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Mama Misfit tagged me for this meme.  By tagged I mean, saved you all from a crappy, whiny, depressing poor me post.  You should all thank her.

You know the deal answer the questions, tag some people.

  • What were you doing ten years ago?

The Big Guy and I had been dating for four months.  Oh the excitement and hours of conversation.  Now conversations consist of him blaming the closest person for his farts. 

I had been at my job for two years and was moving on up (that is until they moved me on out…no, no whining!)

  • What five snacks do you enjoy?
  1. Ice cream…duh.
  2. chocolate
  3. home made peanut butter cookies
  4. ice cream
  5. ice cream
  • What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
  1. Tell the Big Guy to retire!
  2. Pay off the car.
  3. Buy a bigger house.
  4. Set up education funds for my girls, nieces and nephews.
  5. Make sure our parents retired in style!
  6. I know I did five but I’m a billionaire and I can do six if I want!  I would fund spinal paralysis research.  I have a brother who is quadriplegic and would love for him to walk again!
  • What are five fun things you wish you could do today?
  1. Take a nap.  Yes, that’s fun.
  2. Read a book.
  3. Watch a grown up show on tv.
  4. Go for Mexican food with you guys.
  5. Become a billionaire.


If you are reading this- tag, you’re it!



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I volunteered to have AmyW send over some questions.  Good thing, since my brain is so fried because of the job.  I have a bunch of posts rattling about in my brain but just cannot put them in any coherent form at all.

 Amy asks:

1.  If you could change one trait on your husband, what would it be and why?

I love him to death and there isn’t actually much I would change about him.  There is one thing that drives me nuts.  He has this one hair that grows from the tip of his nose.  I swear one day his nose is smooth and the next there is this pube-y looking hair protruding from it.  When the hair is in residence I can’t even concentrate, I am obsessed with plucking that sucker!  I’ll try to pull that thing out with two fingernails acting as tweezers if actual tweezers are unavailable!

2.  Do you have specific brands of toilet paper and paper towels that you use or is it just whatever is on sale?

Toilet paper must be Scott.  It’s not linty.  I can’t stand linty tp.  Paper towels are usually Shoprite brand.  They are cheap and work just as well as the name brand.  We actually don’t use many paper towels, a roll lasts us two weeks or more.
3.  If you had to write a spam email and got to choose the topic, what would it be and why?

You know I can’t stand all the penis spam out there:  make it bigger, make it harder, make it last all night long, all night, all night (Lionel Ritchie get out of my head!) everyone you meet will be dancing in the street, all night (Right now, OUT!)

Anyway.  I feel there is a critical demographic being ignored by today’s spammers.


The poor girls get short shrift all the time.  Give me some spam on how to make the breasts bigger with things found in nature.  How to get them back where they belong without surgery.  How to keep my  the nipples from getting hard and coming out to say hello during an important meeting where I  someone needs to be taken seriously.

These things are spam worthy.

Also, if you have the solutions to any of those, email me.
4.  If all the ice cream disappeared in the world, what would you replace it with?

That’s easy- chocolate.
5.  If you had to watch NASCAR or golf for 12 hours straight, which would you choose and why?

Another easy one.  NASCAR.  Why?  Because from February to November (which by the way is the longest sporting event season ever)  NASCAR rules at the Mama’s house.  I should say the Dada’s house.  My husband loves that stuff.  To be totally honest, I don’t mind it (just not in the quantity the Big Guy likes).  I grew up with it so it’s nothing new to me.  I can talk race crap with the best of them.  One of my brothers is a truck chief in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Besides, Tiger Woods never crashed into a wall doing 197 mph at Talladega.

There are some kind of rules.  I’m too lazy to go back and do the old cut and paste.  They are something like:

If you want some questions, leave a comment.

When I can think of some, I’ll send them to you.

Answer them on your blog.

Lather, rinse, repeat.


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The Interview

*See below for next week’s Fun Monday topic.

CPA Mom asked for volunteers for this Interview Meme and I said send em over!

1)  What skill or hobby do you have that people would be surprised to know?

Gee, I have no idea.  I am an excellent baker.  I make my own candy at Christmastime.  I speak enough Spanish to find a bathroom, well maybe a bit more than that.  I can ride a motorcycle, I should say I used to be able to ride a motorcycle- it’s been years.  I’m really just your average woman.

2)  What is your favorite thing to do, if time and money were not an object?

