Wanda Says…My dog has a blogger twin!

So, I was checking out some new blogs today (new to me), and I discovered that Choppy, over at Travels with Choppy is a spitting image of my dog Molly!  How crazy is that?  My dog has a blogger twin!

So this post is really just to show Sarah, Choppy’s mom and fellow blogger, a picture of my sweet girl Molly!

Molly 2

She’s all like, “Why are you taking my picture? You’re giving me a complex. I might pee.”

 

Wanda Says…The Versatile Blogging Award!

versatile-blogger-award-5[1]Most of you know that I LOVE blog awards!

So, I’m very flattered and happy to accept the nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award from two of my fellow bloggers.

The first nomination for this award was given to me by Tastehitch.  Andy’s blog is brilliant, and he happens to be the author of Being A Dad Is BrilliantHe writes a lot about fatherhood and parenting…you know, the glamorous life.  Check him out, or better yet, buy his book, and I promise you will not be disappointed!

The second nomination was given to me by Rob over at the V-Pub.  V-Pub is short for Virtual Pub, and Rob’s blog has a little bit of something for everyone.  He blogs about music, life and the occasional (or frequent) embarrassments that make the best happy hour stories.  Go check him out!

Thank you, to both Andy and Rob for the nominations!

Here is a list of rules to accept this award:

Show the award on your blog.

Thank the person who nominated you.

Share seven facts about yourself.

Nominate 15 blogs.

Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know.

Seven Facts About Me:

imagesSAEPGYH91.  I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan.  I grew up wanting to be Princess Leia.  Soooo, one of the most memorable moments of my life happened like this…..I was sitting in an aisle seat at the Coliseum, watching a USC football game with my husband.  Dan is a Trojan.  George Lucas was at the game as alumni and to promote his latest film project.  As he was exiting the stadium, George Lucas walked right past me.  That man was five feet away from me, and for about ten seconds, as I watched him approach, I swear everything went into slow motion and I heard the Star Wars theme song in my head.  It was epic, and I will never forget it.  (And yes, his hair is incredible!)

wandtattoo-0465-388[1]2.  I’ve mentioned this before in my very first Wanda post ever, but I have a strict policy of only naming my pets after historical figures or literary characters.  Since my teen years I’ve had beloved pets who bore the names of Napoleon, Ulysses (S. Grant), Thor (Norse mythology’s god of thunder), Cain (biblical son of Adam & Eve), Psyche (Greek mythology’s goddess of the soul and wife of Eros), Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird), and Oliver (Oliver Twist).  Currently, my two cats are named Lucy and Linus, from of course, The Peanuts Gang.

3. There are a handful of movies that I am unable to pass over if I come across them on television.  They become a mandatory time suck and I am helpless to change the channel or be productive in any way until the movie is over.  Some of these movies include Stand By Me, The Goonies, Rocky, The Breakfast Club, Alien (and any of the sequels in this franchise), Star Wars, and any Tom Hanks movie, ever made.  I’m a huge Tom Hanks fan.  That’s a lot of time sucking.

Goonies Never Say Die!

Goonies Never Say Die!

4.  I can sing.  Or, I’ve been told that I can sing by others, but I choose not to sing in front of anyone other than my kids and our pets.  I get embarrassed and self-conscious and that just doesn’t feel good.  My husband says that if I wasn’t so self-conscious I could be a karaoke super star.  Isn’t that sweet?  Also, the only instrument I can play is an air guitar.  I totally rock that shit.  Particularly when playing anything AC/DC.

5. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and I spent twenty years of my career prior to becoming a stay home parent working with children and adults with special needs.  Over the course of those twenty years I’ve had jobs ranging from providing direct care, managing group homes, providing advocacy services, licensing and program coordination, to being an assistant director of a private family services agency.  I’ve cared for individuals with special needs in every capacity imaginable, and it is not work that just anybody can do.  I’m very proud of the people I was able to help over the course of my career, and I have days where I miss it terribly.

6.  One of my biggest regrets so far in life is not going back to school to pursue a Master’s Degree.  At this point in my life, it may still be an option, but since I feel I’ve moved on from my previous career and would like to embark on something new, I have no idea what I would go back to school for.  I’m still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up.  Any suggestions?

chocolate chip cookies7.  I’m a good baker. I make a mean chocolate chip cookie.  Ask anyone who knows me.  I used to make cookies for my friend’s as their birthday presents, and they were thrilled to get them as their annual gift.  At one point my husband suggested I open a bakery business based on his love of my chocolate chip cookies.  No, I won’t share the recipe.  I spent about five years tweaking the recipe to get it juuuuuust right.  If I ever do open a bakery, I’ll call it “You’re Not the Boss of Me Bakery.”  Yeah, that name suits me well.

