Just Call Me Sweet Talker

I bought my DSLR camera today! Read on if you're in the market for a new DSLR. Heck, read on even if you're not! Thanks so much to all of you who offered advice toward the decision. In the end, I went with the Canon EOS Rebel T1i because of its great reviews, video capabilities, and dirt cheap price. How cheap, you ask? Well, Sexy Nerd's uncle isn't posting on Facebook to call me Sweet Talker for nothing.

Wait...that sounds kinda weird. Scratch that last part and take a guess on how much I paid. Go on. $600? $500?

$379.99, baby!

I checked Target.com last night (as mentioned in this post) and discovered that only one store in the Albuquerque area was still stocking the T1i. I called and was told that there was one in stock plus the floor model, both priced on clearance for $549.99. I asked if the floor model could be discounted further, but was told no. The girl on the phone did say that it would probably be marked 10% less after selling the last camera, if they had trouble selling it.

So, this morning I went off to work wearing a short, tight skirt (ahem, a short, tight *working in a children's dental office appropriate* skirt)(really!) and hoped that when I arrived at Target after work, there would be a...you know...how can I say this without you judging me too harshly...male employee in the electronics department. Even better, there was a male stoner employee! After years of managing a Pizza Hut, you can bet that I know how to deal with potheads. I told him that I'd called and was told the floor model T1i was an additional 10% off, but that it wasn't discounted enough because the lens was missing (Sexy Nerd pointed out later that it had probably been there originally, but had been stolen.) My stoner friend called the manager. I told him that the lens alone would be another $300 and that I'd read online that most Targets were discounting the T1i displays by 30% (to be fair, I really had read this). Easy peasy.

I'll admit that I am somewhat wary of buying the floor model (also, as I am forever having buyer's remorse with every purchase in my life, I can't help wondering if I could have gotten 40 or 50% off.)  However, I have until 6/28/11 to return my camera to Target for a refund. Tomorrow, I will be shipping my T1i off to Canon to be checked out under warranty. I was planning to buy a 35mm lens anyway (per the advice of The Pioneer Woman - a very expensive blog to read!) so the lack of the kit lens isn't much of an issue, but to make things even better, Sexy Nerd's uncle thinks he may have his Canon kit lens from his old camera to give me. Woo hoo hoo!

After getting such a phenomenal deal at Target, I was beaming as I headed toward the exit. Could my shopping trip have gotten any better? Heck yes it could! A teenie red clearance sticker caught my eye:

Caramel Fudge Brownie ice cream marked down to just $1.48! And it's low fat and low calorie! And the boxes don't even have frost on them and the ice cream tastes delicious! Have you ever seen ice cream on clearance before?! OMG, OMG!

Now, bargain sugar-induced hysteria aside, if anyone out there knows where I can score another snazzy deal on a 35mm lens, I'm all ears!

Ramblings and Best in Show

*This post was written last night and updated this morning. See #4.

1. The word Sexy Nerd was referring to in his recent, ridiculous Quote of the Day was flexitarian. Oh! Sadly, it took me over a week to think of this.

2. I've researched and researched and have my heart set on the Canon EOS Rebel T1i. It's on sale at Target right this very moment. I called all 6 stores in our area (okay, so Santa Fe and Rio Rancho are not technically our area, though Target.com says otherwise) and there is only ONE left anywhere. Why aren't I on my way this instant? In my pre-Sexy Nerd days, I wouldn't have thought twice about going out at 9pm. The store is open for almost another whole hour! He's such a worrier. He doesn't even think I should try to go before work tomorrow because I might get stuck in traffic and be late. Sheesh!

3. I'm going to go before work anyway. Think positive thoughts for me and my fellow Albuquerque drivers (an ideal thought would be that they all stay home!)

4. Choosing a handful of Best in Show nominees is a tough job. Did you see all those Not "Baaad" links? They're all so magnificent! Methinks I may have gotten in over my head here. This week's nominees are TBD.

