Ordered Christmas Cards Yet?

If you haven't, then check out Winged Feet Designs and the amazing array of holiday designs. . . The quality is amazing and the personal service is great.


November 10, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Bizarre Dreams

So, I've been having really bizarre dreams lately. Stressful dreams. You know how it is when you have an emotion-laden dream and you wake up with your body still feeling the emotions? That's how it has been. And I've been cussing a lot in my dreams (not taking the Lord's name in vain, but definitely foul language) and found myself the past two days using words uglier than my normal vocabulary. I find it kind of interesting that the stress from real life is bleeding into my dreams, and my reactions in my dreams are bleeding into real life.

Saturday morning I woke myself (and Hubby) up yesterday yelling "Help!" In my dream, I was nekkid in a bathtub at my aunt's house, and people and kids kept coming in to books on bookshelves. (It was a large bathroom.) And I kept telling them to go out and let me get dressed, but they wouldn't--they just laughed. I was trying to get Aunt Sherry to come and get them out, but my voice was hoarse and so I knew I couldn't yell "Aunt Sherry!" So I gathered all my energy to yell "Help" and actually did! Bizarre, huh? Totally freaked Hubby out. Woke me up.


November 04, 2007  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Quick Undergrad Tip

If you are taking an undergrad class and studying for an exam, google the textbook title. Often the publisher has study guides, quizzes, glossaries and interactive tools for students on their websites--like this one for Cozby's Research Methods. It's even possible the the prof will use the same questions on the exam.

Just sayin'.

eta. . . got a 99% on one test and 90% on the other, for the ones I used online studying to prepare.


October 20, 2007  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Arrrrrr! Thankee, Jago.


September 19, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Poetry for Boys

As part of our homeschooling, Hubby has been reading poetry to the boys. Today he exegeted this gem from Kipling for them.

The Betrothed

“You must choose between me and your cigar.”

OPEN the old cigar-box, get me a Cuba stout,
For things are running crossways, and Maggie and I are out.

We quarrelled about Havanas—we fought o’er a good cheroot,
And I knew she is exacting, and she says I am a brute.

Open the old cigar-box—let me consider a space;
In the soft blue veil of the vapour musing on Maggie’s face.

Maggie is pretty to look at—Maggie’s a loving lass,
But the prettiest cheeks must wrinkle, the truest of loves must pass.

There’s peace in a Larranaga, there’s calm in a Henry Clay;
But the best cigar in an hour is finished and thrown away—

Thrown away for another as perfect and ripe and brown—
But I could not throw away Maggie for fear o’ the talk o’ the town!

Maggie, my wife at fifty—grey and dour and old—
With never another Maggie to purchase for love or gold!

And the light of Days that have Been the dark of the Days that Are,
And Love’s torch stinking and stale, like the butt of a dead cigar—

The butt of a dead cigar you are bound to keep in your pocket—
With never a new one to light tho’ it’s charred and black to the socket!

Open the old cigar-box—let me consider a while.
Here is a mild Manila—there is a wifely smile.

Which is the better portion—bondage bought with a ring,
Or a harem of dusky beauties, fifty tied in a string?

Counsellors cunning and silent—comforters true and tried,
And never a one of the fifty to sneer at a rival bride?

Thought in the early morning, solace in time of woes,
Peace in the hush of the twilight, balm ere my eyelids close,

This will the fifty give me, asking nought in return,
With only a Suttee’s passion—to do their duty and burn.

This will the fifty give me. When they are spent and dead,
Five times other fifties shall be my servants instead.

The furrows of far-off Java, the isles of the Spanish Main,
When they hear my harem is empty will send me my brides again.

I will take no heed to their raiment, nor food for their mouths withal,
So long as the gulls are nesting, so long as the showers fall.

I will scent ’em with best vanilla, with tea will I temper their hides,
And the Moor and the Mormon shall envy who read of the tale of my brides.

For Maggie has written a letter to give me my choice between
The wee little whimpering Love and the great god Nick o’ Teen.

And I have been servant of Love for barely a twelvemonth clear,
But I have been Priest of Cabanas a matter of seven year;

And the gloom of my bachelor days is flecked with the cheery light
Of stumps that I burned to Friendship and Pleasure and Work and Fight.

And I turn my eyes to the future that Maggie and I must prove,
But the only light on the marshes is the Will-o’-the-Wisp of Love.

