Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
1. I get very overwhelmed by messes. And lord, do I make big ones. We're talking a bowl of spaghetti doing a 180 and landing on my white couch. Or an open liter of soda tipping over on the floorboard of my car while I'm trapped in traffic. Or shredded carrots in an open blender...flying everywhere. It is all too tempting for me to just walk away. Yep, you heard correctly. I have to fight the urge to simply abandon any large mess I make, knowing my husband will do it for me. Not a great example to set for the kids, but maybe the lesson they'll take away is to always do the bidding of the woman in the house.
2. I drug my kids. Well, not really. I don't drug both...only one. And only on special occasions. I do it for the general well-being of the entire family, I assure you. If left UN-drugged, my son will wake up at 3:00 a.m. on Christmas morning, or on his birthday, or on Ground Hog Day, for that matter. He will be a complete basket case, making us all miserable, and by dawn on any of the aforementioned holidays, we will have opened all the presents, eaten all the food, fights will have broken out and no one will be speaking to each other. So, one little pill at bedtime, and we are all sleeping soundly until a much more reasonable hour, waking refreshed to begin our holiday cheer. Which leads me to...
3. I hate all holidays. I don't know if they tap into some subconscious childhood disappointment or what, but I get cranky and mean and can't seem to enjoy myself. I liken it to PMS. Let's call it PHS, just to make light of a serious and disturbing issue. I can't seem to help myself... Every year, even with my son in a drug-induced coma, I get evil. I just want it all over with. My poor family...by noon every Christmas Day, the tree is taken out to the trash, all the decorations are packed up and all signs of jolliness are GONE.
4. I waste. I leave the lights on. I go through paper towels like they are... disposable. I use tin foil once and ONLY once. BUT...
5. I am going green. Slowly. I have switched all my lightbulbs to those awful spirally ones that can apparently kill everyone in a 10 mile radius, if shattered. Which has happened in my home at least twice in the past six months (see fact #1).
6. When I am in a bad mood, I eat. So I am off to comfort myself with a carton of ice cream (and YES, I am going to dig out all the chunks and cookies and caramel ribbons selfishly and shamelessly!)...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Many of you have read the crazy tales of my courtship, and it is therapeutic for me to recount them (reminds me that I may have a reason or two to like my husband, which is always good)...
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
"Here are the rules: The exchange focuses on doing an act of kindness without expecting anything in return other than that the recipient will, in their turn, pass the kindness along and pay it forward in their own way. This is how it works... I am going to agree to send something fun, inspiring or uplifting to the first 3 bloggers who post a comment on this entry (please leave your email address if I don't all ready have it.).
In turn you will then post about this on your blog, link to me, then send something to the first three people who sign up to play along through your blog. There are no cost restraints, but don't go crazy! The little something you send can be something you made, bought, were given or found. No biggie, just a gift that will make the person smile. Maybe something unique from where you live? And remember that kindness doesn't have to involve money; there are untold ways to help others every single day, everywhere you go - just look around."
So get to it... Leave me a comment telling me you are ready and willing to give and receive. And if you aren't so lucky as to be one of the first three, feel free to go ahead extend a kind word or deed today, without expecting a darn thing in return. "What's in it for me?" is a no-no. Got it?
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
But just when Lovely Mama Bear was getting discouraged and wondering if it might be time for her to "develop an allergy", things suddenly turned around! Believe it or not, Moody Teen Bear was the easiest to win over. He and Pepper happened to be outside at the same time one day, which was a fortuitous coincidence. In no time, Moody Teen Bear was chasing her around the yard and playing fetch with her. He was impressed by her actual dog-like qualities that Ginger, the lazy lab never fully embraced.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Over the past few years, as the boys have gotten older, I have noted (what I am hoping is) a satirical tone in their costume choices. Last year's are hardly worth posting, but in the name of full disclosure, here they are: