30 January, 2011

Day 16. I have a penchant for giving people nicknames. What does that mean?

day 16- another picture of yourself

I apparently need to take more pictures of myself, as well as more pictures of my friends. Sorry all of these are from the same photoshoot but seriously, they are the only pictures of me since pretty much Shib's wedding.


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29 January, 2011

Day 15. Half-way point. Are you ready for it to be over yet? I kind of am.

day 15- put your ipod on shuffle: first 10 songs that play

Oh, this is going to be good...

Gave Up - Nine Inch Nails
Reptile - Nine Inch Nails
Walk It Out - Unk
Take A Picture - Filter
My Hero - Foo Fighters
Ringfinger - Nine Inch Nails
Roadside - Rise Against
Brainiac - Chevelle
'97 Bonnie and Clyde - Eminem
Paradise Lost - Hollywood Undead

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28 January, 2011

Just in case you were wondering what to get me for Valentine's Day.


Alice In Wonderland, the 60th anniversary special edition, is being released on February 1st, just in time for you to buy it for me. Cool? This is one I'd actually like to see in 3D (*hint, hint* Disney).


Bambi is being re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 1st. I'll also accept late presents.

I love fog. It's like a big fluffy blanket, only cold and sometimes scary. Especially in cemeteries.

We're supposed to have fog for the next few days, and I love it. And maybe they are calling it "smog" instead of fog but still? The same thing. This morning it was so cold but the air was warm and it felt like I was breathing out ice droplets and then walking through them. It was pretty weird and it probably makes no sense to anyone that hasn't experienced the same thing but just trust me, it was cool.

I cannot wait for this weekend to be here. My kidneys still hurt but nowhere near as bad as before so I think it's manageable. I just really want to sleep in and not have to hear the sound of an alarm in the morning and so what if sleeping in for me is really only until 8am, I don't care because at least I don't have to wake up to an alarm!

Work has finally slowed to an agreeable level which is nice. Agreeable? Is that even a word? It looks completely ridiculous. Who puts three vowels in a row like that? I just looked it up and it's definitely a word. Who just stands there, looking all sorts of pleasant when they've got three vowels in a row? Okay, it's not agreeable with me. I hate agreeable. How about pleasant or mild? Those look better. Yes, I am biased against words with three vowels in a row. Okay, that's not true. I actually like the word queue and it has four. So maybe it's exclusive to three-vowels-in-a-row words. No more, no less. Just three.

Anyway... fog. Fog is cool. I like fog.

I also like edamame. And apples that are not red but not green either. And cupcakes, but that's no surprise. How is your Friday going? I wish exciting things happened in my life so I could blog about them and entertain you but really, my life is pretty boring. Although I was thinking to myself the other day, who just owns a dragster? Is that weird? I watch it on TV and now we have one and I think that's weird.

I want it to be summer again. I want to wear tanktops again. I need to paint my toe nails. I really need a back massage because these kidneys are making my entire back freak out and now my scoliosis is all sorts of pissed. Stupid bitchy scoliosis anyway.

Welp, have a good weekend!

Day 14. Watch out for those mall fountain/pond thingies, they'll get you every time. Also, don't drink and text.

day 14- a picture of you and your family


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27 January, 2011

Wordless Thursday? Friday? What day is it anyway?

We get some decent sunsets here in Utah. If we ever decide to build a house, I want it to face West.

Out my front door


Out my office window

Not a bad way to end the day. All of these are SOOC.

Day 13. 13 is my lucky number, and everyone else's most hated. You should try it, it's actually a good number. It just has a bad reputation, that's all.

day 13- a letter to someone

Dear someone,

I hate your stinking guts. You make me vomit. You're the scum between my toes.

Okay, just kidding, I may have stolen that last part. This is a weird one, because I really don't know what to write. Seriously. I haven't written a letter in a really long time. And I am plain out of things to say.

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26 January, 2011

Round 3. Ding ding ding!

Well kids, it's back.

What's back?

The kidney infection. Only this time, it's not showing any signs of infection, just a whole ton of pain. They aren't sure what's wrong so I get to go see a nephrologist, which makes me think he studies dead people when really, he's just a kidney specialist. Yippee-KI-I-AY! Anyway, I just popped a Lortab for the first time since I got sick because the pain was finally unbearable. And now my nose itches (what kind of side effect is that? WTH?) and I feel like my face like an exo-skeleton or something because it doesn't really feel attached to my body. Whatever though, right? My kidneys don't hurt for the first time in days!

