Thursday, July 30, 2009

new email

I'd kinda forgotten that when we end our comcast service tonight, that will be the end of my email address. My new address is at gmail. It's the same--my first name, middle initial, and last initial.

I should send an email to my contacts about this, but I don't have everyone I should in my contacts.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

lake riley last night

Lidia was at a friend's house, but the rest of us were on the lake with the Arbuckles. A welcome break from packing!

Gabacious gets some air.
"Alright, alright, you can take a picture of me, Mom."

J learning to wakeboard. That is one handsome man. Is he available?

The handsome little man. Marcus and Bernie knee boarded like pros.

Friday, July 24, 2009

who is that?

Has it ever happened to you that you look at a picture of yourself and it just doesn't fit with how you see yourself? Your like, "Is that me? I thought I looked... different." It's not that you look awful (seen plenty of those) or wonderful (I treasure the few photos I have that make me look cuter than I am), you just look different. So does this look like me? Is that an expression I frequently wear? Just curious.

We have most of our possessions in the garage now. Yay! It was a very productive day. However, I feel sick about the enormous amount of stuff we have to throw out. Seriously. I believe we have thrown out more stuff than we are keeping. Isn't that wrong? Before you start on me, yes I did give away loads and loads of stuff. I took pains to not throw things away. I am environmentally aware, people. It just so happens that much of what we had tucked away here and there was JUNK. I hope this was a learning experience for me. I have vowed to never accumulate so much junk again. Or so many things that aren't junk, for that matter.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

awesome mormons and one bad and one good

Check out this link a friend sent me about an unusual (and yet so typically Mormon in their abnormality--they put the 'p' in 'peculiar') Mormon family in Denver. Great reading.

One bad thing and one good:

I totally took it for granted all those years (until roughly a year ago) that I was so slender I could waltz into any old department store and find me a pair of jeans. Even Gap, a skinny folk store. Alas, this is no longer the case. Will Spanish food make me skinny again because it's so fresh and additive free?

I found a perfume I absolutely love. First time ever. It's called Pure Grace. It smells like soap, or if you want to get fancy, "pure grace is the clean smell of soap and water, the memory of fresh air woven into a set of crisp, white cotton sheets, a cold deep breath on a snowy winter night, the best summer morning you have ever known, the one white t-shirt that feels better than all the rest." I'm going to covertly spray my kids with it. Even Marcus. Especially Marcus.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

man oh man

Tomorrow I am lining my kids' pockets with money and dropping them off at the mall for several hours. They will watch the new HP, get themselves some lunch, and then wander around until I see fit to pick them up. Can I tell you how excited I am to be in my house by myself for a few hours? Oh my gosh. I have great kids but they are getting weary of cranky mom and her upending of the house. We have one child who is particularly helpful (wrapping our Christmas ornaments in newspaper as I write this) and one who is driving me batty. Changes are very hard for this child and while I understand and even sympathize, I am also trying to deal with everyone's STUFF right now and I'm not especially nice.

Tomorrow! Yay!

Monday, July 20, 2009


We went to Chicago a couple weeks ago to turn in our visa applications at the consulate. It was also the first time we used our new camera. And this is the first day I use the new laptop I'm taking to Spain. It will take getting used to. Am I becoming an old creature of habit?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

i'm being so bad

I should be packing and I'm not. Yesterday I packed almost all day and I thought I would die of exhaustion by 3 pm. As a sympathetic friend said, (who survived an international move last fall) it's not the putting things in boxes that it so tiring, it is the constant stream of decisions you must make for every single object in your entire house. Toss it? Take it? Store it? Give it away? Many people have offered to help but I don't know what they can help with. They can't be the ones to decide what to do with my stuff. And yet I'm getting worried that J and I won't be able to handle it on our own. We supposedly leave for Maine is less than two weeks.

My son's next-to-last seeded baseball team beat the number one team last night. He looooves baseball. He would play all day every day if he could. I'm sad that there will be no baseball for him in Spain!

And here's what I'm all-out crying about: Guthrie's 2009-2010 season.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

more free stuff

Solid maple dresser, needs to be refinished and missing some knobs. One drawer does not slide very smoothly, but that can probably be fixed.

We're taking these two lovely ladies to Spain, but the Christmas tree behind them is free to a good home. It's old, but we would still be using it if we were staying. It's VERY big. Probably 7' high or so, and large circumference at the base. The tree does look pretty good. People were still asking me if it was real last Christmas.

Also included: MANY strings of Christmas lights.

Friday, July 10, 2009

i should be packing but here's my procrastination post

We found a renter and he seems perfect. Too perfect, in fact. Mama Ava and I were hoping to get back at my persnickety neighbors by finding someone loud and obnoxious. This guy is everything opposite. He wants to move in August 1st, so we're going great guns trying to get rid of our stuff. At least we're renting the house furnished, so we won't have to deal with much furniture. Anyone want an old computer hutch?
A king-size mattress?
A full-size bed?
A mini pool/air hockey/ping pong table? (It's small, like for 5-8 year olds.)

At the end of this month we're heading to Maine. We'll come back just a few days before our flight to Malaga.

I never posted about lunch with Mama Ava and Karen. So fun. What an idiot I was to not take photos! What's wrong with me? I should have at least got one of Frodo loving Karen. She picked him up and he snuggled right into her like he never ever wanted to leave.

I hosted my last book group meeting--Age of Innocence. The discussion was great! I've read it thrice now and I never saw Archer as a jerk. But now I'm considering him to at least have some jerk-like qualities after hearing him torn apart in our group. Who here thinks Archer would have been happy with Ellen if he'd married her instead of May?

I'm in denial that we are leaving behind so many awesome friends. I refuse to say good bye. I'm saying, "See you in Spain" since we have quite a few who are seriously considering coming to visit. Yay! So please don't be offended, Minnesota friends, when I don't say good bye. I don't think I can handle it.

We turned in our visa applications to the Spanish consulate in Chicago. We got to see a couple things while there--Sears Tower (did you know they changed the name to Willis Tower?!) and Millennium Park. Stay tuned for photos from our new Canon Rebel T1i! We love it!

Saturday, July 04, 2009