Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Homecoming Weekend...

It was a fabulous weekend. My friends from WV came in, we actually won a football game and it didn't rain on us too bad during the game.

Saturday was the homecoming dance. The kids got all gussied up and went to dinner before the dance. Trust me when I say you do not want to see them after. The guys come out sweaty and the girls have wilted curls and shoes in hand by the end of the night.

Thankfully, I have enough sense to snap a few pictures before...

SS & his girlfriend Mallory

The guys

The ladies


This was completely posed

My friend's daughter, A aka Lil' Miss Attitude

Finally they had enough of the paparazzi parents taking pictures

Didn't they look great?

It's something of a miracle to see Mallory in a dress. She's not a girly girl at all, which is okay by me. She loves to be outdoors, she never wears makeup and she carries a pocket knife.

I like that she's her own person. It's a rare thing to find in our high school.

But girlfriend does need to learn to sit in a dress.

We're working on it.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Back in the day...

I could have learned an important lesson.

When I was 7 or 8 my biggest worry was being able to walk to the store a few blocks away to play pinball and buy a candy bar. I could do both for a dollar and still have change for something else.

I always thought that money was just THERE. I'll never forget one day when my mother informed my sis and I that she didn't have any money... my clever reply was "to write a check".

Obviously I didn't understand that you still needed money for that.

Now I had a rather good excuse since I was still in elementary school and my parents and extended family took care of me. Since those years I've learned a lot.

Both S and I have great work ethics and with a few kinks we have pretty good head when it comes to finances. Trust me, it has been a learning experience. Going from no credit to bad credit before I was 19...I loved me some credit cards! Cleaning up that mess after we were married and buying my first house at 24 felt really good.

Until I started getting the credit offers. And accepted. And more came. And I accepted. You see where I'm headed with this. I realized one day that I was actually juggling credit card payments so I made a list of our debts and while they were still "small" in relative terms, I could not believe that we owed almost $10,000 in credit card debt. We I was definitely living beyond my means.

It was that day we decided to pay them off and cut them up. Which we did and never looked back.

I'm proud to say that was over 4 years ago and we still do not carry any credit card debt. We do have one visa and one mastercard that we use, but any balance gets paid off every month without exception.

We've managed to raise our credit scores to over 790 and start a nice little nest egg. We call it the black hole. It goes in, but it never comes out. The best part is we did it all on our own.

I think the mortgage companies and federal government could learn a thing or two from my lesson. It's simple...you don't live beyond your means and you don't rely on credit to buy things you don't need and can't afford.

And for those wondering...yes 70 pairs of shoes are a necessity.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I've been categorized...

Last night we were watching Sons of Anarchy on FX. They used the popular term MILF.

This morning he said I was a SMILF.

I was confused until he said STEPmother I'd like to...

You get the picture.

I did a little googleoligy this morning and found that SMILF can also mean Soccer Mom I'd like to... or Single Mom I'd like to...

And he thought he was sooo cute by thinking of that. Well, he is still cute....just not original.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Are you shocked?

This story was all over the morning news and now it's all over the Internet.

But are you really surprised?

I'm not. And I really don't understand where's the story here. Don't misunderstand me. I don't have any issues with gays and lesbians whatsoever. If that's what floats your boat who am I to stand in the way.

This story is simply ridiculous. I always thought along with Diane Sawyer and millions of others, that he was gay.

Better yet who cares? Was it really newsworthy enough for the cover of People?

I would much rather read about David Blaine's sad excuse for a paycheck stunt. Its much ado about nothing if you ask me.

He was supposed to be hanging upside down in Central Park for 60 hours. I, like most of the world, assumed the "great feat" involved with this was the amount of time he is hanging upside down. Right?


Um yeah, apparently he's taking at least one break an hour. There are rumors that he's taken up to 3 breaks an hour.

I get it. He would die without the breaks, but why is this considered to be something special?

If you watch the news, read the paper or browse the Internet these type of stories are everywhere. What's the lamest celebrity "news" you've heard lately?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mama's Givin' It Away

...not this stepmama,but Kat from Mama's Losin' It is giving away a HOOVER vacuum.

This HOOVER vacuum

Ain't it pretty. And shiny. Just like Kat.

So I'm getting extra chances to win it by posting this blog. You can too by visiting her and posting a comment.

She really loves compliments.

Like being called pretty.

And shiny.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Meet the band & my punkin' cake

Saturday was our first competition of the season and we placed 2nd overall. Not bad considering we moved up a group and we have a lot of new students this year.

Let me introduce you to the Marching Cavaliers.

Here is our main stand; we also have one on the back side for the 2nd drum major. Notice that nifty keyboard stand in the back. The VP painted our "logo" for the season on it.

