Monday, October 27, 2008

I love the 80's...Halloween

I love this cereal, not sure why. It's too sweet, it gets mushy as soon as you add the milk and there are not that many of the marshmallows (the best part). I have to ration the marshmallows with the cereal because once the marshmallows are gone I don't want to eat it anymore. I do like the pink milk though. We used to be able to buy it any time of the year. Now it is only available during Halloween and I can only find it at Wal*Fart. My kids love it as well but I have to buy Boo Berry and Count Chocula too. I have a pantry full of it. By next week I will have had my fix and I won't want to eat it until next Halloween.

*Is it me or does he look like Al Franken? Al Franken Berry...coincidence? I think not!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

wHatEver, mArTHa!


Meet the latest addition to my DVR schedule. Whatever, Martha! It is on the Fine Living Network, Tuesdays at 9 pm e/p. Read about the show below (taken from FLN).

Martha Stewart cooks, cleans, crafts, gardens and entertains better than anyone. Who among us hasn't, at one time or another, watched the lifestyle expert with overwhelmed awe and wished that we could say to her, Whatever, Martha! We can't, but they can! Co-hosts of the popular Sirius Satellite radio show Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer, Alexis Stewart (yes, Martha's daughter) and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt are bringing their witty, irreverent, comedic points of view to life in the Fine Living Network series Whatever, Martha! Watch as Alexis and Jennifer share their unique take on some of the domestic icon's most memorable moments from her Emmy award-winning television series, Martha Stewart Living. A combination of classic clips, original commentary, and a few unexpected surprises, Whatever, Martha! promises to shed a whole new light on the Martha Stewart you know and love.

Tune in...it's a stitch!

It's October...family photo time!

October is my favorite month down here in LA. It is still warm but not so humid. Last year we had our pictures taken here and I loved the scenery...right on the river with huge live oaks with moss hanging down (in true Louisiana fashion). We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day, it was picture perfect!



Wow...I am WHITE! (Actually, I prefer porcelain.) I look like a red-headed Morticia Addams.
Bryn didn't want to smile...she was trying to figure this whole thing out. She finally smiled when we were all done. That figures! Hayden likes to make goofy faces. Although he posed for the picture below. Then there is Logan, well he is my little model. Chad calls him Hansel from Zoolander. (Logan is smarter!) After the photo shoot, he demanded an orange mocha frappachino and a massage.


"Does this bow make my head look big?"


Note: Chad is crouching in this photo so as not to appear too tall, which he is. The one hand in the pocket is Hayden's signature pose.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

No time...

I have no time to blog right now. I am working all the time and when I am not working I am going to spend every waking moment with my kids. In less than two weeks we are taking a trip up to Toledo to see family. My family has not seen Bryn yet and I have two new babies up there to see too. Today we are going shopping for Halloween costumes, (Hayden is a star wars character, Logan a skeleton and Bryn is going to be a candy corn), and fall clothes. So happy blogging to all of you...I will write when I have time.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

How many giraffes have to die!?!


I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Louisiana (the greater New Orleans area), this purse (or styles similar) are EVERYWHERE! Now when Dooney and Burke first came out with this I thought it was cute, not me but still cute. I am all for trends but this has gone too far! I feel like I am on a freaking safari at the the store. How many giraffes can I spot? I loathe this purse. I want to call up the people at D&B and give them an ear full. Thanks to you D&B I now hate giraffes!

Friday, October 10, 2008

I am my father's daughter

Two things I don't usually speak about: politics and religion for obvious reasons. Well today I am going to break that rule due to an ignorant email I received from my mother. I have no choice, I must defend my point of view. There are so many that clearly don't know what the hell they are talking about. I read the bogs and twitters. I do not have a problem if you have a political belief different from mine. What I have a problem with is those that don't have the foggiest idea what they are talking about. They don't have a freaking clue. Ignorance is bliss I guess.

My father is a republican and my mother is a democrat, at least this week she is. My paternal grandfather was a HUGE democrat. He despised Ronald Reagan, who BTW was one of the best presidents this country ever elected. Being the staunch democrat he was, I don't think he would vote for Obama. The other day I sent my mother an Obama/Palin joke via email. It was just a light hearted email, poking fun at both sides. The title of said email was "Some people will do anything to get elected" and the image:


Funny right? She responded by saying: "Yes, they will, even endorsing a twit like Palin as your VP thinking that she would be an adequate substitute for Hillary!!!!!!". THIS PISSED ME OFF. Well mom, do you think she is a "twit" because you have a valid opinion about her politics or because that is how the largely liberal media portrays her? I think the latter. May I remind you that 8 years ago you supported Bush and 4 years after that? Yep, Bush. And as far as Hilary goes, people are sick of the Clintons. Hilary didn't get the nom nor was she chosen for Veep...GET OVER IT!

The following is an email I just received,written by my father. My comments are in color.

