Thursday, May 31

May 2007 Photoblog

Greetings. *wipes yogurt off face*


I enjoyed my Mother's Day with a trip to the zoo. Oh look! A two-headed giraffe!



Phew. Here's a normal, one-headed giraffe.



Doodle's favorites, other than the giraffes, were the sea lions. Here he is watching them.



Ever the entertainer, Doodle has some big shoes to fill.



Uncle Dom got a new scratching post since he has snubbed the one we bought for him a few months ago. He promptly went insane when the new one was introduced:



It's time to go catch some rays!



Until next time... sayonara.

Tuesday, May 29

So, You Think You Can Dance?


Doodle's got the moves.
Edited to add: Holy cats! My house -- it's trashed!
When I ask him to see his move, I'm talking about his patented dance move that he, unfortunately, would not perform for this video. Someday you will see it. I promise it will be good enough to wait for.

Friday, May 25

But wait -- there's more!
Now the post where I brag.
Doodle went pee-pee on the potty!
Not just once, but TWO DAYS IN A ROW at school.
I've told you how much he loves to sit on the potty but something actually happened on Wednesday. And they called me to tell me. Then I promptly called my mom.
"You're calling to tell me about my grandson's bodily functions?" she asked.
"Well, yeah!"
"Is this what we've come to?"
"I guess so."

When I went in to day care on Thursday I asked if they thought it was merely coincidence that Doodle pee-peed on the potty. We thought it probably was. But then oops, he did it again on Thursday! Coincidence? I think not.

This means that this weekend, I am going to have to read up on potty training. Because I am clueless. Totally clueless.
Another Friday, another Meme

Whats your middle name?
Andrea

How big is your bed?
Queen

What are you listening to right now?
New Maroon 5 CD -- this is my first "real" listen so I haven't decided if I like it yet or not

What are the last 4 digits in your cellphone number?
9796

What was the last thing you ate?
a piece of cantaloupe

Last person you huggged?
My son this morning :)

How is the weather right now?
Gorgeous -- in the 70's and climbing

Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
A client - just left them a voicemail

What is the first thing u notice in the opposite sex?
face/eyes

Favorite type of Food.
you can pretty much fry anything and it tastes good

Do you want children?
too late, I have one. But yes, I want another one.

Do you drink?
Not a ton but yes

Ever get so drunk you don't remember the entire night?
no

Hair color?
at the moment, red-brown with highlights

Eye color?
brown

Do you wear contacts/glasses?
yes -- I'm blind as a bat

Favorite holiday?
Fourth of July

Favorite Season?
Summer

Have you ever cried over a girl/boy?
yes, and listened to sad music

Last Movie you Watched?
The Breakup

What books are you reading?
"The Happiest Toddler on the Block"
"Thank You For Smoking"

Piercings?
3 on left ear, 1 in right, one failed eyebrow piercing when I was 19 that left a very lovely scar

Favorite Movie?
My all-time favorite is Back to the Future. Yeah, I know that's lame. What can I say? I loved me some Michael J. Fox when I was little.

Favorite college football Team?
M GO BLUE

What were you doing before filling this out?
Making a copy of the Maroon 5 CD for a co-irker

Any pets?
Dom and Molly -- cats

Dogs or cats?
see above. But actually I am a dog person.

Favorite Flower?
lilacs

Have you ever loved someone?
yes

Who would you like to see right now?
my boss, telling us to go home early for the holiday weekend

Have you ever fired a gun?
I hate guns.

Do you like to travel by plane?
not especially

Right-handed or Left-handed?
I'm a lefty

If you could go any place right now, where would you go?
Hawaii

Are you missing someone?
yes

Do you have a tattoo?
no

Do you still watch cartoons on Saturday mornings?
yes, whatever Doodle's watching.

Are you hiding something from someone?
No... *shifty eyes*

WHAT IS THE WALLPAPER ON YOUR CELLPHONE?
Cellphones have wallpaper?