Marching in...

...onto the field

Pit and color guard setting up

Second tuba belongs to me-it's SS.

Colorguard getting a little risque with the chairs.

Oh yeah!

Sassy, but classy ladies!

Pit crew loading up; see the design on the back of the shirts...yep it matches.

Oh and I baked this scrumptiouslicious dessert yesterday....Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting so I thought to snap a picture before we ate it all.

Mmmm...it was even better tonight!

Cuntry Boner...

Have you heard this song? If not, DO NOT waste your time. As everyone googles it and watches the you tube video.

They just played it on XM Radio and I found myself asking who the hell would produce, much less release something so freakin' stupid.

My tattoo appointment has been postponed. My tatto artist aka step-brother-in-law's grandmother passed away so he had to go to MD unexpectedly. Boo.

I understand but I hate waiting. Again. So, I'm a selfish snot. Tell me something new.

Weekend pics later!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Looking ahead...

...to this weekend. No game on Friday night, but Saturday is our first competition of the season...finally! It seems like this year we are off to a late start and we've only got 5 (counting the one we host) for the entire season.

Actually, I like the way he did the schedule this year b/c there is only one weekend where we are tied up for both Friday night and Saturday. Woot! The last two seasons it seemed like every weekend was devoted to nothing but Marching Band.

Darts tonight...and my friends from WV will be in next weekend for homecoming. Woot woot!


Woot for Mexican food!
Woot for XM Radio and Squizz at work!
Woot for funny shirts and questionnaires!
Woot for SD finally turning 18 tomorrow!
Woot for cool nights in the hot tub!
Woot for new tattoos next week!

Okay I'm done wooting for a while. I know that's seriously annoying. Like when I was talking to my sis yesterday. No matter what she said I would go "WHAT???". Try it sometime, it's a regular side buster.

Me: What are you doing?
Sis: Picking DJ up?
Sis: Yeah, from school.
Sis: Why are you saying what?
Me: Is it annoying?
Sis: Yes it is.
Sis: ~sigh~ That makes me want to throw my phone out the window.

Now you have to say it with slight outrage and go high pitched at the end but I assure you this will provide you with at least 40 seconds of fun. Especially if you are 9 years older than your sis and acting like a child. Hysterical.

Well it was to me. But I'm special.

So they say.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Look what I wore today...

It says "You smell like dookie" on the front & "No really you do though" on the back.

I heart this shirt.

And I heart laying on the couch.

What's the funniest shirt you've ever seen?

It was released yesterday...

and I got it.

It's Avenged Sevenfold's latest DVD/CD combo with footage from the Taste of Chaos tour and unreleased songs from their self-titled album. I actually got to go see them in person on the TOC tour...they didn't disappoint.

I went with a friend and we stayed overnight at the Hyatt. Ooh la la! Thank you priceline.com

We got to see Blessed the Fall, Bullet For My Valentine and Atreyu in addition to A7X.

Those bands rocked.

It was the best concert I have been to in a long time. Great seats, great fans, great venue...it was all around great time. Anyone have a thesaurus I can borrow?

~A7X love~

I can't wait to watch my new DVD and experience it all over again...minus the drunken college guys next to us and the spilled beer.

Rock on!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Exhausted but it was worth it...

I'm so glad I finally got through this weekend. I've been whining about it for weeks, but I got through it in one piece.

Since I'm extremely tired from this long weekend and I don't want to give a "play by play" and bore you to death. I leave you with another picture post of my life.


Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech (GO HOKIES!!)

Tailgating is awesome!

Lane Stadium

We had fantastic, FREE seats thanks to a business associate who couldn't go. It also included a parking pass right in front of the stadium. Woot!

SS's Baby Shower

That's me, my aunt and lil' sis holding "Beefy". She's looking at me because we were cracking up! We had tried this shot sooo many times and someone either closed their eyes or was looking the wrong way every time! The color isn't the best on this one but at least we don't look like idiots.

Or maybe we do...

Either way it was a great weekend.

Friday, September 12, 2008

One more video for the road...

Buckled up and ready to leave...

Just so you know she is rocking herself. She kicks her feet and makes her car seat rock back and forth. She's a little froggy.

A picture post...

Last night we played darts...

S & I taking a picture break... much to his dismay

Our league mate Sheila scanning the board.

Her husband Rob leaning forward for the throw.

The back of my head as I leaned down to pick up a dart.


Today I watched my beautiful neice "Beefy"...

She had a little bit of sock for lunch...

And then a little bit of finger...

Can you see the want in her eyes?

Or was that determination?

Absolutely stunning!