Monday, May 21, 2007

I'm a Spark Person!

Rachel recommended the website Spark People in her blog recently, so I went over to check it out and I LOVE IT!!!! It's a lot like Weight Watchers Online for those of you who are familiar with that! I did WW online a few years ago and had very good success with it, but I just don't have it in the budget to sign back up again right now. Spark People is at least as good, so I'm very excited!!! My daily goals for this week are to drink my water (something I always try to do but don't always remember to do), take a walk and tell someone about Spark People. So, consider yourselves told! One of the really great things about it is that it's not just for people looking to lose weight! It's also for people trying to live a healthy lifestyle! Go check it out!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Boxes and boxes of bandages!!!

If your kids are like mine (oh heck -- if YOU are like ME), then you simply can't have enough BandAids and bandages around, right???? Five Minutes for Mom is running a contest giving away 45 boxes of bandages. If you could use them, head on over to their site and enter!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Perky's Perspective ...... the Major Motion Picture!!!!

The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic

Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy - your life appeals to a select few.
But if someone's obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky.

Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski

I agree that the movie of my life probably WOULD be a cult classic, but Showgirls??? Ewwwwwwww!!!!!! I can assure you with 100% certainty that I've NEVER licked a stripper pole!!!!

However, this raises new questions, such as..... who would play the part of Perky in the movie? Off the top of my head, I'd have to hope for either

Jodi Foster

or Gillian Anderson (Scully from The X-Files)

Of course, this is a bit of wishful thinking on my part! About the only thing I really have in common with those two noted actresses is that we're all short and have had red hair at some point in our lives!

Those of you who know me in real life, who would you suggest? And who would play the part of YOU in the movie of your life????

Contest to enter!

Here's a link to a great contest! Good luck!


My Ideal Careers

Your Career Personality: Idealistic, Service-Oriented, and Future-Oriented

Your Ideal Careers:

Alternative health practitioner
Environmental lawyer
Magazine editor
Museum curator
Photo journalist

This is actually pretty funny! Of the careers listed above, I've considered becoming a massage therapist (alt. health practitioner), I am a lawyer and for awhile considered doing something like working for Rails to Trails or similar organization, I've always dreamed about being a Park Ranger (which is similar to a museum curator in a way), and I love to take photos of events (photo journalist). Hmmmm..... novelist or playwright....????? Yeah, I could see that! Now, if only I had some really good ideas for a book!!!!!

Wordless Wednesday

Is this the happiest, most content dog in the world, or what????? BigRed really enjoyed the little hike I took with my boys this past Saturday! Life doesn't get much better for a Golden Retriever than to lay down in running water and smell the fresh spring air while being surrounded by affectionate little boys!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Monday's a B!t@% Meme

Here's the questions from, and my answers to, the weekly meme at Monday's a Bitch....

mood | weird ]
[ music | The Doors ]

Faces Come Out of the Rain, When You're Strange

1. What's the strangest thing you've ridden in or on?

Definitely a camel!!! I was 20 years old on my first trip to Israel and we were travelling across the desert to have dinner in a Bedoin tent. It sounds very exotic and adventurous, but really it was rather touristy!!!

2. What's the strangest thing in your home?

Um........ Probably me!

3. What's the strangest nickname anyone has ever given you? What's the explanation behind it?

"Ninja Girl". One day in high school gym class, a very strange boy with "issues" decided to attack me with a hockey stick to prove that he was a "real man" or something like that. Bear in mind that this kid was probably 5'8" and weighed about 200 pounds and I was not even 5' and weighed in at about 102 pounds (ah! those were the days!). Yeah. That's really going to show how tough you are, dude! When he came at me with his stick, I automatically raised my hockey stick to block him. I had to defend myself my holding my stick up over my head with both hands and preventing him from splitting my head open. He actually looked a lot like the Star Wars Kid of internet video fame! Of course, the other jerks in the class just watched! It must have been quite a show to them -- the crazy fat kid attacking the little nerd girl! After it was all over, a few of them starting calling me Ninja Girl because I'd actually managed to successfully protect myself! Don't worry - it didn't last long - they went back to calling me "brainiac" and "geek" pretty fast!

