Friday, May 30, 2008

Sex and The City was AMAZING

I won't give any spoilers.

Let's just say, my favorite concept of the movie was that in your 20's you have fun, in your 30's you learn lessons, in your 40's you pay the tab.

Truer words were never spoken.

I was surprised how many 20 something little girls were in the audience though? They couldn't possibly 'get' the movie (ie. Samantha celebrating turning 50, when their mothers are probably 50). Maybe syndication has grabbed these fans.

or the sex.

I sat there wondering what they could possibly relate to - other than the fashion. Not really because they were all trying to pass off Candies as Manolo's. It was gross.

My friend Karen and I got tickets to a 7:30 (preview?) yesterday. So we got to see it a day before most other people.

Life is good.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Coincidence? I think not.

I was all set to buy this...

A city bike. A hybrid. A not mountain bike. A bike I can ride around and not kill my back or my arse.

Had the money saved. $300.

Yes, I have a very expensive mountain bike. Get over it.

I had it waiting in my shopping cart.

Then, on Sunday night suddenly Oliver appears to be in agony around 10pm and I have to take him to the emergency vet hospital until 3am. Triage. Tests. Pain shot. X-rays. Holiday doctor exam fees.

What was the bill you ask? $300.

This cat is lucky I love him so much. Diagnosis? Have no idea. Definitely was in pain. It passed. This has happened a few times before but to a much lesser degree.

I could cry.

ps: thought about getting this one but I think I will wait until I'm 60.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I got tagged by Mama's Losin' It.

Top 5 things I couldn't do without under $5
- Vogue (duh)
- Edy's slow churned icecream
- kleenex
- generic Day Quil
- generic Ny Quil
(ok I have a RAGEing cold)

Top 5 favorite movies
- Rushmore
- War of the Roses
- Grease
- Bridget Jones
- It's a Wonderful Life

Top 5 baby names you love but probably won't use
- Oliver
- Oliver
- Oliver
- Oliver
- Oliver
(does it count that I used it for my cat anyway?)

Top 5 songs I could listen to over and over again
- David Cook's first hit
- David Cook's second hit
- David Cook's third hit
- David Cook's fourth hit
- David Cook's fifth hit

Top 5 people who have influenced your life in a positive way
- Mr. Right (not just because I have to say him, the guy has skills!)
- My brother in law Gary (dude made me pull his finger now he's a CEO)
- Cheryl S. (a mom I babysat for when a teen)
- Megan C. (a very funny friend I have lost touch with)
- Ed H. (hired me at the bank where I have worked forever)
- Sarah Jessica Parker (I met her I can't leave it at 5)

Top 5 things that stay in your purse at all times
- MAC lipstick
- MAC lip gloss
- prescription strength naproxin sodium (duh)
- allegra D
- my ID badge to get into work

Top 5 moments that changed your life forever
- when my boyfriend David Cook won
- the day after the Tigers won the world series in 1984 (there's a story there)
- getting accepted into my trainee program at work
- when I whispered "nothing" into Mr. Right's ear on our first date (did you just whisper a sweet nothing into my ear?)
- August 20, 2007 at 4 pm on the porch of The Grand Hotel

Top 5 obsessions you have right now
- David Cook (caught on to that one yet?)
- reading the Jen Lancaster book series
- the Sex and The City movie coming
- khama sutra
- salvaging 2200 sq feet of garden that has been let go for 10 years (thanks Mr. Right)

5 places you would like to go
- Europe
- Whaleback Inn
- the beach
- to sleep for 3 days straight while it's raining outside with breaks to read
- northern Michigan

5 people you would like to see their top 5
Fluffy Windover
Candid Carrie
Ashley's Closet
Accidental Housewife

Friday, May 16, 2008

Poetic Justice

Last summer around this time I was nervously getting my house prepared to put on the market. I was getting married. I was moving 20 miles away to green acres.

I went with a Century21 realtor guy who seemed to have the highest stats online.

Immediately I found myself filling the flyer box for him. I sent him corrections to the online listing. I took pictures and asked him to replace his with mine. As much as I think my house is perfect and the cutest house in all this quaint highly-sought-after town, my senses told me he listed it for too high. Precious summer months went by while it was listed for too much.

I asked him to lower it. Again. Again. and Again x 10.

Then I was in scary territory where it started to feel like I was about to give my house away. Also, the wedding had passed and my house was just sitting there all alone now (I cried at least once a day about this). Summer was gone. Winter was looming. The holidays were coming fast.

I was a wreck. I don't wish this scenario on my worst enemy.

I told realtor guy "if I go any lower I may as well rent it out".

His response felt like a con "there are so many people leaving the state I can tell you that you won't get what you think for rent".

Really? Hmmmm.

The next day I did get an offer that I countered after rejecting their first officer. Almost a week later I had to hunt my realtor down and he told me, I quote word for word: "I guess they weren't interested in your counter because they haven't called".

