Notice the bottom half of the tree doesn’t have any ornaments on it…

I really wish I had asked for a cleaning service for Christmas!

I just had to do a little bit of work (I am still on the radio part time) and I am not looking forward to venturing downstairs to clean up!  Dishes in the sink, new stuff in bags and boxes in every room, wrapping paper all over, Christmas decorations need to be put away, laundry needs to be done… The list goes on.  Rocco went to child care for a little while but he will be home soon.  He LOVES his new toys, so I’m glad I’m home to play with him but all I keep thinking about is how much cleaning has to be done!!

How was your Christmas?  I will be completely honest, I was a little bah humbug this year, not having a job makes it a little tougher to spend a bunch of money on stuff nobody needs.. but somehow we did it.  Kyla got 2 American Girl dolls, a bunch of stuff from Justice (thanks to her dad who pays that credit card!!), a really nice art set and some American Girl books from family, among other things… And Rocco got a big Go Go Smart Wheels train set, a toddler arm chair, a ball pit, Crocs, Toms, a wagon, and a bunch of other fun toys.  He loves the ball pit, he had a blast playing in it last night.  And he loves his chair –


So of course it wouldn’t have been Christmas without some Facebook controversy.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who noticed tons of “Santa was here” pictures posted on Christmas Eve… and some people had INSANE amounts of gifts under the tree… I mean floor to ceiling, spilling over into other rooms, crazy amounts of gifts… And then there were the people like me who spent a small fortune (though not as much as in the past) and felt like it didn’t look like much so I didn’t even bother taking a picture… The people who made for Facebook drama ON CHRISTMAS were the ones blasting people for posting those pictures!!  “OVERKILL – This takes away from the true meaning of Christmas” and “Why do people need to brag about how much they spoil their kids?” and one person even said, “That picture is a slap in the face to me since I am a single mom and couldn’t afford more than a few gifts for my kids.”

Um, why do people have to rain on the Christmas parades of others?  I couldn’t believe there was criticism like that on Christmas!!  I know I can be the first person to come up with a snide comment or call it like I see it when people are being ridiculous on Facebook, but as long as the toys under the tree weren’t stolen and they weren’t sacrificing a month’s worth of meals for their children to buy a dollhouse – WHO CARES?  I know a lot of people are struggling but I guarantee not one person who posted a picture of the loot under the tree was doing so with malicious intent!

ANYWAY, Kyla left for Christmas part 2 with her dad last night.  Her flight was at 7:05.  It was weird driving to the airport on Christmas night and passing Starbucks,  McDonald’s, Walgreens, all closed.  The airport wasn’t very busy either, we didn’t even have to wait in line at security.  I was so ready to just relax after we got home from Rick’s parents house… I was STUFFED… but Kyla was pumped to see her dad and have a “late night Christmas party”, and I’m sure the airport is probably busy and bustling today so I’m glad we went last night.


Kelly Osbourne was the subject of a Christmas Day Twitter lashing after she announced that her family tradition is to put messages in balloons and let them go… Whoever finds one “gets a prize” she said.  Too bad they will probably end up in the woods or the ocean or the stomach of an animal.  And that is exactly what people on Twitter blasted her for.  Don’t people know better by now?

Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson did some last minute Christmas shopping at a Toys R Us in Florida… wearing a shirt with the word “F**KING” on it.  At least he wore it on the day the store was least likely to be packed with kids!!

Justin Bieber said he is “officially retiring” on Twitter on Christmas Eve, but it’s not true.  I thought maybe he meant he was “officially retiring” for the night, like going to bed, but apparently he is retiring for a little while.  Either way… WHO CARES?

Miley Cyrus apparently received some penis gummies in her stocking.  She Tweeted a picture of the penis gummies and a quote from her grandmother – “I’ve never heard of such a thing”.  They really are a weird family.  I guess penis gummies are nothing compared to her new video - in which she is basically masturbating – but even some of the dirtiest people still try to maintain some form of modesty when it comes to their GRANDMOTHERS.  Not Miley.  Here Granny, Merry Christmas, eat a dick!