I love to research my family history.   I would love to have the time, not to mention the money to be able to do more of this.  I would go to the countries my ancestors are from and do research there.  I could spend my days in dusty archives (mega dosed on allergy meds, of course) looking for traces of long dead relatives.  I could visit graveyards and take pictures of family headstones (yeah, yeah, I’m a freak.  Be glad you aren’t my husband- I’ve actually made him do this with me.)  I would have the money to have a pro search for my great grandfather who I can’t find a damn thing on!

3)  Where have you traveled?  Where would you like to travel?

I have been to New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Florida, Washington- state and DC.

I would love to go to Ireland, England, Norway, Germany and Disney World with my kids.

4)  You have one week to live.  What would you do?

I would spend as much time with my family as possible.  I would write letters to my girls to be opened on special occasions.  I would make videotapes for them, giving them the motherly “wisdom” I have.  I would actually let someone take pictures of me, with my girls.  I actually worry about dying (not obsessively or anything, but the thought has crossed my mind).  I worry about my kids.  The Big Guy would manage.  He’d miss me but the girls are different, you know?  There is so much I want to tell them but you have to wait for the right time.  I can’t very well talk to the four year old about college, she’s still getting used to pre-school!

5)  How satisfied are you that you are living the best life you can?  What would you change?

This is a tough one.  I think I’ve been going through a mini midlife crisis.  My 20 year high school reunion is in a few months.  (That explains it, right?)

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about my life lately. 

I have a good life.  I have a husband I love, children I adore, a good job, a nice home and can pay the bills. 

Still, I feel like my life is missing something. 

What?  I’m not sure. 

Sometimes I think it is another child.  With my medical issues, not to mention the Big Guy just turned 50 and I’m 37, there will be no more children.  I suppose I could do the whole infertility thing but I don’t think that is the route for us.

Sometimes I feel like I could be doing more.  More what, I have no idea.  When I figure it out I’ll let you know.

6)  What was your favorite book as a child (we know your favorite book as an adult!)

I loved “Where the Wild Things Are”.  I boughtSanta gave it to Ebaby and she has no interest in it whatsoever.

I also had this big hardcover book called “The Nonsense Book”.  My grandmother gave it to me.  I loved that book.  I wonder what happened to it? 

7)  Cloth diapers vs. disposable.  Discuss.
Disposable.  I am lazy.  I do not want to wash poop out of a cloth diaper.

Anyone want to be interviewed?  I’ll send you some questions just let me know in the comments or an email.


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Thinking Blogger?

I could have swore Susan sent me an email and posted that she gave me the Thinking Blogger Award that’s going around.  When I went over to her place to get the info it wasn’t there.

Now I am a thinking blogger.  Did I imagine it?  Oh well.

I have seen quite a few sites with that space alien button.  (I always hear the theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey” when I see them.  Does anyone else have auditory hallucinations?  Should I be concerned?)  I didn’t figure I was a “thinking” blogger.  After some of the wacky comments I’ve left on Susan’s site she should nominate me for the “This Blogger Needs Mental Health Care, STAT Award”.  (Can someone make a button for that?)

I would never be able to come up with five people to nominate.  Fifty-five, yeah.  Just five, not likely.  There are so many blogs out there that I love.  For so many different reasons.

There’s the Fun Monday crew.  I love the brief look into each of your lives.  Through Fun Monday I have “met” so many different people and learned quite a bit.  (I never knew Australia was referred to as Oz, for one.)

Then we have my Accounting Buddies.  The tax accountants are super busy right now with the Big Deadline looming and I’m glad they are still finding some time to blog.

My Book bloggers, including a bunch just discovered.  Can’t wait to see what everyone is reading.

The Weight Loss crew.  It’s nice to have support.  And a great success story to learn from (over 80 lbs. lost:  you are my hero).

The Usual Suspects, you know who you are.  We all read each other’s blogs.  It’s kind of like a sorority but without the menstrual coordination.

The funniest secret girlfriend a heterosexual woman could hope for.  (Ended with a preposition, oh well.)

A certain soon to be unemployed woman who sent me awesome napkins.

The luckiest red headed accountant in the world.  (Yeah, there’s lots of category overlap)

I always think of you when I go to Target.

The famous fromage queen who actually reads my shit.  You’re an inspiration.

My ice cream bullet creator.  Damn, I should be using them right now!

My orchid growing, husband awaiting friend.  Uh, what happened to Orchid Watch 2007?

I could go on and on but I’m tired.  Look to the right.  See that blogroll?  They are all great.  They all deserve an award.  Some of them even deserve the “This Blogger Needs Mental Health Care STAT Award”.  I think I love them best.


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The Book Meme

I love to read so when I saw this meme (on a whole bunch of sites) I thought I would give it a go. 

Look at the list of books below.
*Bold the ones you’ve read
*Italicize the ones you want to read
*leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.

