Keely over at The Un-Mom has a fun weekly Random Tuesday thing going…since I’m pretty much Random every day, I figured today being Tuesday it would be as good a day as any to do some random rambling… πŸ˜‰

Remember how the groundhog saw his shadow last week and threw everyone into a tizzy that Winter was going to be extended out for another 6 weeks? Yeah, about that. Apparently he was wrong. Or at least misguided by the powers that be that determine whether or not he saw his shadow. Maybe those that preside over the festivities need to get their eyes checked. Or need to get a life. You know, one that isn’t highlighted by wearing top hat and tails and traumatizing a groundhog in the wee hours of February 2nd. I’m just sayin’.

Just A Mom (you can call her JAM) from JAM’s Own Reality posed a question the other day on my ‘Catching Up with Awards‘ post, so I thought I’d quell her curiosity here… you know what they say…’Curiosity Killed the Cat…BUT Satisfaction Brought Him Back!’ πŸ˜‰ She wanted to know why I made the statement that I like chocolate, but I don’t love it. Well, I sort of OD’d on chocolate once upon a time…I know it seems outrageously impossible to all the chocoholics in the world, but trust me, it isn’t impossible. Not when you’re a kid that decides it would be a great idea to eat four tubes of Flickettes in a row…in one sitting…engorged on chocolate.

What are Flickettes? Well, I tried to find them the old fashioned way by Googling them, but they must have been something that was popular in the Pacific Northwest. I found something called ‘Flicks’ that are chocolate pieces (that look like kisses) in a cardboard tube that you can apparently get at some movie theaters…not that I’ve ever seen them in person. But the tubes’o’chocolate I got with my hard earned allowance were actually called ‘Flickettes’, most likely because the chocolate chips were a miniature version of the ‘Flicks’ I found online. Four tubes. In a row. Without hardly taking a breath. They made me so sick to my stomach, that after that I couldn’t look at a piece of chocolate without feeling ill. Sure I recovered over the years, but moderation is the key. Which is probably a good thing – otherwise my WiiFit would be calling me some really bad names. πŸ˜‰

Speaking of chocolate, I guess I might as well ‘fess up to my anti-nuts thing, too. Now, now, get your minds out of the gutter! πŸ˜‰ I’m not a big fan of nuts – cashews, sure, I could eat them all day long. Almonds? Uh, no thanks. Walnuts? Sometimes. Any other kind of nuts? No thank you very much. Covered in chocolate? NO thank you! I have no idea why I have an aversion to nuts – maybe my mom ate them when she was pregnant with me and I got over-kill that way…at least I do know that I didn’t gorge on those like I did the chocolate to cause me to turn against nuts. I was just born that way. πŸ˜‰

Speaking of nuts, we have never seen a squirrel in our yard. Nada. Zilch. Until this year. We did have a humongous barn owl in our barn when we moved in, but I’m thinking the fact that the barn cats we got who liked to sleep in the owls nest in the barn probably scared the owl away. Between the barn owl and the barn cats, that’s probably why we never saw any sign whatsoever of any squirrels in our yard. Chipmunks, sure – but only in the far back yard behind the barn in those trees. Moles yes – but only until the barn cat with the thumbs caught them and proudly brought them to us two-leggers for praise.

But now that our barn cats are no more, this year for the first time we saw a squirrel hanging around. Stealing my grapes. Taking bites out of the apples on the apple tree and then just leaving them laying around. Stupid squirrel. I swear when I was walking from the house to the summer house he was going to land right on my head. He didn’t. I think my surprised shriek scared him off. Haven’t seen him since. I’m sure he’s waiting for the apples, grapes, cherries and all the other stuff I have planted to grow so he can steal them. Think I’m going to get another barn cat. That’ll teach him to mess with my stuff.

