Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lemme tell you what.....

There are never any towels when I go to take a shower. No matter how many towels I buy (and it's A LOT, we have tons of towels) or how often I do laundry (and I do laundry OFTEN) when I go to take a shower there are only hand towels and wash cloths. What gives? The towels are not disappearing, I know because I am constantly washing them. Is someone playing a joke on me? Because it's not funny.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

You guys should write advice columns. Really.

The comments on yesterday's post were super helpful. Especially the person who said "You could be less vain, but that's probably not a viable option." I'm choosing to believe that what you were saying is that I'm already almost without vanity, rather than, I'm so vain I probably think this whole blog is about me.

Since you had so much to offer yesterday I have a couple more questions, if you have a sec. 

1.  Let's say I agree that if I get fitted at the running store I should support them and buy my shoes there (which I do), about how much is a decent pair of shoes going to cost me?

2.  I read a shoe review where someone claimed that her new shoes took almost 2 minutes a mile off her time. Is that possible? Cause, I think I'd be willing to pay a little more for fast shoes.

Also, in response to yesterday's comments I would like to say, I do not know why it is so flippin hard to prove you are not a robot, and I'm pretty sure that person who paints the place on her toe where there used to be a toenail is not fooling anyone. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It's all fun & games until someone loses a nail

Lest you think I've been exaggerating about the clientele at the Y, this guy was getting his walk on a few treadmills down from me last week. Button down shirt tucked into his belted jeans and sensible shoes.  It's a look that says athlete for sure.

I should have asked him, but I was kind of intimated by the hat, so I'm asking you.....

Why are my toenails so sore after I run? And am I doomed to have them fall off if I keep running? As you know, I'm vain like nobody's business and I wear flip flops and sandals all year long which means my toes are out there in the world a lot. (Don't tell my granny. I don't even want to think about what would happen if she knew I was disregarding the before Easter and after Labor Day rule.) Help me. I'm starting to feel better and more comfortable about the actual running, but my toes. Arghhhh.

Of course I Googled it. I found lots of suggestions like using a toe cap and/or wearing shoes that are a size bigger than I normally wear with thick socks. Maybe I'm crazy (hahah, maybe I'm crazy.) but wearing shoes that are too big seems like a terrible idea. How could that work? Should I leave them untied too? The toe cap thing is an okay idea, but are they comfortable? Someone suggested fake toenails. Um.....I don't think I can really get behind fake toenails. I don't want to stop running but I also don't want to have funky feet that can't be seen in public.

So, tell me what you know.....
Bigger shoes & thick socks? Toe caps? If so, can you recommend a brand/type? Do you know some other awesome trick to keep my nails intact?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Is it weird that I'm glad to see Monday?

Holy cow this weekend seemed long. Maybe because it was the tail end of Spring Break, so it kind of felt like a 9 day weekend. Too much of a good thing and all that jazz.

Saturday we went to Costco, and can I just say, "People of the world, pluhleeese, invest in a full length mirror."?

While we were at Costco I noticed that pre-cooked bacon was less expensive than uncooked bacon and I said to myself, "Bacon that doesn't involve the risk losing an eye from a hot pop of bacon grease..Cha Ching!!"  My husband was not excited, he thought there must be a catch and asked me a dozen times was I sure I wanted to get the pre-cooked bacon?  "Hmm, bacon that I briefly warm in the oven or bacon that I spend an hour frying and a week trying to get rid of the smell of stale bacon grease......."

I was pretty excited about it, (which would be weird if you didn't already know that I'm known for getting overly excited about dumb stuff, it's part of my charm) my husband was not all that enthusiastic, he seemed kind of worried. He kept saying how he wasn't sure. What if it didn't taste as good as regular bacon? What if this, what if that....There was so much hesitation, you would have thought I was trying to talk him into buying a time-share. Finally I was like "DUDE, it's just bacon, relax!"

After we had purchased the pre-cooked bacon and were on our way home he told me what was holding him back from feeling good about easy bacon. "I think we might be getting too lazy. What if our kids grow up and don't know how to cook bacon because they never learned at home?"

