Feb 142014
 

I posted this last year (and the year before that I think), but since Chris and I do not celebrate Valentine’s Day, I wanted to explain why.

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I hate Valentine’s Day. There I said it.

Why you ask?

Because I don’t think my husband (or anyone) should have to buy me flowers, or anything for that matter, just because it’s Valentine’s Day and he feels like he has to.

My Husband, Chris, is a VERY thoughtful guy and he’s always bringing me flowers and/or little gifts – all year long. Those things mean so much more to me because he just does it.  Not because it’s February 14th and he’feels forced into buying me something, but because he’s thinking of me and he wants to. It’s nice to know he is thinking about me because he wants to – not because he’s forced into it because of some silly made-up holiday.

And don’t even get me started on those little candy hearts that taste like sidewalk chalk. You know the ones that I’m talking about – they are wicked lame. Sayings like “Be mine” or “I like you” are so outdated, don’t you think? I think I like these ones better anyways:

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The way I see it, is that there are 364 more day in the year to show someone you love them. I love my husband like crazy, but that my friends, is why we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Feb 132014
 

If you know me in real life, you probably already know how much I hate The Wizard of Oz.  Most people are horrified when I say it and because of something that happened recently, I wanted to re-post my original blog about my reasoning behind it.

Chris and I were out at an improv comedy club a few weeks ago.  You know, the kind where they ask for suggestions from the audience.  Since Chris & I are regulars at the show & seating is on a first come – first serve basis, we almost always sit in the front row.  Well, the last time we were there, one of the guys asked the audience to name some movies that everyone else seems loves, but you can’t stand.  I couldn’t get “The Wizard of Oz” out of my mouth fast enough.

The actor looked at me and asked “really”, to which I confidently responded “REALLY”.  He took my suggestion.

Anyways, I posted this about three years ago and in true #TBT style, here it is again:

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Can you imagine living in a world where rainbows shine around every corner, there are miles and miles of deadly gorgeous poppies, little people pop out on queue to sing songs about candy and inanimate objects miraculously come to life?  Me neither.  But it sounds familiar, right? Of course it does and unless you’ve lived under a rock all your life, you know I am talking about the land of Oz .

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Oct 212013
 

There are all sorts of things that I see going on over on Facebook that really make me scratch my head.  You know, those absurd chain status updates or a friend request from a complete stranger.   So, I took it upon myself to make up a list of ten things that not only completely annoy me, but probably the majority of the general public, too.  Let me clarify – these “don’ts” that I’m going to list apply to personal Facebook pages – not Facebook Fan pages.

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1.  Don’t send me a friend request if you don’t actually know me.  Facebook isn’t about networking (at least for the majority of people on there) – it’s about reconnecting.  Why would I want a complete stranger to know what I’m up to or have the right to see pictures of my children?  Sure, I put my kids faces on here, but you guys don’t get to see everything….some stuff is for Facebook friends only. So if you don’t know me in real life or at least talk to me on a regular basis through other forms of social media, save your energy because I’m never going to add you as a friend.

2.  If I have met you or should know you somehow, but for some reason I don’t recognize your name and your profile picture is a photo of your dog (and not your face) – you’re not going to be my friend on Facebook.  Even if we do have friends in common. Continue reading »

Oct 162013
 

Do you want to know another thing that drives me crazy?  When I give someone a gift and the recipient never sends a thank you note.  I mean, if I take the time to go out and find an appropriate gift and then spend my hard earned money on it – I expect a written thank you.  It’s a simple effort and I don’t think that’s too much to ask, do you?

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I always get thank you cards sent out within a week of receiving a gift and most times, I usually start writing them out the night of the event.  I even get my kids involved.  My oldest is nine now and writes out his own thank you cards, but since my little one is still, well, little,  I write out the card and have him just sign his name.  I understand life happens, I really do.  I work part time, have kids and their activities, the blog and do a million other things, so if it takes a week or two, that’s fine.  Maybe try writing out one or two a night and they will be done in no time.  Better late than never.

