charliesmum: (mandrake waaaa (by dahling icons))
Saturday we were supposed to go to the Phillies game, and it was rained out. Sunday we went to the zoo, and it was damp and gloomy the entire time we were there, and cleared up only after we'd gotten home.

Today is the "Bard Birthday Bash"* and I was hoping it could be on the patio of the Grooveground and it's bloody raining. And also Charlie is supposed to have his baseball photo taken today.

The weather gods hate me.








*And anyone who lives in or near my town please, please, please come! This is my baby and I'm terrified no one will show. Please? It is 7pm at the Grooveground on Haddon Avenue. We have crafts for kids and lots of seriously cool things to bid on. Please? Thank you. More pleading will be coming throughout the day.
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Saturday we were supposed to go to the Phillies game, and it was rained out. Sunday we went to the zoo, and it was damp and gloomy the entire time we were there, and cleared up only after we'd gotten home.

Today is the "Bard Birthday Bash"* and I was hoping it could be on the patio of the Grooveground and it's bloody raining. And also Charlie is supposed to have his baseball photo taken today.

The weather gods hate me.








*And anyone who lives in or near my town please, please, please come! This is my baby and I'm terrified no one will show. Please? It is 7pm at the Grooveground on Haddon Avenue. We have crafts for kids and lots of seriously cool things to bid on. Please? Thank you. More pleading will be coming throughout the day.
charliesmum: (blackadder blimey (by crossbow1))
It's snowing like mad here. Still. Charlie is very pleased. It does look very pretty. Especially since I've no place to go, like the song says. Got some fun movies on DVD lying around the house, good friends within walking distance, so it should be a fun day.

I've been working on my mystery story, going through it, finding the descripancies and so forth so I can start the second draft. It's not too bad, really, if I do say so myself. I think I have a pretty decent mystery going, and it isn't as incomprehensible as I feared it would be. So yay me.

Charlie's been playing with this key ring full of antique, or at least old, keys that we have. We have old doors, too, so he's having fun trying to find the key that fits the lock.

And now he wants me to come downstairs and look at the cat, or something, so I guess I'd better go.
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It's snowing like mad here. Still. Charlie is very pleased. It does look very pretty. Especially since I've no place to go, like the song says. Got some fun movies on DVD lying around the house, good friends within walking distance, so it should be a fun day.

I've been working on my mystery story, going through it, finding the descripancies and so forth so I can start the second draft. It's not too bad, really, if I do say so myself. I think I have a pretty decent mystery going, and it isn't as incomprehensible as I feared it would be. So yay me.

Charlie's been playing with this key ring full of antique, or at least old, keys that we have. We have old doors, too, so he's having fun trying to find the key that fits the lock.

And now he wants me to come downstairs and look at the cat, or something, so I guess I'd better go.
charliesmum: (Muppet News - This Just In)
Just want to add my good thoughts and hopes for safety to everyone in Louisiana area who are being threatened with Katrina*, especially [livejournal.com profile] aurictech who is actively involved in rescue missions and so forth. And I think [livejournal.com profile] deviantauthor lives around there too, so I hope she is okay. And all the people I don't know.

In less somber news, Charlie is now at my parent's house for the next few days, where he will be spoiled and taken to the boardwalk and the beach and the pool. My father was trying to think of movies starring Connie Stevens he could rent, since he thinks it is totally funny Charlie thinks she is 'cute'.

Speaking of stars from yesteryear that have recently become Charlie's new favorites, I actually spent money on a CD by Paul Williams. And it's rather fun to listen to, I must admit. I didn't know he'd written 'We've Only Just Begun', the wedding song of choice for many a couple in the early 70s. And he dedicated the album thusly: There are people who listen and people who wait to talk. This is dedicated to the listeners. Good old Age of Aquarius philosophy. Gotta love it.

I had a dream last night with Spike from Buffy in it. It was a good dream.

Right. Back to work, you.

