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When you are trying to weather a severe economic meltdown, you must look for money making opportunities everywhere.

Like maybe taking on a part time job.  Or selling a U.S. Senate seat in Illinois.

That Governor Blagojevichitslkaslgkhalghsilsich really knows how to take action when times are tough.

Am I the only one who thinks it’s kind of sweet that he was also trying to secure a lucrative job for his wife too? You know, sweet in a very corrupt, smarmy kind of way.

I don’t know why everyone is coming down so hard on him. The guy has bills to pay, hair care product to purchase.

Ok. Tip number two. Even in this crappy economy, there ARE jobs.

According to a recent news report, there are openings in pipeline transportation and mining. Yup. Seriously.

Remember when your folks used to say, “What in heavens to betsy are you going to do with a pipeline transportation degree?”

Well, look at you now, Miss Smarty Pants.

If perhaps, you didn’t have the brilliant foresight to major in pipeline transportation, it’s definitely time to cut costs.

Follow Rick’s lead…

My husband is a true martini man (I mean, we named our dog Martini for gosh sakes).  Of course, we got rid of our dog but Rick still likes his drink.

In an effort to save money, Rick recently gave up his ritzy Grey Goose vodka for the more favorably priced…

Tito’s vodka.

And yes, it’s as velvety and smooth as it sounds.

Another way to save some cash… Instead of spending 40 bucks a ticket to take the girls to fun kid shows like Sesame Street Live or Dear Edwina, they now get to dance at home to Neil Sedaka’s new children’s CD, “Walking Up is Hard To Do.”

Nobody gets you through the hard times like Sedaka.

Well, there is some good news. At least President Obama is working hard at the White House to fix this whole ridiculous mess.

What?! That Bush dude is STILL in charge? Are you sure? Because it really seems like his time is up.

And Governor Blagojevichitslkaslgkhalghsilsich hasn’t yet stepped down? What is that guy waiting for?!

Ok. We may need another round of Tito’s. For everyone.

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35 Responses to surviving a sucky economy

  • Stephanie (Tyler's Mom) says:

    I’m laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes! Luckily my dad owns a vineyard/winery so we haven’t had to “trade down” our wine choices yet. I too was unaware that GW was still in office…haven’t heard a peep out of him. Wouldn’t now be a good time for the president to be reassuring people that we will get through this difficult time…Titos, Sedaka and all!

  • OHmommy says:

    LOL…. is Bush still in office? Funny you mentioned that?

    And going to see the Nutcracker s soooo over rated. We started our own ballet in our basement. And. WE are so stinking awesome at it. We should start charging people.

  • lilith says:

    I feel for Blagojevichitslkaslgkhalghsilsich. No seriously, look at this hair. The products alone must have cost him a fortune. He was just trying to stay pretty. So that we have something nice to look at in these harsh times.
    Bring along the vodka!

  • Becky says:

    Hey, it seems to me that there might be a NY senate seat opening up pretty soon… Maybe that could be your next give-a-way:)

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Clean out your bathtub and make your own vodka in it; and share with neighbors. We’re all growing our own pot here in California….I trade for tomatoes and basil with my neighbors. Tougher times are coming…but your Blog keeps us all laughing (and that’s FREE).

  • MN Mama says:

    One more thing…. it seems to me that the economy is forcing us all to make the ordinary fun. I think it is great that you and the girls were enjoying dancing in the living room. It is simple fun! I love it!

  • Lanie says:

    The picture of the girls is adorable. Rick should try Taaka Vodka – mixes easy just add people (shouldn’t that ad have been earased from my memory by now?? – in case you forgot the ad it is from the early 90’s. . .) Great post!! 🙂

  • Amy@UWM says:

    Neil Sedaka has a children’s CD????!!!! Oh, man. Have to get me some of that. You know what would be really fun? Drinking vodka and then listening to Neil Sedaka. Good self-medicating technique to get us over the hump until those geniuses are out of office.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    What’s better for Crohn’s Disease? Tito’s hand-made vodka or Grey Goose? I don’t want to bring the wrong booze when I visit friend’s in the hospital.

  • calikim says:

    Tito’s Vodka??? I might drink Titos Tequila, but you can keep your Vodka. Now Dmitri’s Vodka…I might crack that open. And Marcia is right….I give her my tomatoes and basil so she can have a nice caprese salad….and she gives me her own home grown…ehem….Product. I think I might be the one making out like a bandit in this deal!!!! Except now I have the munchies and need those tomatoes back.

  • Nap Warden says:

    I know it’s easy to take pot shots at Gov. Rod. The reason he hasn’t stepped down yet…he didn’t make up the game. He wasn’t talking to himself on these tapes. The feds are picking him to take down. He’s gonna take down everyone else with him. If you think that Obama’s new chief of staff wasn’t in the thick of this…you’re kidding yourself. Everyone was bargaining for this seat.
    G. Rod just hired a bulldog of a defense attorney. This is about to get ugly, and no one in Illinois/now Washington is safe…
    Sorry this is so long, I know WAY too much about this…

  • Elizabeth says:

    When I win the tix I am inviting Gov Rod and his wife. I dig hanging out with people who drop the F bomb every third word.

  • Linny says:

    With respect to Tito’s Vodka, vodkabuzz.com rates it 2 out of top ten for best vodka and 1 out of top 10 for best value.  An Austinite hailing from Boston here, I just sampled this against Chopin vodka, a polish brand that was rated top review in Slate.com and Tito’s won out hands down.

  • Linny says:

    …wanted to add that this is coming from a Grey Goose drinker.  Chopin topped Grey Goose and Tito’s blew Grey Goose away.  We are planning on bringing this to our relatives in Germany for the ultimate taste test.

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