The Sunday Salon: January 17, 2010

Good morning!  I hope it’s bright and sunny where you are!

In  Southern California we are bracing ourselves for a MAJOR WINTER STORM!  Take cover!  There may be some rain!  I might not be laughing about this a week from now, but when the weather forecasters cry wolf a few times, and the major storm ends up being a few sprinkles.. well, let’s say I’m a bit unimpressed with the warnings.  We’ll see.  Right now it’s sunny, the sky is a brilliant blue, and the only clouds I see are high and fluffy.  But they are moving pretty fast, so.. hmmm.

Today was supposed to be our parent/child book club meeting day, hosted by me, but my oldest has strep throat.  I almost made her go to school on Friday (another one who’s always crying wolf) but she seemed a little warm and listless and had a miserable attitude so I let her stay home.  Later I saw that her throat was inflamed so we went to the doctor.. he said it was viral and to go home and give her Motrin.  But then last night she spiked a high fever and her throat was bright red, so we ended up in the ER for several hours, and she got a shot of penicillin.  Now my husband has a sore throat.  Good times!

I’ve spent some time this morning going through our pictures for Sheri from A Novel Menagerie’s Beautiful Baby pet photo contest.  We have so many that it’s hard to decide what to submit.  She’s having consolation prizes for most humorous and best personality so I’m thinking of entering one of these, rather than the standard “beauty” shot.. tell me what you think:

Where is everybody? Who wants to play with me?

What's THIS? A new pet in the house?

Well, she smells pretty good. Maybe we can be friends.

As for reading, I’m about 2/3rds of the way through both U is for Undertow and American Rust.  I’m usually a one book at a time woman, but I’d left “U” in my car one night and didn’t feel like going out to get it, so I started American Rust and haven’t put it down since. Wish I had a team of people to raise my children, make my meals, do my laundry, clean my house, and shop for me so I could just read read read in my free time.  Wait..I need another me!  I need a wife!! Ha Ha.

What are you reading this weekend?  I hope you all have a wonderful day and a great week!  Thanks for stopping by Books On The Brain.

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Happy Birthday, Jazzy!

Our golden retriever Jasmine is 5 years old today, but here she is at 5 weeks old, on the day we met her. Happy birthday to our sweet puppy!

Connecting Through Words- Booking Through Thursday

Connecting Words November 19, 2007

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Okay, today’s question is going to be a little different. First, I’m posting it early because Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and I’m going to be busy making and eating turkey as I’m sure some of you will also be, so I want to give everyone time to play. And two, because I’m basically going to link you through to somebody else’s blog with a question that I thought was pretty interesting.

Joanna and Brad are asking about “connecting words,” and they don’t mean conjunctions like “and” or “but.” No, what they’re looking for are unique, or treasured words that we’ve found out and about in our daily travels, words that might not be common usage, or often heard, but which struck a chord for some reason.

This is unorthodox, of course, but here’s the thing: if you link back to Joanna’s post (which is where the rules are written), you’re eligible to win a prize. Not to mention joining in some great conversation about interesting words.

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I’m not sure I fully understand what this particular Booking through Thursday is about, but I’m going to give it a shot.

Every family has little things they say.  Private jokes and shared history work together to create a family’s verbal shorthand.  Using these words are a way we stay close, make memories, and connect on a level that isn’t shared with anyone outside of our little family circle.

Here is some of our verbal shorthand:

Comf in the cab –  From when my daughters went to camp this summer—it is short for ‘comfortable in the cabin’.  But now it describes being warm and cozy anywhere.

Hankerin’
  – When my husband wants pizza for dinner, he says “I’ve got a hankerin’”.  We think he’s weird.

The 3 C’s (casual, cute, comfy) –  My 10 yr old’s measure of an outfit’s worth, while we’re shopping or when she’s getting ready to go to school.  Does it have the 3 C’s?  If so, buy it (or wear it)!

“Wusty” – spoken in a baby voice when we see any golden retriever puppy (our first puppy, our first pet as a couple, was named Rusty).

“Hooked and cooked?”  Translation- Does everyone have their seatbelts on?

“Let’s go – Teeth, hair, Singulair” – My morning reminder for my kids to brush their teeth, brush their hair, and take their allergy medicine.

Does your family have it’s own verbal shorthand?  Do you feel it helps you to stay close?  I’d love to hear about it!


Happy Turkey Day to you and your family! 

Weekend Update-From Hamsters to Goldendoodles

On Friday afternoon, there was a mysterious odor in my house, near the bottom of the stairs. It was a smell I just could not identify. My first thought was, “What died?” I was desperate to find the source, opening closets, sniffing the garbage can and the garbage disposal, looking under the couch, going berserk trying to figure out what it was. Then I went upstairs, and wham! There it was again, only worse! The air was thick outside my daughter’s bedroom door. I peeked in, afraid of what I might find, and there, staring innocently back at me through the bars of his cage, was Teddy, L’s stinky new hamster.

L. turned 10 a couple of weeks ago (double digits!!) and Teddy was her birthday gift. I only agreed to Teddy after L. assured me she was responsible enough and old enough to completely care for him herself. The staff at Petco told us his cage would need to be cleaned once a week. Don’t believe it. Hamster cages, I’ve come to find out, reek after about 4 days. So our weekend started off on Friday after school with L. cleaning out the hamster cage. She took it out to the front porch and soon drew a crowd. Every kid in the neighborhood wanted to watch and help. What is so fascinating about cleaning out a hamster cage?