New & Improved #4. The nominees are below! Yeah, I can't let down my snazzy readers and linkers-up (yes, "linkers up".) Here is the badge to help bring in nominees:

Do you get to take a badge? Scroll down to find out!

5. I've been enjoying Anne of Green Gables on CD, which I checked out from the library. I had never read the book, but I have been to Prince Edward Island and really should have at least researched it before my trip. I must say, books on CD are the way to go. I highly recommend Anne of Green Gables, but even more highly I recommend the CD for A Confederacy of Dunces. You'll laugh so hard that your commute will just melt away. There is one problem with checking out books on CD from the library though, at least here in Albuquerque:
 The books on CD are for everyone! Can we please learn to take care of things, Albuquerque? The CD skipped so badly that I have no idea what happened in the haunted woods. And how, may I ask, did mud get onto the CD?

I really hope it's mud...Now, onto the nominees!

Can't Stop Making Things made me laugh with her solution for what to get the person who has everything.

Little Rays of Sunshine cooked up a cute Easter treat.

The Tattered Tag came up with a simple solution for a boring front door.

Frugal Follies whipped up a batch of Double Chocolate Hamantaschen. I'd never heard of Hamantaschen before, but I'm fair game for double chocolate anything!

The Silly Pearl taught how to make fun fabric necklaces.

Great job, nominees! Voting (upper right sidebar) will run until this Sunday or so. Don't forget to take your fancy schmancy nomination badge (above). Congratulations!

Pica is a Fat Head

Pica is a very special girl. She loves to fluff and paw at her bedding until it's exactly the way she wants, even to the point of ripping the fabric. It turns out that Pica can't be trusted to have a blanket in her bed. Take a look:

Hmmm, maybe this is funny and maybe not. On one hand, had I not come downstairs, she could very easily have strangled herself to death. On the other hand, she looks like Superdog.

Well, Superdog's special cousin, at least.

Want another Pica post? How about Dogs Wearing Earmuffs?

Blog Hop! Link Up with LambAround

Welcome to another Not "Baaad" Sundays with LambAround Linky Party! I know what you're thinking. There are already a zillion blog hops out there, Lamb! What makes yours so special? I'll tell you what makes mine special. 3 things!

1. This Linky is open to all posts that you are proud of. Did you recently post about a great decorating project, craft, or recipe? That's wonderful if you did, but just fine if you didn't. I just want you to link to a post or posts you are proud of.

2. Do you ever find yourself trying not to duplicate posts on blog hops but aren't quite sure what you posted the previous weeks? Problem solved! The Linky from today will be back, making it easy to see what you've already posted and giving you another chance to visit any great posts you may have missed!

3. The most exciting difference of all! You're not just linking up with your fellow bloggers - you're competing against them!  Participating in the Not "Baaad" Blog Hop is the only way to snag a coveted Best in Show Award nomination.

THE RULES (so serious!)
  1. Please link directly to your post, not just your general blog, and include a post-related photo.
  2. You don't want to be the grump at the party who doesn't mingle, so please visit at least two other party guests and let them know you found them through LambAround. I saw a lot of these comments while browsing through the entries this week. Thank you so much to everyone who plays nice! :)
Easy peasy!

And, of course, I'd love it if you post the Not "Baaad" Sundays button.

Now, get out there and mingle!

Would You Like a Bowl of Steak?

The Pioneer Woman became an online sensation with a post teaching the world how to properly cook a steak. Tonight, I heard laughter coming from the backyard, near our barbecue grill.

The steak was flat when Sexy Nerd placed it on the grill.

Kinda looks like a viking ship.

Or a pigeon! 

 In Sexy Nerd's defense, the odds of having a dry steak go way down when it can hold its own marinade.
Apparently, Sexy Nerd has never read The Pioneer Woman's blog.

Winner of the Best in Show Award

Suzy, you've achieved your bragging rights:
Way to go, Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom! LambAround readers, you're going to love Susy's site. For all you crafty, and especially you craftsy, types, you even get the opportunity to be featured. On Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom, you'll find posts like this:
Surely, you're thinking, that beautiful peacock design is not a doodle. Actually, yes, it is!

