Fan Girl Friday

Happy Friday all! Before you head to the lake/to the cabin/to your couch for the Labor Day weekend, check out these awesome geek-tacular finds I’ve rounded up from the interwebs!

 

First up from Think Geek, check out these awesome SDCC exclusive Doctor Who Mini Journals! I actually have the “River Song” version. I’m determined to one day walk up to someone and say: “Okay, now where are we?” and start flipping through the pages.

The Doctor writes everything down. And you should too.

The Doctor writes everything down. And you should too.

 

I hate doing laundry. It really is the bane of my existence. I feel like I’m washing clothes just about everyday. But, I think it’d be a lot more fun if I had this ADORABLE hamper from Fred Flare!

Look! Even Dorothy has one of these!

Look! Even Dorothy has one of these!

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And now, it can be the most intimidating. Check out this skull egg shaper from Perpetual Kid!

Eat your bacon, matey!

Eat your bacon, matey!

 

Who else is ready for the premiere of The Walking Dead?! I am so psyched! I cannot wait to see what happens this season! Especially with all the trailers and sneak peeks floating around the internet! If you just can’t seem to get enough of Rick and the gang, look at what Diamond Comics is releasing October 10th!

Go directly to Quarantine. Do not pass Go.

Go directly to Quarantine. Do not pass Go.

 

 

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Labor Day weekend! Keep your fingers crossed, people. I’m hoping this is a TRUE “labor day” weekend for me!

When You Wish Upon a Star…

Huff the Hubs and I have been freaking out over getting things prepped for Hermione’s arrival. But we’re so unprepared! No, I’m not talking about bottles, diapers, and toys. I’m talking about DISNEY MOVIES.

Our Disney collection is missing so much! How can we expect to raise a girl that has the manners of Snow White, the brains of Belle, and the kick-a spirit of Mulan if we don’t have these movies?! Sigh… 

What’s even sadder is I know people who are my age and have NEVER seen any Disney princess movies. I know, I know…I can’t believe it either. When I hear this from people, I’m reminded of an eCard:

disney magic

 

 

To add some magic to your day, I’ve found some delightful Disney nuggets! Get ready to sing to every woodland creature you pass and pretend like you’re really a princess trapped in a tower. Its about to get fairy-tale freaky up in here.

 

First, check out this adorable Doo Wop A Cappella Group from UMass Amherst. They’re aca-awesome.

 

These boys are ADORABLE. They decided to create a music video as though the Disney Princes were a boy band (see if you can hear all the pop songs the group incorporated into their Disney medley.)

 

And finally, when you watch this next video I dare you not to cry. Or at least get a little misty. This chick not only has amazing make-up skills, but she can belt out those Disney songs like none other!

 

 

Its Time to Retire…

Gare-Bear

Gare-Bear

Tonight will be the last broadcast for local TV legend, Gary England. For forty years, Gary has been the face of severe weather for many Oklahoma’s (not so much for me; I’m a Channel 4 girl myself). I honestly can’t believe the man is retiring! I seriously thought he’d outlive us all and be forecasting for my great-grandchildren from his Doppler station on the moon. Seeing Gary leave Channel 9 got me thinking: who else should retire (but probably won’t) in 2013?

 

Willard Scott

Yes, I know he was the original Ronald McDonald. And yes, I know he’s a treasure on The Today Show. But… I think its time for Uncle Willie to hang up the red wig and take some time for himself. I usually keep The Today Show on for the full four hours. I don’t have cable and its nice to have some background noise. But when Willard does his salute to centenarians (which is sweet, I’ll give you that) it just makes me…sad. The poor guy tends to ramble and doesn’t really make a lot of sense. He reminds me a lot of an older gentleman that went to my church that would stand up at the pulpit to make announcements and then walk off the stage mid-way through, still talking to himself, leaving the congregation scratching their heads. Come on, Willie. I hear Barbados is nice this time of year. Take the missus. 

 

Jack of “Jack and Ron”

I’m sure I’ll get some flack for this one too, but I don’t care. Whenever I drive into work on Monday morning, usually listen to The Bob and Tom Show. But, I like to flip over to Jack and Ron because they have a reporter from Hollywood call in and give them the dish (yeah, I want celebrity news, bite me).  So, there are rare occasions when I have to sit through Jack and Ron talking. Or as I like to refer to it: Ron’s smooth-as-buttah voice and Jack’s annoying impressions of old ladies and the sound of his false teeth chattering. 

