Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Oveheard from someone else's office

I had a lunch meeting yesterday with my coworker, Patty. Patty and I have the same job, only she works at a high school in the next town over. Of course, she told me a great story about one of her students.

Sidenote: Why aren't MY students telling funny stories or saying funny things this year?! Why the face?!*

Ahem. Anyway. Apparently, Patty was talking to a young girl - 16ish, I believe. She made it clear that she and her boyfriend are sexually active. GO.

Patty: What kind of birth control are you using?
Girl: Oh, I don't believe in birth control.
Patty: Ummmm? What? Why??? What if you get pregnant?
Girl: Well, I know I'm making risky choices and I'll just have to deal with the consequences. If I get pregnant, then, oh well, I'll just have to figure it out somehow.
Patty: But...
Girl: Anyways, it runs in my family.
Patty: ???
Girl: Yeah. My mom had me when she was 16. Young pregnancies run in my family.
Patty: ??? No. They don't run in the family. Teen pregnancy isn't blond hair or brown eyes. This is actually something you can do something about.
Girl: ???


I love the idea of this girl saying that teen pregnancy runs in her family. Le sigh. Just something for all of you to ponder, I suppose.

*I apologize for my prevalent usage of the phrase "Why the face?!" as of late. But...did anyone watch Modern Family last week? If so, you will get the joke. If you didn't, then please try and watch the pilot online. It is actually really funny, and this is my favorite part. To summarize: the dad is talking about how he's a really really cool dad, because he texts and knows all the lingo. He then proceeds to say "LOL, laugh out loud. OMG, oh my god. WTF, why the face." I just about peed my pants at this part, and I have not been able to stop myself from exploding in laughter whenever I think about it.

Okay, I just found the clip on YouTube - PLEASE WATCH IT. I wish I knew how to embed a YouTube video on this blog like so many of you web-savvy kids are doing these days. Some help, please? :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Last Few Days...

Just a friendly reminder that there are only a few days left if you'd like to help contribute to my fundraising efforts for the Monroe County Humane Association's Walk for Animals! You can see over to the right on my sidebar that, miraculously, my wonderful friends, family, and blog buddies have raised a shocking $370 so far - 74% of my goal of $500. I am thrilled about raising even this much money, but - even though there are only a few days left - I am still striving to reach my goal of $500!

Click here to read my original post about the Walk for Animals.

Click here to go directly to my personal donation site, or click on the "Donate!" button to the right.

Also, don't forget to shop at Molly Lou Gifts today and tomorrow - MLG is generously donating 10% of all sales for the month of September (which is almost over!) to the Walk to Animals!!! And don't forget to check out MLG's blog, too.

So. That's out of the way!

Thanks so much for all of your kind comments about my husband. No, I will not share him. Yes, I will see if he will contact all of YOUR husbands/significant others to try to convince them to buy YOU a fabulous, new, full loaded 15-inch MacBook Pro. I'll TRY. :)

I also saw that several of you seemed MORE excited to find out that I'm Jewish than you were to find out I got a fabulous new computer. Please note that, for the record, I do not share that enthusiasm. Being Jewish has been around for awhile, but my new MacBook has only been in my life since yesterday at around 3:00pm.

But, yes, I am Jewish - or, as I prefer to call it, Jew-ish. I was raised in a very liberal temple (ever heard of Humanistic Judaism?) and, to be honest, even that was a little too much religion for me. Religion has never been a big part of my life. The parts of Judaism I have embraced are more cultural and traditional than religious. Religion is a very sticky subject, and I would like to avoid talking about it in too much depth here, if possible. Please note that, no matter what your religious preferences, they are a-okay with me. And I can only hope that my religious preferences, or lack thereof, are a-okay with you, too.

*UPDATE* I cannot believe that I forgot to remind you of the GIVEAWAY!!! Don't forget, there is a giveaway linked with your donation to the Walk for Animals. Everyone who donates is automatically entered!!! Don't miss this chance to win my surprise giveaway - it's going to be great!!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Too Funny

I just saw this on Crazy Days and Nights and it made me laugh out loud! I just had to share it. I wonder how long it will take for the Kanye jokes to run out?

