Some Random Stuff

McDaddy and Stevie are two hours away from home at Scout Camp. Alex and I are here at home splitting our time between the ball field and being lazy. We’ve enjoyed lying in bed until 11 AM and eating whatever we choose, whenever we choose. For instance, right now, it’s almost midnight and he’s on the couch watching a Redbox movie and eating Doritos while I am pecking out this post and sipping on a Coca-Cola classic.

As bad as I miss my other two fellas, I’ve enjoyed this week focusing my time and energy on one kid who has clung to me like glue, slept in my bed and told me loves me about 418 times in the past five days. Not to mention, we’ve driven the SKY almost 300 miles this week. HOLLA!

But chances are you didn’t show up at FITP, Inc. to hear about how lazy I’ve been this week. Rather, my loyal readers (all 8 of you!) more than likely showed up here hoping to read about the latest, greatest fashion trends along with my newest kitchen recipe creations. Or something like that, right?

Here are some things that you might find interesting or helpful.

1. For starters, I’m sure you’ve noticed that my blog is wearing a fancy, new party dress. I haven’t mentioned it here yet, because my bloggy designer friend, Heather has been trying to figure out a way to remove the crazy characters (in this latest case, squares!) from past posts and I thought I might wait until after that was done before mentioning my new design, but alas, we are having some difficulty finding a solution. And by we I totally mean her because Lord knows I am WordPress illiterate. If any of you out there in Blogland have any earthly idea how to remove the characters from past posts, please, by all means, let me know immediately in the comments because they are driving me nine kinds of crazy.

A few weeks ago, I saw this pair of flip-flops,

on a gal who was having lunch (with a friend of mine) at a Mexican restaurant. Instead of me doing the totally normal female thing and offering up a compliment about the flip-flops along with a question about where she bought them, I came home, scoured the internet for seemed like hours for the suckers – mostly by searching Google for black- flip- flops-and bling. Do you have any earthly idea how many different pairs of black flip-flops with bling there are available online?

Rest assured, there are A LOT.

My search was pointless. And as is usually the case anytime I see something that I really like, I couldn’t get them off of my mind. After days of unsuccessful shopping online, I texted my friend to ask if she would text her niece to ask where she bought them.

Within minutes, I received the text “She got them at Buckle”.

Which explains why I have never seen them.

The one and only time I ever stepped foot in Buckle was when my sweet, hip, sister-in-law went in there to shop for jeans that were priced so high I almost swallowed my tongue. Not to mention, nothing in that store screamed 40 YEARS OLD  to me. During a recent trip to the mall I popped in there because – like I said – once I get something like black flip flops with bling in my head, I just can’t let it go.

Buckle was sold plum out of the size 10 Sanuk flip flops that I can’t live without, but thankfully, I found them online. I need another pair of shoes like I need a hole drilled right into the side of my head… I am expecting them any day and I’ll be sure and let you know all about them once they are on my sweet, little feet.

Mission accomplished.

Since ordering the flip-flops, they pop up on every website I visit, which is stupid because I’ve already ordered them. Where were those advertisements two weeks ago when I scoured the internet looking for them?

2. Plus, I found this other cute pair of Sanuk black flip-flops with colorful bling.

3. And speaking of feet, check out my pedicure.

I just love being a baseball mom.

Someone on Facebook asked if my feet had been sprayed with Silly String. These cute sandals came from Payless and they are every bit as cute as they look, not to mention comfortable.

4. While hanging out on Facebook recently, one of those “Suggested Pages” showed up on my news feed. It featured an APP called Two Dots. Normally, I click on the the I don’t want to see this button, but in what can only be described as a moment of weakness, I installed the APP. I’m like a kid with a new iPod trying to beat each level before I run out of lives. I mean it’s not like I don’t have 712 adult things to do around here. What is it about a game requiring you to connect two or more like colored dots that fascinates seemingly rational, educated adults like me? It’s absolute craziness, yet, at this moment, I’m counting down the 13 minutes until my lives fill back up to take a stab at level 29.

5. Have I mentioned My Favorite Things board on Pinterest? There are any number of great things on there, including a great new chopper I recently bought in the Amish Country, along with all of the cute black flip flops with bling I found while searching for the ones I ended up buying.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

 

What I Learned This Week

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. HTML is a language I should learn.

2. Characters strung throughout my blog make me nine kinds of crazy.

3. Even when a rose bush looks like it’s dead, it might not be.

4. If you think you need fresh mulch in your flower bed, you should try weeding it first. And then raking it.

5. With our busy schedules and two Little League baseball schedules, it could be weeks before McDaddy and I find the time to have dinner to celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary.

6. SOB, in the medical profession means ‘shortness of breath”.

7. Even at 40 years old, I still enjoy a good yard sale.

8. My favorite part of summer is not needing an alarm clock.

9. When I see a cute pair of shoes, I should just ask the person wearing them where she bought them. Otherwise, I may end up spending over an hour online looking for them.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

Easy enough?

GO!



 

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Last time we spoke, I was teetering on the edge praying that the replacement iPhone I received that day from Apple wouldacceptthe backup from iTunes from my original iPhone- after it was diagnosed with a bad battery – just as it was supposed to. I ampleased to report that everything went as planned, and within an hour or so, it was all set up, and my world started spinning again.

Things were a little iffy for a bit, but thankfully everything went according to plan.

Now, on to my next order of business…

Christmas is right around the corner. In other words, things are gettin’ serious. That means, it is time to buckle down and do some serious shopping if Iintend to stick to my original word that I would have most of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. And just because I’m such a nice gal, I thought I should share some of the things I found while shopping online tonight, with you, my faithful readers.

All eight of you.

These items range in price from $2.00 to well, a lot more than that. But at leastthere’s something to fit every budget. And in the interest of full disclosure (because I’m not interested in going back to Jail) I am not being paid, pressured, or compensated in any wayto promote any of these items. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

So there.

1. I love anything at all with my name on it (which explainswhy I have about fifteen monogrammed 31 bags), so it should come as no surprise that I just love these monogrammed ornaments.

 

2. No gift idea list of mine would be complete without at least one pair ofshoes on it, because in my opinion,one can NEVER have too many shoes. I pinned these sandals several months ago and I absolutely love them. (And if McDaddy is lurking around here on the blog today… I would love these in a size nine – preferably in a more neutral color like black or brown.)

3. A few months ago I began carrying a purse I could sling over my shoulder. I found this one (Vera Bradley hipster) on sale at a military base exchange in Jacksonville over the summer and have been carrying it since. I absolutely love it because it allows me to be hands-free, and if it gets dirty, you can throw it right into the washer. (The print shown hereis called “GO WILD” which is fitting, but I also love the new print Canterbury Cobalt.) Before we went to New York, I purchased the Backpack Tote in Canterbury Cobalt and it was perfect for carrying my DSLR Camera plus everything that I needed while touring the streets of New York City. (McDaddy, a hipster inCanterbury Cranberry, would be lovely.)

4. And speaking of DSLR’s, I amincluding this because it truly is one of the best purchases I have ever made.It is absolutely wonderful for capturing great moments on the baseball field no matter how far awayyou aresitting, though you can’t tell it from this out-of-focus picture I shot with my iPhone.

5. If you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer, look no further. I think I speak for women everywhere when I say that we go all-out crazy for a good Sharpie. These super-fine tip ones are awesome! (And if McDaddy could find them in colors other than black, I think he should totally get them for me!)

6. I live in West Virginia. It is hotter than you-know-what in the summer and colder than an Eskimo in a refrigerator in the winter. These gloves are so handy(Ha! I crack myself up!) because you can use your iPhone without removing them. My sister-in-law bought me this pair a few years back when she drew my name for Christmas.

