Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WTH Wednesday

Because I'm up to my eyeballs in getting stuff done.....

Because I suddenly have a kid with fever....

Because I like to laugh in the face of danger....

Because I like to sing and yodel random stuff to harass my kids. Hey, it's only fair. They gave me stretch marks!

And because I love "The Sound of Music" and Craig Ferguson.... and both of them together is AWESOME....

Happy Wednesday!!!!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

2 Awards Part 2

Woo! Tomorrow was a little late in coming... sorry about that.

Now to Part 2 of the awards...

CJ Sullivan was so kind to nominate me for this blog. I... am rather versatile. I call it eclectic. Which is a fancy way of saying I'm a  mismatched hodge-podge of randomness. And I'm okay with that! At least, I'm never boring, right?

So I have to tell seven facts about myself. Ahhh.... lucky #7...

1) I have an electric mandolin that I play craptacularly on occasion. I once could do a smashing rendition of 'Margaritaville." Not so sure I can anymore.

2) I prefer sewing by hand to using a machine. **shoots sewing machine the finger** We don't get along well.

3) I like to read smut. **blushes** The smuttier, the better.

4) My husband likes it when I read smut. **wink, wink**

5) I went snow skiing once, oh, about 13 years ago. And ran over Julia Roberts' skis while stopping, only I didn't realize it was her until about 3 minutes later. I am SO astute!

6) I love to doodle lettering.

7) I love to write horrible, crude, crass limericks in my mind and laugh out loud. No.... people never think I'm crazy. EVER.

Ok...enough about me...... now to bestow awesomeness on people!!!!

I am nominating some new folks I met at the UBP13!

My Very Educated Mother

So go ahead and tell us 7 facts about yourself, nominees!! We be nosy folks! 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

2 Awards, Part 1

So I hopped back online after the weekend to see I've been nominated for 2 blog awards! WHOA! Thank you, CJ Sullivan and Pookie Locks!!! I had intended to do both awards in one post, but then this post would have been 50 miles long. So I will do The Liebster Award first and then The Versatile Blogger Award tomorrow. :)

So let's see... how to make myself sound a lot more interesting than I am.....Hmmmm....

For the Liebster Award I'm supposed to divulge 11 facts about me AND answer her 11 questions. Eek! Let's go with the questions first.

