The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2010-06-27

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Weekend round-up, shopping spree giveaway ends tomorrow, and the rock with personality poll results

1. Pandora -    This weeks installment is about the driver's side automatic sliding door.  Okay, so 'member how I told you that sometimes I will click the button to close the back lift gate and just when it's about to be all the totally, total way shut, I hear ha! ha! and the lift gate will go back up again?

And really, I kid you not about the ha! ha!...  Anyway...

Well, now the driver's side panel is doing that too.  I tried to get a video but when I attempted to repeat it the next day, it worked perfectly - Which means the problem is unfixable,  or to use the technical auto-mechanic's word - Intermittent...

Tomato, tamahto...

The rock with personality -  A few weeks ago I posted (here) about how I hoped the organizing in my kid's room would pick-up speed.   The good news is my designer - a.k.a. the guy who power washes my house - had some time this week so updates coming  soon!

I'm bugged that his stuff's all over the house - The rock with personality, in particular. 

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It was a birthday gift from one of his friends.

I didn't know what to do with him and threw it out there for suggestions.  Here's the results of my informal poll.

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On a shelf...

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In the fridge...

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As a reminder to lower the seat...

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At my front door to greet visitors...

And hey, this kills two birds with one rock with personality.   Seems the lawn guys had some sort of foliage conflab about my potted flowers and decided they must die.

Gazing at a rock with personality is a much better experience than looking at two flower pots full of weed-whacked amputee flower stumps.


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He's kinda growing on me, okay there I said it...

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He is not growing on Ginger and the suggestion he share one of her muffins didn't go over well.

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This one was the very last suggestion I got.  It's  from Jan, a new reader.  I'm so glad I waited to post this because it's pretty hysterical...

" I say send the rock with personality around the world, one person at a time - you send it someone, they have to send it someone else, etc. Give him a name & send him packin'!"

Jan, honestly -  I love that suggestion to pieces.  If it wasn't for the postage involved in sending a boulder around that would totally have my vote!

But, like I said...   He's kind of growing on me.

3. Giveaway   I have a giveaway ending tomorrow and it's for $150 dollars in merchandise from Novica and you get to pick what you want - You just have to comment to enter.
Tell me what you'd like to get, tell me what your dog ate for dinner....  Up to you...

But there are only 60 comments so how good are those odds?


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Friday, July 2, 2010

Perfection gives me a rash...


Over the last few days I've been posting pictures of all these dreadful, scary cluttered, places around here like this and this .

Especially this awful thing.

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 I woke up this morning and had at that book case.

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Not perfect but perfection gives me a rash.

That's all I got for a post today because  reaching semi-perfection was so satisfying - and kicking up all that dust hardly bothered my asthma at all.

Well, nothing that a bit of wheezing, retching and gagging didn't take care of - So I'm off to don my haz-mat suit, jump in my Hello Kitty backhoe and clean something else but  I have to show you something first.

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Girls,  this is my living room, right now.  This second.

So see?  There are places in my house where Ginger can go and I won't lose her; which I'm sure many of you wondered.

I felt the need to clear that up. 

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It's ending soon.


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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Clutter! Mess! Chaos! Hold on to your babies!

Seems I set my neat friends to twitching yesterday and hey, I get it.  Looking at that post gave me a double-quarter pounder with cheese of a migraine, SUPERSIZED.  And I'm used to it.

I looked over the comments and um, emails about yesterday's post.  This one, here.   The one where I wanted to get some help with the pantry version fifty-two card pick up.


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And the shelves sitting next door...

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But I don't think you ran for your babies till I posted the other pictures...

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Hmmm, thats a whole other set of cluttered fa la la then yesterday's but tomato tomahto, right?

 Girls!

All of those pictures WEREN'T TAKEN YESTERDAY!  

They were a bunch of pictures taken over my TOTAL decluttering history.  But I think you guys had the same reaction as me...  

Once all those pictures hit the decluttering area of your brains, a place I like to call the Declutterossum Oblongata, it shorted out and you guys stopped reading.  Don't blame ya.  I couldn't read much with that migraine aura.

I'm still sorting through the comments and emails but, yeah - Shelf by shelf for sure.  A lot of people said that. 

I've gotten some great links via email for organizing products.  Part of the issue is the shelves are wire so I can't really sit some of the products on where they won't wobble, if that makes sense.  I may have to actually lay shelves on the shelves which seems, I dunno - Redundant.

Enjoying the help. Obviously, I need it so keep it coming if you can think of any more.

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You only have a few more days


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

And because you've seen it all before anyway...

Because I've already showed you my before shots..



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The other side of my kitchen...

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And I've done lots of other  darkest before the dawn decluttering posts where I confessed that I clean - not with fluffy pink feather dusters in a French Maid outfit -  but with a Backhoe in a haz-mat suit so there really is no point in not showing this now...

Although at the moment looking at them all in one post I'm more then a bit nauseated. 

There is an area in the kitchen I haven't tackled.  See how pretty the morning sun glints off of it?

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I took the picture from my sliding glass doors and I know it looks normal but its evil.  Pure transfat-like evil. To the right are bookshelves that are just busting with cooking and crafting books.   I've parted with so many already; it's breaking my heart to think I have to get rid of more but...

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I can't look at this anymore.

And when you add this...

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Well, not that...

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This.  

I am beginning to feel the clang of a migraine.

