Sunday, February 17, 2008

On the road again....

Tomorrow I leave for Savannah & Augusta, and I'll be on the road more or less non-stop till the end of March. YIKES! I could really have used another day off, but that's just not how the scheduling worked out. On the upside, I only have to go into the office tomorrow long enough to pick up a few things, so I will have some time to deal with a few things here.

It was great being a part of Chip & Katy's celebration yesterday. They have a very close group of friends from their singles' group (where they met, actually), and we were definitely the odd people out, but everyone was really friendly. Her father is a pastor, so he married them, which was sweet. Their ceremony was a great deal more contemporary than ours, but seemed to be meaningful to them. :) One sad moment was Lindsey's realization that because he had to stay after the ceremony for pictures, all the chocolate-covered strawberries would be gone by the time he got downstairs. This was the truth, unfortunately, but he managed to recover. Here he is with the tricycle we decorated as the getaway car. The frog "chauffeur" plays Cypress Hill's Jump Around, which was hysterical to everyone in our demographic.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

We're headed out of town for a wedding tomorrow, so I thought I should post this a bit early. I received my amazing valentines from Sarah's swap today. If you look through the last few entries, you'll be able to see all the valentines. Some of them took a tremendous amount of effort! They are all quite nifty, though, and I can't wait to decorate with them. :) This was my offering:

I really loved the vintage girlies I cut from a sheet of wrapping paper. They were not so fun to cut out (I'd forgotten how thin wrapping paper used to be), but I thought they looked pretty good. Sarah probably wants to kill me for glittering the hearts, but it was a lot of fun to do. :)

Have fun tomorrow, and have a good weekend. I'll be back on Sunday with wedding pictures!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Day in the Life of a 3rd Year

The star of this is my brother's friend. It's hysterical, particularly knowing this kid.

Random Moments from the Weekend

See all that grey? That was Saturday. Sunday was much prettier - until I got on my plane, whereupon we had a snowstorm. Yes, you can fly in a snowstorm. No, it is not any fun. Trust me.
Caro - looking oh-so-lovely - this is actually the bed. Apparently, when your hotel has a letter of the alphabet for a name, this is what you get. Seriously, though, Lauren was awesome to let us eat up a kabillionty of her hotel points to stay there.

Heather & Lauren - somewhere in Soho - eating gluten-free goodness.

Remnants of said gluten-free goodness - three cupcakes gone. I told them the Mama Lee story about cupcake wrappers, but they were unimpressed. Hmpf.

Caro & I - post cupcake.

Joey, Jason, & some girl. Joey is fabulous, because he hates diamonds, too. (Actually, he's fantastic in general, but you get my point.)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Just because I can't resist showing you these beauties that I liberated over the weekend at bargain-basement prices. :)

Crazy weather, etc.

Spent all morning figuring I was going to meet my death on the 17th floor of a downtown building, since it's hard to get down 17 floors before a tornado comes, & now it's nice enough to sit outside on the porch swing. Interesting weather for Ash Wednesday, isn't it? We're off to church later this evening. My best Ash Wednesday story is from the year I studied abroad. Pete was in Paris visiting, and in our pitiful attempt to fast, we *only* had McDonald's fries before going to Mass at Notre Dame that evening. Having thrown caution to the wind, we then decided to cross the bridge and eat at La Castafiore on the Ile St-Louis. I also remember that for some reason the priest who applied Petey's ashes put them ON TOP OF HIS BANGS, so he had no ashes, while the priest who applied mine clearly thought he was a better priest for covering my entire forehead with a sooty mess that in no way resembled a cross. Fortunately, it was Northern Europe in winter, so it was dark.

In all seriousness, it was depressing to wake up this morning & realize that some people will remember yesterday & today not for the excitement of a *real* election, but for sadness & loss. Let's remember them, especially today.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A smelly post...

Now, I have pseudo-autistic hypersensitivities just like Monkey, but mine are more of the texture variety than the smell variety, so this is not as exciting for me as it was for her. Lindsey suggested that I list the smell of fresh hundred-dollar bills, but I worked at a bank one summer during college, & that smell is actually kind of gross. :)

So, 5 Things That I Like to Smell, in no particular order, and by no means an exhaustive list:

1) Fresh-baked bread.

2) Imminent rain.

3) Line-dried sheets. (I WILL have a clothesline by summer, I will!)

