Friday, February 29, 2008
The other really cool thing was a school of porpoises that we intercepted. Make that a university. At least a thousand of them, and the water looked like it was boiling over the several-acre school. I wildly snapped pictures, and was not able to do it justice, so we will have to wait for Miss P to see if hers are any better. Not to worry, I will have a nice album on Flickr next week.
Oh, and the weather? 85 and sunny. I think there is a slight chance for a fluffy cloud to come by later. Today at home in Connecticut? 30 with a snow shower.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Today was breezy, with multiple whale sightings. Now we are cocktailing here on the terrace overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Life is beautiful. Never fear, I will post plenty of pictures after we return next week.
Tomorrow we are going on a deep sea fishing adventure. Wish us luck.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Anal-retentive instruction sheet(s) for animals and kids? check
And let's just say that Ralph was not happy with my tipsy bang-job.
Will be reporting from South of the Border.
Stay tuned for more hot stories.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Have fun! I am not feeling well today, so I'm not tagging anybody. But you people out there with the camera talent get to work!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Bird (distracted/irritated): mmm
Mental Mama(still cheerful): Look at the gardens! So beautiful!
Bird (barely tolerant): mmm
Mental Mama (hungry yet cheerful): This food court is great. Look at all the options. Oh my word, we are going to have so much fun here!
Bird ( horrified): We??????
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Miss K and Chief
While Squazz and Chief busied themselves at the Blackjack Tables, Miss K and I flitted about the place playing the slot machines and drinking wine. I think at some point, we even stumbled upon some concert, so we stayed there and danced a bit. Then we had a burger and some more wine. Then we went in search of our spouses. Don't you think the plural of spouse should be spice? Anyway, here is where the story gets a little fuzzy.
When we found them, we told them all about our adventure. But they couldn't understand us. Not a word. I think it's because the whole place is underground, and the oxygen levels were messed up. Squazz and Chief think the oxygen was fine, and that there was something wrong with Miss K and me.
So we were sent packing to our rooms to go night-night. Miss K came to my room where we had some more wine because we needed it. Then she went to her room. I got ready for bed, and I realized I was sweating. It was about 90 degrees in there, and I couldn't adjust the thermostat. I called the front desk for help. Somehow, it dawned on me that I really couldn't talk. Squazz and Chief were right. They couldn't understand me at the desk. That oxygen situation was getting worse. "Hruolo esss hawwwrrt." Finally, I just started saying the word hot all drawn out for them. God what was wrong with these people? Eventually they flicked some switch to activate my room settings and I left them alone. More, importantly, my room finally started to cool down. I was long asleep by the time Squazz returned with all his winnings.
Meanwhile, Miss K was sound asleep in her room when Chief returned. She had the only key, so he knocked. No answer. He rang the doorbell. No answer. He went down the hall and called the room from the house phone. No answer. Finally poor Chief had to go down to the desk and get another key. As he was dog-cussing his sleeping wife, and moaning and groaning, the desk people told him not to feel so bad. "You shoulda heard this woman who was hooooot in room 2430."
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
So, we're sitting, sipping and chatting away, when all of a sudden, I smell something hot. You know, that hot smell? So I say to Polly, "I think something's burning." I look around at all the candles. They are all behaving. Then I realize it. I am having a warm moment, and it is my bare skin next to my new sweater that is making that warm scent. Pretty.
As a saving grace, it really was hot in that place, and Squazz opened a window for us gals at the bar, and we were much relieved. Thanks, Squazzy.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Another thing about me is that I can sometimes talk the talk. But walk the walk? Not so much. We are going on vacation in ten days. My passport expired in October. I have known about this for five months. Passport: still not renewed. I get to spend today in the State Department offices near here. Yay.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I'm sure we've all heard the slumber party ghost stories of ill-fated camping trips or careless hitchhikers. We had those, too, but I grew up in Middle Tennessee, and we had lots of ghosts. All kinds of ghosts, and some of them were really loud. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that the main route to the Mississippi River, The Natchez Trace, ran smack-dab through the middle of my town. Another, was that one of the bloodiest battles of The Civil War, occurred there November 30, 1864.
Because it was such a popular thoroughfare, robbers were a frequent hazard along The Trace, and many unfortunate travelers met a tragic end during their journey. As teenagers, we were always down by the river at night waiting for one of the most famous ones of our area, the screaming woman, to pay us a visit. The story goes that she was murdered by robbers after watching her entire family die first. You never saw her as a woman, she was either a green light, or just a screaming noise. Now, we almost always went when there was no moon, of course, and the one night I encountered her she was only a scream. Just the same, I never went back. One night, she came as a screaming light to some friends, and for a brief moment, their running car would not move either forward or backward, as if she were holding it. They never went back there either.
