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Jinxes and Friends

So it seems that in my last post when I said:

“Oh, and after hubby gets paid on friday I think we will FINALLY be almost completely caught up with the bills! (Knock on wood!)”

I jinxed myself.  

Hubby has been home for over a week, which I am thankful for. But today is the third day he hasn’t worked. That doesn’t help up stay caught up, or pay the rent for that matter.  Sigh.

Why can’t we catch a break? I’ve been playing catch up, and creative financing since what? like September? At some point there isn’t going to be anything else I can do. I was finally hoping to start getting to a place where we didn’t have to worry as much if this happened.  Argh.

I just have to keep the faith and I know it will work out somehow. Someway.

He does have to go to a meeting tomorrow… hopefully, he can get an entire day of work out of it.  I’m praying that the meeting to is ship him off to Texas for a couple of weeks. Not that I want him to get shipped anywhere for any amount of time… but we really need him to work.. and work a lot. 

I need to find a way to make some money. 

I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a little business. I don’t know if you’ve heard about the new craze… I guess they are the “new cupcake”.. it’s a cake pop. amazingly delicious, cake on a stick. I have recently discovered how to create these balls of “pure delicious evil” as my sister has dubbed them.  They are goooood and pretty easy to make. I made a bunch for my brother’s BBQ a couple of weeks ago. I keep having these brain storms on creations I should try.

I have no idea where to start… but I guess I should do a little research and figure it out.  I mean, Starbucks sells them for $1.50 a piece. I could do that.

In other news- how about this one…

I made a friend.

Yes, a real live friend. I know, it’s crazy!

I told you about that Meetup group that I joined a couple of weeks ago. I’ve gone to a couple of the meet ups and me and the lady to started the group have been the only people there! I am taking it as a sign from the Universe that we just need to be friends. 🙂  I even invited her to have coffee with me Saturday morning, and we ended up having breakfast. it was very nice. It’s cool to have someone to hang out with, and talk to!

Tomorrow, We are going to go check out a park where we want to have a MeetUp. Maybe other people will go. There are 20 moms that have joined the group… so far no one else has come to anything! There are 5 other people who have RSVP’d to the one next week. We’ll see what happens! Oh, and since I’m the only other person who has come, she made me the “Assistant Organizer!” Which is pretty cool.

Hmm… what else? Easter was quiet. Hubby insisted that we dye eggs. I had a little egg hunt for the girls. The toddler has been demanding chocolate, and wearing a plastic bucket/basket on her head all day.

I leave you with this..

The other night, we were sitting inthe living room watching tv and talking. The Teen says “What are you supposed to eat on Easter? I feel like it’s rabbit.”  I couldnt help but laugh hysterically.  “What? Isnt there a holiday where you eat rabbit?”  “Um. No. You eat ham on Easter!”

 I messed her all up.. I made chicken.


The Big 1-3! Part 3: Let’s Party!

Well, a Gleek-tastic time was had by all. I think I am fully recovered.. my livingroom has not. I’ll get it all cleaned up eventually.

So, Friday night, we hosted 4 of my Teen’s friends from school. They seemed to have a fantastic time! She was sooooooooooo excited! We got the hopped up on sugar and fed them pizza! The Slushie cupcakes were a big hit!

 Cupcakes, cookies, doritos, and candy!

Then they spent a couple of hours playing on the Wii. One of the girls brought the “Michael Jackson experience ” game. They danced around to MJ songs for a while then played “Just Dance 2” and danced some more! The best part was the Toddler just dancing right along with them! It was hilarious!

By the time they left, I was exhausted! And there was more to do in the morning!

Saturday was party #2 with my family and it was the “Gleek-tastic” extravaganza!

I pretty much went all out. Take a look:

 The “Gleek-tastic” banner

Top view of the Glee cake

The Glee Cake!
Cafeteria style lunch- Chicken nuggets, mini hamburgers, grilled Cheesus an TOTS! We even had “school lunch tray” plates.
I even made some high school-ish posters
The view of some decorations from the stairs

The best part of the whole day was that she had no idea about the Glee theme. I banished her to her room while I decorated. She came downstairs and was thrilled! That was what it was all about.

The surprises didn’t stop there. My BFF came from Vegas to surprise her. And if she hadn’t gotten enough from us already- (along with my BFF) got her the gift of all gifts…….

The Cruz Tablet.

