Get it, Got it, Good....

I was at work the other day, when my husband, Marc, sent me the below email (OK, I edited it a little – but just a little).  To: Hilary @ workFrom: Marc @ work Here is a blog for you…. My husband, Marc, is on the Board of Directors in our fifty unit home owners association.   Although he is involved in pretty much everything, his main role is landscaping and architectural project approvals. ...more

But, sadly, I am sure I will soon find out... For a girly girl, Marc has sure made me a ...more

The Eiffel Tower

I find balance in imbalance.Maybe it’s because I live with such chaos is my life, or maybe it’s because I am just a little nutty and I have just adjusted over the years.  But, this is more about my aesthetic sense and not my insanity.I like to think of myself as an amateur interior decorator.  I’ve spent years decorating my own houses, and a part of me always gets depressed when I complete a project because I can no longer be obsessed with paint chips and fabric swatches....Continue...more

My mother's thing is straightening pictures on the wall. We don't leave them purposely crooked, ...more

Man alive. Welcome to the dodgy jumper club

Last weekend I was visiting my cousin Jane and cooing over her five-week-old baby, Mitchell, when she asked if I wanted to see all the lovely baby things that she had been given. ...more

There were too many trees in the Forest

I woke up to something rather unusual this morning....... sunshine, that's bloody what. After weeks of grey cloud and rain, it was fabulous to finally get my share of the big warm yellow thing that normally hangs around in Australia and California. I immediately hatched up a plan. It involved being outdoors and playing with gadgets, so it was almost as good as a 'Hot and Spicy' pizza from Dominos. Yep, I decided I was going to take my new Canon S95 to nearby Bernwood Forest to play with the settings. ...more

I do not know what that setting is either, but I like it!

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Exercising in the ‘Hood

I decided that I had been off the exercise wagon long enough. The excuse I was using of my husband’s surgery and my surgery had worn out, so I was left with no choice but to get back into exercising. Plus, seeing that number on the scale creep back up is enough to make me lose my appetite. The really frustrating part is no matter how much I scream at the scale, it is never intimidated. Since my husband is off work from his surgery, I decided I would just walk around our neighborhood while he watched our son....more

Practicing 'Warrior' Faith

I used to 'date' this guy that I met at a 'wing ding' - a hole in the wall type restaurant that sells chicken wings.  We met when I was in law school and although our romantic relationship did not last, we remained friends.Once, during one of our dating periods,we had a conversation about me being worried and stressed out about something.Now, he and I rarely had any conversations of substance, so this was rare.   He was not the type of person that I would normally go to for advice, he was a playboy generally not interest ...more

I love your comment "when we pray, we are expecting God's (best) outcome." So true.

Naughty George lives up to his bloody reputation

Naughty George excelled himself today, the git. I was taking him for his daily drag through the village, which, as usual, was punctuated by him wanting to piss on something about every five steps. Oh yeh, I take five steps, feel sudden resistance on the leash, and then look behind me to see NG on three legs (again), with his collar up around his ears. I have also noticed that he is getting more proficient at pissing up things whilst the owner is in the vicinity. Like the car his pissed on today, just as the owner was getting out.   ...more

10 Things I Confess I Do Not Understand from Garden Gnomes to Viagra Commercials.

10 Things I Confess I Do Not Understand1. Women who wear those sweat pants with the word JUICY emblazoned across the rear end. Really?!?2. Pringles Potato Chips, all flavors. It's like the IKEA furniture design team got a hold of some bad weed, smoked it, then poured open a box of  dried potato flakes, a box of Morton's salt, tap water and mucked around in a test kitchen for 24 hours.3. Garden gnomes ...more

All Hands On Deck

Recently, Colby told me I had planted an “overambitious garden.”  He may be right, although I am not complaining…yet.  In my second year of vegetable gardening, the list of things I am learning continues to grow.One thing I’ve learned this year is that one year might produce a bumper crop of zucchini and the next year might be a bust.  This is a bust year for zucchini.  If a bloom forms, it ends up falling off before a zucchini forms.  But, last year was a lousy year for tomatoes, watermelon, and corn, and this year…BUMPER....more

"Stand-Up Biology" by guest blogger Brian Leiken

  "Stand-Up Biology" by guest blogger Brian Leiken Third block biology is a bitch.The class has improved slightl...more