Sunday, November 26, 2006
  A Hose by Any Other Name

Here's how the conversation went. At the CP"s request we had gone outside to play. On the grass next to the deck is our garden hose, which I used just the other day to squirt some debris off the steps in this very lovely but unseasonably warm November.

CP: Mom Mom ! Hose ? Hose?
Me: No CP. It's too cold to play with the hose.
CP: Okay.
We Walk to the front of the house where we can see my next door neighbor power washing a new stone wall he just built.
CP:Mom Mom! What's that ?
Me: It's a power washer sweetie. He's washing the wall.
CP: Big hose !!!

One of us in over our heads here and it isn't the CP!

Saturday, November 25, 2006
  Yin & Yang

Yesterday, Sarcasmo Jr. & I participated in the official closing ceremony of the Sarcas-family Thanksgiving holiday. We get up early on Black Friday and go out to breakfast. Even though the night before I swear I won't be able to eat again for a week. After breakfast we say our goodbyes in the IHOP parking lot, I go to work and she gets on the road back to Bear Country.

While reaching for the maple syrup, Sarcasmo Jr. knocked over the salt. She asked if tradition called for throwing some over her shoulder. Given the close proximity of the back to back booths, and the girth of the neck of the man sitting directly behind her, I didn't think that was such a good idea. SJ reasoned that she had forwarded one of those emails that promise good fortune if you sent it on to four people, so one should cancel out the other . Sounded right to me.

What traditions do you keep? Are you even a little superstitious ? And do you forward those emails? You know, just in case.

Thursday, November 23, 2006
  Making a List and Checking it Twice

In an unprecedented move, I, Sarcasmom, have started my Christmas shopping. I had three gifts bought yesterday, before the Thanksgiving turkey was even completely thawed. I did it online but it is still started. If I could I would do it all online. Every year Sarcasdad and I take a day and shop. Well, I shop and Sarcasdad buys. I can spend all day at the mall and come home with nothing. Sarcasdad can go for an hour and come back with everyone crossed off the list. So we strike a nice balance, as we so with most things in life. I still want the day at the mall with him. I just want to skip the decision making, line waiting, pushy people and grouchy sales clerks. I'm all for the hand holding and window shopping. Oh, and lunch!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006
  Over the River and Through the Woods

Happy Thanksgiving all. This is reported to be the most heavily traveled holiday. I believe it. I usually finish up at the gym and head home between 6:15am and 6:30 am. Traffic is quite minimal. Except this morning. Route 1 Southbound was six solid lanes of taillights. Where was everybody going so early? A lot of the cars turned off on the street that leads to a bridge to New Jersey. So those people were definitely going over the river.

We will be seven for dinner at my house on Thursday. It will be happily crowded in our little breakfast room. Had we one more guest I think we would exceed he physical limitationss of our space. I suppose we could do a buffet style meal, but to me Thanksgiving is all about the family sitting down together to a wonderful meal. In, fact, if I had the space, the time, and the dinnerware I would set a beautiful table with flowers and candlesticks. Currently we can't included either as fitting the food on the table is a challenge. We could do the "kids table" scenario but either the CP would be sitting alone, or Sarcasdad and I would be sequestered from all the "kids". That's no fun.

I think a folding table is in our future. One we can drag out just for the holidays.

What about you? Sit down or buffet? Kids table or not?

Sunday, November 12, 2006
  I Read the News Today--Oh Boy!

The last two days have been quite frustrating, since my laptop systematically shut me out of the internet. First I couldn't get into www.bloglines com without crashing IE. Then I couldn't get out onto the internet. Next I was denied access to my favorite places, and then I couldn't access my emails Finally it just gave up the ghost. I was goin nowhere on the information super highway.

Lucky for me, Sarcasdad speaks computer. While he was resetting and restarting I looked for something to occupy my idle fingers. Ahh--the newspaper. I remember the newspaper. I used to read it page by page, item by item everyday. Of course it is a morning missive and I never get to read it til after dinner, and by then the news is old. And I had already read it online. And since I got the laptop I was able to play games and watch TV simultaneously, so little by little, the daily newspaper fix became the" Sunday catch up with the comics" habit.

But without my blogs and online time wasters I turned back to my old standby. I forgot how satisfying those newsprint pages feel between my fingers. And here is what I learned today in my local daily missive.

Guns & Roses, or the musical collective fronted by Axl Rose that bears little or no resemblance to the Guns And Roses of the 80,s cancelled a show in Maine because they were not permitted to drink alcoholic beverages on stage. Axl said it was a shame that what should have been a great night for everyone was ruined by a couple of fire marshals.

A local news reporter hit a pot hole and set off a carload of interactive toys. They were dancin' and singin' and Kung Fu fighitn' in the back of his SUV on his way to do a story about what kids want for Xmas. This reminded me of a co-worker who loaded up on all the Christmas figurines that are motion sensitive when they went half price in January. She didn't want her husband to know so she hid them in the trunk of her car. Which worked until they were out driving one day and hit a pothole, and, you guessed it. Her trunk started singing "We Wish you a Merry Christmas".

Every once in a while remind me to put the laptop aside and pick up the paper.

Okay? Thanks.

Sunday, November 05, 2006
  Reality Check

When Arizona voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will get to decide if there will be a lottery for voters in future non-presidentail elections. A lottery with a $1 million prize. It seems kind of ironic to me that people who vote because it is their civic duty will be voting on whether or not to reward the apathetic masses for doing what they should have been doing all along. My guess is that they won't be all that supportive. And, while it is commendable that Arizona wants to boost voter turn out I have to wonder if these are the people we want shaping our future. Obviously if we are considering bribery to get people to the polls, we do need to find a way to create voter excitement. Perhaps an overhaul of the whole process is in order.

Maybe, reality tv is the answer. We do away with all the debates, the nasty negative campaign ads, and the public appearances, and we lock all the candidates in a house. Or maroon them on an island. We could team them up like on the Amazing Race, or pit one party against the other like tribes on Survivor. Each week we could tune in to see the wiley pols plot, scheme and form alliances. At the end of the program we, the public , call ,text or email our support for the political hopeful we think should win. Then the losers get fired by Donald Trump.. Or something like that. I don't watch a lot of reality tv, so I don't know all the ins and outs. I do watch Dancing With the Stars but I don't really care if my congressman can foxtrot.

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