Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Favorite Number!

You Are the 7

You value personal growth. If you're not changing, it's likely something is going wrong in your life.

You are a lucky person, but it's partially due to how you've crafted you're life.

You are a great leader, and you lead without your ego. You know where you're going, and others want to follow.

You are comfortable with and really appreciate freedom. You think it's important to be able to do your own thing.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

What a couple of old farts I have reared:

Hope yours was just as merry♫♪♬

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ready for 2012!

Aquarius Horoscope
For The Week Starting December 26, 2011
- Happy New Year!
This should be a very practical and serious year for you as you build yourself a solid foundation from which to work. Some serious decisions will have to be made and you will have to gather all the facts and details before making them. So long as you face reality as it is and not as you wish it to be, this could be a very important and eventful year in your life.

What does yours look like?

Friday, December 23, 2011

All I Want for Christmas is a Cure


Augie and I are almost ready for our half marathon!

We are training together (sometimes!) to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT), and will run in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2012.

2012 will mark the tenth year we have been without B.B. Ten long years. A mother and a grandmother lost way too early. Please join us to help fund a cure for all blood cancers, and to provide aid to current patients and their families.

Since its inception in 1988, TNT has trained more than half a million athletes, and raised$1.2 billlion to help find a cure. In addition, 75% of all the money we raise goes directly to the LLS mission of funding research and drug trials as well as helping patients and their families.

Some facts:

  • Every 4 minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer.
  • There are currently over 950,000 people living with or in remission from a blood cancer in North America.
  • In the last 40 years, leukemia cure rates have gone from 5% to over 90%.
  • In the last decade, half of the FDA approved cancer drugs were for blood cancers,many funded by LLS.
  • Many of those LLS funded drugs have since been proven viable treatments for other cancers such as breast, colon, and stomach.
  • Last year, LLS contributed $20 million in patient aid to help defray costs.

Please consider a donation to our goal of raising $7000 to help find a cure.... Every little bit helps.

Click HERE to donate. And Thank You to my Bloggy friends who have already given so generously.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This-n-That Thursday

Due to much procrastination,
this is a day of much scurrying about...
And that is that.

Tell me something random.
And funny.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Quizzy Wednesday

This is a fun one.....

You're the type of person who thinks quickly and moves even faster.

You like to be challenged, and you get bored if things get too easy.

You are brilliant and focused. You give most things your all, and you're downright aggressive.

You would be more balanced if you cooled down a bit. Give yourself at least a few minutes a day where you don't do anything.

Some of it true, some of it close......What Does Your Dosha Say About You?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

Sibling rivalry and mama's missing top:
Both mysteries solved. Interestingly enough....
How are things at your house these days?

Monday, December 19, 2011


Dec 19, 2011

Today's Horoscope for Aquarius

Presented by
You're the certified expert on many topics, so spread your knowledge around. Others will attend to your words. Use them carefully. You may jump from subject to subject, but that's OK. The unexpected adventures you encounter will keep you entertained. Don't worry about the consequences. Go out and have fun. The energy of the day is electric!
Emphasis: Mine! Can yours beat this one today?

Friday, December 16, 2011


Mama is waiting.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This-n-That Thursday

Grateful for:
  • Waking up
  • Loving family
  • Loving friends
  • Loving dog
  • Vitamin D3
  • Clean water
  • Health insurance
  • Reading glasses
  • Fluffy pajamas
  • Eye cream
  • Cetaphil lotion
  • Ionic hairdryer
And all by 7:30 am. You?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Today, I am an Eight-Year-Old Boy

Make sure you have your volume turned up!
My favorite part is at the very last when you hear a mom say, "Okay, I think we're done here."
I really am a little boy on the inside;)

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

I think they're trying to kill me:
I think she's stalking me. And when the Giants win like that, it needs a facebook status.
If anyone can name the author and the book in the above quote,
I'll think of something good to send you.
No cheating.
I will know.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dec 12, 2011
Today's Horoscope for Aquarius

Your mind is going a thousand miles an hour. Different ideas, interests, goals, and projects could dart through your mind all day. Write them down! Go through the list to see which ideas are workable, which are immediate, and which can wait for later. Take a long walk before bed or you might not be able to sleep.

I don't know about you, but when there's an exclamation point in my Monday horoscope, I automatically feel tired. Can somebody think of some ideas, goals and projects that are good for me? And then can you write them down? And send them to me? Thanks. I need a nap.

How does yours look?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

This-n-That Thursday

Things that have made me smile already this morning:
  • My happy dog sniffing her way through our walk.
  • Coffee with almond milk.
  • The sun.
  • Foaming lavender soap.
  • The Morning Joe commercial.
  • The steady hum of my heater.
  • The clip of Stephen Colbert doing ballet last night.
  • A hot towel out of the dryer.
  • Going off to work and having it be my last day for the week.
How about you?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mid-Week Math

∫(Chocolate lab puppy)+⨊(recycling bin, warm day, left to his own devices)=
Much mirth and merriment.

Extra points: at least he left those wreaths alone. ☆☆☆

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

More role reversal. Sorta...
A Red Bull?
At night?
I'd have to be hospitalized.
Obviously I am that old.
Seriously, I open one silly package and now we never let it go?
And in 9 sleeps, she will be home to shop with mama!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Spicy but Pleasant

Today's Aquarius Horoscope from Cafe Astrology

Relationships tend to be spicy but pleasant today, dear Aquarius. You can feel inspired by your conversations and the connections you make right now, and your intimate life can get a boost with extra attention and natural acceptance. Friends are supportive and intrigued with your point of view.

Now I ask you? Could it be any more mellow and cozy for a Monday morning? And that potluck dinner I'm going to at church tonight? Hmmm.

Is yours this good?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

This-n-That Thursday

Utter nonsense:
  • How did it get to be December?
  • I have a terrible crush on the Saints' quarterback Drew Brees.
  • Everybody should go see "The Descendants"
  • We had the best rosé cava on Thanksgiving. I want a case of it.
  • I'm not feeling very Christmassy yet.
  • Cumin is my current favorite spice.
  • I'm in the mood to talk to a psychic.
  • I need some creative ideas for tea sandwiches.
  • December? Really?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hump Day Haiku

mama's new passion
has her wondering aloud
what could be better

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

All in a day's chat:

I don't think I even knew what chicken cordon bleu was in college.
And The Bird is all up in the ancestry tree.
I think she might have a little bit of the matriarchal procrastination gene....
Doing her mama proud.

Monday, November 28, 2011


Today's Aquarius Horoscope from Cafe Astrology

It's a better day for making adjustments than for pushing ahead with gusto, dear Aquarius. Conflicts with others can arise over differences in beliefs. This may be a day in which communications get crossed, errands and short trips are disrupted, or appointments get rescheduled. Adjusting your plans may be in order, and accommodating inconveniences figures strongly. It may be time as well to re-evaluate matters that you previously thought were completed. It's not the best time for negotiations.
Creativity: Good ~ Love: Fair ~ Business: Fair

It was bound to happen...a not-so-good horoscope. But it's okay. I had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday spent with my twenty-year-old 'children' who are turning into a couple of people with high integrity and fine character. I am so lucky. So, yeah, I can handle whatever the day has for me. I can take it.

How's your day shaping up?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


spanning many years
and many more miles these days
my heart over runs
Thanksgiving Blessings, everyone+

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

Parenting, feloning, bribing and parenting:

Is feloning a word?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Follow Through

Nov 21, 2011
Today's Horoscope for Aquarius

Today you may come up with some attractive new ideas to advance your career and increase your income. The only question is whether or not you can follow through. Some of them may be workable and some may not, but if you're serious, you should do some research to figure that out. The future looks good if you take the necessary steps to turn your ideas into reality.

All I need is to make sure I follow through. Follow. Through. There's only one challenge with this: Aquarians are idea people. We come up with the plans. We have the vision. Now I need to do research and follow through? Well, I say let's get to it. Can somebody help me with all this "necessary steps" stuff? Thanks.

How's your day shaping up?

Friday, November 18, 2011


It's here!!! Our very own Virginia Blister CBW's book! Spawned from her blog! And we couldn't be more proud. Get your orders in! December 5 is the big day. Couldn't happen to a better person. xoxoxo

Thursday, November 17, 2011

This-n-That Thursday

It's all about me. Yawn:
  • I misplaced my tweezers for a day. It was hell.
  • I am going to play bridge tonight for the first time in a long while. I feel lucky. I hope they have lots of money.
  • I am in a wardrobe crisis. The s-word is in the forecast for this afternoon. And in the 60's by Sunday.
  • I am obsessed with Van's gluten-free blueberry waffles.
  • I have killer shin splints.
  • I have new chewable vitamin D3 things. They taste like rum candy. I swear.
  • I cannot wait to see my babies next week!
  • I got that shellac polish for a manicure on Saturday. I love it.
  • I also got a big, faux Princess Diana ring. I love it, too.
  • I have to run a half marathon in 47 days. It ain't gonna be pretty.
Now tell me something random about you.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


those who know me well
can tell you how weird I am
but they wouldn't dare

Your Quirk Factor: 36%

You have a few little quirks, but you generally blend in well with society.

