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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Happy New Year!

Got your resolutions all thought out yet? Need some help?

Your New Year's Resolutions

1) Get a pet frog

2) Eat less tofu

3) Travel to Spain

4) Study Japanese pop culture

5) Get in shape with stripping classes

I used the resolution generator last year and it worked out pretty well. So this sounds pretty do-able...

1) Get a pet frog? Well, okay. Can he live in the fish tank?

2) Eat less tofu? No problemmo - I hate the stuff. Blech.

3) Travelling to Spain sounds way cool! Y yo hablo un poco espanol. Esta bien!

4) Study Japanese pop culture... It's already happening around here, kids. The girls are totally into anime. Naruto is all the rage.

5) Uh... they have classes for that? Well, at least WxMan would be a happy camper.

Anyhoo, Happy New Year to you! May 2007 only bring good things your way.

Friday, December 29, 2006

It's the last one...

The last Friday of 2006. This is it! The final Brain Bender before 2007.

Ready to play?


What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same eight letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

The yacht captain had to wait for the sky to __________ before he could begin __________ his ship.


Oh! I wanna go! A midnight cruise sounds like a fabulous way to ring in the New Year, don't you think??

Anyway, like always the answers will be found in the comments later. See you then!

Vacation... finally feels like one.

No big plans for the weekend, just maybe a teeny get together with friends.

No big productions to oversee.

No grand tasks looming overhead.

Just some household puttering to do... Laundry and the like.


And this morning I finally go to indulge in a gift given to me weeks ago that I had as yet felt too much guilt about having other things to do to spend the time. Ah... the joys of a really good book while nestled all cozy on a cold morning in a comfortable chair with hot tea and pajamas. Thanks, Roses!

So now begins the rest of the vacation. I can't wait...

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Oooooh - I like it!

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Exalted Highness Duchess Richmond the Charitable of Lardle St Earache
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

That kicks the crap out of "Queen of All Gross Things" which was my old title.

This one is MUCH better. Thanks Harvey!

Remember Spicoli??

That's what *I* did reading today's Brain Bender... (That's what letters spelled out to me at first glance, anyway.)

Ready to play?


Fill in the blanks to complete the word below.

S _ P _ _ C _ L _ O U _ _ Y


I have to go play "Shout at the Devil" now - Sporta and I are facing off on Guitar Hero 2. I am going to kick her patootie! I have history with Mötley Crüe that she can't come close too...

Heh. Mom used to rock.

Anyway, like always, the answer will be found later in the comments. See you then!!

Awake... 4:03 am.

No good reason. Eyes wide open.


Only the alarm was set to go off in 12 more minutes - and I wanted my freekin' 12 minutes.

So I layed there... Eyes closed. Twelve minutes. Waiting on the alarm...

Silly of me, wasn't it?

Stupid internal clocks...

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Heh... Guess what I bought today...

You know it - another handy dandy discount MENSA Calendar!

Now I feel all ready to ring in 2007! Okay, well maybe not ready ready, but that's one more thing I can mark of my list.

Heaven forbid I don't have the means to help you waste time at work exercise those braincells, right?

Ready to play?


Which of the foods listed below is least like the others and why?

(hint: The "official" answer has nothing to do with growing above or below ground. Though I would have thought that *that* was the most logical answer... Shows what I know, huh?)


Anyhoo, the answer will be found later in the comments.

I am off to finish addressing the Christmas cards... Yes I know. Late, late, late... But it's still the holiday season, right? And it's the thought that counts.

That's what I keep telling myself, anyway...

Update: Smart people read my blog... Oddybobo got the "official" answer but good (and in my mind logical and correct) answers were provided by Tammi, Rachel, and Roses. Whoohoo!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Time to play some more...

The year is coming to an end - and the handy dandy discount MENSA calander is looking pretty thin. (I might should order a new on, eh?)

Anyway, ready to play??


How many common English words can you make from the letters below, using all six letters once in each word?

