Friday, January 26, 2007

Mad Scientist

Sam earned a Third Place ribbon in his school Science Fair today. He did a really fun experiment to see if he could blow up a balloon using a decaying banana. Nice work, Sam.

Dreams? I wish!

You, and you, and you! Get out of my head so I can get some sleep!! All you people, places, events and animals are disturbing my sleep. These are the things I think of at 3 o'clock in the morning. At least in the summer I can watch the ceiling fan turn circles. In the winter it's just a starfish (Patrick?), or a snowflake, or a sheriff made out of a star, or a sheriff's badge, or a .... You see where this takes me. Not to sleepyland. Did I mention Patrick? I'm not a fan of SpongeBob. I like Sandy. She's from Texas, right? I've heard it said you're not a Texan just because you move to Texas. If a cat has kittens and moves them to the oven, they're not biscuits. Mike makes really good biscuits. I shouldn't eat them because they're made with refined flour. I haven't bought myself flowers in a long time.

And so goes the thought process when it's lunch time in Europe.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Aunt Karen? Not Me!

The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The next day the kids came back and one by one began to tell their stories.

"Tony, do you have a story to share?" "Yes ma'am. My daddy told a story about my Aunt Karen. She was a pilot in Desert Storm and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol and a survival knife. She drank the whiskey on the way down so it wouldn't break and then her parachute landed right in the middle of twenty enemy troops. She shot fifteen of them with the gun until she ran out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, till the blade broke, and then she killed the last Iraqi with her bare hands."

"Good Heavens" said the horrified teacher. "What kind of moral did your daddy tell you from this horrible story?"

"Stay the hell away from Aunt Karen when she's drinking."

Thursday, January 18, 2007

More Benefits of Homeschooling

P.E. and Reading all at the same time!
This is my new recumbent bike that Mike and Sam assembled for me last night. No more excuses for why I can't exercise!!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

My favorite karate people

My "favorite people" post was too long so my karate friends get their very own post. How special.

Tara Bidwell and her dad, Mr. Ken Gallacher.
Mrs. Bidwell is nice enough to let me train at
her studio twice a week until I get my black belt.

That's my kid up front. Who's that man in the
background, you ask? Why, it's none other than
Mr. Chuck Norris. That is as close as we got to
him at ITC Convention last summer.

Vic Matera, Joe Gemma, Tara Bidwell, John York & Mr. Olds
Ana Crittenden, Nicole Pisarczyk, Steve Smith, Tim Yates & John Petitt

My dear friend, Joe Gemma, on the right in black
just before the tall guy in white broke his rib.
A more relaxing endeavor, waiting for class at the ITC.
There are two karate people in this picture.
Be careful what you send me - it may end up
on a blog somewhere! Y

people i like - in no particular order

Now that I've done things I like - it's time for people I like. Again, in no particular order. It's just how I manage to upload the photos.

My dearest - husband, Mike

My Oldest - daughter Ana, 13

My youngest - son Sam, 10

Debbie, freshly back from the Dominican Republic, where her hair was braided into corn rows. Before she left, while they were in, the girls taking them out and after.

Debbie with our friend Denise. I was so busy getting
pictures of Debbie's braids, I never got Denise alone!

My favorite blonde family: Di holding Audrey, the beautiful princess Audrey and Matt, looking every bit the pirate next to Grant and Sam in the chair.

Most of my favorite young people:
Brendon, Ana, Sam Grant, Dana, Sera and Ethan.

Savage Chickens

This was funny so I stole it from another blog.

There are many more worth reading here.

Monday, January 15, 2007

A post by Ana

Havin fun with the camera
and being a cutie pie!!

things i like - in no particular order

Did I say in no particular order?
That may not be completely accurate.

Friday, March 2, 2007 - the show starts at 6:00pm

United Fighting Arts Federation
This is my karate organization.

no more frizzy hair

my latest from Brighton

this smells so good and moisturizes
so well

my favorite CD at the moment

Earl Grey Silver Tips.
Very yummy. Very
expensive - but very

Only on special occasions.

Stainless steel - so easy to clean

This is good in the afternoon.
No sugar = No Guilt

My black hat - some say I resemble
Karen Carpenter when I wear it but
since she was anorexic and is now
DEAD...I'm not sure it's a compliment.

Kapalua in Maui - I need to go back.

Levi's - An American Classic.

Madeleines - go well with a Starbucks

These are very useful.

This makes me laugh.

fun Italian wine glasses

this will be me soon

Tom Hanks - so talented

Thursday, January 11, 2007

I hate ice skating!

This post is inspired by items posted on two other blogs I read regularly.

I hate to ice skate and will NEVER do it again as long as I live!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


I haven't done a post in weeks, and when I finally do, it's in regards to television. What a sad statement on my life! So...Heroes was finally back on TV last night. I threw Sam out of the one TV chair in the office, stole the remote and sent him to bed. It only took me 45 minutes to realize it was a re-run! I am possibly one of the last people who does not own a Tivo or DVR. I have a Monday night activity (karate) that keeps me out past 9:00pm when Heroes starts. If I want to watch it, I have to actually find a video tape and set my VCR. Since I often don't remember to do that, I end up reading the updates online the next day. Anyway, after 45 minutes, I remembered reading about "dead Peter" and said, "Hey! This is a re-run!"

The moral of this story? There isn't's about television, for heaven's sake!