Sunday, April 26, 2009

Not Quite Godzilla...

But this morning I happened to look up at the kitchen window in time to see the tops of several bamboos marching past the house. So I grabbed my camera and ran out the door to come upon this:

What he said: "This is hard."

You have to admit his method for moving them is pretty smart.

And yes, he's the only intelligent person I have ever met who is deliberately planting bamboo near the house. He's digging it out of the woods next to our driveway. However, we live next door (on the other side) to the county's ugliest single wide trailer that has entire sections of siding missing, and over the years more and more junk and trash has collected in their yard and in front of their house than can be a good idea. It drives Rich bugshit because he works so hard to keep our yard and property nice. So one day last summer it occurred to him that bamboo spreads fairly rapidly and will soon choke an area completely. And there was a free supply of mature trees in the woods that just required digging. So there you have it.

Just cross your fingers that he doesn't give himself a stroke doing this in this heat today.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Merit Badges

<------- Varicose Vein- Grown July, 2006

For some reason none of this is really bothering me. At least not in an esthetic sort of way. The varicose vein freaked me out at first because of the threat of blood clots and poor circulation etc... But I realized that being a pack a day smoker actually put me at more risk for those anyway, so STFU, you know?

Anyway, when I was in my youth I was famous for my legs. To toot my own horn, I was rocking some serious gams. Know what though? The cause of that giant ripple of blue on my leg was just holding my palm to her face saying, "I love you more." So fuck it. It's a leg.

When I was very pregnant with Livvie, my doctor was measuring my belly and he said to me, "You don't have any stretch marks." That's the big secret that the cosmetic industry doesn't want you to know. You either get them, or you don't. I didn't apply any cocoa butter. I did nothing. I got no scarring. That's not to say I hadn't acquired any in my life. I grew so fast as a child that my thighs are covered with strands of scars encircling them like the rings of a tree. You don't see them in the winter, but when my legs tan in the summer, boom, there they are. When I was 25 I finally "filled out," and my hips spread. Ta da. Have some giant scars on your hips to mark that rite of passage as well.

The other night I got out of the shower and was toweling off. I glanced up at the mirror and noticed a splash of purple on the underside of my belly. Granted, it wasn't a very large splash, but it was there. I used my fingers to pull the skin up, and there they were:

I had a brief moment of shock. Then I started grinning. I ran to Rich and said, "Look look!" and showed them to him. He thought I was silly, but he humored me anyway.

I don't know what it is. Maybe it's almost like acquiring a new tattoo to mark a specific event in your life. For the rest of my life when I look down and happen to catch a glance at these marks I'll be reminded of carrying these children. It's incredibly cool to me that each put their own stamp on the process so there will be no confusion.

Wish me luck in the coming days. Jonas is almost here. I'll be sure to toss some pics up for you.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


<--------- NmG

We were behind one of these on the way to the grocery store this afternoon.

It was purple.

It looked like it was held together with rivets.

The turn signals worked.

When it made a right turn we waited for it to tip over, but it remained upright.

It pulled into the parking lot at Home Depot. I assume they were buying one screw. Or something. It has no trunk.

It was seriously one of the cutest things I have ever seen.

Here's some info on it from Myers Motors:

Myers Motors has just delivered the nation’s first all-electric (110 volt outlet charging), highway speed (76 mph), lithium battery powered, sub-$30,000 vehicle. This new battery system, electronically managed by a system developed in conjunction with Akron University for MM’s prospective entry into the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, is the next step towards realizing the dream of electric vehicles: inexpensive travel that avoids the geo-political and environmental ravages inherent in America’s total dependence upon oil for its transportation needs.
If I had $30k lying around I would totally get one for Rich to drive to work.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


I was raised to believe that the American League is evil and the Yankees specifically are Satan's team.

So pardon my hilarity over this. THIS is fucking beeyootiful. I think this might be one of the best things I've ever seen.

If you can see that, it says that in the 2nd inning the Indians (The Indians!!!!) scored 14 runs.

Oh Happy Day.

I wish I were physically capable of skipping right now.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The End of Another Era

Harry Kalas was the voice of the Phillies since the year I was born, 1971.
When I moved down here to NC I literally could not watch Phillies games on TBS or ESPN because the broadcasters didn't sound right. Harry's voice was so distinctive and wonderful, and he'd get so freaking excited. He was adored.

He had a heart attack today in one of the broadcast booths at the Washington Nationals' ball park. He died. He was 73.

I would really, really like to see how the team handles this tonight during their game. But since the game won't be broadcast, I guess I'll do some Googling tomorrow.

Safe Journey, Harry.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Navy SEALS took out the pirates and freed the captain and it's a glorious day.

Here's some of my joy from today. I hope you all had some as well.

Easter Basket

Easter Outfit

The house in bloom

Watering the baby Cypress

One of the azalea stands

The Kid and her Dog

Today was my favorite Easter ever. If they could all be like today I might actually start enjoying it as a holiday. I have 4.5 weeks left of being pregnant if this takes the requisite 40 weeks. I am trying to pack as much Livvie time as I can into my world since fairly soon we will no longer have each other to ourselves. I'm a bit bummed about that. I guess we'll see what happens though.

My mood has improved greatly. Thanks everyone for caring. I'll try to be better at keeping you all updated on things.

Have a peaceful one.