Lots Of Lessons

what-i-learned-this-weekIt’s been two weeks since I’ve done a “What I Learned This Week” post. That means, that for the past two weeks, I’ve been jotting down notes and trying to remember all the things I’ve learned. Hopefully something I’ve learned, will be a help to one (or all eight of you!).

1. Google, as it turns out, is a verb according to Merriam Webster. Who knew?

2. The real Gunslinger Monster Truck, has a red, orange and yellow paint job. The Gunslinger Monster truck that is sold on the Monster Jam web-site, for some idiotic reason, is simply red. A difference that will be noticeable immediately to a four and seven year old.

3. Once you Google ‘Monster Jam’ and the ‘Gunslinger’ and discover that your four year old is in fact, correct in his assessment of The Gunslinger and its paint scheme, you will be livid because after all, you were doing Santa’s work and The Gunslinger was not available within a 40-mile radius of your home.

4. When you are making a new soup recipe, you should not attempt to swarp clean out a cabinet because if you do, you may end up scorching the soup (ahem!)

5. If you four year old has eye surgery with stitches that disintegrate, it is completely normal for the stitches to come out by way of the nose into a tissue. (Sick, but true.)

6. Regardless of what you are told, the last stitch might hang out in the eye for two months.

7. While the Longaberger hamper looks much nicer with a lid, it will not hold as much as the mound of clothing that can pile up on the hamper without the lid. In other words, if the mound of clothes will bug the snot out of you, you will need to 1) wash clothes more often, or 2) purchase another hamper.

8. If you set a plastic grocery bag on a hot glass stove top, you should know that it will take you just under an hour, a can of WD 40 and a razor blade to remove the melted bag from the stove top.

9. If you spend the better part of three days swarping and you drop a very large box of junk at the Goodwill, it is probably a good idea to let the gentleman unloading the box know that the box contains quite a few glass items, otherwise, he may hurl the box into a bin and you will know without a doubt that not one single glass piece in the box survived.

10. Mirena = Aggravation.

11. When purchasing Hot Chocolate from the Biscuit place down the road from the McResidence, one should wait a full thirty-nine minutes before attempting to drink it or else you will scald your tongue.

12. I learned how make a custom ring-tone on my beloved iPhone from iTunes. (Not a free service, of course!) You can only create a ring-tone (as far as I know) from a song that you purchased on the iTunes.

13. I also learned that you can now purchase something called an answer tune which is a custom ring that your callers will hear instead of the normal ring.

14. While looking for some old-school extravaganza on iTunes, I searched for Love Bites and Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard. My search resulted in various groups singing Def Leppard’s hits, but no actual Def Leppard. A visit to my friend Google, (which by the way do you remember is a verb?) explained that Def Leppard (along with countless other groups) will not allow their songs to be sold on the iTunes.

Dang. So much for that.

15. I found a really cool camera APP for the iPhone called Camera Plus. I also learned that its probably a good idea to get comfortable with the APP before taking a picture of your son making a foul shot.

16. I’ve learned that the older I get, the less I like the cold and the snow and the wind.

Told you the list was long.

Head over to Musings Of A Housewife for more things people learned this week!

One Smart Cookie

I thought about saving this post for Wednesday.

But it dawned on me that maybe, just maybe a few of you might be wanting to know the outcome of my cookie exchange and whether or not my cookie earned me the cookie crown at the 2009 Cookie Exchange hosted by my BFF, Becky.

First, meet my cookie, which by the way is a really good cookie.

And here are it’s ingredients, minus the egg and the butter because apparently I forgot to add them to the picture.

 

OATMEAL CINNAMON COOKIES

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 1/4 cups of butter

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease cookie sheets.

In a large bowl, beat 1 1/4 cups of butter with 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Stir in the remaining contents.

Drop cookies by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

And now for the things I learned…

1. As you may recall, the first lesson I learned was to insure I have ALL ingredients on hand before beginning the baking process.

2. If the recipe calls for a wire rack, you should by all means understand that the wire rack is indeed an important step. Otherwise, you will be scraping the cookie and its crumbs off of the cookie sheet. At that minute, you will kick yourself for not following the stupid directions.

3. There is a big difference between Quick oats and Old Fashioned Oats. Not that I have any idea what the difference is, I just heard from my daddy that there is a difference. After my great baking saga of 2009, I also discovered there is a difference in the instant packets of oats, too!

4. You can make three different batches of cookies and they will all look completely differernt.

5. This is a really good cookie. Unfortunately for me, the first batch, the stupid test batch was the best batch.

6. It is never a good idea to make a new cookie recipe while trying a new recipe for dinner.

7. When ten women are vying for a cookie crown, anything [and by anything I mean, bribery, high-pressure tactics, and threats] goes.

8. Presentation of your cookies in a Longaberger basket will not have any effect on voting. But it should because do you see that Longaberger basket on the table? That happens to be the first Longaberger basket I ever bought.

9. Your seven-year old will be confused when you tell him there was not a 2nd and 3rd place finish.

10. You will feel half-sick after sampling all of the yumminess.

See. Lots of awesomeness.

And don’t you love this cute little presentation? 

 And now for the winner. 

Meet Megan (sister of my BFF, Becky) who brought some sort of double delight peanut butter 2009 Pillsbury bake-off winner as her entry.

Shouldn’t that be against some sort of cookie exchange law?

Yes, I think so.

But next year I am totally Googling the Pillsbury bake-off winner before submitting my cookie recipe.

And working on my high-pressure tactics.

Be sure to visit Musings Of A Housewife for more Things People Learned this week!

Top Ten Things I Learned At Santa’s Workshop

Sometime last May I received a phone call from the PTA President at Stevie’s school asking me if I’d be willing to run for PTA President. Only, the whole “run for PTA President” thing is a little much because it actually involved no running.

And no competition for that matter.

The fact is that there wasn’t one single soul willing to do the job.

Except for me.

Pardon me if this post seems vaguely familiar. I know I have referred to *the phonecall* in several posts. The phone call that I SHOULD have had the sense to not answer, or at least think about before I agreed.

Anyway, like I was saying, a phone call came. I answered. And accepted.

End of story.

NOT!

Along with the title of PTA President, I inherited a consolidation mess, fund raising attempts, a few PTA meetings, and Santa’s Workshop.

If you are not familiar with Santa’s workshop, let me take a second to explain. A fund-raising company sends you a list of items and the head of your workshop (or last year’s President) picks about 50 items from the list. A week or so before the workshop, the items, plus a cash register are sent to your school. Parent volunteers will then unpack and display all of the items. Then, throughout the week, the children will make umpteen trips to the workshop to spend every. last. dime. they have. The workshop will make a tad bit of money for the school and the children will learn valuable lessons about budgeting, giving, and patience.

First, I need to say that for the most part, I enjoyed working Santa’s Workshop. The children were polite and excited and particular about choosing gifts for their loved ones. In addition to that it was fun meeting other moms and several teachers I had not yet met. With that being said, I sure learned some valuable lessons this week that will be a big help to the poor soul who inherits the workshop next year me.

1. Invest in some sort of change counter. And by some sore of change counter, I mean a device that does not include human hands separating the silver from the pennies in a pile of loose change in an attempt to round up $7.00 for the AVON silver hearts bracelet that “mommy will just love!”  The money in most cases will be sticky and hot and gross.

2. Invest in some sort of loose change wrapping device. – And by some sort of wrapping device, I mean something that will make rolling six rolls of pennies each day easier than it is if you do it by hand.

Something like these from Office Dot Com.

Seriously, the rolling of the coins was enough to drive me insane.

[Note to self: Order these immediately!]

One would think the bank would roll the change in their fancy, shmancy coin rolling machine but that would be way too easy. (Ahem!)

3. You should schedule someone in Santa’s workshop as soon as the school doors open. You know what they say about money burning a hole in the pocket. The children are eager to spend their money and will do it at 7:00 am if permitted to do so.

4. Have a giant calculator on hand. – And by giant calculator I mean a calculator that will be easy to see and easy to operate because before you ring up 97.9% of the children on the cash register, you will need to add their purchases up on a calculator to insure that they have enough money or else you will use every last inch of register tape ringing and voiding orders of over-zealous children that bring $17.00 worth of merchandise to the counter with about $3.00 worth of dimes in a ziplock bag.

5.  Bring some hand sanitizer. – And by hand sanitizer I mean a big, honkin’ bottle of it that can be used by the hundreds of hands that will make their way through the workshop.

6. Ditto for the tissues. – Only instead of hands, they will be used for noses. Runny, wet, slippery, sneezy, snotty noses.

7. Wear some comfortable shoes. – And by comfortable shoes, I mean some shoes that will allow you to jump up, check a price, grab a cheaper item and have it back to the table before the next child in line shoves that child out the door.

