Archive for December, 2009

GlamourDamaged Winner

I know you’re all waiting for me to post the winner of the purse/bag/pouch/clutch or whatever the cool kids are calling it. Then I remembered that I actually had to write the post, it wasn’t going to announce itself.

I wrote all the entries on little pieces of paper and folded them up. Wow y’all, there sure were a lot of you this week. I sort of know how PW feels now.

HA.

As usual, Rookie watched me to make sure I was being honest. Ignore my stained grout. It came with the house.

Then I called Stephen over. He’d like to present to you: The Entries

And then he started unbuttoning the buttons on his sleeves. I thought that maybe he was getting nervous about the huge responsibility he has and he was beginning to sweat. Not so much.

C- What are you doing?
S- Take a picture.
C- Of what?
S- My arm.
C- What? Why?
(get ready for it…)
S- To show them I have nothing up my sleeve.

ba dum tish

Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. He’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your waitress.

But really. Nothing up his sleeve.

That means we aren’t cheating. So a very honest congratulations are in order to…

Meghan from Sings the Magpie (<– that’s a link)!  Meghan, email me with your address so that I can mail you your prize!

Now everyone put your big girl panties on and congratulate her. And then go to the GlamourDamaged shop (<– that’s a link) and buy something to make yourself feel better. And someone please send me the Nostalgia Zipper Pouch.

See y’all tomorrow for the next one.

December 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm 11 comments

How To Make a Migraine

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a migraine, you are in luck. I’ve got the recipe.

Homemade Migraine

  • Do not go to sleep before 11:00 for at least 5 days in a row.
  • Have a dog explosively crap on your white carpet.
  • Intermittently spend money on the following: groceries, large quantities of Christmas and wedding presents, a mortgage, a car note, student loans, carpet cleaning to clean up crap stains, gas, more groceries and hospital bills from that time your husband almost lost his nose.
  • Take your clunker to the mechanic and spend an unfortunate amount of money.
  • Be reminded that you are no longer in college and don’t get vacation throughout the entire month of December.
  • Be at the tail end of your hormonal “time of the month.”
  • Have your clunker break down less than 2 weeks after you “fixed” it.

Combine all ingredients in a large vat. Pour in some frustration, cold weather, and dog hair. Whisk briskly with your carpal tunnel inflicted wrist. Add a dash of dirty dishes and a heaping hamper-full of laundry. Blend with unpedicured toes. Be sure to allow some cold showers to drizzle into the batter as it comes together.  Dough will form lumps. Place lumps across your shoulders and neck, keep packing them in until you’re feeling stiff and sore. Set time to 3 seconds. When the timer goes off, your migraine should be ready. Enjoy!

Please note that this recipe is for the ugh-my-head-is-pounding-and-I’d-like-to-go-to-sleep-even-though-its-7:00-at-night. If you’re looking for the oh-my-gosh-I’d-rather-die-than- live-with-this-*#!&*in’-migraine-for-one-more-second recipe, make the following changes.

Add: rain, a fight with your husband, criticism at work, house guests with a dirty house, a burnt recipe, and a bad internet connection. For best results, replace the slightly hormonal day with the most hormonal day of the month.

That is a coveted recipe, my friends. You’re welcome.

That’s precisely where I was yesterday evening as I was standing in Walmart on the phone with my mom. I was whining about the fact the my husband was on the other side of Houston because his car wouldn’t start. I was approximately 4.7 miliseconds away from bursting into tears. This may be the only time in my life that I think the massive Walmart crowds have helped me. I was too scared to cry in a crowd. That’s just embarrassing. Especially because I knew I’d have to come here and tell y’all about it.

You know what made me calm down enough to release the tension and let go of some of that migraine?

A good cuddle with this one:

(Rookie wouldn’t pose for a picture. She was bored with me last night.)

And this. In it’s entirety.

(I don’t know why the pictures are green. I don’t want to try to figure it out because that’s exactly the sort of thing that causes migraine flair-ups.)