As I sit here knowing that my retirement fund is going down the tubes in the market, I hear Nancy Pelosi talk about how Congress is going to eliminate spending. Yeah... well me too bitch! I hear Obama, (spell check suggests I change it to Osama), use FDR's famous words.. "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." WTF is he talking about? What is this man of Arab decent... NO he's not Africa American... he's more white than black and definitely mostly Arab, talking about? F--- him. And I still cannot believe that anyone who isn't black (Arab) would vote for him. That's right... blacks think he's black. That they will vote for him because they think he's black is not racist. So they tell me.

If you tell a black person that you are not voting for Obama, he assumes you are a racist.

McCain was never my choice. I had my favorites but McCain was down the list. But the fact is, NOBODY can question that McCain is an American who has and would do anything for her. I thought... okay hoped, that Sarah Palin would wake women up... I'm guessing that she didn't.

Watch The View much? They hate her more than they hate McCain. Ambivalent sexism!

Now I'm going to go all feminist on you. Young white women, I'm speaking generalities, seem to think that they won't be thought of as racist if they vote for Obama. He's 'cute' (time out while I gag), and young, and he will bring us together. BS!! The man has never done anything that would bring us together and has surrounded himself with anti-Americans and terrorists. He is the most liberal member of Congress. WTF... wake the F UP!

I'm not concerned about myself. I'm much too old to care about what may happen to me. But I do care very much about my children, their children, and I care about my country. We are moving so rapidly toward socialism that it isn't funny. Communism with a little bit of a conscience. I watched the debate the other night and loved the guy who was MAD. He has a right to be. He was spot on! Obama has to be exposed for what he is.

Multi-billionaires like George Soros are funding him as well as organizations outside the U.S. George Soros?? Never heard of him? Well he's the guy who funds Move America Forward. Check out their website! Code Pink.. check there's out too. This rich bastard is about to have his way with America... and its citizens don't even know who he is. Take a look at who is supporting this man... terrorist leaders have endorsed him!

I saw a segment on Fox today... one of the reporters went to a rock concert and interviewed various people who were in attendance. He had 8x10 photos of various politicians... only one knew who Joe Biden was. At least one thought he was McCain. Sarah Palin... "I can't remember her name." Nancy Pelosi... no clue. Judge Judy... everybody knew her. These people have the right to vote. Guess who they like?

These are people who let Hollywood dictate who they should vote for. People who are incapable of coming up with their own point of view. They seek their political advice from Mtv. I boycotted Mtv 4 years ago. Still have not watched it. (OK, I do let my kids watch Nickelodeon, which is the same company. Sue me)


ACORN... have you heard about them? I'm sure you guys in Ohio have. Padding the voter registration list for Obama. Were you aware that he worked for them? He represented them as their attorney. Your Secretary of State (democrat) says he doesn't have enough time to fix the problem. GO TO JAIL.. GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL.. DO NOT PASS GO!

They interviewed a guy on Fox who registered 60 times for ACORN... he was paid to do it!

We're going to be robbed in this election... not by the BS like 'hanging Chad's' that the democrats cried about in the last election... but by a concerted effort by anti-American organizations who are going to jam the box for Obama and misguided Americans who have no clue.

I'm also sick and tired of hearing "Bush's failed economic policies". During his 2 terms we had the best of times. A year from the end the housing bubble burst and everything went to hell. What caused it? Congress ignored what was happening. They heard the regulator saying this is going to be a huge problem and said, "we don't see it." Now they just lie about it and blame Bush. I have come to believe that the democrats let it happen for the purpose of taking back the white house. Everything went to hell when the democrats took control of Congress. All you have to do is look at the record.

Gun owners... hide 'em. Obama is coming after them. Buy more ammo now!

Preaching to the choir. If I've offended anyone... well frankly I don't care! Neither do I.

This deserves the slow clap in my opinion.

{Now I am sure that you are all itching to comment. Be forewarned, only comment if you have something legitimate and intelligent to add. Otherwise I will ignore it.}

Monday, October 6, 2008

I am obsessed...

...with these sunglasses.

They are Escada and I found them on sale for a mere $166. I LOVE THEM. I was watching The Starter Wife on USA and Debra Messing (my celeb look-a-like) was wearing them. If they look good on her then they must look good on me!

To buy or not to buy? That is the question.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

You down with OCD? Yeah you know me!

Another weekend went by and was completely ruined, but I have clean door knobs and base boards! I have been very stressed out lately. I have way too much going on in my life and I don't think I can handle much more. I just wonder why all these things are happening to me, and in turn my OCD gets worse. I have a tendency to blame myself for everything. I can't explain it.

