Archive for December, 2007

Living in a one-horse town

Most of the time I like living in a small town.  Really, I do.

Today is not one of those times.

Our post office was apparently only open from 8:30 to 10:30 this morning.  Not only did I have book orders to mail, but they’ve been holding our mail for the past week, and I’d dearly love to know what is sitting there waiting for me.

I was so annoyed that it was closed that I drove all the way home and was inside the house before I remembered that I wanted to go to the Pharmacy to get some Sudafed.

I hauled my cookies back out to the car and back downtown only to discover that the pharmacy was closed, too.

Moving on:

I can’t decide which of these two pictures I like better:



This is my adorable nephew Colin. We were watching Mark, Will, and Joe skate in Central Park.

Colin is such a sweetheart.  He’s sporting a hat that his Gramma Reed (my mom) knit for him.  He calls me Aunt Suzy and says “Suzy” in a way that I wish I could reproduce so you could understand just how cute it is coming out of his mouth.   He mimics everything.  If you ask him to say something, he’ll try.  It’s pretty funny to listen to him.  My boys didn’t talk as much (or as early).  He shares a nanny with a little girl that is 6 months older than he is, which I suspect has had an impact on his early language skills.  I wish he lived closer so I could spoil him more.  I will get to see him (and spoil him) again in another 6 or 8 weeks — after his little sister arrives!




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Trip report number 1

Our flight out of Newark was fine.  Our flight out of Minneapolis was 2 hours late, so we ended up with a 6 hour layover.  We could have rented a car and been home before our plane even left.  Oh well.  We made it.  The luggage made it.  The dog was happy to see us.  And it was nice to sleep in our own beds.

Unfortunately, I wound up with another cold, and  my head feels like it is going to explode again.  Flying with congestion is not recommended.

I’m not sure how many vacation pictures I’ll share, but I’ve started going through what we took and thought I’d share a few.  These will probably end up being completely out of order

Our list of Things We Really Wanted To Do in New York City included a trip to the Statue of Liberty.  We ended up doing that on Wednesday, which, ironically, was the day that had the worst weather.  We could barely see Manhattan from the Statue.  And it drizzled on us most of the day.

Couple of things I wasn’t expecting:  first off, technically Liberty Island is “in” New Jersey.  Second, she wasn’t nearly as big as I was expecting.  Don’t get me wrong:  she’s big, and she’s pretty amazing, but…not as big as I thought she was from seeing her in movies and in pictures.

We did get to go up into the pedestal (visitors are no longer allowed to go up into the Statue itself:  after 9/11 they started enforcing fire code, which would have made it nearly impossible for anyone to go up, so they just stopped letting people up at all.  Prior to 9/11, they would let something like 300 people up at a time, fire code would have limited it to 5 people an hour.)

It was still a pretty impressive view (even with the mist and fog) and they have a nice museum inside the pedestal.

One of the things you see is this replica of her face:


This is probably sacrilegious, but you do know what the next picture is, right?


I mean honestly, how can you expect two 8 year old boys NOT to put their heads up her nose?

I can’t remember how long we had to wait to actually get into the pedestal/museum.  It wasn’t so much the quantity of people as it was the security check.  We had had to go through security in order to get on the ferry, but this was an additional security check which included a machine that checked for explosives.

We did go to Ellis Island, but didn’t spend much time there.  The boys were completely uninterested, and we didn’t want to miss our assigned time for the trip to the Statue.

And even though the weather was a little bit yuck, we were glad we took the time to go see Lady Liberty.


More later, I have to go blow my nose.


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Quick update

We are waiting for the pizza delivery guy to bring our supper. My brother-in-law, nephew, boys, and I spent the day in the city at the Natural History Museum.  My husband took a trip to the doctor with my sister.  We were afraid he had strep throat, but it is apparently just a virus.  He was quite miserable yesterday, and I think he’s better today, but not by much.

Our plane trip was fine, but our luggage didn’t make it on the 2nd plane with us.  We arrived at about 4:30 PM on Monday, but didn’t get our bags until 12:30 PM on Tuesday.  Bummer.  At least we got them, right?

