Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The eyes have it

When it come to make up I love Earth tones. I just got Earthy Chic by bareMinerals. Verdict: love it. It comes with three eyes colors, Chic Nude Eyecolor, Smoky Sage Eyecolor, Spiced Fig Liner Shadow; a lip color, Mini Sandy Buxom Lip Polish; and a blush, Desert Rose Blush. It is pretty and would compliment most skin tones.



Diorshow mascara by Dior is in a word FABULOUS! It really does live up to its hype. I have tried almost every drug store brand there is. Nothing comes close in my estimation. Prove me wrong!


Uh...Houston, we have a problem.

I was reading Babytalk Magazine and stumbled across a disturbing article. Disturbing because it might apply to me. The article was about spending time on the computer vs. spending time with your children.
Here it is:

ARE YOU AT RISK?
If you're worried about how much time you spend online, ask yourself the questions below. If you answer yes to three or more, you might want to try to cut back or seek help. Go to the website of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery-Netaddiction.com-for more details.



  • Do you check e-mail before doing other important tasks, like playing with or caring for the baby? (Does my BlackBerry count?)
  • Are you constantly forming new relationships online? no, well unless you are talking about new followers to Twitter, or Facebook friends
  • Are you less productive at work or neglecting household tasks? NO!
  • Do you often stay online longer than you intended? maybe
  • Are you losing sleep due to staying online late at night? me? loose sleep...never!
  • Do you crave computer time when you aren't logged on? No, I crave ice cream, raisinets, and quiet time
  • Do you choose to go online instead of spending time with your partner? hmmm...no, kidding, my kids definitely NO!
I added a couple more:

  • Do you lay in bed at night and plan your next blog post? sometimes
  • Do you think of something funny and say "I need to Tweet that!"? guilty

40 days and 40 nights

Today was Fat Tuesday, the Eve of the Lenten holiday. I am a devout Catholic, I go to church every Christmas and Easter and I almost always observe Lent. I thought long and hard about what I was going to deny myself. I have decided on Cheetos and junk food but mostly Cheetos. I am trying to be healthier so it's a start. I ate my last Cheeto this afternoon...
What are you giving up?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Endymion 2009

Saturday night we took the family to the parades in Uptown New Orleans. First we walked around the Quarter and shopped in the French Market. It was pretty nice weather about 70 and partly sunny. There were a lot of people there. As we were walking down Decatur St., there was a party van with a group of people drinking on top. I hear "Hey baby...in the stroller!" Bryn got her first cat call! (mark that in her baby book) Normally I don't encourage this behavior, but I couldn't stop laughing. Drunk ass!
We stopped back at Chad's office in front of the Superdome to potty and get a snack, grabbed our chairs and it was off to Endymion. We found our spot on the corner of Poydras and St. Charles. We even ran into Hayden and Logan's music teacher. (small world) It was fun. We made friends with some people from Baton Rouge. They were giving all their beads to the boys. At one point Bryn grabbed some beads from around some guy's neck and almost choked him. But he thought she was cute so he even gave her the beads. It seemed that people thought they could cut through our little area to cross the street even though we were all yelling at them to go around. This drunk loser took a spill on the curb and landed on Logan. I tried to catch him. I helped him up and he apologized profusely and I said "You need to go around. You just fell on my little boy! Geez!". His little woman got lippy with me and called me a "stuck up bitch". Well nobody messes with me or my kids...YOU WILL GET BEAT DOWN. They obviously didn't see the 6'6" 270# man holding the little baby standing next to me. Long story short, she did the smart thing and walked away. She wasn't as cocky once I stepped towards her and asked her if she had a problem. Drunk, stupid and probably only 20/21 yrs old. Stay on Bourbon St. if you are going to act like an ass!
Kid Rock was the Grand Marshall. He was lipsynching to All Summer Long. Apparently I was confused as to his identity because I was taking pictures of some guy I thought was Kid Rock. Chad said "Um do you think that maybe he's the guy with the MICROPHONE?" Hey it was dark! REO Speedwagon was also aboard a float. I heard some girl behind me ask her guy friend "Who is that?" his response was "Some old band from like the 70's." Thank you for making me feel old!
We didn't stay for the whole parade, the kids were chilly and tired and we were just paraded out at that point. As we were leaving, this group of Michiganders behind us pulled Chad aside. "Hey man we have a bet going as to how tall you are and how big your feet are." Chad replied "6'6" and 18". I am not sure who won but I heard cheering and a "holy shit". You know what they say about big feet? Big shoes!
Some Mardi Gras Etiquette:
1. We locals stake out our spots very early. Do not think that you are going to weasel your way in. Not happening! Respect the locals!!
2. Do not stand in front of a child...especially mine!
3. Don't try to cut through our spot. GO AROUND!
4. Watch the language around the kids.
5. If your drunk ass falls on me or my kids...you are goin' down!
6. Make nice with the people around you
7. We love out of towners to hang with us. Heed the rules above.
8. Ask questions. We are glad to answer!
9. Share the love. Don't be a bead hog. Share and share alike!
10. Don't dive in front of people to catch the throws. Your elbow is the hardest part of your body. Yeah I said elbow...and it hurts!
11. Have fun!

