Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It’s Giveaway Time Again!

Hello Readers! I hope you are all having a fabulous week. I will have a busy weekend as my husband is making me go to Branson. Now, I usually don’t have a problem with Branson, but since I had previously scheduled to be gone the following Monday night & Tuesday, I didn’t want to leave Milo for that length of time! I will miss him! You might be asking, “Where are you going Monday night?!” Well, I have some super exciting news. My best fran Amber & I are going to the Lady Gaga concert!

 AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! So excited! I will provide a full recap along with some amazing pictures of what and who we spot. If what we saw at the Britney concert was any indication of what we will see at Gaga, it should be Ah-Maz-Ing!

Picture from leeloveshottrends.com

Since Gaga has me in a ridiculous good mood I thought it should be time for a small giveaway to get us excited for April! It is just around the corner and what better way to get excited than a CUPCAKE GIVEAWAY!!


Picture from StayCalmCupcake
I will choose 2, yep you saw that right, 2 winners! The winners will both win a Treat For Two from StayCalmCupcake. This happens to be one of my favorite shops on Etsy. I have to say I just had the Orange/Orange Creamsicle cupcake and it was so delish! It is summer in a cupcake! The winners will get to choose from the following cake flavor and icing flavor for their very own treat for two!

Picture from StayCalmCupcake

Cake Flavors: Milk Chocolate, German Chocolate, Strawberry, Double Berry, Red Velvet, Vanilla, French Vanilla, Orange, Lemon, Funfetti, Lime Zest, Butter Pecan, Spice Cake, Coconut, Brown Sugar Cinnamon

Icing flavors: Chocolate Buttercream, French Vanilla Buttercream, Double Berry Buttercream, Coconut, Strawberry Whip, Creamcheese Frosting, Orange Creamsicle, Peanut Butter, Cookies and Cream, Mint

How to Enter:
1.     Simply become a follower of my blog, if you aren’t already.
2.     Comment on this post which Cake and Icing Flavor combo you want if you are chosen!

2 Winners will be chosen, randomly of course, and announced next Wednesday, April 6th!

So Hurry & Enter! And Good Luck!
Have a Great Week!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mothman. . .

Hello Readers! I hope you are all having a fantabulous week. I know most of my posts are about the crazy things that leave my husband’s mouth, my foolish escapades with my friends and family and the outrageous near death experiences that I have encountered. This story happens to be of the near death experience genre.
Mothman statue in Point Pleasant, West Virginia

In order for this story to have meaning I have to give you a little background on the subject of Mothman… Mothman is a “fictional” creature that has been sighted, on multiple occasions, near Point Pleasant, West Virginia. I know what you are thinking; West Virginia is full of inbreds who love goats and banjos. This may be true, but it also happens to be the home of Mothman. Mothman is a winged man-sized creature with large red eyes and large moth-like wings. It is rumored that Mothman is spotted before a tragedy occurs. The sightings culminated with the disaster of the Silver Creek Bridge that claimed the lives of 46 people. Since that time there have been fewer and fewer sightings, although an increase in sightings was reported around Mexico City in 1985 shortly before a major earthquake struck and in Chernobyl before the nuclear accident in 1986.

I should explain to you all that I am afraid of the dark. . . I am not proud of this, but it just happens to be true. I do not like to walk outside by myself if it is dark. I grew up in the country so there was never much traffic, not that it would matter since we lived half a mile from the road. There were few houses around so we were basically alone, in the dark… I would make my sisters go out to the garage and watch me take the trash out when I was younger. The walk from the garage to the trash barrel was about 500 ft.  My sisters had a hysterical time locking me out of the house when I asked them to watch and make sure no one would get me. If I had to take the trash out now, I would still have someone watch, just probably not them. I should also explain that I do not believe in aliens or ghosts or anything like that. I am extremely skeptical of all things supernatural. My skepticism does not deter me from enjoying movies and television programs about the subject. I happen to like watching scary movies, just not alone.

