Sunday, February 27, 2011

A few facts about raising a daughter...

1. She WILL find a way to get into your makeup. And unless you keep it under lock & key, it will probably happen more than once.  Today, Ruby was particularly interested in my mascara.  And another lipstick has bit the dust.

2. She will have a shoe collection to rival your own... and most likely a much better wardrobe.  You will find yourself saying ''These are so cute!  I wish they came in MY size!'' more often than not.  I found myself thinking the exact thing as I was putting her laundry away today...

3. She will be emotional.  More precisely whiny. At least mine is... but apparently so was I, so what goes around comes around, right?  Seriously, though. Although my son is an extremely emotional person, I literally shudder when I think of what Ruby *could* be like as a teenager!

4. She will want to be a princess (at some point, no matter how tough or un-girly she may act at times), and  rightfully so, but also a Mommy, a doctor, and a teacher... I wonder why!  ;)

Oops, this is my SON. I just had to sneak this pic on again. It makes me giggle so much!

5.  She will be your best friend. No doubt about it.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011


...and the award for the most horribly disgusting twisted movie ever goes to....
The Human Centipede

(I'm not even going to post a pic or link, it's THAT bad!)

A parenting site I belong to had a thread about this movie.  A sort of "have you ever seen a movie you wished you hadn't" type of thing.  I replied saying that I hadn't seen it, but that both the remakes for 'The Last House on the Left' and 'The Hills Have Eyes' are 2 that I will never watch again, due to disturbing scenes that were hard to shake. 

I've LOVED scary movies since I was little... but some go TOO FAR.

I only watched about 30 mins of 'The Human Centipede'... but I could see where it was going.  I decided to skip ahead a few scenes and it only got worse!  I feel so gross right now... I definitely need a romantic comedy or something to help me forget about it.

Please DO NOT watch this movie. I can't imagine anyone willingly sitting through the entire thing.  If you like movies like 'Hostel' or 'Saw'  you might be curious enough to check it out... but I'm pretty sure you'll be sorry you did!
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Memo

Fellow moms, you know which one I mean.
The "You're-Not-Allowed-To-Be-Sick-When-You're-A-Mom-Memo."

This winter, so far (knock wood, throw salt over my shoulder and anything else I can do to NOT jinx myself) has been pretty good in the health department.  The kids have had some runny noses, fevers and very mild & quick tummy bugs... Nothing major and nothing that has kept them down for more than a day or two.  BUT since last week, I've just been feeling "off."  I'm not getting enough done, it seems.  Suppers are embarrassing (how many times a week can I make macaroni!?), and although I'm keeping the house clean I've been doing the bare minimum (dusting, sweeping, a quick scrub to the toilet -- even when I'm not feeling well, too many dust bunnies and a dirty toilet cannot be ignored!).

On Monday, I started to feel like I might be getting a cold.  You know that feeling when you know you're going to get one, you can totally feel it coming?  But so far, it really hasn't turned into ANYTHING!  My ears were burning today and I started a bit of sneezing... overall, just feeling pretty lousy.  I took the afternoon off work to come home and rest.  And I did my best.  I only did 1 load of laundry and spent the rest of the time on the couch.  I got supper ready before I went to pick up the kids because the hubs is working tonight and I knew I would be solo for supper & bath time.  The more I got done before they got home, the better.

I must say, Memphis has been the cutest:  "Remember those times when I'm sick and you do everything for me... now it's my turn to do everything for you."  Awwwww... and for the most part, he's been good.  I haven't had to ask him anything more than once (okay, maybe twice) and even Ruby understands that Mommy is a bit under the weather... which is nice.  And kind of sad.  My kids are growing up so fast that they are able to "take care of me now."  When did this happen?

Here's hoping a few extra drops of Wild Oil of Oregano (medicine chest in a bottle!  I love this stuff, and I think I owe the fact that I haven't had a serious cold in at least 2 years because of it), some hot tea & honey, a warm bath and early bedtime will nip this semi-cold in the bud!
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Sunday, February 20, 2011


As I sit here, delicately typing this post (just did my nails and the polish is still fresh), I seriously wonder if I'm just a sucker for nail polish with a cool name!  
As I've mentioned before, I'm totally addicted to Mad Men, and I've been noticing a specific color of polish some of the women seem to sporting.  I had nothing else to go on besides it seemed to be a pretty vibrant shade of orangey-red.  
For the first time, in a while, I went shopping without the kids - for groceries... but it did give me the opportunity to visit the beauty aisle... and I came across the perfect shade!  

