Boo to you!

Has everyone survived the sugar coma known as Halloween yet?  I avoided the kids candy bags as much as I could.  Neil wasn't planning on going with us, but as the last minute (Thursday night) he decided he wanted to dress up, but not trick-or-treat.  Then after we actually got out there walking, he wanted to do it.  Ugh... men, even in boy form, are worse than women about decision making.

This has been one of the best weekends that I can remember in quite some time.  I actually convinced the husband to go on a date!  I know!!!  We went out to eat at our favorite restaurant and then headed to a real haunted house for a candle lit tour at the Octagon Hall.  I purchased a few raffle tickets to participate in an overnight ghost hunt!  Everyone cross their fingers that they pick my name for one of the 5 people they are going to choose.  It was a great time and I can't wait to go back for a regular tour of the house and grounds.

One of the irritating things about living in the Bible Belt is the tendency to refuse to celebrate any type of Pagan holiday, or any holiday that seems Pagan, on a Sunday.  Therefore, we had to do our candy grabbing on Saturday.  It's all good though, we got to go back to my hometown, spend time with friends, take the kids trick-or-treating, and not have to worry about getting up early the next day for school/work.

Hope every one had a wonderful Halloween weekend and enjoy the week to come!

Found It on Friday

annarubyking - Blue Birds Earring Studs - $13.00

bysweetmom - Hippie Bohemian Beaded Bracelet Set of 3 - $21.00

weewaldorf - Forest Friends Squirrel Cookie Cutter - $5.25

BWinks - Petite Good Luck Owl Friend - $36.00

Turning Bears into Tigers

Back in early October Kaia found herself a wooly worm.  They are technically called a Wooly Bear Caterpillar and they will turn into Isabella Tiger moths in the Spring.  She wanted to keep it, but I told her that we had to let it go so it could prepare for the coming winter.  It wasn't until after we had let it go that I discovered, you CAN keep them!  So about a week ago, she found another little wooly worm minding his own business and scooped him up.  

He has his own little habitat in our dining room.  He really doesn't require too much in the way of care.  He has a stick and every day we clean out the old grass (and caterpillar poo) and give him fresh grass.  I try to make sure I get grass in the morning when there is still dew on it.  He's pretty much become part of our family.  She named him "Catty"... 'cause he's a cat-erpillar...  She's so original.

Guess what I found out today?!  Brittany at MommyWords is giving away a Flip Ultra HD camera!  You still have a chance to enter the giveaway by visiting her site here!  The contest ends tomorrow at 9PM so hurry over there and get your name in the pool!

Tuesday Tunes

A Journey through Hair

It's been long.  

It's been short.

It's been pink.

With the exception of the short 'do (which was cut by a friends' sister), I haven't been to a hair dresser since I got my hair done for prom.  About 14 years ago...  

My husband has been my hair stylist all this time and I have to say that he's gotten pretty good at it.  Friday I decided to make a spur of moment venture into MasterCuts at the mall.  That was an adventure that I WILL NEVER DO AGAIN.  I ended up sitting there for almost 3 hours, couldn't go pick up Neil when the school called and said he was sick, then was almost late picking up Kaia!  That's not what really got me though...  it was the $105 price tag that nearly gave me a heart attack.  She'd already done my hair so what was I supposed to say?  Undo the cut and color?  Yea, not going to happen so I grudgingly handed over my debit card.  I have yet to tell my husband the exact amount of getting my hair done by a "professional".  The quotes around professional are due to the hair coloring that I had to scrap off of my ear, forehead, and neck with a wire brush after I got home.  I guess I deserved a day of hair pampering after not having it done in 14 years...

A little blonde, a little red, and some dark brown.  I do like it, but jeez... I'll never do that again!  What kind of hair adventures have you been on?

Found It on Friday

uncommon - Rustic Wood Flowers Set of 9 - $30.00
This item has been sold, but they have much more to offer!  Click here
rossawanlight - Pink Fuchsia String Lights - $16.00
This item has been sold, but they have much more to offer!  Click here!
lilfishstudios - Vintage Teacup Birds Nest Ornament - $15.00
savor - Dread Pirate Roberts Olive Oil Soap - $6.50

Another Year...

I posted this series of photos back in 2008. I revived them for this post plus I added one. 
It's my little man's 11th birthday! 
He still has room to grow, but I'm so proud of all of his accomplishments.  {Forgive the grainy images, I had to scan most of them.}

My View on Talking

I feel like I've been rather M.I.A. this week.  I haven't spent any time online and must be so far behind in my FeedDemon that it will laugh at me when I finally do get around to trying to get caught up with all of your blog posts!

I did want to take a break in my day of rearranging furniture and giving the kids their own bedrooms (finally) to talk about "The Talk"!  It's a new talk show that just made it's debut on CBS this week.  I am so very excited about it.  I know it seems to be an obvious knock-off of that other all woman talk show on another network, but I love this one soooo very much!

The key ingredient in my new love affair with this show is the lack of Elizabitchbeth Hasslebeck.  The only times that I have watched "the other show" was when she was gone for maternity leave.  Just her voice can send me into convulsions.

However, the new show has SHARON FREAKIN' OSBORNE, plus a few other handy dandy hostesses with the mostesses like Sara Gilbert and Leah Remini.

Watch them take the stage for the first time...

So have you watched yet? Do you plan to? What do you think? A keeper or a dud?

Tuesday Tunes

I have had this song stuck in my head for a least a week!  She sure is one weird bitch, but I love her music!

