ask myself if i am being difficult and impossible to please.

I constantly bitch at my husband when he cleans the kitchen because he doesn't put things back where i want them to go. Now my defense to this is that i am the main cook in the house and it makes things a pain in the butt if i have to search for stuff for 20 minutes before i can start to cook. To his defense shouldn't i just be happy that i have a husband who helps share the house work? Now this is very hard for me to admit to as i would like to think i am never wrong or out of place in my bitching. But maybe he is right! Maybe i should be grateful that i have a husband who will help out around the house and stop bitching that he isn't doing it right.

Another thing i fuss about is how he is so lax on the kids. Now i can explain this one and i know a lot of mothers can understand where i am coming from. After being a stay at home mom for 5 years i am sick of being the bad guy all the time. When he gets home from work i expect him to be the bad guy for a little while. Alas he usually is there best friend and i still end up being the bad guy. Once again to his defense...shouldn't i just be happy that i have a man who takes a great deal of interest and responsibility in his kids lives. He loves those boys more than anything else on this earth. Shouldn't i just sit back and marvel in the fact that he can spend hours playing trains with them or give them horsey rides around the living room?

Romance is another point of contention. I am one of the only women in the world who begs her husband to not buy her jewelry and expensive things. Yes you heard me right! I actually fuss at him when he buys me a necklace for our anniversary or a ring for my birthday. It isn't that i dont like it but rather i think of a million things that the money could have been used to buy that we really need. The same goes for flowers and other gifts. I am a horrible wife. Shouldnt i just appreciate the fact that i have a romantic man who loves to shower me with gifts? I need to be thankful that he remembers our anniversary and takes the time to make plans and buy me a gift.

Why cant i just be happy with all these great qualities? Why cant i just be thankful for his kind, sweet, loving, husbandly, self? Because i am a woman? I am impossible to please? Or am i just a good old bitch? So Ladies and men if there are any Gentlemen, what are your thoughts? Are you an impossible woman? Men are we impossible to make happy or do you just give up and not try hard enough be careful what you say or we will hunt you down?

Monday, February 23, 2009

House of the 3 Sickos

Well once again we are all sick! I mean snotty nose, watery eyes, coughing till your blue in the face sick! The only one who escaped this miserable state of existence is my husband! For some reason no matter how sick the rest of us are he NEVER gets it!

I ask him yesterday as i laid paralyzed with the sniffles our couch how the heck this works. Does he have some kind of magic elixir that he takes when we all get sick that keeps his immune to it? I am a little bitter about this! No really i am BITTER!

The only thing i hate more than puking is my nose running. I dont know if this is allergies or a cold but ever time i think my nose is going to stop, my eyes start to water, my nose gets the twitchy feeling and i sneeze. This intern makes my nose run some more! It is a horrible cycle that makes me miserable.

The kids are just as bad. Both of them have snot running down their faces and the difference is they dont care. They will wipe it off with their arm and go on about their business. I wish i could be that care free. Alas i am not. So i wipe, and i blow, and i wipe some more till my poor nose is sore and raw. Then i put some Aquaphor on it to protect it but five seconds later i just wipe it off again!

I hate being sick and having allergies!!!!!

So please excuse me while i heal and wait on my kiddos to heal!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Get To Know The Whiner

This is the post where you get to know the whining not so attractive me! I just need to get this off my chest and whine to someone who isn't family or IRL friend!

As i tried to clear my reader today i noticed a trend. A lot of my bloggy friends are pregnant! Now before i commence my whining i would like to give a big congrats to Elaine @ The Miss Elaine-ous Life who just announced her pregnancy! I hope you have a healthy and happy pregnancy!

Now let the whining begin!

As most of you all know by now we are TTC! We started this new journey on Jan 13th and i had hoped that by now i would have great news to share. Now i know that it can take awhile to get pregnant but i was hoping out past would have a commonality with out present.

It only took me about a month and a half to get pregnant with Phabian and a month to get pregnant with MJ. I am blessed with healthy reproductive organs and the ability to carry a child. I know this is a blessing (especially now) as i read so many stories on other blogs about the hurt and pain they have suffered through infertility. But gosh dern it i am getting impatient!

it seems like every time i open my reader and get to read through the 100 post that build up over night i find out someone else is pregnant and guess what, it isn't me! I took my first PG test on Feb 8th which was exactly 4 calender weeks since we started trying. Now i take one ever Sunday til i get a positive. It is a little depressing to take test that you constantly fail so to speak.

I desperately want that positive little pink plus sign, or 2 lines, or even a digital your pregnant! I know, my heart knows, that God will bless me when the time is right and that all good things are worth waiting for and so on and so one but can someone please tell that to my ever impatient baby craving brain!!!

It is like my brain is in baby mode and every time the pregnancy test says nope not yet my brain has a anxiety attack and a million questions run through my head. Did my IUD cause damage? Will i be the 1 in 100 women that can't conceive after having the IUD removed? Am i doing something wrong? Am i exercising too much? Should i stop trying to lose weight? These are all things i think about and it drives me nuts cause this is just not me.

So there it is! I am so happy for all of my blog friends that are having little bundles of joy and i wish them all nothing but the best. Now i am left wondering is it my turn yet?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Thousand Words Thursday

Cheaper Than Therapy

About a week ago, when we had a week full of snow and cold, i took these two hanging candle holders off my porch and laid them in the snow. I lit the candles in hopes of getting a really pretty picture. The brilliant blue beside the fresh pure snow. The candle light shinning through the sapphire cones. I thought i would get something. Alas all i got was cold and a bunch of random shots. This is the unedited version because i think it is more beautiful than the ones i tinkered with.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wordless/Wordful Wednesday

So for Valentine's Day i did get one of the best presents ever and not from my husband! I got to baby sit for my sister. My 2 beautiful nieces! Averiana is going on 5 months old (where the heck does time go) and Jayden is 4! I only had them for about an hour but it was enough time to take a gazillion pictures. Here are some of the best ones. I just love the faces!!! It is so hard to pick only a few so forgive me if this is long!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

So today is the day of lovers. I don't know about you all but i have never been big on today. I mean as a teen it was used as an excuse to have alone time with the "love of my life", but Valentine's Day has never been particularly special to me. I mean what does it actually mean anyways?!?

Valentine's Day was originally a Pagan Festival. Then, as most Pagan festivals were in those days, the Christians took it over and named it after martyrs Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. I guess there was also a 3rd guy but no one really know much about him except that he was apparently in Africa so who cares right. Now both these guys were way back in the years AD 200 and something right! Well romance and candy and flowers weren't even linked to this holiday till the 14th century. That was when Saint Valentine apparently came into the picture and got all lovey dovey.

Now here is my problem with Valentine's Day! I think we as a people have better things to spend our money on than roses, candy, and cards. I know i sure have bills to pay and things to get fixed or taken care of, no? To me, i guess, we should celebrate love everyday. It doesn't need a special day where we stop everything we are doing to run around like chickens with out heads cut off, and buy expensive presents. That's what we have birthdays for! We get presents on our birthdays! We get to feel special on our birthdays!

Now i am not saying i don't participate in Valentine's Day. More than likely tonight my husband will walk through the door with some roses and a card or maybe even a box of yummy chocolates. I will be thankful and repay him for his effort later *wink wink*. What i am saying is that it isn't necessary. If my husband bought me nothing at all it would be ok. There are so many other days where he shows me how much he loves me and it doesn't need to be emphasized on this specific day.

There are a lot of holidays i feel this way about. Mother's Day and Father's Day are among them! Shouldn't we be honoring mothers and fathers who are doing a wonderful job everyday? Why do we need to insinuate that this is the day out of the year where they should get a thank you and a card. We should praise these important people everyday because they are raising our future.

Thanksgiving is another one! Now i do understand that Thanksgiving is more of a holiday rather than a playful day of celebration but shouldn't we be thankful everyday? Why is there one specific day where we are all about thanking God for all our blessings. Shouldn't you thank him everyday for what he has blessed us with? I know i do!

