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Giving Thanks: Happy Turkey Day!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving (or just a wonderful Thursday to my international visitors)!

I’ll be off today visiting family, family and more family, then taking the kiddo to see Bolt which looks soooo cute! In celebration of this Thankful Thursday here are thirteen things I am thankful for this year:

  1. Having a strong marriage to a wonderful husband who I fall more in love with every day.
  2. A smart, adorable son who amazes me constantly and fills me to the brim with love.
  3. A caring, kind hearted family who is always there to help when needed and share our happy memories. I love living so close to them especially while my son is young.
  4. Friends that make me feel very lucky – who I wish I could see way more often.
  5. The luck of being married to an engineer, whose hard work and smarts make it possible for me to stay home with my son.
  6. Being debt free in the midst of our nation’s financial crisis.
  7. The price of gas finally falling for the first time in YEARS – may it continue to do so or at least not rise again too soon.
  8. That my Christmas shopping is almost done, which seems unreal!
  9. Having a roof over my head, food in my refrigerator and a fresh supply of drinking water – not something everyone can say, unfortunately.
  10. For finally finding a “diet” that seems to work.
  11. That my bedroom floor is finally nearly empty – we’ve been cleaning HARD this week and it looks amazing!
  12. My relatively good health – we’ve been blessed so far with few accidents, illnesses and mishaps.
  13. Lastly, I’m thankful that I won’t be hosting Turkey Day – won’t be in the kitchen cooking all day for all my friends and family and won’t be stuck doing all the clean up afterwards (though I’m likely to help the people who are) – I am well aware how fortunate I am to have amazing women already filling that role – and to the women reading this who host Thanksgiving for your families, consider me in awe of you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thursday Thunks: Pumpkin Pie, Natural Disasters & Ducks That “Moo” – Oh My?

This week we will answer some strange, off the wall questions, thought up by Berleen’s daughters demons (ages 12 & 14). Brought to you by Berleen, the color green and the number 147.

1. Do you like potatoes? What kind? Sure – just about anyway you’ll give them to me, except I’m not really a fan of french fries, just to be randomly difficult.
2. If you were dressed up in a fish costume and you went underwater and a shark saw you, what would you do? Swim like crazy and dry to get away, or maybe play dead? I’d probably die.
3. Does Jello make you happy? Jiggling it does, eating it, no not so much.
4. If you could have any animal, exotic, extinct or other type, what would it be? Um can I just have a puppy? Kay, thanks.
5. Would you fill up a pool with pudding and jump in? No, it’d be a waste of perfectly good pudding. With the state of the economy it probably wouldn’t be wise to waste food like that. You never know.
6. When you are feeling icky with the sickness feeling, what is your first choice for feel-better medicine? tea and chicken soup? I try natural stuff first.
7. Do you count with your fingers or in your head when it comes to mathematical equations? Um I count with a calculator whenever possible – otherwise both on my fingers and in my head and on paper probably. Or not at all?
8. Do you have any key chains on your keyring? How many? What kind? Just a DaVinci key chain that my husband bought me when we first started dating. I used to have more but it’s the only one that hasn’t broken.
9. What do you dunk your french fries in? ketchup – do people use anything else? I am not really a french fry person if you’ll recall.
10. When I say “Moo I’m a duck” do you think of a cow or a duck? A cow – does that say something strange about me?
11. If you had the chance, would you go to the very bottom of the ocean? No I am not a very good swimmer, that would just be asking for it.
12. Would you rather be spiderman or batman? Duh Batman. He’s the best.
13. Would you rather be in a hurricane or a tornado? Hurricane? I don’t know.

13 is bad luck… last question by me (Berleen)

14. Do you like pumpkin pie? Do you cheat and buy a premade one or do you make it from scratch? Heck, do you even make pumpkin pie at all? I love pumpkin pie – I don’t care if it’s homemade or from scratch, I’m eating it.

For more Thursday Thunkers head over to the Thursday Thunks blog.

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It’s Real Life: A Day In The Life

It’s time for It’s Real Life! This week we’re dealing with ordinary – I’m going to show you a semi-ordinary Tuesday in our life. I say, semi because normally on Tuesdays I don’t take pictures of what I’m doing every thirty minutes or so and there were a few things slightly out of the norm but not necessarily because of the camera, so much as, in my ordinary days, sometimes I do extraordinary or even just different things. Okay? Let’s get started…

Oh and remember, it’s not fun if you don’t hover over each picture!

For more pictures of OTHER peoples’ ordinary days, click here.

