Thursday, May 31, 2007

weird dream

Last night I had a dream that I took a flight to California, and there was a quick layover on the moon. On my ticket it just said "lunar." When I was at the terminal on the moon I was surprised to see out the window that there was a highway with plenty of traffic.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

It's a beautiful day outside! Why are you indoors reading my blog? You should go outside and play!

the daily doodle


The people who last owned our house planted a bunch of ground cover by the house. Now I have no idea what to do with it. The grass grows inside of it, and it is impossible to pull it all out stalk by stalk. I want to do away with the whole thing and start over. Where do I even begin?


Remove Stains Right At The Office

I have a pair of white capris that I like, but they've been stained with something unremovable, like paint or something. Today I covered up the stain with wite-out. It actually worked. At least, I can't find the stain now unless I'm really looking for it.

Monday, May 28, 2007

ok i'm back

Ok, we are back from Michigan. We had a great time meeting our five-week-old niece, Lilly. Here are a few highlights from our trip.

Us looking like parents.


The real parents. This is my brother Charles & his wife Marci with Lilly.


We found a cool stop along the way off exit 156 off 90, west of Cleveland. There was a Barnes & Noble where we had a nice coffee break. There were a lot of shops sectioned off in an outdoor mall area, which looked more like a nice city block. Here's George in front of Urban Outfitters. He loves that place.


A tasty lunch at bd's Mongolian Barbeque. Yum Yum Yum.


Chuck and Marci had some friends nice enough to let us stay at their house while they were gone all weekend. We were hosted by Kitty. Kitty and I became close friends right away.


There's nothing like stopping for dinner at the Cracker Barrel on the way home. Except George didn't know they were going to put bacon on his salad. He had to pick it all out.


Time to get back to normal life. I need to clean this dust-infested house.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

i am still a round

I'm still here. I've just been busy getting things in order before we take a trip out to Michigan this weekend. I will meet my new niece Lilly. There will be pictures. It has been a while since we've gone anywhere.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

A doodle, a noodle...

The Daily Doodle

Many of my doodles end up having an alligator or some kind of lizard in them somewhere. No reason really, except they are fun to draw.


I have been going to the gym almost every day for a couple of weeks. Eventually I hope to see a change all over, especially in my arms which have always been like twigs. I need to eat more so that the muscles have something to grow with. I read somewhere that a great food for body building is Japanese soba noodles. Out of all Japanese foods, soba noodles are one thing I've never cared for. I bought a package of them yesterday. There must be a non-gross way to prepare them. I need to do a little research.


We went and saw Shrek the Third on Friday night. I know I'm a harsh critic, but in my opinion that one could have gone straight to DVD. It was not that good. Too much talking. It did not have the same momentum as the other two Shreks. I was kind of bored actually.

Friday, May 11, 2007

fun for the entire family

The Daily Doodle

We had a graduation ceremony for the preschool class I've been working with.

I guess this whole kiddie graduation thing is supposed to give kids extra self-esteem. I think it's kind of silly, but it's a big hit with the mommies and daddies. Their was an unbelievable mob of paparazzi with their cameras and video recorders when those scholars came marching down the isle in their little paper hats.


We have an abundant crop of dandelions in our yard this year. For the past two years George has been in a never-ending battle with the weeds. I keep saying that we live in the country, and everyone around here has dandelions, and fighting them is a loosing battle, and expensive too. We are surrounded by fields of weeds blowing their seeds in our direction. So this year we have concluded together that we have a "meadow," not a lawn.


In high school I remember 21 Jump Street being the COOLEST teen show. I've recently watched it a couple of times since I discovered it on one oldies tv station we have, and I cannot believe how incredibly cheesy it is.


This week I have personally confirmed that it is true, you can get your Starbucks cappuccino in a mug instead of a paper cup if you just ask. I got a tall caramel macchiato, and it was, in my opinion, gigantic. I actually prefer the plain coffee there. If they sold a kiddie size for half the price, that would actually be enough to make me happy.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I'm Stayin' Alive

Now that I go to the gym every day, I cannot stop buying coffee and cappuccinos! The gym is a couple shops away from the coffee shop. Whenever I go into town, I use being there as an excuse to buy coffee. But now it's every day. How do I stop?


We watched American Idol last night with Barry Gibb. I kept thinking he looks like someone else. I figured out who he looks like! The Geico caveman guy... these tiny pictures were the closest comparison I could find.


We never watched American Idol the whole way through until this season. I've been a Doolittle fan since the beginning. My guess is that LaKisha will go tonight. What does everyone else think?

Sunday, May 06, 2007

weekend notes

Here is a gripe that I am sure I will share with women everywhere.

What is the deal with women's clothing sizes? If a man wants to buy a pair of pants, he chooses the pants that have his actual waist size and leg length written on them. No guessing. And the sizes are all there to choose from.

I am 5'2", and I know that is short, but I am by no means crazy abnormally short. I have plenty of friends who are shorter than I am. Yet if I want a pair of jeans that are the right length, most clothing stores have either one length for all waist sizes (WAY too long), or lengths "ankle," "regular," and "tall." My best bet is going for the ankle length, which still touches the floor, but it's better than having to hem a couple of inches. Who are those people, who are six feet tall and a size two?


The weather here has been amazing for days in a row, and we have been busy entertaining our guest, Flat Stanley.

Here he is at Vidler's. A historic five & dime store in East Aurora. Nothing really costs 5 or 10 cents anymore... except maybe a pixie stick.

We had dinner at the Olive Garden.

For a guy who's as flat as a piece of paper, Stanley sure has a huge appetite!

Stanley helped us buy extra groceries for his stay.

It was a perfect day at the park... but climbing on the fences is prohibited! That Stanley almost got us in all kinds of trouble. It's ok, we got away with a warning.

We have had a great time, but tonight flat is packing his bags, because tomorrow he's off to another location to meet new friends!


This made me laugh...

Thursday, May 03, 2007

what's going on

This is a picture of my new niece, Lilly.

It's hard to say who she looks like right now. I'm told that my brother was born with dark hair, and then he shed it all and it grew back blond. Maybe Lilly will turn blond, we'll see. She needs to smile so we can see if she has Marci's dimples.

In Russia if you have dimples, they say it's because your mom stole an egg. One dimple for each egg stolen.

Whoever she looks like, she's a cute one!


Today is a turning point in my life. Here you see a self-portrait of what I look like now. Given some time, I will be covered with muscles.

I had a session with a personal trainer this morning, who's got a plan for me to work out without losing any weight, because I have no weight to lose! I'm just going to gradually build up some strength, and hopefully feel a whole lot healthier.

I looked into a couple of women's gyms before deciding on a regular one. I checked out Curves and another one. They both had the same one-size-fits-all plan. One lady was telling me how she lost 30 pounds at Curves. That is great for most people, but not the thing for me.


Today Flat Stanley arrived for a visit. He wants to know when someone is going to mow the lawn.

I need to plan some activities for while he's here. I'm sure he will enjoy his time in western New York.