Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!


Seriously, do you know how much I love Halloween? 

Who doesn't love an opportunity to dress in a costume!?
More importantly...
Halloween is the beginning of THE season for me.

What season is that you may ask?


Get it on amazon if you don't have it already.  Which you should.
Basically, I've seen this movie an obscene amount of times.  I'm fairly certain the count is at or above 500 times at this point.  Yeah you think I'm kidding.

I'm not.

I sing the soundtrack to myself sometimes.

You're jealous and that is OoooooooooKkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

So this is the time of year that I allow myself to watch this movie as many times as I like.  Why?

If you have to ask, you haven't seen the movie and
But I'm nice so here's why: the movie is based in Halloweentown.  And Jack, the king of Halloween, decides to kidnap Santa Claus and do Christmas his way.

Hence...Halloween starts the season and Christmas ends it. 

Makes sense?



It's my excuse, it makes sense to me, and I don't care if people think it's weird that I might watch the same movie 100 times before Christmas.

Nuf said.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Keeping up with Pinterest!

So here's a look at some fun things on Pinterest this week:

This coat is fantastic!  I've been wanting a yellow winter coat for years!

This always makes me laugh.

Photography cheat sheet anyone?

I hate this!
 You can find these and more great things by following me on Pinterest!!  Need an invite to join in this crazy addiction?  Leave me a comment below!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I have several friends who either recently got pregnant or will be giving birth soon.  Several of them have sent me messages via FB on the cloth diapers we use and what I think.

Here are the ones that we use:
from here
These are the bumGenius Elemental One-Size Cloth Diapers.

Yup.  A bit of a mouthful.

Here's where we bought ours.

We bought 12 to start out with and got several different colors.  We might be able to do with a few more but 12 isn't terrible.  When they are in the washer, dryer, or drying in the sun, we use disposable diapers.

So, what do I think?
Here's the lowdown:

  • Financially, I love these.  In the long run, they save us a bundle!
  • They are CUTE CUTE CUTE.  Period.
  • Some people (who shall remain nameless) pretty much laughed at me when I told them we were going to do cloth.  They assumed that it's a huge workload.  Is it more of a workload than disposables?  Not really.  Because I have to do laundry anyway so what's a little more to the pile?  Is it grosser?  No, not to me.  But I'm a mommy.  Poo on my face doesn't gross me out so cleaning it out of a diaper shouldn't bother me either.  However, my feelings on this may change when Stephen starts eating solids but I can't imagine it'll be enough to deter me from cloth.
  • A lot of people think this would increase our energy and water bills.  And it has.  But not dramatically at all because I dry these puppies in the sun often.  Which is great because the sun bleaches them and gets out most of the stains (although...what do I care about stains anyway?  THEY ARE DIAPERS!).
  • Are they leak proof?  Yes.  Do they leak?  Yes.  It's the same thing as a disposable.  If too much is in it, it'll leak.  Plain and simple.  However, Stephen's poops can somehow defy gravity sometimes.  So if he's wearing a disposable, you can bet it's going all over his back even if he's upright.  When he's wearing his cloth diapers, that never happens.
That being said, I know some people who aren't as happy with their cloth diapers.  So reader be warned.  They are not for everyone.  
But we love them!

Readers: do you use cloth diapers?  Do you love or hate them?  Or, if you are preparing to have a baby, are you thinking about doing cloth diapering?  Share share share!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stephen's mobile: Link Up Party

So I mentioned here that I completed Stephen's mobile.  For the new readers, here's a look at it again:

 I used this tutorial from photojojo to create the mobile.  All in all, I spent roughly 10 bucks on the paper because I didn't have it on hand (plus it was on sale!!  SCORE).  Although the picture shows our temporary set up for the mobile, we do have plans to make it a bit more secure.

I wrote a guest post for Charlotte's Living Well on the Cheap when she was out of town.  You can see my guest post here!

And as I mentioned in my title, I'm linking up with the Link Up Party at Carolyn's Homework.  Check her out!


Monday, October 24, 2011


Or what I like to call the most entertaining form of communication.

I'm fairly certain that there are a TON of people who would disagree with me on the above statement.

And those people would definitely be in the wrong.

So why do I rely so heavily on hyperbole?

Because it is ENTERTAINING.

Don't believe me?

It's true.  And I find when reading fiction, many great pieces of work rely on it as well.  For instance...

All great romance novels have "heaving bosoms" or "throbbing members".

Sorry if that's too graphic for you.

But isn't that the whole point of hyperbole?  To create a dramatic image to portray the emotion of the moment?

But would you really describe a woman's bosom as heaving?  Heaving, to me, implies that medically, there is something wrong with her.

And that's super dramatic.


I enjoy drama.  Not in my life but in the surrounding qualities.

For instance, I used to LOVE the hit soap opera "Passions".  BIG TIME.  Why?  Because out of all of the soap operas on TV, they REALLY pulled out all the stops.

