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April 29, 2011

a dash of random

I’m not even going to attempt to call it a Friday Five, because I seem to have an aversion to getting five items on the list. So let’s just go with plain old fashioned randomness.

* working out sucks. That’s right. It suuuuucks. But the truth of the matter is that I have gone from skinny to fat to soft around the edges and if I want to continue that sentence with something fabulous like “…and now my amazing abs can shred paper they’re so ripped!” well then, I guess I need to work out, huh? So that is what I have finally started doing again. I love working out when I am actually in the middle of doing it. While I am sweating and cursing up a storm and feeling light-headed I am actually falling in love with the process and feeling stronger and feeling proud of myself. But to actually do it? pffffft. That’s the hard part. But I am trying. I have been getting my money’s worth on my elliptical and have been beat to hell by Jillian Michaels 30-day shred. If I don’t die from it all, maybe I’ll start a new document shredding business with my fancy new abs 😉

* speaking of working out…I love the power that music has to motivate a person. My ultimate workout song is Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”.

* dog food. yup, random and not very interesting. But it has been a big topic in this household lately. After feeding Natural Balance Venison & Sweet Potato for what feels like forever, I made the decision to switch my dogs’ diets after have huge inconsistancies in the quality of the food, and dealing with incredibly poor customer service when I tried to get to the bottom of it. But what to feed them??? Have you ever actually researched dog food? Holy cow there is a lot of information out there! So many different ingredients, formulas, theories and myths. Phew! I feel like I have taken a dog-food science class and my head feels slightly like it may explode with all the information. So after lots of reading I went to the pet store today and finally bought what I think was the best option; Orijen Regional Red. They have a different view on dog food that really appealed to me. Their theory is summed up on their website as this: “Dogs and cats evolved as hunters- the structure of their teeth, jaws and digestive system scientifically classifies them as carnivores, adapted to a meat-based diet that is rich in animal protein and fat.”

* fresh green beans! Who doesn’t love fresh green beans?! So fresh and crunchy. LOVE!

April 8, 2011

Friday Five

I’m bored and tired and restless and frustrated I have nothing exciting to blog about. And so, you get this.

1.  Water.  I love water. A lot. I always have a bottle handy. It’s one of those never-leave-home-without-it items. Last night I needed to start a 12-hr fast for a medical test today. I was banned from everything, including water. 12 HOURS WITHOUT WATER. It was tragic. People, I drink water in my sleep. For real. I’m pretty sure my insides shriveled up just a little bit. I think that I died of dehydration for, like, 3 seconds.

2.  Baked Cheetos.  I looooove cheesey puffs. But “healthy” ones? That are tasty? Suuuuuuuuuure. They are, in fact, tasty! Go figure.

3.  Gum Chewers.  To all the naughty gum chewers out there: I do not want to hear your gum being chomped on. I do not want to see what color said gum is. Did your mothers show you no manners whatsoever???

4.  The Perfect Sofa.  Hubby and I have been fantasizing about replacing our couch. It seems like it should be a simple task. We have gone to a couple of stores to pipe-dream and apparently it is not that simple. Do I want leather? Ummm, NO. Do I want something that screams “Hellllllllo! I want my furniture to look like a tacky Florida model home”? Ummm, NO. Oh, ok, so apparently there are no sofas appropriate for us, because that is ALL that is out there. Boo to ugly sofas!

5.  Public Service Announcement.  Please heed my advice. If your dogs poops, and you are responsible and scoop the poop and then there is no where to dispose of the bag, think twice before transporting the bag in your car. On a hot day. Just sayin’


April 1, 2011

Friday Five

I figure, it’s been awhile. You don’t really want to hear about all the un-uplifting stuff I have to talk about. So why not get random?

1.  Levi Jeans.  I finally re-discovered Levi Jeans. Isn’t that sad? How do you forget something as American as Levi’s?!?! Somehow I got lured by the cheapies of Old Navy. I convinced myself I loved these jeans. And then one day, I actually LOOKED at what I was seeing in the mirror- really poor fitting jeans that can only be accomplished by being cheap. I scurried back to my dear Levi’s, hanging my head in shame. Levi’s took me back with open arms ♥

2.  Books.  I love books. I love reading and getting lost in the stories. A couple recent reads…

It’s a bit of a random mix, I admit. My reading habits are very much like my music habits.

