Like a good neighbor…

15 inches of snow later, and our street still isn’t plowed. Harumph. Thank goodness we have some seriously awesome neighbors who have made this whole Thundersnow/Snowmageddon/Snowpocalypse 2011 event a bit more bearable: mad props to Joe & Gwen, who I already knew were fantastic people, for really showing what they’re made of today. Joe took his monster snow blower all over the neighborhood to pitch in where people needed help (including our sidewalks!), and Gwen followed up with a phone call to let us know that she would be replenishing supplies of coffee, wine, and brownies available on their front porch all day to whoever was snowbound in the neighborhood and in need of sustenance. “We’ll just pretend it’s Vail,” she laughed, “and enjoy!” I’ll drink to that.

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January 27, 2011. daily life. Leave a comment.

A snowday miracle

Thank you, God, for letting my husband’s plane back from the west coast be one of the few that actually made it THE VERY LAST ONE that was let into PHL today, during the umpteenth snowstorm of the season.  Kind of ironic that tonight would be the one night in I don’t know how long that that flight actually got in without issue, given that it’s also the one night that my choir rehearsal was cancelled (and so I didn’t need to worry about him getting home to take over parenting duties)… but a small miracle nonetheless. An even better one might be making this the last big snow of the season. I’m just sayin’.

January 26, 2011. daily life. Leave a comment.

Amor vincit omnia

You know what’s a really good thing? A good dad. Mine was a stay-at-home dad for the early years of my life — the guy who invented a whole cast of characters to populate the original stories he told me everyday — the guy who was the only dad in the pool at swim class at the Community House — the guy who, when facing his own death, gave me his take on the meaning of life by quoting Chaucer.

So Happy Birthday to my dear old Daddy Jim, who would have been 86 today! Wow. What you would have thought of the 21st century, dude… Wish you were here.

January 25, 2011. people. 1 comment.

Take two

So I just changed the name of this blog. I know, I know: only two days into its short life, and already I feel the need to start over! I think I may actually have kind of an issue with naming things… When I adopted my dog 10 years ago, I was so excited to be able to pick out a great name for her; but I kept forgetting what I had chosen and could never remember what to call her, so then reverted back to the name she came with. (“You know, Ellie isn’t such a bad name,” my mother said to me… And she was right, of course, as my sweet Border Collie is much more an Ellie than a Caeli or Kylie or whatever I thought sounded cool at the time.) Thank goodness my husband picked out our daughter’s name — that would have been a big one for me to goof on.

Anyway, what was only yesterday “My Favorite Things” shall now be known as “It’s a Good Thing,” because it occurred to me that I am at a very much more Martha Stewart stage of my life than a Sound of Music one. What exactly that means, I’ll leave up to you to figure out. And of course, be sure to come back soon, because tomorrow is another day, and who knows what name we might have moved onto by that point.

January 24, 2011. meta. Leave a comment.

Sunday afternoons

Ahh. This is one of the the few times (actually, probably THE ONLY time) during the week that I get to be alone in my own home. AND I LOVE IT! My husband is at the gym, my daughter is at her grandmother’s, and I get to be by myself. Yesssssss.

And so today: I get home from church and what do I find awaiting me in our empty house (except for the dog)? A Runaway Bride/You’ve Got Mail double header. Score! Only thing that could top that combo would be bookending it with Sleepless in Seattle at the front end and When Harry Met Sally at the back end — and that might be too much, even for me. Generally, I’m not that much of a movie person — seriously, I think the last one I saw in a theatre was The Dark Knight (OMG Christian Bale!) — but there are some that I do just love to have on, anytime. And TBS never fails to deliver. :)

So, for this first entry in my collection of favorite things, a big shout out to perennially wonderful sappy chick flicks during Mommy’s time off. Now excuse me while I revel in being able to watch what I want on TV.

January 23, 2011. movies. Leave a comment.