if you don’t hear from me…

It’s because the dustbunnies, filth, grime, mold, and other assorted nasties that have taken over my house have kidnapped me. If they request a ransom, don’t give in! Just take over the cleaning. Eventually, they’ll let me go.

Today is not the day of rest around these parts. At least not for me. Hopefully I’ll return tomorrow with a clean house and a clean fresh state of mind.

Happy Valentine’s Day or whatever

funny pictures of cats with captions

This year, we’re ‘celebrating’ the day of love at Oaklawn. (Which, of course, makes Mel a happy girl) We’re doing this as a family, which is nice. I had to do a little bit of arm twisting to get Fishdog to reschedule soccer so that we could all go, but I guess my two weeks of, “That’s fine, y’all play soccer, I’ll be at the races. BY MYSELF. ALL ALONE. ON THE COMMERCIAL DAY OF LOVE.” finally worked. (sometimes the only offense is a good passive-aggressive defense. I’m not proud…)

We’re going with several other families that we enjoy hanging with. I’m really looking forward to it. I love the horse races, and I’m really can’t wait to spend the day with the boys. We just don’t do enough as a family. And now that soccer season is back in full swing, we’ll be doing a lot of dividing and conquering over the next few months. So this is our last chance.

If you celebrate V-Day, I hope you enjoy. If you don’t, then have a great Saturday.

Either way, enjoy this laugh out loud Mad TV V-Day skit. (if you’re viewing this from my Facebook notes page, you’ll have to click through to my website to actually view the video)

website, spiders and stephen colbert

WEBSITE UPDATE: We were experiencing some technical difficulties from my contact page, but it is working again now. If you have sent me an email through the contact page, please resend. I didn’t get it. Thanks!

Just in case I wasn’t clear enough yesterday, I hate spiders.

It doesn’t matter what the actual ‘species’ is…it will fall into three categories:

Tarantula
Black Widow
Brown Recluse

Fishdog was so tickled by me yesterday, that he spent half of the night looking up different spiders and asking me what type it was. It was always one of the above three.


Thanks for the outpouring of support. I am calm and collected now. However, I will not be checking the mail anytime soon. *shudder*

Last night…this made me feel so much better. I heart The Colbert Report

sheer restraint. the girl is a will-powerhouse!

I managed to deny myself the tantalizing, corny, chili-cheesy goodness of another bag. That’s right, hat-trick DENIED. I’m the best damn keeper in the Frito wars this world has ever known. The force is strong in this one…

So guess what I’m doing tomorrow?

Do you give up?

I can give you a hint…I will NOT be eating 2 or 3 bags of Chili-Cheese Fritos.

I will, however, be flying to Pittsburgh, PA, catching a ride to Steubenville, OH, and picking up a car that I will then spend the next 2 days driving home to Little Rock. The bossman needed someone to handle this task and I volunteered. Yes, I would rather spend a day in the airport and 13 hours in the car than sit at the front desk. I get paid…so really, it’s all good. I have loaded some awesome books on my iPod, will carry my laptop for travel blogging and writing, and will enjoy my alone time.

Also, the countdown to my vacation has begun. In exactly 1 month, I will be flying to Tallahassee to have a CP weekend at the beach with Louisa and Maria. I can not wait. I am so ready for that trip now, especially since next week is the RWA Conference atnd this will be the first one I can’t attend in five years.

I haz a sad.

and the winner(s) is (are)

I’m sorry I haven’t been around for a couple of days. I swear, I had intended to post the winners earlier this week, but I got swallowed up in a time-warp-bubble.

Last week, I ran a lolcat caption contest because my damn cat got stuck in the drywall. If you haven’t read the story, read it here.

Okay, so we have a couple of winners. First of all, this one made me laugh out loud until I snorted. yes. I snort. What do you care?

Of course, it was my husband’s entry, therefore it doesn’t count. However, I had to give him kudos because it was awesome.

Fishdog, you win my heart. How’s that?

We have 2 REAL winners. ArkansasCyndi also made me snort with her entry. I must have a thing for insulation.

And Cholsted’s 6 year old daughter won me over with her comment.

Cyndi and Cholsted, email me at oatmellow@gmail.com and I’ll get your prizes to you!

I enjoyed all the entries, but I had to pick the winners based on my laugh-o-meter. (okay, and the whole 6 year old thing got me.) I enjoyed this so much, I think we’ll have another contest soon…