Monthly Archives: August 2008

Pieces of Flair

So I have some new Pieces of Flair. I’ve been given some nice things and I’ll show them off right now.

First is from a new friend at dysfunctionalmom:

Thank you, thank you, thank you. 🙂

And yes, I know what the rules stipulate, that you are supposed to pass it on and all, but I hate choosing people like that. I think lots of you are kick ass bloggers, or I wouldn’t read and comment on your posts. And I hate leaving people out or giving out repeat gifts so I apologize in advance for both. Here are my five (in alphabetical order)

1) Anglophile Football Fanatic
2) Cakerwakers
3) Country Girl/City Girl
4) Raising Pennsylvania
5) Transplanting Me

But, wait, there’s more! Another new friend at Soccer Balls and Conference Calls gave me this one:


And of course you are supposed to pass this one on as well. Although this one seems to have more rules involved. Here they are:

You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

Got that? Again, sorry for repeats or leaving people out. Alphabetical order again:

1. The Big Piece of Cake. This one is obvious. For all the work she is doing toward Nie Nie Day and helping out that family.

2. Mommybytes. A first bloggy friend. Highly cool read.

3. The Painted Maypole. Monday Missions are starting up again. YEA! And keep her family, and others from LA in your thoughts this week as they deal with Gustav.

4. Two Guys Making that Money. An interesting site. Always gives a different perspective on things. I need that.

5. Using my Words. Another one of my first bloggy friends. Another good perspective changer.

And then, my friend at Marmite and Tea sent me THIS one:

So this one is going out to:

See Kori Rant
Attached Parent
In the Gutter

Now I have to clear off some space on the shelves. 🙂


Kitchen Update…Now in HAIKU!

Haiku Friday

Before and after
Kitchen is almost complete
Tell me what you think


This is the fridge I got an amazing deal on. It is so freakin’ cool (sorry for the pun). It was the floor model at Home Despot, and I got it for only 40% of retail. You may bow before my bargain hunting prowess now.




LOOKYLOOKYLOOKY! It’s my new dishwasher! Newer readers may (or may not)
want to learn about the dishwasher saga here and here.

And now progress is stopped. No new counters or oven/cooktop for a while. Had to get a new AC instead. Dammit. 😦 But I thought I would finally share these pics with you.

Fly me to the moon…

Spouse and I are major space geeks. In fact, I knew he was the one when I learned that one of his favorite movies was “The Right Stuff”, too. We can quote from that movie just as easily as we can from “Holy Grail” and “Princess Bride”. So it was a total no-brainer that we would go visit the Kennedy Space Center when we were in Florida.

Since a good number of the EIGHT HUNDRED pictures we took over the vacation were here, I’ll spare you the slide show and just hit on the highlights (you’re welcome).

We took the “NASA Up Close Tour”, and I highly recommend this if you get the chance. It’s a little over two-hour bus tour that takes you out close to the launch pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building. Our tour guide was a NASA vet and the bus driver was a former NASA firefighter. The stories they told us were simply fascinating. I can only imagine what a rush it would have been to be such a part of history in the making.

And I think that’s a big part of the reason I’m such a space geek. Yeah, the technology is cool and everything but the process is what fascinates me. How all of these people came together and created something so fascinating and wonderful. And the things that came from it? And that have evolved from those things? Too innumerable to count. These advances touch every part of our lives every day. From velcro, to microwaves, to medical imaging, you use space tech daily. And yet people think NASA is a waste of money…

Anyway, I have a longer post in the works on a similar topic, so I’ll stop here and show you some more pics from our day.

The Things in a Mercury capsule. It’s a required photo. 🙂

The Vehicle Assembly Building. It’s big.

Look, those are the boosters for the next shuttle launch!

The launch pad. See, there’s like a spot that just seems to say “Insert Shuttle Here.”

And to answer your question: Yes, we saw Mythbusters last night. And the whole time, Spouse was practically yelling at the screen about how stupid the conspiracy theorists were. It was a little annoying. But also a little funny. 🙂

Virtual Book Club….

Was supposed to be tonight. I know, I know. Not only did I forget to blatantly plug it, now I’m having trouble with the chat room software and my template. And with all of the back-to-school follies and catch up going on, I can’t mess with it much today.

So let’s schedule it again for NEXT Thursday. ‘k?

To sum up:

Mel is a dork who can’t fly her own template.
Mel needs to pay attention to things like the start of school when scheduling stuff like this in the future (duh!).
Virtual Book Club will be on on SEPTEMBER 4, 8pm CST. The book, Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen. It was a fabulous book and I really look forward to the discussion!

This is what’s wrong with kids today…

It’s the first day of school. Yippee!! Oh, I mean, awww, the summer is over. 🙂

Since it’s the first day of school and all, my friends and I have a tradition of pedicures and lunch. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and there isn’t a kid in sight. Bliss.

But as I’m in my pedicure chair enjoying my princess treatment, I look over to the other side of the salon and see these:

Pint sized pedicure chairs. With attached DVD players.

This? Is wrong. On so many different levels. And proof way beyond a reasonable doubt that I do in fact live in Stepford.

One Hundred Word Challenge 4

Greetings all! It’s time for this week’s One Hundred Word Challenge hosted by Velvet Verbosity. And in keeping with the theme of this week’s word, I’ll stop this intro and get to the point. The word of the day is: faster.


100 Words

She got up before her kids so that she could look human when she took them for their first day of school. Shouldn’t scare the teachers on the first day; plenty of time for that later.

The older they get, the faster the time flies, she mused. This is the last year the boys will be in the same school. After this, the wilderness that is middle and high school. And then? College most likely, but no matter what, her little boys will be men and, with luck, on their own.

So what does that mean for her own future?

Keep this away from me….

I love IKEA. I mean seriously love IKEA. I love the stores, the catalogs, the meatballs. I just love it. I find the names of the products endlessly fascinating. I would get a job there if I didn’t think I would be constantly redecorating my house and just signing over my paycheck to them.

So imagine what went through my mind when I saw this at Target:

Oh my. The amount of time I could waste on this. Blogging and Guitar Hero have NOTHING on my DIY/IKEA fetishes. I’ve never gotten into the Sims, but I was a major SimCity freak in college so I understand the appeal of such games. This plug in is really tempting. But if my friends love me, and ever want me to leave my home again, they should NOT get this for me.

I have one question though. Does it come with a little hex wrench?