Saturday, July 24, 2010

Guest Blog: Finding Mr. Right

Please welcome back Dawn from The Way I See Things. If you missed it, you can read her interview yesterday when she was announced as the Best Scoop of the Week here.

The Way I See Things

What comes to mind when you read "love" and "exception"?

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the word "love" was my family.   I couldn't imagine loving anyone more than my THREE guys (hubby Mark and my boys Brett and Dylan.)  Animals are a close second.  I have loved cats and dogs my entire life.  I had a a crazy dog growing up and most of my friends and family had cats and dogs as well.  Since I was ten years old, I KNEW that I would NEVER live without being surrounded by a menagerie of pets.  Enter the second word "exception."  You know the rule:  Never say never.  At the age of 24 I found the perfect guy.  He was smart and funny and loving and  . . . EXTREMELY ALLERGIC to all things with fur!  Could I really marry this man I LOVED with all my heart knowing that I would have to give up my dream of being the next Dr. Doolittle?

I guess LOVE is a truly powerful thing.  I made the EXCEPTION for the man of my dreams.  Still I was sad and he knew it.  One day he actually made his own "exception" and tempted the fates by allowing me to adopt some kittens (while taking lots of allergy shots!)  I was so happy!  Unfortunately my glee was short-lived.  Within two weeks, my husband was hospitalized with what we thought was walking pneumonia but turned out to be a severe allergy to the cats!  It broke my heart to give them up and since that day I vowed NEVER to get involved with pets again (I couldn't bear the heart break).  

Still, I might be willing to make one more EXCEPTION -- there is a fabulously adorable hypo-allergenic puppy down the road that I'm falling in LOVE with!

Have a great weekend, everyone. The kids and I are off to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country for the weekend.
Leave us lots of love?

Friday, July 23, 2010

BSOW: Do the T.W.I.S.T

It's Friday!!! Woot!!! Woot!! Woot!!! I get to pass out ICE CREAM!!!! I'm excited about this week's Best Scoop of the Week too. She's got a handle on this whole motherhood thing. She can diagnosis your shoulder pain. She's not afraid to walk in the TV Graveyard after dark. She's got tips for successful Facebooking. She's also got the dibs on the best lefty camera.

The Best Scoop of the Week honor goes to Dawn of The Way I See Things!!! Anyone who's blog makes them T.W.I.S.T. is cool by me.

The Way I See Things


"What one thing that has happened in your life has made the biggest impact on who you are today?"

Wow!  That is SOME question.  I've been giving it a lot thought since you first asked me and I'd have to say it was my relationship with my Aunt Nanci.  My Aunt (who was also my godmother) meant the world to me.  She was truly a 2nd mom and, as adults, we were also great friends.    Without going into too much detail, let's just say that I had an extremely adversarial relationship with both of my parents.  I didn't get the sense that they got much pleasure in having kids (there wasn't a ton of "fun" in my house).  I grew up in a home where fighting was the norm, fun foods (like pop tarts and fruit loops) were NEVER found, and family members seldom enjoyed each other's company.   Luckily for me, my parents "shipped me off" to Syracuse, NY during the summers to spend time with my Aunt and cousins.  My Aunt Nanci was the complete opposite of my parents.  (We often wondered how she and my Dad were related!)   She was silly and funny and laid back.  She embraced the thrill of slime as much as we did.  She danced in her car.  She picked berries.   She loved being a MOM and her kids absolutely adored her.  So did I.  

I spent most of my teen years fighting with my parents and spending as much free time as I could with my closest friends.  Through the tough years, I knew my Aunt always had my back.  As I grew into a young woman she became a true friend to me.  We so enjoyed each other's company and got together socially as often as we could.  We agreed that we would've still been friends had we not been related!  When I became a parent I knew that my AUNT would be my role model (DEFINITELY NOT MY MOM OR DAD!)  It came as no surprise that my Aunt would play a major role in the lives of my boys -- she spoiled them with her love and whimsical spirit and became their "Fairy Godmother" (which they called her always!)  Some of my happiest childhood memories are moments I spent with her and all I've ever wanted is to be like her!  

