Sunday, August 31, 2008

Catching Up On Laundry & Blogs

I have found an unexpected side-effect to taking a blog hiatus. When my fingers head for the keyboard, I have so many different thoughts running around in my head that I don't know where to start. As such, this will be a bit random.

~Chelsea is doing great. She has successfully begun her "flight from the nest" and her college career. I'm very proud of how well she is transitioning. While I was up there, I spent a lot of time with her, repainting her dorm room, sewing new curtains to match her bedding, talking, eating too much fast food, working out schedules, finances, job hunting, etc. Marianne & Philip, as well as Mom and Dad Brown, were extremely helpful in keeping the children during all the craziness. Thank you so much for your thoughtful and patient help!!!! I learned a lot about driving around Cincinnati. I think I got lost about once a day. I know for a fact that I ran through 2 or 3 traffic lights by accident, turned up 3 different one-way streets the wrong way, and got lost in the 'hood' at night. I swallowed what little pride I have left, and even got a police escort (no lights and siren, thankfully) back to campus just in time for Chelsea to meet her curfew. Would someone PLEASE get me a GPS for Christmas? So now I'm home, and glad to be here, except for one thing...Agh! The laundry!!!

~I'm ticked off that I am met by Ellen DeGeneres' and her 'bride's smiling faces at every newsstand. Do we HAVE to celebrate their 'wedding?' Yuck!! Nathan's mother likes to quote this little poem by Alexander Pope:
"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then

Spot on, Mr. Pope!

~Two funny things I saw while out and about: 1. "Used Cows for Sale" on a sign in Kentucky. Any idea what THAT means? ;o) 2. "30% less calories" on a Trident package. On the back, it noted that the caloric content of one piece of gum had been reduced from 5 calories to 3 1/2. Whatever! Are we THAT dumb? Honestly!

~Vida, the male cat with the female name, is finally earning its keep. He killed a huge! rat in the backyard this weekend and seemed very pleased with himself. Take a look!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Back-To-School Pause in BlogWorld

This Friday, I'm heading off with my chilluns and my mom to take my little sister to God's Bible School and College. I'm busy doing all the pre-trip stuff. So! I'm officially calling a timeout to my blogging 'obligations.' At the end of the month, I'll update everyone on Alex's 1st birthday party, etc. Yep, my little man's officially a 1 year old and the proud owner of seven little pearly whites. Those of you who remember being away from home for the first time, say a little prayer for my home-loving sister. This is a big deal, and hopefully will be a huge positive thing in her life.