Friday, April 29, 2011

Juicy? Not Really....

It's Friday!  So of course I am going to confess.  It's not really juicy stuff, but it could be considered funny by me some.

I confess...

I got a new phone this week.  And not just any phone.  I got the iPhone.  Ever since Christmas--when we got our iPod touches from Santa--I have been craving this phone.  Of course at the time, Verizon did not carry it.  Then rumors started to surface.  And pretty soon everyone knew that they would be carrying the coveted iPhone.  Yes...a confession within a confession...I, too coveted that phone!  How jealous I was knowing that my phone was low on the totem pole of phonedom.  We put the total cost on the phone bill.  I am selling my iPod to cover part of it.  My kids aren't too happy.  But I am being mature and kind of financially responsible.  Rich is kind of jealous, but assures me he really doesn't "need" one.  Although, he does want a newer phone.

I confess...

I have this picture....

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of Ralph Macchio for my background on my computer and my phone.  How can I not support my celebrity crush of my youth???
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He adorned my walls for two years.  That's obsession  dedication!  Rich teases me about it. But I have assured him that there is only one man in my life.  Everyone all together now:   Awwwww.   
I confess....

I am quite possibly one of the most boring people on planet earth.  I just can't think of any real juicy stuff to confess of.

I confess...

I wrote that last one because I was stuck.

I confess...

While waiting to get out of the drop-off area at the elementary people were taking cuts!  I hate that.  I said out loud, "To everyone in the drop off zone, NO CUTS!!!!"  I made Kristin do it for me.  (Yeah she was real put out)  See, I can't even be a rebel and text in the car.  Even when said car is moving less than 1MPH. No I hand it over to my teenager and dictate what I want to say.  

I confess....

My daughter and I were joking around, and she said...she not me...she said, "I'm the little fart in your life."  I chuckled at her and then actually kind of turned it positive.  'Yes, you are.  You are very funny and entertaining.  Sometimes silent and sometimes stinky."  Come on, admit it.  You are totally laughing at this.

What confessions do you need to unload?

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Time Out Tuesday?

A friend of mine, Amy from Involuntary Smiles, has created her own Meme.  She calls it "Time Out Tuesday."  She wants us to take time out for ourselves and then share what we did.  I love this idea, mostly because it gives us incentive to be good to ourselves.  And really shouldn't we always do this??  She will be hosting this Meme each Tuesday and keeps the linky open til Saturday.  You can link up any day until then.

Monday was our last day of Spring break.  I did a lot of running around and was very thankful for leftovers.  I watched Dancing with the Stars, and that, for me is a treat.  It was also all I was capable of.

Tuesday I have a standing "just for me" appointment.  I go to Weight Watchers.  It is how I have lost 30 pounds and fully intend on losing 10 more.  I go and weigh in, and sit in the meeting with my amazing leader.  I always laugh and have a good time.  This week, after WW, I wanted to go to Ross to look for some capris.  It occurred to me as we were about to hit 90 + temps that I have no shorts.  None.  I gave them to my mom.  She wouldn't have any either if I had not done this.  You see, we are so good to ourselves that we are getting healthier.  Collectively we have lost over 70 pounds!!  Anyderail, we ended up not at Ross, but Burlington Coat Factory instead.  It's dangerous in there!  I tried on a lot of clothes.  It was lots of fun.  And because I truly needed clothes, I treated myself to this outfit.
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And well, a new outfit requires a new purse!

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I got out of there before buying the wallet.  It doesn't always have to be something to be bought.  Although I do admit, that is lots of fun!!  It can be other types of reward.  Another such reward was a new appointment I have set for myself.  Wednesday mornings.  On Wednesday mornings I will be going walking with my BF Emmy!  We did it for the first time yesterday.  We had a blast.  Fun while exercising?  Who knew?  Which reminds me of Friday's.  This is MY Zumba day.  I Zumba with my mom.  We have a great time there.  Lots of laughing.  Mostly at ourselves.  As I thought about this post, I was surprised at how much I am finally taking care of me.  If I take care of me, I will be a better wife and mother.  I liken it to the emergency instructions on the airplanes.  When those oxygen masks fall, who are we supposed help first?  OURSELVES!  We can't help our children if we are lacking oxygen.  Yes, we want to save our babies and our mind is brought to their needs and lives.  But we must be able to help them, and to do that we need to take care of ourselves first. 

