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Season's changing

I declare the holidays officially OVER. The decorations are put away and all that’s left are some stale candy canes and that ornament the dogs  stole and hid behind the couch.

Thankfully, all here have survived relatively unscathed.  There were some  sketchy moments when I doubted that we would all make it through this trying time, but thankfully we have.

Does anyone else need a vacation now?


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New Year festivities in PandoLand

( As always, mouse over  pics for sarcastic comments)

So, last night we ventured out of the house early to have some dinner. We decided to stop at the local place, mainly because I wanted to take pictures of weird stuff  for you people. But also,  they have good fried pickles and its pretty festive:Fish Need A Camp The menu is typical of what you will find in many places in the south, but because I am not from the south I find it rather amusing and feel the need to take pictures of it while the other patrons laugh at my tourist-ish nature.

Mmm, Swamp Vittles.

Especially when the walls of the place are adorned with large plastic gators, turtles, and manatee for some odd reason.

The kids menu is thankfully free of frogs and alligator, and they were kind enough to bring her some pictures to color.

I <3 the eye stalks.Hey Kids! Color, then eat, your favorite swamp friends!

Also, have I mentioned the fried pickles? My arteries hardened just looking at them:

Mm. Cholesterol.

And, in case you weren’t happy with the menu’s selection, you were free to go catch your own lobster, via the “lobster claw” machine out front. Really:

They've been given a menu to peruse too.

Not that I could have brought myself to eat anything out of that tank, but it was broken anyway. Maybe next time, Mr. Lobster.


All in all, it was quite fun, and when we came home, I forced the man to go blow up some cheezy crap I’d picked up from the local grocery store. Fortunately, none of it removed any limbs.  But it mostly only did this:


And then:


Which was all well and good and actually quite thrilling until the neighbors came out, with their fancy shit:

Pa-koosh. …And made our fireworks feel sorry for themselves.

Oh yes, I also took some sideways video of the kid explaining what a firework does. I’ll spare you the sideways-ness for now, but, yes, it does end with “PaKoosh!”

And, of course, I spent about 20 minutes trying to take a picture of myself that did not look like this:

My Not-Drunkface.

Alas, I did not succed.  Happy New Year!

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I’m Making No Resolutions, So Stop Asking.

I have decided that I am not  doing this this year.  I have, admittedly, participated in this ritual in the past. But not this year. Not doing it.

You see, while its all well and good to set goals for one’s self, everyone knows that resolutions don’t work. They just don’t. It’s become a huge running joke.

Even though you know it is a joke, you are left feeling crappy because you didn’t quit smoking, couldn’t manage to lose ten pounds, and continued to sleep with strangers after too many shots of jager, even though you resolved not to.

So, this year, the only thing I am resolving  is not to set unrealistic goals for myself.  I’m going to live through 2009 and count myself lucky that I have. I am not going to let myself fell shitty if I can’t get in shape or stomp out my Cheeto addiction.

As for 2008 being over, well, good riddance I say.

Hurrah.  Let the 2008 reminiscing begin. Here are some of my favorite images from the last year:

My family

My three favorite people.

Starting school

The first day of Kindergarten for Kid


Halloween at Disney

New Puppy!

A new member of our family.

I drove in snow, and did not die.

I drove in snow, and did not die.

At least I got to START the year with them.

At least I got to START the year with them.

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Who knew?

Spending four straight days of quality time alone with the family, when you are all varying degrees of sick, and have absolutely nothing to do is enough to drive a person nuts. Not me, mind you, but, him.

I’m used to being stuck in the house, and perfectly capable of entertaining myself or spending my downtime screwing around online. I am pretty content to do nothing, especially when I have the flu from hell and am leaking gallons of green snot. Yum!

He, however, is not. He is bored.when he is not working, he has no clue what to do with himself. And so he paces and wanders and is completely restless and unable to relax.

And I have been too sick to entertain him. Every project he has tried to start has failed for some random reason. His drill died. His cordless screwdriver died. And then his car battery died. And he was just thrilled. And a joy to be around.

Even the kid is looking forward to going back to school already, and she has another week or so of vacation left. We love her and all, but man, she talks a lot. We DO  try to do stuff with her:

Geek in Training

Geek in Training

Thank the gods for the Wii. Seriously. We have used it every day so far. The kid’s favorites so far are skiing and running, and I enjoy the step aerobics and hula hooping. We are also playing lots of tennis and bowling, together. He is even doing yoga. This thing is freaking awesome!img_3554

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The End

Eighth Night

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I’m late

Night SixNight Seven

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Fifth Night


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