Now, I would like to nominate a few blogs in order to pass on the honor of this award. I know it says I have to nominate fifteen blogs, but I won’t just nominate for the sake of meeting a number requirement.  The blogs I nominate are…

1.  Carrie On, Y’all  (Carrie is hilarious!  I’ve actually snorted a beverage out of my nose while reading her blog.  She’s that good!)

2.  Kimboxin  (Kim is totally badass, and I love her writing and her perspective on life.  Her blog is honest, funny, and I find myself scrolling her blog to make sure I don’t miss anything she writes.)

3.  Peaches & Poppycock  (Kristin’s blog is funny, full of southern charm (she says y’all a lot) and she enjoys wine flavored ice cream!  How cool is that?!)

4.  The UnsimpleLife (Ray’s blog is amazing, but he’s currently not posting new material right now due to some recent life changes.  However, you should head over and read some of his stuff because he’s funny and insightful.)

5.  Floordeboor  (I love this blog because the brilliant woman behind it is sharing her personal journey with health and wellness.  She’s smart, gives good, solid advice and shares her recipes and tips for weight loss, workouts and just living healthy.  Check her out!)

If any of the blogs I nominated choose not to participate, it’s totally cool.  And perhaps you will enjoy some new traffic and followers based on the good things I said about you!

Have a great weekend, everyone, and thanks again for the award!

Wanda Says…Blogging Awards, number 3!

 

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It happened again!

A Girl Named Wanda has been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Ray over at The UnsimpleLife.  I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Ray through his blog and you should head over and check him out.  He has a fun, wicked sense of humor combined with the madness that is raising children, and that makes reading his posts a real good time.  Thanks, Ray!

I love blog awards, and let me tell you why…there is validation in being recognized by your peers.  To receive that recognition is to know that other people ‘get you.’  They pick up what you’re putting down, and they enjoy it.  I love knowing that when I write a post and throw it out there for the world to read or discard, that even if only one person hits the like button, or only a handful of people read it or leave a comment, that someone understood what I wanted to say and maybe felt the same way too.  Or maybe I made someone laugh with my stupid sense of humor and not-so-artfully placed F-bombs, which is even better.  So again, thank you for the recognition, and thanks for reading my Wanda!

Let’s get to the award!

Real Neat Blog Award Rules:

1. Put the Award Logo in your post

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Here are Seven Questions for me to answer, provided by Ray at The UnsimpleLife….

imagesCIAWB5U7If you could be a sound, what would it be?

Have you ever been at an airshow, and an F-18 fighter jet flew overhead?  Have you heard the earth-quaking sound and sonic boom as the jet breaks the sound barrier?  Felt the way your bones compressed with the energy and noise?  If I could be any sound that’s what I would be.  It’s strong and creates an intense physical reaction.  It forces your heart to beat a little faster and chills to sweep up and down your body .  You can actually feel that sound moving through you and the ground vibrates beneath your feet from the enormity of it.  Yeah, I would be a totally fucking badass sonic boom.  (My friends who read this are probably like, “You’re more like a sparkler, or a weak firecracker, Wanda.”  And I would say, “Oh yeah, screw you guys!  I’m a sonic boom and you know it!”).

What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you?

Of course, becoming a mother is the most wonderful thing that’s ever happened to me.  If you’re a parent, you get it.  If you’re not, then let me describe it as the moment in your life when you truly and irrevocably become part of something bigger than yourself.  And I think it’s the most amazing thing in the world.  Everyday I look at my kids and think, “I can’t believe I made you.”  (And please, God, help me not to screw this up!).

loch nessIf you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

I would go to Scotland.  I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland.  It’s so beautiful in pictures and I want to explore old, ruined castles and spend hours imagining the lives of the people who lived there.  And I want to go to Loch Ness and look for Nessie.  I totally believe in Nessie, and I don’t care what anyone says.  And just so you know, Mermaids are real, too.

If you could invite any three people (living or dead) to dinner, who and why?

