Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday Random 10

It's Halloween. Leda has decided she doesn't want to be the Little Mermaid, she wants to be Cinderella. We don't have a Cinderella costume. Even though for the past 12 hours or so, she has insisted that she bought one and it's in her closet. Oh yes, tonight is gonna be a barrel full of monkeys!

Can you say trip to KMart? Does that win me Mother of the Year or Sucker of the Year? Can't decide which one!

Oh well, at least the music is pretty darn good this morning:

Indian Summer Sky, U2
I'm A Boy, The Who
Adia, Sarah McLachlan
American Woman, The Guess Who
Sweet Girl, Fleetwood Mac
Medley: Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In, The 5th Dimension
Great Heart, Johnny Clegg & Savuka
Running From An Angel, Hootie & The Blowfish
Favorite Year, Dixie Chicks
Hooked On a Feeling, B.J. Thomas

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

PHILLIES WIN!!!!!

And FINALLY....Philly has a sports Championship!

WOOOO HOOOO!

Fireworks all over the area...it sounds like 4th of July here!

Parade on Friday...won't be going, but might be watching! ;-)

Awesome! And the kid, she slept right through it! Well...after she fell asleep in the 7th inning!

And there are people dancin' in the streets in Philly. It's awesome.

Just Told Off By A Three-Year-Old

Phillies score in the bottom of the 6th (geez, it's like the game JUST started!) and of course, I cheer. Loudly. There was clapping. And WooHooing It was kinda loud. My bad.

A few minutes later, child's bedroom door opens and I ask her what she thinks she is doing (as she is supposed to be sleeping) and she announces she needs to use the potty. As she goes into the bathroom, she stops and looks me in the eye and says...

"When someone is trying to sleep, you are supposed to be quiet."

To which I agree with her and appologize for being too loud and tell her I will do better.

I think I was just told off by a three year old.

This is the reason I hate evening games, by the way. I have to remember to be quiet. It's in the family genes to be loud. Geez!

I'm Nuts

Like that is news to anyone who knows me!

Really, I am. I am going to attempt to do another NaBloPoMo for this November. That means, a post a day for 30 days. No cheating! That means a significant post (no one liners!) I did it last year, hopefully I can do it again!

I'll probably need some topics. So, HELP ME already!

One thing I will be posting about is the 30 Day Shred. Brock promised he will do it with me. We'll see how far we both get. I love Jillian Michaels...I have watched the Biggest Loser thinking, if she was my trainer, I'd get my butt back in shape in no time. Because, well, she scares me! Apparently this DVD work out kicks you-know-what. It should arrive in the mail on Saturday! So I'll probably be dragging my butt out of bed early on Monday morning to start my 30 days!

So November is gonna be an interesting month. Hopefully I can keep up on both adventures! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Charlie Brown and Philadelphia Sports

I just watched It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown with Leda for the first time ever. Her first time ever...god only knows how many times I have seen it. However, it would be the first time in a LONG time for me!

Anyway, I got to thinking about how similar Philadelphia sports is to Charlie Brown. I mean, what is up with Charlie Brown? He's a good guy. He's even a good sport. He is willing to trust Lucy when she tells him, even signs an affidavit, that she will NOT pull the football out from under him when EVERY.SINGLE.TIME she does pull the football out and Charlie ends up flat on his back again.

It's like that with our sports here in this town...every time we think we might actually...well, you know...obtain the unobtainable (I am so not going to jinx our chances by mention the big event that a certain ball team in this city was participating in last night)....the proverbial football is pulled out from underneath of us. Usually this is done by our own team, but this time, the gods are playing havoc with our emotions. I mean, a nor'easter? In October? Snow? Seriously? I'm tellin' ya, I know exactly how Charlie Brown feels!

Enough of that...hopefully the previously mentioned 'big event' will be completed tomorrow night in a fashion that will make this town NOT feel like Charlie Brown! In the meantime...I just had the most enjoyable 60 minutes with my daughter, introducing her to the Peanuts gang for the first time ever. She thought the whole Lucy, the football and Charlie thing was hysterical! (yeah, figures my kid would find the humor in that!) And she thinks Snoopy is just the funniest, silliest dog she has ever seen. He was her favorite!

