Archives for November 2011

31 day Christmas challenge

OMG. Tomorrow's December. Because Quirky Tales and I are insufferable challenge takers, we're doing a 31 Day Christmas (and New Year's) Challenge. I promise to throw in pics and videos for each day because I'm a visual type person like that. 


31 Day Christmas Challenge

Day 1: Favorite Christmas song and why
Day 2: Favorite Christmas movie and why
Day 3: Hot chocolate or hot apple cider?
Day 4: Does your family have any traditions?
Day 5: Favorite Christmas memory
Day 6: Who is your favorite reindeer?
Day 7: Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Day 8: What is your favorite food at Christmas time?
Day 9: What are you doing for Christmas this year?
Day 10: Kissing under the mistletoe… have you done it?
Day 11: What kind of Christmas tree do you have?
Day 12: Do you take part in Secret Santa?
Day 13: Have you ever had a white Christmas? 
Day 14: How many Christmas cards do you usually send out? 
Day 15: Have you started Christmas stockings yet?
Day 16: When did you find out Santa wasn’t real?
Day 17: Have you ever been to a Christmas parade?
Day 18: Which lights are better? White or colored? Blinking or still?
Day 19: If you were an elf, what would your name be?
Day 20: What color ornaments do you put on your tree?
Day 21: What kind of tree you have? Fake or real? If real, what type?
Day 22: Do you hang a wreath up?
Day 23: Ham or Turkey?
Day 24: Do you go to a church service or go caroling?
Day 25: Does your family have a Christmas breakfast or dinner?
Day 26: How was your Christmas?
Day 27: Gift you didn't get but really wanted?
Day 28: Best gift you received this year?
Day 29: What did you receive this year that you will be re-gifting?
Day 30: Resolutions for the new year?
Day 31: Plans for New Years' Eve?

five things challenge – Day 30: Five Favorite Fictional Cats

Holla! It's THE END of Five Things. Let's get to the cats!


1. MC Scat Cat


2. Garfield


3. Figaro from Pinochio


4. Thomas O'Malley from The Aristocats


5. Hello Kitty


what to get me for Christmas

Just in case you're looking for a gift idea for me, here is the Elizabeth Taylor Estate auction chiffon caftan that I wanted.

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Gawd, I would wear this everyday. To Target, to blog, to scrapbook…

I am a glamour girl

from Retronaut

five things challenge – Day 29: Five Favorite Ice Cream Flavors



1. (of all time) mint chocolate chip

2. black walnut

3. Ben & Jerry's Late Night Snack 

4. red velvet

5. moose tracks

five things challenge – Day 28: Five Favorite Sushi Rolls

Y'all know I love sushi. I've posted many a roll on the blog over the years. I don't like your average California Roll either. 


1. Mandeville Roll from Little Tokyo (Mandeville, LA) – this roll has shrimp and is fried with a white sauce that is yum-o.

2. The Bomb from Koto (Baton Rouge) – this is the roll with the three-drippy combination of sauces, as Prof. Dr. Hiljary and I like to call it. It's like sushi with a gravy. 

3. The Hawaiian Roll from Koto – here's the description from the menu, "fried coconut shrimp and cream cheese inside topped with hand-selected ssliced of mango and avocado then decorated with our amazing creamy sauce." Now you should know that I do not like mango AT ALL and I don't like cream cheese in my sushi, but this roll is different. I don't care where you are right now – go to Baton Rouge and have this.

4. The King of the Ocean – OMG, this roll has everything (read in Stephon's voice from SNL), or should I say, had everything. Once upon a time, about two years ago, there was a sushi restaurant in Mandeville called Nagyoshi. I kept hearing about this particular roll that was huge and had all the shellfish in it: shrimp lobster, crab, everything. Y'all just don't know how good it was. 

5. The Big Mac Roll from Megumi (Covington, LA) – this roll is so yummy. What I love about Megumi is the presentation. Their plates are absolutely gorgeous. You would think you were in a 4-star restaurant and not in a strip center by the courthouse. And the crab spring roll is divine. I want one right now.

five things challenge – Day 27: Five Favorite Beverages

I love a beverage. I'll rank these in order of love.


