Monday, November 28, 2011

'Tis The Season To Go Shopping

Thanksgiving is over, which can only mean one thing.... Christmas shopping season begins!

Feel free to either join me in celebration with a peppermint mocha, or shoot me for gleefully announcing the inevitable.

Shopping at any time of the year can be a joyous occasion and/or fraught with peril.

For me, the older I get the less fun shopping becomes.  This tends to happen when shopping becomes an exercise in sadly watching your bank account dwindle while two screaming children hang from your arms.  So I finally did what I say I’m going to do every year and spread out my Christmas shopping all year long.  It’s a far cry from the days of yore when I’d head out on black Friday for a day-long shop-a-thon.  

On the plus side, when you shop online, you get to stay in your pajamas and there’s very little threat of getting trampled.  On the negative side, as our friend Marianna learned, shopping online can have its own aggravations and asshattery when your order is shipped incorrectly, or NOT SHIPPED AT ALL.

Besides, going out means you might find something unexpected, such as a, well, a mysterious something shaped like a reproductive organ in the parking lot.  Trust me, I know.

So, all this leads to this week’s prompt.  We want your SHOPPING STORIES, Black Friday or otherwise.  Do you love shopping?  Hate it?  Any hilarious shopping-related escapades to regale us with?  Share, share, share!  We love to hear from you.  Link up below or email cheesybloggers@gmail.com to have your post featured on our main page.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Giving Thanks!


Happy Thanksgiving this week y'all!

I wish you loads of good food, good friends and family, good laughs, and good deals if you're batshit crazy enough to head out shopping on Black Friday. This week, if you have any Thanksgiving-related posts, recipes, videos, humor, or more to share, please link up below or email us at cheesybloggers@gmail.com .
                                     
While you're at it, enjoy our National Thanksgiving Anthem, courtesy of Adam Sandler.





Here are some GREAT Thanksgiving recipes, courtesy of Pinterest, my new obsession: (notice my dessert focus??)











     










Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Grand Finale Ménage à Trois

It's finally here! The Grand Finale to our week of "how to get greedy" quizes.  AND IT'S A GOOD ONE.  My fellow Cheesy Blogger founders MIss Sarcasm and MIss Angela have joined me in a very special three-way.  We all graded each other's quizes and you'll just have to read it to see who won!

Question 1: When was the last time you bought something fun and exciting FOR YOURSELF that cost more than 100 bucks?
A - When I was a teenager working at Blockbuster.
B - When my parents gave me $100 bucks from their latest bingo winnings.
C - Last week, and it wasn't even just alcohol.
Question 2: When was the last time you had an uninterrupted 30 minute shower or bath voluntarily? As in, not because you had to wash, but because it was warm and it felt nice.

A - Um, what is a shower?
B - The last time my husband/kids left me alone for one goddam day.
C - I do this a lot, it's the only way I CAN GET THE EFF AWAY FROM THEM.

















Question 3: When was the last time you got dressed up, went out with friends, and drank and laughed and came home late?

A - When I turned drinking age, or at my bachelorette party.
B - At my last birthday.
C - Last week because I finally got a babysitter and managed not to pass out at 8pm.




Question 4: When was the last time sex was for YOU?

A - Not applicable, I don't like sex.
B - Sometime this year I think.
C - It wasn't that long ago and I remember it clearly - i.e., I wasn't even that drunk.















 Question 5: Have you ever taken a few minutes to enrich YOUR life today?

A - Does playing with my kids count?
B - I got a pedicure last month.
C - I rest for a least a few minutes each day. A few deep breaths, some yoga, the gym, a book, some writing, etc.












Marianna’s Total Score:
Fuck. I need a calculator. Hold on….. 782.3 I’m figuring high points are good. SO YOU WIN! Unless my point total is better. Which would be WAY more awesome.

Miss Sarcasm’s Total Score:
171 points. Even though I made up the numbers in a totally random fashion, I say that’s pretty darn good!

Ang’s Total Score:
296 well-earned points! Excellent score. Buy yourself something fun/pretty though.  SOON.  And you should know by now how important it is to listen to me.  I am a genius, afterall.

Friday, November 18, 2011

It's hard to score a memory problem...

Before I get to tonight’s quiz responses, I have to update you on Carm, who told me that she actually did finally have sex. Which of course I take FULL credit for. 

