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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Farewell, my beloved Psych. Farewell.

After 8 hilarious seasons, my favorite television show is coming to an end.
Tonight, Psych will air its last episode and I'll probably be on the couch laughing uncontrollably while trying not to cry.

This show has become such a huge part of our lives. The kids have never seen it but due to my husband and myself quoting so much, they know a lot about it. For a long time, anything we said to each other that was funny, Peanut would ask "is that from Psych?".

I've written about Psych before.
So today, I'm posting some of the funny moments from the show that I've pinned on Pinterest.

If you've never seen Psych, I'm so sorry. And you should remedy that right away.

Seasons 1-6 are available for streaming on Netflix.
The episodes are also available on DVD and on iTunes.

If you only want to watch an episode or two to see if maybe you'd like to watch the rest, I recommend starting with the Pilot, of course.

And my personal favorites (many fans agree, as does the cast)

Season 1:
~Spellingg Bee (introduction of Juliet)
~Scary Sherry: Bianca's Toast

Season 2:
~American Duos
~Lights, Camera... Homicidio
~Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion

Season 3:
~Talk Derby to Me
~Lassie Did a Bad, Bad Thing
~Tuesday, the 17th

Season 4:
~Extradition: British Columbia
~The Devil is in the Details...and the Upstairs Bedrooms
~High Top Fadeout

Season 5:
~Viagra Falls
~Extradition II: The Actual Extradition Part
~Dual Spires
~The Polarizing Express

Season 6:
~Last Night Gus
~The Amazing Psych-Man and Tap Man, Issue No. 2
~Indiana Shawn and the Temple of the Kinda Crappy, Rusty Old Dagger
~Here's Lassie

Season 7:
~Santabarbratown 2
~Lassie Jerky
~100 Clues
~No Trout About It
~Psych: The Musical

And there are 3 episodes that you MUST see if you give Psych a chance, all dealing with the Yin/Yang serial killer:
~An Evening with Mr. Yang
~Mr. Yin Presents
~Yang 3 in 2D

 No tears!!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Life lessons for my daughters

This world is a bit tricky to navigate. No matter how old you are or how much you've gotten out into the world, you still end up with problems and heartache and pain. No one knows it all. No one can tell you exactly how to navigate to where you always come out ahead or on top. People out there can suck and having to deal with too many of them makes you want to become a recluse.

But I hope that the knowledge that I have amassed is enough helpful information that I can lead my girls down a better path than if I just let them try to navigate on their own.

1)  Surround yourself with people who motivate you.
Let's face it. Some friends and family are giant leeches that suck every bit of life out of us. You don't need people like that in your life. If you do manage to succeed at something, these people usually don't care and will find it difficult to pat you on the back.

2) Wear what you like, not what other people think you should wear.
If you like yoga pants, wear them with pride. If you love sundresses, wear them on those warm days and rock those cute sandals. If you have a thing for skinny jeans, fine. I hate them but whatever floats your boat. If you have a thing for really big heels, walk carefully and strut your stuff. Wear what makes you happy, not what makes your friends happy.

Although if you want to look like a skank, maybe you should listen to 
a friend or family member that tells you to cover up.

3)  Never marry a man that cannot do anything for himself.
Seriously. I've been in relationships and seen other relationships through friendships that make me wonder about the men out there. I knew a guy, 21 years old at the time, that didn't know how to make a TV dinner. For real... he had no clue. His mother had babied the hell out of him his whole life and it left him lacking basic adult knowledge needed to live on his own. It was so sad. Find a man that can do laundry, clean, and cook for himself. They do exist. I married one. :)

4)  Travel as much as you can.
Life is not meant to be lived in one place. Getting out of your city, your state, your region of the country, can open your eyes to so much more than what you've always known. This country is really beautiful and there's so much to do and see. Meeting people from different areas of the country, hearing different accents than your own... it's fun and you learn first hand how different we all are and how okay it is to be different. I recommended road trips since you can actually see the country from eye level and not just fly over it. If you have the opportunity to travel out of the country, take it!

5)  Always apologize when you screw up... and do it as soon as possible.
Taking too much time to say you're sorry can destroy friendships. I have had it happen to me. If the person that you wronged means a lot to you, you should do everything you can to fix it. Now.

