Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nutty, Nutty, Nutty!

This week has started out being nutty, and it's going to finish being even nuttier!

I've had one work project after another piled on, I've been trying to stay on top of adoption stuff (HA!), I've been trying to help my baby girl deal with yet another tooth, I've been cooking for now TWO grown men that are living in my house, I've been trying to find time to work out (key word...trying), and I've been attempting to plan a birthday party for my baby girl.

Can you believe she turns ONE next week??? I sure can't!

We have several steps to take before we have our next homestudy visit. We are literally fighting through one road block after another. It's getting somewhat infuriating...and also motivating. I know we are fighting the enemy on this, and that just lights a fire under my booty even more :)

I planted flowers a couple of weeks ago (I know this is the WORST time of year to plant them, but they were all on CLEARANCE! And they looked like they needed some lovin'...I couldn't resist!). All but one of them are still alive! The one casualty lost it's life in the crazy storm we had a few nights ago....the rest are hanging on for dear life as I try to remember to water them each day.

My husband MADE money on a phone trade this week. He upgraded from his blackberry to an iphone, and they more than paid for it with their trade in program. He's been drafting fantasy players from his phone and playing Angry Birds all week. He's a happy camper.

Yes, I have TWO grown men in my house now! One of our teenagers from church is staying with us for a couple of months, and we are delighted to have him! He's a joy to have around and he is SUCH a big help! But I tell you what, cooking for two men is MUCH different than cooking for one!!!  In spite of that, Mayah is thoroughly enjoying having a big brother!!

Speaking of Miss Mayah, she has officially learned how to dance. It doesn't matter what kind of music it is; she will bounce and shake her booty like you wouldn't believe. Beyond adorable.

That's all for now. Just couldn't believe I hadn't updated in this long!!  I will post birthday party pictures after the weekend!


Love!!




Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bringing Him Home

If you've been following my other blog, you know what we've been up to lately...the endeavor we've undertaken.

I wanted to take a couple of minutes here and expound upon our reasoning and share our hearts with you.

You've probably seen the fundraising logos in the sidebars, and it's true, we are adopting!

No, we're not adopting because we can't have children biologically, we are adopting because there is such a great need.  This is something Nathan and I have had on our hearts individually for many years. The fact that we both had a heart for adoption was one of the things that attracted us to each other in the first place.  We don't believe that children were meant to live life on their own, that they were meant to fend for themselves or to be tossed from foster family to foster family or from orphanage to institution. Children need to belong. Children need homes. Children need to be loved.

God gives us direct commands to care for the orphans (Jas 1:27, Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 18:5). We are perfectly aware that God does not call every individual or family to adopt an orphan, however, we firmly believe that God calls us as Christians to be involved in the adopting of orphans...however that involvement needs to happen for you.  We are asking you simply to take a minute, pray and ask God how He wants you to be involved in the orphan crisis and how you can help to bring an orphan into their forever home. If He leads you to help us bring our son home, THANK YOU. If He leads you to another type of orphan ministry, THANK YOU. There is a need, it has to be met; the most important thing is that you somehow get involved. Don't let this slip by you.  If you want to know about some great orphan ministries, you visit the Resources page on our blog to find a few places you can get involved. 

No matter how young or how old you are, you can be involved in the life of a child and change their fate.

We are in the position to love another child, however, the initial costs are too great for us to shoulder on our own (visit our other blog or click on the logos in the sidebar for ChipIn or JustLoveCoffee). We are striving to make this a community effort, and if you are reading this, you are a part of that community.

We know it may seem crazy to you at this point, but we already love our son immensely, even though we don't know who he is yet. We can't wait to make him a permanent part of our family and watch him grow up.  We've been picturing him and imagining what he might look like....wondering how he and Mayah will play together, thinking about how old he will be when we go get him and dreaming about holding his sweet little hands, hugging him tightly and wondering what his little laugh will sound like.

