February 29, 2008
Ya know, I think I started this meme. Seriously! I've seen it a few other places since I did it, but maybe we just have a collective genius, I don't know. Anyway, here's where I did it, and here, and here, and here, and kinda here.
'Bout time for another.
Reading: The Sunne in Splendor.
Drinking: Sweet tea.
Listening: Someone Like You, Safetysuit.
Feeling: A bit lazy.
Watching: Reruns of The Office.
Wearing: Jeans and an Ocoee river tshirt.
Cooking: Homemade pizza.
Paying: for fabric.
Dreaming: of sleeping in.
Smelling: a rasberry candle.
Loving: my life.
Anticipating: a mac computer!
Posted by WonderGirl at 11:47 AM
February 11, 2008
Tagged a million years ago by Moriah. It's just now made it's way up the "to do" list, so here ya go. Look, you beat out brushing my teeth for the day!! Ha.
1. How do you take your coffee? Whole bean, freshly ground Starbucks Breakfast Blend. A ridiculously big lump o' sugar, two, count them- TWO creams, and a side of "HUSH until Mommie's had her coffee!"
2. What is your restaurant genre of choice? Seafood!
3. If you had to eat the entire cake, what kind would it have to be? Italian cream cheese. Yummy.
4. What kind of cook do you consider yourself to be (i.e. gourmet)? The Family Chef, which basically means, I don't get to cook very many interesting things because my children have the most sensitive gag reflexes known to man.
5. Eggs for breakfast? No. But for supper occasionally.
6. Are you an adventurous eater? Yes. But, I'd say my 11 month old holds that title in this house.
7. Would you consider yourself a food snob? Well, I won't eat vienna sausages, or red hotdogs. Does that make me a snob? I think it does in Pineville.
Now, tagging RevJATB, Ashley, Vickie, Teri, and Denise.
Posted by WonderGirl at 6:15 PM
December 14, 2007
(thanks Aunt Dee- I enjoyed reading this so much, I'm passing it along on my blog.)
"From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
The partridge in a Pear Tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit; Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.
The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.
The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed."
Posted by WonderGirl at 4:44 PM
October 7, 2007
I promised Meghan half a dozen times that I'd share the recipe, so here it is. Amy V., you will recognize this from your mother, who gave it to me when I first got married. I always loved coming to your house and the smell of freshly baked bread!!
This is my Monday activity, and I have to say, I enjoy the whole process. My favorite part is the large, old, heavy bowl I use to mix it all in, and the sweet, yeasty smell of the bread as it rises into a puffy ball inside. Ahhh... now on to the recipe.
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:16 PM
August 13, 2007
Finish this sentence:
Today is the day I _____.
And let's do it. Seriously. No more procrastinating.
Posted by WonderGirl at 7:45 AM
July 30, 2007
"INTJs are introspective, analytical, determined persons with natural leadership ability. Being reserved, they prefer to stay in the background while leading. Strategic, knowledgable and adaptable, INTJs are talented in bringing ideas from conception to reality. They expect perfection from themselves as well as others and are comfortable with the leadership of another so long as they are competent. INTJs can also be described as decisive, open-minded, self-confident, attentive, theoretical and pragmatic."
Posted by WonderGirl at 8:54 AM
July 16, 2007
Yesterday we had dinner guests after church. Dolly and Ethan, and their two kidlings, Ruthie and Chandler. We had a great time! The children all played nicely together, we had pleasant adult conversation (quite the treat, I assure you!) and I got to set a pretty table, using my tablecloth and all that. Being a hostess is so gratifying! Anyway, I love reading other people's dinner menus, so I'll share mine for all you nosy folks out there.
Caribbean Jerk Chicken (chicken, potatoes, and sausage in it. Spicy!)
Toasted Walnut Salad (spring mix, romaine lettuce, mandarin oranges, redwine dressing & the best crunchy topping ever!)
Wine & Sweet tea
Then for dessert we had coffee and Strawberry Shortcake.
It was delicious! And yes, I wore my crown. Jealous, aren't you?
Next time, you can come, I promise. And there will be a tiara with your name on it. No joke.
Okay, got stuff to get to this morning. Y'all have a good day, and I'll post lata.
Posted by WonderGirl at 9:34 AM
July 15, 2007
Wowza! Jeanette over at Moot Thoughts and Musings has kindly nominated me for the Thinking Blogger Award. It was such a lovely gesture, and I am very honored! Thank you, J!
See, here it is:
I'm printing it out and putting that sucker up on my mantel.
Now it's my turn to submit my nominations for the Thinking Blogger Award. Here they are, aside from Jeanette's, which would TOTALLY make this list:
Michelle over at Belly Dancer's Nightcap. She's a longtime favorite of mine. She paints a life that is starkly honest and beautiful, in good times and bad.
Christin at Verbing Nouns. Hers was one of the first blogs I'd ever read, and she cracked me up. Witty and stylish, and of course, always grammatically correct!
Emily at Commonplace Life. She's a recent read for me, but I enjoy her slice of life. Even on the internet, she gives off an approachable and genuine vibe.
The RevJATB at Know Tea. You get a smorgasbord of good stuff here. Excellent recipes, obscure but entirely beneficial music recommendations, theological kickshaw, an occasional post in German or French, and a lil' bit of popculture taboot. All he needs is a circus dog riding a unicycle - but I hear that may be in the works even now.
And last but not least, Chris at Required Reiding. He's an old time friend, but a new time read for me. We'd lost touch for ten or so years, and have now caught up again. He writes on a wide variety of interesting subjects, and I am always excited to see a new post of his show up in my RSS feeder.
Okay my fellow nominees, now it's your turn!
The participation rules are simple:
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ĎThinking Blogger Awardí with a link to the post that you wrote.
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:02 PM
June 4, 2007
Submitted by Katie:
What Not to Wear and Do when you become a Mommy
1. Mom jeans are an obvious no-no. Nothing says "I've given up" quite like the roomy cut of apathetic denim. Come on, Mommies. You may have some extra junk in the trunk, but let's leave the pleats in the 80's, where they belong.
2. Don't try to squeeze all your belongings into your prepregnancy purse. It just ain't gonna happen. Your jeans aren't the only item that go up a size. Your purse must now become the 8th wonder of the world, able to hold your wallet, brush, keys, a spare diaper, pacifier, kleenex, sippy cup, box of crayons, your mascara, AND a small Chinese acrobat. Don't ask about the acrobat, just trust me.
3. Don't throw away the "toddler leash" gag gift that your aunt gave you at your baby shower. You will need it.
4. Don't put a "Baby on Board" sticker on your minivan. It's painfully redundant. Do put a bumpersticker about your child being on Honor Roll though, because yes, other people judge you by your child's accomplishments. (Sorry- it's true. I'm just saying.)
5. Don't worry about a manicure, but please, oh please, don't forgo tweezing/waxing those eyebrows. This is not just about you. I can't talk right when your eyebrows are wagging at me. I can't quit looking at them. You could have such lovely arches, if only you'd let me have ten minutes with that unibrow.
6. Don't swear to never use your t.v. as a babysitter. Unless you like the taste of crow.
7. Don't give up on style altogether. Okay, so maybe you won't be Sex in The City. But you can still get your chic on at Target (thank you Isaac Mizrahi.) As a sidenote, spit-up comes right out of most of his fabric blends- the genius!
8. Don't put unrealistic expectations on yourself, but don't make excuses for dropping the ball either. Just get out there and do it and don't whine about it, whatever "it" is.
9. Don't wear swimsuits with skirts attached. They will make your husband cry like his best dog died. Don't break your man's heart like that.
10. And lastly, don't pick your child's nose in public. Yes, it's got to be done- you know it and I know it, but we must all agree to hide that shame in the bathroom.
Okay, that's it for now! Add 'em if you got 'em!
Posted by WonderGirl at 3:34 PM
May 31, 2007
(Thank you, Ashley, for making this post possible. You're a dear.)
1. I like that Rosie isn't related to me. I don't have to buy her a Christmas present, or listen to her conspiracy theories over Thanksgiving dinner.
2. I like that Rosie isn't a blond, because we don't need that kind of P.R.
3. I like that Rosie got into it with the Donald, because it reminded me that I should stop watching so much t.v.
4. I like that Rosie uh.... Ashley, this was too cruel.
5. I like that Rosie quit the View, because now they can get Sandra Berndhart in there. Yes! (---please note the sarcasm.)