*Which totally makes me think of that stupid song 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina and the Waves, leading me to wonder who will be the first to make a pun about that since it is a hurricane after all, and then questioning if that song and group could even be resurrected for an inappropriate pun 20 some odd years after it was a one hit wonder. Then I think that I really need to get a life.
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Just want to add my good thoughts and hopes for safety to everyone in Louisiana area who are being threatened with Katrina*, especially [livejournal.com profile] aurictech who is actively involved in rescue missions and so forth. And I think [livejournal.com profile] deviantauthor lives around there too, so I hope she is okay. And all the people I don't know.

In less somber news, Charlie is now at my parent's house for the next few days, where he will be spoiled and taken to the boardwalk and the beach and the pool. My father was trying to think of movies starring Connie Stevens he could rent, since he thinks it is totally funny Charlie thinks she is 'cute'.

Speaking of stars from yesteryear that have recently become Charlie's new favorites, I actually spent money on a CD by Paul Williams. And it's rather fun to listen to, I must admit. I didn't know he'd written 'We've Only Just Begun', the wedding song of choice for many a couple in the early 70s. And he dedicated the album thusly: There are people who listen and people who wait to talk. This is dedicated to the listeners. Good old Age of Aquarius philosophy. Gotta love it.

I had a dream last night with Spike from Buffy in it. It was a good dream.

Right. Back to work, you.

*Which totally makes me think of that stupid song 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina and the Waves, leading me to wonder who will be the first to make a pun about that since it is a hurricane after all, and then questioning if that song and group could even be resurrected for an inappropriate pun 20 some odd years after it was a one hit wonder. Then I think that I really need to get a life.
charliesmum: (curioussquid)
Went to visit the in-laws this Saturday, as MIL just had an operation to replace her knee and is in much pain. I brought along my, and this deserves quotes, 'knitting' to show MIL as she is an extraordinary knitter and I wanted her to see that I was taking up the hobby. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but in doing so I think I cheered her up quite a bit. She has 4 sons and 1 daughter and the daughter crochets, but doesn't knit, and I am the first DIL who expressed an interest. She made my husband go get this gi-mungous box full of knitting needles and gave me a bunch of them - I know have 2 sets of needles (one big, one small) in every conceivable size. She also showed me how to 'purl' and 'bind off', gave me a book of patterns she just got and claimed to not like, and a pattern she had written down to make slippers. Which I am now attempting.

I'm doing pretty well, knitting-wise, if I do say so myself, and it was a nice little bonding moment with my MIL. She told me 'always keep your needles point down in your bag or I'll...haunt you.' hee.

We are getting snow today. Well SNOW, really, as it is the kind of storm that makes the news shows send their weather people to stand out in the cold to talk about how much it is snowing. Currently the story is we will be getting something like six to twelve inches before it is through. If I knew how to post sound on this thing, I'd regale you all with Charlie singing this song called 'Snow Day' because it is adorable. The lyrics start out thus: Woke up, can't believe my eyeballs/outside, everything is white/inside, listen to the radio/we're gonna have a snowball fight/'Cause it's a SNOW DAY! It is seriously adorable, especially at the end when he sings about building a snowman - I think I'll name him Phil. Phil?

Speaking of cute, Charlie apparently had a flying dream the other night, and it must have been really vivid, because he's still talking about it. Flying dreams are cool. There's this bit in Neil Gamain's Sandman where this little girl asks Morpheus about flying dreams, and if it is something people knew how to do once but have forgotten, and he responds 'in dreams we sometimes remember, when we wake we always forget.'
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Went to visit the in-laws this Saturday, as MIL just had an operation to replace her knee and is in much pain. I brought along my, and this deserves quotes, 'knitting' to show MIL as she is an extraordinary knitter and I wanted her to see that I was taking up the hobby. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but in doing so I think I cheered her up quite a bit. She has 4 sons and 1 daughter and the daughter crochets, but doesn't knit, and I am the first DIL who expressed an interest. She made my husband go get this gi-mungous box full of knitting needles and gave me a bunch of them - I know have 2 sets of needles (one big, one small) in every conceivable size. She also showed me how to 'purl' and 'bind off', gave me a book of patterns she just got and claimed to not like, and a pattern she had written down to make slippers. Which I am now attempting.