While my Aunt Nanci is no longer here (she passed away a few years ago from cancer), I know she is with me always.  She showed me how parenting isn't a chore but something to cherish; that parents and children don't always have to fight; that it's okay to be young at heart and show it to the world.  I can't imagine what kind of woman I'd be today without having the love and support of my Aunt.



Thanks for stopping by today, Dawn!!

 Take a moment and leave her some comment love. She's really got a great little blog and a refreshing view on things. Have a great Friday!! Don't forget to stop back by tomorrow when Dawn returns with a guest post about "love" and "exception".

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Friday Follow


Welcome to the 9th Friday Follow hosted by our awesome hostesses, Shell from Things I Can’t Say, Terri from That’s What She Said, Tami from Hearts Make Families, Harriet from Harriet and Friends, and Ian from The Daily Dose of Reality. Thank you everyone for being willing to host! Please stop by and see these awesome host/hostesses.

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From your nice warm bed
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Red WRiting Hood:The Heat Is On

4, 10, 8, 6

"Are you sure you can handle this gig?" Bridget looks the girl over. "It's a seminar. There will be a lot of high demand people there. There will be no breaks. This is harder then anything you've done for me to date. Are you sure you can handle this, Elyssa?" Bridget had a renowned reputation for using seminars to weed out the good from the bad. Elyssa is determined to meet her challenge. She is young, determined, confident in her abilities. She takes a deep breath and nods her affirmation.

The seminar is much bigger then Elyssa expected. She did her duties, though, making sure each glass in her section stayed full and plates didn't clutter the tables. She stayed within eyesight of her tables, yet never hovered. She smiled though her feet were killing her. Four hours into the seminar, they take a break. Dinner will be served after the intermission, which means her legs will be doing more walking today then she has done since the 25 mile marathon she walked 5 years ago. She takes a deep sigh, a quick swipe at her hair to make sure it's all still in place. She rushes to the kitchen. 

The first set of platters are ready. She double checks the name plates to make sure she has the right food and heads to the table. She turns quickly with the tray on her hand, and falters. The tray is awkward and heavy, and she is unable to stop the platters from sliding off the tray and splattering the guests and table in front of her. Tears spring to her eyes as she begins to clean it up. 

A second pair of hands reaches out and helps her gather the broken dishes. She looks up and directly into the most beautiful grey eyes she has ever seen. She turns back to the mess and her mind starts to waiver. How did I miss seeing those eyes earlier today? I could drown in those eyes all day long. Where does he come from? Why is he here? So lost in her thoughts was she that she didn't even notice that she had cut herself. A long thin line of blood starting pouring out of her hand, adding new stains to the mess she was still trying to clean up.

"You should really get that looked at." His voice is unexpectedly deep yet soft. As he touched her shoulders, she felt little tremors run through her veins. He helped her up and led her into the kitchen. He led her through the kitchen, to the back where there was a little office. The simple nameplate on the door said "Kitchen Manager". He led her into the small office and sat her down on the small loveseat that took up the entire back wall of the office. He disappeared into a closet, and she heard him moving things around. He comes out with a first aid kit, and starts attending to her wound.

"I think you are going to need stitches for that one. It's pretty deep." his soft voice booms.
"I will get it checked out later. I have to get back out there. Thanks for your help." She started to brush past him and he stopped her. She turned to ask him why he was stopping her and found herself looking into his eyes again. They just stood there, frozen, looking at each other. Is he going to kiss me? she thinks. He finally released her wrist and she left the room.

She returned to the seminar to find that the mess had been cleaned up and her tables had been served. She begins gathering the empty dishes when the fire alarm sounds. She sees smoke coming from the kitchen and hears the seminar director tell everyone to start working their way to the emergency exit closest to their table.

As the smoke gets thicker, people begin panicking. They are running for the doors, causing more panic as they go. Those who are getting left behind are beginning to cough as the smoke overtakes the room. Elyssa takes a look around and sees several people in distress. She is almost out the door, but she turns back. Every instinct in her body tells her she can't leave those people in there.

"Go on! Get moving. I'll take care of these people." His voice is soothing and calm.
"No, I can help. My dad was a firefighter. We need to get these people out of here. There's too many for one person."

