I can't sing it as well as U2, but January 18th is always a beautiful day for me. Despite the fact that it is 37 degrees outside, no sunshine in sight, and just plain unpleasant to be outside right now, it still is a beautiful day. Jackson continues to be healthy. He is doing well in school. We have been so blessed.
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So that really is one of my favorite songs, and yes, it really is cold outside. The boys started school two hours late this morning due to the freezing weather in South Texas. An extra layer is needed, until you walk into a building that is flaming hot with dry, itchy air.
Have had the fire on, have consumed mugs of hot chocolate and spice tea, and caught up on the Tivo list and book pile. Okay, I never really catch up on that reading pile. Time to go crawl into my flannel sheets and throw another quilt on the bed. Going to enjoy the cold during its brief stay.
You can teach an old dog new tricks! Look who learned something new. I finally figured out the banner thing. If you don't see a change up there at the top, you need to hit F5 to refresh. How cool is that! Now if I can only get it to look right.....
Some of you traipse around the internet so la-di-da, effortlessly finding endless ways to wile away your time, able to link through the invisible threads that bind the WWW, locate obscure information or the hard-to-find hottest gifts, connect to thought-provoking essays on life or humorous takes on the family pet's pooping problems. (how is that for an example of alliteration!) You can simplify the search for a new car or that poem you had to memorize in third grade. You know the kind of people I am talking about.
Then there are those that freeze at the keyboard, unable to begin their search. Unable to maneuver the links and clicks, afraid of the journey or where they might go. Okay - so it can be dicey when clicking on links. I give them that. As a complete aside, years ago when I was an internet novice, I was looking for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. I quickly learned there was also an adult entertainer of the same name. Anyway. There are individuals who don't bird track or bunny trail very well. They are linear in their thinking and don't branch out.
My husband is one of them. One of those who cannot branch out on the internet.
I am of the type at the top. Give me 15 minutes and I can travel so far, I can't even remember where I started. I read blog a which takes me to blog b which links to website c which then links to flickr which then takes me to blog e which reminds me of a movie so I go check my queue at Netflix...... You get the picture.
So I say all that in order to preface this: Maybe I should share a little of my travels. The places I visit. The websites I check out. Start of few of you on your own little journeys of linkage and learning.
Today we start with 2 blogs. Both of them moms.
First is Karen at Verbatim. Not a clue how I ever found her blog. I am not sure if I have ever even commented there. (Not a big commenter here.) She is so unlike me. I am a rural southern girl, she is East-Coast big city; I tend to the conservative side of things, she is on the liberal side; etc, etc, etc. Despite the marked differences, there are some commonalities: good food, lots of reading, and movies. And shuttling kids around. I was an English teacher while she was/is an editor. You have to love someone who knows her grammar and can spot a dangling participle a mile away. I found one of my favorite on line games at her place, and the Friday Feast meme I rarely post. (But I did today!) I check her blog every day without fail.
The second is Melissa at Suburban Bliss. Irreverent, humorous, painfully honest. Again, Melissa lives a different life. But I laugh. And want to brave the cold of the north to be in her playgroup.
Back to my bunny trail hopping. Who knows where I go next.
Appetizer: What comes to mind when you see the color orange?
I think of t.u. It is one of the most unattractive colors on Earth - c'mon - what did you expect? I see the world through maroon-colored glasses.
Soup: Did you ever get in trouble while you were in school? If so, what was it for?
In 8th grade, Mr. Lucy gave me 3 licks. He was out of the room, I dropped my pencil and got up to get it. When I sat back down, Leslie Wilson had sat down in my chair. I was not expecting that, so I screamed when I sat down on her just as Mr. Lucy was walking back in. No one believed he would give a girl licks, but he did me. My permanent record is unblemished save that incident. Right, mom?
Salad: Which topping(s) make up your perfect pizza?
pepperoni, garlic, and onions from B&J's....if we are making it at home, barbcue chicken, cilantro, and red onions.
Main Course: Do you believe in UFOs/aliens/etc.? Why or why not?
I don't think so....show me, show me, show me. I relate really well to Thomas. Prove it.
Dessert: What color is your bedspread/comforter/quilt?