Posted by WonderGirl at 9:12 AM
March 20, 2007
Counting my blessings:
Solon slept for four hours at a time the past few nights.
Everyone is well.
The weather is beautiful and the kids can play outside.
Paper plates don't have to be washed.
Solon is digging his sling.
Cable tv at four in the morning means old episodes of Dawson's Creek.
PB&J never gets old to a 6,4, and nearly 2 year old.
There are more, but that's all I have time for.
Posted by WonderGirl at 1:19 PM
February 2, 2007
Snagged this from Mrs. Crumley, cause I'm lazy today.
1. Are your parents married or divorced? Married
2. Are you a vegetarian? No. Me carnivore.
3. Do you believe in Heaven? Yes.
4. Have you ever come close to dying? No.
5. What jewelery do you wear 24/7? Normally, my wedding and engagement rings, but not right now due to pudgy preggy fingers.
6. Favorite time of day? Midmorning.
7. Do you eat the stems of broccoli? Not usually.
8. Do you wear makeup? A little if I'm leaving the house.
9. Ever have plastic surgery? Yes. I was born with six fingers on one hand. Kidding.
11. What do you wear to bed? Whoa there, buster. Simma down, now.
12. Have you ever done anything illegal? Yes.
13. Can you roll your tongue? I never understood how that was supposed to look. I think I can, but I don't know.
14. Do you tweeze your eyebrows? Yes. Yowch.
15. What kind of sneakers? New Balance.
16.Do you believe in Abortions? No.
17. What is your Hair color? Brownish blond. I refuse to say dirty blond or dishwater blond. That's so insulting.
18. Future childís name? Susannah or Sid, maybe? I dunno.
19. Do you snore? No.
20. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? A white beach with sparkling blue water.
21. Do you sleep with stuffed animals? No. But I do suck my thumb. Kidding.
22. If you won the lottery, what would you do first? Scream. Loud and long and happily.
23. Gold or silver? Silver.
24. Hamburger or hot dog? Hamburger, no onions.
25. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Chicken and rice, I think.
26. City, beach or country? Beach.
27. What was the last thing you touched? The mouse pad.
28. Where did you eat last? Dining room table.
29. Whenís the last time you cried? Yesterday, watching A Baby Story on TLC.
30. Do you read blogs? Yup.
31. Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex? No. This is getting weird.
32. Ever been involved with the police? Well, I majored in criminal justice in college. Does that count?
33. Whatís your favourite shampoo conditioner and soap? Infusium.
34. Do you talk in your sleep? No. The vault is sealed.
35. Ocean or pool? Pool. No sharks.
36. So, who has the original missing questions? Don't look at me. I didn't take them.
37. Who would you take on a mťnage ŗ trois for a dirty weekend? They always have to throw in a question like this one, don't they?
38. Window seat or aisle? Window.
39. Ever met anyone famous? No. Wah.
40. Do you feel that youíve had a truly successful life? I do.
41. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it? We're cutters around here.
42. Ricki Lake or Oprah Winfrey? Can I make up my own questions now?
43. Basketball or Football? I like to watch basketball in person. Neither on tv.
44. How long do your showers last? 30 minutes.
45. Automatic or do you drive a stick? Automatic.
46. Cake or ice cream? Cake! Chocolate. Please give me.
47. Are you self-conscious? Sometimes.
48. Have you ever drank so much you threw up? Urg. Yes.
49. Have you ever given money to a beggar? Yes.
50. Have you been in love? Yes.
51. Where do you wish you were? Shopping.
52. Are you wearing socks? Slippers.
53. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? No.
54. Can you tango? No. But I can macarana!
55. Last gift you received? A hoodie sweatshirt to wear after the baby is born. Yay for non-maternity clothes!
56. Last sport you played? Volleyball, about a thousand years ago.
57. Things you spend a lot of money on? Groceries. This family can EAT.
58. Where do you live? B'ham.
59. Where were you born? Greenville, MS
60. Last wedding attended? My cousin's.
61. Okay, I just deleted this question, which was obviously written by a fifteen year old hornball.
62. And this one, too.
63. Most hated food(s)? Green bean casserole.
64. Whatís your least fav.? I don't know. My least favorite... rash? Chicken pox. My least favorite bill? Electric. Be specific!
65. Can you sing? Without humiliating myself, but I wouldn't audition for Idol.
66. Last person you instant messaged? Joey.
67. Last place you went on holiday? Atlanta, I guess. I need to work on that, don't I? WonderGirl needs a vacation.
68. Favourite regular drink? Sweet tea.
69. Current Song? Alison Krauss- Now That I've Found You.
70. Tag 3 friends: Is anybody still reading this list? If so, then YOU.
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:45 AM
January 10, 2007
Guess who didn't visit while I was sleeping last night? The Magic Ice Tray Fairy.
Wah. I hate lukewarm beverages.
It's my own fault, of course.
I shoulda. I coulda. But I didna.
So what's on the agenda today? How is everybody's Wednesday shaping up? I haven't done much with mine so far. But I will. Later. Really. Right after I get to those ice trays.
I don't have much to say this morning. Or rather, I do, but it's all a little scattered. Oh, what the heck, I'll just go with it all.
1. Looking forward to Jan. 21, when The Dresden Files premieres on the sci-fi channel. Consequently, this is also the day my status as nerd is officially undeniable.
2. Debating whether or not to make my own sheets for the baby's crib. If I don't, I have to pay out the nose for them because of their unusual measurements. I can't see paying $16 for two tiny fitted sheets, PLUS shipping, if I can do it myself. How hard could it be?
3. Thinking it's maybe not a good thing that the pizza delivery guy said "See you next week" when he left yesterday.
4. Appreciating the fact that I have "connections" now for real estate and auto purchases here in B'ham. (When the time comes. Which will be soon, hopefully!)
5. Still bawling over Smallville the other day when Clark's dad... *sniff* I don't wanna talk about it. Poor Clarky.
6. After a recommendation from a fellow pregnant friend, looking forward to trying out Prilosec OC for this dang heartburn.
7. Wishing for a flake or two of snow, but knowing that's overly optimistic.
8. Happy that a Christmas gift I sent Dec. 15th FINALLY reached it's destination. Thank you, US Post Office. Only three weeks late this time.
9. Enjoying the new slippers, the Eucalyptus Spearmint body wash, and Starbucks coffee I got for Christmas.
10. Revelling in the $170 in gift cards I have to spend on baby stuff and whatnot. I've been on a dozen shopping expeditions in my head so far.
11. Loving, and hating, Breathe Right Strips. I gotta have them for this pregnancy congestion when I sleep, but I hate the way they make your nostrils flare out. I look like I took a sucker punch to the nose. (Oh, the vanity.)
12. Okay, that's enough. I won't subject you to anymore sheer randomness. As a matter of fact, please accept my apology for wasting the last ten minutes of your day. Hurry- hop over to your favorite Real News Blog and pretend this never happened, mkay?
See ya tomorrow.
(I promise to write about something other than my shock at the magical reappearance of a lost pair of earrings after two years, and my latest craving for maraschino cherries.)
Posted by WonderGirl at 11:16 AM
December 6, 2006
1. The color orange.
2. Really soft, squishy mini-marshmallows.
3. The mailman at my door with a package.
4. The perfect bath.
5. Stroking a babysoft cheek with my finger.
6. When someone enjoys my cooking.
7. Czarina's excitement when the baby kicks her hand.
8. That my husband puts away the silverware because he knows I hate to do it.
9. When something that used to bother me just doesn't anymore.
10. The sound of a car driving over a wooden bridge.
Posted by WonderGirl at 9:42 AM
October 6, 2006
Memes are entirely too easy. And I just had to know. (David infected me.)
1. SPY NAME: (middle name + current street):
2. MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/mother + your favorite candy):
3. GAMER TAG: (favorite color + favorite animal):
4. SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name + birthplace):
5. PORN STAR NAME: (first pet + street you grew up on):
6. SUPERHERO NAME: (ĒTheĒ, favorite color, car your dad drives):
The Green Maxima? The Green Altima? I forget.
