Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winding Down a Year With Poodles

What? Another year has almost past? It seems like yesterday that I was having fun with what Santa brought me last year. Or maybe I was returning it. I can't remember.


Yes, I'm getting older. The time flies by but I'm glad to be here. Have you noticed how the most bizarre things happen around "The Holidays". Just a few miles up the road, a car sped off the road, over a guardrail and into a creek. All four passengers have now died, two were dead at the scene. What the accelerator? The theory is that the accelerator pedal stuck which is an apparent issue with that type of car (Avalon).

This morning the newspaper reported that they were from a local church that was canvassing the neighborhood. My question is was the Reaper there for all of them or just one?

Note to self: Be careful getting into a car with other passengers.......YIKES!

Also, my second cousin and his wife lost their son earlier this month. It's a very sad story of a young person not able to find himself.

This post is getting too deep for me, unlike our latest SNOW. That's right. WE HAVE (or maybe I should say HAD) MORE SNOW! It stuck to the grass last night but the city facility where I teach on Wednesdays is delaying their opening today so I don't have to teach my class. I do have to get my hair done, though, and I hope my stylist made it in from west of town in order to prevent me from looking like this:

Fido models "The Silver Reffie"

Things have been slow this week. This weather is messing with my outside running schedule. Yesterday, I ran in the snow. Yes, I am THAT crazy. I didn't even take water with me. I just stuck out my tongue when I got thirsty. I got a bit wet, but it wasn't that bad.

My gloves soaked up the giant snowflakes so my hands were cold. I stepped in enough puddles to cause my shoes to squeak. My feet felt like icicles but other than that, no sweat. Well, there was sweat, but we won't discuss that. Afterall, women glisten, right?

I'll leave you with a few Texas novelties: First, from the site:

Hubby saw this car the other day. What the tailgate?

Down in Austin, it's a little more laid back at Christmas:

My friend took this photo on her way to New Braunfels. Where else but in Texas would you find such a fascination with armadillos and no, they really aren't that big!

Tune in Sunday for the start of
Knucklehead's Blogger Idol contest. While suffering from temporary insanity, I signed up to be a contestant.

Smiling and blinking**

I love, love, love all of you. Please vote for me next week. Whatever I write will be the best. Whatever I WRITE will be the best. Vote for me. Me. Me. I am open to bribes....

OK. OK. I don't like the begging part of it but I think the contest will be fun.

I do love all of you, though.


Be careful out there.

Photo credits: Fido: The Pack on, Creative Commons license (see sidebar), Austin decorations: LAWilson

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Ringing in Christmas with a Blizzard, Texas Style

White Christmas in Geekville

Thanks to all of you that stopped by and commented on my Christmas Eve post, even if you made fun of my "Toe Sox". Yes, Deb, I wore them outside of the house. I went to the gym, taught my Pilates class, and went to the grocery store where I encountered a pharmacy clerk NOT noticing the joy and magic of Christmas. Then again, maybe she didn't like my socks and flip flops.


We survived what the weather folks are calling the snowstorm of the century. Yes, it was a white Christmas in north Texas and in other parts of Texas ("out west") where some travelers were stuck on the interstate watching for Santa and his reindeer. The Department of Public Safety closed the freeway Christmas Eve evening because of snow and ice. Don't worry. It re-opened mid-morning on Christmas. I can see these alternate lyrics for Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer in my head:

Grandma froze her arse off in west Texas
On the way to our house Christmas Eve
You can say we don't believe in snowplows
'Cause it only snows like this every century.

All kidding aside. The snow came so fast that there wasn't time to get sanding crews out before the roads were too treacherous for further travel. I'm sure it was a miserable night for the folks that were stranded although there were reports of people helping each other out with food, warmth, and water. I guess there is some magic to Christmas afterall!

The roads in our area of north Texas were bad enough that a normal 35-minute drive Christmas Eve evening took two hours and a normal 20-minute commute to Hubby's mom's house on Christmas Day took an hour. We had to sand our driveway before we could get up to the street. That bag of kitty litter in a bucket in the garage came in handy!

