August 8 08

so, the goal this week was to enjoy the silence. turn off the tv. do things i don’t normally do. so, now that i’m finally feeling like a human again (once again, i do not recommend food poisoning. WORST), i had great plans for last night. they involved me, my deck, a glass of wine, and my new book, How the Other Half Hamptons (it doesn’t get much chicklitier than this…).

my flannel pj pants, my sorry freezing ass and i all lasted exactly 3.4 minutes.

fucking Canada, man. today is supposed to be a high of 20 degrees (which is roughly 68 degrees to my American friends) and since we haven’t seen the sun in well over a month, i can assure you, it’s NOT warm.

so, we hauled ass to the couch. where i read indoors. which is SO not the same. and i didn’t watch TV, but may as well have because Sam gave me a totally awesome play-by-play of the So You Think You Can Dance finale. can i just say YAYAYAY!

the husband sent me this picture.

and after i died laughing, i realized that she was stuck in the abyss that is my parents’ 2.5 car garage. the place where sports equipment and old religious artifacts and starbucks bags(?) and everything else under the sun (i know…what sun?) goes to die.

so, i email gabe: “i wonder if my dead chameleon is still in there?”

two minutes later i get this

oh, Donnie Wahlberg, you are still there! in my mom’s garage!** i haven’t seen you since, well, since you died.

in 1992. when i was in 6th grade.

yes, Danyelle and i got matching chameleons – of course, aptly named for our favorite New Kids on the Block (yes, yes, my favorite was Joey. but i DID go through a Donnie phase) – and loved on them until they died roughly three days after we so excitedly purchased them. hanging tough, y’all.

**the funny this is that my dad’s garage, in Atlanta, is so nice you could eat off the floor. i swear. it has paintings on the wall. PAINTINGS? in a garage! this is merely ONE of the reasons why i’m so screwed up!

reason #185 that my sister and i are twins.

her: that picture of Isabella eating the peach buck naked is awesome!

me: i know! isn’t it? there were about 800 other shots, but they were all a little too nipple-y to put online. the last thing i need is some perv looking at nudey shots of my daughter

her: and you don’t want to be arrested for child pornography!!

me: ???!?!?!???

her: don’t you remember? there was that whole case of that dude who put pictures of his kids online and then he got arrested and accused of running some underground child pornography ring??

me: no!

her: maybe it was on CSI.

buh dum dum.

ah, i love her so. she IS me. i miss her terribly. she and i could probably talk about the garage for about an hour.

ps. you may notice i have a lovely new button on my sidebar. this one:

because i love jumping. and i love bandwagons.

the lovely Kristen of Motherhood Uncensored has gone and declared August to be Blog the Recession month. In her words, because they are far superior to anything i could come up with…

The premise is simple. If you read blogs, then for the month of August, make the “pledge” to click through from your feed reader. No obligation to leave a hilarious comment or send a long stalkerish email (although both, within reason, are always lovely). Just click through to the blog (not on ads unless you are so led) and if you’re feeling generous, click around to their older posts.

Just those extra page views can make a big difference for bloggers who could really use the help, or in my case, where page views don’t matter so much, a big fat ego boost.

So…hop to it! click, click clickety click!!

what are you waiting for????

  1. Sorry you could not enjoy being outside. Since the heat index here was over 100 or 38 for you, you would not have been outside here either.

    Hockeymans last blog post..Daddy Date Night Aug 8, 2008


    Comment by Hockeyman on August 8, 2008
  2. OMG! I thought Isabella was at MY parents house for a minute. That is SO what their garage AND basement look like. Everytime my kids stay there for a weekend, they bring random items home from my childhood. My parents kept EVERY. SINGLE. FISHER. PRICE. TOY. EVER! Are you kidding me? Also…my oldest wanted to bring home my SAXOPHONE.


    Comment by jodi on August 8, 2008
  3. Wow… I thought my father was bad with the “never throw anything away you never know when you might need it”.

    But a chameleon that’s been dead 16 years? That takes the cake.

    (Doesn’t it smell or something?)


    Comment by SciFi Dad on August 8, 2008
  4. My kids will be talking about our garage that way. It happens.

    Love her spongebob life vest. Love that it only took him 2 minutes to send the picture of the chameleon!

    threeundertwos last blog post..How to Have a Perfect Trip to Disneyland


    Comment by threeundertwo on August 8, 2008
  5. That garage totally reminds me of my grandparents basement – where STUFF goes to DIE.

    The picture of your little peach-eater is ADORABLE! Such a cutie!

    Enjoy the peace while it lasts…

    Sarahs last blog post..Pass the S’Mores, Please!


    Comment by Sarah on August 8, 2008
  6. You’re nothing but a wimpy American pretending to be Canadian! (TOTALLY joking!)

    And I am the MASTER of living twiting without dropping show spoiling spoilers!!


    Comment by sam (temptingmama) on August 8, 2008
  7. Oh my gosh – our parents have the same garage! Are we related???

    On another note– that looks like a good book. I’m going to have to check it out.

    Jennis last blog post..How To Win Friends and Influence People


    Comment by Jenni on August 8, 2008
  8. the best way to eat a peach is naked. also watermelon.which i make them eat outdoors too…whats a feed reader?


    Comment by LAVENDULA on August 8, 2008
  9. 20 degrees??? It was THIRTY-EIGHT here yesterday.

    Move to BC, girl!


