Thursday, July 31, 2008


Is it just me or does it totally creep you out when people peer over your shoulder?


Perhaps I should lay off the coffee.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

This one is for darklao and my mama

Dudes. You have to check out this post on this blog. SO FUNNY.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

At least I tried...

Mike: Ugh. I think I really got sunburned.

Me: Oh really? I'm so sorry baby.

Mike: Yeah. It hurts.

Me: Awwww.

Mike: I can hear your tone.

Me: I'm TRYING to be sympathetic.

Mike: You're not very good at it.

Me: Would you rather I said "No shit, dumbass."

Mike: At least that would be more honest.

Me: Noted.

The one where if you think I watch too much TV, you should keep that to yourself

I love TV.

I have actually uttered these words to my husband when he wanted to join a new, expensive gym. "Dude, we don't even pay that much for TV. And I like TV. I use it EVERY SINGLE DAY."

So last year was rough, with the whole writers strike thing. But it was also kinda cool because I was busy with school and probably didn't need to be distracted by all the shows anyway. However, the summer, my catch-up time, has been a little lacking.

For a minute I thought I was going to like Baby Borrowers. And it was amusing for a little while, but now I'm over it. Even with beer. Sad really.

Then I turned to Bravo. I finally broke down and watched Flipping Out. And I'm hooked. Like, forever. And then there's Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-list, which I actually like, but have to be in the mood to watch. Ooohh... and Design Star is awesome. Love you Bravo.

Honorable mentions of the summer have been Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Jon and Kate plus 8, and all shows that wrap up a crime story (48 hours, Primetime Crime).

Highlights have to go to Weeds and Hopkins. If I could only pick two - these win, hands down.

And Big Brother. I am hopelessly addicted.

I was waiting for Big Love to start, but now I read it's not going to start until sometime next year. So sad. And then Nip/Tuck... what are they now? A fall show?! Bah. And last season - I don't know - it seems like they've lost their demented edge. And I really loved that edge... I guess the one guy getting stuffed with bear stuffing was pretty creepy. But we used to get that kind of stuff every week. I need to be freaked out regularly please.

Shows I miss and want back:

Dead Like Me (HOW did that get cancelled?)
Deadwood (Again... HOW?)
Alias (I love Jennifer Garner - bite me if you don't)
Friends (Okay, maybe it was only cool because I was in my 20's, but I bet NBC misses it too)
Six Feet Under (Why, oh why do good things have to end??? Wahhhhh!)

Things I am looking forward to this fall:

Grey's Anatomy
The Big Bang Theory
Chuck (shut up, it's good)
Dancing with the Stars (the Cheetah girl was robbed and no, I'm still not over it)
Ghost Whisperer (Meadow and I watch it on Saturday mornings, she calls it her horror show)
30 Rock
Dirty Sexy Money

And I haven't even seen what's new that the networks are going to try to tempt me into watching! What's a girl to do?

I guess the point is: a) I watch too much TV, b) DVRs can really change your life people, c) perhaps I should have majored in something that would encourage people to pay me for watching entirely too much television, d) did I mention I watch too much TV? Um, yeah. True story.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pictures with no apparent order

Here are some pictures snapped this week:

The first big tomatoes in the garden. They're huge!
This is is either a squash, pumpkin, zucchini, or cucumber flower. To know for sure we should have paid attention to what we were planting. We will wait to see what grows.
Cherry tomatoes... not yet cherried.
I asked Hunter to smile for the camera. He decided to play dead.
Blackberry jam or funky hair dye - you decide.
She lost another tooth. That's 6 still missing. Tooth fairy says she needs to quit pulling her teeth out. Fairy dust is expensive.
Tomatillo flower.
Another yet unknown flower. See also: dumbass who forgot to mark stuff. (AKA: me)
More tomatoes.
Apparently that's it.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

This one's for Aunt Amanda :)

River was having trouble talking to Aunt Amanda this morning because he would say "hi" and then run away from the phone smiling, like he was soooo shy. So he's got breakfast all over him, but I thought he should say hi because Amanda is a rock star. Love you 'Manda!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

plugged in

Scene: backyard

kids are shouting at neighbor kids over the fence

kids are talking on the phone to same kids, while shouting at each other over the fence

kids are pictochatting on their DSs with same kids, while talking on the phone, while shouting at each other over the fence

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Amusing stuff

Things that are currently amusing me:

When River says "please" it sounds like "plee-ays"

River is so good at giving hugs and saying sorry that he's also totally into being a pain so he can give hugs and say sorry. (Although he may bite your face while hugging and saying sahreee - just a little. It's really hard to be good. Really.)

Meadow thinks she's in charge of River.

Hunter thinks he's in charge of Meadow and that anybody who claims control over River is nuts.

All three of them really like each other.

The dog is jealous of the baby and makes River crazy when she lays on his blanket - which is every chance she gets.

I love my kids!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Something old, something new, a thing I must never, ever do

drink red wine

garden with kids

buy squeeze cheese

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Pictures and an update of sorts

Not much new here. Kids go back to school in a few weeks and I go a few weeks after that. In the meantime, we're spending just about every day at the pool. So I haven't taken a lot of new pictures because when we're at the pool I'm all concerned with making sure nobody drowns. Hard to snap pictures, ya know? So instead I decided to go through the pictures already uploaded to the computer and see if there were a few fun ones to share.

