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Friday, September 30, 2011

TGIF!

Happy Friday, friends!

I wish I had something of substance for you today, but I'm blogging from my iPhone so this will be short.



This is the end of my second week at work, and I feel slightly less panicked about my ability to do this job. As you can see, I decorated my little space. Bling bling!

Jason's work schedule is horrendous right now. He's working 14 hour days and we work opposing schedules, so we only see each other for about 20 minutes a day. It has not been good for us as a family. Jason & I tend to squabble during times of stress, and the timing of his new schedule with the start of my job is just terrible. However, I love all the time I get to spend with Cooper.

I'm hesitant to say this, but Cooper seems to be doing much better at daycare. (Knock on wood.) There has been no biting this week & every day when I have dropped him off he has walked right in without crying. He learned to draw circles this week & was so excited to show me his work. :)

I don't have any big plans for the weekend. I'll be cleaning, doing laundry, & catching up on blog business. Maybe we will escape to the playground if the weather is nice.

What's new with you guys? What do you have planned for the weekend?

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dear (Fill In The Blank)

Please join in. It makes me feel better about being such a snarky witch.

Dear Citgo,

You know what makes me mad? I mean super steaming mad? When I pay at the pump with my credit card and the machine tells me to come inside and get my receipt. Doesn’t that kind of defeat the point? If I wanted to come inside, I’d pay inside. What I want to do is hop in my car and leave. Fill up the dang paper thingamajig.

Work on that, please.

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Dear Pants,

Did you shrink in the wash? No, because I haven’t washed you yet. Did I pick up the wrong size? No? Then please tell me why you are so tight that you can clearly see the outline of my undies. I mean, you’re so tight I had genuine fear I was going to split my pants. When I took you off, I swear I had a bruise where the waistband had been. What is the problem?

Love,

It’s not me, it’s you.

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Dear Self,

Have you ever heard of the word willpower? You should look it up. You just bragged on your blog the other day that you had lost 15 pounds. You should probably admit you gained 5 of those back, and the pants in your new size are suddenly uncomfortably tight. I realize ice cream is delicious, but nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.

Love,

Fatty McFatterson

P.S. Blizzards totally taste as good as skinny feels. Maybe better.

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Dear Lacey Schwimmer,

Oh honey, no. Just no. What has happened to you?!

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Dear Ryan Murphy,

I think you are one of the smartest guys on the planet. I love your show. However, can I give you some constructive criticism?

Please dial down the show tunes. I love Broadway just as much as the next girl, but a whole episode of Broadway songs? Can’t we have something contemporary? Also… I’m a little tired of Kurt. Last season was the Kurt show… can’t we focus on someone else this year?

Also, could you give Lea Michelle a few notes from me? It really drives me bonkers that when she sings, she squeezes up her eyes for half the song. Tell the poor girl she’s giving herself wrinkles. Yes, she’s emoting, but it looks like she’s constipated.

What’s the deal with Quinn? She’s always been one of the most unlikeable characters on the show, in my opinion, and you’re just making me hate her more. However, bravo on having Mr. Shue bring her down a peg in this week’s episode. Someone needed to tell her what a whiny, ungrateful brat she really is.

Lindsey from The Glee Project was fabu. Please bring her back for more. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for Damien and Samuel. However, I can’t even imagine what you will write for Alex that will make him likeable. I am not a fan.

I think you are fabulous. Please write me a guest role. kthanksbye.

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Dear Producers of Every Talent Based Reality Show (or almost any reality show, actually):

WHY in the world do shows have to be 2 hours long? I really don’t care to see Brad Womack or Brooke Burke for that long on a weekly basis. I end up fast-forwarding through most of the show because that is the only way I can stand it.

Sincerely,

The girl with too much on her DVR

Who do you want to write this week?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mean Girls: The Mom Bully Edition

If only you knew how mean she really is... you know that I'm not allowed to wear hoop earrings, right? Yeah! Two years ago she told me hoops earrings were *her* thing and I wasn't allowed to wear them anymore. And then for Hannakuh my parents got this pair of really expensive white gold hoops and I had to pretend like I didn't even like them and... it was so sad. – Mean Girls

Mean Girls isn’t just a movie, y’all. It’s a reality here in the world of social media and blogging.

When I was in middle school, I lived on the outskirts of the popular crowd. You know – I was close, but not quite in the circle. Nicole, the queen bee, one day decided she did not like me. I hadn’t done anything mean or rude to her, but one day she just decided she didn’t like the look of me. Nicole proceeded to make my 6th grade year miserable. She didn’t “allow” her friends to speak to me. She mercilessly made fun of my looks, weight, and intelligence. She encouraged a male friend to start an unfortunate nickname for me that stuck: Miss Piggy. I would come home every night and cry, and would beg not to go to school in the mornings. It was so bad that my parents ultimately decided to move me to a different school the next year.

(Nicole, for the record, dropped out of school in the 7th grade, got pregnant, and hasn’t been heard of since. Mean girls never seem to win in the end.)

I think each of us, at some point, has had that experience. Someone was cruel to you. Someone made fun of you. Someone caused you to feel bad about yourself. It happened when we were teens and it continues to happen to this day.

Blogging and social media have brought about what I like to call Mom-bullying. You may not be familiar with the term, but you have either seen it happen or had it happen to you.

“I would NEVER let my child watch television. It poisons the mind.”

“What kind of mother doesn’t breastfeed? I breastfed for three years. And it is no coincidence that Johnny has never, ever been sick.”

“I can’t imagine not using cloth diapers. Disposable diapers are awful for the environment and they smell terrible! It’s a much healthier choice for babies.”

“Working mothers are so selfish. I’m putting my dreams on hold so my Amy can have me at home with her. She learns so much from me, and I don’t have to worry about some nasty daycare worker abusing her or treating her bad.”

(For the record, the above quotes are all things I’ve read on blogs, online discussion boards, or Twitter.)

My friend, Laura, recently experienced some Mom-bullying over her creation of the iLatch. The iLatch allows you to hook your iPad to virtually any surface and it is marketed towards Moms to help entertain your child during periods when you need a little distraction. Two bloggers, Megan and Erin, posted about the iLatch to help Laura gain funding for production. Laura was slammed in (the comment section of) both blogs for her invention. She got called out for encouraging Moms to let their children watch t.v. and for encouraging mothers to plop their children in front of the iPad and ignore them.

