29 January, 2009

Her Morning Elegance

Sorry to post video clips two days in a row, but I just loved this...

28 January, 2009

La Chance

Ran across this montage by chance on the NY Times and we can't stop watching it!

26 January, 2009


Goofball must have noticed my desperation for blog fodder lately, so she tagged me for a photo meme. In order to play I need to go to the 4th folder with pictures on my computer and then upload the 4th picture in that folder.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a shot of M whispering sweet nothings to a camel... I don't even know how to start explaining this one-- a pathetic joke involving a Black Eyed Peas song came to mind, but I'll let it go for now...

Bonus picture: I took this one over the holidays. Here is an appetizing treat that we received in a gift bag from some neighbors. I'm still trying to figure out if there was a hidden message in there somewhere... (You skum, you!)

Bonus photo #2 is another one that cracked me up lately. I was out hiking with D in Feldberg when she suddenly decided that she had other plans-- she took off and ran about a kilometer back to the hill where M and the kids were sledding.

Handy fact #2 about vomit-slurping Labs: The only thing worse than having to take walks when you'd rather be chasing sleds is falling out of favor with one's food-dispenser. All I had to do when I caught up to her was point my finger at her and say her name in a really angry way. (which wasn't very hard at that moment!) It's worth clicking on the picture just to see the look of fear / remorse in her eyes!

Drop me a mail or a comment if you'd like me to tag you for this meme!

25 January, 2009

Second breakfast

We were about an hour away from our winter sport destination this morning when B suddenly shouted:

"I'm going to throw up!" and then almost immediately there was a cough, a splash, and squeal from S. I grabbed the bag our lunch was packed in, shook it out and handed it back just in time to catch the second and third malodorous flood.

M pulled over and we stepped out to survey the damage. B had successfully covered the back seat, the dog, himself and his horrified brother. And suddenly, amidst the carnage we realized that this is our new lease car and we haven't switched all of our stuff into it yet.

We. have. nothing. with. which. to. clean. up.

I swung B out of the car and carried him over to the side of the road. Was wiping him down as best I could with a windshield mitt when I noticed M staring into the car with a horrified look on his face. I dragged B back to the car and peered in.

It was spotless.

In case there were ever any doubts: Labradors really will eat ANYTHING.

24 January, 2009

The truth about German jokes...

B: Hey Mom! A just lent me his joke book! How 'bout I read you a couple of jokes!?

Me: *sigh* OK.

B: Little Karl Heinz points at two dogs stuck together on the sidewalk. "Daddy, what are they doing?" The father answers: "Well son, one dog is sick and the other one is dragging his friend to the hospital."

*blink* Ha! That's funny!

Me: Why?

B: Because dogs don't go to hospitals! OK, here's another one.

Daddy pats his big belly and says "How did I get to be so fat?!" Mama says: "You eat too much". And little Manfred says: "No, I know! Last week I saw Aunt Jule with her head in your lap blowing you up like a balloon!"


I don't get it.

Me: Yeah. I think it's time for you to give that joke book back to A.

B: You're right-- German jokes just are NOT funny!

18 January, 2009

Full-body migraine

Am still fighting this virus and am living in perpetual power-save mode. My head is killing me! The pain fills my head and yet it is elusive. Even when I'm being very still and mindful I can't pinpoint exactly where it is.

The other night I felt like I was in the middle of a neurological storm, with tingling and random pain all over my body. Don't know what this virus is, but it's a doozy!

My house is caught up in the momentum of ever-increasing entropy. The laundry baskets are full, the floors are muddy and the garbage cans runneth over.

And I think I'm going to go shuffle over to the couch and rest a while...

*thanks to Natalie Dee for the graphic.

15 January, 2009

2009 is off to a fabulous start!

Ugh. Jennifer mentioned purging in a comment on my last post-- was this a premonition? Since then we've been experiencing all the joys that a good flu has to offer.

The kids got hit hardest: high fever and all kinds of gastric drama. S finally turned the corner yesterday but B isn't out of the woods yet. The poor kid didn't have any fat reserves to begin with, so after three foodless days he now looks like a concentration camp victim. or maybe a supermodel. Take your pick.

Luckily M and I didn't get hit as hard, but we haven't been feeling all that great either. And the biggest insult of all? I stepped on the scale this morning thinking that I'd surely lost a holiday kilo or two-- Zip. Nada. Nichts! There's got to be a punchline in here somewhere...

09 January, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone I'm still here. We had a bunch of guests over the holidays-- it was fun and noisy and I'm glad they were here, but it's also nice to have the house back to ourselves.

Have also been hit by a cleaning /organizing mania for some reason. Am going through all our closets and shelves and am getting rid of anything that we're not using. It's a relief to be starting out 2009 a bit lighter and more organized.

Hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are back into the swing of things!