Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Sleeping with dogs
OK, first get your mind out of the gutter. That's yicky.

Since Jim got hurt, he has been sleeping in his recliner instead of the bed, so the pups get a little vacation from the crates and get to sleep in Crazydogmama's bed. It has been interesting, to say the least.

Maggie: Maggie is a rock. A warm rock with fur. Think about what sleeping with a rock would be like - and that describes it.

Louie: Louie is a tempermental little butthole. If I touch him or nudge him, he grunts and growls. He turns around in a circle at least 50 times before laying down - then lets out a big huff. He SNORES. LOUD. He audibly farts. He barks in his sleep with his little mouth closed. It sounds just like water dripping somewhere.

If either one of them hears the slightest noise, its like a barking circus stampede.

Monday, December 29, 2003

I'm creatively evil!
Yes folks, it's official! Crazydogmama is creatively evil - the quiz said so!

My new blogger friend Stephanie has this quiz on her site and of course I was completely compelled to take it right away. I thought I would be eviler, but the puppy question blew it for me. Kick a puppy??? If I saw someone kick a puppy, I would put on my Leatherface mask and get medieval on their ass! This only makes me *creatively evil" apparently.
Trying to get it in gear
Well, my bag of peanut butter cups is almost gone..*sigh*, so it is time to get back on BFL and lose the holiday 2-pound gain. (Not bad considering I have eaten like a hell cow for the whole month.) I need to frantically lose those two pounds in the next two weeks so that my trainer doesn't give me the "there-is-no-reason-to-gain-weight-during-the-holidays" speech. I'm already gonna get scolded for the smoking. So far, the best I've done with the Eating For Life Book is the crackers with turkey because that is about the only healthy food I have in the house. I really want to try the Chai tea recipe. I'm thinking: do some yoga, then drink healthy Chai tea...a little different from my run-until-I-want-to-puke, then have a non-fat iced mocha routine. Heehee. Yogagirl will be so proud!

Friday, December 26, 2003

Winter Wonderland
I finally got a white Christmas! It started snowing right after Christmas dinner at my mom's, so we hurried home. Got a picture of the pups frolicking...

Oh - and you will all be very jealous...I got a LAPTOP from Santa! Yaayyy! I'm still not eating good...I'm living on peanut butter cups and leftovers. I am reading the Eating For Life Book by Bill Phillips that I just got, but I think I might wait until Monday to cut off my holiday eat-whatever-I-want stint. I won't even be seeing my trainer until Jan. 9th. It is a TRUE vacation from EVERYTHING! Two weeks of sleeping, eating and playing with my new toys. Holiday chaos is over, the dogs smell good and my house is picked-up. Now I must get back to Mr. Hanky, the Christmas Poo...

Hope you all had a great Christmas! Let me know what kind of toys YOU got!

Monday, December 22, 2003

The Breakfast of Champions
What is Crazydogmama having for breakfast today, you ask? Is it eggwhites with salsa? Noooo. Is it high fiber cereal and a slice of lean ham? Noooo. Is is Nestle Tollhouse cookie dough? Yeeesss! We have a winner! My lean, mean lifestyle has taken a turn this holiday season. I have given in to the pressures of cookies, candies and pastries. It makes all the stress just melt away...however I can't say the same for the fat. I wonder how many calories I burn wrapping presents?

Sunday, December 21, 2003

I laughed myself silly this morning when I checked my stats to see who has been checking out my blog site. There was a google search for "force feeding liquid fat girl". WTF???? How that directed that person to my site is a mystery to me...but funny none the less. If you are out there liquid fat girl....please email me, I'm dying to find out what you were looking for!

Thursday, December 18, 2003

When Dogs Go Shopping

Things I must do before I leave the planet
I completely stole this idea from Otter. I think it is important to have goals, and here are mine:

1. Become a writer as my full-time job even though I might suck at it.

2. Become a "non-smoker". (Notice I didn't say QUIT smoking. I have already done that a hundred-billion times.)

3. Eat healthy for a whole month without cheating once.

4. Get into my favorite pair of jeans again. I haven't worn them since I was 18.

5. Pay off all my debts.

6. Go to the Bahamas and stay in one of those huts on the water.

7. Help someone who really needs it.

8. Own a hot tub.

9. At least DRIVE a 1967 Camaro RS SS for a day, if not own one.

10. Learn to fly a Cessna airplane.

11. Figure out how to EDIT video without wanting to throw my computer out the window.

12. Find a cardio exercise I don't detest.

13. Be able to do 10 pull-ups the hard way without my eyeballs popping out.

14. Make a scrapbook for someone (and get paid for it).

I'm sure I'll think of more later...stay tuned. Some of these will make good New Year's Resolutions, no?

