Monday, October 31, 2005

Changing the Template (Again)

A little more tweaking. And, I brought back the random quote generator. I don't remember when it came down, but I stuck it back up. Do let me know if you find a bad link, ok?

Oh, and trick or treaters? We had four: Zach, Sydney, Taylor and Zeke. I bet Paddy can't name all the ghouls that came to his house!

Still Reading: Origin of the Bible, F.F. Bruce, et. al.
Last Song Heard: Hey Bulldog, The Beatles

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Name Brand Products

Some things in life, you get what you pay for. Many times you can find a good value by buying a knock-off or no-name brand. Like Tater-Tots. Grocery store versions of these tasty 'tato morsels are just as good as name brand. But some things don't cut it in generic. Some things it's worth it to pay the extra few cents. Here are some items that you really should not buy generically.

Paper towels. Especially the Sam's Club version. They're so thin, you need twice as many to do the same work. So you don't save. Buy Bounty.

Pop Tarts. Store brand toaster pastries are AWFUL! All the Pop Tart lovers I know (Unk, Lisa, Gina) agree. Name brand is the best.

Worcestershire Sauce. Susan bought some French's brand a while back. I used it on some hamburgers, and tasted some off notes. I figured it couldn't have been the sauce. All Worcestershire sauces should be the same, right? Well, they're not. Lea and Perrins makes a good one. I compared the ingredients just the other day. I noticed the French's doesn't have anchovies. Is that the secret? Perhaps.

What are your "must buy name brand" products? Leave a comment, won't you?

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, October 28, 2005

Beatle Album Quiz

abbey road
Abbey Road

Which Beatles Album Are You?
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I didn't (and don't) influence this quiz to come out this way, but this is my favourite Beatle album.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Jim's Random MI-5

5 Random Questions.

1. What do you think of our justice system? Are we too lenient? Are we too strict? As you answer this think of places that have "tolerance" policies where they don't even enforce some laws and then other places where they cut off your hand if you shoplift.
Jeez, man! This is too heavy for a Friday. Here's what I think. If you do the crime, you should do the time. People who off someone and then get 10 years just isn't right. On the other hand, people sue McDonalds 'cause they're overweight, or sue Remington Arms because their loved one got shot. Please. Let's not ty up the courts with nonsense.

2. How much of a home army do you have? That is to say do you own a gun? Many? How much ammo do you keep?
I currently own four firearms. Dad left me three more, but they're still with Mom. Ammo? I've a bunch of .22 ammo, and a few 30-30 rounds. I think I'm out of shotgun ammo.

3. Would you rather have your health but be dirt poor and live to be old or would you rather have all the money you want for every desire of yours but have lots of health problems and die young?
Live old and poor.

4. What is something in your life right now that you feel you need to do as soon as you can?
Find a car that runs.

5. What is the best part of Autumn for you?
Cool temperatures, the leaves, the smell of wood smoke... Just about all of it!

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Emotionally Charged Post Ahead

As you'll be able to see later, this was from a different day.

brownie batter ice cream with a rich brownie batter swirl are a very sweet mix indeed! You are warm, loving, and caring to all those around you, but you're not boring in the least! You have a wild streak and a creative, unique streak, too. You are a great friend, an interesting person, and you know how to have fun without ending up crouching over a toilet bowl. Nice!
I'm having a day. In reality, it's not as bad as days so many others are having around the world. The head gasket in my car went. So that's like a $1200 - $1500 repair. I paid $3k for the car about 18 months ago. I don't know what I'm going to do. What can I buy for $1500? And who knows how long that will last? So maybe I'll fix it. But the mechanic thinks these engines go through a head gasket every 60k miles or so. So should I bother to fix it? Maybe two years from now it will go again? Maybe I'm better of cutting my loses.

So while I was feeling all depressed about that, I got a call from Susan. I have a cousin who's got cancer. He's like late 30s, maybe 40. We just found out that his daughter has the same type of cancer. She's a freshman or sophomore in high school. So that put a little perspective on me, and made me feel like a heel.

Then, I was looking for something I posted about a few weeks ago. I ended up reading something I'd written about Dad. I couldn't handle that right then, and needed a few minutes in the bathroom to pull myself together. Even then, coworkers knew something was up. Today would be the exact kind of day when I'd like to talk to him...

"On Not Calling my Dead Father"

I really
called you today.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Boys Eat Chili

So tonight, they ate chili with a spoon. Susan mixed it with sour cream so it wasn't too hot. They loved it. And, they loved to rub it on their bellies!

