What a Restful (Ahem) Weekend!

What am I in for for the rest of the week. I woke up at my regular time, 5:30am. I debated sleeping longer. I didn’t; I pulled myself out of bed. I took a shower. I put coffee on. I started reading my Bible (I’m reading Jeremiah right now). I also started falling asleep! I dozed through five chapters. I put on the news. I didn’t get coffee. I fell asleep. Yup. I fell asleep for a half hour on the couch after I’d just woke up and showered! Yowza! Let’s see if the rest of the week falls in line with this AM. If it does, I may be in for a heap of trouble!

Friday Fill In #97

1. My blueprint for success includes two bottles of Elmer’s glue, a live guppy, and two Whopper Jr.s from BK.
2. Junior Mints were the last candy I ate.
3. The best facial moisturizer I’ve ever used is apparently still on the store shelf somewhere. I don’t moisturize.
4. Coffee can be good therapy.
5. I’d like to tell you about my King. Do you know him?
6. Humor  is my strongest characteristic.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a night home with the boys, tomorrow my plans include two gigs, and Sunday, I want to play a benefit for elderly people and oil relief!

The Couch

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I finally found a couch for us. Last year, I thought I’d get Susan a Christmas gift: a new couch. We bought a red flowered couch about the time the boys were born. About two years in, we had to replace the cushions. At three years in, we were using a slipcover to hide the holes. Four years now, and it was really embarrassing and annoying. I really needed to find something.

The hard part is that Susan and I like more formal looking furniture. And that sort of furniture doesn’t take kindly to four year old twins. And, apparently, there’s not much call for it in midcoast Maine. I looked and looked. We found one we both loved, but I really didn’t want to spend $900.

So this week, while on vacation, we went to four different furniture in Portland. Nothing. On Saturday, I went to two more furniture stores. Still no luck. On a whim, Julia and I went to Prince’s over on Rt. 90.  Finally! Something in stock, and a decent price, with a more formal look.

Here’s the old sofa, without the slipcover. Remember, that’s just four years old! And, here’s the new one. I hope I can get three years out of this one. We’ll see.

Vacation Wrap Up

I know, I know. Not a lot of updates from me last week. I spent the week (mostly) getting the house ready for winter. I put some plastic up over the basement windows and doors, raked leaves, moved an old freezer, and insulated some pipes. We also took the kids down to the children’s museum one day, and had lunch at the Macaroni Grill. (I had Carmela’s Chicken: grilled chicken, mushrooms, caramelized onions, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese tossed with imported rigatoni pasta and creamy Marsala wine sauce. Yum!) I also spent a morning putting fresh drum heads on my Starclassic kit. They sounded sooo good, I switched out my road kit. Big Pink is now in the basement, and the Starclassics will go back on the road for a while. I also finished a web site for a client: Rockland District Nursing. What else? Well, breakfast at the Brass Compass one morning. A sofa was purchased after about a year of looking. (It gets delivered tomorrow night.) I think that may be all the highlights. All in all, it was a nice vacation; I got a lot done, and didn’t stress out over anything.

Gina’s Funky Word MI-5

I missed this one a week ago. This was also the same five in which I was nominated to write the following week’s five, and I missed that part too, which is why it was late. OK, onward…

1. Other than the usual “crunch”, what one word best describes the sound when you walk in snow? Tell us about a time you had with/in snow.

RRRmmmphhh. One of my greatest snow memories is the time I was sliding down Ma’s hill, and went straight into a tree. That was so fun! I got a concussion and stove my face up pretty well. Or maybe the time playing freeze football at Owls Head School, when Jamie Lamb pulled me out of the sky when I was leaping to catch a pass, and my ankle broke. Yee ha!

2. What one word best describes the sound of leaves as you walk through them. Try not to use the word “rustle, rustling”. Share a story having to do with you and leaves.

Skritch. I like jumping in leaves. I hate raking leaves. Unfortunately, you can’t have one without the other.

3. Choosing another word besides the word “slosh”, give us your best (one) word for walking through rain and puddles. We’d love to read a story about you and the rain and/or puddles.

Schmuggle. I can’t really think of a good rain story, other than all three of my children can’t hardly keep their feet out of any puddle near them, regardless of what they have on for shoes!

4. Yes, there’s sweltering. But pick one other word to describe the humid summer heat. If you’re able, tell us a funny story related to you and the summer heat. If nothing comes to mind, tell us what you do to beat the heat.

Slaking. To beat the heat, I will occassioanly resort to an old trick Frank Butler taught me: take a cold beer in a cool shower. It has to be a bottle of beer, so you can put your thumb over the bottle and keep the water out. That will cool you off right quick. This year, it didn’t even get hot enough for me to use that particular trick.

5. Halloween is fast approaching. Other than the word “spooky”, choose one word that describes the Halloween atmosphere. Share with us a favorite Halloween costume you wore. If you’ve never participated by wearing a costume, let us know the wildest costume you’ve ever seen.

I’ve always been a fan of “macarbre.” The best costume I can think of is the one Unk made himself–a homemade knights costume! It was fantastic, and you couldn’t tell who was under the helmet. He wore it to a community Halloween party, and he didn’t talk to anyone. All night long people were trying to figure out who was in the knight’s costume!