Also, we seem to have contracted yet another summer cold. Bah! Hunter is losing his voice. Meadow has a low fever. River has toddler boogers. Mike fainted yesterday because while he had a fever from the cold and maybe a little food poisoning, he decided it was a brilliant idea to take a hot bath - which I've tried to tell him is a BAD IDEA - but he seems to think it cures everything. Not so much, eh?

**Mike just texted me to say that his ribs hurt from when he LAID DOWN after his bath yesterday. Laid down = fainted**

More boring stuff - I was really glad Mike talked me into insurance for my phone because I dropped it in a bowl of water last week and totally ruined it. I got the new one on Saturday and have already reprogrammed all my numbers. I'm too cheap for such things normally, but I am glad he talked me into it. For the record: He was right. I was less right.

Anyway... we're all fine and pretty boring. On to the pictures.

She has no teeth.
Did I already post this one? He's mocking me. Like this: "ha-ha, ha-ha"
Hunter captured in photo
Sometimes she's just not that into taking pictures.
Might have posted this one already too - think I'm losing my mind.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I'm blowing raspberries

I've been a little blocked lately. Uninspired. Cranky some might say. Although they shouldn't say it out loud. Or near me. Or appear to be thinking such thoughts.

And then inspiration came (sort of) in the form of an odd telephone call. The caller ID says that I'm calling. From my home phone. Say what??? And then it's a computer, asking me to press a number and be connected to sign up for a service that I ALREADY PAY FOR. From a company that I send money to EVERY MONTH FOR THAT SERVICE. I hang up and curse them. And it's unfortunate, because I really liked them. And now I don't. Because they're stupid.

But then there's this fundamental truth. I'm not going to do anything about it. Because I don't feel like tearing anybody's head off when I can simply hang up the phone. And I'm not going to change where I get their services because I'm locked into a contract and frankly, it's been really great. And because I love my HDTV. Love it.

So how did they hi-jack my caller ID? That, I'm genuinely interested in.

Four random sentences

I stole this idea from a blog I read every day. I'm not sure we should have taught River to talk. Meadow vacuumed the basement today - yay! I'm ready to go back to school now please.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The one where maybe I should learn to edit, and where River is pretty sure we gave Lola away and kept Saber (it was just a haircut!)

Patton Oswalt on the KFC Famous bowls

Mike bought a bag of Doritos on the way home the other day and called it "a bag of sadness". It's from this bit - you have to go to the end... a failure pile in a sadness bowl. Yum.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The teen years are going to ROCK

Meadow: "Mom, I have a bump on my head and it itches. But if I itch it, it really stings."

Me: "Yep. I think it's a bug bite."

Meadow: (Pointing) "Heeere..."

Me: "Uh-huh. I saw it last night. Try not to scratch it. It'll go away."

Meadow: (huffs, pulls hair over bug bite on forehead and stomps upstairs to room)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Dogs, teeth and happy feet

Almost four years ago we bought Lola, sight unseen, from a store in the town we live in now. We fell in love with Saber and wanted a Wheaton of our own. So we made the seven and a half hour trip to Lenae & Scott's while they suffered through having an untrained puppy in their house until we could come collect her. They sent us pictures before we could get her and I thought I'd share a couple.

This is Lola and Saber at the beginning.
This is Lola's default pose, even today.
Of course, you've seen how they are now here (from last year), and here (from just the other day). I still love both of them like crazy.

In other news, I took the kids to the dentist yesterday. I hate taking the kids to the dentist. As I've explained before, it's generally really expensive. So when we went yesterday I was braced for how much this would cost because we have NEVER had a visit without a cavity. EVER. And then the dentist checked all three of them and declared that there were NO CAVITIES. I swear I almost fainted right there on the spot. Now, one needs a tooth pulled for alignment issues and one needs four sealants... but nobody needs crazy work done. Phew.

I'm doing a happy dance. Really.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

More kid video

So I get that this is like, the worst kind of subjecting people to kid pictures, but they retooled stuff here at blogger so now I can post more than 30 seconds of video. Anyhoo... I will stop soon and return to more normal behavior - I swear. In the meantime, here's yet another video.

Random kid post

Daddy always breaks it.

Monday, July 7, 2008

More dog fun

So, um, about the dog y'all swear doesn't bark... Apparently you don't get to see him so much when he's horny. Seriously, he makes me laugh so hard. And also, that poor pillow.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

This post is for Saber's parents

Mom, Dad... I'm doing fine. They're feeding me lots and I'm actually eating! The little one is annoying, but he drops enough meat my way so I totally forgive him - even though it's going to take forever to get that baby smell out of my kennel. Anyway, they're telling me to get off the laptop so I'm gonna go. Love you. Woof.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Prettiest place ever.

I took these pictures from the back deck a few nights ago. I wish that they were as beautiful on camera as what I saw in real life.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Objectively, I can see why sometimes, I suck.

Last night after Mike's softball game, we had a conversation that may have gone something like this:

Mike: Look at my ankle.

Me: Yeah, it's still pretty swollen.

Mike: Do you think it's normal?

Me: No, I think it's swollen and you should let it heal. Maybe give soccer, softball and basketball a rest for a few weeks.

Mike: But it doesn't hurt.

Me: Okay. Then it's probably totally normal for an ankle to grow. Maybe it's like a super-ankle or something. Maybe it will give you special powers. I can't wait to see what happens. I'm sure it won't fall off or anything.

Mike: So is that your professional opinion or are you just guessing?