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DWTS Recap


We have to watch her for another a week?

Kate Gosselin must go. I think I hear eight kids crying for their mom to stop flying to California and stay home for more than one night.

The Tony “quitting” scene seemed vaguely familiar. It looked like clips I’d seen of her on her canceled show. I think she has a pattern of witchy behavior with men that doesn’t seem to be working.

Side note: Don’t flame me for that – I think her ex-husband is in a tie with her for most obnoxious people who shouldn’t be on TV and should get ZERO press coverage.

The stress and tension on her face was painful to watch both during the dance and during the elimination night. Watching the actual dance was even more painful.

She said and I’m paraphrasing here…

“Sure I forgot some steps but at least I didn’t fall down.”


My personal favs of week two:

Evan Lysacek & Nicole Scherzinger

I have to add Niecy Nash to my favorite list this week. Her spunk and humor is infectious.

In the easy to look at category is Aiden Turner. Don’t even know if he can dance.

Maks continues to be my favorite pro to watch. And I promise it’s not because he keeps unbuttoning his shirt to his navel. There are many other reasons. I’ll try to remember them next week when I watch. 😉

Next week, let’s please say goodbye to Kate. I’m willing to endure watching that other ICKY blonde for another week if Kate will go home.

Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to call and vote for who we want to NOT dance the next week? My mom and I have discussed this for several seasons and we think we would call in for sure if we could vote someone off–at least until the final three. Yeah, we are like that.

Who is your favorite? Do you actually call in and vote? Would you call in and vote if you could vote someone off the show?


Disclaimer: These are just my personal opinions and I’m sure I’d be friends in real life with each and every “star”, “was a star” and/or “never was a star”. Or not.

Big City International Resources

Continuing on our language theme from last week, I’m expanding and going a little international this week.

We’re still small town folk living in the suburbs of the Big City.

As evidenced by PhilBillPaul’s fascination with this sign he encountered while at a job last week.

He so kindly took a camera phone picture (forgive the glare) of the sign because he was sure my blog friends and I would enjoy it as much as he did.

I think it’s comforting to know that if your international friends come to the hospital in Atlanta, they can just point to their language from the list of 20 and an interpreter is called.

We’re still learning about all the amazing resources available after living in the Big City for almost 20 years…


Hooked on Phonics

In our continuing “little lesson” on the demise of the English language as we once knew it and all the slang we keep adding to the dictionary, our family plays a little game about how to pronounce words.

Photo courtesy of See-ming Lee

I keep a running list on my computer and it has grown over the years. It all started when we were driving up to the mountains and Lizzie said “I know we’re getting close because I saw the sign for Cherry-o-key.”

In her defense, she was in the 3rd grade.

We love to mispronounce things whenever we can. Part of it is some Indiana dialect that comes from both of our mothers. Part of it is that we all have some classic word we have mispronounced and then whenever we try to say it, we have to stop and think “Did I just say that wrong AGAIN?”

Here’s our Humpfreeze list of amusing words that we like to mispronounce on purpose.

Sidenote: I won’t call out who said it wrong first which is usually why it gets on the list. Some are really just for fun. Just in case you read the list and think “Oh my, they are really a dumb family.”

We call our little game “IS IT?” You really have to say them out loud to fully enjoy the game.

  • cherokee or cherry-o-key
  • pecan or pee-can
  • carribbean or care-a-be-n
  • caramel or care-mell
  • potato or po-tot-toe
  • roof or ruff
  • wash or warsh
  • milk or melk
  • bear or bar
  • route or root
  • coupon or coo-pon
  • Illinois or Illi-noise
  • italian or I-tal-yen
  • creek or crick
  • syrup or sere-up
  • envelope or on-velope
  • lidocaine or lid-o-caine

Bad inside family jokes posted just to make the kids laugh:

  • vending or bending
  • biscuit or b-kit
  • foreigners or fur-ners
  • brown hog or brown log
  • mosaic or mose-e-ack
  • vinyl or venil
  • filet or fill-et
  • ex-lax or egg slice

Did any of them make you laugh? Or are you just thinking we really are dumb?


DWTS Newest Groupie

Did you hear Kate Gosselin’s intro where she ended with,

“So, all the moms out there, this one is for you.”

The newest Dancing With The Stars viewer groupie aka PhilBillPaul quipped,

“Oh, she’s dancing for you.”


Thanks Kate but I’d rather you go spend some quality time with your kids and if you need a job – how about the one you are qualified for…nurse.

In fact when I saw her with Pamela Anderson, I was hoping for a quick double elimination with those two blondes. Icky. Icky. Icky.

Well, make that a triple elimination. Don’t make us watch Buzz Aldrin again. Living Legend – yes. Dancer – no.

My favs in no particular order…

  • Evan Lysacek
  • Erin Andrews
  • Chad Ochocinco
  • Nicole Scherzinger

Who were your favorites? Who do you hope gets voted off ASAP?


