Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Here you see Thing Two bravely trying a roti from the very first batch I ever made in my whole life. I was inspired by Lime. I also found a lot of helpful tips here.
Here is Thing One hauling in the trismas tree. Awwwa, isn't he big and strong and handsome?
Lastly, here you see the Princess in the snow. She cannot even walk in the snow, it's too deep, so she sort of gallups along in a completely ridiculous manner. It's quite amusing. One down side of having a dog with hair instread of fur is that it does not shed snow. Poor Ariella, she keeps trying to pee on the porch so she doesn't have to go 4 wheeling.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is a piece of wrapping paper that the Things decorated with snowmen and christmas trees, I helped too.
Here is a little box I painted for Thing Two to use with his Legos and action figures and such.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
2,400 were killed and 1,178 were injured that day.
Here are some photos and the you can listen to Roosevelt's address to both houses of Congress too.
While perusing Pearl Harbor info online I found this, which I found interesting and heartwarming in an incredibly sad way.
War SOOO sucks
Dick Fiske, a bugler on the U.S.S. West Virginia, wasn’t the only Pearl Harbor
survivor in his family. His father, Frank Fiske, was the Navy chief commissary
steward on the U.S.S. Tangier, and his brother Frank Fiske, Jr., was an Army
medic at Schofield Barracks. Dick Fiske was one of many servicemen to have
family at Pearl Harbor. The U.S.S. Arizona carried 36 sets of brothers (33 pairs
and three sets of three) and one father-son pair. When she was bombed on
December 7, 1941, 24 of those sets and the father-son pair died. Less than a
month later five Sullivan brothers—George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and
Albert—from Waterloo, Iowa, joined the Navy hoping to serve together. A friend
of theirs had been killed on the Arizona, and they wanted to fight. The
Sullivans were assigned to the U.S.S. Juneau, which was sunk by a Japanese
submarine on November 13, 1942, during the Battle of Guadalcanal. All five
Sullivan brothers were killed. At that time the Navy and other military branches
began to consider separating brothers in combat. In July 1942 the Navy forbade
commanding officers from forwarding requests from brothers to serve on the same
ship or station. Mandatory separation of brothers already serving together was
considered, but no action was taken. On October 26, 1944, the War Department
announced a new policy to remove surviving sons from the hazards of combat. If a
family had lost two or more sons in the armed forces and had only one surviving
son, either the family or the son could apply for him to be removed from
hazardous duties. This policy is still in effect today, but Navy family members
can serve together on the same ship. —Marisa Larson
Monday, December 01, 2008
Today a judge ruled that he is eligible for unemployment, yay! Of course it is going to take a while to get here, but it's nice to know it's coming.
Also, barring any complications, it seems he has a new job! YAY!
We aren't sure when he will be starting, but just knowing that soon, someday very soon, he will toddle off to work EVERY SINGLE WEEKDAY, it's very comforting.
I would hate to imply that every individual moment spent in the company of Mr. Logo is not a universe of joy and delight, and yet somehow, I'm really looking forward to him not being here ALL the time.
In other news, I slipped down my porch steps like a cartoon character (I was wearing Mr. Logo's slippers, and just as the name implies, they were slippy!) just over a week ago and smacked my ribs and my head but I am all better :D yay!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday we went to Tahoma National Cemetery.
Seeing the very young military men who performed the rifle salute, flag ceremony, and played taps, working with the quite elderly VFW volunteers who officiated was perfect. The holders of the past and the future working together in the present to honor those of their ranks who have died.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
He was my last living grandparent. He was born in New York in 1919.
and most of the current gang just last month, at Grampa's birthday party.
My gramma passed away back in November, 1995.
My grampa was an amazing man, and one who loved his family, life, and laughing.
Friday, October 31, 2008
It was in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In addition to my passion for Annie Lennox I will confess, I am a bit of a LOTR fan. I don't always love movie music, but sometimes it's just enjoyable stuff, like this.
Anyway, I've been really enjoying this song lately.
(I have to add a geek note. Though I make no claims to musical competence, it seems to be that Howard Shore did some amazing things with the sound tracks of these movies. I have no idea what he is doing these days but I hope he isn't starving in some tiny, drafty flat with a bunch of kids).
OK, and it's only barely Friday but here are 55 words.
I love my country.
I wish I could be proud of my fellow citizens, all of them,
but I can’t.
I love our rights.
I love our freedoms.
I believe in personal responsibility.
I believe we are our brothers’ keepers.
I hate the pettiness and prejudices recently brought to light.
I can’t wait for Tuesday!
Monday, October 27, 2008
She went all wacky with it and since I'm actually doing it on the exact same day I thought I should probably at least do it in a different style.
I shall attempt to play this one straight.
Wish me luck!
Where do I buy my clothes?