About two days later, I was sitting on a conference call with this guy while Mr. Right fired him (I'm such a chicken shit).

We waited for the holidays to be over (and yes, drove the 20 miles through 2 snow storms to get there to shovel snow, oh man). Then decided to list it for rent on Craig's List. Free. Let's see what happens then start investing in other marketing. Deep breath. Submit.

Immediately there was a line for showings. These people made me feel like I wasn't asking enough. I was amazed at how many solid people were in the rental market, unable or unwilling to get a mortgage under the current fiasco (everywhere, not just our state). Looks like this was a nitch my realtor didn't want me to know about.

Went with a girl. Loves gardening. Really respects the fact that I care so much about my house. Thinks the house is the cutest place ever. Is taking great care of it. Wants to reglaze the tub (what does that tell you?). I could go on and on but she has lived there for 4 months now and she is absolutely perfect. Not to mention, paying me rental income that the realtor said I would never get. She is a property manager (which is flattering I guess) with connections to "get stuff done if she needs to".


So we are having new gutters put on our new house. Mr. Right calls Home Depot for an estimate. Who do you think shows up? That's right. My realtor guy. Dressed in an orange Home Depot vest.

When Mr. Right asked why did his name sound so familiar... "you probably heard about me from the real estate market, I quit that because it was just too hard".


Doing quotes for Home Depot. In your face!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Upside Down Tomato Plant

I ordered this extremely cool tomato planter from Plow & Hearth. I plan to have tomatoes growing just outside my kitchen on the deck all summer long.

What a great idea. Tomatoes upside down. No staking. No weeding. No squirrels (and trust me, they are a problem here). Makes sense that tomatoes grow upside down more naturally anyway.

Just grab a mater by the door. How sweet.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


There should be some good drama at the our house tonight thru this weekend. It's a Princess weekend (every other).

Mommy called a few days ago. Princess swiped her razor and shaved her legs.

But it took 4 or 5 tries to get her to come clean with it. Grounding is carrying forward to our house (for not telling the truth).

I can't wait to have some fun with this.

I seem to remember that if you shave your legs before puberty, you get hairy ape legs until your 21, or something like that?

I welcome any ideas.

She is also in trouble with her teacher for giving her a big "no way" on writing more poetry - for which she gets chores so it's a win win in my mind (but I hear ya on the poetry girlfriend).

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Darn Gap at every mall

I saw this today at and my eyes just about popped out of my head. By lunchtime it was mine. A redhead's gotta have a beach hat.

Reasons why I love my husband, item 2

2) He cracks me up.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Reasons why I love my husband, item 1

1) Even though he ripped wood trim off the house all day and was tired and sore, he got up from watching TV late last night and made me smores from the grill because I wanted something sweet (both creative AND yummy).

Princess Rules

She is 9 and from her perspective, she thinks she is turning 29. Wants highlights. Wants eye liner. Doesn't get mommy and daddy's aversion to it. Thinks she is playing me. I'm really playing her. You get the picture.

It's the cutest thing EVER to hear her talk about life. I have the interesting perspective as the step-mother. I'm in the middle, but seem to be on her side. I made the mistake of buying her a padded training bra a few weeks ago. She was exstatic because it was more comfortable than those ride up contraptions that are useless (no, she doesn't even need one yet, but whatever).

Mommy. Not so happy. Called daddy pissed. Threw it away.

Princess did inform me this weekend that she explained to mommy why I bought it (padded) for her (that it had nothing to do with wanting her to look like a Pretty Baby). If I'm not mistaken, it was another of about 15 different lane changes she has made in an attempt to get me to buy her another one.

Daddy... is oblivious.

Me... I'm having fun with her.

Then, there was the American Idol conversation that completely cracked me up. How long has American Idol been around now... like 6 years I think? Princess is 9. So, as far as she is conserned, American Idol has always been around and that is how people become singers and get to have a song played on the radio.

THEN... we actually let her watch her first scary movie. Cloverfield (it was rated PG-13 but not quite appropriate come to find out). She seems to have a facination with scary things, and she is (yes I'm going to say it) very mature for her age, so we watched it with her.

Nightmares? no.

She didn't even blink during the movie.

The only thing that scared her was daddy trying to scare her during the movie.

When I mentioned in the beginning of the movie that maybe it was terrorists that were attacking New York City, she asked me "what is a terrorist, what is that?".

Wow. It hit me. She has missed everything. She is 9, seems so mature compared to her friends... but wow, she has missed everything.

What is in store for her?

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Sex and the City is COMING!

Seriously. Cannot. Wait.
I get all misty just thinking about it. I caught all the girls (and Big) on Oprah today.

May 30th. The countdown begins.

Got my Cosmo shaker ready.

Which one is the kid?

This was taken at the Disney water park. Princess in the front, Mr Right's sister, then... Mr. Right. Ok, everyone is having fun here - but there is one kid having a little more fun than everyone else? I'm not talking about the 9 year old in the front either.

We don't let him out enough I guess.