Speaking of ‘my’ stuff, I think we’ve established that I have a bit of OCD running through my veins. People think it’s hilarious that I have all my spices in my spice cupboard arranged alphabetically. Drives me nuts when Hovering Hubby decides he needs to use my spices for whatever reason, (like making his infamous chili to take to work for a chili cook-off he didn’t win, poor thing!), but when he puts them back, he puts them in the wrong places. Mixed up. Whackadoodle. My “pantry” (I put that in quotes, because I don’t have an official pantry, just a couple of white organizing cupboards stacked on top of each other to store my pantry items) is organized with certain ‘types’ of things on specific shelves, soups arranged also by ‘type’ (you know, the eating kind and the kind I use to cook with, that sort of thing). When hubby is digging for something, he messes that all up, too. Drives me insane, because then I have to ‘fix’ the problem. Wish I could ‘fix’ hubby…*snicker!*

So is it wrong that I’m writing this ‘Tuesday’ post Monday night so I can have it ‘scheduled’ to post in the morning? Reason for that is because both the Princess Nagger and I have a dentist appointment to get our teeth cleaned. That’s going to be fun. Princess Nagger has major issues with the dentist…she doesn’t like them. At all. She inherited soft teeth from me, so no amount of brushing regularly has spared the poor thing from not getting cavities in her baby teeth. And of course they had to be dealt with, because we didn’t want them to get worse and eventually affect her ‘big’ teeth that will start coming in during the next year.

She has quite the set of lungs on her…I thought my eardrums were going to burst the last appointment we had because of her screaming and wailing. I felt bad for the dentist, she was in closer proximity than me. We finally had to dose her with laughing gas so she’d calm down and let the dentist do her work. The hygienist laughed and said that was the first time she encountered anyone going from screaming fits to cracking jokes while getting her teeth worked on. I’m a bit nervous how the Princess Nagger is going to do with the teeth cleaning, though – sometimes those hygienists can be pretty rough…at least the one I had when growing up was…we used to call her ‘The Butcher’, because she always felt like she was trying to pull our teeth out one tooth at a time – with just a teeth cleaning!

So while you’re reading this, I’ll either be wrestling the Princess Nagger out of bed as she clings to every surface she can to avoid leaving the house, or we’ll be strapped down in the dentist chair…if you don’t see me replying to comments or commenting on your blogs by the end of the day, you might want to call the authorities. Or send out a search party.

UPDATE: ‘Cuz I know y’all are wondering how it went… πŸ˜‰ Thinking about dentists gives me the same reaction as nails on a chalkboard… BUT I must say, the hygienist that did my and the Princess Nagger’s teeth cleaning today was EXCELLENT. She didn’t seem like she was trying to yank my teeth out one at a time…AND the Princess Nagger has NO cavities…WooHoo! Well, neither do I, though I was worried that I might since it’s been almost 2 years since my last teeth cleaning… I do, however, have one old old filling that needs to be replaced, but that shouldn’t cause me too much pain! At least I did promise the woman that will be replacing my filling that I won’t hurt her eardrums while she’s doing it like the Princess Nagger did… (snicker!)

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  1. wow and here i thought i was the only dental phobe out there!! oh i feel so much better now!!! have a great tuesday!!!!

  2. Oh my gosh, you are hilarious. Love each paragraph starts w/ the random tidbit at the end of the last one! Too funny!
    Love me some random!

    Yeah, sometimes I schedule my posts too.

  3. My terrible secret is I have to write the RTT posts on Monday night (I can only blog at night). So they’re really Random Monday Thoughts, but oh well.

    Chocolate aversion by overdose…hm. You may be on to something…

  4. May the force be with you at the dentist, my friend!

    Love your post! I am an alphabetizing spice kinda gal too!

  5. I write mine on Monday too… like Keely, I can usually only blog at night while the kids are asleep. They don’t appreciate me being on the computer when they’re awake.

    Have fun at the dentist, yuck. I’ve seen my share of the dental chair and have to go again next week.

    Nuts. Hahahahha. Squirrels are evil.

