Since the last time we talked…

Thursday, 25 February, 2010


1.driven cross country (again!). This time the Hubby drove while Baylee and Esther slept and I knitted and knitted and then knitted some more. I ended up finishing a sock as we were pulling into Galveston.

2. gone a month with only doing 2 loads of laundry. I don’t recommend this, by the way. When we got to our apartment in G-town, it took a few days for our washer and dryer to get here. Then when it was installed, the guy said that our outlet for the washer was not working properly and the exhaust for our dryer had been covered up by the contractors working on the apartment complex. (The complex was damaged by Hurricane Ike and they’re still getting things fixed up.) Then it took a few days for the contractors to fix the ‘cover up’. I really didn’t want to do laundry, but I really had to do laundry. We were on our last pair of EVERYTHING. It wasn’t pretty.

3. talked to WS2, finally! It had ended up being about a month since I had last talked to him when he called me in late January. I had to do the ol’ emails to BH routine. I even got so frustrated that I called BH on his cell one night to have WS2 call me. After a few pulled teeth, WS2 did call eventually, and he acted like it was no big deal that we hadn’t talked for a while. ~sigh~

4. gotten a year older, and hopefuylly a year wiser. Hubby took me out to eat and got me a sand dollar charm for my James Avery charm bracelet. Love it!! Thank you again Honey!

5. gotten hissed at by a raccoon. I was taking the trash to the dumpster last week and as I was walking I heard some moving around. At first I thought it was a cat (because there are like a million ka-zillion cats wandering around here), but as I got closer I saw a raccoon peek it’s head up and look at me. I’m not sure who was more surprised, me or him.  Then he HISSED at me like he was King of the Dumpster!! I hurled the trash bag and BEGGED for him to not chase me. Visions of rabies shots danced in my head. I just couldn’t get away fast enough!

6. survived without tv for 10 whole looooooo-ooong days. It was really annoying since I had scheduled hookup service online. The scheduled time came and went without the cable guy showing. I called and they. didn’t. have. a. record. of. it. in. their. system! Sooo I had to schedule all over again. They finally show up, and get our cable rockin’!  Then a few days later our channels had all this florescent green scrambled in. They came out a couple days later to fix it.  ~sigh~  Lucky for them it’s not baseball season!

7. been reunited with Mrs. Baird’s powdered donuts. I think I ate half a bag in one sitting. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even get all the way home from the store before I chowed down. There was no hiding it either! The powdered sugar all over me gave it away. When you move to a foreign land state, you don’t think about your favorite things not being available to you. For example: BIG RED, MRS. BAIRD’S POWDERED DONUTS, RANCH STYLE BEANS, you get the idea. (That also works in reverse. There are certain things up north that I love that I can’t get down here.) 20″ of snow is not one of them.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Wednesday, 3 February, 2010

Synopsis from Barnes &

Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town…

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