7. ACTION HERO NAME: (name of character in last film you watched, last food you ate):
Posted by WonderGirl at 11:41 AM
June 14, 2006
Sometimes, it's good to stop and think about what makes me smile. I did here. And I'll do it again. So there.
1. Czarina's snaggletooth grin.
2. Our first payday tomorrow!
3. Tan lines.
4. Ice cold caffeine.
5. Dolphin sketches by a 5 yr old.
6. Harry Dresden.
7. Fresh starts.
8. Clean linen candles.
9. Mister Mustard.
10. Letting people in.
Your turn! Go for it. Feels good.
Posted by WonderGirl at 12:14 PM
March 23, 2006
Continuing my fascination with lists, I present to you "The Results of a Quick Trip to the Library":
"Once" Written and illustrated by Scott Rogers
"Mrs. Spitzer's Garden" by Edith Pattou.
"Sweep Dreams" by Nancy Willard.
"The Incredible Shrinking Teacher" by Lisa Passen.
"The New Gothic" edited by everybody under the sun.
"Homage to Robert Frost" by Brodsky, Heaney, and Walcott.
"Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance" edited by Jayne Ann Krentz. (I don't know why I picked this one up, in particular. Interesting though.)
Stay tuned for my grocery list. Exciting stuff there.
Posted by WonderGirl at 2:29 PM
Good morning, lovelies. How are you all today? Up with the sun? Ready to face the day? Yeah, me too. Thanks to my favorite bean in the world! *little skippy caffeine dance* Nah, that's not all. Several things are contributing to my good mood this morning.
So I'll make a little listy-loo the way I do.
Ten Things I'm Happy About Today:
1. I finished reading a book I'd been hemhawing around with.
2. All the dishes are put away. At 8 AM.
3. Thursday is one tiny day away from Friday, which is always a good thing.
4. Great episode of Lost last night.
5. A midmorning jog in a little while.
6. Anna Nalick
7. The kids in the carwash yesterday when the colored foam hit the windows.
8. Home cooking other than mine tomorrow.
9. The Duke's new little wiggle when he's happy.
10. Why not? Beats the alternative.
You know those days when it hits you--- pow--- a good mood. Thank goodness. I wondered for a while there if that was ever going to happen again. It is with relief that I smile so easy today- that I enjoy the life and people around me.
Hope you do, too.
(Oh and make a list while you're it. WonderGirl loves lists.)
Posted by WonderGirl at 8:39 AM
February 21, 2006
E-gads, I'm such a sucker for quizzy type things! I've seen this about, and couldn't resist having my own Johari. So, please- go and click a few adjectives that you think describe me. Before you get too excited about it- "vexacious" and "neurotic" aren't on the list of choices. Ha.
Posted by WonderGirl at 11:18 AM
February 16, 2006
I was raised in Mississippi and love it dearly, but Louisiana had me at hello. So I present, via the WonderMotherInLaw, the second in a series of... (first here)
You Are From Louisiana If:
1. You can properly pronounce Lafayette, Bossier, Natchitoches, Opelousas, Shongaloo, Pontchartrain, Ouachita, and you know that New Orleans doesn't have a long "e" sound anywhere in it.
2. You think people who complain about the heat in their states are sissies.
3. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.
4. You know that the true value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but by the availability of shade.
5. Stores don't have bags, they have sacks.
6. You've seen people wear bib overalls at funerals. (Just Recently)
7. You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.
8. You measure distance in minutes.
9. Little Smokies are something you serve only for special occasions.
10. You go to the lake because you think it is like going to the ocean.
11. You listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.
12. You know cowpies are not made of beef.
13. Someone you know has used a football schedule or hunting season guide to plan their wedding date.
14. You have known someone who has a belt buckle bigger than your fist.
15. You aren't surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, beer, and bait all in the same store.
16. A Mercedes Benz isn't a status symbol. A Chevy Silverado Extended Bed Crew Cab Truck is.
17. You know everything goes better with 'Ranch.'
18. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned how to multiply.
19. You actually get these jokes and are "fixin" to send them to your friends.
20. Finally, you are 100% Louisianian if you have ever had this conversation:
"You want a coke?"
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:28 AM
February 10, 2006
Have been a bit preoccupied lately with the slow birth of a story. This is the first time I've stuck with one piece long enough to see it really flesh out. I am excited about it, I feel like this could be the one where I get to write "The End" on the last page.
One of the things I've concentrated on is developing believable characters, and I did this excercise to help move me towards that. It's basically just a questionnaire, but the implications direct you to some interesting conclusions. After doing it for all my primary and secondary characters, I kind of wanted to do it for myself, too. Forgive my obvious narcissism, and go ahead and indulge yourself too if you wanna. I won't judge you. But I might base a character on you!
1. Name: WonderGirl
2. Age: 30
3. Occupation: Domestic goddess and mother extraordinaire!
4. Residence: south La
5. Marital Status: Married
6. Children: three-5, 3, and 9mo.
7. Pets: Nameless cat
8. Religion: A free spirited Presbyterian
9. Drug: Whatever kills the pain. (tylenol, baby. Straight from the bottle.)
10. Food habits: I eat like a squirrel. A grilledchicken-loving squirrel.
11. Nervous habits: licking my lips
12. Hobby: writing/blogging
13. Dream: Under an umbrella, on a beach, journal in hand.
14. Fear: that being a good writer quite possibly makes me a bad everything else.
15. Clothes: realistically -casual and easy. But if I wasn't so lazy, I'd do a little more bohemian glam.
16. Secret: Oh I got issues. Too dark for publication, my dovies.
17. Worst thing that ever happened: Debts- which to be honest, just isn't that horrible a thing to me.
18. Fetish: Good smells.
Anyway, this little excercise really helped me understand a few things about my characters, and sent the story in a new direction. Very productive. And it gave me a freebie post for the day! Whoohoo!
Okay, I'm off to prop up my life again before it tumbles down around me. Have a good weekend, all!
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:55 AM
February 8, 2006
You know you can't resist. Go on. Make yours here.
Posted by WonderGirl at 12:37 PM
January 26, 2006
Reading: "Kringle" -Tony Abbot
Drinking: Agua, amigos!
Listening: Rocking Horse Winner.
Feeling: Warily optimistic.
Watching: Project Runway. I know, I know. Shameful.
Snacking: String cheese. Cause it's stringy. And cheesy.
Humming: Bitter Sweet Symphony. (love me some Verve!)
Wearing: The best jeans ever.
Cooking: Yikes. I knew I was forgetting to do something.
Posing: As a grown-up.
Paying: Attention. Ha.
Dreaming: Sandy shores, turquoise waters.
Smelling: Wild sage. Heavenly.
Loving: that January is almost over. Yip!
Anticipating: Trip to see
PlayDo Britt, I mean, Echo Johnson.
Thank you, thank you. *bowing with flourish* No, you're too kind. Stop it, you're embarassing me.
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:36 AM
November 16, 2005
3 things I can't resist: semi-sweet chocolate chips, smelling the baby lotion when I open the top, watching Dirty Dancing if I know it's on.
3 things I can't stand: the smell of ketchup after we've eaten, flipping the radio stations and finding only commercials, people with superiority complexes.
3 things in my purse: trident gum, cellphone, and a size 3 pull-up.
3 things I could never throw away but probably should: ticket stub from the Aladdin movie (yeah, from fifteen thousand years ago), my fourth grade retainer, and every purse I've ever used in my life.
3 things I regret: being disrespectful to my parents as a teenager, breaking hearts before I knew how it felt to be broken, not sticking to one thing long enough to get really good at it.
3 things I wouldn't change about myself: my creativity, my legs, and being the oldest child.
3 things I want to do before I die: write a novel, lay on a tropical beach, go on a safari.
3 things that touch me: children who are brave in the face of adversity, an old man who wants to make things right, birth.
3 things I love to hear: unbridled laughter, rain on a tin roof, and choral christmas music.
3 things I hate to hear: unkind mothers, meows at 3 a.m., and someone snorting mucus loose in their nose and then spitting. (well, you asked!)
3 things I am passionate about: my faith, my family, and my writing.
Okay, your turn!
Posted by WonderGirl at 1:03 PM
October 24, 2005
Jessie tagged me, and who am I to fight my destiny? So here goes.
1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Post the fifth sentence (or closest to it).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five other people to do the same thing.