  6. Re: Your spices – scenes of “Sleeping with the Enemy” come to mind. At least you’re nice psycho like he was.

    Re: Squirrels – be thankful. In my last yard the dang things DUG UP AND ATE all the tulip bulbs I had brought out from Washington. To this day I hate squirrels!!!

    If you have a kid-friendly dentist The Princess should do fine. I found one that had a flat screen TV on the ceiling so the kids had something to distract them. Good luck.

  7. You are too funny–love your randomness! I hope the dentist appointment went well! I just had my cleaning yesterday–I must have had a bad childhood experience; to this day I get pretty tense when I have to go to the dentist… Anyways, I can sympathize!

  8. Oh! We have a squirrel that we dubbed “cheeky bastard.” The little monster comes right up onto our deck and stares through our sliding glass door while we eat dinner. This will be his 3rd summer with us, and his children have learned to be unafraid of us AND our cats, as well!

    I overdosed on black olives on Christmas as a kid-so sick, thought I was going to die!

    Hope your trip to the dentist is trauma-free! Thank goodness for laughing gas, hey?

  9. You know, if I had my spices in ABC order I would have know instantly that I’m out of rosemary, instead of looking for it frantically while I’m trying to get dinner in the crockpot while my little one is crying for attention. I blog at night, too…those darn kids!

  10. I so do not like the dentist! stoppin by from EC to drop and say hi then i notice we visit a lot of the same sites…SITS,BSU,BATW etc…your blog is super cute!

  11. You are totally welcome to the squirrels in my yard. The big, fat things. I think I have a million of them.
    Dentist? I’ve done a few posts on my thoughts on them.

  12. I love your posts so cool always πŸ™‚

    we are actually having sun can warm can you imagine πŸ™‚

  13. I feel the same way about hot dogs that you do about chocolate. My grandfather worked at a meat packing plant growing up, so we ate ALOT of hot dogs. Blech. I’ll eat one if I’m starving but not if I can help it. Alphabetized spice rack huh? You wanna come over an reorganize my cabinets for me. πŸ˜‰

  14. Ha! we have few rodents here..of any sort..mostly due to the area cats, stray and otherwise..
    and my dog, who thinks he can catch critters..lol..he never has..but he likes to act all bad ass..
    I had chipmunks dig up my planted sunflower seeds one year, I was SO mad…little bastards!

    I am from a town near Punxatawney…never been up there to watch them torture that poor guy..tho I heard he has bitten his handlers..heh..good for em!
    we went up off season once and saw him and his fam..they are cute..

    I am going to bookmark you and check back regularly!!!

  15. Screw the groundhog, I’m lovin this weather! Dentists fear me and if I had to live a life without chocolate, I’d, well…say something politically incorrect that would offend someone…

  16. That is random. And I like it! I wonder if I ate all of that chocolate if it would cure me of loving chocolate.

    Visiting the dentist has to be the worst thing in the world. Worse than the lady doctor, even.

  17. too funny about the clinging to everything due to the dental visit – I hate the sounds at the dental office

  18. @The Blonde Duck: It’s definitely not at the top of my list…which is why I stalled having it done for 2 years…(grin!) I like your new site – very cool! πŸ™‚

    @Vodka Mom Yeah, me too – which is why I kept canceling/rescheduling our appointment…then I decided I might as well face the music and get it done… πŸ™‚

    @annie kelleher: You are definitely not alone…my hubby is the WORST about dentists and doctors…which is why, I’m sure, a lot of that ‘attitude’ is emerging from the Princess Nagger. At least she had a really good appointment today, so I won’t have to drag her kicking and screaming to get her teeth cleaned again in 6 months…(grin!!)

