Wednesday, April 29, 2009

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: You Go Girl! (A male perspective)


Have you seen the Go-Girl? It's a unique female urination device that allows women to pee standing up. Still don't get it? Click on the picture to the left to find out more information and to get your own Go-Girl. Watch the video to see why I love my family. They bring me comic relief on a daily basis. Listen to my sister and my husband's conversation about the Go-Girl.





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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

PoleLaTeaz Birthday


First let me give a big birthday shout out to Wifey at Ask Wifey! Last week a group of us went out to celebrate her birthday Player's Club style. We all got the chance to let down our hair and embrace our inner Sasha Fierce (Beyonce), Diamond (Player's Club), and Chardonnay (For the Love of Ray J). Angela of PoleLaTeaz (pronounced pole-la-tease) gave us a fabulous introductory pole dancing class. To say we had a blast is a complete understatement. I personally was shocked at how much fun I had. I had so many inhibitions going into the class. I thought I would be too uncomfortable to swing on the pole in front of people, and I was extremely fearful of breaking my leg or something. Let me just say, if you have not tried pole dancing, it's a great workout. Check out PoleLaTeaz if you are in the Atlanta area. You won't be sorry! And in case anyone is curious, those are not my feet in those heels above. My feet were absolutely killing me in the grandma heels that I was wearing. I'm a flats kinda gal.
Aren't we fierce?! Look closely......you may see some faces you recognize :)
I can honestly say that there are very few experiences that I haven't shared with my dear sister. This is one for the books! Go to Ask Wifey and The Blogrollers (PoleLaTeaz post) to show Wifey some birthday love! Happy Birthday Wifey!

~Joan

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

And the Winners Are...

Congratulations to the winners of my BIG FAT GOOD EATING GIVEAWAY!

Ryan Ashley Scott at Optimistic Cynicism

Carey at Life in the Carpool Lane

The Caretaker at The Life of a PTSD's Spouse

Congratulations on winning a 1 year membership to A Flash in the Pan! You will be contacted by A Flash in the Pan regarding your membership. Enjoy! I expect to see some vlogging on your meals!

Thank you to all of my faithful followers and the newbies that this contest brought me! Yay!

~Joan

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Friday, April 17, 2009

And the Winner Is.....

First things first. If you haven't entered my BIG FAT GOOD EATING GIVEAWAY, what on earth are you waiting for? Click here to see how you can be a winner!
Back to our regularly scheduled program already in progress....
The Octomom Challenge was a lot of fun even though it made most of you sick just thinking about her. The witty titles for her could-be reality show you submitted were:

My Ovaries Are Shot To Hell, But I Have A Million Bucks And A Million Kids

How to be a Goldigger and never get your body back to what it used to be

8 is Never Enough

Lifestyles of the Overly Reproductive & Wanna Be Famous

How to Manipulate Your Children into Rolling in the Bucks

Wide Load

How stupid got stupider

Octodumb

Bad mommy chronicles

OctaMama 911

The Biggest Loser

There once was a woman who lived in a shoe...

Can you Pay my Bills (neither can I)

My Fifteen Minutes of Shame

Your Tax Dollars At Work

And the winner is.....

Lifestyles of the Overly Reproductive & Wanna Be Famous
Submitted by Juls at Every Day is a Crazee Day a.k.a. Crazee Juls at Ask Crazee Juls (her new blog--Check it out!). Congrats Juls for getting the most votes and winning a free drink of your choice from Starbucks! Email me so I can send you your prize!

BTW: I'm a featured blogger!
I let the day slip away! The fabulous Angela at Hanging With Mrs. Cooper featured me on her blog yesterday! Thanks Mrs. C! Do go over and pay her a visit and show us both some love! Thanks to all of you who have already showed us love!
~Joan

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Freebie Friday: My BIG FAT GOOD EATING Giveaway

**BEWARE!** THIS IS BIG!

Okay, pardon the dramatic introduction, but I am so excited about this giveaway!

*Side note: Go to the top of this page and vote for the best name for Octomom's new reality show (no, you can't vote for yours if you submitted a title, but you can vote for someone else's :). They were all too funny for me to choose a winner, so I need your assistance. Thanks!

On to the BIG GIVEAWAY!

When I say that I am "Joan of All Trades," cooking doesn't not fall on my list of trades. I'm always welcome to suggestions or tools for making my life easy in the kitchen. My peeps over at A Flash in the Pan have given me the go ahead to give away some great stuff.