  1. How long have you been blogging and what did you talk about the most in your first blog? I've been blogging since 2009 here, but "stalking" blogs since 2008. I've always blogged about family, our ever-changing life, and randomosity. 
  2. Have you ever met anyone of your online friends in real life? If so, how’d it go? If not, who would you like to meet & why? I HAVE met 3 of my online friends in real life and it was awesome! They were spectacular. Not Craigslist killers at all. You can read about that here. It was just back in March. 
  3. What’s been your most unusual job? Oh my... I haven't had a lot of jobs, honestly. Not jobby-job, grown-up jobs. I've pretty much been a SAHM for the duration of my grown-up life. My last job was definitely the most interesting. I was a Customer Service Rep in a call center. Never a dull moment, I'll say that. 
  4. Please read one of my blog posts then come back here and tell me your opinion on it. Was it funny? Happy? Sad? What did it make you feel?  Ok, Pookie Locks, I read your post on Oldies But Goodies 4, 10 Strange Things About Me. It CRACKED me up! Why? Because I can totally relate. No bra? Dude, that's like EVERYDAY. Iffin ya ain't got boobies (like me) they shouldn't have to be thrown in jail daily. And OH LORD... the vibrating cuke you got your mom? EEK! I have to go poke my third-eye out now. The things that can't be unseen! 
  5. If you could have 1 famous person follow you on twitter, who would it be and why? I have a HORRIBLE confession to make: I...... do not like Twitter. Probably because I don't understand Twitter. And character limitations? No. I have more to say than what Twitter allows. Do NOT limit me, you beast of the Internet!! I like to be wordy. It's me. As you can probably tell from this ginormous rant and my usual posts. I can't shut up! BUT if I WE'RE a Twitteraholic, I'd have to say, I'd want Sandra Bullock to follow me and tell me how awesome I am, how she wants to meet me and let our boys play together, and how she can't WAIT to play me in my movie of my life. :) I wouldn't blog anymore either because I'd die instantaneously of joy and shock.
  6. Who is the most important person to you in your life right now and why? My husband. He is always the most important person to me. He gave me my kids. He understands me. And he deals with my chronic shaving procrastination. He's an amazing man. And he's handsome and smells good, too! 
  7. What is your kryptonite? Chocolate? Relationships? What? Hmm... probably books. OMG. I am a bookaholic. First it was print books. Now I'm hoarding e-books. They're better. They take up lots less room on the floor and shelves. And probably coffee. I canNOT do without my coffee. And do NOT profane me by offering me de-caf. I will cut you.  
  8. Look on my about page and list one thing we have in common so that I can learn more about you. :) I can't dance to save my life, but I did start gymnastics when I was 2 and went to  Nationals in Power Tumbling when I was 14. And my first coach wanted me to train under Bela Karolyi when I was, oh, around 10. But... that didn't happen. And I've been tossing around the idea of an Etsy shop myself for a year or so. We shall see where that goes. :) And I sing my head off to Glee and other musicals. Loudly. And my children may or may not leave the room and shut the door. 
  9. If you could give one piece of advice either to a specific person or to the world, what would it be? I give this to everyone who is feeling weak and small: Don't underestimate yourself and don't hold out on your dreams. Even if you just TRY to go for it, at least you did that. And you can't fault yourself for trying. You might succeed. And do nice things. You never know what opening the door for someone, shooting a simple smile out, or doing anything you might overlook can do to someone else's outlook on life. Especially nowadays. ♥
  10. What’s your favorite movie & favorite book? That's a mean question! I never can narrow it down to just one of either. So let's put it like this... what can I pop in the DVD player and watch over and over and over.... That would have to be the Lord of the Rings series. I can't tell you how many times I've watched that series (and now the first installment of The Hobbit, too). I figure I'll have to eventually replace them. And favorite book.... gah. That's like telling me to choose my favorite child! I have several  (single books as well as series) I re-read nearly yearly, if not more. One is the Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier. Holy cow. I love those books. And Little Women. It's been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. And my herb books. Sigh. I can't choose just one. I'm a rule breaker. 
  11. What are you doing when you’re the happiest? Anything to help my family or friends. Cooking, singing, crafting.... I love that. And never discount quality time spent with people I love. If you haven't noticed, I kinda like to talk, but I like to listen, too. But the talking part probably distracts from that. If there's food, I do stop talking long enough to stuff my face. So there is a small hiatus in the blab.

    Okay.... my nominees in no particular order: 

    CJ Sullivan
    Must Love Mommyhood
    Needles and Pins
    Queen in a House of Blue
    Serenity Goddess

    And NOW for my questions. Muhahahhaa...

    1) What are your plans for 10 years down the road?

    2) Why did you start blogging? 

    3) Are you planning on changing things up on your blog or have you already?

    4) Do you have any favorite "secret" obsessions?

    5) What is something you'd like to learn more about or learn to do?

    6) What is something you've learned that empowers you when you're stuck in a rut?

    7) If you had the chance to meet someone (past or present) and ask them any question, who would it be and what would you ask them?

    8) If money were no concern, what would you do differently in your life? Splurge? Travel? Hire a nanny? Save the world?

    9) What's your favorite thing to shop for?

    10) What is your favorite thing about yourself? What thing bothers you most about yourself?

    11) If you had the chance to be your total opposite for a week, what do you think you'd learn? 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Face of Hormones

I have no idea what is going on with my face these days. I mean, since I was pregnant with Smee, I've got the face of a teenage boy. Minus the sporadic shaving. But I have a feeling those days are coming. **shudders**

The past 3 weeks or so I have had a smattering of spots on my face. And blackheads deluxe. Nice visual, I know, but I'm keepin' it real, people, keepin' it real. So I decided to do something I found on Pinterest: a DIY blackhead remover. I was excited. I had all the ingredients on hand so I had to do it IMMEDIATELY. I have no patience. NONE.

So I threw it all together..... Gel face wash, fine salt, and baking soda. Put it on my face gently with a cotton ball as it said. And started to wait the 5 minutes.

