I May Suck At Play Dates, But People GOOGLE Me!

This morning, I packed up MM, loaded the address for our morning’s play date into our GPS, grabbed a healthy snack (yummy pretzel sticks from Trader Joes – the honey whole wheat kind), even GOT DRESSED in normal clothes like normal people, and headed out. I kind of knew where I was going but was counting on the GPS to get me down the back roads to her house. When I turned it on it said it was looking for a valid GPS signal. Whatever, sometimes it does that – especially if we haven’t used it in awhile, which is largely the reason I used it today. Anyway, gosh am I ever boring.

Point is, we were like halfway down the largest road in the directions and I was sure I’d passed my turn before the GPS finally got a signal – What IS that? I was so annoyed, but it did recalculate and I eventually got there. 30 minutes late, thanks to MM being slow and the GPS being slower. But when I get there, only one truck is parked at her house. Not much of a turnout, I think, as I get out of the car. Her husband walks out of the house to greet me and I’m thinking, Wow, she’s throwing a play date WHILE her husband is home. That’s kind of cool, I guess.

“Play date?” I say laughing nervously, because he looks confused.

“[R] isn’t home…”

Ummm what?

The play date? It was yesterday. I was a full day and a half hour late.

Can I blame that on the GPS?

I went home and checked me email and sure enough, I’m just a moron.

So I’m feeling all kinds of lame and annoyed that I got dressed for nothing, and worried R is going to think I stood her up (I sent her an email apologizing, but really, what kind of moron am I?) Today, tomorrow, same difference right?

But that’s okay because a couple of days ago (the 16th I think, like that matters) 2 people googled “pride and prejudice mommablogsalot” to get to my blog! That’s right, someone googled ME specifically. Unless there is some other mommablogsalot who recently read and reviewed Pride and Prejudice. What would be the odds of that, I ask you? But, no, I’m pretty sure they were looking for me, because even though I suck at play dates, I must be pretty important, pretty googleable. I know you’re jealous.

Things I Love Thursday: Getting Stuff for Sort of Free: My Amazon Visa

This is my first attempt at a Things I Love Thursday, but I just wanted to share with you that I love, love, love my Amazon Visa Credit Card for one major reason – I know you’ve all probably heard of / used a credit card that gives you rewards points, maybe from a store you frequent. My father used to use a Harley Visa, his wife has an LL Bean – but I always think, “How much Harley stuff can you actually buy?” My Amazon Visa gives me Amazon GC’s for every 2,500 points I rack up I get a $25 GC – and use them, I do. You may have heard of my book obsession? Well that’s not the only thing I use the GC’s for – does anybody remember when I got a new TomTom GPS for $65 thanks to Amazon GC’s? Because I do, and I’m still so excited about using it for our trip to the White Mountains this September.

Right now I’m currently waiting for a package from Amazon.com paid entirely in GC’s – here’s what I’m getting:

  • Snack Time (Barenaked Ladies Kid’s CD): Which is so perfect for my husband and I – we don’t always agree on music but one band we both love is Barenaked Ladies – we are big fans of their Christmas CD considering the music on that disc better than most traditional Christmas music by far, so we are avidly looking forward to this children’s CD – did you know all the members of BNL are dads? Fun fact of the day.
  • Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles [Live]: I adore John Mayer – I saw him in concert a few years ago and since then every summer I think, “Why aren’t I seeing John again this year?” Maybe this CD will help with my live JM cravings…
  • Curious George – Takes a Vacation & Discovers New Things: One of my two favorite things are travel and Curious George. I keep renting movies for MM on Netflix looking for some great movie that will catch his interest but so far he still likes watching shows like Curious George on PBS best, so I thought it might be wise to invest in a DVD with various CG shows so we can watch it at times of the day other than 7:30am-8:30am and 4:30pm-5:30pm. I’m sure he’s very excited.
  • Classic Cartoon Favorites – Best Pals – Mickey and Minnie (Vol. 10): When we rented Sword in the Stone (a movie dh and I adore, so we were willing to risk it boring him for own fancy), his favorite part of the whole movie was the extra shorts in the bonus section, featuring classic Mickey cartoons with a jousting / fighting theme. So I thought I’d continue helping him become cultured by getting a disc of Classic Mickey cartoons. This one looked nice, so here we are.

Anyway, point is – I love buying things from Amazon but it could get expensive if I didn’t reign myself in. Thanks to my Amazon visa, I have a sort of excuse to get some great books, music, movies and more sans guilt. It’s like shopping sprees but almost free. It’s the big silver lining to the months when we spent more than we should have. And I highly recommend it (And no, Amazon and Chase did not pay me to write this – they in fact have no idea I’m writing this at all – it’s just my advice from one over spending momma to another).

Do you have something you LOVE that you’re just dying to share with others? If you write up a post on your blog be sure to link up to the Diaper Diaries and see what other people are loving, too!

