Saturday, January 20, 2007

Photo Hunters #1 "Wild"

Photo Hunters theme this week is "Wild".

Friday, January 19, 2007

Hiiii Yaaahhh!

As in chop suey, white cotton scrubby outfits, and rainbow belts.

Ash and I started Taekwando together today. Well actually the first 8 weeks are more of a self defense class, but after that if she's still interested I'll keep her in it and I'll take the kickboxing class they offer at the same time. It was a really fun class, even though I managed to screw up once again and got us there 15 minutes late. Who starts a class at 6:15 anyway??? 6:30 was much more logical in my mind, so my mind chose to remember the wrong time. Yes, I have a planner. No, I didn't right it down. Shame on me! Maybe if I put the start time in my BLOG I'll actually remember it, since I do look at my blog a heck of a lot more than my planner. I'm hopeless.

So our instructor gave us an assignment due next week.
Our assignment: Make a list of all we hope to accomplish in this lifetime. Wow! That's big. Maybe I'll blog it. Maybe if I'm allowed, I'll blog Ashley's too.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

January 18, 2007

It was a Carnation Canned breakfast and lunch kinda day.

Things I saw today:

Those beautiful sparkly icecycles hanging from all things horizontal began to fall today. Good bye Texas Blizzard. :(

Taekwando instructor, very nice sight, very young man. Very sick me. ;)

My little girl breaking a board in Taekwando. ME breaking a board in Taekwando.

And a whoooole lot of nothing else considering my part time work from home job turned in to a full time, neglect the sweet little person you decided to stay home for job. Tomorrow son, tomorrow we will play. (Cats in the Cradle theme music? ...nah, just a bad day for sweet little person)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

January 17, 2007

I fixed my darling daughters hair today. She has her very first "salon do" with highlights taboot. I tried to teach her how to fix it herself, but secretly I want to be her stylist forever. I know this won't last long, adolesence is creeping up on us and the day will come when touching her hair is forbidden. Adolesence: I can see it in the shadows, but I refuse to awknoledge it's presence.

Alex and I did some science experiements today. We got to handle our poly-something-or-another crystals, which are no longer crystals, but instead squishy substances. Very interesting. Alex is very passionate about science these days, so passionate that we were up until 10:30 lastnight doing experiments. Fun stuff.

I took some shots of our "blizzard" and the remnants of the ice storm. Surprisingly, we didn't loose any large limbs. I'm very thankful for that.

I was somehow talked in to watching American Idol this evening. What a complete waste of an evening. It amazes me what passes for entertainment...and even more so what entertains my daughter.

Every day when Mark comes home from work, it is routine for me to greet him and snuggle him for a minute or two. It always amazes me how he can spend an entire day at work and come home with that knock your socks off scent, still smelling as fresh as he did that morning. I always hug him just long enough to close my eyes and while forgetting the day, take a deep breath, and inhale what I missed while he was away.

Wordless Wenesday #1

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

REAL white stuff!

It snowed! It really, really snowed! Big white fluffy flakes fell for hours today and I have proof.

All iced in again

From KVUE: A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Central Texas through Wednesday afternoon. Sleet and freezing rain have been falling this morning across much of our area. With temperatures already below freezing, much of this is sticking to roads. Trucks continue to sand bridges and overpasses as wet, freezing weather holds the area in its grasp.

Unfortunately, when you work from home, ice days don't give you a day off. Bummer. That is, UNLESS you can finagle a way to put off today what you're sure can be done tomorrow.

On the agenda for today:
1. Bake cookies with the kids.
2. Eat cookies with the kids.
3. Make hot cocoa with the kids.
4. Drink hot cocoa with the kids.
5. Slide down the icy street a few times and hope to stay in one piece with the kids.
6. Read my book by the fire, alone.

What I really should be doing today:
1. Writing four easements that are due by Thursday.
2. Mopping and vacuuming the trapped-indoors-due-to-bad-weather furry floors the dogs have created the past few days.
3. Cleaning up the trapped-indoors-due-to-bad-weather mess the kids have created the past few days.