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Oct 152013
 

The other day I was in the drive through line at Dunkin Donuts (what else is new? ) and the person in line in front of me was unable to lower their window to place the order, so they had to put the car in park, open the door and kind of get out to place their order.  Then they had to do it all over again when they got to the window to get their stuff.  They actually had to stop the car and open the door not once, but twice.  I’ve written about this before because I think it’s the height of laziness and don’t understand why they don’t just go in.  I mean they have to put the car in park and open their door anyways, so why not just park in a space and go inside.  Right?

Then I started thinking about all the other things that absolutely drive me NUTS and once I started listing them all out, I was on a roll…..and came up with a whole bunch more.

1.  When people refer to Thanksgiving as “Turkey Day”.  Um,  the last time I checked, Thanksgiving is not a holiday celebrating a Turkey.  It’s about being thankful and maybe you can and should be thankful that you’re eating a turkey, but calling it “turkey day” cheapens the meaning of the day.  By a lot.

2.  People who sit next to each other in a booth instead of sitting across from each other like they should be. It’s just weird.  Not to mention that if you want to have a conversation with the person next to you, you have to crane your neck all night.  It’s a lot more work that way and I hate seeing it with a passion!
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Aug 292013
 

I don’t understand something.

Sometimes, when I’m in a hurry, I will grab the boys their dinner at McDonald’s.  Usually, since I’m in a hurry, we just go through the drive through and take their food with us – whether it be that we bring it home or the kids eat it on the go.

I think we all know that McDonald’s is notorious for messing up orders.  It’s happened to me so many times that I always check the bag (s) before I drive away to make sure that my order is correct and/or that nothing is missing.  Once I make sure we have everything and that it’s correct, we’re off.

With that being said, I realize that the kids working at the drive through window at McDonald’s probably don’t have kids of their own yet, so I’d like to let this serve as s public service announcement:

When you have two Happy Meals (or more) going out on one order – please give everyone in the party the same prize.

The fight it causes is almost NOT worth the hassle of going there in the first place.  We were there the other day and they got Smurfs in their Happy Meals. I was thinking to myself that this time it wasn’t so bad because they could play with them together.  Wrong.  The little man wanted the one with the horn and the big guy wouldn’t trade.  It was a nightmare…over a dumb little toy.  It happens all the time, too.  You think I’d check the prizes before I drove away like I do with the food.

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Aug 152013
 

Saying I have issues with the mail delivery around here is an understatement.

Let me set the scene for you. I live on a main road in one of the most populated parts of town, so it’s not like I am on some rural route out in the middle of nowhere. On top of that, around here the mail boxes are way out on the street, so the mailman just has to sit on his behind in the truck and drive from one house to the next. There is no walking involved in any way shape or form on this route. Take note of that because that information will be brought up again later.

Now, despite the fact I quite possibly have the easiest mail delivery route of all time, I almost never get mail more than 4 times a week.  And it’s not like I legitimately don’t have mail on those days, because whenever they skip a day, my mailbox is PACKED the next day. It drives me nuts. Here are a few other issues I have encountered over the past ten years I have lived here.

1. I can’t even count how many times that I have had a delivery of somethings that is clearly marked “Do Not Bend” jammed and/or bent to fit inside my mail box.  Whenever I order an 8×10 photo from Shutterfly, I can almost be guaranteed that it will be bent to fit inside my mail box. Why they can’t walk it the 100 feet to my door is beyond me, but that almost never happens. Bastards. Continue reading »

Jul 302013
 

twitterSome of you already know, but I twit on a regular basis and I’ve met some truly amazing people through using Twitter.   Although most of the people I haven’t had the good fortune to meet in real life….a few of them I actually have and I know for a fact that a few of them are going to be friends for life.   And it’s all thanks to “The Twitta”.

With a few exceptions, I am on Twitter pretty much every day.   Some days I twit more than others, but I do check it regularly. Since I’m on there so much, there are a few trends that I’ve noticed and of course, I am going to share some of my observations with you today.

1.  Sometimes it’s difficult to tell in a 73×73 sized image what people actually look like.  It hasn’t happened to me often, but on a few occasions I’ve clicked on someones avatar so that I could put a face with a name and BAM – I was confronted with a much fuglier face than I expected.

2.  Sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough SoYouHaveToCombineWordsSometimesToFitYourEntireMessage.  I know I could use Twit Longer or a service like that, but all the extra clicks put a strain on my wrist muscles.  It’s much easier to cram everything together, don’t you think?

3.  For a lot of people, English ain’t their first language.  Or maybe it is, but they don’t know how to use it correctly.  We all know how I feel about proper grammar, punctuation oh and ain’t isn’t a word. Continue reading »

Jul 222013
 

On Saturday night, myself and three friends set out to Gillette Stadium (where the Patriots play) to see the Bon Jovi concert.  We headed out a few hours early so that we could do a little bit of tailgating in the parking lot before the show.  We ended up hitting more traffic than expected, but we made it there in plenty of time to shovel copious amounts of snacks into our faces. We ended up parking in a parking lot at a motel about a half mile down the road from the stadium.  Chris and I usually park in the same lot when we go to Patriots games.  They don’t charge outrageous rates like some other places to do park there, and it’s really easy to get out of there at the end of the night when you’re that far down.

On this tour, Bon Jovi had the J. Geils Band opening for them.  Who?  Honestly, I have heard of them, but wasn’t really familiar with their songs and frankly, I thought they were all dead, but apparently not.  I’m pretty sure no one else attending the concert that night gave any more of a rats ass about seeing them than myself and the ladies that I was with did.  They had already started their set and the parking lot was still packed with tailgaters, so that was kind of a dead giveaway.

But I digress.

When we all figured that the J. Geils Band was wrapping up, we decided to head over to the stadium.  We all wanted to use the bathroom and get beers before Bon Jovi.  Only, everyone else seemed to have the exact same idea & we hit a MAJOR traffic jam trying to get into the stadium. There were thousands of people trying to get through five or six security (metal detector & bag check) lines.  Are you kidding me?  I’ve been to numerous Pats games at the stadium and never, ever have I encountered anything like what we had to go through on Saturday night. Continue reading »

Jul 192013
 

I have a membership at a town pool in a town near mine.   It’s actually my home town and I spent many summer days there when I was a kid.  It’s called the town pool, but it’s more of a beach with a man-made pond.  Either way, my kids and I love going there.  It’s clean, there are way more life guards than they need, the bathrooms are relatively clean and it’s small enough that I can sit on the beach part and see the kids from where I am.

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This is the second year in a row that we’ve gotten a membership there and like I said, we all really like going there, but there is one thing that really, REALLY bugs me about going there.  The same group of pretentious bitches moms that were there to socialize and completely ignore their children last year are all there again this year – doing the exact same thing.   I mean, some of them don’t even sit & face the direction of where their kids are playing.  They are literally just there to chat with the other moms and get a break from the kids for a few hours. Continue reading »

Jun 132013
 

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older or what, but lately I’ve had absolutely NO patience for people who post stupid crap on Facebook.  Luckily for people like me, who don’t have the tolerance for stupid status updates, Facebook lets us hide said stupid people’s garbage.  Right now, I think I have about a dozen people whose statuses I still see in my feed because of all the nonsense.  Ok, fine, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I’ve been on a major hiding spree lately and I’ve cleaned up my feed quite a bit.

If you post things like this, you’re going to get hidden:

1.  You constantly post pictures of your meals.  I get that once in a while you eat something that’s awesome enough that it’s worthy of a photo, but if there is more than one picture of something you’re about to put into your tummy per day – it’s too much.

2.  You take pictures of yourself in the bathroom mirror.  Doing it once is bad enough, but if you’ve done it more than one time in your life, it makes you a complete douche and I know for a fact that I’m not the only person who could care less about seeing them.

