31 December 2009

A look back...

It's just about time to check off 2009...


pic from here

But we've got one more thing to do... the year-end wrap-up. So here we go...



Important Life Events of 2009

bought a house

vacationed at Walt Disney World

oh yeah... started this blog

started shopping at alice.com

complained about work several times

ordered my very own pair of Nikes

attended the hog roast

and of course...
started watching, fell in love with, recorded every episode of Glee


All-in-all... I'll say 2009 wasn't too bad. A lot of great things happened over the last 12 months. Aside from spending my time in class every week and the layoffs at work (every week) - I'll call 2009 a friend, not a foe.

How'd your 2009 shape up?

So now it's time to raise that glass to 2010. (Alright, I'll wait until after I get off work.)




CHEERS!

30 December 2009

The Toucan Update

Remember the Toucan Tango Kit from a few months ago?

Well, it's officially complete!



If only you could see it tango. When you put your finger in the little hole on the yellow wheel and turn it, the toucan dances up and down, side to side, his feet wiggle, and his mouth opens and closes. Crazy stuff... all made out of paper.

Anyway... so for Christmas, my sister gave me another moving paper sculpture. This time it's a tennis game!


I'm excited to see how it turns out. And lucky for me, I'm the only one in the office for the next two days.

Hmmm... wonder what I'll be doing!!
In other news - well, no other news to report. Until next time!

23 December 2009

The Great 2010 Debate

We're in debate over this in March:



Or this in October:


Then again, there's no need to fight.

After all, we could do both. :)

Tis the Season.

Yep... Christmas has arrived!

Remember when we were kids and it seemed like it took FOREVER for Christmas to get here?

What happened to that feeling?

Now it's here lickety split and I'm left with no time off work - just running all over creation like a madwoman in my "spare time".

Ugh. It's not even December 25th and I'm already tired.

22 December 2009

Obligated Christmases

Today was our 1st Annual Training Department Christmas Luncheon.

Translation: "Hey girls, wanna go out for lunch?"
*groan*

The unfortunate thing is... I had to eat with my boss. YAY!

But there was ONE productive part to the 2 hour lunch conversation... ok maybe two good parts:
First, it took 2 hours to do lunch
and that means less actual work time today.
And second, the mystery of the fringe has been revealed!!

pic from here

It all comes back to the Christmas in her childhood when all the girls got cowgirl costumes. The skirt and vest had fringe and that must have been the best gift she ever got.

Unfortunately, she relives it over and over and over again.

17 December 2009

Post #100!!


Here's to all the posts with me whining about something.

Here's to all the posts when I drone on and on and on about nothing.

Here's to all the posts that have made you laugh.

Here's to all the posts full of creative internet finds.

Here's to my alice.com posts.

And here's to the many more posts to come! Thanks for reading!

08 December 2009

Our Little Monster

Even Punky was excited to get her ears from Disney World.


07 December 2009

My Holidate

In preparation of my annual Christmas Holidate with the couch this Friday, I'm looking for input.

Every year, I end up working around the holidays, but have some vacation time leftover to use. So I take one day toward the early part of December to stay home, watch Christmas movies, wrap presents and get everything in order for the holiday season.

Here's where your help comes in...

Our Christmas movie collection is slowly growing, but I want to know of any movies you think of during the Christmas season. Suggestions for my holidate - if you will. Movies that take place during the season, about the season, in reference to or in boycott of the season, etc.

Obvious ones on the list so far:
Miracle on 34th Street
Eight Crazy Nights
It's a Wonderful Life (on VHS!)
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Love Actually
Serendipity
White Christmas

04 December 2009

I'm a BlogSlacker

I know, I know... I've been slacking with my blog posts. And you all read my blog so diligently, I hate to disappoint you.

I found a little blog award from my friend, Little Miss Blogger, a while back. I figure it's time to post a Blog Award!! Woo HOO!!



The Rules: Tag 10 other bloggers
and list 10 interesting facts about yourself.
(easy cheesy)
1. My favorite job was working at a funeral home. My co-workers were HILARIOUS and we had so much fun! There are days I wish I still worked there.

2. By the summer before I turned 18, I'd visited 48 states and 5 countries. (Visited... not just flew over.) And there's a story to go with EVERY single one.

