Friday, May 31, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

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TGIF!  Oh my goodness.  This had to be one of the longest short weeks ever.  Ehhh-ver!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What the Heck Wednesday

On the way to work, I saw an antique Mini car.  This one had a "GB" sticker on the back, and the driver was actually on the right-hand side of the car.  It reminded me of an episode of Mr. Bean that I saw many years ago.

Friday, May 24, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

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Converting my iPhone from AT&T to Straight Talk has been a real pain in the backside.  Thankfully, I converted mine first before I converted anyone elses, so I can work out the bugs.  I've had issues sending/receiving MMS.  So, I'm not able to get the group messages sent to the team nor any pictures.  This has been a pain for me and the coaches as they have to make sure to send me my own private message about practice or game times, uniform choices, etc.  I think I might possibly have figured out how to fix this, and will hopefully have time to try to fix it soon.  I'm praying.....  I think if you have something other than an iPhone, you probably wouldn't have a problem converting your phone.  Obviously, if you purchase one of their phones....  no issues. 

On the plus side, the service has been great. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

How to Clean Your Drip Pans

While reading through one of my favorite blog link parties, I came across this post from Talitha at Love, Pomegranate House that gave a tip on cleaning your stove top drip pans.  Since I've tried just about everything but sand blasting, I was skeptical.  So, naturally, I had to test her tip.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What the Heck Wednesday

It seems like I'm always apologizing for missing posts.  Yet, again.... I'm sorry for not posting my Quick Takes on Friday.  I was struck down by the plague, and I felt like I was possibly teetering on the brink of death. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What the Heck Wednesday

Sorry I was AWOL Friday.  I had a post drafted and had intended to schedule it, but time got away from me and we were travelling Friday for a baseball tournament.

I'm deep in research for an upcoming project or two that I'm planning.  So, I'll hopefully have something for you on those projects in a few weeks.  These projects have been inspired by the new leather sofa and flat screen TV we purchased.  So, I was curious what kind of furniture items I could find.  Let's take a look:

I have to say it's a good thing this table is back up to the wall.  I'd hate to see the other view.  Ahhhh!
This chair reminds me of the Muxinex commercials with the phlegm characters.  Yup, one of them just sat on a chair and started oozing over.  Blech!!
I know people that love frogs, but I think a chair like this is just a tad bizarre.  Just a tad.....

I've actually envisioned Mariah Carey putting her hand to her forehead and collapsing on this bed.  I know she's a butterfuly nut and wears that ugly butterfly ring all of the time. 

Did this chair ever freak anyone else out? 
What the heck?  I understand this is a DIY, but why a monster chair?  Is this the naughty chair for time outs?  Haha!  I bet if a kid had to spend time out in that chair, they'd straighten up real fast, huh?  Now that I think about it, there might be some genius behind that chair afterall.

I think everyone I know who was alive in the 70s has either had or knows someone who had some form of this sofa in their home at one time.  In fact, I think I know someone who may still have something like this.  To each his own, I suppose.

Okay, I've been on a real turquoise kick here lately, so I actually think this chair isn't too bad, except for the cactus.  I'd probably change the arms a bit too - maybe get rid of the inner part of the arm that makes it look like a wagon wheel.
How many of you had a grandpa who practically lived in a recliner like this?  It was a comfy chair, but eventually there would be the duct tape on the arm to cover the rips in the crappy naugahyde.  A friend and I had a running joke wondering how many baby naugas had to die for that chair.

Aaaah!!!  This makes me think of that scene in Toy Story when all the dismembered toys in Sid's room come to life and start moving around. 
This bubble couch does not look comforable.  My brain must be on TV right now, because this makes me think about those scrubbing bubbles commercials.

This is what I imagine Satan's throne looks like.  Freaky!

OMG..... well folks, my wit seems to have escaped me today, and I'm struggling (in case you couldn't tell).  So rather than torture you any longer.  I'll be moooooving along.

Happy Hump Day, ya'll.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What the Heck Wednesday - Happy Anniversary!

What the heck......  Can you believe today is the one year anniversary of this blog?  No?  Me neither!  It has grown by leaps and bounds, and I now have a multitude of readers.  By multitude, I mean more than three - Woo hoo!  I'm a regular celebrity.  Not really, but I can dream, can't I?

