Sunday, January 30, 2011

Drowned Rat Part II

I know I've shared bath time pictures of Tuna once before, but the pictures from today were so funny that I had to share again. I thought I was just going to post the one picture in my 365, but there were too many good ones that I can't not share.

Tuna is 1% body and 99% fur. So when he gets a bath and that fur gets matted down, he can look pretty hysterical. & I know I've talked about how he's not the smartest cat in the whole world, but I'm thinking now that it has to do with his head size. I mean, his head is so tiny there must not be much space for too much brainage. Poor thing. At least he's cute!

So it all begins with a little rinse. John installed this sprayer thing in the spare bathroom (that has never been used except for the cats) so that it would be easier to bathe the felines. I think it's great, but Tuna disagrees.

Close your eyes, little buddy!
And then whew, that's over. He starts thinking it's not so bad.


Next comes the shampoo.


& a little scrub a dub dub, starting with his head.

It's not that bad!

Then as John gets more shampoo, Tuna starts looking for an escape route.


But before he's able to escape, the rinsing starts again.


& he HATES it! And I hate that the sprayer got in the way of this picture, because from what I can tell, that is one fierce face for a 5 pound animal.


I'm thinking it looked like this face, only meaner.


See what I mean about his head size? I also think I should adjust my formula to: 1% body, 1% ears, and 98% fur.


Before long the bath part is over and its time to dry off in the towel.


The fun isn't over yet though. & Tuna looks thrilled about the next step: the hairdryer.


& finally, we get out his comb and he starts looking more like himself again.


But at least he's clean, and we can all get a good laugh about it.

The small print: No animals were harmed in the making of this blog post. Egos, maybe, but physically he's fine.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Blog so Nice...

...I was awarded twice! Hehe, thanks ladies!

So I got this award called the Stylish blogger Award, which is pretty much the equivalent of an Oscar or an Emmy but without the redundant thank you speeches and there will be no music cutting me off at the end. I am extra grateful to have any readers at all, much less two that gave me shout outs on their blogs! (Really, thanks again!)

So, there are rules to be followed when you receive this award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Award 15 recently discovered new bloggers.

4. Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award.

So, since I once shared 100 things about me, and then 10 more, 7 more should be a breeze right? & I most likely could have gotten away with reposting 7 of the 110 things I've already shared, but that would be cheating and I'm no cheater. So, items 111 - 117 are as follows:

1. I judge people. (but not you)

2. I think: Wheat Thins > Triscuits (wayyyyyyy better)

3. The first thing I do when I get home every day is get the mailbox key and go check the mail...even in the rain, sleet or snow. I figure, if the mail lady has to deliver it in whatever weather, the least I can do is check it. Thank you mail people! (especially you, Mama!) Plus, I kinda really like to check the mail.

4. I am really awful at keeping secrets that pertain to me. I am an open book and I rarely see a point in keeping stuff in.

5. I've never eaten crab or lobster, but I'm not opposed to either of them. I mean, everyone says it's so good, I just don't know how to eat crab or lobster. I need lessons.

6. I used to work at a movie theater that was across the street from a Steak n Shake. Many nights after we'd close, we'd go over there to eat a really late dinner. I would sometimes order TWO brownies sundaes as my dinner and I was stick thin. I wish I could still do that.

7. I hate losing touch with people that I was ever close to. I constantly wonder where they are and how they've been.

And, to award 15 (or less) new (or not so new) bloggers, I'd like to award:

1. Kelly at The Beane's
3. Tracey at Our Life Together
4. Sarah at Our Life Story
5. Andrea at The Beane Blog

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

iPhone Antics: IV


Round 4? Sure, why not.

These are random pictures taken with my iPhone that I can't bear to delete, but they are not facebook share-worthy. So they get dumped here especially for you! You can thank me later.

Back in October, we went to a local Oktoberfest with our friends Drew and Cathrin. Cathrin is from Germany, so she was pretty excited to go. While we were there, Cathrin wanted a picture to text to her family in Germany. She didn't realize the American flag was behind us, ruining a perfectly good Germanized picture. What's an American flag doing at Oktoberfest, anyways?


Remember Patrick? Well, he does pretty random things sometimes. Like, putting on coworker Katie's jacket, walking over to my desk, and requesting a picture. Who am I to deny him? (And yes, this was pre-haircut.)


I play the iPhone game 'Words With Friends' daily. It's scrabble, basically. I play against one of my best friends Matt, and I'm a little embarrassed to admit that he wins the majority of the time. I guess the game was starting to realize this too when it gave me this set of letters:
(I disagree, by the way. Women Rule!)