As for gifts, I went overboard on Kitty's gift. Look at his new curly mouse tail:

Yeah, I know it's ribbon attached to a stuffed snowman but I don't think Kitty does.

Besides lumps of coal, Hubby and I were given one of these:

Hum, maybe if we put those together...

Just kidding. We did receive nice gifts and for the most part, our gift recipients enjoyed their gifts. Who would have thought that kiddos don't like nuts in their fudge? Oops. We had a nice time visiting with family and stuffing our faces. The best gift I can receive, though, is for my family and friends to be safe, healthy, and happy. That includes you, my bloggy friends.

For some reason, my clothing is fitting a bit tighter today. I will admit that I have been over-indulging just like the rest of you. Don't try to tell me that you have not been over-doing it. I know you people.

This year isn't over yet. I may have to try out my Christmas gift from Bee, the Rum-Baller 2000, to say farewell to 2009 and ring in 2010. After that, Mr. Piper and I will be having a little talk. But for now, it's time for a nap.


Photo credits: ReformingGeek with her new Canon PowerShot!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve, Bright Lights and Ghosts of Grandma Past

Uh oh. I've just been informed that it's Christmas Eve. What the Manger? Everyone seems so busy. Was I supposed to be doing something?

There's a small tingle in my brain. It's there. I can almost feel it surfacing.

Oh, wait. WHAT IS THIS?

**ReformingGeek notices a piece of paper on the floor. It looks like some sort of list. The word "Gifts" is scribbled at the top.***

Huh. I wonder....

Oh well. I'm sure Hubby will let me know if I've missed something.

Anywhatsit, the talking weather torso on the TV is saying something about snow. No. It can't be. It was almost 80 degrees yesterday. I wore flip flops (with my yogi toe socks!) I went for a bike ride. The cat was hot and was throwing hair left and right with most of it landing on my keyboard. Sheesh!

Snow. Well,
Gosh Dern It! What time of the year does Mother Nature think it is? Christmas?

I guess I'd better find my parka and maybe a sled in order to get over the hill and through the woods to Grandma's house. Actually, it's Mom's house. There is no Grandma. She was abducted by the aliens in 1980. We occasionally have seances to try and reach her but nothing's worked so far.


At least she wasn't run over by a
redneck hunter chasing a white-tailed deer on a local deer lease reindeer.

I hope everyone has a joyful, safe holiday.

Noticing bright lights in the sky**

I see the alien ship signaling. Maybe Grandma's up there. I'll check. Be right back.

Photo credits: Airplane Santa: cropped image of the back of Hubby's new shirt, ReformingGeek's flip flops, ReformingGeek

Check Humor Bloggers Dot Com for more Christmas funnies during this week's carnival.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Secret Santa, A Christmas to Forget!

**Evil laughter**

Oh, my poor Secret Santa (that's me) has a treat for you this Christmas. I shopped for hours, hand-picking these special and truly unique doggy treats just for you. That's right. Nooter the Dog (Nooter) is my unlucky recipient this year.



You wrote the post before Bee informed you of your Secret Santa Can Suck It sucker recipient.

You weren't supposed to tell, Dufus Evil Twin. At least I let Cat help and I revised my post....a bit. Can I get on with it? I can see poor Nooter about to pee on the rug in anticipation.

Sure. Whatever.

Thank you.

Christmas is such a MAGICAL time of the year.

Ah, elf that. Let's find some magical fun with a few of these things:

That's right. With ornaments, your human will be the envy of the neighborhood (or your human will attract the aliens, the silent black helicopters, or an ogre or three).

Put that back leg down,
Nooter! Those aren't hydrants. They are magic mushrooms. Sheesh! Your treats are coming up soon.

Next, by relying on my paparazzi skills and using the Google to study your human, I've discovered that he is, without a doubt, completely and thoroughly BATTY. I have found the perfect decoration for his den:

I'm sure his family members and friends will appreciate this eerie creature and its unnatural love of gravity. Nooter, you might want to tell the human NOT to replace those ball bearing eyes with red lights for an incredibly creepy experience next Halloween.