Now i am not saying, just to repeat myself here, that i don't participate in these holidays because i do! I enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner just as much as anyone! I also love to be treated special on Mother's Day! I just somehow wish that things weren't so cut and divided. We celebrate this today and not tomorrow! Why can't, no scratch that, why shouldn't everyday be Mother's and Father's Day? Why cant we show each other how much we care everyday! Why do we need to spend massive amounts of money to feel or be made to feel like we matter?

Maybe it isn't the holidays i have a problem with as much as i do the money being spent to make someone feel special. i don't like the idea of buying someones love for the day. I don't need a new purse or a rose to know that my husband loves me. yes it is a great gesture but i don't need it. He makes me feel special almost everyday.

Anyways i am done ranting and if you hung in here til now then thanks if not oh well. Happy Valentine's Day to you all and i hope you get what you want today!

Friday, February 13, 2009

All My New Stuff

So i promised i would share all my new stuff that i have been talking (bragging) about here lately. We spent a good deal of money out of our income taxes this year buying things we needed but we also bought a few things that we wanted. If i am boring you with my chitter chatter of new things i am sorry but who doesn't love to shop for new stuff and share their finds!

Lets start with my Flip Video Camera!

This is possibly one of the coolest things i have ever bought! I love the fact that it charges by being plugged into your USB drive and that the USB plug just pops out of the camera with the push of a button. It is light and sleek. It comes with built in software which allows you to upload the videos to you computer and the edit them. You can also steal snapshots out of any video. Do you know how many times i have taken a video only to realize i caught the best moment that should have been a picture but its too late now. I also love the fact that there arent a million buttons i have to fiddle with. There are 8 buttons total! The play/pause, zoom in, zoom out, left, right, trash, record, and power buttons. I can take up to 60 mins of video and can always load it to any computer near by. I think i am in love!

Moving on to my new phone (can you tell i love my gadgets). I got a brand spankin new LG Spyder which kinda looks like this minus the silver buttons at the bottom.

Favorite thing (or coolest not sure yet) if that it is a touch screen! I dotn even have to open the phone for anything! I can just touch the screen and accomplish any task i want. Another cool feature is i can play music while i work on the phone. If i am sending texts, updating twitter, browsing the web, i can be jamin to my favorite songs while i do it. It also has a great camera as far as phone cameras go. It takes a pretty decent picture and video although i am not big on using it unless i am in a situation and i dont have a real camera. The only down fall is that it has an ascending ringer. For the first 5 - 8 seconds that it rings it is so low you cant hear it. By the time you hear it, it is almost done ringing. But i can deal with that as long as the rest of the cool features work!

I will share my bed and the kids beds later. Also more about the Wii Fit as soon as i find the time. It would all be in one post (minus the Wii Fit) but i bought a new memory card that is apparently not compatible with my computer so i now have to wait for a USB cord i just ordered to be delivered.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Birthday

So Monday was my birthday! I am officially 23! I don't really know what to say about 23. It isn't really a milestone birthday but more just a new number. It isn't like 16, 18, 21, or other numbers that hold importance. Twenty-three is just that...23! However i did have a great birthday!

See my sister Chelsie's birthday is Saturday (Yes she is a Valentine baby and she hates it. Kinda like having a birthday on Christmas.) So we always celebrate the whole 5 days from my birthday to hers cause we are awesome like that. This week has been great so far.

Monday my husband was off so i got to sleep in. We went to take the car to the shop (no that isn't the fun part). After we dropped it off we walked the few blocks to the mall and bought my new phone and got him a phone (finally I can keep track of him muawhahaha j/k). Then i met up with Chelsie and we went to lunch at Tidewater Bar and Grill. Then she took me to her house so i could get some cuddle time in with the cutest baby girl ever! (Now that isn't why she really took me to her house. I didn't have my house keys so i really didn't have a choice lol) I met up with my hubby and picked the kids up from the sitter. We went home and ordered Chinese for dinner...YUMMO!