I was outraged when I read these comments. First of all, why is Laura responsible for other people’s parenting? That’s like saying McDonalds is responsible for obesity or it is Target’s fault that you blew your budget for the week. WE are the parents. A product doesn’t make us a bad parent – our choices for our child do. Laura was creative and enterprising when she invented the iLatch. She created a product to help make any mom’s life easier… it is YOUR responsibility to decide how you use it, if you chose to buy. Is Sony to blame for producing TVs? Is Nickelodeon responsible for your child watching Bubble Guppies? Last time I checked, we made decisions for our children until they are old enough to do it for themselves.

Secondly, why the hate? Why is it necessary to bring things to a personal level? It is all well and good to have a differing opinion, as long as your opinion is stated in a respectful way. Why aren’t we applauding Laura for having the courage to be creative and resourceful? Have you ever created and copyrighted something? Why aren’t we proud of a fellow mommy for doing something most people only dream of doing?

I’ve been writing this blog since 2007, and I consider myself pretty lucky to have such a loyal group of followers and commenters. In four years, I have had only two incidences of true negativity. I recently had an awful experience on Twitter. A follower attacked me for a statement I made about my husband, stating that all I did was bash my husband and (among many other things) that I was married to an abusive man. It was completely unfounded and very hurtful. I still cannot comprehend what brings a person to say such awful things to a fellow human being.

Bullying is so prevalent in the blog community these days. Fashion bloggers get hate mail about their bodies. Mom bloggers get accused of being poor parents. Food bloggers are told their use of butter is unhealthy and irresponsible. Because someone posts about their new Tory Burch shoes or a fantastic vacation they just took, a reader takes the opportunity to make snarky comments about how stuck up the person is.

There are great offenders of Mom-bullying, but I think we all do this in some way, shape, or form. We do it even if we don’t necessarily intend to do it. I know I’m guilty. I’ve caught myself making blanket statements on my blog or Twitter. I’ve put down other people for their choices. Even if I don’t say things out loud, I confess that many times I judge people in my mind. I’ve caught myself jumping on a bandwagon of hate when someone attacks my friend. “Calling someone out” is just a polite way of ganging up on someone.

Why do we do these things? What has happened to us? Why does sitting behind a computer screen give us courage that we do not have in real life? What are we accomplishing when we make someone feel bad about themselves?

I’m challenging myself to be more encouraging of my fellow bloggers. I’m working on ditching the judgment and being more accepting of other people’s choices. Most of all, I’m practicing the golden rule: if you don’t have something nice to say, you should say nothing at all.

Won’t you join me?

I’m linking up to Shawn & IA for Talk To Us Tuesday.

Monday, September 26, 2011

2 On Tuesday: Cancelled Shows

Hey friends! Welcome back for the third week of 2 On Tuesday! I’m so excited you are here, and I can’t wait to get started with this week’s topic!

But first comes some housekeeping. Every week I have been choosing one participant to receive a little surprise from moi. Last week’s participant is Mrs. Smith! Mrs. Smith, please send me your addy. This week will be the last week to receive surseys from me, so link up!

Don’t forget to sign up for the Snail Mail Challenge! I’ll be sending out more information by the end of the week.

Now… don’t be tardy to the party!

(Ha.)

What two television shows that have gone off the air do you miss?

Oh goodness, I loved me some Felicity. First off, Felicity’s hair was super awesome. Ben was absolutely dreamy, and  who doesn’t want a Noel in their life? Exactly. I have such nostalgia for this show because it started airing my first year of college. I boohooed the entire series finale because I felt like I was saying goodbye to my dear friends.

I still wish I would run into Scott Speedman somewhere. I would be on him like white on rice.

Continuing with my addiction to teen dramas, I also loved The O.C. Seth was such a snarky pants (turn on), Ryan was a hunky man hero (turn on), and even Sandy was rocking the salt and pepper ‘do. I have the entire series on DVD and I’m embarrassed to say I watch it often.

And because I can’t follow my own rules, I also dearly miss Will & Grace. Seriously, who cares about those two? I need a Jack & Karen spin off.

Link up, friends!

Here’s the schedule for October:

  • October 4th – What were your two favorite childhood toys?
  • October  11th – Tell me your two biggest fashion mistakes. Shoulder pads? Bike shorts? Banana clips? I want to hear it.
  • October 18th  - What are your two favorite restaurants?
  • October 25th – Share your two favorite pictures of yourself. Yes, yourself. Don’t be shy. It can be with other people, but I want it to include you. Why do you like those two pictures?

Brain Dump

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I made this Pinterest inspired snack station last weekend. It contains greek yogurt, hummus, individual packets of guacamole, turkey pepperoni, string cheese, cottage cheese, carrots, bell pepper, and cucumbers. The purpose was supposed to be that I would make smart choices when I was hungry.

Let’s not discuss how it hasn’t been touched since last weekend (when I made it).

Le sigh.

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My first week of work was… interesting. Not bad, but stressful. I love my coworkers, and they have welcomed me with open arms. However, even though the work is very similar to what I used to do, it all seems to be very different and overwhelming to me. I think that it is not going to be the usual 8-5 job. It will require lots of nights and weekends, and I’m not sure how I’m going to handle that and Cooper.

I’ll cross that bridge when I get there, I guess.

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Cooper tried corn on the cob for the first time Saturday at Chili’s. He loved it! Although the corn looked a little like a jack of lantern went to town on it when he was done.

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Speaking of Cooper, he’s been a terror lately. He is not adjusting well to daycare. In two weeks, he has bitten someone four times. He hasn’t been labeled a “problem biter” by the daycare but they are “closely monitoring the situation.” Apparently he bites when he feels like another child is getting in his space or trying to take away his toys.

I seriously don’t know what to do about this. I have talked him to death about biting, but I can’t punish him for something that he doesn’t do at home. He is so defiant lately. He does not listen to me and pretty much laughs when I try to discipline him. Seriously – he hit me today and when I sat him in time out, he smiled at me and started laughing.

I don’t know what to do with the kid.