Is this the most gorgeous letter H you've ever seen? It's quilled and Suzy teaches in detail how to make your own!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for this week's winner! Be sure to swing by for another Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop this weekend (and another chance to win the Best in Show award!)

Pasta. Pasta! PASTA!

Ronzoni pasta is on sale for only 49 cents a box at Smith's until Wednesday. 49 CENTS! Add in coupons and you can even get the pasta for free!

I embarrassed Sexy Nerd by piling 20 boxes into our cart. The cashier agreed with me that it was quite a deal. Sexy Nerd says she had to agree, as she was in charge of selling the product and was secretly thinking that I was a sucker, but I'm confident that she had also taken the opportunity to stock up.

Not really that many.

These are stacked 3 deep against the pantry wall.

I had been shooshed out of the pasta aisle by Sexy Nerd. That night, I couldn't get the Ronzoni pasta deal out of my head. 49 cents! On my way to work the next day, I stopped by Smith's again.

Junk in the trunk.

Just a few more boxes?

Another twenty boxes! To be fair, if we eat a box a week, this won't even last a year.

Hmmmm...I wonder if I should go back for more...

I got home before Sexy Nerd and decided to put the additional Ronzoni pasta neatly away.

Then I thought better of it. Much more fun for him to walk through the door and see this:

I know the whole grain is tasty, but I've never tried the Garden Delight. I certainly hope it's good! In a cruel, ironic twist of fate, I discovered before making dinner that we are completely out of spaghetti sauce.

Which DSLR?

I have the day off and have spent the afternoon browsing through reviews, comparisons, and videos of digital SLR cameras. I'd intended to just take a quick look online, but my search began hours ago. Frankly, there is too much information available! Just when I think I've found exactly what I want, another camera is casually mentioned on a site and it restarts my search at step 1.

I'm thrifty, so I'm hoping to find a DSLR for approximately $500 or so, lens included. Refurbished is fine. I'd love for it to take decent videos. Right now, my top choice is the Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera with Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens. Yes, of course I cut and pasted that. Geez, the names alone are complicated. No wonder my head hurts!
My question and purpose of this post, my bloggy friends, is to ask your opinion. Has anyone else used this camera? Which digital SLR camera would you buy?

Now, to go eat a late lunch, or start making dinner. And I should probably change out of my pajamas at some point today.

Sexy Nerd Quote of the Day

Preparing dinner the other night, Sexy Nerd told me he'd heard about a group of people who aren't quite vegetarians, but they only eat meat in moderation. To me, this is known as a healthy diet. He continued, trying to think of what these people are called. He remembered.

"They're called transformitarians."

That quesadilla is mostly veggies and cheese, but it also contains a little bacon. Sexy Nerd must be a transformitarian.

Not Baaad Linky and a Southwest Airlines Coupon!

I just found this coupon and I'm so excited that I wanted to share it ASAP! If you have a Visa card that says "Visa Signature", you can use it to save 15% on Southwest flights: https://usa.visa.com/signaturesouthwest/index.jsp. Worried that this might be a scam, I was extra cautious using the link, but my Camp Blogaway airfare is booked and I did receive a 15% discount. Sooo happy, especially since I was about to book the exact same flights for the full price! Factor in my fabulous Calphalon find, and I'm on a good deals roll this week :)

Oh, and if you're wondering, I did take an Ambien after registering for Camp Blogaway but was so worked up that I still did not sleep a wink!

Okay, back to business as usual:

The linky for the Best in Show award is up and running on the right sidebar. Not nominated and want a chance to win the award for yourself? Link up! Rules for the Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop can be found here and my Not "Baaad" button code is on the right sidebar. I'd love for you to post it! Pretty please? And, as always, please get out there and mingle with your fellow bloggers!

Best in Show Award Nominees

Allow me to introduce you to this week's nominees for the Best in Show award:

A Law Student's Journey created this charming lamp. I saw something similar at Anthropologie recently for well over $100!

