Open Letter To The Lady On The Tram

I found this in my Drafts Folder from July. This crazy has been brewing for two months.


To: The Rude Lady At Busch Gardens

From: The Hot, Tired Mama With Two Small Boys

Date: Today

RE: You’re Rude Self

Dear Rude Lady,

Last Wednesday evening, my husband, my two boys and myself spent a gloriously hot day at Busch Gardens. We stayed until the park closed and then made our way to the park entrance. We joined the crowd of people waiting for the tram to take us from the park entrance to our car. We were hot and tired and in need of something cold to drink.

My little family was next in line to board the Tram in Row #5 when you and your rude friend shot out of  your line (#4) and into our seats in row five.

Do you not realize there are designated rows for a reason?

That means that each waiting row is designated for a corresponding row on the tram.

But I suspect you knew that already.

You just CHOSE not to follow the rules.

Our sweet boys couldn’t understand why someone would ‘skip line’ when we had talked all day about waiting our turn and being polite and I couldn’t understand why you couldn’t have waited, oh, I don’t know, 45 seconds for the next tram.

And the funny thing is, you never said ONE WORD during the incident. Even when the joker in charge of the tram had the nerve to tell McDaddy and I that we’d have to HOLD OUR KIDS ON OUR LAP because there were not enough seats for all of us in our row, you and your friend/daughter? stared straight-ahead without saying one single word.

Then, when I blurted out that you that you and your rude friend needed to scoot over because you jumped in front of us, again, you sat tight-lipped, looking straight ahead and did not move an inch.

Are you freakin’ kidding me?

After a hot, tiring day, the last thing I wanted to do was tangle with you and your rude self.

If you happen to be perusing the internet today and come across this letter, you should know that you made a fool out of your self all in the name of arriving at your car a full minute sooner than you would have if you had followed the rules. You are a bully and I’d be willing to bet you’ve spent your life throwing  your weight around with zero regard for rules or the decency to do the right thing. I’d be willng to bet that eventually you’ll cross paths with someone who will kick your trash. Either that or you’ll end up in an 8×8 cell making collect calls home about your next visitation.

You might want to think about your behavior before its too late.


An Ex-Jail Counselor

I hadn’t planned on doing a Thursday Thirteen today, but I got all wrapped up in watching McDreamy on Ellen and before I knew it seven random things were making their way from my fingertips, so, I might as well just finish this list off.

Let’s talk about one of my favorite things.

The Crazy.

1. This morning I had breakfast with three girlfriends at the iHop. We talked about Crazy Kathy [name changed to protect the not-so-innocent crazy person] and trashy panties.

2. I also had dinner at the iHop with my fellas and my parental units. We did not discuss trashy panties.

3. I had crazy painful cramps this morning thanks to the ‘mones. I haven’t had crazy painful cramps in years.

4. I forgot to take a bottle of water to the gym yesterday. I took a dollar into the gym so I could buy a water from the machine. I was crazy to think I could purchase a bottle of water for one dollar.

5. Stevie’s school is having a fund-raiser at Chuck E. Cheese today. I’ll be three kinds of crazy by the time I leave there.

Pray for me please.

6. At the gym yesterday, I rode ten miles on the bike. My butt hurt like crazy all day.

7. My iPhone is acting crazier everyday. It was off for over three hours today. I almost gnawed my arm off.

8.  Edwards Hershey Pie is crazy delicious, however, it’s not nearly as enjoyable if you spent 45 minutes on the exercise bike earlier in the day.

9. The new ear cream prescribed to me by my ear Doctor is working beautifully. Thankfully, my ear is not driving me crazy right now.

10. Regardless of how much I LOVE their yellow and blue stripe fabric, the folks at Craftmaster are crazy if they think I’ll pay $698. for their cute little rocker chair. Somewhere out there is another cute accent chair that I will love just as much.

11. There is some crazy fascinating information on the facebook. I am amazed daily at the things I read on there.

12. A friend called me last week to ask if I still remember how the breast pump works. To my surprise I talked her through the process and she was able to demonstrate it for a new mommy friend of hers. My memory probably has a lot to do with the fact that I once forgot a very small, but important piece of the pump on a bus trip to the Amish Country back in 2002. I was forced to manually express my milk.

Yes, I just went there. I told you I was crazy.

13. I am still crazy about the Saturn Sky.

Me and my crazy hope you have a wonderfully crazy day!

You Capture – Togetherness

Nothing makes me happier than being with my fellas, so, I was pretty excited when I heard that this week’s challenge would be togetherness.

