Because it's not Friday yet

I shamelessly stole this from Randi because a) it’s 3:20 and I haven’t posted yet and b) I don’t have anything I particularly want to post about except mindless blatherings and I’d really rather save that for Friday and c) it’s a clever meme and I’ve never been known to resist clever memes. 

Da Rules
1.Go to (don’t sign in).
2. Type in your answer to the question in the “search” box.
3. Copy the html and paste for the answer.

1. What is your relationship status?

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2. What is your favorite color?

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3. Who is your celebrity crush?

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4. What will you be doing tomorrow?

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5. What is your favorite Disney princess?

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6. What would you splurge on if you won the lottery?

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7. What was the last thing you bought?

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8. Where is your dream vacation?

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9. What cell phone do you have?

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10. What do you want to be when you grow up?


11. What do you love most in life?

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12. What is your favorite food?

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13. What is your least favorite food?

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14. What is your favorite dessert?

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15. What is your biggest fear?

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Yeah, I did this last year too

The end of the year is the perfect time to indulge in reflection and memes, don’t you think? I did this particular year-end meme last year too and I has been just as interesting to read last year’s answers as it has been to look back on this year.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

I had a baby girl! I also learned how to knit. And I took up cloth diapering. Wow, this was a banner year, wasn’t it?

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

SNORT. I’ll be going over this more in a day or two but the long story short is: No. And yes.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Uh… me? I think that’s someone close to me. Plus lots of fabulous bloggy peoples gave birth too.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, thank goodness.

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

Money. That’d help. And sanity. That’d help, too.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

March 20, the day Evie was born. November 4, the day Obama was elected.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I had my third and final child.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Again, I was social failure. And a professional failure too, for the most part. I guess I should just be happy that I wasn’t a total failure as a parent, eh?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope. Thank goodness.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

iPhone. Even though I didn’t really buy it so much as WON it, but it is totally the most awesome thing in my life, materialistically speaking.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Anyone who is near and dear to me. Friends and family that have been there for me and helped me and picked me up and dusted me off. You all know who you are. Thank you.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

This would pretty much be the same people as last year. Suffice it to say, if you say you’re a friend, you should act like it.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Cloth diapers. Heh. And I’m supposing we’re saying money in a relative sort of way. Otherwise I’d have to say something totally boring like “the mortgage” or something. Yawn.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My daughter. Meeting her and getting to know her has been so incredibly awesome. Also was very, very excited about the “Twilight” movie and my iPhone. Heh.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

“Viva la Vida” by Coldplay, “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Awesome songs.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? SADDER. Sad to say.
b) thinner or fatter? THE SAME, which ain’t so good considering I was 5-6 months pregnant last year.
c) richer or poorer? THE SAME, though with less Christmas money to spend. Dangit.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Exercise. Definitely. I don’t know exactly what I need to do get more exercise since time is definitely short.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Again, I wish I had done less sitting around. SIGH.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

We stayed home and Kile’s parents came from Elko to spend it with us. That was really very nice, actually. It was nice to have someone here besides just us. And wow, Christmas with three kids is a lot different than Christmas with just two or one.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

Yep, with wee little Evie.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

“Lost” for sure. That show rocks my socks.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Nope. I try not to. Though I’m fairly annoyed at Dell for this shoddy laptop.

24. What was the best book you read?

Can I count the whole set of “Twilight” books in this one? Not literary genius, to be sure. But still totally awesome.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Hmm. Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” themed playlists really helped me find some interesting new music. And I rediscovered a love for Coldplay.

26. What did you want and get?

A baby girl. A trip to BlogHer ’08. A new iPhone. Those are some pretty swell things!

27. What did you want and not get?

A new laptop. (Macbook!) A new camera. (come on, it doesn’t even have to be a DSLR!)

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

“Twilight”. That was awesome. “Ironman” was good too.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Sigh. I turned 33. I got my blood drawn. Kile made me dinner. I got jammies.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A new laptop? A new camera? (Do we sense a theme here?) A healthier outlook would have helped too.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

Comfort is Key. Heh. A lot of people bag the whole pajama thing but come on. They’re COMFORTABLE. Sure, jeans look nice when out and about but around home I want to be comfortable.

