Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
At least once a year I load the kids up and take them to a park that isn't oh so far away and take photos of them with this beautiful backdrop. The trees are perfect this week and while I would have preferred a little less sun, I like what I got. The above was one of my favorites with the colours of the trees and my son's kick ass hair, but I posted a couple below that I loved as well:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
It's pretty groovy to see this guitar because he's always playing it. I think it's from the 40s. It looks like it has a vegetable strainer on it. I think of that every time I see it so it's easy to pick out. It was beautiful:
He was a really nice guy. Very British, very soft spoken and a bit funny. He also has the smoothest hands ever and the smallest waist I've ever seen on a man. I wanted to make him something to eat. He looks like he could use it. He's the kinda guy you want to buy a beer for. Not because you want to get him drunk but because he looks like he could use the carbs.
Anyhoo, LOVE. HIM. Can't wait to see him again!
Brown Trout Blues:
Monday, October 25, 2010
Owen goes to two schools so that means two parties! I don't mind two parties. It's not like I have to make two costumes. He's a viking this year so I did make the big fur vest but I was able to buy the hat and pants. The only thing that sucks about the parties is that they're both on the same day. He's got one at 11 AM and one at 2 PM. Both involve Trick or Treating at the schools and one of them (the later) has a parade of costumes, which is very cool. Of course the second one is in a public school so it isn't called a Halloween party, it's called a Fall Festival Celebration. I've never understood why the public school system doesn't have the balls to call things what they are. I mean you get off for Yom Kippur but we can't have Christmas parties anymore. We have Holiday celebrations. Why don't we just call Yom Kippur, Atonement Day Celebration! It's really kinda stupid.
Anyhoo, so I've been super busy getting a ll this together. Owen is a viking and River is Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I haven't taken any great photos of them yet because I haven't had time. I will post them once I do. River looks hella cute and Owen looks like a friggen rockstar, as always. I'm glad we found a way to work his hair into a costume since it might be his last year with it.
I'm just happy that River can walk down the sidewalk in her ruby slippers this year!
Tonight also marks the first real babysitter for my kids. She comes highly recommended or she wouldn't be coming to hang out with my golden offspring. I bought Chris and I tickets to see Johnny Flynn! I love this guy! He's an Indie kinda folksie guy from London. He's the lead for Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit but I think he's just coming alone, which is fine. I'm pretty excited! I know only one other person that likes him like I do and have never heard anyone else speak of him, not even on the radio so I don't know what to expect. I feel like I'll be the only one there who knows who he is and the words to most of his songs. Also, his new album comes out tomorrow. I've never seen anyone tour before an album comes out. It will be weird to hear him play songs I don't know. I could have purchased the CD from Singapore but if I'd done that it probably still wouldn't be here. I also found it illegally but decided to jut wait.
Anyway, so excited!
This is his new song which is free on iTunes:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
When he walked in the door he had McDonald's in one hand (nothing for me) and the mail in the other. She sat down after offering me his Mc Chicken sandwich (I quilted him) and started going through the mail which was almost nothing but political ads. Our polls open tomorrow so everyone and their mother is whoring themselves out today. I get it.
However there was this one ad that stood out more than the rest. It was from a woman named Joanna Conti. She's a Democrat running for County Executive in my county. The ad was everything that is wrong with politics and it unnerves me that she sent the ad to me directly because I am a Democrat, thinking I was going to feed into this bullshit.
The front of the ad has a photo of a white woman (this is intentional) with her head resting on her hands and it says, "Would you want your daughter working for John Leopold?" Apparently he was accused of sexually harassing some women that worked for him. I don't know if he did it and NEITHER DOES SHE! On the back it says "County Executive John Leopold Demeans Women!" I had to laugh out loud at that one because demeaning women is exactly what this ad does. It's the equivalent of John McCain picking that Alaskan dipshit to be his running mate. She's trying to get the vagina vote just like he did. It was offensive then and it's offensive now.
So in the end her ad had the opposite effect in this house than was intended. It actually made a proud lifelong Democrat plan to go out of my way not to vote for her because if the night before I vote, all you've got going for you is what someone else was accused of, that ain't much. It's actually pretty pathetic.
I sent this letter directly to her campaign. "Be the light you want to see in the world." Or at least be better than this.
I have been a registered Democrat since I was 18 years old. I have lived in Maryland since moving from Tennessee in 1992. I have never voted for a Republican in my life. I'm your shoe in. I'm the person who will vote for you because who you're running against is not only never good enough but pushes women, minorities and almost everyone else back decades and only because they aren't white men. I thought I'd send you an email after getting your ad tonight. The one that I received the day before the polls open early and the day before I plan to vote. I thought you might want to know why I'm not voting for you.
I am not a fan of Leopold and had never even considered voting for him and won't tomorrow. However, this last minute ad you sent out was cheap a tacky. "Would you want your daughter working for John Leopold?" Is that all you have to win with? Do you have nothing better to run on than what someone was accused of? If that's it, if that's your last minute up your sleeve trick, it is tasteless and demeaning to all women. I hope this isn't how you think you're going to get the vagina vote because you aren't getting mine.
For a Democrat to win in this area is almost impossible. That ad is everything that is wrong with politics and you either know that and don't care or you're so far out of the loop that you don't deserve the office you're running for. Thanks for lowering yourself to their level and reminding me how smarmy politics can be.
You should be better than this.
