Happy New Year everyone! May 2010 far surpass the suckassy '09!
January 1, 2010 at 12:48 am
[it didn’t; to date, 2010 was the worst year of my life]
Listening to the Glee soundtrack on the computer, with Joe Mac's new album playing in the dining room, while Dance Your Ass off is on the TV and the Twilight Zone and Doctor Who marathons are recording on the DVR . . how I ever got laid, much less married, escapes belief.
January 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm
Our turtle tank was just shattered, sending water across the floor. Franklin is OK, but I guess I'll have to spend my morning looking for a cheap tank to replace his home.
January 1, 2010 at 9:15 pm
I'm proud that my two oldest are sad (and a bit concerned) that David Tenant's time as the Doctor is coming to an end tonight. They know far more about the show and its characters than I ever could have guessed, even ID'ing an episode after seeing one scene. Nice to know I've done something right.
January 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm
The Ginger's Godfather, who we haven't seen in over a year, just called to say he's on his way over to drop off a gift for her. Yikes - and us, with a turtle in the bathtub and Chinese takeout half-eaten in the living room.
January 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Worked until midnight, came home and watched the very well done Tennant finale and the premiere of Demons (yawn), then had to crawl into Smiley's bed for 5 hours of sleep because my two youngest girls were sprawled next to Lisa in our bed- and rule #1 is, and always will be, never wake a sleeping baby/toddler. Ever.
January 3, 2010 at 10:34 am
The Journal editor just called my cell while I was grocery shopping and asked me to stay on for another year, through the first part of 2011! Hot dog!
January 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm
A string of earthquakes rattled the Solomon Islands Monday morning, while another quake struck the Philippines, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
January 5, 2010 at 12:28 am
After school I took my two oldest girls to help organize my Godson's nursery, as he's due to arrive home in less than a day. My girls were polite, helpful, eager to work, and kept their cool. I was very proud of them both!
January 5, 2010 at 12:33 am
Markas was the play by play man w/ Del Crandall for the Brewers back in the early '90's.
Rory Markas, a play-by-play sportscaster who spent the past eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, has died. He was 54.
January 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Not the greatest afternoon. The girls were angry that a kibosh was put on their chance to see the newborn and it went straight downhill from there, plus Smiley was in a mood. Still, we sat down to French toast for dinner and Family Game night continued (3rd week in a row now) but it was stressful, very stressful.
January 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm
BTW, for anyone unsuccessfully calling our house: no, the home phone isn't disconnected. The fourth-born dumped a whole jar of pickle juice on the telephone base/answering machine, ruining it. It's replacement will have to wait until payday, if then.
January 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm
Tonight, in the course of half an hour we moved YaYa and the Ginger into new rooms; very half-ass results but whataya gonna do in 30 minutes? YaYa and Lu are now roomies, while Ginger's on her own in YaYa's old room. I objected to it because it feels like rewarding Ginger for making nights hell, but she's actually taking the new digs as a punishment - screaming her head off as we speak.
January 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm
"The Ginger" - woke up today proud of "my 'oom". Good. Maybe she won't cry and scream until 10:30 like she did last night. Like all my kids she's used to sleeping in a dark room, but the new surroundings scared her.
January 7, 2010 at 10:08 am
Saw two movies last night, "Hangover" which I loved, and "Paranormal Activity". For the latter, what Lisa said: it's not half as scary as a day with our kids. Yawn. Aside from the Danny-girl lead, there was no reason to watch - and she not only remained clothed, she wore a bra to bed each night :( A waste of a rental.
January 7, 2010 at 10:17 am
Still stuck @ home, w/ 14-15 inch drifts up and down the alley. We're mid block, and it'll take a while to dig out. Mucho thanks to Anne U. for picking up my girls and getting them to school today!
January 8, 2010 at 10:49 am
Our landline is now replaced and good to go . . please call us on that as the minutes are up on the cell phones.
January 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Three churches in Malaysia were attacked with firebombs, causing extensive damage to one, as Muslims pledged Friday to prevent Christians from using the word "Allah," escalating religious tensions in the multiracial country.
January 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm
Its official: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has confirmed that the State of the Union will not pre-empt the premiere of LOST The Final Season on 2/2. See you in 25 days. (from Lost's FB page)
January 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm
(YaYa) is selling Girl Scout cookies, and any and all orders are appreciated!
January 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm
That was a great 2nd half to watch, even if it was interrupted by Smiley throwing up Hot Fries for about two minutes (wicked to watch - A+ for effort little dude!) and the Ginger peeing on her Elmo couch. I no longer care who wins it all, so long as Hillbilly is sent packing next week. Oh, and memo to my sister - howsabout not giving a four year old an entire package of hot fries before sending him home to his pa :)
January 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm
Air Force Pilot Remains From Vietnam War Identified, The Department of Defense says the remains of an Air Force pilot missing in action from the Vietnam War were identified.
January 13, 2010 at 1:41 am
As our culture and our nation continues its slide into full Suckassyness, one bastion of our grand past still stands tall: The Match Game. Where have you gone Gene Rayburn, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you (woo woo woo).
