No, not the Avatar!

17Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

AvatarYou don’t know how much it pains me to admit this: I actually watched a whole episode of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” tonight. And it wasn’t because I was just in the room and it happened to be on. And it wasn’t like last Friday night, when I caved and let the boys watch it while eating dinner in the living room simply because I was too frustrated and outnumbered to insist that we watch something a little less soaked in testosterone.

Tonight was different.


The Sarcastic Contender Speaketh

15Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

I haven’t felt very well today, so it’s been a lazy day of naps, television viewing and web surfing. I just found a funny site for when you have time to kill. Go to and click “Name Generator”.

My Superhero name: The Invincible Phantom

My Not So Care Bear name: Bad Luck Bear

My Cute name: Nookummoogliepums (say what?)

My Spring Fairy Name: Lily Garden-Spirit

My Gideon Dafoe Pirate Name: The Pirate with the Website (HA!!)

My (ordinary?) Pirate Name: Captain Slightly Singed Beard Of the pirate ship Matzo Balls

Smurf Name: Sweet Toothed Smurf

Redneck Name: Bobby-Sue Pigpusher

Princess Name: Kari the Respected, Princess of Eltano

Villainess Name: The Merciless Shadow  (I like that one!)

And finally, perhaps the funniest, best-fitting of all, my Ninja Name:

The Sarcastic Contender! :twisted:

A Peek Inside the Male Brain

10Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

I lit some candles and incense about an hour ago. No, I’m not setting the scene for some kind of ritual. The dogs were freaking out over the thunder and wanted to be close to their people, and the dogs smell like, well, dogs. Hence the need for powerful air-freshening.

So, this was an HOUR ago, and Eli just now came running up to me, “MOM! Something’s burning! I smell fire and smoke!” He and Zach were so busy focusing on their play that it took a whole hour for their brains to register the shift in our home’s fragrance.

Zach’s reaction to Eli’s outburst? “What smell? I don’t smell anything.”

(Note to self: Get that child to an allergist, soon!)

But, BUT, while the male senses are basically immune to the loveliness of scented candles, they are ever so tuned-in to technology.


Yeah, that’s my boy!

7Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

Zach’s standardized test scores came in the mail while we were in Florida. I know I shouldn’t, but I still tend to doubt myself a bit in regard to my ability to homeschool the kids. I have so much of myself invested in doing this…if they don’t succeed, then as their teacher, I have failed too, know what I mean? So I’m always on pins and needles waiting for test results.

It was a huge relief to see that Zach did really well!!!

It’s kind of hard to explain the way this particular test is structured, but the summary is that he scored average to high in all categories, and shocked the heck out of me by ranking in the 90th national percentile in math!

I’m really proud of him and SO relieved to see proof that he’s doing well. :-D