May 18, 2011


A couple of weeks ago I bought a coconut. Yup. Exciting.

In all seriousness, it was an attempt at introducing something different that we see at the grocery store but isn't on our normal list. I don't want to brag, but Pineapple day is pretty darn exciting around our house.

As soon as I pulled out a hammer and screwdriver, interest was piqued. Food that requires a hammer is a winner and earns high marks in a house full of boys.

I drained the water from the nut. Not a winner. No one liked it. Can't make me swallow it. But look how the screwdriver sticks out of the coconut! Winner!

I then pretended that I bought a pirate coconut. "Arrrrgh, is there something in my eye?"
You're not laughing. The kids didn't laugh, either.
Arrrrgh. Is there something in my eye?

Then the good part. I wrapped the coconut in a tea towel and handed the boys the hammer. Winning...again! Evidently I didn't get a pirate coconut, I got a Charlie Sheen coconut. It's only fun on the hard stuff.

Okay, so overall: Kids not impressed by coconuts. Kids are impressed by tools.

Knowing is half the battle.
The more you know.
Reading Rainbow.

{I'm on medication, so I think I'm funnier than I really am right now. Oh no, now I'm Charlie Sheen.}

May 16, 2011

Eating, Reading, Watching

My alarm went off at 4:30 this morning. Uggggggh. I got up with my husband, packed his lunch and made coffee and sent him off to work. Then I went back to bed.

My alarm went off again at 7:00. I felt yucky. My arms and legs were made of lead. I couldn't lift my head. (*snort* that rhymed) None of the kids were up yet, so I stayed in bed. (hehe, more rhyming)

At 9:30 Shane finally woke up. The boys and I slept in until 9:30. In all honesty, Caedon was running a slight fever but probably not enough for him to stay home. I was too tired and sick to get up and get them to school today. So I pulled the parent card and decided that everyone was staying home. I confess, I kept the older two home to help me with Shane.

I've been keeping busy with my photography, and I have been amazed at how much it's grown over the last month. I've been burning the midnight oil getting sessions edited and I think that kinda led to today's overall ickyness.

So moving on: Eating, Reading, Watching

Eating: nothing exciting. Mostly a lot of beans, salads and roasted chicken. (I honestly think I roasted 4 chickens in one week.) Brisket one night. Nothing to write home blog about.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I remember reading this a long time ago at my grandma's house. I found that the Disney movie followed the book better than the new version.

A Lucky Child. You want a good historical memoir, this is a good one.

Water for Elephants. I'm a little late to the party on this one. It was good, I didn't like some of the character flaws (but then again, I guess that's why they are flaws.) It was a good distraction from the other book I was reading. I'll get to that in a minute.

Heaven is for Real. Yes, Yes, Yes! Go read this book. It's short, it's a fast read and I dare you to not fall in love with the Burpo family. This book came at a good time for me. I've been having some...religion issues. Not Faith. Those two things are very separate in my mind. I'm working on it.

I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo between A Lucky Child and Water for Elephants. I'm having a hard time getting into it. It just doesn't read as quickly as I like to. I'm working on it. I'm determined to finish it.

We picked up Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul. I'm really excited to start that one.

Netflix is back. We had Netflix when we lived in Phoenix. Before they had the streaming option. The service hub was in Phoenix, so a disc shipped out would easily arrive the next day. We could receive, watch and return several movies a week. When we moved to Las Cruces, not so much. It sucked. The mail service was slow and there were times that we didn't receive our movies. I cancelled it shortly after we moved.

I finally bit the bullet and went back. We have a Wii and we browse the Internet on it (it's awesome for showing the boys cool stuff on the net. Waffleizer was a huge hit.)

Since I signed us up on Saturday we've watched:
almost all of Avatar: The Last Airbender series
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Happily N'ever After 2
Camp Leatherneck
God Grew Tired of Us
Easy A 
resumed Nip/Tuck where we left off.

And now a public service announcement: Just because your Blu-Ray is "wireless capable" does not mean it is "wireless ready." We found this out when I tried to connect one of the BR's to our network and it would not connect. I read the manual and found out that we needed a LAN Wireless Adapter. So I went and got one. Simple right? Wrong. Evidently I needed a Samsung specific LAN Wireless Adapter. That would be an additional $80. The reviews and comments on Amazon basically summed it up: Great product, happy with the Blu-Ray. Unhappy about the additional cost for a wireless adapter.

