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Month: May, 2006

spider babies

spider babies
Originally uploaded by Big DumpTruck.

Junior and I discovered Charlotte’s babies had hatched on the side of the house. Sorry this looks a little dark, it looked fine on the laptop. I shouldn’t try to edit photos on the laptop, should I? No, I shouldn’t.

Okay, so I’m assuming these are deadly spiders because that’s the kind of optimist I am. I took pictures with the super macro setting and then moved far far away from them.

Interestingly, I didn’t hallucinate about spiders last night.


Vermont Is Very Lovely These Days

As everyone should on Memorial Day weekend, we spent most of yesterday driving to the Vermont Country Store in Rockingham VT. Cause if you have cheese money and a need to buy soap that you can’t buy anywhere else, this should be your destination. If you haven’t been there, it’s hard to explain, but to me, it’s just one of the best stores ever. Penny candy, barrels of pickles, samples cheese, crackers, jams, sauces, etc. etc. are in every aisle. (Yesterday I had samples of 4 kinds of cheese, cashew butter, dill dip, green tomato pickelilly (I have no idea how you spell that), artichoke hummus, some kind of sweet dip (there was no card) and venison summer sausage. I mean, it’s heaven for folks who like single bites of food on little hard crackers.

We got a cup for making slushies at home, candy, pickles, cheese, two boxes of oyster crackers. Junior got a mood ring. We wanted to get a tabletop hockey game but my dad and Mr. Dump wouldn’t let either me or my mom buy it. Boo to them. I wanted to buy one for a family Christmas present last year and couldn’t find one. I’m going to get one of these things if it’s the last thing I do!

All these items should be available at But really, you need to go up there yourself, and then keep driving another couple of miles to Chester VT where you should have lunch at Raspberries and Thyme. You will not regret it!


Celebrating Memorial Day

When I was a young lass (not that long ago, thank you) I was a Girl Scout. I really liked being a Scout, and one of the things we did was march in the Leominster Memorial Day Parade. One year we sang patriotic songs at the Elks (for the Elks). The parade was cool, though, because you felt soooo important. I got to be the flag bearer one year – I think because I was the tallest girl in my troop.

But the songs we sang were the old standby classics – This Land is Your Land, America, etc. etc. This morning I went to a Memorial Day Extravaganza at Junior’s school. 218 (!) second graders sang for about 40 minutes. It was, and I’m not just saying this, a really fantastic show. I didn’t really know most of the songs, and that helped. The fact that my kid was in it also helped, but I think I would have enjoyed it anyway. And my God, when 218 little voices first start singing, if you don’t get a lump in your throat you are an evil soulless person. It was just very touching.

I’m glad that we had some soldiers there as special guests – I like that the kids actually understand what it’s all about. So even though it’s early, I just want to say thank you to all our Veterans, our enlisted men and women, and those who have gone on before us. Happy Memorial Day.

Update: I was seated fairly far, and didn’t have the big camera because I was going straight to work after. I got pictures and all the kids’ eyes appear to be glowing white. Freaked me right the hell out.


Dreams, or Hallucinations?

I think one of the medicines I take has the side effect of “hallucinations”. Not in the Movie of the Week sense, but in the “I wake up freaking out because I thought I just saw a skunk crawling around on my bedside table.”

Yes, that’s right.

Poor Mr. Dump. He just puts up with my waking him up to take care of things that aren’t actually happening in real life. Usually these “dreams” take the form of me thinking there is something in the bedroom that shouldn’t be there. People. Bugs. Small animals. 80% of the time, I jump up and start flailing my arms because a spider or some other bug is just about to land on my face. About 20-30 seconds after the freakout, I realize what it was (nothing!) and calm myself back down. And apologize to my husband for shoving him to wake him up so we can sneak out of the room before the skunk on the nightstand notices us.



Skeeter Free Zone

My dining room table is a mosquito-free zone. I know that because I can smell Junior’s citronella bracelet. I think it’s over on the other side of the table but I’m too lazy to hunt it down. But I can smell it, so that means no mosquitos will bother us while we’re eating dinner inside the house. Cool, huh?


Buy Now and Save!

I am not selling anything, don’t worry. Unless you want to buy something. You tell me what I have that you want to buy, and how much you want to pay for it, and I’ll sell it to you. Say for instance, you want to buy my Emeril page. That’s cool, I’d consider letting it go if the price was right. So you write a number down on a piece of paper and slide it across the table. I’ll let you know what I think. I may write down a different number and slide the paper back across to you.