First and second would be both of my grandfathers.  Each, in their own way were larger than life and two of the greatest men I’ve ever known.  I would introduce them to their great-grandchildren and my husband.  To be able to spend an evening with them, just one more time, would be one of the greatest gifts I could ever receive.

imagesJJGJ5OSEAnd third, I would invite Linda Carter, but only if she shows up as Wonder Woman, parks the invisible jet in my driveway and demonstrates the Lasso of Truth to my kids.  Wonder Woman was my childhood hero and I still idolize her today.

 

What is your ideal sandwich, and why?

The Rueben is my favorite sandwich.  I love it because it’s sweet, salty, and a little bit sour, just like me.  😉

What is true about you today that would make 10 year old you cry?

As a child I was painfully shy and insecure.  I grew up in a dysfunctional household (who didn’t?), which didn’t help with my low self-esteem.  It wasn’t until I became a young woman that I began to embrace my own inner-strength and to speak up for myself, as well as others.  As an adult, I would tell my ten year old self to be patient, because life gets better.   I would tell her that she has to learn that she can survive the hard things in life, because that is part of becoming who she is meant to be.  I would tell her….you are good enough, and one day you will feel the unconditional love and acceptance that you so desperately wanted as a child.  One day, you will feel whole instead of fractured.  One day, you will be confident and happy.  And it will have been worth the wait because you will be made stronger and smarter for the more difficult things you experienced in life.

What do you get out of blogging, and why do you continue to blog?

Blogging helps me to feel more connected to others.  Since giving up my career and becoming a stay home parent, I’ve struggled with my sense of self and my sense of purpose.  I like being a stay home mom, but it’s hard to feel connected to the world when your life seems to be centered behind the walls of your house.  Being a part of the blogging community takes me to different corners of the world.  I can read and share in the lives of others, both near and far.  And I can contribute my own little piece to the ever-expanding puzzle.  Plus, I feel valued differently when I write something that another person enjoys, finds interesting or funny.  It makes me feel good to know that another person appreciates what I have to say, and also appreciates my participation in their blog, or their little piece of the universe.   I also enjoy reading and gaining the insights of others on topics that I may not have much experience with.  People are fascinating, even if you don’t always agree with them.

Now, onto my nominations….to the nominees listed below, if blog awards aren’t your thing, no big deal.  But hopefully you’ll enjoy some new traffic based on the super awesome things I’m about to say about you.

1.  I Refuse to Follow Your Blog  (This blog is very funny and the mastermind behind the catchy title enjoys making fun of all things in life that he considers to be pathetic, which is pretty much everything, including himself.  It’s a great read so check him out!).

2.  inspired4business (I’m new to this blog, but I love it.  Steve’s posts are always positive, upbeat and inspirational.  Just the pick me up many of us need to regain some perspective and insight on life and how we interact with others.  Check him out and I dare you not to be moved by his amazing attitude and outlook on life).

3.  Ben’s Bitter Blog  (Now, Ben’s blog has been around for a little while, and he’s been nominated for multiple blogging awards.  But not this one, because I checked!  Ben is very bitter, about everything.  And I really enjoy reading his bitter ramblings, and if you like to laugh, you will too!).

Now, I could list seven new questions here, but I found the questions provided by Ray to be thought provoking and entertaining.  So I’m going to mooch off his genius and save myself some time.

Thanks again for the nomination, and happy blogging!

Wanda Says…I would like your opinion, please.

Again, this isn’t a real post.  I would simply like your opinion on something I’ve been mulling around in my head.

With regard to blogging, do you feel more of a connection to a particular post or blogger with whom you interact when they post photos of themselves, family, life, whatever, in and around their blog?  Does seeing the photos make them more relatable to you?  And if so, why?

This is something I’ve been going back and forth with since I started my blog.  I write about a lot of stuff with my kids and family, but I am always hesitant to put real photos of them or myself on this blog because it’s a public medium.  I do have the one small image of myself on my home page, and even that small photo was difficult for me to allow.  I don’t know….I guess I feel more exposed when there are so many real photos floating around the internet, and there is a small measure of security in physical anonymity, especially since I write about personal things and experiences.  And I don’t do selfies.

On the flip side of that, I can understand how it would be easier to relate to a person when you have visual cues and context to go along with a post.  I know I enjoy seeing pictures on other blogs, and it always makes me feel like I’m making too big of a deal out of it on my own blog.  I do post family photos on my private Facebook page, but I am very careful with security settings and I am conservative with what I post.  On a blog, no matter how conservative you are, the whole world can still see it.

So what do you think?  Do real pictures make a difference?  Do you enjoy a blog more, or a post more if you have real pictures to help tell the story?