32. What kept you sane?

Is this a trick question? Heh. My blog helped. Having this outlet helps more than you can know.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

EDWARD!! Come on, 2008 was totally The Year of Edward. And Neil Patrick Harris. Oh, and Owen Wilson. But that’s a gimme.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Can I get a “duh” here? The election, people!

35. Who did you miss?

Don’t know if I really missed anyone. I missed not seeing Zoot at BlogHer ’08 though.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

I didn’t meet a whole lot of people this year but I did meet Rhi and Loralee at BlogHer. That was pretty much awesome.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

Hmm. Not sure if I learned anything. I did get further lessons in “There is No Such Thing as Adult Friendships” though.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

“Viva la Vida” by Coldplay

If you want to join in the fun and do this quiz on your blog too, check out the details from All & Sundry for including your post in her “master list”. Sound fun? Just keep in mind that it takes a while to do it because this has taken me no shorter than three hours to get through. Of course, my laptop is continuing it’s sharp decline and that hasn’t helped matters. Let’s have a new laptop in 2009, mmkay?

Doris, Schmoris

I don’t know how much stock I put in such things and some of the results don’t QUITE hit home… but for the most part I think a lot of this is true.  Except where it says I like people.  I’m pretty sure that’s not right.  Have you SEEN me at Walmart?  That place is a prescription for homicidal rage, it is.  (If you want to take this quiz too, check the link at the bottom.  Yeah, you gotta read ALL THE WAY THROUGH IT.  No cheating!)

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz…

You Are a Doris!


You are a Doris — “I must help others.”

Dorises are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people’s needs.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.
  • * Share fun times with me.
  • * Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.
  • * Let me know that I am important and special to you.
  • * Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.

In Intimate Relationships

  • * Reassure me that I am interesting to you.
  • * Reassure me often that you love me.
  • * Tell me I’m attractive and that you’re glad to be seen with me.

What I Like About Being a Doris

  • * being able to relate easily to people and to make friends (the “make friends” part used to be truer than it is these days.  Alas.)
  • * knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better
  • * being generous, caring, and warm
  • * being sensitive to and perceptive about others’ feelings
  • * being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor

What’s Hard About Being a Doris

  • * not being able to say no
  • * having low self-esteem
  • * feeling drained from overdoing for others
  • * not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish (or of being TOLD I’m selfish.  AHEM.)
  • * criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should
  • * being upset that others don’t tune in to me as much as I tume in to them
  • * working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings

Dorises as Children Often

  • * are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism
  • * try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding
  • * are outwardly compliant (LOL!  I had to laugh at the “outwardly” part.  So true.)
  • * are popular or try to be popular with other children (emphasis on the “try” part.  Not entirely successful.)
  • * act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention (yeah…. no.)
  • * are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Dorises), or quiet and shy (the more introverted Dorises) (yeah, DEFINITELY introverted)

Dorises as Parents

  • * are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren’t)
  • * are often playful with their children (does this include teasing them mercilessly?)
  • * wonder: “Am I doing it right?” “Am I giving enough?” “Have I caused irreparable damage?” (I’m guessing that merciless teasing falls under the “causing irreprable damage” part.  Oops.)
  • * can become fiercely protective  (I have my doubts about the three above results but this one is spot on)

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

The Alphabet of Me

I saw Cagey do this meme the other day and knew I had to snag it for myself.  I also knew I was going to feel like a warmed-over pile of poop today, recovering from our trip to Elko and such.  So having a comfy meme to slip on and cozy up to is just what the doctor ordered.  You might not learn anything new about me.  But then again, maybe you will.  If you wanna do it, just snag it for your own self and let me know in the comments so I can come peep at your answers.

A is for age: I’ll be turning 33 in exactly a month.  I think I’m at the point now where it’s all just OLD.  I’m OLD, ya’ll.  OLD.  Sometimes I wonder where my 20’s went.  And then I look at my nine year old (!!) and go, “Oh yeah.”

B is for burger of choice: In ‘n Out Burger.  Hands down.  Easy choice.  There are a lot of burgers I like, though.  I’m an equal opportunity burger-lover.  It’s just that In ‘n Out’s is the absolute best bang for the buck.

