Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Trip to the Georgia Aquarium

Yesterday, after taking Boy to look at Georgia Tech, we stopped by at the Georgia Aquarium...which was AMAZING. I've posted the pictures on Captains Voyage, and here is a link to just a few of the things we saw....

This Is the Georgia Aquarium

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Why God Made Moms


Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Scottish Dinner

You know how you say to people "we really need to get together"???? Well, we finally did.

Grumpy Guy and I discovered a while back that friend LeeLee's daddy, the Judge, loves all things Scottish. Including scotch. So when we saw him at dinner a few weeks back, we mentioned that we had brought some interesting libations back from our trip to Edinburgh this summer.... and we set a date to get together and sample a bit.

Friday the Thirteenth is our lucky day at Maison Cou Rouge, so it was a perfectly appropriate evening for a gathering.

There was the most wonderful assortment of friends-the Judge and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. T, who welcomed us with open arms when we first moved to Middle-of-Nowhere, our delightful musical friend Mrs. L, Lee Lee, and our German exchange student Oskar..... Ages 21 to 80. As my friend Jane reminded me "Friendship knows no age."

It was a communal meal--everyone brought something. We had a divine spinach dip appetizer, Paul Prudhomme's pork loin, sweet potatoes, baked potato and fennel casserole, salad, and bananas foster for dessert. Wine and lots of interesting and diverse scotch.

As it was the day before Valentine's Day, we had a red theme going, with tartan, of course.

And everyone wore either a family tartan or a favorite tartan.

The Judge and GG wore kilts, and looked mighty dashing.

We told Scottish jokes, stories of our travels, and laughed and laughed and laughed. Both Mrs. L and Oskar entertained us on the piano--Bach, Mozart and Schumann...and a little Rachmaninoff. We had so much fun, we've decided to get together on a regular basis.

I must confess one thing though. I'd been so crazy busy this past week, that all the regular weekly accumulation of "junque" around the house hadn't been put at the last minute, I used the grown-up equivalent of the kid's throwing everything under the bed to straighten their rooms...I threw everything in my bedroom and shut the door.

Guess what I will be doing today?????