27 October 2008

I got nothin'

No, really I got nuthin'. Nuthinbutalottatalkanabadge. Quick, what movie?!?

I usually want my posts to be amusing, revelatory or incredibly insightful. Is that too much to ask?

Anyway, it's been 11 days since my last post. And the date of my last post keeps staring at me, taunting me that I GOT NUTHIN'.

So, here's to hoping that the bloggy writer's block goes away. And here, in my favorite literary form, the list, is what's going on with us.

1. John drove a huge truck back from Texas. The truck was filled with all manner of furniture acquired from John's parents' Texas house. All kinds of beautiful and amazing furniture. And large furniture. Large, Texas-size furniture. Hard to fit in New England home. Our house is in a shambles. As my son said, "It looks like we're moving. But we're not moving." Exactly. Furniture everywhere, stuff everywhere. Crazy, man. Serenity now!

2. As a result of all this "moving", we'll be selling off some stuff. I'm planning a yard sale in the next week and a half. We're getting rid of some furniture and some baby stuff. Part of me is VERY happy to de-clutter and part of me is like this (on the inside): "NO!! Don't take my baby stuff! I don't want to say that I'm done having sweet, snuggly little babies! You'll have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers!!!" Scary, I know.

3. Halloween is coming! This year we will have a fairy, two secret agents and an army guy. We've also invited our neighbors to come around for an open house on Halloween night. Good reason to get this furniture in some kind of configuration that makes sense.

4. I'm sick. I've had this stinkin' cold for A WEEK now, which is so long for me to be sick. I've been a pretty functional sickie this week, but today I'm still in my bathrobe and it's 1:30 in the afternoon. I feel such a compulsion to be PRODUCTIVE that I just have a hard time letting myself get better. Something I've been thinking about lately.

If any of you have interior decorating skills, please come over and lend your expertise to our crazy abode. It's *just* about to drive me nuts. Breathe in...breathe out. It's going to be okay.

Over and out, dudes.

16 October 2008

A Lucy interlude

We interrupt this Texas series to bring you some notes from Lucy:

Lucy to Mama: You cannot do dat, but you can have a meeting with me.

Mama to Lucy: Oh, I can have a meeting with you? When?

Lucy to Mama: Thursday or Friday.

Lately, everything that is in the future in on "Thursday or Friday" and everything that is in the past is "last year".

This morning on the way to school.

Mama (to no one in particular, groggily): I wish I had a coffee.

Lucy to Mama (quite cheerily): Sorry, Mama! Maybe later!

Christology by Lucy: "Jesus was a WEETY [really] brave guy! He was weety, weety brave."

13 October 2008

In a van down by the river

This trip to Texas was my first in several years. I'm pretty sure the last time I was there was for a family reunion in 2003, when Theo was just a baby not yet one year old! Of course, John has been back several times since then, but we have tended to visit as a family when his folks were at their place in New Mexico.

In the last several months, his parents sold their place in Texas, and instead of downsizing in the same area, they decided to purchase...wait for it...an RV! They really don't enjoy flying very much, and this way they can easily travel between the Lone Star State and the Land of Enchantment and have their own place to stay.

Why am I telling you this and what does it have to do with the title of this post?

Up until now, we would have stayed with John's parents on a trip to Texas. But all 6 of us really wouldn't fit too comfortable in the RV, along with the parents and two dogs. So we stayed at the home of a friend of theirs: a beautiful home on the golf course, with four bathrooms (the BEST luxury for a family with one toilet), a swimming pool and huge TVs. It was gorgeous, so roomy and comfortable for all of us. Meanwhile, John's parents told us we could find them "in the RV park just over the bridge". Whaaa? We are staying in the beautiful lake house and they are "in the RV park just over the bridge"? Is this some kind of new world order?

*Bonus points for the reader who can tell where the title comes from! Just like before, fame and glory on my blog, read of tens of people every week (if I'm really lucky)!

12 October 2008

Two Truths about Travel

If you ever should happen to travel with kids, there are two things you can count on. They are these:

1. Someone will have to go #2 just as you begin your descent and the flight attendant instructs you to stay in your seat with your seat belt fastened.

2. If you are on a several hour flight and every one is cranky, fighting and not sleeping, all children will miraculously fall into a deep and peaceful sleep in the last fifteen minutes of the flight. Just watch; it will happen.

Is there some kind of scientific explanation for this? Can someone help me out?

11 October 2008

It's all about the food

Our first day in Texas, we went to breakfast at the Blue Bonnet Cafe with John's parents and grandparents, Memaw and Granddad.

Here's what we had:
Eggs, bacon, grits, biscuits and gravy and some people even had PIE for dessert! I mean, who has dessert after breakfast?! If you're ever in Marble Falls, you must go to the Blue Bonnet.

No lunch; we were all too full from breakfast, of course.

From 3 to 5 p.m., the Blue Bonnet has Pie Happy Hour. Pie and a drink for $3.00. So we went for pie and iced tea. Mind you, from where we were staying, it was a good 20 to 25 minute drive to get back to the Blue Bonnet. We are serious about our pie.

Dinner was the BEST barbeque from Opie's near Austin. Brisket. Ribs. Beans. SO good.

More later...

Texas My Texas

Okay, I know it's not really my Texas. I'm not from Texas. But John's mom (my dear mother-in-love) DID give me an Honorary Texan card when we got engaged. So maybe it is just a little bit my Texas.

We've been in Texas since last Tuesday for the wedding (and other related events) of John's brother, Derek, and his gorgeous bride, Luz. There is so much to tell, so I'm starting a Texas series today. We're going back to Boston in the morning...goodbye warm weather, swimming pools, Mexican food and Shiner Bock beer.