Thursday, March 31, 2011

If You Want to Be My BFF - Part Deux

I am a fan of sloppy foods. Ones where I can get my face and hands covered with food...
[then slurp what's left off of my fingers]

I am sore loser.

Before I met my husband, I had no spice tolerance whatsoever.

I have an unnatural fear of scary movies...as in I'm pretty sure Jigsaw, that crazy bitch from Stay Alive and Freddy Kreuger may or may not come kill me at any point in time...because I watched a movie.

I eat my French fries with mayonnaise.

At any given time, I probably have no clue where my cell phone is.

The only sports team that I really care about is the Minnesota Vikings!

I don't do confrontation well.

I've never been to the beach or seen the ocean.

I am not a morning person. At all. I hate mornings. I'm a big ole grumpfish!

I have a weird thing with numbers.


You want to see Part 1? I know you do! Check it out here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Telephone Tree Tuesday on a Wednesday.

*phew* I feel like life is going 250 mph right now!

I've been trying really hard to keep up with cleaning. And I'm doing pretty well actually. Tomorrow I'm going to take the car in to get a tune-up and fix our coolant leak. I planned it to where we can go eat lunch across the street while it gets worked on :) Then if it's warm like today (It's 48!!!), I can finally clean the car out. It needs a good washing, vacuuming, steam cleaning, Armorall wipe down and windows wiped. I bet I could at least get the car wash and vacuuming done...and then do the rest later on..it's going to take me hours for sure.

And with being all cleaning crazy...I didn't get around to doing the Telephone Tree yesterday, so here it is a day late!

Ready to print out some more recipes :}

I don't even like marshmellows and these are amazing. I also refuse to spell marshmellows correctly.

178 pages of deliciousness :} I'm killing trees. Shame on me.

We briefly went into the men's section at Target and Matthew was hollering that Daddy would love these shirts *snickers* I should have picked him up one!

Friendly's is amazing. It was the first time in a few months we had gone to Friendly's and we missed it!

Soft Pretzel Bun Burger with Vermont Cheddar and Bacon. HOLY NOM.

Bella got new toys with lots of catnip. She's addicted to it. She attacked a shirt.

Matthew's Pirate :)

He got a new book - Mater Tales. He loves it.

Got BK and I ended up with 4 fries in my onion rings...shame it was all cold :/

Our Best Bites cookbook (EEP!!!), Copykat.com Dining Out At Home cookbook and gossip magazines. These made my day.

Doing a recipe index this morning so I can better keep track of all the recipes I have. 16 pages, double columns...I have a problem.

My obsessiveness with Lady GaGa. That's my username...along with my user picture.

My FF persona is Born This Way.

And this picture is my desktop :}

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Cleaning

When I was growing up, my mom always had one weekend of spring cleaning that I dreaded. She took out every dish in the cupboard that was "seasonal" and washed it (like Christmas platters, punch bowls, etc.). She gave us bowls of water and vinegar and wash rags and we washed every wall, door and baseboard in the house. We washed all the windows. Gah. I HATED spring cleaning.

And now I'm finding myself doing the same thing.

I hate cleaning. Absolutely despise it, but it needs to be done. I have made a weekly cleaning schedule that I used to stick to and I'm currently getting back into following. Here's what it looks like:

Sundays: Mop kitchen floors, vacuum living room, go through bills and papers
Mondays: Clean microwave and coffee pot thoroughly, clean master bedroom, vacuum master bedroom and living room, empty all trash cans in the house
Tuesday: Grocery shop, Trash Pickup Day, organize kitchen cabinets while putting groceries away
Wednesday: Change sheets/bedding and towels throughout the house and wash them, vacuum living room
Thursday: Clean kids' rooms - dust, vacuum, their laundry
Friday: My laundry, Vacuum living room, empty trash cans in the house
Saturday: Dust all rooms, vacuum living room, clean bathrooms

Daily or as needed: Clean litterbox, bathtubs, empty trash (although I usually don't have to until Monday/Fridays), Sweep, Wipe kitchen surfaces, Dishes

Monthly: Clean oven, clean refrigerator (take everything out and wipe down), weedwhack side yard



I have found that breaking up chores helps me to get them done. Of course, right now I have a good backup of things that need to be done. But today I've dusted the whole house and vacuumed the living room. I've cleaned up a lot of clutter (however, I moved most of it into my bedroom) and I even MADE MY BED. This is a huge accomplishment because I hate making my bed. I think that a lot of my resentment for cleaning comes from my mom's cleanfreak ways. *sigh* I wish I didn't resent cleaning so much. Anyways...I've made a huge list of stuff that I want to get done. A very huge list that will take months to finish, I'm sure.

