Weekend recap

I can't update a full post today because I am on the road. But I wanted to leave you with some pics and to say I have had the most wonderful last several days on vacation with my little family. 

I feel so blessed for everything I have. 
We went dancing....don't you love my big brown hair? 
This is a loser pic :) 
This is the winners pic 
This is our fake sky lift pic. 
I promise a good post tomorrow. 

Just another Friday in paradise

1. By the time you read this my car will have a hundred thousand miles. I'm a little sad considering I still owe 5 thousand on it.

2. I bought a new dress. I love H&M. I thought the polka dots would add weight to me but I don't think it does.

3. I apparently changed my name. At least according to the tire and lube center I did. Ok and I the only person that giggles at lube?

4. Abbey wants American gladiator style weapons. I think that's dangerous....fun but dangerous.

5. This is what the sky looked like last night. I nearly had a heart attack. I was terrified we were getting another tornado.  Thankfully it was just an icky storm. 

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Dale Earnhardt Painted Cooler

You may remember the pink polka dotted cooler that started my cooler painting mania. If not you can read about it here. Greg requested a Dale Earnhardt painted cooler. I had a vision in my head of how I wanted it to look. I had a few bumps along the way, but I was determined that it was going to look a certain way. This is how I began.


Sander  (small hand held)
plastic primer
3 cans of black paint Krylon
White spray paint Krylon
White acrylic paint (craft paint)
Plastic clear coat Krylon
White Paint pen
Red Paint Pen
Xacto knife
number 3 printed using google image search
checked flag duct tape (found at Hobby Lobby)
paint brush
painters tape


This is what I did differently from the pink painted cooler. I hardly sanded this cooler. I just gave it enough to scuff it a little. Then I gave it 2 coats of plastic primer, let it dry about 3 hours. Next I taped off the top and painted the bottom black. You may remember from the polka dotted cooler that I only used about a half a can of pink paint. For some reason the black took 3 cans. After waiting a couple of days for all the black to dry I moved on to the number.

I printed "the 3" using a google image search. I used an xacto  knife to make it a stencil. I traced it with some white acrylic paint and a paint brush. After several coats I moved on to using a paint pen. Once the 3 was completely white, I let it dry and then traced it with the red paint pen.

I made a line along the bottom using painters tape to help me get a crisp clean line and then colored it in with a red paint pen.

Next comes the tricky part. I knew I wanted a checked flag lid. I looked for a contact paper with this print, but couldn't find any. I found a stencil and tried that. I used black paint first, it was a runny nightmare. Then I tried using a black sharpie marker but that didn't look crisp either. That's when I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and found the checked duct tape. I carefully covered the top and then gave the bottom a coat of clear protective spray and let it dry.

I really love doing these coolers. I'm currently working on one for Greg's brother. Abbey and my sister have asked for some too. So hopefully you'll be seeing more of these.

The one with Princess Leia

I had a post all planned for today but didn't get a chance to write it before I left for a conference. So I'm leaving you with some pictures from my phone.
I need to find a place to wear this dress. I fell in love when I passed it at the mall.
My daughter rockin' the sock buns Princess Leia style.
This is her freaking out when she realized I posted it on Instagram and tagged her. I have since taken it down. But really thought you needed to see it.
Actually don't grow up its a trap! 
Hope you have a great day. 

Things I've learned this weekend

  1. Plans change and you should be prepared....tennis shoes in case you have to run from zombies,  non hoochie momma clothes in case you may have to hang all day with the BF's family.

  2. Victoria's Secret fitters are crazy, they insisted that a 34DDD (which apparently you can only get online, even though I bought one in Jan at the Semi Annual Sale) is the same thing as a 36DD except its not. Also my bank account wants to ban the semi annual sale.
  3. Families handle stress in different ways and just because its different than your way doesn't make it wrong, even when the crying makes you feel weird. I assure you saying you cry a lot isn't a good thing. Trust me on this. It was an open mouth insert foot moment.
  4. People think they are doing enough, until you do the same and yours isn't enough.
  5. Crazy ex girlfriends sometime have a hard time letting go. They like to leave comments on FB pages for the world to see about how concerned they are and love you guys. And sometimes current girlfriends "like" it so the crazy ex will know that current girl friend knows she is a creepy stalker. (you know who you are)
  6. We aren't guaranteed another day....or minute. So we really need to say/do what we want NOW!
The person in this vehicle lived with only a few broken bones
The person in this one did not. Same accident.


My weekly highlights.