What are the words?



Well I'm off. And like always, the answers will be found later in the comments. See you then!

Christmas - the day after

And still we have lots to do.

I found out yesterday that the pretty pretty candlesticks that I sent to my sister-in-law all arrived broken. Ack! I just hate that. Me being me, though, I had also purchased a set of them for myself (because I liked them so much) so today I will be mailing them AGAIN.

More bubble wrap! Fragile - please throw underhand written everywhere. And I plan to insure the package. I'll show you USPS, by God... Making my SIL open broken presents. Shame on you...

Nothing was broken around here, yesterday. Well, except for crab legs. But they were more cracked and devoured than broken. Delish!

And I have to admit, for all of the ribbing I gave WxMan for wanting this game, "It's for the girls, honest!" it is really pretty freeking fun! I just can never ever ever physically see myself playing.


Who would have ever thought I would enjoy rocking out to "Shout at the Devil" with my kids?? At least they are getting a nice firm rock foundation built in early, with the classics no less... Heh.

Anyhoo, the good news today it that the odds of my hearing the girls say "Mom...... I"m bored..." are pretty much slim and none. Especially since I have my friend Roses boys here for the day.

It will be interesting, of that I am sure.

Party on!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Ho! Ho!! Ho!!!

Merry Christmas!! :-)

Whoohoo! We made it.

I was awakened at dark o'clock and informed that Santa had indeed made is annual trip to our house. Or as the youngest whispered...
Mommy - you were right! Santa came and knew just what to bring for us!! And you are getting up soon to see, right?? I am going back to play...
Oh, I love Christmas morning. I do.

Yesterday, the girls got to be Kings instead of Angels in the nativity play. You know, there is just something so inherently cute about watching a bunch of little kids dressed up and playing key biblical roles.

Here is a gratuitous picture of the girls as Kings - The spray paint and hot glued jewels worked out well! Though I will definitely have to correct the red-eye, ya think?

One little Sheppard had taken his duties of "watching over his flock" a bit too seriously. He had two beanie baby type sheep clutched by the neck that he would occasionally raise up for all to see... Heh.

Anyhoo, we are in for a quiet and very pleasant day here today. I feel so very blessed...

Merry Christmas!

I am going back to play...

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Got Carrots??

Note to self... Put carrots on the grocery list just in case it snows.

Good grief!

So, today we are in the throws of the last push toward Christmas Cheer. I have my last loaves of cinnamon struesel bread made, toffee ready to go, and we are working on the We Three Kings costumes for tomorrow.

Nothing says Christmas like standing in the garage armed with glitter glue and gold spray paint. Eh??

And yes, I'll take pictures.

Yesterday, I got to meet up with a few fine gentlemen for a brief respite from all of the holiday preparation. It's always interesting to catch a glimpse of the male psyche - especially when Contagion is the one doing the "show and tell." Good lord...

Thanks guys! The laughter was much needed.

Anyhoo, I'm off - back to the kitchen for me. One more batch of toffee to make, treats to deliver, one last foray to Toys R Us (God help me), and a grocery run.

T minus 18 hours until blissful Christmas relaxation, all tied up in a pretty bow. I am soooooooo looking forward to that....

Merry Christmas y'all!

What the....


I could have sworn I posted a little something this morning, but it's not here.


Just goes to show how scattered I am...

Thursday, December 21, 2006

What the heck... it with all of this math right before Christmas?!?!

Don't the freekin' MENSA people know my brain is only filled with "to do" lists, recipes, Christmas carols, and sugarplum goo??

Who can do the math at this stage of the game!

Oh yeah - you can. Ready to play???


Daniel is one-half his father's age. Ten years ago, Daniel was one-third his father's age. Twenty years form now he will be two-thirds his father's age.

How old are they now?


Bonus question: What did Daniel get his Dad for Christmas?? Hmmmm...???

Like always, the answers will be found in the comments later. See you then!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

It's Christmas, the Meme!

