Category Archives: family and friends

Entering online contests

Have you ever entered online contests? I used to do that a lot many years ago, but I never won anything except a ton of spammy junk email and additional telemarketing telephone calls (which I would guess is the consolation prize!) That is one reason why I have stopped answering my home telephone number! And why I have created an email address that is essentially only used for times when I think that providing my email address will result in lots of spammy junk emails!

I recently decided that I would go ahead and enter a contest to Win a phil&ted’s stroller with the thought that if I win the contest I’ll give it to my niece, who is pregnant for the first time.

I don’t know if I will win or not, but it sure would be great if I did – I know that my niece needs a stroller, and I would look like a very generous aunt if I gave her something as great as this one!

I have found it, the perfect gift for my sister

My sister is a blond. Not only in hair color but also in brains. I love her dearly and she’s a very intelligent woman but she is a blond. I have found the perfect gift for her for her birthday in a couple of weeks. It’s a pink ‘blonde’ keyboard for her computer. Now get this:

The all-pink keyboard swaps out standard keys with funnier, dumber key names. The backspace key now says “Oops!” and the entire row of function keys spells out USELESS KEYS. Hit the “$” sign and you get the sound of a cash register clinking.

Blonds can even get a little technical and use special keys that type out “OMG,” “ALI” (Absolutely Love It!) or “XOXO.” My favorite? The caps lock key now says: “Warning! size XXL letters.”

According to its manufacturer, European Trends, the keyboard has already been released in the U.K. to some success, and at $49.95 probably only a true blond would purchase this novelty item. It’s compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux.

Thank God she has a great sense of humor too and will absolutely love this. I have known women that hate to be told blond jokes and I can’t help but wonder if it’s because they don’t really understand them or if it’s because the resemble them too much? Sorry blonds but I don’t really know how the ‘dumb blonde’ thing got started unless it’s from the old movies with Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Did you know that Jayne Mansfield had the IQ of a genius? That shoots down the dumb blond stigma for sure if you ask me.

Keeping warm during the winter

Guest post by my good friend Linda Bradshaw:

I can remember when I lived in Maine, how hard it was for me to find ways to keep warm when I was sitting at my desk, or when I was having to do things outdoors. I especially disliked how long it took for the interior of my car to warm up when I had to drive to work! I couldn’t afford to let the car idle in the driveway for twenty minutes for the interior to warm up! And my feet were always cold, no matter what I did! Most people don’t believe me when I tell them that I wore thermal underwear for ten months out of the year, but it is absolutely the truth! Maine is a cold state!

I really wish that the Internet was more advanced back then – I would have found out much earlier about the twitter sphere and social media and would have learned about the Cozy Winters website where they sell so much great stuff to help people (and their pets) cope with cold weather! I would have been a lot more comfortable back then! I would have clothes that keep me warm with batteries, foot warmers under my desk, seat warmers for my car (and a seat warmer for the bleachers that I had to sit on to watch my son’s soccer games!) In fact, I would have bought seat warmers for all of the kids to sit on when they had to sit on the bench waiting for their turn to play! It got so freakin’ cold!

Gobblins will be out tonight

Tonight is Halloween.  Poor Michelle still get’s a little scared of some of the costumes but I have told her over and over that they are just kids in the neighborhood and there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of.  Mommy would never let anyone hurt her or take her anywhere anyone could hurt her. Then Frankenstein walks by and she’s hiding behind my legs.

Everything is all better once she hears the sound of candy hitting her pumpkin Trick-or-treat bucket. Then she’s ready to knock old Frankie down to get to the next door.  Kids are so much fun!  It’s a shame her  father can’t be here to see this but that’s his fault and not mine.

A Lazy Day

Today Lady Bug and I had a very lazy day. We just relaxed in our jammies and watched the Halloween movies that we saw on television. It was nice to not have to worry about doing anything or going anywhere today.

I made chunky money pancakes for breakfast. They are banana pancakes with chocolate chips and peanut butter syrup. We love them! They taste great without the syrup too. Lady Bug likes to help me mix the batter and watch the pancakes cook on the griddle. I use one of those electric counter top griddles and set it on the island. She sits on a bar stool and watches as they cook and waits in anticipation to eat them.

For lunch we had grilled cheese sammies and tomato soup. I thought an American classic was in order. I like to sneak in slices of tomato and onion in my grilled cheese sandwiches. I like the added crunch it gives everything. Lady Bug gobbled up her cheesy sandwich and her “ketchup soup” as she calls it.

We had a wonderfully relaxing day today, but now it’s time for dinner.