Hot Stuff

March 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm (Find The NY Coffee Cup, Pictures) (, , )


Found!! On my kitchen counter almost every day!! (Or on one of the surfaces in my house–bedroom, bathroom, kids room…)  That’s cheating…ha!

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Monday Morning. Back to the grind…

March 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm (Day to Day, EFS) (, , , , , , , , )

Weekend is over. It is Monday and back to the very specific and hunger inducing Extreme Fat Smash Regimen. Now, we took a few liberties with the diet this weekend…drinks and bad food Saturday(Crawfish Boil)–alot of GOOD food,(and fun) but not good for the bellyroll; then more bad food and cake for Sunday(the B-day party)–OK food–plus pizza! but again, not good for the bigger bellyroll. So if you are keeping track at home, we are on Day 6 of Week 2. Since the party times didn’t really start until afternoon/evening, we tried to stay close to the diet early and then modify a little for nighttime. AND the exercise was key. The boyfriend managed to work it in at the gym, I had to use more home-based methods, but moving is losing so we’ll see at the end of the week.

We are changing it up a bit to accommodate our Saturday Weigh Day. Used to be “free day” on BFL, but not anymore. Free Day wasn’t really working for us, as it’s hard to keep it to a day. You feel good all week, lose pounds and then go crazy eating what you think you’re missing and have to work twice as hard for the next week. So basically free day is not free anymore. We will be extending EFS until Friday, using the weeks of 1 or 2 and their first 3 days of meal plans to take us to Saturday morning–then we’ll be right on track for all the plans we follow. And NO free day. The craziest we’ll be getting for a while now is Exercise-Break-Day!! (Rest Day as it’s written in the book.) Watch out!

To sum-up the parties in case you are interested:

Saturday: The Boil was bubbling! The weather was crap, but the people were fun and the food was awesome. The music, however, was totally lacking! I spent the time making the playlist;  A nice mix I felt of the old and new, but alas, I had no where to play it. The party and conversations didn’t really fit for music playing. Talk was the preferred audio. But now I have playlists forever…I can exerpt pieces of the list everyday for a month! LazyTime for me, and a list you can piece together however you like. I recommend the random playback selection. Nobody can complain then! That list will start in a few days, I have a better idea for today.

Sunday: The Birthday was bashing! Had the family:  mothers, sisters, brothers and all the kiddies that come along with them. We threw in a couple of friends and partydone. I made the famous dip (Taco-my version that I feel is the BEST) but of course, I forgot to take the picture. I also made the Better-Than-Sex Cake (Or the Better-Than-SpongeBob Cake for the PG audience–sorry sis about the intro to the S-word for yours…), also my recipe–sort of. The basic idea for it can be found anywhere on the internet, but I like to alter it and add more stuff to make it MORE “Better Than–you know what”. The last one I made was 8 pounds! I weighed it. It’s rich and thick with evil sweetness. And again, I forgot to take the picture. BUT, I did take a photo of the vegetable tray. Lucky you. There was like, 5 dips that I forgot to label and then got all mixed up…it was like dip surprise! Hey its a party–you just never know what might happen! Don’t we all just sound crazy and out-of-control?!? Oh come on, what do YOU do on Sunday??

So basically, everyone eats, singing, presents, chit-chat, gossip, and goodbye. In the end my one sister (with hubby and 2 kids) stayed later, we ordered pizza, and they left. Clean up and off to bed. Exciting stuff.

And I have to add, for my kids benefit–both must be treated equally; after all the cleaning, even carpet shampooing…no one messed up the floor except my own 2 kids!  On Saturday afternoon, Mason spectacularly dumped an entire cup of my coffee right off the table and onto the floor, creating a pretty splashy brown stain right where we all sit. We gave him quite a hard time, but got it cleaned almost invisibly by Sunday Party Time. Then, to be fair, Stevie decided to drop her plate-sized piece of  BTS cake off the table and onto the EXACT same spot that Mason spilled the coffee, but with the added bonus of doing it in front of everybody!  Now we have dark dark chocolate with syrups and whip soaking into the fibers. This floor stands no chance of staying clean past March. Pressure is off! Thanks guys! I love you!

Oh and my one friend–the sci-fi gal, told the family about this running log of nothing–so if you are reading—this is the big idea for the day—the music list is for you. My family. Mothers, sisters, brothers…(There weren’t any daddy’s. ODD.  The only technical dad present was my sisters hubby, but I was meaning more like the dads of us adults–we love ya J! but we have to give the dad’s their own list. I’ll tack it on later. A 2-for-1 Bonus Day! Once I started compiling family songs—there’s alot—the dad’s had enough for their own. Good but kind of bad too. There are alot of ticked off rock stars who don’t like their daddys–sorry guys)

With that said, it’s all about Family Fun. It’s all about YOU!

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Carrot Celery Cauliflower in Repose

March 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm (Pictures) (, , )


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Monday. Time to play…Family Fun! It’s pretty long too. Just like spending time with your real family!

March 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm (Music Lists) (, , , , )

1. We Are Family / Sister Sledge

2. Family Portrait / Pink

3. Mother / Danzig

4. Mother’s Little Helper / The Rolling Stones

5. Mother / Pink Floyd

6. Stacy’s Mom / Fountains Of Wayne

7. Your Mama Don’t Dance / Poison

8. When You’re Good To Mama / Queen Latifah & Taye Diggs

9. What’s Your Mama’s Name / Tanya Tucker  (repeat! it’s in the green list too!)

10. Take Your Mama / Scissor Sisters

11. Mama, I’m Coming Home / Ozzy Osbourne

12. Mama Said / The Shirelles

13. Mama Said Knock You Out / LL Cool J

14. Mama / My Chemical Romance

15. Dear Mama / 2Pac

16. Sister’s Are Doing It For Themselves / Aretha Franklin & Eurythmics

17. Sister Luck / The Black Crowes

18. Little Sister / Elvis Presley

19. Sister Christian / Night Ranger

20. Sweet Little Sister / Skid Row

21. Look At Little Sister / Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble

22. Brother Lee / Citizen Cope

23. Brother / Dark New Day

24. Daughters / John Mayer

25. Daughter / Pearl Jam

26. Son Of A Preacher Man / Dusty Springfield

27. Surrender / Cheap Trick

28. Into Hell Again / 3rd Strike

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The DAD’S List–All about the Papa’s–2 For 1 Special Today!

