A very poor attempt at taking a pic of the sunset from over my laptop at 5:35 am
Friday, July 31, 2009
A very poor attempt at taking a pic of the sunset from over my laptop at 5:35 am
Monday, July 27, 2009
- Beer bottle bag windchime [not ours, but pretty cool]
- Minivan Nascar Race
- Stalker [this is toooo good, can't wait to explain]
- Beautiful weather, sleeping is divine
- Miss Lizzie ROCKS!
- So does the cute little thrift Store Lady - who wasn't at the thrift store
- Nicest site neighbors - but a lot of them left this morning :(
- It is absolute Pug-a-Palooza down here...I have never seen so many, so cute
- We forgot towels. Who does that? lol [Pooldad owns this, he admits]
- The produce is sublime - mmmmmmmmmm
Okay' I am going back to my beer. Hope everyone is having a great week. Talk to you in a few.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I hope you all have a wonderful week - see ya' later.
[I have disabled comments while I am gone. :) ]
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Who knew vacation could be this stressful. Add in Lupus and Oh Joy. Jeesh.
I have to make lists. Lots o' lists. Lists I am usually good at, but don't want to bother with now and oh, hell. What to do? Am I going to remember the cutting board? Better yet - bug spray? Shampoo? Tent stakes? Is my tent going to blow away? Chairs? Do we have 4? Where the heck is the tablecloth? Do we need the tablecloth? Oh yeah...seagull poop...needed. Uh...how many pots? Where is the metal filter for the coffee pot? What meals are we eating at the campground and eating out? Where DO we eat out? Does lunch meat keep in a watery cooler?
Questions, questions, questions and lists, lists, lists.
I have a confession. You have to understand that since my diagnosis in January 2008 I have pretty much imprisoned myself in our home. I can count on two hands how many times I have been out of the house in 20 months. If you read through my archives you will see...it seems more than it is but it really isn't much. I have developed an irrational fear of my disease and the public and now it is manifesting itself in my inability to plan, work, do ANYTHING for this vacation. Well, except order really cool stuff online for it!
Now I am whining. How nice. Which comes to the "winging it" part ....
How dangerous do y'all think it is if I just wing this trip? I mean how bad can it be if I forget the camp stove? Right? Or the sleeping bags? It can't be that bad in NC at this time of year, correct? So we don't have the broom to get the sand out of the tent, so what? Can't I cook everything on the Coleman mini grill? No? Pajamas? Can't we sleep in bathing suits? No? Who are y'all the fashion police and food patrol? [That is inner monologue Tadpoles/my split personality, no offense] Don't question my choices. Because? I am winging it. I think. [Nice commitment Skippy!] Well, I can admit to one thing -the coffee is already in the van. It has been in the van for a week because, dude, you do not want to wake up to a non -caffeinated Eldest. Ever.
As for the "bringing it" - I think I can manage two tents, four beds, two lanterns, a cooler, 3 of my family members [bonus! 'specially since the big guy drives ;)] and uh...chairs with flip flops? The rest of shit better pack itself. I don't want to deal with dishes, pots, knives, fishing poles, towels, sheets, lanterns, food, drinks, ice, ziploc bags, spices, reservation papers or anything.
In addition? I don't want to have an hour tutorial with my neighbors on the intricacies of how to take care of a 110 lb lap dog with a bladder/shedding problem and a 25 lb Hitler youth. These poor people. There isn't enough cash or gift cards that are going to make up for how much pain they are in for next week. Ha. I will be adopting Doohicky before this trip is over.
I swear I am not a control freak - but I can't escape the feeling if I don't oversee the last tent stake we are going to arrive in NC without ...I don't know. Wallene? I can see this happening.
This vacation can just...well... bite my behind. It may be the last one I take and I think that is the onus that is bearing on me, but I am tired and it hasn't even started.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
It is 3:20 am and I was awake anyway. Insomnia. Now I am just scared.
