The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

You Are My Sunshine March 31, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:38 am

She’s three, she’s my niece, she’s a bit of a diva and…she’s way too much like me for comfort. “Baby chicken” as she is called by my daughter, is practicing early for her turn at American Idol. This evening she refined her stage moves while singing You Are My Sunshine and Baby Bumblebee. She also started to learn the song that was my claim to fame at age five: I’ve Been Everywhere.

“Baby chicken” is also taking music lessons and is learning to recognize notes, rests, and can say her musical alphabet. It’s pretty cute. Especially when I heard that when she heard someone singing the Star Spangled Banner at the beginning of a Nascar race on TV, she ran to grab her Mama’s curling iron and used it for a microphone as she sang along.

Kids do the darndest things! 🙂


The Lawn Geeks March 30, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 6:43 am

‘Tis the season, as they say, for those who obsess about all things green (a.k.a. lawn geeks) to come out of their winter hibernation and begin to work their magic on their respective patches of grass. My husband, bless his little heart, is a true lifetime member of that secret society of geeks.

As soon as spring began to tease us with its periodic glimpses of warm weather and shoots pushing through the dead overgrowth of winter, my “lawn geek” was busy getting his Cub Cadet with the 50 inch deck ready for the season ahead. Sharpening blades, changing filters and oil, and checking the battery to make sure his prized piece of machinery was ready for the challenge of mowing three lawns and a park every week.

We started the planning discussions about what bushes in the front flower bed needed to go, what color mulch to have this year (we decided on a dark brown) and had our annual pep talk about how important it is for me to water the flowers ALL summer, not just the first week after I plant them.

Then, at long last, the grass was long enough to need mowing. “Lawn geek, start your engine!” What a sense of pride and satisfaction he felt when he surveyed the finished lush carpet of Kentucky blue grass. One week later, with our first Trugreen-Chemlawn bill in hand, and the season had officially begun.

He has what he’s always wanted. The neighbors are finally drooling over HIS lawn. He’s done well and life is good! Thank you lawn geek!


From Analytics to Hummus and Bread Pudding March 28, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:31 pm

I was out of town yesterday meeting with a colleague and attending a demo of a new Web analytics tool. The analytics resource was very impressive and, as with most things in our trade, very costly. I’m not sure if it will be something that is affordable for our needs, but, it was good to see an application that was well made and very flexible.

That said, on to more important things. We had lunch at a great restaurant called Yia Yia’s. I’m not usually a big fan of hummus, but, oh my goodness, do these folks know how to do hummus! The entire meal was outstanding, but, the big finale was to die for. We ordered a couple of desserts to share. One was a chocolate fudge brownie wrapped in phyllo dough and baked, topped with ice cream and a lovely sauce. However, the bread pudding was perhaps one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. It was a lovely cinnamon and apple concoction, perfectly baked and finished with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Oh—my—gosh… You’ve got to try this!

It was a nice day and we were able to avoid the rain and thunderstorms both there and back. Although it was a working trip, it was nice for my pal Niki and me to get out of the office for a short bit.


What is this thing called relaxation? March 27, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 6:33 pm

After spending a day at work, the evening is supposed to be that nice, quiet few hours spent at home unwinding. Oh really? Somehow, that isn’t my usual experience. My evenings usually go something like this:

1. Fight the traffic across town to pick up husband.

2. 30 minute drive home.

3. Walk in the house and realize teenage son hasn’t done his chores of unloading the dishwasher and taking out the trash.

4. Do teenage son’s chores of unloading the dishwasher and taking out the trash.

5. Start fixing dinner while simultaneously working around husband who is fixing a snack because he’s STARVING!

6. Put away multiple pickle and olive jars, cheese and crackers that husband left strewn all over the counter.

7. Answer the phone several times because the teenager is outside and unable to receive the calls from his friends.

8. Open mail.

9. Eat dinner.

10. Start to watch TV while doing the supper dishes.

11. Have daily spat with teenage son about not doing his chores.

12. Have daily spat with teenage son about not doing his homework before he went skateboarding.

13. Let the dog outside.

14. Let the dog back inside.

15. Sit down to watch TV. If it’s interesting to me, the phone will ring several times. If it’s REALLY interesting, there will be some crisis with one of the kids that will keep me on the phone for at least an hour.

16. If there’s nothing on TV that is interesting to me, I’ll wander off to play computer games, read email and write in my blog.

17. Go to bed.

18. Answer the phone.

19. Go back to bed.

20. Get up and turn on the dishwasher because I forgot to do it when I stopped to answer the phone earlier.

21. Go back to bed.

22. Go to sleep and have nightmares about the phone ringing…

23. Rinse and repeat. 🙂


From curls to crewcut March 26, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 7:01 pm

As someone who was a bit reluctant to allow her 14 year old son to have long hair, I find it a bit ironic that I am now equally reluctant to let him get a crewcut. It’s amazing how quickly one’s hairstyle defines your personality. My son has beautiful light brown curly hair, the kind that make girls jealous. Last night he informed me that when school was out he wanted to cut it short for the summer—a crewcut.

I know Moms aren’t supposed to have a strong opinion on these things and should let their kids choose their own style (within reason, of course). But, I will truly miss the cute curls that have made my son stand out in a crowd. I’m sure all the girls will miss them, too. Sigh…


My Blog Ego March 24, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 10:51 pm

I must admit, I find myself getting a little too giddy when I realize someone has been reading my blog. How conceited of me! I’ll find myself mentioning in conversation with someone a tidbit about something and they’ll reply “I know, I’ve been reading your blog.” WOW! The power of the Internet…

It’s been a couple of months now since I started this blog. It truly has become a home for my random thoughts, a place where I can vent certain feelings and a communications resource between me and my friends and family who read it.

To all of you who waste a moment or two out of your life to read my blog, thanks. My blog ego appreciates it!


The Washer Takes a Wife

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 2:07 am

Maytag Washer, recently widowed, took today as his wife a new Maytag Dryer. This is a May-December romance, as Washer is at least 15 years older than the new, sleek model. They will continue to reside together in the first floor laundry room.

Both Washer and Dryer will be very busy the first few days of their married life catching up on the massive amounts of laundry that is waiting. It is said that the new Maytag Dryer is a much quieter mate than the last one. However, it’s been my experience that most new brides start the marriage quietly and only get louder with time and wear. 🙂