Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Post Christmas CLEANUP.

This image from PaceButler.com a recycling company. Obtained thru Google Images.
By now you have opened all your presents and had the wrapping paper and presents every which way. Chocolate wrappers litter your living room carpet and the latest game machine is in the middle of the floor along with the controllers strewn out everywhere. Did YOU have a good Christmas this year though? My Christmas was absolutely magical. My children's eyes lit up when they opened up their presents and that is Christmas to me. Knowing that my children are happy. THEN yesterday one of my neighbors knock on my door (NOT the shrew LOL) and tells me she has some clothes available that would fit my oldest daughter. I pick up the clothes and in the pile of clothes she has for me are these boots...My daughter is in LOVE with these boots. They have heels and everything. (I don't have a picture of her in the boots yet. That will come later I'm sure.)
   Christmas is actually NOT over for me yet. My biggest present has yet to arrive. My dad and his wife are traveling from Pa to visit me. They were suppose to come on Monday but could not because of a huge snowstorm! My dad should be getting here tomorrow! I'm so EXCITED! I didn't plan on moving that far away from my family. I just went to college out West, got married, and settled down out here. Hopefully I'll be back again someday. (Someday SOON I hope.) Either that or have enough money to travel to see them. I'd totally ride an airplane. I love air travel.
    I spent most of yesterday cleaning my kitchen, doing the dishes, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, making my house clean from Christmas mess. That's why I haven't been around much. BUT I did get to tweet with 2 of my favorite peeps yesterday, @singdwingangel AND @fromtracie.
  So I hope all of you are having a fabulous Christmas with your families. I'll see YOU around NEXT year. Or whenever the mood strikes me to write. Or vlog. 'Cause I'm like that.
I write for ME.
;) And all of you, who enjoy reading my blog.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas my friends!

I hope you all are enjoying your day with your family and friends!
May you feel the peace and the magic of the season this year.

This is appropriate for my house because currently I have 2 cats and 7 kittens at my house. *sigh*
I can't wait until the kittens can leave their mama.

Friday, December 24, 2010

ICaughtSanta WINNERS!

Here are the winners. Announced video style like I normally do. I used Random.org to choose.
Thanks for entering. If you are a NOT a winner than please feel free to use this 25% code at checkout-- OCB.

Merry Christmas!! Now go and catch Santa Claus!
I will email the winners their codes shortly.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The DIGITAL Nativity (Thanks to the Empress.) :)

Google from Google images. Yup, I'm lazy again.

 The wonderful Empress had this on her blog today. I thought it was a rather cute way to present the Nativity. It is under 3 minutes long. Take a peek.

And I have one more thing to show you. This video is for laughs though.

I wish you and yours a very MERRY Christmas! I will draw names for the IcaughtSanta tomorrow night. Be on the lookout, OK? Perhaps I will draw some names tomorrow during the day so you can get that picture ready...

Thank you all for being my friend. I appreciate EVERY. Single. One. of you more than you know. You brighten my day. You bring laughter into my life. May 2011 be a blessed year for you. Enjoy the holidays this year with your friends and LOVED ones!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ICaughtSanta GIVEAWAY (You should enter NOW.) ENDED

The Winners of the ICaughtSanta giveaway will be announced shortly.
Please stay tuned!

No this isn't my Santa pic. It's from Google. I didn't get my picture yet. Don't worry there's still time.
Hey y'all. I hope some of you are still out there at least.
I have a really sweet giveaway opportunity for you all. Have you guys heard of IcaughtSanta.com?
Well allow me to explain...
In 3 questions...
1. Do your kids believe in Santa Claus?
2. Would your kids just flip if you got a picture of Santa in your living room?
3. Do you want a picture of Santa Claus in your house for future bribes to your kids to be good?

That's what I thought.
Here's what you have to do.
Easy-peasy by the way.

Leave a comment telling me WHO would be most excited on Christmas morning to see a picture of Santa Claus in your living room!

Extra Entries: Follow my blog! (Psst! Click the Follow button on sidebar!)
Follow me on Twitter. @ClutteredBrain
Leave me a comment on my FAN PAGE telling me how you really, really want to win!
What? You aren't my fan on my fan page? What are you waiting for then? Click the "like" button and like me on Facebook too! (Link to my fan page is above. Duh.) lol.

That's it for the EXTRA entries.
Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each additional entry you leave.
Hey if you wanna tweet it or share it with your Facebook friends feel free. Just let me know so I can count it as an extra entry. The MORE people know this AWESOME ICaughtSanta giveaway is out here, the more people will enter. Hopefully. Either that or 5 peeps will enter. And a total of 5 peeps can WIN. Yeah, that's right. I said, 5 people can win. I have a list of 5 free codes for a free Santa pic. Cool huh?

That's what I'm talking about.

Getting excited for the kids to see Santa now?
Wa-hoo. Now if I could only get a Santa to wrap all the presents...*sigh*

Go ahead. ENTER. Now. I'm waiting.
Giveaway ends Christmas Eve Dec 24,2010 at 9PM. Oh you people will be up. Wrapping presents and eating the cookies you left for Santa. I know better. Oh and it is 9 PM Pacific time. OK? Figure out when it will end in your time zone. I'm too lazy to do the math. Okay?

Disclaimer: I was given a code for a free icaughtsanta picture too. I was not compensated monetarily at all (Except for the free code for the picture--LOL) All opinions expressed about getting a SANTA picture in my living room are all mine. M'kay?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dancing Santa....Ho ho ho.

