Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Counting Down...

Here we go again, it's now 7 hours away from 2009 and although I vowed not to make yet another New Year's Resolution that I wouldn't keep...I found myself thinking of things I'd like to be better about in the New Year.

I decided years ago that I will not resolve to loose weight, exercise or anything that involves me starting Jan. 1 just to quit Jan 15. So that will not be my resolution.

Last year Brian and I resolved to make a new type of dinner once a month. Now we were easy on ourselves. ONCE A MONTH. And we failed...miserably. After one bad dinner of some really dry falafel we went back to the basics of spaghetti and enchiladas. So, I'm giving up on the cooking thing.

But...I have decided on one thing that I really need to improve on...leftovers. The rare times I do cook, I always end up with leftovers and I feel like it may be a while before I cook again, so I save them. And then forget about them. And a month later I find pasta covered with more fur than both my cats!

Yeah...gross I know. Since my budget just can't handle another year of throwing out tupperware because I keep letting things go bad in it...I am going to try in 2009 to clean out my frig on a weekly basis...or biweekly. I don't want to get crazy here :) I'm taking baby steps into 2009 and towards a clean refrigerator.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Some gift help...

According to Yahoo! Personals here are the top gifts to avoid giving to girlfriends.

After reading this list...I'm wondering are there any gifts left that that yahoo WOULD approve?!

Gift to avoid #1: Unless you are planning on proposing, avoid gifting jewelry, especially a ring, as that perceived level of commitment may intimidate your sweetheart.

Gift to avoid #2: While a ring may be considered overboard, anything impersonal, such as a kitchen appliance or gift card can be construed as thoughtless or insincere.

Gift to avoid #3: Avoid gifting lingerie for your first holidays together. It may be considered too intimate and send the wrong message.

Gift to avoid #4: Gifting something selfish, such as sporting event tickets when you know your significant other isn't a sports fan, can relay that you may be more focused on your own interests than that of the person you are getting the gift for.

Gift to avoid #5: Work-related items that promote efficiency at the office should generally be avoided. Why bring up "work" during the holidays, which is a time for relaxation.

Gift to avoid #6: Clothing may be offensive, especially if you aren't sure about what size to purchase.

Gift to avoid #7: Animals as presents are generally bad ideas unless you know the person very well. Pets are huge commitments and way too serious for a "first holiday" together.

Gift to avoid #8: Re-gifting is never a good idea, especially if it's a gift from a past relationship.

Gift to avoid #9: Forget cliches, such as boxes of chocolates or flowers. They show little thought or effort.

Gift to avoid #10: Avoid gifts that may suggest that your significant other needs to change something about himself/herself, such as exercise clothes or gym equipment, which may say that he/she doesn't look good enough as he/she is.


Some very valid points. Gym memberships and sporting tickets...not the best idea for a woman UNLESS she asked for it.

But is it just me...or are some of these crazy? I mean don't get a woman jewelry? Yeah right! Just don't put it in a ring box, get down on one knee to hand it to her when it's only earrings :)

And clothes...bring em on. Guys...you can just check the tag on your woman's shirt one night and say the cheesy pick up line "Just checking to see if you were made in heaven" she'll laugh...think you're corny and you can see the size!

Got any sure fire Christmas gifts that you CAN'T go wrong with?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I love romantic comedies but...

I just read this and hate to admit that it's kinda true...

ROMANTIC COMEDIES BAD FOR LOVE LIFE _ Researchers say watching romantic comedies can spoil your love life. Rom-coms have been blamed by relationship experts for promoting unrealistic expectations when it comes to love. They found fans of films such as Runaway Bride and Notting Hill often fail to communicate with their partner. Many held the view if someone is meant to be with you, then they should know what you want without you telling them.

Maybe that's why after watching "Enchanted" I yelled at Brian "you never ride up on a white horse to rescue me anymore!" LOL. Ok...maybe it's not quite that extreme. But guys in movies are pretty unrealistic.

I made the mistake of watching "Made of Honor" last weekend and Brian came in half way through the movie and just started laughing at the guys in this movie, sitting around discussing their feelings. I guess as women we like to BELIEVE that's what they're doing. In reality, the only feelings discussed are who they feel will win the game or when the feel they need another beer. I guess that wouldn't make a very exciting movie though :)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I may be in trouble

Brian just saw this picture...


I think he is now dreaming of a Star Wars themed wedding lol. I'd make him at least be Hans Solo...who'd want to marry Darth Vader?!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Need some dating advice? Just ask a 9 year old!

Did you hear about the 9 year old who wrote a book about dating? His name is Alec Greven and the book is called "How to Talk to Girls." It started off as a handwritten $3 pamphlet he sold at his school book fair and now it's hit stores nationwide!

I gotta admit, some of the advice is pretty good too! Here's some of what he said:

• The best choice for most boys is a regular girl. Remember, some pretty girls are cold hearted when it comes to boys. Don't let them get to you. "It is easy to spot pretty girls because they have big earrings, fancy dresses and all the jewelry."

Man where was this kid when I was in 4th grade with buck teeth and the worst haircut EVER...I swear it looked kinda like a mullet!


• You also have to be aware that girls win most of the arguments and have most of the power. If you know that now, things might be easier.

Amen!

• Go easy on the compliments to avoid looking desperate.