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Oh Right, That Thursday 13 Thing

Normally Thursday 13 is like one of the highlights of my week and I get all geeked out trying to think of a good theme. But this week? This week I’m still on a Hotness High from being nominated for entering the NQHE fake calendar (you sick of my linkage yet? Hold onto your horses). So I’m taking it easy and stealing Fond of Snape‘s T13 Topic which she stole from fleur-de-lisa. Stealing is fun. I encourage it when it isn’t something that can send you to jail anyway. Speaking of anyway…

  1. If I were a liquid I’d be… a green cleaner like Method hand soap. Why? Because I talked about it yesterday.
  2. If I were a sin I’d be… sloth or gluttony. Because when I’m not sleeping I’m eating? As a general rule anyway. Except for right now – I’m not sleeping or eating right now. But ask me again in an hour…
  3. If I were a gem/stone I’d be… a diamond – classic, beautiful, a girls best friend. I’m not picky. Just get me a nice diamond from Tiffany’s and I’ll be your best friend, too. I Swear.
  4. If I were a metal I’d be… white gold, just to be difficult and complicated but pretty. (Am I just picking out my wedding rings or what? Except they aren’t from Tiffany’s but hey – this is my imagination we’re talking about, not my income.)
  5. If I were a tree I’d be… A weeping cherry tree, because they are my favorite and they’re gorgeous – need proof? Fine, here’s proof:

    picture by tanakawho
    picture by tanakawho
  6. If I were a flower I’d be… a mum – because um, I’m a mum, and I saw some at Trader Joes yesterday and they were beautiful. MORE proof, god you guys are picky:

    photo by § Mary §
    photo by § Mary §
  7. If I were weather I’d be… Warm and sunny with white fluffy clouds – comfortable – not too humid or hot but not cold with a light breeze – hey if I’m going to be a weather I should be comfortable with myself right? Though to be honest, if I were weather I’d probably be constantly changing like my moods. 😛
  8. If I were a color I’d be… one confusing color – kind of like a mood ring, I’d be all red one minute, then yellow, then green, then blue… but always pretty. 🙂
  9. If I were a sound I’d be… my son’s laughter – I know that’s a weird sound to BE but I love it.
  10. If I were a lyric I’d be… “girls become mothers who turn into lovers, so mothers be good to your daughters, too…”
  11. If I were a scent I’d be… freshly baking cookies – yum
  12. If I were a piece of clothing I’d be… comfortable – and I’d always fit no matter what you ate that day.
  13. If I were one of the 4 seasons I’d be…fall – still a bit warm but with a crispness to the air – leaves changing colors making for excellent foliage pictures.

What would YOU be?

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Thursday 13: Strangest Search Terms

I’ve seen a couple of people do this for a T13 or just a random fun blog post. I’ve held off on doing it until I felt I had some truly strange search terms come up. I don’t know that these are really the strangest ever, but I am absolutely stumped on what to blog about today, and guessing you are all bored sick hearing about my upcoming vacation, so I’ve decided to take pity on your poor souls and this will just have to do for today, mmkay?

So here are the 13 strangest or most interesting search terms people have used to find my blog – or at least the weirdest ones they’ve used AND THEN found my blog – I’m guessing they weren’t looking specifically for me anyway. Ready?

  1. the thing (5 times): Seriously, first it begs to be questioned, what they were hoping to find when searching for “the thing” and why they then chose my blog from those results? I can tell you, my blog is not on the first page of results for that search (not that I looked, okay yes I did, but still) and I honestly can’t imagine what post they’d be thinking about – obviously it was that one post about that one thing…
  2. what it means to be a woman (4): To be fair, I actually wrote a blog post with this title. But I’m still curious, were they looking for me, or did they not know? Four times?
  3. good looking (4): Should I just say thank you? Or do I just blog about attractive people a lot? Like John Mayer and McMommy – that’s who they really wanted, right?
  4. “bandana to bed” (3): I got nothing, but three people found me that way so it must be an interesting topic for all those searchers out there – do you think they wanted pictures or instructions on how to do it? Or just confirmation that it’s okay? It’s okay. But it’s spelled bandanna according to my spell check. Just so you know.
  5. jessica simpson hair cut (3): This almost lowers the quality of my blog, but I know this was just a strange jumble of words from my post about John Mayer’s love life, so I guess it’s okay.
  6. i will never be the woman with the perfect hair (10): I know this was in reference to Sex and the City, which I reviewed, but it amazes me how many people have found me with that quote or some semblence of it… “I will never be the woman who can wear white…” and “I will never be the woman with the perfect…”
  7. what to do when your baby is coming home (3): I’m just sad because I’m certain I never answered such a question. I hope those three poor new parents found what they were looking for and were ready when those babies did come home – because eventually they do.
  8. meredith grey’s death photos at dock (3): This just seems morbid if you don’t know the surrounding circumstances. And I’ve never blogged about this specifically, despite my obvious obsession with the show.
  9. pregnant tv (3): Pregnant people have their own tv stations? Really? What channel? What time? Do they give birth right on the air (I know TLC does it)? Are all the commercials for bon bons and pickles?
  10. snarky comments (3): My husband would laugh so hard at this (and might if he reads this or I read it out loud to him… it happens). Apparently he just learned last weekend that I have snarky comments – or perhaps I should be honest and admit to having about 9,000 of them in a one hour time period. It was a wedding though, to be fair.
  11. description of a housewife for blogs (2): My blog should totally have a housewife. You know, other than me. One who cleans. Preferrably.
  12. where do you find a good and loving woma (2): Not here, that’s for sure.
  13. most beautiful pregnant person (2) (as well as several other searches for pregnant beautiful and beautiful pregnant… and pregnant): I must like really want another baby or something, because my blog sure does lend to a lot of pregnancy related search terms. What with all that absolute lack of pregnancy in my actual life. Maybe it’s just that I am meant to write about pregnancy – and thus should get pregnant myself, simply to please the fans? Give them what they want? It’s all for them, though. Not me. I could care less…

So yeah, you know, for more Thursday 13 fun, head over here. And tell em Jen sent you, so they can be all, “Jen who?” and then you can be like, “the non pregnant and beautiful one,” and they’ll be like, “Oh yeah – momma blogs a lot – what’s up with her man?” And I’ll be all like, “Shut up. I don’t care, because I’m going on vacation tomorrow! Oh yeah!!! That’s right.”

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13 Books I’d Rather Be Reading Right Now

For this week’s edition of Thursday 13 I’m taking a break from the alphabet – I’m mixing things up a bit, and beating a dead horse down, down into the ground* – and by dead horse I mean topic – and by that I mean I’m going to devote this post to BOOKS just so you all know ridiculously obsessed I am with reading – i.e. I have no life.

By now, I’ve told you all ad nauseum in various forms what my favorite books are, so to avoid boring you all to tears by telling you for the 800th time that Gone With the Wind is my all time favorite book, followed by Lamb by Christopher Moore; I’m going to list the THIRTEEN BOOKS I MOST WANT TO READ RIGHT NOW, in no particular order. Helping me in my mission will be, my favorite place to make lists of books that I’ve read, want to read, consider a favorite, borrowed from a friend, etc. and then see what my friends are reading so I can add those books to my list, too! With goodreads helping me, this Thursday Thirteen should be easy as pie… mmm… pie… Erm, ok, ready?

  1. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer: It’s coming out in 1 days 16 hours and 2 minutes… not that I’m counting or anything… I won’t be getting it the day it comes out, but I am toying with the idea of going to the release party at my local Borders, which happens to be across the street from our apartment…
  2. Ariel by Sylvia Plath: I’ve had this sort of obsession with Plath since reading the Bell Jar and not finding her all that emotionally confusing, i.e. I completely and utterly related to her main character and it scared the bejeezes out of me. Ariel is supposed to be one of her best works and apparently she churned out the poems in Ariel, “at the remarkable rate of two or three a day, and Robert Lowell describes them as written by “hardly a person at all … but one of those super-real, hypnotic, great classical heroines.” Even more remarkable, she wrote them during one of the coldest, snowiest winters (1962-63) Londoners have ever known.” Snowbound, without central heating, she and her two children spent much of their time sniffling, coughing, or running temperatures…” Which just makes me want to read it even more.
  3. I Heart My In-Laws: Falling in Love with His Family–One Passive-Aggressive, Over-Indulgent, Grandkid-Craving, Streisand-Loving, Bible-Thumping In-Law at a Time by Dina Koutas Poch: One of the few examples in literature where the title really does say it all – what married woman wouldn’t want to read this?

