Friday, October 15, 2010

Parties, Dishes and Tortillas



I confess...

Saturday is Ryan's birthday party.  As in his first "friends birthday party."  He is very excited about it.  So far, I have two confirmed guests.  I know that a lot of times people just show up.  But there is a part of me that hopes that is it.  Ryan doesn't do well with noise and confusion.  But I don't want his feelings to be hurt.

I confess...

I am in physical therapy.  I don't always remember to do my exercises.  And when I do, it is usually late at night.  And really who wants to do that stuff at night anyway? 

I confess...

I let the Little Middle eat tortillas for breakfast.  It's a carb.  She also drinks a tall glass of milk.  One time she also had a banana.  

I confess...

I let the teen stay up til 11....but only because she had not done her homework.  I am partially responsible for that.  I didn't get on her to do it.  

I confess....

This one is a little weird...or maybe not.  I rarely, if ever, leave the dishes over night.  I have been known to do them at 11 at night.  If I leave them it is because I am sick.  Or have a rip roarin' migraine.  Or both.  I just can't stand the thought of waking up to dirty dishes.

I confess...

I can't stand that the thought of waking up to my messy house either...but somehow I am able to let that one slide a lot a little.

I feel so much better now!  What are your confessions?




Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Review of Clip and Close Cereal Box

Originally submitted at CSN Stores


Features:

  • Cereal box
  • Clip and Close collection
  • 100% BPA free and leak proof storage container
  • With four easy open and close snap closures
  • Freezable and microwave safe
  • Capacity: 4.0 L or 135 fl oz


Pop, Lock and Seal

By CA Girl from Murrieta, CA on 10/14/2010

 

4out of 5

Pros: Air Tight, Compact, Resilient

Cons: Food comes out fast

Best Uses: Maintain Freshness, Grains, Cereal

Describe Yourself: Casual Cook

I got these food storage containers/dispensers to store cereal and keep it fresher longer. I love the tight seal they have and the fact that they do not take up a lot of space. Despite taking little space, they can hold quite a bit of cereal. I was worried my kids wouldn't be able to open the pop top since it seals so tight. But even my 5 year old can open them. The only thing I don't like is how fast the cereal pours out. Therefore, if it is your intention to use them for cereal, just be careful when pouring.

CSN stores gave me a gift certificate to purchase something from their stores after putting a link to them in my blog.

(legalese)

You Stole My Heart

From the moment I met you, you stole my heart. 
Our first year together was filled joy and some growing pains.
The joy of first steps
And the pain of broken noses
The anticipation of a new home
Making new friends, who just happen to be family!*
And all of the sudden...you are starting school!
Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

* I am not sure who took the photo of the three kids running...but it was either myself or Emmy.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

DWTS Unplugged

Tonight Dancing with the Stars is doing two very different things for the first time ever.  They created a theater in the round.  The dances tonight:  the Rumba and The Argentine Tango don't require as much room, this gives the judges a better vantage point, and they were able to pack in more people.  The other thing, tonight they are unplugged.  All acoustic.  For the first time ever the stars and the pros are dancing to acoustic music only.  Also the couples will receive two sets of scores:  one for technical and one for performance.  The cool part about this, is they use instant replay.  I wish they would do this each week!  

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya 1-800-868-3408

It is Kurt's anniversary.  What better way to celebrate your anniversary than to dance the sexy Rumba with another woman!  This made Kurt very uncomfortable. They finally brought in his wife and Anna's husband.  He asked his wife for her permission to do this dance.  How cute.  She told him it was a dance and to go for it. Wow, Kurt's wife is awesome!  Kurt got the hip action going, but he seemed hesitant.  And the judges... Len said he had very nice hip action. He told him the  performance was hit just right.  Bruno told him the movement needs to travel through the arms to the hands.  "You look like you were catching a football." and regarding their chemistry, "You look more like brother and sister."  Carrie Ann said she loved the performance but that Bruno was right about the arms, and his musicality was a little off.

Scores For Technical
Carrie Ann: 5
Len: 5
Bruno: 5
Scores For Performance:
Carrie Ann 7
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
Total: 34/60

Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy 1-800-868-3406

Brandy and Maks are dancing the Rumba and Brandy is having problems feeling sexy.  Maks tells her she is too mechanical.  "I don't feel sexy unless I am in love." So, Maks sets up a "date" with her.   I think if Brandy can relax and just enjoy herself she will really grow.  She did good this week, but I know she can do better.
Bruno said he was loving that mood of sensuality. He told her she played it very very well but to watch her hands because they went from beautiful  to erratic.  "There you are!"Carrie Ann exclaimed.  "I've been waiting for the real Brandy!" She advised her to use more strength in her legs.  Len said it was a little hot and spicy for him, but that it was very well done.


