It’s Tuesday again and it’s time to join our favorite zombie-freak Keely for her weekly random thoughts. Don’t forget to check out the bottom of the post for a super cool giveaway.

I’m going on week three without French fries. I vaguely remember what they taste like and only dream about them once in awhile. It’s a long recovery process but I’m working on it.

I spent Saturday afternoon spraying wood stain on the new swing set. Balancing on the top of a ladder with a sprayer isn’t the safest process and to make matters worse, I was downwind of the spray. I ended up with red highlights and a spotty fake tan. A girl’s gotta multitask when there’s no time for pampering.

Graham went to a birthday party on Saturday for the son of my mom’s coworker. The kid turned one and they had: a ball pit, a bouncy room, a face painter, a balloon artist and a live singer. Elliot turns one on the 17th and she’ll be lucky if I make her a cake. The poor kid is getting no hoopla, she can paint her face with icing if she wants to.

Speaking of which, what do we get our one year old who has every toy imaginable? Her current obsessions are ducks and peacocks. I’m opposed to buying her either since you know how I feel about poultry.

I hate Twitter. Gasp!

Does anybody watch Breaking Bad? That show is phenomenal but I keep having nightmares about things from the show. Also, the dude from Malcolm in the Middle stars in it and although he’s awesome, I can’t get past the fact that Malcolm’s dad cooks meth.

Speaking of killing (we were, right?), I killed a lizard last week. I was dragging the lounge chairs into the yard in preparation to pressure wash the patio. I laid the recliner portion flat and must has squashed him on impact. When I found him the next day, he was pancake-ish. I keep telling the lizards that it’s not okay to live inside the patio but they never listen. Let this serve as a warning to future patio occupants that I mean business.


Today marks my 200th post. Like many bloggers before me, I have chosen to skip the “200 things about me you might not want to hear” and host my VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY. The prize? Your very own thumbs up statue:

Life got you down? Consult with your statue for the encouragement you need. I really have no reasoning behind the giveaway prize except that it made me laugh and it seemed like a good idea at the time.

The rules are:

1. You must live in the US or Canada. With the economy being in the crapper, I’m not willing to fork over a crapload of money to ship this sucker elsewhere.

2. Leave a comment stating why you can’t live without the motivational hand. I will draw a name out of a hat (or bucket or basket) to select the lucky winner.

3. The contest will end on Tuesday, April 14th and the winner will be announced the following day.

4. Send your Proof of Purchase in with your check for $74 and I allow you to enter the contest twice.

5. Disregard #4, that was just me being greedy.

Good luck.




  1. Peggy

    First of all, I’m seeing your Feedjit and who the hell is reading your blog from Islamabad? I think you should be worried.

    Secondly, you will be known from here on out as the Lizard Slayer.

    And lastly, I think you should draw the winner of your prize out of the toilet b/c that would make for some funny pictures. You can let Jamie do it since you are a self professed germaphobe…So don’t enter me unless you have Jamie pick the winner from the crapper (with photos)!

    Peggys last blog post..What Am I Missing?

  2. K

    Good work getting a tan and highlights at the same time.

    I need the thumbs up statue desperately because I work not one, but two jobs with no postive reinforcement EVER. I am the mom of a two year old – enuff said on that one. And I work part time doing the lamest consulanting “stuff” ever and I rarely talk to my boss. I just send emails and receive more work. Then the work I just did is totally redone and emailed back to me without any comments. But I go get a small three digit paycheck once a month.

    Sorry for the super long comment – have a great Tuesday.

    Ks last blog post..Tuesday Again?

  3. Stacie

    You are going to post pictures of the tan and highlights aren’t you? =)

    A busy girl has to do what she can to stay looking beautiful!

    Stacies last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts

  4. jaime

    i’d freak out if i squished a lizard…i can barely handle squishing spiders

    jaimes last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts #4

  5. Ginny Marie

    A bunch of Mylar balloons make a great gift for a one year old. They love them on the day of the party, and then when they are sleeping you let the air out and throw them away.

    We definitely don’t do hoopla for our kids’ birthdays, either!

    Ginny Maries last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts: Tail! Tail!

  6. Missy

    Nice Randomness. I would be super bummed to squish a lizard. Better you than me I guess.

    As far as a gift for a 1 year old??? They just want to play with the boxes and the paper, so I am gonna say it doesn’t really matter whats wrapped in them.

    Missys last blog post..Blah Blah Blah Random Tuesday

  7. Jenners

    Visiting from RTT…

    Well, I must say, as attractive as a flour-covered severed hand is, I think I do not need to be entered in your giveaway. But congrats on the 200 posts!

    And I don’t understand the point of Twittering. I really don’t. Plus I’m way to longwinded.

    And I like your idea of a spray-on tan with stain for a swing set. I have a bench that could use some staining and it is spring (soon) so I might start the season out right with a little rust color.

    And extravagant b-day parties for 1-year olds are beyond my comprehension!

    Jennerss last blog post..Let’s Just Skip Monday This Week

  8. WickedStepMom

    You forgot to mention poop. I am going to be traumatized for the rest of the week!

    P.S. You have to atleast buy a cake for Elliot. One of those small little baby cakes so she can destroy the whole thing!

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts: What the Hell?

  9. cat

    That thumbs up statue is, hands down (teehee), the raddest thing i have ever seen. i can keep it as a reminder of mummy hand and my cast-induced thumbs up. i shoulda asked them to stick up mymiddle finger…

    cats last blog more than my fill of moobs

  10. Cara

    So you took pictures of this tan & dye-job, right?

    Good luck with the 1st bday party. Ours was a *total sucess.* NOT. She couldn’t believe we actually expected her to touch the cake & screamed until we put it away.

    I wish my parents loved me enough to get a ball pit & face painter for my 1st birthday…

    Caras last blog post..2am is not a socializing hour

  11. cyndi

    I hope no one who might want to buy our house is reading this ๐Ÿ˜‰ I noticed a smell a few weeks ago and looked forever. When deep cleaning for an open house, I lifted D’s recliner and found a mouse pinched in the springs – yuckamo! I made him get it out for not smelling THAT under his seat…um? Great job with all the house projects, btw! And thanx for all the comments. I was getting longely :hug:

    cyndis last blog post..We Can’t Wait For Easter Eggs

  12. Sandie

    Wow! That’s a lot for a first birthday party! My kids didn’t get any of that! I bought a cake from Wal-mart (because they give you a free mini-cake for the birthday kid…I think Publix does too) and we had a few people over.

    Amber also had just about everything imaginable, so she got clothes. I wrapped them in a box and she had hours of fun!

    Sandies last blog post..Is it Tuesday already?

  13. Cameron

    Three weeks without french fries, that’s insane. They should lock you up in a padded room ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy RTT

    Camerons last blog post..It Ain’t Monday – Random Tuesday Thoughts

  14. Keely

    One year olds need a ball pit and all that stuff? X just got a cake and some adoring attention.

    Poor lizard.

    Keelys last blog post..I have the Discovery Channel now, and it’s terrifying: Random Tuesday Thoughts

  15. Michele

    I bet the lizard was already dead. They only get really flat when they’ve baked for awhile. Does that help with your guilt?

    1 year olds don’t need hoopla. A big box to play in works for them.

    I need a big thumbs up.

    Micheles last blog post..Library Week

  16. Jennifer

    I’m in total agreement on the bday for a one year old. All that stuff is so unnecessary, it’s really overkill. I would just bake (or buy) some cupcakes, take her picture with frosting on her face, and play her favorite game with her and read her her favorite books. Oh, yah, and that’s what I’d get her, too, books.

    I watch “Breaking Bad,” too, and my favorite part was when Walter was giving Jessie a little motivational speech about how he could succeed (at meth dealing, LOL).

    Jennifers last blog post..TWD #14: Banana Cream Pie

  17. jen

    wow. holy birthday party batman. i’m SO gonna do that when my kids turn 18. fun fun fun.
    but one? hopefully they had a photographer too, ’cause poor kid is never gonna remember that.
    and … yeah … well … i’m good in the thumbs up department … no need to enter me. if for some reason i win, you can give it to the person that leaves a comment after me. because i have one already.

    jens last blog post..a re-evaluation of sorts …

  18. Sprite's Keeper

    I want that statue. So when I tell people to sit and spin, and I can refer them to what they can sit on. Or use it as a visual when I’m being sarcastic and telling someone what a good job they did. Apparently, I do this often..

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..RTT- Memo to Tuesday, Weren’t You JUST Here?

  19. steenky bee (jenboglass)

    Holy balls, woman. If I do nothing else with my life until mid-April than just comment over here 24/7 then it shall not be a life not wasted. I don’t want that thing. I NEED that thing. It’s like an ode to Fonzie in wood. Is it wood? It’s wood isn’t it? No matter. I must have it at all costs.

    As an aside, do you think Lindsay Lohan is so orange because she’s been staining a swing-set too?

    steenky bee (jenboglass)s last blog post..Time And Water Conservation Are Not On My Side

  20. Laufa

    HAHAHA, check for $74!!

    Laufas last blog post..Random Tuesday

  21. Tonya

    You took spray tan and highlights to a whole new level. You may be on to something!

    Lizards should stay in their own little lizard world–I hate lizards.

    And you know there is no 1 yr old that asks for all that stuff at their party. Give them a cake to smash all over the place and they are perfectly content.

    Have a great day!