Will it see me safe through my journey or leave me bogged in the mire?
Since a puff of tobacco can cloud it, shall I follow the fitful fire?

Open the old cigar-box—let me consider anew—
Old friends, and who is Maggie that I should abandon you?

A million surplus Maggies are willing to bear the yoke;
And a woman is only a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke.

Light me another Cuba—I hold to my first-sworn vows.
If Maggie will have no rival, I’ll have no Maggie for Spouse!

--Rudyard Kipling

Rumor has it A.A. Milne poems will be featured next week, in honor of R-almost-8's birthday.


February 15, 2007  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



What Not To Get My Kids For Christmas

Need a laugh? Pray for Coal.

More seriously, CPSC.

(Via Camille @ GCM)


December 15, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



What to Get for the Guy Who Has Everything


We have a couple of people on our gift list who have everything they'd ever want or need and are pretty hard to buy for. But, I bet none of them has their very own crocagator. I'm tempted. Buying a 'gator is a very Floridian thing to do--even if they don't get to unwrap it under the Christmas tree.

(For more ideas, check out the 2005 Gift Guide For the Hard to Buy For Bunch)


December 11, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Finger Puppet Nativity


Ooooh! I love this hand made, fair trade nativity set! It's finger puppets for children to act out the Christmas story, made by Peruvian women through a fair trade program.

Update: The one pictured is out of stock, but there is a smaller finger puppet nativity set here.


December 10, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



do, doing, done

What have you done?

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside outside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game (and survived the crush afterwards)

16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity

25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk.
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe.
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach

50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater

66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raiseding children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about

130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read

136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language

139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

(Via Amy and Thicket Dweller)


November 01, 2006  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Let's Get Together, Yeah Yeah Yeah

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Me and Kristen, Atlanta

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Kristen and Her Sweetness Lexi

Yup, we need a girl. . . *grin*


September 19, 2006  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Is Your Wedding Ring Stuck?


Removing a Stuck Ring

This is the sort of thing you can find on LifeHacker, one of the sites I visit weekly and always come away knowing something new. . .

But I didn't get this from LifeHacker, I got it from mom2threePKs.

Pretty cool, huh?


August 18, 2006  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Do Not Call / Junk Mail Banning

So, we've been in the States a year. Our mailbox overfloweth with junk mail. Hubby put us on the Do Not Call list and took steps to minimize junk mail when we first moved in. For one reason or another, we're back on some lists. Here are the resources I've used today to minimize junk mail, phone calls, and e-mails.

Do Not Call Registry (free, register online)

E-mail Opt Out List (free, register online)

Junk Mail:
Opt Out Mailing List ($5 register online, free register by mail)
More Steps to Limit Junk Mail
More Opting Out Info
Opt Out in the UK

Pre-Screened Credit Cards (via Brian):


May 12, 2006  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Monty Python's Long Lost Cousin?

In this long-lost footage of a Monty Python's Flying Circus interview, Terry Jones reminds me of my little brother.

(via Katie's Beer)


April 01, 2006  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



CrunchyCons of the World, Unite!

As a long-time reader of The Corner at NRO (and longer-time reader of the dead tree version of NR) I was tickled to find the CrunchyCon blog hosted on their site.

Between my kitchen worms and the name of our third son, I think I qualify.

(via The Seven Realms)


March 09, 2006  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Choosing a Major

Don't know what to study? Choose the quick and easy way--with a blog quiz!

You scored as Journalism. You are an aspiring journalist, and you should major in journalism! Like me, you are passionate about writing and expressing yourself, and you want the world to understand your beliefs through writing.





























What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
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January 05, 2006  |  Comments (11)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Mondo Beyondo 2006

I like the New Year.

I like having a time to collect my thoughts from the past year. A time to reflect, be grateful, see how far the Lord has brought me.

I like having a time to dream.

A few years ago, some girlfriends introduced me to the idea of a "Mondo Beyondo List" for the new year. This is the list of all the wild and crazy dreams we have, the things that are so out there it is almost scary to write them down. This isn't a resolutions list of eating healthier and spending wiser. This is the mondo beyondo list, the ideas that tug at your heart and are almost out of reach even of day dreams.

I'm taking some time this week to day dream. And I'll post my Mondo Beyondo list come January 1st. (Well, at least part of it--some is too scary to post publicly--you know. . .)

