Monday, February 19, 2007


I'm looking for a poster sized print of Rene Magritte's "The Tempest." If anyone knows where I can buy one or even if they exist, please let me know.

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Totally overslept today, so I'm not going to be making it to church. We'll probably watch one of the local ones on TV instead. Matt had to work, so he's gone already. Hoping to get off a little bit early tonight though.

Yesterday I spent about 3 1/2 hours straight doing dishes. Can you tell I've been sick? Thankfully, Matt had them all rinsed and stacked in the sink and all along the counter or it would have taken the whole day. I also washed and dried 4 or 5 loads of laundry. And there are still a couple more loads waiting to go in today.

This is one I got quite a while ago via email, so I'm finally responding...

1. What is your occupation? Full-time wife, mother; part time scrapbooking consultant
2. What color are your socks right now? barefoot, as usual
3. What are you listening to right now? Autumn babbling as she reads books to herself
4. What was the last thing that you ate? Kroger brand chex cereal
5. Can you drive a stick shift? No
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? today, dark red or pink
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? ummm...prolly Matt on his way home from work last night
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? yup
9. How old are you today? 26
10. Favorite drink? with alcohol: wine or margaritas, without: water with lemon
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? Ummmm...not really into sports. Probably baseball or soccer
12.Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes
13.Pets? One insane dog and six fish
14.Favorite food? right now, anything I can't have like chocolate and pizza :-)
15.What was the last movie you watched? The Departed--did not like it.
16.Favorite day of the year? Thanksgiving probably
17. What do you do to vent anger? Give the silent treatment to the person I'm mad at and clean the kitchen very loudly slamming pots and pans and doors and anything else that gets in the way.
18.What was your favorite toy as a child? probably my strawberry shortcake bike
19.What is your favorite fall or spring? both
20.Hugs or kisses? Both
21.Cherries or Blueberries? Blueberries
22.Do you want your friends to email you back? well, since I'm replying via blog, I guess that wouldn't make much sense
23.Who is most likely to respond? no one. see above.
24.Who is least likely to respond?
25.Living arrangements? little house--just the right size for us
26.When was the last time you cried? day before yesterday
27.What is on the floor of your closet? shoes
28.Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? NA
29.What did you do last night? Made dinner, put a fake kit together for Pub Calls
30.Favorite smells? Fresh baked bread or Autumn's hair after a bath
31.What inspires you? A clean house, creativity, and my family
32.What are you afraid of? illness
33.Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Cheeseburgers (hah! when was the last time I had one of those?)
34.Favorite dog breed? Goldens, though ours is trying to make me hate them
35. Number of keys on your key ring? I think 6?
36.How many years at your current job(s)? NA
37.Favorite day of the week? They all run together right now. Traditionally, Sunday.
38. How many states have you lived in? 5, one twice: Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Indiana, Virginia, Georgia
40.Ever driven a motorcycle or heavy machinery? No

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

for all of you sitting in winter storms right now...

...I couldn't resist :-P

when we're not reading

we are drawing. on anything that holds still long enough.

this is autumn just out of the bath, wearing funny clothes and actually writing on paper for once.

check out the tongue action. hmmmmm...does she take after her aunt or is it just my imagination?

Monday, February 12, 2007

I SOOO don't like this one:
My Fortune Cookie told me:
You have forgotten something very, very important.
Get a cookie from Miss Fortune


are you…

1. a cuddler? most of the time
2. a morning person? no
3. are you a perfectionist? at some things
4. talented? maybe
5. in your pajamas? yes
6. left handed? No.


1. friend you saw: does Matt count?
2. phoned: my mom
3. sent text: to Matt
4. received text: work pix from Matt
5. message over myspace: don’t use it
6. instant message: too long ago to remember

last night:

1. wore: khakis and a striped shirt and matt's jacket
2. last night was: sleepy
3. got any plans: sleep