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Do you ever feel like you are constantly in a state of either doing dishes… or not doing dishes that need to be done?  Cleaning the bathroom.. or not cleaning the bathroom that needs to be cleaned.  Sweeping the floor… or not sweeping the floor that needs to be swept.  That’s just how I feel this morning.  Kyla is supposed to take the silverware out of the dishwasher and put it away but we actually make her do it maybe a couple times a month.  She’s 9 and tall enough to reach all of the cabinets, she should be emptying the whole dishwasher.  Maybe I should try to get her to do it… we’ll see how that goes.  I can hear the whining now…  Do your kids do chores?  I didn’t.  I remember when I was probably in high school and my parents tried to start making me do dishes, it sucked.

We haven’t put our tree up yet.  I suck, I know.  I spent the weekend listing tons of stuff on eBay because now that I don’t have a full-time job I have to make Christmas money somehow.  Maybe that’s why I’m not feeling the spirit, I haven’t had to worry about how I’m going to afford gifts in quite a few years so now I’m like, “oh sh*t, I need a job.”  At least I have a ton of stuff to sell, it’s just so time consuming and a lot of work.  Not nearly as fun as blabbing about Adam Levine and Lindsay Lohan on the radio.

Rocco has decided he loves country music.  I have never been much of a country fan, there are a few songs I like but growing up in Boston we didn’t even have a country radio station so I just never got into the music.  Except for Kenny Rogers, who doesn’t love The Gambler.  I actually sang The Gambler to Rocco last night while I was rocking him to sleep.  Sick of You Are My Sunshine.  “On a warm summer’s eve, on a train bound for nowhere…” It worked, he fell asleep on me and he usually doesn’t.  He nurses (yes I am one of those crazy people who still has a baby on my boobie at 15 months) for a while and then I have to put him down because he can’t get comfortable while I’m holding him.  He squirms around like he wants to, but he can’t.

So back to him loving country music.  We put his toys in this IKEA basket and he now likes to flip it over and climb on it as if it is his stage.  Rick randomly decided to play George Strait’s Cheyanne song the other day and Rocco started bopping his head to it, climbed up on the basket, and did his little foot stomp.  It is the cutest thing.  He gets so into it.  I want to get him a little cowboy hat and cowboy boots for Christmas.  We’ve tried to get video of him doing it but he is camera shy.  You know how it goes… Kid does something insanely cute, you grab the camera, kid suddenly has no interest in being cute anymore.  We’ll get one eventually.

I am still fighting a little cold.  Knock on wood we thankfully hardly ever get sick so I shouldn’t complain since scrolling through my news feed all I see are people barfing and taking their kids to the ER…

Speaking of health, I am starting to feel like I might be better off not knowing just how crappy most of the food in this country is.  I have tried really hard to eat more vegetables, less red meat, less GMO, more organic, no more cow’s milk, only almond milk (now I like it so much better), home made sweet potato fries instead of frozen french fries, no fast food (McNuggets taste like chemicals to me now… but I do have a weakness for McFlurries), I make dinner from scratch just about every night and buy anti-biotic free chicken, but then today I read about how all sugar is made from GMO sugar beets and the more sugar you consume the more likely you are to get cancer and I’m like sweet – no pun intended – my sweet tooth is going to kill me.  Why even bother?  Does every little change help or is it an all or nothing kind of thing where even if you eat organic lettuce and good stuff all day if you wash it down with a handful of oreos your stomach is going to explode and you are going to die anyway?

OK I need to get ready to go pick Rocco up from “school”.  I used to think it was foolish for people to call it “school” when their kids are only a year old but he does learn stuff and they do little projects and he got a report card… so it’s school.  The first few weeks were rough, he would cry when GrandMary got him out of the car but now he is fine.  GrandMary is his grandmother who owns the center for those who do not know.  She did not want to be called Grandma so it’s GrandMary.

Hopefully at some point this week I will come up with a pointed blog post but today it is just ramblings.  At least it is something, right?

And for the record, that picture is NOT of my sink.  The only things in my sink right now are my breakfast dishes… but the dishwasher needs to be emptied before I can re-load it… Vicious frigging endless cycle!!!

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Christmas Tree

My Christmas Tree!

PSYCHE – That’s last year’s.  We have to figure out how we are going to keep the little guy (who is now running and grabbing EVERYTHING) away from it before we can put it up.

My brain is suddenly racing with about 100 (ok maybe 6 but that is still a lot) things but I decided to just write this blog because I said I would keep up with it and it’s now been several days.

