Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Night Excitement (244/366)

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SpongeBob: [shouts] Hey Patrick! You all ready for the big night out tonight?
Patrick: [shouts] Yeah, it's gonna rock!
SpongeBob: Are you ready to go crazy?
Patrick: I'm already hearing voices!

SpongeBob SquarePants, Mid-Life Crustacean, Season #3, Episode #55b, 24 Jan 2003.

TIME:  6:47 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Dawn diswashing liquid

I refilled my liquid dish soap container this evening. 

The excitement never stops around here.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It’s Tutu Time (243/366)

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“I wanted so badly to study ballet, but it was really all about wearing the tutu.

Elle Macpherson (Australian Model and Actress. b.1964 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

TIME:  7:05 PM
PLACE:  Grade school soccer field
SUBJECT:  Tutus at soccer practice (StellaDella is at far right)

SD’s soccer team had the idea that tonight’s practice needed a little bit of gussying up – it was decided that tutus would do the trick.  Very stylish.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Mall Floor (242/366)

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Paul Blart: Nobody knows this mall better than I do.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Columbia Pictures, 2009.

TIME:  8:55 PM
PLACE:  The mall
SUBJECT:  Shiny, reflective floor

DQ and her cousin were supposed to go to a mixer at a high school in St. Louis Friday night with a friend of theirs.  It had a “neon” theme and we made plans to go to the mall tonight to buy some neon clothing.  However, the tickets were sold out.  She still wanted to go mall anyway and whined asked until I gave in.  *sigh* It ended up costing me dearly.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Soda Geyser (240/366)

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“Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia”

Alexis Carrel (French surgeon and biologist, 1873–1944)

TIME:  6:23 PM
PLACE:  Grade school playground
SUBJECT:  Mentos and soda
We had our first Brownie meeting this evening and started on the Home Scientist badge.  The Soda Geyser didn’t have as big of an eruption as I had planned, but the girls were still impressed.  DramaQueen helped me with the demonstration.
Technically, these photos are craptacular…the soda bottle is not in focus and the light stinks – but it’s all I have today.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ridiculously Good Looking (239/366)

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Derek Zoolander: I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.

Zoolander. Paramount Pictures. 2001.

TIME:  9:07 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  MonkeyBoy’s pencil pouch

Any worries I have ever had about my son’s self-esteem, have all been laid to rest by his choice of pencil pouch.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

She Shoots… (238/366)

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Tripper: Well, that's life in the fast-paced slam-bang, live-on-the-razor's-edge, laugh-in-the-face-of-death world of junior league soccer.

Meatballs. Paramount Pictures. 1979

TIME:  10:44 AM
PLACE:  Soccer fields
SUBJECT:  StellaDella

…and she scores!  Second soccer game of the season.  Her first goal.  Way to go SD!

Friday, August 24, 2012

August Night (237/366)

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"How sociable the garden was.
We ate and talked in given light.
The children put their toys to grass
All the warm wakeful August night."

- Thomas Gunn,
Last Days at Teddington

TIME:  8:42 PM
PLACE:  Swimming pool

Dad joined us for supper at the Elks this evening.  After we ate, MB and SD went swimming, I drove DQ to a party and then returned to join Dad on the deck by the bar and concession stand.  The deck lights lit up the underside of the trees, illuminating them against the black sky.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Summer Cold (236/366)

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“Nothing is glummer
Than a cold in the summer.”

~Ogden Nash (taken from the collection
Good Intentions 1942)

TIME:  11:24 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Cough & Cold medicine

Besides homework, the first days of school never fail to bring home some sort of cold/virus with them.  SD has a stuffy nose and a slight cough.  Here’s hoping the over the counter medicine will be enough to make her feel better.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Charger Cord (235/366)

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“I invented the cordless extension cord.”

Steven Wright (
American Comedian, b.1955)

TIME:  11:54
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Cell phone charger cord

We go through more cell phone chargers than Carter has pills (I’ll just let you Google that expression if you’ve never heard it before).  I had to buy DQ yet another one this evening.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

All That Is Left (235/366)

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“In order to know whether a human being is young or old, offer it food of different kinds at short intervals. If young, it will eat anything at any hour of the day or night.”

