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Mum likes reading, decorating, shopping with the girls, and Starbucks. She also feels funny writing in the 3rd person. Papa (also known as Sparky) is currently looking at me with a blank stare having asked him to add something about himself to the blog. (Now he wants to say something) The only thing he loves more in life than music and Coke is his wife and kids. (Awww...) :) Little Lotte is a genius on the computer and makes me fall over laughing every day with her quick wit. She loves computers and animals. Sweet Pea abandoned her family and moved to Phoenix for work and is now married as of 2/28/06. She is beautiful and smart and the most nurturing person I know. She gave me the greatest gift ever when she made me a grandmother. I am the proud Mum Mum to Andrew Christopher. There are no words to describe the joy of having a grandson!

Monday, September 29, 2008

In Palin Language

I found the most recent interview with Sarah Palin and Katie Couric to be scholarly and cerebral so I am going to water down the interview's important parts to help YOU make an educated decision on November 4th.

Katie Couric: The lobbying firm of Sen. John McCain's campaign manager received payments from the controversial mortgage giant Freddie Mac until last month.

Sarah Palin: Did not!

Katie Couric: Did too!

Sarah Palin: Did not!

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Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?

Palin: I've read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

Couric: What, specifically?

Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.

Couric: Can you name a few?

Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn't a foreign country, where it's kind of suggested, "Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?" Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.

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Oops, the above was NOT written by me but the ACTUAL words that vomited out of Sarah Palin's mouth. I don't think it can get much more simple than that....

For goodness sake, Sarah! Newsweek! Time! The Enquirer! Goodnight, Moon! Just name something you've read!!!!

And this whole idea of "gotcha" journalism... since when is a voter asking a question and you speaking the first thought in your head "gotcha" journalism? It wasn't Katie Couric that asked that! And if it was, that is EXACTLY what the media is SUPPOSED to be doing -- asking questions so that we, the voters, know what YOU, the running VP, believe in.

I can't wait to see the debate on Thursday night.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

'nother quiz

You Are An Exclamation Point

You are a bundle of... well, something.

You're often a bundle of joy, passion, or drama.

You're loud, brash, and outgoing. If you think it, you say it.

Definitely not the quiet type, you really don't keep a lot to yourself.

You're lively and inspiring. People love to be around your energy.

(But they do secretly worry that you'll spill their secrets without even realizing it.)

You excel in: Public speaking

You get along best with: the Dash


Your Autumn Test Results

You are a dynamic, vibrant person. You aren't afraid to pursue your passions.

When you're happiest, you are outgoing and expressive . You love celebrations, and you enjoy showing off a little.

You tend to be afraid of change. You are never ready for things to be different.

You find love to be the most comforting thing in the world. You feel at peace when you're with your loved ones.

Your ideal day is spontaneous and surprising. You like to play things by ear, and you always end up doing something interesting.

You tend to live in the moment. You enjoy whatever is going on, and you don't obsess over the past or future.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

So I guess the debate is still on?

Now I know this is simplistic but let me see if I get this:

Corporations mismanaged money by giving it to people who mismanage their money thereby causing the government to have to come in and give corporations MORE money to mismanage so that we can continue to give money to people who mismanage their money?

That was clear as mud!

I don't get it.

So the Corporations gave out loans to people who normally wouldn't qualify (like people who have bad credit because they don't pay their bills on time) but now the corporations need bailing out because President Bush says if we don's bail them out, then only people with excellent credit will be able to get loans.

Isn't that what the credit score is all about? Aren't we only supposed to get money from banks if we qualify because we pay our bills on time?

Why do we need to ensure EVERYONE can get a loan when only certain people should be able to get loans (those that PAY THEIR BILLS?)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


It's National Punctuation Day. I barely got to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Go there. Here's a peek at the site!

How punctuation
changes the meaning
of a sentence

Let’s eat, mommy.
Let’s eat mommy.

Don’t use commas, which are not necessary.
Don’t use commas which are not necessary.

Punctuate this paragraph:

That that is is that that is not is not thats it that is.

Why punctuation is important to one’s sex life:
Pre-marital sex: What some people have before marriage.
Extra marital sex: What some people have in a happy marriage.
Extra-marital sex: What people have in a not-so-happy marriage.
If you’re having a lot of #3, you’re probably not having a lot of #2. It all depends where you place the hyphen.