Okay, maybe middle school kids should lay off the compliments...but 20 years old and over HEAP EM ON BABY! It's not desperate to make your woman feel good about herself. I say the more the merrier :)

So 2 out of 3 for a 9 year old...not bad! Certainly better than what I would've come up with at that age lol.

Monday, December 1, 2008

My personal assistant for the day...

I got this email from a listener named Jay tonight...he and his coworker Marc made a bet over whether I would play a certain song for them and the bet had some interesting consequences for the looser :)

Stephanie,

My coworker Marc listens to you every weeknight at work here. I mentioned a 90's country star that I complained to him that you never play. He says you do and will. Our argument led to a big bet which you get to settle tonight. Marc "dared" me to make the bet and email you, so here goes.

This particular artist I will mention, well I'm requesting any song by him to be played tonight, anytime during your shift! If you don't play this artist tonight, Marc will have to go to our work's New Year's Party in full drag dressed as any diva that I choose! Me and the girls at the office here get to pick the outfit he has to wear! Also, I will get full control over the radio dial for one year from tomorrow!

If you do play this artist (no way) here I what I agree to as stipulated by my coworkers.
1) I will dress in full drag as any diva you choose. 2) I'm dressed in drag like this for any Eagle Concert or event that you chose. 3) I will be the Eagle "free labor in drag". I will be the station gopher in drag for the entire event. 4) You can even take and post pics.

SO, there you go! Now the fun part! The artist? Joe Diffie! HAHA! No way you play him!

I told Marc that you can even blog this email bet if I lose!


Since we DO play Joe Diffie...and I played "Pickup Man" for Marc, that means Jay--YOU LOSE! And I'm blogging about it :)

So coming up Jan. 24th at Winterblast I'm looking forward to having Jay as my gopher/personal assistant. Any ideas over what I should make Jay do for me that day? Fetching Diet Coke? Feeding me grapes? lol

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Another pregnant man?!

Brian may kill me for posting this but I can't help it...it cracked me up :)






Poor Louie, he was just trying to find a warm place today since it was freezing!! lol

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CMA awards night...my thoughts on the winners and loosers.

So I'm sitting here in the studio watching the show all by my lonesome...I feel the need therefore to share all my thoughts of the show...some you may or may not agree with :)

First shock of the night for me was Lady Antebellum winning New Artist of the Year over Rodney Atkins or Jason Aldean. Jason has been around a while and yet still somehow qualified for new artist so I wasn't expecting him to win. I had predicted Rodney Atkins would get it...I mean four number ones in a row?! He was robbed!

I've still got chills from the intro for Carrie Underwood by the soldier's wife! How she didn't cry through that whole song, I'm not sure because I was choking back the tears.

Brad Paisley and Keith Urban get to perform twice? Hmm...I love Brad and Keith but would've liked to have seen someone else given a chance to take the stage too.

Reba performing with Brooks and Dunn- didn't she do that on another awards show and forget the words? She remembered this time-that's an improvement!

James Otto-what a voice!

Is it blasphemy to say I don't like the Eagles? I'm not talking old Eagles...Desperado, Life in the Fast Lane...those are classics. But "Too Busy Being Fabulous" not fabulous in my opinion. Again, would've rather left that spot open to another artist.

Shania is back and she brought the girls with her! ...Kenny noticed too lol.

And the big one...Entertainer of the Year...I was hoping for Brad but I did pick Kenny in the pool so yeah, one more right for me!

So I got 5 out of 6 right...darn that Lady A win.

And I missed the tiebreaker too...musical event of the year. I have to say I love Alison Krauss but to win over Kenny and George, Reba and Kenny....some of country's biggest stars? And my pick of "Life in a Northern Town" cuz that song just took on a life of it's own and became a hit without them even meaning it too. There were like 6 people robbed with that one. Ok...off my soapbox. Love you Alison- you should win a Grammy in the bluegrass category every year but not a CMA. Sorry!

So who did you think was robbed tonight? Sounded best? Looked the best?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Reply All mistakes

Ever hit "reply all" on an email and immediately realized you probably should've checked first to see who you were sending it to?

Well I went to see Dolly Parton last night and since I'm such a huge fan, I was really excited to send out the picture of me with her as soon as I got home. Not really thinking about it, I just sent a mass email that included my friends and my family.

I got a response back right away from one of my girl friends saying "Her boobs are HUGE! They are just screaming "HELLO!" And then asked "are they real?"

Too bad she didn't know that she had hit reply all and sent that email to everyone, including my DAD! So he called me up laughing and she sent another email saying "I'm going to kill you! You have tell me if your dad is on an email!"

Guess we both learned our lessons about sending mass emails and hitting reply all! lol

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Embarrassing Halloween memories

Halloween is tomorrow and although I love to see everyone else's costume, I am just not creative enough to come up with something on my own. I tried to go to the store today to buy one, but all I found was rows and rows of "sexy" costumes..nurses, pirates, witches...you name it, they had it. And all for 70 bucks too. I'd rather get a pair of sweats from target and go as a snowman and be warm lol.

As I was walking through the store though, I saw a costume that I actually wore as a child and my face turned red with embarrassment just remembering. You see, growing up we weren't allowed to celebrate Halloween. But we could go to the fall festival at church. We still got candy and bobbed for apples...but no ghosts, witches, devil costumes, etc were allowed.

