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I know the lingo!



Conversation between me and the Mini Me:

Mini Me: My nails are so pretty. They are just Tumblr.

Me (being a Tumblr user myself): Does Tumblr mean pretty?

Mini Me: Yeah….sure.

Me (Trying to prove how cool I am): Does Tumblr mean blog worthy?

Mini Me (laughing): yes

Me (smiling – cause I’m so cool): See! I’m cool. I know the lingo. 

Mini Me (no longer laughing – just staring): Yeah. Because lingo is still used…as a word…by kids…like me. 

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The Grandma Tag!!

Hi Guys!

I have been so sick since the beginning of December, but I am going to caught up on my Social Media Challenge.  I am finally starting to feel better and thing I have a good plan in place to get all caught up. :)  So here I go….

This is the 42nd day of #365smc!!  If you don’t know what that is – check out THIS LINK – which will tell you all about it and how to play along if you wanna. :)

Today I am thankful for something that everyone has at least 2 of….well, biologically speaking.  I’m talking about grandmothers!!  Some of us have foster grandmas (I mean that both literally and figuratively), adoptive grandmas, bonus grandmas, etc. I have 2 grandmas and decided to create a grandma tag.

Grandma #1 – Mamaw.  She is my father’s mother.  She passed away on February 11, 1979.  I was three years old.  I don’t remember much about her, but she did pass her red hair down to be and I am super grateful for that. :)  I remember the date she passed, because unfortunately it was also my fathers birthday. :(  I feel like I have some kind of connection with her though… even know that she is gone… must be the red hair.  We redheads tend to stick together like that.   However, because I don’t know a ton about her or have really any memories with her, I can’t do the grandma tag on her, but felt like she absolutely deserved telling you about. :)

Grandma #2 – Granny.  Man do I miss my granny.  She is my mother’s mother.  She passed away on May 5, 2011…I remember that date for a whole other – kind of comical reason.  My granny lived in the Northside of our town for most of my life.  They Northside was predominantly Hispanic.  My granny wasn’t prejudice at all, but she complained a lot about her neighbors that were not so nice and usually spoke little or no English.  So the fact that she passed on Cinco de Mayo is just kind of funny to us.  We think it was her way of sending us one more little haha.  Also, I had my son in 2011 and I was prego when she passed.  So… her passing date is pretty easy to remember.  I sure do miss my granny.  I think about her all the time and try and talk to my mom as much as possible.  My granny had a long life and we had lots of laughs, I was very lucky to have known her. :)

THE GRANDMA TAG

1. What do you call your grandma and why?

I call my grandma: Granny.  Not sure why!  My cousin (one of my very best friends now) calls her Nanny… I don’t know where that came from either!

2. What does your grandmas house smell like?

My granny’s house always smelled like food!!  She was always cooking something!!  She would find the best recipes in magazines and make new things all the time!!  I LOVED her skillet meatloaf!!  I can’t share that one with you.  Family secret. ;-)

3.  Can you name something specific or interesting that your grandma always wears?

Scrubs!!  My granny loved to wear scrubs! Mostly scrub tops with cute little animals. :)  I love that I get to wear scrubs to work now.  When I shop for scrubs it reminds me of my granny. :)

4. What is something you enjoy doing with your grandma?

I loved to go thrift shopping with my granny when she was still alive.   I remember one time we were shopping in one of our favorite thrift stores and my granny wanted some new flip flops…  She kept scooting along in her wheel chair – pushing herself around from isle to isle yelling out: ” I sure do need some new thongs!  Do you see any thongs over there that will fit me?  I nearly peed my pants from laughing so hard. And she just thought I was nuts. 

5. What is something that your grandma has or passed on to you?

That’s easy!  Her love of Avon and a good book!…and a good bargain!!…and her love for food!!! :)  And hopefully if I’m lucky in my old age… her sweet sweet spirit.

Take a second to hop over and check out my VLOG this weekend.  I’ll be posting a video called “The Grandma Tag”.  It’ll have a little clip of my granny in it, just a few weeks before she passed away.  It is a memory I will chericsh and it makes me so thankful for the technology we have today.

That’s it for me guys!  Sweet dreams and I’ll see ya’ll tomorrow!

Love, Cat

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Day 7 – My Roof and Ravioli

Hi ya peeps!!  On this 7th day of my social media challenge, Wednesday December 3rd, I am thankful for #ARoofOverMyHead, #CrazyNationalHolidays and #Ravioli!!  How does that all tie in?

Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day!!  I love to celebrate fun and wacky holidays!!  For instance – National Bacon Day!!  Oh yes!! It does exist!!  Today, the spirit of things is a little more sobering.  Bottom line – there are too many homeless people out there (young and old) that don’t have a roof over their head or much anything at all really.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot actually.  Homelessness….is a very controversial subject.  Some people think we shouldn’t help homeless people because they put themselves in the situation they are in.  Some people would take the shirt off their backs to warm the body of a homeless person.  We all have the rights to our own thoughts and beliefs…. here are my thoughts:

Regardless of their situation or happenstance: homeless people are humans. Period.  However, I personally often get irritated when someone approaches me on the street and asks for money.  It isn’t because of who they are, how they dress or what they look like.  It’s usually because I feel like I can’t trust them.  I work very hard to provide for my family and I don’t want to hand out my hard earned money to someone that isn’t trying to make a life for themselves.  Or worse, someone who is just taking our money – as an income?!  Ugh… I just get so frustrated.

However, it is the holiday season and I really hate to think of anyone suffering.  So on this day, that I am telling you I am so incredibly thankful for the roof over my head.  So much so that I really should stay up all night and scour it from top to bottom! Ok…realistically that isn’t going to happen….the key word there was should.  Sleep is going to win tonight, but Sunday… Mr. Magic Eraser, Mr. Scuncci Steam Cleaner and I have a hot date!! :)

Today – I challenge you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I challenge you to follow these steps:

  1. Take the $5 you were going to spend at Taco Bell on lunch tomorrow…
  2. Go to Wal-Mart and buy a can of Ravioli…
  3. Go to Dollar Tree and buy 4 pairs of socks with your left over change from the Ravioli…
  4. Drop off the socks at a local Homeless Shelter or Women’s Shelter (They need kid socks too!)
  5. Enjoy your steaming bowl of ravioli with the huge side of basically being awesome. :D

Today was another easy day to pick what I am thankful for.  I am 7 days – a whole week – in to my challenge.  Are you playing along??

QUESTION OF THE DAY: When was the last time you donated money, products or your time to a homeless or women’s shelter near you?  (Hint: If your answer is never…today is the day! – You can even do it anonymously…)

I can’t wait to hear/read/see your posts!!  If you guys play along on any social media sites please use the hashtag: #365smc That way I can follow along all year and give you guys some shout outs!!

Here is the link to my YouTube channel: Cat’s YouTube Channel: Obliviously Awesome.

Here is the link to my Day 7 (My Roof and Ravioli) video!! :)  Check it out!

Here is where you can find me:

VLOG: www.youtube.com/user/OblivioislyAwesome
BLOG: www.WAHMcat.wordpress.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/wahmcat
INSTAGRAM: www.Instagram.com/ObliviouslyAwesome
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Obliviously-Awesome/311528022376074
PINTEREST: www.Pinterest.com/wahmcat

See ya’ll tomorrow! :D

Love ya lots, like tator tots!!

Love, Cat

#365smc

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Day 6 – Taco Tuesday Baby!

Hi ya’ll!!  Today was a very awesome day!  Why, you ask?  Because it’s TACO TUESDAY BABY!! On this 6th day of my social media challenge, Tuesday December 2nd, I am thankful for #TacoTuesdayBaby – also #yummy! :)

Every Tuesday for the last few years, my family has pretty much eaten the same thing every Tuesday.  Unless I was sick or tending to a sick kiddo or some other craziness happened, I went and picked up Taco Tuesday!!  It has become a ritual in my home that I really love.

It started with a few Tuesday’s here and there because it was inexpensive, tasty and easy.  Then it just became…a thing.  Then when I had little man it also became a ritual that the MIL (the Misters mommy) came over every Tuesday to visit her newest grandbaby.  I started picking up tacos for her too.  Now, I really look forward to Tuesday nights and here is why:

  • TacoCat is spelled the same backwards. :)  Ok…so that isn’t one of the reasons, but it is still some useful useless knowledge that you may need some day! ;)
  • Tacos are yummy and there are sooooooooo many options!!  Corn or flour tortillas?  Beef, chicken, carnitas, veggie…blah blah blah?  Lettuce? Tomato? Cheese? (duh.) Sour cream? Guacamole?  Or do you like street tacos with onions and cilantro?  #yummy!!
  • All 3 of my kids sit around the table with the MIL and we always have good conversation.  Nothing can beat that. :)
  • I am teaching my children the value of spending time together.
  • Lots o’ food for NOT lots o’ money!

It’s a total #WinWin.