3. I color-organized my closet - everything's in rainbow order. ROY G BIV Baby!! It's just about the most effective organizational technique I've ever tried. Seriously, give it a go. Even my husband's side of the closet is in rainbow order. But then again, he probably didn't notice.

4. My husband and I wear the same shoe size and ring size. I'm not sure if that means I have monster hands and feet or if he's part midget.

5. I'm currently on my fourth Pontiac since I was 16. I've remained in the Pontiac family, but now I'm not sure what I'll do since they've ended production.

6. I'm the youngest of three girls in my family. I'm also the tallest and thanks to my hairstylist - the blondest.

7. I made myself like beer in college. I remember going to frat parties every weekend and all the cool people drank beer. So I just learned to gulp quickly. Soon after one or two beers, the flavor wasn't so bad. Now I love beer. Probably thanks to the Wood Duck nights with my girlfriends.

8. My luxury food item (everyone has one of those things you treat yourself to now and then at the grocery store) is chocolate milk. Sometimes I drink it as I walk through the store and pay for the empty bottle at the checkout.

9. I think my dream job would be a travel agent. Talking and thinking and planning vacations would be SO much fun!! Too bad that industry is going by the wayside due to this new fad called "the Internet".

10. I'm an Apple girl. Call me a fruit, but I'm in love with anything Apple... iPods, iPhones, MacBooks, AppleTV, Time Capsules, Airport Express... you name it, I want it. (But I'm stuck with a PC all day at work. Boo)

That's it for me. Now I want to know about you guys:

Always A Bridesmaid
The Bacon Queen
Kage
Me, The Man & The Baby
PorkStar
Sunshine Lovin'

Might As Well Jump! JUMP!

pic from here

Glee was definitely not a disappointment this week. TOTALLY good. And only one episode left for this fall season.

That means you gotta check out hulu if you want to see the episodes and keep up!!

Go.

Do it now.

No for reals. Go check it out.

Questions

Here are a few things that I've really been thinking about lately. Got any answers?

Who came up with this stupid 40 hour work week?

What would a 5 year old do with a cell phone?

Do hunchbacks have to buy special shirts that are longer in the back?

Why do companies make XXL thongs?

What's the air pressure exerted when I blow my nose?

I'm a Winner, I'm a Winner!!

April Showers Blog Design is having a HUGE giveaway and celebrating her OPEN waiting list that starts January 1st! April not only does blogs - but also invitations, announcements, calendars, cards, business cards, custom illustrations, and so much more! Just by pasting this paragraph on my blog I'm a winner! www.aprilshowersblogdesign.com

02 December 2009

New Age Frustration

Alright... so I've got my fair share of music in my iTunes library. Yes, most of it came from my cds, my friends' cds, their friends' cds... or well, who knows. Thing is - you can rip your audio cds to your iTunes library, lickety-split.

No questions asked.

But today I headed out to Best Buy at lunchtime. (I love shopping on my lunch hour!)

Bought myself a copy of Miracle on 34th Street with the intention of watching it next Friday when I'm off all day for my annual Christmas Movie Marathon day at home on the couch.

As I'm walking out of the store, I think...

hey... wouldn't it be great
to put the movie on my iPhone
so I can watch it while I'm at work?

I know, I know... there are so many things
wrong with that statement.
So I come back to work and do a bit of research only to find while it's perfectly legal to have 18 copies of your favorite Bryan Adams cd. Yet, there's no way you can put the movie (that you just bought for $29.99) onto another device for your viewing pleasure. Or just to have a backup copy so you don't lose it completely.

Now, I'm all for everyone making the money they deserve. But why do I have to pay TWICE for a movie that I want to watch in the comfort of my own cubicle?

01 December 2009

It's CHRISTmas People!

This year, it's been nothing but "keep the Christ in Christmas" emails. I get at least one a day. And I agree completely! So can we stop the emails?

But no one I know personally is pushing to take the little guy out of our holiday traditions.

He's the reason for the season. Duh!


pic from here

So it just cracks me up when I get an email regarding not being able to use a Santa hat at work.

Now I have to use a stupid snowflake…
Thank goodness snowflakes are PC.
Let the Christmas season begin.

