Friday, October 31, 2008

A Scorpion Story

She's opening cabinet doors left and right - zooming back and forth across the kitchen. Washer. Cabinet. Washer. Drawer. Washer. Cabinet. She's quickly and purposely quietly putting away the clean dishes. Using her last bit of energy from her midnight cleaning spree she glances down at a spot on the floor. She looks in disbelief. To her horror there is tiny but powerful scorpion waiting for a carelessly placed toe. She could have sworn the last three times she had walked by - it was only a leaf.

Careful not to stir the resting beast, she plucks a clean Tupperware container from the cabinet. Still warm from the washer she flips it over the scorpion’s body and applies pressure in the form of body weight to avoid any room for slipping under. She reaches for the nearest paper and grabs a political ad for some wrinkly old man she didn't vote for. Carefully she slides the paper underneath the container. Halfway she stops, sensing that the spastically darting scorpion is about to escape. She applies more pressure - and waits. Finally the scorpion comes to rest on the paper halfway under the container, she slides the rest under.

Realizing the paper is too flimsy, the scorpion is to fast, and she has no health insurance – should she get stung... she calls the one person that has always been there - the one that could always help her out of a sticky situation.

"Mooooommmm, Moooooommm, Mothhhhhherrr!" she yells from the kitchen in hopes to wake her sleeping mother. "Moooommmm, MoooOOOOoooMM!" She continues to yell. Hunched over and leaning on top of a Tupperware container with all her weight for 10 minutes; she begins to wonder why she turns the TV down when everyone else goes to be - no one can hear her yelling. The "Moms" start to sound like nothing more than noise - and she realizes they aren't working.

"Mom, Mom please help me. I need some help in here," she pleads loudly.

Finally she hears the bedroom door open. She gets her mothers attention and directs her by the sound of her voice to where she is.

Books soon replace hands on top of the Tupperware container and the two sit at the kitchen table devising a plan for scorpion removal. Many ideas later, the scorpion has found himself stuck between Saran wrap and a plastic Tupperware container. Her mother prepares the plastic box for lift off, while she mans the sliding door. 1..2...3... the box is lifted and the door is open. Her mom scurries out of the door, box in hand.
As she reaches the end of the porch she launches the box off into the yard.


P.s. I didn't mention at how one point I was crying(over exhaustion and pure perplexedness).... also I shut the door after my mom ran out and made her shake before coming back in. haha.

Friday Flashback - Happy Halloween!


My sister was Jasmine and I was "bad" Jasmine (when she get's the red outfit and is under Jafar's power, or something like that near the end)This movie came out November '92, so I'm guessing this was 1993 - I would have been 8 years old.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tipsy Tuesday

Size 16. I don't care when in December it could be Dec. 1st or 31st. as long as I can get into them - comfortably!

Friday, October 24, 2008

You Can Vote However You Like

some of the lyrics...
Obama on the left
McCain on the right
We can talk politics all night
And you can vote however you like…

(McCain supporters)
McCain’s the best candidate
With Palin as his running mate
They’ll fight for gun rights, pro life,
The conservative right
Our future is bright
Better economy in site
And all the world will feel our military might

I want Obama
Stick wit McCain you gone have some drama
Iran he will attack
We gotta vote Barack!

(Obama supporters)
But McCain and Bush are real close right
They vote alike and keep it tight
Obama’s new, he’s younger too
The Middle Class he will help you
He’ll bring a change, he’s got the brains
McCain and Bush are just the same
You are to blame, Iraq’s a shame
Four more years would be insane

Lower your Taxes - you know Obama Won’t
PROTECT THE LOWER CLASS - You know McCain won’t!
Have enough experience - you know that they don’t
STOP GLOBAL WARMING - you know that you won’t

I want Obama
Stick with McCain and you’re going to have some drama
We need it
He’ll be it
We’ll do it
Let’s move it

see the original song by TI here.