And my devious little mind decided that she needed it wrapped in a real book. A real hollowed out book! HAHAHAHA! My dad took care of that part of the project.  It had to be a book that she’d have no interest in at all.

PC’s for Dummies- Windows 95

I was hoping for something in another language.. but that will do.

Turn to page 17!

She was so thrilled! And she wants to download about a million books!

The perfect gift for my bookworm who reads about 4 books at a time. 
Oh, and I think her other favorite gift was the Red Converse high tops (like they wore in the Superbowl episode of Glee) that my brother-in-law got her.
Everyone seemed to have a good time.  My Toddler and my niece had a blast playing together. My dad complained about the Glee playing on the tv all day, which was just kind of funny.
So..despite the Bieber-ific bathroom,  my new Teen had the best.birthday.ever.
I couldn’t have asked for more.

The Big 1-3! Part 1: Beib-her-bathroom!

I know I have a million things to do right now, but I wanted to share this while it is still making me giggle! 🙂

I mentioned in an earlier post that I thought it would be funny to Bieb-ify the birthday girls bathroom as her early morning birthday surprise, since I believe she is the only 12-year-old 13-year-old girl on the planet that does not swoon over Justin Bieber.  I have been teasing her a lot about taking her to see his movie “Never Say Never” since it opens today.   So last night, I put Operation: Bieb-her-bathroom into action!

Her bathroom door. It reads "Happy 12th Birthday AGAIN!" And the decorations were left over from her birthday last year.

Her mirrors.. what she saw as she walked in! The mirror says "Have a Bieberific Birthday!"

moving to the right... more Justin!

The shower doors... I put a purple table-cloth behind the doors. For some reason, I associate purple with the Bieb.

The back of the door... it's really 360 degrees of Bieber-ness!

And the last little bit..

Her early morning presents!

She had not idea what was in store for her when she went in to pee. SHe thought the stuff on the door was it! It was AWESOME! I couldn’t stop laughing! It was so hard to keep my poker face until she went inside. 

The look on her face was PRICELESS. Well worth the $10 I spent on Justin Bieber magazines.
She was super excited with her “I’m a Gleek” wristband and t-shirt!  Of course, she wore them to school!  And she’s been dying to read “Beastly” and the Glee novel. I bought just because.   I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that she is a total bookworm. Well, she’s a bookworm.  She reads and reads and reads and then reads some more.  She will read 2 or three books at a time, which I don’t understand, but whatever works for her.
She is going to be even more excited when she gets her big gift tomorrow!
We got her an eReader. Its pretty darn cool.  It’s more of a “tablet”… I wanted to get something that would be more functional than just for books.  Oh, and here’s he BEST PART….
We are going to wrap it in a hollowed out book. (compliments of my dad).
I’m so evil. But its going to be Legend…… wait for it…… ary!
I can’t wait!
Well.. I have to go make frosting,  then put it on the cake, pick up my hubby at the airport and then do all the other million things on my list!
Happy Friday!

Countdown to the BIG 1-3!

6 hours to go and it will officially be the 11th.

The day I’ve been dreading… the day we will officially have a


I guess I must accept this fact sooner or later, it’s going to happen no matter how many times I try to convince her that she’s just going to turn 12 again.

I am very excited for her though. I am hoping that she will have the best birthday ever (to date)!

I have been a busy little bee.  I’ve been trying to clean the house, even though the Toddler keeps following after me, making an even bigger mess. I’ve resigned to just cleaning up the living room tomorrow.

The balloons are ordered, the food is planned, the cupcakes are baked! I’m so excited for her to see them!



I have hidden them until she gets home from school tomorrow.

Operation Bieb-a-bathroom is ready to go once she’s in bed!

I just need to wrap presents, bake a cake and grocery shop for Saturday. Oh, and finish cleaning the house of course! LOL

At least hubby will be home tomorrow afternoon, so I can finish shopping and errand running minus the Toddler! Woo Hoo for that!

I should go do something while the afore-mentioned Toddler is FINALLY snoozing! Lots to do!

SO EXCITED! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! (my squeal of excitement… since I have to play it cool….)

It’s going to be a Gleek-tastic Celebration!

My Tween officially becomes my TEEN on Friday!


And little does she know, that I am throwing her a Gleek-tastic party to celebrate!  Hopefully it turns out as great as it is in my head!

She has discovered the wonders of the tv show GLEE in the last few months.  And she is IN LOVE! Her iPod is full of Glee… she got the complete first season on DVD for Christmas. She was so excited for the new episode last night after the Super Bowl.. and is just as excited about the new episode tomorrow night!

