2009 In Review

31 12 2009

Stolen from Amanda, feel free to steal it from me!

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Got a pedicure. Actually got about three of them, but I’d never had one before this year.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Yes I did. I resolved to reach my goal weight, and at one point I was five pounds under it.

 3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My friends seem to be dropping kids like alley cats lately.

 4. Did anyone close to you die? 

My former honey’s Grandmother passed this summer.

5. What countries did you visit?

just the good ole You Ess of Ay.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?


7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

August 19th. For personal reasons. 😉

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting through it!

9. What was your biggest failure?

It wasn’t the happiest year, but I don’t feel like I failed at anything. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

My little kidney quarry ramped up to full production, but otherwise I was pretty healthy.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I didn’t buy much this year, but buying new pants in a size smaller was pretty dang nice.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

my own. I’m stronger and more resilient than I thought I was.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

I think this one goes without saying.

14. Where did most of your money go?

To penis reduction surgery. (just seeing if you all are paying attention)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

snowtubing last winter!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009? 

Million Dollar Bill by Whitney Houston, thank goodness that girl got off the crack.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

Thinner, richer (not by much), and on the way to being happier.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Wish I’d worked out more. Would be nice going into 2010 with a six pack instead of a two liter.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

smoked cigarettes.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

with my dearest friends and family–just as it’s supposed to be.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?

oh look, a puppy:


22. What was your favorite tv show?


23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? 

I don’t hate anyone.

24. What was the best book you read?

740 Park. The story of New York’s richest apartment building.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Lady Gaga. LOL!

26. What did you want and get?

some really hot sex. (still paying attention?)

27. What did you want and not get?

a raise. I haven’t had one in three years.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

maybe Milk. Or the latest Harry Potter.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

on my actual birthday didn’t do a thing. Enjoyed a nice quiet evening home alone with a pecan pie. For my actual birthday celebration…went to PF Changs for dinner with a big group of friends, then had a final blow out with the old Honey before drinking myself into oblivion.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

winning the lottery.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? 

the same as it’s always been—Banana Republic clearance rack.

32. What kept you sane?

If it weren’t for the Pirin tablets, I don’t think I could go on.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

None of them interested me much.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

That moose hunting woman from the Arctic Circle.

35. Who did you miss?

depends on the day.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009?

Sometimes you have to get everything you want to realize you want the wrong things.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Don’t stop, make it pop, DJ blow my speakers up!


65 Questions

6 10 2009
The blog well is dry folks. Actually, that’s not accurate. It’s overflowing to the point I can’t (or is it WON’T) catch it all. So in the meantime, a little meme of questions I stole from facebook. I won’t tag anyone to do it, but feel free to steal it!
65 Questions You’ve Probably Never Been Asked

1. Where did you meet your last boyfriend/girlfriend? 
California Dreaming  

2. What color is your favorite hoodie?

3. Do you believe in ghosts?
eh no I dont think so

4. Do you plan outfits? 
naa…unless its for a special occasion or vacation I just grab whats clean 

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?
well rested

6. What’s the closest thing to you that’s red?
My Tide Pen, which I will surely need at some point today since Im wearing white.

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? 
It was a bizarre mix of plane crashes and nuclear holocaust. 

8. Did you meet anybody new today?

9. What are you craving right now?
The coffee Im pouring down my throat.

10. Did you have braces?
Oh yes. With nighttime headgear, lip bumpers, and rubber bands to match my outfits.

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?

12. Are you emotional? 
I can be. 

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?
Not that I recall.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?
lick it.

