Sunday, January 31, 2010

As I'm sure you know already, the very big down side to the wonderful invention of digital cameras is that many people (Eric and I) never quite get around to printing the photos to have and to hold. We actually have a file on our PC called "photos we should print someday" and I was just looking through it. (For the first time in about a year.) These are a few that I must send to snapfish pronto! So much life has flown past and I have only digital proof of it!

Cute cousins who are much bigger than this now.

A trip to Puerto Rico.

Living in Washington, DC.

Learning things about owning a new (enormous) dog.

Dan and Tal's wedding (nice Chris)

A trip to Europe.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tiny Magnets

A brave new band who brought the Lizards Lounge house down last night. So much fun and good music! A, you rocked it good!

Friday, January 29, 2010

When I saw this photo of Meghan's new baby Joseph I exclaimed "OH MY GOSH" with such zeal and force that Max (who was taking a drink of his water) threw his head up and backed away from his dish with caution and alarm. But seriously. Isn't he just about the sweetest thing you've ever seen?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I call this one....Cafe Caliente en la Planta Baja

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Anyone know what kind of bird this is? The photo doesn't do it any justice. It was a BEAST. Is it a falcon? A Cooper's hawk? I just don't know. What I do know is these people used to have a small dog. ;)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Eric called me on his way home tonight.
"It's frickin' freezing," he said.
"Yeah. We should move to Mexico. I can't think of any other thing to do about it."
"Well I'm going to skip going to the gym tonight."
"That's a reasonable start. Me too."
"AND I'm going to pick up some Popeye's Chicken."
"Whatddya say we just stay in tonight and be fat bastards?"

Monday, January 25, 2010

A backward poet writes inverse.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

It's a lazy Sunday night on the ranch. We're eating stewed berries and ice cream and getting ready to curl up to a Netflix. Nothing much to report except that life is good.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I forgot to tell you. I got to see Charlie yesterday. And even though he's still too wiggly for non-blurry photos, he can play the kazoo! (AND walk around the coffee table clockwise, AND do sign language, AND eat black bean soup). He's pretty amazing.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday nights

Are sometimes weird...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our friend Mary's lovely mom was on Good Morning America Health. I had to share it. She's an inspiring lady.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Getting a chess lesson from my prom date. (I like chess! Who knew?) (Is this officially the death of cool?)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Still slowly working through cleaning out boxes from the move. I found this work of (mall) art today. It made me laugh hard enough to blow ginger tea through my nose. That really hurts. But Meghan, you're worth it.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

makin' up

We had to close Max in a room upstairs for a while tonight. We had neighbors over with their small child who wasn't too certain about the big beast of a dog we cohabitate with. Let me tell you. He makes us WORK for his forgiveness. He's peeved and he's playing it up. He's refusing pats on the head and demanding full on-the-floor snuggles.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

blog. blog. blog.

Friday, January 15, 2010

So. My suitcase didn't come off my flight with me last night. I guess it missed its connection or something. This morning a man brought it to our front door like this. I was told that I had to take the bag back to O'hare to report the baggage damaged. This is of course where they'd just brought it from. They must not have NOTICED that my suitcase had its guts ripped out.

I'm pretty sure this suitcase had to have fallen out of the airplane while it was flying over the midwest. That or there was a grizzly bear in the cargo bin.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Piece of heaven

Just got back from a long trip and found a bag of these yummy (despite the bad blury blog photo) tid bits waiting for me. If you think this is no big deal, you should know that 1. they are the yummiest most sinful things ever and 2. Eric lived in the same house as them for days upon days and managed to still save me some. You don't understand. This makes him eligible for canonization. (Thanks Lynda and Bill for the great bag of goodies!)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a triple crown for Netflix. Beginning in the spring, the Wii will become the last of the three current video game consoles to get instant viewing of Netflix movies and TV shows over the Internet.

Wii owners who have a broadband connection and a Netflix subscription that costs at least $9 a month will be able to watch those programs with no extra charge.

For those of us who have been jealous of Playstation and XBox owners who've been able to get unlimited Law & Order on their big screens, on demand, this is a happy day indeed.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Perils of Modern Banking

I like to think if I look really hard at this google map of New Hyde Park, NY, I'll find the bastard who rang up charges on my debit card.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jessie Makes New Friends

These boys told Jessie she fits right in with them.

I'll leave it to you on how to interpret that.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Furniture Day!

Teacher: Spell "couch".

Little girl: Couch. C-O-W...

Billy Madison: No!

Teacher: [to little girl] No, I'm sorry, that's not right.

[to Billy]
Teacher: Well, Billy, if you spell this correctly you pass second grade.

Billy Madison: Couch. C-O-R, uh, are you going to the mall today?

Teacher: No I'm not goin to the mall, keep spelling, mister.

Billy Madison: C-O-U-C-H!

Teacher: Correct!


Friday, January 8, 2010

Long Live the King

Happy birthday Elvis. May you live to 100.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow Blows

New snowblower is getting a workout this week. Had hoped it would work more as a preventative measure.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Signs of Middle Age

Shopping at Costco... for clothes.

(Levi jeans, but still....)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mammal on Furniture

Sleeping on the futon makes Max feel like a real boy.

Monday, January 4, 2010


If I was a comet, I'd want to see how close to the sun I could fly without getting eaten...

Which is probably why I should be glad I'm not a comet.

More here.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Robstown, TX

Jessie is Robstown, TX, which, despite being the birthplace of Texas Hold 'Em, doesn't have readily available wifi. (Hence, Eric back as guestblogger.) Back in the 30s and 40s, however, Robstown did have a Farm Security Administration camp that housed migrant laborers and which was well documented by the FSA's photography program. (Which, of course, was established to report and document the plight of the poor farmer.) So, without further ado, Robstown, TX circa the early 40s:

Someday soon, I'll be kicking myself for not spreading those photos over 5 days.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

My brother sent me his Ken Burns style movie today. I thought I'd show off my nephew. He is so very cute. I also make a cameo.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Hey Ya

I really can't believe that "shake it like a polaroid picture" wasn't a lyric in a pop song until this decade.

And this completes my list of ten great songs.