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Bad Albuquerque!

In our neighborhood, there is a group that comes by once a month to pick up donations for charity. Sexy Nerd and I gathered up a little of everything they were requesting - kitchen appliances, sheets, cutlery, blankets, clothes, shoes, etc. - and left our donation on the curb. We had 6 large boxes for charity, clearly marked with the bright orange pick-up tab we'd received in the mail.

The donations were picked up. Great, right?
Our donations were picked up by the wrong people. They were STOLEN! What kind of loser goes around stealing from charity?
Perhaps the next time donations are being collected, we should leave a great, big box of dog poop.

Time for a Blog Hop! Not "Baaad" with LambAround

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for the Best in Show Award winner this week. A beautiful, yummy blog won. Be sure to visit so that you can read posts like:

Kiwi Lemon Mousse and
Basil-Honey Dressing (the little black dress of salad dressings)
Congratulations, shockinglydelicious! Your blog inspires me to be a more adventurous cook (and maybe, just maybe, more adventurous in real life, if I get up the courage to attend Camp Blogaway with you!) Here is your Best in Show Award:
(So sorry for chopping your name in two! There was no way around it!)
Now it's time for another chance for everyone to earn a Best in Show nomination. If you've never linked up before, you can read the blog hop rules here. Play nice and be sure to visit the other Not "Baaad" party goers! You don't want to set yourself up with bad karma for linking and running, do you?

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

Window Seat Ideas

Sexy Nerd and I are planning to build a window seat beneath the windows in our dining room. Well, really Sexy Nerd is going to build it while I blog in my pajamas, but I'm still planning to take a chunk of the credit.

Here are some photos I've gathered from various sites for window seat inspiration:



I love everything about this room, especially the wall color.

Sexy Nerd hates this photo! Not because of the design, but because I realized when I saw it that we could create this exact space if we (he) moved our washer and dryer upstairs (and built a place for them upstairs, of course).


I've been saving these photos to my computer over the past few years, so I unfortunately don't have links (if you see a photo you recognise, let me know and I'll link it back to where it belongs!) This has taught me the importance of adding my url when I post a photo of my home online (if only it weren't such a pain! Does anyone know of a shortcut for this?)
For our window seat, I'…

Digital Scrapbook Page - Our Wedding

As mentioned before, Sexy Nerd and I did not have a typical wedding. Our vows were interrupted by a live chicken. When doubting our photographer, we were told not to worry because he's "#1 in Argentina". My dad caught the wedding officiant, Captain Howie, relieving himself in the bushes immediately following the end of our ceremony (really, do not use Above Heaven's Gate Weddings on Oahu!)

Click the image to enlarge
Yes, of course he had been smoking the Maui Wowie!

For the Love of Thin Mints

There are many people out there who will tell you that Thin Mints should be eaten frozen. To these people, I say that you haven't lived until you've tried them dipped into marshmallow creme. Mmmmmmmmm! This takes me back to my Girl Scout days.

The Best in Show Award

Are you ready to visit some nifty new blogs? I was completely floored by all the talented bloggers who participated in last weekends' Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop. Narrowing down a reasonably-sized list of nominees for the Best in Show Award had me feeling like a bully, with so many impressive posts to select from. You're all winners in my book! (Sorry, I just can't bring myself to post that. You really are superb, but let's try to keep the cliches to a minimum here at LambAround!)

This week's nominees for the customized Best in Show Award are:

house to your Home
The Best of My Nest
Lauren Lane Decor
Mom's of all Trades (The teddy bear is going to be okay. Really!)
Heidi's Recipes
Shockinglydelicious (Yes, that is olive oil being drizzled onto ice cream!)
Many Moments of Me
The Seven Year Cottage
Congratulations to the cream of the crop nominees! I hope you'll take a button:

Option #1 (for the competitive bloggers)
Option #2

Now that we have our nomi…

Not "Baaad" Blog Hop - Come Link Up!

It's time to announce the winner of the Best in Show award! This week, the blogosphere has voted for: Congratulations, Helby's Hatch! I hope everyone will visit your blog, where they'll find great posts like:
Walking in LA...cheaply and Lazy Sunday
Now, it's time for the 23rd Not "Baaad" Sundays linky party! Time is just flying by, isn't it? By now, I'm sure everyone knows the rules (if not, you can read them here).
Play nice and be sure to visit the other Not "Baaad" party goers! Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

All About Idiopathic Insomnia

More Musings of a Chronic Insomniac: Insomnia Makes Me Cheesy


Whenever I tell someone I have idiopathic insomnia, I get one of two responses:
1. A lecture on improving my sleep hygiene (cut out caffeine, exercise more, follow a set sleep schedule, don't nap, take melatonin, reduce screen time, etc. - been there, tried that!) 
2. "You are an idiopath!" (idiopathic actually means "a disorder with an unknown cause")(and on a side note, I've apparently been hanging out with mean people) I  have never been able to sleep well. Not just now, as an adult - never! Even as a baby, my parents say I was awake constantly. In fourth grade, my teacher, Mr. Carberry, suggested to my mom that she take me to a doctor because I yawned from the moment I entered the classroom until the time I left, every day. He had never seen a student who was as consistently tired as me. My mom brushed off his recommendation, as she knew I went to bed at the same time every night, with plenty …

Valentine's Schmalentine's

Overall, I had a pretty mellow Valentine's Day. Did I get candy? No. A fancy, home cooked dinner? Nope. Was there even any snuggling (and maybe more)? Umm...no! But that was just fine this year. Sexy Nerd and I seem to have settled into the "old married couple" phase, where Valentine's Day is, for the most part, just another day. Oh, he did get us tickets to see Lewis Black here in Albuquerque in two weeks! And I don't have to go to Monster Jam with him this weekend (woo hoo!) As for me, I made us a scrumptious dinner of chicken soup, including egg noodles made from scratch, and got Sexy Nerd two (yes, two!) Snickers bars.

Wait. The chicken soup was made on Sunday, not Monday. Well, I still got him the Snickers bars! Hey, it's an improvement over last year.


Last year's post: Valentine's Day - Darn You, Sexy Nerd!

Did Sexy Nerd sweep me off my feet for our 2nd Valentines Day as a married couple? Well, not exactly. Not at all, in fact. I had told him be…

Nominees for the Best in Show Award

I see you there, fellow blogger, admiring my beautiful buttons.

Option #1 (for the competitive, ruthless, claws-out bloggers - my kinda people!)
Option #2 (you're still my people, but I think you're missing out on a chance to have some fun.)

I bet you're thinking to yourself, How can I get one of these beautiful, super-cute, fancy schmancy buttons for my blog? I'll tell you how! Just swing by LambAround each weekend and link your favorite posts to the Not "Baaad" Sundays linky party. Easy peasy!

This week, we have an impressive assortment of do-it-yourself projects and sugary deliciousness. Who gets to take a button this week? These amazing bloggers:

Food, Folks, and Fun
Stephanie @ Home
{On and Off My Plate}
*junkrestore*
Budget Wise Home
Sun Scholars
Helby's Hatch
Paisley Passions
All of these posts are wonderful and I hope my LambAround readers will visit them all. Being nominated for an award is just the beginning of the excitement. Vote for your favorite …

Not Baaad Blog Hop and Best in Show Winner

Thank you for swinging by LambAround for the 22nd Not "Baaad" Sundays linky party. By now, I'm sure everyone knows the rules (if not, you can read them here). Before linking up, I hope you'll visit this week's Best in Show Award winner:
Congratulations, The Iowa Farmer's Wife! Just in time for Valentine's Day, I'm sure LambAround readers will be excited to try your Love Bites mini pizzas:
A heart-shaped pizza with heart-shaped ingredients - how cute is this??
Now, let's link up. Play nice and be sure to visit the other Not "Baaad" party goers!

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Las Vegas

Sexy Nerd and I have been to Las Vegas together several times, but we didn't discover the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens until our last trip. It was decked out for Christmas when we were there. According to their website, it is currently decorated for Chinese New Year. It's definitely an attraction we'll seek out on future visits!

 A giant polar bear is no big deal, you say? What if I told you that he's made out of white carnations?
The reindeer are decorated with hundreds of acorns.


Alero Hates Tweety

Many years ago, Sexy Nerd and I took a little summer road trip to visit his family in Colorado. He was driving, I was sleeping, and all of a sudden we heard a *THUD!* It's not exactly the kind of sound you want to encounter when going 75mph, but nothing seemed to be wrong with the car and we didn't see anything in the rearview mirror. We continued down the road.

It wasn't until we stopped for gas that we realized what had happened.

Fair Warning: If you hated my favorite Super Bowl commercial, you're probably going to hate this.


For the record, I was not the one who attached the note! Sexy Nerd has a craaaazy family.