 Mrs Happy Homemaker posted these Make Ahead Loaded Mashed Potatoes. Don't they look scrumptious?

Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom linked up to her fascinating Ukrainian egg tutorial.

Sun Scholars is ready for Easter! I've bought Peeps specifically to make this recipe. Iit's the first time I've ever bought holiday candy before it hits the clearance aisle!

Musings by Lindsey has a simple How To for making a variety of silhouette artwork.

Sun Hats & Wellie Boots made Ice Cream Cone Cakes! And, yes, they cooked perfectly.

Congratulations, nominees! Now the real fun begins. The poll for the Best in Show award is located toward the top of the right sidebar and will run until approximately Tuesday. To help you bring in votes, here is a snazzy (yes, snazzy) button:

Oh My Goodness! I Finally Did It!

I've been putting this off since I first posted about it, continually waffling back and forth about whether or not I should attend Camp Blogaway. I finally just sat down and signed up. Oh my goodness. Did I really just sign up for camp? Am I really going to fly to California on my own? Am I really going to camp with a group of people I've never met before? Really??

I'm too excited to sleep! Excited and a bit terrified. There's so much to do! Blog camp is all about networking, right? I figure I should have some LambAround business cards made up. That alone seems so boring though. What else can I do?

Airfare! I need to book my airfare! Geez, what have I gotten myself into? My palms are actually sweaty right now. This is going to be fun. Right?

Alrighty, I'd better quit rambling and wrap this up (and perhaps go take an Ambien). One of my bloggy pet peeves is posts without photos, so here is a post from last week that received only one (ONE!) comment. It's a food-related one, perfectly appropriate for my official announcement that I will (OMG!) be attending Camp Blogaway:
Las Vegas Dining Guide - Buffet of Buffets Pass

As mentioned in my previous post, I'm going to be sharing photos today that, frankly, I'd forgotten about posting. How did I forget to post almost all of our trip to Las Vegas? I posted that we went to Tucson and Vegas was right after that, but somehow I moved on without posting the end of our trip.

I suspect laziness was a main factor.

Let's begin with the highlight of our trip - the food! We booked a package through the Imperial Palace (a fine place to stay if you're thrifty, just don't step onto the carpet without your socks and don't forget to pack pajamas!) which included two Buffet of Buffets passes. That's right - 24 hours of nonstop Vegas buffets! My goal was to eat at all 7 that were included with the pass, but unfortunately, due mostly to line lengths and not having a rental car, we only managed to cram in 4. Clearly, we'll have to go back and try again!

My scrumptious sundae from the Bally's buffet. My friend Marie recently ate at the same buffet and didn't really care for it, but the extensive sundae bar made it one of my favorites. We actually hit this one up twice, once for dinner and another time for breakfast.

Really, how could anyone not like this? Those are caramelized bananas! *drool*

 Desserts from the Caesar's Palace buffet. Sadly, they only looked yummy. Of all the buffets we visited, the Lago buffet in Caesar's Palace is the one I wish we'd skipped. The food was mediocre and the service was appalling! We waited in line over an hour. Oh, they must just have been so popular and delicious that of course there was a wait, right? Wrong! We were shocked by all the empty tables when we entered and throughout the hour we were there. It seemed that whoever was in charge that day simply didn't feel like working very hard. Why else would you keep the restaurant only half full with an hour wait?

 When we were leaving, Sexy Nerd said I should take his photo by the sign, as a reminder of which buffet he was happy to be leaving. All those people? They're probably still waiting in line as I write this.

Next, we hit the Spice Market buffet, inside the Planet Hollywood casino. No line! No photos either. Sadly, I didn't think to take any until we were leaving. Eating at 3 buffets within 4 hours must do something kooky to your brain.

Wanting to get the most bang for our buck, (can you still say this when your passes are free with your hotel stay?) I insisted we swing by the Emperor's Buffet at Imperial Palace. I hadn't read great reviews of it, but the line was right (as in, no line whatsoever). Sexy Nerd didn't want to go. He said he was full and that he would just watch me eat. Fine by me. At our table, he said he was so stuffed that I was crazy to even think about eating any more and then he got up to find a drink.

