My Friday Confessions April 1st

I confess...I know the words to a lot a few songs by the Carpenters.  You know: Close to You, For All We Know, Rainy Days & Mondays, We've Only Just Begun [she says, pretending like she had to look up song titles on Google rather than pulling them right out of her 44-year-old brain!]. Act shocked and appalled if you wish, but I'm willing to bet there's more than just a few of you over-thirty-peeps like myself who know the words too!

The Carpenters Album Cover

I confess...I've started watching the Jersey Shore. And what's more, I kinda, sorta, almost, really like it. Alright. Dammit. I LOVE IT! How can you not love some Snooki and Pauly D and JWoww and Ronnie and Sammi and Vinny, and The Situation?! I haven't even seen more than 7 episodes total, and I'm totally into it. I seriously need to either NetFlix the earlier seasons or buy the DVD's. Can't decide which. And then perhaps a little therapy might be in order.

Jersey Shore Cast

I confess...sometimes, when I sneeze, I fart at the same time. And I'm not ashamed.

Must Not Sneeze Meme

I confess...I am frequently more entertained by insurance commercials than I am by most network television shows on the air right now.  The Geico gecko, anyone? He's cute, and he has an accent. What's not to like?

The Geico Gecko

And truth be told, even Flo the Progressive Insurance gal holds more interest to me than a lot of TV shows.  Am I weird? Does this only happen to me?

Progressive Flo

5 Things I'm Obsessed With

What better way to get to know someone than to discover a few of their
peculiarfavorite obsessions? So to help you get to know me just a wee bit better, I'm starting a new category called My Obsessions. And every so often I'm gonna list a random number of random obsessions for your random enjoyment. K?

1. Fairies. And I mean the politically correct fantasy-type fairies. Let's just say I have a thing for the "week folks."  And I'm utterly convinced they're the ones stealing socks from my dryer. I've even captured one in the act. I'm holding her for ransom until all my socks are returned.

Captured Fairy Jar

2. Colored Paper Clips. Why? Because regular paper clips are boring, boring, boring. And colored paper clips are fun, fun, fun! [Or something that sounds less crazy.]

Colored Paper Clips Obsession

3. Real Housewives of...OK, I'm obsessed with a few of these shows: Orange County, New Jersey, Beverly Hills, and New York..and yes, in that very order.  Some may call it reality TV. I call it mindless escapism into the world of the under-censored and overly-privileged that somehow manages to make me feel better about my own life. There's actually no logical reason why I like these shows, but hey, I do. And I'm not
totallyashamed of that fact. You gotta problem with that? Don't make me go Jersey on your a$$ and flip a table on you or something.

Teresa RHONJ Table Flips

4. Buying Books I Don't Have Enough Time to Read. Since I baby-sit my granddaughter for most of the week, in addition to helping the Hubs with his biz, running some online businesses of my own, working for a web host, getting creative in my studio, taking care of the house, cooking, paying bills, and, oh yeah, a little thing called blogging, I don't have a lot of time left over to read. I love to read. But with my time being much less my own, I find myself able to read less--only it doesn't actually stop me from buying books. My reasoning is that someday I won't need to baby-sit anymore (or at least, not so much), and that will free up more of my days. It will also free up more of my nights, since as it is now, I do everything at night that I don't have time to do while baby-sitting during the day. Got that so far?  Bottom line is that at some point, I'm gonna have lots more time to read. And I want to have books I want to read when that time finally arrives. But oy, in the mean's interesting trying to find space for all the books!

Buried in Books

5. This Gif of Cap'n Jack Sparrow.

Captain Jack Sparrow LOL

I don't know why I'm obsessed with it. But I am. And it's, you know, Johnny Depp. As my favorite pirate. Cap'n Jack. Isn't that enough reason?

So there are 5 obsessions for this week. See? You know me better already.

MJ Memes March 28

With March coming to an end this week (how did that happen anyway?), I thought I'd create some Michael Jackson memes that will help you end your March with a smile.  Hopefully they always do that.  But if not, hey, I try.

Super MJ Meme

MJ Closer Meme

MJ Facebooked

And have a great Monday!

The Saturday Scream

Once upon a time, my Saturday started off like any normal day.
I was calm. Rested.

MJ Scream Meditate

Things were good in the land of Tinalicious. The Hubs and Me, we were, you know, carefree and happy to be heading to Fort Wayne for dinner and a little shopping.