Somehow though at around age 10 I found a child-size french maid costume at Roses and just had to be that. So I went as a french maid TO CHURCH! And my mother let me! At the time, I just thought it was a cute little maid costume but now I can only imagine what the preacher thought when I strolled in with my face covered in makeup...bright blush...red lips...and my feather duster in hand. Oh the embarrassment.

Needless to say, I left the store pretty quickly after seeing that costume. I'm thinking if I ever dress up again, maybe I should go as a nun to redeem myself?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

R.I.P Yummy Taco :(

It seems like every time I fall in love with a Mexican restaurant, it goes out of business. First Senior Iguanas, then Los Bravos...and now Yummy Taco. If you live in V.B. and have ever driven down Independence Blvd heading towards Princess Anne and looked to the right, you would've seen a neon sign saying "Yummy Taco."

Sure it looked like a dump...in fact the first time Brian said he wanted to go there I refused to step foot in the door. He proved me wrong though when he showed me the ginormous burritos, unique tacos, tostada salads and the Chinese fortune cookies that came with ever order. A little strange yes, but it was cheap and lived up to it's name- YUMMY!

Well the last two times we've tried to order the phone just rang and rang. We figured they were busy and opted to order something else or (gasp) cook something ourselves. But this weekend we drove by and the bright neon sign was no longer lit.

Our stomachs dropped, fearing the worst, but we pulled up anyway. The store was closed, no lights on. But we got out of the car to peer inside. Faces to the window, Brian longing for the chicken fajitas and me for the tofu taco...we were faced with the reality that Yummy Taco may have gone to the Mexican heaven in the sky.

I still haven't completely given up hope...I'll drive by a few more times and continue to dream of my tofu taco with fortune cookies on the side.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Movie behavior

You know how when you go to the movies, during the previews a reminder comes up to turn off your cell phones. Well I think there should be reminders for other common courtesies. Brian and I went to see "Fireproof" last night and to the left of me there were three women talking the whole time, telling their predictions of what they thought would happen next.

Behind me, a woman kept putting her feet up on the back of my chair...pushing it and jerking me forward. I have a rocking chair at home, I didn't need one at the moment.

Then at the end up of the movie, the emotional part where all you here is people sniffling and grabbing for their tissues...a child in front of me started taking his straw and moving up and down in his drink to make a squealing noise...over and over and over.

I think the next time I want to see a movie, I'm waiting for it to come out on DVD and renting it for $4 instead of paying $20 to not even be able to enjoy it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Are we blind?

Anyone else noticing a LOT of product placement on TV...really really obvious stuff too. It's not just a character wearing a shirt with a logo or something in the background anymore.

Today I finally got around to watching "The Closer" season finale on my DVR and in the middle of the interrogation scene, suddenly the camera panned to a "Soyjoy" granola bar sitting on the desk. I think it actually zoomed in on it!

Another awful example...did you see "The Starter Wife" miniseries that was on last summer? Drove me nuts how Debra Messing's character was getting ready to go out and the camera zoomed in on her washing her face with Loreal products and using their make-up. I mean, come on, just because I'm watching mindless TV like "The Starter Wife" doesn't mean I'm mindless lol.

And the worst show of all...Biggest Looser. I can't even watch it anymore because I'm so sick of the trainers telling them how great it is to chew gum, only 5 calories...blah blah blah and then they zoom in on the gum package and it's Big Red, or whatever brand. See, I can't even remember what it was! Just that I was annoyed by it.

I wonder how dumb do they think we are that we aren't going to notice this stuff? Of course I did miss a key thing in this video: check it out if you have a minute- it's pretty funny.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Genius!

I'm a night owl. I'm one of those people who just don't do mornings...meaning don't call me in the morning, don't knock on the door, don't try to wake me up...it doesn't work. All you get is a cranky woman with bedhead comin' at you lol. As a teenager I was the same, a night owl who could never get to school on time.

So...if you're like me or have a teenager with the same "can'tgetoutofbed-itis" check these out- they may be considered cruel or genius depending on which side of the bed you wake up on :)

1. The Sfera Alarm Clock -- The clock hangs from the ceiling above your bed. When the alarm first rings, you can easily reach up and hit the snooze button. But every time you hit the snooze button, the clock retracts towards the ceiling, making you reach higher -- until you eventually are forced to get up.

2. Rumbling Alarm clock -- When the alarm goes off the clock rumbles intensely and bounces away, forcing the user to get out of bed and chase the clock around the room.

3. Clocky Alarm clock -- Instead of bouncing around the room, this one rolls on wheels and searches for a place to hide. It hides in a new place every time so you are guaranteed to get up.

4. Blowfly Flying Alarm Clock -- When this alarm goes off, the clock flies around the room, making an irritating buzzing sound. The only way to stop it is to wake up catch it and put it back in the cage.

5. Puzzle Alarm clock -- At the top of the alarm clock is a puzzle made up of four pieces. It wakes up with the alarm and by firing the four puzzle pieces in the air. Until you put them back in order the alarm turn off.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Crazy Drivers

Ok- so I'm not the best driver...but I'm really working on getting better especially after seeing a few things recently that made me wonder why some people are even on the road.

