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Saved by the Wolf

Well, we managed to leave town without the cat, if you can believe it after that whole luggage incident. Although, she did manage to give her best effort at tagging along as noted by the previous post. And so far, it has been the best-summer-vacation-experience-ever for everyone except ME, the designated Activity Blogger who has been riddled with internet connectivity issues ever since we arrived. All I know is that if it weren’t for Wiley’s unexpected Cookies-&-Milk surprise encounter this evening, all might’ve been lost on me. OK, sort of.

Look Who’s Talking

One would expect the day after a person’s birthday to be a big let-down, but with this busy summer schedule we’ve got going in the Catholic homestead? Not even close. Instead, we kept up with our Thursday cleaning routine, now calling our crew the “Thursday Three Clean Peeps”, and whipped right through the house like a bunch of Tasmanian Devils. Then before lunch, we tested out my birthday Wii games: EA Sports Active and My Fitness Coach, getting our appetites extremely worked up in the process.

Side note: Neither Wii Fit nor Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum can touch EA Sports Active and My Fitness Coach. Finally, personalized fitness with improved Wii interactive response time. Two exhuberant thumbs up!

So then can you guess where the CK’s wanted to spend the afternoon? Yup. Poolside. No surprise there. Catholic Hubs with a day off from work stepped up to the challenge and took care of that little request nicely (thank goodness because I’m changing ethnicities with all of the sun exposure) while I made an errand run to the library for returning books and Target to pick up a few more necessities: Bagel Bites, drink boxes, chocolate milk, calcium fortified apple juice, chex mix, pop tarts, and pancake mix.

Ok so we’re all set for awhile now, right? Uh-oh… who forgot to write ‘paper towels’ on the list? *errg*

Finally, Catholic Girlie and I met with her cello coach at the Conservatory of Music where she experienced the Best Lesson Ever. Not only did Mark rave about the “cooking” she did while etude-playing, but he also mentioned that “word was getting around town” about CG’s talent. As it turns out, Mark received a phone call from another parent referred to him by CG’s Middle School orchestra teacher. The caller heard that CG made amazing strides while working with him and wanted to set up coaching sessions for another cellist. People are talking!

This just calls for a Root Beer Float Party.

Not Ready to Go There. Yet.

Today was just another not-so-lazyish summer day that started off like a bad fireworks display. One minute I’m quietly slumbering in my soft cushy bed, the next I’m making homemade Egg McMuffins and racing the kids off to tennis lessons. Then we find ourselves eating Totino’s pizza before zipping Catholic Son over to basketball camp, leaving Catholic Girlie and I to go where no tech-person should ever go with credit cards on-hand: Best Buy. Thank goodness my credit was safe, and I only left with visions of iPhones in my head. Hubs is so proud of my restraint today. (Dude! That was HARD!!!)

Anyway, instead these sweet little numbers found their way home with me:
Sweet Nikes

Something Wicked this Way Comes

It’s Monday evening, and I’m finding myself gathering thoughts about the day while a severe thunderstorm threatens to keep the Catholic Family awake overnight. Let’s try not to think too hard about that. I mean, really, the Catholic Peeps and I live in what’s known as ‘Tornado Alley‘ so this kind of thing is just a plain ‘ole fact of life. Instead, we’ll focus on the high and low points of the day in the cheatingest way possible known as BULLETED LISTS!

High Points:

  • Sleeping in. Trying anyway after thunder/lightening managed to annoy aggravate my sleep.
  • Clean sheets. Not like that’s the most fun chore on the planet, but everyone will be so pleasantly surprised when heads hit pillows tonight. Love that feeling.
  • Feeding my people and seeing them eat every last bite. Ham, egg & cheese english muffins (McDonald’s ain’t got nuthin’ on my recipe!), french bread pepperoni pizza lunch, and cheesy turkeyburger macaroni with crescent rolls for dinner.
  • Target & Best Buy retail therapy with Catholic Girlie. Oh yes we did, and directly after dinner to burn off those calories. Brought home a couple of storage bins, full length mirror at the request of CG’s cello coach for practice purposes, toothpaste, cat litter, tall kitchen garbage bags, and 2 DVD/Wii game storage towers. Total fun.
  • Paperback Swap requests. Lo and behold, a fellow swapper sent a request for 3 of my books. So after printing off a postage label and packing those babies up, I’ll have 3 credits with which to request someone else’s books. Sweet!

Low Points:

  • Catholic Girlie’s school physical. First of all, what kind of mom takes her kid to get a school physical on the first Monday of summer break? Guilty as charged. Secondly, we learned the unfortunate news that CG’s curvature of her spine has increased by 1% bringing it to a total of 5%. I have no experience in this territory and feel defenseless in helping her, aside from the usual, ‘Drink your milk’ and ‘Watch your posture’ comments, to which I receive that LOOK in return. Lord help us all.
  • 4 hour teleconference support with client. While the CK’s were superb in respecting my need for NO SCREAMING OR RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE LIKE A HERD OF STAMPEDING WILDEBEASTS, quite frankly, that call went on way longer than it should have. Praise God for billable hours. He knew what He was thinking there.
  • That dratted storm outside right now. Because I treasure my electronics so much that I prefer not to see them fried by electrical storms, I probably should end this post soon. Bah.

How’s that for amazing – yet another blog post! This is actually easier than I thought it would be.

Defunct Plasma

Being an avid purchaser and user of electronic type products, I feel it’s my responsibility to share any thoughts and/or experiences that I might have with regard to such purchases, especially when the stinkin’ $1400 purchase decides to STOP WORKING ABRUPTLY after only 2 years of use. That’s right. I’m here to tell you all about the big fat 42” junker sitting there all defunct in our recreation room, leaving the Catholic Family without big screen entertainment, not so perfect timing for the upcoming Super Bowl Sunday. And I’m so ready to out a certain company that shouldn’t have sold said big-fat-42”-junker to us to begin with, so sit back and enjoy.
Philips 42
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Email-less President

As a former civil servant employed by the federal government, and as a Computer Programmer/Analyst at that, I can fully understand the complexity behind taking Obama’s BlackBerry away when he becomes a permanent fixture in the Oval office.  Presidents just can’t be like the rest of us who freely submit messages across the digital world.   But man, whoa.  Major email withdrawal.  Another reason why this chick will not be running for President of the United States any time in the near future.  Obama can have that email-less job, thanks very much.

Give me smartphone, or give me death!

Caught Twittering