I know I have mentioned that I live with an Elementary School abutting our property. I have mentioned the kids/adults that choose to play/goof off/light fireworks/etc. on this property after it is dark - 9 pm, 10 pm all the way to the wee hours of the morning.
Additionally, we have had two hostage situations in our area lately. Actually, two in the past two days. One was less then 15 minutes from us. A guy robbed a jewelry store and held an elderly couple for over 8 hours, at gunpoint, until he surrendered.
I was sitting here perusing the 'net and I suddenly see, out the window straight ahead, overlooking the playgrounds and ballfield, a police car, lights blaring, but no sound. My attention was peaked. I stepped out on the deck and sure enough the policeman gets out of the car and searchlights the area. Suddenly a helicopter [HELICOPTER?!] came into view. I freaked out and ran inside - thinking robber, hostage taker, etc. I woke up Pooldad and we locked up tight. Scooby has given us a false sense of security I think.
I sat. Watching out the window. The helicopter landed in the field. I was thinking that someone was hurt - perhaps an Emergency helicopter? 10 minutes passed and the helicopter took off. Police cars left.
I wish my heart would stop beating so fast. I hope if someone is hurt they will be okay. If it was a person out to hurt my neighbors I hope the cops caught them.
Damn. What the hell is going on?
[My apologies for the tenses - I am a bit wigged out right now.]
ETA: Pooldad went to the grocery store this afternoon [Sunday] and the store was all abuzz about the cops/helicopter. It appears as tho' there was a homicide in our neighborhood last night. Oh joy. :( Here is the article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/19/AR2009071901014.html
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The youngest, Halloween 1999.
This is one of my favorite costumes I made. Pooldad found the pic' tonight while digging through other stuff.
Here is the ruse, tho'. We have to pay [at minimum] a $30.00 sitting fee. This is to take the pics - no problem if I was going to purchase from this company. I do understand sitting fees. My problem is if you DON'T use this company your child's picture will not be in the yearbook.
Why do I have to pay $30.00 to assure my daughter is going to be in a yearbook I will then pay $100.00 for later this year?
Does that seem fair? I think there should be an option for parents that just want the drape/cap and gown in the yearbook that doesn't cost a penny. Don't the upcoming Seniors have a right to be in the yearbook for free?
Someone correct me if I am wrong about this, but seriously? It just feels like extortion.
Monday, July 13, 2009
But! We can all admit to indulging once and awhile in a fast food fix, right? Well, if you crave the decandence of Arby's, McD's, Dunkin Donuts et al then why not get it for free, right?
The blog I have spent the last few hours devouring [hee ;) ] is GrubGrade. It reviews a lot of fast food, but also local places recommended by readers and others. But, the best part? They frequently blog about free food give-a-ways weekly. It is awesome. Go to Arby's buy a drink and get a sandwich? B-O-N-U-S! They posted about National Donut Day [which I missed - sadly] and did you know that Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme both had free donuts that day? Yes! These are the kind of deals you can read about!
If you like fast food and a good deal you should bookmark the site and find out when your next fix is going to be free!
PS - They also have a cute feature written by BearSilber called "RememBear" where he details food loves of his childhood - it is a great read and brings back a lot of memories for me. Enjoy!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
After the Eldest returned home from her mini vacation in Rhode Island she immediately jumped into her volunteer gig at the local Girl Scout Camp. Long days in the heat led to early bedtimes all week, so we didn't see her much and last night she spent the night at a friend's house.
Wallene went to work with Dad on Friday for the Annual Yard Party while I stayed home and [it seemed] spent all day answering the phone for the litany of friends that called for her. By the time she arrived home she had not one, but two sleepovers scheduled for this weekend. She, too, is not at home at the moment.
You would think that Pooldad and I did something fun last night, wouldn't you? Nah....we spent all day yesterday watching the "Harry Potter" marathon on TV and I read blogs. Boring! We didn't even have something fun for dinner :( It was a complete waste of a day without children.