Which is kind of like "Jabba the Hut" or "Stevie the Hammer" only without the underlying hostility.

At least I don't think Contagion was being hostile when he tagged me with this... Generally, he is just terribly shy. Never hostile....

Well, almost never...

Anyhoo, here we go!

Christmas Meme

1.Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both! I am an equal opportunity wrapper.

2.Real tree or artificial? Artificial. My folks got an artificial tree once they realized they had been poisoning my little brother every Christmas. (He's very allergic to evergreen trees and would get sick as a dog every year over Christmas - go figure). So when it came time for me to get my own tree, going with an artificial tree was a no brainer.

3.When do you put up the tree? Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving.

4.When do you take the tree down? Generally the first weekend in January, or whenever WxMan feels like helping me do it.

5.Do you like eggnog? No. It's just too...uh...creamy...and...uh...eggy. And something else I can't quite put my finger on... Yuck. Besides there's lots of other yummy cocktails to have that are not eggy....

6.Favorite gift you received as a child? This is a really tough question. I'll have to grind on it for a while...

7.Do you have a nativity scene? Yup. It was given to WxMan and I by his grandmother after we were married. She had purchased it when WxMan was three. I love the history...

8.Hardest person to buy for? All of our parents. They already have everything!

9.Easiest person to buy for? My nephew and WxMan and the Girls. All they are interested in are toys...

10.Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. I am trying to get ours done in fact.

11.Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Again, this is a really tough one!

12.Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life.

13.When do you start shopping? I am always on the look out for things that people I love will love, but I do the bulk of my shopping in December just like everybody...

14.Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? More likely than not...

15.Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I love the toffee my mom and I make...

16.Clear lights or colored on the tree? We are a house divided. I like multi-colored lights and WxMan prefers to have clear lights (or just one color). Since my preference was followed for our last tree and what not, I think we will have clear lights next year.

17.Favorite Christmas song? Holly Jolly Christmas - I just love that one...

18.Travel at Christmas or stay home? We have not travelled at Christmas for years. I like staying home.

19.Can you name all of Santa’s Reindeer? Of course! Even Olive, the Other Reindeer!

20.Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel all the way....

21.Open the presents on Christmas eve or morning? Christmas Morning.

22.Most annoying thing about this time of year? Trying to get everything done.

23.Do you have Jebus in your heart this Christmas? Who?? Oh. Well of course! He is the "reason for the season" after all. And he is on top of my piano too!

24.What would you like for Christmas? More patience and more peace. But I don't think I will be getting much of either until after the girls go to college. ;-)

Alrighty then! Now, who to tag... Hmmmmm.....

Well, I'll tag Oddybobo to help her pass the time until Christmas Day.

Roses because I owe her a tag or two.

Freddie for the same reason...

And just for fun and further male perspective I'll tag Harvey. He's always got a few bad examples for us...

Merry Christmas!!

Odd man out... the handy dandy title to today's handy dandy discount MENSA calendar Brain Bender.

Ready to play?


Which of these three digit combinations below is least like the others?
  • 639
  • 439
  • 216
  • 997


Just for the record, I have no idea.... I'm off to make toffee.... And wrap gifts... And... Uh... More stuff like that.....

And like always the answer will be found in the comments later. See you then!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Backwards and forwards...

Yes, I *am* running today, and making about that much progress too...

It's funny how the Brain Bender seems to echo my life sometimes. Ready to play??


A palindrome is a word, sentence or group of words that reads the same backward or forward.

What the soldier said when he informed the general of their triumph.

N_ _, _ _ _, _ W_ _ * _ _ * _ _N!

(Ignore the * - they are for spacing purposes only....)

Hmmmm.... Wonder if we will ever see that said on the evening news.

Okay, back to the salt mines for me. Like always, the answer will be found in the comments later!

Update: Today's official Smartypants is my Mom, Grandy!


Monday, December 18, 2006

Going postal...

And I hear it's the busiest day of the year.