He returned with this:

which, I might add, he finished.

Clearly, Sexy Nerd was delirious from everything he had eaten.

I Must Have the Luck O' the Irish

I'm going to begin today's post with a link: http://www.amazon.com/Calphalon-Contemporary-Stainless-8-Quart-Stockpot/dp/B0007D6FL8/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Lamb, you're thinking, why did you just have me open a link for a $150 stockpot?That's an insane price for a stockpot and I don't even care that it's Calphalon Contemporary! I agree with you 100%. Out of concern for our health, (some may argue that it's out of sheer paranoia) Sexy Nerd and I have been wanting to replace our Teflon pans (they kill pet birds!) for quite some time. We wanted a quality set, but are super cheap thrifty.

Allow me to introduce you to our new set of Calphalon Contemporary pans:

Yes, I know what you're thinking (or quite possibly yelling out loud). $499 for a stupid set of pans? Are you crazy?! Well, we are crazy, but in this case we're simply lucky ducks. We stopped by Bed Bath and Beyond the other day and found these pans on the clearance rack, marked down to only $250 because they had been the display set (because, you know, sitting on a shelf is really hard on a pan). Add in my coupon and our grand total with tax was just a few dollars over $200.

Sooo happy! This purchase technically checks off another one of our To Dos on our baby planning list, (you can't cook for a baby in a Teflon pan!) (extremely important that you don't overlook the word 'for' in that last part.) but that's a blog post for another day.

Bangs? Blonde??

It's time for a haircut. My mom gave me a gift certificate to go see Bridget at Salon Phoenix, who did my hair last time, and this seems like an ideal opportunity for a major change. I usually just get my hair trimmed whenever a $4.99 Great Clips coupon arrives in the mail. I hate to go to a *real* hair salon and not go all out.

So, what should I have done? I'm leaning toward those long, thick Katy Perry/Zoey Deschanel bangs. My hair grows quickly though, so the maintenance might just drive me crazy.

What should I do? My bloggy friends, the decision is in your hands*!

This is how my hair looks right now, only a bit longer. Yes, I'm rocking a Halloween vest!

*Unless you make a terrible decision. Sorry, there will be no purple streaks for me.

Ah Choo!

It's that time of year again! The juniper has taken hold of our Albuquerque air and it seems like everyone is sneezing and scratching at their red, puffy eyes, myself included. My coworkers have been calling in sick, but I think their colds are really misdiagnosed allergies. Uggh, my head is pounding and my nose is driving me crazy! This time next year, I'm taking a cruise. Don't let me forget!

It's 7pm. I think I'll go to bed.

Here are last year's funny (IMHO) allergy posts, combined for extra awesomeness (also known as the lazy way of blogging, which confirms me yelling "I surrender!" to my allergies and to the universe). Enjoy!

You know how I know that these allergies are getting the better of me? I had a conversation with Pica and Biscuit this morning. It went a little something like this:

"Uuuuuuuugh! My throat is so sore that I'm losing my voice! I can barely talk! How am I going to work all day if I can't talk?"

And, of course, upon realizing that I would be wise to keep my thoughts in my head, rather than speak them, I told the dogs:

"I should stop talking to you guys and save my voice for work! I'm not going to tell you about my allergies any more or about how I'm losing my voice! You're going to make me useless at work!"

They were concerned. "Mom's gone crazy," they thought, wondering if this meant breakfast would be delayed. You can see it in their faces.

I've been taking Benadryl before bed each night. It helps me fall asleep, but I always wake up with the urge to quit my job and simply stay in bed forever. I've tried the Walgreens version of some other allergy drug (I think it's supposed to be like Claratin...or maybe it was Sudafed? I'm in an allergy fog at the moment) but it didn't seem to make any difference. Last night, I tried drinking Theraflu before bed. The box said it would relieve my exact allergy symptoms. Sure enough, it tasted lemony and delicious and put me right to sleep...until 1am, when I woke up completely wired, and having to pee. Really, a big drink + makes you sleepy is a bad combination. I was annoyed to be wide awake at 1am, until it occurred to me that I had no idea what time I drank the Theraflu and had fallen asleep. For all I knew, 1am was a perfectly appropriate time to wake up!