    @Yaya: Thanks, Alicia! πŸ˜‰ Glad you caught on to the segue… πŸ˜‰ I’m getting better at scheduling my posts, so I can have a post up in the morning, instead of late in the day… πŸ˜‰

    @I am Harriet: Hi Harriet! πŸ™‚ I’m happy to report, it went very well! So maybe that’ll be the case for you, too… πŸ˜‰

    @Keely: LOL! Hey, it works for me…this was the first time I didn’t write them the morning of…but it doesn’t seem to have affected my brain power any…(snicker!) Besides, I really liked the fact that you had yours up early, so I could add my link to Mr. Linky before going to wrestle the Princess Nagger out of bed at what she would consider an ungodly hour…(snicker!)

    @Bee and Rose: LOL! Thank you! It worked! πŸ˜‰ WooHoo! Another spice alphabetic girl! Love it! πŸ˜‰

    @Casey: The night before seems to be the trend – and like you and Keely, I find it easier to blog at night (though I do get a few uninterrupted hours in the morning, but only if Hovering Hubby goes to work early… I have the same issue with the Princess Nagger not ‘appreciating’ me being on the computer when she’s home…she interrupts constantly. πŸ˜‰ The dental visit went smoothly…now I go back in 2 weeks to have an OLD filling replaced since it’s falling apart (and is apparently the reason I get sporadic tooth aches from it…) Good luck to you next week! Yes, I agree – Squirrels are evil!! πŸ™‚

    @Lady Bug: I may be anal, but I’m not as psycho as the guy from Sleeping with the Enemy…MWAHAHAHAHAHA! πŸ˜‰ Oh, BAD squirrels! Yeah, we may have one rogue squirrel so far, but the critters that drive me nuts in the spring when my plants are growing nicely are the jackrabbits. I have to put tubes around all my vines until they get tall enough to be out of reach for those little chompers.

    We did (finally) find a kid-friendly dentist – I’ll have to post the whole ‘dentist hunt’ one of these days… πŸ˜‰ Princess Nagger did great today, so now she realizes that a teeth cleaning is way different than a filling…no needles! πŸ˜‰

    @Nicole: Thank you so much, Nicole! πŸ˜‰ The appointment turned out much better than I ever though it would…NO cavities! WooHoo! I had a great dentist when I was a child, but a horrible hygienist who did the teeth cleaning. Trying to find a good dentist has been a chore, but I finally found a great one, so now the Princess Nagger won’t be dragging her feet when it’s time to have her teeth cleaned again…and neither will I! (grin!) It’s too funny that our appointment was the day after yours! LOL!! Great minds and all that jazz… πŸ˜‰

    @Shangrila: LOL!! “Cheeky bastard” – I love it! Does he give you that ‘look’ while he’s staring in on you guys like ‘Hey! Where’s MY plate?!’ (grin!!!) I can see it now, the ‘schooling’ he probably give his offspring… “All you have to do is climb up here, go over here, and stare…no, Jr., no blinking allowed – the staring really unsettles them and maybe they’ll throw something at us to get us to leave…we will, but only if we can take some food with us…No, Jr., that cat is too slow to get us, just ignore it…Now STARE!” πŸ™‚

    OH, overdosing on black olives… I can see that, I love those things, too! I’m surprised I haven’t overdosed on them…LOL!!!

    And yes, thank goodness for laughing gas…luckily it wasn’t necessary today! πŸ˜‰

    @vsm/whirling dirvish photography: The only way to be on Random Tuesday! πŸ˜‰

    @Ginny Marie: LOL Ginny Marie! That’s the exact reasoning I tell hubby (and myself) for my insistence on having them alphabetized… πŸ˜‰ Blogging at night ROCKS! πŸ˜‰

    @β™₯georgieβ™₯: Thank you so much, Georgie! I’ll be stopping by your place shortly, too! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

    @Domestically Disabled Girl: HAHAHAHA! Thanks for the generosity, but trying to scare one off sounds like it’s going to be quite the chore…(grin!!!) I’ll have to check out your dentist posts! πŸ˜‰

    @Minxy Mimi: It’s sounding like a common theme ‘Us vs. Them…the Frightful Dentist’ πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, Mimi! πŸ™‚

