I wanna be Sarah Smiley when I grow up

This is so cool...

Sarah Smiley is pretty awesome. Some day, when I am all growed up, I hope I can be just like her. (Except for the Navy-wife part, hello? We're Coasties 'round this way.)



Okay, she's a novelist and syndicated columnist and last week she hit on something very dear to DH's heart. Baseball. And if I can hold onto her words, I just might get through this mom thing...

Here's the article, Standing By No Snacks at Baseball

Read it, let me know what you think!
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Speaking of Father's Day...

I want to talk about another (possibly even better than mine!) Father's Day Gift Guide, created by the amazing folks over at Mom Central.

With under $25 gifts that include grill charms and Uncle John's Bathroom Puzzler: 365 Logic Puzzles and Rosetta Stone software in the over $100 section, there's a little something special for every Dad. If he camps or flies or fixes or drinks or westerns (really!) your Dad is covered by the superfab MomCentral Father's Day Gift Guide. So get over there and get something!

(Psst, there are giveaways, too!)
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O'Joy Recommends: Father's Day Gift Guide



It's that time again, folks! Another O'Joy Recommends! As Father's Day is looming on the horizon, I thought I'd do a list of gifties for Daddies that you can get, pronto. Remember, Father's Day is on the 21st, and O'Joy only Recommends stuff I'd actually lay money down for!

To begin:

Check out the Scosche Bluetooth Visor Mount w/ Caller ID, for $99 You can pick it up @ Best Buy, and keep the Dad in your life feelin' cool, but not too much like he's calling for Scotty to "beam him up."

A great last-minute but personalized gift for the guy who's got it all is a Create-Your-Own Gift Card $25 - 100 from Fandango. Send him with enough for a show and some treats!


The G-Shock Solar Atomic Watch, $119 at National Geographic is pretty dang awesome. (I should know, I wear the ladies version every day.) and you can have it in time if you order by 1pm EST on June 19th with an express shipping option.Two places where you can find any perfect gift are ZGallerie and 826 National. Here are my recommendations, but please feel free to browse. (Just remember, the clock is ticking!)
The Meaning of Life by Esquire Magazine, $19.95 from ZGallerie is definitely Dad-worthy:
Even a walk through 826NYC's Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company @ 372 5th Ave. Brooklyn, NY is a pretty amazing gift, but my fave item has to be the Index of Good And Evil, $15. ('Cause that's pretty handy information.)

I'm a huge fan of ThinkGeek. Don't get me started on the t-shirts, there's too much awesomeness there, but this is for the dad in your life, right? Well if he's handy and lazy at the same time, (oh, and they so are!) the Digital Measuring Tape, $24.99 is your best bet. No silly pencil and paper needed here!
With ten different categories, a Circle Choice package, $75 - 500 from Excitations is pretty much a no-brainer. With everything from Wolf Watching to Stock Car Ridealong to Indoor Skydiving to a Pool Lesson with a Pro, Dad can pick his own gift and you can be a rock star. (Or maybe he could!)


That's all folks! I hope you've gotten some ideas. I hope you get to the store in time (or express ship like nobody's business!) and I hope the Dad or Daddy or Papa or Poppy or whatever has a great day. 'Cause -like us moms- they know it's the thought that really counts. (But hide the price tag anyway!)
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10 Things for my 100th post





It's my 100th Post! In celebration, I'm going to do one of those lists we all love so much. This one is...

10 (because 100 is just too, too much) Random Things About Tina:


1. I cannot sit in most chairs and touch the ground.

2. Because of this, I always sit Indian-style, even in restaurants.

3. I sing to myself through-out the day. This is not just at home. I do it at supermarkets, banks, doctors' waiting rooms, et al.

4. If I close my left eye, everything on the monitor becomes a blur of color. I am sitting just 2 & 1/2 feet away. If I close my right eye, my vision actually gets a little sharper.

5. I have been known to pop-lock in the kitchen w hen no one can see. Ciara, I am not.

6. In ninth grade, my English teacher was young and good-looking, and I wanted to impress him very badly. In my most sophisticated voice, I explained to him that the world is an "eneema". He gently corrected me, and explained that enigma is one of those words that is actually pronounced just as it is spelled. This memory still makes me cringe.

7. I hate reconstituted eggs, Spam, and processed cheese. Together, separate, whatever! There is a great deal of childhood trauma attached to those "food" items; and I will never, never, ever eat them; and you can't make me.


8. For years I refused to eat pork. I had to dissect a fetal pig in 6th grade and it was awful.

9. When I became pregnant with my daughter, I craved meat. Now, I make incredibly delicious pork chops at least twice a month.

10. I stopped attending the Catholic Church many, many years ago, but I still genuflect whenever I see a cross, during the Lord's Prayer and whenever I hear an emergency siren. Old habits die hard, I guess. (Though it probably looks pretty weird in parking lots!)

Yay, 100! Yay randomness!
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