McDaddy and I are pretty fortunate that our boys get along very well (most days) and when Stevie is at school, Alex is like a lost ball in a field of weeds. He bugs the crap out of me asking what time it is counts down the minutes until his favorite playmate will be home to play superheroes and Wii with him.

We visited a small amusement park on Saturday and they had a wonderful time defeating enemies, giggling, and riding “big rides.” This was a fun week.

Even my mama and daddy had fun at the park.

And speaking of togetherness, I followed these two fellers out the road on my way home from the gym yesterday.

Togetherness at its finest.

For more You Capture posts visit I Should Be Folding Laundry.

Have You Seen My Bags?

They appeared out of nowhere.

Totally uninvited.

They are dark. They are overbearing. And they would not under any circumstances, go away no matter how big a fit I threw and believe me if there’s one thing I know, it’s how to throw a fit.

Throw it. Pitch it. Toss it. To really do a fit justice, there must be a verb involved.

Fit or not, the dark circles stayed.

I’ve powdered. Plastered. Lotioned. Wiped. Brushed. Waxed. And rubbed.

Nothing helped until I showed up for battle armed with,

the bomb-diggity.

I’ve been fighting dark circles under my eyes for a number of years. I’m telling you folks, the mid late thirties mean business. Things are happening to my body at an alarming rate and some days it is hard to keep up. My hair is turning gray. I have unexplained pains.

My eyes, among other things, sag. Ahem.

May I introduce you to Arbonne’s RE9 Corrective Eye Cream.

The Arbonne catalog says: Visible firming, moisturizing and corrective benefits that are so immediate, you won’t believe your eyes! Reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, while beneficial RE9 elements are transported to protect and repair the delicate tissue around the eye. ( .60 oz./17 g ) Price: $55.00.

While $55.00 may seem a little steep, I have to say that I have used this bottle for months and the bottle is still over half full. I actually unscrew the lid and dab 4 or 5 dots (actual dots – very small dots) on my ring finger to dab on my eyes. The squirter sends the stuff spewing out and at $55.00 a pop, I can’t afford to waste any of it. Humph, maybe I should dab the excess on my thighs.

The dark circle under my right eye is gone and the circle under my left eye, is almost gone. If I were waging a bet, I’d say it’s because I always do the right eye first. Perhaps I need to shake things up and do lefty first next week. In addition to that, the skin under my eyes is so soft. I actually looked in the mirror yesterday and said, “My bags are gone!”

In just three easy steps, your bags can be gone, too.

1. Dab a few dots on your ring finger.

2. Gently dab the cream under each eye.

3. Watch your bags disappear.

Arbonne’s costly RE9 Corrective Eye Cream works like a charm.

And if you try it, you won’t believe your eyes!

The crazy gets the best of me sometimes…

It’s time for another award-winning edition of What I Learned This Week.

Not that I’ve ever actually won any awards, but shoot, in today’s world of cyber awards anything, and I mean ANYTHING is possible.

After all, who would have thought when I first started this blog back in November, 2008, that less than two years later, I’d actually have more than two people (McDaddy and my mother-in-law) who actually come back here day after day to read my mindless rambling. I so appreciate all eight of y’all who pop in daily for a daily dose of crazy.

My crazy flag flies high some days.

In between the bouts of crazy, I learned a few things this week. I’m thinking this rainy day calls for some assistance from the list.

1. When you have the gut feeling that your sweet boys should not be running around like crazy people in the night air at the weekly Scout Meeting, you should by all means follow your intuition and settle them down or else you’ll be preparing a nebulizer treatment a short hour later.

2. When purchasing furniture, choice of fabric can make a big difference in the price.

As is always the case, I can look at 300 pieces of fabric on the wall of fabric fame and pick out the most expensive sample every. single. time.

3. Lady GagGag’s mother grew up in West Virginia. Her granny still lives here.

4. Getting out of bed even five minutes later than our normal 6:42 am can wreak havoc on the morning routine. Ten minutes pretty much ruins the routine.

5. Arbonne NutriMinC RE9 Face Corrective Eye Creme is a mouth-full. It is also a great eye-cream if you find yourself staying up way too late playing Words With Friends sportin’ some dark circles under your eyes.

6. The Rite Aid has some great deals this week. I got vitamins and mascara both for buy one – get one half off. Plus, all their fall decor is 50% off if you have their special card.

7. I hate special cards but I love a good deal.

8. Angela Thomas’ new book is really good. I’ll have a review coming up in the next few days.

9. I’ve learned that both Bath-N-Body stores in my area are sold plum out of their cute little glow-in-the-dark pumpkin pump sweet cinnamon pumpkin gentle foaming soap. That makes me very sad because I used some at a friend’s house this weekend and it smells divine.