Listening to: Lyle Lovett, Joshua Judges Ruth

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, October 24, 2005

Long-Weekend Wrap Up

The Weekend Wrap Up

It was a long weekend for me, really. I took Friday off. I've got two weeks of vacation time left, and I have to use them before the end of the year. So I took a little extra time, and thought I'd get some winterizing done. But first call for Friday would be to sleep in. Whoops! At a little before 8am, Susan came into the bedroom and said "I need some help. I'm sick." So not much winterizing got done. I was able to get the kitchen clean, and I cleaned up the basement a bit.

Saturday, Susan was feeling better. So I spent the morning cleaning the garage, making room for the grill and lawn toys and whatnot. I took two trips to the dump, getting rid of all kinds of junk. Then about 1pm, I headed to my wedding gig with Blind Al. At 3pm, we played this small and very nice wedding at The Farmhouse in Rockport. The bride and groom liked the band, and the food there was very good. (Salad, mashed taters, roasted squash, chicken marsala--a favorite on mine--haddock with crabmeat sauce, and London broil with a mushroom demi-glace.) I was home at a relatively early hour.

So since they went to bed so early Saturday, they decided to get up early Sunday. So I got up with one of them (I can't remember which), and started making Sunday's lunch. And of course, I needed to work on my Sunday School opening. And I needed to shower, as did Susan, as did Julia. And since the boys were up early, they wanted their morning nap earlier than normal. So they were grumpy. And then we found out the neighbors were in a car accident. So we activated the church prayer chain. But that stopped working, so Mom called me trying to figure where that was broken. Whew. And all this before 9am! Thankfully, the neighbors were ok. Church went off without a hitch, I think. (I'm not totally sure, as I had nursery duty, so I was downstairs.) Lunch, which remember I made at like 7am, was delicious, if I do say. Quiche, salad and cake. I tried to take a small nap in the afternoon, but it didn't happen. I did get a little rest, though. Church in the evening, and then band practice after that. By the time I packed up from there, it was a little after 10pm. I ran to Subway for sandwiches for Susan and me. We both agreed the new Chicken Parmagian sub wasn't all that great. I went to bed around 11:30, and woke up this morning tired.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Paddy-O-Furniture's Second Week of MI-5

1. Are you one who typically shows up early, spot-on time or late for appointment?
I try to be about a minute or five early. That's how Dad always did it, and that's a trait he passed on to me. At least, you were expected to be on time. Put a few minutes in there to account for any uncertainties. So if the trip were longer, factor in more time. Hey, if everything goes ok, and you're making good time, stop and get a cup of coffee. Dad always said "I'd rather not go somewhere than show up late."

2. Do you Christmas shop throughout the year or at the last minute?
Neither. I don't shop for Christmas all year round, but it's not last minute either. I'm starting to work on Christmas now. So it's not really last minute, but I'm not looking at bargains in February, either.

3. You are going to be late for an appointment and you know it; do you call to let the other person(s) know or just explain it once you get there?
Call. If I'm going to be five minutes late to work--which is rare--I'll call and leave a voicemail. Often times, I'll be there before the manager has time to check his voicemail. Meaning, by the time he gets my voicemail saying I'll be a few minutes late, I'm already there. But still, I call.

4. When something messes up your schedule, do you get upset, or just roll with it?
It really depends. Since I prefer to be on time, sometimes things or people who make me late will annoy me. On the other hand, I try to be flexable, and I'm sure the guys at work will tell you if someone needs to make changes to accomidate someone else, I'm almost always willing to step up to the plate.

5. Tell us an interesting story about a time when you were late or early, or even missed something all together:
There was this one time I showed up for a gig early at Bruno and Ricos--this club in Belfast. I pulled into a parking spot, and noticed Blind Al's van wasn't there. Now that's real unusual! Blind Al is usually hours early to a gig. Then I looked at the building; all the windows were covered in newspaper. I thought "Oh great. The place closed down, the gig cancelled, and Blind Al forgot to tell me." So I walk over to the door to see if there's a note written on it, and this lady on the street stops me and says "How long is this thing going on?" And I said "Um, I don't know what you're talking about, but the band starts at 9pm, and we usually play 'til one." And then she says "My husband's in there, and I want him to come home!" Uh, ok... So As I get to the door, the club owner, Buzzy, opens the door and hurries me inside. The place is full of stripeprs! This troupe of exotic dancers had been hired by a competing club in Belfast. They drove down from Lewiston, ready to put on their "show," and asked the first club for payment. The first club refused payment up front. The manager told him "My girls don't dance without payment first." Still the first club refused. So what is he gonna do, over an hour away from home with a bus load of strippers. So he calls another club in town: Brunos. They danced until 11pm, and we didn't get to set up until then. So all in all, I played about an hour, and got paid the same.

