Friday, March 15, 2013

Secret Subject Swap, March - Take Two!

It's that time again, Secret Subject Swap time! 


I love doing these, if you haven't tried it you need to! Karen from Baking In a Tornado is in charge and she will help you get started. Go ahead, contact her, you know you want to.
This week 13 bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were each assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Put your feet up and check out everyone's posts! :
My subject is "...and then you woke up and realized it was all a dream..." submitted by Suburbia Interrupted , who is one amazing chick if you ask me. If you haven't read her stuff, start with the secret subject post and keep reading!
I have a friend who loves to try and figure out what dreams mean. She has a dream interpretation book and uses it all the time.  So I thought to myself: Self, let's try and analyze these oddball nocturnal musings.  Ok, I don't really talk like that, it was more like: What the hell did that stupid dream mean?!  So I found a great site called Dream Moods and decided to look up a few dreams that I've had. 
~Flavor Flav
Yes, I had a dream with Flavor Flav in it.  No, I was not doing acid.  This was years ago but I still remember it because it was so random and weird. Not only was the Public Enemy member in my dream, but we were flirting and I think maybe (gag) kissing.  WTH?  Have you ever seen Flavor Flav?  Here:

You're welcome.

So when I went to Dream Moods, I had to pick a category. ' Freakish Rap Stars of the 90's' was not a category, so I went with 'Celebrities': 
To dream that you are kissing or having sex with a celebrity indicates your drive to be successful. Consider what qualities or movies you associate this celebrity with or what makes this celebrity famous for clues as to where and what you want to achieve success in. Alternatively, the dream may just represent your fascination or obsession with this particular celebrity. 

Ok, I don't even know how to begin picking that the F apart!  I do not know what I  would want to achieve based on Flavor Flav; gold teeth?  A big ass clock necklace?  Yelling "Yeah Boyee!" all the damn time?  Mostly I just want to achieve showering, fitting into my pre-baby jeans, and getting the kids to go 5 minutes IN A ROW without fighting . Maybe I should just go with the gold teeth; easier to accomplish. 
The alternative, a "fascination or obsession" with this celebrity is also oh-so-wrong.  Tupac? Yes. LL Cool J?  Mama likey.  Flavor Flav?  Hells to the No.
I have this reoccuring dream, ever since middle school, that I'm so pissed at someone that I'm gonna kick their butt.  But when I try to punch them, it's like this force holds back my fist, and as hard as I try to swing, my arm moves in slow-motion and never makes contact.  It frutrates the crap out of me in my dream.  So I figured I would look that one up. Gotta figure out why in my dreams I feel like Muhammad Ali, but fight like Angelina Ballerina.

Dream Moods has 'Punching' as a category.  It tells me: 
To dream that you are unable to throw a punch indicates that you are feeling helpless. You may have self-esteem and confidence issues. The dream may also be due to REM paralysis.

Whoa, nelly.  That one kinda hits home.  I do have self-esteem and confidence issues, always have.  I was a very shy kid, and I've gotten over some of that but not all of it.  If I seem confident at all, it's usually a front.  There's definitely some things I'm confident about, but as a person in general, eh, not so much. Being in a marriage where your significant other puts you down constantly can really do a number on your self esteem, too. [ My first marriage, I mean; this second one is soo the opposite :) ]
Now "REM paralysis", what the poop is that?  I've heard of REM, a cycle of sleep, and I was going to google that phrase. Then I remembered who I am, and that if it said anything remotely worry-worthy about my sleeping patterns, I would never sleep again, convinced I would die before I wake.  So yeah, skipping over that part. 
~Teeth falling out
Another weirdo dream I have a lot is my teeth falling out.  Like it'll just be a regular day, and all of a sudden Plunk, one of my teeth unattaches from my gums and lands in the bottom of my mouth.  Ew.  Gross.  And stupid, right? Who dreams about their teeth?

Apparently, it's one of the most common dreams that Dream Moods gets asked about. 
One theory is that dreams about your teeth reflect your anxieties about your appearance and how others perceive you. Your teeth help to convey an image of attractiveness and play an important role in the game of flirtation, whether it is flashing those pearly white, kissing or necking. Thus, such dreams may stem from a fear of rejection, sexual impotence or the consequences of getting old. To support this notion, a dream research found that women in menopause report to have frequent dreams about teeth. This points to teeth dreams as being related to getting older and/or feeling unattractive and less feminine. Teeth are an important feature to your attractiveness and how you are presented to others. Caring about how you look is natural and healthy.

Another rationalization for these falling teeth dreams may be rooted in your fear of being embarrassed or making a fool of yourself in some situation. These dreams are an over-exaggeration of your worries and anxieties. Perhaps you feel that you are unprepared for the task at hand. However, you will find that your worries are unfounded in most cases. Sometimes what plays out in your mind is far worse than what is
Once I stopped laughing over the use of the word 'necking', I realized that this too is pretty right on.  I do worry about my appearance, especially my weight, and am having a heck of a time accepting the fact that I'm getting older.  oldER, not old, got it?  Right. So. Moving on...
I also do get really tight-assed about embarassing myself and looking stupid.  I've sat out of many activities because I was afraid I would look like a doofus and embarass myself.  I really envy people that just jump in and try new things, and hey if it works it works, if not, it was fun to try!  I'm trying to work on that, and realize that the world won't end if I don't do everything perfectly, and that laughing and saying Wow, I really suck at this! is better than sitting in the corner being afraid and self conscious.
With the Flavor Flav kissing and the Muhammad/Angelina brawling and the fang-falling,  I'm always glad to wake up and realize it was all a dream.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rollin with the big dogs!