Friday Flashback - Postcard

Postmark - I'm thinking 1990 (I can't make out the numbers!) - (I was 5 years old)
Click the image to see it close upClick here to find out more about the location on the card!

This postcard is from a trip my mother and grandma went on. They went to Europe. Germany I believe. I could be wrong. Well, I guess I'm not, since the postcard is from there... but I'm not sure if the only went to Germany. My mom brought home a coo-coo clock that I miss dearly. It used to hang in the hallway at the house.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Congratulations People I Know!

Congrats to Molly (a good friend from Ashland University "slash" Clayton Hall days) and Paul on their wedding "slash" marriage ! I stole these pictures form her facebook because they are amazingly fun!
Also Congrats to Tiffany(bff) and Brad on their engagement!!! I'm maid of honor and so excited! (I also lifted these photos, muhahaha)

I Bet You Can Beat Me

How many TV shows can you name in two minutes?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

235/365, originally uploaded by airrikajswan.

Don't you just hate that feeling of walking through a cobweb?

This picture was taken for my 365 day project. Find more about the project here.

See more of my 365s here. And FYI instead of going to flickr - you can subscribe to my 365 set.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Growing up in Ohio, I have always associated chapped lips with cold weather. It was 95 here today. My lips are killing me and my hands look like leather. I guess it is a dry heat here in Arizona... ahh.

Bring on the Lotion and chapstick!


234/365, originally uploaded by airrikajswan.

Sooo... I missed the last 10 days of my 365 project. I've been busy - doing nothing.

I got these Keds shoes at Kohl's today. Originally 39.99.... I got them for 7.99

I also got a white tank top (good for underthings) for only $2.40 and another semi dressy tank for $6.00 (I thought it's be good under a suit jack or something for interviews!

I would have bought more, there were many $2-3 shirts... but I'm hoping to lose some weight so I don't want to buy stuff I won't fit into!

Saturday, October 18, 2008


I have no idea why I have any desire to see a movie about Bush ( He just seems so boring), but I really want to see W.

I think it might be because I just realized the guy playing W. is the guy from Goonies! Thank you for informing me SNL!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Flashback - Photo Booth

This is me and my little sister, Lisa. I'm not sure where we are - my guess is Iceland's (which is not called that anymore). It was sort of like a family fun center with indoor soccer, ice rinks, games etc. They've added and taken a lot out in years past. We were almost always there for soccer games- ours, our siblings, and our dads. Anyway, this is us - I'm guessing I was in middle school when this was taken...

I stared and stared at this picture trying to figure out the necklaces. Why were we wearing matching necklaces? Then it hit me. The mall. Do you remember when you could get your name written super tiny on a piece of rice and wear it around your neck? Yeah, well - we were cool, so we had the necklaces. We got them at one of those center booths at the mall. Ours said our own names and had clear water in them, not blue - but the little vial thing was the same as the one in the picture below.
Did you ever have one of these? Do you have one?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tipsy Tuesday

I went into things last week with the best of intentions. However, I have been suffering a migraine on and off (mostly on) for the past 5 days and sinus issues. I think it has to do with the weather change. Can you believe it has been colder in Tucson, Arizona than it is in Cincinnati, Ohio? We are going to heat back up this week though.

Now I know a migraine is no excuse, but it's hard to get the blood flowing and exercising when it hurts just to stand up! I rode my bike 3 miles one day, and to the house I have been dog sitting at twice. Not close to the amount of exercise I wanted to do.

My mom is out of town this weekend, which means no home-cooked meals!! Ah. So my goals are going to be less ambitious.

This Weeks Goals
*No Fast Food - (Subway being the only exception)
*At least one big glass of water a day (I think I'm going to have to work my way up to more)
*No Caffeinated beverages (this is reallly gonna give me a headache :-/ )

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Shoot Up. All the Cool Kids are Doing it!

