October 31, 2002
Today is already starting out different. Josh actually woke up to his alarm, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Even more so after his shower. Halloween really is his favorite holiday.

We practiced getting some of his make-up on. I'm to bring it and the rest of his costume (gloves and such) to school when I go in. I decided that I would get into the spirit of things somewhat and dress as a witch. I'll dress Joy in her Piglet costume and we will be all set.

Tim got up around 6:30/6:45 (joy was waking). He played with her and kept her occupied till I

Now ... anyone have any ideas for weaving patterns?
October 30, 2002
Though, before I can do anything really productive, I need to clean my desk, something that I have been trying to do off and on for about a month now, if not longer.
Man, it is COLD and WINDY out there today. Just reinforces my thought that it's time to get Joy a hat and jacket. Blankets just don't cut it when the wind is trying to blow you down the street.

But on another note, it does make for a beautiful and sunny day with a windswept clear sky.

Time to bring in a ton of stuff from the car. Had an Art Lit meeting this morning and actually left early, hard to put down a fussy sleepy baby with some many things going on. I get to learn how to weave. And i'll be doing a weaving for the Art Fair in spring. Aiya, have I bitten off more than I can chew?

An oldie but goodie that made me smile today ... (like early this morning before I had to go to the car dealer)

How it all began

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had been called Amazon Dot Com.

She said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why doth thou travel far from town to town with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?" And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, Dear?" And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling you which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. The drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever moving from his tent. But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secret himself inside Abraham's drum and was accused of insider trading. And the young did take to Dot Com's trading, as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS for short. And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums, that no one noticed that the real riches were going to the drum maker, one Brother William of Gates, who bought up every drum company in the land. And indeed did insist on making drums that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.

Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others." And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or as it came to be known "eBay" he said, "we need a name that reflects what we are," and Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." "YAHOO", said Abraham. And that is how it all began; it wasn't Al Gore after all.
Can anyone be more mentally smashed than I am at the moment? It's been a long day, and I swear, there is something about car dealerships/salesmen that gives me a raging headache and tenses me up like nothing else.

Even leaving the place didn't help. Made me late picking Josh up, so I was going a little faster than I should have been down a residential street ... which happened to be patrolled by a policeman because of an accident (I think) on the major street next to it (the were redirecting traffic). So I got a speeding ticket. The officer asked me if I had a reason for going 41 in a 25, I said " I'm really late picking my son up from school" he said "Ok, we'll have out of here in a few minutes". Ten minutes later I had a ticket for over $100 and was now 45 minutes late picking Josh up. That was a very long ten minutes, officer, thank you. And because of the accident and resultant traffic backlog ... instead of being a mere 1/2-hour late picking up the child, I was an hour late.

And that led to complaints from him because he "was the last kid left at school". Then home to eat (I really should eat better/bigger breakfasts, but I didn't think we would be at the dealer for 5 hours). Then, oh no! I had forgotten about an appointment I had made, and have I gotten any of my paperwork done yet for this week .... no...

Well, done ranting for now, have to read the kidlet his bedtime story.

The rest of the evening went a little better than the morning and early afternoon and Lord knows I'm tired enough to sleep till 10 tomorrow morning. But, I can't do that, got an Art Lit meeting at Josh's school at 8:15 in the morning.

How did this week get so darn busy??????
October 25, 2002
Tonight I am scanning the photos for the family newsletter. Putting out a newsletter like this is more work than it should be ... at least for someone as disorganized as I have been lately.

I really need to get my act in gear. I haven't even had time to blog properly lately :( Tim complains because then he has nothing new to read at work. As if he doesn't have enough with all the books he's been devouring lately. Love you, hunny :)

(at least I know one person hits this page regularly)

Just a few more photos and then I can go to bed.
October 23, 2002
The last two weeks have been unbelievably busy! All I have wanted is some breathing space to get some work done on my computer, but alas, it wasn't to be. Accidents with Josh and just general running around to get things done. Not to mention being tired all the time.

