Random thoughts

I'm thinking of starting Random Thought Thursdays. Has a nice ring to it. And really, this close to the end of the week most of my thoughts are random. My capacity to have a cohesive thought is directly related to how much time I have had with the kids vs. the last time I had an adult conversation. So here's the mess in my head ...

I have two Twitter accounts now. Don't really know what to do with either. One will be for the blog so follow along @prettynest. The other is going to be more personal and read like my Facebook status updates. And I really enjoy writing and reading FB statuses.

Will has read his 30 books for the summer reading program so he got to visit the book room today and take one home. He chose "Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse" by Leo Lionni, copyright 1969. Now he had a "Go Diego Go!" book in his hand and was eyed a Dr. Seuss-style read so I was rather happy with the final pick. "Let's Make Rabbits," also by Lionni, was found a couple of years ago at the big book sale (which I love) and quickly became a favorite. The BEST part is that the characters are named Alexander and Willy. It so happens that one of Will's best friends is an Alex. How freakin' cool is that. We will certainly read it with Alex the next time he comes over to play. And I'll be hunting for another copy for sure.

On the project list ... I want to make this. I want to eat this after I make them. And I've started a project like this. But not quite. Blogs I found this week include Plum Pudding, Suburban Snapshots and I Still Love You. Waiting to be watched are "Burn Notice," the entire Ken Burns National Parks series and "Frost/Nixon."


Things I say on a daily basis

Stop jumping on the couch.


Get your face out of your brother's.


Look with your eyes, not your hands.


Thankfully, I also get to say things like ...

That was good sharing with your brother.

Thank you for opening the door. You're so strong.

Thank you for my hug. I love you too.


In the eye of the beholder

A long time ago (just April, but in the internet age that is forever), I had the idea to walk our alley and create an arrangement with the pretty wildflowers growing there in the public space. A few days later, me and my trusty helper took a stroll and came back with a Mason jar full of purple and white flowers. Will enjoyed using the pruning shears (with MUCH supervision!). I'm not a flower arranging pro by any means, but I think it turned out quite nice. The added bonus, it lasted more than a week on the porch without really drooping. These "weeds" haven't survived the millennium by being greenhouse wimps!


Fabulous Friday: I want one!

This has to be one of the coolest things EVER! Chris told me about it in a e-mail with the subject "Why didn't WE think if this." Because it's one of the coolest things EVER!

Though maybe just in our household filled with Mac products. We've got a computer, laptop, nano, iPhone and yes, we now have an iPad too. Even the Cozy Coupe sports an Apple logo around here. And I almost wish we didn't have the iPhone and iPad because all day long we hear, "Can I play on the iPad? Daddy's not sharing the iPhone." It's amazing to think that while I didn't have a computer until college, William and Joseph will never know a world without the internet and WiFi and high-definition everything.

Leave to the Japanese to meld iPhones with old-school technology. So just what is it? It's a book that interacts with a free app on your iPhone. See the cute window for the iPhone to show through? Chris said I should get busy writing an American version but I'm sure someone in the American publishing realm will put one on the shelves of my local Barnes & Noble ASAP. Otherwise, I'll head down to the bank for some yen.

Read more about it here. And then try to tell me it's not one of the coolest things ever.

Pep talk for myself

I've been ignoring my blog. Not really ignoring because I'm one of those people who constantly writes posts, Facebook statuses or thank you cards in my head. If I'm staring off into space, I'm probably doing one of those three. But I haven't been posting because honestly, I don't like the name. It was a good idea but it doesn't fit the blog. I'll still write about food and friends but if I'm going to do this, I want a new name that reflects more of what this blog is and who I am.

So I've got a new name and once I get the hubby to help me set it up, I'll share it with you. But he's busy with his own blog and work and then there's the hundred million other things that make up a day so it's going to be awhile. In the meantime I just need to get over the name and write. At least it will get some of the thoughts that clutter up my brain to clear out. Because Lord knows I need more brain space for genius statuses.