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TrueDud s.6 e.1

TrueDud s.6 e.1

Jun 24, 2013

We are huge True Blood fans!! And as fans we have a few…er…bones to pick.  This series has the opportunity for major stiletto- heeled a$$ kicking, quip-flinging, and general hotness, so we are more than a little disappointed when our TrueBlood heroes turn into TrueDuds. *Warning: Spoilers and language may be present.* Dud-O-Meter Sookie:  Who brings a hand light to a gun fight?!  Sookie.  Full of big sad eyes and tasteful blood splatters, Sookie doesn’t do much in the way of helping.  She does power-up in the end to stake her former lover!  In the back. After he is already Billith.  10 points for bad timing and lame lighting Arlene:  Who knew?!  Way to put Andy in the hot-seat and remind him about responsibility!!   Tell it.  Also, who else can rock a  fanny pack AND a purse at the same time?  Purell, purell, purell.  0 points Andy: Poop class?  Just change the diapers already.  I’m glad Arlene and Terry are there to keep you in line. Sweet introduction to your little girl though…. Sherrif Bellefleur.  You’ll get the hang of it. 5 points Tara:  We are really rooting for you, Tara.  Seriously.  We hope you can stop feeling sorry for yourself and remember how many muscles you have!  Thanks for giving Jason a chance to cool down and being there for Pam.  Now, start taking names!  0 points Sam:  I’m not sure what happened!  (Thanks to HBOGo I watched it twice). One minute Sam is exploding Rosalyn Harris from the inside out, the next minute Luna is…dead? Waht?  Sam, you have the worst luck.  Change it already.  I’m not going to blame you now, but you are warned, Merlotte. 0 points Emma: “My mom is dead. I’m hungry.”  Worst. eulogy. ever. 5 points (You’re getting off easy because you’re, like, 8 and have been kidnapped. a lot.) Jessica: “You mean you wanna  kill Bill?”  Biggest eye-roll line to you, Jess. 5 points Rikki: “I’m your number one bitch.”  Yuck.  Almost a tie for biggest eye roll line and really, bringing in a third is a terrible way to fix relationship problems!  8 points Truest Dud of the first episode goes to SOOKIE.  Hope this isn’t a...

Ask Madeleine Monday Vol. 5

Ask Madeleine Monday Vol. 5

Jun 24, 2013

Questions are in and so are the answers!  If you haven’t checked it out before, Madeleine is my just-turned-4-year-old daughter.  She loves answering your questions.  Submit them on our FB page! Send them in using the “contact” button.  Whatever works! Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle? Madeleine: [Laughing] I don’t know, Mommy!!  [Well, what do you think?  Take a guess.] I just don’t know.  Can we do crafts? Stinky Old Mom:  I don’t know either…but Google does!  Apparently, the answer is air.  Glue needs air in order to activate its sticky properties or set. “In some cases, there is a solvent in the glue that helps keep the molecules in the glue from cross-linking (getting sticky). The glue doesn’t solidify in the bottle or stick to it because of the solvent. The solvent evaporates in a half-empty bottle of glue, but this is limited by the space in the bottle,” says   Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.   How can you work with people who are far away? Madeleine: You can just call them or go visit them. Stinky Old Mom: Sounds good to me. Also, there is Skype (if you are appropriately clothed). E-mail is easy, but there is nothing like a conversation filled with facial expressions you can actually see.  Telecommuting can be isolating and out-of-sight-out-of- mind can be a bad thing come time for evaluations.  Make sure you keep yourself in-touch with everyone.  Why not send the office some doughnuts one morning?   What are some good things to do to have a good summer vacation? Watch Madeleine answer live! Madeleine Answers Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

Easy Ravioli Lasagna

Easy Ravioli Lasagna

Jun 23, 2013

Don’t stress.  Here’s an easy dinner that can feed a crowd.  Made with only a few ingredients, your kids can help you assemble this “lasagna” and have you sipping vino in no time!   Don’t forget to Pin it!! Join our board on Pinterest. P.S.  Seriously, you can’t mess it up.  Let the kids have fun with this.  Make some memories. Share this:RedditPinterestFacebookLinkedInTumblrTwitterGoogleEmailLike this:Like...

