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Three’s A Crowd June 2, 2009

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purex-3-in-1-laundry-sheetsYou know how the old saying goes, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd.”  I don’t know if I believe that old adage, especially in this case.  Target is the vortex that sucks my bank account dry.  You go in for one or two things and the next thing you know you’ve meandered into sections of the store you never intended on visiting and you’re sending your hubby back to get a buggy.  Well, such was the case for us last weekend. However, I stumbled upon a new laundry product that has me totally smitten…the Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets. It’s your detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheet all rolled into one premeasured fabulous little sheet. While we don’t own a high efficiency machine, the 3-in-1 sheets also work for those as well. I haven’t done a cost comparison to see if they end up being more or less expensive than purchasing each product separately, but I sure do love the convenience. Besides, if you visit their website, you can score a coupon. I’m a very tactile- and smell-oriented person and these sheets play to those very “weaknesses”, making our clothes super soft with an “i just want to cuddle up on the couch and watch RHW” scent.

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I Can’t Believe My Eye February 23, 2009

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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.

Southern Dictionary: Eat Crow February 17, 2009

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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

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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

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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.

Oh, So Enticing December 19, 2008

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enticementsA few weeks back I attended a jewelry party hosted by my friend, Lauren. It was a lot of fun to hang out with the ladies and browse over Alyssa Tice’s beautiful glass jewelry.  I purchased a few pair of earrings for myself and a pair as a gift. You can check out her original designs in her Etsy shop, Enticements. Her jewelry is like eating potato chips…you can’t stop at just one.

Like a Moth to a Flame December 18, 2008

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yankee-candle_coconutI’ve been a frequent patron of Bed, Bath, & Beyond as of late. One of my purchases was this Yankee Candle. The scent is much more refreshing and subtle as compared to their normal line of products. When I light it, I’m transported back to our vacation in Hawaii…I sit back, relax, take a sip of my tropical smoothie, and ask for another serving of Spam. Ahh, that’s the good life.

Picture Tag December 16, 2008

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army-ten-milerMy sister-in-law Ginny has tagged me for a Picture Tag and the rules are as follows.

The object of the picture tag is to:
1) Choose the 4th folder where you store your pictures on your computer
2) Select the 4th picture in the folder
3) Explain the picture
4) Tag 4 people to do the same
NO CHEATING! (cropping, editing, etc!)

So, in the spirit, I give you my picture.
This is Casey and I before the Army Ten Miler in 2005. This is the first ten miler that I had ever run. My face clearly captures the essence of my dorkiness and also let’s you know that I had no clue what I was in for.

I am passing the torch on to Sarah, Nicole, Tiffany, and Adrienne.

Get a Life November 18, 2008

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Since GMA is my one of my favorite shows, I’m not sure what rock I was under when this originally aired. However, while getting my daily dose of Dooce (try saying that three times fast), I came across this article. With all of the REAL issues in our society, it disgusts me that this is what certain individuals choose to make an issue. If wearing this type of scarf makes you a terrorist, then half of L.A. is guilty. Here’s my advice: get a life. I’d like to tell you where to stick that scarf!

Southern Dictionary: Woolly Worm November 15, 2008

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woolly-wormConsider the woolly worm to be the farmer’s almanac of insects. A caterpillar meterorologist, if you will. This fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar eventually morphs into the Isabella Tiger Moth. Spanning my entire 30+ years, anytime we see one of these woolly worms, we carefully examine its banded brown and black coloration to determine what type of winter is coming. Brown indicating mild weather and black indicating it is going to be a cold one. The color on the head represents the beginning of winter and, obviously, the further back on the body you go indicates the end of the season.

When we visited Stribling Orchard a few weekends back, we came across at least half a dozen of these fuzzy creatures. They all pretty much indicated the same thing: put on your scarves and mittens for the first part of winter, but don’t pack away the shorts too quickly!