Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
It is also the downstairs bathroom. The one I'd like the boys to use most - after all, they all sleep downstairs. I would like the upstairs hall bath to be more of a "guest" bath. So I don't have to mentally cringe, and verbally apologize, when my visiting teacher asks if her child (or worse yet, herself) can use it.
The shelves that Nathan built. The paint is still just a little tacky, so I'm not putting anything on them for a day or two.
I still have a little more to do - mostly just organizing the shelves over the washer, and hanging my "art".
Monday, April 28, 2008
I hope to be done painting by tomorrow, because the day after that I'm heading down to Portland ... where I hope to help Keira do some painting.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
With Nathan home it looks like it might get finished.
- baseboard moldings on the landing and in the upstairs hall.
- new sink/vanity in "guest bath" (Tia and Keira could do that one - after all, they helped me do the same with the master bath)
- new chandelier in the entry?
- new blinds in both offices and the master bedroom
- oh yeah, we're going to Portland this week to do some projects for Keira - new mantle and bookcases.
That's enough to get started on.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I was talking to Suzanne today about a picture I was going to frame and put in my laundry room. She asked if maybe she could commission some art for Emma's room. I told her I pretty much am only goodish at trees. If she wants trees, I could deliver. Anything else, well, let's just say I'm no Michaelangelo. Or Rembrandt, or... (you get the picture). I think I could turn out a credible Jackson Pollack on demand, but that's about it.
...unless you want trees.
In the past I wouldn't have cared too much what replacement phone I end up with, but now I'm not so sure. David was visiting us last weekend and had his new iPhone. It's sooo cool. I do have to ask myself, "How badly does a stay at home mom need a phone that can browse the web?" My answer (unfortunately) is , "I don't need a web browsing phone at all, darn it". The iPhone has lots and lots of other cool features that I also don't need. Ah well, it's fun to dream.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I think I need to look for another pan. Maybe I'll get lucky.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Nathan and I spent an hour and a half at the Department of Motor Vehicles. I suppose it could have been worse. For a while I thought it might be a lot longer. We hadn't planned on going up there, but since we had some free time and all of his identification documents - thither we went.
Steve and Nathan had looked online to find out what documents Nathan would need to replace his lost license. The list was a little confusing, redundant and in some cases, obscure. We gathered up everything we could find - on the theory that it's better to have more than you need, than not enough. I put it all in a file folder so that we wouldn't lose anything. When Nathan and I finally got up to the counter this is what we got.
DMV worker (hereafter referred to as "Roz"): Spell your last name.
"Roz": First name.
"Roz": Date of Birth
Roz: Is your address......
"Roz": That'll be $15, and you may step over to the camera.
Me: Don't you want ANY identification???
"Roz": We still have his picture and information in the computer.
Me: Are you sure???
Here is a list of the contents of our file folder:
Certified Birth Certificate
Selective Service Card
Driver's Ed. Diploma
High School Transcript
3rd Grade Class Picture
I'm just a little disappointed that she didn't want to see any of it. After all, he was such a cute 8 year old.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I hope I don't need to use all four sheets-I think it would look more like laundry day than an epic sea battle.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I got an unexpected phone call this afternoon. I haven't heard from Lori in probably a dozen years. We have exchanged Christmas cards faithfully every year - Christmas cards with pictures and newsletters - just enough to have an idea of what each we're up to - how many kids (now grandkids), what vacations we went on, that sort of thing, but we just don't talk often.
I met Lori over 40 years ago - we were friends all through school. Her parents had a little house over on Fairview Drive. It was in that house that I watched Neil Armstrong take his "one small step" on the moon in 1969. We played with dolls together, had sleepovers, listened to classic music such as the one about Camp Grenada, and played board games like "Mousetrap".
Good times. Good times.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Cory: I'll take the pictures!
Quite the speedy volunteer.
Too bad we didn't plan ahead - not that we could have. But it might have been nice to have somewhat coordinating clothes. As it is we ran the gamut from dressy church clothes to pajamas. We had very little notice as to when David would be visiting - but with him in town for a day I managed to get everyone in one place for Sunday dinner. And pictures. We'll have to do it again in a couple of years - when Andrew gets home. Of course by then Alex might be gone....
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Where Are My Sisters When I Really Need Them?
Steve and Nathan spent 2 hours at Home Depot last night. I hesitate to even ask what all they got. Hopefully they did get everything we need to finish up our downstairs bath/laundry room.
Our laundry room has been in a state of 80% done for 3 or 4 years. Steve now has more experience (and a lot more tools) than he did then, so here's hoping. He's got plenty of assistants - Andrew has the day off today, Nathan will be around this morning and tomorrow...there's just not that much left to do. Come on guys, work with me.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I will have Miriam with me during the test time - but frankly, 1 two year old is easy. Easy. We could go to the store, the library or the park(if it was dry enough). Fortunately for me (and Stephanie) she's not the type to throw too many tantrums. I suppose being the 3rd child has something to do with it. The farther down the line you are, the more opportunity you have to learn the futility of unnecessary tantrums.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I felt sorry for them the first two times they came out (it was the same 2 men both times). Today I felt even sorrier. You would sort of expect the men that move furniture for a living to be at least a little burly. A couple of muscles. Nope. Not today. Both the moving men today were slightly built, Hispanic men. Lugging a couch down a full flight of stairs, then lugging another one up.
I try and point out these labor intensive and "unfun" jobs to my boys - as reasons to get a good education.
I hope Danny doesn't suffer from any test anxiety. It's not like the test even matters or counts for anything - until a student is in 10th grade. Then it counts. Supposedly you can't graduate unless you pass the dreaded 10th grade WASL.
Fun, fun, fun.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Our world just got a little smaller.
It almost makes me wish he was back in school. Almost.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Evidently Nathan bought himself some clippers while on his mission and learned to cut his own hair. I have to say, his haircut looked just fine to me. I guess Andrew was intrigued by the "do-it-yourself" aspect and wanted to give it a try himself. It's not quite as easy as it sounds, but I think with a few more practice runs, he might just be able to pull it off. He only needs a few simple supplies:
- honest missionary companion (who won't lie and say "yes, you got it even in the back" when you didn't come close)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
frame #1: "Hold on, I feel a bad mood coming"
last frame: "That was fast"
"I call it my turbo bad mood"
last frame: "I can't establish the right posture for a turbo bad mood"
"You just haven't mastered what I call the 'Stinking Lotus' position"
I'm trying out new (new to me) technology. I can use our new printer to scan pictures/documents and save them on a memory card. I don't know how to enlarge the picture yet, so apologies for the unreadable text. These cartoons appeared yesterday and today - and reminded me of Keira's blog (yesterday's post: Disconsolate).
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Just over 6 hours. 360 minutes.
I don't have too much to do today. The boys and I have gotten the house cleaned up and a bed made up for Nathan.
I guess it's time to go out and kill the fatted calf.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Anyway, I wanted to mention one other thing that I like about him. No, two other things. First of all, his office doesn't smell "dentisty". Some offices I've walked in practically trigger a panic attack just from the smell. Second, he has the best selection of magazines for an office that I've ever seen. He has a rack that is two magazines high and about 5 feet long, the magazines are neatly stacked about 4 or 5 deep. Surprisingly he doesn't have "People", he has things like "Smithsonian", "National Geographic"(watch the credits), "Architectural Digest", "Cottage Living", "Sports Illustrated"(NOT the swimsuit issue, ever), etc... I could just sit there and browse through magazines.
Magazines I don't see there: "People" or "Parenting". I'm especially glad not to see "Parenting". I think that is the only magazine they ever have laying around at our pediatrician's office. Now there's a depressing mag. - all about being a better parent - when you're in the doctor's office because little Jimmy is sick - or better yet, little Nathan just broke his arm for the 3rd time.
Keira assures me this is not fluff. I am sort of yearning for a P & P fix, but I don't have 6 hours to sit down and savor it, so this will have to suffice for the nonce. I'm glad that my husband even likes the "Colin Firth" version best - he thinks Elizabeth is pretty darn cute. I don't mind that, since while he's looking at her I can drool in peace.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Elder Nathan: Pacific Islands or Bolivia
Keira: Ontario Canada, Guatemala City, Wisconsin
Alex: Hackensack New Jersey, Brazil
Danny: Africa, Washington D.C.
Me: New Zealand, Orlando Florida, Japan
So...give us your best guess. One or two foreign, one or two domestic. I don't really care where he goes, as long as he goes the distance...
Speaking of 2 (we were, weren't we), the Playmobil Noah's Ark I got for the grandkids has 2 each of 13 kinds of animals. Including people. I was a little disappointed not to get Shem, Ham and Japheth - and Noah himself looked a bit young to me. I happened to have a gray haired and bearded Playmobil figure, so I swapped out the black hair for gray. Now Noah looks more like a biblical prophet instead of a hippie.
Looking forward to seeing Nathan the day after tomorrow.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Steve's blog reminded me of that with his post today. He mentioned the song "The Rose" by Bette Midler. It was way overplayed in 1980. Another Bette song that was way overplayed..."Wind Beneath My Wings". It's just sappy. And maybe "From a Distance". Okay, enough about the Divine Miss M...
So...what song do you wish you could get out of your head?
Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
I guess I am doomed to be a person that tries to take some thought for the morrow. It's my fate to be a bit of a worrier - I'm pretty sure that tattoed in invisible ink somewhere on my body are the words "failure to plan is planning to fail".
That reminds me, I need to make a to do list for the week....