Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Big Year-Ender

First, the obligatory resolutions:

1. I will not list my weight loss as a resolution. It is a lifestyle choice, not something to commit to just because it is a new year. I could not resist, however, signing up for Lotta's Future MILFs! A little added inspiration never hurt anyone.

2. Because I don't want to bite off more than I can chew....I will commit to purging at least one trash bag full of junk per week. To say that I will streamline and organize my entire life at once scares the hell out of me.

3. To be the best mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend I can be.

That's all I've got to give, boys & girls...I swear, my anxiety disorder kicks in at the very thought of making one more commitment. I almost listed my intention to seek therapy for the panic attacks & overwhelming hormonal angst, but how interesting would life be in '07 without all that?!

Now, on to the fun stuff....I present to you, Barbara Walter's style:

Keep in mind that intriguing does not mean the hottest or the coolest, the nicest or the most intelligent. Those who make this list are sometimes the train wrecks of humanity...I want to stop staring, but I just can't. This list (and this blog) is just my opinion, and is for my own amusement.
Okay, she's gorgeous, and Italian, and all that, but does she have to show her entire upper gum when she smile-talks? Also, the over-enunciation, and the gratuitous rolling r's and liberal sprinkling of Italian words into her lukewarm cooking show make me want to scream...yet, I'll still tune in and watch for 6 or 7 minutes at a time. Go figure.
There is just something about him that I love love love. He's not breathtakingly handsome like, say Matthew McConaughey...but he is just someone you'd have a great time hanging out with. I love charisma & I bet he would keep you laughing. Kind of sexy in a non-traditional way. Mmmmmmhmmmm.
Just pure old bat-shit crazy, Anna Nicole is the original celebrity train wreck!!! I feel so sorry for the loss of her son, which makes her even more intriguing. Her biography reads like a bad soap opera script. Backwoods hick has a little modeling success, marries her a sugar daddy. Sugar Daddy kicks off & all the heirs to the fortune hate her freaking guts. There's weight issues (TRIMSPA, BABY!!!), addiction, and insanity. And now we don't even know who the baby daddy is.
Back in the carefree days of her original talkshow, Rosie was a breath of fresh air. She sang, danced, gave away free stuff, and made you feel good for spending an hour of your day watching. I couldn't wait to get home in the afternoon to see it. I miss that happy-go-lucky Rosie. I enjoy it when she makes a little cameo on "The View." Bitter, angry Rosie kinda scares me. I want her to smile, and mean it. But hostile or not, she totally intrigues me.
2006 was my first full season of American Idol. My love of Taylor Hicks has been (not sufficiently) documented on this blog. Taylor would be the obvious choice if I were composing a list of my ten favorite people of 2006, but this is my most intriguing list...and Simon Cowell, the Bad Boy of American Idol, is fascinating. I love his sarcastic and brutally honest responses to contestants and his fellow judges.
I don't care who you are...he's funny! And he was my favorite character in the movie Cars. To hear The President say, "Like tuh-mater, but without the TUH!" makes me smile every time.
I can't believe I actually acknowledged her on my blog. The Big Year-Ender no less...BUT, I can't even help myself. I spend more time than I should thinking of how this one gets on my last damn nerve. She gives me the creeps. Yeah, she's sexy, exotic, blah blah blah...but she looks like she could use a good bath. Her lips are too big and mushy, and she just reeks of skank. I just don't get the appeal...I have good friends (and a husband) who find her very attractive. Seriously. That's what intrigues me most. What would you think if you ran into her in sweatpants down at the Wal-Mart? I'm just saying.
Like most moms, the sounds of Playhouse Disney, Noggin, and Nick Jr. are the soundtrack of my life. We have seen Dan Zane's House Party on Disney plenty of times, but there's one particular episode that's a favorite of Fat Baby's where this guy sings a song called, "Catch That Train." I can not stop watching it...I shamelessly admit that I even added the song to my mp3 player. The guy is so skinny in that video--like a big tall, wild-haired toothpick! A perfect, quirky kid's singer.
I just love anybody who tells it like it motto being, "If God knows I'm thinking it, I might as well say it!!!!" Dr. Phil just gets up in people's kool-aid & tells them how it is. "Well, the reason you're so damn fat is because you need to lay off the Big Macs, honey!" Just a little good, old fashioned common sense. Seems like Robin keeps him in check, too. I enjoy that.
1. My Dad is by far the most intriguing person I know. And with the damn Alzheimer's he is just one surprise after another. The fact that I never know how he's going to be definitely qualifies Pop as my most intriguing person of 2006! He has pulled some stunts that you wouldn't believe if I told you! Sometimes it's not fun, but I definitely have learned things about who he really is that I might otherwise never have known. I am grateful for the good times we've had together in 2006, and will cherish some of the lessons he has taught me. Strength, courage, and perserverance among them. Without him I would not be here to start a fresh, new year in about an hour. I see him in the faces, temperament, and laughter of my little boys. I see him in my impatience, and in my determination.
Well, by now you've either rung in the new year, fallen asleep, or lost interest in my little year-end ramblings. Fortunately, it won't take you as long to read it as it has for me to put it together! I wish you all peace and happiness in the coming year!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Here I am....