What have you done for yourself? 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

DWTS: Guilty Pleasures

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Tonight the celebs get to pick their favorite song to dance to.  The song they would never admit that they like.  A guilty pleasure.  Kristin asked me what my "guilty pleasure" song would be.  I didn't have an answer until Hanson was playing Achy Breaky Heart.  Don't judge me.
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Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkoskiy 1-800-868-3411

Kirstie and Maks are dancing the Samba to Kirstie's shameful favorite, "Hit Me Baby, One More Time."  She wants  9's this time and will settle for nothing less.  This season Maks is much tamer than I think I have ever seen him.  Perhaps it is Kirstie.  She knows how to control him.  Whatever it is, when she was feeling the pressure during the rehearsal, he just sat with her and talked with her.  It was a side of Maks I have not seen.  So how was the dance?  It was good.  She delivers each week.  Go Kirstie Go! 

Len agrees with me. He said she has never fufilled the potential he saw in week one.. until today.  "Great job."

"Oh yes!  Hit Me, Kirstie! One more time.  You were just doing it.  Your wiggly bunm sent shock waves through the airwaves!!"  Bruno, you always make me roar giggle.

Carrie Ann said she commanded the dance floor week one. and now she was back.  "I want to see you in the finals!!!"

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8 (Give her a higher score if you want to see her in the finals!)
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 26
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 Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke 1-800-868-3409

Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke get The Tango this week. And Chris' guilty pleasure is nothing to be guilty about. "Don't Stop Believin'." I remember that song.  Ah, it takes me back!  We learn this week--or rather I did--that Chris is in a rock band. A rock band that has toured the world ten times!   Their dance was not a wower.  But I still like him.  He has a lot of charisma and I know he can actually dance.

Bruno expressed his disappointment by telling him that he "turned into a lump of granite."  Ouch.  That one hurt. He added that it was cold and uneventful.  Bruno, I am not laughing.

Carrie Ann told him what I was thinking, "So harsh!" Yes, yes it was.  She said that on some levels she agreed, telling him that the pressure got to him. She added that the dance was technically sound.

Len said, "I don't think their (Chris and Cheryl) having an off night.  I think  they (gesturing to Carrie Ann and Bruno) are!"  He said the dance lacked a bit of intensity, but over all it was an excellent job.

Scores:
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 8
Bruno: 7
Total: 22
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower 1-800-868-3405
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower are dancing The Waltz.  Romeo's guilty pleasure surprised me.  Remember yesterday I talked about not judging a book by its cover?  Yeah.  His guilty pleasure, "My Heart Will Go On." He recalled seeing the movie when he was eight.  A bit young for that movie.  I digress.  It had a real impact on him.  And the dance?  Well Mr. Arrogant did really well.  Could he be growing as a person?

Carrie Ann said that every once in a while in a season magic happens.  "That was magical."

Len said that despite needing a stronger frame that he danced with great maturity and that it was a very touching performance.

Bruno told him that his ship would sail on and and on.  "I could see the love story unfolding."

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 28 (fist 10 of the season!)
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 Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas 1-800-868-3401

Mark and Chelsea danced The Quick Step to "Walking On Sunshine."  In rehearsal, Mark was trying to get Chelsea's competitive side to come out.  She said that she was a cheerleader and that she was used to cheering people on and being about fairness. To bring out her competitive nature, Mark began a huge water fight.  It worked.  She turned the hose on him. During the dress rehearsal, Mark turned his ankle.  This was not known to the audience until after the dance.  You would not know it.  They danced amazingly well.

