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Cotillion’s “Fireside Chat”

Have you ever wondered what the ladies of The Cotillion are like? Well, we’re all a little crazy, a little sassy and quite a bit of fun. We want to get to know one another a little better and will be doing a little “30 things” carnival. I thew my name in the hat to participate so here’s, well, 30 things about me:

1. What time did you get up this morning? 8:47am

2. Diamonds or pearls? I like pearls, but I LOVE diamonds!

3. What was the last film you saw at the movie house? Cars - on opening day Friday - and I *did* have kids with me! I also saw the remake of The Omen on 6/6/06 (NO kids that day!).

4. What is your favorite TV show? 24 is by far my favorite, but I like 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray, too!

5. What did you have for breakfast? Special K Berry

6. What is your middle name? My Momma always said it was “Trouble”

7. What is your favorite cuisine? I have a soft spot for Italian food - anything pasta is sheer heaven to me!

8. What foods do you dislike? I don’t like cabbage and I don’t like fruit in my salad (who came up with that ANYWAY?)

9. What kind of car do you drive? A Bauer-mobile! (Black Ford Expedition)

10. Favorite Sandwich? A BLT - but not just any. Nice, thick cut and crispy bacon, toasted bread with a thin layer of Miracle Whip on both slices, just one leaf of lettuce, and home grown fresh tomatoes with salt and pepper on them. YUM-O!!!!!

11. What characteristic do you despise? An entitlement mentality. Nothing pisses me off more than people who think they should have something just because [fill in the blank…just because they have more time in than anyone else, just because they went above and beyond once, just because they are related to such-and-such, etc.]. I see it every day in my job, in the newspaper and around the ‘net and it is one of my BIGGEST peeves.

12. Favorite item of clothing? I know it isn’t clothing, but it is an accessory….my pretty black Coach purse. I LOVE it!

13. If you could go anywhere in the world for a holiday where would you go? Australia

14. What color is your bathroom? Light peach (but hopefully not forever!)

15. Favorite brand of clothing? “on sale”

16. Where would you like to retire? Somewhere with a beach, lots of sunshine and nice fruity drinks with little umbrellas in them.

17. Favorite time of the day? Evenings, particularly when there’s a brilliant sunset!

18. What was your most memorable birthday? In 7th grade - at Skateland!

19. Where were you born? Nebraska….paint it red, babeeeee!

20. Favorite sport to watch? Husker Football….DUH!

21. What are you wearing right now? t-shirt and shorts

22. What star sign are you? Libra

23. What fabric detergent do you use? Tide Coldwater or Woolite

24. Pepsi or Coke? Coke!

25. Are you a morning person or a night owl? More of a night owl, but as I get older, have a harder time sleeping in!

26. What is your shoe size? 7.5 to 8

27. Do you have any pets? Oh yes…three dogs, 2 parrots and 2 snakes!

28. Any new exciting news you’d like to share with your family and friends? Not long now for that vacation to Florida!!!

29. What did you want to be when you were little? A teacher!

30. What are you meant to be doing today? Grocery shopping, picking up a wedding gift and cleaning house - when is that vacation again?!?!

Update: Cassandra at Villainous Company did a nice summary of the Cotillion’s “30 things” meme over at her place and at the Cotillion site. Enjoy!

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Real Life, Rachael Ray and Please Pass the Next DVD!

Hi everyone!

This is just a quick post to let you know I am still among the living. There have just been certain things that have gotten in the way of me posting anything of note:

The next “Every Day with Rachael Ray” is on my nightstand. Review will commence once I’ve read it cover to cover!

Work has been unbelievable! I’m running a million miles a minute there and I just don’t want to do anything when I get home so my excuse is…

We are now on Season 2, Disc 3 of “24.” Hubby and I have been averaging oh, about 3-4 hours a night immersing ourselves in terror plots, assassinations and wannabe first ladies. The suspense! Pretty soon we’ll be throwing our kids a loaf of bread and some juice bags for dinner as we watch “the next episode.” Whatever will we do when we reach the end of season 4? I don’t know if I can wait a WEEK between episodes! Gah!!! Which is my reason for…..