When he isn’t testing me, he is the sweetest thing in the world. He loves to cuddle and will crawl up on the couch beside me to watch TV. Today in Hobby Lobby he gave me a kiss and told me he loved me. He seriously melts my heart… and ten minutes later he makes me want to tear my hair out.

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A direct result of my poor parenting has been me signing up for a class at church. The class is called Parenting: The Early Years. I swear I’d sign up for parenting classes three days a week if I could. Sometimes I feel so unqualified to be a mom.

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Laura turned me onto to this fantastic toy that I immediately snatched up for Cooper. It is the Fisher Price Apptivity Case and it allows your child to handle your iPhone/iPod without damaging it. It locks in and has a plastic screen that covers the front of the iPhone/iPod. Genius! Cooper likes to mess with my phone but I’m too scared to let him hold it without supervision. Problem solved!

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Speaking of Laura, I am so proud of her mom-vention! Laura has created the iLatch, which is a super cool case that allows you to hook your iPad securely to all kinds of different surfaces. Please check it out, and consider donating to help her reach her production goal! If you donate $25, you will receive a free iLatch!

What’s new with you guys?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Snail Mail Challenge!

Sometimes I can be so selfish. Seriously. I get wrapped up in my own world and my own problems, and I forget to reach out to the people around me. I live in a constant cycle of me, me, me and I’m just sick of it.

I love the light that comes from making other people happy. It makes me happy to make others happy, and I’m sure you are the same way. Don’t ever underestimate the power of a card, a text, a random phone call, or a surprise gift. You may just be lifting someone’s burden. It has happened to me, for sure. I can be having the worst day of my life, and a dear friend will send me a fruit bouquet, and suddenly there is hope in the world.

I’m sure you have experienced this in some shape or form, right?

Every day I eagerly open my mailbox, hoping against hope that there is something besides bills and credit card offers. Occasionally I’ll get a gift or card from a friend, and I’m on cloud 9. Someone loves me! Someone is thinking of me! All is right with the world!

Lately I’ve been challenging myself to step up and be a better friend. To reach out to others. To lift other people up. I’ve been bombarding my friends with surprises in the mail, and you know what? It feels fantastic. My world is no longer just about me and my family. My world includes my friends.

I’d like to challenge you to send a little mail love of your own.

Here’s the deal: I want to set up a mail swap. My idea is that you would be paired up with one person for one month. You will receive that person’s email and home address. I’ll send you an email questionnaire that you will fill out and that will get forwarded to your partner. I want you to blog stalk your partner and really get to know them. Find out what you have in common, and talk about it! Talk about your favorite TV shows. Be each other’s weight loss accountability partners. Pray for each other. Whatever you want – just reach out and start a conversation!

I challenge you to reach out to this person at least once per week by mail. I hope you will email them as well. You can send cards. You can send letters. You can send a little pressie if you so choose. I just want you to send a little love to another person.

What do you think? Are y’all interested? Would you like to participate? If so, let me know in the comments. If you are interested, I’ll contact you by email with a little more information.

Even if you aren’t interested or aren’t able to participate, I hope this post will inspire you to send a little snail mail love to someone today!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

She’s A Super Freak

She’s a supa freak, supa freak, she’s super freaky, yeah.

Oh yeah. That’s me.

I do the weirdest things – things that I would be embarrassed to share with others – yet here I am, about to wave my freak flag high to the world.

I’m the girl who, in the middle of the night, sprints to the bed. I even jump the last foot. I’m still irrationally scared that someone is under the bed and is going to slash my Achilles tendon.

It could happen.

I won’t even turn the lights on when I have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Partly that is because the light would wake me up, but the other reason is that I’m scared to look in the mirror. I avoid the mirror in the night – what if I see something that isn’t me? Yikes.

I leave at least one cabinet door open in my kitchen at all times. It’s just a nervous habit I picked up when I was in graduate school. I lived in a residence hall that was rumored to be haunted… and each morning I would wake up and at least one of my cabinet doors would be open. So now I just beat the ghosts to the chase.

Speaking of ghosts, during winter break my co-worker and I were the only people still living in the residence hall. One night we both ran out of our apartments at the exact same time because we heard someone running down the halls above us, slamming doors. A) All the doors were locked because the students were at home for break and B) we were the only ones in a locked building. I am not kidding when I say I peed my pants. We did, however, show some sense and we did NOT go to investigate. We called Public Safety to do it instead. You know what they found? Open doors and not another soul in the building.

Creepy.

Do y’all remember the Chucky horror movies? They terrified me as a child. I didn’t even see the movie – I only saw the preview – and I didn’t sleep for a week because I thought I needed to watch my dolls in case they came to life. I still cannot watch a Chuckie movie. It’s just creepy.

I think that’s enough sharing for one day. How do you wave your freak flag? What little quirks do you have?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dear (Fill In The Blank)

Dear Consignment Sale Organizers,
Are you kidding me with these prices? I understand that you let the consignors set their own prices, but you should tell these women that they are on crack if they think I’m paying $40 for a toy I can get new at Target for $35. Used pajamas for $8? Faded Glory pants for $10? I saw two identical toys, both in good condition, sitting side by side. One was priced at $70 and the other was priced at $30. Please explain that nonsense to me.
Dudes. Work on that, please.
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Dear Husband,
It was so not cool that you stepped on my one month old Kindle and broke it. It was even less cool that you did not offer to replace it. Sex is on hold this week.
Love you still,
Me
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Dear Husband,
It was also not cool that you rolled your eyes at me when we were in Walmart the other day and I asked you to buy me an iPad. I was joking… but I was a little serious. It’s on my Christmas list. Make it happen.
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Dear Baby Gap,
A sale is not a t-shirt that still costs $30.00. A toddler t-shirt should never cost $30.00. You have to be kidding me.
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Who do you need to write this week?
I’m linking up to Shawn & Impulsive Addict for their awesome new linky, Talk To Me Tuesday! (Haven’t we discussed how I never do things on time?) Please head over there and check it out! You can talk about anything!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2 On Tuesday–Fall Shows & Cleaning Products

Thank y’all so much for joining me to 2 On Tuesday. I get so excited when I see my friends link up! Don’t forget to grab my button and link back to me on your post. MUAH!

