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My Exciting Day, My Hissy Fit and Some Funny Shit

January 24, 2013

I have my second cold in about 2 weeks. This time, it's taking a toll on me. I even got a sub for my Zumba class tonight. Darn kids and their darn dragging in of germs! So pretty much this is where I've been all day.

Nerd in Bed

Looking up at Ludicolo. Ludicolo is a Pokemon that the lights and the stain under them remind me of.

Nerd in Bed

Or maybe it looks more like a frog. I think I better go find some Housewives re-runs before I see more stuff up there I can't later un-see.

But first, let me tell you about my hissy fit last night. If you were my Zumba Con Sabor Facebook Friend (that was my Zumba Facebook Profile), you may have noticed (but probably not) that it's no longer there.

The reason I deleted it is because I decided I'd rather live in ignorant bliss than continue to allow my feelings to be hurt. (I know, I'm like in 3rd grade, huh?) Long story kind of short, a fellow instructor opened up a Zumba Studio where she will have Zumba several times a day. I think it's great she has finally realized her dream and I am extremely happy for her (don't worry, I'm getting to the Hissy Fit part). They are all $5 drop in classes and you're sure to find one that fits your schedule. Here is a link to her site (click here), because I'm supportive of my fellow instructors like that (she's supportive of me, too).

So the Hissy Fit Part comes when I see on the Event Page she created, all this support coming from our fellow instructors who are going to be there to support her in her new location tonight (I can't go because I teach on Thursday nights at CVDA). It's all good except I'm wondering where all these people were on MY debut at Levity, Sanctuary and CVDA? Yeah, YOU, who's (who's, whose?) debut I went to and then some at YOUR new location, and YOU, who's (who's, whose?) classes I stuck with when you first started out as others would walk out, and YOU, for who (who, whom?) I instigated the collection of funds so you could get your license and YOU and YOU and YOU and countless others I've supported. I think the only time I got a speck of love was at my debut at Levity when Bryan, Marisa and Alejandra came.

I believe I'm basically a kind and supportive person who doesn't expect anything in return, but apparently, even I get tired of being on the giving side all of the time. So I guess that makes me kind of human and not a saint.

Anyway, so I deleted my Zumba Facebook account and proclaimed that I was going to cancel all my classes and take up some other kind of dance and never do anything Zumba ever again, as God is my witness!

Then I fell asleep with the TV on, and I kid you not, I woke up to freaking Beto (Beto Perez is the creator of Zumba) on a freaking Zumba Informercial! Fine, Beto, I've stepped down off the ledge and will continue my classes. For now.

Lastly, here's some funny shit. You know how I hate posting political stuff but I was reading these and I was just cracking up. No offense to my gun toting or Republican friends, but I think you would even think this is funny. Better than The Three Stooges...LOL! The second one, not so funny ha-ha. McCain, really? You knew but didn't say anything? Why? Just to make the Dems look bad? Everybody just grow up already (I know, sounds funny coming from someone who just threw a Hissy Fit). And the third one, she just cracks me up. Let me know if you want to borrow her book. I'll loan it to you. Laugh out loud funny. She's cray, cray. Literally.

The Adventures of the Red Plaid Pajamas

January 17, 2013

My Red Plaid Pajamas had a great day. First they were warmed by a kitten.

Red Plaid Pajamas

Then they sat in the sun, reading, old school style.

Red Plaid Pajamas

Uh-oh. No bueno. Picking up kids from school in pajamas and empty gas tanks really don't mix.

Red Plaid Pajamas

Finally, discarded for the day's Zumba apparel for a 7:30 p.m. class.

Red Plaid Pajamas

The end.

The Holiday Greeting

January 14, 2013

What's your take on the Holiday Greeting? It seems some people take it way too seriously. Someone even wrote to Miss Manners (click here for article) to find out at what point she should cut people off of her list. Really? (No, I am not saying YOU are taking this too seriously. YOU know who you are. LOL!)

I send you a card (aka my Christmas Letter) because I think you care about me and my family. Just because I send you a card doesn't mean I expect one in return. I know that you will communicate with me when you can to let me know what's going on in your life. Because I care. If I don't send you a card, it's because I don't think you really care to know what's going on with me. Interestingly enough, I didn't send cards out last year because I was in a very dark place. Based on the cards I received this year, it became apparent that some people were only sending me cards because I was sending them cards.

Wait. I AM taking this way too seriously, aren't I?

OK, let's try this again. If you want to get my wacky Christmas letter, just tell me. If you don't want to, just tell me. If you don't want to but don't want to hurt my feelings, just dump it in the recycle.

And just because Lacey got so many compliments on it this year, here it is for your reading pleasure (click on picture).

2012 Christmas Letter

Oh, look what I found! My 2008 Christmas Letter (click here). Apparently, I was an over-achiever in 2008. I also sent out a Christmas Card (click here).

Ah, my 2010 Christmas Letter (click here).

I know you had nothing better to do today than read my old Christmas Letters, right?

So here's my 2006 Christmas Letter (click here).

I wonder how many of them I can find while I'm in my office?

I can't find anymore without my desktop. I'll look for more when I get home. (I heard that collective sigh of relief!)

Speaking of my office...

