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Monday, July 5, 2010


Did you have a fun holiday weekend?

When we were on the way to go see fireworks, my 5 year-old, wanting to know how long we were going to be driving asked "Where are we going to see fireworks?" to which my 4 year-old replied, "In the sky!"

I got a good giggle out of that one, especially since "In the sky" was said with a bit of a "duh, how can you not know that?" tone.

Since it's still the weekend here for us- Hubs has the day off,- I thought I'd do something quick and easy for a post today. BUT- if you missed this week's BFF post, please go click to it now HERE. Jenn wrote about wondering if she will ever feel like she's doing enough as a mom- it's such a wonderful post that I think we can all relate to. Please go leave her some love if you haven't already. She's a hidden gem in the blogosphere that I want you to find!

Monday Minute

1. Who of all your blog friends would you like to meet and/or who have you met?
I've known Supah and Angie since before I started blogging. Supah for about 4 years and Angie since we were 4.

Thanks to SITS Bloggy Bootcamp in Baltimore, I met a lot of bloggers in person.

My sippy cup girls: Mommyologist, Grasshoppa, and Sunday. Yes, those were mimosas in our sippy cups.

Plus Kiran, Kat, MamaKat, Tiffany, Tina, Dumbmom(who had no clue who I was and thought I was a crazy stalker), Jayme, Michelle, Sarah....and lots more! If you want to see pics, go HERE.

And of course, I just met Princess recently when she was on vacation sort of close to where I live. If you missed that pic, you can find it HERE.

Who do I want to meet? Okay, I started listing people out and linking to them....but realized that it was going to take me all dang day to do it because there are so many of you that I want to meet! Can't we just have one big meet-up/party? Preferably on an NC beach so I don't have to drive very far to get there. Yes, I'm totally lazy like that.

What kind of vehicle(s) do you drive? Minivan Mama, baby! I have a Buick Terraza that I love.

What kind of cell phone do you have? Blackberry Curve. And it hates me. I get the spinning hourglass of death all the time. Bizarre error messages. It holds my emails hostage sometimes. And the trackball goes all crazy. But, still, I'm addicted to it.

What's the most annoying thing you wish bloggers would stop doing? Yikes. Hard to pick one...and even harder to stop listing things...
*No-reply so I can't talk back at ya
*Blog not in profile- I like to follow back, but can't if I can't find you!
*Comments that are left where you can tell the person didn't read the whole post and is just responding to one sentence of the whole post and they missed what the blogger actually meant
*Trash-talking other bloggers on your blog- that's what email is for, duh
*When someone responds to comments right on their own blog- unless you have a system where they are emailed to the person you are replying to- it's hard enough for me to get to all the blogs I want to read- I can't visit them again to look to see if someone has replied
*Horrible grammar
*If you point out someone's horrible grammar in a comment
*People who complain that no one reads or comments on their posts- but they don't go read and comment on others
*Comments that aren't about the post you just read, but about your own blog- like "Please visit me at ....." or a comment that just says "thanks for visiting my blog- I hope you visit again!"- but if you aren't reading someone's blog, why would they want to then come visit yours?
*Someone who goes on and on with lists like this- so I'll stop now

and finally...

What's the one thing that you still have on your bucket list to do before the year is out?
To have a night away with Hubs, no children- and I mean an overnight, not just a date night out- anyone want to come babysit????

Oh, and I SO want to win this bouncehouse at The Shopping Mama! I never blog about other people's giveaways, but 3 kids 5 and under? Um, they need to have something to wear them out and I really want to win! If  you want to enter, too, go HERE!



Blogger Sugar Bear said...

Way to go crazy list maker...I wanted to make a list but I stopped at one. Guess i need bigger balls. ;o)

Enjoy today!

July 5, 2010 at 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your list makes me giggle. I love it.

If you ever find one of those babysitters...send them my way. Hubby & I haven't been on a vacation in, um, ever.

July 5, 2010 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Wow...your list is exactly mine! I hate when someone says...I am following you now will you come and follow me.

As for a night out with the hubs...I totally hear you on that one! Wish I was closer and I would babysit...Will would be in heaven with all your boys!

July 5, 2010 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Katina said...

Have a happy day with Hubs at home! I am in NC! Only 4 hours from DA beach so we will most def have to have mimosas or Ritas or somthin'! You are the lsit queeen!

July 5, 2010 at 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd watch your boys overnight ...you just might have to drive me to the insane asylum when you got back LOL - 5 boys age 5 and under.... whew... that would be something!

July 5, 2010 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

Just picturing they well duh in the sky scenario, that be so something my Baby Girl would say, LOL

If I get down to SC this summer, I'll stop by on my way and babysit.

July 5, 2010 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

A bloggy beach party sounds fun! I agree with your list, especially when people don't comment and just say, "Come visit me"

July 5, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I am totally with you on all of those annoying things bloggers do... I hope you had a great 4th of July. I am now going to read that post by Jenn that you mentioned.

July 5, 2010 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

Sippy cups? What sippy cups? I saw no sippy cups! ;)

Can we add Music on blogs to that list too please? Drives me bananas!!

I hope you get an overnight away! I'd babysit if I lived down there...you know I would!

July 5, 2010 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I think it's funny she didn't know you - that had to make you feel not so good. :) I loathe the No Reply, but I totally agree about leaving responses to comments on their own blogs! Who ever revisits where they've just been?!

July 5, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

I was saying we needed to have an east coast meet up or something. My Curve has been giving me the hourglass of death and requiring too much babying but I'm not ready for a touch screen even if we could afford one. I think Verizon needs to get an upgrade together for that thing!

July 5, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

It was great having you stop by today. I do love what words and thoughts children come up with.. I loved your answers for sure.. I also would love to meet a few bloggers out there too.. I so want a night away with the husband for sure. Who knows when. We have another wedding coming up so that will be a night out but not away..

July 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to Bloggy Bootcamp in Philly in Septebmer and I'm very excited to meet Theta Mom, your friend the Mommyologist, and the blogger behind Mommy's Still Fabulous.
I never expected to connect with so many cool people through blogging. It's been a nice surprise.

July 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Come by and visit me...JK!

I love the story of your kids and the fireworks! Kids say the cutest things. I wish I had time to write down everything my five yr says!

I too, am dying for a real overnight getaway with hubs!!

July 5, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

Check out my blog! hahahah

Good lists. I've got a few of my own. :)

Happy Monday!!

July 5, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

HAHAHA Love the list. I think I have commited some of your no nos

July 5, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

I have a Blackberry Curve and I said some of the SAME THINGS! Though, around here, we call it the "cursor of death."

I also said I wanted some time alone with my Hubs. Weird. I swear I wasn't copyin' your answers! Promise!

July 5, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Joann Mannix said...

You are on my list of bloggers to meet. We would have such fun.

Oh, and "that's what email is for!" Love that!

I HATE the comment, "Hi, Following you. Pls follow me." It pisses me off so much. It says, "I don't give a crap about this post you've spent all your time laboring over, I just want the numbers."

Here's what I do: I go over to their blog and leave a random comment like, "Arctic monkey turds are green and have the consistency of mashed potatoes." I LOVE doing that. I just gave this tip to Cheeseboy because he gets a lot of those. You are welcome to use my technique, too. It really feels great.

I'm off in Chicago this week with my energizer bunny family. I'll be back to blogging in full force next week.

July 5, 2010 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

"in the sky" -- Classic! And it annoys me too when people have no-reply...

July 5, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I love your list and agree with every single thing! Can we add music with no where to turn it off? I hate that!

That's cute what your boys said about the fireworks! I hope everyone enjoyed them once you got there!

July 5, 2010 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger BNM said...

I would love to meet people from the blogosphere that i talk to daily how cool you got to meet so many :)

oh and everything on your list.. i completely agree

July 5, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I'm a list maker myself, so I love yours ... I am still a bit of a novice blogger, but I do hate when I have a nice comment reply all worked up and then notice that it's a no-reply email. Very frustrating. Hope you had a great 4th with your family, and thanks again for the BFF post! It was so much fun, and I'm meeting lots of new people!

July 5, 2010 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Not a list maker but I sure would list every single annoyance you listed too. Gah! Hey, hope you win that bouncy kingdom for the kids.

July 5, 2010 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

I totally agree with your blogger annoyance list - I'm almost to the point that I want to make a general announcement in my comment section giving a little tutorial how to 'register' so I can respond back in email! :)

Wish I'd connected with you before our vacay last year to Holden Beach, NC - I'd totally have looked you up!


July 5, 2010 at 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your list! I agree with it all. :)
We seriously do need to have a bloggy reunion and I'd so be for having it on a NC beach baby! :)

July 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Life Without Pink said...

Girl I am so excited to be in your list :) AND I never knew you drove a minivan??? Wow something we have in common, haha. Never thought it a million years I would say that I love my Odyssey but I do!

July 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Can I just copy & paste your list? Seriously. You took the words right out of my mouth.

Just let me know what beach in NC & I'll totally be there!

July 5, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a great list Shell! Hope you and hubby get that over night away.

July 5, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Cielo Azul Jewelry said...

I love these questions...and answers!

The fireworks in the sky is too funny=0)


July 5, 2010 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I SO agree about people leaving a comment that so does not relate to the post...drives me nuts!!

July 5, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Michelle Pixie said...

Fireworks in the sky may be the best thing I've heard all day!!