 

Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, and Amanda Bynes

Technically speaking, I think Amanda has kind of retired. At least, she’s not working because she’s in court-mandated psychotherapy watch. But still. All three of these girls have been making headlines lately. I think they should all take a step back, put some clothes on, stop twerking, and chillax. Or maybe they could all rent a cabin in Colorado and just talk about stuff. And then, when they’re better, they can open up a clinic for former child stars that have lost their ever-lovin’ minds and need help. I bet Corey Feldman would be willing to get in on that too.

 

Whoever Writes The Scripts For the Fast and Furious Franchise

Seriously. Just stop. Six is enough. We don’t need anymore.

 

Who do you think should retire? And no, you can’t say me. Well, you can. But I’d block you on Facebook. And Pinterest. Good luck trying to find a use for all those pine cones in your backyard.

 

 

 

Try It Tuesday

Here lately, I’ve really been trying to cut out sweets. Buuuuttt…. its not really happening.

Especially when you see yummies like this on Pinterest:

Cookies with candy inside?! YUM!

Cookies with candy inside?! YUM!

 

For this pile of yumminess, all you need are four things: Devil’s Food Cake mix, Rolo Candies, eggs, and oil. That’s it! Seeing as how it seemed super easy AND super tasty I thought I’d try it out!

So, I got my ingredients together:

ingredients

 

 

I mixed them all together (except the Rolos). The dough was really thick and sticky:

Word of the wise: do not use a wisk! Use a fork to mix it all together.

Word of the wise: do not use a whisk! Use a fork to mix it all together.

 

Then, I sprayed a cookie sheet (and my hands) with Pam. I took a ping pong sized piece of dough and rolled it into a ball. Then I smooshed it flat and folded a Rolo inside and placed it on the sheet. I did this until there was no more dough:

I really wanted to eat them at this stage. But, preggos can't have raw eggs. Womp, womp.

I really wanted to eat them at this stage. But, preggos can’t have raw eggs. Womp, womp.

 

Then, I sprinkled some powdered sugar on top:

"Bake those cookies, Lucille!"

“Bake those cookies, Lucille!”

 

I popped them in the oven at 350 for 9 minutes. And then, I devoured them. I’d probably say I ate almost a dozen. And I am not ashamed:

Best. Cookies. Ever.

Best. Cookies. Ever.

 

I’ll most definitely be making these bad boys again!

Pop Culture Pregnancy/Baby Moments

With my pregnancy winding down, I’ve had to really take it easy. This involves a lot of time on the couch, watching movies, TV, and balancing snacks on my belly. This afternoon, I started thinking about all of my favorite pregnancy-related movie and TV show moments. I know there HAS to be more than this, but these were all the ones my pregnant-brain could think up!

 

1. She’s Having a Baby, My Baby and Me

Who doesn’t love I Love Lucy? Lucille Ball was and is my favorite all-time comedienne. She was ground-breaking, not only for having her own show, but for being the first woman to be on television whilst with child. (Although, the studio wouldn’t allow her to say “pregnant” on air due to censors, but still! Ground-breaking, people!) This episode where Lucy finds out she’s preggo and decides to tell Ricky always makes me grin like a goober!

 

2. “‘Ello Dad!”

Ah yes, all of the Whovians know exactly what I’m talking about already. The episode titled The Doctor’s Daughter had me freaking out before I watched it. I was like, “Who the heck does the Doctor get pregnant?! Is it Donna?! Does The Doctor get a message from the alternate universe where Rose is saying he has to pay child support?! WHAT IS GOING ON?!”
(Sidebar: The woman who played the daughter {Georgia Moffett} is actually the daughter of Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor. And, she is now married to David Tennant. And they have daughter. Weird, right?!)

 

3. Teenage Pregnancy: Awkward and Uncomfortable. Put it music? Still awkward, but now with rhythm.

First, let me preface by saying I’m not a “Gleek”. The acting tends to wear on my nerves and I get irritated when they take songs I love and destroy them. However, my sister had me watch a few episodes and I’m actually glad she did. This one in particular made me giggle out of pure embarrassment. Cheerleader Quinn has not revealed to her parents that she totally pulled a Juno and got knocked up in high school. Finn, being the sweetie that he is, wants to show his support (and singing chops) by spilling the beans over dinner…and music.