We've also been thinking about what would happen to him if we don't bring him home to us. His options are slim: child soldier, HIV/AIDS, orphanages with no regular care, or death.  The child mortality rate in the D.R. Congo is so huge that it's terrifying.  We want to save him from the virtually inevitable fate he would face otherwise.

Again, you may think it's crazy....but that's my son. I will not let him face a bleak future that I can save him from.  He's our responsibility to protect. He's our child. God has put him in our hearts and we won't let him go.

He is already a part of our family, and we are so thrilled to have him...we just need help in going to get him!  Thank you so much for your encouragement, your love, and your ongoing support! We are so grateful to you and we know our son will be grateful to you as well.

Help us save his life. Help us bring him home. Help us bring him to Jesus.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Turbo Fire!

Oh my goodness, my muscles are in a continuous state of aching.

My dear friends Elizabeth and Carrie and I have undertaken the mountainous challenge of the Beach Body workout, Turbo Fire.

I'm seeing the beginning stages of results, and I must say....I'm quite pleased so far :)  Normally, I tolerate loathe working out, but Turbo Fire (and the company of good friends) makes it pretty fun!  Yes, we have our silly moments and we goof around plenty, but we work HARD! Elizabeth can attest to that fact (as I almost puked in her living room floor last week)....she can also attest to the fact that I become an instant idiot when trying to use resistance bands (no, they are not meant to be used as jump ropes, nor shot at your friends like rubber bands).

I highly recommend this workout...if you have friends who will do it with you! I don't think I could be self-disciplined enough to do this on my own!

Here's a sneak peak at what we've gotten ourselves into:



I'm not usually one to endorse products, but I just feel SO much better after a good workout!  I have more energy, I want to eat better, I'm sleeping better....it makes me a happier person in general :)  Endorphins really do make you happy!! :-D  If you're close and you want to join us for a workout, we'd love to have you! The more the merrier!  Also, if you want to get rid of baby weight, this thing is a miracle worker!!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Easter Pictures!!

Hello all...here are a few snapshots from Mayah's first Easter!

Smooches from daddy! (A couple days after this, she actually said "dada"!!)

Her "husband", Tyler.
"I'm 7 months old!!"

 






Cutest shoes ever.

Apparently she likes the taste of freshly laundered dress...

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This video is mostly just for the grandparents because it's kind of long....but it's open for public viewing too :-D

Here are a couple shots of her inventing her own kind of crawling (She's stubborn and likes to do things her own way...I don't know aaaaaaaaaaanybody like that in her family :)


Love this.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Nothingness

Shame on me.

I haven't posted in weeks.

Bad Kacey.

Hmmm...let's see, what should I update the world about?

Well, we are fully under way in our fundraising efforts on our adoption site. Don't forget to visit 7000 Miles for all the info on that!

This week we are heading down to Atlanta for an "Orange" conference! For more info on that, visit the Orange Conference Page.

I really don't know much...I'm sorry for the incredibly boring post!  Maybe this will spice it up a little :-D



Tuesday, April 05, 2011

NEWS!!!

We have news!!  If you are interested in hearing about the latest Anderson Adventure, jump on over to our new site: 7000miles.org.

We will probably be updating this site pretty frequently, especially as we get further into the process, so if I don't update here as often, I apologize :(

However, we are VERY excited about all of this, and we want you to partner with us as we begin this journey!!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Birthday Surprise and an Excellent Day!

Last night, I took the hubs out for dinner & a movie. Cliche, I know...but it's simply our favorite thing to do.  Since his birthday is this week, we splurged a little and had ourselves a treat.

We saw The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Seriously great!!

Then before going to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner and the Kentucky game, we sat in the car for a minute so he could open his birthday present.

I told him not to start the car yet because I had to make a quick phone call. I dialed the phone and put it on speaker, and told Nathan to narrate what he was opening.

"Ummm....I have an envelope that says 'Nathan' on it. I'm opening the envelope. There's a piece of paper inside that says Priceline....????  And apparently I'm flying from Indianapolis to Texas....IS THAT BILLY????  WE'RE GOING IN JUNE???? ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!?!?!?!"