C is for the car I drive: A 2003 tan metallic Dodge Grand Caravan.  It’s paid off, you know.  That makes us both insanely happy.  Maybe in a year we’ll get a new vehicle but right now, we’re happy with the van.  And it still blows my mind that I actually NEED a van now.  We have actually had to tell people we don’t have room for them in our van because of all the kids.  BLOWS MY MIND.

D is for your dog’s name: Beetoe.  Short for “Mistletoe”.  Harry couldn’t pronounce Mistletoe when he was little so Beetoe it is.  Then there’s Holly.  Formerly known as Poptart.  And commonly known as Pup.  Yeah.  All our pets have nicknames.  Someday I’ll have to tell you all more about the cat we named Cheyenne but called Stinky.

E is for essential item you use every day: Yeah, that’s gotta be my iPhone.  I have an all new appreciation for it after this last weekend.  There are just so many ways in which that little gadget makes my life better.  Seriously!  I know, a lot of people poo-poo the cost of the data plan… whatever.  IT’S WORTH IT.  Let me repeat that: IT IS WORTH IT.  I would marry the damned thing if I could.

F is for favorite TV show at the moment: I’ll have to go with “Fringe” for now, even though not a week goes by that it doesn’t freak me the heck out.  I cringe every episode at least once.  Other than that, I would have to say “How I Met Your Mother”.

G is for favorite game: Gah.  I would have said “Halo” once upon a time but I haven’t been playing a lot of video games.  I have been playing an embarassing amount of “Make Me A Celebrity” on Facebook, though I’m starting to lose interest.

H is for home state: California.  I know, I know.  Heh.  It’s a nice place, don’t get me wrong.  But too warm and mild and crowded and expensive for my tastes.  Nevada isn’t much better (waaaaay too warm) (and brown) (and Republican), but it’s a step in the right direction.

I is for instruments you play: Yeah…. no.

J is for favorite juice: Oh dear, I have to pick a FAVORITE?  So hard!  I love grapefruit juice.  Love it!  I also have a serious fondness for Simply Apple (even though I generally don’t enjoy apple juice).  But to be honest, I love pretty much all juice.  I’m a juice fiend.

K is for whose bum you’d like to kick: Hmm, where’s my list?

L is for last restaurant at which you ate: I take it you don’t mean fast food (McDonald’s, FYI).  Let me think…  I guess it’d have to be Chili’s.  I know, not terribly exciting.

M is for your favorite Muppet: I used to love watching The Muppet Show.  I think Kermit had to be my favorite because he was a) the star and b) humble.  And he was also on Sesame Street, which I watched.  So he was the first “super star” I really knew.  I can remember listening to “Rainbow Connection” over and over and over.

N is for number of piercings: Two.  I tried on many occasions to get my ears double pierced but they kept healing back up again and getting infected and bleh.  I finally just gave up.  I think I still have the double holes though because I just remembered that I was able to get earrings in them last year.  Huh.  I’ll have to go check.

O is for overnight hospital stays: Let’s see.  FOURTEEN.  GAH.  Yeah, I’ve had four c-sections.  Some of them I stayed four nights, some I stayed three.  FOURTEEN.  OMG.

P is for people you were with today: Hmm.  Today has barely started yet.  So just Kile, Harry, Liam and Evie.  And the dogs.  But they don’t count.

Q is for what you do with your quiet time: Read blogs, write, read.  I might watch a movie.  A lot of times, I just sit in the quiet and read a magazine or read blogs on my iPhone.  Sometimes the quiet is very relaxing.  And if I feel so inclined, I might take a nap.

R is for biggest regret: It’s hard to have regrets when you’re content with your life as it is.  Because all the mistakes helped bring you to where you are today.  I do regret the way I treated the guy I went to the prom with.  And I do regret getting myself into credit card debt in my first couple years of college.

S is for status: Just ate breakfast, Kile’s getting ready to leave and so is Harry… The day is getting started and I’m getting my wits about me.  I have a quite a bit of laundry to do today.

T is for time you woke up today: I’m not sure since I no longer possess a working watch and I don’t have a clock on my side of the bed and I didn’t have my iPhone upstairs with me.  But I think it was 7:30.