Today was an easy pick for what I’m thankful for!  I’ve known ever since I started my challenge what I would be thankful for the very first Tuesday. :)

I can’t wait to hear/read/see your posts!!  If you guys play along on any social media sites please use the hashtag: #365smc That way I can follow along all year and give you guys some shout outs!!

Here is the link to my YouTube channel: Cat’s YouTube Channel: Obliviously Awesome – Go find the Day 6 video and let me know what ya think!!! :)

Here is where you can find me:

VLOG: www.youtube.com/user/OblivioislyAwesome
BLOG: www.WAHMcat.wordpress.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/wahmcat
INSTAGRAM: www.Instagram.com/ObliviouslyAwesome
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Obliviously-Awesome/311528022376074
PINTEREST: www.Pinterest.com/wahmcat

See ya’ll tomorrow! :D

Love ya lots, like tator tots!!

Love, Cat

#365smc

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Day 5 – Rotisserie Chicken…most specifically from Albertsons

Hello, my friends!!  Today was a flippin cold in Texas yo!  On this 5th day of my social media challenge, Monday December 1st, I am thankful for #Rotisserie Chickens.  I use them to make chicken and rice for my family on a night when I need a break!!

Today was a tough day!  It started out pretty typical at 6:30 this morning, but when the little guy landed sick at school, mommy had to rescue him and was forced to take him home and cuddle…darn the luck.  Anyway, by the time his daddy was headed home, I was starving!!  Frozen pizza, pot pies, hot pockets, sandwiches…etc.  Nothing sounded good.  No meet thawing so I needed something quick and easy…

I decided I wanted to make the Chicken and Rice dish my kids love so much (and I love because it is so easy!)  So I called the Mister and asked him to pick up a few things.  When he got home I had gotten the little man sleepy enough I was able to slip away for about 20 minutes to whip up dinner.  Literally.  Less than 20 and I had a full meal on the table.  Enough for a family of 5 and leftovers for lunch tomorrow!!

With my new challenge, I wake up every morning, wondering what I will be thankful for that day.  I had a couple of ideas for today.  However, when I started deboning that chicken – I knew exactly what I am thankful for today.  Check out the recipe below and if you have ANY questions you can use any of the links below to touch base.

Cat’s Easy Peasy Chicken n Rice (you pick the theme/flavor!)

– 2 packs of Knorr Rice (Any flavor – we chose Cheddar Broccoli today)

– 1 #Rotisserie Chicken (Albertsons are $1 less than Walmart and about 20% bigger – and taste superb!)

Follow directions on rice for stovetop or microwave (microwave is easy – throw it all in a microwave safe bowl for 12 minutes – perfection.)  While rice is cooking – take skin off of chicken and debone.  Add chicken to cooked rice, add a little milk or water (2-3 tablespoons) and pop back in microwave for about a minute.  Whip up a few sides and Walla!  Dinner is served. :)  Thank you #Albertsons for making my life easier!!

I can’t wait to hear/read/see your posts!!  If you guys play along on any social media sites please use the hashtag: #365smc That way I can follow along all year and give you guys some shoutouts!!

Here is the link to my YouTube channel: Cat’s YouTube Channel: Obliviously Awesome – Go find the Day 5 video and take a peek and see how my kiddos approved of the meal!  Even the little guy who is not feeling his best today…

Here is a link to the actual video for Day 5: Rotisserie Chicken

Here is where you can find me:

VLOG: www.youtube.com/user/OblivioislyAwesome
BLOG: www.WAHMcat.wordpress.com
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/wahmcat
INSTAGRAM: www.Instagram.com/ObliviouslyAwesome
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Obliviously-Awesome/311528022376074
PINTEREST: www.Pinterest.com/wahmcat

See ya’ll tomorrow! :D

Love ya lots, like tator tots!!

Love, Cat

#365smc

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Day 4 – Chinese Restaurants Next to Laundromats

Hi guys!! This is Cat, back with day #4 of my Social Media Challenge!  For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about check out this link:

Day 1 – You guys gonna play? – That is the intro post about my challenge. :)

So on day #4 of my challenge I am thankful for… #Laundromats and #ChineseRestaurantsNextToLaundromats

Here is why… I had planned to spend my entire Sunday doing laundry.  My older 2 kids are big enough to do their own, but I find it smells more fresh and just looks nicer when I do it.  So from time to time (and by that I mean most of the time) I do their laundry.  Yes, yes.  I know – this makes me an uber horrible mother.  I’m not teaching them any values by doing everything for them…yada, yada, yada. I KNOW!!  It’s just this control issue I have.  I just find it is easier to make sure things are done right when I do them myself.  THAT is exactly why there are mounds of laundry in my home that need to be done…. sigh.  I brought it on myself, I know.  The 3 year old cannot even reach the top of the washing machine – so that is obviously on me – for now.  (You know, until he’s old enough to do his own – so that I can do it for him then too…ugh.)