March 30, 2009 at 3:25 pm (Music Lists) (, , , , )

1. Papa Was A Rolling Stone / The Temptations

2. Papa Loved Mama / Garth Brooks

3. Daddy Sang Bass / Johnny Cash

4. Pensacola / Joan Osborne

5. Don’t Cry Daddy / Elvis Presley

6. Gone Daddy Gone / Gnarls Barkley

7. Papa Don’t Preach / Madonna

8. Father Of Mine / Everclear

9. The Story Of My Old Man / Good Charlotte

10. Never Again / Nickelback

11. Father Figure / George Michael

12. Dance With My Father / Luther Vandross

13. A Boy Named Sue / Johnny Cash

14. Wonderful / Everclear

15. Emotionless / Good Charlotte

16. Too Bad / Nickelback

17. Cat’s In The Cradle / Harry Chapin or Ugly Kid Joe does a good version…(possibly THE most emotional song on record for the guys about their daddies–at least in my experience)

18. Because Of You / Kelly Clarkson (not sure if this is about the dad or the mom or both, but it ends the list a teeny-tiny-little-bit more upbeat)

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Tip to Wrap–Save some Bucks

March 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm (Recycle, Tips to Live) (, , , )

This is a new idea I thought of to add to the rolling list of nonsense that goes thru here. Kind of a “TIP” section. Things that are kind of helpful maybe to someone. I thought of it obviously while wrapping a present. Whenever I come across something I think is tippy, then I’ll post it. So, if this helps, great! If not, just move along! Thanks.

This is a quick tip for wrapping presents. I’m sure alot of people already know this, but I just figured it out.

As usual when I went to go get supplies for the b-day party we are having today for the boyfriend, I forgot some stuff. Like wrapping paper for the present. PLUS, I really hate spending money on things that just get torn off and thrown away. In the mail, I got a big pack of sales fliers. Alot. Like for 10 different places. DING!

The Jewel sales paper is perfect! It feels the same weight as wrapping paper, doesn’t bleed all over your fingers, is super colorful, and it’s FREE.

So I wrapped the present in it. I think it looks very party like, and it works for ALL occasions. You can always get fancy for things like weddings and Christmas, but I think it would work pretty good for everything else.

You can try other papers too. I noticed some are really faded looking, some are black and white, some are heavier or thinner–its really up to you and what you prefer for the present you have. For something really large, just throw it all on there! There’s an endless supply! I put a picture up of my present. Hope it saves you a few bucks!

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The Boyfriends Birthday Present—Wrapped Cheaply

March 30, 2009 at 12:41 pm (Pictures, Recycle, Tips to Live) (, , )


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Tip for girls—don’t throw away those clothes just yet…

March 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm (Recycle, Tips to Live) (, , )

If you have a flip flopping girl like I do (she likes this pair of pants today, but hates that ugly shirt and vice versa) then listen up. My daughter gets alot of clothes for presents, b-day, x-mas, easter, whatever…and some she likes, most she hates. Not because there is anything actually wrong with the clothes–but because they are just not EXACTLY “right”.

The number size is correct. It’s things like: the color is too dark or too light; the waist has the wrong belt band; the length is too long or too short; the buttons or designs are bright, sparkly, dull, beaded, not beaded, stitched…; or the worst of all, too tight, not tight enough, tight on TOP but too baggy at the knees, too baggy at the ankles, too tight at the ankles, not flarey enough…it goes on and on until I tell her not to wear them then! Whatever–JUST GET DRESSED–WE HAVE TO GO!!

Then she demands they be thrown out and never allowed back in the house again.

I however,  know that in a week, tops, someone at school is going to have those pants and guess what? She NEEDS to have those pants. So, under much resistance, I tell her we are not throwing them away. She can put them in the bottom of her drawer and try them at a later time. Just trust me here, you are going to want them eventually.

NO!! I don’t want them in my drawer!! Fine. Then put them in your closet.   FINE. But they are going in the very bottom of the junkiest spot in there. Fine. Just get dressed, please. UGGHHH!! And off she goes. It’s so much fun, and she isn’t even really THAT close to the teens yet.

Go forward a few days. The pants get brought back out quietly. Tried on. Pranced around in. Paired with various other,exiled, ugly tops, and suddenly you find yourself looking at your daughter decked out in her most horrible, horrendous, hideous clothing to go to the party AND she tells you, “I love these pants SO much! They are my FAVORITE pants! They fit so good, don’t they mom??”

Yes honey.

If that doesn’t work for you, I keep a bag in the garage for the Salvation Army. They come around with trucks every few months. If it doesn’t make it back into the house by then, someone who needs it more will get it. Obviously, this scenario might not occur for everyone, but it’s working like this for me right now, so maybe it will help even a little. Like most kids, she’s really good…until she’s bad!

Have a great day!

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Cool Word of the Day!

March 30, 2009 at 10:44 am (Cool Words) (, , , )

Doppelganger (noun)

Definition:  A ghostly double or counterpart of a living person

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