Monday, May 31, 2004
  Warning: This could get mushy!


It is been thirty four years to the day since we first held hands, shared a kiss, and went for ice cream. Thank you for making each one of them special. I wake up every day wanting to share it with you. I love you

Wednesday, May 26, 2004
  Out in the Open

I have a confession to make. After reading this entry in Sarcasmo's Divorce Diary, I can freely admit it. I too, am an Under-Sharer. I have always known it. I just never had a name for it before. And in true Under- Sharer fashion, explaining it would have just been too much trouble. Sarcasmo has pretty much nailed it. Except for pity. I personally do not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I cannot deal with that.
If there are 2 of us there must be more. We do not however want to form a support group. That's the point.
It would have made a great Seinfeld episode. Don'tcha think? "The Under- Sharer"


Tuesday, May 25, 2004
  Good plan

And it might have worked if he hadn't been caught.

  We have seen the enemy.......

......and it is Wal-Mart?
Wal-Mart doesn't need a PR department. Everyone else does their advertising for them. A Wal-Mart opened in the shopping center where I work for a Supermarket. There was panic. It was a Super Wal-Mart! It has a pharmacy! It will swallow up all the stores in the center! Jobs will be lost!
So far,-nada. No stores have closed. Jobs were created at in an area that has been hard pressed economically for a long time. And the very same people who cried and carried on can be found in the aisles at the Wal-Mart. We are all co-existing just fine. If anything, the new Wal-Mart gives more consumers a reason to come to the shopping center, which is a good thing for all of the stores.
Don't get me wrong. I am not a Wal-Mart stock holder. And I am sure my Union rep would admonish me for giving Wal- Mart a good review as they are adamantly non-union. But really Vermont. I hear there is a war in Iraq, and people starving on the planet. Read a newspaper for goodness sake!

Sunday, May 23, 2004

I spent a lovely Sunday with, the lovely Sarcasmo. We finished off her dress for the Dracula's Ball. I have to tell you, it came out quite well. I wasn't sure what to expect considering my last sewing project was probably Sarcasmo's Holly Hobbie halloween costume. ( and no, that was NOT last year). Anyway, I really had fun. And Sarcasmo went from "Fearing the Machine" to sewing diva. I predict she will be the belle of the ball. Hopefully she will post some pictures. I was most impressed by us because we deviated from the pattern, and added this and changed that and it all worked!
That was just Sunday morning. The afternoon was devoted to the first birthday of the lovely and charming Lily Moore. We went. we ate and we were treated to a rousing game of musical chairs. Thanks Lily.
Sarcasmo and I also had time for some one-on-one tutoring for yours truly regarding my blog. Hence the "Three Amigos" picture , posted via Hello.Check it out.
Too bad Sundays are followed by Mondays.


The Three Amigos

Friday, May 21, 2004
  C'mon. You know how it goes.

Everybody-once through with feeling.

Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday Sarcasmo Jr.
Happy Birthday to you!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Welcome to Wednesdays Off. I would imagine that most of you have wandered over from Sarcasmo's Corner. If you did , then you already know that this blog is a Mother's Day gift from Sarcasmo, Sarcas-sis & her husband(we need a catchier pseudonym for him) As such it joins an ever growing list of "Things I Never Would Have Done If I Didn't Have Children". Things like- skiing- painting pottery-traveling the world and becoming a grandmother. All good.
My attempts to fill this space up to now have been greatly aided by Sarcasmo. She is infinitely patient. She is my tutor, and my blogging role model. She is such a gifted writer. I am often blown away by the humor and intelligence that comes through in her words. Without her this would be a blank page-trust me.
The brilliant logo is the creation of the talented Sarcas-sis. You can find more examples of her work here. apparent as her artistic talent is, don't assume she is ever at a loss for words. You can check out her guest blogs on Sarcasmo's Corner
I have no idea how this is going to go. I am taking it one blog at a time. .

  Croutons or Bacon bits?

What dressing you choose may say a lot about you.

Sunday, May 16, 2004

I have been silent long enough. I have stood by and watched as over-priced Atkins inspired lo carb food products have been maneuvered onto store shelves. I have suffered the co-workers who bring meat in a plastic baggie as a snack and swear they don't miss sugar. I congenially went along when I ordered a wrap at Fridays and it was "wrapped" in a lettuce leaf instead of a tortilla. But no more. I am here to alert the masses. At least those in Philadelphia.

They're messing with the Tastykake

If you covet your Krimpets you might find the article in the Sunday Inquirer of interest. It takes you through the ups and downs of trying to make tasty baking a contender in the no carb arena. The title of this post is actually what one taste tester from the Inquirer dubbed one of the resulting confections, which are going to be marketed under the name Sensables.

Eating a tastykake is not supposed to be sensable. It's what you do when a little guilty pleasure is in order.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Not all that long ago South Street in Center City Philadelphia was the epitome of the anti-establishment culture. The clubs and coffeehouses were underground and the store stocked thngs not readily avaiable at Strawbridges. Over time it has unfortunately become more mainstream, more of a tourist area. The few original venues left seem much less avant garde. I think that is due more to a change in societal mores that make us much harder to shock.
At 10th and South street stands a house that is a work of art. The facade and surrounding area is covered in a mosaic. It has been a work in progress for artist Isaiah Zagar for the past decade. Now it is in danger of being dismantled. It is just too quirky to exist anywhere except here.

Thursday, May 13, 2004
  Where is Robert Langdon when you need him?

Wednesday, May 12, 2004
  Scrap Paper

Think twice before you wad up and toss that used envelope you wrote your to do list on.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Some exciting family news! Kirk has been assigned his next post in Italy! Good for him. It is something he really wanted. He said he is well aware of his obligations, which means there will be a spare bedroom in the villa for family and friends to crash in. For those of you who are not "family"(blood or extended), Kirk or Uncle Kirk is a Naval JAG. While he may be daring & tenacious he doesn't have an attractive female cohort.. His position as youngest son in my husband's family puts in equidistant in age between myself and my chiklren. So he has had an influence on all of our lives. I secretly suspect he told my children to go away to college and just keep on going! But I have no proof.

Thank goodness for family members with travel related employment. It has gotten me to Europe twice and Japan is on the near future. It's not just the free room and board. You get to experience the culture. with someone who actually lives there Our travels through Germany and Amsterdam , Belgium and France were way better with our daughter and son-in-law to show us the sights. THey handled the money and drove the Autoban. All of the scary details were in their capable hands. We had so much fun, saw so many places and met a lot of terrific people. I must say thought, that traveling in Europe makes you very aware that you are American. Maybe I will post more on that later. Back to Kirk and his upcoming relocation. I don't think he will miss his family too much. I think he will have a hard time getting rid of us.

Sunday, May 09, 2004
  This could be the start of SOMETHING...

...or not. I think I need to do something. Lately the people in my life have been stepping off into uncharted territories. One daughter is re-organizing her life and her apartment after some life changing decisions. Another with her husband are brand new parents-to be, and the third just recently went from student to professional with a ceremonious flip of a tassel. My husband has changed career paths from something he could do instinctively to one that requires learning new things every day. They all have challenges. I am just moseying along.
SO this blog is a challenge. I need to come up with a name, the current one being the working title. I am thinking I will just let this blogging thing go along for a while and see if takes on a direction. may be a name will come from that. It's new. It could be fun.

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