1. Anyone else watch DTWS? I admit that it's one of my guilty pleasures. I usually don't have time to watch it (or any other shows), but ever since I started working from home at night (doing fairly mindless stuff), I get to watch lots of TV. DWTS is one of the only reality shows I'll watch. But this season is really making me Mad. Yep, mad enough to deserve a capital M. Seriously America, SERIOUSLY?? Bristol is still semi-walking around the ballroom looking dazed and confused while Rick and now Kurt are voted off? Seriously. Grrr. (She's nice and all, but seriously. Can't. Dance. At. All.) (That was a lot of seriously's. Obviously I am upset about this. Seriously.)
2. I love getting the chance to read ARCs, I really do. Except for one thing. That whole "oh no, it's a cliffhanger, and it hasn't even been published yet, so that means I have to wait HOW LONG to read the next one?!?!?!" That part can be rough. But still, totally worth it. For some reason it makes me feel special to read an ARC, something the rest of the general public doesn't get to read yet. So, ya know, if you ever feel like making my day, feel free to send me an ARC. I'll even give it back, I don't have to keep it to be happy. Just read it. He he he.
3. Boys are exhausting. I'm not talking about the ones you are dating and/or married to (although they can be too); I'm talking about the pint-sized ones that you give birth to after the dating leads to marriage and then that baby in the you-know-what. I grew up with four little sisters, and so far I have two boys. Can you say gender shock? In case you were wondering: Little boys? VERY different than little girls. I'm still trying to figure out when my boys are actually being naughty, as opposed to just being, well, boys. Any hints?
4. I'm tall. Not turn-your-head, jaw-dropping, amazon woman tall (I seriously saw a woman that had to be 6'4" without heels the other day. She made me feel short -- something I haven't experienced since 4th grade). But, anyway, pretty tall "for a girl." I'm 5'9" - and I still love to wear heels. I married tall, so I can get away with it. I love shoes. Like a lot. I kind of have a fetish for finding awesome, unique heels. If you ever meet me in person, chances are you'll see what I mean. Unless I'm tired, and feeling too lazy to walk in heels. Then not so much.
5. I LOVE Mystic Mints. They were the most amazing treats ever. Then, one day, I couldn't find them anymore. Oreo had bought them out or something, and poof! Gone. Sadness reigned supreme for many days. Oreo tried to make a copy-cat, but they were like getting generic Kroger brand mac&cheese when you're hoping for Kraft. Those eventually disappeared as well. I mourned the loss of a favorite treat. (The thing is that they're just normal oreos on the inside, but they come inside a thick shell of mint fudge. The best way to eat them is to bite off just enough of the top so that you can stick a fork into the white oreo filling [without breaking the cookie apart], and then set the whole thing in a cup of milk for about 30 seconds. Just enough to let it soak into the cookie, and permeate the fudge coating. Then you eat the whole thing at once. It. Is. Heaven.) Why did I tell you all that? Because Oreo brought them back for a limited time and this time, THEY'RE ACTUALLY GOOD!!!! Celebration! The only downer is that they charge $2.50 or more for a little box of 12 cookies. What a rip off! But, I love them, so I bit the bullet and bought a box. I am rationing my cookies. No more than 2 at once. I have to try and make it last.
How was that for random thoughts on this lovely, cold Friday? How about you? What are your thoughts today?
Well as for boys -- mine turned twelve today and I only have on piece of advice. So long as they come home from school with grass stains on their knees and dirt under their nails then you're good. It's when they come home impeccably clean that you have to worry. Why? Because it means they spent recess on the bench!
I love the ARC's, too, but I don't get them very often. And I LOVE Mystic Mints, too. It was a sad day when I couldn't find them any more.:( All I remember about my boys is that they used to ram into everything, a lot, and something in my house is always broken, usually because of them. Thanks for your randomness. I quite enjoyed it.
I'm scared of having a boys one day because they are so exhausting! I'm also scared I'll have a girl because teenage girls bring out the smack-reflex in me...
Sara you need to find Tim Tams, they are an australian cookie that Pepperidge Farm is selling in the US now. And do a Tim Tam slam.
