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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Apparently I Suck...

At Running Contests. Yup, you heard it, I SUCK!

My Cabin Fever Margaritaville Carnival Contest has been running since February 16th and it ends tomorrow, February 22nd. So far I have only 5 entrants (mine doesn't count). I was hoping for quite a bit more than that. Ok, I'll say it...A LOT MORE THAN THAT.

Wassup? Here in Illinois we just got a bunch of snow, soon to have more according to the weather dudes. I don't want to look at the snow outside, I want to read about your wonderful vacations. You're not going to disappoint me are you?

Was the contest name to long? It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? Do the prizes suck? I thought they were ok prizes considering my limited resources. Does it not sound like fun?

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Friday, February 20, 2009

L Television

All My Children (AMC) – Bianca needs to get over herself. So what that Reese kissed a guy and she liked it! It doesn’t appear that she did anything about it, other than kiss. (I was wacked out on cold meds last week and missed AMC all week, so if I’m wrong on this, please clue me in.) Zack was just talking to Bianca about it and said all they did is kiss, they didn’t have sex. (Not sure if that’s to be believed.)

Bianca is going to throw her marriage to Reese away because of 1 kiss? I just don’t get it. Not that I think what Reese did was right, I just think that Bianca is blowing it all out of proportion, but then again, that’s what she does. Bianca regrets having Zack be the father. Blah, blah, blah.

Was anyone else expecting this train wreck of a lesbian marriage? Why did AMC bother? And was it really necessary to immediately get the divorce papers and have Reese assert her parental rights and have Bianca go all biological mother on her?

And one more question, why does Kendall not care so much about the kiss? It's as if Kendall doesn't think it's anything to worry about at all. She could care less.

Sorry, I no longer consider AMC’s handling of lesbians and gay marriage cutting edge. I think this whole story line is a waste. And the rest of the story lines aren’t any better. Zack taking the rap for Kendall killing Greenlee?

Gray’s Anatomy – Callie going all “I am so a dyke” on Arizona totally rocked. While Callie seems to be playing a bi-sexual character (or maybe gay, it IS whatever the writers seem to decide at any given moment) I can definitely relate to her problems as a woman previously married to a man. It’s really hard to be taken seriously in the gay community, you tend to run into a lot of women who don’t want to break in the newbie or don’t want to be your "experiment". I get that totally. But Callie’s little speech at the bar was a bit over the top. Bringing up the Peace Corp and knowing how to cook? That was a bit much.

I’m sure I was not alone when Faye Dunaway’s “Dinosaur” went all Joan Crawford on Christina. Anastasia and I both said “No wire hangers” at the same time. It was funny.

L Word - I'm not caught up. I still haven't seen this week's episode.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Think Thrifty Thursday

Julie at The Cool Mom Guide has started “Think Thrifty Thursdays”. It reminded me of some of my most thrifty finds. I Freecycle. If you’re not familiar with the site, here’s some information from their website:
"Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,681 groups with 6,432,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community."
I have found a lot of things for free, still useful, sometimes brand new with the tags still on them! I have also gotten rid of still useful items that I no longer need.

Things I’ve gotten for free on Freecycle:
Full Size Headboard and bed frame
Jeans, khaki’s, dress slacks for my daughter (some new with the tags on them.)
Polo shirts, t-shirts for my son
Size 14 baseball cleats for my son
Shelving unit
Cell phone (mine died, I used it until my contract allowed me a free one.)
Double stroller (like new, for our niece.)
…and the most awesome thing I got for free…a very expensive plus size bridesmaid dress (tags still on it) that my daughter wore to her homecoming dance. The dress was altered and the bridesmaid dropped out. The bride was on the hook for it and kept it. The bride was delighted to see it put to use.
Things I’ve given away for free on Freecycle:
A box full of Boys convertible pants/shorts, jeans, shirts.
Cable Modem (got for free new in box, didn’t need.)
New shoes (never worn, my ex-husband mistake/no receipt.)
Dinnerware (got new Fiestaware we didn’t need our old stuff.)
Math & Grammar software that we never even opened.
Freezer (got it from freecyle, it stopped working, someone who could repair it took it off my hands.)

So check out Freecycle. Not only will you be getting something you need for free, but you’ll be saving the environment.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Summer of '76 Florida Road Trip

Yes, it’s very sad when you have to go in the Wayback Machine to June 1976. I just finished my Freshman year of high school. Yes I have to go that far back to find a favorite vacation. Actually it was my first real vacation. I think that says a lot about my life. I did make this same road trip 10 years later with my sister, but it wasn’t as memorable. Also, I have to say that I do not count the long road trips to Wisconsin Dells with my ex-husband staying in the mobile home that he owned. Doing all the driving from Chicago to the Dells myself, then being treated to a long weekend of no air conditioning in the middle of no-wheresville is not my idea of a vacation. And no, we did not do the Dells touristy stuff, we just hung out in the small town where his trailer was and occasionally went antiquing in Portage and Princeton. Wow, that was the life!

