Tuesday, December 30, 2008

5 Days and Counting...

Until fun in the sun! I am sure that I have mentioned that Lindsay and I are going on a cruise, but did I mention that it is in 5 days?!?! I am getting really excited and also really nervous because I fear the unknown and despise crowds. But I know it will work out and Lindsay is really good at reigning in my insanity. I put on my bathing suit this morning and although I am displeased with my shape, I think it will be fine and no one will be paying attention to me, they'll all be having fun in the sun and so will I! And I'm looking forward to eating some wonderful food on the cruise, and that will probably make the suit tighter but that is not important.

Now for a little Christmas update. Mircea and I went down to my parents' house in North Carolina and although I was apprehensive about the trip, it was fantastic. It was so nice to see my family and share in the season. Everyone LOVED Mircea and continually complimented me on what a great guy I had found. He had a really good time too and it was a positive trip. Unfortunately we only had two days there, as we had to get back home to pick up Yukie from the vet. He was so cute when he got home. He loves his Vet girls but he loves to be back with his Daddy (and Mommy to some extent). He slept with us all night and took turns rubbing up against each of us. The girls were less than happy to have him back, but happy to see us. Great Christmas!!

I enjoyed reading all your posts about your Christmas celebrations, scares, and miracles. I am glad that everyone had a good time with their families and friends. I may have time for one more post before I leave, otherwise, I'll be disconnected until the 13th as Lindsay and I cruise the Caribbean. AHHH!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Celebrity Collage by MyHeritage

Ok, the point of this isn't my HORRIFYING ugly picture of myself I took two years ago in San Diego. I was looking through old photos, found this and said "boy, I look like my grandpa" and then slapped myself in here and got not one, but two, Czech supermodels. (yeah, I know) The point of course being that I should be a model. Wait, that wasn't the point. The point was that I still feel there is some mystery clouding my whole adoption and that I really am someone's kid that I've lived with my whole life and that someone is Slovak/Czech. I wouldn't really jump that far b/c of two Czech hotties on MyHeritage, but its something I've been thinking about a lot. To be continued...

MyHeritage: Family tree - Genealogy - Celebrity - Collage - Morph

I Found This in My Email Box...

and started laughing like a hyena in the office. I have to post this.

I think this video is hilarious and I randomly watch it at work when I clean out my email folders (leaving this of course for the next time I clean). Look for my next Colt's post-it ain't pretty!

Monday, December 15, 2008

25 Questions of Christmas

Chantelle tagged me for this meme. And today, I say "why not?". So here goes!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Either one. I am TERRIBLE at wrapping gifts. I mean, like I sometimes have to have "filler" paper to cover the seams.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial. Always had a real tree when I was little, but with my desire to "save the world one tree at a time we have an artificial tree. And I upgraded this year to a prelit LED tree.

3. When do you put up the tree? Normally Thanksgiving Day, but this year it took a little longer.
4. When do you take the tree down? I like to take it down on January 2nd.
5. Do you like eggnog? Yup! LOOOVE the soy version too.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? I loved the Barbie and the Rockers tour bus that had the cassette "boom box" on top of it.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My dad and stepmother. Oh and stepsister.
8. Easiest person to buy for? any children. I've got them pegged.
9. Do you have a Nativity scene? I have a small scale Nativity music box.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. This year no lame Christmas letter since nothing thrilling happened.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Michigan State sweatshirt from my Dad the year I graduated from Purdue. He said "well, we lived in Michigan." Touche dad. Except that I liked University of Michigan.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie: I liked the Santa Clause.
13. When do you start Christmas shopping? Whenever I can find stuff and match it up with a person
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I did this year.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? My sweet tooth is in full swing.
16. Lights on the tree? Clear lights are the best
17. Favorite Christmas song? What Child is This?
18.Travel at Christmas or stay home? Unfortunately we have been travelling.
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Maybe
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Nothing this year.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Mircea and I have pretty much opened all our presents already. I can't remember when we do it at my parents house.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Crowded parking lots and crappy traffic.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I have a lot of random stuff, I actually like a fairly sparse tree.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Mashed potatoes. And that yummy broccoli thing my parents make.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? The ability to get in the bathtub and submerge myself in water. Strange, yes, but I miss baths so much with this surgery.

I tag anyone who feels the spirit of Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Geriatric Friday

I keep forgetting to post this fun little tidbit. For the past couple of years Mircea has been receiving some very interesting mail. Other than the standard "Miss Ighian" postal confusion (which makes me laugh about Ms. Chanandler Bong) Mircea has been tagged by an interesting group. AARP. I'm talking magazines, credit cards, mailers, voting guidance, etc. I went to AARP's website, only to verify that they do indeed "help people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives". I don't know why this is so funny to us, but it really is. I think it is because there are always the wonderful letters to him about his "twilight years" and that "now is the time to really live (before you die)" I also really enjoy that since we started getting those we've also started receiving other strange mailers to the house, like from Liberty Medical, with a roving review from Wilford Brimley. (You have to click this link...I laughed so hard that they were calling him out on his pronunciation of diabetes.) It's just really funny. I've called them to say that we would prefer that they cease their mailers as it's a waste of paper and we simply recycle it...but they appear to be obsessed with Mircea understanding how his Medicare Part B doesn't cover enough and that he should purchase supplemental insurance. Oy vey. My only idea about how this happened is that his pharmacy company (he does it by mail) sold his information to AARP or some other mailers and they know he has high blood pressure (Or had, actually) and they assume he's considerably older. I just thought it was funny and hope you got a kick out of it too. Have a good weekend.