U is for what you consider unique about yourself:  I’ve sat here for a loooong time trying to think of what is unique about me and I have come up blank.  Maybe what is unique about me is that there is nothing unique about me.  Wow, that’ll freak you out if you think about it too hard.

V is for vegetable you love: Broccoli is probably my favorite.  I love it made just about any way you can think of.  I also like asparagus in limited quantities.  Corn is nice too though I sometimes don’t care to eat it off the cob.  (Too messy!)

W is for worst habit: I’ll give you a hint: it’s in the title of this blog.  I think I’m too lazy a lot of the time.  so that one thing stems out to a lot of other things, like housecleaning and such.

X is for x-rays you’ve had: Besides dental x-rays, I’ve had x-rays of my broken ankle.  And let me just say that getting a broken ankle x-rayed when they don’t really believe you’ve broken it is akin to torture.  Of course, afterward when they had proof I’d broken it they were a lot nicer to me so there was that.

Y is for yummy food you ate today: Again, today just barely started.  So all I’ve had is a bowl of bran flakes with some sugar sprinkled on top.  Wee!  *sigh*

Z is for zodiac: Sagittarius.  Woot woot!


In other news, I’ve reviewed some super nifty, sorta spendy and completely awesome Christmas cards over on my review blog.  Go have a look, will ya?

It must be a day for memes

So I was tagged for this one by a lovely gal named Susan.  Tagged!  Me!  Doesn’t happen very often.  And I like to try to obey when it does.  So even though I did a big ol’ long meme this morning I’m doing another one this afternoon.  You’re just gonna have to deal with it.

Four places I go over and over:

  1. Whole Foods.  We just cannot stay away.  I think Kile is even more affected by it than I am.  He can’t resist the cheese counter and I am always and forever drooling over the baked goods.
  2. Sam’s Club.  Not only do they have the cheapest lunch in town (hot dog and a soda for $1.50!), but there’s always plenty to look at there.  Not to mention all the free samples.  And the cheap milk.
  3. Walmart.  Yeah, this surprises no one.  But I can’t resist the rock-bottom prices on my grocery items.
  4. Smiths.  It’s the closest store to our house and when we need to pick something up quick, that’s where we go.

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. Asleep.  I pretty much always would like to be asleep over anything else.
  2. On a beach somewhere.  Sans children, of course.  I love them but sometimes a break would be nice.
  3. Visiting my dear friend Brit.  She’s a rock.
  4. Nowhere.  I’m pretty much a homebody and being here at home is almost always exactly where I want to be.

Four TV shows I watch:

  1. “How I Met Your Mother”
  2. “Real Time with Bill Maher”
  3. “True Blood”
  4. “Fringe”

Four things I eat for breakfast:

  1. Cereal.  More often than not, I have cereal for breakfast.  Not exciting, but what can ya do?
  2. Bagel with cream cheese.  I love bagels.  MMM!
  3. Biscuits or cinnamon rolls.  This is mostly on weekends.
  4. French toast.  One of my favorite breakfasts of all time.

Four animals I like best:

  1. I’m pretty fond of rat terriers, which is why we have two of them.
  2. I’d love to have a bearded dragon lizard someday.  I’ve always thought they were cool.
  3. Yeah, I’m one of those people who thinks hedgehogs are pretty darn cute these days.
  4. Cats.  Yeah, I guess I still like them, despite the horror that was Tiger.

Four beaches I’ve been to:

  • Capitola Beach in Capitola, CA.
  • New Brighton Beach State Park.  We used to go camping there every summer when I was a kid.
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  A must-visit every summer for thrill rides and cute lifeguards.
  • Some nude beach near Santa Cruz.  I didn’t know it was a nude beach beforehand and I was only ten when my brother and his girlfriend took me and my friend there.  Did they know?  I never found out.

Four people I am tagging: You know I’m crappy at tagging people.  So I’m not going to.  Simple as that.

