Thursday, October 16, 2014

pandemic game...

Luke told me a nurse with suspected Ebola was flown from TX to Atlanta GA...and as sobering as that is...I pictured the pandemic game and thought "of course Atlanta".  And all the little flight lines and rules from that game are flooding my head now.  If you've never played's worth tracking down and having a go at it.  If only to learn that the CDC is in Atlanta... and that if a disease hits Asia or Europe...we are not in good shape to win the game.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Deleting Hulu...

off my phone.  I got a free introductory week of Hulu.  I installed the app on my cell because it was easy-peasy when I typed in the web address to watch a cooking show...while I was cooking dinner.  I remember thinking it was nice I wasn't board while cooking when Luke wasn't home to talk to.  I used earphones just in case there was swearing I didn't want my kids to hear... and that meant I left one out so I could hear my kids...which caused me to wonder why I was watching a show while on mama duty in the first place. :/
At some point I looked down at Christian and realized he had asked me for a vitamin or something but I hadn't caught the whole thing.  I knew this wasn't good.  I knew this wasn't me.
So I paused the show and gave him my full attention feeling very in control of myself.  But I turned it right back on after hearing him out and handing him the chewable vitamin he wanted.
Then I cleaned the kitchen so I could watch another episode.  The kids played was fine right?
going on the third episode I could only justify my binge by cleaning my room and doing laundry.  This is fine right?  By the time I had the kids in bed, I think I had watched 4 episodes.  I didn't want to look at a screen anymore so I figured I wasn't an addict or else I would watch the show until midnight.  Or so my justification went.

Same thing the next day pretty much, only since I had the free week and I was caught up with the other show, I picked something else.  Because that's how streaming's what you want, when you want it.  Boom boom.  Maybe you are all wise to this already...I'm not really a big show marathoner, so this was all very new to me.  After not connecting to wifi correctly which led to using more data than our phone plan allows and a week plus of watching shows on and off throughout the day, I'm done.

I'm done just because I'm done.  But also because Gisella crawled over and put a book in my lap this evening.  I read it to her and then went back to my cooking show.  She put it in my lap again.  I read it again.  It's a real page of those flap books.  I was more animated this time and gave her lots of eye brow raises and toothy smiles when appropriate....but it was like she knew there was a commercial break for my show because she wanted the book read again.  She's maybe just entering a book phase, but she's never done this before.  She was on to me.  Finally she gave up on me and wanted Jude to read it.

I must have had glazed over eyes or something, I don't know.  So... the app has been deleted.  I've read several very interesting articles on TV addiction so I understand myself better and I'm planning a run tomorrow morning.

TV is's designed to be binged on now because that's how our brains like it and technology makes it easy to stream shows all at once.  I'm not going to miss a decent flap book with my daughter over it though....nope nope nope.

so...bye bye Hulu on my phone...I may miss you, but withdrawal symptoms shouldn't last too long. :)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Apples...expensive ones...

shoot...they know that you want smiles like they can charge $4 for a little bag full of apples like the one Will is holding (bigger bags were $16 :/).  For a girl that grew up down a country road from a few apple trees we could pick from whenever we wanted to- it was a little steep.  It was a very pretty orchard though.  Cold day but it warmed up...eventually
 These two...quite the little romance they have going on
 We met Jen and her little ones there so it was a party
 Love you Jude man
 Luke was on Gisella patrol

 Luca breaking it down...just because
 Noah has no time for these dumb pictures many other things to do
 The corn maze proved to be quite educational...and long

 Adrian looks sad here, but really he was happy to stand by me and is giving a heartfelt hug honest ;)
 donuts...whaaaaaaat? :D
 Lunch (sort of) from the little food/gift shop
 electrical spools made awesome
 she's walking :)
 but more often is carried by her Jude anyway
 before loading in the car... I told them to "RUN!"

 So that's the end...a nice fall morning :)

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

A formal black tie event...

I always hesitate to post pictures of formals, but I love it when others do,'s to hoping it's not ostentatious (I just wanted to use that word I think ;).  Here we are all cleaned up for a Cystic Fibrosis fund raiser event.  I wore a dress of Jenny's. :)
Raffle tickets were these flashing rings that hurt my (pathetically light sensitive) eyes so I put them on my feet.  I got some sweet compliments on how "artistic" this was. haha oh my... I told Luke it felt (and looked) like I had a deformed toe or maybe a very large wart. :D haha  Still better than it flashing in my face on my hand though.
This sign says "bid baby bid" and is being held by a little 9 year old kiddo with CF.  Ya...we all probably bid more than we had intended because of this idea.
 And totally unrelated: Adrian and Noah's entries for the IMA O'Keeffe art contest :)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014's dark down there...

Prepare yourself for the photo bomb....

They said, for our safety, no group pictures in the cave...we are such rebels... ;)
 picture of the ceiling... the dark part in the distance is a small token of the dark you see when they turn off all the lights for about 30 seconds.  It's SO stinking dark.  I've never experienced anything like that.  You simply can't see so thick you can slice it
 52 degrees down there...the guide thought we were crazy for wearing tank tops (especially on our baby girl)...but hey...details details...we survived just fine.  Not going to buy a $20 jacket in the gift shop okay...? :)
 A local roadside diner...
 Nothing makes you feel more like a city girl than ordering the special... frog legs...
 good tomatoes though... and the frog legs were good-not that I know what good ones are supposed to taste like from experience :D
 there was some hotel swimming pool action while Gisella napped...
then we spent all afternoon geocache-ing
 signing the logs
had to wade across a stream to find this one...

 forgot our we livened up the log by leaving a fingerprint signature in blood from a scratch Adrian incurred while crossing the steam. ;)  Wild right?
 After all that running around, we needed ice cream...
The boys said that this was like Whitt's End...Noah said it was what an ice cream shop "should be" ha

 A little lens distortion on Luke darling...but here we all are :)
 I told mom we were going to pay for a trip with panned gems and gold...I think we just about did it...

 Not sure what this guy eats in the cave...doesn't look like much... ;)
 Mirror lake... still water like I've never seen before
 I think my fave spot down there...
 presumedly several thousand years in the making...
 trails top side in the sun...
 checking out IN's first state capitol before Indy
 tribute to OBannon

 Gi and her everpresent bodyguard Jude man
 Serious play on the cannon

buckeye come in twos like this...who knew...I didn't
 And we just couldn't leave well enough alone and played mini gold before bed the second and last night of the trip...gluttons for punishment apparently.

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