Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mystery Pictures

My cousin Norman, the most avid of the genealogists in our family has been looking for a picture of our great-great grandfather for his entire adult life.  He has gone to some bizzarre placees searching.  he has spent a day working on a hog farm!!  This past weekend while he was visiting, and we were discussing the desk I mentioned the other day, my sister popped up and went to her room.  She had a stationary bag with some pictures in it that she had found in the desk.  There were a bunch - but 4 pictures were labeled in the back as George.  One of them had the Civil War tax stamp (taxing pictures was one way they raised funds for the war.)  So Norman went from no pictures to 4!

George as a child

George at 18 or 19

George at 45

George with friends

Monday, January 30, 2012

The motleyy crew

So here's a picture of the bunch of us at my mom's house over the weekend. Left to right

Curt, Anna, Joe, mommy, Norman, Me, John

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Procrastination has its pluses.

Last year, my mom was going to toss the bottom half of my great grandpa's secretary desk because it was in a place that got wet and had water damage.  I have a lot of great memories with him at that desk. So I took it to refinish.  I didn't have time last summer- and I need to do it outside.

She has the top half in her hallway being used as a bookcase and said I can have the top when the bottom is finished.

Yesterday, I got together with my cousin Norman and his son John and I found out that the desk has been in my family since at least the 1850s. My cousin has a picture of a newspaper picture from when my great-great-great grandfather was elected to state senate. The picture was taken at that desk. And in Normans opinion it didn't look new.

So he thinks I shouldn't refinish it. But should find a way to just repair the damaged part.  I agree - although part of me thinks since I knew my great grandfather had it when my grandfather was born in 1910 and was willing to refinish how does another 60 yrs change that?

Saturday, January 28, 2012


My friend Grace - Lovincomfortknits on the blog bar on the side is a monster knitting machine.  She makes more monsters than people who work on horror movies!  Of course her monsters are friendly not scary.  For a while now I've been teasing her about all her monsters. BUT...


I have recently been knitting owls.  First I knit the small ones (great use for scrap sock yarn - and since they use 2 colors - I can use scraps from my hexiflats.  The big owl is leftover yarn from my Too many Muppets mitts and my Flourishing Cowl test knit. I don't know how many I'm going to knit.  Unlike monsters there is no putting together needed- just a kitchener stitch at the top of the head.  I use the same cast on I use for toe up socks - so no seam at the base.

So anyway - I am currently blaming the Angie-  she goes to Temple - Temple's mascot is an Owl, they are referred to as the Owls.  So blaming my Owl for the Owls.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Missing Curt

Curt's been gone for 2 nights.  Last night he was in Atlantic City for some geeky, nerdy, computer/education conference.  Blech. And does he send me a "miss you" or "goodnight" text?? No he does not - He sends me a text that says -"abondigas"  (he saw them on food network  once - liked saying the word - enough that I was ready to kill him ) and was having that for dinner.

Last night he spent in a sleep clinic.  I am sure he has sleep apnea - and I am sure it is getting worse.  He's asleep when I get up for work ( so are most other people unless they are still up from the night before) and he snores.  a lot.  But he sounds like he stops breathing and then makes a snorkely gasp noise and starts breathing again.  And the more such noises he makes the more he complains he is tired.  We both go to bed around midnight on Friday and Saturday - it's his normal bedtime and I don't want to be WIDE AWAKE at 3am.  I'm awake between 4:30 and 5.  Sometimes I get up for a couple of hours and get back in bed for a nap around 6:30 or 7.  Then I wake up again around 8 - 8:30. And he's still asleep.  He'll come wandering out around 10.  Once my friend and I were trying to be very quiet - in an Elmer Fudd  be berrry berry quiet - I'm huntin' wabbits! kind of way to see how long he'd sleep - he came out at 11:52 - we were kind of oping for noon.  So was the Angie - cause then he couldn't make fun of her for sleeping until noon or 1 or...

