Monday, July 30, 2012

Things I say in my head...

Throughout the day I have a lot of thoughts. Most of them I keep to myself.
Some I find funny, but maybe someone else wouldn't.

I do find that when I get nervous I can't shut up sometimes...and all too often I probably talk about myself (or my daughter or my dog or my husband) too much. But this weekend I had a few thoughts that I think I should share.

In fact, if I actually used twitter and was addicted to immediately telling "the world" what I was thinking at that moment, here is what you would have read on my twitter feed (or facebook) this past weekend.

Friday evening:
"Blowing raspberries on your toddler's belly is funny. But when your toddler figures out how to blow raspberries on YOUR belly, it's way funnier."

"I would like to thank the person who invented velcro. And I would like to shake the person's hand who decided to put it on children's shoes."

"She walked! ....oh crap she's walking!"

"Teaching your toddler sign language is a great communication tool, especially when they need to communicate things like 'need to use the potty'. Unfortunately, they don't usually tell you they need to go until they are going."

Sunday, again:
"Whoever designed my bathroom, thank you thank you thank you. I was very happy the bathtub and toilet were right next to each other."

And funny enough, I actually have a twitter feed. I just don't have the time to use it. And I don't think anyone wants to hear the majority of my thoughts anyway. :)  Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Let's get political...

I have Olivia Newton-John's song stuck in my head.
But instead of saying "let's get physical", I'm saying "let's get political".

It all started innocently enough. I logged onto the family forum and I saw a discussion started on the upcoming presidential election and who a certain republican candidate would choose for his running mate. It was very tempting to chime in my two cents, but I resisted. It was just going to start arguments that I didn't really feel like getting into. The whole idea of debate, argument and discussion is to get someone to see your point of view.

And well, I don't think I am changing anyone's minds today. :)
So...must....resist....chiming in...

You see, I have actually lived in the state where that person was a governor, when he was the governor. I think that gives me some very valid arguments. 

But anyway, I digress.

I want to talk about something else completely.

Lately in the news there has been much discussion about a certain chicken sandwich joint and it's beliefs and what they do with those beliefs. I had recently been given some free sandwich coupons to this particular food establishment and I was wondering what to do with them.
I didn't want to support a business that donates millions of dollars to groups that promote intolerance, hate and bigotry. I had someone suggest I go and just get my free food and nothing else. That way I make them spend money but I don't give them any money.
I'm still debating what to do.

But today...I shared on facebook (evil! Evil!!!) that I was happy I had purchased diapers through today. And the reason I was happy was because the founder had donated millions of dollars to support gay marriage.

Which seems a little controversial...because I agree with what he did, I support it? But if I disagree then I don't? Well, sort of.

The nicest thing about living in the United States of America is that we can have these opinions. The other nice thing about this country is that we do not tolerate treating each other with nothing but respect. This means equal rights for all, no prejudices.

So.  I wanted to clarify. The reason I am boycotting the crazy chicken people is because they donated money to groups that spread hate and intolerance. And the reason I am happy to support Amazon is because they are donating money to help spread tolerance and equal rights.

And I really wanted to provide you with an example of a cause I don't agree with, but have no problems with people donating money to, but I'm having a hard time coming up with something.

I believe in letting people live their lives free of judgement, as long as they are not hurting others, they should be left to their own devices. Hmmm, I need a good example.

Okay, I got it.

I don't agree with donating money to foreign aid. I really believe we have a lot of problems that need to be solved HERE first. Too many homeless on our streets for us to worry about the people in another country. Once we resolve our problems here, then we should reach out to help others.
I think this should start at home with family, then extended family, then neighborhood, town etc.

BUT...if a huge corporation like Amazon or crazy chicken people want to donate millions to foreign aid, I'm okay with that. It doesn't hurt anyone, it isn't hateful or intolerant.
You just won't see me doing it. And I wouldn't boycott them for doing it either.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Finger Paint!

I made something that I thought was really cool for my daughter.