I then told him that in addition to the trip, we have tickets to go see the Astros while they host the Cardinals in Houston...thus being the reason the trip is scheduled for those specific dates.

At that point, he picked up the phone and in a fit of adolescent-girl excitedness, he and his "bestie" (also known as his "other wife") jumped up and down and clapped their hands.  It was wonderful to watch how happy he was :)

So, in answer to the "color" clue:  The silvery-gray was originally supposed to be his car (this was before I knew we could get plane tickets as cheap as I did). The green and yellow are the BP gas stations he ALWAYS manages to find....he says the colors attract him like a moth to the flame.  The brown is Texas. The yellow is his best friend Billy (he's Asian - hahahahaha). The red and orange is for the Cardinals/Astros. Then it's back to the brown and yellow of Texas and Billy, then hitting the road again in his car. 

I'm not sure I've ever seen my hubby that excited before. It was SO SO SO much fun to surprise him! AND, I'm extra proud of myself, because he says he was legitimately surprised and had NO idea that it was coming!!  Yay me!

The reasons for today being such an excellent day:

1. Mayah has frogs on her socks
2. Nathan has been uber wonderful to me all day. (Side effect of the gift...maybe??? Don't really care, he's a sweetie nonetheless.)
3. I got a cherry sprite from Sonic.
4. I'm going over to a friends house to watch Harry Potter tonight.
5. I'm typing this blog on my brand new laptop. (Courtesy of a lovely tax refund, and thought of, again, by my sweet husband, who recognized my need for a better work computer.)

YAY!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kirill's Story

Just read this through a friend of a friend.  If you want your eyes opened, read. If you want to stay in the dark, just move on...this is not for you.

Kirill's Story

Friday, March 18, 2011

Birthday Blunders

I love confusing my husband. It's fun.

I gave him a hint for his birthday present...in colors.  It went a little something like this:

First there will be a pretty silvery gray and that will be interspersed with some yellows and some greens. After the silver goes away, it'll be mostly brown...with a bit of yellow.  With the yellow you will then see some definite red and orange and then perhaps some blue. Then it's back to the brown, then back to the silvery gray with the greens and yellows.

Do YOU know what he's getting for his birthday??????  

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

HELP!

Not that I think anybody who reads my blog doesn't check Mike and Sara's Facebook, but just in case you've forgotten or weren't sure what was going on with this.....

Basically, when you adopt from Ethiopia, the courts require you to have a letter from MOWA (Ministry of Women's Affairs) saying that they've investigated your adoption and they find everything to be legitimate and ethical.  Which is GREAT! Ethical adoptions are necessary, or else these children may not end up in any better situations than they were in in the first place.

Right now, MOWA is able to process about 50 adoptions per day, and for those of you following Mike and Sara's adoption, you know how long it's taken for that process to be complete! Even at 50 per day, it's still taking MONTHS for these children to get to their forever homes.

Right now, MOWA is considering cutting back the amount of adoptions they process from 50 to 5 per day.

Yeah, you read that right.

The problem? It will take that much longer for any adoptions to be processed. Adoptions currently in process will be put on hold. Orphanages will become overcrowded and will have no place for new children.  Basically this is a nightmare.  Why they are considering this, I don't know...but it's happening.

What can you do?

Go here: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/43714.html

Sign this petition saying that MOWA has to keep up it's rate of 50 per day so these adoptions can continue to go through and children can continue to be placed with their forever families!!

Pray. Pray for the hearts of those in charge of these decisions and that they will be softened to the needs of the children.

Pray that the adoptions in process will not be put on hold and that the families who are waiting on court dates will get their letters in time.

Pass it on. Tell your friends, your family, anybody who might be willing to sign a petition!  It literally takes about 1 minute, and you could be changing thousands of lives.  This is something real that you can do TODAY. This is not something you need to fund raise for or spend months planning with your church. This is something you can do right now that will make a legitimate difference in the world.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

My Head is Full of Clutter & My Glove Box is Full of Napkins

I learned a lot of things from my dad...