1. I have ALWAYS wanted a pool. I may have mentioned I use to be a competitive swimmer. Not near the level of Michael Phelps but I was good. I loved it. I thought better while swimming laps. Anyway... there has always been a reason why I couldn't have one. Usually it was, whoever I was with didn't think we should have one. I may not be living here forever, Greg doesn't want a hole dug in his yard, or all the effort involved in packing sand for a large above ground. But I did talk him into the largest easy set pool. He even sat it up for me. The only drawback is we thought the ground was more level than it was and its leaning to the left some. Not enough that I'd try draining the pool. I said Its enough water for me to get wet and teach the girls to swim in. I may even be able to swim a stroke or two before I hit the wall.
Woke up this morning to this..
Collapsed pool! Guess I will have to level it better before I refill it.

2. I'm off today :) I may just try out the pool. After I fix it of course 

3. I had my first training as an Early care and education trainer. No one got up and left or booed me so I guess I did alright and people will allow me to train them again. The topic was early literacy which you may have heard is a pet cause of mine. I also gave everyone a multi faceted lesson plan based around the book the runaway bunny and I gave then A bunny, home and journal to share with their class. I have done this with a class if mine way back when I was teaching and everyone loved it. The kids take bunny home and return on Monday to share their adventure with the class.

4. I finished the dale Earnhardt painted cooler. A tutorial will come next week. Lets just say this cooler had some challenges.

5. My sister brought her dog Inigo over to play with Westley. They hadn't seen each other in months and had fun. I love watching the doggie cousins play.

See he is so excited he's trying to dance.

Hope you have a great weekend. This post was completed entirely on my phone so if it looks jacked up that's why.

Its the little things that add up

Stress is directly related to how out of control you feel......

and today I forgot my purse at home (I live like 33 miles from my office) and my gas light came on, and I'm out of Dr. Pepper. I have a presentation to work on, a goals form to fill out and send to my boss. I have a conference on Tuesday, but I'm leaving on Monday and I'm off work tomorrow, so all of this needs to be done NOW. Needless to say I'm feeling the stress.

Here's hoping your day is stress free and that I have a better post for tomorrow.


BlogLovin' and the zombie apocalypse

Once again its Wednesday, and once again I forgot about the how pinteresting link up. So here is me answering some questions, clearing up some rumors, preparing you for the future.


So rumor has it Google Reader is ending on July 1. I kinda had it in my head that it was google friend connect that was ending. But, I guess I was wrong. (shhh.....it happens from time to time). Although another rumor has it that GFCwill be ending as well. And we all know how rumors go. You may be asking yourself, what will we do? How we will read the blogs we follow? How will we survive the zombie apocalypse that is inevitable? I'm here to answer all these questions and more.

I decided to move to BlogLovin' cause I think BlogLovin' sounds neat and I like the heart. You can do what you want. But I think BlogLovin' is where all the cool kids are going. Therefore you should give in to the peer pressure and head over there too.

So If you don't follow me on BlogLovin' yet, please go ahead and do that now. I have a link on the right. -------> it may be right there.....see it? Click it....go ahead and click you know you want too. WoooHooo thanks for following me.

So now that you've signed up for BlogLovin' you can see all the blogs you follow and people can follow you too, well once they click on the nifty follow with BlogLovin' link. Which they will, because you are awesome and everyone wants to follow you.

What about the blogs I follow through GFC....yeah you can still follow them. When you sign up for BlogLovin', which you should have done already.....click import blogs. If you follow any new blogs later using google you will have to import them too, the import is just the blogs you follow right this very second.

Now for the zombie apocalypse, I suggest watching zombieland and taking notes. The rules are very important. Also you should catch up on episodes of  The Walking Dead. Aside from that maybe have a safe room. I already have a safe room...its stocked with Jager and Dr. Pepper (never to be mixed), the random bag of BBQ chips may also be floating around. That's all you really need. Right? Anyway, You are more than welcome to come ride the apocalypse out with me. But you should bring your own Jager. I don't share well.


Field office blues

I may or may not have mentioned I work in a field office. Its 2 hours (100 miles) away from the field office we branched off from. Which is 20 minutes away and across state lines from the main office.

Its just me and 1 other person in a cinder block closet. Think college dorm. Take away the windows and shrink it  to about half.

Our boss jokes that we like her so much because she is so far away. That's not true. She really is awesome and should teach classes on management.

There are some perks to being in a field office.

1. We don't have people looking over our shoulder all day.
2. We don't have the distraction of lots of people wanting to speak with us. We can go a whole day only speaking to each other.
3. No  make up = No problem. Unless we have meetings or appointments

There are some naughty perks too, like leaving early and long lunches but we never do that. Actually 99% of the time lunch is either on the run or at our desks.

There are also some down sides. As I've experienced lately. The BIGGEST we have no IT person on site.

