I can’t believe that it’s (15 minutes till) July!  I’m still getting my head around the fact that Sam’s 1, and now he’s nearly 14 months.  Very weird.

Speaking of my little man, he now has a pair of shoes he will actually wear, (of which I have scoured the internet to find a picture, yet failed and I’m not going to go take one).  Mickey Mouse on a skateboard, and he doesn’t hate them!  We got them on Sunday, and since he had the shoes on, he got to toddle around the mall!  He thought that was great fun, and now sees the merit of the silly things.  Yay team!

I’m feeling pretty lazy tonight, so that’s all you get from me.  Forgive- perhaps something wonderful that I can share with you will happen tomorrow.

Till then, have a happy July 1st all!

-me aga[i]n


ratio of yum vs. quickness

Okay, let me start this out by saying I am NOT a cook.  I don’t particularly care for it, the time it takes, the thought needed, etc- just not my thing.  I, in general, don’t like eating enough to go too far out of my way to do so, especially not when there are microwaveable things readily available.  I am not, however, opposed to eating home-cooked food made by other individuals.  That said, we can continue with my theory, which only holds up for other people like myself.

Alright, exhibit A:  Rice A Roni, Broccoli Au Gratin


I love this stuff, it’s great.  Very tasty.  It, however, is very time consuming (as far as my cooking goes).  Rice/Pasta mix in skillet w/butter, brown it (say 10+ min), add water & seasoning, and let it cook for another 15-20 minutes.  Real pain in the neck.  If it didn’t taste SO good, we would never ever eat it.  So the ratio of tastiness to quickness for it is somewhere around 9/3.  (total=12)

On to exhibit B:Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice, Creamy Four Cheese


This stuff- not so good.  For having 4 cheeses, it’s veryvery bland.  But not bland like plain rice would be, closer to the not just boring, almost not good bland.  BUT it is FAST!  So when I’m already cooking something, and realize it really needs a side, bam.  There ya go.  The ratio of tasty to quick on this is about 4/7 (11).

I’m realizing that, in theory, the ideal ratio would be 10/10, a 20, and it makes the 12 and 11 look really low.  I guess my 20 would be something from say… PF Chang’s… quick(ish) and yummy.  Not really quick, but it gains points by not having to be made by me!  🙂

That’s it for now, hope I made ya hungry!

-me aga[i]n


We’ve rejoined Netflix, since summer is upon us and Sam’s got a nice sleeping schedule again.  Tonight we watched Ocean’s 13.


Good movie, nice group to watch.  Eddie Izzard could have had a bigger part though, but oh well. 🙂

That picture of Ocean’s 13 up there is actually for the soundtrack.  But I liked the look of it better than the ones for the movie…


…and since I’m in charge here, I can do that.  Golly, I am drunk with power!

We also have Princess Diaries to watch…


and Sweeney Todd.


Quite an assortment, no?  I wonder if the people at Netflix watch people’s queues?  Maybe have a pool going, for who can find the strangest grouping of movies at one house at a time?

I’m going to leave that question to you, because I know I could spend all night finding weird movies, and it’s already almost 2 am.  So I will leave you with that for the weekend my friends- enjoy!

-me aga[i]n


Today was a basic day.  Had some fun news from a friend, but don’t know if I can share it with everyone yet.  Eventually though!

Sam “got” drawing today… we’ve tried a couple other times, but he didn’t understand making marks with a crayon/pen/etc.  But today!  He has a magna-doodle type thing on his play table, and i showed him, and the little light bulb went on!  He immediately afterwards tried to chew on the magnet pen though (which he hadn’t done with it before realizing it marked), so he did relate it to the crayons he’s previously been shown (and chewed on).


So we moved to the kitchen to try his Aqua-doodle, so I wouldn’t have to worry when he started chewing on his medium.  (they just draw with water on a special pad) Here’s a pic of him, before he got bored with the idea.

Only his name and one of those squiggles is mine- the rest he did!  And so opens a world of art projects and afternoon time-taker-uppers!  FANTASTIC!  Hopefully they’re all non-toxic and non-staining.  Maybe some of those markers that only work on their special paper.  To the toddler art supply store!


-me aga[i]n

intend to reread the ones I loved?

Here’s a great list that is interesting, and give me a nice, long, impressive entry at the same time!

According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on their list.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them 😉

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (read almost all of Austen & the Bronte sisters a few years ago)
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (read all Tolkien just after Sam was born)
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (my addiction is completely Ryan’s fault)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible (Parts of it, but not enough to count.)
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (read when I was 13, seems young)
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (am actually about halfway through this right now)
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell (best.book.ever.)
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (love anything by D.A. -RIP)
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen

36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (have read various other books by Atwood, all good)
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


It’s really not nice to laugh when someone gets a bad haircut… but….

Shaved down for the summer, so they won’t be so hot and will stop shedding!

happy anniversary!

Today is our 2 year anniversary!  To commemorate the event, here are a few pictures of us from the wedding.  Enjoy!

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