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8 Random Facts About Me August 26, 2008

Filed under: nerdiness — Rachel @ 10:54 pm

Middle-Aged-Woman over at unmitigated wrote 8 randomly unspectacular things about herself the other day.

I decided to play too and post 8 random facts about myself, even though I think nothing about myself is unspectacular (well, I never said I wasn’t self-confident, now did I?)

1. I have watched The Simpsons since I was 2 years old. I crack up when people tell me they weren’t allowed to watch it as kids.  I never knew that it worked on two levels until I was at least 11.

2. I love watching ghost shows and reading ghost stories, even though I always end up completely terrified if I watch/read by myself. They fascinate me though.

3. I am the least picky eater I have ever seen. However, I do not like the following: radishes, eggplant (even though it’s such a lovely color), watermelon candy, green apple candy, lima beans (tolerable if they are mixed in with something else), and any fatty meat. Blecchhh.

4. Even though I am one of the most open minded and outspoken people you will ever meet, I have the sense of humor of a ten year old. I have no problem talking about sex or body parts, but anytime someone says something about “anus”, “rectum”, or “feces” I can’t help but giggle a little.

5. I have eaten half a watermelon by myself on multiple occasions.

6. I have a pink lava lamp on my desk. I turn it on a lot. It distracts me. I find it soothing.

7. I had a crush on D for years before we got together.

8. It really annoys me when people say “lie-berry” instead of LIBRARY!


Back To School August 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel @ 11:58 am

Hello all!

I do apologize for not updating sooner, but this weekend has just been kind of crazy. I had to bring stuff back up here to get ready for school, then come home and do some family things.

So, today is the first day of my Junior year of college. I am halfway through, which I am ever so grateful for.

It’s hard to not be with D during the week.

I mean, when you go from being with someone 24/7, to being away from them during the week, it is hard.

We’ve done it for the past two years though, so we can do it again.

And, we’ll have the weekends 🙂

I just have to keep reminding myself that I am doing this so that D and I can have a better life once we get married.

And I get to live with my awesome friend H!

I can’t believe how fast these last few college years have flown by, it seems like just yesterday that I was graduating from high school.


Saturday Morning August 23, 2008

Filed under: good news — Rachel @ 9:06 am

So sorry I haven’t posted anything new for a few, my dad had a little surgery, but is recovering well.

I’ve been hanging out with my younger sister, V.

We’re going to go get our sugar high this morning.


I will post more later, but just wanted to let you all know what was going on!


Now I Will Never Get Anything Done August 20, 2008

Filed under: nerdiness — Rachel @ 9:17 pm

D got a new game today.

Mario Kart Wii.

We kind of played it for two hours before he went to work today.

I have just one thing to say, and this will be soooo much cooler if you watch the Simpsons and imagine comic-book-guy saying it…..”BEST….GAME…..EVER.”

I’m addicted.

My favorite course was one that ran through a shopping mall.

Of course, having spent  thousands of dollars and  thousands of hours in malls, it’s no wonder I felt right at home.

I can’t believe they managed to combine a racing video game and shopping….it’s like they were inside my brain.

I am a huge nerd.

I’m going to go watch The Simpsons and wait for D to come back so we can play some more Mario Kart.



Filed under: crap people buy,Uncategorized — Rachel @ 9:44 am

I was browsing through one of my mom’s magazines this morning, when I came upon an ad for these things-.mmdolls

My first thought was “Who buys this crap?”

This is a $30, 6 inch, “collectible” doll. The magazine ad scolds that “These dolls are not toys; they are fine collectibles to be enjoyed by adult collectors.”

What the hell?

Now please, if you collect these things, don’t get all mad at me, I just really don’t get it.

Why would people spend $30 a pop on a doll that is only 6 inches long?

And why do they think that the M&M’s onesies make them so cute?

I mean, I like babies and M&Ms, but if I had a baby, I wouldn’t be running out to buy it an M&M’s onesie. I mean, I guess they are kind of cute, but what do you DO with them, besides look?

My criteria for dolls when I was little (this will be used again if I ever have a daughter) was that the doll needed to look life-like and be able to be dressed in real baby clothes. I had a Lee Middleton doll-Cute Dolls

I loved that doll-I still do. I still have her. I would say that she was my favorite childhood toy. Yes, she was very expensive for a doll. But she felt like a real baby, and I could dress her in all kinds of different outfits( she wore preemie baby clothes, and real bottles and pacifiers would fit in her mouth)-I carried her everywhere, I played with her everyday. She is no worse for the wear. I know she was worth the money, because she didn’t just sit on a shelf somewhere.

I just don’t understand the whole “sit in a box on a shelf” thing. Nearly every time I got a Barbie as a kid, some well meaning relative would say “Oh, don’t take her out of the box, she’ll be worth something someday.” My mom and I were firmly not in this camp, and every Barbie was promptly torn out of the box, dragged around, and played with. Oh sure, I gave some of them ink pen eyeliner and terrible hair cuts, but I loved playing with them.

The memories I have from playing with my toys are worth far more to me than whatever I could have sold them for. Even if they were worth a billion dollars, I wouldn’t change a thing.


5 Favorite Things (This Week Anyway) August 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel @ 10:32 pm

You know how Oprah has her favorite things? Well, I’m no Oprah, but I have favorite things too. If I were rich, I would buy you all some, so that you could love and appreciate them too. Here are my 10 Favorite (material) things right now.