So here's mine:
"When we got home, the kids were in bed, the clothes were folded, dishes washed, and mom was passed out on the couch."
Nice. I like how it leaves you wondering if Mom got into the Scotch.
Anyway, I now tag...
Go. Meet thy destiny.
Posted by WonderGirl at 7:08 AM
October 14, 2005
Okay. My three wishes?
1.) World peace.
2.) An end to hunger and poverty.
3.) Fifteen minutes alone with a pair of scissors and Ryan Cabrera's hair.
Posted by WonderGirl at 8:34 AM
September 29, 2005
Last September, I shared my ING. Let's do it again!
ING for Today:
Reading: The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson.
Drinking: Diet Dr. Pepper.
Listening: Mix CD by PlayDo Brittany.
Snacking: Apples - but I really want some Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate. Dangit.
Humming: The Nokia Ringtone. Help.
Wearing: Workout clothes - see my dedication?
Cooking: Broiled tilapia!
Posing: As a stay at home mom, but I'm actually undercover CIA.
Paying: For car repairs. Urgh.
Dreaming: Of graduation - 7.5 months!
Smelling: Soap and coffee. Yum.
Loving: My bald headed baby.
Anticipating: Trip to Baltimore, and Margarita Night with the girls!! Yip!
Posted by WonderGirl at 9:52 AM
September 10, 2005
Confession: I can't not watch Dharma & Greg. Yeah, I know. It disturbs me, too.
Obsession: Bloglines. My good friend, Wil Wheaton turned me on to it, and my life has changed forever. Okay, so maybe he's not exactly a good friend, but we could be if he'd just return my calls and emails and letters and faxes. Come on, Wil! I could be your very best friend if you'd just give me the chance! [/stalker] Anyway. I am this close to removing my blogroll altogether, but I have a feeling people are using it to browse, so I better not. But bloglines is awesome! I know when all my favorite blogs have been updated, AND I can view them all on the same page. Groovy.
Anticipation: Tonight. Babysitter is a'coming, and celebration is pending. On the eve of my 30th birthday, King Pen has a surprise. Oooh. A surprise!! Do you know how much WonderGirl loves surprises? Oh she does indeed. Yippee!
Discoveration (?!): Remember Black People Love Us? If you haven't read it, follow the link and pay attention. It's not a racist thing, it's actually the complete opposite, but some people don't get that. Oh well. Anyway, it's hilarious. And I found out who made the website! He is one of the founders of Contagious Media, which is a really cool idea. He also happens to be the husband of a longtime read of mine, Andrea. I don't know Andrea, and we disagree on practically everything, but she is funny and posts great pictures of NY and animals. So, she's on my mental blogroll.
Okay, that's all for this Saturday. Now I must commence the traditional Frantic Cleaning So the Babysitter Doesn't Think Badly of Me. To be followed closely by the Oh My Gosh Is There Anything For Her To Drink and Eat in the Fridge Panic.
Posted by WonderGirl at 4:07 PM
June 22, 2005
Seen this around the blogosphere, so naturally, I want to do what the Popular Kids are doing.
TEN Random things about me:
10. I make my own trail mix. (is that normal?)
9. I'm a bad "hammerer". (stupid nails)
8. I hate putting away silverware. (oh the horror)
7. My fingernails grow abnormally fast. (too much calcium?)
6. I am obsessive about orderly eyebrows. (please pluck or wax or something)
5. I won't buy books, because, hello- the library!! (does this make me cheap?)
4. I am addicted to shows like Current Affair, E News, The Insider. (my shame knows no end for this one)
3. I can't keep my checkbook balanced for more than two months. (that blasted debit card)
2. I once got my shoe caught in an escalator in a mall, and it literally shredded apart. (keds)
1. Deep down, I am afraid it will happen again. (mommie!)
NINE Places I've Visited:
EIGHT Things I Want To Do Before I Die:
8. Have a room in my house painted red. (gaudy, cathouse red, and I make no apologies for it.)
7. Learn how to decorate a cake. (and m&m's don't count)
6. Visit New York. (to see all the crazy people.)
5. Experience virtual reality. (is that even around anymore?)
4. Travel overseas. (is this so much to ask?)
3. Write an article for a magazine. (and get paid for it, yeah!)
2. Race a horse. (onward, Black Beauty!)
1. Skydive. (this one scares me.)
SEVEN of My Favorite Things:
7. Czarina's curls. (boingelicious)
6. Unexpected letters. (that aren't bills)
5. Foot massages. (especially if I'm not paying for it!)
4. Finding money in my coat pocket from last year. (bless you, forgetfullness!)
3. Tomato sandwiches. (ripey goodness!)
2. Sleep. (heaven thy name is REM)
1. Epic movies. (I'm a sucker for period wardrobes)
SIX Things I believe In:
6. Family. (foundation)
5. Creativity. (makes us better people)
4. God. (exists)
3. Karma. (what goes around...)
2. Music. (moves us)
1. Success. (you're responsible for your own)
FIVE Things I'm Afraid Of:
5. Letting people down. (i hope you're not disappointed by that. haha)
4. Big roaches. (HONEY -KILL IT!!)
3. Aquatic predators. (if it swims with teeth and it doesn't answer to Flipper, I will kill it. sorry, animal right's activists. I just don't want to be ingested.)
2. Raising my children alone. (don't die on me, King Pen!)
1. Not knowing what to do in an emergency. (is it five compressions and one breath?)
FOUR of My Favorite Items In My Bedroom:
4. My down mattress (damn you summertime for making me put it away)
3. My sheets. (thread count matters, people.)
2. My wall color. (hello terracotta)
1. My candle holders. (nothing witty to say about them. sorry)
THREE Things I Do Everday:
3. Change diapers. (every day. every night.)
2. Brush my teeth. (get thee away, plaque.)
1. Make my bed. (like my momma taught me.)
TWO Things I Am Trying Not To Do Right Now:
2. Snack! (see trail mix reference)
1. Stress about money. (which drives me to snacking.)
ONE Person I Want To Meet Right Now:
1. Brittany Spears. (I'M SO KIDDING. It's Kevin Fedderline I really want to meet.)
Okay, now I'm Popular, cause I did what everybody else did.
Why do I still feel so empty?*
*being silly, which means, it's time for bed.
Posted by WonderGirl at 11:40 PM
May 30, 2005
If you are breastfeeding, your world is suddenly all about boobs. You read breastfeeding books, go to breastfeeding websites, have breastfeeding conversations, buy breastfeeding paraphenalia. Your whole life revolves around what is going on in the mammary department. Especially if you're having difficulties, which I am. Excuse me for being blunt-- blame it on the hormones. (nature's ultimate scapegoat!) Anyway, I can't think about it for one second longer, or I'm going to go crazy. So, in an effort to talk about something else entirely, I bring you a list of things I'd like to do in life before I keel over of boobitus.
1. Travel. I want to see something shockingly old. Pyramids, Greek ruins, a centuries-old abbey... just something that is so ancient that it blows my mind. I want to run my hands over something that has lasted hundreds of years, and will be here long after I am gone.
2. Dance at a ball. A real Cinderella evening-- the castle, the dress, the glitz and glamour, minus the wicked stepmother. And I got the Prince thing covered. The horse-drawn carriage would still be nice, though. And you could throw in a complete spa makeover beforehand, because every Princess needs a pedicure, especially if she's wearing glass slippers. (hey, it's my wish, why limit myself?)
3. Shave my head. Okay, so I probably can't do this one because we already have one bald head in the family and people might think we've joined a cult. But, I still want to do it theoretically. Women are so consumed with outward appearance, especially our hair. I think it would be very liberating to remove that obstacle, to face myself without that protective layer. How much of my confidence stems from physical things? It would be an enlightening experiment. Plus, think of all the money I'd save on hair products. It's economical, and you all know what a sucker I am for a bargain.
4. Hit the trails on horseback. Dusty to be sure, but what fun that would be! I'd like to spend about a week meandering the wilderness with a few friends, sleeping under the stars at night and riding the open fields during the day. Cowboy boots a must, beans straight from the can are not. Ok, so who cares if this little fantasy was inspired by the camp-out scene in The Three Amigos? If a turtle sings about it, I'm sold.