I then knew why it was a blackhead remover. Evidently, what they failed to mention in the Pinterest post was that there were tiny microscopic beings armed with flamethrowers raiding every pore. Cuz I was feeling it.

I don't think it would have felt worse if I just lit my face on fire.

So I'm trying to wash it off, throwing water all over the room and myself.

Still burning.

Rinse again.

Still burning.

Courtesy of Google Search

Rinse AGAIN..... very GENTLY pat dry.... and look very carefully in the mirror expecting to look like the Cryptkeeper from Tales from the Crypt. I still had skin, but it was very nice and red. Like I'd been biatch-slapped by Medea. Oh and those pimples that have been giving me fits.... yeah, those were glowing like red traffic lights. AND .....



So I ran BACK to my Pinterest page and found a coconut oil cleanser I had pinned that day too. I had all those ingredients as well, threw it together and smeared it all over my face.

Instant relief.

My face still stung, but it was fading.

So I may still have blackheads, but at least I have found a nice, new, soothing coconut oil cream that I've now spread all over my body, too. And it makes me smell perdy! :) on Pinterest Pins.


This one is a YES!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I'm Still Here!!!

I'm still here! I promise! But I'm up to my eyeballs in a house that exploded, snot every where from either a cold or allergies (*I* think it's allergies, JD thinks it's a cold.), and school stuff. So I am here! I promise. And I'm working on new posts, too. So don't think you followed this blog just so I can go hide. Nope. I'm here. ;)

Plus, I don't think you'd find my laundry piles and dirty dishes very exciting. I know I don't.

Friday, April 5, 2013

UBP13!!!! Look out, World.... I'm BACK!!!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Heeeey! Ho! Heeey! Ho!!!!

**waves hands in the air**

Throw your keyboard up in the ay-ah.

Bloggin' it every whey-ah!

I haven't even brushed my hay-uh.

But I'm wearin' underway-uh.

**really bad white girl dancing**

Oh..... Hi! I didn't see you there!

**checks watch and calendar**

Oh wow!! It's time for the UBP13 already!!! YAY! Well, as you can see, I'm a little excited about the UBP13. I haven't been active in a blog party since 2010. I'm ready to get back on the bloggy map. So, allow me to introduce myself.....

I'm Alisha Jaybird.

I'm a wife of 13 years to JD....

Mom of 3 sons....

 Avid reader, raging coffee-head, consumer of my own baked goods as well as any that are left unguarded, aspiring herbalist, homeschooler, constipated crafter, Pinterest addict, Asperger's and Autism warrior.

Pretty much you can lump me under Eclectic.

Yes. And a warning. I'm goofy. I don't have a social filter, or not much of one, at least. 

And I snort when I laugh. 

My posts are long and random. I plan to plan things, but then fly by the seat of my pants 98% of the time.

I also daydream about an amazing movie about my life starring Sandra Bullock as me and Gerard Butler as JD. Then I sit and drool for a while before someone needs help with math homework or it's time to cook supper. 

So WELCOME to my wild and crazy world!!!!! So happy you're here! Prowl around! Have a good time! And don't forget to comment so I can check you out, too!!!!

And go check out these blogs, too. Tell 'em I sent ya. They're my sisters in heart and blogosphere.




CJ Sullivan



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kitchen Hydroponics Part 2

Sorry this has been so long in updating, but this little project has made me realize I have no patience. Like I needed proof of that. Ha!

We tried re-growing lettuce, celery, and green onions from the leftover scrap. 

Lettuce and celery take too bloody long to re-grow. It would probably take MONTHS, I'm guessing 2-3. Not to mention they tend to go bad. Brown stumps growing up to leaves, killing the plant. Not good. So I tossed them after a while. The above picture was taken before they decided to keel over on me. Celery makes such a pretty plant. 

Now green onions.... those I can do. They will start new growth in hours. It's amazing to see. I reused them in 2 weeks. The only downside, they can only be regrown once. It's still like nature's way of a BOGO, and for a cheap person, that's awesome. 

And evidently I never took a picture of the green onions. Pooh. But you can take my word for it, or experiment yourself and see if you get different results. Give it a shot! My kids were amazed.

Just a reminder.... Don't forget the Ultimate Blog Party starts Friday!!! Hope to see you here or around the blogosphere!