Thanks for your help!  🙂

Wanda Says…I have a cold, and other stuff.

Hello, world.

This isn’t a real post.  Things have been crazy at my house, so I’m just checking in on Wanda and playing a little catch up.

Two weeks ago my son caught a cold, which he passed on to both me and his sister.  Dan is the only member of our family that has not been sick in the past two weeks.  Both kids seemed to rebound quickly, although they are still experiencing the typical lingering effects of a cold.

I am a different story.  I am a hot mess.

cold germsFor whatever reason, this cold virus hit me much harder than it did the kids.  I can tell that I look as bad as I feel by the way my husband looks at me.  His look says, “I feel so bad for you, but please stay out of my air space.”  My nose is red and chapped.  Skin pale.  Limp hair.  Dead eyes.  You know the drill.  My voice is gravel and my throat hurts because I’ve become a mouth breather.  I’m pretty sure that when I try to sleep I sound like Darth Vader.

Sadly, life doesn’t stop for a cold or my shitty complexion.  Tomorrow I have to teach 30 fifth graders how to make compost in a gardening lesson at my daughter’s school.  And Friday Dan and I are having dinner with his boss.  His boss, who happens to be the CEO of the entire company.  Great.  This dinner has been planned for a month and I can’t cancel.  It doesn’t matter that my nose looks like a neon sign of germs and my pockets are stuffed with used tissues.  Time to break out that tube of face spackle I bought from Sephora and work some magic!

Prior to getting sick, I was already in a funk.  I know I promised to break up with depression this year, but that dirty little liar just won’t take no for an answer.  When I get depressed I get behind on everything, and I have a hard time finding anything I want to write about.  I’ve seen this theme floating around WordPress lately.  It seems a lot of us have been battling with the big D.  Could it be the time of year…like the post-holiday blues, or something?  I don’t know, but I’m trying to spend some time today catching up and reading what’s been going on with everyone else in the world.  That helps.  It always makes me feel better when I connect with others.  🙂

 

Wanda Says…Happy New Year World!

happy new yearHappy New Year World!!!!!!!!!

I love starting the new year with good intentions.  I love the idea that everyone gets a do over.  A chance to make better choices,  or form a plan that somehow allows you to improve your life in some way.   So it’s fitting that my first post of 2015 will be about my New Year’s resolutions.

I know what you’re thinking.  How trite.  How B-O-R-I-N-G.  So typical.  So many people make resolutions and never keep them, myself included.  But I love the act of evaluating my life and the events of the previous year to set my course for the future.  I love the act of making a conscious choice to stop fucking shit up.

I think the reason so many people fail at their goals for the year is that they set their expectations too high.  I am also guilty of this and I can recall with painful clarity the moments over the years when my resolution failures became inevitable.  That moment every January 2nd when I said to hell with it and ate the cookie, cake, dessert, wine, pizza or other fried, delicious thing that officially broke the diet I started that morning.  This year I endeavor to break the mold.  This year, my resolutions will be completely attainable.  Low hanging fruit, so to speak, but fruit, nonetheless.

d2454645cd67290377a08d4d2d6ab067[1]1.   This year I will start my diet…..again….right after I finish eating the Godiva chocolate basket my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas.  It’s Godiva.  I’m not sharing it with anyone.  It’s mine.  I’ll work on being thinner after that delicious goodness is gone.  (Notice how I didn’t say I would lose weight?  I just said I would start my diet again.  See?  Low hanging fruit).

2.  This year I will do less laundry.  Bryn is old enough to learn how to do her own laundry and it’s time she started pulling her weight around here.  One less basket of laundry for me to wash and fold for someone else is one less week of procrastination a month.  That’s huge progress for me.  I can already tell it’s going to be a fabulous year!

This cat can sew better than I can.

This cat can sew better than I can.

3.  This year I will learn how to sew.  Bryn asked for a sewing machine for Christmas and her grandmother got her one.  It’s a real sewing machine and I need to help her learn to use it.  We will take a sewing class together so that I can learn alongside her and help her if she runs into trouble when she starts using her machine.  This is a sacrifice on my part because I have absolutely no interest in sewing, whatsoever.  But I look at it this way…….when the zombie apocalypse happens, people will need clothes when theirs get all nasty and torn with zombie warfare shit all over them, and as long as I know how to sew and make clothes, people will want to help keep me alive.  It’s a survival skill.

But this is a more realistic outcome.

But this is a more realistic outcome.

4.  I will grow a real garden this spring and use the canning equipment my husband bought me two years ago that’s sat untouched in the garage.  I’ve had a budding interest in gardening and canning for some time, and God only knows why.  I can’t imagine a hobby that more clearly declares that I am officially a boring, old woman.   It must be my Midwestern genes kicking in because no matter how hard I fight it, my instinct is to embrace the domestic goddess within me.  My head says, “I just want to paint my nails, lose weight and go buy leather pants,” and my heart is all, “No, you need to grow vegetables in the dirt, can delicious, preservative-free food for your family and plan for your future!”  (Sigh).  I think the domestic goddess is winning, and last year I had some success growing tomatoes and zucchini in my container garden.  The canning process still intimidates me, but again, it’s a survival skill.   If I can learn to do this,  I will know how to grow and preserve food when all the restaurants and grocery stores have been looted in the apocalypse and there is no food to be found.

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5.  I will drink more wine.  Wine is good.

I stole this picture from Facebook.

I stole this picture from Facebook.

6.  I will attempt to curse less.  Wait, what?  No, scratch that.  That won’t happen.

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7.  When my husband loads the dishwasher in a way that makes my OCD crazy, I vow that I will not rearrange everything the way that I want it.  Unless he isn’t home.  Then I will totally rearrange the dishes so they fit perfectly together they way the puzzle making dishwasher basket designers intended.

8.  And lastly, this year I am officially breaking up with wheat, depression, family drama, Spanx, people who take themselves too seriously, and my bathroom scale.  🙂

Also, to those of you who follow my Wanda, I just want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  The past five months of blogging has been more rewarding and fun than I could have imagined.  I have loved reading your blogs and learning about so many of your lives around the world.    I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Wanda Says…Blog awards, Rick Springfield, and other random stuff.

one-lovely-blog-award[1]Recently another great blogger, Weight2lose2013, nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  This is my second ‘New Blogger’ award since I started this blog four and a half months ago.  I won’t lie, I’m pretty thrilled about it.

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers.

You think I’m lovely?  Really?   Even though I use the F-word a lot?  Awww, that’s fantastic!

Prior to blogging, I’ve never won any awards.  Not ever.  Not even a perfect attendance award in elementary school.  This was partly due to how shy I was as a kid, and I didn’t really outgrow that shyness until I was in high school.  Even then, I never liked to be the center of attention so I learned to fly under the radar.  I’ve always been social and enjoyed being included in group activities but I never really put myself out there to try and accomplish something I could be recognized for.

So having my silly, ridiculous little blog acknowledged in a positive manner by my peers in the blogging community feels pretty amazing.  I never thought anyone would read it, so I am beyond flattered that any of you enjoy it enough to keep coming back and checking in on Wanda.  I truly enjoy being a part of the WordPress community, and I want to thank Weight2lose2013 for the nomination and support.  All of you should go check out his blog immediately!

Now let’s get to the rules… 

In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  2. Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
  3. Share 7 facts/or things about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blogs

Here are seven random facts about me:

1.  I often read to myself, out loud.  I can’t help it.  When I’m engrossed in a good book reading out loud to myself just happens, and when I try and suppress the urge I get frustrated and end up re-reading a paragraph several times trying to concentrate.  I don’t like to read with other people in the room for this reason.  Does anyone else have this problem?

e2e9241c60145eca0ead8eaa485ad1dc[1]2.   I’ve had a white hot crush on Rick Springfield for about 30 years now, and I don’t see that changing, ever.  Growing up, I really wanted to be Jesse’s Girl so Rick would love me too.  (Sigh)

3.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when people ask me if I’m wearing contacts.  I have blue eyes, and five out of ten people will ask me point blank if I am wearing contact lenses.  Here’s what irritates me about this…they don’t ask if I’m wearing colored contacts, just contacts.  I do wear contacts because I have horrible vision, but they aren’t colored.  Frequently, people just assume my eye color is enhanced with blue colored contacts, and when they ask it’s almost like they’re accusing me of something.  It’s the knowing tone of voice they use, like they just out-smarted a used car salesman that annoys the shit out of me.  I usually reply by saying, “Yes, I wear contacts because my vision is horrible, but how could you tell that just by looking at me?”   My point is that people shouldn’t assume that because someone has an interesting feature that they’re fake in some way.  And even if they are, why should you care?

coffee cup4.  Coffee is my favorite beverage.  I worship coffee.  I could drink it all day, especially when it’s cold and raining.  I don’t like black coffee, though.  I like my coffee like I like my ice cream…sweet and creamy.  When I travel, I even pack my own sweetener (Stevia) and non-dairy creamer.  So many people and hotels don’t have Stevia or the cream I like, so I never leave town without it.