I’m continuing to pick one person who links up per week for a little prize. I have not heard back from Mindy, so I have picked a new participant from week one – Cole! IA, you are the “winner” from week 2! You both have a little surprise coming in the mail from me. (Stressing little. Don’t get your hopes up, IA. It isn’t from Tiffany’s.)

I have a confession to make. I messed up. In last week’s post, I stated that this week’s topic would be your favorite cleaning products. Then in yesterday’s post, I said the topic would be your favorite fall shows.

Oopsie.

Thanks to Mrs. Smith for pointing out my error, and my deepest apologies for confusing you all.

So today is a free for all, and you can write about whatever you want! Write about cleaning products. Write about falls shows. Write about both! It’s your choice. I’m cool like that.

Today’s question(s) is/are:

Many fall shows are starting up again this week. What two shows are you most looking forward to?

AND/OR

What two cleaning products make your life easier?

I love this time of year. I wait and wait all summer for my beloved shows to return, and it is finally time! I’m so sick of watching reruns of Bridezillas and documentaries on the History Channel.

I am MOST looking forward to Glee. This is by far my favorite tv show ever. (Well. Besides Felicity, Will & Grace, Friends, and Sex and the City.) I can’t wait to see what shenanigans everyone is getting into. Did you hear Chord Overstreet (Sam) will not be returning this season? Also, Ashley Fink (Lauren Zizes) will no longer be part of the Glee Club.


These two shows are a total tie. I caught onto Modern Family pretty late in the season, but I’m completely addicted now. I’ve been watching Big Bang Theory since the beginning. Gotta love the geeks!

Y’all would die if you saw my DVR. It is jam packed. I have no idea where I’m going to find the time to watch all these shows, but somehow I’ll rally.

How about you? What shows are you looking forward to?

Here’s a little nugget about me that you probably don’t know: I like the idea of cleaning, but I don’t like the actual chore. I like to browse the cleaning isles of Tarjay, looking for the next new product that will make my life 100x easier. I am seduced by Mr. Clean. I get all tingly when Swiffer introduces a new mop. However? I don’t like to use them. These hands don’t like manual labor.

Just sayin’. I mean, I do it, obviously. But I don’t like it.

Mr. Clean Multi Surface Liquid with Febreze rocks my socks off. I use it to mop my floors, and it cleans toddler gunk up and gets rid of any lingering dog smell my sweet pups leave behind. Mr. Clean also makes a spray, and I use that on my counters. I use the Mr. Clean mop (lovesit) and of course, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. No joke, the magic eraser saved my from having to paint 90% of my house in SC when we were preparing it for renters.

I love that little bald man.

Bruce Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner is my secret for cleaning my hardwood floors. This is amazing for unsealed wood floors. It leaves incredible shine as well as cleaning.

What are your favorite cleaning products?

Here’s the 2 On Tuesday schedule for the next few weeks, in case you like to schedule your posts.

September 27th – What two television shows that have gone off the air do you miss?

October 4th – What were your two favorite childhood toys?

October  11th – Tell me your two biggest fashion mistakes. Shoulder pads? Bike shorts? Banana clips? I want to hear it.

October 18th  - What are your two favorite restaurants?

October 25th – Share your two favorite pictures of yourself. Yes, yourself. Don’t be shy. It can be with other people, but I want it to include you. Why do you like those two pictures?

EDIT: I tried to mess with the linky to fix a problem some people were having linking up, and the format went all wonky on me. I’m sorry! If you are having problems linking, comment and I’ll come in and add you myself.

EDIT #2: In order for this to be at all readable, I had to rewrite the post, so I lost all your comments. I have them in my email though.

Blogger makes me crazy.

Monday, September 19, 2011

So Fresh and So Clean

Today is my first day at my new job! As you’re reading this, I’m probably smack dab in the middle of IRS forms and new hire paperwork. Fun times!

So the topic of the day is laundry. Yes, laundry. I know it sounds frightfully dull, but we all have to do it, right? I’m going to share some of my laundry tips and tricks, and I want you to do the same.

I can’t use scented laundry detergent, so I use All Free & Clear. I use this, and have always used this, on Cooper’s clothes.

I also use a scoop of Borax in every load of laundry. It is supposed to make your laundry cleaner and brighter, and I think it works. I started using it when Cooper was born, and I really believe it helps lift out those stubborn stains that only babies can produce.

For really stubborn stains, I use OxyClean Laundry Stain Remover Spray. I try to remember to spray clothes as I take them off for the day, and I let them sit until it is time to wash. But sometimes I forget and just spray right before I throw the clothes in the wash. It works either way.

For those truly dirty loads (think spaghetti stains or that awful red clay dirt) I throw in a Tide Stain Release In Wash Booster tablets.

I also use Snuggle fabric softener in the white lavender and sandalwood scent in a Downy ball. If I want a little extra scent, I throw in fabric softener sheets into the dryer.

So there you go! What are your laundry tips? What products do you use?

My friend Laura wrote a great blog post on her laundry tips. She also shares a great recipe for homemade laundry detergent. I have all the ingredients to make this; I just need to sit down and do it!

I’d also love to hear your feedback on how often you do your laundry. I am awful about this! I just let it sit and sit until I need something specific, and then I do about 10 loads in one day. I’m also really bad about dumping the clothes in our spare room and never folding them.  Then, when someone is about to come over, I spend an entire night folding and putting things away. I know I need to establish some sort of laundry schedule.

How about you? Do you do laundry on certain days? One load a day?

I’m a little embarrassed to be posting about this (ha!) but hey, everyone has to do it. Unless you live at home with your mother or you have a maid. In which case I’m a little jealous of you.

Don’t forget tomorrow is 2 On Tuesday. The topic will be:

Many fall shows are starting up again this week. What two shows are you most looking forward to?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Friend Makin’ Mondays… On Thursday

Because clearly something due on a Monday would not be done until Thursday. Clearly. Y’all know whose blog you are reading, right?

I’m linking up with Kenlie at All The Weigh for Friend Makin’ Mondays. Kenlie called me out in her post; how could I not link up? Winking smile FMM was originally started by Kasey, and during that time Kenlie, myself, and many others were regulars at linking up. The linky has changed hands quite a few times, and as I said, is now hosted by Kenlie at All The Weigh. She does this every Monday, so check it out!