Remember Me???!

Hello, my wonderful bloggy friends!

Sorry I have been so absent lately. I have been busy, PLUS my computer pretty much completely died. Every time I turned it on, it would fizzle for a few minutes before shutting off again. OR it would stay on for a little while but then get these crazy vertical lines all over it before slowly fading into nothingness. Needless to say, it was a bummer. Especially when I would think it was cooperating, and open Blogger, and start a blog post, only for the whole thing to immediately die once I had all necessary windows open. FAIL.

Today is Yom Kippur. For the first time in several years, I chose to observe. Well, kind of. Due to all the changes in my life over the past 12 months, and those that will arrive in the coming year, I felt like I wanted to take today to, you know, reflect and think and all that fun stuff. I woke up and made the decision to fast, along with go to temple - something I haven't done in several years. I looked up the services at the IU Hillel Center and decided to go to the "Alternative Service" this morning. I arrived, only to discover that "alternative" meant "a nature walk to Lake Griffy to talk about god and your feelings." Leave it to Bloomington to turn even the loveliest of Jewish holidays into a crazy hippie fest.

Walking around a lake while discussing my feelings didn't seem like that great of an idea to me, so I went back to work. And decided that fasting is overrated - instead of reflecting and whatnot, I instead spent much of the day thinking about how hungry I was. FAIL.

I came home early after feeling, you know, HUNGRY, and curled up in bed for a few. Matt came home from class shortly thereafter and said he had to walk over to the leasing center to pick up a package. He came back, and asked if I wanted to know what the package was. I said SURE! Because I thought it was really weird he had a package coming at all - he never spends money, or orders anything, or gets packages, unless they are books for school. This box was a little too big to be a book, though.

He told me to sit on the couch, close my eyes, and hold out my hands. I did, and he placed a big-ish box in my arms. I opened my eyes, and........

IT WAS A BRAND NEW MACBOOK PRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My amazing husband bought me the new computer I have been lusting after!!!!!!!!!! I cannot even believe it. I was so confused, and asked him why he bought it for me...he of course replied that I needed a new one, because my old Powerbook hasn't been working for awhile.

I am so grateful for this amazing gift, and so relieved because I have been worrying about getting a new computer before Matt deploys. So much weight lifted now!

SO. Expect to see me in your Google Reader again! And expect to see my comments on your blogs again!!! It's been awhile, but I'M BACK!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


So, I got home from work today and Matt was in a pretty bad mood.  In addition to all of the homework and reading he has for grad school, the unit he's deploying with is making him learn the first level of Arabic on Rosetta Stone.  Now, NO language is easy to learn quickly, and I'm pretty sure that Arabic is probably one of the most difficult.  

I called and woke him up early this morning after my car battery died on my way to work (blah)...and then apparently he sat and did Arabic all day long.  By the time I got home, he felt as though he had learned nothing...and also, he had about a gazillion other things to do today.

SO.  He went off to class tonight, and I decided that he would be much happier if he came home to cookies tonight.  I had some leftover pumpkin puree, so I decided to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  I searched for the recipe online, and wrote it down on a piece of paper.  And now I have no idea what website it came from...does it sound familiar?  If so, let me know where it came from so that I can give it proper credit!

Without further ado...
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour because I'm out of white flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and add (ummm...I didn't have any baking soda so I just threw in the milk alone).  

Stir the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and mix well.  Add vanilla and chocolate chips.

Bake for around 10 minutes.

Note from the chef (that's me!):  I just realized that I forgot to add the vanilla.  Oops.  And mine had to bake for way longer than 10 minutes...more like 15.  

Oh, and just so you know, I did sample one small cookie, and it tastes FANTASTIC even without the vanilla and baking soda!

Matt is due home any minute now...let's hope that these cookies cheer him up!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bark bark bark!