Please share yours, too--either on your own blog or in the comments.

Mondo Beyondo Lists:
Hannah Im's


December 31, 2005  |  Comments (9)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



TulipGirl's Gift Guide

TulipGirl's Gift Guide
For the Hard to Buy For Bunch

For the Single Guy in Your Family:

For the melancholy Lit snob:
Poe Action Figure

For the Neighbor Who Is Has A Headache:
Happy Company Head Trip Tingler Massager

For the QF Family at Church:
Industrial Sized

For the Millionaire Who Has Everything:
He Doesn't Have A Toilet in Africa
(Thanks, Marion!)

Who are the odd friends in your life who have everything/need nothing/impossible to buy for? And what gift suggestions do you have for them?


December 12, 2005  |  Comments (18)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Do you see any flippin' Sasquatches around here?

Ask Napolean. Sweet

Lyrics here.

(Via Mollie.)


October 28, 2005  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



The Dangers of Dungeons and Dragons

Viewers Beware.


October 24, 2005  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Comparing Gas Prices , Take 2

Yesterday a friend mentioned to me she heard that gas prices were going to be hitting $3 in our area. So, I went and filled up the car and was thankful to be paying "just" $2.69. Later that day, the same gas station was at $2.79. Today the sign at that one read $2.89--but that station was out of gas.

I did fill up today at another station for $2.89. And these are all "regular" prices listed--the higher end gas is already over $3. My father-in-law travels alot and filled up his tank in North Carolina for $5 a gallon this week.

Here are some helpful sites (which I found a few months ago) for finding the most economical gasoline in your area--if it's still available. It's also great for the curious among us who want to compare prices around the country.

GasBuddy: Good site, links to local state gas price sites.

GasPriceWatch: Good potential, but not useful for our area.

This really makes me miss the well-developed public transportation system of Kyiv. That, and living in a city where groceries, church, and friends were within an easy walking distance.


September 01, 2005  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Frodo Meets Buffy

Once More With Hobbits.



August 28, 2005  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Fear the Fall

it's amazing how slugs know
more about the weather
lovers drown as slow
so stay with me forever
and i never will suspect the sky

creatures climb the window pane
to avoid the coming rain
is it hard to be so sane
when love is crazy?
go on, drag me through the dirt
come on, kiss me where it hurts
love for better, love for worse
is so amazing

amazing how they crawl
up without confusion
lovers fear the fall
heaven's retribution
but i only know the demons revel in our madness

creatures climb the window pane
to avoid the coming rain
is it hard to be so sane
when love is crazy?
go on, drag me through the dirt
come on, kiss me where it hurts
love for better, love for worse
is so amazing

amazing how slugs know
more about the weather
lovers drown as slow
so stay with me forever
cause i don't see any clouds tonight
and i never will suspect the sky of cruel intentions

creatures climb the windowpane
to avoid the coming rain
is it hard to be so sane
when love is crazy?
when i drag you through the dirt
let me kiss you where it hurts
love for better, love for worse
is so amazing

it's amazing
it's amazing


August 28, 2005  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Too Bad They Live an Ocean Away

Interesting family to have over for dinner.

The Schuchardts.


August 17, 2005  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Digital Photo Software?

We used to have A-See-Dee-See ACDSee (thanks, Jared) for photo editing. I liked it. After the last computer update, it's gone. *grump* Can't find the disc (seems like the discs for most of our software didn't make the trip back from Ukraine.)

Anyway, I have pics of the first day of school, but I need to crop them and size them before uploading and sharing them. Any recommendations for *free* and easy photo software that I can download? Thanks!


August 13, 2005  |  Comments (8)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Goo-goo-googly Fun

Hubby downloaded the coolest thing today--Google Earth. I spent at least an hour looking for every place we've lived. Hubby and the boys looked at the places we've travelled the past few years. They even saw the pyramids! Totally an amazing google tool.

Gotta love Google.


July 05, 2005  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Free Ice Cream! June 29th

Free Starbucks Ice Cream!

Mark your calendars for June 29th.

(Via Trish)


June 24, 2005  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink




I have no idea why this was hanging next to the phone at my folks'. Definitely not their philosophy--though I've met some people whose it was. . .


