Monday, December 31, 2007

Be careful in the bathroom: Part 2

A few months after the previous bathroom mishap (having learned nothing), I was in the upstairs bathroom one day, realizing that with all the beets (yuck!) and other vegetables (yuck!yuck!) that my mom made me eat, I was probably pretty strong. Super strong. Wonder woman strong!

I flexed my muscles in the mirror. I imagined flying my invisible jet and beating up bad guys. I looked around the bathroom to see what I could do to prove that I was strong.

A ha!! I thought. I'll do chin ups! So I grabbed the long towel bar holder that was attached to the back of the bathroom door. I summoned all my super strength to do some chin ups but instead I pulled the towel holder right off the door.

Having proved my point, that I was indeed strong, I quickly flew away in my invisible plane (I had to flee before Mom found the carnage I had made).

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Be careful in the bathroom: Part 1

Let's go back in time a bit...back to the 1980's when I was about 6 or 7. I was in the upstairs bathroom with the beautiful black and white tile (the future site of this incident).

When it occurred to me, that with my pants around my ankles, I was just like a bunny. In fact, I was exactly, like a bunny!

And what do bunnies do? Yes, yes, they eat carrots. What else? Give away Easter eggs? Right, right...anything else? Hop! Yes they hop. I looked like a bunny, therefore I decided to hop around like a bunny.

I think I got in one or two lovely hops before I tripped, smacked my head on the floor and chipped my tooth.

Thank god I didn't pretend to be a skunk.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Show it off, baby!

Merry Christmas! And for those who celebrated on the 24th, Merry Belated Christmas, and for those visiting where they are a day ahead of here, Merry Day After Christmas!

The carols have been sung, the food devoured, the presents opened. Gifts are great, but half the fun is showing everyone what you got! Use Treasurelicious to quickly list your presents and then show them off in your blog or web page (mine is in my sidebar).

Treasurelicious uses OpenId, which makes signing up a breeze.

Have a safe and restful holiday!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Turn off the TV when you leave the room.

3 quick reasons to turn off the TV when leaving the room.

1. You will save on your electrical bill.

2. You will prolong the life of your TV.

3. Later, when you step out of the shower, you won't think someone has broken in to your house, and frantically search for something to defend yourself with.

Shampoo? No. Loofah? No. Hairspray? Sure, let's try that!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Create a wish list.

Every Christmas my brother and I would make wish lists. I think we skipped the whole mail it to Santa thing and gave it right to the source: Mom and Dad.
The older I got, the more detailed they were (see photo).

Even though my husband and I don't exchange presents, we both keep lists (his is on a web page, mine is in my brain) for various relatives that really want to get us gifts. This way, the relative doesn't have to do any work to figure out what would be a good gift and everyone is guaranteed to be happy. In addition, because we have relatives all over Europe, we try and pick gifts that we can get at It makes it much easier to buy, ship and send.

So make yourself a wish list! And please include #10 World Peace (not yet available at but I'm sure they are working on it).

Monday, December 17, 2007

Get a flu shot.

Jennifer Garner told me to get a flu shot, and I really don't want to piss her off.

Granted, she didn't bust through the door, guns a-blazing like in her hit TV show, Alias. She just sat there on the Rachael Ray show, sitting very preppily (not that it's a bad thing, and yes it is a word) telling Rachael about her new movie, Juno (which sounds pretty great).

But then, the moment that really got my attention, Jennifer Garner said, "I am the face of the flu."

What?? I quickly grabbed the phone and called my doctor, while muttering under my breath, "If I get the flu, I will get her face? Please god no." Luckily, I was notified that there was a flu clinic from 2-4pm that day. Phew, crisis averted.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Lose weight with vegetable porn.

Hang on...hang on... don't go, let me explain. In the TV food industry they often refer to those beautiful shots of the food (like when Rachael Ray says :"And that's what's for dinner tonight...") as food porn.

Even Wikipedia has an article about it. And you know if Wikipedia has an article about it, then at least one person thinks it's true!

So anyway, my point. If you want to eat more veggies, tape a beautiful picture of some up on to your fridge or on the inside of your cabinets or cupboards. Next time you want a snack, you will see that picture and practically rip the door off getting to the vegetables.

Please note: make sure you stock your fridge with veggies before you begin this experiment or you might begin convincing yourself that potato chips count as a vegetable.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

If your child hates people dressed up in costumes, skip seeing Santa.

(You asked to be featured, Titania, so here you go!)

To be fair, I don't think that my niece is still afraid of Santa, since she is now practically a teenager.

However, I hate all mascots, Disney characters, clowns etc. and always have. I remember very clearly being at an Easter Egg hunt when I was young and being horrified of the Easter bunny. I try to avoid people dressed up in costume, but I think they can smell my fear as they have the tendency to come after me. My sweet husband tries to shield me from these monsters, but by the time he realizes there is one in our midst, it is often too late.

I was at the mall last week and walked the longest detour possible to avoid Santa, so I doubt our future children will get their picture take with him.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Get by with a little help from your friends.

Some things my friends have taught me:

1. If you are calling at a bad time, I will tell you. Just don't give up on calling.

2. Sometimes I just need someone to talk to, you don't need to fix my problem.

3. Talking over a cup of tea can be better than a fancy night on the town.

4. Everyone gets lonely, everyone worries and we all have things about ourselves we don't like.

5. Believe in yourself.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Have breakfast for dinner.

Once a week my mom got a break from making us all dinner; dad was in charge on Sunday nights. He would make us pancakes. Pancakes are great for breakfast but even better for dinner!
My elementary school must have learned this lesson too, because once a month we had waffles and sausage for our hot lunch.

So switch it up, have breakfast for dinner!

Happy Birthday Dad!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Code your gifts.


Missburrows, I've run out of hiding places for my wrapped presents! The kids always find them and figure out what is for them, what can I do?


Dear Frazzledmom,

Do what my mom used to do. Wrap all the presents but do not put the TO/FROM tags on them. Instead create a code, e.g. A=Sarah, B=Matthew, and just write the code for the recipient on the bottom of the package.

Take out your master code/solution sheet the night before Christmas and put the labels on the packages then.



Update #1: Since you have all been clamoring! Yes, clamoring to see if I actually follow my own advice, I have updated the photo for this post.

Update #2: The blog gods are listening! Look what I just got from the FedEx guy! Maybe I should write a post about winning the lottery!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Keep those exits covered.

This is an old photo of my husband. What a cutie, right?

This is probably the most clothes he has ever worn.

It snowed yesterday and is stormy today, so remember to keep your exits (head, hands, feet) covered to prevent heat loss!