Monday, April 21, 2008

It's Not Easy Being Green

I just returned from Walmart having spent over an hour roaming the aisles. The voyage took longer than usual since I was in the market for items not normally on my shopping list. As I stood in the check-out line, I spotted reusable Walmart cloth bags! Happy Earth Day to me, I said to myself, and threw 10 of them in my shopping cart to celebrate. The checker enthusiastically agreed to sack my groceries in my new bags and promised I could reuse them on my next shopping trip. Unfortunately, the handles of the bags were bound together with plastic in order to display the tag, rendering the bags utterly and completely useless...until next time.

Oh the irony.

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle.
Although I try to reuse and/or recycle my plastic shopping bags, 'tis better to reduce their prevalence in our environment. I hope to do another month or so.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Just another Sunday morning here at La Casa B.

I warmed up a brown bagel for breakfast, assuming it was chocolate. You can imagine my surprise when it was, in fact, a rye bagel with caraway seeds baked in. Rye bread (aka Green Bread toasted with butter)? Good. Rye bagel? Not so much.

It was a big weekend for laundry here, and based on the contents of my underwear drawer (or rather, lack thereof), it had been at least 3 weeks since I last washed clothes. Unfortunately, I'm missing a black tank top, last seen March 27, and one new "footie" purchased from Target last Sunday. I never lose clothes to the mythical laundry monster, but I've looked everywhere I think they might be. I hope C doesn't have them!

Hope you're enjoying a relaxing Sunday!

P.S. Can you believe this is my 200th post? Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Great Paintball Massacre of 2008

Around 11:00 this morning, C and I planned to run some errands, specifically to check out new bread-themed restaurant across town (which, as it turned out, is not open on Sundays). As we pulled out of the driveway, we were stunned to see this:

Yep, that's my front porch. Please don't focus on the grass. I'm sorry you can't see the super-cute YikYak pink tulip (that C hates) hanging on the front door.

Then we closed the garage door. Have a looksy (you might have to click on the image to really see it).

Then I walked around to the west side of the house where I saw this:

Then I called the police to file a report. I notified the other three neighbors whose homes had also been vandalized while C hosed down our house. Fortunately, the little turds only hit gutters and siding, so no real damage was done, although I'll need to clean the rubber seal around the garage door with Softscrub with bleach to completely remove the paint stain.


In honor of Earth Day (April 22), the joy of reading, and my never-ending quest to rid my world of clutter, I introduce you to PaperBackSwap.

The concept is simple: you post books you are willing to part with (more about that later). When another member requests your book, you mail it to them at your expense via Media Mail. Once the other member receives your book, you get a credit you can then use to request a book from another member. That member sends the book to you at their expense. The book is yours to keep forever or to post again for another swap.

In the past week I have posted 20 books, sent 5, and have 3 new books in route to me. To get you started, the club gives you 2 free credits in exchange for posting 10 books. This is not a paid testimonial; however, if you sign up, post your books and name me as a referral, I get a free credit! Woo hoo! Email me at kpbilder[at]gmail[dot]com if you're interested. For those of you with kids, there appears to be a good selection of children's and tween books too!

Identifying which books I have been willing to part with has been an interesting conversation with myself. Someday soon, C and I hope to purchase a bookshelf for our living room, so I have saved some of the nicer hardbacks for permanent display even though they aren't my favorite books. My collection of British Harry Potters remains, OF COURSE. But after mulling it over for several months, I decided there were a lot of books I could let go, because, for whatever reason, they just didn't affect my heart or my mind the way my mostest-favoritest books did the first time I read them. I have freed up an entire shelf, which I hope to gradually fill with only my mostest-favoritest books!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Almighty Cleanse

As I surfed the channels this afternoon, I learned that I am carrying around 5 to 22 pounds of encrusted fecal matter in my bowels. The proposed solution? A quarterly cleanse. May I instead recommend a bran muffin or Taco Bell? And may I also note that the Mayo Clinic says regular cleansing has no health benefits?

Should we really be getting health advice from an infomercial?

I made the mistake of Googling "colon cleansing" while trying to identify the source of this "fact." Beware: people are posting pictures of their own poo.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

KimmyGoat Performs!

Why do I find singing so cathartic?

C is out of the house for awhile this evening, and I am compelled to perform! I can do nothing but sing along with my iPod, occasionally busting a move or two. I am Tori Amos. I am Sarah McLachlan. I am Norah Jones. I am Simon AND Garfunkel. I am the entire freakin' Dave Matthews Band!

I knowledge of lyrics is limited; my vocal range even more so. I'm wearing a new pair of gray sweatpants and old green sweatshirt from Eddie Bauer, socks that will have holes in them within a few weeks, my favorite headband, and amazingly, a bra (how else can I restrain The Girls while I'm busting my moves?).

I am a content as I can be. And maybe just a teensy-weensy bit nuts.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I'm a Winner!

Seems just about anyone can win every 20 years or so.

For the record, I was #1 of 14 of my 90+ Facebook friends who chose to participate in the Official Tournament Brackets. Among all Facebook participants, I earned a respectable ranking of 12,826th. I have never experienced this level of success in a tournament bracket before. I am a winner (of, unfortunately, nothing but pride).

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Rock Chalk...

...Jayhawk, KU.

Just so ya'll know...I only whispered it, and I am only a teensy-weensy bit excited for Monday night.

Wind Blown

C and I spent the afternoon with friends at the ballpark cheering on the Husker baseball team. The 20-25 mph sustained south wind blew into our faces for the entire game. My hair is in a permanent state of slicked back, and my face feels hot even though the sun only shined on us for half of the game. While the temperature was near 70, the shade and wind chill brought it down to about 55 in my uneducated estimation. Not exactly pleasant.

You know what else isn't exactly pleasant? Seeing the T-back of a woman's thong underwear rise above the waistband of her jeans. I had the great misfortune of seeing TWO sets of butt cheeks so displayed this afternoon at the game. Quite...unattractive.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Kids and Starbucks

I stopped by Starbucks this morning on my way to work for a VENTInonfatnowhipmochaforKim. I've not slept well for the past few nights, and needless to say, by Friday morning, my ass was dragging. Don't judge me.

After nearly running over a group of hyperactive high school students in town for the annual Nebraska FFA* conference, I found a prime parking spot and quickly bolted from my car in an effort to beat them to Starbucks, as I knew they would likely double the size of the line. My bolt was successful, and I was in and out in 5 minutes flat. Given that these kids followed me into Starbucks singing country tunes at the tops of their voices (yes, I am familiar with the genre, again, don't judge me), it seemed unlikely they really NEEDED a jolt of coffee just to get them through the morning.

This got me thinking...should unaccompanied minors be allowed in Starbucks? Do we really want our teenagers hyped up on hormones and crack Starbucks?

* Although I was never a member of FFA, I am strong supporter of the organization and have been impressed with the leadership skills and commitment to agriculture it develops in its members. However, I am not a strong supporter of the organization's uniform combination of navy and black. Those colors don't match.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Yes, It's Spring

Two rainy days this week *almost* had me convinced that indeed, spring has sprung, and I can put away my parka.

My hunch was confirmed this evening on the way to Walmart with C.

Madge and Bitsy are back.