Monday, December 08, 2008

A Morning in the Life

I had an interesting morning, but it really opened my eyes to a lot of things. I have spent a couple days sick to my stomach and vomiting and yesterday I had an issue that required the use of Pepto Bismol. I couldn't wait and had to get it as soon as the store opened so I called ahead and made sure that they had handicapped carts as I'm still not strong enough to walk any distance greater than couch to bathroom. (which I've been doing a lot of) They did have the carts so I started my trek. The grocery store is a way different place from the perspective of an electric cart. First of all, they are not the easiest to drive, and I'm able bodied so I can handle it but it wasn't great. I felt the store was really accessible, as I'm sure is required by law, but I was impressed. I was able to get everything on my little list (i figured i was there i'd get the other essentials) except one thing that was at cart level, but if it had been crowded i would have never made it. It just got me thinking as I drove the cart over the brick entry way and thought my leg would fall off from the jostling pain, how judgemental I have been about the cart people, and how pain really does change people, and that the world is very different with any form of disability. I mean, I was talking to Lindsay about setting up the Wii at the new house but I couldn't do it b/c I couldn't bend my knee and get down to the ground-silly right? But these little things are taken for granted and I hope that I never will do that again. I am so lucky that this is just a temporary problem, but I think of all the people that aren't experiencing this on a temporary basis and live this life everyday-they are definitely stronger than I am. In a side note, as I've been laying on my ass for 3 weeks, I wonder if many of the hefty cart people that we see and wonder if they only need the cart b/c they are chunky started out with an injury and the weight gain and pain got away from them and they are in a vicious cycle...I've been lucky to gain only 8 lbs, which is still insane, but I've probably walked a total of 400 steps in 3 weeks, not the recommended exercise for a normal gal.

I was also thinking about people that are in pain. I feel like hell in a handbasket and I'm bitchy as a wet cat and I can't imagine if someone felt this everyday. My mother was in constant pain (and chose to overmedicate to deal with the pain) but she was always so moody and I never understood until I've started experiencing my own pain. And it makes me think about how strong so many people really are-we all know the warrior who has struggled through Cancer, disability, etc., and i am in awe of their strength. I've got some knee pain combined with some dehydration and I was pretty much screaming to Mircea to call me an ambulance as I was "going to die" (yes, he's teased me for that, as I deserved) I can't sleep etc. And I'm not saying that anyone should feel bad for me because I chose this and I am going to be ok. But for those people that didn't, I am sorry that I didn't understand and I wish there was something I could do.

I realize this post is rambling (as always?) but I have just really been thinking the last few days. I'm a wimp. I have zero pain tolerance and am a huge whiney crybaby. I need to grow up and buck up and toughen up. I guess we all want our mommies to take care of us sometimes, but I think sometimes I fall into wanting my mommy all the time to take care of me. Time to take care of myself.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Crappy Commercials

There are two commercials that are driving me, well, Nuggnuts. The first, I've already indicated. The new McDonald's Nuggnuts commercials. Are they kidding us? Do they really want to draw attention to the fact that if you are eating McDonald's nuggets that you might actually be a Numbnuts? Do they want to draw that line? I love the wedding cake of chicken nuggets, the cocktail party with the nuggets and the beautiful dipping sauces. It is so silly and the stupidest thing I've ever seen. Well, not the stupidest thing...

This is the stupidest thing. The other McDonald's commercial that is a pathetic parody of an R&B song where the gentlemen is singing that his girl is out "creeping" and "are you dipping on me?" as though to indicate that his woman is in fact sneaking around with a 10 piece of nuggets. But she continues to deny him, including his request that she has a 10 piece "don't be stingg-gy".
McDonalds Commercial - R&B Song - The most amazing home videos are here

I think I've done my job here today. Man, this song is so stupid but it does make me laugh my butt off. And if I ate meat, I think it might even make me want some nuggets...NOT!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

10 Days of Commercials

I have been watching tv for 10 days straight and with that I've watched a lot of commercials. Here are some quick observations...

  • My new favorite commerical is a commercial I originally thought was stupid. It's the Campbell's soup commercial where a guy is sitting at his desk enjoying his soup, exclaiming things like "mmm" "yummy" etc. Another guy is walking around trying to fill out a request for signage for the cubicles and asks the man his name. The guy ignores him as he is engrossed in the soup. Fast forward to the day the name tags are ordered and the guy walks up to his desk and the name on the cubicle is Num Yummy. He says "Who's Num Yummy?" and I laugh my ass off every time. It must be the drugs, but that is now completely hilarious to me. I tried to find a video online but couldn't, so I hope you've seen it so my description makes some sense.
  • Free Credit Report Dot Com: F to the R to the E to the E to the C to the R to the EDIT Report to the dot to the Com, come on everybody grab your blank and sing along. I used to hate these commercials but now I find them charming and especially enjoy the one where they are at the Renn Faire, because we all know how I feel about that.
  • I'm tired, so I'm keeping this short. The last commercial is one of the genious "ad wizard" commercials from stupid Comcast. This guy says how much he loves advertising with Comcast because it helps him get to all this customers. He says "My business helps people get their life organized with closet systems, storage units and frameless shower doors" I'm not sure how that helps people out, but that is ridiculous.

There are probably a ton more but I can't think of them. I'm trying to come up with better posts but I still feel icky and don't like sitting upright all that much to type.