And commercials...boy do they suck! Leda kept asking, "is it coming back on? When is it coming back on. Where did they go...those kids? Are they coming back?" Yeah, commercials, they suck!

She wants to watch it again. I either have to go out and buy the DVD (which, to me, takes some of the magic out of these shows that we grew up watching only once a year, but that's just me) or the kid, she's gonna have to start learning disappointment!

Considering that she lives in Philadelphia and is being brought up a Philadelphia sports team fan, it's a lesson she's probably gonna need to embrace early on!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Reminiscing

Watch this...I haven't even started the post and I am already going to go on a tangent (hey, it's what I'm known for)...

I wanted to use the word "reminiscing" for this post because, well, that's what this post is about! But I needed to look it up to make sure I was spelling it correctly. And that just got me going on a whole other tangent (see – I told you I was known for going on tangents!)...because what should pop up in the Google results...like #2 in the Google results (really, you go try it!) is the video of the song "Reminiscing" by the Little River Band. Well, I just HAD to click the link and oh.my.god I was thrown back 30 years in like 2.5 beats of the music!

So now, my iTunes account is $4.95 lighter and I'm rocking out to the Little River Band! Why, you ask, would the song "Reminiscing" cost $4.95? Well, I would answer, because I got reacquainted with "The Lonesome Loser" and "Lady". Oh and do you remember "The Night Owls?" And, I had to have "Cool Change." Oh, I thought of buying the whole album, and I might still! This will get me started.

Okay, back to the post...

The past several days have found me thinking about the early 80s when I was in high school and the early 90s when I was just out of college. Facebook is the culprit for most of it. It turns out a lot of people I went to high school with are on Facebook and I've been catching up with them! One went so far as to post the class picture from seventh grade on the internets. ON THE INTERNETS people! Are we nuts???

Well, since I hadn't thought to include my maiden name in my Facebook profile, and I hadn't done a whole lot of searching for people I knew on Facebook yet, I guess people who come across my name in a search for people from my high school don’t recognize me by my married name. Until the previously mentioned photo was posted with my name attached to my picture. (And let me tell you, it's not flattering - the picture, that is! There is a very bad attempt at what I can only guess is Farrah Fawcett hair and then there’s the overalls I am wearing. Ewwww! (Oh, didn’t ya know, I was a fashion plate back then!))

I've had a few people I haven't heard from since, well, high school, friend me in the past couple of days. And there's been conversations with friends from long ago about people we used to hang out with and then there is the searching through yearbooks and scrapbooks to remember what people looked like. Oh, and that just gets you thinking about band trips and football games and dances and all kinds of things that make you cringe at first, but then you remember them fondly! (Probably because you find out there isn't any photographic evidence!)

And with all this remembering, I decided to look up a few friends my College years on facebook and found one who I got in touch with. And that brought out another I hadn't spoke with in several years. And it goes on and on. I’m kinda digging this Facebook phenomena.

On Saturday night, we headed over to South Jersey to spend the evening at Aunt Rachel’s for the annual Alloway Halloween Parade. The Parade got rained out but Rachel and her friends Sue and Jackie and I sat around and talked about all the trouble they used to get into together (I tagged along there for a while back in the early 90s!) Oh, more cringing…I mean it’s one thing to discuss the stupid and crazy things you did quietly through email with friends, but to discuss it out loud in front of your husband is so a different story!

And with the Phillies on the verge of…well, let’s just talk about that after it happens because I don’t want to be accused of jinxing anything. So let’s just say that around these parts there’s a lot of thinking back to 1980!