Michael Jackson Janet Smile

So we mozy'd on out to the car.

Michael Jackson Scream Strut

But then I decided I'd like to grab a Michael Jackson CD from my studio outside. After all, road trips are always better with some MJ tunes playing.

Michael Jackson Scream Headphones

So I went into my studio, and headed for my stereo and CD's. But WTH?!
My stereo was GONE!

Michael Jackson Scream Racket

I don't think I have to tell you what I did next...

Michael Jackson Scream

Needless to say, I was so ticked. I was having bad thoughts about the
low-life thieves who went into my studio, touched my things (EWW!),
and then took my stereo!

Michael Jackson Bird

But I knew I had to calm down. So I took a moment to pause and collect myself. And I needed to figure out what to do to replace my stereo, which was almost brand new.

Michael Jackson Scream Contemplate

Then it kind of hit me. I knew what to do. I bit my lip, I was so excited.

Michael Jackson Scream Lip

I am sick of CD's, AND my cell phone is eligible for upgrade in just a few weeks.  So the solution is really quite simple: mp3 player + phone = iPhone! Yay!

Michael Jackson Scream Smile

So the Hubs is gonna get me an iPhone.
This calls for a Happy Dance, don't you think?

Michael Jackson Janet Scream Dance

And now all is well in the land of Tinalicious once again.
And the moral of the story, boys and girls?
Thieves are pathetic losers and they may make you SCREAM.
But sometimes you may end up with a new iPhone.
And maybe even a lollipop.

Michael Jackson Scream Lollipop

(All photos are from the Michael Jackson short film, Scream. )

Sticky Note Saturday 3-26

Farts. Shaving. Idiot.  You can't really call yourself a blogger unless you cover all those topics in a single post.

Romance Sticky Note

Young Once Sticky Note

Summer Shaving Sticky Note

Don'tcha just love Sticky Note Saturday?!

TMZ Knows a Horse's Ass When it Sees One

I guess this going to count as a bonus WTF Wednesday post, gang. I saw a headline on my Google home page regarding Elizabeth Taylor's funeral and it truly made me say WTF?! So I felt compelled to share the image and story with you from TMZ.

Evil 'Church' to Protest Elizabeth Taylor's Funeral
Those horrible, intolerant, heartless gay-haters at the Westboro Baptist Church are preparing to spread their evil message at Elizabeth Taylor's funeral ... a higher power tells TMZ.

TMZ Horse Butt

Margie Phelps -- daughter of WBC Pastor Fred Phelps -- took to Twitter today to announce the church is going to picket non-lesbian Liz's funeral ... all because Liz was apparently some sort of gay "enabler" and (God forbid) an AIDS activist.

Liz will likely be buried in Los Angeles -- where there are positively no gay people.

Way to go there, WBC.  I just have to echo what one of the TMZ comments noted: Nothing says "I'm a Christian" like picketing a funeral. I think that TMZ photo pretty much sums up my thoughts on the potential picketers. Horse's Ass, anyone?

Maybe after they get done picketing the funeral, they can stop by the nearest Humane Society and kick a few puppies.


Retail Reality Check

Please follow along with me to the land of Tinalicious on this WTF Wednesday, won't you, boys and girls?

Scene: An imaginary retail customer is purchasing a TV they feel is overpriced. And he is bitching about it. Loudly. Another imaginary retail customer is amused.

Imaginary Retail Customer #1 (to anyone standing near him): WTF is this? $1500 for a television? This is robbery.  It's outrageous. It's scandalous. It's just plain wrong.

Imaginary Retail Customer #2: What do you mean, "it's wrong?" How do you figure? Let me explain something to you. People make stuff.  Then said people put that stuff up for sale. And then other people buy their said stuff, and the people that make stuff also make money. That's how it works. It's called Capitalism."

Imaginary Retail Customer #1: Yeah, well, Capitalism sucks!

Imaginary Retail Customer #2: Yeah, well, move to China.

Capitalism Sucks Meme

5 Things I'm Good At

  1. Staying up so late that my eyes feel like they want to jump out of my skull.

  2. Making a mess of my desk and pretending that it's an "organized mess."

  3. Ignoring the phone when someone calls.

  4. Spending hours and hours on the computer.

  5. Making really good lists of things.

Random Thinking Cat

OK. Like that wasn't random, eh?

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

Well, it's been awhile since I posted a  new recipe for Tasty Tuesday. That's only because I haven't tried anything new for awhile. But as I was watching Down Home with the Neely's on the Food Network the other day, I found a great new recipe I just had to try. It's for their BBQ Turkey Meatloaf.