May 26, 2005  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Helpful Websites -- Sarasota, Florida

Florida Newspapers

Sarasota County Libraries

MyFlorida.com Portal

JobFocus Sarasota/Bradenton

Mote Marine Shark Tank Webcam

SouthWestern Bell Yellow Pages


April 28, 2005  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Ugh. Stuff.

Every time we move, I wonder "How did we manage to accumulate all this stuff?!?!"


March 28, 2005  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Tea, Wonderful Tea

I've been cutting back on my coffee and replacing it with water and herb tea. The baby weight I've held onto since #4 was born hasn't gone anywhere and I'm not happy with that. I realized that the huge quantities of coffee I drink (along with the requisite cream and sugar) were adding more calories a day than I realized--especially in the winter when I always have a cuppa hot joe in my hand.

So, I've been slowly replacing all but my morning coffee with hot tea. My favorites are peppermint, chammomile, lemon, and green tea. I often make the boys lavender tea when they come in from the cold or right before bed. I like a tad of honey with the green tea (or when I'm sick) but other than that, I drink them sweetner-free. I can't wait to try Adagio teas--in fact, their Cha Cha blend sounds like something I'd love. For now, though, my usual comes from a small company that sells teas made from herbs gathered in the Carpathian Mountains.

I came across Adagio Teas earlier this week. After reading about their blogging promotional all over (and challenged by Andrea), I've finally decided to public my decision to break my coffee-habit.

Those who love learning about and talking about tea, be sure to check out the Adagio Tea sponsored online magazine, Tea Muse.


March 11, 2005  |  Comments (20)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Free Ice Cream--Today Only!

From Yahoo and Baskin Robbins.


March 02, 2005  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Idealism Gone Awry

"Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist's true friend. What people somehow (inadvertently, I'm sure) forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here. . ."

--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird


February 27, 2005  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Cool Word of the Day

zaftig: buxom: euphemisms for slightly fat; "chubby babies"; "pleasingly plump"


February 26, 2005  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Keep the Customer Satisfied

I've spent the evening not blogging, but listening to a new double-CD of Simon and Garfunkel and following along with the lyrics. Hubby bought it for me when we were in the center today--gotta love living in the piracy capital of the world.

S&G have quite a sentimental hold over me. I remember being 11 and waking up early in the morning, going out to my Dad's camaro, and listening his S&G 8-track until I had to go to school.

Now the years are rolling by me,
they are rockin’ even me
I am older than I once was,
and younger than I’ll be, that’s not unusual
No it isn’t strange, after changes upon changes,
we are more or less the same
After changes we are more or less the same

Can you imagine us
Years from today,
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange
To be seventy.
Old friends. . .

It’s the same old story
Everywhere I go,
I get slandered,
I hear words I never heard
In the Bible. . .

Time, time, time, see what’s become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities

Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out it’s warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb. . .


January 12, 2005  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Greg Hammonds, whose wife died of breast cancer, is hosting a comment fundraiser. For every comment made, he or one of the other sponsor's will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation's National Breast Cancer Foundation’s programs for education and low-cost or free mammograms for low-income women.

I'm comment 245. Let's help get this number way over 500!

Thanks to Rae, for pointing this out to me. Posting in honor of Vickie and Jill who are currently fighting cancer.

Update: Woohoo! While they're still verifying all the comments, it looks like nearly 700 comments were made for the fundraiser. Still waiting to see the total amount raised.

Update, 1/17: Nearly $3,000 was raised for breast cancer screening for low income women! Thanks to all who participated. And, the Hammonds are gearing up for another comment-a-thon on April 1st, the first anniversary of Greg missing his wife.


January 12, 2005  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Orange Revolution Accessories


As Disco says, When you revolutionize--accessorize!


December 21, 2004  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



From the Archives. . .

Hubby has some of my favorite photos that capture Kyiv in his archives.

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From our kitchen window during our first winter in Kyiv.

December 13, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Going, going, gone. . .

As I post this, there are only four hours left to bid on this painting inspired by the Orange Revolution. All proceeds will go to charity.

Update from Angel:

Hi! I have terrific news!!!!!! Thanks to the auction $217.50 will be donated for the people on the square! Here is a bit of the email from the winning bidder:


I'm looking forward to receiving your painting (saw it on tulipgirl.com). My wife and I are moving to Kiev for work next spring and the painting will be going with us.

