27 August, 2011

Did I ever tell you about the time

Sugarbear saved the damselfly? Well, earlier this summer, we were hiking at Nymph Lake and just sort of lazing about, lakeside. She happened to notice a spider's web close to the shore. There was a brilliant blue damselfly caught in the web. We assumed the damselfly was dead, but then Sugarbear saw it moving. So she leapt into action.

She gingerly extracted the damselfly and removed all of the sticky webby threads from the fly's body and wings.

In just a few minutes, the damselfly had recovered enough to fly away. Mission accomplished. This must be how Jennifer feels every day!

25 July, 2011

can't talk. busy hiking.

Oh, and working some, too. Anyhoo, carry on.

P7234663.jpg, originally uploaded by peevish me.

07 July, 2011

Dear Lego corporation

Cheers to you for inventing the Harry Potter lego sets. Not only does it help to bring girls into the lego cult, but it provides (so far) endless hours of acting out various Potter-related hijinks. Never have we, the parents, received so many thank-yous from our Junebug for a birthday gift. She thanks us almost every day for these sets. We bought these two: the Burrow & Hagrid's hut. Bonus: the Burrow set came with Bellatrix Lestrange AND Molly Weasley! Could there be more opposite characters in one set? When Junebug opened the set with Hagrid's hut, Sugarbear clapped her hands together and gleefully shouted "Look, it even has tiny evil baby spiders!".

06 July, 2011

29 June, 2011

This sorry state of affairs is appalling

We already grow our own tomatoes and pine for them during the interminable non-tomato seasons.
But shrimp? We can't grow our own shrimp. This story is mostly about tomatoes but, toward the end, he speaks of the disgusting shrimp trade practices in Asia, where about 90% of shrimp are now raised. The idea of giving up shrimp makes me so sad. I was practically weaned on shrimp harvested from the Gulf of Mexico. 

10 June, 2011

Not birds

Now we believe maybe a raccoon or squirrel is living in our attic.


Interestingly, the dog seems unconcerned.

09 June, 2011


Well hello, old blog! How's it hangin'?

I realized today that we have put down roots here in this place we still think of as new. What opened my eyes to this state of affairs? In the space of about 90 minutes yesterday afternoon, I had three different drive-by visits.

1. A friend drove over to give us cold beer leftover from a party last weekend. He's a beer Santa.
2. My boss came by to give me some salad greens from her garden. (plus some work, the good with the bad.)
3. A neighbor drove up with some hand-me-downs from her daughter to mine.

Unrelated but on my mind: noisy critters keeping me awake. Last night I woke at 3:30 am and couldn't get back to sleep. I got up for awhile and did some work. When I went back to bed I couldn't get to sleep. I kept hearing strange noises. I finally traced it to just outside the house along the north and east walls. I think some damned birds have nested in our gutters. Double-damn.

14 May, 2011

Looks like blogger is back.

Blogger is starting to remind of Liz Lemon's ex-boyfriend Dennis.

In other news, I got a haircut today. I'm stoked to have short hair again. I've missed it so much.

p.s. See my refrigerator behind my head? My head is hiding the booze, which lives on top of the fridge.

And then Sugarbear shoe-horned herself in to the booze picture. God!

13 May, 2011


Blogger apparently deleted my last post.
Hey Blogger, that sucks.

11 May, 2011


It's gonna open earlier than promised.

See, there is a God. Who answers prayers. Prayers like "Fucking Hell, why doesn't this Sweden-forsaken state have even one fucking IKEA???"

SO very happy, even though I'll have to drive across hell and half of Georgia to get there, metaphorically speaking. Actually it'll be south of Denver. Still though, so happy. I once, on a whim, drove from Austin to Houston in driving rain with a toddler in the car just to get some IKEA crap. So Centennial will be easy in comparison. Right now the nearest IKEA is in Draper, Utah (393 miles away).

I know. I need to calm down.