Today I was driving to work and this guy on a bike...I'm talking about a bicycle...pulls out in front of me. Okay- you're not Lance Armstrong, you can not pedal faster than my car so pulling out in front of me, not such a great idea. To steal Karen West's phrase...You big dummy! Oh, and he threw his hands up at me when I passed him...like I was in the wrong.

Then on the way to Williamsburg a few days ago, I was on the HRBT and saw a girl reading a magazine...I'm talking both hands on the mag, no hands on the wheel...going across the bridge and through the tunnel. What the heck?! She was swerving into my lane and I just thought, if you don't care enough about your life to try to drive safely, well I care about mine...so get off the road!

So what's the worst thing you've seen while driving?

Monday, September 8, 2008

My favorite CDs from people you've never heard of...

I love music! That should be obvious by what I do for a living lol. But really...I love all forms of music. I went to see Brad Paisley last week and then took a road trip this weekend to see Steve Earle in D.C. (which by the way was one of the best shows I've ever seen!)

So although I love mainstream country artists like Sugarland, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban...there are other artists that you may never have heard of that make my list of top favorite CDs of all time.

Feel like checking out something new and maybe a little different? Here are my top 10 CDs you may never have heard of :)

1. Steve Earle "Guitar Town" Classic Steve Earle! www.steveearle.com
2. Reckless Kelly "Under the Table and Above the Sun" Is it country or is it rock? Who cares it's great :) www.recklesskelly.com
3. Buddy Miller "Universal United House of Prayer" a little bit of everything gospel, rock, folk. www.buddyandjulie.com
4. Bruce Robison "Wrapped" You know his songs "Angry All the Time" (Tim McGraw) Wrapped and Desperately (George Strait) www.brucerobison.com
5. Hayes Carll "Little Rock" a great songwriter who's funny too. www.hayescarll.com
6. Thad Cockrell and Caitlin Cary "Begonias" Harmony at its best! www.caitlinandthad.com
7. Kelly Willis "What I Deserve" She's married to Bruce Robison- they're kids are going to be oozing talent lol www.kellywillis.com
8. Sarah Borges "Silver City" a rockin' chick! www.sarahborges.com
9. The Drive By Truckers "The Dirty South" Get your southern rock on. www.drivebytruckers.com
10. Jack Ingram "Hey You" before he hit it big with "Wherever You Are" Jack was rockin' Texas www.jackingram.net

Check 'em out and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Chicken woes

I've been a vegetarian for...well I can't keep count of the years anymore...but I think it's around 15 years. Ever since I sat in a Denny's restaurant in 6th grade and realized I could not eat an animal. Coming from a family of hunters, this did not go over so well lol. But I stuck to my guns, they could eat whatever they wanted, I would eat...or not eat...what I wanted.

Most of the time I don't even think about it, it's just natural to me to not eat meat. But sometimes even after all these years, it's tough. I was craving Mexican last night so I Brian and I went to a new place that we hadn't tried yet. I sat down, looked at the menu and under the Vegetarian headline it said "may contain chicken stock." Ummm what?! I asked the waiter about it and he said "well just for flavor." Ok I know meat eaters like the flavor of chicken- I love soy chicken patties- but if it has real chicken in it, you can't call it vegetarian!

So we left and went to another Mexican restaurant...still craving fajitas I asked if they could specially make veggie ones, since it wasn't on the menu. They said sure, a long wait later, out comes my sizzling hot plate of veggie fajitas...with chicken in it. Oy!

It surprises me how often this happens. I got to a restaurant, order the vegetarian stir fry and am asked, "would you like chicken or beef with it?" Seriously?

So if anyone could tell me a good restaurant in Hampton Roads, where vegetarian and meat eaters can co-exist...after gotta feed my carnivore fiance too...let me know!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Quality Time

I took a couple of days off this week to go stay with my sister. She had surgery recently and is still recovering and needed some help with the kids...I have a 4 year old niece Emma and 1 year old nephew Isaac. So I spent two fun filled days playing dress up, dollhouse and reading Disney Princess stories. By the end of the first day I had just about lost my voice from reading so much but it was worth it...it's nice when everything ends Happily Ever After :)

I definitely wasn't used to their early hours though...They get up about 6 am...I'm more like 11am. I was sleeping on an air mattress in the living room and I could hear Emma poking her head in every few minutes and asking my sister "is she ever going to wake up?!" lol

After all of the playtime, doing her hair, reading to her I think I finally became the COOLEST aunt ever in her eyes when I was emailing one of my friends and Emma asked "what are you doing?" I said, emailing my friend Ariel. Her eyes got really big and she said "ARIEL?" So now she thinks I'm friends with the Little Mermaid. She may be disappointed at the wedding when she meets her and realizes she doesn't have fins or a tail! :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Olympic fever

Anyone else obsessed with the Olympics? I can't stomp watching...thank goodness for my DVR...I can fast forward through the stuff I don't like (beach volleyball- seriously could their outfits be any smaller?) right to the good stuff...gymnastics. How in the world do they flip around on the floor exercise and then switch and do the same thing on a tiny little balance beam?! Brian and I were watching the balance beam the other night and realized we'd probably fall just trying to get ON the thing! lol

But now that they've started track and field I'm just starting to feel a little lazy. With the gymnastics or diving, I can watch and think there is NO way I could ever do that! Track and field though...I should be able to do that. Not as fast of course...but I could at least get my butt off the couch and do a little jog.