5.  I love books of all kinds and I read books from every genre.  Historical fiction is my favorite, but paranormal romance is my secret, guilty pleasure.  Sometimes, after reading something heavy and thought-provoking, I need a book that doesn’t make me think too hard.  Something that just makes me laugh, takes me to the edge of my seat, and makes my heart race with the anticipation of the two main characters finally getting their shit together and realizing they belong to each other.  Some of my favorite series include the Fever series, the Immortals After Dark series, the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and the Charley Davidson series.  All of these series are sexy, smart, action-packed and hilarious.

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6. I really do have a weird obsession with the zombie apocalypse.  Last month my husband was cleaning out the garage and he knew to pile everything he wanted to get rid of in the driveway for me to look at first, just in case I wanted to save something for my zombie stash.  He wanted to get rid of a Brita water filter tank and several new, replacement filters.  I was like, “What if the zombie apocalypse comes and we need a way to filter water for drinking?”  He calmly put the water tank and filters back in the garage, without saying a word.  I think he appreciates the fact that I’m thinking ahead.  😉

7.  Sometimes, I spontaneously start dancing around my house.  Sometimes with music, most of the time without music.  My dancing is usually motivated by doing something silly with my kids.  I think I’m a great dancer.  My kids think I’m ridiculous and my husband just thinks it’s funny.

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Now for the blogger nominations!  I don’t know fifteen new bloggers to nominate, so I will nominate the bloggers that I do know and believe you will enjoy as much as I do.

http://jurassicmom.com/

http://lindsaysmiles.wordpress.com/

http://sweetykannoth.wordpress.com/

http://redcarpetsquare.wordpress.com/

That’s it!  Thanks again and I hope everyone has a fabulous week!  🙂

Wanda Says…Busy, busy, busy!

This isn’t a real post.  This is an I-don’t-have-anything-fun-to-write-about-but-don’t-want-to-ignore-my-blog post.

Things have been busy around my house between managing regular daily life and preparing for Christmas, and it seems like all the funny stuff I think to write about is either way too personal or inappropriate.

So, not that anyone cares, but this is a mash-up of everything that’s been going on at my house in the past week…

My husband and I have been trying to find an efficient and safe way to remove silly string from my drive way.  Let me say that not anticipating the mess and difficulty of cleaning up silly string after my daughter’s birthday was an epic fail on my part.  Epic.  We are having a serious drought here in southern California, and I thought once we had a good rain it would dissolve.  Yes, that makes me an idiot.  It didn’t dissolve and my driveway looks like shit.  Vinegar helps to loosen it up and we’ve used a putty knife to scrape it off, but we can only work small sections at a time.  We don’t want to use chemical solvents because the run-off will end up in the ocean.  And spending an hour at a time on my hands and knees scraping the concrete is less than ideal.  If any of you have a suggestion for this, I would be happy to hear it.

We got the tree up and decorated it last weekend.  It’s beautiful.  I love my Christmas tree. With the bow at the top, it’s about nine feet tall.

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And this is Santa.  He likes hanging out in my tree.  He’s cool like that.

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Ho Ho Ho!

The rest of my week has been a continuous flow of cooking, baking, Christmas shopping, helping with homework, play dates and housework.  I hate the housework and the cooking but I love the baking and shopping.  I love listening to Christmas music when I bake.  I think it makes everything taste more Christmas-y.  I also did my Christmas cards this past weekend, and every year I ask myself, “Why the hell do I still send out Christmas cards?”   They are such a jolly pain in the ass.  😉

That’s about it.  I’m sorry I haven’t had time to keep up with my blog reading, but hopefully tomorrow I can squeak out some time to catch up on everyone else’s posts and see what’s been going on in the world.

Happy Wednesday!  🙂

Wanda Says…100 is a great number!

I gave myself a trophy!

I gave myself a trophy!

I woke up this morning, checked some notifications on WordPress and discovered that my follower count hit 100 today. I have 100 followers!

I realize this number will seem insignificant to many people, but to me it’s huge.  I never expected more than a handful of people to read this blog and I assumed the majority of that handful would be family or friends.

So this just made my day!  🙂