Thursday, January 31, 2008
Well, tomorrow is the first day and my mind has been spinning as to what i'm going to do forJosh this year. i think i have decided to dedicate 14 blog entries to him over the next two weeks. I've a few ideas on what some of them will be, others i'm not quite sure yet--we will see (any ideas?) Some of the days will probably involve food so i might have to just write about those. anyway, I'll try not to get too lovey dovey on you, i imagine that would get old ;)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
it happens that i have come across some new music that has intriqued me in the past week or so. Both these artist have reached my ears (and probably yours too) initially through commercials.
The first one is the song from the new apple air laptop commercial entitled "New Soul" by Yael Naim. Apparently she is an Israeli singer born in Paris that sings mostly in Hebrew... very interesting. (her last name is also the same as my grandpa's first name-a nice little connection buzz)
The other artist that has reached my ears lately is Ingrid Michaelson. She did the "sweater" song for the Old Navy ads this past fall. The song is titled "The Way I Am". She has also had some of her songs featured on Grey's Anatamy. She has a different sound and some interesting lyrics. I came across her through a Borders concert to promote her new cd. You can see the video on Borders website. I especially like the song "Overboard".
Hope you enjoy.
(ha, i figured out how to put a YouTube video on my blog! watch out world!)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Elijah gets quite a kick out of playing our wii. He especially likes the wii sports and is pretty good when he wants to be (he will purposly throw gutter balls). Sammy likes to get in on the action and is a pretty good boxer and pitcher (as demonstrated in this clip).
This picture is of my latest track creation. I was rather pleased that i figured out how to use the two levels of the clock tower at the same time.
If any of you have boys that like trains (i have two of them) keep your eye out for the geotrax sets. We got ours from a consignment store. new they can be pricey, but they are very well made and last forever and are good second hand toys. they are all over ebay and craigslist has the occasionally too. I've got my own eye out 'cause i wouldn't mind adding to what we have!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
1. Ask a Question
2. Do Background Research
3. Construct a Hypothesis
4. Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
5. Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
6. Communicate Your Results
I want you to imagine two graduate students, one in Physics the other in Chinese Lit, huddled over a toilet watching the water go down. Do you have that wonderful image in mind? now here's the story...
Sammy has this awful fascination with the toilet. He will bee-line to the bathroom whenever the door happens to be left open in nothing flat. He has taken more than one toilet water bath and loves to unroll all the toilet paper. it's a nightmare! anyway, he happened to do this while we had some friends over and then the comment came up that someone had heard that if you flushed the toilet with the toilet paper dangling in it from the roll (still mounted on the wall) that it would unravel as the toilet flushed.
Then, the big question: Does it really work???
This brings us the the mental image of two grown men huddled over the toilet. They were thoughtful enough to even close the door and do this experiment in private (i really didn't need my kids getting ANY ideas).
The conclusion to this hypothesis and experiment: it doesn't work-- at least not with our Costco toilet paper and our toilet--didn't move an inch off the roll, just hung in the toilet while it flushed.
thank you Josh and Jon for answering that burning question!
if you so desire, feel welcome to conduct your own experiment and let me know your results!
The movie is along the line of Pride and Prejudice and is a story about a girl named Molly and "her efforts to cope gracefully with an impossible stepmother, a beguiling stepsister, burdensome secrets and burgeoning romance." So, if you find yourself husbandless for a weekend, or just burnt out, grab some chocolate, a cozy blanket, and watch a satisfying movie.
Other amusing and long BBC Movies based on books:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskel
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (long time favorite)
Sidenote: PBS is doing a Jane Austen marathon every Sunday night through April. They are showing the BBC movie versions of all Austen's books.
Anyone have any suggestions on other good ol' english books made into movies?
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Christina, my sister from a different mother, found out Monday that she is moving to Oklahoma and will be gone forever on Sunday. Break my heart news that has turned my week (let alone my life) upside down. We have been frantically scrounging up boxes (which includes dumpster diving at Sonic), packing up an entire apartment, and the cleaning is yet to come.
Until all this settles you probably wont hear much from me; sad, cause I had a really funny toilet paper story to tell... I guess it can wait.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
anyway, needless to say the next day there was a lot of snow on the ground (close to two feet of new stuff, not including what was already on the ground) and Elijah was just dying to go out and play. It is quite a process to get a little boy dressed to go outside and as soon as sammy saw what was going on he wanted in on the action (that boy just loves to go, especially where ever Elijah goes).
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
but i experienced true defeat today...
today my son beat me at boxing on our wii. he simply knocked me out cold despite all my best (and i might add practiced) efforts.
all i can say is- i'm in trouble!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
here are a few i came up with anyway:
- it's a great way to keep my family in the know.
- i enjoy catching up with friends without going to too much effort; i know i'm lazy (hence the lowercase "i"'s). i enjoy just taking a few minutes from my kids and wasting time on the internet, so i use that time to read up on what my friends and others have to say. i figure if i enjoy reading ramblings of friends why wouldn't they enjoy reading my ramblings.
- i needed a place to vent the ramblings going on in my head. i spend all day with a three year old and a one year old. i needed some outlet for my thoughts and observations. let's face it, my brain is suffering from under-usage.
- i like to waste time on the internet and thought this might be a productive use of my wasted time-- i.e.wasting time and keeping a personal history of sorts at the same time... sounded good to me!
- i have the cutest kids and a pretty good life and figure if i don't write about it no one will know and that seems sad.
- blogging seems like a great medium for sharing your talents, interests, triumphs, life's challenges, everyday comings and goings, blessings and trials, etc. it's something you can look at and say "hey, i accomplished something. i am learning and growing"
- the truth is i am opinionated. i'm just quiet about it.
- and really it is just the thing to do. everyone is doing it so why not me. (i've always been a great follower)