Here are some pics I took. Regrettably I wasn't able to take more. It is very difficult to take pictures and watch three kids and the parade.

Here is my Mardi Gras princess



...and the Dukes!




Mommy and Bryn waiting for the parade



Fromage!



Listening to Kid Rock lipsynch "All Summer Long". I was taking pictures of the wrong guy the whole time. OY!


Throw me something mister!



This was hard to see but these are the flambeaus. They look like indigents with torches and you give them money. They were used to light the way for the parades that rolled in the dark.




Kids trying to get the throws

And the winners are...


Hugh looked dashing!
HUGH...why the musicals? WHY?! My gaydar is going off.


In the battle between Jenn and Angie...the winner is Angie.


I loved her dress. The green jade (?) jewelry was a great pop of color.


Kate was my favorite. Old Hollywood, vintage style and she pulled it off beautifully! You stay classy Kate!

Love it, simple and elegant!


SJP looks ethereal in this number. Very pretty.


Robert Downey Jr. has never looked better! He's a comeback kid that hopefully is here to stay!


Tina Fey looked gorgeous. I loved her hair!

He can sink his teeth in me any day!

"Jingle bells, jingle bells."

Is he going to the Oscars or preparing for his next roll in the sequel to Saturday Night Fever...Sunday Night Hangover?


Do these curtains make my butt look big?

Heidi goes RED for Oscar. She should have gone back to the dress shop. UG!


Crazy, party of ONE!


Quick hide your Oscars...there is a bandit loose in the Kodak Theater!


Wrong!

It almost looks like she has a tiny dress stapled to the one she is wearing.


OMG! There is a cheetah loose in the theater!

I am scared of her...

Friday, February 20, 2009

It's Mardi Gras time!


So it's Mardi Gras time here in New Orleans. From now until "Fat Tuesday" I am going to blog something about Mardi Gras every day.

Carnival is the season of celebration which begins annually on January 6, the Twelfth Night or Kings' day, and ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday. Kings' day celebrates the arrival of the three kings to Jesus' birthplace. Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is a single day of Carnival, the day before the Lenten season. Carnival season is celebrated with parades by krewes. A krewe is a generic term for all Carnival organizations. There are many krewes in Louisiana, and each parish celebrates their own parades put on by their krewes. The bigger the krewe (super krewe) the better the throws (beads etc.). Contrary to popular belief, Mardi Gras is for families. Just avoid Bourbon St. and you'll be fine. The three colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. Purple represents justice; green faith and gold power.

The Coast Guard even has a Mardi Gras tradition. Each year a Coast Guard Cutter transports the Kings, Zulu and Rex, to Lundi Gras to kick off the Mardi Gras celebration.

Tomorrow we will be uptown and in the French Quarter to enjoy some parades: Iris, Tucks, and Endymion (pronounced en-dim-ee-on). Endymion is a super krewe and will have Kid Rock as a celebrity guest.

Let the Good Times Roll! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Buehler, Buehler...

There is no doubt that my little five year old, Logan, is very popular in class. Today he was home sick from school with a cold and a fever. When Hayden came home from school he handed Logan a stack of get well cards from his classmates. Chad looked at me and said "Is it me or does this remind you of Ferris Buehler?". Smile.

WARNING:

If I hear the song You're Gonna Love Me ONE MORE TIME...I'm going to go postal!

I could eat mac 'n cheese every day

I feel compelled to tell you that I love mac 'n cheese. Which is strange because growing up I hated it and all things cheese. Taste buds change I guess. I love homemade mac 'n cheese, not that crap in the "blue box" which my kids devour. Here is a yummy recipe from my mommy:


~1 pkg (7 oz.) elbow macaroni

~6 tbs butter (divided)

~3 tbs flour

~2 cups milk

~1 pkg (8 oz.) cream cheese (cubed)

~2 cups (8 oz>) shredded cheddar cheese

~2 tsp spicey brown mustard

~1/2 tsp salt

~1/4 tsp pepper

~3/4 cup dry bread crumbs

~2 tbs minced parsley

Cook macaroni. Melt 4 tbs butter in large sauce pan. Stir in flour till smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce hear and ass cheeses, mustard and S&P. Stir until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Drain macaroni and add to cheese mixture and stir to coat. Transfer to a greased, shallow baking dish. Melt the remaining butter, toss with bread crumbs and parsley. Sprinkle over macaroni. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. (The more golden brown the better! Yum :p)

