Why do we say that?

A friend from back home in San Diego emailed me this week and asked if it was “rat’s ass cold” over here on the East Coast yet. I was happy to report that the weather was a beautiful Maryland fall, crisp and colorful. I then proceeded to inform my friend that I had no knowledge of the average temperature in the rectal region of a rat. And therefore was unable to report on any similarities in our climate.

This got me thinking about the things we say. Those funny little colloquialisms that make no sense at all. For example “Cold as hell”. It’s been a while since the days of my confirmation classes but I seem to recall something about “burning in the eternal flames of hell”. One would think that cold wouldn’t really be an issue there. In that case a snow ball might have a great chance in hell.

“I worked my ass off”… oh if only this were the case. I work and work but to no avail! “She/He eats like a bird” in actuality most birds eat more than their body weight daily. It seems that my metabolism gets this one before my brain catches on. “Thunder struck” if the movie Twister taught us anything (other than NEVER to move into tornado ally) it was that lighting strikes not thunder. I’m a big wimp with storms and wouldn’t get struck by either because I’d be hiding in the crawl space under the stairs in my basement, thank you very much.

I’m sure that I could go on and on here.. Alas I’ve got dishes to do, lest my house become a pig pen.

Mommy escapes (this week’s deal tip)

Ahhh, those wonderful days this summer in Tuscany just me and the hubby…(this peaceful reflection shattered by the sound of my 2 year old daughter “Mommy I poop, I poop on de floor mommy”)

Sad, I can’t go back there anytime soon but after the poop gets cleaned up I can hit my elixir of mommy (e.g. coffee) with a great shot of Tuscany in the form of Coffemate’s Italian creme.

Even BETTER I saved BIG bucks on it this week at Walgreens. Check their in-store add then combine the buy one get one coupon they have with a $1 off 2 coupon you can print at http://www.coffee-mate.com/SpecialOffers.aspx

You get two for a total of $1.49 or 76 cents each!!! I also tried out the Mocha Peppermint and LOVE it… another bonus here is they are a pretty much guilt free (low cal low fat) treat! Escape my mommy minions escape!

Stuff It! (my first give away contest)

At the request of the late commers I’m re-posting this… Join in the fun

As promised my first contest is upon us. I’ve always been big on the holiday table thing. I LOVE to cook and think I’m pretty good at it. My family is used to a big ta da for turkey day. This year I’d like to stray from the ‘usual’ fare and put a twist on a traditional thanksgiving dish… Stuffing

Being that I’m in the eat healthier still taste great state of mind, I’d like to see some ideas that pack a big WOW for less than SUPER SIZED fat and calorie values…but I can always fall prey to a good sausage recipe! lol

The winning dish will be featured on our family table, on my blog and the reader who submitted it will get a jump on the holiday shopping season with a $20 Target gift card.

I’ll accept any ideas that don’t include game meats (never acquired a taste for goose liver, very low brow of me huh?). Send your entry to me at laracasey71@hotmail.com. I’ll announce the winner on the 25th of November and the gift card will go out that day as well.

Have a happy Thanksgiving

My personal top ten.. what do you think?

In my daily 7.8 minutes of news this morning before cartoons possessed the TV like normal, I caught a segment on CNN. It seems that Oxford has released a list of the most over used or annoying phrases of the year. Well not many of MINE made it so I’m blogging my list and encouraging you to chime in too. Here goes…

10. But mom. (which most often proceeds the long list of reasons why one of my children can’t simply do as they’ve been asked)

9. I thought I did it. Well ya didn’t okay so…(see below)

8. Just do it. (I hate how my children drive me to use this one SO much)

7. Pencil (insert noun here) in. This one both assumes that I actually keep some sort of ledger of daily activities as well as puts it on me to remind someone else about it!

6. I know I told you. My husband shares this one with my teenager. And NO neither of them did tell me!

5. You have to want it. My wonderful instructor at the gym uses this one as a “motivational” tool. She is great really, but does she look at me and actually think that I DON’T want to loose weight? Yeah I’m perfectly happy with being the FAT chick in the back of the class behind the stick people in the front… PLEASE!!

4. But you said. Okay I may have said that before but now I’m saying this, deal with it.

3. You rock. Alright I use this one far too much myself. However, few of us actually do rock. I’m sure that when Jim Morrison looks down on this plane of existence as sees someone use that phrase to describe the likes of The Jonas Brothers or Hannah Montana, he spits out his mouth full of Merlot extinguishing his hand rolled cigarette in disgust.

2. Any form of text message acronym used in verbal communication. My 15 year old sorely underestimated his OLD mom when he used WTF thinking I wouldn’t get it. And my 9 year old has been banned from saying IDK.

1. Man up. WTF, OMG, IDK why people would use this one. We all know the toughest gender out there is NOT the male… LMAO

I got goosebumps

Politics aside (ironically), I have to say I got goosebumps voting today. It’s a moving moment to think that no matter what the outcome, tomorrow morning we will have made history in this country. We turned out in record numbers as Americans to exercise our rights, given to us through the honor and bravery of so many since the founding of our country. No matter the ballot we cast we will forever be remembered as those of the era of change. Be it the first president of African descent, our first female vice-president or even the beginings of a call to a system of more than two parties will live in a new America.

On behalf of myself as a former service member (Go Navy) and of those who serve or have served, thank you for voting!

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