Monthly Archives: August 2008
The weather here lately has been absolutely beautiful. Low humidity, temps in the mid 70’s to low 80’s. We haven’t had a 90 degree day . . . until today. Today it’s over 90 with unbelievable humidity. And I have a cold. Stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes. I’m freezing because Hubby has the AC cranked up. I played in the pool with Luci this afternoon and it probably wasn’t a good idea.
Mom’s birthday is tomorrow and her birthday party is going to be here at the house tomorrow afternoon. Hubby and I have been working very hard to get the house and the food ready for the party. The siblings help out with some stuff but Hubby and I do the bulk of the stuff. It’s always a stressful weekend for us and this year is no exception. He’s twanging on my last nerve and I’m twanging on his. If we get through the weekend without a major blow-out, it will be a miracle!
- Like I mentioned earlier, it hasn’t rained in a couple of weeks. Guess when the next rain storm is forecast for our area? Tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Right about the time that everybody is supposed to arrive for Mom’s party.
- Didn’t feel like cooking, so I grabbed something quick for supper at a local fast food joint. Some inconsiderate slob pulled into their driveway and stopped by the front door rather than pull into a parking place. I was right behind him. Hungry. Impatient. Not polite. It wasn’t pretty.
I know it’s just the stress of the weekend. I know the party will turn out beautifully. In the meantime,
My name is Crabby Appleton,
and I am simply awful.
It does my heart a lot of good
to do a deed unlawful!
I’m fond of gloom, impending doom,
I think good deeds are sappy!
I laugh with glee, it pleases me
when everyone’s unhappy.
P.S. The best antidote for my Crabby Appleton mood is Luci. She refuses to let me sit and sulk in my bad mood. She wants to play and she won’t stop until I get up and go outside with her. It’s taken twice as long as normal to type this because she’s here with her toy bumping my elbow. I just love that little dog!
Have you ever heard of the Beloit Mindset List? Each year, just before classes start, the Beloit College releases the list which presents the mindset of the incoming class of freshmen. I found out about the list a few years ago and look forward to the new list each year. Yes, some of the references make me feel really, really old. But it also gives me an idea of how a different generation views the world.
Some of the things are the same today as they were when the Class of 2012 were born – rising fuel costs were causing airlines to cut staff and flight schedules; Big Three car companies were facing declining sales and profits; and a president named Bush was increasing the number of troops in the Middle East in the hopes of securing peace. However, the mindset of this new generation of college students is quite different from that of the faculty about to prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Think about it . . . today’s college freshman has grown up in an era where computers and rapid communication are the norm, and most of their communication is done with cell phones, by texting, or through Facebook.
This is a multicultural, politically correct and “green” generation that has hardly noticed the threats to their privacy and has never feared the Russians and the Warsaw Pact.
Most of these kids were born in 1990, and to them . . .
- Sammy Davis Jr., Jim Henson, Ryan White, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddy Krueger have always been dead.
- Harry Potter could be a classmate, playing on their Quidditch team.
- Since they were in diapers, karaoke machines have been annoying people at parties.
- They have always been looking for Carmen Sandiego.
- GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.
- Coke and Pepsi have always used recycled plastic bottles.
- Shampoo and conditioner have always been available in the same bottle.
- Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.
- Their parents may have dropped them in shock when they heard George Bush announce “tax revenue increases.”
- Electronic filing of tax returns has always been an option.
- Girls in head scarves have always been part of the school fashion scene.
- All have had a relative–or known about a friend’s relative–who died comfortably at home with Hospice.
- As a precursor to “whatever,” they have recognized that some people “just don’t get it.”
- Universal Studios has always offered an alternative to Mickey in Orlando.
- Grandma has always had wheels on her walker.
- Martha Stewart Living has always been setting the style.
- Haagen-Dazs ice cream has always come in quarts.
- Club Med resorts have always been places to take the whole family.
- WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling.
- Films have never been X rated, only NC-17.
- The Warsaw Pact is as hazy for them as the League of Nations was for their parents.
- Students have always been “Rocking the Vote.”
- Clarence Thomas has always sat on the Supreme Court.
- Schools have always been concerned about multiculturalism.
- We have always known that “All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”
- There have always been gay rabbis.
- Wayne Newton has never had a mustache.
- College grads have always been able to Teach for America.
- IBM has never made typewriters.
- Roseanne Barr has never been invited to sing the National Anthem again.
