Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Vacation? We'll see...

We're leaving tomorrow morning for a long weekend in Big Sky. It's a kind of work retreat for Jim, so a dubious vacation for me and two kids in a hotel room. And it's supposed to be 6 degrees. We'll see. I'm actually pretty optimistic, considering how bored I am in my own skin right now. Today I was so bored I actually looked forward to a visit to the vet for Ali's shots. Good times. I'll leave you with a couple thoughts and photos for the next 5 days...

  • I really like the grey-haired guy on American Idol. He's weirdly young and old-acting, but the fake Ray Charles schtick has totally won me over.
  • Jim told me today that he feels like I'm addicted to the computer. Well, yeah, and? No, but really, I am going to have to schedule my blogging time in a couple of blocks during the day, I think. I'll think about it over the weekend. He doesn't get the whole blog thing and thinks I'm just surfing the web. This is problematic.
  • The remnants of my cold include a braying, donkey cough and post-nasal drip (which I can't say without thinking post-natal drip). So between hee-haws, I'm snuffing and blowing and a-HEM-ing. Jim can't wait to spend 3 hours in the car with me! But I did make some nice mixes for the drive. Love me honey!
  • Quinn gave himself a red star for popping out his new tooth. Or else he was telling me to vacuum. Whatever.

  • Madeleine loves her new Chinese shift. She likes it best with her Easter twirly dress. Please don't laugh. This is very serious business.

Have a great weekend! Leave me something funny to come back to, in case my vacation turns on me. Umm.... I know! Tell me about someone you used to think was cool when you were 10, but now are just a tad wiser about (like Panch from CHiPs).


Blogger mothergoosemouse said...

I'm very familiar with just how serious life can be, so please assure Madeleine that I didn't laugh. At all.

Who did I love when I was 10? Ricky Schroder.

2/15/2006 9:26 PM  
Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

Uh, Panch from Chips WAS cool. What's funny about that? Also, Randy Mantooth from the show Emergency - totally hot!

I also used to watch Love American Style when I was in elementary and thought it was like porn. Made me feel sneaky and dirty. And I liked it.

Tell Madeleine that I can't choose between outfits. They are both equally cute! I love her serious face while she models.

And, uh, its like NOT addicted. Start sneaking on the computer when husband is not around.

2/16/2006 4:42 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...

I love this Madeleine kid and her creativity!

Yay, Quinn, with your cute little chomper there!

When I was 10, I thought that big hair and tons of makeup a la Kelly Bundy from Married with Children were beautiful. Now, let's just say I'm a fan of a somewhat more natural look.

2/16/2006 6:03 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Debbiedoeslife totally beat me to the punch on all my comments -- I was going to take note of Madeleine's serious modeling face, and mention Randolph Mantooth as the favorite "cool guy" when I was 10. (Why is it I can't remember the name of the actor that played the other guy, you know, Roy?)

2/16/2006 6:10 AM  
Anonymous TB said...

Have a wonderful and relaxing vacation! You couldn't ask for a more beautiful setting.
When I was 10, I was a big fan of Air Supply. Both of them. I thought they were so dreamy and sensitive. Also Almanzo from Little House on the Prairie. I was kind of a weird kid.

2/16/2006 6:35 AM  
Blogger Jaye Wells said...

I'm not sure I was ten yet, but I really really wanted to be a Solid Gold Dancer when I grew up. The costumes! The music! Dionne Warwaick!

I think if that show was still on I'd probably watch it just for the kitsch factor, but an older and wiser me understands that my dreams of being a dancning superstar were misguided. For example, none of the Solid Gold ladies had the white man's overbite. Why can't I stop doing that? Is it genetic?

2/16/2006 7:31 AM  
Blogger Shrinking Violet said...

I love Madeleine's sincerity about fashion. It just doesn't get any better. I thought Leif Garrett was IT. Now, that, my friend, is an addict. Show recent pics of him to your husband and show him what an ADDICT really is....have fun in Big Sky. Heard it is beautiful.

2/16/2006 7:40 AM  
Blogger V said...

Ahhhh, you're getting away! Have a great time! A little bored with myself here bored I've decided that Curling really is the most wonderful and intense of Olympic Sports. Want a play by play?

2/16/2006 7:51 AM  
Blogger The Gradual Gardener said...

Awhile back you mentioned something about a closet and also putting the baby to sleep...It wasn't really clear whether the baby was going to sleep in the room that had the closet, or in the closet itself. Now here's not one, but two pictures of Madeline standing in...A closet. Should we be concerned?

My husband doesn't get blogging either. At all. Would it help if we all send Jim emails telling him we're not creepy perverted men?

Have a good vacation!

2/16/2006 7:55 AM  
Blogger mama_tulip said...

Have fun!

Hmmm, when I was ten...good grief, Mignon. I can't think back that far.

2/16/2006 9:37 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

ENJOY the time off! Madeleine looks so... mad lol. Are you sure you didn't force her to wear that get-up? I love Quinn's gummy grin. Sloppy baby faces are the best.

2/16/2006 10:25 AM  
Anonymous honestyrain said...

yes, grey haired american idol guy.

i need to schedule blog blocks too. perhaps we can start an online 12 step program. maybe a blog. together. to monitor our, you know, problem.

frick, are you the one who gave me a cold?

stickers look best on face.

would never laugh at dresses. am not a crazy insensitive person.

shaun cassidy. have you seen pictures of him lately? am so disappointed. even shaun cassidy got old. dang.

