Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Sal!


Oh, Bob, I love you so much and you are such a wonderful and fun sister.  I am happy when we are together and when we are not I wish we were.  Only you could be chosen to be a "groomsmaid" in two weddings this summer. 

PS Bob is my nickname for Sal because she had a bobbed haircut once and the obvious nickname stuck.  We're weirdos like that.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Awesome Birthday

Thank you everyone that came to my birthday dinner last night!  It was so fun!  Thank you also to everyone that called, texted, facebooked*, sent cards, hugged, and celebrated with me.  So amazing.  *On a side note, I must have gotten over 200 messages on facebook on my actual birthday.  It was JUST incredible and amazingly fun.  If that's not a reason to sign up for FB, I just don't know what is.

We went to El Camino for dinner last night for some Mexican fun.  I have been going to El Camino on my birthday now for I think 10 years - WOW!  It's cheap, quick, and fun. Who doesn't like cheap and quick?  They even brought me a sombrero, not one of those el cheapos either, this was a REAL one that was so heavy, I could barely hold my head up.  It was also very hot and it made me a bit sweaty.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Yes, that is me although you cannot see my head.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

If Facebook existed years ago

Got this in an email today - made me chuckle....especially that part that the "church" talks in w00t.  Hilarious.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Trading in the Tomatoes

It feels like fall finally and for me, it's a relief.  The hot weather is torture when you are working outside in business cashz and puts me in a bad mood.  A sweaty, sticky, bad mood.  Plus, my hair always tends to suck when it's hot and humid.

When I was a kid, I lived for the summer.  No school, lake season (I still love the lake season), and freedom.  The end of summer was so horrible.  We would dread it.  The back to school commercials were like little torture devices breaking our spirits.  The only thing that made it even tolerable was that we could see our friends again (and sometimes that wasn't worth it), and that our birthdays were in the fall (Sal too).

It's funny how I love the fall now.  The fall weather is so much more comfortable and since I don't have to go back to school but rather continue working, there is no dread.  Football starts, the local food changes, and the holidays are on deck.  It's a fun time of year.

This all occurred to me today when chopping very crappy tomatoes.  I was sad that my garden is officially done and the tomatoes in the store are once again - in a word - disgusting.  There's nothing like a summer tomato grown in your own garden.  I felt better when I ate my 10a.m. snack at 9.  It was an apple that had the best crunch and flavor - the sticker said it was from Michigan.  Awesome.  Welcome to the fall.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


I just found a TWENTY in a pocket of a jacket I have not worn in 4 years. Jackpot!

Friday, September 17, 2010


If you need a movie to just mindlessly watch, please rent MacGruber.  I'm telling you, it's also hilarious.  It's a spin-off of an SNL skit, and it's that low brow humor that you can just enjoy after a week of work.  No analyzing, no thinking.  It's a short, turn your brain off movie...and you LAUGH.  Who doesn't want that sometimes?  Or, all the time....

Will Forte as MacGruber.  You've seen him in all kinds of stuff you can't remember.  His mullet looked real.
Kristen Wiig makes me laugh in everything she is in - even if the skit is dumb on SNL, she is still incredible.
Ryan Phillipe is not someone I usually enjoy but he was also a good cast.  HUH!  Comedy becomes him.
Val Kilmer as the villain Dieter VonKunth.  I think you know where this is going.  The jokes didn't really get old though.  Ice Man!

Thumb Update

They are still tingling a bit.  STILL.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Warning: May burn your thumbs

This summer my garden produced all kinds of fun foodstuffs like tomatoes, herbs, and peppers, specifically, hot ones.  Even more specifically:

The Habanero Pepper.

They look all cute and orange and innocent, but they are little monsters waiting to wreak havoc on you.  It not that they are so spicy in dishes (well, they are actually), it's that I had no idea that I should be wearing gloves while handling them.  Yes, the creepy latex gloves to protect my hands and eyes from these little monsters.

While finely chopping them, no problem.  Scraping them into the pot - totally fine.
Eating dinner - a little spicy.

After dinner I noticed my thumbs tingling a bit.  Washing dishes they really started hurting.  Add hot water - HOLY S*&T!  Not cool.  Fiery actually.  That GD habanero juice got under my thumbs and was not leaving.

I washed my hands over and over to no avail.  Burning thumbs.  I prayed to the patron saint of peppers.  Please stop.  St. Habanero, make it stop.

As I went to bed, my thumbs feeling like they were soaked in extreme icy hot, I didn't realize that taking out my contacts would be a bad move.  It was.  I cried.  Damn you St. Habanero.

Still today my thumbs hurt from those little bastards.  Looks like I need to head to the pervert store and buy some of those gloves.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Backup Assistant

Have you backed up your contacts on your phone?

If you have Verizon I would suggest going online IMMEDIATELY and doing this.  It took me about 5 minutes and I am super pumped.  This is also FREE!  I have been told before that sometimes companies will charge for backing up or printing out contacts - but friends, this is no cost.

You may also then view and edit your contacts online then SYNC them with your phone.  Yes, I do love technology (Kip voice).  


It's just one of those days

I got to work and noticed my underwear was on backwards.  Where do I go from there?

Friday, September 10, 2010


Barf. It's nasty.

I just saw a pile a barf in a parking lot and it really gave me the barfing sensation.

I'd rather see feeces or a bloody arm or roadkill.

Not vomit, hurl, spew, upchuck, or puke. Sick.


How does a car get this dirty and you don't wash it? Actually, how does a MINIVAN get this much mud on it? I can see a Jeep or a truck but a Mini?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

If you don't have your hobbit name, I'm afraid you won't ever...

Over the weekend, I was with some friends (one of whom is also Two Pretzel's cousin R.) at a wedding.  R asked my how I came up with my blog title.


I love Hobbits and feel Hobbit like - short, jolly, with a love of all things culinary.  And beer. 

I had stumbled upon a HOBBIT NAME GENERATOR that turns your name into a hobbit name and is an actual character from Tolkien's works.  Mine, of course, was Iris Took of Great Smials.  My title and moniker was born.  I just loved it!  I hobbit-ed everyone's name (whether they wanted me to or not).  It's fun.

Turns out - the link NO LONGER exists!  I found a few sites that claim they generate your hobbit name, but they do not, at least not to what I had come up with a few  years ago.  So there you have it - I have an extinct name for my blog.  I am sorry that you cannot have one if you don't already have one.  It's a fun world here in the Shire.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mac Tonight

As seen in McDonalds just outside of Indianapolis. Haha!

Busch Stadium

See the arch?

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In St. Louis now - headed to a Cards game.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Happy Labor Day

Thank you to our service men and women!

We're in St. Charles MO in between the wedding and reception. In true Dandar form we are visiting historical sites and learning crap.