I learned how to get the upper hand on cardboard home-intruders (including calling 911, lighting a fire so I could smoke-signal the neighbors, & mastering the mondo-lock on his gun safe).

I learned that every person around me is a "bad guy", and am therefore in a constant search for "America's Next Top Weapon".

I learned how to fall off of a horse gracefully.  There are many ways to fall off of a horse, but dangit, I can do it with style.

I learned how to load, unload and reload a six-shooter in under 4 seconds.

I learned how to make people laugh.

I learned how to say "I'm sorry".

I learned how to walk headfirst down the face of a cliff with nothing but a rope tied around my waist (a.k.a. Australian Rappelling).

I learned how to hunt for deer, doves, geese, ducks, & squirrels but never actually shoot anything except an unsuspecting bobcat and our neighbors prized rooster.

I learned that I'm always right. Then I learned that was wrong and my whole universe was shattered. :)

I learned how to drive a Ford Bronco on the highway...when I was 13.

I also learned to never, ever throw away a fast food napkin.
 
The philosophy is this: if you don't have napkins, you will make a mess and need them. If you do have napkins, you'll know you're covered, relax, and not spill things.

It sounds crazy, but it holds true.

Unfortunately, I can't manage to keep a normal ration of napkins, so every time I try to open the glove box, it explodes. I have an unnatural aversion to throwing them away.

Maybe I can craft them all into paper mache nun-chucks so I can protect myself from the "bad guys".

Yep, that seems like a rational, dad-like solution! 

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Junk Binge

I'm following in my mother's footsteps, but since it's already March, I've got some catching up to do.

Between yesterday and today I've gotten rid of:

- 12 plates
- 8 saucers
- 7 mugs
- 3 wooden spoons
- 10 plastic cups
- a ladle
- a bread knife
- a rolling pin (let's face it, I'm never going to use it.)
- an "ice" bowl
- 8 place mats
- a casserole dish (it's perfectly fine, I just have 6 of them and this one doesn't have a lid...what good does that do???)
- 2 vases
- a makeup bag
- 16 bras
- 2 shirts
- a book

I've thrown away several things and cleaned out my pantry...still on my list for today: bathrooms, nursery/office & my bedroom/closet + all of our laundry...we'll see what else I can get rid of! I'm gonna need more boxes!! Not expecting that I'll achieve everything today, especially since I've got a sleeping munchkin on my lap at the moment :)

Also, I figured since I'm here I'd give you an update on my cooking! It's going pretty well...I've made a couple of new Italian dishes (baked spaghetti/ziti type things), I've fixed homemade chicken noodle soup, a new kind of chili, Hawaiian pork roast, and even HOMEMADE COOKIES! If you know me at all, you know I've been attempting the homemade cookies since I got married, and they have become the bane of my existence. Not anymore!! I achieved amazing cookies!! I was...suffice it to say...stoked.

Now, the most exciting things are yet to come....the "welcome home" celebration for the Darlings at the airport on Friday, and then Friday night I'm getting my first haircut in almost a year!!!  Yay for cousins who are in cosmetology school!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Disaster on the Cellular Level

My iPhone has been broken for a while now, and I've been more than okay with it.  Yes, I've missed playing Words With Friends with my worthy-opponent-mother, but other than that, I haven't felt too alone without it.

Until my other ipod broke.  It just died.  No explanation, no fritz, no sparks, just death. A blank screen and no hope of a battery recharge or a system reset.

I don't do well without music.

In the absence of my iphone, I had been using my mother's old Nokia flip phone.
The phone she formerly professed her undying love to was sitting on a shelf in her utility room, gathering dust.  So, she bequeathed it to me in an effort for my husband and I to save money and avoid repairs on my iPhone. In the mean time, I ordered a replacement screen for my iPhone (still intending to use the flip and avoid data charges, but strictly in an effort to retrieve my musical repertoire.)