For instance:
  • there was a portal to hell in a closet
  • a girl and her half brother had a baby together.  But they didn't know they were related at the time.  But even after they DID know, they still coupled a few times.
  • But the the half brother started having a homosexual affair with a guy who was blackmailing everyone in town.
  • Theresa offered to be the surrogate for Ethan and Gwen.  But then she tricked Ethan into sleeping with her and got pregnant with his baby.  So she was pregnant with two babies at once!  
  • But then she fell down the stairs and it killed Ethan and Gwen's baby.  But her and Ethan's baby survived!
  • There was a witch in town and she had a doll that could come alive.  His name was TImmy and his specialty drink was Mar-Timmy's (I always wanted to try one).
Is that enough?  Because I can go on if you'd like.
I also prefer dramatic paintings.  "The Scream" is one of my all time faves.  And who doesn't like Van Gogh??
You don't?  We aren't friends anymore.
Ask Queenie if you think I'm dramatic for fun.
We talk every day online.  Seriously.  Those few days that we don't, she's likely to receive a text message from me.  And if she doesn't respond to it quick enough, that's ammo for me. 
I like to accuse her of cheating on me.  I go on wild tangents about why we can't be friends anymore and I get innappropriate.  That way, when she finally does get to her phone and reads the 10-12 text messages I've left her, I know she's probably going to be laughing when she responds.
No one gets my humor like she does...
And now after I've written that, I'm figuring you don't get it either.
This whole post just had a melt down like Kirstie Alley did when her assistants failed her fire drill and didn't get all of her pets out of the house on time.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Completed Mobile

I FINALLY finished Stephen's mobile.

Seriously, it should not have taken this long and I realize that. 

I'm really good at procrastinating.

You may be able to tell but if not, on the ball that is hanging the lowest, there are pictures of our family members in the center of some of those pieces.  

And the way it's hanging?  That's a temporary fix until we get the pieces we need to create the arm to hold it up.  But it works for now.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pinterest Catchup

I'm on Pinterest.

Are you?


Pray tell!  


Find me and follow me. 

Here's what I pinned recently:

Seriously, why wouldn't you want to follow me on Pinterest?  I'm on it all the time and I "obviously" have great taste!  Plus, you follow me and I'll follow you.  It's brilliant!


Target brand crunchy peanut butter has super sharp peanuts in it.


I'm going to have scars.

Monday, October 17, 2011

"Wishful Drinking" tries a bit much

image via amazon

I read a lot.  It's kind of ridiculous and only recently have I accepted the fact that I should be a librarian.  And a therapist.  And a racecar driver.  And that Stephen and I will build a spaceship and move to Mars.  

That got out of control so fast!  Hence, racecar driver.

Moving on.

I was a bridesmaid in my friend Charlotte's wedding a few years ago (SHOUT OUT!) and she gave me a copy of Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking.  Sad to say, I hadn't read it until this recent trip to Louisiana.  Before you start judging, keep in mind that my collection of books is well over 500 now.  And I've read...maybe...30% of that?  

When I said "It's ridiculous", I meant it.  My obsession with reading and books.  And by "Ridiculous" I mean AMAZING.  You only wish that you were as big of a book worm as I am.

I promise I'm going to give a review of the book.



I was excited to start reading Fisher's book because let's face it, that gold bikini was rockin' awesome and she was instantly one of my role models.  Who wouldn't want to be half naked and chained up for a giant slug that drooled and spit?!  The book is a memoir and wow to the memories.  From detailing the history of her parents marriage and subsequent divorce and marriages and divorces, to discussing her manic depression, she lays it all out.  Which is great.  Because let's face it, it's nice to know that a celebrity is "normal".
And that doesn't sound cliche at all...ugh.

If you've ever seen Fisher in an interview, you know she's a funny gal.  I sort of want to hang with her.  So, as expected, I chuckled out loud in certain spots reading her book.  
But I do have one gripe.  

Sometimes, it felt like she was trying.  Like, really trying to get a chuckle out of you.  There were about three pages in the manic depression section that seemed like she couldn't write three sentences without throwing in a one liner or a pun or sarcastic spin on it.  I just wanted to know what it was really like to be manic depressive for her.  Yes, I'm that nosy.  But then maybe that's her way of making the writing a little bit easier.  God knows I LOVE to use sarcasm to soften the blow of anything.  It's my favorite defense mechanism.  Screw Wonder Woman's steel bracelets to ward off lasers!  I've got SARCASM!

(that was my SERIOUSLY weak attempt at making laser noises)
All in all, it's a good plane ride read.  It's quick and humorous, sad at times (dude, her friend DIED in her bed) and entertaining.  


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pampers Pregnancy

I'm finally back from Louisiana!  Which means life is going to get back to "normal".

Whatever that is.

Sidenote: my 8 year old cousin uses airquotes appropriately.

For reals.

Also, BIG shout out to Liz H.  I can' t tell you how bummed I am that I didn't see you at the sip and see.

So...BIG announcement!  I'm now part of the Pampers Pregnancy Writers!  You can find it here.  Check me out sometime!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Succu much

It's not even 6 am and I'm thinking about succulents.

I have this desire to have some sort of green thumb to speak of. At this moment, back home on the porch, the only thing really surviving is basil, rosemary, moss rose and petunia. My salvia plants are fried to a crisp and let's not discuss my gerbera daisies.

They make me weep.

Eric isn't a fan of my gardening attempts because of my lack of discipline. Which leads to dead plants. Ipso facto Columbo Oreo. More money to replace said dead plants.

So I've started to look more at succulents. Wondering if they would be easier for me to keep up with. And if they would do well in Colorado.

What do you think, blogosphere? Do you garden? Any favorite green things you like to grow?
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