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Dog Abuse
Louie is always my guinnea pig for dog-outfits and fun stuff. Maggie is too hyper and uncooperative. The look on his face, and the ears back indicates a very unhappy, but very patient, dog. He knows I love him, so he lets me do what I want. Here is Louie's "Max" outfit (the dog from the Grinch movie). I know its a little cruel...but its soooo amusing...heehee. I AM Crazydogmama, ya know!

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Going off the deep end
I know, I know...you are thinking this is old news. Actually, most of the time I am pretty alert and focused, however lately, not so much. I am finding myself saying "what?" a lot and staring off into space for long periods of time. I think the stress of life and holidays has finally given me a lobotomy. I am not usually much of a drinker, but in the last few weeks you would think I needed AA. (or as a certain member of my family calls it "AAA" - which cracks me up everytime.) I am not cranky or irritable as it turns out, just completely out-of-it. I think I just need a vacation...

You have all probably received this email 10 times already, but it was so perfect to how I was feeling this month that I thought I would post it:

Christmas Cookie Recipe

Christmas Cookie Ingredients:
>1 cup of water
>1 tsp baking soda
>1 cup of sugar
>1 tsp salt
>1 cup of brown sugar
>lemon juice
>4 large eggs
>1 cup nuts
>2 cups of dried fruit
>1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequilla


Sample the Cuervo to check quality.
Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo again, to be sure it is of the
highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.
Turn on the electric mixer...Beat one cup of butter in a large
fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar...Beat again.
At this point it's best to make sure the Cuervo is still OK, try another
cup ... just in case.
Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck
in the cup of dried fruit,
Pick the frigging fruit off floor...Mix on the turner. If the fried
druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.
Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who giveshz a sheet. Check the Jose Cuervo.
Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a
spoon of sugar, or
somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360
degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off
the turner.
Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the Cose Juervo and
make sure to put the stove in the dishwasher.


Sunday, December 14, 2003

I must apologize for my lack of blogging lately...duty has been calling elsewhere. We actually got a Christmas tree (hooray!), so I have been a decorating Nazi. No one is allowed to place the ornaments on the tree except me. If they attempt such activities, I promptly move them to where they look much better. My husband used to try when we were married some 9 years ago, but, being the most understanding and wonderful human being ever, he has relinquished his command in this area.

The rest of my week was like this:

My mother-in-law, bless her heart, thought the kitty in the blog entry below had *actually* overdosed and was expressing much concern after receiving my email.

My boss called me into his office on Friday and told me that I may have to work a few days during my vacation (I always take 2 and a half weeks off during the holidays and I look forward to it all year long). He said it was "up to me", though. That is a nice way of saying "You don't have to, but unless you want to be the first on the lay-off list next year, I would suggest coming in and working." I of course smiled and said "OK", but really, inside I was saying: "Yeah, WHATEVER you MF - I'll get you for this".

There was not ONE happy person at the Christmas tree place. Like my fellow blogger Dooce says: Deck the MF-ing Halls.

I put big Jingle bells on my dog's collars. It is really quite amusing. Today, they went on one of their running and barking-at-everything-in-the-yard tangets, and it sounded pretty confusing. The dogs next door didn't know whether to bark or laugh. I will be dusting them in glitter on Christmas Eve.

I made cookies today. The package says "Makes 5 dozen". I have 2 dozen. Perhaps they are mistaken. Perhaps I ate too much dough.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

I don't usually like "cutsey" cat pictures, but this one made me just crack completely up. It was titled "overdose" in an email I got. This is me on free days with pizza. I needed some cheering up, and this definately helped. Also, thanks to all of you who sent me jokes, funnies and kind words. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it right now. Happy holidays, everyone. Try to enjoy them, no matter what is going on.

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Is ANYONE having a good week?
Man, I keep hearing one sad tale after the other this week. A friend of mine just split up with his significant other, some of my fellow bloggers are blue, my co-workers are grumpy, my husband is trying to work in pain, and I am stressed, depressed and apparently, paranoid. (see below) I don't even know if I can afford a Christmas tree this year. Pathetic, no?

Someone send me a joke or something...I just got called into work tonight. Although I need the money desperately, that will make a 16-hour day for me. yikes.

