Thursday, January 21, 2010

10 Things

10 random facts/habits/ whatever about Lisa:

1)  Despite being an overbearing, loudmouth know-it-all, educated, professional woman, I am, in actuality very old fashioned. I believe in family, taking care of my husband and children and would be extremely happy being Holly Homemaker.  

2) Girly things make me happy. Make-up, shoes, clothes, pretty hair, the whole she-bang.

3) I was the only girl in my neighborhood growing up. This led to my ability to capture snakes, scorpions and lizards. Decidedly un-girly. My mother also refused to buy me a dirt bike which led to jumping a wide handled-banana seat bike off ramps and broken bones. 

4) Major life events and exciting things for me take place on the 1st of the month. I was born on the 1st, married on the 1st, conceived my first child on the 1st, will most likely die on the 1st.

5) I am addicted to lip stuff. Chapstick, lipgoss, lipstick. You will never see me without some type of shimmery lip. It almost goes beyond addiction and into obsession. 

6)  I watch entirely too much T.V.

7) I own more than 75 workout tapes, a Total Gym, a treadmill, multiple hand weights, yoga mat, stability ball and tension bands, TIVO Fit channel shows, yet I eat fast food everyday. 

8) I love the changing of the seasons. The first days of spring, when the air smells fresh, the first warm days of summer by the pool, the first cool days of fall, crisp air and color changes, the first days of winter and the first snowfall. I reflect with each season change and get a sense of purpose. 

9) Reno, Nevada will always be the most perfect place in the world to be. 

10) I am very empathetic but not sympathetic.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Backup on the HPT Highway

Lawn Boy and I are not suffering from infertility, no, we really haven't been trying long enough to attain that label,  rather, we are fertility retarded, or if you want to be PC, challenged. The fact is, we are riding the short bus down the embryo highway. We already have one chitlin, is that enough? Maybe we should just focus all of our attention on making her the most awesomest human ever. Is it politically incorrect to hang out around the door of the abortion clinic and try to convince people to go through with their pregnancy and give the kid to me? I know, there is a fine line between charitable and psychotic. I actually really think that Lawn Boy's little swimmers are the ones that are retarded, because, as you know, I am practically perfect in every way, my half of the equation is golden. No, literally, if you put them under a microscope they are 14K. I should send those little bastards into the place that gives you cash for gold.

Try, try again. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

If I Said this Post Was About Haiti, Would You Still Read It?

I feel very sad for the people of Haiti, I really do. It's always a tragedy when loss of life is in such great numbers. It is also a tragedy when people suffer needlessly and greatly.  However, at the risk of being stoned to death in my front yard, allow me to tell you exactly what I think.

In America, we are lucky to be on the forefront of technology, have modern conviences, clean water, stable buildings, abundunt food supply.  In America, we are lucky to have these things because we, as American citizens would stand for nothing less, because we work and pay taxes to support such things.  We are educated, and opinionated and for the most part exhibit inginiuty. Our government also helps those who cannot help themselves, to my dissapointment at times. 

Haiti is very different than our country.  I don't pretend to know the intimate structure of their politics, but it is obvious that they are a poor country in need of assistance. But why has this just now become a world mission?  If you were so concerned about an underveloped nation, perhaps you should have donated your time and resources before a major catastrophe occured. Why is that until now we turned a blind eye to the fact that the Haitian people live in poverty, that the children are often dirty and hungry without proper shelter, that medical care is not readily availble on a daily basis. Why is it that people don't care about the day to day living of an impoverished nation until something like this happens?  Ummm, can anyone say, "Tsunami"? Which by the way is a whole post in and of itself.  Just let me say, Indonesia is a place that generates quite a bit of tourism, yet, nobody cares about the poverty around them as long as their hotel is nice and they have clean towels. Moving on.......

I truly believe that people should give to those who are less fortunate.  I truly believe in lending a helping hand. But right now, I am sick to death of all this false charity.  People who get the warm and fuzzies by sending in a $10.00 text or some random blogger hosting a giveaway to benefit Haiti. The fact is, you didn't care about their quality of life before the earthquake, why do you care so much now? And how much will you care when the news moves onto something else?

Call me heartless if you like, but truthfully, I think about the state of the world on a daily basis, not just when it's newsworthy.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Another test by me.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Toy Jail - Three Strikes and Yer Outta Here!

It's hard to get children to pick up their stuff. I only have one, well two if you include Dan, and it's a constant battle. If you are anything like me, you can only clean up behind someone for so long before a breakdown complete with yelling and empty threats ensues. Thank goodness for the blog "How Does She...." .  Enter, the "toy jail".  A place where toys go when the owner refuses to pick them up.  I love the idea.  In addition to the toy jail, I will up the ante by saying, if the toy goes to jail three times, it's outta here!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from the Carters!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours. Remember to keep it simple and enjoy the time you have with your family.


1 (8 oz.) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1/3 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
optional: raisins, cranberries, nuts
Orange glaze


1/3 c. powdered sugar, sifted
1 tbsp. frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted
1 tsp. water

Combine orange glaze ingredients, stirring until smooth.
Unroll dough onto lightly floured waxed paper; press perforations to seal; brush with melted butter. Combine sugar, cinnamon and optional ingridient; sprinkle over dough. Roll up jelly roll fashion, starting at long side; cut into 1" slices. Place in a lightly greased miniature muffin pan or shallow baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Drizzle with orange glaze. Yield: 9 rolls.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Simple Christmas Things You Can Do!

Politely decline requests that will take you away from family.

Play more Christmas music.

Donate gently used items to a thrift store.

Go Christmas caroling.

Say thank you as often as possible.

Schedule a night to help another person or family.

Call someone you normally wouldn't to wish him or her a Merry Christmas.

Delegate some holiday preparations to children or other family members.

Trim the gift list.

Simplify a traditional activity.

Write down great memories as they happen.

Set and stick to a holiday budget.

Forgive a grudge.