DID YOU GET ENOUGH SLEEP LAST NIGHT?
no -- I'm sick so I could have used a few more hours

FIRST THING YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THIS MORNING?
someone I had a dream about

WHAT DO YOU HAVE HANDY AT YOUR BEDSIDE?
at the moment, kleenex, my glasses, alarm clock

GRILLED OR FRIED?
fried

WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE?
I have perfect pitch

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?
sometimes

FAVORITE HANGOUT?
the Lizard

3 THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?
chapstick, Diet Coke

FAVORITE SONG?
this changes daily, but today I'd say "Strange Condition" by Pete Yorn.

WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
clowns, loud noises, guns

WHAT ARE YOUR NICKNAMES?
Kat, Kath

WHAT IS YOUR DADS MIDDLE NAME?
Andrew

WHATS YOUR MOTHERS MIDDLE NAME?
Marie

STUCK ON A DESERTED ISLAND & COULD TAKE ONE THING?
iPod

FAVORITE T.V. COMMERCIAL?
Geico caveman series

WHO'S YOUR CELL PHONE PROVIDER?
Cingular is now the new AT&T!

FIRST THING YOU'LL SAVE IN A FIRE?
my family and kitties, and then if there's time my photos

Whats your favorite color?
pale blue

WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU ALWAYS TAKE WITH YOU?
everything in my purse, chapstick

WHAT DID YOU WANNA BE WHEN YOU WERE A KID?
rock star

THE COLOR OF YOUR BEDSHEEt?
light blue

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU GO TO BED?
usually work

Thursday, May 24

Technology
Did anyone else Tivo the American Idol finale last night? I did, because I can't watch the show live. I have to be able to fast forward through the stupid or boring parts (read: 99% of the show).

My DVR, as I suspect is the case with all DVR's, can only record two shows at once, and then you either have to watch one of those shows, or watch something else that you have already recorded. While Idol was on I was also recording "Lost", so I was watching some other shows that I need to catch up on, like "Entourage" and some other junk. From time to time I'd switch to Idol and fast forward through the nonsense, then switch back off when I caught up with the live show.

At 10, when the show was supposed to end, I also had two shows recording. "Lost" again, and "Shear Genius" I believe. So I took that time to finish watching Idol.

STUPID EFFING SHOW WENT OVER so I had no idea who won. My recording ended WAY before they even got CLOSE to announcing the winner (which, yeah, I knew was going to be Jordin, but STILL). So then I had to get on the Internet just to confirm that Jordin won.

So my gripe is with American Idol's producers. They have to know that people are tuning in mostly to see the winner announced. Could they at least keep the show running on time so those of us who cannot, or refuse to, watch it live have a shot to see the end of the show?

'Kay thanks.

Wednesday, May 23

Fortune Cookie
My Fortune Cookie told me:
You may be infinitely smaller than some things, but you're infinitely larger than others.
Get a cookie from Miss Fortune
Truckin'
I'm on the Turnpike 5 days a week, and so I've seen my fair share of strange travelers and odd bumper stickers. But every once in a while, I see something on a truck that just makes me shake my head.

A few months ago I saw one of those big livestock trucks, full of cows, and there was a decal on the back of the truck that said something like, "Bessie's Last Ride." Ew. Come on. I'm not naive, but I really don't need to have it spelled out that the cows are on their way to the big pasture in the sky.

Last week, I passed a truck making the fine suggestion to "Show Your Pride -- Flash My Ride." I'll flash your ride allright ... with my middle finger.

Wednesday, May 16

Stop! Meme Time

Here's a meme, just cuz. And there are some questions missing because they were too stupid to answer (I know that's hard to believe because they are all pretty much stupid)

1.Where were you this morning at 6:30am? Trying to ignore the sounds of Doodle talking in his crib

2.How do you react to spiders? I freak out. I'm so allergic to spider bites it's not even funny. I puff up and break out in hives all over the affected area.