(Also, I know my kitchen is ugly. You’re more than welcome to come fix it up, without any financial help from me, of course.)

Want to know what else eases my migraine?? Knowing that I get to have lunch with my best friend Lyndsey today! She lives in Kansas City. She’s brought it to my attention that we live 49 states apart, if you’re traveling the long way. It sucks. A lot. But she’s flying in to Houston and I get tp pick her up and take her to lunch. That makes me happy.

Do you want to be friends with Lyndsey? Of course you do! Well lucky for you, she’s just started a blog. (It must be contagious!) She’s still feeling it all out and figuring out what she wants from the blog, so be patient with her if she changes things up on you. I’m excited about it though. Lyndsey is the funniest person I know in real life, so I’m excited to see her learn how to transfer that to a blog.

Click here to visit her little corner of the internet. Say a proper hello to her. I mentioned that she’s traveling today. It would be cool if she was overwhelmed with comments when she checks her blog. Don’t let me down, y’all!

Stay tuned, I’m posting the winner of the GlamourDamaged giveaway later today.bAnd then the next giveaway starts tomorrow morning. Are you excited? You should be!

December 17, 2009 at 9:39 am 23 comments

A Spoonful of Sugar

A few nights ago, Stephen and I were working on our computers and we had the television on. (I use the term “working” very loosely as I’m sure I was blogging and he was randomly calling people on Skype.) In the background, Mary Poppins was on. They began singing the ever-so-popular “Spoonful of Sugar” song and as it was nearing it’s end, Stephen looked at me and said, “Wow. I never know that that song wasn’t actually talking about a spoon full of actual sugar. It’s a metaphor.” My husband is the King of Metaphors. Seriously. I often have to say, “No, don’t tell me a metaphor, just tell me what you’re trying to say.” So it put my in stitches when he said that. It’s happened to all of us though. You hear something as an adult that you haven’t heard since you were a child and all of a sudden, a lightbulb goes off. THAT’S what that means! 

What does that song actually mean then? Clearly they aren’t singing a song just to tell you that if you have something sweet with your meds, they are easier to take. (Although I think it should be noted that I once heard that if you swallow a spoonful of sugar, it helps your hiccups and I have yet to be proven wrong on that rumor.) The song actually means that a little bit of “good stuff” makes the “bad stuff” a bit more bearable.

Like work.

Work isn’t fun. There are very few people in this world who wake up every morning and are thrilled about going to their jobs. I really wish they’d emphasize this in college. “Major in something that you love to do!” Yeah, like that helps.

Anyways, we’ve talked about this before. I don’t hate my job. I used to, when I worked at the bank. But I don’t hate it anymore. I don’t enjoy waking up early. And I think I should get to go home when my work is complete. But other than that, I think my job is just fine and I’m thankful that someone wants to have me as an employee.

Last night we had our company Christmas party. That’s a spoonful of sugar. “I know you practically live at this office and you don’t have much vacation time, but we’d like to let you out a bit early today so you can go home and get dressed up for a nice dinner tonight. And here are two drink tickets.” And you know what? It was nice. We enjoyed ourselves. We happened to sit at a table with a few people I knew, and two employees I’d never actually had a conversation with. It was enjoyable. It was… sweet.

Employers need to do this every now and then. That’s why bonuses are so great. Not only do we get money, but we get to experience this random “sweetness” that is so different from the norm, and makes us appreciate our job so much more. (I say “we” and “us” but I don’t actually get a bonus. Which is another story for another day. A day that will never come… because I don’t think that’s blog material.)

But I do get my own bit of sweetness at my job. Every now and then, something will happen that will bring a smile to my face. It’ll make me forget that this is “work”… even if for a moment. Yesterday I was working on a report that dealt with how the man hours on a certain project were being allotted. (I work in construction, remember?) The idea is that if we can figure out the appropriate amount of man hours needed for this job, we’ll be able to bid future jobs more accurately. So I was working on the report that breaks up those numbers and makes them more manageable. This involved going through each individual time sheet.

Oh sugar. Oh heaping tablespoon full of sugary goodness.

I was working on a particular week that had a holiday. Two days worth of holiday pay, which is 16 hours. The men never know how to report a holiday on their time sheet. They can’t say that they spent those 16 hours on a specific task, because that messes up the overall projections. But they all feel the need to write on their sheet “HOLIDAY” in some way, shape, or form. That’s where the sugar came in.

I like that guy. He made sure that the word “HOLIDAY” took up both days. There was no confusion. It was straight forward. Not all of them were that straight forward. Some of them chose a more creative way to write the word “holiday.”

Enjoy.

(Holady. Spell check doesn’t like this very much.)

(Holly Day. But what I really appreciate is that they whited out whatever was there and wrote “holly day” in festive green ink.) ( It’s the little things in life.)

(Holy Day. It wasn’t Christmas, Easter, or Good Friday. But this fella has it right on. Every day should be God’s day.)

(Oliday. Yeah, I don’t know. I mean I have heard about Noel (no “L”) but not Noach (no “H”))

(Man. That was knee-slapping hilarity.)

(And I’m actually sort of ashamed of myself.)

Brace yourself, y’all. Here’s my favorite.

(Jaludey. Brilliance. We pronounce the word Hall-uh-dey… it only makes sense.)

It made me smile. It made me laugh. It made me taste the sweetness of my job. It’s those little things we need to look out for in life. Things that are unexpected and can bring a cheerful smile to our faces. Those are the things that keep us going through the daily monotony.

That and, you know, like… actual sugar. In the form of chocolate and shortbread. But whatever.

December 16, 2009 at 9:38 am 26 comments

Ten on Tuesday (10)

This week’s questions come from my Aunt Bonnie. She sent me more than ten and I decided to post them all because she’s awesome. She doesn’t have a blog so you can’t visit her. Just say hello in the comments and thank her for her contribution! She’ll read them all, I promise.

1. If you could change anything about your physical appearance, what would it be?
I would like to be one of those people who could eat anything and stay skinny. I am that person to some degree, but I have this pooch that often makes me look pregnant. I’d like to look like I did freshman year of college.

2. Is there a habit in others that you find annoying?
Many things, but I’ll try to stay away from pet peeves and stick with actual habits that people have. Flicking their fingernails- Stephen does this.  Being late, I think it’s extremely disrespectful. Smoking, cussing, gossip.

3. What is your favorite recipe using ground beef?
Meatloaf. I make a mean meatloaf. I’ll add the recipe to my recipe blog sometime by the end of the week. Maybe even today if you’re lucky.

4. What was your favorite book as a kid?
I love children’s books. Of course I loved all the classics but I remember the very first chapter book I read was called Josefina and the Story Quilt. It wasn’t much of a chapter book but it had chapters and it was a book. So I’ll take it! My copy was so worn out because I read it a bagillion times.

5. Did you work as a teenager and if so, where?
I had a few jobs during the summers. A couple summers I worked at the marketing company where my uncle works. I did all sorts of random stuff that nobody else wanted to do. But I also got to go to some meetings, meet customers, and I learned a lot. Two summers I nannied for two separate families. One of them was INSANELY easy. She was older and didn’t need to be babysat… so I was basically her social coordinator and took her and her friends to the movies or Astroworld. Good times. I was a hostess and bus girl at a restaurant. I didn’t enjoy it very much but I think everyone should spend some time working at a restaurant. It’ll do ya good, I promise! 

6.  Did you work while in college and if so, where?
I’m realizing now that one of my nannying jobs was in college. And one summer at my uncle’s office was in college. Oops. I worked a summer for an electronics company in Austin. They were in the process of automating their warehouse so I had the thrilling job of mapping it out and scanning barcodes. I lasted almost the entire summer but them my herniated disc got out of control and I could hardly stand up.

