All I Really Need to Know in Life I Learned This Week

26 07 2008

So here’s a rundown of the valuable life lessons learned this week:

1.) If you’re a jackass when you drink, there is no amount of liquor that will make you less so. And when a friend’s spouse is annoyed with you for something assy you said or did, it is not a good idea to drunk dial said spouse to plead your case and try to get back in their good graces. Especially when you’re drunk to the point of forgetting said spouse’s name. And definitely not a good idea if you’re even the slightest bit belligerent when intoxicated.

2.) Even when the “empty” light is not on, if your gas gauge is on “E,” you are out of gas. Period.

3.) Hot dogs, no matter how finely diced, do not belong in your nose.

4.) Do not rely on the “recall email” function to save your ass when you reply to a client’s email with the cute, flip humor you’re known for, when you actually meant to FOWARD that email to a co-worker.

5.) Those personality quirks you found charming in your spouse when you were dating? Yeah, they’ll make you want to stab him/her in the eye with a pencil when you’re trying to quit smoking.

6.) After day 4, it’s not the nicotine I crave, so much as the routine I had (remember I’m very set in my ways, so even tiny upsets to my normal behavior patterns can be upsetting).

Hope this helps as you wend your way through this crazy maze we call life. Any questions? See the guy in the kitchen. I’ll be out back, taking a smoke break (just kidding!).

Speaking of quitting smoking, I’m on day 6, but I did cheat yesterday. Just once and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I felt dizzy and nauseous, plus I couldn’t stop coughing. It was like my lungs were saying, “what are you doing to us? We don’t like this! We were clean and now look at what you’ve done!” Kinda sounds like me when I’m trying to serve the kids lunch and NOT have the dining room look like a bomb went off.

On this weekend’s agenda – the budget, hiding from the kids, and latest challenge from the Daring Bakers. This one’s going to take a while, but it’s going to be sooooo good!


Life Lesson Learned Tonight

22 07 2008

If you’re going to make an ass of yourself and tick off a friend’s spouse by being an idiot when you drink, then don’t drunk dial said spouse in an attempt to get back in their good graces. Just trying to help! It actually happened tonight and it was quite surreal.

I think I may have landed on The Haircut.

How to wear it now:

Make sure your ends reach your shoulders (if your hair is curly, they should fall just past your shoulders to compensate for shrinkage). Then lightly razor the tips so that they flip a bit, says Rodney Groves, a stylist for Kerastase at Vartali Salon in New York (he created the looks here). What you don’t want: the blunt-cut, overly “round” bob favored by your local weatherwoman.

How to style:
Run mousse through damp hair, then blow-dry with a paddle brush. Finish with smoothing cream.

MC recommends:
Sebastian Originals Threads Cream

So what do you think? Likey? No likey?

Two posts in one day? Gawd, I’m a total post whore!

A Change Will Do Me Good!

20 07 2008

I’ve been doing some thinking and have finally decided that it’s time to quit smoking. Certainly, it is cost-prohibitive, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just not someone I wish to be. I’m tired of coughing, smelling like smoke, being out of breath when I climb a flight of stairs, and I’d like to be around long enough to see my grandchildren grow up. Besides, some of my least favorite people in this world are smokers and I don’t want to be anything like them!

This weekend was Startup Weekend Columbus, which is basically a conference where people from all professional walks of life get together to develop hypothetical companies. Friendships are born, cards are handed out, and there’s always a chance that a viable company will actually form. Some may call it nerdy, bit I think it’s a really cool concept and I can’t wait for SWC2 this fall!

Long weekend with the kids. Lots of whining today and I was ready to lock them both up for a while, but I guess you will have that! I signed up the Baby for swimming lessons today, so I’m really looking forward to her enjoying the water as much as I do! We’ve been spending a lot of time at the pool lately and I hope that will continue for many years.

My newest addiction these days is Twitter, which is essentially a running dialogue. It’s fun, a great way to meet people, and utterly cracktastic. Should you ever find yourself on there, tweet me @sbarton1220. I’d love to hear from you!

Coming soon…the latest Daring Bakers challenge. I’m sure I can’t say what it is yet, but it sounds like it will be a lot of work, which is always a tad daunting, but it sounds really yummy, so I’m looking forward to it!

Early morning tomorrow. I have a 7:30 call for a shoot, so it will be a long day, I’m sure!

No news on the car as Hubs tries to scrape up money to get it fixed. I’ve really had more than enough of this sharing-a-car thing!

Still Trying to Come Down

16 06 2008

Had an absolutely AMAZING meeting with a client on Friday. Both parties left smiling, which is always good news. Louie, this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I still can’t believe people are willing to pay for my whacked-out ideas. To each, his own, I guess!

We had storms last night, which took out our power. So, last night, between Hubs bitching about my waking him up (hey, I only told him that the power was out and that the flashlight was on my dresser, in case he needed it) and the Baby waking up with nightmares and a full bladder in a completely dark room, it was an exhausting night. Needless to say, coffee has never tasted as good as it did this morning. Then again, it was an odd morning. I had to get ready in the dark (with the exception of going out to the back step to put on my makeup) and then guide a sleepy 3 year old through a dark house and attempt to get her ready for school (Hubs worked this morning, so I was totally on my own).

So, back to the coffee… In a state of major news withdrawl – I admit that I watch Today every morning, but to miss it to the point where I’m lost without it makes me sad, but I digress – we finally made it to the car and headed off to work and school. After muttering, “mommy needs coffee” a few times, I decided to stop by White Castle for a cup of their famous coffee along the way. Totally overrated coffee! Just once, could something pleeeeeeeeeease live up to the hype?

I’m Melting!!!

8 06 2008

Ugh! Can I just say (again) how much I hate summer? I hate feeling like I’m melting when I get out of the car, walk a flight of stairs up from the parking garage, and then bolt to the back door of my office. I hate feeling forced to do things outdoors just because it’s summer. There is nothing that makes me crankier than walking around feeling all hot and nasty with my clothes stuck to me. Plus, once I get into the AC, I’m then wearing clammy clothes. Yech!!!

However, I did have the pleasure of being invited to a cookout today. Somehow, an ice cold bottle of a really good microbrew makes me forget all about the nasty, nasty heat. So, I took my old standby, redskin potato salad.  For the record, I do not measure when I cook as I think cooking is a sensory experience, and not an exact science. I do, however, measure when I bake as there is some science involved, but, I digress…  This is a bit more labor-intensive that I like to get this time of year, but the rave reviews of this none-too-diet-friendly recipe are totally worth it. Anyway, here’s my recipe for redskin potato salad:

1 bag (5#) redskin potatoes, diced into bite-sized pieces

2 small red onions, finely diced

2-3 ribs celery, diced

6 hard-boiled eggs, diced


Sour Cream

Dijon mustard (or spicy brown, if you want a little less bite)




Cook potatoes until fork tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Cool and add remaining vegetables. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Add mayo, sour cream, mustard, salt, pepper, and dill until you have achieved creamy perfection (in other words, you’ll just know when you’ve gotten it right!). Chill for at least a couple of hours before taking anywhere. I also think that this salad is even better the day after you make it.

For whatever reason, when the weather is hazy, hot, and hell-like, I have an uncontrollable craving for fruit. And then I stumbled across these little beauties.

Seriously, how easy would these be to make? Would you add paraffin to the chocolate? I’ll have to think about it, but these are definitely on my to-do short list!

And how sad is it that I have a to-do short list AND long list? When did I get this anal?