Archive | April 2012

What a Crab!

I’ve been looking forward all weekend to sharing with you all how we’ve finally, FINALLY moved into our new house!!!

Its been months, FOUR to be exact, since the closing and are just now getting moved in.

But, alas……………I’m a crab!

Don’t know why I’m a crab, I just am!

Its been a crabby day and I’m in a crabby mood.

So I’ve decided to share about the move and the new digs tomorrow on a hopefully less crabby day.

But in order not to leave you hanging, here’s a photo that sums up how Taj, the Mr. and I feel after this weekend:


Enjoy your Monday and pray that I’ll be my usual fun-loving, non-crabby self tomorrow!!

Oh…….and pray for the Mr!!!  He has to live with me!  🙂



Birthday Week Continues

Our family is celebrating 3 birthdays this week. 

You’ve met Mason (age 5) and Marti (nowhere NEAR age 5) and today is my “Twin’s” birthday!

My younger sister, Molly, met and married a Yankee and quickly red-necked him up!!  Steve is originally from NY but you’d never know it by talking to him!!  Somehow he’s managed to wipe all traces of his Yankee-ness from his vocabulary.

Well, maybe not ALL traces.   He still has a couple of words he says weird but he’s a lot further along than the Mr.

So without further ado, I’d like to wish Steve a happy birthday!

And thanks to his daughter, Izzy G, for providing today’s photo of the birthday boy:


my brother from another mother


Have a lovely weekend!


*And for those of you who don’t know, he’s my “twin” because we are soooo much alike!!  🙂


Happy Birthday!!

Today is the 47th anniversary of the day of my much older sister’s birth!

I have known Marti (won’t use the WHOLE name) for almost 45 years and we have always been good friends as well as sisters.  When we were much younger, we were even roommates in college!

Marti, I hope you have a wonderful birthday and many, many more to come!!

from our college days.......she really was a good student!! I promise!!

Love ya, sista!!!



The Tale of Two Dogs

This morning the Mr. announced that he would take me to lunch at Taco Johns.  He’s not a huge fan of Taco Johns but he knows I really like it. 

I thought this was sweet of him! 

What a nice guy!!

So he picks me up for lunch and as we’re pulling in to SONIC, I’m thinking I’ll try something different this time.  See, I ALWAYS get a burger at Sonic which is good but I’ve been seeing their commercials for the specialty hotdogs.

Now as a McLean, it’s my sworn duty to eat hotdogs any time they are available.  We, as a people, eat them for lunch, supper or even breakfast, if there’s no other available breakfast meat.  Just split those babies in half and fry ‘em up!!  That’s good eatin’!

We’ve even been known to have a “hotdog snack” from time to time which involves grabbing a raw hotdog from the fridge and chowin’ on down!  And for most of us, when we eat something sweet and need to get the “sweet taste” out of our mouth, we reach for the beloved hotdog (raw, of course!).

The Mr. thinks we’re weird.

We probably are.

For lots of reason, not just the hotdog thing!!

So there I was, trying to decide what kind of hotdog I want.  I’m just staring at the menu as if I’m NOT Mrs. Magoo who can’t read it from that distance and trying to remember what varieties they offer from the commercial on tv!!!

I finally decide I’ll try 2 different dogs.  My first choice was a Chicago Hotdog, because I remembered that it had pickles on it, and my second choice was the New York Hotdog, because we just moved here from NY. 

My method of selection is brilliant, right?!?!?!

I wish I had taken a picture of the dogs but since eating at Sonic involves eating in the car, I couldn’t balance the bag of dogs, the napkins AND my phone so I skipped the picture.

I started with the NY dog. 

As soon as I pulled it from the bag I could smell it……….KRAUT!!!  Now, I’m not opposed to sauerkraut per se but it’s just not something I normally chose to eat.  But I’m brave and good at trying new things so I took a bite. 

Not bad.  

Not good enough to order again, but if you like kraut on your dog, you should definitely try it.

Next came the Chicago dog.  I was so excited!!!! 

Such hope.

Such promise.

I opened the bag and beheld the most beautiful hotdog/bun/condiment combination I had ever seen!!!  It had relish, tomatoes, mustard, a pickle spear and little hot pepper thingies on it!!!  I couldn’t wait. 

It didn’t taste BAD but just wasn’t what I had envisioned.  It had all the right “stuff” but was just a big ole mess!!!  While I liked all the individual elements, it just didn’t play well together.  It was too much!!!  You had to pick and choose what to have in each bite because it just couldn’t all stay together!!

And besides, the Chicago Hotdog just had too high a price tag for every day consumption.