25 November 2009

I'm In Love...

pic from here

Seriously, folks. If you're not an avid viewer already, give up one hour per week and get into this show.

People are saying it's like High School Musical.
*buzzer*
WRONG.

Yes, there's singing (and dancing) and it takes place in a high school... but that's all it has in common. There's humor (adult humor) and a plot! *gasp*

Thanks to my wonderful sister, I've been blaring the Season 1 Soundtrack all day at work. And it's WONDERFUL! Those kids really have some great voices!

So yeah, check it out. Seriously.

24 November 2009

The Christmas List

For as long as I can remember, my family's been making Christmas lists for each other.

I think it started with circling every single toy in the JC Penney Christmas Catalog with a black magic marker. (Basically, I was happy with anything they picked, as long as it wasn't clothes.)

Now that my list of wants is a bit more expensive, making the annual list is a little more difficult.

But this holiday season has officially started, and the lists have been emailed around.

What's on your list this year?

20 November 2009

For me...

It's officially the
WEEKEND!!
I hope you have a great one!
For some reason, my mood just suddenly perked up. Hmmm... *ponders*

Goals

We all have goals in life.

Some want to make a million dollars, become a teacher, inspire others, and others just want to travel the world.

Companies also have goals. Increase quality, become more green, reduce costs, improve customer service, contribute to local charities...

Goals are great things! Without them, we would just be floating through life not really "accomplishing" anything. We'd just be living.
So today, I've set a new goal for myself...
Not to kill anyone.
I certainly think it's an admirable and desirable goal. Especially with the way things have been going around here lately. Only a few short hours left. Let's see what happens.
Wish me luck!

16 November 2009

It's beginning to sound...

a lot like Christmas!!


On November 1, they started playing Christmas music on the "All Christmas Station". And while everyone groans at the announcement... I get a smile.

Not a little grin... I'm talking A Kid On Christmas Morning Smile.

I *love* Christmas music!!

Every time I get in my car, I hear Sleigh Ride.

S L E I G H R I D E ! !

The song we played in high school band... like 84,000 times! We all wanted to play it just to hear the whip crack at the end. Yep. Puts me in the best mood every single time.

Gosh I love that song.

03 November 2009

Mother Nature

Dear Daylight Savings Time Advocates,

SUCK IT!

I want my daylight back during the evening hours.

Yours in peace,
A Neske

30 October 2009

I Was Born In A Small Town...

... and I lived in a small town.
And as much as I've tried to fight it, I've come to the conclusion that there's really not much better than a small town. Although, 10 years ago my mindset was a bit different. We were high schoolers who couldn't wait to get out of town... far, far away. And never come back.

Reasons we hated our small town (and believe me, we had a list in high school):

- no excitement
- everyone knows you
- you know everyone
- same old hangouts
- lack of options
- cozy



So this morning I had to call a local business in that small town. I told the business owner my name and my mom's name.
"OH HEY! How are you?"
Of course, now they know me by association. Thanks, Mom!


But when I hung up the phone, I realized that it's kinda nice to have conversations like that. It's kinda nice to personally know who you're talking to. Now for the updated list.


Reasons I love my small (home)town:
- no excitement
, no crime, no headline stories on the news
- everyone knows you or your mother
- you know everyone and all their business
- same old hangouts, bars, restaurants, and you know what to expect
- lack of options for your spouse to cheat and if they did, you'd know about it
- cozy

Shhh... just don't tell my mom.


Speaking of which:

29 October 2009

What Kind Of Meat Is That?

Everyone had a kid in grade school that was just weird.

You know, the one who smelled funny,
blew booger bubbles out his nose,
and on his birthday brought white bread and cheese slices
for his "special snack" that no one ate.

Much like the kid in blue on the right side of this pic...

pic from here


At what point in life do people grow out of that phase? Or do they ever?

I mean, what grown person brings stinky cheese and interesting looking meat sticks to a birthday food table? No wonder it's not being eaten.

And I bet that's your kid in the picture.

26 October 2009

Looking for Friends

To go here:
photo from here

Any volunteers?

23 October 2009

Fashion

Who said it's ok to wear white socks with black pants and shoes??

