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Thursday, November 20, 2008

12:59PM - Effing Brilliant

So I went out at lunch today to pick up a small b-day gift for Joel.. just because I thought it would be nice for him to have something to open today, too.

I picked up the new David Sedaris book. After purchasing it, I read the book review which said this, "...delightful compilation of essays circling the theme of death and dying."

Yep. That's right. That's the book I got my husband for his 40th birthday. Go me

Saturday, November 15, 2008


I just watched Romeo & Juliet with Paige. She followed the story pretty well, but needed a little help along the way. Shortly after the wedding scene she says "I thought this was a tragedy. So doesn't that mean it has a sad ending? " I said yes, keep watching.

After the death of Mercutio and Tybalt - "Is this the sad part? They shouldn't have killed Mercutio." No it's not the sad part. Well, it is sad, but this isn't THE sad part. Keep watching.

After Juliet wakes to find Romeo dead and then kills herself, Paige says in disbelief, "THAT's supposed to be the sad part?!" In shock, I said yes! of course! isn't it sad that they're both dead?! And she said "Well, at least they're together, and that's what they really wanted."

Friday, November 7, 2008

8:18AM - Oh also

This is pretty exciting. I went out for a run this morning. My usual 5k route along the lake. I left the dog at home because I wasn't in the mood for distraction.

I completed the run in 30:31. That's my best time ever. I'm pretty pleased.

8:11AM - Hooray

My daughter came home from school with her report card yesterday. Straight As.

She even got an A in gym. I *never* got straight As. I got mostly As, but I always had either gym or penmanship mess me up (they apparently don't do penmanship anymore).

But this is a major accomplishment. Especially after all the recent nights of tears and frustration over her accelerated reading class -- she's still afraid to give her "opinion".

So tonight we're taking her out to celebrate. She wants Chinese food.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I don't really talk about politics. I never feel well enough informed to speak intelligently about politics, even though I read and listen and follow as closely as I can what's happening.

But let me just say that I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. I feel relief and joy and excitement.

Friday, October 24, 2008

8:17AM - I want a new camera

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8:12AM - Last Weekend

Successful b-day party. The boy turns 40 next month, but we thought we could surpise him by having the party a month in advance, and while camping!!! Well, the clan is apparently no good at surprises -- he'd been on to us for weeks. But it was fun nontheless.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


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Saturday, October 11, 2008

1:41PM - KM 10k

Goal was to finish in under 75 minutes. Finish time was 72:23.

Not bad.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?


Saturday, September 20, 2008

10:09PM - Race Post

I did Al's Run today (8k/5 mile race to benefit Children's Hospital of WI) My goal was to complete it in under an hour. I completed it in 56:50. I'm pretty pleased.

Monday, September 8, 2008


Two of my favorite fads, now combined!

Friday, September 5, 2008

8:38PM - Seriously, have I been living under a rock?

WTF?! How did I not know there was a Lost Boys sequel? Has anyone seen it?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

12:11PM - 1st Day of 4th Grade

Holy Crap. Can you even believe it? FOURTH GRADE!

She woke up to her own alarm clock today. She was getting ready for school when I got out of bed. She picked out her outfit* the night before, and she packed her backpack two weeks ago. She was set to go by 7:15.. we actually had to wait around a bit so that she wasn't "early" to school.

I walked her to the playground as per norm. Her "boyfriend", D. was waiting for her with her BFF. There was hugging and squeeling about clothes and shoes and backpacks (between the girls), and shy smiles and toe gazing between her and D. (which is odd because they talked on the phone at least weekly this summer). A. said hi to me and we chatted briefly. Then Paige gave me "the look" to inform me I was dismissed. She gave me a quick hug around the waist, said "'kay mom, see you tonight...." and I nodded and left. Apparently it's no longer necessary for me to sit around and wait to meet her teacher with her (although I know her teacher already, and she's actually a very nice woman).

* The Outfit: A bright pink short sleeved t-shirt that hangs just above knee level embelished with sparkly skulls and crossbones,black and white plaid leggings, pink Converse tennis shoes also covered with skulls and crossbones, long hanging silver star earings, and an arm full of silver bangles. Her hair was down, straight, and parted down the center, as always. (Photos are likely to follow).

It's pretty awesome because I pretty much let her buy whatever she wanted as far as school clothes went. She made good choices and I didn't have to veto anything. She's back to not wearing jeans, though. She went shopping this weekend with my mom(step), and was able to show Grandma which clothes she was into. Grandma bought a few outfits and handed me some cash for boots, because the girl wants new knee high boots and we haven't been able to find any decent ones yet....

Oh, and another thing that might amuse some of y'all on the f-list. Remember how I was calling P's friends "The Heathers"? Well, they still are... It's essentially the same group of girls (except one moved away this year, so we're short a girl -- I wonder how that will pan out....) Anyway, the girls all came over to my house 2 weekends ago to hang out with the girl who is moving and did a little going-away party sort of thing. I was folding laundry and ironing and pretty much letting them do their thing. Well, guess what I found them doing? That's right. Playing croquet in the back yard!! "Great pate, mom, but we've got to motor..."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


I'm having a very strong desire to sit at a picnic table all day today drinking coffee and chain smoking. Until about 5:00 p.m., at which time I will switch to drinking beer and chain smoking.

Sadly, though, I'm a growed up with a stupid job and I have to sit and my desk and clickedy clack at the keys while I'm under appreciated and overly annoyed with everyone.

Well, the joke's on them, mentally I'll be chain smoking and drinking at a picnic table.

Sunday, July 6, 2008


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Saturday, June 28, 2008

12:32AM - RUSH!

Look who we met tonight!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've printed below. (I didn't do so bad)

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 LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
**2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
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
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (OK, not the COMPLETE, but a whole lot of them)
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
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
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 - C.S. 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
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</i>
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 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

**if I don't hurry up and read these books, I think my husband will tie me to a chair and read them to me pretty soon.

Monday, June 9, 2008

9:34PM - Teh Bohlz

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Thursday, May 29, 2008


I've created a filter for my babbling posts about running and stats -- I've included those friends who seem interested in that sort of thing.

If you want in on it, let me know. Likewise, if you want out, just say so. I won't be offended :)

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