Hi, Mommy's blog friends! This is Oscar. I've hacked into Mom's blogger to tell you how much I hope you will donate money for the Monroe County Walk for the Animals!!! If you look to the right, you'll see that my awesome Mom is an amazing 62% of the way to her goal of raising $500! I couldn't be more thrilled that she is raising so much money for my furry buddies. But...that leaves 38% to raise in the next thirteen days, before we go to the walk on October 4! She clearly has a lot of work to do!

I know that with your help and support, she can GET THERE! Click here or on the icon to the right to donate. Click here to read her original post about the Walk for Animals.

AND don't forget - if you donate, you are automatically entered to win an awesome giveaway! It is a surprise, so you'll have to just trust her on this one. But you will NOT be disappointed!

Bark bark bark! Snuggle, snuggle! Lick, lick!


Saturday, September 19, 2009


Wow, I just realized that I haven't blogged since TUESDAY.  That has got to be some sort of bad record for me.  I'm so sorry.  I just...didn't feel like I had anything to say for the rest of the week.  And I wasn't really in the mood.  But - I'm BACK!  

Our wonderful friends Ryan and Amber had their baby, Jaida Lynn, 17 days ago on September 2nd.  Today, we had the chance to head up to Indianapolis and meet their new addition!  

Here is beautiful mommy Amber with Jaida.  Doesn't Amber look fantastic?!

Matt, looking oh so adorable with this precious little girl!
...aaaand me, of course.  I didn't want to put her down.  I am seriously smitten.  

Jaida has a daddy, too, but for some reason I didn't take any photos of him.  Sorry, Ryan!  I am so glad we got the chance to see her all cute and tiny and newborn-y.  She is seriously precious.  I am completely and totally in love with her!

Stay tuned for some more fantastic photos...tomorrow, my friend Becky's daughter Jenae is turning 4, and we're going to her birthday party!  I got her a Barbie.  Can't wait!

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend!  xoxo!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Delicious Food!

So, there's something I don't talk about on the blog much...and I have no idea why that is.  But, here's the deal.  I love to cook, and I cook pretty much every day!  And I find lots of new and fun recipes, and...I never post any of them, really.  What is up with that?!

Anyway, I made a great new salmon recipe yesterday and I LOVED IT.  So, I decided to post it here!  I originally found it on the Weight Watcher's website back when I was a member.  I copied and pasted it into an email (tricky, right??!) and saved it for later.  Yesterday, I found it, and I decided to give it a shot.  Without further ado.....

Broiled Salmon with Citrus Salsa

olive oil
salt and pepper
1 cup orange sections, coarsely chopped (I used one whole orange)
1 cup grapefruit sections, coarsely chopped (I used half of a grapefruit)
1/2 cup sweet red pepper (I didn't measure, but used half red pepper and half purple pepper)
1/2 cup onion 
jalapeno pepper
1 tbsp sugar
filets of salmon

So, I don't really measure anything...just use whatever you feel would be tasty.  :)

Place filets on the rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.  Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper (I sprinkled with garlic salt, because...well, just because).  Broil 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes.

In the meantime...combine all the other ingredients to make the salsa.  Take the salmon out of the oven, and TADA!  You have a super easy, super delish, refreshing and fun meal.

I served it with a microwaveable Seeds of Change quinoa/brown rice mix with garlic.  It was fantastic.  I also sauteed some onions in olive oil and then threw in some frozen butternut squash, covered it, and let it steam for awhile.  When it was done, I just sprinkled a little bit of salt on, and - voila!  A delish AND healthy meal!

Matt and I eat salmon once or twice a week (gotta get those Omega-3's in!), so I am always looking for a new and different salmon recipe so we don't get bored.  I've done marinated salmon, salmon burgers, salmon tacos, baked salmon, spice-encrusted name it!  Do YOU have a tasty salmon recipe?  If so, tell me about it! 

Oops!  Forgot to mention for all of you WW ladies that one filet with 2/3 cup salsa is approximately 9 points.  I'm not sure I completely believe this, though, because it is SO light and fresh!

Monday, September 14, 2009


Y'all know that I love The Hills.  Never mind the fact that I didn't even watch the last season because I didn't have TV and our internet was shoddy so was super duper slow.  

