Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ten Things Tuesday- All About Love

So, yesterday I celebrated 14 years of marriage to my best friend.
It hasn't all been bliss.
We have had our share of bad times.

But, the good far outweigh the bad.

The way the "experts" talk, we never should have made it this far.
We did everything all out of whack.

With us,
First came pregnancy. Like within a month.
Next was moving in together
followed by baby being born.
We got married when she was almost a year old.

We didn't know each other as well as we probably should have, but we thought we knew enough.
And it has worked.
For the most part.

In honor of my wedding anniversary, this weeks Ten Things Tuesday is about why I love and appreciate my Honeyman.

1. Flowers
  Every Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, anniversary, and birthday I get flowers. Without fail.

2. Appreciation for what I do
   He always thanks me for me cooking a good meal and taking care of the house. I know it is my job, being a homemaker and all. But appreciation is nice.

3. Hugs
   Hugs are my favorite thing in the world and he gives me plenty.

4. He doesn't care how much money I spend
   I could break the bank and he wouldn't care as long as it made me happy. Not that I would. I kinda like having a roof over my head.

5. He works hard for us.
  He stays in a very stressful job, working overnights to give us a good life. You can't find too many places with better health benefits.

6. Laughter
   He makes me laugh. We laugh a lot. I couldn't imagine going though life without a laugh at some point during every day.

7. Comfort
   When I feel bad or just depressed or maybe really stupid for something I did he is there and he makes me feel OK about everything just by caring.

8. Music
   We share a great love of music and have very similar musical tastes.Tom Petty is one of our favorites.

9. Movie Quotes
   There are some movies that we know so much and we will throw out a quote just whenever the occasion seem to fit. It is just one of our little things. Maybe to some it is odd. But, it's fun.

10. Knowing what each other is thinking.
    Something will come up in conversation with other people or just watching the news. We can look at each other and just know what's going on up there.

Does he drive me nuts? Yes, sometimes.
Do I drive him nuts? Without a doubt.

But, that's just part of marriage.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's Liebster Time!

I'd like to thank Laila over at Untroubled Kingdom of Laila Knight for this lovely award.
Liebster translates to love or friend OR beloved depending on where you get your information. It's German or Spanish.

I think of lobster when I see liebster so in honor of this award here is "Rock Lobster" by the B-52's.

Now I am to pass the Liebster Award to 5 bloggers and hope they in turn will spread the love.

Amber over at Ambyland

Munir from Focus

jdracecar over at It's Always FUNNY in Columbubble

Tracy from It's An Average Life

Stephgas from it's never too late to save a hopeless case

Now, I need to go inform the winners by leaving a comment on their blog.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ten Things Tuesday- The Extremely Late Edition

Yes, I haven't done my list in a couple weeks.

I have been busy.
I am going to call it veggie abundance.

My garden has decided that it is time to go into full production so I gotta do what I gotta do.

I know, I have missed reading people's blogs.
Hopefully, maybe I have been missed too?
Maybe just a little bit?

But, never fear. I have returned. Today.

This weeks list is all about my excuses for not blogging and why I am so very late.

1. Freezing corn
   Corn has been good this year. So far I have picked, shucked, blanched, and cut corn off cobs. Enough that I have 69 pints in the freezer. So far.

2. Too many pickles.
   I have been making dill pickles and bread&butter pickles.

3. Sweet , sweet pickle relish
  Love it on a hot dog- not ifs, ands, or butts. I also mix it with mayo to make chicken salad for sandwiches.

4. Salsafication
  Yes, I can my own salsa. I make it fresh as long as I have the fresh veggies. But come winter, it has to be canned.

5. Tomatoes
   I can tomatoes. And make juice too.

6. Green beans
  I can those too. Today I did 18 pints. Yay!

7. Getting Kiddo ready for school
  She started yesterday. My baby is a freshman. Awesome! So, I have been getting clothes and shoes and stuff ready.

   I have discovered all this stuff is making me tired so I have to go to bed sometimes.

9. Making money
   Sadly, my good looks aren't enough to pay for fun time. So for extra money I bake and do surveys online.

10.  Computer problems
   My updates are having trouble installing correctly and I have been messing around trying to get it to work. So far, I am making a little headway. But, not without a little hair pulling.

So, I have been a bit frazzled as of late.
But, I am slowly getting back on track.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mentioning My Unmentionables

I have been picked by Al Penwasser over at Penwasser Place to write a meme.

An underwear meme.

By the way, why did underwear used to be called unmentionables?
Everyone knew what an unmentionable was so just by saying the word "unmentionable" you are in fact mentioning them.

