Saturday, October 31, 2009
This is a double-duty post. Not only does it answer my question about the price of a cup of ice from the previous post, "You know you live in a poor area when ... Part 2," but it also displays another weakness of mine: fountain drinks and just pop in general. My favorite pop is Coke, but I try not to drink regular Coke because of all the calories, so my second favorite is Coke Zero. I prefer pop to almost any other drink out there, especially water. I could easily drink 6-7 cans a day, which is why I don't buy pop or have pop in my house. I also never carry cash and rarely have change, so it's not easy for me to buy a pop out of a machine either. Apparently water is good for you, so I have to make it difficult for myself to drink anything else or I would never drink water. Never ever.
Friday, October 30, 2009
I am a TV addict. I have two DVR's in my house and fill them up with so much trashy TV, that Mason is only able to record two shows to my fifty. Drives him insane. I can't help it, though. I love, love, love TV. I particularly love Direct TV. I don't even know how I lived through just having cable. The ability to record shows has totally changed my viewing experience. I can barely stand to watch live TV anymore ... suffering through commercials just seems like such a waste of time when you can fast forward through them later.
I admire people who don't own a television. I really do. I just don't understand them. Why would you rather spend time outdoors or doing other productive things when you could be watching TV? Yeah, I don't know either! Anyway, I gotta go because I'm trying to type this while watching the movie "Awake" and something major just happened and I missed it, so I gotta rewind and figure out WTH ... So later peeps!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The next vice on my list is sweets. I have trouble resisting anything that contains a large amount of sugar. I'm not particular on the form my sweets take on either: donuts, muffins, cake, chocolate bars, laffy taffy ... whatever. I love them all!
This is why, if I'm around sweets, I cannot even have a bite unless I'm ready to eat the whole box. I do not have any will power or impulse control. Some people have to have a taste or they'll totally binge out later. Not me. One taste of sweet, sugary goodness leads me into CALORIE HELL!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Vices. Guilty pleasures. Temptations. Weaknesses. It doesn't matter what you call them, we all have them. Those sinful little pleasures that you know you shouldn't give into, but you do ... and can't really help it .... and don't really care! Yeah, I have several. I've decided to dedicate the next week's posts to all of my vices.
Today's vice is gossip websites. I love them. Totally addicted to them. I log-on to them almost every time I go on the Internet. Well, except for when I'm at work, because I don't want people wondering what I'm looking at when I log-on to thedirty.com. Sounds like a porno website and I'm not a porno looker and especially not one of those creepy people who look at porn at work! But, I definitely can't get through a day without seeing what all the celebs and wanna-be celebs are up to! Pathetic, I know. And, I don't really care that it's pathetic. It's my vice. My guilty pleasure. What's yours?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I have decided to see how much free stuff I can get off the internet. So far, I've only gotten two things. One was a "limited edition" Barack Obama cover from the New York Times magazine. (Yeah, yeah, laugh if you want to, but it was free!!) The second free item was a year subscription to Woman's Day magazine, which I love. Woman's Day has given me great meal ideas and I would actually pay for this magazine!
I wish I knew the specific websites I got this stuff from, but at that time I didn't keep track. I just remember googling "Free Stuff" and going to a gazillion websites. A lot of "free stuff websites" appear to be scam-ish where you have to complete a billion surveys and then buy some product to get something free. I know I visited a bunch of those kind of sites before I finally found my measly two free items. As I continue my pursuit for free stuff, I'll do a better job tracking where I go and noting what sites are legit. That way we all can enjoy FREE(dom)!!
Monday, October 26, 2009
My friend and coworker, Darlene, surprised me with this lovely Cappuccino from my favorite little coffee buggy this morning. It was delish. I'm ashamed to say, however, that my favorite coffee is that crappy gas station coffee. I love going to the local Marathon or Speedway and getting a 16 ounce coffee, filled about a 1/3 of the way with their French Vanilla Cappuccino. Yummmmmmm ... such a sweet treat.