Now, since I don't have MTV, I also didn't get to watch the VMAs last night - but thanks to the beauty of the Interwebs, I learned pretty much everything I needed to know.  Kanye?  WTF.  Not cool, man.  I am with Crazy Days and Nights about the whole thing being a set up.  I
 wouldn't put it past MTV, at all.  

But I digress.  I was talking about The Hills.  Perhaps one of my least favorite "characters" (what do you call them?  Real People with a sketchy script?)  is Stephanie Pratt.  I kind of love her because of the drama she stirs up, but I also kind of hate her because she comes across as such a dense, dense girl.  I saw the photo of her from the VMAs last night  Let's revisit Stephanie in photos, shall we?

Here:  a mugshot.  Not sure when this is from, but it is spectacular.  This is kind of how I think of Stephanie, always.  It's that special look in her eyes that just screams "I am a BITCH and I don't care if I got arrested, my biggest concern is probably who is showing up to the pool party today with Brody."  
Here's a good one...Stephanie all dressed up at some Hills event.  Please note the dark roots and the signature Pratt smirk.  It runs in the family.  Nauseating, isn't it?
Here, for good measure, is a photo of Stephanie at LAST year's VMAs.  She Stephanie, although her roots appear to be a little more under control.  
SO.  What in the F$@% happened here??!  Does anyone else find it a bit disturbing that she is morphing into Heidi Part Deux???!  I barely even recognize her in this photo.  
Seriously.  Look familiar?
I, for one, am concerned.  

Sunday, September 13, 2009

It's a HUGE week at Rue La La!!!

Wow, what an exciting week at Rue La La!!!  Their Final Sale starts tomorrow.  This is huge, people!!!  

Here is the breakdown:
September 14th-16th:  Final Sale, Handbags and More
September 15th-17th:  Final Sale, Fashion Volume 1 (this appears to be women's fashion)
September 16th-18th:  Final Sale, Men's Style
September 17th-19th:  Final Sale, SHOES!!!

Remember, things tend to go quite quickly during the Final Sale, so shop in a timely manner!  :)

Not a member of Rue La La?  Click here to access my personal invitation.  If you sign up without a regular invitation, you will be put on a waiting list.  

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A few items of business

First and most importantly...Michigan football was amazing today!!!  I haven't seen that suspenseful of a game in a long, long time.  The best part - WE WON!!!  Against Notre Dame!  Have I ever mentioned that Matt is a big ND fan?  We are "a house divided" whenever Michigan plays ND.  Thankfully...I usually end up the happy one.  :)  I think that Fortier is really going to pull our boys this season...whew!!!

Okay, sorry.  I had to get that out there!  Second...I hate hate HATE our new neighbors.  They started moving into the apartment directly above ours three days ago...but I've never seen them.  Why, you may ask??  Because they only move in around 3am.  This is not an exaggeration.  Wednesday night/Thursday morning, some loud moving noises woke me up.  I looked at my phone - it was 3am.  It went on for FOREVER...going up and down the stairs (which are oh-so-inconveniently located outside, right on the other side of our bedroom wall), jumping around upstairs, moving furniture, the whole nine yards.  Whatever.  Thursday night/Friday morning...the same damn thing.  3:15am.  Running up and down the stairs, banging crap around upstairs, everything.  Ridiculous.  Today, they let me sleep in a little longer...the moving noises started at 5am.  What the hell??!  Who moves in solely in the middle of the night??!  I don't want to make an enemy right off the bat, but I would also love to inform them that some people work and need their beauty rest.  UGH.

THIRD...I went running yesterday!  You were probably wondering what's been going on with that, right?!  Well, yeah.  Not much.  I realized yesterday that it had been about a month since I had gone running, and that was clearly way too long.  And then...I sat and thought about it a bit more.  I hadn't been running since Matt got his deployment orders.  To be honest, my body has really reacted far more than my mind, if that makes sense.  To his deployment, that is.  I think everything is fine, but I feel terrible.  And for some reason, I have really been deciding to curl up on the couch and cuddle with Matt when possible instead of going out running.  