The fire breaks out of the kitchen. More panic ensues, and the overhead sprinklers finally kick on. Elyssa starts grabbing tablecloths and wrapping people in them, telling them to run for the exit. Slowly the room begins to clear of people as the fire continues. Finally, the smoke is too thick to see through and she can no longer find the exits. She covers herself with the wet tablecloth and swallows.

*         *         *
"So do you think you can handle this gig? There will be a lot of people there. This will be the hardest thing you've done to date. Are you sure you can handle it?" His grey eyes pierce through her skin. She looks down at the ring on her finger, her white dress, and all the family and friends gathered around.

"This? This is a piece of cake." she whispers as the priest pronounces them husband and wife.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

2 Truths & a Lie Thursday: Rocking the Cradle

Welcome! Tell 2 truths and a lie and make us guess which is the lie.
You've played this game before, so why not join The Scoop on Poop and CA Girl every Thursday by:

1. Grabbing the handy little button on the sidebar
2. Posting your 2 truths and a lie
3. Link up
4. Reveal your lie the next week!
5. Visit others who link up and leave a comment guessing their lie.

It's that easy!! You know you want to play!! Link up today!!


Last Week's Fact or Fiction
 1. I am a grandmother by marriage.
True. GC's relationship with the mother of his 2 sons involved his helping to rear her 2 daughters, who were 4 and 18 months when they hooked up. The oldest has 2 children, 4 and 1, and a 3rd on the way. Thus, I am a "step" grandmother by marriage.
2. I waited 33 years to ride Da Vinci's Cradle and was vastly disappointed.
False. While I did wait 33 years to ride it, I enjoyed it tremendously. Remember being in the backseat of your dad's car as he went sailing over a bump or something over the road, and your stomach leaps to your throat (or drops out of your body, whichever you prefer)? That's exactly what this ride does. It's a flat ride that rocks like a cradle and does a complete 360 then reverses direction and does it again. 

3. I once shaved the bottom half of my hair so short it looked like a boy's hairstyle.
True. I did this at the ripe old age of 25 and enjoyed it. It's so hot this summer, I've been thinking about doing it again. Plus? My hair grew in curly, just how I always wanted.
2 Truths & a Lie
In honor of CA Girl's blog party this week, we are doing a PARTY theme.

  • 1. I got a DUI for my 29th birthday. 
  • 2. I once got so drunk at a party that I locked myself in the bathroom stall and passed out.
  • 3. Joe Nichols' "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" was written in my honor. I can drink anything I want EXCEPT tequila. 
Can you tell the truths from the lie?
Take your guess and come back next week to find out.
Don't forget to link up your fact or fiction post so we can come guess yours!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Caption This

This picture needs a caption. What does it say to you?

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Way Back Wednesday: Team Work

Welcome to Way Back Wednesday with The Adventures of Goober Grape and Monkey Man, The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom!,  Adventures in Mommyhood!  and The Scoop on Poop!

We loved seeing last week's Halloween many cute ones and some that were a, hilariously horrifying (I'm pointing at the blogger with the 1980's workout gear!).  Great memories to share and scare us with!

Next week's topic is...your first job!  Get those memories ready!  Were you a cashier at Jack in the Box?  Were you a bagger at a grocery store?  Were you a car washer?  Start thinking!

But this week, we're asking that you share your dancing/sports/cheerleading team memories with us.  Were you on a dance team?  A basketball team?  Were you a peppy cheerleader?  Are we missing something that required you to be on a team (yes, we'll even take the good ol' drama club for this one, guys!)?

(good ol' #40. Yep, thats me!)

Geesh I have forgotten how big glasses were back in the day. And? Yes. Those are "culottes". We fought long and hard for the above the knee length on them too.  This is my volleyball team. We are the Lady Warriors. We were so fine. I think I really enjoyed volleyball more then any other sport I played.

And I played plenty.

When I was a kid, my mom enrolled me in Tai Kwon Do. I never earned a belt, but my sensei used to say "wow. Strong punch for a girl."

I had wanted to do the whole drama/model/acting thing, but my mom brushed it off with a whole "I did that, too. I didn't like it. Neither will you." spiel. (Guess what? She was wrong. I still want to be famous someday.)

So, I did sports.

I ran track for competition. Well, that is until my starter boobs turned into full sized completely loaded C-cups. I was too embarrassed to run around the track then. Plus, I was worried that I might hurt someone else on the track.

So I tried shotput. Band. Choir. Yearbook. Softball. And volleyball.

I think we were pretty good too, making state my Senior Year. It was good times.

A lot of my childhood memories are gone, but this is one memory I can honestly say was a happy one. I loved being on that court, playing with those girls, being a part of THAT team.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PIN/ONHDT: Date Knight with a Mushroom


You know you want to play, too, so run over to Supah's and follow her instructions. Stop by Kristi's to get her instructions, and make your own sticky notes, post them up, and link em up.

What Will You Say Today?

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Versatile Beautiful Sugar Doll of Sunshine

Just fill a bucket and fling some poop at me and get it over with. You know you want to.


Because I've been neglectful. I've been given all these awards, but I haven't said Thank you, or even passed them on. So, today, I am making amends, cleaning up the poop, and restoring order to the universe.

My first award comes from 2 absolutely fantastic bloggers. Really? I'm a Mom and chego2thekitchen passed along the Versatile Blogger award to me. If you have not met these 2 ladies yet, you REALLY need to. Thanks so much for this award!!

I'm supposed to tell some facts about myself for some of these, so I will take care of that at the end of the post. For now, I want to pass this award along to...

My next award comes from Leksi Designs. Thanks for the award!! You totally rock!! Stop by and check her out today.

And I'm passing this award along to....

This award was passed on to me by my beautiful young, soon-to-be married friend, JessRaquel "Mo Shiorghra". Thanks for passing this on to me. She really has a cute blog. Stop in and check it out.

No one's ever called me a Sugar Doll before. Thanks, again, Jess!! Here are my top nominees for the Sugar Doll award...

My last award comes from Cheri at chego2thekitchen again. Isn't she awesome? She is!! Trust me. 

And I have several blogs who really light up my day, and they are...

As for things you don't know about me? Man that's getting harder...

I don't like seafood
I think Max & Ruby is boring.
My favorite movie genre is Romantic Comedy.
I'm a sucker for a good deal.
I went to a Christian private school.
I graduated from public High School
I have blue eyes.
I enjoyed my 1 child weekend.

So, go neglect your children, your job, and your home and go check out all these fabulous bloggers. I've got a busy day letting people know they've won ahead of me. 

Happy Monday!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Just for Shits and Giggles

Sorry for the potty mouth, but I am the shits and giggles featured blog today over at Alabaster Cow!! WOot Woot Woot Woot Woot! I think I finally made the A-list here. Haha.

If this is your first time stopping in, let me say Welcome. I love me some new friends, and I especially love comments. I'm a HUGE AW so feed my ego fling some poop on your wall and we will be great friends.

I am having lots of fun with my 2 Truths and a Lie meme, which happens every Thursday. I love getting to know people through these little facts (or fiction). I also love meeting new people through my Best Scoop of the Week on Fridays. I've found some very awesome blogs this way. If you need proof, just click on the Featured/Guest Blogger tab at the top of the page.

If you want to hear about some of the poop that my blog is named for, feel free to read any of my PINT/ONHD posts. You can find out how many times GC has left me stranded in the car by myself with the kids, no bathroom, no drinks/snacks. You can find out exactly how big a drama queen my 10 yr old is too. I think my 2 yr old makes a rare appearance, as well.

I love to write. I love to write fiction as much as I love to write so I can laugh at my silly family. One of my most favorite posts was my very first Writer's Workshop about an unlikely hero. I even tried to start a poetry meme, but it wasn't very successful, so I dropped it in favor of 2 Truths & a Lie instead (much, much more fun!).

If you really want to know more about me, here are a few more links to some of my favorite posts:

My take on mommyhood part 1 & 2
My Forever
How I Met My Luvah
My Blind Date from Hell
I've got moxie!

Don't forget to stop by my cooking blog and fill your belly with some delicious poop-free recipes, and check out my (very beginner) design blog, too.

And if you haven't already, check out my Best Scoop of the Week this week, Everyday Mommy. You can find her posts here & here. Leave her some love, will ya?

Thanks for stopping by!! And thanks, Ericka, for the awesome shout out. If you haven't read Alabaster Cow, you haven't found one of the best blogs on the internet.

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