8. Dress in layers. – And by layers I mean about three of them that can be quickly and easily peeled off once the maximum capacity of the workshop is reached and the library begins to feels like a sauna. Beads of sweat will be rolling off of your forehead within minutes and you will be having an internal struggle about whether to pass out or ring up this one last order before collapsing right here in the middle of the library. Even though it is about 19 degrees outside,  you will need to stick your head out the door often for some fresh cool air.

9. Order some trinkety stuff from Oriental Trading. – And by trinkity stuff, I mean stuff that you can sell for $0.25 because every single $0.25 item that you have on hand will be gone by Thursday becuase kids want to spend every. single. cent. they. have.

10. Tape one of every trinkety type item to the table and put the rest out of reach of germy littly hands. Otherwise a pencil within reach could have up to a million germs on it before it is claimed and purchased.

11. If your Santa’s Workshop features little plastic poppers (like these from Fun Express Dot Com), you should totally triple your order. Because if you have 500 of them, you will sell 500 and wish you had 100 more.

10. Remember your blood pressure pill. – And by remember your blood pressure pill, I mean, remember to pack an extra two or three in your purse on the off chance that you need an extra one by 10:00 am. And trust me, the odds are in your favor.

Now, wasn’t that a fun experience?

Head over to Musings Of A Housewife for more Things people learned this week. Most of which probably have nothing to do with Santa’s Workshop.

Lessons From A Crazy Lady

December is flying by and barely allowing us time to enjoy our rotating Christmas tree.

Every week when I start writing my Things I Learned This Week post, I am reminded just how quickly a week can fly by.

Can you believe its already time to share what I’ve learned this week? Well, it is and I will.

Grab an ice-cold Dr. Pepper and pull up a seat. This was a great week of learning.

First, I learned that when fixing ice-cream cones, it is a good idea to drop a large marshmallow in the bottom of the cone to eliminate dripping, melting, messy ice cream.

Genius, pure genius! If I do say so myself.

Do you have any idea that toothpaste and an old toothbrush is an awesome jewelry cleaner?

Man, its no wonder I use a numbered list most of the time for this Tuesday What I Learned list. The whole lead in word thing like First, Next, Thirdly, and lastly is enough to make me crazyier.

Shoot. Let’s just try this.

– When finding a knotted chain in your jewelry box, drop it in a small bowl of corn starch and the knots will pretty much take care of themselves.

You. Are. Welcome.

– Before carting two twelve-year old boxes of old engineering books to the Goodwill, you should take the 27 minutes it will take to list them on half.com because within 12 days, you could make $174.00.

– Likewise, when someone invites you to one of those ‘cash for gold’ parties, you should go straight to your jewelry box and take out anything that you haven’t worn and don’t plan on wearing whether they have knots or not because within a few minutes of arriving at the party, you could walk out with $235.00 for a pile of gold junk or junk gold. However you want to look at it.

Crazy, I tell you.

– When making home-made chocolate chip cookies for McDaddy, you should probably mix the “liquidy” ingredients before adding the “dry” ingredients or else you might frig up a perfectly good batch of cookie dough trying to mix the whole mess together.

Martha Stewart, I am not!

– It is totally possible for five first grader Tiger Cub Scouts and two little brothers to stand perfectly, miraculously quiet during a live broadcast of the six-o-clock news.

I was amazed.

I suppose that’s enough crazy for one week. If you want to learn some more incredibly interesting stuff, head over to Musings Of A Housewife.

What I Learned This Week

It is 10:25pm on Monday night. I am sitting up in my bed instead of my big, blue, bloggy chair because there are three people sleeping in my living room.

All told, there are eight extra people sleeping in our home, and surprisingly, we found enough pillows for every person to have one. Except for baby Annabelle, who by the way is a living doll. She is McDaddy’s niece and we just met her for the first time this week. She is a few days shy of her fifth-month birthday and therefore she does not need a pillow.

See, I told you she was a cutie!

You may recall, that Stevie, Alex and I spent two weeks in New Hampshire over the summer. We were hoping to be there for Annabelle’s birth. We left NH on Thursday, and she made her debut into the world two days later on Saturday, July 4th. I have enjoyed holding her and smelling her this week. Oh sweet mercy, babies smell delightful!

Anyway, where was I before I got off on the baby smell tangent? Oh, things I learned, yes, that’s right.

Here’s a list of things I learned this week in simple list format because its late and I’m tired.

1. I learned that it is best to have a plan of attack on black Friday. A plan that involves two people with at least one of them willing to stand in line-after-line while the other frantically searches the store for those things that have been circled with a blue Sharpie Marker in the sales ad. It is also good to take a fair amount of patience with you, along with a cell phone with a freshly charged battery.

2. It is also a good idea to choose the sales ad that represents the bulk of your black Friday wish list and start! there! first! Otherwise, you might be left with nothing at the end of the day.

3. Wal-Mart at 8am on black Friday was a bust.

4. If you need to prepare a quick dinner for 30 people, hotdogs with the fixins is the perfect choice.

5. It is tough to write a Things I Learned This Week post if you have not been diligent with keeping TILTW notes in your beloved iPhone.

6. JC Penney has a huge assortment of lip gloss for young girls. And by huge assortment I mean dozens of lip glosses in all kinds of flavors and scents. I’ve never seen so many lipglosses in all my days. Keebler even has a set. It includes Vienna fingers, EL Fudge, Pecan Sandies, fudge stripes, and soft batch. It made me want to pop open a box and see what all the hype was about. I suspect I’d be eating tubes of lipgloss in the wee hours of the morning if I would have bought a pack of those. Wonder what the calorie content in lip gloss is, anyway?

7. When your child has a birthday on December 12th, it can sneak up on you if you do not plan a month ahead. Ahem!

8. I don’t normally keep a close eye on followers, but I checked today and was pleasantly surprised to see that 88 of y’all are following me. I had only three “followers” for about three months after I started this blogging gig. Its hard to believe that in the big, wide, world there are at least 88 of you who keep coming back for a daily dose of crazy.

Who knew?

9. There are still approximately 8-10 people each day searching for “wet t-shirt contest” over at Google who end up at my place.

10. For some reason, I like a nice, round list.

And that, as they say, is that!

Head over to Musings Of A Housewife (who might I add is all decked out in Christmas cheer) to see more What I Learned This Week posts.

Trying To Remember What I Learned

what-i-learned-this-week1Can you believe that it’s time for another edition of What I Learned This Week?

Nah, me neither.

But, as always I’m eager to share what I’ve learned. I try to make it as entertaining as possible so that the eight of you out there reading will not be bored to tears with the eclectic mix of things that have happened to me this week I’ve learned.

Thankfully, I logged some of it down in my iPhone. Sadly, I don’t remember what I didn’t log down. Hopefully as I type this, it will all come flooding back and I’ll be able to share it.

  • Trying to watch Dancing With The Stars while writing a letter to The Board of Education is probably not a good idea.
  • When a loved one has surgery at a hospital in the Charleston area, you will be given a pager that will work throughout the hospital.
  • When your sweet four-year-old is having surgery, it will be the longest hour of your life.
  • When your child decorates a pumpkin at his fall festival at the end of October and inserts a head band kitty cat thing into the pumpkin, and you subsequently place it in your bay window, you can expect it to be rotten and stinkin’ to high-heaven by the middle of November.
  • The word ‘fart’ is not allowed in the computer version of the game, Scrabble. (Weird, but true!)
  • You should not ask a four-year-old for his opinion about an outfit that you adore if you are not ready to hear that “you look silly in it!”
  • When ordering and picking up pictures from Wal-Mart, you should use caution when opening the taped package or you might rip the picture. (Twice for goodness sakes!) Why do they tape the stupid package, anyway?
  • The whole “trade-in” deal at Game Stop is only a good idea if it doesn’t bother you to lose money.
  • When writing a post that will be linked up to a blog carnival, you should not forget to link up or else you might be the 128th person in the linky line.
  • When writing a post entitled Wet-T-Shirt Contest, you can expect a great deal of traffic from people searching for that very topic over at Google.

Wow!

Who knew I knew so much stuff?

You. Are. Welcome.

Head over to Musings Of A Housewife for more things that people have learned!

Trying To Focus On What I Learned This Week

what-i-learned-this-week1There are a lot of things I learned this week.

Unfortunately, I’m having trouble remembering what they are and on top of that, I can’t keep my mind on task.

My sweet Alex is having surgery very early in the morning and I am finding it extremely difficult to focus. Pun intended. McDaddy sat him down about an hour ago to explain a little bit about what was going to happen and his biggest concern was whether or not he would have to have a shot.

My biggest concern is the anesthesia. And his eyes. And that he is four. I realize that it could be much worse than the so-called routine surgery he is having, but he is my baby and I can’t help but be concerned about him. I am trusting in God to take care of His child. And I know HE will!

