November 21st, 2011

Are you on Pinterest?


Oh lordy, it so sooo addictive!   Just in case you have not heard of it, Pinterest is straight from their site, (Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.)

My board is full of photography ideas, crafty how to’s, helpful hints, and gorgeous decorating ideas.   I wish I had the time and money to do even a fraction of them.   Anyway, I love it.   Get to pinning, and let me know your ID so I can follow your board!

(just in case you did not know, Pintrest has no idea who I am.  They did not pay me or anything!)


November 11th, 2009

Happy veterans day!   While no one in my immediate family is a veteran (we all tend to be more in the computer geek/flat foot/asthma category),  we here at thehuckablog FULLY support our military, active or not.    We also like dogs so, viola!  Dogs + soldiers= teary eyed win.

Thank you ladies and gentleman of our military, and thanks to your families–dogs included–for sharing so nicely.

Go here for even more jumping, tail wagging, camo wearing awesomeness.

Thanks @lookydaddy for the link.

We could have been at the beach.

September 30th, 2009

Our condo was steps away from a gorgeous beach.  If we got sick of the beach, there were outlet shops right across the highway.  I saw no reason for us to get in the Huckablazer and drive 45 minutes to the Airforce museum.   The thing about having a son is….Mama can be out voted.   Dangit.   First they appeased me by letting me go parasailing–but then we spent hours here.  It was….mind numbingly boring.  If I could have seen more history I would have been okay, remember I was a polisci geek–I love history.  I saw no history.  Three year olds do not like looking at dioramas and maps, they want to see “MORE JET PLANES MAMA!”

Whatever.  (sidenote:  The Son totally looked at me today and said “Whatever, you can just do what you want.”  Who taught him that?!)

Oh, and on the way home we stopped at the navy museum.  I did not even bother taking in my camera that time.

Here we have lovely picture of a jet thing.  It was cool according to The Hubs.


This is where we spent the bulk of our time.  Cock pit training thing.


Some of us were very excited.


Some of us are still talking about it.


How did he know what to do here?  I am quite certain that the Wiggles have never covered air warfare.


He told me this button “made the fire that goes POW!”  Great.  So much for him not knowing about guns.


I wonder if this lever would have ejected me back to the beach?


Back outside to look at the helicopters.  Mama gets left behind.


At least I have my camera to keep me company.  Why does this say Army if we are at an Airforce museum?   Still do not know the answer.


Look!  A flower to take pictures of!  There are approximately 49 pictures of this hibiscus in my camera–and two of the helicopter.  I can’t help it.  I am a stereotypical girl–and proud of it.    Next time I get dropped off at the condo.


Our fifteen seconds of internet fame.

May 31st, 2009

The Son’s Pokey Little Puppy Cake was featured on Cake Wrecks today as one of the Sunday Sweets!  Here is the link. Hop over and leave a comment about which one is your favorite.  Here is the link to pictures from the party.  And here again, because I love it so much I could show it a zillion times, is the cake! Welcome people who are visiting from every one’s favorite confectionery website.   I take no credit for the cake, I just asked for a Pokey Little Puppy cake and my friend Stacey, the cake wizard, designed and made it.



February 23rd, 2009



We have been spending vast amounts of time in our jammies here at Huckablog world headquarters.  We have been catching up on our reading, and cartoons, (pronounced by The Son as shar-toons), cooking, feels like spring cleaning, and surfing our favorite corners of the web.  I have not really written a post for you or anything, but it has been brought to my attention that many of you are suffering from Son withdrawal.   So here ya go.  See? In his jammies.   Right now?  12:28 p.m. on a Tuesday( turns out today is MONDAY)?  In his jammies.   And you know what?  I am totally cool with that.

Since we are being a wee bit lazy, I have decided to share some linky love.   Here are some of my favorite blog posts I have read recently.

The first one is PhD in Parenting.  I LOVE this blog, and this post on Breastfeeding in Children’s programing has some awesome clips.  The Son and I watched them all several times.  The whole blog is great, and her ideas and philosophies on parenting mirror my own (not so much on politics or religion, but diversity makes the world go round, right!).  I am proud to be her fellow student of parenting.

