Good Ole Geeky Fun

Several things.

1) If you’re on Pinterest, would you leave a comment with the URL to your Pinterest page? You know, something like And if your Pinterest username really is Sassy McCutie, then you need to know that I am going to be your biggest fan. FOREVER.

2) If you’re on the Twitter, would you do the same thing with that whole leaving-your-link business?

3) I just think that it would be nice if we all knew how to find each other on the Twitter and the Pinterest. Unless you don’t want to be found, of course. So no pressure.

4) Don’t forget that there’s a bodycology rich&creamy giveaway going on until July 31st. The Purina ProPlan Selects giveaway ($100 Visa gift card) will be up and running until July 21st.

5) Remember a few weeks ago when I asked for your feedback about protecting our kids online? I am forever indebted to y’all for your help. I had so much good stuff to work with that I ended up writing an article that focused mostly on being mindful of our kids’ boundaries, especially as they get older. Hopefully I’ll be able to write another article down the line that focuses more on the safety issues. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate y’all taking the time to share your wisdom. Your comments were so helpful.

Have a great Thursday, everybody!

Clearly It Will Change Everything

So last night was our first annual (OH YES MA’AM IT WILL BE ANNUAL) Miss Mississippi bloggy viewing party. IT WAS A BLAST. The pageant was great and the comments were hysterical; the only thing missing, really, was an assortment of appetizers that we could all share. Though I’m guessing that sharing the appetizers would have been somewhat problematic since the viewing party participants were scattered across the country and all.

Anyway, the viewing party made me think about how fun it would be if there was a reply option in my comments, if I could just click a button and respond to something specific that a commenter said. So you can appreciate the sweet irony of the fact that (post-blog party) I discovered that I’ve actually had that feature all along. I just haven’t had it activated. Because I’m very forward-thinking and tech-savvy and etc.

All that to say: there is now a reply option in the comments. I think it’ll be more fun! so much fun! just more fun!

Because there’s nothing like hopping on board with the hot 2006 blog trends in 2011. It’s how I roll.

Happy 4th, y’all.

Miss Mississippi 2011 Viewing Party

Okay. Here’s the low-down.

We’ll share our thoughts / observations / reactions in the comments. This is all in good fun, so let’s please be mindful that somebody’s mama or cousin or great-aunt Ethel could stop by and read what we say. In other words: let’s do our level best not to say anything hurtful. These girls are young and singing / dancing / performing their hearts out. Plus, if any one of them showed up at a pool or beach where I happened to be spending the day, I would cover myself with a blanket and run screaming for the indoors. These girls are darlin’.

Also: sometime around 9:45 or 9:50 (central), leave a comment with your prediction for who’s going to take the crown. Once the pageant is over, I’ll draw from all the correct predictions and send the winner a SPESHUL PAGEANT PRIZE.

I should probably point out that the prize is not a crown.

I know that’s going to be a disappointment to some of you, but I do hope you’ll participate in the festivities anyway.

So. With all that being said, let’s enjoy the show. See y’all in the comments!

(Be sure to click on the play button in the bottom left hand corner to watch. If you click on the big play button in the center, the internet will whisk you away to the main livestream site. And we will miss you.)

An Exciting Miss Mississippi Update

I have the best news. Or at least it’s the best news to me.

It’s no big secret that I have long been borderline obsessed with the Miss Mississippi pageant.


And I really don’t even know what that means, by the way. But I feel it way down deep in my soul.

Anyway, tonight I realized that I can actually embed the live video of the pageant finals right here on my blog, and I plan to do just that this Saturday night (July 2nd) around 7:45 pm central time. That way we can watch together and visit in the comments. I’ve been thinking about doing a Twitter party, but those get pretty annoying for people who aren’t participating, so I think this is a much better solution.

And yes, I realize that there may only be four to seven of y’all who actually show up to watch the pageant with me. That is totally understandable since people have families and responsibilities and other things to do that do not involve bedazzled evening gowns.

But I think the four to seven of us who watch together will have a ball. We can make predictions, analyze evening wear, keep our mouths shut during swimsuit because WHO AMONG US HAS ROOM TO CRITICIZE and clap our hands like crazy during the talent competition.

And listen. I know that some pageants have gotten all fancy and high-falutin’, but Miss Mississippi is not one of them. It’s just HOME. So bring your AquaNet, your sequins and your best rendition of “On My Own” from Les Miserables.

We’re gonna have ourselves a mighty good time.

The Fashion Crazies

A little over a year ago Melanie and I signed up or signed on or agreed or whatever you want to call it to be the emcees for a new women’s event called .MOM (pronounced “dot mom”). It’s September 23-24 here in Birmingham – and up until recently, it’s been far enough away that I haven’t had to think about it very much.