That's just NEVER ok.

19 October 2009

Email Is The Best Medicine

There's been a lot going on lately. My father had pretty severe back surgery a week ago. And he's moving around s l o w l y but surely these days.

Today, he's armed with his laptop and email. I'm guessing some pretty good ones will come around this afternoon. But so far, here's what I see in my inbox:



Mom just left to go grocery shopping………
I’m running with scissors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




It's gonna be an interesting day.

14 October 2009

Always New Projects

There are always new projects in my life. Crafts, fixing or cleaning something, constructing, cooking, washing, etc. It's sick and twisted, but...

I love projects!!


So in one of our spare bedrooms, I've got a giant table. GIANT. It's just out there in the middle of the room and ready to be used for crafting, sewing, scrapbooking, designing and printing invitations/announcements, gift wrapping or doing homework.

Well, I've always been a fan of clocks. Growing up, my parents had TONS of clocks in every room. And for my crafting room, I wanted one of those SUPER huge clocks to hang on the wall.

Have you ever looked into those clocks?!? They're so darn expensive!!

I came up with a different plan...

Before (notice the messiness)






Step 1 - project the clockface design on the wall

Step 2 - paint the face on the wall
Step 3 - mount the clock hands
Step 4 - clean up the room

After (all clean!)
I love my new clock, and I've had so many compliments, too!! Let me know if you're taking on a project like this. I'd love to offer assistance or suggestions!

09 October 2009

Worthy

I want a house worthy of a chandelier like this...




pic from here

08 October 2009

Toucan Tango

I spend my days surrounded by flesh colored walls covered in tropical island pics. It really is quite serene (at times).


But most days, the islands are too far away.

Until today. *grin*

Last night I got a package in the mail from my sister. And inside was none other than a Toucan Tango kit!



What's a Toucan Tango kit, you ask?

Well, it's a paper toucan you cut out and put together. When you're all done, it tangos!

I know you're all so jealous!

02 October 2009

Can Friday Get Any Better?

So I went down to the cafeteria here at work just a little while ago. Looking for a snack.

To my surprise, there was a new sign on the ice cream cooler.


Pudding Pops $.50


Seriously. Seriously... you're selling Pudding Pops?!?! Maybe this place IS heaven!

(no where near it. trust me)

30 September 2009

Laughs

I really needed a laugh this morning. Then I got this email:



I am flagging your email for later b/c I really want to write back but I am also under a time crunch.

I hate time crunches more than any other type of crunch, including stomach crunches...



I love my friends.

28 September 2009

Mmm. Chocolate

I just had a Snickers bar for the first time in a REALLY long time.


I love the mini Snickers that people set out for Halloween or Easter. You know, the bite-sized ones. But I'm not a fan of the whole Snickers candy bar. It's too much... and too overwhelming on the nugget part.

I think I just want a PayDay covered in Chocolate. Peanuts and chocolate.






Oh, who am I kidding?! Just give me the Reese's PB Eggs!!
I understand your taste changing every 7 years, but generally it's for accepting new foods, not eliminating old ones. Weird.

18 September 2009

Another Year Older




Happy 10th Blogger!

The Lights Are On But Nobody's Home

As Pork pointed out, I've been a little MIA lately. My sincere apologies.


I know it's a bad excuse, but work's been CRAZY... like moreso than normal. Penny Lane can vouch for me on that one.

Whether you accept my excuse or not, I'll be trying really hard to get back in the swing of things. Lots going on... and many pics of the interesting things people do.

Bear with me... keep reading!

10 September 2009

The Princess Is In Another Castle.


photo from here

Since you're bored and reading my blog... you should visit www.weheartit.com. It's a bunch of fabulous pics that people "heart" all over the internet. Maybe you could heart something too.

Btw... I think the impact of Super Mario Brothers is severely underestimated.

08 September 2009

Foam Soap


I think it's ridiculous that adult females flush the toilet with their foot at work.

This isn't the "around-the-side" unisex bathroom at Tom's Shell that only gets hosed out once a week. This is the work bathroom that they clean three times per day.

And you're just going to wash your hands anyway! Or at least you should!

Speaking of which, I'm convinced foam soap doesn't work as well as the old school soap.