15. Do you like your hair?

16. Do you like yourself?
most days

17. Is anyone jealous of you?
I pity them if they are

18.What are you listening to right now? 
Allison Krauss 

19. Are your parents strict?

20. Would you go sky diving?
I don’t think so. Not a fan of the free fall feeling.

21. Do you like cottage cheese?
yum! Love it.

22. Have you ever met a celebrity?
I don’t think I have. How sad.

23. Are people mostly good or mostly bad?
mostly good.

24. What did you want to be when you grew up? 
an architect 

25. Whose was the last wedding you were in?
Gosh the last one I was in was a good friend’s about 12 years ago.

26. Will you attend your high school reunion? 
I didn’t make the 10 year, wouldn’t mind going to the next one though. 

27. Who were your closest friends in high school?

Pretty much the same people who are my closest friends now.
29. Did you like your Prom Date?
Yes, they were all nice girls.

30. Top 5 favorite concerts?
I’ve not even been to five. So Cher and Mary Chapin Carpenter

31. If you could only watch 5 movies for the rest of your life, what would they be? 
Steel Magnolias, Beetlejuice, Airplane, Big Business, and Pippi Longstocking 

32. Favorite television shows?
Desperate Housewives, Brother’s and Sisters, HGTV

33. Who are you going to be with tonight?
who knows?

34. Are you too forgiving?
I can be.

35. What was the dumbest thing you ever did?
I’ve done a lot of dumb things. None stand out as the dumbest
36. What is your best friend(s) doing tomorrow?
Winning the lottery! I hope.

37. Ever have cream puffs?
Surely I have.

38. Last time you cried?
Last weekend

39. What was the last question you asked?
Where are the lids?

40. Favorite time of the year?
I like the change of seasons…the first days of all of them.

41. Do you have any tattoos?

42. Are you sarcastic?
is a frog’s ass water tight?

43. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect?
No, I’ve never even heard of it.

44. Ever walked into a wall?
Not today. Oh, wait, actually, yes, today.

45. Favorite color?

46. Have you ever slapped someone?
Yes I have

48. What was the last CD you bought?
I’ve mostly been doing the itunes thing…

49. Do looks matter?
only initially

50. Are you a selfish person?
No I’m not.

51. Scream and yell or silent treatment?
All of the above.

52. Do you have any phobias?
roaches. I can not even stand the thought of one.

53. Do you sleep with the TV on?
I like to fall asleep with it on.

54. Can you handle the truth?
Yes, although some people don’t seem to think so.

55. Do you have good vision?
as long as my contacts are in it’s perfect!

56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?
Yes, I strongly dislike many people, and with good reason.

57. How often do you talk on the phone?
every day.

58. The last person you held hands with?
My godson.

59. What are you wearing?
a white polo and khakis

60. What were you doing 15 years ago? 10 years ago? 5 years ago? yesterday?
15 years ago – in high school

10 years ago – in college
5 years ago – living by myself and working two jobs
yesterday – working
61. What makes you mad?
62. Are you afraid of confrontation?
No, but I don’t like it

63. Do you have a job?

64. What was the most recent thing you bought? 

65. Do you like your life right now?
Can’t say I do.

50 Random Things

25 03 2009

Here’s a fun little meme which any of you are welcome to steal! (Perfect for a case of writer’s block, which I’ve got this week)

1) Favorite object in your room?
The antique chair that my grandmother bought for my great grandparents.

2) Do you smoke?
I’ve been known to.

3) Do you own guns?
No. I’d blow my foot off..or be home sick one day and shoot the landscaper.

4) What flavor do you add to your drink at sonic?
I get those fruity things…with strawberries and stuff. I don’t recall what the proper name for them is.

5) Do you get nervous at the doctors?
No, not usually. I have dread if I know I’ve got to be sliced, diced, or punctured in anyway, but not nervous.

6) What do you think of when you hear hot dogs?
lips and assholes.

7) Favorite song?
Can’t pick just one…but some of my all time favorites are Vogue by Madonna, Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, and Bust a Move by Young M.C.

8.) What do you prefer to drink in the morning?

9) Can you do push ups?
not many…but yes.

10) Can you do a chin up?
I probably could do two.

11) What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
I don’t really have any. (strong hints for bling have gone ignored too long). But I do have a ring that my sister gave me years ago that I wear sometimes.

