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Hello and welcome to a small snapshot of what life's like inside my little corner of the world. I'm Shelly, I have a satisfying career and I'm shackled to my supurb husband. I'm the step-monster to his stylish son and together we have two stunningly beautiful daughters - Sugar and Spice, two stubborn dogs and a squawking bird. These are just some of the stories of my life.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Grilling Goodness #3 - #6 (The Cookout)

I just love playing along with my good friend, Tina's, Friday meme, Grilling Goodness, each week. Unfortunately, during our 'big move' I got a little behind and I kept telling her that I was going to have to have one big cookout to get caught up.

Well, it's Saturday night - what better night for a cookout?? So sit back, relax and enjoy some food for thought, as I get caught up on all of this Grilling Goodness. Some answers will be long, some short. Some will be funny, some notsomuch. But all will be mine. ;)


Grilling Goodness #3

1. What is your least favorite aspect of Election Year?
Everything! I hate election years. Both parties talk to much and make promises they won't keep - and they usually do all this talking during one of my all important television programs.

Not to mention, I am close to friends and family on both sides of the political parties so I get to hear it all.


It's enough to make a person wanna scream: SHUT UP! And put my programs back on.

I'm just sayin' ;)

2. What is something your spouse could do to make you feel special?
Ship the kids off for the night. Clean the house. Cook me a wonderful dinner. Run me a bubble bath and rub my feet.

Ahem, but Babe, if you're reading this... I have not given this any thought at all. ;)

3. Do you complain at restaurants or do you just tip less?
I don't usually complain. If the bad service was due to the waiter/waitress I will tip less. But most of the time I will put them on my do not return list and if it is highly likely that they will end up being blogged about.

4. If you had it to do over again, would you choose the same wedding date you had?
Sure, why not.

5. What kind of car do you drive?
Volkswagen Jetta (I heart my Jetta)

6. If you have siblings, are you close to them?
I have a brother. We are eight years apart. We were pretty close when we were younger (I felt like he was mine) but, as we have grown older, we have each gone on to live our lives and grown further apart in the process. This does not mean that the love is not still there; I love him very much and would do anything in my power for him but we just don't talk much.

7. Do you spend the same amount of money on each child at Christmas or just buy a certain number of gifts?
Usually, I try to get both girls at least one big ticket item and I make up the difference with the little fill ins. For the most, part the dollar amount is somewhere in the same ballpark. However, it is not always possible to spend the same amount for each child because of their age difference: Sugar is twelve and her gifts are more expensive than Spice, who is four. I could easily spend $300.00 on one item for Sugar and to spend that much on Spice it would appear that all the presents under the tree were for her.

8. What phrase do you find yourself saying all the time?
"Turn that TV down!"

I swear, sometimes I think the people in my house are all deaf.

Grilling Goodness #4

1. The World Series has begun...do you watch it? (and do you care who wins?)
Nope and Nope. I don't care one iota about baseball.

2. Is the inside of your car clean or 'garbage dump filthy'?
Depends on where you're looking. If you look in the front it will appear clean but if you should have to venture to the back you might find something scary.

3. Who is the next person in your family to have a birthday?
My babe. His birthday is exactly one week before Christmas; but I don't know why I'm telling you all this, because according to him it's a national holiday so this should be something you already know.

4. Do you wear glasses or contacts? (how old were you when it became necessary?)
Nope, neither (but it's possible that may change soon).

5. What is your major form of exercise?
Soon to be my Wii Fit. (Merry Christmas to me from me a little early - but you gotta get it whenever you can find it, because they don't stick around in the stores very long at all.)

6. What is something you could do to make your spouse's day easier today?
Finish unpacking and organizing things around our new home. I'm getting there, it's only been two weeks - don't rush me. Sheesh!

7. How much is gas where you are?
I saw a sign today that said $1.83 Wooo-hoo!!

8. What the furthest away from home that you've ever traveled?

We went there with Ms. Jewal when Sugar was about two years old. Unfortunately, I didn't get to enjoy it very much because, on our second day there, I was in bed with a fever from a sever sinus infection. My sinuses don't do well in climate changes. :(

Grilling Goodness #5

1. Is there anything peculiar about the way you sleep?
Not unless you consider having a four year old lying on your back - as if you were a real live body pillow - peculiar.

2. Are you in with the fad...do you own something with giraffe print?
I have never been one to keep up with the fads...I like to be my own person.

