Ten on Tuesday, September Style

Well well well.  Can it be?  I'm actually doing a Ten on Tuesday?  On a Tuesday?  Will wonders ever cease?  How many question marks can I use in one paragraph?

Last night I turned the furnace on.  Two days ago we had the air on.  Welcome to Minnesota!  I woke up sweating my ass off, shuffled to the thermostat and almost choked when I saw it said "87".  Guess I need to schedule that furnace check up.

I have approximately 17 minutes until I need to wake the angels, so we'll just jump into this one.

1.  Thanks, Kraft Mac and Cheese, for putting the nutrition information on your boxes.  Except, one thing:  Why in the hell do you put the nutrition information for the dry ingredients only?  Do you know how happy I got when I saw the unreasonably low carbs and fat grams?  How many people do you think eat your product dry, out of the box?  I can tell you:  not many.  I don't know, maybe there's a few of those freaky eaters, like the ones who eat stuffing out of furniture, but for most of us, the appeal of your product lies in the buttery, fake cheesy goodness of it all.  Way to dash a fatty's hopes, Kraft.  (I still licked the spoon)

2.  So my dog has yet another ear infection.  Yes, this is the same one he's had for a week and a half.  Because this is a chronic thing, I have medication on hand for it.  However, just in case I'm not the only one dealing with a stinky-eared, head shaking dog, let me tell you about a product I have discovered and so far, love:  Dry Ear Powder.  I got it at Petsmart for about $7.00 and hello, wonder product.  It provided almost INSTANT relief for Walter.  Just an FYI.

3.  So we've been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer here.  Thanks, Netflix, for feeding my illness.  Can I just say, this show is awesome!  How did I miss this?  Oh yeah, I had three toddlers and was getting all nice and knocked up with another baby.  That tends to cut into your television time.  But I'm hooked now.  In fact, I started talking to the t.v. last night. "Oh no!  Spike can't bite anyone!  He could die!".  My kids are worried.  And how hot is David Borneanaz?  Pretty hot.  Except when he's playing Angel all depressed and sulky.  That got old.  And one more thing:  Why did they dress Sarah Michelle Gellar like a 30 year old assistant manager at The Limited?  Girl was smokin'.

4.  Do you know of the band Dinosaur Junior?  I love them.  They're coming to Minneapolis on October 18th.  Local friends?  Be warned.  I'm going to try and get there and I'm probably going to try and drag one or more of you there with me.  The lead singer has a voice that causes strange stirrings in my nether-regions.  He's not so stimulating, visually, but that's ok.  Just close your eyes.  Give a listen:

If I was younger, not sterilized and had a willing partner?  That would be some baby-makin' music right there.

5.  My laptop is on its last legs, and these legs are not doing so well.  The cursor will jump, highlight and delete things at random.  Also the fan keeps coming on with such gusto that it wakes up the dog. And the space bar doesn't work so well.  Oh, pink Dell.  Please don't leave me. At least not until I can afford to replace you.

6.  Here's my Weight Watcher's treat tip of the week:  Siggi's Yogurt.  It's Icelandic style yogurt, whatever that means.  I think the folks in Iceland were getting all jealous of the Greeks and all the attention their yogurt was getting so they came up with this.  It's tasty.  And ONLY 2 POINTS for a container!  Plus, it has a cute container, which sadly matters a little tiny bit to me.  The staff lunchroom can be a very judgy place.  Caveat:  this isn't cheap, but it's on sale this week at Target.  And did I mention it's ONLY 2 POINTS??  (so far my favorite flavor is acai/mixed berry.  YUM.)

7.  Speaking of Weight Watchers, and all things weight-lossy, I am now officially down 2 sizes.  That's awesome, right?  Except, now I'm right back where I started a year and a half ago.  Part of me is so mad at myself for letting things get so out of hand, but the other part is all Pollyanna and is saying, "You can't go back in time!  March forward, crazy lady."  So I'm going to listen to Pollyanna this time and just go with it.  It feels pretty awesome to put on clothes that were becoming a little snug a few weeks ago and now, they're almost too big.  I'm hoping to resurrect my favorite winter outfit this year:  The Black Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater and Jeans and my man-repelling Danskos.  It's a classic, and I miss it.  Those t-neck sweaters can be really flattering.

8.  I've said this before, but it bears repeating:  You can tell a lot about a person just by observing whether or not they put their shopping carts away in parking lots.  Yes, I'm talking to you, Entitled Twat at Target.  I don't know if it was just too much work to put your cart in the corral that was 3 spaces away from you, or you were too busy trying to concentrate on walking in your hideous platform wedges, but you made me want to trip you.  And yes, it was me who put your cart away, since you left it smack dab in the middle of the parking lot.  I loathe you.  PS:  those jeans do make your butt look fat.

9.  Word:

Which likewise gets me thinking about hooking up with freaking Comcast again.  Just say no, Jenny. 

10.  I'm doing a Favorite Movie Night swap thingy over at my blog-friend Lin's place, Linny's Vault.  I hope the chick I got matched up with, Jamie (her blog is here) is in the mood for some old school romantic comedies.  Also, I got her my favorite Trader Joe's treat in the world, one that I cannot even buy and have in the house anymore because it's like crack.  I won't tell you what it is in case she's reading but I will tell you that it's like eating a dream about puppies and kittens.  And big-handed men.  I will say that I am old enough to be Jamie's mom, and that she's an Army Wife which means I admire her a bunch already.

Speaking of Lin, check out her weekly Ten On Tuesday and hook yourself up over there if you have one yourself.

And that's the Ten.  Now it's time for me to go play with adorable kids for a day.  Have I mentioned how much I love my job?

P.S.  I just want to say that I've never lied on my taxes.  Have you?  If you have, you may want to remedy that.  Soon.  Because sometimes, people who lie and cheat on their taxes get in trouble.  That is all.  Have a great day!


  1. Gracie has chronic ear infections, too. Ugh! I'm soooo trying "the poweder" ASAP! :-)

    1. Poor Gracie. Swear to God the dogs cost more than the kids.

      Thanks for reading, my friend!

  2. Apparently we are practically neighbors, I'm just outside of St. Paul. So I had to crank on my furnace this morning, too. Didn't want the little rugrats to be freezing their patooties off when I dragged them out of bed. Now I must convince myself if I'm going to do the dreaded workout, or finish off that frosted cake donut that's been staring at me since the kids ate breakfast. Have a great day!

    1. Traci! We must be pretty close. That's funny. I'm glad I'm not the only one who turned on the furnace..nobody at work did! I felt like a total newbie Minnesotan.

      Umm..I hope you ate the donut. I would have.

      Thanks for reading!

  3. Hahahahahahaha! #8 just made my day :)
    And no, I've never lied on my taxes. Are you kidding? The IRS skeers me.

    1. The IRS skeers me too.

      Those damn cart leavers.

      Thanks for reading!

  4. 1. Damn, that fake powder cheese is SO good.
    2. Aw, poor pup. Glad you found something that helps him & doesnt break your budget.
    3. I think I watched this show 4x before I gave up on it while it was still on tv. Maybe it's time to give it another go. If anything, just to drool at David Borneanaz.
    5. Oh no! Try looking into a Notebook instead of a laptop. I have one & even though it doesnt have as high of a processor, it's still gets the job done :)
    7. You should be so proud of yourself. That's pretty damn impressive, Jenny!
    8. Ugh, I hate it when people do that. It's only 3 cars away, walk that shit there.
    9. Haha
    10. I'm so glad you joined the swap & Jamie's super awesome, Im sure she'll love any movies you send her way. But, if she doesn't I think I'll forward her my address & she can just send them my way :)

    Thanks for joining the random tuesday fun. I always have a blast reading your 10!

    1. Thanks Lin! Yes give Buffy a second chance. I had to force myself to watch the first half of the first season, then I got into it. I can't believe I just typed that.

  5. I can't wait until the tax cheat gets caught! It takes them 4-7 years to catch up to you.

    I worked in an industry for well over 10 years where you had to file self-employed. About half filed. Everyone of them who didn't and isn't dead or in prison is now paying three times what they originally owed and has a permanently ruined credit score.

  6. Wish I was down 2 sizes! Keep up the good work! And where would all us moms be if we didn't have a few boxes of good ole'Kraft mac-n-cheese around for quick dinner nights? You're better than me..I've never looked at the nutrition info!

    1. Mac-n-cheese is an entire, separate food group. Like the top section of the triangle.

      Thanks for reading!!

  7. Ooooooo, sweetheart -- you are SO in for the ride of your life with Buffy. You wrote of Trader Joe's crack (and you must spill what it is when you can -- I love's me some TJ's), but you are going to be jonesing so hard after you get done with all the Buffy's. Watched 'em with my daughters when they first aired, then watched 'em all again a couple of years ago, with the girls again, and we're nutty about the whole Buffyverse, anytime, anywhere.

    I was the same as you -- didn't get into it right away. I was mainly watching it to spend time with my eldest daughter, since she adored it so much. And then BAM! it hits you and you're hooked. Even watched the entire run of the spin-off, Angel, we were so entranced. (And he is fiiiiiine in that series -- watch it just for that!)

    And Sarah starts dressing better as the series goes on. Me and the girls always had our fashion critiques for every season. Now, of course, we have shorthand and catch-phrases that live on. Wait till you get to Willow's "borrrrred nowwwww..." And wait till you see what happens with Spike! LOL! It's just the series that keeps on giving. :p

    Thanks for reminding me of the joy, girlfriend! :)


  8. Salish you make me smile! I think she may have received her package already, so I'll tell you: Trader Joe's Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. It's like crack rolled in sugar, deep-fried and then plunked into a martini. I can't resist, therefore they have not darkened my cupboards in a while.

    Ok, thank GOD I have you..I need a Buffy friend, ha! I guffawed when you mentioned Angel because you know I have that all ready to fire up in my Netflix queue when this one is all done.

    Could he BE any hotter? He's a cheater in "real life" but you know what? That's ok. Because I'm not married to him. I can just look.

    I'm at the point in my sick watching ritual where I'm parceling out the viewings, in order to draw it out as long as possible. I kind of need a hobby.

    Thank you for making me laugh today!


  9. You are so welcome, woman! You make me laugh so much, I likely owe you money or something. (Really, have you checked how much therapists are charging by the hour these days?)

    Holy hell, I've got to try those chips! HELL CHIPS. I've got a salt-tooth like mad, but also love (who doesn't?) chocolate. Sea salt covered chocolates are crack to me, and potato chips are heroin to me, so what are these chips going to be? (My DOWNFALL. Thank you Jenny -- I'll make sure you're mentioned in my eulogy.)

    As for Angel. He is a delicious piece of salty candy himself. And yep, I hated hearing about David's douche-nozzle behavior, but I'm with you on just watching him as an actor. Here's my theory: if we did a thorough investigation of every actor's private life, and then could only watch those that have never cheated -- we'd have like three and a half actors available for all the roles. That doesn't excuse the blatant stinkers like David/Angel, but I can have a distance on them, y'know? Like, I also know that in real life they'd NEVER be that witty. That's Joss Whedon and other writers (hurrah for writers) given 'em that fantastically great stuff to say. In real life they usually grunt a couple of times and ask where the open bar is.

    Yeah, Buffy rules. Not to get too clinical about it (because really -- it's mostly magic that makes that show so good) -- I think what struck me first was how oddly anachronistic many of the cultural references are, how out of place the quips are coming from the mouths of folk so young. They're constantly cracking about some old movie or tv show or political reference that characters of their age wouldn't really know about. Then I realized that the creator of the series, and likely all of the writers, were a good decade or more older than the characters they'd created. And yup -- I just checked -- Whedon is *exactly* my age. So when I was first watching the show with my girls, about 9 and 12 at the time, I'd be laughing my ass off at some joke that they did NOT get, but of course they liked that Mama was having fun. As they got older they began to understand a lot more of the "in jokes" on the show. That one little aspect just ticked me to no end, and made me loooooove Buffy. And, of course, there are many cute fellas to ogle. Really - you'll get a crush on them all eventually. (Yes to GILES! :D )

    OK, I've rambled on enough. Fun yakking here. (And fun NOT writing my next article. You are a great help in my current Procrastination Proclamation.)


    1. My friend Danielle and I used to get together on Tuesdays and watch the show Shameless (since we are so clever we called these days "Shameless Tuesdays"). Our ritual treat was a handful of chocolate covered caramels, salted, of course. OMG. I miss those.

      You nailed it about Buffy! I love the demon/magic aspect, love that to pieces, but what really hooked me was the writing. Clever, clever writers on that one. I've guffawed out loud several times while the kids just look at me like, "What?". And yes, I've mentally slept with all the male characters. Even Oz. And now I'm on Season 4, so Willow as a lesbian is going to have her turn too (I'm an equal opportunity freak). Giles had his moment in the sun during the tainted candy bar episode, when he smoked and wore flannel. Yum.

      Ok, so please tell me you're a Firefly/Serenity fan too? Because then we can talk about Nathan Fillion.

      Always so fun to "chat" with you!


  10. #8 - oh dear Lord, yes to #8. I have said the same damn thing! Disrespectful, entitled a-holes don't bother putting their carts away properly. I don't care how far I have to go to put a cart away - I will NEVER leave it out, in the way of others. Huge pet peeve!

  11. I don't know if you even read comments on three year old posts, but just in case on #8...I have a chronic pain condition that is invisible to all who see me. There are days when I have to stop and get milk, bread and fruit so I'm at the grocery store (or even my Target as it does sell groceries) when so tired from dealing with the pain all day I can barely walk. I had a handicapped tag briefly but decided not to renew it because I felt too guilty using it. I was also afraid I'd be the recipient of one of those passive aggressive notes about not being handicapped. There are days though...when walking to my car is as far as I can make it. I try to park right next to the cart coral on those days so I just have to push it a tiny bit, but any more than that is like climbing a mountain to me. Please try not to judge what you may not understand. I realize that there are lazy people who don't do it because they don't want to. There are also people like me who don't do it because we simply can't. It can be impossible to tell the difference.


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