Monday, June 30, 2008

The man with the stomach of steel...

Rob can no longer be known as "The Stomach of Steel," as I have referred to him ever since our first visits to Mexico early in our marriage....where he drank the water we weren't supposed too, ate whatever he wanted while we were there, and never got sick. Last night he finally learned that it probably isn't such a good idea to order his steaks "rare." To me, "rare" is just a fancy way of saying "food poisoning." He came home early from church and is finally feeling better.
Random things that happened today...
Someone forgot to buy bread for sacrament meeting at church. It threw everyone for a loop and they had the speakers give their talks while someone went on a mission to find some bread.
The first adult speaker had the topic of "Being Prepared." You can bet I had to hold back the giggles on that one.
Last random thing of the day...Cari and I worked on a whirly, twirly, whack-ah-mah-doo for her friends wedding cake topper. She posted a pic on her blog. The gal is getting married on the 4th of July, so its fire-cracker-esque design outta be perfect.
Hope everyone had a nice start to the week. We are still having lightening storms nearly every day.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Random thoughts...

The storm I wrote about the other day was mentioned in the newspaper today. Apparently, 3 homes in our city were struck by lightening, which resulted in fires. The storm generated from 500 to 750 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. I am glad I got home when I did! We saw some pretty crazy lightening today coming back from the Palm Beach Gardens Mall. It was our first time there. It's very nice, but there are definitely a lot of stores I would never shop at, even if I was a millionaire. For example, can someone please explain to me why anyone in their right mind would spend $1200 on a Louis Vuitton purse? First, they are plain and ugly. Second, it is stupid to worry that much about status. Third, it doesn't even give you status, because everyone and their grandmother has a fake replica and no one gets close enough to tell the difference anyway. Lastly, I would much rather have my favorite green leather purse (which I get compliments on all the time and only paid $11 for after using a coupon at JCPenney's) and have $1189.00 in my purse to spend on things I actually need.
Okay, enough about that. Something I enjoyed spending my money on today? The Chocolate Stampede dessert at LongHorn Restaurant. It was one of the few desserts I couldn't finish. It was a moist, dense chocolate cake, with a think layer of chocolate mousse, fudge, chocolate shavings, and accompanied by vanilla ice cream. If you ever go there, you HAVE to try it. Make sure you have someone to share it with is gargantuan. Heck, I don't even think it would have fit inside that $1200 purse! Hope ya'll had a nice Saturday!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Thing that made my day samples of Strawberry Cheesecake Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream at my grocery store. A little sugar is sometimes all it takes to put a smile back on your face.

This one's for you Cari!
more cat pictures

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The season of storms...

It is obviously hurricane season now, but what some people may not realize about Florida, is that not only do we have to worry about one of those bad boys hitting us at any time between now and Thanksgiving, but we have nasty storms nearly every day. Sometimes they are short...about half and hour to an hour. Today, it has been super nasty all day. I saw it was getting ugly out and went to run my post office errand. On the way home, the psycho cloud to ground lightening started, and one was directly in front of my car. We have windows all over in our house, the winds were getting horrible, and the warning alarms kept going off, so I trapped my fat kitty in the bathroom with me (our small, neurotic one was under the king size bed, way beyond reach) and she and I spent most of the afternoon in the bathroom. I fell asleep on the floor and woke up to her pawing at my arm, trying to wake me up. I am sure she was thinking, "Hey Mom...why did you lock me in here with no food or toilet?" I am sure she was more worried about the food. We got Rob's old laptop working with in home wireless finally, so at least I can get on the internet without being plugged into the wall when it is storming. Our friends had their computer toasted by lightening last year. Well, hope the weather is better where you are.

Saved by the alarm...

Do you ever have one of those super stressful dreams/nightmares, only to be saved by your alarm? I had one of those this morning and actually awoke and said, "Thank goodness!"