Most Civil War towns are full of lingering spirits, and one in particular lived in my friend Donnie's antebellum house. This ghost was a confederate soldier named Jeremiah, and he was mortally wounded and brought back to the house, which was being used as a hospital, after the November battle. Jeremiah was basically friendly, but he had some issues. He lost a leg in the battle, so he hopped around the upstairs halls at night. Donnie would call from his room: "Go back to bed Jeremiah," and he would turn and hop away. One night we were there watching television downstairs, and the three of us simultaneously turned around to see pairs of socks being silently thrown over the upstairs balustrade. No one was home but us.
One other visit I had was with Catherine. Catherine was the great-great aunt of some friends of mine, and she lived with them because her furniture was in their house. It seems she needed to be with her things. One night I asked who the woman in the living room with the white shirt and dark hair was, and the whole family fell silent. I liked her, she was serene and beautiful, and you could just feel her whole presence.
In other news, I seem to have developed a girl-crush on this year's Sports Illustrated bathing suit cover girl. Has anybody out there seen her? Lord have mercy.
Monday, February 11, 2008
- Why does the garbage man always deploy the compactor in our driveway? All the garbage juice drops out.
- Why does a well-fed dog insist on eating the cat litter?
- Why does it take one hour to gain a pound and one week to lose it?
- Why do I always bang my cut finger into things?
- When will I stop getting pimples?
- What is it with that one white whisker?
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Some vast upheavals in your career could take you by surprise, dear Aquarius, but it's apt to make a very positive difference for you. Your public standing and your income could both skyrocket. Legal papers might be involved in some way. This may be so sudden that it has you in a daze, but try to remain focused and go with the flow. You won't want this opportunity to pass you by.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Every evening this past week, we had a "discussion" like this:
Mental Mom (smiling and cheerful): Now, have you thought about the warm clothes you need to bring? Do you need anything.
Augie (eating): It's okay.
Every night, the same words are uttered at the dinner table. Every night. It sometimes brings on a little sweat.
Fast forward to Thursday when I go to his school to pick up his backpack, wallet and phone. Here is our chat:
Mental Mom (smiling and cheerful): Are you nervous? I am a little, but I know you are going to get a lot out of this.
Augie (pointing to his pockets): Do you realize I don't have anything; no phone, no wallet.
Mental Mom (smiling, cheerful, and gripping the wheel a little harder in order not to be sarcastic): That is one of the key elements of this experience. You will be fine, there are people living everywhere without cell phones and wallets.
Augie (in all seriousness and with a little disgust): Oh, and I have nothing warm to wear. What am I going to do?
Mental Mom (swallowing hard and sweating): ...
UPDATE 10:31 am: It is snowing now. Sigh.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Please allow me to help you out with what is happening here. I am backing out of a parking space. Very slowly. There is a Hummer parked beside me. I cannot see you. When I find myself in your position, I stop and let the person back out, but then again, I am not going 40 mph IN A FULL PARKING LOT. It's just what I do. Maybe having been brought up somewhere besides a BARN has something to do with it.
Mental P Mama
PS: Maybe if you put out that cigarette and hung up the phone it would help.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
So here we go. I picked up the nearest book--
"Kerri glances over her shoulder at me. 'You look like shit.'"
Sooooo. Buddies to tag? Kacey (she tagged me last time), Annie, Jules, Lynne, and Suzanne (hope it's one of yours!). Have fun, and if you can guess the book I used, I will send you a little prize.
- That German infant being dropped from a burning building, and caught by a policeman.
- Super Tuesday results. Wow!
- Chappy. Get well baby boy!
- The Hawaii Chair.
- Why my Google Ads are all about mental illness. ? ?
- I am going on vacation soon, and haven't really bothered to get myself into beach-going shape. And I don't think it has anything to do with the snacks we consume during a little game of cards.
- I won big bucks at bridge last night. Boo hoo, Annie.
- What an all-around darn good sport I am. See you later, going shopping.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
For instance, yesterday, my friend Tammy in Oklahoma and I had a very busy day. It all started when she named me the winner of a Name This Photograph contest. Too fun for words, and I won a gift certificate to Target!! She went on to post two more hilarious musings, and then, a horrifying account of a coyote attack on her little shih-tzu Chappy in the afternoon. Needless to say, I am so caught up in all this, that I could barely sleep.
The good news this morning is that Chappy is doing much better. The bad news is that I either need to head to the closest therapist's couch or get a life. Probably both. In the meantime, get well Chappy! Love, Aunt LaLa
Monday, February 4, 2008
Must. Get. Some. Hobbies.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Anyway, this meme has some rules we need to follow:
1) Link to the person who tagged you.
2) Post the rules on your blog.
3) Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4) Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5) Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
Okay. Six random things about me:
1) I am secretly plotting to go to college with my children.
2) I am somewhat addicted to First Class Solitaire.
3) I love every kind of bean there is. I know.
4) I have a crush on George Washington.
5) Every time we entertain, I cut my finger.
6) I love to watch 'Nick at Night.'
Now I'm going to tag Tombstone Annie, Jules, Kellypea, Melinda Zook, and Elyse.