And on a side note... Although I did watch a little of the "show," I found it really depressing. I mean, all these girls who seemed very nice otherwise felt that stripping was the best way for them to make their living. I wasn't really into it. I spent most of my time in the truck, reading.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Dreaming of French Horns

Let me say I didn't remember this until Susan got to the "punchline." Then I remembered everything.

Susan: "Do you remember what you said last night?"
Bill: "No, what?"
S. "Well, I rolled over. You sat up, and were looking all around, kinda crazy looking, all confused. I knew then you were dreaming. I said 'What is it?', and you said you needed to turn on the light. So you did. You looked all around. I said 'What is it?' You said 'I know this is going to sound weird, but there was a french horn floating by my bed.'"

Yup. I remember there was this miniature french horn floating between the edge of the bed and the wall. And when I reached out to grab it, I couldn't.

Dream #2, Also Last Night

I was at the church. It was raining. My truck wouldn't start. I decided I'd start walking. I got to the end of Waterman's Beach Road, and my sister was there. She was waiting there to make a drug buy. When I asked why she was buying drugs, she explained she was working a sting operation. So this guy came buy and wanted to sell her some drugs. We grabbed him, and sat him down on the other side of this table. (Where'd the table come from? When did the rain stop? I don't know.) So we're giving him the third degree. I'm looking at his wallet, and I can tell from the crease lines that he normally carried much more stuff in his wallet. "What's normally in here? You're not carrying everything you normally have in here. Where, and what, is it?!" He pulled a sheet of paper from inside his coat and explained. "I'm an FBI agent, and I'm working a sting." Man! We explained we were doing the exact same thing! So we jumped in this car, and started heading down Waterman's Beach. Lisa was driving, the other guy was in the front, and I was alone in the back seat. He went on to explain that fisherman out of Spruce Head were putting drugs in barrels. Not plastic bait barrels like they use now, but old fashioned stave barrels. He explained "They're selling these barrels for $400 a piece, and they're moving three a day. That's $1200 worth of drugs they're shipping out, each and every day." While he's telling us this, I'm pulling skin off my ankle, like I have a sunburn. (Note: in real life, my sister loves to peel skin off a sunburn.) When all of a sudden, I pull of a piece of skin the size of a handkerchief. I hold it up, and say "Lisa, look at this!" While driving, she turns around, and looks in awe.

Then I woke up.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Google Name Thing-y

Go to Google. Type in "(Your Name) needs" in quotes. Blog the results. Stolen from Amy's BadGroove. Note: "Billy Rhythm needs" yielded nothing. Thankfully, political bills offered me some rather funny results.

Bill needs big changes.
Bill needs a rewrite.
Bill needs some help to expel alien gang members.
Bill needs much more work.
Bill needs support!
Bill needs to address blackout problems.
Bill needs final push!
Bill needs more attention

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Music of my Life

Remember how we did that Soundtrack of your Life MI-5 a few weeks ago? Well, I got all my tunes ripped, so I'll be burning CDs here shortly. If you want one, get me your mailing address and I'll send you one.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

What Harv's Been Waiting For!

Weekend wrap-up? It's Wednesday. You all probably don't care. But I can sum up. We went to Portland on Saturday to find a new giraffe for Nat. His current bed buddy is worn out and nasty. Yet he won't go without it so we can wash it. So we found a replacement giraffe in Penneys. In fact, they had two left. So we bought them both! That way, when giraffe needs to visit the laundry, we'll sneak replacement giraffe #2 in his place!

I gotta shout out some props to my buddy Jim. He found a box set of Fat Albert DVDs on one of his recent shopping trips. So he bought it for me! And while he was at it, he picked me up a emergency pack of gourmet chocolate, including a bar of Sharffen Berger! He rocks!

How're things at church? Well, I'm leading the Bible study now. We had 11 people at our meeting last week, and that's a wicked high turn-out. The previous two weeks we had three or four. This week we had nine, I think. So that's good.