12) Your pet peeves are?
We don’t really have all day do we? I guess my biggest one is people who drive in the left lane for miles even when they are being passed on the right….oblvious to the fact that they ought to move over.

13) Ever been in a car wreck?
Not today…but many, many times befoe.

14) Do you like to work on your Birthday?
I don’t like to work at all. LOL! Not completely true…but I usually take my birthday off.

15) What’s one trait that you hate about yourself?
I’d like a new nose. Is my nose a trait?

16) Are you named after anyone?
My middle name is probably after one of my uncles.

17) Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
Im hungry.
I wish I could take a nap.
I need to remember this song and get it on iTunes.

19) Name 3 drinks you drink regularly
water, coffee, and Coke

20)What’s your job?
lately, putting lipstick on pigs.

21) Current hate right now?
the person who dented my car (and, subsequently, my wallet)

23) Do your friend’s love you?
most of the time, when they aren’t wanting to strangle me.

23) How did you bring in the New Year?
had dinner with friends and then came home and watched the ball drop, it was low key.

24) Where would you like to be right now?
In bed!

25) Name three people who will complete this.
No idea.

26) Are you one of those people that thinks and talks about their life being unfair?
No, and I usually can’t stand those people. Most of us are only victims of our own bad choices.

27) What shirt are you wearing?
a shirt from the Gap. (that Jason has one just like!)

28) Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
No, they slide off. You slide off. The pillows slide off.

29) Can you whistle?
Yes I can

32) What songs do you sing in the shower?
I dont sing in the shower.

33) Favorite girl’s name?
Suzie Belle. (just kidding)

34) Favorite boy’s name?
hell if I know…

35) What’s in your pocket?
my phone

36) Last person that made you laugh?
I don’t know that I’ve laughed in a few days…

37) Best toy as a child?
Match Box cars, Lincoln logs (or any building toys)

39) Do you love where you live?
I like it. I don’t LOVE it.

40) Do you give good advice?
I try.

41) Who is your loudest friend?
we can all get loud at times…I couldn’t call anyone particularly loud.

43) Does someone have a crush on you?
not that I’m aware of. Come forth if you do.

44) Favorite part about your weekend?
the last weekend was a wonderful do-nothing weekend…sleeping in, naps, and general relaxation.

45) What are you gonna do for your next birthday?
Hard to tell.

46) Favorite sports team?
Obviously, the person writing these questions didn’t know me.

48) Where is the next place you want to travel to?
the beach!

49) What were you doing 12 AM this morning?
laying in bed watching Frasier.

50) What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
Get movin’ or you’ll miss the shuttle at the dealership.

Wild Thing–the iPod Shuffle

1 03 2009
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
4. Tag 10 friends (make me #11 so I can see your results).
5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing.
6. Have Fun!

What about your friends—TLC

you dropped a bomb on me–The Gap Band

Gimme More–Britney Spears (roflmao!!)

Circus–Britney Spears

Don’t Stop the Music–Rhianna

In the Ayer–Will I Am

Dont Mess with my man–Nivia (I swear I never have! LOL!)

let it Whip–Dazz Band

Doin’ It–LL Cool J (again, I swear Im not makin this shit up)

WHAT IS 2 + 2?
A Deeper Love–Aretha Franklin (and Im pretty sure there is a joke in here somewhere….)

California Dreamin–Queen Latifah (a very beautiful song actually)

Bust a Move–Young MC

The Jump Off–Lil Kim

Goodbye Earl–Dixie Chicks (no…Im not a victim of domestic abuse! and this couldnt be funnier if I tried)

Put The Needle on It–Dannii Minogue (and why not, I was dancing in the car to it earlier.)

Watch My Mouth–Cazwell (to make sure Im not still breathing?)

Get the party started–Dame Shirley Bassey

Womanizer–Britney Spears (hmmm…does sound frightening. But my bigger fear is that I have too much Britney Spears on my iPod.)