A Flash In The Pan is the answer to, "What’s for dinner?" Every Friday, they provide a week’s worth of customizable, chef-created dinner menus for the upcoming week. Select how many servings and what time you want to eat and they take care of the rest! You’ll get a shopping list and their patented Cooksheet™ to help you think and cook like a chef. All you have to do is prepare for the compliments!


Here's what we're giving away:


3-1 year memberships to A Flash in the Pan


And for the GRAND PRIZE....The person with the most entries (in case of a tie, I will use random.org) will be entered into the drawing (I'll give you the choice of the membership or being entered into the drawing) by me during the A Flash In The Pan Twitter Party on Wednesday, April 22 at 8 p.m.(#FIPan) to win.......Drum roll please:

2 Chefs:
Max and Nancy are two chefs from Napa Valley and founders of aflashinthepan.com. They both graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and have over 35 years of professional culinary experience between them. One lucky winner will win both of them for one evening and an incredible 6-course dinner for 6 people. Both chefs will come to the winner's house, prepare the feast AND clean up after! So, decide who your five best friends are and enter to win!

Rules:
1. Chefs will travel to anywhere in the United States only.
2. Chefs will pay for all travel and food expenses. If desired, any wine or alcohol will be provided by winner.
3. Menu to be determined by winner and chefs.
4. Date of dinner to be determined by winner and chefs.
5. Please enter even if you fear that your house is too dirty for company or that you will be judged-- we have children and understand!

That's 3 winners and possibly a 4th!


Here's how to get entries:


1. Comment on this post.


2. Follow me (If you are already following me, that's 1 entry for you. See, it pays to be my friend.)


3. Follow me on twitter.


4. Blog about the contest and link back to me. (Please leave me a comment with a link to your post.)


5. Donate any amount to any of the charities I'm supporting. Email me to let me know you donated. (See Donate to a Worthy Cause in the right sidebar.)


6. Grab my button and let me know that you grabbed it.


7. Tweet about the contest and link to me on twitter.

Contest ends April 20th at 3pm EST! Winners will be announced on April 23rd!

The winner of the Octomom challenge will be announced some time this weekend!

Good luck!

~Joan

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Demise of Reality TV: Name That Reality Show

(picture courtesy of The Best Week Ever)

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that "the Octomom" might be getting her own reality show. Say it ain't so! I vowed to boycott TV if they gave this woman her own show! They have been hoodwinked and bamboozled. Don't these fools intelligent individuals know that this was her master plan all along? Any network that is stupid brave enough to pick up this show will be committing reality TV suicide. Her stipulation for doing a show is that she doesn't want to be called "Octomom." I agree with her. She shouldn't be called Octomom. She has 14 kids, not 8! So maybe we should call her Sextoctomom. Anyway, I thought in light of my misery over this, I would hold a little contest. GIVE AWAY TIME! Whoever can come up with the best title for the potential show will win a free drink of your choice from my favorite place--Starbucks! I can't wait to see your ideas! Contest ends Thursday, April 16 at midnight EST!

~Joan

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Friday, April 10, 2009

This Is Why I Need My Own Reality Show: 1

5 minutes ago......
My Mom is in town visiting. Hubby begins preparing to cook breakfast and throws a roll of sausage on the counter.

Mom: Sausage?
Hubby: Yeah.
Mom: Aren’t you Catholic?
Hubby: Mmm hmm?
Mom: It’s Good Friday isn’t it?
Hubby: Oh. It’s Good Friday?!

Hubby shrugs….continues with the sausage.

God bless him!

~Joan

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Is It Just Me?

Before I met my hubby he had a motorcycle that got stolen. He always wanted another one, but I was totally against it because I think they're too dangerous. I even threatened to shave my head bald if he bought one (I know, real mature, right). This year I finally gave in to the motorcycle because I was sick of it being an issue and I knew he really wanted one. I even said I might ride if he buys me a pink helmet ;)

So yesterday, I was thinking to myself, tomorrow is going to be a nice day, so he'll probably ride his motorcycle. Let me make some small talk about it and show him some support to let him know I am no longer bitter about the bike:

Me: Are you going to ride your bike tomorrow?

Hubby: (sarcastic laugh) Why? What's going on?

Me: Nothing. I was just wondering if you were going to ride your bike.

Hubby: (annoyed) Where is this going? What do you need to do tomorrow? Do you need the car for something?

Me: No! I was just curious. Why are you so paranoid? You are looking way too deep into this.

Hubby: No. Why are you talking around the subject? Just ask me what you really want to ask. I don't like when you indirectly try to ask me something.

Me: I don't do that. You do that. I was just asking a question...trying to make small talk, but I'll just stop talking now.