Hey peeps.
Come take a look at me as a Santa.
A fat jolly old elf, the suit really is becoming on me I think.
Ho Ho Ho..Merry Christmas! (And NO, I don't think you all are ho's.....lol.
Love you!
Just click on the link above. Because I couldn't figure out how to embed the sucker....*sigh*
Image from Google. I don't really have a picture of me as Santa. Geez whiz.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Look I mingled!

Yeah, yeah I know I've been a slacker. I've been busy finishing up my CNA class and getting a job...
Yes, folks you heard me right, I got a job! I'll just be doing some home health work in St. George UT. (nurse assistant stuff) Yeah!

And now without further ado..the QUESTIONS!

This week’s questions:
1. What is the weather like right now, where you are?
2. Who wears the pants in your marriage?
3.  Are you bossy?

Tater tot casserole...after throwing your rice (cooked) cream of mushroom soup (1 can) and hamburger together, put tater tots on top with cheese. Bake in 350 oven for 15 minutes.

Just click the button above to see other mingles! Speedy Jen is our Monday Mingle Mom. ;) LOL.
Thanks Jen for bringing back the mingle! (In Nov, we missed a few mingles. Thanksgiving and all.)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

How the Grinch stole my Christmas

Heh-heh. I'm feeling a little evil this morning so bear with me ok?

T'was the school morning before Christmas and all I could hear:
"Just get in the car, I gotta to go to work and be of good cheer!"
(How a shrew can be of good cheer is beyond me.)

The twinkling of lights on a cold winter's night--
are ALWAYS interrupted by the screams of a fight.

When out on the lawn one day I heard such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear?
A mean old glare that was definitely NOT dear!

I asked the old hag "What was the matter?"
She threw up her hands and started the chatter.
"This is this and that is that--"
"I will always hate you and that is a fact."

I looked and searched in the shrew's eyes and asked--
"Why all the rudeness and lack of Christmas cheer?"
She just looked at me and cackled like the sound of a witch--
'Cause we all know that I live next door to a big nasty b@#ch.
(LOL. I told you I'm feeling evil. heh-heh.)
"I don't know you and you don't know me--"
"But it appears that you have lost the key."

The shrew looked up at me all puzzled inside.
"The key to happiness," I replied.
"Is all you need before you die."
The shrew just yelled her squealy screams and said,
"Where oh where can I find this gladness you speak of?"

"It's in the laughter of your children."
It's in the tears of a stranger."
"It's in the sound of the rain on a cold winter's night."
"It's being grateful for what you have and NOT for what the Jones's have."
"It's in this whole wide world we live in."
"Life is beautiful, and I my friend are glad I live in this beautiful, beautiful world."

"Hogwash." she says, and walks off.
It just goes to show you--
Sometimes you can NEVER change the path of a shrew.

(This silly poem was thought up by me when I walked my second daughter to the bus stop. It may or may not have been actually depicted actual events. Any similarity is purely coincidental.)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I'm doing what I can to help--Are you?

A blogger friend I know needs our help. Her friend lost a child recently. The child was accidentally hit while playing in the driveway by the daycare provider. I would be heart broken as a mother. And if I lost a child at Christmas time I would be a complete wreck. Babesrockinmami has set up a paypal account to donate for her friend. (Her friend is facing the burial costs of a child. Can you believe? Ugh. My heart goes out.) People are donating stuff to giveaway too. All to help this mother in need.

I don't have money to give. But I have a blog. I can post about this. I am hoping you all will do the same. You too can put the Riley button on your blog.
Spread the word. Help BabesrockingMami's (Stephanie) friend.
No one should have to deal with the loss of a child. If you can do anything, I'm sure Stephanie will appreciate it.

You can link your blog post up on Stephanie's site  so her friend can see the support.
Thanks for your help in spreading the word. Anything you can do will be appreciated--I'm sure.
I don't have much, but I have a blog to post stuff like this for.

To Mami's friend Sandra.
I found a poem that I hope will bring you comfort at this time.
I don't have money to give or much to donate but my heart goes out to you.
And I hope you find peace this season.
No one should have to deal with the loss of a child.
God bless you and your family as you deal with this loss.

Don't Tell Me

Please don't tell me you know how I feel,
Unless you have lost your child too,
Please don't tell me my broken heart will heal,
Because that is just not true,
Please don't tell me my son is in a better place,
Though it is true, I want him here with me,
Don't tell me someday I'll hear his voice, see his face,
Beyond today I cannot see,
Don?t tell me it is time to move on,
Because I cannot,
Don?t tell me to face the fact he is gone,
Because denial is something I can't stop,
Don't tell me to be thankful for the time I had,
Because I wanted more,
Don't tell me when I am my old self you will be glad,
I'll never be as I was before,
What you can tell me is you will be here for me,
That you will listen when I talk of my child,
You can share with me my precious memories,
You can even cry with me for a while,
And please don't hesitate to say his name,
Because it is something I long to hear everyday,
Friend please realize that I can never be the same,
But if you stand by me, you may like the new person I become someday.

Judi Walker
(In Memory of Shane)
Copyright 1998 

Poem can be found here. 
Just click the above link for source. 

Are you with me?

Christmas bells....Hear them ring...Ding a ling....soon it will be Christmas day.
Don't poison Santa's milk. That's just mean. Leave him chocolate milk instead. :)
Image obtained from Google. Because my butt is lazy today.
Christmas is almost here. I haven't seen any snow but I'm okay with that really. I hate the white stuff. My hubs and I are frantically trying to find something, ANYTHING that we can do to earn money. I figured out I could do a Paypal donation on my site but then I thought, "That's tacky." Donate to the Cluttered brain no money fund. HAHA. Right?
Hey I'm still laughing.
I'm not gonna lie. Times are tough around here. But the kids are still gonna get a Christmas, Santa is still gonna come. Somehow. Because I believe. I believe in the goodness of Santa. I believe in doing good for your fellow men. I might not be able to drop off a huge basket of goodies at your doorstep (like what happen to us last night) BUT I can give of myself to you, plus I can BAKE.
Maybe I can wrap up some cookies and fudge and give them to my girls this year?

