1. If you want to get your haircut and you find a haircut place you like, go in. If the only lady available to cut your hair has a blue mullet (well, at least, the top was blue), walk out. I mean, unless you like blue mullets. I’m still recovering from my Extreme Hair Catastrophe from 3 weeks ago. Just…walk…..out. Ugh.
2. It IS possible to go to the elementary school’s open house until 8pm and then throw your luggage in the car and drive for 4 hours to stay in a hotel for 5 hours to catch a plane that you may or may not be on. When you don’t get on the plane, use the next 5 hours before the next flight to entertain your children with your Netflix account via free WIFI (courtesy of the gracious airport). Might I recommend the oldest possible episodes of both Batman and Scooby-Doo for your viewing pleasure?
3. When you go to New York City, because you’ve never been there before and your super nice relatives live there and want you to come for a visit, go ahead and walk over the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan. Don’t forget your coat (and scarf and gloves and portable heater) — it’s frosty cold in March. Also, when you see all those people walking from Manhattan towards Brooklyn with nice (and presumably hot) beverages in their Starbucks cups, hold your drool. Finding the nearby Starbucks will be something of a trick. And you DO NOT KNOW THIS TRICK. The Starbucks is located another block past the subway station that will help you back to Brooklyn. Heed my words with hindsight, friends.
4. When you meet a brilliant up-and-coming choreographer, hug her! She’s your sister-in-law! (Hi, E!)
5. Take lots of pictures. Even if you feel stupid. Take them. And use more light next time. Ugh.
6. Eggs, bacon, sausage and blueberry pancakes make for a warm, tasty, cozy family breakfast.
7. Tea drunk from the following cup will always taste like roses to me (this doesn’t make sense to anyone but me).
8. This is now my favoritest sign of all time found in New York City:
9. I’ve been using Facebook primarily as a dumping place for my really nice pictures. I’m thinking of shutting down my Facebook page completely and investing in flickr instead. Not sure about that. Thoughts?
10. Obtain a really nice video camera/camcorder while the kids are still little. Our camcorder broke when Luke was about a year old and we finally replaced it this month. All those delightful moments — LOST! Well, ok, it’s not that bad — our kids are still fairly young, but we missed almost 4 years of pweshus footage (or blackmail towards the future significant others)!!
11. Always include photos in your blog posts. (And not ones of your odometer. Ahem.)
and of course, this:
Yeah, you could say that we’ve been travelin’……
Here’s the official update….
I did NOT have my camera with me at 76,543. I do know that I was driving on a major highway, so snapping the picture might have been slightly dangerous. But as you know, I laugh at danger. Still, I did not have the camera with me. I also did not have my camera with me at 76,667 or at 76,676. I guess I’ll have to wait for 87,654. I know you are all waiting patiently. You are nice cyber-friends.
Or “Odometerness” of Being Me.
It’s time for an odometer update (See here and here for the scoop). Right now, this very minute, my van odometer is sitting at 76,516. In approximately 27 miles, I will be at 76,543. I am fairly confident this will happen today, because I will drive a lot today. Will I have my camera with me in the car? Will I be at a stoplight or parked in a parking space or flying down the highway unable to take a picture? When, oh when, will this momentous event occur?
No one knows. Stay tuned for further updates.
[This is where I frustratingly drone on and on about why it has taken me such a long time to post anything and especially pictures because my computer is masquerading as a very large paperweight. There are no internet vibes going to it. Nada. If you are reading this, that means that my personal network administrator has finally fixed my internet problem (He did, “Yay, him!!”) and I have posted this blog post along with the required pictures. I would never post a post like this without pictures. I promise!]
For Mark’s birthday a few weeks ago, I decided to be a good little wifey and make him a carrot cake from scratch. Because, you know…I had nothing better to do. HA! He loves carrot cake (which I don’t get because…hello? Vegetables in cake? None for me, thanks!) Anyway, I gathered the ingredients for the cake. I began mixing things together when I realized that the dry ingredient mixture didn’t smell right. I wasn’t sure what the deal was until I got a closer look at a pertinent ingredient. Notice anything non-tasty about this picture?
Oh yes, I did. Luckily, I caught it before I mixed in the wet ingredients. And the finished product tasted like….well, carrot cake! Instead of chili. Yay. It was a much happier birthday after that!
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