7. If you have a friend who enjoys reading, this is a great read.

Sparkly Green Earrings, written by my favorite blogger friend, Melanie Shankle (and when I say, my favorite blogger friend, what I really mean is that I read her blog everyday and it is my favorite, not that we go eat Mexican every Thursday and discuss world problems, though if she lived closer I have no doubt we’d be fast friends) is easy-to-read and I’ve even read parts of it twice.I haven’t read verymany bookssince getting my iPhone (Actually, I haven’t done much of anything since getting my iPhone) but I just knew this was going to be a great book. As is the case most of the time, I was right.

8. If you don’t have one of these,

what are you waiting on?

I am declaring the iPhone the best invention of my time, and it wouldn’t be caught dead without an Otter Box because GREAT PROTECTION.

9. Looking for some great smelling perfume?

Go getcha’ some of this. I wear Ralph Lauren’s romance everyday and I love it.

10. We go through some candles up in here. (And by we, I mostly mean, me, because McDaddy always makessome crack about a sance when I light them.)

You can’t go wrong with a Yankee Candle. (Well, unless you get the Winter Pine / Evergreen one, and then? You need to re-gift that stinky sucker as soon as possible!) Cranberry Chutney is my favorite. I have vanilla cupcake burning in my bathroom and banana nut bread burning just inches away from me.I also like Red Velvet,Vanilla frosting, spice cake and just about any other candle that smells like something I’d eat.

11. And last, but certainly not least (you knew this one was coming), it’s my absolute favorite gift of all the time.

And I suspect it will be for the better part of forever.

The Saturn Sky.

Only problem is, you’ll have to search online for a used one because Saturn went belly up years ago.

Well, that was fun!

Have a great week, y’all!

Totally Random Nonsense

It is with regret that I announce that I shot my wad on the SLIMpossible diet today.

While at the hospital for most of the day, I found myself with about six minutes to scarf down some “lunch”. I made a quick trip to the hospital snack bar and settled on a bag of Doritos and a chocolate pudding parfait, which I could not pass up because,HAVE YOU EVER HAD ONE? And, in a moment of weakness, I swallowed fourthin mints, almost whole.

On an unrelated note, who named those suckers THIN mints anyway? I realize they are THIN, but that’s the last thing anyone who eats them is going to be. (Especially when you eat an entire sleeve. * Not that I’ve ever done that! *

In my defense though, I did come home and spend an hour with Leslie Sansone in an attempt to work that parfait and the Doritos and those four measly 160 calorie THIN mints off.

For weeks (or maybe it’s been months at this point) my kitchen counter has looked like this because the screen on that pretty pink laptop decided to quit working.

Only,I did move the monitor and keyboard over toward the wall to clear up half the counter.

But alas, I am pleased to report that tonight I am no longer sitting on that HARD bar stool. Instead, I am blogging from the comfort of my big, blue, bloggycouch with a brand spankin’ new laptop with a screen that works.

Hallelujah.

And Amen.

My tailbone thanks you, McDaddy.

And I do, too!

I heard bad news today.

I mean REALLY bad news.

I haven’t been able to think about much else since I heard the news.

Can you believe that my beloved MaksimChremkovskiy will not be on this season of Dancing With The Stars?

That makes me nine kinds of unhappy.

But seeing these at the hospital today sure made me smile.

Yes, those are tennis shoes.

The nurse wearing them explained that they are specially designed tennis shoes (called Z-Coils) for people with a bad back. I think they are super cool and really, I MEAN REALLY wanted to ask her if I could try them on. But instead, I just snapped a picture all secret-squirrel right in the middle of the E-R.

She bought them on a Canadian website and theywere $240. And before you ask, for once I wasn’t the one asking nosy questions.My dad happened to be in the E-R with me and his nose is way bigger than mine! (Hi Dad!)He was asking her all kinds of questions.

[On an unrelated note: Since receivinga tablet for Christmas,my daddy has joined the ranks withLBF’s all over the nation. Andyoucan bet the farm it is killing him not knowing what the heck anLBF is.

I do not suffer from back, joint or foot pain (but remember I still have butt pain from sitting on that hard bar stool!), still,I reallywant a pair of those shoes. They are cool and from what I understand verycomfortable. Not to mentionI amfinding, at the ripe age of 39, that comfort trumpscute every. single. time.