The Flu Shot was made available October 1st. I went and got mine THAT DAY, at a Walgreens Clinic. It was super fast and easy. I'd go there again.

I got the flu (for the first time ever) near the end of the season last year. I had a temp of a 103 and felt like I was on my deathbed. I barely made it to urgent care - because I couldn't/didn't want to/ didn't feel well enough to get my ass all the way to Milford. I couldn't stop coughing, puking, sweating, shivering - and when I wasn't doing that I was laying in bed. I was so sick I could barely blog! Luckily I did make it to the doctor and caught it in time. I guess if you get some medicine withing 72hrs, it can help - and it did make me feel a little better - I was only sick about 5 days. They also gave me a miracle cough medicine. It stopped the cough and knocked me out!

Anyway - what I'm trying to say is that I wouldn't wish the flu on my worst enemy. Well. I actually might... but that is a whooole 'nother story!

My Advice... GO GET the damn shot. Otherwise you may get sick and regret it - and NO you won't get sick from the flu shot! The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (the virus they inject is dead). You could however pick up a different strand of influenza after getting the flu shot - and think you are getting sick from the shot... but you are not getting sick directly form the shot, its just a different strand! You could also pick up the flu before the antibodies for the shot are developed (2 weeks) in your body. That would suck.
(side note: the nasal spray is a whole different deal - it is an active vaccine.)

From The CDC peeps

Each year in the United States, on average:
  • More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications;
  • 36,000 people die from flu.
People who should get vaccinated each year are:
  1. Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
  2. Pregnant women
  3. People 50 years of age and older
  4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
      a. Health care workers
      b. Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
      c. Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
  7. Erika Jean
  8. Bloggers reading this

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Flashback - Postcard

Postmark - July 24th 1989 (I was 4)
Click the image to see it up close.
And just for kicks... click here for a little history of Mackinac Island.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Book Review

Title: One Mississippi
By: Mark Childress
Pages: 400

Book Description: This exuberantly acclaimed novel by the author of the bestselling Crazy in Alabama tells an uproarious and moving story about family, best friends, first love, and surviving the scariest years of your life.

You need only one best friend, Daniel Musgrove figures, to make it through high school alive. After his family moves to Mississippi just before his junior year, Daniel finds fellow outsider Tim Cousins. The two become inseparable, sharing a fascination with ridicule, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, and Arnita Beecham, the most bewitching girl at Minor High. But soon things go terribly wrong. The friends commit a small crime that grows larger and larger, and threatens to engulf the whole town. Arnita, the first black prom queen in the history of the school, is injured and wakes up a different person. And Daniel, Tim, and their families are swept up in a shocking chain of events.

"Wise, riveting, hilarious, painful, gentle, and ferocious, One Mississippi is a wonderful read." -Anne Lamott

"A Tilt-a-Whirl that flings the reader from comedy to calamity. . . . Childress is a fabulist in the manner of John Irving." -Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"By turns rollicking and troubling, as provocative as it is droll, One Mississippi is about as easy to resist as a riptide. This critic's advice is to go with its powerful flow." -RaleighNews & Observer

What I thought: I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get through, but only because of it size. The content kept me reading. It was a great story set in the early 70's about teenagers dealing with race, sexuality, love, revenge, peers, family, best friends, keeping secrets, telling lies, learning the truth, learning to tell the truth and everything else that comes along with being a teenager.

I laughed, I gasped and I squealed with frustration while reading this book (seriously if someone were to catch me on camera while reading, I would be absolutely mortified!), but most of all I cried. That is my way of measuring the worth of a movie - if it makes me cry - if it can evoke that kind of emotion... it must be good... and well I think that rating system goes for books too. I didn't just get teary, I sobbed!

I give this book 5 out of 5

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Greensboro Realtors

Do you live in Greensboro, North Carolina? Looking to sell a house? looking to buy a house? If you are - I have found a great website to assist you in picking a great Realtor. Visit Greensboro Realtors to explore your agent options. All real estate agents listed on this site are legit, they must meet certain conditions in order to be listed on the site (visit the site for these specific conditions).

The website conveniently features a certifies expert in the Realtor Spotlight on the front page. The site also lists other major cities - in case you are relocating somewhere other than Greensboro, North Carolina.

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A Cure for Your Stinkin' Self

If you stink and need to get clean, or just need to smell absolutely edible for a hot date - may I suggest you hop over to the soapdeli and do a little strolling around (buy something if you'd like)?

While you're there keep in mind a favorite you see ... then all you need to do for a chance to WIN some FREE soap is visit Cori's blog and leave a comment telling her which one was your favorite! The winner will be chosen at random.

They look like some serious soaps. Check it out. The give away ends October 21

Seriously. I can smell you all the way over here. go now. Hurry. Before you kill every living thing that surrounds you.


Tipsy Tuesday - I Always Thought I Was Fat, Then it Happened!

"Inside the mirror is a false impression, I can feel so swollen when I'm in good shape."

When I was in high school I weighed anywhere between 125 and 140lbs. I'm sure a lot of it had to do with being a teenager, but I felt fat. I was constantly self conscious and worried about what I wore and if my fat "roll" showed. If that was a roll, what I have now must be a tsunami.

I'm not ashamed to call myself fat now, because by all standards - I am. However I am heartbroken that I ever thought I was. I cant believe it. It's amazing how the mind plays tricks on us. It's CRAZY how society tricks us in to thinking negative things about ourselves. It SUCKS. It's not fair. I think I would have been so much happier if I hadn't worried about those things when I was young. Not that I obsessed by any means, I never watched what I ate - soccer kept me in shape. In fact my lunches consisted of fries, nachos, bread sticks or mashed potatoes. How horrible! ...But I was able to maintain my weight because I had two hour long very intense soccer practices after school - and well, the horrible eating habits continued and somewhere along the way, all that eating caught up with me!

This time. When I get skinny, damn it - I am going to act like it, I am going to feel like it and I am going to enjoy it. I CAN'T WAIT!

I have tried many times to get the whole weight loss thing rolling. Those of you who have been longtime readers may remember a new years bet I had with my mom, that lasted for about 2 weeks... I also started a couple blogs to keep track - but never kept up with them.... This time I'm just going to do it here. On this blog. And I'm crossing my fingers hoping I will keep up with it!

I'm going to make goals for myself every week and update Tuesdays. And since I've tipped the scale at 216lbs *Ghasp* ... I will label my posts Tipsy Tuesday (not to be confused with the name give to college students partaking in drinking activities on Tuesdays). I'm not going to start off with the whole thing right away. I'm going to star off slow - in hopes to change habbits

This Weeks Goals
- Drink 80 ounces of water everyday ( I know its more that what is recommended - but I also weigh more than recommended!)
- On the days that I dog sit, ride my bike there (round trip = 1.8 miles)
- Walk or ride my bike every evening (my current walking pattern is 1.8 miles, bike is 3.5 miles)

Feel free to join in on the fun!! I know you want to!!


Monday, October 6, 2008

It's my Domain!


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Secret Santa?

So the wheels have been turning. I'm toying with the Idea of organizing a blogosphere secret Santa.

Here is how I'm thinking it could go... I do a post about it, then people e-mail me their name and address. Then I draw names and and e-mail everyone and tell them who they have, but not who has them. The gift would be something worth 5$ - I would suggest sending something that is unique to your blogging location... and maybe a letter with clue about who you are and what your blog is about. Then I post all the participants here and you try to figure out who has you!

I think it would be a good way for people to get to know others and explore more blogs.

So I don't know if I should do it or not.... I need your help.

What do you think? Is this something you would participate in? Should I only limit it to US or keep it world wide (I think worldwide would be more fun!!)? or should I just nix the idea all together??

Please please please comment!