Thanks to all who bid in support of Ukraine!


December 07, 2004  |  Comments (7)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Online Translator

Update! Thanks to Paul, here's an online Ukrainian/English translator!

For those who are trying to dig a bit deeper to understand what is going on in Ukraine and want first source material, I recommend this internet auto-translator. You still have to gist and guess a bit, but it's the one I use. Unfortunately, it's only Russian/English. I still haven't found a reliable Ukrainian/English online translator

Update: How cool is this? I just went to use the online translator to prepare vocab words for a class, and there's an orange Tak! banner at the top of the page! *grin*


December 02, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



2004 Word of the Year

A Merriam-Webster spokesman said it was not possible to say how many times blog had been looked up on its Web sites but that from July onward, the word received tens of thousands of hits per month.

And the 2004 Top Ten Favorite Words are:

1. defenestration
2. serendipity
3. onomatopoeia
4. discoshaman, er, wait-- discombobulate
5. plethora
6. callipygian
7. juxtapose
8. persnickety
9. kerfuffle
10. flibbertigibbet

Can you define each of these, without looking them up?

(Via Instapundit)


December 01, 2004  |  Comments (4)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Idealist and Mom

Activist Mama
You're an agitator! Your kids have grown up on the
front lines of rallies and pickets, and chances
are that you boycott at least one company for
its bad business practices. Your kids are
learning what matters to you and how they can
change what matters to them.

What kind of a freaky mother are you?
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Hmmmm. . . So that's why I ended up a missionary. . .

(Via Andrea the Punk)


September 17, 2004  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Quote of the Day

"We live in a split world—people who know about Homestar and people who don’t." --TMBG in msnbc

(Via ReformedBlogs.Com)


July 21, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink




Hubby and I have been nearly in tears laughing at the Diana Goodman's sarcastic commentary on Bad Baby Names. We've had a few raised eyebrows at our kids names, so I'm not pointing any fingers. . . But really, what were these people thinking?

One of the trends that amuses me is the name-girls-after-a-president one. Like Madison, Kennedy, Reagan, Carter. Before long it'll be McKinley, Clinton, Roosevelt, QuincyAdams, and Taft.

(via Poppins Classical Academy)


June 26, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink




Does anyone who is reading have the initials B.W. ?



June 25, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



To wonder, “Do I dare?”

Which poem are you?

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

God, you're indecisive. You're not that great, but you don't know if you want to accept that. You appreciate beauty and observe things others may not, but you're also hopelessly impaled on your own foolish romanticism. Go you.

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(Via Jared)


May 25, 2004  |  Comments (8)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Kool-Aid Play Dough

Kool-Aid® is a valued American commodity in our household for the aromatic and colorful properties it adds to home made play dough. The packaged dough gives me headaches, and so when I want to be a good-n-messy mama, I use this recipe:

Kool-Aid® Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 packaged unsweetened Kool-Aid®
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water

Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid® in a pot. Add oil and water. Stir over medium heat until texture changes and forms a ball in the pot, about 3-5 minutes. Let cool to touch. Kneed until smooth. Store in a platic bag in the fridge.

Notes: I usually double the recipe or make a bunch of batches at once. This can be made without the cream of tartar (which is a preserving agent.) You can also use glycerin or vinegar as a preserving agent. This has been a fun party favor with our Ukrainian kid-friends.


May 08, 2004  |  Comments (6)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



Forget Calgon

Chocolate. . . take me away!

• Although saturated fat generally raises cholesterol, experts believe that the type of saturated fat in chocolate is heart healthy.
• Chocolate contains anti-oxidants that can help protect against heart disease and cancer.
• The carbohydrate in chocolate is used in the production of chemical messengers in the brain such as serotonin, which make us calm and relaxed.
• A bar of milk chocolate gives around 15% of you daily calcium requirement.
• Although chocolate is less likely to cause tooth decay than other sweets, it’s better to eat chocolate after a meal rather than between meals.
• Although chocolate is one of the most craved foods, particularly by women, it is not addictive.
• Chocolate is a surprising source of copper with one ounce of dark chocolate providing around 1/5 of our requirements. Copper is required for healthy bone formation and to help in wound healing.
• An ounce of dark chocolate provides over a tenth of our daily magnesium requirements. We need magnesium for efficient calcium absorption, proper muscle function and the production of serotonin, among hundreds of other functions. --MSNews


April 02, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Just for fun. . .

