Sunday, March 27, 2011

Well, it has been an exciting weekend. Yes?

In a turn of events even I, with my crystal ball and vast knowledge of college basketball, could not have predicted, our group has been left with a few broken brackets. I know some of you are very sad. Hopefully you will recover quickly and find a new focus for your competitive energies.

Amazingly, the mascot bracket remains at the top, followed by the man who has likely not watched even one game all season long, to include the tournament. It's crazypants I tell ya.

Here's how it shook out-
1. iliketurtles57
2. toddthomas123 2
3. sth0mas09 1
4. Aubien11 1
5. SueLunt1
6. edgertonlunt 1
7. natertater57
8. JT-UKND 1
9. Carpenter1
10. BigDaddyL57
11.  lori huffaker 1
12. doublebubbleface22 1
13. dark_temptation1
14. TheEnchantedUnicorns

Final Four- VCU vs. Butler, KY vs. UConn. Games begin Saturday, 6:09 EST.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

They don't call it Madness for nuthin

Last night's games were brutal for some of us and not so brutal for the rest of us. In fact, they were pretty sweet for a few of us. Except for that one part when Kentucky and Ohio teamed up to almost give me a heart attack for about 2 hours.

Here's where things stand-
1. iliketurtles57
2. JT-UKND 1
3. Aubien11 1
4. toddthomas123 2
5. SueLunt1
6. Carpenter1
7. sth0mas09 1
8. edgertonlunt 1
9.  lori huffaker 1
10. doublebubbleface22 1
11. natertater57
12. dark_temptation1
13. BigDaddyL57
14. TheEnchantedUnicorns

Go Cats!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Funny Story

Remember this post about my husband’s vast collection of hot sauces?

Turns out, too much is never enough and there was something missing from his set. Chili Lime Cholula. Hard to believe I know. He decided he had to have some so it was added to the shopping list. All over town he looked but could not find this much desired hot sauce.

You’re probably asking yourselves, “If he can’t find it in any store how does he know it even exists?” HA! I asked myself that very same question, then I asked my husband that very same question. He replied~

It’s on their website. Duh.” (He didn’t really say duh, I added that for dramatic effect.)

The truly dedicated never rest. While some of us are browsing decorating sites, or humor blogs, or reading about our favorite basketball team, my husband is searching out the websites of his favorite foods.

Clausen Pickles, check. Stubb's BBQ Sauce, check. Midwestern Meats, check.

Which brings us to yesterday when the UPS man rang my bell and handed me a box which I just KNEW contained a replacement power cord for my laptop so I promptly RIPPED it open (it’s been over a week with no laptop, I’m getting testy) and was crushed to find this~

What’s this you ask? Well, when he couldn’t find his sauce he did what any of us would have done, he ate something else.

Hahahaha! You don’t know my husband at ALL! Of course he did not eat something else. He e-mailed the Cholula people using the handy dandy “Contact Us” link on their web page. Thus began his personal relationship with a source my husband will not let me name. (Why not, you ask? Me too. He won’t say. But getting permission to tell the story was quite a coup, so I decided to let him have his “mystery” contact. It’s the least I can do.)

That’s right, Un-named Chalua Guy felt so rotten that my husband could not get his hands on the sauce of his dreams that, at some point in their correspondence, he asked if he could send my husband a shirt. To which Sylvan answered, “Duh! A free shirt, WINNING!!” (Not really, I added that for dramatic effect) He said “Yes please.” Ta-da, a bond was formed that could only be appreciated by those who love hot sauce and free stuff.

I hope I’m not going to be expected to add Un-named Chalua Guy to the Christmas Card list.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I really have nothing to say

Except, did you hear? Elizabeth Taylor died. The saddest part, besides all of her tabloid stalkers being left in the lurch, is that my first thought was “Now she and Michael Jackson can be together again.

I know, I’m pathetic.

Moving on.

Yesterday I found a super cute black dress at Target for $7.49. The best part…..they had my size. (which, as you know, is always a plus, there's nothing worse than a smokin' hot bargain that doesn't fit)

Similar to this, but a little more sleeve and a lot less $.

Can we talk about my hair? I’ve been wearing it the same way, long and straight, forever.

I’m feeling like it’s time for a change. Nothing drastic mind you, and nothing gray. I don’t think I really want anything shorter than shoulder length, or that requires much maintaining, or unponytailable (it's a word, look it up).