Then there are my clothes.  Oh. My. Gosh.  You see, I do medical billing full time so I have all my “scrubs and casual dress day – including office appropriate Tshirts and jeans” clothes.  Also, I am a bartender 2 times a week so I have the “sort of sexy but not too much because I’m still a mom” clothes.  In addition to that I’m a crafter and an acrylic canvas painter so I have my “craft and paint” clothes – which honestly are covered in glue/glitter/paint so they only need to be washed so I smell pretty while I’m creating.  Obviously, I’m a mom and wifey-ish.  So that means I have “Meet the Teacher” clothes, “Need to go grocery shopping” clothes, “Need to go to the mailbox at the end of the driveway” clothes, “Sitting around the house working on blog/vlog/work stuff” clothes, “Cleaning house” clothes, and “Do not mess with me – I’m sleeping in” clothes.  Not to mention all of the unmentionables… (hee hee, see what I did there – I crack myself up.)

Like I said…I had planned on spending the entire day doing laundry!!  I slept in a tiny bit and then got up ready to move laundry.  I was so prepared, I had even put in a load to wash before I went to bed, so I could start off the day with a full load washing and drying!  I potty, wash my face, slip on the fuzzy socks, step over the baby gate and pad into the laundry room.  Open the washing machine and…. What?  It was full of water.  So I immediately assumed one of my kids didn’t pull them knob to start the thing after I told them last night to throw a few school uniforms in.  Push. Click-click-click. Pull.  Silence. I repeated this sequence about 4 times – kind of simulating what I usually do with the snooze on my alarm clock/iPhone.  I just keep doing it until I am really awake and reality sets in.  Dammit.

Well, it was bound to happen.  I’ve had the set for 14 years – it’s been good to me and I suppose it was time to let go.  I tell the Mini Me we are headed to the Laundromat – she moans and groans – until I let her in on the secret of the #ChineseRestaurantNextToTheLaundromat. :D  She and her laundry basket were ready in record time.  (She loves Chinese food.)  The Big Kid gets his laundry ready (and I’m pretty sure snuck back to bed when I left.) and I gathered all the Little Man’s clothes along with my own.  Luckily, the Mister spent 8 years in the Navy and prefers to do his own laundry. :)

Off we go to the Laundromat.  Here is how that went in a few words:

Unload. Wash. Go around the corner to get quarters because the $12 in quarters I brought only covered washing – apparently laundry prices have went up in the last 14 years. Dry. Eat Chinese.  Dry Again. Fold. Drive home. Put clothes away and force big kids to do the same.

The Mister asks what kind of new washer I want.  Although secretly I want a shiny red, front loading brand-spanking-new set, I say, “The kind that washes clothes, babe. I’m not picky. (smile)”.  He shops online for a while and I go to start scooping the water out of the washing machine.  After the first full bucket he says he Googled it and maybe it is just a clogged drain. What? Really?  He thinks he can syphon the water out.  (That’s pretty cool, I wasn’t looking forward to scooping 8 billion gallons of water out cup by cup.)  Then he sticks a plastic hanger in the hole that lets the washer know the door is shut – and the damn thing just started spinning.  So it turns out to be just a broken switch.  He can fix it.  Hopefully, he will have it all good to go by next Sunday… otherwise, it’s a trip back to the Laundromat and Chinese for lunch next Sunday. (Chicken fried rice and an egg roll for only $3.95 – you really can’t beat it.)  I imagine he will get it fixed – it’s about time for him to do his laundry.

If you’d like to see my video on the story, check out the speed video of our day, check out the funny and cute pics of the me and the MiniMe (there are a few below) and listen to our banter about One Direction, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and J14Magazine, you can hope over to my YouTube channel, Obliviously Awesome and check out THIS video. The video is about 7 1/2 minutes long so it would be a fun little break for ya. – Here is the YouTube Video that goes with this post.  Click on the “ObliviouslyAwesome” logo at the very bottom of this page to take you directly to my YouTube channel – Obliviously Awesome! :)

I look forward to your comments and questions below and on my YouTube video. Remember if you want to play along with my social medial challenge, use the hashtag: #365smc. See you guys tomorrow!

Love,

Cat

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This kid is crazy but the #fortunecookie was total #truth. ;)

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