I did find an interesting blog tho'. I love reading food/restaurant review blogs [my fav' is FeistyFoodie] and eventhough I will never make it to the restaurants mentioned [Yvo is in NYC for example] I love the food porn. The blog I found is called Would I buy it again? The two gentlemen that write it live in Indiapolis and review local joints and a lot of fast food. What peaked my interest and kept me reading is the amount of food one of the writers eats. OMG - Although he has lost 150 lbs [yay him!] he still writes that he can eat a 8 piece bucket of KFC chicken. Wow. At a pizza buffet he ate 10 pieces of pizza! Really? I don't doubt him but isn't that a little extreme? Even Pooldad, who I consider a big guy and healthy eater, cannot eat like that, nor would he want to. :)
ETA: I had to change the # of pieces - it was 8, not 10. :) Still, wicked impressive.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Anyway - above is an example of one of the ornaments I sent. It is a hand poured, glazed porcelain base with a Christmas themed rub-on. I kept this one because we have snowmen on our tree.
Last night I wrapped them all up in pretty Christmas paper, tagged 'em and packaged them to be mailed. I even decorated the envelopes with Christmas stickers. It was fun!
I hope everyone likes them. And with this swap I am completely finished with swap-bot.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I have already posted about this but at the time did not name the roofing company on my blog.
I do, however, have an account at Yelp.com and posted about it there, giving them one star. Imagine my surprise when the owner of Pond Roofing left a comment on my review basically calling me a liar. She was nice about it tho' and said, instead, I was "factually incorrect."
Sorry Ms. Pond but you need to check with your employees. I couldn't have made this up if I tried.
First is my review [which I updated yesterday] and then is her comment. Please notice it is a one line disclaimer and then she goes on about how wonderful and steadfast her company is. I did email her but have yet to hear back regarding how I am factually incorrect **cough** lying.
Be warned - if you set up an estimate they will neglect to tell you that the estimate will START at $625 and escalate from there.
The will give you an estimate for free but to come fix the roof the initial cost is $625 to begin work.
We were not told this when setting up an appointment for an estimate [thanks Heather] and when the gentleman came out and informed us - without even looking at our roof - that the estimate would start at $625 we kindly asked him to return his ladder to his truck and move along.
We need a few shingles replaced - the roof is only 12 years old. This is not a high dollar fix - but the company insists on a "trip charge" that is astronomical.
ETA July 7, 2009: Yes it happened EXACTLY as I described. When I phoned the office after the roofer left I asked "Why weren't we told about the $625 charge" The reply was UNEQUIVOCALLY "You should have been." It was stated EXACTLY in those words.
Betsy? You need to check your employees - those that set up appointments, those that come out for estimates and the person that answers the phone when I call back to inquire about the charge.
This happened EXACTLY as I stated and I resent being called a liar.
Comment from Betsy P. of Pond Roofing Co Inc 7/7/2009 The reviewer is factually incorrect. The events did not happen as described. Pond Roofing has never offered a minimum of $675. We have served Northern Virginia since 1964 and have been recognized as one of the top roofing companies by CheckBook Magazine and the online consumer List. We welcome any and all comments and questions about our services.
Betsy Pond, President
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I have written about our Chessie's pechant for baked goods. Seems he is now a houdini. In addition to the two plates of cinnamon rolls he consumed he has now added not one, but two apple pies .
He snagged one plate of cinnamon rolls off of the back of the stove. The second pan he got off the toaster which we thought was too high for him. Then we decided we would be smart and put Daddy's birthday pie in the pantry. Nope. He broke the door handle and managed to eat his first pie. Off Wallene went the next day to make another pie for Daddy.
This pie went on a higher shelf in the pantry. Ha! The dog laughed at us. He ate that one too. I have no idea how because that shelf is as high as my head and I am 5'8.
We have decided that the pie we are making tonight is going to be a chocolate mousse pie, which we can put in the refrigerator.
With a lock on it. :D heehee
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
He didn't change my life nor did he cross the chasm of racism. He sang and danced. And sold more records then anyone.
Give me a break.
So the flip what?