Also, you’d better not be sick of this yet because YOU HAVE TO TUNE IN TOMORROW. My fellow co-founders have each answered the quiz with me and we will all be scoring EACH OTHER. It’s a THREE-WAY, people. C’mon.

Ok, so here we go. Tonight I have the responses of not one, not two, but THREE amazing gals.

First, Ashes from Adventures of a Little Light
Second, Lauren (formerly known as Elle P) from Spill the Beans
Third, Lizbeth over at Four Sea Stars

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Question 1: When was the last time you bought something fun and exciting FOR YOURSELF that cost more than 100 bucks?

Ashes: I guess a plane ticket to a concert I've wanted to see for the last 9 years counts. I got to spend 3 whole days with a friend from japan, run around the museum of natural history like a punk, and meet members of a band I've loved since high school. Yup. Fun and Exciting.... and definitely over 100 bucks.

Lauren: C: - OMG, WAIT until you hear this! So I went to the Kate Spade outlet (swoon) and saw this purse that I L-O-V-E-D online last year, right there on the shelf. It was as if the clouds parted, a ray of sun shone directly upon it, while the angels of heaven were singing. It was originally $225 BUT was on sale! It was 40% off, plus I had an additional 10% off coupon. Awesome!!! I was still trying to decide if I wanted to commit, when one of the sales people came over on the sly and whispered, "That purse is an additional secret 40%." Me: "SOLD!" I got that purse for $73 plus tax. Hot damn! That totally counts, right? I should get extra points for such an amazing deal! (This will come in handy for question 4.)

Lizbeth: D- OMG, I can't remember. Seriously, I CAN'T REMEMBER.

SCORE: Ashes totally wins this with a decent C - she completely treated herself! Lauren, you come in second, but I don’t think you would have bought it without the deal, so I say B. Lizbeth, that’s an A – a nasty-ass dirty A.    109, 47, -80.

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Question 2: When was the last time you had an uninterrupted 30 minute shower or bath voluntarily? As in, not because you had to wash, but because it was warm and it felt nice.

Ashes: I'm going to have to go with C - I do this a lot, it's the only way I CAN GET THE EFF AWAY FROM THEM. "Them" being the dog and the dishes.

Lauren: B - Sigh. I don't actually remember. With all of these boys, I feel like I live in a frat house and feel like my master bathroom is the common area. Perhaps I should lock the door...

Lizbeth: D- OMG, I can't remember.

SCORE: Ashes wins again – clearly she’s the most well-rounded individual among all of us. I think Lauren is kidding herself with the B – this sounds like an A if I’ve ever heard one. Lizbeth? C’mon girl.    78, -45, -65.


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Question 3: When was the last time you got dressed up, went out with friends, and drank and laughed and came home late?

Ashes: Hmmmm.... Hmmmmmm....... HHHHMMMMMMM.... maybe 3 years ago? *counts fingers* Yup 3 years ago. Kinda doesn't help that most of my friends have scattered since then. Yay military community... yay....

Lauren: C – (Closest answer) About 3 weeks ago, I got all dressed up, went into Philly and spent a girls' night out with my cousins. We even played beer pong! (Never mind the fact that they are younger than me and had to TEACH ME HOW TO PLAY. What? I was a good girl.) Anyway, we had so much fun. I almost spent the night but ended up driving the hour home and got in around 1:30 a.m. Totally worth it.

Lizbeth: A - When I turned drinking age, or at my bachelorette party. I think. I don't remember that either.

SCORE: Ok Ashes, that’s an A, but the military aspect is tricky, so it’s a gentle A. Lauren, that is so awesome! A well-deserved C! And Lizbeth… well, I’m worried about you – you might have a memory problem.    1, 94, -54.

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Question 4: When was the last time sex was for YOU?

Ashes: Ummmm... last Wednesday. Because I had to go without for 4 weeks.

Lauren: Can this be an optional question? Kind of like bowing out of Biology class when it was time to dissect a frog? Only because I don't want to talk about my sex life online. Except to say that I do have one. :)

Lizbeth: D- OMG, I can't remember.

SCORE: Ashes, this is good! I call it a C. Lauren, of course you can bow out. Given that you *have* a sex life, I call that a solid B. Lizbeth, honey, I think we need to talk.    69, 32, I’d rather not say.

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Question 5: Have you ever taken a few minutes to enrich YOUR life today?

Ashes: Does playing video games count? No? Then my blogging time is my enrichment time. I get to read and enjoy the other bloggers in my sphere and type out whatever is screaming from the top of my head. My life feels richer for it anyways. (^_^)

Lauren: B-ish. On Sunday, I went to my favorite spa and had a 2 HOUR long massage. It was glorious. I don't do it very often, however I got a great deal. I always, always, always look for promos. Today, I will be getting my hair cut and colored- I am 33 and should not have gray hair! Damn genetics. I plan to bring my nook and revel in the silence while my hair is processing. I can't remember the last time I was able to read something that isn't on a backlit screen.

Lizbeth: B - I got a pedicure about 5 years ago. Does eating cheese balls on the way to school count? I thought so.

SCORE: Ashes, video games count if you like them, and blogging counts too if it isn’t a chore, so C! Lauren, this sounds glorious. I’m so jealous that I’m tempted to score you negative 1000, but I won’t. C! Lizbeth, given your obvious memory problems, I offer you a C for the cheese balls. You are speaking to the RIGHT PERSON about cheese.   73, 114, 602.

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My final scores and advice for these lovely ladies?

Ashes you’re the most well-adjusted blogger I’ve come across yet. Congrats. 330 points. But next time you go to see a band, I WANT TO COME! We can take care of the late night drinking too.

Lauren, you’re awesome. 242 for you! But try not to worry *too* much about the “deals” –sometimes it’s refreshing to spend money, even if you don’t have it. It’s therapeutic. Even better, try to spend someone else’s money.

Lizbeth. You’re adorable. 403 points! Best score yet. And all thanks to cheese balls. Try to get another pedicure, though, ok?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I'm doing you a favour here, Carm. Understand?

You guys are so amazing.  BEST BLOGGIES EVER.  All of your answers to our cheesy quiz are WICKED and I love you. 

Our darling friend Carm from A Life Less Ordinary sent me her "outside-the-box" answers.

By "outside-the-box" I mean she was too damn particular to actually answer WITHIN the parameters provided.  A, B, or C were too "restricting" for Carm, so she had to pick D.  FOR EVERY SINGLE ANSWER.  Which, in theory, should be an automatic FAIL simply for disrespecting the original quiz.  DISRESPECT.  Whatever, Carm.  WHATEVER.  I'll score you anyway.  Just because I'm good at it and you deserve my infinite wisdom just like the rest of these fine people. I guess.


Question 1 SCORE: It seems that this answer is between an A and a B.  A and a half.  You obviously suck at buying stuff for yourself.  I  think the next thing you buy for yourself should be an alphabet book so you can learn that the three most important letters are A, B, and C.  D isn't even in the top 3.  Actually, not even in the top 6 - obviously X, Y, and Z are next.  Oh, and everyone loves LMNOP.  So, basically, D is the worst.  Minus 178 points. 

Question 2 SCORE: This is a B and a half.  And aren't you just so damn clever?  I'm glad you locked the bathroom door though.  Lock those effers OUT.  In fact, come to think of it, you should have somehow locked THEM in there, because then you get free-run of the whole house.  51 points. 

Question 3 SCORE: Yes, you are a little party mama, eh?  I love it.  I guess I have to admit that this is kinda a real D.  FINE.  YOU WIN.  113 points.

Question 4 SCORE: Ok, this is a like an A, but worse.  I change my advice from the first question.  I think you may need to buy some sex.  You'll feel better.  Promise.  Pity 3 points.

Question 5 SCORE: Yes. 121.

Wow.  Somehow you ended up with 110 points.  Which I really don't think you deserve, but whatever. 

My overall advice? You are awesome and you need to change nothing. 

Except maybe you should use some of that drunken energy to track yourself down some sex.  This is important. 

Oh, and maybe also watch some Sesame Street - they're good at teaching ABCs.

Also, since you said you were up for my analysis, I have one more thing to add:  I get the sense that you need to go a little easier on yourself.  Try to channel the pre-kids life every now and then find something fun to lighten your day.  xo

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rotting teeth are a PROBELM

Prepare youselves for my extremely intelligent analysis of Diann's quiz responses.  Make sure you read these.  You should really be taking every opportunity to learn something from me.  Seriously, people. 