Next we have the Nie-Nie dialouges.  I have pored through this blog in the last week or so.  It is by a mom who loves being a mom, she is so HAPPY and CREATIVE…and she and her husband were very nearly killed in a airplane crash in August.   She had 83% of her body covered in burns….and still she is HAPPY.  LOVE this one, go check it out.

This is 7daytrial, and a good post on the choices you must make as a parent.   Darling, this is so just the beginning–and no worries, I was in L&D eight times before The Son was finally forcefully removed from me.  The best time was when I thought I was leaking amniotic fluid.  Turns out I just wet myself a little.

Mamapop, oh how I love thee.  I am seriously considering giving up “pop culture” for Lent because I really do not want to know who is on the cast of The Hills when I do not have cable TV, but this is a great post about a more serious problem, one I feel passionately about.

That should keep you busy for awhile.  I will be back soon.  Promise.

Why I cannot stand Gary Tygert Pennington

January 20th, 2009

I was sitting in the Huckablazer, waiting on The Husband to return the rental car,while The Son was carrying on a very detailed conversation with a rubber dinosaur and a plastic comb.  Bored, I began to idly flip through the February edition of Parents magazine (I get this free, and would never pay for this vapid excuse for parenting advice ((please do not email me about how you love Parents and it saved your life, blah, blah, blah. I just think it is highly overrated.)) when I saw this:


Well the print version anyway, this is from Similac’s website.

You probably already know how I feel about formula in general; but really, could someone please tell me what Ty Pennington has to do with baby formula?  Nothing.  He just is greedy and takes any endorsement deal he can get. I am adding this to the official, “Why I can’t stand Gary Tygert Pennington” list.  I can just tell that you are dying  to know the rest of the list.  No?  Well sorry, this is all I have for you today.

1. Look at him:


This guy is 44 years old.  He has a not quite soul patch, not quite chinapillar.   He has said he goes to a spray tanning booth when he is not shooting, his hair…well, just look at it!  He is 44! I do like this jacket though, for me not The Husband.

2.  I met him once and he was a total egomaniac.  He was going from desk to desk signing autographs at our office.  I just shook his hand, and he seemed surprised I did not want him to sign my cell phone.   I was surprised because he was much shorter than he looked on TV, and his girlfriend just followed him around handing him sharpies, not talking and had an identical haircut.

3.  Speaking of his girlfriend, he cheated on Drea Bock, his girlfriend/manager of 11 years, with a stripper.  Ew.  I guess next he will be endorsing herpes medication.

4.  Even though he is more than capable of hiring a cab, he was arrested and convicted of DUI.  He apologized and Disney (who owns ABC, Extreme Home Makeover, and Ty) glossed over the whole affair.

5.  He is an endorsement whore.  Besides being Similac’s spokesperson (even though he has no kids! Nor any medical background to compare formula to breastmilk! Or a uterus!),he has also endorsed the ADHD medication Adderal (which he also takes ((which, by the way,  should not be mixed with alcohol)), the now defunct Furniture Unlimited, cell phones, Bayer aspirin, and of course Sears.  There may be more, but these are the only ones I could find.

6.  As we saw many times on Trading Spaces, and now on Extreme Home Makeover, his taste is marginal at best.  Look at his bedding line if you doubt me.  Do you know what he calls his “style” ( I am using that term loosely obviously)? Creativi-TY and sTYle.  Gag.

7.  He gets published when there are so many awesome writers who have to try for years to be read by a publisher.   He has written three books and now has a quarterly magazine.  How can you write that much about platform beds and mdf?

8. He is tacky.  He was asked to tone down all of the double entendres in a caulking chapter, and every book has a picture of him nude in the shower.

9.  Lastly, and this is more a negative of ABC than Ty, but he should know better, an Extreme Home Makeover makeover will add thousands of dollars in new taxes to the new homes they build—which, in all likelihood, the owners can’t afford.  They capitalize on an easy tear jerker, without considering the social consequences of erecting a Mcmansion that often towers over every other house on the block.   Extreme Home Makeover and Ty Pennington offer the shallow American dream,  leather sectionals, stainless appliances, whirlpools and half a dozen flat-screen TVs—all thoughtfully provided by the show’s sponsors.  They think this will bring happiness, no matter the affliction.

