Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hammacher Schlemmer

Sometimes in the mail we get a catalog called Hammacher Schlemmer.  They sell really expensive stuff.  They have some really cool things, but, like I said, expensive.  The most expensive thing I could find in the catalog is $11,999.95.  What cost that much you say?  Why, an aquatic climbing wall of course!  You have to have some money to spend if you want to get something from this catalog.  

My favorite thing in the catalog is a. . . cooler.  You weren't expecting that were you?  This isn't just any cooler, you ride this cooler.  The handling and speed is similar to a golf cart's.  The cooler can go up to 14 M.P.H.  It can support up to 300 pounds.  Of course, it's $499.95, so, we won't be getting this baby anytime soon.  Oh, wait, we won't EVER be getting this, but that doesn't make it any less awesome.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Happy Birthday!


Monday, April 28, 2008

I'm not telling you anything. . .

A short while back, Sourpatch, gave some rules of blogging.  She said to post everyday and post about anything.  I feel like I need to post about something specific, not just how my day was.  That's why I'm NOT telling you about my day.  That's not how I roll.

What Christopher, Cutie Blanco, CharChar, and I did today, well, that's between me and my peeps.

I won't tell you that we go to Spanish class every Monday to Senor Lucio "Cutie" Blanco's house (his middle name is not cutie, he just happens to be quite old and Mom and Jessica think that makes him cute).  I won't tell you that the last two weeks Mom let Christopher drive us in the Jimmy (a kind of car) but that she went today because the Jimmy stalls and dies at a dangerous curve on the route there.  I won't tell you that she bought me a jar of yummy peaches while she was at Schnuck's during our class, and that more than half of the jar is gone already.  

I won't tell you that I went to the Babbs and watched Charlotte so Matt could cut the yard while Jessica and Mom were at the longest VBS meeting  e v e r .  I won't tell you Charlotte knows who Bob is from veggie tales and whenever she saw him she would shout "BOB"!!

I won't tell you that Mom and I still had to go to Kroger afterwards, and that maybe because it was late and we needed to get home, that we had some level of difficulty finding green chilies, stewed tomatoes, and ricotta cheese.  We had no trouble finding ice cream, mind you, - something NOT on the list.

I won't mention how the bagger chick (we won't just blame her, every bag person does it), as apparently required by law, filled our cloth bags accordingly by the rule of "everything heavy goes in one bag, and toilet paper and bread each get their own.....".  Thank goodness Christopher came out to the car and brought the groceries in.

Of course, you won't know any of this because I'm not telling you.  

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Here they are:

The winner of the crab salt and pepper shakers, and the matching dishtowel is:



The winner of the plates is:

(a reforming mom)

Congratulations to both of you!

  I thank everyone for entering my contests; I have had a lot of fun reading your comments about eating weird things and shopping.   I hope all of you have enjoyed my blog and that some of you will stick around.  The bloggy giveaway was very fun.

  Remember, the next one is in July!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sewing and Bowling

This sewing was our first "open" class. We got to bring any project we wanted to do. I am working on another clown outfit. In the open class there are three other girls. Jessica and I only met two of them because the other girl is in Florida. Jessica is working on a red with white polka-dots dress, Rebecca is working on a orange seersucker shirt for her little sister, and Katie finished a cute green halter dress she had been working on.

At bowling we had our end-of-the-season party. We got to bowl for free and they gave us pizza. Also, we got tickets to enter to win a bowling ball. Everybody won a prize; they had a big table of miscellaneous (but good) stuff to pick from. I got a $20 giftcard to Target (see what I mean by good?). Christopher got a $20 giftcard to Starbucks; he wouldn't normally have gotten that, but, by the time his ticket was called most of the stuff he might have chosen was gone, and he knew Mom would be very happy to get it. After all the prizes were passed out, they awarded trophies. Sarah and I won first place!! We have very nice trophies!

If that wasn't all good enough, Sarah gave me a cross-stitched clown that she's been working on for me. It is very cool. I really like it because it is pretty big. So, this was a great celebration and I enjoyed the party, but I wish bowling wasn't over.

Word Up: Ubiquitous
to be present in many places at once


Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

I am doing another giveaway! You are entering for:

A set of four

Monkey Dinner Plates!

These super super super cute dishes are melamine (plastic), dishwasher safe, and they MATCH the items in my other giveaway!

To enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post (one per person) saying what your favorite store is.

