I stopped making resolutions for the new year a while ago because I realized I can't keep them. I used to make the usual...work out (notice I didn't say work out more since I don't work out at all), eat healthier (i.e. eat out less), have more patience (i.e. stop yelling at the girls), yadda, yadda, yadda...
well, I got an email from from barnes & noble about their after the holidays sale and couldn't resist picking up a few cook books. Maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to stick with this one resolution.
reviews to come later...
on a totally different note, Richard and I were looking at the best 100 public colleges in value because we do stuff like that. IU was ranked 55th in the nation for value (GO IU!) and was also ranked 4th in the category of "best party schools" (GO IU!) and in the "least hours of studying", it ranked 13th (GO IU!). Richard always hoped that at least one of the girls would go to IU but we're having second thoughts about it now...hee:)
then he found the perfect school for the girls here. You need to scroll down to where it says "Freshman Test Scores".
1310...seriously? and that's the median score, which if i remember correctly from my statistics and probability class means middle score. not the average score. holy canoli. I don't think I know anyone who scored above a 1300 on their SATs.
Since I'm from Indiana, I'd heard of the university and knew of a couple of kids that were going to go there from my high school but they were the kids who were so freaking smart that they didn't know how to relate to, like...humans.
Richard, of course was excited about the fact that "nearly" 100% of graduates get jobs starting at an average of $55,000 (i.e. he won't have to support them after college). And I was concerned if they would be able to meet any cute boys there. Lucky for us, there's plenty of time to keep looking :)
so I ask you, does this look like the future freshman class of 2019?
(self portrait taken by maddie)
we were all in the car heading over to my very pregnant sister's house when i happen to lean over to Richard and state the obvious...what a crappy day it was. as most of the nation (it seems) got beautiful, white snow, Kentucky managed to get freezing rain.
well, the wee one overheard what i had said and managed to soon make a song out of it...
"oh what a crappy day
crappy crappy crappy day
oh what a crappy day..."
she kept singing that song until she finally fell asleep.
smooth, moon. very smooth.
ETA: THE COLTS ARE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL!!!!! YAAAAHOOOOOO!!!!!
I'm glad it's friday. that means richard comes home from being away for two weeks. he's been going to realtor school...not that he wants to become a realtor per se but just to have a license in case he wants to buy property in the near future.
:) he's weird. I know.
Speaking of property, Richard and my brother in law recently bought a "farm" out in the country. Well, it's not really a farm. there's no house or cows or a farm on it. I guess it's just land. Or in Katie's words, "crunchy and smelly" land. lol. She wouldn't set foot on it because of its crunchiness so Richard had to carry her around all day. like a princess. Gee...i wonder where she could possibly get that from. Me? I have yet to see it. "Crunchy and smelly" aren't words that really get me all that excited. Besides, I'm not a big fan of the great outdoors. I've been called a lot of things in my life and "outdoorsy" is not one of them. But I'm happy for the boys.
In closing, here are a couple of layouts I finished of miss Kate. Seems like i do more of her than of maddie but I cannot seem to get any pictures of my eldest-hence no layouts of her. And she's doing things i want to scrap about like doing book reports. Book reports in Kindergarten. Times sure have changed. When I was in Kindergarten the only thing I remember doing is putting glue on my palms, letting it dry, then making booger like lumps out of it and screaming out, "NOT ME!" whenever the teacher asked a question. <sigh> Good times...
Anyhoo, the layouts...
btw, when Maddie saw this one, she asked me why I spelled "Wee" wrong. She's one smart cookie...
have a great weekend!
yesterday, i called my cable company to put in a work order because my cable had been out since tuesday, knowing that my favorite show, the Office, was going to be on tonight and i wanted to make sure i could watch it. So smart of me, don'tchathink?
so I went without TV for two whole days.
the girls have a TV in their play room that is on the same cable hookup as the main one in the living room. I heard the TV on and realized they had their cable. In fact, they never lost it.
Which means I never lost it either on the other TV. The DVD player had been on and I never realized it for two whole days!
I am dim. At least Richard got a good laugh out of it.
i noticed something strange this morning when i went out to warm up my car...all the stuff from my glove compartment and console had been pulled out and left on the passenger seat.
hmmm...i don't remember doing that last night
funny that who ever did this didn't want any of my trash, or my Walkman (circa 1990), or the cds of annoying children's songs that were "lost" as far as the girls were concerned. According to my calculations, nothing was stolen that I know of.
so now do you want to know what i have to deal with?
motion detecting lights, alarm systems, locks, bolts, feral squirrels...
OK. so the last one was my idea...you know, so the next time someone thinks about getting into my car, they'll have a little surprise waiting for them because i don't think squirrels like to be contained in small spaces... it angers them, I think. and those things are just for our vehicles...don't get me started on what the husband wants to do with the house...
he's threatened to pull out his old army gear in hopes of catching unsuspecting thieves. he's always been wanting to do that and now he has a reason to. thanks a lot!
but i have to give them credit for closing my glove compartment because my battery would have run down and I wouldn't have been able to take miss M to school this morning...and that would have really made me mad.
I need a donut.
isn't he cute? I think he will make a good boyfriend for my youngest in...oh say...15 years or more...
actually he's our good friend's baby boy. They flew in from New Jersey to visit the dad's parents in Indiana and were able to meet up with them. he's almost two now and bilingual, which i think is totally cool. I would love the girls to be bilingual but I just need to find someone in central KY who can teach them some Korean. :)
oh, I have cute one picked out for my eldest too...another East Coast boy :)