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! And first of all, thank you so much to all of you who checked in and left means so much to me that you're out there, and you are my friends. I've been as busy (as my dad would say) as I one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest! I probably could have found time to blog, but I had a totally cool idea & just didn't seem to find time to make it happen. Stay tuned for my big year-ender...I think you will enjoy.

My Baby's Daddy brought along the laptop, so I am chilling in my cozy pjs in post-Christmas bliss. We are watching Christmas Vacation, a.k.a, the best Christmas movie ever! Christmas was great for us, lots of love, lots of food, lots of traditions, lots of laughs, lots of presents, and lots of blessings.

Monday, December 04, 2006

A tough nut to crack

As we were recently visiting a Michael's craft store, The President became very interested in the Nutcrackers on display. Much to my surprise, he continued to talk about the nutcrackers, and had an elaborate plan to purchase one and open his own little nut shop in the front yard, like a lemonade stand (capitalist that he is). We decided that one six year old--excuse me, six and a HALF year old boy with a single nutcracker could probably not meet the extensive nut needs of our community, so he should probably limit his operation to being a private supplier for Mom's holiday baking. We bought the thing on Friday, and early Saturday morning a friend called and asked if we wanted to join her and her daughter to see The Nutcracker Ballet. It was fantastic, although in the second act, The President did say that he was ready for a little more action and swordfighting and less of "all this spinning!"

After the ballet, we attended a reception called "Nutcracker Sweets." The kids had cookies and lemonade, and were able to have their picture taken with all the characters. Totally cool. The Pres acted like he wasn't all that into it, but later admitted that the Sugar Plum Fairy was really pretty. ("But don't tell anyone I said that, Mom.") Santa (St. Nicholas, actually) was also visiting with the children after the ballet. This was the President's first opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with the big guy. He made a few pictures, reviewed his list, and then I reminded him he might want to mention his brother's Christmas wishes, since he wasn't there to visit with Santa himself. "Oh, might need to bring my brother just a teeny little piece of coal, because he's been kind of bad."

Saturday, December 02, 2006

I can't just stop cold turkey, can I?

Now that NaBloPoMo is over, you would think I'd be happy for the break. But the truth is, I'm just getting started! I've gotten into the habit of ending my day blogging. Today was great, My Baby's Daddy took the day off & we spent time together. Tonight we had dinner with friends (shout out to Twinsmom!) and then I saw the movie Deck the Halls with my three best girls. I little shot of Malibu is even better when sneaked in a movie theatre diet coke....I'm just sayin'.

My buddy Janet at Dancing Through (formerly Princess Stinkfoot) had this groovy meme today & you know I can't resist plagarizing a meme!

Here is the A-Z of me:

A - Available/Single? Married for 11 years, and we're still best friends.
B - Best Friend? I am blessed to have many wonderful friends...I believe we are given different friends to meet different needs in our lives.
C- Cake or Pie? Yes, Please! Cake would be my first choice, though.
D - Drink Of Choice? Diet Coke with lime from Sonic, with a shot of Malibu coconut rum.
E - Essential Item You Use Everyday? Hair Dryer.
F - Favorite Color? Don't really have one.
G - Gummy Bears Or Worms? If I had to choose, it'd be the sour/sugary worms. But really, with all the great chocolates available why would anyone eat this crap?
H - Hometown? (born in ) Charleston, SC
I - Indulgence? Brewster's Peanut Butter Puddles ice cream
J - January Or February? January, I guess--a fresh start!
K - Kids & Their Names? two wonderful boys! The President (6) and Fat Baby (2). Sorry you're only going to get their aliases on here.
L - Life Is Incomplete Without? Love.
M - Marriage Date? October 14
N- Number Of Siblings? 1 sister, 2 step-sisters & a step-brother
O - Oranges Or Apples? either, both...but I do so love apples with peanut butter!
P - Phobias/Fears? rats, vermin, anything in the rodent family
Q - Favorite Quote? "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"
R - Reason to Smile - It sure beats crying
S - Season? Fall
T - Tag Four People? An open challenge...I know four of you are up for it!
U - Unknown Fact About Me? I can bend my big toe way back while the other four are going's freakish & My Baby's Daddy is totally grossed out by it!
V - Vegetable you dont like? Brussels sprouts
W - Worst Habit? Keeping things that I need to get rid of.
X - X-rays You've Had Recently.. None--I had an ultrasound 2 1/2 years ago, when I was pregnant...does that count?
Y - Your Favorite Food? depends on the day
Z - Zodiac Sign? Leo