Nah. I think I'll give the gift of time. I'll give the gift of myself. They will remember that tons more anyway.
How will  YOU give of yourself this Christmas season?

And yes I have noticed the shortened posts lately. I have figured all your attention spans are shorter and can only take me oh so much yakking on my part. So I'm giving you a vacation from me and my ultra LONG posts...lol. And I hear you are suppose to be short and sweet in your blog posts anyway.

Oh. And always add a picture. That's always a must. I hear T's daughter is for hire.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The gift that keeps on giving--

A Female cat (that has yet to undergo getting "fixed" YET) ;)

Anyone want a cute kitten for the NEW year? (not quite able to leave their mama yet.) I can FED-EX you a kitten if you want...Wouldn't that be a picture? Mail that meows.....lol.
I hope you all are enjoying the season with your family.
Don't stress out too much about gifts. Relax and enjoy the lights and all the yummy treats you are getting....
Mmm. YUM!
(Just don't step on the scale before January.)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What are YOU watching tonight?

Hey peeps! Tonight is THURSDAY. And I was wondering what are you watching tonight?
I highly suggest clicking on over to NBC and watching Community tonight. Abed is trying to find the meaning of Christmas. And guess what?
The whole darn show is done in clay-mation. (You know, like Rudolph the red nosed reindeer is done in.)
It is SWEET. I had the chance to PREVIEW tonight's episode. And let me tell you it IS funny.

CONFESSION 1: I have a small confession for you all. On Thursday, I am usually an ABC watcher. Mostly because ABC has Grey's AND Private Practice. BUT I think I might be watching NBC tonight. Community is funny. And I can always hulu my other shows the next day.

Who knows though? I might be hulu-ing ALL the shows 'cause I have to wake up at 3 AM tomorrow to be in St. George UT by 6 AM. And believe you me, I will NOT hit a deer. (And yes, we have found parts for the car. We were told 275 bucks for the headlight and the side marker light. My hubby found it on EBAY for about 40 dollars.) <--YAY!

And so I think I might go visit my bed for a few minutes. I think I feel a NAP coming on.
(3AM comes awful early you know. Stupid Pacific time and MST time zones. Sometimes I hate living on the border.)

Disclaimer: I received a preview of the entire episode to watch before Community actually aired to review it. Watch it. It really is a hilarious show. All opinions expressed are mine and should not be affiliated with One-2-One Network. I am a One-2-one network member.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tagged? What do you know?

This post is all about the number 4.  Brought to you by Missy since she tagged me and wants to see my answers. ;) ENJOY!
Thanks Google image for the yummy pic of Christopher!

4 shows I watch:
1. Cougar town
2. Modern Family
3.  Parenthood
4.  Law And Order SVU (Honestly who can't resist Christopher Meloni?) *sigh*

4 things I am passionate about:
1.  Christopher Meloni...Need I say more? (and Dr. Pepper.)
2.  My  husband and children. (And Dr. Pepper.)
3.  My writing. (And chocolate.)
4. My values. (And Dr. Pepper.)

4 phrases I say a lot:
1. "Seriously?"
2. "Do your homework NOW!"
3. "Where's my cook?"
4.  "Don't forget to feed the cats."

4 things I have learned from the past:
1.  All things good or bad have a way of working themselves out in the end.
2.  Have faith. Good things will come.
3.  Christopher Meloni is probably way HOTTER in person. (Mmm, bet he smells good too!)
4.  And lastly, don't ever forget the past. Don't live in the past, but just don't repeat the same dumb old mistakes you made in the past. Get it? Good. Don't REPEAT your mistakes. LEARN from them!

4 places I would like to go:
1.  Christopher Meloni's house.
2.  Europe.
3.   Disneyland.
4. A cruise to a tropical island with clear blue waters and Matthew M. is massaging my back. Ahhhhh. Nice.

Ahh. That's about right. 

4 things I did yesterday:
1. Unload the dishwasher.
2.  Apply to jobs.
3.  Wipe the counter off.
4.  Tweet with @fromtracie.

4 things I am looking forward to:
1.  getting a job.

2.  a REAL paycheck.
3.  Being a nurse someday.
4. massaging Matthew M's back one day. (a girl can dream can't she?)

4 things I love about winter: Christmastime in the desert:
1.  No snow. I hate the white stuff, cars sliding around, cold temps, freezing temperatures...
2.  No jacket.
3.  sandal weather all year round.
4. I can make my own snowflakes and it is not going to be any colder.

4 things on my wish list:
1.  Christopher Meloni. *sigh*
2.  A blackberry, someday. (I'm not materialistic or anything like that. Don't judge. You I-phone user you.
3.  Matthew M. (Can you wish for a celebrity to give you a massage. I'm not picky. He can massage my husband as well. Double massage. But mine is longer. Always.)
4.  Peace on earth and a job.  (Yep, yep. The husband and me have our eyes peeled for jobs. We both need work. You got any? I am an excellent caregiver, and my husband is a brainiac in math and science.)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I need YOUR help!

Only Vote for Alexes. Ok? 
Hey peeps! Remember when I asked for help to be homecoming queen? And I finally got crowned? (I haven't received the crown yet, but I'm sure it is coming.) Anyhoo, I need YOU to vote for me again. And this time I get $100 smackaroos (Yeah that's dollars.) for just you voting for me.

It's a cute video I made for my friend Debbie. I want everyone to vote for her. (She is trying to be the next SAM-e Good mood blogger.) On her blog sidebar, (left, near the top) is a voting widget.  <--Click on this link to be instantly transferred to Debbie's blog and to VOTE for me! Please, Double please, Vote for Alexis. (My name is misspelled, but it's me.)

I could use the votes right now. I'm behind.

And I know last time, I promised to smash a pie in my face (If I won homecoming queen) and I have not yet done that. (I'm waiting on the actual crown, 'cause I got something in the works.)

BUT I will do anything. I could be like Cheeseboy and promise to dress up like Barney and order Chinese takeout, but I don't have a Barney costume.

Ahh well.

I'll think of something.
Just vote for me, one more time. Thanks! Tell the world to vote for the crazy brain that can't rap and LOVES to make others laugh. I appreciate it.
Love ya peeps!

Monday, December 6, 2010

So I hit a deer, now what?

Dangerous in UT anyway. Sheesh.
This weekend I decided to hit a deer. Well, kinda. The deer was waiting on the side of the road, and it didn't look he was gonna dart in front of me. I didn't want to hit anyone else by swerving so I continued to stay in my lane. Just as I passed him, the dumb old deer darted out in front of me and I clipped him with my passenger headlight.
  I was on my way to my clinical (for my CNA repeat class that I do not need 'cause I have 4 years experience but I let my license expire) so I could not stop and get the deer's insurance information. *sigh* We just finished paying over $500 in repairs and I hit a deer. *sigh*

I was a wreck until I had a break to call home and tell my honey what happen. After my clinical, he picked me up. He fixed what he could and drove the car back to his mother's house. (We are visiting his mother at the time.) The thing is this car was not being driven 'cause it wasn't working so naturally it did not have insurance. Now we have to get this car on some sort of insurance pretty quick BECAUSE now of course we stick out like a sore thumb to cops because we have no passenger light, side marker light, or grill.
  So that is where I am right now. My house is beautifully decorated for Christmas, (and yesterday I baked some more pumpkin bread.) Mmm, delicious. And no, I was not hurt or anything when I hit Bambi.

Don't worry about me or anything. That deer is in pretty bad shape though.

I did learn something interesting this weekend though. "Whatever you choose to focus your life on will come back to you in magnitude later." So if you focus on how hard your life is, no money, life is the pits, that's what you will get. BUT if you focus on the positive AND all the blessings you have, you will get that back in magnitude. I choose to be happy. Today and for the rest of my life.
Akuna Matata--means no worries. And that is what I'll be doing.
And hitting no more deer anytime soon. *sigh*

PS. And don't forget to check out my SIL and her Merryweather crafting store. If you have any girls that just LOVE to play with dolls. It would make a fantastic present. Ok?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hey, hey HEY, Have I got a deal for YOU!

Image captured from Google. As usual.
Hey, listen.
I have some excellent Christmas deals for you.
And BEST news ever? You never have to leave your home.
Do you hate going to the store and fighting the crowds at Christmas time?
Check out this super SWEET homemade doll that just posted online a couple of weeks ago!

  See? The doll can come with any color hair you want. Brown, red, whatever. This gal can sew whatever you want. PLUS, get this, your daughter (or hey your son too) will have hours of entertainment dressing AND UNdressing this doll. And get this--

Are you ready?
The doll has underwear.

How many times have you walked into your kids bedroom and found the dolls naked?
*raises hand*
You NEVER have to see naked dolls again. Because you know why? (This handy gal sews the underwear on to the doll!) Cool huh?

Act NOW and get your child's doll and clothes BEFORE Christmas! This wonderful lady can sew these dolls in like 2 or 3 days. (Yep, she's that talented.)

How do I know this fabulous lady? She's my sister-in-law. I got to see her over Thanksgiving. And you know what? My 8 year old AND 3 year old played with the doll and clothes for hours.
Cool huh? (More time for YOU to blog or tweet or Facebook. Or read. Whatever you want to do. Eat chocolate perhaps? YUM.)

I gave you the LINK to her Etsy shop up above. Just click it and you can SEE all the ultra beautiful clothes this doll has.

So are you SURE you are done with your Christmas shopping? I suggest you order this doll RIGHT NOW.
Don't just do it because Cluttered Brain sent ya, go to the site, check it out. Super cute doll.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way to do a write-up on this post. I'm just telling you all what kind of super cool dolls you can get your kids or grandkids for Christmas...I'm so nice aren't I? ;)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Keeping myself organized these days IS quite a chore.

Image obtained thru Google Images.
So tell me, why is it always easier to clean when you got a partner to help you stay on task?
 To the tune of I've been working on the railroad: "I've been working on my kitchen.....all the live-long daaaaay."

Kitchen clean. Check. (Still some more straightening but it is looking good.)
Dining room getting more usable and user friendly.
Christmas tree is up (YAY!) And my Christmas lights are up....And my house is smelling goooood.

BUT I had to have a helper to it all done.


God bless my mother in law. She helped me clean the corners and the cobwebs.
And I kicked my butt into gear.
I think I need an assistant to help me clean and cook.
Anyone want the job?
I make great fudge for payment. LOL.
That's where I've been lately.
Oh, and I've been waiting for the cost analysis of how much it is gonna cost to fix our green minivan.
Things will work out.
I will get my act together in my kitchen AND on my blog.
(Well, actually I'm up to date on my blog, it's just EVERYWHERE else...) LOL.
So if you have been wondering where I have been lately, I've been in my kitchen, just a-mopping away.
I'm hanging in there.
How do you manage to get the dust bunnies out of your life? Do you need a cleaning partner too?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Don't be a milk dud, just VOTE.

