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ABQ Airport Shenanigans

Waiting at the airport.
Flight before us is missing 1 passenger.
Many announcements with her name.
Final call.
More announcements.
"Will so-and-so please make their way to the gate?"
Plane leaving.
Guess what?

The missing woman was sitting there THE ENTIRE TIME. She was playing with her phone and not paying attention. Somehow, she didn't hear her name or notice that every person sitting around her had left.

Now she's creating a scene, yelling at the gate attendant because no one called her!

Merry Xmas to My Bloggy Friends!

I am watching The Price is Right while waiting to go over to my grandparents house. It has been forever since I've watched this. Did Drew Carey lose weight? One woman won a car, but the other contestants seem baffled by how to play. Maybe 2013 will finally be the year I get to compete.

Sexy Nerd just made me coffee with caramel creamer! What a perfect Christmas.

I wish you all a cozy, happy holiday!


Last Minute Gift Ideas

The holidays are in full swing. I'm pretty sure we should be coming up on Thanksgiving soon - this year really got away from me! No more procrastinating though. Now is a great time to add extra dazzle to your daily look. With Fekkai's luxurious line of high-end hair products, you're going to look amazing at all those office parties and family get-togethers.

And, of course it doesn't hurt to save some money in the process! LambAround readers can use the Fekkai coupon code HEADBAND at fekkai.com to get 10% off their order. You'll also receive an exclusive holiday headband (hence the clever coupon code, right?) with a Fekkai purchase of $50 or more, while supplies last. A Fekkai coupon is nice, but you're all such super duper blog followers that you deserve a Fekkai coupon and a free bonus gift! You're welcome. ;)

What can top this? I just checked the fekkai website and it looks like they're also offering free shipping and free samples! Yaaaaay!

What migh…

Is There Such a Thing as a Relaxing Vacation?

Vacation Day #2 - Waikiki, HI
Nothing had been going right on our vacation. Our Southwest flight from Albuquerque was late to depart because a plane had been struck by lightening. We landed in Las Vegas, then sat on the backed up runway another 30 minutes. We called our hotel for their courtesy shuttle and we waited. And waited. A follow up call revealed that they had forgotten to send the shuttle to pick us up.  By the time we finally made it to our hotel room, it was after midnight. It seemed best to scrap our idea of walking to the strip for our one and only night in Vegas and just go to bed.
But things were going to go better now that we were in Hawaii!
We pulled up to our hotel, the Wyndham Royal Garden at Waikiki, and it was nicer than we had expected. Actually, it was probably one of the nicest hotels we have every stayed in! A friendly valet instructed us to reverse out of their parking area until after we were checked in. He guided us into a spot in front of the hotel where w…

Christmas Wishes from Crazy People

I've seen some fairly outrageous shopping suggestions in Elle Decor, such as $10,000 sofas and $500 throw pillows. However, there's a holiday gift suggestion in their latest issue that can't be topped.
It's a "Jam Pot with Bent Spoon" from Asprey, which is a company I'm unfamiliar with. I guess I'm too poor.  At only $925, it's a real bargain.
Think how delighted your gift recipient will be! Mostly because I imagine it would be pretty nice to have such a rich friend.
One who doesn't even know that jam already comes in a perfectly good jar when you buy it.
Or that any spoon - better yet, a knife - will do the job just fine.
Man, I would take that friend for all they had. I'd be like, "Yay! A jam jar! But, oh, if only I could afford the jam to put inside. That stuff is super expensive. And I'll never be able to afford a little bread plate, making it impossible to use your otherwise completely practical gift. Speaking of which, have…

Link Up to Increase Traffic to Your Blog

The blog party is off to an ever-so-slightly early start this weekend. It's so fun to see all the unique links! Frankly, I just couldn't wait any longer.

Our new laminate flooring is almost finished. It was hard work. You know, all that supervising and stepping around Sexy Nerd's construction mess isn't an easy job.

But I bet you stopped by today for something else.

What's the #1 fastest and easiest way to have your blog post featured on the LambAround Pinterest board? Sharing your work here, of course!
Link up to all the blog posts you've worked so hard on lately. You're bound to find a great post or two (or three, or four...) as well.

Trade In Value of 2013 Chevy Volt = Who Knows

Who else out there has left a car dealership spitting mad because of a sexist salesman? Apparently, it's impossible to trade in a 2013 vehicle because they're too new. And I couldn't possibly get a value estimate based on a 2012, just to give me an idea of what mine might be. Oh no. That would be crazy!

