Diary of a SubUrban Housewife

January 22, 2005

Land of the Living

Filed under: All About Me — Beth @ 12:58 am

I would like to report that I may be over my six-week old depression and finally feeling human enough to join the land of the living.

More details to report as they become available.

Send me good “new job” juju please. I need it.

January 20, 2005

Hey, The Shipping is Free!

Filed under: That's Incredible!,Webishness — Beth @ 3:38 pm

I got an e-mail today from Saks with one of their (seemingly) near-daily special offers. Today’s offer was Gucci handbags.

Now I am all about a great purse, and have been known to spend what I used to spend for a month’s rent on a single pair of shoes, but this:


Medium Flap Bag
Medium flap bag in green velvet with green croco trim and brown/leaf green/brown signature web detail. 13½”X8″X5″. Made in Italy.
$5,380.00 0442184557589

just made me laugh.

But hey, there’s free shipping with every handbag ordered.

January 12, 2005

Guilty Pleasures

Filed under: Fabulous Stuff — Beth @ 11:33 pm

Since DVR technology became part of daily life here at Rancho Atkins some six years ago, the amount of television I/we watch has been drastically reduced. Rarely will I sit down and peruse what’s on, or in Chuck’s case, what else is on.

With our TiVO (and it’s predecessor the Dish Player) the programs we like are recorded. When I’m inclined to sit down and watch some tube I choose from a pre-recorded selection of things I know I like, and I watch something.

The plus side of this is that I have stuff waiting for me that I know I like, the minus (and whether or not it’s a minus is still debatable) is that unless I see a commercial or hear or read some buzz, I don’t often add new things to my viewing repetoire.

Until last Wednesday that is.

Last Wednesday at around 8:00 Zoe was taking a shower in my bathroom. While she lathered, rinsed, and repeated, I lounged in bed and watched actual live television. If I had to, I could not have told you what my possible viewing choices were going to be, as the only thing I normally watch on Wednesday’s is West Wing, and that starts at 9:00.

So I surfed. And lo, what did I find?

Play angel music in your head as you read this…..

Yes, I found The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search.

The basic premise is that there are 12 unknown model-wannabe’s who compete in physical fitness/workout challenges; get makeovers and/or tips; and do photoshoots. At the end of each episode some of the girls are eliminated. The winner of the competition will be in the next Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model issue and get a million dollar modeling contract.

I’m here to tell you, this is one of the best hours of television you can hope to ever watch. Intrigue, beauty, backstabbing, and silicone breasts. It’s got everything.

I’m alternately sickened and thrilled that I a) found this show, and b) love it so much.

I love it so much that after last week I had to run into the family room and set the TiVO to get a season pass .

And tonight was Wednesday. And I got to watch. And I made Chuck watch with me. We’ve each picked our favorite girl. I’m all about Stacy. Chuck’s girl is Alicia.

Go to the website. Pick your favorite model wanna-be. Tell me who she is. Go, cheer the girls on. I’m taking Stacy to the end!

January 9, 2005

Deep Breaths

Filed under: The Animals — Beth @ 1:06 am

We have an appointment on Monday for all the cats to get spayed/neutered. It’s been a long time coming, but when you have to do four at one time it can get a bit pricey.

You may recall, I tried to get momma Sparkle spayed back in May, but there was a small issue of lactation that had to be dealt with.

Well then May turned into June, into July, blah blah blah, and we never quite got around to getting it done.

Right after Christmas we agreed it needed to be taken care of now and Chuck was on it. He found an even lower-cost spay/neuter clinic, sponsored by the City and dutifully made an appointment. Yup, for Monday, as I’ve mentioned. I even went and bought new carriers today because though we have a couple, we do not have anything sufficient to tote four cats around in simultaneously.

Well Chuck just informed me that he’s fairly certain that Sparkle is pregnant again. Looks like Monday’s procedure just got a little more expensive and complicated.

This is me, taking deep cleansing breaths.

January 6, 2005

I Am Already a Winner

Filed under: Webishness — Beth @ 8:00 pm

We are ever so competitive here at the Rancho del Atkins. So when Chuck announced he won the Best L.A. Blogger Offering Liberal Pie-Blogging to the Populace Award 2004, bestowed upon him by the super fantastic Jo, all I could do was hope she would recognize my super fantastic-ness and bestow even a minor honor upon me as well.

And so it is with great pride that I announce that I am the winner of the

Spanglemonkey Best Smoothly Waxed Suburban Phone Sex Blog of the New Millenium! With Ten Essential Vitamins and Minerals.

I tell you, life just does not get any better than this!