Archive | February 2015

Science Fun: Get Your Oceanography On

I’ve never reblogged but I want to go back to all these links and I don’t want the internet to eat it…. Plus, I’m sure you all will love it too. Thanks mrs Brain!

Everything is Awesome! (not)

Not jokes, so 1992…

No worries really – life in general is just fine but the current dilemma is mattress and bed related.  I don’t know if anyone recalls but nearly a year and a half ago our bed broke and we were unable to figure out what we wanted so we duct taped it back together (actually we are using a roof rack strap with a ratchet, so cool) and its doing ok but needs replacement.  We got our current mattress in 2001 so it has had a fantastic run but its getting end of life and now that there are no babies nursing, puking, spitting up, or possibly peeing on our bed we can safely move on to a new one.  You think that should be easy right?  Nope.  We found a few we like in stores but then they rate very poorly on all the research sites.  Technically there are NO GOOD MATTRESSES according to the sites.  All of them fail somewhere.  Thats where the dilemma is, most of the time we are choosing between a selection of good items where we nit pick details but regardless of our choice it will be fine like the Volvo v Lexes choice of last year, neither was bad, one just more good for us.  Mattress seem to be the opposite.  All of them suck in some important way and on top of it all they are expensive so not something I want to just replace in 3 years.  Apparently I was just darn lucky with 1800 mattres because I told the guy what we liked and he said “here, get this one” and 12 years later I’m a bit sad to let it go.  Some brand new mattress in the store are not as nice as our 12 year old Serta…  Same with beds, they look great but then we read reviews and it is all falling apart and problems a year later.

On the one hand I just want to get it done.  On the other crippling indecision because of all the failure potential.

Thus why we have a falling apart bed and old mattress because we can’t decide!

Otherwise, happy Friday!  I actually have plans for the weekend and that is a happy thing.  I’m in countdown mode for vacation/adventure next week, and, the ICLW week has been a fun and slightly exhausting exercise.  I’ve learned that I don’t like the Blogger platform, it eats comments, and, there are a ton of fun sites out there and no good way to read them all because the wordpress reader is wordpress centric and my feed reader is not the best because its a phone app so I often can’t comment because of the not mobile friendly templates.  Oh well, more good than bad for this experiment at least 🙂

I hope everyone is having a nice day, time for me to go make my 6 comments and then tackle the ‘do at naptime’ list~


looking for a mattress is fun for some of us at least 🙂


Three Thursday Things

Yesterday I did a solo picture of Zebra and yesterday night I added to it with this one I call Zebra and Girl (since his ‘name’ is zebra to her, I’m sure her name to him is girl)



Today I spent a massive amount of time making my kitchen floor clean.  I took a picture so it will last longer….  I love the look of a clean floor and maybe someday people will take off snow boots, eat over their plates, and stop dripping things. (good thing I took a picture to hold me over til then)


And these crazy crystal window crayons are awesome.  They clean up super easily, they make funky snowflake style designs all by themselves and while I’m standing at the back door watching them play in the snow I have something to keep me busy.  Oh yeah, they also like drawing with them too….



This inspiration for a post from the nice lady at Nerd the Brain

The rule of 3

3 is a major number in my life.  I am one of 3, I have 3 kids, 3 is a solid base.  Three is also the ‘funny’ number as was the catchphrase of my college improv troupe. I have not done a photo challenge in ages but this week the rule of thirds is the theme from WordPress and that is something that I felt I could get behind.  This particular challenge wanted the cool blurry background (bokeh) that I always like as well as isolating the subject to 1/3 of the picture.  This is a style I find myself doing at times anyway so good to focus on it for a bit.


These are from my trusty iPhone where I try and get the bokeh effect but I don’t quite have the trick of it yet.  May I submit to you Zebra, Zoe’s absolute go to animal…

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waiting for Zoe to come home


3 will probably be important to me forever and I’m getting darn expert at dividing things into thirds.


The hard sell

I know sales tactics.  I’ve done some, I’ve ignored plenty and we have fallen for some.  Lars is the soft touch, he loves the shiny exciting possibilities!  Ask me about our pans…. they are wonderful and better last 50years.  (to their credit they are good and have lasted 10 so only 40 to go)


Recently we went to the AT&T store to upgrade my phone.  Just that!  All kids were with us… ok AT&T store, why don’t you have anything to amuse kids?  The Volvo dealership hands them an iPad, shows them to a room full of toys, hands them a drink and a balloon on the way out.  I expect at least as good as the bank or the vet who has a small corner with some toys.  Well then, how about they just all play with your display models with no cases!  While I am trying to make sure no destruction happens they talk to us about a new security service “digital life”.  Sounds interesting, sure, I’ll hear about it.  Sign up for a consult today to qualify for a free installation?  Ok…. I guess, I can’t concentrate on details now so later would be good.  Then they call over another sales guy who starts telling us about how much he loves it – Awesome – glad you like it dude.  Next they are handing us forms and scheduling installation and Lars is signing with that pots and pan buying smile.  HUH?!?  That was our consultation?!?  Kids climbing the walls so we leave, at least I got my phone.


We leave with a 1 page summary of what the service is.  I get more information about sea creatures on the back of my cereal box then I would get from this sales flyer.  Mental note, call and get more info.  Well, I do that, it went badly to say the least.  They are full of nonsense.  They told me nothing, they actually told me to go back to the store!  No thanks!


I’ve read my email, read a few blogs, arranged the apps on my desktop and written this, all while on hold trying to officially cancel because obviously the service people are not the bill people.  So, buyer beware, the ATT digital life might be awesome but I can’t find any info to support that and their service group can’t explain anything and I just got hung up on after 40 min on hold!


Mad.  Hulk Mom go Smash their store!  I’m taking the kids for ice cream and then going to the store to let them roam free while I cancel in person!

Finish the Story 2/23


This is becoming a thing I really look forward to 🙂  Monday finish the story, 150 words to make a little something from the picture and one line (in italics) provided by the aptly named “Monday Finish the Story” website.  If you go there you can also see what about 20 other people wrote and I love to go read them just to see what other people write given the same start.


The old typewriter had a mind of its own.”

Barbara Beacham photo

The old typewriter had a mind of its own.” 

It hunched on the shelf and looked grumpy so nobody would want it.  Well, I had been replaced, if you had been replaced you would look grumpy too.  Good old No4 Underwood decided he didn’t even want to be wanted, he didn’t want some hipster bringing him to coffee shops or some scrapbook fanatic using him for his ‘quirky’ type.  He would rather be melted down for slag before he became the centerpiece of an ironic display.


I wrote The Gunslinger god damn it! The typewriter thought, I’m too good for them anyway!


And then he sees a writer.  He knows he is a writer by the distracted far off look and random finger twitch, and, he just knows.


The writer is floating in the wake of a busy boisterous women chattering about the dullest afternoon of waiting for a fish to bite.  She is looking at a heap of paintings but the writer, he drifts toward me.