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April 1, 2013 ~ Car Talks

#goof with #bunny ears


This morning when Stu drove the girls into day care, he and Teagan had one of those talks.  One that when you hear about it, you really wish you had been there too.  This morning, it was scientific.  Teagan told Stu that there were two types of worms that come out when it rains.  One type the birds like to eat.  The other is a wiggly worm, but this one has feet.  The wiggly worms feet are so tiny that you can’t see them because they’re so tiny.  If you do see the feet, don’t tickle them! If you do tickle the wiggly worms’ feet, they will suck your bleed [blood].

Her mind works in the strangest ways, sometimes.  And often, blood is involved.


December 31, 2012 ~ 2012 in review

I got my 2012 Year in Review!  It’s fun that WordPress does this, it’s so interesting to see what people are looking at, who is looking and where they’re from.  How strange though, is it that they use hysterical cryingwoman snoring cartoonrocky horror memebeing born cartoon, and hysterical cry to find me.  I don’t think I cry too much…  Though I do love the Rocky Horror.

I guess the big highlights other than the search terms would be who and what post.

My top five contributors were:

  1. Kat
  2. Kris
  3. Lori
  4. Chicken Nuggets & Elmo
  5. Wendy

Thank you, my friends.

The busiest day was on February 12th, with everyone checking to see how the little dot was doing, following her rash and trips to the hospital with dehydration.  So nice to see all that concern, though sad that my sick baby posts are among the more popular posts.


Anyway, below the break is the “official” excerpt and the link to the full report, if you were interested :)



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2011 in review

I received my annual report card a few weeks ago, and was trying to figure out how to save the web report as an image.  Finally got the screen shots done and pasted together…  If you’re interested, it’s below the break.  I am happy to say that views grew at 5 times 2010 (I don’t want to say 500%), and posts by just over 3 times.  Crazy! Read the rest of this entry »


February 9, 2011 ~ Mmmm… Leftovers

valentine crafts

Image by GoodNCrazy via Flickr

These two links have been sitting in drafts for a few days now…  So, let’s just move them along :)

1.  The first is from one of the sites I enjoy.  They usually have something crafty and interesting up before holidays.  I can’t wait to do stuff like this with Teagan.  I need to learn to sew a bit, but I can do a blanket binding stitch.  And who knew that plastic bags could be so useful?  Almost makes you want to pay for the bags at Ikea.

2.  The second shows the current snowcover.  Not total accumulated snowfall, but current cover.  We’re showing about 25-30  inches as of today.  There has been some sublimation as well as compression.  Remember, we had one snowfall that was 30 inches all on it’s own.  Stu started a graph that shows how often and how much snow we have had…

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2010 in Review

Red Arrows & Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747- 400

Image by SouthEastern Star via Flickr

So, I got this e-mail from the WordPress Stats Helper Monkeys today.  (I wonder if they can fly?)  I don’t remember getting one last year.  Interesting though.

I’m not sure why Tom P is listed as a search term for my blog, or why miso would be either, but well, they were, and there you have it.

I do like that they’ve quantified the number of visits to my blog to enough people to fill four 747 planes.  I wonder if those would – could – be planes to France or to somewhere else…  Somewhere warm…  It would be nice to be able to fly people somewhere warm… Hum….

Anyway, it had a button that said “click me to share” …  So, like Alice, I clicked…  Below is what they sent:


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 63 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 357 posts. There were 110 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 84mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 16th with 54 views. The most popular post that day was November 16, 2010.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, preg.fertilityfriend.com, k8land.livejournal.com, mail.yahoo.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tom p<snip>, lisa_sff wordpress, kidslongtimes, +misopropal, and bumble bee crafts for nurseries.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


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November 27, 2010

Book Nerds :)

So, I got tagged by Tina and Nina in Facebook, on this internet meme…  I think I’ve done something like this before, a few years ago, but there’s always time to improve the counts :)

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.   Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.    Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.
Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling   
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – saw the movie
  6. The Bible  
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman – Really enjoyed the Golden Compass
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare  
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – saw the movie
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell – saw the movie
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. ~~ Number is missing?? ~~
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy – TWICE!
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  26. ~~ Number is missing?? ~~
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky – TWICE!
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – in French and in English.
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  34. Emma -Jane Austen – saw the movie
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis  – Isn’t this part of the Chronicles of Narnia?  Maybe they should have listed another CS Lewis book here, like That Hideous Strength or Till We Have Faces?
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery – loved the movies
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert
  53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – saw the movie
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas – I feel like I must have read this in French.
  66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie – I read Satanic Verses, does that count?
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville – saw the movie with Captain Picard :)
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett – saw the movie
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce
  76. The Inferno – Dante
  77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal – Emile Zola – I also feel that I read this in French
  79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray – saw the movie
  80. Possession – AS Byatt
  81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens – saw MANY movie versions
  82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker – saw the movie
  84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro – saw the movie
  85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert – in French
  86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
  87. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I’ve read many Holmes Adventures, not sure if they were “the” Adventures :)
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery – in French.  I read this almost every year.  LOVE this book.
  93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas – probably in French
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo – in French :)

So, looks like I’ve read 46 of the above, started or read excerpts from 8 more and saw the movie for 9 more.  I know that doesn’t count, but still :)


Looks like I did do this in March 2009


August 9, 2010

Another fun entry from the Bad Mom’s Club.  Dr. Seuss. <sigh>  Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss?  I used to love Hop on Pop and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.  Teagan hasn’t done too many of the Dr. Seuss yet – she’s still on Sandra Boynton’s Barnyard Dance!the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the Baby Einstein Touch & Feel Animals.  We do read to her just about every night.  Stu does most of the bedtime reading.  Sometimes, if the monitor is set just right, I can listen along.  Sometimes, I’ll go stand in the doorway, (just waiting for my turn in the nighttime routine,) and listen. 

My mom has never let me forget how I made her read me my new Dr. Seuss books.  While she was in labor with my sister.  Oops.  The books had Just. Arrived. from the Dr. Seuss book club that she signed me up for.  The day my sister was born.   I was two, I’m really not responsible.  They were NEW. BOOKS!  I’m sure I had no idea!   I can’t remember how many books showed up that day, or even which ones they were.  For my baby shower, she made a lovely basket up with a bunch of Dr. Seuss books and some stuffed animals that look like the characters.


 Teagan is currently running around the house with the grey/white guy from If I ran the Zoo, though she did eye the giraffe last night.


On a cooler note, we finally got the air conditioning fixed!  Woo woo!!

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July 26, 2010

Just some fun fluff for a cool evening.  This site is fun.  They usually have something odd, or a “what were they thinking?!?!” type of entry.   Today they had this entry about cute baby pictures :)  I wish I had even thought of doing this.  When Teagan was this young, and I was still on maternity leave, I didn’t have my act together any where near enough to do this, even if I had thought of it.  I was happy to have gotten to the store and back :)

 Totally cute :)

PS.  I knew about this before Stu :)  He always seems to get the net things first!

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May 12, 2010

Doe a deer…  was wandering in our yard yesterday morning.  It was very cool.  We were getting Teagan up, to go to work and day care, and opened her blind.  Slowly meandering through the back yard – but not the flower area, thankfully – was this deer. 

Growing up, we’d have deer in the yard often.  Not something that happened at the other house.  There was a nice list of wildlife that made it through that back yard. I’ll just have to start a new one.

It’ll be interesting to see what does go through the yard – what we see of it anyway.  The land behind our house, while boardering on the highway, also leads into protected land.

I think Teagan saw the deer.  She was looking out the window in the right direction, sort of tracking it.  She was mostly asleep though.