Wednesday, April 25, 2007
My father-in-law, three friends and a friend-of-a-friend showed up to help us move, wonderful people, all! Though only one of them is likely to read this, I will say "Thank You" anyway. =) Thank you!
Now that we are here, we are realizing that there is more work that needs to be done than we had originally realized - the home is a solid little block home from the seventies, very sound architecturally, but in need of a lot of cosmetic work. The list so far:
Minor drywall repairs
A few new light fixtures
Some electric work
Most of this we had planned on doing anyway, we just hadn't realized how quickly we would want to change things! The carpet in the living area is probably 35 years old and it is FILTHY. It is SO INCREDIBLY DISGUSTING! Benjamin managed to wiggle his way on to the carpet a couple of times, and ended up with black hands and knees. I've been wearing shoes indoors just to avoid stepping on that carpet.
Fortunately, between our current savings and my husband's opportunities for overtime, we should be able to get the majority of what we want done without having to wait too long for it. In the meantime, we're going to rip out that foul, hideous thing that once was carpet, because a cement floor with a throw-rug over is the preferable option right now!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback? I prefer hardback but will collect any of these options
Amazon or brick and mortar? Internet sites if I know what I want, brick & mortar for browsing
Barnes & Noble or Borders? Both, but only for their coffee & desserts, otherwise used bookstores, library sales, etc.
Bookmark or dogear? Neither, I try to remember the page number
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? Neither alphabetized nor random - they're divided up into categories (adult, children, classics, favorites, etc.) and then usually grouped together by author within those categories (but not alphabetized in any way, shape or form)
Keep, throw away, or sell? The rare book that is not kept is usually donated to a thrift store
Keep dustjacket or toss it? Keep
Read with dustjacket or remove it? with
Short story or novel? Both
Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)? Both
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket? neither, really, though I do own one Lemony Snicket book - I got rid of the Harry Potters
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? I usually aim for chapter breaks
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? Both
Buy or Borrow? Both - if I really like a book I borrow, it gets added to my "buy eventually" list
New or used? I prefer new, but usually can't afford it
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? Browse, followed by recommendation, never really read book reviews
Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Cliffhangers are okay, as long as there is a sequel with a tidy ending. ;)
Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading? Any time I can squeeze it in, which is usually not until after the boys are in bed (though my preference would be quiet morning reading)
Stand-alone or series? Both
Favorite series? The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? The Continent of Lies by James Morrow
Favorite book read last year? I don't remember
Favorite books of all time? The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Favorite children’s book? I couldn't possibly pick one favorite
Least favorite book you finished last year? I don’t remember
What are you reading right now? My history textbook, everything else is packed
What are you reading next? Whatever I feel like?
What book are you embarrassed you ever read? Any modern romance novel, even the "good" ones
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
As Jews worldwide honored on Monday the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust, a 76-year-old survivor sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday's shooting at Virginia Tech College that left 33 dead and over two dozen wounded.
Read the rest of the article here
(MSN's home page does not even mention this man's sacrifice, though they've seen fit to include a link about US "gun culture" being criticized - I hate the mainstream media!)
Friday, April 13, 2007
This morning we were scheduled to be at the title company at 9:00 to sign the closing paperwork for our house.
This was my plan - be out of the house by 6:30 in order to meet my husband after his shift ended at 7:00. Drive to my in-laws and leave Vincent with his grandfather, then drive to the title company, which, if all went according to plan, would have us there on time or even early.
The first snag happened as I was leaving the house. My key jammed in the lock. It had turned just far enough that I could not pull it out again, and no amount of jiggling or attempts at brute strength would free it. Eventually, already running late and with no way of getting back inside to call maintenance, I simply pulled the keyring off and left the key in the lock.
I arrived at the agreed upon point of rendezvous, the left side of the J C Penney's at the mall close to my husband's work, only to discover that my husband was not there. No big deal, I thought, his shift-relief probably arrived late and he's a little behind because of that.
The minutes piled up and still no husband in sight. When I asked a man unloading a truck nearby what time it was, I was informed that it was 8:47. As my mouth dropped open in shock, the man corrected himself and said that it was 7:47. Shortly afterwards, my husband arrived, surprised to find out that I had not yet dropped off Vincent. He had misunderstood and thought I was taking him to his grandparents first, so my husband had gone to breakfast with a co-worker since he thought he had time to kill.
We decided that since we were signing our portion of the paperwork several hours before the seller would come in to sign, that it was better to go ahead and drop Vincent off and be late, than to try and sign important paperwork while keeping a three-year-old quietly occupied. I guess the universe just wanted to make sure that I upheld my reputation for being at least fifteen minutes late for any appointment.