Laundry, cleaning and bills are waiting in the wings to get done. It’s really sad when you wash a load of mismatched laundry in “cold” with Woolite, just to get you through tomorrow. But it’s “24.” Gimme a break!

Don’t you love my new skin? THANKS AGAIN SADIE LOU! I figured that for those of you who come here for Rachael Ray, John Cusimano and recipes, a nice “food” skin would be just the thing. do you like my Wusthofs? Heh!

Well…back to our warped world of counter-terrorism. I’ll peek my head out from under my rock again soon!

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Happy New Year! 2006!

Happy New Year, friends!

I tip my glass to you, because if I tipped it toward me, I’d get it all over my shirt!

See you after a good sleep and some Advil!

…Five Golden Rings!

The serious side of me thinks that these donors were generous:

The Salvation Army in south-central Pennsylvania has had five golden rings dropped into two of its kettles since Nov. 30.

Two donors have called to confirm the gifts.

The Salvation Army expects to sell the gold rings to a jeweler to help fund its charitable programs.

The not-so-serious side of me (and you have to admit these donors have a humorous side!) asks "where are the drummers drumming and how do they get into one of those little red kettles?"

2005 Weblog Award Finalists!

…and the finalists have been announced!

Merri Musings is in the running for an award for Best New Blog! Polls are open tomorrow (and you can vote every 24 hours if you’d like)…if you enjoy my site, please be sure to stop by and slip a vote in the ballot box for me!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a few of my favorites!  Please be sure to drop them a vote, too!

Best New Blog (but only if you don’t wanna vote for me…wink, wink, nudge, nudge):

Common Sense Runs Wild and Soldiers’ Angel Holly Aho

Best Group Blog

The Cotillion (who individually received a number of nominations….excellent job, ladies!)

Best Humor / Comics Blog

Six Meat Buffet (didn’t you know there were six meats?)

Best Conservative Blog

The Jawa Report (a MUST read!)

Best Culture / Gossip Blog

Knowledge is Power (SondraK - bringing a bit of culture to the Cotillion ladies!)

Best of the Top 250 Blogs

My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (go Beth!)

Best of the Top 501-1000 Blogs

Vince Aut Morire (there are many I could mention here, but by and far my hubby stands out for me for many reasons, so I’m pitching his site!) 

Best of the Top 2501-3500 Blogs

The Wide Awake Cafe

Congrats to everyone that was nominated!  I think it’s an honor just to be nominated, let alone be a finalist!  It affirms for me why I like keeping up this little corner of the web.

Good luck to all and happy voting!

The True Cost of Christmas?

I love stuff like this!

You think saving for a new flat-panel plasma television or iPod Nano for the holidays is daunting? Be thankful you don’t have to save for the original gifts of the "12 Days of Christmas."

To buy the partridge in a pear tree, the 12 drummers drumming and all the gifts in between in the verses of the famous song you’d have to shell out $18,348, according to PNC Advisors’ annual survey. And if you were really true to the song, buying all the gifts including the repetitions? Those 364 items would cost a cool $72,608, up 9.5% from last year’s $66,344.

Sure, gold rings are on the rise, increasing a cool 27.5% year-over-year.  But the real inflation comes with the birds (what with the avian flu scare and all…).  While the partridge in a pear tree only increased 12.90%, the six geese-a-laying increased a whopping 42.90% (!!!).  My dearest husband, I won’t be getting you any geese this Christmas, sweetheart!

What was the priciest item on the list?  Well, it was close, but the nine ladies dancing edged out the swans-a-swimming.  I wonder what kind of dancing they were doing?  Hehheheheheehehehe!

Click on the link above and check out the itemized list - it’s pretty funny to think about!

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Husker Happenings!

