Wednesday, October 31, 2012


This is a stickup - mommy wants my candy! Happy Halloween, everybody!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Night Bus

It was a dark morning, before the time change, and I had arrived early at the train station for a change. It's always nice not to have to run from the parking lot to the train platform.

This particular morning I decided to back into a parking space rather than pulling forward. I had grown tired of returning to my car each evening to find a windshield covered in tree sap and bird poo. So I thought that by facing the opposite direction that I could perhaps avoid the 5-minute window washing that ensued each afternoon before I could leave.

The parking lot is narrow so there isn't much maneuvering room for pulling into parking spaces. Knowing this, I opted to shoot for a spot by itself, several cars away from the nearest parked vehicle. So imagine my complete and total surprise when I felt and heard a crash!

I am a very safe driver. I can count on one hand, no joke, the number of times I've been in a fender bender and this is the only one that is solidly my fault. I swear to you that there is NO possible way that I could have hit that car unless one of our vehicles pulled a move like the Night Bus in Harry Potter!!! I still contend that that car jumped over and in my path because I can't figure out how I managed it!

Even more surprising was the fact that my parking assist alert did not sound like it usually does when I'm near an usually starts squawking before I'm anywhere near hitting something! And yes, I do have a backup camera and a large display in the dash, but I find it very disorienting so I don't often use it. Needless to say, I will force myself to use it henceforth!!

On the upside, damage was superficial to both cars and I have not had to make an insurance claim for repairs to either vehicle. So all's well that ends well, I guess.

Days Like This

Because M's school is a major sponsor of the Chihuly exhibit, we were able to enjoy the beauty of the Arboretum for FREE! Awesome! If you haven't been to see the Chihuly exhibit, it is worth braving the crowds! Pictures definitely do NOT do it justice ... nor does a mere one or two hour visit. Make a day of it - you won't be sorry!

Knowing that attendance has been very heavy the last week, we opted to be there when the gardens opened. And man, are we ever glad we did! The line to get in to park was impressive for 850am and the lot was already quite full. Once inside, the crowd dispersed quickly but it was still quite obvious that there were lots of people milling about just by noticing how many stray people wandered into "the perfect shot" all morning.

We stayed about an hour and half and things were really ramping up as we were leaving as people were pouring in by the busloads. The weather was lovely for us - warm but not too warm with just enough breeze to keep things comfortable. It was definitely heating up and by the time we got home the wind was gusty.

Mom went with us so we were able to get a few good family photos. Not as splendid as I'd hoped, but the little guy was tired because, naturally, he had decided to take a nap just before we left for the Arboretum. So we had to wake him up to go. Boo! All in all, though, he did quite well. Makes me think we might need a membership so we can enjoy each season at the gardens.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Open Letter

Dear Juror Services Genius:

Thank you for allowing me to excuse myself from jury duty because I have a child under the age of 15. Serving on a jury really would be a little dicey at this point, what with the need for a "parlor" and all. Then throw in the potential for a crazy schedule for some interesting capital murder case and you have the recipe for a juror going AWOL. Glad someone recognizes that!

A Thankful Citizen

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

'Cause I'm Free

Once returning to work, it was only a matter of time before I had a wardrobe malfunction. I just can't seem to go without those. I think I must have them for everyone who's never had one. You're welcome. So I was walking to my office from the train station and things felt a little ... free, shall we say. I was wearing a silk blouse, so I just attributed it to the thin, flowy material and thought very little else of it. After all, everything was covered. I checked. When it came time for my first "parlor session," I discovered just exactly why I felt so free on my walk in. I clearly forgot to fasten the snaps on my accoutrement in my rush to get out the door on time that morning. Nice. At least this time I wasn't baring it all for the world to see! Le sigh