I've mentioned that my family and I like to go to garage sales in the Spring and Fall. Well, this one Saturday we may have gone a little overboard, I'd say.

And finally, today I had Chinese for lunch from one of my favorite places near my work. I always get the same thing (General Tso Chicken with Fried Rice), yet today when I placed my order they informed me that they no longer had fried rice, just steamed white and steamed brown rice. I about flipped my lid...NO FRIED RICE!? What kind of place is this!?

For what it's worth, I thought the white rice was pretty good once I put soy sauce on it. But it is no fried rice!

Maybe, just maybe, next time I do an iPhone picture post, I'll have the iPhone 4 or maybe the mysterious iPhone can only dream!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


021My BFF Amy and I (that's her over there --->, HI AMY!) went out to dinner Friday night. We just needed some time to chat and catch up. In the midst of the chatting and catching up, the subject of housekeeping comes up. Amy is a very neat person, and I know that in comparison I probably look like a slob. I didn't realize just how slobbish I was until after we had this conversation though.

Amy has a little dog Lola who is the cutest thing in the world. Lola is just a tiny thing with just a tiny bladder and sometimes she needs to be let out in the middle of the night. Amy, being the loving doggie mommy that she is will always get up and let her out regardless of the time on the clock. As she goes downstairs to let the dog out though, if she so happens to notice even one dish in the sink, she feels the overwhelming need to wash it right then and there. & she'll do so even if it's 2:30 in the morning.

So when she tells me this, I don't think I was really all that shocked. But, as it has sunken in over the last couple of days, I just cannot believe how slobbish I now feel. Because, well, sometimes the dishes in our house may get a little neglected. & they all hang out in the sinks having a dirty dish party until John or I decide we've had enough.

Today, I'd had enough so I did the dishes. But, the whole time I was thinking, "If Amy lived here the poor girl wouldn't have been able to go back to sleep for hours!" Because, well, my sink looked like this:

Sure, maybe it's a little blurry of a picture. Maybe I wanted to save myself some dignity. But, even though that's the extreme of how many dishes will pile up before I'll touch them it's still pretty embarrassing when I compare myself to Amy.

But, since being modest and ashamed isn't really in my nature, I have also posted the unblurrified picture on my 365 Day Photo Challenge page. Please tell me I'm not the only one that lets it get this bad! It's not just me, is it??

Thursday, January 13, 2011

More Mocking Material

Last year I posted a little something that got a lot of feedback. Mainly feedback like, "HA! You're going to eat your words!", and "You have nooo idea.", and things of that nature. But, it's been nearly a year and I've thought of several other things I'd like to add to that original list.

And, if you don't know, I quite like the taste of my foot in my mouth.

So, in the same fashion as the last list I want to give a disclaimer to all mommies that may read this: These are just my opinions and I don't judge you for doing any of these things. My opinions are of no merit and are typically not the norm, so carry on and don't be mad! I will also copy and paste this disclaimer from the first list: I'm just a naive, clueless, non-parent that I'm sure is in for a rude awakening. So, mock away; I give you permission.

And don't worry about throwing these things in my face when I am a parent one day. I am pretty sure my sisters have the first list printed, framed, and ready to give to me at my baby shower. (Better go buy another frame, sisters!) But you are more than welcome to join them in their fun.

So, enough rambling. Here we go....

1. I will not, under any circumstances, have stick people on my car.

stick people
Boogers? Really?
 2. I am against words on my babies' clothing. There will be no "My Mom Rocks" onesies, bibs, or t-shirts. Words belong in books, blogs and newspapers, and not on clothing.

Yeah these aren't funny or cute.

But I did maybe chuckle at this one.
 3. Cartoon characters - especially Winnie the Pooh and any/all Looney Toons - will also not be on my child's clothing or in their nursery. Not even when they get old enough to request their favorite cartoon's apparel. Nope, so sorry.

4. I'm not into soccer, baseball, basketball, etc. So, if my kid has an interest in playing a sport they'll need to talk to Daddy. & I'll go to their first games maybe, but by no means am I going to every single game! I hate even going to John's softball games! If you aren't playing professional football, I don't have any interest in watching your sport. I love you though!

Don't be sad! I'll let you tell me allll about it when you get home!
5. Leashes are not for children. If I have a runner, I might have to eat my words about the stroller comment on the last list. Strollers > leashes.