Monday, January 15, 2007

White stuff

Couldn't sleep this morning, I suppose it had something to do with the change in weather. Ok, I guess I don't just "suppose"...I'll confess, I'm a child at heart, the thought that snow might blow through while I lay sleeping weighed heavily on my mind. That along with pitter patter of sleet on the deck out back. I tried so hard to go back to sleep, but my mind continued to throw visions of snow covered trees my way. Finally, I couldn't stand it any longer, I had to go see. I peeled the warm covers back and stepped in to the bitter air as I tiptoe-ran to the window to see what mother nature had in store. Yes, there is white stuff! Snow, I don't know, and I guess it doesn't matter. White stuff is all I hoped to see and white stuff there was a-plenty. I ran back to bed, after murmering something to sleeping Mark, in hopes that maybe I could share this with someone. :) I guess I woke him, and if it wasn't for my chattiness, I'm sure he would have dozed off immediately, but nevertheless, I am a native Austinite, and by golly if it's white out there, this girls-a-chattin. Sweet Mark, never misses a beat, he did what he had to do, listened to me yammer about whatever there is to yammer about in the wee hours of a white morning and eventually I fell back asleep.

Today was a lazy white day. It turns out the white stuff was, in fact sleet, not snow, but it'll do. We still have a 40% chance all day today and tomorrow, so there's a little hope left. School is cancelled for tomorrow, and Ashley's plan for Kelly to get iced in at our house panned out just like she hoped. Gotta love the bad weather days. It wasn't that long ago that I remember planning my own little "get iced in" scheme with Dana and Skye. Brings back some great memories.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Dear Fox: Please don't cancel this show!

My new Favorite TV show: Til Death

Mark and I finally sat down to watch for the first time last night and we laughed our butts off. Or at least we should have. It took a while before we allowed ourselves to laugh out loud. Secrets were revealed, so some laughter had to be contained in order to protect the innocent. This is an amazingly witty and frighteningly truthful depiction of the comparison between newlyweds and not so newlyweds. Ladies and Gents, the truth is out. PLEASE WATCH, this show CANNOT GET CANCELLED!!

Why do they say all that stuff at weddings about “sickness and health, richer or poorer, ‘til death do you part?” They say it because at some point, you’ll both get sick, you very well might be poor, and you’ll never sleep with anyone else ever again … because you’re going to be with each other until you die.

Doesn’t marriage sound fun?

‘TIL DEATH is a comedy about long-married couple EDDIE (Brad Garrett) and JOY STARK (Joely Fisher), who are closing in on day 9,000 of their marriage and have the battle scars to prove it. Their new next-door neighbors are young newlyweds STEPH (Kat Foster) and JEFF WOODCOCK (Eddie Kaye Thomas) – idealistic, passionate, adorable and married for a matter of days. It’s a show about new marriage versus old marriage, about keeping the romance alive – or at least staying together so you have someone to drive you to the hospital for your operations.

Eddie is a cynical realist who considers himself an expert on most topics. A high school history teacher, he’s learned well the lessons of history and applies the basic principles to his marriage: all fights are about power, land and resources. A veteran of the marriage wars, Eddie freely gives his advice to the younger, idealistic Jeff, who’s the new vice principal at Eddie’s school. Of course, Eddie’s little secret all along is that he loves Joy more than anything. And however brash and sardonic Joy herself appears, she loves Eddie right back.

From Sony Pictures Television, ‘TIL DEATH was written by real-life husband and wife Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa (“The King of Queens,” “What Women Want,” “13 Going On 30”), who also serve as executive producers. They look forward to being together ‘TIL DEATH.

Report Cards

After Ashley's first basketball game yesterday we took her for a celebratory lunch at the location of her choice. Her choice? Luby's. Straight A's once again. Not a simple feat, even for a 5th grader. This was a tough 8 weeks for her, she had 10 absences, more than she's ever had in an entire school year, possibly 2 years combined. Yet she was responsible enough to ask for her makeup work and get it done. She's turning in to such a responsible, intelligent kid.

We're still trying to find her real parents. ;)