Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Why I Can't Have a Mini-Van

James: I don't understand what is so bad about having a mini-van
Kim: Nothing is bad about it, they are very good and even if I want one, I just can't have it.
James: Why?
Kim: Because driving a mini-van will officially transform me from Kim1Champ into Kim1Mom

and later........

James: (Looking at my portable GPS) I should get one of these for my car. Then whenever I buy a new car I can use it and won't have to get a built in one
Kim: Why not get a built in one? They are so much better!
James: Because I am James1Teenager

Monday, March 30, 2009

10 Miles From Birmingham

10 miles from Birmingham I got pulled over for speeding on the I-20. Here was the conversation:

Officer: Can I have your license and registration
Kim: Yes, here it is
Officer: I pulled you over because you were going 78 mph in a 60 mph zone
Kim: Yes, I just saw that but I thought the speed limit was 70
Officer: OK but you were still going 78
Kim: I was going too fast

And no, I didn't get off with a warning.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Poor Carolyn

Today at the Kennasaw Battlefield museum 5 year old Carolyn came up to me. She sounded a little bit upset and in a sad voice she whispered the following to me:

Miss Kim, I am going to stay with you because I NEVER get to learn anything with my family. My brothers just play, my dad doesn't care and my mom just reads the stuff to herself.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Don't Be Jealous!

OK, You can. While each of the HCBC members have special talents and bring specific things into my life, Andrea Braun definitely fills my tummy the best. I am lucky enough to be in Andrea's vicinity and just as lucky to be in very close proximity to her kitchen. I wish I could appropriately describe The maple glazed sugar cookies that are in the cookie jar.

They are so soft.....they have the perfect consistency and maple (hello) so freaking good! I thought her butterscotch cookies were the best but these maple ones are giving them a run for their money.

I also spied another type of cookie that have been freshly baked but they have not been made available to me yet. I am sure they will come out of hiding sometime tomorrow.

Lastly, how happy I was to hear that Andrea is cooking dinner Sunday? YUM and I don't even know whats on the menu but I can guarantee you it will be delish!!!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blogging From Cruising Altitude

I am currently on 1 of 4 Southwest planes that have Wi-Fi enabled. Totally Cool! This is the pilot phase and it is currently a free service. My critic is as follows:

System: It's a wireless based satellite network

Ease of Use: Much easier to enable than the Wi-Fi at work-thats for sure. I was up and running in 30 seconds.

The Sign On Screen: You only need to provide your first and last name. If you so desire you can also enter your Rapids Rewards number

Bandwidth: It's not bad. I am connecting pretty fast right now. They do prevent VOIP and video downloads.

Technical Support: Southwest offers the following disclaimer: Southwest gives you low fares and a comfortable flight but we can't provide technical support. Please call 866-SWA-INET after your flight to report any problems.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How Many Of Me?

Several months ago my brother-in-law, Jason, shared with me the website How Many Of Me?

It is so cool, you can look up and see approximately how many of you there are in the United States.


Kimberly is the 59th most common first name (Who Knew?) 99.9% of them are female. The 10th most common last name is Thomas. Smith is the most common last name. David is the 7th most common first name. Sydney is the 1219th most common first name and there are 22,956 people with the first name of Sydney (22K, of course).

Now, it's not perfect, it is all done on averages. I tested my old friend Pietro Avolio. It says there are 1 or fewer people in the US with that name but the fact is I know two. Pietro and his father, Pietro.

For the record there are 2,399 people named "Kimberly Thomas" in the US but there are only 980 people named "Kim Thomas".

So how many are there of you?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What's On Your Tivo-Take 2

In October 2006, before the HCBC existed and before any current HCBC member read this blog I did a post entitled "What's on your Tivo". Below is a list of what I had then and what I have now, I've changed but only a little....

  • 24 (8 episodes) (NOW 5 episodes)
  • Amazing Race
  • Criminal Minds

  • Desperate Housewives
  • Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello

  • Everyday Italian (3 episodes)
  • Flip that House
  • General Hospital
  • History's Mysteries (2 episodes)
  • I Love Lucy (5 episodes) (Now 4 episdoes)

  • Landscapers Challenge (3 episodes) (This will be added back!)
  • Modern Girls Guide to Life (2 episodes)
  • Nine, The
  • Office, The
  • Phantom of the Opera (The 2004 Movie)
  • Seinfeld (2 episodes)

  • ADDED:

