Friday, May 29, 2009
Also, Yummy Mommy has challenged her followers to do one random act of kindness today and then report back to her. I actually like to practice the random-act-of-kindness/pay-it-forward type philosophy. Just recently our neighbors made us some mojitos and brought them over. We loved the drink so much that we immediately went out and bought the supplies to make more. Then, we made mojitos for our other neighbors. They, in return, sent some homemade meatballs over for us to enjoy. We (the neighbors) do this stuff often actually.
So, now to think of one random act of kindness or hope that an opportunity presents itself.
Monday, May 25, 2009
This time, I agreed that he could start a bigger batch and house it in our kitchen in the 5 gallon drum.
I feel like this whole process is like that book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
So, here is my version of making wine, written in the story style of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
If you give Dear Husband some grapes, then he is going to want to make wine out of it.
If you let him make wine then he is going to ask for some wine bottles.
If you let him rinse the bottles then he is going to want to super-wash and sterilize them.
If you let him fill the bottles then he is going to want to cork them.
If you let him label them, then he is going to want to... drink it all?????
Funny story = I told
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Notice these next two pictures.
Barn #2. The barn is in focus but the grass is blurry this time. She did this on purpose. She wanted these two different effects for the two different shots. Okay, this is a concept that I didn't grasp till about... 6 months ago.
I want to start a flickr photostream for Lulu's pictures. It seems that you have to set it up with a yahoo e-mail address? Is that correct? Am I missing something? I know that I don't have to actually use the yahoo e-mail address, but it just seems ridiculous to have to use their web address to set up the account. I must be missing something.
Some of us picked strawberries.
Some of us ate strawberries.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Photographer's Note: It's a new camera. Go easy on me. I'm still shooting in "auto." Someday I will figure out how to use all of the fancy buttons.
The scavenger requirements are divided into missions. These are the missions that we accomplished today. Participants are encouraged to "be creative."
Mission: On a merry-go-round. 4 points.
Mission: On a store "quarter" ride. 7 points.
Mission: A garden gnome with a red hat. 5 points. (See it? In the square to the top right of Lulu's head? This will be our back-up picture for this mission.)
... and the tag to prove it. (See? It says, "black poodle" on the tag.)
Mission: A mannequin. 3 points. Must be imitating the pose of the mannequin. 4 point bonus if in store front window.
Mission: At a "Ritas." 3 points.
Mission: A yellow car or truck. 3 points.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Dog. I was almost attacked by a vicious dog the other day. I mean really… what do you do… I was walking along with my dog on a leash and I had my baby Bro (in a stroller) and Lulu with me… Did I mention that my dog was on a leash? And some other idiot had his dog (a Collie) off of the leash and his dog started harassing my dog and my dog started to growl back and then it escalated and the teeth were showing and then I was putting myself in the midst of this mess to keep my dog under control but then I realized that my dog might get confused and bite my leg off instead of biting the head of the other dog… all the while the other’s dog’s owner was just standing there (still with his dog OFF of the leash) watchin’ this all go down?
We tried to walk out of the way (the aforementioned collie just kept harassing us).
What would you do? I’m not kidding? My dog was being harassed and the other guy did nothing.
Did I mention that my precious dog was on his leash?
Dear irresponsible pet owner,
Walk your dog on his leash.
Smoking is a bad habit.
I think that you were drunk too.
2. Run to the Girl Scout store. Quite a hike as it is all the way up in North Baltimore.
3. Find new letterboxes.
4. Make my personal letterbox stamp.
5. Take Lulu to a local clay store to make a Father’s Day gift with the scouts.
6. Check on the letterbox that we hid together.
7. Go see Night at the Museum: Smithsonian
8. Buy some summer clothes for Lulu.
9. Take some pictures for her summer scavenger hunt.
10. Learn how to use my new camera.
11. Finish the photo album for Lulu’s Girl Scout friend who is moving across the country.
12. Go to the zoo.
13. ??? Relax.???
Yeah – a 4-day weekend. I hope that you are having fun. The weather should be nice here on the East Coast. Camping did not work out but, as you can see, what have lots of fun stuff to take its place.
Are you letterboxing yet? Good times! You should try it.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The book was okay and worth the read if you are looking for something lite.
Personally, Rattled totally reminded me of Emily Giffin's style of writing. I loved, loved, loved Giffin's Something Borrowed series. It started with Something Borrowed and continued with Something Blue (much like Rattled, but better - in my opinion) and then Love the One You're With. If you are looking for lite girlie books (but not trashy) then Giffin's books are great. I tore right through them when I first got them... a few years ago.
p.s. If you are my neighbor and the least bit interested in these books then I am happy to loan them to you. Thanks again for the mojitos!
My opinion? I'm torn actually. I read book two - New Moon - in about a week (see below). The Twilight books are fun and easy reads, but I just can't get emotionally dedicated to a high school vampire's love life. Sorry folks. Having said that, I will read books 3 and 4 because... everyone else loves these books and I have to be in-the-know too.
Update: As of this post, Lulu is reading another book that she got from the school book fair - can't remember the name of the book though.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
OK - there is some controversy surrounding the difference between a thong sandal and a flip-flop. However, when are shorts (no matter how professional) appropriate for the office?
Are men going to be permitted to wear the shorts too? Like these guys on Wall Street. Hah.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I had been forewarned that there isn't much produce this time of year. Still, I had a great time.
Check out these
Toad houses, in case you are wondering.
The local Horticulture Society had lots of plants and herbs to choose from.
This guy (not pictured) is a beekeeper and had a honey stand. Look closely at his stand for the Visa/Master Card sign. These guys take credit cards. Who knew?
Bro had to have his blood drawn today so mommy got him an oatmeal cookie for breakfast.
More herbs from a local farmer.
Oh sweet heaven - they sell coffee. I was told that the beans are not grown locally (DUH - I'm glad they cleared that up for me), but they are ground and packaged locally. This farmer also had tea available and the herbs for the tea were,
After the Farmer's Market, we hopped over to Fairy Grandmother's house. Bro ate some banana while we waited for her to come back from the gym...
... and we kept Dear Husband company while he prepared Fairy Grandmother and Luvs2Boat's boat for the Blue Angels' flyover.