Found It on a Friday

YellowBugBoutique - Owl and Tree Silhouette Pillow - $30.00 {source}
melissahewitt - "Joyful Garden" coffee cozy - $9.99 {source}
Iwannabe - Set of two: Rabbit, Deer, Bambi or Bird - $16.00 {source}
BumbershootDesigns - Pine Cone Charm Neclace - $24.50 {source}

To the Extreme...

How crazy is it that VANILLAfreakingICE is hosting his own show on the DIY Network?  How crazy is it that I'MSOFREAKINGEXCITED about this fact?  It premieres tonight at 9/8C.

Now this is stuck in my head....  Don't hate.  You know you love it.

From Neil & Kaia

I promised a video.  I delivered a video.  I had to go through and cut out some less favorable sections.  Trust me you didn't want to see the 3-4 minutes of the ground that was recorded. In the background you can hear that screaming 2 year old at the campsite next door. He did that at about 1AM the first night.... Until watching these I had no idea that calling someone a "nipple" was in vogue....

Communing with the Gods

Four days of no internet.  Two days with no cell phone.  It was actually nice to get away.

We did eventually have to find our way to Harrisburg because they have a Wal-Mart there.  And it's the most awesome Wal-Mart ever freakin' made!  The aisles are wide, the product was displayed on nice eye level shelving, and THEY SELL LIQUOR!  Not just beer, but an aisle of wine (not in boxes) and fifths of anything from Crown to Captain.  I was in awe.  Never, ever, ever, thought I'd see a Wally World that sold liquor.

We had to get a new air mattress because on night one we found out that ours apparently has a leak in it.  By the time we decided to get up, we were laying on the ground.  This is where we also purchased our very first GPS unit.  We opted for the inexpensive Garmin nĂ¼vi 1100.  I was all kinds of excited.  Like a kid at Christmas with a new toy.  I started pushing this and touching that and got it all set up and ready to navigate us back to our campsite.

Then that stooopid GPS lady told us to turn down this gravel road...

As gravel roads go, this one isn't that bad.  We thought this would just be a "cut through" to the main road that we weren't aware of.  We couldn't have been more wrong.  After this road, that same stupid ass GPS lady said turn right onto Derby Road.

This is Derby Road.  I would have called it more of a Derby path, but she said it was a damn road.  This is the "good" end of the path.  About half a mile after I took this photo, it turned into something only a Jeep with a 3 inch lift kit should be driving on.  Seriously.  I was too preoccupied with the fact that my 2008 Kia Spectra5 was nearly stuck in a mini-ravine with only two tires touching the Earth to remember to photograph the hilarity.

It was worth all the cussing and fussing for these views and some time to just relax...

And a real life, honest to goodness telephone booth!  I tried to get Chris to stop here on the last trip, but he was in too big of a hurry to get home.  He humored me this time around though and I was shocked to discover there was actually a pay phone in the booth.  Even more shocked to realize it was a working pay phone!  So I called up Bill & Ted...

Tomorrow's post will be brought to you by Kaia and Neil, who discovered the video function on my point & shoot Kodak.

Sexy Scott

I've fallen in love with Hawaii Five O.  I remember Alex O'Loughlin from the series, "Moonlight", but honestly I'm only watching because of Scott Caan.  Oh, and as much as I'd like to showcase the photo I found of his man-parts, I'm going to let you Google that yourself...



It's Alive!

Yep, I'm still here!  I feel like I've been gone for a century.  We did so much over the course of only 4 days.  A circus, off-roading (in a non 4-wheel drive), hiking, crying 2 year olds (at 1AM)... the list goes on.

Let me tell you about last Wednesday's trip to the circus....

I went to the circus once when I was a little girl.  About the only things I can remember about it are riding an elephant and people walking on a big, round cage.  Neither my husband or my kids had ever been to one.  I got super lucky and found out that I could get FREE tickets through our local Girl Scout office!  There was a buzz in the car on the way to the Ag Center.

Upon arrival we had to wait no less than 15 minutes at the stop light just to turn onto the road.  Getting into the parking lot (a field) was so much fun that I can't even express how damn happy I was to see all of those vehicles!  Finally got inside, got seats, took a deep breath.

They were giving elephant and pony rides.  How often do you get to ride an elephant right?  After seeing that poor elephant, my daughter (who was REALLY wanting to ride one) declared that it would be too awful to ride her because she looked so worn out and tired.  She felt so bad for that poor elephant that she kept shaking her head and saying how sad it was.  When one of the circus employees piled no less than 8 kids on the elephant at one time, she was livid; wanting to know why he was putting so much weight on her.  Elephant riding was definitely out.  Not to mention that it was $10 per person to ride around the circle only 2 times.  Pony rides?  $7 per person.  Couldn't bring myself to pay $7 for something she can do for free by asking our neighbors.

I was shocked at the prices.  $5 for a snow cone, $4 for cotton candy, plastic swords and glow-y things were $10-15, take a picture with a snake - $7.  I know that all the money (is supposed to) go to taking care of the animals, but jeez.... really?  $5 for a damn snow cone?

I was not impressed by this circus.  I know it wasn't some Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey's type, but seeing the animals made me sad.  When they did their tiger routine,  I just sat there gawking.  I felt that the ring leader guy was being way too aggressive.  The tigers all looked like they would rather eat him than look at him.  I'm glad that the kids got to go and I think they enjoyed themselves.  I guess seeing a circus through adult eyes is different from the youthful ones I remembered.

Have you been to a circus lately?  What are your thoughts about animals for entertainment in this setting?