Check it out:

So what is it? It's a finger painting thing-a-ma-jiggy. It's one of those crafty type of things that you might read about or hear about from some other parents. (I was going to say moms...but maybe some dads would think of it as well.)

All it is, is finger paint inside of a large ziplock bag. I used the giant freezer size bag. I put the paint in the four corners of the bag, sealed it shut and then I taped all four sides down to a piece of cardboard (you could always do this on any flat surface like a table). I chose to tape it down just in case my daughter punctured it or figured out how to open the bag. Once it is complete, your child can then finger paint, swirl the colors etc, all with no mess! It's also kind of squishy and just fun to touch.

I brought this out last night and my husband asked what it was. Then he laughed and said "You just took all the fun out of finger painting." Apparently the messy part is the fun part.

Personally, I thought this was genius!  All the fun, no mess.

Well, he was right. I took the fun out of it. My daughter had no interest and I ended up playing with it more than she did. She did try to say the word "squishy" though, which was very cute.
She had way more interest in his laptop and the remotes than she did playing with the new toy.

I guess I need to suck it up and let her get messy. :) When I do...there will be pictures! :)

Monday, July 23, 2012


What is the definition of a doppleganger?
According to Wikipedia, it's basically your evil twin. There are a lot of evil and bad vibes surrounding seeing your double apparently.

But what if you saw someone else's doppelganger? (Anyone watch How I Met Your Mother? There is a whole story arc about doppelgangers.)

In any case, at a party at the beginning of the month I met the twin or doppelganger of a friend of mine. This was a friend who I have known since 1998. And I couldn't stop staring at this other person who was clearly not him, but looked so much like him!

Why did this freak me out? Because my friend is gay and I used to have a crush on him. And his new evil twin?  Very straight.  He came to this party with his girlfriend, his girlfriend was a friend of the host, this guy didn't know anyone.  He had no idea he walked into a party where everyone knew his double.

How was I to know that a straight version of this most amazing gay friend existed?! Talk about messing with my mind! I didn't dwell on these thoughts for too long, after all, I am very happily married to the perfect man for me, but man, it was weird!

When I was in junior high and high school there was a girl one year behind me who looked similar to me. If you saw us at a quick glance you might have mixed us up. The funny part is that one of my ex-boyfriends ended up dating her. :)

I went out with a twin once. On our second date I met his twin brother. For the rest of the night I wondered if I was out with the right twin. I didn't go out with him (or his twin) again.

Anyone ever meet someone's double?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Almost Famous

This morning the radio DJ's were talking about how one of their sons had "run in" to Oprah at an airport and they wanted to know, who's the most famous person you have met and how did you meet them.

I actually have a great story about that, but I didn't call in to the radio station. But I thought instead I could share it here.

I believe it was the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. Or maybe it was the summer after my senior year? I can't remember, my memory is just not what it used to be. I'm sure I have a journal from back then that I can consult, but I don't have time to dig it out.

A friend and I were at the fair and we had specifically gone looking for a fruit punch or strawberry slushie. We split the slushie because we were kids and didn't have tons of money.

So here we are walking across the fairgrounds sharing a slushie....and not looking where we are going. And of course we bumped into someone, and we spilled our slushie on this someone.

Who was this someone? It was Steven Tyler from Aerosmith.  No joke!
He was so nice to us. We immediately started apologizing and he said "that's okay girls" and he put his hand on my shoulder. I debated not washing that shoulder for about five minutes, but I continued to joke about not washing that shoulder for the rest of the summer. :)

We were so startled by the turn of events, we weren't sure how to react. We did eventually ask for his autograph, and he told us that he just wanted to enjoy the fair with his family. So we were disappointed we didn't get an autograph but at the same time we were impressed with how nice he was and how he really was just trying to have a normal evening with his family.

So that is how I remember the story, but my memory just isn't what is used to be...more on that subject next week. :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

C is for Cookie

Remember when I posted about that Elmo video?  Here is a link if you want to check it out again:

It's all the way at the bottom.