  4. Phantom by Susan Kay: This was my BFF’s description of this book, which made me want to read it so badly: “Phantom is a must read for anyone who has swooned over Phantom of the Opera and never known why. Susan Kay weaves a story that makes your heart fall in love with the Opera Ghost and makes it ache for his misfortune. There are only few discrepency’s between the stage production of Phantom of the Opera and the book. Mostly you will note a few differences in the performance in the recently made movie in 2006. The subtle differences are few but there. Such as the severity of OG’s deformity and how he gets to the opera house.”
  5. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews: I’ve always been intrigued by the lives of celebrities – and by that I mean their real lives, their life stories and what happens when the cameras are turned off. Julie Andrews being the phenomenal woman she is, is a perfect example of a woman I’d love to know more about. “Her memoir begins in 1935, when Julie was born to an aspiring vaudevillian mother and a teacher father, and takes readers to 1962, when Walt Disney himself saw her on Broadway and cast her as the world’s most famous nanny.”
  6. The Constant Princess by Philipa Gregory: I loved the Other Boleyn Girl – as in, I ate, slept, dreamt, and drank the book – and the one character whom I admired but felt could have used a broader story was Queen Catherine of Aragon – the Constant Princess is her story – so you know I want to read it badly. I’ve read a couple of Gregory’s other books and wasn’t quite as in love with them, which is the reason I haven’t read this one yet, but it is always in the back of my mind as a must read soon book…
  7. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky: I don’t know how many times I tried to beg, plead, and blackmail my book club into reading this book but it never quite caught on as a favorite – I still think it looks amazing. It tells the story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control, i.e. the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940. “When Némirovsky began working on Suite Française, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.” That alone is such an amazing story, I really want to read this novel someday…
  8. Rumors by Anna Goderbsen: I won’t go into detail here as I’ve mentioned it in what seems like over half of my posts in the past week, but it’s the sequel to The Luxe for anyone who doesn’t know – The Luxe was a kind of historical mystery romance novel, and was just stunningly brilliantly amazingly [ insert more ly words here]. You should read it, and then read Rumors, but not before I do, or I’ll be jealous.
  9. Rockabye: A Young Mom’s Journey from Wild to Child by Rebecca Woolf: The memoir of a young city girl who becomes unexpectedly pregnant – so many themes going on in this memoir that make me want to read about it, but really most parenting memoirs intrigue me, this one just has oodles of cool kid credits going along with it – and the cover is gorgeous.
  10. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry: About a family of women who can read the future in a bit of lace – this just sounds so cool and it’s getting rave reviews and you know I’m all about the band wagons.
  11. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell: One of many books whose cover was what initially drew me in, this novel tells the story of a woman who seemingly vanishes, only to turn up 60 years later, after supposedly finally being let out of a mental facility, and showing up on the doorstep of her only living relative, who didn’t even know she was alive. Talk about a heavy hitter – this book just sounds amazing.
  12. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen: I found this book RIGHT NEXT to The Vanishing Act, and want to read it pretty much just as badly. It scores one point immediately for the author’s middle name, which is on the top of our Girls’ Names List right now, with Rachel, Anna & Catherine (if you wanted to know); this book has nothing to do with my list of baby names though, it’s about the Waverley’s, an extraordinary family who tend to a  garden which bear a special kind of apple tree which gives the caretakers sort of “magic powers” … they also grow nasturtiums that aid in keeping secrets and pansies that make children thoughtful, and even snapdragons intended to discourage the attentions of amorous neighbors… Yeah seriously, hello, shut up, I want to read it.
  13. Last but certainly not least, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart: whose introduction is vaguely reminiscent of Harry Potter, but in a good way, not a “nobody has new ideas anymore” kind of way. And actually, okay, it really sounds nothing like HP at all, see?  “”Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete.”

Okay, I’m done – man that was harder than I thought it would be; a quick browse through my goodreads account yielded well over 30 books from the 275 or so that I have listed as “to read” – and that was me being picky – then I had it down to a solid 23 which was solidly 10 too many, so I started weeding out some obvious ones like Pride and Prejudice, which by now everyone and their brother knows I’m going to be reading for the Classic’s Bookclub on 5 Minutes for Books; and a few other classics and “should read because people say so” books, and tried to focus on the ones that made me want to run across the street to Borders and buy all 13 right now… which I won’t do, because my husband would cry, but I’d like to, and that’s how I decided on my final 13. Neat, huh?

If you want to participate in Thursday Thirteen, just head over to the T13 Hub and join in!

*No dead horses were harmed in the making of this blog post. I swear.

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It’s Real Life and my .Mac Account Really Hates Me

I’m not sure what’s up with big beautiful today (or what else is new, lately) but I can’t get my It’s Real Life pictures online for now (I may break down and head over to photobucket or something, but on normal days letting iPhoto and .Mac handle things is much easier and more effecient) so I’m going to give Apple the benefit of the doubt and assume they are merely updating their server or some other such “for my own good” excuse. For now…

::excessive pouting for I wants to play!::