Sunday, July 31, 2011

Milann Special Occasion Dresses

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Do you ever get the chance to go out for that special evening, need to attend a wedding, or are maybe looking ahead to the Christmas Party Season?  I know I have an event at the end of August that I need to find the perfect dress for.  In looking, I found for special occasion dresses

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This dress would look great at a late summer evening wedding reception.  I love the style and think this just might work for the event I have to go to the end of August.  Pretty isn't it?

 Head on over and check out what else they have.  You just might find the perfect party dress.  And it's never too early to start thinking about those Christmas parties that are coming up faster than you think.  And isn't August a month that is just full of weddings?

Really, go see the awesome dresses they have to offer at Milann.  You will find the perfect dress for any event.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Confession Time

It's Friday!  You know what that means?  As of quitting time today the weekend starts!  Now to just get through today.  Oh, and it time to join Mamarazzi and confess everything so you can go into the weekend (what a wonderful word) with a clear conscience.
So here goes:

  • I had my hot date with the vacuum last weekend.
  • Unfortunately, it had such a good time it wants to see me again this weekend.
  • It encouraged my boys to be extra crumby this week.
  • And made the dog and cat just spread hair everywhere.
  • I also get to have a fling with the laundry.
  • It's been getting jealous of the time spent with the vacuum.
  • And the dishes(who I've been seeing every stinking night--I know).
  • Really, there's enough of me to go around.
  • I don't wear makeup.
  • I've never really found the right foundation.
  • Looking dead or orange just doesn't work.
  • So I go without.
  • I'd love to try the Bare Minerals makeup.
  • It looks so easy to use.
  • I think that's half the trouble, putting on makeup is a pain.
  • And looking dead, or like a hooker who put her makeup on in the dark, is just not attractive.
  • I really want to sleep in this weekend.
  • You ever feel like your running in circles and not getting anywhere?
  • I've been feeling like that for the last couple of weeks.
  • Maybe August will be better.
  • It's certainly going to be busy enough.
  • We had to have the S-E-X talk last night with Turbo.
  • He asked The Question.
  • What is sex?
  • I think he may have gotten a bit more than he bargained for.
  • But he is a bit better informed than he was.
  • We kept it pretty basic, no pictures or diagrams--don't think he's really ready for that part yet.
  • But he does have a better idea of what goes on and why adults do that.
  • Still, not exactly what I thought I'd be discussing with my 8 year old on a Thursday evening.
Now go link up and visit the other confessors this week at Mamarazzi's place.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Spin Cycle--Kids and Technology

The Spin Cycle topic this week is Kids and Technology.
I grew up in that generation that was between the baby boomers and the truly tech savvy generation that is a whiz with the smart phones and such.  I remember the first computer Nick and I bouthg together--an 8 megabyte 286 PC.  Just look at what computers can do now.  Not to mention cell phones.  Smart phones scare me just a bit.  I don't think I want to be that truly connected.
Turbo has asked when he will get his own phone.  He's 8.  Not going to happen.  He uses my DS when we travel and the trip is longer than an hour.  Otherwise the kid is limited to the Wii or PS2.  Yeah, not so sophisticated there either.  I imagine we will be getting him a more advanced game system eventually, but for now we limit the time he gets to spend playing video games and send him out to ride his bike and play in the yard when we can.
Bruiser can turn the TV on and off.  He does this when he thinks we need to go outside!  He would know how to run the rest of the system, I know, if it wasn't out of his reach.  He can press play on the DVD remote and loves to start the show.  He also turns anything into a cell phone and carries on conversations just like he sees us doing.
TVs have come a long way too.  Anyone remember having three channels and when the president was on your night was shot?  We have a dish network system with something like 300+ channels and still there are times we can't find anything worth watching.  The channel guide has changed how we channel surf, no longer guessing what the show is, we know exactly what it is and whether we want to watch it or not.  Turbo can read better now and it's harder to skim past the shows he likes but I don't.  He can see what they are now.  Good cause he's reading, bad because he whines about wanting to watch what he wants to watch.
We have been really lucky.  Turbo does not desire to much in the way of tech stuff.  He has not asked for his own DS (yet), his own computer (yet) or a new game system (again-yet).  He has asked about a cell phone (and was told that no he doesn't get one for a really long time), and he has asked for various video games.  The requests have been fairly easy on the pocketbook, so far.  I know the time is coming when the requests will be far more expensive.  I'm trying to keep him as, well, tech stupid as I can.  I want him to be a boy--playing outside, riding bikes, getting dirty, doing normal kid stuff that doesn't have to be plugged in as long as I can.  And we have Bruiser coming up behind him, who will, I think, catch on to the tech stuff even faster than Turbo did.  Man, we are in for it aren't we?
Go visit Jen at Sprite's Keeper for more tech/kid spins.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WWTK--Lock Ups and Theme Songs

We Want to Know with Mamarazzi and Queso.  You know the drill, answer the questions, link up and go see the other people who answered the questions.
Questions this week are from Queso:

  1. Who would you call if you had to get bailed out of jail?  My hubby, if he wasn't busted with me.  If he was, and I certainly hope we would be in it together, what ever it was we got busted doing, I would call either of my friends K or C.  (Since they don't know about this here blog, I don't feel comfortable giving out names.)  But either one would do what they could to help me or us out.
  2. If you were a superhero, what would your hero name be?  Multi-tasking Dynamo
  3. What do you think is one of your best qualities?  I think I am a good listener.
  4. What song would you pick to be your own personal theme song?  Well, this one always throws me. I'm not sure what to pick.  I did tell a friend to use Pour Some Sugar on Me as the ring tone so she would know it was me.  But for a theme song, maybe I'd go with Everything's Gonna Be Alright because Nick and I are always saying everything always works out, usually for the better.
  5. What celebrity do you think is the most over rated?  just about any "reality star", like the Kardashians.  They might be smart, savvy women, but really, why are they "famous" and why do we care?  Sure they are rich, but what do they do?  Over rated for sure.

Now go see our lovely hostesses/hosts/the ladies throwing this shindig and link up!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Random Musings--Hey It's Tuesday!

So here we are once again doing up the random.  Still rebelling with Stacy and no Keely in sight.  Good thing Stacy is still leading the rebellion, thank goodness.  I've got to have someplace for my random thoughts to play.
  • It's really hard to get into the swing of things after a wonderful relaxing weekend.
  • I could really do with a long weekend that involves a beach and water and little drinks with umbrellas in them.  Sadly for me to get to a beach involves much money and most probably an airplane.  So I have to make do with a wading pool and the sand box.  Not quite the same--but admittedly much cheaper.
  • Bruiser is hitting the demanding stage of the terrible twos.  I get to hear sit down, get that, do this!  Being ordered about by a two year old is entertaining.  I rarely let him win, I'm still bigger.
  • Turbo loves to zoom up and down the sidewalk on his bike.  He's getting pretty good on it.  Nick is planning a couple of trips to school so Turbo can get used to crossing streets and then locking up his bike.  It's those little things that he needs to make a bike ride to school successful.
  • I went back through the clothes I had for Turbo when he was fitting into 3T clothes.  I had next to no shorts in that size for him.  I think he was still wearing 2T shorts.  Not so much Bruiser.  The kid needs 3T shorts now.  Guess what Mom's looking for when we go school shopping for Turbo.  Second hand clothes are such a bargain.
  • Nick got some bad news yesterday that threw him for a loop.  It's not really something I can blog about, but think good thoughts for him, please?
And that's the random for today.  Go see Stacy and rebel on!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Just Another Day in the Sun

We stayed home this weekend and puttered around the house.  Doing those things that don't get done when you are always on the go.
I sorted through the 3T bin of clothes, had a hot date with the vacuum (and I do mean HOT. It was in the upper 80s/lower 90s all weekend).  Nick attacked the garage and actually found the floor space to park the four wheeler in there again.  No we don't park the car in the garage--even without all the stuff in there the car would never fit.  OK the car might fit but getting in and out would be a trick.
The boys were typical boys.  They spent the weekend splashing in the wading pool, riding bikes up and down the side walk and sometimes trying to combine the two.
Bruiser on his Y-bike zooming around like a superhero.
We barbecued all weekend.  Let nick watch a few Barbecue cook-off shows and it nets me tasty food all weekend, with only minimal effort on my part.  Nick's folks came over Saturday and we had friends over on Sunday.  Good food and good company makes even the heat bearable.
Surprise Turbo!
Bruiser pooling it up.
So we had a pool, shady trees, and family.  Saturday was wonderful.  Then Turbo got to spend the night on the deck in the tent I got for a steal at a yardsale.
I was there, redneck tanktop and all.

Handsome hubby!
 So all in all, even with the heat, we had a great weekend.  Relaxing and we got some stuff taken care of that needed doing.
How was your weekend?  Did you melt?  Did you offer a moving buffet for the bugs?  Did you eat good?  We did!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Confessing it All Friday

Time to get those deep dark secrets, or just those nagging things that are bothering you.
Here's mine:
  • I just had my hair done.  
  • I mean my annual perm.  
  • Here's before:

  • Here's after:

  • Yeah, I still get a perm--one a year and then the hair is wash and go--pretty much.
  • My morning routine needs to be short and sweet.
  • We were going to go camping this weekend.
  • Now we are staying home.
  • We have been go go go the last few weeks.
  • Time to hang out and get those nagging little chores done.
  • I have a hot date with the vacuum.
  • Slushies last night were wonderful!
  • Margarita slushies, mmmm!
  • I confess I have gotten a couple of surprise packages in the mail recently.
  • One from Mamarazzi:
Some mini goodies to pamper myself!

One of her wonderful mini cook books, a hand made bookmark and card.
  • A great big thank you to both of these wonderful ladies.
  • Each package gave me quite the pick me up.
  • I love getting fun mail.
Now go see the lovely Mamarazzi and check out what everyone else is confessing.  

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Spin Cycle--Food, Glorious Food

Jen at Sprite's Keeper wants to hear about food this week for the spin cycle.  I foresee everybody being quite hungry by Friday.
There's lots of ways I could go with this topic.  We love food around our house (really who doesn't love food?)  The biggest change we have made recently has been reducing sodium from our normal diet.
Four years ago I had a fun adventure into the world of kidney stones.  I passed two--worst experience of my life, and yes they were far more painful than labor.  I ended up in the hospital so they could remove the 20+ stones that remained in my kidney.  After recovering from the surgery my urologist ran tests and told me I needed to cut down the amount of sodium I was eating.
Do you have any idea how pervasive sodium is in the diet of the average american?  I started checking labels as religiously as some check for calories.  What I found startled me.  Sodium is everywhere.  It is incredibly difficult to avoid.  Even soda has a ton in it.
The place it impacted my cooking the most was in side dishes.  I liked using those easy to make pasta and rice mixes.  Easy to throw one of those in to go with our veggie and meat.  When I started looking at the amount of sodium a serving has (and who decided that a serving was so stinking small?) I shuddered and put the packages back on the shelf.  And started to hunt through the recipe books looking for simple alternatives to the packaged side dishes.  It's not easy to find simple to make side dishes.  Most are as complicated as main dishes.
I floundered along cutting sodium where I could (which is much easier now than it was when I started) and being frustrated by the amounts in everything.  There are a lot more no sodium added canned goods now.  and reduced sodium products are showing up more and more often.  But what really helped with the meal planning was winning a subscription to Emealz.  It's a site that give you an itemized grocery list and recipes for a week.  I found that knowing what we are having, and having all the stuff to go with it, side dishes and vegies included, makes cooking a much easier endeavor.  And what really impresses me about Emealz is that most of the things you make are from scratch, not totally from packaged foods.  This helps with the sodium issues I have.  And really, we are all benefiting from the reduction in intake of sodium.  Although, I still have trouble with the whole snacking thing--I love sunflower seeds, and chips, and dry roasted peanuts, and just about every other salty snack out there.
Over all, the more I make from scratch, the more I can control the salt I eat.  I'm learning to enjoy the art of cooking and getting way better at the planning part--you know getting everything to be done at the same time.
So now go see the other spins that are up about food.  I guarantee you'll be hungry by the time you are finished.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WWTK--Crayons and Bad Hair

Time to answer the questions, link with Mamarazzi and Queso and join in the fun of We Want to Know Wednesday.
This week Mamarazzi wants to know:
  1. What would you do with an extra thousand dollars a month?  Being practical, I should pay bills.  The sooner the holes are filled in the better.  What we would really do?  Stash it in savings for those rainy day moments--unexpected trips to the ER, major appliances breaking, car break downs, etc.  What I'd like to do--go shopping of course!
  2. What category of blogger do you think you best fall under?  Mostly humorous mom blogger, with a dash of ranting about the crazy life I lead and some of the crazys in it.
  3. What is your go to solution when you are having a bad hair day?  A pony tail.  Head bands tend to give me headaches--they have to be really loose.  I'll usually pull it back and throw it in a pony tail just to get it out of my face.
  4. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?  Green or purple, at least I'd like to think I was--there are times when I'm blue and times when I'm yellow--annoyed.  But I like to think I'm green--bright green and happy, or purple and kind of cool.  Hey, don't burst me bubble!
  5. They say love is in the little things.  What is a little thing that someone does to show you love?  Bruiser will give spontaneous hugs and kisses.  Turbo happily cleaned his room last night (really well too, I know, color me shocked).  Nick does all sorts of little things--last night he cleaned out the fridge and took out the garbage, without my asking--after a really long day in the field too.  I do love that man ;)


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday--Still a Random Rebel

Keely is still haunting her blog, but she's not back to random.  So we are joining our new fearless leader Stacy and keeping the random boat floating chugging along.
And now for my random:
  • This summer has been slower to get here, but now that it is, man it's SUMMER.  Not sure it had to do it up so well.  I'd have been happier with a bit less SUMMER.
  • I still really want a Kindle.
  • I also really want a pair of Keen sandals.
  • Turbo has about 5 1/2 weeks until school starts.  Where has this summer gone?
  • I hate humidity.  Well I hate the sticky feeling I have when it's humid here.  But my hair is looking fabulous. 
  • Nick had a great four wheel ride yesterday.  I'm jealous.
  • We are doing slushies on Thursday.  Margarita slushies.  Yum!
  • I'm still hating allergies.  I think this summer is going to be the allergy summer.  And boy do I know it when I skip the allergy meds. 
  • Bruiser is most definitely two.  Demanding, fickle, and a pain in the tush.  But oh so sweet sometimes--usually timed so I decide that selling him to the gypsies isn't so necessary.
  • I'm dreading potty training him. 
And on that lovely note, my brain is nice and empty.  So go see Stacy at Stacy Uncorked and get your random rebel on!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Where did the Weekend Go?

Monday?  Really?  Monday all ready?
Where did the weekend go?
Oh I know:

  • Nick had a 3-D archery shhot--up in the hills the club set up 40-50 3-D targets and the archers had to shoot at them and were scored points depending on where they managed to hit the targets.  Nick did OK, but said that the course was very difficult this year.  This took up both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Saturday afternoon we went up and took a drive in the mountains.  Found out that a place we were hoping to go camping was still closed.  A change of plans for next weekend is in order.  We are going camping, jut not sure where yet.
  • I grocery shopped, finished the laundry, played with the boys and avoided vacuuming.
  • Tried to stay cool as it got hot and humid here.  Humidity is something we don't deal with much here.  Right now we are running at 73% humidity.  The normal for us is around 30-40%.  THings have been sticky here the last few days.
  • Had a wonderful evening of talk and drinks with friends.  We got to use our back deck and the tiki torches, a necessary element as the mosquitoes are still vicious here.
  • Took the easy route with dinner and ate out on Saturday, and cooked frozen pizza Sunday.  The idea of cooking just made me want to melt.  Did I mention that it is so very unusually muggy here.  I know, we don't quite have the heat the rest of the country does, but it's definitely hot enough for me.
  • Ran all over town last night looking for a hamburger/hot dog grill cooker thing for Nick.  He wanted it so he could cook hamburgers on the trail when we go four wheeling.  I found nothing in town like what he wanted.  I'm going to have to go out of town for it.
  • Went through Turbo's clothes to cull out the stuff that is too small and to see what he is going to need when we go school shopping next month---School shopping already?  Ack!  This summer is slipping away!
  • Started looking at the 3T clothes bin for Bruiser.  I can't believe how fast they are growing.
I also spent some time wishing I was doing this.
So how was your weekend?  Did you want to melt in the heat too?  For once, I'm kind of looking forward to fall--for the cool down at least.

Friday, July 15, 2011


...and oh man do I have confessions.
It's that time of the week.  Time to confess and make it a clean slate for the weekend.
Here goes:

  • I really enjoyed the A-Team movie.
  • But then, I have fond memories of the TV show.
  • I got  really good wake up call yesterday--thanks Nick!
  • I'm tired of cooking dinner.
  • I won't stop, but the repeating task is getting old.
  • It's tiresome that you have to eat every day.
  • I got laundry done early this week.
  • Go me.
  • Actually Nick asked me to.
  • He was running low on socks and unders.
  • Time to buy some more unders--I like to make it at least two weeks between laundry runs.
  • Nick has enough to go two weeks as long as he doesn't change his shorts too often.
  • He's been doing work around the house and it's been hot--necessitating more showers. 
  • More showers, more changing of clothes.  
  • I need to pad the numbers of unders and socks.
  • No one wants to put on sweaty socks.
  • I can't believe that the majority of this post has been about laundry!
  • I have a sad, sad life.
  • I admit I giggle every time I walk past this sculpture on the college campus where I work:
  • Well, they did put it in the middle of a college campus.  
  • Yes, I am in touch with my inner twelve year old.
Now go see Mamarazzi and see the other confessions this week.  It's fun and makes you feel refreshed for the weekend.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Spin Cycle--Prat Falls and Kittens

The Spin Cycle this week is all about what makes you smile, laugh, bring up your spirits, or makes you just plain happy.  When I'm down there are several things that can make me happy:
  • giggles and laughs from my boys
  • hugs from those same boys.
  • petting the cat--she insists sometimes and it always perks me up.
  • Getting out past the city limits sign.
  • seeing a household chore done, that I didn't have to do.
  • uninterrupted reading time.
  • shopping
But if I need a laugh I turn to the wide internet to find things like LOLCats, LOLCats after dark (this one can get raunchy, definitely not for kids), and Damn You Autocorrect.
If we all just need to decompress with funny, inane TV my go-to show is AFV.  Something about watching idiots fall down, small kids crash or do other funny stuff just makes me grin.  It makes Turbo laugh his head off sometimes.  Even Nick has been known to laugh out loud at some of the clips on AFV.  We will also watch World's Dumbest... Criminals, Partiers, whatever.  There are some truly stupid people out there and it can be fun to laugh at them and think that I could never be that dumb.
Go see Jen at Sprite's Keeper for more fun and silly spins--it's guaranteed to make you smile--maybe even laugh out loud.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WWTK--Perfect Me?

We Want To Know Wednesday is here again.  The lovely ladies co-hosting this party: Mamarazzi, Impulsive Addict, Seriously Shawn, and Janette.


This week the questions come from Mamarazzi:
  1. What activities make you lose track of time?  Reading.  If it is a good book, I'll lose track of time every time.  Sometimes weekend activities will make me lose track of time--road hunting--where you go hunt for a road you haven't driven on and then see where it takes you.  But mostly I'm pretty aware of the time--nap time must be observed or Bruiser turns into a monster.
  2. Is there such a thing as perfect?  The only perfect that exists is the perfectly imperfect.  I'm imperfect.  I know I am and I am not trying to be perfect--that way lies insanity.
  3. When do you feel most like yourself?  Hanging out with my family I guess.  There are times when I'm not really sure who I am.  I have a lot of faces I wear, but I guess the one that is most me is the one I get to share with my hubby and my family.
  4. Describe yourself in a six word sentence.  I am a geeky, book-loving mom/wife.  That might be pushing the six words, but I think it works.
  5. Share one of your most beloved childhood memories.  I loved going on spontaneous adventures with my mom.  She would load us up in the 1972 VW bus she had and off we would go.  Sometimes to the mountains, sometimes to find a random dirt road to bumble down.  Other times we would head to specific places--Yellowstone or just to the next closest town, or to see friends.  As we would start these adventures we would ask where we were going.  She would answer "Crazy and you don't have a choice you coming with me!"  I think my current love of getting past the city limit sign comes from those adventures when I was a kid. 
Now go link up--it's so much fun.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Random Tuesday Thoughts--Summer and Stupid Things

So, time to do the random thing with our fearless leader Stacy (filling in for Keely, but no so sure Keely's going to take it back).  Random it up and join in the fun.

  • We have been having afternoon thunder storms.  This is totally normal for us, but last year we didn't have them so this year it seems like we have been getting a lot of them.  IT's nice because we don't have to water so much, but the thunder makes Turbo nervous.
  • The abscess on Piper's ear seems to be getting better.  I swear that cat thinks she can take on any thing, no matter what it's size.  I'm just hoping that her ear continues to get better.
  • Bruiser is all about his Ribbit (the frog Nick won at the carnival).  It goes everywhere with Bruiser--up stairs in the morning (his bedroom is in the basement), off to bed at night.  It's sweet.  
  • How can it be almost the middle of July?  Where is this summer going?  It all seems to be racing by so quickly.
  • I didn't get out to the sun this weekend--the sun did not shine at the right time--stupid clouds.
  • And I'm still offering a moving buffet to the mosquitoes.  I swear they will find the only place I miss with the Eu de Bug Spray and bite me repeatedly.  Stupid Mosquitoes.
  • We are loving the new back porch--go here to see what Nick did, it's awesome!
  • I have decided to skip my high school reunion.  Not having anything in common with any of the people I graduated with and having had no contact beyond Facebook with many of them, I'm just not interested in going.  I'll have more fun at Nick's next year (I know more people he graduated with, and it's in a totally different town).
Go random up and link up with Stacy--everyone is doing it, just bow to the peer pressure!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rockin' the Baby!

So Shell at Things I can't say is hosting Rocking the Baby.  It's a chance to show off my babies--even if they are not so much babies any more.  So here they are:
Turbo at 9 months.
Bruiser at 8 months or so.
So there you have it.  Both my boys when they were cute little monkeys--not that they aren't cute now.

Stumbling, Carnivals, and Wonderful Weekends

So it was a fabulous weekend.
We got a new back porch.  Nick built the whole thing--it is so awesome to have a husband who can build stuff!
It's three times the size of what we had and we have a hand rail on the stairs and a wonderful privacy wall.  We can sit on the back porch and enjoy the morning cool (it faces west).  It's just awesome!
Looking up into the new porch.

Looking directly at the outside of the new porch.

Another view of the outside of the porch.

The bottom of the steps--new pavers.

The lovely new steps with railing.

And in other news, Jubilee Days came to town with street dances and the carnival.  Saturday night we took the boys downtown and let Turbo experience carnival rides.  He had so much fun he threw up.  On the last ride.  It was the giant swings.  Of course that was about the eighth ride he had been on.  Poor kid, he did have fun though.  But he swears that he will not ride the spinny rides again.  I say wait until the next carnival or amusement park and then secretly laugh when we can't keep him off them.
Nick won a frog for Bruiser.  He is totally about his Ribbit.  It's cute.
We also watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The A-Team.  All pretty good movies.  We enjoyed each of them.
In sadder news, our cat Piper has an abscess on her ear.  We are watching it but she may get a trip to the vet if it doesn't get better. (Or Nick will unleash his mad doctor skillz.  Or not.)
Now it's back to a mostly normal week.  Hope everyone's weekend was fun and family filled.  I know ours was.

Friday, July 8, 2011

I'm Confessin'...

...that I really need to confess.  I didn't last week and it's definitely time.
I confess:

  • I missed confessing last week.
  • But I was having fun heading to go camping.
  • The dust Rhinos are taking over the living room.
  • I really need to vacuum.
  • It's the local celebration--which means carnival and weekend street dances.
  • It's called Jubilee Days.  We call it Stumbly Days.
  • And yes I've stumbled home from down town more than once.
  • But those days were B.C.(before children).
  • I'm a good girl now.  
  • You believe me right?
  • My toes are bright pink right now.
  • It's a fun color for summer.
  • I need a tan on my legs.
  • Maybe I'll spend some time in the sun this weekend.
  • If the sun cooperates.
  • I'm going to start dancing again.
  • I finally feel well enough to dance it up.
  • Just Dance here I come!
And on that upbeat optimistic note, I'll leave you to confess and join Mamarazzi for the confessing fun.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Camping and Other Fourth Fun

So yesterday I mentioned that we went camping and four wheeling over the Fourth weekend.  We went to see our friends in a little town on the other side of the state.  After a five and a half hour drive, we made it to Kemmerer.  We only had another hour drive to the mountains to go after that.
Yeah, it was a long way to go but oh so worth it.
Beautiful country.

Taking a break.

Chilling and relaxing.

Creek crossing--I made it!

Here comes Nick and Turbo.

And they make it across, no trouble.

Bruiser had a blast, but the mosquitoes thought he was quite tasty.

Cooking lunch on the trail.

Handsome guy!

Hanging at camp.

Relaxing after a long day riding.  A friend of ours--M.
So that about covers what we did this weekend.  There was snow to cross, creeks to cross, trees to get over,  and lots of trail to travel.  We had a ball.  Can't wait to go again.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I'm back.  Did ya miss me?
We had a wonderful mini-vacation over the fourth.  We went camping and four wheeling.  It was awesome. There will be pictures--tomorrow, after we have gotten them downloaded.
Now I'm going to join up with Mamarazzi, Janette, Impulsive Addict, and Seriously Shawn for We Want to Know Wednesday.
This week the Questions come from Janette :
  1. Name Five of your favorite new blogs you are reading.  How new is new?  I have blogs that I have found recently, but not really recently--It's hard to do lots of blog hopping in the summer.  I have found a couple:  Simply Stephy,  The Italian Bella Diaries.
  2. When you were a young child or teenager, did you have an idea of how many children you wanted and what their names would be?  Did you follow through on your ideas?  I had fantasies of having lots of kids.  Twins fascinated me.  I had lovely unique names picked out for girls, not so much the boys.  Then I grew up and realized that having lots of kids was not really for me.  I scaled back and we have two lovely boys.  Sadly, all those girls names I thought up?  Well, they went totally unused.
  3. What is the silliest thing you fight with someone over?  Could be your spouse, sibling, parent, co-worker, etc.  The closest we get to a fight is when Nick feels like cleaning and I don't.  I can't just let him clean, because he always throws out stuff we need.  I get grumpy and he gets grumpy and it can get a bit hairy, but we work through it and things get cleaner in the end.  We can just never manage to both be on a cleaning kick at the same time.  I also get annoyed by his dirty socks that he leaves like little gifts all over the house.
  4. What is your favorite scent the others may not find very nice?  i.e. gasoline, sweat from your sweetie, etc.  I like the smell of gasoline.  Growing up, we had a VW Bus that always smelled of gas in the back.  Now when I smell gas I always think of road trips in that bus.  I also like the smell of markers--not sharpies, but those markers that you would use on posters in school as a kid.
  5. Thoughts on plastic surgery?  (Had it? Want it? Regrets?)  I've never had plastic surgery.  If money was no issue, I might think about a boob lift--don't really want them bigger, but lifted would be nice--kids have caused some sagging.  I have my moments looking in the mirror and thinking that if there was a painless way to get rid of those stubborn five pounds that linger no matter what, and a way to get rid of the wrinkles, I consider it.
Q1 is from HomeSickCajun
Q2 is from LindiciousLife
Q3 is from JessicaMcCoy
Q4 is from Amy@991
Well, answer the questions for yourself and link up--it's good clean fun!



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