February 5, 2009

Where is the (comment) love?

I am going through comment withdrawal. For a while there, I had a pretty solid rhythm going - publish a post, a few people read the blog, I check back obsessively and be THRILLED when I see comments on said post, then post again.

My last 4 or 5...nothin'. I am bummed. Where did you guys go? Please come back. I have cookies...

I am kind of a crappy commenter myself, though. I am more of a "lurker," and get so wrapped up in clicking from blog to blog, I completely forget to take the time to comment on anything. I need to get better at actually saying something thoughtful when I stop by someone's place and read a while. I promise to try and get better at that.

On top of the commentless posts, I woke up sick today. Feels like I got hit by a bus, sick. I came home early from work, which never happens (seriously - I have worked through severe strep throat before...you're welcome, office mates), but even my boss told me I looked like shit. I'll thank him for that next time I see him. With a round-house kick to the FACE.

So I came home and laid on the couch all afternoon, getting up once to participate in a scheduled conference call with a high-maintenance client. Something told me an e-mail to her at noon saying, "sorry, can we reschedule? I have the sniffles," wouldn't have gone over well. Actually, an e-mail at noon saying, "sorry, can we reschedule? I'm actually dead," wouldn't have swayed her either. So I made it to the call, spouted off a few intelligent things (and a few unintelligible things I'm sure, as I was a little high on cold medicine by then) and then crashed back into the sofa.

The whole afternoon, Bella paced anxiously by the open back door, barking ferociously at everything on the other side of the backyard fence. She also kept coming over and would put her cold nose on my hot forehead and lick my cheeks before laying down on the rug right in front of me. This isn't normal behavior for her, so I am going to assume she was being protective because she knew I felt bad and SK wasn't home.

I have migrated to the bedroom, and am now lying under covers, shivering and trying to find a comfortable position to lie in. Really, I hate being sick.

I'll be back in a few days, when this has blown over. Cough cough. See you soon, internets. Is anyone out there?

February 3, 2009

Personalized Fruit Roll-ups

Y'all remember Fruit Roll-Ups! Show me a kid who HASN'T wrapped a whole fruit roll-up around their pointer finger and licked on that bad boy for a half and hour on the playground, and I will show you a kid who hasn't LIVED.

SuZ at Not Your Typical Mommy is having a sweet giveaway involving fruit roll-ups of the personalized variety. I suggest you go check her out and get in on this action. How cool would a personalized fruit roll-up be?? I am thinking it would be a cute way to send save-the-dates. Although, there would be the problem of actually REMEMBERING the date after you ate the tasty mailer...

Incidentally, Fruit Roll-Ups almost led me down a twisted road, into a life of crime. A strawberry fruit roll-up from Stater Bros. in Highland, CA was the first thing I ever shoplifted. I actually swore them off for about 4 years. True story.

I was with my mom, I was 6, I saw a fruit roll-up (individually packaged, not the whole box) and grabbed it. I carried it with me through the store, gripped it in my little hand through the checkout line and realized that I had forgotten to mention to my mom that I wanted it when she loaded me in the car. Seeing the hot roll-up in my hand, she yanked me back out of the car, swatted my tiny behind and marched me back into the store to apologize for taking it. I was a snotty, blubbering mess of a child on the car ride home and was so mortified that I wouldn't even so much as LOOK at fruit roll-up in the grocery store for years after that, so as not to be tempted again.

Now, 20 years later, I am advertising them on my blog. If I win, I will totally personalize the roll with "WARNING - MAY LEAD TO STICKY FINGERS." You guys will know what I'm talkin' 'bout.
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