Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sometimes chain mail is pretty funny!

This email made me laugh so hard I had to share:

David Is To Be Returned To Italy .
A bit of cultural news for a welcome change.

After a two year loan to the United States , Michelangelo's David is being returned to Italy, looking a bit different.


Happy hump day! Registered & Protected

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Throwback Tuesday

I decided to repost an entry from not quite a year ago when I had, like, 4 readers (speaking of readers, super huge THANKS to all my newest followers!). I woke up with a migraine and have to babysit in less than an hour, so blogging something new isn't going to happen and I assume 99% of you haven't read this post before, anyway. Maybe I'll do this every Tuesday- repost a post from the past? Perhaps. Anyway, enjoy!

I'm (almost) too Embarrassed to Admit...
... That I am deathly terrified of birds/anything with feathers (especially if it flies). I'm sure it pays to be an onlooker when I'm walking down the beach or through the park and a bird gets within 10 feet of me. Let's just say loud stomping, clapping, and spitting are some tactics to scare them away. Or I scream and run in the opposite direction. Whatever works.

... That the kids I babysit for tell me to cover my nose and mouth when I change their diapers because they know that I will gag. Babies bums are no problem, dissecting a cat doesn't even bug me, but give me the hiney of a kid of at least two years in age and I'm dunzo.

... That my nighttime routine consists of: vick's vaporub under the nose, vaseline lathered on the lips, honkin' piece of plastic in the mouth to stop me from grinding my teeth, and a blanket totally wrapped around my eyes. Lucky hubby I'll have ;) At least I don't sleep in a flannel nightgown... or do I?

... That if I wanted to, I could eat an entire large pizza from Donatos in one night and not get sick. And now you all know why I gained those 29581 "unexplained" pounds.

... That I want to punch people who spell ridiculous as rediculous. And don't know the difference between to, too, or two. Or lose and loose. Or clothes and cloths. Or those who spell Marianne/Merri Ann as Mary Ann. So lame.

... That the sound of chewing gum chomping makes me cringe more than nails on a chalkboard.

... That I always speak before I think. Yes, you read that correctly. I Speak, then think. My friends (usually) think it's hilarious because it's so mind-boggling that someone could be so uncensored. I think it's social suicide, but do little to change it.

... That I am obsessed with Roseanne. Sometimes I stay up way later than I should just to watch it on TV Land. I hope to God I have that kind of humor when raising my own children. She has the best one-liners and her retorts to her children's questions inspire me.

... That I fall over. A lot. Yesterday at the library I lost my balance when I walked into the bathroom stall and slammed into the wall. I'm quite familiar with the walls of stalls (and floors) at bars... but the library was a new one. I also run into walls, a lot. I'm considering suing my eye doctor.

... That my wingspan is shorter than my height. So what if my pants are flooders (after a run in the dryer, they usually are) and my shirts cover my hands, you got a problem with that?

... That I crack myself up. Like this post; I think some of it is pretty darn witty, even if it's not. Registered & Protected

Monday, February 21, 2011

My New Stash.

Stash o' books, that is.

I may or may not have mentioned it before, but I absolutely LOVE to read. I learned how to read when I was 2 1/2 and have been obsessed ever since, often times staying up way too late, getting lost in another world. I can literally spend hours in books stores pouring of every genre, trying to decide which books I want to take home, while inhaling the warming scent of an untouched book. Freak alert: I always sniff books, they smell so good! Anyway, I've read more books than I can count and am constantly looking for new ones to add to my collection.

Border's bookstore declared bankruptcy recently and I am so depressed. I feel like you're either a Border's or Barnes & Noble person. I? Am a Border's girl all the way. The store in my city is having a major closeout sale and everything was 20-40% off, so I sought some book suggestions from my friends on Facebook & headed over to Border's this afternoon. I made out like a bandit! Twelve books (one for my brother) and two new reading lights!

I plan on doing a book review for each one, so hopefully there are some that you can add to your reading list, too. Below is what I purchased (some recommended, some of my own choosing) with links to descriptions, in case some of you are interested. As you'll notice, the genres are pretty varied.

1. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (Another blog friend has this on her list and a lot of people commented on how good it is. I had never heard of it, but I'm ridiculously fascinated by true crime, Mormonism, and polygamy; this book is about all three. Another interesting book about a Mormon cult & crime is Prophet of Death: The Mormon Blood Atonement Killings by Pete Earley. Read it in college and finished it in 36 hours.)

2. Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult (I've never read Picoult some I'm curious to see if I enjoy her as much as everyone else seems to).

3. Honolulu by Alan Brennert (chosen for obvious reasons. I've heard it's really good, though, & a few people recommended it to me recently.)

4. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert (see above.)

5. House Rules by Jodi Picoult (recommended by a college friend.)

6. House of Evil by John Dean (true crime that happened in Indiana in the late '60s. Shockingly, I'd never heard of it & was happy when I randomly pulled it off the shelf.)

7. Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch

8. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (Surely you've heard of this. James Frey claimed it's a memoir and all true, Oprah put it on her Book Club list, raved about it for.ever, only to be made a fool when it was revealed that much of it was embellished. Nonetheless, I've heard it's decent, true or not.)

9. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

10. Fabulously Fashionable by Holly McQueen

11. The Aqua Net Diaries by Jennifer Niven (It kept catching my eye, so I'm curious to see what I think-- the reviews on Amazon aren't that great, though. It takes place 40 minutes from where I went to college, so that also has me intrigued.)

I finished Beautiful People by Wendy Holden in Florida & was not a fan & still don't know why it got such good reviews. I started Little Bee by Chris Cleve, but haven't read much and will probably restart it, but so far, it's good, and has gotten rave reviews, so I'll let y'all know what I think of that one when I'm finished.

What's on your reading list?

Also, thanks for all the suggestions of what you'd like me to blog about. I have them saved and will be doing each and every one of them :) Registered & Protected

Monday, February 14, 2011

One Step Closer

First off, thanks to the two people who actually followed through with my request in my last post and gave me ideas. But, seriously? TWO out of 110+ readers? That is Lame with a capital "L." So Katie & Gini, y'all get some major cool points from me. And Pam, you do, too, just because your comment made me laugh so loud I scared my dogs.


This morning I received an email from the lady I've been in communication with for a year-ish from the school that I applied to for nursing school. I was kind of caught off guard since all my questions have been answered from her and I'm really now just waiting to see if I'll be starting nursing school in July or packing my bags and moving. So, imagine my surprise when I opened it and saw that...



Y'all, I am so excited! From what I've heard, they only bring people in for interviews to make sure they think they are a good fit & to gauge their communication skills and see how serious they are about becoming a nurse. I'm not trying to get my hopes up too high, but I'm pretty easy to talk to and, DUH, my first degree is in communications, so I'm hopeful that the interview will go smoothly!

If you would, please, keep me in your prayers from now until March 18, when my interview is, I'd so greatly appreciate it.

Also, I'd like to thank each and every single one of you for supporting me during this whole process and continually encouraging me and knowing just the right things to say to make me keep going and not give up. It means more to me than you'll ever know and I feel incredibly blessed to have each of you in my life.

One last thing, could you guys please keep Jenna and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the loss of her grandfather? Thanks, darlings.

smooches, Registered & Protected

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Help me find some inspiration.

Lovely friends, please help me get back my blogging mojo.

You may not believe it, but oh, how I miss it, so.

I used to have so much to say,

But now, I can't even blog every seventh day.

No dating nightmares, stop light adventures, or crazy tomfoolery;

Just babysitting, running errands, and a little bit of schoolery.

So, now, dear readers, I beg of you, this,

To help get my blog out of the piss...(er),

Ask me questions, suggest topics to write about,

I'll do your requests until they run out.

And if that poem wasn't spelling it out enough, I'm currently taking suggestions for things you'd like me to write about. Ask a question, suggest a topic, seek my opinion... I DO NOT CARE. I just need to get out of this writer's block I've had since August! Registered & Protected

Sunday Stealing.

I'm home from Florida (booooo!) and procrastinating doing my homework, so Sunday Stealing it is. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

1. What is your favorite Mexican dish?
Margaritas! Why, yes, I do consider that a dish, especially when you consume them by the pitcher. OK, fine, chicken enchiladas are my favorite food dish.

2. When you were a kid, did you get started on your homework right away after school, or did you procrastinate?
Did you read my first sentence? I'm currently procrastinating, and, I can assure you, this habit is not a new development.

3. What is your favorite store for home furnishings?
Luxe Home Interiors. Oh. My. Goodness. I'd imagine Candice Olson would be in heaven here, and since I love her eye for design, it's no surprise I'm obsessed with this store. I have no clue if it's nationwide, but there is one five minutes from my house and I want every single thing in the store. Unfortunately, I'm gonna need a sugar daddy in order to afford the prices.

4. When you were young, did you like school lunches?
I guess. I didn't buy lunch everyday, but I bought often enough.

5. Is religion a crutch?
If you're, say, a terrorist claiming the Qu'ran told you to do it? Yes. If you're Tom Cruise and blaming scientology on your nutso points of view? Yes. If you're a faithful person striving to be the best person you can be and use religion as a means to fulfill that potential? No.

6. In your region, what is the “big” high school sport?
Football. But I am from Indiana, which, in case you didn't know, is like the birth place of basketball. Or something like that. So, of course, basketball is big, too.

7. Do you consider yourself rich?
Let's see... I'm 23, live with my parent's, am a student, only work 15 hours a week, and am currently trying to figure out how I'm going to pay for nursing school. I am a lot of things, but rich ain't one of them.

8. Which of these would you have the best chance administering:

B) Heimlich Maneuver
C) Changing a flat tire

Well, I'd like to think I could do any of them sufficiently, but probably A. or B.

9. Which dance would you prefer to learn & why:

A) Salsa
B) Hip Hop
C) Waltz
D) Swing

Salsa. I'd love to be able to move my hips in such a sexy and provocative way.

10. What’s the worst news you’ve ever delivered to someone?
You are NOT the father.

I kid, I kid. I have no clue, I'm not usually the bearer of bad news.

11. Name something you learned in college that had nothing to do with classes or academics.
Opening the throat is the best way to bong a beer in record time. It also helps shots go down smoothly.

Liquor before beer, you're in the clear; beer before liquor, never been sicker. (Total lie, FYI).

Being an adult is totally over-rated.

12. New variation on an old question: If there’s a song in your head that just won’t get out, what is your favorite (or most repeated) line in that song?
Well, considering it's usually songs I despise that get stuck in my head, I do not have a favorite line.

PS, have any of you ever watched "Fatal Attractions" on animal planet? Please explain to me what about owning a leopard or tiger as a pet sounds like a good idea? Registered & Protected

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Coming to you live from Florida

Hi, friends! Hows are yas? I'm sittin' here poolside in Siesta Key, Florida hell bent on getting a tan even though it's mostly cloudy and 60 degrees and my legs have goosebumps. I'm considering suing the self=proclaimed "Sunshine State" for false advertising because it has been anything but sunny since I landed Saturday. But it's warmer than it is at home & for that I am grateful; plus I'm leaving for St. Thomas in 3 weeks so really I just need to shut up.

Even though the weather is less than perfect, I'm still yearning to move down here sooner rather than later. If I get into the nursing program in Indiana, I'll be moving down here in a little less than 2 years; if I don't get in, I'll be moving down as early as September. So, in honor of my quest to get the heck out of Indiana, I'd thought I'd write my top reasons for wanting to become a Floridian, although Hawai'i is still at the top of my list.

In no particular order:

1. Warm weather (mostly) year around. The winters in Indiana are brutal and while the summers are great and perfect and make me happy, happy, joy, joy, I'm not so sure they make up for the crappy weather we get pounded with from November-March. Not only do the grey, dreary, bitter cold days affect me mentally, but they also bring physical pain as part of fibromyalgia. My back had been killing me in recent weeks, but the second I hit warmer weather and humidity, I've been pain free.

2. Palm trees and tropical plants. Stuff that puts a smile on my face and Indiana cannot grow. Enough said.

3. Outdoor living. I l-o-v-e to be outside. LOVE. Whether it's sitting outside and reading a book, or getting in some form of exercise, I'm outside as much as possible. But, like I said, Indiana doesn't so much lend itself to that kind of lifestyle year around. Here, you can eat outside morning, noon & night (which I have), you can go for long walks & bike rides, & you can freakin' drive with the sunroof open or the top down any day of the year without looking like a complete moron.

4. Beaches. Nothing brings me greater joy than walking with the sand between my toes and the waves crashing beside me. I've slept with the bedroom window open every night so I can hear the waves crash into shore and while I do have a sound machine that does the same thing, it's infinitely better hearing the real deal. I've been able to run on the beach everyday and I know having access to one will lend to a healthier lifestyle. Granted I won't literally live on the beach, but at least within driving distance, which is good enough and more than I can say for my current living situation.

5. Friends! I have blog-friends turned real-life friends down here! I met Jenna & Jess for lunch in St. Petersburg on Sunday and had THE BEST TIME with lots of laughs!! It was so great to spend a few (too short) hours with them and it honestly felt like we'd known each other for years. I only wish it hadn't been such a brief visit and could happen weekly because those two beautiful ladies have a very special place in my heart now (picture to come later).

6. My brother and parent's talk about moving down here all the time, so it's not like I'd be away from my immediate family. Plus, I highly doubt it'd take much convincing to get my extended family and friends to come visit.

7. The reality of meeting a southern gentleman in Florida vs. Indiana is unparalleled. Ok, fine, maybe not the best reason, but clearly my quest for a lover in Indiana has been a fail of epic proportions, so I might as well take it across state-lines.

8. Did I mention the weather?

So that's that. I'm off to try and catch some rays alongside the geriatrics. One of them whistled at me yesterday, woohoo ;)

Hugs! Registered & Protected

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Like much of the country, Indiana has been hit with a nasty winter storm. It snowed a little bit last night, but it's mostly been raining ice. Lots and lots of ice. Four and a half inches of it, to be exact. The trees are starting to sag, the winds are picking up, and more ice is pelting the windows, and should be until the ice storm warning expires in another 27 hours and the snow moves in.

Personally, I don't really care. Sure, I'd rather not have this weather, but I don't mind being stuck at home and not feeling guilty about it, especially since it's the middle of winter and I despise walking outside in the frigid temperatures. However, if all of this hinders my plans to fly to Florida Saturday morning & have my butt on a beach by Saturday afternoon, you'll likely see my mugshot on the national news for stealing a jet and flying myself away from Antarctica. Shall I pick some of you up on my way?

In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy my time at home, relaxing, and hopefully tapping into my creative side for the first time in a long time and actually blogging something worth reading.

Until then, hope you all stay safe and warm if you're being struck by this nasty weather. And if you're somewhere warm, well, pin a rose, on your nose.

Here's a little video of my brother showing how frozen our driveway is. He tried to chip away at it with a pick-ax, but made little progress (as evidenced in the video- I mean, the ax BOUNCES off the ice. That is NOT normal). Ignore my annoying laugh. Registered & Protected
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