I'm all over it

I caught this particular meme over at Sizzle’s joint and you know me.  It’s a weekend, I’m tired and a good, fun, meme is just what the doctor ordered.  I did what any self-respecting blogger would do: I blatantly stole it.  I swear, I even used a lot of her choices.  I’M SO ORIGINAL.  I couldn’t stop there and had to steal some of the choices from the gal she got the idea from in the first place.  So that makes me DOUBLY original.  So here you go (and now you know how screwed up my priorities REALLY are):

  • coffee over tea
  • bed head over flat iron
  • Grey’s Anatomy over ER
  • the movie over the book (generally because I lack time for the book, even though the book is almost ALWAYS better.  However, if the movie is really good I will usually read the book and prefer it.)
  • the Jackson Five over the Keating 5
  • roses over dahlias
  • acoustic guitar over electric guitar
  • the theater over the sports arena
  • sitting in the audience over talking to the crowd (this should come as no surprise to anyone)
  • tacos over burritos (interesting… ten years ago I would have said the opposite!)
  • yoga pants over running shorts (the main problem with the latter being that they’re SHORTS)
  • Twitter over IM
  • painted toenails over painted fingernails (I think painted toenails are a necessity in the summer months, if not all year long)
  • silence to noise
  • sunset over sunrise (one requires me to up early and the other does not)
  • American Idol over American Gladiator
  • getting wet over using an umbrella (umbrellas have never seemed to be worth the trouble)
  • peanut butter over jelly
  • Jon Stewart over John McCain (was there ever a question???)
  • humming over whistling
  • Stacy over Clinton (though I’d probably be just as happy to have both of them raid my wardrobe)
  • breakfast over lunch (breakfast is one of my favorite meals to order in a restaurant)
  • Winter over Autumn (but just barely.  Still, nothing can compete with snow.)
  • Henry Rollins over Henry Fonda
  • pants over dresses (I want to love dresses, but they’re just so darned drafty)
  • following over leading
  • nights over mornings
  • sitting still over dancing (though it really does depend on the song)
  • the beach over the desert (by FAR and it’s not just about the waves)
  • smiling over frowning
  • tanned over freckles (though my skin would beg to differ)
  • brain fart over brain freeze (seriously, the latter can just really hurt, as I’ve recently discovered)
  • eating a pickle over being in a pickle (then again, I’ve enjoyed pickles since I was knee high to a grasshopper)
  • making people laugh over making people cry
  • Christmas over birthdays (everyone gets into Christmas.  No one gives a shit about my birthday.)
  • chaos over organization (I’d like to say the opposite, but have you seen my house??)
  • being the passenger over being behind the wheel (I’ve never really liked driving that much)
  • ketchup over salsa
  • Hillary over Bill (it used to be the other way around, but this particular election left a bad taste in my mouth)
  • too cold over too hot (how is it that I’m not living in Alaska??)
  • manicures over massages
  • essay writing over test taking (I could always bs my way through an essay much easier than straightforward test questions)
  • Woody Allen over Woody Harrelson
  • Jefferson over Washington
  • salt over pepper
  • Llyod Dobbler over Ferris Buller
  • Everyone over Karl Rove (I blame him entirely for the atrocity that is George W. Bush)
  • Rachel Maddow over Everyone (I puffy pink heart love her)
  • too fast over too slow
  • doctor visits over dentist visits (by FAR.  As reluctant as I’ve been to go to the doctor, I haven’t been to the dentist in over TEN YEARS)
  • star gazing over Star! reading
  • house salad over Caesar salad (and, for whatever reason, I really like it with ranch dressing and salt)
  • Nicole over Paris (one is at least TRYING to be a responsible adult)
  • cocktails over beer (I just don’t like the taste of most beer)
  • not trying over making the mistake
  • milkshake over smoothies (I HATE smoothies)
  • Reno over Las Vegas (duh)
  • fruit over chocolate (give me strawberry ice cream ANY DAY)
  • knee high boots over stilettos (or really, pretty much any kind of shoe over any other kind of shoe with a heel)
  • Matt over Ben
  • avoidance over confrontation
  • Italian food over Chinese food
  • too much over too little (unfortunately for me and my messy house)
  • Pride and Prejudice over Sense and Sensibility (but just barely because I liked both) (and I am ashamed to say that I’m talking about the movies here)
  • CBS over NBC (one has “How I Met Your Mother”, one does not)
  • spending over saving (sadly.  Fortunately there isn’t much to spend!)
  • salty over sweet (generally but not always.  but generally)
  • dogs over cats (another one that I wouldn’t have guessed ten years ago)
  • OBAMA over Hillary
  • lipgloss over lipstick
  • J.K Rowling over J.R. R Tokien
  • Jennifer Garner over Jennifer Lopez (EASY)
  • sense of humor over sense of style
  • Jeopardy! over Wheel of Fortune
  • pro-choice over pro-life (but only politically)
  • Rockstar over Coke
  • The Breakfast Club over Dirty Dancing
  • pirates over ninjas
  • Stewart over Colbert
  • french toast over french fries
  • Ariel over Cinderella
  • The Oscars over The Olympics
  • Steve over Joe (any “Blue’s Clues” fan will agree with me)
  • “Armageddon” over “Deep Impact”
  • Sawyer over Jack
  • iPhone over any other cellphone
  • Wii over Xbox 360
  • minivan over SUV