That is, until the flip phone died.  Now, it still has a little life left in it, but only enough to let you get a glimpse of the screen before it shuts off again. It is utterly useless. (And I outta know something about utters being useful.)

So I retired the flip phone. I am now resigned to the solution of using my iPhone because it is actually cheaper to pay for a data plan for the remainder of our cell phone contract than to try and purchase a new phone.

The timing of all these events, however, is the real kicker to this story.  You see, this all happened last Thursday around 6:00pm. In case you aren't aware of the context, this was about 9 hours before we loaded the bus for...

(a youth group weekend in Gatlinburg where I was in charge!....and thus in DESPERATE need of a cell phone!!!!)

So, Nathan was at work and I was car-less, and even if I hadn't been, it was too late to go to the only close Apple store on the North side of town (still a 45 minute drive).  So I dug around for a while and finally found a solid case that could cover the shattered screen on my iPhone. It worked...mostly. The shattered glass was held in place under a thick layer of hard plastic. But, besides the occasional shards of glass that would slip out from under the plastic and slice my hand, the shatter was directly over the button for the phone, hence I could not make calls.

(Do you sense the frustration building?)

So, I decided to check the mail, on the off chance that my replacement screen had come in a week early.

Much to my disbelief, there was a package in the mail containing a replacement tool kit and a new, pretty glass screen for my iPhone.

So I commenced the replacement process.

I opened the package to find it contained NO instructions, so I Googled a "how to" video tutorial, found one that looked legitimate, and got the process underway.

After 2 1/2 hours of unsuccessful screw removal (those screws are no bigger than a piece of pepper, I swear), I was just about to my wits end.  I had already Facebooked my husband to tell him that my phone wasn't working, so I decided to Facebook my dear friend Elizabeth and ask for her help (she's an engineer. If anybody could get this thing working, it was her). 

Neither one of us having yet packed for the oncoming weekend extravaganza, and the clock now pushing 9pm, Elizabeth and I sat around my coffee table (her eyeglass screwdriver in hand) attempting to disassemble and reassemble my poor, poor phone.  After another couple of hours, we were on the upswing and were about to re-insert the new screen.  As she popped the screen into place, there was a tab left sticking out at the top of the iPhone, but the phone worked! I assumed this tab was merely an extra, meant to help you hold onto the glass as you inserted it, and so, without hesitation, I snipped it off.

After that epic scissor snip, I then realized that what I had clipped was a ribbon cable, not an extra piece of plastic.

Bad Kacey, BAD.

The phone still works, mind you, but the touch sensor does not. I clipped the single most important component to the iPhone, and now I can't even turn it off, because even that requires a touch slide to do so.

At this point, I was hysterical. I cried and I yelled and I'm pretty sure I scared Elizabeth (even though I felt like DIRT for wasting two hours of her night with my stupidity).  I told her to just go home and pack because there was nothing else we could do...I'd just have to manage the weekend phone-less.

A couple of hours later, my husband arrived home to see my tears and hear my sad sob story. 

He chuckled a little bit, and then said, "well why don't you just use my old Tilt phone?" (The phone he had before I'd gotten him a Blackberry for work last year.)

He went upstairs, got the phone out of a secret desk drawer, charged it up, inserted my sim card, and had managed to solve all of my problems in a time-span of about 3 minutes.

I'm ordering another replacement screen for my iPhone, because I still don't have music.

This time, I'm letting Nathan hold the scissors.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nuclear Explosions & Other Things My Kid Can Sleep Through

It pretty much takes a train wreck to wake up my daughter.

In fact, if a train carrying nuclear missiles exploded right in the middle of a 3-ring-circus, I'm still not sure it would wake her up.

Unless, of course, you touched her....


We were laying in bed, quietly drifting off to sleep, when all of a sudden we heard "uuullllckckckckah, uuullllckckckckah, uuullllckckckckah, blllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeccccccccchhhhhhhhhh".

Lovely, right?

With a "HOLY CRUDBUCKETS DOG", my dear husband jumped out of bed, to the rescue of our carpet, and ran the puppy into the bathroom.

Rocco was sick. Not just once, but 16 times. Nathan would get up, each time yelling some sort of perturbed exclamation, clean up, put the dog up, then get back in bed just in time to hear "uuulllckckckckah, uuullllckckckckah, uuullllckckckckah, blllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeccccccccchhhhhhhhhh" all over again. Like I said, 16 times. He finally upchucked something metal that we're pretty sure was the cause of all the hacking. Through all of this noise, Mayah stayed asleep.

(Yes mother, I am well aware that this is why you don't have dogs. We get it.)

So, in the midst of all the puking, Mayah and I are laying there in bed, her little head asleep on my arm and me feeling really guilty that I wasn't helping my dear husband clean up.  I kept asking him if he needed help, but he kept demanding that he would only be angrier if we had an awake baby to deal with once the puking finally stopped. So I stayed in bed....and she stayed asleep.

A little while later Nathan finally decided that he was going to take Rocco downstairs so I could at least get some sleep. I objected and rapidly sat up in bed, forgetting the sleeping baby next to me. He objected to my objection and pointed out that Mayah was STILL asleep, even after I had jumped so hard, so I'd better lay back down and get some sleep or he was going to be mad at me too.

So he left. Before he hit the bottom of the stairs I heard "ROCCO YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FREAKING KIDDING ME!!!!!", and I knew the puking was nowhere near the end of its run.  So I went to lay back down, very thankful for a husband who understands the importance of my sleep.

Now I must emphasize that Mayah has slept through teenage girl slumber parties, youth group lock-ins, a countless number of movies (including several at the theaters), a superbowl party, fighting dogs, Sunday morning singing, and worst of all, my dad.

(I would also like to take this moment to point out that even as I sit here typing this, Mayah is asleep on my lap and I just had the most violent set of sneezes my body could muster. I'm pretty sure I'd put a dwarf to shame with those. Yet, she is still out cold.)

I never suspected that one tiny little movement would be the end of peace as I knew it.

I moved her arm. Shame on me. I should have known better, but I did it anyway. I moved it half an inch so I could lay back down, and with the tiny movement came a less than tiny scream.

Nobody got anymore sleep that night.

I'm choosing to look at the bright side of this. It's times like these when I'm extremely glad my husband doesn't have boobs. Otherwise I would have been cleaning up a lot of doggie puke.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The Complexities of Cornflowers


Recently, my husband has developed an obsession for distinguishing colors. If you read the recent debacle, then you know we had a dispute over the specific variations of the colors orange and tangerine. Based on his clear and unshakable stance on the side of the latter, I have come to the conclusion that Nathan needs to leave the color distinguishing up to me.

My mother and I frequently make up our own Crayola Crayon colors.  Ever since I was a kid, we would point out a color and make up a new name for it; such as: Zesty Blue (named after a favorite shirt of mine), Granny Apple Guacamole (a.k.a. the color of mom’s office walls), Hazelnut Latte (the color of the Drury Inn off exit 4 in Paducah), Mushroom Gray, Baby Puke Green, & the ever so creative Horse Poo Brown (I think that one might have been created out of a bad situation when dad let a horse loose in the front yard…).

Since Nathan is fully aware that I have a knack for putting a name to very oddly specific color variations, He frequently asks me to name colors for him, and I oblige because, let’s face it, I’m only creative in a linguistic capacity.
So the other day we were walking through the store and he pointed out a very specific shade of blue.  “What would you call that?” he asked.  “Well, that’s just plain ole’ Cornflower Blue” I said.  

“CORNFLOWER?!? What the heck is cornflower?!?”  “Well,” I went on to tell him, “Cornflowers are actual flowers, and that’s what color they are.  It was a very popular color for living room wallpaper in 1972.”