1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2.Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3.To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10.A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12.Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16.Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True(Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)

88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth(Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100.Ulysses (James Joyce)

Huh, only forty.  I really thought there would be more.  I didn’t italicize many because, frankly, I’ve never heard of many of these books.  We go to the library every two weeks.  I take out eight or ten books each visit.  Yeah I know that’s alot of books.  I read fast.  I would also rather read than watch tv or do laundry.  I get anxious when I don’t have a book or two waiting for me.  Because I do read so much I’m always looking for new (or new to me) authors.  I’ll have to add the other sixty to my list.

What’s the last thing you’ve read?  What do you recommend for my reading list?


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Gigantic Meme

Julie from Dribble and Drool tagged me for this gigantic meme.  Then she went on vacation.  The nerve!  She thought this would be a good chance for me to use my ice cream bullets.  I didn’t use them because I took the lazy cut and paste way.

Chick, this special weekend post is just for you!

1. Are you parents married or divorced?  They have been married for thirty-eight years.
2. Are you a vegetarian?   No.  I like meat.

3. Do you believe in Heaven?  Yes

4. Have you ever come close to dying?  No

5. What jewelry do you wear 24/7?  I don’t wear any jewelry.  I got too fat for my wedding rings when I was pregnant.  I just don’t like to wear other stuff.  Please don’t make me turn in my ovaries.

6. Favorite time of day?  Bedtime.

7. Do you eat the stems of broccoli?  No, broccoli is gross.

8. Do you wear makeup?  Only for special occasions.

9. Ever have plastic surgery?  No

10. If you did have plastic surgery, what did you have done?  I would have my eyes done.  I have very heavy lids that I think make me look tired and angry.  Yes I know, I am tired and angry, but I don’t want to look like it. 

11. What do you wear to bed?  Sweats and super huge t-shirts.

12. Have you ever done anything illegal?  Um yes.

13. Can you roll your tongue?  Yes

14. Do you tweeze your eyebrows?  Very rarely.  I forget until someone smacks my face to try and kill the caterpillars on it.

15. What kind of sneakers do you wear?  Cheap, $3, Walmart, white sneakers
16. Do you believe in abortions? I’ve heard they exist.  I totally stole that answer, from Rachel I think.
17. What is your hair color?   Brown.  I used to dye it red.  With the amount of gray coming in, the dyeing will begin again!

18. Future child’s name?   We are done.
19. Do you snore?  Yes.  Do you want to know how I know?  Sometimes I snore/snort (or snorgle as we call it) so loud I wake myself up.  I have terrible allergies, a deviated septum and a thyroid that’s trying to choke me- of course I snorgle.

20. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?  I really want to go to Ireland, England and Norway.

21. Do you sleep with stuffed animals?  No, can’t stand the things.

22. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?  Quit my job.

23. Gold or silver? I don’t have a preference.

24. Hamburger or hot dog? I prefer hamburgers.  I’ll eat both but they have to be grilled.  I don’t like my burgers fried.

25. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?  I could never pick just one.  And you can’t make me!

26. City, beach or country? I Beach.  I never go to the beach but I love the ocean and ocean air.  When the Big Guy and I did our premarital counseling we were asked if there were any places we couldn’t live.  I said I could not live further than one hour from the ocean.  Thankfully BG was cool with that.

27. What was the last thing you touched? The keyboard, of course.  Duh.

28. Where did you last eat?  At the kitchen table with EBaby.

29. When’s the last time you cried?  Wednesday when I had my driving panic I’m such a wuss day.

30. Do you read blogs? Yes.  Double duh!

31. Would you ever go out dressed as the opposite sex?  I wear jeans and some form of t-shirt all the time.  I’m about two steps away from being a total cross dresser.

32. Ever been involved with the police?  Yes.  Aren’t you curious now?

33. What’s your favorite shampoo, conditioner and soap?  Zest soap because I want to be Zestfully clean.  Whatever shampoo is on sale.

34. Do you talk in your sleep?  Sometimes.  I used to sleepwalk too.

35. Ocean or pool?  For swimming- a pool.  For gazing and relaxing- the ocean.

36. Sauna or whirlpool?  Whirlpool because I hate to needlessly sweat.

37. Starbucks or Krispy Kreme?  Neither.  We had a Krispy Kreme here but it didn’t do well and closed.  I don’t like coffee.  I am a Dunkin Donuts kind of girl.

38. Aisle or window seat?  Aisle, I like the leg room.

39. Ever met anyone famous?  If by meet you mean randomly see and grab my friend’s arm and say, “Hey, that’s…  then yes I have.  I saw F. Murray Abraham in the Village one night.  He was in one of my favorite movies, Amadeus.  I have seen Bruce Springsteen a few times.  You can’t have hung out in Asbury Park in the 80’s and not seen Bruce.