2. I must have a way to contact you.

3. I am paying for shipping so, U.S. residents only.

4. You do not have to be a blogger to enter.

5. I will pick a winner April 26th, 12:00 p.m.

If you want to enter more giveaways or create your own: go here, if you want to see my other giveaway: go here.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Today I went to the orthodontist to get my retainers. They are clear retainers. They are much better than my other ones. The other ones made me talk funny because the top one was really thick. My teeth hurt a little right now because the retainers are kind of tight, but they'll get better soon.

After the orthodontist, Mom and I went to Mrs. Billie's (old piano teacher) house to drop off an Avon order. We talked with her for a little while but then they had to leave.

A little after we got home Jessica came over with Charlotte and Holden. Holden is a baby Jessica takes care of some days during the week. He's a big boy for being only 5 months. While Holden was napping Charlotte watched some Veggie Tales.

***Tomorrow: Another Bloggy Giveaway!***

Fancy retainers


Word of the Day:


With the hands on the hips and the elbows bent outward.

(Otherwise known as: hands on the hips)

Sunday, April 20, 2008


It's time for Bloggy Giveaways!!!!

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

Welcome to Bloggy Giveaways, this is my second time to do it. I am giving away:
Super Cute,

Brand new
crab salt and pepper shakers

and a coordinating monkey beach scene dishtowel

All you have to do to enter is the following:

1. Leave a comment on this post (one per person). Make sure you say what the weirdest food is that you have ever tried.
2. I must have a way to contact you.
3. I am paying for shipping so, U.S. residents only.
4. You do not have to be a blogger to enter.
5. I will pick a winner April 26th at 12:00 p.m.

All right, have fun! If you want to enter more giveaways or start your own go here.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Goodies from the Neighbors

Yesterday, Dad and Christopher went to a neighbor's house to pick up a sewing machine. I was wondering why they both had to go get. I asked Mom if it was just a normal machine. Mom said no, and than she started laughing (which is usually bad). Dad told me to come look at it (it was in our neighbors garage, the garage door was open, and they live right across the street), so I just looked out our front door and, there it was. It wasn't just a sewing machine, it was the whole shebang (you'll see in the pictures). After they brought it over I immediately started checking to see if it worked; it did. It even came with all these different foots like, a buttonhole foot, hemmer foot, zipper foot, and a darning foot. I really want to learn how to use this sewing machine. I love all the drawers and storage, even though it's really big in my little room.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wandom Wednesday

Hymen Lipman is the first person credited with the combination of pencil and eraser. This happened March 30, 1858.

  • Lipman's invention took place of about one-third of the pencil.
  • To "expose" the eraser, you had to sharpen the rubber end.
  • Lipman said being able to sharpen the eraser made it more useful for erasing lines near other lines.
  • Before India invented the rubber eraser, people used rolled up pieces of white bread.
  • An English engineer, Edward Naime, invented the eraser in 1770.
  • Because rubber would rot over time, Charles Goodyear's invention of vulcanization in 1839 made the rubber stay preserved.
  • Modern erasers are either made with a vulcanized combination of rubber and pumice, or with pumice and vinyl, which does not need vulcanization.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Big Day

The day started early - at the orthodontist's office! I got these off:

It took about an hour and 1/2; the braces removal was pretty quick, but it took a while to make molds and such for my retainers. I will get them in a week and I will have to wear them all day for a few months (except when eating, brushing, swimming).

After leaving the orthodonist's, Mom and I took an AVON order to my old piano teacher. We chatted with Ms. Billie for a few minutes,then as we were getting ready to leave, she asked about some lip liner. So, I got another AVON order. Something ridiculous, AVON didn't send me the next campaign of AVON catalogues! Mom had to call ; they were sent but the UPS guy just didn't bring them with our other boxes.

Next, we had to go to the grocery store to get some strawberries for chocolate covered strawberries. I also, of course, HAD to get some gum.

As soon as we got home, I had to start baking for Matt's "Party". I made peanut butter kiss cookies (good, you just had to take small bites, VERY peanut-buttery), then I made chocolate cake with white chocolate chips (people either love it or think it's just ok), and then I made the chocolate and white chocolate covered strawberries (delicious).