There were several people that didn't belong there... but I will point out the one that was the biggest mistake, IN MY OPINION.
His 11 year old daughter.
Who the heck puts an 11 year old on the stage to tout her Father when she has no Mother that exists in the picture? A Mother to comfort and love her, to be there.
Sure. She has Aunts and Uncles that were more concerned that she "speak up" [did you see how many hands shot out to adjust the mike for the poor kid?] Her "family" was too concerned that she was heard...she said two lines and broke down. Horrible and didn't belong there. But boy the Jackson Family looked awesome!!! While their lil' niece wept for her Father. How nice.
What a stunning end that was orchestrated by the Jackson family to show "OH MY what a loving Father" Michael Jackson was. [Which I don't doubt for a minute, but it shouldn't have been orchestrated this way with his poor daughter.]
His kids were never taken away from him through all his tribulations so I am sure they were well taken care of - but I call BULL on the Jacksons for forcing her to do this.
You never put a small child - and that is what she is - up in front of a crowd to say a few words about her father. It made me so sad for her.
RIDICULOUS. But boy won't it sell the video.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Okay - yesderday - a couple of observations:
- I know amusement parks are expensive. I understand that. But I find it ridiculous that Six Flags charges the following fees: To purchase your tickets online, at their website, they charge an extra $5. Upon arriving parking is $15 for regular or $20 for preferred - this surprised me. The highest fee, though? $15 for a locker so your wallet and cellphone don't get wet on the rides or stolen from your car. [We took the chance on hiding them in the car.] Otherwise the food and games cost what I thought they would and why we packed a lunch and only splurged on an order of fries and an ice cream to share.
- Did you know they serve beer at the park? We didn't purchase any, but I thought it was a fun idea if you wanted a cold one. Bonus to know if we ever go without the kids. [Surprisingly there weren't any drunk people running around.]
- The park was really clean and all the employees were so sweet and nice. They really added to the overall fun of the day. Bravo Six Flags employees!
- Some roller coasters are just too scary to ride. Really. Superman? No. Not even Wallene wanted to try that one and she is fearless.
- There are some people that forgot to look at themselves in the full length mirror before they left home. Or someone is lying to them when they ask "How do I look in this bikini?" When you are tipping the scales at over 200 lbs on your 5'4 frame a thong bikini is just not the look you want. Honest.
But - the winner of the day - and made us giggle like little kids was a tattoo we saw. As a disclaimer I will say I like tattoos - on other people. I think they are works of art [in most cases] but would never have one myself.
We were standing in line behind a group of 20 somethings. Everyone was in bathing suits so we could clearly see the ornate tattoo on the young girl in front of us. It was a large oval of delicate roses with the words [I am not kidding] "MY TAT" written in a curlicue font. That struck us as kind of funny - but we didn't laugh or anything just looked at eachother as in "Seriously? You have to write MY TAT to announce your tattoo? Really?"
No - what was funny was when she began yelling to get her [we assume] boyfriend's attention:
"YO TAT! TAT! Get yo' ass ova heah now. TATTTTTTTTT!
What are the odds?
Saturday, July 4, 2009
It is a no-no when you have a chronic condition - but I don't use it as much for it's warming, beautiful, tingly sensation. [okay, you can all STOP it now :P ha!].
I don't slather it on- instead I dab a bit here and there.
It is the SMELL that does me good. Have y'all smelled Ben-Gay lately?
It smells like Christmas. Really.
Or as Wallene likes to say "Oh goody, Mom smells like peppermints this morning."
Okay, back on subject:
I don't know. I have a hard enough time sleeping, but the smell of Christmas/peppermints makes it easier somehow.
The smell is just something that lulls me to sleep.
Just a dab will do me. :)
Unless Pooldad is snoring his ass off next to me and then it is a half -a -tube night.
I am kidding y'all.
Friday, July 3, 2009
I find this woman to be an insufferable bore and an embarrassment to my sex.
Here is a link detailing Sarah Palin's announcement that she is stepping down from the Govenorship of Alaska.
Way to hang in there Sarah. I am sure your constituents appreciate it.
And the Repubs named her their hope for a presidential candidate in 2012.
If elected, what is she going to do a few years into her term? Drop out because she can make a difference somewhere else?
[I am still Happy!Happy! but I had to post this because, seriously? It annoys me.]
Tonight we are going to have Salad night - sounds boring, but it is so yummy - we make 5 salads - egg, chicken and tuna with potato and pasta salad and serve with tomato flowers and romaine lettuce. Afterwards we are going to a FIREWORKS display at a local golf club - who knew there are fireworks on July 3rd? YAY!
Then tomorrow is the fried chicken feast at our local park and more fireworks in the sky at night. Then there is the added bonus of our neighborhood firework extravaganza. DOUBLE YAY! If someone knows how to ship fried chicken can you please let me know? I have had a few requests - and mine is so good! ;)
But the best? Have y'all seen the ads on TV for Six Flags Amusement Park [if you have one by you?] We do!!! It is buy one / get one free ticket weekend. We are going to pack a lunch [to eat out in the car, on a break, because no food/drink allowed inside] and our tickets will only be $25.00 per person for the amusement park and the water park. TRIPLE YAY!
Wallene is beside herself with glee. I think she figures the Eldest should go out of town more often. :) [sidenote: The Eldest has called. She is having a great time in RI, but was a bit confused as to why it was still foggy at 11 am and they couldn't go in the ocean. Hee!]
Hopefully my silly computer will allow me to download pics after all is done - I promise I will if I can.
I am feeling so good - I hope this weekend comes off as planned. :D
Happy 4th everyone!!!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Eldest has been whisked away to Rhode Island by her best friend and her family for a 4th of July celebration.
Pooldad took Wallene AND my faithful Scooby to work today.
So here I sit with Spot. All by my lonely. sniff, sniff....
Actually, it's not so bad. It just feels like a school day and they will be home early from work so we can start our 3 day holiday weekend. YAY!
What is everyone doing for the 4th? We are going to make fried chicken and go to the park and watch the fireworks. Then come home and have our annual neighborhood fireworks show. This is always a lot of fun. All the neighbors purchase their own fireworks and then we line up along the street and spend an hour setting them all off. It is always neat to see what everyone else picks out.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Okay. I applied at 5 schools without knowing that my parents had already decided that my one and only choice was going to be Georgetown University. I had no idea they were blowing off the other four [including MY choice] but I went along with it and acquiesed when they decided that UPenn, Syracuse, UVA and VATech [my choice] were not for me, although I had applied and been accepted.
I was miserable for four years - but HEY! GU! How can you go wrong with THAT diploma? BAH!
I have [subsequently] taken great pleasure in being a stay at home Mom in lieu of using my Linguistic knowledge. Let's just say being a SAHM has definitely had it's rewards these past 20 some odd years.
Now comes the time for the Eldest [in the house] to start applying to colleges. Pooldad and I refuse to do what my parents did and will support her in any choice she makes in regard to which school she wishes to attend.
We have found the coolest sites on the 'net where you can input her stats [GPA, class rank, SATs and extracurriculars] and it will allow you to see if she has a chance of acceptance.
We had fun this afternoon because the Eldest's report card [with GPA/class rank] and her SATs arrived this weekend. We used the info on different websites and found out her top 5 picks are absolutely accepting based on her performance. She has an awesome chance to attend any of her top picks.
- Stanford University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Virginia
- College of William and Mary
- Vanderbilt University
To say we are proud is an understatement. We want what she wants. It is no secret to all the tadpoles that she has wanted to be a Veternarian since she was a little girl and she [alone] has worked towards this goal. She has not lost sight of it and her energy goes to making it happen with no prodding, cajoling or harrassment from us. We don't need to. She just does.
I just wish I had this technology back then. I don't think I could've swayed my parents away from GU, but at least I would've had a fighting chance of a bus out of town.