  1. Get a basket to keep MY stuff in the living room.
  2. Fill garbage bags with stuff to bring to Goodwill or thrift store. Locate both of those places in the surrounding areas.
  3. Put together kids' scooters and move them, the wagon and Matthew's bike into the garage since it's getting warmer out.
  4. Clean sideyard.
  5. Find out when the next bulk pick up is and get everything bulky out to the curb.
  6. Wash walls with vinegar - I may break this up to do a few rooms each week until it's done.
  7. Weed the garden
  8. Get grill out of storage "shed" - this will have to wait until May when I get back from TN so no one steals it.
  9. Clean/organize storage "shed"
  10. Wash car
  11. Wipe the interior of the car down with Armorall wipes
  12. Steam clean the carpet and upholstery in the car
  13. Clean stacks of clutter in my room - I may have to break this up too.
  14. Organize master bedroom closet.
  15. Clean the shelf in the laundry room.
  16. Organize basement - this will absolutely be broken up because there is so much crap down there. I want to organize it into "keepers", "go through", and "get rid of"
  17. Make monthly menu for April
  18. Go through toys
  19. Go through my nightstand.

That all sounds so exhausting.
Did I mention I'm in clutter rehab...

That's the book written by the wonderful lady at orgjunkie.com/
It came yesterday in the mail :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Laughter is the Best Medicine.

I'm a girl who enjoys a good laugh.

I spend a lot of time laughing each day because I find it incredibly important. I especially am finding it more important as I become more aware that I want to be argumentative towards other people.

I dislike how everyone [well, not everyone] thinks that every topic is so black-and-white. I'm a fan of the grey area. Pretty much any topic that anyone can debate, I can never pick one side. Each situation has its own pros and cons.

Examples:
Breastfeeding in public: BF advocates argue that society has turned boobs into sexual objects and they are NOT. Last time I checked, boobs are part of sex. I mean, please, next time your partner plays with your boobies during foreplay or during sex, by all means, smack him for the unwanted touching and say those are only for feeding babies. Furthermore, you will never convince me to breastfeed in public because I know that there are perverts out there who get off to me feeding a baby. I'd rather protect myself and my child in such an intimate moment.

Politics: I'm neither republican or democrat. I never will be. I agree and disagree with general standpoints of each political party. Politics shouldn't be black-and-white. In fact, I'm sure you'll find that many politicians who are of one party, don't believe or stand by every single thing their party "stands" for.

Abortion: I'm not prolife...I'm not prochoice. If I said I'm prolife, I'd be lying because I believe there are many instances where abortion is needed. If I said I'm prochoice, I'd be lying...abortion shouldn't be used as a form of birth control. See...not so black-and-white?!


I hold in a lot of my opinions and viewpoints because I don't like to argue with people. I don't like bringing out the extremist in anyone. Shit...I just don't like arguing with people about what they believe.

Why?

Because it's pointless. Beliefs and opinions are strongly rooted in every individual. A little arguing isn't going to change that. So I keep my mouth shut. Except for today...I had to get some of that out.

P.S. Check out this giveaway that Ashley at LMM is doing!! Nick is going to be sooo mad at me! :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mother Monster is Brilliant.




I've never had more respect or love for any single one musician.
ever

People are quick to judge and poke fun at someone who is very talented and creative.
There is a meaning behind every outfit she wears and song she sings.


Paws Up

If You Want to Be My BFF

So my real life BFF, Amber, is freaking AMAZING. She loves to feed my addictions, but not in a bad, illegal way...she gives me many many links to new blogs. :) She is the one who pointed out Little Miss Momma - Ashley. LMM is such a great site and Ashley is both gorgeous and hilarious.

