This Economy BLOWS!!

26 01 2009

I ran across this on Yahoo! a little bit ago and wept a sad little tear. Seriously now there really is a problem that need CHANGE! Come on Mr. President, don’t fail us now.

Facing Increased Costs, Girl Scouts Downsize Cookie Boxes

It’s always seemed a little too effortless to finish off a box of Girl Scout cookies, but if they are a little easier to dust off this year, it’s not just in your head. To offset the cost increases of cookie ingredients, Girl Scouts of the USA made the decision to shrink its cookie boxes by a centimeter, package fewer cookies into boxes of Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, and Tagalongs, and reduce the size of its Lemon Chalet Crèmes. According to the organization, the cost of flour rose by 30 percent, assorted cooking oils by 40 percent, and cocoa by at least 20 percent. The company felt this was the best method of dealing with increasing raw material prices. Alternatively, Girl Scouts could have used cheaper ingredients, or raised cookie prices from their current price of $3.50 per box.

This doesn’t come as a surprise to me, since last year producers began rolling out shrunken products in reaction to the price of food on the rise. I’m secretly a bit excited — for once, the downsized box may be enough for me to stop short of a stomachache.

How do you feel about this news? Does it affect your decision to buy the cookies?

 

SAD!





I am Going to Miss George W. Bush

26 01 2009

**no you are not at the wrong blog…yes you read that subject line correctly.

I can’t really explain the sentiment that I am feeling now almost a week after President Obama’s inauguration so I will let my friend Dave do it below. Enjoy!





Delightfully Tacky…Yet Unrefined

18 01 2009

Steph asked in her most recent posts what tacky things do you love? I like this question so I am going to throw a few things out there (in no particular order, and in bullet point format):

  • Soda-specifically Mountain Dew. I know in this day and age of health and food responsibility anything with high fructose corn syrup is a pariah, but I can’t help myself. I LOVE soda. If its diet you can keep it. I don’t care what anyone says Diet Dr. Pepper does not taste more like Dr. Pepper and Coke Zero tastes VASTLY different than real Coca-Cola. Mountain Dew has always been and will always be my true soft drink love.
  • Watching TV…much like the ‘cartoon dilemma’ a lot of people like to play the artsy-fartsy “we don’t watch TV” or “we don’t even have a TV”. Well I say get off your high horse Nancy and deal with it, because I love TV. Now don’t get me wrong I typically don’t like bad TV (anything on MTV or VH1, etc…). But the list of shows that I like currently is quite exhaustive: FNL, SNL (it’s finally gotten better), 30 Rock, The Office, LOST, Top Gear, House, Life, Top Chef, American Idol, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Kitchen Nightmares, and I am sure there are more that I am forgetting, but this list should sufficiently make me a typical American ‘couch potato’. I will add that were it not for the wonder of DVR I probably couldn’t watch a third of the TV that I do (bearing in mind that I also have two kids, a full time job, and and working on a graduate degree). 
  • Stove Top Stuffing-I know two people in particular that will absolutely cringe as they read this one, but I grew up on Stove Top during the holidays (hey we aren’t from the south what can I say). And while I enjoy a good cornbread dressing I will always have a special place in my heart for the ‘fake stuff’.
  • Stickers on the windows of my vehicles-now I am not personally a fan of making my car look like a full blown hippie mobile but I like a few well placed stickers on my ride. As ‘adults’ I think it is the belief that we are supposed to be over this practice. I bought a vehicle two years ago (well into my adult years) and one of the first orders of business was to apply an Auburn sticker, and my Apple sticker. The following conversation ensued: Mrs. M “you can’t put an Apple sticker on a pickup truck” Me: Watch me”. I now currently have my Auburn sticker, Apple sticker, AVL (for Asheville, NC) and am awaiting a reported NPR sticker that someone has for me.
  • Pop music-I like a lot of what I think my friends would consider good music (those you who know what the phrase “10 percenter” means know what I am talking about), but I also like a fair amount of songs that you would hear played on popular radio (Y102 for example) that are not that deep, not that well written, but are catchy and you can’t help but be drawn to. I guess I am talking about ‘guilty pleasure’ kinds of songs. Most of the time it is constrained to a certain song but at times it manifests itself in an actual artist (for example Gavin DeGraw, Natasha Bedingfield, or Jason Mraz). 

I am sure there are plenty more tacky things in the world that I like but I think I’ve given you more than enough to judge me on (or possibly reconsider your friendship with me) for now. Enjoy your Sunday!





Back In Action

15 01 2009

My sweet Mac is back and better than ever. Babies are doing alright…went for a follow up at the doc’s office yesterday and they said to keep doing what we have been doing. The good news is we are not at a point where we need to go to the hospital. Definitely good news. Mrs. M and me are home through Monday to be able to both take care of them and neither of us feel overwhelmed. 

