perfect for a UTAH trick-or-treat

since utahns love them some jello, i thought this zombie brain jello mold would be essential to our salvation....

funnyfunyfunny randomness: HALLOWEEN EDITION

that's what you get for handing out raisins.

happy halloween to all of you kiddies--big & little!

(pumpkin carved by shark bait--gracias.)

thankful thursday

things i am thankful for this week:

proof that blogging pays: round two.
i received my prizey from vanessa's blog giveaway--a decorated tin with 10 cards she had stamped herself. SCORE!

mia was positively in love with the whole deal, she couldn't seem to keep her hands off the cards inside. which is why she is making that mean face in the photo, because i told her they were being put AWAY. not happy.
what DID make mia happy was her favorite card in the bunch--frankenstein. she asked if he could lay next to her while she watched dora today. i said, "just this once."

a little blog-pat-on-the-back:

when we sat down in hsm3 the other afternoon, i felt a tap on my shoulder and turned around to see my neighbor from my neighborhood that i grew up in, jillyn.

she confessed that she had been reading my blog--my first reaction was to hope that i hadn't scarred her too badly. and that she hadn't seen any of the naughty words.

she surprised me by telling me that she enjoyed reading me, which pretty much validated me for life. it's a big deal to get words of encouragement from somebody who saw you in your worst short-mini-skirt/frosted-hair/reckless-driving-too-fast-through-the-neighborhood phase. (so sorry about that, jillyn. as a mother now i want to go back and kick my butt. AND ground me until 21.) she didn't have to come across the movie theater to tell me that. but she did and it did this girl good. thank you.

and HEY to spencer in kentucky! why you no call?

last but certainly not least:

i'm thankful for a vampire-loving 14 year old who brought home 6 A's and 1 B+ . katie works so hard and we are so proud of her. i love you kaitlyn!

lady in red

i just read this on yahoo and thought it verrrrrrrryyyy interesting:

Red may be the color of love for a reason: It makes men feel more amorous towards women, a new study reports.

In five psychological experiments, University of Rochester psychologists tested how different colors affected men's attitudes towards women.

In one experiment, test subjects were shown a picture of a woman that was framed by either a red or white border and asked to answer a series of questions, such as: "How pretty do you think this person is?" Other experiments contrasted red with gray, green or blue (keeping saturation and brightness levels the same between the different hues).

In the final study, the shirt of the woman in the photo was digitally colored red or blue. In this experiment, men were questioned not only about their attraction to the woman, but about how they would plan a hypothetical date with her. For example, one question asked: "Imagine that you are going on a date with this person and have $100 in your wallet. How much would you be willing to spend on your date?"

In all the experiments, women shown framed by or wearing red were rated significantly more attractive and sexually desirable by men than the exact same women shown with other colors.


When wearing red, women were also more likely to be treated to a more expensive outing.

i'm thinking that i shall only wear red from this day forward. maybe something along these lines:


it's raining giveaways out in the blogsphere! which is a total win/win in my opinion--check it out:

think you need 50 extra bucks? then enter my blogging bff mother goose's blogging birthday giveaway~

think you'd look good in this tutu? enter my blogging bff devri's 116th post giveaway
and it could be YOURS.

think you'd look HAWT in this make up? win a sheer cover complete starter kit by entering my blogging bff ida's first ever blog giveaway!

and don't forget--my blogging bff tiburon's 1000th post giveaway for the i pod shuffle ends at 11:59 pm halloween night....

college degrees don't come with burritos

"why waste the best days of your life going to college when you can train to become a BURRITO TASTER??!!"

i seriously think this is the job for me. i could eat mexican food 24/7 (being 1/16th mexi-fry myself. gracias.) and never get sick of it. PLUS, i could earn a jillion dollars AND i meet all of the qualifications.

it's a no-brainer.

and the winner is..........

and the winner of the superfantastic blog giveaway is..........

vanessa the scientist!!!

(i do NOT endorse marlboro. i only support 100 dollar bills.)

i must have been living under a rock ,because i can't figure out why i haven't been to this woman's blog. she is a riot!

plus she has a quote from wayne on her sidebar.

"Vanessa. She's a fox. In French she would be called "la renarde" and she would be hunted with only her cunning to protect her."

vanessa was super lucky number 164--

which brings me to this shameful true confession: i had 171 entries, so when "164" came up i was thinking, "geez!! i have to count through all of those entries! couldn't it have been in the teens?"

so i counted all the way up from 1 to 164. twice. it took me longer than i care to admit.

then i realized i could have just counted 7 back from the end.

so, vanessa, it was MEANT TO BE. email me your address at and i will get your prizey in the mail asap!

thanks to all of you wonderful people who entered (and those of you who weren't wonderful, but just wanted free stuff.) i love seeing new faces.

tune in next month for the next superfantastic blog giveaway.....