So, you see, it has been several days of reminiscing. And I'm finding that to be exhausting! But lots of fun. And frustrating, because I realize I don't remember half of what I did way back when! (Which, in some ways, is not so bad! hehe) I’m finding it to be cathartic in a way. I haven’t quite begun to look for pictures that have been put away – I did find a few scrapbooks that have pictures from way back when. I might be posting some here and there. Don’t worry, won’t be posting pictures of others without permission! I am not going to risk another picture of me dressed up funny with a horrible attempt at a popular hairstyle making it to the internets again! Unless I post it myself!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Old Pictures

One of my high school friends posted an old class picture from (gulp!) 1980 or 1981 (when the heck was I in 7th grade??) on Facebook (what an evil, evil invention, Facebook, that is, not pictures) (well, maybe pictures too!) and I got to searching for old pictures.

Haven't a clue where most of them are as I was never really good about putting them in places I could get to them easily, like, say in an album that sits on a shelf? Nope, I used to store them in shoe boxes. Yep, if I ever want to remember what fashionable shoe I was wearing during Jr. High or High School, I just have to find my old pictures! (For that matter, every corsage I had from major dances in highschool are also stuffed into shoe boxes, stored in my hope chest...Do you know how hard it is for me to throw out a shoe box? Oh, therapy is usually involved!)

And as I get older, I tend to forget where I put things. Especially now that I have lots of nooks and cranny's of the house to hide things!

Well, it turns out (as Brock points out), we at one point in our early lives in this house had the resourcefulness to shove all the pictures we could find into a big plastic box. At least one that I was able to get to easily this evening! So I'm digging through that box and I found some negatives of pictures I KNOW I have around here somewhere. Graduation pictures and Prom pictures. Oh, I am sure there is a band trip or two in there too. So guess what I will be doing this weekend when I have some time. That's right, tracking down them old pictures and scanning them in and posting them to Facebook! Payback is a bitch! ;-)

But that's not really what I meant to post about. No, I got to thinking about how much pictures are a daily occurrence for us today (and by us, I mean everyone). With digital cameras, it's so easy to have a picture taken of something or someone every single day. And not just special events, but just everyday ordinary things.

I mean, pictures back when I was in jr. high and high school were taken on special occasions - Prom, Graduation, Band Trips, Football games, Homecoming. Any everyday type pictures that were taken were taking by the Yearbook staff or by the kids who put together the newspaper. And that was probably because they could develop the pictures on their own! It was expensive to take pictures to be developed. And time consuming...I mean, it used to take A WEEK or more to get pictures! Remember that? Wow, can you imagine??

It was just something I thought about when I thought about finding my old pictures. I know where just about every picture I have taken in the past 5 or so years, on my computer...they are all digital. Prior to that, they are hidden somewhere in this house in an old shoe box! And no, they were not Manolo Blahniks!

Friday Random 10

Good one today!

For You, Bruce Springsteen
Lorenzo, Phil Collins
Only Human (From the Casa Nova Sessions), Jason Mraz
Stompin' At The Savoy, Harry Connick, Jr.
Reason To Believe, Bruce Springsteen
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch), The Four Tops
Radio, Smash Mouth
Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo, Rick Derringer
Sara, Fleetwood Mac
Kiss From A Rose, Seal

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Three Weeks and Counting...

Can.Not.Wait...

Season 5 of Top Chef starts November 12th.

Now you know where I will be every Wed night at 10PM.

This time around, they are in NYC! Awesome!

Can.Not.Wait!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sleepy

Apparently, I'm not the only one around here who isn't getting enough sleep!

Taking a nap!

I was sitting at my desk yesterday when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I looked out the window and I saw this squirrel stretching out on this branch. I wasn't quite sure what he was doing. I thought he was stretching to reach something, when all of a sudden, he went slack, closed his eyes and seemingly fell asleep. For about three or four minutes before he sat up again, scratched a few times and bounded down the tree and off toward the creek.

It was so darn cute, I had to take a picture.

Apparently 3-4 minutes is all a little squirrel needs. Me, I could use a whole darn afternoon!

A closer look...

closer

Monday, October 20, 2008

Straight for the Pumpkin Pie!