Finally an honest list of what drives you crazy about other bloggers!! That would be my exact list as well. ;-)

I want a week in Hawaii with just the hubs but *sigh* it is probably not going to happen this year. It had better be in the works for next year since we will be hitting 10 years of marriage and I've earned it! =)

July 5, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Sandee said...

Looks like you've met lots of bloggers. I'm going on the bloggers cruise next year and intend on meeting many too.

I too hate it when you visit and comment on someones blog but they never visit or leave comments on your blog.

You'll get those all-nighters with hubs when the kids leave home. It won't be soon enough, but it will happen. It's wonderful too.

Have a terrific day. :)

Monday Minute

July 5, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE what your 4 yo said! Kids just don't b.s. around, do they?

July 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I don't have the hour glass problem very bad but Britt does with his bb. Mine did take a shower with my ozarka water today...it's in the freezer hopefully drying out. :( I'm heartbroken.

I would love an overnight date with Britt....maybe I need to do a bucket list.

July 5, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

Well I have to say you totally had bigger balls than me today...you listed everything I thought about that annoy me but went the easy route...;)

I loved your Bff post!

I want a blackberry curve! Dang thing holds your stuff hostage though...hmmm!

Hope your weekend was fabulouso!

July 5, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger TheFitHousewife said...

Love your list of blogger pet peeves! I have the same ones!

It would be great to meet fellow bloggers...hopefully one day!

July 5, 2010 at 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you for posting today! My husband is off today too so this is the 1st time I have gotten online all day. I can't get anything done with everyone home!

July 5, 2010 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Crystal Escobar said...

Oh how fun! I loved reading all this about you. I would love to meet all my bloggy buddies, NC is a little far for me, but I'd love to meet you in person some day :)
My husband and I have not had a night away without kids for over 3 years. So this anniversary we are making it happen. I'm so excited!!! We'll have 2 nights away, just the two of us.

July 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Crystal Escobar said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I love your LONG list :) on things you wish bloggers would stop doing. I agree 100 % so annoying when you can't reply, or when people just leave comments that is about their blog. I hate that!

July 5, 2010 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I love lists:)
I can't believe how many bloggers you have met in real life. So cool!
My one pet peve. Word verification. Please...take it off. I often wonder how many of my comments are lost in cyberspace b/c I miss the word verification. Grrr

July 5, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Hey! I love my Terraza too!! (I read your whole post. I promise!)

I would love to come to NC. I have never been there!!

July 5, 2010 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Lourie said...

Shell, I sat here and nodded at every single thing on your list of things you like least about bloggers! Hahaha.

July 5, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I'll come and babysit. But since I don't drive you'll have to pick me up and bring me home. ;)

July 5, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Jami said...

We missed the fireworks entirely, but that's another story. Sometimes it is hard for me to keep a straight face when one kid says something like that to the other. But then, my kids have no chance of NOT growing up to be smart-alecs. :) And I still have the night out on my list too. We are shooting for August. It has been soooo long we can't even think of where to go. I guess that's a good problem to have. :)

July 5, 2010 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Haha love the list! I'm gonna have to go check out the other blog mama's you listed now! :)

July 5, 2010 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Heh! I wonder what your five-year-old said to that response about the fireworks being in the sky! (Duh!) :)

Sounds great to be able to go to a blog conference. I'll be going to my first one in October - Blogalicious, in Miami. Woo-hoo!

July 5, 2010 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

How cool that you have gotten to meet so many bloggers. I hope in time I will be able to as well.

Stop by when you get a chance. I have an award for you.


July 5, 2010 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Pretty scary how much of the blogger things that get you that I also agree with. Except if I do any. Then they are cool and acceptable. For sure.

July 5, 2010 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Tree said...

LOL Love your list of things you like least about bloggers! I agree with ALL of them! And very cool that you met up with so many bloggy buddies! I would love a meet up with EVERYONE too. :)

July 6, 2010 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger shortmama said...

Yes I love that list because I can relate to them all! Add in word verification...I hate it!

July 6, 2010 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Bad grammar...I have seen such an increase of this on FB too!!! People are definitely pointing it out too. The teacher in me wants to, but it's so public...not nice!

I would love to babysit for you, but we just booked an evening for ourselves to celebrate our anniversary...overnight, with dinner at a seafood place, no kids, and in the hotel we had our reception...can't wait!

July 6, 2010 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

love your 4 year old's answer ... brilliant!

I agree with your list ... completely!

good luck getting a night off! (and I would totally come to a beach party in NC ... just saying)

July 6, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger An Imperfect Momma said...

LOL! Love your list. Lets see I gotta coupla things for ya: I hate it too when people leave comments like: LOL so funny...visit my blog. Its like: um..hello..rude? I...oh wait thats it :o)

July 6, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Your blog pet peeve list is SPOT ON!!!

July 6, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

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