2/16/2006 6:01 PM  
Anonymous kathie said...

Have a blast on your vaca--err same thing different place thingy---I've done that. I won't ruin your good mood before you leave. Keep in mind, I'm a grump, too. So my opinions are usually, well, grumpy. I agree with your take on the grey haired American Idol guy. I think his voice rocks. He needs a make over, and to settle his little routine down and he could be great. Have a great time...take a notebook, make notes for a great short story you can share with the highschool one. You can write, sister.

2/16/2006 6:17 PM  
Anonymous kathie said...

I forgot...who I thought was cool...Bobby Bunner. I had a crush on my three year elder swim team friend for years. My heart still stops a little at the thought of him.

2/16/2006 6:19 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

Me loving the laughing baby and the girlie in the Chinese dress. I would like a Chinese dress, but will make do with my bathrobe that I got on Canal Street in NYC.

Okay...something I totally liked when I was 10. Hmmm. Well, I loved "The Monkees". When they were on (I forget which night), I really thought they were real guys with real problems. Davey Jones was always falling in love and Mickey Dolenz made me laugh. (FYI: Michael Nesmith's mother--he's from Lubbock, Texas--was the inventor of Liquid Paper. Betty Nesmith left her only child a huge fortune) Anyway...after the show, the neighborhood kids would gather outside to ride bikes and discuss the show. We were so serious about it. I see how dumb that is now, but I'd probably still watch if it came on anyplace.

And Jim? Blogging is writing...not surfing the web. Your wife is honing her writing skills, which she could very well parlay into cash. Leave her be. Those babies, they are cute, but Mignon's brain needs the stimulation, too. Just a thought. Love, Wordgirl

2/16/2006 7:24 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

Oh...and this is gonna date me BIG TIME. I'm about to pull a show out of the time machine that maybe NONE of you have heard of. A show about Seattle called "Here Come the Brides". The three Bolt brothers, Jason, Joshua and Jeremy. The last two played by David Soul ("Don't Give Up on Us, Baby") and Bobby Sherman. I had the total heaving fantods for Bobby Sherman. I even wrote him a fan letter and got an autographed pic back. Well...somebody signed it...maybe not Bobby Sherman. I have no idea what happened to it.

2/16/2006 7:29 PM  
Blogger Esereth said...

When I was ten I had a personal relationship with Mr. Spock in my mind. We were so close.

Now we aren't speaking and he does aspirin commercials. That isn't coincidence.

Five days blogless. Don't read any books, the non-glowing typeface will only hurt and confuse you.

Be strong.

2/16/2006 7:44 PM  
Blogger Ditsy Chick said...

Enjoy your vacation.

At the age of 10 it was ... Michael Jackson. He had the moves, Thriller was just out and he was the KING! I loved the glove, the dancing and dare I say it? His sweet little voice.

My friends and I would call each other when Thriller was on, so that we would not miss a single second of the song.

He's still cool isn't he? I like the eye liner, really, I do....

2/16/2006 9:24 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

I think I may have you all beat. I LOVED Andy Gibb. I "just want[ed] to be [his] everything." He of the snakeskin boots, flowing hair and silky shirt open to the sternum. Gaah!

Wordgirl, my older sister had a massive crush on David Soul from the "Starsky & Hutch" days. She even bought that awful album with "Don't Give Up on Us, Baby." But I readily admit I have no clue who Bobby Sherman is.

I always preferred Jon to Ponch.

2/17/2006 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer Walters said...

Hi Mignon!
Terry told me about your blog so I had to check it out. It's fun to hear the adventures of another SAHM :) I hope you had a good vacation, I think I could use one too.

When I was 10 I wished my Mom would let me use hairspray so I could have feathered hair like Farrah Fawcett.

2/17/2006 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Prairie Dawn said...

Mignon, whilst I think it's a good idea to have a holiday with your family, I REALLY miss your daily thoughts. I keep checking for my fix of MignonWorld and there's only emptiness where your words usually appear. And Jim, it's just too bad, we neeeeed her. Perhaps you can find a nice addiction all of your own.
And I loved John Travolta and Olivia Newton John circa Grease. Still do.

2/19/2006 6:52 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Hope you're having a wonderful time!

And let's see, when I was 10, I loved my purple dress with the little white collar so much, it upsets me to see pictures of it now. It's freakin' ugly!

2/20/2006 1:44 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

brooke, picture please!

pd, Jim may have a point, considering his family is a bunch of freakin' addicts in their own right. His addictions happen to be more 'healthy' in his mind though (hiking, gardening, jogging, blah blah blah). Please can you get a blog so I can keep track of you too??!!

JW, Hi! Do you have more than one now, and how are you, and I'm so glad you left the evil empire!

esereth, you may need therapy.

Oh boy, too many funny cool people to respond to... thanks for the well wishes, and I'm glad to be back amongst you all!

And what the fuck is up with the word verification? It's like front line of the polish hockey team up in here!

2/21/2006 12:50 PM  
Blogger Orange said...

Mrs. Harridan, did you have the same Andy Gibb poster I had around 1979? Silky silvery shirt, blue background to match his eyes, flowing blond locks, tight jeans complete with bulge? Oh, how I loved Andy Gibb.

2/23/2006 6:52 PM  

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