(R.I.P. Cory 😦 )

 

4. The One Where Rachel Has the Baby

You know I can’t have a countdown without my Friends!

The episodes where Rachel goes past her due date and then gives birth to her and Ross’s love child always cracks me up. And now that I’m in the “I’m-so-uncomfortable-just-breathing-is-difficult” stage of pregnancy, I can really relate to the girl from Long Island.

 

5. “Shane, you are NOT the father!”

Straight out of an episode of Maury–well, an episode that includes a zombie apocalypse–comes Lori’s baby daddy drama on The Walking Dead.  I honestly think that Rick is Judith’s father; I mean, the girl’s not tan enough–or creepy enough–to be Shane’s. That being said, when the episode came along that Lori was pregnant, it made me like her a little bit better. Mostly because its hard to wish anything bad on a pregnant woman (even if that woman is and idiot). Then when Maggie brought the baby into the world in a scene that terrified me to my very soul, I couldn’t help but shed a tear. And then laugh at the internet memes that popped up just a few hours later: 

walking dead

Nursery Reveal!

Its finally happened people! The DAY has arrived! No, not the day I went into labor, the day Hermione’s nursery is complete!

I’m not going to lie, I was a little worried that it wouldn’t be done in time for our little padawan. But, thanks to my Pops taking a day off work (we’re very spoiled) everything is finished! So without further ado, I give you: Hermione’s Nursery Tour (the music that goes along with the video got blocked–freakin’ copyright Nazis–so before you watch, cue this up and play it along with it!):

Awesome right?!

Yeah, my dad is basically the greatest handyman/builder ever (take THAT, Ty Pennington!). He made SO many original pieces for Hermione’s room! I. LOVE. THEM. ALL.

I mean, look at this stuff!

"You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?"

“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?”

Did you notice the sconces are actually Vader's face?!

Did you notice the sconces are actually Vader’s face?!

Best. Nightlight. EVER.

Best. Nightlight. EVER.

Seriously. This kid is destined for greatness.

Seriously. This kid is destined for greatness.

We trapped that Wompa ourselves.

We trapped that Wompa ourselves.

I cannot wait to bring my little girl home to such an amazing nursery! Thanks, Dad for all your hard work! (And thanks Sam for the video!)

Fan Girl Thursday

Its Friday Eve! Wooooo!

I’ve got a little something different planned for tomorrow, so today we’re giong to fangirl it up!

The first find comes to us from the wonderful world of Pinterest (and Etsy!). Check out this ADORABLE take on the “BFF” necklace:

Best Droids 4-Eva!

Best Droids 4-Eva!

 

Fall is almost here, peeps. That means pumpkin flavored everything is about to our Pinterest newsfeeds and the weather is going to get cooler (Praise The Lord!) I’m thinking a certain husband would LOVE to get this in preparation for the fall season:

Even the Dark Knight needs to keep warm.

Even the Dark Knight needs to keep warm.

 

If there’s anything I love more than breakfast foods its silly breakfast foods (i.e., pancakes with eggs for eyes and bacon for a smile). But this gem from Perpetual Kid makes me hungry and want to giggle:

Muffin Top cupcake molds. GET IT?!

Muffin Top cupcake molds. GET IT?!

 

Anyone else miss the days of the mix tape? When you’d wait for your favorite song to come on the radio so you could hit record on your Casio? If you’ve just got to fill that void that the cassette has left in your heart, then you need this welcome mat (also from Perpetual Kid!):

I hope 'Love Shack' is on there...

I hope ‘Love Shack’ is on there…

 

And finally, I think I know what I want for my “push gift“. Look at this AH-mazing necklace from Urban Industries Etsy Shop!

Its bigger on the inside.

Its bigger on the inside.

 

 

You Just Don’t Get It

My personality is somewhat a mixture of Chandler Bing, Grumpy Cat, and Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. My sense of humor can be sarcastic and dry and somewhat snarky.

Pretty much.

Pretty much.

A lot of people don’t “get” my sense of humor. These are typically the same people that look at me like I’ve just punched a bunny in the face when I say “I’m done with pregnancy!” or “I’m not a fan of overly sentimental things.”