Vehicles? Susan's van has some kind of gas leak. We'll find out what the damage is. I think the Green Hornet needs a head gasket. The mechanic told me to plan on a grand. If the head's cracked, he told me to add another $400. Looks like I need to pick up a nice juicy web project! And I've got some gigs coming up, so hopefully we can hang on to that money long enough to save it.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Lot's Going On, No Time To Say It

It's 9:17, and I'm just about to eat supper. I wanna tell you about my weekend, what's up at church, vehicle issues, and my buddy Jim. But it will have to wait. Sorry Harv.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, October 14, 2005

The MI-5 and Other Stuff

1. What's your favorite vacation spot?
Disney World. Ever since I went, I want to go back. It was such great fun, and as soon as the boys are old enough, I plan on going again. This time, though, we'll stay right on the grounds, and let the Disney buses take us to the parks. And I might skip the Animal Kingdom, in order to give me more time at the Magic Kingdom.

2. Where do you consider to be the biggest hell-hole on earth?
I'm not that much of a traveler, so I don't have a lot to go on. Club Cairo in Lewiston was pretty dive-y. I saw just a little of Jamaica, and it had some of the best scenery, and some of the worst living conditions. Snorkeling there was great. Too bad the people have to live in such squalor.

3. What would be your dream vacation?
A tour of Abbeys/Cathedrals/Churches in Great Britain.

4. If you could go on a road-trip with anyone, who would it be and why?
Well, if it's someone I need to know first, then it would be Susan. I've always wanted to travel all of US Route 1, all the way down to the Keys, in a convertible. If I didn't have to know them first, then I'd like to take Cindy Crawford on a lobster boat ride to Frederick’s of Hollywood! :-)

5. What are your plans for this weekend?
The fam and I are going shopping somewhere. It's the only Saturday I have off this month. We're ostensibly going to find a replacement giraffe for Nathaniel, but we'll do some other shopping along the way. We don't know yet if we're going to Portland, Bangor, or Augusta.


You are a waitress! You love serving Spam and Lobster Thermidor to Vikings every day of your little life...
You are a waitress! You're destined to serve Spam
and Lobster Thermidor to Vikings every single
day of your life...

What Monty Python Sketch Character are you?
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Drinking: Coffee, black
Listening to: Midnight at the Oasis The Brand New Heavies

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Where I'm At In Life

Yesterday, starting in the evening, things weren't going so hot for me. I just had this feeling of being so overwhelmed. I had a lot on my plate before, and I've really got a lot going on now. Tomorrow night will be my first night home this week, and then I'll be skipping a band rehearsal to be there. So I got home last night close to 8pm. Julia was still up, and rightly so, wanted some Daddy time. I had one phone call I needed to make for the office, so I asked her to hold off a bit. I jumped on my machine, only to have it crash almost instantly on start up. Over and over it did this. I bet I restarted the thing 12 times before I got it to stay on. I did my work, and then gave Julia a scant few minutes before she needed to be in bed. After that, I tried running a virus scan. About 15 minutes into that, it crashed again. I decided to shut the thing off, and have supper. As I was saying grace, I said, "Lord, I can't handle all this right now. I need you to help me out here. Take some of this off me."

I came into work this morning, computer in tow, ready to take it to the shop. I had barely finished my first cup of coffee when the boss said, "I need you to take a few hours, hop on the ferry boat, and run this part over to North Haven." So I spent the better part of the day riding the ferryboat. Jim ran me down to the terminal, and suggested I take a book. Guess what was in the back seat? My Bible and my prayer meeting book! So I had an enjoyable one hour + ride to the island. Then, I had to wait about 1/2 hour before the boat went back. So I sat in the coffee shop, enjoyed another cup of coffee an a muffin, and worked on my message for Bible study tonight. Then, another leisurely one hour ride in, watching the beautiful waves capped with white foam, looking at the water and wondering how one would paint it's blue/green/black/grey color. I walked back to the office from the terminal, and let the cool wind blow into my open jacket.

It was just the kind of time I needed.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Monday, October 10, 2005

The Long Weekend Wrap-Up

OK, here's the weekend wrap-up for my peeps!

Friday night, and I'm lookin' for a fight, my motorcicle and a switchblade knife! So, maybe my life doen's resemble a Lita Ford tune too much. After work Friday night, I came to to watch the boys. Susan had some scrapbooking thing going on at my sister's house, and Julia was visiting Grandma's. So it was just me and the boys. I invited Jim to cover and spend the evening with us. I whipped us up a batch of Hamburger Helper Cheesy Hashbrown, and we watched a bunch of old 60s jazz TV shows.

