Fan Girl Friday

24 Oct

Ooooooh yeaaaahhh! Its the end of another work week, baby! And you know what that means: geeky goodies to whet your fangirl (or fanboy) appetite! And I’ve got some AWESOME finds this week!

You guys, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is FINALLY here and I’m pretty sure the Internet almost broke because I watched it so many times! Haven’t seen it? Here ya go:

Looks awesome, right?! I’m a little nervous after seeing Captain America’s shield split in two… Please tell me nothing bad happens to The Cap! He’s my fave!

 

And speaking of caps (like that segue?) check this ah-MAY-zing tactical hat from Think Geek! There’s pockets to store all your stuff!

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I want one! You know how handy these things would be at places like the fair, concerts, or the zoo? You wouldn’t have to carry a big purse around! Just stuff your stuff in your hat!

 

Remember a few FGF’s ago when I showed you the gorgeous wedding cakes Disney World offers for folks who hitched at their parks? Well take a look at these mind-blowing confections! (Click here for more!)

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Who wants to make one of these for my birthday this year? Any takers? Bueller? Bueller?

 

Halloween is next Friday, but some are already in the spooky spirit. Like this little boy named Noah! He was born this summer and, instead of choosing just one costume, his parents chose 31!

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His parents, Jessica and Peter Chavkin LURVE All Hallows Eve and have been posting their son’s daily dress up on their Instagram account. Go take a look at the cuteness! My favorite? Baby Noah as Jean Valjean!

 

 

Costume Couture!

23 Oct

Halloween is only a week away! Have you picked out your (or your kid’s) costume yet? If not, have no fear my procrastinating peeps! I’ve got you covered! Take a gander at these clever (and cheap!) last-minute costumes!

 

For the Woody Allen fan (if need be, just raid your hipster-pal’s closet):

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For the guy that basically has Nick Miller’s wardrobe (and budget):

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For the “punny” girl (or boy):

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For the young feline fanatic:

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For the group that can’t leave anyone out:

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For the one who makes his own luck:

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For the one who wants to look like one of my drawings:

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Pretty great, right? For more ideas, click here, here, and here!

Do you already have your costume picked out? What are you going to be? What about your kids? Got any good ideas for last-minute costumes? Share them in the comments!

Writer Wednesday

22 Oct

Today’s Writer Wednesday is autobiographical (sort of) in nature.

Here’s today’s prompt:

“Write about a pet that used to be in your life.”

When I was little, my best friend Marissa lived across the street. She had a cat lovingly referred to as “Momma Cat”. Momma Cat had a litter of kittens one day, and one was given to my sisters and me. The kitty had a twin brother who my bestie and her brother named Copper. At the time, we were obsessed with the Disney movie The Fox and the Houndso we named our twin Tod.

My sisters and I were so excited to have a pet. The only pet we had up until that point was a dog named Shep (who was promptly given away because we girls were terrified of him). A cute and cuddly kitten seemed more our speed. When Tod was small, we would hold him in our little hands and cuddle him like crazy. Soon, he got bigger which meant he was the perfect size to torture. Not in a sadistic way. More in a “we-don’t-have-a-brother-to-torment-with-girly-stuff-so-the-cat-is-a-good-substitute” sort of way.

Tod, in his natural habitat. (AKA, hiding from us)

Tod, in his natural habitat. (AKA, hiding from us)

We dressed that cat up in our doll clothes, pushed him up the street in our toy strollers, and even placed cat food trails along the monkey bars in the backyard to see how far he could walk without slipping. We snuggled him close, brought him in the house to catch mice, and even tried to teach him to play fetch (a plan that failed miserably).

Tod was never an inside cat–our dad wasn’t the biggest fan–but sometimes I’d sneak outside on Saturday mornings before anyone woke up and bring him into the bedroom my sisters and I shared, plopping him on the bottom bunk with Bridget, giggling quietly. As we grew up, Tod became less and less of a priority. We weren’t neglectful by any means. He was still fed, he always got his neck and back scratched, but he just didn’t stick around as much. He was usually patrolling the neighborhood for some tail (ha; pun intended), looking for a fight, or just being curious.  

One day, we came home and saw Tod was gone. I honestly have no idea what happened to that cat. My middle sister thinks he may have gotten into a fight with another cat and lost or might have known he was sick and went off to die in peace somewhere. I was sad when I realized Tod wasn’t coming back, but I was glad knowing that we had made some great memories with that furry feline. Memories that I still hold dear.

"Look at the camera, Tod, and smile pretty."

“Look at the camera, Tod, and smile pretty.”

