Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Day 30
... that I still have one child wearing youth-sized shoes!

We got new dress shoes for Keeper Boy last night to wear with his tuxedo for his band concert tomorrow night... same shoes in a men's size cost significantly more than the counterpart in the kid's section. :-(

Monday, November 29, 2010


A joke from J-Mav:

Why do cows wear bells?

Because their horns don't work!


Day 29
...that it's almost the end of November! While I am thankful for many things every day, it's hard for some reason to come up with something to post every day!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Day 28
... for a good night's sleep in my own bed.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Day 27
... for our "hockey family."

Friday, November 26, 2010


Day 26
... for Black Friday sales and a fun day of shopping with my mom!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Day 25
... for lots and lots and lots of stuff... but today I am particularly thankful that I got to spend time with relatives I don't see often enough.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Day 24
... that the kennel called (everyone who was scheduled to drop a pet off today) around Noon to "remind" me that they were closing at 2pm.

I guess I should have read that holiday packet that came in the mail a few weeks ago a little more closey. Doh!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Day 23
... for my hubby - a true partner in every aspect of my life. No way I could do everything I do without him!

Monday, November 22, 2010


Day 22
...for a stress-free day yesterday, even though it involved Keeper Boy sitting at the dining room table for HOURS working on homework. It had the potential for disaster!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Day 21
... for lazy Sunday mornings. They don't happen often enough. :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010


Day 20
... for hockey... that it's a great activity for us to enjoy as a family, and that it even brings together my extended family sometimes. This weekend we are thankful to have my cousins D&G visiting for our three-game Saturday (J-Mav in the morning, Keeper Boy in the afternoon, Caps in the evening).

Friday, November 19, 2010


Day 19
... for a job I really like!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Day 18
... for the ability to go to school and have Thanksgiving lunch with J-Mav.

(But not so thankful for the runny stuffing, pressed turkey, mushy green beans, and glob-0-potatoes that is the mass-produced school Thanksgiving lunch.)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Day 17
... that my truck has tinted windows!

After dropping J-Mav off at school this morning, I had to make a quick trip to Target to get a pair of tights. I noticed when we were leaving the house that I had a very obvious hole in my tights. It's the only pair I have because (a) I rarely wear skirts in the winter and (b) I rarely wear nylons/tights, even in the winter.

So I took them off and threw them away. I went to Target and got a two-pack of black tights (and a fleece hoodie that jumped into my hand when I was walked by... on sale for just $10!!). But then I had to figure out how to get the tights on.

So I got in the back seat of my truck and put them on. It's been a long time since I had to do anything resembling getting dressed in a vehicle. It's not pretty. Thank goodness for tinted windows!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Day 16
... for open adoption as an option and that fact that it has worked amazingly well in my family for the past 19 years. (OMG! My niece is NINETEEN!!)

Monday, November 15, 2010


Day 15
... that I'm NOT at the Eagles/Redskins game at FedEx Field this year. While I'm glad the Eagles are winning (at least at this moment, partly through the 3rd period), it appears to be pouring there. Not fun.

(By the way... not pouring here... not so far away from FedEx Field...)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Smarter than your average bear?

So I let K-Dog out in the backyard this afternoon after she went to the back door and flipped the handle with her snout (her signal that she wants to go out... or come back in if she does it while outside). I let her out. Then forgot about her while I was shifting laundry and making sure the boys had all of the hockey stuff they needed. But I didn't realize I had forgotten her until I was driving back home almost two hours later. OMG! In that time, I had dropped the boys off at the ice rink and then gone to Kohl's to return some things. It was when I was about two miles from home that I had the sudden realization that I'd never let the dog back in the house before I left with the kids for the rink. OMG!

A zillion thoughts ran through my head. It was warmish outside, so I wasn't worried about her being cold. What I WAS worried about is the hole in the gate (which she made over a year ago when, for reasons still unknown to us, she crashed through it).

I got home and went into the house through the garage. And there she was, standing in the hallway. "Huh," I thought. "Maybe I DID let her in before I left." As I walked down the hall toward her, I continued the conversation with myself in my head. "But I really don't re-"

By this time, I was at the end of the hall. The back door was open! And it was cool enough in the rec room, that it'd been open for awhile. I closed the door and went upstairs, where I discovered she'd been in the house long enough to take all the trash out of my bathroom trashcan, as well.

The back door does not open easily, and she would've had to push the handle down with her snout while simultaneously pushing the door open. So she's either very strong or very persistent. Or both. And definitely smarter than we tend to give her credit for!

I'm just glad she doesn't seem to have invited any other living creatures in from the back yard while the door was open!