04 September 2009

You're Seriously Pulling That?


Dear Mean Lady At Work,

Just because you've spent 30+ years here, doesn't make you the all-knowing princess. I know a few things, myself. Next time you pick up the phone to call me, be polite about it.

Regards.



(I may be nice to everyone,
but that doesn't mean I have to like them.)

03 September 2009

More Favorite Things

A while back, I did this post highlighting a few of my favorite websites. Then, LMB over at A Little Blog About Nothing deemed me worthy of the "Love Ya" Award. Not knowing too much about awards and how these things work on Blogger, I did some research. Looks like I gotta post my list of favorite things, only BlogStyle. So here we go.


The “Love Ya” Award

The list of blogs that follow are exceedingly charming. The funny, off-the-wall posts get me through the days I need it most. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They frequently leave wonderful comments on my posts and encourage me in ways they can't even understand. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.
Please give a little attention to these blogs. Those who receive this award are asked to pass the award along to their favorite blogs. Keep it going and keep the rest of us in the loop, so we may never be without good blog fodder.
In no particular order:

1) AAB at 27 Dresses In Cleveland. Her dating adventures are incredible. And I admire her for sharing all with the world. She always makes me laugh... like out loud... at work.

2) For every fashionable part of your life, check this girl out: DesignMom. I may not be a mom, but she's got some great stuff going on her website (and it's not all mom stuff). LOVE IT!

3) When you need something to cheer you up, check out Pretty Good. Her pictures are everyday items, beautifully portrayed.

4) For serious laughs, check out TechnicalSupport. It's random goodness that always keeps me going. She's got a lot to say and is one of the best storytellers I know.

5) Alright, I admit. I was searching for bacon and came across I Was Told There Would Be Bacon. One post got me hooked, now I can almost smell the bacon everytime I go to her page.

6) And CC at Sunshine Lovin' convinced me to start blogging. I frequented her page for a while, but realized there were so many random things in my life, I wanted to share them too. So thanks.. for getting it all started. Now I'm hooked.



Now, if I didn't mention you, it doesn't mean I don't follow your blog, or enjoy it just as much as those above. Honestly, these were the first few that came up on the Recent Posts list. heh. There's probably over 20 that I follow regularly, so check back and you'll be highlighted.

Keep posting everyone. Cuz we know I'm sittin here reading them... every day. Beggin for new posts to keep me entertained.

01 September 2009

A Day in the Country

We spent Sunday at the farm. I love going to see my grandma. There are so many fun times to remember growing up as a "weekend" farmer. Dad and I would head off early Saturday mornings and spend all day workin (exploring).

Well, there was a bit of work to be done, hanging a new light, cleaning a few things up, but most importantly, we got a bunch of tools for the house! Woo Hoo! Grandma's got at least three of everything. I'm serious... you think of something, she's got it. So we grabbed all kinds of shovels and rakes and implements of destruction. Score!

We also came home with about a dozen tomatoes, a dozen fresh peaches, and four GIANT sunflower heads. In the next few weeks, we'll be takin a crack at making our own sunflower seeds.

Pics to come. I swear.

27 August 2009

Acrophobia

ac⋅ro⋅pho⋅bi⋅a [ak-ruh-foh-bee-uh] - noun:
a pathological fear of heights.

I am in no way acrophobic. I could spend all day at the top of a tall building, just watching. Now, I don't like to dance on window ledges 13 stories up, but I do enjoy the view from many tall places like these:
Eiffel Tower - Paris, France


Pikes Peak - Colorado Springs, CO





CN Tower - Toronto, Canada

(View through the glass floor.)





Space Needle - Seattle, WA

Who wouldn't love to see these places? Seriously. Even the city buildings are gorgeous!

I can't wait until my next adventure... hopefully back to Europe.

24 August 2009

20 August 2009

The Left Lane Is For Passing!

In high school, my friend kept a 3 x 5 index card tucked in the passenger side sunvisor. Written in black ink, very simply was the word "moron." It wasn't until very recently that I realized the usefulness of this little gem:


I could use it every day on my way to work.

19 August 2009

I'll take two.

This was the exact image on my page-a-day calendar yesterday highlighting Sylt, Germany.


I'm so enamored with how wonderful it would be to sit there all day long. Aren't those chairs the coolest?! Here's the wiki about the strandkorb.

If you feel like donating one to my cause (the need to feel as though I'm on vacation all the time), please let me know and I'd be happy to give you the address to where you can send it.

18 August 2009

I Have Seen The Light!

I got it!!

Men are jerks because women nag.
Women nag because men are jerks.
Chad, you must be the smartest person I know.

Look Out!!


Loofah's scare me. Growing up, I specifically remember a light blue loofah that hung in the shower for months. I'm not sure if anyone ever used it.

Being the curious person I am, one day I tried to figure out loofahs are made. (Yeah, I'm one of those nerds.) Well, if you dig deep into the loofah, you'll find it's just tulle bunched around and held in place with a zip tie. Nothing fancy, right? (The people who thought of these things must be making a FORTUNE!)

Well I didn't just find the zip tie in that light blue one, I also found a nice bit of mold growing. ICK! *cringe*

And that's when my fear of mold started. I haven't touched a loofah since.

(PS... my husband has a pink one in the shower now.)

14 August 2009

Website Write-Ups

It's Friday!!

That means another edition of Website Write-Ups... Alright, alright. You can go back as far as you want and you'll find NO OTHER Website Write-Up Fridays on this blog. Maybe it's something I'll start.

I love to see the other blogs who have specific theme days every week. Examples... Daily Tea Time, Rant and Rave Wednesdays or Photo Of The Day. I'd love to do something like that called Friday Website Write-Ups (needs a new name) but I know I won't keep up with it. So here's a random review. How's that?

One new site I found this week is called Alice. You remember Alice from the Brady Bunch...


Well, this website is your own version of the perfect housekeeper. You load it up with all the products you buy on a normal basis (cleaning, batteries, toilet paper, hygiene, etc.). And it will keep a shopping list for you.

You store information like 3 boxes of Kleenex tissues every 2 months. When 2 months rolls around, it emails you that it's time to re-order. They keep a record of all purchases you make... and even apply all public coupons to your order. It's the cheapest price available.

And we haven't even covered the best part... 2 day shipping... FREE!! That means, no more going to the stupid store!

I haven't ordered anything yet, but check it out when you can. Happy weekend!

13 August 2009

Days of Summer

Well kids, summer's just about done. Next week is back to school. So today, we're taking a trip down memory lane.


This trip's all about board games. Growing up, we played board games ALL THE TIME at my house. The basement had an entire wall full of bookshelves. And the bookshelves were piled to the ceiling (literally) with board games. My friends would come over to our house cuz we had the best games. And usually, we were too lazy to take them back to the basement, so there was a convenient hidden storage place under the couch in the living room for some of our favorites.


A few of my personal favs (not so much for my family, however):


1) Fireball Island. This one was pretty cool with the 3-D board and moving parts. It took forever to set up, no one ever understood the rules, and the game lasted around 2 hours - or until someone got so fed up trying to understand the caves that they quit.








2) Sweet Valley High. Kinda like a game of memory, yet you move game pieces around a board. You collect 5 things (prom dress, surfboard, library book, etc.) for your character and first one back home wins. I was never allowed to read the Sweet Valley High books until I was in high school. Of course, by then they weren't hip. The best part about the game was when I'd beg my dad to play. He was such a great sport about taking on a female character and searching for his prom dress.


3) Double Dare At Home. Remember this popular 80s game show? Where teams of two or four (Family Double Dare) would hang out with Mark Summers for an hour and slide around in gook moving globs of gooey stuff across the floor. The best was the obstacle course at the end where you had to reach your hands up the giant nose in search of a flag. Anyway... I had the At Home game. It was full of stunts and games to do at home. Most of which were too messy and stupid, so we only did a few of them. Still fun to play though.

So those are a few of my favorite board games. What were your favorites?

(A more exciting post coming later. Hopefully.)

11 August 2009

Culture!!


It's so sad that some people don't particularly like culture-ish things like musicals. My husband in particular.

Luckily, I have girlfriends and sisters willing to do those "oh-so-boring" things - like seeing Mary Poppins!!

The tickets are purchased and we're going on Sunday! WOO HOO!!