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Glee

May 20th, 2009 · TV/Movies/Music

I was checking out television shows on Hulu and I came across the pilot episode for Glee.  I saw that Jane Lynch, who just makes me die laughing with her performances, was cast in the show.  Glee was created by Ryan Murphy, who created Nip/Tuck,  so I thought I would watch the show while I was doing laundry.  The show is engaging, funny, and full of amazing performances!  If FOX keeps up with the quality exhibited in the first show, this is going to be a favorite for a lot of people. If you have a spare 43 minutes check out Glee on Hulu. It is free!

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Saving Money

May 18th, 2009 · life

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I was in the store the other day and I was drawn into a conversation with some ladies about how to cut household expenses. I told them them that one of the best ways I had cut expenses was when my husband and I got rid of cable television. We use to pay about $70 a month or $840 a year for cable. We realized that we didn’t watch it enough to make it worth the expense. We decided to cut back to basic cable which costs $15 a month or $180 a year. In addition, I take advantage of Hulu.com and abc.com to watch programs for free. We also have a lot of DVDs and our friends do as well. We started trading DVDs around, so there is plenty to watch. I no longer have Netflix because I always find something to watch in a friend’s  DVD library or even better our local library has an amazing collection of DVDs.  One lady said that her kids could not live without television and I said, “Yes, they can. Imagine what they could do with the time they are spending sitting in front of the television.”  I am not quite ready to jump to no cable at all, but I have been thinking about it.  What are you doing to save money?

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Fortunoff’s Misfortune

May 12th, 2009 · Food, Gifts/Products

Fortunoff is going out of business. Fortunoff is like Macy’s or if you live in the south imagine Dillard’s. Today, my friend Nicole and I decided to take advantage of their sales. I went in search of a new oscillating fan for the upstairs but I soon found myself is shopper’s hog heaven. Everything was 60% off the regular price.  I needed a new frame for my wedding portrait. I found a lovely Reed and Barton tarnish-proof silver plated frame that had originally been $95.00 and I got it for $38.00.

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A friend of the family is getting married in June and I found a beautiful Waterford silver-plated frame that had originally been  $80.00 for $32.00.

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My last find was a set of 100% cotton, 800 thread count sheets for my king sized bed for only $52.00. These sheets feel like cool butter against your skin. I don’t think I will want to leave my bed tomorrow.

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I did learn a valuable lesson today about final sale/no returns. I somehow managed to pick up a queen set instead of a king set and I realized it only after leaving the store. Luckily the queen and king sets were the same price, so they allowed me to exchange because there was no need for a transaction. If the king sheets had been more expensive, I would have been out of luck with getting the right size. Always check the size of sheets, because people move things around and don’t always put things back in their right place.

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 10th, 2009 · Humor

I think the key to motherhood is maintaining a good sense of humor and laughing as much as possible. If you missed Saturday Night Live last night then you also missed the followup to D*** in a box by Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg. These boys are devoted to their mothers.

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Sleep, please!

May 6th, 2009 · Uncategorized

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photo by: Jhawk

Dear Hubby,

I am sitting here, bracing my head against my palm, while trying to type and not fall asleep. Every night for the last four nights, you have managed to wake me up multiple times during the night.  It was adorable that you subconsciously needed to cuddle at 4 a.m., but I had just gotten to sleep from when you woke me up at 2 coming to bed.  I really need my sleep or my alter ego is going to erupt from my psyche and I just can’t be held accountable for the things I say at 3:30 a.m. or the look I give you at 7:45 a.m. when the alarm goes off when you don’t plan on getting up until 8:30 a.m. I strongly urge you to to enjoy all the comforts of our guest room.

Dear Darling Kitties,

I have dreamed of duck taping you to the wall.  I know the hubby comes to bed later than me, but this is not an invitation to jump on me, lay on my face, or to attack my feet because they are moving around under the sheets.  What is up with the hairballs at 3 a.m.?   Do you have to do it right next to my side of the bed?  I would run and hide if you wake me up tonight.

I am getting my sleep tonight come hell or high water!

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The Last 48 Hours

May 3rd, 2009 · life

I just got in from a trip down to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  We had decided to get away this weekend to just think about everything that is going on and to make three very important decisions.

