Monday, November 29, 2010

My Quirky Family

My dad used to tie the laces on our shoes with 100 knots if we didn't untie our shoes before taking them off.

My mom made a sign for the dryer sheets that said USE ONLY ONE SHEET PER LOAD.

My parents use a baking dish for a bird water dish.  An expensive baking dish, like the kind you buy from Pampered chef. 

My dad collects really ugly hats.  Super ugly.

My mom likes Tiger balm.  It smells something awful but she swears it helps with sore muscles.

 My grandpa Dick always had butterscotch discs in his pocket.  But my dad always has toothpicks behind his ear. 

My grandpa Keith was a tease.  Once we were coming out of a restaurant and nearing the car when he popped open the trunk with his automatic keychain.  My Aunt Marion, who was the closest to the car, screamed and said 'you almost knocked my boob off' in the middle of the parking lot.

My mom ordered her set of china on the internet.  From ebay.  She picked out each plate and she has a lovely collection of them, and none of them match.  This might be my favorite one.

My dad wears Super Mario pants.  In public.

My dad likes to shoot squirrels in the backyard and then he tells us that they are 'sleeping'.

My sister Reva went through a flamingo stage as a child.  We still have proof of it in our storage room.

My dad thinks if you run enough water down the disposal that it won't get clogged up.  But the other day, he put all the potato peels down the drain and it clogged.  My mom laughed.

We had a hamster named Kirby.  He died in the winter.  We couldn't bury him so my mom put him in the freezer.  One day I heard noises coming from inside. 

What quirky things do you have in your family?  Can you top any of these?

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Shopper

I just can't. help. myself.

I love shopping.  I hate to sound shallow, but I know that shopping IS a shallow sport and I make zero excuses.  I like it.  And what I like even more, is a fabulous bargain. 

My sisters may snear at my shopping "anywhere" which includes the Good Will, an occasional dollar store (however I like to avoid these because of the freakiness that abounds) and the infamous Big Lots. 

However, I am also a bargain shopper online.  I research everything before I make a purchase.  I want to make certain that I have the lowest price possible.  I use  There are other sites as well like and regular old Google will pull up shopping lists with prices. 

I came across this site from Nextag:

MovieMars you say?  Never heard of it you reply.  And I say, hey, me neither but it's worth a shot.  Especially since they have my Goonies 25th anniversary DVD and board game for the lowest price.   
How can you possibly go wrong with that?  Ya can't.
I am happy.  And it's all thanks to MovieMars.  Well... only partially I guess, because I have a pretty darn good life filled with awesomeness (thank you Jack Black for that lovely phrase). 


Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a tree

Oh wait.... no, it's just Kermit.

What a lovely Thanksgiving.  I didn't
see him in person, but my friend
Emily did.  And I'm pretty sure she
waved at him for me.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Inappropriate or Appropriate? You decide.

A Mountain Dew drinking baby?
Assaulting your brother because
you love him so much?
A slimfast diet for a one year old? 
Look at those sweet cheeks....
TMAT? which stands for  
Too much attention Torture. 

PS No children were harmed in the making of this post.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Conversation Between Sisters

Jana:  What do you think of the name "Cilia"?

Marla:  You do know that's a term from biology right?

Jana:  Marla, I said SYLVIA.

Marla:  That changes things.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Groom's Dinner

Chloe wouldn't eat anything.  Anything.  And let me tell you, there was zero lack of food.  
I couldn't believe how many dishes graced our table. 
It was a serious feast. 
We kept trying to get Chloe to try
something... anything.  It was to no avail...
that is, until the cake came.  We all
watched with amazement at how quickly
she consumed the chocolate cake.
Reva just looked over and said
"She ate it that fast
because she was starving!"

Emily didn't eat the cake.  She just nibbled on Chloe. 
Pregnant women do strange things, what can I say.

The lovely couple.
Such a fun evening!  Thanks family O' James !

More to come.  I have some great pictures from the rehearsal.
Mostly, it's the kids goofing off, sliding on the marble
and assaulting Father Hennepin.