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I get why my kid says, Geeze Ma, we never have anything good to eat in this house.

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Oh, we got it, kid.

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We just can't find it.


It's supposed to be a pantry.  But it's so disorganized.  I don't really know how to make it workable...  I'm totally into a pantry these days and I really need this to be functional not the closet version of fifty-two card pick-up.

Anyone?

Please?

Comments... emails.... and sympathy will be much appreciated.  

There's only 177 day's of holiday shopping left

Click WIN and get a jump on that with a $150 shopping spree


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Monday, June 28, 2010

I've got a $150 shopping spree to giveaway... Who wants it?

Last week  NOVICA offered to let me pick a product to review.  I checked out their mission: Novica, in association with National Geographic, gives artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity.

Way cool, right?

 I said I'd do it because..

1.  The things on that website are amazing and unique plus...

2.  They said yes, I could give the whole amount away in a SHOPPING SPREE TO ONE OF YOU! and...

3.  Finding out I was a size 14 last week made me do a happy dance; I'd love to give someone something to happy dance about and...

D.  There is only 179 days, 17 hours and 7 minutes until Christmas and...

5.  What are you waiting for? Read the details...

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I was kind of a tease yesterday in my week-end round up and listed a few things without links...


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I'd so get that ring but there are earrings, and necklaces; too much to jewelry to show or this post would never end.

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Mmmm, beautiful.  Amethyst and copper wind-chime.

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Lovely shell tea cups.  There is a lot of beautiful home decor...


And so much  sterling silver to look through.

And here's a few more things I love...

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This original Batik

An alpaca blend throw....

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Alpaca's soft as baby bunny ears..

And because my search for the perfect purse continues...

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Beautiful, isn't it?

I need to just stop now because this isn't about me; this giveaway is for a $150 shopping spree for one of you. 

Contest will end on July 4, 2010, winner will be chosen at random.  Comments until 9 pm eastern standard time will be eligible.

The rules!

1.  Leave me a comment.  One entry per person and that will be strictly enforced by Ginger.  She's small. She's old. And she's only packing four teeth but those suckers are like thumb-tacks.

Trust me on this.

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Wait.  That's her  I just made doody in your gym bag look.

Hang on a sec... 

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Here we go but...

... on second thought...

Double-commenters will get doody in the gym bags.


2. I'd love it if tell me what you'd pick as your comment; sort of vicarious window shopping for me. The site has such an amazing variety of things I've never seen - and it's from all over the World.  You don't have to but I sure would love know!  You could also tell me who you want to spend the money on... Or even what your dog had for dinner.  Ginger would love to know.

And please include your email address in your comment for winner verification.


I WILL ANNOUNCE A WINNER AND YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT ME.  PLEASE COMEBACK AND SEE IF YOU ARE THE WINNER.  IF THE WINNER DOESN'T CONTACT ME BY JULY 10TH I WILL PICK A SECOND WINNER. 

...and how much would you hate that?  The prize will come as a coupon code to use at the website.

Because Novica supports artists worldwide, this giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE!

C'mon how fabulous is that?

July 6th update - WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN -  HERE
valerie.barbeau@gmail.com  from vonlipis favorites


*I don't have any sort of relationship with Novica or National Geographic other then the one I described in this post.   The winner will get a gift certificate and I will get the joy knowing they have it..*

Also just as an FYI - Blogger numbers to 200 and then resets.  I am aware of this and will figure this into random.org.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekend round-up, shopping spree giveaway, and random arm flappage

 1.  Pandora -  Pandora passed inspection so whatever this wire is...

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is anyone's guess.

2.  Wardrobe - I had to go to a graduation party yesterday and don't have much in way of wardrobage  (wrote about it here).  I don't even have what I thought I had because most of what I thought fit, doesn't. 

Took a field trip to Lane Bryant to find out what size I am and for the most part I'm their size 14. Not in everything, but in most things; so I was pretty much doing the I'm a petite dainty flower happy dance around the strore.

Reality check alert!  I know to most people that's as big as a mack truck hauling beef out of Kansas City but to me it was like saying I'm a double zero - Could have knocked me over with a can of Tab.

 I bought a few things to wear to the party.  Well, charged a few things because if I paid for them I wouldn't have been able to afford coffee creamer this week and that can not happen.


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I got a spangly magenta tank...

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And this turquoise over thing to wear over it because...

...Well c'mon, that color!  Plus it handles random arm flappage.

And I wore them over this denim skirt.  Which I had to get in a size 16 because...

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Apparently my ass didn't get the memo that I'm now a 14...

And I also got these leggings...

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I don't normally do leggings but...

The snaps on the side make my that area look a bit wider and so it works the cankle thing in a positive way.  And what is up with that cankle thing anyway?

3.  Giveaway -  I have another  Shopping Spree Giveaway coming soon.  Like, very.  I had one not that long ago.  Where you win a certain amount of credit and you get to spend it on whatever you want...  This one's better.  I mean bigger.. I mean better..  Well, tomato, ta-mot-o, you know?

You might want something like this...

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...a fabulous silver bracelet, right?


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That's a copper and amethyst wind chime and these...

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Look at those beautiful tea cups with shell handles...


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I'd want that.  If was entering...

 It's a sterling silver ring with blue topaz, amethyst, citrine, peridot and rhodolite.

But I'm not entering.  The shopping spree is coming up soon.  Really, really soon.

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