Side note/Disclaimer: These are just my personal opinions and I can’t hide how much I don’t like Kate Gosselin being on this show. Star? Was a star? Never a star? Hmmm…I’m sure we’d be friends in real life. Or not.

I Have {Typo} Issues

Typos drive me crazy.


And other people’s.

It’s a gift and a curse that I see them.

I find typos in published bestsellers.


Restaurant menus. Signs. Flyers. Blogs.

Photo courtesy of victoriapeckham

It really should be my full-time job. Proofreader. I know people get paid for this. I’m not sure if it’s lucrative or how I break into the industry.

I’ve been a little too busy to find out. Raising our four darlings.

My real worry is that this next generation is at risk – the new school, text speak, computers, spell check and typing with two fingers are compromising our English skills.

My kids will tell you I’m a pretty big stickler for proofing their papers. Their very strict and old-fashioned years of elementary school set the foundation for my favorite kind of book learning. The kind where the teachers insist your handwriting is legible and your grammar is correct. Crazy, I know.

They are all excellent students with excellent writing skills. Because I think communication is pretty vital to your success both in school and life. (I’m still not sure how or why I needed Algebra as a life skill.) I am positive that good, basic English skills are used continuously throughout your life no matter what career path you choose.

I’m not an expert and I’m not the grammar police. In fact, part of the fun of blogging is to write in a conversational tone and throw out some of those old-fashioned grammar rules. Like…beginning a sentence with “And” which I love to do. And “Because” is my second favorite and I think it’s wrong too. Sometimes I get really wild and END a sentence with a preposition.

I know I make plenty of my own mistakes! But there are some common mistakes that are easily fixed and when I see them – they really add to my craziness. Maybe it’s the coma?

Seriously, I do remember how hard it was to write down the letters and the words after the head injury. And it gets progressively harder with old age.

But here are a few that really send me over the edge…

  • your and you’re
  • to and too
  • there and their
  • it’s and its
  • a lot is two words

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Beall

Don’t even get me started on the proper use of an apostrophe.

I think I’m going to start collecting my favorites and take screenshots when I see them on the web. It takes so very little to entertain me.

Last week, I saw these two on websites:

…I was hoping to here good news.

…taking an active roll in politics.

Anybody else see/read what I see?

Yeah, I know I’ve just opened myself up for critics, grammarians and proofreaders to have a field day with me and my blog.

Have at it. Bring it on. I’ll correct anything that needs correcting and probably learn a few more things in the process! I’m the first to admit it’s always harder to proof your own work than it is to proof someone else’s.

Cuz like I wanna make miself a more better righter.

Whatever. 😉


Dangers of College Commuting

There are many reasons why your college-age children should go away to college. I heard one mom who had a rule that they have to be at least 90 minutes away.

I’d go with a 3 hour minimum.

Seems like the right amount of time and distance so the quick, impromptu, surprise visits happen rarely, if ever! A little bit of planning goes a long way. Wait, I’m getting off track. That’s a post for another day.

The topic today is WHY they should live in a dorm and not commute from home.

The list is long but since it’s Friday I’m keeping it simple.

This is the primary WHY…

So you don’t have to know that your 20 year-old is working on a project at 2:00 a.m. on the kitchen floor because his time management skills are less than stellar.

PhilBillPaul took up for him and asked me, “Didn’t you ever stay up all night and cram for an exam? This is the same thing.”

Why, yes, as a matter of fact I did stay up all night and do that.

But my mother was nestled in her bed 3 hours away and did not get involved or scream at me for losing her glue gun, not being prepared and/or worry that I was going to lose my scholarship if I didn’t get a good grade.

Side note: I didn’t have a scholarship. Illinois did not pay students to maintain a “B” average. Thank you Georgia state lottery funding, i.e. Hope Scholarship.

My mother did send cookies and write notes that were pretty much always the same except for the type of cookie in the box…

Here are some snickerdoodles. I hope you are getting some rest.


I should have scanned one. I have them all.

Thanks Mom.

And Mom…

I’m still trying to get some rest but your pumpkin is keeping me up late.


Quality Control Issues ~ Part Two

Monday and Tuesday zipped right by and here we are at Wednesday and I have so much to tell you.

First, I know my mom may be the only one who goes back and reads comments days after I post something.

I think I’ve mentioned before she enjoys the comments more than my posts.

This one is worth bringing to your attention…

Shut up!

Someone at Target read my blog.

My comment back to Michaela which I am going to send her via email (I don’t think she has a blog):

Thanks so much for addressing my tissue incident. I’m impressed that Target is plugged into the blogging community and quick to apologize for a quality issue.

In terms of customer service, my only suggestion would be to have the appropriate department send a coupon or gift card when a problem like this is brought to your attention. As the consumer, I would be more impressed if I didn’t have to drag the aforementioned tissue and/or tissue box (that I’ve thrown away) into the store and re-tell the story.

