Archive for January, 2008


“Mom, what’s for dinner,”I’d ask. “Srevotfel,” she’d say. (For the slow kids, that’s Leftovers spelled backwards.)

So…welcome to my Srevotfel — leftover bits and bobs floating around in my head (a scary place to be, I know.)

Hysterical wine labels I have recently come across:

  • Screw Kappa Napa. Sorority porn flick or Napa Valley Cabernet? You decide.
  • Mia’s Playground. How can that *not* lead to a fun night?
  • Menage-a-trois. ‘Nuff said.

Questions I’ve been asked recently that have complicated answers:

  • Are you happy?
  • What happens to you when you die?
  • Why can’t I have a brother?
  • Where does the poop and pee and paper go when you flush?
  • How did the Earth start spinning? When will it stop? (Doesn’t YOUR 8 year old ask you these things at bedtime?)

Whatever is going on in your life at the moment, someone wrote a song that fits it perfectly.

Things people Google in order to find my Blog…

  • nakedlady mia
  • mama mia sex
  • find a pot belly old woman
  • third grader wearing diaper (what?? I can’t find links to the blog when I google that, but apparently someone did!)
  • pretty girl
  • Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My, soup


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I have *never* liked Country music. Ever. Not surprising for a kid raised in the Long Island ‘burbs, I guess. Most of my friends don’t like country music, either. Especially Black Wendy who, when her DH made her a lovely CD for Valentine’s Day last year, turned up her nose at it because it had country music on it. But then we found out that by Country music, she meant Jimmy Buffett — so her credibility in all things musical has slipped a few notches. Not to mention the fact that she *has* a DH who does romantic things like that…mine got me a knife sharpener for Valentine’s Day one year (yes, really.) But I digress.

Then I made friends who do like country music and I started to listening to it more, whether I like it or not. My friend Debbie says she likes it because she knows it’s generally kid-friendly and she spends a lot of time in the car with her 9 year old son. So I thought about it more and realized I like some “crossover” songs…some of the more mainstream Shania Twain and Faith Hill stuff, for example. And I love the Dixie Chicks. Oh – and God Bless the USA has been known to bring me to tears — for example, on July 4 2004…we were on the boat watching the fireworks and someone nearby blared it out on a CD player. I’m sure the alcohol helped, along with the fact that we were still all warm and fuzzy knowing that one of our best friends had recently returned home safely from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. But I digress again…

So I decided to give country music more of a chance. Often when I work late or drive distances by myself I will listen to country music (though this generally started because often country music is the only thing available when you’re in Radio Wasteland on the turnpike…) Anyway — I found a whole bunch of country music I actually quite like. Some I like because I like music that tells a story (think non-country stuff like Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Same Old Lang Syne, Paradise by the Dashboard Lights, etc.). The Dixie Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces and Toby Keith’s You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This are good examples. Some I like because sometimes when I am feeling sorry for myself it’s a good reminder that things can always be worse (that’s most country music – no need for examples.) And some I like because — who knew? — it makes me laugh. Like this one (excerpted below)

‘Cause I’d like to see you out in the moonlight
I’d like to kiss you way back in the sticks
I’d like to walk you through a field of wildflowers
And I’d like to check you for ticks.

And this one (also excerpted below)

In real life the only time I
Ever even been to L.A.
Was when I got the chance with the marching band
To play tuba in the Rose Parade.

Online I live in Malibu
I posed for Calvin Kline, I’ve been in GQ
I’m single and I’m rich
And I got a set of six pack abs that’ll blow your mind

It turns girls on that I’m mysterious
I tell ’em I don’t want nothing serious
’cause even on a slow day I can have a three way
Chat with two women at one time

I’m so much cooler online
Yeah I’m cooler online

When you got my kinda stats, it’s hard to get a date
Let alone a real girlfriend
But I grow another foot
And I lose a bunch of weight everytime I log in

Literally, I heard these the other night driving home from a late night at work and I almost drove into a ditch, I was laughing so hard.

DH is getting nervous…first I told him I wanted to shoot at the range to see what it is like. Now country music…go figure.