Columbine was one of those books that I picked up and considered on many occasions, but always put back down. One of the things I love about the Kindle is the option of downloading a preview before buying. I previewed the book. I was still unsure about it, but purchased it. It took me awhile to like this book. When I first started reading it, I thought it was a mistake. I felt like I was peeking in on someone else’s tragedy. But really, it is a very good book. It is well written and my eyes were opened to a slew of misconceptions about the tragedy.

Under The Dome was a surprise for me. I am not a huge Stephen King fan, but I had heard some good things about the book, and honestly, I was very tempted by it’s sheer size. If a storyline is good, there is nothing better than it going on and on and on! I loved the story and I loved the ability the writing had to make me so strongly hate some of the characters. I always appreciate an author that is so good at their craft that they can get their reader fully invested in the characters. However…as with most Stephen King books, it does get to a point that is just slightly too far-fetched for my taste. But otherwise, I loved the book and was very sad when it finally ended.

The Hunger Games trilogy was a peer pressure read 🙂 I had seen numerous people comment on these books and finally decided to take a peek. I really enjoyed these books. Reading the book descriptions, I was really unsure, but again, thanks to the Kindle preview, I was quickly sold. It is an interesting storyline that I did not expect to enjoy so much. These books are a fun, easy read.

Decoded is on my Kindle, and it is all Oprah’s fault. She was raving about the book, so I bought it. WOO PEER PRESSURE!!! I am not sure how I feel about the book yet. I am only about halfway through it, and I have mixed feelings. I find a lot of it fascinating; Jay-Z writes about a world I know nothing about, so I find a lot of it intriguing. I don’t think it is the best written book I have ever read- I feel like the topics bounce around quite a bit- yet he notes he has never been a linear thinker, so there you have it.  At it’s core though, it is interesting to see how he views rap as an art form, as poetry. To be able to get inside his mind, to see the true meanings of his lyrics. I have, by far, underlined more segments in this book than any other book I have read recently.

3.  Traffic Light.  I kinda really like this show.

annnnnnnnnnnd, that’s all you get 🙂 Friday THREE! Sorry, I got sidetracked, and a little bored, and gave up. It’s the procrastinator in me 🙂

February 4, 2011

well, THAT was uplifting…

ok, so that last post? uplifting right?! I can’t just leave a post like that dangling in the air, all lonely and vulnerable. But how do I fix it? In true form, I don’t actually want to talk about what is bothering me, at least not yet, but I feel it is necesasary to take steps to counteract the boo factor of that last post. What better way than to just go a little random, and give you a quick glimpse into the mind of me….

Random Facts About Me.

1. I have a contest going on in my head. I have been trying to decide who I would like as a replacement grandfather. It’s a three-way tie between Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, and Walter on Fringe. It’s really a tough decision to make.

2. I love eating Starburst.  However, the fruity goodness sometimes can push my OCD into overdrive. I always eat my Starburst in somewhat of the same order….ALWAYS start with the red, ALWAYS end with the pink….and what happens in between is anyone’s guess.

3. I keep my car running while I gas up my car. This stresses a certain someone out. Sometimes…I like to text her while my car is running, being gassed up, just to inform her that I am risking my life at that very moment.

4. Sometimes I catch myself watching Jersey Shore. And then I get realllly embarassed and hope that no one knows that I am watching Jersey Shore. And then I tell the whole world that I sometimes watch it.

5. I love my iPod. But I don’t trust it’s decision making skills. I set it on shuffle, and hit next, next, next, next, next ,next…..I listen to one out of every 10 songs the iPod picked for me. Which is dumb, considering I picked all the songs that are on there.

There. That’s about all I’ve got at the moment. A little better though, right? Right?!

October 8, 2010

Another Friday Five?

Sure, why not?

1.  Aging.  So, ummmmmmmm, I have a confession. There is this radio station. We listen to it at work. And I love it. And I may have then programmed it into my car radio.  And their tag line? Soft & Contemporary. ouch.

