Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Backstreet's Back, All Right!

Oh my God, I'm back a-ga-in...


Helloooooooo out there!  Yes, I'm still alive.  Just buried with an emergency project at work, then buried by all my other work projects that went on hold while dealing with the emergency project, then buried by my personal life that went on hold while dealing with the work projects.

I think I am finally caught up.  Phew.

Although since I've spent the last few weeks working my brains out, I have nothing fun to write about.   

Ho hum.

So...what's new with you?

(Promise you'll come back again?  Next post will be better, I swear.)   


Monday, June 13, 2011

Owen Goes Golfing

I know I've been a video posting whore lately, but I can't help it. The kids have been so Flipping funny, and I've had my Flip handy.

(Heh heh.  Flipping.  Flip.  Heh.)

Although this time I wasn't even present, and Scott had the Flip handy. Impressive!

Also, I don't have time to write anything of substance because work is ABSORBING my entire life lately. It is like a ginormous black hole sucking every semblance of my free time into its inescapable grasp.

And no, I'm not being dramatic.

Also, I have to drive down to Kansas City tomorrow even though a levee breached in some town in Iowa and they are predicting that the interstate will be "inundated with floodwaters" within the next 48 hours.

So I might drown, too.

Okay, maybe that's being a little dramatic. But say a prayer for me that I make it safely anyway, okay? Or if prayer ain't your thang, send some vibes that the floodwaters inundate the interstate AFTER I've passed through. Or not at all. That would work too.

Anyway, until I can get back to my semi-regularly scheduled posting, enjoy the video below of Owen getting a throw-down from a mini-golf course. It's funny, I promise. :-)

If you can't see the video, click here.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bid for a Cure. And Also a Xanax.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser I mentioned a couple weeks ago was on Thursday night. It went AWESOME! The whole event raised $225,000+ for Cystic Fibrosis research.

They WILL find a cure soon. I just know it.

Scotty caught my speech on camera so I'm sharing it here on the blog. I was SO FLIPPING NERVOUS.

I spoke right before the "Bid for a Cure" portion of the event. When I was done, they called out different dollar amounts and people raised their auction numbers if they wanted to give something. When it got to $100, the place just went crazy. It was so cool.

After I spoke, it was time for the keynote speaker to speak - Danny Woodhead from the Patriots. He briefly mentioned the video I'd made for Ellie in the intro to his speech (something along the lines of "...thank you for having me and for the video we just saw..."), so now I feel like he and Tom and Gisele and I are all best friends. Maybe we will hang out next weekend? Who knows.

Anyway, I think it went really well. But Good Lord, am I glad it is over. I think I gained 12 pounds from all the chocolate I ate this week from stressing out over it. But I'd do it again in a heartbeat if it meant raising more money for Miss Ellie.

And just in case you didn't see the video when I posted it a couple of weeks ago, here is the video of Ellie in its entirety that was shown on Thursday night. Feel free to pass it on...the more people who see it, the closer we can get to a cure.

Thanks everyone for your support!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Met a Group of Girls in an Escalade...

We bought the kids one of those automatic car thingies.  Well, it was Scott's idea, mostly.  So if there are any head injuries, blame him.

My favorite parts of the video below are:

1.  Ashley trying to do donuts in the driveway.

2.  Aidan acting like a total goofball behind the car while Owen is trying to learn how to drive (which I didn't even notice until uploading the video).

3.  How much that car had to w-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-r-k to get up that hill when I was a passenger.  Maybe I need to cool it on the butterfinger blizzards for awhile.

Also, I need a tan.  Need to get on that, stat.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Girl's Night Out

I had a Girl's Night Out last night. We went to PF Changs where I had the double pan fried noodles (why fry something once when twice is so nice?) AND some spring rolls AND a little mini chocolate mousse dessert thingy. It was delish. Then we went to see Bridesmaids, which was seriously the FUNNIEST movie I've seen in years. YEARS, people. I almost peed my pants I laughed so hard.

Speaking of peeing during movies, did you know there is an app for that? My friend Meg told us about it last night. You tell the app what movie you're seeing and then you press go or some such button right when the movie starts. The app will then tell you the optimal times for getting up to go pee during the movie! And THEN, while you're in the bathroom, the app will tell you what you're missing while you're peeing!! Genius, I tell you. Man, I really need to get an iPhone.

In other news, I almost got arrested between dinner and the movie. Twice.

See, I got in my car and was happily driving along following Meg's big black car when I realized my phone (not an iPhone) was making funny sounds. So I looked at it, and realized I had pocket dialed somebody. No big whoop, right? Except I had pocket dialed 911. Yes. I HAD POCKET DIALED 911.

So what did I do? Well, I panicked and hung up of course. And then my phone flashed this weird message that said something like "Emergency Callback Mode", so I panicked EVEN MORE and then popped the battery out of my phone. I don't know why I did all this. I have a strong flight instinct when things start to go wrong so I was in major "la-la-la they'll never know it was me!!!!" mode when making these split decisions.

Then, while I was distracted with the 911 incident, traffic slowed to a halt and my friend Meg veered off suddenly on an exit. I was like "whoa Meg, you crazy," but I followed her anyway because I figured she knew a traffic shortcut or something. Except then I realized that the big black car I was following was not actually Meg's. So that was unfortunate.

So I started to go a new way to the movie theater since I had taken this random exit, and yes, I was driving a little too fast because by this time I knew all my girlfriends would already be at the theater. So I'm flying down this hill, when I spot the fuzz (is that what you call them?) in a neighborhood pointing the radar gun at me. Now I TOTALLY panicked because (1) OMG speeding ticket, and (2) what if there was already an APB out for me because I just prank called 911??? Jimminy Christmas.