- McDonald’s and Burger King have always used vegetable oil for cooking french fries.
- They have never been able to color a tree using a raw umber Crayola.
- There has always been Pearl Jam.
- The Tonight Show has always been hosted by Jay Leno and started at 11:35 EST.
- Pee-Wee has never been in his playhouse during the day.
- They never tasted Benefit Cereal with psyllium.
- They may have been given a Nintendo Game Boy to play with in the crib.
- Authorities have always been building a wall across the Mexican border.
- Lenin’s name has never been on a major city in Russia.
- Employers have always been able to do credit checks on employees.
- Balsamic vinegar has always been available in the U.S.
- Macaulay Culkin has always been Home Alone.
- Their parents may have watched The American Gladiators on TV the day they were born.
- Personal privacy has always been threatened.
- Caller ID has always been available on phones.
- Living wills have always been asked for at hospital check-ins.
- The Green Bay Packers (almost) always had the same starting quarterback.
- They never heard an attendant ask “Want me to check under the hood?”
- Iced tea has always come in cans and bottles.
- Soft drink refills have always been free.
- They have never known life without Seinfeld references from a show about “nothing.”
- Windows 3.0 operating system made IBM PCs user-friendly the year they were born.
- Muscovites have always been able to buy Big Macs.
- The Royal New Zealand Navy has never been permitted a daily ration of rum.
- The Hubble Space Telescope has always been eavesdropping on the heavens.
- 98.6 F or otherwise has always been confirmed in the ear.
- Michael Milken has always been a philanthropist promoting prostate cancer research.
- Off-shore oil drilling in the United States has always been prohibited.
- Radio stations have never been required to present both sides of public issues.
- There have always been charter schools.
- Students always had Goosebumps.
And to think, Dollface (my youngest niece) is part of this group. Man, I’m really feeling old this week.
See who can spend the most time in front of the AC vent in the kitchen.
How many times can we ask Mommy to let us in/out the back door before she give the famous "I’m not spending my day letting you two in and out every 5 minutes!" speech. Yes, I give the same lectures to the dogs that Mom gave to me as a kid.
Luci likes to sunbathe on the deck. When she gets too warm, she will come inside to get a drink of water, spend about 5 minutes crowding Blacky in front of the AC vent in the kitchen, then go back outside. She has an outside water dish that is refilled several times during the day but she prefers the inside water dish.
Blacky enjoys playing in the sprinkler while Luci splashes in the baby pool. When Luci goes over to check out the sprinkler, Blacky gets in the baby pool. It’s wickedly funny to watch.
Luci enjoys grabbing the hose when we are filling the baby pool and spraying anyone that comes near her.
This weekend has been particularly busy for the doggies. Blacky has been busy protecting his house from the house painters. Our next door neighbor is a professional house painter and we hired him and one of his co-workers to paint the outside of our house. They are wonderful painters and they did a fantastic job. Blacky has known Neighbor Guy all his life, but yet still barks at him every time Neighbor Man is anywhere within Blacky’s eyesight. Neighbor Man is and always has been wonderful to both dogs, but for some reason Blacky has never warmed up to him. Blacky has always been a Nervous Nelly and doesn’t adapt well to changes in his routine. Having two guys painting the house for two days is a total change of his routine. Poor baby spent most of the weekend upstairs with his head under the bed.
Luci took her first trip to a dog park on Saturday. I met a friend of mine from Large Insurance Agency and her dog – which happens to be a black lab named Lucy. Believe it or not, her Lucy is 6 months older than my Luci and they get into the same kinds of trouble. Would you believe that my social butterfly baby dog pulled out the shyness card and didn’t really play with any of the other dogs at the dog park? I was stunned! This is a dog that has to meet and greet every person she sees when we’re out for a walk, at the vet’s office, or at the groomer’s. Never met a stranger, loves everyone, and thinks everyone loves her. But I put her in that dog park with three other dogs and she clung to me like Saran Wrap! She did eventually warm up to people and would wander off a little to explore the park and to play with the other dogs, but she never let me out of her sight. After about an hour, I knew it was time to go home when she wandered over to where she could see the Dog Mobile and started whining. She was perfectly behaved during the trip home and stuck by my side all weekend. I think I might have to take her to the dog park a little more often to get her used to playing with the other dogs.
The weather has turned a little cooler the last couple of days, so I’ve been able to take Luci for her evening walk. Speaking of which . . . she’s sitting here with her head on my lap telling me it’s time to go . . .