Monthly Archives: June 2010

At Vacation’s End….

The truth is, all I wanted out of my little birthday vacation this week was a chance to breathe. I wanted to have a few days where I didn’t have to be anywhere and if I felt like sitting around in the cut-off sweatpants I wore the day before, I could…and yeah, I did.

But this pic is just a perfect image to sum up my last 5 days….taking some time to catch lightning bugs with Brittany in the courtyard. I think I’m going to set the pic as the wallpaper on my phone….just so I can see it when I need to this week ;^)

Last Chance!!

Get on it!!  Today is your last chance to jump in on this awesome SoftLips giveaway from Wishing Penny ;^)

One lucky winner will receive a Softlips prize pack including all 8 new Softlips PURE 100% Natural lip products!

So what are waiting for??  Head on over to Wishing Penny for all the details!

EcoArt – Flips

These are just the CUTEST flips I’ve seen in forever; I am completely smitten with the La Paz flips and would just love to have a pair for my very own :^)

And guess what, today might just be my lucky day (and yours too!!) because Sweeps4Bloggers is running a e in which 5 – yes **FIVE** – lucky people will win a pair of the cuteness!!

PRIZE ALERTEco Art Productions would like to give Original Art Flip Flops to ***5*** of you (ARV $24)

What to do?  Head on over to S4B for all the details and cross your fingers 😉


Okay, so seriously, it’s not that I’m especially in this frame of mind today or anything since I had to go buy stuff…..this is something I’ve been….well….thinking on for a while….wondering how to approach….or even if I should just yet.

Brittany has officially hit the double digits and I’m just trying to figure out if it’s time to talk to her about her period yet or not.  I mean I’m really torn, too.  She’s 10.  I think I was 11 when my mom and I had “the friend” talk and I didn’t actually get it until I was almost 13….my birthday is in June and it started in February.  I knew about it a little by then from hearing other dumb kids talk about it but once I heard it from my mom, I worried about it!  From the time she told me about it, every time I had some little twinge or a stupid stomach bug, I just knew that was it.  And the whole “friend” thing just made me dread it even more.

I guess my big concern is that….assuming she knows nothing about it….I don’t want it to be something that weighs on her.  I mean, I always had the feeling that my mom felt like it was a big hassle and because of that, that’s what I expected…….and I’m sure, convinced myself that it was.  But I don’t feel like that now….to be honest, since we started NFP and I started paying more attention to he timing I hardly think about my period at all.  Yeah, I get pretty good cramps but I can’t let them keep me down and – much as I would like to – I can’t not go to work because I have them!!

So how can I clearly express the magnificence of menarche without weighing the poor kid down?  I want her to understand the awesomeness but not fall victim to the mass media horrors of menstruation!  And when should I do it?  Now at the beginning of summer freedom with 12 weeks of playing with her friends in the pool?  In September when she begins 5th grade at a new school?  Wait till her next birthday?  But a lot of kids are starting their periods early now….well, what seems early to me…..and I don’t want it to sneak up on Brittany.   She’s active and sporty, though – doesn’t that mean she’ll get it later?  Am I making this a bigger deal in my own mind than my laid-back kid will make of it?

In any case, while trying sort this all out for myself, I found this……I might snag one to help get the conversation going 😉

P.S.  – I’m trying out Twitter.  If you wanna find me, I’m HappyPills10.  Just let me know here what your ID is so I know to approve you 😉

Takin’ back what’s mine ;-)

Yeah, I decided that I was kinda missing….well….me… this is kind of a new me….

You see Mitch, I used to be you. And lately I’ve been missing me so I asked Dr. Hathaway if I could room with me again and he said sure.

It’s kind of funny how “back in the day” I relished the thought of people I knew stumbling across my website and going…..I dunno……something. Recently however, FB has made me realize that I kind of miss that…..anonymity……not that I mind people I know knowing what’s going on in my life…..I just don’t always need them knowing what’s going on in my head… I’m back on the Happy Pills ;^)

P.S. – I claim no responsibility for broken links and/or non-functioning links from entries I created more than 5 years ago…..or, for that matter….last month. Get over yourself and go find it if it’s that big a deal.

PartyLite Sweeps!!

OMG – I loooooooooove PartyLite and I’m way to excited about this Sweeps4Bloggers give-a-way!!!

PRIZE ALERT – PartyLite would like to give Candles & an Ant to 1 of you  (ARV $29.95)

Check it out – Candles and a Critter!!

Candles and critters, rock 😉

“Thinking Pink?” (via GIRL blog :-)

This is a fantastic article!!

Have you been reading The Border House?  I have.  It’s a relatively new blog with a wide range of contributors, with the goal of “bringing thoughtful analysis to gaming with a feminist viewpoint.”  It’s just over 2 months old now and I’ve already enjoyed many of their thought-provoking articles. Last month, one in particular jumped out at me:  “Pink Stuff”, by Nanasuyl.  Although it’s certainly not the most concerning topic facing women in gaming … Read More

Firefly Lane

Okay….so I wanted to like this book.  I really did.  I’d heard people raving about it so I requested it from the library and was so thrilled when it came in that I set aside all other books I had so I could start reading it…..and wow!!  I got sucked right in and before I knew it the girls were out of college…..and I was still waiting for something to happen.  So over the weekend, I resolved to finish it or chuck it…..and found myself skipping more pages than I was reading…..overall, I would say that I read two-thirds of the book and I did read the end.  But I really need to head right on over to amazon from now on when I’m even thinking about reading any book.  Had I done so I might have red-flagged this one before I wasted any time on it……

“Hannah goes a little too far into Lifetime movie territory in her latest, an epic exploration of the complicated terrain between best friends—one who chooses marriage and motherhood while the other opts for career and celebrity. The adventures of poor, ambitious Tully Hart and middle-class romantic Kate Mularkey begin in the 1970s, but don’t really get moving until about halfway into the book, when Tully, who claws her way to the heights of broadcast journalism, discovers it’s lonely at the top, and Katie, a stay-at-home Seattle housewife, forgets what it’s like to be a rebellious teen. What holds the overlong narrative together is the appealing nature of Tully and Katie’s devotion to one another even as they are repeatedly tested by jealousy and ambition. Katie’s husband, Johnny, is smitten with Tully, and Tully, who is abandoned by her own booze-and-drug-addled mother, relishes the adoration from Katie’s daughter, Marah. Hannah takes the easy way out with an over-the-top tear-jerker ending, though her upbeat message of the power of friendship and family will, for some readers, trump even the most contrived plot twists.”

Hellooo?!  Right there in the first sentence….”lifetime movie” = red flag!!  I get it, okay….I really do….this is way out line for me here….waaaaaaaaaay out in left field.  I’m the chick who’s never seen ‘Beaches’ and has absolutely no desire to do so….not even a little bit.

I’m just not a touchy-feely-bff-cry-on-your-shoulder kind of person, never was, never will be.  I’m much more the can-I-help-you-deal-with-your-sh*t-so-we-can-go-have-a-beer-and-a-laugh type person….yeah, I’ve got my moments but they usually stem more from can’t-deal-with-this-sh*t-on-my-own-right-now-frustration than anything else.  I won’t lie, though. Sometimes I feel like I could use a “lifetime movie” kind of friend…..but in all honesty, it’s really not practical for me. I have way to much of a okay-I-need-you-leave-me-alone-now and a whole bunch of no-I-don’t-feel-like-talking-on-the-phone-can-you-text-me-or-better-yet-email-me? thing going on…..

Honestly, ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ is about as sappy as I like to get….and I am sooooooo Idgie Threadgoode!

It’s just me.

But books like ‘Firefly Lane’….I mean it seems like a good book, well written and all….but yeah, not me.  I need some sort of ….question to be answered, some family secrets to uncover….some BFFs trying to solve a mystery would be cool…..I think that would also be Nancy Drew…..oh, well…..



I just have to share this because it looks really awesome and yummy and I hope I win….and if I don’t, I hope you do so you can share with me!!


PRIZE ALERT – Tortuga Rum Company would like to give a Picnic Pack to 1 of you – 16oz Original Golden Rum Cake + Caribbean Sauce Pack – Jerk Sauce, Hell-Fire Sauce & Gourmet Steak Sauce (5oz ea.) with recipes, + 10oz Pepper Jelly (ARV $38.50)

Click here for info on how to enter – but do it now!!  Sweeps close @ 11PM tonight!

Funkadellic! Again….

Yes, I’m in one of my blah times….again….and yeah, it’s happening way to often lately and I know why…..but I’m not getting into it now.  Still waiting on that change though so everyone please keep your fingers crossed!!

I want to get back to blogging, though….if for no other reason than the Blogathon is coming up.  I’m not going to be using this blog for the ‘thon, though….at least I don’t think so….I have to give some more thought to what I want the subject matter of the ‘thon posts to be…..if I am bloggin elsewhere, it would actually the first time I’m setting up a separate blog but it might just be a better way to do things…..either way, I’m sure I’ll be cross-posting here there and everywhere and I will need lots of support and happy vibes to keep me going at 3 in the morning – the more the merrier!!  Who knows…..maybe by then I’ll have good news to report and lots of happy changes to talk about…..

Off to make my Sunday afternoon run to the store…..need veggie for dinner – pork loin stuffed with rice….

Nummmmm 😉