I decided to search for natural allergy remedies. Supposedly, I can completely cure any allergy, whether from pollen, cats, or seafood, by drinking several shots of apple cider vinegar a day. It sounded like complete baloney. There were so many positive reviews though, including two from Albuquerque! I'm pleased to report that the 8 shots of apple cider vinegar I've had today didn't taste nearly as bad as I'd expected. Now to just keep this up for 13 more days and I should be 100% cured!

That punk, Sexy Nerd, is on a business trip in Kansas City, which means he is allergy-free! I hate New Mexico so much right now! We should dig up all the juniper and institute a state wide ban against it.

Keep your happy go lucky, allergy-free Sexy Nerd attitude to yourself! If I'm going to suffer, you should have to suffer. It's one of the deals of marriage.

My boss called me from her home today and pointed out that it sounded like I was losing my voice. She proceeded to have me continue talking to her for the next half hour, almost entirely about nothing. She also gave me this little gem of allergy advice - take that ricotta candy from Switzerland, with the bee pollen, and it will cure my allergies. Her teenage son overheard and yelled that it's called "Ricola", not ricotta. He also told her that it's just a cough drop, so it won't help any of my symptoms other than my sore throat. To this, my boss told informed him that the candy will help because it's made with the pollen of Swiss bees that are probably around juniper all the time.

Link Up! Not Baaad Blog Hop & Best in Show

Your many votes have been tallied! The Best in Show Award this week is going to a blogger whose posts I always enjoy, and who happens to have the world's cutest blog header:

I can't stop myself from smiling every time I see this.

Way to go, Becky from Rub Some Dirt On It! With over 55% of the votes in your favor, you deserve a round of applause. I hope my readers will stop by with their congratulations, especially because I'm sure they'll be delighted by posts like this:
A post about an ice fishing excursion, described exactly as I would expect if I'd been dragged along: "It was cold and slushy and boring." Becky, you're my kinda people!

Here is your award:
Now, let's link up!

Not Baaad Sundays Blog Hop - On Friday

I didn't sleep at all last night (courtesy of the awesomeness that is idiopathic insomnia) and I'm scrambling to get ready for work, (none of my clothes look good today) where I know I'm going to be painfully shorthanded, just like I have been all week. Ugh, how can you wake up on the wrong side of the bed when you didn't even get to wake up? And what does this have to do with the Blog Hop? (Nothing at all, of course!)

I've been wondering if the weekend is the best time for the Not "Baaad" linky party. Let's try it a little early today and see what happens.

If this is your first time participating, you can read the rules here. I'd love for you to post my button, which is on the right sidebar. Have fun, my bloggy friends! I promise I'll try to return in a less grouchy mood! Just blogging has set me in the right direction.

Click here to join the party!

Nominations for the Best in Show Award

I'd like to start out with a great, big THANK YOU to all my wonderful bloggy friends who come by to link up to the Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop every week (and an even bigger THANK YOU to those of you who come to link up and to read my posts during the week!)

My favorite part of the Not "Baaad" blog hop is finding new blogs. Just look at all the amazing Best in Show Award nominees this week:

We have quite the yummy/cute/fun/inspirational bunch of bloggers this week! Congratulations to everyone who was nominated. The real fun starts now - voting! You'll find the poll inside the upper right sidebar. Yes, you can vote for yourself. The winner of the customized and highly coveted Best in Show Award will be announced in less than a week!

Need a little assistance gathering votes? Here are some buttons to get you started:
(for the blogger who is happy to be nominated and can leave it at that)

(for the more competitive blogger!)

(for the blogger who thinks the buttons above are ugly)

Good luck everyone!
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