Sorry, Chicago!

I’ll stick with the All-American Hotdog.

Tried and true.

Good for the rich and poor alike.

God Bless America.

And God bless the hotdog!



The Nephews

The Mr. and I have a gaggle of nieces.

Do nieces come in gaggles?

Flock?  No, that’s seagulls.

Bevy?  That doesn’t sound nice!

We’ll stick with gaggle.

Anyway, there’s a slew of ‘em but we only have two nephews.

Josh belongs to my oldest sister and her husband. 

Yesterday Josh was 4-years-old but today he’s a grown man!!!  How in the world does that happen???  Time just went way too fast!

Josh was always so curious and had a million and two questions at any given moment!  He was also honest to a fault!!  From your hairdo on down to a “faux” ring, Josh let you know what he thought! 

Josh is now pushing 30 (sorry Josh!!) and he’s still curious and honest, though with a little more tact!  🙂  A very talented artist who we don’t get to see nearly enough!!  Miss you Josh!!

And then there’s Mason:

Mason is the son of my baby brother and his lovely wife.  

And he’s the spittin’ image of his daddy!!!

He’s a typical boy who loves to play and is in CONSTANT motion!!!  IF you can catch him, you better hug him fast cause he’ll be off and running again!!

One of the funniest stories I’ve ever heard was from Mason.  A couple years ago when I came home to visit, I had the pleasure of hearing Mason tell about his favorite tv commercial.  It involved a clown that stepped on a unicorn figurine. 

So in his most animated expression, Mason told me about this clown who stepped on a UNI-HORN!  As if “uni-horn” wasn’t funny enough, that little fella’s eyes were wide as saucers and as soon as he told about the clown stepping on the uni-horn, he just starts laughing hysterically!!!! 

That boy sure knows how to deliver a punch line!!  And in true Uncle Steve fashion, as soon as I laughed, he told it again!!!! 

And again! 

And again!!!

That little sweetie turns FIVE today!!!

I can’t believe he’s gotten so big and I can’t believe he lives in Arizona!!!  😦

Happy birthday, Mason! 

And watch out for those UNIHORNS!!!!!!!!!!

~Aunt Mish~

It’s Official

We are now official residents of the Commonwealth of Kentucky!!! 


It took us 3 days but we finally got our new drivers licenses and got our truck registered in KY.

Why so long, you ask?!?!?!?!

Well, that’s because no matter what state you live in, the DMV is a NIGHTMARE!!!!  Why can’t things just be easy????

We started out at the sheriff’s office where all vehicles coming from out of state must be “inspected”.  Now we just moved from a state where we had to have yearly inspections which included checking ALL functions of the vehicle from brakes on down to wiper blades.  It’s such a big deal in NY that you could commit almost any other form of moving violation but if that inspection sticker has expired….BIG TROUBLE!!!  But our local sheriff’s office comes out to the vehicle, checks to make sure the VIN # matches the title, checks your headlights and taillights and that’s pretty much it!  Oh, they also check the brake lights…………not the brakes, mind you……………..just the lights!!!! 

The other crazy thing is that they check the blinker.

In Kentucky!!!!!

Do ya know why that’s crazy??????

Because folks down here don’t actually USE their blinkers!!!!! 

I don’t mean to hurt nobody’s feelings but its stinkin’ true!!!  And I’m as bad as the rest.  We just about plowed into a dude this morning because he didn’t use his blinker and we “assumed” he was not going to turn.  WRONG!!!!

Please people……………use your blinkers!!! 

There are Yankees depending on it!!!

Anyway, after our truck passed the stringent inspection, we headed over to get our drivers licenses.  But silly me, I didn’t think about bringing my social security card!!!  So I got to come back the next day!!  FUN!

So the next day we went BACK across town (on our lunch hour!) and I went in to get my new license.  Of course, the guy in there turned into Chatty Cathy and it took FOREVER!!!  But he finally got the info right, the photo taken, and the license printed out.  I headed out to the truck and glanced down at what I am sure is the WORST drivers license photo in the history of drivers license photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Man, its BAD!!!!  Not just a little bad but REALLY REALLY BAD!!!!!

I got in the truck and showed it to the Mr. and he immediately roars with laughter!!!!  And now I’ve made him feel better about his own license photo!  Glad I could make his day!!!

So the next stop is the County Clerk’s office to get our actually tags for the truck.  Of course, we didn’t have all the paperwork we needed so we have to wait until the NEXT day to get it taken care of!!! 