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Now, as I usually do, I have changed up their recipe a bit. Sometimes I do it because I don't have all the required ingredients. Sometimes I just don't like some of the ingredients. Or sometimes I just want to "remix," as Gina Neely would say. But I've posted the link to the original recipe above, so you can try that one if you'd like. Or you can try mine, which was Tinaliciously terrific!


  • 1 TBSP BBQ Seasoning (mine is a Masterpiece brand)

  • 1 TSP Old Bay Seasoning

  • 3 TBSP Soy Sauce

  • 1 Large Egg, lightly beaten

  • 1-1/2 Cups BBQ Sauce (mine is Jack Daniels Hickory Brown Sugar), reserving 1/2 cup for the top

  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1 Cup (equivalent) Diced Onion (I use Tone's dehydrated onion, which I rehydrate with water before using--this is my tricky way of avoiding tears caused by onions!)

  • Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste

  • 1 TSP (more or less) Garlic Powder

  • 2 Pounds Ground Turkey

  • 1-1/2 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. In a large bowl, mix the BBQ Seasoning, Old Bay, Soy Sauce, Egg, Worcestershire Sauce,  and 1 Cup of the BBQ Sauce.  *I forgot to reserve 1/2 cup of the BBQ Sauce for the top of mine, just FYI. So it ALL went into the meatloaf. ;)

  3. Add the Onion, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Bread Crumbs. Mix well with your hands.

  4. Put the meat mixture into your desired pan. I used a small rectangular glass Pyrex baking dish. Shape the meat into a loaf.

  5. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove and add the reserved BBQ Sauce (assuming you didn't forget to reserve it, like I did).  Bake 20 minutes more.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Plated

I have been in search of the perfect meatloaf recipe for my whole married life, people. And in my opinion, THIS is it! It was super moist and super delicious. The Hubs didn't even put ketchup on it! Don't let the turkey fool you--this is one MOIST meatloaf. And it doesn't taste like some fake meat either. We loved it, and I will definitely be using this meatloaf recipe from now on. If you try this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Would love to hear from you.

MJ Memes 3-21

I really need my Michael Jackson memes this Monday. When I need a little giggle to get me going, these always do it for me. So I just picked a few random ones I've found on the Web and have saved. Hope you'll enjoy them as you start your week, and hope you get a little giggle too.

This first one is Pepsi related. Pepsi was a long time sponsor and supporter of Michael Jackson. But fans like to joke that MJ didn't even like Pepsi. Not sure if there's any truth to it, but if there is, that makes this meme even more funny.

MJ Pepsi Meme

Lots of fans find it just a wee bit humorous that Michael's brother, Jermaine named one of his sons Jermajesty. One has to stop and wonder if MJ did too.

MJ Jermagesty Meme

And for this one, it doesn't need much explanation. If Michael's fans got all worked up about standing next to their idol, the King of Pop, why wouldn't a member of the animal kingdom?!

MJ Panther Meme

This last one I love. MJ was very close to his little sister, Janet. And based on what's been said about the relationship, I could totally see this happening.

Michael Jackson Janet Pooted Meme

Have a good Monday!

Sticky Note Saturday 3-10

Well, it's been so long since I've done a Sticky Note Saturday post,  I am in a sticky note sort of mood. So here are some random, although highly insightful, facts and useless trivia for your perusal on this fine Saturday morning.

Worcestershire Sauce Sticky Note

Burn Calories Sticky Note

Footwear Sticky Note

Gymnasium Sticky Note

Murphy's Law Goes to the Movies

Murphy's Law Meme

Well guess who decided to go to the movies with the Hubs and me over the weekend? As if it's difficult to figure out, considering the aptly named title of this post. Yep, it was my psychotic friend, Mr. Murphy, who clearly had nothing better to do.

Now I should have known what the weekend might have in store for me, after waking up on Friday morning completely nauseated, and yet heroically trying to convince myself that I was not going to throw up because I had to baby-sit and I had to get groceries that night and a million other mom-like-things to do. [And yes, I realize that is one seriously pathetic run-on sentence but I'm too
lazyhyper-focused on this blog post to fix it.] But within 5 minutes of standing upright I knew that whatever was down was going to be coming back up in relatively short order. So, I dashed to the closest vomit receptacle, cleverly disguised as a toilet, and took care of business.  And being that I'm never one to do things half way, I took care of business a second time.

