Archive for February, 2008

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

You know Joss, right? You don’t? Well, she’s a fantastic author and blogger. We’re both pisces, so clearly were meant to be BFF. And one of these days I will see her at a book reading. Even if I have to schedule a trip to visit family around it. I loved her first two books and cannot wait to get my hands on this one.

About the book (from the author’s own website)

Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she’s helping her mother make sure the very literal family skeleton stays buried or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel’s life seems neat and on track–a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna–everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 14-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne.

The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne’s backyard pool. Molly’s death is inexplicable–an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia’s help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family’s guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.


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A Walk Down Memory Lane

When E and A were babies I took their picture on their monthly birthdays with the same bear. Seeing them side-by-side makes me realize how similar they once looked! Each picture block begins at one-month old and goes through their nine-month birthday.

Girl Power

New Theme – Honest

Thanks to my sys admin and Tulip Time for the pretty new theme.


We got a DOG!Banjo is a buff colored, three-year old cockapoo.

So far we’re all adjusting nicely. A’s freak outs are already becoming less intense. E’s learning how to demonstrate that he’s “the big brother” (in pack mentality E needs to be more important than Banjo). Can’t report on George’s coping as I haven’t seen the cat in hours.

New Theme

Are you disappointed you popped out of your feed reader only to find my very, very old theme? A new one is coming – I promise. And it was here for a few minutes. But my admin tells me I need newer WordPress to take advantage of my new very pretty theme that you will love. And by love it, I mean HUMONGOUS PINK PUFFY HEART LOVE it.

Book Quiz Result

You’re Jurassic Park!
by Michael Crichton
You combine all the elements of a mad scientist, a brash philosopher, a humble researcher, and a money-hungry attracter of tourists. With all these features, you could build something monumental or get chased around by your own demons. Probably both, in fact. A movie based on your life would make millions, and spawn at least two sequels that wouldn’t be very good. Be very careful around islands.

Chased around by my own demons? That sounds about right. I experience anxiety over things that I have no control. Maybe I should start labeling my issues with dinosaur names? E would surely love that. “Look Mommy’s panoplosaurus is rearing its ugly head again.”

Thanks Halimah

Give Me An O

Get your mind out of the gutter.

Barack Obama won the Colorado Democratic Caucus. Over 107,000 registered Democrats caucused tonight, that’s more than 7x the number in 2000 (says 9news at 10pm). Sadly, I wasn’t one of them. Peter had previous plans and funny how social services frowns on pre-schoolers caring for their toddler-aged sisters.

Hillary won in American Samoa. Today she said ,“I hope American Samoa and the Samoan people are in good hands and I know you will be if I am back at the White House,” in a phone call broadcast to delegates (San Jose Mercury News). “If I am back at the White House,” eebs me out a little bit. I know she lived there. I know she did important work as First Lady. But to suggest that she’s “returning” to the White House is disingenuous IMHO; the “White House” is generally a representation of the Presidency.

By the way, what happened to the Rodham in her name?


Pledged delegates are those won through caucuses and primaries. Superdelegates are party officials that have guaranteed seats at the convention. Hillary’s high number of Superdelegates going into Super Tuesday looks to me, the untrained eye, to have one of two possibilities: that party officials pledged with conviction, so it doesn’t matter that they did it so early or pledged who they thought would win so they could be right all along. The cynic in me thinks its the latter.

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