Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Only Corner To Put Baby In Was Dirty

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Hey All!
I am so happy be be here while Lamb and Sexy Nerd are away on their adventure. I tried but they wouldn't take me...probably because they may have read this post!

So, you want to know who you are talking to right? I am Holly, and 504 Main is my home away from home where I entertain, cook, create, and write about whatever happens to intrigue me at the moment. I want 504 Main to be a comfortable place, the kind of place that you feel like you can stop by anytime, kick off your heels {or boots} and have a mocha...or a glass of wine {or champagne}. 

Hope you enjoy the tale of my vacation. 



The Only Corner To Put Baby In Was Dirty
Once or twice a year, hubby and I have the same argument...where are we going on vacation? Pre Baby No. 2, the answer was Hawaii. Post baby No. 2, the thought of a 5 hour flight...the time difference...and traveling with my husband who pulls out his "ASS" Hat {and proudly wears it} the minute we leave the house for the airport, was more than I could handle.

A couple of years ago, I took the bull by the horns. I have always wanted to go to Family Camp. Um, yeah Dirty Dancing was one of my most-favoritest movies ever! I could actually hear "I've had the time of my life..." playing as the theme song to our vacation. I had dreams of cute little cabins, talent shows, entertainment, activities, and good old-fashioned camaraderie amongst "campers"...how could you beat that!?


Joe was turning 7 and always was asking to meet new friends. At Family Camp he would have his own activities...there would be kids to play with...he was going to LOVE it. As for Baby No. 2, she was just shy of turning one...so that was not going to be easy no matter what, but still I wouldn't have to cook, we wouldn't even have to decide where to eat...and we were staying in California - no time difference to mess with naps or bed time...PERFECTION!

Hubby reluctantly agreed to my wild fantasy of "Dirty Dancing" Family Camp. I was even able to find a great deal on a camp - which was also highly touted in a well-known magazine. Summer vacation begins in early June for us, so we were able to hit the road the second week of June. Better yet, this camp was offering 40% off of their regular rates---Dealicious! If you have ever priced these camps...they are not cheap...in fact Hawaii would have cost less {at full price}, but at 40% off it seemed the time and the price was right.

As per the website and lovely person on the telephone, we were promised lakefront rooms, a heated swimming pool, 3 gourmet meals per day plus a full 24/7 snack bar, campfires, theme nights, horseback riding, mountain biking, water skiing, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, archery, riflery, and more! There was baby sitting and organized activities for the children all day..."Mom HEAVEN" was waiting for me!

We packed our car to the brim and headed for our destination. There was a big powwow that night and we didn't want to miss a thing. We survived the drive to be greeted by a big dirt lot, a pond posing as a lake, a bunch of pissed off parents, kids running everywhere, and camp counselors and staff hanging out at the pool...and no one in charge who knew anything about anything!



We settled in to our less than welcoming room. It was ugly, disgusting, dirty, and buggy, with straight-from-a-rental-cabin-this-is-what-we-had-left-at-home-and-instead-of-taking-it-to-the-Goodwill-we brought-it-here 1970's decor. I was still seriously appalled...at full rates, the cost of this place rivals the Ritz...so I was not expecting so much dirt and tackiness. We also had our very own glorious smelly, musty bathroom...just what every vacationer dreams of! After recovering, we headed down stairs for the big powwow. It did not go as anyone planned...


{the following is a synopsis of our powwow}
Camp Dude {CD}: "Welcome. We are glad to have you here...Yada...Yada...Yada...We just wanted to go over a few rules and let you know when meals are served. You all will pretty much be on your own this week as our activities do not start until next week. We'll have the pool open for you a couple of hours each day, and the craft room will be open tomorrow for a few hours. The lake will be off limits because the lifeguard isn't here, but there are many hikes and trails to check out. They are just a short drive from here."


Me:..in my head...looking around: "WHAT!? Oh CRAP. Hubby is going to K-I-L-L ME DEAD RIGHT NOW. How did I miss this? Where was this on the website or when I called? How, oh how did this happen...this week is going to suck BIG TIME."


Then, I snapped out of it and I heard it...the rumblings...the whispers...and then one mom, who was traveling with two children under the age of 2 1/2 asked...yelled...the question..."WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?"


CD:"This is not a full program week. This is a trial to get us ready. We do not have all of the counselors here yet. We are not ready for campers."