PS Did you notice in the first two pictures a famous person?
George W. Bush was sitting right. next. to us. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Don’t let your worries get the best of you. 
Remember, even Moses started out
as a basket case.

PS:  Do yourself a big, fat favor and don't Google "basket case".  Who knew, who knew.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Point to Ponder

Thou wilt show me the path of life:
in thy presence is fulness of joy;
at thy right hand
there are pleasures
for evermore.
Psalm 16:11

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pretty as a Picture

Jana & James
November 13, 2010
Father Hennepin performed the ceremony. 
He was a little stiff but did a great job. 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bridesmaids & Flower girls Overtake Local Salon

Do you like Reva's nails?  
So pretty...
Until you discover
they aren't hers....
New meaning to talk to the (fake) hand.
The little ones had personal dvd players and got their toes and finger nails painted.
Oh dear, I broke a nail.
Little chinese boy in the back
was super darling and excited to have
other kids to play with.
Reva (or maybe a native from Bali?)
& Em, chillaxing.
Kate, The Blushing Bride & Stacy

Thanks Jana, it was wonderful!

PS If you are wondering where to get a fabulous pedicure with the best foot massage in the cities, look no further.  Glamour Nails in St. Louis Park is pretty dang awesome. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Quotey quotes

Reva:  snark, snarkey snark
Emily:  I can't wait until my kids are old enough to beat up your kids!

Marla:  Jake, look at my hubcap! It's missing!!! Ugh!
Jacob:  I'm sorry but I can't really care about that right now, I have a headache.

Marla, seeing Reva's remodeled finished bathroom:  MAN! This looks so nice!
Jacob looks at Marla and says:  You should really be telling my friend's dad that, he's the one who did it.

Marla to Jana:  For your wedding, I'm going to walk down the aisle with Reva instead of the groomsman. 

Jana to Marla (about six months ago):  You better start tanning or else you're going to look like a white pasty girl in your bridesmaid dress.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

“I mustache you a question, but I’m shavin' it for later”

Isn't he dreamy?  I sure love the new series Blue Bloods.  It's fantastic.  Plus I love the New York accent.  I find it hysterical that mustaches are 'in style' these days.  What's up with the mustache parties and the new trend in vending machines?

I'm not sure either.  But I think I have to have one. Anyone have 75 cents I can borrow?

PS Seeing the mole on this kids face makes me think of a fabulous Uncle Buck quote:

Buck Russell: Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Anonymous Winner - Reveal Thyself

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna hit you so hard that when you wake up your clothes will be out of style!

What a great quote.  Love it.  Anon: email me at and you will get your certificate to CSN stores for 40 smackers.

My favorite quote (besides Goonies Never Say Die):

You guys, if we don't
get out of here soon...
...there's gonna be
some kind of hostage crisis.
Out in the garage, ORV,
four-wheel drive...
...bullet holes the size of
matzo balls...
~ Chunk

PS In other news, I had a lovely brunch with my dear parents at Key's Cafe.  They have the BEST eggs benedict and the BEST pancakes and the BEST monster cookies. 
Try it all, you'll like it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

When in Africa...

do as the Africans do --
they pet
the President of Starkey.

I would pet him too, if I could.
Because I really like Starkey.

They do good things.
PS Giveaway winner will be announced on Monday. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010


kitchen bar stools

By the way, what the heck have you people been buying with these 40 dollar certificates? I gotta know.

Want to win?  Put your name in the comments and tell me your favorite line from Goonies.  Why? Because they had their 25th anniversary and came out with a new dvd with more features and a board game.  It's already on its way to me as we speak. 
Best. Movie. Ever.

I disgress, back to the giveaway from CSN stores.  Do you have your favorite Goonie's quote yet?  Oh, you do?  Well, get going then and put it in the comments already. Do I have to tell you everything? Sheesh. 


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Oops He Did It Again...

Isaiah Richard Olson
Age 2
Endlessly hungry & spunky