6)  Don't let fear stop you from doing the things in life that can make you happy.
Fear is crippling. Sure, it's good to have a healthy fear of things so that you don't just jump without looking but letting too much fear guide you will leave you standing in one place and never getting to experience what life is all about.

7)  You should always make time for those people in your life that you care about.
These days, it seems like everyone is sooo busy. Life is crazy sometimes and the clock doesn't stop ticking no matter how much is on your plate each day. But no matter what, you should always make time for the people you love. If you cannot manage to pick up your phone and send a text or call someone once in a while, then maybe that relationship doesn't mean as much as you like to say. With all of the different forms of communication that we have at our fingertips these days (FB, email, Twitter, texts, etc.) there's really no excuse to stay silent for too long. Note: I've been guilty of this before and I have tried very hard to correct it.

8) Date/marry someone that doesn't mind doing little things for you and do the same for them.
I used to live less than a mile from a gas station. The guy that I dated at that time would NEVER run there for me if I needed something. Never. Even if he was on his way out. It was nothing major but the fact that he wouldn't do simple little favors should have made me realize that he'd never be the kind of person that I'd want to marry. fast forward to the present: my husband has gone to the store at midnight before to get more butter when I was making cookies. Yeah, he's a gem. And no, that's not all that I love about him. He's a thoughtful person, plain and simple.
After I kept joking about going to Target just to get popcorn and an ICEE for months, one day when he ran there for some food, he came home with popcorn and an ICEE for me. He's just that nice.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Target- When Photoshop attacks

If you were on the interwebs at all this week, you must have seen at least one article about the horrific Photoshop job on Target's website. I myself found it through a friend on FB and was horrified.

It's no secret that magazines edit the hell out of models and celebrities.
This GIF of Jennifer Lawrence (everyone's favorite down-to-earth celebrity) made me angry and totally confused:


Most celebrities are pretty enough and THIN enough already but then the magazine people are certain that they need to make them look even thinner? STOP IT.

But at least the photo above was done well, I guess. Not like what Target did to a young model:

Um, there are sharp dagger type things coming out of her body, under her arm and around her hip on the right side of the photo. That looks pretty dangerous if she has an underarm itch.

Jesus. I know some people are always trying to attain that weird gap between their thighs but this is ridiculous. That looks like it hurt.

They did the same here. Her vagina seems to be missing a large piece, making it hard for her to ever procreate. And what's with her left hand/thigh area?

This is the sloppiest job of photo enhancing that I have personally ever seen. It's downright freaky.

Sadly, when I found the link I saw the comments between the friend that posted it and a friend of hers. And the comments by the friend made me sad.

MY friend was right in saying that crap like this (photoshopping) is a large part of why young girls (and guys) have such a skewed image of what a body should look like.
HER friend was saying that if anyone doesn't know that they photo enhance people on magazines and in ads then they are just plain ass dumb.

Um, how many teenage girls click on a link that SHOWS them that being 'perfect' is not possible? They don't want to spend time hearing or reading that being perfect isn't possible. They are being pressured through every form of media to look like Jennifer up in the first photo.

The above bathing suits were in the JUNIORS section, not the adults.
Teenage girls, to a point, have been told that photo enhancing happens but that hasn't stopped the eating disorder rate from skyrocketing the more photos are getting enhanced.

Most people 'know' that it's a trick but that's not what crosses your mind when you see billboards featuring tiny, beautiful women wearing clothing that you love. You end up thinking to yourself how much you wish you could be thinner or look good in those clothes.

But thanks to Target, I will never crave a body that would fit into a bathing suit in that way.
I like my lady parts intact, thanks.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Be cool, Soda Pop.... Today is the day

Way back in 2004, Veronica Mars appeared on our television sets and introduced us to a spunky, sharp-tongued teenage girl who happened to be a heading towards a life of private investigating.

She was a hero to teenage girls. No matter what life threw at her, she always managed to pick herself back up. Veronica didn't care what others thought of her, she was just trying to survive high school and flee the fictional town of Neptune, California.

She wasn't rich. She wasn't popular. The rich and popular kids lived in the prestigious 90909 zip code. She was smart, no doubt about that. And she could shake down a suspect with ease.

3 years after the show first aired, it was canceled. Hearts around the country broke as we lost our favorite P.I. and had to deal with a series ending that was less than satisfying.

