Tuesday, January 23, 2007


It grows back right?

Having 2 boys, I never thought I would see the day when one of my children shaved more than I did. That day is here. 17 shaves his facial hair and now his legs. Yup, he did it. I never would have thunk it; that I'd have to give my son tips on shaving his legs but I did. I explained that the upkeep is a pain in the behind etc. He doesn't care, he'll look better.

In MY day (yes, I feel old now) hair was sexy. Now, apparently it's gross. Granted 17 was hairy but I thought it looked good on his legs all that black curly hair- who knew that it was disgusting? Not moi. For quite a while we were able to avoid and skirt around all the leg shaving but alas, now he is running track and they wear shorts and not a hair is to be seen otherwise he would be uncool- and well we all know we can't have that as a teen because it's the end of the world as we know it. After he shaved, he came to show me his calves. Look, ma don't they look great? Sweetie, they looked great before, now they look like mine did at your age. But if you're happy...

So, the short of the long of it is he shaved his legs. 'Nuf said.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Numbers don't lie

I don't know who has the time to come up with this stuff but I thought it was funny. Hope you enjoy...

This is a strictly mathematical viewpoint...it goes like this:
What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?
Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%?
What makes up 100% in life? Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:
If: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
Then: H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98% and
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
But, A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100% And,
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103% AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Bullshit and Ass kissing that will put you over the top.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Where would you be?

Do you have problems finding things? I realize I am not the most organized person in the world nor is my house the most organized in the world (or Miami, for that matter). There is no place for every thing yadda yadda. But there are general locations for things. I mean there's a junk drawer for writing instruments, coupons, menus, scissors etc. But most of the time when you look for the scissors (we have 3) they aren't there. There are 3 drawers for kitchen utensils of all sorts and one of those counter top tool turnabouts. I look in all 4 places before I have to start the deep breathing to remain calm.

Lately, I find myself asking things out loud to the house and I wait to see if it answers. Like, "If you were a can opener where would you be?" I ask because naturally, it's not were it was supposed to be. Most times there is no answer and I have to keep fishing around and banging until someone asks if I am ok. No, I am not ok, I can't finish doing what I'm doing not because we don't HAVE something but because I can't FIND it! (taking a deep cleansing breath) The other day, after we did the groceries, I couldn't find the brand new bottle of maple syrup I KNOW I bought. So, I asked the house, "If you were a bottle of syrup, where would you be?" Hubby actually answered, "In the fridge!" WOW! I was shocked. SO , I kept it going. I couldn't find a take-out menu we use so often I should have the number memorized but I don't and so I asked, "If you were the XXX Menu, where would you be?" and a child answered, "on the side counter." I almost fell over in shock. Of course, it didn't work, when I asked, "If you were a whisk, where would you be?" What I got in return was, "What's a whisk?" I had to laugh. Gimme patience!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Forgotten gift to the rescue!

So, as predicted about an hour after dinner I started scrounging through the fridge and the pantry. Nuthin! Well, there's fruit but that was really too healthy - not what I wanted. Just as I was about to breakdown and settle for a handful of grapes, I hear 14 get comfy on the sofa with a box of assorted Jelly Bellys. Hey! Where'd you find that! Remember we put it away for the NYE Party? Well, I found it when I got home from school.

I resealed the bag of grapes and I headed to the sofa. We sat together and studied the top of the box which is a map to all the flavors. Some of the sections were already emptied out but there was still plenty to choose from. 17 who was studying in his room grabbed a few when he made an appearance on the pretext of needing water and hubby just mubbled that he didn't like jelly beans. I kept telling him to open his mind and try a new flavor but he wouldn't budge. Oh well, more for us :)

There were a few flavors that just shouldn't be done, like toasted marshmallow- wow! way too sweet. But there were plenty of others that we enjoyed. So, this box of Jelly Bellys that we were given as a Christmas gift saved dessert, at least for the next few days until we get down to just cotton candy and licorice flavor - yuck! Then we will be back to: What do we do now?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Do you eat dessert every day? I normally don't. Maybe I should say I didn't used to because for the past few months I have been.

Every night I have been craving something sweet about an hour after dinner. We've had tons of left overs (and baked for home consumption) of cakes, pies, cookies etc. So, a small piece of pie, or cake, a couple of cookies and like two months later, we've run out of stuff. I say run out because dessert is not something regularly purchased at the market when we go so it hasn't been replenished.

I was mentioning this to a co-worker and she said her and her husband are going through the same thing. She said they are down to eating the leftover holiday candy she had put in dishes for visitors (I forgot about that, I'll hit that tonight). Anyway, their theory is it's residual from the holidays.

I think she's right. I would have to go back to Thanksgiving but since then I was in baking overdrive. I baked for gifts and home so we always had something on hand. So, now it's January and the holiday baking is done and we've eaten all the sweets in site (except for that candy dish that has holiday chocolates - yum!) and every night we all look around the kitchen a little lost.

