Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Sal!

Happy 30th Birthday Sal!!!

To my little sister:  you are the best sister and friend anyone could ever want.  Too bad not everyone has a Sal, because everyone should.   You are the kind of person that makes a new friend at the grocery store, meets celebrities at the bar and gets their phone numbers, has 1000 facebook friends that are actually your real friends, has a blast doing everything and anything and the kind of person that everyone wants to be around.

Sal, we have our own language.  Some people may think we are on the kooky/weird/eccentric side, but we know just what the other is talking about (Shane Oman, Put it in your purse!, Bee Bop, The Pig and Mrs. Pilzecker, etc...).  This list could go on and on, but I'll save it for when I see you tomorrow.

Remember that time as kids when you dressed me up as a horse with that Mexican-style blanket and fed me sugar cubes for treats?  Then you rode me around the living room and added a belt like reigns.  Anyone else would think that the older sister would do that to the little sister.  But no.  You made me your horse and I loved it.  It was fun.  That's how we operate.  Like a crazy little team fueled by sugar cubes.   

I love that people are shocked to hear that we are sisters.  I love that you always make people guess who is older.  I love that when they guess it's you, we crack up like lunatics.  Every.single.time.

Bob, you light up my life and I love you so much.  You deserve all the best on your birthday and in this year as you turn 30.  Thank you for always being there for me.  Happy Birthday to you my baby sister!

Love, een

Thursday, September 29, 2011


I got an iPad for my birthday from my wonderful, amazing, incredible fiancee!   The package was so beautiful - simple, clean, clutter free.

The anticiaption of opening it up was killing me since I didn't actually get my hands on the iPad on my birthday (we had dinner plans).  I finally opened it up yesterday.  One cord, no manual.  The problem is...I don't know how to start it.  Der!

I think I have to go online to figure it out.  I didn't feel old until just now.  Better call a 14 year old to teach me how to use this fancy screen do-hickey.

Thank you DT!  Love you.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Guns N' week ever

Thud, thud,thudthudthudthud.

What's that?  It's my heart.  It's beating out of control.  OH YEAH!  GnR - Hall of Fame!!!!!

I just cannot express to you in words how excited I am for this event.  4/14/12 at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  Guess what?  I'll be in Cleveland that weekend for my cousin's wedding....downtown.  After the wedding, there will be some serious stalking if Axl and the original gang are going to be there.  Let's get real....I would kill to even see Buckethead.  I may not pass out if I saw that dude with his KFC hat, but you can be sure I would blow a gasket if I witnessed Axl, Slash or Duff.  I would want to be cool, GOD I would try, but you know I would lose my shit.  Probally start reciting lyrics.  Like a lunatic.  A happy, drunk, lunatic.

**Side note - I am editing this now, and realize that they are only NOMINATED.  When I read this initially, I obviously read the headline and during the details seciton, my mind went crazy.  HAH!  "Briiiiiiing it down..You're ******* craaaazy!"****

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My 33rd Birthday

According to Hobbit-lore, 33 is a very significant birthday as it signifies coming of age.  Hobbits reach their adulthood at 33 and typically throw big parties and instead of receiving gifts, they give gifts to others.  How novel.

We can learn something from Hobbits as they celebrate their birthdays.   Hobbits are happy folk.  They enjoy drinking and even more so eating, typically indulging in 6 meals a day such as breakfast, second breakfast, elvensies, luncheon, tea, dinner, and supper.  Hobbist have wonderful senses of humor, invented pipe weed, and are very welcoming to other Hobbits.  Doesn't that sound nice?

So, on my 33rd birthday, I am buying everyone I know a brand new car.  :)  I wish.  In this next year, it is my goal to give back.  It is apparent that I have been blessed in my life by family, friends, and health and I want to live a good, happy, and hobbit-like life.  One filled with family and friends and general festive-ness (plus food and drinks sound amazing).  Thank you to everyone - my dear DT, my parents, my sisters, my family and friends for the gifts you have given to me throughout my life.  My gift to you is to be the best Iris Took to you - to BE there for you when you need me and when you don't. 