1. number:8
2. colour: reds at the moment
3. season: Spring


1. missing: friends
2. needing: a few more hours of sleep and a coffee
3. wanting: to not feel sick anymore

q’s and a’s

q: first thing you did this morning: forced myself out of bed and checked email
q: last thing you ate: salad and a little reduced fat ice cream
q: do you have anything bothering you? being sick, Autumn being sick, Matt being sick
q: what’s the last movie you saw?: Running with Scissors. Hated it.
q: where is the last place you went? Out for dinner last night
q: do you wish upon stars? no
q: are you a friendly person?: depends
q: where did you sleep last night?: In bed
q: what color shirt are you wearing? still in my pjs--light blue
q: when was the last time you really cried? Sometime over this last couple weeks of being sick
q: what was your last thought before you went to sleep last night? Sl-e-e-e-e-p-p-p-
q: what are you about to do? get dressed, take some meds, and get Autumn up
q: if you could drink anything right this second, what would it be? A sugar-free caramel latte from the local coffee shop
q: what’s your job position called? mom
q: what’s your favorite month(s)? Down here, March.
q: what was your elementary school’s mascot? didn't have one
q: what’s your favourite bottled water? dasani
q: what were you doing at 9pm last night? washing dishes
q: did you attend your high school prom? didn't have one
q: did you go to someone else’s prom? nope
q: do you prefer coffee or tea? coffee!!
q: something red within 5 feet? autumn's little people barn
q: how much french do you know? nada
q: ever crash a car, been in an accident? Yup to both
q: do you look good in yellow? ICK!!
q: do you sing? when I'm rocking Autumn
q: ever sing in public? only in church and only quietly there
q: least favorite color? orange
q: how many driving tickets have you had? none.
q: do you own your own house? nope
q: at what age did you/do you want to get married? got married at 23
q: have you ever been married? Yes
q: how many kids do you have/want? have 1
q: do you like anyone right now? My family

Sunday, February 11, 2007


It's not that she doesn't like dolls, or stuffed animals, or blocks, or any of her other toys. But she goes through phases with them. For a few days it will be her toy duck that is the favorite, or maybe her cabbage patch kid.

But the one unfailing favorite is BOOKS. Autumn "reads" all the time. She loves being read to, but she also reads to herself. Gathering a pile of books she'll climb up in a chair and sit there, paging through them and reading out loud in a language of absolute gibberish. All day long. And it never, ever soon as I clean up all the books scattered over the living room, they're right back on the floor again.

Friday, February 09, 2007


I was up all night with an earache, upset stomach, and too much congestion to breathe unless I was sitting up.

I closed all the doors to the bedrooms and bath and gave Autumn some snacks, some juice and a bunch of toys and spent most of the day on the couch. This is one of the few times I actually wish we had cable tv instead of only cable internet.

And Matt came home from work sick, too.

Autumn is still sick--runny nose, coughing, moody, etc. but she's certainly got her energy back. Far too much for us to keep up with her. The house is just falling apart around us as she goes through the kitchen cupboards, the laundry hamper, the shoes in the bottom of the closet, and the trashcan and pulls everything out and all over the house. But I'm too tired to do anything about it.

Oh, and if you're trying to call (Ceil ;-)), please don't be upset when I don't answer. It hurts to try to talk and I don't have a voice right now anyway.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Still sick

Both of us. Really nasty colds and viral pink eye. Lovely. So we're stuck in the house. I haven't left the house since Friday morning when I took Autumn to the doctor and I hadn't been anywhere in the couple days before that because she was sick. Stir crazy? Yeah, you could say that.

I've been too out of it to really do anything around the house either. Mostly just trying to sleep a lot. I've gotten a little bit of scrapping done (other blog). But that's about it.

Had to keep Autumn in bed with us last night so that I could keep her head elevated. She was coughing and gagging so much I didn't know what else to do. The humidifier in her room doesn't seem to be helping all that much. Neither does the prescription she's on. The only place she's happy is in the bathtub.

Here's a very sad picture. She looks terrible and her nose is all swollen and red, but she's happy cause she has her raisins and juice.

Oh, and totally totally random...I was looking for someone's email address and came across this website today. Told you it was random.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Sick again

seriously, i wonder if she's EVER going to be not sick. every time she's finally getting over a bug, she comes down with another one. poor thing. congested and can't sleep because whenever she lies down she coughs till she throws up. she's had cough suppressants and has a vaporizer running in her room and i've cuddled her and tried to let her sleep with me, but she's just so miserable. only place she's feeling okay is in the shower. so i let her take one for about 45 minutes this morning. but eventually the hot water runs out and i can't leave her in there all day.