Unless I'm taking a road trip, though, I never buy gas station coffee. For some reason, I have a hard time justifying a bad coffee purchase. Buying a cappuccino from Starbucks or the coffee buggy, every once in awhile, seems to make sense to me, because it's not like I could whip up a cappuccino myself - I'm not that talented - and it's culturally ingrained in me, through the wonders of the advertisement industry, that this is "good" coffee. But, going to a gas station for the specific reason of buying coffee seems so wrong ... I need to get over it, though, because my little cappuccino concoction costs me 99 cents at the gas station versus $3.50 at a coffee house. Bad coffee is the sweetest treat.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
We got this piece from one of our friends who moved away and his wife didn't want him to bring it with. She hates it. I like it for it's colors. It goes well with our Trainspotting poster hanging on the opposite wall. It's by artist, Alexander Calder. It's a lithograph. Don't ask me to explain a lithograph because I really don't understand it. I think it's how they make posters and stuff nowadays. But, at one time I believe artists would actually make lithographs of their own work to show in magazines, etc.
After we got it, I started doing a bunch of research on it, guided only by the "Certificate of Authencity" on the back, which really doesn't contain much information. Basically, I've concluded that Calder made this lithograph for a French art magazine, Derriere le Miroir, published between 1946 and 1982. I can't find a copy of this print anywhere online (maybe 'cause I have it!!), but there's a lot of his other stuff from this magazine that looks very similiar. The lithographs appear to have all been done in the 60's and 70's, so I'm guessing that would be the time period for this piece as well.
Of course, I also had to look at what original Calder pieces were going for at auction ... The signed lithographs go for over $8,000!! Unfortunately, I don't think mine is signed so it probably wouldn't go for nearly that much. There is an online art house that sells some of his other unsigned lithographs, but of course it says "email for price" beside each one and I always forget to email. So, I'm not totally sure how much mine would sell for, but I'm guessing I could get anywhere from $1 to $8,000 for it! My dream is that it is worth $1,000,000 and I can quit my job and become even fatter and lazier than I am now and live happily ever after!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
I used to prefer body washes to bars of soap, but not anymore. Now, I love bars of soap. Why? Well, in my experience, bars of soap last a lot longer than body wash. I have no idea why. (And, yes, I do shower everyday for those of you who think I don't.) They also moisturize equally as well and, in my case, better than body washes. Finally, if you find the right store there seems to be a wider more interesting selection of unique soap bars than I have ever found with body washes. The above "Carrot & Pomegranate" is one of my favorites. There's also a chocolate one that I'm quite fond of.
The only downfall with soap bars is that you have to make sure nobody else is using the same bar as you 'cause that's just gross and nasty. Oh, wait ... I thought of one more negative .... if I was ever in prison I would use body wash despite my fondness for soap bars. I think we all know what happens when you drop the soap in prison!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I hate Hamburger Helper. I hate every single version of Hamburger Helper (HH) from their nasty lasagna to their pukey cheeseburger macaroni. It's so disgusting. But, my family, unfortunately, loves it. They have been deprived of HH for probably about 5 years ... If I hate it and I'm the primary cook, why would I make it? Yeah, exactly ... I wouldn't! That's why they haven't had it in years! Apparently, however, they are craving it, which totally weirds me out because, to me, that would be like craving dog poo. But, ya know, they desperately want it so I'm making it for dinner tonight. I will not be partaking in this nasty meal, however. I think I'm gonna eat leftover tacos ..... YUM!!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
First, let me take a moment to congratulate myself on 31 consecutive days of posting blogs!! This is truly a miracle beyond all miracles! Who'da thunk I could do it?!
Today's post is about the infamous "Last Chaunce Cemetary" that takes place in my front lawn every October. I use the word "infamous" because apparently our "cemetary" has sparked rumors throughout our neighborhood that we are "devil worshippers" and "goth people."
Ummmmmmmm, really?! I don't pay much attention to this mindless banter since it's coming from the same people who own trailer mansions, use toilets as lawn ornaments, and allow their children to roam the Chauncelot streets unsupervised.
So, anyway, our cemetary has been up and running for about 3 weeks now. We only have one new addition this year and it's the Scream Frog. This summer my parent's helped me landscape the front yard and my Mom bought me a frog garden-ornament-thingy, because, well, it's AWESOME! And, when we put the Halloween decorations out, the frog just didn't look quite right amongst the gravestones and skulls. So, I decided to pull out Sean's old Scream costume and put it over the frog. Now we have the Scream Frog!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I feel awful. It started yesterday when I couldn't stop sneezing. I thought it was just my allergies until I woke up this morning drenched in a cold sweat and my entire body aching. I haven't moved from the couch all day. At some point, I should probably get up and make my remedy ... I'm just so tired.
I probably have swine flu, errr I mean, H1N1. Since I've made so much fun of the hysteria surrounding the supposed "pandemic," I probably deserve to be afflicted with it. Ugh. I'm gonna go to sleep now.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Anyway, she has also developed a new issue where she has to follow me FREAKIN' EVERYWHERE! She doesn't do this with anybody but me and it drives me insane. Today when I went to walk on the treadmill I shut Hilde out of the room so that I could walk in peace and pretty soon I heard scratching on the door, then whining, then a long, drawn-out groan, and then I saw her paw underneath the door. *SIGH* She laid in the hallway with one paw underneath the door the entire time I was exercising.
Poor psycho Hilde.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
This is Zack. Or, it could be Zac, Zak, or Zach since I don't know how he spells his name, but you get the idea! He is my Aunt and Uncle's binge-eating horse. Yes, that's correct, he's a horse with an eating disorder. Apparently, he gorges himself anytime he's around food. The only way he'll stop eating is when he's put in the barn away from all the food! I think he also probably stops eating once he goes into a food coma - ya know, that feeling when you've just gorged yourself and get all sleepy and can't move?? That's a food coma. And, I'm pretty sure Zack went into one today. At one point, he just kinda stood there and looked totally spaced out. But, luckily for Zack, my lovely Aunt and Uncle manage his weight for him and don't allow him to eat until his stomach bursts. I totally wish I had someone that would do that for me!!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I'm in Minnesota this weekend for my sister, Brittany's wedding reception. She and Clayton eloped on October 2nd and then had a par-tay to celebrate today! Here are some pics from the day.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tonight I went to see the movie, "Paranormal Activity," with Derek (my brother), Luann (his girlfriend), Brittany (my sister), and Clayton (her husband). I am giving this movie a "not too shabby" rating. For the first half of the movie, I was pretty much bored out of my skull. I was also really annoyed by the two main characters and I thought for sure I was going to hate this movie! I even spent a large portion of the first half texting with Mason. However, once the second half started, things definitely started to get more interesting. I wouldn't say this is the "scariest movie ever made," as some reviewers have claimed, but I understand where they're coming from ... Sometimes the scariest things are those which you cannot see and "Paranormal Activity" definitely plays on that.
I think this is a movie worth watching, but wait until it comes out on DVD.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I'm leaving for Minnesota tomorrow for my sister's wedding party.
I live an hour and a half away from the airport.
My flight leaves at 6:20 am.
Apparently, you're supposed to be at the airport 75 minutes early.
I have to leave here by 3:30am.
I suppose I should get up at 2:45am.
WTF was I thinking when I booked such an early flight??
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
That black thing on my thumb is a blood blister. I got it 2 weeks ago when I pinched the skin in a gardening clipper. It freakin' hurt and it was super huge and filled with blood. I refused to pop it, which is odd since normally I'm totally into popping things like blisters, zits, bubble wrap, you name it ... Anyway, the puffiness has gone down, but 2 weeks later that dang blister is still there. I was going to pop it today, but decided against it because I'm really curious as to how long it will remain on my thumb and what exactly will become of it. I don't even think there's anything to pop at this point, because it's totally flat, so some of the blood must have drained somewhere and the rest is probably dried blood underneath the skin. I could probably google it, but I'd rather just wait it out and see what happens. Week 3 of the evil blood blister will start on Saturday ...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
These are hedge apples also known as, monkey balls. They are produced by the Osage-Orange tree and, according to folk lore, are a spider repellant, which I am in desperate need of since I have a serious brown recluse problem. Yeah, I should probably call an exterminator since brown recluse bites are pretty severe, but I'm broke as hell so monkey balls will have to do. I guess you just place the balls around your house and they keep spiders at bay. Let's freakin' hope ...
I'm totally in love with these things. I think they are so cool looking and they have a lemony-orange scent. Yummy.
Monday, October 12, 2009
This sign seriously irritates me. I drive past it almost every day and I cannot, for the life of me, understand why there are quotation marks around the word "No". I'm not a punctuation expert by any means, but I'm pretty sure when you use quotation marks for phrases or words that are not direct quotes it suggests that the word holds the opposite meaning or stands for something else entirely. For example, if I wrote the phrase, Miley Cyrus is "talented," you would know I meant the opposite. So, perhaps the author(s) of that sign intended for the "No" to be in quotation marks. Maybe they are actually inviting people to turn around in their driveway. Or, maybe, in their crazy state of rage caused by people turning around in their driveway, they put quotation marks around the "No" in an attempt to emphasize to people that they are NOT TO TURN AROUND HERE!!!!! Duh, dudes. That's why you bold it, underline it, make that word bigger, or, my personal favorite, just let loose and do all three.
As I was doing research for this post, I came across a really cool blog: The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks! How cool is that!? It's really funny. I'm submitting my picture, so keep your eyes peeled for it!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Remember my blog, "You know you live in a poor area when"? Well the gas station has now updated the list of forbidden things to purchase with a food stamp card to include: slushies, cappucinos, cups of coffee, and cups of ice. What blows my mind is the "cups of ice" ... Ok, first of all, who in the hell is buying a cup of ice?! And, second of all, how much is the gas station charging for a cup of ice? I mean, seriously, it can't be more than 10 cents, a quarter max. That is some serious freakin' poverty if people can't afford a mother-effing cup of ice without having to use their food stamp card!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
If you like mind-less entertainment, filled with blood, guts, and big guns, then you will love Zombieland. Sure, it's not going to win an Oscar or go down in history as the best movie ever made, but it is definitely entertaining!
Surprisingly, Woody Harrelson made this movie. I am not a Woody fan at all, but, without him, it would not have been nearly as AWESOME! And, the surprise appearance of a certain actor, was SWWWEEEETTTT! (Don't ruin it for yourself either, by googling the movie and finding out who I'm talking about ... ehem, Tiffany, I'm talking about you.) The rest of the cast includes: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. They were all good, although I have to say Emma Stone's character bugged me for most of the movie. I think I've just had enough of girls with "trust" issues.
Anyway, Zombieland is definitely worth going to see. However, let me just point out that I only paid $4.00 to see this movie. Yep! That's correct. A whopping $4.00! Oh - and the pop and popcorn are $1 each. So, I guess what I'm saying is that if I had to spend like $9 bucks for just the ticket and then another $7 for pop and popcorn, I may have been more critical in my review.
Either way, it is totally worth watching ... even if that means waiting for it on DVD!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I just don't get it. Why is Miley Cyrus so popular? Normally, I don't really care about the mass' obsession with untalented people, but this past week I have been bombarded by irritating reminders about Miley's popularity. (I would go on a rant about my hatred for Sarah Palin and her hilarious new book "Going Rogue," but I don't wanna get all political on here, so you're stuck with Miley.) It just seems like every time I turn on the TV - It's Miley! Or when I'm surfing the 'net an ad of - It's Miley! - pops up. UGH. BARF. Gag me with a spoon, puhlease! To top it off, TJ Holmes, a CNN anchor of the morning edition, actually said ON AIR that he believes Miley's song, Party in the USA, is, and I quote, "a great song." Errrr, really??
To be fair, I have never really listened to Miley's songs or watched Hannah Montana. I figured I should give her a chance. The least I can do is listen to her songs 'cause, you know, maybe I'm being too harsh on her. So, I look up the "great song," Party in the USA, on itunes. I press play. I listen. It ends. I press play again. I listen again. It ends. I think, "WTF was that?" It was not good. She does not have a good voice. I will concede that it's catchy. I can definitely understand why tweens dig her. But, I cannot, for the life of me, understand why adults like her.
Yes, I know that some might say I'm a hypocrite since I recently admitted to liking Popozao by K-Fat and yet I still have the balls to hate on Miley. The difference is, however, that I understand that Popozao is a terrible song, a no-hit wonder in fact. I would never even suggest that K-Fat has talent or that Popozao is a great, even a good song. I know it sucks! What I take issue with, is when people actually try to suggest that Miley Cyrus is "good," "great," or "talented." She is none of those. She just has better marketing people than K-Fat.
Alright, enough with all this talk about bad music and untalented musicians … I gotta go ... Billy Ray's Achy Breaky Heart is calling my name ...
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Some may say cheesy, but I say AWESOME! I scored this skullware at the local dollar store. The dollar store seriously rocks when you don't have any money, but still want to be festive! I'll probably use these suckers year-round though. Skulls are not just for Halloween, people!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This is a broach that Mason gave me. He said he thought I would like it. Um, ok. I don't really know what to say ... I have never worn a broach in my life. I don't ever intend on wearing a broach in my life. I don't like broaches.
I'll just chalk this gift up with all the other "good intention" gifts:
A naked statue of a woman
Yeah ................................... At least he tries.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
The last two days just haven't been good days for me. Yesterday, I dropped a gallon of milk at Walmart and it exploded everywhere. Sooooo embarassing. Today, started off OK, aside from the fact that I had to work from 7:45am until 8:30pm, but quickly deteriorated. The ONE strap on my shoe decided to break at, oh, about 9am this morning. I had to scotch-tape the strap on so that I wouldn't have to walk around barefoot. Well, the tape kept coming undone, so I had to repeat the scotch-tape wraparound technique about every hour. *SIGH* Where's duct tape when you need it? Then, this evening, this really annoying women, who is attending the training I'm facilitating, comes up to me and says, "Ummmmm, there's a problem in the bathroom." I'm thinking, "Greeeaaattt." So, I say, "OK, what's the issue?" "Well," says annoying lady, "I went into the bathroom and the toilet was running, but I couldn't hold it so I just started going to the bathroom." Then she pauses and stares at me like I should say something and I begin to think, "Oh crap, the toilet overflowed." So, I say, "Is it all over the floor?" And, she looks at me all horrified and says, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Apparently, she must have thought I meant, "Did you poo on the floor?" I never clarified 'cause it's funnier that she thinks that I thought that! Instead, I laugh at her reaction and ask, "But what's the problem then?" Annoying lady continues and tells me, "So, I use the toilet when it's still running, but then the toilet stopped running and I'm done going to the bathroom so I flush the toilet but it doesn't all go down, so you're gonna need to go in there and flush it again probably." All I say is, "Um, ok, I'll do that." But I'm thinking, "WTF, WTF, WTF???!!!" Why she wouldn't just flush the toilet again is beyond me. I mean, what kind of a person asks a stranger to flush the toilet again for them???? Apparently, it's someone who wants to show you their poo 'cause there was a big 'ol pile waiting for me to flush. YAY! It's times like this that really make me love my job.
Friday, October 2, 2009
It really bugs me when families dress alike. I just don't get it ... Do they think it's cute? 'Cause it's not. Totally not cute. Just irritating. Very irritating.
Mason just said, "Who cares? Why does it bother YOU that THEY'RE dressed alike? It's not like they're hurting you in any way." Hmmmmm, good question. "I dunno," I say. "Maybe 'cause I believe the world revolves around me and that people shouldn't dress alike 'cause it annoys me AND it IS hurting me, it's hurting my friggin' eyes." Duh.