I guess I could print the blog with the photos and take it to the store but again, I believe when the opportunity to provide extraordinary customer service presents itself – it should be effortless for the customer. 🙂

When I showed The Grunter the comment, he actually asked me if I had “planted” it there myself. Like Target doesn’t care about ME?!

Just wait until I tell you about my encounter at Kroger. I’m still recovering so I can’t type the story just yet…I promise to share it soon.

Other miscellaneous announcements:

Today is my 300th post.

Woo hoo! If you’ve been reading along for that long, I’m honored. If you just joined the party, welcome. If you could all go and tell 300 people each, my readership would explode and my blog content…um, would remain pretty much the same. 😉

Happy Birthday Tod!

It’s my brother’s birthday. Easy to remember. But I guess I should send him an email since I don’t remember how to write and mail cards the old-fashioned way. And I don’t think he reads the blog.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

May you all have a happy and lucky day…


Oatmeal Berry Muffins

My quest for healthy recipes that taste good continues. This recipe is a keeper. In fact, I’m making again this weekend. I love to have something frozen that I can grab that is homemade.

Bonus: The Grunter Seal of Approval…he ate four!

Remember, this is not a food blog which is why I didn’t take bad pictures of these delicious muffins.

Instead just click over to this lovely food blog called Two Peas and Their Pod. They are a sweet young couple who cook together and take great pictures of their food.

Just like me and PhilBillPaul 20 years ago…well except for the cooking together and taking great pictures of food part. 😉

Side note: I had a frozen berry mix of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and I did not use chunky applesauce. Whatever berries and applesauce you use doesn’t seem to matter – they’re excellent.

Oatmeal Berry Muffins

Adapted from Joy the Baker

* 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 1/4 cups oats
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I used 1 tsp.)
* 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used chunky applesauce)
* 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
* 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
* 2 tbsp canola oil
* 1 large egg, lightly beaten
* 1 tsp. vanilla (I added this)
* 1/4 tsp. almond extract (I added this)
* 3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. I put in a full cup)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a muffin tin with paper cases or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a medium bowl combine applesauce, buttermilk, sugar, oil, egg, and extracts. Make a well in dry ingredients and add applesauce mixture. Stir until just moist. Fold in berries. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. I got 16 regular muffins.

Bake for 16-18 minutes.

Cool on rack. Enjoy! They freeze beautifully too!

Recipe from:Two Peas and Their Pod


Have a fabulous weekend and bake some muffins!


Bargain Shopping 101 ~ Part Two

So many things to do with that $336 dollars I saved in February…

Was it a coincidence that I ripped this article out of Oprah magazine?

This article featured jeans under $100 which in magazine-land is a major bargain price.

In spite of the title, no thank you, I’m actually not looking for ways to build a better butt.

I’m always looking for great jeans at a reasonable price.

I wanted to find these jeans and try them on so I was saving the article.

Side note: I would also like to clarify that I do not share this particular woman’s problem of “whale tail” which is a new phrase I learned. Nor do I think I need a “push-up bra for my butt” I just liked the other features described.

$59 for great jeans is really a great price.

Then I noticed the price of the blouse.


Tell me if you have ever spent $700 on a blouse? Do I know you?

Holy cow, I just can’t get over that.

With my weak math skills I have figured out that with my $336 that I “saved” in February, I could…

Buy FIVE pairs of these jeans.

Or I’m not quite halfway to buying a new blouse.

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a single article of clothing?

I’m going to ponder that while I wrap myself in one of my $7.00 sweaters…


Bargain Shopping 101

I was a bargain shopper way before it become chic and cool.

Mostly made chic and cool because of the horrible economy.

This makes me chic and cool way before we were poor.

Which I think is the ultimate chic and cool.

Or not.

I have been a bargain shopper since my high school days.

It’s something about the thrill of not paying retail.

I’m the person who goes directly to the back of the store to the clearance racks and never even really looks at the mannequins in the window as I know I can’t afford it. And if I could, I would never pay retail.

Part of is the thrill of the find. The other part is saving money.

Look at what I scored for Scary Baby in February.

Yes, that’s right. 5 new articles of clothing ~ a hoodie, matching pants, a top and two sweaters. The very cute brown velour hoodie and matching pants were $2.99 each! Woo hoo!

Side note: Pictures of the aforementioned items would have been chic and cool. I was so busy scanning the receipts I obviously didn’t think about the actual clothes.

So glad I was shopping for new dress pants for myself. That’s why I ended up with 5 new sweaters and a top. Because you have to be flexible when bargain shopping.

Fortunately, I’m very flexible. 😉

I do so love a store that doesn’t make me do that math.

According to Belk, I SAVED a grand total of $336.51.

Come back Wednesday to find out what I could do with all my savings!!

Until then, leave a comment and tell me about your best bargain score. What’s the best bargain you ever found while shopping? (Doesn’t have to be clothes…)


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