Only those who know you well know how weird you can be.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

Group Parenting Skillz.
I haz them?
A well-intended plug for dishwashing powder:
And a shopping son winds up the conversation...
I have become the silent minority.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Only on Monday

Today's Aquarius Horoscope from Cafe Astrology
Emotionally, you could feel a tad out of sync today, dear Aquarius. This can actually be a good thing, as your mood could push you out of complacency and into action. You have the opportunity to work on resolving problems from the small things forward. Aim to create order out of something today, whether it involves cleaning out your drawers or freeing your mind from clutter - or both, as taking care of irksome problems can help clear up your mind.
Align Center
Creativity: Fair ~ Love: Fair ~ Business: Good

A "tad out of sync"? Well it is Monday. And I guess I better get going on creating some order. Sigh.
Is yours any better?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

This-n-That Thursday

Randomness from an addled little brain:
  • I am lacking "transitional" clothing in my closet. What to wear when it's in the 60's and humid. In November?
  • I am hopelessly dependent on my reading glasses.
  • Augie and I are running a half marathon on January 7. We are horrifically underprepared as of now.
  • Can someone explain Rick Perry to me?
  • Can someone explain why anyone would want to be the POTUS?
  • The Bird and I went to a beautiful wedding in September, and the resident dog was named POTUS. His humans are both attorneys in DC. Isn't that clever?
  • We had a police chase in Westport yesterday. No one was hurt, but a Bentley got clipped. Oh, and they finally caught the guy--a really bad guy.
  • Seriously. I have nothing to wear to work today. It's so hot out there. And I am still seeing piles of snow from our little Halloween "dusting."
  • Does arthritis pain wake you up at night? My right hip does.
  • I cannot get enough ricotta cheese. It really is an odd thing.
  • I'm getting my hair done tomorrow. It is way overdue.
  • I guess I need to get going. I seriously don't know what I'm gonna wear today.
UPDATE 8:52: I have decided on black pants and a nice gauzy blue tunic that The Baby Bird brought me from Morocco! Now, carry on.....

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

Mad parenting skills...
And, mad college counseling skills...

I haz them....

Monday, November 7, 2011


Monday, Nov 7, 2011

This is a time period of gradual maturing of your attitudes and overall approach to life. You become more in tune with your inner needs and tendencies, and you make changes that allow you to spend more time doing the things that you really enjoy and that you instinctively are attracted to, rather than what serves your more worldly ambitions, needs for security, and what appeals to you as the logically correct thing to do. You are willing to sacrifice some benefits in order to live a life that suits your temperament and interests now. This attitude is very wise and you can make great strides in getting your life on track. You are more in tune with your instincts and your life tends to come into alignment with your inner nature. Consequently you feel more contented, more "in your own element", and more creative.

I think I may need to re-read this one a few times today. But from what I can tell, it's pretty favorable. Right?

How's yours?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pretty Much True

Happy Friday everyone! Now go get your weird on!

You Are 40% Weird

Normal enough to know that you're weird...

But too damn weird to do anything about it!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hump Day Horoscope

I know. I know. But this one is just too good not to share. And because of that? I declare that horoscopes are real today.

Nov 2, 2011
Today's Horoscope for Aquarius

It's an excellent day for you! Although no major events occur today, there's the promise of freedom in the coming months. A fundamental shift is about to occur in your occupation and love life. As the months unfold, you can expect to be more visionary, more creative, and perhaps more rebellious. You'll be much more effective than in the past two or three years.

Every word of this is magic. Every. Word.

I hope yours is just this good for you. Because, you know, they are all true today.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

We have taken our conversations to a whole new level! Introducing Group Message:
It's where I get to talk to both of my babies at once! And where they get to help me tackle this technical world. Together, they will help me master this new iOS business. I hope.
It takes a village.....

Monday, October 31, 2011

Lively, Imaginative

Oct 31, 2011

Today's Horoscope for Aquarius

Your lively, imaginative spirit is in tune with the collective. The need for a worldly consciousness and evolving humanity has become more obvious to you as time goes by. These issues come up today, but don't be surprised if you get a reality check. Your dreams may be unrealistic. Someone could try to burst your bubble, so be careful. Don't lose sight of your goals.

"The need for a worldly consciousness and evolving humanity..." By 7:30 this morning, Dora and I had been almost run over by speeding neighbors not one, not two, but three times. Yeah. The evolving humanity needs to take shape soon here in Connecticut. I think we need some humanity before it can even evolve.

Bubble almost burst. But not gonna happen.

