Not Me Monday: Milk Duds, Medals and Bringing Back My Mojo

Join in the Not Me! Monday fun brought to the land of Blog from MckMama over at My Charming Kids!

I did NOT have a lovely weekend with my family in Scottsdale while enjoying Catherine’s Irish dance competition. I did NOT enjoy my huge turkey salad at Shogun on Friday. Chilly does NOT force us to eat at Shogun everytime we visit Scottsdale. He did NOT talk non-stop about their stupid famous turkey salad from the minute he found out we were going to Scottsdale. I did NOT want to shove the ginormous salad down his throat the minute it was served just to shut him up already about the turkey salad. (I am NOT admitting to the public that I love this turkey salad as much as Chilly does.)

I did NOT find out all sorts of interesting things about Chilly from his best friend who joined us for lunch at Shogun that I can use in the future blackmailing of my husband. There are NOT photos involved in these sordid tales to prove these stories are NOT true.

I am NOT ridiculously proud of this adorable Irish dancer girl…

She did NOT win 4 medals and did NOT move up a level in 3 of her dances in her second competition ever. She is NOT a natural born Irish dancer…NOT this cutie pie!

The kids and I did NOT think we were hallucinating in the Fry’s grocery store parking lot last Thursday afternoon because we did NOT see a HORSE “parked” in a parking space. We do NOT love living in AZ because this is NOT normal behavior for the wild west. I did NOT say out loud that I was bummed that I didn’t have my camera with me because I did NOT want to take a photo of it for my blog. Tween Caveboy did NOT roll his eyes at me when I mentioned my blog.

I did NOT feel like “Big Brother” was watching us everywhere we went on our trip to Scottsdale / Phoenix over the weekend. I did NOT notice the millions of photo radar cameras that are posted every mile or so on practically every street. I did NOT notice the gazillions of highway patrol on I-10 either. I did NOT leave the Valley of the Sun feeling extremely paranoid.

I did NOT go on a Milk Dud binge last week while making gift baskets for a fundraising raffle. I did NOT have to replace three boxes of Milk Duds for the raffle baskets because I did NOT eat the ones purchased for them. I also did NOT eat the package of Red Vines intended for said raffle baskets either. I do NOT eat candy when I feel stress because it’s bad for me.

I was NOT surprised that the salon of doom reimbursed the money for my botched color job. I did NOT want to say “I TOLD YOU SO” to the receptionist when he saw how badly the “stylist” had messed it up. He did NOT look horrified and hurriedly hand me my money so that I would leave quickly. He was NOT worried that other customers might notice the HORRENDOUS job that their salon did on my hair. I have NOT decided to embrace my Kelly Clarkson look temporarily because 3 salon professionals have told me that it would seriously damage my hair further to try to correct it at this stage. These same professionals did NOT look at me with their eyes filled with pity upon seeing the gaps and streaks in my hair. I will NOT be posting photos of this hair nightmare later this week.

I do NOT wish that you all have a joyful week ahead of you filled with lots of laughter and good times! I certainly do NOT want you to have fun this fine month of June!


Not Me Monday: Geeks, Fancy McDonalds and Fergie

Join in the Not Me! Monday fun brought to the land of Blog from MckMama over at My Charming Kids! Don’t forget to send your prayers and well wishes over to her sweet baby boy, Stellan!

Here are the many things I did “NOT” do this weekend….

I did NOT want to give Tommy at the Geek Squad a million bucks for once again rescuing me from my stupidity where my computer skills are concerned on Sunday. He was NOT absolutely wonderful (yet again) and I am NOT eternally grateful for all of his help! (wink..wink!)

I did NOT go to the fancy McDonalds and take these photos for you to see. The crew did NOT freak out when they saw me snapping shots of their restaurant. The manager did NOT shine the “stainless steel” arches (that’s right…no golden arches here!) for my photo. We did NOT giggle because they thought we were from corporate, and they did NOT think we were inspecting the cleanliness of their dining area.

Wi-fi Lounge / Application Station

McCafe Coffee Bar (couldn’t get a better shot…will try to next time…)

Stainless Arches
sports bar with 47″ flat screen tv

Pottery Barn Style Dining Area

I do NOT love McDonalds Iced Coffee more than Starbucks now. I do NOT drink said coffee from the stainless steel arches at least 3-4x per week. I would NEVER betray Starbucks and it’s white chocolate frappucinno. That would be mean. (I do NOT suck McD’s Iced Coffee down like a thirsty traveler who hasn’t had liquid refreshment in 20 years either. That would be bad for me.)

