Thursday, January 31, 2008

Marcy's Snowy Day Questionairre

1. What is your occupation?
Well, I’m supposed to be an attorney, but I keep
myself occupied with mopping floors, folding laundry,
cooking dinners, washing dishes,stamping cards,
blogging, paying bills, pulling weeds, lunching with
friends, driving children, helping with homework,
cleaning toilets,watching television, reading books
and, of course, Bible study.
2. What color are your socks right now? 
White. Well, originally white…but kinda dingy.
I really should be more careful with laundry. Also,
I probably should not have worn them outside in the
snow to collect firewood.
3. What are you listening to right now? 
The big orange cat who always sits on my arms when
I am typing. He is purring and breathing loudly.
Cats like me.
4. What was the last thing that you ate? 
Turkey and cheese sandwich on nutty bread with
tortilla chips and salsa and a vanilla cream
soda in a bottle.
5. Can you drive a stick shift?
Oh, yes. Learned to drive in my first car:
a red/orange 1977 Volkswagen Superbeetle.
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?  
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone?  
I just finished telling the lady at the bank that
our bank has the lousiest website on the World-Wide Web.
Wasn’t that so nice of me to point that out?
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you?   
Oh yes. What’s not to like about Marcy?
9. How old are you today?  
10. Favorite drink?  
Coca Cola with ice chips.
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? 
Whatever my boys are playing.
12. Have you ever dyed your hair?   
Me? Why do you ask?
13. Pets?   
Ahem. Yes.
14. Favorite food?  
15. Last movie you watched? 
A Christmas Story. I rented it because we don’t
have cable and we couldn’t see it on television.
Did you know they scrubbed the tv version? The
real thing is rather gritty. I was stunned.
I heard my boys talking in the bathroom while they
brushed their teeth. Spencer said, “I don’t know WHY
Mommy made us watch that movie. I mean, there were
lots of bad words in it that she would never let us
Colin: “I know! I’m going to forget every bit
of it. Like, especially that word that means chocolate.”

Spencer, “Yeah.”
16. Favorite Day of the year?
Any day that my kids get along and my husband is in
a good mood.
17. What do you do to vent anger?  
I clean. And that is so unfair.
Nobody should benefit from my anger.
18. What was your favorite toy as a child?
Hmmmm. Marcy reminded me of the Crissy doll,
which I really did like. I think I probably like a
dollhouse best, though.
19. What is your favorite season?  
20. Hugs or kisses?  
Hugs. Even better? Play with my hair.
21. Cherry or Blueberry?  
22. Do you want your friends to email you back?  
Usually. Of course, they still have to be my friends
even if they neglect me.
23.  What is your favorite Bible verse?
Malachi 3:16
Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD
listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence
concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.

24. What is the best show on television that starts tonight
at 7:00 cst on ABC?

25. What happened to:

showing respect to adults?
26. When was the last time you cried?   
Sunday during Praise and Worship at church.
27. How's the weather?
Blustery and snowy. Two days ago we were driving to school when
the first cold front came n We could see the dust storm (red dirt)
to the west. Then, right about the time we were passing Lake Hefner,
it hit the lake and little water tornados came up out of the lake!
The front (and the dirt) hit us hard! Then yesterday, when I went to
the school to pick up the boys, Colin was waiting outside, holding on
to the lightpost, his legs blowing in the wind. I kid you not.
It was hilarious! So, today the snow finally arrived.

28. What's for dinner?
Teriyaki pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, green beans and homemade bread.
Oh, and hot tea.

29. Are you still wearing your pajamas?
Well, um, yes. But I did take a shower! And I've kept busy.
Really, I have. Anyway, why else would Thursdays be my favorite?

Don't judge me.

30. Favorite smells?

31. Who inspires you?
Marcia, Andrea, Denise, Sandy, Penny, Jodie.
32. What are you afraid of?
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers?
Yes, please.
34. Favorite car?  
1977 red/orange VW Superbeetle.
35. Favorite cat breed?   
Maine Coon, hands down.
36. Number of keys on your key ring?
Four. Hmmmm. I only know how to use two of them.
Who put those other two on there?
37. How many years at your current job?
38. Favorite day of the week? 
39. How many states have you lived in?  
Six. Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas
40. Do you think you're funny?
Well, I crack myself up often. I’m not sure if other people think I’m funny…but some of them at least pretend I am. My friends are nice like that.


Monday, January 28, 2008


The silver and the napkin.

Hot Buttered Toast!

Mmmmmm. Eggs.

And cheese! Shredded cheese!

AND an omelette!
(We love cholesterol.)

No brunch is complete without salad.
Big, purple seedless grapes.


Bon appetit!

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From Today's Reading:

"Thus, the issue here is not whether holding a county fair is a governmental function; rather, it is the more specific question of whether conduction the hog show at the county fair and conducting the investigation into the allegations of irregularity surrounding the entry of Big Fat in that hog show are governmental functions. .. . Thus, we must look to the definition contained in R.C. 1744.01(G)(1), subsections (a) and (c) to determine if it is a proprietary function."