Decision 1: Pete turned down the job in NYC!  This is a really good thing. It would have been more money but I would have been an IT widow. Apparently the gentleman offering the job was incredulous that Pete would walk away from so much money.  Money apparently makes his world revolve.  I say, “A rich asshole, is still an asshole.” I actually like spending time with my husband, as much as this seems to puzzle some.

Decision 2: We are going to embrace our eccentric (defined as bi-polar for those up north) relative because that is what good southern people do.  We like our tea sweet and no family celebration would be complete without someone doing something that makes us all say, “Bless their heart!”  I hope offering love and moral support will help her.

Decision 3: We are moving out of this house. Our neighbor is building an ark for the next flood. Lately inspiration to build hits between the hours of 3 p.m. and 2 a.m.  I wonder if it is too much to ask the next landlord for a psych evaluation of the neighbors?

I think we have accomplished a lot.

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Pedicure Counseling

April 29th, 2009 · life

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About the only thing I love more than a massage is a pedicure.  I always use OPI “I’m Not Really a Waitress” red for professional pedicures. I have tried to use the color myself but it always looks as though I have stubbed each of my toes.  I couldn’t color in the lines as a child and as an adult I can’t keep the polish on the nail. I decided to treat myself today because I have been just a wee bit stressed out. The last round of fertility treatment did not work. I thought I would be off medication for a couple weeks, but I then find out that my doctor wants me to take additional medications before the next treatment. I had decided to fly down to Austin for a girls weekend, if the process failed. The new medications require sonograms and doctor supervision, so no traveling.  On top of this, my husband and I discovered that a family member has a pretty severe case of bipolar disorder. We found this out after flying her in for a two week visit that coincided with the fertility treatment. My poor husband had a manic depressive and a raging hormonal woman on his hands.  I won’t go into the details but I cried a lot. In addition, my husband has been offered an amazing new job in NYC but taking it would mean major life changes for us in the middle of fertility treatment. Are you following all of this?  I love salons and I love the free advice that complete strangers will give you. Today my nail tech helped put everything in perspective. She said, “You got a good man, a loving family, and you live by the beach.  Everything else will work itself out in time.” You gotta love pedicure counseling!

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GPS

April 24th, 2009 · Gripes, Humor

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New Jersey Gripe #100:

Is it asking too much to put up road signs? Is it asking too much to put up signs that people can read?

Case in Point:

This evening my husband and I were attempting to get to Sayreville, NJ.  Google maps gave us perfect directions that should have worked, however this is NJ. The first problem is that apparently the sign that would tell you to turn right to get onto Route 9 gets hit so often, they don’t bother to put it back up anymore.  The only way to know to go right is to be born in Sayreville and  have lived in the area your entire life. Screw the rest of us trying to get around. The second problem is what my husband and I call White Street.  The signs have been posted for so long, that they have weathered until all you see is a white road sign. You can’t read the street name.  We call this White Street. Whenever we give directions to get to our house, we include White Street. You will go up 36, passing three White Streets and at the fourth, you take the jug handle.  Forget explaining what a jug handle is to anyone who is not from NJ. Everyone from out of town wants to know why the state doesn’t trust it’s citizens to turn left at lights or pump their own gas.

The husband took this as an opportunity to point out the new car he wants has GPS.

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Choose to Dance

April 22nd, 2009 · TV/Movies/Music

I am having one of those days where I can choose to cry or I can choose to dance.  ABBA is blaring and I am choosing to dance.  Please join me. Go pick out your favorite song and just dance around because no one is watching!

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You will say WOW everytime!

April 20th, 2009 · Gripes, Humor, Interesting, TV/Movies/Music

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I don’t think this was what Vince Shilomi had in mind during his infomercial for ShamWow! Today was our friend Scott’s birthday and as a gift, our friends bought ShamWows and made them into pants. Just imagine all the creative uses for pants such as these. No matter how many times I requested it, he would not pour a pitcher of water down his pants. To beat this,  I need to somehow get Billy Mays’ autograph for my husband’s birthday. I wonder if he has a fan club?

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