Saturday, September 27, 2008

Parental Supervision Advised

Hunter and Meadow were sick and had to stay home a week or so ago. Mike took the day off to stay with them because HE'S THE BEST HUSBAND EVER. And also, I really needed to be at school. I wanted to let him sleep as long as possible, so before I left with River I told the kids they could get breakfast and not to get Daddy unless they really needed to get him. They asked if they could make toast and I said yes, "but you know you're not allowed to cook anything else, right?" Nods assured me this was understood.

So when I left the house at 6:30, I was surprised to hear my phone ring a few minutes later.

It was Mike.

Apparently the toaster was set really high. So when it burnt the toast it set off the fire alarm. Mike was rudely awakened to a fire alarm and his daughter screaming her head off in the kitchen.

On the upside, the house wasn't burning down.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dancing With the Stars, an update

I love Lance Bass. And the judges were mean tonight. Boo hiss!


OMG I love Warren Sapp too!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

A reason I'm old *OR* Why my grades are about to take a nosedive

I LOVE Dancing with the Stars.

So much, that when they dance well... I totally cry.

p.s. The Cheetah girl got robbed. (A few seasons ago. I will NEVER let it go.)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

An economy story

In the spirit of deregulation (Big business Republicans), the banks around here (Mike) decided to extend loans that were, perhaps, questionable (to Meadow). She secured a loan of $3 to purchase one High School Musical water bottle. Then the bank (Mike) sold the original loan to another bank (me). The questionable buyer (Meadow) decided to default, even though she could have paid, she decided she didn't want to. This caused the new owner of the loan (me) to repo the water bottle. Now I have a water bottle that is no longer worth $3, what with High School Musical being so yesterday. Oh, and it's used. Now since the bank (me) purchased too many of these loans, and now I have the rights to tons of crap I really don't want and can't use because it holds virtually no value, I should suffer consequences... right? And somehow I didn't notice the problem until it was in the BILLIONS. But then, the best thing ever happened. The government decided to socialize business and totally saved my ass. So now, you, the American public own a tiny little piece of that High School Musical water bottle. And I still get to keep my job, because you're going to pay for all those bad loans that I bought even though I knew they were risky.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bits & Pieces

Me: What do you think you want to be when you grow up? Are you still thinking you might be a ballet teacher?

Meadow: A millionaire!

Me: But how are you going to make that money? What job?

Meadow: I don't want a job, I just want money!

Me: You're going to have to get a job to get money.

Meadow: I'll just keep cleaning my room and getting money from you.

Me: That's not gonna get you to a million sweetie.

Meadow: What!?

Me: Yeah, I know.

Meadow: Well I'll just keep saving and I won't spend ANY money.

Me: Okay.

Me: If you don't spend any money when you're a millionaire, how are you going to pay for your house?

Meadow: A house?

Me: To live in.

Meadow: I'm living with YOU!

Me: Even when you're old?

Meadow: Are you saying I can't?

Me: You can stay until you don't want to anymore.

Meadow: Cool.

Hunter: *gags*

Me: Do you need to puke?

Hunter: Yeah, then I'm going to eat.

Me: Okay. Can you go puke away from the dinner table while we're eating?

Hunter: Sure. But when I'm done I want to eat.

Me: No problem dude.

River: Popsicle?

Me: You want a popsicle?

River: Cheese stick?

Me: You want a cheese stick?

River: Popsicle?

Me: You want a popsicle?

River: Cheese stick?

Me: You want a cheese stick?

**repeat as often as necessary, with no end in sight**

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Study break = garden photos

We planted nine tomato plants this year. Meadow and I are the only ones who like raw tomatoes that aren't in pico de gallo. There are so many, but she and I eat them like apples. Yummy! I really like this one because you can see the reds.
If summer was a plant, this is what she would look like.
Or maybe this...
I liked the bee in this one, although he was fluffier in person.

One of the morning glories that killed the tomatillo plant. Totally worth it.

The pumpkin seems to have gotten about as big as it's going to get. It looks like it's starting to turn a little yellow/orange in spots. Stay tuned...
Study break over.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tom Brokaw rocks my world. Shut up, I'm totally serious.

Seeing Obama was awesome. I didn't really write about it because I'm so busy stuffing so much stuff into my head for school, I just don't have as much time as I would like to reflect. And that's still true.

But there's something else that was fun for me that night. You see, having worked in radio, I kind of got over the whole meeting famous people thing. Rock stars are just like you & me except they are way cooler and they've got more cash. Then when we lived in Iowa, we got to meet all kinds of political people. So now that's a little less exciting too. BUT. I have a reverent feeling for news people. OMG I saw Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopolis and Wolf Blitzer and Donna Brazille and, and, and. So while that was nice, I LOVE (IN ALL CAPS FOREVER AND EVER LOVE) Tom Brokaw. I saw him bopping to music in between broadcasts or during commercials. I still smile thinking about it.

Then, this week, when I looked down at my Starbucks cup on my way to school, this made my day:

The Way I See It #130
It will do us little good to wire the
world if we short-circuit our souls.
There is no delete button for
racism, poverty or sectarian
violence. No keystroke can ever
clean the air, save a river, preserve
a forest. This transformational new
technology must be an extension of
our hearts as well as of our minds.
The old rules still apply. Love your
mother - Mother Earth.
--Tom Brokaw
Love him. Have a good week!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Pictures! At last!

So I finally brought the camera in the house from the car. Now the magical little cord that puts them into the computer can do what it does... and we have pictures.

This is what Hunter does when I try to take a picture. (Gets yelled at by life guard to quit running.)
Jelly bean.
Little dude.
Again, the girl one.
Ah ha! Got him.
He's got his moobie stars on.
A rare glimpse of the Mom.
That was one of our last days at the pool before it closed.
School is really busy this year. There is so much info, I just don't have as much time as I did last year. Once we get into a groove, I'm sure I'll figure out how to carve more time out for fun things - like blogging.
All is well. Remind me to tell you why I hate the school nurse some time. For real.
We're putting up Halloween decorations this weekend. That's as big as the plans are going to get for now. I will take more garden pictures soon. We've got sunflowers and the pumpkin keeps getting bigger.
Well, that was pretty disjointed, but I don't have time to edit, must cram in a little more during Bronco game.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Toddler speak

heppi-cocker = helicopter

Monday, September 1, 2008

Still here, just insanely busy

So... it's been busy. I will try to post once a week while school is in session.


It's the last day the pool is open. So we're home for lunch and nap, but will be swimming again later as long as the weather holds. I will attempt to take pictures.

School is awesome and awful. You know, you really have to study. Gross! As a side note, people have asked me if I will use the Dr. title when I'm done. The answer is F*** YES. I am paying a ton of cash and working my a** off. So, yeah.

Oh, and the BEST THING EVER!!! My sister-in-law, Lori, scored tickets to see Obama on Thursday for us. (Thank you!) I had been waitlisted and had given up all hope of going. If I figure out how to transfer pictures from my phone, I'll post them later. In short, it was fantastic.

Well, I'm going to put the little one down for a nap and dig into some homework. More (at least pictures) later.