6. I will not blog only about my child. I hope to have a good mixture of what I blog about now, plus baby thrown in here and there. This is Life of Lacey, not Exclusively Life of Lacey's Child.

& that's all I can think of for now. I'll be sure to add to the list as I think of more.  So go ahead & let me have it. I have on my bullet proof vest and I can take it! Which rule of mine will I be breaking first?

Haiku Thursday

You know the drill. She started it. These are the rules:

[A haiku is a short poem consisting of three lines, the first line having 5 syllables, the second 7, and the third 5. If you want to participate, link back to your haiku in her comments.]

For some strange reason,
I photographed this giant
Magnifying glass.

008 (2)
This would be what my dermatologist uses to inspect every pore on my body.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


This guy's name is John. He's my husband and he's a pretty funny guy. I kinda like him, and I like the fact that he is constantly giving me more blogging material.

He has astigmatism which requires him to wear contacts daily. But sometimes in the evenings, he gets tired of having the contacts in and will take them out.

But say perhaps, that he wants to watch TV or play a game on my phone before he goes to sleep, but it is after the contacts' removal? How is he able to do that without some sort of vision assistance apparatus?

Most people would say, "Well, he should also have a pair of glasses with his prescription for times like these." Which is a very valid point, and why he recently bought a brand new pair of glasses.

Because, before this recent purchase, John has had the same pair of glasses for about 10 years. & they have taken a beating.

Meet, John's "spectacles":


If you can't tell, those glasses don't actually have invisible arms. There aren't any at all. And there are no nose pads, either. They simply rest atop his nose in such a way that he cannot move his head's position at all or else they'd fall. But not to worry, he's gotten so much practice that he can even walk around with them on these days. He's an expert.

They weren't purchased 10 years ago without arms or nose pads, obviously. But over the years, pieces of them periodically broke off.

First, it was just one arm which didn't cause him too much trouble. They still worked pretty well with only one arm. But then a couple years later when the other arm kicked the bucket, he began to get creative.

(And this is the part where I am kicking myself for not taking a picture of them years ago.)

When he finally determined that there was no hope in reattaching the arms, John attached a string to each side which he measured to fit the circumference of his head. He would put the glasses on like you'd put on a hat, stretching the string around his head to hold his glasses on.

Which leads us to now. The string eventually got discarded too and John mastered the art of holding glasses up on his nose. & it's just been our secret for all of these years until now, when I finally convinced him to allow me to share this funny with the entire WWW. I have to say though, I'll miss the spectacles when his new glasses come in this week. Normalcy is so overrated.

Maybe next I can convince him to let me share the video of him dancing in a contest at the resort on our honeymoon. I'll keep working on's just too good to keep to ourselves. Come on y'all, help me convince won't be sorry!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Haiku Thursday

Thought I'd keep this up. She started it. These are the rules:

[A haiku is a short poem consisting of three lines, the first line having 5 syllables, the second 7, and the third 5. If you want to participate, link back to your haiku in her comments.]

These sweet little blondes
Can always convince Aunt Lace
To do what they want.

But no jumping!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Strictly Business

Knocked a couple more things off of my 101 List over the weekend. Yay!

On Sunday, I knocked #9: Make breakfast in bed for someone, off the list.

Orange danish out of a can count, right? I mean, he did eat them IN BED. So, totally counts in my book.


And on Saturday, I knocked #6. Spend an entire day in pajamas, off the list as well. It was New Year's Day, and I sat at my kitchen table doing a puzzle for 8 hours straight. Well, except for the part when I got hungry and had a craving for my favorite, Salsarita's. At that point, I conned John into going and getting it for me. His only request was that I ride with him there. & so, I rode with him to the restaurant, sat in the car while he went inside, and came back home all in my pajamas.

The only tricky part? I clearly stated under number 76 of my list, that I would need to take pictures of each item as it was completed. I didn't feel like gracing the interwebz with a picture of me in my jammies, so instead you get this:


That will have to do.

And finally, speaking of that picture, I am going to try and complete a 365 day photo challenge this year, and that picture is from day 1. The idea is to get me to learn to take better pictures by the end of the year. In order to share the pictures I've taken to date instead of slapping you lovely readers with 365 pictures on January 1st of 2012, I made a new tab on my blog where I'll be posting them daily(ish). You can find it up there ^^ by clicking on "365 Day Photo Challenge." Oh yeah, and if I succeed, this will knock #101 off the list: Complete a 365-day photo challenge.

I'm on a roll...