And just take a look at this cute bottle.

As a result, I’ve got another thing on my to-do list now and I guess it will stay there until I track some of this stuff down because once something gets in my head, its hard to let it go.

The crazy gets the best of me sometimes.


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4. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week. Then leave a comment because everybody loves comments!


I Hate To Wait

When we bought our house seven years ago, we also purchased living room furniture. The couch and loveseat was absolutely perfect for our country-themed great-room. It was big and puffy and blue and came complete with 214 pillows. Before sitting on the furniture, it is necessary to move the pillows or else there isn’t a comfortable place to sit.

It aggravates McDaddy to no end and requires me to straighten the pillows several times a day. Still I LOVE our couch and love-seat.

Once I knew our pooping and peeing days were over Since the day I placed the very last diaper on my sweet Alex’s bottom, I’ve wanted a new couch and loveseat. Our old furniture is stained. The piping is ripped. The pillows are loosing fluff. And the disconnected back pillows droop a little more everyday.

Two weeks ago, I went on the prowl for a new couch/loveseat set.

I was disappointed and disheartened to find that most of the sets are only available for the listed price if they are mocha, slate, chocolate, or khaki.

Choose a custom fabric and the price goes up hundreds of dollars.

When I walked into the fourth furniture store, the design consultant met me pretty much at the door with a icy-cold-coca-cola-classic in a small glass bottle. I knew right away she was my people. With her help, I thumbed through book after book looking for a couch frame. Then, I spent way more time than I should have at the wall of fabric fame. There were rows and rows of the fabric and I am about as indecisive as they come.

Finding the perfect fabric was not an easy job.

Ultimately, I found a couch frame and a fabric that I adored. I came home armed with figures, pictures, fabric samples, and a good feeling. Then I went to the couch website and played around with the design-your-own couch plaything. I was a little surprised to see this.

It is bold and it is a perfect match for our country theme. Oh how I love this couch.

And then McDaddy mentioned that he’d like to have a couch that reclines.

Which this couch DOES NOT.

I mean it rocks, if you know what I mean.

But it doesn’t recline.

And in that very second my dream of the beautiful custom created couch was crushed.

Instead, McDaddy and I settled on this Lane microfiber saphire (yes, that’s the way the fabric is spelled) covered crazy comfortable-as-a-bed couch and loveseat.

We will need to countryfy this bad boy a bit, so I inquired about purchasing two throw-pillows in this beautiful fabric that would have covered my whole couch and loveseat.

Until I found out that two custom throw-pillows cost $79.00.


For two pillows. Craftmaster is out of their ever-lovin-minds if they think this ole’ gal can pay $79.00 for two pillows.

In an instant, my dream for 2 throw-pillows were crushed. That was, until I found out that I can puchase a yard of the fabric for $30.00 (which is enough fabric to make 4 pillows mind you). And since then, I have found this rocker on the fabric place website and I intend to call about it tomorrow.

I’d love to know who in the heck made the poor decision to post this chair on their site in this ridiculous pattern. Hideous I tell you.

I’m hoping the rocker is more reasonable than the pillows.

The bad news is that our custom furniture will not be ready for 4-6 weeks which makes me so sad BECAUSE I WANT EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW.

I hate to wait.

And I can’t wait to see all of my hard work come together.

The One


It means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for me, it is more than just a word. Back in the day when I was an awkward mouthy teenager, I remember well writing Julie K. loves [insert boy’s name here] all over notebooks and diaries. At that time, I thought I knew what love was and I tossed the word around with the wind. I have countless diaries with stories of love and betrayal. (Sounds kinda like a modern-day soap opera). I have fond memories of boys I thought I loved who I thought would be great for me. I spent many a wasted minute pining over boys who caught my eye but never seemed to capture my heart.

Then, I met the one.

The one who caught my eye. The one who captured my attention. And The One who then captured my heart.

Love took on a whole new meaning.

It meant saying “I’m sorry” even when I didn’t want to.

It meant compromise when I really wanted to stand my ground.

And it meant loving someone even when I did not agree with him.

I share that love with a man who would do anything for me.

Like saying “he’s sorry” even when he’s not sure he did anything ‘wrong’.

Like compromising when it isn’t always logical.

And loving me even when I’m not the least bit lovable.

I am blessed to have found the one..

The one who makes everything in my life better because simply because he is there.

The one who provides a soft place to land when I am crumbling.

The one who loves me in spite of my faults and failures (and believe me there are plenty).