2.  Candy Corn.  Not sure if I even need to expand on this?

3.  Working Out.  So here is the deal. I had an office job. I got a new job that is very much NOT an office job. Since December of last year I have lost about 20 pounds simply by going to work every day. I still eat Cheese-Its like they may disappear off the face of the earth at any given moment. I still drink a hefty glass of whole milk before bed. I still want to marry both Ben AND Jerry. Just by working a more physical job, I have come closer to the body that I want. So I decided, if I have lost this much weight doing nothing, imagine if I started actually doing something? So I started doing something….and could barely walk for three days 😉 Working out is for the birds.

4.  Friends.  I am a tough person to be friends with. I hate the phone. I am a tad anti-social 🙂 Sometimes I go MIA. Yup. I’m a tough person to maintain a friendship with. Which makes me incredibly thankful for the firends I have. Now, if only I could move them all into the neighboring houses….

5.  Yummy Buttery Photographs.  Sometimes you take a photo and you say YUM! That photo was made with a dallop of buttery goodness! Case in point…

September 10, 2010

Friday Five whaaaaaaat?!

I don’t even dare look back to see how long it has been since I have posted a Five. It’s been a while, and we’ll just leave it at that 🙂

1.  Fraudsters.  I want to just get this one out of the way asap. I hate shady people. And by shady I mean the people that stole my debit card number. The people that sent me a really shady package that I still can’t wrap my mind around. The people that hacked into my PayPal account. I hate them with every fiber of my being. But I love Wachovia. And how easy they have made this yucky process. And for recommending the seperate account for all online transactions *duh!* why did I not think of this before?! Dear fraudsters….I cannot wait for the day that you wake up in a fabulous mood, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping and you are skipping down the street when you turn the corner and are faced with my dear friend Karma. Good luck with that.

2.  Music.  Sometimes I really can’t stand how much I love music. I recently bought the Mumford & Sons cd (that’s right, I still buy CDs! Take that iTunes!) and I am soooo in love with it. I cannot stop listening to this awesome music that souds like nothing else out there right now.

3.  Delete Buttons!  I think  I love the power of the delete button. I just wrote something, decided I wasn’t ready to share it, and poof! gone!!!! Delete button…I love you ♥

4.  Chicago.  This time next week I will be in Chicago. I have never been to Chicago and have no clue what to expect other than it will be a whirlwind weekend that will go down as a fabulous memory. I cannot wait!

5.  New Blogs.  Can I just say, I love my new blog? Is that ok to say outloud? It isn’t even a custom blog. It is just a plain jane free template offered by WP and I looooooooove it and am so happy I put my big girl panties on and decided to brave the world of WordPress!

Friday Five complete.

random thought for the day. I woke up thinking about how painfully akward I was as a kid (let’s be honest, kid, teenager, adult!). God love my mom, she let me be an idividual for better or worse. And for worse it usually was….I had a pair of red hightop sneakers that went with NOTHING. And I wore them with EVERYTHING. Red. Hightop. Sneakers.

June 11, 2010

Friday 5

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It's that time again! Let's just jump right in…

1.  Books. I looooooove books. Love them! I go through phases where I don't read for awhile and then I start craving books. I went on a bit of a book binge about a month ago when I went to the bookstore "to just look" and walked out with my arms full. Of the books I bought, there were two that I fell head over heels for. They are the kind of books you want to loan out to your friends because they are so good…but you don't really want to loan them out for fear they never return 🙂

The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Not surprisingly, the central theme in these two books is dogs. I know, I know! Shocking! These books are SO very different from each other, but both SO amazing in their own right. The Art of Racing in the Rain was a surprise for me. The entire book is narrated by Enzo, a dog. It was hard for me to be convinced I would be able to take a dog narrating a book seriously. I was so very wrong. This book is amazing in so many ways. And then there is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I am pretty sure this book will go on my very short list of absolute favorites. I have to admit, I have toyed with the idea of this book for over a year. Every single time I go to the bookstore I pick this book up. I leaf through it. I read the book jacket over and over again. And every time, I put it back. This last time I picked it up, I loved how heavy it felt in my hands. I loved the rough edges of the pages. And that is honeslty why I bought it. Because the book jacket certainly did not sell me. I just liked the way it felt in my hands. I am SO happy I finally bought it! This is the kind of book that you absolutely do not want to put down, but you convince yourself to, so that you can extend your time with it for a little longer. This is the kind of book that you sigh heavily when you finish it. That keeps coming back into your thoughts, even though you are done with it. It's a must read!  Geek moment officially over 😉

