Saturday, January 01, 2011

My blog has been under a robe, or a Snuggie anyway.

Remember that scene in A Christmas Carol when the Spirit of Christmas Present opens his robe to reveal the spirits of Ignorance and Want? Very creepy. And sad.

My neglected blog now appears to me as if it were one of those orphans under the robe of Christmas 2010. Or The Christmas Snuggie of 2010.

Yes, I received a zebra-print Snuggie. Here's where I'd like to insert a saucy "Meeoww" making fun of this Snuggie, but I don't know what sound a zebra makes. My kids' animal books did not teach me that. I hope it's not "hee haw," because a racy zebra print deserves something way more flirty than that.

So here I am, January, 1, 2011, or as 685 clever people have pointed out on Facebook already:


And I am playing catch up on my blog.

Big news? On December 30, we had an earthquake here in Indiana. You may have heard about it on the news. I was awakened at 8:00 am by my bedroom mirrors and windows rattling. I thought it was thunder or Jesus returning, but when I bolted to the family room and saw that Zoe was still with us, I knew the Rapture had not happened.

Here she is reading instructions about what to do in case of earthquake emergency OR Jesus returning:

For New Year's Eve, the Five Crows plus The Two Significant Others went bowling. We have not bowled in years. I would like to point out that while I did not have the high score amongst the 7 of us, I did best myself by 4 points, from 75 in the first game to 79 in the second. Goal for 2012: Break 80 in bowling.

But my kids did state that I had the best "back it up" technique after releasing the ball of anyone. I have no idea what they're talking about.

Then we went to a much-revered Hoosier pizza chain called Pizza King. When that meal featuring slow conversation and arms so weakened by bowling that it was difficult to lift the pizza to the mouths was over, we said, "Whew! Time to head back home! What time is it? 8:30 pm?" It was only about 6:00 pm. But since it gets dark around 5:00 pm, we're all confused and feel the need to fall asleep at least by 7:00.

So we left, and then Jorge and I went to our friends' home where we played a rousing game of Password and were clearly whipped by the friends who have musical backgrounds and kept receiving, suspiciously, musical terms to guess.

Then we came home, went to bed, and I watched Dick Clark and checked Facebook from there. Highlight of the show: Mike Posner singing "Cooler Than Me" which has been in a loop in my head since October, and I am not exaggerating.

Today I ran outside, enjoying the sunniest, warmest January 1 I can remember, 37*. I have missed the big blue sky lately.

I'm wearing a pedometer daily now, attempting to get my 11,100 steps I'm told I need to get in, and I'm making yogurt smoothies daily and omelets with fresh spinach and mushrooms. I have discovered that if you microwave or saute mushrooms a little too long, they start to pop like popcorn, which makes your plain old omelet kind of exciting and festive.

Aside from marathon Scrabble games in which Kristin has become enlightened to the thrill of the triple word score in the corners and is rabid about getting them for herself, that's about all the excitement here to report.

Happy New Year, everyone.

Little blog, you may step out of the robe. Cause it's kind of creepy in there, and you could use some sun.


Anonymous said...

Well, finally! I've been wondering where you are! Your New Year's Eve sounds divine! There's nothing like spending time with family!

BTW, I just bought a Wii. It came with Resort Sports, which has a BOWLING game! You could practice some on the Wii and see if it helps you in a real bowling alley!

Happy New Year! May 2011 bring much joy and laughter, and may God continue to pour out His blessings upon you.

Anonymous said...

So glad to have you blogging again! Now my universe can return to normal. :)

Maribeth said...

Oh and I thought I was the only one to get a Snuggie!
Have missed you, my dear!
Had not heard about the earth quake, but then we have had blizzards and stuff to deal with! lol!
Happy New Year!

Pamela said...

You made me smile today. (Yesterday was a rough day and its "sadness" was still lingering with me this morning.)



Cathy said...

Welcome back. haha

We shopped all day (well the girls did. Hubby and I found a seat in the mall and read our Kindles.) Then we came home and played Scrabble and Uno and then watched TV the last 5 minutes until the ball dropped! Exciting times at our house.

Mocha with Linda said...

You and I could have a neck and neck race if we were bowling together!

Love me some Scrabble. Sounds like I need to come play a game with your girl and you!

Glad you weren't too rattled by the earthquake.

Happy 1/1/11, you 1derful 1!

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

Backing Up Video:
(my perception may be may have been being sarcastic. Too many jalapeno poppers last night I guess).
Happy New Year to you and yours. Praying that God will abudantly bless you and do mighty things through you.

Deb said...

Glad to see your back :) My blog was neglected too the last 4 or 5 months. It's good to a'bloggin once again! Happy New Year!

LynnMarie said...

Well I'm glad you're back? I thought you were so busy with wedding plans you had no time for us. Happy New Year to you and glad to see you.

Kelly Combs said...

In addition to Christmas, we should declare December to be neglect your blgo month. Too much other stuff to do.

Welcome back.


Glad to see you back and alive and kicking. Happy New Year!

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Glad to see you back!! And Happy New Year!!


Susanne said...

An earthquake? Where you are? Pretty scary. We had an earthquake here once too. It was the weirdest sensation. Glad to see Zoe is getting all studied up on what to do no matter the option.

I love bowling but alas you and I run about the same score.

Happy New Year to you too!

Liz said...

We felt the earthquake up here in the north. Only thing is it's not too extraordinary to feel the couch shake at our house. We live next to train tracks, and we're used to the rumbling. You crack me up with your little dog reading the instructions for what to do in an earthquake or if Jesus is returning. You're too funny!

Pamela said...

I thought the earthquake was a car hitting the house--although if I would ahve thouht about it, we have enough trees that the car would have been stopped by them.

It's 11:00 at night and you just made me hungry for Pizza King!

Debbie's L'Bri said...

Heard about the earth quake. My daughter lives in Evansville but did Live in Indy til alittle bit ago. Happy that you are fine. happy new year.

Rebecca said...

Hello Linda! I stumbled across your blog and love it! I hope you had a Happy New Year, earthquakes aside!

I love that you are in youth ministry,that is so awesome!

Happy New Year!

Jenny said...

Welcome back, I fear my blog has been out of commission lately too :(

That little blurb about Zoe and the rapture cracked me up along with the picture.

Carmen said...

Happy New Year Lid! Life just kind of takes over doesn't it? But then, I guess it should take priority sometimes. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well.

Melanie said...

My creativity is at an all time low so I can not even muster a decent comment...but I stopped by.
Good for Zoe on getting ready. "I wished we'd all been ready."