Here’s just a few things I Learned This Week….

When your sweet boy announces, “Look, I”m taller than everybody!” there’s a good chance he’s somewhere he’s not supposed to be!

When calling Verizon customer service, you can expect at least a nine-minute wait time.

If there is a mystery charge on your Verizon bill, chances are its an internet scam involving private voice-mail.

It will take two phone calls, a truck-load of patience and approximately 37 minutes to get the mystery charge removed from your bill. Sorry Saps!

The Dodge Caravan equipped with Stow-And-Go seating will allow a stay-at-home-mom to haul anything she could need to haul. Even a high chair.

Without a receipt, Toys-R-Us will not allow you to return or exchange ANYTHING. Sorry Saps!

If a neighborhood dogs poops in your driveway and you run over it with your van, it will make your garage stink. It will also cause people who do not own guns wishing they did!

If a twenty-something scrapes the side of your van while texting and driving and going around a corner, it will be hard to prove who was is at fault if you move your vehicles to the side of the road.

Doing the 40-Day Love Dare with your mate will have you examining your motives and your thoughts daily.

That’s it for me. I’ve got a long day ahead.

Enjoy your Tuesday, y’all.

Head over to Musings Of A Housewife to see what others have learned, too!

Stuck In A Rut

Each week I wonder if I’ll be able to keep this “Things I Learned This Week” gig moving along.

And each week, I find myself learning some incredibly weird stuff.  Hopefully some of that weird stuff will help somebody out in blog land and the information will not be wasted.

So, in no particular order I present to you… Things I Learned THIS week.

1. When your four year old gets the Dark Knight Tech Mega Wings for his birthday, he will absolutely love them. They will, however, aggravate the snot out of you and every other object sitting on any table within a three feet radius.

2. A pinata will bring joy every. single. time.

3.  A group of first-grade boys will enjoy scrapbooking for their cub-scout scrapbooking badge. You should take more than one sheet of sports, construction, fishing and cars stickers though.

4. Getting a new pink DELL computer is comparable to driving a new BMW after driving a broke down hooptie.

CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT MCDADDY BOUGHT ME A BRAND NEW PINK DELL LAPTOP???? I JUMPED UP AND DOWN LIKE A SCHOOL GIRL WHEN I SAW THAT IT WAS PINK!!! AND DID I MENTION I GOT ME SOME NEW FONTS. I LOVE FONTS!

Ahem. Sorry. I didn’t mean to yell.

But I really am thankful!

5. When it has rained for a sweet forever, weeks on end it is probably a good idea that you keep your van on the pavement. If not, you might find yourself stuck in a rut that you cannot get out of.

6. If you find  your van stuck in a rut, three burly tree-trimming guys CAN rock your van out of the rut if you get on the gas and give it all its got.

7. If you find that your van is stuck in a rut, you should probably compose your hysterical self long enough to snap some pictures of your van or else your be wishing you had. You will also be wishing McDaddy and his beloved JEEP was at home so they could winch you out.

 There you have it.

Another week of incredibly weird stuff.

Head over to Musings Of A Housewife for more things people learned this week. Oh, and if you need a good laugh, be sure to read this post at her place first!

Just Another Dose Of Crazy

I’ve been attempting to write this post for the past twenty minutes.

I’d really like to curl up in my bed and just go to sleep. Unfortunately though, I am booked tomorrow and if I don’t write my “Things I Learned This Week” post right now, it probably won’t get translated from my head to my fingertips until sometime late tomorrow evening.

So, I’ll do the best I can to dish out this dose of crazy before calling it a night.

This week, I learned some great stuff and since I usually keep notes throughout the week on my beloved iPhone, I’ll give them to you in the order which they were recorded in my “notes” folder.

1. A trip to the Emergency Room on a Tuesday night for suspected flu (and maybe of the swine variety) will cost you about six hours and most of your sanity.

2. The jokers at Apple need to seriously consider designing a battery for the iPhone that will outlast a six-hour wait in the Emergency Room.

3. At a birthday party where thirteen kids are in attendance, there is a pretty good chance that at least one of them is carrying swine flu germs.

4. Toradol, when shot directly in the hind-end via a big, stinkin’ needle can put the smack-down on a big honkin’ headache in mere minutes.

5. When the fund-raising folks dangle a hummer limousine ride to the Arches over the heads of young children, mamas will buy five tubs of the stuff do some strange things.