Since the show went off the air, fans have wanted more. The fans wanted a movie that could wrap up the lives of those in Neptune that we had come to care so much about. And for years, we were told that while show creator Rob Thomas and show star Kristin Bell would LOVE to make a movie, Warner Brothers just wasn't willing to fund it.

Fast forward from there to March 2013. Following Kristin and Rob on Twitter, we fans (known as Marshmallows) knew that there was an important announcement coming that week and we all sat on the edge of our seats waiting to see what was in store.

What we were handed was a link to a website called Kickstarter and a video on the page staring Kristin, Rob, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, and Enrico Colantoni (3 series regulars).

Official Kickstarter Video

As a fan Marshmallow, I was beyond thrilled and immediately donated money to the project. And I took to the interwebs on FB and the blog trying to get others to do the same.

The goal was to raise 2 million dollars in the allotted 30 days.

What happened was astounding and groundbreaking:
~ In 4 hours, the project had already raised 1 millions dollars, setting a record for the highest amount in such a short period of time.
~ In less than 24 hours, the minimum amount of 2 million dollars was raised and the movie was a go.

By the end of the Kickstarter run, the fans donated over 5.7 million dollars to get this movie made.

As a backer, I was sent regular updates about the progress of everything, from signing on each actor to picking the soundtrack, to shooting schedules and appearances of the cast. This last year has been surreal and so much fun.

And today, Veronica Mars the movie hits theaters nationwide.
It's incredible and unbelievable.
Fellow Marshmallows know what I'm talking about.

For those of you that haven't ever seen the show, think of your most favorite television show that was canceled (maybe ended with no resolutions) and think about how happy you might be if that show were to get the chance to wrap itself up in a full length movie.

Being a backer, I donated enough to get some goodies. I have t-shirts,  stickers, a signed poster on the way, a copy of the script on the way, and most importantly... a digital copy of the movie that will allow me to watch the movie tomorrow at home since we can't take the kids and don't have a babysitter.

Almost every single regular cast member is going to be in the movie and even characters that had bit parts will be making an appearance at the Neptune High 10 year reunion. We'll see Wallace, Mac, Weevil, Dick, and Keith (who's your daddy?!) and of course, Logan and Veronica. (Which in the 'shippers' world, had the only shipper name that ever made sense. LOgan + VEronica = LOVE. Most shipper names are gibberish and to be honest, I hate shipping.)

I am beyond excited. The movie's premiere is coming at a great time, a time when 2 of my favorite shows are about to end forever and that hurt is being cushioned a bit by the knowledge that Veronica is back in our lives, however briefly that might be.

I urge you all to go and see it, although I understand that it's not in as many theaters as one would hope. If you are a Marshmallow, you have to see it. If you have never heard of Veronica Mars, don't worry... it was written in a way that allows Mars virgins to enjoy the movie.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Happy Birthday to my sister/friend/partner in crime

Today, March 5th, is a very special day.
It's the day that my bestest friend in the world was born and this post is for her.

I am guessing that she'll see this when she goes into work and checks her email. She always reads my new posts before getting busy for the day.

HI MANDANA! Happy Birthday! I Love You!

To celebrate the best friend that I have ever had, I thought I'd do a little photo retrospective.
We have been friends for 14 years this month and those years have been anything but boring.

This is probably the first pic of us together, at the twin's 1st birthday party:

One night, we decided that we needed to do our hair and make-up in 80's style. The kids were asleep and we were bored so we set about to Rock the Casbah and party like Material Girls into the wee hours.

This one was taken one of the many Friday nights that I hung out with her at the store while she was working. She did work, I promise, but in between customers we had a ton of laughs. I actually miss that damn store.

Here's us near the computer at her house (we were always on the computer back then) and yes, her shirt says "THINK LOUDER SO I CAN HEAR YOU". I had it made for her to wear at the store since obviously people thought that she was a mind reader/psychic.

I believe this one was right before I moved to Minnesota. Manda and I used to spend hours on the computer at her house, laughing at the massive amounts of Emo icons for Myspace. Stuff like "I only cry in the rain so no one can see my tears". Too damn funny. So one night, we tried to be Emo. Yeah, we just couldn't stop laughing long enough to pull it off. But we got some great pics out of it and had a ton of fun. As soon as this pic was taken, we were in tears from laughing.