Thanks Google for the image!

* Post 2 of today. I'm sorry. I just HAD to post this NOW. This is an attempt to get my friend Debbie more votes. And an attempt to make you laugh. Did it work?
Whew! I hope it did. I don't ever want to lose my game.*

So you wanna be the NEXT good mood blogger? You don't? Well I know a gal who does.
Her name is Debbie. And she totally approves this message. Seriously. I met her at a blogger conference this past May. She is totally AWESOME. She wants this gig as the next SAM-E good mood blogger. She needs your votes though. There are people with 12,000 votes. She is almost at 5,000 votes.

Her video was rad. Why do you ask am I talking like I came out of the 80's? Who knows? It's Christmas. You shouldn't ask silly questions like that.

I can't promise a sweet prize or money if you vote for my friend.
But I can promise a Winner dance like you have never seen before. Video footage of Cluttered Brain dancing like there is NO tomorrow. Seriously, folks, you won't want to miss it.

Here's my gangsta rap video telling YOU and the Sami-good mood people who should be the NEXT good mood blogger. Don't laugh at me. Just laugh WITH me. Ok?

There. You saw me make a fool out of myself for a chance to win some money.
*sigh* I am shameless.

Disclaimer: This has been an attempt at a video contest held by Crash at her Dummy blog. If her sponsors like my attempt to get Crash to win the good mood blogger I might win $100 dollars. All video footage is shot by me, and any similarities to any videos you have seen in the past is purely coincidental. Thank you.

And look people, I gave you the link to Crash's AWESOME video and I also am posting it here on my blog. So you all can watch. You can thank me later.

My time is done here. Just vote for Crash to be the next Good mood blogger. She'll throw an AWESOME party and I'll dance for ya. What more could you want?

So I got my tree up, now what?

So yesterday after seeing so many of my friends state that their tree was up and decorated, I decided to be bold and actually get my tree up BEFORE December. 'Cause it is not December yet folks, it is November 30th. I did it! Finally. We have an artificial tree that you have to match branches to each level, and man alive, it can be challenging at times. But I got it up. I even managed to string some lights on the tree and put up a few decorations. Go me! (I'm saving some decorations for the kids to put on the tree.)
   So now that my tree is up I feel more in the Christmasy spirit. I should feel that way all year long, but sometimes it can be challenging giving to others when you don't have much yourself. My oldest daughter's friend was over last night visiting and I was making my specialty for dinner--spaghetti casserole. Pasta with melted cheese on top, spaghetti sauce mixed throughout. It really was quite delicious. Anyhoo, at his house there was "commotion" (a lot of swearing and arguing) so they went to my house. I made dinner and instead of making my daughter's friend go home at dinnertime like I usually do, I let him stay. I fed him some of my casserole and fruit cocktail and he stayed for about a half hour more then went home.
Not my picture of spaghetti casserole. Google image helped. ;)
Thanks Google!
  It wasn't that hard to fill another plate just this once for dinner. I'm glad that my daughter's friends know where to go to feel like they are not going to get yelled at all the time. So even though I worry sometimes about where my food is going to come from I shared my portion with a neighborhood kid yesterday. I felt better. I felt like giving more. I don't have much but I do have myself and my talents to give to others. So that's what I'll do this year with my kids. I'm gonna create memories, time spent with them at Christmastime. Because likely or not, when they get all grown up, this is what they are gonna remember. My kids aren't going to remember that I got them a MP3 player or a Nintendo DS for Christmas.  They are gonna remember the time I spent with them.
   I don't remember everything I got for Christmas as a kid. I remember the memories, the activities we did together. Every year, we almost always found a family less fortunate then us to pack a meal box for, and wrap some toys for Christmas. Then we snuck on over, placed the goodies on their doorstep and ran and hid. I remember the giving heart my parents taught me to have. That's what I want to teach my kids. And you can do that even when you don't have a TON of money this year.
  You can't buy me with presents. I don't care about the latest gadget or toy.
   I want to make sure my kids grow up right with a kind and giving heart.
   Selfishness leads to loneliness eventually. Nobody wants to be with a selfish person.
This year I'm making the memories that count this year for Christmas. I'm giving of myself to my kids and to others.

P.S. Hey psst. You still around? I know, I know I wasn't funny this time around. I got all serious on you guys. Well sometimes I do that. But most of the time this blog is a funny blog. Every now and then, I'll get on my soapbox and tell y'all some stuff I've learned, but most of the time, I'm funny.

P.P.S.  In the works...a video is being made for a friend that needs VOTES badly. It will be up later. BE on the look out. OK?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I think Facebook is getting a bad rap.

Facebook gets a bad rap.
The other day our family got some pictures taken. Yup, I have a pretty talented sister in law (SIL) with a terrific camera and she took ALL our pictures over Thanksgiving break. We each got individual family pics and pics with the whole gang. Anyway, I posted some on Facebook.  My father in law passed by my computer looked at my computer and the pic, and said, "Facebook? I don't want all of Facebook to see my picture. Take my photo off of Facebook RIGHT now!" I deleted the whole gang picture. I didn't even label the picture. It was just a picture.
  Why are some people opposed to Facebook so much? I think it is because they do not understand the functions of what Facebook is supposed to be about. Facebook is a tool used to communicate with others.  I know my FIL watched some news show about privacy of Facebook users and proceeded to tell me all about how Facebook sells your private information to everyone and your "private" family life will never be the same again.
  Seriously? I use Facebook as a way to communicate with MY family. My whole side of the family is on Facebook. I live over 2,000 miles away from my mom and my dad and my brothers. How else am I gonna update them on the comings and goings of my life? It's free. I use the phone too. But you can't post pictures on the phone. Well at least not on my phone. I have a dinosaur cell phone--LOL. I don't post everything on Facebook. I never get that private. But I occasionally post a family picture so my family can see what I look like.
  *sigh* I have heard others also take offense at Facebook. I have heard other negative remarks about Facebook too. I use my time wisely on Facebook. I don't squander my time playing Facebook games all day. Even if I did, that would be my purgative anyway wouldn't it?

