Thursday, March 30, 2006

Cookies to Recommend

I didn't have the most accomplished day at work on Tuesday, so I felt like I should accomplish something at home. Boy, did I.

Looks good, doesn't it? Yummy almond bars. I got the recipe from here.

Sunday, March 26, 2006


I had a flashback to my 80s childhood today. At church, I noticed a nice smell (probably someone's perfume or lotion) that reminded me of something. After a minute, I realized that the smell was exactly like the scent of one of my charmkins. Charmkins!

Charmkins were really great little tiny scented dolls that I loved. They were maybe an inch tall and they all had flower or plant themes and names. Each Charmkin came with some wearable item to be displayed from, like a necklace or a barrette. I really hope my mom still has my collection because they were so great. I wish I had them right now to look at.

Anyway, I think this is going to be something I collect. I imagine they are hard to find, but I am going to start checking thrift stores and garage sales when I have opportunity. It's so nice to think back to the fun times I had playing with them.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Post in which Rainey says hello and I talk about egg salad and alka seltzer rockets

Rainey says "Mewrr." That means "hello" in Rainey-ese.

We're still nice 'n' busy around here. We did manage to hit the all-you-can-eat pancakes for $.99 restaurant this morning. (While there, we discussed our desire to move out of the country. Not out of the United States (that would give Matt's mom a heart attack, I think), but out of the we-drive-an-hour-to-Target-and-a-half-hour-to-Walmart-and-sometimes-we-get-stuck-behind-tractors country. However, only in the country can you get all-you-can-eat pancakes for $.99. And they are really good pancakes.) We also hit a thrift store and got a Weslo Cardio Glide in great condition for only $10. They are going on ebay for over $50 plus shipping. Anyway, the plan is to use it while watching TV because we no longer get any exercise.

(Just a note, I love parentheses and parenthetical comments.)

Then we split up. Matt to school to rehearse until late tonight. Me to one of the libraries for a paper airplanes and rockets program. I was dreading my program (and Matt has really been dreading the musical. He used the word "failure." Please remember to pray for him.) I thought I was wasting my time even planning it because no one would come and the books I wanted to promote wouldn't check out. But actually, I had a great group that was just the right size - if it was bigger there really wouldn't have been enough room. The parents that were there were really supportive and the kids had a fantastic time. Alka seltzer rockets are great and so easy! Here's how to make your own:
1. Get a clear film canister.
2. Fill it halfway with water.
3. Drop in a quarter of an alka seltzer tablet
4. Snap the lid on tight.
5. Set it lid side down on a hard outside surface. Can shoot anywhere from 4 to 15 feet, I'd say.
The paper airplanes were a big hit too.

Now I will make egg salad. Which I really like on a sandwich. Which is strange, I think, because I didn't eat egg salad until I tried out the recipe I use now about a year ago. Of course, I love just about anything with mayo and onion, so maybe it's not so weird.

Thursday, March 09, 2006


There is the loveliest breeze in my office today.

(The window's open.)


Monday, March 06, 2006

"You're cool."

That's what a happy first-grader said to me as she was leaving the elementary school media center I visited today. (I'm sure there's a better way of phrasing that, but I don't know what it is.) I feel a comment like that justifies bragging on myself.

Especially since it's almost 3:00 and I'm eating lunch. So I've obviously had a busy day - because I just DON'T put off lunch. Matt won't be home until around 9:00 tonight after rehearsal and meetings. But this weekend was nice. I took Friday off work to do things like laundry and grocery shopping and preparation of a real meal. Saturday and Sunday were very relaxing, even though we did do a lot of chores. We also went out to eat twice and had friends over.'m...sleepy.