It's kind of weird.  Even though I go to bed 2 hours before he does, and wake up 3 and a half hours before he does - I  still don't like being alone in the bed for that  3 hour overlap..

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Three Irish Girl mini's

Last fall, Three Irish Girls (they make hand-dyed yarns) announced they were retiring some of their colorways, and there was a sale on those colors.  Now one of the knitters on the GoFastKnitLeft group on Ravelry - for NASCAR fans is seriously addicted to TIG yarn.  I tease her all the time about her yarn and button stash (seriously she buys buttons by the pound!)  Anyway since a lot of us are knitting hexipuffs/flats out of sock/fingering weight socks - she suggested that we get together and buy all the colors and split the hanks into mini-skeins.  She even volunteered to do the weighing and winding and mailing.  I've been wanting to try TIG yarn, I keep hearing great things about it, but I also hear great things about  Wollmeise and I really can't stand the feel of that yarn while knitting.  I am told it gets better after blocking and with subsequent washing/ blocking- but as I give away a lot of my knit items ( I am what's classified a process knitter - I like the process of knitting as opposed to a project knitter who has joy from finishing a project) really the fun part of the yarn is the knitting and I don't enjoy knitting with Wollmeise.  ) I anticipate knitters with torches and pitchforks at my door momentarily.

As anyone who has gone yarn shopping with me - I seriously touch - All. The . Yarn. The touch is almost as important as the color.  And  I will pass on the perfect color if I don't like the touch.  So I hesitated and ever bought TIG since there aren't any stores around here that have the yarn to pet.  This group purchase seemed to be the perfect solution.  For a reasonably low price - I would get a mini skein in adorn sock yarn in each of the discontinued colors.  I can make my flats (and some owls & ornaments too) and see how I like the yarn.  I figured, If I really hated it - I could always send it out as swap goodies.

I did realize up front that this yarn would take a while.  They dye the yarn to order - they would need to dye enough for all of us- send it to Jen, she would have to take the time to weigh, split and wind all of it- then ship it.  So I paypal'd her my share and went back about my business.  She did say something when she got the yarn, and then the occasional comment when she was working on it. I really wasn't worried about it- it's going to take me a long time to finish the blanket - and it's not like I don't have miles of yarn already in the house to play with.

Yesterday when I got home - I checked the mail.. yawn.. boring... I saw i had pm' (private msgs) on Ravelry but didn't open them until almost 5pm.  One of my messages was Jen with my tracking number!! Yay!! Happiness!!  I went to track my package to see where my goodies were and it said delivered at 3:07pm (I got home at 2:30) Put pants and shoes back on to o back to the mailbox, opened the door and there between my door & storm door was this:


I didn't even have to get dressed grrr.  It was already dark - so that is not the greatest picture light wise - but it is grey and raining this afternoon - so even less picture friendly.  I'll let you know how Ilike it when I cast on - but it pets really well!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sensational Haiku Wednesday
Sensational Haiku Wednesday

Welcome to “Sensational Haiku Wednesday!”

The basics: Haiku is simple! It is 3 non-rhyming lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively (a great way to use your fingers!)

Here are the rules:

      Structure: While Haiku may be written by some in other styles, for THIS meme only 5-7-5 is acceptable. At least one of your haiku must be in this format.
      Theme/Prompt: We have a new prompt each week, and your haiku needs to be related to it, if not include the actual word in it. Feel free to leave a word suggestion in a comment!
      Linking: When you post your link, link to the blog post with your haiku, not to the main page of your blog.
      Reciprocate: If you participate and post your link on my website, you must have a link back here on your post. It’s only fair.
    Folks not complying with the above risk having their links removed. Don’t make me be all “Grrrr” and stuff, it makes me grumpy! Thanks for your cooperation! Thanks Jen for hosting!!

This week’s theme is: Silhouette

Looking to the East
Something will forever be
Missing in the sky.