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Question 1: When was the last time you bought something fun and exciting FOR YOURSELF that cost more than 100 bucks?

A - Right now my husband and I are going through a change in our finances so we each have a mental list of things we want to buy with the little extra cash we should have each paycheck. So far this has not gone so well and the things on our lists disappear from our minds as quickly as the paycheck gets spent. I have my eye on a new laptop and/or a Kindle Fire, but also a new sonicare toothbrush, so we'll see what wins first lol. The last thing I bought over $100 just for myself?? I really can't think of anything right now . . . maybe clothes, but that's been quite awhile.

SCORE: Wow.  At least you know you're bad.  I get the finance bit, but seriously? You can't even buy a toothbrush?  THAT'S A PROBLEM.  That thing will just pay for itself in the absence of dentist bills.  Also, I hate to be the one to tell you, but you *may* have a breath problem.  Minus 112 points. 

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Question 2: When was the last time you had an uninterrupted 30 minute shower or bath voluntarily? As in, not because you had to wash, but because it was warm and it felt nice.

B - I believe the last time for me was when my husband forced me to stay in the bath and relax, sometime during the summer this year.

SCORE: Ok.  I keep hearing this.  It doesn't really count if someone makes you.  I mean, it's better than nothing, but c'mon.  You have to make the effort yourself.  It doesn't have to be a bath (although it seems like given your tooth-related hygiene habits you could probably use one).  It could be a nap, or a yoga class, or a dentist appointment.  Whatever makes you feel good!  11 points. 


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Question 3: When was the last time you got dressed up, went out with friends, and drank and laughed and came home late?

B - In all reality, I don't really remember the last time I truly got dressed up AND drank AND came home late. I've dressed up for work, I've drank at parties, or I've come home late, but not all 3 at once for a long time.

SCORE: Solid B.  I think it makes a difference to do all this at one time.  Drinking is the only one that could really fall off the list, and that's only if you have a really good reason - like the world runs out of alcohol.  And dressing up for work SO DOES NOT COUNT. I give you 37 points for this. 


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Question 4: When was the last time sex was for YOU?

B - Right now my husband takes it when he can get it due to my horrendous commute and performance schedule and/or him not feeling well. I'm hoping to change that soon because I don't want to be THAT married couple lol :).

SCORE:  Um, alright.  It shouldn't just be for your husband though - it should be for both of you.  Or even better, forget him entirely.  But I like that you have a goal in mind.  67!


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Question 5: Have you ever taken a few minutes to enrich YOUR life today?

C - I've really worked hard on this one . . . a year ago I wouldn't have answered the same (but I still have yet to get myself a pedicure and I've been saying I want one since summer 2010), but I am making small improvements to my life because I NEED to due to the stress that's unavoidable right now.

SCORE: I love this C.  This is an intentional, deliberate, practiced C.  Well earned and well-thought out.  Stress is tough, but it will always be there.  (Especially if the no-alcohol scenario from above were ever to play out.)  I'll toss you a 102 on this one. 


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Total score:  105

Nice job Diann.  Despite the fact that I'm worried about the onset of gum disease and tooth decay, I think you have a good handle on things.  My invaluable advice: HAVE SEX.  But make sure you do it when/how/if YOU want to.  (Maybe just borrow someone's toothbrush first, though.) 

Thanks SO much for joining in!

Crack cocaine might be the way to go

Another awesome quiz response form our wickedsmart chemist friend Jaime from It's So Fuzzy!  And of course, my highly informed and intelligent analysis.  Of COURSE. 

You can get quizzing yourself if you like!  Just answer the Qs and send them to CheesyBloggers@gmail.com

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Question 1: When was the last time you bought something fun and exciting FOR YOURSELF that cost more than 100 bucks?

C - couple weeks ago I bought some new sweaters (first time in a year) and then within the last year I bought a new laptop and a new camera. Having inheritance money helps, though.... otherwise my $$ seems to mostly get spent on bills and food for the family

SCORE: This is a basic C.  Although inheritance money is a tricky one to evaluate - I know, because I've also been faced with this interesting predicament.  But first-time-in-a-year sweaters don't really count, and I suspect the laptop is for your studies.  The camera is decent.  11 points. 