That's not even all of it.

I may be a while...


That's today's Brain Bender, anyway. Ready to play??


Find the word that fits the definitions below when it's 1) a whole word and 2) divided into two words.

1) Whole word: make better

2) Two words:
a. mischievous elf
b. wander


Okay, you know what to do. The answers will be found later in the comments.

Me? I am off to stand in line for an indeterminate amount of time at the post office.... Gah....

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Needing some holiday spirit???

Yeah, we are getting there....

Where's the tree??

Today's the day, my friends.

Today's the day...

Friday, December 15, 2006

Fun for Friday!

Ready to kick off the weekend with Friday's Brain Bender?


What one three letter word can be placed in the blanks below to make three different words?
  • ______ LASS
  • ______ THROAT
  • ______ LET


It's Friday... It's Friday... Whoohoo! And like always the answers will be found later in the comments. See you then!

Well, that's one way to keep warm...

Naturally, all of our snow is gone now.


It almost looks like springtime around here, complete with all of the mud.

Ah well, such is the way of things, I guess. Though snow on Christmas Eve would be nice if I get to make a request...

Who do you suppose I should ask??

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Note to self...

Sometimes it's a good idea to just keep your mouth shut. Eh?

Going to be a busy day...

So I am going to have to post the Brain Bender waaaaay early.

Had your coffee? Good.


What two words, formed from different arrangements of the same six letters, can be used to complete the sentence below?

The ________ used for the garment was the same deep green as a ________.


Hmmmmm... Interesting. I don't know if that would be a pretty color or not!

Anyway, like always the answer will be found in the comments later. See you then!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

6 Weird Things (a meme)

Ages ago, my friend Roses at Ack Thbbbt tagged me with this meme and I never got around to it... (Sorry Roses!)

Then the other day, another friend Freddie over and Warts and All tagged me with the same meme, so I guess it's time to pony up some of my weirdness.

Oh! And just in case this seems like deja vu, I was tagged with this same meme about a year ago and I am reposting my first five weird habits.

Hey, I tried to come up with all new weirdness but I guess I am just not *that* weird. (Though I am sure that others would disagree...)

Okay, let's bring on the weird!

1. I wave at cows.

If I am driving along and go past a field of cows doing what cows do (grazing, standing around, laying down, whatever) I'll more likely than not wave at them. Don't know why. None have ever waved back. It just seems friendly, I guess.

2. I avoid dark uncovered windows.

Almost pathologically -- it is a great internal struggle just to get close enough to one to draw the curtains even though I *know* that it's no big deal. Scares the crap outta me because all I can think of is how terrible it would be if the psychokiller (that is surely right out side watching) came crashing through the window to get me. Paranoid? Me? Nah....

3. I talk to my dogs (and other pets too, I guess) conversationally all the time.

I even ask them questions and talk to them about their answers. A couple of years ago I walked into the house and started asking the doggies about how their day had been and what was going on only to turn the corner and see my father in law sitting on the couch looking at me like I was nuts. I 'spoze it's possible that I am, but hey! Taylor and Buddy like me!

4. I turn on (and leave on) lights in rooms that I have no plans to be in.

I hate walking into a darkened room, so when it starts getting dark I will go around and turn on a small light in most rooms of the house. Just in case. It used to drive my husband crazy (probably still does) as he was forever trailing behind me turning off lights which in turn irritated me since I had to turn the darn things back on again. We seem to have come to a truce (meaning he gave up and I got my way). What can I say? I like to be greeted with a warm happy glow.

5. I have a habit of making up words to better convey (at least in my mind) what I am meaning.

For example: CrapapottamusRex! or Schmugly or Grotokomous. Though I have discovered that I am not alone in this. Lileks created "craptacular" which I love and Og the Neanderpundit gave us verfuckled. Another word that rolls off the tongue nicely. Sometimes you just need a new word....