We had a really busy weekend! On Saturday, we finished cleaning the house and headed on out to meet the Durhams and Karen and Sydney for a trip to Linvilla for a hayride and maybe a pumpkin or two!

The day was beautiful, albeit a little chilly! So we dressed accordingly. We got to Linvilla and headed first for the lunch lines...luckily this year, we got there a little earlier than last and it didn't take too long to get some lunch. A good thing when you have 3 hungry pre-schoolers. So we had a little lunch and headed over for a hayride.

It was a nice little hayride though the woods and through the orchards. We saw pears and peaches (well, peach trees!) and pumpkin patches and squash and tomatoes and peppers and of course, apple trees (and TONS of apples!). The girls enjoyed the hayride, even sitting at the front, right behind the tractor where the dust flew up in our faces! Oh joy!

After the hayride, we headed over to the playground and the girls ran around and tried every piece of equipment they could! They climbed and slid down slides and down poles and 'drove' trucks and saw turkeys and chickens. They had everything but swings, which Leda pointed out to me about a billion times!

We got them all to sit still for a few seconds so we could get a group picture!

Leda, Sydney and Paige, Linvilla 08

After we finally dragged the kids off the playground, we all headed for home. First, I stopped at the farm market and purchased two pies for dinner - one apple that had just come out of the oven and one pumpkin, in lieu of the pumpkin we DIDN'T purchase! We'll get pumpkins closer to home this coming weekend.

Home we headed were I started to prep for dinner. We had the Durhams, Karen and Sydney, Chris, the Shiers and the Gabbs all join us for dinner on Saturday night. The adults had a nice sit down dinner and then we had the pies purchased earlier that day at Linvilla. And it was a good thing I bought two pies! The pumpkin pie went first...just about everyone went straight for the pumpkin pie! We had a little sliver of apple left over! And everyone had a slice! It was YUMMMM! good!

Sunday was a slower day, but since I didn't sleep well the night before, I dragged all day. I had to work a bit in the morning and then Leda and I headed out shopping. We met Aunt Karen for a little troll bead shopping and then we headed off to Target to shop for Leda's Halloween outfit.

Leda had announced several weeks ago, actually, two months ago, that she wanted to be a fairy for Halloween. A week later, she said she wanted to be a pirate. So I decided then we would wait for as long as we could to get her outfit! A week later, she was back to wanting to be a fairy and added that it was a BLUE fairy she wanted to be.

So we headed to Target to hopefully (with fingers crossed) find a blue fairy outfit, or something we could pretend was a blue fairy outfit. Leda saw the Cinderella outfit and wanted to be Cinderella! Then she wanted to be the Little Mermaid. I pointed out the Tinkerbell outfits (okay, they weren't blue, but they were a fairy! A famous fairy at that!) but she decided that she definitely wanted to be the Little Mermaid. "Besides, Mommy," she says to me, "they don't have any blue fairy outfits. So I'll just be the Little Mermaid this year." Well, okay. At least she was very grown up about it and there was no fussing. Awesome!

Of course, there is still two weeks before Halloween. I am sure that gives her plenty of time to change her mind!!

It was a good weekend. Busy and fun. We are looking forward to heading over to Aunt Rachel's this Saturday for the Halloween Parade in Alloway! The first of many wearings of the Halloween costume!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Random 10

After this, I'm going 70s - a little Simon & Garfunkel, Mott the Hoople...I might even have to download a little Bowie...I'm feeling like some Glam Rock today! (okay, so S&G don't fit that bill, but whatever!)

