From Twitter: 11-26-2010

  • 9:06 am: Had a fabulous turkey day yesterday with new friends. Stayed up til 3reading, then kids up at 4:45. Now hanging on couch with kiddos & movie.

From Twitter: 11-25-2010

  • 8:53am: Hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

From Twitter: 11-18-2010

  • 8:36am: Will never forget waking up to the horrific news about Bonfire: 11.18.99.
  • 4:08pm: Friends, I’m taking an internet hiatus for a bit. Please do call us up & we’ll do stuff! Just want to focus on people not pixels for a while.

From Twitter: 11-17-2010

  • 2:33 pm: Busy day: friend for coffee, made ballerina skirt for G’s friend, helped w/ TG lunch @ Nick’s work, ran errands for box car stuff. So tired.
  • 8:08 pm: is having to have an awkward conversation w/ her older son about texting etiquette & why it’s wrong to borrow a phone to text random people.

From Twitter: 11-15-2010

  • 3:53 pm: Party went great yesterday! 🙂 Today: big kid has a friend over & little ones are making magic bounce balls from a kit. whee!

From Twitter: 11-14-2010

  • 10:33 am: Ben’s birthday party day. No idea how many kids coming. Frantically cleaning & preparing Star Wars stuff. WHEE!

All Ben, all the time ;)

Last week after I posted we had a regular kind of week, I guess. Piano lessons for both boys.  The K-3rd graders had a Veteran’s Day Program up at the high school.  Ben brought home a note that afternoon saying he needed to wear a red shirt for the program, but there was nary a red shirt in sight that was clean, so he ended up wearing one that was more maroon than red, but he liked it, so we were good.  The new power cord for my camera hadn’t come in yet, so we took pictures with Ben’s camera, which made every photo weird colored and didn’t record sound at all, so we have weirdly quiet blurry video of the event. Going to the program meant that David missed scouts yet again, of course.  *sigh*

Ben at his Veteran's Day Program Ben's walking onto the stage


I don’t remember anything at all about the weekend, but I think we spent it quietly at home amongst ourselves.  Maybe?


The next week was crazy busy. Nick left town Sunday night so we didn’t have cub scouts. Then Tuesday was Ben’s birthday.  Ben had requested pancakes like they have at IHOP for breakfast, so I made giant pancakes and gave them gogurt & whipped cream to make faces with.  They had a great time playing  with those.


I had a doctor’s appointment that morning & then ran cupcakes up to his class afterwards.  He loved that.  We ate them outside the school and the kids ran around a played for a bit.  Lots of fun for them!  🙂  That night for dinner we had pizza and more cupcakes for dessert (He’d asked for them instead of a regular cake so he could share his birthday cake with the friends that couldn’t come to his party; isn’t that the sweetest thing?).
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Wednesday we had piano lessons again, and Greg drew his first picture with people in it.  See: that’s Mrs. C and Ben at the piano (they’re not sad, he just hasn’t figured out how to do smiles yet).  🙂 

Thursday we had another piano lesson and went straight from there over to Literacy Night (which was technically just for 1st graders), where we got to eat pizza and drink sodas and play games that we made while we were there.  IMG_1588

Friday afternoon Nick came home and we were supposed to go camping at his parents house, but it was pouring rain so we had to postpone that. On Saturday, Ben got a telescope from my parents as his birthday gift.
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Last night we had a whisky tasting over at my parents house here in town.  We had a good number of people show up, mostly from Nick’s work, and we all had a good time trying the various foods and drinks available to us.

Today was Ben’s birthday party, which had a Star Wars theme.  Several of his friends couldn’t come because of illness, but we had a fun little Jedi Academy Training anyways.  Nick built them an Ewok Hut in the top of the jungle gym and we had a scavenger hunt and fun games.


That’s it for now.  More photos can be found at

From Twitter 11-13-2010

  • 10:18 pm: Had a joint whiskey/beer/wine tasting with parents that went very well. 🙂 must sleep now.#
  • 11:19 pm: Apparently David & I had too much caffiene. Watching Suite Life & eating biscotti. Can’t sleep. #

From Twitter.

Books this year

I was really terrible at keeping track of the books I read this year.  Here is a not in order, not complete list of some of the things I read:

1. The Girl With the Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

2. The Girl in the Orange Dress by Margot Starbuck

3. All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

4. Anna to the Infinite Power by Mildred Ames

5. Hamlet’s Blackerry by William Powers

6. Pandora’s seed: the unforseen cost of civilization by Spencer Wells

7. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by ???

8. Chains of Ice by Cnristina Dodd

9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

10. Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson

11. Duainfey by S. Lee & S. Miller

12. The Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker

13. The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

14. White Time by Margo Lanagan

15. Vidalia in Paris by Sasha Watson

16. Total Oblivion, More or Less by Alan Denix

17. The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson

18. The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker

19. Soulless by Gail Carrier

20. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

21. Mister Monday by Garth Nix

22. Tuesday by Garth Nix

23. Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix

24. Sir Thursday by Garth Nix

25. Lady Friday by Garth Nix

26. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

27.  Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

28. Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

29. Village Affairs by Cassandra Chan

30. Trick of the Mind by Cassandra Chan

31. A Spider on the Stairs by Cassandra Chan

32.  Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress XXI 

33.  Adele: Jane Eyre’s Hidden Story by Emma Tenant

34. Jane Eyre

35.  Wide Sargasso Sea

36.  Drink Down the Moon by Charles de Lint

37. Jack the Giant Killer by Charles de Lint

38. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

39. White Picket Fences by ???

40. Scouting the Divine by Margarent Feinberg

41. Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer

42. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbaleistier

43. Liar by Justine Larbaleistier

44. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

45.  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

46. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

47. Three Cups of Tea

48. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

49. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

50-56. Books 1-7 of the Buffy Season 8 Omnibus’

56-58. Books 1-3 of the Serenty Graphic Novel Omnibus’

59. The Shepherd’s Tale (Serenty Graphic Novel)

60. White Cat by Holly Black

61.  something about a queen by Phillippa Gregory

62-64. Cranford books by Elizabeth Gaskell

65. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

66. Emma by Jane Austen

(How I came up with this list: 1. Printed lists from the library of books I checked out, 2. Lists I made of books to return to various people, 3. Books my book club remembered reading this year, 4. lists of the years best YA or bestsellers that I remembered reading.  Ok, maybe I didn’t read some of this list this particular year.  But they’re not showing up on my lists of years pasts and I know that I read them, so it must’ve been this year, right?  Hehehehe)