Somehow, he and the few staff members present were not immediately strung up by their toe nails and tortured by the 50 or so families. Much to their credit, each of the families other than "that one mom," remained calm and told CD that we were not told that little detail, and they better figure out a way to make this "right" right now! Collectively, the families agreed to leave the next morning and dispute our credit card charges if something didn't happen and QUICK!


To help our cause, "that mom" packed up and walked out right then and there. The rest of us were just dumbfounded and thinking what are we going to do with all these kids and nothing to play with, nothing to do for one week. This was our bonding moment at camp. We figured we outnumber them and therefore, we can pretty much do what we want...we will go in the lake, we will have a campfire, we will not let "you" ruin the trip.

To their credit, CD and his superiors pulled together some activities for the next day. They called in every counselor they could, and offered a half-ass program for the kids. Not to their credit, they left my 7 year old son alone on the dock fishing {when he was supposed to be in their care} because the girl counselor wanted to water ski with the "hot" dude.


After 2 days, they offered every one free mountain biking, horseback riding and water skiing on the pond (we knew there would be additional charges for these activities}. We all decided to stay. We made the camp ours...we raided the kitchen at night and took the s'mores fixins', we made our own campfire, we played games...it was fun, but not what it was supposed to be...
My son was able to do archery and shoot BB guns and a rifle - to this day, if you ask him, he will tell you it was one of the best vacations ever {other than Hawaii}. As for me...it was miserable...everything was dirty...the dining room was dirty, our room was dirty - nails were falling out of the bunk bed - that is good for a one year old to play with!, the playground was a bunch of broken plastic climbing structures, there were a bunch of horny single parents trying to hookup with one another, one man who seemed to think he was the camp stud {NOT!} and his wife the camp MILF {glad he thought that, but double NOT!}.


As for the camp counselors, they were too busy flirting and hooking up with each other, they took up every chair at the pool and jumped in front of us at meal time to care about the campers...apparently we were interrupting their vacation! To add insult to injury, they were having training throughout the day and evenings on how to greet and treat the campers coming to stay. They even had s'mores and campfires...we were not invited.

This was no Dirty Dancing experience. It was dirty but there was no dancing, and certainly no "Johnny." There was a "Baby" though. Although I am pretty sure some of the other antics that happened in Dirty Dancing were happening in the counselors quarters. I would be remiss if I did not point out that on our second to last night there, camp management called us all together to thank us for staying, and offered us an additional 50% off of the already 40% discounted price. That helped ease the sting of the vacation, but we all would have rather had the experience we were promised.

Hubby let me live to see another day, but I am not allowed to plan vacations anymore.


Has anyone ever been to family camp?
Anyone have one to recommend - I swear I want to try this again! I want my Dirty Dancing experience!

Happy Camping!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

LambAround...In My Belly!

Let me just say that this guest post cracks me up! It also makes me just a tad bit concerned. I don't want anyone to read the title and get the wrong idea, possibly thinking that Sexy Nerd and I are going to return from our vacation with any unplanned surprises, if you catch my drift! Also, if you haven't already, be sure to enter: Win A Le Creuset Stock Pot! LambAround's 1st Giveaway!

Amber is a 20-something godless liberal heathen with an unnatural love for chocolate, innuendo and sarcasm. Read her nonsensical rants at Le Meh.



Lamb does more than entertain us through the internetz….it also makes for tasty animal protein! So, while Danni and Sexy Nerd lamb around the big blue sea, send some delicious warm soup to lamb around in your tummies!

LAMB SOUP 


Ingredients:

4 med. tomatoes
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. lean lamb, cut in 1 inch strips
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground tumeric
2 onions, finely chopped
1 tbsp. chopped parsley
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 1/2 c. hot meat broth
1 c. broken home style egg noodles
2 eggs
2 tsp. lemon juice
Pinch of ground cinnamon


Peel tomatoes; remove and discard seeds. Chop tomatoes. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add lamb; cook, stirring constantly, until brown on all sides. 


Stir in ginger and turmeric. Add chopped tomatoes, onions, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir well; add broth.

Cover and simmer 45 minutes. Add noodles; return to boil. 

Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes longer. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, beat eggs with lemon juice and cinnamon; stir into hot soup. Reheat soup; do not boil. Serves 4.


Happy Lambing Around! *Slurp*

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Win A Le Creuset Stock Pot! LambAround's 1st Giveaway!