2.  Summertime!  My summer officially begins next week with my annual trip out to Indiana to go fangirl crazy for the Dave Matthews Band ♥ All the tickets have arrived this week, I am already packing my bags, and crossing my fingers and toes that this year is THE year, and we walk away from this adventure with a photo with Dave himself. A girl can dream, right?!

3.  Sickness.  I am on my 4th week of being sick. Yes my friends, you read that sucker right….FOUR WEEKS. I finally went to the doctor's office last week and found out I have asthmatic bronchitis. I honestly have no clue how that is different from plain old fashioned bronchitis, all I know is that I am ready to be over it!! I finally have two days off in a row, so I am laying low and taking it easy and just hoping upon all hopes that all this medicine does the trick and I am healthy by next week.

4.  Peanut Butter & Jelly.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love random? lol. I also love PBJ ♥ It's my lunch of choice lately, and it makes me smile. A little JIF and some raspberry preserves? YUM!

5.  Adapting.  I am amazed at how well little Tinsley is adapting to our household. I worried it would be a process getting her comfortable with our routine, with the other dogs, with everything. She has amazed us with just how comfortable she has made herself. She has certainly made herself at home, and we are loving every minute with this adorable little bug-eyed girl!

Have an awesome weekend…and take your vitamins 😉


May 28, 2010


It’s Friday. That should mean we are ready for our weekly dose of Friday 5, but I don’t feel like 5’in it today. I blame it on this wretched cold that I cannot get rid of. That has been lingering for the past 2.5 weeks. That is making the people over at Puffs wonder why there sales have increased so much in SW Florida. That is making me want to sell my lungs on the black market for a very cheap price. I digress…

So let’s just get a little random. A few random little facts about me…

* I still sleep with a woobie of sorts. Yup. I said it. I MUST sleep with something bundled up and tucked under my arm. It doesn’t matter what it is, so long as it is bundle-able and tuck-able. Currently, it is a legit woobie 🙂 A baby quilt that my Bucki (aka grandmother) made for me when I was a baby. When I travel, it is as basic as a bundled up shirt. Weird, but oh so true.

* Sometimes, I talk in doubles. Especially if I am baby-talking a dog, everything I say, I say it twice. If I allow myself to spend too much time on WebMD I will convince myself that there is something freakishly wrong with my brain and this is just the first sign. Instead I tell myself that it is just an incredibly annoying habit. An incredibly annoying habit.

* I never paint my nails because the moment they dry, I am itching to peel the paint off.

* Growing up, I had an insanely difficult time saying the word bridge. Whenever I type the word out, I get slight anxiety. I hate the word bridge!

* I don’t know the names of many songs. Yup. It’s true. My favorite band in the whole wide world? The band I am freakishly obsessed with? I would SO lose a name-that-song contest. I identify songs by something along the lines of this statement…you know, that song where they sing about that thing?

Ok, that’s all I’ve got. Must go inflate the lungs….. 

April 9, 2010

5 on Friday

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It's been a while…so why not? This Friday, let's get our random on, ok?

1. Left Turns.  I hate them. Seriously. Hate. Them. It's such a weird quirk of mine, I have chosen to just go with it, as opposed to analyzing and trying to correct it. Ever since the first time I was instructed to take a left turn into a busy intersection in driver's ed class, I have hated these death defying maneuvers. (ok, ok, I know death defying may be a bit dramatic, but in my defense, have you seen the way Floridians drive?! It's seriously frightening- even when they have nicely lit arrows TELLING them it is a-ok to go, they still get confused!). Right hand turns, on the other hand? Love 'em. 🙂

2.  Farmer's Tan.  I am aquiring a farmer's tan. I am very much NOT ok with this situation. I liberally apply sunblock every morning before work, and somehow, I still end up all farmered up. *sigh*

3.  Broken Dishes.  I have done some detective work, and have come to only one plausible conclusion….there are little gnomes in my cabinets. At night, they get their little gnome tools out and methodically chip away at my dishes, leaving barely visible fractures so with the slightest tap on the side of the sink, they will crumble away and I will whine that yet another dish has broken. It is the only thoery I've got people.

