Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chinese New Year

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year. The year of the horse.
My day care celebrated this holiday by making crafts and learning about the Chinese culture.
Horse Mask
Chinese Fans
 Good Luck Symbol

 It was fun learning about a new culture and the legend behind the Chinese New Year. 


Thursday, January 23, 2014

A dog and her Dasani

 Ellie Mae loves her Dasani water bottle.
I have spent countless dollars on expensive toys and balls. 
 Ellie always chews them up and destroys them within minutes.
Not the Dasani water bottle though.
 She loves the crinkle sound when she rolls on it.
 She likes to throw it up in the air and try to catch it.
Most times she does catch it too.  
She will guard that bottle.  If you try to get near it, she grabs it and runs away.
It cannot be a pepsi bottle or even another brand of water.
She won't touch it.
It has to be Dasani. 
When it's time to come in, she brings her water bottle with her.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Oatmeal and Outlander {Wednesday Hodgepodge}

1. It was decided on Sunday the Denver Broncos will meet the Seattle Seahawks in this year's  Superbowl. So when was the last time you bowled? Not where you thought this question was going is it?  Do you like to bowl? Are you any good? 
It has been a long time since we went bowling. I couldn't even give you a time frame.  I do like to bowl.  I wonder why we don't do it more often.

2.   Should sports stars be role models? 
Yes.  They should be. It's good for children to see good sportsmanship and hard work ethics.

Are they good role models? Not always. There are so many athletes that are in the news for stupid behavior.  Athletes like that are pushing the good ones into the background.   

Shouldn't social media put the good athletes in the lime light instead of the other way around? That's another rant I could go on about.

3. January is National Oatmeal month...are you a fan? How do you like your oats?
I do like oatmeal.  In the winter it is a daily breakfast treat.  I like to put raisins in mine to give it a touch of sweet flavor instead of adding syrup.

4. What is one book on your reading list for 2014?
I don't have just one. My favorite books are by Diana Gabaldon. I am re-reading them because Starz is making a TV series based on the first book.  Look for 'Outlander' this summer.

5. What would you like your future self to say to your present self?
Why didn't you do that sooner?

6. When scrolling through the TV guide, what is one movie title that makes you want to stop, grab the popcorn, and watch for a while?
The Wedding Date.  It's a movie from 2005 and I must have seen it a thousand times.  

7. What are two style trends you hope never come back into fashion?
Funny, I just did a blog post yesterday about a trend I wish would go away.
You can read it HERE.

Two that never come back could be another blog post in itself.  =)
Parachute pants and big hair from the 1980s would be top on my list.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Jamie Fraser from Outlander.  A man who wears leather and a kilt.
Adam Levine, you have now been replaced.

Wednesday Hodgepodge is hosted by Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.
It would be great if you joined us!
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pants on the ground, pants on the ground

Show-me-your-butt-why-don't-you low riding pants is a trend I'd like to see disappear in 2014.

Seriously people!!  Why do boys think it's okay to wear their pants practically to the ground?

I like to think I am a sensible semi-plump, middle-aged woman who wears my pants around the belly button.  I have a hard enough time keeping the muffin top under control, so why would I wear low-risers?
This song by Larry Platt expresses my sentiments!!

As the title implies, the song talks about how people seriously need to pull their pants up, because below waistline doesn't really make them look "cool."

I have an 18 year old son who wears his pants in this fashion. Drives me nuts!  I did a google search on the matter and found a site that had the funniest reasons why boys wear their pants so low.  I had to share.