Super huge, mega exciting news today! But, due to my BlogHer (awesome, by the way) agreement, I'm not technically allowed to have the giveaway right here (phooey!) Luckily, BlogHer is perfectly happy with me linking to my giveaway: Win A Le Creuset Stock Pot! LambAround's 1st Giveaway!

Good luck, everyone!

If I were a rich girl, I'd throw in that bottle of wine too!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ever Post A Rerun?

In honor of our upcoming cruise (or, hey, maybe I'm already away on my cruise right this instant, and merely scheduled this post ahead of time!)(muah ha ha!) today's post is actually just a cut/paste repeat of a previous vacation.

That's not fair! you say? You're not allowed to use the same post on your blog twice! you insist?

Were you reading my blog back when I went to the Seychelles? Do you even know where the Seychelles is?? (I'm not trying to be mean to you, my fabulous reader, of course! Most people I talk to really don't know where the Seychelles is!)

Anyhow, enjoy this post and leave me comments so I have something to look forward to when I get back from my cruise (not that I'm gone, of course! I'm right here blogging!)

My Seychelles Post


(This is actually a few posts merged together into one. Ah, the joy of being confined to an island with limited internet access for 2 weeks.)

My mum is driving me nuts! She was flipping out when I was posting on MySpace last night. She said I was going to be sooooo embarrassed when people read what I wrote and she kept yelling at me not to post it. I asked her if she knows what MySpace is and she said no. I asked her if she has read what I am posting and she said no. I think thats all I need to say, right?


Yesterday, my great grandmother showed me a skirt that she made for me and was trying to get me to take off my pants in front of everyone. I'm glad that I was able to escape into the bathroom to try it on. It was so small that I could barely get it past my knees, so it would have been extra embarrassing to try to put in on with everyone watching. My mum says I should have just done it because my great grandmother is so old that she has seen everything before and changing in front of her is no big deal. Okay, I'll go along with that. But what about all the other people who were there, teenage boys and uncles included?! That's easy for her to say - no one was trying to take her pants off! Lol, I wonder if my great grandmother would have laughed at my thong?

Doesn't this woman look so friendly and sweet?

My crazy mum does things completely different from me. I asked her where we were going this morning and, of course, she ignored me like she always does. So where did we go after the agricultural show? We drove and we drove and we drove, until over 4 hours had passed and I was completely car sick, and then we went home. Yep, my mum thought it would be fun to just drive around. Isn't there anything better to do than drive around?! I was crammed in the backseat of the car, where there are no vents, (I was sweating the entire drive!) and the seat belts do not work. Driving here seems very dangerous to me. My mum is not used to driving on the left so her reaction time is slower than usual, (and she's not that great of a driver to begin with!) Every once in a while we have to remind her that she''s on the wrong side of the road! During our pointless drive, there were 3 times that I had to get out. Two were because we were on a one lane road over a very steep cliff and needed to find a way to pass another car. We ended up turning around, (very scary on the one lane road!) There's no point getting out to help my mum drive. I motion for her to keep going back or forward and she stops and ignores my directions.


This morning we went for a walk on the beach. I was nervous because it was still dark and there were no other people out. My mum said not to worry because the only time she ever heard of something bad happening when she lived here was when a woman had her throat slashed by a guy with a machete on the beach and they laid her on the counter at the hotel and all of her insides were coming out through her neck. Yeah, mum, great job putting my fears to rest! When we got back from our walk, we took a short nap, (just 5 more hours!) Isn't jet lag fun?

 Seychelles cars are ADORABLE!

We went to the 30th independence day parade last night. There were lots of interesting floats. Each had a big number in front of it and represented a year in Seychelles history, so we thought that the parade was over when it got to 30, (which makes sense!) When we got home, we found out that the floats went up to 59! I'm glad we didn't stay for all of them though because just the first 30 took a loooong time and it was cold and raining. At the parade, we tried deep-fried banana, which tasted like banana bread. We also drank SeyPearl, which is soda that is made here.


Today we are going to do some shopping in town and tomorrow and Wednesday we will be in Praslin and La Digue, which are islands near here. I am not sure if we will be flying there or taking a boat. We have been told that everyone who takes a boat there gets very seasick because it sometimes seems like the boat is going to flip over, so hopefully we'll fly! Its going to cost a few hundred dollars to go and all we're doing there is going to the beach, so it sounds like a waste of money to me. Maybe it will be fun though. We'll see.