Even in shadow

I see you steadfast and strong

Always there for me.

anonymous mask

cannot block fiery gaze

of competitors.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nerd Wars

I've talked about NerdWars before.  It's a 3 month long knitting/crochet/weaving/spinning game/contest.  It's actually helped me come closer to my knitting goals, because when the end of the month looms, I pic up my project to finish.  It has been great helping me finish projects - both because of the end of month deadlines, and because so far, every round three has had a finish a WIP challenge.  Since every month includes a "giving geeks" category- it has given me new places to donate my craft.  ( I should say I love to knit, but socks, fingerless gloves, some shawls and bags are all I keep for me.   I don't really wear hats or gloves or sweaters,, and I have enough throws to last my life - so most of my knitting gets given away) Plus, I have made a bunch of friends in the group. Second only to my NASCAR knitting friends.

Some people get confused when I tell them about NerdWars.  They think for instance if you are on the Star Wars team - all you can make is lightsabres and deathstars and yoda hats.  Or if you are on the Harry Potter team - all you can make are owls and brooms and golden snitches.  That isn't really how it works.  There are 6 challenges every month.  You can do one, you can do all - While there is a badge  for "melting the cube"  doing all 6 projects it isn't necessary or expected. There is also a badge for insane over achievers like your's truly for doing all 18 -

But really the challenges are sometimes simple sometimes not.  There was a square challenge under giving geeks.  I put together a lapghan - not in time for the original charity I had in mind- so I donated it for Christmas for a local nursing home to give to a resident who didn't have gifts or visitors.  Some people just made squares and donated them to warm up america or other put squares together charities.  One person made rectangle kitty toys for a local shelter.  Another challenge was for the number pi.  Some people knit/crocheted pies, one person spun a yarn of beige, red & white - the crust filling and whipped cream of a cherry pie.  I made a tea cozy with stripes of 3,1,4,1,5 (pi in stripes) and fastened it with a pie shaped button.

You get extra points if you tie it into your team, but that's like extra credit when you were in school.  For example - the lapghan was the colors of the stripes on Ernie's shirt from Sesame St.  I made the tea cozy when I was on Team Bazinga for the Big Bang Theory - and Sheldon has been trained by his mom to offer tea or a hot beverage to people.  Really they are quite liberal with what they allow as  a team tie in.  Multi colored stripes were tied to the rainbow Connection from the original Muppet Movie.  Fingerless mitts were perfect for Scooter - the backstage manager to wear at the Muppet Theatre.

There is also a dissertation.  This is a larger project which is going to take the better part of three months.  Again this is optional.  Some people do a dissertation but none of the monthly challenges, some do a few challenges and the dissertation. Some (yeah there goes my type A personality) do both.  I like doing a dissertation because it gives me added incentive to avoid the startitis I can sometimes get and actually finish a larger project.  For example, I don't think I would have finished my Hey! Teach sweater in three months other wise.  And believe it or not - the wedding dates of my sister and brother wouldn't have been enough for me to finish the wedding shawls - they would have gotten them by their anniversaries ( the 8th is shawls right? LOL)  And like other things - we so love out badges - and there is a silver participation badge for getting over 50% and a gold one for finishing.

Last tournament I volunteered to be the manager of a team.  I'm pretty good with behind the scenes stuff -  even at work I make the most awesome of support staff.  I had told the captain that the end of November beginning of December would be kind of tough because of said weddings - but other than that I was there with her.  Unfortunately real life and internet issues kind of took her out for the second half of the tournament.  I didn't realize how long she would be gone - and how much a void that created until I think it was a bit to late. Some of the team splintered off to form a disney team - and some seemed to wander away entirely.  Those of you that know me well - know this sort of thing causes me to go into an analytical, fix it, better plans for next time mode of thinking.  I stalked the more successful teams to see what they were doing.  And I have a plan.  ANd I inherited the captaincy, and I have a awesome co-captain to help keep the tram chatting and happy, and there.  But for this I need a team.  As of Monday, our team still needed a nudge to get enough players to field a team. Not an all out panic recruitment, but a nudge.  This is my real issue.  I suck at recruiting.  I hate recruiting.  (almost as bad as I suck at & hate fundraising) That's what our old captain was great at - recruiting.  I am trying, but I hate and suck at every minute of it.  We have a great team concept.  Jim Henson.  There is so much to tie into -

