Friday, August 31, 2007
And now for something completely different. There's been an offer of a job for Hubby in the Land of Snow and Cheese, aka Wisconsin. They really want him for either of two jobs there, actually. At this point, we're not interested in moving, but if they make a good enough offer (which, obviously, we need to define before he goes out there to interview), it might be worth considering. The plan right now is to play them against where he works now (same company, different location) and see what they'll offer him right here. Not moving would be good.
Then again, I had a look at the WI homeschool laws and it sounds SOOO much better than PA. That alone makes it kind of tempting!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
- the memoirs of Julian Hawthorne, son of my favorite author, Nathaniel Hawthorne. I can't wait to dig into this one and see Hawthorne's life through his son's eyes.
- Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight, which I picked up mostly for the recipes. It looks like her plan (published in 1997) is virtually identical to South Beach, which didn't come out until 2003. I guess people didn't take her as seriously because, hey, she's Suzanne Somers.
- I also found a great book on London, published in 1976. I like it because it has all the wonderful historical sites I remember from my time there (I was there in 1991), with nary a trace of the dreadful London Eye. Am I the only one who thinks a giant ferris wheel on the bank of the Thames is just horrific?
- A book on Spain published in 1992, so it's going to be very similar to what I saw in 1988. I can use it as a reference when I'm working on my novel from my first NaNo.
Not to mention a bunch of kids' fiction for the boys to enjoy, like Super Diaper Baby, by the same author who brought us Captain Underpants. Totally silly, but fun. And of course, some classic fiction for use in school. I even picked up a first grade math workbook from the FREE table - so there's next year's curriculum for the 5 year old!
((Sigh)) - I heart book sales.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Apparently the previous occupants of this house needed to renew their pistol permits. But that's not what caught my eye. Look at this:I'm wondering how many calls they get from sending out these cards.
"Hello, this is the Sheriff's Office."
"Um, yes, I got a card in the mail that says you're going to arrest me?"
Sheriff's Office worker scrambles for a pen. "Can I have your name please?"
"Sure, it's Thiefy McThieverson."
"Hmm, yes, Mr. McThieverson, I see you're wanted for armed robbery. Where are you right now?"
And of course, if they know where to send the little postcard, why don't they just go arrest the guy?
So there's my W for the week - Warrant!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Summer stretched before me
With only a few reality shows
And reruns left to bore me.
Then BBC America became
My new nighttime sensation.
Robin Hood and his band of thieves
Brought endless fascination.
Oh, the adventures, the intrigue, the fun!
A favorite legend of mine, redone,
With new twists and turns to thrill my heart,
Now I want the second season to start!
But old BBC had more tricks to show me.
Gordon Ramsay's nightmares enthrall me.
Restaurant owners can be so clueless
But Gordon's there to help them through this!
British humor (or humour) is always a hit,
And BBC America has plenty of it.
Whether reruns of Coupling, The Office or Whose Line
An evening of laughter leaves me feeling fine.
And lately there's Jekyll, another old story
Redone for today in all of its glory.
Will Dr. Jackman's dark side foil him?
I've not watched the finale - don't spoil it!
BBC America, what will you show next?
Maybe I'll have to catch reruns of Hex.
Until Robin returns with his merry men,
Or Lost is finally on again.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Later today, I will draw a name to win all of the fabulous prizes pictured below, plus some extra ones I didn't have a chance to post. If you gave me a name idea, I will put your name in the drawing twice. If you commented, I will give you one chance. Then I will draw a name at random and award said prizes to the winner.
Then sometime this week, I will have a poll with some names listed. If you would be so kind as to vote for the one you like best at that time, I will most likely go with the majority. And yes, Hubby, I will have a choice for keeping the same name I've always had. Turns out he likes Going Places. And I would lose about 20 hits a week by changing the name, so I guess he has a point!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
EDIT: Here are prizes #1 and 2, novels I have recently enjoyed, that I would like for someone else to enjoy!Prize #3: This lovely autumn-themed candle holder, with candle.
"Where is this water coming from?" I looked up. "Oh, no, the toilet!!" On our way home, we had debated stopping at the store for a new handle for the toilet. It flushes fine, but if you don't hold the handle until it's done, it runs. On and on. Forever. We decided not to stop last night because it was out of the way, we didn't need anything else, and we were tired. As soon as we walked in the door, the five-year-old used the toilet. It apparently was clogged and began overflowing. Only it didn't stop, because of the broken handle.
Hubby instantly jumped up and ran upstairs. I shouted for the boys to bring all the towels they could carry and we all ran up. It took a bit of time, but we got all the water cleaned up. So I came back downstairs to assess the damage.