I think my FIL is mistaken. Just because the whole gang picture of us is on Facebook doesn't mean EVERYONE can see it. Only friends can see my pictures. And I can block people on Facebook too if I think they are acting weird. Facebook is an excellent communication tool for my family. Don't knock it. You haven't even tried it--father-in-law. I hate to see what he thinks about people who blog.

If you don't understand something, learn more about it. Don't knock it until you have tried it, have an open mind for pete's sake.

So that's my rant on Facebook and my father in law. I'm still not home yet. I think we are being driven home this afternoon. (I don't have a working car yet. So I have to rely on the kindness of family.) I'll be back to my home where I can post anything I want without negative Facebook remarks soon. Hopefully.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Yikes! Christmas is right around the corner! EEK! Are YOU ready yet?
My family picture. Don't STEAL it. That's just WRONG.
Pay my instead for posting my pic elsewhere. OK?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Where in the world is Cluttered Brain?

Where is Cluttered Brain? This is HER blog right? So I'm just wondering, where the heck is she? She usually updates somewhat daily and and she usually NEVER refers to herself in the third person. *sigh* Where has she gone?
Image obtained thru Google images!
I'm here, I'm here. I'm just busy dealing with the prep for the holidays. My daughter has a concert this week at her middle school--(choir concert) and then we have to deal with our car. You know the one that is broken down in St. George UT? (about 35 minutes away from us.) *sigh*
Lately there just hasn't been time for blogging and comments. Oh yeah, I'll visit ya, eventually, but I'm trying to finish up the last minute stuff on my CNA class and pack so we can visit family this week.

I love you all. I hope all of you have a wonderful visiting family and eating yummy Thanksgiving food. Let us all remember what we are truly grateful for this season. I am grateful for my health, my family's health and for the love of a good husband. We too will get through this. We WILL come out on top.

And yes I know there are a few Monday mingle fans out there. BUT I'm just not into it this week. Sorry.

Too much to do.
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Check me out!

I'm over at my other blog today. You see, I have 2 blogs. It makes for more insanity in my life but I like the insane. I follow a bunch of gals and guys over there as well. And I posted over there as well.
'Cause I'm like that.
Come join me.
Leave a comment here or there I don't care. Just comment. PUUULEEEEESE? I'm begging you.
LOL. I'm so needy like that.
You love me so I'll let the no comment thing pass this once. But just this once. Geez.
I'm needy like that. Ya know?
Where you can find me.
Just click on any of the links on this page. It will take you to my "other" blog.
Bwa hahahahahaha!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Music Review--Norah Jones.

I had a wonderful opportunity to review Norah Jones CD that just came out. Yup, that's right folks, thanks to One-2-One Network, I got this CD. Lovely. Relaxing. I just hope you can hear some of the music. I couldn't BLAST it that loud or my neighbors would complain.
Watch my video review. Letting you know what I've been up to, as usual.

You can find more of Norah Jones at the following links:

*  YouTube: http://bit.ly/norahYT 
*  Link to Preorder on Amazon: http://amzn.to/Njpreorder 

Disclaimer: I received this CD through One-2-One network. I was NOT monetarily compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are mine and should not be affiliated with one-2-one network. I am in the running to receive a gift card though for posting this review.
Yay me!

Intermediate post.

I'm working on some goodies right now.
But in case you are passing over the Cluttered Brain blog thinking--"Why hasn't she posted anything?"
I'm throwing a bone to you all.
Because I know you are out there.
I'm thinking of all the yummy food I will be eating on Thanksgiving.
And all the family (hopefully) I will get to see.

Mmm. NOM NOM NOM....what are you thinking of right now?
Bet you are NOT thinking of fancy feast cat food. LOL.

Is this a little more like it?

I'm still here. I'm working on my NEXT latest and greatest. Anticipation. That's where it is right now.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Short and Sweet Monday mingle! Nov 15

Yee-haw! It's Monday time. And I mingled. I mingled in my pj's and I mingled even though there was a Law and Order SVU marathon on...I love Christopher Meloni.
Here is MY mingle.
Where's yours? We are always looking for new minglers.

And yes, I know, my lips and voice aren't matchy matchy this week. I didn't edit the video like I usually do....Just call me lazy--lol.
I need to get this CNA license and try and get a job...I've been busy.

Hope you all have a super week!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner...are you EXCITED yet?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tell me your confessions....

I've got some confessions this week for ya.
And since I'm neat and organized like that I will arrange my confessions in a bullet style list. Yippee!
This list of confessions has been brought to you by ME and hosted by Glamazon Mom. However, I don't think she has a list of confessions this week. Glamazon where are yoooou? :)

Haha! Right? Got this off of Google Images.