Soon after finishing cooking we had to leave to go to Susan's. The food there was VERY good (I will be asking for a certain recipe). A while after eating we decided to play a game, we decided on Cranium Pop 5. Cranium's games are really fun. Something that was not fun: If the other team was trying to guess something, and anybody else tried to speak, well, here's what would happen:


Who would do this you ask: MOTHER! You would just decide to say something but would be immediatly SHHHHHHHed. But then Jessica (B) and I started doing it to her, and, she promptly started laughing and it was a long while before she stopped. We had to leave soon after that. Jessica (R) came home with us we helped her put songs on her Ipod. So currently, while I write this post, she eats some cake.

Today was fun, I am rather happy to have my braces off, my desserts were good, and now, Jessica has music on her Ipod.

Tommorow: SEWING!

Monday, April 14, 2008


Whenever Mom and I are in the car we play the "herbie game". If you see a herbie you "call" it. Whoever gets it first gets however many points it's worth.

Normal herbie: 1 point
Convertible: 2 points - Top down: 3 points
Old herbie: 2 points - Old convertible: 3 points - Top down: 5 points
Three of the same color in a row: 6 points

Now if they just had something special about them, say, they were covered in bumper stickers, they would be extra.

This game is especially fun when you are traveling. Of course, another fun thing to do is to make the trucks (18 wheelers) honk, but, I'll tell you about that some other time. :)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fashion Fiesta!

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BigMama is hosting this Fashion Fiesta where we post about our clothes!

One of my new shirts for this summer is from Justice. I wear it with black footless tights and flats.

This is a jumper / dress from Walmart.

 I'll wear it with a brown t-shirt or camisole underneath.

This is just a casual top and shorts outfit from Target.

If I got to get any clothes I wanted, I'd like to buy them from Justice, Boden, or Target.

It's been fun looking at the things other people have in their closet.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Clowns and a Movie

Today I had a clown block party with our church.  We had to be at the church at 7:45a.m.  Everyone was still sleepy when we met.  (It's Saturday, ya know!)  

We face-painted about 650 things on people.  It was so windy and cold.  It was pretty hard to paint the faces; everything was blowing everywhere.  Three clowns actually had their wigs blown off!

Once it was over, the bus took us back to the church - via McDonald's ( I didn't eat there!).  My friend Katie came home with us.  When we got home I gave her a little tour of our house (because it's a little house), and then we started taking off our clown makeup.  She really liked my house.  

We didn't have much time to hang out at home because we were going to a movie.  
We went to see Nim's Island.  It wasn't as good as we thought it would be, but I was glad Katie and I got together.  I hope we get together again sometime soon.

Friday, April 11, 2008

In the Kitchen

Here are some food items from our pantry that I like:

Annie's CinnaBunnies

Annie's Cheddar Bunnies

Late July Crackers

Nature's Path Instant Flax 'n Oats Oatmeal

Newman's O's (oreos)

Jell-o White Chocolate Pudding

Kirkland's Peanut Butter

Everything on that list is good, organic (except the pudding) food. 

These are some things in our pantry that I don't like:

Collard greens, turnip greens, and spinach

Cod Liver Oil


Apple Cider Vinegar

Virgin Coconut Oil

Fancy Feast Medley's cat food


Salmon in a can

 I'm kidding about the Fancy Feast.  I have never had Fancy Feast.

My ending note, we also have goat's milk, I'm sorry.

Does this make you happier?

Happy Birthday


I didn't make this but if I could, I would have made it for Susan.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sewing, Bowling, and Charlotting

This is my review of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

I met Jessica (R) at Bellevue because I was going to spend the night. When I was at her house, Susan opened her birthday present from us. It was a little flashlight/toolkit case from Avon. Susan liked it a lot but the flashlight on the front didn't work, so we will have to return it and order a new one. (We also bought her some colorful flowers).

Jessica and I made pillows using her sewing machine. Mine is a long body pillow and hers is a heart. They both turned out nicely.

Jessica and I woke up early to go to sewing class. When we got there we finished our pajama shirts pretty quickly, and started our aprons. After sewing we went our separate ways to bowling. First I went home so I could eat some lunch. I have just recently started riding to bowling with Christopher. I did pretty well in all my bowling games.

We had Charlotte today. She got to go outside for a little while. She was getting really dirty though so, finally, she agreed to come in because I said she could wash her hands and watch some Veggie Tales. I had decided to get rid of my Polly Pockets since I never played with them and they were taking up a whole cabinet. They were in a big box on the floor so, naturally, Charlotte started going through it. She really liked them, and even though she is too young right now to play with them, we sent them home for Jessica and Matt to give to her later.

Soon after she left we had Poppyseed Chicken for dinner. Then Mom and I went to Target for a few things we needed. Once we got home I called Katie (church / clown friend); and then Mom, Christopher, and I watched American Idol.