Of course, all this desserting has made a difference in my waistband and that's not good! but what do we do? How do we wean ourselves off dessert or do we go cold turkey? I'm not sure how this will turnout. 17 is the only one with some dessert left as he is the only one that eats Cookies n Cream ice cream and he'll probably finish that tonight. 14 finished his holiday candy last night. We'll see how we all handle this tonight.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Christmas Getting to Know You...

Welcome to the "Christmas Edition" of getting to know your friends (and a variation on the "four things about me" game). I know it's not Christmas anymore. I am really over Christmas especially considering that I took it ALL down and put it ALL away this weekend. But I had this hanign out in Draft mode and I don't want it to go to waste. So, here you go.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Yes.
2. Tree--Real or Artificial? REAL!
3. When do you put Christmas tree up? Usually, the weekend after Thanksgiving but not this year...
4. When do you take the tree down? Originally after The 3 Kings Day but since we started having New Years Eve party's before new years eve again not this year...
5. Like egg nog? Yes! and now I have learned to make it- yummy!
6. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. More than one.
7. Favorite gift received as a child? Raggedy Ann doll, she was like 4 feet tall.
8. Hardest person to buy for? Mother and Father-in-law
9. Easiest person to buy for? Niece
10. Worst Christmas gift? tough one...can't really think of one...
11. Mail or email a Christmas Cards? Mail lots of cards, email a handful.
12. Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? January!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yep.

At this point I am nto tagging anyone because that seems ridiculous at the late date.

15. Favorite food to eat on Christmas? Santa's sugar cookies

16. Clear or colored tree lights? Color
17. Favorite Christmas Song? I usually find myself humming Silent Night

18. Travel during Christmas or Stay home? Stay home

20. Angel or Star on Tree top? Angel

21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? It's too short!

Merry Christmas friends!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Thinking out loud

Weekend to do list:
*Take sofa to dumpster!
*Put away Christmas Village and other assorted Christmas decorations still out
*Make a new recipe
*Send out some note cards/letters

This is good...keep it short and the list may actually get done....nice strategy...

And for during next week:
*Clean out the bread box to use it as a bread box!
*Clean out my purse
*Run all sorts of scans to clean up home computer and get it running better
*Decide on a color to paint the hallway as hubby is mumbling that he will do that on one of his Fridays off.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

My Stacks of Books

In no particular order and only in an effort to begin to get control and organize my life, these are the books that are stacked on my nightstand, bookcase and desk that need to be read:

* The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
* Me Stories of My Kife
* Prodigal Summer
* The Aguero Sisters
* Anil's Ghost
* My Sister's Keeper
* The Queen of the South
* The Art of Mending
* Dogs of Babel
* Como Un Mensajero Tuyo
* The Sky is Falling
* The Time Machine
* The Prince and the Pauper
* Flowers for Algernon
* Take Big Bites
* The City of Fallen Angels
* Slaughterhouse 5
* Best American Short Stories 1997
* French Women Don't Get Fat
* A Day Late and a Dollar Short
* Macbeth
* Lord of the Flies
* The Mammoth Hunters
* Three Junes
* With No One As Witness
* Hard News
* Natural Blonde
* In Praise of public Life
* Tortilla Flat
* Cannery Row
* Of Mice and Men
* The Shipping News
* Pudd'n head
* De Sol y Sombra
* The Things They Carried
* Answer As A Man
* Great Expectations
* A Prologue to Love
* A Thousand Days
*A Single Step
* The Bonesetters Daughter
* Are You Afraid of the Dark
* Ismailito

I'm baaack! Well, almost.

It seems I fell off the edge of the blogging world. Not that it really mattered to anyone but I have been overloaded. It's actually a super busy time of year at work and we have been swamped. I enjoyed the holidays and did lots of family and friends stuff and have been sick for I dunno, maybe 2 weeks. I still can't breath right and spend lots of my day coughing up a storm but things are beginning to normalize and I will get some "routine" back.

Things I didn't blog about...
* hubby was on vacation for 2 1/2 weeks while I was swamped at work; life's not fair
* My brother gave 14 fatheads for Xmas; not just one but two! Where the heck are we gonna out them!
*17 if working part time at my office during his break doing filing, loving the cash!
*the holidays were filled with get togethers! family and friends! Lunch here, family dinners there, card games etc. It was great!
*Hubby and I argued for 3 days about where to put things for the New Year's Eve party. Keep the tree up, take the tree down, put food and drinks outside or inside, put the chairs here or there, borrow chairs to have enough for everyone or let them stand around yadda yadda yadda
*Had a GREAT New Year's Eve party even though I was sick with great friends and family
*New tradition of walking around the perimeter of the house carrying luggage to ensure travel during the new year was started this year! What a hoot!

Well, those are some of the highlights that come to mind at the moment.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and has a fantabulous new year!