Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hump day confessional

It's that time again. What, what?

I confess now that Justified has officially ended it's fifth season I'm at a loss on Tuesday nights. However, I still have season 4 to watch (which I missed because I'm an idiot) so I can still get my Raylan Givens fix.

 Dude's got some serious swagger goin' on. Ignore the gunfire in the background. (I know, what gunfire, right?)

I confess that I read a trashy Lora Leigh novel in a day and a half and am following it up with the latest Lucky Santangelo novel by Jackie Collins. Great way to spend an afternoon.


I also confess that I'm behind on my blogging and even though I have Friday's fearless post written in my head I have yet to type it up. And by written in my head I mean kinda sorta sketched out in rough format.

I further confess that I've been holding in a pee for the last half hour while I try to finish up this post which has taken some time as I was going through a crap ton of Justified gifs and as soon as this is done I'm making a run for the bathroom. You didn't need to know that but in the interest of a full on confessional I thought I would toss it out there. Plus, I thought it was funny.

Got anything to confess?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Fearless and truly brave

Whether you're looking for a new job, trying a new recipe, or jumping out of a plane, stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something totally foreign is scary. Having the guts to do it in spite of the fear is being Fearless.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's our birthdays!

Tomorrow is my birthday, which means, CAKE! And other sweets!

Since my birthday falls on a Wednesday this year I have proclaimed this entire week my 'birthday week'. Bill laughed and said there's no such thing. To which I skipped around the room, waving my hands above my head and singing most childishly "It's my birthday week!" several times until he finally conceded. And for those of you asking me how old I'll be it's not that I'm ignoring you I'm just pretending not to hear you.

In honor of my birthday I thought I would list a few famous people that were also born on this day. Some you may know, and some might give away my age but in all I thought this would be kinda fun and maybe even educational. But in a fun way because who doesn't like learning about Pop Culture?

Fellow Taureans and April 23rd babies:

William Shakespeare - Born April 23, 1564 - Died April 23, 1616 - English poet, playwright, and actor. The Dude needs no further explanation.

James Buchanan - 1791- American politician and 15th President of the United States.

Shirley Temple - 1928 - American actress, singer and dancer, best known for films like Little Miss Marker and Heidi and for the song "The Good Ship Lollipop". Now it's in your head. Don't worry there's more musical references ahead to keep that earworm busy.

Roy Orbison - 1936 - American singer-songwriter, best known for his songs "Oh, Pretty Woman" "Only the Lonely" "Crying" and "Dream Baby", which is my fave. Still singing along in your head?

Lee Majors - 1939 - American actor best known for his roles in the TV series The Big Valley (that's for you, mom!) Six Million Dollar Man and The Fall Guy.

Sandra Dee - 1942 - American model and actress best known for films like Gidget, and the "Tammy" movies. Immortalized in the song "Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee" from the movie Grease, which is the bane of my existence because I was indeed named after her. Great, now that song is stuck in my head.

Herve Villechaize - 1943 - French-American actor best known for being Mr. Roarke's assistant, Tattoo, on the TV show, Fantasy Island. "Boss, de plane, de plane."

Joyce DeWitt - 1949 - American actress best known for playing Janet, one of three roommates on the hit TV series, Three's Company, which was one of my all-time fave comedies.

Tony Atlas - 1954 - American bodybuilder and WWE wrestler.

Valerie Bertinelli - 1960 - American actress best known as Barbara Cooper on the TV series One Day At A Time, another fave of mine. Also, formerly married to Van Halen guitarist, Eddie Van Halen.

John Cena - 1977 - WWE wrestler (and my son's fave) and American actor.

Lady Gabriella Windsor - 1981- British royal family and cousin once removed to the Queen. There's no Pop Culture reference here, I just thought it was cool that royalty and I shared the same birth date.

There are many other well-known people born on April 23. I just picked these because they resonate with me or remind me of something from my younger years. Many thanks to wikipedia for providing me with such an extensive list to choose from.

Now, how about some cake?!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Bugs Bunny-style

In honor of Easter, here's a Bugs Bunny cartoon that's a favorite at our house. Yes, every year at this time "I wanna Easta Egg!" is said numerous times, especially when coloring the eggs. So Happy Easter! And I hope you have a less violent day than Bugs in this video.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Words of wisdom from Gandhi

Happy Friday!
Also, it's Good Friday for those who celebrate the season of Lent. In our house this means we will be coloring eggs tonight, which is where the 'gentle' part of this quote comes in. Although, cracked, dyed eggs taste just as good as un-cracked ones. 

However you choose to enjoy the day....


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hump Day confessional


It's Spring Break! So I've been lazy with my responsibilities but having the time with my Little Man. We've gone to some cool museums. We've lunched. We've stayed up late(r) than on school nights and slept in the next morning.

Today we're just chillin' which explains my appearance here. I suppose I should have planned ahead and had some posts lined up and ready to go for this week but since I blog by the seat of my pants on a regular basis I figured why ruin things? Dudes, gimme some credit, I'm here now.


It's been shorts/capris and flip flops weather which makes me very happy. This is our Spring which will last about a month before the desert heat of the summer kicks in. Doesn't make no never-mind to me, I'm not a fan of the cold.


