Men. Shopping. And FREE stuff (from under my couch).

by mssinglemama on April 30, 2008

Benjamin has been at my mom’s for three days now. I’ve been so busy…having fun! Lots of it.


Tonight I worked late to catch up on some big projects, then popped into Ann Taylor Loft and found quite a few treasures on the sales rack. Two super cute summer tops, a necklace and a belt!


Then I headed to the coffee shop. For the past few weeks Benjamin and I keep bumping into this guy. We’re usually in a hurry but there’s always quick small talk. Tonight, I’m a childless mama … so we could actually talk. I pay for my coffee and then see him … I fill my coffee with creamer and sugar and then just do it – I just walked right up and said, “Hi!”

Immediately we were chatting it up and then he asked me to sit down. We talked for about 45 minutes. It was like a spontaneous mini-date. Will it ever be a real date? Who knows. I’m indifferent. And honestly, after our mini-date, not sure if I want a real one. (Purple Octopuses).

That’s the funny thing about asking men out or just walking up and talking to them. You might find that your “crush” really isn’t that crush worthy. Then you don’t waste time wondering about him. Would you rather have the wax ripped off in one quick flick or would you rather it slowly pulled, piece by piece?

Approach men and you find out if there’s potential…quickly. And either way – whether it’s you or him doing the quick rip – at least you know. I prefer the quick rip: less painful in the long run.

Life is too short. Seriously.

FREE Stuff

Speaking of life being too short. I have so much to do! And without Benjamin here I can stay up later and sleep in a little later. Tonight I got on a cleaning kick, a much overdue cleaning kick. Look what I scrounged out from under our living room chair.

Wonder how all of this got here? Hmmm… could it have been a little two-year-old with a funny sense of humor, or a mom shoving it under the chair in hurried preparation for dates or sitters? I honestly couldn’t tell you – but there it is. A bunch of forgotten toys and gizmos, oh, and a shoe!

This little pile has inspired a contest, my first contest! So you better play. And it’s easy. Here goes…

MSM Contest: What’s Under Your Couch??

Look under your couch right now. Tell me about something you’ve found. I’ll pick a winner for each of the following categories:

1. Cutest

2. Funniest

3. Grossest


4. Best in Show

The Prize

Something in this pile. The four winners each get to pick a prize from the pile! As you can see there’s lots of good stuff in this pile. A baby music toy, a Leap Frog pad, an empty Thomas DVD case, a little fire truck, an outlet extension thing…and some markers.

Or, you can waive on something from the pile and I’ll send you a mystery item (probably from some other pile I find under something else, or maybe it will be a really cool book…you’ll have to find out).

Now go look under your couch…and may the best man or woman win.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebs May 1, 2008 at 1:06 am

I’d tell you what’s under my couch, but there’s no room under there. Smart mama that I am, I took the feet off my sectional sofa when I moved into my current place and – taadah! – no room for stuff to disappear!

Is there a prize for pure brilliance?


Steph T May 1, 2008 at 9:05 am

What’s under our couch?? I think we win for the grossest — Lots and lots of dust bunnies — amazon-sized dust bunnies. With 3 cats and a 15 month old, it’s bound to happen 🙂


Vika February 5, 2015 at 11:06 am

Good on you sweetie! ive been so busy and then had this ssskneicbug and its so hot in the uk right now, that running isnt a good idea so i may continue to do that in the evening when its so much cooler! i am alive!! we should do some online bloggin together when i get my new pc!


chris gregory May 1, 2008 at 9:22 am

right now i’ve got two shih tzu’s because they are playing some weird game with the great dane. i seems to be a “lets all get under the couch and watch tv” contest. 130lbs vs. 10lbs – obviously the little guys win everytime. the great dane can only manage getting her head and paws under. it’s pretty entertaining to watch!


Emine February 4, 2015 at 6:27 am

Here are my tipps against side scheits:- don’t eat right before running (make a long pause or run empty)- no heavy food before running- take deep breathes (pull the air to the lower part of your longe when doing a hard exercise we tend to pull the air only to the upper lunge part because of tension and concentration- keep on trying one day your body will find the perfect breathing rhythm all alone- don’t talk while running- holding the camera while running may also cause stitches


Shannon May 1, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Can I skip the under the couch and tell you the gross, gross, grossest? My stepson was “wiping” his little bottom at night when he was supposed to be in bed and stashing those used tissues behind his nightstand!!! I moved it to paint the room and oh boy! Surprise! I cleaned the tissues, but there was something stuck to the wall and I had his Daddy deal with that one. (I knew it was the only way to get him to address the whole thing with SS). It was all talked over when the little guy came back home and probably won’t happen again, but for my neat freak self…it was a rough one!


mommypie May 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm

I’m too scared to look. Seriously. My blogging obsession has scared away all pride and cleanliness. My house is a PIT.


mssinglemama May 2, 2008 at 9:41 am

Shannon – okay, that counts. Nightstands/couches – what’s the difference.

Chris – so cute

Steph – definitely gross! Amazon-sized? Love it.

Rebs – brilliant indeed.

So far…you’re all winners – b/c we’ve only had four entries! Anyone else want to take a peek under their couch?


mssinglemama May 6, 2008 at 9:39 pm

So what do you guys want? Any dibs on anything in the pile? Or would you like a mystery item?

: )


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