I agreed that being able to prepare bacon is an important life skill then I listed about 20 things that I've been trying to teach our kids since birth and I'd say if a person can't even change the toilet paper roll or turn their socks right side out, knowing how to cook bacon is the least of the ways we've failed our kids.

Anyway, right now I'm really busy trying to teach them the importance of college basketball. I can't do everything. Bacon is going to have to be his responsibility. Speaking of basketball. It was a crazy weekend in the tournament,eh? It's good we have a few days off between games, my nerves are a mess.

Bracket results heading into the Sweet 16~

1. edgertonlunt 1
2. Chocolatey chocolate 1
3. cody.huffaker 1
4. SueLunt 1
5. loriannehuffaker 1
6. Wayne.Thomas1164 1
7. JessicaLunt
8. jrt8970 1
9. Sylvan 1
10. sth0mas09 1
11. Carpenter 1
12. Eli 1
13. thenatan
14. toddthomas123 1

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Well, I surely did not see all that coming.

Yesterday's games were a little crazy, right? Next year I'm going to see if I can find me a 2 year old to pick my teams.

Here's where we stand after round 1, or 2 or whatever it's called. At the moment it looks like this~

1. cody.huffaker 1
2. edgertonlunt 1
3. SueLunt 1
4. loriannehuffaker 1
5. Wayne.Thomas1164 1
6. Chocolatey chocolate 1
7. sth0mas09 1
8. JessicaLunt
9. jrt8970 1
10. Carpenter 1
11. Sylvan 1
12. Eli 1
13. thenatan
14. toddthomas123 1

Thursday, March 15, 2012

No wonder I'm so tired.

Ok ya’ll, last call to the bracket group. The group will lock at tip off of the first game today, which is I think 9:15 am Arizona time. I don’t do math so I can’t tell you what time that is where you live, especially if you’ve sprung forward recently,  all I know is we’re all running out of time (in so many ways) so go. Now. 

I barely slept last night wondering if I’ve overlooked some obvious upset in the making. Then I told myself that it wouldn’t be an upset if it were obvious. Somehow telling myself that did not make it any easier to sleep. Then I started thinking about those inflatable Easter Bunnies that we used to find in our baskets in we were kids. Did you guys get those? 

Then I started thinking about the Easter Baskets we had when we were kids. Have I ever told you guys that my mom is a master of the plastic canvas? Well, she IS. If you could make it out of plastic canvas we had one.  Kleenex box covers, Christmas ornaments, I think there was a gingerbread house, and Easter Baskets.

Rainbow Bunny Basket 
Ours were a little different but you get the idea. 

Then I started thinking about how I get started on a thing and I go crazy and make a million of them and how someday my kids are going to say stuff like, "Remember when mom embroidered all of those pillowcases and we would wake up in the morning with the outline of a cowboy on our cheeks? Man those were the days!"

Speaking of my kids, yesterday I was listening to my ipod, relaxing to the sounds of my new favorite band, The Avett Brothers (Thanks Alexis!), when all of the sudden Gittin' Jiggy Wit It came on, because someone thought it would be funny to add that to my ipod, which it TOTALLY would have been.

On April Fool's Day.

Yesterday, I'm sure you know, was NOT April Fool's Day. And Will Smith is NOT the Avett Brothers.

ps~The Tournament Challenge button on the sidebar should take you straight to our group, you know just in case you want to see how things are going.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

There's no title. It's just a list.

1. It's Pi Day. Next to Fat Tuesday and Selection Sunday, Pi Day is my favorite made up holiday. We will totally be eating pie up in here ALL DAY LONG. Pi Day.....it not just for math nerds anymore.

Cheesecake is pie, right?

2. What if we have Gwyneth Paltrow all wrong? What if she has a really awesome ironic sense of humor and her whole website and public persona are like a never ending SNL skit?

That would explain A LOT!

3.  Have you seen this? Pinterest You are Drunk 

Pretty funny.

4.  It's not too late to join the bracket group. But it will be soon. Also, the Hilltoppers won yesterday, so if you're going with the mascot method you might want to adjust accordingly.

Go HERE to get in on the action. Hurry. Run like the wind.

5. March 25th
Mad Men Season 5 Cast Photos

6. Am I the only person in the world not on the edge of my seat over The Hunger Games?

I must be daft. I don't get it.

