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St. Patty’s Day March 18, 2009

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I thought yesterday was just another day until Nash woke up and immediately asked me if I thought the leprechauns had come to his classroom the night before.  Huh?  Ohhh, it’s St. Patrick’s Day.  Right.  (Note to self: dress kid in something green) So I asked about these leprechauns and he proceeded to tell me that they were mischievous little guys who apparently snuck into their classroom last year and tipped over all the chairs.  Leprechaun shenanigans!  I love it!!  For breakfast he said he HAD to have Lucky Charms (and promised to not just eat the marshmallows – and kept that promise) and as a bonus, I made him toast that I made green with food coloring.  He didn’t know what to make of it.  Is it painted?  I can’t eat paint!  Is that cinnamon on it?  Really?  I can eat it??  Possibly the most exciting thing I have ever “cooked” for him.  (very exciting mommy moment).  

The hubby and I dropped our green clad child off at school and headed in to Boston.  He for a big expert witness deposition and me for that job I’m still clinging to.  We flew in in record time with barely any traffic.  We couldn’t figure it out.  Is St. Patrick’s day considered a holiday??   Apparently in Boston, it is.  BUT it’s actually called Evacuation Day and has nothing to do with drinking green beer or mischievous little leprechauns and their pots of gold.  According to Wikipedia:  

The holiday commemorates the evacuation of British forces from the city of Boston following the Siege of Boston, early in the American Revolutionary War.   

So there you have it.  School and Government offices are closed, traffic is light and everyone is wearing green.  Happy Evacuation Day!  13 years living here in Massachusetts and I’m just learning about  this one.   I am however well aware of the next big fake holiday, Patriots’ Day, because my office is closed and I’ll finally have a day off!  What is this epic holiday you ask?  Per Wikipedia it is:

A civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

But really it’s Marathon Monday, the day the Boston Marathon is run making it impossible to get in or around the city what with the 20,000 runners running down the streets and half a million spectators.

I love these fake holidays!!  What next?  Is someone going to tell me there’s some holiday where we celebrate the resurrection of J.C. by eating chocolate bunnies and jelly beans??    (OK, I totally stole that from the late great Bill Hicks….)


On my mind February 2, 2009

Filed under: Me,oddly interesting — nashsmom @ 10:40 pm

I try to Twitter, blog and  facebook, but I just can’t keep up.  I seriously don’t know where some of these people find the time and/or the words to do it all.  There’s plenty of material out there, but by the time I find the time to sit down and write, I just can’t do it.  So here’s a list of things I would like to discuss in greater detail if only I had the time, but I don’t so feel free to comment on any or all:

The Superbowl.  I watched NBC for over 7 hours yesterday.  The pre-game, the game (the game!), Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, the commercials, that last touchdown.  Wow.  My favorite commercial (besides the Pepsi Bob Dylan / Will.i.am spot)?  Glad you asked:


Octouplets.  Born to a single 33 year old mother who already has 6 kids at home?  Aye, yi, yi. 

Lisa Loeb got married this past weekend and I wasn’t invited.  Why?  Because she married the wrong guy.   See I tried to set her up with the guy who introduced me to my husband.  They had a few dates but she was a bit flakey and it just never worked out.  And he’s way better looking than this guy:


So no big celeb filled hollywood wedding for me.   (p.s. I don’t really know Miss Loeb, just her agent)

Michael Phelps photographed being a 23 year old smoking weed.   I give him a pass on this one but think the douche bag that’s taking pics like this and selling them to tabloids should be crucified. 

Alec Baldwin’s “date” at the SAG awards.  I thought he picked up some new ditzy arm candy somewhere:


Oh wait.  Wrong!  That’s his THIRTEEN year old daughter.  Jeez.  Really?  Thirteen??  Makes me glad to have a boy!

And my favorite, the mom jean debacle.  



Maybe not something I would have picked out for a  chili cook-off but for the love of god, leave the girl alone!

Honorable mention, the ebay auction for Jenny’s phone number, the infamous 867-5309.   Click here to bid now.   Auction ends Monday!


Confessions of a Teen Idol January 4, 2009

Filed under: Celebs,oddly interesting — nashsmom @ 10:42 pm
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I’ve had a handful of brushes with celebrities in my life.  I keep the stories in my back pocket and will occasionally pull one out at parties.  “Did I ever tell you about the time I kissed Simon LeBon?  Was personal assistant for a day for Rachel Hunter and Rod Stewart?  Had lunch with Tom Arnold?”  I have a bunch of them but the very first celebrity I ever saw in person was Christopher Atkins.  Who, you ask?  