I did NOT slice the hecky darn out of the tip my ring finger. I did NOT stand there bleeding all over the place while sweeping up glass because I am NOT an amazing multi-tasker even when injured. I do NOT want to punch someone everytime I use my ring finger when typing now.

I did NOT feel sad (actually I was really, really sad…) about the loss of blueviolet, Jay @Halftime Lessons and Vodka Mom this past week. I do NOT hope they return to their witty ways of the blog soon. (sniffle sniffle plop plop…tears falling…cause you know I really miss them…)

I do NOT love Fergie. I do NOT think she’s Fergilicious…I do NOT enjoy singing her songs (especially this one…”I’m the F to the E R G the I the E and can’t no other lady put it down like me…I’m Fergilicious…”) while out in public to further humilate my children. I do NOT try to pull my Fergie moves while singing it either…in public…in front of people…while my children cover their faces so no one will know they are with me….

(go ahead and enjoy the photo, Chilly…you know you want to….)

I am NOT overwhelmed by the incredible support of all my bloggy friends! You are all NOT (to quote one of my favorite bloggers, Nerdy Jess) the AWESOMESAUCE!

And finally, I am NOT feeling badly for Chilly who took a nasty spill in a parking lot yesterday. It does NOT appear that he probably has a broken leg (or at the very least a fractured knee) and I will NOT have to drive his derriere the 40 miles to his place of employment for the next couple of months. I will NOT be spending my entire Monday sitting in a hospital (again) waiting for him to be checked out. I would never feel so sad for someone who’s had some bad April mojo like I have NOT had.

I DO hope you all have a Happy Monday!

p.s. To my family members who are reading this…Chilly will be ok…I realize you’re all freaking out, but seriously, we are so done with all of this negativity! I ate the chocolate voodoo guy yesterday;) (lol!)

Let’s Rock and Scroll! Monster Giveaway Finale! Prize Gallery is Here!

Hi! Comments are now closed for this post so we can prepare them for the drawing in the Monster Giveaway! Thank you for participating!

Today is the final day of the Monster Giveaway! Hooray in advance for the winners! Hooray for everyone!

There are 26 prizes to be won! And yes, it is possible to win more than one prize per person!

If you still want a chance for a double entry, CLICK HERE!

Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my bloggy heart for understanding that my laptop crashed last Tuesday. Your support is just overwhelming and much appreciated!

Let’s get this party started! Ready to Rock and Scroll?!!!

Allow me to introduce you to a fabulous and talented blogger friend, Jen Sue Wild over at Diamonds, Fur and Laundry! Jen Sue is the designer and creator of the Massive Sunshine Bag that so many of you love! She designs aprons, bags and offers some fantastic tutorials! Look for her Etsy shop to open soon! In the meantime, please go give her a shout out at her blog to tell her how much you LOVE that gorgeous bag! Not only will you get to see her fabulous designs, you will make a new bloggy friend! And as a final entry opportunity, if you head over to visit her and come back to this post with a comment on which tutorial you like in her sidebar, that will earn you a final entry! (I know I said yesterday’s entry was the final one, but I changed my mind!)

I will be choosing the winners over the weekend starting with Prize #1 and going straight down the prize list. Comments will be numbered in the order they were received. I will announce the winners in Monday’s post!

Here is the Prize Gallery in all it’s glory!

Prize #1 ~Wise Owl Necklace by Kristen’s Custom Creations!~

Prize #2 ~Philosophy’s Amazing Grace 3-in-1 Shower Gel, Shampoo & Bubble Bath (full size!)~

Prize #3 ~Dirty Pretty Silhouette & Owl Magnets Dirty Pretty Things!~

Winner will choose silhouette gender and angel or devil.

Prize#4 ~Massive Sunshine Bag from Jen Sue Wild! ~

Prize #5 ~UGLYDOLL Bop & Beep!~(please note this is for one reversible doll…it’s a 2-in-one doll!)

Prize #6 ~Forest Friends Fun!~

Prize #7 ~Boo-boo Trio!~

Prize #8 ~”Dreams of the Every Day Housewife” Package!~

This fun prize includes a Good Eats Recipe Card Binder, Retro Housewife Magnet and 2 Owl Tea Towels from Paperchase!

Prize #9 ~Decorative Owl Plate from Anthropologie!~

Prize #10 ~Birthday Party Game by eeboo!~

Prize #11 ~That’s Queen Bitch to You! Display Book!~

This book is hilarious! You can actually display a new page every day because it has a display stand! Filled with retro images with a dose of bitchiness!