~Oliver Wendell Holmes (American Physician, Poet, Writer, Humorist and Professor at Harvard, 1809-1894)

TIME:  9:57 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Container of Oreo cookies

These cookies were purchased at 7:11pm from Target.  This is what is left after being at our house for 2 hours and 46 minutes.  Moral of the story?  If you want an Oreo at our house, you need to be quick.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Losing Tickets (234/366)

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“Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery, and you lose for certain; and the greater the number of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty.”

Adam Smith (Scottish philosopher and economist, 1723-1790)

TIME:  8:04 PM
PLACE:  Around town
SUBJECT:  Losing 50/50 & attendance prize stubs

HandsomeHusband’s lodge had a dinner for the wives this evening.  When we arrived they gave me a ticket for an attendance prize drawing and HH purchased some 50/50 tickets.  We were both losers.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hungry (233/366)

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Effie Trinket: Welcome, welcome, welcome! Before we begin, we have a very special film for you, brought to you all the way from the Capitol. The time has come to select one courageous young man and woman for the honor of representing District 12 in the 74th annual Hunger Games!

The Hunger Games, Lionsgate, 2012

TIME:  9:11 PM
PLACE:  Living room
SUBJECT:  Dinosaur and movie case

I bought “The Hunger Games” DVD for DramaQueen last night.  Tonight, the entire family watched it together – even HandsomeHusband!!!  THAT surprised me.  I wouldn’t have thought that he would be interested in it.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

We Ran For Our Lives (232/366)

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TIME:  10:32 AM
PLACE:  Wright City, Missouri
SUBJECT:  Me, the sister, and DramaQueen

My sister, DQ and I participated in the Run For Your Lives St. Louis today.   None of us “survived” the 5k – all of our flags were taken by the zombies.  I almost made it…until a zombie grabbed it right at the end.  Stupid zombie.

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I took all these photos after our run.  Here is the start – we were released like cattle out of a chute.  The course ran through the woods and fields.  Zombies were mainly in the fields the first 2 miles, but the last mile of the course had a larger number of them in the woods and between the final obstacles at the end of the course.  My sister found out that it was every gal for herself when she fell trying to get away from a zombie in the first field.  Sorry sis.

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This was one of the obstacles.  My flag was taken just before I climbed up the ladder for the slide into a pool of muddy water.

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Then we had to dodge zombies before getting to the next to last obstacle.

2012 08 18 IMG_5982Then, after eluding more zombies, we had to crawl through these muddy tunnels.  I had the giggles when I was crawling through the tunnel.

2012 08 18 IMG_5980The finish had us crawl on our bellies under an electric fence.

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My tennis shoes got a bit muddy.

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They had showers for us to rinse off, but the line was long and we had to get home.  We sat on blankets and towels in the car.  I hosed off in the driveway before I went inside and took a shower.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Shakers (231/366)

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Michael Simmons: Caleb, salt and pepper are completely different. Their makeup is different; their taste and their color. But you always see 'em together.

Fireproof, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2008

TIME:  8:04 PM
PLACE:  Fish fry
SUBJECT:  Salt & Pepper shakers

The kids and I met my dad at a fish fry this eveing for supper.  HH was working it – it’s about time he cooked for a change.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

First Day of School (230/366)

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TIME:  7:47 AM
PLACE:  Front Yard
SUBJECT:  The Trio

School starts today.  Summer has officially ended.  I took off work (yesterday, today and tomorrow!) so I can be here for the first few days of scholastic celebration.  We have three different schools this year – grade school, junior high and high school – I predict chaos being the norm around the house.
Here’s an evolution of the first day….2005 to 2012.