Scores Technical:
Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 8
Bruno:  7
Performance Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len:  8
Bruno:  9
Total: 48/60

 Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke 1-800-868-3404

Rick and Cheryl are dancing The Argentine Tango.  A sexier version of it's sister dance "The Tango." A bit more aggressive too.   Rick growls like an animal (to be more dominant) to which Cheryl replied, " No.  Don't do that. "  In the Argentine Tango lifts are allowed.  And their lifts (in rehearsal were not going well.)  However, in performance they pulled it together and he looked like Mr. Debonair.  Carrie Ann obviously approved of the look, but felt the overall performance was one dimensional, and that he wasn't fully committed to the dance.  Len said the lifts were excellent and it started out intense and full of drama but it gradually lost energy. Bruno told him he liked how he came out like he didn't give a damn how he was going to get it, but he was.  He cautioned him on his follow through and musicality.

Scores Technical:
Carrie Ann:  6
Len:  7
Bruno  6

Performance Scores:
Carrie Ann:  6
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 39/60

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer 1-800-868-3403

Kyle Massey is 19 years old and sometimes that 19 year old boy shines through.  He and Lacey are dancing The Rumba, a very sexy, hot, and intimate dance.  19 years old--raging hormones--and Lacey Schwimmer cute sexy blond.  I have to give him chops for not being crude.  Instead he chose the comedic route.  What else was he supposed to do?  He's a Disney kid!?  He was told last week to point his toes and that his footwork was "atrocious."  He worked so hard on his feet that the upper half suffered.  But still a great performance was given.  Len praised him for his improvement and the chemistry, but felt the moves were a little too sharp. Bruno told him he is a natural but the movements need more fluidity.  Carrie Ann liked the feel of innocence the dance had.  I have to agree there.  And like me, she noted his footwork and pointed out the upper half.

Scores Technical
Carrie Ann:   6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6

Scores Performance:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
40/60

The Situation and Karina Smirnoff 1-800-868-3410

The Situation and Karina are also dancing The Argentine Tango.  Karina scolds him to not drag her around like a sack of potatoes.  Not only did he do just that, but when they were practicing lifts it was more like wrestling.  She will be beat up for sure.  And the situation is grim. Very very grim.  The boy can't dance.  Bruno said it was a terrible mess.  "Like someone trying to put together a puzzle that never quite makes sense...you did the best you could."  Carrie Ann said,  "On behalf of all the ladies, 'hello abs!'"  On be half of this CA Girl, Carrie Ann check your hormones at the door please!  She did tell him it was a rough ride for him.  Len said it was consistent...as in...consistently bad.

Scores Technical:
Carrie Ann: 4
Len: 4
Bruno: 4

Scores Performance:
Carrie Ann:  6
Len: 5
Bruno: 5
28/60

Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas 1-800-868-3409

Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas are dancing The Rumba.  Corky described the dance as, " the vertical expression of a horizontal desire." Best description ever!  Thank you Corky!  Florence says she has no fear of being sexy and that whatever Corky throws at her,  she will throw it back."  And he did and she did!  Hot and steamy Mrs. Brady!  Tom Bergeron said it was the first "get a room" dance of season 11.  Carrie Ann dares to be shocked and exclaims, "What is happening!?  You're Mrs. Brady!"  I think Florence has already proved otherwise.  And now Carrie Ann decides morals are in order telling her that the dance was a little too raunchy.  Really Carrie?  Len liked it.  Of course he did.  Bruno said it was spicy but that at times she lost her timing.

Scores Technical
Carrie Ann:  6
Len: 6
Bruno: 5

Scores Performance:
Carrie Ann:  6
Len: 6
Bruno: 5
Total 35/60

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough 1-800-868-3411

Jennifer and Derek are dancing The Argentine Tango.  Jennifer said that every dance has a new and different kind of pain.  And this dance was doing her in.  At one point she apologized to Derek for being so old.  (she is 50 ladies!)  He told her not to say that.  He's a good guy.  And and excellent teacher.  I was WOWED by their Tango.  So much so that I was swept away with them.  Awesome.  Len said it was excellent and magnificent!  Bruno called it prime time delight.  And Carrie Ann said it was A-MAY-ZING!!  (hmmm do I see 10's?)

Scores Technical:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno 9

Scores Performance:
Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 9
Bruno: 10
Total: 56

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas  1-800-868-3407

Bristol and Mark have The Rumba, and according to Mark...Bristiol and the Rumba have absolutely zero in common.  She may be an unwed mother, but she is also from Alaska.  The Rumba is not something she is familiar with.  When the dance started, Mark had a shirt.  Notice in the picture he doesn't.  For an 18 year old single mother, I felt she pulled off the sensual.  Now who's supposed to get a room?
Bruno told her she is always kind of clingy and that her moves never go anywhere.Carrie Ann told her she has naturally beautiful movement.  But there is no effort.  "Dance with much more intensity!" she advised.  Len did not (does not) like it when the guys go shirtless.  Mark got scolded for that.  "Less is more!" and it is not good to use a "distraction."

Scores Technical:
Carrie Ann 6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6

Scores Performance:
Carrie Ann:  4
Len: 5
Bruno: 5
Total 32/60

Brooke doing her "Samantha Harris" impression asks her favorite question.  "32 out of 60 how does that feel?"  It feels like crap Brooke!  No, they didn't say that, but they did say that it sucked and that those scores were low.  Finally...an honest answer!


Adrinna Patridge and Tony Dovolani 1-800-868-3401

Adrinna and Tony's dance:  Argentine Tango.  For the first time, I notice that the rehearsal stage is taped to represent the stage as it will be on show night.  After a lovely lift, Tony points out that she has landed on the other side of the tape.  Which means she would have fallen off the stage.  I am really impressed with this person whom I had never heard of.  She has a chance I think.  While their Tango did not and could not touch Derek and Jennifer's, it was still a good one.  Carrie Ann said she  enjoyed it advised her to  work on extending her feet beyond her toes. She also told her that her dismount was sloppy.  Len called it clean and clear but that he didn't get transported.  Bruno said she played it like she was the Ice Queen.  He also called her on pointing her toes.

Scores Technical:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8

Scores Performance:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total:  46/60

Next week the dancers will be dancing to TV Tunes!  Corky and Florence are hoping for the Brady Bunch!  Their dance is the Tango....does that work?

Going home this week:  The Situation and Karina

*Photos from ABC*

Monday, October 11, 2010

Say What?



CAGirl


What are your friends saying on their Facebook pages.  Or Twitter?  Is it funny?  Is it weird?  Is it what they ate for dinner?  Well share it here on The Status Quote with me and Emmy!  Simply post those funny, strange and daily posts of your friends.  Please exclude names and locations.  And then, link up!

My my, Peter Laviolette, the Flyers coach, sure is an angry chewer....

has done nothing exciting and has planned nothing exciting today.
 
What is it with all of the stink bugs this year? Seriously!

 If I changed my clothes every time I got spit up on I would wear no less than 7 outfits a day.

Is making pancakes and has extras. Want some?

Good Monday morning to you all. The sun is going to shine and it will be another comfortable day. Let's make the most of it. We will never have today to do over again.

So i went on my very first rollercoaster!! so much fun!!

just overheard the following comment: "That's the biggest @?#&ing harmonica I've ever seen. We could all play that at the same time.

 Laundry is calling my name....but I'm not listening.....lalalalalalalalala not listening!

saw school for nerds at MHS it was really good

 Just woke up from my two hour nap- time to get ready for bed now-hate when I do that.

10/10/10...echo...echo...echo

 CRAZY day! I see myself in the mirror at 5:00 and see proof that it's been rough...my bangs look like buck teeth!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! Purtty, real purtty!

 Did you know that ostriches have suicidal tendencies?

Come and play!  You know you want to!


 





Sunday, October 10, 2010

Is It Too Much to Ask....


Have you ever been in line at Target, Wally or your grocery store of choice and you find yourself in THAT line?  You know the one.  The one with the checker who just came out of training 5 minutes ago.  Or the one with the gal and her WIC coupons.  I know how long those things take.  I used to BE that gal.  How about the coupons!  Girls who coupon...you rock my world...you really do.  But I am talking about the ones who have the stack of coupons and they are trying to find the two they can use... only to discover one has expired and the other is for a different product than the one they chose.  Yes, we have all been there.  And that checker, bless her/his heart smiles and goes through the task at hand.  Then there are those customers who are beyond rude.  They are just down right nasty.

Last week, I witnessed such a customer.  He was in the checkers face because his cheese was ringing up more than the price on the shelf said it was.  He simply wouldn't let it go.  She was a pro though.  She kept her cool and her smile.  She asked him if he wanted her to have someone check the price.  "Well yes!" he snarled at her.  I wanted to smack him.  If I give you the difference will you please leave?  It turned out he had picked the wrong cheese.  It was not on sale.  So...the customer is NOT always right.

Why do some people think it is okay to treat another human being like that?  Is it to get their jollies?  Is it because they know "the customer is always right?"  I just don't understand that behavior.  I have been on that side of the counter, more than I care to admit.  And people can be really crappy to you.  Why?  Because you make minimum wage?  What is it?