Actually, I only wrote that down because Mr. Dump just sent me an email letting me know that Staples is having a big sale today, and I was driving around Sunday evening looking to buy some HP 4×6 photo paper. Target was out, and Staples and Office Max were closed. I was forced to go into Barnes and Noble and spend all my cheese money on books. But I still need the photo paper.


I Didn’t See a Thing

Okay, so this is funny. I was all set to deal with the thunderstorms when they passed through, but by early afternoon there had only been a few sprinkles. I picked up a couple of plants with mom, dad and junior and we did get rained on at one place. We decided to go see Over the Hedge, for the 4:45 show, and left the house at about 4:20. Thought the movie was really cute, the popcorn was only okay, but they have Coke Icees there, so all was not lost. When the movie ended it was POURING rain. That meant Junior’s 6:30 baseball practice was cancelled, so we ran to Target to pick up a couple of things.

I picked up what I needed and when I got to the register, it was sunny, with blue skies. I expressed my amazement to the cashier, who proceeded to explain to me about the weather we had apparently missed while in the movie theater: black skies, lightening, 60mph wind gusts, hail, lost power, etc. Are you kidding me? That all happened and we didn’t have a CLUE.

So next time a big storm is predicted, I’m definitely going to the movies.


Storm’s A-Brewin’

I hear we’re gonna get hit with some fun thunderstorms this afternoon, so I’d better finish all my “outside” chores right now. That means I should stop typing. Because I need to go do chores. Because it’s going to rain and thunder and stuff later. So I should stop doing this and go do that. Okay? You understand, right? Okay. Thanks.


Here’s Where Things Stand

  • Grubs – Mostly dead, it appears
  • Ants – Made a run for the house when the lawn got over-saturated
  • Lawn – Most of the topsoil and seed washed downhill. What’s left isn’t looking good. That may have been $60 “down the drain” as it were.
  • Car – I need to remove several months worth of flotsam from under the seats
  • House – Will this be the weekend we clean out the spare bedroom?
  • – Mr. Dump swears the design will be done by this weekend, but by the way, he’s not really the best CSS programmer so good luck with that. Wait, that means I’ve got to start working on the content?
  • iTunes – Is there any way to back up your purchases to CD without having to burn it as a CD? I want to fit more than 12 songs on the CD at a time, but as far as backing up goes, if my computer died would I be able to just restore iTunes if all I did was copy the entire iTunes folder to a blank CD or DVD. I’m getting nervous that I’ve bought a lot of songs from iTunes and if my system croaks I’d have to a) reload ALL my CDs including the backup CDs that I’ve burned, 12 songs at a time.
  • Dinner – Went to the Monument Grill last night. Good Lord, I love that restaurant. We really do need to go there more often. Last night we went for our belated Anniversary dinner (our 13th anniversary was Monday). Good stuff, especially my favorite sweet potato ravioli appetizer.

I Don’t Think So!

Just read a great piece over on Riba Rambles . And by great piece I mean something that made my face red and forced my eyes to go bloodshot and pop out of my head. Because this is the kind of thing that makes me wonder if we’re not living in some scary Orwellian universe. Which, of course, you already know we are if you read the news. “The US Government” has become one of the scariest entities on the planet, people. Keep your eyes open before they crush you under their fists and steal your lunch money.

Okay, so Riba alerts us all to a new initiative to label all pre-menopausal woman as “pre-pregnant,” meaning that at any moment they could become pregnant and thus they will exert some sort of control over our bodies to keep the old female reproductive organs ready for planting.

She tells how her doctor won’t put her on any medication that may have bad effects on a fetus, even though she has no plans to get pregnant. Here’s the scary summary: “My neurologist does not trust me to not get pregnant. My neurologist puts a potential fetus’s potential health over my health.”

Ladies, you know if men got pregnant this wouldn’t even be a consideration. Do you really want the government to step in and tell you you can’t get certain medical treatments because you are pre-pregnant? HELL NO!

She’s got more excellent points on how stupid this all is, that they are focusing on the WRONG things, all in an attempt to get themselves out of the cellar on that list of countries with poor newborn survival rates. Maybe if they worked to get everyone some level of health care it would solve the problem. I’ll just let you go read it and get angry on your own.