Okay, that’s enough.  I think I could probably keep this going all day long.  So what do you think?  Do you agree with me or do you think I’m messed in the head?  Go ahead.  You can tell me.  I can take it.

Next thing you know she'll want her own blog

I Evie shamelessly stole this blog post idea from Miss Zoot.  Since it’s a Friday, I just went ahead and let her do it.  The idea here is that Evie will broadcast her preferences (not mine) to the internet.  Whatever.  She’s just totally trying to capitalize on my uber-popularity.

  • Cloth or Disposable? This is one my mama and I agree on.  I love wearing my cloth diapers.  Especially the ones that are pink or purple or have pretty pictures on them.  They do make my butt look big through.
  • Breast or Bottle? My mama and papa have only tried to give me a bottle a couple times and I really hated it.  Plastic… yuck!  So they haven’t tried again since.  So I guess that means I prefer the breast!
  • Eczema or Reflux? Neither!  Am I lucky baby or what?
  • Jumparoo or Playmat? Okay, maybe I’m not so lucky.  I don’t have either of those things (though my mama keeps saying she wants to get me a playmat).  I do love to play in my exersaucer though.
  • Mommy or Daddy? Well, I do love my papa, don’t get me wrong.  But right now, I’m ALL about my mama.  I like to go everywhere she goes and when someone else holds me, I stare at her.  This makes her roll her eyes.
  • Sling, front carrier or stroller? I used to really love my sling, but I’ve gotten way too big for it now.  My mama just got a hip hammock that I love to ride in cuz I get to look out at everything, just like if mama was carrying me around!  I don’t like the stroller when I have to sit in my carseat to ride in it.  I don’t really like my carseat that much. But I do like going on walks in the stroller when I’m just in the seat!
  • Pacifier or Thumb? Neither, really.  I don’t like pacifiers because of the whole yucky plastic thing and I haven’t gotten real good at finding my thumb (my mama tells me my brothers couldn’t find theirs either).  Sometimes I’ll suck on my fist but only if I’m really hungry!
  • Bumbo seat or Bouncy seat? I don’t have a Bumbo seat, so I have to say bouncy seat!  I like the toy bar pretty well and it’s not bad for a catnap here and there.  I wish my mama would replace the battery that makes it vibrate though.
  • White Noise or Silence while sleeping? All summer long my parents have run the air conditioner in their room which makes a lot of racket.  I think I’ve gotten used to it.  Mama turns it on when I’m napping too.  What is she going to do when it’s winter and too cold for the a/c?
  • Crib, Pack n Play or Parent’s bed? Parent’s bed, all the way! I love to snuggle up next to mama all night long.  I even try to throw my leg over her belly!  I have a feeling they’ll try to move me into my crib here in a couple months though.  GULP!

Peekaboo!  I just started doing this by myself this week!  Aren’t I silly??

Is this thing on?

There was virtually NO response (except for Casey, thanks Casey!) to the WordPress Bootcamp last week so I have no idea what you guys are interested in hearing about this week (or if you’re even interested at all, for that matter).  So in lieu of that, I won’t be doing a WordPress Bootcamp this week.  See, I’m sure you’re all just HEARTBROKEN, aren’t you?  (*crickets chirp*)

I didn’t even get a lot of response on my review blog when giving away yogurt (YOGURT, people!  Nectar of the gods!) this last weekend.  And I don’t want to hear any “But it was a holiday weekend,” nonsense either.