Prize #12 ~Green M&M Computer Screen Cleaner!~

Prize #13 ~Anne Taintor Retro Office Fun Stuff!~

Includes *2 packages of Sniff Tissues (purse size!) One says “Has anyone seen my hormones?”..the other says “She liked imaginary men best of all..”
Also included is a package of sticky notes that says “the day was in dire need of a Ctrl-Alt-Delete” and a note pad that says “more paperwork please.” I love Anne Taintor’s vintage office products!

Prize #14 ~Good Fortune Feel Good Stuff!~

And you will also receive two little keys (not shown)….the keys to love and prosperity!

Prize #15 ~”Owl” Remind Ya’ Kit~

Prize #16 ~Whooo loves Vera Bradley?~

Vera B’s owl design!!! You will win a clip zip id purse and 24 matching pencils in VB’s awesome owl print! Prize #17 ~Bobby Boo Treat Sack + 3 packages of Skull and Bones Paper Garlands from my shop, Black Crow Boutique!~

Included is our Bobby Boo Treat Sack with our hottest selling design! My son uses this to cart his video games and stuff around. It can be used year round! Also included are 3 skull garlands from Bethany Lowe Designs! (Fun to use for pirate parties too!)

Prize 18 ~Artisan Crafted Enchanted Whisk Broom~

Prize #19 ~Too Faced Chocolate Bunny LipBalm!~
I use this every day! It’s creamy and the pinky brown color is fabulous! It tastes like chocolate too! (not that I eat it or anything…cause that would be weird!)

Prize #20 ~Tattoo Rubber Duckie~

From my special duckie to yours!

Prize #21 ~Pirate Booty~

Set of 2 Accoutrements Pirate Finger Puppets

Prize #22 ~An Evening with Jane~

Mug reads “For what do we live, but to make sport for our
our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn.”

Prize #23 ~Ice Bat Uglydoll~

Prize #24 ~OUCH Voodoo Toothpick Holder ~

Prize #25 ~Cupcake Kitchen! Jessie Steele Cupcake Apron & Cuisinart Pink Kitchen Brush~

Prize #26 ~Boss Lady Cowgirl Loot ~

(compact mirror, coin purse, cinnamon gum and Cowgirl Magnet from Stampin Mom!)

I really wish I could win my own giveaway! Lets do a quick review of the rules since it is the last day!

You can still click over to the original MONSTER GIVEAWAY Post and enter if you haven’t done so already! Here’s how to enter:

*Leave a comment on the MONSTER Giveaway about what you like in the giveaway = one entry

*Follow my blog (only if you really want to..I love lurkers just as much!) Please leave a separate comment to tell me are new! = one entry

If you already do follow, please leave me a separate comment that you do = one entry

PLEASE NOTE: For this particular giveaway, following is just that…commenting that you are a follower and plastering your cute icon on my follower list up there! Subscribing does not count as an entry in this giveway. Thanks for understanding!

*Blog about my giveway and link to it = one entry
(Be sure you tell me when you do it!)

I will accept comments received on today’s post using the above criteria for the original post as entries here today. If you have already commented on original post using that criteria, your original comments will count as your entries. Thanks for understanding!

Make sure you leave a separate comment for each type of entry because I am using to choose the winners.

Giveaway entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm MST on Friday, April 17.

Giveaway winners will be announced on Monday April 20 on my post.

Please add your email address in your comment if it’s not available on your blog. That way I can notify the winners by email. Thank you!

For additional entry opportunities, please use the following links…For these entries to count, you must comment on the post links below. Comments made here using the criteria shared in the posts listed below cannot be counted in the giveaway so make sure if you want the extra chances that you comment on the links below! And again, thanks for understanding!

Entry Oppty. #2, HERE

Entry Oppty. #3, HERE

Entry Oppty. #4, HERE (Originally, you needed to visit the shops mentioned on specific days…for today only, I will offer an additional entry if you visit one or both of these shops and return to comment on what you liked today!)

Entry Oppty. #5 HERE

WHEW! That’s all, folks!

Wishing you lots of good luck! We will have a very special post on Monday to announce the winners!

It’s Almost Time for the Big One!!

(It’s Saturday! Time to join Shannon over at Last Shreds of Sanity for Weekend Wordles! I’m trying to get fancy with my Wordle this weekend! Sorry it’s so small! I just didn’t have time to make it bigger!)