    @Firefly: Thank you so much, Firefly!! πŸ™‚ We had balmy/sunny weather all weekend – today it started off sunny, then ended with rain. However, it’s going to be in the 60’s tomorrow – before a big cold front swoops in with the wind advisories we’re having. The hygienist at the dentist office told me that the Farmer’s Almanac is telling us that we’re supposed to get a huge blizzard next month…I’ll believe it when I see it… πŸ˜‰

    @mrsbear: Oh yeah…hot dogs! I will only eat them if I’m starving, too – my dad said that when he and my mom got married, the only thing she knew how to cook was soup and hot dogs. So we were inundated with hot dogs when we were kids. Then I found out what goes in them…blech! So yeah, I’ll only eat one if I’m really hungry or if the mood strikes…which is not often! πŸ˜‰ Sure I’ll come alphabetize your spice rack for ya! πŸ˜‰

    @Tiffi33: We had very few rodents when we had 3 barn cats roaming about…but then we had tabby cats and huge neighbor dogs coming in our yard causing fights – eventually the cats disappeared and the mole and rabbit population increased. Seems they don’t care about the dogs much – probably because the dogs will chase them but not catch them… πŸ™‚ I had chipmunks dig up some seeds once…so now I start anything I’m going to plant into pots and plant them when they’ve sprouted…but I have to protect them until they’re big enough not to attract the wild rabbits and other critters…it’s a never-ending battle! πŸ™‚

    So you live up near where good ol’ Phil lives, eh? πŸ™‚ HA! Glad to hear ‘Phil’ has a ‘tude! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by!

    @Tiffany: LOL! Glad you were able to follow along… πŸ˜‰

    @Julie@Cool Mom Guide: LOL Julie! The Princess Nagger was all excited that she got to go outside and play this weekend – without a coat on! You’d think she had just won the lottery… πŸ˜‰

    I love it that dentists fear you…(snicker!) ROTFLMAO about your chocolate comment! πŸ˜‰

    @blueviolet: Random is fun… πŸ™‚ You know, you could try it as an experiment – you know, as an excuse to eat a LOT of chocolate…(grin!!!) You know, I think you’re right – I dread visiting the dentist more so than the lady doctor. At the dentist they’re right there in your face… πŸ˜‰

    @kathy: She did that, too…and then when we got there, she kept saying she wished we were already home…and as we walked from the parking lot to the door, she kept saying “I am not going in there. I am not going inside!” She finally gave in after I promised her a Happy Meal afterward… πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by!

  19. The OD’ing on chocolate has never worked for me. I have eaten until I have a stomach ache on more than one occasion (particularly peanut butter cups). Sadly I can always return to eat chocolate another day.

  20. Glad the dentist went well. I have to take my 9 and 5 year old in next Monday. Pray for me!


  21. I am glad the dentist appt. went well!

    I am actually allergic to tree nuts but I love chocolate covered peanuts!

  22. My husband always buys me chocolate with nuts in it even though he knows I don’t like it. He thinks I’m not onto his scam: the hell I’m not….

  23. @Anne: That’s too funny, Anne – guess the OD’ing doesn’t work for everybody…or maybe it’s because I did it as a kid, you know, during my ‘formulative years’… (grin!!)

    @On The Verge: LOL Lydia! You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers next week… πŸ˜‰

    @Jenni Jiggety: Thanks, Jenni! πŸ™‚ Allergic to tree nuts? Poor thing! I would hate to have to be on the lookout for ingredients because of allergies…that can’t be fun!

    @Braja: ROTFLMAO! OK, so now I know my hubby’s ‘scam’, too – he KNOWS I can’t stand chocolate with nuts, but he buys them anyway…then it’s all ‘Oh, I guess I’ll have to eat them then…” HA! So that’s why he accidentally on purpose buys those things…thanks for the enlightenment, don’t know why I didn’t’ figure it out before! (evil grin!)

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