Oh, hey Bleeps, didn't see ya there.  I was busy doing an epic, if highly awkward, happy dance, cuz I have been nominated for 3 Blogging awards!  Holy shit on toast!  Me, a random sheep in a small town pasture, rollin with the big dogs!  Can you believe it??  Like everything else in the blogosphere, I'm brand new to the awards circuit, so I'll do my best to follow directions and not break the rules!

I was given the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by her royal blogging highness Menopausal Mother.  She has been rooting me on since the very beginning, helping me out and lending encouragement.  She is an amazing writer y'all, you have to check her out.

1.  Link back to the person who nominated you
2.  Post award image on your site
3.  List 7 random facts about yourself
4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers
5.  Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated and link back to their site  

7 Random Facts About Me:

1.  My fave pre-school shows are Max & Ruby and The Backyardigans.
2.   I looove Coach, but am way too cheap broke frugal to buy any items except from the online factory outlet or Marshalls once in a great while. 
3.  For each of my first 6 pregnancies I got the gender I secretly wanted. With #7 I was convinced it was a girl.... wrong. 
4.  When I get bored I mess with my hair.  Usually the color.
5.  You can often find me bumping Cypress Hill in my car.
6.  My parents divorced when I was 2.  My "dad" that I refer to is actually my step-dad, in name only. I consider him my "real dad".  <3
7.  I am an addict.          

I don't yet know a whole ton of bloggers, I'm still exploring. And a lot of the ones I read are the same ones everyone else reads and they get nominated A LOT.  So I'm just going to nominate a few:

The Inklings of Life                                               That Suburban Momma
Buried With Children                                             Life On Peanut Layne
Jamie the Very Worst Missionary                          Diapers or Wine?

I was also given this very cool pink award, The Liebster, by super duper Sarah from The Sadder But Wiser Girl who has been showing me much love on my blog and FB page and helping me to keep going, AND from the excellent, extraordinary Ellen at Bad Word Mama!  I love this hilarious chick and am so glad I'm on her radar! BTW,  Liebster in German means Favorite :) (ok maybe I googled that, whatever).  

I'm supposed to answer the 11 questions made up for me, nominate 11 other bloggers that have less than 200 followers (no tag backs) and make up questions to torture them  for them to answer.

Here's my questions from Bad Word Mama! (oh boy!) :

1. How do you feel about PDA (Public Display of Affection)?  I'm fine with PDA, it's kinda cute, but I do not like PDM (Public Displays Of Mauling); seriously, if I wanted to see that shit I'd change my name to Tom and peep in people's bedroom windows.

2. Have you ever dumped someone on a holiday?  Does their birthday count?  Kidding, kidding, no I have not done that. I'm usually the dumpee anyway.

3. Have you ever locked yourself in another room to eat a snack you didn't want share with your kids?  Um, hell yes!  I've even hidden snacks in my car (there may be a bag of chocolate covered pretzels out there right now). 

4. Do you know what a Shart is? Have you ever done it?  One freakin time, ok?!  Don't you dare tell or I won't be your best friend.

5. Do you embarrass easily?  Yes.  See panic over answering question above ^^^

6. Do you laugh when someone falls down?  Hysterically.  Then I feel like a bad person.  Then I laugh some more.

7. If you could change something about yourself what would it be?
I want bigger boobs.  And higher self esteem.  Tho that would come along with the ta-tas, like a package deal...

8. Do you pee in the shower?  Saves on toilet paper, right?

9. Have you ever read someone's text messages on their phone without them knowing?  If one of my kids is reading this, then no, absolutely not!  I would never skim their messages just to reassure myself they're not doing anything stupid/illegal/fun without me.

10. What is your guilty pleasure?  Eating cookie dough. I make it without eggs so I don't get food poisoning (again) and then eat it like a friggin meal.

11. Do you hate answering these stupid ass questions?  Actually, no, they're kind of fun! And a great distraction from the 917 dishes overflowing my sink.

Goodness Ellen, my brain is tired now.

But here is a list of bloggers that I nominate for The Liebster Award because they are some of my favorites:

Sorry Kid, Your Mom Doesn't Play Well With Others            Gelato Mama
Adventures In Hickey Land                              My Boring Life In Pictures
Confessions of a Failing Domestic Goddess  Teresa's Tidbits
My Dance In The Rain                            Simply Smiling...Everyday!

And here are my 11 questions:
1.  How old were you when you got your first kiss?
2.  What household chore do you hate the most?
3.  Beach vacation or ski vacation?
4.  If you had a million dollars, what is the most useless thing you would buy?
5.  If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
6.  Do you have any tattoos?
7.  Peanut butter and what?
8.  Did you have a nickname as a kid?
9.  Have you ever had surgery?
10.  If you had a time machine, would you go to the future or the past?
11.  What's the first thing you would do if you had an entire day to yourself?

Woo! Awards are hard work!