Days 13 & 14
... for the people who read my blog regularly and call me on the fact that I am not keeping up with it. ;-P

... and for warm, sunny fall days that lull you into a false sense of comfort that snow and cold weather are in the distant future.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Day 12
... that my hairdresser is back at work after five months off on medical leave (during which time I did not have my hair cut).

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Day 11
... for those who do what they do so we can do what we do. Thank you.

All give some. Some give all. So we remember some and honor all.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

And they're off...

Tomorrow my parents are off again... heading to my aunt and uncle's house. From there, Dad will travel north with my uncle and cousin for their annual hunting trip along the Canadian border. And Mom will have a week of sister time with my aunt. Who knows what sort of trouble they'll get into... one year they FILLED the back of my mom's CRV shopping!! That's my kind of trouble!


Day 10
...for beautiful sunsets.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Day 9
... for patience. Not that I have a lot of it with certain people, but when I can push down the frustration and maintain my composure when I'm infuriated, it helps the situation a lot.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Not so smart, afterall...

My truck has four computers and 13 motherboards to run all its "schtuff." I can start it from the warmth of my home with the press of a button. It beeps at me when I back up and get close to something. It shows me what's behind me. It automatically connects to my cell phone via Bluetooth when I get within about 25 feet of the car if the car is running (or when I turn the car on). It turns off the radio when a call comes in on my cell phone. It adjusts the volume of the radio depending on how fast I'm driving (and thus how much engine noise there is). It heats my butt/back. It allows the kids to plug in ear phones and listen to something completely different than we are listening too up front. It adjusts the driver's seat and sideview mirrors depending on whether I am driving or Hubby is. It tells me how many miles I can drive before I will run out of gas and how long until I need to have the oil changed. It sends me an email every month with diagnostics on various parts of the truck for God's sake.

But it didn't automatically turn the clock back an hour yesterday.


Day 8
For all the things I often take for granted... food, shelter, transportation, clothing...

Sunday, November 7, 2010


It's difficult to believe that it's been 25 years since the horrific accident that claimed the life of Flyers goalie Pelle Lindberg. I remember it so well. In fact, I think I still have my Flyers scrapbook in the attic. Inside that scrapbook are several articles about the accident and his subsequent death once his father arrived from Sweden and he was removed from life support.

There was a really good article in the Philadelphia Inquirer today. I like this quote from Dave Poulin, who was Lindberg's teammate at the time. "You are allowed to learn from someone else's mistakes, you don't have to make your own."

Here's a link to the article: Remembering Pelle Lindberg, 25 Years On


Day 7
Today I am thankful for the extra hour of sleep last night. :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Day 6
... that I have boys and not girls.

While I love my nieces and goddaughter and I especially love buying clothes for them, after attending my goddaughter's birthday party today, I'm convinced I would not be able to handle a gaggle of giggling girls without gouging my eyes out. BFF said, "but you're so great with V." My response was, "yes, but I can give her back to you!"

Friday, November 5, 2010


Today is the one-year anniversary of Frankenfoot's birth. One year post-surgery and I guess I can say I'm fine. I have no restrictions and it doesn't hurt to walk/run/exercise. I have most of the feeling back in my toes and nerves. The scar flattened and faded nicely. I still have discomfort and aches. I presume I will always have that. I can't pinpoint any specific causes and it's never really true pain. Just annoying. Maybe when I'm in the pool/lake and I'm kicking while swimming. Or when I sit on my foot for too long. Or when I wear certain shoes for an extended period of time. I guess it's just something I'll have to live with.

BEFORE (11/10/09, four days post surgery)...

AFTER (11/05/10)...

Frankenfoot has sure come a long way!!


Day 5
Diet Coke. 'Nuff said.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Day 4
Today I'm thankful that I don't work downtown. My commute to work, which normally takes 15 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night, took me 45 minutes this morning. In the DC area, it appears that one's IQ (and thus one's ability to find the accelarator) is directly proportional to the amount of precipitation falling from the sky. The more wet stuff of any ilk [usage of word for you, Dad], the lower the IQ tumbles... Had I had to drive into DC this morning, I fear I'd still be out there...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

FB status

Back from the GovCon Awards dinner. My company didn't win Contractor of the Year, but as they say... it was nice to be named a finalist (and the food was good)!

11/3/10, 10:35pm


Day 3
The bounty of Halloween candy collected by my children and sampled by me as I worked at home today due to a server crash at the office.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Day 2
Sunny, crisp fall days (although, truth be told, I'm more thankful for sunny, hot summer days)

Monday, November 1, 2010


30 days of November... 30 things I'm thankful for...

Day 1
My parents and mother-in-law, who are always willing to help and love interacting with the kids... even if it means they are sore the next day from using muscles that haven't been awakened in awhile. :-)