So I'm thinking the Olympics are actually making my lazier, a few weeks ago I was going to the gym at least a few times a week. Now I'm just too exhausted after watching others run circles around the track to get up and do something myself!

Monday, August 11, 2008

I always wanted to be a Disney princess

Like any other girl growing up, I wanted to be a Disney princess...especially Ariel from the Little Mermaid or Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I watched those movies until I knew every word and much to the annoyance of my older sister, could sing every song over and over again.

Well this weekend two of my bridesmaids came to visit and to go wedding dress shopping with me and I found my dream dress :) And although it's everything I wanted and I love it, I couldn't resist...just for fun...trying on the biggest prettiest Disney princess-like gown I could find (see pic below) It was so big, I could barely get out of the dressing room door! And when I turned around it kept going and going and going...



If only I could sing, I would've been on my way to fulfilling my life-long dream :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Whew...

Well I'm breathin' a sigh of relief...we finally settled on a caterer and photographer for the wedding. Feels good to just make a decision and have one less thing to think about. Of course, now I'll be worrying about whether or not we made the right choices. But, that's what I do best...worry :)

I'm looking forward to this weekend, two of my bridesmaids are coming down to go dress shopping with me. I'm old fashioned and don't want Brian to see the dress...or me in it...until I walk down the aisle but it's going to be hard to keep it a secret from him. I'm so used to talking to him about everything and I'm sooo not good at keeping secrets from him!

So if I find the perfect dress this weekend that means I have to keep my mouth shut for TEN months. I think that would be a record for me! lol

Monday, July 28, 2008

What's wrong with this picture?



Hmmm...the box said "Fettuccine with Broccoli" Now I know that food prices are going up and some companies are compensating by giving you less food in the package for the same amount of money. But come on! Couldn't they have given me at least TWO pieces of broccoli?

Monday, July 21, 2008

I need a vacation from my vacation!

How is it that you go on vacation and you come back needing another one? Maybe it was the strange hotel bed, another hotel guest slamming their door over and over at 6am or a toilet that wouldn't stop running...all night long.

I can't complain about the driving though since Brian did all of it as I snoozed along the way to Baltimore and back. I should really do some of the driving, but hey we both know my driving record...it might be better for him if I just sleep :)

It was a good trip- walked the Inner Harbor, took a cruise to see the sights

and of course went to the Orioles game to see the Tigers play...and loose. After scoring SIX runs in the first inning! At least when it started going downhill for them, gave me an excuse to go get pizza and ice cream :)

One of the best parts of the trip was the ride home. We took the scenic route back through the Eastern Shore to see the wild ponies and saw a big white bird ride horseback on one of the wild ponies! He was just chillin' on that horse for a while, taking a ride wherever he went. Being a big animal lover, it was one of the coolest things I've ever seen...just getting to observe how wild animals really act from afar.

Friday, July 11, 2008

It's done!

Alright it's finally over...the sanding, scraping, painting, staining nightmare that has been my week.




Didn't turn out quite as bad as I thought it was a few days ago but every time I look at it I'm just going to think of how much time and money I wasted. Seriously, I walked through Walmart yesterday and saw a really cute table for as much as I spent on supplies fixing this one. Oh well, lesson learned I guess :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The bane of my existence

This table project is about to drive me to the loony bin! Yesterday I had repainted the chair top with the glossy paint. And I was meticulous about putting blue painter's tape around the seat area that I had already stained. The last thing I wanted to do was to get paint on the seat and have to redo it too!

Well I pulled that tape off and underneath...paint! on the seat! Seriously how?!!!


Isn't the painters tape supposed to prevent this?! So I spent the afternoon once again sanding it to get the paint off and then restaining it.

And once again I put painter's tape over the white part near by the seat before I stained so if I check it tomorrow and there's stain underneath the paint...I may very well loose my mind!

Monday, July 7, 2008

I hate this project!!!

Ok-I am SO frustrated right now. I spent the entire weekend on this stupid kitchen table and I'm telling ya, the more I do to it, the worse it looks! Uggghhhhhh!

I took so many trips to Lowe's after not one, but two electric sanders broke on me. Not that they were doing that great of a job anyway but I just don't have the arm muscles for that kinda work.

On top of that, the first paint stripper I bought didn't do jack, so I had to go get another one. I bought the wrong kind of paint...found out that satin finish does not mean a glossy finish. And I bought way too much of it. Learned the hard way that you don't need a gallon just for some chairs and table legs.

So I gave up yesterday, threw in the towel and couldn't look at it anymore. But I had another spurt of will today so I went back to Lowe's yet again and got a can of high gloss but hey, at least I bought the right size this time. And I repainted everything I had painted this weekend. And I still hate it!

I'm wondering if I total all my receipts from the weekend if I coulda just bought a new table that doesn't look like a 2 year old painted it.

And I could've spent my long weekend laying on the beach.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Handywoman Time!

4th of July weekend is here- whoo hooo! And I'll be spending it when my first home improvement project. Just call me the "Toolwoman Taylor" hehe



Ok...so as you can tell I've been watching too much HGTV and Home Improvement reruns lately :)

Here's my project: My ugly kitchen table.



It was a hand-me-down and it drives me nuts...it's all scratched up, the chairs and the table top don't match and the GREEN legs?! So my plan was to strip it, sand it, and stain it. Can't be that hard, right?