Let's start with cake though...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Exercise TV

It's a little nerdy, but I have discovered Exercise on Demand based on a friend's recommendation.  There are a ton of free programs on VOD on Cable (Buckeye System) and I love them!  There are even trainers like Jillian Michaels featured (she's kind of scary though - waaaaay intense).

Wanting to vary my routine and needing some low-impact, quick forms of exercise, I am really enjoying the nerdiness convenience of exercising with the TV.  Moving is moving at some point, ya know?  Yoga has always been a challenge for me and if I can actually get myself out of bed before work, then it's worth it.

Did I mention it's free?

Have you ever tried one of these programs?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Guns N' Roses To Launch First U.S. Tour In Five Years

Guns N' Roses To Launch First U.S. Tour In Five Years



This is the best thing to have happened to me since my engagement! I don't care what is going on in my life when Axl, et al, comes to Detoit, this is happening. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, cuz I'm getting NUTS when Axl hits the stage.


Race for the cure

Saturday, September 24, 2011

...aaaaaand because there aren't that many people at the clerk of courts we wanted to stop, we took seperate pics :)

It's getting close now - marriage license!

Happy Birthday to KZ

Happy Birthday to my dear friend Kristin!

I love that we are neighbors (cubicle neighbors).  You make my days brighter and have helped me more than you know since we have become friends.  Have you ever met someone and felt like you have been friends for years?  That was how it was when I met Kristin.  Because it would embarrass you if I said to your face, I will say it on this blog and to the world - you are the most caring, best listener, great advice giver, gorgeous, fun, funny, talented and well - just amazing friend all around.  Even though you hate food I love and vice versa, we work it out.  There!  I said it!

Have a wonderful birthday!  You deserve all the best.

Love, een

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Phone Etiquette

Can we talk about this?  Allow me to get up on my high horse...errr...ugh....ahhh...oof...

Ok, I'm up here.  Man, it's fun up here!  Now....

Here's the gist:  Someone not employed here left something on our property.  I have made several phone calls and messages to that person.  Finally, I got a hold of said person today.  I had called and left another message with her secretary and she called me right back.

Her: "Well, I'm glad I finally got you.  You're really hard to get a hold of."  Please don't start a conversation off like that.  It makes me immediately hate you and not want to help.
Me:  "Oh, I'm sorry (translation: you're rude), did you leave me message?  I don't have one on my voicemail or email?"
Her:  "No, I didn't leave one.  You never answer your phone."
Me:  super irratated, "Well, I have a lot of appointments and am on the phone frequently,"  yeah, it's called WORKING.  Did I mention that I'm doing you a favor?  I have a small office and could have just as easily thrown out your item.  Did you say thank you?  I'll let the readers guess.  If you guessed that she didn't say thank you, you are correct.

Anyway, through modern marvels I can check my phone log.  No missed calls in the past two weeks from my new BFF.  I have to say it...really?  Check yo self.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Weight Loss Wednesday

I'm down .8 this week!  (And crunched for time)

Thanks for reading!


Finally!!! I can post videos again! Thank you Kylee, OH Goddess of the blog!
Testing...1.2...testing....1.2.3.... Ok testing...testing. Kylee, you are a genius!

Monday, September 19, 2011

International Talk like a Pirate Day

It's true.  Pirates even have their own day...and that day is today.  Allow me to switch to pirate speak.

Ye pirates and wenches grab yer goblets of grog!  Today be the day of all pirates and buccaneers to join in a fest of all things piratey!  Arrr!

A wonderful pirate site which includes pirate pickup lines (they're classy).

Favorite pirates:

Captain Jack first Pirate Love

Angelica Blackbeard - Penelope Cruz was an amazing Lady Pirate in the last Pirates Movie.

Mr. William Turner - Swordsmith turned Pirate.  Ever notice how much hotter he gets as the movies go on?  Ridiculous.