Right before the ‘baby plague’ (notice my omission of the typically used word ‘death’ in that phrase…just kind of brings the mood down you know?) set in we had the great fortune to spend some time with the cousins (and sister and bro-in-law too of course) and good times were had by all. 

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(See above: Good times being had by all)

One very interesting discovery we made during the evening of hanging out with the family crew was that of the resemblance of the new little B to his dashing “Uncle Mr. M” at the approximate times of their respective births. I submit below evidence of said discovery.

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(See above: evidence of said discovery)

And what post would be complete without a picture of the Baby M’s in all of their supreme awesomeness?

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(See above: the Baby M’s in all of their supreme awesomeness)

And of course a few bullets to wrap up the fun for now:

  • Tonight I am making a scrumptious Chicken Tortilla Soup for us to enjoy on this cool evening.
  • I have FINALLY gotten Mrs. M on the Soprano’s train. It has taken a while but I have finally “pulled her back in”. I know what we are doing this weekend!
  • Tomorrow night is FNL…FINALLY!
  • All for now




The Run Down

13 01 2009

So I have been called out (and rightfully so) for my lack of posting since New Year’s Day. I will not make excuses for my non-postishness, I will simply try to bring you up to speed on the latest in my little corner of the universe (in bullet point format of course…it’s all the rage these days).

  • You will notice there are no pictures attached to this post (or maybe the next few) due to the fact that my beloved Mac is in the hospital right now. The charger had ceased to function properly and there was also a crack in the casing so thanks to Apple Care it is being repaired and hopefully I will hear news of its joyful return home sometime very SOON.
  • School has started back for me for the spring semester. Last semester was something of a cake walk and I am afraid it made me comfortable at the wrong time because this spring has the potential to kick my ace. The good news is that I am taking my last two ‘core’ classes (which leaves only a few electives before I am done) this spring. The bad news is they are probably the two hardest ones I will have (one is Quantitative Decision Making…a.k.a statistics; and the other is Human Resource Management…the second class should be good but it is an INTENSE amount of weekly reading and a weekly paper as well). So, through the spring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:00-9:00 p.m. that’s where I will be.
  • Yesterday was what I have dubbed my “target day”. This does not mean that I went buck wild in everyone’s favorite bull’s eye themed superstore. What this does mean is that between two fairly substantial Harper vomits and an exploding 2 liter of Dr. Pepper I felt like I was a marked man. That green shirt just wasn’t meant to be yesterday.
  • Speaking of yesterday…I was thrilled to get to spend the afternoon and evening with “that sister of mine” and her family, including nephew #1. We had a great time hanging out, eating food (including VICTORY CAKE), and playing games. I hate that we all live so far apart and don’t get to do it more. Hopefully this summer we will make a roady to the STL for a visit of our own.
  • We have had sick baby/ies on our hands for the last day or two and the “sick funk” has progressed…L went to the docs with Harper this morning to find out what is going on. Turns out she has  RSV because apparently is it running RAMPANT in MGM right now. And because we have two it basically means try though we might they will both have it. BLECH!
  • Inaugaration day is one week from today. I am SO VERY excited about all of that. I hope that with the whole HBO contract deal I will still get to see a substantial portion of it all. Hooray for CHANGE!
  • And finally…isn’t it about typical that right when all the good TV is getting cranked up (LOST, Office, 30 Rock, Top Chef, Idol, Top Gear, FNL, etc…) it also happens to be the time when I will probably have the least amount of time to watch said programming.
  • Okay so this is really the last one…Friday Night Lights is FINALLY back THIS FRIDAY!!!




My Kind of New Year’s Day

1 01 2009

Today is a wonderful first day of 2009. J, Mrs. M, and me are celebrating in our own pseudo-unique kind of way. We cooked a wonderful meal of southern’ish vegetables and are spending the day watching the entire series of HBO’sBand of Brothers” (Mrs. M has never seen it). Below are some pics of our delicious meal.

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Collard greens with ham hock (none for me thanks…I’ll pass)

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Corn on the cob

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Black eyed peas (after all it is New Year’s Day)

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Homemade corn bread (although I was mocked for my love of boxed Jiffy corn bread)

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Mrs. M’s squash casserole…YUM!

Our meal was delicious as you can quite imagine. I did have one small thought as we were fixing our plates. If all of the above food had been cooked in butter it could have passed as French Cuisine, instead I smothered it with butter after the fact and thus making it truly southern. 

We are now continuing our journey through Band of Brothers (and will probably be into the later hours of the evening). I hope you have all had a fabulous New Year’s Day!