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Writing About Bacon to Increase Blog Traffic? Aug 26

I read this tidbit on another blog today and since it interests me, I’ll give it a shot. 😉 Then I’ll tell you my opinion on Vampires Suck, which I saw Monday while my daughter was in preschool.

Bacon is one of the few meat products I can eat any time of the day, night, week, month or year. There are so many flavors and variations that it can be used for anything. Breakfast is the obvious answer, and I really like it in Split Pea Soup in place of ham. Bacon wrapped shrimp or scallops are also quite tasty, and there’s nothing like a bacon cheeseburger. The most interesting uses for bacon (or its likeness) that I’ve seen yet are Mo’s Milk Chocolate Bacon Bar and Bacon Band Aids .

I would LOVE to get my hands on one of Mo’s Milk Chocolate Bacon bars, but the $7.50 price tag is a little steep when I don’t know anyone who has been able to try them. I’ve even briefly considered trying to make my own, but don’t think I’d be able to keep my hands off the bacon long enough to finish a candy bar, let alone multiples to share.

The bacon band aids concern me. I love me some bacon, but I really don’t think I could walk around in public with a bacon band aid covering up a scrape. That takes a certain kind of dedication (as well as a willingness to hold a conversation with complete strangers) that I don’t have. I leave this to the braver individuals wandering the world among us.

Now on to my review of Vampires Suck. While there are several references to other popular things (such as Gossip Girl, True Blood, Secret Life and American Idol), the movie is, first and foremost, a Twilight/New Moon spoof. It is offensive to the sensitive TwiHards and therefore should be avoided by anyone labeling themselves as such. For everyone who just loves a good comedy or a Jacob v. Edward debate, GO SEE THIS MOVIE! It is rated PG-13 for sexual situations, so be careful taking the kids with you. It follows the general plot of Twilight with its own version of New Moon’s ending. It does mention a Breaking Dawn “spoiler,” but really, who DOESN’T know that particular tidbit by now?

Following Becca, Edward, Jacob, Frank and Bobby around Sporks is as enjoyable to a spoof movie or comedy lover as the real Twilight cast of characters is to the romantic drama set. I’ve enjoyed all four movies out so far, and can’t wait for the last two to sum up the series. Maybe Breaking Dawn will inspire its own spoof and increase that to three movies I can’t wait to see?

Does anyone else see some calculation in the timing of the release of Eclipse and Vampires Suck? Eclipse is out of theaters in my area just this week, and Vampires Suck was released. Coincidence? I think not.

In short, if you like comedy and are an open minded fan or even a hater of the Twilight series, go see this movie.

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Mom’s Morning Out Week 2 Aug 24

Oh boy. This MMO stuff is supposed to be fun for both of us. I had a FANTASTIC time at the movies watching Vampires Suck. My daughter, on the other hand, cried the entire time I was gone, refused to play, and more distressingly, refused to eat until I came back to pick her up. My daughter has never refused food. I think it’s forbidden based on her genetic makeup.

This is a big adjustment for both of us, even more so for her since she has spent her entire life with me (minus a few days vacation for mental health). The most confusing part to me is, she LOVES other kids. She gets the biggest smile when she sees other kids at Publix, Target, the mall, even at church where she’s going to school. But this week we walked into the school building and she started to cry, and apparently did not stop. When I walked in to pick her up, she was on one of the assistants’ lap with the saddest expression I’ve ever seen and a tear stained face. As soon as we walked out her classroom door, she sniffed and gave me a big smile and tried to inhale her lunch on the car ride home.

I’d like for her to continue to go. I think it’s important. I’m also required to pay her tuition whether she attends or not. So how do I fix this? How do I convince her that school is fun? I’ve always enjoyed school, so I’m a little lost. My brother never liked school, but he says he has no idea what to say to convince her otherwise either. He’s not very good at talking to her, but he’s good at hugs and active games. 😉

All advice and empathy is appreciated. We have one more week to try things as they have been before we start a planned goodbye.

My Hopes for Mom’s Morning Out Week 2 Aug 22

Last week, my 19 month old daughter began her career in education. Every Monday during the regular school year she will be attending a class at my mom’s church and learning how to interact with other kids her age and to respect the authority of adults other than family. This is a HUGE opportunity for her, as she spends the majority of her time with just me. She needs to interact with others her age and really learn who she is and what she likes. This time is also an opportunity for me to catch up on things.