Needless to say, all my plans for Friday were flushed down the vomit receptacle as well, and I spent all day in bed. And I do mean, ALL DAY. I slept for a total of 10 hours between 6am and 4pm, and then fell back to sleep at 7:30pm.  I don't appreciate the stomach flu, Mr. Murphy. Just sayin.

After enduring Murphy's melee on Friday, I was surprised to feel relatively good on Saturday when I got up. So I decided I was going to see Red Riding Hood, which the Hubs had already promised to take me to see. After surviving that stomach bug, I was sure that Mr. Murphy would leave me alone.  Reasonable expectation, one would think.

But it didn't take too long to realize I wasn't getting off that easy. The Hubs and I decided we'd go potty before the movie started, because who wants to do the ass shimmy and shake to get out of a row of movie theater seats in the middle of a movie to go to the bathroom? Let's face it, whether you are on the giving or receiving end of the ass shimmy and shake, it ain't fun. So the Hubs went his way and I went mine and I took care of business.

But as I reached up to the dispenser so that I could finish my business, the horror of realization hit me.

There's no toilet paper.

And there was no one on either side of me in the bathroom to come to my rescue with a few random squares of toilet paper either. So I had to do a different kind of ass shimmy and shake in a pathetic attempt to finish my business, sans tissue. Clearly, Mr. Murphy likes to follow people to movie theater bathrooms too. All I can say is it's a damn good thing it was only a number one situation, if you know what I mean.

I made my way back to the Hubs, who'd gotten our snacks, and we grabbed our seats in the theater. I shared my toilet paper terror with the Hubs and he just kind of rolled his eyes. He clearly has no idea how lucky he is that he can pee standing up. I mean, seriously, if they can't appreciate that gift, they don't even deserve to have it.

But anyhoots, the previews got rolling so I settled in to enjoy the flick and to start eating my salty soft pretzel, my favorite movie theater snack. And there it was again. Murphy's Law. Right inside my "soft" pretzel, which wasn't soft at all. It was actually almost hard. Who the hell wants a hard soft pretzel, I ask you?! Really, Murphy. Really? The stomach bug and the missing T.P. weren't enough? You had to sabotage my salty soft pretzel too? Is there no end to your sadistic madness? Sigh.

So in case you've lost count, that's Murphy--3, Tina--0.

On the plus side, Red Riding Hood was pretty darn good. If that movie had sucked, Mr. Murphy would now be on my hit list. Or at least, as my Nana used to say, my shit list.

WTF Wednesday Chicken

I saw this photo as I was surfing around over the weekend and it gave me a chuckle. Believe me, sometimes that is no small feat. I thought it was worth sharing for WTF Wednesday. After all, I think most of us can use a good little laugh come midweek.

WTF Mom Chicken Meme

My Friday Confessions March 4

My Friday Confessions Logo

OK, I'm spilling the beans. Baring my soul. Filling up blog space. And so on. Are you ready? Are you sure?

Well, OK then.

I confess...I disregard the expiration date on egg cartons. Like, always. The Hubs and I eat the eggs in the carton until they're all gone. And amazingly, we've lived to tell the tale. Isn't that eggscellent? [Sorry. Couldn't resist.] Strangely though, I would never drink expired milk. Go figure.

Expired Eggs Meme

I confess...I have never watched Glee. [Insert the gasp heard round the world here.] I'm not sure if this means that I'm just so highly evolved  and enlightened that my intellect is in incapable of rationalizing or enjoying this type of entertainment...or if it means that I'm just lame.

Glee Meme

I confess...I want a piece of the rock. Not this one:

Big Rock Mountain

Yeah, tempting...but not this one either.

Big Rock Diamond

I mean, this one.

The Rock Dwayne Johnson

I'd just like to point out that I don't typically find myself attracted to lusciously muscle-bound men. And I'm not particularly fond of tattoos.  But there is just something about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

That tough exterior.

The Rock Dwayne Johnson Tough

The wry smile.

The Rock Dwayne Johnson Smile

The piercing gaze.

The Rock Dwayne Johnson Shades

Have. Mercy.

The Rock Dwayne Johnson Sexy

I confess...that I might be ever so slightly over-infatuated with The Rock. Maybe just a smidge. What? You say "obsession" likes it's a bad thing. But at least I'm not stalking him. Give me some credit.

Have a good weekend, y'all.