  • I confess I wish my body alarm clock (AKA: bladder) would STOP waking me up at 6:30 in the morning. And NO, I'm not pregnant, I just have a tiny bladder. *sigh*
  • I confess I missed my favorite comedies this week because CMA music awards were on. BLAST. Who sits and watches 4 hours of an award show anyway? Seriously? Geez.
  •  I'm not a very patient person. I say I am, but when push comes to shove I want things now. (Like a potential employer to call and ask for an interview...)
  • I'm addicted to receiving tons of magazines in the mail. Ya know the ones...Redbook, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Swiss Colony catalog....YUM!
  • I can't wait until my CNA (certifed nurse assistant = AKA Nurse slave...LOL.) class on Saturday. I know, I have to re-take it because I let the license lapse, but I honestly am enjoying the class. Especially all the good nursing stories that the nurses have. I can't WAIT to be back in the medical profession. I simply love it! BEST customer service job EVER! (For me anyway.)
  • I can't wait until my stethoscope and B.P. cuff comes in the mail. I ordered it a couple of days ago. I love nursing!
  • I hate runny noses. And this week my little old nose has been running quite a bit lately. Dang! I can't be getting sick. There just is NO time. So tell me, when is the best time to get sick? Hmmm?
  • I had a tough time coming up with some of these confessions. My mind is WAY overactive lately. I can't keep up with it. AND I haven't had Dr. Pepper this morning. And I don't think I have ADHD. Nah, that couldn't be it. I think it is the fact that I have multi-taskitis. I always have to be doing at least 5 different things at once.
  • I wish I was a clean freak. Maybe then I'd have a cleaner house. It's semi-clean most of the time. Dishes are a bear and a nightmare to do.And nobody wants to do them. *sigh* Don't even get me started on the laundry...Who says being an adult was easy? Not me. That's for sure.
That's it. Those are my confessions this week. Hop on over to Glamazon Mom and tell her your confessions...
She'll be happy you came! ;)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Winner! Winner! I got a WINNER!

I'm a little late with the winner announcement! I'll give you 24 hours to get back to me. YAY!
WATCH the video to find out who WON! :)

Scroll down a ways to read what I'm thankful for. OK?

I'm Thankful--WHAT? Really?

Yeah, yeah, It's that time again. To post what I am thankful for this holiday season. I may or may not be a little sarcastic in this list so bear with me, okay?
 I really do love the holidays and all but sometimes get tired of all the hype that goes with it.
  • I'm thankful it is NOT Christmas yet. *sigh* I mean c'mon, I love Christmas, but I am SOOO NOT ready for it to come.
  • I'm thankful for the fact that it is Thanksgiving this month. I love Turkey and stuffing!
  • I'm thankful for the little things in life. (Being able to still get in and out of bed on my own....yes, I am thankful for that.)
  • I'm thankful we still live in house. (We are renting, but we are still in a townhouse, that is gooood, right?)
  • I'm thankful for kittens. (Well, actually right now they look like small rats...BUT anyways, I'm still thankful. They will grow up and be kittens and eventually cats.) Congratulations Mask! You are a mommy now!
  • I'm thankful for all of you! I know, I know, I've been somewhat of a slacker lately, NOT commenting as much as I should. I'm still here, and I still love you!
  • I'm thankful for job possibilities--I just wish the potential employer would hurry up already. I'm ready and willing to work...(certified nursing license will be given to me NEXT month when I can take the test again)
  • I'm thankful for my daughters. And heck, who am I kidding? I'm even thankful for the boys that hang out at our house. Yes, yes, I enjoy their company as well.
  • But above all, I'm thankful for my health and talents. I'm thankful for the ability to care for others. Not everyone can do it, and I'm getting back into that field again. It really is the MOST rewarding fields ever. Next to motherhood that is.
That's it. I'm here. And I'm thankful.
What are YOU thankful for lately?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Mingle....Some afternoon mingling...:)

Hey! I'm a little late with this mingle. It is usually DONE by now...*sigh* I've been busy cleaning and checking up on jobs and such. So that's why this is getting posted at 4:21 PM (Pacific time) Winner will be announced SOON...MY Taco giveaway...remember? I haven't forgotten. Just slightly BUSY. ;)
Thanks again for your patience!

As usual, all images of movies were obtained thru Google.

ONE of my favorite scenes in "10 things I hate About You"

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Confessional: Explicit topic-Rape (I'm on a soapbox.)

Image obtained through Google images.

I have a few things to confess to you all.
I watched Private Practice last night.
The chief of staff got sexually abused. (Let's call a spade a spade, she got raped. IN her office.)
Charlotte the gal who got raped, is NOT telling anyone about the rape part. Only that the guy stole her wallet.
And the thing is, the police have the guy in a holding room and are trying to find out what happen.
If Charlotte doesn't tell, then he could walk and perhaps, rape again?
I hope she eventually talks. Because I think it would be healing to her to let it out. She has many, many loved ones who want her well. It would be extremely hard and frightening to talk after you are sexually assaulted, and I'm sure you would have nightmares for months after such an incident, but I'm sure every abuser that has really been hurt wants their attacker to die. To be locked up for a very long time. Because abusing others, especially sexually abusing them IS never the way to go. NEVER.

Here's a short clip of the character who plays Charlotte explaining about tonight's episode.
Watch it. It's on hulu.com.

And here is clip from the View.

Other Friday confessions:
I may or may not have cried at last night's episode.
I am REALLY EXCITED at getting back into the medical profession. I didn't realize how much I would miss it.
People who sexually abuse and assault others, especially women and children make me sick. All of them need their balls cut off and to be locked away for a very long time. (I think most abusers are men.) Am I right? But if you are a woman out there who abuses...SHAME on you.)
I apologize. I have not visited as many blogs as I usually do. (But to my defense, some of you are on hiatus. C'mon, write new posts. I'm HERE...and listening....)

