Tuesday, September 29, 2009

We're not gonna take it!

Well I sure started something.

A couple of days ago, I posted the following as my status update on Facebook:

"FYI, especially does not have an X in it. You know who you are."

Anyone who knows me knows that this kind of stuff flies all over me, and I am teased frequently for my low tolerance of grammatical, spelling and speech errors.

Apparently I'm not the only one. Other than when I posted about taking Abby to the ER and that I'm pregnant, no other Facebook update of mine has ever gotten more comments. People UNLOADED. Irregardless, supposably, Wal Marts, nucular. The list kept growing. 24 comments and counting so far.

Wow, people have some serious verbal bones to pick. I feel their pain, I really do.

So! Here's your chance. What saying, spelling or wording drives you bananas? Is it when people leave out the R in library? Or add an X to escape? How about when people brazenly misspell to, too and two or use apostrophes like they're accessories? Rant all you like.

Here's one more of mine to get you started. It really annoys me when people use "cute" nicknames for business by distorting the name. Examples: Mickey D's, Jacque Pennay's, Tarjhay. WHY? WHY do people do this?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Stream of...something

The following is a chronological list of the thoughts I had in about a 30 second period yesterday. I'd like to say the pregnancy is making me strange, but let's face it. It was a pre-existing condition.

1. By the time this third child is finished with the 5th grade, I will have had one or more children in elementary school for 13 consecutive years.

2. They should rename that school after me.

3. When this one goes to Kindergarten, Abby will be in SEVENTH grade.

4. If I haven't killed her sure-to-be-a-smart-mouthed teenager self yet.

5. HOW do people homeschool? HOW?

6. I'm hungry.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Well. I'm pregnant.

You probably already knew that. But just in case you didn't, now you do! I haven't blogged in some time, because I've discovered that when I have something BIG to write about but I have to wait, I can't seem to make myself blog about something else like there's nothing going on--no impending BIG thing. But now I've told everyone that I know or can think of to tell, including the woman eyeing me in the buffet line while I heaped my plate at my friend's wedding this weekend (the baby NEEDED that artichoke dip). So now I'm free to blog!

Based on the reactions I've gotten from a majority of the people I've told, I feel I need to clear a few things up about baby #3:

1. It was, in fact, planned. We wanted another child. Yes, we have met Ethan. We still wanted another one.

2. This will be our last. I have had 2 c-sections. Doctors recommend a max of 3. I am not a rebel.

3. The baby is due in mid-May. Upside: the kids will be in school for the duration of my pregnancy. Downside: two weeks after the baby is born they'll be home for the summer. We're looking for residential summer camps in New England now.

4. I feel fine so far. Really tired and hungry every 10 minutes but otherwise fine. I had mild pregnancies with A&E, so here's hoping the trend continues.

5. We are fully aware that baby #3 messes up the whole AMEN acronym. It is being diligently and carefully considered.

6. Abby is conditinally thrilled that we are having a baby. The condition is that it be a girl. If it's a boy, she wants to give it away. Her girl name choice right now is Flower.

7. Ethan could not care less that we are having a baby. This will, I suspect, change when it arrives.

Did I answer all the burning questions? I assume you've spent every waking moment since discovering the news wondering these things. And don't even pretend that since you read #5 you haven't been trying to come up with a way to add a new letter in to AMEN and come up with a new and more clever word. It's okay. No one can help themselves.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Elvis said to tell you all hello

Ahhh, Vegas.

I counted on the way home, and this was my 7th trip out to that oasis in the desert. I know, I probably don't seem the Vegas type. Let me tell you, though, I don't think there's a city I love more in the world. It's such a...spectacle. There is so much to see, and do, and eat.

Matt and I have been together 4 times, so we've both very hip on the happenings of Vegas. Okay, that's completely untrue, but we have seen most of the large hotels and have gotten over being tourists for the most part. The two highlights of our trip, by far, were going to Red Rock Canyon and the Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues.

We had been to Red Rock once before, on our second trip out there. It's stunningly beautiful, and absurdly fun to scramble over giant rocks. Below is an overabundance of photos of our day there this time.

The Gospel Brunch was a fantastic stroke of luck--I ran across an ad for it when we first got there, and immediately procured tickets. How could you NOT want to spend your Sunday morning going to a gospel show (with an all you can eat Southern buffet) in Las Vegas? Beats me. We had the time. of. our lives. We were shouting and waving and dancing with everyone else, and we were in the mild group, let me assure you. We even got to go up on stage since it was our anniversary (50 other people went up too, but whatever. It was one big party.) I have several video clups from this, but they are loud and not great quality, so I won't mess with putting them on here.

Many of you may be wondering, does Nancy gamble when she goes to Las Vegas? The answer is, of course, no. I just buy these little round plastic discs and play games with them.

Enjoy the pictures!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

No time

For the last 4 days I've had intentions of sitting down and posting about the army of worm corpses that have appeared on our driveway (I even took pictures of the nasty things), but time has slipped away from me. And now, I am walking out the door in 2 minutes to jet off to Vegas with Matt to celebrate our 10 year anniversary the way any superhip parents of 2 do--we're going to sleep a LOT and eat even more.

Don't you wish you had this life?