Well I walked into Lowe's last night and suddenly I felt like I was in a different country where they were speaking a different language. There's varnish, water-based polyurethane, oil-based polyurethane, polystain, sealant, paint stripper, paint thinner. What the heck is the difference?! After an hour and a half of consulting the Lowe's workers, Brian's parents and some handout I found which showed "3 easy steps" to refinishing, I think I figured it out. So wish me luck, hopefully by Monday I have a shiny, new looking kitchen table with matching legs and chairs!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"Yes honey, you do look fat"

Guys...you know if you're ever asked by your lady "Do I look fat?" The answer is, of course not!

Well, I found out yesterday that there is one situation where you can and should say yes!

I was filling in for Karen West and the Eli Young Band stopped in for an interview. When it was all said and done, we took up a couple of pics together and I uploaded them to my computer at home. Now, I just moved last week and this was the first time I had used the computer to upload pics. On top of that, Brian had installed a new wide screen monitor for me. Turns out wide screen monitors do bad...very bad things to your body in a picture.

When it stretches the picture to fit the screen...your butt...hips...thighs all stretch right along with it! Too bad, I didn't realize this and I called Brian over and asked "Do I look fat in this picture?" His knee-jerk reaction was the guy standard "No, you look great baby."

For the first time, this was NOT the right thing to say. What he should have said was, actually yes you do look bigger and there must be something wrong with the picture. So after a while, he finally realized that for the first time saying, "yes honey you do look fat" was what I wanted to hear. Then he went to work fixing the monitor so that it never does the fun-house mirror stretch on me again :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Refrigerators must hate me!

Seriously, something is going on with me and refrigerators. Last week the one in my old place dies on me. Then I move into my new place this weekend and the one there is leaking! To top it off, the towels I used to mop up the water took 3 cycles and over 3 hours to dry in the dryer. So I'm thinking the dryer isn't working either. I'm about to give up on all appliances!

Other than that, I'm happy to be settled in my new digs and done with packing :)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Rainbow Colored Freezer

This week has been tough. I'm moving on Saturday so I've been busy everyday packing and moving stuff into the new place. On top of that, I live on the third floor and am moving onto the 3rd floor. Definitely no need to go to the gym this week...I'm huffing and puffing going up and down all the stairs :)

So this afternoon I took a break from the boxes and packing tape to get some lunch and when I went into my freezer it looked like a rainbow had died inside of it!

Turns out that sometime during the day the refrigerator stopped working and my grape, strawberry, and orange flavored popsicles had melted all over everything in it!

Guess this means I don't have to defrost the frig before moving out, huh? lol.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday the 13th

Just another day or a jinx?

I always think, eh it's just another day and go about my business. So today, without even giving it a second thought, I signed the lease on my new apartment and got a hair cut.

Well I hate the haircut and I lost my keys at the new apartment and was locked out of my car. UGH!

I eventually found the car keys in the apartment in the midst of all the clothes I had attempted to stack nicely in my new closet. And I know my hair will eventually grow back. But still, next Friday the 13th I'm staying away from hair salons and keeping a close eye on where I set my keys down.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

THE WORST SITCOMS EVER?

So TV.PopCrunch.com says the shows below are the 25 worst sitcoms ever and I say NO WAY!!!

Maybe I'm just nostalgic about shows that I grew up watching but Mr. Belvedere and Family Matters- they're classics! Urkel had the whole world saying "Did I do that?" Come to think of it, maybe I wish Family Matters hadn't given us that saying lol.

And Perfect Strangers?! I loved Balky and that silly handshake/dance they did when one would jump into the other ones arms. I was also hooked on My Two Dads and Small Wonder. I may have been the only one hooked on those though, I'll admit it. My love of bad tv started at a young age :)

25. Veronica’s Closet (1997 –2000)
24. Charles in Charge (1984- 1990)
23. The Nanny (1993 – 1999)
22. Webster (1983 - 1989)
21. All-American Girl (1994 – 1995) (starred Margaret Cho)
20. Babes (1990 – 1991)
19. Mr. Belvedere (1985 – 1990)
18. Family Matters (1989 – 1998)
17. The Ropers (1979 - 1980)
16. Life on a Stick
15. It’s a Living (1980 – 1982 ABC; 1985- 1989 syndication)
14. Shasta McNasty (1999 – 2000)
13. George (1993) (starred George Foreman)
12. Harry and the Hendersons (1991 – 1993)
11. We’ve Got it Made (1983 – 1984 NBC; 1987- 1988 Syndication)
10. Double Trouble (1984 - 1985)
9. Perfect Strangers (1986 – 1993)
8. My Two Dads (1987 -1990)
7. Baby Bob (2002 - 2003)
6. Mama’s Family (1983 – 1984 NBC; 1986 – 1990 syndication)
5. Cavemen (2007 – 2008)
4. Woops! (1992)
3. Yes, Dear (2000 – 2006)
2. Homeboys in Outer Space (1996-1997)
1. Small Wonder (Dad creates a robot, Vicki, but the family keeps it secret from the rest of the world -- including nosy neighbors -- pretending she is really part of the family.)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Wedding Overwhelm

Well the wedding planning is starting to really kick off but I keep finding myself going in a million different directions. I try to focus on one thing but somehow get sidetracked with thoughts of "what about favors" "when should I start dress shopping" "HOW much is that going to cost?!" It's not even 'til next June and I'm already going a little nuts!