Go forth and be edified.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

All About Me (Again)

1. Do you wear a name tag at work?
No, but if I did it would look something like this gem from Mary Engelbreit, who signs her work "ME" - which is perfect for a MEME, don't you think?:

2. What kind of car do you drive?
Honda Odyssey, messy interior, dusty exterior (if you would be so liberal as to call street dirt "dust," that is).

3. What do you order when you go to Taco Bell?
Mexican Pizza! When I was in college I interviewed with Taco Bell at the Pepsico headquarters. They took me to a Taco Bell store and let me make my own Mexican Pizza. It was great fun, but not fun enough for me to work there.

4. Have you ever had a garage sale?
At least three too many.

5. What color is your iPod?
White. And you know what? It is too small. I can never find that thing. I need a big iPod. Or maybe a boom box. Yes, I boom box is more my speed. I bet I could find that.

6. What kind of dog do you have?

7. What's for dinner tonight?
Homemade cheeseburgers.

8. What is the last alcoholic beverage you had?
Hmmmm. I might have had half a glass of red wine sometime last year, but mostly I don't drink alcoholic beverages.

9. Stupidest thing you ever did with your cell phone?
Well, I wore it inside my bra, which isn't stupid in itself. But when you lean over a bit too far to flush and it falls into the toilet...that is stupid.

10. Last time you were sick?
Last week.

11. How long is your hair?
Below my shoulders.

12. Are you happy right now?
Happy? Enough. Content? Yes.

13. What did you say last?
"I think I'm going to have to take him to the doctor."

14. Who came over last?
My mom comes over every week!

16. Have your brothers or sisters ever told you that you were adopted?

17. What is your favorite key chain on your keys?
The three little metal snowflakes given to me by my Japanese friend, Kayo.

18. What was the last movie you watched at home?
Persuasion. Tonight I'm watching Mansfield Park.

19. What is in your pocket?
A Mary Kay lipstick (Whipped Berries)

20. Who introduced you to your crush?
We met in high school. I don't think we were ever formally introduced, now that you mention it! Egads!

21. Where do you hurt?

22. Has someone ever made you a Build-A-Bear?
How random is this question? No. And please, nobody better build me a bear. I don't want one. Please.

23. What DVD is in your DVD player?
Ratatouille. My boys have watched it at least 100 times. By the way, they were invited to a Ratatouille birthday sleepover last weekend and had a blast. They got aprons and chef's hats and made their own pizzas. They played pin the nose on the rat. They nibbled on cheese. They had a blast!

24. What's something fun you did today?
My girls took me to lunch for my birthday and we laughed so hard we had to hold on to our chairs just to stay in them. I think some of us had to do laundry when we got home.

25. Who was the principal of your high school?
Now see, once you know this, you'll just know EVERYTHING about me. These memes are just TOO DARNED REVEALING.

Dennis Iselin.

Now, every time someone Googles Dennis Iselin, they'll come here and they'll feel some amount of shame if they graduated from the same school as me. I'm sorry, EHS alumni. I really am. I'll try to do better.

26. Has your house ever been TPd?
No and it better never be either.

27. What do you think of when you hear the word 'meow'?
My husband James.

(Let your imagination go wild with that one!)

28. What are you listening to right now?
The fire in the wood stove. MMmmmmmmm.

29. Drinkin?
Nuthin'!! Hey, James, BRING ME A DRINK!!!

30. What is your favorite aisle at Wal-Mart?
Man, I don't like Wal-Mart. It is simply too much. Too loud. Too busy. Too many choices. It is getting better, though. Wider aisles and not so many loudspeaker calls for that blasted CM.

What was the question?

Oh. I guess the scrapbooking aisle.

31. When is your birthday?
November 11. (My girlfriends are as far behind as I am).

32. What's the area code for your cell phone?
Why do you ask?

33. Where did you buy the shirt you're wearing now?
Target. I am always on the cutting edge of fashion.

34. Is there anything hanging from your rear view mirror?
Yes. I have a tiny little crystal snowflake pendant that just peeks out from under the mirror.

35. How many states in the US have you been to?
Twenty Eight. I'm shooting for 47.

37. What are you going to do after this?
Read two cases and watch Mansfield Park.

38. Who was the last person you went shopping with?
Can't remember. I don't usually shop with others. I don't linger and I don't like to shop with lingerererers. . . so I'm not a very good shopping buddy.

40. What about your favorite dessert?
New York cheesecake with a few little fresh berries on the side.

41. What is something you need to go shopping for?
A new broom. Are you trying to go shopping with me or something? What is with all the shopping questions? I can get a broom all by myself. Really. I can.

Is it your birthday or something?

42. Do you have the same name as one of your relatives?
My last name is the same as my husband and children.

43. What kind of car do your siblings drive?
How is this relevant to ME? This is a MEme!! ME. ME. ME.

44. Do you like pickles?

45. What about olives?

47. What is your favorite kind of juice?
Orange juice.

48. Do you have any tan lines?
Sadly enough, I still have tan lines from the time I got burned in Beaumont, Texas in 1997.
And let me tell you, Beaumont is not worth the burn.

49. What hospital were you born in?
Lancaster something-or-other.

50. Do you remember the name of your kindergarten teacher?
I think it was Mrs. Sparks. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure. I don't even remember if I went to kindergarten. I don't think it was invented yet. I'm really old, you know.

(Does anyone know what happened to question 15?)


This morning I attended my weekly Bible study - Bible Study Fellowship. We have somewhere between 600 and 800 members and the last hour is a lecture - or sermon - about the previous week's study. Our leader, Jodi, was getting very serious and asked us, "Do you know what you will say when somebody asks you about your faith? You need to pray for the door of opportunity to open for you to share the message of salvation, and be prepared about what to say."

At that moment, the very large pocket doors behind her quietly slid open to reveal a cross and a baptistry. Inside the baptistry was a woman on her knees cleaning the clear glass walls. The class broke out in laughter (much to Jodi's confusion) and the lady looked up and gave us a little wave. The doors closed.

My friend leaned over to me and whispered, "I believe! I believe!"

Friday, January 18, 2008

Connection to a TV

Excerpt from the new DVD player installation directions:

"With the unit in Stop mode, set the Alt video output to Component: Progressive in the Display Setup menu or press the PROGRESSIVE button on the remote control. The Progressive Scan mode prompt screen appears. Then press ENTER and progressive video will be output. Press the input selector on your TV remote control until the Component signal from the DVD-VCR appears on your TV screen."

So, I pressed the progressive button and nothing happened.

Who cares about DVD players anyway?

Tricky Diagnosis

Tuesday I sent Colin and Spencer to school with ham sandwiches for lunch. They came home with nothin.' I decided they liked ham sandwiches, so Wednesday I sent Colin and Spencer to school with ham sandwiches for lunch. After school on Wednesday, I found one completely full lunch bag on the kitchen table. James and I asked the boys: Which one of you did not have lunch today? Both claimed to have had lunch.

"What did you have?" we asked.

"Ham sandwich," said Colin.

"Ham sandwich," said Spencer.

hmmmm. I announced that is was clear that at least one boy was telling me a lie, and I would discover who it was.

"Well," said Colin, "I think I may know what happened. It may be that I couldn't find my lunch at lunch time because it was possibly in my backpack or something, but I found the ham sandwich you gave me from the day before, so I ate it. So I DID have a ham sandwich for lunch."

There was a moment of stunned silence. Then a gulp.

"So, you ate a sandwich I gave to you on Tuesday morning...on Wednesday?"

"mmm hmmm."

said I, "that is not a good idea. You should not eat meat that has been in your locker for a whole day. Especially ham! You could get trichinosis!"

"Will I die?"

"Probably not. Do you feel okay now? But, Colin! You could feel very, very sick. Is your tummy okay?"

I told Colin he would probably be okay, but to let me know if he started feeling weird or his stomach started hurting. I said if he didn't get sick in 24 hours, he should be fine. He agreed to keep me informed.

Thursday at noon: Colin calls me from school.

"Hi, Mommy! This is Colin. I just called to tell you that I'm not dead! Isn't that great! So I guess I didn't get trichinosis."

"That is wonderful news Colin. I'm so glad you're not dead."

"Well, anyway, do you remember what Mr. Roach said?"


"Well, remember when he said God had big plans for my life? Well, I was thinking, if God really has big plans for my life, I probably wasn't going to die today, anyway. It would be too soon!"

"Well, that is probably true, Colin!"

"So, well, I guess we won't have to go to the hospital after school then. Isn't that great news?"

"Oh, yes. It would be especially sad if you were dead or went to the hospital on daddy's birthday."

"That's true! I didn't even think of that! Well, bye, Mommy! Have a great day!"

"Bye, Colin. I love you!"


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Well, I'm a little late for the Centennial Celebration - but sometimes it takes awhile for the artwork around here to work its way to the top. We have stacks and stacks of paper all over our house - mostly unfinished work. But, more often than not, each stack contains at least one gem, like this from Colin. Mama Mia!!

In other news, the cold season hit me full force last weekend and I've taken a new name: "Lounges About With Kleenex." At least the odd sleep schedule I've adopted has allowed me to watch 2:00 a.m. movies such as "Blast From the Past" with Brendan Frasier. Have you seen it?

Also, did you see Jane Austen's "Persuasion" of PBS Sunday night? What did you think? I enjoyed it, but I did think they should have made a 3-hour movie instead of an 80-minute movie. They really could have filled out a few of the characters and made the movie more fulfilling. Perhaps one day A&E will take on all of Austen's work and make it as wonderful as they did "Pride and Prejudice." PBS's Masterpiece Theatre is doing an Austen festival for the next few Sunday nights. Be sure to tune in!

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Three Bradford Pears

They are making the rounds to pick up branches in my neighborhood! Wahoo! Unfortunately, the truck was filled up with just three households' worth of branches!