Saturday morning I got up to the rain. It rained hard all day. It appeared to rain the hardest during the time I loaded the truck with the DJ gear for the wedding that afternoon. From 3pm - 8pm I was DJ-ing down at Echo Hill for Lisa and Jeff. Hall owner Janet even came over to say "Hi." She's great, and runs a great hall. At the end of the evening, I went to put my coat on. Even after five hours of hanging up, you could still ring water out of my sleeves! Susan ordered a Snappy's pizza for supper. After that, it was bed.

Sunday morning was still heavy rain. The outside event I was supposed to host for MIS at the Owls Head Transportation Museum washed out, so I was able to get to church after all. Lunch was at Mom's, and it consisted of some great chicken and biscuit casserole that Aunt Corrine made us after Dad died, and it's fantastic! Dessert was something Lisa made that was so rich, by the time you were finished eating the cream cheese/cool whip/oreo cookie concoction, you were ready to heave! I can't remember what I did in the afternoon (dishes?). Evening church, and then Julia wanted McDonalds for supper.

Monday morning and I made breakfast for everyone. Julia and I hit the Kiwanis meeting at lunchtime, and then did some shopping after that. I took some time to play the drums in the afternoon to get ready for my lessons. Two drum lessons, and I came upstairs to play Uno with Susan and Julia. (The boys were already in bed.) An HOUR later, Julia went up to bed. It's about 9pm now, and I'm just about to eat some supper.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Friday, October 7, 2005

Maggi Blue's MI-5

Yes, Maggi did the MI-5 last week. But she didn't have time to put much heart into it, and she just stole someone else's questions. So she held onto it for another week, and thought up some better ones this time.
1. What is the first thing you think about doing when you are in a stressful situation - like a fight or work crisis etc.?
I guess I get really defensive. Usually at work--where I see my most stress, I guess--the problems customer's complain about aren't really our fault. So when they call all grumpy, usually I try to show them why it really is their fault.

2. What is a bad habit of yours that you know you do...but can't seem to stop?
I don't really have too many bad habits. I guess over-eating would be the big one. Oh, and pulling the dry skin off my heels. Sometimes I'll pull chunk out that's still kinda attached at the bottom. So it'll bleed. So I'll get this hunk of skin, and I know if I pull it out it will bleed, and yet I can't just leave it there dangling.

3. What is a bad habit that you have had in the past but have been able to kick?
Again, not so much with me and the bad habits. I can't think of any right now.

4. What is something that really stresses YOU out that may not stress someone out someone else?
My kids "misbehaving" in church. I realize the boys are too young to realize they can't run around the sanctuary. And when they do, a lot of people think it's cute. But it really bugs me. I prefer them to stay in the nusery.

5. What is the best way you alleviate stress?
I like to be left alone with the stereo, some music, and a little taste of high quality bourbon.

Just Finished Reading: The Human Season, Wallant
Listening to: Mechanical Resonance Tesla

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

My Sister Sent This

I think the idea was you're supposed to email this, especially based on the wording of #40. I, of course, don't participate in email thingys like this, so I'll post my answers here. Feel free to play along on your own blog, or in the comments.

1. First name? William, but usually answer to Bill.
2. Who were you named after? My Dad, and I'm proud to have it.
3. Do you wish on stars? No.
4. When did you last cry? Kinda teary? Last night.Hard cry? Sunday.
5. Do you like your handwriting? No.
6. What is your favorite lunch meat? Pastrami.
7. What is your birth date: 12/7/71
8. What is your most embarrassing CD? Debbie Gibbson's third one.
9. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you? Yes.
10. Do you have a journal? Only this online one.
11. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Me? Nawww.
12. Do you have a nickname? Whoops! I should read ahead. Bill. Or in professional musical settings, Billy Rhythm.
13. Would you bungee jump? Yes.
14. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Not usually, but I do with my high top Chuck Ts.
15. Do you think that you are strong? Yes. And no. It's too relative.
16. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Dorman's _Mocha Chip.
17. Red or pink? Pink.
18. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? My double chin.
19.Who do you miss the most? My Dad.
20. Do you want everyone to send this back? Eh.
21. What color pants and shoes are you wearing? Tan cords, brown socks, and brown shoes.
22. What are you listening to right now? Music wise? A mix CD of tunes for the wedding I'm DJing this weekend. Sounds in the air? The fan of the air conditioner.
23. Last thing you ate? Chocolate cupcake.
24. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Indigo.
25. What is the weather like now? Foggy.
26. Last person you talked to on the phone? Gordon Page.
27. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Usually a pretty face.
28. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Absolutely.
29. Favorite Drink? Milk. One or two % are my faves, and I like whole. I can't abide skim.
30. Favorite sport? To play? Volleyball. To watch on TV? Baseball. To watch live? High school basketball.
31. Favorite haircolor? On whom? On me? Brown is just fine. On girls, I like 'em all.
32. Do you wear contacts? No.
33. Favorite food? Chocolate, bacon, and pasta.
34. Last movie you watched? We started The Incredibles the other night, but we haven't finished it yet.
35. Favorite day of the year? I don't really have one, but I do like Christmas and Halloween.
36. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings.
37. Summer or winter? Fall.
39. What is your favorite dessert? Chocolate something or other, or Bananas Foster.
40. Who is most likely to respond? Paddy. Jim's slacking in his posting.
41. Who is least likely to respond? Sheila Rene.
42. Living arrangements? Wife and three kids.
43. What books are you reading? The Origin of the Bible, and Isaiah.
44. What's on your mouse pad? My employer's logo.

