Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Another Question

Does anyone know a good way to remove cookies from a dryer vent?

Oh, and quickly....my Thanksgiving guests will be arriving in a few hours.

That's right....16 people, one house, three days.

I love it.


Shout out to Joseph.

A Perfect Pair

I would never have thought it possible, but two of my favorite musicians in the galaxy performed "To Love Somebody" together.

Damien Rice + Ray LaMontagne = Perfection

The Top Ten Things I'm Thankful For

10) Portable DVD players. I swore I'd never let my children watch more than a few minutes of television a day, but desperate times often demand desperate measures.

9) Messy, low buns are in style. Blessed be to the hair gods....I can occasionally convince myself that I am not the incarnation of the "Wreck of the Hesperus".

8) Diana. My cleaning lady. She came early this week to help get the house ready for my Thanksgiving week blowout. Did I mention I was having 16 overnight guests for three days? Oh, and NINE of them are humans who have not lived 14 years (and many substantially less).

7) Steamable vegetables. Nothing provides a better combination of fast, healthy, and yummy than these little forzen bags of wonder.

6) The lines created by a good vacuum. Aside from a tubful of wine, nothing soothes me more. Okay, maybe circus peanuts. Or, the news that grandparents are coming to babysit. Or my new Target credit card. Okay, so maybe I need a new list.

5) I am thankful for Facebook, which allows me to stalk people from my past who have aged in such a way that I am okay with my own progress. Even more, I have reconnected with people I'd swore I'd never see again (and, for the most part, that is definitely a good thing).

4) Webcams....and nobody else knows why better than Paul.

3) My friends, especially those who got me through one of my hardest years to date. My only wish is that O will have such gifts as these girlfriends of mine.

2) My family. If the stock market decides zero is a good number, if I learn that my writing only merits a job at Hallmark, and if my children don't win the Pulitzers they will clearly one day deserve, it's all good thanks to my family.

1) These three red heads I know....I may have mentioned them. For them, there are no words.


Is it really a heinous offense if the picture I use for my Facebook profile picture was taken three years ago at my friend Amy Cruickshank's wedding?

I haven't taken a good one since.

A Way With Words

Among the many blessings Bama's weeklong stay provided, making curtains for my eternally unfinished kitchen was atop the list. I took my time finding the perfect color, I took everyone's time debating the perfect fabric, and then I took my mother's time so that she may sew them.

And they are fabulous!!!

I know, I know, everyone has different tastes, and there is no such thing as good or bad taste, blah, blah, blah.

I don't buy a word of that. These curtains are perfection!!!!

So, after my mother and I sat back after hanging them and took a moment to congratulate ourselves on their fabulousness, I made a VERY unforunate comment:

Mom: I just love them. They came out better than I'd hope.
Christine: I know, and I was so worried about the color. But look, the details in the fabric, it just makes the walls pop.

Horrible, HORRIBLE choice of words.

For the remainder of the day, my little O refused to go in the kitchen unless we removed the curtains. She was terrified of popping walls.

Quote of the Day

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ~H.U. Westermayer

Picture of the Day

Happy Thanksgiving!
(and, no, that actually isn't O....but an apparent, older twin)

Monday, November 24, 2008


In order to soften the withdrawal effects of Bama's return to New Ginger, we are spending the day at Grammy's.

Yes, it's cowardly; and no, I don't care.

Be back tomorrow for my list of 10 Things I'm Thankful For (and, yes, Bama and circus peanuts may have made the list.)