I worked at a store called Ethnic Loft (<– that’s a link). It was a great job for a college student. I was even able to keep the job during the school year. I love the owner and got close to her family. Her son was the ring bearer in our wedding.  

7. When you go to sleep do you like  total darkness or semi? When you go to sleep do you need quiet or is some noise ok?
Oh I have very strong feelings about this. A cold room with a fan on and a big comforter covering me but not any portion of my face. Complete silence except for a fan, but there can be absolutely no clicking or rattling. Dark dark dark. And please don’t touch me.

8. When doing laundry, fabric softener or not?
I use those dryer sheets but not the liquid fabric softener. After an issue with changing laundry detergents and becoming extremely itchy for months on end (still fighting it), I now only use allergy products.

9. Open toed or closed toed shoes?
Mostly closed toes, but I love a cute peep toe.

10. Would you rather be blind or deaf?
Deaf. So much of communication is non-verbal. Obviously neither are ideal, but I think that being deaf is more manageable. I could blog, read, look at my husband, see my future children, enjoy God’s creation… I think that’s hard to give up.

11. Dangle or stud earrings?
I actually can’t wear any. I can wear an earring in my cartilage but that’s it. The lobes get extremely infected even if I get quality earrings. It’s awful. The last time I wore earrings was my wedding… two and a half years ago.

12. Bottled water or tap?
At home I just drink water from my refrigerator. At work I drink bottled water because that’s just nasty. If I’m at a new place I usually prefer bottled water unless someone has tasted the tap before me.

13. What do you put on pancakes?
Butter. I put syrup on the side because I hate soggy pancakes. There is nothing better than blueberry pancakes with butter and syrup.

14. On a long trip would you rather drive or fly?
Fly. Always fly. I love flying. I also love flying by myself and making friends with the person I’m sitting with. Airplanes are the only place in the world where I’m comfortable striking up random conversation with a stranger less than 3 centimeters from me.

15. Do you prefer classic old movies or new?
I think my definition of “classic old” is probably different from my aunt’s. My favorite movie is You’ve Got Mail. I wouldn’t call it an old classic movie but it’s not that new anymore. So I’ll say… the happy medium. There are very few new movies that I like- with the exception of Julie & Julia of course.

No Mr. Linky again. I saw that there was a lot more visiting of other ToT’ers when the links are just listed on the comments. So add your link and visit around.

December 15, 2009 at 8:30 am 45 comments

Uhh… Not My Best Post

So I’d really love to sit here and write a fun post that’ll entertain you or make you chuckle once or twice, but I’m just not able to do that. I had a great weekend and I’m sure there are a few posts hidden in there… but I just don’t have the time to find them.

I spent my Sunday evening wrapping Christmas presents. Is it just me, or does wrapping take 15 times longer than buying the actual presents? I’m one of those fancy paper/ sparkly wire ribbon people. Wrapping is a project. A very long, messy project. And now my carpet is covered in glitter and we all know that’s not good. It’ll probably be here until 2017. Glitter is a freaking mess. I’ve always wanted to send someone a card and fill it with glitter. I think it would be hilarious. But I’m not sure that I have any friends that would find it funny… and I’m really not ready to ruin any friendships I have just so I could get a good laugh.

Ohhh look at the glitter…

I also spent my Sunday evening watching my stats. Did you know that if PW puts a link to your blog on her blog, you get a ton of hits? Really, it’s true. It’s not quite as high as the ridiculousness of Halloween or the night before the Harry Potter movie came out, but it’s up there. Maybe a few of you will STICK AROUND. Especially you Houston bloggers. Let’s all become best friends and meet up and try to get free stuff. Sounds like fun, huh?

(By the way, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google “harry potters scar.”)

So after two episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and two glasses of wine, this is what I’ve accomplished.

Not so great. If you happened to stop by Roots & Rings today with the intention of hearing about something other than nonsense, visit Lauren (<– that’s a link). I know I tell you to visit her all the time but I especially mean it today. You’ll get a glimpse into the weekend I had. And you’ll get to read something funny. Who doesn’t like something funny??

Also, be sure to enter my giveaway. It closes on Wednesday at midnight… which I realize now that I forgot to put on the actual giveaway post. Oops.

Also, Ten on Tuesday questions are posted. Click on the TOT button on the right sidebar. There are some bonus questions this week. Be creative!

Wow, this post was lame. I apologize from the depths of my html. Or maybe just from the depths of my heart.

December 14, 2009 at 9:51 am 20 comments

One Of Us Can Be Trendy

Hint: It won’t be me.

I’m pretty awful at being trendy. I’m the kind of girl who buys a shirt from Old Navy in 3 colors because it fits wells. I love scarves because they dress up my bland clothes. I’ve never worn boots on the outside of my jeans and I’m certain that if I do so, the world as we know it may cease to exist. And not in a good way.

Thanks to my Meme, I’m now a proud owner of one of this:

Yes ma’am. My very own Snuggie. The item that the whole world wants but everyone is too afraid to buy. Luckily I have a Meme who hooked me up. And let me just tell you this: it’s a perfect item for a blogger. I can snuggle up and stay warm whilst typing this to you! Brilliant. And also trendy… but not trendy.

I’m also the owner of a custom tie dye shirt. Custom. As in, it was made especially for me. And all of the females on my mom’s side of the family have them as well. Do you need proof of that too? I’ve got proof!

I can literally feel your jealousy seeping through my monitor.

Settle down, I can hook you up. This week’s giveaway is about 17,000 times cooler than I am. Really. If someone saw me carrying this, they’d take it away and assume I’d stolen it from someone far more fashionable than me. Someone like my trendy friend Kelly. She could rock this, no problem. Or my SIL, Courtney. She has a way with things like this. Check it out:

It’s a purse… of super, epicly cute proportions. If that even makes sense.

Designed and made by GlamourDamaged (<– that’s a link). She is the talented chick who made my laptop case. When you get a second (like… now) browse her Etsy store. I’m certain you’ll find something for someone on your Christmas list. Or for me.

Do you want that? I do. I think it’ll help “up” my trend factor. But I’m disqualified from entering… obviously. So I’ve been racking my brain trying to find a way to make me just a little bit cooler. Then it dawned on me. What are all the cool kids doing these day??

Twitter.

(I’ve just fainted.)

But because all of my blog friends tell me it’s what all the cool bloggers are doing, I’m taking the plunge. Let’s just get a few things straight though. I will be “tweeting” under my blog name, blog identity, and blog interests. Meaning I won’t be telling you lame stuff, I won’t have it linked to my facebook (as if I even knew how to do that), I wont be telling my real life friends about it unless they read R&R, etc. I’ll be writing quick snippets that would interest people who read my blog. And that’s it. I’ll be tweeting for the love of blogging. If it takes up too much of my time or I decide that I hate it, it’s gone. Even if it means that my Cool Card is revoked. And also, I have the right to make up any Twitter related jargon I feel like.

Get it? Got it? (LAUREN) Good.

Which leads me to this:

WAYS TO ENTER THIS SUPER-TRENDY GIVEAWAY
leave a separate comment for each entry

1. Leave a comment. Tell me the coolest thing about yourself. It’s okay to toot your own horn if I’ve asked you to.

2. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. (<– That’s a link.) Seriously. If you don’t, I’m quitting Twitter.

3. Tweet about it.

4. Blog about it.

5. Go to the GlamourDamaged Etsy shop and tell me your favorite item.

In an effort to dive head first into Twit Nation, there will be no facebook entry this week.

Best of luck to you all. And may the trendiest prevail.

**Edited to add: If you follow me on Twitter, please leave a comment saying that you did… That way you’ll be entered into the giveaway.

(To see last week’s winner, keep scrolling down or click here.)

December 11, 2009 at 9:30 am 93 comments

Green Grass Meats – Winner

Here’s the thing about giveaways.

I feel bad.

I’m thrilled for the winner but I feel bad for all of the losers non-winners. I get nervous that I’ve hurt your feelings or you think I’m cheating. But as Lyndsey says, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Please don’t punish me, just congratulate the winner. Okay?

I wrote everyone’s name down and put it in a measuring cup. Rookie witnessed the whole thing. She wanted to make sure I wasn’t cheating.

Then I called Stephen over to do the honor.

AND THE WINNER IS:

51) Steph

Congrats Steph! I’ll get you hooked up with the folks at Green Grass. For you non-winners, keep GGM (<– that’s a link) in mind for Christmas gifts. Or Valentine’s Day gifts. Or Saturday gifts.

Remember that they’ve got a special going on right now. $49 for the following:

Family Night
2 Tenderloin Filets
2 T-Bones
1 Brisket
1 lb. Stew Meat
1 lb. Ground Beef

YUMMMMMM!

December 11, 2009 at 9:26 am 6 comments

What God DIDN’T Mean When He Said We Should Leave Our Familes

So listen y’all, I’m all about Biblical marriage. Love, honesty, communication, submission, respect, sex, husband : wife : : God : church, honor, relationship, etc. etc. etc. I get that. I’m not saying that I’ve perfected it. By no means is that true. I’m just saying that I get it and I support it.

Do you want to know who doesn’t get it??

MY MOM.

And my sister.

Genesis 2:24 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined with his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Did you get that? Well don’t worry because it’s repeated.

Mark 10: 7-8 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.”

I’m not going to write a dissertation about what that actually means. If you’re curious, let me know and I’ll tell you my thoughts and feelings on the matter. What I do want to talk about it what that DOES NOT mean.

Last week I went to my parents’ house to pick something up. I was thrilled to walk in and see their house decorated for Christmas. The big tree covered in ornaments, the snow village laid out across the piano, the smaller tree stuffed with UT ornaments… it was great. I felt warm and fuzzy. And then I saw this.

In the Rosenhagen household, the stockings are hung on the kitchen cabinet with care since they don’t actually have a mantel. I never really thought it was weird until I took that picture. But something is wrong there. Before marriages, there were 5 members of my family. (Mom, Dad, Big Brother, Little Sister, Me) Then Big Brother and I got married and added 2 more to the mix… Laura and Stephen. Did you do that math?? We are now a family of 7. Did you see how many stockings were hung by the kitchen cabinet with care?  THREE.

I have one word for how I felt when I saw that: Rejection.

I immediately called my mom out. I told her that was unacceptable and that I am still a member of this family. When I got married she told me I couldn’t have my stocking because she still needed it, so I ordered super cute ones for Stephen and I from Pottery Barn. And now my wonderful childhood stocking isn’t even being hung? Not okay my friend. NOT okay. 

My mom made some excuse about how they don’t fit very well and Lindsay said that since we weren’t in the house, they didn’t need a spot. Plus she couldn’t find the extra stocking hangers. Hey Little Sister, we may not be in the house but we’re still in the FAMILY!!!  And, what? They don’t fit?? They can cuddle. If my mother-in-law can find space for her daughter-in-law and TWO of her daughters’ boyfriends, my mom can fit her own daughter.

The next day I got a text from my mom. It read, “Will this do until I can find the hangers?”

Yes mom. That’ll do. I’ll take your Christmas present out of the trashcan now.

December 10, 2009 at 9:32 am 25 comments

Loser: Season 8 Finale

I’d like to start this post with some fun BL related things that people have googled in the past week:

-is bob dating amanda
-are bob and amanda dating
(and every other form of that)
-biggest loser marathon fake 2009 rudy
-are liz and danny going to get married
-does liz have romantic feelings for danny
-liz and danny awkward
-“biggest loser” dannys wife looks like tracey
-biggest loser commercials
-video – jillian hugs bob
-curtis stone biggest loser turkey chili

Now on with it. It began with a quick review of the season and a review of the four finalists. I love this episode because they always show us the photo from each week. It’s so cool to see the progressive change. It’s also cool to see all the contestants slip on the super shiny floor. Hopefully they were less cruel to them this year.