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Vegas, Baby!

We have done the Vegas thing several times – usually with the same couple- and it’s always a blast. My MIL came down to watch the girls for a few days and our friends took LG to Vegas and dropped her off with Grandma, who lives in a nearby suburb. I know people used to – and still do – bring kids to Vegas, but Vegas as a family destination never sat well with me. “Hey everyone, let’s take the kids to the Capital City of Gambling, Alcohol, and Sex!” I much prefer the more recent attitude of What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas…” So without straying too far from that mantra, I’ll share some highlights of our 4 day/3 night trip.

The idea started as a birthday celebration for Birthday Boy’s 40th birthday and doubled as one of a couple of getaways we try and take each year with our friends– some with the kids, some without. This one was most definitely without. Turns out post-New Years is a fabulously inexpensive time to stay in Vegas hotels so we snagged rooms at Mandalay Bay for well under $150/night. At check-in, Birthday Boy was taken by the moment and made the absolutely fabulous decision to upgrade his room to a Penthouse Suite so as to get a view of this. Totally worth it and enjoyed by the four of us every night.

We at a late lunch at Burger Bar. We saw Bodies: The Exhibition at The Tropicana – very, very cool. We shopped. We had drinks at Rum Jungle, which is apparently a hot nightclub but clearly not at 8pm on a Wednesday night which is when us old people were there. We enjoyed That Gorgeous View from The Suite… complete with a bottle of wine.

Thursday the girls enjoyed the gym and the spa while the boys rode the 3 thrill rides at the top of the Stratosphere. They said the only one that scared them was the free-fall type ride. We took a helicopter ride at twilight and got amazing views of Lake Meade, Hoover Dam, and The Strip just as the lights came on. We had a fabulous dinner at Rosemary’s which is an off-strip restaurant that we cannot recommend highly enough. We enjoyed That Gorgeous View from The Suite…complete with a bottle of wine.

Friday we enjoyed the gym and the spa. We browsed. We shopped. We ate lunch at the posh Wynn hotel and enjoyed cocktails at the Wynn’s cool little outdoor bar beside a “lake” and a wall of water. We ended the evening at BATS in NYNY and had a crazy-good time at the Dueling Piano show. Best.Time.Ever. This has been a long-time favorite of ours — the only complaint we have is that it is SO much fun that it is way too easy to stay out until 2am. Ahem. We enjoyed That Gorgeous View from The Suite…complete with a bottle of wine.

As on all our good “We Four” vacations, we laughed a lot, loved a lot, ate and drank a lot, learned a couple of new things about each other, argued politics and religion, and generally increased our stash of awesome memories tenfold.

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Playing Catchup

What a whirlwind 2 weeks! Most important things first – K is all better – she came off the nebulizer the Friday after Christmas. 🙂

We spent Christmas Day having “Jewish Christmas” with Wreke and her family. BC, Jools, Beans and Muppet had a fantabulous time at the movies (Alvin and the Chipmunks, God help us all) and then with Chinese take-out back at Chez Wreke. Many thanks, my darlings, for the invitation!

That Friday and Saturday we had fun, impromptu neighborhood dinners with several friends at our house. Sunday we welcomed our dear friends and their “almost 4” daughter (let’s call her LG) to our house for several days of fun. They are temporarily living overseas (though these days she and LG are generally there and he is generally here – don’t ask…it’s complicated and no one is happy) so it’s always a huge treat when they are home in the states together as a family – we called in the troops and had a little party Sunday night with The Gang (aka the guys they went to high school with.)

Beans graciously shared her room with LG and Muppet, and Muppet graciously surrendered her room to the grownups. The kids got along wonderfully as they always do – especially the little ones. They are about 10 weeks apart and have been fast friends ever since they bonded in utero on a park bench in the Tuileries Gardens.

New Years Eve – an over-rated holiday imho, and known as Amateur Night by my friend Ann Marie – was just as it should be…filled with friends, family, laughter and love.

New Years Day was part recovery, part preparations for the long-awaited, much-anticipated trip in honor of Birthday Boy’s 40th birthday…VEGAS, BABY!

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