FMM: All About Me

1. What are your talents? I am great at spending money. I also excel at procrastination. And I can justify almost anything. (An example is my house, which hasn’t been cleaned even though Cooper has been in daycare and I am not working this week.)

2. What is your best habit? I take great care of my skin. I never leave my makeup on overnight. Keep those wrinkles at bay!

3. If you had to be stuck with someone in an elevator for 8 hours, who would you want it to be? Hello, did you read my 2 On Tuesday post? Ryan Gosling, of course. THOSE ABS.

4. Share one odd fact about you that we’d never know to ask. I was born with an extra bone in my foot, which had to be removed when I was in the 5th grade because it was causing the other bones to grind together. I have a wicked scar on my left foot.

5. What’s your latest project (work, home, whatever you care to share)?  My home is an ongoing project. I just need to get organized – closet, pantry, office, etc. I want to get on top of meal planning and make a home organization notebook as well.

6. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be? I would lose weight. I’ve lost about 15 pounds since we moved, but I swear you can’t tell at all. I still have all five of my chins.

7. What do you do in your spare time? I love to read. I’m a television junkie. I like to paint my nails to relax (weird, I know) and I like doing crafts.

8. What is your biggest pet peeve? My biggest blog pet peeve is word verification. And disqus for commenting. They are a close tie. I also cannot stand people who are vague online (you know, I’m having this huge problem and need prayers but I can’t tell you what the problem is). There are people who do that all.the.time and it is really just a ploy to get people to pay attention to them.

9. Why do you blog? It is a social outlet for me.

10. Are you tidy or messy? I am very clean, but I am NOT tidy.

11. What’s the last song that played on your iPod? Jason says the only songs I have played in the past two years are Glee songs. He’s right. I’ve downloaded every Glee song available. They are on constant shuffle.

12. Do you cook?  If so, what’s for dinner tonight? I love to cook! I cook about 4 times a week, and we do “anything goes” or eat out the other nights. Tonight I’m ordering pizza… it has been that kind of day.

13. Do you like sports?  If so, list your teams. I don’t like sports, but my daddy would kill me if I didn’t support the SEC. Go Gamecocks!

14. How often do you read and/or watch the news? I don’t watch the news. I get CNN alerts sent to my iPhone and that keeps me somewhat in the loop, but I just prefer not to know. The news depresses and worries me. (I know some of you are thinking “say what?!” and that’s ok.) I read daily.

15. Did you stick to your new Year’s resolution this year?  Heck no. I don’t even remember what they were.

16. What are you looking forward to most in the remainder of 2011?  Just being with my family in our new home and new city. I want to find a church, get involved in the community, and make some friends. Perhaps another baby in 2012! We’ll see.

17. Shoes, sunglasses or handbags?  I used to be such a shoe and bag whore, but I strangely can’t justify spending hundreds on a purse anymore. I love sunglasses, but I shop Target & Forever 21 because I either break them or lose them.

18. How do you feel about sleeping on satin sheets?  I don’t know that I’ve ever slept on satin sheets… but wouldn’t that be gross if you sweat a lot?

19. Do you sing in the shower? No. I shower in the morning and spend the whole time I’m showering telling myself “You can do this. You’re not exhausted. You OWN this day.”

20. Describe yourself in one word. Complicated.

I’m sorry if I haven’t made it by your blogs this week. It’s been a stressful week and I promise I will be by soon! Thanks for visiting me!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2 On Tuesday–Island Essentials

Hey y’all! Happy Tuesday! I’m so happy that so many of you decided to participate in 2 On Tuesday! I have heard several people say they met some new friends and got new blog followers, and I am so happy that this linky party is helping you to make new blog buddies!

Remember I said that each week I would use Random Number Generator to choose one person for a little surprise from yours truly? Last week’s lucky girl is Mindy from All I Will Ever Need! Mindy, please send me your address.

So, let’s get this (linky) party started!

Don’t forget to use the button and link back to my site! If this is your first time participating, please read the “rules.”

Today’s question is:

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what two items would you wish to have with you? (I know you’ll have more than two. I would have one million. It’s ok if you share more than two.)

Well. Since you (I) asked.

I definitely would have to have some chapstick. Mama can’t live without her chapstick.

And some sunscreen because you should just say no to wrinkles. These are fabu. A whole sheet can coat your entire body.

My nose spray, cause y’all know I’m an addict.

I supposed I should say Jason and Cooper, but they are home safe and sound because they did not take this fictional plane ride with me.

However, this guy was in first class.

Unfortunately (for him) he lost his shirt in the crash. That’s ok, hottie. I’ve got some sunscreen I can share with you. Can I rub it on your abs? No? Darn.

I think Ryan’s going to need a lot of these. Maybe his beer goggles will turn me into Rachel McAdams.

Don’t worry, husband. I will not partake of the Coronas. I must keep myself sober so I can remember that you (I) can look but you (I) can’t touch-a. Maybe I can touch-a his abs though? Just a little? To protect his skin from harmful uv rays, of course.

Finally, I’ll need one  of these after a few weeks have passed. You know, that point where Ryan no longer cares about impressing me and is doing disgusting things in front of me, thus tarnishing his super hottie image in my mind. Also, he’s ran out of booze so I’m not looking so hot to him, either.

Don’t worry, Ryan. We’ll always have the island.

What would be your essentials on a deserted island?

Don’t forget to Ask Me Anything! Each question you ask enters you into a drawing for a Starbucks gift card!

I did get the opportunity to email with Taylor, the original host of Top 2 Tuesday. If you remember her, you know she was experiencing some health problems. Please keep her in your prayers as her health has not improved.

Next week’s 2 On Tuesday topic is:

What two cleaning products make your life easier?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Q’s for you and Q’s for me

So. Let me pick your brain.

Cooper is (almost) 20 months old. My child used to be a wonderful eater, but lately he was reverted to the pickiest of picky eaters. His diet these days consists of hot dogs, the occasional fruit, and chocolate milk. Mealtimes are a nightmare that involve me plying him with the healthiest of cuisine, only to have him scream “NO!” and throw whatever I have so lovingly prepared for him on the floor.

I am at my wit’s end. I have heard this is common for this age, but I’m very worried he isn’t getting the nutrients and calories he needs. He has a doctor’s appointment tomorrow and I’m going to ask the doctor about this then, but I need the advice of my fellow mommies.