Len said she managed to fuse high energy with control.  "Well done."

Bruno said that it was so bright and luminous that he was getting a suntan. He pointed out that she lost her balance in the corner--dude, wait, what?-- "Other wise splendid." I didn't see any stumble!  What the heck??

Carrie Ann said that they danced amazing.  That they were comepletey together.  "I didn't see no wobble-wobble." Preach it sister!

Scores:
Carrie Ann: 10
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 28
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 Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel 1-800-868-3407

Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel are dancing The Samba to "Livin' La Vida Loca"    Louis says, "Shake what God gave you!"  She said "God didn't give me my boobs."  Kristin said, "Shake what the surgeon gave you!"  Well whoever is responsible for her boobs and her bootie she shook them all.  And quite frankly she surprised me.  She surprised the judges--Len especially--when she climbed up on the table and shook it.  I still want to squash the attitude.

Carrie Ann said, "That was definitely a guilty pleasure my dear. You were so in your element.  You have proven yourself!"

Len, that dirty old man said, "The more you girated. The more I palpitated. And you fullfilled one of my guilty pleasures." (As he looked up where she had danced.)

Bruno can not be out done! "Dancing With The Stars presents Revenge of the Stripper:  Attack of the Killer Boobs!"  I think he liked it. 

Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 9
Total: 28
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 Hines Ward and Kym Johnson 1-800-868-3403

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson dance The Viennse Waltz to "End of the Road"  Hines took to writing the dance steps down like a playbook.  Now that is a way to win the play!  And it worked.  He and Kym dance it beautiful.

Len tells Hines that he is becoming the MVP(Most Valuable Partner).  Despite being flat footed, he said the performance and dance were second to none.

Bruno told him that the chemistry he has with Kym is flawless.  "You couldn't be more fluid."

Carrie Ann said it was an excellent performance, but that it looked like he was thinking about the dance.  "I usually get drawn in."

Scores
Carrie Ann: 9 (good score for not being "drawn in")
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27
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 Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff 1-800-868-3408

Ralph Macchio and Karina dance The Paso Doble to "Gonna Make You Sweat(Everybody Dance Now)"  During practice, Ralph does a move where he slides across the floor on his knees.  Okay my knees just cried.  She said, "Most men 50 years old can't do that!"  He said, "I'm not 50 YET!"  They worked in "wax on. wax off." per Karina's request into the routine.  Surprisingly it worked. The dance begins and I know it's going to be amazing.  Ralph does a turn and goes down on his knee while Karina, behind him is also turning.  And then tragedy.  She gets caught in his coattails as they are still settling around him and she goes down. Hard.  Tonight in the results show you get to hear them talking to each other during that moment.  She is nearly in tears saying, "I'm so so so so sorry!"  He was so kind telling her it was okay as he got her to her feet.  And together they counted the steps.  Back and forth and then.  BOOM!  Back in the dance like nothing happened.  It was awesome.

Bruno said, "There was an incident and you know it...BUT after you got up,  I started to feel the fire.  Once you got back on it there was no stoping you!!"

Carrie Ann told him that Mr. Miyagi would be proud.  "The way you got back up put the rest of the dance to shame!"

Len told him, "You pulled her back up.  You didn't mess about. There was fire and passion.  Well done!"  Neither would take credit for being the one getting things back on task.  And Ralph was simply gracious and kind about all of it.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24 (Ah come ON you guys!)

I was sick as the couples were narrowed down.  Soon it was down to Chris and Cheryl and Ralph and Karina.  I do not want to see either of these guys go.  But we are getting to that point where SOMEBODY has to go home.  Tonight it was Chris and Cheryl.  He maintained that same charisma and charm and simply said that a dance will make or break you and that last night was not his dance.  He said he had the best time ever and feels like he is now moving away from his best friend like you do when you are 12.  I am so sad.  See you at the finale Chris!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It's Just Stuff

If my head wasn't so impeccably attached to my shoulders, I know I would leave it some where.  And my body would just go on like nothing was different.  Meanwhile there my head would be...rolling its eyes.  I couldn't call my body because I have the ears and mouth.  Also I wouldn't have hands.  Thank goodness we were made so well.