So, then I realized that Matt got his orders right before my cousin Julie's wedding...which was on July 18th.  I hadn't been running in TWO months, not one.  Oh dear.  I couldn't believe it had been so long.  And then, yesterday, the weather was perfect.  Warm and sunny, without humidity.  It was beautiful.  I got home from work and curled up on the couch with Matt, like every other day, but then...I got up!  I changed, and I went outside.  I decided to start slow, with the Couch to 5k program.  Yesterday, I successfully ran Day One of Week One and I felt fantastic.  Tomorrow is Day Two!!!  Wish me luck!

Friday, September 11, 2009


It's hard for me to believe that 9/11 was already eight years ago. Just as our parents will always remember where they were when Kennedy was assassinated, I know I will never forget that terrible day.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Obama's address to students: some remarks

As a person who works in a high school, and as a member of the American public, I really looked forward to Obama's Address to Students yesterday. I know from my day-to-day experience that many students lack the drive and the motivation to give it their all and do well in school. How great it is, I thought to myself, that our president is going to talk to students about this school year.

I arrived at school yesterday to a virtual boatload of emails from teachers, many voicing their opinions that this address should not be shown in their classrooms. Several parents had apparently called in and stated that their children were not to watch the address. Teachers who felt uncomfortable showing the address planned alternate activities for students to get away from the television.

I just...didn't understand. I was so happy to read an email sent by the head of our counseling apartment, which I will copy and paste here:

From my understanding, there is no specific party-line being represented in this 18 minute speech that focuses on the responsibility of students to make good educational choices, to study hard, to have goals, etc. This is our collective President of the United States speaking. A person who should have been one of our educationally "at risk" students given his socio-economic background, being raised by multiple generations in his family, and being a minority (black male). He is a living example of what we hope all of our students strive for in terms of education. I am confused by the public outrage over this speech. However, I also believe students should have a "choice" as to whether to watch this or not. Having said that, I believe this speech will be of great value to all of America's young people and could be a uniting factor in that the issue transcends party and is critically important to all of us. I hope our school and our community sends a message that we will not allow special interests to paint this as a indoctrination of children. That is an absurd notion.

I headed over to the other high school to eat lunch and watch Obama's speech with my friend and coworker, Becky. Let me just say that I was so, so impressed with this address to students. Obama said everything that I try to tell my at-risk students, each time we meet. But he said it better. I have to repost my favorite excerpts from this speech, because to be honest, it brought tears to my eyes.

Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.

...the truth is, being successful is hard. You won't love every subject you study. You won't click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won't necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.

...[people succeed] because they understand that you can't let your failures define you - you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn't mean you're a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn't mean you're stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength. It shows you have thte courage to admit when you don't know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust - a parent, granparent or teacher; a coach or counselor - and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.

And even when you're struggling, even when you're discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you - don't ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country. The story of America isn't about people who quit when things got tough. It's about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.

It's the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.

So today, I want to ask you, what's your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?

Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I'm working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you've got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don't let us down - don't let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

So, now, I ask you...what is so controversial about this speech? Are we not supposed to motivate our students to do better? Are we not supposed to expect great things from America's youth? They are the ones who will be running this country when we all head for retirement. Don't we want them to expect more from themselves, and give more of themselves to their country?

A colleague told me that a friend of hers (who is a school principal!) said her husband wouldn't allow their children to go to school yesterday because of Obama's speech. Please tell me why this makes sense...because I just don't get it.

This is not the first time a president has given an address to students. In fact, the last three presidents to do so were George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. All right-leaning Republicans, to say the least. And need I mention that Laura Bush threw her support behind Obama's education speech?

Becky and I watched CNN as some of the emails/comments/phone calls came in after the speech yesterday. One person from Canada wrote in and said something along the lines of, "Whether or not we agree with our Prime Minister's politics, we respect him. And if he were to give an address to our students, they would watch it, plain and simple."

It does indeed seem plain and simple to me.