You know what? I think I just talked myself into sticking with what I’ve got. Thanks. This was very helpful.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Round 3 Update~

1. JT-UKND 1
2. Carpenter 1
3. iliketurtles57
4. edgertonlunt 1
5. lori huffaker 1
6. Aubien11 1
7. toddthomas123 2
8. SueLunt1
9. sth0mas09 1
10. TheEnchantedUnicorns
11. doublebubbleface22 1
12. dark_temptation1
13. BigDaddyL57
14. natertater57

Coming later today~To prove I can multitask, a post that doesn't have anything to do with basketball.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Only 31 more to go

Is everyone else having a heart attack 4 or 5 times a day or is just me? I'm so glad KY plays early today.

Here's where things stand at the end of Round 2.
1. iliketurtles57
2. Carpenter 1
3. The Enchanted Unicorns
4. SueLunt1
5. lori huffaker 1
6. edgertonlunt1
7. Aubien11 1
8. JT-UKND 1
9. doublebubbleface22
10. dark_temptation 1
11. sth0mas123 2
12. BigDaddyL57
13. toddthomas123
14. natertater57

Clearly there's something to be said for the Best Mascot method.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Let the Wild Rumpus Start

I would like to thank all of you who humored me and joined the bracket group even though the ESPN site is super confusing and you don’t know anything about basketball. Whether you are doing it for the shirt, or just because you want to be my bff I salute you (and I will add your name to the bff waiting list).

I keep seeing people on TV who are supposed to be my age and they look really old. What’s up with that?

Yesterday I received a text from my mother. Something about that makes me uneasy, but I can’t put my finger on just what it is.

My husband is on Facebook. I KNOW! He’s reconnecting with old friends and all kinds of other weird stuff. It’s like I don’t even know who he is anymore.

I work from home so I don’t generally put much thought into what I’m wearing. Yesterday I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror and I looked like I had been dressed by a 4 year old. The only thing missing was a tiara.

Last chance. There’s still a little time left if you want to get in on the basketball fun. Details here and here. Group here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

About that one thing.......

Being serious is not one of my superpowers and sometimes when something important happens I don’t talk about it, not because I don’t care, but because I don’t feel that I have the skills to express those kinds of feelings.

The recent and current events in Japan have been constantly on the minds of our family as we sit glued to the TV and internet filled with sadness and hope.

When our children were younger we had the privilege of hosting Japanese exchange students for 3 or 4 years in a row. It was a great opportunity for all of us to learn about the people and customs of Japan and especially for our children to experience a little bit of another culture. As we have remained in contact, admittedly often sporadically, with some of these students, I've had the chance to notice that although we are different in many ways, we are also very much the same. I can not imagine what it would be like to have my life destroyed so violently.

So, I guess I just wanted to say that we’re praying for the people of Japan, and ask you to do the same.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I might be getting a little carried away. It's been known to happen.

I didn’t sleep very well last night. I kept waking up thinking about my bracket. I’m so torn. I want to win the challenge, but I also want to be loyal to my team and I’m worried that I can’t do both. (I’m also crazy, because who wakes up in the middle of the night worrying about crap like this?)

Is anyone else feeling this kind of pressure? No wonder sports fans gather in bars. I could use a drink about now and the games haven’t even started.

Then, as if I didn’t have enough to worry about, I’ve been hearing that some people are having a hard time figuring out the ESPN site. It is a little confusing. What seems to work best is to click on the link here, create your account, then DON’T sign out but leave the site, come back here, click on the link again and on the topish left hand corner there will be a grey box that says “Group”. Click it. You should have the option to join the group and fill out your chart. Or not. I don’t know. I already had an account so maybe that’s why I didn’t have any problems. If you’ve already done it and you have a tip (or two) could you leave it in a comment?

Also, I’m getting a lot of “I don’t know anything about basketball” excuses for not joining the group. Come on you guys!! Our daughter used a combination plan of cutest mascot and win/loss records to fill hers out. One son circled the top team in every match, some people are still “researching” (which is code for putting it off til the last minute) and our 15 year old is waiting for the college cheerleader chart to be created so he can base his picks on real data, like which school has the best looking girls in a short skirts. (We’re extra proud of him.)There are millions of ways to pick your teams. I promise, it will be fun, and after Thursday morning it will be too late. I’d really hate for anyone (Darcy) to be left out of all the SUPER TONS OF GOOD TIMES the rest of us are going to have obsessing over our teams for the next few weeks.