Thank You for all of the lovely comments for my sweet Gigi!

It’s going to be kind of random here today!

*You are stranded on an island…
you discover some hot guy is stranded with you….Is it this guy?


Or is it this guy?

Robbie Rotten

Think about that carefully…….

If you chose Sportacus, this is who you would be frolicking with in the sand…

If you chose Robbie Rotten,
then you would be sipping coconut milk with this guy….

Yeah..I am looking at Lazytown in a whole new way now…..

Did you see this super hot guy on Yo Gabba Gabba yesterday??

That’s right! Jack Black was a guest! I actually watched that dumb show yesterday and it’s all his fault! He even did a little DJ Lance Rock action!

There’s nothing better than a guy that can make you laugh yourself silly!

Don’t forget my 100th post on Monday!

I have more FABULOUS items for the giveaway!

If you want a little taste of what’s in the giveaway, go here!

It will be filled with lots of my favorite things!

Have a fantastic weekend!

(I will be spreading my comment love all next week! I’ve been saving up my minutes (remember that nightmare?) for my giveaway week!

p.s. Is there any way to leave comments from Google Reader or do you have to open the blog you’re reading to access the comment page? I am trying to find a way to be more efficient with my time due to my limited aircard minutes. Thanks!

It’s Crack-a-lackin’ Monday!

Hey, did you know that there is a segment of the population that believes people have yard sales because they are generous souls who want to give away their things and not actually collect the cash for them? Silly of me, really, to ask for a monetary exchange…you know…here’s the thingy-ma-bob in exchange for the price listed on the thingy-ma-bob. Whatever was I thinking?

I expected to haggle…I knew there would be a language barrier with some of my customers…I knew going in that I would end up cranky and sunburned. But seriously, people, the word sale doesn’t mean free! Overall, it was a success and there were actually no thefts to report this time. Hooray!

My favorite customer from the entire weekend was an 85 yr old lady dressed in her Sunday’s best (floral shirt, cardigan and slacks). She purchased my Dad’s old beat-up cowboy boots, put them on and announced she was wearing them for the rest of the day with her Sunday’s best attire. She is a rock star! I want to be like her when I am 85!

We had lots of wackiness over our weekend…Allow me to share….

Chilly and I completely embarrassed Tween Caveboy and Miss Kitty in a very busy parking lot by pulling a Mary Katherine Gallagher “Superstar!” move together. We love to cause our children public humiliation whenever possible. It’s our duty as parents.


My mom returned from her doctor’s visit on Friday with some interesting show and tell items. She had some funky skull and crossbones band-aids covering her fibromyalgia injection sites (aka her…ahem…”hips”.) My personal favorites were the bright yellow “Crime Scene: Do Not Enter” band-aids. My mother’s doctor has a very warped sense of humor….I like that!

I drove my family completely insane on Sunday singing the “Moto Moto” song from the Madagascar 2 movie. It was crack-a-lackin’ crazy! I said the word “crack-a-lackin” every 30 seconds on Sunday. I’ll probably continue the madness today. (Here’s the song so you can drive your family crazy too…check it out…it’s only one minute long, but will bring years of trauma to your family…totally worth it….)

“I like ’em big….I like ’em chunky….I like ’em big…I like ’em plumpy…I like ’em round…with something-something…”

In honor of Tuesday’s Tribute tomorrow, I will be sharing the HUGE list of items for my MONSTER giveaway with you. My tribute is to all of you for your amazing kindness and very generous support of my blog!

Makin’ Money for the Man..the Irish Man

(Scroll down for my Wordle!!)

Yep, I am having a yard sale today and tomorrow! I will be slaving away trying to rake in a few bucks, selling off everything we own so I can continue to afford Irish dance. I will catch up with ya’ll on Monday! Got any yard sale horror stories for me? What about lucky yard sale stories??? Anything???

Before I go, I want to share this delightful tidbit that I happened upon while visiting my friend, Ladystyx! Do you like Chick-Fil-A? Do you enjoy their tasty chicken sandwiches with pickles and a nice cold Cherry Coke as much as I do?? Then be sure to click one of those linkys! You will laugh your pa-tootie right off! Seriously, go check it out!!! Even if you have never heard of Chick-Fil-A it’s worth checking out because it will give you the giggles! My kids and I can’t stop watching it! (just scroll down a little when you get there!)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Don’t forget to join Shannon over at Last Shreds of Sanity for her Week-end Wordles!