Fifteen minutes into the show we found out that Amanda won the final spot. Whoo hoo. I would have been SHOCKED if America voted for Liz.

They come out in groups of four so that’s how we’ll discuss them (It’s very possible that some of these numbers are wrong. I wasn’t on a television without DVR so I had to think quickly.):

Antoine & Alexandra are dating, as we knew. So sweet! Antoine looks great.
Shawn named his daughter Jillian. We’ve discussed this before, I think that’s sweet and will be a constant reminder of a very important time of his life.
Julio needs to do something different with his hair, both on his head and on his face. Yeesh. He reminds me of Kevin from the Backstreet Boys. Anyone with me on that?

Alexandra – 91 – 29.45%
Antoine – 152 – 41.42%
Shawn – 155 – 34.91%
Julio – 180 – 44.23%

(At this point Julio is ahead.)

Coach Mo & Dina are apparently not important enough to talk to
Abby… uhh.. hubba hubba. (In a totally non-sexual, completely respectful way, of course.)
Tracey is apparently going to prom. And I think she’s lost too much weight… which probably means she’s going to win.

Coach Mo – 92 – 25.92%
Dina – 79 – 31.23%
Abby – 100 – 40.49%
Tracey – 118 – 47.23%

(At this point Tracey is ahead. Just… wonderful…)

Shay is beautiful. According to Dr H she has gained 13 years of life. 
Daniel gained 24 years of life (or 23 or something, I sort of missed it.) 
Rebecca is blonde. Very blonde. And wearing a teeny tiny skirt. Go back to the brunette bob. Please. But WOW she is tiny. 
Allen… they didn’t talk to him…

Shay – 172 – 36.13%
Daniel – 111 – 35.58%
Rebecca – 139 – 49.82%
Allen – 116 – 35.69%
Liz – 91 – 34.??%

Rebecca won the at home challenge!!!!

There was a challenge presented to Shay. She is invited back to the Season 9 Finale in May to weigh in again. For every pound she loses, Subway is going to pay her $1000. Pretty sweet.

And then, approximately 45 minutes after my sister-in-law texted me saying, “I’m glad he didn’t propose on there :)”…. Antoine proposed to Alexandra. She said yes. They cried and kissed. It was sweet.

(General Mills commercial.)

Rudy looks fantastic. Sheesh. Seriously, he looks great.
Danny is wearing a velvet vest. Eww. But he looks incredible! HIS FACE! WHOA. Stephen thinks he looks like TR Knight (George O’Malley from Grey’s Anatomy.) But seriously, he looks great and doesn’t look nasty skinny. Just awesome skinny. My MIL may or may not have texted me, “DANNY IS A BABE!”
Amanda… love her.

Oh y’all, we got a preview of next season and I’m thrilled!!! Of course I can’t wait! It’s couples again. It’ll be on JANUARY 5TH! (Which also happens to be my mom’s birthday and my blogaversary!)

Amanda – 87 – 34.80%
Rudy – 234 – 52.94%
Danny – 239 – 55.58%

DANNY WINS!!! Awesome!!! So so so happy for him.

Were any of you new Loser watchers this season? What were your thoughts? Will you watch next season?

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December 9, 2009 at 9:15 am 20 comments

Ten on Tuesday (9)

Before I get started, I need to address the two reasons why today is a big day…
1. It’s the season finale of The Biggest Loser. For real this time!
2. Julie & Julia comes out on DVD today!! Hopefully my husband will be getting this for me. If you’d like to read my post from after I watched J&J in the theater, click here.

