Archive for February 2011

It’s Gotta Go Wednesday

February 16, 2011

The kids didn’t have school on Monday, which has pretty much thrown off the entire week. Which is WHY I forgot about It’s Gotta Go Wednesday. But it’s only 4 pm so it’s still totally legit.

I could get really in-depth on this one, but I’m going to keep it relatively simple.

This online news (from the recent edition of Rolling Stone magazine) heading today is my muse of todays subject:

Justin Bieber unimpressed with American health care system, prefers Canada’s

Justin, who I am SURE at the ripe (and for him prepubescent) age of 16 has a pretty good handle on the heath care issues in the U.S. of A. The Bieber has spoken, everyone harken!

Celebrities and their political (or even moral) views very well be on the bottom of my list as far as opinions go. To hear an opinion of a tiny subset of the world’s population who live so far beyond reality and who have a seriously distorted view of how life is for us “simple folk” pretty much discounts anything they say.

I didn’t read the article, and I’m not even saying that the Bieb is wrong, or that any celebrity is wrong or right. I’m simply saying that, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

Why Oh Why

February 16, 2011

In the beginning, it was, as it often is, great. It was fun, new, and exciting. But then I started to see things that I hadn’t noticed before or had forgotten about. Little things that I used to find endearing were now just annoying. After a while, all I wanted was for it to end. And because I am not good at faking it, I let my feelings be known about wanting the relationship to be over.

All seemed well, but then BAM! A return of the relationship from hell. So once again, I make it pretty clear that I am over it all, and want to make a clean break. In the clear, or so I thought. And like a never ending circle, again… BAM! And this morning, it’s becoming evident that you’re back again for another round.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate all you have to offer and your many different traits, but listen, I’m so over it. Don’t feel bad, sometimes things just need to end, for both parties involved. It’s not me, it’s you. Frankly, Mr. Winter, why you leave me in peace so that I get excited about the 50 degrees that I just experienced, and then hit me with your bitter snow is beyond me. I’ve tried the “let’s be friends” route, but you don’t seem to get it. It’s OVER. We’re DONE! I’m moving on to pursue my relationship with Spring. It’s time for you to let go.

Valentines Day – 2011

February 14, 2011

I didn’t write it, but I like it:

“Love is like an earthquake – unpredictable, a little scary, but when the hard part is over you realize how lucky you truly are.”

To my Valentine, thank you for shaking up and rocking my world :). I love you!!!

F. to the R. to the I. E.N.D.S

February 13, 2011

This weekends theme: Friends.

We were sans children for an entire 48 hour period, and when the mice are away… well, you know.

Friday night we got together with our friends Ryan & Jamie. Jamie and I met about 5 years ago playing on a co-ed softball team. While we haven’t played s.b. in almost 3 years, our friendship survived the sport :). Ryan & Jamie married about a year ago, and because he’s a great guy, we welcomed him into the “fold” with open arms. Both Jamie & Ryan are huge sports fans, so we began the night at a local sports bar, and then headed to our house to watch the Jazz game. Even though the Jazz choked, it was still a great night and wonderful getting to spend some time with friends we don’t see as often as we’d like.

Saturday night we had our lovely and delightful friends, Sarah & Dave, over for dinner and to play our new favorite card game. Not only do we love D&S, but it’s always fun getting our dogs (Jake & Maggie) together for some canine frolicking. It doesn’t matter what we do, we always have a lot of fun together. We’ve had multiple little weekend trips, just us and the dogs, as well as numerous weekends spent at one or the others house. But things will change shortly… Sarah & Dave are expecting! I’m so excited for them and can’t wait to hold and play with a baby (all while having the ability to hand it over at the end of the night 😉 ). I know that this wonderful addition to their family will bring many changes, but all good ones! Congrats to you both!

Speaking of friends, last Monday I got the opportunity to take my amazing friend Carla (who I’ve spoken about before) to the hospital for some lab work (in case you missed that post, Carla has AML, a form of leukemia). Carla, Jeff, and their girls are in my thoughts and prayers daily, and while I worry about them, I am also blown away by their strength. Jeff is such an amazing example to me of unconditional love and support. I’m not a terribly sappy person, but watching their relationship and love for each other through all of this… seriously inspirational. Carla looked absolutely beautiful, and we joked around and laughed like we always do. She is truly an amazing person, and I feel so lucky to have her and her family as friends. Love you! Here’s your reminder to donate blood, or blood products (such as platelets or plasma), and if you can, become a bone marrow donor.

Here’s to friends!

It’s Gotta Go Wednesday

February 9, 2011

As a kid I developed a love for certain comics, specifically The Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes. Thanks to my dad and older siblings, we had quite a few of the full books of Calvin comics. I loved Calvin… an incredibly rambunctious, creative, hilarious, make-a-mother-want-to-run-away, sweet, sometimes sinister but always funny kid. So you can imagine how I feel when I see a bumper sticker such as this one:

You may think these stickers are funny if:

  1. You have an IQ of less than 90.
  2. You consider cowboy boots part of formal wear.
  3. You are a 13-year-old boy.
  4. Your uncle and daddy are one-in-the-same.
  5. You have a truck that has been lifted, AND has a gun rack.
  6. Howard the Duck is one of your favorite movies.

If you love your car, that’s great! I’m all about supporting the brands that you’re a fan of. But all the Calvin peeing sticker does is tell me that you’re a dumb arse. These stickers rival those stupid “balls” that those who I hope go first in a plague men hang on the tow hitch of their trucks. CLASSY! Yeah, nothing says “I’m awesome” like a veiny plastic mold of the family jewels. It’s a total turn on to us ladies.

I’m pretty confident in saying that Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson does not approve nor does he benefit from these tacky stickers. And personally, it causes the bile to rise in my throat to see these stupid, white trash stickers on the back window of some red-necks truck. It goes against the spirit of the comic itself.

Regardless of if you liked Calvin & Hobbes or not, let us band together and publicly shame (or at the very least mock) the morons with the Calvin peeing on (insert car manufacturer, politicians, person, etc) in the window of their truck/car. Because these stickers have GOT TO GO.

Mastheads Past

February 6, 2011

From most recent to oldest, here are all of the mastheads that I’ve created for this blog. Impressed? Yeah, I thought so. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to know that I have no formal training in masthead design OR Photoshop. OK, so I muddle through the best I can and have very little knowledge (or talent) when it comes to design. But I do have fun coming up with ideas for my next masthead, even if the execution is lacking. Enjoy.

Mr. Sensitivity

February 6, 2011

Cooper: “Mom, Jake thinks he’s ugly. It’s sad.”

Me: “Why do you think that?”

Cooper: “Because he looked in the mirror, put his head down, and walked away. But he’s not ugly! I think he’s cute!.”

Then he whispers to the dog, “Jake, it’s OK. You’re not ugly, you’re very cute”.

Cute indeed.