Do you have memories of your first pet? What kind of animal was it? What was his/her name?

Try It Tuesday

21 Oct

Every once in a while, a product will catch my eye and I’ll just have to buy it and try it! And today’s Try It Tuesday is a “twofer” of two new products!

The first one is Campbell’s Oven Sauces®! I’ve been wanting to try their crockpot and skillet sauces, but none of them really looked that appetizing to me. Until I saw the sauces made for the oven. More specifically, the roast chicken sauce.

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This was super easy! All I had to do was thaw chicken and cut some potatoes and carrots. The sauce did the rest! I put the chicken and veggies in the casserole dish, poured the sauce on top and 45 minutes later we had dinner:

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This was REALLY good! They have other flavors too! We tried the creamy garlic and I think I liked it better than the roast. I HIGHLY recommend this!

 

Next up,  is Nestle’s Delightfulls® Filled Morsels. Nestle has four flavors of milk chocolate morsels: cherry-filled, mint-filled, peanut butter-filled, and caramel-filled. When I saw that bag on the baking aisle, I snatched them up! I was so excited!

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We made chocolate chip cookies with these! And, sadly, we ate all of the cookies before I could snap a picture of them–ha! But trust me when I say they are DELISH! I think I’m going to make a trail mix with a tablespoon of these!

 

Have you tried these products? Do you like them? Are there any new products out there you’ve tried? What do you think of them?

Mommy Monday

20 Oct

I used to be crazy in shape.

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Now I’m just in a crazy shape.

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Before Hermione, I worked out at least 5 times a week. If I only worked out 4 days in a week, I considered myself a complete failure. I would think, “Oh my gosh! I suck! I need to go run laps!” And I would.

I’m not kidding.

My first “big girl” job that I had right out of college was as a technical writer for a government contracting company. I would walk up and down the stairs over and over during my morning and afternoon breaks, and then I would run laps outside during lunch. Seriously.

My, how times have changed. I’m lucky if I get to work out twice a week, let alone 5!

Exercising used to give me so much energy! Now its such a chore. Used to while I ran I would think: “I am burning so many calories right now!” These days my thoughts are: “I could be sleeping right now. Or sitting in my recliner, getting some peace and quiet because its Hermione’s nap time.”

I was just starting to be able to accept my body and then I got pregnant. That’s proof that God has a sense of humor!

And even though I’m back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, I’m not back to my pre-pregnancy size. Things have been…shifted. And areas of my body that I didn’t know could jiggle, jiggle.

My nephew likes to do this thing where he sneaks up behind you and punches your backside. Last time he did it, I said, “Noah, what did I say about that?”

He grinned and replied, “Not to do it because it makes your booty jiggle!” He then exploded into laughter. And why wouldn’t he? Jiggling booties are pretty funny. They fall into the same category as burps and farts.

Moving on…

I used to think that I would absolutely freak out if I didn’t get my “body back”. But now that I’ve lived through pregnancy and labor, I couldn’t give the furry crack of a rat’s behind. For so many reasons, too many to list now. Yeah, I get a little frustrated when I can’t button certain pants or outfits I used to love I now can’t stand because they don’t look the same, but I’m okay with that. And that fact alone shows that I’ve come a LONG way. There are so many other things I need to spend my time thinking about rather than my weight. (Like if I can sneak in a nap before Hermione wakes up from her’s!)

Don’t get me wrong, I still workout and try to be healthy. I want to be able to take care of Hermione, Huff the Hubs, and myself, so I want to be as efficient as possible (and if that means skipping a nap and hopping on the elliptical, I’ll do it). BUT, my weight doesn’t control my life like it used to. The scale used to OWN me; but not anymore! I’ve broken free from those chains! Free at last, free at last!

 

What about you? Are you comfortable with your post-baby body? Are you working toward any goals? Are there ways you sneak in exercise? Have you broken free from the scale’s control? Got any tips for me and my readers?

 

Fan Girl Friday

17 Oct

Iiiiits Friday! Start your happy dance and let the Diet Coke flow! I’ve got some fantabulous fangirl finds to make today even more like a party!

Even though Firefly is long gone (I know, try not to sob into the tassle’s of your Jayne replica knit hat) you can still live the renegade lifestyle ONLINE! Oh yes, that’s right, Firefly is coming to your PC AND smartphone! You can carry Serenity in your pocket!

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Even though it won’t be available until early 2015, you can check out a sneak peek of the game by clocking the link here. What do you think? I think its SHINY.

