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Fall Back!

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

It’s Del’s favorite time of year — the time change!  If you’re like me, you forgot about it in the midst of  all the Halloween madness.  When Dear Husband told me the clock was an hour ahead this morning, I thought the cat had stepped on it during the night.  It wouldn’t be the first time.

I hope everyone enjoyed that extra hour of sleep.  I for one do not look forward to nightfall at 5 PM.  Ugh.  Seasonal Affective Disorder, here we come.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

jackolantern-happyWe’re hoping the rain stops in time for the trick-or-treaters to make their rounds.  The house is decorated, the jack o’lantern is a work in progress, and I still have to buy candy.  Didn’t want to do that too early. :)

I’m planning an evening of handing out candy and watching a marathon of Buffy and Angel Halloween episodes (Halloween, Fear Itself, All the Way, and Life of the Party, if you’re interested).  And maybe a rewatch of the Castle Halloween episode Vampire Weekend.  (Hulu has it here.)

What are you doing tonight?

Clueless

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Overheard at Panera this morning:  clueless suburban dad, dressed in his casual clothes, taking his time getting coffee and telling another customer he was probably going to make his kids late for school, which made him “a bad person”.  Says he, “I don’t know how my wife and my nanny do it.”

Yes, I did manage to walk away without thumping him upside the head.

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This irritated me in part because I was up at 5:30 this morning to make a breakfast casserole for an event this weekend and then get the girls up and ready to go before I left for work.  But it irritated me mostly because Dear Husband is usually the one up at the crack of dawn, doing chores around the house and feeding the one child who eats breakfast.  And he still manages to get to the office early most days.  Amazing how he can multitask.  Perhaps he could give this guy some pointers.

Quiet

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

June was pretty much The Lost Month around here.  I’d been feeling kind of bad for a while and finally broke down and visited the doctor early in May.  That led to a plethora of really fun (NOT!) medical tests and procedures, culminating with gall bladder surgery on June 5.  Recovery has been a bit more difficult than expected, at least in part, I think, because I had anesthesia three times over a 15-day period.  And that “easy” laparoscopic procedure was way more painful than I’d imagined, which meant lots of narcotics.  So my brain has been pretty fuzzed.

lake-east-of-grayton-beachWe spent last week in one of my favorite places, Grayton Beach.  It’s a tiny community on the Florida panhandle, one that has been protected from too much development because it’s surrounded by a state park to the west and a lake (pictured) to the east.  And, of course, the Gulf of Mexico to the south, lovely and clear most of the time we were there.  We took walks and rode bikes and spent hours lounging in the water.  It was about as restful as it could be with an 11-year-old along for the trip.

prissy-by-poolWe did try to teach Prissy to swim, but that didn’t go so well.  She’s not much of a water dog, although she was happy to be with her people.  She only tolerated the water in order to avoid the heat, which was brutal.  I think she’s forgiven me by now.

Should be getting back to regular blogging soon.  There’s certainly no shortage of news these days.  Or scandal.  Anyone want to predict which self-righteous “family values” right-winger will be the next one caught with his pants down?

It’s the Little Things

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

sandwichI ate a sandwich for dinner tonight. Exciting, right? Well, it is to me, given that my diet the past couple of weeks has consisted entirely of chicken soup, yogurt, and saltine crackers.

So far, I haven’t been up to daydreaming about fajitas and a frosty margarita, but the day is coming. :)

So what’s happening in your world? Eat anything interesting today?

Surgery

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

It’s been quiet around here lately because I’ve been a bit under the weather. After several weeks of poking and prodding, it has been determined that I will be much better off without my gall bladder. So that sucker’s coming out tomorrow.

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Ironically, I may have more blogging time on my hands for the next couple of weeks. And I’ll be doing it under the influence of pain meds. Woohoo! :)

Happy Anniversary…to Us!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

DH and I celebrate 19 years of marriage today. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

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Alaska Gives the Finger to the Rule of Law

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

With 99% of the votes counted, convicted felon Ted Stevens (R-AK) appears to have won re-election to the US Senate.  I wish I could say I’m surprised.

Del asks in a comment below if this means Palin v. Begich in a special election.  Well, of course the Senate will have to boot Stevens first.  Or he’ll have to resign.  Mitch McConnell was talking big last week about a forcible removal, but that was back when he was in a tight re-election fight. Now that he’s pulled out a squeaker*, and no longer has to distance himself from the Republican party, he may change his tune.

Wheeler, you’re an attorney.  If Stevens goes to the Big House, can he still keep his Senate seat?  I almost think I’d prefer that to Sen. Palin.

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* Yes, I do consider 53-47 to be a squeaker when you’re the incumbent Minority Leader and your state went 58-41 for McCain.

Work!

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Sorry; it’s been a little crazy this week.  Lots of good stories out there that I haven’t posted.  I’ll catch up soon!

Surgical Hijinks

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Yesterday went very well for my mother (YAY!), but it was a comedy of errors for me.

Here’s the plan. Not that anything ever goes according to plan. My mother was to have her surgery at a hospital about 25 miles northwest of her hometown, which put it (sort of) on the way for me. So she found a friend to drive her, and I was to meet her there at 1:30 yesterday afternoon. While I was preparing to leave, she called to say that the hospital had had a cancellation and wanted her to come in a couple hours early. No problem, she said; her friend could stay with her until I arrived. So I finished packing and hit the road, figuring the surgery would be done by the time I arrived.

All went well until I exited the interstate.

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