Wednesday, May 25, 2005


I think you might like this: Another Good Going Jesus Post -

I was already pretty sure I wasn't alone with this sort of thing. I've talked with my trusted friendses about this some and they've been transparent about their own issues as well. This thing pokes its head out now and again and makes me very uncomfortable with myself.

My, But if you read some of the comments in response to this post, there is some grace there offered to Sara. We is how/who we is.

Someone said to me once: "Who are YOU to say where you should be in your spiritual walk right now, anyway?"

Excellent point.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Oh, For Peet's SAKE!

Today's brew: Peet's Coffee! Whole Bean French Roast, fresh ground, electric drip - brewed strong.

Ya, Baby! That's what I'm talkin' about!

We finally got a chance to buy a package of Peet's coffee when we were in Chicago. I read in a magazine that it was as good as if not better than Starbucks. Of course coffee is about personal taste, but I'd say they were right. Very yummy. Lots of people don't like Starbucks because it tastes "burnt" to them. And it's true that Starbucks roasts their coffees very dark - but if you are one of those folks, and willing to pay for your fine coffee habit, Peet's might be right up your alley.

Peet's website is also a great place to learn more about coffee and their Peet's Coffee Selector is the most complex I've seen, giving you a better chance of finding a coffee you really like. It's not really enough to choose between Mild, Bold and Smooth - there's a ton of variance in between and lots of other factors to consider when finding a fine bean to brew!

There's also a glossary of tasting terms in there. Helping us describe what we're tasting. WEEE!!!

--just thought I'd share. Carry on...

Monday, May 23, 2005


There are some characters in my life I haven't talked to you about yet. They are real people, with real feelings and I do not mean to make fun of them. Well, mostly I mean not to make fun of them. But these people are dang funny and I must tell you about their funny-ness.

First, there is Angry Baker Man. He's really not that funny, he's just Angry. Always looking very unhappy. So we call him Angry Baker Man even though he doesn't work at the bakery anymore. He works (we think) at the nearby grocery store now, and he's still looking very angry. But before his career change, Kevmo once observed him open the bakery early because he felt guilty that someone was waiting for bread - then he waited on Kevmo too all the while grumbling about opening early as if it was the customer's fault that he opened the door. He's been Angry Baker Man ever since.

There is also a woman in my life who is in her 70's - a very nice lady. I don't know her name either, so I've made up a name for her too. I enjoy talking with her because she's very friendly. She's always asking me how my day is going and she notices if I'm not around for a while - asks me if I've been traveling or something. Then if I have, she likes to talk about my trip or if she's been traveling she likes to talk about her trip. There is just one teeny little weirdness about this acquaintance though. She's almost always naked. So I call her Naked Lady. The reason she's usually naked when I see her is because we work out at the same gym. She has no inhibitions about her body. I suppose by her age she's gotten over all that foolishness. She's just lettin' it hang out in the locker room and whoever is around she just chats with. I kind of admire that about her, but it's a little strange, when I'm standing in front of her fully clothed and she's completely naked.

So, now you know about Angry Baker Man and Naked Lady.

Soon I will tell you a story about Toothless Guy.

And The Farting Nun.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Wocky Memories

Captainwow has a photo album now... you can find it in the links section of the sidebar.

There are old and new pics. Enjoy!

Thanks for the terrific suggestion, Headless!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The Ice Cream Truck's Got A New Tune!

The ice cream truck's got a new tune. Now, you may not find this very exciting, but I do. I realize that by July I'll be sick of it but for now it's very nice to hear something different than what we heard all last summer. I don't know the tune, but the first few notes make it sound like it's going to be the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" but then a dog barks and it turns into something else. Then a chicken squawks and a horn honks - so ya. It's going to annoy me later but for now, I'll take it!

Today I met Leo the Pug. He was a very sweet doggy with very red buggy eyes. And his ears were taped because, his owner said, Leo was going to be in a Show this weekend and they need to lay right. I said I thought that was much kinder than a curling iron.

Leo didn't laugh at that one. Neither did his owner.

Humor is like that. You throw stuff out. Sometimes it's a winner and sometimes you go crawl under the rug. But for someone like me, getting the good laughs is worth the occasional flop.

And it occurred to me recently that sharing our stories is like that too. Sometimes you tell things about yourself and it connects with the other person and you click. Other times you get the blank stare or the downward gaze/uncomfortable scootch in the chair/throat clearing. And again - it's a gamble, but getting the good clicks is worth the occasional weirdness.

Hey, wouldn't it be nice to be able to hand a humor/conversational comfort zone questionnaire to folks so that you would know what topics to steer clear of?

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Chicago/Wisconsin Trip

We're home again. In case you missed us. We spent a day in Chicago and stayed a night in Schaumburg and discovered Big Bowl. At first I thought it was a bowling place, but it's an Asian restaraunt. It had a little of a chain atmosphere, but the food we ordered was very good! It was like a nicer Mongolian Barbecue on steroids without all the noise and hype. I got another new recipe idea and they even had a choice of rice: Regular White Rice or Jasmine! Haven't encountered that before!

