Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Not so wordless Wednesday

The Pipsqueak is still sick. She didn't go to school again today- though I thought she might try this afternoon. Lunch buddies are there today and she still didn't go. I know she's sick when this happens as she doesn't ever want to miss her lunch buddy.

Okay- off to check on the Pipsqueak.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Jump Start on Wordless Wednesday


The Pipsqueak has been out of school since last Friday. She also missed Wednesday last week, but went Thursday because of V-Day. Not sure if she'll make it all day tomorrow. Am thinking of sending her in the afternoon only.

Let's hope she's feeling better soon. This is her first 'big' illness ever. The kid has had about 3 colds in her entire life- nothing else.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dog Diary vs. Cat Diary

I got this in an email today and decided to post it tonight. It is so true....


8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

11:45 - Milk bones! My favorite thing!

1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:30 pm - Dinner! My favorite thing!

7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!


Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomited on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, Icould hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the Guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Anna Mae Custody update

I just read a news article that said Anna Mae Baker/He has returned to China with her biological family. Seeing as she was born in the U.S. and is a U.S. citizen, I don't know how the press are seeing her as returning to a country she's never been to.

My heart goes out to this little girl. I can't imagine trying to adjust to school life in a country so different than the U.S. Her biological parents have said they want her to go to an international school, but the fact is, they don't have the money to send her to one.

As a U.S. citizen, what will happen to her? Will she be treated differently because of this?

So many questions and an innocent little girl in the middle of the mess.

Here's hoping Anna Mae is able to grow into a productive adult despite her childhood traumas.


I just looked at the photos of Anna through the years from the link above... There is one photo that stands out for me. It's of Jack He, her bio siblings, Louise Baker, and her adopted sister Aimee Baker. Anna is on Louise's lap and all body language is clearly indicating where she would like to be. Anna is leaning toward her sister Aimee, leaned into Louise and not even close to being with her biosiblings.

Another photo- this one of Anna on Mrs. He's lap at her 9th bday party at their church. It's so different. Anna isn't relaxed into Mrs. He, rather she's leaning forward onto the table and does not look comfortable at all.

Maybe it's just the way I'm "reading" the pictures, but after reading Anna Mae's answers to news media when she landed in China, my heart breaks for her again. I hope she can adapt to China. However, if she can't adapt, I hope the Hes will do what is best for her.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Have a Picnic

Here's a story that Pipsqueak wrote today.

Have a Picnic

Piggy went to Bunny's house to have a picnic. They had fun. Piggy brought the basket. Bunny brought the food. They had fun. They had games. They played tag. It was fun.

The End.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Snow Day 2

We had another snow day here. Started with a 2 hour delay- with only 1/2 a day of school.... Guess they figured a cancellation made more sense.

The Pipsqueak built a lovely snowman and enjoyed her day off.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Snow Play

The Pipsqueak loves the snow. School was cancelled Friday due to snow and the Pipsqueak played outside for about an hour yesterday and today. In the picture, she's using a sand shovel to attempt to build a snowman.... the snow is very hard and more icy than soft- not good packing snow, but she's doing her best.

Ideas Please

Does anyone out there know how to make a chicken wing that tastes similiar, if not identical to, Wingstop's garlic & parmesean wings? I was able to treat myself to these about once a month in Texas.

There are no Wingstop restaurants in my current state.

I tried to make them today. I fried them. Dipped them in 2 sticks of melted butter with garlic powder in it. Tossed them in parmesean cheese from the green container.... they were close- but something wasn't quite right.

Also- advice on frying wings where: the grease doesn't end up everywhere including the backsplash. Is this possible?

On the up side- I used the leftover garlic butter and made killer garlic bread.

Read a Banned Book

I've decided that I can do my karma some good by reading a Challenged or banned book. Here's the list of the ALA's top 100 challenged books from 1990- 2000. Read a banned book

Anyway- some of the books on the list such as "How to eat Fried Worms", "The Goosebumps Series", "A Wrinkle in Time", The Judy Blume books, & "James and the Giant Peach" just to name a few really surprised me. I can't for the life of me figure out why "How to Eat Fried Worms" would be challenged.

Looking at the list, I saw that I'd read all the Judy Blume books, The JK Rowling books, The Madeline L'Engle books, as well as the Goosebumps series and "To Kill Mockingbird" which is my favorite book btw. I've read many of the others as well.... I don't think I've suffered for it. In fact, I think it's probably helped keep my love of learning going. They made me question ideas, see beyond what is expected or allowed or believed in right now- after all "what is real?" (anyone know which challenged author wrote that in one of her books?)

I'm thinking some of the folks who challenge these books should a) actually read the books, and b) just don't read them if you don't like them... sheesh. Talk about too much time on your hands.

So I'm off- to read a challenged or banned book over the weekend. After all, I figure that should shift my karma back toward the right direction.