Barnmouse Blitherings

Happy Halloween, Part 2
October 31, 2006, 9:05 pm
Filed under: my dog ate the obedience instructor

This will look much better when it’s all lit up, but we’ll have to wait until it gets dark.

I picked this design because it bears an incredible likeness to my dog (a.k.a. Dogzilla).

See if you can see the similarity…….

Careful….this next picture could be scary!!!! hee hee!

Happy HOWL-O-WEEN!!!


Happy Halloween
October 31, 2006, 9:03 pm
Filed under: whineyness

I am so proud!!!
October 30, 2006, 9:25 pm
Filed under: general wonderment

Tomorrow…TOMORROW it will one year since my mom quit smoking!


I’ve bugged her to quit my entire life! And she has…several times…but only for a few weeks or so. Then a friend of hers would come over to our house at night and smoke since she didn’t want her family to know that she smoked….and so the cycle continued.

But then…a year and umm…6 weeks ago, my Granny stopped smoking after God Knows how many years and she did it all by herself!!! My mom had said many times before that if Granny quit then she would too. So of course, as soon as I OH MY GOD THERE’S A WASP IN THE HOUSE AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

ok….wasp has been terminated….umm….what was I saying?

Oh yeah…so as soon as I heard that Granny had quit smoking, I called up my mom and said “now you have to quit too!!!!!” And her reply was “if Granny doesn’t start smoking again in six weeks, then I’ll quit too.”

Six weeks and a few more days past and I finally called her up again and said “have you quit?” and she said that she hadn’t yet, but was going to on the 31st and I said “Good! That’s Halloween! It will be easy to remember.

And OMIGOD it’s been a WHOLE YEAR!!!!! (almost)

I just couldn’t contain my happiness and joy until tomorrow so I had to let a little bit spill out today!

She sometimes reads this so……

YAY MOM! Congratulations!!!!!

When I was little, I had all kinds of ways of destroying my mom’s cigarettes. As soon as she would turn her back, I’d put a lit one out, doing my best to crush it without burning myself. Or if I was near a sink, I’d put it under the water. But what I’m most proud of is when I managed to hide an entire carton! I was looking for a pen and came across a whole unopened carton of cigarettes in a drawer. I wasn’t sure if I could successfully get rid of the whole carton, but I knew I had to try (trying to make as big of a deal out of this as I can). My parents have a refrigerator/freezer in the kitchen (as most do) but also a seperate huge freezer in the pantry for…well…frozen stuff. There was a box of popsicles in there that had maybe 3 or 4 popsicles left in it so I decided to go for it. I took the popsicles out of the popsicle box (do you like how many times I’m saying popsicle? popsicle, popsicle, popsicle, popsicle, popsicle!) and wedged the whole carton of cigarettes (didn’t even bother taking them out of the carton!) into the bottom, and miraculously, it was a perfect fit! I took this as a sign from up above that I should continue my cigarette-destroying behavior. Anyway, I put the rest of the….POPSICLES (haha) back into the box to hid the cigarettes and turned the box around to look like it was new and hadn’t been opened yet. I also put some other things in front of the box to hopefully hide it.

Later that night (or maybe it was the next night) I sat and watched as my mom took everything out of her purse, and went through every drawer in the kitchen….trying to look all innocent. I was successful because when she asked if I had seen them and I said “No.” she believed me.

SUCKER!!! Hee hee!!!!

Fast forward about 10-11 years and I’ve moved away and am married and I’m talking to my mom on the phone and I happen to remember the cigarettes in the freezer. I start joking about it and there’s just silence on the other end of the line.

So I had to recount this whole story to her, and she didn’t believe me. So I told her to go look for herself. Which she did. And I waited. Patiently.

Needless to say, she was happy that she wasn’t going crazy like she thought she was all those years ago!

I told her she needed to clean out her freezer more often!

SPF – Easy Does It!
October 27, 2006, 3:09 pm
Filed under: Weekly-ish Things

This week, Kristine has graced us with an even easier SPF than last week, which I am ashamed to admit, I did not do.

So here it is 🙂

1.) Your pot holders….okay, I have one. The other ones are like I’m not using pot holders at all after about 2 nanoseconds of holding something hot, so I don’t count those as “pot holders”….they’re more like….mittens….with gunk on them because well….I’m lazy. So, because of that laziness, I’m not going to try to come up with anything else clever about the pot holders…I’m just gonna post the picture.

2.) Your pumpkins. Okay….I had a naughty idea about this one, but instead, I’ll stick with literal and show you my pumpkins. (hee hee….still sounds dirty)

and btw…that is my kitty next to the carved one….I just noticed that

3.) Something pink. I had to search my house for something pink. I am not all that girlie. When I was growing up (and even now) some of my friends were (or are) “pink crazy”….which I never understood. Take the friend this is for, for example….She went absolutely Little Mermaid CRAZY when that movie first came out. I don’t even want to think about how many times she’s seen that. (don’t worry, she’s not still all LM batty!) and no, I won’t tell you what’s in the bag…’s for her birthday and she sometimes reads this! It was just the only pink thing I had! And I won’t even have it for long since we’re going over to their house tonight (and God willing that I don’t forget it, which is entirely possible) it won’t be here tomorrow!

So there you have it! Did you play?!

family cookbook catastrophy!

I. am. such. a. dumbass.

I don’t know how I did it, but I ended up deleting about 40 recipes from my computer between the last time I worked on the cookbook and 3 days ago. And for most of that time, my computer was unplugged and sitting in a corner all by itself.