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2005                                           2006

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2007                                           2008

2009 08 IMG_90462010 08 IMG_2636
2009                                       2010

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2011                                           2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Glowing (229/366)

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“Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives”


TIME:  9:10 AM
PLACE:  Kitchen

Note to self: Make appointment to check the radiation levels in the house.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

This Pencil is Stuck (228/366)

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Excuse me, do you have a pencil?

Eddie Izzard (British stand-up Comedian and Actor. b.1962)

TIME:  8:01 PM
PLACE:  OfficeMax
SUBJECT:  StellaDella

We picked up some remaining school supplies after the Parent Orientation/Open House at SD’s school tonight.  DramaQueen has a morning of freshman orientation tomorrow.  MonkeyBoy has orientation tomorrow evening.  Then they all go for a half-day on Thursday and have their first full day on Friday.  I’ve taken vacation for the next three days to see them off.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hair Coloring (227/366)

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Mammaw: A girl doesn't dye her hair that color unless she has psychological problems.
Cat: My hair color has nothing to do with my psychological problems.

Victorious. “The Birthweek Song”, Season 1, Episode 4. Air date: April 25, 2010

TIME:  9:25 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  DramaQueen

She insisted on dying her hair a lighter shade of blonde before school starts on Wednesday.  One must look one’s best for the first day of high school don’t you know.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Not On The School Supply List (226/366)

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“You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.”

Aristophanes (The greatest representative of ancient Greek comedy, 450-385 BC)

TIME:  2:58 PM
PLACE:  The mall
SUBJECT:  Hermit crab

It was StellaDella’s turn to go shopping for back-to-school clothes today.  After eating lunch at St. Louis Bread Co. (Panera Bread to the rest of the country), we braved the crowds at the mall.  She insisted on stopping at this store so she could check out the hermit crabs.  We did not purchase any – I told her they were not on the list.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Guess What’s Inside? (225/366)

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“But there ain't no Coup de Ville
Hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box”

Meat Loaf. "Two Out of Threee Ain't Bad." Bat Out of Hell. Cleveland International, Cleveland, 1977

TIME:  8:08 PM
PLACE:  Fundraiser/Auction
SUBJECT:  Crackerjack “Prize”

Went to a Shriner’s fundraiser with HH tonight.  The decorations were sports-themed and they had popcorn, peanuts and Crackerjacks at the tables.  This is the “prize” from the box.  What was it?  Are you dying to know?  Well it was this…..

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A folding-type paper puzzle of Alexander Hamilton’s face!!!!!!

When did Crackerjack prizes become so lame?  Seriously, why even have one if it’s going to be as crappy as this.  You disappoint me Crackerjack.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Night Swimming (224/366)

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Lenny: Ah, alcohol and night-swimming. It's a winning combination.

“The Simpsons” Treehouse of Horror XI (2000)

TIME:  6:13 PM
PLACE:  Swimming pool
SUBJECT:  StellaDella and her cousin

It was chicken-wing night at the pool – 50 cent wings or a dozen for $5.  HH and I arrived early to get a good table.  The girls swam.  Ate wings.  Swam. Ate a candy bar. Swam.  I drank a couple of Squirt and vodka concoctions.  HH and I even won the 50/50 drawing.  Quite possibly a perfect evening.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Size Thirteens (223/366)

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“My feet ain't got nothing to do with my nickname, but when folks get it in their heads that a feller's got big feet, soon the feet start looking big.”

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (American, baseball player, 1906–1982)

TIME:  9:33 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  MB’s soccer shoes

Earlier this evening, I was going to tell MB to act his age, not his shoe size,  when I realized that his age IS his shoe size – 13.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dry Spell Subject (222/366)

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“You do things when the opportunities come along. I've had periods in my life when I've had a bundle of ideas come along, and I've had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I'll do something. If not, I won't do a damn thing.”