  1. My work laptop died the day before a training I was doing. I took it to a meeting I was attending and gave it to my boss to give to  the IT guy.
  2. My work phone stopped working Monday morning
  3. I couldn't log into the network and work email
  4. I  had monthly paperwork to finish and no way to get to the forms
The IT guy tried fixing it remotely but sadly he had to drive the 2 1/2 hours this way to fix it. Thankfully today has been a drama free day.


I came home from work yesterday napped, it was a great 2 hour long nap. The kind that makes sure you don't get any sleep at night.  I needed the nap though, especially since I have a busy next several days. I had to meet my ex Mike first. We were trading the girlies. We have a great divorce. Its way better than our marriage was. We have the custody arrangement like Jennie Garth has, shared custody with no child support. I pay for the stuff they use at my house and he does the same for his. For big things like school stuff we split it. Its a great arrangement. But sometimes things happen. Like yesterday  when I rushed from work to get to our arranged drop off/pick up place and then waited for 30 minutes. I made him wait on Tuesday while we went to Bdubs so it's all fair, but what makes today so bad was I was soooo sleepy. I don't know if it is the awful rainy weather we've had or the visit from my boss for our annual performance review but I was beat. Anyway.....I accidentally sent him this text. It was meant for Abbey. I should probably look at who I am actually sending messages too.  I should also read texts before I send them so I don't look like I have serious issues with the English language.

 I mentioned my boss visited today. She is an hour away but we see each other a few times a week. Today was our annual review. I was nervous. I wanted a raise. I could live and be happy without one, but raises are nice. I've never had a job that gave any. It seems like every job I've ever had has been going through a raise freeze. Yeah that is crappy. I love my job. I rarely miss because I don't feel like its work. Its something I really enjoy doing. Anyway long story short. I got a raise. I'm not sure how much yet, but Its something. To celebrate I came home and napped. I think that is the sign of getting OLD. During my evaluation she said I was a great writer and that she was sorry there isn't much room in my job to write and that I may want to consider writing for our company blog. I didn't mention that I have this blog. Not that I want to keep you guys a secret. I love you all. But honestly my level of writing here is like comparing Jersey Shore to Dateline. I don't tell many people in my real life about you. I don't want to have to sensor anything.

I have a work meeting Friday and have a shopping list for Hobby Lobby. I love that place.  I am kinda glad I don't have one close to me, because I'd be broke all the time.

I finished my painted cooler. I love it so much I can't wait to show it off. We are going to a party Saturday, I may have to take it with me. Greg's cooler is coming along. I hope I will be finished by Saturday.

I'm doing my first training Saturday morning. I'm nervous and excited at the same time. I hope I'm not boring and lame.

That's pretty much my highlights this week.

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This is a post about sadness with a happy ending. Also known as how to remove an alarm from a bottle of Jager. I wish I had read this post a week ago. But I guess without the unfortunate incident I would never had known that a post like this needed to be written. So here is my PSA on...

Picture it.....Lexington, Ky. I am at Liquor Barn. My supply of Jager is dangerously low and I am in need of restocking. I find the glorious green bottle and head to the front. I'm distracted by, well everything, because I am easily distractable. I didn't notice the tragedy unfolding. I wasn't able to set things right. Just thinking about this makes me tear up.

I head home. I finish the jager in my freezer and reach for the new bottle and that's when I saw it. When the stores are closed, when all the jager in the house is gone, I notice.....They forgot to take the alarm off. WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just can't bear replaying this in my head. As soon as the store opened I called. "ummm hello! I bought Jager and the alarm is still on, how do I get the alarm off?" The store employee said, "You don't. and If you don't have the receipt we can't take the alarm off. we have no way of knowing if you stole it or not."
Well of course I don't have the receipt. That would be too easy. My next goal is getting the alarm off without breaking my bottle. I brainstormed ways to remove it. A magnet like they use in clothing stores? A hammer? torch? I googled. I asked around. I cried a little (ok not  really). Finally I just decided to PULL. A glove is necessary. It has sharp spikes on the underside of the alarm. After REALLY pulling hard. The alarm popped off.

I'm so excited that I decided we needed to celebrate with a shot or 4 and this cake wrecks/people of walmart worthy cake
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Painted coolers, who knew

I mentioned on Monday that I bought a cooler to take to Bristol in August. I saw a cute zebra print cooler while shopping a few weeks ago, but the cooler was too tall to be allowed in at the race. When I found this plain blue cooler I was happy that it had wheels so I don't have to carry my drinks. But sad that it wasn't as cool as the zebra one. I had the bright idea to paint it. I love spray paint. I have no fear when it comes to giving something/anything a coat of paint. Once I decided to paint the cooler I was super excited to get started transforming it from plain to fabulous. This is a several day process so make sure you have a week of nice weather otherwise your cooler will be sitting on your washing machine while it dries. Not that happened to me all three nights.