When we met with a caterer today I thought it would just be a preliminary meeting. Find out their different options and then how much those options would rob us of our money. You know, the usual. But they wanted to know our exact menu, then what kind of cake we wanted, what type of flowers we were thinking of and the colors. AAAH I don't know any of this yet! I'm trying to take it one thing at a time but I can't seem to get rid of the desire to do everything at once. It's wedding overwhelm already and I'm bringing it on myself. Help!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Cookie Heaven

Ok so I've been trying to eat a little better. Cut back on sweets, maybe have a hershey kiss instead of a hershey bar. Fruit instead of chips. It's a mixture of wanting to feel better and have more energy...and thinking about putting on a wedding dress in a year. But tonight the temptation is way too high. I walked into the kitchen at work to find this!



And that's only half of it! There are 4 other containers filled to the brim with homemade chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar and snickerdoodle cookies. AND brownies! AND rice krispy treats! It's either cookie heaven in here or dieter's hell. I'm going with cookie heaven and forgetting that stupid diet...for at least tonight :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Robbing the Cradle

When I was working at my previous job, I was heading to a road show with one of the part time employees on our promotions staff talking about our lives. I told him I needed a good man and jokingly told him to bring me some eye candy to the station. Well a few days later, there was a knock on my office door and I turned around to see him standing there...with Brian at his side. He introduced us and told me to show Brian around the station, which of course I jumped at the chance to. And after Brian left, Kevin asked me "Did I do good?" I said yes...but he looks soooo young, I can't date him. So the next afternoon when Kevin came into work he reported back that Brian was actually 27. Being 26 at the time, I thought- OK then! :)

Well today a coworker came up to me after seeing us together and asked, was that your son? My SON??? She said he looked so young that at first she thought he was my son...then thought I wasn't old enough to have a son so she thought maybe he was my younger brother...or I was just robbing the cradle. The more she back peddled out of it, the worse I felt. Seriously, how old did she think I am?!

I guess on one hand I should be happy that as we age my fiance will apparently still look young, along with being young at heart. But as woman, I can't get over this and may need a couple of days of asking everyone, do I look old? until I get my confidence out of the gutter.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Monopoly Money

I'm a board game fanatic. I love 'em...but only when I'm winning of course. (which means Yahtzee may soon be thrown out the window). So this past weekend Brian and I got a new version of Monopoly...there's an electronic banker. No more rainbow colored 50s and 100s. Instead you have a debit card loaded with 2 million dollars. Heck yeah! Of course all of the properties on the board cost now more too. Even Monopoly has given in to inflation!

Well today we put the board games away and faced real life...setting our wedding date and signing the contract for the venue. We were both pretty nervous heading there. Thinking that this is just the start of all the money we'll be shelling out over the next year. So when we signed the contract and the woman helping us asked, how would you like to pay for this? Brian's response...with Monopoly money! lol. Wouldn't that be nice?!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Going Green

Last weekend Brian and I went Mt. Trashmore for our daily run (well it's a run until I run out of air and my legs get tired...then becomes a walk haha) Well at Trashmore it was Earth Day with lots of booths set up letting you know how you can green your lifestyle a bit more. I have to admit, I haven't been the best at recycling since I moved to Hampton Roads. In Fredericksburg, there was a dump with recycling right near my apartment...it was so easy to just drop it off. But here I don't have that convenience. So my apt was overrun with plastic bottles and plastic bags that I planned on taking somewhere...at some point.

So I decided to make a better effort and got some of the mesh bags from the grocery store that are reusable. They're great, hold a lot and make it soooo much easier to carry big loads of groceries up 3 flights of stairs! The only problem is, I sometimes forget to take them to the store, especially if I'm just running in for one thing, ya know? But that problem has now been solved because I found this at Target today...for about a dollar it's a reusable bag that folds and zips up and you can just carry it in your purse! Best dollar I've spent in a long time...except for that Twix bar...a dollar is always well spent on chocolate :)



Monday, May 5, 2008

Rules from a Texas Gentleman

Lyle Lovett talked to Esquire magazine recently and gave his rules for how to treat a woman...some I agree with...others not so much.

The first rule of manhood is that women are in charge. Give it up. Realize they're smarter and better looking.

i like the way you think Lyle!

A woman comes to a table and you're supposed to get up.

not so important to me. Sure it's nice...just not necessary

Never guess a woman's age. Never guess a woman's weight. Never even talk about weight in front of a woman. And never, ever ask a woman when she's due.

Amen to that! Short story...I was in the ladies room with a pregnant friend (who is very skinny even when pregnant) And she was saying that she was tired of strangers asking to touch her belly. Well this stranger comes out of one of the stalls and jokingly asks ME if she could touch MY belly. I had to say, um I'm not the one who's pregnant! Not a good day for me.

Women always go through the door first.

I'm down with that. Unless...I'm 50 feet away and you're already at the door holding it open for me so that I can go through first. That's just awkward...I feel like I have to run to get to the door to not hold you up. In this case, I can open the door for myself.

Never pass a woman a single bread roll, even if she says, "Don't pass them all over." Don't do it. Bring her the whole basket. Some things are a trick. I can hear the phone conversation later on with a girlfriend, "I asked him to pass a single roll. And he did!" It's a trap.

