September 20 07

last night i had to pull out the big guns and punish the kids. i don’t do the punishing thing very well. at all. but since i put all three kids to bed on my own more often than not, and their bedtime behavior has been out-of-control as of late, i decided some disciplining was necessary for my survival. and theirs.

the biggest problem is that once Isabella’s in bed, i start the Emily and Josh bedtime routine. Neither one wants to go to bed, of course, so, just as their sister is falling asleep, the yelling begins and she wakes up. Finally, once they are in bed, after having to go in to Isabella at least thrice, they won’t stay in bed.

i need a kiss and a hug

i need another drink

i forgot my doll downstairs. and i can’t possibly go into the basement alone to get it

i think i might throw up

i made this for you

when’s daddy coming home

so, last night, when they began fighting over this red stuffed elephant, that they both are convinced belongs to them, I grabbed said elephant, told them both i loved them but their doors were going to remain closed until the morning.

i’m sure you can imagine how well that went over.

i said that they could come out if they a) had to pee or b) had to barf.

guess who barfed? She’s such a sly devil.

but, they cried for about an hour. and then eventually they both fell asleep.

while they were crying, i couldn’t really handle it. so, in situations like these, i do the only things i can do. i turn to the guilty pleasure. the things i hate to love. I ate Oreos and watched The Facts of Life.

(oh, and i also made these. to keep my hands from pulling my hair out. or from opening the doors…i’m. so. weak.)

talk about guilty pleasures….

so, i figured for my thursday thirteen this week, we’d discuss my top guilty pleasures. although, truth be told, they aren’t REALLY guilty….i don’t feel guilty about them, not at all.

1. cheesy 80′s sitcoms. facts of life. different strokes. growing pains. who’s the boss. gimme a break. saved by the bell.

2. oreos. and other cookies. pretty much all. ooh, but my all-time favorites have got to be these.

3. Unwrapped if nothing else than to watch Marc Summers talk and imitate his annunciation.

4. diet pepsi i drink way more of this than i should. bite me.

5. board games i kick ass at board games. well, i take it back. i kick ass at the board games that require skill. i suck balls at the luck games. even if my luck might be changing. Scattergories. Scene It. Trivial Pursuit. Balderdash. i love them.

6. Corner Gas i love this show. i’m really not sure why.

7. Young and the Restless i used to make fun of all my friends in high school for watching Days of Our Lives. Marlena possessed by the devil? come on…ridiculous. what they didn’t know was that i was a closet Y&R fan, and had been watching for YEARS.

8. sudoku i can’t get enough of these suckers.

9. Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. and dance. yes, i CAN do it.


10. google i love to google things. anything and everything. i love having all those answers at my fingertips. and yes, i google people’s names. (okay, maybe this one i feel a little guilty about)

11. Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire and yes, i do know all the words. and i sing them in my head when i can’t fall asleep.

12. celebrity gossip. the superficial. perez hilton. US magazine. i love it all.

13. Center Stage - life doesn’t hold tryouts. it’s cheesy. it’s ballet. it’s fantastic.

  1. Small Wonder…heh. That girl grew up in my hometown and man, was she a pain in the ass back then. :)


    Comment by Stacy on September 20, 2007
  2. You MADE those? Wow! Love them! I also thought I was the only one who watched Unwrapped…not sure why I do though…and there’s nothing wrong with googling people- I do it all the time (especially before I have a job interview so I can see what I can find about the interviewer and zero in on something)


    Comment by Steph on September 20, 2007
  3. 1,9,10,12,13…righ there with you! I can watch 80′s sitcoms over, and over, and over, and over…you get the picture! Love the list!


    Comment by Cynthia on September 20, 2007
  4. i totally own center stage, remember just the 10 of us, and remember marc summers from his double dare days. geez, i’m old.


    Comment by she on September 20, 2007
  5. Ooohhhh. Pretty. Pretty is a good distraction when the kids are driving you crazy. Why is bedtime always such a trial. The GirlChild is 13 and she STILL doesn’t want to go to bed and go to sleep.


    Comment by M&Co. on September 20, 2007
  6. Boulderdash is the bestestest game ever! I love 80′s sitcoms too but who has time to watch anymore?


    Comment by Cher on September 20, 2007
  7. Just the Ten of Us totally (and sadly) dominates tv for me. I can not get enough of it. Also, Sudoku & Diet Pepsi are pretty top notch. Did you know that Marc Summers has very intense OCD? After I found that out, I also started watching his mannerisms on Unwrapped (not to mention the super interesting foof facts). I noticed that he rarely touches anything, this includes the booth from which he does his commentary.


    Comment by manda on September 20, 2007
  8. OH my gosh, this is such a great list! I love 80′s TV and movies.


    Comment by Jenn on September 20, 2007
  9. Just the Ten of Us? I worshipped that show. Also? Saved by the Bell. Zach Morris made me swoon…hammerpants and all…


    Comment by hello insomnia on September 20, 2007
  10. First of all. Y&R!!!??? I am so deeply in love with you for admitting that..i may come and stalk you!

    Kidding. I have been watching that show forever. And you are the only person besides my Aunt who admits to watching it too…

    This list is fantastic. Once again.


    Comment by ~JJ! on September 20, 2007
  11. I Love Center Stage. So freaking much.

    But I can’t stand Marc Summers’s enunciation. He emphasizes the weirdest words!


    Comment by Audrey on September 20, 2007
  12. Celebrity gossip is my guilty pleasure. I can’t get enough of it.


    Comment by mamatulip on September 20, 2007
  13. Love this list! Your Oreos and Facts of Life are like my ketchup chips and Cosby Show.
    Love love love the clips you made! You could sell those!
    So funny how Emily knows your weakness (barf!)…Emetophobics unite! :)


    Comment by Michele on September 20, 2007
  14. Aside from Perez Hilton and Diet Pepsi, we don’t have any of the same guilty pleasures! Maybe I should do a blog post on mine…


    Comment by Rebecca on September 20, 2007
  15. I LOOOOVE those hair clips. So cute!

    And I am with you on the sudoku. I keep a book of them around for those times I’m too out of it to read and TV isn’t cutting it. Though Corner Gas is never the problem – that is a fun show.


    Comment by kittenpie on September 20, 2007
  16. What a fun list (well, not so much the kids’ giving you a hard time, but the other part).


    Comment by Buck Naked Politics on September 20, 2007
  17. This was AWESOME, Ali! I loved the whole post. I canNOT believe you made those hairclips — a new business for you, perhaps??? You’re so crafty, it’s SICK SICK SICK! Oh, and I’ll never get the We Didn’t Start The Fire thing…. NEVER!


    Comment by haley-o on September 20, 2007
  18. I am right with you on 1, 5, and 10 especially. Many an episodes of Facts of Life have gotten me through a battle of wills or two :)


    Comment by Sandra on September 20, 2007
  19. Have you read I swear I want to hump that guy madly!


    Comment by chantal on September 21, 2007
  20. I used to do Sudoku constantly, then suddenly just lost my interest in it and haven’t touched it since.


    Comment by Nicholas on September 21, 2007
  21. Our parenting is so similar! Love it.

    So can you please, please tell me how you made those super cute clips???????????????????????????


    Comment by FENICLE on September 21, 2007
  22. I’m so glad that there is someone else who remembers ‘Juat The 10 of Us”. Whenever I mention it to any of my friends, they look at me strange.


    Comment by Keri on September 22, 2007
  23. Those clips are so cute!
    I saw some the same for $5 each the other day and thougth I could make them, so I need tips
    hot glue? any tips on ribbon type?


    Comment by lisa b on September 23, 2007
  24. I loved Center Stage too! Hahaha.


    Comment by Lisa on September 24, 2007
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  28. is it thursday already?…if josh and em keep waking up bella you could make them go to bed before her.and those hair clips are so pretty.sheesh you sure are talented Ali.mmmm cookies think i’ll go eat some breakfast…


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