7.  This made me almost spit diet soda all over myself.

I have to start napping so I can stay up late enough to watch Weekend Update.

Monday, March 12, 2012

I am a little stitious.....

Another Sunday game for Kentucky, and despite my best efforts.....

lucky 4 leaf clover necklace....
blue & white gameday skirt......
and homemade "secret" Kentucky shirt (why yes, I DID use a sharpie to customize my outfit, what of it?)

.....they weren't able to beat Vandy. Not the end of the world and I'd be lying if I didn't say I kinda saw it coming. Saturday's game against Florida was a little rough.

Winning every game can be a curse. Believe me, I know. Maybe you remember, I used to be a coach (though, how could you forget?), so I know what Coach Cal is going through. Why I remember when I coached those tykes to an undefeated season. By the end they were getting a tad cocky, they didn't think they could be beat. I don't like to point fingers (much) but the same thing might have happened this weekend to Kentucky. Maybe they were just getting a little too big for their britches. Just sayin'. It happens.

Hopefully the loss yesterday will be enough to jar them back into their pants in time to do what they need to do for the next few weeks.

Go HERE to join the bracket group.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ready, set......

Can it possibly be Selection Sunday already? I can't even tell you how excited I am for the games to get started. I am aware (because my children CONTINUALLY remind me) that this makes me a big weirdo. To that I say.....Compared to WHUT?

Here is the link to the ESPN group.~ Sue's Group (If you have a suggestion for a catchier group name I'm all ears)

1. Click on the link.
2. If you played last year it should be pretty easy to just sign in and join (especially if you remember the login & password you used last year). It looks like you can also sign in using your facebook account.
3. Pick your teams. (I suggest finding a printable bracket and mulling it over for a few hours. Or not.)
4. When your team wins you get points. Whoever ends up with the most points wins. (Scott~ I KNOW this is not the way you score your brackets.....my blog....ESPN rules. Deal with it.)
5. Winner gets a shirt from ANY team they want. (Yes, Wesley, even the Harlem Globe Trotters.)

Here are links to the posts I wrote last year explaining how to join. Just in case.~ Here & Here 

You will not be able to start picking your teams until later this evening when all of the teams have been announced. You can make changes to your bracket until tip off of the March 15th games, then the group will lock.

Finally, if you have trouble joining the group let me know. I really want everyone to play who wants to, so if I can help you please tell me. Don't give up! This is my version of a party. We all get to have fun and no one has to make eye contact or awkward conversation (eat your heart out Martha Stewart).

Thursday, March 8, 2012

If I could just get a few of my marbles back I'd be in business....maybe.

Last night I dreamed I threw an amazing party. The food was delicious, the decorations original, the conversation lively. Afterward everyone kept telling me how much they loved it. It was amazing.

Back in the old days I used to really throw parties like that. I'm not kidding. I could throw a party like nobody's business. (Or at least I imagined I did.) Then I got old and tired and Martha Stewart started mass producing her ideas and selling them at the swap meet and it just wasn't fun anymore. Curse you Martha and your need to control the universe! I think we can all agree that if you're not on the verge of a nervous breakdown because you stayed up until 3a.m. the night before making personalized party favors there's really no point in having people over.

Another reason I don't throw parties anymore is all of the people. These days parties out are not my thing, coming or going. In the last few weeks I've been invited to several (it's not as glamorous as it sounds, I'm not really popular, most of the invitations came from relatives) and I've decided that much like the New & Improved Lindsay Lohan, I am a homebody. People make me nervous. Like really really nervous. Even people that I like.

It seems like as I get older I ought to be getting more comfortable, that I shouldn't care what people think of me, or worry that I'll say something stupid/obnoxious/rude, right?  But that doesn't seem to be the case. The opposite seems to be happening. When I get an invitation to an event that will be attended by more than 5 or 6 people I start to feel anxious right away. If I can manage to force myself to go it will only be when I know for sure someone "safe" will be there.(Safe= someone who knows what a huge dork I am but pretends that I'm totally normal)

Two weeks ago I spent 3 hours at a wedding reception sitting between my husband and my brother trying to avoid making eye contact with pretty much anyone. One week ago I went to a baby shower and actually had to apologize for having sweaty palms when a stranger introduced herself to me and wanted to shake hands. Tuesday I volunteered at track and field day at my daughter's school and spent the entire morning silently praying no adults would try to lure me into some kind of conversation. (Especially that one teacher who took track and field day as an invitation to wear her tennis mini skirt and a tight tank top so she could play volleyball with her class {of 5th graders} without having her 60 year old self weighed down by pesky clothing. There's a woman who has no social anxiety.)