Nooter. Your mother called. After bringing in a neighbor's poodle to help translate, I discovered she found your blog and is upset with your language. She asked me to help you CLEAN it up a bit. Let's start with this stuff:

This "Wash Away All Sins" soap swishing in your mouth for awhile should satisfy your mom's request. Also, I can see hours of entertainment for your friends in the near future as they watch you fart bubbles out of your butt.

Because of your intestinal distress and constipation from the soap, a different type of CLEANSE is needed. Don't worry. I have the perfect solution:

Yes, that's ice cream just for you Nooter! Note to human: That top scoop is prune ice cream. Nooter may need an extended play date at the park.

Last but not least, this gift is from Cat. He's been working on this contraption for years. It's finally made it to market and you will be one of the first recipients:

As you watch the birds fly into's mouth, you'll think of me. (Hum....I hope Cat is not too upset that you'll be getting his birds.)

Merry Christmas,

**Evil laughter**

For links to all the
Secret Santa Can Suck It posts, check out Bee's Musings on Tuesday, December 22nd.

Photo credits: Wind & Weather catalog: Magic Mushroom Garden Ornaments, Batty Decor, and Fat Kitty Birdhouse. Dirty soap: ES on, Ice cream: Ulterior Epicure on, Creative Commons license (see sidebar).

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Twas the Weekend Before Christmas...

The school bells have rung
Releasing the prisoners for winter break.
That incompetent Grinch has failed again
For this dang holiday is here make no mistake.

OK. That's enough of that. I have no time for poetry today. Somehow Christmas has decided it will be here next week whether I'm ready or not. I'm choosing "ready" so I will be a busy little beek geek today.

Speaking of next week, be sure to check in here in Blogville. Besides Santa shimmying his fat a** down your chimney carrying your prezzies (socks, Disney boxers, fur-trimmed lingerie, ill-fitting colorful sweaters, a Snug-Wow, garden gnomes, etc.), Humor Bloggers Dot Com is having a Christmas carnival all week. Check out the site for links to hours of interrupted entertainment while you attempt to get everything done for the holiday.

I plan on being there and I sure hope they have a Ferris wheel. I have not been on one of those things in years. Maybe that has something to do with me being scared of heights. Oops.

Also, Bee from Bee's Musings is doing another round of Secret Santa Can Suck It! Read about the thoughtful gifts we select for our unsuspecting recipients had we actually cared enough to shop for them. These posts are scheduled for Monday, the 21st. My poor recipient will not know what hit them. Hee hee.

*****UPDATE***** Secret Santa Can Suck It will be on Tuesday, the 22nd!

My break time is over. It's back to the kitchen for me. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bling, Bling for the Square Geek!

Yippee and a big Yeehaw! I got blog bling:

I'm very happy I got something new for my sidebar because I'm having such a hard time winning the pile of crap (caption contest) from Etta.

A huge hug and a big thank-you for Mama-face over at Blog Never Ignorant for giving me a couple of awards. There is a slight problem, though. They come with insteructionas, destructions, instructions. Yeah. It's cold here. My brain fog froze.


I have to name five of my favorite things:

1. Pulling my prisoners' teeth
2. Digging large holes



Put Evil Twin back in the attic and try again.

Oh, alright.

In no order:

Eating, Drinking, Merry-making, Hot showers, Warm beds

With friends, of course.



NOOTER! GET OUT OF MY BED! Yes, you are a cute dog but Hubby does not like to share, 'K?

Sheesh! You have to watch these bloggers. You never know what they get up to when you're not looking.

Mama-face was very generous. I also got a circle:

I'm so glad because I'm such a square. It's nice to finally fit in that round hole. The problem is that she forgot to tell me the password.


Now I must pass these on to other bloggers. I picked a few of you guys this time:

MARVIN, The Old Silly

Enjoy your diamonds and welcome to the inner circle.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Geek in the Kitchen: Winners Announced!

I know you have been anxiously waiting for me to announce the winners of the Geek Fudge and Rum Balls Lottery. First, I have a wonderful, life-changing opportunity I'd like to share with you.....

Just kidding.

As expected you guys were very creative and a bit naughty with some of your lyrics. Here are a few of my favorites:

I saw Mommy rubbing Santa Claus
Underneath the red velour last night.


