Sunday, May 29, 2005

Friday 5-on Sunday

Well, it's been a bit crazy around here, so I guess that Friday came and went. Today, for your reading pleasure, Five things that make me happy.

1. The smell of cut grass on a warm sunny day.

2. Hanging clothes out on the line to dry in the sun.

3. Old covered bridges.

4. The smell of fresh bread baking in the kitchen

5. The three day weekend.

Friday, May 27, 2005

greetings and salutations

Welcome to the world little Aaron, your parents have waited a long, long time for your arrival. I can't wait to meet you.

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."
~Eda J. Le Shan

Thursday, May 26, 2005

rain rain go away

"I think fish is nice, but then I think that rain is wet, so who am I to judge?"
Douglas Adams

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

new record

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain. ~Author Unknown

Or lived through the coldest wetest May in 23 years in our state. (sigh)

I heard a theory that this was how the ice age started. I'm starting to wonder.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Bird Lady

SO I think I mentioned my "bird tree" as my kids call it.. a tree in my front yard that I've hung feeders of different types and sizes on because the birds flock to the tree why not feed them right? (my DH says the neighbors are going to start calling me the bird lady.. hmmmph)

Well I've been field testing a new kind of seed, and I've decided that for the few dollars more a bag it costs, the birds it brings to my tree are well worth it.

The past few days a male and female Rose Breasted Grosbeak see birdy here have been visiting my feeders. And they are just so pretty. This is the first time I've ever seen this kind of bird. I've decided this year I'm going to keep track and learn about the birds that visit my yard.

Now if only I could get rid of that pesky blue jay that scared them all away!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Friday Five 5/20

Well lookie that, it's Friday. Who knew?

1. I don't like sleeping late. I am one of those people, who if woken up any time after 8am (which I consider way late), figures the day is a bust. Even on my day's off.. I get up early. I like to be up early. I manage to get a lot done, and sometimes I even get some quiet me time.

2. I like cleaning. I know...sick isn't it? I get a satisfaction from cleaning. Besides, it calms me when things aren't going so hot. I like a clean uncluttered house.

3. Secretly, I like winter. Well, I take that back. I like winter when it starts. I like playing in the snow, and making snow men and sledding and snowball fights. I even enjoy shoveling (sometimes.) I love how the snow makes the trees and stuff look so pretty and serene. But you know what they say about too much of a good thing.. and winter definitely lasts way to long.

Where art thou May?

Just in case anyone else is keeping track with me.. 23 more days of school. 23 more.. LONG.. DAYS. Glad this week is over.

So my calendar says it's spring. In fact, spring started sometime a long while back. The high's for this weekend are in the upper 50's. Yes, I said 50's. WTF? I'm tired of being cold, I'm tired of wearing sweaters and.. well I'm just tired. Is it beer-thirty yet?

On a funnier note.. we were investigating a wet spot on the lower playground at school today to determine if it was in fact a vernal pool. If you don't know what this is, it's an area that turns into a small wet habitat in the spring and dries up once the warm hot weather gets here. In the meantime small shrimps and frogs and all sorts of creatures call it home.

You set the tone Carter

Farewell Dr. Carter. The ER will miss you!

A rich portrayal's final scenes
Thursday, May 19, 2005

Star-Ledger Staff

I've been watching Noah Wyle on "ER" for 11 years, but for some reason, I'm always surprised by how strong he is. That's high praise, but well deserved. The actor, who ends his run on the show tonight, is a quiet pro whose excellence sneaks up on you.

Consider last week's episode, in which Wyle's character, Dr. John Carter, made an impulsive trip to Paris. The stated reason was to visit the ill mother of his ex-lover, Kem (Thandie Newton). But Carter was really there to see Kem, an elegant beauty who fell for Carter while they were doing missionary work in the Congo, then bore him a son who died.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

CBS Fall Line-Up

what's hot and what's not

Well.. Joan of Arcadia has been axed.. which is too bad. I must confess that I had a hard time watching it in the Friday 8pm timeslot. I believe that if CBS wanted that show to thrive they would've moved it elsewhere before just kicking it to the curb. But alas, such is naught.

Two and a half men got picked up again, which thrills me to no end. With so many drama's on TV now, you need a good laugh once in a while. Yes Dear is on the fall line up too, so they must've realized that we really do like that show and missed it. I watch reruns on my treadmill during the winter.

How I met your mother is a new flashback show about a single guy looking for a wife.Doesn't say who is staring or give more details.. not sure about this one.

Then we have a few more suspense shows, another sitcom about a family and a Military drama about members of a comando unit and their fams. Interesting. Don't think I'll pick that up mid-season at all.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The word for today is peevish

grump·y Pronunciation Key (grmp)

adj. grump·i·er, grump·i·est

Surly and peevish; cranky.

nuff said

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Wee Willie Winkie

OMG.. let me just state, that we only have 26 more days of school left, which means that I am so damn tired and worn out that I'm lucky I know my name right now.