Tuesday i had to get up and take Phabian to school. My friend Nikki came over to babysit (and wait on my bed to be delivered) while Chelsie and I went and got massages. Yes i said the M word and it was great. A whole hour of someone with magic hands rubbing my body with delicious smelling lotion all while relaxing music filled a dimly lit room. I think i am in love!!! After we left there we went to lunch at Chili's (which happens to be where my husband, Chelsie's boyfriend, and Chelsie all work). We left their and i went home to view my new bedroom suit! Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then last night my Hubby took Chelsie and I to dinner at Hibachi Japanese Steak House (which for those who don't know it is like Benni Hanna's). We had a great dinner and a lot of fun just joking with one another.

Today we really don't have any plans but that doesn't rule anything out cause we are once again awesome like that lol. I will have another post coming soon with pictures of all the great stuff i used my income taxes for. I have been listing off all this stuff and not really telling you much about it. I hope you all have been doing well while i have been off enjoying my birthday fiesta.

P.S. I also got my Wii Fit yesterday but that gets a post all to itself!

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Letter To The 15 Year Old Me

{As a preface i would like to say that this was an idea that i am borrowing from Mrs. Naz @ Becoming Me. She wrote a beautiful letter to her younger self and i urge you all to check it out.}

{Edited Note: I wrote this several days ago and have been putting off publishing it as it is very raw emotion for me and i didnt know if i wanted to put this down for all to read. I did though and i hope that you all enjoy it}

Dear 15 year old me,

There is so much i would say to you if i could see you today. You are so young and so naive. You can not foresee the immediate future and you will ultimately wish you could. A lot of things will happen to you over this next year not many of them good. You will cope with them in not so great ways, but then again if i could just give you a few words of advice maybe it will all be for the better.

It is February 9th 2001! You turn 15 today. Mom is still recovering from her heart attack and i know you keep hearing a lot of talk coming from your Aunts that something doesn't seem quiet right. It doesn't matter!!! Be with your mom! Spend ever second you can with her. Forget going to that party you have been begging to go to, and forget about desperately needing to go out with friends to buy a new pair of jeans. Forget wanting to spend your birthday with that person you are head over heels in love with! Spend it at home with your family. Let your mom cook you your favorite meal. Its the same one she has been cooking for you your whole childhood and she has it memorized by heart. Allow her this day to be your mom. Don't be angry and don't throw a fit. Your family needs to be together.

It is March 19th 2001 and this will from here on be known as the worst day of you life. Eight days ago your mom was picked up by the police who were alerted by her doctor that she needed to be brought to the emergency room immediately. You remember that day because it is the day that you got in a fight over a dress with you then best friend Jessica. This will lead to months of you guys not talking and her spreading rumors that will eventually end the friendship. Over those 8 days you find out that your mom has an inoperable brain tumor in the middle of her brain and that it is highly malignant. There is nothing the doctors can do. You mom slips into a coma and you spend day and night praying that this is all a bad dream. March 19th 2001 the 8th day will be the day that your father will pull the plug. She is no longer there but that doesn't make this any easier. You will crawl in the bed with her and hold her and cry until she stops breathing. I wish i could be there now to hold you and reassure you that it was all going to be ok.

From here on you will make a lot of bad decisions. You will cope with your pain and anger in ways that will only do more harm than good. Every decision you make from here on out will be based upon the pain you feel deep down inside. You will hold your father responsible for a long time. It isn't his fault. You need him more now than ever. Don't push him away but instead pull him closer. He needs you as well. He needs you to tell him you need him. He didnt cause your mom's death and you cannot be mad at him for it. Turn to him when you need comfort because he loves you more than you will ever know.

Please i am begging you, go to school! Dont let the pain and anger consume you. Your mom wanted you to accomplish your dreams. She wanted you to be that nurse or doctor that you told her so many times you wanted to be. She wants to see you go to Penn U or North Carolina. Do it because of her and because she taught you well. Do it because your dad wants to see you excel. He needs to know that he can help you get through this and come out on the other side a success. Do this because you can!

Ignore the ignorant people who have nothing better to do than talk about you. They are going to say a lot of hurtful things. They are going to spread rumors and call you names. Let it all go and realize that they don't truly know you. They don't see your heart and soul. It doesn't matter if you dress in cheap clothes and it doesn't matter if you are gay or straight or bisexual, and it surly isn't any of their business if your mom died. What matters is how you feel and how you act. You are strong but even the strongest people need someone to lean on.