I was standing in line at the pharmacy behind a girl who was complaining of a sore throat and congestion, wearing a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. It's freaking 18 degrees outside. I wonder why you're sick? PUT SOME CLOTHES ON!

Ever see people and wonder who let them out of the house on their own? I feel like half the people I interact with daily should be in some sort of half-way house for the mentally ill. But I guess it takes crazy to know crazy. Right?

I have an incredibly easy time talking about certain things, and then there are other things I am uneasy talking about. I can admit that I have OCD and depression and ADHD, but other things, not so much. You all thought you knew it all, didn't you?

My toilet paper smells like Fritos. It's the weirdest thing. And before you even question it, I know that it smells like Fritos because I blow my nose on it. Okay? So I'm not a weirdo, leave me alone.

I really enjoy taking pictures. If I could do that for a living, I think I'd be happy.

I love saving money. I was watching a show on TLC the other day about a lady who is addicted to couponing and all I could think was, how do I get that good? It was so cool! I would die to walk into a store and have the total come to over $1,000 and then after coupons, walk out paying less than $50. I get excited when I save $6. Does that make me a wannabe-addict?

Day 12. And so on and so forth.

day 12- how you found out about blogger and why you have one

I got laid off in January two years ago, and I needed something to fill my time. I started entering a bunch of giveaways and whatnot, and I had friends that kept bugging me to start a blog, so I finally figured what the hell and jumped on the bandwagon. I went with Blogger because it seemed the easiest to navigate. And now I'm stuck forever and ever. The end.

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24 January, 2011

Day 11. I like repetitive numbers. It's kind of like alliteration.

day 11- another picture of you and your friends

my beautiful Mama, crazy me, Shibby my favorite little sister


I think I need to take more pictures of me and my friend... friends?

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23 January, 2011

Day 10. One third of the way through. Are you happy? Sad? How does this make you feel?

day 10- songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad

Ohhh, this is hard! It all depends on the day. Lately I've been listening to a lot of rap but that changes with the week. Here's the list right now:

happy: Hey, by Lil' Jon and 3OH!3 - I cannot explain my love of this song. I know it pretty much sucks, but I can't stop listening to it. Seriously, send help.
sad: Innocent, by Taylor Swift. LOOOOOVE this song. Glad they don't play it on the radio. Or, The Remembrence Ballad, by Atreyu. Or, Short Stories With Tragic Endings, by From Autumn to Ashes.
bored: Anything. Really. When I'm bored I just like the noise.
hyped: Drop It Low, by Ester Dean. This is a great workout song!
mad: anything by Five Finger Death Punch. I really like them.

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22 January, 2011

Day 9. I can't think of anything catchy, sorry.

day 9- something you're proud of in the past few days

I'm proud of myself for continuing to go to work even though I really don't want to.

I'm proud of the fact that all of the laundry is clean AND put away instead of sitting in the laundry baskets while the dirty laundry piles up in the corner.

I'm proud that I put money in savings this week.

I'm proud that I'm still doing this!

21 January, 2011

You GUYS!?! Why didn't anyone TELL ME?

Today is National Penguin Awareness day! WTH? Why did I not know this before now? I would have worn penguin clothes or something. LOL

To celebrate, I want you all to go out and hug a penguin. Right now. What, you don't have penguins in your backyard? It's just me? Okay.

I may have been making that part up, you know, about the penguins in my backyard. We're much too drastic of a climate for penguins to be entirely happy outside here. That's why I need to build a penguin sanctuary. If I could only get Husband on board...

Check out some pretty adorable penguin pictures right here or here are some that I took at our local aquarium, through the freaking thick glass so they are mostly blurry. Sad day.

Day 8. Oh, so great. (Yah, I'm a rapper. For real.)

day 8- short term goals for this month and why

At this point, my short-term goals are to keep this freaking kidney infection at bay and not end up back in the hospital. Why? Because I hate being sick and I hate the hospital. Pretty simple.

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20 January, 2011

Day 7. Remember that game '7 minutes in heaven'? Yah, I never played that.

day 7- a picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you


I don't think this needs any explanation.

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19 January, 2011

Just try and shut me up. I dare you.

I decided something yesterday. There are a million moments in my life where I pass something and go, wow, that would make a good picture. Why did I spend nearly a thousand dollars on a camera if I'm not going to take advantage of those moments? Can anyone answer that question? So, I decided that when I'm faced with one of those moments, I will stop and take a picture. Or 10. In fact, I did it yesterday. There was the most amazing sunset happening right in front of my face and I stopped, and took a picture. And it made me feel happy. So I'm going to keep doing it.

