Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A great man has died...

Ken's father died yesterday, February 27.
ODA was a truly great and kind man. He and Ken's mother raised 3 children with tolerance, respect and abounding faith in their ability to do well at anything they tried.

Writing this has been more difficult than I could have dreamed. He is the first of Ken and my parents to die. Even though Ken's father was ill with Parkinson's a long time, and death was a close companion, it is astonishing to experience this level of grief. I simply cannot believe that we will not be talking to him again. That our sons will never know him. And that is the saddest thing.

And when we told the boys tonight, Parker said "Oh, Daddy! That is terrible! Now you don't have a daddy anymore." And he tenderly patted Ken.

Please hug your parents next time you see them. And tell them you love them.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

And the Oscar goes to...

My cousin Allison Kunzman for her role as Producer for the Coke and Cadillac commercials featured during the awards.

Well Done, Allison!!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Our local organic food store has gone to the Dark Side!

I have loved shopping at Wild Oats for years. It's an organic grocery chain that started in Boulder, from a market called Crystal Market. It has grown and carved out it's place. A big pull for us moving here was that Wild Oats has its flagship store here. Well, I noticed last time we went in that the front lobby, usually a beautiful big display of the specials that week (non-perishables) was empty. It looked like a dance floor!

Then I heard last night that Whole Foods and Wild Oats are joining. I like some of the stuff at Whole Foods, but Wild Oats prices were better, and they didn't have the 'tragically hip' shoppers! I know that sounds snobby, but every time I go into Whole Foods, there are Piles of People trying to look so cool - the kids with rastafarian dredlocks, bare feet etc, grazing out of the bins; the Metrosexual Dudes hoping to meet the Great Golden Vagina in the deli section - the Earth Mothers with their total undisciplined and over indulged child "Oh, we don't want to ruin Little Jasmine's Spirit so we just let her do as she prefers - have you heard of You're Not The Boss of Me?!" GAG - yeah, it's for LAZY FUCKING PARENTS, ASSHAT!

I fear for our local, perfect Wild Oat now Whole Oats Wild Food - what will it become? Do those Tragically Hip types just appear, like the folks who used to Follow The Dead around (Grateful Dead, for you young whippersnappers), selling baked spuds and Dead Keepsakes?

I am just praying this explains why I have been unable to find Kafir Lime Leaves the last couple of times I went in to Wild Oats - they just weren't restocking the exotic stuff in plan for a huge re-stocking of all things lovely and wholesome. Please, please please...

Friday, February 16, 2007

Finally, some photos...

We've been having some fun.

Witness, Disney:

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Lost-My-Virginity Day! Yippee.

Not today.

37 years ago today, I was asking my eventual ex-husband "Is that IT?!!"
And Lo, It Was.

And that's all I'm sayin' ...

Monday, February 12, 2007

If You could plan your dream 'Outdoor Room'...

If you were to design and construct your Dream Outdoor Room (possibly 3 season), what would be in it? Assume covered with a 'Dry Below' ceiling (deck above), and sliding door access on lower right side. We live where it gets below zero(f) occasionally, but the room will be shut down during those months (3).

What are your must-haves?

Would you do a fireplace?

A BIG MoFo barbeque, natural gas? (v. lp gas)
Another BIG MoFo barbeque - wood fired?
Is there such a thing as a sink/refrig combo?
Stove cooktop? How many burners?

What upholstery covering for furniture?
Cast Iron with removable cushions?

Water Feature?
Ceiling Fan?

I'm thinking this is our Next Big Project.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Still making me laugh...

And I do need a good laugh recently.

Hollywood Squares
If you remember the Original Hollywood Squares and its comics, this may bring a tear to your eyes. These great questions and answers are from the days when "Hollywood Squares" game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted, as they are now. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course.

Q. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
A. Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.

Q. According to Cosmopolitain, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?
A. Rose Marie: No; wait until morning.

Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say "I Love You"?
A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.

Q. What are "Do It," "I Can Help," and "I Can't Get Enough"?
A. George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.

Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you' ll never forget.

Q. Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

Q. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.

Q. In bowling, what's a perfect score?
A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps.One is politics, what is the other?
A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.

Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?
A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn't neglected.

Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?
A. Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car, the rest is up to him.

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Big FIERCE hugs to you, dear folk of the internet

We are home and getting back into routines. The boys were so excited to be returning to their respective schools, neither slept much the night before. And what does it say about me that I dressed nicely and put on jewelry to go get my teeth cleaned?! A bit starved for adult interaction, possibly?

It was extremely touching to read your replies to my post about Ryan. (Sorry for the dramatic heading with no follow through! I forgot to delete the post.) It was actually very emotional for me, and since I'm playing this one close to the vest In Real Life, your lovely comments were doubly appreciated. Ryan knows there's something in the air; he is really a smoochy pooch these days. I would wear that child all day - he has the most beautiful, soft skin and he smells devine. So we are spending alot of time snuggling and reading and chatting. And I am not so worried about what will be for Ryan.

But You? You gave me hope and inspiration on my darkest day. And you will never, ever know what that has meant to me.

Thank you.