I had never heard of Mothman before 2002. This happens to be the year that a movie was made about Mothman starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney & Debra Messing. I wanted to watch The Mothman Prophecies since it starred Richard Gere and I had been in love with him ever since I had seen him in Pretty Woman in 1990. This was 12 years later and a much different movie. This is not a typical scary movie. There were no bloody scenes or serial killers. It is better described as a documentary or a movie modeled after the book, The Mothman Prophecies. It basically describes the sightings and the events that led up to the disaster of the Silver Bridge. This suspension bridge collapsed during rush hour traffic killing 46 people. Two of which were never found. The cause of the collapse was said to have been a small (2.5mm) defect in a single eyebar. After watching this movie, I was saddened because this actually occurred. Maybe not the Mothman part, but the bridge collapse was true.
The Silver Bridge upon completion in 1928.
The collapsed Silver Bridge 1967.
After the movie was over I went straight to bed. I was asleep for a few hours when I was awoken by a scratching sound outside of my window. Please note that my bedroom was on the second floor. We had a few outside cats, so I just assumed it was the cats. I tried to go back to sleep, but I had an uneasy feeling. Probably due to my room being pitch black. I have to sleep in total darkness, despite my fear of the dark. The glow of the alarm clock is too much light when I am trying to sleep. After tossing and turning for a little while longer I looked at my window and froze. What did I see at my window? I saw a pair of red eyes glaring at me. This would also be a good time to admit that my room had aluminum foil over the windows. (At the time I was 17, so obviously I did not care about the appearance of my room.) I laid in bed determining my options: 1. Continue telling myself that is it not real and go back to sleep (This option was tested first, but I was unable to go back to sleep with all the glaring going on outside of my window), 2. Turn on every light in the house and exclaim that there is a mythical creature outside my window which is basically warning of impending doom (My love for TV and junk food prohibited this option as it would surely mean I would be admitted into a psych ward where both are prohibited.), and option 3. Go wake up my younger sister, Jordan and have her come investigate and/or sleep in my room (Hands down the best option. If she did see the Mothman she could collaborate my story so that either we would both be admitted into the psych ward or our parents would believe us and come save us.)

I proceeded to sneak into Jordan’s room and wake her. Jordan is the funniest person to see upon her being awakened.  She reminds me of a crazy person. She asks like 75 questions, most of which do not make sense and in a whisper type voice. She also can’t seem to open her eyes all the way. Option 2 is starting to look like the better option. Maybe at least in a psych ward I would be protected from Mothman. After about 3 minutes she finally becomes aware that I am in her room and explaining that there is something at my window. She makes her way to my room and looks at the window and we continue to have this conversation:
Jordan: Lenzie, You have foil over your window!
Jordan: How did you see Eyes?! (Still in sleepy voice)
Lenzie: I know, but look at the cracks in the foil!
Lenzie: Can’t you see the red eyes?!
Jordan: (slowly shaking her head) Lenzie, that is yellow light from the outside security light.
Lenzie: No it is Mothman! (in a mild hysteria by this time)
Jordan: There is no such thing as Mothman…
Lenzie: I watched a movie about him tonight!
Lenzie: He knows where I live! (In a moderate hysteria now)
Lenzie: Does this mean I’m going to die?! (In an all out hysteria at this time)
Jordan: You aren’t going to die moron.
Lenzie: How do you know?
Lenzie: In the movie people die after they see him!
Jordan: It was just a movie, Lenzie. (Starting to lose her temper because she does not appreciate being awakened to investigate an alien sighting if there is in fact, no alien)
Lenzie: Ok, will you sleep in my room then?
Jordan: Will you leave me alone if I sleep in your room?
Lenzie: Yes!!
A guy from work is actually from a town outside of Point Pleasant, WV and he brought this small statue back for me after a trip home. It sits on my desk and keeps Mothman away.

Jordan and I finally went to sleep after about an hour of her investigating and trying to calm me down. She also threatened to not allow me to watch scary movies before I go to sleep. That lasted all of about 3 months until I watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Bad Idea, Terrible Idea… She, of course, told everyone at school the next day that I had to have my little sister come and sleep in my room because Mothman was at my window. She continues to tell the story anytime Mothman, West Virginia or scary movies are mentioned.

I hope you all have a great weekend! Stay tuned next week for ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!! Yay!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Family Dating Checklist

If you date my family members you must meet the requirements!

Hello readers!  I hope you are all having a fabulous week. This week I have decided to share a few details about my family. As most of you know I have 2 sisters, Kenzie & Jordan. Kenzie is married (Yay!), but Jordan is what I would call happily single. In the past, Jordan has dated some questionable characters. Not all of her exes have been questionable, but most of them have been. (Love you Jordan).  I think she has dated these people in spite of me. Please note that Jordan rarely tells me if she is dating someone, so she may currently be involved in a relationship. . . I have always been the one to be open about what I thought about my sister’s love interests. Just ask them about our many discussions. These discussions are better described as lectures as the conversation is usually one sided. Me being the only side participating in the conversation. A typical lecture goes something like this:

Lenzie: (In a Passive Aggressive tone) Did (Insert boy name here) go to college?
Sister: He went to ……. (Voice starts decreasing in volume)
Lenzie: What does he do for a living?
Sister: He works at ….. (Various mumbling) as a …..(Something that sounds like snake charmer)  
Lenzie: Hmmmmm (wide eye shock face)
Sister: (Rolls eyes) You’re so judgmental. . .
Sister: (Storms off muttering various curse words under her breath)

So in the spirit of not being judgmental I have constructed a checklist for my sister or other family members to use before choosing a love interest. Once a person meets all of these criteria they will be free to date my family. I understand that perfection is unattainable, so If and when all areas are not met, I will decide if the missing attribute is a deal breaker.  This will save me from having to give any future lectures. Please note that this checklist should be used for any of my family members and close friends that are still single. I hold a high standard for all of you! Haha

Please note that this attribute checklist can be for a male or female. Please all feel free to use my Family dating checklist. Sum together all points corresponding to your answers.
Attribute:
Yes
No
Went to college
1
-1
Graduated from college
3
0
Does He/She have a job
3
-2
Does He/She love Animals
2
-2
Is He/She Respectful to their parents
3
-1
Does He/She have tattoos
0
1
Does He/She have over two (2) tattoos
-2
1
Does He/She have hobbies that include video games, role play, snake charming or interpretive dancing
-2
1
Does He/She have hobbies that include the outdoors and/or sports
3
0
Is He/She dependent on a parent/another adult for money
-2
1
Can He/She do laundry, dishes and cook dinner without hurting themselves or others during the process
2
-1
Does He/She have any piercings other than ear piercings
-3
1
Does He have ear piercings
-1
0
Does He/She have common sense
1
-1
Does He/She have only a tiny amount of common sense
-1
1
Do you share the same political beliefs
2
0
Do you share the same Religious beliefs
2
-2
Do you both feel the same way about children (to have children or not to have children)
2
-1
Does He/She LOVE your sisters or family members. More Specifically Lenzie!
30
-30
Do you LOVE precious Milo
10
-50

Once you have completed the quiz. Compare your point total with the grading scale below.
Professional Advice
Point Total
If you and your potential love interest have this little in common I have 2 questions for you. 1. Are you trying to stay single FOREVER? 2. Do you want to enter the monastery? If either answer is yes, why did you take this quiz?
-102 to 0
My advice for you if  you fall in this range is to cut your losses and move on to the next unsuspecting target
1 to 39
If you find yourself in this point range do not lose faith. This relationship can still work, but it will take lots of work. Probably too much work. . . .
40 to 59
If you are the rare couple that scores this well on my quiz then you have my blessing to continue a relationship with my family member. Just remember, my point values are subject to change at my discretion if I see that you meet the requirements, but you still creep me out.
60 to 70

After taking this short, but very detailed quiz, you should have a better understanding of what is important to have in a relationship- Lenzie’s Approval. Feel free to ask any questions regarding whether or not you should date a particular person.

Have a Great Weekend Readers!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Stay Calm Cupcake's Giveaway!!

Hello Readers!  I am sure you all remember the Cupcake giveaway I held in November. Well Jill at Stay Calm Cupcake is holding an AMAZING giveaway with the help of some fellow etsians. To enter the contest simply click here! This will take you to Facebook where you can enter the giveaway. Look at these amazing prizes that will be given away!
 
Milo + Pupcakes= Happy Puppy!
Look how cute these Pupcakes are. They are cupcakes or your favorite friend! I know Milo would LOVE these!! You can get your own at PupCakes, Bits & Pieces

How adorable are these cupcake molded sugars? I just want to try them! Stop by Le Chic Bakery Boutique for these amazing treats!

I think we all know how much I love cake and miniatures and these cake pops are both! They look sooo delish! Skipping Skones knows the key to my heart!
I, of course, saved my favorite for last. This little nugget of goodness comes from Stay Calm Cupcake! Bubble Yum cupcakes, it is like your childhood in a cupcake! Yummo!

These are just a few of the items that will be given away! Go enter the contest! Who wouldn’t want to win cupcake themed items? I know I would!!

Have a great week Readers!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Baseball Giveaway Winners Announced. . .


Hello my favorite blog followers! I know you have all been on pins and needles awaiting the announcement for the TWO winners for the Baseball Bitty Bites Giveaway! I am happy to announce that the winners are


(Dramatic pause)


Casey & Allyson!!!!


Yay!! Please go to The Fetching Hound’s etsy.com page and choose a flavor.  As soon as you choose your flavor let me know so that I can order your bites and have the baseball bitty bites out to you soon!

A special thanks to The Fetching Hound for being so great to work with! For all those who did not win, please stop by their shop and pick up some sweets for yourself! You won’t be sorry!

Thank you all for entering the giveaway! For those of you, who did not win, please do not be discouraged. There will be more giveaways in the near future!

Have a great week!!