The END.
Go watch Private Practice now. With tissues.
And try to restrain yourself from wanting to hurt all bastards that hurt women and children like that.
I mean, for real.
Get a life rapists.
It's NEVER okay to force yourself on another.
Especially the helpless.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Things I'd say to my 16 year old self.

Thanks to Scary Mommy today and her awesome post, I am giving myself some advice. IF I were to travel back in time and talk to my 16 year old self this is what I'd say.
I'm not quite 16 in this pic. But you get the drift.
What I used to look like.

Don't be afraid to date who you like. Who cares what everybody else thinks?

You are beautiful. And you NEVER ever have to prove your love to any boy. (Note: Not that I did that when I was younger. But pressure was always there ya know.)

Peer pressure sucks. Don't EVER cave in.

You are intelligent. You could work in the medical profession. And you will LOVE it. Try that in a couple of years.

What's wrong with the boy next door? Who cares if he is a year younger (grade wise), do you like him? Just date him. He IS a nice guy.

Don't back talk your mother. SHE does know more than you. And your mother is a very smart woman.

Have a little fun. Don't be obsessed with growing up. You are growing up so fast. Enjoy your childhood while it is there. Because once you are an adult, you just might want to go back. And you can never go back.

Don't ever dye your hair. Your hair is beautiful. (The sun lightens your hair blonde very nicely.)

Don't ever give up. Even when you are 34 and you feel like throwing in the towel, don't. Things will get better. Believe in yourself. You. Are. Awesome.

That's what I'd say. I thought this would turn out funnier but it sounds quite serious. Eh, Am I losing my funny?
Holy Moly! I hope I'm not. Geez.
I've ingested too many cleaning chemicals today.
Ahh well.
Look at this awesome photo I found on Google today. For this lame-o post, I've been naughty. I'm putting myself in a time out. Because HE told me to. ;)
I'll be back later.
I'm drooling now.
What would you tell your 16 year old self?

Oh, I'd say one more thing.

Beefy muscular guys are ALL that. Yes, yes, they are.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hey I almost forgot..It's Wordless Wednesday.

Thank goodness!
I don't have much time for anything else.
I have a book review on deck to tell you guys about...I promise I'm getting it out SOON! (Something about surrogacy and stuff like that.) :)

And I leave you with me. This past weekend was a whirlwind of events, of chocolate, friends, and laughter.
And purple hair.
And my version of witchiness...LOL.

Here's to my purple hair. And to those green bills that I will be earning soon. 'Cause I am SO getting a nurse's assistant job. I mean it. I can do it. AND I have 4 years experience. Who WOULDN'T WANT me?

Peace out y'all. I've got laundry calling me.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Don't forget to VOTE!

Please stand up and be an American today. VOTE for WHO you want to be in office.
It's the American way.
I'm voting today, are YOU?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween edition--Monday Mingle...BOO!

Speedy picked MY question's this week. YAY!

And that's today's edition of Monday Mingle. Now I'm off to find more chocolate...Mmm.
Have a super week you guys!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I hope all of you have a very merry (Ye-HAW, Yeah I said Merry Halloween, Go figure, LOL) HAPPY Halloween! May it be filled with "trick or treat" AND many of your favorite chocolates! Mmm.
Back up from the Kit-Kat and nobody gets hurt!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Yeah, yeah Is it Friday yet?

Image taken from Google Images.
"Now if you will excuse me now..."
Yep. I really could use a break. A break from all the overwhelming stress in the world--bills, bills, bills....food, food...kids...candy...resumes....food....bills...rent....bills...MONEY!

And then in my EMAIL I saw a blessed email. One that might have saved my life today. (Well, I wasn't gonna kill myself from the stress...but anyways...) Y'all know I'm a Blissfully Domestic Contributor right? Well, they published MY overwhelmed post today. Take a look.

Tomorrow begins the Halloween sugar dream! (Well, for the kids anyway...) Hopefully my kids will bring home some good candy that I can snitch...bwahahahaha.

And then I remembered when I get stressed I make funny videos...funny release me some stress videos...

Peace out y'all. I'll be back later. ;)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yo Quiero Taco Bell! (A really COOL Giveaway!) GIVEAWAY ENDED!

What you could WIN! :)
Do YOU like tacos?
Mmm. Steak tacos!
Does your family like tacos? Mine does. Just about the only thing I can get them to agree on is tacos. Last week, I made tacos. Mainly because MyBlogSpark sent me some cute dishes and a gift card to purchase some Taco fixings. Take a look. The chili pepper and the corn chip filled cactus are the cute dishes I received through MyBlogSpark. Mmm.

So do you want some Taco fixings? Just leave a comment below and you will be entered in my Taco giveaway!!

 In my Taco giveaway, you too CAN win:
cute chili pepper dish along with the cactus dish
 PLUS Old El Paso taco seasoning
And a $10 dollar gift card to get your FOOD supplies. Sound cool?
I thought so! ;)
To enter all you have to leave me a comment and tell me if you have a Family Taco night ever month AND what you do on Family Taco night? Okay?
Mmm. Tacos. Who doesn't like tacos? Honestly. Yum!
And then if you want, you can leave extra comments. Or not. You know what you can do. Tweet, share on Facebook, Yell it from your rooftops....(For extra entries leave a separate entry for each thing you do!) Thanks! Giveaway ENDS Nov 2, 2010 at 10 PM Pacific time.

Disclaimer: I received the hot chili pepper dish, the cactus dish, an old El paso seasoning packet AND a $10 gift card from MyBlogSpark for participating. Any opinion of Tacos are strictly mine and should not be affiliated with MyBlogSpark. Thank you.

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