So now that I'm back on Netflix, any good stuff I need to watch? We are geeking out over all the documentaries. Any good books to distract me as I read through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

May 10, 2011

What "3" Brings

With "1" everything is new. You read books and turn to friends and family for advice.

With "2" you are a practiced hand. Been there, done that.

With "3" everything is new...again.


I am reminded of this as I watched Cars for the 100th time, again.
I am reminded of this as I am getting frustrated introducing the potty, again. (seriously, I'm thinking of using it as a foot tub to soak my feet since it's not being used for anything else)
I am reminded of this as I shop for toddlers clothes, again.
I am reminded of this as we switch from a Buzz Lightyear fixation to a Lightning McQueen obsession, again.

It's nice to see things for the first time...all over again.

May 3, 2011

Things To Remember

Stay off forums/boards. Nothing good ever comes from them...unless useless name calling and judgement is good...AND IT'S NOT. I avoid these at all costs but sometimes I read comments and I literally get sick and my body gets tense at some of the banal ignorance thrown around.

Sometimes the "Block all posts by" option on Facebook is a good thing. You know that cousin that can't spell for her life but will be "all up in yo bidnazz" if you unfriend her...block all posts. Amazing option. Two points for that one, Zuckerberg.

Surround yourself with people you want to be inspired by and who WANT TO inspire. If they don't want to inspire, you probably don't want to be inspired by them. Take a minute, think about that.

I also must learn to be less squeemish. Brandon has a front tooth that is holding on until the next coming of Jesus Christ and it's gotta go. But it gives me the willies. It wiggles and aaaaagh! I try to talk myself up to it. "1-2-3 PullOhNOICan't" Heebeegeebees. Seriously, the tooth has to go.

May 2, 2011

Royal Wedding

I really want to start this post with OMG! OMG!! OMG!!! But this is me showing restraint.

But OMG how much did you LOOOOOOVVVEEEE Kate's wedding dress? And her sister, Pippa and the hats? Can we talk about the hats?? And of course, William and Harry and the Queen? In her perfect yellow looking all Queen-y. I was completely enthralled.

All weekend. Thank goodness for BBC re-runs. 

Where do we start? The dress...Yes to that Dress!!

Normally I am non-sleeves. But Kate's dress was absolutely gorgeous, the lace was done right and she looked amazing. I admit when I hear "Lace Sleeves" I think of words like "matronly" and "you look like a doily." And she did her own make-up! 

Queen Elizabeth seemed to truly enjoy the day. Everyone did, but I felt very British deferring to her emotions and being very aware of her. Did you see when everyone sang "God Save The Queen" or when Kate curtsied to her at the end of the ceremony? She just seemed pleased. I kinda want to give her a good 'ol Grandma hug. But I think that is frowned upon.

Um...Who Dressed You? Lady Gaga called...That's all. Moving on.....

This was one of my favorite moments. After the kiss on the balcony when they were headed back inside and Kate turned back to the crowd for one last look. Perfection!! I just loved all the body language that was going on between these two. The glances back and forth during the ceremony. William rubbing Kate's hand with his thumb to reassure her. The way he leaned in to kiss her (very unlike the way Charles did with Diana).
Oh I hope they live happily ever after for ever and ever.

OMG, right? RIGHT??

I believe Kate will surpass Diana as a style icon. What do you think? I'm not gonna ask if you watched but how many times did you watch?

*all photos from The British Monarchy flickr stream. Formal portraits are posted and are amazing.

May 1, 2011

Inspired By

I was in the sixth grade when I first saw "So I Married An Axe Murderer." It's one of those funny movies that no one watches. I honestly get excited when I tell people what my favorite movie is and they know what I'm talking about. It's like a secret society...known as The Pentavirate. Haha...just a little movie humor for you.

I think it's safe to say that I was heavily influenced by this movie. I thought nothing would be cooler than living in an over-sized loft in San Francisco. Hanging out in coffee bars, snapping for poets, late night diners with friends playing "what's worse."

Here began my life-long obsession with large lattes. It's like Campbell's Cup-O'-ccino.

 Ray-Ban Wayfarers...a classic.

So much I love about this. The rooftop terrace/patio accessible by window. The colors of the dishes in the background. The lighting...the woman, woman, woman poem.

You know what this post is missing? An over-sized poster of Atlantic City.