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Big Ass Friendship and Inner Geeks

It’s interesting when you start digging into site analytics and how people find your blog.  I have to admit, it’s also pretty addictive!  Hubby makes fun of me that I look at it so much, but I tell him that it’s just my inner geek trying to break free.

Or maybe it’s just my outer geek showing a little too much. Regardless, he has to love me either way since I disclaimered it in our wedding vows (really, I did – see except below if you don’t believe me!).

“…I promise to respect your obsession with technology, your multitude of computers and your inner geek, and appreciate your similar courtesy for my crazy obsession with spices, my love for travel and my inner geek….”

Nice, eh?  I really think vows should be about laying it all out there so you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Anyway, back to the analytics.  Do you know the top two search engine terms that lead people to Candidly Savage? Drum roll please…

  • #1 is Friendship – aww…how sweet
  • #2 is Big Ass – What?!  There are that many people that spend their time on the internet actually searching for big asses? Amazing!
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Random Crap I Love

 

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Budget Travel and Roman

When I got home this evening, I was ecstatic to find the latest copy of Budget Travel in the mailbox.  I immediately sat down, tossed it open and began reading while visions of sugarplums beaches, castles and spas danced in my head.

I came across the Essentials section highlighting Europe’s best values and Italy happened to fall into the  “Less of a Bargain” category.  It stated…

A nice Roman lunch for two now costs $150

What?! Lunch at $75 per person?!  I immediately read it aloud to hubby who was sitting across from me at the table knowing that he would be equally flabbergasted.

Nate suddenly runs into the kitchen…

  • Nate: What did you say?
  • Me: I was talking to daddy about travel in Italy.  I didn’t say anything to you.
  • Nate: But what did you say?
  • Me: Nothing you need to be concerned about.
  • Nate: But I heard you say Roman – don’t talk about Roman!

Laughter ensues

A little background (to help you see the humor in this post)… You see, “Roman” is Nate’s best friend.

I guess being protective of your friends isn’t a bad thing! It’s just funny that he was blaring Star Wars in the other room, yet was still in tune with our conversation.  Another case and point that kids hear everything!

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Kids

 

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Family Vacation 2011 Intro

One of my passions in life is traveling.  I secretly always wanted to be one of those hosts on the Travel Channel that reviewed places to stay and things to do in all the exotic locations around the world.  So, when it came time to plan our 2011 family vacation, I spent countless hours scouring the internet for content.  Where did we want to go?  What would we do when we got there?

Traveling with children brought out my fear of the unknown – all these thoughts running through your head… will they make it through the airport and flight without a meltdown… how will the time change affect them… did I pack the medicine… did I pack diapers and lovey in the carry-on… will I get to enjoy this vacation too or will I be too worried about my children…

So, more research ensued – traveling with toddlers, airplane games, to purchase an airline seat for <2 or not to, etc.  One of the ideas I stumbled across was to fill a backpack full of new items and let them open one every 30 minutes to keep them entertained on the plane.  I purchased the following for our bag of goodies, which turned out to be a lifesaver:

  • iPod loaded with games
  • Crayola Color Wonder Markers & Coloring Books
  • Modeling Clay (the kind that doesn’t dry out)
  • Wikki Stix (VERY cool toy!  Nate still plays with them around the house and comes up with some pretty imaginative games)
  • Nesting Fairies (which might sound like something perverted, but I swear it’s not!) – I would not reccomend these for a flight – When Riley opened one of the nesters, the others went flying everywhere.
  • Flash Cards (on a ring)
  • Books

For the airplane seat, we decided to go the el cheapo route and have Riley be a lap child.  Word of advice – if you’re travelling with more than one child, PAY THE MONEY FOR A SEAT!  Did you hear that? I said PAY THE MONEY FOR A SEAT.

Riley's 1st plane ride

Now that the “how” was figured out, I had to make a final decision on the “where”.

I REALLY wanted to go back to Jamaica, but I kept questioning taking the kids at such a young age.  I almost booked it several times, but then I envisioned going through customs with two kids under 5 and I talked myself out of it (yes, I talk to myself alot).

In the end, San Francisco won out.  Hubby is a native, plus Grandma Nicole and several of hubby’s childhood friends still live there, so we decided to keep it low key and spend our vacation visiting.  We took Nate there when he was two and now that Riley was turning two, we thought it was time to take her to see the city by the bay.

To be continued…

P.S. My favorite travel resources are Trip Advisor followed closely by HomeAway

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Travel

 

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Going for Mother of the year award – take #968

Earlier this week, I did the cardinal sin….

…queue scary music…

I was cleaning off the “collect all our shit” spot (a.k.a the dining room table) and I tossed some things into the kitchen trash.

fast forward 2 hours later…

Uncontrollable sobbing heard in the distance

Riley is fast asleep in bed, so I know the crying can’t be a result of my children punching / hitting / kicking / stealing toys from the other.  I walk downstairs to see what all the fuss is about and I find my son, Nate, sitting on the floor crying…

  • Me: What’s wrong Nate?  Did you hurt yourself?
  • Nate: silence and the “evil eye stare”
  • Me: If I don’t know what’s wrong, I can’t help you.
  • Nate: uncontrollable sobbing… Why did you throw my drawings in the TRASH? I made those for YOU! Did you not like them?
  • Me: (thinking…oh shit! think quick you only have one shot!) Oh no!  Your drawings are in the trash?  They must’ve gotten stuck to the newspaper that I threw away!  I didn’t mean to throw them away – let’s get them out now before they get dirty!

Yep, mother of the year award…right here…

Item #58 – Crush your child’s spirits and make them feel like their creative masterpieces are not good enough for you… check

Note to self: All future “clean-up” needs to be done after bedtime and should be disposed of properly in the garage garbage/recycle bins so little boys and girls can’t accidentally see.

Here they are - salad dressing and all!

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Kids, Mother of the Year

 

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Hmmm…Is it the reconnecting or the wine?

Favorite song of the moment = For The First Time – The Script

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

“But we’re gonna start by drinkin’ old cheap bottles of wine…Sit talking up all night… Sayin’ things we haven’t for awhile….We’re smiling but we’re close to tears…Even after all these years…We just now got the feelin’ that we’re meeting for the first time”

I think this resonates with me because life gets so hectic that it’s hard to stay connected with those you love. For example, trying to have a conversation with your spouse about your day when two kiddos are vying for your attention is like trying to scream when you’re in the middle of the ocean scuba diving – nobody hears you! and trust me, I know! (more on that later).

Anyway, one of my favorite things to do after the kids go to bed is sit on our screened porch with the hubby, drink wine, and catch up on conversation.  Sometimes we even throw in an 80s music jam session, talk about our favorite songs and scare the outdoor wildlife away when we get into the groove and sing along.  That’s when I settle into the comfort of the familiarity of him, yet fathom at the newness of getting to know him.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Me, Random Crap I Love

 

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Guilty Pleasure Friday – True Blood Edition

Last year, hubby and I stumbled across a new show that everyone was raving about – True Blood.

We downloaded a few episodes, grabbed the popcorn and settled in for an “at home date night”.  The intro came on and I wondered what the hell I had gotten myself into, but since I don’t like to judge a book by it’s cover we decided to watch the entire episode prior to forming an opinion.

Episode 1 down…

  • Hubby: What did you think?
  • Me: I’m not sure what to think.  What the hell did we just watch?
  • Hubby: I’m not sure but it was strange, like fuckin’ really strange!
  • Me: Yeah, I guess strange is one word to describe it…
  • Me: Ok, well let’s watch episode 2 before we throw in the towel.

Episode 2 down…

  • Hubby: Well?
  • Me: Weird, really weird, yet somehow intoxicating!  Let’s watch more!

The rest is history!  I’m seriously a True Blood addict (the show, not the drink), but since it’s such a bizarre show, it doesn’t feel right to advertise my addiction to it, which is why it’s a guilty pleasure for me.  I’m still not sure what draws me in every week. Maybe it’s the way Bill says Sookie.

And for some reason, it only feels right if I watch it at night.  I wonder if that has something to do with the fear of Eric Northman catching on fire due to the sunlight shining through my windows?  That would be a tragedy!

Eric Northman - YUM!

So, confess…are you a closet addict?

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Guilty Pleasure, Random Crap I Love

 

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Thoughts for Thursday – Attitude

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is plan on the one things that we have, and that is our attitude….I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.

– Charles R. Swindoll


 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Thoughts for Thursday

 

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