In honor of the anniversary, I thought I'd take a look back over the past year and revisit five or six of the most popular posts.

Friday, May 3, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

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Oh my goodness!  I am so glad it's finally Friday.  It's been an eventful week, and I need my weekend to get here PDQ!
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Saturday we drove an hour from home to check out a leather sofa that I found for sale online.  When I spoke to the lady on the phone, she said her husband had purchased the sofa to put in a cabin in Montana, but he died before that happened.  I thought, "yeah, right."  I just knew it would be like the car salesman that tells you the car only had one owner who happened to be an elderly widow who only drove the car to church on Sundays.  So, I tried not to get my hopes up.  Well.... it was beautiful, and we brought it home that day.  Saturday was a misty day, but we were prepared with numerous blankets and tarps.  We managed to avoid the rain until we were 1/4 mile from home, then the bottom fell out, as we say here in the South.  Although the sofa was covered with tarps, etc., Ben didn't want to leave it on the trailer out in the rain.  He wanted to at least get it up onto our covered deck.  So, he and I tried to wrestle that thing onto the deck but since we removed the feet, I couldn't get my fingers under the couch, and it was difficult to get a good grip with the tarps.  Thankfully, my husband's twin happened to drive by and saw us struggling (by us, I mean me), and he stopped to help Ben.  Bless his heart!  He got totally soaked, and fell trying to back up the steps onto the deck.  the couch fell on him of course.  See?  No good deed goes unpunished.  He said he limped for two days after that.  Thank you, Bennett!!   
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One day earlier in the week, I forgot which day, my youngest son went on a field trip to a crystal mine (is mine the right word?  Maybe field?) about an hour from home.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go, but the mother of one of his friends was able to go.  She sent me several great pictures, and she also took Gabe home after school so he and her son could play.  When I stopped to pick him up, she went to her car to get the backpack Gabe took on the trip, and she could barely lift the thing.  Apparently he found so many great crystals that he wanted to keep, his backpack weighed about 40 pounds.  UGH!  Now he's begging me to wash them in the bathtub.  Ummm... no.  I think we'll wash those outside, thank you.  I told him he could put them in a flower bed.
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We found out Wednesday that one of our Elite players quit.  The little boy didn't want to quit, but his dad made the decision.  The player is a sweet, talented little boy that we all really care about, but his dad has some issues.  Several of our boys, mine included, have played on a team with this little boy since they were seven years old, and we have had issues with this same parent before.  In fact, twice before, but the coaches wanted to give him one more chance.....  We will all miss that sweet little boy, and his older brother, but daddy?....   As my great grandma would say, you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.  And that's all I got to say 'bout dat. (Said in my most Forrest Gump-like voice possible.)
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Yesterday, at the end of the day, the downtown high-rise building I manage  had a fire alarm.  Even though I like to visit with big, hunky firemen it had been a really long day, and I was ready to go home.  But, since we had no idea what was going on, it's always best to have the fire department check it out. 

Thankfully it was the end of the day, and a vast majority of the building was empty.  I still had to tell the remaining employees a minimum of 537 times, "No! You cannot come back in yet.  I know it's almost time to go home, but we have to wait until we have an all-clear."  I felt like I was stuck in a grown-up version of "are we there yet??"  I was ready to go home too people.

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Did I mention I'm sooooo ready for the weekend?
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Please remember to keep the same sweet young lady and her family in your prayers!

Thank you, and have a blessed weekend.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What the Heck Wednesday

With swimsuit weather fast approaching, I thought I might explore unusual swimwear for the post today, but OH.MY.GOODNESS!  I don't think my eyes will ever recover.  Sooooo, I quickly nixed that idea.  However, I will show you a couple of swimwear photos I came across.

Now, my intent is not to offend anyone here.  At least not with this specific picture, but I cannot imagine wearing this to the beach.  I know some people that probably should be covered from head to toe, myself included, but I think I would die of heat stroke or possibly drown from the weight of all of the fabric.  Just saying.  I love the color though.  By the way, it's called a burkini.

