Seven is a good number

(Thanks Janet, who didn’t tell me to do this but I’m doing it anyway, so THERE.)

7 things I plan to do before I die:

1. Have more kids
2. Get more tatoos
3. Backpack around Europe like my Dad did.
4. Take my family on a cross-country camping trip like my Dad did.
5. See Ellen DeGeneres live (and possibly proclaim my love for her)
6. Learn sign language
7. Swim with a dolphin

7 things I can do:

1. Point my feet backwards (but I dont do it anymore, Dad, it hurts, like you said it would!)
2. Design blogs
3. Organize ANYTHING
4. Obsess over writing utensils
5. Embarass my family and not even realize it
6. Be really bitchy
7. Sweat

7 things I cannot do:

1. Drive a stick-shift
2. Bake
3. Spell “Teusday”
4. Make left turns on highways
5. Drink from a can without lifting my pinky up
6. Live without blogging
7. Iron (me too, Janet)

7 things that attract me to the opposite sex:

1. sense of humor (Me too, Janet)
2. comfortable in their own skin (Me too, Janet)
3. lips Biceps (okay, so I changed that one)
4. tattooes (Me too, Janet)
5. kindness (ditto, Janet)
6. calmness love of animals, but not necessarily kids because I don’t really like kids a lot, as a rule.
7. [edited for content] Janet! Dirty Girl! I’ll say Appreciation of my blog because my parents read this site and I don’t want them to think I’m a pervert LIKE JANET. Because I’m NOT. I SWEAR. (hehehe)

7 things I say most often:

1. Is this clean or dirty?
2. Do I stink?
3. So…
4. Stop it!!! (to the dogs)
5. Oh, LilZoot…will you do [fill in the blank] for me?
6. Where is the remote?
7. Where are my keys?

7 celebrity crushes (ONLY 7?):

1. Peter Gallagher
2. Warrick from CSI
3. Keifer Sutherland
4. Adam Brody
5. Angelina Jolie
6. Brad Pitt
7. Dave Mathews

7 people I want to do this:

1. Melissa
2. Michelle
3. Kim
4. Brit
5. Mom
6. Beth
7. Pam

I am NOT answering this part of the challenge in LINK form because TWICE in the LAST MONTH I’ve linked to people in an entry and then someone goes from MY site to THEIRS and TRASHES them and that makes me feel very bad and guilty and makes me VERY hesitant to link to anyone directly (except you, Janet, I know you can take if they come harass you). So, if that is your first name? Then go ahead and do it!

Its been awhile since I posted a pointless list

Lately? I have fallen in love with several new things that I am sure to post obsessively about in the next six months or so. These things are not replacing PAST obsession (Krispy Kreme, Target, Crack) they are simply supplementing them so that I can diversify my compulsions. Many of these? Are your fault too, as you suggested them too me. But, since I have obviously become enamored with them, I will not hold it against you.

  1. French fries dipped in Frosties. LilZ loves this one too. We are trying to avoid it, since it’s not quite the healthiest meal on the planet.
  2. Low Fat Strawberry Cream Cheese.
  3. Mozilla Firefox. Okay – so I told you many moons ago that I only use Firefox to test designs, but for general surfing? I use Internet Explorer. One of you (who knows who) mentioned thet “TABS” and I had NO idea what you were talking about. Last weekend? I discoverd the Firefox tabs and my life has not been the same since. I have asked Firefox to marry me as soon as the divorce with MrZ is final.
  4. Monk
  5. Gawker
  6. Birkenstocks. I have always loved Birkenstocks and I still have the first pair I bought in 1993, but with this pregnancy, and the heat, and the swelling, and the joint pain, I have decided my Birkenstocks are the most fabulous shoe in the world and I have promised my feet I will buy them a NEW pair after the baby is born since nothing but Birkenstocks have been on my feet the last several weeks.
  7. The Suite Life of Zack and Cody a show that LilZ watches and LOVES and has somehow gotten me addicted to eventhough it is, quite possibly, the worst show I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
  8. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion.
  9. Wal-Mart’s online one-hour-photo service. Yes, I know I’ve already raved about that.
  10. Scrapbooking. I blame this new obsession indirectly on amalah who mentioned the wonders of the scrapbooking aisle to me one day. I’m sure this phase will not last long since my record for sticking to a new hobby (not involving the computer) is about 14.2 days, but for now? I’m having fun with it.
  11. LilZ’s backrubs. He’s getting REALLY good at them. He’s spoiling me.