4. Where's the strangest place you've ever slept?

Hmmmm.... on a beach in Eilat, Israel, or in a scientific research facility in the Cloud Forest in Costa Rica or on my friend Cigana's bathroom floor (using a hand towel for a sheet, no less!).

5. Who's your strangest family member?

Ummmmm..... again, me?????

Friday, May 11, 2007

Friday Feast

This week's questions brought to you by Friday's Feast:

Tell about a time when you had to be brave.

A decade ago, I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with a friend and we stayed over at Phantom Ranch. During the night, I became extremely ill and in the morning, after we met up with our other friends who'd rafted down the Colorado River from Page, AZ, I found that I was unable to even think about hiking out that day. My friends decided to hike out anyway and left me at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. THIS IS A TRUE STORY!!!!! Now, I wasn't dying or anything, but I was pretty ill. I made some new friends while I was recouperating that afternoon and evening at Phantom Ranch and I hiked out with them the following day. At the time, I just did what I had to do to get back up to the South Rim. In retrospect, however, I think it took a lot of bravery to actually do it and not let my illness or my extreme disappointment in and anger at my friends ruin the experience for me.

Which upcoming movie are you excited about seeing?

I'm anxiously awaiting Harry Potter 5: The Order of the Phoenix!!! The trailers that have been released look great! Also excited about Shrek the Third and Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End. We're going to see at least a couple movies this summer at a drive-in, so that will make them even more fun!

Name an item you try to always have on hand.

A cup of coffee and a water bottle! Also, pen and paper!

Main Course
Imagine the most relaxing room you can think of. Now describe it!

A cabana-style room on a tropical beach, with the gauzy white curtains blowing in the warm breeze. There's not much in the room except maybe a few hanging plants and a massage table in the middle. Soft music is playing from speakers hidden in the ceiling and I can hear the gentle lapping of the waves. Tropical birds are chirping and singing amongst the rustling fronds of the palm trees. Ahhhhhhh......

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being highest), how spiritual or religious are you?

Hmmmm...... This is a tricky question for me. My affiliation is Reform Judaism. I was brought up in a synagogue affiliated with the Conservative Movement, but in a non-religious, very assimilated household. My husband is Roman Catholic, but the children are Reform Jews like me. I light Friday night Shabbat candles, attend services occasionally and observe the holidays. I cook traditionally Ashkenazic Jewish foods (like kugel, borscht, teiglach, hamentashen, matzo brei, kneidlach, etc....). I have made it a point to give my children a good early education in Judaism by sending them to Sunday School as soon as they were old enough (age 4 at our synagogue) and also sending them to a Jewish Nursery School three mornings a week. So far, you would think that I would score a very high number on that question, wouldn't you?

Despite all of the above, however, I don't consider myself particularly "religious", per se. I know that there can be very many definitions of "religious" or "spiritual", but under my personal definitions of those terms, I don't really feel that they apply to me. I have to admit to not believing in G-d or a "higher power". When I am at services, I'm not actually "praying". I feel more like I'm reaffirming my commitment to being a good person and leading a good life and trying to make the world a better place.

So, where does that leave me? I suppose I'd best describe myself as a Humanist Jew. I guess I should take the average of the two side of my personal religious coin and just say that I'm a FIVE and let the pieces fall where they may.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

13 things I'm thinking about or need to do:

1. Board meetings - why do that have to be so gosh-darn boring and unproductive?

2. I really need to go back to the optometrist to check out the killer eyestrain I've been experiencing.

3. ADD - a teacher who works (occasionally) with CutiePie thinks he's ADD. We're having a parent/teacher conference next week to discuss it, so before then, I need to do my homework and learn more about diagnosing it. I'm not convinced yet.

4. Interrogatories - need to finish these for work ASAP!!!!

5. Emails I need to return -- very many of them!

6. I'm so happy that I'm going to scrapbook with a friend this weekend!

7. CoffeeFest - a group of my friends are all getting together at one of our houses on Saturday morning to have coffee, talk, laugh and let the kids all play together. This very well may be the best part of my week.