Back to 1976…
It was myself, my sister, my Aunt, my Grandmother and my Cousin. We all loaded up our luggage into the huge trunk of his silver blue Pontiac Bonneville Brougham.
The only driver was my Cousin, it was his car. We drove from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Disney World, then to Key West. As I recall it was quite a luxurious ride. Comfy, roomy even. We rotated seats at rest stops because we all know how coveted the front passenger seat is. My Aunt had the route mapped out from AAA Trip Tiks and had scheduled Motel stops along the way. The only mishap the whole trip was when my sister and my Aunt thought it would be hilariously funny to have my Cousin close my hair that was flying out the window in the power window. No one realized that I had my arm on the top of the door and my fingers wrapped around the window frame. Luckily my Cousin was quick to reverse the window once I started to scream! Thankfully no trip to the ER, only ice was required.

When we reached Florida we went directly to our hotel, Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The accommodations were perhaps the best I’ve ever stayed at. (Again, rather sad.) We attended the Luau, which now is called “Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show featuring an authentic Polynesian feast”. Basically a lot of pineapple drinks, grass skirts, hula dancers and men eating fire. For teenage 2 girls who never got out of Wisconsin it was fantastic.

The next day we took the overhead Disneyland Monorail to the grounds of the Magic Kingdom. (Have I ever mentioned how terrified of heights I am?) I don’t think I was even able to take a breath the entire time I was on the Monorail. Years later when I rode the Brown Line from Addison/Lincoln to downtown I had flashbacks.

Some of the rides I was not familiar with and was downright terrified. Which is rather silly, since it was the 70’s and any rides they had back then were tame and totally lame by today’s standards. We visited the Hall of Presidents, Pirates of the Caribbean, Carousel of Progress, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Skyway to Tomorrowland, Mission to Mars and It’s A Small World. (Its a small world after all, its a small world after all, its a small world after all, its a small, small world… you can thank me later, now that it’s stuck in your head. It’s only fair, since I had to endure it to write this.)

I had a brand spanking new Polaroid camera. (The kind that you had to count and then remove the film backing from the photo.)
I took lots of photos, but unfortunately I don’t have them because they disappeared when we were clearing out the house in Chicago. I suspect my ex-husband has them and I’m hoping someday that my kids find them at his place. All of my childhood photos are missing. I’m really upset about not having these particular photos because that year, 1976, was when I was at my skinniest. I remember every single photograph I took for that trip. I remember my shag haircut and my short shorts. (The only time I've ever worn short shorts in my life.) I was always a chubby kid and I've always been a plus size adult. About a year prior to our trip my Mother and I went on the Perma Slim Weight Loss Plan (kind of a low rent Weight Watchers). I actually had boys chasing me at that age. Actually the only time in my life. ( it turns out that now every single one of them is gay, but that's a whole different story.)

My sister and I had a really great time. After the Magic Kingdom we packed up the Bonneville and drove to Key West. Can I say that Key West is the most beautiful place on earth? I’ve been there twice and I would love to show it to Anastasia as she’s never been. Driving over that long, long, 7 mile bridge from Florida to Key West is the most beautiful ride.
Who would ever have thought that water could be so many different colors of blue and green?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sleepover From Hell

Where are my Cabin Fever Margaritaville Contest Participants?
I am still under the weather, I will be posting my contribution to the Carnival as soon as I begin to feel better, maybe in a day or so. In the mean time, please enjoy this post that I have had in the can (so to speak) for awhile.
When we first moved out to suburbia my daughter couldn't wait to have her first sleepover for her 13th birthday. I swear she invited half the school to the house party. There were kids everywhere. They all came to see the Lesbian Moms in their natural habitat. (For some reason they were all fascinated by us being Lesbians since my daughter outed us at her first school Divorce Group meeting. That's a whole different story.) There were boys and girls. Some of the boys hung out with my son playing video games in the living room. The rest of the pack, mostly girls hung out in the front yard and wandered the neighborhood and no doubt enjoyed drummer boy (the over the hill Metallica-head across the street) play the same beat on his drums over and over. (Did I say over and over? I meant over and over and over.)

After about 5pm the pack started to disperse and 4 girls who who were sleeping over stayed and another girl who could stay late, but not sleep over also stayed. There were Maddie, Michelle, Nicole #1, Nicole #2 and Kelsey. And of course my daughter. I ordered 3 extra large pizzas thinking that I over ordered. I didn't, these girls ate pizza like they'd been starving for a week. My son and I barely got any. I ended up heating up leftovers for my starving son.