On to the meme.

1. What do you call your undergarments?  Do you have any commonly used nicknames for them?
That all depends on who I am talking to. To the Honeyman, they are underwear. If I am referring to them as as a whole, they are underwear. If I am talking about a specific item of mine or Kiddo's, I say bras or panties.
See, I'm versatile.

2. Have you ever had that supposedly common dream of being in a crowded place in only your underwear?
Maybe. I really couldn't tell ya. I seldom remember my dreams and if I do, I never look down to see what I have on.

 3. What is the worst thing you can think of to make panties out of?
Something very pokey. Like porcupine quills or thorns. Can you imagine trying to sit down? The thought truly pains me.

4. If you were a pair of underwear, what color would you be, and WHY?
According to women's lingerie catalogs, nude is a color. So, I am going to go with that.
Why? Because it sounds good to me.

 5. Have you ever thrown your underwear at a rock star or other celebrity?  If not, which one(s) WOULD you throw your underwear at, given the opportunity?
No, can't say I ever have. That's a little unsanitary. I might give a laundry basket of unmentionables to Kelly Rippa. According to all the commercials, she loves to do laundry.

6. You’re out of clean underwear.  What do you do?
I have a couple of scenarios. I will rummage through Honeyman's drawer to find something that will fit. Or, I go commando until I get a load of laundry done.

 7. Are you old enough to remember Underoos?  If so, did you have any?  Which ones? 

 8. If you could have any message printed on your underwear, what would it be?
It's All Good!

 9. How many bloggers does it take to put underwear on a goat?
Since bloggers are a smart lot, I'm gonna say one. Just use some patience and it can be done.
Slip a sedative into the goat's food. Wait until it takes effect. Make sure it is good and strong so the goat won't wake up.
Carefully, but quickly, put the underwear on the goat. 
See? Easy peasy.

Now, I am supposed to challenge others to do their own underwear meme.
Who to pick. Who to pick.
Al went with five bloggers so I will follow his example.

Jamie at Everyone Thinks I Can Fix It 

Alex from The Life and Times of A. Nighbert 

Belle at Tales From a Loser Who is Sometimes a Winner 

Mynx from Dribble...

Rick at Life 101

And now, I am going to bed.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ten Things Tuesday- Word Missteps

I have always had problems with bad spelling and bad speaking.

I don't know why.
I have always been really good at using correct terminology and spelling.

Once in a while, I screw up and I have to correct myself.
When I do it on this blog, I hate it.
I spend more time going back and proofreading the blog than I do writing it in the first place.

I hate goofs.
My goofs.
They irritate me.

If I do make a mistake, I have to fight the urge to edit after publishing.
Sometimes I win.
Sometimes the urge does.

I don't really have much of a problem with other peoples mistakes.
I notice them, but usually that is it.

Some things really just bug me.
I don't say a word-unless it is Kiddo-, but still...

I just want to scream "That's wrong! You fail!"

This weeks Ten Things Tuesday is all about  Word Missteps

1. Uh and Um
  This just drives me insane. Good speaking doesn't involve making noises that aren't real words so you can think about what you need to say. Just spit it out!
These days you could pick out any interview or speech by a politician or celebrity and have a drinking game using uh and um and 95% of the time you'd end up feeling pretty good by the end of it.

2. Angles and angels
  This is just one of those words many people can't spell. Why? There is a big difference between angel and angle. You are not a blue-eyed angle. Seeing that just hurts my eyes.

3. Congrads
  Why are people writing this now? Have you seen this? The word is congratulations- congraTs for short. Now, all of a sudden I am seeing a D where the T should be.

4. Awe and aw
  Here is another one. I am now seeing people write awe when the correct spelling is aw for what they are using it for. I would like to blame smart phone auto-correct for that, but sometimes people are using their computer.

5. Irregardless
  Come on! This isn't even a word. The prefix ir is taking away. How do you regard any less than regardless?

6. Ignorant and stupid
  People use the word ignorant when they mean stupid. " That is so ignorant." No, it's stupid. Stupid means you are an idiot. Ignorant means you are unaware.

7. Scratch and itch
  You do not itch a scratch, you scratch an itch.

8. Imply and infer
  When I say something, I imply it. If I tell you something, you infer it.

9. Right word, wrong spelling
  Like their, there, they're or here and hear.
Proofreading is your friend. So is the dictionary.

10. Double or triple negatives
   I have used them before to be goofy, but really-it's just bad grammar. It's hard on the ears.
Example- I don't know why nobody likes me. I didn't do nothin' to nobody.

