Fall Finally Arrives with Hotel Transylvania, Body by Vi Challenge Accepted, Comic Moment, Banana Spider and Genius Birthday Card

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on October 9, 2012 · 29 comments

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Fall has finally arrived here in the Small Town.  About time.  Mother Natures persistent excessive humidity was about to drive me crazy.  Or crazier.  Either way, it was crazy humid the past five months.  We actually had to fire up the furnace and pellet stoves yesterday since it sort of got cold fast, but it looks like later this week we officially have the weather I enjoy the most – not too hot and not too cold and humidity has been rendered in absentia.  That makes me a happy camper.

Princess Nagger had yesterday and today off from school for Columbus Day and a Teacher Inservice day – we decided what better way to spend some quality girl time by going to see Hotel Transylvania:

It was really funny – we were both laughing out loud during the movie, it was fun to hear Princess Nagger cackling during the funny parts.  She wanted to see that or Frankenweenie, but let me choose which one, and after looking at both previews I opted for Hotel Transylvania.  I think I’ll nominate the hubby to take her to see Frankenweenie – I don’t know what it is, but it just doesn’t appeal to me.

While we were off enjoying the movie, I left the hubby in charge of hanging out with the guy who came to install the new dishwasher (finally).  Now the kitchen is complete, except the new appliances really make the horrid mustard yellow counter-tops stand out as extra annoyingly ugly.  I still haven’t figured out who in their right mind chose such an awful color for a kitchen, but we’ll be taking care of that soon enough, especially since we want it to be appealing to a future home buyer when we sell the house next year to move back West.

Stay tuned for some fun demolishing as we also yank out the drywall drop ceiling the same ‘brilliant’ mind thought was better than leaving it at the 10-foot level.  Getting rid of the low ceiling will be a vast improvement making a smallish kitchen look bigger.  I can’t wait to start ripping that sucker out.  It will be a good workout.

Speaking of workouts, I recently got Zumba Fitness 2 for the Wii – I’ll finally be breaking that sucker out this morning after the hubby leaves for work and while the kids are still sleeping.  You know, so I can feel free to make a fool of myself as I stumble through the steps while learning without feeling self conscious due to irreverent laughing that’s sure to take place.  Probably from me.

To that end, today is the first day of a 30-day challenge put forth by Travis and Ashley from Body by Vi.  I’m honored that they chose me as a guinea pig to see if I can jump-start to my ultimate goal, and sent me this to assist on my 30-day journey:

I’ll update you weekly on how it’s going – you know, like an accountability sort of thing.  And at the end of the 30 days I might even subject you to a before and after picture.  My metabolism has always been as slow as molasses and having a baby later in life didn’t do me any favors.  Princess Nagger is getting to the age that I really need to be conscientious about setting a good example on being healthy, so it’s now or never on finally trying to do something about the extra girth that’s been hanging around since she was born.  Ahem.  I’ll keep you posted.

I saw this floating around on Facebook recently and it make me laugh, so I thought I’d share the laugh with you:

This next picture is too creepy not to share – I spied it over on Kristen of Gone Bananas Facebook wall and it kind of freaked me out a little:

Freaky, no?  Could you imagine bringing home bananas and finding a creepy spider had traveled along with them?  Obviously it’s dead, but still.  Very creepy.

Moving on to something more fun… How ingenious is this birthday card:

If only they made a wine glass version, it would be perfect.

And with that, let’s call it a week – link up and join in the fun. Everyone is welcome, random or not. 


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Keeping the random alive – feel free to snag a badge and play along – one for my wino friends:


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I’m also linking up with two stellar ladies, Shawn and Impulsive, the lovely hosts of Talk To Us Tuesday. There are no rules so link away.

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Once again I’m hopping aboard this fun friendly train – if you’re traveling on the train, be sure to leave your link so I can follow you back!



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1 TracyAnn0312 October 9, 2012 at 2:56 am

I do love to watch the hotel Transylvania. Can’t wait to feature it now. Thanks for sharing another great photos in your blog.
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2 Hilary October 9, 2012 at 6:32 am

I would die with those bananas… in fact I may never be able to eat a banana again :)

Between you and me – and our renovations – we could be the online version of one of those tv shows….
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3 SueAnn October 9, 2012 at 6:51 am

Good luck on establishing a new lifestyle…exercising and eating healthy!! Cool!!
I will take the shot of liquid refreshment for sure.

4 Adri October 9, 2012 at 7:15 am

It’s such a great family movie! I’ve already seen it with my little son, it has been so much fun!
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5 Tina October 9, 2012 at 7:24 am

You know, those bananas were that spider’s home. Yeah, that made me feel a little more creepy than the picture.

I hope that the challenge works out for you–I’ve had the same issues with the slow metabolism!

