Saturday, April 28, 2007

My Blatant Self-Promotion

Okay, so I have an addiction. I admit it. I have it under control, so I don't need help. I don't need an intervention. I'm good...well mostly. I love Days of Our Lives. There you made me say it. Happy now?
I've watched DOOL (Days of Our Lives) since 1979. Sometime in the mid 80s I wasn't so faithful. Mainly because college took up all of my time, but I tried to keep up with what was going on. Now as an adult I have watched solidly for the last 15 years. I'm not always thrilled with the show, like now, but I stick with it. I read all of the websites. Let's just say I know what's going on.
I love talking about the show. My Mom and I talk about the show constantly. She was not as faithful over the years, but since her fav (Another World) got cancelled she has been a solid watcher too. I realized recently after a lot of searching online that there is not a podcast about the show! There have been half hearted attempts in the past, but nothing stuck. There are podcasts about some of the other soaps, but not DOOL.
Here's where the self-promotion comes in. My husband is very active in the podcasting world. He has many shows he produces every week. He does a popular one on the show "Heroes". He's always bugging me to do one. I don't like being on camera. Not one bit! Fortunately there are two types of podcasts. There are video podcasts and there are audio podcasts. Do you see where this is going yet?
Starting on Friday, May 4th I will be doing a weekly audio podcast on DOOL! With my mom no less! I'm not a fan of my voice, but it's better than having lots of people looking at me.
It will be a weekly podcast recapping what has happened during the week and just dishing about what we like and what we don't. DOOL is going through many changes and has hired back many old favorites for a big story during the summer. There has been a lot of criticism lately and finally the powers that be have stopped and listened.
Anyway, so if you are a fan check out the podcast this Friday at

Monday, April 23, 2007


My glasses fall off of my head all of the time. I'm always flipping my hair around and forgetting they are there. This time it bit me in the butt though. They broke. Not sure if it was just a fluke or a result of a lot of beating up.
My daughter and I went to Lens Crafters hoping to just get the same pair to insert the lenses into. It was only the frames that broke. Anyway, nope they don't make them anymore and they wouldn't fit into another pair. They are only a 1 1/2 years old! So, now I have to go to the eye doctor. I hate doing it, but they insist that you should go once a year. I figured since I have to get all new glasses anyway I might as well go the whole nine yards. Every time I go it's the same thing. The doc flips those glasses up and down so many times and keeps asking you which one is better that I just get confused. I'm always afraid I'm making the wrong choice. I just hate it.
The worst part though is picking out new frames. Especially when you are by yourself. The sales people just want to sell you the most expensive pair in the shortest amount of time. Usually I make Hubby or a friend go with me, but today I am stuck by myself. I need new ones NOW! I can't find my old pair, so I've been wearing my sunglasses to see! Just what I wanted to spend my day off doing.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Virginia Tech & Kids

Like everyone else I've been consumed by the information coming out of Virginia this week. My heart and prayers go out to all of the victims families and the killers family as well.
Hubby left for a conference in Cleveland on Monday morning and just came back today. He knew what had happened, but he was so busy with the conference that he missed most of it and is just catching up now. The reason I bring that up is because I was left trying to explain this to my daughter. She was off from school on Monday and I was watching it all play out on the news. She was in the other room, so I thought she wasn't paying attention or I wouldn't have been watching. Anyway, she heard a lot of it and starting asking questions. What do you say to a 5 year old when she asks why? No one will ever really know why. We teach her that there is never a reason to hurt any living things. She is an extremely gentle hearted soul for which we are very grateful and she is taking this badly. They have talked about it in her school, but she just doesn't understand why someone would hurt all of those people. She insists that there has to be a reason. She makes me feel like I am her age sometimes because I think we all want a reason. She's in an age where she is full of questions and we can usually hunt down the answer if we don't happen to know it, but what do you do with this one?

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Went and saw "Grindhouse" last night. I was a little hesitant since it was such a long movie, but I finally gave in. Hubby really wanted to see it and I kept thinking I would enjoy it so much more in the comfort of my own home. Ah well...sometimes you have to give in. SO GLAD I DID! It was amazing! Growing up in the 70s I remember these types of films quite well. The time flew by! If you don't already know it is two separate movies linked together in the middle with fake previews which were also great. The first was a classic "bad" zombie flick called "Planet Terror" by Robert Rodriguez. The second one was a psycho killer flick called "Death Proof" by Quentin Tarantino. Some of the actors did double duty and appeared in both films including Tarantino. In some cases playing basically the same character. It was fantastically bad and grainy with lost reels and even the film burning at one point. All on purpose of course. They were both classic examples of bad B movies, but somehow better than that. Don't ask me to explain. I must say though I think Rodriguez did the better job. He seemed to understand the genre a little bit better. Don't get me wrong I really enjoyed Tarantino's flick, but he seemed to forget half way through the film that he wasn't just doing one of his normal films. Still saying that though it was a great time. Totally deserves to be seen on the big screen. We just wish we had seen it at the drive-in which would have been perfect. Everyone laughed and cheered through the whole thing. If you are a B movie fan then "Grindhouse" is a must! In my honest opinion this movie deserves the Academy Award for Editing. It was brilliant. They broke all of the rules and paved their own way.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Out of the mouths of babes...