Happy Monday. How'd your day start? Does your scope sound better?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

This-n-That Thursday

  • We have snow in the forecast today.
  • Our fall foliage has not been as vibrant as usual.
  • Whatever happened to Helen Reddy?
  • Our county is ranked first in the nation for halloween candy quality.
  • When we lived at the beach, and my children were in elementary and middle school, we would get close to 1,000 trick-or-treaters.
  • Halloween was always my favorite holiday as a child. Even over Christmas.
  • Yes, 1,000.
  • Snow?
  • I got the cutest new rain/snow boots at DSW.
  • I wonder who was surveyed for that halloween candy study. Nobody asked me anything.
  • Why do the "Asian Singles" insist on e-viting me to join them every day?
  • I have become obsessed with ricotta cheese.
  • Snow?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bold, Baby!

Stella Mental P is getting her groove back!

You Are Bold

You are decisive and determined. You are good at taking action when the time is right.

You are honest and even a little critical. When it comes to your opinions, you don't hold back.

You are headstrong and very set on doing what you want to do. It's hard to convince you not to follow your gut.

You are daring and courageous. You're willing to take all sorts of risks and stand up to anyone who questions you.

This hits a little too close to home. How about you? Are You Bouncy, Bold, Behaved, or Balanced?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

The ones where we plan for Halloween:
Interspersed with some advice...
I am going to have one fun-filled Halloween. A vicarious one. But a fun one....

Monday, October 24, 2011

Talking and Traveling? Well Alrighty Then...

Today's Aquarius Horoscope from Cafe Astrology
October 24, 2011

Your mental radar is working at full speed today. You are especially alert to everything that is going on around you and you are more able to handle complex problems or sensitive issues with relative ease. The desire to talk, share your feelings, and open up to others could be strong. This is a good time for conversation and for writing and communications of all kinds, and can also be a good time for travel.

Creativity: Good ~ Love: Good ~ Business: Good

Do you think this means my Muse will be coming home today? Or do I have to travel to go get her back? Fiji? Bora Bora? Where should we go to find my Muse? And how will we know her? Do you know what yours looks like?

Is your horoscope better?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™


I just got the hang of this texting business.
But you can see if they've read it on the messages?
It could take lurking spying parenting to a whole new level....

Monday, October 17, 2011

Singing? Limericks?

Aquarius: Daily Overview

for October 17, 2011
Don't be surprised if, in the middle of a conversation, your mind starts to wander today. At first, you might think that you're entering a phase of introversion. But in reality, you might just be bored with the method of discourse. Using the spoken word to explain ideas is so mundane! Try singing your reply, or jotting down a quick limerick that expresses what you're thinking. It's up to you to push other people into communicating in more creative, meaningful ways.

I am all about the wandering mind business. I think I have that down to a science. But, Singing? Trust me. No one wants that. But that Limerick suggestion? Just may work. How is your day shaping up? I hope it's a good one.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fall Break

I have enjoyed the periodic company of my children this past week.
Periodic being the operative word.
Augie brought some clothes to be laundered.
Imagine that.
Only three more loads of darks and this will be finished.
I wonder if he has done any laundry since he left here in August?
And every single sock is inside out.
He can take care of sorting those puppies....

Secretly? I loved every minute of it.

Happy Weekend, my friends!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


An interesting quiz....go get your brain going. And happy Wednesday.

Your Spiritual Number is Eight

You bring inspiration and success into people's lives.

You understand how the world works, and you have a knack for money.

Right now, your life is all about goals and progress.

This is nothing new though - you're always moving forward.

You have a lot of perspective in life. You are able to remove your emotions and see the big picture.

You usually bet right in life. You have are intuitive and win often.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Text: Parentexting™

The ones where they come home for the weekend,
and we have things to do:
In the end, we went to lunch and shopping.
Shocker, I know.

And then we have the boy:
Please take special note of the time this text came through this morning.
And guess who,
because she is a woman of a certain age,
was awake for the day after this.
I am happy to report his resume is great.
And my car is making the round trip to Philadelphia today.
So he can get his suit.
For an internship interview tomorrow.
And it is all okay with me.

They do, after all, have to decide on my habitat and care--
down the road....

Monday, October 10, 2011

This is Getting Interesting....

Oct 10, 2011

Today's Horoscope for Aquarius

You tend to be unconventional, but today you could outdo even you. A spiritual experience could be at the heart of it. You're changing in ways that are obvious to everyone. Don't worry if they're confused. You'll be confused, too. Think of yourself as a caterpillar becoming a butterfly! The transition may be strange, but the butterfly is far lovelier than the caterpillar!
I promise you all that I am not making these things up. And boy do I ever hope they're right. And how does yours look?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thoroughly Thoreau

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

-Henry David Thoreau

Aren't you glad I spared you the quote about eating beans from Walden? Now go forth and have a wonderful weekend, my friends.