The email I sent to Chevrolet:

I would like to give feedback on Galles Chevrolet at 1601 Lomas Blvd NE in Albuquerque, NM. When I bought my 2013 Volt last month, I went into the dealership wanting a fully loaded Volt, with heated seats, leather, Bose speakers, navigation, etc. Unfortunately, the only 2 on the lot were base models. When I asked my salesman, Bo Galles, if he could order one for me or have one sent from another dealership, I was told that wasn't something they do and that if I didn't make my purchase right then and there, the offer he'd made me would be withdrawn. Bo Galles also told me that it would hurt me on resale to get leather seats …

Not Ready for Thanksgiving! Not Ready! Not Ready!

Sexy Nerd and I are so super smart. You see, with a mere 1 weekend to go before our house guests arrive for Thanksgiving, we had the genius idea to completely redo our upstairs flooring.

Super smart!

Now, with less than 24 hours before our company arrives, here is guest bedroom #1:


You don't even want to see guest bedroom #2!

What's that, you say? At least the new flooring is done? Ha!

Sexy Nerd worked to a certain point, then decided to pile the already cut up/mangled/destroyed old carpet back onto the floor in several, duct-taped layers. I wish I were joking.

Oh, and that damn green dolly has made its way back into the house. It's just going to sit in our loft, being a jerk, until I move it back into the garage. That's how the green dolly is. Very inconsiderate!

Sexy Nerd put cardboard underneath his carpet layers. I don't know why.

Speaking of jerks, check out what happened to the old carpet padding that was waiting to be loaded into Sexy Nerd's truck:
From now …

Link Up! Share Your Favorite Posts

No, our house is not clean and ready for Thanksgiving company yet.
While cleaning last Sunday afternoon, we had the *brilliant* idea to redo the flooring upstairs, including in both guest bedrooms.
I'll give you a moment to let that sink in...
So smart of us!
No, our house is not clean and ready for Thanksgiving company yet.
I'm not going to let a little detail like a lack of flooring stop me from enjoying this weekend's Not "Baaad" Sundays blog hop. The baby that will be staying with us will probably be fine! Now, let's link up!

YOGA - Attempt 1

On Halloween, I attended my 1st yoga class ever, which was part of a 30 class Groupon. Okay, my 1st 'any sort of exercise' class ever. It kicked my butt!

I'm not sure who Sharon Gannon is, but her quote doesn't apply to me.
At all.
While I'd love to discredit the entire experience as being a little too hippy dippy - the instructor was a man wearing pink bunny ears, we spent a great deal of time playing with a ball of electric energy we'd created between our hands, and the experience ended with a "sharing circle" and a hug - it was a much harder workout than I'd been expecting. I must have been the youngest person there by at least a couple decades, but geez, those little old yoga ladies are limber!

With the lights dimmed and soft music playing, we laid on the floor and raised our legs in some sort of relaxing breathing exercise. Simple, right? I could not get my legs to stop shaking! The instructor came over and lowered my legs below the level of …

Link Up to Increase Traffic to Your Blog

The blog party is off to an ever-so-slightly early start this weekend. It's so fun to see all the unique links! Frankly, I just couldn't wait any longer.

Our new laminate flooring is almost finished. It was hard work. You know, all that supervising and stepping around Sexy Nerd's construction mess isn't an easy job.

But I bet you stopped by today for something else.

What's the #1 fastest and easiest way to have your blog post featured on the LambAround Pinterest board? Sharing your work here, of course!
Link up to all the blog posts you've worked so hard on lately. You're bound to find a great post or two (or three, or four...) as well.

Best Halloween Costume Ever

Until 6th grade, I was a cat every year. I finally switched things up when I saw a picnic table costume in an American Girl magazine. That's right. For Halloween, I went trick-or-treating as a picnic table, complete with paper plates and baggies of chips hot glued on.
Wanting to outdo myself, the next year I was a mama cat trying to sell her babies. Sure, it sounds horrible now, but I remember it looking so cute in that 1997 American Girl magazine.
I'm pleased to declare that 2012 was the year of my Best Costume Ever! Unbeknownst to her ahead of time, I went as my Halloween-loving coworker, Marie, complete with blond wig and her stolen name tag. It must have been meant to be, because she came in wearing the exact same pair of Halloween socks, purely by coincidence!
Now I just need to figure out a way to top this next year. And don't get any funny ideas, Marie. I'll be taking my name tag home with me before Halloween, 2013!

Long Hair Problems

This story begins simply enough. I made macaroni and cheese for dinner. The leftovers were boxed up for a future meal.

With the addition of bacon, green chile, and a handful of cheddar, the macaroni and cheese was especially delicious.

This looks like a tasty bowl of cheesy goodness, right?
WRONG!
Sexy Nerd removed the container of leftovers from the fridge, twirled it around, and exclaimed "YUCK!"
Yuck?!
"You can have the rest of this," he said, now laughing.
Do you see the problem yet?
Food fail!
It was all one piece, I swear.

Time for a Blog Party!

I hate to break it to you, but if you're like us and have company staying with you for Thanksgiving, you only have 2 more weekends after this to get your house into shape.

I'm not ready! I'm not ready!

Now, to spend one of my last weekends wasting time and not cleaning a darn thing.

Budget-Friendly Gift Guide (and Giveaways!)

I'm told Sexy Nerd and I (okay, maybe it's just me) are impossible to shop for. If there's something we want, we buy it. Didn't buy it? Don't want it! For all you frustrated Christmas shoppers out there, brainstorming about the perfect gifts for hard-to-shop-for bosses, far away relatives, and friends who already have it all, there's a solution.

You have to choose a gift your recipient doesn't know exists! (And therefore has not been able to already buy for themselves.)
With that in mind, this year's annual holiday gift guide features presents from companies you may not have heard of. I've shopped with them all and highly recommend any of them. There's also a few stores you definitely have heard of, like Cost Plus, whose gift ideas were simply too splendid to leave out. It's my best holiday gift guide ever!


Holiday Gift Guide (With Coupons! And Free Giveaways!!)
Nordic Tea Light Trough UncommonGoods $40 *Enter below for a chance to win an Unco…

2013 Chevy Volt Review

I love my new Chevy Volt!


How much? Well, not quite enough to be bothered to take a sexy photo of it outside, but still a lot.

No hitting the garage wall for this Volt! Her name is Stealth.
It was almost Zazzles, because she's so zazzy, but Sexy Nerd didn't get the reference.

When you get into the driver's seat, the Volt plays a tune and welcoming graphic to greet you.



Preparing for lift off...


2013 Chevy Volt Pros and Cons

PROS:
I've driven over 500 miles and have used 2 gallons of gas. TWO!It recharges as I drive, resulting in an average electric range of about 50 miles before changing over to gas.When the Volt does make the switch to gasoline, it's completely seamless. You can't tell at all.There are 4 different driving settings to choose from.I can command the car to do cool things with the voice recognition feature, like tune to a specific radio station, find a song by title, or call my husband. I've spent the last 10 years driving a base model Oldsmobile …

BLOG HOP! Share Your Best Posts

What a week! I lost ALL MY FILES, including our photos from all our last trips (Australia included). I tried everything to get them back, gave up, cried, and tried more online suggestions that did nothing. My last ditch effort, a little free app (Photo something?) was able to save the day, albeit with one tiny problem.
All my photos are now mixed and matched across 50 or so random folders. When we're talking about over 10,000 photos that had previously been carefully categorized, it's a huge mess.
Still, at least I have my photos!

It's Always Time for Cookies

Forget October. Apparently, everyone is already geared up for Christmas. My local Lowe's has featured a mixed display of creepy haunted house decor and electronic reindeer for several weeks. Most telling of all, my silly snowman cookies post has jumped to the #1 spot on my blog.

Feliz Navidad from SeƱor Marshallito!
Today seems like as good a day as any for Christmas cookie baking. Ooh, and maybe a little bit of cake baking too. It's Saturday at 6:38am and I'm dreaming of sugary treats. This might be a very high calorie weekend!

Best New Car Ever!!

Yes, two exclamation marks in that title. My new car is just that awesome.

I impulsively bought it last Friday. $0 down and no interest for 5 years. Best of all?

I've driven it over 200 miles and have only used 0.1 gallons of gas. Not a typo!

Does anyone out there have a guess about what kind of new car I've purchased?

Love it, love it, love it!

BLOG HOP! Not "Baaad" Sundays

Yaaaaaawn! Just another sleepy weekend, killing time on Pinterest.

Check-In Awkwardness at the Royal Garden Inn, Waikiki, HI

Sometimes, I wonder if instead of trying to get a grip on my social anxiety, I should perhaps embrace it wholeheartedly.
The man at the Royal Garden Inn front desk was quite friendly, chatting with Sexy Nerd and helping us get settled in Waikiki. 
He asked if we've been to Oahu before and Sexy Nerd said yes, about 5 years ago, to get married. The conversation and check-in process continued.
Hotel Clerk, looking at me and talking to Sexy Nerd: Well, since you've been to Hawaii before, you can show her around the island.
Sexy Nerd: She's been here before too. *Awkward Pause* That's who I married.
And there I was, my mind flooded with thoughts along the lines of "DUH!"
Out on the Royal Garden Inn balcony, my hand to my forehead as I recall that bizarre social interaction.