Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday Thoughts - Jana Style


Hi ho hi ho, it's off to Salem I go. I'm road tripping up to Massachusetts this morning. My friend Jana who blogs at Jana Says (formerly The Townhouse Pioneer) was kind enough to step up to the plate to take over Thursday Thoughts today (spoiler: I died laughing at #4 below). Jana and I go way back to our shenanigan filled days together at the University of Delaware. We reconnected on Facebook and were delighted to find out we now have blogging in common. Please check Jana out and follow her blog, it's always witty and genuine. 
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I am so thrilled to be guest posting here again. Steph is so sweet and generous for letting my special brand of crazy infiltrate her blog again. Some you may know me from my blog The Townhouse Pioneer but this week, I merged it with my other blog, Jana Says, and that’s where you’ll be able to find me from now on and I hope you’ll stop by and visit. You can also say hi on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.
Keeping with Steph’s Thursday thoughts, here are mine:

1. For some reason, where I live (in Delaware), it’s been raining every Wednesday for the last few months. Ordinarily that wouldn’t bother me, but Wednesday is trash day in my neighborhood. There are few things that smell as bad as wet garbage. So either trash day needs to change or the weather needs to get its act together.

2. A few months ago, my husband won an iPad mini. It’s still in the box. It drives me crazy and he has approximately 3 days left to decide if he’ll use it before I take it. 
3. My daughter had cheer camp this week, for 3 days from 8AM-noon. What the hell is that? Half day camps are worthless. Four hours is not enough time for her to do anything or for me to get a break  do anything productive while she’s not home.

4. I love reading the Google search terms that bring readers to my site. Mostly they’re amusing. Occasionally they’re disturbing. Like yesterday. Someone found my site by searching for “Zumba fucking.” I don’t even know what to think.

5. My neighborhood has a community pool and you’re only supposed to use it if you pay your HOA dues. Which we do not. Nor do most people. However, I have a friend who does so we got to use the pool anyway. Take that, crappy HOA. My sunburned knees are laughing at you.

6. Speaking of that, how is exactly that my knees got sunburned? They had sunscreen on them because I am a crazy person about using it. And also, really, sun? My knees? You couldn’t pick a part that I don’t have to bend on a regular basis?

7. I went to a jewelry party the other night at my neighbor’s house. Ordinarily I turn down those invitations because a) I am antisocial and parties mean pants and b) I’m not going to buy anything anyway. But I decided to be nice this time.  I had fun with the other neighbors who were there but let me say, I don’t appreciate the high pressure tactics (read: guilt trips) they employ to get you to buy stuff. Please, just let me eat your food and leave. I don’t want to buy anything. 
8. Serious note: I am LIVID with the story in the news lately about the father who left his kid in a hot car and claims he “forgot” the kid was in there and the kid died. Bullshit. You do not forget a kid is in your car. That’s a big, fat lie. As a parent, I can say not once have I ever forgotten my daughter was in the car. Not. Once. Even if she was asleep and quiet. Also, have you seen his interviews on the news? No remorse, no tears. Nothing. It’s almost as if he wanted it to happen. I am so glad he’s been charged with murder and I hope someone locks him in a hot car.

9. While we’re on the subject of hot weather, if you happen to have an outdoor cat (like I do, although she’s more of an indoor/outdoor cat now, thanks to the polar vortex), a good way to help keep them cool is to take an empty ice cream container, fill it with water, and freeze the water. Then put it outside. It supposedly gives them something cool to lean against and when it melts, it’s cool water to drink. If you don’t have an empty ice cream container, freeze a bowl of water.

10. And since it’s Steph’s tradition to have an ecard of the week, I thought I’d keep that going:

Check out Jana at Jana Says!
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Tomorrow:
Friday Favorites from My Little HEA & a $50 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway! 

32 comments:

  1. I'm not a huge of the house parties where people sell stuff either. Plus, I briefly did it but I sucked. No one wanted to book a party, which I don't blame them. However, my friend has had MEGA MEGA success with. Like ridiculous success, but I'm just like I don't want to go to your 'x' party because I don't want to buy anything anyway either or waste mine and their time. I don't even want the food. I just want to stay home haha

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    2. I totally replied to this and then it disappeared. So let's try it again.

      Staying home is clearly the preferable option :) But if I'm going to put on pants, I'm at least going to eat. Otherwise it would have been a huge waste of time.

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  2. oh number four is a real winner... just wow. number 8 makes me so so mad. that guy is ridiculous- makes me so sad! we freeze milk jugs we fill up with water and the dogs love playing with it- i bet cats would like it too!

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    1. It infuriates me that he did that. And it's horribly sad.

      I never thought of the milk jug idea but it's a good one. And I actually have an empty milk jug on my kitchen counter right now, waiting to be recycled. I think I'll give your idea a try.

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  3. Oh my gosh, Jana, you had me at "Zumba fucking." I mean really, is there any other kind?? LOL LOL.

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    1. Well, of course there isn't! I just can't think of how, logistically, that would work...

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  4. But why would anyone even NEED that search term? So so weird. I hate the jewelry parties because they are always so pushy and that stuff is expensive! I too enjoy eating free food in peace and then sneaking out...