Make amends with friends who have caused you pain. Also reach out to new people. Soon you will meet someone who will become your best friend for life. She is the best person you will ever know and even though you will have your ups and downs she will be the one in the end who will stick through it all with you and come out on the other end as a shinning star. She is a miracle in your life and will be someone who you can rely on as will you to her.

Please realize that love at your age isn't forever. Although there are rare occasions of high school sweet hearts making it forever, the chances are not good. However enjoy the time you have with this love affair. Only time will tell and realize that everything you do will eventually come back to haunt you. No secret gets left untold. So don't do anything that you wouldn't want to come to light.

You are a beautiful, smart, funny, caring person and you deserve to have a great life. Do what you know is right and not what is cool or "IN". You know the difference and you are capable of being a leader instead of a follower. Dont let others persuade you to follow the path of least resistance. Charge head first into the challenges in life and dont look down till you know you have conquered them. You can do anything you put your mind to and I promise it all works out in the end. Your life in the future is bright and is everything you have ever wished for. Keep pushing your own path and i will see you again soon.

Love always!
23 Year Old You

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

So we got our income taxes back on Friday and have been going non stop since. We had a list of things that we needed to buy and what not when we got out taxes and we have spent all weekend getting them.

We got a queen size memory foam mattress and box set for $499.99 and a new headboard set for $199.99. We also got a beautiful bedding set fro Wal-mart for $69.99. So we essentially redid out whole bedroom for less than $1000.00!!! How awesome (or cheap) am I!?!

We are also redoing the kids bedroom. We got those colorful foam connector tiles for the floor which cost about $20.00 for a 4x4 square. Phabian loves them because they have them at school. He says they are fun to play on. We also bought them bunk beds which we will leave separated till they get a little older. Right now i am still to scared that Phabian would pull a stunt like the kid off Big Mama's House 2 and head dive off the top bunk. Those only cost us about $200. Of course they got new bedding sets as well. Phabian got Super Hero and MJ got (can anyone guess) drum roll please............................................Cars! Those cost about $60 total.

We also got some random stuff like my Wii Fit, some new games for the Wii, my new Flip Camcorder, and a new bigger memory card for my digital camera. Also my birthday is tomorrow so i have a lot of plans on a relaxing me day.

My sister's birthday is on V-day so we always celebrate together. Tomorrow we are getting up early to go to the gym, then we are going for Mani/Pedi's and lunch. We were hoping to go get a massage as well but it looks as if we might have to put that off for another day. Tuesday my hubby (because he is the greatest man alive) has made plans for my sister and I. All i know is he is taking us to dinner at my favorite restaurant Hibachi's. Other than that i have no clue what he has up his sleeve.

I am still fighting Bronchitis which sucks big time! Luckily it isn't as bad as it was this time last year when i thought i was going to die! I just have all this junk in my chest and nothing will help but coughing the crap up (sorry for TMI).

The kids are doing great (if you count great as acting wild and stomping my last nerve). They attended a B-day party at Chucky Cheese last night and had a blast. All i can say is the next time i attend a party there on a Saturday night i will bring a volume and some tranquilizers. I need anxiety meds just to walk through the door of that place (which i don't have any meds so i was a wreck the whole time). Cross Chucky Cheese off the list of places that i might have the kid's birthday parties this year!

Other than that we are coming up on a busy few weeks at work and i am so looking forward to both the paychecks and the time away to myself. I enjoy my time at work socializing with other adults about adult stuff.

To anyone who made it this far thanks for sticking with it! I am sorry i am so boring today but i just have not been feeling well so nothing interesting has happened. I will be trying to post a review for the Wii games we got the other day and possible for my Wii Fit and Flip Camcorder as soon as i get some time. Hope all are doing well.

P.S. Please keep my friend Danielle and her newborn baby Mallory in your prayers. Mallory has been admitted to the hospital with RSV. They need your prayers. Mallory is only 3 weeks old and needs as much sweet thoughts as she can get.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Thousand Words Thursday!

Cheaper Than Therapy

This is the view of Charleston, WV from my dad's house. I miss that view! It is the view i looked at for 19 years of my life. This is my city. You would never know from this picture that we were so close. Only about a 2 min drive to that big tall building you see in the picture. But on that mountain it is like a whole other world. I cant explain how it makes me feel. It is the most beautiful in the fall and spring because of all the colors, but in the winter it had its own cozy feel. It reminds me how small we are in such a big world. Amazing how one picture can say 1000 words right?

If you want more click the button and head over to Cheaper Than Therapy!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wordless/Wordful Wednesday

So the other day it warmed up to the 50's but for only one day. This melted all the snow and ice on my roof and allowed it to drip down and create a bunch of little puddles in the snow/ice. It was a beautiful sight. Like a miniature lake. Then there was also the huge block of ice you see in the back which i have no clue where it came from. It kept my puddle filled until it disappeared. I tried to capture the movement of the water as it dripped off the roof but i a not professional and need a much better camera for that capture. But over all i like these pictures.

If you would like to check out more Wordless or Wordful Wednesday you can check out 5M4M, MomDot, Wordless Wednesday and Seven Clown Circus!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

My Name's Hidden Meaning!

Got this from Mel @ A Box of Chocolates. It is pretty accurate although i would argue with some points!

You Are Original and Innovative

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.

You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.

A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.

You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.

At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are a very lucky person. Things just always seem to go your way.

And because you're so lucky, you don't really have a lot of worries. You just hope for the best in life.

You're sometimes a little guilty of being greedy. Spread your luck around a little to people who need it.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

Monday, February 2, 2009

How To Advice Needed/Not Me Monday

Hey all i hope you are having a wonderful Monday! As you can see from the title this blog will contain 2 things this time around. I will be getting to Not Me Monday in a minute but first i need some how to advice.

This is actually my 150th post and i am quickly approaching 200. For my 200th post i would really like to do a giveaway but i am at a loss as to how to do it. I know the basics like write a post and use a random number generator to pick a winner but other than that i just don't know. What should i give away? What would you be interested in receiving? I cant do anything extravagant or really expensive but i need some suggestions here.

Also how long do you usually leave a giveaway open? How quickly should i get the winner's stuff shipped out? Do you usually just do US or do you also do Canada? How do you draw in more people for participation? I have been wanting to do a giveaway for awhile now and i think my 200th post will be perfect. Hopefully you all can give me a leg up and point me in a good direction.

Anyways on with the rest of my post...

MckMama over at My Charming Kids invites us all to share our not so bright and shinning moments in her very fun meme Not Me Monday! When you are done reading mine you can zoom on over (or crawl depending on what time it is in your zone) and read more hilarious renditions of Not Me Monday. So off we go!

I did not eat a half of slab of ribs and a half a container of Buffalo Chicken Dip yesterday while watching the pregame and Super Bowl. That would have been way too much food for any one person and who could do that anyways. Certainly not me, that's for sure!

I did not also eat a salad in my delusional way of telling myself that it would balance out the fat in the other foods i ate. Who could possibly think that one bowl of salad could balance out a 1/2 slab of ribs slathered in BBQ sauce and a 1/2 container of spicey cheesy chicken? Not me and that's the truth!

I did not take a picture of MJ sitting on the toilet yesterday! Nor would i ever hold those pictures ransom as he gets older threatening to show his future girlfriends if he doesn't take out the trash/clean his room/wash the car/ect. What kind of mom would ever do such a thing, not me!

I did not once again give the kids gummies for breakfast because they say they are made of juice and how bad could they possibly be? I would never do that because i highly enjoy hearing my 2 year old scream at the top of his lungs for his Nemo gummies while the 3 year old tells me he hates me. Nope i would never do that.

I have not, nor would I ever, be wearing the same clothes for the 4th day in a row! What disgusting person would not change clothes on a daily basis! I personally change clothes twice a day!

I did not bite into a poptart that was left laying on the floor to figure out if it was fresh or old. That is nasty and i don't know anyone who would ever do that.

I also did not allow MJ to watch Cars 4 times in a row the other day because i wanted to lay down and that was the only way to get him to lay with me. Nope not me, never would i stoop so low to get a nap.