I Can't Stand It, The Velvet Underground
Drive In Drive Out, Dave Matthews Band
Sweet Jane, Mott The Hopple
Minimum Wage, They Might Be Giants
Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia), US 3 Featuring Rahsaan & Gerard Presencer
Highway In The Wind, Arlo Guthrie
My Sweet Girl, John Hiatt
The Devil Went Down To Gerorgia, The Charlie Daniels Band
Good Times Bad Times, Led Zeppelin
Deadbeat Club, The B-52's

Wonder what got me in the Glam Rock mood? Watched Life on Mars again last night...loving that show! Favorite line from last night..."If ignorance was a drug, you'd be high all the time." Love it!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Leda is Screaming out Body Parts

It's bedtime at the Yates household and it's Daddy's turn to read books. And all I hear is Leda screaming the names of body parts at the top of her lungs. Ah, I think to myself, I know exactly which book Brock is reading...Ain't Gonna Paint No More !

Ain't Gonna Paint No More is our favorite book. Leda got it for her birthday. She loves it. We love reading it. It's a very cute and fun book! It's got a rhythmic chant to it, and I think it might end up being the first book reads on her own!

And it's so exciting to hear her scream with glee the body part that is mentioned at the end of each phrase! Oh, and the giggling!

For example...

"So I take some red and I paint my...(and on the next page is the body part, but Leda yells it out before we turn the page) HEAD!" (giggle!!)

Seriously, try not to laugh out loud when you read this book with Leda!

Just one of those things I look forward to once or twice a week when the book gets put into rotation!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Belly Buttons

Tonight, while Leda takes a bath and I clean the rest of the bathroom (multi-tasking!):

Leda: Why do we have belly buttons?
Me: Because that's where you were attached to Mommy when you lived in my belly.
Leda: That was when I was really, really little and couldn't talk.
Me: That's right. And then you were born. That's why your birthday is so special.
Leda: And then I had a birthday party! A BIG birthday party!
Me: That's right!
Leda: Then I got bigger.

That was the basic gist of the conversation. It was probably one of the cutest conversations I've had with her lately!

Thank god she didn't ask how she got into Mommy's belly in the first place. SO not ready for that conversation!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Indian Summer at the Beach

We spent the past weekend at the seashore. It was a beautiful weekend! We totally lucked out. The weekend had been planned for a couple of months now, we offered to close up the beach house for the Durhams way back in July. We just hadn't picked the weekend until the beginning of September. You never know what you are gonna get!

The Beach

Well, we got shorts weather. Shorts and sweatshirts that could be removed when the sun got you all warmed up. The mornings and evenings were cool but the days were just plain nice! We headed down right after work on Friday night and stopped for dinner on the way. We got to the shore house around 9 pm and hung out for awhile, aired out the place and got Leda into bed by 10 or 11!

Figured we'd all sleep in on Saturday! Me, sleep in at the beach? Yeah, not often heard of, but I was tired so I was looking forward to sleeping until 8, MAYBE even 9 am. Apparently, the kid, she takes after me...up at 6:30 AM down at the beach!

We spent a leisurely morning, got ourselves showered and dressed and headed down to Stone Harbor around 10am for the Art and Music festival. We walked along the shopping district, checking out the stores (most all were open and having sales!) and checked out the art for sale. I was wearing my new York College sweatshirt, purchased the previous weekend (!!) and was a little freaked out to be stopped by not one York College alumni, not TWO York College alumni, but FOUR(!!) York College alumni...all within a few stores of one another!! It was a little bizarre! Very interesting to run into so many YCP alumni!

Leda

We made a few purchases (books and a coloring book for Leda) and headed back to Avalon to the Seafood festival! Turns out, we picked a great weekend for events as well as weather! We walked through the booths and looked at all the fun stuff for sale and Leda and I bought some bracelets. Then we had some seafood for lunch...Leda and Brock shared some fried shrimp (and hot dogs) and I had an awesome crab cake sandwich! And all steps from the beach! Awesome!

We headed back to the house for naps. We spent a lazy afternoon napping and after naps, we took a walk down to the beach. Leda was practically soaking wet within 5 seconds of hitting the beach! The water was actually WARMER this past weekend than it was when we were there in early July. The water in July was about 58 degrees (due to a southeastern wind blowing the warmer water out to sea) and this weekend the water was about 66 degrees! It definitely felt warmer!

Leda

After our walk down the beach, we took Duff for a walk to the bay. Dogs aren't allowed on the beach in Avalon and we were a bit nervous about breaking a law we had already broke several times before on prior trips! On our walk on the beach, we noticed many dogs romping around, but we decided that we'd take Duff for a walk to the bay and then we needed to get ready for dinner.

Late afternoon on the bay

We had a really nice dinner at the Winddrift. Leda was so well behaved! We had a lovely dinner and walked out to the beach afterward to watch some kids playing football. Before dinner we had seen some kids on the soccer field playing football (American) and Leda announced she wanted to play soccer when she grew up!

After dinner, we headed home and just hung out. Leda went to bed and Brock and I watched a movie, a little news and headed off to bed ourselves. Sunday was another early morning, but this Sunday down the shore was without Kohlers doughnuts as they closed for the season last month! boo!

Beach

Sunday was clean up and close up day. Intermixed with a little roaming around town and walking on the beach. We took Duff out on the beach in the morning and we all had a great time. Leda was again, soaked in no time at all! Duff was a little apprehensive about being on the beach, we expect he's starting to show his age a bit.

Duff

Leda

We headed downtown so I could purchase a new sweatshirt and some sunglasses and then we took a drive down (actually, up!) to the north end of town. We walked out on the jetty at the end of Avalon, where the ocean meets the bay. We saw some fish in a tidal pool. We looked for the bald eagle that the fishermen say had landed on the jetty the day before (we didn't see him)! And, of course, I complained that I didn't have my darn camera!

Back to the house for some lunch and then the real work began. We checked off all the things on our list and packed up the car and headed for home around 2PM. We were VERY sad to leave the beach. With any luck, we'll be heading back next summer!

See some more pictures here!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Out of the Mouths of Babes...

On our way to the shore on Friday evening, we didn't get too far before we were stuck in traffic. We were stuck behind a small delivery truck, so it was hard to see what was going on up ahead. We were pretty sure we were sitting in construction/rush hour traffic.

At one point, the guy in front of us started to move but slammed on the brakes pretty hard, hard enough that Brock might have hit him if he wasn't paying attention. I sorta gave him what for because he almost did hit him. Next thing we hear, out of the backseat, in reference to the guy in front of us...

"You idiot, you don't know how to drive!"

She gets that from her father!

(And, we heard it at least once more over the weekend!)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

We Love the Seashore

Back from the beach. Exhausted but happy. Crammed a ton into two days! Will update later. Lots of pictures. My favorite by far!

Family

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Random 10/Life on Mars

Sleep All Day, Jason Mraz
No Woman No Cry (Live), Bob Marley & The Wailers
Get Closer, Seals & Crofts
Space Cowboy, Steve Miller Band
Jolly Mon Sing, Jimmy Buffett
Sour Suite, The Guess Who
Landslide, Dixie Chicks
Video Killed The Radio Star, The Buggles
Hey Good Lookin', Jimmy Buffett
If He Should Break Your Heart, Journey

Some how Jimmy made it in the random 10 twice this week...my iPod must know I am heading to the Beach this weekend! ;-)
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So, I decided to take a gander at the new show on at 10pm on Thursdays last night. I was hesitant only because I really wanted to try and stick with ER for the last season, but it really looked good, this Life on Mars. I'm hooked. The idea is really interesting, cop guy from 2008 NYC ends up getting hit by a car and somehow ends up being a cop guy in 1973 NYC and the question is, how is he there? It all in his head? Is he dead? Is he alive? Coma? And in the meantime, he's still solving crimes.

I'm really intrigued by the show. The music is pretty awesome (I'm a sucker for 70s music) and the acting is pretty awesome. I mean, how can you go wrong with Harvey Keitel?? So I'll be watching Life on Mars on Thursday nights now. I guess I'll have to catch ER in reruns or on DVD!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Current Events

I've bloggers block! That's what it has to be. Or, it could just be that I am spending too much time on Facebook and coming up with a one sentence status! I also think current events (stock market going south, politics, etc) are just draining my brain! So, small spurts of thoughts here, sorry!
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I long ago made the decision never to discuss politics here. Too many friends and family who come here and I NEVER mix politics with friends and/or family! But let me just say this one thing: CAN WE VOTE ALREADY??? My goodness, this has gone on for far too long! That's it!
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So Phillies Phever is in full force (or, should I say, phull phorce? - it's a Philly thing!) and we are all hoping that the Dodgers go down in flames! Wouldn't it be awesome to make it into the World Series again! It might take our minds off the Eagles and the fact that it looks like Reggie Brown and Westbrooke are gonna be out at least this week, maybe more!
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I find myself doing and saying things that make me look behind me for my mother, because it sounds like something she would have said! Leda saw the commercial for the Sleeping Beauty DVD and immediately indicated that she didn't have that movie and that her life just wouldn't be the same if she didn't get it almost immediately. My answer to her, "well, I guess you will just have to ask Santa Claus to bring it to you for Christmas." Oh yes, I pulled the Santa card! Of course, Brock took Leda to Costco today and what did they see? The DVD. What did Daddy do? Bought the darn thing! So much for solidarity! ;-)
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So Leda spent the afternoon today watching Sleeping Beauty. Twice! And she gets very excited when the Prince slays the Evil Witch. There's much cheering and excitement! Well, at least it doesn't scare her to death! I guess we cured her of being scared of scary things in these animated movies with The Last Unicorn...she used to be terrified of the scene when the Red Bull chases the Unicorn, before Schmendrick turns her into Lady Amalthea. But she watched that movie A BILLION times and I guess that helped to get her over the fear. At least, that's what I hope and it's not because she really finds some joy at the demise of Evil Witches! (Then again, not necessarily a bad thing!)
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Indian Summer has arrived. And just in time! We are off to the Shore for the weekend. We will be closing up the shore house for the Durhams and spending a nice weekend taking walks on the beach! We are really looking forward to it! And the weekend promises to be absolutely beautiful! And, it just so happens, the ocean water is actually just a tad warmer now than it was in early July! How freakin' weird is that??
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Well, that might be it until we get home. Look for pictures next week! And maybe even a good post or two! ;-)

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Weekend Back in Time

This past weekend, Brock and Leda indulged me and we spent a few hours back at my old stomping grounds, my alma mater, York College.



It was the annual alumni weekend...reunions for specific years (not my year this year) and the Radio Station reunion...thus the reason we went, the Radio Station.

My first year of college, I was a nursing student. Well, actually, I was an undeclared with an interest in Nursing. I was housed in the Nursing dorm, which happened to be over at the local hospital, not on campus. Granted, I was only a 20 minute walk from the campus, but I was a whole 20 minute walk from the campus!

That first semester was tough. It was my first time really on my own. There was no one to tell me what to do or how to do it. I had fun. But I also realized that semester that Nursing was not what I wanted to do (thank goodness I realized that quickly!!) The second semester, I did something that was a bit out of character for me, I walked my butt down to campus and up to the college radio station (WVYC) and asked if there was anything I could do to be a part of the station. And I did this without knowing a soul at the station. I picked the radio station for a few reasons, I was not a sorority girl and I hadn't even attempted to pledge, so I had to find something I was interested in. I was interested in music, so radio sounded like a good fit!

I got involved with the underwriting department - which consisted of one guy! Underwriting was a non-profit way of raising advertising dollars. We would go out and ask local merchants to 'sponsor' our radio station and in turn we would give them some time on the radio. And that's what I did for the next few years. I actually became Asst. General Manager for my last year at York.

I loved WVYC. It was where I spent a lot of my time on campus at! And I was proud of what I did there. So it was fun to go back and see a few people I hadn't seen since the late 80s/early 90s!

WVYC

CDs!

