Wednesday, October 29, 2008

You know how we moms say, "why do we buy toys, when a box will do"?

...Or something close.

Looks like a toy maker thought that was correct. Also looks like they know someone is stupid enough to pay ninety bucks for a cardboard box!

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Ten things which make me happy















































































I got the "ten things" idea from Barrie Summy's Feel Good Post. Thought I'd do a photo list.
1. Picture of my grandpa's hands, taken by husband.
2. Rock star best friend.
3. Sleepy girls in a princess cave.
4. My party planning kids
5. Princess cave (don't you just want to go in there?)
6. My picture frame wall (even though I have not filled most of the frames as of yet).
7. My notes for using the "garage band" program on the Macbook --seeing the notes makes me think of working on podcasts with fourth graders (If you give a kid a microphone...)
8. I don't often "have" to have material goods, but when I saw this pillow I needed it. Reminds me of my favorite kind of coloring book pages when I was a kid -- screw those detailed pics, give me a big, big elephant face and I was happy.
9. God gave google to me.
10. My husband's grandmother's artwork. We have it all over our house, but this one is my favorite.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Is it halloween time again?! Ohhhhhh
















Oh help me, they think this is cute stuff.

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Note to crazy people

After you fill someone's answering machine, it's time to stop calling them.

Actually, before you fill the machine, you can stop calling.

Really, one call is plenty.

Thanks.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lizzie is 8 today


Pickle gators and chicken (or is it gator meat?) .





















Eat the Lillian Q.
Oh sure, were cheek to cheek here, but two shutter clicks away I got the boot.
"...to youuuuu..."

An American Girl party-- hair-dos, games, prizes, food --livin' the dream.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Crazy is as crazy dogs


I really am a cool mom!

Some of you may have seen Lizzie's fish room,well she wanted a change and she got one.

The other night?

She missed the dang fish! Her little friends were gone. The other day she had gotten a book at the book fair 'DOGERELLA' -- I told her I would paint the dog next to her bed so she'd have a new friend (after my speech about change flopped. She said, 'I'm just a kid and I don't get all that stuff you said -- I just miss my fish').
I'm so happy with how it turned out, more importantly -- so was Lizzie...and Winnie. Now Winnie wants one too -- wish me luck, the magic doesn't always strike twice.

And for those of you who need a Frances (with the bear) and Gurty (in the sun) fix -- for you.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Girls' day out




To the salon for new hairdos.
I officially hate the picture of my after hair -- I promptly went home and styled it much less helmet like. But it's not about me, is it?
It's my girls! My mini Isabella Rossellini and my mini Hilary Duff. Too cute!
I did not get a second picture of Winnie and her wonderful new do, so do stay tuned for a better shot of the mane. I mention the unequal amount of photos pertaining to the new hair just in case the fairness police happen by this particular post -- as a mom, I am so sick of being in trouble with that dang branch of chocolate chip counters.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Chinese Proverb

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

Came across this today and thought I should share.

and for your funny bone: about two minutes in Oscar Rogers

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Miss Ketchikan and friends

Miss Alaska, Miss Demeanor,
Miss Taken and Miss Aligned were
just a few of the Laughing Queens
and Giggling Princesses in the Apple Fest
Parade in smalltown Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago.

We had a little fun with politics -- the sign on the convertible read "Second Runner Up" and we threw out whoppers.


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Saturday, October 04, 2008

"This is as bad as anything I've ever seen." -- tech guy at Milwaukee PC

Words like, "fried" "shorted out" and "melted" in reference to the inside workings of my PC. The vital informational phrase of the day?

"Packed with dust."

He is going to try some techie voodoo and see if he can retrieve the pictures, however, he was not delivering any false hope about it.

Do you know how many days of fruitless good intentions were involved in not getting those pictres backed up? I even had calendar days marked for the occasions (because more than one day of disk burning here -- in a mom's world where you have to feed people and such). I had a lot of it done, but the final bit...

Rich thought he had done it on the external hard drive, but he missed a big chunk and those are the pictures I've been meaning to get to for, oh, I don't know, an embarrassing, inexcusable -- too bad, so sad you lost your pictures dumbass -- amount of time.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Cry me a river, i know...but still

I got my new GE profile fridge yesterday. First of all -- I'm not the type who has to spend a lot on a pretty fridge (unless I had millions-- in that case sign me up for the fifteen thousand dollar "sub-zero" unit, and stick me and it in a house to suit). Rich, OTOH, likes the toys and I suppose that it rubs off after a while because last year when I was seriously considering divorce, Burnadette Peter's was in my head saying a line from The Jerk -- when they were losing all of their money -- "But what about all the stufffff."

Where was I? Oh, my pretty fidge. It's pretty, but the install guys busted an essential electronic lead for temp/water/ice control and the compressor had a leak. Service guy came post haste, fixed compressor and put a temporary door on until they can get the correct door which has slightly different electronics in it and a different colored gasket. Never mind that the freezer drawer tracks seem a little cheap for such an expensive fridge -- I've shopped around and they just don't make em like they used to -- everybody's got their service issues (LG brand owner's shouting the loudest about parts and service issues. I checked, bc LG is the only other double lower freezer in the non-millionare price range. One local store won't even carry LG products anymore -- so bad on parts service) -- digress, digress...back to the gasket. On the temporary door the gasket is black. On our fridge the gasket is white. WHITE! On a stainless steel fridge. Even the cheepest stainless unit at K-Mart had a grey one-- in fact, every stainless fridge, except for mine, had either black or grey.

What the heck, GE?

The fridge with the black is counter depth and only one freezer drawer--too small, no good.

Where is the devil?

In the freaking details, GE!

...white gasket.

And they got me too, because I already have my food organized in the two drawers and I don't want to go back to one space where you have to rummage for that half bag of strawberries that you know is in there somewhere. Boo hoo, I know, but environment too -- all the cold gets out while you dig and dig for crap in your, one-- not so giant, deeply unorganzied-- freezer space.

I won't go back.

The worst is, probably wouldn't have noticed until there were both colors and there was a clear winner. When they bring the new door, maybe they could bring that pen thing like in Men in Black -- I want my gasket color ignorance back.

I wonder how much to replace the gaskets.

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