I bookmarked the "If you want to be my bff" posts months ago and I'm just now going through all my bookmarks and stumbled across it. I HAVE to do it.

This is what you need to know if you want to be my bff [using special-esque formatting because I'm cool like that - *giggle*]:

I love food. More specifically, I love sweets. Even more specifically, I love chocolate. [except dark]

I love to play sports, especially BASEBALL, football, kickball and volleyball.

Summer is my favorite season. I like the sun, the warmth and being outdoors.

Speaking of summer, I'm a pale bitch. Sunscreen is my hero.

I have a potty mouth.
[and no matter how hard I try to reform, I can't]

I have strong opinions and strong emotions. I rarely express either.

I am obsessed with laughing.

I am sort of a hypochondriac, but at the same time, I usually do have the things that I think ail me.

I hold grudges.

I love school, books and writing.

Owls. Need I say more?

Memories influence everything.

I'm a tomboy. I'm completely uninformed in the girl world. [Plus vaginas freak me out]

I hate cleaning.



I think that's enough for now :) I'll do more sometime in the future!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday Tuesday!

Dear mail,
FU!
Sincerely, Girl who needs her stickers for her expired plates.

Sent a package off to Nick and went grocery shopping with expired tags on the car...and I was paranoid the WHOLE time.

I'm still sick...but I picked up some more tea and some Theraflu stuff. Last night I finally fell asleep a little after 3:30am. I woke up at 8:30am this morning like I had slept a full night and was completely fine..wtf. I haven't slept like that in a long time. Months. I'm exhausted though. I still sound like a man and I'm coughing a lot today, but my sore throat is hardly there at all. So I'll take being a coughing man.

My finger of disgustingness was fine for a week, seemed to be healing up and then out of no where got worse than ever. So I picked up some ointment for that and I hope it knocks it out.

But enough about my weird ailments and on to some Telephone Tree Tuesday!!

Here Clammie Clammie Clams <3

This is what happens when you are bringing in groceries and get side tracked into peeking at your neighbor's new baby. This was a full, never-used container of 3 different kinds of sprinkles.

You can see some of the sprinkles...My 4 year old dumped the WHOLE container all over my floor.

Here's a closeup of where my feet were when I took the picture before this one. Every last bit of my kitchen floor and dining area was COVERED in sprinkles. My hand vac died twice while cleaning up and my normal vacuum cleaner just shot the sprinkles in crazy directions instead of picking them up. They rolled a little with my Swiffer but it was the most useful.

That's just from my kitchen area, ignore the other crap from normal kitchen sweeping. *sigh* It took me 2 hours to clean it up.

Pj pants heads.

She seriously does NOT want me to read.

Such a pretty kitty mau <3

But not very lady like. LOL.

He purposefully put rice on his nose :P

My arsenal of stuff next to me throughout the day.

Shirt that I got with preordering the new cd :]

This is me today...sick and over it already.

Oh and let's not forget that this is what it has looked like for a good season. I hate NY. This is depressing. (And no I'm not driving. I stopped to get the mail.)

My newest obsession. I seriously love these shoes <3

Friday, March 18, 2011

Great success!

I have finished another class and I am a final exam away from finishing another one. Then I get a break until April 4 when my LAST TWO COLLEGE CLASSES start :]

I've been obsessively watching Psych for the last few days. I absolutely LOVE it. Thanks Kathleen :]

I've also been sick for 3 days now. I hate being sick. And it's not even a debilitating sickness where I doubled over and sticking my head over the porcelain throne all day long. It's annoying. I have a sore throat that makes it difficult to eat anything. I feel drainage and I don't have anything to get rid of that, so I'm letting it run its course. My eyelids feel weighted. I get dizzy when I stand up for too long. I've been running a slight uncomfortable fever and that finally broke this morning. UGH. I'm not saying I prefer to be debilitated because that would suck with no one to watch the kids, but this is a really annoying sickness. Thank goodness my kids aren't catching it.