I really hope we can field a team.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Paula Deen

In the last week I've been taking a lot of flack for something I never foresaw.  ( mind you I'm used to taking flack for just about everything in life - normally it doesn't bother me - but it is irritating me right now) I've found myself defending Paula Deen.  I'm not defending her recipes mind you- or saying you should be able to eat solely or even mostly out of her cookbooks and live forever.  I have been defending Paul Deen the person.  I also am irritated that I am also defending the point of she is getting judged more harshly because she is female.

Apparently 3 years ago, Paula was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  There are a lot of American's with type 2 diabetes - and a large percentage who are undiagnosed (if you aren't diagnosed - you can't manage it - and will have more health consequences)  What you eat is a part of the risk factors.  Age (can't help that - except you know - by dying)  genetics (don't pick your parents)  stress (the American way of life leads to high stress levels - and I am sure she has plenty) weight (just guessing visually she appears like she could lose a few pounds) and exercise level ( I really don't know her activity levels)  Now granted food and weight are closely tied -but not the sole risk factors.  She didn't tell anyone. Lots of people seem to have an issue with her not announcing it.

I don't think a person, even a celebrity like Paula Deen has a responsibility to announce her health issues to the world.  I am guessing as she is in her late 60's (and seriously a lot more vibrant than a lot of people her age I meet) she has gone through menopause as well.  Did she need to announce that??  If she develops a bunion from being on her feet in restaurant kitchens all day - does she need to put up a warning so other people don't get one?  Does she need to tell us if she gets an ingrown toenail fixed?  It's her health and she has a right to privacy about it.  I might feel differently if it were Dr Oz or Denise Austin, or the Tae-Bo dude, or Dr Atkins.  These are people who have achieved celebrity status BECAUSE  the general public looks to them for health advise.

Paula is a cook.  I don't think she ever went to a culinary institute.  I think she learned to cook from her mom & grandma and has a lot of talent on her own, and has used those skills to build a very successful restaurant business.  She used her personality and her ability to teach people how to cook to create quite the brand of herself.  Does she tell us, we should be picking up 8 pounds of butter every week when we shop?  NO.  Does she tell us the only way to eat meat is cooked in butter slathered in gravy?? NO. As a matter of fact - I had been noticing that in her more recently taped shows she makes a point of saying she does not eat like that on a daily basis.  She also has been taking to stressing that moderation is the key.    When her son Bobby comes on her show - he cooks his own take - which tends toward a lighter dish. He's done this enough that now he's getting his own show - of Not My Mother's food or dishes I don't recall. (and am too lazy to open a Google tab - you can look it up if you want.)

Paula entertains us.  Most of the time when I watch her show it's just better than the crap that's on regular tv.  I don't run in the kitchen after the show ends to make those dishes for dinner!  I might make one of Paula's recipes maybe 2 or 3 times a year.  As comfort food, or as "company" food.   Seriously - the only contribution her show has to my overall fatness - is that I tend to watch it as I am on the computer or knitting - both sedentary activities.  But I could be watching the boston marathon - and if I'm on my ass on the couch - it's not making me any healthier.

Now - the "BIG" brewhaha - that she has announced it (and that seems to be because a morning show host came out and asked her - because the tabloids had run the story) is that she is going to be working with Novo Nordisk  as a spokesperson or something with one of their diabetes medications. ( on a side note - I pass by their Princeton location when I come back home from Philly - and wondered what they were.  They looked medical. Apparently they use recombitant dna technology for diabetes drugs & insulin) ) People are calling her a hypocrite becuase she has a butter based cooking show and is  taking pills to manage her diabetes. 