4.  Unbalanced.  I have a problem with sitting in a nice, proper way. I have so sit slightly unbalanced…one foot tucked under me, the other up on the seat, knee up against my body. This is in spite of the fact that I have horrendously old achey joints and just about every single time I get up from sitting, I squeal in pain. And then when I sit back down, I get all bent and smooshed in all over again.

5.  Found!  I found something a little while ago. It's my mojo. It told me to tell you hi. Just thought I would let you know 🙂

and just because it reminds me of a perfectly simple, simply perfect kind of day…



March 12, 2010

Friday Five

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I feel like SUCH a blog slacker that all my posts pretty much happen due to friday 5's, but I am working on digging up some inspiration to shoot, so hopefully I will post more soon!

1.  Food.  Sometimes I am overwhelmed with an urge to play with my food. Case in point:

Imagine my surprise when this did not cheer up our waiter 😦

2.  Kohler.  You know, "The Bold Look of Kohler", yup, that Kohler. I am smitten with their customer service today. We bought a Kohler toilet way back in 2004. I had to do some serious pouting and foot stomping to convince hubby that it IS ok to spend that much money on a toilet. I have a strange love for our toilet. I think it is fabulous, right down to it's awesomely square base. And then a couple months ago we discovered a hairline crack. We went back to Home Depot, who informed us that Kohler only has a one year warranty on their toilets. Oh :( They recommended we call Kohler's customer service anyways, and see if they would do anything. I put the phone call off because I was not prepared for the disappointment I was sure I would be facing. So imagine my surprise when I finally called today, didn't even have to raise a stink, was put on hold long enough to start to make me worry before the lovely CS lady got back on the line to inform me that they would be replacing our toilet!!! Yay Kohler!!!

3.  Surprises.  Every Thursday afternoon I work for my old boss. Last year, he and my co-worker forgot my birthday. Rude, I know! This year they made up for it by surprising me with birthday cards, presents, a hilariously original poem, cupcakes arranged on a plate to look like the number 31, and my favorite snack….wait for it………………corn nuggets!

4.  Cooking.  I hate cooking. With a passion. I am not very good at it. I once exploded a casserole dish within a freakishly close proximity to my head (lots of tears ensued!). I have caught ramen noodles on fire. Really. Flames. I once tried to cook a frozen pizza while it was still in it's plastic wrap. But lately….don't tell anyone, but I'm am starting to attempt to cook more. I know I know! I am ruining my reputation. I have a slight fear hubby may expect me to make dinner *gasp*! But I am making progress. We barely ever smell smoke any more when I cook. I make stuff that is actually edible. Well, most of the time it is edible.

5.  Purses.  Oh, sweet lovely purses. Can I tell you a secret? For the past two years I have had a sneaking suspicion that someone put a purse curse on me. I have been unable to find a purse that I truly loved. I came close a few months ago. I went back to the store. Stared in the mirror for an uncomfortable amount of time, analyzing how the purse hung off my shoulder, and decided that nope, it was not the one. The problem? Well, I'm picky, of course. And I don't like cheap….which is a problem, since I don't like to spend too much money on things like purses. And then I get bonus points for making the search even harder by wanting to find THE perfect purse that I can alter to safely carry my camera in. Why not just buy one fo those beautiful camera bags out there? Well….they are big. And they are camera bags. I don't want a camera bag. I already have three of those. I want a purse that also happens to safely carry my beloved camera for the every day. Guess what? I found it!!!!

I introduce you to my most gloriously lovely new Michael Kors purse. Even with the insane deal I got, I have never spent so much money on a purse before. And I am SO happy I did! I have never loved a bag so very much! I am super excited to have time next weekend to start figuring out how to alter this lovliness to safely carry my camera!