The computer gods are angry with me.


I don’t wanna type all the recipes in again.

At first I thought it was only about 20 or so, but then I realized that it was more like 40.


Fourty long recipes that I had to reword, figure out, format, decifer, blah blah blah….GONE. And the backup? Ohhh don’t even ask me about my back up. My dumbass saved the wrong dang thing.


Mmmm….Ugg boots….I’m feeling better already.

I am very happy to have my office back though. After almost 2 months of having it in disarray. The funny thing is (not funny haha) that if this were my husband’s office (still haven’t come up with a good “blogname” for him yet) his office would have been done in 2 weekends TOPS. OOoooooh….but when there’s stuff to do in HERE that I can’t do (i.e. electrical stuff…I have too much frizz in my hair to begin with) he’s all on the couch going “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Do you KNOW how many times I had to hear that knowing that there was nothing I could do about it? I just said “just wait until we do your office and you ask me to touch up the walls or something.” You can be my behind is going to be on the couch all “Ooooh…..tomorroooooooowwwww”.

So my office is put back together (with my lovely shiney new floors) and my cat highjacks my chair! But of course, she looks so darn cute, I just can’t bring myself to make her get up. Well….that was 2 days ago. And she’s not sitting in it now. I am. hehe…

Let’s see…must find more things to do so I can put off re-entering recipes……….

stupid computer…

what to do…what to do…
October 25, 2006, 5:32 am
Filed under: my dog ate the obedience instructor, whineyness

So what do I do when I have nothing to write about…..that’s right! I write something!

I’m learning French. It’s these French lessons on tape…well, CD’s actually. Does anyone actually have a tape player anymore? My hubby and I took piano lessons from the same person, just several years apart….oh yeah, I meant to say “on a totally unrelated note, but not really, it will just appear to be totally unrelated for the first sentence or so”….and she made all her students bring in a tape each week to record the lesson and then we were supposed to take the tapes home and listen to them while sitting at the piano and play along, blah blah blah.

Confession: I used the same tape for 3 years. tee hee

When I had to pull everything out of my office closet when we were putting down the new floor, I found HIS tapes! All of them. LOL He saved them. How cute is that?! Anyway…when I’m getting at is, if I ever do happen to come upon a tape player, I’m gonna listen to them. *evil laugh* muah ha ha!

I think I recorded over my tape (singular) with songs off the radio an hour after I quit taking lessons. The teacher was actually my second piano teacher. The first one I took from for about 4 years, I think….possibly a little longer. She had these huge thick glasses that made her eyes look GIGANTIC! She took them off one day and she had these beady little eyes. Freaked me out. Of course, I think I was 8 at the time. I freaked out easily.

Where was I going with this?

Oh yeah.

French CDs. I’ve listened to the first one and I decided to listen to it again just to make sure I had a grasp on it before I started the second one. It’s just real basic stuff, but it’s being taught a different way.

Okay…how boring. Sorry.

I’m so glad it’s Fall….and that it finally feels like Fall. Well, most of me, at least. I got this “crush injury” (fancy doctor term) to my right hand to my second and third knuckles in March of this year. In the shape of a large dog’s mouth. A large gray dog. A very large, gray dog with blue eyes and a big fuzzy tail. Yes. My dog. MY dog. MY DOG! Yes, he’s still alive. It wasn’t really his fault. I’m not absolving him completely, but I was trying to get a nasty dead, slimy, gross, several-days-dead, squirrel out of his mouth without touching it, at the time. On the plus side, I did keep him from eating it. On the…um….negative side…I have his dental impressions on my hand.

To his credit, he looked absolutely shocked and horrified when he realized that what he had in his mouth was actually NOT a dead, nasty, slimey squirrel. He’s normally bouncy and hyper and full of energy, but he walked the whole mile back home right next to my leg with his tail between his legs with an “oh shit” look on his face.


Now my hand hurts when it’s cold. It was all nasty and swollen and purple and gross for about a month after, and then it started to turn slightly less purple and slightly more green, and then finally went back to it’s normal color in about June. I’ll post the pics if I can find them. I had to take them with my cell phone camera since I didn’t have the digital yet and my uh…normal…camera was too heavy to use with my other hand.

So….any suggestions on what to do with my crampy hand? Is there anything out there on the market like the cold stuff that’s hot that will keep my hand warm? Please don’t say a glove. har har. My hand doesn’t really hurt when it’s warm, so I figure if I can just keep it warm when it’s cold outside, then I’ll be good to go.

Wow….for not having much to write about, this ended up being pretty long.

Now I have to go kill my cats….or at least cover them in velcro and stick them to the celing.

On another completely unrelated note… is SO way past time for ER to stop making new shows. Actually, I think that time came 2 years ago.

Oops…I got sidetracked…
October 24, 2006, 4:17 pm
Filed under: general wonderment

Here’s the pictures of the pumpkin I carved last Thursday….it’s a little shriveled up now…but not too bad. We were supposed to go get another pumpking this weekend and pick it out together, but well….we were too busy doing nothing. ANYway….here’s the pumpkin!

This one was during the day. The little bright orange thingy inside it is my pumpkin light that flashes and flickers to make it look like there’s a candle in there without actually having to put a lit candle on my front porch. Very handy, I highly recommend.And this is what it looks like at night all lit up and purtty!!!