Wishing Well–Terrance Trent D’arby

Aint no Fun (if the homies cant have none)–Snoop Dogg feat. Kurupt and Nate Dogg

Erotic City–Prince (God bless ’em if thats the case)

Wild Thing–Tone Loc

For You Social Networkers Out There

19 02 2009

I ran across this on a friend’s Facebook page. Basically you post this photo on your facebook or myspace page, and then “tag” which of your friends best fits each character. Looks like great fun!

Since I know several of you use some social networking sites, I thought you might enjoy using this! Feel free to steal it–I did!


A New Honor

19 02 2009
“This award acknowledges the values that every Blogger displays in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values with each message they write. Awards like this have been created with the intention of promoting community among Bloggers. It’s a great way to show appreciation and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”


Snooty Primadonna received this award, and in turn has bestowed it upon The Vinyl Village. As always, I am very honored, even if I’m not sure that “EACH MESSAGE” I write here fits the criteria! If you don’t “know” Snooty, I’d suggest you check out her blog. Whether she is recalling her time in Aspen, or as a boarding school brat, or just sharing a delicious recipe, she will entertain and inform you.

Now, I believe that the rules call for me to give this to 15 others. As you might know, I never follow the rules, but here are some blogs I think worthy of both this award, and of you checking them out:

Worst Damn Blog –Josh is practically my parent’s neighbor, so he knows the curves, neighborhoods, and places of my childhood. He’s been a reminder to me of what a small world we really live in, and he’s got a great blog too. (with a work-in-progress CUSTOM theme. Which impresses the heck out of someone who knows nothing about building a website)

Looking over my favorite blogs, I realize I am drawn, by and large, to a certain type of blog: one that mixes current events, entertainment news, and general knowledge in with personal stories that allow me to “know” the writer and relate to their points of view. Ones that might have a touching story about the writer’s family right next to an opinion piece on a popular TV show or a new album. Ones with variety and personality. And I think the following bloggers do that very well:

The Girl From The Ghetto

Tall Tales From a Short Chick

A Round World Through Square Glasses

Since part of the award is recognizing those who promote community among bloggers, I would be totally remiss if I didn’t mention MJ at Note to Self. She has always stood out in my mind as someone who is excellent at that!  My friends The Incredible Woody and Big Hair Envy, through their consistent commenting, are also excellent at building community among the blog community.

And finally, I am presenting this award to someone who isn’t a blogger at all yet, but who I think SHOULD be. Cuteasasa, a consistently witty commenter here and at other blogs, is free–no, encouraged–to make this award the very first entry at a brand new blog. Hint Hint!

Not Just Amazing–Uber Amazing!

3 12 2008


Alan, uber amazing in his own right, has humbled the Vinyl Village with the Uber Amazing Blog award. The rules are simple:

  1. Put the lotion on the skin…WAIT! That’s not right…put the LOGO on your blog site.
  2. Nominate at least 5 other blogs for this wonderful award!
  3. Let them know they have received this blog by posting a comment on their site.
  4. Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.

So, without further ado, it’s time for me to pass on the honors:

1.  As extra insurance against getting one of her tampon snowflakes for Christmas this year, I bestow the award upon TrailerParkBarbie. But seriously, in these tight economic times, who can’t use one of her how-to guides for homemade holiday gifts?

2. Snooty Primadonna, who doesn’t strike me as either snooty or a primadonna, has led a fascinating life that she’s been kind enough to let unfold in her blog. As a fellow member of the Crazy Mother Club, Snooty has a permanent place in my daily clicks.

3. The Incredible Woody’s blog has it all–laughter, tears, cute kids, and a rug in her den that I want to steal.

4. Big Hair Envy is up next. You feel like you really get to know her by reading her blog, and since her husband, Cool Breeze, has started a blog of his own, I look forward to hearing all the parts she leaves out.

5. Little Miss Sew and Sew has the most adorable grandchildren. (I’m a sucker for kids lately, my biological clock must be ticking–do guys have a biological clock?) And whether you tune in to see the results of her enviable sewing skills or just to take in a story from her life, you’ll be glad you did.