Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beware of the Christmas "Classic"

The other night, the kids were clamoring to watch the claymation Christmas classic "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer."  Or, as Aidan calls it, "Ru-Dog."  You know, cause he's so hip.

Anyway, I thought I had seen it when I was browsing through Netflix instant streaming a few weeks ago, so I agreed.  But after I fired it up, I realized it was not the classic Rudolph I'd seen, but some random animated version instead.  The kids were not pleased at first, but I convinced them to stick it out because the Netflix description said there would be a few other "Christmas Classics" on after Rudolph that maybe they'd like.  I was thinking Frosty, Christmas Carol, etc.


I'm in the kitchen getting dinner ready when all of a sudden I look up and see the TV screen is showing a little ditty called "Santa's Surprise", which apparently was made back in the '40's and Holy Racist Stereotype Animation, Batman!  Oh.My.God.

Good lord, Netflix.  Maybe it's time to shelve some of these "Christmas Classics".  Or at least don't put them in the warm fuzzy "For Kids" section.

[Picture removed b/c it bugged me.]


Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas, Christmas, Time is Here

We are all in the Christmas spirit over here.  Last night I did some major damage to my Christmas shopping list via some online shopping at Amazon.  I think I am D-O-N-E for the kids except for their stocking stuff.

They're each getting four *big* presents this year.  You know, it is really freaking hard to shop for three kids that are basically the same age.  I want to get them each unique stuff that I know *they* will like and that will make them feel special, but DUDE, it is hard to pick what item will go to what kid.  Especially when you've got identical four year old little boys who like the exact same things.

So this year I made it easy on myself and basically bought them all the same stuff.  It will make for kind of a repetitive Christmas-morning present opening session, but at least this way I know nobody will be disappointed that someone got something WAY MORE AWESOME than they did.

The biggest thing they're each getting is a LeapPad.

Which is also kind of a selfish present because I am hoping these will make them leave my iPad alone, for the love of all things holy.  I was getting a pedicure a few weeks ago and the lady doing my toes told me to snatch these up because they were going like hotcakes.  I'm so glad I listened and bought them at the time, because they are now sold out or way overpriced everywhere I've looked.  I have half a mind to sell them on eBay and make a little profit, but that's a little grinchy of me, I suppose.

I had a major panic attack about these things last night, though, because I didn't understand what else I needed to buy.  I kept seeing these download card thingies for $20, and then read about apps costing $7 or more to buy, and then game cartridges that were like $20 or so.  So I was like, crap, what else do I need to buy!!??  But I think I figured it out after a little research.

  • The download card thingy is just a gift card - no need to buy that.  
  • It comes with 4 apps, so no need to buy any extra right now.  
  • I did decide to buy them each a game cartridge, though, because what the heck, I needed another present and I figure they will eventually share the three of them.

So, I got Ashley a Dora game, Aidan a Mr. Pencil game, and Owen a Cars 2 game.
etc. etc.

For their third present, I got them each a pillow pet.  My kids have been talking about pillow pets for what feels like CENTURIES, so I figured it's time they got one.  Plus, these were a major deal on Amazon last night at 55% off.  Woot!

Then, I mixed things up a little bit.  Ashley's been talking about these lalaloopsy dolls, and I thought they were cute, so what the heck.

Fourth present, booyah!

And then I got both Aidan and Owen a lego set.

This is where I felt bad getting each of them the same thing, cause legos seem kind of boring and I know they will share.  BUT, I just had this sad vision of one of them happily playing with legos on Christmas morning while the other one stared wistfully at them.  So, they're both getting legos.  I've accepted it and moved on.  Kind of.

Now I get to move on to buying stocking stuffers, which is my FAVORITE part of Christmas present buying. Scott always gets annoyed at me because I spend too much and buy things that don't fit in the stockings.  He says it should be candy canes and M&Ms only.  To that I say, "Bah humbug, good sir!"  I've already got plans to stuff slippers, a doctor kit, and a zhu zhu pet in Aidan's stocking.  And that's just getting started.  It's gonna be a tight fit but I'm gonnna make it work.  'Tis the season!


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bloggy Makeover

Happy belated Thanksgiving!  Hope you all had a great one.

I got to cross TWO items off my 36 by 36 list:

2.  Cook Thanksgiving turkey:  DONE!

28.  Bake a pumpkin pie:  DONE!

The turkey turned out delish.  I didn't do anything fancy...just stuffed it with my family's secret stuffing recipe and baked it for forever.  I had a total of 13 people over, so I feel very pleased that everyone was fed and happy.  And nothing was burned.  Hooray!