I got my intro post ready for Love Without Training Wheels, so I am really stoked for that. I should be turning it in within the next few days :)

And uhm...it's TOTALLY WARM here. I think it's safe to say that the snow is GONE. The winter is DONE for. I am so happy. We had our first thunderstorm last night, which made me both happy and scared. I hate thunderstorms. Especially if it's windy. And it doesn't help that there are sirens constantly going off up here in this area. :/


Oh and it's time to revisit goals - we just hit the 5 month mark :)

  1. Find stuff to do in the surrounding area that we haven't done before. EXPLORE. - This should be doable after R&R. I fully plan on bringing the kids to Old McDonald's Farm and the Zoo when they open up :)
  2. Regularly exercise. - Sunday, if I feel better, I will be doing this.
  3. Drink more water. No soda. - I need to drink more water. A LOT more. I'm fine with milk and coffee. I just need more water in me.
  4. KEEP my cleaning schedule. - Sunday, if I feel better, I SHOULD be back on schedule with this.
  5. Find a place to get rid of the junk in the garage [the broken appliances]. - No bulk pickup date has been announced yet.
  6. Read as many books as possible and watch all the movies Nick doesn't want to watch. - Doing pretty well here.
  7. Explore the blogging world a little more.
  8. RECIPES RECIPES RECIPES - find them, use them, share them! - Still exploring the blogworld :)
  9. Try to make the best out of the life in Ft. Drum - This coincides with 1.
  10. Pick up a hobby and STICK to it. - I need to start crocheting.
  11. Make a better, stronger marriage for myself, for my husband and for my kids. - I don't want to cross this off just yet because I want to see how we do during R&R. We've been doing exceptionally well lately. So I'm excited to see how that translates when we are face-to-face. I think one thing I want to strive for is to be more physically affectionate towards him :)
  12. Be more patient with the kids. - I still need to work on this one..
  13. Finish my associate's degree. - Almost there. Ordered my books for my next classes. I have my final in P&A and then it's just those last 2 classes.
  14. Stop cursing so much. - Getting better with this one.
  15. *NEW* Clean the car on a nice day - take Armoral wipes to the interior and steam clean it. Then take it for regular car washes - at least every other week on bright sunny days.
  16. *NEW* Bring the car in for a tuneup in mid-April.
  17. *NEW* Mall trip at least once a month. I need out of this house.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fates Will Find Their Way....in bed.

So...let's see here...
I'm sick. Last night I started getting a bit of a scratchy sore throat...this morning I woke up hardly able to swallow and feverish. Damn.

I did some extra homework today and finished another book.

And let me tell you - that book was a WASTE of good paper. I've never hated a book before, now I do. This could have been a great book, but it was poorly written by someone who obviously has SOME writing talent. UGHHH. There were too many characters and too much crap going on.

Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard - 1 Star

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell is missing. And the neighborhood boys she's left behind are caught forever in the heady current of her absence. 
As the days and years pile up, the mystery of her disappearance grows kaleidoscopically. A collection of rumors, divergent suspicions, and tantalizing what-ifs, Nora Lindell's story is a shadowy projection of teenage lust, friendship, reverence, and regret, captured magically in the disembodied plural voice of the boys who still long for her.

Told in haunting, percussive prose, Hannah Pittard's beautifully crafted novel tracks the emotional progress of the sister Nora left behind, the other families in their leafy suburban enclave, and the individual fates of the boys in her thrall. Far more eager to imagine Nora's fate than to scrutinize their own, the boys sleepwalk into an adulthood of jobs, marriages, families, homes, and daughters of their own, all the while pining for a girl–and a life–that no longer exists, except in the imagination.

A masterful literary debut that shines a light into the dream-filled space between childhood and all that follows, The Fates Will Find Their Way is a story about the stories we tell ourselves–of who we once were and may someday become.


My Thoughts: I, in all honesty, wish I could give this book 0 stars or maybe negative stars. I'm sure the author is a talented writer, but this book was poorly written. Probably one of the worst books I have ever read. I don't think I've ever been annoyed while I read a book, but this one accomplished that.

:/ 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Normal post.

I had lots of things that I wanted to talk about and I completely have blanked on a bunch of them.  So I'll hit what I can remember!

