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. 🙂

 

No cake for me. :( March 23, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 8:21 am

We had a lovely little bridal shower at work today. It was for a young man in my office and his intended, who plan to get married in a small civil ceremony a week from Friday. We planned the perfect gourmet occasion to help them celebrate their pending nuptials—a burrito bar!

I also picked up a pretty pink cake decorated with entwined hearts and roses on the top and a white picket fence around the cake. What better way to acknowledge my friends who live in a pink house, right? There was only one small glitch in the day and it was all my fault…

When I planned the date for the shower, I hadn’t realized I would have to have a couple of medical tests the next day that required me to give up all solid food the day before. So, while everyone else was feasting on chicken and beef burritos, chips and the trimmings, I was quietly sipping some green tea. While the rest of the group dug into the pretty pink cake (it was a white cake with raspberry filling), all I could do was gaze longingly at the frosting and continue to sip green tea. Note: there is no possible way to make yourself believe that green tea tastes like a burrito. Believe me, I tried.

Oh well, the couple very kindly let me take a slice home so I can eat it tomorrow after the horrible tests are over. It’ll be even better than the ice cream after I had my tonsils out! Glad I have SOMETHING to look forward to tomorrow.

 

What’s Unreal About Reality TV March 21, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 12:16 am

Yes, I confess, I watch “Dancing With the Stars.” It’s a torrid little secret, but, there it is. It’s out.

I will say that I have begun to take a more cynical view of some of the reality shows out there. Last night, there was a big effort to assure everyone that no special compensation was being given in the case of Heather Mills (McCartney) as the first disabled dancing contestant. However, they mentioned it so frequently, as if there was a human out there who didn’t already know about it, they certainly made sure the voting audience was feeling sympathetic. I also felt that she only took the gig on this program to help bolster her image in the midst of her nasty divorce from Sir Paul McCartney.

I’ve also noted that Survivor has also taken a turn for the worse. In the beginning, Survivor really did impress me as a more legitimate reality series. It was believable because the contestants were more “normal” people and you could see them truly suffering as they struggled to provide themselves with the most basic human needs: food, water and shelter. Now, the show has evolved into something totally different. The contestants are now a little too pretty and polished, the mix altered to be a little too politically diverse and correct, and the suffering has been greatly reduced. In fact, the current show even began by having the contestants build a lovely “shelter” and comfy furniture was provided. Come on!!!! This is supposed to be Survivor, for heaven’s sake, not a beach holiday.

Maybe it’s just a sign that reality TV has explored all of its plausible avenues and we, the public, have become bored and are ready to move on. The new versions of reality shows have just become too silly for words. Perhaps I’ll take my cynical self off to a corner and read a good book instead. I think I need a good dose of Robinson Crusoe to offset my disgust for this season’s Survivor!

 

The Little Diva March 19, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 9:05 am

I spent part of my day with a 3 year old diva. This particular diva went along with her mother and me specifically to buy a flower girl dress and a pair of little ivory shoes. We wanted to find one, multi-purpose pair of shoes so that they would be usable for the four weddings the diva will be in this summer.

The little diva was COMPLETELY fascinated by the walls of mirrors at David’s Bridal. She liked even better that the big wall of mirrors included a lovely little pedestal to stand on and admire oneself. Diva thought it absolutely perfect that along with the mirrors and the pedestal, there were tiny little satin shoes to try on and many, many people to watch her. 3 year olds are so open about themselves. She stared at her feet, she stared at her reflection and twirled around in front of the mirrors. She was blissfully happy. Happy, that is, until the time came to remove the shoes and put back on the ones she arrived in. Oh my goodness, we really DO know how to act like a diva!

Little diva will be very happy come the days of the weddings. I hope all these brides know they’re going to get a run for their money in the attention category. I don’t think little diva knows it won’t be her day.