Today’s list comes from Jill (<– that’s a link). I love Jill. She doesn’t post too often right now because she’s in school and doesn’t really have time. Don’t hate her for that. Just add her to your Google Reader and you’ll get her updates when she feels like posting. Plus, if you’re real nice she’ll read your blog and leave you fun comments. Everyone repeat after me: Thank you Jill!

1. Cost aside, if you could go (back) to college for anything besides what you currently “do,” what would you study?
Journalism or English. Or creative writing. Or something computer related so I don’t have to bug Lauren or Tiffany every time I have a blog-related question.

Actually two nights ago, Stephen and I were laying in bed and he randomly asked, “Would you ever like to go to culinary school?” After talking about it, my answer was no. I love to cook, but I don’t necessary want to be a chef. Plus I enjoy the trial and error of learning on my own. However, assuming it was fully paid for and we’d still be receiving my income even though I wouldn’t be working, I don’t see why not.

2. What do you do for a living? Do you love it/hate it?
I do a random laundry list of things for a contruction company. I don’t love it or hate it. It’s not my life’s calling but it’s not nearly as bad as my 6 month career in banking!

3. What is your favorite Christmas ornament? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what is your favorite holiday tradition?
I have a lot of faves. Here are a few.

This is one that I’ve had forever. It reminds me of childhood and Christmas- two of themost joyful things in life.

This is a new favorite. It’s a shopping angel. They totally exist. She’s carrying shoes and hangers and a credit card.

And this set just makes me happy. So much character. So loved. I had to turn the lights off for this one because it was too blurry. So now it’s dark. Deal.

4. Name something you could literally do without for the rest of your life.
There are so many that I don’t know where to start. I’ll stay away from obvious things like mosquitos, pimples, and all VH1 reality television shows. I could go without seafood, running, and cats. I could also go without working (assuming there is some other form of income), weather below 70 degrees, and doing housework (assuming someone else is there to do it for me). 

5. If you were going to have any kind of “cosmetic procedure,” what would it be?
I’m a believer that God made us how He wanted us to look. “He oh-so-creatively knit me together in my momma’s womb.” (Loose translation of Psalm 139:13) I don’t want to mess with something that God intended. However, I wouldn’t mind a round or two of microdermabrasion. I have redness and scars from years of acne.

6. Do you have any “collections”? (comic books, shoes, etc.)
Cookbooks, cutting boards, spatulas, scarves, cards that people have written me, stationary, almost anything that has any sort of meaning to it. Basically, I’m a hoarder. We’ve talked about this HERE and HERE.

7. At what age did you get your first cell phone?
16. But back in “those days” we didn’t leave our cell phone on. I had one that I kept in my purse and I only turned it on to call someone quickly or if there was an emergency.

8. What is currently in your purse (or pocket or backpack if you’re a guy)?
My cell phone, wallet, checkbook, a small Bible, clothbound Wuthering Heights (yes, I’m STILL reading it. I haven’t had much time to read lately), 4 pens, postage stamps, two extra tubes of Chapstick, my 2009 planner, my 2010 planner, a coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond, my grocery list from Sunday, lotion, the Mexican version of Imitrex, Aleve, and a coin purse.

9. Are you a neat-freak or a slob ? *this applies to house, office, car, etc.
I love clean homes but I don’t have one. If I have spare time I would rather cook, blog, or sleep. I hate cleaning. But I really need to change my ways because my messy house makes me grumpy.

10. What kind of parent do you think you will be? If you’re already a parent, what is your style?
Oh goodness, I have no idea. I don’t know if there is any way of knowing. I believe in spanking, I believe in loving your child so much that there is never a doubt in their mind, I believe in discipline. I don’t think a child should be overly spoiled. I believe that my child should be raised in the ways of the Lord and learn all the cheesy church songs. I believe children should have responsibilities and receive praise. But as far as my parenting, we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure y’all with be with me ever step of the way!

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December 8, 2009 at 9:21 am 22 comments

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