5. Build a beautiful piece of furniture. That requires the aquisition of skill, so I guess I'd have to take a class first. I can live with that. I would love to construct a fine, solid piece to display in my home. Shoot, I could start a home business like that. Everybody wants custom-made furniture. And I just loooove those plastic goggles.
6. Grow a garden. A real, thriving, food producing garden. Row after row of gorgeous plants-- and enough food to feed my family and friends, enough to can and eat in the winter. Farmer's tan included.
7. Act. I did a few plays in highschool and college, and loved everything in a theater production. The camraderie that grows during rehearsals, stepping into a different person and living their life for a few hours, the pounding of your heart on opening night, the sound of laughter and applause from the audience. It's a marvelous feeling, and I'd love to exerpience it once more. Salary is negotiable, but let's face it. Talent costs money, people.
8. Write in seclusion. I attempted this last summer, but wasn't able to make it happen. I want to isolate myself somewhere beachy and sandy and delve into writing uninterrupted. Oh alright, I'd probably interrupt it with a few dips into that crystal clear water a few times, but I promise I'd get lots of work done, too. Seriously. And I'd even keep the margaritas to a minimum.
9. Celebrate a white Christmas. Just once, I'd like to see the white stuff on Christmas Eve. We'd spend Christmas Day with honest-to-goodness Snowmen and sledding and snowball fights. But since I'm about as far south in North America as you can get, this one will require a little motion on my part. If the snow won't come to Muhammed, Muhammed must come to the snow.
10. Take a train trip. This is one I think I'd have to insist was top of the line, though. First class, baby. A private car with great windows, plenty of room, and champagne brunches. We'd roll through the countryside, marking the miles lazily on the map. Nice.
So there you have it. Ten things I would like to do someday, and not a single mention of the hoohas to be found.
(sorry for the slang, ma.)
Posted by WonderGirl at 4:40 PM
February 26, 2005
Bored, so I yanked this from Jessie and entertained myself for a while.
1. Your name spelled backwards. Lrigrednow
2. Where were your parents from? The Mississippi delta
3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? Pictures.
4. What's your favorite restaurant? Bad question for a pregnant woman. They are all our favorite!
5. Last time you swam in a pool? At Tara's house last summer, I think.
6. Have you ever been in a school play? A card carrying member of the thespian club, my friend. (which makes me a class 4 Geek, if you're wondering.)
7. How many kids do you want? Well, three for sure. After that, your guess is as good as mine.
8. Type of music you dislike most? Heavy metal
9. Are you registered to vote? Yea.
10. Do you have cable? Oh sure, we're living the high life over here. (that's a no, by the way.)
11. Have you ever ridden on a moped? No, but I think it would be fabulous, and englishy.
12. Ever prank call anybody? Not recently. But you've given me something to think about.
13. Ever get a parking ticket? Yes, thank you, Community College.
14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Wow. Yes. It might take a while to work up my nerve, but I'm there.
15. Farthest place you ever traveled. Illinois, Iowa-- shoot, I don't know.
16. Do you have a garden? Not yet. But I will in a few months. And it will be ALL tomato plants.
17. What's your favorite comic strip? I can't bring myself to answer that question. Have you read the funnies lately? There's not much "funny" to them.
18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem? No. I am so fired as an American, aren't I?
19. Bath or Shower, morning or night? Bath, mid morning. For like, an hour.
20. Best movie you've seen in the past month? The Notebook got a good cry out of me this week. The Chronicles of Riddick was also entertaining. I wish my answers were better for this question, but I don't have a lot of movie time.
21. Favorite pizza topping? Pepperoni. Extra sauce, too.
22. Chips or popcorn? Chips.
23. What color lipstick do you usually wear? Apricot something or another.
24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells? No. What's the deal with that?
25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? No.
26. Orange Juice or apple? OJ, pulp free but sort of foamy at the top. Yummy.
27. Who was the last person you went out to dinner with and where did you dine? King Pen took me to Copeland's and I ate the biggest, hugest steak they had. Divine.
28. Favorite type chocolate bar? I like York Peppermint Patties, but I'll also go for Peanut M&M's, too.
29. When was the last time you voted at the polls? Presidential election.
30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato? Way too long. Last summer I guess.
31. Have you ever won a trophy? For "World's Greatest Mom". Does that count? No, I'm kidding. I've won a few legitimate awards, but not uh, recently I guess. Way to make me feel like a loser, Mr. Interviewer.
32. Are you a good cook? Yes. I don't get to much since I work 3p-11p at the moment.
33. Do you know how to pump your own gas? Why, yes. Little ole me with such delicate hands--- I'm so proud of mahself.
34. Ever order an article from an infomercial? No. Although, I'll admit, I really really wanted the Rotato (which peeled all sorts of veggies like magic!!)
35. Sprite or 7-up? Coke. Coke.
36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work? Ruby Tuesdays, had to wear a tie. Hid.E.Ous.
37. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy? Pedialyte.
38. Ever throw up in public? Do we have to go there? Yes. The answer is yes, and horribly.
39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love? Duh. Love. It would be nice if the love happened to be a millionaire, but whatever.
40. Do you believe in love at first sight? Not full blown "love".
41. Ever call a 1-900 number? I think I have for computer help.
42. Can ex's be friends? Probably not a good idea.
43. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital/nursing home? Christina, when she had her bebe.
44. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby? Not at first. Then I had gobs of curls.
45. What message is on your answering machine? "Hi, you're reached the Family. Leave us a message." I know, it's fascinating, isn't it?
46. What's your all time favorite Saturday Night Live Character? I dunno. I don't feel like thinking too hard on that one.
47. What was the name of your first pet? Frodo, my dog when I was 5, who was shot by our neighbor for walking on their fake grass. Jerks.
48. What is in your purse? Gum. It's all gum.
49. Favorite thing to do before bedtime? I like snuggling into cold sheets. Maybe it's the hormones.
50. What is one thing you are grateful for today? That nothing needed to be done today except relax and enjoy the company of my family.
Posted by WonderGirl at 9:59 PM
January 21, 2005
Rumbly in my tumbly: The best BBQ chips I've ever eaten in my entire life.
Smile on my face: I'm off! I'm off! For two whole days!
"Grr" in my growl: AOL and MCI having me on hold for 45 minutes today. Goodbye sweet cellphone minutes... I knew thee too little.
Icing on my cake: The gorgeous weather and a screen door.
Spring in my step: The choosing of at least one possible baby name, which shall remain a secret because I am just mean that way. Mwahahahah*evil laugh*
Giddy in my giddy-up: King Pen's laptop came in!
Posted by WonderGirl at 5:56 PM
Rumbly in my tumbly: The best BBQ chips I've ever eaten in my entire life.
Smile on my face: I'm off! I'm off! For two whole days!
"Grr" in my growl: AOL and MCI having me on hold for 45 minutes today. Goodbye sweet cellphone minutes... I knew thee too little.
Icing on my cake: The gorgeous weather and a screen door.
Spring in my step: The choosing of at least one possible baby name, which shall remain a secret because I am just mean that way. Mwahahahah*evil laugh*
Giddy in my giddy-up: King Pen's laptop came in!
That's all, folks. What, do you want a kidney, too? Sheesh.
Posted by WonderGirl at 5:56 PM
December 11, 2004
1. Czarina's curls. Boingelicious!
2. The way HeroBoy says "Christmas".
3. Small talk with an 8 year old I just met, who is, quite probably, much cooler than me.
4. The miraculous properties of Infusion 23. Have you seen my hair lately? I'm a rock star!
5. My dad admitting he's "not much of a phone person". Oh really? I never would've guessed it, Dad.
6. Czarina wondering aloud if Santa has a bed at the North Pole and who tucks him in.
7. A playdate for mommies, too. Spinach strata and Christmas cartoons go quite well together!
8. The theme song I hear in my head when my baby kicks. (Let's just say it involves shakin' that thang)
9. My inability to accurately count down the days to Christmas.
10. Turning the ringer off. Oh blessed quietness.
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:21 PM
December 6, 2004
People I'd like to see blogging and why:
1. King Pen: His blog would be funny and full of interesting links, images, and comments-- it would be as unique as he is.
2. Joey: His blog would be informative and full of current events, and probably generate some lively discussion.
3. Rachel: Her blog would be intelligent and encouraging, and as addictive as that morning cup of joe.
4. Amy: Her blog would be nostalgically fun, full of obscure 80's references, and witty observations about life in a non-chuddy world.
