Monthly Archives: October 2009

Paid in Gum?!?!? These People Are Lame

Paid in Gum?!?!? These People Are Lame

 

I’ve seen this new commercial a lot lately for Trident Layers. It features a girl who is babysitting and the parents come home and ask her if they can pay her with gum. Yes, chewing gum. She agrees and the kids decide they want gum for their allowance and the chimney sweep guy or maybe Santa (I think that’s what he is – or just the creepy guy in the fireplace) wants to be paid in gum. I laugh. A lot.
When I was about 12 and just beginning my babysitting career (it was for my neighbors and my parents lived next door), one time the mom came home and gave me a dollar and a handful of colorful gumballs. If she had asked, I would have said, “Hell no! You can’t pay me with gum!” I wasn’t asked. I was just handed about $2 worth of gumballs.
So, laugh if you want at this commercial but some people have the audacity to abuse their young babysitters and take advantage of them.

 

Backyardigans

Backyardigans

 

There are quite a few things going on around here at the “Mansion”. We are hustling around this weekend to get ready. This weekend we need to take down the lights that are strung across the backyard. They need to be boxed up and put away so that they stay in good condition for all of the fabulous parties we’ll have next summer.
We also need to pull all of the plants out of the beautiful gardens so that they can be prepped for next season. We need to get the soil ready and then the planters need to be mulched.
We have some things that need to be taken to the attic and stored for another day and the perpetually messy garage needs some really good cleaning and organizing.
Why are we in such a rush to get all of these things done THIS weekend? My husband Jay has been suffering from a herniated disk in his neck for the past month. He’s had pain medication, he’s had physical therapy, he’s had a steroid epidural and he’s met with several specialists. As it comes down to it, he will be having a disk removal surgery on Monday morning. It is anticipated that he will be out of commission for just enough time to head out to California for two weeks of classroom training. We are also working against some other time sensitive factors.
So, as you can imagine I WANT THIS STUFF DONE NOW! I NEED this stuff done now! 

A Weenie Roast and Hay Ride

A Weenie Roast and Hay Ride

Another fall event that is pretty popular here in the Midwest is a hayride/weenie roast. I’ve never been to one so I was pretty excited when I found out that our church was hosting one! On Saturday we showed up at the state park with our pain in the bootie puppy and took part in games and hot dog and s’more roasting.

Everyone had a great time and then the wagons showed up! There were four wooden wagons pulled by two tractors and we all piled in on top of HAY! Well, we weren’t exactly on top of it, we smooshed right into it! The tractor drivers explained to us that we were to stay inside of our wagon but that the hay was not. We were instructed to throw the hay at other wagons as we passed them on the trail. I’m not totally sure but I also thing that they told us to throw hay at cars that passed by and any people out on the roads or trails. Like I said, I don’t remember for sure but I will tell you that many joggers had some hay in their hair. Cars with windows down? We showed no mercy!
I’d like to show you in some photos below what happened once the wagons pulled up next to each other at the end of our hour long ride. These people are the same people I sit next to on Sunday mornings and give the peace blessing to, these are the same people I worship God with.
I’d also like you to notice my pastor and his wife on the far right side ducking and covering for their lives. One thing you must learn from this experience. Hay or straw or whatever you want to call it HURTS as it stabs into your skin beneath your underwear, your pants, your bra, and your eyelids. It hurts. The hour long car ride wasn’t over quick enough and I am still finding hay in my pockets and around my house!
 

Apple Orchard Fun!

Apple Orchard Fun!

Two weeks ago my husband Jay and I had a fabulous typical fall weekend. We woke up kinda late on Saturday, jumped in the car and drove south to an apple orchard. It was a new one for us. We’ve been before but it was our first visit to Appleworks. On my agenda: pick apples, get some apple butter for my sister in England, grab some pumpkins, decorate the house and then off to another fall event.

We were surprised when we arrived at Appleworks that you are not allowed to pick the apples. They are already picked for you. I guess this was okay since even the parking lot was super muddy from the storms the day before. We walked around the grounds and saw the Goat Tree house (not even kidding), some turkeys and a pumpkin house. When we were done, we stopped by the store and had an apple sampling. We were able to taste about 12 of the 60+ varieties that they grow in that very orchard!
Jay and I decided on some Jonagolds and some other redish apple. We had no idea there were so many kids of apples! Jay even told the lady, “I thought there were just 2 or 3 kinds; red and green”. She didn’t laugh so much but I thought he was hilarious. I guess that’s why were married, not only was I the first girl to say yes but I actually laugh at some of his jokes.
Thankfully I didn’t go all out and buy pecks and pecks of apples as I had planned. I wanted to make some sauce and butter and pies and crisps. I’ve not been feeling well so there is no way that any of this would have gotten done by now! We just bought a ¼ of a peck of two kinds which equaled a total of 8 apples. This is a fun thing to do and despite it being just the two of us, we had a blast!

An Open Letter to The Swine Flu

An Open Letter to The Swine Flu

Dear Swine Flu,

I feel left out! One out of every two of my friends has received a nice warm, cuddly appearance from you. This has been their excuse for bailing on our plans, for getting out of work, for staying all snuggled up on the couch watching Bravo all day. WHERE’S MY PRESENT! I’m pretty sure they are running a marathon of the Real Housewives this week and on MTV I sooooo need to catch up on The City and The Hills. Also, Desperate Housewives is at the top of my list too.
This would also help me in the blogosphere. Perhaps I’d have something exciting to blog about other than the half a chicken salad sandwich that I just puked up into the trash at work because there was a piece of fatty, chewy chicken in it. I could have an excuse for NOT writing other than the fact that I’m feeling unmotivated and exhausted from three weeks of stress and confrontation and hard decisions.
Throw a girl a bone, please. Help me!
Love,
Kat

How Many Dwarfs Can You Name?

