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Sunday, December 30, 2007


Planning to join the half mil (plus) crazy people in Times Square for New Years Eve.

I'm thinking of it like one would think of a marathon. It's going to be uncomfortable, but it's something that some people feel like trying once.

Watch for pix in '08.

Have a GREAT two-thousand and eight!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

RIP Gray Cat Stray Cat Trey Cat!!!

Took Gray Cat to the vet today so he could have a look over...and get ready for neutering.
Vet said she'd test him for Feline FIV and Feline Leukemia. If he tested positive for either of those, then the best thing to do would be to put him to sleep...for his well-being and well-being of other cats.
Sure enough...he tested positive for BOTH.
Awwwww (sniff). They took him away to put him to sleep.
And they didn't charge me for euthanasia, since he was a stray.
He was pretty sick. They thought he had broken his ankle area and it was healed/healing...but he walked on that part of his leg or something. And I had never noticed 'bugs' in his fur, but in the light at the vet's office, I could see something. They called it lice (different than human lice) or 'walking dandruff'. And those parasites really only show up on sickly animals.

Monday, December 24, 2007

New Macaroni

At grosh today, in the mac n cheese section with Baby Girl.

She picked out her favorites: Scooby-Doo, Shrek, Sponge Bob.

Then she said, "I need the ARM macaronis!"

I asked her, probably three times, "WHAT? What kind are you looking for?"

Finally I figured out she was asking for ELBOW macaroni.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Applebee's Nachos

Went to Applebee's the other night for a late evening snack. Loved the menu's description of the Nachos Nuevos.

Don't remember it exactly anymore, but it was a one sentence description containing the words 'smothered in love.'

Hmmm. What exactly IS that??


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Listen Up!

Just because you have $250 to blow on your three year-old's birthday party, doesn't mean you should.

The new three year-old doesn't know HOW to play black light mini-golf or arcade games.

I still haven't wrapped my head around the suburban Philly notion that EVERY kid must have an elaborate birthday party EVERY year.

My kid is NOT going to invite her entire class to ANY of the local birthday venues for her birthday.

In fact, when she turned four this year, she was allowed to invite THREE other children to our house to play. And we requested NO GIFTS PLEASE.

Try THAT on for size, suburban Philly families!

Three cats

Gray Cat discovered a warm spot on our 'bilco' doors. I put the chair near the window so Rudy could see Gray Cat.
All three cats were enjoying a sunny, warm afternoon (two indoors and warm, one outdoors and not-so-warm).

Christmas Card Rant *warning* Grinchy-Scrooge Content Below

Over the years, Kerrfunk and I have become, somewhat, connoisseurs of Christmas cards. Due to his line of work, we receive several cards and we send out around 150 cards ourselves.

We think so much of Christmas cards, that after each glut of cards is received, we pick out our favorite designs/pictures. Those have been saved for several years and this year (2007) they're being placed into three ring binders so we may flip through and remember the pictures. *see favs of favs a few posts below*

Aside from receiving duplicate cards from one year to the next (we understand that you may not have used all the cards up from last year, so you're using them up this year...okay fine...just remember that we're watching, remembering, and giving you nightmares), we've noticed some other (disturbing) patterns:

1. The least you can do is to SIGN the card. We were especially amused to receive a card (yesterday, actually) which bore NO signature inside. Nothing, nada, zilch. No letter, nothing.

The return address label gave away the name of the culprit.

Like a friend suggested, maybe we'll save this blank, brand new card and mail it out ourselves next year (maybe to the person who sent it to us)! If you're in such a rush and cluttered state of mind to even remember to SIGN the card, I think it's more important for you to take a break from Christmas cards this year and rest up for NEXT Christmas!!

2. Our next concern involves several issues surrounding those nice 4 x 8 photograph cards of the happy family.

A. One concern is that people have gotten into the habit of simply addressing the envelope and inserting the photo card without including a nice signature or simple "How do?" somewhere on the card (front or back, we'd be happy with either). We know you don't want to spend a lot of time on Christmas cards, but at least personalize them a LITTLE bit!? Make them your own....not just something that comes straight from Snapfish, Shutterfly, or Walmart to the mailbox.

We offer some grace here.........we want to at least give kudos to those who HAND address their envelopes before inserting unsigned photo card. Congratulations on putting pen to paper...good show of effort! Next year, let's expand that to include a signature or note on the back of the photograph! We know you can do it!

This is also where it becomes give and take. We like to write little notes on our cards, BUT we computer print our labels and slap them on the envelopes. Guess our priority is in writing a signature or note on the card than hand addressing the envelopes?!

