Friday, June 29, 2007
I am headed up to Northern Virginia tomorrow to hang out with my friend Soo. Her birthday is Tuesday, so we'll hit the spa with a bottle of wine at 11 tomorrow morning and go to dinner later all refreshed and relaxed! I see Meredith and Kerry for lunch and dinner (respectively!) on Sunday. I guess it's sayonara to the diet this weekend!
So, I'm off. If you need a little boost, click here for a guaranteed mood-lifter. Have a great one everybody!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
As you can see (in the above picture on the dock), Liz had NO PROBLEMS playing the role of Mary Ann!
The Gilligan's Island weekend with Scott & gang was quite successful. Everyone was able to make it, the weather was beautiful, and we didn't get arrested. I did get a bit sunburned, but we were still able to make it out to dinner in DC after Annapolis at a restaurant called Rosa Mexicano. The Pomegranate Margaritas were incredible.Captain Scott was a great sport and navigated beautifully. Because the water was so glassy going out to St. Michaels, Bill, Art and Liz had, well, new hair styles. (OK, OK, I did too, but there's a benefit to being the photographer!)
I spent last weekend at my friend Gita's house with my girls Andrea and Mary Brown. Andrea drove down from Pittsburgh with the kids. We had a beautiful lazy weekend of drinking wine and catching bugs.
To be honest, I've never caught bugs while drinking wine before. Click here to see a detailed description of why bugs are so fascinating. Gita and Matt are sure to be approached at their next Homeowners Association meeting.
We arrived Friday night and made the instant decision to hit Krispy Kreme the next morning. Brave, brave Mommies. The kids were great, though.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
So here goes. Last night I actually EXPERIENCED a scene from Crocodile Dundee. Let me tell you, it was no less amusing the second time around!
None of the kids had homework, but the twins are “graduating” from Pinchbeck Elementary on Thursday, and they don’t have shoes to wear with their dresses. I said I would take them to Payless to pick up something. Next thing you know, there are 5 Lual girls and me in my little Toyota Matrix heading over to Regency Mall. (I know, I know, that’s not quite enough seat belts, but it was hard enough to leave the two littlest boys at home crying because they wanted to come too!)
Now the reason this story is so cute is because this is the first time they have ever been to a Mall. EVER. Can you imagine? It’s a little hard to picture that a 15 year old, a 14 year old, twin 11 year olds, and a 7 year old who have lived in the US for 3 years have never been to a mall. I’m sure some of you have already guessed which scene was reenacted by now…
That’s right - the escalator. I spent almost a half hour watching them go up and down the escalators. They had never been on one! They looked just like Mick Dundee as he comes off the plane and stands at the top of the escalator in the airport. Do you remember? He looks at the steps, steps back, looks around, and then finally sort of “hops” onto that first step … then he’s about a third of the way down before he starts to smile at his achievement.
Can you imagine? Dangling your foot… one goes by “… maybe the next one … no, that was too fast! And what’s with the moving handrail?” …the adrenaline induced by the constant fear that another shopper or – God forbid, one of your sisters! – is coming up behind you! It was marvelous to watch. The oldest girl wanted no part of it so after one round-trip, she hung out with me upstairs overlooking the chaos below. Predictably, about 5 minutes into it, they came up with the idea of going up the down escalator and down the up escalator. That revelation was funny to see, as well. It was a good night.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
It reminds me of an old SNL skit. Do you remember the one with Gilda Radner and her husband (Dudley Moore)? They are advertising this vacation package where you don't actually have to go anywhere; you just get in an elevator and press the button. On one floor, Dan Ackroyd hunting bears in Canada or something, then the next floor they are on some exotic vacation beach, etc.
That's what "Next Blog" seems like to me... like I'm leaping all over the globe and landing in the computer of someone I've never met - probably will never meet - and getting to learn about stuff that was important enough to those guys to put post it on the Internet.
Pretty neat stuff.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
I'm not sure how strong this particular rant will be, because the only reason I signed up for this account is to comment on my friend Susan's blog ... OK, I got something.
Aunt Crazy, what did you do at work today, you ask?
Well, I'll tell you. I took a defensive driving test online. Now let's just - for a moment - ignore the fact that the whole IDEA of taking any kind of driver test online only is RIDICULOUS. I'm more furious about the fact that I am a Senior Tax Technologies Analyst working for the Electric Company. They would NEVER let me operate a vehicle! And in the two years I've been with this company, I've NEVER driven so much as a rental car! I even take the bus or my bike to work.
So out goes 32:05 minutes of my life that I will NEVER be able to get back again.