Well, today, for your viewing pleasure is Cookie Monster. He is letting us know that even though he just met us, and this is crazy, we have cookies, can we share them please? :)

I love this stuff. And so does Zoe. She has quite a few favorite music videos actually. She has very interesting taste in music.  I'll save that for another post...

I'm very busy these days so I need to spread these posts out. :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Finally - a coffee for me!

Just a quick blurb, to let you know that I have finally found a "coffee" that I will drink.
And I'm definitely not used to this level of caffeine...weeeee!

Check it out...I love this new drink, too bad Starbucks is so darn expensive!

All this extra energy should get me moving to exercise tonight right?
My sinuses are still clogged from my cold, still can't breathe, smell or taste anything, but I feel really good, so I'm going to suck it up and do some running tonight.  And I'm going to punch Bubba.

Anyone got ideas for my motivational wall?  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Punching Bag!

see, now I did it! I got it set up.
And here are a few more pictures of my setup in the basement.

I think we will need a Movie Monday...where I can include a short video of me working out with my punching bag, what do you think?

We have named the punching bag Bubba. So if you hear that I am working out with Bubba or kicking Bubba's you know what, well, now you know what I am doing. :)

Mmmm...treadmill. I actually do enjoy walking and running on a treadmill. My sister said that's because it's easier than outside. And she's probably right. At least I'm moving though!

And check out my latest motivator!  A calendar! I plan on putting in a big red X whenever I work out. And of course you can see that I haven't worked out yet this week. Stupid cold!
I feel MUCH much better today.

So no excuses right? :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Where did my oldies go?

I need to find a new place to get my 1950's music fix.

Well, it's actually been a long time since I was able to get my 50's music fix. I used to listen to a great oldies station in my area. And at some point in the past few years they must have decided that the 50's were too old. Because they moved up a few decades and started playing 60's, 70's, and 80's.


Okay, once I got over that, I settled in to this new version of the oldies.

Then the other day I flipped to that station and they are now playing very modern music. In fact, they are playing today's "hit music". They sound a lot like another hit music station...but instead of playing the same 10-15 songs all day, they play the same 15-20 songs all day. :)

I actually have heard a few new songs with this station...and no dj's (so far) and not too many commercials (so far) really...not too bad!

But it just isn't the oldies any more. I now go elsewhere for my music fix.

Wait...instead of telling you about it here...I just got inspired for another post for Ask the Motherboard!  I'll write about it there...

Stay tuned!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Motivation Monday - Motivational Posters?

I'm going to put up some pictures in front of my treadmill for motivation while running.
It has to be better than staring at the wall. Seriously as of right now I just stare at a plain white door while I am running.

If I am walking on the treadmill then I can at least stare at my iPad and watch something interesting.
Like Season 3 of Dawson's Creek. :)  Yep, still watching it.

So what should I put up on the wall? Pictures of a skinnier self?
I would be way too young in those pictures and I think that would depress me. Let's face it, I might be able to lose weight, but there ain't no way I'm ever looking like that again.

Pictures of skinny models and actresses?
Nah, that would depress me too. Too much air brushing.

I was actually thinking about maybe some fitness models. Or some seriously great dancer's. I know their pictures will also be air-brushed but they will have strong muscular bodies. Which is what I am aiming for. Maybe Jillian Michaels?

I got a few Women's Health magazines in the mail...I didn't ask for them, they just arrived.  But I'm sure there are some pictures in there I could use as well.

Think I can get away with some hot men too? Hmmmm.

What should I put on my motivational wall in front of my treadmill? Words, phrases, pictures?
Let me know your ideas!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Missing in Action

I know I have been missing lately.
Don't worry, I'll be back next week with a vengeance.

I had a plan for this week. But...the best laid plans.....

Sigh.  It's been a long week.

Seriously, I'll be back next week with some really good quality posts. My daughter has been sick this week so all my plans got changed to just taking care of her. I hope everyone had a nice celebration yesterday.

Stay tuned for next week!