I'm doing pretty well, knitting-wise, if I do say so myself, and it was a nice little bonding moment with my MIL. She told me 'always keep your needles point down in your bag or I'll...haunt you.' hee.

We are getting snow today. Well SNOW, really, as it is the kind of storm that makes the news shows send their weather people to stand out in the cold to talk about how much it is snowing. Currently the story is we will be getting something like six to twelve inches before it is through. If I knew how to post sound on this thing, I'd regale you all with Charlie singing this song called 'Snow Day' because it is adorable. The lyrics start out thus: Woke up, can't believe my eyeballs/outside, everything is white/inside, listen to the radio/we're gonna have a snowball fight/'Cause it's a SNOW DAY! It is seriously adorable, especially at the end when he sings about building a snowman - I think I'll name him Phil. Phil?

Speaking of cute, Charlie apparently had a flying dream the other night, and it must have been really vivid, because he's still talking about it. Flying dreams are cool. There's this bit in Neil Gamain's Sandman where this little girl asks Morpheus about flying dreams, and if it is something people knew how to do once but have forgotten, and he responds 'in dreams we sometimes remember, when we wake we always forget.'
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The title is a direct quote from Charlie. Not sure if it is 12 inches, as I havn't measured, but I told him it was supposed to be, and it certainly looks like it, so I'll go with it. Started snowing around 10am yesterday and stopped around 7:30 last night, with some intermittent snow showers throughout the night. We're luckier than New England, it seems, our roads are already clear and the news channels are hopefully back to taking about things less obvious and more important, like the fact Johnny Carson died.

Yesterday Charlie's friend, his parents and a friend of theirs came over to spend the day with us as it snowed. (they live just down the street.) Charlie was happy to see D. again, and they proceeded to make the kind of noise 2 little boys do when they are stuck inside and they like playing together. We grown ups had some wine and played the Trival Persuit Pop Culture game, and had a nice time. My husband was feeling domestic for some reason, and he baked cookies. Later we went to their house as M.was making Chili. I'm not a Chili fan, but she makes a good Chili. We then watched The Village, which was a mistake. Not a good movie, but we all had a laugh, and that was worth it.

Today the sun came out, for all that it was bitterly cold, and we all went sledding. Or sledging, if you prefer. I took pictures. It was cold but fun. Charlie's enjoyment stopped though, when the strong wind took his sled (which is this inflatible thing) out of his hand and tossed it into the street. Fortunately J. Devon's other mom,was quick on the draw and was able to get it before it got run over by a car. That dampened Charlie's fun a bit.

Oh - Charlie was also adorable 'helping' Daddy dig out the driveway. He didn't have a shovel of his own so he just used his hands, digging much like a dog would. He called it 'dig-dugging'.

So it was a nice weekend, the weather doesn't look like it will interfere with work or school tomorrow, and that's nice. Go Eagles.
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The title is a direct quote from Charlie. Not sure if it is 12 inches, as I havn't measured, but I told him it was supposed to be, and it certainly looks like it, so I'll go with it. Started snowing around 10am yesterday and stopped around 7:30 last night, with some intermittent snow showers throughout the night. We're luckier than New England, it seems, our roads are already clear and the news channels are hopefully back to taking about things less obvious and more important, like the fact Johnny Carson died.

Yesterday Charlie's friend, his parents and a friend of theirs came over to spend the day with us as it snowed. (they live just down the street.) Charlie was happy to see D. again, and they proceeded to make the kind of noise 2 little boys do when they are stuck inside and they like playing together. We grown ups had some wine and played the Trival Persuit Pop Culture game, and had a nice time. My husband was feeling domestic for some reason, and he baked cookies. Later we went to their house as M.was making Chili. I'm not a Chili fan, but she makes a good Chili. We then watched The Village, which was a mistake. Not a good movie, but we all had a laugh, and that was worth it.

Today the sun came out, for all that it was bitterly cold, and we all went sledding. Or sledging, if you prefer. I took pictures. It was cold but fun. Charlie's enjoyment stopped though, when the strong wind took his sled (which is this inflatible thing) out of his hand and tossed it into the street. Fortunately J. Devon's other mom,was quick on the draw and was able to get it before it got run over by a car. That dampened Charlie's fun a bit.