5. Catherine: Her blog would be artistic and beautiful, and ecologically sound.
Posted by WonderGirl at 7:54 PM
December 1, 2004
Wearing: Red sweater and jeans. (and reindeer ears, if you must know.)
Putting off: Paying the bills. (hey, they aren't going anywhere.)
Eating: Strawberry Nutra-grain bar. (the lazy man's breakfast.)
Hearing in my head: Sleigh bells ring... are ya listenin'? (it's on repeat-- HELP!)
Forgetting: Something... but what?
Wanting: Still the fried mushrooms.
Anticipating: My mother's visit this weekend.
Smelling: The leather-scented candle burning a few feet away. (this makes me want to run out and buy a new purse.)
Wishing: That Sims2 would play on this cursed computer. (you vile thing.)
Considering: Getting out my sewing machine. (with all this free time laying around.)
Washing: Sticky faces from a waffle breakfast.
Loving: Christmas, and my family, and my awesome new blowdryer.
Blogging: Nothing in particular, huh?
Saying: All for now.
Posted by WonderGirl at 9:24 AM
October 31, 2004
This week, I will:
- Start Nanowrimo.
- Question my sanity.
- Fold the Mt. St. Helen's of laundry on my living-room floor.
- Swear never to let it get that out of control again.
- Start a mini-St. Helens by Friday.
- Pick up the Short Ones who've been on holiday with the grandparents.
- Begin the "despoiling" of the Short Ones.
- Pay the bills.
- Put 2$ in the swear jar.
- Begin packing for the New Years move.
- Unpack those same boxes, because I need that.
- Get some late birthday presents in the mail, PRONTO.
- After I go buy them. Which I plan to do, like, tommorow. Seriously.
- Make my Christmas list.
- Check it twice.
- Blog about something substantial.
- Or get somebody else to do it for me. (Please?)
I'm tired already!!
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:10 PM
October 4, 2004
Now it's time for our favorite game, "Quirks and Confessions". I'll go first.
1. I hate it when people ask if you want the good news first, or the bad news. It throws me into an absolute conundrum! Agony!
2. I like word problems in math. Enough to buy a book of them, and do them secretly so nobody knows what a big old nerd I am.
3. Some of my favorite words start with "L" and are quite naughty. Lascivious, luscious, liscentious, lavish. I wish I could use them more often, but I get Looks.
4. I simply cannot write on wide-ruled paper, no matter how hard I try. I just can't. I feel like a little kid writing in a giant's notebook.
5. If I'm waiting and bored, I will kick my foot. (not so weird). But, I'm also spelling my name with the movement. (a little weird). I try other words occasionally, but they don't jive right.
6. I like to come up with the perfect descriptive word for the hair colors of people sitting in front of me. I like it even better if the words for all the people are in the same set- like spices (ginger, salt-and-pepper, saffron). Or icecream toppings (caramel, chocolate, honey, etc).
7. I love mail that's waiting to be sent. A pile of fresh, crisp envelopes, stamped and eager to go really makes me happy.
8. When I work on Saturdays, I feel justified in wearing my hair in pigtails. I know it's not professional but in my opinion, they're lucky I came in at all. For the record though, they're understated. Well, as much as pigtails can be.
9. I can't wear socks if they get wet in the least. If I step in a puddle the size of a nickel, they're gone. Fast. Like it was a poison puddle.
10. If your eyebrows are wild and bushy, I can't look at you when we're talking. I try, I realize it's rude not to, but it frightens me. Please wax. Or pluck. For the sake of our friendship!
Okay, people. Make with the confessions.
Posted by WonderGirl at 12:50 PM
September 2, 2004
Reading: Sarah, A Novel by Marek Halter.
Drinking: C2 (hey, it's not that bad!!).
Listening: Millenium, Russian Choral Music (oooh, cultural huh?).
feeling: quite dandy.
Watching: 13 Going on 30 (J.G. I love thee).
Humming: Break Away, Kelly Clarkson.
Wearing: a new brown courderoy jacket (thank you Amy!!).
Cooking: garbanzo bean and ham soup (mmm).
Paying: the rent.
Dreaming: of next Fall.
Smelling: quite nice, thank you very much.
Loving: my husband.
Anticipating: my burfday.
Posted by WonderGirl at 7:28 PM
August 26, 2004
1.) Remembering, describing, or visualizing the make and model of cars. Incurable disability, I think I inherited from my mother. I can, however, recognize my own car, and King Pens. Flashcards, baby. They make all the difference.
2.) Drawing. Oh sweet mercy, I am bad at it. Here's an example of what was supposed to be a princess, but I wasn't paying attention and instead drew something that traumatized my child forever. I think I saw this same woman on an episode of Cops. You can imagine what her crime was. (notice the prince screaming in horror behind her.)
3.) Timing the toaster. I burned three, THREE bagels the other morning. The fourth one was barely edible, and only then because of a ridiculous amount of cream cheese. I cry over this.
4.) Keeping up with earrings. The thing is, it's never my fault. I mean, I left them right there. Honestly. Just one second ago! Side note: I know you love me, but please don't buy me diamonds. Trust me. Ask my parents.
5.) Judging distance. This is highly debilitating. 5 feet? 20 feet? 50 yards? It's all the same to me. I'm sorry. I try to be smart, but this is the moment you're going to see my eyes glaze over.
6.) Closely related to number 5, estimating the time it takes to get somewhere. I'm just shooting in the dark, don't ever believe me when I tell you I think it only takes an hour to get somewhere. I'm lying. I have no clue. I'm still going to try to help you out, cause that's the kind of person I am. Helpful, huh?
7.) Spotting whatever it is that you're pointing at. Sadly, I've missed all kinds of cool things because I have this handicap. Don't get mad at me- I really wanna see that escaped kangeroo at the edge of the woods but I CAN'T SEE IT! WHERE??? Oh, too late. Crap.
8.) Knowing a good price for ground beef. This one is a mystery to me. After buying and cooking it for at least eight years, you'd think I would have come up with a good, average price to look for. But no. It just won't stick in my head.
9.) Remembering to remind people of things they've asked me to. Please don't depend on me for that. I have excellent intentions of reminding you of whatever it was, if I could only remember what that was.
10.) Coming up with the very last item for a list. I suck at that.
Posted by WonderGirl at 11:17 AM
August 5, 2004
a.) I want a t-shirt that says "Bad Seed" but I'm afraid everyone would know it was false advertisement.
b.) I want the new Ashley Simpson CD for my birthday. And um-- I'm not turning 12. (this one really hurts to admit.)
c.) I cheat at crossword puzzles. (Oh the shame.)
d.) I am incapable of predicting the fast lane for traffic. I mean it. I'm really, really bad at it. I absolutely cannot trust my judgement on the issue, even when I try to trick myself and move into the lane I think I shouldn't choose.
e.) I have to think of how to spell "tomorrow" everytime I write it. (even just now)
f.) I cannot tell a bawdy joke to save my life. Even after practising in a mirror.
Your turn!! Come on, take some of the heat off of me, please! Everybody is staring at me.
Posted by WonderGirl at 5:23 PM
July 31, 2004
Memes occasionally come in handy for lazy bloggers like myself. So without further ado, I give you, 27 Questions.
1. Do you try to look hot when you go to the grocery store just in case someone recognizes you from your blog? Oh absolutely. Flip-flops are hot, right?
2. Are the photos you post Photoshopped or otherwise altered? No. They are the real deal. Even that one of me with the Queen of England. Seriously, she invites me to Windsor Castle every summer. We go way back.
3. Do you like it when creeps or dorks email you? Hey- those are my friends youíre talking about! No, Iím kidding. I mostly laugh at that kind of thing. Well, itís a nervous laugh, but still.
4. Do you lie in your blog? I do not. I only lie in person, face to face. Kidding. But if I wasn't- you wouldn't know, because I would be lying. Ah, circular reasoning- gotta love it.
5. Are you passive-aggressive in your blog? Not any more than anybody else. At least I can be honest about it, unlike some people... mumble mumble...
6. Do you ever threaten to quit writing so people will tell you not to stop? Oh, thatís so nauseating! No, I DONíT do that. But I might now that itís occurred to me.
