Sunday, December 30, 2012


The house is so quiet I can hear the clock ticking.  I don't remember the last time I heard the clock ticking. 

The out-of-state relatives have come and gone in shifts.  Christmas is well and truly over - or it will be when the decorations come down in a few days. 

On Friday we had all of my grandparents' great-grandkids together for the first time since the newest one was born.  It was loud and hectic and exhausting.  I think my grandparents won't know what to do with their big empty house since everyone has gone and things are going back to normal.  

I'm in no hurry to eat turkey again any time soon.  I guess we'll fix black eyed peas on the first.  It's the law or something. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

quite well indeed

Ms. Moon commented on the last song I posted that she hoped all was well, so I suppose I'm overdue to blog :)

I am quite well, actually.  There are things about life that are not so well.  No money.  Truck broken down which is frustrating the husband greatly.  But as The Dude says, and Ms. Moon said just tonight, I abide. 

It will work out.  The truck will be fixed soon enough.  We can borrow a car from my parents to get by as needed. 

Oh, and I'm off work for TWO AND A HALF WEEKS.  That may have something to do with my pleasant attitude and happy outlook right now. 

I haven't had this much time off in one stretch in the 12+ years I've been working at the college and IT IS GOING TO BE FABULOUS.  Even if I do a whole lot of nothing.  Maybe especially if. 

On the weightloss/SparkPeople front, I am down 38 pounds since September 10.  FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC if I do say so myself.  As of this week's weigh in, I am 1/4 of the way to my long-term goal of losing 140 pounds.  Now that goal is purely theoretical at this point.  I won't die if I never get there, but I am enjoying the challenges of staying within my daily calorie range, burning at least my target number of calories per week, and a doing target number of exercise minutes per month.  It's like a game.  I even get points!  Literally. 

And we're in the home stretch as far as holiday crap goes.  The shopping is done.  Sunday we will have dinner for my aunt and uncle's anniversary (30-some years), Monday we will go to Knott's, and Tuesday is you-know-what and then after that we can just chill the fuck out. 

Dave Matthews - When the World Ends

Not very original on my part, but it's a good song so fuck it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Van Morrison - Warm Love

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

On the 5th Day of Christmas

In Austin's version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, my true love gave to me five olive trees.  I must say I approve.  Five gold rings is just excessive. 

The irony of this just hit me... Austin was so excited about what he bought for me for Christmas that he couldn't keep it a secret.  He bought me "a ring with a heart on it."  He whispered it to me after Dan told him not to tell.  He picked it out himself along with gifts for his sister, dad and grandparents. 

Bless his heart.

Monday, December 3, 2012