Monday, November 29, 2004

Christmas Lists

I am always very bad about making a list, so here goes:

Dana's List
U2's new CD (Aimée I think has "claimed" this one.)
Wonderfalls DVD complete series
Lowe's, Target, Barnes & Noble, or Jo Ann Fabrics (Michael's?) gift certificates
Any CD by Remy Zero, Frou Frou, or Zero 7 (I don't have any. Details by Frou Frou, Simple Things by Zero 7, or the Garden State soundtrack are good ideas.)
ETA: We went to the store, and I remembered a few more things ...
Bathroom rugs (cream, one big one or two smaller ones)
Jem CD
Damien Rice CDs - "O", or "Cannonball." (harder to find)

Jack's List
Spiderman Web Blaster (Aunt Trudy has "claimed" this one.)
Magic Tree House books (Any over #25 now because he has #20 and will probably get through a few more before Christmas.)
Aladdin DVD (I think Mom "claimed" this one.)
Monster's Inc. DVD Collector's Edition
khaki or navy pants, size 7/8
paper for crafts (blank of any kind would be good because he is always creating something, usually stories or drawings)
Legos (but only small sets, not huge ones because he has quite a few already; Jack Stone is still a winner.)

If you need more ideas or have questions, just let me know. :-)

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am a few days late, but that is what happens when I am away from my computer, at family with dial-up (and other family members online instead of me), or without a connection entirely.

Thanksgiving was pretty quiet this year. Frank and David were back. Amy is settled into her house for the most part, and mom and Dave were up for the meal as well. Jack and I drove up on Thursday morning since the houses were pretty full already. The roads were completely fine, but we saw plenty of cars/trucks still in the ditches from the storm the previous night. It was raining all day Wednesday, it turned into sleet around noon, and by the time I picked Jack up from school, it was snow. It was very wet though, so it wasn't the kind you could really play in. And now it is already all gone.

We got to stay in Amy's new place for the first time Thursday night. It is already coming together very nicely. Jack stayed up late to watch the Grinch with Amy while I went and watched movies with Matt and his brother, Todd. We watched "28 Days Later" which was okay, but I was expecting more for all the fuss I remember about the movie. After the gore though, we needed some fluff, so we put in "Daredevil." That was the worst movie ever; so bad, it was fluff light. ;-)

Friday morning we headed out to Bloomington to catch our flight to Orlando. I actually didn't get pulled aside in security this time. It's every other time, so I guess I should expect to be pulled aside on our Christmas trips. The flight was pretty uneventful. The weather was all clear, so we had no problem getting out on time. We got to Orlando right after 5pm, and Rose and Chuck met us outside of the airport.

Our quick weekend in Orlando was spent moving a few things from their old place to the new one and rearraning/unpacking things that were already there. The new place is just around the corner from their old complex, and it is very nice. They are around the corner from the parking lot, which is less fun because of the walk, but nice because they are away from all traffic and have the pond/lake on that side. Friday night we got to see Nita, Teresa, and Margie briefly, and then got dinner at the usual spot. Josh was heading to work, so he stopped by for a while there.

Saturday morning was the usual breakfast with Dale, although the crossword puzzle got left behind. Oh, because the newspaper had messed up the delivery schedule, that's right. We went to the old place to get a few more things, then Chuck had to take poor Keely to the vet, so Rose and I got to work in the new place. During that day, we got the bookshelves in the diningroom, the computer desk and other furniture in the livingroom, the daybed and desk in the spare room, and the kitchen stuff sets up. The cable also got all figured out, and I got the computer set up, but the DSL wasn't working because of the phone jack. Nothing ever goes 100% smoothly, but that's okay. It was good just to get that stuff started so they could get settled into the place after all the moving. And there is still a load or two of things at the old place, but hopefully that will all be taken care of tomorrow.

We went to dinner Saturday night, had a slightly late night, then crashed since Jack and I had to head home somewhat early on Sunday. This morning, we just took our time, had breakfast, then went to the airport. The line at security was very long, but somehow it moved extremely fast, so we ended up at our gate with one hour still before our flight. Jack hadn't been feeling well all morning, and slept off and on almost the whole flight home. We made it back from Bloomington with no problem. The car was still there, although someone with a turquoise car was nice enough to share their paint with my passenger side door. Grr. The house is still here, as are the cats, although slightly noisier than usual. Jack is out playing with the neighbors, and we have to figure out dinner. I didn't take pictures this weekend, so nothing to share there.

Okay, better go check on the boys. :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Halloween and Thanksgiving

It's almost time for Thanksgiving, and my host has finally worked out the bugs (that they said weren't there) in publishing my blog. Phew!

Here is a picture of Jack from Halloween. He was a mad doctor. :-)

Mad Doctor Jack.

For Thanksgiving, we will be celebrating with the family in Peoria and then in Orlando. Yay! However, the weather was rainy today, sleeting when I went to volunteer at the school, and is now snowing. It is supposed to be clear/sunny on Friday and Sunday, so here's hoping our travel plans don't get sideswiped by the weather. Good thing we have direct flights. Connecting anywhere, but especially Atlanta, would've been terrible this weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Election 2004

It's just about 1am, and it looks like Bush will be re-elected. Ohio still hasn't been called. Florida has a bunch of contested absentee ballots.

When I went to vote this morning, I waited in line for 30 minutes. Previous times, I was always done in 2 minutes. So many people were out this year. Almost everyone had something to say and was going to vote. How is it possible that the country is still so completely divided? How is it possible that taking the division into account, people don't consider that maybe it's time to go on a different path?

You can be consistent, but it doesn't make you right. I honestly don't know what the next four years will hold for us and the rest of the world if the results hold. If Kerry wins, I wouldn't know what the future would hold, but I also wouldn't be absolutely ill thinking about it, either.

Like so many other people I have been talking to, I just don't get how we had this chance and now it's gone.