*Post-trip update: We ended up taking a boat. I learned first-hand what those little paper baggies stashed in each seat are for!


My relatives from Australia and my brother are going to arrive here on Thursday. When they are here, we are all going to stay in little beach houses on the other side of the beach. Every time there has been somewhere I've wanted to go, like the Natural History Museum, my mum says we'll go when everyone else arrives.

I'm not sure this guy wanted his photo taken. Being a tourist is fun!

The bugs keep biting me! I have a huge bug bite on the back of my leg and it ITCHES! I even have bug bites on my feet. My grandpa sees the bite marks and makes me put cream on them, but he forgets if I already put cream on, so he insists that I put cream on over and over and over again!

 Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow!!! Why must my leg be so tasty?!

My great grandma is praying right now. Every morning, she sits at the table with cards that have pictures of people, (saints?) She prays without interruption for over 2 hours! I'm not sure what else to say about that. I just thought it was interesting.


Uh oh. My mum just came in and it sounds like our plans may be changing. Instead of going to the other islands tomorrow, we may go when everyone arrives from Australia. It would be me, my mum, my brother, and my cousin Elise, because she is leaving before the rest of her family and won't be here when they go in a few weeks. My mum says it will be nice to give my Australian family a break from my brother. That seems like a good idea.

  

I am back from town! We ordered snacks from a little shop. My mum got 6 Pates and 6 Pamoussas, which I told her was a ridiculous amount and I was right we only ate 1 of each. They had 2 other things there that I have never tried and they were only 1 rupee each, which is about $0.20, but she said we had enough food. Aaaaugh! We went to the SupaSaver and waited in line for over an hour. It is always busy there. We spent about 250 rupees but I got a few interesting things to take home. There are only hand baskets at the SupaSaver, (it's so crowded that shopping carts would be impossible to fit,) so we weren't able to buy everything that we needed. It's a good thing though because we had to carry all of our groceries back to the car in the hot sun, which was parked about 1.5 miles away. Prices are not as absurd as my mum was expecting. Bread was about $2 and it was just baked in the bakery. A large bottle of soda was about $3. We got some little packages of chocolate cookies for about $0.30 each. We stopped at another grocery store on our way home. They had almost everything that the SupaSaver had at almost the same prices but there was no crowd and we could park directly outside. Whatever shred of appeal the SupaSaver still had went right out the window! Shouldn't someone have told us about this place?

 I'm glad I've never seen a spider like this at home!

I want to buy some curry paste but my mum freaks out when I try because she says it will get all over everything. It comes in a pouch just like those tuna pouches. I don't think it will explode on the plane, esp. if I pack it with my carry on. It would be wrapped in another bag just in case, but she doesn't care. Gosh darn it! I want some curry paste!


Well, I had better end this because I want to go to the internet café and send it before I go to the beach.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sexy Nerd Quote of the Day...Err, Night

*Quick Update*
I just noticed that I have 99 Followers! Ooooh, it's so close to 100 that I can't stand it! Come on, bloggy buddies! You know you want to follow LambAround! Give into the urge!

Okay, on to the real post:

Last night, Sexy Nerd was feeling a little bit "lovey". He had candles lit and wine and suggested that I put on a sexy outfit. I changed into something skimpy, somewhat covered by an equally skimpy, see-through robe. Being Mr. Smooth Talker, he came up to me and said in his sexiest voice, "Oooh, you're wearing layers. I'll have to take them off. You're like an onion."


Fail!


How does the commercial go? Rich, but not smooth.
Shame he isn't rich either.


*Update: Sexy Nerd just read this post and pointed out that he had not lit any candles. Take the hint, Sexy Nerd!!!


Links to Previous Sexy Nerd Quotes: A Frozen Loaf and Baby Pimping

Monday, April 19, 2010

Woot, Woot! Party at the 2010 HGTV Green Home!

I'm going to throw a fabulous housewarming party, with all my bloggy buddies (thanks to Amanda at It's Blogworthy for the idea), held at the 2010 HGTV Green House. There will be a dessert buffet, as well as lots and lots of alcohol for everyone! Aren't you excited? You're invited! (Hey, that rhymes!)


Plenty of seating for everyone!

The only catch, and this is just a teenie tiny, minor detail, is that I have to win the house first. 

You can help! It's just like when we all wished for me to win the 2010 HGTV Dream House (except, as proven by that house being awarded to Myra Lewis instead, we all have to wish a bit harder this time, darn it!) Remember our Dream Home chant? (clicky here if you've forgotten) Repeat after me:

"Sexy Nerd and Lamb are going to win the 2010 HGTV Green Home. They recycle. They turn off the lights when they leave a room. They compost will compost in their new Green Home. Most importantly, they will have a huge-ass party when they win!"

Whoops, almost forgot:

"The LambAround blog is the best blog ever! I will put the LambAround button on my site, tell all my friends, comment every day, sign up for emails and then forward those emails to everyone, like the ridiculous spammer that deep down I know I can be!"

Okay, technically, that 2nd part probably won't make a difference in whether or not I win the 2010 HGTV Green Home.

It may get you cuts in line for the dessert bar though!

*Sexy Nerd is pointing out that if I do actually win, I'm going to have to actually have this party, dessert and alcohol and everything. We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sweatpants and Springtime in Albuquerque

Sexy Nerd has big plans for our yard this year. He also has no shame about being photographed in grungy sweatpants...outside...where all our neighbors can see him. That said, he surely won't mind me posting these photos on my blog, right?


He recently installed the wire fence you see behind him. It sections off our yard into the attractive hang-out-on-the-patio area and the garden.

The Garden (coming soon, I hope!)

Sexy Nerd is hoping to grow an assortment of fruits and vegetables this year, including tomatoes, jalapeños, watermelon, kale, cantaloupe, bell peppers, cucumbers, and strawberries. By fencing off half the yard, he has effectively prevented his crops from being devoured by pests.

Garden-Munching Pests

For maximum enjoyment of the patio section, we have our handy dandy bug zapper! Betcha didn't know people actually use these. Neither did I. Welcome to Albuquerque!


So, what's the best feature of our backyard? Is it that miniature (really miniature!) golf course section you see in the photo above? Is it that lush, green lawn (also phony baloney) in the photo at the top?
Nope. It's the smoker that I bought Sexy Nerd for his birthday. While he was busy setting up his garden and installing his fence, he had ribs smoking!


As for myself, I was taking a loooong springtime nap.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dinks in a Hostel

Before anything else, I'd like to say a great big THANK YOU to all the fabulous bloggers who stopped by to wish me a happy birthday (it's about time, right?) 
Oh, and another tremendous THANK YOU to everyone who has sent me a guest blogger post. If you're still interested, just email a post (old ones are fine!) and some info about yourself and your blog to lambaround@gmail.com. I'll post it here with a link to your site. Okay, on to today's post!

Now that the cake and ice cream overdose has worn off, (we walked a bunch on my birthday and I even exercised, so it's not as bad as it sounds!) it's time to buckle down and plan the details of our upcoming cruise. When you think about it, eleven nights is not really that much time for a vacation, so we've decided to stay 3 additional nights in New York when we get off the ship.

Problem? I can't believe how expensive New York hotels are! I'm a $65/nt kinda gal. For $150/nt, we may not even get our own bathroom! So, why not just accept sharing a bathroom? In fact, why not embrace the New Yorker, bathroom-sharing lifestyle entirely by staying in a hostel?

The one I have my eyes on is The Fresh Hotel and Hostel. It doesn't look that bad, right? Really, that's a pretty good price for a place that has one and a half stars! Just ignore the feces on the floor review. I'm confident it was just a fluke. When I was in Girl Scouts, I stayed in a hostel in San Francisco and I remember it seeming alright. Oddly, I don't have any recollection of ever seeing a bathroom there, but I'm sure The Fresh Hotel and Hostel will be even better!

When I showed the hostel to Sexy Nerd, we was quick to point out that we are DINKS, (Thank you for the fancy term, Oprah!) so staying in a hostel is going cheaper than we need to. Come on, Sexy Nerd, didn't you see the photos? They have ping pong! You love playing ping pong! And, out of all the hostels I've looked at, I've only read one review where singing Kumbaya was referenced.

When you think about it, are camping and staying in a hostel really that different? Come on, Sexy Nerd! Where is your sense of adventure?