6. I put ketchup on my tacos.

There - my shameful secret is out for the world to see. So sue me! They taste better that way! And that's why I love eating at Taco John's when we have tacos. See, they serve potato oles and therefore have ketchup right in the store for me. Delish!

Welcome to my weirdness!

I am not going to tag anyone, so rest easy. And consider making a craptacular taco better with ketchup!!

Presents to wrap...

Brains to bend...

There just isn't enough time in the day, I'm telling you!



1) Change one letter in a word that means "hue" to find a word that means "grief."

2) Change one letter in a word for someone who nags to find a type of floor cover.


Well, that seems pretty straight forward. I am off to get some packages wrapped and errands run.

The answer, like always will be found in the comments later. See you then!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Atlantic City here I come!

Okay, so not really... Though it does have a bit of appeal.

That's just the destination of the folks from today's Brain Bender. Ready to play??


The local travel agency held a contest. The person who came the closest to guessing the correct number of shells in a big jar would win a weekend in Atlantic City. Nancy guessed 71, Bob guessed 68, Carol guessed 69, Don guessed 75, Ellen guessed 67 and Paul guessed 70.

One was correct, two were off by 1, one was off by 2, one was off by 5, and one was off by 3.

How many shells were in the jar?


Whoohoo! I hope that whoever wins is generous with the others, they were all very close! And like always, the answer will appear later in the comments.

Quiz fun!

Gold is a good color for the season, at least...

What Color is Your Brain?


At work or in school: I like set routines and organized ways of doing thingsl rules and directions are a great help to me. I prefer to stay on one topic at a time. I need to know what is expected of me, and I always want to know if I am on the right track. I like subjects that are useful and traditional, such as business, accounting, history and government.
With friends: I prefer people who are careful with their money and who make plans ahead of time. I like my friends to be loyal, dependable and on time. I am serious about love and show it in many practical ways.
With family: I like stability and security and enjoy traditions and frequent celebrations. I like to spend holidays with family members, and I plan ahead for such gatherings.
Take this quiz!

Pretty accurate, actually. Though I cannot wear the color yellow or Gold - it makes me look as though I am in the last stages of liver faliure, at best.

But gold is festive! And as I am enjoying an unsolicited day off today, my plan is to finish the holiday shopping and decorating and begin the baking and candy making portion of the season.


I hope to post some pictures later... Even in my decore lends itsself more to the silver and burgandy hues.

(Thanks to CalTechGirl for the blogfodder.)

Monday, December 11, 2006

Maybe it's because I have been shopping...

But this struck me funny as hell.

Luckily for WxMan, I have been buying my own presents *from him* for years... And it's always just what I wanted. Heh.

But a note to the fellas - chocolate and / or jewelry is always a good thing. (And it doesn't hurt quite so much to remove...)


...outta time. Holy Bejoly... Where did the month go??

14 days, people. 14 days left... Good grief!

Anyway, here is today's Brain Bender...


Which of the words below is least like the others?


I'm of to play in the swamp of retail madness (thankfully not for long) so y'all get along while I'm gone.

And like always, the answer will be found later in the comments!

Update: RSM from When the Smoke Clears is the official Smartypants (and resident overachiever). Whoohoo!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

One of those nights...

Where every dream I had was a bad one.

Not "chasing me with a knife / falling off a cliff" scary, but disturbing....

Finding a crazy guy in the house who just wanted to borrow a cup of sugar, and oh, didn't I have pretty daughters... Or discovering the room filled with quarter sized (and smaller) black widow spiders... Or looking for WxMan and never finding him...

Just odd. And disconcerting.

I think I'll have to make some candy today or something. Burn some sage. Get these demons gone.

It's supposed to be visions of sugarplums this time of year, right?

Gonna have to work on that...

Friday, December 08, 2006

One... Three... Twenty-nine...

The handy dandy MENSA folks are certainly into sequences this week.

Ready for Friday's Brain Bender??


Find the number that best completes the sequence below.

