Friday, August 27, 2010


I was at our favorite local grocery store recently, and one of the employees there looked REALLY familiar to me.  I tried to figure out if I knew her and eventually we just laughed and she told me that she had recently moved from another state.  It's a state, in fact, that we have been thinking of moving to, so I said that and then she gasped.

"Don't move there!  Do not.  With those beautiful children, stay far, far away."

What!??!  I had no idea what she was talking about, especially when she mentioned my kids.  Well, come to find out, she felt like the town has a great reputation for openness and progressiveness, however, she found it to be very racist and antagonistic.  She said "I'm from New York.  I can take it like the best of them! But I was depressed the ENTIRE TIME I lived there.  There's no sun.  There's no open-mindedness.  I was miserable.  MISERABLE.  I moved here and I'm so happy.  I've never been happier.  No problems.  It was that horrible city that made me like that."

Hmm... well that's certainly NOT a resounding endorsement of that area.  Made me sad.  And a little happy, since I don't want to move anyway.  :)  ha!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Not sure about this one...

Ok.... I just have to say, as I'm looking around for 'human anatomy puzzles' on Amazon this one caught my eye.  Yes, it's just the human head and it's a little pricey (these are toys I'm buying!) but definitely interesting. I'm shopping for birthday presents for Austin and Charlotte!!

I think it's especially interesting that they have an advertisement for a water gun combo on the same page for $7.50.  What immediately came to mind was, "Ok, so you want me to buy the model and then use my water gun with it for target practice?"

Probably not something the general public would think, eh? 

Yeah, I thought not.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Recently we were in the middle of a long car ride when we had an impromptu gun safety class with our three kids, initiated by our almost-four-year-old.  She started us off by saying,
"Daddy, if you are working on your shooting thing and then you are trying to fix it do you think it can go shooting and get you killed?"
So we talked for a while about what those shooting things are (guns!), how they are not just for "fun" (at least not yet), and I veered my dear husband away from talking about shooting people for fun (a la bb guns and paint balling) so as not to confuse the dear children.

They know they are never allowed to touch -- without permission -- what they may see around (which isn't so much any more, if you were reading my blog about a year ago you know it was gun crazy at our house); we talked about how some kids don't follow the no-touching rule and they have either killed other people or killed themselves even on accident.  It was a really great conversation; of course, at least we thought it was.  And it ended nicely on this note, as again, something only an almost-four-year-old could say:
"Daddy, when you were little did you get killed once?"
 Maybe the conversation didn't go quite as well as we thought.  Oh well.  It's a process.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It's Complicated...

Hey there...

I bet you thought I dropped off the face of the earth, huh?  :)  Well, it's complicated.  Husband is on vacation for quite some time.  However, due to my responsibilities in my corner of the world I'm really not able to go anywhere out of town.  I'm chained.  Husband refuses to go anywhere by himself or, gasp, with a kid or two in tow, so we are all stuck here at each others' throats in this teeny tiny apartment.

To make matters worse, DH is stuck on his regular work-a-day schedule so when he gets up in the afternoon and is "ready to go" I am on the downhill slide, careening towards bedtime with very little energy to get up and go be the cruise director for fun and games.  He has to pick up the slack, but of course, he's on vacation so he's not having any of that!

So I have no interesting stories to relate, nothing to share about how much the police life bites or rocks, just... my little corner of the world, slowly slipping out of summer and into fall.  How are you spending your August?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Oatmeal Zucchini Pancakes

I can't believe I forgot to tell you ~ I shared my very favorite pancake recipe on The Storylady Cooking Blog recently!  I made them again today, but with the addition of 1 cup of grated zucchini and a healthy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg.  The kids loved them, just as much as they love the 'regular' oatmeal pancakes.  I'll have to remember this for St. Patrick's Day, although it is completely NOT zucchini season in March.  :)