We had a nice visit with old friends. Toured the radio station, which hasn't changed much except for two things...the type of equipment (there are A LOT more knobs and a lot of it is computerized now...I used to record to cassette and CART!) and the library is most all CDs now (we had maybe 50-100 CDs when I was at the station...it was pretty much ALL ALBUMS when I was there! That would be VINYL ALBUMS and if you are too young to know what they are, click the link and do the research!) Oh, and one more thing...it used to be 88.1 on the FM dial when I was at York...now it's 99.7!!

There was also a Fall Fest going on, so there were moon bounces and other games for the kids and all the college clubs and fraternities and sororities had tables. And, wow...York has changed a lot since I was there. There are a lot more academic departments than there used to be! So we were walking around and we see some race cars. RACE CARS! At York! They have a Mechanical Engineering department and one of the student projects is building and racing a race car. Dude, they didn't have anything like that when I went to York! I could have had a totally different career! ;-)

York College Racing!

So Brock had some fun talking with the students who built the car while Leda had some fun getting in them and playing with the steering wheel! The one guy commented that they don't usually get girls who want to climb in the cars! Obviously hadn't met our child yet!

It was a fun couple of hours. We walked around a few of the buildings, visiting old class rooms and thinking back to when I used to sit in those desks!! Found the hallway where my advisor's office used to be and showed Leda where I spent a lot of time when I was in college! Spent a little money in the bookstore. It was fun.

The Rock!

Leda and Mommy

I think I'd like to go back again soon. It was nice to see a few people I knew. It would be nice to go back and see some more people I graduated with. Maybe even a professor or two!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday Random 10

No Stopping Us, Jason Mraz
Let It Roll, The Charlie Daniels Band
Expressway To Your Heart, The Blues Brothers*
Headturner, Joss Stone
No Good For Me, The Corrs
Peanuts, The Police
Circle, Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
Lady Jane, Queensrÿche
Pinch Me, Barenaked Ladies
Robin (The Hooded Man), Clannad

Looking forward to the weekend!!

*makes me miss SNL from the old days!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Miscellany

I saw this on another site and had to post it. This video is just so funny...



The other dogs at the end are hysterical...Dude, let us out!
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Yesterday afternoon/evening was very trying. The kid, she was just in rare form, being a little brat. Brock had asked her to go let the dog out while he was cooking and she told him "No, I don't want to." He asked her again and she replied that she was learning to read (I got her a 'learn to read' activity book that we work with her on) and she couldn't do it. Well, obviously this didn't go over well and there was yelling and crying and time outs and oh, it was just horrible.

She was just so stubborn - I tried to discuss with her the reason she was in trouble but she wasn't having any of it so she had to sit in time out until she apologized to her father and discussed the problem with me. So there was much yelling and screaming and crying (from the kid, I tried my best and I think I only yelled once or twice) just before dinner last night. Oh, I'd say it lasted the better part of a half hour or so.

We had a quiet and calm dinner, but she started back up afterwards, not so bad, she did help clean up the living room and her bed room, but there were many threats of losing privileges to get her to move her butt along. The kid, she's lost her warnings...next bad thing she does, she starts to lose toys. At least, that's what I decreed last night. She's been pretty good since.
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Fall has arrived. I'm starting to be able to see my neighbor's house out my office window now that the trees are starting to lose their leaves. And it's getting cooler. I actually had to close the windows this morning...brrrr! We'll be doing some fun stuff this month - going to my college for reunion weekend, down the beach for a weekend, off to the orchard for pumpkins and hayrides. It will be a fun month!

I love the fall season. It takes me a couple of days or so to get used to the chillier weather, but the season is just beautiful.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Go Sign Up...

On the evening news tonight, I heard about this website where women can sign up to find out about studies to help find a cure for breast cancer being conducted in and around their areas.

You sign up and if any studies are happening in your area, you get an email telling you where, what they are looking for, etc., and you can decided if you want to volunteer to participate in the study. What an easy thing to do to help find a cure for breast cancer.

So, I went to the website and signed up. All it took was my name, my email address and my zip code. Simple.

If you are a woman, click on the link below and sign up. It can't hurt, it can only help.

Army of Women

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