How Many Dwarfs Can You Name?

 How many dwarfs can you name?

When I was a kid that was a huge question. Like it was some sort of challenge that proved something important. I could name like three. My husband Jay agreed that he could probably only name the same three. Well, that all changed last night when we had a date night in watching the new Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition Blu-ray & DVD combo pack.
I can tell you that we totally watched this movie in a different way as adults than we did as kids (well, I’ve never seen the whole movie but Jay has). We backed up the movie a few times to watch some seriously funny things that might have gone over our heads as kids. In the beginning of the movie I asked Jay who the dwarfs worked for. He thought they worked for themselves. When the clock hit five and they went home, I pointed out that there was no way that they would live and work by the clock if they worked for themselves. He agreed. So, he asked Cha Cha, “Who do the 7 Dwarfs work for?” After about 10 minutes, Cha Cha interrupted our movie and told us that the Dwarfs worked in a mine. Thanks.
During the movie, I pointed out that it was kinda creepy that some lady would just come into the house and start cleaning up after people that she didn’t know anything about. Jay said, “Yeah, but the animals told her it was okay”.
I can’t wait for the day that he thinks it’s okay that I do things because the animals told me it was okay.
The movie was really cute but we all know that! What you might not know about this re-release is that it comes with both a DVD AND A BLUE RAY DISK which is perfect in case you don’t quite have a Blue Ray player and are still operating on 90’s technology (ahem). Also, a Blue Ray player WILL play DVD’s so it’s not like you’re going to lose your whole DVD collection. The DVD does come with some extra special features, including a sneak preview of the new Disney movie Tiana where you can experience the amazingness behind hand drawn animation but the Blue Ray bonus disk has even more amazing features including games and karaoke. Yeah, your kids will probably be more interested in this kind of karaoke than you will be and that’s okay because Blue Ray disks are way more scratch resistant that DVDs.
Make sure you add this set to your movie collection! I’ve heard there are some discount coupons floating around out there through Disney Movie Rewards. Check out the trailer here so you can see the improved video quality and hear the improved sound.
Oh yeah. I got the DVD/Blue Ray Pack for free. For more info about my honesty and other blah, blahs about writing reviews, check out my disclaimer!

 

King What?

King What?

Last week I wrapped up my little history lesson regarding my life. One thing I didn’t tell you about was my opportunity to experience someone else’s history. Really it was the history of a few people with the focus on a hugely famous manboy. I had the opportunity to join a few other Indianapolis bloggers at the Children’s Museum for the King Tut exhibit.

I love the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis so I was really excited to see what kind of fun we would be having with King Tut! As we drove to the museum, King Tut was everywhere! All over town all of the billboards are talking about King Tut. When I tweeted and Facebooked that I was visiting King Tut, a lot of people had a comment and recommendation for the best way to view the exhibit, including that the audio tour was a MUST!
The Tut exhibit was something that appealed to me because the Real Housewives of Atlanta did it and heck, if they do something you KNOW I have to do it!
I was surprised by the exhibit because it wasn’t in the Children’s Museum fashion that I’ve come to know; it wasn’t hugely colorful (but there was gold – tons of gold!) and the interactive component didn’t really rise above the use of the audio tour remote. Jay and I enjoyed ourselves and shared an audio tour. We gagged over the jewels and the amazing artifacts that had been collected from the tomb of Tut. We were also really amazed at the whole idea of taking all of these things into the afterlife with you. Yeah, this was my favorite lesson back in Ms. Kellogg’s 6th grade class but it was an interesting reminder and way more in depth. PLUS, I was staring at the REAL THING!
We had a great time and totally recommend King Tut to anyone near Indianapolis. The exhibit will be here until the end of October so you have a bit less than a month to check it out. Also, you might get some Halloween costume ideas! For more info, check here.
Don’t forget to stop into the Gift Shop (can’t really avoid walking through it) and check out some of the jewelry. You can make your very own on a computer! Also, there is a necklace there (bad photo) that is  $10,000+ . The shopkeeper was excited to tell us about it. I don’t know how many he’s sold but it comes with a pretty box so I’m sure it’s sooooooo worth it!

I was also really excited to get to the museum to check out this new dino! A family that has done a lot for the NonProfit I work for, donated this big guy and I’ve wanted to see it in person. I must also mention that I’m on to PastaQueen who IS following me. She followed me to Blogher, she folled me to Subway and now she followed me to the museum. It could be that we run in the same circles, if Subway has a circle but I’d rather think I’ve made it in the blogging world big time and have a stalker! Also at the museum was a blogger that is new to me but I’m sure you all know her. Quatro Momma of 4Tunate was there with her hubby. It was cool to hear some of her story and read the rest on her blog!

Grrr.

Grrr.

I should have stayed in bed today. Or, I should have stayed in California!

I’m back in Corn Town now. I’ve had a pretty bad day at the Non Profit. Part of it comes from just trying to catch up on all the things I’ve missed the past week and a half and part of it comes from other things biting me in the butt. Those things are things I should have taken care of months ago but I gave the benefit of the doubt. I like to give people (more than enough) time to rise to the occasion and take care of things. However, this has rarely paid off. Today was no exception. Tomorrow and Saturday are my days off and I’m taking them! I have half a mind to not check my email until Sunday.

We were going to take the two brats (dogs) camping this weekend but a few things threw a wrench into that plan. I’ll elaborate more later because just the thought of complaining some more right now just hurts my tummy.