We finally on the THIRD day got the license plate and its now on the truck!!!  But since NY requires a plate on the front of the truck, we have to find something for the front.  I suggested that we get a Buffalo Bills plate to show where we came from but, oh no!  The Mr. picked out something on his own.  Picked it out AND ordered it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is the photo from website:


Thats right..........ZOMBIES!!!


So Friday night, Belle is riding in the truck with us and I’m telling her about getting our drivers licenses.  The Mr. feels the need to tell her about my terrible picture so of course, she wants to see it!!!  I finally show it to her after making her PROMISE not to laugh or show it to anybody else.

I hand it over the seat to her and wait. 


No laughter.  Not even a snicker.

She hands it back.

“Don’t you think that’s awful?” I asked.

“No”, she said.  “But it’ll scare the police away.”

That’s my girl………….always looking on the bright side!!!  🙂


3 Things

  1.  Buddy’s Pizza
  2. Wal-Mart Energy drink mix
  3. Kaboom

What do these three things have in common? 

Not much except that they’ve each come into my life in the last week or so and I felt they were particularly noteworthy.

Let’s start with Buddy’s Pizza. 

My niece, Belle (Izzy G), is quite the food connoisseur.  Which, I have to say, is a little surprising in a 7-year-old!!!  I think you can credit her mom for this. 

I’m somewhat jealous that my little sister has managed to find a way to eat most meals out and still her husband seems perfectly content with this.    Go figure!!

I’ve been working on the Mr. for years but he still would rather I cook supper.  Not because of my cooking, mind you, but for financial reasons!  Now Molly, on the other hand is an EXCELLENT cook so I’m not sure how she gets by with this one!!

Anyway, back to Buddy’s Pizza:  this happens to be one of Belle’s favorite places to eat so I figured since I didn’t feel like making lunch on Monday and its within walking distance of my work, the Mr. and I would just go on down there for lunch and see what the hubbub was all about.

Though I must clarify one thing:  although it IS within walking distance, did I actually walk there??? No I did not!  THAT’S JUST CRAZINESS!!!

So Buddy’s is just a little hole-in-the-wall joint decorated with lots of cool pictures of dogs.  LOVE that!!  I’ve got to get my little guy’s picture up there.  

I’d been told that the pizza slices are HUGE but since I was so stinkin’ hungry that day and because what is huge to one person may not be huge to another, we ordered 3 slices of pepperoni & bacon pizza (the slice of the day); one each and then one to share.

But I soon discovered that HUGE is HUGE!!!!  The slices are so big that they come out laying across TWO plates!!!  That’s a daggone big slice of pizza!!!! 

The pizza was yummy and I declared to the Mr. that whenever Belle tells us that a restaurant is good…….trust her!!!!  She knows whereof she speaks! 

Thanks for the tip, Belle!!

The next new thing is the Wal-Mart brand energy drink mix.  My co-worker, Lynne, who is healthy beyond anyone I’ve ever known, gave me one of these packets to try in a bottle of water and it was SOOO good!!!  Plus it gives you a nice boost of energy without you even realizing it or getting the jitters.

I had to go to Wal-Mart to get more of them and so far have tried Peach Mango (my fave), Wild Strawberry, and Grape.  All delish!


I highly recommend them if you have trouble drinking plain water OR if you can’t seem to get anything done without taking frequent nap breaks!!!  It works!!!

Now as far as my friend, Lynne, is concerned, I’m hoping some of her fitness attitude will rub off on me!!  I’m holding out for a drink mix that will actually DO the exercising for me and make me look more like her!  I’ll let you know if I find it!!  🙂

And lastly, KABOOM!!! 

Do any of you remember the Kaboom commercials with that annoying Billy Mays??????  I hate to speak ill of the dearly departed but those commercials drove me insane!!!  Mostly I would mute the commercials but I still had to listen to him yelling at me about cleaners while I scrambled to find the remote and shut him up!!!

But annoying or not, I’m a big impulse shopper so I couldn’t resist when I saw the Kaboom cleaners in a magazine.  Though I have to confess:  I actually bought these cleaners YEARS ago and just this last weekend opened the box!!! 

I hate cleaning almost as much as I hate math!!! 

Now that’s bad!!

So I used the Kaboom cleaner on my new, but disgusting, bathroom.  And it worked great!!!!  There was a little scrubby spongy thing that came with the cleaner and it got all sudsy and not too chemical smelly so I was very pleased!

AND I did solve one mystery!!

I now know why Billy Mays was always yelling.

I had a little cut on the side of my finger and when that Kaboom got down in there……………

I DONE A LITTLE SHOUTING MYSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow did that ever hurt!!!  KABOOM indeed!!!