October 29, 2009

Oink Oink


Is it just me, or does it feel like the ominous H1N1 virus is popping up everywhere suddenly, slowly surrounding us, stalking us, creeping in until there is no where to escape??    Seriously, I’m starting to feel a little claustrophobic here.  And of course if you listen to published reports (which, as we all know, are always correct & factual) it seems we are all positively doomed to face this evil monster!  Just yesterday, I learned that my nephew, and my hairdresser’s brother & niece have been infected by the villainous swine!  Add that to all the aunts, uncles, neighbor’s friend’s sister’s cousin twice removed I’ve heard about lately….EEEEKE!   It’s enough to make anyone, especially a parent, go cuckoo for coco puffs!
Personally, all I want is to keep my family healthy.  So, I’m trying to weed through all the crap and get to the facts all the while keeping a level head.  H1N1 vaccine appointment for the peanut?  Check.  Lots of hand washing & anti-bacterial spray?  Check.  Making sure I keep things realistically in check while facing the fact that chances are good this virus will visit our house ?  Check.  Making a concerted effort to not let news reports of the impending apocalypse drive me to the brink of insanity?  Check. 

Oy, it’s not easy being a parent!  Just needed to vent.  Oh, and GO PHILLIES!!


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October 28, 2009

Phillies Phever


Let’s go PHILLIES, let’s go!!!!

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October 26, 2009

Cheap Chicken


So, I just saw this fly across the wire and of course had to share it here immediately! 

Boston Market is offering a FABULOUS  meal deal-  only $1 for a chicken meal (includes Quarter White or 3-piece Dark Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Cornbread).  That’s right ladies and gents, one little buckaroo. 

But HURRY, this offer is only valid TODAY, 10/26, through SUNDAY, 11/1!  Why not, right?

You can go to the Boston Market website or print the coupon directly HERE!

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October 21, 2009


Hundred Bill Corners

I’ll admit that I am one of those people who unfortunately gets embarrassed quite easily.  Hell, I start to flush & have to change the channel just by seeing someone make a fool of themselves on television.  However, this past weekend I ended up in a situation with my husband that made both of us literally PRAY for the earth to open up and swallow us whole.  I mean, it was one of those moments where all you want to do is run away as fast as you can, but have no choice but to just stay there,  like you’re feet are stuck in mud.  No, this did not involve any sort of intoxicated lewd behavior (although we consumed numerous glasses of wine throughout the whole affair)!


Now hold on, let me just set the scene:  we were at dinner with friends (who WE were visiting from out of town), and another couple (who we had only met once before), after an afternoon of wine tasting & celebrating birthdays.  The chef at this restaurant was our friend’s brother.  The hubs and I had secretly plotted to pay for the whole tab, as a way to say thank you for the hospitality & for the day, and had given the waitress our card on the sly.   People were already beginning to thank us and we were reveling in our grand gesture of kindness!

So, as the waitress comes back and starts whispering to my hubby, I slowly realize what’s happening.  Dread fills every inch of my body, as I watch the wives already leaving the table to head outside with the kiddos.  So, we pass on another card to the girl….no biggie, problem solved!  Unfortunately, she comes back – DECLINED, AGAIN!!  Yikes!  At this point I am so MORTIFIED that I can’t even see straight.   I had to get out of there fast, so I abandon my darling husband by running off to the bathroom, where I shut the door behind me and breathed deeply for several minutes.  I came back to find that we had now split the bill three ways (and strangely no issues this time around).   We shuffled off to the car in silence as my stomach began to turn in knots, as if someone was stabbing me right in the gut.  I was literally physically ill and nauseas!

Now, here’s the kicker – once home (since there was no cell service the entire car ride), calls were made and guess what??  There should never have been any issues!  Plenty of money in the account on the debit card…BAM!  Plenty of cash flow available on the credit card with no problems of any kind….BAM!   So, the only conclusion we can draw is that the waitress somehow fudged things up.  Yes, in hind sight we should have had her re-try with my card or call the bank….but did I mention those many glasses of wine we had guzzled?  Yeah, they didn’t help the situation!

It didn’t matter though, the damage was done.  The IMPRESSION that we were poor slubs who obviously didn’t realize the depth of our seemingly non-existent finances was already made.  Look, I know a lot of people would say ‘so what?  it was an honest mistake’.  But here’s the thing:  having your credit card declined in front of friends after you’ve boasted about paying for everyone’s bill, is  just one of those social embarrassments that really suck ass!   No one wants to appear as if they have no money and/or have maxed out the credit cards. NO ONE!   And the more you try to explain, no matter how valid the reason, the more you look like a schmuck.

Our friends are great, and I know they don’t care & understand.  Still, ugh….embarrassing!  So here’s the question then – from an etiquette perspective, what would be an appropriate gesture/gift/expression to say ‘SORRY ABOUT THE WHOLE MESS AND THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING’? 

Ooofah, what a weekend!  As a side note, the fact that Aunt Flo came on full force that morning  (sorry, TMI) and I subsequently had an “I hate my clothes and feel like a bloated blob” kind of day,  DID NOT  HELP MATTERS!!