I saw Lecter eating Santa Claus
With fava beans and chianti chilled just right.

i saw reffie with her warm rum balls
doing 'the hustle' on the countertop last night

OK. OK. I'm getting to the winners. I'm sorry to say that Cat, as usual, was not up to his simple assignment of selecting three winners from the bag of entries. I even put the mouse in the bag to get his attention. But then he decided that chasing things outside was more desirable and whined to have the door opened for him. (He said something about the lack of opposable thumbs.)

Since I'm the door slave around here, I got up to let him out. When I got back, I asked
Cowboy Santa to do the honors.

Um, wait. Where IS that mouse?

Huh. Well. Maybe it will turn up later.

Hearing screams from the kitchen**

Oh, there it is.

"Sorry, Hon. Can you get that for me?"

"You can just put it outside, 'K?"

"You might want to get down off the chair first."

What a guy. So *brave.

Let's get back to
Cowboy Santa. Get ready. He's going in!

And the winners are:

QuirkyLoon from Musings of a QuirkyLoon
Marvin from The Old Silly's Free Spirit Blog
Nooter from Nooter the Dog

! Please email me at at with your address and tell me if you want fudge, rum balls, or both. Thanks to everyone for re-writing those lyrics. All of you did a great job!

P.S. Just to make it more clear: The entries themselves were not judged. Cowboy Santa, in place of Cat, pulled the winning names out of the bag (e.g. luck of the draw)!

*ReformingGeek Hubby is actually very brave, ridding our home of any and all pests. Occasionally, I ask if Cat can come back in, though.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Warning: Geek in the Kitchen - Blog Give-away!

It's that time of the year again. That's right. Baking season. It's been cold here so the oven and stove have been working overtime helping me make yummy goodies. Since I'm such a nice geek (when Evil Twin is locked in the attic), I've decided to share some of the goodies with my favorite people.

I called Will Smith and Kiefer Sutherland.

I'm waiting on them to return my calls.


**Jeopardy Theme**

OK. OK. I give up. Now what am I going to do with this stuff?

**Clicking noises in brain**

I've got another idea. Maybe I can give some to you guys!

Yes, I will do that. Here's the plan:

THREE of you will be the lucky recipients of chocolate fudge and/or rum balls. Here is a post from last year with photos and yes, you can have both.

All you have to do is play my little game.

Game, you ask?

Yes. Replace a few words in this snippet from a Christmas non-favorite and come up with something amusing. Well, even it is not amusing, it still counts. Just play already.
Here is the original lyric:

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night.

Your mission is to change it up a bit. Be creative. I KNOW you people can do this! My example:

I saw Mommy burying Santa Claus
Underneath the barn last nigh

Details, details:
  • A comment with a snippet gets ONE entry. (You can enter as many comments/snippets as you like.)
  • If you comment with a snippet and mention the game on your blog, you get ONE entry.
  • If you win, I will need a valid address so I can give you your balls send you your goodies.
I will take all of your entries and throw them, and a mouse, in a big box. Cat will then be asked to pull out the three winners. (I hope he gets the mouse, too.)

Winners will be announced Sunday, 12/13/09, so put your Santa thinking caps on and start typing.

Finally, to keep you in the holiday spirit, I found this cute photo on flickr:

What? I saw a squirrel in the tree.... No really.

Photo credit: Yum Photography on, Creative Commons license (See sidebar.)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Twin that Stole Christmas

Evil Twin has kicked a snoozing ReformingGeek (Reffie) and Cat off the cushy, comfy couch. She sits down with the lap beast and starts to respond to a Christmas *meme....

1. Have you started shopping?
Of course. I've bought the gifts for me already.

2. Tell me about one of your special traditions.
The Geeks leave the Christmas tree lights on for Santa Claus all night on Christmas Eve.

3. When do you put up your tree?
Whenever Reffie gets a round tuit. I've noticed that Hubby Geek must have one already as he stepped outside to search for outside decorations.

