Monthly Archives: June 2009

As Seen on Colorful Metaphors!

Wow.  Billy Mays is gone.  Kind of weird, isn’t it?  He was a real salesman and entertainer.  And he was great to watch on that show “Pitchmen”.

In honor of Mr. Mays, I will test one of his “as seen on tv” products.

I’ve been going through them and I’m not sure what to test.  I’m leaning toward the Mighty Mend It or the What Odor? I have a couch that has been attacked by cats and well, I have cats, so I’m always paranoid about cat odor.  What do you guys think?

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Friday Fragments 6-26


* I didn’t make it to Whole Foods this week, which means that my prime source of bumper stickers was untapped. But I’ll tell you about a car I do see a lot. This car has a McCain sticker, a Cubs sticker, and a whole bunch of Washington Mutual “Whoohoo” stickers. I call it “loser car”. But it also has a “semper fi” sticker, so I won’t say it to his face.

* It’s over. It was good. It gets a whole post later.

* My fingernails had the manners to wait until I was loading the car up after the event to break. How often does that happen?

* I saw something that yesterday that I used to see all the time, but haven’t in years and seeing it yesterday kind of made me realize that. Remember those clothes poles that would hang across the back seat of cars? I saw one yesterday and it occurred to me that I couldn’t remember the last time I had seen one.

* It is too hot. I don’t say that often but it is too hot. I’m just glad I got rid of some of the extra weight before this or I would truly be miserable.

* The keys on my laptop are sticking. This annoys me. A lot. It takes me about three times as long to type as it usually does because I have to keep backspacing to get skipped letters. Grrrr…

* Back on the diet today. No more stress eating.

* Still on the fence about the HS reunion. Seriously. It appears that most of the people I would actually want to see aren’t going to be there, and when you factor in the expense, it just, well, I dunno….

* I found this store brand of granola that tastes like Cocoa Puffs. Spouse and the kids eat it like it’s crack. Good thing it’s only $2.59 box.

* So it’s the day after a big in project in my life. What does that mean? Well, my longtime reader knows it means PEDICURE! See ya!  Be sure to visit Mrs.4444 for other FF’s.

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Irony. I has it.

jim cramer totally looks like vladimir lenin
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A quick note to my “Minglers” and “FF” followers:  I’ll get to you soon.  I promise.  VVVVVVV busy this week trying to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.  But I’d thought I’d take a moment to share this with you because it’s funny and it’s Monday, and we could all use a laugh.  :)

Friday Fragments 6/19/09

*  Bumper sticker of the week:  Cthulu saves, in case he gets hungry later.

*  Really?  That’s my fault?  I guess it is because I set a bad precedent for expectations over the years.  But still.  My fault?  Sheesh.

*  Not sleeping, again.  Ugh.

*  Track season is over for my guys, but Thing 2 still wants to train with the team until the sessions are over.  And seeing as he’s allowed to, I don’t see this as being a problem, other than going across town in rush hour traffic when it is over 100 degrees outside.  No problem whatsoever.  Seriously though, I’m glad he has something that he really likes.

*  Fingernail season is almost over in my house.  I have to start practicing again soon, which means the very pretty fingernails that I have been growing will have to go away.  With my luck, they’ll all break the day of the auction so I have crap nails the one day it would really matter.

* The fundraiser has gone from “abysmal failure” to “not successful”.  There’s six days left, so here’s hoping!

*  I haven’t been talking to my mom as much with all of this stuff going on both at work and at home, so I finally made it a point to talk to her yesterday.  And then she IMMEDIATELY says “Do you know that it’s been 11 days since we’ve talked?  You’re my only family, at my age you should call me every day.”  Ok, for starters, not her only family, just only child, and then “at her age?”  Sheeh, she’s 61 and in fabulous health.  By the end of the conversation I was completely reminded of why I don’t like to talk to her when I have a lot going on.  Added drama is not needed, thankyouverymuch.  What this woman really needs are some friends.

