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It was a cold and rainy day…

It was a cold and rainy day…

Any other day would have been fine. We could have gone to the park. I could have sat in a chair in our backyard while Lily and Emmy played in the sandbox. Or we could have taken a nice, long walk around the neighborhood.

This Spring has been wonderfully warm and sunny. I planted my flower bed before Mother’s Day (unheard of in Northern Illinois) and there was no hint that frost would hurt my little garden.

But naturally, I chose the coldest and rainiest day in Spring.

The word “chose” implies that I planned it, or that I was aware of what was going to happen. That I wanted it it happen. Which would be a wrong assumption.

Emmy and I were in a rush, as usual. I was grabbing for a raincoat and umbrella, trying to get Emmy to put on normal shoes and not flip flops. There had been a steady drizzle from the sky all day long, and it barely reached 60 degrees, if that. We were just going to walk down the block to pick up Lily from school and hurry back. Playing at the playground after school wasn’t even going to be an option, so I left all the lights on.

I never drive to pick up Lily; it just seems silly when we live so close to the school. But it would have saved us if I had.

When we got back to the house, Lily was having trouble with the door. “Twist the handle harder and PUSH!” I said. Our front door sticks somewhat.

“It’s not turning, Mom!” Lily exclaimed.

I froze…had I finally done it?

I checked the doorknob. Yes, I had. I had locked us out.

I suppose it could have been worse. It could have been snowing. Or it could have been thundering and lightning.

As it was, we crossed the street to our neighbors house (we literally ran out of the house without taking anything, even my cell phone) and rang the doorbell. No one was home. We tried the next neighbor, and their daughter, home from college, answered. Yay! I called Ed at work, and he came home to rescue us. It took him about half an hour to get home, and the girls have never been so happy to see him!

At least I’m able to blog about it.

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Ketchup, Anyone?

While devouring our fish sticks this weekend (the pantry was getting pretty bare), Ed was reading the ketchup bottle. Not much to read, right?

Then he showed me the bottle, and pointed this out:

“I don’t see any ketchup in this picture,” he said. “What kind of serving suggestion is this? Should we pitch the ketchup and just have real tomatoes instead?”

On an unrelated note, Ed doesn’t understand why garlic bread is served with spaghetti. There’s already plenty of carbs in pasta, so why serve garlic bread?

Oh, I don’t know, Ed. Because garlic bread is DELICIOUS?

Speaking of delicious, have you ever heard anyone laugh in their sleep? Every once in a while, my three year old does, and it’s just the cutest sound I’ve ever heard!

It’s been so long since I’ve written Random Tuesday Thoughts that I’m sure Keely at The Un-Mom has forgotten all about me. She has a brand new button. At least, it’s new to me!

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More Than You Wanted to Know About Ginny

Mara from Weighty Matters tagged me a while ago with the task of answering the following questions:

1. What is the best sound you ever heard?

We would be watching TV with my mom and just laughing hysterically, but Mom would just be smiling. We would ask her why she wasn’t laughing, and she would say, “I’m laughing on the inside.” So whenever we got her to laugh hysterically, it was doubly funny, and we would all laugh until tears rolled down our faces. So I think Mom’s laugh is a pretty good sound to remember.

2. They offer you a film role. What role would you play?

When I participated in a Young Author’s Convention as a teacher, I was put in charge of a group of sixth grade girls. This was years and years ago, when there was a new show on TV called Ellen. The girls told me I looked like Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen was also the voice for the forgetful fish Dory in Finding Nemo, and I have been having a lot of Dory moments lately. So I think the role of Dory would be perfect for me! I don’t want to brag, but I also speak a little Whale, which makes me perfect for the role.

3. What is the best thing about where you live?

I love, love, LOVE my backyard. I need to spend more time out there.

 Lily and Emmy playing in the sprinkler.

4. If you had a magical power, what would it be?

To stop whining with just one look!

5. One of those telemarketeers rings you up. How do you deal with them?

Sometimes I tell them I lost my job. So what if it six years ago and I left voluntarily when I was pregnant with Lily…I don’t include those details!

6. What would you not write about in your blog?

My sex life. Nobody wants to hear about that.

7. Do you have a tattoo? If so, where? If not, would you ever get one?

No tattoos. My mom and I often tossed around the idea of getting a tattoo on our mastectomy scars, and I even drew out a picture of an ivy plant that I thought would look nice.

8. You HAVE to watch a sports game. Would it be football (the soccer variety), football (the American variety), tennis, Formula 1 racing or chess?

I like watching tennis. One year I remember getting wrapped up in watching the Wimbledon, probably because NBC was broadcasting it during my soap opera, Days of Our Lives. I haven’t watched Days of Our Lives for years. I wonder how things are in the town of Salem?

Holy Cow! I just googled Wimbledon, and it’s going on right now! I’d better get caught up…

9. If you had the chance, would you go to the moon?

I once wrote a post about the moon: What if the Moon Really Was Made Out of Cheese? I would jump at the chance to go find out for sure!

10. Do you own your (adopted) country’s flag and do you fly it?

Yes, we do own our country’s flag (USA!) and we should get it out to fly this weekend for July 4 – our Independence Day!

Those were awesome questions, Mara!

In your comment, why don’t you pick one of the above questions and leave your answer? I’d love to read what YOU would say!

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Random Tuesday Thoughts: Some New Obsessions

This past week, I’ve been busy.

I didn’t write a HASAY post yesterday, but I have been exercising. I have a Pilates video with bodybands that I used when Emmy was napping. Lily liked doing it with me and following along. In the morning, while Lily was at preschool, I exercised to a parent/child DVD with activities which include your toddler. I did a lot of lunging and squats, and was very sore for the next couple of days! Emmy did NOT like the Pilates video, even though it’s easier on this old mommy. Fortunately, there are some 10 minute segments that I can do with her when I’m too sore to do the whole workout! Plus, the weather is finally warming up, so we’ve been able to get out to walk a little.

I’ve been obsessed with designing my new header. I downloaded the free alternative to Photoshop — paint.net. I’ve been trying to learn how to use it, and have had some success and also some failures. I can’t figure out how to make my rotated picture have smooth edges, and shadowing has been beyond me as well. If anyone has experience with paint.net, leave a comment with advice!

So, what is your latest obsession?

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Completely Random Tuesday Thoughts

  • The temperature is above freezing today, so chunks of ice and snow are falling off of all the tree branches. The ice hitting our car roof as we drive through the neighborhood makes it sound like we’re driving through a hail storm.
  • Lately I’ve been feeling like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland…”I’m late! I’m late!” If I’m always running late, how will I ever catch up?
  • Maybe I need to take notes from Aesop’s Tortoise. “Slow and steady wins the race.”
  • I don’t think this philosophy is valid during the Olympics.
  • I’m thinking I should start spring cleaning now. Once spring actually arrives, I’ll want to be outside, not inside, cleaning.
  • Have I ever actually spring cleaned? Hmm.
  • Whenever we have rice for dinner, half of the girls’ servings end up on the floor. It’s so sticky that it’s hard to sweep or vacuum up. Same with grated cheese or spaghetti. Makes me wonder: Is it worth getting a dog to eat all the food the girls drop on the floor?
  • If I get one more follower, I’ll be at an even 60! Whoo-hoo!
  • Remember being assigned a 500 word essay, and then counting every single word as you wrote to make sure your essay was long enough? That’s how I feel today. Is this post long enough to qualify for Random Tuesday Thoughts? And does “whoo-hoo” count as one word or two?

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