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Question 2: When was the last time you had an uninterrupted 30 minute shower or bath voluntarily? As in, not because you had to wash, but because it was warm and it felt nice.

C - I do this all the fucking time. I live with 2 boys.... my shower time is sometimes the only time I get some time to myself and I don't like being interrupted. It could be an apocalypse rain of fire doom and destruction outside during my shower and I would be blissfully unaware as I lather up my hair.

SCORE: Yes, EXACTLY.  This is precisely what a shower should be.  Effing leave me alone and let me clean myself in PEACE.  104 points. 


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Question 3: When was the last time you got dressed up, went out with friends, and drank and laughed and came home late?

A - I don't remember the last time I went out just with the girls and had a good time... it always seems like the bf's end up coming and then it's not so much a girls night. I miss those days.

SCORE: This is a bummer.  A night to let loose once in a while is KEY to life happiness - Ahem, not happiness, TOLERANCE.  Life tolerance.  Minus 63 points. 


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Question 4: When was the last time sex was for YOU?

B - I think it was sometime this year.. I really don't remember. Between me being tired from school and him being tired from work .. I'm surprised when we do get it on that either of us is even awake for it. I have a feeling snoring isn't so much a turn on.

SCORE:  This is fair.  I'm right there with ya on this one.  It's still a shame though.  Solid B.  33 points. 


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Question 5: Have you ever taken a few minutes to enrich YOUR life today?

C - I guess the 5 hours I spend on the bus every day could be considered time for myself. I read my kindle, tweet and listen to music... I feel like I'm in my own little world sometimes.

SCORE: I totally do this on my bus ride too.  However, I don't think you get a C.  Being trapped for 2.5 hours twice a day is WAY too long.  I say it's a high B.  41 points. 

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Total score:  126!

This is pretty good! 

I just get the sense, though, that you still feel kinda down.  Totally reasonable, of course, it just seems like you should be more excited about your C's.  C's are something to be proud of in this case!

But feeling good needs to be an intentional effort most of the time. 

So, my advice?  Find something that really makes you happy, and make a conscious effort to DO IT.  Monthly pedicures, or weekly joint marital back massages, or a crack cocaine addiction.  Something that is just for you, and no one else, and that doesn't feel like a chore.  (Although a crack cocaine addiction could be considered a chore, so maybe think about that.) 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How to be greedy and selfish - Not bad, but not great

Hello!  Today I have this week's very first response to our "I gotta quit being so selfless" quiz.  Like Cosmo, but WAY FRIGGIN BETTER. 

Our adorable friend Sherilin at Laughing My Abs Off submitted her answers to these very important life-altering and inspirational questions.  And I have very graciously provided an advanced scientific evaluation of her responses. 

You can do the quiz too! Just email your answers to CheesyBloggers@gmail.com !

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Question 1: When was the last time you bought something fun and exciting FOR YOURSELF that cost more than 100 bucks?

i can't honestly remember if i ever have. it would have had to have been more than 13 years ago because i've been broke since i got married. ain't love grand?

SCORE: I call this an A.  And it's one of the worst As I've ever seen.  This is terrible and you lose 51 points.  Sorry.  Consider this a wake-up call. 

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Question 2: When was the last time you had an uninterrupted 30 minute shower or bath voluntarily? As in, not because you had to wash, but because it was warm and it felt nice.

probably a year ago. when i was really sick. and i served no practical purpose in my life, so i might as well soak in that germy rump chowder and enjoy it.

SCORE: I also call this an A.  But it's better than never, and I think when you're sick it's a good time to bathe in your own misery.  Minus 22 points. 


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Question 3: When was the last time you got dressed up, went out with friends, and drank and laughed and came home late?

last month. living with my in-laws does have that lovely built-in babysitter perk.

SCORE: I like this! You get a C.  However, it's a minor C because when you move out of your inlaws' place I predict that you'll slip back into a B.  And I'm an expert.  So, you get 61 points. 

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Question 4: When was the last time sex was for YOU?

for who? for me?! i forgot that it was designed to work both ways. i used to be a fun hussy having sex all the time for fun, but infertility wrecked my sex drive and broke my O button.

SCORE:  I'm sorry to hear that.  Infertility is so hard.  But I have hope for you in the future, given that you have a history of being a hussy.  I'll give this an A, but it's not a bad one.  Minus 15 points. 