It just made sense to throw her a Glee party!

I’m still working out the details.. which I really need to finish ironing out… since it is only a few days away!

So the festivities are as follows:

1. Friday- some sort of undetermined birthday surprise in the morning. Then she has invited a few of her friends over for movie/glee/something watching and pizza.

2. Saturday- the family is coming over for a party.

I normally try to surprise her with something in the morning when she gets up to start off her birthday with a bang! Last year, I filled her bathroom with balloons… which is kind of hard to top.   ( would have completley filled it, but I didnt have the idea until like the day before, and it was hard to blow up that many balloons myself! Had I started a few days before It would have been doable.)

She was definitely surprised!

So far,  I think I am going to deck out the downstairs in red and white streamers and balloons (McKinley High’s colors). I am toying with the idea of Bieber-ing her bathroom. Which is sort of evil.. but funny.

I think she is the only [almost] 13-year-old girl on the plant who doesn’t swoon over Justin Bieber. His movie, Never Say Never, opens in theaters on Friday. I keep harassing her, saying that we are going to go see it on her birthday. Her reply is usually, “Yea, if you want to ruin my birthday.”

So I thought it would be funny to get a Justin Bieber magazine and plaster her bathroom with pictures and a note that says something like “guess what we’re doing later!?!?!”   Her bathroom will be Bieber-ific!! LOL

A little evil? too evil? hilarious?

Anyway- only one of her friends is definitely coming over so far. But we are ordering pizza, and I’m making slushie cupcakes! I’m so excited about these. I found them on the internet of course.  Look how awesome:

Now the party:

I’m still trying to figure out a menu..

We definitely need:   Slushies, Tots and Grilled Cheeseus.

But what else? I’m thinking of doing mini burgers, and pigs in a blanket.  But i want something that isn’t horribly time-consuming and a pain. 

And I’m going to make her a cake… I have a plan… it looks pretty cool in my head. I just hope I can bring it to life the way I see it in there.  Keep your fingers crossed! 

I welcome any Gleek-erific suggestions!

Happy Monday!

My Post Game Show



My Steelers lost. 😦

But I think winning 6 out of 8  Super Bowls that you’ve played is not too shabby!I can remember when I was a kid, we all had t-shirts that said  “One for the Thumb in 81!” And here we are in 2011 and we’re working on the other hand!   Its pretty awesome no matter who won.

I think its funny that my husband didn’t call or text during the game. I got a single text when it was over that read: “Whoops.”  It made me laugh for quite a while.  I sent him congratulations back.  When I finally talked to him he said..

“Being a good loser sucks.”  ha ha ha Gloating isnt as fun when the other person isnt completely upset.

Little did he realize that when found out that the Super Bowl was Packers-Steelers I decided that its fine who ever wins. The Packers deserved to be there just as much as the Steelers did.  Yes, it stinks that we lost, but I’m glad that the Pack took the Lombardi home.  (Please note, if it was the Patriots that had beat us, I don’t think I would be such a gracious loser. I’m just saying..)

But, we still have 6 and they only have 4… neener neener neener! LOL


Potato Skins! Half with Bacon, half without!

My not-quite-famous black bean white corn guacamole with homemade chips!


Home made Salted and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels!

My Teen walked into the kitchen while the pretzels were baking and said “It smells like the mall in here.” They absolutely tasted just like the ones you get in the mall! They were super easy and awesome! And I will make them again- A LOT! 

Here’s the recipe.

Oh yea, and all of this food was just for me, my sister and the kids.  Needless to say the pretzels are GONE. We also had brownies and cookies.


Were there A LOT of car commercials or was it just me?

I was really confused by the Emimem Chrysler spot.  Confused meaning, when did Eminem suddenly decide he was going to start peddling things? (there was an iced tea commercial with his likeness too.)  After that aired, one of my friends Facebook status said: “I’m sorry. Did Eminem just try to sell me a Chrysler?”

The finger licking Doritos one was pretty hilarious, as was the little Darth Vadar.. there was another one I can’t remember right now… Oh yea.. the NFL commercial with all the old tv shows- I liked that. And some of the CarMax spots were cute.

The Snickers one with Richard Lewis and Rosanne, was funny, but will never top the one from last year with Betty White! That is classic!