Saturday, September 10, 2005 was our kids’ first live and in person Husker game.  This is a ritual that most every child in Nebraska can and should experience.  We had a GREAT time!  The highlights:

  • Emily seeing real cheerleaders, getting to borrow their pom-poms and doing a "real cheer" for them (she proudly cheers "GO-BIG-RED")
  • Bradley and Emily attempting to sneak into the Champion’s Club (they got the lanyards, but not the entry tickets, darn it!)
  • The look on Bradley’s face the whole time (saucer eyes - especially knowing there were 78,000+ people there)
  • The look on Emily’s face when she saw the cheerleaders on the big screen - not to mention Li’l Red
  • The sea of red - it was incredible!
  • The parties and the tailgaters - they were everywhere!
  • While we were eating dinner (late, after the game), it took virtually the entire dinner before people were done rolling out of Memorial Stadium.  We saw a steady stream of people for an hour or better.
  • The defense - thank GAWD for the defense!
  • Emily taking her shoe off and waving it when the kicker was kicking the ball - along with thousands of other crazy Husker fans!
  • The light up sunglasses and Emily’s "cornhead."  That thing is HEAVY!

Here’s a few pictures to sum up the day.  Would I do it again?  In a heart beat!

Memorial Stadium - beeeeutiful, ain’t it?

One of the many parties on the way to the stadium.

The inside area at the same party (we’re up on the 6th floor).

Little Ms. Cornhead!  Note the Husker "tattoos" on her cheeks!

The scene behind us as we were walking toward the stadium!

The famous "tunnel walk!"

This is a great picture of the "sea of red."  It doesn’t do it justice, though.  This is only about 1/10th of the stadium (and it all looks like this).  It’s an amazing sight!

What do you think?  Have we raised them right?  They are Husker fans (isn’t that obvious?)….of COURSE we raised them right!

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I Know March is a Long Way Away, But…

The next season is coming in March 2006, and they are adding eight "bonus" episodes!  I miss The Sopranos.  Only seven months to wait…

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What Planet are You From?
You Are From the Moon

You can vibe with the steady rhythms of the Moon. You’re in touch with your emotions and intuition. You possess a great, unmatched imagination - and an infinite memory. Ultra-sensitive, you feel at home anywhere (or with anyone). A total healer, you light the way in the dark for many.
I’m not even from a planet - I’m from the moon!  Most of this seems to fit with the exception of the "infinite memory."  Hell, I can’t remember 10 minutes ago sometimes!
punta del cappello:  An American Housewife

Letter From a Farm Kid, Now a Marine Corps Recruit

Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well.  Hope you are.  Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile.  Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed til nearly 6 a.m. but I am getting so I like to sleep late.

Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things.  No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay.  Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there’s warm water.  Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee.  Their food plus your holds you til noon when you get fed again.

It’s no wonder these city boys can’t walk much.  We go on "route marches," which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us.  If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different.  A "route march" is about as far as to our mailbox at home.  Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.

The country is nice but awful flat.  The sergeant is like a school teacher.  He nags a lot.  The Captain is like the school board.  Majors and colonels just ride around and frown.  They don’t bother you none.

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing.  I keep getting medals for shooting.  I don’t know why.  The bulls-eye is near big as a chipmunk head and don’t move, and it ain’t shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home.  All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it.  You don’t even load your own cartridges.  They came in boxes. 

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training.  You get to wrestle with them city boys.  I have to be real careful though, they break real easy.  It ain’t like fighting with that ole bull at home.  I’m about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake.  I only beat him once.  He joined up the same time as me, but I’m only 5′6" and 130 pounds and he’s 6′8" and near 300 pounds dry.

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and joing before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,


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Why Would She Admit It???

A freelance writer is suing celebrated author Stephen King because she claims to be the real Annie Wilkes from King’s best-seller "Misery."

That’s according to a report Tuesday posted on "Celebrity Justice" online, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed by Anne Hiltner of New Jersey.

According to "Celebrity Justice," Hiltner claims "invasion of privacy" in the suit because the book’s main character, "Psycho Nurse Wilkes," is a caricature of her.