    Tonyas last blog post..Penny Pinching Parade Launch and GiveAway

  22. GreenJello

    I totally do not get Twitter.

    But I suppose people could Twitter about your giveaway… ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll pass on the statue, even though it made me laugh, too. I don’t need anything else cluttering up my house. I have too much to get rid of already!

    GreenJellos last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts

  23. GreenJello

    Wait… put me in the drawing. If I win it, I will generously donate it to Steenky Bee. She NEEDS it.

    GreenJellos last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts

  24. Wendy

    oh.. we got E. some of these:

    all different kinds. Very cool, and it corrupts them just enough that you can get by with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wendys last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts. Big Love edition

  25. Julie@Momspective

    Lots of shit seems to perish in your presence, huh? Lizards, birds, the occasional gnat. I have a love hate with Twitter. I love that I have a lot of followers, but I honestly don’t know what I’m supposed to do with it.

    Julie@Momspectives last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts-Plane Rides, Missing Fingers and Greyโ€™s Anatomy

  26. Becky

    I love the sculpture. And I need, need, need it to organize my thumb rings?

    Beckys last blog post..A Two-Pairs-of-Shoes Evening

  27. Sarah

    I laughted so hard at your kid being lucky if she gets a cake! I just went to a 1 year old b-day party at a Country Club! : ) Ridiculous.

    Sarahs last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts: To Me It’s All Just Mental Masturbation

  28. Kelly

    yeah, i kinda want to see photos of this spray tan, too. i might have a solution to my time crunch!

    Kellys last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts

  29. CDB

    We did the turning-2 bday party circuit this weekend, and attending is always a blast. It’s throwing them that sucks.

    I’m with Jen, I would like to tell people WHERE to sit-n-spin. I’ll never look at those the same way again. No, really.. being a SAHM just doesn’t have much validation, as you’ve eloquently blogged about. So this would be a nice reminder.

    CDBs last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts: Obsession

  30. blueviolet

    Life without french fries….hmmmmm…I think I think I could do that. I feel vaguely sorry about the lizard but I also feel like wildlife has its place and it needs to learn to respect those boundaries.

    blueviolets last blog post..Random – cuz thinking in a straight line is overrated

  31. Monica

    I think I’ll pass on that creepy looking hand, but thanks for offering ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Danny’s first birthday was a simple cookout with neighbors over. I had no idea it could be so tiring. Who remembers anything from when they were that little anyway? Save the hard party planning for that big #5 I say.

    Oh, and Casey, time for another meme. You’ve been tagged! -Monica

    Monicas last blog post..So baby pandas think this bamboo stuff is yummy?

  32. HeatherPride

    Claire turns a year old TOMORROW!!!! G-A-S-P!

    Where does the time go? And….we are having Grammy and Pappy over to celebrate. There may be a cousin or two thrown in for good measure. And now I feel guilty about not having a bounce house…

    HeatherPrides last blog post..A Time of Despair, A Time of Hope

  33. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    Congrats on your 200th post and for your supreme resistance to fries… ๐Ÿ™‚ That was some party – they did all that for the first B-Day? All we did for PN’s first B-Day was food and drinks (alcoholic beverages for the adults)… We kept it small – there were more adults than there were kids at that party. But we did have goody bags and a few games for the kids, but the first B-day party was an ‘excuse’ for the parents to party with the friends… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Krystal

    Heck, today is baby boy’s b-day and it is a miracle if he even gets a cookie!! Daddy is in PR and well, let’s say, the house is bare. So no worries there on letting her paint her face with icing – i would let her do it. but also, she is not my kid and I won’t have to clean up the sticky face!!! LOL

  35. ChurchPunkMom

    You know.. they say it takes about 3 weeks to kick a habit, you’re nearly fries free!

    I want your thumb. I promise not to steal your kidney if you give me the thumb.

    ChurchPunkMoms last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts: Procrastination Station

  36. mrsbear

    I accidentally Judo chopped a lizard to death once. I was getting a broom from the back patio and the thing landed on my arm, when I freaked and tried to brush it off, I accidentally broke his spine. He twitched and die. It was very tragic, but really he should’ve warned me.

    Thumbs up. Now that is classy. I think everyone could use that kind of encouragement on a daily basis. Happy bicentennial. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    mrsbears last blog post..Previously Untitled Random Tuesday Thoughts

  37. Robin

    I hate twitter, too. Effing. HATE. IT!
    Happy 200 posts. Way to go!

    Robins last blog post..Random Tuesday

  38. Christy

    Okay, the thumbs up statue is a riot, but why $74? Why not $75…or $70…or $80?? $74 is just weird. lol

  39. Lin

    Please don’t pick me! Please don’t pick me! That is a dumb prize, Casey. I think you should have given away the flattened out, dried up lizard instead!

    Lins last blog post..Okay, everybody in front of the paneling……..

  40. Captain Dumbass

    I will consult the thumb like a magic 8-ball for every decision I need to make. I may even carry it with me everywhere I go, like to job interviews. “What do you think, Thumb? The commute’s gonna be a bitch, but some of the staff are hawt. Cool! I thought so too! I’d love to take this job.”

    Captain Dumbasss last blog post..Random Tuesday: Random Tuesday

  41. Heather

    That thumb is really creepy!!! So…yeah…don’t enter me either….congrats on 200 posts though!!!
    Oh….and I’ve been eating your french fries…they were good!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Heathers last blog post..Random Tuesday Brain Farts!!!

  42. FoN

    The whole massive birthday party for one year olds has always confused me. Umm, the kid is ONE. He/She is really not going to pass any judgement on the status of a birthday party. Our daughter was born Dec 5th, and guess what I got her for Christmas that year? The gift of life.

    You guys have lizards, like just cruising around, down there? That’s awesome! We have one in the science centre that all the kids freak out about when they get to see him. My kids would LOSE it they saw a real one, just living out in the world. Maybe not a squished one, though.

    FoNs last blog post..Random Tuesday – the one where I’m not even bitching about anything!

  43. FoN

    Oh! I got so caught up with the whole lizard thing I forgot to tell you why I can’t live without that hilarious thumbs up statue.

    1. It’s hilarious
    2. I’m not very cool, and a giant thumbs up statue is bound to earn me some cred
    3. My photoshoped picture of me partying with Eddie Vedder and my plastic vibrating fish lamp is not quite enough to make sure my new coworkers know I’m a weirdo.

    FoNs last blog post..Random Tuesday – the one where I’m not even bitching about anything!

  44. Cape Cod Gal

    I need that! I want to use it during my kickboxing class. When the instructor asks me if I’m okay (because I can’t breathe and my face is red) I can point to the statue.

    I also have thoughts about using it against one of the Partners. Maybe place it on his chair when he sits down and oops! Might loosen him up a bit!

    Either way…I need it!

    Cape Cod Gals last blog post..Skinny and the Blue Penis

  45. blissfully caffeinated

    Can I be honest and tell you that I don’t want that statue? It made me laugh my ass off, but I don’t have any place in my house classy enough to show it off.

    blissfully caffeinateds last blog post..My Lovely Baby Lumps – Itโ€™s Random Tuesday (I Think)

  46. Lisa

    You killed a lizard? I’m not sure I can read this blog any longer. Hmmmmm… nah, never mind.

    I don’t need a thumbs up statue but if I won it I could give to my boss and maybe he would be so impressed he would give me a raise. Maybe?

    Lisas last blog post..Living in the City done โ€œwussifiedโ€ my brother

  47. bex

    what an exquisite statue! i surely can’t live without it – mainly bc i want to tell people how i acquired it.

    poor lizard. he didn’t get the memo about what happens to animals when they go near you.

    my four year old gets all kinds of crazy cool bday parties (being the first born) my two year old gets a cake and some nicely wrapped presents. no party, no invitations, no pinata (a san antonio staple), no friends, no streamers or hoopla. poor child. oh well, that’s what happens when you are born second. i should know!

    can’t wait to get my paws on that statue!

    bexs last blog post..Adventures in NYC – part 2

  48. Lea

    This thumbs up would go perfect with my woooden hand that is carved into two flashing fingers, producing the Peace Sign! I also have a arm and hand that were scupltured out of iron or something that is really heavy, coming out of barbwire (I got it from my father who had it outside for 20+ years until I finally ran off with it! If you’ve ever seen the logo for Amnesty International then you see exactly what I am talking about) I seem to have something about hands and would LOVE to win your thumbs up!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


    Leas last blog post..I’m not a mommy blogger

  49. Shangrila

    Okay, now my ovaries hurt AND my stomach hurts from laughing! I so NEED that thumbs up statue! I can show to my kids as proof that mommy’s cool, and when Jesse gets out of line I can tell him to sit on it as he’s obviously determined to have a thumb up his butt that day. I will give it a place of honor in the artroom. Srsly.

    P.S. I have no dollars, but if I did I would totally pay you to be my friend-lol!

    Shangrilas last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts: Srsly.

  50. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    OK, so I didn’t comment to enter, so I guess I will…’cuz that thumbs up statue is a rad as you are! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)s last blog post..Recipe Swap – Week 2: VGNO Food

  51. steenky bee

    I must have that thumb. You’re really pretty. Can I have it now?

    steenky bees last blog post..Hole N’ The Rock

  52. Katie

    Happy 200!
    The thumb is marvelous, plus I am an avid hitchhiker and that would save me lots of wear and tear on my own thumb.

    Katies last blog post..Congrats to my alma mater

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