So, watch out bitches! There's a new sheriff in town! Well, the old one is back anyway. Do I get a badge or something?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
1.) In what way were you labeled as a child and how did it affect you?
2.) About me. Do you have an about me page? Because people want to know. Write a page that describes who you are and what you're about or spruce up your current about me page!3.) A wardrobe malfunction.
4.) It was SUCH a big deal...write about a fight you got into that you were passionate about then, but that seems silly now.
5.) A time you feared for the safety of a loved one.
I chose number two because I've been meaning to do something about the "About Me" tab on my blog anyway. So, here it goes:
I'm a happily married mother of two young beautiful children, but I haven't always been that, in fact, it's relatively new.
I was born in Nashville Tennessee and went to art school in New York City. I didn't finish and I don't feel bad about that now. I was a photography major and my love for the art still holds strong. When I moved back to Nashville after school, I realized I still hated it as much as I had so I got out when the chance presented itself. I moved to Maryland with a friend in 1992. I'm not a big fan of Maryland either. What are you gonna do?
I'm a Leo in every since of the word. I'm a bully. I think I know everything. I think everything should be about me and I think I'm more fun that most people. Not because I'm smarter although often that's certainly true, but because I have the balls to have a good time, by any means necessary.
I worry more than should be allowed, to the point of making myself sick. I think I've gotten better at this over the years but having children has definitely made me both more sensitive and more evil, but I still worry. I mean what if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about?
Since I don't like much, it is shocking to those who know me when I do like something, but when I really love something, I know how to do it! If you're my favorite band, the fact that I've seen you 30+ times isn't shocking. If you're one of my favorite modern movies, it isn't that shocking that I've seen you over 40 times and traveled all the way across the country to see where you were filmed. I LOVE few things but I take it way past the point of normalcy when I do and again, I'm totally fine with that. I mean who am I trying to impress? My theory is that if you don't like me now, stop trying because I don't get any better or any worse than I am right now. I steamroll my way through life and it works for me. It's rare that I'm challenged but find it refreshing when it happens. I'm kinda your modern day Katerina from Taming of the Shrew, my favorite Shakespeare play.
I've got a string of enemies across my travels because if I think you're shit, I'll tell you. I don't waste time worrying about what you might think about that. I mean I'll give you the shirt off my back if you're deserving but I'll stomp on you if you're wasting my time or taking from my family.
I recently turned 40 and am the coolest bitch ever! I'm actually kinda pissed that as cool as I was, I wasn't this cool in high school. I wasted so much time growing into the person I am now. I think my shit doesn't stink and I highly recommend that. I quit my job when my now 3 1/2 year old son was born. I'm now a stay at home mom, so I work full time.
Most people wouldn't but I'm totally gonna make this my new "About Me" page. It covers everything, I think.
*EDIT* Well, I would have made it my new "About Me" page but I can't be contained in 1200 words or less. It just isn't possible.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Anyhoo, this is out hotel room:
And the view:
We dropped our crap and went walking to see a bit of the city and get something to eat. We hadn't had a chance to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary so we'd decided to do it on this trip. We wanted something a little nicer, with a view.
This is us walking through the city that was fine in the sun, but cold in the shadow of the buildings:
Even in Seattle, Twilight was everywhere:
Edward with a penciled in Hitler stache. Worth a chuckle:
Where the ferry comes in, but not the one we took. We took the Kingston-Edmonds Ferry:
We ate at The Fisherman's Restaurant on Pier 57 and I had some kick ass salmon! We chose to sit outside so we could see the view. It was chilly but there was a partisan for the wind:
After we ate, we went on the other side of the partisan to watch our last West Coast sunset over looking the mountain of the Olympic National Park, just south of Crescent Lake. That's a lot of mountains:
I've only seen the sun set like this (In California and Key West) a few times but every time I see it I think if that Skittles commercial where the kid is watching the sun set with his dad and when it disappears the kid whispers, "Do it again Daddy."
Some how we cam across an elevator that brought us up 8 stories to get to the Fish Market, which was closed, but 8 levels? That city is on an incline. I didn't know that before. This is us in the elevator:
A walk back through the city proved entertaining:
The cab in the photo above ended up being how we got back to our hotel. We walked to get to the water but it was all down hill. Like San Fransisco down hill. We were not interested in walking back. I blame Chris's broken foot.
We made our way back to our hotel and got our sleep on.
We had an 11:40 flight so we left the hotel at a decent hour and returned the rental car. The only option at our hotel was to valet park. $38.00 A FUCKING NIGHT! Ain't that a bitch!?
Me in the bathroom at the airport. I never miss a bathroom:
All mine ladies, back off:
The windows were painted at our gate at the airport in Seattle. I thought it was cool although the view would have been nice as well:
Finally on the airplane:
I forget which mountain this is. Perhaps Rainer. They all run together afte a while:
I don't remember what this was, but I thought it was pretty:
I like to call this one, fast moving plane:
On the 2nd plane after our layover in Milwaukee:
The first thing I did when I got home. Pocket Edward is good as new, baby!
I'm glad to be home because we missed our babies. Six days is a long, long time. However, I miss the Pacific Northwest. I fell in love with it there and see myself going back sooner rather than later. It makes me question why I ever moved to Maryland when there are so many other options. Clearly I'm glad I did because I met my husband and I have a wonderful family but now that we're together, I think we could take this show on the road. I'm just sayin....