My ass is chapped and here's why:

You know what really chaps my ass? People that neglect their pets. I cannot tell you how many times I see dead cats and dogs on the side of the road. Several times I have seen these pets previously alive and when I went by again, they were road kill. I realize that many are strays, unwanted pets. It breaks my heart. Today as I was driving home from the store, I saw a dog (possibly a puppy) walking out of the woods on the side of the highway. If I didn't have two kids with me I probably would have stopped. I have rescued many dogs and I wish I could rescue them all. I can't be responsible for everyone else's pets, I can only be responsible for mine.

Here are my buddies; Buttercup (American Eskimo mix) and Killian (boxer). Buttercup (got her name from The Three Amigos) was a dog that someone threw out and I rescued her. I don't know how someone can be so cold and heartless toward animals. They only ask for a little food and a lot of affection...unconditionally. (Yes, she always looks terrified in pictures.)

My friend Nicole and her husband Greg also have a passion for pets. They started a foundation to serve as an advocate for animals. During hurricane you know who, they donated a substantial amount to the shelters down here who were inundated with pets. Check out their website...you will also see Killian's father, Foster and sister, Gracie. Visit The Greg Biffle Foundation.

I am channeling Bob Barker here. Help keep the pet population down, please spay and neuter your pets and make sure they have identification if they are to get lost. Freckleface out.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hooray for Hollywierd!

It's Oscar time again and although I have a general distaste for Hollywood, I rather enjoy the Oscars. I love to see what people are wearing, and not wearing. I am curious to see who/what (Mickey Rourke) wins this year. There is quite a colorful array of nominees. Who are your Oscar picks? Read mine in the comments.


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Download this:

I am always looking for new music to download. So every now and then I will put a new find on my blog.

The Morning Benders: "Damnit Anna"

I have a raging case of...

Pink eye, aka Viral Conjunctivitis. If you have never had it, count yourself lucky. Let me break it down like this, because I love analogies: Picture yourself at the ocean. You are swimming under water with your eyes open for an extended period of time. You get out, dry off and decide to lay in the sun, with your eyes open. Then a big wind sweeps through and blows sand into your open eyes. Yeah, that's pretty close.
I called the doctor yesterday and they made me an appointment for the afternoon. I proceeded to explain my symptoms and I was interrupted with.
Nurse: Darlin', you don't need to come in, we will call a prescription in for you. You have pink eye and you are highly contagious.
Me: I have to go to work.
Nurse: Sugar, you ARE NOT going to work.
Me: When will I be able to return to work.
Nurse: Once ALL the symptoms are gone.
Me: Oh...

Well, I would hardly call this a vacation. I was off Monday and Tuesday anyway, but I may not be able to go in Wednesday either. I work directly with patients and I rely on my eyes for my job. So I am quarantined. I am trying to be extra careful so I don't infect everyone else. Every time I touch my face I must wash my hands. Do you realize how much you actually touch your face? Not only that but I have been walking around cleaning everything I touch, (Here is a shameless product plug.), by using Clorox Greenworks Natural Biodegradable Cleaning Wipes.
I was given these eye drops that burn and put a constant bad taste in my mouth which makes my food taste funny. I couldn't even enjoy my Cheetos! Chad is constantly making fun of me. Singing stupid songs..."In your eyes, the whites are red, your eyes..." (Peter Gabriel), texting me "Your eyes look like shit!", making remarks "How do I adjust the red eye?"and not looking me in the eyes because "it hurts his eyes". The bright side is, I get the bed all to myself!
Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to go motorboat Chad's pillow!


Sunday, February 15, 2009

2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest

I am super excited for the 2009 Jazz and Heritage fest. It is the 40th anniversary and my FIRST time there. Here are some of the bands that will be performing:

Neil Young, Wynton Marsalis, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, James Taylor, Sugarland, Joe Cocker, Ben Harper, Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kings of Leon, Neville Brothers (featuring that thing on Aaron's face), Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, The O’Jays, Erykah Badu, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Dr. John etc. etc. etc.

This is definitely one thing that I need to experience before we leave! Can't wait!!


Celebrity Sighting

On Wednesday we took Hayden to the Hornets game for his birthday. Court side was Dave Matthews!



Who knew he was a basketball fan?!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Etsy


Ok so I really just discovered Etsy. I was looking for a coin purse and I found this one:

I love orange and brown and this is perfect. Shop at Kailo Chic for this and other really cute accessories.