Fortunately, everything went well, and it took only thirty minutes to go through the paperwork instead of forty-five minutes to an hour, which had been our real estate agent's estimate.
Well, in my long, drawn-out way, I have reached the pertinent conclusion to this story - (as long as a meteor did not fall on the sellers before they could sign their share of the paperwork) we now owe the bank a lot of money in exchange for the privilege of having our name on a document that shows we have the right to live on a certain piece of property. =D
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I first saw this on Birdie's blog
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My middle name is the same as my mother's middle name and my grandmother's first name
2. ARE YOU AN ONLY child? nope
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No, but my printing sometimes looks nice
4. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Probably
5. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? nope
6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? rice crispies
7. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? I usually wear sandals
8. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Physically, no - that's why I keep a man around the house ;)
9. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Mmmm, ice cream!
10. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? posture
11. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? selfishness
12 . WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? my family that live too far away to visit regularly!
13 . WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? blue jeans, no shoes
14. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? casserole last night, I have not eaten breakfast yet
15. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? whoops, that's a baby crying...
16. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Spring green
17. FAVORITE SMELLS? new babies, the coffee aisle, lilacs, baking bread, freshly cut grass, the breeze before a storm
18. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? my husband
19. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? I like the person whose blog I plucked it from
20. DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS? no, but sadly I'm sure that won't last
21. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? none
22. HAIR COLOR? blonde
23. EYE COLOR? green
24. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? glasses
25. FAVORITE FOOD? my Mexican casserole, Mom's cheesecake, my oldest sister's rolls
26. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? both!
27. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Hoodwinked
28. WHAT COLORS SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? green
29. SUMMER OR WINTER? Fall and Spring! (Same as Beth and Birdie)
30. HUGS OR KISSES? both, provided they come from my husband, children or mother - hugs from family or friends of the huggy variety, and everybody else better be remaining at arm length!
31. FAVORITE DESSERT? mmmm, dessert!
32. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? women
33. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? men
34. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? my modern American history textbook and my Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks (I feel the weight of my geekiness pressing down on me now)
35. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? the mouse
36. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? I don’t watch TV either
37. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOUND(s)? my babies laughing or cooing,
38. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? beetles, especially those ones with the shiny green carapace
39. WHAT IS THE FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Ireland
40. SO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I'm naturally talented in a couple of areas, but I'm too lazy to make them special talents
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Our son Vincent tends to be a little - curmudgeonly - when he first wakes up in the morning. He was lurking just inside his bedroom and my husband decided to lure him out by telling Vincent he was going to eat all the chocolate cake. Well, the lure worked - the problem was that we did not have chocolate cake. Having performed his mischief, my husband went to bed for the day. Have you ever tried to convince a three year-old that there is no chocolate cake when Daddy made it sound as if there were?
I had to go to the store anyway, so we came back with a couple of small frosted chocolate brownies that resembled cake. Obviously two was too many for a three-year old, so I graciously took on the burden of eating the other one.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
I would like just fifteen minutes of uninterrupted time now and then, to drink a cup of coffee, eat my lunch, write a blog post - I'm betting that within five minutes, however, my oldest will have run out here to interrupt me once again.
I ran out of croutons for my home-made ceaser salads, so I'm using Crispix cereal pieces instead. Tastes pretty good!
Blogger does not recognize the word 'croutons' as a legitimate word. It's suggesting I change the spelling to 'mouton'. What the heck is a mouton? Popping over to dictionary.com now...
Mouton: sheepskin that has been processed to resemble another fur, esp. seal or beaver.
Yes, clearly more people are going to use the word 'mouton' than will use 'crouton'.
I've typed the word 'crouton' so many times that it no longer looks like a real word to me.
Wow! Five minutes and no interruption from my offspring! It's almost a miracle!
Hah - here he is now. Mommy, mommy, mommy....
And now the interruption from offspring #2. Boy, does this kid have regular bowels. A poopy diaper follows almost every meal. I must change an average of five poopy diapers a day, if not more!
Offspring #1 gets jealous when I nurse offspring #2, so he'll sit or stand next to me and hang on to my braid. Most children have security blankets or stuffed animals. My hair serves that function for my son.
I have an overdue library book. Buying a House for Dummies. It was very helpful.
Offspring #1 in bed for a nap. If only offspring #2 would go to sleep, too! Oh well, I suppose it's time for my daily effort at doing something productive - which will no doubt be thwarted.