Chad left Saturday morning for the Talladega race on Sunday and I decided that this weekend was going to be about the kids. Saturday I had to hurry up and go to the grocery store before Chad left. I bought all kinds of fun food to eat over the weekend. I took them shopping, with their own money, and they bought some new toys and books. Hayden had a football game later that day so after the game I took them to Sonic for a drink (mmm Ocean Water) and then home for pizza. We made pizza and then I planned to watch a movie with them. Any movie they wanted. Hayden is into natural disasters; hurricanes, tornadoes, and now volcanoes. (He learned about Pompeii in school and is reading about it in a book he bought. He is mommy's little genius!) I saw on SciFi that there was a tornado movie on so we decided to watch it. We got our jammies on and they got their pillows and blankets. They love to "camp out" in the living room. I made them hot pretzels and I turned the movie on. Instead of enjoying this moment with my kids, I fixated on the salt spilling onto the couch, my feet were dirty from my flop flops, I needed to unload the dishwasher, the floor needs swept, clothes need folding, etc. etc. etc. I was getting upset with all those trivial things before I knew it the boys were asleep. I felt really bad. Then it took me about 45 minutes to get ready for bed. Checking locks, my nightly rituals, taking the dogs out, checking locks, making sure I had my phones, checking locks....Chad usually does most of these things.

Sunday was here and I thought REDEMPTION. I will make it up to them. I decided that chores can wait. But then I started to panic, I have to do laundry, I have to clean out the fridge, I need to get the Halloween decorations down, I have to get the garbage out, etc etc etc. I even made them homemade chicken noodle soup and cupcakes. They sat at the table alone and ate while I did chores and they went to bed without eating a cupcake because I got mad at them for splashing water on the bathroom floor during their bath. Now it is 9:30 pm, and I just finished cleaning the bathrooms. I called my husband and blamed him for all this because he left me with all this crap to do. Yes he could have helped me before he left, but it wasn't his fault. I wish that I could let things go. I can still look around and find something that needs to be done, and the sad thing is I may do it tonight. I am so tired of this shit. I was doing so well for the longest time. I had managed it, but it has reared it's ugly head and I am once again tortured. Life just keeps passing me by and I am stuck here holding the sponge. Tomorrow I told myself that I am going to hold Bryn all day. I love to hold her and watch TV and let her fall asleep on me. She won't want to do this much longer and I will regret not doing it. My life seems to be filled with regrets and not memories. I think I need therapy again, but I don't have time. I don't even watch TV anymore. I can't concentrate. I am so frustrated. I don't have anyone to talk to, my mom doesn't understand and she is too busy for me and Chad doesn't get it. As far as everyone else, they have their own lives. So I blog. I need to take a cue from Susan Powter and STOP THE MADNESS!

Simply yummy!

This stuff is almost as good as my mom's homemade lemonade. Just add crushed ice and some lemon slices, shake it up and you are good to go. For a twist, add some Bacardi or vodka and some mint sprigs too. Yum!

Word of the day: From the Tim Gunn/Michael Kors dictionary

Garish
Pronunciation:
\╦łger-ish\
Function:
adjective
1: clothed in vivid colors
2 a: excessively or disturbingly vivid b: offensively or distressingly bright : glaring 3: tastelessly showy : flashy

ex: The house down the street was garishly decorated for Christmas.

I punched holes in my kid's ears!

I have been struggling with the decision to get Bryn's ears pierced for a couple months now. One would think that I was making a major life changing decision, such as what to do with the housing market. Having two boys this is new to me so I polled many people to get opinions, most of which said DO IT. I even asked her pediatrician who recommended Claire's in the mall. He said it is completely fine after 4 months. Then why am I so worried about it? If the doctor said it's okay then it must be okay, right? It can't be any worse than watching her get her shots.

I want to do it while she is young is so she won't remember the torture that her mother put her through...like mine did. Here is where I sound like Sophia Petrillo, of Golden Girl fame. Picture it, Lion Store, 1977. I was two years old. My mother dragged me into the jewelry section and seated me upon the big stool. I remember it vividly, the sound and the shear terror I felt as the sting of metal pierced my tiny ear lobe. I jumped off that stool so fast and ran into a fitting room and stood on top of the chair so nobody could see my feet. I was pretty clever for two! When they finally found me, I refused to let that witch touch me (the jewelry clerk not my mom). My mom took me home where my aunt ended up piercing my other ear, she at least numbed it first!

There you have it, my ear piercing horror story. I would have my aunt do it but we don't live anywhere near her. Instead I am going to the mall...where some 18 year-old girl with a GED, who cannot form a sentence without saying "ya know", "like" or "totally", and has her ass hanging out of her pants, will punch holes in my daughter's ears. (I think i may have misused a comma)

I broke the news to Chad that we will in fact be piercing Bryn's ears. Oh and he had to hold her too. My argument is that I always take her for shots. Surprisingly he was okay with this. I picked out her cute little earrings and the girl placed small purple dots on her lobes and I made sure that they were even. I turned my head and then *CLICK*. She started screaming, more from the sound I think. I was tearing up and some woman shopping came over to comfort me and said "she is doing great". I felt like an idiot. Here my kid is getting her ears pierced and I am crying. *CLICK* and she is all done. Chad and I comforted her and viola, she looked so pretty!







After...with tears in her eyes



She looks so pretty!