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What time is it?

I think it’s time for a good meme, don’t you? Snagged this one at Jen’s blog. It’s a good thing I can always count on my fellow Jens for blog fodder – not that this is all I have up my sleeve. I might be back later with pictures taken from OUTSIDE my apartment, commentary on the latest MOMversation and if you are really lucky a Friday Fave Five. That all depends on how long MM will be distracted by tv or napping. Lord knows there’s a good chance he’ll come over soon and tell me to “peasah get off the puter?” or as he has lately taken to telling me, “STOP WORKING!” Much more to the point, no? Yikes, I’d better stop babbling and start memeing before he decides my time is up…

Here is what you are supposed to do, and try not to be lame and spoil the fun. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Have fun and be truthful! I want to see your answers!

  1. What is your occupation right now? Is there a really fancy way to say, “Watch kids and blog” that isn’t stay at home mom or homemaker? I’m looking for a new business title – leave a comment with your best suggestions.
  2. What color are your socks right now? the invisible kind. i.e. I’m barefoot for the summer. I don’t know about you but once sandals weather kicks in I avoid socks at all cost. Unless we’re going for a walk long enough to justify my old lady walking sneakers, I leave the socks in the sock drawer where they belong.
  3. What are you listening to right now? Martha Speaks on PBS and traffic outside the balcony door. My neighborhood can’t seem to decide if it’s rural or urban. We’re rurban.
  4. What was the last thing that you ate? peanut butter and jelly on a FlatOut flatbread wrap (see my thoughts on FlatOut and lunch here), string cheese and strawberry milk. Only a slightly classier version than what MM had for lunch except I didn’t drop my string cheese on the floor so I got to eat mine. Someday I’ll start eating “grown up” food again but for the past week this is the only thing I’ve wanted.
  5. Can you drive a stick shift? No, I attempted to learn briefly in my drivers ed. days but after a lot of stalling out, crying and whimpering in the corner, the executive decision was made to go the automatic route. I’ve never looked back.
  6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? the husband last night, announcing that he was finally coming home (hurray!) – that will likely be the next phone call I receive, too unless any family members decide to call today. It could happen.
  7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Well nobody sent it to me, but I do like the person whose blog I stole it from. Not in a romantic like way, though, I am both married and more into Johns than Jens – sorry Jen.
  8. How old are you today? Twenty Six going on Eighty or so. At least it feels that way most of the time especially where all things pregnancy are concerned, except I guess if I were eighty the odds of me getting pregnant would be pretty slim…
  9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? reality television? Like America’s Next Top Model – extreme fashion and cat fighting; or American Idol – crazy races and vocal showdowns… or the cooking show variety – Iron Chef America aka Speed Cooking or The Next Food Network Star – embarrass yourself with food racing. That’s my kind of athletic event.
  10. What is your favorite drink? totally depends – DrPepper is probably my old standby for indulgences, but I also love a good mug of root beer. Milk and I don’t like to go a day without each other. If I’m not pregnant or nursing I might be tempted to answer White Russians…
  11. Have you ever dyed your hair? More times than I could even attempt to count.
  12. Favorite food? Hmm something of the pasta, cheese or my husband’s homemade pizza variety… unless dessert is an option – then I’ll say dessert. All of it.
  13. What is the last movie you watched? I think it was Confessions of a Shopaholicsooooo good as I say in my review here. Other than that we’ve been doing a lot of tv shows on DVD – Raising The Bar, True Blood and Robin Hood (the BBC one I think?) being our top three right now.
  14. Favorite day of the year? At the moment I’m going with July 21 – the day I won’t be pregnant anymore and I get a cute little baby. But to be fair to her big brother, April 7 is pretty rocking, too.
  15. How do you vent anger? Usually here in the old blog – otherwise a good cleaning spree or maybe angry cooking. Or let’s face it – I probably vent to my poor husband more than anywhere else.
  16. What was your favorite toy as a child? books? I was a terribly boring child – the library was my toy store.
  17. What is your favorite season? I’m not sure anymore. Used to be summer but as I got older that became less true. Maybe the fall?
  18. Cherries or blueberries? cherries for sure
  19. Living arrangements? Shacked up with one husband and one and a half children in a third floor apartment in Wisconsin.
  20. When was the last time you cried? What night did I attempt two Rachel Ray dishes in one meal? 30 minute meals, my ass. I sobbed like a baby. RR and I are not speaking right now btw.
  21. What is on the floor of your closet? pretty much everything we own – clothes that don’t fit yet but I’m hoping someday will, baby stuff, storage totes, wrapping paper, books, other stuff I’m forgetting…
  22. What did you do last night? grocery shopping and watched True Blood (season one on DVD) while eating butterscotch pudding – the latest indulgence.
  23. What are you most afraid of? something awful happening to my husband or children – namely of the death variety…
  24. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? cheese, BBQ sauce, sweet pickle relish and maybe some tomatoes – please and thank you.
  25. What is your favorite kind of dog? apparently it’s rescue dogs from Puerto Rico. I’ve liked every single one I’ve ever met.
  26. Favorite day of the week? toss up between Saturday and Sunday, depends on the weekend I suppose
  27. How many states have you lived in? four – I’ve now lived on the west coast, east coast, down south (ish) and the Midwest.
  28. Diamonds or pearls? Pearls – they are so classy and sophisticated – love them. Although I am rather partial to the diamonds on my wedding ring.
  29. What is your favorite flower? right now I’m a big fan of my Dark Red Americana geraniums but in general I love lilies and Gerbera daisies
  30. What is your favorite song? anything by John Mayer – really anything, although the stuff on Where The Light Is is probably the best.
  31. What is your pet peeve? bad customer service – I get really riled up about that after having spent about 9 years in the industry.

