Saturday, February 23, 2008
Since we're on the topic of Girl Scouts...
And Leslie posted hers...

This was definitely early on. My sash ended up being full to overflowing. I was a high achiever back then. I really enjoyed Girl Scouts. I liked the camping and the meetings. I remember that Mom got involved as a leader eventually. I also remember for a while our leader was a dad. Good times, good times...


Which Sports Car Are You?
Borrowed from Leslie.

I'm a Ferrari 360 Modena!

You've got it all. Power, passion, precision, and style. You're sensuous, exotic, and temperamental. Sure, you're expensive and high-maintenance, but you're worth it.

"Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

Friday, February 22, 2008
Caramel De-lites vs. Samoas
I was going to do an awesome post with pictures about the difference in the girl scout cookies depending on where you buy them. There was a discussion on the board a while back about how people called them by different names depending on where they lived and bought the cookies. There's a damned good reason for that. They're named differently and packed differently depending on where you live because different bakeries bake them.

The only problem with my post is that the Caramel De-lites box got thrown in the trash. Then when I didn't have the box for picture purposes I ate the last Caramel De-lite cookie. So much for science.

Here's what I can tell you. I got the Samoas from Maryland and the Caramel De-lites from Virginia. They kind of look like the same cookie, but the Samoas have darker chocolate, darker coconut and are drier. They're packed in a narrower box. The Caramel De-lites are packed with a plastic slot for each cookie and they taste a whole lot better.

This service provided to you for free by The Highlandgal Foundation for the Comparative Analysis of Girl Scout Edibles.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Hanging out with the cool kids...
Playing Candyland.

Am I turning green?
God forbid. I might lose Republican cool points. Actually, I saw these at Target for 99 cents each. I decided they'd make useful bags, whatever I did with them. The first thing I want to do is take them to Walmart to use them. Target makes good plastic bags and Walmart makes crap ones. We actually re-use the bags we get from Target. That's part of the greenie admonition, right? Reduce, reuse and recycle!

Do you think Walmart will fill these bags for me?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Spoiled and happy about it
She's on the carousel at the mall. It actually gave a reasonably long ride for just a dollar. It's a much better bargain than the fair. In the picture she's smiling for her Noni, her benefactor.

Snow day
We probably got 3 to 4 inches today. I got off work at noon today and drove home in the worst of it. The roads had been treated some and the snow that was on it was the consistency of butter. Our road was very treacherous. I drove between 20 and 25 mph and had a death grip on the wheel. As a matter of fact, my arms were sore the rest of the afternoon from that grip on the wheel.

Snow is great when you don't have to drive in it.
"I'm sleeping under the bed"
Emma kept telling us this. She had just slept in a big bed at Noni's for the first time for her nap. I thought that was her way of telling us she didn't want to sleep on the big bed again. The truth was she was sleeping under the pretend bed. She was cozying up under on top of an aerobic step under Popi's workout bench. She had a nice little nest made for herself.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Another family favorite. The kids are all wearing Popi's t-shirts because their pajamas got left behind. In the beginning, Uncle B has things well in hand...

Three on one is almost fair, yet Uncle B still seems to have the upper hand...

Their attempts to blind him were short-lived.

Live by the sword, die by the smelly sock.

Near famous
Opening birthday presents in this family is as close as we'll ever get to being stalked by paparazzi. Everyone wants a piece of you (or a piece of your wrapping paper!) It's the battle of the competing present openers. Each one wants to be the one to hand you the package. It's pretty brutal.

Two peas
Saturday night M and I went on a date. We went for dinner and a movie while Emma stayed with Noni and Popi. Popi has a collection of hats that Emma likes to play with. Here they're modeling a selection. Popi reminds me of Sean Connery in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Monday, February 18, 2008
Uncle Monkey's Birthday Party
We went to Noni and Popi's to celebrate M's birthday with the family. We had a nice pepper steak supper with Pop's cake. Noni didn't want to reuse Superman for M so she went out and got him his very own birthday decorations. So we had fine china and silver on SpongeBob. You like?

(Julie, it slipped my mind that you had asked for the Pop's cake recipe a little while ago. I'll work on making a post of it very soon.)
"The Zoo Game"
After dinner Aunt K promised the kids if they'd (fill in the blank) she would play the zoo game with them. They were so excited, "Hooray! We're going to play the zoo game!" Then naturally they asked, "What's the zoo game?" "You'll see," Aunt K replied cryptically. Which meant that she had no idea what the zoo game was and she needed some time to pull it out of her ass. Spoken like a true mother.

As it turned out, the zoo game morphed into something more like the circus game. The kids picked which animal they wanted to be and Aunt K acted like the ringmaster. She announced all the tricks they were going to do and the animals did them.

Here is the daring jump through the flaming hoop.

They played it for a good long while and then moved on to other activities. After bath when everyone was chilling out again Aunt K wanted to have some time with Emma. She started to talk to Emma and Emma asked for the circus game again. Aunt K engaged her in conversation by asking her questions and Emma would answer her patiently and then always come back to, "Will you play the circus game with me?" Being my daughter, Emma hounded Aunt K till she caved. These last three pictures are of the second round of the circus game.