OzFest 2007

Despite being 41, my husband still thinks that Ozzy is the king.  He regresses to about age 15 when “Crazy Train” or “Ironman” come up on Sirius.  He vows that he will attend OzzFest this year.  He will do so alone.

 We will, however, be travelling to Oz together. Read the rest of this entry »


What?? No Heaven In Your Eyes??

Yesterday on NPR I heard the rather alarming news that 50-year-old Donny Osmond has put out a new CD — which he mixed himself, in his dressing room, between performances of Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast — entitled Love Songs of the 70’s.  And indeed, that is what the album is comprised of.  Here is the playlist as reported by Amazon.com, along with the original, um, artists: Read the rest of this entry »

How To: Do-It-Yourself Decorating

The second installment of a guest-post series by the divine Madame Chaos.  Read her first post here.

Few things are more rewarding than personalizing your home to make a statement about yourself.  My mom has put up her pictures, placed her furniture, and arranged various elements to suit her taste, and then has left everything that is my height to do with as I see fit.  I’d like to share with you some tips for creating an environment that is unmistakably YOU.

Let’s begin with the entryway; people should know who lives in a home immediately upon stepping through the door.  Peanut-butter colored Venitian Plaster is so blah, don’t you think?  Liven it up with freeform artwork:
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LuLu and The Boy played their final soccer games last night. While I’m glad to not be running to the Island three days a week for games and practices, watching Little League sports is just good for my soul. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Piles

What is more lovely than a pile of books wanting to be read?  (Besides a pile of European chocolate wanting to be eaten, that is.) Happy book piles rival sleeping baby faces, just-mown grass, and butter pecan ice cream. In fact, combining reading with a napping baby while smelling new-cut grass and rolling Butter Pecan ice cream over my tongue would pretty much approach my version of Nirvana. Throw in the chocolate, mate, and I won’t be back.
My current book piles are pictured below. Read the rest of this entry »

Popped Culture

This morning in spin class, one of the members was lamenting that she had to send her kids out of the room last night while the TV was on.  The cussing and the subject matter, as she described it, was pretty shocking, and she nearly wailed, “And this was on regular TV, not even cable!”

 It is moments like that which reinforce my satisfaction that being TV-free has no downsides.  Read the rest of this entry »

Ahhh, Spring


I absolutely live for Spring after The Season of Double-Plus UnGood (particularly February, AKA The Longest Shortest Month of the Year). Read the rest of this entry »

First Track Meet

Our Jr. High track team attended their first meet yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

Rebel Holiday

Long ago when when we were denizens of teen’Hood, my FreakShow Brother  and I deemed every Friday to be Rebel Holiday. Read the rest of this entry »

How To: Have a Great Afternoon

 An informative guest-post series by inhouse expert, Madame Chaos.

First, while your mom is gardening, strip down to your diaper and find a mud hole.  Wade, slather, spread, fling, bathe, revel, even eat:

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