My Office

January 14, 2013's such an interesting place. I come here every other week when the cleaning lady is at my house know...people watch...and blog. There are several characters who are always here. There's the skinny little guy with the ski cap and the giant glasses, who pushes the little old lady cart. Every time I see him, I think of Fearless Fly.

Fearless Fly

Here's Fearless Fly and the white haired bathroom guy that goes to the bathroom every twenty minutes for 10 minutes at a time. I posted him before (click here) at least once, if not more.

Fearless Fly and Bathroom Guy

Then there's Don Bragg, the 1960 Olympic Pole Vault Gold Medalist. He's a Claytonite.

Don Bragg

Then there's the dirty wheel chair guy with the wonky leg, who I open the door for often. I feel sorry for him. I'm guessing he's a Vet.

Wheelchair Guy

And today, there was a Kitty Kat with purple ears.

Kitty Kat

Hmmm....guy with leather chaps just walked in. Wonder if I can sneak a picture. Hmmm....getting birthday gift ideas for my Little Honey Bunch. Oh, did I say that out loud?



So, I wonder how many of the six other people in here with computers are taking pictures of innocent bystanders and blogging about them? Let's just say they have lives and are actually working and not taking pictures of ME and blogging about my weirdness, whatever that may be.

Fifty-four Year Old Gets Carded! Again!

January 9, 2013

I got carded! Oh yeah, uh-huh, I'm bad, uh-huh (picture me pimp walking around, chest proud and puffed)!

So, I'm in Safeway, in the self check out. I scan my alcohol and the young lady comes over and asks to see my ID! I turn around and notice that Danny Bacigalupo is in the station behind me. I say, "Hey Danny! Did you catch that? I got carded!" He's like, "They card everyone at self checkout." I'm like, "Stow it, Danny! They do not either!"

It's probably my beautiful skin, complements of Rodan + Fields, which looks like a 13 year olds (click here for that post), right? Isn't it lovely? I love my Rodan + Fields products! (That Girl? If you're reading, I totally don't mind if you correct my grammar, spelling, dangling participles, etc.)

54 Year Old

OK fine. So they card everyone at self check out, but it still feels good! I guess technically, I didn't get carded 'again'. Last time, I was 53. Remember that post (click here)?

So let me tell you what I was purchasing when I got carded (I love the sound of that) and why.

On Christmas Eve, we were with our friends the Russell's and the Fitzsimmons'. We were each to bring a bottle of wine, covered in foil so that we could do a blind taste test. So we have these four bottles, and after everyone tastes them, we all agree that bottle X is the best tasting wine. By the way, I have a bunch of pictures from the evening on my Phanfare site. Email me if you need the password.

54 Carded

I guess we have Mad Dog 20/20 taste because it was a box wine! Our host emptied out a Pinot bottle and filled it with the box wine. It looked like a Pinot bottle. But it was Big House Red. $17 for 3 liters which equates to 4 bottles of wine which comes out to about $4 a bottle. Um, that's Rosy math so you may have to verify that. Let me also state that some of the other bottles were quite expensive.

54 Carded

Yes, I did go and purchase some. It was decent enough for our every day wine and if you're volume drinkers like us, you just might drink up your retirement, so um, yeah.

54 Carded

I had this for a snack. This was to remind you just how random I can be.

Please Support

January 4, 2013

I know there are SO many causes out there to support, and out of all of the ones that pull at my heartstrings, these two always seem to tug the hardest. The homeless, the down and out, the mentally ill...I know that the one meal they get, takes them away for just a few minutes from the despair of their lives.

And the poor defenseless, abused animals who just want to be loved. I can't take it. Getting tissues....

So when I die, my obituary should include, "In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the ASPCA or Glide Memorial." OK? Oh yes, and there is to be no hoopla at my passing. Just bare bones cremation and then just throw the ashes over the back fence or something.

I'll keep these in the sidebar in case it reminds you to donate! Please and thank you.

Glide Memorial


Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013

Welcome to 2013! Suck it, Mayans! That reminds me, remind me to blog about me being a Mayan Princess later.

Well Happy New Year! We had a nice evening with friends, you know, the ones who make your recycling bin look like, well, like we imbibed generously. See what I mean?

New Years

The kids at the kid's 'table'.

New Years

And us at the other kid's table.

New Years

We easily made it to midnight. My Little Honey Bunch pouring the Champagne with just minutes to spare.

New Years

Mario checking the camera remote.

New Years

Can't forget the sparkling cider for the kids.

New Years

And we watch the ball drop! Wow, my hair is massive.

New Years

Happy New Year!


And what did I do all day? Well, I didn't make it to Marisa and Bryan's awesome Antioch Zumba class. Looks like I missed a good time AND my gurl, Bryan's birthday. Happy Birthday, Bryan!

New Years

I actually did my impersonation of my cat today. It couldn't possibly have had anything to do with the generous imbibing last night. At least I didn't have to call 911 for a hangover again (post about that here). Ah-hem. Anyway, this picture was taken at 1:32 pm, just after she was dumped in the basket by Nat.

New Years

This was taken at 6:52 pm. All she did all day was reposition herself every now and then. Just like I did.

New Years

Now shifting set up my playlist for my morning Zumba class and get a beverage, of course.

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This blogger introduced me to the above blogger and to the blogging bug in general. Love her!

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The website of a very talented artist who happens to be my son.


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