Michael Bolton:
What? Yes, Mr. Bolton is featured in this Turtleneck & Sweater video. I must tell you, we watched this video at the lake all summer long and it just became the anthem of 2011 summer. Watch it and I dare you not to laugh. Michael Bolton has an amazing voice, but what's even more amazing is that he can make this much fun of himself. Andy Samberg - I heart you.

Here is the video (I cannot post videos anymore and I am really, very annoyed by it):

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Sundown Cantina

Need a new favorite restaurant?  I have the place for you!!

The Sundown Cantina in Mayberry Square (Sylvania, OH) is home to Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday (tacos are 50 cents each), 1/2 off appetizer Wednesday, and Kids eat free Thursdays! 

The menu is Mexian American featuring an outstanding quesidalla with a variety of filling options and a few specialty quesidallas, fish tacos, healty options like grilled fish or chicken dinners, burgers, southwestern eggrolls, and daily specials.  House made salsa and margaritas, too!

So...hungry yet?   Good!

I have been wanting to blog about this for a while, but wanted to wait until they were off the ground a bit.  The summer went well and now, the Cantina has extended hours with all new TVs and the NFL ticket for football fans.

The Sundown Cantina is owned and operated by my fiancee so I have a vested interest in its success.  Even though I am biased, the Cantina is doing well so far since Danny and his family have been running the restaruant since the end of May.   Danny went to culinary school in Chicago and then has worked at various establishments any anyone can tell you...the man can COOK.  He definitely has a flair for it and enjoys food and creating new dishes.

Come see us at the Cantina!

Like us on Facebook:!/profile.php?id=100002562611622

Thank you!!
The future Mrs. Cantina

Thursday, September 15, 2011

One Month To Go

One month from today....DT and I are getting married!  I cannot belive it is only one month away now.  After 18 months (well 17 really as of today) of engagement, we are almost there.  The big question is....

Am I ready?

With all the wedding stuff -
1)  Timeline - Yes.  I have an eight page timeline that details our wedding extravaganza.  Don't worry, only a select few are getting this.  Omg. 
2)  Seating chart and escort cards - not yet.  We are still waiting for all the RSVP cards to come in.  I have to wait...patiently.....for those to come in to create the seating arrangements.
3)  Dress and accessories - I have a second fitting next Friday and then a final one is TBD.  I don't like the TBDs.  I want to check everything off the list immediately and put it in a sterilite clear tub and label it.  Alphabetically. 
4)  Menu, DJ, Photographer, Vendors, check!  All of those folks are on board and in order.
5)  Ceremony - all set.
6)  Marriage License - done!  Will post pic of that later (accomplished 9/12/11).

There are some small tasks that need to be done still but I have some time to do them (with deadlines) and I have helpers (thank you helpers!).  I am enjoying the wedding process and not letting it exasperate me.  It always makes me sad when brides say, "I just can't wait for this to be over."  Time management is key and I have said NO to a lot of things in the next month so I am not a maniac (more than my usual mania).


Now, am I ready?

With the important stuff -

Yes.  100% yes.  I am so ready and excited to get married then honeymoon with my love so we can spend more than one consecutive day together.  I am ready.  And happy.  Happier than ever.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I totally forgot about my Lazy Sunday Poll!!  I need to bring it back.

Over the weekend we started discussing a classic debate...

Bottled beer or canned beer?

Now, I have always preferred canned beer and I will tell you why (I can feel some of you rolling your eyes at me).  Canned beer has the ability to get colder than bottled beer.  I think aluminum is a better conductor than glass.  I love the aluminum bottles too!  However, the plastic bottles?  Don't even try it.  Those are straight terrible.

Bottled beer people think the canned beer people are simply white trash.  They claim that the bottle is superior in taste and it is easier to hold.   They are elitist beer drinkers and less able to go with the flow at parties in my opinion.

Personally, I dig the cans.  Plus, you can shotgun cans and you never know when you gotta get a party started.  Am I right?  Am I right?

What do you prefer?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ta da! My organizational quest continues....I assembled this today (getting it to my car was a harder task).

Sunday, September 11, 2011

People are Crazy

This story is about kids that are crazy.  I don't have kids, so often, I am awkward when kids act out since I don't feel I should discipline a kid that is not my family member, but also often, I feel that kids need to behave in public.  As kids, my parents made us mind.  ESPECIALLY in public. a friend's house the other night watching the ND/Michigan game (how crazy was that!?), there were a few kids.  They were running around, having a great time, being kids.

This little boy, about 5, ran by me and smacked me on the butt.  No big deal.  I saw him do it to someone else a few minutes later though.  Like it was his trademark.  He's a grabber....ok.  I don't know this kid's parents so I can't even joke with them about the 5 year old ass slap.  I am not sure they would understand my humor.  It's not like I could tell little Frank that it's inappropriate to touch people in spots where bathing suits cover.  Someone overhears that then I'M the creep.  Ugh.

Ok, sitting on the couch, minding my own business.  Little boy ass-slapper comes running up to me, Popsicle mouthed, crazy. 
Me, awkward at best, "Hey buddy, you like football?"
Kid:  "NO!" he shouts in my face and PUNCHES me in the boob.  For real.  Not the chest.  Right to the cup.

Now, his Dad was sitting right by me and saw the whole thing.  Let me have you guess what the Dad did.

If you guessed A)  Corrected his are wrong.  If you guessed B)  apologized to me...wrong again.  If you guessed C) did absolutely nothing...ding ding ding!  You are the winner.

I felt like I was on a episode of Modern Family or something.  I got felt up and then punched in the tit by a toddler on a Saturday night.   People are crazy.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Time for hootie!

Soup du Jour

"Excuse me...Flo???  snickering What's the Soup Du Jour?"  Flatly..."It's the soup of the day."  "MMMM, that sounds good...I'll have that."

Today is a soup day...cold, rainy, dreary...SOUPY!  I hit Panera for their chicken noodle.  In line, I remembered they changed their recipe but the sign boasted that a cup had only 90 calories.  Bonus! 

If you recall, the CxN was really very delicious before - hearty, ethnic style noodles, with a rich and filling broth.

Panera - why on earth did you change it?

The new style of soup is like broth out of a can - aka clear with flecks of who knows what, the noodles are no where near the old style quality, the chicken is still real chicken (how novel), but it is just a big fat disappointment.  Little to no flavor.  At least I only wasted 90 calories on it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Running errands...64 degrees...first latte of the season. Mmm!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

One drunk Tamale

I just heard about this the other night...

Basically ----

Man gets drunk on margaritas.

Man sees cop car complete with keys.

Buddies dare jackass friend to drive the cruiser.

Dude actually gets in cop car and takes it for a joy ride.

Cops catch up to car jackasser jacker.

Margarita-man headbutts cop.

Cops try their best not to go all Rodney King on his ass.

Jail for our festive friend.

Read full article here.  I love his mugshot.  His nose is all red and he really looks lit up.  Only at El Camino.  For the record, El Camino's food is amazing, but it's obviously enter at your own risk.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Welcome to Blogger....

Please welcome to Blogger my dear friend Kate at One More Thing!  She is a wonderful and funny writer and shares her experiences as Mom and a wife, with one more on the way.  Baby that is, not husband.

Kate and I have so much fun together.  Our dinners out are a blast.  The server always things we are insane because we sit there and talk, and laugh, and complain, and tell stories, and well, you know how it is...just have fun!

Welcome to Blogger Kate!  I am so happy you finally did it!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Goals - Blog Style

It's a new month! 

My goal this month is to blog every day....can I accomplish this fete?  I am sure I can.

I also need to find out how to post videos again.  Ever since the embedding changed, I cannot do it any longer.  I need a blog refresh.

So!  I have dedicated September to a blog renewal month.  I hope it goes as well as I have it planned in my head.