And now, a few words about the prize, because apparently just being the winner is not enough glory for some people, there have been questions, like these~

1. “Is there a dollar limit? ‘Cause I’m pretty picky about my shirts.” (This question came from a man who shops at Bass Pro. Really, you’re picky?)
2. “So, you will buy me a Harlem Globe Trotters shirt? Sweet.” (This question comes from a boy who mistakenly thinks the Harlem Globe Trotters are part of the NCAA, his basketball education clearly has some gaps. So tragic.)

Here’s the deal, you pick the team and the size and I will not even make you come and pick it up. You tell me where to send it and I will throw your shirt in a box AND pay the post office to bring it to you. You aren’t going to find a deal like that lurking around every corner.

Just fill out your chart already, IF you win I’ll get you a nice shirt. Sheesh!


Bracket Group
Mascot Bracket
School Color Bracket

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Madness Begins

 *First, let me start by saying, for those of you who haven't heard, Kentucky beat Florida this afternoon, making them the SEC champions for the 27th time. 27 is quite a few times. I'm just sayin'.

When a great idea strikes me on Sunday, besides being grateful it wasn’t lightening, I consider it to be divine inspiration. This morning, on the dawn of the SEC championship game, I woke up feeling impressed that I should start a bracket group. (Don’t be too jealous if you’ve never been prompted to do something so great, I pray a lot.)

If you’ve never filled out a bracket chart before don’t worry. You don’t even have to know anything about basketball.

There are several methods for deciding who will win each game.

A. Dueling mascots. For example, today we learned that an alligator is no contest for a wildcat.
B. Most fashion forward uniform. Personally I find royal blue and white to be a much more timeless combination than, say, black and gold.
C. Vacation destination. Who would want to spend a weekend in dreary old North Carolina when you could go horseback riding in a field of bluegrass?

I'm sure there are plenty of other ways to decide, but I find these 3 scientific methods are plenty for my needs.

Here’s what you do.

1. Go here and create an account.
2. Pick your teams.
3. Whoever has the most points at the end is the winner. You get points when the team you chose wins.
4. Winner gets a new KY shirt to add to their collection. (Ok, the winner can pick any team he or she wants, though I don’t know why you would want a shirt from any other team.)

You will not be able to start picking your teams until sometime later this evening when the first round matchups are announced, once the brackets are open, will have until tipoff time of the March 17th games to complete your choices, the group will then be locked.

May the Force be with you.

PS- Did I mention KY won their 27th SEC title today?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Court Yard Hounds

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Are you somewhere feeling lonely?

first found here

I've seen this a few times this week. I laugh just as hard every single time.
The little tear off strips say things like "Cause I wonder where you are", "And I wonder what you do".

My son just came in and said "I don't get it, what's so funny?"
What do they teach these kids in school nowadays anyway?

For Karen~

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

If I could read minds.......

I’d start with people who ask for advice but really don’t want it, as evidenced by the 6 reasons they will not be able to follow any of helpful suggestions I’ve just given them.

My kids, when I’m giving them instructions for a task which they will later claim they would have completed, except “they never heard me say those things”. Sheesh! Apparently sometimes my voice is invisible.

The mean girl at church who won’t make eye contact when I say hi to her, no matter how many times, how loudly, or how cheerfully I say it.

The guy in front of me at the bookstore buying a copy of Consumed (a book about how marketing tricks us into thinking we need “stuff”), a copy of the LOLcat Bible, some silly bands, and a “You might be a redneck if..” desk calendar.

And of course, I think it goes without saying, Charlie Sheen.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I try to be a good sport about these things, but I have my limits.

Saturday afternoon I quit procrastinating and got down to business making the capote my 15 year old needs for his upcoming Mountain Man Rendezvous.

The way I understand it, the Mountain Man Rendezvous is a gathering of grown men and boys who spend a few days pretending to be, well, mountain men. They dress like them, eat like them, and smell like them. Being a girl, I’ve never been invited to a rendezvous, but the bits and pieces I’ve gathered make it sound similar to an episode of Grizzly Adams, heavy on the grizzly. Fun city!!

The most important part of the “traditional” get up worn by those in attendance is the capote, a “coat” made from a wool blanket. The original Snuggie. Since there are no girls allowed at the rendezvous, the scout leaders try to make us feel included by asking the moms to sew a blanket jacket for our boys. (I can't speak for the other mothers, but I personally could do without gestures of this sort.)