So, Q’s for you:

Do you have a picky eater? How did you handle it?

How long did this last?

How did you deal with it?

To all moms – what did you feed your kids at this age? Any foods I should try?

Does anyone have any websites they can recommend?

I would be forever grateful if you had advice and could help with this situation.

And.

I am a very large chested woman. I’m talking F/G size bras. (It’s a CURSE, I tell you.) I usually by my bras at Lane Bryant – the Cacique brand – but lately their quality has been crap. I bought three bras about two months ago, and within the past two weeks the underwire has popped out of the seam of the bra.

Ouch.

So, Q for you:

Where do you get your bras? I have trouble finding my size in department stores.

Now, Q’s for me.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an “Ask Me Anything” post and I think it is time to do it again! Ask me anything. Seriously. Got a burning question you want to ask me about something I’ve blogged about? Need advice? Got a burning question you’ve held off asking because you think it is too nosy?

Ask away.

Just as an enticement (because it would be super lame and would make me uber sad if one person asked me a question) I will enter each person who asks a question into a giveaway for a gift card to a certain coffee shop. (And if you don’t have a Starbucks or hate coffee, I’ll sub it out for something else.)

Please leave a separate comment for each question, just to make counting easier on me. Math isn’t my strong suit. 2+2= 50% off?

Don’t forget tomorrow is 2 on Tuesday! Grab the button and link up! The question is below, if you would like to pre-write your post.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what two items would you wish to have with you? (I know you’ll have more than two. I would have one million. It’s ok if you share more than two.)

Happy Monday, friends!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I Remember

I remember exactly where I was the day the towers fell. I, with the faulty memory, can remember every second of that day in vivid detail. It’s like a movie that plays across my mind every single year at this time.

In 2001, I was working for the College of Charleston in SC. I was a Residence Hall Director – I was directly responsible for the 300 students that lived in McConnell Residence Hall on Wentworth Street. My dorm was co-ed, and split evenly between guys and girls.

9/11 started like any other day. I overslept because I had been up late the night before. I got up, took a shower, and wandered out to the front desk with wet hair and no makeup to make sure the student worker had shown up for his shift. He was sitting there, a look of terror and grief on his face.

“What’s wrong?" I asked. He pointed wordlessly at the television that was mounted in the lobby.

I can’t describe to you how I felt as I saw the towers burning. I can’t even put into words what I felt when I saw the replay of the planes hitting the towers. I sat in silence, with a heavy heart and a sense of disbelief that yes, this was truly happening.

I went back into my room to get dressed, and I immediately started a room by room check of all my students. “How are you?" I asked. “Has this affected anyone you know?”  Most students I encountered were simply in shock. It was enough for them for me to simply ask how they were and if they needed to talk to anyone.

I finished my rounds and went back to my room to watch more footage of the attack. It was then that I saw the towers fall, and I remember sitting in my apartment, tears streaming down my face, and thinking “this can’t really be happening.” Some stations showed footage of people leaping from the fire. Later I learned of the attack at the Pentagon, and of the other plane’s crash.

I left my door open that day, and many people stopped by to talk. I think everyone just wanted assurance. In the afternoon, I got a panicked call from a suite on the 3rd floor. I was told that one of the boys had locked himself in the bathroom with a knife and he refused to come out. I immediately called Public Safety, alerted my boss, and ran to the room. It took hours to talk the student out of the bathroom, and when he did come out (unharmed), he told us he just couldn’t make sense of what had happened.

I don’t think any of us could.

Around 5:00, several of my Resident Assistants came by to get me to go to dinner. I had been running around all day, trying to reassure people and make sure everyone was ok. We walked to nearby King Street, and the sky was dark and stormy. I remember thinking that it perfectly matched what had happened that day. There was a silence in the streets – which in a college town is quite rare.

That night I watched as President Bush addressed the country. I remember thinking that lines of tragedy were etched onto his face. He looked as if he had aged 10 years overnight. I remember feeling pride and hope in his words – we were a country united. This horror would not be in vain. We would triumph.

Later that week, CofC had a memorial service, and thousands turned out to pay our respects. I held the hands of complete strangers and found comfort in the fact that someone besides me laid awake at night thinking of those who had died. Prayers were said, tears were shed, and in our hearts a fire of pride and compassion was lit.

We were united.

As we approach the 10 year anniversary, I’ve heard people say that people have forgotten. That we are no longer patriotic. That what happened doesn’t matter.

It matters to me. It has shaped who I am. I will never forget.

I can’t pretend to understand why this happened. I don’t understand the type of hate that makes you willing to sacrifice your life and slaughter thousands of people.

But no matter the tragedy, our country survives. It is in the midst of great storms that we find out who we are, and this was no exception. As much as this was a historic tragedy, it was also a triumph of our country’s spirit. For me, watching the compassion and patriotism of America grow was beautiful. Suddenly, life was no longer about me. It was about us.

I pray for those who lost their lives. I give thanks to God that there were individuals who fought their circumstances, determined to fight despite the probability that their death was imminent. I praise that there were courageous people who stepped in to do whatever they could to help – whether that be searching for survivors, running into a building heavy with fire and smoke, or donating money to relief and restoration efforts.

I thank God that I live in a country where there are people willing to sacrifice their life for their country and for their fellow man. I thank God for every person who lent a hand that day. For those who helped others walk countless flights of steps, never knowing if they were make it to the bottom. For firefighters and policemen who ran into burning buildings, not knowing if they would make it home that night to their families. for the rescue workers who combed through rubble month after month, trying to find bodies to provide closure to grieving families.

I will always remember.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Confessional/Friday Daydreaming

I’m linking up with Mamarazzi for Friday Confessional today! What do you have to confess this week?

I confess…

I am super vain and I take pictures of myself on days when I think I look good. Which isn’t often. I feel like I should document the days I make the attempt to fix my hair and put on makeup.

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I confess…

I spent too much money today at a children’s consignment sale. I already had most of Cooper’s fall/winter wardrobe but I found more I “had” to have. I justified to myself by saying “but it is used!.”

But I got 18 pieces of (name brand) clothes, some books, a pair of Nike tennis shoes, and a toy for $100? That’s good, right?

Sigh. I need to work on this.