After I moved, I didn't get to see Manda save for maybe 3 trips down a year. But when we did get together again, it was like no time had passed at all.

In June 2010, she came up to MN to be my Matron of Honor. My wedding wouldn't have been the same without her there with me. She keeps me sane.

This was on one visit home, at Ruby Falls. This was the first 'moment' we had in a photo and it's become a running joke since this picture was taken, back in 2011, I believe.

Then we have the Christmas/New Years trip from 2011/2012. We all had either a wig or a hat and we had an absolute blast. It was only the 2nd year the girls were up long enough to see the ball drop.

This pic was taken when my husband and I took Manda and the twins to Hilton Head to celebrate the twins upcoming 13th birthday. We hung out, shopped, swam, ate, and tanned for a week. HEAVEN.

This was the 2nd official 'moment' that we had up on the bluff at Weathington Park in Section, Alabama. If you could only see the smiles due to laughing so hard yet freezing from the wind.

And of course, this was this last December when we made our tacky sweaters.

Since I couldn't get down there this year and make/take her a cake, I have this instead:

In February 2010, I came into town to tell my mother that I was getting married and go look at dresses with Manda. I also surprised her with a birthday cake which was a TOTAL surprise since her birthday was not until March. :)

I told Manda that we needed to run an errand for my mother and she went along with me, although when we pulled up at the cake place, she was wondering why my mother would order a cake from a bakery nowhere near her house.

But Manda didn't say anything, she just walked in with me. (That's the kind of friend she is.) When the baker put the cake on the counter for us to see, it took Manda about 10 seconds to realize this cake was for her, not my mother. She looked at me and then laughed and then cried. (Until then, I think I had actually seen her cry maybe 5-6 times since we met 10 year before. I made her cry again 30 minutes later trying on my wedding dress. She was a crying mess that day.)

Even though I cannot be there this year, Manda, I hope you have a wonderful birthday. I miss you so much and love you to pieces.

I hope you feel this happy on your special day:

Monday, March 3, 2014

No-Fire S'mores....yes, please

A few weeks ago, I saw a commercial for what looked like heaven in a jar... Hershey's Spreads.

In the commercial, they showed people spreading the chocolate on waffles, strawberries, and celery. I would have never thought about using waffles, but okay.

I got a jar of the chocolate flavor and brought it home to try it out.
The first time I opened it, I saw the graham crackers in the cabinet and figured that would satisfy the sweet craving I was having at that moment.
My husband said, after tasting the chocolate spread for the first time, "That will last less than 3 days".
It's that good.

Later that night, I smeared a little bit more on another graham cracker and thought how much it reminded me of eating s'mores. And then my mind flashed to the unopened jar of marshmallow cream in the cabinet and I knew that I had to try it.

It was heavenly. It totally made me think of camping during the summer when I was a kid.

All you need are graham crackers, marshmallow cream, and the Hershey's Spread of your choice (it also comes in Chocolate with Almond or Chocolate with Hazelnut...watch out, Nutella).

And the best part?

S'mores without worrying about getting a fire started.
S'mores without worrying about the burning ban in your county during the crispy months.
S'mores without worrying that your kid will get burned by the fire.
S'mores indoors when the weather is crapping out on your family trip or party.


For those that might miss the warmth of the s'more without a fire, nuke it in the microwave.
I tried 5 seconds in mine and it wasn't enough.
7 seconds was too much and it oozed everywhere.
But 6 seconds seemed to be just right.

Fun stuff found on Pinterest

When I get bored and there's nothing on television, I head to Pinterest. And after scrolling through the pins of people I follow, I head to look up my favorite thing to search on Pinterest:
When they say 'everything', they mean it. Nails, photographs, recipes, etc.
It's always a toss-up what you'll see on any given day and I love it.

Found the last time I was bored:

Oh, my goodness. YES. Just a thousand times YES!

 It's probably best that you follow that rule.

I cannot tell you how many times I was late for high school and
college due to the warmth I felt when I got into the shower.

I think I might have giggled too much at this one.

It's just so easy when someone points it out.

And the best was saved for last:
Although to be totally honest, I never found him cute.

Happy Monday!