Bite opposite corners of the tim tam off (cause it's covered in chcocolate, then use it like a straw to suck up hot chocolate! Be sure to suck up the cookie before it falls into the hot chocolate into moosh. Yummiest cookie experience EVER!
Trisha - Ha ha, that's too funny! And true! Or in my boy's case, it's holes in the knee of his pants.
Shari - I'm glad someone else knows the joy of mystic mints! ;) And boys breaking everything, ha!
Colene - That's what I hear, boys are harder when they're young, but easier than girls when teenagers. We'll see...
Aubrey - I don't know about that, the mystic mint/fudge oreo experience is pretty special. You bring yours, and I'll bring mine and we'll have a cookie experience show down. ;)
I was just discussing the whole "why is Bristol still on" dilemma this morning over coffee with a friend!! I guess all the tea party people are watching the show and continuing to vote for her like crazy! One of the news stations actually had a list of what shows republicans watch versus democrats. Here it is for your random viewing pleasure: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/live-feed/right-wing-tv-43558
With two little girls, I have nothing to offer as far as advice for raising boys. However, I would like to add a moment of silence for the passing on of Mystic Mints. I had almost forgotten how much I LOVED those cookies until this post reminded me of the many late night grocry store runs that Julianne and I would make in search of nothing but a pack of Mystic Mints. Sad that I can't share that with my own girls.
I am totally with you on the DWTS frustration. I could live with everything prior to the last two weeks, but Rick Fox ahould NOT have gone when he did. And I have enjoyed Palin (her partner is so good to her), but she is NOT better than Rick or Kurt! AT ALL.
I have two boys and a girl. But it's my girl who sucks me dry. I think boys are easier, so I guess I'm no help. :-)
I had three boy in a row, so it was all boys all the time for years. My fourth was a girl, so for the last few years (with the boys mostly grown), it's all about her and her girlfriends all the time. :) I've been blessed though, none have been in any real trouble and all have been a joy to raise.
I just want to clarify, that I love my boys - they are awesome, and wonderful, and really great kids. They're just... boys. They're messy, and destructive, and crazy, and funny and so many things. I love them. But yeah, they wear me out! ;)
1. That it's too freaking cold to do anything but huddle under blankets and watch movies. Hmm, I think I just solved my what-shall-I-do-this-weekend? riddle.
2. I couldn't agree more about DWTS. Bristol and Kyle in the semis?? UM, NO.
Being a boy I can tell you this...we are the same 100% of the time. What changes is how the women around us choose to interpret our actions. Your in a bad mood...we're tiny nazi's. You're in a good mood...we're little angels. Our rudder is perpetually stuck and we know how to act only one way.
Sorry guys....I'm just telling it like it is!
PS. Some people finally found a place to stick their Sarah Palin vote!
I like DL's comment. I think my boys are pretty much always being good (read: not naughty) but sometimes I'm too out of sorts to deal with the hyperness/craziness. They just want to run, jump, play, and have fun. It's me that turns it into naughty.
I disagree with DL (sorry DL), because I've known plenty of moody men, passive aggressive men, plenty of men that sulk, LOTS of men that play games, whine, get mean, manipulate. (And boys, too.)
And I've known some rock steady, emotionally stable women.
And vice versa.
But, I digress. Anyway, I have a daughter. She was mellow and sweet right up to middle school and getting her period. Then, there were eye rolls and 'tude. Not vocal 'tude (well, some tone issues), and still a good kid, but the facial expressions! Oh, the damn facial expressions. And right before her period the weepiness and/or 'tude.
Fortunately, that pretty much settled and stopped by high school. She is easy to be around again.
Girls ARE more expensive, what with clothes, hair and make-up...but I'm okay with that.
Boys, on the other hand, are way rowdier and if you put two together, yeah..."come on, JUMP! You can make it!" (as in off the roof) They are exhausting, but FUN. Keep a first aid kit and febreeze handy and enjoy the ride.
You have NO IDEA how much I LOVED Mystic Mints!! dark chocolate and mint together is one of my face combos...add cookie or cake to the mix and I'm in heaven. :) I can't tell you how many times I've eaten an entire box of thin mint girl scout cookies in one sitting. ONE sitting.
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