1. coffee

2. white Russian

3. iced tea

4. raspberry margarita

5. Coke – Coke Classic from a fountain


So, Thursday was Thanksgiving. I thought I would tell y'all about the weirdest Thanksgiving ever. One year at the in-laws, they decided to have a cook do Thanksgiving and the male in-law, who shall remain nameless, told the cook to make all of his favorite foods. We had salad, egg drop soup, spaghetti and meatballs, and prime rib. It was like the Pilgrims meet the Sopranos in Chinatown. 

Have I ever told y'all about when another in-law wrapped half her Christmas gifts in Hannukah wrapping paper because she ran out of Christmas wrapping paper? And no, she's not Jewish. Raise your hand if you knew Hannukah paper existed.

I had pie for dinner tonight. I also had pie for dessert.

I can't remember if I've seen The DaVinci Code. It's on. Tom Hanks has weird hair in it. I know I haven't read the book because I tend not to want to read books everyone and their sister's baby daddy have raved about. I'm the same way about movies.

Man, I hope there is a good tv marathon on tomorrow. I love a good tv marathon. Like when all the Star Wars films are on. Or Kitchen Nightmares. Or Pawn Stars.

There is a show on television now called Big Shrimpin'. People, we live in a world where there is a show called Big Shrimpin'.

Oh good, the Vicki's Secret fashion show is on Tuesday night. Good thing I already gave you a wrap-up two weeks ago. Way to take your time editing, Vicki's Secrets.

I want queso.

My hair doesn't seem to be growing. I know that it's growing because of my roots, but it's not getting any longer. I have a theory that pixies are trimming my hair at night and making doll wigs. Seriously, my hair doesn't look like it's grown in 4 months and I've only noticed because I decided to grow it out. 

To the person who snuck away from their Thanksgiving to Google "redhead bbw pin-up" on Thursday, there is no hope for you. 

My hubs asked if something in Pirates of the Carribbean was CGI or not. "No, they found REAL mermaids for that shot." Sometimes I'm not sure about him. I told him the whole movie is pretty much CGI. I know I'm right. No need to use the Google.

Have you seen this wine called Cupcake? Does it taste like cupcakes? I don't like wine, but I might like cupcake wine. Hold the sprinkles.

We decorated the Christmas tree today. When I say we, I mean that I put on the garland and ribbon and I let the kids go to town putting on the ornaments. I'm letting go. It's not going to bother me that there are clumps of ornaments together and hardly any ornaments at the top of the tree. I didn't correct the 6 year-old when he called my cupcake ornaments "muffins." I'm not going to rearrange ornaments to make the tree more visually balanced. This is called letting go.

I have done exactly zero Christmas shopping. Go ahed, feel better about yourself!

I have never had a deviled egg. 

There is an iphone game Prof. Dr. Hiljary and I are playing (that apparently no one else knows about) called Dice With Buddies, but we call it Ghetto Yahtzee because it totally is. Fact: I love Yahtzee. When I was pregnant with the oldest child, the hubs and I played Yahtzee or Scrabble practically every night for a few months. I was unfreaking believeable at it. Then the hubs realized we were playing with 6 dice instead of 5 and took my extra die away. From then on we played Scrabble because I couldn't win at Yahtzee anymore. Then I realized I had lost any ability to spell when I tried to play "hunny" as a word.

Pregnancy does weird things to a woman. I don't recommend it unless you want to have a baby that will grow into an 8 year-old who will one day tell you to "chillax."



five things challenge – Day 26: Five Favorite Foods

This will not be hard.


1. sushi

2. cheese enchiladas

3. cheesecake

4. cookies

5. shrimp and grits

five things challenge – Day 25: Five Places to Shop

1. Lane Bryant

2. Apple Store

3. Pottery Barn

4. Sephora

5. Williams Sonoma