  • Amy Winehouse Live from Los Angeles
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • Mentalist
  • Planet Earth (9 Episodes)
  • Planet Rock Mark Knopfler
  • Republican National Convention
  • Sunrise Earth (3 Episodes)
  • Trouble with Angels
  • Young and the Restless
  • And a list of my current Season Passes:

    24, The Young and Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Desperate Houswives, Lipstick Jungle, Dirty Sexy Money (Just deleted this, how sad that this show got dumped), Criminal Minds,The Mentalist, The Soup, Nip/Tuck, The Bachelor, Big Love, McLaughlin Group, Survivor, The Celebrity Apprentice, The Office, The Amazing Race



    Sunday, March 22, 2009

    Saturday, March 21, 2009

    More Scrapbooking....

    Yep, for those of you who didn't think I would like scrapbooking (including myself) you are wrong! I had a great time doing it today and I am looking forward to doing it again.

    I will admit though, it is very easy because mom has done 98% of the hard stuff for me. I am intimidated about doing the backgrounds etc. Currently, I just have to fill in the pictures.

    'Kiss Me" Mascara Is Great For Camping

    The following conversation happened yesterday between the sales girl at the Beauty Salon and Jane:

    Jane picks up the Kiss Me mascara and goes to pay:
    Sales Girl: Here's a makeup removal product
    Jane Says: I don't need any
    Sales Girl: You don't?
    Jane Says: With the Kiss Me Mascara you don't need anything, it's the best product!
    Sales Girl: I can't afford it
    Jane Says: You know, with the kiss me mascara you can put it on and go camping for 3 days and it will stay on the whole time
    Sales Girl: Hmm, well I am going camping next weekend. Maybe I will get some.

    Friday, March 20, 2009

    How to Plant Bulbs

    Today, my dad was doing some gardening in the front yard. He showed me the instructions that were on the packaging. They read as follows:

    1. Dig a Hole
    2. Place Bulb in Hole
    3. Cover With Dirt

    Thursday, March 19, 2009

    How Jack Bauer Can Get The AIG Money Back

    Today, Pritesh sent me this article and stated that maybe he finally should start watching 24. Of course I would applaud this decision! So then, I read the article. Too funny!

    Basically the article states that the best way for dealing with these AIG bonuses is by having Obama call Jack. Jack would then trick the executives into meeting with him to get more money and then coerce them all into giving the money back and working for minimum wage.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009

    Bagged Chicken Strips

    So I was not an SPG, an expediter, or a server. I didn't wear flair or participate in liquor sales contests. I have friends (you know who you are) who lived the Friday's legacy.

    Is that legacy really so good that we have to make a meat bi-product with the TGIF label? Is this chicken jerky or just a really bad snack?

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009

    Jose Is Going Bald....And Fast!

    Jose has signed up for the St Baldricks organization and will be getting his head shaved on March 21st! This event is the largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for children's cancer research in the world! Last year they raised over 16 million to help fight children's cancer.

    Click here to donate or just read more: See Jose Bald

    I can't wait to see him with no hair!

    Happy St Patrick's Day!!!!






    Thursday, March 12, 2009

    Praise Baby

    Sydney has this DVD called "Praise Baby". The DVD includes slow transitions of nature, children, animals, other people and toys and it is all done to Sunday school type praise music. It's great, I think I love it just as much as she does. (I think David is pretty tired of it).

    Anyway, there are certain people or figures that remind me of other people/things in my life. So we are going to play a game. Match up the screen shots with the list below. (There is a small letter in the top left corner of each picture.
    Answers will be posted in a couple of days:

    Rachel Edwards, Sydney, Cousin Christie, Nemo, Mom, Laura who is Jane, David, Joshua, Queen B, Jane who is Laura, Herston, Tony Williams, Woman whose face bugs me






















    Visit Secret Eeyore

    She is realitively new to the HCBC and Kim1Champ family tree but she wins the prize for the funniest post so far this month. RO! Secret Eeyore

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    Abandoned Stroller

    Back in January, I wrote about the stray stroller that I saw one morning abandoned on the side of Altadena Drive. I commented that we probably wouldn't find anymore of these abandoned strollers but within 24 hours I received the follow-up photo below from Jeff. This stroller was found abandoned on a San Francisco street.

    I would love to add an abandoned stroller from Arizona, Georgia, Texas and Kentucky.......yes, consider it a challenge.

    P.S. And just to make sure you Californians aren't left out. Would love to find one in San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Orange, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Tulare, Ventura, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Merced, San Joaquin, Yolo, Sutter, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, Shasta, Sisikyou, Mariposa, Yuka, Nevada, Solano, Sonoma, Tuolumne, and the other ones near Sacramento that are too small to read on the map I have. I'll take one from Reno and Vegas too.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    Quote of the Day: 03/10/09

    Kim (Sounding totally exasperated) says to Larry: Man, this is so frustrating!
    Larry: What
    Kim: Well I keep cleaning out my email and then more come in!
    Larry: Thats kind of how it works.....

    (This is not what I meant to say)

    Monday, March 09, 2009

    The Small Pharmacy On Madison

    The other day I was filling an prescription for Sydney (Yes, her first time with the pink stuff) at the pharmacy in her doctors building. This is a very small pharmacy with only two racks of drug store like stuff. One has aspirin, airborne, etc. and the other has Ace bandages, crutches, etc. I noticed the other five more racks in the store. They are as follows:









    Sunday, March 08, 2009

    Tomorrow, I Don't Have a 7:30AM Meeting

    Yay!!!! We are back on the same time as Phoenix. Goodbye to the 7:30AM Meeting....Goodbye to the 7:00AM Flight.....until November.

    Saturday, March 07, 2009

    Junior Crisp Burritos

    My favorite fast food item in high school was from Carls Jr and it (or they) was called Junior Crisp Burritos. Carl's stopped selling them in the early 90's and I have missed them ever since! They came in a pack of 3 or 5 and were soooooo very good. I could have lived off em. Last week I noticed that Carl's Jr was advertising "Crisp Burritos" and they looked the same! I was so excited to try them.

    The other day I gave Andrew my ATM card and told him to go get them (He agreed as long as I bought him lunch too) . Andrew came back, I took a great big bite of the first one and........ I said to mom and Andrew, "If this was the taste why did I like them so much?" I can't tell you if it is the same taste or not but if it is, it's no longer a food I can't live without.

    Look at that, two fast food posts in a row......

    Friday, March 06, 2009

    I #9829; Shamrock Shakes

    This was the best treat when I was a kid! Available only at McDonalds and in the great month of March are Shamrock shakes. Growing up you couldn't get a mint shake anywhere but there and only March 1-17th. Of course, nowadays, you can pick up a mint shake at any number of places (and they are usually better) but every March I return to McDonalds and get at least one Shamrock shake. Mmmmmm, I'm lovin it!

    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    I Need to Solidify a Theme Song

    Yesterday, Andrea blogged asking everyone what their theme song was. I responded that I didn't have one but if I had to pick one it would probably be "Sweet Child of Mine". I have always loved that song and when asked about a theme song I usually say that. Does it fit me? Should I pick something else? Any Suggestions? "We are the Champions" from Queen is also fitting.....

    Wednesday, March 04, 2009

    Copper Pots

    Does anybody out there have any copper pots? I am amazed by the fact that people buy these. What makes them so great, except that they are made of copper?

    I saw the pot below at Tuesday Morning's the other day, it was literally the size of my shoe and it was onsale-yes onsale, for $149.00. It was so small that I can't imagine what could be cooked in it. Maybe a fried egg, like the ones that go in the Egg McMuffin's at McDonalds would fit in it. The regular price was over $200.00. I don't get it, does anybody?

    Tuesday, March 03, 2009

    Happy Birthday, Jenn Ann!

    I had grand plans for Jenn Ann's birthday post. I was luckily enough to join my HCBC friend for lunch tonight (along with Rachel and the Pickle) and I was planning on taking pictures at lunch and sharing them here......well, that didn't happen because the conversation at the table was so stimulating (24, aliens, the Bachelor, mini-vans) that I forgot to take the pictures!!!!!

    Anyway, I want Jenn Ann to know how much I appreciate her friendship and how I am that I was able to see her today. Happy Birthday, Jenn! You Rock!!!

    Monday, March 02, 2009

    Sunday, March 01, 2009

    Don't Jump Between Cars On The Tram

    It would never enter the minds of 99.9% of us to jump or climb between the tram cars at Disneyland. But if you are in .1% (or less) of the people that would consider actually doing this would you decide not to when you saw the sign that instructed you not to?

















    Can't you just hear the conversation:
    Jenn Ann: Kim, you go first
    Kim: OK, Hold Sydney
    Jenn Ann: Got her
    Kim: Here I go!
    Jenn Ann: Wait, look the sign says we can't
    Kim: Darn Jenn, You're such a rule follower.....