Summer Super Moon Bonanza: 5 Ways to Celebrate

Summer Super Moon Bonanza: 5 Ways to Celebrate

Jun 21, 2013

Today marks the first day of summer, and it happens to be on a Friday!!  Not only that, but June’s full moon (called the Strawberry Moon) brings a SUPER MOON, the largest full moon of the year!!  I think that is worth celebrating.  In honor of the solstice, the weekend, the sunshine, the end of the week, whatever, here are some suggestions on how to celebrate: 1. Listen to some summer jams!  The WLBPA has made a little collection for you.  Start your summer groove at work or wherever you are: 2. Celebrate the longest day by having dinner alfresco!  My kids get so excited when I ask them to set the table on the patio instead of our regular inside spot.  Now is the perfect time to grill, whip up a cocktail (like these cherry beer margaritas), and try out all those outdoor candle ideas you’ve been pinning on Pinterest!  I especially like the idea of hanging tea lights off the fence and using up all those baby food jars I’ve been collecting!  Baby food jars, heavy wire (or wire hangers), tea lights.  Done.  The fancy wire twirling might be too much for me… 3. Bonfire.  Who doesn’t love it?  Get into the Super Moon spirit and throw some dried herbs, lavender, rosemary, etc. in there.  There is something magical about a great bonfire with friends.  Not for nothin’, it’s also a great time to try positive imaging.  Let the fire symbolize the shedding of old attachments and a chasing away of negativity. 4. Get a pedicure. Days near the solstice have been reported to have regenerative properties, bringing youth to the aging.  There are all kinds of lore about walking barefoot.  No matter what your beliefs, there’s a lot of flip-flop wearing a’ goin’ on.  Get your feet in summer shape with a little pampering.  Do you really need an excuse? 5. Watch the sunset and toast the summer with your loved one (and a great bottle of chilled wine).  Take this is an opportunity to surprise the love of your life.  Spend some time, just the two of you, and watch the changing colors of the sky.  Make a toast to each...

Musing #2: You Needn’t Wait Tables If You Don’t Want To

Musing #2: You Needn’t Wait Tables If You Don’t Want To

Jun 21, 2013

This story begins freshman year of high school; the year I was assigned to read, among many works from many cultures, The Odyssey. My freshman-year English teacher was assigned, at random, to be my academic adviser. (We were very privileged to have such things in the International Baccalaureate program. But, trust me, we worked damn hard for that privilege.) I will not speak ill of her, because plenty of her former students adore her to this day. And that is legit. There is nothing in this world as uniquely powerful as the influence of a great teacher. I would never argue that this particular English teacher was not one. But I will argue – sharing only the truth of Stacy, passing no judgment on the experience of others – that random assignment did not pan out for us. Some background information. The English language is, unequivocally, the great love of my life. I’m a voracious reader. I read the dictionary as a kid – much to the bewilderment of my parents – because I wanted to learn all the polysyllabic words within it. (Not saying I retained it all, but I learned a hell of a lot.) So, one would think I’d have gotten along swimmingly with my English teacher academic adviser. Alas, not so. I have a well-documented ferocity within me. It happened that so did this English teacher, who (as I soon learned) didn’t think much of my personal aspirations. Turns out, ’twas an academic match made across the River Styx. Let’s be efficient and give this teacher a pseudonym. We shall henceforth refer to her as “Maleficent,” because that’s what I called her in my head as a fourteen-year-old. And it wasn’t an entirely nasty moniker. It came to me because she actually resembled the Disney villain of that name, who was pretty smokin’ in addition to being a rancid bitch…which is why Angelina Jolie will be playing her in a theater near you very soon. (Don’t get me wrong. Like the Maleficent of my youth, Angelina is a bitch who has contributed far more good to this world than evil.) In our first academic coaching session, Maleficent asked me what...

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