This is NOT the blanket coat I made
I’ve put it off for months, mostly because I think it’s dumb, but this weekend I bucked up and faced the reality that it wasn’t going to sew its self. I decided to throw caution and authenticity out the window and make mine out of fleece instead of wool. My husband was quick to tell me that was a really bad idea because now our son wasn’t going to look like everyone else.

Exactly, he's going to look less like someone spending a long weekend wearing an itchy wool blanket and more like someone with a soft cozy blankcoat. He's going to look LUCKY!

The pattern that I ordered from “Timeless Trends” was as easy to understand as why anyone would want to go in the woods wearing animal skins and eating hardtack for 3 days. It took me twice as long to make as I planned. It was all worth it when I showed it to my son who barely glanced at it then said “Yeah, whatever, I don’t really care what my capote looks like. Are we out of chocolate syrup?”

Another successful parenting moment.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Today feels so Mondayish

My son told me how it's very annoying that I have not memorized his class schedule and it makes him a little bit angry (angry?! that seems harsh) that his father and I ask him almost every day what time he will be leaving and returning. How dare us.

Then someone called me, someone who I love but oh holy cow shares a little too much information sometimes. This person is not feeling well. There's an infection afoot, and guess what? The description of the symptoms included the words urine and unusual odor.

As long as we're over sharing, my legs are super dry and ashy. I cannot find my lotion that smells like neutral so I had to use some that I found in my daughter's room that smells like vanilla-watermelon-bubblegum and now I think I'm going to throw up.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Quite enjoying this album...

Do the kids still call them albums?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

It's possible this is the least seamless post I've ever written

And that's saying a lot.

Did you know that despite the assumption that gas prices are increasing due to the party in Libya, only 2% percent of the world’s oil supply is Libyan? And did you also know that the Saudis, who provide 25% of the world’s oil, said they were prepared to immediately make up for any shortfall coming (or not coming) out of Libya? Did you also know that it is becoming more common for pension fund investors and other speculators to invest in oil? Because I didn’t know any of those things until this weekend. It may shock you to learn that I’m not a financial wizard (you’re shocked, aren’t you? I knew you would be), but whenever banks are investing in something and the prices keep climbing  and climbing (can you say Real Estate?) I become suspicious, in an irritated way.

La-di-da, now on to important world happenings~

It’s possible I’m spending too much time thinking about basketball. I sat down this afternoon to write a quick post about current events but the only events I seem to know anything about are NCAA related.

For example, when I read about Brandon Davies and BYU, my first thought was~ “How is this going to affect my brackets?”

And when I realized that the KY game will be half over by the time I get home from church tomorrow my palms got a little sweaty. Do you think anyone would miss me if I cut out early?

Then I found this blog and spent an hour reading posts and only understanding about half of what I read. I’m wondering if I wasn’t better off last year when I was just rooting for my team and not trying to apply any kind of strategy. But that’s the thing about knowledge, isn’t it? Once you’ve opened the encyclopedia as it were, you can’t unlearn things like, if Duke wins today there may be no stopping them.

Ah Duke,  curse you! Always a thorn in my side.

And, I like basketball as much as the next guy, but this offends me. Perhaps I'm too sensitive. It's been suggested on more than one occasion.....by people who don't know me at all.

Lastly, I leave you with this~ Joel Stein makes me laugh. His Time Magazine column last week was especially funny. If you ask me.  Which so few people do. Why is that?  Read the whole thing here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Trapezius Milkington

March Madness is upon us.

It’s true.

In fact, my family thought it had arrived early, when during the game last night, Kentucky saved the bulk of their timeouts for the last 8 seconds, essentially making time stand still for 20 minutes. It was like the Inception version of basketball. Every time the clock stopped those stupid commentators pulled out their big clipboard/whiteboard thingy and started trying to predict what would happen next. UGH!Seriously!?

For reasons totally unknown to the rational side of my brain (ok, the rational quarter of my brain) I get completely worked up over each and every game, on the edge of my seat talking to the teevee worked up, like I’m some kind of fan who knows something about sports. Which is so untrue it’s embarrassing. It’s only been a week since I found out what it means to score points “in the paint”.

Anyway, Kentucky has only one regular season game left which means……it’s almost Bracket Time.

I’m sure everyone remembers last year when I came within 1000 miles of winning James’ Bacon Chapstick Challenge?

So, basically, this is a post about nothing, except that I like college basketball, announcers are annoying, and if James offers up bacon lip gloss again I’ve been paying closer attention to all the teams this year, and I think I’ve got a pretty good chance of taking it home. (takin home the bacon~ I crack myself up)