I feel I must point out that I’m being goofy here.  I don’t really care if anyone entered my yogurt giveaway (thanks to the THREE people who did, though) or if you think my WordPress Bootcamp is a waste of internet space (is there finite internet space?  Something I’ve always wondered…).  It is what it is.  I myself have been rather distracted the last couple of days.  I’ve got about a billion things spinning around in my head and I have the distinct impression that I’m dropping balls right and left.  I know I’m forgetting things that I should be remembering.  But I can’t remember them long enough to, well, remember them.  I think my underactive thyroid is starting to attack my brain cells.

Also, I feel I should tell you that I’m now drinking the kool-aid:

Drinking the Kool-Aid

As you can see, I’m not terribly far into it yet.  I only have time to read about a chapter a day, and that’s just on weekdays because there is ZERO time for reading on weekends (at least this last weekend, which was uber-busy).  And so far I sorta want to punch Bella in the face.  Actually, scratch that, I REALLY want to punch Bella in the face.  And I think I want to punch Stephenie Meyer in the face too.  So I’m hoping it gets better.  Because I’m finding I’m constantly distracted from the story by wanting to punch people.  Is that normal?  Tell me it gets better!


You’ve seen this “meme” that has been going around where bloggers expound on things that they believe are the “tits”.  I know you have.  I have.  And on more than one blog.  And since I’m a nerdy follower, I’m going to give you all a little list of Things Marilyn Think Are The Tits.

  • Jack’s Big Music ShowAwesome Snack
  • my new iPhone
  • toasted cinnamon raisin bagels with cream cheese
  • that new mayonnaise that has olive oil in it
  • Fall (as opposed to Summer)
  • Obama
  • Rockstar
  • did I mention the iPhone (how did I ever live without it?)
  • getting unexpected goodies in the mail
  • getting expected goodies in the mail
  • snuggling at night with Evie
  • rainy days
  • snowy days
  • Simply Apple
  • for that matter, Starbuck’s Caramel Apple Spice is pretty rockin’ too
  • my minivan

Whew.  I’m all “titsed” out for now.  I better go feed my children some breakfast before it becomes lunchtime.  (oops)  But tell me, what’s on your Tits List these days?

Because she told me to

Hey, I was actually tagged for something!  Of course, seeing as how I only recently complained that I was never tagged for anything, I’m starting to wonder if it was a “pity tag”.  But whatever.  I’ll take it.

It’s a “6 Things Meme” and I don’t even know if I’ve done this one before.  I know just about everyone and their dog has already done this on their blog, but whatever.  I don’t care.  I’m doing it anyway.  Because I was tagged, that’s why.  And because I need to post something. (Just being honest, yo.)

The Rules:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks you possess.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged. Dude, we all know I’m not going to do this.  So let’s just pretend there are only three rules, kay?

1.  I like mayonnaise.  In fact, on a hot dog, I would rather have mayo on it than ketchup (though admittedly I usually only put on mustard).  This is an unspectacular quirk because I’ve noticed that more and more people are decidedly anti-mayo these days.  And I’m not one of them.  I love mah mayo.

2. I prefer pie to cake.  VASTLY.  Not that I haven’t been known to enjoy a cake or two in my time, but if given the choice I will ALWAYS pick pie.  Cherry pie is my favorite.  In fact, when it comes to deserts, I very often will choose something fruity over something chocolate.  And if it’s got chocolate and fruit together?  SCORE.

3. If I had to pick a favorite chore, I would have to say laundry.  I would rather do laundry than just about another household duty.  This includes doing my 8 year old’s NAAAAASTY laundry (and that’s saying something).  I even don’t mind putting stuff away (though I often don’t put Kile’s clothes away because I never know where he wants them to go).  Sadly, laundry is a time-intensive task and I often don’t have the opportunity to get it done as much as I would like.  Plus, you’d think this would mean my laundry room wouldn’t look like a clothes-bomb went off in it.  You would be wrong.