Monday, December 08, 2003

Try this test...
It is a personality disorder test. I took it, and it turns out that I am, like, moderately narcisisstic and highly paranoid and avoidant. This doesn't seem to surprise anyone. After I read my results, I all of sudden felt nervous and twitchy -- saying to myself "oh my GOD, what if it is TRUE?" My reaction to the results, ironically, prove they are correct. :-) Anyway, take the test, it is a hoot! Let me know how it turns out for you...
These are a few of my fav-or-ite things....la, la, la
Yes, I am humming Christmas tunes this morning, despite all the crap happening to me right now. Although, why the hell is this considered a Christmas song? Isn't it from "The Sound of Music"??? They are playing it on the radio as a holiday favorite, though, so I will go with that. As a matter of fact, while I was humming this tune, it occurred to me to get silly and sappy and actually write what MY favorite things are....so here we go....

Raindrops on my naked body and whiskers on puppies
Bright copper money and warm woolen socks
Brown paper bags filled with new stuff for me tied up with string
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored frappucinos and crisp pastries from the bakery
Doorbells ringing with packages for me and Mongolian stirfry with noodles
Wild times when I fly out of an airplane wishing I had wings (skydiving, OK?)
These are a few of my favorite things

Men in white t-shirts with ripped up old blue jeans
Snowflakes that stick on the ground and allow me to stay home from work
Silver in my pocket during winter that stays in my pocket until spring
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings and sends me to the hospital because I'm allergic, and when I'm pissy and cranky,
I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel soooooo baaaaddddd.....not really, though, it takes more than that to snap me out of a funk.

Ok, so it doesn't exactly rhyme, but this is real life people! It doesn't always come out perfect! (Here are the REAL lyrics)

Happy Monday.

Sunday, December 07, 2003

Crazydogmama is not happy
I guess you could call me stressindogmama right now. Jim's cracked ribs are really hurting him. He missed all of last week at work - and because his job is labor intensive, he is afraid he will be sent home this week, and possibly more until he is able to lift heavy things again. Missing two weeks of my husband's pay + will be disasterous for us. L&I will pay some of it, but they are so damn slow that no tellin' when we will get that. We used up all of our savings with the unemployment stint we had earlier this year, so we are what the white man calls screwed, lewd and tattooed...
On the upside, this makes Christmas shopping easier.
Me: "So what do you want for Christmas this year? I got 5 bucks!"

Advice for the day: Never vacuum while intoxicated.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Christmas Ideas
If you are wondering what to get those people in your life who have everything (besides a kick in the ass for having everything), here are some suggestions:

Fat Mama's Knock You Naked Margarita Mix

Chicken Enema Cooker

Super Hero Jewelry (Men wear this too - surf the sight & you'll see!)

If they have any of these things already, I guess you are SOL. I have these things on my Christmas list (and I certainly don't have everything - not even close) so if you are so inclined...
Its a tad windy here - lights out all over the place. Not at my work though, of course. What good is a damn windstorm if you still have to go to work? If the restaurant has power, I will be insane by the end of the evening. Power outages = lots of restaurant customers. The last time we had a power outage in the area, I made like $300. This is a good thing, though, for my broke-ass. Jim is still out of work and won't be going back until Monday. Lucky duck. I wouldn't mind suffering a little pain for a week off work. I would get PAID! I need to go find some coffee...I have a meeting. Here's a little wind-tossed Lou-dog for ya:

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Another Funny Girl
Otter is my star today. She made me feel better by making me laugh and pee my pants a little.
Not having a good week
Sooooo...I have a gimpy husband at home, I am working too much, I am broke and stressed out - and to top it off, after my training session last night, I yuked in the parking lot of Rite Aid in front of a bunch of Christmas tree shoppers. Nice, huh? It just suddenly hit me, and there was nothing I could do. I couldn't even finish my training because I was feeling all shakey and sweaty and nauseous. I should have known - everyone I know has had this 24 hour flu-thing. Yuck. I just ran to my car and drove away. So embarrassing. They probably thought I was drunk or something. I feel OK this morning, except for the feel-like-a-mac-truck-hit-me thing. I'm huuunnggrryy. Haven't eaten anything. Afraid to.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Things that fall down and go boom
That would be my husband, Jim. Yesterday afternoon at work, I get a call from my hubby. "I am in the hospital." He told me he might have a shattered kneecap. After two minutes of not breathing, I finally say I'll be right there. When I get to the hospital I find out nothing is broken (thank GOD) but that he just has a cracked rib, a sprained wrist, and is in a walking cast for his purple knee. How lovely. Since he started his job last May, he has dented the company truck by running into a Metro bus, fallen off the loading dock and hurt his back, and now fallen off the company truck 4 feet onto the pavement resulting in an ambulance trip to the hospital. Luckily, he has an understanding boss (so far), but he doesn't get paid for sick time - so we are screwed for awhile....and just in time for Christmas. Yippee. He is doing OK this morning - a little stiff and sore, but OK. He gets to take the good drugs and sleep all day.

