Virtual G.N.O - Last Weekend of Summer Edition

Can you believe that Fall is upon us? Officially starting Monday? I'm going to hang-on to summer as long as I can, I'll tell ya' that much!
So let's grab our drinks and listen to some tunes and have a groovy night. And... It's National "Talk Like A Pirate Day". Really. So just envision me writing with an eye-patch on. Arrrr.
Don't be afraid to mingle at our Girls Night Out. When someone leaves a comment go visit their blog and leave a comment. And when your blog is visited, go visit your guests blog. Keep the momentum going.
Come back though! It's a party! You've already given me wonderful ideas for tomorrow night!

Michael Franti and Burning Spear - "Say Hey (I Love You)"

OH YEAH! That's a good tune. Do you have anything you would like me to play. Hey! I'm Ann The DJ! Let me know if you need a particular song for this evening. We'll make it work!

OK. I've got my drink so now it's time to play a game. I've been tagged by dear Blarney at The Blarney Spot.

Here's "The Random 7":

1. Where were you 10 years ago?
Getting settled into my first home and very pregnant with my first child. (I didn't know I was pregnant when we bought the house and I was painting like crazy! It explains A LOT! Oh, my sweet Katie ;-> )

2.) What is on today's to-do list?
Make sure I exercise and get my 2 miles of walking in. I'm preparing for the Race For The Cure this Sunday.

3.) What would you do if you were a billionaire?
Oh geez, well, I'd pay all of my bills. Take care of my moms bills. Travel. Look into what it would take to organize some system to give some to those in need. Then stuff the rest under my mattress! (The way the economy is going.)

4.) Name 5 Places You Have Lived:
New York
(To Be Determined)
(To Be Determined)

5.) Name 3 Of Your Bad Habits:
Ugh! Creating too much anxiety in situations when it's totally not necessary.
Eating yummy chips, or cheese and crackers, way too late at night.
Not allowing my children to do more. I really need to back-off.

6.) What Are Your Favorite Snacks:
Yellow corn chips and medium hot salsa.
Chex Mix
Ritz crackers with Tillamook sharp cheddar.

7.) Who Will You Tag For This Meme?
All of you!!! I can't wait to read your answers!

Time for a silly, little song

Ben Folds Five w/ Regina Spektor "You Don't Know Me"

I received a tremendous gift yesterday from IrishKat at Sassy Irish Lassie. I was deemed a Ridiculously Awesome Person. I was added to The RAP Sheet.

Please go visit IrishKat and read about The RAP Sheet. It's a movement that should never end.

The party is starting, don't be afraid to mingle! When someone leaves a comment here go visit their blog. And when your blog is visited, go visit your guests blog. Keep the momentum going.
And let me know you've stopped by. I'm going to make a video Scrapbook!

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  1. What, I'm first? I've never made it to one of Ann's virtual GNOs, so I'm amazed that I'm first here. It's Friday now, almost 8, and I'm off to go eat some dinner and drink some wine... yeah, baby! I'll try to check back in soon...

  2. Sorry, just me again. I forgot to say, congrats on making the RAP sheet! Well-deserved! Kisses... mwah!

  3. Thanks so much for the invite Ann...how did you know!? That I needed to get my mind off of things! *hug*

    Here are my answers:
    1. I was in highschool.
    2. laundry, making meals, making calls, splitting wood, cleaning, blogging, homework with my 4 year-old (working on letters and reading skills), trying not to be bummed that I'm sick and a little grumpy
    3. oohhh - I would pay off bills, get a kitchen (always wanted one), a pool, a really old porche convertable, and play all day with my kids.
    4. Ontario, Canada - I've only moved once. Actually twice. My olds house is still standing 50 feet behind our new one.
    5.Not finishing things in a timely manner, eating chocolate, yelling at my kids (I hate that I do it sometimes - it's hard to be heard over 3 rambuxious boys sometimes.)
    6. Nachos, chocolate milkshakes, and strawberries.
    7. Petra of The Wise (*Young*) Mommy

    Thanks again Ann! Feel better already, and this is fun. It's officially my 1st vgno!

  4. I am here! Entertainment is great. I am off to socialize!

  5. This looks fun! I found you from Amazing Grace. I'll go check out the other blogs

  6. VERY cute idea! I'm off to mingle.

  7. We had a great time- we love a silly song!! now we must much on some of our favorite snacks...chips and salsa (with some guac too!) and of, course, some diet coke!!

    kari & kijsa

  8. Hey Ann,
    How could I not stop by at your fabulous par-tay? Love the entertainment, as always. Wasn't sure if I should bring (virtual) beer or wine so I got plenty of both! Cheers to everyone!
    :) Robin
    cinnamon and honey

  9. I happened upon your blog from...oh I don't even know from where, but I hope you don't mind that I'm crashing your party! What a fun idea! I'm hanging out while my daughter and her sleepover friend watch Disney channel and wear themselves out...I'm gonna do the Random 7 as a post right now. Thanks for hosting! ***handing you some beautifully wrapped virtual chocolate***

  10. Hello Ann stopping by to enjoy yet again another great GNO! Check out my Meme on Keep It Classy! Hello Robin!!

  11. I got here as soon as I could! It's FREEZING out here in Rhode Island. I'm bundled under a blanket, kids are snoozing and I'm thinking hot chocolate with a shot of something would be great. Thanks for hosting yet another great par-tay.
    1. Where were you 10 years ago?
    Married with three children and one sweet boy, Maxx on the way.

    2.) What is on today's to-do list?
    Absolutely nothing now that it's 11pm and I love it!!

    3.) What would you do if you were a billionaire?
    Grab my kids, Mr. Handsome, his two boys and a handful of teachers. We'd head to a gorgeous tropical island and live there...forever. With our own school team...ha!