We are having a lovely time visiting, I just feel so horribly for my poor husband.  We’re hoping that he feels at least a little better tomorrow, as we are planning a trip to the Statue of Liberty.

I hope that all of you  are having a nice week, and I’ll babble at you again soon!


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December 20, 2007

December 21, 2007

The 20th says:

Just a few weeks ago, I wouldn’t have believed that I would have a picture of  my boys with their Smeigh cousins to put in my Christmas Journal.  David’s phone call telling us that he and his family were coming  — all the way from Tunisia! — to spend a few days at our house while they were in the States was a huge Surprise.  We had an awesome visit, and were so sad to see them leave.  Joe wants to go visit them in Tunisia next year.

The prompt for the 21st was to take a picture of your house right NOW — was it ready for the holidays??  Was it a mess?  Well, the pictures I managed to take that day all had to do with the family that was filling up my house, so that’s what I decided to go with for the day’s entry.

If you are interested in the credits for the digital elements, you can click on the picture(s), which will take you to Flickr, where you can view the entries larger, read the credits, and see past entries as well.

And with that, I really am signing off.  We were supposed to have visitors today, but with the weather, that didn’t work out:  which meant some unexpected time today to get a few of my journal entries caught up.  After this, though, I’ll be taking notes and pictures, but not doing the actual entires until my return.



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A funny

I was sending an e-mail to someone and just remembered this funny from this morning.

At some point, possibly after the Wii got opened, but maybe before (I can’t remember, it was such a blur…) Will said, in a very thoughtful tone:

“It doesn’t look like I’m going to get a plasma TV.”

Ya think?

Happy Holidays!


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It is still super, super windy here in Iowa.  We can’t even go south of our house, the road is drifted shut.  Mark is out plowing our driveway (for the…3rd? 4th? time today) in order to allow us to get out and make a trip to check on my Mom.   I’m not really sure how much snow we’ve actually gotten.   In some spots, you can see the layer of ice that was there before, in other places, the drifts are several feet high.

The wind was supposed to have died down earlier this afternoon, I just hope it gives up and quits overnight so that our flight isn’t delayed (or, heaven forbid…canceled….)

The following picture pretty much says it all as far as our Christmas celebration goes:


They started playing at 10 AM, and except for a few quick bathroom breaks didn’t stop until we made them come eat supper at 5:30 PM.   No lunch, no snacks, no quick drinks:  just uninterrupted Wii action, all day long.  I’m surprised they even stopped to visit the loo.  They know that being allowed to play all day long is pretty unusual….and I thought I’d say it out loud, lest any of my readers think we are horrible parents.  We decided that since we were going to be dragging them away from it right away, we’d let them get a bunch of play time in.  Of course, my sister has one too, and I suspect that they’ll be allowed to play hers a little bit, too.

I was excited to hear that the weather in Hoboken/New York City is supposed to be in the 40s/50s while we are there, which will be a welcome relief from our current weather situation.  Plus, some of the things we are planning to do are outside, so having decent weather will make everything much more pleasant.

I suspect that I will not be blogging much while we are gone.  Maybe a quick update once in awhile, but don’t expect much from me until I get back next weekend!

I hope that you are having a wonderful and happy holiday season.  Stay warm and safe!


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Faux Christmas Eve

Because of our impending trip to see my sister, we decided to e-mail Santa and ask if he could come a few days early. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize we’d be getting a snowstorm this evening when we made that request. He seems to think it won’t be a problem, though, so tomorrow morning Wii will have lots of Christmas news to report.

Mom seemed to be in pretty good spirits tonight when we took some supper over to her. I think she’s still in quite a bit of pain, though.

On our way over to her house, we had to stop at a friend’s house so that the boys could take care of their bird and fish. Would you believe that when I got out of the truck I fell? Good grief. Luckily I’m just sore and not actually hurt. Well, only my pride.
After we got home we watched The Polar Express and read Twas the Night Before Christmas.

I had to finish a top secret quilting project, but now I’m ready for bed.

Because, of course, Santa can’t come until we are all asleep, right?



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