Archive for November, 2007

Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients for chocolate pumpkin muffins:

Mix pumpkin (not pie mix) with cake mix. The mix will look a little dry, it’s not. Follow baking instructions on cake mix box. Your muffins will not have smooth tops. Or at least mine didn’t. While lumpy on top they were smooth and moist on the inside. I would have taken a picture of them but didn’t want to risk having my hand bitten by ravenous children.


Grateful that my daughter has a protective knight in shining armor by her side. Grateful that my son’s sword is foam.

Hope everyone had a satiating Thanksgiving. Now, back to the grind stone. Christmas is only a month away!

What American Accent Do You Have?

The other night we, as a family, were out to dinner with my work team and their families. A coworker’s wife asked how long I lived in the South. I’ve never lived in the South. I don’t think I sound Southern, not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you. But people who live in my spoken world largely disagree. I was in Atlanta in January. People asked me why I moved to Colorado from Mobile, AL. I asked why on earth they thought I was an Alabama transplant. Apparently, I sounded like a local. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

But now! Proof that I don’t have a Southern accent. No, I sound like a character from “Fargo.” Which, I don’t. I don’t say “eh” at the end of all my sentences. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I don’t have an accent at all. Do you?

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: North Central

“North Central” is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw “Fargo” you probably didn’t think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

The West
The Midland
The Inland North
The Northeast
The South
What American accent do you have?
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Again, Really?

Yes – this is what people in Colorado talk about. All the time. 51 degree drop in two days. Today was summer. Tomorrow is autumn. Wednesday is winter. How many other people get three seasons in three days?

A Door That Locks

Audrey should have been in bed. Instead she was standing outside our door crying. So, I locked our closed bedroom door. She turned around, walked into her room, closed the door and … continued crying. At least she’s doing it in her room. I have TV to watch and the crying so near to my head was distracting.

In the time it took to write this, she stopped crying. One hopes that she’s asleep and not plotting her escape over the baby gate.

Dude, Where’s My Furniture?

Our family room, sans furniture

Our living room, with two rooms of furniture in it. And little sprites that only the camera can see.

All in preparation for this to be installed

And yes, most of the walls are still builder white. We’re working on it! Also, if you’ve been to our house in the last year and admired the tile on the fire place – thank you. And no, it’s still not grouted. Why rush into these things?

Like a Drive-By

We have counters in the kitchen again. Too bad the appliances will soon be in the dining room. Sub-floor looks better then the filthy carpet that was in the family room. Our kids are going to totally wipe-out on the hard wood floors after they’re installed. One supposes it’ll only happen once. I’m not that one.

Audrey would rather sleep in our bed or on the floor in her room. I fail to see what is wrong with her bed.

Work, not so much fun. And that’s all we’ll say about that.

Some people moved back to CO and I’m totally psyched. Too bad our house is a construction zone, otherwise I would help unpack. And by help, I mean watch. And by unpack, I mean pour the wine. Welcome home Whitney Family. We missed you.