Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday Goodness

A Life in Color

Do what you like, like what you do.

To see more go to Vincent: A Life in Color.

Courtesy of a Facebook friend who used to walk by him everyday on his way to work.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Goodness: Guaranteed to make you smile

Dare I say it?  Better than Glee?  Oh, yeah.

I miss college.  Wouldn't this have been fun?

(Cheers to Vodkamom for sharing this.)

And another goodness, this time for you to do.  Go to Vodkamom. You can help out the JM Foundation with a click at the Pepsi Refresh Project.  The click is nothing, but if you want to join in the Despicable Me contest as well, go and do that too.  Then read some more of Vodkamom's assist to random acts of kindness.  You won't be sorry that you did.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wardrobe Wednesday: I'm on a roll

I had to rejoin the meme themes again this week.  I finally got some subjects to work with.

My daughter's new favorite and frequent thing to do is to wear my shoes.  This time she dug out my winter dress boots.

Throw in the bright 80s reminiscent colors and the headband with the flower and I think she's starting to channel Cyndi Lauper.  I don't know if I can handle the 80s stuff the second time around.  Last week I was in Old Navy and they had the polo shirts, with two toned collars, meant to be worn UP!

Come on people, it was geeky on us in the 80s.  You really think it will get better the second time around?

Check out Heathen Family Revival for more wardrobe.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Random Tuesday Thoughts: I'm baaack!

Keely at the UnMom started this silliness.


Last week was my 15 year anniversary.  Of my wedding.  All I can say is WOW.  Really didn't expect that to creep up so fast.  I guess when the big 4-0 is around the corner, the 15 year thing could easily sneak up on you.  I managed to create a mid-week getaway for us.  We went to a cute historic, but trendy chic little town up north.  Booming thunderstorms during our overnight.  It is nice to get away and leave the kids behind.  You feel like a young couple again and can do things the kids can't whine about because they're not there.  We visited a winery, had a wine tasting, and bought cheese and wine as well as wine.  I guess we got our w(h)ine in.

My son had a bullseye rash on Friday.  Yeah, that kind of bullseye.  The one where you're not sure if it was a tick bite or a really bad mosquito rash.  We went to the doctor on Saturday morning and he was looked at, had blood drawn for testing, and put on antibiotics as a precautionary measure.  But I think we'll have to watch him for fatigue, chills, aches and pains.  He's acting fine, so I'm not too worried.  I'm glad the doctor wasn't taking any chances, even though it could have been caused by something else.

Someone I know on Facebook had this link to science tattoos.  Hmmm...I've been contemplating ink to mark the 40th anniversary of my birth.  Maybe this will give me some inspiration.   I can be geeky and tattoed.

Is the laptop or it's smaller friend the netbook the new 'I'm taking a magazine into the toilet'?  Maybe that's what the iPad is for actually.

If you caught my post yesterday and saw my CSA goodies, I just want to say they are growing the tastiest, crunchiest, yummiest cucumbers I've had in a long time.  Aliceson, maybe you'll have to drop some of yours by for comparison.

I was with a group of women, of a certain age, my age, or range of ages with a median upon my age, in fact.  And I was so relieved to find a majority of us had chin hair challenges.  So much so, that many are stocking up on tweezers to have in the car in addition to home use.  I will have to think about that.  Unfortunately, I have yet to find tweezers just like my very best ones, which are probably 30-40 years old, because I think I took them from my own mother (sorry, Mom, but they do work nice).  I prefer the scissor style with a straight edge, not angled.  The pinch ones don't pinch tight enough.  The grip on the scissor style works better for me.  Now if I could only get good light into my bathroom to actually see the culprits.

That's all I got for now.  Stay tuned, more craziness to ensue the next week.  You're going to think I exploded with the blogging.  I just divided it up equally so you could get a little every day.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday Garden Club

I've been dying to share my CSA box as part of the Monday Garden Club meme.  Unfortunately, the box comes on Tuesday night.  And I usually forget to photograph what I have to share.  Well, last week, Tuesday, I REMEMBERED!

Napa cabbage I believe, and summer squash, patty pan squash peeking from under the beet greens.

Some multi-colored Swiss chard.  I will chop these up and saute with onion and garlic, to freeze and use in a quiche recipe.

Green and yellow beans.  Very tasty, and so fresh.

Beets, summer and patty pan squash.

Cucumbers, yellow and green zucchini.

So I tried Aliceson's recipe for veggies and pasta, using mild bulk Italian sausage, canned tomatoes, and garlic from the store, but still, it is tasty.

So, enjoy.  If you can't grow your fresh produce, I highly encourage looking into community supported agriculture (CSA).  Someone can grow it for you and you can enjoy the benefits of really fresh and local produce.  We lucked out, because our health insurance rewards us for buying a share.  $100 worth of reward.  That's pretty awesome.  Happy gardening.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Prisoner of Summer (and everything else)

Maybe I mentioned that my place of work was hit by a tornado.  Did I?  Maybe not.  Yeah, it was not too terrible, but we have been closed to the public for about a month now, in the height of tourist season.  NOT A GOOD thing.  We do get to open up soon and maybe my life will return to normal.

I avoid talking about work, because I don't want to get into trouble for any reason whatsoever (the story about Dooce getting in trouble has haunted me ever since I read it).  But I thought I should offer up a partial reason to my being absent.  Just too worried about things at work and too beat with keeping staff informed of what's going on.  And, hence, not feeling very bloggy.

But, recently, the universe has presented some opportunities for me to blog again.  Let me tell you a little story.

I was pulling into my driveway last week and noticed a lot of birds gathered around our driveway and lawn next to it.  In a circle.  Watching something.  It piqued my interest and I pulled in very slowly to get a peek at what was going on.  Suddenly, a couple of chipmunks exploded into view.  They were grappling in a small ball, almost in the center of the circle.  I could almost hear the birds chanting, "Fight, fight, fight, fight," as the chipmunks ferociously went head to tail, whirling and whirling in a vicious rolling ball.  My mouth dropped open and I resolved to park there and see how it turned out, whipping out my phone to call my husband to the door to have him witness what I was seeing.  If there had been little red, green or blue sweaters on the chipmunks, I would have sworn I was being punk'd.

The birds noticed me and started to fly away.  Reluctantly, I might add.  The chipmunks must have either figured out who was dominant, were disappointed their audience was gone, or realized that I was more of a threat than trying to figure out who was top chipmunk.  They broke it off and ran into the neighbor's yard, though one was clearly chasing the other in pure anger.  I started laughing as I pulled into the garage.

It's what I needed.