This guy:


Here’s my Christopher Atikins story:  It was 1980 and I was 14 years old living in a town of 708 people in northern Minnesota.  He had just finished filming The Blue Lagoon with Brooke Shields and was taking a little break before the film came out and he became, likely unbeknownst to him at the time, a teen idol.  He was friends with a family that lived there and came to chill.  This was his first film and there had pretty much only been one mention of him in my many teen magazines but I hadn’t missed it and when word starting spreading that there was a visitor, I was giddy.  He came to our school one day.  I was in algebra class and he was right across the hall standing outside the principal’s office.  I could hardly contain myself.  I begged Scott, one of his hosts who also happened to be in my class, to meet the soon to be teen idol but alas I was ultimately denied any one-on-one time.  However he did promise and deliver on a personalized autographed photo AND letter from Mr. Atkins.  I still have them in my Christopher Atkins scrapbook which I think is still at my parent’s place.  I thought about donating it to a fan site or something at one point, but there really didn’t seem to be any.  But that may be about to change.  VH1 has a new show called Confessions of a Teen Idol and Mr. Atkins is one of the cast members.  It’s a bunch of former teen idols (interestingly all male) that have been long since washcd-up.  I honestly have only heard of one other person on the show besides Chris but am nostalgic enough to sit fast-forward through it for the next 8 weeks to see what happens to him 30 years after my first celeb sighting.  He’s currently building swimming pools so I’m hoping it gets better for him.  

So just when I think there’s no new TV for Nash’s mom, VH1 delivers this and a new season of  Rock of Love Bus and a new show called  Tool Academy that looks like the next train wreck I must see.  Yeah!


Only in Minnesota August 2, 2008

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This headline is straight from this morning’s paper:

“Frazee officers threatened after killing bear in jar”

In case you couldn’t tell, I will warn you that this story does end badly.  Obviously.  But parts of it are funny so I really just can’t resist.  See, the “jar” (actually a 2 1/2 gallon plastic bucket – I’ve done my research) got stuck on the bear’s head while he was dumpster diving.  The bucket had been stuck on his head for six days with authorities trying unsuccessfully to capture him to remove it.  They were already concerned that he may suffer from starvation and/or dehydration, but what got him was when he wandered into Frazee (a mere 20 minutes from where I sit) smack dab in the middle of their Turkey Days celebration. (that’s the funny part)

I guess in this case, turkey beats bear.  

Yes, it is sad that a bear died.  But note that they have actually bear hunting season here so it’s not like they killed an endangered species or anything.   Now the police chief is getting threatening calls and emails.   Give him a break.  What was he supposed to do??  Let an angry bear with a bucket on his head run through the streets of Frazee where kids are having turtle races, Miss Frazee is about to be crowned and a turkey calling contest was underway??

Here’s bucket head before his demise…..

Rest in peace, my friend.  


Photos from the lake July 30, 2008

Filed under: oddly interesting — nashsmom @ 10:06 am

I found this comb from the 80’s in my mom’s bathroom:

You can put hairspray IN THE COMB and then dude, you are so all set for night of feathering your hair.

After discovering our favorite restaurant in Pelican Rapids (The Muddy Moose) had closed, we ended up at their local cafe.  Jeff ordered the special which I think was meat, covered in bread, covered in mashed potatoes then smothered in gravy.  But my favorite part was that pickle on the side:

And it’s not too late to jump on a plane to be here by Friday the big festivities!


Notes from the lake July 27, 2008

Filed under: oddly interesting — nashsmom @ 10:40 pm

Just a couple of random thoughts thus far from vacationland…….

Don’t ask why your aunt just bought a minivan (after you’ve loaded all your luggage into it).  Because the answer might be “because it’s big enough to carry a deer carcass”.

If your kids sees another kid pee outside, they will immediately insist that they also have an emergency situation that 2 minutes ago, didn’t exist.  

Peeing outside is awesome.

There are no iPhones in North Dakota.  AT&T doesn’t have ANY coverage in all of No Dak and “most” of Minnesota.  Although I beg to differ as I’ve traveled through most of Minnesota these past few days and have had service.   I feel like such a rock star with mine.

You can tell a 6 year old a hundred times to shut the door behind him when coming in and out of the house and he still won’t do it – until you tell him that if he leaves it open, snakes will get in the house.

If you fall asleep in the sun, you will burn.

Never agree to look at someone’s wedding photos unless you have no other plans for the rest of the night.

If you plan on eating at a Perkins restaurant, you better bring a credit card or some cash:

Oh, and just pretend you don’t see the old man in the diaper standing in the kitchen.  Just keep looking at the wedding photos……


Sand Sculptures July 24, 2008

Filed under: oddly interesting — nashsmom @ 9:52 pm
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I promised a few more photos of the Sand Sculptures from last weekend and thought that would be an easy post for a hungover vacationing gal.

Each competitor gets 10 tons of sand to work with and they have 28 hours over the course of 4 days to create.  And with that they make this:

Or this:

Or maybe even this:

And we noticed they all had these wires sticking out at the tops and wondered what in the heck they were for.  Wanna guess??

They’re to keep birds from landing on them and ruining them.  So there you go, learn something new every day.

I’ll leave you with this one and let you make up your own caption.  Mine would go something like “Wonder Woman, Captain America old and scared shitless, Gay Batman, Spiderman fell in hole, Superman on acid (and what the hell is the thumbs up all about?) with embarrassed Ironman.”  But that should be way funnier based on the photo, but seriously, I just ain’t got it in me.