Can I tell you it was LOUD? Six girls playing music and dancing and jumping on the bed. It sounded like a stadium full of screaming Hannah Montana fans. My daughter's new bed frame that we had just bought when we moved in 5 months earlier was toast. I've never seen metal bend like that, before then or after. I went to go upstairs to scold them for the jumping on the bed, but I didn't find out until morning that it was already too late. It quieted down a bit after I threatened to call all of their parents to come get them if they didn't stop jumping on the bed. Yes I did! (When I later told Anastasia about this she was mortified. She could not believe that i threatened to have their parents pick them up. Sorry, but I don't care whose kids they are, if they are breaking my stuff, I'm not going to continue to let them do it.)

Around 10pm there was some screaming and crying and suddenly Maddie came down and said she had to leave right away, that she called her father and he was coming. After she took off, my daughter came downstairs and said that Michelle had locked herself in the bathroom and was crying. It seems that "someone" (could it be.....Maddie?) took Michelle's unmentionables (bra and panties) and hung them from my daughter's ceiling fan and turned it on! Needless to say the girls that remained were laughing hysterically at the bra and panty fan. They laughed even louder when they discovered the fastest speed. I sent my daughter down to the kitchen to get a broom to get them down while I talked Michelle into unlocking the door and coming out. (One can only imagine what her parents thought about what was going on at my house.)

Next thing I overheard one of the girls saying they were going to sneak downstairs to my son's room and do the shaving cream prank. If you don't know what the shaving cream prank is, watch this:

I was not going allow them to traumatize my son, so I went downstairs and told my son to grab his sleeping bag and I let him camp out at the foot of my bed while we watched television all night. (We had to have something on to drown out the girly noise in the next room.) Anastasia was spending the night at her Mother's house doing her caregiver gig. (She had it soooo easy.) Those girls were still screaming and giggling well past 3am. In the morning when they came down for breakfast they were so angelic. It was as though they were completely different girls. Maybe it was a full moon?

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

PETA's Girl On Girl Make-Out Tour

People in Lubbock, TX got an unexpected eyeful yesterday. PETA is launching a new controversial campaign after their Super Bowl Ad was rejected. If you missed that ad, click on my post I Think I Have A Taste For Vegetable Soup.)

Apparently PETA thinks that sending out bikini attired women on mattresses to street corners is a way to promote their vegetarian agenda.

Frankly I don't think frat boys or dirty old men care about the message. All they care about is the cleavage and curves...And seeing their girl on girl fantasies fulfilled...on a street corner no less!

If you're a frat boy, or dirty old man, does viewing this make you yearn for veggies?

And...just a silly observation...why the gloves? Ladies! You're almost nekkid, are the gloves really keeping you warm?

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Lemonade Award

Garden Gnome at Mom's Cafe Home Cooking has awarded me the Lemonade Award. The Lemonade Award is given to bloggers who show great attitude and/or gratitude. Thank you so much!

Rules for the award:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Nominate your favorites and link to this blog.

The rules say I am supposed to nominate 10 blogs.
1. Lainy @ Lainy's Musings
2. Coffee Girl @ Caffeine Fix
3. Ms. Foodie @ Yummy As Can Be
4. Caregiving Daughter
5. BlurMommy @ Just My Rambling
6. Julia D and JK @ Homemade Hilarity
7. Jane Doe @ Insanity Personified
8. Ordinary Momss
9. Kelly @ 30 Something And Searching
10. Carol @ A Second Cup

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Are Any Of Us Surprised?

Blagojevich/Burris - Burris Confirms Request for Blagojevich Donation. Seriously?

Burris says "there were several facts that I was not given the opportunity to make during my testimony to the impeachment committee." Really? And he just now thought it was a good time to mention it? Are we to believe that in such a high profile case that Burris is going to pull the "but they didn't ask me directly, so I couldn't tell them" defense? Come on! If Burris had information when he was questioned, why didn't he say something then? Is he trying to say that when the questioning was over he wasn't asked if there was anything he'd like to add?

I've said before Burris was part of the Chicago machine and didn't think Blagojevich's naming of Burris for the open Senate seat was on the up and up. I'm just surprised this has come up now. Why now? The conspiracy theorist in me wants to know what Burris is hiding that he is throwing out this bit of information.

IL Republicans Push For Investigation of Burris. Do ya think?

Burris is set to speak this afternoon. Do you think he'll resign?

Raines/Peterson - Have any of you seen the Today Show interview with Christina Raines all googly eyed with Drew Peterson? This Chicago Sun Times article, includes a portion of the video. Drew Peterson And Fiancee Christina Raines Make 'Today Show' Appearance. Seeing her hanging all over him makes me want to hurl. Whatever happened to her common sense? I thought she said the whole engagement thing was a hoax? I think I'm gonna be sick...

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