The last few days have been pretty full. I enjoyed everything that went on these last few days, but I am glad there is nothing on the calender tomorrow. It leaves tomorrow, a day with nothing going on, to find something good to blog about.

My matching pajama cow shirt to go with the pajama pants; a whole "outfit" finished!


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Wandom Wednesday

Here is a list of some phobias and their "fears":

Acrophobia- heights

Agoraphobia- crowds, public places or open areas

Ailurophobia- cats

Anglophobia- England or anything English

Arachnophobia- spiders

Aviophobia- airplanes

Brontophobia- thunderstorms

Claustrophobia- closed or small spaces

Thalassophobia- the sea

Triskadekaphobia- the number 13

Xylophobia- wooden objects or forests

Monday, April 7, 2008

She loves being outside.

I had to go feed the neighbor's cat, she couldn't come.

Opening the mail

Ooooohh. . .

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Friday, April 4, 2008

Favorite Bible Story

I am going to tell you what my favorite Bible story is. My favorite is Elijah on Mount Carmel. I like it because it proves that as long as you trust and believe in God you can do anything. The prophets of Baal never succeeded in lighting the offering, while Elijah got it on his first try.

Elijah on Mount Carmel
1 Kings 18: 16-45 16
So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, "Is that you, you troubler of Israel?"

18 "I have not made trouble for Israel," Elijah replied. "But you and your father's family have. You have abandoned the LORD's commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."

20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21
But the people said nothing. Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him."

22 Then Elijah said to them, "I am the only one of the LORD's prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let them choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God."
Then all the people said, "What you say is good."

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire." 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.
Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. "O Baal, answer us!" they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened." 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Your name shall be Israel." 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs [a] of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, "Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood."

34 "Do it again," he said, and they did it again.
"Do it a third time," he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."

38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, "The LORD -he is God! The LORD -he is God!"

40 Then Elijah commanded them, "Seize the prophets of Baal. Don't let anyone get away!" They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, "Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain." 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 "Go and look toward the sea," he told his servant. And he went up and looked.
"There is nothing there," he said.
Seven times Elijah said, "Go back."

44 The seventh time the servant reported, "A cloud as small as a man's hand is rising from the sea."
So Elijah said, "Go and tell Ahab, 'Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.' "

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the LORD came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

This has been my favorite Bible story for as long as I can remember. If you have a favorite, please leave a comment and tell what it is.

Statue of Elijah near Mount Carmel in Israel

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Here are some well-known and little-known facts about me for my readers.

  1. I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

  2. I have two older siblings.

  3. I am left-handed.

  4. I wear glasses; I'm near-sighted.

  5. My favorite color is ORANGE.

  6. My favorite food is peaches.

  7. I like to play the game of Life.


  9. I have brown hair and blue eyes.

  10. I collect rocks and bouncy balls.

I like watching old movies like Singing in the Rain, Holiday Inn, Rear Window and The Birds, and old TV shows like: Gilligan's Island, Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies, MacGyver and Knight Rider.

I like dogs better than cats. I like chocolate better than vanilla. I like winter better than summer. I like Apples better than PCs.

You can learn more about me by reading all my old posts, or just ask a question in the comments.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Wandom Wednesday

1. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

2. 99% of the pumpkins sold in the US end up as jack-o-lanterns.

3. A "hairbreadth away" is 1/48 of an inch.

4. A "jiffy" is actually a proper time unit for 1/100th of a second

5. A "quidnunc" is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip.

6. A Blue Earth, Minnesota, law declares that no child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent.

7. A blue whales heart only beats nine times per minute.

8. A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

9. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

10. A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

11. A chef's hat is tall and balloons at the top so as to counteract the intense heat in the kitchen. The unique shape allows air to circulate around the scalp, keeping the head cool.

12. A chicken who just lost its head can run the length of a football field before dropping dead.

13. A cockroaches favorite food is the glue on the back of stamps.

14. A company, Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song "Happy Birthday".

15. A day on the planet Mercury is twice as long as its year.

16. A full-grown bear can run as fast as a horse.

17. A full-grown pumpkin has about 15 miles of roots.

18. A giant squid has eyes that can grow up to 20 inches in diameter. (Now think of how big your computer screen is..)

19. A hedgehog's heart beats 190 times a minute on average and drops to only 20 beats per minute during hibernation.

20. A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.

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