Thursday, May 31, 2012


I love genealogy, but sometimes it kind of hits you in the face. My kids really like that cartoon Liberty Kids.  It is an historical cartoon dealing with the Revolutionary War.  I actually like it, too.  Anyway, one of the "bad" guys is the British General Howe.  Yep, we are related to him.  I couldn't find the clip where he is featured, but he is mentioned in the above episode.  It is funny to see one of your relatives made into a cartoon.  While General Howe was heavily involved in the Revolutionary War, his record was less then distinguished and he eventually fled back to England to defend his questionable actions. I imagine that he is why we don't talk about him too much ;-)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Daily Kid UU Spiritual Practice?

Today is the first day of summer break for the kids and I. We were so very ready for this!  We had the WHOLE day to just hang out and it was wonderful.  We had a slow morning and headed to the library to load up on reading material.  Since we weren't in a hurry, the kids played some chess and put together a "community" puzzle while we were there. The afternoon was spent reading, baking, playing instruments, games and taking the dogs on a walk.  Perfect.  While I know this won't be every day, it was a great way to start the summer.

Since life is slowing down, I would like to institute a low-key daily spiritual practice with the kids.  I have actually been wanting to do this for a long time, but things were so crazy busy, I couldn't find the time to figure it all out.  Which, in and of itself, is a strong indicator that this is something very needed. Problem is, I am at a loss for what to do. A daily reading? Lighting a chalice? Gratitude journal?  I would LOVE some ideas.  Have you ever done anything like this?  I am not looking for anything complicated, but something meaningful.  Please share!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Wedding Music

The quintet I play with has our first wedding in a couple of weeks!  I am super excited.  We ran through all the pieces at rehearsal this morning and I am feeling good about it.  We chose songs that we are very familiar with, so that should cut down on the nerves.  The bride is a free-spirited friend and just wants us to have a great day with her.  I know I will be nervous on the big day, but I feel super honored that she even asked us.  Can't wait!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Another School Year Ends

How is it possible that I now have a 7th grader, 6th grader and 3rd grader?  Wasn't it just August and they were 6th, 5th, and 2nd graders?!  I can not believe how fast this year has gone. When I look at all the things they have accomplished, of course it has been nine months - but, wow, I really need time to slow down.  It is shocking that my daughter will be in SEVENTH grade. I still remember her learning to walk.  I wish it didn't go by so fast.  I keep telling the kids to not grow up so fast, but they don't listen to me.  They insist on getting taller and smarter and independent.  I don't like it! It takes everything in me to let them spread their wings. I just hope when they learn to fly, that they visit the nest every once in awhile.

Monday, May 21, 2012


I need a break.  It has been non-stop for the last few weeks and it doesn't look like it will let up for at least another week. I keep thinking "surely, life will slow down soon", but it doesn't. I tell myself that there is light at the end of the tunnel, just hold on, but it is wearing me down. I have to remind myself that this is how May is every year - no matter how hard I try to scale back.  I feel the end is within grasp, but those last few yards are the hardest.

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Plaid Shoes

Today is my birthday!! I love birthdays. Since everyone is working or at school, I have planned, a la The Muppet Show, a "Me Party"! I am super excited for it.  I woke up to breakfast in bed.  My favorite - french toast and strawberries and I got new plaid shoes.  Thank you Husband and kids!  The kids are now dropped off at school, so the day is mine!  I plan to head to the new music store to get some clarinet reeds and peruse the quintet selection.  Then I am going to Herbaria, my favorite local soap shop.  From there, to the Botanical Gardens to meet Husband for lunch.  After that I plan to spend a LOT of time at the fabric store looking at patterns and the new spring fabrics.  I will pick up the kids, hang out with them and then go to my favorite restaurant, Mai Lees, for dinner.  I will end the day with wine and Game of Thrones.  Perfect! I hope you all have a great day, too!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Making Peace with Jury Duty

If you follow me on twitter or Facebook, you will know how much this stressed me out.  Yesterday was my fourth time being called.  After the horrible experience in 2009, this was really weighing on me. I, of course, take it out on the universe.  Why me?! Why do I always get called?!  Most people I know have only been called once, if at all.  Who in the court system has it out for me?! Obviously, no one, but I like being unreasonable and dramatic about it.  Really, though, I am averaging being called once every four years. I am the only person I know of who lives in fear of being called for duty.  Most people don't even think about jury duty. I don't want to get the mail in case the summons is in there. 

So, with much trepidation, I headed to the Courts on Monday.  Since I had been there before, at least I knew what to expect ;-).  After getting settled in and hearing a long spiel from a Judge about how Missouri is looking to change how judges are appointed, the process began.  I know this is an exaggeration, but this is where my mind was: it felt like the the reaping from Hunger Games.  One by one, people started disappearing.  Three trials with approximately 90 potential jurors culled.  I was trying to calm myself and not flee in panic. Then a miracle happened.  I wasn't called.  A second miracle happened. The next day is a holiday, so I didn't have to come back on Tuesday.  While I had to wait the whole day to make sure there wasn't a late trial, my name was never announced.  I can not believe it.  This has NEVER happened. I even asked the court lady to make sure I really was done - it was just so unbelievable. I can't believe my luck and thank the Judicial God's for letting me go!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Someone Like You

Since I am completely overwhelmed with everything, I have decided to pick the ukulele back up and learn this song.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Countdown

May is always a crazy month.  I feel like I can't relax until Memorial Day.  The next two weeks, in particular, are stressing me out, I have: 1 presentation, 3 papers, Girl Scouts,  Son's birthday party, Daughter's harp recital, Extra quintet rehearsal, JURY DUTY!!, my birthday, Mother's Day and a performance.  Just trying to keep it all together will be a particular miracle. I think I better get to work, now.