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Sunday, October 2, 2005

Weekend Wrap Up

Friday night, after work, I came home. Julia had next door neighbor Taylor over for a slumber party. Supper consisted of teriyaki steak sirloin tips and rice. We thought we'd watch The Incredibles, but only got about 20 minutes in before the girls were pooped. I noticed Matt felt a little warm, and we took his temp; it was 102. So the twins went to bed. I made a small martini with the last of the Bombay Sapphire that I bought back in 2003. Then bed for the adults.

Saturday, Susan got up with the boys, and let me sleep. I didn't get up until 8:15, which is real late for me now. I hopped in the shower to get ready for work. Susan mentioned while I was in there that the skunk had been in the trash. He better be careful, as I can be pretty mean to skunks. I went to the office, and being a lovely fall day, no one called for computer tech support--no one was using their computers! I got home a little after noon. Susan had some errands to run, so I stayed home with a still sick Matt, and Susan took Nat with her. (Julia was playing over at Taylor's house.) I worked on getting some things ready for my wedding next Saturday, and got some dishes washed. Susan was home late afternoon, just as I was putting Matt down for a nap. Supper consisted of twice baked potatoes made with ham, swiss, buttermilk, and some diced poblanos that Paddy gave me. Total yum. I have been searching for the truly great mashed potato. I have found it. Kosher salt and buttermilk with lotsa black pepper. Susan and I agree that buttermilk will be a new fridge staple. We were so tired Saturday night that we went to bed around nine, I think.

Sunday. I got up at 7am and made chocolate chip muffins. Then Susan and I got some spaghetti sauce going in the crockpot, as we had Sunday dinner duty. There was a little snafu with the speaker for church. He wasn't able to teach the adult Sunday school. So Saturday (whoops, I forgot this part) after supper, I put together a little something on Ruth chapter four. Hey, it filled 1/2 hour, but my content left a lot to be desired. After 4 hours in the crockpot, the spaghetti sauce was yummy. Back to the church to do a few little things. Home in the afternoon, I worked on my Wednesday night Bible study lesson. (Have I mentioned I'm leading the Bible study? Able bodied men at church are getting hard to come by!) At about 5pm I took the old WFLs out of the car, and replaced them with the Tamas. Then off to evening church, where snafu #2 took place: I apparently booked two speakers for the same night. I had brother Tim in the book for the 9th and 16th. He had it in the book as the 2nd and the 9th. Ah well, he got the night off and brother Wally preached on Lazarus--the dead friend of Jesus Lazarus, not the rich man and the beggar Lazarus. Now I am home, writing this for you, and about to eat leftover twice baked potatoes!

Listening To: Music From Big Pink, The Band
Feeling: a little overwhelmed

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

Saturday, October 1, 2005

Maggi's MI-5

1. Would you rather change your past or know your future?
Know the future. There's not much in the past I need to change too much. But knowing the future could come in real handy.

2. Would you rather have seven older brothers or seven older sisters?
Seven older sisters.

3. Would you rather have free chocolate for one year or free potatoes for life?
I love chocolate, but for purely financial reasons I'll take the potatoes.

4. Would you rather kiss a stranger or someone you hate?

5. Are you generally an optimist, pessimist, or realist?
Realist with pessimistic tendencies.

Listening to: Music from Big Pink, The Band

According to the prophecy of: Billy Rhythm [Link]

About me: