January 30, 2010

if I were...

If I were a month, I’d be October.
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Satruday. Opps - Saturday.
(MODG caught my spelling foopah - I've been living in Alabama too long)
If I were a time of day, I’d be 8:08 pm.
If I were a planet, I’d be Saturn.
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a dolphin.
If I were a direction, I’d be East.
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be an antique dining chair.
If I were a liquid, I’d be a champagne.
If I were a gemstone, I’d be a diamond.
If I were a tree, I’d be an Evergreen.
If I were a tool, I’d be a pair of scissors.
If I were a flower, I’d be a morning glory.
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be a snow flurry.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a acoustic guitar.
If I were a color, I’d be crimson red.
If I were an emotion, I’d be love.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a pineapple.
If I were a sound, I’d be children laughing.
If I were an element, I’d be fire.
If I were a car, I’d be a Classic Mustang.
If I were a food, I’d be a toasted marshmallow.
If I were a place, I’d be the beachy shores of North Carolina.
If I were a material, I’d be cotton.
If I were a taste, I’d be sweet.
If I were a scent, I’d be fresh cut grass.
If I were an object, I’d be fine stationary.
If I were a body part, I’d be the heart.
If I were a facial expression, I’d be a smile.
If I were a song, I’d be a lullaby.
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be a pair of over worn cowboy boots full of adventure and memories.

What would you be?

This list of wonderful things comes compliments of the Fab Brunette over at Ramblings of a Fab Brunette.

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January 29, 2010

what the what?

Well so much for trying to secure my domain name of choice daretobedomestic.com, apparently it's already taken by a Mr. Derrick Johnson. He has a blog that is named the same as mine on typepad. Which came first the Derrick or the Kelly? Well since his archives go back to August 2008, I'll have to say Derrick came first. Why is it when you think you've come up with something SO clever and SO unique (you think), someone else has already thought of it! I really thought I had an original thing going.

I have to give Derrick props. His blog is full of great tips and ideas. Feel free to visit him. I'm not bitter - I just realize I'm going to have to come up with a more clever concept for my "domesticly daring blog" in the future when I want to secure a domain name. Eff!

Derrick you now have a new follower. I hope we can co-exist together in harmony.

Update: I've been sitting here all of 10 minutes and now I'm starting to get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I guess I need to sit and think deep about a new blog name. I hate to do that, I really thought Dare to be Domestic aka DTBD had a great ring to it. How depressing! Any thoughts or encouragement you ladies and gents have on this topic would be greatly appreciated. I guess this weekend I will rethink the whole blog name and update you all so you can update your browsers if you follow.

I'm getting back to work feeling a bit defeated and down.

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January 28, 2010

i love kung fu.

The Super Awesome Texas Hottie Dezzy Lou (is that your real name girl?) at Dezzy Lou Where Are You? gave me an award and it really, really rocks! I wish I watched it's always Sunny In Philly so I could get the reference she talked about before telling us of her fab mastered items. Trust me this show is on my list of things to watch, it came highly recommended from one of my besties, J.

(This award is all about recognizing friendships that have been made while blogging.)

The Rules:
1. List 6 things you are a master in.
2. Pass it on to 6 bloggers you think are masters at friendship, and make blogging so awesome.

My Six Things:

  1. I'm a master cook. Ok maybe not a total master but I'm going to toot my own horn and say I'm a damn good cook. Minus the past week where I accidentally tossed all the pesto pasta with a spoon that had touched soap and we ended up having pesto soap and chicken pasta. GROSS!
  2. I'm a master debater. You know I had to say it. Seriously though, I love discussions, arguments and talking about my personal views that oppose other people's views. This gets better if alcohol is  involved. Trust me, I'm a master.
  3. I'm a master karaoke queen. I might not be Ms. Franklin but I can sing with the best of them. However I'm only comfortable when I have the screen in front of me to know the words - I've tried singing with a band and I tend to be a one trick pony when it comes to songs I can sing without the words - I often forget the first verse and it's all down hill from there.
  4. I'm a master advice giver/listener. I love helping my friends and dishing out advice. I don't always have all the answers but I do my best to help when I can.
  5. I'm a master laugher. I have a loud voice and laugh and I am not afraid to use it when needed. (See master debater and for the record don't sit next to me in the theater during a funny movie because I probably will burst your ear drums - and not be sorry about it - I warned you).
  6. I'm the master of gift giving. I've got thoughtful down to a science!

And now for other Masters out there who I've befriended through blogging:
Allyson @ Magnolias and Mimosas
Lora @ Fever
Monique @ A Day in the Life of a Surferswife
Jessalyn @ Cape Cod Awesome
Blair @ Reasonably Swanky
DG @ Confessions of a Domestic Goddess
and one to grow on!
Kallay @ Kallaydoscope

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OK - I can slightly get on board with the Snuggie. I'm not a fan at all, nor will I ever own one, but I can see why so many people are and why so many people bought and received this as a Christmas gift. What I don't get is their new product, The Necky. That's right the Necky. It's a fleece faux scarf, it has velcro that helps you wrap this fleece gear around your neck, and a chest panel to keep your girls warm. Essentially this item is nothing more than a fleece dickie (real word for this item, not made up). Strap it on, and cover it up with your coat. (yes, I said dickie and strap it on, get over it).  My mother used to wear these faux turtle necks under her sweatshirts and sweaters. You got all the style without the bulk or heat from a full turtle neck. These things are redic and ugly as sin (both the dickies and the neckys).

If you watch the video on the website provided above you might understand my distaste for these even more. They are not just UGLY but the commercial makes us as consumers look like we are functional ri-tards. I especially like the part where the girl is too stupid to get out of her car without shutting her normal scarf in the door. REALLY? Are they trying to say that normal people can't avoid this "choking hazard", as if! And apparently no one knows how to tie a scarf - enter stupid tool bag in front yard trying to tie his scarf - what is he 3 years old? It also doubles as a face guard when you're outdoors working on projects or enjoying a football game. Gee thanks because that's exactly what I want to do outdoors when it's FREEZING! (Most construction workers wear a full face mask if it's that cold and I doubt I would want to be watching a football game in sub zero temps while wearing this stupid thing on my face!)

This is just another As Seen on TV product that I give a HUGE thumbs down and a forehead slap. Much like the Bump It, this seems pointless. I could go on and on about As Seen On TV things I think are stupid, like a DOG SNUGGIE, REALLY?

You gotta love the three fashion colors the Necky comes in as well ... Blue, Black and Leopard. They knew they had to start out with the leopard because EVERYONE wanted this design in the Snuggie. I'm sorry I just can't get behind this lame product at all.

Unless your 80 years old avoid the Necky, please! Get yourself a fashionable scarf without velcro. There are plenty of great new trends in scarves that are EASY to wear without looking like a giant As Seen on TV tool!

That is all!

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January 26, 2010

polly pissy pants.

There will be no Tickled Tuesday today - I'm in a bad mood that I can't shake. I don't know if it's my lack of sleep or hormones or what but I'm fit to be tied. I hope you all are in better moods. When you feel "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" as M likes to call it - what do you like to do to cheer yourself up?

I don't know if I need a good cry or to punch something I can't decide.

Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go figure out where to dispose of all this sand in my vagina!

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January 25, 2010

ugh. sick!

Dear Pizza Hut,
(aka Pizza Slut, Pizza Butt, or The Butt as I have called you in the past).
Your pizza sucks major ass! Seriously I feel like I have 10 lbs. of lip gloss on from the grease that floats on top of your pizza parts. I've never been a fan of you - even though your all you can eat buffet always calls my name when I drive by. Today you were free, a gift from one of our sales reps. Even so, I hate you. You are sick, sick, sick. Maybe you should take a clue from Dominos and re-think your recipe. Note: LESS BUTTER AND GREASE!

I'm happy I only ate a slice to be polite and one more because I was still hungry. I know for a fact you are not good for me. It's over between us. Don't call, don't write and please stop filling up my mailbox with your coupons. I make my own pizza now and only occasionally eat with Papa John. It's over, FO' REALS THIS TIME!

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January 21, 2010

Love 101.

Wow, this is post 101 for me! I never thought I'd have this much to say, or have as many followers.  In honor of this mini milestone I thought I'd post 101 things that I love and share them with you.

101 Things That I Love.
  1. M. 
  2. my father &  family.
  3. my mother, God rest her soul.
  4. M's family.
  5. my friends.
  6. my pets.
  7. saturday mornings.
  8. smoky and the bandit.
  9. children laughing.
  10. the smell of fresh cut grass.
  11. coca cola classic.
  12. diet a&w root beer.
  13. ginger ale.
  14. sushi.
  15. pizza.
  16. chinese food.
  17. chicken wings.
  18. buffalo sauce.
  19. coffee.
  20. long drives in warm weather. windows down, music turned up!
  21. weezer.
  22. the smell of hot asphalt after it's rained.
  23. swimming pools at night.
  24. fireworks.
  25. sand between my toes.
  26. the smell of the ocean air.
  27. my "nieces and nephews" through friendship.
  28. little people.
  29. children... just not my own, yet.
  30. puppies.
  31. kittens.
  32. baby animals period.
  33. art, of all forms.
  34. halloween.
  35. new years even.
  36. july 4th.
  37. ac/dc.
  38. pineapple.
  39. the word "douche".
  40. dick and fart jokes.
  41. dry humor.
  42. french bulldogs.
  43. pit bulls.
  44. mustangs.
  45. classic hot rods.
  46. jacked up jeep wranglers.
  47. canoeing.
  48. camping.
  49. star gazing.
  50. grilling out.
  51. celebrity gossip.
  52. manicures/pedicures.
  53. smokey eye make-up.
  54. freckles.
  55. jeans.
  56. flip-flops.
  57. huge sunglasses.
  58. mix CDs from the heart.
  59. music with a message.
  60. freedom.
  61. pearl jam.
  62. voting.
  63. being a woman.
  64. road trips.
  65. photography.
  66. blythe.
  67. finding old friends via facebook.
  68. marshmallows burnt to a crisp.
  69. carolina tarheel blue.
  70. crimson red.
  71. the pittsburgh steelers.
  72. sec football.
  73. the red hot chili peppers.
  74. the crimson tide.
  75. the state of maryland.
  76. my hometown.
  77. a delicious bottle of wine.
  78. sunsets at the end of a great day.
  79. sunrises at the end of a great night.
  80. home cooking.
  81. making new friends.
  82. laying on the beach.
  83. reading a good book, for the second time.
  84. a night out on the town.
  85. happy hours.
  86. full belly laughter.
  87. old bay seasoning.
  88. all you can eat crab feasts.
  89. seafood.
  90. cheesecake.
  91. the mountains.
  92. snowboarding.
  93. snow.
  94. autumn.
  95. history.
  96. antiques.
  97. holding hands.
  98. kissing.
  99. hugs.
  100. love in it's truest form.
  101. above all - life.
There are probably a million more things that I love but these were the first 101 things that came to my mind. Thank you for reading the whole list if you did! What do you love most?

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January 19, 2010

the to do list.

January is all about starting fresh, new beginnings and as the lovely Thrifty Decor Chick says... Decrapification! For the record, I love her. Deep, DIY love! With this in mind I've been looking around the house that M and I have only lived in for a few months and realized we already need to declutter and fix up the house. Mostly closets, storage bins, the laundry room etc. My plan of attack is to try not to take on too much too soon. Start small and work my way up.

This past weekend I started with the one project that was in need of some serious attention... my closet/our bedroom.  When we moved in to this house I organized my closet, the shelves, the racks, the floor, my shoe bin. Everything. It was awesome. In addition to the double sided closet I have a dresser for my folded clothing. M uses a closet in his man cave, a dresser and a wardrobe of sorts, that I inherited from my mother. We have plenty of storage but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want a Mariah Carey like closet of my own. You know that Heineken commercial where the girlfriends scream about the one girl's amazing dressing room, and the men are going ape sh*t down the hall for his walk-in beer cooler - yeah that's my dream. To have both her closet AND his beer cooler! That isn't my reality right now though. My reality is M and I have been living out of laundry baskets a few weeks each month. I do all the laundry with the best intentions of putting it where it belongs but some how, between all the folding and washing and hanging I get lazy and I fold all the clothing and leave it in the laundry basket, on the floor, next to my dresser and his dresser. This then piles up on his night stand, and my dresser side table until it takes 20 minutes every morning to find what you're looking for - it's horrible!

We are not in college anymore - our bedroom shouldn't look like it. Still feeling really ill on Sunday I said screw this - I stopped laying in bed and watching hour upon hour of Jersey Shore and got to work. I organized all my shelves in my closet. Then put all the clothing in my laundry baskets into piles according to style. I made sure all the clothing in these piles went in order as I hung them in my closet, tank tops, t-shirts, quarter length sleeves, long sleeves, sweaters, Steelers Jersey, Steelers t-shirts, dresses and coats on the bottom shelf with less worn sweaters and pants. Let me tell you it's really nice to have not one but two different height bars to hang stuff on in this closet.  I then went through my "shoe bin". I tend to only keep the shoes I wear for the season on the shelves in my closet and pack away the flip flops and other shoes I don't wear on a regular basis in the winter in a bin. Come summer this will change - winter shoes will go in a bin, and the flip flops, heels, wedges and summer shoes will take center stage.

I then attacked my dresser. Inside and out. The top was cluttered with a box filled with important documents (passports, tax papers, stuff I don't want to lose but don't have a "place" for currently), a basket full of perfume and lotions, a bowl that holds misc. rings and bracelets and earrings, another box that holds the same.  I put both the box and the lotion basket on the side table that is hidden from view when you walk into the room. This side table is actually just a rubbermaid 2 drawer "table". I use this to keep my scarves, clutches, and misc hair bands/headbands etc and belts in. Thankfully this was still organized. Everything fit nicely on top of this little side table and left my dresser open for the essential things I need on a daily basis. Somewhere to store my rings/necklaces/earrings I wear on a regular basis (small ceramic bowl) as well as a picture of M and myself canoeing, a lamp for extra light and a laughing Buddha statue who serves not only as something that makes me smile every morning but he also holds a few of my small necklaces that tangle easily. (The rest of my necklaces hang from a coat rack next to my dresser and tend to get a bit tangled from time to time).

I sat back and admired my nice, neat little nook. I decided to add one of the extra dining room chairs that have been taking up space in my "woman cave" to this corner. It will give me a place to put my shoes on in the AM. I hate sitting on the bed to do this - because it only reminds me of how much I'd rather crawl back in bed vs. going to work. This chair can also house jeans I've worn once that aren't ready to go back in the wash or my purse. I am going to try my best to NOT use this chair as a catch all for clean clothing but to try to keep up with this new well kept room. Truth be told I've organized like this before, but I really want to stick to it.

Time spent getting dressed in the past two days since organizing everything: Less than 10 Minutes!

I can see everything I own to wear, I can figure out accessories easy as pie and I can see all my shoes. No more hunting to the bottom of the shoe bin, or searching the house for that ONE PAIR that I must have left under the couch. Or maybe under the pile of clothing I had growing next to my dresser. No more being upset because the one clean under shirt I had is now on the floor and covered in dog hair - worst. thing. EVER! And no more questions of "is this clean, or dirty?" I can definitely get used to this.

If I can get some good pictures of the AFTER, I will post them here. There is no way in hell you will EVER see the before it's WAY too shameful!

Of course once you do one room you want to start on the whole house. So here goes. My list:


  • Linen Closet/Bathroom Closet: When we moved in I just shoved everything in there as I thought it would fit. Needless to say that means the top shelf is nothing but mismatched sheets, pillow cases and towels. Most of which we don't use and would make a great donation to the Salvation Army, or Haiti relief.
  • Woman Cave Closet: This closet houses all our decorations and some other items such as dishes and keep sakes that belonged to my mother. It was once organized but since the holidays have hit all the bins are sitting on the floor in my room instead of organized back into the closet.
  • Kitchen Pantry: For the most part I try to keep this as organized as possible, but lately we've acquired some new stuff - food processor, new pots, etc. and it's getting crowded. I hate having a ton of stuff on my counters so since this is our only storage space (minus cabinets) in the kitchen it's become a catch all.
  • Laundry Room: Again this is another inside storage unit for our crap. I want to purchase a cabinet to put inside this room - or possibly a bakers rack to store all the extra pots and pans. It would also be nice to have somewhere for Angus (our cat) to have a "food station". We have to keep his sister, our dog June away from his food.... and liter box! Gross I know! I would also like to organize the shelves in this room. I hate that they are wire shelves but we have to make do with what we have, it's a rental so we can't change that much - well we can but my cheap ass doesn't want to spend more money to up the value of a home we don't own.
  • Kitchen Cabinets: Again I usually organize all of these on a regular basis. But since this Christmas I've gotten so many great new cooking gadgets, pots, pans, baking dishes that I really need to take stock of what I have and possibly donate some of the old stuff to the Salvation Army.
  • Storage Sheds?: I say ? because technically this is M's domain, not mine. However we have a lot of stuff hanging out in the laundry room that I think might be perfectly safe and sound out in the sheds. We have two of them. One houses our lawn equipment and I'm not sure what the other houses. I don't like bugs, or dust or dirt much but I have a feeling I will have to become BFF with these sheds come garden season (we plan to make a garden this spring). I'd like to organize these and see how dry/safe/sound they are in order to place some of the stuff we have in the laundry room in there so we have more space.
So there it is my organization to do list. I hope I can make all these happen and if you're interested I may share the before and afters. Any suggestions, or tips you have would be greatly appreciated as well.  I'm off to drop off two bags of clothing to the Salvation Army and start pricing storage bins for each room/shelf I have planned on fixing up.

HAPPY DECRAPIFICATION (love that word!) TO ALL! ox

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tickled tuesday.

I've been slacking on the Tickled Tuesdsay posts - sorry about that. But for the past week or so with being sick and busy I couldn't find anything remotely exciting to blog about that tickled me. Until last night... so here goes!

Last night I needed to run to Verizon to pay my phone bill. I really need to prepare ahead and pay this crap online but, EVERY month I just cash my check and figure - I'll hit up the cell phone shop before heading to Wally World to go grocery shopping. That was the plan last Wednesday but I got lazy, and the entire weekend I was sloth so last night was the first night I got to pay my bill.

Usually M waits in the car while I run in to fight with the payment machine. Really Verizon, you couldn't spring to pay one of your employees to be responsible for payments at the customer service counter? No instead I have to sit there and shove $77.00 worth of bills into a machine - it's like trying to get your favorite snack from the vending machine, you're starving and you're praying ALL you bills will work. It's annoying to say the least. Then again if I was of this century I'd just pay online like the normal people of the world do. Anyway - back to my reason for this post. M came in and started messing around with the display phones while I was fighting with the payment machine. He came over and whispered to me... "Some dumbass left their facebook page open on the phone over here..." I smirked, "Really?" and left it at that.

Once in the car I said "Did it say a person's name on the facebook page?"... "Heather something." he said and then chuckled. "What's so funny?" I asked. "I changed her status to say "F*CK BALLS F*CK BALLS F*CK BALLS F*CK BALLS"... (even right now I'm chuckling). Dude, seriously, can you imagine when Heather signs on to her facebook and sees "F*CK BALLS" all over her status? She'll be all,  "OMG, I didn't type that, WTF?" Seriously, that mess is funny!

Sure I'm a 30 something 'adult' and so is M but it's the little middle school-esque stuff that makes our days. We're like two 12 year old kids, boys mostly... we enjoy a great dick and fart joke (or noise) and the occasional hour long convo about poo that we have with our friends. (No lie, our friend G & R came by one night and we sat and talked about poo like a bunch of middle school brats turn senior citizens) Seriously - nothing is funnier than poop, safe for maybe midgets.

So I extend a heart felt sorry to "Heather" of facebook *snicker*. Lesson: Don't sign on to any of your personal websites at a local phone store and certainly don't leave it open for someone to type "F*CK BALLS" in your status section. Don't do this at work around me either - I will change your status. I've done that before.

And there my friends is my tickled tuesday post - Enjoy your Tuesday!
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January 18, 2010

remembering a dream.

Today we remember, in my opinion, one of the greatest figures in American history. For as long as I can remember I've looked up to Martin Luther King, Jr. He was in my eyes an amazing man, with a dream, a wish and the drive to make these dreams happen. I hate that his life was ended too soon. A lot has changed in the world since his important speech, but in many ways I feel we have a long way to go. I hope you will take time to remember your freedoms, and remember those who have fought to give you even more of a voice in our nation. Living in the South has made me realize through my own eyes all the things I read about in history books growing up in Maryland. I've been through Birmingham, Alabama and the cities of Mississippi, and those of Tennessee - I've seen locations where horrible acts have taken place and heard the stories. They break my heart knowing that nation could be filled with so much hate. It breaks my heart still to know inside many Americans these fires of hate still burn. Every time I see a Confederate flag I'm reminded of three things, the Civil War, the hate and honestly, the Dukes of Hazzard. (When I was a child I had no idea the negative symbolism that flag held - it only reminded me of my two favorite crime fighters, Bo and Luke Duke. I'd give anything to have that innocence back).  I dream of a day, much like Martin Luther King, Jr. did that we can put out these fires and become one. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of my ultimate heroes. Who is yours?

Martin Luther King, Jr. • via google

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

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January 16, 2010

just staying...

If this is the face of the new tooth fairy, I will totally pull out all my teeth so he'll visit me every night. OMG I have such a crush on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and I have been since day one when he debuted on WWE and I've read his book too - yes I'm sickly in in love with him. Shhh don't tell M - even though I think he already knows.

The Tooth Fairy via google

The Brahma Bull
Oh yes... I smell what The Rock is cooking... and I like it!
via google

Side note: He was one of the WWE superstars that was able to write his own promos and lines whenever he was on screen which says a lot for a WWE superstar. Ok I need to stop you all will think I'm a weirdo but yes when the Rock was active on WWE I was a faithful watcher - I still watch with Mike from time to time (and YES I know it's fake!).

That is all.

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January 15, 2010

working for the weekend.

It's almost time for the weekend. I hope all of you have wonderful weekend plans! Be sure to enjoy yourselves!
via flickr mika-rin

I only have a few plans and I like it that way.
  • feel better.
  • enjoy the party I'm attending this evening. Happy Birthday J!
  • try not to to feel pouty because I'm too sick to sing Bon Scott lyrics and AC/DC all night with the band.
  • watch the big game on Saturday and root for the Colts - GO COLTS!!!
  • organize my closet... I hope.
  • relax and have a lazy sunday and hope my feeling better actually happens. And continue taking the best medicine on earth Mucinex D!

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January 14, 2010

lucky number 8.

Mr. Concord Carpenter @ A Concord Carpenter Comments tagged me to play Lucky Chinese Tag.  Thank you Dude!!! And you know me I can't pass up a chance to do a survey of sorts anytime one is thrown my way... unless it's by a telemarketer on the telephone...

So here is all the Lucky 8 (My favorite number) Chinese Tag info you could ever want to know about me!

8 TV shows I watch
1. 30 Rock
2. The Office
3. Parks & Rec
4. 30 Minute Meals (like it's my job!)
5. Chelsea Lately
6. Divine Design (HGTV)
7. Dear Genevieve (HGTV)
8. Food Network - seriously ALL OF IT.

Note: There are ton more shows I like to watch Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, Keeping up with the Kardashians (yes I know it's vapid but I like it) but they said 8... so there's my top 8). I can't believe I forgot 2 important shows to list: PARANORMAL STATE & COMMUNITY - LOVE THESE SHOWS!

8 favorite places to eat and drink
1. On the Rocks (Local bar here owned by a friend)
2. The Flamming Pit (Maryland - my family's favorite place to grub)
3. Ricatoni's (best Italian place I've ever been to, local here in AL).
4. Old Town Tavern (Frederick, MD)
6. My Mother's House when she was still with me. Best. Cook. EVER!
7. Rice Box vs. Wok n' Roll - Local Sushi/Chinese/Japanese
8. Osaka - Local Japanese Steakhouse
(We need to get out more but eating at home is really just too damn fun!)

8 things I look forward to
1. Seeing M at the end of the day and the beginning of each day - dawwww!
2. Canoeing in the summer
3. Camping in the summer
4. An ice cold glass of Captain n' Diet, Beer or nice Glass of Wine
5. The Weekend
6. The Future
7. Warmer Weather
8. Getting married.

8 things that happened yesterday [you can skip this part]
1. Went grocery shopping
2. Ate subway for lunch and couldn't taste it (thanks cold)
3. Met with the heating dudes that didn't fix the heat (today it was fixed)
4. woke up in a good mood.
5. took way too much cold medicine
6. made chicken spaghetti for dinner
7. laughed loudly at American Idol
8. updated my ipod

8 things I love about winter  (for me it's what I MISS about winter)
1. Snow
2. Snowboarding (ugh miss it!)
3. Boots
4. Hats/Gloves/Scarves
5. Hot Chocolate
6. Christmas!
7. My birthday!
8. A reason to purchase a new coat!

8 things on my wish list
1. to lose weight/get healthy
2. new wardrobe
3. season tickets and a private jet to enjoy the 2010 Steelers Season
4. season tickets to the University of Alabama's home games
5. a new mac complete with programs.
6. french bulldog or boston terrier
7. a house
8. Ok I'll admit it... a diamond ring. (yes THAT kind of diamond ring).

8 things I am passionate about
1. my life
2. my boyfriend
3. my family
4. my friends
5. my art
6. music
7. my beliefs
8. my love.
(And apparently, chicken wings - yes, seriously.)

8 words I use often
1. douche.
2. sh*t.
3. bobo
4. babe.
5. d.b. (cat's nickname)
6. june bug (dog's nickname)
7. what?
8. bitch.

8 things I have learned from the past
1. Your definition of true love ate age 15 is completely different than your definition of true love at age 33 and beyond.
2. Your plans don't always go the way you want them to, and sometimes that's a blessing.
3. Life is too short.
4. Cancer sucks.
5. He just wasn't that into me.
6. Fire is hot.
7. Never try to stop a friend from drinking and driving when they are behind the wheel and you're on the outside of the car... trust me on this.
8. I don't care how good Bradley in your 3rd grade class makes it look - paste tastes horrible!

8 things I want/need
1. I want a tan.
2. I need a vacation.
3. I want world peace.
4. I want to help the people of Haiti.
5. I need to feel better.
6. I want to visit Australia.
7. I want to see AC/DC live in concert again.
8. I want May to get here soon so I can visit home and help Salt & Dragon celebrate their marriage!

8 people I want to tag
Salt @ Salt Says
Jessalyn @ Cape Cod Awesome
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January 13, 2010

this means war!

Straw 1:
As some of you know for the past few days we've been dealing with and unwanted and very unwelcome visitor under our house. I'm convinced it is a cat. At first we thought it may be the one random raccoon we've seen galavanting around our neighborhood (and is he ever cute), but after further disturbance and noises we've determined that we do indeed have a cat under our house.

The weather here has started to warm up a bit (read: from the teens to the 20's and 30's) - in which case I would assume this cat would want to venture out and move on. Last night during dinner we heard the cat make a loud, violent noise again under the house. June, our dog, of course goes NUTS (her bark makes my ears ring). Why is that damn cat still under there... my guess is that all the violent noise is actually a momma cat giving birth to kittens. GREAT! If this is the case I feel for the mother and I want this to be handled as humanely as possible. Even if it wasn't a mother cat I'd feel the same way. Something has to be done. I fear it is either a mother cat or a cat that has gotten stuck and can't get out. I think that if the cat had no ties to the house he or she would have already moved on by now.  (Note: I started this post yesterday and this morning the cat sounded happy and friendly Meow, Meow, Meow - crap is she talking to her kittens now?!?!?)

Straw 2:
We've also been having issues with the heat in our home. Don't get me started... it's a rental and it seems like since we've moved in the house, while we love it, has been nothing but a thorn in our side, and we've been a thorn in our landlords side. I'm sorry, but if I'm paying to rent your house - your butt needs to be there to fix it. To his credit, he has, a lot and at all hours of day or night. We've had plumbing disasters, and other issues (we won't go into what I shoved down the garbage disposal - it's another blog entirely). I'm hoping that when we pass our 6 months of living here mark the kinks will be all worked out. The previous renters didn't take care of this place at all.

Now that I'm off topic I'll get back to business - the heat is messed up. Our maintenance man, I'll call him Schneider because I've always wanted a Schneider in my life. (If you've never watched One Day at a Time you're dead to me, seriously watch it). That was harsh and I apologize I have the crimson wave monster this week. Exhibit A below:

Schneider From One Day at a Time via google
OH how I wish our maintenance man Mike looked like this when he arrived!

So Schneider comes by yesterday and looks over our heating unit and talks with M. He informs us he has to talk with the heating and air guys that our landlord deals with and they'll get started. If they need M or I present he'll call. We get no call, when we get home we still have bobo (my word for generic) heat. (We've been using the floor unit to heat the whole house I'm going to vomit when I see our utility bill this month I know it!) Thank goodness we have the floor heater or we'd be frozen.  Schneider calls M and lets him know that they will be there today at 8:00 AM. (We left the house at 8:00 AM and we didn't see a peep of the repair men).

All this leads back to the cat under the house.  They will probably have to check under the house if the unit isn't the issue and the duct work is. They said they will call animal control if needed.  I should have just called already - I know this but I was hoping the little bugger would come out on his own. I have decided that if I hear the cat tonight and nothing has been done I am calling Animal Control first thing in the morning tomorrow. I want the cat out, I want to stop being woken up at 2:00 AM by my dog barking her head off due to hearing noises and I want the sanity of knowing the little bugger is safe and sound and not stuck dying under my house. (Not to mention if he/she dies I'll feel horrible and it will SMELL horrible!!!) My only saving grace right now is that it's winter, not steamy, hot, air thick as mayo summer here in the South.

All of this leads me to the WAR part of my post. This morning upon leaving for work I walk out the front door and notice M is dusting off the porch furniture. We have a nice little couch and chair set out there for enjoying the weather in the summer months (that is only a few months old). I ask him what it is, and he says fur. I had noticed some fur on the couch before and dismissed it - this morning there was more fur and a bit of a smell. (Note: I'm sick - I can't smell anything - not my shampoo in the AM, or my favorite perfume, again another blog entirely), I can't taste food but I could get a wiff of this mess and I was livid). Someone's freaking outdoor cat/stray has decided to take up residence at night on our porch and has decided that rubbing on the couch to claim it as his own is not enough, no he had to SPRAY the F**KING thing!!!  I'm a cat lover, I love my cat, I love my friend's cats - I however do not love WILD CATS, OUTDOOR CATS or STRAY CATS!!! (Ok - that's harsh I am ok with wild and stray and outdoor cats if they aren't on my property or my porch - ONLY CHILD SYNDROME WHAT?). In the words of Kourtney Kardashian, "This isn't cute" and it's not cool.

We had a stray cat come to visit us at our old house. This kitten was the cutest thing ever and I would have kept him - but I found out quickly he was actually our neighbor's kitten, and there were two of them. Fluffy and sweet. Their names were Simba and Timba (it said so on their collars). They would actually greet M and I when we returned home. Hoping over to us and jumping over the tall grass that lined our walk way. Cutest. Things. Ever! One night we found the one kitten on our front porch. M quickly took him back to the neighbors porch and put him back up with his brother in the make shift cat corral they had made for them. Simba was determined to come hang with us, Timba, not so much. Finally after 3 tries I scooped him up and made him a small bed on our back porch. I gave him water but no food. I know that if you feed a cat once they are bound to come back. I was actually rather annoyed with my neighbors. If you're going to have a cat, especially a kitten it should be inside. We had a few outdoor cats in that little neighborhood that never came near our house - probably because June would have barked her ass off and freaked them out if they came near the circle or our jeeps. Unless you live on a farm and have lots of land the cat should be inside, all pets should be inside - like I said my opinion. I have no understanding of purchasing a dog or cat to keep them outdoors. Needless to say this sweet little cat stayed the night with us on our back porch. It was screened in and I went to check on him at 4 AM there he was just purring and meowing for me. Angus, our cat had been standing watch most of the night on the kitchen counter, probably cussing Simba up one side and down the other. Angus doesn't share well, at all. The next morning, we returned Simba to his front porch. Truth be told I should have kept him but I could tell by Angus' behavior he would not have been happy. Angus is hardcore, or TUFF as he likes to tell us.

A few months later we didn't see or hear from the kittens anymore. My hope is that they became inside pets and not road kill. We lived in a little circle away from traffic but cars still flew up our road. I'd be crushed to know that they didn't make it.

This cat on our porch could be as cute as these guys but honestly that little f**ker wore out his welcome when he pissed on my furniture!!! M intends to scrub the cushion but I don't think that's going to work. After the cat under the house has been handled I'm calling in the big guns. Critter Ridder. Yes, you read that right the name made me laugh when I heard M tell me about it. But it's real. (If you have ever used this stuff any insight you have on the product would be greatly appreciated).

I want to be sure this won't hurt June since she's outdoors in the backyard but I definitely want to use this around the perimeter of our fence (outside) and the front of our yard. I'm also sick and tired of people walking their dogs around the corner (we have a big corner lot) and allowing their animals to piss and poo in my yard!!! I might sound like an old woman but M and I have worked really hard to make the yard and home look nice and I don't need these animals messing it up. I also mind you moved from a townhouse development that had a rule if you didn't clean up your dogs doo doo you got fined. I wish I could enforce that in my neighborhood. It's bad enough we have to clean up June's poo in our back yard I'm not cleaning up Rover's crap in my front yard.

Needless to say - I don't wish harm on any animal so I want to read the label to this first etc. Bottom line is I want these animals OUT of my yard. This yard is for me, my boyfriend, our pets and our friends - END OF STORY!

UPDATE: The heating and air guys finally showed up this morning and they have figured out a source of our heat issues. We warned them about the cat under the house and hopefully they will be able to scare it out and or call Animal Control. If not we will call Animal Control in the AM. I hate missing work for this stuff but it must be done. I want to know this cat is safe and warm and if it did have kittens that they will have a fighting chance and get a loving home. We have a great no kill organization here in town and I believe they are the ones that get first dibs on these animals once they've been caught/analyzed and cleared for adoption. *FINGERS CROSSED*

Now as for the little f**ker on my porch... this is a to be continued tale.

I'm starting to feel a bit better - more energy but I'm still in a grumpy mood. Bitter party of one your table is now ready!

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January 11, 2010

choices for super bowl.

I want to see the Colts or the Chargers take on the Saints. There I said it. I really like watching both the Colts and the Chargers play. And the Chargers have really come alive here at the end of the season. After going to New Orleans and seeing all the love for the Saints I can't help but like them as well. We shall see. (Side note: Both Quarterbacks from the Chargers and the Colts are easy on the eyes so that's a bonus right there).

Colts QB • Peyton Manning via Google
I love. love. LOVE the Manning Brothers!

Chargers QB • Philip Rivers via Google

So there's my picks for Super Bowl hopefuls - who are your picks? Bottom line I really want to see the Colts take on someone in the Super Bowl, but the Chargers are my second choice in the division I follow. I can't stand the Cowboys and I don't want to see them anywhere near the big game.

I'm still disappointed the Steelers didn't make it but like I said I can relax now. I was pleased to see the ass beating the Ravens gave to the Patriots - they are the LAST team I wanted to see in the playoffs OR the big game. So for once you'll hear me say.... "Well done Ravens."

No worries Big Ben - I still love you and you are still my favorite QB in the league! Don't be jealous!

Steelers QB • Big Ben Roethlisberger via Google

For all my NON-FOOTBALL watching followers I promise to get back to "semi-normal" topics soon, I'm just a bit pumped about some of what's left this season to talk about. Besides I can't hide the fact that I love this game!


In other news I'm still sick with the funk and I'm SO over it! Our heat isn't working properly in our house AND we have a cat stuck under our house as well - lovely? More bitching on that later when and if I feel up for it. Or at least a recap once all chaos has been settled. Oh yeah and if that wasn't enough mother nature decided to pay me a visit right now too! THANKS!

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January 08, 2010

the tide is high.

First off I have to say congratulations to the University of Alabama and Nick Saban. What a great year and what a wild ride! Last night's game had me on the edge of my seat, even if I was fighting sleep due to cold medication I took before the game was over. (Note: I think I feel like ass, if this is what ass feels like!)

Texas put up one hell of a fight! I felt absolutely horrible when Colt McCoy (Texas QB) was taken out in the beginning of the game. My heart actually ached for him - here it is his senior year, his last game as the Texas QB and he's in a championship game. Due to a shoulder injury he was benched for the rest of the game. Which I think was smart, he has a future in the NFL, a very bright future and better to sit it out and risk this Championship than to risk his career after college is over. That being said I really wish he would have been able to play the entire game vs. being forced to sit there and watch it. I could see the pain in his eyes, it was emotional, not physical. Once out they brought in Gilbert, his back up QB and I must say for a "TRUE FRESHMAN" this kid has spunk and a great arm. I expect great things from him next year.

I am extremely proud of my favorite SEC Team The ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE! SEC stands for South East Conference for those of you that were wondering (Monique & Salt) - and even though I'm a East Coast girl by birth and at heart, I'm truly a believer that the SEC is the best college conference in the USA.

If anyone had a doubt in their mind as to why Mark Ingram #22 (Alabama) won the Heisman Trophy Award this year - I think you got your answer during this game - INGRAM WAS ON FIRE! He truly was MVP! I'm happy to see that when he's out though that we have one hell of a guy to pick up his slack Richardson rocked that field as well last night. Go #3!

I really thought we had screwed ourselves in the third quarter - Texas made an amazing come back and didn't look like they would be slowing down. Thankfully we capitalized on a few of Texas' mistakes (like they capitalized on ours) and were able to get the lead back, and quickly in the 4th quarter!

Both teams put up a tremendous fight and I'm proud of all of them! Well done Alabama. Thank you for bring home a 13th College Championship Title and Trophy to UA! I can only imagine the mayhem around the Tuscaloosa, AL campus last night - from what I hear it was CRAZY! It's been a long time coming from what everyone here tells me. A tradition and legacy that can feel like they are on top of the world again. So thank you Mr. Saban and thank you to the entire team for an awesome year! And for an awesome 2 seasons. I hope to be there this fall to witness the magic that is the Crimson Tide!

Bottom line - I adore football but I'm actually REALLY happy the season is over. My nerves can't take any more of this stress. Seriously I have a football induced ulcer I'm convinced of this (or maybe it's just from all the buffalo sauce I've ingested this year). I get WAY too passionate for my own good. For the rest of the season I will root for the Colts to make it into the Super Bowl (since my Steelers are out of the running) but I won't lose sleep if they don't.

Now I can focus on to getting better and feeling better (I have the funk right now) and using my weekends to the fullest. Since fall I've been spending lots of time watching football games and not being as active but it was worth it! Now I just have to make up for lost time.

I leave you with a final... ROLL TIDE ROLL!

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January 07, 2010

crimson & clover... SEC over & over!

I'm feeling the love for crimson all over the blog universe today. I love seeing all the fans of the SEC come together as one. Even if you aren't an Alabama fan, chances are if you're a fan of a SEC team you're most likely rooting for Alabama tonight (or you should be.. if AL looks good we all look good).

I'm so excited for tonight - I'm feeling REALLY under the weather so I won't be doing a big deal tailgating type meal tonight as originally planned. Instead I'm keeping it plain and simple. We're having Beer Brats, Fries (or at least M is, I'm not) and My Momma's Mac n' Cheese. Simple, old school and down home!

I just wanted to spread the love... here, here, and  here (with the cutest necklaces I want to have NOW!) .  I am sure there are more posts about my beloved Crimson Tide but for how I wanted to thank you ladies for your enthusiasm and support! GO SEC!!! I love all of the blogs featured above they are all awesome reads. And I adore their love for the SEC!

I've seen a ton of Texas fans posting as well! Two notable posts here and here (this one is so awesome can you believe in her junior year Lindsay was the Mascot for Texas University - SO RAD! She's crafty and a show woman too - GO LINDSAY!)



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January 06, 2010

is it too much to ask...

I mean really - is it too much to ask for a chapstick or lip balm that helps heal chapped lips that is rich and creamy and helpful... to also be a formula that won't make the outer rim of my lips break out?

Seriously! I don't have a ton of zits but even the littlest bump around your lips sends off the wrong message. That starts the issue and then I make it worse. I'm one of those girls that can't help but pop zits, it's true no matter how big or small, I have to pop or pick. It's a gross habit and I'm not proud of it, trust me. After all that, and clearing up the problem areas, my lips are still chapped so I apply more chapstick and bam... more bumps the cycle starts again.

Anyone else have this problem? Anyone else have a suggestion for good lip protection that won't break out my lips and that will heal them instead?

Help a sister out!

The girl that doesn't want to have herp-esque lips.
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January 05, 2010

getting ready for game day.

The lovely Melisa at the Feather Report has put together a fabulous outfit for one of her readers, Sarah. Lucky Miss Sarah is heading to the Championship NCAA Football Game in beautiful Pasadena, CA! Not only is the outfit awesome (as they always are Melisa) everything is under $100 - TOUCH DOWN FEATHER REPORT!!!

Sarah is a lucky, lucky girl to be going to this game. I'm jealous! I'd love to be there to watch the mayhem unfold. #1 University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE) vs. #2 University of Texas Longhorns. As you all know I'm a fan of the University of Alabama but I bet this is going to be a game for the masses. There is so much hype around this game that a local car dealership is actually offering a chance to get a car for FREE through the outcome of this game. If Alabama holds Texas to scoring ZERO points in the game - you get your car for free!!! I wonder how many yahoos will take this chance - I bet there is no "return" policy on this. I for one am not a gambling woman so I would NOT take this chance. We shall see. I don't know if we can hold TX to zero points, Colt McCoy and his Longhorns are a really good team, but I hope we have what it takes to make a win happen for Alabama. We have a great, great legacy to uphold. Let's hope Coach Paul Bear Bryant is up there pushing us along!

In similar news... Hold on to your seats this is going to be a Jerry Springer explanation: M's brother's girlfriend's parents are heading to the Championship Game (told you) - we were all so jealous to hear this. Not only are they hitting up the game but they also took a week to go to Vegas and other spots along the way. His girlfriend currently attends the University of Alabama and they have gone to many games this year, again LUCKY!  I should have added this to my list of goals for 2010 - that I WANT TO ATTEND AN ALABAMA HOME GAME THIS YEAR! We have been discussing going to their first home game which I believe is against Penn State. I would be so excited to witness this. And take it all in.

I guess it's time for me to start thinking about what Tailgate treat I want to make for the game Thursday night. Not sure what it will be, but it will be good! Maybe some Mac N' Cheese with a fun something on the grill - then again the weather here has been FREEZING so I don't know that I want to do that to M. He's the grill master.

So if you're into the NCAA who are you rooting for in the National Championship?? Texas or Alabama? I'm a huge fan of the SEC and happy to see most of the teams did well this year! It makes us all look great!

So here's to the Championship game - all I can say is ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!!!

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January 04, 2010

you like me... you REALLY like me.

A girl could get used to this...

The awesome Sonja at For the Love of Stilettos, passed this award onto me. Thank you SO much!

Here are the rules...and yes you must follow them!

1) Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2) Copy the award & place it on your blog.
3) Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4) Tell us 7 interesting things about yourself.
5) Nominate 7 bloggers.
6) Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.

Interesting Facts:
  1. Suddenly after 33 years on earth, Cream Cheese upsets my stomach which is a shame because I adore cheesecake and buffalo chicken dip - two things that NEED cream cheese to be made properly. Maybe this is just nature's way of telling me I can't eat it in order to lose weight.
  2. I have officially cut up all my personal credit cards and it feels good. (Now to pay them off).
  3. My best friend recently had a little girl and she gave her my middle name, mostly because my dad suggested it and said it was his favorite middle name ever - dawwww.
  4. I make a wish when ever I see the clock change to 8:08.
  5. I could eat pizza everyday of my life and did my entire Senior Year of high school.
  6. I have no idea how to apply make-up properly I've been faking it for years. Eyeliner still confuses me so I stick to top lid only application. I'm 33, this is sad.
  7. I was born 14 days early but until dating M I was always late for everything else in my life.

Now onto my beautiful, fabulous award winners:
Jessalyn @ Cape Cod AWESOME
Salt @ Salt Says
Micah @ The Yellow Front Door
Lisa @ Pickles and Cheese
Monique @ A Day In The Life of A Surferwife
Emily @ Chatting at the Sky
Tali @ Cupcake Mafia

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best. award. EVER!!!

This bad ass award comes from my lovely girl friend, Lauren aka Salt. If you haven't check out her blog yet... get your butt over there!

The main rule in receiving this award is to share 5 of your favorite blogs AND your favorite Chuck Norris fact, which is a tough, tough choice, but here goes. My favorite Chuck N. fact is as follows:

Chuck Norris destroyed the periodic table, because he only recognizes the element of surprise!

Now for the 5 Blogs I want to give this award to:

My boyf M @ Stories of Mikistory
Candice @ Life According to Candice
Sonja @ For the Love of Stilettos
Ashley @ 30 is the new 20 Something
Blondie @ The Blonde Episodes

Stop by and show these ladies and one gent some love! (Don't show the gent too much love I'll have to hurt you - *wink*)
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feeling like it's lent, only I'm not catholic.

In an effort to get a bit more healthy and lose weight (part of my goals in 2010) I've had to give up a few things. The first biggest hurdle for me is soda. Not all soda mind you but one type in particular... Coca Cola Classic. This bubbly drink and I have had a love affair for as long as I can remember. He's been there through good times and bad as well as many times I don't remember. Trust me when CC and Captain Morgan get together it's a wild ride sometimes. I couldn't tell you the first Coca Cola that I ever had I'm sure I was young - maybe not as young as Brittany's kids, I can't recall drinking CC out of a sippy cup, then again I don't think my parents ever owned sippy cups I was too hard core for that baby shit.  Needless to say I know the CC and I go back far enough to remember getting a CC in a can and an orange every year before Christmas from my bus driver, Mrs. Hobbes. Yes I remember her name, she rocked. I bet it was at least kindergarten that I got my first CC from her. To this day nothing beats the flavor of CC and fresh orange together - my teeth love me for this by the way!

Since my teens I've scaled back my CC usage. Literally I drank that stuff like water all through HS. I will state that it is my drug of choice. Forget alcohol, forget weed, forget narcotics I'm all about Coca Cola Classic! I fiend for this stuff. I wish I was lying, but I digress. Like I said I've scaled back. I drink mostly water all day long, and usually drink a CC when I get fast food (lovely combo again) or sometimes a CC will replace my weekend coffee. I will say to date I probably have about 4 CC's max a week.

I'm not sure how I will drop this habit of mine. I really don't see how it can be that bad... 4 a week.. seriously I know people that drink 20 Mountain Dews a week or more and they are skinnier than I could be. I can't drink CC as much as I used to - and most times I don't even finish a can. For the record it's 100 times better out of a can than in a plastic bottle. It's 100 times better in a glass bottle than in a can. I've studied this stuff people - I have a PhD in CC!

In order to stick to less soda I've switched all other sodas I occasionally drink to diet choices. I can't tell you how much I HATE diet soda, especially Diet Coke, she's such a posser! Don't get me started on Coke Zero, he needs to get a clue he doesn't taste anywhere near as good as CC. CC is King in my book! And Pepsi, ZOMG - so f-ing sick! Seriously while home a few weeks ago I went to a bar and ordered a Captain & Diet. They fixed it with Diet Pepsi and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what was wrong with my drink. I re-ordered it 3 times - making all my friends sip it. We were all convinced that the Morgan had gone skunky. We being the 3 drunken sailors that swear by Captain Morgan. We have a 4th member to our crew but she's smitten with José and won't drink dark liquor. We make her swab the deck on a regular basis.  I didn't figure out the issue with my drink until I got my bill... there it was plain as day... DIET PEPSI! WTF? What kind of bar is this? It's not called a Rum and Pepsi it's a RUM AND COKE!!! Mystery solved - I lived to fight another day because I switched to Mich Ultra to cleanse my palette.  Lesson here - I will not drink Pepsi.

Pepsi and I have never gotten along - unless you count Pepsi Wild Cherry - now THAT was some good soda. If I'm ever asked what I'd like to drink and I say "Coke" the waitress will say "Is Pepsi OK?" you will always hear my say "No. Do you have Dr. Pepper?" (In my mind I'm actually saying "HELL NO ARE YOU INSANE!!!").  My love runs deep, what can I say.

In an effort to shed some pounds, and feel better in general I have started only to order diet options of soda or water at fast food joints or places I go to eat in general. Usually water wins out. I like it way better than any diet soda. I often will go for the unsweetened tea option as well - I'm a yankee after all and that's how we drink it. I won't lie... sweet tea is my bitch lover sometimes. Mix her with some lemonade and you've got a full rocking party in my mouth! I can usually stand diet soda when I'm eating. You don't taste the artificial sweetener as badly. Truth be told I don't usually take my left over soda with me, OR refill my cup. I usually toss it - unless I'm feeling tired and need some caffeine to get me through the day.

Add to this I've started mixing my mixed drinks with diet soda. I've done well all together with this and truth be told I don't need to drink as much to feel a buzz. I've read that alcohol enters your system quicker with diet sodas since there are no calories and little for your body to metabolize other than the alcohol itself.

Most of this is little changes - I've told myself I can have one CC a week for a treat and the only other thing I can have them for is headaches. Call me crazy but nothing cures my headache quicker than sipping on a CC and taking some medicine for my headache/migraines.  It's probably just a mind over matter thing but I figure if it works why break a good thing.

In the meantime I've done OK with this. If I had tried this years ago it would have NEVER worked. I've given up Coffee in my past but NEVER CC.

Add to this I'm also trying to give up making my cup of coffee with straight sugar. For years I've been a three scoop of sugar, 2 scoop of creamer kind of girl. Basically I should just drink Hot Chocolate! I would love to be a black coffee drinker or a person that just uses a little sweetener, but that's doubtful.  This morning I mixed my coffee up with 2 scoops of creamer (and by scoops I mean spoons) and three packets of Splenda Hazelnut - and I must say while it isn't my cavity inducing regular coffee it isn't half bad.

I'm trying to be realistic with all my changes in this coming year. Eat less, eat better, drink better. Learn balance and portion control as well.

I've always gotten lots of water in my diet, I thank my mother for always insisting I drink either milk or water at dinner - she was a smart cookie! To this day I drink milk with odd things and would prefer water to other drinks at dinner. I can tell physically when I haven't had enough water as well. So it's a good thing.

I guess my main issue with my diet is the mass amounts of sugar, corn syrup etc. I want to lesson that. And eventually I'd like to be done with soda all together. There's no nutritional value in it what so ever. If I can treat it as more of a treat, and less of a crutch I'll be good to go.

For the record I can stomach Diet Sprite, Diet Dr. Pepper, and sometimes Diet Coke, but these skinny bitches will never be my Coca Cola Classic.

CC - I love you. You know this but it's time to make a change. I know many Americans still love you and will drink you on a regular basis but for now we'll have to keep our relationship on the DL.

One step closer to feeling better about me and making my body a healthier place inside and out!

What's your vice? What monkey can't you shake no matter how hard you try?

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January 03, 2010

Glamorous Blog Award

I won another award. How sweet! A special thank you to Ashley over at 30 Is the New 20 Something (damn right it is), who awarded this to me. There are no rules but I would like to pass this on to 5 blogs I read often and enjoy so much. Thank you again Ashely it means a lot to me!!!

Salt @ Salt Says
Melody @ Paraphrasing Pine Valley
Sarah @ A Year of Living Thriftily
At Least I'm Skinny
Kallay @ Kallaydoscope

Be sure to stop by and check out all these ladies and their fabulous blogs!

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January 02, 2010

2010 Goals.

Last night while watching the millionth hour of college bowl games M asked me if I had any resolutions for this year. I said plainly - not really anything different than what I had years before. I want to lose weight, be healthy, and try to spend more time with those who are important to me. I asked him what his were and he said most of the same.  We did come up with a short list of things though we'd like to tackle in 2010.

  • Eating better. We already have the tools for this - great kitchen, lots of experience between us in cooking we just seem to gravitate toward the Paula Dean end of the spectrum vs. say healthier fare. I want to start using mostly fresh ingredients - things with less preservatives in them - less frozen meals, etc.
  • Start a Garden. We have the perfect corner in our backyard where previous renters had started a garden. We want to be able to grow our own veggies and herbs to cook with all summer long.
  • Visit the Farmers Market. We want to try to go as often as possible. It's always a treat and the selection while smaller that the grocery stores is always more fresh and LOCAL. Two things that make for great economic growth and delicious food.
  • Walk June. We have a great yard for our dog, June to play in but she tends to like to be wherever we are - thus resulting in her running out to go to the bathroom and then begging to be back inside. Walking her on a regular basis would not only be great for her health but for ours as well.
  • Pay off Debt. I've been working on this for 2 years now with little progress. Something always comes up. This year however, I will be cutting up all my personal credit cards and only using cash for things I need. This will be difficult. I've worked out a budget and my "fun money" will only amount to approximately $40/week after all my bills and other things are paid (needs). I figure this will become something I will have to be extremely creative doing. This $40 includes if I want to splurge on clothing, or if I want to buy booze for the weekend, or if we want to go out to dinner. If I can't afford that $80 jacket in one week I will have to save, and hope it's still there in my size after two weeks. I will have to remember that is the ONLY money I can use.  I will only keep 2 credit cards - mostly because they are debt that belongs to both M and I and he is helping with payments on that. I don't have an extreme amount of debt, it's actually quite manageable if I take the time to handled it and handle it well. 2010-2011 (possibly 2012) is going to be about getting myself back on track financially.
  • Get Outdoors More. We only went canoeing one time last year, that's horrible. We both love being outside and usually we go canoeing with a large crew of people. Most of these people have either moved, gone through a divorce or aren't canoeing anymore. We want to go camping, canoeing and other things with or without others. I like traveling in groups for the most part but I know M and I can handle it on our own as well. We've done it in the past and we can do it again.
  • Save Money. I know with my whole debt plan I don't have much room for saving money but my plan also involves putting money aside for a rainy day. Once cards are paid off a percentage of that regular payment will then go into savings, and if I find living on $40/week fun money isn't that hard then maybe I will put the full amount of that payment into my savings account. We shall see.
  • Get More Organized. M and I have our prospective caves in the house. His man cave and my woman cave. Our house is usually very clean with the exception of a long weekend where there are dishes in the skin and laundry piled high but that's fairly normal. I would love to have everything have a place etc. Our bedroom is usually the most messy, due to our clothes etc. We don't exactly live like adults but we aren't exactly college kids either. In short we clean up nice but why not be more organized.
  • Take a REAL vacation. Money has been so tight, and I hate that I'm not going to be able to get to T&C to see my great friend LT aka Salt get married in a month. It hurts me that I had to hurt her feelings and decline being able to go. I know M and I will be missing an amazing time and an absolutely amazing wedding between two people we love to death! The money just hasn't been in the budget for this get away or ANY get away. I honestly don't know when or if we'll have the money to do anything this year, but we've promised ourselves to at least put away money for a REAL vacation if not this year, then next year. I just want a week where I can sit on the beach, soak up the rays (with SPF on mind you) and enjoy some frozen drinks and RELAX!
  • Call people more often. I hate the phone, hate it. But since all my best friends and my father are so far away I want to make more of an effort to make these calls and talk to them. Life is short, my mother made me realize that when she passed away in 2008. I have to cherish what little family I have left and my friends who are the family I've chosen for myself.
  • Use my cameras more. I was reminded of how much I wanted to do this in reading Salt's post about her goals for 2010. I've since started dusting off my old 35mm manual camera... I want to get back in tune with my creative side. I've been feeling a little empty lately in that department. M purchased me a great holga camera for playing around with this Christmas and I still have a typical point and shoot digital camera that I haven't mastered taking images with - which M purchased for me almost 2 years ago when my old one died. I'm slacking and I need to do something to feel more creative, take some me time.
As always we want to be better to each other, spend time with our friends and family and do as much as we can to feel happier and healthier. We want to enjoy the important things in life: family, friends, love and compassion.

My biggest resolution personally is the typical one I've had every year for as long as I can remember. Simply to get healthy, lose weight and feel better about myself, this year I mean it. I have been a member of sparkpeople.com for over 2 years now and it works great, IF you stick to the plan. I haven't. In reading some of my old blogs on there (which I may share) I realized that I've only been making excuses for myself and I need to get serious. I need to make a life change, not just a plan to fit into smaller jeans, because this always backfires.  I have many exciting events coming up in 2010 that I want to look good for but more importantly I want to feel good for and hold my head high.  I've been avoiding a lot of things or not feeling great about them due to my weight gain and it's got to stop. I want to enjoy the moment I'm in and not feel worried about how I look or what people might be thinking about me because bottom line, just like I love my friends for who they are they love me for who I am regardless of size. But I'm sure anyone that's been in this position that I'm in understands what I'm saying and feeling. I don't want to avoid social interactions with friends from my past due to my insecurities and I don't want to miss making new friends due to it either. 2010 is the year for a change, to be a better person inside and out and that's my plan!

I hope you all enjoyed your New Years Eve! Ours was amazing. I didn't get any pictures which made me sad. M and I shared our kiss at midnight and I always love the feeling of how the rest of the world disappears and it's just the two of you in that moment. We had a friend's band play at the party and got to sing the night away while they played. My throat is still a bit soar. I'm not sure how Bon Scott (of AC/DC) sang every night the way he did, but I enjoyed belting out his music myself all night long. Everyone got in on the action and the band did a great job. I ate tasty treats all night long and hugged and laughed with many of my close friends here in Alabama.  New Years day was spent relaxing all. day. long.  M and I enjoyed a dinner out and retired fairly early last night. I hope this means I'll get lots of rest and enjoy great times with him and my friends in the new year. We didn't touch laundry, or the dirty dishes in the sink we just enjoyed each others company.

Happy New Year Everyone - Let's make it the best yet! ox

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