Monday, December 22, 2008

Baby boom!

Lauren reports that they took Cookie to be spayed and SURPRISE! Cookie is a BOY. Still a cutie!

Andree reports that I need to come down and take care of Lucy, because they have been unable to get her to eat and she seems very unhappy.

How SQUOOZABLE is she?!

Maegan is still quite smitten with her little bundle as well. Even is now 2 months old, has enough hair to have his own "do", and talks and coos over the phone!

Keep those updates coming!

Mystery oranges

So I went outside to get the mail the other day and these 2 oranges were sitting on the steps by the mail box.

And so I told Jason, and he said "That's just weird. " And I thought so too. And I suppose that the mailman could have left them, so I said "Well, they look beautiful!", and Jason said "So did Cinderella's apple." And then I said "the only person I know with an orange tree nearby is xxxxxx ". And Jason said "Oh now I KNOW I'm not eating one!". So I guess they will sit on my counter and look pretty.

And all this reminded me of another occasion many, many years ago (pre-Greta), when Jason and I came home from the movie (I believe it was Arlington Road, actually), and there was a Styrofoam container sitting in front of our front door. And I'm thinking to get to my front door, you have to go into a gate, across the yard, up some stairs, into a screen door, and across the porch. So somebody REALLY wanted us to have this Styrofoam box. So Jason went to pick it up and I said "WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" DON'T TOUCH THAT!!!!!

And he said "Wha?" And I said "IT MAY BE A MAIL BOMB."

And he looked at me like I had sprouted another head and said ok I wont' touch it but he went to open the door and I said "WAIT!!!!!!! It may be wired to the door". And he looked at me like I was from Mars. But I said WHY would somebody leave a Styrofoam container on our porch?! That's too WEIRD! Plus, Schaffer is RIGHT THERE @ the door looking at us. If it's wired to the door he will be blown to bits.

So Jason starts looking all around the thing trying to see if it's wired, and doesn't see anything. And I said well let me go knock on the back door and get Schaffer to come back there so if it blows up he'll be ok. And Jason picked up a broom to poke it, and I said that was probably not long enough, so Jason propped the screen door open, and I went and got Schaffer to come to the back of the house, and Jason stood as far back in the yard as he could and threw a shoe at it and...

...nothing happened.

And when we got inside there was a message on the answering machine from my coworkers who were in town working and had gone to dinner and had a bunch of appetizers left but no fridges in their hotel room and so thought they would share their yummy, fancy appetizers with us. But unfortunately, appetizers aren't real good once they've had a shoe thrown at them...

And Jason thought I was totally nuts and WHO WOULD THINK that a Styrofoam box could be a mailbomb? NOBODY. And I said WATCH THIS. And I called my friend Dale, and I said:

"Dale. You get home from the movies, and there's an unmarked Styrofoam box in front of your front door and someone has had to go through a gate, a yard, a screen door, and a porch to get it there. What's your first thought?"

And Dale said "Mail Bomb."

And see, that's why she's my soul mate!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

By request: 7 can soup

Saute an onion in some olive oil. Put in big soup pot.

Dump into soup pot:

2 cans of chicken gumbo soup
2 cans vegetable soup (Mom uses Minestrone but it has beef flavoring which grosses me out)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can rotel tomatoes
1 can water



Wednesday, December 17, 2008

To make for Christmas:

Date Balls
2 cheesecakes
Sugar Cookies (Martha Stewart recipe)
Molasses cookies
Peanut butter balls

I think that's it. Did I forget anything?

Greta Gray Beard

My baby grrrrl is getting so gray. She turned 9 this year.
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Does this match?

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Big Ass Bulge

Big ass bulge in my tire on which I drove from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. I kept thinking the car felt funny. Bought 2 new tires!
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Synchronized Schnauzers

Occasionally I catch them laying side by side in the exact same position, but I rarely have a camera handy.
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Things I like

Making lists
Schnauzers (all dogs really)
Reconciling accounts to the penny
Figuring out Excel formulas
Throwing away a pen or highlighter that I have fully used up

Monday, December 15, 2008

Black eye

NM: Look! I got a cut on my eye.
Me: Oh NO! How'd you do that?
NM: I fell of the slide at my office...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

NOLA Christmas Miracle

From my window @ the Hampton Inn: