on Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tomorrow is the big night. Halloween has arrived and with it - all of the excitement of dressing in your best disguise, collecting candy from friends and neighbors and the joy of walking outside at *night*!

I've got two words for you - WONDER WOMAN! I can't remember exactly how many years I did my best impression of Lynda Carter with the help of aluminum foil, but it would be safe to say my Halloween appearances ran as long as the show! Various characters followed those buxom bosomless years - baby, flappers, pirates, Tigger, *THE* Virgin Mary...WHAT FUN!

Now my kids are feeling the magic and excitement of this holiday where we all get the chance to dress up and anticipate the night! Tomorrow morning my children will wake up and enjoy the day as a 4 year old train loving boy and a 2 year old dog loving girl....but by night....they will walk the neighborhood as Curious George and The Man With the Yellow Hat.

The build up to Halloween has been phenomenal and the fun of making the Man with the Yellow Hat costume has been so rewarding! Watching those little eyes light up every day when they see one new piece of the costume puzzle has spurred me on. We've all had a part - The Mom (that's me!) worked on the hat and the tie - The Dad worked on the footwear and shirt - and the Nonna (that's the Grand mom) made the brightest pair of pants I've ever seen. It was a group effort! Maybe that's the real magic...working on a project *together*!

Indulge in candy! Suspend your disbelief! Bask in the magic! Enjoy your little ones!

Happy Halloween!


Phillies WIN the 2008 World Series!

on Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Say it with music! Woo Hoo!

The Machiavellian in me has been defeated!

on Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I started off this presidential campaign with glee....I had a huge amount of fun handicapping the Democratic race. Hillary vs. Obama!! I being the Republican golfer in the family was looking on with glee at these two beating themselves up. I even...yes I was one of those Republicans..that sent money to Hillary's campaign to keep her afloat. I wanted to see a convention fight. How much fun?!! Let them expend all their energy and have McCain sweep in. The wife will deny that I felt this way but I was impressed by the grandiose of Barack's speech at the convention. I found it utterly brilliant what McCain did, the next day in announcing Palin the day after Barack's speech. Barack was off the radar map at that point. It was a brilliant move. Would have been an even more brilliant move if they would have briefed her for...oh...maybe 2 months. As time wore on I became very disenchanted with the McCain camp...not for so much their message but how they were running their campaign. Obviously plucking someone that has no national experience or even interest until now and plopping her in front of a nation to pick over was not the smartest move from that camp and really was his down fall. When he started to loose his base, he starting losing this election. He has in this process lost me.

I can not support the other side of the ticket because I just believe ,and I hope that I am wrong, that he has a desire for economic wealth distribution in mind for this country. I have found it troubling that he has...as witnessed in his own voice...said that the constitution and those that framed it left a fundamental flaw in it and it still pervades today. He mentions that the constitution tells us what the government can't do to it's people. If does not though state what it can do for them...ie...wealth distribution. It's not a good platform to stand on in a capitalistic society.

I really can't support my party this time. I am so disappointed in Bush I can't see straight. He has spent this country's money like a drunken sailor. He has cozied up to the leader across the border too openly too. Immigration control was a big reason I supported him. He turned out to be Mexico's best friend and proceeded to do nothing for the problem that is undocumented visitors being a drain on the border states of this country. It's one thing if you want to let them stay...It should be the responsibility of the US government though to compensate the states for them....AND THEY DON'T!!

McCain, with his mismanagement of his campaign, has just depressed me to no end. I just can't support him anymore. I am voting this next week. I still want to be able to complain :) I am predicting an Obama presidency though....there is no more to be Machiavellian about :( On to 2012.

Sneaking off the Goo Goo Ga Ga

It had been 4 years and 2 or so months since my wife and I have spent more than 4 or so hours alone...by ourselves....during the day :) I mention this because for our anniversary we decided somewhat independently of each other, that we had a desire to visit a local amusement park for our anniversary. It really was a "ya know this is kinda weird but do you want to go to Disneyland for our anniversary" I was happily surprised to hear her say that "I had the same idea".....OK! That is settled....how do we accomplish this feat? We managed to put together 2 baby sitters for a close to 12 hour visit. You have to realize that it really took the planets aligning for this to happen. We are ever grateful to our sitters and we intend to hit them up again in the future :) Not too soon though :)

I want to thank the wife, the mom, for a wonderful day of amusement, talking, and holding hands. I truly treasure the time I spend with her. We have so little time to just sit across from each other and gaze...being thankful for all that 6 years has given us. It was difficult to be selfish on our trip though... to the park that our kids looooove....but hey...it was our day. Not that the kids didn't come up often. On a few occasions we mentioned that the kids would love this or that. We had to actually catch ourselves and be selfish with Mickey, Minnie and Friends for a day.