After cleaning the cage and airing out the house, the girls got on their bikes and cruised the neighborhood for a Girl Scout project: Scouting for Food. Boy and Girl Scouts collect canned goods for donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank. We have very generous neighbors, and the girls collected several bags. Dad worked late, but we hooked up with him later for dinner at Chili’s.

On Saturday, K’s Brownie troop came and kidnapped her at 6:45am for a Surprise Kidnap Breakfast at McDonald’s. Her troop leader and 3 of her Brownie friends crept into her room and woke her up. Her startled response was, “What the..??” They scooped her out of the house and took her away in her pajamas. L’s Girl Scout troop was up early too for a Veteran’s Day event. Together with local boy scouts, they went to the cemetery and placed flags on the graves of all the veterans. When they were done it was startling to see how many flags there were. SO many.

Later Saturday, the kids had tennis lessons, then we delivered the donated canned goods, and picked up our team’s soccer pictures. The group picture was good, but K. had her eyes shut in the individual picture. The package includes a big button that a proud soccer mom can wear to games, but it looked so silly with her eyes shut. K. said, “I can fix it!” She got out a Sharpie pen and put two little dots on the eyelids. Perfect!

K. was on FIRE at her soccer game-she had some really good plays, but alas, much to her frustration, she still has not scored a goal this year. There are still 2 more games to go before the regular season is over, unless they go to the playoffs. We’ll see what happens. In a way I hope they lose this week so they won’t go, because if they win it could be as much as an extra 6 weeks of soccer (two practices a week and games on the weekend). It would be nice to be done at the end of November instead of mid-January. And now I’ve probably jinxed it, too! After the game we went out to the local pizza place with my parents, where the guys could watch 6 different football games simultaneously. The kids and I couldn’t care less about football, so I gave them quarters for the game room, and off they went while I drank beer and laughed with my mom.

On Sunday morning we went to church. We try to go each week, but don’t always make it. We’ve been better lately. It’s strange how often the sermon is exactly what I need to hear on that particular day. This week it was on generosity and being rich. Funny, I don’t feel rich, but since I have fresh water pouring from my tap, a car to drive, and a roof over my head, I am rich compared to the majority of people in the world. It’s shocking, really, when you consider that Americans account for only 6% of the world’s population but consume 40% of the world’s resources. We are rich, and we need to share our wealth. A good and important message. Sunday afternoon was L.’s Girl Scout meeting, where the kids learned to make pumpkin bread for a cooking badge. Mmmmm, it made the house smell so good! Bring on Thanksgiving. L. had a friend sleep over that night. We made pasta and crusty bread for dinner. Friends stopped by to drop something off and stayed for an hour laughing and talking. The kids stayed up until midnight.

Monday: Veteran’s Day Holiday.. no school! Bob (my husband) is a veteran, but he had to work. L. wanted to spend her birthday money, so we went to Target, where she bought a really nice Polaroid digital camera on sale, along with a case, flash card, and extra batteries, and she still had money left over. She is so excited about her new camera, and I was glad she spent her money on one big thing, rather than waste it on a bunch of little things. The camera takes great pictures, clear and sharp, and also video clips, and you can play slide shows on the tv simply by plugging the camera in. Pretty cool. Then we were off to the mall to use our Too Bucks at Limited Too (I am such a sucker).

On the way out of the mall, we stopped at the pet store to peek at the puppies and saw THE most adorable animal I have ever laid eyes on. “What is that?” I asked. “That is a Goldendoodle”, the girl said. “Cute, huh?” Ummmmm, I thought, yes. Cute. The cutest dang dog I ever saw! “Are you familiar with this breed?” she asked. Nope. Not at all. “They don’t shed.” WHAT? That long haired furball doesn’t shed????? I must hold him! So we were off to the “getting to know you” room.. 3 little girls, me and a wiggly Goldendoodle, who we promptly named Noodle. My emotions were taking over as I imagined Noodle with our lonely golden retriever, Jasmine, playing and having fun all day long. My brain interfered.. “How much is he?” I asked as he licked my neck. “You can take him home today with a $50 deposit. We have a great payment plan.” My girls started frantically digging through their purses to see if they could come up with the deposit, as I asked again, “How much does he cost, all together?” “$1100.” Oh. I can explain away small impulsive purchases, like shoes. But an $1100. puppy? Buh-Bye Noodle!

Later we met up with friends from the soccer team to see “The Bee Movie”. The 10 and under crowd enjoyed it, but the moms fell asleep (all 3 of us).

How was your long weekend?

Dog Day Afternoon

What a gorgeous late September day we had here in Southern California. WAY too nice a day to spend inside, so instead we took the pooch, the kids, and the Chuck-it and headed over to Dog Beach, a 1 mile stretch of Huntington Beach dedicated to the pure pleasure of our 4 legged friends, and the only place in the OC where they can splash in the waves.

Wet Dog

Our pup went berserk as only a golden retriever can, sniffing the behinds of all her doggie friends, rolling in the sand, chasing the ball, shaking saltwater all over us. She was so ecstatically wiggly we couldn’t tell if the dog was wagging the tail or if the tail was wagging the dog. We all had a great time in the sunshine, and the pungent scent of Wet Dog filled our noses all the way home.

Wag the dog

I finished Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer today. I have a totally different impression now than I did at the outset of the book of Chris McCandless, the 24 yr. old college grad. who ventured into the Alaskan wilderness only to die of starvation 16 weeks later. I’ll write a review soon.