January 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm
Vanessa Wolfe's time on American Idol was enough to break your heart. She's very attractive, talented, and down to earth, but was so beaten down and low on confidence I could barely watch. That line about not wanting the judges to 'look down on her' was gut wrenching. I hope she's not eaten alive in Hollywood. I'll be rooting for her.
January 14, 2010 at 2:15 am
Wednesday Lu called from school saying her stomach felt 'mushy', and w/in a day all the kids were down w/ it. It seems to be a quick 24-48 bug (3 are over it) but YaYa just puked all over my newly cleaned dining room floor. Dangnabbit.
January 15, 2010 at 10:38 am
True, the top two designs were great, and the group seems much more talented than the horrific LA season. Still, I wasn't very inspired by the season premier of Project Runway, even if it does feature a Milwaukee native. Has it jumped the shark, or was I just in the wrong Mood (nudge-nudge) when watching the episode?
January 15, 2010 at 10:53 am
E&P is back, w/ new owners and editors.
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin works with Latin American journalists to create sustainable training programs for reporters, editors, and photojournalists. ...
January 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm
It's 9:30 in the morning. How the hell can you know, with certainty, that business will be soooo slow that you need to call me off for the day and take a days wages out of kids bellies? Utter Bull----t. In other news, I say Indy and the Saints move on today. And a very snarky "Very Generous!" to the NFL for donating a combined (gasp) $2.5 mil for Haiti.
January 16, 2010 at 11:41 am
This . . . has been a crappy of crappy days, and it's only 12:30. Joy.
January 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Happy Birthday to my stepfather-in-law Jaspare, who turned 72 today, and Lisa's friend Chris. Also - congrats to the Colts, and a thank you to the Saints for knocking off the Cards.
January 16, 2010 at 11:17 pm
A nice day so far. My cousin Mary and her husband stopped by to see the house and visit over lunch, then @ 4 we had bunk beds delivered and set up for the girls (yay Craigslist!). Sure the Dark Side won the NFC game today, and the Chargers are down 10-7 right now, but I'm sure we can end the day as nice as it started . . .
January 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Pope John Paul II's attempted assassin - a man who had been convicted of murder before - is released from prison.
January 18, 2010 at 9:54 am
I posted a very cocky status update on how I refused to come to YaYa's aid w/ her missing book report. It turns out I was wrong. She did it, Lisa took it to proofread, and the Ginger used it as an art project. So . . .yeah. I threw my kid to the wolves.
January 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm
True anecdote: according to Rod Serling (Twilight Zone), manufacturer Kimberly Clark turned down sponsorships for the shows "Rawhide" and "Black Saddle" because the company sold toilet paper, fearing the inevitable jokes at their expense.
January 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Serling quoted it in his seminars at Antioch College in '62-63.
January 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm
A mysterious visitor who left roses and cognac at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe each year on the writer's birthday failed to show early Tuesday, breaking with a ritual that began more than 60 years ago.
January 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Worst. Headache. Ever.
January 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm
I took my two oldest to the dentist this morning. LuLu was very dramatic &the dentist asked me to leave the room so he could scold her w/out a 300# man glaring at him. YaYa, vet of many stiches, bore her cavities with stoic defiance. & good news: the 2 teeth loosened in a stumble at her Godfather's house are due out anyhow. I'd been worried they were adult teeth.
January 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm
Call me dumb here, but when Mountain Dew 'Throwback' heavily advertises "Made with Real Sugar!" . . WTH is the stuff in the 'normal' can?
January 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm
[high fructose corn syrup]
Not a great night post-dinner, as Family Night gave way to tons of homework (although Lis taught Lu Uno). We've got plans to watch American Idol on the DVR, Pandorum on DVD, and hopefully cheer a Brown win in Mass., but I'm not holding my breath for any of it.
January 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm
Whoo-hoo! Multiple sources are now calling the Massachusetts race in favor of Scott Brown! Ted Kennedy's old seat now belongs to a Republican!
January 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm
Erich Segal, the author of the hugely popular novel "Love Story," has died of a heart attack, his daughter said Tuesday. He was 72.
January 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm
Parker is my favorite author, and the man I named my only son after him. What a crap way to start the day.
Robert B. Parker, whose spare, eloquent sentences turned the tough private investigator Spenser into one of Boston's most recognizable fictional characters, died in his Cambridge home Monday. He was 77.
January 20, 2010 at 9:43 am
The Times has a much better obit for RBP than the Globe. "Robert Brown Parker was a large man of large appetites that were nonetheless satisfied with relative ease. He was as unpretentious and self-aware as Spenser. All he needed to be happy was his family and writing,” she said. RIP
Mr. Parker was the best-selling mystery writer who created Spenser, a tough, glib Boston private detective who was the hero of nearly 40 novels.
January 20, 2010 at 9:55 am
Wife Swap would be a better show if they actually 'swapped' wives. Just an observation.
January 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm