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Friday, April 11, 2008

Pass the word!

I was visiting the Soccer Mom's blog and reading about her getting ripped off at a dress shop. I have no idea where this is, but I thought some of you may know and want to unite in the dress fight.

We moms have to stick together, you know?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Don't forget the children!

I happened upon a website during my LinkReferral surfing called ForgetMeNotUSA and I was really touched by it. Did you know that between 1998 and 2007 364 children died from being left in unattended vehicles. Go to the site and see what you can do to prevent something like this from happening as well as see the statistics in your state.

Is that potatoes?

Yesterday evening the children's father picked them up from daycare and took them to Chick fil A. I think I'm gonna tell him to save his money from now on because they always want to eat again when they get home.

Last night I had fixed a creamy chicken Alfredo with cauliflower. (I felt guilty about it because it was an all one color meal, but hey at least I remembered the vegetable!) I prepared their plates and when the 3 and 4 year old were coming to the table, the 3 year old says, "Is that potatoes?"

Now, she's my picky one so I just say, "Yes."

The 4 year old approaches and says, "What kind of broccoli is that?"

I kind of laughed and briefly struggled with the dilemma of telling the truth. As his sister repeated her potatoes line; he -- in all his 4-year-old wisdom -- pressed about the broccoli.

"It's cauliflower."

"Cowflower?" The 4 year old asks.

"Flowers?" The 3 year old asks.

"Cauliflower," I say again slowly, adding "It's like broccoli."

"Oh, okay."

And they both sat down and promptly ate everything on their plates without any fuss.

Hmmm? Maybe the world's coming to an end!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I'm sure that ticker is stuck!

My health and weight loss journal

No, you don't have to adjust your screens - my weight loss ticker at the top of the page has not moved! I'm convinced it's stuck!

Okay, okay... so it's my weight that's stuck, but that's just a technicality. ;-) I'm gonna try not complain since I haven't gained any weight, but it is getting to be a little frustrating.

There's always next week though and I'm not going to give up. I'm determined to reach my goal weight by my 40th birthday! Wish me luck.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Blog talk

How'd that sneak in there?

I noticed an inappropriate video on my YouTube thingy and haven't had the chance to figure out how to filter that one out. So, if you happen upon the one with Dave (the church guy) or something like that just know I wouldn't have chosen that one!

What did you say?

I've been wondering what the appropriate blog etiquette is when it comes to leaving comments on your own blog. I've noticed that some people respond to others' comments and some people don't. I don't normally respond to comments in the comment thingy because I never know if the person comes back and sees the comment. What do you think? Should you respond to your own posts or to someone's comments to your post?

Who evented prom?

My daughter is going to her junior prom with her, uh, boyfriend... (Don't mind me -- it's just hard for me to say boyfriend and keep a straight face!) and we've begun the dress-hunting process. Of course she doesn't want a dress that someone else may wear, but there are all these other parameters that she has that's making this dress hunt oh-so-very tiring.

The dress should be royal blue, royal purple or a not-to-deep green. It should be knee length preferably with a pleated skirt. (She's about 5'3" and likes shorter dresses. Plus she says she'll do a long formal gown next year for the senior prom.) And a halter-style bodice looks best (and she prefers it) with some type of jewel or sequin embellishment.


Now, the dilemma:

We looked in a department store and found a perfectly appropriate dress that unfortunately wasn't in the color choices, but was the perfect style and looked marvelous after she had tried on about 10 dresses. It was also a perfect price AND on sale!

We put the dress on hold.

But then we went to a boutique and she found the perfect dress in the perfect color and an almost perfect fit BUT it was $250! Now, maybe it's just me, but this is a dress she will probably wear ONCE and it's $250 plus tax plus alterations AND I would still need to get accessories and get her hair done.

OMG! I don't think so!

That was day one. Today was day two and I'm exhausted with finding absolutely NOTHING! I didn't put the second dress on hold because they required a non-refundable (I don't call store credit refundable) deposit and I didn't pick up the other one that was on hold.

Now, we've relegated our search to the Internet and enlisted my wonderful New York friend and his willing cousin. I mean, we can't go wrong with someone getting the same dress in an entirely different state, right? And it will most likely be an excellent deal.

Through the fog of all the dresses dancing in my head I began to wonder who in the world came up with the idea to have a prom. (The word "prom" was first used in the 1890s as a shortened form of "promenade,"... The first proms were held in the 1920s. By the 1930s, proms were common across the country. Want to know more? Read what WikiAnswers said when I did a search about it. It's quite interesting.) It seemed like a good idea when I was in high school more than 20 years ago, but now I think it's just a conspiracy to drain more money from the parents.

There is one catch though. Now, I wish I had an occasion to wear a fancy dress to... SIGH! Oh, the living vicariously has begun!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Do you believe in luck?

In all of my 39 years, I have never found a four-leaf clover... that is, until today. There is a patch of clovers that grow in my front yard every year. And every year I make a half-hearted attempt at finding one of the four-leaf variety. Sometimes I get excited when I think I see one and I search for upwards of 10 minutes. (Patience isn't a virtue of mine.)

Today, as my daughter pulled our van into the driveway I looked out of my window and said, "Have you ever found a four-leaf clover?"

"No, I used to look, but I've given up," the teenager answered.

"Neither have I..." my voice trailing off. I scanned the clovers and low-and-behold I saw one. No, I thought to myself, peering closely. I didn't say anything, but eased out of the van. I had to step to the side to close the door and knew I had missed my opportunity. I stepped back at almost the exact spot where I sat inside the van and there it was: A perfect four leaf clover.

"... until today!" I said excitedly, sliding back in to show her.

My first thought was: "Now things are about to change." My next thought was: "Do you even believe in this?"

Well, I must say that I think I do believe. Even if it's nothing but the law of attraction at work then it'll work, right?

It seems a little wrong of me to think this way especially given the writing test (not to mention my Christian background) I'm doing for a potential client who needs a ghostwriter. The project, without revealing too much information, is a Christian book and the part I've been asked to write some of -- to see if I'm a good match -- has to do with omens, numbers, superstitions and the like.


See my dilemma?

Well, I've decided I believe in luck (and opportunity and work and all that good stuff). It gives me a little perk to think I have a little luck working in my favor.

Now go and have a lucky day! :-)


A friend of mine told me he thinks I'm "a little chubby." I guess it's my fault for asking so I guess the saying is right, "Be careful what you ask for." Hurt my feelings. Oh well. Just hope I don't stay chubby for long.
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