8. I'm very thankful that RockStar has a good job that he loves, but I'm sick of his late hours! He's been getting home around midnight more nights than not for the last month or so. It's very tiring! I told him that maybe he should find a girlfriend instead of working so much! I'm not thrilled about the idea of him cheating on me, but I bet he'd be home a lot earlier!!!!! (Totally just kidding about the girlfriend idea!)

9. BigRed is getting old. He's 11 now and really showing his age. Like most older Golden Retrievers, he's going white. It started on his muzzle and is now spreading over his whole body. When we met him nearly 6 years ago, he was dark red all over. Now, it looks like he's been standing out in the snow for a few minutes! He's still the best dog EVER and I'm crazy about him, but I just can't get over how old he looks.

10. Mothers Day. I still haven't gotten cards or gifts for my mom or my mother in law. Better get busy!

11. The state of the house. It's a mess. Worse than it's been in a long while. I really need to spend a little time on it this weekend.

12. Library. I've got a lot of books and CDs to return. I'll do it Saturday.

13. Summer Activities. We're not going on a big vacation this summer, but we do have a lot of fun things planned. Lots of outdoor concerts, parties, daytrips, and visiting friends and family. I can't wait! Plus, I just love the warm weather and the long days!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Couldn't I be a rich girl?????

This was pretty funny! The choices are limited, but I guess that's part of the humor!

I am Tzeitel!

Take the Fiddler on the Roof quiz at

8 Random things about me!

Nancy tagged me with this. Thanks, Nancy!

Here Are The Rules

1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. I chew pens. I don't mean nibble or roll them around in my mouth. I mean CHEW them. My favorites are Bic Round stics because they're soft enough that they don't splinter (like a Papermate Ballpoint) and the cap doesn't pop out immediately. It is a horrible, disgusting, dirty habit, but I don't even know that I'm doing it most of the time! It's so bad that my kids YELL at me to get the pen out of my mouth. Before CutiePie could even talk, he'd point at my mouth and grunt in a VERY disapproving manner!

2. My secret dream job is to be a Park Ranger. I love being outside, I love talking, I love meeting people for very short periods of time, I love being an expert on something and I love introducing people to nature. Perfect, huh?

3. I'm going grey. Wah! It doesn't matter tooooo much, I suppose, because I've colored my hair since college. But it just seems different to be coloring it for fun and coloring it because I "have" to.

4. At the end of last week, I miscalculated and thought that my period was a week late. For about two days, the possibility that I was pregnant followed me everywhere. I didn't really think it was, but it was enough to make me wonder. Finally, at some point on Saturday, I had a few moments to think clearly about it and realized that I had somehow inserted an extra week into the month of April and that I wouldn't be late until today. Sure enough, Sunday morning, right on schedule..... well, you know!

5. When I was a child, I had a pretty serious speech impediment. After years and years of speech therapy, we finally found the right program for me and it stuck. I actually still have the problem, but I've been trained to speak correctly, so I don't screw up much. However, when I'm really tired I'll sometimes start slipping.

6. I love to mow the lawn. I have a standard push mower that is nothing fancy. I just like being outside, moving around, surrounded by white noise and not being bothered for 45 minutes. I also love to be able to immediately see the difference I've made in the lawn and I LOVE the way it looks when I'm done. I actually fight my husband for the lawnmower! Last week, I mowed my neighbors' lawn for them. They'd just had a baby and were out of town and their lawn was OUT OF CONTROL, so I mowed for them. They thought it was such a big sacrifice on my part. Little did they know that RockStar had beat me to mowing our lawn, so I was just looking for a lawn to mow!

7. I need more time alone. I like people. Really I do. I love my family - honestly. BUT, I really need more time with ME! Just to hang out, read, walk, think, etc... I'm very independent and don't mind doing anything by myself (going out to eat, movies, hiking, travelling, shopping) and I actually enjoy it. I've gone on vacation by myself and had a wonderful time! I just feel like, except for commuting to work in my car, I'm always surrounded by people. Even though I'm usually having a good time with all those people, I need a little more room!