3.If someone was to surprise you with a present right now, what would you like it to be? the paying off of a major bill, such as my car

4.Do you prefer to write with Pens or Pencils?
Pens

5.Do you rent or own?
own

6.Have you ever watched all 3 Godfather movies? no -- I won't even watch the first one because I don't want to see the horse head.

7.How old are you? How many flavors does Baskin Robbins have?

8.How old do you act? in my 20's

9.Would you say you are a tidy person? I wouldn't

10. Are dimples REALLY attractive? Why is there always a random question like this? No, I don't think they are.

12.Were you a bully in high school?
Nope, I was a good Catholic school girl! *halo*

13.What’s for dinner? Hopefully something on the grill

14.Will Smith: Better Actor or Better Singer?
On your mark, ready set, let's go. Dance floor pro I know you know I go psycho when my new joint hit, just can't sit, gotta get jiggy wit it. That's it the honey honey come ride, DKNY, all up in my eye...

17.Do you eat ice cream when it’s cold outside? When do I not eat ice cream?

18.What was the last thing you shoplifted?
I don't think I ever shoplifted. Remember? Catholic school girl? *halo*

19.Bigfoot: Real or Fake? That's funny... I have some friends who are huge believers in Bigfoot, and are otherwise sane, normal people, so it makes me think that maybe they are on to something.

20.Britney Spears: Human or Alien? Cyborg.

21.Ever play with matches?
Not until I started smoking in high school. I have some scars on my hands from lighting the plastic on a cigarette pack on fire. Dumb.

22.Do you like to ride bikes?
I do but my bike is all broken down and nasty... it needs a new seat. I want to get a baby seat on it, as well.

23.Have you ever made someone cry on purpose?
Uh, probably. Even though I was a good Catholic school girl *halo*, grade school was not fun.

24.Who was it?
Some girl who happened to be the unlucky one ousted from the clique that week

25.If you had to lose one of your five senses:
smell

26.When was the last time you had a bloody nose?
First rule of Fight Club -- never talk about Fight Club.

28.Do you prefer dark meat or white meat?
white

30.What song do you absolutely HATE?
Anything country, especially when it invades mainstream radio

31.Don’t you hate it when someone gets that song stuck in your head?
I try not to associate with people who would do that to me

32.If you could make any of your physical attributes BIGGER: what would it be?
Oh God, nothing. Everything is big enough already.

33.Have you ever posed for or taken naughty pictures?
Don't think so. I'm too much of a prude *halo*

34.Have you ever been hit by a car’s airbags?
No -- knock on wood

35.How do you drink your coffee?
In ice cream form.

36.Would you rather have a nice house or drive a nice car?
House

37.Do you eat the pizza crust?
Depends on what kind of pizza. Pizza hut? No -- too greasy.

38.How many soul mates does one person have?
I think the idea is to only have one soul mate.

39.If you had lunch with God, would you offer to pay?
What kind of restaurant are we talkin'?

40.Is there such a thing as an UNforgivable action?
YEs

43.Name the last “classic” movie you watched? Dodgeball (come on, that's a classic!)

44.What are you thinking at this very moment? I don't know, I hate when people ask me that because it makes whatever thought was in my mind go POOF

45.Have you ever received a wedgie?
Probably

46.Is your mom a MILF?
No, but I'd like to think that I am! HAH

47.Real tanning or fake baking? Both. Self-tanner is my friend but I hate the smell of the stuff.

48. Are tan lines really attractive? Not when it's a farmer's tan.

49.If you could be in any 80’s movie, which one?
I'd love to have Jake Ryan show up at my sister's wedding with a birthday cake :D

51.If you HAD to move to a foreign country right this second,where would you go? Australia, mate.

52.Do you get nervous when you see a cop? Yep.

53.Ever been to a swinger’s party? Eh eh.