Materials: Rust-olem plastic primer
Krylon (my spray paint brand of choice) Top is Grape bottom is Watermelon
scotch blue painters tape
black n decker palm sander
Spackle (not really needed)
xacto knife
Various colors paint pens
Krylon  fusion for plastics clear uv protection

Step 1: I covered the Coleman with Spackle and let it dry over night.

Step 2: Give it a roughing up with the sander wiped it off with a damp cloth and then lightly covered it with Plastic primer. Don't you just love all the paint it left on my fingers. Let dry for about an hour.

Step 3: I sprayed the top with Krylon Grape. Painted the bottom with Krylon Watermelon. I taped the back where the handle goes. That remained black but the handle itself I painted grape. I let this sit overnight to dry.

Step 4: Taped the stripes off and gave the top a coat of watermelon. Let it dry about 2 hours.

Step 5: I printed the H off from my computer. You can do this anyway you want but I looked for a monogram H in a google image search. Then cut using a xacto knife it out to make a stencil I traced the H with a paint pen and then filled it in. As it was drying I used a circle stencil on the base using lavender, lime, tangerine, and blue. I bought a variety pack of paint pens.

I still need to cover it with the Krylon Fushion UV protection. I want to let it sit overnight to dry once again.

I'm working on Greg a Dale Earnhardt cooler I'm hoping to have it done soon.

11 bands/artists I'm embarrassed to admit I listen to

I love music. I love cranking up my music and singing loudly on my daily commute. But, If I'm in the car with someone, especially a boyfriend, I always let them play their music. Basically, I am horribly embarrassed about my taste in music and I don't want to be secretly or not so secretly judged.  So to get it all out in the open once and for all. Here is a list of the most embarrassing music on my iphone.

  1. Taylor Swift- Life almost ALL of her stuff. I so relate to her serial dater with relationship issues
  2. Brittany Spears. Good Ol' Brit. I'm not sure I like the fake British accent in Scream and Shout but I do love her
  3. One-Direction. I started making fun of Abbey for liking them, but here I am singing along. I even know when its Harry singing.
  4. Bowling for Soup. High school never ends, the bitch song, 1985. Its good stuff people
  5. RISKAY. Totally not work safe, But youtube her. Everyone needs to experience some RISKAY
  6. Bob Segar. Chances are makes me weepy
  7. C.W McCall. Convoy, love me some Convoy
  8. Peter Cetera. Glory of Love, After All. My closet romantic is seeping out
  9. Lady GaGa. Totally Nutty but catchy
  10. Garth Brooks. I've seen him in concert twice. I can't stand his wife but he is awesome
  11. Here Come the Mummies. Also not work safe but totally hilarious
I'm totally hanging my head in shame
What music are you embarrassed that you actually listen to?

Crazy things you see at the races pt.2

Today I give you crazy things you see at the race track pt. 2. Those of you that have been following me for awhile may remember that I was drug kicking and screaming to Bristol for the August night race. I had never really been to a race and was feeling anxious and excited about it. You can read about it here.

This weekend was Greg's birthday and we went to Virginia to visit with his brother. Greg decided that he wanted to go to a local track that way back when use to be a NASCAR sanctioned track. Its not anymore. It was fun, but you could tell it was past its prime (built in 1972). Clearly built for a large crowd it had only a few hundred people (if that). The bathroom had about 15 stalls and I was almost always the only person in there. My first impression was total Final Destination.
The first pic is the track, The second is a crack in the joint that connects the wall to the seats. and the final is peeling in the stadium wall. It was super sad.

On of the race cars had a for sale sign on it. I really wanted to buy it. Since Bristol I have wanted to race. I think it would be soooo much fun. Only problem is I have Tony Stewart level road rage. That could be dangerous.

Wouldn't that be a good car for me?
The crowd may have been small but they were into it. Like REALLY into it.

So into it they needed a hit of their inhaler.
We did see a couple of drivers trash talking during the end of race interviews. A driver wrecked a another driver at the finish line. It was pretty cool. All the fun made me excited for Bristol. I bought my cooler. I am not about to carry a cooler around this year. I found one with wheels that is the legal size. I hate how it is plain. My plan is to paint it. Wish me luck.
Nothing would say weekend or birthday like shots.
I love weekends.

Sami's Shenanigans

Its Friday!!!!! In case you didn't look at a calendar.