Hubby: Well, I do do that, but I won't do it anymore because I don't like when you do it.

Me: I'm not doing it! Just making small talk...

Hubby: That's not small talk. Small talk is, 'Hey. How ya doing?' I know what this is about. You heard me on the phone talking to my friend about our bikes, but you don't want to admit that's what this is about.

Me: Okay, psycho! I'm so not talking to you anymore!

The thing is, I know he was acting like this because he had plans to ride his bike. I was completely fine with that. Anyway, luckily we get on each other's nerves all the time and it usually ends with someone being called "psycho" and then we go about our normal lives. I can count on one hand the number of times we have actually gone to bed upset with each other and still have a few fingers left over. Have you ever had a conversation like this with your spouse or significant other?

Now I know why I never witnessed my grandparents have a conversation in 20 years ;)

~Joan

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Family Ties Part 2: The Verdict

You may want to read yesterday's post to understand the story behind today's.



Well, those of you who guessed that my brother-in-law is in his 30's were close, but no cigar. He will actually be 41 this year! I know........SAD! Also, the dog really did only have one puppy. It's rare, but apparently it does happen from time to time. Anyway, I contemplated not doing these posts about him because I didn't want him to read them and get offended. Then I remembered that he just discovered the internet a couple of months ago (Oh wow! The internet has everything! I can find people I haven't talked to in a long time too!") and figured I'd be safe. Oh, did I mention when he came to visit us on Thanksgiving that he actually drove to the airport to purchase his plane ticket. I almost peed on myself when my husband told me this. What is wrong with that man?! I guess everyone is unique in their own way!



~Joan

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Family Ties: Must We Claim Him?


Here's the phone conversation that occurred between my hubby and his brother at 6am some time last week:


Hubs: (sleepy and annoyed) Hello.

Bro: Hey man! Diamond (his dog) just had her puppy!

Hubs: Puppy? Just one puppy?

Bro: Yeah.

Hubs: Well that's unusual. When dogs have babies, they usually have litters.

Bro: Naw, she just had one.

Hubs: That still doesn't sound right.

Bro: Yeah. I only let her do it once.

Hubs: I have to go!


Hangs up phone and turns to me.


Hubs: I don't think my brother understands how babies are made or where they come from!


Okay, now let's play a little game called How Old is My Brother-in-Law. There just might be something in it for the person who guesses the correct age. Stay tuned for more brother-in-law blunders!

~Joan

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

I'm Back...For Now

Where have I been? I've been working, staying in crappy hotels, dealing with crappy attitudes, suffering from internet deprivation, and spending countless hours in airports. Am I upset? NO! I am happy to be back in the blogosphere for the time being.

While I was away, you all kept up your dedication to the sphere and I managed to win an award a contest, and receive a nice shout!

Thanks to Juls at Every Day is a Crazee Day and all of you, this post landed me my first contest win ever--the Does This Make Me Crazee award. Juls is sending me a lovely Scrabble Tile pendant from Word Designs.

Tara S. Dickherber, M.Ed, CPC at My Life Coach Tara just finished her first e-book, and I had the privilege of editing it. Today I opened up her blog, and to my surprise, her most recent post was entitled Joanofalltrades. She gave me a great shout, so a BIG THANKS to you Tara.


Also, a special thanks goes out to Shanda at A Teachable Heart for donning me with another Honest Scrap Award. I will play along, so here are 7 honest things about me that also may increase your crazee thoughts about me:

1. When I am in the New York subway I feel gross. Gross like stuff is crawling all over me gross. It's almost unbearable.
2. I played and coached girl's basketball, but I much rather watch the Men's NCAA tourney and the NBA playoffs than their female counterparts (I know--sorry ladies).
3. (Sorry, I can't resist) As I'm typing this post, my husband just burped into his shirt and I guess he got too big a whiff and he just said, "Oh my God" with this disgusted look on his face. LOL! I'm glad I am sitting across the room so I didn't have to smell that.
4. Eating is my favorite pastime.
5. I'm addicted to reality TV.
6. I'm glad I'm allergic to animals since my husband wants cats and dogs. Sorry, my health comes first honey :)
7. I can't wait to hear the wonderful announcement The Chatterbox has for us on her show tomorrow at 10am EST.

Okay, I'm supposed to pass this to 7 people, but most of you have received this award. So, if there are any of you out there who have not received it yet, it's yours. You're welcome!

BTW: If you haven't checked out any of the above mentioned ladies' blogs, what are you waiting for? Go on and show them some love! They are saying fabulous things and uplifting me every day!

~Joan

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