The water still ran down the wall and the fronts of the cabinets like a river. Plus, it was raining about two feet out. Raining in the kitchen. Not good. Hubby got a bucket and a screwdriver and poked a hole in the ceiling over the cabinets, to let the water drain. It worked pretty well. Then we could go about cleaning the counters, which had turned into a small lake. Not fun.
I think we'll be going to the store tonight.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Congratulations on your win, Terry! You totally deserved it!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Since my first and third sons both waited until they were well past their third birthdays to be fully trained, I'm excited! At this rate, he'll even beat my second son's family record of two and ten months! And Hubby's excited because he won't be paying for diapers anymore!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I am sure that your Nirvana t-shirt means a lot to you. It's probably one of your treasured collectibles from the days when you used to sit in your bedroom at your parents' house, listening to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and hoping your parents couldn't smell what you were smoking. You could probably sell it on Ebay for a decent profit. But you, sir (and I use that term loosely) did not use what little brain the weed didn't kill when getting dressed yesterday morning. And I did not appreciate having to stand in line behind someone with eight different obscenities written across his back, when I have two children who can read. Exactly what were you thinking when you decided to wear that to a "Family Friendly Movie?" Did you not realize there would be children there?
So please tell your wife/baby mama that despite appearances we were not trying to get in front of you in line. I was just trying to stand between my kids and your highly offensive article of clothing. If I'd stepped in front of you, that would have left them wide open to it. I hope you really enjoyed the 20 minutes of the movie you saw before your screaming child forced you to leave. Next time you go out in public, dress appropriately to the situation. If it's a choice between that shirt and no shirt, leave it off. Assuming you have nothing even more obscene tatooed on your skin.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The movie was Happy Feet. All I can say about this movie is that it was cute. There were a couple of laughs. For the most part, I just kept feeling like the plot meandered in too many directions. I mean, what's the conflict here? It seemed there were three or four things that all could have been the main conflict, and the plot kept moving around those things without making any of them the most important. I really liked the combination of live actors with the animation, but other than that, I don't think I'd watch it again.
Free movies are a good thing.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
And that, my friends, has been my house the past few days. The clock strikes 6 p.m. and it's like somebody flipped a switch and they go berserk. All four of them. Which is 33% more than Tim Taylor had to deal with. There are invisible monsters chasing them, so they scream and run. One brother is trying to bite the other, so he screams and runs. We send them outside, but they keep coming back in for another lap.
At least it usually gets nice and quiet at bed time.
Friday, August 10, 2007
I'm not going to say homeschooling has gotten easier, exactly, but we've certainly got into a pattern that works for us, for the most part. I rarely have to deal with a child who just sits there with his arms crossed refusing to answer me. More often than not, we get through our entire day of lessons by 2 p.m., and the house looks only slightly less damaged than if a tornado went through it by that point in the day.
I think that's the hardest thing for me - I work all morning and into the afternoon with the boys, and then I have all this housework that needs to be done. It's exhausting. But I think we'll be okay - we've implemented this new points system around here that has my oldest two doing extra chores without even being asked! This is a good thing!
So, I've got my schedule all written out in detail for week one. Any bets as to how closely we'll follow it?
Thursday, August 09, 2007
You know, this kid is pushing his luck. Does he really think I care about a stupid toy that's not even his when he doesn't care that he woke me up at 6 a.m. climbing all over me and requesting Thomas videos, drinks, and Goldfish? Sorry. I just don't.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
This is me Relaxing on the swings after a Really long day at camp. Hubby and I were in charge of nine 7 and 8-yr-old boys, which you might think would be a piece of cake for me. Okay, I pretty much didn't have any trouble, but it still wore me out! Also notice my Really big dress, leftover from the fat days. I have since pitched it in the Goodwill box. You know, a year ago I couldn't comfortably sit on one of those swings.
So, did you play?
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
We made another three visits to the Creation Museum, as well. I know, we were just there, but this time I got to take my brother and his girlfriend with two of my guest passes. We also finally had time to see the last few rooms of displays which previously went by in a blur as we were dragged through by screaming children. Not that we didn't have screaming children with us this time. But we traded off so we could each look at the stuff we wanted to look at. I am more impressed with the museum now than I was after our first visit. Now if only I could get out of their bookstore without buying something every time!!
The worst part of the weekend was the drive there and back. I won't go into details, but let's just say that pee spilled on the van carpet, followed by vomit a couple of days later, does not make for the most pleasant travel experience.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Today, we had a whole flock of girls. Now, keep in mind, the girls are supposed to be doing other stuff while the boys are doing water activities. And yet, for some unknown reason (-->hot guy(s)), they are dallying around the boat. Giggling. Squealing. "Oh, don't splash me!" Giggle, giggle. And the boys, because they are boys, splash them even more. And then the girls throw the boys' towels in the creek. And so it goes.
Oh, this boy's parents are in for quite a ride.