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May 242013
 

Those of you who know me in real life know that I am a complete zumba whore.  I typically make it to class five or six times a week and I stalk follow my kickass instructor to two different locations each week  just to take her class (she’s AMAZING).  I think what I love so much about her is that she truly makes the class fun.  It’s seriously the best workout I’ve ever gotten (and trust me, I’ve tried it all).  Zumba is a total body workout and my instructor does at least one song per class that specifically targets legs (we do an entire song of squats) and abs.  You know, those pesky problem areas.

So, I’ve been taking her class for about 15 months now and I dropped a ton of weight by doing zumba that many times a week.  I take the class so often that I know all the routines and I’ve moved my way from the back of the class to the front row.  The playlist changes from week to week, but the routines/songs always make their way back into class eventually.  Some songs are more high impact than others and those are by far my favorites.  There are a few songs that include running in place and/or jumping jacks and I always cheer when I hear them start because I know I’m getting the best possible workout that I can get.  I like – wait, make that LOVE to eat and in order for me to eat the way I want to and keep the weight off, I need to burn those calories.  But…..

There are always people that bitch about those high calorie burning songs and I just don’t get it.  Sure, they are hard songs/routines to do, but isn’t that the point?  It’s not like the classes are free (I wish), so we’re paying to work out.  I don’t understand why people wouldn’t want to get as much out of the class as possible.

I guess I’m not really sure what my point here is other than if you haven’t tried zumba – you should.

The end.

 

May 172013
 

When we went to San Diego, we booked our entire trip through Expedia.  It is the second time I’ve booked through them (I booked our NYC trip in January through them) and we found that since we needed flights, a rental car and a hotel for this trip, it was much easier to book it all in one place.  I’ve been very happy with both trips that I booked through them and will definitely use them again.

Anyway, when we booked the trip and selected our flights, we were given the option to select our seats right then and there.  Since I wanted to make sure I sat with both boys and Chris was on the aisle across from us, I chose to select my seats instead of leaving it to chance.

Other than some delays, we flew American Airlines to California and there were no other issues.  But on the way home, that’s a different story.

Here are the three boys on their way into San Diego International on the day we left:

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So, on our way home, we flew United Airlines and when we arrived at the airport in San Diego, we checked in at kiosk like we were told and proceeded through security to our gate.  I’m not sure what made him look at the tickets, but about 30 minutes before our flight was scheduled to leave, Chris told me we had a problem.  My heart sank. Continue reading »

Dec 142011
 

I hate yankee swaps.  With a passion. But before I start my rant get started, it was brought to my attention recently (like yesterday) that yankee swaps were a New England thing.  I’m not sure if there is any truth to that, but for those of you who may be unfamilar with the concept of a yankee swap, I’ll sum it up as best I can.

In Yankee Swap each participant brings a wrapped, unmarked present to be swapped.  There should be a monetary value of the gift assigned prior to the swap (usually it’s a $10 or $15 gift), so that everything’s fair money wise.  It would totally suck if someone spent $50 and someone else brought a set of stupid Nascar decals, right?

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Dec 072011
 

Why is it that I live in a house with four other people that are all capable of taking the empty TP tubes off of the holder, but can’t seem to find the trash barrel to put them in?  Why throw them in the proper receptacle when they could just be strewn all over the floor like we live in some sort of pig pen?

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Jul 222011
 

Do you want to know something that drives me crazy?  When I give someone a gift and the recipient never sends a thank you note.  I mean, if I take the time to go out and find an appropriate gift and then spend my hard earned money on it – I expect a written thank you.  It’s a simple effort and I don’t think that’s too much to ask, do you?

I get thank you cards sent out within a week and frankly, I usually start writing them out the night of the event.  I even get my kids involved.  My kids are still young, so when it’s an event like their birthday, I write out the card and have them sign their name.  I understand life happens, I really do.  I work full time, have three kids, blog and do a million other things, so if it takes a week or two, that’s fine.  Maybe try writing out one or two a night and they will be done in no time.  Better late than never.

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Apr 132011
 

Hearing about the “royal wedding”!  There’s real news, folks, so why is the royal wedding the top story every single day?  I don’t know if there was this much hype about Princess Diana’s wedding, but somehow I have a feeling there wasn’t.

I just don’t get it.  Why do Americans care THIS much about a wedding over in England?  Yes, they are “royalty”, but I assume everyone knows that those titles are just for show…they don’t actually rule the country.   That’s what the Prime Minister & Parliment’s job is.

From what I can tell, every news station is sending a correspondant over there to cover the wedding.  Basking Robbins is making an ice cream cake called The Royal Knot, my beloved Dunkin Donuts is making a Royal Wedding Donut and god knows what other commemorative products are going to be for sale.  Are people actually going to buy these things?  Really?

I’m not sure what day the wedding falls on, because I don’t care, but I hope it’s all over SOON.  There’s real news and all I’ve head about is this wedding.

May 272010
 

You all know by now that I volunteer in my son’s kindergarten class, right? Well something happened yesterday that has been bothering me. The kids were working on a project in which they had to color seeds, roots and various other flower “parts”, then cut them out and paste them onto something. I was helping some of the kids, so was the teacher and the teacher’s aide.

I ended up getting to the table where my son was and he had his head hung low and told me he did his wrong. I asked what he meant and he told me that the aide told him that “grass wasn’t blue, it’s green and that he did it wrong and had to color green over the blue”. I may have take it with a grain of salt if I hadn’t witnessed her saying it to another kid, near my son. Only she was worse to the other kid. She told him it was wrong and asked him how he thinks he’s getting into first grade with work like that. Then she told him that he was losing his free time that afternoon to re-do the whole thing. I could tell he felt bad about it and that made me feel bad, so I went to him after and made sure to give him a lot of extra praise about the work he was doing.

My issue was two fold. One she shouldn’t be telling any of the kids they were doing it wrong. WTF? What constitutes wrong…just because it wasn’t the colors she would have picked. The other boy made a red sky and purple grass and I say who gives a shit? Of course all the kids know the friggin grass is green, but what’s wrong with letting them use their imaginations, which is my second issue. To me that is what makes a kid a kid, using their creativity. I was pissed, but teacher backed up the aide, which I can understand I guess. Maybe I was just being overly sensitive, but where as she made my kid feel bad about his work, it probably made it worse.

Apr 152010
 

You wanna know something that drive me NUTS? People who insist on going through the drive thru, yet their windows don’t open. Picture it, ok? You are in the drive thru line at Dunkin Donuts, patiently waiting to place your order into that little speaker and the jackass in front of you parks his car and then opens his door to give them his order. Why? Because his window won’t go down for whatever reason. Then you have to watch him go through it all over again when he actually gets up to the window to get the stuff he ordered. It begs the question….if you have to actually put your car into park and open your door twice (once to place the order and once to get your order at the window), why in the love of god didn’t he just park his car and go inside to begin with?? The weird thing is, I’ve seen this three times in the past week and it actually happens a lot more than one would think. WTF?? Just fricken go inside.

It’s the same thing with those parents who drive their kids to the bus stop. Come on. If you’re up in the morning and out of the house to drive the kids to the end of your street to meet the bus anyways, can’t you just drive them the rest of the way to the school? Seriously? I don’t get it.
Apr 152010
 

You wanna know something that drive me NUTS? People who insist on going through the drive thru, yet their windows don’t open. Picture it, ok? You are in the drive thru line at Dunkin Donuts, patiently waiting to place your order into that little speaker and the jackass in front of you parks his car and then opens his door to give them his order. Why? Because his window won’t go down for whatever reason. Then you have to watch him go through it all over again when he actually gets up to the window to get the stuff he ordered. It begs the question….if you have to actually put your car into park and open your door twice (once to place the order and once to get your order at the window), why in the love of god didn’t he just park his car and go inside to begin with?? The weird thing is, I’ve seen this three times in the past week and it actually happens a lot more than one would think. WTF?? Just fricken go inside.

It’s the same thing with those parents who drive their kids to the bus stop. Come on. If you’re up in the morning and out of the house to drive the kids to the end of your street to meet the bus anyways, can’t you just drive them the rest of the way to the school? Seriously? I don’t get it.