Feb 17, 2010

Random Dozen - Olympic Style

1. If you could compete in one Olympic event (not necessarily winter sports) what would it be?

As long as ability doesn't necessarily need to play in the equation, and in light of the fact that this happens to be the sport I watched today, I could see me loving the women's snowboarding. I mean, that is if I was that young, athletically trained competitor that saw snow more than 10 times in her whole life.

2. Do remember a specific Olympic moment from the past?

I remember Dorothy Hamill winning the gold in 1976 in figure skating. Well, actually the only reason I really remember it is because mine was one of those moms who flocked to the barber shops to get her only 4-year old kid a matching haircut.

3. Have you ever known anyone who competed in the Olympics?

Yes! In the women's ministry, WOVEN, of which I am a part, we had a guest speaker at our very first conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Her name was Kim Macklin, and she was a competitive swimmer on the 1984 Olympic swim team. Her story was awesome, because she spoke of our identity in Christ as women and as believers. Her point to drive home was that even having your picture on the front of a Wheaties box can't give you the identity our hearts long for. It was a touching story.

4. If everyday activities were Olympic-worthy, which activity would you have a gold medal in?

I would have to say...couponing! I saved over $112 two weeks ago!

5. Do you know anything about your ethnic heritage?

Yeah, this IS random...I just know that my mom's maternal side came from Sicily, and her paternal from Germany. I think all of my dad's family came from a part of Czechoslovakia that used to be known as Bohemia. Well, I think it's still referred to as Bohemia within the Czech Republic...or...

Well, you asked if I knew ANYTHING. That was SOMEthing.

6. Do you enjoy sleeping late?

I enjoy it while I'm in my warm flannel sheets and the house is a cool 65 degrees. But then I don't enjoy after I get up and I feel like my day is already half over before I start the coffee. I'd rather be up early...as long as I'm not up too late at night. Like now.

7. Have you ever performed CPR on anyone? Do you know how? (Yes, that's two, I know. Whatevs.)

I have never performed CPR because I don't know how to. That's also something I don't think I've ever had to admit "out loud." I don't like it.

8. Name one country you'd like to visit and explain why.

Are you kidding? Just ONE? I would have to say Israel. God has given me a love for His people, and I want to go there and get to know them some day.

9. Have you ever fixed up a couple romantically?

I called and asked my now-husband to meet me half-way between our towns (which was still a two-hour drive!) for our first date. That counts, right?

10. What is the last book you read?

The last one I actually finished: The Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
The last one I actually picked up to read: Way too many to list here.

11. Do you enjoy sleeping late? NO, YOU write the question! How's that for random??

Lidna, I hope you're reading this, because I have the most extreme respect for you right now. I don't know how you've come up with all these questions for us...I can't think of ONE that you haven't already asked!

12. What is your favorite meal at your favorite restaurant?

If you've read any recent posts lately (like in the last several months) you already know that we are currently engaged in the Dave Ramsey program. We don't eat out much these days, so I almost can't remember!

But the last thing I ate out was pretty stinkin' good, so I'll put that. And before you think you're going to call the Dave Ramsey Police on me, DH got money for his birthday, so he took me on a date. How cool is that?

So we went to this Cuban-Style Mexican restaurant named La Parrilla, and I had a killer fish taco plate. It was REALLY good. New fave.

And it looked just like that, too.

Now, grab ya a second cup, and head on over to Lidna's to see what everyone else is saying. Go ahead...it's fun!

Feb 16, 2010

WANTED: A Good Laugh

My husband (DH) has gone over the top.

He is an addicted craigslist-er. He can't stay away. He shops for things he has no business buying, no plan of buying, and no resource for buying. But he can't stay away from the entertainment of it.

I can't tell you how many laughs we've had at some of the posts people will put on there. And I won't even go into all the grammatical issues that we see.

But some of them make you think they must not be from this country. Take this, for example:

i might take something on trade or just cash would be best its well worth the price and yes the price is firm ive got more than that in it im asking in it you must pick up thanks for your time [phone number deleted] mark also has new starter drive that was 30 dollars be glad to start it and you can ride i just want to say i dont have to sell just dont need watch what happens come spring ill also at good cb radio
I didn't have to look more than 3.2 minutes to find this shining example.

And then there are the ones advertising "1989 Jeep Creampuff!" and "Guy Stuff for Trade or Sale -- What'dya have?" or how about "Massage for Pine Straw or Compost!" You just can't pass this stuff up.

So DH went ahead and posted one of his own. Oh, it's a real post, alright. He means what he says about what he's looking for, and what he has to trade. He just went over the top in creativity, and I thought y'all might need a good laugh.

Here's how it went:

Post Title: My Wife Needs a Riding Lawnmower

I can weld just about anything. I can't weld the "crack of dawn" or a "broken heart," so don't send me your sob stories and expect me to "fix" them. If you have issues, get a Harley. You don't see a Harley parked in front of a Psychologist's office. However, if you have something made of metal, send it to me and your metal "issues" will be over.

I need a riding lawnmower for my wife. She is taking way to long to get dinner on the table in the evenings during the Summer. She doesn't have time to fix it either, so it must run now.

P.S. Ride Hard, Pray Harder!!!! 

I told him he needs to get his own blog. Such the comodian comedian.

Feb 8, 2010

Who Dat Won the Super Bowl?

Well I may not have lost my voice tonight like some o' you Cajuns down there in N'Orlins, but that was a great game...and I did my share of yellin' besides. I thought I'd share some of my favorite highlights of the night. So let's reminisce together, shall we?

Did you see Wynton Marsalis, the legendary jazz trumpeter, during the pre-game show? I thought he was great. He's from New Orleans, and had a few things to say about it.

Favorite Wynton Marsalis pre-game quotes:

"Ah, those N'Orleans Saints...confined to a purgatory of their own making...where fathers bounce kids on their knees while explainin' how we'd certainly blow a 30 point halftime lead by game's end. And the Saints did not disappoint."

"Have you ever waited for sumthin' so long, that waiting for it becomes the sumthin'?"

"We're with our Saints even when we ain't."

"Here comes that unflagging optimism and tabascco tough spirit..."

"It's like waiting fowty-three years for someone to say, 'I love you back.' And they do."

Love it.

More highlights:

Tim Tebo commercials. If you missed what these highly-offensive {insert sarcasm here} pro-life commercials were about, go here.

Obama's 30 minutes of more fame talking about the Health care stuff...again. NOT!
Honestly, don't we see him enough on national TV as it is? Do we really have to go over that during the Super Bowl pre-game? Seriously? And while I'm on my soap box, I've had enough of Katie Couric, too.

Drew Brees' special story...even though Couric did that one, too. I loved the parallel he made about his injury recovery lining up with the city's recovery from Katrina. It was a beautiful picture.

Missing Man formation after the National Anthem. It gets me every time.

A Cowboy heading up the coin toss.

"Don't put yo' hands on my momma, and don't touch my Doritos."

"Men, it's time to wear the pants again." Dockers commercial...too funny. Although I have to say I was a little concerned at the beginning watching that group of men walking and singing through an empty field in their underwear.

Watching the refs peel NFL players like an onion after the half only to reveal after much anticipation...
Saints' ball!

I came in from the kitchen right before the Saints' touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Good times.

This guy is camping in Africa...he sleepwalks waving to a cheetah, bumps into the rump of an elephant, crosses a river and almost gets eaten by a hippo. He finds a hut with a refrigerator and  a coke inside. That's it, but we were absolutely mesmerized.

Six minutes left in the fourth quarter: "The points are good." 
Yes! Touchdown Saints!

Screaming chickens. Screaming chicken in space. Free grand slam at Denny's on Tuesday. Free food is definitely a highlight.

Interception and 74 yard run with 3 minutes left in the game~! Game OVAH!

Drew Brees with tears in his eyes and holding his one year old son after the big win.

This isn't the image I'm talking about, but I'll come back and edit it if I can find it.
But this one's pretty good, too.

[Edit: Here's what I'm talkin' about.]