I am over (cough) and JUST BARELY (cough, cough) over 40 and I completely and totally remember that you did NOT place a comma before the word AND. But my daughters came home from school INSISTING that you do indeed place a comma before the word AND. So I looked it up and it seems that I AM NOT NUTS. (cough, cough, cough )

This answer from explains it all:

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Who learned the rule of no comma before the "and" in a list of three or more items?
I've been second guessing myself and have found that after all these years, there is a comma BEFORE the "and" in a list of three or more items. I swear I learned the rule differently (absolutely no comma before the "and") and I don't know why we were taught that. An English friend remembers the same rule (I'm American). Is this generational? We're both in our 30s. What's the deal with that rule? Why does the comma before the "and" look so wrong to me?
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The comma before the "and" looks wrong... BECAUSE IT IS!
HaHa - just kidding. Had to get that out of my system. I feel better now.

I was taught, 'waaaay back when, that the comma takes the place of (in this case) the word "and". So, instead of saying, "Apples and oranges and peaches.", you could say, "Apples, oranges and peaches". You didn't need the final comma because you already had an "and". That makes perfect sense to me. When my husband went back to college a few years ago and took an English course, my hackles went up when I saw the new rule in his grammar handbook. I think it's largely a matter of style - and you know how styles change.

At a grammar and proofing seminar recently, the teacher said that there was a court case where an heir (one of three) got more than he probably should have because of that final missing comma. The money was to be disbursed among Bill, Helen and Paul - that's how it was written. He sued saying that since there was no comma after Helen, it meant half should go to Bill and the other half to Helen and Paul. And he won!

I haven't been able to verify the story, but, just to be on the safe side, if I write up a legal document, I'll include that final comma. Other than that, in my world, there shall be no comma after "and".

Monday, September 22, 2008

7 Things

7 Things I love:


2. the word : autumnal

3. anything and everything to do with fall, especially pumpkins

4. weekends away with Sparky, doesn't matter where

5. watching my grandson grow and develop the cutest personality

6. my breaks at school - fall and spring, as well as summer

7. a good facial from Gadabout

7 Pet Peeves:

1. Doing things over again because of someone else's fault.

2. People who walk by my office and either : stand there staring, not saying a word, when I look up give me a thumbs up and a dopey smile, tell me they are just trying to make me smile (leave me alone to get my work done and then I will show you a smile!), or make weird, strange noises as they walk by my office. WHY?!! Doesn't anyone work anymore!??!

3. Cutting me off with a grocery cart and then standing there while it's obvious I am headed in that direction so now I have to stop and wait for them to pick out their cherry flavored popsicles.

4. That my cell phone rings and I can NEVER answer it before it goes to voicemail, no matter HOW FAST I am!

5. People who mumble and then when you ask them what they said, they say "Nevermind!" Argh!

6. Cars that see you are waiting to turn right and they are coming from the left and don't put on their turn signal so as to indicate that they will not be crossing your path.

7. Having to have 349 different remotes to turn on ONE TV!!!!!!

7 Things I can't do:

1. Keep the gas tank filled. I fill up the gas tank but I wait till the last possible minute EVERY SINGLE TIME.

2. Drive a stick shift.

3. Wear a bikini. (it's that gallbladder surgery scar -- yeah, that's the reason!) :-)

4. decorate well with Toile although I try, try, try!

5. Cook very well. No really, I am not a good cook. It has nothing to do with my self esteem and everything to do with my lack of cooking skills and hating to read directions.

6. Keep plants alive.

7. look at fish.

7 Things I can do:

1. Teach

2. Make a great lasagna. It's pretty much the only thing I can cook.

3. Speak in front of people if I am properly prepared.

4. Listen well.

5. Write when I am inspired.

6. watch videos of my grandson sneezing or laughing over and over and over.

7. empathize with people

7 Characteristics I want to have:

1. patience

2. brave

3. kind

4. balanced

5. gracious

6. joyful

7. serene when needed

7 Things I can't live without:

1. My Family - Sparky, my girls and son in law, and my grandson

2. Baguettes

3. My eyelash curler and mascara

4. My moisturizer

5. My floss

6. My camera

7. My blowdryer

7 Things you might hear me say:

1. Can we stop at Starbucks?

2. Where's my Boo Bear?!!

3. I hate this heat. I wish it would rain!!!!!

4. Let's start walking again! Tomorrow!

5. Dinner's ready (as the smoke alarm goes off OR (in reply to what's for dinner) I DON'T KNOW! :-)

6. I miss my Baby Roo.

7. I love you.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Water Play

So Little L and I were at the store that Sparky refuses to step foot in (It begins with a W and ends with an almart) buying something or other and we saw this clearance section with an ELMO sprinkler mat. We both knew we had to buy it for Andrew. It was only $1.00!!! So we couldn't wait to get to Phx. to try it out. Here are some photos... and one of him in his bouncer in which I need a spoon to eat those thighs!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Dear God,