Lookie what I found today: (just be forewarned, we handcrafters are a twisted lot)

she's got big balls

and of course, that sends me off to scrummage up my other fav:

what those Scot's really have on under their kilts

Sunday, May 15, 2005

The great TV debate

So, I've been hooked on Survivor since the very first episode of season 1. Even when I had to tape them and watch them on a different night, I have seen every single episode there has been to see.

This year, I got hooked hard on Desperate Housewives. I just love the catty women and their issues.

Tonight we realized that the season finale of Survivor was on at the same time as "our housewives". And we had the great "what do we watch" discussion. Survivor won, but I almost wish we had just skipped it and watched the wives.

I really really wanted Stephanie to win. Out of everyone on this season, she was the one who most deserved to win in my opinion. Tom is ok enough.. but really the past few weeks I just haven't cared much about who was left. I have to admit, out of all the Survivor seasons, this one has been my least favorite. The way it played out, the people, the dominating tribe.. the whole bit. I just haven't much cared for it at all.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Friday Five

If I could be a painter, I would travel all over the United States (and then the world) and set up in fields and in front of interesting looking places and paint them. I would have an easel that was old and wooden and paint spattered, and I would bring along a tiny bud vase so that I could put a bunch of wildflowers next to me on a small table for inspiration.

If I could be a farmer I would live in an old charming farmhouse and raise chickens and cows and even have a few pigs. I would get a horse that would be my best bud and we'd take long rides out through the farm together. I would grow my own food and create a lovely room on the porch and live outside during the summer.

Thursday, May 12, 2005


So my dh, in his infinite wisdom set up all the computers in the house to have microsoft messenger.. but just with each other. His reasoning is that he can kick my son off the computer at night without having to yell across the house (read, get his arse out of his desk chair). Ok, I follow that.

Except my kids can see when I log onto my computer, and they harrass me. My son at least will type a pestering of questions he expects answered. My daughter however just sends a battery of annoying little microsoft icons. And nonsense. There is no back and forth conversation. Just a huge disruption of my limited time to get my work done.

Tell me again whyyyyyyyyy we have to have this set up?? Men!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005


You ever have one of those moments that just kind of smacks you up the side of the head like a brick. Kind of like a light bulb moment.. but bigger.

Tonight was our monthly PTO meeting and during the course of the meeting we talked about 6th grade graduation. And how when we were in school, you only graduated from Jr. High and HS. And that got me to thinking about Baccalaureate, which always makes me misty because my group of friends who were the most awesome singers EVER did a rendition of Billy Joel's "And so it Goes" kind of as a going away present to the class. And I can never think of graduation without thinking of that and humming to myself. NEVER.

So FFWD 4 hours, and I'm poking around on my computer, bideing time until bed.. and I check out my friend Carly's blog that I haven't read all weekend, and lo and behold.. she posts about Billy Joel. And lyrics to one of his songs (I am a huge fan.. I have all his stuff) and at the very bottom of her post.. is a tiny footnote that says "And So it Goes" is by far his best song ever. You can check out her blog over in my links.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Bring on the Off!

Well, it finally stopped raining and the warm sunny days have arrived. And along with them, the mayflies. It's a little known fact, but our state bird isn't actually a bird. It's a mayfly. Mayflies are actually more obnoxious than mosquitoes if you can imagine that. And the amazing thing is the little buggers only live one day. Just long enough to make your life hell, and then die. This little tidbit came from google:

Most adults are delicate insects with a very short lifespan. They do not feed (mouthparts are vestigial), and some species emerge, reproduce, and die in a single day. Males generally fly in swarms that undulate in the air 5-15 meters above the ground. Females fly into the swarm and are quickly grabbed by a male. Copulation takes place in flight, and the female usually lays her clutch of eggs within minutes or hours. Males die shortly after mating; females usually die soon after oviposition.

Personally, I could do without them at all. But in the meantime, bring on the Off!

Friday, May 06, 2005

Friday 5- May 6th

Well hell, it's been a whole week since my last post. It's been crazy trying to get ready for my daughters first communion (that we just found out she was making on Mother's Day.. last Thursday. Sheesh) and I just haven't.. ok. No excuses, I get it.

On to the Friday Five:

1. Up until 2.5 years go, I had never had a beer. My BIL handed me a Corona with Lime and told me to "just try it" and I was hooked. No cheap beer for me baby.

2. I sing in the shower. I sing in the car alone by myself. I sing at the supermarket and other stores as I'm walking down the isles. I sing with my headphones on while I'm doing yard work and I don't care who hears me. I enjoy singing.