The one who God created just for me.

I pray that I will be more compassionate and more gracious, and slower to anger.

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalms 103:8

The One, The Only, McDaddy.

I love you, McDaddy!

You Capture – Flowers

 Seeing as how I can barely breath thanks to the Big Ole’ Head Cold of 2010, I didn’t want to be near any kind of flower this week. Still, I wanted to participate in You Capture.

My eyes are watery.

My throat is scratchy.

As you might imagine I’m a real joy to be around this week. Ahem!

After we were married, I had my bridal bouquet placed inside this heart. It is displayed in my hallway and I smile just thinking about our special day.

 This is my favorite flower.

 And, it is silk if you can believe that.

Still, I love ’em.

These little fellers are blooming on the side of the road and I couldn’t help but grab this shot in between bouts of sneezing and snotting.

I know, I know. TMI.

The weather has not been good to me this week. I am hoping for some relief very soon or else I might split my own head wide open with a hammer. I am just. that. miserable.

Now get out of here before you catch this mess!

Thursday Thirteen – Random Ramblings

I will do my absolute best to hammer out thirteen random things today.

But you should know that I am hyped up on Sudafed and water. Yes, I said water. Seems someone the maid forgot to stop by the grocery store for my beloved Dr. Pepper and so I’m sitting here in my big, blue, bloggy chair fighting the urge to chew my arm off.


1. I am out of Dr. Pepper.

2. My head feels like it might explode. And really, I’m guessing I would feel much better.

3. I have a raw place just under my nose because I have wiped it so friggin’ much.

I know, I know. TMI.

4. McDaddy left for a business trip today (which is probably a good thing because my head if full of goop and I’ve been a snoring fool for the last two days because I CAN’T BREATH) and for some reason his shaving kit is missing. It is puzzling to me that the shaving kit – which usually resides under the sink in the bathroom – is missing because how do things just disappear? I have searched the house over for the little black bag. It has travelled the world over with McDaddy.

5. I am watching The Young and The Restless as I do every night while I blog after 10pm. I hate the fact that Shemar Moore and Don Diamont are no longer part of my Y&R family and find it hard to believe that no one consulted me about the decision.

6. I am fighting the urge to eat a Little Debbie Fudge Round because it is after 10pm and because that is never a good idea. That little witch Debbie sure does make a mean cake. And no, McDaddy, it is NOT called a cookie. Is there ANYONE else out there who calls Little Debbie goodies cookies because even though they are cakes?

7. I have a giveaway for CSN stores going on right now. The winner can either choose a Ginsu knife set or something of equal value. Please pop over there and sign up. I’d love for this to be my biggest give-away ever.

8. I am currently shopping for a couch and loveseat. I found one that adore and that would match perfectly but it is not super comfy.. so… I’ll just keep looking.

9. I am currently eating a Little Debbie Fudge Round because I am missing McDaddy and because I am craving chocolate [Note to McDaddy: You’ve got approximately six days before all heck breaks loose again this month.] I’ve never been known for my willpower.

10. Barbara Walters is a trip. She made mention on The View that some scientific joker at the national center for atmosperic research says that it was the wind that parted the red sea for Moses back in the day.

Now see, if I were God, which obviously I am not, I would have dropped Barbara Walters right out of her chair on live television just to prove a point. 

11. McDaddy and I watched Mike and Molly on Monday evening. It was a cute show and I set up a season pass on the DVR.

12. I’ve had mums on my porch for two weeks and I am happy to report that THEY ARE STILL ALIVE!

13. My flip flop days are just about over and that makes me so sad because me and my pedicured toes have lived in flip flops since May. I dread pulling out the socks.

Got a random fact today? I’d love it if you lurkers would come out from behind the bushes today!

Cutting Edge

Some time ago, I was contacted by a company called CSN Stores asking if I’d like to review a product from one of their sites.

Then, a few weeks ago, I received another offer to review a product, or host a give-away. As you might imagine, I jumped at the offer. I asked if I could do a review and host a giveaway and they said, “Yes! What a great idea.” Only they didn’t really say that, but they did agree.

They have over 200 stores and offer just about you or I or anyone else for that matter could dream of. They have entire sites dedicated to pressure washers, rugs, massage chairs, and even dutch ovens. Sadly, I am still not not reviewing (or giving away for that matter) a massage chair. However, if you know anything about me and my never-ending pursuit to get a Saturn Sky for free, you know that I never give up.

I scoured the CSN sites and decided on something, then changed my mind, then changed my mind again.

I finally decided on these…

 Click over to my review page for a Ginsu giveaway.