In closing, I would like to let everyone know that we had a wonderful day at the Magic Kingdom...few rides...good conversation...good food...and closed it off with fireworks!! We are now back to the fireworks that are our children and gleefully we are back on the Goo Goo Ga Ga train. ALL ABOARD!!!

I'm a bit....UNUSUAL...nice...

on Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Debbie from This is the Life had her blogging style posted....so I decided to find mine. Considering how infrequently I post...it seems premature to put myself in a box...but "unusual" seems right on the money! What's yours?

Your Blogging Type is Unique and Avant-Garde
You're a bit ... unusual. And so is your blog.
You're impulsive, and you'll often post the first thing that pops in your head.
Completely uncensored, you blog tends to shock... even though that's not your intent.
You tend to change your blog often, experimenting with new designs and content.

I've been WHAT?!

on Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tagged? Wow. What'll I wear?

Adlibby on the Loose is letting me sit at the cool kids blog table! Thank you Adlibby! I love your posts! Love your blog! I heart You! :)

Here's a couple of issues I'm having with the whole 'tagged' thing....I haven't been blogging enough nor am I...err..."popular" enough to tag another 6 people. Nobody knows me. (silently sobbing)

Anywho...I'll do it anyway, Adlibby! I really like you...and you're from Kansas!

So here are the tag/tagged/tagging/tagger rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.

2. Post the rules on your blog.

3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.

4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.

5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

6. Let your tagger know when your entry is UP.

Six Totally Random Things About Me:

1. I'm practically perfect in every way & I say SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS on occasion.

2. I watch the Backyardigans after my kids go to bed because I really like the music. (huh?)

3. I was really happy when the lovers finally died in the movie "The English Patient".

4. I quote from the movies "The Godfather 1 & 2" at the very least, once daily.

5. I'd rather pull my bottom lip over my head and stand on it with the heels of my feet than figure out what to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks every day of the blessed week.

6. I've written a novel and several short stories but have never submitted them for potential publication - I fear literary rejection.

Ok...here are a few blogs that I skulk around...errr...read ...faithfully....at least in the last couple of weeks!

1. http://thisisthelife-dmn.blogspot.com/ - This is the Life! - Upbeat, fun and generally fabulous! Check out Debbie's take on life!

2. http://www.lifewithmy3boybarians.com/ - Life with my 3 Boybarians - LOVE the title - love the posts! Darcy and Debbie are friends....good humor abounds!

3. http://pearlsofwisdom2008.blogspot.com/ - Pearl has wisdom and HUMOR in spades...check out her fabu blog!

4. http://www.clevergirlgoesblog.com/ - Clever Girl Goes Blog is a MUST READ - grab a drink and relax....the fun never stops.

5. http://rubbahslippahsinitaly.blogspot.com/ Rubber Slippers in Italy - Excellent account an American living in Italy - the food, the stories...take a look and live vicariously!

6. http://kiwibyrds.blogspot.com/ - Food, Glorious Food...and life in General - AWESOME blog filled with humor and heart. Cup of tea and a sweet required for comfy cozy reading!

Decency Returns to the Elections....if only for a moment?

on Saturday, October 11, 2008

I will not question his motives: Senator John McCain has earned my respect with his attempt to stem the tide of hatred.

John and Barack, put your efforts towards health care, growing the economy and getting our immigration system in order. Let's get a plan together so that we can send our kids to college without having to sell a body part, Gentlemen! We are all aging daily...how are we going to retire when our retirement fund is disappearing each passing day!? I didn't save my refrigerator box, so lets figure it out!

The Answer is in the Movie!

on Wednesday, October 1, 2008

As I've mentioned in a previous post, I'm feeling more than ambivalent about our choices for United States President/Vice President. There isn't a clear cut choice for me. November looms. I'm grasping at straws. But wait. A sign, a light....it's a movie....my future president loves my favorite movie! The Godfather! 1 & 2! Regarding The Godfather Part 3...err... "not so much"! I LOVE IT!

Check out the video!

Obama and the Godfather....what a combo. My favorite film! Could this be my guy?!?!?!

I guess I need to give McCain's movie, Viva Zapata, a viewing before November 4th.

In recent months, I've spent some time discussing the possibility of my husband and brother in law running on a write in ticket. Their platform would be the "Untouchables". When asked questions about their stances on the main issues they would look to key lines from the Sean Connery film. Here's how it might go:

Reporter: Presidential Candidate"The Him" what is your stance on terrorism?

The Him: (said in a decidedly Irish accent) They put one of ours in the hospital, we put one of theirs in the morgue!

So I'm that much closer to a decision. I know...I'm reaching....but there have been much lamer reasons to vote for a politician...and at least mine is steeped in Italian American fictional family tradition!