In other news, I totally redid my blog look.  What do you all think?  (I'm quite pleased with myself.)  I even made a new button.  If you have my old one, please grab the new one when you get a minute (if you're into that sort of thing).

Here, I'll even put it right here for ease of access:


Tonight Scotty is grabbing some take-out for us and we are going to watch a movie.  I'm excited to just CHILL.  The last few days have been hectic, hectic, hectic.  I kinda feel like I need a vacation from my Thanksgiving vacation, if you know what I mean.

Hope you all have a lovely rest of the weekend!  :-)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Breaking Dawn Recap

So, I went and saw Breaking Dawn.

3.  Go see a movie in a movie theater:  DONE!

11.  Go out with my girlfriends:  DONE!

And over all, I loved it!  EXCEPT for the dog-talking scene.  That was too much, even for me.  I almost hacked up a lung I was laughing and then coughing and then laughing so hard.  My poor friend Molly who was sitting next to me was trying to hang on to the seriousness of it all, but I quickly brought her down.  I'm surprised we didn't get kicked out.

"Jacob, grrrr, I am alpha!"

"Woof, snarl!  No you're not, I am alpha!"


Anyways, favorites:

  • I loved that they played the prom song from the first movie when Edward and Bella kissed at the wedding.  Le sigh.  
  • Loved Bella's dress.  Gorgeous.
  • Dude, the makeup folks did a killer job on Bella when she was pregnant.  She looked SCARY thin.
  • Loved the toasts at the wedding.
  • Edward looked SO HAPPY (during the first part of the move).  I love happy Edward.


  • Aforementioned dog-talking scene.
  • Coulda used a little more gore on the birthing scene.  I know, I'm gross.

So have any of you seen it?  What did you think??


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Progress from the Plague

After I wrote that last post, OMG my sickness came back and kicked me in the arse with a VENGEANCE.  I finally went to Urgent Care on Thursday (since I am a doofus and don't have a primary care doctor - I know, I know) and got some antibiotics, so I think I'm finally on the mend.  Good lord, at least I hope so.

Especially because tonight I am going out with my girlfriends for a night of BBQ, Edward Cullen, and cupcakes.  Ooh la la!  Hopefully I won't hack up a lung while I'm out.  Could be touch and go.

Have made very little progress on my list of 36 things so far, although I did buy a cute winter hat today.



And I get a night out with my girlfriends and a movie in the movie theater tonight, so score.  I'm on my way!  Even tuberculosis can't hold me back from my Edward.  Although, isn't that what he was dying from originally before he got vamped?  Ah, the irony.  


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sicker than a Dog (and it was a really sick dog)

You all, I have been SO flipping sick the past few days. I stayed home from work on Thursday and Friday and basically just slept and coughed and hacked. My stomach is so sore from coughing, I think I broke a rib. Although ribs aren't in your stomach, right? Hell, my ribs probably migrated to my stomach what with all the violent coughing.

Maybe I have tuberculosis.

I haven't gone to the doctor, because they always wait until after I pay my $30.00 copay to tell me that it's viral and they can't do anything about it. So let's hope this time it's viral, otherwise I might be dead from a raging bacterial infection in a few day's time.


In other news, I had to say I know my list of 36 things is totally slanted towards the fun stuff in life. Which makes me seem kind of silly and frivolous, I suppose, in retrospect. But, you all, I spend so much of my life wrapped up in my kids and my work that my blog is pretty much the only place I can say, "But what about meeeeeeee??????" So I say it, and I say it often. Maybe I shouldn't. Yeah, of course I should. (3 points if you can name the song)

Also, I find that as my kids get older, I grow more uncomfortable writing about them. I always said to myself that I'd stop writing about Ashley once she learned how to read, and well, ding dong, the girl is literate. Not that she'll be pulling up my blog for light afternoon reading anytime soon, but I feel now that she's her own little person, and it's not my place to be carving out her online persona. I still want to blog, of course...I just need to switch focus a little. So I'm trying to figure all that out.

Whoo, that got a little heavy. Blogging while doped up on cold medicine, hooray!

Anyhow, so my list of 36 things is just one way I'm shifting focus a little. Because come on, we all love a narcissistic blog, am I right, ladies!? Bueller?