8. At this point in my life, I'm a pretty optimistic person. I haven't always been, but right now, I'm comfortable enough with my life and my surroundings that I'm usually able to see the "silver linings" of life and of people. The little things that used to get me down and stick with me just don't anymore! I'm happy most of the time.

Hmmmm..... who to tag? Let's see...... how about ChaoticMom, Trace, ChipmunkMomma, Laura, Melissa, the lovely folks waiting for Buttercup, Greg Fishbone, and MommyBrain! TAG guys! You're it!!!

Friday, May 4, 2007

Who knew?

So, HandsomeBoy and I were cuddled up in bed watching Iron Chef last night. When the secret ingredient is revealed with a florish to be tofu, HandsomeBoy breathlessly says to me, "Mommy! Tofu! I loooooooove tofu! Can we pleeeeaaase make it sometime? It's my favorite!"

We've had tofu. I cook with it occasionally. Never, however, has HB ever expressed a particular opinion of it, much less drooling on my covers as he watched Iron Chef Morimoto and the challenger construct various creative dishes from blocks of the stuff! Who knew?

Boy, kids can really be surprising!

Five on Friday

This week's questions from Five on Friday:

If you were throwing an 80s themed slumber party...

1. What movies would you show?
Oh wow! Let's see.... in no particular order..... Ferris Bueler's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, The Road Warrior, Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Aliens and Ghostbusters!

2. What kind of food would you serve?
Pizza, M&Ms and cookie dough (eaten right out of the plastic wrapping, of course!)

3. Which childhood friends and crushes would you reminisce about?
Ideally, some of those childhood friends and crushes would be WITH me! I guess my husband counts - I met him in 1988!!!

4. Which trends and fads would you lament most?
Three words ---- PERMED BIG HAIR!!!!!

5. What board or card games would you incorporate?
Back in high school, there was always a game of Risk going on in the kitchen at EVERY party, so I think I'd be duty-bound to dig one up and set it out for any takers!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

13 things I thought about blogging about recently but never got around to:

1. A review of Dreamgirls, which I just rented the other night.
2. A review of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which I saw with HandsomeBoy recently.
3. A review of Life of Galileo which I saw last week
4. Parenting and family behavior in our house compared to others
5. The 4th anniversary of my last miscarriage and the fact that I didn't realized it had passed.
6. My internal dialog about whether I should think about adopting another child and, if so, how old a child am I willing to consider and when should we do it.
7. Discussions I've had with people that make me so glad to be an American.
8. Running into the woman with whom my high school boyfriend cheated on me.
9. Meeting a Russian woman who also adopted from Russia and seeing her beautiful daughter who will be in school with HandsomeBoy and CutiePie next year.
10. RockStar's boss's retirement.
11. Mealplanning as the answer to so many of my personal issues!
12. ummmmmm....... American Idol and Dancing With the Stars???
13. An infinite number of cute things that the boys have done lately.

Here I am

Wow. Look at this. I'm actually writing something in my blog! How about that?

Why don't I write more? It's not that I don't have anything to say! Of course, I'm busy, but aren't we all? I need to make the time to actually do it! There's certainly no shortage of cute kids stories, interesting things going on around me, interactions with other people that have left impressions on me and other potential topics that I could write about. I just need to sit down and do it.

I remember when I was in High School and again in Law School, I engaged in a bit of "self-therapy" by keeping a notebook with me at all times in which I could just write anything as it came to me. Now, I'm sure I'd cringe if I read what I wrote about, but at the time, it really helped to just be able to write it all down. My life today is nowhere as stressful as my life was back then, but I think keeping my blog could still help.

There are so many other bloggers out there who put so much effort into each post. I'm so impressed with them, but I know that if I try to publish an essay in each post, I'll probably never post again! Maybe I just need to jump on and scribble down a few thoughts and then move on with my day????

If there's anyone reading this and you keep a blog, do you have a way of doing it? A particular time of day or a schedule for blogging? Do you have a goal for each post? Or do you just wing it and not worry about it? I'm just curious.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Another contest!

Here's a link to the new contest at 5 Minutes for Mom. Good luck!