1.  My Barely There Invisible Look Underwire Bra (style 4104) in Ice Blue.

Why:   Because I love sharing too much on the internet, I will not hesitate to tell you that once you get to a certain bra size things start….happening…an extra hook is added, and straps become wide and grandma-like. Well, for those of us that are uh, well endowed, here is your solution. This bra is pretty and feminine, but does not have froufrou bows and lace that look AWFUL underneath clothes. It also has a lack of grandma-straps. (Which are fine under some things, but if you wear a low-cut top you have bra straps hanging out of the sides of your shirt. Not a good look.) The band in the back is also wide enough that it doesn’t give you that weird back fat look.

2. Spray N’ Wash with “Resolve” Power

Why:  Not to sound like too much of a domestic diva for talking about laundry all the time (believe me, I am definitely not), but this stuff works like magic.  I tend to make a lot of messes-I am around kids a lot, I love to cook, and I LOVE outdoor things like hiking, caving, etc, and don’t mind getting a little dirty.  I had a camisole that I had dribbled tomato sauce down and didn’t catch the stain right off the bat, so it got washed without any stain stuff. This resulted in washed in tomato stains.  I sprayed some of this stuff on there, washed it again, and it looks like new. This stuff has gotten out tomato sauce, blood (it’s hard not to scratch at twenty-two mosquito bites), chocolate, and numerous other things. If you have babies or small children, you will love this stuff. And it smells pretty too.

3. Iams Kibble in the red bag (I think it is lamb and rice flavor)

Mayzie has never been a big kibble eater. She likes to eat wet food the best.  Although wet food contains everything she needs nutritionally, I think that the crunchy food is better for her teeth.  We started mixing up half a can of wet food with a big plate of kibble. Mayzie is a pretty smart dog, so she somehow figured out how to eat the wet food without actually eating all that much of the kibble.  Sometimes she would eat the kibble, and lots of times we just ended up throwing away platefuls of licked-clean kibble. We tried so many different brands, we tried giving it to her with gravy, we mixed it and mixed it, but still she managed to eat only the wet food. Finally, she came to the end of her last bag of kibble. I saw this kind in wal-mart and decided I would give it a try.  I am proud to say that Mayzie has been a member of the clean plate club since we have bought this bag.  And, the crunchy food makes her teeth look pretty and white.

3. My new Ted Baker Galaxy frames.

Why:  I’ve had lots and lots of pairs of glasses, and these are my favorites. I usually wear contacts, and only wear glasses if I am relaxing before bed, or if my eyes are tired. Not these glasses, they are so cute! They are black on top and rimless on the bottom. This is good because I have black eyebrows and my eye color is such a dark brown that it could probably be called black. Rimless glasses disappear on my face, but I didn’t like the severe look that some of the dark frames gave me. I found these and it was love at first sight. I have worn them for 2 days in a row now and gotten so many nice compliments.

4. D’s Eternity for men cologne

Why: This stuff smells sooooo good. I love the way D puts it on on date nights.  Some colognes can be overpowering and too spicy smelling. This one smells clean and masculine. Perfect.

5. My Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion

Why:  It smells good and I don’t have to keep reapplying it all day.  It even works on dry knees. You can buy a 3 pack of it at Sams.  Plus, it’s in a pump bottle, which I think makes much less of a mess.

So those are my 5 favorite things this week.

What are some of your favorite things?


Raise your hand if you just did something DUMB. *Raises Hand*

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel @ 12:25 pm

So, I have been doing laundry all morning.

Good for me, right?

Actually, I don’t mind doing laundry, because all you have to do is feed the stuff into the machine, turn it on, and go about your business till it’s done.

Now I have many many clean towels, but unfortunately, they are all piled on the recliner and the end of the couch…I will fold them…someday….

Now onto my DUMB thing that I did.

I was picking up stuff to wash, and I decided that I would wash a bunch of tank tops and things that I wanted to wear. You know, those plain cotton ribbed tank tops, like Old Navy sells. I have a bunch of them, but not enough to fill up a whole washing machine, so I went around picking up more of my clothes….some shorts, tshirts, swimsuit cover-up, and a RED stretchy camisole. Into the washer they all go.

See the problem?

I hear the washer go off, and I go downstairs to put the things into the dryer. I pull out a white tank top…noting that it looks slightly pink. Another white tank top features bold pink splotches.


Let me just take this opportunity to tell you that I know how to do laundry. I have lived (partially) on my own for 2 years now. I know that white things + red things= pink things. But I washed these things in COLD water, and I had washed the red camisole before….so I thought it would be ok….I routinely mix up all kinds of crap in the washing machine, because I wash everything except towels and panties in cold water. I have never screwed this up. It is not that hard. Turn the washer on. Put in some detergent. Insert clothes. Shut the lid and walk away for awhile. Come back and put the clothes in the dryer. Repeat until you no longer have a 3 foot pile of dirty laundry in your bathroom.

I know that this is no big deal because yes, they are just tank tops and can be bleached back to normal, and hey, it’s not like they cost that much anyway, and again, they are just shirts.

It’s the fact that I ignored that little voice in the back of your head, you know, the one that routinely tells you things like “hey, maybe you shouldn’t eat that second piece of cake, you actually want to be able to wear those jeans again” or “hey, shouldn’t you be mopping the floors right about now? there are enough crumbs on it to feed a small country.” or “hey, why don’t you clean out your closet? i don’t think you are going to need those pants you wore when you were eleven.”

I frequently tell that little voice to shove it.

Today the little voice said “Seriously? You’re going to put those white things in with the colors? DUMBASS!”