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Friday, September 21, 2012

The One Thing I Can't Do Without

Ever have one of those days?

You know...When the kids decide to sleep in, the dog pees on the floor and no one can find anything without your help. It's enough to make a mom wish for some Calgon to take me away (if you are too young to remember those commercials, please don't tell me. ;P).

Last Wednesday was that day for me. I swear no matter how fast I tried to move, time was at warp speed. Thankfully and by some miracle, I got the kids to school on time and then headed to the grocery store. Only I felt like I was missing something. Like my zipper was down or my boobs were showing.

It wasn't until I got home that I realized I hadn't put on any mascara. Mascara! So I quickly put some on and immediately felt better.  Amazing how one little thing can make a person feel put together.

Also, this makes me giggle:

I took this picture at our school's  book fair.
Happy Friday!!


What's one thing you can't do without? 




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  1. Marquita,
    Those kind of days are tough. I left that way Monday night. My kids were driving me nuts because they were keyed up for some reason. It took forever for them to go to bed, and I had no time to myself that whole day, because I'd had a very full day at work, too.

    I guess that's what I really can't do without. I need time alone each day to save my sanity. And I can't do without a bra. ;)

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    1. Wow. Creative rearranging of letters this morning. I meant to say I FELT that way Monday night. I didn't leave, although that might be considered a Freudian slip. :D

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    2. LOL, Samantha. I would've wanted to leave, too. But I'm sure both of us would only need enough time to take a deep breath.

      Yeah, bras are very uplifting. Great pick! ;p

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    3. I do not function without a bra. Even if I spend the day at home in my PJs, I usually put on a bra. I just feel better that way.

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  2. Right now it's books. I wouldn't survive without the ability to escape into a book. And ice cream, or cookies, or pie.

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    1. Hey now! I said ONE thing! Although I do like your list, Beth. Carry on.

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  3. Coffee. At least two cups a day. If I miss out on it one day, I just feel awkward and lost, and like I can't get my bearings on anything. If I go without for two days, I might come down with severe caffeine withdrawal headaches.

    I have no idea why it strikes me as funny that what you can't do without is mascara. Maybe because I go without it, even with my invisible eyelashes, far more often than I wear it.

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    1. Catherine, it might be possible that I am the *only* Lady Scribes that does *not* drink coffee. Please don't revoke my membership! ;) And caffeine headaches are the worst. It's why I have up drinking Mt. Dew years ago, b/c if I didn't have one each day, I became a raving ah, er, witch.

      Finding that out about myself made me giggle a little,too. ;)

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    2. While not a Lady Scribe....I don't drink coffee. So you are not alone. My husband has a sever addiction to Mellow Yellow. He can go through a two liter in a day.

      Although the only times I have totally been caffeine free were my pregnancies. I gave up my Barq's Root Beer which has caffeine added into it (most root beers are caffeine free) for my kids.

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    3. I'm pretty sure that Erin Knightley doesn't do coffee either. She does have a coffee pot, though...which I was more than okay with using myself when I stayed with her. :)

      I'm not as much of a coffee addict as my dad is. Back in the day (before his second heart attack) he would literally drink 4 pots of coffee a day. That's right. Pots, not cups. He managed to cut back to a pot a day or so while he continued to work. Now that he's retired and home all the time, and just sitting around, I believe he's drinking more than that again...but still nowhere close to the 4 pots he used to drink.

      Beth, I didn't realize that any root beers had caffeine! I thought they were all caffeine free.

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    4. @Beth, that's a lot of Mellow Yellow!!!

      And I didn't know that Root Beer had caffeine added to it. I know tea is naturally caffeinated so I drink the non-kind.

      I thought Erin did...I could be wrong. And I wouldn't be alone anymore!!! lol!

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    5. No coffee for me, either. Tea girl!

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    6. Barq's is the only company that I know of that adds the caffeine. I read the ingredients on a can one day. Caffeine added right there. One of my girlfriends kept calling me to ask which root beer had the caffeine when she was pregnant.

      In case you want to know, Sunkist adds caffeine too. Most orange soda's don't have caffeine either. Oh and I checked Cheerwine the other day...it has caffeine as well. I'm going to have to cut back my intake. PArticularly at night.

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  4. Umm... My iPhone, of course! I'm always on the run somewhere, but my iPhone keeps me connected to my email, Twitter account, Facebook page.

    Whenever I travel outside the country, I get the shakes. Not because I'm scared to travel, but because I don't have my phone on me. (I'm too...ahem...frugal to pay for international coverage.) I'm not kidding, I get the actual shakes. It takes a good 48hours away from mt phone before I start to settle in.

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    1. International coverage is crazy expensive. I'd pay for it in Canada or Mexico, possibly, but that would be it.

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    2. Ava, isn't it amazing how we've acclimated to having phones on us almost 24 hours a day. What did our parents do when they went out on dates? ;)

      I think it's cheaper to buy one of those "throw" away phones when you travel and add minutes as you go.

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    3. Did they have to listen to bore across the table from them? *cringing just thinking about it* (Actually, had a flashback to dinners out with my ex-husband. Thank God for the iPhone! Seriously.)

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    1. Cara ~ I actually have my laptop on me ALL the time. Even if I don't need it. It's kind of like a security blanket. What if I get a few minutes to write? What if I get stuck somewhere with nothing to do? I have to have the laptop. :)

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  6. Hmmm, I'm with you Cara, gotta have my computer--or my new phone, which is almost the same!

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    1. I think my computer (laptop) is permanently attached to my body. ;)

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  7. I guess it's a unanimous thing that we all need our computers! But I have to add that without coffee, I don't think I would have what it takes to operate it. The old brain does need that jump start in the morning, you know!

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  8. Marquita,
    To keep my insides pretty and content rather than a festering pool of venom, I need coffee. Or bad things happen to good people. On the outside, it's my wedding ring. I take it off at night and sometimes forget to put it on in the morning. I always feel out of sorts and snippy those days. :)

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    1. Nice imagery, Andris. I'm all for coffee and not festering pools of venom. ;)

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  9. Hi Marquita!

    I hate to admit it but the one thing I can't do without is a cup of hot black coffee the first thing in the morning!

    I'll never forget the one time years ago when I was in college that I rushed out of my apartment to meet friends for breakfast and the first thing I did when I sat down to wait for them was to ask for a coffee. The waitress asked if I wanted it "regular" and I said yes. Imagine my surprise when she brought it with cream and sugar already mixed in! Growing up my parents had always drunk coffee black and if they had friends over would put cream and sugar on the table for them to help themselves so I always thought "regular" coffee was black coffee!

    Now if I order coffee out I order it like you order a great glass of fine simgle malt Scotch - I order it straight!

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    1. Hi Jeanne,

      Although I don't drink coffee, even I know that regular means no cream or sugar. LOL!

      And you are too funny! Single Malt Scotch indeed! LOL!

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    2. Marquita -

      If you've ever been to the Highlands you know that Single Malt Scotch mellows not only a Highlander but also a fiesty Italian like my husband! You'd be amazed what you can get away with after you've poured him just a glass or three!

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