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October 13, 2009

Bull In A China Shop

Why is it that every, single freekin’ time I’m out running errands with the peanut it feels like we are one big, bumbling mess of a disaster just thrashing our way through the aisles, taking out whatever may come our way??!!  I mean, SERIOUSLY!  For example, whether it be a trip to the store, the mall, or Old Navy, it usually goes something like this:

Me (at grocery store) : Honey, please stop touching everything we pass.
Me: Please stop squirming and sit down!
Me: Can you please hold on to your pretzel for one second without dropping it in the cart??
Me: Sit down!
Me: For the love of God, stop touching that!
The Peanut: Mama, I have to go potty!

Now, while this is going on and my patience wears thinner to the point of non-existence, I’ve got my own problems to contend with, mainly the fact that I’m a huge KLUTZ.  Seriously, it’s a constant array of key dropping, coupon dropping, receipt dropping, sunglasses dropping, and tripping over my own two feet….. really, the list goes on & on.  Unfortunately, it already looks like my off-spring has inherited this wonderful trait (which has lovingly been passed down from my mother’s side of the family), as not a day goes by without her literally falling over  from a STANDING position & wahhh, we have yet another bo0-boo!  So, as my child begins to vault out of the grocery cart during check-out, I’m usually fumbling for the bonus card, can’t find my bank card and muttering under my breath about the ridiculousness that is the cost of groceries these days as I realize that I yet again left the reusable bags in the car!  And my fly was open.  And I forgot the milk, one of the main reasons we went to the store in the first place.

OOFAH!  No wonder I rely so much on caffeine, chocolate and the occasional alcoholic beverage.

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Holy crap!  I can’t believe it’s been a week since I’ve last written a post – craziness!  Guess that’s what happens when you mix 1 part normal life as a wife & mother, with 2 parts laziness, 2 parts sleep deprivation and 3 parts vodka!  (Just kidding on that last part….sort of….not really….maybe, but not).   Now that the peanut is in school we are busier than ever.  I mean, there are bags to be packed, clothes to be washed, lunches to be made, episodes of  ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ to be caught up on….er, I mean dinners to be cooked…you get my drift.  I’ve also been doing a bit of volunteering at the pre-school, something that is usually so not like me.  I’ve really surprised myself by finally being the more outgoing, involved mom/person I’ve always secretly wanted to be.  And it honestly feels great!  Meeting new people, helping to organize, signing up, donating….all of it, the whole shebang.  Watch out, next thing you know I’ll be baking pies, and washing the baseboards, and sewing drapes, and polishing the silver.  Just call me Betty Crocker!!

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October 6, 2009

Fun In Pumpkin Land


Last weekend we continued our yearly tradition of heading over to a local dairy farm for some pumpkin picking excitement!   It’s a great little set-up, with hay rides that take you out to the pumpkin patch & back, and some baby animals out for the kids to see & pet.  Various seasonal harvest products, like Indian Corn bunches, gourds, squash, mini pumpkins, honey and other food items produced on the farm, are also for sale.

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BUT, the most anticipated part of the day is always a visit to the Creamery, where some of the best home-made ice cream this Mama has ever tasted is served up!  To add some cuteness to this yummy treat, each delightfully rich flavor is named after one of the farm’s Holstein cows.  As my daughter would say, “deeeelicous”!


*Besides all the fun, it’s also a great way to support the local economy,  since many area dairy farms are struggling with record-low milk prices while the costs associated with producing that very milk are continuing to rise.

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October 2, 2009

Money Back For Shopping – WOOHOO!

So, I discovered this website today that I think is just plain wonderful, and of course I immediately  had to share it here!

The premise of Ebates is that you get cash back on every purchase made through their site at one of their participating stores (there are more than 1200, so chances are very good you’ll find the one you’re looking for).  What many people don’t realize is that internet retailers pay a kickback to sites that send shoppers their way…and Ebates gives you a portion of that kickback.   Most rebates range anywhere from 2 –6% of your total purchase….some pay back more, and a very limited few rebate as much as 25%.  When you register (which is FREE and takes literally seconds to complete) you can chose to have your cash back payment, which is sent every 3 months, forwarded either via check or PayPal. On top of that, many stores offer additional online coupon discounts on a weekly basis.  Not too shabby, right??  

Oh and let’s not forget the referral program – for each friend you refer to the site & who uses the program, you get $5!

So what are you waiting for?  Click HERE and you’ll also get a $5 signup bonus (and me too…...yipeeee)!

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October 1, 2009

Shameless Plug



You may have seen that Gap is once again running their HUGE  annual contest to “find the next faces of babyGap and GapKids”.  It’s basically a casting call, since the chosen winners will be featured in a nationwide ad campaign  (in addition to other perks like a professional photo shoot and a $500 gift card).   Now, I’m a realist.  I know chances of winning are pretty much none to none (I believe last year they had almost 900,000 entries).  Not that I don’t think my peanut is the most beautiful little girl I’ve ever seen & should win without a doubt (I’m not biased or anything!), but whew….that’s a shitload of contestants, all hoping to catch the eye of a judge and claim the top prize.  Numbers are numbers, and they’re not favorable.  Still, I decided to enter my sweet girl and hope that by some remote chance someone else sees the beauty & amazing personality (as much as can be viewed in a picture) that I do every day!

Check her out and vote for her as Fan Favorite – this doesn’t influence her chances,  just awards a not too shabby vacation prize :)

Gap Casting Call - Vote Now!

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