4. I love to watch “Touched by an Angel.”  I may have mentioned this before.  I used to watch it all the time back when I was pregnant with Jackson and now that we have the Hallmark Channel again, I DVR it and watch it every day again.  I love it.  Sure, it’s a little cheesy.  But it’s also like a warm blanket or a soft robe or a mug of hot chocolate.  Comforting.  I used to also love watching “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” but haven’t been able to find it on any channel in a long time.

5. I am incredibly intolerant of the heat.  How it was that I grew up in California and have lived in Nevada for 14 years without melting into a freakin’ puddle is beyond my grasp.  I’ve long been drawn to colder climates and places that have milder summers and how I’ve gotten to be 32 without living in a cooler location just blows my mind.  I just can’t stand being hot. I want more cool.  IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?

6. I’ve become something of a hermit in recent years.  I vastly prefer to stay at home over going out and being among people.  It doesn’t help that recent “forays” into a more social lifestyle have only reinforced this.  I’ve been slapped down so many times that I can’t help but want to avoid further problems just by staying home.  It’s easier.  Lonlier, yes, but easier.  Why are there so many politics involved with social relationships?  Why can’t everyone just be themselves?  Questions for the ages…

Hmm.  Not sure how unspectacular or even how quirky these quirks are.  Or if they’re even quirks at all.  But there you have it.  Now, if you’d like to pick up this meme on your own blog, by all means, do so and then let me know so that I can go learn more about you.

Yet another stolen meme

Yep, I’ve stolen this one from Carly and from Britt because no one tags me (because I never tag anyone?  because I’m unreliable?  BECAUSE NO ONE LOVES ME??).  But I’m also devoid of inspiraiton today because the suck that was sucking yesterday is still sucking today, except I have the added enjoyment of a headache (or two or three) because I kept waking up all night long to discover I had clenched fists and a clenched jaw and now I’m all kinds of clenched and sore.  BOO.  So anyhow. On with the meme.  It’s pretty cut and dry…

Eight Things: A Meme

8 things I am passionate about:

  • My kids
  • My husband
  • My blog
  • My faith
  • Cloth Diapers
  • Reading other people’s blogs
  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • My DVR/Movie Channels/Cable/OnDemand/etc

8 books I’ve read and enjoyed:

  • The Harry Potter series
  • The “in Death” books by JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Final Friends trilogy by Christopher Pike
  • Pretty much anything by Nora Roberts, actually
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • The “Sunfire” young adult historical romances I read when I was a teenager
  • Anne of Green Gables

8 words/phrases that I say often:

  • “Liam, no!”
  • “Dude, seriously.”
  • “mmmmkay….”
  • “Oh my stars.”
  • “Beetoe!  Shut up!”
  • “D’oh!”
  • “Meh.”
  • “mmmmmriiiiiight.”

8 things I want to do before I die:

  • Go on a real vacation to someplace tropical
  • Travel across the country
  • Write and publish a book
  • Live in a different city
  • Get in shape
  • Become financially secure
  • Read more books
  • Go on a cruise

8 things I’ve learned in my life:

  • Mutual respect is very important for a successful marriage
  • Who is popular in school doesn’t count for much in “real life”
  • Who is popular on the internet doesn’t count for much in “real life”
  • The older you get, the less you realize you actually know
  • Few things matter more at the end of your life than your family
  • Material possessions don’t make you happy
  • Life really is better/easier when you’re a kid
  • It’s not my job to judge other people

8 places I want to see:

  • New Zealand (especially spots where Lord of the RIngs was filmed)
  • The “path” of Easy Company through Europe during WWII
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Paris
  • Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • Prince Edward Island

8 things I currently want/need:

  • New Laptop
  • A DSLR camera
  • iPhone (just a couple more weeks now!)
  • A landscaped backyard
  • A WiiFit
  • Some “me” time
  • A hybrid/gas efficient vehicle
  • Right now?  A nap.

8 people I want to tag:

I’m not going to tag anyone (again, this could be why no one tags me), but feel free to steal it and use it on your own blog if you so desire (on second thought, I’m going to insist that Slackerpapa do this one).  And let me know cuz I’d love to read your responses.  Yes, everyone, I read lots of blogs every day and am a horrible blog commenter.  But I am there, I PROMISE.  Unless you have partial feeds.  Then, chances are, I skip over you because I am far too lazy far too important to be bothered with clicking through to anyone’s blog.  Ahem.