I haven't linked up with Lauren for H54F in forever! Here are some of the highlights of my week.
1. Today is Greg's Birthday and we have plans. YIPPEE
2. Dad is finally out of the hospital. Its the first full week I haven't had to go to the hospital since March.
3. Westley finally got groomed. He is as happy about that as I am.
If you don't believe he is happy just look at this face
I also met Westley's twin...if Wes was a girl
She was a sweetie
4. I've started writing a book. I'm pretty excited about that.
and last but not least.
5. I had been thinking about Myspace and how I missed it. Imagine my excitement when I was reading my favorite blogs this morning and noticed that Allie had the most wonderful and fun post of taking it back old school.....Myspace old. I miss myspace. I miss having top friends, I miss being able to pimp out your backgroud. Facebook plain white took me so long to get use to, the constant changes take me forever to get use to, too. Probably the biggest thing I miss is the Myspace pointless quizzes. So of course I had to jump on it when I saw this.

Taking it back to the Myspace days...

1. Do you like blue cheese? only to dip wings in

2. Have you ever smoked a cigarette? nope. I was a competitive swimmer in high school so I avoided it. I didn't want my times to suffer. By the time I wasn't swimming all of my friends were trying to quit.

3.Do you own a gun? yes. I have a .40 Taurus

4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? I don't. I usually get a plain Dr. Pepper

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Nope my dr. is HOTTT. I actually call him Dr. Sexy. Of course not to his face. To his face he is Dr. Roberts. But trust me when I say I've paused more that once when I'm making an appointment and they ask me who I see.

6. Do you like hot-dogs? Yes, who doesn't

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Dr. Pepper

9. Can you do push-ups? probably not

10. What’s your favorite meal? Depends. I really just like food. Philly Cheese steak (even though I'm allergic to onions) a nice juicy steak, Alambron from my favorite Mexican restaurant

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? I rarely wear any. Its a tie between my great great grandmothers wedding band or the trinity knot ring I bought while in labor with Abbey

12. Favorite hobby? I'm random it depends on the day.

13. Do you work with people who idolize you?nope. I use to when I taught.

14. Name a trait that you hate about yourself? I can be demanding

15. Middle name? This was a blog topic already this week. For those of you that missed it, its Sheree and you better not pronounce it Sherry

16. Name 3 thoughts at this moment: Today is Greg's birthday and I kinda feel like he still doesn't want to carry on a conversation with me, and his birthday present isn't here yet. I have still not gotten packed for going to VA today.

17. Name 3 things you bought yesterday: a navy blue shrug, an orange top, gas

18. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink. Dr. Pepper, water, and Jager

19. Current worry right now? Bills Bills Bills

20. Current hate right now? The fact that I have to work until 8 tonight and half a day tomorrow. I promise I'll be done complaining soon.

21. Favorite place to be? my bed

22. How did you bring in New Years? At home, with Greg and another couple
23. Favorite place to go? Anywhere I can shop

24. What is your most recurring dream? snakes, or that I'm in highschool and forget my schedule or locker combo

25. Introvert or extrovert? A good mix of both.

26. What color shirt are you wearing? red
27. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No

28. Can you whistle? Nope how lame is that

29. Favorite color? blue and pink

30. Would you be a pirate? Absolutely
31. What songs do you sing in the shower? I try not to sing. It scares people

32. Favorite girl’s name? Abbey and Emmy

33. Favorite boy’s name? Westley

34. Who is your loudest friend? Hands down... Kelley

35. What’s in your pocket right now?nothing
36. Last thing that made you laugh?a pic on facebook

37. Bed sheets as a child? They always had flowers. and were normally pink

38. Worst injury you’ve ever had? I fell out of a tree house and cut my leg

39. Do you love where you live?I like the house and the street, other than that nope

40. How many TVs are in your house? 3

41. What is your worst habit? Road rage. and cussing. and biting my nails - we may be the same person Allie

42. How many dogs do you have?1

43. Does someone have a crush on you? I don't think so

44. Do you own slippers? No. If my feet get cold, I'll just put on socks.

45. What is your favorite book? anything by Jackie Collins

46. What is your favorite candy? I don't eat sweets

47. What is your favorite sports team? I don't have one
48. What song do you want played at your funeral? Fade to Black and Nothing Else Matters by Metallica.

49. What were you doing at 12 AM last night? discussing how unhappy I was that Greg came home from spending the night with friends and barely spoke to me all evening. I was feeling annoyed and that I deserved some Holly time.

50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning? ugggh 


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World's most annoying words and phrases

You may have noticed that I get annoyed easily. There are just some things I can't handle. I've decided to compile my list of the worlds most annoying words and phrases.  If you know me in real life, you know I say most of these. You also know I have a double standard.