Your turn.

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A Mid-Afternoon Meme For You

Snagged this one from Jen @ Our Daily Big Top:

  1. When I was a child… I moved around a lot. I guess I still move around a lot. I’ve lived in four states now and I went to something like eight or ten different schools growing up.
  2. I can’t imagine my life without… Dan and MM – our little life together feels so normal – being a mother and wife is so natural at this point, I don’t think I could do anything else, at least happily.
  3. If I could be anywhere, I’d be… here. Heck we just got here. I wouldn’t mind visiting a beach in that ideal part of my mind where I imagine wearing a bathing suit, etc. could be enjoyable.
  4. My least favorite chore is… Mopping, as evident by the fact that I almost never do it. Oh, or cleaning the bathroom. Yuck.
  5. If I could be on any tv game or reality show, it would be… probably Ellen – it’s not really a reality show or a game show but I love watching it and it’s the show I’d most like to see live.
  6. If a mystery package arrived on my doorstep, I’d hope it would be… a big juicy pile of new books to read? Or a food processor. I’ve been watching a lot of Food Network shows lately and it makes you covet all kinds of things. I wanted a food processor already – now I dream about them.
  7. My guilty pleasure is… dessert – but usually I am counting calories and it’s not something to feel guilty about.
  8. I thought I would never… eat and enjoy things like fries, french toast or Dairy Queen but apparently my taste is evolving. I’m planning to retry lobster next. But not peas – they are still evil.
  9. If a genie granted me three wishes, I’d wish for… a painless, easy birth for BB; lots of free money to help recoup our savings from those months without work and the expense of moving that we aren’t being reimbursed for (and you know the baby coming); world peace – of course.
  10. You would never guess it, but I… am really socially awkward. I’m terrible at small talk and meeting new people and keeping in touch with old friends. I’m basically a huge dweeb. Please don’t tell me you would totally guess that – just pretend that isn’t common knowledge. 😛
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Putting My John Mayer Obsession To The Test

Jen @ Stuff Jen Says essentially challenged me to this musical meme by stating:

I wanted to use John Mayer as my artist but decided to let The Lovely Lori and Jen E fight over him.

How can I not fill this out now? So let’s see if I’m really the J.M. fanatic I claim to be (that sounds almost as creepy as obsession – can I just be a fan? You guys don’t really think I’m an obsessed fanatic, do you?)

OK music lovers, using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to some people you like and include me. Try not to repeat a song title.

Pick your artist: John Mayer

  • Describe yourself: Waiting On The World To Change
  • How do you feel about yourself: Bigger Than My Body
  • Describe where you currently live: Great Indoors
  • If you could go anywhere you wanted to go: Break Away (anywhere but here please?)
  • Your favorite form of transportation: Wheel (as in, as long as it has wheels I’m good)
  • Your best friend is: Not Myself
  • Your favorite color is: Another Kind Of Green
  • Favorite time of day: Come Back To Bed (any time I’m going to sleep is a good time to me)
  • If your life were a TV show, it would be called: My Stupid Mouth
  • What is life to you: Free Fallin’
  • What is the best advice you have to give: Wait Until Tomorrow
  • If you could change your name, it would be: Victoria
  • Your favorite food is: Sucker (you know, candy)
  • Thought for the day: Stop This Train
  • How you would like to die: Slow Dancing In a Burning Room
  • Your soul’s present condition: In Repair
  • The faults you can bear: No Such Thing
  • Your motto: This Will All Make Perfect Sense Someday

Your turn.

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99 things I may or may not have done on the wall, 99 things…

Stolen from Jen @ Stuff Jen Says, of course. I mayyy have done this before but um I don’t care?

Of the following 99 things, the ones I’ve done are bold. When you leave your list in a comment or on your own blog, you can use asterisks if you’re HTML-impaired.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity (I’ve given to charity plenty, but the concept of spending more than I can afford anywhere is just foreign to me)
7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (assuming Wii Rockband counts)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked (in a manner of speaking…)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run (again, assuming Wii Sports counts)
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (most of my ancestors were Mayflower descendants – are you talking further back than that? if so, then no, not yet)
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (not one in theaters, just some things in college with the film kids)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job (only once)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper (more times than I can count)
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chicken pox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

And the verdict is? I have done some cool things and seen some cool stuff but the sheer quantity of things I haven’t done… tell me I need to get out more. Honestly – I don’t think I’ve ever watched a sunrise OR sunset. There are countless landmarks I’ve never seen, some not even that far away. I’ve never played in the mud, built a snow fort, broken a bone or been on a cruise. That just feels sad to me. There are other things that I’m happy for – I’ve never had food poisoning or been stung by a bee, I’m calling that a success – and to have done ALL of that traveling by age 26 would, I think, be pretty miraculous. But man I want to do SOME of it!

So what have you done? What haven’t you done?

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What’s WAY More Fun Than Being Productive?

I snagged this meme from Jen @ Stuff Jen Says and since I’m sitting here being all boring and “not-wanting-to-do-anything-ish” I figured I’d go ahead and meme to my heart’s content. Like there was any chance I wouldn’t… Honestly, when was the last time I turned down a good meme?

  1. What is your salad dressing of choice?
    I really like Annie’s Goddess Dressing or a raspberry vinaigrette
  2. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
    It’d have to be Applebees, we are Applebees fanatics in this family. Also love my new mexican place
  3. What food could you eat for two weeks straight and not get sick of it?
    I gotta be honest, there aren’t many of them, but some things I eat a lot of are Greek yogurt, Trader Joe’s cheese puffs, Wachusett Sour Cream and Onion potato chips and right about now – Girl Scout Cookies.
  4. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
    spinach, feta cheese & Alfredo sauce
  5. What do you like to put on your toast?
    either butter (preferably ICBINB) or peanut butter, sometimes jelly
  6. How many televisions are in your house?
    two but we almost never watch the second one (in our bedroom)
  7. What color cell phone do you have?
    bright red – it’s beautiful
  8. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
  9. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
    one baby and my wisdom teeth (and that other tooth that makes me hate dentists…)
  10. What is the last heavy item you lifted?
    My son after I came into his room to say “get back in bed” only to be greeted by a pile of poop on the floor. Yeah you totally wanted to hear that didn’t you? Good news is my son was heavier than the poop and somehow his bed and sheets remained unstained.
  11. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
    Nope, not that I recall 😉
  12. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
    No I really couldn’t handle that kind of knowledge gracefully.
  13. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
    I really have no desire to change it at all – I’m fairly happy with my name actually.
  14. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
    No but I might be able to convince my husband to do it for me, does that count?
  15. How many pairs of flip-flops do you own?
    I think two but I only wear one pair – my Croc flip flops were one of my first true loves.
  16. What’s your goal for the year?
    To have a baby. So far I’m half way to meeting that goal, so I guess it’s going well.
  17. Last person you talked to?
    Verbally – my son – you can imagine what I said to him. “Textually” my husband – we discussed our calories for the day. I neglected to tell him about his son’s adventures, not wanting to put a damper on his mood yet. I’ll save that for when he gets home. 😉
  18. Last person you hugged?
    My son. Obviously before the pooping on the floor incident of twenty minutes ago.
  19. Favorite season?
    probably the fall – I like the spring and love summer, but for me autumn has the most ideal, warm and non-buggy weather, and not as much rain as the spring.
  20. Favorite holiday?
    I don’t even know anymore. Being a grown up kind of ruins holidays because you have to be all grown-up like. Can I say my son’s birthday? Next year that won’t even be so easy because I can’t in good conscience play favorites with their birthdays.
  21. Favorite day of the week?
    Toss up between Saturday and Sunday, depends on what we have going on I guess.
  22. Favorite month?
    That one where only awesome things happen and the weather is beautiful for 30 days straight?
  23. First place you went this morning?
    to the living room to sit around and look like Death while my husband worked out with the WiiFit (why do they have to be so productive and goody goody when we’re not?)
  24. What’s the last movie you saw?
    Well I watched Space Chimps two or three times this morning but the last “newest” movie I saw was the newest National Treasure movie. Last movie in theater? Heck if I remember. I probably blogged about it?
  25. Do you smile often?
    Probably not as much as I should – I don’t really keep track
  26. Do you always answer your phone?
    When I want to and I hear it ringing – sometimes my phone just sort of brain farts and chooses not to ring for no apparent reason. And sometimes I’m a jerk. But other than that, yes, always.
  27. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
    AT&T saying, “We know that you don’t actually have text messaging as an option in your plan so even though you can’t send or receive text messages from people you like, we’re still going to send you junk text messages, encouraging you to buy games and songs for your phone, even though you’ve never done that, ever.” True story.
  28. If you could change your eye color what would it be?
    I think blue or green could be fun – but I’d want it to be temporary with the option to change them anytime I wanted.
  29. What flavor drink do you get at Sonic?
    I’ll have to get back to you on that if and when I ever go to a Sonic – are they good?
  30. Have you ever had a pet fish?
    Not of my own, personally, but my dad and grandma have kept them in outdoor ponds (and killed all of them in quick succession). My family shouldn’t be allowed to own fish – I think we’re cursed in that department.
  31. Favorite Christmas song?
    “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
  32. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?
    I’d love to get a new cell phone – I’d also love a new car, a house and a new wide screen tv but I’m guessing you meant realistic wish list?
  33. Can you do push-ups?
    I’m pretty sure that’s a pregnancy no-no, sorry.
  34. Can you do a chin-up?
    I’m pretty sure that’s a pregnancy no-no, sorry.
  35. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
    Mostly excited, definitely some nervousness thrown in for good measure though.
  36. If given the chance, would you go back in time?
    Nah, probably not – future maybe.
  37. Do you have any saved texts?
    Did you read question number 27? No? Stop being a lazy meme reader and scroll back up. ::taps foot:: I’ll wait.
  38. Ever been in a car wreck?
  39. Do you have an accent?
    Not really – I’m kind of void of accent I think. Probably comes with the territory of moving too much. I don’t actually belong anywhere.
  40. What is the last song to make you cry?
    Beats me. I’m pregnant – lots of things make me cry – and yet right now nothing comes to mind at all. Maybe it was a 1st trimester thing?
  41. Plans tonight?
    Watching American Idol and Lie To Me – and making chicken Parmesan – fun, exciting times!
  42. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
  43. Name three things you bought yesterday.
    Well my husband did the actual shopping (mid week groceries) but three of the things he got were whole grain pasta flour, my 100 calorie kettle corn pop corn & bananas
  44. Have you ever been given roses?
  45. Current hate right now?
  46. Met someone who changed your life?
    Duh my husband 🙂
  47. How did you bring in the New Year?
    We went to my husband’s bosses house again – I think it’s probably our new tradition. It was fun – we had fondu and my son fell and smacked his head on their dining room table in the middle of a chocolate coma – awesome. (Man, am I in a mood or what?)
  48. What song represents you?
    “Daughters” by John Mayer which could also be called, “Try Not To Mess Up Your Kids Lives Too Much” by John Mayer
  49. What were you doing midnight last night?
    probably turning over from my left side to my right and shaking off whichever leg had fallen asleep
  50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
    “Honestly, you couldn’t have let me finish my dream? I was dreaming about Booth and Brennan for pete’s sake!”