In the meantime, I'm hanging out here today.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fearless and powerful


Feeding your fears gives them power over you. Be fearless and take back that power.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I started out shopping for my mom

Have you ever sat down at your computer knowing you had emails to check, posts to write, and stuff to look up and your mind goes blank and you think, I have no idea what I'm doing? That just happened. But that's not what this post is about.

Yesterday I was out shopping for clothes as a birthday gift for my mom so naturally I found stuff for me. And since I can never find anything when I specifically look for myself I ran with it. I picked some items and headed to the fitting room.

Tee shirt. No problem, even a little tres chic.
Sleep shirt and shorts. Soft, nice. Hey the husband can get me this for my birthday. He'll be happy 'bout that! I'm multi-tasking even as I shop!
Jeans. First pair are comfy, and a little loose. I must have lost weight! Bit long-ish but I can cuff them up and during the Winter they'll be perfect with boots.
Second pair of jeans. I slip my legs in and "Houston, we have a problem."  This feels less like I'm trying on jeans and more like I'm shoving sausage meat into a casing.
Third pair of jeans. What twisted psychopath designed these? I mean, tight jeans are one thing but this is an affront to non-zero size women everywhere.

When I exit the fitting room, the attendant looks at me with a big smile that says, "So, how'd we do?" I tell her I'm not taking these and I plop down the offending jeans. Then I add, "These aren't jeans, they're strangulation devices." To which she laughed and agreed with me.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Adventures in coffee-making: More of my unpublished stuff

This is another story I wrote a while back and figured I would throw it on here to give it a home and maybe amuse a few people along the way. 

I make lousy coffee.  I do, just ask my mom. She knows her coffee and she’s been drinking several cups of it a day since she was a little girl. I don’t have the coffee gene because I’m more of a tea drinker and not much of a coffee drinker. I either add too many grounds and not enough water so it’s too strong or I add too much water and not enough grounds, which make my concoction too weak. So you can imagine my horror one morning at work when my boss said, “Make some coffee” for clients who were coming in for a morning meeting.

I must admit, my first thought was, What is this the 1950s where the secretary makes the office coffee? The boss is older and what I call “old school” so he probably expected such tasks to be “woman’s work”. If there had been a barn behind the office building I’m sure he might have asked me to get some fresh milk while I was at it.

I don't think so.

I went into the conference room and stood staring at the coffee machine, which looked nothing like what I was used to. In hindsight I should have high-tailed it over to the nearest Dunkin Donuts and filled the pot with their brew. Instead, I resolved to make a pot of fresh, hot coffee. I found the filters with no problem. But when I went searching for coffee grounds I found beans instead. Oh crap! I have to grind them? At this point I had to refer to the machine’s directions for use. Perhaps I suppose I should have stopped while I was ahead at this point.

It seemed easy enough. First, add the beans and push the button to grind them.  Then, add water and brew. The first part I had no trouble with. The second part is where things got a bit messy, as it was unclear exactly where to pour the water into. After a few moments I noticed a leak coming from under the blasted contraption. I grabbed some paper towels but the leak was growing so I grabbed a nearby saucer.  When the saucer filled up I walked as quickly and nonchalantly past the boss’s office to the kitchen to empty it.

After my third trip back from the kitchen, my boss came to see what was going on. He surveyed the situation and smirked at me while shaking his head, the way a mother looks at a cute but mischievous child. I felt like Lucy Ricardo after Ricky caught her doing something silly and I half expected him to say, “Sandy, you got some ‘splaining to do” in a Cuban accent.

I finished cleaning the mess and the boss did what he probably should have done from the beginning; he made the coffee himself. I made sure our guests had milk – from the refrigerator not a cow out back. Luckily for our future office guests, and me, he never asked me to brew a pot again. Instead, he asked the other girl in the office.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Here's to the crazy, fearless ones

Today's Fearless Friday post is brought to you by the late, great Steve Jobs. I've always been fascinated by him so when I saw Netflix had the documentary movie starring Ashton Kutcher, I had to watch it. Now, I know the movie didn't always paint him in the best light and I'm sure there were times he might have personally and professionally been a jerk in real life. Still, no one can deny his genius. And, his fearlessness.


"The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too." - quote by Jobs

Steve risked it all because he believed in what he was doing and because he was passionate about it. He was fearless in his pursuit of changing technology. Yes there were times he failed but he never quit. Why? Because he was crazy enough to keep going, and to want to succeed. And that brings me to my very favorite quote of his.

Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I confess these 3 things

In which I bare my soul or share the obvious (depending on whether you're a newbie or a regular). In either case, hello! For my very first "confessions" post I thought I would share some random  3 things.

3 things my blog is noted for:
Funny stories
Pop Culture references (lots of them)

3 things I can't live without:
My family (except when they make me nuts)
My TV (but only on Tuesday nights because I'm addicted to "Justified".)

3 things I love about living in Las Vegas:
Warm weather
Excellent JDRF chapter
90% of the year there is sunshine (does this fall under the warm weather answer? aww nuts to this!)

3 things I miss about New Jersey:
My friends
The food! (Fellow Jerseyans reading this please send me pizza. And some bagels. Thx!)
The Jersey Shore (not the show, but the actual beach and boardwalk)

3 reasons you should totally read/follow my blog:
I'm funny!
I'm delusional (see answer #1 to this question)
I'll give you freshly made chocolate chip cookies.

Thanks for reading!