 

I’ve been told that sometimes people may see my sense of humor as brash or even a little insulting… and they’re probably right. One look at my “Ecard” board will affirm that. But at this point, I’m like:

 

Preach, 'Rella.

Preach, ‘Rella.

 

I used to stress myself out thinking: “Oh geez, I hope they didn’t think I was being offensive,” or “Was that not politically correct?” I would lie in bed at night and fret and worry about what I said and to whom and think, “I’m such a horrible person.”

 

Now, however, I don’t do that. Its not that I don’t have a filter (because I do…sometimes…) but I also don’t lose sleep over what I’ve said. If I start to think about it, I just tell myself, “Well, it’s out there now. People probably think you’re a jerk, but that’s okay. Everybody can be jerks. Just try to not be so Draco Malfoy next time, okay?”

 

Maybe not "fun"...Okay maybe a little bit.

Maybe not “fun”…Okay maybe a little bit.

I know I need to watch some of the things I say, since in a matter of weeks, I’ll have a Little that will be processing and repeating every word I say. And I intend to watch myself (that’s why I’m trying now). I don’t want to raise a little twerp that has no sense of other people’s feelings and zero tact. I want Hermione to be polite, have manners, and not act like so many kids I see out there today. (She will, however, know how to not take things so seriously and learn that laughter sometimes really is the best medicine.)

 

I guess I just feel that some of the stuff I say/find funny is just my inherit personality; the way God made me. I can’t help it if I think the third Austin Powers movie is hilarious and shamelessly guffaw at every innuendo, nor can I stop the laughter that takes over me when I watch the You Tube montage of news anchors slipping and falling.

 

I don't.

I don’t.

I know it’s hard to convey tone through blogs, so I hope you guys don’t get your knickers in a twist when I say something meant to be sarcastic and funny. And if you do happen to get your BVDs in a bunch, then all I have to say to you is:

 

They really are.

They really are.

Try It Tuesday

Hello all! Sorry about the lame post yesterday… Mondays are crazy. However, today, I feel GREAT! This very well may be the “nesting” energy coming out in me (which, according to the bone-chilling labor video Huff the Hubs and I watched on Saturday, means labor is imminent) but I’m using it for all its worth!

 

Because of that, you’re getting a Try it Tuesday twofer!

 

The first Try It comes from my mom! She saw this pin on Pinterest:

pinterest try it tuesday

 

Sounds simple enough, right? Two ingredients, how can you screw that up? (If I would’ve made this, I would have found a way!)

 

Instead of blueberries, Mom used apple pie filling. (She actually used the “lite” version; significantly cutting calories and sugar! Good job, Mom!)

 

Hope she clipped that Box Top before tossing it in the trash!

Hope she clipped that Box Top before tossing it in the trash!

 

After she gathered her ingredients, she mixed them together:

Sorry if its a little dark. I never said Mom was Annie Lebowitz.

Sorry if its a little dark. I never said Mom was Annie Lebowitz.

 

Then, she popped it in the oven and baked at 350 for about 28-30 minutes. Then, magic happened:

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

It was really yummy! It tasted sort of like an apple pie (but without all the crazy calories!) And the recipe is so simple, you can use pretty much any pie filling you want: blueberry, cherry, apple, snozberry…Whatever you’re in the mood for!

 

The next Try It was actually a recommendation from my sister, Samantha. I was complaining about how my kitchen dish rags would get so stinky and mildewy after one or two uses. It not only stunk up the kitchen, but if you forgot that it was stinky, you’d touch it and then your hand would smell. It was a vicious cycle.

That is, until, Sam told me something that would change my life forever:

Use vinegar when you wash your towels.

 

Yep. Vinegar. Its not just for Easter eggs anymore!

 

She said to use detergent as you normally would when you wash your towels. BUT, get a Downy Ball and pour white vinegar into it, and drop it into the washing machine.

 

I was skeptical, but I tried it. I was afraid that it would make my towels stink, but after they washed, I couldn’t smell the vinegar (they were even softer!)! After I dried them and put them away was when the real test began.

 

I used a new dish rag and it lasted over a WEEK and did not stink ONCE! I was so excited! Needless to say, vinegar is a new laundry staple in the Huffman Homestead.