I confess…

Even though Cooper absolutely does not need anymore shoes, I keep buying them for him. Because even though he’s a boy, he has to have options, right? Husband insists he really only needs one pair. I mean, are you kidding me? He at least needs tennis shoes, brown shoes, black shoes, dress shoes…

I have a problem.

I confess…

I then wandered into the adult consignment shop and spent too much on shirts and dress pants for Jason. “But it is Ralph Lauren!” ANDREA. I then felt super bad about how much I spent because my Twitter friends informed me you can find Polo dress shirts new at TJ Maxx for less than I paid at the consignment store.

Thank goodness for return policies.

I confess:

I am SO wishy washy. It took me months to grow out my hair to (almost) shoulder length, and I decided I hate it and chopped it off. Now I regret it (of course!) and want to grow it out again.

This is an ugly cycle with me, people.

I confess:

I already switched from my Erin Condren life planner to my MomAgenda. MomAgenda rocks, my friends. After using the EC life planner for just a week, I realized MomAgenda is my one true love.

Although I do love the stickers. And the goal planning/to-do lists.

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I also wanted to link up with R We There Yet Mom? for Friday Daydreaming. This isn’t a vacation shot, but we did visit Cypress Gardens (Moncks Corner, SC) often when we lived in SC. Isn’t this beautiful? This is a cypress swamp, and the ride through is just breathtaking. (And dangerous. Lots of gators.)

The Patriot and The Notebook were both filmed here, as well as Swamp Thing, Cold Mountain, and North and South.

What are your confessions today? Where are you daydreaming about being?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Quick Update

We have a 2 On Tuesday button! Isn’t it beautiful? Thanks so much to Jenn of Munchkin Land Designs for her help in making my confusing vision into a reality.

The button and code is over on your right, so please pick up the code and use it in your 2 On Tuesday posts next week. Thank you!

I’ve decided that for the next three weeks (last week as well) every one who participates will be entered to win a little prezzie from me. There will be one winner for each week! Please, link up and bully your friends to join in, too! Smile

Next week’s topic will be:

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what two items would you wish to have with you? (I know you’ll have more than two. I would have one million. It’s ok if you share more than two.)

I’ve also been playing around with the idea of having a September 11th linky party. I know a lot of us are going to write posts about the anniversary, and I thought it would be nice to have a place to link up so we can read like blog posts. Tell us where you were that day, or how the terrorist attack affected you. Tell us what you’ve learned from 9/11. Just speak from your heart.

Would you be interested? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday Lovies

I started doing Thursday Lovies quite some time ago, but I stopped for some reason. I’m not sure why, but I figured it was time to start back up! Thursday Lovies is just my way of spamming you with a bunch of items that I think are fabulous. I love them, and if I’m sharing them, I think you will too!

(Disclaimer: all the items I mentioned were bought with my own money. I wasn’t paid/asked to advertise any of these products.)

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Mask

I picked up a trial size of this deep conditioner at Ulta a few months ago. It is great! It’s thick, smells good, and does a great job at making your hair soft and shiny. It is a little pricey at $30. I didn’t buy the full size… just a few of the trial sizes, of which you can get 2-3 treatments out of.

Redken Extreme Shampoo

I have weird hair. It’s super thick and coarse, and it drinks up conditioner like you wouldn’t believe. I actually usually use deep conditioner as a conditioner everyday. Anyway, I have to be careful with the shampoos I use because they can make my hair tangled and rough. I like shampoos that are gentle and conditioning – typically those for damaged or treated hair. This shampoo fits the bill. Those with “regular” hair could probably forgo conditioner after using this. I typically buy this when it is on sale at Ulta -  you can usually get it in packs with the conditioner, or they run buy 2 get 1 free promos.

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

I first heard about this from Becky, and her recommendation was right on! Benefit claims that 94% of users claimed to see dramatic length and volume from this mascara. I was skeptical, but it really works! It made my lashes longer and fuller… almost like falsies. My one complaint is that it is not waterproof. Tip: top your non-waterproof mascara with a coat of waterproof so that your mascara doesn’t give you raccoon eyes.

I’m wearing the mascara and the palette in the pictures below. Smile

Tarte For True Blood: Limited Edition Palette

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I picked up this palette mainly because I was drawn in by the awesome marketing. (Hello, can it get me an Eric? I’ll take Jason, even. Terry’s kind of cute, too.) It is great! The shadows are super pigmented and lasted all night with the help of my Urban Decay eye primer. I haven’t been able to use all the shadows, but the silver in particular blew me away. It comes with a mini sized primer, eyeliner, and mascara. I have not tried the primer nor the mascara, but I will say I hated the eyeliner. It claims to be waterproof, so I used it on the inside rims of my eyes, and it ran everywhere. However, the palette is worth it just for the shadows alone.

I’m wearing the silver, black, and deep plum shadows in the pic above. Smile

Revlon Ultimate Slant Tip Tweezer

I love this tweezer. Love. I keep losing them (or tossing them, when Jason uses them for inappropriate reasons – gross) (bet you’re pondering that one, huh?) (TMI) and I run to the store to buy another one. Make sure you get the heavy duty tweezer – it is bigger and heavier than some of the others that Revlon sells. It seriously makes tweezing a breeze. It grabs even the smallest hairs – those tiny ones that are just starting to come in. I tweeze daily (it’s a problem, I know) and I love, love, love this tweezer. You can find them at Target, Wal-Mart, or Ulta for less than $10.00.

That’s all I have for today. What products are you loving?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The One Where I Whine…

Some days you just have to whine. Am I right? Prepare yourself for a snark-fest. And then make me feel better about my whiney-ness by complaining about something in the comments. You know something or someone is on your last nerve.

I dislike when I visit blogs and finding a way to comment is like finding Nemo. I’ve visited two blogs in the past two days where I spent, literally, 30 minutes trying to find the comment button. I even went so far as to track one blogger down on Facebook, and she talked down to me like an idiot about where to comment. YO, SISTER, look at your own dang blog once in awhile. Your comment section has disappeared.

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I dislike Disqus for comments. I know, I know, some of you use Disqus. I love you, but I hate your comment section. Listen, don’t hate the messenger. Please don’t make it hard to comment on your blog. I’m lazy. Disqus is akin to commenting through your iPhone. It just causes lots of frustration and ends with someone saying “forget it!”