That is the world's most, according to me.
  1. Cool Beans. I understand cool. I don't understand where the crap beans came from. I always want to respond I prefer my beans at least warm. 
  2. Its all good. Is it. (or if you are from Eastern Kentucky Saw Good)  I'm complaining therefore everything must not be good
  3. Don't sweat the small stuff. Why would I sweat the small stuff? Why would I even sweat? 
  4. Sometimes the next line to that is Its all small stuff. You know what It is ALL most definitely NOT small.
  5. Welcome to my world. Really your world? I thought it was mine
  6. That's what I'm saying. Yup I know it is I heard you say it
  7. Shake N Bake. I'm thinking no one says this anymore. But a friend of ex husband #2 left a message on our machine once and he said it about 4 times. I felt it was 4 times too many. Unless he was actually cooking with shake n Bake. Then its ok.
  8. It is what it is. Really I thought it was something else
  9. Whatever. The ultimate dismissal.
  10. Talk to the hand. I'd rather your face talk to my fist. 
  11. That's what she said. Ugggh this got old the first time I heard it. I bet she isn't saying anything because you are lame
  12. Ya know what I mean. Nope I probably don't
  13. I run this town. Oh hello I didn't realize you were the mayor
  14. You can say that again. Nope I'm lazy I've already said it once and that was enough
  15. My bad. Again I want to punch you, can't you just say I'm sorry or excuse me or any other appropriate phrase
  16. Itch my scratch. I hear this and I want to jab my ears out. 
  17. Ain't nobody got time for that. You know what else people don't have time for? This saying. nevermind the fact that I say this all the time.
  18. Literally. when it is in fact not literal
  20. True Story.  I say  this A LOT. It doesn't make it any less annoying. 
  21. I am not a happy camper. You know what? I hope to never be a camper because I guarantee I won't be happy. 
What are the phrases that annoy you the most?

Whats in a name

Yesterday I issued a challenge to guess my middle name. I gave a hint that its french but spelled redneck. Before I unveil that I want to list the top 10 craziest names I've heard.

  1. Latoyota Camry- Yeah like the car. I saw this in the local newspaper baby announcements.
  2. Rhoda Carr -Sorry Rhoda if you are reading this. I hate the teasing you must have gone through. I know I got many hours rejoicing in the fact that your name was worse than mine.
  3. Shithead- pronounced shuh theed- This is courtesy of my coworker who use to work in enrollment at a university
  4. OrangeJello- pronounced or on ja ello curtesy of an ex in law that had him as a patient. Before HIPAA
  5. Dragon- this is what a guy I went to school named his son
  6. Zildijian- pronounced Zild jun for all you non drummers out there. Its a brand of cymbals. Really awesome cymbals and also the name of my friends child. I'm seeing a pattern with my friends and weird names.
  7. Since I'm picking on my friends lets add Tirzah pronounced Tears Ah Its Abbeys middle name. It has grown on me, but for awhile I didn't like it. Her dad loved it and he was letting me pick her other two names so I went with it. She likes it so I guess I won't get the bad parent award today.
  8. Bunny- Bunny was my sister's girl scout leader. Super nice lady as you would imagine a Bunny to be
  9. Princess- Princess married a guy my sister went to school with. I'm actually kinda jealous. I want to be Princess.
  10. Anita- While Anita isn't a bad name in itself. Anita has the potential for some disastrous combos Mann, Glasscock (which was the last name of a TV news lady here), Cox you get the idea. Poor Anita.
Seriously makes me wonder what people are thinking when they name their babies. My cousin is named after Elvis. No her name isn't Elvis its Preslee. My other cousin was born on Christmas Eve.....so naturally she is Christie Eve. My mom was a Buddy Holly fanatic so I get to be Holly. Which I will take over the other name they were considering....Shasta (which is a type of pop/soda). I'm just thankful I'm as old as I am and a girl.....I could have been Prince.

Now back to me. My middle name is (drum roll please) Sheree. In french its spelled Cheri and means Dear. If you pronounce it Sherry I will correct you every time. Its not that I don't like the name Sherry. Its a nice name. One of my best friends is a Sherry, but that's not ME.

What are the craziest names you've ever heard?

Weekend Recap a day late

I mentioned I had a busy weekend.