Today the boys have been playing the original penguin batting game and the newest one, which C3 calls the whooh-whooh-whooh game (complete with arm motions--when you see the game, you'll know what I'm talking about.)

David and Ange alerted us to StrongBad's 100th e-mail.

And Hubby is hosting a caption contest--the winner gets the much-coveted title of "Clog of the Week."


March 23, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Support The Birth Site

As I've mentioned before, The Birth Site is a free click-to-give program helps pregnant women. Click through today and consider adding a link to your blog.

Supporting Blogs:

Quenta Nârwenion
Mark Nicodemo
Oblique House
Musings for the Ether

Other Supporting Sites:

Friends Across America
Stop The Insanity
Conservative Unitarian Universalist
Tim Chamber's Causes
Washington Uni Students for Life Resources
Bradley Uni Students for Life
Ivy League Coalition for Life
Dartmouth Coalition for Life

Let me know if you link to www.thebirthsite.com, and I'll be sure to add your blog to this list.


March 13, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Fruit Which is Lasting

I can stick artificial flowers on this tree that will not flower; or I can create the conditions in which the tree is likely to flower naturally. I may have to wait longer for my real flowers; but they are the only true ones.

- John Fowles

(via Rev. Mike)


March 13, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Mothers Wear Many Hats. . .

What Sort of Hat Are You? I am a Top-hat.I am a Top-hat.

I'm a bit of a jack-of-all-trades; creative, in a stylistic sort of way, a little vain, a little dark, perhaps a little archaic. I get on alright with people, but I can take them or leave them.
What Sort of Hat Are You?

(via Desolation Angels)


March 02, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



Link update

Speaking of Tim. . .

Please update your links and bookmarks to the new-and-improved TimBerglund.Com. Glad to see you settling in at your new URL, Tim.


January 26, 2004  |  Comments (1)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Google Fun

I find it fun to come across new Google toys.

My favorite is the define: search. Simply type the bothersome word after define: with no space. Up pops a list of definitions!

Type in a UPS/FedEx tracking number, and the package status comes up. Type in a phone number, and the related address comes up. And some kind of math nut must have programmed the Google Calculator.

And when Google can't find it. . . UnGoogle!


January 21, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Tech Question

My archive links are working yet--and the problem is because they read something like this:

when they need to read this:

I can change them manually after they are posted, but how do I get them to post in the right place to begin with? Do I need to change my file structure or MT or what? Thanks.


January 17, 2004  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Click to Give

There is often an unspoken assumption that a college student or working woman when faced with a crisis pregnancy can look after her own needs. Yet, bound by societal conventions and high expectations, these are often the women who find it most difficult to ask for help. They are women whose family members may be least likely to accept an unplanned pregnancy and whose educational or career plans will seem most incompatible with a crisis pregnancy. These are the women who most often describe themselves as having only one desperate choice. --from The Nurturing Network mission statement

I've been aware of The Nurturing Network for over a decade, and appreciate the unique ways they seek to help pregnant women. Click to give at www.thebirthsite.com.


January 16, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (1)  |  Permalink



I'm not a tech geek

That's part of the delay in getting this up and going--figuring out how to install MT and CSS. And also, I wanted it to look just right before going public. Obviously, I've given up on that and will deal with the generic template for now.I have an idea of how to build my new website through MT, not just blog. I've got the concepts floating around, but sheesh it's hard to get the 'puter to do just what I want it to do!

I've got to give kudos to HM, though, for their wonderful help, especially Stacy. I'm probably the type of customer that has tech support downing the tylenol.
Here are the links that babystepped me through installing movabletype:
Hosting Matters' MT Instructions
Tokyo Shoes


January 15, 2004  |  Comments (3)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Hear me Roar!

Wow, there is SUCH a sense of accomplishment when I finally figure something out. Especially in areas in which I feel inadequate. Like tech stuff. (My problem while getting MT loaded? HM uses Linux which is case sensitive, and I had just two little letters not capitalized.)

Years ago, we lived in the middle of nowhere and ended up needing to install a phone line, and run it to our little house. John was working crazy hours, and so I attempted the confusing telephone wiring work. It's amazing what can be done with a book from the library and trial and error.

Update: Hmmm. . . Still getting error messages.


January 13, 2004  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



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