There you have it.
Have a great day!

Monday, August 8, 2011

They Were Doomed From the Start

                                            Honeyman took this picture where he works.

They have these signs all over the outside of the building.
An old lady that worked there came in and started going on and on about it. Honeyman hadn't seen it since he works nights, but sure enough- there it was.

I have said it time and time again.
Spell check only goes so far. You do need to know how to spell what you are trying to spell. Or at least somewhat.
Because, if it is a word, it is going to say everything is fine.

Paring is a word.
It's a type of knife.

Somehow I don't think they care about No Paring.
The prep cooks could be in trouble otherwise.
They care about No Parking.

Honeyman says because of the way this place is run, a minimum of 3-4 people would have had to have seen it and OKed it.
The boss looked right at it and said it was fine.

I don't know if bad spelling is a good way to get hired here.
It does fit with the whole stupid people being the ones at the top theory.

See, Honeyman is a good speller and and that's why he'll never make it at that place.

Oh, and why were they doomed from the start?
The place was destined to have many stupid people working there because of their name.

Prairie Meadows- meaning grassy field, grassy field.


By the way, I would like to thank Al from Penwasser Place for selection in the Underwear Meme.
I will get to it in the next few days.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ten Things Tuesday- Reasons for Avoiding the State Fair

The Iowa State Fair is coming up in just a couple weeks and it is all over the news.
"We just can't wait for the Iowa State Fair. It's so GREAT! All the fun and the food on a stick."

Tons of people flock to it every single year.
Not me.
Not my family.
We are non fair goers.

And this weeks Ten Things Tuesday is all about  why I avoid the state fair.

1. The animal barns
   I know it's a fair and so they judge the biggest pigs, cows, and the like but the barns smell. BAD. And hello, this is Iowa. Drive 30 minutes in any direction and you are going to see plenty of farm animals.

2. The butter cow
  I am so sick of the damn butter cow. #1- it's a waste of butter. #2- it's not like they carve anything out of butter. They stick the butter on a form and smooth it out.
This year, they plan to have cows all over the place because the old butter cow lady died.

3. Too hot
  August in Iowa is hot and humid and I'd rather not walk around sweating with a bunch of other sweaty people. Some of which have really, nasty, sweaty smells.

4. Too many people
  People can be rude. Pack thousands of them together. Add to that the fact that it is damn hot and some of them are jonesin' for some nicotine and you are going to some major rudeness and very few excuse mes.

5. The carnies
  " You know, circus folk. Smells like cabbage." OK so Austin Powers may not always be right.
But, I still don't like to play. Even the easy looking games are almost... not winnable. Or if you do win, it's something you way overpaid for.

6. Nowhere to park
   When you have to pay $8 to park on someone's lawn there might be a parking problem. Good for the Eastsiders that could use the cash though.

7. Food on a stick
  Can someone tell me what the fascination is with having every food imaginable on a stick?
Pork chop on a stick, frozen banana on a stick, and don't forget the newest creation- deep fried butter on a stick.

8. The concerts
  People have a variety of musical tastes. Why is this never addressed? Most of the concerts are country and if they are not country, they are people that were big 20 or 30 years ago. I don't get it.

9. The cost
  Like everything, the cost of the fair is going up, but it isn't getting any better. The majority of the stuff is the same from year to year. Just watching the news tells me that.

10. People are stupid
  They get drunk. They get into fights and I just don't need the drama. Especially if they take it offsite and take out a gun. That's just not cool.

That's it. That's why I don't do the fair.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Another Case of the Weirds

My electronic loving ghost has done it again.
Meaning, it has once again waken me out of a sound sleep.

My ghost loves turning on computer monitors, receivers, TVs, and hitting the reset button on the answering machine so the 0 button starts blinking.

Back in February it turned my Christmas lights on during the night.

This time, I was sleeping very hard and at 4 o'clock in the a.m. I get woken up to the sound of one of Kiddo's old toys.
It is stored in a box in our room and we need to take it to Goodwill or sell it or something.
It is turned off.
But, it came to life.
It is one of those roller skating Minnie Mouse dolls that talks and has music.

I guess I never realized the batteries were still in it.

Once I figured out what the noise was, I got up.
Turned the light on so I could find it and it goes off again.

Checked the toy and sure enough, the on/off switch was set to off.
So, I figured I better take the batteries out and hope that is the end of it.

4:15 and I am taking batteries out of a toy.
Just what I really wanted to be doing.

If it goes off again, maybe the doll is possessed and I need to hide the knives.

Here is rolling skating Minnie with my hairy cat trying to be her friend.