10:  They just have too much junk in their pants (i.e. well endowed) and they need more room for things to “spread out”, shall we say….
9. They have just spent lots of money on VERY cool boxers and want to share their amazing undies with the world.
8. They are working on their arm muscles, and having to reach down and hitch up their pants every two steps while they are walking is a mini workout.
7. They have a new amazing belt, and think if they belt their pants around their thighs, you will have more opportunity to see it.
6. There was a super clearance sale at the Big and Tall shop, and they just couldn’t pass up a good bargain, even if the pants are three sizes too big.
5. They received hand me downs from a much larger person, and just couldn’t refuse accepting and wearing them (possible beat down there).
4. They have recently lost LOTS of weight and therefore their pants don’t fit properly anymore, and constantly fall down.
3. They have decided they are taking a stand on running, they are just NOT going to do it, hence the low pants…you can’t run in those things even if you needed to. Criminals who need to get away fast do NOT wear saggy britches…….Just sayin’……
2. They have decided to boost the economy in their later years by ruining their hips now (have you seen the wide stance walk they have to use to move in their way too big pants), so they can spend money later on things like walkers, canes, etc to get around.
and the number 1 reason men wear their pants low:
1. They are overheated and just need the butt and nut air conditioning…….
I did another google search to find where this fad's origins began.  It actually makes sense how it began.  Prisoners were using belts to hang themselves.  After they were no longer allowed to have belts for safety reasons they had to hitch their pants up.  Other people (like rappers) began wearing their pants like this because they thought it made them look tough. Eventually the public caught on.

 I personally think it looks ridiculous! (My son included)!

Join us at "Time Out For Mom" and let us know what trend you'd like to see disappear!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

My favorite hockey player

is my son, of course!
 No matter how hard he tried, he couldn't make this boy budge an inch. 



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Guess What Day It Is? {Wednesday Hodgepodge}

1. Every January 1st since 1976 Lake Superior University has published a list of words they'd like to see banished from the Queen's English.  Words may be banished due to misuse, overuse or just general uselessness (go here to read more about how the words were chosen).  Here are the words/phrases they'd like to see banished in 2014-
selfie, twerk/twerking, hashtag, Twittersphere, Mr. Mom, T-bone, ____on steroids, the suffixes-ageddon, and -pocalypse added to anything and everything, from the world of politics the words-intellectually/morally bankruptand Obamacare, and from the world of sports the words-adversity and fan base
Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?

Some of the words/phrases listed I haven't heard before.  The phrase "What Day Is It?" makes me want to scream!!  I'm so sick of that dumb camel commercial.

One word that my 16 year old son says constantly is 'Player'.  It similar to 'dude', 'bro', 'hommie'.  Quite frankly, all of them drive me crazy!

2. What one unfinished project nags at you begging to be completed in this new year?
This is going to sound silly, but… Our first home did not have central air. We had window air-conditioners.  We moved into our new home in 2005, which has central air.  For some reason, my husband brought along a window air conditioner during the moving process.  This air conditioner has been sitting in our garage since 2005!  Every summer I ask him to get rid of it.  Every summer he does not.  This summer I am going to outsmart him by putting the air conditioner in his car trunk.  He won't be able to put the golf clubs in until the air conditioner is gone!  Bwhahaha!

3. When did you last have a bowl of soup? What kind? Homemade or from a can? What's your favorite soup?
Tomato soup and grilled cheese with my son.  It was from a can.  My favorite is Tomato Basil. (Panera Bread makes the best!)  I do make homemade soups though.  The family favorite is chicken noodle with veggies.

4. Snowed in, snowed under, snow job...which one most applies to your life in recent days, figuratively speaking.
Snowed in. Currently iced in and arctic like temperatures too!  Not fun to be in Pennsylvania right now.  

5. What's the funniest movie you've ever seen, or at least one of the funniest?
We are the Millers!  (has nothing to do with the last name, honest!)
After the credits roll there are a couple funny bloopers.  OMG!  Funny!!!!
6.  In general, would you say you're clumsy?
Ya know, I never considered myself clumsy.  But now that I think about it, I do run into an occasional wall when I'm not looking.  

7. Elvis Presley was born on Hodgepodge Day (January 8th) back in 1935.  Are you an Elvis fan?  What's your favorite Elvis tune? If that's too hard, which Elvis tune do you dislike the least?  Click here for a list of his songs.
I remember watching Elvis movie reruns as a kid.  I wouldn't consider myself an Elvis fan.  Don't love him, don't hate him.  A song that I do like is "Love Me Tender".

8. Insert your own random thought here.


Thank you to Joyce -  From This Side of the Pond for being a wonderfully creative person! 
 Come join in the fun and answer the Hodgepodge questions too.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Holy, Moly, It Snowed

The birds had the right idea and flew south.
Why didn't I follow them?
I was planning on taking down the exterior Christmas decorations.  
Changed my mind!

After a few hours of shoveling out, I came inside to enjoy a few mugs of Hot Cocoa.