“Who in the world names colors after REAL THINGS?” he exclaimed!


I paused for a moment, slowly turned away from my shopping cart, looked him dead in the eyes and said “TANGERINE”!

Friday, January 28, 2011

NFL - Never a Fact Lost

Did you know that the circumference of the rim of a standard pint glass is just less than twice its height?

My husband didn't.

You see, he has this theory...

He believes that there is only so much room in his brain for knowledge, and since he is such an avid sports fan, he wants to ensure there is always plenty of room in his head for things of the sporting nature.

It is necessary to his being that he have a constant and ongoing stream of sports knowledge.  I'm pretty sure he thinks that he will lose one year off of his life if he isn't updated on the current status of Albert Pujols' contract.

Needless to say, he is a little reluctant to learn new things.  He firmly believes that with every new fact he hears, something old (and likely more valuable to him) is pushed out of his brain.

For example, if he learns that Charlie Sheen was taken to the hospital Thursday morning because of pain caused from a hernia, he might lose the knowledge that Michael Jordon, while dealing with a nasty bout of the flu, still carried the Bulls in a Finals game in 1997, scoring 38 points, with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.

If he learns that my new O.P.I. nail polish (which he bought me for Christmas) is called Bogota Blackberry, he might forget that David Eckstein was the MVP of the 2006 World Series when the Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 1. He already risked a lot just to learn the brand of my favorite nail polish!

If he had watched the State of the Union address on Monday night, he might have lost a vast array of knowledge, including, but not limited to every jersey & number ever worn by Hedo Turkoglu.

So what does he do?  He thanks God for his blackberry.  Every time he hears a fact he doesn't care to know, he tries his hardest to forget it and then goes and reads 12 new sports articles in the hopes that more of that knowledge will stick than anything else.  His efforts have doubled as of late, since he is without the daily influence of his dear Mike & Mike, Colin Cowherd or Tony & Michael on PTI. He could just watch reruns of Erin Andrews on Dancing with the Stars, but he says that doesn't count.

So don't expect him to know what happened at the Golden Globes, or what the headline is today on CNN.  It's not that he doesn't care, he just......well, he doesn't want to replace the important stuff. :-D

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Real Food

I'm no expert in the kitchen. Everybody knows that.

Recently we've been eating a lot of frozen food; pre-done dinners and the like.  Let's face it, those $3 bags of pasta dinners are not only CHEAP, but they aren't half bad.

The half that is bad, however, is wearing down my tolerance for cheap food.  Since we don't have the money to go out to eat, I'm left with one remaining option: navigate the dark recesses of uncharted territories know as "the fridge" and "the pantry".

Sure, I've cooked before, but I hate it. I avoid it at all costs.  I'd rather clean the bathrooms or do something really brave like fold the laundry as soon as the dryer dings. But like I said, I'm sick of everything I'm eating vaguely resembling a palette of flavors like plastic, aluminum & cardboard.

So into the unknown depths of kitchen exploration I go.  I'm starting off simple and we'll see how long this really lasts.

Last night: Night 1 of my domestic endeavor resulted in a quite yummy batch of homemade chicken noodle soup...with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day! Cha-ching!

Tonight: Sausage baked ziti.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Poop Gown

I am a glutton for punishment.

You see, my daughter has this nightgown....it's the perfectly girly sleep attire: white with little pink rose buds.  It is adorable on her; by far my favorite piece of sleepwear. 

I'm not usually in favor of the "little pink rosebud" type of clothing, so here's where I figure my punishment comes in...

Every time she wears that nightgown, without fail, she poops through her diaper.

I am convinced that the gown is cursed. Every SINGLE time she's has on that nightgown, I end up scrubbing an orange stain out of the back of it.

The solution would have been to stop putting this nightgown on her. After all, she has plenty of pj's. But that's not what I did.  Oh no. I kept letting her wear it.

And even though it's technically a size too small now, I put it on her one last time today.