(If that last sentence sounds like I might be just a wee bit terrified about the whole thing, it should. Because I am.)

(And last summer I almost called our friend Paige – who’s coordinating .MOM – about 16 different times to tell her that I’d changed my mind and therefore would not be able to participate.)

(I thought that saying the word “therefore” in my excuse would make it sound very official.)

(But one day in the car, when I was *thisclose* to calling Paige, the little man piped up from the backseat and said, “Mama, did you know it’s a sin to shrink back?”)

(And I said, “What?”)

(And he said, “It’s a sin. To shrink back. It’s in this book I’m reading.”)

(And I said, “WELL, FINE.”)

(And then I said, “What are you reading back there? HEBREWS?)

Anyway, now it’s (almost) July, and .MOM is sort of right around the corner, and in just a couple of weeks Mel and I have to go to Nashville for some meetings and pow-wows and whathaveyous about the (FINGERS CROSSED) witty banter for which we are responsible. And we also have to film some video.




Oh, I could type it A THOUSAND TIMES and that still wouldn’t equal the number of times that word echoed in my head yesterday.

Because listen: the prospect of VIDEO is a tough one for a girl whose preference for behind-the-scenes is STRONG.


So, given all of that, I spent a chunk of yesterday looking for clothes that might work for the video. Keep in mind that I don’t have the faintest idea what works for video, but I figured that if I could find something that made me feel sort of cute then that was probably a good sign. Since I already have a fairly decent assortment of Maude-type apparel, I feel good about my layering options, but I really wanted to find a couple of pretty, feminine tops, some new jeans and a cute pair of wedges.


Needless to say, Steinmart(s) was my first shopping stop. The first few things I tried on reminded me that there’s a fine line between embellished and Bedazzled, but in the end, Steinmart came through with some decidedly un-Bedazzled tops. I really do think that the Steinmart that’s closest to our house is the greatest Steinmart in all the land.

I also found a couple of things at Kohl’s, but sometimes shopping at Kohl’s stresses me out because there’s the “retail” price and then the sale price and then the Power Price and then the extra 10% off that you get if you stand in front of a cashier and do the hokey-pokey and turn yourself around. Our Kohl’s was advertising an extra $10 off a purchase of $50 or more, and after the check-out girl rang up my stuff, I kept waiting to see an additional $10 come off my total. But then she explained that the extra $10 was in the form of Kohl’s Cash, and I could use my Kohl’s Cash the next time I was in the store and, you know, buying more stuff.

This is an excellent illustration of D’s theory that people can spend a fortune trying to save money.

I tried on a few pairs of jeans, but I didn’t have much luck. I found a pair at Steinmart that fit pretty well in the legs but created a muffin top so magnificent that I was tempted to christen it with a name. Honestly, I would have been horrified if I hadn’t been so tickled. I should have known not to try them on; they were low-rise jeans, and low-rise jeans are the enemy of those of us who are shaped like apples. I’m a classic-rise girl. I need to embrace that.

The search for jeans will continue this weekend, I reckon. I’m ordering a couple of pairs that I found online, but since they won’t be here until next week, maybe I’ll discover Jeans Magic in the meantime.

Jeans Magic is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? So hard to find, but so glorious once you get there. And a good pair of jeans – well, I can’t help but think that they’ll make the whole VIDEO thing a little less daunting.

And now that I have my permanent crown, at least I no longer have to worry about my misplaced tooth.

This is, I feel, a step in the right direction.
I just posted a new $100 Visa gift card giveaway. The $100 Best Buy gift card giveaway ends today at 3pm central time.

Out And Back And Up And Down

Late this afternoon I saw a link from Amy in my comments, so of course I clicked on it because THIS, THIS IS WHAT I DO, I CLICK ON MANY, MANY LINKS ALL THE LIVELONG DAY.

And make no mistake: Amy’s link was special. Memorable. Precious to my heart. I’m fairly certain that it has changed my life forever.



That’s the magic of YouTube, my friends. You’re plodding along through your daily routine, and then BOOM! The whole day is transformed just because someone who goes by the name “resetcounter” was kind enough to upload some obscure celebrity fitness videos.

I mean, you really can’t find this kind of quality footage in stores anymore. And you know what? That’s a crying shame. Because who needs Zumba when there’s Debbie Reynolds showing us how to BREAK IT DOWN while singing impromptu medleys? When there’s Mary Hart sporting some crispy bangs and opting to wear socks in addition to her tights?

Or when there’s Dixie Carter (God rest her soul) to show us how to, you know, breathe?

So what do you say, girls? Should we got put on our (belted!) leotards, high top Reeboks, sassy neon headbands and feel the burn?

No? Not so much?

I totally get it. I personally haven’t worn a leotard since 1987.

And I think it’s probably best if we keep it that way.