40. Do you feel you’ve had a truly successful life?  I can’t answer that.  I’m not done yet!
41. Do you twirl or cut your spaghetti?  Cut.
42. Rikki Lake or Oprah?  Neither.  I’m not much for talk shows but I will watch Maury.

43. Basketball or Football?  Yuck and double yuck.

44. How long do your showers last?  It’s the only time I have to myself so I take advantage- 20 minutes.

45. Do you drive automatic or stick?  My car is automatic but I can drive both.

46. Cake or ice cream?  Hello- Ice Cream Mama!

47. Are you self-conscious?  Yes.

48. Have you ever drank so much you threw up?  Yeah, not my finer moments (yup, plural).

49. Have you ever given money to a beggar?  No, lots of cigarettes though.

50. Have you ever been in love?  Of course.

51. Where do you wish you were?  Right now?  I’m pretty happy parked on my couch.  In the future, I’d like to go to Disney and Europe.

52. Are you wearing socks?  Yes, white Hanes Her Way.

53. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?  Yes.  A few years ago I fell down the stairs at work and broke my leg.  Okay, I fell down one stair.  Graceful.  In my defense, I was carrying a large box at the time.

54. Can you tango?  No, see answer to number 53.  I can barely walk without hurting myself.

55. Last gift you received?  The movie “Secondhand Lions” for Christmas from the Big Guy.

56. Last sport you played?  Again, see number 53.

57. Things you spend a lot of money on?  Our biggest expense is our mortgage.

58. Where do you live?  New Jersey

59. Where were you born?  New Jersey

60. Last wedding attended?  My neice’s wedding this past September.

61. Favorite position?  Kicked back in the recliner.

62. Most hated food(s)?  Fish of any kind.

63. Most hated soda pop?  Mountain Dew- gross.

64. Can you sing?  Can?  Yes.  Should?  No.

65. Last person you instant messaged?  I have never instant messaged anyone.

66. Last place you went on holiday?  My in-laws in Maryland.

67. Favorite regular drink?  Diet Coke with Lime. 

68. Favorite alcoholic drink?  Tom Collins.  Gin, gin, I love gin.

69. Current favorite song?  Oh boy, I don’t know.  I’m not really up on music, it’s just background to me.

So there you have it- the ridiculously, gigantic meme!  I am not tagging anyone.  A bunch of people have already done it but if you haven’t and want to- tag, you’re it!


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5 Things About Me

Hollow Squirrel tagged me for this meme.  I love these things, I don’t know why. 

Once you have been tagged, you have to write a blog with 5 facts about yourself. Then choose 5 people you want to tag and list their names. Then leave a comment on their blog letting them know they’ve been tagged.

Five facts about myself.  Let’s see if I can come up with five things that won’t put you to sleep.

  1. I have tattoos.  Seven of them.  I have a Fantasia Mickey Mouse on my right hip.  The rest of them are on my back.  A few are clustered close together so it looks like I have three but , six different ones.  I have a parrot, rose, tiger lilies, hummingbird, and a fairy.  Years ago when I was in my sister’s wedding she made me buy that heavy duty make up for port wine stains to cover up the tats.  When I got married I purposely got a dress that was square cut in the back so you could SEE them.  My mother-in-law didn’t know quite what to say.  Too late!  He’s mine now!
  2. I am the oldest of six.  Four brothers and one sister.  There is only an eight year difference between me and the youngest.  I have no idea how my mom did it.
  3. My love for chocolate knows no bounds.  When my babiest brother got married four years ago (on my birthday!) I made the head table centerpiece out of chocolate.  The whole thing was edible.  It was an ocean scene with coral, fish, sunken pirate ship, lobsters and a bunch of other things.  It was five feet long and weighed a ton.  After the cake was cut everyone was invited to come and eat it!  I have got to get some pictures from him and show this thing to you. 
  4. My favorite magazine is Reader’s Digest.  Jokes, interviews, heart warming stories, the perfect read.
  5. I hit the snooze button at least three times before I finally get my ass out of bed.  I have to set the alarm extra early because I know I’m going to do this.

So there’s my five things.  I tag these guys.  If you hate memes, I’m sorry.  Just let me know & I won’t tag you again. 

Kelly at My Little Corner of Life

That Chick- you know the One Over There

Brown Eyed Girl who Puts the FUN in dysFUNctional


Wopalockapino- say it out loud, it’s fun!

Tag!  You’re it!


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