6. Sadly, no matter how hard I try, I can’t please everybody.

7. It is possible to poke yourself in the eye with a toothbrush while brushing your teeth.

Weird, but certainly true.

8. Things are rarely as bad as they seem in my head.

9.  Sasha Obama has her own library book. I was surprised to see the words ‘dissed’ and ‘chilled’ within its pages.

10.  Apparently #119is my lucky number. Especially when entering a bloggy contest with 137 other bloggers. Woo Hoo!

That’s it for this week folks. What about you? Feel like sharing something you’ve learned with the rest of us? Come on, spread the crazy love.

And then, head over to Musings Of A Housewife for some more crazy!

Leave The Lights On, The Party’s Not Over!

Last week I mentioned that the fate of What I Learned This Week was up in the air because Jo-Lynne wasn’t sure if she would continue it. Well, (cupping hands around mouth and yelling loudly) I’M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE WHAT I LEARNED THIS WEEK PARTY WILL CONTINUE ON, OVER AT MUSINGS OF A HOUSEWIFE!

It appears that we too will party on, internets!

Excuse me while I find my inside voice.

It has been another exhausting week. I know many all of y’all are tired of my constant talking whining about being overworked and overpaid. Oh, wait I don’t get paid. How ’bout lets just make that overworked.

As I was saying, I keep hoping that next week will be slower. There doesn’t appear to be end in sight though between the PTA, The School Consolidation, The Ladies Retreat, Stevie’s first-ever-report on The Camel, The Fall Party at Stevie’s School, and of course the daily responsibilities here at the company McResidence where I manage housekeeping, nutrition, discipline, entertainment, education, the mail room, appointments, pharmaceutical needs, and hygiene. It’s no wonder I never stop.

My poor van looks like a hurricane has tossed its contents about and I am in desperate need of rekindling my romance with the treadmill at the gym.

But that’s probably enough complaining for one post.

Let me get on with the point.

As if there is one.

Things I Learned This Week… in no particular order…

1. A first grader gets his clothes more muddier at recess than a Kindergartner does.

2. After a little inquiry as to the muddy clothes after the third. day. in. a. row., my first-grader informed me that “the girls chase him everyday and I have to run so fast to get away from them that sometimes I fall.” Wellalrightythen!

3. Fry Pies made in the Amish Country are delightful. A few of the gals on the bus trip this weekend, all bought a dozen pies. I bought one. I have regretted that decision ever since the first bite of fry pie met my lips.

4. First Graders have a LOT of homework.

5. I learned the hard way that when you are on a bus-trip and you pack a bag with a change of clothes, adequate underwear, extra socks and loads of other stuff, you should not leave the bag on the floor because there is a very good chance that someone, somewhere will spill something all over the floor, drenching the bottom of the bag, along with its contents. That whole scenario will remind you that you knew better.

I realize many of you are probably scratching your head at the words ‘adequate’ and ‘underwear’ in that last sentence. I’ll just say that it is one of my many quirks and leave it at that. Only if you know me, you know that I hardly ever leave it at that. The fact is that I never leave home without at least one pair of underwear. I know some of you are hollering, “TMI!”

6. I learned that I will obviously share almost anything on the blog.

7. Nielsen Ratings have no problem calling before 9:00 am on a Saturday morning. If you know me, you know that I detest callers before 9:00 am, most especially on a Saturday morning. Period. I was polite however, because I am being paid by the good folks at Nielsen to complete a survey about my television viewing habits in November. It is safe to say I will not be available during the week of November 12thbecause I will be busy recording the hundreds of shows I watch in my little white viewing book. Oh little TiVo, don’t fail me now!

8. I have been looking for the CARS character, Giovanni for months at the Mart of Walls and the store with the big, red, bulls eye. Apparently, the car is not labeled with the name, “Giovanni.” It is labeled “Ferrari” and it is red. And, if you just so happen to find it at the flea market in the Amish Country, you can count on paying at least double for it. You know, because the Amish folk have to pay for their horses and these days, times are tough for everyone!

9. When your kid has been challenged to peddle 25 tubs of cookie dough to win a ride to McDonalds for lunch in a Hummer Limousine, you will go to the ends of the Earth, (or at least Facebook) to find enough jokers people to pay $14.00 for 3 pounds of cookie dough.

10. A nice even list makes me smile.

That’s it for this week, folks!

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This post is linked to Jo-Lynne’s What I Learned This Week Bloggy Carnival!