Warren Edward Buffett (American, business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. b1930)

TIME:  9:56 PM
PLACE:  Home

Ugh – I feel like I’ve run into a dry spell.  Lately, it seems I’ve not the time nor the inclination for photos.  Nevertheless, I keep pushing on.  I don’t want to stop just yet.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sandwiches (221/366)

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Hey all you people
Hey all you people
Hey all you people
Won't you listen to me,
I just had a sandwich,
No ordinary sandwich,
I sandwich filled with jellyfish jelly,
Hey man you got to try this sandwich,
It's no ordinary sandwich,
It the tastiest sandwich in the sea.
AH De ba da ba doo ba da ba de ba da da. Yeah

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Pictures, 2004

TIME:  8:57 PM
PLACE:  Main Street
SUBJECT:  Neon sign

HH took the kids swimming this evening – I opted to stay home in the quiet.  I had to go pick-up because there ended up being more kids than room in the truck that HH drove there.  I had the girls (DQ, SD and the two cousins) while HH had the boys (MB and his friend).  I drove the cousins home.  DQ and SD were asked to spend the night with them, so I drove everyone back to our house so they could get their stuff.  I then drove back to the cousin’s house.  I passed this sign twice in my journey.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Soccer Begins (220/366)

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Dr. Forrester: Well, Joel, this invention is based on the old slinky train toy I had as a kid. It allows me to be in two places at once, connected by the special bio-tube. Well, it's much too complicated; it would take a scientist to explain it, and I'm simply too mad.

Mystery Science Theater 3000, Comedy Central, HBO (1988–1999)

TIME:  7:10 PM
PLACE:  School fields
SUBJECT:  StellaDella

Practice has begun for the fall soccer leagues. 
(Un)lucky us, both SD and MonkeyBoy have practice on the same nights, ending at the same time – at schools on the opposite ends of town. 
And HH (after dropping MB off) had a meeting out of town.
I need to be in two places at once. 
I hate to say this, but I’m almost looking forward to having DramaQueen driving.   
Sometimes, like tonight, it could be very useful.
I know I will probably regret this yearning later.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Manicures (219/366)

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“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and... I believe in miracles.”

Audrey Hepburn (British, motion picture Actress. 1929-1993)

TIME:  9:54 & 10:41 PM
PLACE:  Living room
SUBJECT:  StellaDella and her cousin

It can’t be called a sleepover until you do your nails.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tuxedo (218/366)

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Cal Naughton, Jr.: I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo T-Shirt because it says I want to be formal, but I'm here to party.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Sony Pictures, 2006

TIME:  7:49 PM
PLACE:  Shopping center parking lot
SUBJECT:   MonkeyBoy

It was MB”s turn to go back-to-school clothes shopping tonight.  It is such a different shopping experience with my boy than when I go with DramaQueen.  He picked out this t-shirt at Kohl’s and insisted on wearing it right away.

Friday, August 3, 2012

On The Way Home (217/366)

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“What a nice night for an evening.”

Steven Wright (American Comedian, b.1955)

TIME:  8:02 PM
PLACE:  On the highway
SUBJECT:  The view

It’s still hot at night – 94 degrees when I took this picture – so we went to the pool after supper this evening.  I thought they were open until 10, but tonight they closed at 8.  Bummer.  Oh well, we got about an hour and 45 minutes in, so it’s all good.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Stacks of Soda (216/366)

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Al: You got anything to drink?
George: I can give you soda, beer, ginger ale...
Al: I said, 'You got anything to drink?'
George: [intimidated] No.

The Killers, Universal Studios, 1946

TIME:  7:48 AM
PLACE:  Lunchroom

They just restocked the inventory for the soda machine at work.  I took this while waiting for my oatmeal which was cooking in the microwave.  Just another morning at the office.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cute Tweezers (215/366)

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Batman: Just a second while I retrieve my beanie, my hair, my tweezers, and my notes.

Adam West (Bruce Wayne / Batman) from
Batman: The Original Series

TIME:  10:00 PM
PLACE:  Bathroom
SUBJECT:  Harajuku Lovers Designer Series Mini Slant Tweezers

I needed new tweezers and decided that I’d go with some cute ones.  Unfortunately, cuteness comes at a cost – $15!  Since when did tweezers become such an expensive commodity?