Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Maximum Strength

(Here is my baby Eric at the Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh a few months ago.)

Okay, so I did not really need to see the movie "Religilous". I laughed too. I see the problems and incongruities. And I really didn't need to hear about the creationist museum with it's coexistent dinosaurs and cavemen... (Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.)

Maybe "back then" is like "how it is now". Is the whole internet false because some people have conspiracy theories?

It was amazing anybody could even write back then.

Maybe it's like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or "National Treasure" or "DaVinci Code", a mystery with red herrings and double meanings and you have to have the secret clues to see the path?

I don't know, I can't really see the path. All I know is the thing that you get with faith: Resources beyond what you actually have.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Turn That Frown Upside Down

In High School biology, my lab partner and I didn't get along at all. Everything I suggested, yielded an "Okaaaaayyyy...". Like, 'How dare you be such an idiot?' I wasn't thrilled to see him.

But halfway through the semester, I thought, "You know what? I don't care. I don't want the hassle. I don't want to hate my science class. It's not important to make an enemy. I am not going to not like him anymore." So I just cut off my dislike and started being normal and friendly. We didn't become best friends or anything but it was fine.

Anyway, I don't want to worry so much.

Funniest thing I saw "today": I found a receipt from the grocery store in my purse and noticed it said "LOL butter". Lots of Laughs Butter.

Monday, April 27, 2009


My Dad's blood pressure dropped way low this weekend and he's back in Toledo Hospital.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Time Travel 2

If I could go back to when I was little, I would explain to myself about growing. I would tell myself that the reason you can't have the same pretty dresses in 2nd grade that you had in 1st grade is that you are bigger now, and they won't fit you. I would tell me that "Goodwill" is a good thing and it helps other little kids who still wear size 6X. It's not one of those things that is supposed to sound good but is actually nasty, like "medicine".

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I Could Put Weights on Their Heads

Every morning I notice my kids getting taller and taller. My 14 year old is not even eye-level with me anymore. What can I do to stop this?

Friday, April 17, 2009

It's a Keeper

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(Don't worry, no spoilers! We wouldn't do that to you.)

I was thinking, when society goes kaput, and regular services are no longer needed, I could become a beekeeper. I guess I'd better start early. I don't suppose I'll be able to just hop online and order a kit. My next-door neighbors would love it. Free honey, at your own risk!

Actually, I don't have to change professions. Dystopian bookkeeping could be kind of fun!

"Good morning, sir. Our records show that you owe us a thousand dollars or two goats."

"Hey there! Here's your commission chicken!" : )

Monday, April 13, 2009

Or Because Steampunk is Sooo "In"

Does it seem like there are more trains lately? I mean a lot of trains, all day long. Trains so long they want to make you late for work? Maybe it's the cheap transportation or maybe because they're (maybe) greener?

You Can't See Him

...Unless you stand 18 inches away and let your eyes go out of focus a little bit.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Secret Life of Please

I'm sorry I've been in a little funk ever since I finished this tearjerker book and I took my mom for a haircut. It was very strange for me...

Things I Learned on Zappos

In five minutes of watching Zappos shoe orders in real time, I learned:

High heels are only popular in New York City. Thigh high boots are strangely popular in Boston considering the imminent Spring. Oregon loves their flip flops.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

When to Be Bad at Math

How to avoid unnecessary credit card debt: When you see a cute pantsuit marked down from $60 to $40, go ahead down a slippery slope and assume you won't be able to pay for it. Tack on 30% interest and a $40 late fee. Not so cute anymore! : )

Monday, April 6, 2009

These Games are Made for Walking

One of my friends told me about this young guy he helped get a job. He lent him Carhardts, tools, even work boots. When the young guy got his first paycheck, he bought an XBox an iPod and a Playstation. It didn't last long.

I stopped at the carryout on my way home Friday night. I was looking for change... "Take your time, no worries... Will there be anything else, ma'am?" Have you noticed how polite and professional all the new carryout clerks are with their grey hair?

It's bad enough for the people who try.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dug In

Here are the pea sprouts! (Hey cool, the crazy colors match my blog!) My husband and boys got the raised beds dug up and constructed and ready to go. We are holding ourselves back and will try not to plant too early...

We went to the Beni Hana style restaurant Sunday night. Eric pointed out the $10 kids menu so we took the boys too. It was a blast!

I've been trying to get caught up at work. Going there now... : )

Wednesday, April 1, 2009