I couldn't care less about how many rolls Brian passes me. Throw me one...give me the basket and I'll pick. Who cares?!.

Never look in a woman's purse -- invited or uninvited. Especially invited. Just refuse. Bring her her purse, don't fish around in there. We don't know what's in there, and we don't want to know.

It's not a Mary Poppins purse...you aren't going to reach in and pull out a lamp. Yeah there might be makeup, some gum...maybe (gasp!) a hygiene product of some sorts. But it's not that scary.

So what do you think? What rules would you add or take away from the list?

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

15 and anonymous

I was reading today about Miley Cyrus and the Vanity Fair picture controversy and couldn't help but think back to being 15 years old. I was young and dumb! I mean I'm embarrassed now to think of myself at that age. But my best friends now were my best friends at 15 so we can always remind each other of all the embarrassing stories. Like our secret code names...we had nicknames for everybody! That way if we were passing notes or talking about the boy we liked in class, only we would know who we were talking about. I can only imagine now what the teachers thought of us saying "HP Land" is so cute. (don't ask me where we came up with that nickname-I have no idea!)

So to be a superstar at 15 and have those embarrassing moments broadcast to the world- AAH! I'm not saying the pictures are the same as a passed note...somebody should've thought at the time that they were too mature. But when you're 15 all you want to be is 16 and once you get to 16 it's all about being 18. You're just dying to grow up as fast as you can. And it seems to me that these young stars are expected to grow up even faster and then put down when they do. And it's not just Miley, I read a magazine article tonight about Taylor Swift and they described her as "the unmarried singer of 'Picture to Burn.'" She's still a kid...I hope she's unmarried!

I guess as cool as it would've seemed at 15 to be a superstar, I'm really glad I was just a normal teenager able to live out the embarrassing years anonymously...except for when I get together with my girlfriends...unfortunately they remember every detail :)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Good ol fashioned mail

Isn't it great when you get real mail? Not an email, or ecard, or myspace message but actual real mail. Normally I go to the mailbox and all that falls out is piles of junk mail and bills. Not exactly my idea of fun. But around August and Decemeber I get excited to check the mail because there may be an actual hand written birthday or Christmas card in there!

Well today I went to the mailbox and found an envelope, with my name on it...hand written! I was like a little kid at the candy store. It was from a good friend of mine and was the funniest engagement card I've ever seen! So I had to share it...





Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Louie...aka MacGyver kitty


Well my cat, Louie, is now going on 2 weeks of having a soft cone around his head. Poor little guy won't stop licking and he's just about licked his legs bald! I think he reached his breaking point today though...




To go two weeks without being able to clean his face was just too much for him. I was laying on the couch and he came up, starting licking my hand and then used it to rub against his face to clean himself. I don't know whether to call him Louie now...or MacGyver cuz that cat knows how to use whatever resource he needs to do what he's gotta do! I guess I should be really glad he was only trying to clean his face lol!

Monday, April 21, 2008

I'm getting married!

So despite my last two weeks of bad luck with a car accident among other things, I feel like the luckiest woman because my best friend in the world asked me to marry him :) He made me work for the ring though lol. He sent me a text saying "Dinner at 8, get dressed, grab a snack and look in the picnic basket to find me." Well I was on the phone with my dad when I got it and said, "Dad, I gotta go find Brian." He asked if we were playing hide and seek or something :) I didn’t know until later that Brian had called him the night before to ask for his blessing so dad definitely played it cool and didn’t let on that he knew what was up.

Well after hanging up with Dad, I got more excited than before our first date...ran to the picnic basket and found a crossword puzzle inside. It had clues about our first date, some fav. restaurants and some really really random ones..like what’s the abbreviation for Texas Super Chili Taco. HUH?! I was too busy trying to figure out if it really existed to realize he just wanted me to put tsct in the box because he couldn’t think of anything else haha!

Once I finally figured out the puzzle and solved it, I found that he was at the Founders Inn waiting for me. And once I got there he was out back with a dozen roses (looking quite handsome in his suit I have to say) and asked me to marry him. He jokes that it took a while to convince me...a lot of begging and pleading but actually...I started saying yes before he even got the question out. Lucky for me, he went ahead and got on one knee and asked, despite me jumping the gun a bit.


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Bad Car Karma

I've got some bad luck when it comes to driving. I have the tendency to back into things, get flat tires in the worst of places and have people come out of nowhere to hit me. So when I first started at Eagle in Aug '06 and had two car accidents in two weeks, word got around...stay away from the new girl when she's driving! I kinda hoped people would forget, but yesterday I had another car accident. I was driving down Greenwich Road, where the station is, and another driver swerved into my lane and hit me. Thankfully the only thing really hurt is my car. (R.i.p. side mirror).

Now since it was right on Greenwich...around everyone's quitting time...that meant a line of coworkers passed me by, did a double take and turned around to see if I was ok. As I stood on the side of the road with my banged up car, I realized that I will forever be known now for my bad driving luck. And when I walked into the office today for a meeting with Jombi, word had definitely gotten around. He saw me, ducked underneath his desk and said "don't hit me!" Yeah, I've got bad karma. But hey, it's only bad car karma. I'm perfectly safe in person. If you see me behind the wheel though...duck, hide, turn and run...I'll understand!