If you’re feeling all blah and life-avoidy today, too, consider yourself tagged. If you aren’t feeling that way but still want to fill this out, you’re tagged, too. It’s a two-fer.

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Your Music Collection Says A LOT About You

Snagged this meme from Jean @ Working Momma 247. It’s one of those ipod shuffle memes where you shuffle for a song title to be the answer for each question. Except this one is all parenting related, which makes it cute, fun and different. And relevant. And nothing like a typical meme that I post all the time. Seriously. If you don’t believe me, try filling it out yourself! That’ll show you!

Come What May from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, which is interesting because I had no idea this  song had anything to do with me becoming a mom. But there you have it.

If Things Were Perfect by Moby – doesn’t everyone hear Techno music when they first see their baby?

Ocean by 3LW – sorry, no witty comment for that one

Manhole by Ani Difranco (hey at least I said man… and not something else…)

When You’re Lonely by Jordan Knight – I don’t really see how that’s relevant, but Jordan Knight could probably help me deal with just about anything…

IF SOMEONE SAYS “Can I have a snack?” YOU SAY?
The Happiest Days Of Our Lives by Pink Floyd – I guess I really like snack time…

Free Fallin’ by John Mayer – I have to admit, I prefer singing this song to dealing with just about anything…

Glory by Sugar Ray – now that one seems appropriate!

It’s Coming Down by Cake – like maybe… down on the floor, where he throws much of his food? Also, cake.

Gunning Down Romance by Savage Garden – okay totally irrelevant to the question, but then n/a would have been the real answer, so we’ll let this one slide…

All I Have To Give by the Backstreet Boys – my children will be well versed in Boybandology and Doormatestry

Track 7 of Devil Wears Prada audio book – this one maybe made me laugh the hardest – who doesn’t want to be Track 7?

Breakaway by John Mayer – I guess I feel that way sometimes…

Hey Lover by LL Cool J – I guess that is an integral part of it…

Roll With It by Oasis – so totally fitting! Hurray!

From The Heart by Another Level – and oh, tis true, tis true…

Bigger Than My Body by John Mayer – lmfao….

What A Wild Tune by BNL

We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister – I guess I don’t do regrets?

Comfortable by John Mayer – so far I think the only thing you’ve learned is that I have a LOT of John Mayer on my computer…

Move by Moby – I guess that’s true

Have Yourself a Merry Little XMas by Coldplay – now see that’s just not true

Date Rape by Sublime – I’m dying right now – I could barely type that – no, he’s never done that. Don’t worry.

My Stupid Mouth by John Mayer – I need to have a word with him I think… that’s just not a very nice thing to say about your mother

Same In The End by Sublime – I get this actually, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Erie Canal by Veggie Tales – It’s a funny song, but it doesn’t seem terribly relevant… Oh well. This was still fun.