    4.) Name 5 Places You Have Lived:
    New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Rhode Island and............?

    5.) Name 3 Of Your Bad Habits:
    Talking over people when I'm excited about something; getting impatient in a line; falling asleep with my laptop. Hey, it's warm!

    6.) What Are Your Favorite Snacks:
    Chips and Salsa, Watermelon (or any fruit) and Mr. Handsome. He's delicious.

  12. Hi Ann! Thanks for inviting me to your GNO! I've already had a couple of pina coladas--so I'm ready to party!

    Right now I'm watching Bill Maher and working on tomorrow's blog--I'm going to say hi to some of your commenters!

  13. P.S.. Forgot to say I love Ben Folds Five!

  14. I have got to get some sleep! It was great hanging out with all of you kind ladies! I will be by all your blogs tomorrow..didn't make it to everyone's yet this evening. Had a great time though!

  15. I have got to get some sleep! It was great hanging out with all of you kind ladies! I will be by all your blogs tomorrow..didn't make it to everyone's yet this evening. Had a great time though!

  16. Whoo Hoo! I can join in cause the kids are in bed and for some reason I am still awake!

  17. I've got teens. I won't be able to sleep 'til 1:00 probably, at the earliest. We're having a sleepover. Ugh.

  18. Believe it or not, they're listening to the Jonas Brothers, which is strange. Because a year ago, they were listening to hip-hop and would have stuck their noses way up in the air at the Jonas Brothers. I'm happy with the switch.


    Well, sorta, I have two extra kids this weekend...so it's a Radio Disney sort of party.

    My answers:

    1.) Ten years ago...pregnant with Mr. C...seven months along, trying to figure out this new life I was about to enter into. Excited, niave, thrilled, and so much more. A very magical time.

    2.) Todays to do list: Not done but thoughts were to do a good job at my "real job" (did that), and figure out stumble upon (so did not do that) and deal with two extra children for the weekend (mission accomplished!!!)

    3.) If I was a billionaire: I'd go live somewhere realy remote, beach type location and invite you all over for a drink! Oh...and pay for my kids education, pay off debt and never ever ever put myself in a position of being worried ever again. Live rest of life with ginormous smile on my face. :)

    4.) Five places I have lived. Really bad neighborhood in Dallas growing up. Nacogdoches, Texas in college (yeah, thats exactly north of nowhere), Dallas again, then multiple suburbs north of Dallas. Yes, I am boring but dedicated to Texas. Hook 'Em Horns!!

    5.) Three bad habits. Hmmm what to admit here. Nasty temper when provoked. (otherwise very laid back) Have little voice in my head that tells me I suck. Inability to relax and do nothing.

    6) Favorite snacks. Celery (salted) with Laughing Cow Cheese. Beef Jerkey. My babies chubby cheeks.

    7.) Tag? Oh crap. I didn't read far enough in...and now one of my four children is out of bed wandering. Sigh...I rarely get this right... next weekend I will be a beter GNO girl.

    Ann, you rock...xoxo and happy weekend!
    Mary Anne aka The Stiletto Mom

  20. OK, I slept through the party, but I am 9 hours ahead. I'd kill for some Tillamook cheese right now.

  21. Shit ~ I missed Friday night! Thank goodness I am here for SNL edition! I would like to request What's UP by 4 Non-Blondes. For some reason this song is the ultimate sing along once you've had a few - for me anyways! Ahh Good time, good times! Arrrr!

  22. Hi Ann!
    Just one of your 35 mil. visitors checking in to your party. Can you please play "Wipe Out" for me (circa 1960 something)? I can't mingle too long until later because I'm off to work soon.

    1. Ten years ago -- stay at home mom, mother of 3 under 7, and caught up in a cat fight with the leadership of a local stay at home moms support group! LOL! We're all still friends.

    2. To do: go to work; Think Up Something for Dinner; watch Die Hard 2 (guilty pleasure).

    3. With the billions: pay the bills. Pay the bills. Pay the bills. Maybe buy an ice cream cone with what's left.

    4. Where I've lived: Evergreen Park, IL; South Holland, IL; Lansing, IL. Adventure is not my middle name.

    5. Three bad habits: Twisting my hair when no one's looking; being too passive with obnoxious people; postponing mailing thank you notes after they're written.

    6. Favorite snacks: red wine, cheddar cheese, and wheat crackers; potato chips and sour cream dip; Neapolitan ice cream cone

    7. Tagging: Sucharita Sarkar, Why Not Blog It Out. On the other side of the world ....

  23. I really wanted to play last night but couldn't make it back to the computer. Are we playing again tonight? I will take a pic of my scrapbook expo stash and post it later tonight.

  24. Sorry I missed last night but this lassie was in a poopey mood - aka - NO fun to party with. But here are my random &

    1) Living in Milwaukee, engaged and enjoying life.

    2) Laundry, exercise, organize the office during 3 y/o map time, write article for Blissfully Domestic.

    3) Put away $$ for the boys, create a trust for Operation Mobilization, travel and splurge on some cute shoes :)

    4) Ohio, Wisconsin and hopefully somewhere else VERY soon.

  25. Ok my comment published itself - weird. So here are the rest of my answers:

    5) Overanalyzing situations, chocolate and twisting my hair.

    6) Warm brownies, cheese, wheat thins.

    I am glad you are enjoying your WELL deserved award.

    I have a suggestion for tonight's party. Have you seen the SNL skit about Sarah Palin and Hillary CLinton? It will make you laugh till you cry. I will see if I can find the link.

  26. Found it!! I'm gonna make you cry again :)


  27. Party tonite again? I'm up for it....my friend's 4 year old is sleeping over in addition to my 3....I'm going to need adults to hang with!!!


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