I was so excited I didn't even care that I was about to spend $7 on 1 bottle of nail polish!  I took a glimpse of the name... and I was smitten!  Kook-A-Mango!  How cute!

I did a test run on Ruby (gave her mani & a pedi) and it looked adorable, so I attempted it on myself.

Aside from the mediocre job I did (or my wrinkly hands)... I absolutely love it!  I'm just not sure which I love more - the color or the name!
[come to think of it, when it came time to pick out paint for Ruby's nursery, I knew I wanted a funky green... when I settled on one and saw that it was called "Lime Freckle" I even posted about it on my babysites blog!]

I had been getting my nails professionally done since before the wedding, I thought I was okay with the urge to bite my nails... but apparently I'm very weak-willed.  Here's hoping I'll keep my teeth away now that I have found my very own Mad Men version of 'orangey-red' polish!  :)
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Word Of The Day

After the holidays, I purchased a 2011 ‘word of the day’ calendar in hopes of improving my vocabulary. I figured I could try to use each word at least once during the day it was listed in the calendar.  This has proven to be a tad more difficult than expected.   For example, today’s word is:

Velarium (noun)
an awning over the seats in a theatre of ancient Rome

Hmmm, how can I possibly work THAT word into my conversations today?
Past words have included:

Metacarpus (noun)
the five bones between the wrist (carpus) and the fingers and thumb (phalanges)

Not a difficult word, but I found no need to discuss my metacarpus on February 7th...

Mirth (noun)
gaiety accompanied by laughter

Apparently, I wasn’t having a great day on January 24th, because I never used this in a sentence that day either!

Too bad I didn’t visit a latifundium (a large country estate) on February 12th, or worn uncomfortable shoes which would have left me with phylyctena (a small blister or pustule) on February 16th!

I will be going home tonight and taking a peak in my closet… hopefully I will see chitterlings (a ruffled frill on the front of a shirt) so that I can finally use my word of the day! If not, I have high hopes for the upcoming weeks… yes, I’ve peeked ahead! Stay tuned!

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Monday, February 14, 2011


I enjoy a good chick flick, romance [or romantic-comedy] as much as the next girl!  In honor of Valentine's Day, I share with you my top 10 romantic movies with a short explanation as to why these films have warmed my heart!

Can I have one last first kiss?
Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.  

This is probably one of the sweetest romantic-comedies I've seen.  It's funny, heart-warming, the scenery is great and I love the Sandler-Barrymore love combo!  I love how persistent Henry is, and I love to see Lucy fall in love with him again every day!

"Listen, Rose. You're gonna get out of here, you're gonna go on and you're gonna make lots of babies, and you're gonna watch them grow. You're gonna die an old... an old lady warm in her bed, not here, not this night. Not like this, do you understand me?"
Sadly, it seems almost 'lame' to keep bringing up this movie... but I did see this movie 3 times in the theatre, and probably within a week or two... not to mention that I purchased it as soon as it came out on VHS(!) and I've watched it half a dozen more time since then.  The ending gets me every.single.time.  
The scene where Jack draws her portrait and then they end up all steamy in the car... va va voom!
It was an over the top, totally unlikely love story... or was it?  I totally believe in love at first sight, and I've love to believe to really was a Jack & Rose on that ship.

"I had to come all the way from the highway and byways of Tallahassee, Florida to MotorCity, Detroit to find my true love. If you gave me a million years to ponder, I would never have guessed that true romance and Detroit would ever go together. And til this day, the events that followed all still seems like a distant dream. But the dream was real and was to change our lives forever. I kept asking Clarence why our world seemed to be collapsing and things seemed to be getting so shitty. And he'd say, "that's the way it goes, but don't forget, it goes the other way too." That's the way romance is... Usually, that's the way it goes, but every once in awhile, it goes the other way too."
This Quentin Tarantino scripted film uses the theme of 'boy meets girl.' Here, though, boy meets girl, boy kills girl's pimp, couple takes pimp's coke, and bad boys chase couple. And Elvis is their Guardian Angel.... 
True Romance might be an unlikely contender, but again... love at first seems to get me every time!

"I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who's ever lived: I've loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough."
When speaking of The Notebook, first things first... Ryan Gosling is dreamy.  I think I might have actually 'swooned' the first time I saw him in this movie.  The pairing was incredible, the love story was believable... and I loved watching it.  Of course, the beginning & ending with the older couple was so perfect and so sad is so many ways.  This is by far one of my favorite movies!

