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I Can’t Believe My Eye February 23, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in General.

Now that we’ve seen the new H&R Block commercial with the cyclops, anytime Casey and I are shocked by something, we say “I can’t believe my eye.” I was looking at the daily showcase on Etsy which is how I find a lot of the new stores that I’ve come to hold so near and dear. That’s when I came across Pleat’s store. Whoa, dude! I’ve seen a lot of interesting things on Etsy, but ‘muffies’ may very well take the cake.

Eight is Great February 22, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Art, TV/Movies.
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oktapodiSince the Oscar’s are tonight, I thought I’d do a related post. Up for nomination in the cateogory of Best Animated Short is Oktapodi. I saw this short today for the very first time and fell instantly in love. It’s a story about two octopi, young and in love, who become separated when a chef purchases one of them. The other goes to the rescue of his beloved and adventure ensues. The animation and colors are amazing and the setting is ranked among one of the top five places that I’d like to visit someday: the Mykonos. It’s a charming short that will make you smile well past the story’s ending.

Southern Dictionary: Eat Crow February 17, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in General.

We are doing a bible study at our church called 40 Days of Love. It’s a six-week study which focuses on how to make LOVE (for Jesus and for others) our #1 life value. The study correlates with the book, The Relationship Principles of Jesus.  Our pastor does a sermon each Sunday that covers a one-week segment of the book. This past Sunday he was giving an illustration of how he had developed negative feelings towards another individual and really just didn’t like them.  As we began the 40 Days of Love study, he felt convicted to confront this person about his feelings and apologize.  He basically said, “Well, you know what that means….time to eat crow.”  I died laughing. I had not heard this phrase since we moved to the DC area. Pastor Dale is from the South which makes him a winner in my book, but it’s his sense of humor and wit that really seals the deal.

Southerners use the term “eat crow” when a person is in the wrong and that person has to openly admit that they are in the wrong and apologize. Typically this is made worse by the fact that they were obnoxiously adamant about being right in the first place.  I find that crow usually tastes better if you imagine it dipped in batter and fried extra crisy with the Colonel’s secret recipe and then you chase it with a glass of sweet tea.

Totally Kool February 12, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in General, Running.

koolnfitI must be a glutton for punishment. After running the ING Miami Half Marathon last January, I swore I would N-E-V-E-R run a full marathon…and I am sticking to my guns. However, in a moment of weakness, I signed up to run another half marathon. I have no clue what I was thinking. Well, clearly, I wasn’t.

I am on week 6 of a 12-week training program, and my arches are killing me.  I was first thinking that it was plantar fasciitis. However, after much googling, I believe that I may be straining my abductor hallucis muscle. Anywho, I was telling my chiropractor about the problem and, among other things (you didn’t think I would tell you everything…hello, doctor-patient privilege), he recommended that I try Kool ‘N Fit for relief.  It’s an all-natural pain relieving spray. I like to call it “magic”.  This stuff freakin’ rocks!!  I don’t want to mislead you into believing that it completely fixed the problem, but I sprayed my feet just before bed and *instantly* there was no more discomfort. The other great thing is that it has a multitude of uses (like Windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding): spray on sunburn for relief, spray on bug bites to prevent itching, WHOA, hold the phone. Prevents bug bites from itching?!?!!?!  Sign me up. I hate to go all Y2K, but I may very well stockpile this stuff in my basement.

Southern Dictionary: Get the Lead Out February 11, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in General.

I have a reputation for being notoriously late for events, appointments, and the like despite my efforts to be on time.  I think it may be genetic, one of the traits passed down to me by my mom.  When I was younger, my dad was always yelling, “Susan, you better get the lead out or we’re going to be late.”  In other words, HURRY UP!  It was used interchangeably with “get your butt in gear.”  According to my research, the phrase originated in the 1930s and implied that “lead, the heaviest of the base metals, is preventing one from moving.” [Source: Answers.com]  I guess you could say that since not much has changed, I must have a case of lead poisoning.

In Bloom February 5, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in Beauty.
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lm_petalIn my experience, one obsession leads to another. I love to read magazines. I get a lot of ideas from the magazines that I read. You know, like products to try, recipes to cook, or websites to visit. I came across an article about Laura Mercier Lip Glacé. After much searching, I was able to find my color of choice: petal. This gloss is not sticky, tastes and smells like a cupcake, and is the absolute perfect shade of shimmery nude! Jackpot!

A Whole New World February 3, 2009

Posted by smooregasbord in TV/Movies, Work.

samsung-tvI wish I had a better excuse for my recent lack of posts. Unfortunately, someone dictates that I go to the same establishment for five days a week and in exchange for my knowledge, they provide me with monetary funds. Some people call it “work”, I call it “good times”. In my line of business, it goes a little like this…feast or famine. Right now, I’m in the feast period which is taking away from my extracurricular activities. Hopefully, I’ll be able to exercise portion control very soon!!

On another front, HD has made it’s way into my home. Casey and I, after two years of meticulous research, have purchased an LCD TV.  I never knew watching tv could be like this.  Last night, I discovered that Peyton has zits and that Claire looks like Tammy Faye.  It’s actually kind of weird.  Some of the shows seem like I’m watching a live play or a telenovela.  Of course, I’m quickly learning that once you go HD, you never go back!