6 * 31 * 156 * ? * 3906


Beats the crap outta me... Seriously. But that's okay. I am channeling last nights infusion of Christmas cheer into decorating mode today. I'll post some pictures later...

And like always the answer will be found in the comments. See you then!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Christmas passed down...

The girls called me into the living room tonight...
"Mom!!! Mom!!! Your favorite Christmas show is on!!!! Come and see!!!
Oh yes, I do so love Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Rudolph too... And Frosty, and The land of Misfit toys, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a Charlie Brown Christmas... all of the old classics.

Yes, the animation is jerky and strange compared to the animation of today - but still. It's like a big pan of macaroni-n-cheese or mashed potatoes and gravy.

The basics, especially when done well, are the very best...

And *I* believe in Santa. More than that...

I love him, actually.

Always have, always will... (The Burgermeister Meisterburger can kiss my ass...)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town.



Update: And they followed the show with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Somebody up there (or maybe just on the family channel) likes me... And wants me to take the night off apparently. Whoohoo!

Thursday fun...

Not for me, necessarily. I am off to scrub toilets and dance with the vacuum.

But you can play. Ready??


Following the pattern, fill in the missing number below.
  • November 8
  • June 4
  • August 6
  • September ?


Well, around here it is December 7th. And it's time to get to work. Like always, the answer will appear in the comments later. See you then!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Parental involvement encouraged....

Been there, done that, bought hell, this time I made the tee-shirt.


It's been one of those weeks. You know, the kind where you discover that... need to get the money sent in for the pom-pom thingy that your youngest wants to do, the eldest has a big social studies test to prepare for, your Hubby only gets one day off so getting any Christmas prep done with his involvement is limited to 2 hours one afternoon (maybe), gifts need to be purchased for the kids classroom parties this week, and oh! Do I need to send in something for the community gift basket for A's class? Better check on that... Holiday baking and prep? Holy Crap, it's the 6th already... Oh and you need to remember that you have that thing at the church next Wednesday - you said you'd send out an email reminder. Remember? No? Well, write it down. We are out of milk, and dog food, and laundry soap.... And did you get the load out of the washer last night? Better check, and throw in another load... And what the heck is for dinner? Did the snowpants get dry? She's going to need them tomorrow... What did I decide on for dinner? And I need to remember to pick up K's prescription today... Write it down...

In the middle of all of that (which I know all we mother's go through) you remember that your youngest has a presentation due this week. Today in fact. And on the bottom of the instruction sheet is this notation:

Parental involvement encouraged...

Not that we haven't known about it. And she has been preparing her information and studying all about Bengal Tigers for a month now.

Parental involvement encouraged...

Her Grandy helped her a bunch with the gathering of information and the printing of many, many tiger pictures. I have helped too, her sister created graphics on the computer for her to use. A three sided presentation board was purchased and put together.

We help out. That's what families do...

Parental involvement encouraged...

Right. And on a cognitive level I know that that little note is for the *suck* parents who do not help or care how their kids are doing in school. I know. It's not directed at me per se.

Parental involvement encouraged...

But the thing is, I never wanted to be one of those parents who do their kids work for them just so that they get a better grade. Or show up the other kids. Or look a lot smarter/more advanced than they are. I think that is detrimental to all persons involved.

Especially detrimental to the KID.

Parental involvement encouraged...

But here they are, practically telling me to cheat. Do it all for her. Make sure it looks professional and nice. Make sure that she performs from the script *I* prepare.

I don't like that.

Is it just me, or do you remember having to do your own work and presentations for school?? I don't ever remember seeing a note come home with an assignment saying parental involvement encouraged...

I do, however, remember resenting the kids whose parents would do the work for them.

You always knew who they were too... Pissed me off that the would get out of the work and get a better grade than me just because their mom (or dad) couldn't stand for their child not to be perceived as perfect.

Besides that, I am involved thankyouverymuch. I already got, hell, I frickin' wrote that memo.

Parental involvement encouraged...