Regardless, I'm gonna live it up the next month, trying to meet my list of 36. Which this sickness has put a damper on, unfortunately. The way things are going, I might have to wear false eyelashes and red lipstick on the same day to make up some time. The horror! The horror!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

36 By 36

See, when I am struggling with blobbiness, it is important to write about it.  Because then I get great comments from you all on how to fix it.

I am really liking Funny in My Mind and Marcia (123 Blog)'s ideas about making a list of things to do and then blogging about it.  But I'm gonna add my own little twist to it too, since you know me, I like to get twisty.  I'm going to do 36 things  - 36 things before I turn 36!

(I turn 36 on December 18th.  It's already November 9th, people.  I need to get cracking.)

Luckily Marica is bossy, so she gave me two things for my list already:

1.  Take fall pictures of the kids:  DONE!

2.  Cook Thanksgiving turkey

Hmmmmm.  Now for the rest....



Crap, I can't think of anything.

Lemme try harder.

3.  ........

SHOOT, this is hard.  Okay, here we go:

3.  Go see a movie in a movie theater (Boring, but whatever, let's get this list moving)

4.  Wash my minivan (it's scary dirty)

 5.  Eat a lot of peppermint bark

6.  Go out on a date with my husband

7.  Learn a dance with Ashley

8.  Soak in the Jacuzzi

9.  Write a short story (Hey, it's not a book, but it's something!)

10.  Decorate a Christmas tree (free pass)

11.  Go out with my girlfriends

12.  Finish reading Wuthering Heights

13.  Take Aidan out for a date

14.  Take Owen out for a date

15.  Buy some new shoes (Scott's gonna love this one)

16.  Learn how to make my mom's almond cake icing

17.  Take a family picture with all FIVE of us in it (whoah)

18.  Go out for strawberry margaritas

Shit.  I am only half way done.

19.  Bake cookies

20.  Make another wreath (ruh-roh)

21.  Watch that "Once Upon a Time" show (I hear it's good.)

22.  Make homemade macaroni and cheese (anyone have a good recipe for this?  I've been wanting to make it lately.)

23.  Take a day off just for me

24.  Drive around and look at Christmas lights  

25.  Wear false eyelashes

26.  Buy a cute winter hat

27.  Watch "The Polar Express" with the kids

28.  Bake a pumpkin pie

29.  Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows in it

(I am noticing a theme here involving food and drink.  Apparently I define excitement in my life by being well-nourished.)

30.  Slow dance with my husband

31.  Figure out how to display our family photos on the wall

32.  Go out wearing bright red lipstick

33.  Eat sushi

34.  Plan a vacation

35.  Rearrange the furniture in the living room

36.  Turn 36.  And try not to cry about it.

DUDE.  I am going to be busy.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Project De-Blobbify

I took my mom out to lunch the other day. Over her salad, she said the following to me:

"You need a project."

And she was right. I do need a project. Which is weird if you know my personality, because I am kind of a couch potato. But after awhile, if I don't have a project, I start to feel like a blob. A boring blobby blob.

So. I need a project. An interesting project. And by interesting, I mean BIG.

At first, I thought I would write a novel. Isn't it NNWM or some such acronym for writing a novel in a month? But then I spaced, and now it is November 7th, so whoops, not much time left for that. Also, I don't have any ideas for a topic or a plot or a character, which seems kind of important.

Then I thought, maybe I will start a photography business. I've taken fall pictures for three friends for fun this year, and I thought well, heck, maybe I should do this for some strangers and charge something for it. Still mulling this one over.

I also want to redecorate my living room. Unfortunately, this one is not very feasible since Scott put me on a Target moratorium the other day when I went to buy laundry soap and came home with two shirts, tights and card stock (and I even put the third shirt BACK, harumph).

I HAVE decided that I am going to cook the Thanksgiving turkey for the first time this year. Usually my mom handles it since my family members are all turkey fanatics and you do not want to be the person who screwed up the turkey on Thanksgiving. But I'm gonna do it this year. I'm a 35 year old woman with three kids for God's sake, it's time I learned how to cook a turkey.

So I guess the turkey could be my project. But how lame is that. I'm one step away from wearing holiday sweaters with that plan.

So what projects are you all working on? Got any interesting ideas for me? Or a book topic? I'll take those too. No pressure on what you come up with, it just needs to be perfect is all. No biggie.