I have been having superly strange dreams lately. Last night's was about our dog Oreo that we rehomed because she was too much for ME to handle. I miss her. I never really was fond of her because I couldn't handle her and I was able to train a headstrong husky pup. She did NOT listen to me. Anyways, I digress.. I had a dream that we found her in the shelter and we were trying to bring her back home. I've already told Nick that I check Craigslist often, because if Oreo for some reason ever gets bounced around, I want her back.

Nick and I have been going through this painful cycle of me taking pictures to try and look like we scanned a document for a couple years now. I also was taking pictures of pictures. That's annoying. So I was like..you know what...there's a little extra money leftover from the tax return...and I got an all-in-one doohickey - printer scanner fantastical amazingness! I scanned an asston of old pics of me that I have temporary custody of while I make my mom scrapbooks :)
I think Matthew looks a lot like me when I was this age. Cute, right?
How PRESH was I????
One of my favorite pictures of my mom, little brother and me. With Babers photo-bombing us a little bit!
Biggest Fish of the week at Lake Scandi...and it was by complete accident when I decided to go fishing unsupervised while my mom napped in the tent and my stepdad and little brother were on out in the boat on the lake.
And my first picture of my pregnancy with Matthew!
Oh the memories!
I also ordered 2 new Wii remotes and a 4 remote charger with the Hasbro Family Game Night Bundle - because in 40ish days...the kids and I will be in TN with the family getting ready to pick Nick up from the airport for R&R. :)))) And it will be on like DONKEY KONG! I love Wii parties with the family!

And a bit of a rant for today. I went grocery shopping and while bringing in groceries, my neighbor came out with her new baby and I had to stop and talk and oodle at the baby a bit. He's got the chubbiest cheeks. I was maybe standing there for 2 minutes. I walk into the house with the groceries and see that Matthew has taken a 3-slot Wilton sprinkle container that was completely unused and dumped it all over my kitchen. Every last part of my kitchen and eating area had sprinkles...To give you an idea of how much I had to clean up...it took TWO hours...here's a picture of my kitchen and dining area..
Ignore the mess, we were moving in.
Ignore the mess again :)

Today is exciting for me because I found out that I will be the final writer on Love Without Training Wheels! My bff, Amber, writes on it, which is where I heard about it. I was on there reading a couple days ago and then saw that they were looking for one more writer and applied, on a whim. I'm a good rambler. I always have SOMETHING to say. And I'm great at talking about my relationship. I'm a fairly honest person, and I'm not talking about I tell the truth, I mean that I am able to recognize and tell others my faults. I can't wait to get started!

And you may have noticed that the blog has a new look...well, I mean you may notice if you've been on my blog before...:) I have started a spinoff weekly post called Telephone Tree Tuesdays. Another blogger did something on Tuesdays that was really fun, but she is taking an indefinite break from blogging...so...I want to continue to do the same type of post. :) So fresh new look and lots of new things to come!

I'm almost done with Clamhouse Book Club's pick "Fates Will Find Their Way." - I'm very completely UNimpressed with this one and I can't wait to get it done. Then I will be able to read my Readers Anonymous's pick "A Discovery of Witches" and then MORE Black Dagger Brotherhood :)

Telephone Tree Tuesdays.

I'm taking an idea and running with it. Another blogger did a Tuesday picture linky party and she has decided to take an indefinite break from the blog world.

Here's what's going on with me (in pictures)!

New clothes for Cami-bami :) I love the first two especially! The ones on the left are pjs, the ones on the right are outfits :)
And here's the pretty girl modeling her other set of pjs :)
Sock Monkey love :) I got this sucker in a coffee mug!!!
The ever-growing collection of Cars cars...and that's not all of them. *sigh*
Bella Mau says "NO reading for you!!"
"Let's sit backwards!!!" and then they laughed like crazy people.
My slippers went missing...hmm :)
Future hairdresser?? Special note: Notice the Army pt shirt in the picture and above the camo long johns...Matthew decided in the middle of the night to change out of his sleeper...and he chose his own clothes and dressed himself. He MATCHED! So cute, right?



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