Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I have a few minutes before I head off to pick up my 4:11.  I didnt exactly get a chance to eat today because work was too busy and now it is almost dinner time and I am starving.  So I may be dilusional while typing.  I can't quite decide what to write about.  My cousin writes about her incredibly cute son.  And he is incredibly cute and does really note worthy stuff.  My kids, although they are really cute, they haven't really done anything blog worthy this past week.  I could write about stuff that annoys me...but I just have a few minutes before I pick up lunch.  That would take hours to write about.  I am easily annoyed.

So I decided to keep it simple to a top 10 list...

Top 10 favorite things Gavin & Ellen to do at the hardware store after school while waiting to go home

10) String all the paper clips together...this is wildly popular with Papa and Uncle Gary.  Nothing like grabbing that paper clip only to get 50 of them.  Funny stuff.
9) Eat popcorn
8) Drop popcorn on the floor
7) Use the office computer....did you know that Neopets has viruses that can infect a company computer?...or so I hear! 
6) Argue...although that is favorite everywhere...not just at the hardware store
5) Play with Snickers, the cat, although I think her name too has been changed to Kevin
4) Have races on the rental dollies... up and down the center aisle of the store is of course the best location for this.
3) Do homework....yeh who we kidding.  It gones done but is far from a favorite
2) Call mom on the cell phone and ask her when she is coming home
1) Hang out with Papa

I think this would be an appropriate time to thank Papa for picking the kids up from school everyday and putting up with their antics!

Friday, March 25, 2011


Well we have had our new puppy, Maggie for a couple of months now.  She seems to be working out quite well, which is amazing if you consider our past history with dogs.  There was Harley, the beagle / sheepdog...don't ask.  Gilbert, the dog who liked to eat Gavin.  One of them had to go.  The girls voted for Gavin, leaving that is.  Nice sisters!  Good thing I had the deciding vote.  Buffy, the vanishing and reappearing dog.  She was gone for like 3 months one winter, only to show back up all bald and crazy.  Or was it really Buffy???  There is a convincing argument that she was an impostor.  Then we had Oscar.  A crazy little dog who liked to feed on the neighbor boy and last but not least Fred, the shelter dog.  He was apparently abused and never house broke, and like to runs....all the time, everywhere!  So yes, the track record on dogs is pretty discouraging.  However, Maggie appears to be a winner.

Maggie, is an almost 4 months old Yorkie.  She weighs about 3 pounds and is super cute. So far we have seen no crazy tendencies.  She has some potty training issues...but she is still a baby.  She absolutely loves our two cats.  The feelings are unfortunately not mutual.  (Cats are a whole other story...a possible future blog.)

So I think Maggie is gonna work out.  Gavin would really like to change her name to Kevin.  But I think we will stick with Maggie.
Yes, this photo makes her look freakishly long and skinny like a weiner dog.  Must be a weird camera angle...she has normal proportions.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A New Kind of Profiling

As everyone probably knows it is illegal to text while you are driving.  The theory is that if you text while you drive you will be distracted and won't keep your eyes on the road and this could cause an accident.  Probably a good theory.  Everyone is not as coordinated as me, and likely doesn't have the skills to text while driving. 

But isn't this a little like profiling?  Don't get me wrong I believe distracted driving is wrong.  But do we just single out the texters and target this group?  Is that really right?  I have seen women doing their makeup while driving, a guy reading the newspaper while driving on I-75, and I won't even go into how many times I have seen people smackin' at their kids in the back seat.  All of this behavior is distracted driving and also very dangerous.  But it is totally legal.  Go ahead and do your make up, read the paper, and beat your kids...just don't text while driving! 

The federal government is not allowed to profile.  Just because a few middle eastern folks blow up buildings and airports, it doesn't mean they all do.  This is why blowing up buildings and airports is illegal and being middle eastern is perfectly legal.  I draw the same comparison to texting while driving.  Yes it is probably dangerous in most cases.  But texting in itself is not the evil thing.  It is driving while distracted that is bad.  We have focused on too small of an issue and are missing the big picture.  People do many dumb things while driving.  Let's make all the actual dumb things illegal and not just choose one aspect and single it out.

Will I continue to text while driving?  Probably not.  But there are occassional exceptions to every rule.  And do I want people to keep sending me youtube videos of people dying while they are texting?  No I don't.  But if I could find that guy that reading the paper on I-75 you could send him some disturbing videos.