 

I’m not going to lie, when Andrea from The Walking Dead was killed off, I was like, “Sheesh! FINALLY!” Needless to say, I was not the biggest fan of her character. I know I can’t be the only one. Anywhoo, Laurie Holden, the actress that played Andrea on the show, is MUCH more likeable in real life!

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Turns out Holden was an instrumental part in an undercover sex-trafficking bust down in Columbia. Holden is a human rights activist and works with a program called Operation Underground Railroad. The group, led by former CIA-agent Tim Ballard, works to free young girls sold into sex slavery. During the sting in Columbia, Holden and the group helped free fifty-five young women! Go Laurie! You can read the full story here.

 

I am SO incredibly ready for November: turkey, stuffing, and Mockingjay! I’ve been waiting for any new trailers to be released, so when I saw this one, I squealed like a little girl! Check it out!

 

Speaking of movies, look at what an incredibly talented teen did–using Lego and stop-motion–to capture some of the greatest moments in cult movie history, as well as classic movie posters:

Writer Wednesday

15 Oct

Hello, everyone!

I’ve been super lame about making sure I do Writer Wednesdays. I told myself I need to make it more of a priority. After all, that’s how you get better, right? Practice, practice, practice and all that?

Here’s today’s prompt:

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“I’m tired of these walls,” Dodger said, looking about him.

“Then go for a swim,” Betsey replied, no looking up from her salad.

“The pool isn’t clean,” whined Dodger, “and the boy won’t be here til the morning to clean it.”

“Go for a walk,” suggested Betsey, pieces of Romaine falling out of her mouth.

“A walk?” Dodger asked, incredulous. “A walk? You suggest a walk when you know I can’t…” His voice trailed off. He looked through his window up into the night sky.

“A walk,” he repeated softly. He turned to his wife, excitement in his eyes. “Yes! Yes! Let’s go for a walk!”

“So start walking,” Betsey said, sighing. “Just don’t bump into me.”

“Not in here,” Dodger said. “Out there.” He motioned his over-sized head to the window.

Betsey’s eyes grew wide. “What do you mean, Dodge?”

“I’m saying, let’s both go for a walk…out there.

Betsey shook her head violently. “No, no, no, no!”

“Come on, Betsey!” Dodger pleaded. “What’s the worse that could happen?”

“You know what could happen!” Betsey screeched. “You know how they are. Don’t you remember where we came from? I like it here. I don’t want to go out there.”

“Please, darling,” Dodger cooed into his wife’s ear. “Think about all the great food we always smell and never get to eat. We could find some out there.”

The scowl that had appeared across Betsey’s mouth started to soften. “Food, you say?”

“Yes, my love!” Dodger exclaimed. “Food of all sorts! And I’ll get it all for you! You can try it all, sweetheart!”

Betsey smiled. “But how will we get out?”

“Leave it to me,” Dodger said.

Dodger moved back as far as he could and ran head first into the steel door at the opposite end of the room. After about five tries, it burst open. Which was good; Dodger’s head was starting to hurt and he was ready to forget the entire venture. After escaping their small apartment, it was only a matter of squeezing through the tiny hallway (which was rather difficult, as Dodger and Betsey were rather ample) and busting through the front gate.

They were able to do both rather quickly, although Betsey thought it best to knock down the gate. She wanted to save Dodger’s head from further damage. He was the brains of this operation after all.

After they exited, they starting walking down a long street. There wasn’t much around them. After several minutes, Betsey suggested they turn around and go back.

“No, not yet,” Dodger begged. “Please. Just a little further. I think I see light ahead.”

After a few moments, the couple found themselves at the top of a small hill. When they looked down, Dodger shouted in delight.

“Look! Down there!”

Betsey followed his eyes and saw a parking lot full of different trucks. Each one of the trucks had pictures of food on them; food she had definitely seen before. There was also an oval-shaped area with tall walls and bright lights. There were sounds of cheering and whistles coming from it.

“Let’s go!”

“Are you sure?” Betsey asked. “What if we’re not welcome?”

Dodger kissed his mate. “Just be yourself. Everyone will love you.”

The couple walked down the hill and entered through some gates. They made their way to the trucks with the pictures of food and went to the window.

“Just a sec,” called a man from inside the truck over his shoulder.

The couple waited patiently.

“Alright, what’ll you have?” the man asked, finally looking at Dodger and Betsey.

Before either one could open their mouths, the man screamed.

Another man rushed to his side, “What’s wrong boss?”

The first man pointed to the window. The second man saw the couple and looked like he might faint.

“Call the cops!” the first man yelled. “Tell them there are two hippos at the Saint James’ homecoming game!”

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