I forgot to mention something else I just wanted to throw in. Yesterday on the news, I saw that an Indiana school district refused to show Obama's speech yesterday, and several high school students protested. The students who spoke on TV did not voice a partisan opinion on either side of the aisle...instead, they stated that Obama's speech was directed at them, and they should have had the choice to watch it or not watch it. Now, all students who protested will be in detention all day on Friday.

Let me further add that this blog post is not written from a partisan standpoint. I did not voice my personal political viewpoint in this post and, instead, am merely voicing my opinion about one specific thing that occurred yesterday.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


For some reason, I don't have the motivation to write a full blog post today.  I'm sorry.  For all of you, especially those who follow me on Twitter...yes, I owe you a cupcake recipe.  Tomorrow, I promise.  :)  In lieu of something witty and interesting, I'm posting some photos I took before the IU game I blogged about on Friday.

We got to the stadium about 10 minutes before kickoff.  The stadium was...empty.  Definitely not something I'm used to, as the Big House is always packed with over 110,000 people.  IU Stadium seats around 50,000 and...well, you can see how it looked!  Once again, to reiterate, IU is clearly a basketball school.  

The obligatory pre-game self-portrait.  We are not looking our best here.  But look, I got bangs!

Once again...check it out!  Empty stadium!  But, they set off some cool firework things before kickoff.  That was fun.  :)

I guess this is a new part of the looks pretty neat.  
Okay!  End of football photos.  And change of subject.  Matt's friend Brandon's girlfriend (are you following that?!) is an artist, and just graduated from the IU art school.  She is British, though, and had to move back to England when she finished school this summer.  As a result, Brandon has several pieces of her artwork that he is babysitting, and he said we could come over and pick out some art that WE could babysit for awhile.  I was so excited, because...look at how boring our living room is!!!!  Brown, blah, boring, Ikea.  
We went over to Brandon's apartment and picked out two paintings, one for our guest bedroom and one for the giant blank slate that is our living room.  I am OBSESSED with the one for our living room...and I want to buy it now!  Ta da....
What do you think?  I love having this huge painting hanging over our couch...I think it looks fantastic.  Plus, I love walking in the door every day to look at it!  

So, there you have photos.  I promise to write something REAL tomorrow!  

Friday, September 4, 2009

Dedicated Post: Molly Lou Gifts

I wanted to take some time to heap praises on Molly Lou Gifts. For those of us who love stationery, invitations, monogrammed stuff and amazing gifts (and let's face it...who doesn't??!), MLG is the place to be. Over the course of my time in the blogland, I have gotten to know MLG extremely well - we email, talk on twitter, comment away on each others' blogs, and just generally rue the fact that we can't drop everything and meet up for coffee. Or, at least, I do. I also make googley eyes at the photos of her beautiful children, and can only hope that my kids will be as witty as her little minis!

Seriously. I'm hoping she gives me some parenting lessons.

What you may not know is that each month, MLG donates 10% of the store's profits to the charity of her choice. I am so thankful, honored, and excited to announce that for the month of September, MLG will be donating 10% of all profits towards my fundraising efforts for the Monroe County Humane Association's Walk for Animals!!! So, please, get your butt over to Molly Lou Gifts and start shopping! You KNOW you need some new stationery, right?!

To read more about my fundraising and the Walk for Animals, click here.
To access my personal donation page, click here.
To view - and follow! - MLG's blog, click here.  

I would also like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you! I first posted about the Walk for Animals at around this time yesterday, with a fundraising goal of $500. Twenty-four hours later, my wonderful friends - both bloggie and real-life - have already donated $120! I am absolutely speechless.

Football Thursday: Some Observations

***Check out my guest post on Jeans Friday today!!! Do you read Jeans Friday yet? If not, you should. Get your butt over there right away!***

Matt and I went to our first IU football game last night! Sidenote: who on earth schedules a college football game at 8pm on a weeknight? Are they trying to kill me?! Oh, right, I guess probably most everyone there was a STUDENT and didn't have to get up at the ass crack of dawn this morning to go to a work meeting at 7:30am.

*Ahem.* Sorry about that. I think I had something stuck in my throat.