Seriously?? Make up your mind - is she wrong for not speaking out and encouraging awareness - or is she wrong for being a spokesperson?  It's because she is a spokesperson for big pharma - that the outcry comes up.  As a planet and especially as a country we are getting fatter everyday.  (Ok maaybe not so much January with all the resolutions)  If Paula Deen pulled or changed her show - would the trend go the other way??  I really, really doubt it. We live in a world, where Lipitor, sleep aids, and erectile dysfunction commercials work there way into just about all the shows except Sesame St!  The problem is with us as a society.  Nobody wants to put forth a ton of effort - they want an easy "pill" to solve their problems.  I mean - do we really believe that everyone taking e.d. pills really need them??  Or is it the older middle aged men who have the fantasies (or realities) of banging the hot 20 year old who really should just go out and buy a sports car to deal with their crisis?  Have you listened to some of the side effects for pills to solve problems that are not nearly as bad??  (The truly sad thing this says about our society is we are willing to throw time, talent and money at some old guy's junk - but we still have cancer, and MERSA and measles and polio might be comng back)

So - first - we don't know if/what lifestyle changes Paula has/is/will be making  - and it's not our business.  Second- when people who are diagnosed with high blood pressure are sedentary and overweight and have bad diets - we don't say lose weight, stop the salt and fat, get some exercise and if that doesn't work we'll give you some pills - no we give you the pills - so you don't have a heart attack or stroke or something while you are trying to make lifestyle changes.  and if lifestyle changes works - we'll take you off or reduce the pills.   I don't pretend to know - but I will be willing to bet that a lot of high profile business execs and politicians have high blood pressure.  And a lot of them are fat& sedentary not to mention stressed.  Do we condemn them because they don't come out  and announce it?  And that they take their meds to try to control it instead of diet?

And here's my other gripe - that this whole thing is making me sound like a femanist ( I can't even spell that)

Can someone tell me Guy Fieri's blood pressure, sugar or cholesterol numbers??  He's  a lot younger than Paula - he can't blame age.  Can someone tell me what those numbers are for the Man vs Food (Adam somebody) How about Ina's husband jeffrey??  Mario Batali is a pretty big boy.

Why isn't there a public outcry about Diner's Drive Ins and Dives??  Some of those dishes have got to be 2 or 3 THOUSAND calories.  ANd there are people who eat at these places daily for real!  Why aren't we beating up Guy for taking us to these places??  Why aren't we pissed of at Adam for eating an 8 pound burrito??  Why isn't there a public outcry to take the extreme dessert shows off the air??

Paula is a woman.  Paula makes people think of mom or grandma or great aunt Sue.  Paula is no more responsible for your health than they are.  Paula doesn't "owe" her audience her health records any more than they do.  Paula is less of a puppet for Big Pharma than all the male celebs endorsing "male enhancement drugs" .  She can lose weight, she can exercise, she can never eat butter again - and she may still need help with her diabetes.  There are a lot of people out there that can't or won't fix their risk factors - or they did and it didn't help enough.  They should have an option for a pill - if it will keep all the other diabetes health side effects at bay.  Cause I've seen her with some of those male guests - I don't think they'd need that pill.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

NJ doesn't have a pro team. GO 49ers!! Beat them with the 'stick

NFC Championship is tonight!! ( Hear that I.R. ?  Giants and 49ers can't play each other in the SuperBowl.. duh...)   Should be an interesting evening.  Clearly, I am a monogamous obsessive fan- and root for the 9'ers all the way.  My husband is a Giants fan - not nearly as invested in any sport or team as much as I am - but his interest ramps up if his team makes the post season.  I live in the midst of Giants territory, surrounded by Cowboy fans...The Angie is very much the 49er  girl... and is currently worried about becoming a child of divorce.