May I also add that the two bloggers who were missing comment sections used Disqus? Hmm.

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Moving into a new house in a new subdivision is like sending a homing beacon to any solicitor in a 50 mile radius. No, I don’t want to buy meat from your truck. I’ll get my educational books from Amazon, thanks. No, I’m not interested in your security system.

I’ve taken to crawling around my foyer like a ninja so no one knows I’m home.

I also may have landed myself on the “crazy” list that solicitors share worldwide. Listen, tool, you woke up my baby. No, you may not come back when my husband is home. He doesn’t want your overpriced crap either. I realize my dog is currently baring his teeth at you like he wants you for dinner. He missed lunch and if you don’t get the hell off my property, I’m going to let him eat you.

And that moron STILL had the nerve to come back that night when two cars were in the driveway.

I’ll let you imagine how that conversation went.

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Dear elderly gentleman eating at the Cracker Barrel on Sunday,

I know that it has been approximately 65 years since you have had a baby around you. I know my child’s screeches sound like parrots in heat. It’s annoying, I get that. However, you’re at the stinking Cracker Barrel. If you want quiet, pony up the money and go somewhere with tablecloths.

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Dear Jerseylicious,

Why have you not explained why Tracy and Olivia are feuding? Where did this start? This is what I sit and ponder on Sunday nights.

Dear Handy Mandy,

Why is Mr. Lopard such a tool? Seriously.

Dear Jacqueline from RHONJ,

Your daughter is a brat. Cut her off and see how fast her attitude changes.

Sincerely,

The crazy girl who has too little interaction with real people

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Hopefully you all still like me after my vent session.

Who/what is getting on your nerves today?

Monday, September 5, 2011

2 On Tuesday – Fall!

Hey y’all! I am so excited about the new linky party here on My Chihuahua Bites! I hope you all will participate so we can all find some fun new blogs to read!

If you’re new to blogging or linky parties, a linky party is basically a place for people to link up their blogs. Most linky parties have a topic (fall crafts, recipes, prayer requests) and you leave a link to your blog so that others can come by and visit you. Once you’ve written a blog post about the topic, link up with your specific blog post. Leave a comment for the host, and then visit as many blogs that are linked up as you can. Easy peasy!

Reminders:

  • Please link back to me in your blog post. Please also include the button once it is ready.
  • Link back to your specific blog post… not your blog. You can do this by clicking on the title to your 2 On Tuesday post. Copy the text in the address bar – that’s the link to your specific blog post. The reason I ask this is in case someone visits you later in the week, they can easily find your 2 On Tuesday post.
  • Leave a comment for me! Smile Please.
  • Visit as many other bloggers as you can, and leave comments for them so they know you came by. Hopefully others will reciprocate on your blog!
  • This is a PG 13 linky party. No profanity or sexual content, please.
  • Have fun!

So… here we go! The button is still a work in progress. I hope to have that for you by next week.

2 On Tuesday

This week’s topic is fall. I want to know:

What are your two favorite things about fall?

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I cannot wait for cooler temps! It’s been a sweltering summer here in the South. It’s still 90+ degrees and I’m dying for 60 and 70 degree temps. Cooler weather means I can wear boots and cozy clothes, and I love me some cozy clothes! All the better for hiding my… ahem…. roll-y bits, if you will. (You know you feel the same way. Admit it.)

I am dreaming of coffee. I just can’t do coffee when it’s hot, and I love coffee. I can’t wait for pumpkin spice lattes and caramel apple spice from Starbucks! Yum!

How about you? What are your two favorite things about fall? Don’t forget to link up!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Weekend Wrap-up & an Announcement

First things first… some business. The winner of the $25 Amazon e-gift certificate is mangiabella! Congrats! Please email me to claim your e-gift certificate.

So, 2 On Tuesday is on! Please come and link up. The wonderfully talented Jenn from Munchkin Land Designs is working on a button, but it is not quite ready yet. Soon!

Here’s how the 2 On Tuesday linky party will work:

  • I’ll give you a topic on Monday, in case you want to write your post ahead of time.
  • Be sure to link back to My Chihuahua Bites in your post. Please also include the button when it is ready!
  • I’ll have the post ready for you to link up at midnight  on Tuesday.
  • Link to your specific blog post, not to your blog.
  • Please visit at least three other people who link up! Remember, the purpose of any linky party is to share your blog and visit others’ blogs.

I know this is common sense to most of you, but I wanted to explain how it works for those who have never done a linky party. Smile

This week’s topic will be your TWO FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT FALL.

Cool beans! Link up or else! Winking smile

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Three day weekends don’t quite hold the same attraction that they did when I was working, but I am enjoying having Jason home with us for a few days. On Saturday, we woke up early and went to a furniture auction. 90 degree temps + outside + huge crowd = not a good time. I guess I was expecting something different… I thought it would be inside a building, and we’d bid on items one at a time. Instead, you stood outside by a moving truck. The owners unloaded the furniture, and as it was unloaded, it was first come, first served. There were quite a few pickers there (people who buy furniture and then rehab it, selling it for a higher price) so they jumped on anything remotely nice that came off the truck. Jason and I didn’t stand a chance.

We dropped Cooper off at my parents house and resumed furniture shopping. We’re looking for a small desk we can put in the sitting area off our bedroom. I love furniture shopping… I just get a bad case of the iwantas and icanthaveas. Needlessly to say, it was an unsuccessful shopping trip. However, we did score our first pumpkin spice lattes of the season, so it wasn’t a total waste of morning!

After a afternoon of reading and napping, I got ready for date night. It’s such a rare occasion these days that I get dressed up, so I made Jason pose for some pictures. I broke out the tripod and everything! Our neighbors must have thought we were fools, running back and forth to catch the timer and see if the picture turned out.

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Jason has an annoying habit of putting his hand on my stomach in any and all pictures. No, I’m not pregnant. Thanks, babe, for pointing out that I look like I am.

Today we picked up the Coops and went out to eat with my parents. We spent the afternoon napping (Cooper), reading (me), and watching football (Jason). Now I’m planning on a evening of Big Brother, red velvet cake, and more reading.

What did you do this weekend?

I hope you enjoy your Labor Day tomorrow! See you on Tuesday!



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