In other words, I would pick  Nate Berkus any day of the week  (even if he is Oprah’s lapdog).  For those of you who need more heterosexual and rugged eye candy than Nate can provide, might I suggest Mike Rowe?  (disclaimer:  I, myself,  like the more geeky, intelligent, cuddly sort, think The Husband) Mike is hard working, well read, and, when clean, down right yummy.

The Magic 2008 Ball, pee on everything, and the worst segue ever.

January 1st, 2009

TheHuckablog was one year old yesterday. I did not start telling people about it until around the end of February, but have been writing it for a year now. I keep a file filled with ideas for posts on my laptop. It seems to be a black hole because I never seem to write anything from those ideas; maybe I should change the title of the folder to something I might open on a regular basis, like “How to take a shower when you have a two year old boy who insists on trying to injure himself or others when left unsupervised for more than 20 seconds,”  or something similar. Anyway, in the folder which is now titled, “Ideas for Huckablog” there is a partially written post called, “The Magic 2008 Ball”. I was going to come up with some questions for what was going to happen in 2008 and use an Eight Ball to predict the future. It was going to be cute, and easy, and fun to follow up whether the ball had any right answers. I never did it. I got busy, I needed to write about other things, I never found the pictures I wanted to go along with the post, and then it just seemed weird to write about 2008 predictions in August.

I deleted the post from the folder today. Just in case you were wondering, none of the predictions were right (Hillary Clinton is not the president elect for example.)

I am sorry I have not bothered to write a real post in weeks. I have had a nice vacation and have been spending time traveling and with family and friends I rarely get to see, and while I am sad to see how low my hits dropped this month, I think I needed a little blog break.

I got to see CAT long enough to hug her and talk about The Office, I had a cheese pizza with Ang long enough for The Son to insure she may choose to never have children, and Shoeshe came to stay for a few days. While Shoeshe was here we took my teenage cousin and The Son to the best, cheesiest amusement park on earth where The Son rode a roller coaster which my BiL will not even ride, and I got nauseous on the teacups we had to ride twice (pictures to follow). She also stymied my panic attack in a laundromat at two AM as we washed bathmats and kitchen rugs that my OMFG why will you not just pee outside you whacked out little mutt new dog seems to have confused as her own personal lavatory. Shoeshe never even complained. Not even when I told her she could wash her feather pillow. Ooops.

We got to see all of our grandparents, some for longer than others, The Husband’s cousin from Texas whom we love and who I envy because she can wear boots without looking ridiculous, another cousin with a baby almost as cute as mine. We saw Gabs, my cousin who lives with my Ma (my grandma, her Great-Grandma), who is ENGAGED, which makes me feel really old because I was old enough to be holding her when her umbilical stump fell off (I screamed and handed her back to her mother.) We spent another great weekend at the elder (but not old) Huckablog’s Scenic Compound where I laid in the hammock even though it was 40 degrees outside. I am glad I did it then, because I may never be invited back because my OMFG why will you not just pee outside you whacked out little mutt new dog chose to pee on MMiL’s feather bed. All in all it has been a bad season for feather linens.

So that, in a nutshell, is what we have been up to around here, plus you know, like parenting and stuff. New Years resolution! Not to say like and stuff so much! Hey, how about some New Years’ resolutions? (did you like my segue?)

Here are my 2009 resolutions for TheHuckablog.

1. Add a pictures page. I have tons of pictures I would like to share, but cannot always come up with time to write about them. To relieve the stress, and make relatives happy, I will just post directly to a separate page and people who want to look at twelve pictures of The Son eating spaghettios can, while other’s can ignore them.

2. Add a book club page which other people write. Some of you miss the Read it or Rants, others want to start a book club, I want to read what other people think about books other than Thomas, the Tank Engine. First book for the book club is really a series. Twilight. I know, I know, that is so 2008. CAT told me not to waste my time, MMiL thought it was okay, others think it is the BEST.BOOK.EVAH!

3. Finally get around to doing what it takes to have ads. By someone other than an EVIL CORPORATION THAT I AM PRETTY SURE SLAUGHTERS KITTENS AND PROBABLY HATES THE SIMPSONS.

4. Do the leg work to have some cool give aways. Did you know lots of blogs get cool free stuff to give away? I want to do that!

5. Write a post at least every other day…unless I need a vacation…or want to read instead…or have time for a toddler free shower.

Happy 2009 everyone.