It's not enough that I feel completely uncomfortable the whole time I'm out in public, afterwards I insist on reliving every conversation, gesture, wacky eyebrow lift.

I'm nuts ya'll. My closet is full of crazy pants. This wackiness is just one of the things going on in my head, there are easily twenty more.

Now you know.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

She takes after her father

Our daughter is a firecracker.

Saturday she spent a pretty long stretch of time at a friend's house. Sunday her friend's mom came up to me and said "Ivy is really funny......and honest too." Then there was a weird little laugh. 

Sometimes I don't want to know what goes on when I'm not around. Most times.

 Bracket tippery.
First, you guys know I don't have any idea what I'm talking about, right? I know it's hard to tell because I sound like such an expert. For those of you who want REAL pointers I have a guest poster coming up later this week. I KNOW can you believe it? Me with a guest poster!! AND its somebody who knows something about basketball!! BONUS!!


Second, here are today's things to remember. Round 1 is kind of a "non-round". We'll talk more about it tomorrow.  In the 2nd & 3rd rounds the # 1 ranked teams are probably NOT going to lose. That's why they're ranked #1. Also, 8's and 9's play each other in round 2. This is basically a crap shoot. Flip a coin. Go with your favorite color. I dunno. Last year 8's & 9's killed me. I spent a ton of time reading about the teams trying be strategic. In the end it was about 50-50. I say, if one catches your eye, go with it.

If you have a minute, my brother would like you to read this.

Monday, March 5, 2012

You can tell a lot about a team by their mascot......except when you can't.

YOU GUYS! Yesterday the Kentucky game started at 10:00, the same time I was supposed to be at church. How could that happen? I know you remember what happened the last time I forgot to wear a shirt on game day, so I had no choice.

Ta da!  (please ignore that spot on the mirror where someone looks to have licked it. Gross)

Final score- KY~74 FLA~59
(Just kidding. That's not really what I wore to church........or is it?)
Have I mentioned that I don't trust people who don't like puppies?

Dogs I get. Not everyone likes dogs, they can be scary. The barking, the drooling, the shedding.

I get it.

But PUPPIES? Come on.

If you don't like puppies you need to talk to somebody. Like a shrink. Just sayin'.

Speaking of puppies, some of you might be planning to use the "Mascot Method" to fill out your brackets, here are a few crowd pleasers~

The UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs...ew.
 Here's a real banana slug. OMG.

Did you just throw up? Me too.

The Wichita State Wheatshockers. Which is apparently, a shock of wheat. How clever.

Brutus Buckeye from Ohio State. That is one menacing lookin' nut. For sure.

Lest you think me terribly unkind, I know from personal experience what it's like to have a less than fierce mascot.~

That's right, I once attended a school represented by this......
The Western Kentucky Hilltopper. It's, you know, the top of a hill. A red furry hill with a big mouth. Natch.
  I know.

More mascots.

Mascot Bracket Rules per The Fat Pastor

Friday, March 2, 2012

It's casual day

No basketball facts today, I got distracted watching Office clips on Youtube.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

It's March....you know what that means....

It's almost time to get our Madness on! Are you as excited as I am? I KNOW!!

You have less than 2 weeks to study up, flip coins, or whatever it is you do to decide how your brackets are going to look.

I thought it would be fun to kill time with some interesting facts in the days leading up to the tournament. Never let it be said that I don't know how to throw a party.

Today's little known (to me anyway) fact is-

The home of the University of Louisville Cardinals is the KFC Yum! Center. I'm sure it's lovely inside, but you guys......YUM! Center??! The Colonel must be so proud.
Aerial Rendering KFC Yum! Center, Louisville Kentucky

Now you know. Try not to let this information influence your team selection.

Cliff Notes here and here and here.