Monday, December 01, 2003

Things you shouldn't do at 3am
Make Brownies. Saturday night (or should I say Sunday morning), I got a wild hair up my ass to make brownies. My husband was snoring in his recliner - and the only light on was coming from the T.V. I had just finished watching a movie (surprise) and I was hungry. Since I wasn't interested in eating anything healthy (who is at 3am?) I decided on Triple chunk chocolate brownies. I mixed them well - sampled half of the mix (now wondering if there was still enough left to bake) and put them in the oven. It takes 52-57 minutes. OK. Set the timer. Fall asleep. Wake up to obnoxious beeping. Dogs and husband still snoring. I wasn't sure how long the timer had been beeping - but to my glee, the brownies were not burnt. As I cut the gooey, steaming chocolate mass - I kept telling myself that I should let them cool first. So, I put a piece on a plate and decided to wait 5 minutes before shoving it into my face. While waiting, I robotically stuck the spatula into my mouth to lick off the chocolate residue. DOH! 4am: Crazydogmama is doing a version of the "African Anteater Ritual" in the kitchen while her tongue is on fire. Dogs start barking. Husband never wakes up.
The Couch Potato Emerges...
I slept most of the last three days - either on the couch or in my cozy bed. I don't think I was awake more than 4 hours at a time without a nap. It was WONDERFUL. After 3 months of constant running here and there and everywhere - meeting deadlines and trying to keep commitments, I feel I am finally caught up on some much needed sleep. Of course, I did wake up late this morning, and had to rush off to work. It makes no difference how much sleep I get, I still don't want to get up to go to work. Now, if I was getting up at 4am to go, say, skiing...I would be wide awake and ready to go. Speaking of skiing - the passes are open and I'm trying to figure out what it will take to get my arse on the slopes this year. It has been several years since I have been able to go - but this year I feel I need to get back at it. I only live about 40 minutes from one of the ski areas - and there is no reason why I shouldn't be going! It is hard to get motivated to workout in the winter, and skiing would be perfect for those winter-workout blahs! There's nothing like leg cramps, snow-chapped lips, sweating in long underwear and a nice array of bruises! I could just see myself now - in my 30's, haven't skied since my 20's - that chairlift will look scary for the first time...and BOOM! Yard-sale! (yard-sale = each ski, each pole and me all scattered over the hill)

Anyway, I did get to watch a few movies this weekend so here are some more reviews:

28 Days Later
I liked this one! It held my attention well, and had some cool camera effects. I do have one question, though. Why didn't "the infected" attack each other? Things that make you go hmmmm...

Finding Nemo
Very cute flick. Great Pixar-animation. I'm not much for kid's movies, but it was cute. I especially liked the ending - the very last line in the movie: "What now?" The story of my life!

Bruce Almighty
It was OK. I wasn't especially impressed. Typical Jim Carey antics. I got bored half-way through.

Party Girl
This was a very odd movie. One of my Netflix movies that took me two months to watch. I kept putting it off because my husband said he would rather watch commercials than watch this movie. But, I finally fed him enough to keep him from wrestling me for the remote. Now, I really like Parker Posie - so that is why I chose this movie. It was actually entertaining, and I wanted to keep watching just to see where it was going. All-in-all, I liked it, but you really had to pay attention to figure out what was going on. We both watched this one with one eyebrow raised the whole time.

Tomb Raider II - Cradle of Life
The soundtrack for the first Tomb Raider was much better - I actually bought it, it is great to do kickboxing to! The only entertaining part of this movie was getting to see what Angelina Jolie was going to wear next. She is a very unique looking person. My husband has no interest in her - he is a Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore fan. Me? I like Sam Elliott (yes, I know he is ancient, but he is so manly!) and I also like Vin Diesel, but his movies suck big-time. Anyway - don't waste your time unless you like looking at Angelina.