Whatever can I do in 2009 to top it? Don't be surprised to know that major stuff has been in the works since September folks...and I'm just WAITING till the stars are all aligned. :)
I never talk about my haters but I want to thank you guys PERSONALLY for the hits (you know I have your IP addresses labeled...ROFL!) because without you...well...let's just say...YOU MOTIVATE ME.
TOMORROW IS A NEW YEAR FOLKS! WRITE IT DOWN AND MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Weezy: Say bruh...I googled black eyed peas and cabbage today. Me: Um...okay. Weezy: Why was your site like number 10. Me: You sound surprised. Weezy: Um...we gotta make some money off that dang site. Robby: Who's WE?
I'm neatening up under the tree and am removing gifts and putting them away. How lovely are these linen tea towels that TheBrokeSocialite gave me? Imma hafta do something fancy with these! Yall know over here we some old chunky mug grabbing folks...LOL! I might have to pull out some dainty stuff and cross my legs with my pinky stuck out!
The average visit to our home seems to be about 4 hours. Folks come here, take off their shoes, eat something and curl their hands around a warm mug of something delicious. Even though folks say I'm evil...somehow they don't mind being at 13700.
Sometimes we talk...
Sometimes we don't.
I love our home.
My husband walks through our door from a long day at the office and he smiles at me. A genuine smile. Then...he kisses me.
Sometimes a quick peck...
Sometimes an introspective KISS.
I love our home.
Our home is usually clean but there is usually a pile of something somewhere. Every room is furnished but we still can find room for a crib or a highchair or a set of luggage for someone who needs somewhere to lay their heads for a minute.
We have soft towels and soap. We have shower caps and toothbrushes. We have unused underwear. We have headscarves and sweats in all sizes. We have LOTS of pillows and bedding.
We'll find something for you.
I love our home.
Our home isn't anything out of the ordinary by way of all things luxe. Our kitchen needs upgrading big time but meals get prepared there just fine. Our neighborhood has changed with the mortgage crisis but those of us who know each other look out for each other. Neighbors knock on doors bearing gifts. Neighbors call to check on you when your truck hasn't moved in days. There are always ingredients available to bake a cake or make some hot cocoa.
I love our home.
We have a kinda half done patio in the backyard so we don't use it but there is a lovely blueberry bush and in the warmer months Creeping Jenny covers the grassy areas and makes me smile. Our deck is very comfortable and we enjoy being out there when it's warm.
Our dogs run up and down the stairs and they jump on sofas whenever they feel like it. Prince Ziggy smears teething biscuits all over the back of the sofa in the family room. I just wipe it clean.
We haven't done anything with the space we said we'd put a gym but we have the carpet tiles and the equipment ready when we do.
I'd like to raise the counter in our bathroom and change the one large mirror out for two more tailored mirrors with build in hidden storage. I'd like to have a bench put in the shower and completely change all of the tile. I'd like to change the fixtures throughout our house.
I love our home.
We need more closet space and we want to get new carpets. I want to redo all the current window treatments and add some to the windows I've not gotten around to yet. I'd love a sectional in the man cave so I could enjoy it sometimes too. I want to repaint the man cave and I'd like to do something different with the vertical blinds across the patio doors downstairs.
I'd like for the side of our home to be landscaped properly with a real walk way.
I love our home.
I think about improvements all the time and then...I slide into bed having done none of that. My husband kisses me and either holds me or rolls over depending on how long he's been asleep and all is well in my world. My doggies are asleep in their beds with their blankies and my precious nephew is in his crib asleep.
My life...right now...is good. My life...right now...is the best thing EVER.
I'm sorry...but this is the most random, ridiculous, idiotic, funny as hell ish I have EVER, EVER seen! Please do NOT click if you are not ready for THE MOST IGNENT ish you have EVER seen on this site.
So...we'd invited brran1 to lunch a while ago. He and Robby are kinda in the same field and I wanted them to meet and chat it up a bit. Turns out, however, that Robby went into his new office today so he wasn't going to be home. I told brran1 that we could reschedule since it was just me and Prince Ziggy...but he was like...I'm cool. I'm coming.
Come on! PLAYA!
When he showed up, Prince Ziggy took a looooooooooooooong hard look at him and the PROPELLED HIMSELF AT HIM WITH A BIG, JUICY, CHEESE EATING GRIN! Yup...The Nephew approved of brran1 BIG TIME! As did Jaru and Lucy.
The Robinator called and asked brran1 if he was going to stay for dinner and it was decided that yes he would so he could pick Robby's brain and vice versa. We had a late lunch, hung out with Prince Ziggy, did a bit of shopping and returned home where The Robinator had just made it home.
While I fixed dinner, they chatted and talked about school and resumes and whatnot. You know...making connections and utilizing your resources that you might not even realize you have right at your fingertips.
Brran1 brought me an EXTREMELY lovely gift that I almost gave back because I know he's a poor struggling college student. That is...until I saw what it was. Yup...the dude brought me a Rita's gift card. BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABY! NOW THAT'S A MONNIE GIFT! LOL! I started cheezing like I was at a sample sale for Gucci and Tom Ford had decided I was his next muse.
I can dig it.
The funniest thing was that I'd assumed brran1 wore colored contact lenses and asked him why. He blinked at my azz like...say bruh...these my eyes. I was like...DAAAAAAAANNNNNGGGGGG! THAT'S HOT! LOL! I complimented him on his skin and he cheezed up talking bout..."I try." BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Brran1 keeps his pimp hand strong! LOL!
I expect great things out of brran1 and told him so without blinking. Nothing wrong with expecting excellence from a smart, talented young man with a FABULOUS personality. He now knows that the old foggies, Monnie & Robby are here for him if he needs anything and I'm sure he and Robby will be touching bases soon about some things.
Today was a good day man. That kid made my heart smile. He's right there...right on the cusp of a happy, successful, WONDERFUL life and I EXPECT excellence from him.
Without a doubt.
Nothing wrong with having expectations of our young. Let them know...and watch them SOAR!
Question...do you use YOUR resources? Are you even AWARE of the resources right in front of your face sometimes?
What do you all think of a 41 year-old woman living at home with her
mother? The only time she left home was for college and then came right
back. Do you think that may be a reason why she is not married? She and her mother even go on vacations together and everything.
He is currently having a bottle of apple juice and if need by I'm following it with prunes. Why? Cuz the alternative is to shove something up his butt and I am NOT shoving anything up the baby's butt. If that is needed we are getting on a PLANE and his mama is gonna be shoving something up his butt cuz T-Monnie is NOT for all that. It's enough getting the squiggly worm to be still to change his diaper could you IMAGINE getting him to cooperate with me messing around with his butt?
It's the same reason I sprung for the expensive forehead thermometer. I'm going nowhere near the butt with objects.
Nerp...un unh...hell no.
This is where I draw the line.
Any additional advice from moms will be GREATLY appreciated! Thank you in advance.
I'm struggling with getting my family to eat better. I'd like us to be on an organic diet but find in a lot of ways it's cost prohibitive to buy organic. I know you eat organic and I was wondering if you had any tips on how to do it.
Aiight...yall know I never answer inbox stuff but Imma answer this one since it's near and dear to my heart. I can't really say that eating organic is costly because it's only Robby and I and we don't need much. I know I have compared weekly grocery costs with others and it does seem like my bill is higher but when I compare health...we're much slimmer and healthier so for my vain azz...that's all I need.
I'd caution you to going to Whole Foods to buy your organic foods because I've noted from experience that Whole Foods is out their GD mind. Seems there is a 300% mark up to a WHOLE lotta stuff in there. Do a Google search in your area for an Amish Market or a Farmer's Market and get there early with cash in hand.
Another thing I've noticed is that a lot of stuff goes to waste in fridges all over the world so plan your meals out so you only buy EXACTLY what you need.
Buy fruits and veggies that are IN SEASON. They are much cheaper because there are an abundance of them growing when they are in season and...luckily for you...something is ALWAYS in season!
One thing I've done is only do my shopping for 3 days at a time because it helps me save produce that way. AND...I get to take advantage of the grocery sales that start on Wednesdays.
Don't sleep on your regular grocery store for organic foods either. Just look for the organic symbol and you should be cool. Lots of grocery stores are now coming out with whole lines or organic foods. I was in Giant the other day and was very pleased to find that their brand of organic whole milk was $2 cheaper than Horizons. Guess what I did. Yup. Prince Ziggy drinks lots of milk.
Now keep in mind that while our diet is MOSTLY organic it is by no way COMPLETELY organic. Some things you just can't do chemical free. HOWEVER...I don't do anything instant and very RARELY do I do anything packaged. Always go with the mantra THE LESS CHEMICALS IN YOUR BODY THE BETTER and you'll be fine if you're cutting back on chemicals from pesticides and preservatives.
The best thing you can do is to educate yourself on the way food is SUPPOSED to look. I know that sounds odd as hell...but it's the truth. When you master knowing the difference between something a grocery store has had for a very long time and just "cleaned it up" to look better...you'll find you're feeding your family healthier. Take carrots for instance. I don't buy carrots without a green stem on them. Nerp. That green stem lets me know that suckers fresh out the ground. When grocery stores cut the green stems off it's because they are old and wilted...so they cut them off and still sell you the carrot cut even though it's not fresh...it's still edible.
The thing about organic foods seems to be that it takes more time for prep time than it does for processed foods and that's perfectly natural. Why? Food is sposed to be cooked slower. We are just used to being able to microwave ish and eat it. It's the Google world we live in.
