Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I'm thinking a lot about birds lately.

How cute are these? I like Etsy for artwork. I just wish I could find some extra large, mixed media artwork involving birds. I don't know hadleyhutton... but the artwork is gorgeous and worth buying. (That is the artist responsible for the nice picture on this blog).

I am looking for a behind-the-couch piece.

I'm thinking about some of the smallish art, like the one above, for my office.

Monday, January 21, 2008

I'm Guilty

Hair Metal.

I love it.

Why? Well, aside from the hair (because it is fantastic)... and the androgyny (I had a perm in the late 80s-early 90s that made me look a lot like the lead singer)... I simply adore the pure energy in every song! Watch him, he doesn't just sing - he bends, he twists, he lifts the microphone stand, he plays air guitar, he moves around. Now, there are bands that have more energy (Whitesnake)... but, really... how can you watch this and not love it?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The crazy one.

Every large family has one of these children. I mean that silly little goofball who is always getting him/herself into trouble. The curious little cat that doesn't learn the first time. In my family that person is my sister. There are so many great stories to tell about her, especially from when she was a child. She is an adult now, and it is both wonderful and sad to realize that. But, it is a blast to reminisce - and when talking about my sister... there is a lot to laugh about and even more to be thankful about.

Here are a few highlights from her childhood:

~ Our old house was built a little strangely. The front door was on the second story, to the side of the house, but there was a "side door," if you will, on the front of the house, close to the road. Behind that door, which stayed locked at all times, was our playroom. It was a huge room, the size of the entire second story, where we kept all of our toys. I was nine, my brother must have been six and my sister would have been about one and a half. My grandma lived across the street and my brother and I would frequently visit her. The problem was that the street was pretty busy in the summer because the only public pool in town was right up the road from us. My mom would walk us across the street because she was terrified that something would happen to us. One day, my sister learned to unlock the playroom door while my mother was walking my brother and I across the street. She turned around to find S, my sister, standing on the side of the road trying to cross the street, while cars were whizzing by. Thankfully, she listened to my mom who was screaming "Stay there! Don't move! Mommy's coming right now."

~ Around the age of two, my sister would frequently throw tantrums. HUGE tantrums. She would go into her room, take ALL of her clothes out of the closet and dresser, pile them in front of the bedroom door and say she was moving out. She would usually fall asleep in the big pile of clothes and be just fine when she woke up.

~ Again, around two, she came to the realization that women shave their legs. She happened upon one of my mother's razors in the bathroom and we found her in the bathtub, shaving her legs with no soap or water. She had a few cuts, but thankfully she was just fine.

~ Going back in time a little bit more, when she was only one, my mom turned around while she was mopping the kitchen floor to find my sister with her head in the bucket of soapy water, blowing bubbles.

~ Another one year old story. My sister found and swallowed a penny. We had no idea what was wrong with her except that she was acting really sleepy all of a sudden and was struggling to breathe. We called my Grandma and she brought over a bulb syringe (why, I don't know... but thank God she did). She syringed my sister's nose and somehow it made her spit up the penny.

~ In kindergarten, my dad would pick my sister up from school. One day, he arrived to find my sister with huge scabs all over her face. My dad asked how they got there and she answered, "I was trying to erase my face." She had rubbed a pencil eraser around on her face and left those horrible marks. They cleared up pretty quickly.


There are SO many other stories I could share about my sister. But these are some of my favorites. I love her to pieces and I am so thankful that none of those crazy moments hurt her severely or resulted in some horrible trauma. She is still very mischevious and has a tendency to get herself into trouble - even though she is an adult. But, that's who she is. And that's a big reason why I love her.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Resolution for everyone: Goof Off!

As promised, here is my post about the new year celebration we had at our house this year. My brother-in-law and his wife stayed with us and we were mighty busy while they were here.

We started the visit off with dinner at Chili's. Nick and I have declared it our current favorite. It's affordable and the ribs are really tasty. The rest of the time I prepared dinner, but it was nice to go out once.

The next day we ran over to my dad's lounge. For those of you who don't know, my father recently started a business. It is really nice there and he has a pool table. We all like to shoot pool, so we took the trip. Needless to say, I lost every time. But it was still a good time.

We tried to visit Cooper's Rock State Park, but it was closed.

On New Year's Eve we decided to stay in and enjoy the new year as a foursome rather than out and about. So, we had a "game-a-thon." We played every board game imaginable, created an obstacle course in the basement, played "Five Dollars" out in the cold, had a rousing game of hide-n-seek, broke out the old school Nintendo, had a picture taking contest, among other things. It was such a blast.

May I suggest to all of you - take some time to act like a kid again. It is so wonderful to forget about responsibility for awhile and to put aside all reservations and "adult-like" formality. Goof off! Play hide-n-seek with your 28 year old brother or even with your children. Play some of the games that you have not played in years. It feels like travelling back in time. I really enjoyed that.

Now, we are alone. Our guests have made the three hour trip home. But it was such a good time. We might have to make a tradition out of this.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Happy New Year

I've been so absent from this blog lately. But with good reason!

My brother-in-law and his wife came into town right after Christmas and stayed to celebrate the new year with us. I am planning a HUGE post (with pictures) about the fun we had. I promise you, it is not to be missed. :)


In other news, I am now the proud owner of an elliptical. Two to be exact. I ordered one and when it arrived, it was broken - severely. We only found out after we spent three hours putting it together. So, I called and asked to have another one shipped. We were told to wait to send in the old one until the new one arrived - then we should call them back to arrange pick-up. When I did that, no one would answer the phone... so now we are stuck with two.

My hopeful new years resolution: Drop 15 pounds by bathing suit season.

My "will-happen" new years resolution: Finish the new ms I've been working on. My original intent was to make it a chapbook... but now I think It's going to be bigger than that.