I was going to be in some kind of singing competition, similar to American Idol, in front of a lot of people. I had been told what my song was to be days before and had been practicing it and having my costume made (which for some odd reason was supposed to resemble a mermaid...but was actually pink sparkly tight pants with fins that attached at the feet. Oh, and a coconut bra. Can't forget that part). Well, some guy (Simon Cowell wannabe) shows up and asks if I am ready to perform "You Must Love Me" from Evita. That was NOT the song they had said I was going to sing earlier in the week, and I was going live in 5 minutes. I was frantically searching through a songbook, looking for the lyrics. I knew the tune, and the refrain, but couldn't get past the first line, "Where do we go from here?"
I was being ushered on stage in my mermaid costume, sitting in a bathtub, flipping through the songbook when my alarm went off.
When I woke up, I wondered if Brooke White has this nightmare too? I felt horrible for her when she forgot the lines on Idol, and my crazy subconscious must have saved it up to later taunt me. Good grief.
Have a nice Thursday!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

This is the sunshine state...right?

Boy, have we had our share of storms and rain this week. The sun was finally out for a while today, but I spent from 10:30 am till 5:30 pm dealing with a computer problem, so I didn't really notice. Things are pretty much fixed now, but I feel like I just lost a whole day. Oh wait...I did.

The good news is the tax refund we got is probably legit, and we will get to keep it. I won't go into the confusing details to spare you, and myself a headache. Our stimulus check is till missing though. According to the IRS, it was supposed to be mailed out on the 13th of June. From what I hear though, a lot of people are missing theirs.

Well, I hope Wednesday is a better day than today was. Hope yours is a good one too. My gut must have had a very good reason for not wanting to get out of bed today. Maybe my gut need some good dessert.

Monday, June 23, 2008

more cat pictures


So, for the past few weeks, I have been getting about 3 or 4 spam emails to one of my email accounts.....and the subject is always in German. I don't KNOW any German. Geesh. I know spammers/scammers are some pretty stupid people, but you would think they would at least be able to get my language straight! LOL!
Well, at least I have no idea if they are dirty.

On another note, we got a refund check today in the mail. We aren't supposed to. In fact, we PAID this year. What the heck is up with that? We will chat with the accountant tomorrow and see what's up. Heck, if we do get to keep it (there's probably one chance in a million) we have our "have a baby fund" ready to go. ( :

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I just saved myself a bundle...

I went to a salon and had my hair highlighted about 2 months ago, and my roots were starting to get an attitude of their own. To get a whole highlight around town here can run you anywhere from $80 and up. Well, with the suggestion of my mother and my friend Cari ( who also had hoped she would turn out blonder the last time she got highlights at a salon) I took a risk and highlighted my own hair at home. I used a Frosting kit by L'oreal in a color called Champagne. I picked this one because it came with a toner, in case you are one of those people who end up with red tones when you try to go lighter.
It came with one of those goofy caps that you have to pull your hair through....which seemed to take forever, and caused me to call the cap a few not so pretty names. I feared for my, hair...and it actually turned out. I was worried I was gonna have to make a run to the store and dye it brown if it didn't turn out.
The kit costed $10.99 at Target. So, I saved myself at least $70. Here is a pic of the final results. Man, the more pics I see of myself, the more I hate my nose.

The REAL reason the pharmacy makes you wait so long while they fill your prescription...

Okay, I know that when you drop your prescription off at the pharmacy, they have to run it through insurance, bottle it, etc...but sometimes I wonder if there is another reason it takes so long. I have been using our local grocery store, and when I went to the drop off window, there was no one else there besides me. My prescription was for vitamins. The man looked me up in the computer, had the bottle of vitamins in his hand, and told me it would be about 15 minutes. Fine, I thought...I have to get some hamburger buns anyway. So I headed toward the bread aisle, but HAD to walk past those noisy potato chips in the snack aisle. They yelled at me as I went by...."Hey! You haven't bought any of us in a long time. Do you still love us? You've been poked and prodded at the doctor's office and deserve some kind of reward. Ya know...we do happen to be on sale...Buy one get one FREE!"
They guilted me into buying them, and after that, my guard was down, and I ended up picking up two boxes of those Nabisco 100 calorie snack packs. Lorna Doone cookies and Mr. Salty chocolate covered pretzels.
I headed back before the 15 minutes was up, and of course it had been ready for a while. It probably only took 5 minutes or less.
It was all a scheme between the pharmacist and those naughty snacks. It's a CONSPIRACY I tell you!