Last week I didn’t do so well catching up on things. This was a very unusual week, because my husband was in Monterey, California for six days attending a conference for work. This left me and the babe on our own for our longest time span yet. After his return, we also realized this is the longest my husband and I have ever been separated. Ever. We’ve been together 9 ½ years and six days is the longest we’ve ever been apart. I digress; I was unable to do much catching up last Monday. Instead, I spent my free hours hoping that my daughter didn’t spend the whole morning crying (she was sobbing when I left) and wondering what I was going to do with myself.

I started the morning at Starbucks with an iced tall nonfat caramel macchiato. Unless it’s winter, that is the only thing I order from Starbucks. I made a couple impulse buys while I was there, because, for what I think was the first time since the babe was born, I was INSIDE a Starbucks. While I sat and drank my coffee, I updated my mother and my husband on my daughter’s first morning at school and then came my dilemma. How should I spend my morning???

I ended up doing some chores around the house since it takes some time to recover after the Saturday night shindiggery known as Rock Band or Blur and made a quick trip to Kohl’s to use some Kohl’s cash and a gift card. Then it was time to pick my daughter up and get her home to finish lunch and take a nap.

This week, I’d like to do something for ME. Movies are something that I’ve always enjoyed, but for various reasons it’s hard to find anyone to go with me. So this week, I will be seeing a movie by myself. Vampires Suck is what I hope to see. In general, I like spoof movies, and I love Twilight and the Edward v. Jacob, Pattinson v. Lautner drama.

How did you fill your free time when your child(ren) started school? Any advice for me for future Monday morning activities?

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Nothing like 5QF to inspire a post! Aug 13

Rules for Five Question Friday: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then link up! If you don’t have a blog, or already wrote a post, then feel free to leave your answers in the comments!

1. Have you ever visited another country?
Yes! Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and St. Maarten. Hoping to add a few more to that list!

2. Where is the strangest place you have ever been?
St. Thomas. Even though it is a U.S. Virgin Island, it’s a little intimidating outside the tourist district. It doesn’t resemble the U.S at all, it much more closely resembles the other islands.

3. What is your favorite season?
Winter! Because I live in Florida, it’s the only time of year where you don’t sweat the minute you roll out of bed.

4. What one song will always cheer you up?
I have to pick one??? Ummm… Wow… Let’s say Rihanna’s Don’t Stop the Music.

5. What Disney character do you resemble most?
Ariel the Little Mermaid. It’s mostly cuz of the red hair. I’m not that skinny, nor am I able to swim like a fish. I used to be that skinny, but I’ve never been a swimmer. Personality-wise… Well, I’m going to need some help figuring that out!

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My Blog is a Lot Like My Life Aug 02

I only finish what I start when I do it all in one fell swoop. I have an entire Word document with at least three post ideas in the process on any given day, and yet, I only actually published four posts the entire month of July. Where is my final camping post? How has my blog not been informed of the babe’s upcoming school schedule? I’m behind on so many updates!

A part of me is completely unconcerned by this knowledge. This is because this blog is mostly for me. I created it to help work through issues and keep a record of events to help improve my memory of the firsts in my daughter’s life. Also, I know that LIVING life is more important than the recording of it. While records are important, it’s more important to be in the moment loving my husband and daughter than curled up with my laptop writing about them.

The rest of me is disappointed, because I started an online blog instead of a written journal to get feedback from others. How can I possibly obtain feedback if I don’t post? Let’s see if I can get my blogging act together this week. Starting with my very first two post day. 😉

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Co-Sleeping Makes Me Cringe Aug 02

Parenting is very much a to-each-his-own world, but co-sleeping has become more common place, and it gives me the heebie jeebies. Not just for the safety issues, but because, goddammit, IT’S MY BED. It is my space for sleeping or other activities and there will be no one but me and the husband (well, and the cats) in it.

That’s not to say that my daughter isn’t allowed to wake me up at night, and won’t be allowed to crawl in with us for a special movie night or if she has a nightmare. But beds are for sleeping, and the bedroom is the one place in my house that isn’t covered in kid stuff of some kind. Unless you count a very large stack of Parents magazines on my nightstand.

I just had to get that off my chest. Again, if that’s how you want to raise your child, then go for it. However, for my own sanity and emotional well-being, I need my space.

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