Ever have those times when you are so looking forward to something and then it finally happens and TOTALLY fails to meet your expectations? Then you're left disappointed and sad? I hate when that happens. It happened to me yesterday, with my first time ever eating a French macaron. (Go figure that it would involve food.) I was hyped to have finally found a place that sells them because I've been hesitant to make them because they are womanly (read: difficult). I snatched up the last little gal, got in my car and took the first bite, expecting sudden bliss and the Heavens to open up and angels singing... nada. It was not the texture I expected, it was not the flavor I expected; disappointed am I. I think I am going to take a stab at making some so that I can see if it was just this place, or if they really aren't as great as they look. We'll see.

I had soda today for the first time in almost a month. And boy, was I missing it. Not the caffeine, either. I just love soda. It, unlike the macaron, was just what I expected. Normalcy is sometimes bliss.

Punk and I had an off weekend last weekend and I hate it when that happens. Most of the time I feel like I have this 'Mom' thing down and then we get into a rut and it drops me back down to feeling like a horrible parent. Hopefully this weekend will be better since we don't have her next weekend.

I am having a hard time staying employed right now. Not really sure what it is, but I could really get used to having some down time. I just want to sleep in (which to me is only 7:30 so really it isn't asking much). And I want to clean my house. And I want to snuggle with my devil cat. And I want to cook dinner more than once a week. And I want to BAKE!

The Etsy shop is doing wonderfully! You should check it out if you're in the market for some crafty things. It's pretty awesome. Click it. Go on, just do it.

Day 6. Pick up sticks.

day 6- favorite super hero and why

The only superhero show I was ever really into was Batman, so I guess I would have to say he is my favorite. Plus, he's pretty hot in the new movies, so there's that. Unless you count the Ninja Turtles as super heros and then it's totally them. And Splinter.

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18 January, 2011

Day 5. 1/6th of the way there. Or something.

day 5- a picture of somewhere you've been to


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17 January, 2011

Day 4. Still here, huh?

day 4- a habit that you wish you didn’t have

I used to chew on my nails but Husband fixed that, so that's out.

There are 300 things on a daily basis I wish I could change. Let's try to narrow it down... hrm, I know! I use too much slang and I say things I know are grammatically incorrect. And it bugs me. And it probably only bugs me. But still.

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16 January, 2011

Day 3. This is going to be a long journey, eh?

day 3- a picture of you and your friends


Okay, can I tell you a secret? I don't really have many friends. I have a BFF Ari, and then my little sister is the closest person in the world to me. But seriously, I don't get along with girls all that well and so I just hang out with Husband and his friends. And to have pictures of me with them would be... weird. But I do have a couple to share.

Me and Shelby, my little sister and bestie

Me in front, then Punk, then Ari. I have a picture of her on a frog but I'm not so sure she'd still love me if I posted it. (Eh, Ari?)

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15 January, 2011

Day 2. Lucky you! Or not.

day 2- the meaning behind your blog name

This one is easy. "Stepmom" because, well, I'm a stepmom. "Extraordinaire" because I thought "Average" sounded funny and I like words with X's in them. Seriously though, I don't in any way think I'm an extraordinary stepmom so I don't know why I chose that word. I just love my kid, that's all.

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14 January, 2011

Day 1. And it begins.

day 1- recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

September 2010


That's the most recent picture of me there is. I apparently need to be on the other side of the camera sometimes.

15 interesting facts...

I am double jointed. I absolutely hate the feeling of peaches - like, nearly afraid of it. I am OCD. My favorite color is pink. I LOVE cars, trucks, motorcycles, four-wheelers; almost anything with a motor. I go through fits of cleaning about once a month and can't stop myself until I feel like my house is clean enough. My most recent kidney infection is the sixth one I've had, and the second to be hospitalized with, but definitely the worst so far. I love getting my hair brushed. I have never had the urge to have a baby, ever. When I was little, I only had one Barbie and it's because my Mom told me I couldn't have the pink Barbie Corvette if I didn't even have a Barbie. I am a car snob. I would rather have a tiny little house with a garage full of toys than live in a big house. I am ambidextrous. My hair is naturally red and wavy. I hate pretty boys.

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13 January, 2011

The longest series of getting to know you *ever*.

I don't even remember where I found this but it's this cool thing and you have to promise to really do each one if you do it and that's a scary thought for me but I'm going to give it one helluva shot.

Here's what it is: there are 30 days and each day has something you have to do or tell or post. Because I'm a spaz I pretty much promise these are not going to come in the next 30 days and there will also be posts in between, but here is the list and I'll start with day 1 tomorrow. Play along if you want, and make sure you leave me a link!

day 1- recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
day 2- the meaning behind your blog name
day 3- a picture of you and your friends
day 4- a habit that you wish you didn’t have
day 5- a picture of somewhere you've been to
day 6- favorite super hero and why
day 7- a picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
day 8- short term goals for this month and why
day 9- something you're proud of in the past few days
day 10- songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad
day 11- another picture of you and your friends
day 12- how you found out about blogger and why you have one
day 13- a letter to someone
day 14- a picture of you and your family
day 15- put your ipod on shuffle: first 10 songs that play
day 16- another picture of yourself
day 17- someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
day 18- plans/dreams/goals you have
day 19- nicknames you have and why you have them
day 20- someone you love.
day 21- a picture of something that makes you happy
day 22- what makes you different from everyone else
day 23- something you crave for a lot
day 24- your last five facebook status'
day 25- what I would find in your bag
day 26- what do you think about your friends
day 27- why are you doing this 30 day challenge
day 28- a picture of you from last year and now, how have you changed since then?
day 29- in this past month, what have you learned
day 30- your favorite song

I'm so excited I could pee my pants.

I decided late last year I was going to start selling off all of the craft stuff I've accumulated over the last 26 years. And I finally started posting things in my Etsy supply store. And guess what?!

I have 8 sales so far! It's, like, barely any money and I am almost positive I'm selling stuff for less than I bought it for but still, 8 sales!!! Yah, I'm a dork and I get it and fully embrace it. K?

8 sales.

I'm starting something new and I hope to keep it going but you're going to have to wait to find out what it is. k♥youbye!

Oh, one more thing... 8 sales. :D

11 January, 2011

Like death, only longer. And more painful.

Forget what I said about feeling better. Pretend it never even happened. I woke up Sunday morning sicker than I have been yet. Sometimes when I'm sick I like to pretend it's not as bad as it is because being the wife and Mommy (sometimes, of course) everyone around you expects you to keep doing all that you always do, you know? So I pretended I wasn't sick and went to a birthday party and played pool but by the time we got home I was DONE FOR.

Got up Monday and went to the doctor, who sent me to the ER for IV antibiotics. What a mess! I hate the fact that I waited to see a doctor for almost two hours, but they are still going to charge me probably $2,000 or more for my stay. Grr.

Anyway, turns out it's pretty bad. They gave me IV antibiotics, plus a super high powered antibiotic to take at home (and pain killers and an anti-nausea pill), plus I have to go back once a day this entire week for another round of IV antibiotics. Yee-freakin'-haw.

15 days into this lovely kidney infection and I'm worse now than I was to start with. Do you ever feel like the reason they call it 'medical practice' is because it is just that? Practice?

08 January, 2011

Random Thought Saturday

Hallelujah that it's the weekend. Last year around this time, work was winding down from the hectic life of December printing, life was slowing down from the hectic life of Christmas and the New Year, and all was well. This year, it seems like things won't slow down! Work is still totally slammed and making me bonkers. Just one slow day would be nice, but alas, no such luck.

I've had a kidney infection for two weeks. My house has not really been cleaned since before Christmas because I've been sick. It's, well, disgusting. I woke up this morning feeling pretty alright, compared to the last couple of weeks, so I have been cleaning and cleaning and cleaning. And now I feel like HELL again. But at least my house is clean!

You can tell when Punk hasn't seen us for awhile because she gets clingy. Like, will not leave your side clingy. Poor thing. I wish we lived closer so we could do more of a split schedule, like she could stay with us one week and with her Mom the next, but it's just not doable in the current situation. To get her to school and me to work on time, I'd have to leave the house at 6am and have us both ready at that point. Not fun for either of us, I think.

My Christmas tree is still up. Better than that, it's still alive! Thanks to Shibby and her Mountain Man for going up into that cold mountain and cutting me down a fresh tree. I think one and a half months and still a very lively tree is pretty good.

When's the next three-day weekend? I kinda like that schedule.

03 January, 2011

And people wonder why I love penguins...

They are the cutest animals ever. EVER.

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