24 February 2006

My love, my life

The days in and out of marriage, you can take each other for granted. I know I sometimes am horribly guilty of it.

You go days without a kiss. You get bogged down in the minutia of life and forget about the other person in your life. Or you are ships passing in the night (or days), chasing after kids and work and whatnot.

And then something smacks you upside the head.

This morning, it was a StoryCorps report on NPR for me.

It was a report about Danny and Annie Perasa, a couple from Brooklyn who first recorded the story of their proposal, acceptance and love two years ago in a StoryCorps booth.

Today was an update. He has terminal brain cancer, but he wanted to tell his story, his love for his wife, one last time.

It had me and my eldest in sobbing tears as I was driving her to school.

Love the ones you love, and let them know it, every day, just like Danny Perasa.

16 February 2006

Pets. Not worth it.

Ick. We have a floater out in the pond out back.

Dh and I are trying to ignore it. We put goldfish in the pond last spring to cut down on the skeeter population in the backyard. Care has been, um, not the best since winter hit.

My son was obsessed with the floater this morning: "Mom. Mom. MOM....one of the fish is dead. it's floating. i think a squirrel got it. it's floating not squimmming any more. we need to take it out. mom. mom. MOM!"

Wonder if that bloated little sucker has sunk to the bottom yet, or if I'm going to (ew) have to fish it out and take it to the woods tonight. Ick.ick.ick.

I swear, it's dh's turn. I had to clean up the nasty baby bunny ick in des moines after the cat killed it and left it "eeping" on the unfinished basement steps. I can still here that massacre in my head. *shudder*

13 February 2006

Meme from Britain

Foiled! Tagged again, this time from my sil.

I've been lying low, back on anti-inflammatories and brace for carpal tunnel. But this is relatively easy.

Four jobs you've had in your life:
1) A$W carhop/cashier/manager
2) Teaching assistant at journalism school
3) Editor for middle-school textbooks
4) Reporter for newspapers

Four movies you could watch over and over:
1) Pride & Prejudice (A&E/BBC version)
2) When Harry Met Sally
3) Twister
4) Any of the Monty Python ones. Well, maybe not Meaning of Life.

Four places you've lived:
1) St. Joseph, Missouri
2) Westchester County, New York
3) Altoona, Iowa
4) Plainfield, Illinois

Four tv shows you love to watch:
1) Grey's Anatomy
2) Family Guy
3) Anything PBS
4) Boston Legal

Four places you've been on vacation:
1) Grand Cayman
2) Cooperstown, New York
3) Cape Cod
4) The Great North Woods, Minnesota

Four of your favorite foods:
1) Most anything with chocolate
2) Italian dishes. Northern or southern.
3) Meatloaf
4) Chicken, roasted.

4 sites you visit (most days):
1) wonkette.com
2) The New York Times
3) PNM
4) televisionwithoutpity.com

07 February 2006

Some things aren't meant for kids

Especially real shortbread cookies from Scotland.

Thanks B. & A.

Super-yummy. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.