Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Yeesh, that's just something I never get used to. I'm sitting at my desk, typing away and, hey, what the...Kids! Kids! Let's go! And by then it's over. So nerve wracking. I can really freak myself out if I spend too much time pondering the tectonic possibilities. Happy thoughts, self, happy thoughts. 

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Geek Girl Movie Reviews

Today was a totally unexpected movie binge: two grown-up movies in the theater on the SAME DAY!
First up-the X-Files. As happy as I was to see the gang (even Skinner, sexiest bald, glasses-wearing FBI agent ever!) I was a little let down. Frankly, there were much better stories told in just an hour during the series. 
Then, The Dark Knight! As soon as it was done, I wanted to see it again! So great, so much more than a comic-book movie. Heath Ledger is brilliant, which is heartbreaking. I will definitely be be buying this as soon as it's on DVD.
Now I just need to see Ironman and Hellboy II. Oh, and The Clone Wars. 
Shawn says next year I can go to ComiCon!

Friday, July 25, 2008

X-Files Movie!

Who's with me?

I can't wait. Mulder and Scully are like old friends to me. 

This summer of sci-fi/comic book movies is making it clear to me that I have almost achieved full geek status. I couldn't be more excited.  My weak computer kung-fu is all that's holding me back, and I'm pretty sure that's part of some plot to keep me from uncovering the truth about our government's knowledge of UFO's. 

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dog guilt

I was trying to find a way to clip my poor old dog's hideously long nails tonight. The clipper Shawn bought dented on the first try and cracked Paisley's nail. Great. I tried regular nail clippers and couldn't even fit her nail into them. Then I tried just crazy filing and she looked at me with her sad eyes and I gave up. So, as I sat there, petting her tummy and feeling like the worst pet owner, I found a biggish lump, a little bigger than an egg. My heart just sunk. Who knows what that could be? Nothing good, I'm sure. Poor grandma dog. It could be totally hurting and she wouldn't even complain. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Ok, my house is under siege. There is an army of snails taking over my side yard and climbing up the side of my house! How gross is that?! What do I do? The kids and animals are always over there, so I don't want to put anything poisonous out. I would really prefer to re-direct them to a more hospitable home rather than have snail carnage, but I see no other way. Iiiickkkk! I am so creeped out. How do I get rid of 'em?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Oh, Lorelei...

Look what I found!
Isn't he handsome? Aww, sweet lil raptor.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Today we were running errands Finn said, "Mom, you know how when you sit on your foot for a long time it gets all static-y?" Static-y. I loved that. 

The first one's free

So,  I had to go to Costco (ick, panic attack waiting to happen) today, and, oh, what happens to be right across the street? Michael's. The next part is a little hazy, all I know is I ended up at the check-out counter with a basket full of wire and cord. Wha? Where am I? So now I'm packing up my handy-dandy tool kit that my dealer, oh, I mean my dearest friend Gaea so generously bestowed upon me, so I can bead while the kids are at gymnastics. This is how it starts, people. A couple links here, some shiny beads there, next thing you know there's a pull-out table under your bed and your beading at 3 am with your kid's book light. It's not pretty. Oh, wait! Actually it is pretty! ;)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

one more time

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Jewelry Exchange

Thanks to Gaea's awsomeness, I was actually able to make some little brass links with pretty faceted garnets on them. I just loved the way the color of the stones complimented the other beads (not that you can really tell with my gimpy camera). I had so much fun working on the necklace. I can't wait to see what everyone else does with it. Mary, you're up next!                                                                           

                                                          Before  (from Lorelei's blog)

Saturday, July 5, 2008


We went to the L.A. Zoo yesterday. I realize the animals are all enclosed in one way or another, but I get so excited! They are RIGHT THERE! And never have I seen so many baby animals! Three tiger cubs, twin giraffes, a little spotty tapir, the sweetest girly gorilla (eating her lunch in the most lady-like fashion), and the smallest goats I have ever seen! Teeny little horn-points! I swear I coulda fit one in my purse. *shifty eyes*
My kids think I'm nuts. 

Friday, July 4, 2008

Miss Independance

Happy 4th, everyone. It has been hard for me to feel especially patriotic in recent years, until I realize that what I do love about this country is the fact that I can say such a thing without fear. And when I see what it's like to be a woman in other parts of the world, I can't feel anything but humbled and grateful. 

On a lighter note, today is Ella's 5th birthday. She teaches me about independence on a daily basis, sometimes to my dismay, usually to my delight. 

The last couple of weeks have been a flurry of birthdays around here. Finn turned 7 (!) on the 22nd of June and we had a combo party last week. I sometimes find myself wishing that I could hold the kids at this age for longer than a year. They are such people now, but still full of magic. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I kinda love Jack Black

There I said it and I'm not ashamed! I have been having sort of a Jack Black Fest for the last couple of weeks-we went to see Kung Fu Panda (excellent), then Finn and I watched School of Rock (yay!) for the weekly movie treat and today I have been watching Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny in snippets (loads of swearing, no good for the kids). Even though it is a ridiculous movie, there is something so appealing about Jack.  As broad as he plays, you can tell he's only sort-of kidding. He really, really loves music and he's actually talented and, and, well...he's cute.