Friday I had a conference to attend. I picked a pair of khaki pants to wear and a jungle print sheer top. I got to the conference and suddenly felt frumpy....and cold. What is it about banquet halls and freezing temps? Anyway, I was cold and feeling frumpy and a coworker had a gorgeous dress on. Which didn't help how I felt. Thankfully I always keep a sweater in my car. Usually a whole outfit but today was only a sweater. I did a quick wardrobe change. You meet some interesting people at conferences. The lady sitting beside me had the most blingtastic phone case and sunglasses case. It was covered in rhinestones.  I was jealous. The lady sitting across from me had my middle name as a first name. I LOVE my middle name but everyone pronounces it wrong which makes me road rage level annoyed. So I never use it because I HATE having to correct people all the time. I asked her how she pronounces her name and it is the same way my is. Then it happened. I totally stuck my foot in my mouth and offended her. I said "I love my name, but my parents totally redneckified (that's totally a word) the french spelling and now no one ever gets it right." She looked at me like in disgust and said my great grandfather was in WW2 and he only had a 7th grade education so he didn't know how to spell it in french he just did the best he could with how it sounded. (hang head in shame) I felt like such  a dog. Does this make you wonder what my middle name is? I'll let you guess and I'll reveal the name tomorrow. Hint: In french its spelled with a C but my parents spelled it with an S. If you know me in real life and know what my name is you aren't allowed to play. The first person to get it right will win a Thirty-one Black floral brushstrokes manicure nail file and a  Thirty-one black polka dot hang it up key fob. I'm a Thirty-one addict.


The biggest thing I learned at the conference is that my personality according to the Hartman color code personality quiz I am a yellow: http://www.colorcode.com

Motive [ Fun ]
Yellows are motivated by Fun. They are inviting and embrace life as a party that they're hosting. They love playful interaction and can be extremely sociable. They are highly persuasive and seek instant gratification. Yellows need to be adored and praised. While yellows are carefree, they are sensitive and highly alert to others' agendas to control them. Yellows typically carry within themselves the gift of a good heart

Yellows need to look good socially, and friendships command a high priority in their lives. Yellows are happy, articulate, engaging of others and crave adventure. Easily distracted, they can never sit still for long. They embrace each day in the "present tense" and choose people who, like themselves, enjoy a curious nature. Yellows are charismatic, spontaneous, and positive; but can also be irresponsible, obnoxious, and forgetful. When you deal with a YELLOW, take a positive, upbeat approach and promote light-hearted, creative, and fun interactions.

Yup I think this was 100% accurate.

Saturday we got up early and headed to an amusement park about 3 hours away, with 26 kids. One of the perks of being a band directors girlfriend.

Some highlights of the trip.
  • The charter bus we took had some mechanical problems and started getting smokey. We pulled over at McDonalds and waited on a replacement bus to come get us. 
  • Emmy and I had to pose with our BFF Ronnie
  • Abbey was horrified at our embarrassing behavior. 
  • At the park Emmy, Greg and I were abandoned by the cool kids and had to roam the park ourselves.
  • We had fun. I kept thinking about how much it has changed since my childhood. Which made me feel old
  • Abbey finally caught up with us and had to pose with the British Invasion sign. Abbey is REALLY into everything English. EVERYTHING. She even wants me to paint the TARDIS from Dr Who on her wall.

Some things I found at Kings Island that I want is
  • A Bacon alarm clock. I have a love affair with bacon. If I could marry bacon I would
  • An emergency mustache. You just never know when you will need one
I also so a candidate for the show worst tattoo ever. I like quotes as tats. But that penmanship is pretty bad. It looks like it was done by someone with dysgraphia. I actually saw LOTS of bad tattoos but this is probably the worst or at least worst I could get a pic of. This actually reminds me of a few years ago when I was on a band trip to Kings Island and I showed my tattoo to Greg's Assistant and he said. Don't worry about it, we all do things that we are embarrassed of later. I said I just got this a few years ago. He was embarrassed but I thought it was funny. Not everyone can appreciate a cow tattoo, but in my defense its a very well done tat. The guy who did it was very talented. Downside is I've gained weight which means my cow has too. Poor cow. He looks like he is about to be taken to the market. At least no one can see it unless I chose to show them.

Emmy was so tired by the time we left that she fell asleep before we even pulled out of the park.

 It was a wonderfully fun weekend and of course I hated to see it end.


Ivrester award

Stephanie at Bourbon and Glitter nominated me for the most original award I've ever seen. I feel flattered
Venus Trapped in Mars
"Translated this means Drunk (in French) +  added the ending 'ster' (because we are a classy bunch and French is classy)
Acknowledge who nominated you
Answer the 10 questions listed below 
Nominate 10 bloggers you think are excellent drinkers
You can't nominate the blog that nominated you 
Don't make any more questions, everyone just answer these questions below
If you are nominated, just answer the questions and nominate 10 more people. That is it."

What is your favorite drinking game and why?
Any shot game... drink so many shots because (fill in the blank) happened.

It is your birthday, what is your idea of the perfect evening?
Aside from shopping all day and then going out for some sinfully fattening food because calories don't count on your bday, I'd have to say a party at any of our regulars house. I'd name names but they are all teachers who pretend they behave. 
Money is no object, what is your go to drink of choice at a bar?
Money or not I prefer Jager to ANYTHING.

