Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I'm Not Here To Talk Politics

My fingers are almost too cold to type! The chill in my bones is too hard to shake, even with the heater going and a blanket and a thermal toddler sleeping in my lap.

I'm not at all interested in talking about the historic issues of this historic day. I think the media has done a fine job with that and I'm just not needed in that capacity. But I will say, "God bless America!"

I have to confess again that having a facebook makes blogging MUCH more difficult. Anything even slightly interesting ends up being posted in my status update, there. Trying to think of something to post here is very tough.

We're only days away from our Disney trip. I can hardly believe it! The countdown started 3 years ago and the excitement has risen exponentially since we began. Even Captain recognizes the words, "Disney World" and can equate it to some of his favorite things like Nemo, Goofy, Lightning McQueen and choo-choo trains. When we watched Extreme Home Makeover the other night, he squealed with delight when the Disney characters greeted the needy family. I sure hope he'll be as excited when we see them in real life!

Ray went to a youth retreat this past weekend. I cannot tell you how fast she is growing up. She's hitting a warp-speed growth spurt similar to those of babies. It's heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time. I love hearing all her stories of the weekend as she remembers them. She is in a great time of her life. I hope she can recognize that.

Homeschooling is going pretty well but seems painfully slow with the upcoming vacation on the horizon. I counted our days for the rest of the year and unfortunately, we've got no more days to be luxurious with. After taking the 8 schools days off for vacation, we really need to work 5 days of every week from here until the FIRST OF JUNE! How did THAT happen? (probably my Santa Claus work...did I mention that here??) I'm gonna try to squeeze in some Saturdays when I can but that will NOT be well-received.

To clarify, I don't think the kids are necessarily BEHIND that far in school. In fact, I know Indie and Rocky are way ahead, but to get in the required number of school days, we have to do SOMETHING to count as school until June 5.

OH! I just thought of something...EPCOT...that can TOTALLY count as a school day! And we're going twice so there's TWO days right there! WE'll have lots of science and geography on those days! YES :)

I wish there was something to report on the home-selling front but there is NADA. And the slowness of this market has been the catalyst for a very lazy approach to keeping the house show-ready. I knew this was always a dangerous place I might eventually slip to and I'm actually quite proud of the fact that it took over a year to get to this point. However, whoever looks at our house next will not have the benefit of having seen it in its gorgeous state of the past. Oh well. We just cannot live that way any more. Yes, we will keep it as clean and tidy as we possibly can but there is a definite difference between the way it looks on its best days now compared to just a few months ago.

SO, there ya have it. Another blog entry from me. Some big whoop, right? I know. But there's a chance I am gonna find my groove again. Thanks for your patience!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Don't Faint

But here I am. Writing a real blog post. Can you believe it?

Here's the scoop. We have been dealing with dial-up since July. It was PURE TORTURE being on the internet. Well, not torture EXACTLY because being withOUT internet is worse. However, the dial-up made online time STRICTLY business, so to speak. I bumbled around on facebook and did some emailing but other than that, it just wasn't worth waiting minutes for pages to load.

And what I have concluded is that blog-writing comes most often from the inspiration of reading other blogs. Since I was rarely reading other blogs, I just didn't get inspired to come here and report.

But, the high-speed internet has returned! Since our reason for dial-up was to save money while waiting for the house to sell, and hanging onto the hope that it would be 'any day now' we finally gave up when ANOTHER contract on the house went KAPUT. We were SO ready for it to all be over, getting to within a week of closing. But when it finally fell apart (after MUCH insanity on the part of the buyer -- why are buyers so koo-koo?) we decided we were tired of the no high-speed internet sacrifice.

Compliments of the holidays, today is Day 2 of complete laziness and I'm catching up on my reading, blog and otherwise. It has been SO nice and has, in fact, caused me to want to write here. Lucky you!

I can't promise tons of posting because I feel it would be terribly painful me to write, and you to read the continued mundaneness of waiting for this house to sell. But maybe I'll get back to it.

Oh, and since my discovery of facebook, and the way I (dumbly??) connected my blog to the 'notes' portion of my profile, I'm likely to be more cautious about getting all in my business here. Facebook has WAY more readers there than this blog does here. Yet, when I post a blog entry, it will show up on my facebook. THAT WILL make a difference in what I write.

I hope everyone has gotten a good start on 2009. We are giddy about the idea of Disney being a month away! WOOT! A fantasy-filled vacation is JUST WHAT WE NEED! Can't wait!

I hope these posts improve as I get acclimated to the blog world again. It's weird how being 'out' of it for so many months has affected my ability to think in blog-terms. (does that make sense to ANYONE but me?)

Thanks for missing me!

Yes, this mea

Our paper-link chain to count down the days until Disney World!