The cleaner the food prep the better in my mind. I LOVE steamed veggies and often eat them with nothing on them so that I can enjoy the pure taste. I steamed some fresh carrots the other day and baaaaaaaaaby....they tasted like candy. LOVED IT!
I know this sounds like a lot more than you asked for but hey...you asked. I could write about this for pages and pages and pages but Prince Ziggy is currently eating his bib and I must go rescue said bib.
I'm sure The Tribe has something for ya that I woulda got to had I had the time.
So yall know I don't do Walmart (unless there is a major emergency) after the Wall Street Journal story came out about them telling their people to vote Republican. Irked me.
Today Prince Ziggy and I left to go to Target and Borders. I'd read on one of them baby sites that PZ should be stacking blocks and I'm like...would be easy for him to do if he actually HAD blocks huh? So off to Target I go to get wood blocks. You know the kind...same ones you had when you were a kid. Same ones I had when I was a kid.
I get to Target...and...um...no wood blocks. Lots of FANCYish blocks...but no wood blocks. Hmmmmm.
I ponder this out loud and a very helpful mother tells me that Walmart has them. Well...I was on the fence but then looked down into those uber big, beautiful eyes and knew, without a shadow of doubt...that I would go to the evil that is Walmart for this kid ANY.DAY.OF.THE.WEEK.
Off to Walmart we go which is only across the street so cool. Prince Ziggy and I grab a basket from the parking lot and buckle up into Walmart.
So...Walmart has changed. A.LOT. The logo is all friendly now. Like a sunburst waving at you all happy and whatnot. Inside...HARDWOODish floors. WHAAAAAAAATTTTT?
GET OUTTA HERE!
Aiight...so...I just get in and pass a few aisles. I go in the direction of toys when I realized toys ain't there no mo...so I start doing the SMART thing and actually looked up to read the signs (makes sense huh?). As I was doing this I noticed a weird dude with his arms INSIDE of his coat and zipped up. Like...his arms weren't in the sleeves. Weird...okay...moving on.
I go all around looking for them dang blocks. I looked up once and see old boy. Noted.
I go down aisle by aisle of the toy section...I looked up TWICE and see old boy. Noted with SIP eyebrow. I take off my backpack and tighten my grip on the basket.
I go to the baby section and am going up and down the aisle and I look up AGAIN and see old boy. OH HELL NO. I LOOK DEAD AT HIS AZZ AND GET MY MACE OUTTA MY BAG then I roll off in the direction of Electronics where I stopped an employee and let him know what's what. As I'm telling him old boy sees me talking and pointing in his direction and he goes the other direction. I keep my eye on him and watches as he takes off his coat. This really alarms me cuz it's like he's trying to change his appearance.
So Walmart dude calls security on his walkie talkie. A security guy shows up IMMEDIATELY with like a secret service earpiece on and as we are telling him what was going on...DUDE IS LIKE WALKING RIGHT IN FRONT OF US TOWARDS US and then cuts down an aisle. Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan...THIS FREAKED ME OUT! Security guys calls more security guys and they go talk to old boy. Me? I'm like...man...I'm getting the hell outta here NOW!
And then...security guys asks me...you want an escort to your car?
Me: HELL YES I WANT AN ESCORT OUT!
Security noted I had my mace and I was like...look...I wasn't trying to spray mace in Walmart and whatnot and start no riot...but I wasn't about to be some victim in the aisle either. Security dude laughed and said he totally understood.
He walked me out and waited until Prince Ziggy and I were in the truck with the doors locked and the key in the ignition. I thanked him and wished him Happy Holidays and took my azz back to Target thinking the whole time that all old boy needed to do was walk across the parking lot and there we'd be again.
CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPY. UBER CREEPY.
Robby: Well...you did have on yoga pants. Me: *sigh* Robby: I'm just saying...you look kinda hot. Me: *sigh*
So...two things I'd like to point out. 1. Walmart security does NOT play. I like knowing that. 2. You thought this story was gonna be COMPLETELY different based on the title huh? ROFL!
At 13700 we have an extra laptop. It's my MacBook. Cute and white, it's the first Mac I started out with before I upgraded to the Big Dog.
Nothing is wrong with it and it's in PERFECT condition since I had the keyboard and top layer replaced and upgraded the battery. Since Robby had his work computer and I had the Big Dog it usually sits unused unless we have guests or unless E is here.
Well...The Robinator turned in his work laptop last week and won't get his new laptop from new company until he starts working. Being the computer universe that we are here at 13700...he had to realize that he was gonna hafta get on the Mac.
Being a major PC head...it took him a minute to adjust to the way a Mac "thinks." He trudged through.
I'm sorry to say to the guests of 13700 that we no longer have a GUEST LAPTOP. The laptop is now THE ROBINATOR'S. He has decided he REALLY likes it and is in the process of setting it up exactly as he wants it.