I really like the Black Eyed Peas usually… but that was awful. And seriously where did Slash or Usher really fit into that extravaganza? Weird. And all the light-up dancers, which were kind of cool in theory,  made me feel like I was watching the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics.. but not really in a good way.


So my Tween , I mean my Teen has been dying for Glee to come on ALL DAY! I was getting an hourly countdown during the game.  Then the game was over and I hear: “Wait. There is a post game show? I thought Glee was on! UGH!”

The poor thing had to wait another half hour.

But it was worth it since the episode was GREAT! Love the Thriller/Heads will Roll mash-up! I’ve been listening to the song all week and seeing it finally was awesome!  We LOVED IT! YAY GLEE!

It was definitely a great ending to a pretty good day, even though the Packers won.

Now, my problem is getting the Toddler back to sleep. She passed out around 7:30 or so.. and I was hoping for her to sleep through the night.. but alas she woke up around 10… sigh.. I don’t think we’re going to bed anytime soon.


I had all intentions of posting this last night, but that didn’t seem to work out due to one super spunky toddler who was demanding my attention. Go figure. I did manage to get her to go back to sleep around 12:30, and she slept until 8:30. Could have been worse!

Dear Baby Mama… Part of me wishes you will randomly find this post

I don’t get it.

I cannot begin to fathom how my [step] daughters mother can not call her for months on end.

Next week, it will be 6 months since my [Soon-to-be]Teen has talked to her.


The last time she actually talked to her was August 11. The day after school started.  She did try to call once in September, but did not leave a message, and has not even tried to call back.

There was no call on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years.

With her birthday just a week away, its starting to really take a toll on her. She’s really upset. She is worried that she isn’t going to get a birthday phone call. Sadly, I think she needs to prepare herself for that reality.

Honestly, I don’t think my Teen would answer the phone even if her mother did call. I think she just wants to see her name on the display on her phone, to know that for one moment in six months the woman who gave her life thought about her enough to press the buttons on her phone.

My poor baby. It kills me to see her so upset. 

Last night, I hugged her like I’ve never hugged her before and she just cried.

I reminded her that she has so many people in her life who adore her.

That she indeed is MY daughter. 

And to not let this sad overshadow her day, you only turn 13 once after all.


The worst part of all of this is that for almost 1 year, that woman lived 8 hours away from us. Not once, did she ever make any attempt to come see her. They have not seen each other in over a year and a half (July 2009).  Then….

She moved 2000 miles away and didn’t give us a heads up. I found out about  it on Facebook. I did get a random text from her saying that she was “on her way” to her new state of residence (even though I knew she had been there for a day or two thanks to FB) and she “didn’t know what to say to her.” Um.. you tell her the truth. You don’t just ignore her.  I didn’t reply because I was furious.

I try to keep  track of her on Facebook. But, she hasn’t been on at all in weeks, so I have no clue what her deal is now.  She really could be dead for all we know.

Part of me wants to call her and find out what is going on (to find out if she even realizes  that she’s hurting my Teen this much). I know that it would be a waste of time and energy. She’d just have some sob story to try to make me feel bad for her. Boo freaking hoo. We all have problems lady.

My Teen is so devastated about this that she is seriously contemplating just cutting her losses and not having any contact with her again.  When we were talking last night, she said, “I can understand not calling for a few weeks or maybe a month or two. But  six months has reached unforgivable.”

This isn’t the first time we havent heard from her in months.  She’s always gone 3-4 months without contact. In a “typical” year, she’ll rear her ugly head around my Teen’s birthday in February, around May or June to tell me the big plans to come visit that may or may not pan out, when school starts, and then Christmas. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.   And when she does call, she’s full of empty promises of “I’ll do better” “I’ll call you next week/tomorrow/later.” “You can come here over the summer.”  “I’m going to send you ________.”


I can’t even begin to understand the hurt or the sadness that she’s feeling right now.  I can only just be here for her when she needs me.

So, if by some random chance you are reading this Baby Mama..

Get your head out of your ass and call your daughter.  Try to be her mother for once and pick up the phone and call her.  You always tell me you “wish you could do more for her.” I know you mean buying her things.  She doesn’t need “things.” She needs and wants your love and your attention and just to get to know you. If you can afford to pay your cell phone bill, and you have time to post music videos on Facebook, you have time to call her.  If you don’t call her on her birthday, you are going to cause the worst damage yet.  You run the risk of losing her forever.  And you won’t  have anyone to blame but yourself.  I hope you can live with that.


Her Step Mom.