Contrary to popular belief...

I did not drop off the face of the earth. (A bummer for some, I know). No, two days after my last post, I found out I was pregnant with my third child, one who has thus far kept me too distracted from realizing I turned 40 this year, one whose smile melts my heart on this 11-degree day. It amazes me that a year ago I didn't even know this little guy. It's wonderful to be three times blessed.


Gonna RESOLVE not to be crabby...

I'm sitting here with Resolve carpet cleaner seeping into my sock, presumably my bloodstream as well. The youngest decided to try to drink her grape (PURPLE) juice in the family room, which has beige carpeting of course.

Next thing you know, she's wailing and pointing to a VERY large spot on the carpet, and apologizing as eloquently as she can. I poured nearly all of the cleaner on the carpet, and 5 hours later, it's still damp. What made me smile in spite of this was the beautiful Valentine card my oldest made us. If I was half as artistic as her, I'd be happy.


My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Excellency Leslee the Harmonious of Helions Bumpstead
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Don't be a (Patriots) hater

Okay, so the Patriots lost Sunday. Dropped passes and other miscues cost Brady & Beli the game. I'm bummed, but life goes on. I don't even hate the Colts. (Don't even get me started on the Bears, however).

There are two blogs I've noticed out there, one for Pats haters and one for Pats lovers, and what a difference. One blogger spends his/her time using the Lord's name in vain the entire blog entry, ranting unintelligibly, while the other gives good insight into why the Patriots won or lost a particular game. The Pats hater blog makes you that much more resolved to cheer the Patriots on, even if you could care less about them. GO PATS GO PATS GO PATS GO PATS GO PATS GO PATS GO PATS. Take that, Pats Haters.


*********ARTS ALERT********

Two cool broadcasts on PBS this week and next. If the following are not being broadcast in your corner of the world, you may commence feeling envious...NOW!

To see part one of Masterpiece Theater's adaptation of Jane Eyre, tune in Friday January 26 on channel 17. Next Sunday (1/28) is part two, 8 p.m. CST, with the rebroadcast on Friday 2/2 at 8 p.m. on channel 17. Yes, that's Georgie Henley of Narnia fame as young Jane.

Big. Huge. Julie Taymer's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. 8-10 p.m. on Wednesday 1/24. Nathan Gunn as Papageno. 'Nuff said. (Rebroadcast is Thursday 1/25 at 8 p.m. on channel 17.

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"...she shall have music wherever she goes..."

Sophie, my 5-year-old, must have been the inspiration for this nursery rhyme. She loves to sing and knows the words to many songs. She can also guess many songs when you hum or whistle them for her. Growing up, I would memorize all the songs off of Broadway cast recordings, and sing in my room, hoping my little sister wouldn't bust me. Sophie sings in the bathroom, in the car, in Target, and even to passersby on the street. No one's thrown money her way yet but I'm sure in time...

Sophie also likes to ask if a particular song is a "God song" (one that glorifies God). Sometimes I tell her, "God inspired the person to write the song." She doesn't always like that answer, but may begrudgingly add the song to her ever-expading repertoire. Sophie wants to be an opera singer when she grows up, among other things. I am hoping she will be onstage someday, singing her heart out.


Bill & Tom's Excellent Adventure

Congratulations to the New England Patriots, who beat the San Diego Chargers 24-21 to advance to the AFC Championship game versus Indy. Great job, guys.

Note to Coach Belichick: Dude, lose the "hacked-off-arms" sweatshirt!

Best of luck, and wish I could be there.