P.S.
Don't you love when you look back at an old photo and think "What was in my hand??" I'd like to think that it was the remainder of a delicious cookie.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Guest Bloggers Wanted

As you've hopefully picked up from reading my blog, Sexy Nerd and I are leaving for an 11 night cruise soon. This means I am in serious need of a few guest bloggers! Don't be shy! I'm not the type to shoot down someone who offers to write a post while I'm away! That said, there are a couple of people who have said they'd do some guest blogging for me in the past, but who wants a guest blogger who reads 1 post on your site, comments that they'll be a guest blogger, and never visits again? If any of you people from before are still out there lurking, now is your opportunity to prove yourself!

What's in it for you? The prestige of being featured here on LambAround, of course (no laughing!) Seriously, if you are interested, just let me know in a comment below. Your post will include your name and a link to your site, along with some fun tidbits about your site if you'd like. Heck, I'm not picky, so feel free to cut/paste one of your old posts if you want! I'd be happy to return the guest blogging favor for you too.

And if guest blogging is not your thing, here is something I hope will redeem this post for you. I stumbled upon this adorable little hamster thingy and thought I'd share:

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

Even though my birthday isn't technically until today, that hasn't stopped me from celebrating all week

Last Sunday, Sexy Nerd agreed to play Mario Party with me, which he never, ever does. In fact, the last time we played was for my birthday last year!


On Monday, Sexy Nerd took me to dinner at Chili's after work, followed by a trip to the mall. I used a coupon at Chili's for a free birthday dessert (in case you missed my FREE BIRTHDAY TREATS post, you should absolutely check it out! Oh, the coupons this cheap thrifty girl has received! Life is good!)

Tuesday, Sexy Nerd made dinner. It was his turn to make dinner anyway, but he insisted I count it. To be fair, it was pretty tasty Hamburger Helper. What's Sexy Nerd's secret ingredient? Soybeans!

Wednesday and Thursday, Sexy Nerd brought home little goodies for me, like cans of Diet Coke, a piece of cake from a meeting he'd had at work, and a candy bar. He also rubbed lotion on my feet! For him, that'a a huge deal.

Another fun Thursday activity? At work, one of the girls made me a birthday cake. She enrolled in a cake decorating class recently. I am a huge fan of her new hobby! My boss also got me some fancy clothes for our cruise!

Chocolate cake with chocolate pudding, chocolate chips, and chocolate frosting - does Angelica know me or what? Perhaps I should have taken this photo before we dug into the cake!

If the little old ladies on the cruise ship think they're going to out-dress me, they're in for a surprise!

On Friday, Sexy Nerd gave me my 1st birthday present: a tea strainer ball and a card with a sappy note, including smooches from Pica and Biscuit. I've needed a tea ball forever! Angelica gave me some fancy loose tea a while back and, as yummy as it was, I was getting a bit tired of wrapping up the tea in a coffee filter and holding it in the hot water each time I wanted a drink!

Saturday, my parents, Sexy Nerd, and I went bowling at the Isleta Fun Connection. If you live anywhere near Albuquerque, this is definitely the best bowling alley! It costs less than the others, it's never crowded, and everything is clean and new. Next, we signed up for the Players Club at the Isleta Casino - free $25 slot play for everyone! Even more exciting, Sexy Nerd and I won (a whopping $3! Woo hoo!) All that winning made us hungry, so we continued to Tucanos Brazilian Grill for lunch, which I also had a free birthday coupon for. The next time you're in Albuquerque, GO TO TUCANOS! They have just about the fanciest salad bar ever, with everything from sushi to mozzarella balls. While you munch on your salad bar goodies, servers stop by your table offering different kinds of meat. Oooooh, I ate SO much meat! I wasn't quite as brave as my dad though. He was the only one to accept the servers offer to try chicken hearts. They looked like rubber bands. No thanks!

Am I a bowling pro? 

No. No, I'm certainly not.

I'm a year older and a year sneakier! When no one was looking, I added a few extra strikes to my score. Even after cheating, my score was still low!

Our original plan for after lunch was to go to the botanical garden and aquarium. Unfortunately, everyone else was worn out by then! I can understand my parents being tired, but Sexy Nerd too? He's going to need to work on his endurance for our cruise. We're walking everywhere
We opted to go home instead, where we took a few photos.

A nice photo with my Sexy Nerd is the best birthday present of all!

Today, my actual birthday, Sexy Nerd and I are off to redeem my Denny's free birthday Grand Slam and my free Starbucks birthday beverage, which I'll drink while we go for a walk through my favorite neighborhood.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Fun With Allergies

You know how I know that these allergies are getting the better of me? I had a conversation with Pica and Biscuit this morning. It went a little something like this:

"Uuuuuuuugh! My throat is so sore that I'm losing my voice! I can barely talk! How am I going to work all day if I can't talk?"

And, of course, upon realizing that I would be wise to keep my thoughts in my head, rather than speak them, I told the dogs:

"I should stop talking to you guys and save my voice for work! I'm not going to tell you about my allergies any more or about how I'm losing my voice! You're going to make me useless at work!"

They were concerned. "Mom's gone crazy," they thought, wondering if this meant breakfast would be delayed. You can see it in their faces.

I've been taking Benadryl before bed each night. It helps me fall asleep, but I always wake up with the urge to quit my job and simply stay in bed forever. I've tried the Walgreens version of some other allergy drug (I think it's supposed to be like Claratin...or maybe it was Sudafed? I'm in an allergy fog at the moment) but it didn't seem to make any difference. Last night, I tried drinking Theraflu before bed. The box said it would relieve my exact allergy symptoms. Sure enough, it tasted lemony and delicious and put me right to sleep...until 1am, when I woke up completely wired, and having to pee. Really, a big drink + makes you sleepy is a bad combination. I was annoyed to be wide awake at 1am, until it occurred to me that I had no idea what time I drank the Theraflu and had fallen asleep. For all I knew, 1am was a perfectly appropriate time to wake up!

Last, but not least, (well, maybe least) I decided to search for natural allergy remedies. Supposedly, I can completely cure any allergy, whether from pollen, cats, or seafood, by drinking several shots of apple cider vinegar a day. It sounded like complete baloney. There were so many positive reviews though, including two from Albuquerque! I'm pleased to report that the 8 shots of apple cider vinegar I've had today didn't taste nearly as bad as I'd expected. Now to just keep this up for 13 more days and I should be 100% cured!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Cruising, HGTV Green Home, CRAZY Sexy Nerd and LAZY Me

1. Sexy Nerd and I have received our cabin assignment for our cruise. We were upgraded from the cheapest, not-even-a-tiny-window room to a room with not just a balcony, but an oversized balcony, which is much fancier than any room we've had on a cruise before. Sexy Nerd was quick to point out that it will probably be too cold to ever set foot on the balcony so it doesn't matter. He's such a downer!

2. I've been browsing through the photos of the 2010 HGTV Green Home. I want it! I do have one complaint though. See if you can guess what it is based on this photo:


Gigantic, gas-guzzling, Alero-running over SUVS are not "green", HGTV! What's that? It's a GMC Yukon Hybrid that gets 21 mpg in the city? That's still atrocious! The Toyota Echo (my dream car, which Sexy Nerd makes fun of) got over 40 mpg and it wasn't even a hybrid! 21 mpg. Puh-lease!

Oops! I just realized that it's a GMC Terrain, not a Yukon Hybrid. Depending on which Terrain it is, it gets somewhere between 17 and 22 mpg in the city. Not impressed!

The Toyota Echo. It's like a big jelly bean with wheels!
Freakishly small wheels!

3. Sexy Nerd wants to be prepared for our cruise by learning the language of the locals. He began teaching himself French yesterday at 4pm by watching French language clips on YouTube. Already, he has far surpassed me and my 2 years of high school French. Afterward, he did 2 loads of laundry, bottled a batch of homemade beer, and organized his closet. I watched TV.

Back to #2, HGTV isn't going to hold this post against me when I win the 2010 HGTV Green Home, are they? Maybe I'll take this down the day before the drawing.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Beware of (CUTE) Identity Theft this Easter

I'll start this post with a confession: back when I was an evil little girl, (muah ha ha)(my evil laugh) I would get up early on Easter, get into the Easter baskets, break my little brother's chocolate Easter bunny and move a few pieces of his candy into my basket, put the baskets back like nothing happened, and go back to bed.

That's right, Michael! You read that right! Muah ha ha!

One more quick thing. If you're having people over for Easter brunch and need a great recipe, try making a Dutch Baby.

Last quick thing (I promise!). If you're looking for the cutest Easter craft ever, click here to find out how to make these adorable sheep!



Okay, on to the identity theft!










Thanks to Marie to sending me these super-cute photos!

Happy Easter!
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