4. Are you a Black Friday shopper?
No, but I spray painted all the garland black this year. Does that count?

5. Do you travel at Christmas or stay put?
I'm not allowed out of the house.

6. What is your funniest Christmas memory?
Laughing at Reffie's attempts to become ONE with the decorating.

7. What is your favorite Christmas movie of all time?

8. Do you do your own Christmas baking? What is your favorite Christmas treat?
Reffie does the baking as I'm not allowed in the kitchen after that unfortunate incident a few years ago. I have her make fudge and rum balls for me, though.

9. Fake or real tree?
The Geeks had to downsize to a smaller, fake tree because my toys (various books on mind-control, torture, and how to sell body parts on Ebay, etc.) take over all of the available areas in the den where a tree could be placed. They are disinclined to move furniture.

10. What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?
Replacing Reffie's prezzies with lumps of coals, using Reffie to make snow angels, strategically placing whoopie cushions to surprise unsuspecting guests, playing with the kitchen torch near the Christmas tree, etc.

11. What is your favorite Christmas crapft?
Making Voodoo Dolls of Reffie wearing a candy cane ribbon (see sidebar). That silly little dog is listed on Ebay and somebody from Korea is already bidding on him.

12. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Send Reffie Away in a Manger.

Uh oh. Reffie is waking up. Gotta go....

**Yawning** I wonder what all of that was about.

Anyhowsit, I've done a little decorating.

First the decorations must be exhumed:

Yep. They are in the back of the closet under the stairs, with an almost fool-proof system for storage. Hubby made that wooden box that fits exactly in place under the stairs.

I got a few things out:

I love my little Taco Bell dog and I decided to let him catch the eagle this year. We all know it's usually the other way around. Yes, that is Cat sleeping off his exhausting day.

Here is my naked tree. It takes less than one minute to put it in place:

We have another, larger tree but it was not playing nice during its photo session.

I think that's enough for now. Martha Stewart called. She said she is pursuing legal action against me.

*Meme found over at Blog Ignoramus. Mama-face is having a Christmas give-away. Get there quick because the deadline is Wednesday.

Photo credits: ReformingGeek's furry friends have Christmas: ReformingGeek

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Seasonal Introspection

What IS this thing called Christmas? What is the reason for the season? Is it because Jesus, the taco guy, has a birthday?

Oh, sorry. Wrong Jesus. Basically, the birthday celebration was chosen to coincide with other "pagan" celebrations this time of the year. Personally, I think we should celebrate Christmas in March but, surprisingly, I have no phone messages from anyone in authority asking my opinion. As a matter of fact, few people ever ask my opinion. ;-)

ReformingGeek sighs loudly.

It's best to get on with it.

Have you noticed how mainstream Black Friday shopping has become? I have heard of some folks that get almost all of their shopping done on Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I've heard folks discussing their strategies. One would think that if this much effort is put into their daily jobs or their daily lives, amazing things could be accomplished.

I find the idea of staying up all night in a line outside the toy store so my child can get that special toy ridiculous. That's just me and I don't have kiddos but there was no way in Hades my parents would have ever done that.

You would never guess the economy is in bad shape based on the number of people I have encountered shopping this week.

Organizing who gets what and how much to spend can be frustrating. Hubby and I buy gifts for his cousin's kids and we were told what NOT to buy before we even got suggestions as to what the kids would like to have. Hum....part of me understands that as the parents have to deal with everything that comes into their home but on the other hand, it seems to miss the spirit of the season.

Finally, I have some hard evidence that there are aliens spying on us. One of their ships obviously landed on this previously inflated decoration:

Notice the strategic placement of this inflated Santa on an airplane. The lighting guided the ships to an open area for landing. They even left us some crop circles.

I think they took my wreath up for experimentation. They did not return it to its expected round shape:

Crazy aliens! I thought we had a deal. I have offered them Cat numerous times.

Wait. Maybe I can get them to help me decorate this weekend.

Photos: ReformingGeek snapped the photos of inflated and deflated Airplane Santas around the neighborhood. Yes, that is ReformingGeek's front door with the wreath from Hubby's company hanging on it.

"1.00s, 1.50s, 1.75s for the short arms. If you know what I'm talking about, you're probably old, too."

"Boomer brain fog: What was the last, middle, and first part of what you just said to me?"