How many times have you played the game "Edward 40 Hands"?

Alcoholism Screening Quiz
You answered 6 items out of 20 Yes.
Your score is 30%. According to the Office of Health Care Programs, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, developers of this screening quiz, if you answered 3 of these questions with a Yes it is a definite sign that your drinking patterns are harmful and possibly considered alcohol dependent or alcoholic. You may want to seek an evaluation by a healthcare professional.

I'm Native American AND Irish. Of course I'm going to score an alcoholic. Its in my genes!!You know how else you know when you may have a problem? If you have a fave cashier at the liquor store because he knows what you always get and just asks what size. Of course this is what we ended up with the last time we stopped at liquor barn
they left the alarm on. I nearly had a panic attack :)

What is your favorite memory with Alcohol?
A friend and I were watching Man V. Food and I was ranting about how he always loses and how he shouldn't even have a show where he has to do a food challenge because he obviously sucks. Ben said I bet you that he wins this one. I agreed. The bet was three straight shots of jager no time to recover in between. We were going to a party that weekend and that is where the shot was suppose to take place. Needless to say I lost. I did my shots and the guys at the party who didn't know me were shocked that after I did my shots I was un fazed
What is your favorite song about drinking? Or song to drink to? 
My fave is when Greg is playing while we are drinking, That usually only happens when we have a crowd hanging out. If its just us we usually have a CD or something on.

What is your favorite activity to do while drinking (i.e. boating, bowling, golf, trivia, etc.)
Trivia is pretty fun. I always play under the name Poppy. I have no idea why but I do. 

In your opinion, which is the number one party school in the country and why?Stephanie says its University of Iowa. I will agree with her, just because my own college was kind of pathetic when it came to parties.
When do you know you have had too much to drink? What are your signals
I know I've had enough when I feel sleepy. When all I want to do is climb in bed, I know the party is over.

The one about Toddlers & Tiaras.

I was working on a post about my weekend (Which was fun and busy). But, I watched an episode of Toddlers & Tiaras and that felt like a  more important topic.

I have no idea when this episode originally aired. I have all the episodes recording on my DVR and this was the one I decided to watch today. I know that controversy is no stranger to T&T. On this show alone I've seen just about everything. Moms telling their little girls to shake their butts, suck in their stomachs, tanning, flippers (fake teeth), Spending thousands of dollars for just one pageant. . Hell during my stint as a pageant mom (yes I admit to drinking the kool-aide) These were so common place that no one really thought about them. Today was different. Today was something I had never seen before. While watching this episode I thought my sister and I were going to get whip lash from looking at each other as if to say WTF?!? My sister and I in addition to being pageant mom and aunt, were pageant judges. So we have seen some weird parenting styles. Some clearly off the wall parents.

Today was the first time that I have heard a parent say:
  • My child really doesn't have the perfect pageant face so we have to work harder
  • My child's blonde hair and blue eyes are just average
  • My child looks like a giraffe
  • Her goal in life is to make some guys life miserable like she does her parents
  • A good description of her is a major pain in the ass
  • I would be really surprised if she beat her brother
In addition to berating her at every opportunity they bleached her teeth and dyed her eye lashes.
The child was reluctant to have her eye lashes dyed because she was worried about it hurting her eyes. How sad is it that a child is the one trying to be the voice of reason.

During the child interview portion instead of the usual cocky I'm the best and no one can beat me banter she said My biggest supporter is probably......big pause.....No one. OMG it broke my heart. I wanted to scoop her up in my arms and give her a big hug and let her know that her mother is  insane that she is not ugly, or a pain, and that she can be anything she wants in life and if that includes not even having a man she can.
The mom had two kids competing in this pageant. All episode long she was building the son up. How beautiful he is, how he has such a wonderful personality. I wanted to shout at her. Both kids can be beautiful and successful. That you don't need to favor one over the other.

The episode ended and the daughter one 4-10 mini supreme meaning she won the second highest title of the night. I was so happy that she beat her brother. The mom then said I am really surprised that she beat her brother he is just so beautiful. Maybe it is time he retires. The daughter said I give me 2 thumbs up.

When I was googling for a pic for this post I discovered that apparently this little girl went on to be in 2 more episodes. Winning the highest title both times. I wish I had these recorded so I can see how the mom behaved in the other two episodes.
I'm sorry I had to turn the CAPTCHA back on. I hate typing in those random letters as much as anyone, but I found myself getting lots of spam comments and that was more anoying than typing random letters. Even if I get it wrong the first hundred times I type it  in. I hope you still leave me comments. I love getting comments.

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