Monthly Archives: November 2007

Drunk Dialin’ Momma and Kat at the Local Hangout

Drunk Dialin’ Momma and Kat at the Local Hangout

Drunk Dialin’ Momma and I haven’t hung out in FOREVER! Of course there have been the occasional visits; Little Blondie’s 3rd birthday on Sunday, Mexican food dinner with the husbands and kids and teeny phone calls to check in. Being sick and working have seriously stunted my social life! Now I get to finally return to real life in the suburbs… at least for a few hours.

Tonight, we will celebrate DD Momma’s big 30th birthday together! She is my first friend to make it to 30; she is also my first friend to have a child and my first friend to have a second child! I must say that she looks magnificent!

Seeing DDM with her kids makes me think that maybe having kids would be fun but I still think it’s just not really the kind of fun that I’m ready for. She and I always have crazy, loud fun together so I am sure that I will have plenty to tell you later.

Greezy Fries and Cold Chicken

Greezy Fries and Cold Chicken

I have two greasy food stories from this week. I will share one of them with you today and the other, another time. After all, too much grease can’t be a good thing!

My husband and I haven’t been eating much fast food lately because we are trying to save money and our waistline. Last weekend we decided to blow the banks and eat fast food on our way home from an airport run. Since you shouldn’t go out unless you are going to go ALL out, we went through the drive thru at Rally’s at 11pm. This place was crazy crowded with kids and families despite being a school night. Maybe they all had airport runs and ended up at the same spot 40 minutes from the airport? That is my excuse, what was theirs? I can’t criticize other people when I’m doing the exact same thing.

As we are waiting at the window for our fat soaked chicken sandwiches and satisfyingly lubricated French fries, a woman came up to the walk up window with her bag of fries (the walk up window is 1 foot from the drive up window) and says, “My fries are to greezy (yes, “greezy”).” 
 
The window lady (the nicest one I’ve ever had, especially at Rally’s) says, “Sorry about that,” and gives her a new order. Not 40 seconds later she returns to the window and is bumping her gums that now her “food is getting cold” and her “damn fries are too greezy.”

First time eating fast food? By the looks of you I never would have guessed!

The Official Rules of Christmas

The Official Rules of Christmas

Why are there Christmas decorations everywhere? I just don’t understand what about NOVEMBER screams green and red and tinsel? Don’t we still have a turkey to bake (or in some cases fry)?

I am going to step out and say that there need to be some guidelines about when people can put up decorations. Yes, I am one of those people who live in an associated neighborhood. In fact, let me introduce myself, “Kat, Vice President of the Home Owners Association. And while you are here, can you take care of that oil car that is leaking oil while atop the block in your driveway? That is a clear violation”.

Here are the new guidelines for Christmas décor in the ‘burbs:

1.       You must wait to begin decorating outdoors until after the beginning of Advent, this year that is December 2nd.

2.       In the event that you have scheduled a Christmas party prior to December 2nd, you may begin decorating Thanksgiving weekend.

3.       If you are an invalid or in some fashion, unable to decorate your own home, and you cannot afford to hire a decorating service, you may allow your family to decorate your home the next time they are in town (you really should have waited until after Halloween though, and maybe even after the Thanksgiving china has been washed).

4.       Decorating of the indoors may begin the day after Thanksgiving. With the exception of testing the lights, please do not light the tree until December 1st. If the tree cannot be seen from the windows, carry on.

5.       You may not in any form have fall decorations and winter decorations out at the same time. Weaning is for children. You aren’t tricking anyone if one morning your pumpkins disappear and “Ta-da!” a light up Santa is plugged in. Pumpkins do not cancel out blow up snowman globes.

Happy to Oblige,

 Kat

Default Friends and Friendship Divorces

Default Friends and Friendship Divorces

 I will be so glad when this year is over. It will mark the end of my friendship divorce year. In 2007 I was involved in 2 friendship divorces. You know, where you and a group of friends break up and in the end you divvy up who gets which friends and which hangouts and in my case, which jobs. Yesterday I switched over to my new phone which meant transferring phone numbers since they weren’t saved to the SIM card. Not only did I not transfer the people in previously mentioned emails, but I also left behind the people for which I am a default friend. A default friend is the one that you call every 3 or 4 months just to try to show that you didn’t pick sides in the break up. You only invite them over once or twice a year and only because the one that you picked isn’t there.

In my minor breakup of the year I am very confused as to why I am the default friend, I actually tried to repair the friendship not once, not twice, not three times BUT FOUR different times with no effort on her part. Even so, obviously people didn’t see the merit in this. I really only miss the friends that I lost in the breakup. I’m not even sad over losing the friend that I actually had the breakup with, she was hardly a friend. Unless you call someone who beats you up with insults regularly and steals your ideas a friend. In fact, when my husband first wanted to become friends with her on again/off again boyfriend (we left a party and he had already invited them over to watch a mutually loved television show), I was so upset. Once we were in the car I said, “I don’t like them, they have never been nice to me”. He reassured me that everything would be fine.

Last night got me to thinking about being a default friend and how I won’t do it anymore. Just a note to those who treat me as a default friend, we can be friends on MY terms not yours. I’m sorry but it just doesn’t work for me anymore. Visiting some of my oldest and best friends back home reminded me what true friends are and while you may be a true friend to someone else, you haven’t been a real true friend to me. I also have some pretty great true friends right here where I live now so I don’t need you to be a diversion for me. Thanks for the short lived good times but it’s almost a new year!

Jesse Wept

Jesse Wept

I knew that the good Jesse Jackson wouldn’t let the world down. He joined the WGA strike for just long enough to get some publicity.  

 

Why does Jesse Jackson make everything his business? Is he planning on running for president again or something? What is his deal? I just don’t get it. If the media ignored the f act that JJ is present at whatever scandal, shooting, issue or random thing that JJ places importance on, would he still butt into everything that happens? If we ignore him and pretend he’s not there and start treating him like every other normal person, would he go away? I’m going to start. I now have a Jesse Jackson ban on my blog. He will never be spoken about again here!

 

On The Strike

On The Strike

I‘m not going to claim to know too much about the WGA (Writers Guild of America) but I have been reading a bit about the strike. If my thoughts are completely wrong or awry, I’m open to knowing this. While some entertainment forces have been very supportive of the writers, others have been either ignorant or worse. Mr. Michael Eisner, formerly of Disney, called the WGA strike “insanity” and “stupid” and “a waste of time”. He says that there is no money in online programming yet.

 

So wait, all of the shows that I watch online that are cluttered with Carnival Cruise ads, Allstate ads, Garmin ads, etc. are provided to me for free and the advertisers are paying nothing to have up to 7 slots to play a 30 second commercial, a commercial that is at times interactive? Wow, how do I contact the ABC advertisement sales team? I need to “buy” an ad for my blog! Somehow I think that Michael Eisner is wrong (*gasp*)!

 

He also claims that Apple is making the money off of the online deals. I do agree that Apple must be making some money, they are able to sell downloadable episodes on iTunes BUT, I have never personally watched a show through iTunes and I’ve only watched a few episodes through someone else’s iPod ever. Yet, I watch 6 or 7 hours of programming online per week on the networks unique website. Granted, I am not paying to play the episode as I might through iTunes but someone is paying for me to watch their advertisements!

 

If studios and networks think that they need to see where this technology is going before they can give in to the demands, can’t they just set up a conditional contract? If anyone is getting revenue from online programming, it would only be fair to give a cut to the people who actually provide that content.

 

And why does Mr. Eisner have a voice in this anyway? He’s a liar. This is the same man who appeared in a $10 web cast of the trial including Michael Ovitz and his contract buyout. Was there no money made on that? Someone made money, even if it was courtroomconnect.com. Someone ALWAYS makes money.

Where’s Jesse Jackson?

Date Rape Toys?

Date Rape Toys?

This morning I saw this headline: ‘Date rape drug’ China toy recalled

All I can think of is WHAT THE HECK!?!?! What sicko would make a date rape drug toy? Luckily I read the rest of the article. It turns out that the hottest toy of the year, Aqua Dots has been recalled. It’s a fun looking bead kit that allows kids to make crafts much like those day camp-esque bead grids that you create a design on and then iron. Instead, from what I understandd, the Aqua Dots kit doesn’t require an iron. You just add water and the beads fuse together. Brilliant, right?

Apparently, this toy would be an interesting date activity. According to scientists, if you swallow some of the beads they metabolize “into the so-called date-rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate”.

Try to imagine how many of these are out there, especially since each kit comes with 100′s or 1000′s of these beads! Hopefully some sex-starved dad doesn’t decide to hang on to some of the beads or some industrious toddler doesn’t do the same in order to cash in on it in the future!

Reading is FUN

Reading is FUN

 I know, I know. I should probably be using some of my down time to research politics and the current candidates both locally and nationally. Sadly, I just can’t bring myself to read about the war or anything important.

This weekend my dad asked me no once, but twice, “So, Kat, have you read any books lately?” Notice that he didn’t ask if I’ve read any GOOD books, it was books. The truth is, no. I read blogs everyday. I read magazines every few days. I watch television and movies. I listen to podcasts. I have a stack of books I’d like to read and a million books on a list that I would love to read.

It’s not even that I don’t like reading. I LOVE reading! It used to be that my parents couldn’t get me to put a book down and the library couldn’t keep enough books stocked for me. I’ve just been busy. Most of my time has been taken up with PLANNING.

I WILL read one book every week and I will read something about politics and something about the war every week day. Anyone have any good ideas where to start?

Puppy Likes Breast Milk

Puppy Likes Breast Milk

Neighbor just came over with her baby. Her visit led me to discover that my dog likes breast milk.

I don’t say this because my dog has been anywhere near either of our breasts.

Neighbor’s baby spit up on my carpet a few times. Lucky me, I didn’t need to get the carpet shampooer out, Puppy took care of it all by herself…three times!
 

Mrs. Mono

Mrs. Mono

You may or may not have noticed my scratchy voice on the weekly radio show and the lack of posts the past two weeks. I have mononucleosis. This has put me away on the couch for over a week. This isn’t the first time that I’ve been at the hands of such peril.

Almost five years ago, my husband Jay gave me mono by way of his ex-girlfriend. He is a carrier but never suffers the symptoms that most people do. Lucky him. I had strep throat symptoms have frequent bouts of exhaustion, up to this day. The doctor told me that my mono had “returned” (I guess that it is always present in your body once you get it and it can just reappear at different times during life).

When I told Jay the diagnosis, he very seriously asked me, “Who gave it to you this time?”

That said, I am back at work and back at blog. Be sure to listen to the awesome interview with Shelia Kelley from the S-Factor by clicking here.