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

164 63 139 76 104
87 30 153 24 154
20 46 44 77 89
141 76 10 40 25
103 55 92 78 49
166 108 79 2 47
21 135 13 40 1
38 57 52 110 40
20 160 103 60 90
106 63 34 166 12
169 167 109 141 81
169 115 168 63 150
10 68 140 67 68
56 92 16 106 34
43 73 114 52 167
63 124 154 160 99
152 153 121 135 42
133 72 116 118 89
122 8 106 142 4
119 28 137 60 25
Timestamp: 2008-10-29 02:14:11 UTC

ta-dah. fall open house

thanks to amy for creating this radical flyer for me. she rules.

feeling this way? don't tell me....

if you are in the area and would like to come but don't know where to stalk me, email me at and i'll decide whether to accept or reject your offer of friendship.

just kidding. i always accept--i need all the friends a girl can get.

8 must-have toys for this christmas season

katie wants an i pod this year for christmas. mia wants (yet another) baby doll and stroller. but i received these toy suggestions from a friend via email and think they might be choices that think "outside of the box".


'boo-ed' and 'boobed': NOT THE SAME THING

tiburon 'boo-ed' me. which is different than "boobed me" apparently. my loss, eh?

now i get to do the same--here's how she broke it down for me:

go to as many friends as you want and tell them they've been "b00-ed". have them link back to your blog to pick up their halloween treat (picture) and tell them to boo their friends. (then put the pic in your side bar so everyone knows that you've already been boo-ed and to send the pic to someone else.)
so be watching your comments to see if you get boo-ed!

blogging pays

i decided to be awesome and it TOTALLY PAID OFF!!! i put it out in the universe, and i won my blogging bff rusti's giveaway!

chandler agreed to be my price is right model and showcase my big score:

i loved all the items she sent, but the one that went straight to my heart (and thighs) was the carmel sauce that she sent. oh MY. we had it on banana splits sunday night and i think i stated for the record more than once that i felt like it was my all-time favorite split that i'd had in my entire life. not kidding. it was pretty sinful and i ate up every bit of it.

mia was obsessed with the string of pearls that i won. she wanted to wear them and i told her that "they are mommy's." she then told me that "we can share." and literally sat me down on the couch and put them around both of our necks. she was so pleased with the solution, and i must say that she could be the smartest three year old on the planet.

i almost didn't post this photo because of the fact that you could take the shine off my forehead and power a third-world country for 24 hours. but mia was so cute that i caved.

thank you to rusti, for such a great prizey in the mail! blogging DOES pay.

trick or treating: democratic style

this is about as political as i get.

here kitty kitty kitty

i've decided that people fall into two categories when it comes to cats: love and hate. no middle ground on this one, whatsoever.

i make no apologies for the fact that i am pro-kitty. i've always liked cats--i think it's because cats have that "i don't care whether you live or die. it makes NO difference to me." attitude. so it makes me want them to like me that much more, naturally. their slim shady act is TOTAL reverse psychology. and i fall for it, hook, line, & sinker.

a few of my besties who used to be part of the "cat h8r" club have recently fallen. they acquired kitties for their kiddies and found themselves sucked in.

my other peeps are holding strong, though. amy's motto has always been, "missing your cat? look under my tire."

so, where do you stand? love them or love to hate them?

thriller 2008: or how i felt sytycd matt's waxed chest

we saw ghosts, goblins, and ghouls when we went to see thriller on friday night with our posse--it was a beautiful night to be outside and we weren't scared not one little bit.....

okay, maybe just a little. this is how mia watched half of the show.

showing our part in "multiplying and replenishing the earth"--who are all these children and why are they calling us 'mom'????

mia was exhausted after being emotionally scarred by the various creatures from the underworld. watching the show from underneath your finger-tips can take a toll.

katie & bailey pose with lorena bobbit--

b-rad and abbey were all about bubbles the clown--

so here's the part where our night got REALLY interesting: we figured out after the first number that matt dorame from so you think you can dance was the lead dancer. we were so excited! we knew he was from yewwwwtaaahhhh and that he had been a member of the odyssey dance company, but we had no idea he would grace us with his excellence. jody, kristin and i wanted to take a photo with him afterward, so we gathered 'round, all the while telling him how we had voted for him and how great he was, blahblahblah.

we were just about to take the photo when our friend steve walks up, says, "if you are gonna take the photo, make it count. you need the MONEY shot." and rips open matt's jumpsuit and unzips it halfway.........

i look up at him, mutter, "ummmm. sorry 'bout that." and then we proceeded to get the MONEY SHOT:

i'm not sure if he'll come back to southern yewwwwtaaaahhh again anytime soon.