So I do have several friends whose teams are now dreaming of next year on the beach.  They suddenly decided they were rooting for the Giants as the "home" team.  Seriously???  The Giants have practiced and played in NJ for almost 40 years.  Yes - in 1976 the Giants started playing in the Meadowlands.  That is 36 years ago!  In 36 years - and now a brand new stadium later - the Giants continue to dis the state that gives them support and a home and leave a state who wouldn't/couldn't pass the bonding to build them a stadim - in their moniker!  Wake up New Jersey idiots!  Everytime you hear them referred to as the NY Giants - every piece of licenses merchandise with the NY on it - they are really mocking you.  NJ paid for the Meadowlands, every NJ resident who complains because of our tax rates needs to remember - you paid for it in your taxes not the morons in NY who continue to "own" the team.  So as far as I (and several of my friends - Raiders, Chiefs, Cowboys, Ravens, Colts and Bears fans aagree) am concerned - NJ does not have a home football team.  Pick your poison people!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Test Knit

I recently needed to make a cowl, with Berroco Ultra Alpaca for someone.  Just before I started looking for a pattern, I found out on Twitter my friend Sarah (rainloverknits) was having a pattern of hers test knit.  So I volunteered,  the pattern was wonderful - I had no troubles with the pattern - written or charted- it knit up quickly and I love how it came out. 

Here's the picture of the unblocked cowl (it's 10 3/4 by 7 7/8 - so I'm only going to block it enough to clean up the cables and ribs)


In other yarny news - here's a picture of my latest mini-skeins from Little Red Bicycle on Etsy:


Friday, January 20, 2012

The last of Anna's Wedding

I realized I don't have many pics of my mom - maybe when Anna gets her digital album up I'll have more.   And I don't have a copy of the picture with the bride's side - cause we were all in it.  Here's my mom with Anna, Joe and Joe's mom.


Here's my mom with the Angie and John at her house before the wedding:


Anna & Joe feeding the ducks:

My favoritest cousin on the planet Norman:

The cake:


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Anna's Wedding Cont.

I guess the Angie and I are pretty much alike - She was Anna's Maid of Honor and thus the first pair after the Bride and Groom processed back down the aisle- I was the last.  This is the face she made at Curt and my cousin Norman:

And this is the face I made at them:

This is the wedding party outside the reception:

Anna and the Angie:


Anna and my brother:


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sensational Haiku Wednesday
Sensational Haiku Wednesday

Welcome to “Sensational Haiku Wednesday!”

The basics: Haiku is simple! It is 3 non-rhyming lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively (a great way to use your fingers!)

Here are the rules:

      Structure: While Haiku may be written by some in other styles, for THIS meme only 5-7-5 is acceptable. At least one of your haiku must be in this format.
      Theme/Prompt: We have a new prompt each week, and your haiku needs to be related to it, if not include the actual word in it. Feel free to leave a word suggestion in a comment!
      Linking: When you post your link, link to the blog post with your haiku, not to the main page of your blog.
      Reciprocate: If you participate and post your link on my website, you must have a link back here on your post. It’s only fair.
    Folks not complying with the above risk having their links removed. Don’t make me be all “Grrrr” and stuff, it makes me grumpy! Thanks for your cooperation!

This week’s theme is: Freestyle (whatever you like!)

I have such trouble
when Jenn picks this prompt for us,
creating haikus.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Anna's Wedding

During my blog hiatus, my sister Anna got married on Nov 26 (Thanksgiving Sat) at a tiny church that still uses the latin rite mass.

Here's Anna getting her hair and makeup done - don't you just love the wedding day socks?

She wore the Princess Kate knockoff dress - with 6 crinolines underneath because she wanted the bottom more poufy so her (size 8) waist would look waspier. (hmmmf) Her dress took up the entire back of the stretch limo!!


She should have measured the aisle of the church - her dress was as wide - my brother stepped on the dress I don't know how many times and he kept popping in and out of pews on his way up (since my dad is no longer here- my brother  gave her away)

Poor Joe (the groom) was barely on the kneeler!