In La Crosse, we visited a brewery and a couple of cheese stores and saw lots of pretty Wisconsin scenery.
We also encountered a tricycle riding, smoking, boombox blarin' hippy dude on a wetland nature trail in La Crosse. Wish I'd had my camera for that one.... Kevmo offered to buy me a tricycle so I could boogie around GR smokin and blarin and chillin. But I said I might just be a little to embarassed to be seen riding a tricycle.

Captainwow went to the Museum of Science and Industry where he got to proudly pose as an astronaut, and enjoyed pretending he was part of the Chicago Skyline.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Captainwow and Hobbes

Captainwow likes to cuddle. Hobbes is very picky about how he receives affection and who from and when.

Nap time isn't on the list.

Tomorrow, Captainwow gets to go on a new adventure - we'll be taking him to Chicago for a day/night and then to La Crosse, Wisconsin. We'll try to remember to get photos and share them with you.

My nephew informed me that Captainwow is a "wocky". I did not know that. Maybe you did.

Turns out he can dance, too:

Here I was, thinking he'd transmogrified himself to me via a Happy Meal in order to become my Blog Mascot and to see a little bit of Earth.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Happy Anniversary to Us!

One year ago right now - was Wedding Day Morning. The Adored and Beloved Bridesmaids and I were getting our beautiful hairs done up fancy-like in Pat's Kitchen - while the Groom and his Exalted and Revered Groomsmen were having a Big Bachelor Breakfast at the Red Geranium.

Yup, we made it to one year, the Kevmo and I (a.k.a. Amazing Man). Some tell us that the first year is the hardest - some say it's the best due to the "honeymoon" not getting over for some time. We think that overall it's been pretty great! We've done some adjusting and growing together and now we're even more amazing and wonderful than we already were.

So, there's not some big profound post I want to write about marriage or what we've learned so far or any of that.
I just wanted to say Happy Anniversary to Us!

Also, I do not want to miss a chance to say a Blog-ly Happy Mother's Day to our Moms.


Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Digitally Darted

I've been tagged "It" by Michael Main!

Like you, Michael, I too generally do not do these things for a few reasons, but YOU DIGITALLY DARTED ME AND NOW I HAVE TO!!

I've never been digitally darted before. I feel all twittery.

I can think of a few things that rhyme with digital darting - but we won't go there.

The It person is to choose 5 occupations from the list below and then finish the sentence for each that they've chosen.

Then tag three more people who must do the same. You can add more occupations to the list when you pass it on but you must choose your 5 from the list provided by the person who tagged you. You're also asked to trackback to the blogger who tagged you if you know how. (I don't, but I linked them)

If I could be a scientist...
If I could be a farmer...
If I could be a musician...
If I could be a doctor...
If I could be a painter...
If I could be a gardener...
If I could be a missionary...
If I could be a chef...
If I could be an architect...
If I could be a linguist...
If I could be a psychologist...
If I could be a librarian...
If I could be an athlete...
If I could be a lawyer...
If I could be an innkeeper...
If I could be a professor...
If I could be a writer...
If I could be a llama-rider...
If I could be a bonnie pirate...
If I could be a service member...
If I could be a photographer...
If I could be a philanthropist...
If I could be a rap artist...
If I could be a child actor...
If I could be a secret agent...
If I could be a comedian/comedienne...
If I could be a priest...
If I could be a radio announcer...
If I could be a phlebotomist...
If I could be Paris Hilton's stylist...
If I could be "

If I could be an architect...and a good one... I'd design tree houses. Cause they're cool and they make people happy.

If I could be Paris Hilton's stylist...I'd cut her hair off in her sleep and dye it a more natural color. I'd clean off half her make up and secretly hypnotize her into thinking she's beautiful without the props and the attitude. And feed her. Let the poor girl EAT, for cryin out loud!

If I could be a painter...I'd never get anything painted because I'd get fascinated with mixing colors all day. I love colors. LURVE COLOR!!!!

And that's it. - So TAG ---- you're "It", if you want to be. Here's where I break the rools. I'm not picking 3 of you - it's too hard.


Sunday, May 01, 2005

Cat Nap

Once in a while, my cats will fall so deeply asleep that their head starts tilting forward and their little nose touches whatever they are sitting on. I think it's extremely cute, but I haven't seen it happen very often.

This afternoon Mocha fell asleep on the bed here in the office. I turned around to look at her for some reason just in time to see her head start tilting forward. She went fast and soon her head was all the way down, her nose resting on my bank statement that is lying at the foot of the bed.

It found it so unbearably cute that I ruined her nap by giggling at her, which woke her up. She meowed, yawned, and extended her paw out to me, in her irresistable pet-me gesture she does and I laughed even harder, which for some reason prompted her to come over and sit in my lap.

Perfect for a lazy Sunday Afternoon.