7. Are you in therapy? If not, should you be? If so, is it helping? Iím not in therapy. And you donít have to look so surprised.
8. Do you delete mean comments? Do you fake nice ones? I delete spam. I also deleted one REALLY bad comment because it had a link to the most disgusting thing Iíve ever seen. [shudder] But, I donít delete comments because people disagree with me or hurt my feelings. I have NEVER faked a good comment beforeóthatís so wrong!
9. If your readers knew you in person, would they like you more or like you less? More. I have a strong physical magnetism. (well, what else could I say, less?)
10. Do you have a job? I do. Arenít you proud?
12. If someone offered you a decent salary to blog full-time without restrictions, would you do it? Yup. As a matter of fact, Iím considering paying MYSELF to do it.
13. Which blogger do you want to meet in real life? Bob.
14. Which bloggers have you made out with? Wil Wheaton. Seriously, Wil, you never called! Whatís up with that? (Disclaimer: This is pre-King Pen, of course.)
15. Do you usually act like you have more money or less money than you really have? I act like I have less. Iím really fantastically rich. Iím typing on a solid gold keyboard even as we speak.
16. Does your family read your blog? Obsessively. Since I donít live at home, they canít read my journals anymore, so this is the next best thing. Iím kidddding, yíall. (Well, not for all of you- you know who you are! Joey!)
17. How old is your blog? One yearóisnít she a big girl now?
18. Do you get more than 1,000 page views per day? Do you care? HAHAHAHA- I do NOT get that many page views. I cared at first though, to be honest. I think all new bloggers go through that phase- trying to build up readership. Then you start freaking out if people arenít reading, like maybe youíve lost your ďedgeĒ and that you are never going to amount to anything in this world. Hmóor maybe that was just me.
19. Do you have another secret blog in which you write about being depressed, immoral, or a liar? Iím really Isa. Seriously. Donít tell my dad where I am, okay?
20. Have you ever given another blogger money for his/her writing? Why does that sound so naughty? Anyway, no. Itís all I can do to fund my OWN blogging.
21. Do you report the money you earn from your blog on your taxes? You can earn money with these things? Why wasnít I told?
22. Is blogging narcissistic? Oh remember the stir that comment caused a while back? It can be, but everything has the potential to be narcissistic. Depends on the person.
23. Do you feel guilty when you don't post for a long time? I do. I feel guilty about MOST things. (even that last statement--- Iím so sorry!! Forgive me!!)
24. Do you like John Mayer? Who- the singer? How is this question relevant in any way? Is that you, J.M.? Did you sneak this question in?
25. Do you have enemies? No. I vanquish all my enemies. Oh, alright, thatís not true. I donít have enemiesóIím not that contrary. Make love not war, she says sheepishly.
26. Are you lonely? Yikes- get personal, will ya? Is that you again, John Mayer? You're kinda creeping me out.
27. Why bother? Hm. I want to do what all the cool kids are doing, I guess. Oh, I can give a better answer. I blog because it's fun! I have a place to say what I think, what I like, what I don't like, what makes me laugh or cry. It organizes my thoughts, and that's never a bad thing.
Okay- there you have it. Fascinating, wasn't it?
Posted by WonderGirl at 6:55 PM
July 18, 2004
Okay... here's a list of movies I loved and will still happily watch into the wee hours of the morning if they come on in reruns. Or re-funs as I like to call them. (See- there's a perk to being an Advanced Geek. You can say stuff like that and people just roll their eyes.)
The Goonies (pirates? baby ruth? kissing with braces? it had it all)
The Dark Crystal (Jim Hensen went kind of nuts with that one)
She's Out of Control (my dad actually forbid us to keep watching this one. 3 daughters will do that to ya.)
Parent-Trap (with Haley whatshername - she's worth two Olsen twins anyday)
Adventures in Babysitting (I Love Thor)
The Cutting Edge (D.B. Sweeney... dreamy)
Robin Hood (YES I KNOW ABOUT THE ACCENT!!)
Girls Just Want To Have Fun (I wore the tape out. Literally)
Mannequin I and II (oh, how great is my shame)
Superman(s) and Supergirl (no surprise there, right?)
Conan the Barbarian (blame my father)
Spaceballs (...while we're at it.)
Pollyanna (see the Haley theme?)
Gremlins (though I'm still grossed out by the "popping" reproduction thing)
ALL the Karate Kids (well, except the one with the girl. That one was just dumb.)
And I can't leave out The Teenwolf movies. Brilliant.
Ahh... that does feel better.
If you're man enough, go ahead. Post your movie shame. I double dog dare you.
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:47 PM
July 16, 2004
Over the years, King Pen and I have compiled a list of names for different things, should we ever have the opportunity to use/own them. (hey, it's good to be prepared). Anyway, here are a few for your enjoyment. --Don't steal em, you hooligans.--
Boat: Fat Floats
Plantation: Vanilla Strip
Cemetery: Silent Pines
Subdivision: Fancy Schmancy
Irish Pub: Shannonigans
White Water Rapids: The Devil's Butthole
Wanna see the practical application? Well, if you insist.
Today after a long day of work at Vanilla Strip, we stopped by Shannonigans for a few drinks. (You know that place-- it's close to our old neighborhood, 354 Fancy Schmancy Drive). Anyway, I guess we had one too many, and somebody eventually suggested taking Fat Floats down the river for a daring trip down The Devil's Butthole. We nearly didn't make it out alive, and those plots down at Silent Pines would have been filled much sooner than we'd thought. Luckily, Fat Floats lived up to her name, Shannonigans refuses to service us anymore, and there's plenty of work at Vanilla Strip to keep us occupied. No more rowdiness for a while, I promise.
unbelievably stupid fun!!
So, do you have any to add??
Posted by WonderGirl at 12:07 AM
July 9, 2004
1. You've ever worn shorts at Christmas time.
2. You pronounce Lafayette as "Laffy-ette" not "La-fy-ette"
3. You learned to drive a boat before you could drive a car
4. You know the meaning of a "Delcambre Reeboks" (that would be a pair of all white fishing boots)
5. You offer somebody a "coke" and then ask them what kind: Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, 7Up?
6. You can name all of your 3rd cousins
7. You plan your wedding around hunting season & LSU football
8. You greet people with "Ha's ya momma'an'dem?" and hear back "Dey fine!"
9. Every so often, you have waterfront property.
10. When giving directions you use words like "uptown", "downtown","backatown", riverside", "lakeside! ", "northshore", "westbank", "down the bayou" or "cross the river"
11. When you refer to a geographical location "way up North," you are referring to places like Shreveport, Little Rock or Memphis, "where it gets real cold!"
12. Your burial plot is six feet over rather than six feet under.
13. You've ever had Community Coffee.
14. You can pronounce Tchoupitoulas but can't spell it.
(also, Thibodaux, Opelousas, Pontchartrain, Ouachita, Atchafalaya)
15. You don't worry when you see ships riding higher in the river than the top of your house.
16. You judge a po-boy by the number of napkins used. (Amen) You Got dat rite
17. The waitress at your local sandwich shop tells you a fried oyster po-boy dressed is healthier than a Caesar salad.
18. You know the definition of "dressed."
19. You can eat Popeye's, Haydel's and Zapp's for lunch and wash it down with Barq's and several Abitas, without losing it all on your stoop.
20. The smell of a crawfish boil turns you on more than HBO.
21. You "wrench" your hands in the sink with an onion bar to get the crawfish smell off.
22. You're not afraid when someone wants to "ax you something."
23. You go by "ya-mom-en-'dems" on Good Friday for family supper.
24. You don't learn until high school that Mardi Gras is not a national holiday.
25. You don't realize until high school what a "county" is.
26. You believe that purple, green and gold look good together (and you will even eat things those colors).
27. You go to buy a new winter coat (what most people refer to as windbreakers)
28. Your last name isn't pronounced the way it's spelled.
29. You know what a nutria rat is but you still pick it to represent your baseball team. (Geaux Zephyrs)
30. You have a ditch on at least one side of your property
31. You have spent a summer afternoon on the Lake Pontchartrain seawall catching blue crabs.
32. You describe a color as "K&B Purple."
33. You like your women, rice and politics dirty.
34. When given the choice for Governor between a KKK leader and Edwin Edwards, it's a difficult decision.
35. You pronounce the largest city in the state as "Newawlins."
36. You know those big roaches can fly, but you're able to sleep at night anyway.
37. You prefer skiing on the bayou.
38. You assume everyone has mosquito swarms in their backyard.
39. You realize the rain forest is less humid than Louisiana.
40. You can list all the ingredients of a gumbo or a jambalaya.
41. You go to the "boat", but you don't plan on spending any time over water.
42. When you're in Baton Rouge you know the difference between the old bridge & the new bridge.
43. If you ever had to wait for the bridge to "come down" so you can get home.
44. If you pull for the Saints (who else would)?
45. If you've ever been to a wedding and someone either danced in a #3 washtub or with a broom and this was considered normal.
46. You make your groceries,or, wash your dishes,or, have an icebox.
47. You can't think of anybody that can cook better than your momma.
48. You know when it's appropriate to use "Tony Chachere's" (anytime!!!!)
49. You know an old person that can "treat" you for warts.
50. The four seasons in your year are: crawfish, shrimp, crab and King Cake.
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:27 AM
May 19, 2004
Things I am currently pondering...
- So, whatís the new ďblackĒ this year? Brown? Pink? C'mon Cosmo, I need some answers.
- Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. Iím serious. Iíve got a gun.
- This time next year, boo-yah!! Somethingís going down, and I ainít telling.
- Welcome to the world, Apple Paltrow. (or whatever the last name is). And a side note to Rumor. Sorry, hon, your timeís almost up.
- Sakiófor the love of all thatís decent in this world, someone please get me a cup of saki, quick! Itís for umÖ medicinal purposes. I have a cough. Seriously.
- Could I be any more bored with this layout? No. I could not.
- I think Marlena might really be Kristin Díimera. Unless sheís possessed by the Devil. Again.
- No, thatís not my car. Aw, alright, it is. But you donít have to laugh.
- I still want a pair of tretorns, and itís starting to concern me.
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:34 PM
March 15, 2004
...You May Not Know About Me:
25. I am a terrible wreath-maker.
24. I am very afraid an alligator is going to "get me" when I water ski.
23. So, I don't water ski much.
23. I won't drink milk if I have to smell it first to see if it's good.
22. The chore I hate the most is putting away silverware.
21. A close second is matching socks.
20. I still have my first retainer from elementary school!
19. It grosses me out, but I can't seem to throw it away.
18. I used to write myself letters to be opened in the future.
17. I still have one left to read when I turn fifty.
16. I don't know if I can wait that long, though.
15. As a kid, I pretended to have a mechanical knee.
14. I talked to it like it was Kit from Knightrider.
13. I used to secretly be afraid my stuffed animals and dolls came to life after I went to sleep at night.
12. So, I was very careful to tell them equally all good night, and show no partiality in case they got mad at me.
11. I'm serious about that.
10. Once or twice, I missed the bus on purpose so Mom would have to take me to school.
9. I feel really bad about that now that I think about it.
8. I still don't know the name of one of the ladies at church, and I talk to her every single time.
7. It's way too late to ask now, and I'll probably never know it.
6. I refuse to wear the color yellow.
5. I will never eat anchovies.
4. I don't really know what anchovies are.
3. I felt a spiritual connection to Joey McIntyre from New Kids On The Block.
2. I'm pretty sure he felt the same way.
And 1. I've been waiting to do this for six months so I wouldn't be copying Christin when she did it.
Cheers everybody- here's to being the real You!!
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:39 PM
November 12, 2003
As promised, here is the second installment of Funny Signs.
These are Beauty Parlor or Barber Shop signs that have made us laugh through the years. Some we've seen ourselves, others we've been told about or found on the net. If you know of one, please add it!
Hoorah for business owners with a sense of humor!
Hair's to You
Beauty and the Bleach
Whoop! Hair It Is
The Hair Port
Curl Up and Dye
A Perm Foundation
The Hair After
FHeroBoyx the Cut
Heads U Win
Hair and Now
Cutting Up on the Hill
To Dye For
Hair Force One
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:47 AM
June 20, 2003
I decided to join the blogging crowd not that long ago, and what prompted me to it was the amazing variety of blogs and bloggers I found on the net. I have spent alot of time (probably too much!) reading what others have to say, and following interesting links to other places. One place I stumbled upon was an archive of Venomous Kate's. I haven't looked at her entire site yet, but this one particular entry really interested me. If you blog, or are interested in it, read this post. It's about the politics of blogging, and it will set you straight for sure! I couldn't tell if I was motivated afterwards or ashamed of myself. Lol. Let me know what you think of this one.
You may have noticed some changes going on here at APOG. That's right. We're "finding" ourselves over here, so be patient. In that vein, here is a list of discarded possible blog names...
Top Ten Blog Names You'll Be Glad I Didn't Choose:
10. A Shan-Tastic Blog
9. Shanny's Got a Gun
8. Shanford and Son
7. Shanshine on a Cloudy Day
6. A Helping Shand
5. The Shan-tabulous Blog
4. Shizay in the Hiz-ouse
3. Shanny Shanny Bing Bang
and the #1 name you'll be glad i didn't choose:
1. A Big Yummy Shandwich
Have a Good Weekend Everyone!
Posted by WonderGirl at 7:25 AM
June 16, 2003
I wouldn't call myself overly-patriotic. I do think America is the best country in the world to live in, but I am realistic about it. We have our problems- certainly we are far from where we should be as a Christian nation. BUT, we sure are a fertile field for progress and scholarly pursuit! I don't know if we are the epicenter for all things cultural and technological, but just read this list of inventions that have come from America. (And this is not even including medical discoveries, literary contributions, etc). It's pretty dang impressive! We have certainly made an impact on a global scale, even in the smallest of inventions.
A few interesting American inventions:
telegraph, dishwasher, computer, zipper, sewing machine, pasteurization, light bulb, artificial heart, steamboat, automobile, telephone, airplane, can opener, washing machine, refridgerator, fountain pen, clothes dryer, blue jeans, lawn mower, optical fibers, frisbee, microwave, VCR, photography, gasmask, electric lamp, television, scotch tape, typewriter, airconditioner, calculator, cottongin, and the list goes on!
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:58 AM
June 14, 2003
Sheryl Crowe CD- 1.00
Thumbilina VHS - 2.00
Fantasia 2000 - 1.00
Dress Shirt - 1.00
Antique cupboard - 40.00 (I don't normally buy anything this pricy at garage sales, but I couldn't pass this one up- it's in great condition!)
I love garage sales! You just never know what you're going to find. . . I rarely spend over $5.00, and I enjoy having a morning to myself. Anybody ever find something really good at a yardsale?
Posted by WonderGirl at 1:56 PM
June 12, 2003
10. I know how to "ride the bull" while white water rafting.
9. I know how to French inhale.
8. I've looked down on fireworks from an airplane at night.
7. I was the very first person in Vicksburg, MS to have the Jennifer Anniston haircut.
8. I used to wear boots with skirts.
7. I now suck crawfish heads.
6. I have had occasion to wear glitter.
5. I can do a back dive.
4. My mom said I was cool.
3. I have skinny dipped... shh...
2. I got a creepy tour of the castle in Raymond, MS.
And the number 1 reason I think I'm cool is THIS picture. . .
How could I not be cool with this guy?
Posted by WonderGirl at 3:18 PM
June 11, 2003
10. I was born with glasses. (well, not really)
9. I began reading fantasy novels in first grade.
8. I was the emcee in my eighth grade talent show as "D.J. Shay"
7. I wore a headgear everynight to bed for two years, and once I thought it would be "cool" to wear it to school. Luckily, I chickened out at the bus stop.
6. I know that the leading male role in "The Cutting Edge" was D.B.Sweeney. ~dreamy~
5. I once lip synced "Blue Christmas" in my 9th grade Spanish class in full Elvis garb, including hip action. Strangely enough, it wasn't in spanish, though.
4. I had three alternate ways to spell my name for much of the 90's.
3. I wore a neon snake-skin print tshirt to bed until Amy Booth shamed me into throwing it away. (she said it was so ugly, it kept her up at night)
2. I got my hair cut with wings ON PURPOSE.
And the number 1 reason I think I might be a nerd....
Is THIS picture:
At least it was a REAL alligator shirt and not one of those fake ones...
Posted by WonderGirl at 10:23 PM