B. Is your NAME printed somewhere on your nice 4 x 8 photo card of the happy family? Although we love the challenge of figuring out WHO this lovely family IS that posed by the old oak tree this summer for their Xmas card photo, it'd make things a lot easier for US if you take advantage of the options available at Shapfish, Shutterfly, or Walmart and include, at the very least, a surname on your photo card! AND if you even care to include each family members' name, we'll feel like we've received the courtesies of courtesies from you!

If you can't include a name of some sort on your photo card, at least try to have your name in the return address section of the envelope. The return address always serves as an answer key to this exciting game we play each December.

C. Is the YEAR printed somewhere on your photo card? This is the most frequently overlooked item on Christmas cards. We don't mind so much when it's a store-bought illustrated Chrimas card, but when it's your nice happy family posing by the old oak tree, I might like to keep that photo tucked away for future reference. That's when it's helpful to have the year printed somewhere on the photo card. I usually end up jotting the year on the backs of several photo cards.

The year is also helpful on your family newsletters. In case we keep the newsletters for future reference, I usually make certain there's a date on the newsletter.

Bottom line...think back to grade school....make sure your name is on your paper! And a date is helpful, too.

Make your cards your own and we'll feel even more love spilling from that envelope when we open it!

P.S. We don't mean to sound ungrateful for the energy and effort you put into sending us your lovely Christmas cards each year. On the contrary, we enjoy perusing the cards very much...to the point of keeping the especially beautiful ones in a collection. And we ALWAYS keep the photo cards...no question!

Just felt the need to rant about patterns we notice in people....that ever-amusing species, whose antics are always worth the price of admission to this show we call life. Although I might be keeping my receipt for the money-back guarantee :-)

Oh, and if you want a professional critique of your Christmas cards without the professional fee, feel free to consult us first!

Winter in Southeastern PA

Baby Girl and I rode bikes this morning. Not a sign of precipitation ANYWHERE. The ice/rain we got earlier in the week has dried up.

Wanted to attach photos of Baby Girl riding her bike and of me petting stray cat gray cat, but my picture card has had enough, I guess. Neither the computer nor the camera can recognize it anymore and the pix from this morning were on there. Time for a new camera picture card!

Eat your heart out snowy mid-westerners!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Nice Cake

We had neighbors over for chinese food tonight. One of the fortunes from our fortune cookies read (no lie) "A nice cake is waiting for you."

So we had fun adding the obiligatory "in bed" at the end, which allowed the fortune to make a little more sense :-)

One friend preferred the 'nice cake' to be a biscuit....i liked it being a muffin....and we thought it could be a cupcake or TastyKake, too.

What do you make of this fortune? What EXACTLY is a 'nice cake'? And how would one know when they are 'experiencing' a 'nice cake'?

Not done yet....we were also wondering if asian people even EAT cake? or cheese?

Friday, December 7, 2007

Banner Day

Yesterday was one of the best days we've experienced with Baby Girl, as far as behavior goes.

We ate at a restaurant for lunch and she sat very well, ate all her mac n cheese, colored on her kids menu, and was generally very pleasant.

She helped pick up toys.

She put on jammies without me asking her.

I told Kerrfunk that we musta been doing SOMETHING right the past 4 years! Or, we just happened to have a day when we were ALL on the same wavelength, which only happens as often as solar eclipses.

Guess we're approaching the 'parent-pleasing' years (ages 5-12ish)....then we go back to the fight for independence we experience from ages 2-4. But next time round....she'll be a teenager.

What's the number for that boarding school again?
Kerrfunk has an uncanny knack of defiling some of my favorite foods...simply with the descriptive words he uses for the foods.

Examples so far:

"Look at the VEIN of chocolate in that ice cream!" (okay, never never use the words vein and chocolate in the same sentence again, please!)

and most recently....

"I'm gonna eat the blister off of that cookie." (WHAT??? he's referring to an extra bit of dough attached to the cookie.)

Surely you can understand my disgust!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Baby Girl had a good question tonight.

She asked me how mermaids go to the bathroom.

I guessed that they must go potty like fish. There must be a hole somewhere.


Saturday, December 1, 2007

1970s Rofo Reference

Click this link for the reference to Rofo being, essentially, stuck in the 70s.


Big-time Hollywood in current day 1970s Rofo

So, filming has been taking place in Rofo for Lovely Bones starring Mark Wahlberg. It's due for release in Spring 2009.

You can see evidence of filming with the blue Genie lifts...and mega-watt lights.

Also, the Christmas decorations are part of the movie, too. If you look closely at the photo, you can see the candle decoration (on right side of photo) and the star/bell garland strung across the street. These are VINTAGE decorations brought in for the movie. They've all been removed today.

Stuff like this doesn't happen much in IOWA!!

She's turning into a New Yorker...or IS she?

Took Baby Girl to New York the other day and she fit right in. Notice her gesture in the pictures below!!

Actually she cut her finger and wanted a Band-Aid. But we thought it was funny!!