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    1. When I first started blogging, I had a personal finance blog "Daily Money Shot". What people search for is disturbing and I don't even want to know why they look that stuff up. It makes me question so many things.

      YES! That stuff is expensive. And I almost never change my jewelry so it's a complete waste of money, too.

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  5. Oh, the jewelry parties. My former neighbor invited me to a party in October of 2012. I never went, forgot to call, and we moved out in April 2013 and I don't think I ever talked to her before we left. I'm a terrible person. I hate thirty-one parties the most of all though.

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    1. Our kids are friends so I felt sort of obligated to go. I came up with EVERY excuse not to, though, and she just kept pushing. So I relented. I've never been to a 31 party but I do like their bags.

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  6. Three months and its still in the box? I would have either taken it or sold it haha

    (Steph, have a good trip!)

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    1. He has one from work, that his work pays for, so he just uses that instead. Makes sense but I still want it. My iPad is a way older model and is starting to show its age. Plus, the new one WANTS to be used. I can tell. Who am I to deny that?

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  7. I wish all babies were born sterile and had to take a test before their reproductive organs were turned on. I also wish I had an invisible laser sterilization beam for both men and women who have proven themselves unworthy of parenting.
    Very negative of me. What gets me through is my belief that everything happens for a reason and everyone is here for a reason- to perfect their souls. If you don't, you will have to come back. Anyway- who would google #4. I do not google anything like that. There is a google history that you may forget to delete. Nice of you to sub for my Stephanie, Jana. Carpe diem this muggier than yesterday day! Love, Steph's momma

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    1. It's okay to be negative about this, Steph's momma. This deplorable person deserves it.

      I don't think people care about their Google history if they're looking for stuff like that.

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  8. Oh, can I relate to that ecard! Zumba fucking... hilarious!

    While I don't go to a LOT of jewelry parties or similar things, people love it when I do because I'm a sucker and usually end up buying way more than I probably should. I just can't resist pretty shiny things. Haha!

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    1. Then we balance each other out! I buy nothing, you buy all the things. If we had more disposable income right now, I'd probably buy something. Maybe.

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  9. - I am impressed you haven't stolen the mini yet, I would have given it two weeks before I claimed it!

    - My knees always get sunburned too! No matter how much sunscreen I use I have bright red knees.

    - I don't know how you ever ever forget your kid, ever. I know where my kid is at ALL times there's no forgetting.

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    1. It sits right on the shelf next to his desk, which I use every day because that's where the working computer is. If I had less self-control, it would have been mine weeks ago.

      And what's up with the red knees? How is that even possible?

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  10. Haha!! Google search terms are so random and that one takes the cake! How did just the knees get burned! Weird?

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    1. I wish I still had the list of terms from my personal finance site. It was named Daily Money Shot. You can only imagine what people searched for. I'm pretty sure when they discovered it was NOT what they were hoping they'd find.

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  11. Please, just let me eat your food and leave. I don’t want to buy anything. <<<<< hahahahaha yes! I never go to parties like that but when I do I never buy anything LMAO!

    Theres no freakin way he forgot his kid in the car, I look in my backseat a billion times and even when they're quiet they're not quiet I dont want to hear that shit!

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    1. No. There's no way it was an accident. You don't forget a child for that long.

      I will probably never go to another party like that. At least the online ones I can ignore with no guilt. The ones that happen on my block are a little more difficult but I'm assuming I was such a terrible party guest, I won't be asked back.

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  12. LOL that ecard is so me all the time. Gotta love me Irish skin!

    Google search terms are both hilarious and creepy. Like I am certainly laughing, until I think about how someone had to actually type that into google search expecting to see something totally different than your blog. Then it becomes even more creepy because now they are looking at your blog. And ewe.

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    1. I just want to see their faces when they get to my post. Because hahahaha on them!

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  13. So with you on the half day camps. My daughters VBS was from 9-12. I had 2 hours to myself basically after dropping off and picking up. Argh! I also turn down all house party invites. EXCEPT if it was tupperware. How come no one sells that anymore? Well I know why. That stuff lasts forever. Still trying to make my mom give me her orange and yellow stuff from the early 80's.

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    1. Now Tupperware, I would go broke buying. That stuff is THE BEST. We managed to wrangle one piece from my mom. Our new dishwasher melted the lid when it fell through the rack and onto the element. It was tragic.

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  14. Hysterical! I am perplexed at the Google search coming up with that term but I perplex easily. 4 hours of camp is a no. Knee burns could turn up some questionable search finds. That's iPad is yours! Thank God for online parties. I have bought items I want no pressure, no leaving the house. Great blog post following you everywhere!

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    1. Thank you so much!

      I'm not a fan of online parties but I do feel less guilty when I don't buy something since there's no face to face guilt/pressure.

      And I agree. That iPad is MINE!!!

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  15. I love number four! Though you're right it is disturbing... And I love the frozen water idea, we recently went to PetSmart and bought one of those water dishes you hook a hose to so it's never empty, not because it's hot as much as it's because our husky thinks any and all water is the last water he will ever drink!

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