*  My cat keeps finding stuff on the floor of my office to eat.  I have no clue what it could be since there isn’t anything that I can see that would elicit such a response.  Invisible kibble?  Bugs?  Or maybe we just like carpet fibers?  Whatever he’s eating, it’s weird.

*Last week, when I said that my guest post at Jen’s place would have substance, that wasn’t a knock on the FF’s.  That was a knock on the, um, “ethereal” nature of the posts here.  You can read that post here.  Thanks for letting me guest post, Jen.  It was fun.  :)

Ok, that’s it for me today.  No track, so that means I’m sleeping in tomorrow.  And by that I mean that I’m sleeping in, dammit.  Sunday/Monday is going to be a long day for me.  Need my rest.  Later!  Be sure to visit Mrs.4444 for more on this score.  Sorry, had to rhyme there for a moment.  :)

A Wednesday Chuckle for you…

I woke up waaaay too early and was doing a little surfing before I could make noise in the house. But I came across this and it was freakin’ hysterical. So much for not making noise.

Apparently there’s a bunch more of these “Literal Videos” out there. I’m such a child of the 80’s I’m going to have to check them out.

Opening the floor

So I mentioned in last week’s Friday Fragments that it was time to test another “As Seen on TV” product.  I have a lot of sleep issues, so I see a lot of infomercials and I’ll discuss the merits of testing some of those things later, but this product caught my eye today at and I thought we should put it up for consideration.


Here’s the website with a video to explain the product.

Any thoughts?  :)

Enforced stillness

Recently I’ve been in situations where there has been what I’m now calling “enforced stillness”. It’s a situation where you cannot do anything except be in the moment you are in. Track meets are a good example. It’s hard to bring any work with you, I find it too distracting to read, and too loud (or hot, OMG it was soooo hot this weekend) to sleep. So you just “be”. Once you get over the initial stress of thinking of all the things you aren’t doing, it becomes relaxing.
You watch everyone around you. You see the joy in their faces when they run. I really like it because everyone is so supportive of all the kids. Very unlike the team sports we’ve been involved with to date. Sure it’s competitive, but it’s healthy competition. Everyone is pushing themselves to be better and recognizes that a personal best time is just as important and worthy as qualifying for the Junior Olympics.
But back to the stillness. Having to be for even such a short period of time is helping me regain some much needed balance in my life. Knowing that I have these huge blocks of time where I can’t “do” is starting to make me more efficient (ok, just starting, still have a ways to go on that one). I feel like a fog is lifiting. Of course now I see some of the havoc it has wrought and I kind of wish the fog would come back. But really, I’m starting the process of getting it back together and that’s all good.
Kins of deep for a Monday, I know. I’ll be back in the shallow end tomorrow.

Friday Fragments 6/12/09

*  Bumper sticker of the week:  Sleep is no substitute for coffee.  Oh, and the bumper sticker on the Maserati was a sticker for the Texas A&M Association of Former Students.  Figures.  Only an Aggie would deface a Maserati in that matter.

*  My elder son was concerned for the well being of the baby who was in the car with the “Baby on Board” sign.  The mom was playing her stereo so loud that the windows on my car were shaking.

* Watermelon is awesome to have at track meets.

*  My new guilty tv pleasure?  Total Drama Action on Cartoon Network.  This show is frickin’ hysterical.

*  I’m inordinately excited about getting my brows waxed tomorrow.

*  Is it just me, or does there always seem to be a “Bondathon” on somewhere?

*  It’s been a while since I’ve tested an “As seen on TV” product.  I’ve done the Greenbags and Kinoki Pads.  Any other suggestions?

*  I’ve actually gotten a good night sleep three nights in a row. I’ll stop writing this post now and go for four.

Have a good weekend!  I’ll be guest posting tomorrow for Jen at Never a Dull Moment.  Heck, I may even get the post up today! Be sure and stop by, but be warned; this post actually has *gasp* substance!  Oh, and don’t forget to check out Mrs.4444 for more FF Fun!