56.Do you like being alone?
Yes -- I need my alone time.

57.Does the forest scare you?
I wouldn't camp out in the woods in the middle of nowhere, if that's what you're askin'.

58.Are you dressed for anyone special?
Yes, the entire world so no one has to see me naked?

59.Which is the better hand: a Straight or a Flush?
This is why I don't play poker.

60.Do you own a webcam?
nyet

61.Do you like to dance?
when no one is watching

62.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Gawd, I hope not at this job. Probably with a Doodle the Second (Scribble?), probably in a bigger house, but other than that, no clue.

65.What is your ring tone on your phone? Some boring Cingular default ring. I don't know.

66.What would you rather be doing right now? sleeping

67.Ever looked at porn on a work computer?
Well, there was the one time my boss wanted to find something at Dick's sporting goods and typed in dicks.com ...

68.Who is your closest sibling? I'm an only child :(

Tuesday, May 15

Come on, this can't be serious...
They're making a Bratz movie? Not just a cartoon, but a real movie with teenage actresses?

This is the worst idea since Spice World.
Weaning
I noticed Tracie's mentioning of trying to wean kids from the bottle at an early age. I am going through this problem right now. Doodle STILL takes milk from a bottle -- usually one in the morning and one at night. We have really tried to cut them out completely but it's hard on everyone involved when Doodle doesn't get his "ba."

We've gotten to the point where we will not offer him one unless he asks for it, so sometimes he will only ask for one a day. And we have done the water substitution thing, as well, which works sometimes and other times doesn't.

This morning, I was running late and Doodle got up late, so when he asked for his "Ba" there were literally 5 minutes left before we had to be out the door. I quickly gave him a bottle with water in it, and continued to get ready for work. This touched off the most gigantic tantrum Doodle has ever had. He cried and screamed for a Ba, and then, when I carried him off to the car, he went totally nuts. He screamed for it the entire way to day care, and then wouldn't let me let go of him once we got there.

I have huge Mommy Guilt now, but I also am glad that I held firm. He's almost two and we really need to move on to the big boy cup.

Not helping in this situation is my mother in law, who, when I told her the plan to ix-nay on the ottle-bay, pretty much pooh-poohed the whole thing and said that he just uses it for comfort and it's ok for him to have it. Not only that, but when he's at her house, she will just offer him a bottle without him asking for one. *sigh*

Advice? Sympathy? I'll take it.

Thursday, May 10

Catching up
I fall in and out of the blogging habit. Mostly because I don't really have much to say most days. I have no idea what happened to my ambition to write -- even though I still enjoy it, it's too much of an effort for me most days. As Beavis would say, "It hurts to use my imagination!"

I'm also anticipating huge change in my life, very soon. No, I'm not pregnant again. Nor do I plan to be, at least not right now. I'm trying to figure out, career wise, where I want to be and what I want to do. I haven't felt comfortable blogging about my work situation lately, not that I think people would read it, but better safe than sorry, ya know? Plus, I'm saving it all for the tell-all book that I will eventually write ;)

My husband has a large job-related decision to make somewhere in the near future, as well, that will hurt us financially in the short run but ultimately be better for us once all's said and done. Changes.

I have some fun things planned in the next few weeks. We're taking Doodle to the zoo on Sunday, which should be an adventure. Next weekend I'm visiting my alma mater for some good old fashioned revelry. I'm going to a concert next week -- Morrissy -- and yes, I wear black on the outside because black is how I feel on the inside.

This is the first season that I truly, truly do not care who wins or loses American Idol. I barely watch the show other than the last five minutes of the vote-out episode, just because I need to know. I can't stand the Seacrest banter anymore. It wasn't funny five seasons ago and it certainly isn't funny now. I am very much into "Lost" -- I didn't watch last night's episode yet so don't tell me what happened.

I'm sure I have some pictures and/or videos to post soon, when I get around to it...