Thankfully I didn't get pulled over, but I was so busy watching for the cop in my rear view that I drove right past the movie theater. So then I had to find ANOTHER new way to the movie theater and by this time I was totally late. Gah.

Once I finally got there I was so stressed out I spilled everything to my friends. Since they are sane and rational people, they convinced me to put the battery back in my phone and my wonderful friend Anne even promised to answer it if 911 called looking for me.

Thankfully the movie was freaking hilarious so I stopped stressing. Although all the cop scenes in the movie did give me a little PTSD, I think.

Moral of the Story: Don't prank call 911. And if you do, just talk to the person who answers because it's probably not that big of a deal. Also, learn what type of car your friends drive. And don't speed. And pay attention to where you're going.

Or maybe just ride with one of your friends to the movie theater. That seems way easier.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited: June 2011 Edition

It's the 1st of the month!  And you know what that means.  It's time to get STUPID excited!!!!

For those of you new to my blog, "Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited" is a feature I post on the first day of each month. It's like Oprah's Favorite things - if Oprah was really cheap. And loved to shop at Kohl's.  And now that Oprah's off the air...well, let's just say I'm glad LTTMMSE can fill the hole in our heart that's been left behind.  ;-)

Grab the button below and link on up in the comments if you want to make your own list! I'd love to read what makes you STUPID excited too!! And if you'd like to see my past lists, they're all linked up on my LTTMMSE page.

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited


I've got *TEN* stupid exciting things for the month of June!  Let's get started!!!

Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Gum - Cool Lemon Flavor

Oh, good HEAVENS.  I have found the world's perfect gum and it is Ice Breakers Ice Cubes - Cool Lemon Flavor.  I love this stuff.  It's like a little flavorful explosion of lemony crystals in your mouth.  It doesn't last very long, which is a shame, BUT it does blow nice bubbles.  And it snaps very well, too.  Although of course we never snap our gum in public, because that is annoying.  We only snap in the car.  Or in our office with the door closed.  Or walking around Target when we're pretty sure no one is looking.


Wild Mushroom Pizza from Ingredient

If I go to Heaven, Jesus and I will share a slice of this pizza.  Oh my WORD.  It is soooooooo good!  I found it at a relatively new restaurant here in town - Ingredient - which has about every kind of food including that food's cousin on the menu.  But the wild mushroom pizza has captured my heart.  It's made of wild mushrooms, carmelized onions, alfredo sauce and FREAKING brie all on a thin crust.  GET OUT!  It is stupid delicious.


  So You Think You Can Dance

It's post-American Idol season!  Which is my favorite season of all, because it means there's a new season of So You Think You Can Dance to watch.  This is like my all time favorite show.  These dancers work so hard each week to learn new routines, and they KILL IT every.single.time. Well, not every time. But almost all the time, which is good enough for me. I'm not sure why I love this show so much, considering I'm not really a dancer. Probably because I am 99% klutz so this is my vicarious way of living a graceful life.  But who cares, because this show is awesome.


Baby Diet Cokes

It's no secret that I'm addicted to Diet Coke.  But you know, I don't always want a full can - especially when I get home after work.  I'm kind of a slow drinker, and well - 12 oz is a little much for me.  I've tried the whole 2-liter thing, but those go flat so quick it just seems wasteful.  Well.  Scott discovered these bad boys a few weeks ago in the grocery store.  Baby diet cokes!  Aren't they cute?  And just my size, too.


Caramelicious Smoothie from Scooter's Coffeehouse

Speaking of caffeinated beverages, I tried this coffee smoothie recently from a local coffeehouse and HOLY CRAP.  It may have been the most delicious thing I've ever tasted.  It tasted like a caramel latte milkshake.  YUM.  I drank it a little too quick and got the chilly shakes, but it was totally worth it.   



 Green Threads from Old Navy

I've been in love with the color green this season, and Old Navy is chock full of green dresses and skirts and swimsuits and tees.  It just seems so fresh and springy!  I have the swimsuit above and a dress that's pretty similar, and I'm totally buying that skirt ASAP.  I tried to find it in the store but they were sold out, so I'm gonna have to venture online for it.


You know, every now and then I stumble across a blog that I just love.  And I am just loving The Daybook lately.  This gal is cute as a button, puts together great outfits, and has a relationship with her hubby that makes you want to go "Squee!"  I just love happy blogs because, well...they make me happy.  So check out The Daybook if you haven't already! 


Bomb Pop Drink

Remember how I used to not be so neighborly?  Well, the neighbors across the street made me this drink a few weeks ago and now I am EXTREMELY neighborly!  It's called the "Bomb Pop" and is made of some kind of Rasberrry Rum, Blue Curacao, lemonade, and grenadine.  I did some extensive research on them online tonight and have deduced that you can also add cranberry juice to get a little splash of red if you want a truly authentic looking Bomb Pop.  Will totally be trying that this weekend.  Remind me to post pics!


Butterfinger Blizzards

Oh Dairy Queen, how I love thee.  And how I especially love your Butterfinger Blizzard.  You know, I'm not a huge fan of the Butterfinger.  It's a little too much crunch.  A little too dry.  A little too stuck in the back of your teeth-like.  BUT.  Chop up that Butterfinger and mix it with DQ vanilla ice cream?  Now that is something to get stupid excited about.   



I saw this picture on MSNBC's The Week in Pictures and thought it was only like the coolest picture EVER.  That mom ROCKS.  Baby in one arm, glove in the other.  I would have been ducking under my seat (even without the baby).  I just want to give her a high 5 and yell out "You go, girl!" And then probably run away because I'm also a little scared of her.


And that's it for this month's LTTMMSE!  Hope you enjoyed it!