3. What color do you have the most of hanging in your closet?
Black and Brown

4. In the spirit of all the candy that will fly around today...what is your favorite kind of candy?
Hmmm?? I wonder if this was the Halloween Grilling Goodness?!?! ;)
My favorite "Halloween" candy is tootsie rolls.

5. Is your thumb green or are you a plant killer?
Nope, no green thumb here. But I do have myself a lovely plastic plant in my turtle plant holder...

6. Do you have a crazy pet story?
How about the story of our pet turtle who ran away from home...that one usually gets lots of laughs.

Seriously, I had him outside in a container that he had outgrown so that I could clean his tank (there is a lot more work involved in having a pet turtle than one would think). Someone stopped by and we were all standing in the driveway talking to him. When I went back to get him and put him back in his now clean tank, he was gone - nowhere to be found and never to be seen again. :(

7. Did you ever tight-roll your jeans?
I'm just dying to know where this one came from..LOL! Yes, I believe I do recall tight rolling my jeans once or twice (but only when they were too long).

8. Does your family read your blog?
Yes, but they never leave a comment :(

Grilling Goodness #6

1. What is one of your 'must see' tv shows?
Medium. I LOVE that show. I MISS that show. When is it coming back on, anyway??

2. Do you have a facebook page?
Yep, but I almost never get on it (or on my myspace page). Guess I'm just to busy blogging. :)

3. How old were you when you got married?
25 the second time

4. What is one bad habit that you need to break?
Picking. I'm a picker (I shamefully admit).

I have always been a picker. If it's a picky, and it's on my body, it must be picked. But just so you know, I don't pick anyone else's pickies...only my own. 'Cuz that's just gross!

5. What is your favorite cold-weather activity?
Sleeping in the comfort of my big, cozy bed under the nice, warm heat of my electric blanket. Mmmm...snuggly

6. At church, do you always sit in the same area?

7. What do you like best about blogging?
It used to be the telling of my stories and while that is still very therapeutic and I very much love it, I must admit that it has evolved into so much more than that.

Non-bloggers don't understand but blogville is like a tight little community. I can not tell you how many wonderful women I have met, and continue to meet on an almost daily basis, through my blog. It's wonderful!

8. What's the last funny thing you remember hearing from a child?
The other day, when I smelled something funky and I said, "Ewww Drake!", to which Sugar replied, "That wasn't Drake" and then walks her funky butt upstairs.



  1. LOL! to that last one! Sugar is funny!;)

    I'm so sorry that I never got around to emailing you these questions. (hanging my head in shame) I was laid up all day with this back pain nonsense (not to mention heavily engrossed in my book "New Moon," which I finished, by the way).

    I enjoyed your grilling! But I do have a question. (You know I am way too nosy not to ask.) You said you were 25 when you got married the second time? Explain, please. I have not heard that before, and I am very nosy, so I must ask these investigative type questions.;)I'm just saying is all.

    I also did not know your turtle ran away. Bless your heart. It's like my fish, sort of. I guess you can take comfort in the fact that your turtle found a better gig, whereas my fish, well.....never mind.;)

    And, Shelly's Mom, if you're reading this....leave your sweet daughter a comment. She loves 'em!;)

    Big hugs to you!

  2. Whew, I'm stuffed! That was a LOT of grilling! I can hardly believe you've been away that long!!!

    Don't let it happen again, Missy!

    Your answers are always great, you picker!! How funny!!

    That Spice, what a hoot!

    I'm glad the election is over too...and I hope you have LOTS of tootsie rolls to eat in your JETTA...but try not to dirty up the FRONT of your car with the wrappers!!

    Glad you got caught up!! :)

  3. ♥ So now you're caught up? Feet being rubbed I think I've gotten that ONCE! Clean house would be nice and I can't stand election years either! They stink and like you said everyone talks really big and then once they're in office NOTHING happens except we're even further in debt as a nation and we have a bunch of new laws that we really shouldn't even need if people just stuck to the 10 commandments! :)

  4. Shelly,
    I laughed out loud at so many of your responses! Girl, you are hilarious!

    It was fun to catch up on the grilling goodness this morning!

    Hope the unpacking and organizing is going well...

    well, going, anyway.

    love ya!


  5. You are soooo funny! I loved the sleeping with the 4 year old on your back - ACK!

    Have a good week - Kellan


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