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Question 5: Have you ever taken a few minutes to enrich YOUR life today?

i do get some free time in the evenings every other night when the husband puts the girl to bed. that's when i get to write or watch trashy tv or whatever little goodies i think up for myself.

SCORE: I love this! Amazing way to do it.  Other people should do this too.  C!  You get 114 points!


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i'm not very good at following directions, so i didn't do the multiple choice answers. probably i should be fired.

You should NOT be fired.  You did the quiz perfectly.  Bonus 8 points!


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Your score is.... 95! 

This is pretty good.  Overall advice:  Aim for more Bs.  Your Cs are awesome but they're inconsistent.  Too many A's are a problem - they mean you are a selfless and considerate person who is not nearly greedy enough.  Giving to everyone else all the friggin time is extremely exhausting, so you have to TAKE sometimes too.  Gimme gimme!

Your first task is to go out and BUY SOMETHING.  Just $50 or $100 bucks.  And it has to be an actual something you can KEEP.  Like a piece of jewelery or a pair of cute shoes. 

I INSIST that you do this and report back. 

Thanks for playing Sherilin!

-Marianna Annadanna

Sunday, November 13, 2011

It's a like a Cosmo quiz, but so much friggin better

If you guys happen to follow me on my personal blog (Maranna Annadanna @SnappySurprise) you might already know that Hubby recently bought a new car... a new car of which I am extremely resentful jealous envious. 

I was supposed to get a new car first!  The shit head beat me to it.  A-hole. 

So in order to deal with my resentment jealousy envy I routinely shit on ignore Hubby's new car purchase.  And I started thinking about why I never treat myself to fun new stuff and then take my selfish misery out on poor Hubby.

YOUR FAULT A-HOLE!

That's what we all do, isn't it?  Many of us women, us wives, us mothers, us caregivers, us humans.  We don't give ourselves enough slack.  We never treat ourselves.  We never let it be ok to just BUY SOMETHING PRETTY once in an effing while. 

We hold ourselves to higher standard than we'd ever hold others and we never let up. 

Have you seen Hyperbole and a Half's recent post?  I love the renderings of her own internal voice kicking the shit out of her.  CLASSIC.  I think my inner voice and her inner voice hang out in the same group of jerks.

Go see Hyperbole and a Half

And even my dear cheesy friend Miss Sarcasm threatened today to spend a shit-ton of money as her hub's punishment for being an dick pickle.  (Well, spending money, and punching him in the throat.) 

You can read this and other genius tweets!

All of this led me thinking about if and when we'll ever ease the eff up on ourselves - if we'll ever let ourselves get away with something JUST FOR THE EFFING FUN OF IT.

So I came up with this quiz.  I'll do the quiz myself and post my answers on Friday,  In the meantime, please answer the questions (because I'm chicken and you have to do it first).  Then email me your responses at CheesyBloggers@gmail.com and I'll post them!

Or just complete the quiz and don't send it.  Whatever.  Wussy.


Ok.  Here goes.   Pick the answer that most applies to your state of mind. 

Question 1:  When was the last time you bought something fun and exciting FOR YOURSELF that cost more than 100 bucks?

A - When I was a teenager working at Blockbuster.
B - When my parents gave me $100 bucks from their latest bingo winnings.
C - Last week, and it wasn't even just alcohol.

Question 2:  When was the last time you had an uninterrupted 30 minute shower or bath voluntarily? As in, not because you had to wash, but because it was warm and it felt nice.

A - Um, what is a shower?
B - The last time my husband/kids left me alone for one goddam day.
C - I do this a lot, it's the only way I CAN GET THE EFF AWAY FROM THEM. 

Question 3:  When was the last time you got dressed up, went out with friends, and drank and laughed and came home late?

A - When I turned drinking age, or at my bachelorette party.
B - At my last birthday.
C - Last week because I finally got a babysitter and managed not to pass out at 8pm.

Question 4: When was the last time sex was for YOU?

A - Not applicable, I don't like sex.
B - Sometime this year I think.
C - It wasn't that long ago and I remember it clearly - i.e., I wasn't even that drunk. 

Question 5: Have you ever taken a few minutes to enrich YOUR life today?