Oh, and on the off-chance that the fine folks from Z-Coil end up here at From Inmates To Playdates, Inc., you should know that I would LOVE an opportunity to work with you on a review/giveaway promotion. Just have your people call my people and we’ll set something up!

And just like THAT, I realize the time on my laptop is an hour off.

Danggit.

Crazy random posts work for me!

The Shoes That Bind

Do you have shoes in your closet that you haven’t worn for years, but refuse to get rid of?

If so, you will absolutely love this story.

McDaddyparticipated in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at our church this weekend. The teams were formed by drawing names from a hat. McDaddywason a teamwith our friend Shawn, and one of our pastors, Jimmy. I am good friends with Shawn’s wife, Christina. When we first sat down at the tournament, Christina shared a story about Shawn’s basketball shoes. She was unsure of how old they were, but said she had tried several times over the past few years to throw them out because they were old and because he hadn’t worn them in a long time. Each time, she said he would assure her that he would need them someday and insist on keeping them.

Christina, our friend Kelley, and I had a great time trading kid stories and fighting off the urge to purchase every single O’Friggin’Henry Barfrom the snack bar because OH MY HEAVENLY DAY they were divine. (I totally added the whole friggin’ part to the name of the recipe, because I friggin’ forgot for about three minutes that I was competing in the biggest loser competition and the only thing I lost that evening was $0.50 each time I bought one of the darn things.)

But shoot, they were good.

About half-way through the dream team’s third game,Shawn walked off of the court with a frown on his face.

This is what we saw…

You see, that, is Shawn holding his beloved basketball shoes (circa 2000 or before) in one hand, and a huge piece out of the sole in the other hand.

Here’s a closer look.

[Note: Even though the O'Henry bars taunted me from the snack bar, as you can see from this picture, I was making a conscious effort to suck down the SIXTY FOUR OUNCES OF WATER required for the competition each day. After all, I had to wash them down with something, right?]

Anyway, back to the shoes. As you can see BOTH shoes were junk.

Since the basketball tournament was only half-over,Shawn still had at least three more games to play.

Without shoes.

I couldn’t hardly talk for laughing .Ilooked down and asked what size his shoes were. He said he wears a size eight. I offered up my size nines, because it makes sense (in my head, at least) that amans’ size eight, is probably equivalent to a woman’s size nine. I slipped my shoes off ofmy feet.

To my surprise,Shawn picked my shoes up and tried them on. Before I could blink, Shawn was standing in our church gym wearing my shoes.

This is what we saw next.

I’m not quite sure you can see this picture well enough to appreciate what is going on here.

That, my friends, is my friend Shawn wearing my Gray and PINK Skechers.

And this, was Shawn, justbefore he made the FIRST TWO POINTSwhile wearing my shoes.

[NOTE: See that window in the background? That's where the O'Henry bars were hanging out.]

Sadly, the shoes didn’t give Shawn, McDaddy and Jimmy enough force to pull out a place in the championship game, but as you mightimagine, the whole dry-rotted FORCE shoe situation gave us a good laugh.

Three days later, I am still laughing about the whole thing.

Shawn took one for the team that day when he laid his pride aside and wore my pink tennis shoes.

May the FORCE rest in peace.

And I took one for my team when I declined a third (yes, I said A THIRD) O’Henry bar.

Heaven help me through the next six weeks. Especially now that Tracy has upped the stakes in our Biggest Loser competition and changed the required64 ounces of water dailytohalf of our body weight in ounces.

Just to be clear, I saidHALF OF MY BODY WEIGHT.

IN OUNCES.

OF WATER.

I stink at math, but best I have it figured,thatis A LOT of water.

But, I am committed to my shrinking sunshinesand I will give this new challengea whirl.And since I drank 36 ounces in the last hour and it’s my bedtime, looks like I’ll be losing some sleep tonightas I’ll be up half the night a peein’.

May my bladder rest in peace.

I’ll be back later this week with my Biggest Loser update. That is, if I don’t float away.

Wish me luck!