Please help the Eagles to beat the crap out of the CowgirlsCowboys and please let T.O. bite into a wormy apple and please make mommy stop feeding me those strained green beans.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

you're welcome.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

I guess I wasn't the only one who thought Sarah Palin looks like Tina Fey!

"I can see Russia from my house." hahahahaha!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Elton John --- Eat your heart out! You've got competition on those ivories!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

I want to like her... I mean she's got really cool hair and glasses!

Moose in way of Alaskan Pipeline.....

Sarah Palin with daughter and moose
Photo from LA Times

So I thought... well let me listen and see what she has to say about things that matter to me. Let me see what her stance is on education, the economy, the energy crisis looming, ending the war and health care.

Here's what I heard about education...
Sarah Palin: "I signed up for the PTA."

On ending the war...
Sarah Palin: "He would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war."

'This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and yet never use the word victory except when he is talking about his own campaign."
(Gimme a W! Gimme an A! Gimme an R!)

On saving our energy resources...
Sarah Palin: " When the stadium lights go out...
(I guess shutting off lights is part of her energy plan?)

On health care:
Sarah Palin: "

(crickets chirping)

On seeking alternative sources for energy...
'We need to produce more of our own oil and gas."
(rather than seek and fund alternatives... hmmmm)

Russia -- bad.... bad....

Oil in Alaska -- good... good...

Peace -- bad.... bad...

War -- good... good...

Great speaker... but it felt like I was watching a movie starring Tina Fey.

Sarah with her baby....

I mean Sarah's daughter with her baby.


ok.... Sarah with baby....

Darn it....

Wait... Sarah with baby....

Oops... that was Tina Fey again...


I kid, I kid....

But seriously... am I the only one who sees Tina Fey in her???!!!

Tina Fey.....

Not Tina Fey...

Now if you'll excuse her, she's got a shotgun wedding to plan.

Don't get me wrong... I haven't decided completely yet. She might just get my vote based on her cool black pumps. I know that's what Sparky will be voting for!


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sparky's Haircut

I got a request to post photo's of Sparky's new haircut. He's "thinning" on the top (I happen to think he looks gorgeous and ages so beautifully) but he got sick of the hair laying funny and got a short, short cut. I absolutely love it!

Here are the photos from tonight! Enjoy!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Long Weekend/Happy Anniversary

Sparky and I met 34 years ago this weekend.

At church camp.

That's why we never let the girls go to church camp.


Anyway -- what a great weekend it's been. We spent Saturday cleaning and setting up fall at our house. Labor Day is fall. I'm from Pa. Deal.

Then we had some friends over for dinner. I made hamburgers, baked beans, and potato salad. They brought cherry pie and vanilla ice cream. It was soooo yummy!

Sunday we went one of my favorite neighborhoods for a little walk, Civano. The homes are small, energy hugatree ones and I love them. Later, we went to Tanque Verde Guest Ranch to say hi to the horses. We went to lunch before the ranch and then we were supposed to go to afternoon tea but the heat was doing me in. We stayed home and puttered around the house, relaxing, enjoying an unexpected evening rainstorm! Probably the last one of the season. :-(

Monday was shopping with Little L. I found a cute white pumpkin at Home Goods for $3.99 and a cute little white pumpkin for $1.00 at Michael's. I am reading too many decorating blogs where everyone has white pumpkins and I am trying to keep up with the whitepimpkinsjoneses. :-) I bought, what I thought, was black polka dot ribbon but turned out to be brown when I got home. The old eyes ain't what they used to be. When Little L and I go shopping, she runs the card and pushes the buttons and points to where I sign as those little screen are too, well, little -- and dark!

We had fun and then came home where I made homemade pasta with cream sauce (what is up with me?!) and now I am enjoying the U.S. Open with Sparky. Life is good.

But it will be better next weekend when I am with ALL of my loved ones. As much as I miss rain, there is no way I can leave because Andrew is in Phx. and I love him more than rain!!!

Sorry for the disjointed post... here are some Baby Roo pics to make up for it!