Case and Point...last week we went to the Childrens Museum.  The kids had a blast.  I was busy showing Ryan different musical instruments.  We had sat down together and he was having a ball.  Then he informed he had to go to the bathroom.  Okay let's go.  He likes to go in the "boys" bathroom.  Once that was all taken care of we met up with the rest of the group.  It was then I realized I was about 6 pounds lighter.  My purse was no longer weighing me down.  I immediately started to sweat.  My heart was pounding and I felt like all the oxygen was being sucked out of the room.  I did all the right things...went to the front desk, and then retraced my steps.  Turns out, I had set it down when I was showing Ryan the instruments.  It was wide open.  Everything was in it.  Wallet and all.  After a few sighs of relief and praises to the good Lord for once again watching out for me, we continued with the fun. 

By the end of the tour time, I was suffering from a horrible migraine.  I trudged around the store section with my beggars children.  I could no longer think.  Then I realized my camera was missing!  What the heck!?  I had set it down at a table.  Thankfully my niece saw it and had stowed it into her purse.  So is it any surprise that I left my keys behind at Target today!?  I did.  I set them down to look at some shelving.  I am making plans on making over Emily's room.  Any suggestions are welcome!  Anybrainless, I set my keys down and then went on my merry way!  Please tell me this has happened to you.  Even if it hasn't.

We also went to Wal-Mart today.  Can you believe that they didn't have any decent Easter candy left?  What the heck?  As we were leaving, a young woman approached me....she kind of looked like this...


Let's alter her appearance just slightly.  Make her hair jet black.  You know that beautiful shade that can not be reproduced?  Yeah like that.  Pulled back into a neat ponytail.  Make up looking fresh.  Nice jewelry and cute shoes.  An overall put together young lady.  She had a sign...with poor grammar and spelling.  I really don't know exactly what it said.  But basically it was asking for money because she was homeless.  Okay...I get it.  I am not supposed to judge a book by its cover.  But that cover was pretty fancy looking.  I mean what do I know.  Maybe she has just lost her home and her job.  And maybe she is scared out of her mind.  But my cynical meaner older self just shakes her head (still attached) and says:  If you're going to work it...you need to work it.  Look the part.






I know I am judging someone I don't know anything about.  Like this lady in this picture.  If you saw her in real life, what thoughts would go through your head?  If you saw that younger woman with that sign would you jump to the conclusion that she was pulling a scam? 


It's just stuff.  What stuff have you got going on?  Is your head still attached?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Did You Know?

Did you know that I am horribly behind on my blogging?  Have you heard from me recently?  I foolishly thought I would catch up over this weekend.  What made me think that?  Did I forget it was a holiday weekend?  I don't think so.  I think what I forgot was the fact that I would be on full speed all weekend.  I was.  But I am back and I have a question just like always.

In 1981 a fairytale came to life when Lady Diana married a prince.  I was my Little Middle's age when this happened.  And I watched it.  I remember being spellbound by it all.  The carriage.  The dress.  OMG that dress with that train that went on for miles.  It was like a storybook.  And now mmmmmfffff years later, we are about to see another Royal Wedding.  Perhaps it is my age, perhaps I am just being a grouch.  Whatever the reason is, I am just tired of all the chatter.  The news gets on my nerves.  It's too much.  And it's not just the wedding, it's everything.  The way these talking heads insist on saying the same things about the big news, whatever it may be over and over and over and overkill! 

I am curious to see the dress and all that, but I honestly don't think I will watching the event.  I think I will turn the news on at 11 and see the clips.  I will be happy.  Because let's face it, that is the only thing that will be on that day.  All. Day. Long. I am just thankful for cable, for video on demand and for my DVR.  What about you?  Will you be watching?  Do you care? 

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some blogs to read.