I'm not a big fan of the shopping, as some of you may recall, although I do love saving money. Often my clothing comes from secondhand shops, Ross, or TJ Maxx.
If I going to buy new I often do it online. Lands End Overstocks, baby, yeah!
Where did my furniture come from?
My furniture...hmmm, well, my bedroom set was passed on to us by my husband's family. We have supplemented with Pier One type finds (sometimes at Ross).
One of the kids' dressers and one small book shelf was passed on from my family.
My breakfast room table, hall tree, fruit stand, corner table, and living room coffee table all came home with us from Italy.
My buffet was found in a garden shop, on it's last little leg. I sanded it for about two weeks straight, my uncle replaced the veneer on top and we replaced the bottoms of the drawers. We also replaced all the hardware and covered up the damaged cupboard corners. It was a lot of work, but we are very pleased with it.
The dining room table, wall table, and end table all came from an antique mall.
The kids' beds, night stands, one dresser, our computer armoire, living room book shelves, and our TV stand were all d-i-y projects to one extent or another.
My school room book shelves were slated for disposal when the Navy bookstore in Naples moved. The staff happily sent the thing home with us when Mr. Logo voiced some interested. We have some oddly shaped shelves in the school room we got that way as well.
We have a desk handed down by an auntie, a coffee table that was once a missile crate, and a table from Mr. Logo's mom.
The rest of it we bought here and there at unimportant furniture stores that steal the soul of humanity with their faceless conformity.
Where do I live?
I live in a house, in the woods, near the Puget Sound, in Washington state, in the United States, in North America, Earth, Milky Way Galaxy.
All time favorites are too hard, so let’s just talk about current favorites. The Things and I just read Island of the Blue Dolphins, which was pretty good. I read Eating Heaven this weekend, which was enjoyable, but the current favorite is The Pig Scrolls.
I’m in a 6 hour BBC Pride and Prejudice frame of mind.
According to Rob, my favorite tune in the CNN theme music.
Favorite TV show?
Life, Heroes, and My Own Worst Enemy are my favorites at the moment
Who gets hit?
In the grand karmic sense, those who deserve it.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Seriously, could our potential leaders PLEASE try to grow a little dignity and address matters of national and international importance with some sense that the American public deserves honesty and clear answers rather than bluster and word salad?
Lewis Black says a monkey should choose our president.
A friend of mine says all elections should be held with a phone book, a blindfold, and a stick pin.
Since we are revamping that whole free market capitalism idea, maybe we should take a look at our election system too.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
So here is a pic
Six days into this I feeling horribe I finally decided to run to the doctor.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items.
You can only pick one thing from the following departments, what is it?
Produce: Bok choi, baby, because it's fun to say!
Frozen: Vanilla bean ice cream
Meat: Pork tenderloin
Dairy: Extra sharp cheddar
Canned goods: Canned whole chicken
Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what's in your bag?
If I was to listen in on one of your conversations throughout the day, what 4 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
"It's a thingy, a fiendish thingy!"
"Fine, go, you've stayed your hour."
"OK, I love you, buh bye."
Stop harassing your brother!
So, what 4 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do, you probably wouldn't be in the best mood?
Inhaling and/or exhaling
Spending a few quality moments on my own
You're driving down the road, and suddenly you're hit with this sense of road rage.
What 3 factors probably contributed to it?
I don't really do road rage, but if I were to experience a passing sense of exasperation it would probably be because:
Someone tried to kill me through blantant stupidity,
Someone is driving as if they are the only person on the road, OR
The person in front of me is weaving around, going 15 mph under the speed limit, has had their blinker on for the last 5 minutes and they are talking on their cell phone.
Sweet, you just scored a whole afternoon to yourself. We're talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?
Roaming a museum,
going for a motorcycle ride,
taking a nap
We're going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?
You just scored tickets to the taping of any show that comes on T.V. of your choice. You can pick 4, so what are you going to see?
The Daily Show
The Price is Right (Damn you, Bob Barker, damn you!! Threw that in there for old timers, if you want to catch up, you'd have to go here)
You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?
Dulce de leche
Somebody stole your purse/wallet…in order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what's in there?
Member's card to the Pacific Science Center
Stamp card to my tea shop
You are at a job fair, and asked in what areas you are interested in pursuing a career. Let's pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted, so what 4 careers would be fun for you?
Queen of Everything
If you could go back and talk to the old you, when you were in high school, and inform yourself of 4 things, what would you say?
This too shall pass.
The wedge hair style of the early 90s will be better in concept than reality, skip that.
Look both ways before crossing, dumbass!
Rice is not like waffles, you don't have to have a rice maker.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
It's been amazing how well she's healed.
Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Unfortunately, they lived about 75 miles away from each other.
They wrote letters to each other, and kept in touch. They only managed to see each other once a year or so for a long time.
they learned to drive.