Let me know if you play, too!

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I Named This Blog Mommablogsalot For a Reason

Saw this @ Mrs Newlyweds and thought it looked fun. And you know, it’s not like I’ve already blogged like 4 times today already. That would be ridiculous.

1. What were you doing and who were you with at 9:59 PM on Friday night? Watching Hancock with dh I think – I know we watched it recently before he left for his trip, I *think* it was Friday night.

2. What’s the last thing you read/are currently reading? I’m reading Envy by Anna Godbersen, book three in the Luxe series – soooooo good!

3. Do you nap a lot? Almost never. Sometimes I go to lay down and pretend I’ll nap, but I almost never do.

4. Who was the last person you hugged? The kiddo, just before he went down for his nap.

5. What’s your current obsession/addiction? I guess I’d have to say Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away The Pounds DVDs, I am really loving them and you know there are way worse things to be addicted to!

6. What was the last thing you said out loud? Some form of “goodbye” to my friend on the phone. I couldn’t tell you exactly what I said, probably something like, “Okay, talk to you later, bye.” Fascinating stuff, huh?

7. What websites do you always visit when you go online? Well gmail, google reader (where I go to visit all of your blogs) and my blogs are almost always open. I will typically also hop on Facebook and Sluggy Freelance, Good Reads and Netflix.

8. What was the last item you bought? I rented No Reservations last night. I liked it, but man it was so SAD in ways I had not anticipated and I probably would not have rented it while dh was away for the week if I had known. Basic need to know premise – the main character’s sister dies and she is given custody of her niece and it’s depressing, even when it’s funny, be warned.

9. What is your most challenging goal? Probably trying to save money or lose weight would be at a tie. But these days we seem to be doing better with our diets than our savings.

10. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished- anywhere in the world, where would it be? I’m sorry, all I heard was fully paid for, fully furnished house. It can be anywhere for all I care, I’m already getting all that! I’d like to stay semi-close to this area I think, just to be near friends and family but I’d move to the East End of Nowhere for a fully paid for house!

11. Favorite Vacation spot? I LOVE going to Freeport, Maine but two other spots we loved are The White Mountains in New Hampshire and Hershey, Pennsylvania.

12. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage? Probably Mudslides or else something like a Mike’s Hard Lemonade – I’m a pretty easy girl to please, booze-wise and I rarely drink.

13. Name one thing you just can’t resist no matter how bad it is for you? There are a lot of things! Hence the waist line! But things like an ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery, Wachusett Sour Cream and Onion potato chips and Dr Pepper (though I’m not drinking it now, while I’m all prego) come to mind.

14. What is your favorite item of clothing? My maternity pants? I’m serious, maternity pants are like the best thing in the world. I also really like some of my pretty new maternity shirts – they are like the nicest clothes in my wardrobe right now!

15. Favorite pair of shoes you keep going back to over and over, even though your closet is over flowing with a zillion others?! In the summer, it’s my Croc flip flops, in the fall and winter it’s either my Keen sneakers, which never hurt my feet ever or my black winter boots if there is snow on the ground, so as to keep my pants from getting ruined.

16. Name one thing you can not live with out. Well besides the obvious, my son and my husband, I think I’d have to say books. I’d be a really miserable person without a good book to read – oh also my camera! Can I please have both??

17. Has a celebrity’s haircut ever influence you on your own hairstyle? Oh definitely. I mimicked Jennifer Aniston religiously for awhile, Britney Spears briefly and these days I usually go for a look between Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes but a little bit less ‘Runway dramatic’ if you will.

18. What is your favorite Disney Movie? Oh that’s so hard to say! I loved Sleeping Beauty and Mary Poppins. These days I prefer Pixar films to Disney, but back in the day, when Walt was still around, Disney couldn’t be beat.

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Ignoring Life: Choosing to Meme

There are probably a million productive things I should be doing right now, especially now that the whole family seems All Better – I could be cleaning the living room, doing more laundry, attacking the kitchen a bit more thoroughly – or even catching up on my reading. So of course you know what I’m going to do instead. A meme.

My bestie @ Red Knows How just did the 4 Things Meme which I’m pretty sure I’ve done a couple of times, but for some reason I always feel like filling it out anyway, so I’m going to go ahead and humor myself, because, dude I’m not sick anymore. I deserve like a medal or something for surviving this past week – or at least a meme, right?

Four Places I go over and over again:

  1. Trader Joes
  2. Target
  3. Walmart
  4. Stop and Shop

I know, I lead a highly fascinating life. I decided not to go all lame and list all the rooms in my apartment even though that’s pretty much where I spend the majority of my time these days. I seriously don’t get out much and it’s kind of sad.

Four People Who email me regularly:

  1. my husband (we email a lot)
  2. my bestie Ange
  3. my mother (we pretty much only communicate online)
  4. um me? I email myself a lot – is that weird?

Four of my favorite Places to eat (apart from home):

  1. Applebees – this is a staple for me and the hubby – we love ourselves some Applebees
  2. Subway – our ‘fast food’ of choice – I’ve been a frequent Subway-goer for as long as I can remember
  3. Olive Garden – we almost never go here, but dh proposed to me there and I love it every time we go
  4. Wendys – the actual fast food, the only one dh and I both agree on – we’re always happy with the food and you can’t beat the price

Four places I’d rather be now:

  1. perusing a bookstore
  2. on vacation (preferably somewhere warm, I’ll agree with Ange, Disney sounds nice
  3. living in a house (if it were the house of my dreams, that wouldn’t suck)
  4. really, anywhere but here would be nice…

Four favorite TV shows:

  1. Grey’s Anatomy
  2. Bones
  3. Fringe
  4. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

And there really are so many more: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Privileged, How I Met Your Mother, America’s Next Top Model, Ugly Betty…

Four movies I could watch over and over again:

  1. Curious George
  2. Shrek 1
  3. Shrek 2
  4. Shrek 3

Oh wait, those are the movies I do watch over and over and over….

Four people I’m tagging:

I’m kind of over this whole tagging thing, sorry – but if you are reading this, saying, “Pick me, choose me, love me,” well then by all means go for it!

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Excessively Informative

Snagged this meme from Jen @ Stuff Jen Says who stole it from someone who stole it from someone else, etc. Who wants to steal it from me?

  1. Are your parents married or divorced? divorced from each other, both remarried
  2. Are you a vegetarian? No but I’m not a huge carnivore either
  3. Do you believe in Heaven? It sounds nice. I don’t know, I’m not saying no, but I’m not saying yes either
  4. Have you ever come close to dying? Close enough!
  5. What jewelry do you wear 24/7? just my wedding rings and small (tiny small) hoops in my ears
  6. Favorite time of day? 8pm or so, the monkey is in bed and hubby and I are often watching a favorite tv show or working on a hobby and then afterwards I get to READ!
  7. Do you eat the stems of broccoli? sure but I only like cooked broccoli so that’s probably why
  8. Do you wear makeup? Nope. Like seriously, almost never.
  9. Ever have plastic surgery? No and I probably never would unless I was seriously disfigured by some accident. Cheery thought, I know.
  10. Do you color your hair? I have before but not in a long time.
  11. What do you wear to bed? usually pajama pants or capris and a t-shirt (or tank top or long sleeves depending on the weather)
  12. Have you ever done anything illegal? Can I plead the fifth?
  13. Can you roll your tongue? I could say yes and you’d never know.
  14. Do you tweeze your eyebrows? No, I prefer them bushy
  15. What kind of sneakers? I really only like Pumas and the like, and would prefer to not wear sneakers at all, but I’m wearing this ginormous Keen hiking sneakers for arch support or something. They help. But they’re ugly.
  16. Do you believe in abortions? Yeah I’m pretty sure those happen.
  17. What is your hair color? brownish brown
  18. Future child’s name? another boy I would probably name Matthew or Nicholas; A girl would likely be Rachel or Addison
  19. Do you snore? I don’t know, you’d have to ask my husband. He says no, not that he’s aware of.
  20. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? I’d probably go to Washington State to meet my mother
  21. Do you sleep with stuffed animals? no just my teddy bear of a husband
  22. If you won the lottery, what would you do first? Buy a HOUSE – and I’d say “HOUSE” a lot
  23. Gold or silver? white gold, just to be difficult
  24. Hamburger or hot dog? hot dog, unless it’s one of those freak skin hot dog things, then I’ll take a cheese burger
  25. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? well the five year old in me wants to say COOKIES but it should probably be something healthier if it’s all I’m getting. I think bread would be a safe stand by. If prisoners can make do on it, so can I.
  26. City, beach or country? country but close to a decent sized town
  27. What was the last thing you touched? my glass of water?
  28. Where did you eat last? in my kitchen
  29. When’s the last time you cried? I teared up a bit this morning watching this video.
  30. Do you read blogs? Would you even believe me if I said no
  31. Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex? you mean wearing pants and a shirt? Yeah I guess.
  32. Ever been involved with the police? No my grandmother told me I wasn’t allowed to date cops. Engineers, luckily, are okay.
  33. What’s your favorite shampoo, conditioner and soap? I’ve been using those Aussie shampoos but I’m sort of in the market for something new, ditto for soap – which I’m using a Method body wash right now. Love Method but not crazy about this soap. I want to try LUSH but they are so expensive!
  34. Do you talk in your sleep? I don’t think so, hubbie says only if you count when I say I’m awake but go back to sleep.
  35. Ocean or pool? ocean
  36. Who would you take on a ménage à trois for a dirty weekend? I’m so not even going to answer that, sorry.
  37. Window seat or aisle? WINDOW! I will trade you for the window seat if I have to
  38. Ever met anyone famous? sure
  39. Do you feel that you’ve had a truly successful life? I think so, but I’m far from finished
  40. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it? twirl, but I break it in half before it goes into the pot, so it’s a bit smaller than full length – you know, like, half length
  41. Ricki Lake or Oprah Winfrey? Ellen Degeneres
  42. Basketball or Football? football
  43. How long do your showers last? less than twenty minutes
  44. Automatic or do you drive a stick? automatic, me driving a stick shift is not pretty. There are tears, usually mine. And not much in the way of driving.
  45. Cake or ice cream? Can you have one without the other?
  46. Are you self-conscious? Only completely
  47. Have you ever drank so much you threw up? lmfao oh lord. Um. Yes.
  48. Have you ever given money to a beggar? sure
  49. Have you been in love? I am in love!
  50. Where do you wish you were? in a home that I owned in another state
  51. Are you wearing socks? no I try to avoid it
  52. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? nope
  53. Can you tango? no but I like chimichangas, is that relevant?
  54. Last gift you received? Um. My dad gave me a half used gift card to Texas Roadhouse a few months ago?
  55. Last sport you played? extreme dating?
  56. Things you spend a lot of money on? groceries, diapers, health insurance, rent…
  57. Where do you live? in an apartment which is not a house – funny that, right?
  58. Where were you born? in a hospital
  59. Last wedding attended? a woman who thought my name was Jessica
  60. Most hated food(s)? peas
  61. Can you sing? Sure but not extremely well, at least probably not well. You know I have my moments. But it’s probably all in my head. You won’t find me hurting people’s ear drums on American Idol.
  62. Last place you went on holiday? New Hampshire or as my son calls in Shampies
  63. Favorite regular drink? What makes it regular? How often I drink it or the chemical makeup of it? Or something else silly? I like DrPepper like too much
  64. Current favorite song? I really have no idea. Like my brain hurts trying to pick one. But it’s probably by John Mayer – ohhh I really like his song, Out Of My Mind, from his new albumn – soooooooo good even though dh hates it