    Comment by Angella on August 8, 2008
  10. Wow Donnie is hangin tough!

    Sarahs last blog post..Simply Complicated


    Comment by Sarah on August 8, 2008
  11. I was a Jordan girl, through and through.

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    Comment by Assertagirl on August 8, 2008
  12. Her name is spelled name Danielle, not Danyelle I think :)
    What is she up to now anyway?
    I was cracking up about your mom’s garage-b/c it seemed SO clean to me when I was there!

    Saras last blog post..Of course


    Comment by Sara on August 8, 2008
  13. I remember the chameleon phase! What the hell were we thinking? Was Milwaukee really that boring?
    Wait – yes, yes it was. It was either buy a chameleon, or shovel snow in April.

    Pants Wearers last blog post..Sad. Happy? Happy.


    Comment by Pants Wearer on August 8, 2008
  14. That photo of Isabella in the garage is SO funny! Does it cost a lot to send your fake kids on trips to your parents house?

    Also, Donnie was totally my favorite.

    Kristabellas last blog post..Job Interviews Are Fun!


    Comment by Kristabella on August 8, 2008
  15. Donnie was TOTALLY my favorite. I’m trying to see if I can get my dad to find my New Kids on the Block sheets that I had at his house so that I can put them on my guest bed for my drunk overnight visitors.

    Rhis last blog post..Friday Bullets: Bye Bye Cyst Edition!


    Comment by Rhi on August 8, 2008
  16. Oh, dear…I could totally fall in love with you! I hope you’re prepared!

    In my mom’s garage? My old cassettes – which include NKOTB’s “Hangin’ Tough”! You’ve got the right stuff, baby!

    differentkindofgirls last blog post..‘you actin’ kinda shady, ain’t callin’ me baby, better say my name’


    Comment by differentkindofgirl on August 8, 2008
  17. My father recently got rid of his chest freezer and in doing so, he had to part with my youngest brother’s goldfish, Finley, that he won at a fair when he was five. Finley died a few years later, and my father froze him for all eternity.


    Comment by mamatulip on August 8, 2008
  18. So are all the dead chameleons getting back together for a big comeback tour?



    Comment by Mike on August 8, 2008
  19. The garage photo of your munchkin is adorable…looks like treasures all over! :)

    The car thermometer read 108 a few days ago, so I’d swap locales with you ANY day of the week!

    Cute polka dot pants though:)

    HappyCamperss last blog post..A Mystery Picture….Challenge!


    Comment by HappyCampers on August 8, 2008
  20. I need to make more time to read chick lit…. Miss!

    That pic of Bella? CLASSIC!

    You know it’s been hot up here! Not a stitch of cold! Rain, though, but mostly awesome SUNSHINE…. Too bad you weren’t here…

    Haley-Os last blog post..More Country Musings


    Comment by Haley-O on August 8, 2008
  21. My parents garage is THE SAME WAY. And they just moved into a new house a year ago! Come to think of it, perhaps that’s part of the problem…

    Camels & Chocolates last blog post..Step 1


    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on August 8, 2008
  22. I still have my gecko that died when I was in junior high. It’s in this weird little jewelry box coffin. I have no idea why I’ve never thrown it out. I think I was really curious if it would go to heaven one day. And I suppose a part of me still wants to open it up and it magically not be there.

    Gross, I know! I think maybe on that admission, I’ll go throw it away. :)

    180/360s last blog post..Take that Starbucks!


    Comment by 180/360 on August 8, 2008
  23. So glad that I found your blog. Blog the Recession has been so much fun. A great perk is finding lots of great new blogs to frequent :)

    TheAngelForevers last blog post..It’s raining, it’s pouring . . .


    Comment by TheAngelForever on August 9, 2008
  24. Poor Donnie Wahlberg. I can’t believe he’s still out there!

    Kylas last blog post..She steals the show, she does.


    Comment by Kyla on August 9, 2008
  25. Hi! Just Blogging the Recession!

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    Comment by Rightmyer Rants on August 9, 2008
  26. You should know, one of my best friends in college dated Donnie Walhberg. I have the National Enquirer cover picture to prove it!

    manager moms last blog post..It’s Good To Be Queen


    Comment by manager mom on August 9, 2008
  27. Ha.

    I love that you guys get real life and TV life confused cause it doesn’t make me feel all that bad. I do it all the time. LOL!

    ohmommys last blog post..A Tale of Two Sisters


    Comment by ohmommy on August 9, 2008
  28. Love the dead thing cage. And that you were sent a picture of it.

    texasholly @ June Cleaver Nirvanas last blog post..Sitting on the sun in the presence of dinosaurs…


    Comment by texasholly @ June Cleaver Nirvana on August 9, 2008
  29. It’s 14C and raining … what’s up with that?


    Comment by Teena in Toronto on August 10, 2008
  30. I think I would enjoy 68 degrees right now. After 108 with heat index, oh yes, I would.


    Comment by Queen of Shake Shake on August 10, 2008
  31. My moms garage looks just like that. But worse.

    Misss last blog post..Another “first” gone


    Comment by Miss on August 11, 2008
  32. Maybe it was on CSI…dam I just said that last night.

    Donnie, oh how I lurved him. I kissed his poster every night and practiced writing my married name. ;)

    Issas last blog post..Random facts: Wedding week edition


    Comment by Issa on August 13, 2008
  33. Those packrats; they’re scary!

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    Comment by Daisy on August 28, 2008


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