They would go and visit each other for weekends, and during the summer.
When they grew up they finally got to live in the same town for a while.
When Logo had her first baby her friend Stephanie was there with her,
and 8 months later Stephanie had her first baby.
Years went by, more babies were born, and across continents and oceans,
the two of them remained kindred souls.
Today, my friend sits in the pediatric wing of a hospital in Spokane with her daughter Megan.
Megan is 8, and her neck was broken in a tubing accident on the river over there while they were on vacation.
I am on my way over there.
All prayers, good thoughts, or well-wishes are very welcome.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Oh, key point, and it didn't make us sick or anything!
These are baby birds that have been growing in our yard. This is the second batch from that nest. Mama robin is unstoppable! Also, she has quite an attitude.
This is my Thing Two at a museum. He loves the interactive displays. They have little fisher...person outfits for the children to try on and then they can board the trawler and make like they are starring in The Deadliest Catch, with less swearing though, I hope.
Here is my motorcyclin' galpal and I when we were out on our ride last week. Good tmes.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Waaaaaaaay back in the mists of time (some of you may recall the days) the VStar was merely a wish, a hope, a dweam within a dweam.
Then one day, about a year and a half ago, my darling Mr. Logo bought me the bike of my fantasies, and there was much rejoicing.
I do so love riding my Red Molly. We are planning to ride Chuckanut Drive. In addition to being fun to say, it's also beautiful, and it is also fun to ride, much with the twisties :D
Oh and just as a shout out to the internets at large:
759 spam mails in 8 hours? Chill the **** out, would you?!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I went to See Mama Mia!
Merle Streep was great, of course, and the interaction between her and her two friends was so much fun to watch. Pierce Brosnan gets an A for effort and a polite request that he never ever again make those faces while singing.
My latest attempt to go golfing was thwarted by rain, which was tiresome, but instread my pal and I went out to eat and roamed an outlet shopping mall. There may have been mocking.
While sorting through Netflix, attempting to find appropriate family viewing, we happened upon the A Team and Knight Rider. We watched the pilot episodes of both shows. Thing One enjoyed them both but Thing Two definitely preferred Knight Rider. Mr. Logo and I, in a fine display of SNL damage, both turned to each other as the credits were running and said in unison,
"Germans LOVE David Hasselhoff."
Trying to explain why that is funny resulted in one of those, "I guess you had to be there" moments. My children exchanged looks that clearly indicated they think their parents are at least mildly retarded. Ahhh, the joys of family life.
Tomorrow Thing One heads off to camp for a week. I have plans for another girl's day out on the motorcycles.
I can't believe summer is almost over.
What the heck happened??
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
No! It has nothing to do with lacking personal inspiration and original thought, thank you very much! No, really, it doesn't, I swear.
The idea is to write your first reaction to the prompt and not change it.
1. My 'ex' is still.... not someone I keep track of, there is a reason he became an 'ex.'
2. I am listening to... The Mountain playing Beck, I'm a Loser
3. Maybe I should... let my husband live, maybe.
4. I love... that Thing One scored as post high school level in most language art subjects in his end of school year testing, he just finished 6th grade (Thing Two finished out the 3rd grade testing the vocabulary and listening skills of a seventh grader. Much is explained, I should have KNOWN he was listening about as well as a 12 year old, just kidding, I am very proud of him). As a home school teacher that especially makes me happy.
5. My best friend(s)... are a blessing.
6. I don't understand... why.
7. I've lost my respect for... Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, oh wait...
8. I last ate... saucepan brownies, from a recipe courtesy of Lime, mmmmm.
9. The meaning of my display name is.... I love words! I love to read them, write them, hear them, speak them. I love me some words!
10. Love is.... a four letter word.
11. Someday.... I will be a librarian.
12. I will always... know what you did last summer.
13. Love seems to be...more complicated than the press release indicates. Maybe we are still in the beta testing stage?
14. I never ever want to lose.... my keys.
15. My mobile phone is.... waiting for your call. You never call, you never write, don't you love me any more?
16. When I woke up this morning... I rolled over and tried to ignore the talking. It's Saturday, dang it!
17. I get annoyed at/with.... selfishness.
18. Parties…. should be fun, not stuffy. Take note
19. My pets... are never as much trouble as people.
20. Kisses... feed the soul.
Monday, July 21, 2008
In 2 months Thing Two has grown 3/4 of an inch. I thought he looked taller when he got back from camp so I had to check. Thing One had grown as well.
The amount of food the two of them consume could fuel a small army.
I watched The Notebook ~ gah, THAT was an emotional wringer.
We have mountains of the never-ending mundane and few possibly earth-shaking situations in the works. Life just keeps happening, hm?
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
and viola, you have freezer jam. Delish!