I am not currently bribing MJ with a new Lighten McQueen car and underwear to get him potty trained. No self respecting mama would ever bribe there kid into using the potty! We all know you just let them learn on their own sweet time right! Right!

Lastly i did not break down and take a pregnancy test yesterday knowing it had only been 2 1/2 weeks since we started TTC and that even if i was knocked up it wouldn't show up on the test! I am not that anxious about it! I am completely calm and know that blessings come with time and are worth the wait!

So if you enjoyed reading my Not Me Monday please head over to My Charming Kids and read away!

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Go Steelers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Because i was ask and i so love to share recipes for yummy food, here is the recipe for my Buffalo Chicken Dip. It is really simple.


2 big cans of Chicken (like the big cans of Tuna)
1 to 1 1/2 cups of hot sauce (i use Franks)
1 cup of Blue Cheese Dressing (or you can substitute Ranch if you prefer)
1 to 1 1/2 cups of Crumbled Blue Cheese (or Cheddar if you prefer)
2 packages of Cream Cheese (8oz i do believe)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soften the cream cheese to room temp and them mix all ingredients together. Taste to make sure heat is what you desire and add more hot sauce if you like. Pop in oven for about 20 to 30 mins or until it is bubbly and semi golden on top (it wont actually be brown but it will get a good look to it).

Now i have never substituted ranch or cheddar but my SIL has and she said it was good that way as well. I prefer blue cheese so i just stick with that. We use Tostitos Scoops but crackers and Fritos work just as well and taste just as good. It stores well in the fridge and warms up easy in the microwave. It is a perfect party snack and tastes just like a buffalo wing! I hope you enjoy!!!

Go Steelers WOOHOO!!!!!!!!

Ok so as previously stated in other posts i am a HUGE football fan. So just like millions of other Americans, February 1st is a day when we all enjoy good food, good friends, and GREAT football.

Today we wont be having a party or at least not to my knowledge but friends are always welcome! We will however be cooking on the grill and enjoying what should be a great game! My husband went to the store last night and bought 2 slabs of ribs which makes me think that maybe we are expecting company that i don't know about. He bough stuff to make his yummy spicy peach BBQ sauce. We have charcoal and a grill. Today is going to be rockin!

The weather has let up and the sun is shinning. It is going to be about mid 50's today which makes for perfect grilling weather (and football weather also). I will probably make some collard greens, mac-n-cheese, and salad to accompany the ribs. We will have my buffalo chicken dip, Maggie's Salsa, and Maggie's Queso for snacks. Only thing left to get is some beer for hubby and some soda for me! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do i sound excited? I really am!!! My Pittsburgh Steelers are facing off against the Arizona Cardinals!!!!!!! Now i have every bit of faith that my #1 ranked defense (including my lovely Troy Polamalu) can hold off the Cardinals offense! Where i get a little shakey is my faith in Big Ben! I love the guy but he hasnt had the best season. We are ranked 17th (206.3 Avg) in passing yards where as the Caridinals are ranked 2nd (292.1 Avg). We crush them though with out rushing years on average getting 105.6 to their 73.6. It should be an interesting game.

I really was hoping to see Eagles vs Steelers to have a Pennsylvania showdown of sorts but apparently Donovan McNabb lost his mind in the last playoff game of the season (or you could say his catch up game, which usually works for him, failed at the last minute). What worries me even more is the fact that Arizona is the underdog! We all know the underdog is powerful! When you have nothing to lose you just go out there and play ball!

I like to compare it to the WVU Fiesta Bowl Game in 2008 where they whooped Oklahoma. No one though WVU had a chance in that game and we turned that in our favor. We came out and played like nobody's business. It is fun to play ball when you dont have anything to lose, and Arizona doesn't.

So like many others today i will be picking my side (Go Steelers!!!) and parking it in front of the TV to cheer them on! The last game of the season and i am going to enjoy it! Then i will do what i always do and paitently wait till next season rolls around so i can pray that my Raiders may make a comeback and if they dont i can cheer on the Steelers who will hopefully be the reigning Super Bowl XLIII Champs!!!!!!!!