We had a great time, and - shockingly - IU won 19-13 against Eastern Kentucky. Whoo hoo! During the game, I came to several realizations.

  • I am no longer 20 years old. Standing for hours in the student section was...difficult. I was tired. I was sore from working out. My butt hurt when I sat down on the hard seats. I felt wimpy.
  • It is hard cheering for a new football team when you have no idea what the cheers and traditions are. It took us awhile, but we finally figured out some of the cheers. I realized yesterday afternoon that I had no idea what the IU fight song was...and actually considered finding it on YouTube. Because I am that much of a nerd. But instead, I did some half-assed cleaning and watched Ellen. And then I forgot to check YouTube. Oops.
  • Being around thousands of super duper drunk kids is just not very fun when you are boringly old and sober.
  • IU is a basketball school.
  • I may or may not have spent much of the first quarter figuring out which team on the field was IU. Both teams wore the same colors. It was embarrassing, so I didn't ask Matt.
  • I may or may not have stopped paying attention to the game after the first quarter. Also embarrassing. I didn't tell Matt, and instead just zoned out and cheered/clapped when appropriate.
  • I may or may not have spent quarters two through four eavesdropping on everyone surrounding us.
  • Note to self: Do not go to a football game in flip-flops after wearing high heels all day. Ouchers.
That being said, I have a few open letters to get off my chest.
  • To the girl stumbling down the stadium steps in the tiniest white cotton miniskirt I have ever seen: Please consider wearing a thong next time. Your white granny panties were clearly visible to me, and everyone surrounding me, and probably everyone within one mile of you.
  • To all sorority girls wearing leggings with their IU t-shirts and Gucci wristlets: You all look the same. Give it up. You are too boring for words.
  • To the drunk guy who almost fell down the stairs of the stadium while I was coming up the stairs after buying a bottle of water: Easy, killer. You shoved me into the railing and it really hurt. I'm pretty sure I have a bruise now.
  • To the drunk guy who sat in front of us during halftime and was so far gone that he couldn't sit up by himself, and instead leaned back on Matt's knees for the entirety of the marching band show while bragging to us that he had 15 shots while tailgating: 15 shots is a lot of alcohol. I hope you are still alive.
  • To all the drunk people enjoying piggy back rides up and down the stadium steps: This is dangerous. I saw 100% of you fall. It looked like it hurt. I recommend wearing a helmet in order to avoid a possible traumatic brain injury.
  • To the football-y show-off guy behind us trying to impress a girl: You're not fooling me, buddy. I know that Bill Lynch is a better coach than you would be. So stop freaking yelling that you should be the IU coach. You also didn't fool me when you started yelling that you'd like to bring back Bobby Knight. You are 18. You were 9 when Bobby Knight was fired from IU. I was in college. Enough said. Oh, and did I mention that IU is a basketball school? Clearly. Because Bobby Knight was the basketball coach.
  • To the girl behind us who was shamelessly flirting with said football-y show-off guy: Please, for the love of god, stop asking football-y guy to explain the entire game of football to you. He will sleep with you no matter what.
  • To the group of guys next to us who spent most of the game trying to identify the cheerleader they know: Who freaking cares?
  • To the guy who spent literally the entire game on his cell phone, with his back to the field, trying to find his friend: I recommend that next time, you meet up ahead of time, outside the stadium. That way, you won't annoy the crap out of, well, me, by yelling "I'M RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE F*#%ING STEPS!!! WHY CAN'T YOU SEE ME? NO, I CAN'T SEE YOU! YOU'RE TOO F*@#ING SHORT!!!! THROW SOMETHING IN THE AIR. THROW SOMETHING IN THE AIR SO THAT I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE!!!!! NO, I CAN'T F#*$ING SEE YOU!!!! CAN YOU SEE ME? I'M RIGHT HERE!!!! AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STEPS!!! WHY CAN'T YOU SEE ME???!!!"
  • To the "cop" wandering through the student section, looking for problems: I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to get your cell phone out every 2 minutes and text your buddies. Right? Or are you? I guess I really don't know about this one...but what I do know is that if you continue to chew gum that violently, you're going to give yourself TMJ.
Well, I guess that's about it. I would like to add that I saw a guy wearing a great t-shirt. It said:

Indiana University
School of ... Ummm, General Studies, I Guess

That made me laugh for a good 10 minutes. Seriously. What, I was tired. Give me a break.

Near the end of the game, I started getting an overwhelming craving for post-game pizza. So, at 11:30pm, we went to Motherbear's and split a tiny little 6 inch pizza. Delish! We got home at around 12-12:30 and went to bed immediately. Sadly, I had to be at work early this morning for a meeting, and I had to get up just after 5:30am. I'm pretty sure a nap is in order. Our friends Jenn and Ryan are coming into town for the long weekend, so somehow I'll have to nap AND clean all in the span of a few post-work hours. Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Shameless plea for money...for a good cause

It's been a really, really long time since I've done any fundraising. I always feel uncomfortable asking people for money, even if it's a great cause. But, here I am. I'm doing it. Because it's something I really believe in.

On October 4th, I will be participating in the Monroe County Humane Association Walk for the Animals. The Walk for the Animals is the largest animal welfare event in South Central Indiana, and 100% of all funds raised for this event support the mission and programs of the Monroe County Humane Association. As a dog lover - and a lover of all animals - I feel very strongly about the Humane Association.

Copied verbatim from the website: The Walk is the largest and longest standing animal welfare event in Monroe and surrounding counties supporting our mission to lead, advocate and educate for animal welfare. Last year's event raised over $23,000 with over 600 people in attendance at the event itself.

I will be walking as a "team" with my Little Sister and our dogs. She is a huge animal lover as well, and we have spent many afternoons together going to the animal shelter and playing with the dogs. I am also hoping to use this experience as a tool to help teach her about the importance of fundraising and service events. I have a rather lofty fundraising goal of $500...but I think I can get there, with the support of my friends, family, and the blogland!

It looks like a really great, fun event. There are lots of fun things for the dogs...a doggie water park, fenced in play area, and even a doggie agility course! I don't know exactly what that is, but the thought of sending Oscar through an obstacle course is really funny. I know he'll have a great time!

Do you feel strongly about animal welfare? Click here to go directly to my donation website. The best part? I am tying this in with a giveaway! Yes, oddly enough, my first ever solo giveaway. If you decide to donate, please leave a comment letting me know. You will automatically be entered in the giveaway. If you donate AND become a follower (or if you already ARE a follower), you get two entries! Blog about the Walk for Animals and include my donation page...and you get three entries!

What am I giving away? Well, it's a surprise. I will reveal one thing: it's going to be awesome! So, in summary: do a good thing, support the animals, enter to win!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

An afternoon at the barn

There are some days that I just love living in Indiana.  Something about living in the "country" (which, by the way, I totally don' just seems like I do sometimes!) warms my little heart.  I love the way things move so slowly, I love sweet tea (I used to hate it, but now I love it...especially when mixed with lemonade!), and I love horses.  

My little sister, S, takes riding lessons at PALS, which is a therapeutic horseback riding program.  Once a week, S goes to her riding teacher's barn to help take care of her horse, Sweetpea.  I've gone with her several times.  It was such a perfect day today that I decided to break out the fancy Blackberry camera to take some photos.  

The barn, of course, has a resident cat.  Don't they all?  
This is Wyatt.  He's pretty curious.  He is gorgeous, and also for sale.  I daydream about bringing him home and keeping him in the guest bedroom.  I heart him.  
Wyatt, meet Blogland.  Blogland, meet Wyatt.  :)
This is Sweetpea's nose.  She loves shoving as much of her nose through that little window as possible.  I'm pretty sure she thought I had a treat of some sort...but, you know, I didn't.  Just the Blackberry.  Which she definitely sniffed quite a bit.
We took Sweetpea out and groomed her.  I helped!  I did her left side.  It looks fantastic.
Sweetpea enjoying being pampered!
Aren't horses beautiful?  Even with the poor quality photos, they look so gorgeous.