It's now in the washer with a full scoop of Oxy Clean.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Movie Madness

If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged.


1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.

Off the top of my head......

The Lion King
Love Actually
The Fugitive
Jurassic Park
Twister
Little Women
The Sound of Music
The Princess Bride
Sneakers
America’s Sweethearts
Chicago
Batman Begins
Cool Runnings
Die Hard
Ferris Bueller
Hook
Independence Day
Men in Black
Big Trouble


2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater.

The Lion King
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Dark Knight
Alice in Wonderland


3. Name an actor/actress that would make you more inclined to see a movie.

Dustin Hoffman
Emma Thompson
Helena Bonham Carter
Gary Oldman
Johnny Depp
Will Smith
Maggie Smith
Robert Downey Jr.
Amanda Peet
Morgan Freeman
Tina Fey
Paul Bettany
Meryl Streep
Kevin Bacon
Zooey Deschanel
Denzel Washington
Jon Cusack
Emma Stone
Anne Hathaway
Leonardo DiCaprio (Post “Titanic”)


4. Name an actor/actress that would make you less likely to see a movie.

Rob Schneider
Matt Dillon
Ben Affleck
Kirsten Dunst
Woody Harrelson
Diane Lane
Kevin Costner
Toni Collette
Russell Crowe
Pierce Brosnan
Leonardo DiCaprio (Pre “Titanic”)

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.

Ocean’s 11 (“They say taupe is very soothing” & “We’re in Barney…Barney Rubble? TROUBLE!”)
Princess Bride (“Anybody wanna peanut?”)
Twister (“I gotta go Julia! WE GOT COWS!!!”)
Monty Python & the Holy Grail (“Your father smelt of pigs and your mother smelt of elderberries!” &“Help, help I’m being repressed...violence inherent in the system!!”)

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs

Moulin Rouge
Newsies

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with

Both of the aforementioned musicals; also Elf, The Sound of Music, most Disney productions, Harry Potter (I hum the soundtrack because I love it…I also hum anything that John Williams composed), & Love Actually. I also sing Christmas songs when Die Hard is on, and I frequently flip to the special features on Men in Black so I can watch Will Smith do the alien dance J

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.

Stranger Than Fiction or Martian Child


9. Name a movie that you own.

See answer #1

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.

Well, Will Smith really started in the music biz, so he’s got to take the award, but I have to give SOME props to Marky Mark.

11. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to.

Gladiator. I know it’s great, I just really don’t like Russell Crowe!

12. Ever walked out of a movie?

Not that I can remember…I always seem to hope it will get better.

13. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.

Seven Pounds

14. Popcorn?

With butter.

15. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?

We used to go every weekend, but that was before my husband worked at Family Video and could rent for free.

16. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?

The Tourist. Big mistake.

17. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?

Exciting.  I know that’s not a genre, but let’s face it, I don’t watch movies to be bored.  I like anything action, suspense, thrill related.

18. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?

The Lion King.  I’m sure I saw movies before that, but I was 8 when it came out and it stuck with me like honey on toast.

19. What movie do you wish you had never seen?

Year One, Burn After Reading, Hitcher, Identity, Superman Returns, Speed 2, Under the Tuscan Sun, Titanic, Nights in Rodanthe, White Chicks, Resident Evil, Four Christmases, Because I Said So, The Family Stone,  & any horror movie or terribly sappy/predictable chick flick that I’ve ever watched.

20. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?

Inglorious Bastards, Intolerable Cruelty, Sweeney Todd & The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

21. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen?

What Lies Beneath. Freaked. Me. Out.  I am aware that nobody else thought this movie was scary, but I’m sticking to my guns. Freaking scariest movie ever.  Oh yeah…that, and White Noise. HO-LY COW.

22. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen?

Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Big Trouble, Talladega Nights, America’s Sweethearts, Austin Powers, Airplane, Young Frankenstein, A Fish Called Wanda, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, & History of the World Part I.