4) Mr. Sketch SCENTED markers.

5) Old books.


A happy post....

Since I'm WAY behind on Monkey's latest 5 Things posts, I thought I'd catch up. I can't promise that all three will get done tonight, though. :)

First up: 5 Places I've Been, But I'd Like to See Again!

1. Prague. We've appreciated my obsession before, but let's continue to do so today. WARNING: More social studies geekiness approacheth. There are two HUGE reasons that Prague is in better shape today than most of the rest of Eastern Europe: a) Hitler wanted to make the city into a museum of extinct Jewish culture, so he didn't desecrate the city's large Jewish quarter, and b) even Communism is better in the Czech Republic, so the city just didn't suffer as much as most other places did. Thus, large parts of Prague & the Czech countryside look just as they did centuries ago, despite two hot wars & a cold one, too. In a nutshell, if you ever get the opportunity to visit, please do so. :)

2. Yosemite National Park. When my uncle lived in San Francisco, we went to visit one summer, & drove up the California coast to Yosemite. It was amazing, but my anti-outdoorsy family didn't do nearly as much cool stuff as we could have. We did, however, get to stay at this fantastic old hotel, which I loved.

3. Boston. I've only been once, and it was blisteringly hot, but I still want to go back & visit. ;)

4. New York - but I get to go on Friday. Whoo-hoo!!!

5. And, because it's Mardi Gras, and because there's nowhere on the planet like it, New Orleans.

Pictures are all courtesy of ye olde Internet.

You know you're a social studies geek when.... almost makes you cry.

Now - let me explain. For those of you who don't know, we live in what could technically be called "the hood." In fact, I often call it that myself, mostly to alleviate the concerns of people who think we own a half-million dollar home. There are houses in our larger neighborhood in that price range, so when people hear where we live, that's what they imagine. We live in the not-quite-as-nice portion of the area, which we actually prefer, since our neighbors are: a) friendly; b) not millionaires; and c) the kind of people that do their own yardwork. (I just returned from a work event at the Ritz-Carlton on Lake Oconee, and let me tell you, I have ZERO desire to ever lead that lifestyle. It was ridiculous, but I digress.)

Back to the almost-crying. I don't know how it works elsewhere, but in Georgia, polls are traditionally staffed by civic-minded retirees. They take their jobs very seriously, and some of them look old enough to remember when women got the right to vote. Since we vote electronically, it's very impressive how tech-savvy some of these ladies can be!

Anyway, our neighborHOOD is very racially integrated, and the voting lines today were no exception. What made me almost cry was the thought, though, that most of the people running the polling place were not able to vote until they were well into adulthood. Thanks to the wonders of Jim Crow, the ladies running my precinct would (I'm guessing) probably not have gotten to vote for President until 1968 - at best. And since some of them probably could have voted for FDR in his first term, that's really terribly sad.

Now, you might think, if a system has disenfranchised you for that long, & generally only worked to hurt you for no reason other than the color of your skin, you would probably disengage & say, "forget it." But for these ladies, that didn't stop them. I would love to know about the changes they've seen during their lifetimes, and if they realize how important it is that they are doing the job that they did today. Instead, I just smiled & joked with them. The oldest lady was teasing everyone about having filled out their verification forms wrong, & that we were going to break her fingers off because she was having to do extra writing. I thought that was hysterical, and when she got to me, she started singing, "Mrs. Brown has come to TOWN." That got a big laugh, of course, even though it's not the most original joke in the world.

Moral of the story - if you haven't voted yet, go do it! (And if you don't know for whom to vote, call me & I'll tell you. :) And I hope, L & M, you noticed that I didn't end that last phrase with a preposition.) Should you need more convincing, head over to Amy's, & read her thoughts on voting, too.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

And the winner is....

Natalie!!!!!!! You might even get an in-person delivery if I get really energetic. (Not likely, just to be fair. haha)

Thanks for playing, everyone. Pictures of your treats will appear this afternoon.

And for those of you with children, I've been up for quite a while, don't worry. :)

Friday, February 1, 2008

2 small things.

1) I will draw the name of our winner whenever I get up in the morning (sometime between 7 &10), so it's your last chance to comment on the previous post, lurkers....
2) I am about to enjoy some yummy king cake. Bear provided the necessary inspiration, and I'm going to be one happy chica very, very, very shortly.