Tan, brown, light blue, and sage green paisley. Love paisley.
Time to add an entry on that blank slate that is 2007.
Baby J lost his first tooth today. It has been loose for awhile, and he has been wiggling away.
He won't have an empty space for very long - the new tooth is pushing through quickly.
Everyone still working on maintaining the resolutions? I still need to work on mine. Not one to whip out a long list in January and be frustrated by mid-February when the full weight of life crashes in on my idealized way of wanting the world to run.
If I were to make a list of resolutions, it would start with, as with most everyone each January, living healthy. Since I was out of commission most of the fall and sitting on my bottom, I think I lost what little shape I was in. I don't ever diet - I would rather run a half-marathon daily than not eat the occasional rib-eye and my frequent Whataburgers. My ankle is good-to-go, at least on the Precor or a level surface such as a track or treadmill. Maybe it is time to get moving again.
Next on my list would be to enjoy my family. I do that anyway, but sometimes the fighting and arguing and retying of Jack's shoes for the hundredth time wears on me. But he won't have me tying his shoes forever. So I need to slow down and savor the good...and the bad.
Also on my list is reading. I can never read enough. I want to read at least 52 books. One a week. I think that is quite do-able, although near the top of my to-read stack is a doozy - Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat. I think it may take me awhile.
And if I were to continue on, I cannot leave out my new camera. Yes, I was all-manual with the rebel, but a nifty, powerful camera deserves a user that can make the most of it. Need to work on that. Might even start with the manual..... Don't people get paid for taking fabulous pictures?
And as an adjunct to the camera, which should lead to even more fan-tab-u-lous pictures of my ever-growing dudes, I would endeavor to be more crafty. With pictures and paper and glue. I like those things. I also adore fabric. I learned to thread my sewing machine in 2006 - huge step for me. Might I venture to use that thread on something? I think that may be the next logical step.
I think that would be quite an ambitious start (yet quite do-able) to a list of goals for the start of 2007, if I were the type of person to do that sort of thing....Who knows - you'll just have to check back over the next few months to see where I go...or where I don't...
Come back later, as in tomorrow, for a picture of the Baby J's lack-of-a-tooth. I am too lazy to walk into the office to the computer with the pictures.
The second day of the new year....surely I am not already behind.....with three loads of laundry to put away, and the kitchen floor to be vacuumed....
We have had a great Christmas holiday. We were in Tennessee (cue Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas now) for Christmas and had a great time with my family. The boys enjoy their cousins, Rheagan and Tripp. Rheagan is a hoot - someone refers to her as a mini-Kelly - she has all the charm, style, and grace that I have, I am sure. Tripp started walking shortly before, and it was a pleasure to watch him roam more freely - right toward the stairs.
Gifts were thoughtful and generous - and, since I actually put together a list with links, were things I really wanted. I have a stack of new books to take my time enjoying. I have a fantastic new camera with which to play and learn and sometime figure out how to make awesome shots. There were crafty gifts too. Jon's gifts were generally the kind that involved technology. The boys, as every year, received way too much and ran the gamut from new gameboys to an in-ground basketball goal.
The day after Christmas, Mother took Karen and I shopping - we forced Mom to buy some new clothes - she will not do it if we do not force her. (As a complete aside, I do not have that same affliction. I have no problem buying myself clothes:) ) She also bought us some things, too. A little sweater here, a little makeup there. It was an enjoyable day, and something that is so rare for the three of us to be together to do.
Most of the rest of the holidays was very quiet here. Jon took both boys to the deer lease, so I was able to pick up and wash clothes in peace and quiet. We all spent New Year's Day taking down the tree and the rest of the Christmas regalia and attempting to put the house back in order.
Today is the last day the boys are out of school. They are busy mowing the yard (yeah for me now that they both can mow) and playing with new toys. Tomorrow is back to normal and the hum of daily routine. I love that routine, but have enjoyed these lazy, slow days of just being and not rushing around.
Back to the laundry and watching snippets of the Ford funeral proceedings. I enjoy watching all the pomp and circumstance in a presidential funeral and period of mourning, but look at the family and wonder how much more of a strain it must be to have it all displayed for the world to see, and for such a prolonged time.