Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Bah Halloween-bug

So, after yet another Halloween that failed to meet my high expectations of handing out boatloads of candy to swarms of costume wearing children, I'm suffering from post-holiday letdown.

Last year, we decked J.J. out in an infant costume, showed him off to the neighbors, and waited and waited (and waited) for the kids, only to have 2 (or 3, it depends on whom you ask) trick-or-treaters. We finally resorted to leaving the bowl of candy on the doorstep and went to Macaroni Grill for some chianti dinner, only to find Lillie's mommy ate all of our candy.

This year, our little lamb refused to get into costume. And we had a grand total of zero trick-or-treaters.


Once, a car drove by really slow and I got all excited and locked Lillie in our bedroom so she wouldn't scare anyone and I waited and waited (and waited) for the doorbell to ring.



So, if you work with me, I'll be bringing in a bowl of Kit Kat and Whoppers and Milk Duds tomorrow. And if you don't work with me, you may want to come by.

What I'm really bummed about is that next year, when J.J. "gets it" and realizes that by wearing some adorable costume that his grandma made and going door to door begging for treats, he'll come home with a bucketful of sugar, it won't be in our neighborhood. Because, since hardly anyone comes out, hardly any neighbors have candy.

So, if you live in one of those neighborhoods where so many kids come by that you run out of candy and have to hide behind darkened windows so no one knows you're home, I'm green with envy. And, drop me an email and let me know where your neighborhood is, so J.J. can stop by next year.


Happy Halloween from our little lamb.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Need I say more...ever?

Phrase of the week:

Love you... *mwah*!!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

I printed a few, anyway

Is it just me (no need to answer, I know it's not just me) or would if be helpful to have the store name printed on the coupon (within the cut lines)? I think I'll just take the entire page with me to avoid confusion.

The printed page, not the actual web page.

Edited to add: What comes out on the printed page does in fact include the store name, as well as terms and all sorts of helpful information. Print a few and hand them over to Santa.

55 things

You can "blame" Lesley for this...

1. Are you taller than your best friend?

2. Do you have a favorite type of pen?
I have favorite pen types for different tasks. This should surprise no one who knows me.

3. Look at your planner for November 14, what are you doing?
I'm in training. Business Information Modeling. And I'm psyched about it.

4. What color are your toenails usually?

5. What was the last thing you highlighted?
All of the "unknowns" in my nonfunctional requirements.

6. What color are the curtains in your bedroom?
Ivory sheers, sage green valences.

7. What color are the seats in your car?

8. Have you ever had a black and white cat?

9. What is the last thing you put a stamp on?
Truck payment (switching to online next month -- thank you Nissan).

10. Do you know anyone who lives in Wyoming?

11. Why did you withdraw cash from the ATM the last time?
To cover lunches for the week (and I have some left over - bonus!).

12. Who is the last baby that you held?
J.J. Dubin.

13. Can you spell well?

14. Do you like Cinnamon toothpaste?
Only if it's Tom's.

16. Pick one: Miami Hurricanes or Florida Gators

17. Last time you went to Six Flags?
I went to the one in Cincinnati when I was in college.

18. Do you have any wallpaper in your house?
Just the stuff that's under a coat of paint (thank you, Mr. House Flipper).

19. Closest thing to you that is yellow?

20. Last person you gave a business card?
I have no idea. We don't have them at my current job (voluntary cost-cutting) and I never ordered new cards at my old job after Joe and I got married. It was YEARS ago. It very well might have been Joe.

21.Who was the last person you wrote a check or money order to?
J.J.'s babysitter.

22. Closest framed picture to you?
J.J.'s one-year pictures. Close second is our wedding photo.

23. Last time you had someone cook for you?
Does the chef at a restaurant count?

24. Have you ever felt you weren’t good enough?
Probably not since adolescence.

25. How many emails do you get in your inbox daily (excluding spam)?
Around 100, if it's a work day.

26. Last time you received flowers?
I got the obligatory dozen red roses for my anniversary. They were beautiful and lasted well over a week. It's time to get a Kroger bouquet...

28. Do you play air guitar?

29. Has anyone ever proposed to you?
Marriage? Yes.

30. Do you take anything in your coffee?
No. Just black.

31. Do you have any Willow Tree figurines?
I got one from my sister in law when J.J. was born.

32. What was your high school's mascot?

33. Last person you spoke to from high school?
My sister. I know, that's cheating.

34. Last time you used hand sanitizer?
Last diaper change.

35. Would you like to learn to play the drums?
Yes. I'm thinking J.J. would too. He's awesome with a couple of pots and a bamboo spoon. Or those plastic ones at Tinkerbell Park.

36. What color are the blinds in your living room?
White plantation blinds.

38. Last thing you read in the newspaper?
Does Sudoku count?

39. What was the last pageant or play you attended?
Radio City Christmas show last year. No, two years ago.

40. What is the last place you bought pizza from?
Uncle Gio's.

41. Have you ever worn a crown?
Yes. Not recently enough, though.

42. What is the last thing you stapled?
The latest copy of my functional requirements.

43. Did you ever drink clear Pepsi?

44. Are you ticklish?

45. Last time you saw fireworks?
This past July 4th.

46. Last time you had a Krispy Kreme doughnut?
Too long ago. Months. I think J.J. and I may need to stop on the way home after Saturday's hockey game.

47. Who is the last person that left you a message & you actually returned?

48. Last time you parked under a carport?
Picking up J.J. at the babysitter's house this afternoon.

49. Do you have a black dog?
Yes. Would you like to borrow her?

50. Can you give one reason why David Caruso is allowed to keep acting?
My husband has a HUGE man crush on David Caruso. I have witnessed him professing his love to Horatio Caine at the end of a CSI Miami episode more than once. It's very sad, but I don't know what he'd do if David Caruso went away.

51. Are you an aunt or uncle?
I'm an aunt.

52. Who has the prettiest eyes that you know of?
My nephew.

53. Last time you saw a semi truck?
Driving home from work.

54. Do you remember Ugly Kid Joe?
I recall the name. I have no idea who he is...

55. Do you have a little black dress?
It's not so little.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Strut your mutt

Saturday is Nashville's Dog Day Festival at Centennial Park.

I'm sure Lillie would love it (she did last year), but I can't handle her on a leash with hundreds of other dogs and people milling around and keep an eye on J.J. as he terrorizes pets and kisses every doggie there. And if one of them has to stay at home in the crate, it's Lillie.

You know, because it's her turn. Besides, J.J. has figured out how to unlatch the crate.

...I'm kidding!

He can't unlatch it, but he tries.

(still kidding)

Joe's emceeing from 10:00 - noon. Come on out and join us!!!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Rest in peace, Uncle Ron

J.J. and his Great Uncle Ron

We're leaving in the morning for another trip to Louisiana... to say good bye.

Monday, October 01, 2007

As time goes by...

J.J. turned 17 months today. A milestone, because now, I can stop telling his age in months. From now through January, if anyone asks, he's "a year and a half". Then, through April, it will be "almost two".

I can remember when he was really little, and age was so much more specific... first days, then weeks (or partial weeks; "he'll be three weeks on Monday" or "he was 5 weeks yesterday").

If you ask Joe, he can give you J.J.'s age in days. Any day. He marks the total number of days each Monday on our white board calendar in the kitchen and apparently memorizes each week and adds or subtracts the days on demand. I'm hoping he'll give up by the time J.J. is in high school...

Because by then, I'll be saying "Oh, you know, he's a teenager...".