March 23, 2008

Uh, this is awkward...

So here's the deal. I've been going through another one of those "I'm done blogging" phases. It takes so much mental energy to come up with something smart and interesting - mental energy that I could be using on maintaining my sanity as a mother. The past two weeks of not blogging have been great. I've really enjoyed not stressing over getting up a post every night and not running into my room to check comments every ten minutes. But at the end of the day, the fact remains: I have something to say. And a woman with something to say combined with an enthusiastic audience is an impossibly enticing combination for me.

So fear not, my darling stalkers, I'm back. We've missed out on a lot of great content from the past two weeks but I'll get back on the horse and continue broadcasting my follies for all to snigger at.

The toy biz isn't slowing down and I'm still happily taking orders for my poor, misunderstood stuffed animals. Yesterday a friend asked to buy my least favorite animal - an ugly, poorly made hamster that made me cringe every time I looked at him. I was appalled. I was sure she only wanted him to buy him to make me feel good and felt sorry for her at having to actually take him home. So I made a newer, better hamster that I felt met my quality control requirements (the first one in the link). I brought both over to her and let her know that she didn't really have to buy the ugly one. But she claimed to have some deep personal connection with him and refused the updated model. Every lid has it's pot. Good riddance.

Let's see...what else have you missed...

Outback Steakhouse. Spike and I went, lured by the shockingly calorific "Blooming Onion." I've always been intrigued by this stinky treat. The onions they use were specifically designed to be "bloomable" by Texas A&M University and they were inspired by the Japanese style of cutting vegetables into floral designs. Back in the day, I'd even eat some of the darn things. But seriously, folks. The Blooming Onion has 2,300 calories - and that's without the dipping sauce. So even though I'd entered the restaurant set on braving it, in the end I wussed out and instead ordered the onion soup. Alert to anyone going to Outback: DO NOT ORDER THE ONION SOUP! You think the Blooming Onion is oniony? Somehow they concentrated the flavors of a million onions into a tea sized cup. My husband and I could only take a few bites. When Kim, our waitress came by I asked, "have you tried the onion soup?"
"No."
"It's really oniony."
"Really."
"No. Like REALLY oniony. We can't even eat it."
Poor Kim. She was a sweetie and took away the soup and replaced it with an non-onion dish for the morons who ordered onion soup but didn't like onions.
I tried to make it up to her. On the receipt we left on the table I wrote, "We heart Kim! DEATH TO ONIONS!" To be fair, the rest of our meal was fantastic. I love a good, bloody steak. Who are these idiots who get them fully cooked? Plus, a word to the Outback Lovers out there, Outback has some special menu items until the end of April that are out of this world in celebration of Outback's 20th Birthday. If you couldn't tell, I'm back on the low-carb diet again and fixated on meat. I'm making Spike take me back to Outback next week.

And last of all, Happy Easter, everyone! I passed on doing Easter baskets because hey, my kids won't remember anyways, and we had a fun egg hunt at the park instead. Good times for all. Anyways, my post tomorrow will be more organized, but I just wanted to make the point that I'm not abandoning the bloggosphere, try though I may. I've discovered that if I don't document the contents of my head, I'm nothing more than a walking sack of bones.
Oh, and apparently Easter makes Cher mad. Go figure.

33 comments:

tracy m (dandelion mama) said...

I hear ya, Hollywood. When I tried to shut down DM, you called me back from the edge, and well, you were right.

"I've discovered that if I don't document the contents of my head, I'm nothing more than a walking sack of bones."

Yup.

Even if no one reads it, I have to write it, put it out there, and move on. I'm a saner, happier mama with my writing, and those are the nuts and bolts.

Glad to have you back. Now if we could only find a way to not check the comments more than once a day, this whole thing would be perfect!

Jill said...

Being fixated on meat isn't so bad. It's better that my latest obsession "Cheesecake Factory!" We've been there twice in the past two weeks.
No low carb diet there. (However, they do have a 6 carb per slice cheesecake. Do the math, that's only about 36 carbs for the whole darn thing. Not that I ate the WHOLE thing.)
I liked the hamster with the large eyes. He looks kind of like the way I'm feeling right now.
Glad you're back!

Perla said...