Oh - Charlie was also adorable 'helping' Daddy dig out the driveway. He didn't have a shovel of his own so he just used his hands, digging much like a dog would. He called it 'dig-dugging'.

So it was a nice weekend, the weather doesn't look like it will interfere with work or school tomorrow, and that's nice. Go Eagles.
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We're supposed to be getting The Big Snowstorm starting sometime this morning. Unfortunately I really needed to go to the grocery store last night, having run out of things that I really needed, so I was forced to endure the hordes of people who, when told of snow, have the irresistable need to go buy loaves of bread, eggs and milk based on some collective memory, I suppose, of not being to get out of one's house during the winter months, or something. It's amusing, really. The bread shelves were empty and it took me over 1/2 to get deli food.

We live in an old house with hardwood floors, and not being the world's greatest housekeeper by any stretch of the imagination, I probably don't care for the floors as well as I should. Last night I was running around in my socks getting Charlie ready for bed and somehome managed to get a 3 inch splinter of oak in my foot. Seriously. It was huge. It took my husband, bless his soul, a really long time to pull the thing out. It bloody hurt. Now my foot is all sore. Whine whine.

[livejournal.com profile] junediamanti had a neat meme thing on her lj - recommend 10 books and say why. Kind of like [livejournal.com profile] bookyoucrew without the pretentious snobbery and snide remarks. Books I'd recommend )
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We're supposed to be getting The Big Snowstorm starting sometime this morning. Unfortunately I really needed to go to the grocery store last night, having run out of things that I really needed, so I was forced to endure the hordes of people who, when told of snow, have the irresistable need to go buy loaves of bread, eggs and milk based on some collective memory, I suppose, of not being to get out of one's house during the winter months, or something. It's amusing, really. The bread shelves were empty and it took me over 1/2 to get deli food.

We live in an old house with hardwood floors, and not being the world's greatest housekeeper by any stretch of the imagination, I probably don't care for the floors as well as I should. Last night I was running around in my socks getting Charlie ready for bed and somehome managed to get a 3 inch splinter of oak in my foot. Seriously. It was huge. It took my husband, bless his soul, a really long time to pull the thing out. It bloody hurt. Now my foot is all sore. Whine whine.

[livejournal.com profile] junediamanti had a neat meme thing on her lj - recommend 10 books and say why. Kind of like [livejournal.com profile] bookyoucrew without the pretentious snobbery and snide remarks. Books I'd recommend )
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It's always my inner child that gets the first word when it starts to snow. She jumps around gleefully, hoping it will snow so much that all normal life will be suspended and instead of going to school she'll be playing outside, making futile attempts at a snowman and building a fort that, in her imagination looks much like the igloo she made out of sugar cubes for a school project but in reality is just a hollow of snow that falls in the second a body gets too close.

Then of course my grown up looks out the window, frowns at the thought of having to stand outside in the cold scraping the snow from the car and worrying about how bad the traffic will be on the way home.

Then the mommy in me smiles at the thought of how happy the snow will make Charlie, since he's been wanting snow since the first offical day of winter. She pictures taking him to a hill so he could try out his new sled, and this image helps reconcile the inner child with the inner grown up and we all take a moment to smile at the snow.
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It's always my inner child that gets the first word when it starts to snow. She jumps around gleefully, hoping it will snow so much that all normal life will be suspended and instead of going to school she'll be playing outside, making futile attempts at a snowman and building a fort that, in her imagination looks much like the igloo she made out of sugar cubes for a school project but in reality is just a hollow of snow that falls in the second a body gets too close.

Then of course my grown up looks out the window, frowns at the thought of having to stand outside in the cold scraping the snow from the car and worrying about how bad the traffic will be on the way home.

Then the mommy in me smiles at the thought of how happy the snow will make Charlie, since he's been wanting snow since the first offical day of winter. She pictures taking him to a hill so he could try out his new sled, and this image helps reconcile the inner child with the inner grown up and we all take a moment to smile at the snow.

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