Why would she admit this?  Hmmmm…she also says the psychic nurse in King’s Animal Kingdom is based on her, claimed King’s "Riding the Bullet" was stolen from her brother’s manuscript and King plagerized her own writings for Misery.  Ah….perhaps claiming she’s Annie Wilke’s *isn’t* so far off the mark!

Did He Get Gastric Bypass, or Just Stop Eating McRibs?

Ronald McDonald has joined the diet craze, among the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Randy Jackson:  "Ronald McDonald, the colorful frontman for the fast food chain, will be slimming down in a new ad campaign that the company says is aimed at promoting a healthier lifestyle."

"To keep up with this active lifestyle, Ronald McDonald went shopping and picked out a whole new wardrobe. These new outfits complement his fun, energetic style," said Rogovin.

Ronald’s new threads include a warm-up suit, basketball, soccer, football uniforms, and a tuxedo for formal events. He will keep his red shoes. The streamlined version of Ronald is aimed at promoting a healthier lifestyle, company officials said.

Okay, it doesn’t matter to me.  Obese or healthy, Ronald McDonald is scary.  There’s just something about those evil clown eyes and pale complexion that gets me every time.  Gulp.  :::shiver:::

Why, Daddy, Why?

NEW YORKNo, illusionist-comic Penn Jillette of the Las Vegas duo Penn & Teller isn’t pulling a trick on this time: He and his wife have given their baby a name you probably haven’t heard before.

Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette was born on Friday.

Jillette said they "chose her middle name because when she’s pulled over for speeding she can say, ‘But officer, we’re on the same side. My middle name is CrimeFighter.'’

He didn’t give an excuse her first name, Moxie.

Okay "Moxie CrimeFighter" is one of the most stupid names I’ve ever heard, but I’ll cut him a little slack…at least he didn’t name her APPLE. 

Celebrity Breath Up for Auction (um, who cares?)

An enterprising celebrity spotter is offering fans the chance to buy a jar of fresh air allegedly breathed by stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for close to $US15,000 (now currently over $200,000).

"Be the first to own this jar of celebrity air, which may contain air molecules that came in direct contact with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt," the seller’s statement said on eBay.

Here’s the auction listing.  People are flippin’ nuts.


Out of the mouths of babes….and an adorable 4-year-old babe she is!

Last evening my daughter, Emily, had just got out of a rather lengthy, splash-filled bath and as I was combing her hair she looked down at her rather pruny hands and said "Mommy my hands are ‘Grammy’ed!"  I thought this was absolutely hilarious, considering her Grandmother’s nick name is "Grammy."  One bright - and funny - cookie she is!  We laughed a good couple of solid minutes on that one!

That Chicken is INNOCENT, I Say!

As a follow-up to my previous post regarding the chicken who got a ticket for crossing the road:

RIDGECREST, Calif.  — A chicken that got a ticket for crossing the road has clawed his way out of it.

The $54 citation for impeding traffic was dismissed Friday after Linc and Helena Moore’s attorney argued that the fowl was domesticated and could not be charged as livestock.

State law restricts livestock on highways, but not domestic animals.

The chicken was ticketed March 26 for impeding traffic after it wandered onto a road in Johannesburg, a rural mining community southeast of Ridgecrest.

The Moores said they got the ticket because they were among several people who complained that deputies have done little to curb noisy off-road vehicle riders.

"For the last two and a half years, no one has been able to stop the kids riding their bikes in the middle of the road or the neighbors’ dogs running around our neighborhood," Linc Moore said. "But when our chicken escaped and crossed the road once it became a huge issue."

Sheriff’s officials said the ticket had nothing to do with the Moores’ complaints.

There were no updates regarding the indecency charges.  Heh.

Koran Library Woes

Um….can’t a guy get a copy of the Koran at the library without having to bend over backwards?

Sneak a peak under the fold….

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How Liberal / Conservative Are You?

Okay - I took the test…I think I’m definitely conservative….don’t ya think?

Your Political Profile

Overall: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Ethics: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
H/T to Beth at Yeah, Right, Whatever.  I love these test thingys!

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