No shit, Sherlock.

'Course maybe I am just tired. And grouchy. And overreacting a bit.

Parental involvement encouraged...


Yeah, I'm tired.

Update: In case you were curious, A. rocked the presentation. I knew she would... She learned her facts well. : )

Five are hiding...

In today's Brain Bender. Ready to play??


The names of five people are hidden in the sentence below. Can you find them? (The letters are in consecutive order.)

One illustration of an announcement can be traced to Roman times.


Hmmmm... An announcement like, "Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!" "Yo! Brutus!! My back hurts... What's up with that?"


Anyhoo, like always the answers will be found in the comments later. See you then!

Update: We had multiple Smartypants today! Teresa, Raging Mom, Rachel, and Tuning Spork all came up with some fabulous handles! Whoohoo!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Shop 'till you drop?

No, thanks.

I don't think I will... But I do have to get out there and join in the fray today. I've got WxMan with me in case it gets too rough...

And hey, at least I am not in the Brain Bender family... I wouldn't know who to shop for! Ready to play??


Julia has one less sister than she has brothers. Her brother Todd has one more sister than he has brothers. If Julia had one less sister, she would have twice as many brothers as sisters. How many boys and girls are in the family? (There are no more than eight.)


Good grief. And what the heck do you get them for Christmas?? If I see something cool I'll let you know... (Otherwise it's a feather tree for everyone! Won't that be festive???)

Anyhoo, like always the answer will be found later in the comments.

Update: Whoohoo! jvh is our Smartypants!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Double Trouble

The actual title of Monday's Brain Bender from the handy dandy discount MENSA calendar...

Ready to play?


Fill in each blank below with a word that fits the definition on the left when read normally and fits the definition on the right when read backwards.
  • To fight _______ Knocks
  • Frost ________ A ruler
  • Put forth ________ The fourth dimension


So, okay! You know what to do... The answers will be found later in the comments. See you then!

Update: Both Teresa from Technicalities and jvh from Showcase of a Shattered Mind are Smartypants. Whoohoo!

Opening Day on the Sledding Hill...

Oh yeah...

(For the record, K. and A. are leading the way going *up* the hill.)

And Mr. Bad Example made a request that I am happy to fulfill.
Richmond - if you get a chance, post pictures of that sledding hill.

People, let me tell ya, Richmond's town has one of THE best community sledding hills I've ever seen.
We do have a fabulous "official" sledding hill here in my town. It was an absolute selling point when we were "community shopping" before our move from Florida.

Though to be honest, I never envisioned it to be as great as it is...

The sledding hill was busy - but not too busy, which was nice...

The hill is steeper than it looks in the pictures, and has about a 200 yard run - complete with a little *BLIP* of a jump where you lose sight of your kid for a second when they go over the edge (and catch a little air, even) and then rocket into an adjoining field.

It's all sorts of fun.

So, if y'all find your way up in my neck of the woods, I'll make cocoa and we've got plenty of sleds!

Mother Nature and Gravity will take care of the rest...

Sunday, December 03, 2006


I just love that word...


It holds so much promise, doesn't it?


I have a crock pot full of yummy chili simmering right now, a view of winter wonderland out every window, clean sheets on the beds, clean kids to put to beds, WxMan on his way home (before dark even), a Christmas tree cheering the house, a glass of wine poured, and above all - another good day under my belt.


I like that word. A lot.

And I get to post fun sledding pictures tomorrow! A nice simmer after sledding makes it all worthwhile...

Here's hoping that your day held some simmer as well...

Update 7:05: And I make damn good chili... Good grief! Hormel's got nothin' on me. I should do that more often...

Friday, December 01, 2006

Winter Wonderland...

Oh yes it is...


And just the other day, this was all the snow we had...


The white is oh so much more festive, no?

Especially now that I am home... (It wasn't "festive" at all while I was driving to and from work.)

Hot chocolate is on the agenda next... And maybe a trip to the sledding hill...