Shameless Plug Sunday: In Which I Blog About Talking About What I Blogged About

You following all that? Okay so really all I wanted to write about is that yesterday was my MIL’s birthday party. We had a blast, took both MLM and Super Bestie who thought the toy train made out of blocks and strange gear moving musical toy thing were awesome – MLM knew of course that these things were old news, and while he played with each a bit, he was more content to run carefree throughout the house in as little as possible.

First he spilled apple juice all. over. his. shirt – there was no going back for that shirt, but it was warm so I didn’t stress… Until he decided he wanted to play in the one room with the AC going at full blast and refused to leave the room – even I was cold – MIL to the rescue!

this shirt was dhs in the 4th grade - it says Its o.k. to be smart! which seems pretty relevent for MLM
this shirt was dh's in the 4th grade - it says "It's o.k. to be smart!" which seems pretty relevent for MLM who is in fact way too smart for his own darned good!

We spent a lot of time in the AC room, dancing to classical music, cause that’s the fun thing to do there – when it’s not playing on the stereo, one of dh’s sisters will play something on the piano – it’s almost impossible to drag them away from the piano, seriously, I think there is some kind of miracle drug pumping through the air of the music room. But I digress, yes we had fun dancing in the AC room. We had fun playing with toy trains and eating ice cream cake. And I had fun randomly throwing out plugs for my blog.

I never intended to be that person – I will not force all my friends and family to read my blog religiously, might even prefer that they did not in case I ever go on a venting spree (so far so good, I think). But I had to share the news about TomTom – I had to! How can I not tell people that I got a brand new $200 GPS for just $65? And then it slipped out, “I wrote about it on my blog. Obviously.”

Then I remember how funny that post was (is it wrong to find myself humorous?) and went on to inform my husband about how TomTom is trans gender. He seemed shocked for a moment, but by the time I finished explaining all of the reasons behind TomTom’s gender, and wrapped it up with, “and that’s why I always refer to TomTom as a he(she) on my blog” he could not contain his laughter. It was a good time I had, talking about my dear old blog – and I figured I’d up the ante of it’s good time-edness by now blogging about the experience.

By the way, we have finally taken dear TomTom on a few trips with us to test out his(her) reliability in navigation and are so far pleased. There have been a few moments of staring in confusion and wondering what the heck we were doing, but when he(she) actually showed us a more convenient and pleasant route to my in laws this weekend, I declared love. And today he(she) very efficiently took us to the beach, in a town we’d never driven to, and we got there without incident and several times found more reasons to love him(her) so as of now, TomTom is certainly here to stay in our family. Have I mentioned recently that I cannot wait for the White Mountains?


I’d like you all to meet the newest member of our family, TomTom:

TomTom 01

…to the newest member of our family. Meet TomTom – who coincidentally seems to be a female (around the age of 30-35 I’d venture to guess) – I guess naming girls after boys is becoming trendy (i.e. Joey, Sam, Peter, Paul and … ) Where was I?

Oh yes – TomTom – comes to us all the way from Springfield, Ma – after a long and treacherous journey with the US Post Office, he(she) has finally arrived and assures us that he(she) will surely be a fine addition to our family as he(she) features such marvelous attributes as:

– being able to speak over a dozen languages, and write even more – he(she) will be very helpful for those long trips to Belize or Papua New Guinea. Or Taco Bell.

– at 4.7″ x 3.2″ x .09″ and 6.6 ounces, he(she) is highly portable, making them the most fit, space efficient member in the family – our son finally has competition in this area!

– with dozens of points of interest at his(her) finger tips, TomTom clearly gets around and is armed and ready with the information needed to broaden our horizons for years to come.

– a “Help! me” menu allows him(her) to quickly find help from local hospitals to roadside assistance, TomTom is dedicated to keeping their family safe at all times.

These features and more go above and beyond proving how helpful he(she) will be as a member of our family as he(she) navigates us to our coming hopes, dreams, and the White Mountains this September. To quote Ty Pennington, “Welcome home, TomTom. Welcome home.”

Amazon Rocks My Socks Off: I'll Never Be Lost Again

Thanks to my Amazon Visa Credit Card and a lot of web stalking, I just used loads of Amazon Rewards Gift Certificates and bought this TomTom GPS and this dashboard mount for a whopping total of $65. I feel like I won the lottery or discovered the secret of the universe (42) and how to buy my husband the world’s greatest gift for nearly next to nothing. I am giddy. This totally makes up for the months of muttering under my breath about a long drawn out mishap with changing our address when we moved to the apartment (thus the large stock pile of gift certificates that just arrived this morning – finally). It’s almost like I planned it and didn’t complain bitterly about it for months on end…

Regardless, I can’t wait for our new GPS to get here! We’ll be armed and ready for our trip to the White Mountains this fall.