Just as I went to write this I thought, “I need to post a pic, let me see what I have on my phone that I didn’t post to Facebook yet…”

Then I remembered that my phone died about 3 hours ago while I was watching Rocco stand on his toy basket and dance to George’ Strait’s Cheyanne song.  I went to take a picture of him because it’s so stinking cute and it beeped off… and I just never plugged it in.  So I gave you a picture of last year’s tree :)

Then it hit me – I should not be sitting down to write a blog when I never got around to digging through the garage for the Elf on the Shelf this week while Kyla was gone.  I spent the last couple of days cleaning, like scrubbing the shower, moving the couches to vacuum under them, and moving this enormous hoard of stuff I am selling upstairs because it is taking over the house… so it’s not like I didn’t do anything, I just didn’t get to the Christmas stuff like I had hoped.

Kyla hasn’t even asked about the elf.  Not a word.  So I can probably get away with not bothering until tomorrow night – plus, she knows it is me anyway and Rocco is too little.  I feel like a total slacker – no elf, no tree yet, and of course looking at everyone’s festive Facebook pictures makes me feel even worse about myself… I’m still drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes and ate the last pumpkin muffin from Thanksgiving tonight.  I’m a little behind.

Did you Black Friday shop?  I did not.  It isn’t so much that I am taking a stand against people having to work on Thanksgiving night (although it is a bit ridiculous), it’s just that I do not at all enjoy fighting through masses of human vultures to get a deal.  I do enough bargain shopping (got Rocco 6 pieces of brand name clothing for $8 today at consignment) so when it’s time to buy Christmas gifts I will pay a little more for the things I actually think people will like instead of getting them a 19 inch flat screen just because it’s on sale for $11.99.  I mean seriously, how many of you BF shoppers have picked something up for someone just because it’s a doorbuster and he/she is the person on your list most likely to not hate it?  And of course there are always the videos of people getting busted up over a pair of $4 panties…

This Wal-Mart employee in Salt Lake City was trampled in the name of $49 tablets.

OK MAYBE I can understand the tablet thing – but TRAMPLED FOR TOWELS?

Who knows what these two women were fighting over at a mall in Vegas when someone whipped out a STUN GUN!?

Thankfully, back in 2006 some concerned citizens put this website together to help us keep track of all of these unfortunate incidents: BlackFridayDeathCount.com

FYI – The NY Post article about the Wal Mart employee being trampled to death was actually from 2008.

One of the best quotes I saw on a video that went around – “Imagine if people got this worked up over stuff that actually mattered.”  SO TRUE.

The answer to the title question of this post is a definitive “NO” since I am ready to doze off and there is no way I am venturing to the garage to dig out the Christmas stuff now.  Our garage is a bit of a disaster and I would probably have to open it from the outside to go around the heap of junk… Ugh.  Someday it’ll get done :)

I haven’t forgotten about the baby product post but I haven’t had a chance to get it all together yet.  And once the video issue is fixed (not sure what the problem is!) I have a few things to say about a new pill I’ve been hearing ads for ad nauseam (which is probably one of the side effects BTW)!!

Back to school tomorrow, woot.



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That thing is $35!  I could see $10 or maybe $15 but come on!!

The stuff Lady Gaga is selling at Barney’s NY is ridiculous!  A Lady Gaga egg spinner toy for $35???  A unicorn stocking for $65???  Or how about an ugly set of “Little Monsters” for $95???  And for the TRUE Lady Gaga fan in your life… a $395 CANDLE???

Merry Christmas!

From D*ana and I,

Have a very safe, and Merry Christmas from D*ana’s Dirt!

Thanks for visiting the site!

We’ll be back to blogging on the 26th with more Celeb Pics and commentary!   Now if You’ll excuse me, there’s a Mojito in the kitchen with my name on it.

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Mariah Carey gets in the Spirit

Pregnant, Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey Pregnant, Christmas, Mariah Carey christmas, Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey, wife and future baby mama to Nick Cannon was recording a Christmas contribution video at Rockafeller Center in New York City.  Definitely in the Christmas spirit!

Target/FAME Pictures

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A Merry Lakers Christmas

George Lopez & his daughter

Tons of celebrities spent Christmas day at the LA Lakers game…  George Lopez and Mark Wahlberg took their daughters, Adam Sandler was there… Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman, Prince, it was apparently the thing to do on Christmas in LA!