Interesting shot glass…
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6 Meryl October 9, 2012 at 7:56 am

Awesome card and spooky spider…Have a great week!
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7 noire October 9, 2012 at 8:23 am

Hello Stacy! Thanks for dropping by my blog ^^ I’m glad you like it and followed, I did the same, though since you don’t have GFC I added your RSS feed to my Google Reader.
Have a great day! xx
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8 Claire October 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

We’ll probably take Ell to see that movie if he gets on purple at school twice this week (behaviour-wise). That’s what we give him if he can be consistent. For now anyway. And I have seen those shot cards; ingenious!
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9 Jan's Sushi Bar October 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

What I want to know is how the spider got bagged and shipped with the bananas without anyone seeing it until after it was shelved in the grocery store. THAT is far more creepy than the fact it was there at all.
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10 Cathy Kennedy October 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

Zumba is going to totally kick your butt, girl! But, I mean that in a good sort of way. I just Zumba! Last week, I did Xbox Zumba for the first time in months and OUCH! I somehow pulled my right calf muscle and it’s still recovering. Not cool, I tell you, not cool! Anyhow, you know I’m hear to cheer you on to greatness. I’m working my tail feathers off right along side you, sweetems! Thanks for hosting!
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11 Michele October 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

I think the people that put in mustard yellow counter are named Mr and Mrs. Bad Taste.

12 Sarah at 32Flavors October 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

Fascinated to hear your thoughts on Wii Zumba. I haven’t found a Wii workout that I like yet, because it seems like you spend so much time pressing buttons to move on to the next thing.

My girls are dying to see Hotel Transylvania. And I would die if I saw that spider. Just on the spot. Keel over. YUCK.
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13 VandyJ October 9, 2012 at 11:06 am

I really want to get the Zumba 2 for the Wii. I have enjoyed the Zumba classes I’ve taken, but don’t have time to get to them.
Turbo really wants to see Hotel Transylvania but we just don’t get to the movies all that often.
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14 Azara October 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

Argh! Won’t be eating bananas anytime soon! That’s the problem with renovations: when you get something done it looks all fancy and shiny-new, making everything around it look worse than ever. Good luck with the drywall demolition.

Visiting from Friend and Follow.
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15 BigMamaCass October 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I am debating trying body by vi too. That spider is DISGUSTING!
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16 Jill October 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I’m going to have to take my nephew to see Hotel Transylvania… I think he’d love it! And I agree that Frankenweenie looks weird. lol

That banana picture freaked me RIGHT. OUT. Ahhhhh!!!

17 pearl October 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Those are indeed freaky bananas! HOw did that spider ever end up there? And now, I’d like to see Hotel Transylvania with the family too:-) I am linking up here today Stacy. Thanks a lot!
xo, Pearl

18 Alexis AKA MOM October 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I so want to see that movie! I’m glad to hear it was really funny!

OHH i can’t wait to hear how the 30 days go! A before and after pic would be awesome! You’ll do great :).

A card into a shot glass that is too freaking COOL!
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19 Storm, the Psychotic Housewife October 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

The clouds are hysterical, but the bananas? I am now traumatized. lol Good thing I wasn’t the one to find that at the store, because they’d never forget me. ;) My DH would love that shot glass card – especially if it came with the Jack. ;)
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20 Kendra October 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

That spider in the bananas is so creepy. My stomach turned just looking at it. Yuck!
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21 Run DMT October 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I wish fall would make it here already. Good Lord, it is so hot! UGH!

I love that card, but I’m with you. A wine glass would be so much better!

My kids are wanting to see Hotel Transylvania and Frankenweenie. Both look great to me! Halloween movie are a tradition for my kids and me.
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22 Anjanette October 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I would love to try the Body by Vi..

and that

Spider has just freaked me out…

Thanks for sharing, I think?

23 1stopmom October 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

The banana one just makes me cringe. I love the shot glass card!

24 Andrea October 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Am trying to guilt my kids into going to that movie with me…originally told them I would go with my friends! That shot glass is so cool, but you do need to work on a wine glass. Thought of you yesterday as we passed tens of wineries driving up and down seneca lake! Got the maps for cayuga lake too…you have to hit them before you more back out west!
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25 Julia's Math October 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Love the card! American ingenuity at its best
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26 Sprite's Keeper October 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I’m not shocked abut the spider in the banana bags. Not any less creeped out, but shocked,no.
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27 Evan October 11, 2012 at 1:04 am

I’ve been doing the Body by Vi shakes for…almost 2 months. Love the taste of them, and there’s so many recipes people have come up with that getting bored has not been much of an issue either. Which is a very good thing. I don’t get much exercise, so the results are maybe not dramatic, but I’ve lost weight for sure. Best of luck!

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