"Landon: I'm sorry she never got her miracle.
"Rev. Sullivan:  She did. It was you." 
Young love at it's best. So cute... the kind of movie where you sort of know exactly what's going to happen, and when it does, it still catches you off guard and you find yourself searching desperately for a tissue!

"I bet you've had a hard time walking into a room full of people on your own, right? Yeah. I know that. I know what it is not to feel like your in the room until he looks at you or touches your hand or even makes a joke at your expense, just to let everyone know... you're with him. You're his."
P.S. I Love You. Heart-wrenching.  I don't even want to imagine losing the man I love... which makes this movie hard to watch.... BUT when she starts receiving letters from him and he takes her on such an incredible journey, their love story isn't really done.  Such a beautiful movie... and Gerald Butler isn't too hard to look at either!

"I love you."  " Ditto."
After being killed during a botched mugging, a man's love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.  Sam carries a story between a sexy ghost and his mortal woman, a wacky channeled fortune teller and a thief. Sam was one of Patrick Swayze's finest performances.

"Where are his glasses? He can't see without his glasses"
A beautiful young movie about death and love. Friendship and loss.  
It's not really "romantic," but it's probably one of the cutest movies ever made... it's so sweet, and I cry like a baby every time.  Even thinking about the scene where Vada is freaking out about his glasses is giving me the sniffles!

"Ooh, see that, there. Who needs affection when I have blind hatred"
Updated version of William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew," set at the fictional Padua High School in Tacoma where a new transfer student, Cameron, is interested in the popular sophomore Bianca Stratford. But Bianca's overprotective and domineering father forbids Bianca to date unless her older sister Katerina, an unpopular and hostile senior, does. In a bid to get Katerina a boyfriend, Cameron sets up a plan to have the school stud, Joey Donnar, bribe Patrick Verona, an outcast senior with a rumor-filled past, to take the volatile Katerina out on dates so he can go to the school's homecoming dance with Bianca. However, neither Pat or Kat expect their 'going steady' to lead where nobody expects it too.

 This was the first time I ever really 'saw' Heath Ledger... and me likee.  

"Nobody puts Baby in the corner."

Sorry, I had to.  ;)
Dirty Dancing had the best quote [probably] ever!
I've loved this movie since I was like 8... the end still gives me goosebumps.  Swayze was HOT!
I soooo wished (okay, I still do) that my parents had whisked me off to swanky resort, where I met up with a cute bad-boy dance instructor who taught me how to be a woman!  haha! 
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Friday, February 11, 2011


At 6:00 a.m., I am selfish.
It's MY time.
It's quiet.
I love being able to enjoy a hot cup of tea [by the time I get around to my cup of tea on the weekends, it's usually cold], catch up with news & gossip online, pay my bills [okay, I actually hate paying bills, but I love being able to do it without distractions], cuddle with our kitty and take in the stillness around me.
With an energetic 5 year old, and a feisty 3 year old, our home is never quiet.  And that's okay.  As much as they drive me crazy, there really is nothing better than hearing the pitter patter of little feet or giggles coming from the other room.
Mornings are special, though. I'm much more alert earlier in the day, I am as far from a "night owl" that one could get.  I love having to wake my kids up by tickling their feet and saying "good morning, sunshine!"  Memphis wakes up all at once, he starts talking a mile a minute - could be something he dreamed about, something we talked about 2 weeks ago or something that happened a daycare the day before.  Ruby's a lot lazier... her bedhead is hilarious, her little voice is even raspier than usual and I usually carry her downstairs because she is still so sleepy! 
Well, it looks like "my time" is almost up.  It was great while it lasted... now back to reality!
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Friday, February 4, 2011

The weekend is so friggin' close...

...and I can't wait!

We have a pretty fun girls' day planned tomorrow as part of my mom's birthday:

Spa! (le nordik)
Food! (chinese)
Movie! (black swan)

Will post, with pics, as soon as I can!
Hope everyone has a happy, safe, fun-filled weekend!
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I signed up for a 1-month free trial at Netflix only so I could watch Season Three of one of my favorite shows!  I can't really afford to buy it right now - the cheapest it's going for is about $35/$40.  Plus, I hate owning a random season of something, since I borrowed the first two seasons from a co-worker, it would be odd to only have season 3 in my collection....

It's a fantastic deal!  If I can get through the entire season before the end of February, I cancel my membership and not pay a thing... However, if I choose not to cancel, it's only $7.99 a month for a ton of movies.  I'm going to play around with it this month, see if it's worth keeping.  

Most importantly, I can keep up with Don, Betty, Peggy, Pete, Joan and Salvatore anytime I want!  ;)
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