A - Does playing with my kids count?
B - I got a pedicure last month.
C - I rest for a least a few minutes each day.  A few deep breaths, some yoga, the gym, a book, some writing, etc. 

Now go forth and get quizzing!  Send your answers (short or long, funny or serious) to CheesyBloggers@gmail.com ! 

And don't forget to check out this week's Spreadable Cheese too.  Pretty please?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I AM The Crazy Cat Lady

GeishaGirl, at Thoughts From My Inner Diva Dragon, gives us some insight on what it REALLY means to be a “crazy” cat lady.  Doesn’t sound too bad to me!

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I recently found the blog Cat Vs Human (http://catversushuman.blogspot.com/) and it justified everything that is me regarding animals.  I have been an avid cat lover since I was born, truly.  My love of cats was specified by the fact that we had a blue-point siamese for our family pet since before I was born.  She was the first family member I ever lost and her personality and love stays with me to this day.

We have always had cats in my house and I only went for about a year without any animals in my domicile.  However, during that time I did work at a veterinary hospital, so I was in contact with animals still.

Funny thing . . . I found out right after my time working at the veterinary hospital that I am allergic to both cats and dogs, but I continue to have animals in my life (and just take meds to live with them).

Right now I have 3 wonderful siamese cats that rule my life.  But that's not all.  We also have 2 guinea pigs.  If you have never seen guinea pigs and cats together you should - it's a fun time :).  We let our guinea pigs roam around free sometimes, but they mostly stay in their cages.

Here's the rundown of the pets in our household right now:
- Vader (Darth) - black male guinea pig
- Fett (Boba) - tan & white male guinea pig
- Ayanami Rei (Mama) - lynx point female siamese
- Cortex (Dad) - seal point male siamese
- Inara (Daughter) - lynx point female siamese.

We have a busy house, just as I have a busy life.  I wouldn't have it any other way though - much to my husband's dismay sometimes.

But that's not all.  Well, that's all there is right now, but in the past we have also had frogs, anoles, and bearded dragons.  In the future, when we have a house of our own instead of living in apartments and with other people, we want a dog (Pembroke Welsh Corgi to be specific) and a Russian tortoise.  Our house will be a menagerie where people can come to be surrounded by animals - or so I joke now.  I think we will always be outnumbered animals to humans, but not having any just isn't as interesting or fun of a life.

I hope this give some insight to why I am a complete and total cat lady.  I'll let you know if our menagerie ever truly gets going!

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Thanks for sharing, GeishaGirl!  

There's still time to link up your funny pet stories below.  And if you want to see your pet featured on our main page, just email your post CheesyBloggers@gmail.com.  Keep 'em coming!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Love Me, Love My Pet

Hello, cheesy bloggers! Angela@BeggingTheAnswer here with this week's theme: pets!!!


Now, I don't have a pet at this point in my life (sad, I know.)  But should I get a pet in the nearby future, I'd want it to be a cat based on an experience I had about a year ago. 


We had just moved back to Wisconsin, and I was unpacking some boxes in the basement, when I felt something scurry past my leg.  Thinking it was some kind of rodent, I shrieked and ran upstairs, only to find a large, orange tabby-cat reclining on my sofa.  The cat had a collar, but no tags, so I just put it outside thinking it would go home.  Instead it spent the next six hours meowing on my porch.


My brother-in-law suggested keeping the cat and naming it “Doogie Meowser.”  Unfortunately, the cat left before I could get it to respond to its new name.


Still, if I ever got a cat, I’m totally taking my brother-in-law up on that Doogie Meowser suggestion.  With a name like that, the cat would be OBLIGATED to become the world’s first and youngest cat-doctor, and I’ll be able to retire early and mooch off my cat’s millions.  That is, until the cat throws me in the old-folks home.  But that won’t happen for years.


But enough about me and my hypothetical pets.  I want to hear about you and your (probably) REAL pets.  So link up below.  It'll be fun!!!  And of course, email CheesyBloggers@gmail.com to have your post (and pet) featured on our main page!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cutest Gnome EVER

One of our very own cheesy co-founders got all creatively dressed up for Halloween this year.  Young at heart, this girl is.  She thinks gnomes are terrifying and scary, but based on what I can see, they are pretty stinking adorable.
LOVE the costume, Marianna!