I’m sure the list will grow. It always does.

Another Notify from All & Sundry

I got another notification email from All & Sundry -

Born this morning 6:14am weighing 6lbs, 13ozs. Mom and baby are happy
and healthy. Sorry, notify list doesn’t accomodate photos. But you
can trust he is handsome like his dad. :)

JB

I dont even know her, but for some reason? I still can’t contain my glee. Now you see…when you email me and say “I don’t know you…but I’m thinking about you…” I don’t think of you as a freaky cyber-stalker. I think of you as ME. Because I do the SAME THING. Now you who email me and say, “I don’t know you…but I think your fat pregnant belly is HOTT” You? Are a cyber stalker. Go away.

Welcome to the world, Riley. Your mom makes me laugh, and that means she’ll be the best mom in the world.

Katrina Update

Many of you have asked for an update on MrZ’s family in Slidell, LA. We really haven’t had much to give, seeing as how the city has been (and still is) off the grid for 48 hours. No power, no phones, no internet. Luckily, we received word this morning that the one uncle who stayed to weather the storm HAS been seen. Up until last night, his wife and the rest of the family were in a frenzy because no one had heard from him. No one has talked to him yet, but word is he’s out there, and in reality? That’s all that matters.

Now, MrZ’s grandparents, 2 aunts, and a couple of cousins all live in Slidell. His grandparents are now in Atlanta with MrZ’s mom and her sister. HIs grandmother requires a lot of assistance as she is a stroke victim, so the two sisters have taken over the duties that her nurse usually does. This was, of course, no big deal for a few days. However, now it looks like they may not be able to go back home for as much as 12 weeks. And that could be BEST case scenario. She can not go that long without medical attention/therapy/nursing care – so the family is crossing that hurdle the best they can.

Meanwhile, the two aunts and multiple cousins have not heard about the status of their homes, as far as we know. For all they know, the homes are gone. But even if they are not gone, there is no power, no phones, no sewage, so when do you go home when that is what’s waiting for you? Everyone is grateful that it looks like they all survived, but now? Is the hard part. What do you rebuild? How do you get news from an area that is disconnected? Its just a lot for one family to handle, and there are hundreds and thousands of these stories emerging from the gulf as we sit here with our lights, our flushable toilets, and our glasses of clean water.

I do not know of any major city in the south that is not trying to have SOME sort of relief effort. Food Lion (grocery store, we don’t have them) is sponsoring efforts, Syndicated Radio shows are taking collections in Birmingham, Charlotte, and Chattanooga. At some point in time this weekend, SOMEone SOMEwhere near you will be collecting water and food and diapers and batteries. Please, if you can, spend 5 dollars on a case of water or a pack of diapers and take it to one of the donations centers. If you can not? Donate to the Red Cross. At times like this? Physical donations of supplies may be helpful FASTER than money, but in reality? Just give what you can. And if you can’t give at all? Then just stop a moment and be thankful for what you have. Give your loved ones a hug and tell them how much you love them. Hold them close, for there are many people here who do not have that luxury right now.

If you know of a donation center in your town – email it to me, or leave the comment here. I need the where, the when, and the WHAT should they bring. I will keep a list of them on my front page so people can check back and see if there is anything in their town they can help out with.

You all came through for the Tsunami victims. These victims now? Are our family. Our friends. Our brothers, sisters, and grandparents. We are all affected by this tragedy somehow. Please, help, if you can.

Ladies and Gentlemen? We have stretch marks!

Well. I have stretch marks. WOO. Actually, I had quite a bit from my pregnancy with LilZ and I really don’t mind them at all. It’s funny, once they heal up, they are kinda pretty, in my eyes. They have a silverish tone that I think is just a shiney way of telling the world about my parenthood. I like them.

Now – I would have been happy to not have anyMORE though, that’s for sure. Oh well. You can’t gain this much weight and not get at least a few. At least they have good company.

One time (pre-MrZ) I was laying out by the pool, sort of flirting with some guy (shhh…I know!) and LilZ (who was 4 or 5 at the time) came out of the pool, came over to me, and started COUNTING my STRETCH MARKS. I was like, “Um..hee hee…how cute. But Momma would rather you NOT point those out, thanks!”

Kids. They make dating quite interesting.