I actually wore makeup and curled my hair!!

The Kiss!

I'll finish this on Thursday - tomorrow is Sensational Haiku!! (and Braun's Day!!)

Monday, January 16, 2012

49ers beat the Saints!

Saturday night. the Angie and I rooted for the 49ers to win their playoff game.  What a game!  Alex Smith runs for a touchdown; 4 touchdowns in 4 minutes; 10 years off the end of my life!and in the last few seconds of the game - down by 3 - Jim Harbaugh doesn't send Ackers out for the tying field goal - he lets Alex Smith(team moron) throw a pass. The Angie and I were freaking out , Curt was deciding not to come home from bowling, and Vernon Davis went up for the most amazing catch.

Angie wasn't thrilled with the crying - but seriously it's hard to imagine the emotions he was feeling.

Next week will be interesting. Playing the Giants in Candlestick for the National League Championship and to move on to the Super Bowl.  Curtis is a Giants fan.  Basically no matter what happens he loses.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Worlds dumbest.

So I was going to make this big post with pictures and everything about the divisional playoff game between the 49ers and the saints. But it will have to wait for tomorrow.

I think it is safe to say that if you hear Tanya Harding or Danny Bonaduce's voices while your husband is doing something it probably doesn't bode well. AND if instead of allowing you to video it- just in case something goes awry- you could sell the video to worlds dunbest and recoupe some of his medical expenses- he wants you to come and assist him- you should be allowed to mock him later.  On your blog.

Since we had to bring the Angie back to her dorm in Philly and my friend
Min's birthday was yesterday, we arranged to get together with Min to celebrate. (ok really I wanted to hang out with Felix her cat... ) min needed those plastic sheets that cover your windows to prevent drafts. I was going to get some at work and bring them down, but in all the Angie shopping I forgot, so we got some here.

Now I will admit, I end up bringing curt places and popping a honey-do list on him. I "helpfully" comment on how he should do stuff.  This was one such occasion.  Curt was perched on the back of Min's couch applying tape to the window, when he balanced the knife on the top of the front pane (which was raised because of a window ac) it promptly fell between the two panes.

Now we embarked on a "project" of rescuing said knife. This utilized 2 spatulas taped together, 2 plastic poles from.a laundry dryer, someone pressing on the glass so it wouldn't fall farther, all to no.avail.  then curt comes up with his brilliant plan.

He opens the window next to it (storm window doesn't stay up) and crawls -headfirst- onto the porch roof - while I push the knife down so it will drop. In the meantime, the knitting needle that was propping up the storm window fell out, the window was on his shoulder, and he had to crawl back in the window while I held the window up.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Feeling like Mom..

The Angie let me make 3 dozen frosted & sprinkled cooked to take with her to school tomorrow to share with her friends. It's like when she was little and I sent birthday treats in to school.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Angie is packing.


So after a close to marathon shopping expedition (after work) today - Angie just has to do her laundry and pack the remaining things she is bringing to school with her.  It snowed today which made us both happy. We went to the gym together - pretty late - and I guess everyone was out partying because it was pretty empty which made me happy ;P  I sometimes feel bad that I don't feel totally torn up that she is leaving but I really am good (despite what my father in law says)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Seriously tires??

Curtis was putting his pictures through the face recognition thing a few weeks ago - and did my "little" brother.  So really??  tires??  John's really more of a motorhead/mechanic than a tire specialist

The truly disturbing thing is - people say we look alike!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sensational Haiku Wednesday
Sensational Haiku Wednesday

Welcome to “Sensational Haiku Wednesday!”

Click here for info and background on this weekly event!
The basics:
Haiku is simple! It is 3 non-rhyming lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively (a great way to use your fingers!)

This week’s theme is: Brilliance (2 OR 3 syllables, depending on who you ask…

Work Brilliance:

 End piece of the roll,

Comes off the same day Braun's comes-

Ultimate timing!