Ahhhhh..... pair these with a burkini for overall sun protection.  Can you imagine the crazy tan lines they get?
Ummm.... Why?  Exactly why does a swim suit need a collar?  And let's not even talk about the fabric choices.  Sad, really.

Let's move on to two of my favorite things.... Shoes and handbags.  Yay!!

Why do these make me think about an armadillo?  These are Fendi, and quite costly, but also quite ugly, in my opinion.  
This little apple wristlet is from Kate Spade.  Although, cute and whimsical, it's not really something I would carry as a grown woman.  Something like this is better suited for a little girl...but not for what this cost! 

Mother's Day is just around the corner.  Have you thought about what you're going to do for your mother, mother in law, grandmother, etc?  Mother's Day around our house usually means that Ben will let me sleep a little longer, and he might fix breakfast for the family, then we'll go to church and spend the rest of the day making the rounds to visit mothers and grandmothers.  So, this year I've decided to purchase my own Mother's Day gift.... A new coffee maker....  Check it!  

Ummm...... Ben doesn't know about this yet, so shhhh.......  But, trust me, I didn't pay retail for it.

Since we're talking about Mother's Day gifts, let's explore some items that should be avoided when giving gifts.  Now there is some murky water here, folks.  So, tread carefully.  There are some women who might actually request one of these items.  For example, one year I specifically asked for a motion-activated  stainless steel garbage can.  Not the most romantic gift I've ever gotten from hubby, but it was something I wanted and really didn't want to buy for myself.  He knew exactly what I wanted, because he was with me when I found it.  So, yeah, he scored points for that gift.  Remember that.  Did the recipient specifically ask for that exact item?  That's key.

I think I may have mentioned that one Christmas I received a box of dark brown hair color.  I'm blond.  So, yeah....  Grooming products as a whole, deodorant, shampoo, hair color, razors, etc., should be avoided.  The exceptions would be a lovely scented hand lotion or bath set accompanied by a very plush terry bath robe.  mmmmm......

One time when I managed apartment communities (sounds oddly similar to "One time at band camp......"), I received an unusual gift from a tenant.  It was lace panties, nail polish and Daisy disposable razors.  Yup.  The man was off his meds, AGAIN.  So, I promptly called his elderly father and told him that I needed to talk to him.  When the father arrived at my office, I explained that his son had given me a gift, and I  handed dear ole Dad the gift.  His response to the package contents?  "Oh my word......." and I think his knees buckled a little. 

Okay, I got side-tracked, sorry.  I could probably write a book about things I've encountered in my years of property management.  There's never a dull day, that's for sure.  Again, it bears repeating.... grooming products are NOT a good idea.

Cleaning products - another no no!  Unless, with that particular cleaning product comes a blood oath that the recipient will never, ever, EVER have to use that product again because YOU will provide that service forever and ever, AMEN.  Then, and only then, would that cleaning product be considered a fabulous gift.  By the way, the same applies to cooking utensils, kitchen appliances, etc.

Exercise videos, Wii Fit, gym memberships - unless she specifically asked for these, by giving her one of these gifts, you're basically saying she's fat.  In fact, you know what?  Forget it!  Even if she ASKED for one of these items, just don't.  Better yet, give her a visa-type gift card that she can use anywhere.  If she really, really wanted one of these things, she can use that gift card to pay for it.  Better to be safe than dead.  Speaking of Wii Fit, I have one for sale, anyone interested?  Barely used.  LOL!

A pet!  OMG!  Who doesn't love a cute, cuddly puppy??  However, it's never a good idea to purchase a pet for someone else.  Obviously there are exceptions.  I love our two dogs, but I'm the one that said I wanted a dog, I chose them, and I'm their primary care giver.  Someone else might consider a pet just one more thing on an already overloaded plate.  Instead of a giving a pet as a gift, consider giving a donation to an animal shelter in their name.

Breakfast in bed is a great idea provided you have cleaned the kitchen prior to her emerging from the bedroom.  If she's served a yummy breakfast in bed only to be met with a destroyed kitchen and a sink full of dirty dishes, well..... it's an epic FAIL!!  There shouldn't even be a hint that anyone has been in the kitchen, except for the fresh pot of coffee awaiting her.

I think I've done my public service for the day.  So, I'm going to end here.

Happy Hump Day, ya'll