My dad always says, "how do I know what I think until I see what I write?" Glad to have you back, unless it stresses you out, then take a break anytime you'd like.

the lunch lady said...

I'm so glad you're back!

S'mee said...

Hey everyone needs a break. Glad to have you back.

The Wiz said...

I go through the "I hate blogging" phases too. It's why I do a group blog. Someone'll pick up the slack.

Boy Mom said...

Blogging it's the new Prozac, it slows and clarifies life. It turns even the most agonizingly mundane events, laundry, potty training, dishes,into blog fodder. I don't know how functioned day to day before blogs not just writing but reading everyone else's. Blogitis, theres no cure and I've got it bad.

Karen said...

Sometimes I think I need a break from blogging as well. My dilemma - do I blog about mediocrity and lose readers, or blog sporadically and lose readers? Which is the worse of two evils?

Susan M said...

My blog went downhill when my parents discovered it. Oh well.

Gotta take a break every once in awhile. I haven't been doing much photography lately, myself.

Jessica G. said...

I love your Flaky Friends! The personalities that you give them are what make them especially fun. Sven keeps giving me dirty looks, though. Must be the chocolate I'm eating instead of swimming laps.

Glad you are back!

Melinda said...

that photo of cher is amazing. in a good way.

Colleen said...

Hooray! I was starting to get concerned. Seriously. Glad to have you back, onion breath and all.

Jamie J said...

There's an ugly creature for all of us, I guess. :) Seriously though I think your Flaky Friends are great! Glad you're back. I was beginning to wonder where you went to. That picture of Cher is classic!

Kate said...

I've never in my life seen someone so angry about Easter eggs :)

I'm glad you're back.

bythelbs said...

She's alive!

Feel free to come and go as you please--we'll take what we can get.

Chris & Sarah said...

Yeah!!! I am so glad you are back!

Amy said...

My husband is also obsessed with Outback Steakhouse. Once we drove around randomly for an hour and half looking for an Outback because the Outback Special, was the only thing that would do. Since then, we've learned our lesson, and now before we travel we print a map that includes every Outback from our house to our destination. True story.

chronicler said...

so glad i'm not the only one. Glad to see you return.

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Few ox said...

Is it that Cher is mad about Easter eggs in general? Or that she can't open them to get the candy inside? My daughter figured out real quick that you just throw them on the sidewalk to get the candy out.

JLJ said...

Glad you're back. I can't believe the bloomin' onion has 2300 calories! Never again will I indulge. Thanks for the info.

Susan said...

I love that picture of Cher! It's really funny. Oh and I love, love, love really oniony soup, but my hubby won't come near me after eating it. I just tell him it's payback for ten years of morning breath. I also really loved the hamster - very cute.

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

I'm glad you're back. I get what you're saying about needing a break. For me it's not a big deal because only about 3 people read my blog & they're relatives so it's an obligation! Cher's is the best Easter picture I've seen in the blog world!

Suzie Petunia said...

We can't be friends if you don't blog... for obvious reasons. Mainly because this is the only way we know each other. How could you just throw our relationship away like that?

And I am in love with your crazy animal creations. They look like the animals my daughter draws. What personality!

becca said...

I missed you!

LittlePaintedPolkaDots said...

Okay, I confess. I've been a silent admirer (not a stalker..lol) up until now. I have to speak up and say that I am thrilled that you're back! And your baby, HOW CUTE IS SHE?!?!?!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Blooming Onions are evil. That's all.

Moddy said...

Yeah you're back, though I can totally relate to the need for a break. But at least you know that you've been missed, when I had a blog I could stop posting for several weeks and nobody noticed.

angela michelle said...

Plus, who else but us is going to listen? The kids? Hubby? I don't think so!

lisaC said...

If you read "The Artist's Way", you will find that dumping the contents of ones head on a daily basis allows the creative writing process to take place. With all that junk in there it is hard to find the good stuff. Just a thought.

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Brent and AmberLee's Family said...

I'm glad you got to take a break. But I'd also like to selfishly say I'm glad you're back.

Alejandra said...

So I just totally stumbled onto your blog for the first time and am loving it! Especially as a fellow Etsy vendor AND occasional low-carber. Yay meat! Will definitely be back. Can you post a pic of the mediocre hamster? Now i'm all curious... ;)