Sometimes I think there is something wrong with me. I have an almost constant need to nap, though I suppose it would be better if I got to bed before midnight most nights :) I know that I need to get to bed more around 10, but that just seems so early to me!

Well, off to make brownies for my stitcher's group and then get dressed (bad FlyBaby!) and then .... then I don't know what. We'll see how close to noon it is then. And in between everything, feeding Joy.

Ah, there goes the timer, the butter is melted. Time to start cooking.
October 17, 2002
This is how I described Joy's recent progress to a friend:

sitting up, loves to eat paper and play with her rattles. She's started crawling backwards, gets frustrated because she knows she's supposed to be going forward :)
Wow, it's before 9 a.m. and everyone is out of the house and I am dressed. Need to make the bed and eat breakfast. I'm waiting for the baby to wake up so I can feed her before I head off to school. (Josh's, today is my day to volunteer).

Though I guess I could take those pictures I need to for the warranty people. Our brandnew house is falling apart.
October 16, 2002
Which of the Disney villains is your personality closest to? :)


I turned out to be Gaston. I think I will take it later in the day when I'm not thinking about breakfast and weekend getaways.
October 8, 2002
I love designing web pages, but these days, I get the feeling that I am crappy at it. Ah well, time to learn some new tricks.
October 7, 2002
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war
in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor,
for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.
It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind....
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and
the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed,
the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the
Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with
will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so.
How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

- William Shakespeare
Attitude Determines Altitude

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock
strikes midnight.

I have responsibilities to fulfill today. My job is to choose what
kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful
that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad
that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me
away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was
growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that
thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a
quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy
because I have a job to do.

I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind
and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can
feel honored because God has provided shelter for my mind, body,
and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the
sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to

I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

~ Author unknown
October 4, 2002
Today has been a busy day already, and it's not even 8 a.m. Tim has an in and out meeting in AZ today, so we got him to the airport in record time (10 minutes there and back). Got back home at 5:40 a.m. and I was all set to go back to sleep. Not so the little ones.

Josh had his morning chocolate (forgot to clear his cup again ....) and Joy just wasn't interested in going back to sleep. Guess who got to stay up with them? :) After chocolate Josh wanted to play Lego Stunt Rally. We had the time, and he wanted me to play with him. I won two or three races. We're still working on the last race of the desert area. That Baron Flambo track is hard!

Joy finally wanted to eat and go back to sleep. Now .. she's waking up. And I have to decide if I am going in to Josh's school. I want to take some pictures of the kids for Art Lit. Them actually doing the work. I better decide soon. School starts soon!
October 3, 2002
It's been one busy week! And it's not over yet! I did some volunteering at the school and by lunch time I realized that Joy is getting pretty heavy. I had her in the backpack position in the Snugli(TM).

Josh asked if I could stay all day. Either he wanted me to or he wanted a ride home. Probably a ride home. If nothing else comes up, I might volunteer two or three mornings a week. That class was crazy! Lots of kids, all at different levels. I think it would make more sense to break kids up into what levels they are instead of by age. Or even by levels and learning styles. That would make a little more sense than giving a teacher a bunch of kids and making her sort out where they are academically to tailor as much as possible the curriculum for them.

Time to catch some z's and/or stare at Joy ... the baby who never naps. At least she is almost sleeping all the way through the night.
October 1, 2002
Joy is simply amazing. She sat through Art Lit and even put herself to sleep. And this morning/afternoon (about 12:00). I put her on her new playmat, on her back, we had hung her Pooh toys from he other playmat on it. She reached for and grabbed, and then pulled off her Piglet!. She the proceeded to roll over and crawl/scoot off the mat. She always does that when I am not looking :( (I was in the computer room blogging). Now she's on the floor next to me gnawing on a piece of paper. She loves crumpling paper. ... and then chewing on it. Ah well.

Coffee date, time to change baby and head back out the door.
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