Monday, November 29, 2010

Mixed Up About Mixed Vegetables

"Hey Mom, can I eat this for lunch today? I was standing in the kitchen, holding what appeared to me to be a can of vegetable soup.

"Vegetables?" Mom queried. "What else?"

I, in my disconnected state took this to mean that I needed some vegetables in my lunch.

"It's vegetable soup," I replied. "It has vegetables."

Mom proceeded to stare at me in the way that informs me that it is time for me to engage my brain. I busted up laughing. What I held in my hands was not a can of vegetable soup, as I had presumed, but a can of mixed vegetables. What a riot.

(Editor's Note: Please welcome Miss Bookworm as a new author on this blog!)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful for . . . Technology!

There are lots of things to be thankful for this thanksgiving - God, country, and family to name the big three.  But let's not forget about technology!  The turkey-day tech fest began while GrandpaD and GrandmaD were still in the air on the way to our house.  Even though they were flying privately, they let me know how I could track them online while they were still in the air.  I was thrilled that I could see just about everything related to their flight - that they had left early, where they were in the air, that they were diverting north a little to get around some weather, and their estimated time of arrival.  Here is a screen shot.

Ahh, the wonders of modern technology.  As we sit back and enjoy the old traditions of today it will also be good to enjoy the new tradition of googling any question that comes up during the day.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A House Divided - OSU vs. Iowa

OSU had a big game against Iowa last Saturday, as most of you know.  Rather than having the wonderful experience of sitting down with the family and rooting for OSU, I had to navigate the difficult waters of watching the game with an Iowa fan.

It all started a few years ago when my Iowa-born father was in town for an OSU/Iowa game (OK, I was born in Iowa as well).  He engaged the unethical practice of trying to brainwash some young minds to root for Iowa.  When that did not work, he turned to bribery.  Most of my kids were able to say no to the temptation, but two fell to the dark side.  Anna has mostly recovered from it all (notice she is shrugging in the photo and is wearing an OSU jersey but Iowa sweats) while poor K.D. has had to suffer through year after year of losses to OSU while donning Grandpa-provided game gear.  I was doing my best to comfort him while they interviewed Coach Tressel, but it was hard after all.

But now that we have this game behind us, we can all root together for OSU against Michigan and Iowa against Minnesota.  Oh, wait.  My sister and her family are in Minnesota . . .

P.S. A very special thanks to our friends who donated an old tube TV to the cause so we did not have to watch the game on our only surviving TV which is a measly 10".

TV Saga

Note:  It is not really football if you can never see the football.