This morning my daughter was talking about what she had learned about in school yesterday. Since she's only 5 sometimes she gets information mixed up.

Daughter: Do you know what?

Mommy: What honey?

Daughter: There used to be real dinosaurs on the earth?

Mommy: Really?

Daughter: Yea, a really long time ago in the 80s.

Daddy: Oh yea...I remember that. (smart ass!)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Overheard in the store today

30ish woman: Did you hear Jack Kerouac died today?

Older man: Yeah I heard that too.

Young child: Who is he?

30ish woman: He wrote a lot of mysteries a really long time ago.

As you have probably heard Kurt Vonnegut died last night. A fantastic writer who will be sorely missed. I wouldn't call him a mystery writer though or Jack Kerouac for that matter. Hee hee...made us laugh in the store today!

Bad bad blogger!

I am a bad blogger. I have neglected the blogging world for a week now, but I do have an excuse. Many excuses actually. Would you like me to list them? Nah...I'll just tell ya!

Taxes due, taxes dues and taxes due! So many more papers to file when you own multiple businesses and properties. Sometimes I just wish my husband and I had normal do your work, you get a paycheck and you go home. I miss those days. There is just way too much to worry about this way. I'd probably go back in a heartbeat, but Hubby wouldn't. He's an entrepreneur at heart. Did I spell that right?...who cares?

Been sorta sick for a couple of days now. Not full on sick where you have to go to the doctor...just enough to make you generally miserable. On top of that I've been suffering from the whole allergy crap too. Just yucky.

Doing lots of research on what school to send our daughter to next year. We are keeping her in Montessori for kindergarten, but we have to be prepared for first grade. What happened to the old days where you just sent your kid to the neighborhood school? I guess there are still some that do that of course, but our local school has a bad reputation, so we are looking into private options. Her teacher wants her tested for the gifted program, so we'll see what happens with that first. Oy!

With taxes being due it made me re access my business. That's taking most of my time. One of my the sites I list our books through online raised their prices, so it made me stop and think about how I could save money in other areas to compensate. With the Post Office raising their shipping charges by some 40 cents in May that has to be taken into consideration as well. Customers DO NOT like paying more for shipping then they do for the book. They don't seem to understand that it's the Post Office they should be yelling at not us.

Ah well...that's some of the many things keeping me from blogging lately. I am SO behind on reading blogs too! Hopefully, I can get back to a normal life next week.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Friday Feast #16

When you travel, which mode of transportation do you prefer?
Plane...I don't like flying, but it's faster.

Have you ever met a blogging friend in person?
Yes, one of my close buds.

When was the last time you were really, really tired?
Tuesday...I could not sleep at all. I was having a major allergy attack and could barely breath.

Main Course
If you could have dinner with any one fictional character from a book or movie, who would it be?
Sounds really silly, I know, but Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has to be my absolute favorite character ever. Not a very high brow answer, but it's honest!

Fill in the blank: One day, I hope to see my daughter married and happy with children. Well...if that's what she wants out of life anyway!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #25

If you ever can't find me here are Thirteen Places you can usually find me.

1. In my office at work - Duh!
2. At my daughter's school chatting with the snotty Moms
3. On the porch with a glass of wine and a book - only during the warm months
4. Playing with my family in the park
5. Watching TV - I'm a TV junkie...what can I say?
6. In a movie theater - movie junkie too!
7. At my parents house
8. On the sofa surfing the Internet
9. In the purse department at Macys
10. Wandering around in Target
11. At my favorite restaurant "Racines"
12. At a baseball game with my family
13. At a bookstore...other than mine. I just can't get enough of books during the week!

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Gotta love Potter fever

Like a lot of people I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I snagged this one from Dustin at That Guy's Blog. I can never resist a good quiz. The first time I did it I was Severus Snape, but I was in a bad mood. Snape is my fav character, but I'm not sure I want to be compared to I did it again today!

You scored as Hermione Granger. You're one intelligent
witch, but you have a hard time believing it and require constant
reassurance. You are a very supportive friend who would do
anything and everything to help her friends out.

Hermione Granger


Albus Dumbledore


Severus Snape


Ron Weasley


Remus Lupin


Ginny Weasley


Sirius Black


Draco Malfoy


Harry Potter


Lord Voldemort


Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is...?
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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Back to normal...

Finally all of the birthday hoo hah is over and life can get back normal. My daughter's various birthday parties went off without a hitch. I'm exhausted personally. The in laws were all here for the big day and the last of them left on Friday. I love Hubby's parents and they are fun to have here, but it's also nice when life gets back to normal. You just eat too much when family is in town! Yes, the future sister-in-law was here as well and didn't go any better. We will just not be friends I guess. I don't know what else to try. It made me feel good to know that she treats Hubby the same way, so at least it's not just me. I'm not always easy either, but I was starting to feel really bad about myself. Ah long as she treats my brother-in-law well. That's what is important. He's as close to a brother as I will ever get and I adore him.

Here's a picture of the birthday girl.

I missed blogging, but there was just not enough time in the day, ya know? I tried to keep up with reading other blogs, but I'm still kind of behind. Anyway, glad to be back!