Sunday, October 29, 2006


On Saturday, we took a trip up through Indiana and around the Ohio river to check out the fall leaves. Mostly we saw lots of yellows and oranges interspersed with a few bright reds. It had rained pretty heavily the night before so the storm knocked off some leaves for sure, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless.

On the way back, we stopped at a little farmer's market and picked ourselves up a pumpkin fresh from the patch. It is now adorning our stoop and looking ever so smart there I must say.

With the fall season, comes many things including: papers for Phillip, cooler weather, soup, college football excitement, and lots of chai tea. Mmmm so tasty! One fall notable that is not so enjoyable are the KY/IN political ads that continually fight for prime commercial time. Although, we have enjoyed one candidate in particular because his logo includes his name with an exclamation point at the end and thanks to our friends at The Duck and Goose house we now yell his name every time we see one of his signs. It's quality in route entertainment.

I'll leave you with a halloween joke: What's silent and smells like dust? Mummy Farts! (Thanks mom!)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

A Bad Case of CSWB

Last night was one of the worst nights of sleep I've experienced in a long time due to our neighbors--The Invisible Texans. These are not the neighbors that are directly to the left of us in our little quadrant of four, but they are the ones on the right side of us whose wall backs directly up to our master/guest bedroom. I call them The Invisible Texans because we see their cars downstairs with Texas plates and HBU stickers, but we NEVER see them. I believe there has been one spotting since we've been here which is almost 4 months. I mean it's normal to not run into people for awhile around here, but eventually you at least must spot them because let's face it the campus isn't that big. Not these characters-they are invisible.

But, I'll tell you what's not invisible is the existence of their dogs. The area where they must keep them the majority of the time shares a wall with my closet in our master bedroom. We have determined this due to their howling fits that sometimes arise for no apparent reason. But, last night they took it to a whole new level...

I awoke in the middle of the night to a serious bout of howling which was disturbing, but not unbearable. I was not too worried that I would be able to go back to sleep-then another noise began. It was unidentifiable at first but with my keen ears I pegged it as CSWB (Carpet scratching & wall biting). Oh boy was it loud! It sounded like they were trying to bite through our wall or dig a hole to China. The CSWB was going on and off for upwards of an hour and I was getting increasingly more ticked off. I'm thinking, "if I can hear this surely they can!" but no it was not affecting them or Phillip at all.

Finally, in my half awake state I devise what seems like a good plan. I'll go over to the wall and yell at them "Stop scratching and biting the crap out of our wall!" (See these things sound like a good idea in the middle of the night.) As I get up, Phillip wakes up and asks me what I'm doing, I tell him the debaucle as I start crying due to lack of sleep. I get back in bed and then he experiences the CSWB for the first time. He decides that he'll go to the guest room to investigate what it sounds like in there. So, the CSWB starts and he goes into the guest room-then it stops of course. He comes back in and gets back in bed. The CSWB starts again he gets up to go to the guest room-it stops the second time. We give up on that strategy.

Now we're both lying in bed awake listening to the CSWB. Phillip decides maybe it is some aggressive tail wagging. I quickly discount this theory because it is not consistent with the noise that is sounding. Phillip's next theory: it could be mice in the wall. I again say, if this is mice they must be the size of those Nutrea river rats you see on the Discovery channel because the noise was just too loud. In the midst of our discussion, we finally settle back down and get off to sleep amidst the CSWB.

So, if we ever meet the Invisible Texans the first thing I'll say is: "Have you ever heard of CSWB?" They'll say no. Then I'll say, "Well you know that stands for Carpet Scratching Wall Biting and your dogs seem to know a lot about it. So if you ever hear anything that sounds like it, do all you can to enjoy that noise. It's like music to the ears."

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Basket Trolley

I found a wonderful invention this weekend at my favorite grocery store--Dirty Kroger. Some might call it The Basket Trolley, but I just call it beating the system. I have read up on my shopping cart history and apparently the Basket Trolley was invented in the 1930's by a Piggly Wiggly owner in Oklahoma-yes chalk one brilliant invention up to the Okies. Anyway, I had noticed some other shoppers in the past using the Basket Trolley, but every time I would come in the front door there were none to be had. But this Saturday my luck changed and when I entered the door there was a Basket Trolley waiting for me. You cannot believe the turning radius on this thing! You can duck and dive right through all the aisles with unimaginable efficiency with the Basket Trolley. No more awkward navigating when you meet another cart in the aisle when you have the trusty B.T. at your fingertips. You know the scenario: you come in going southbound on the cereal aisle and then you notice rounding the northen bend comes Frazzled Frances and her 4 Misbehaved Munchkins. All you want is the healthy Honey Nut Cheerios, but in order to get to them you have to successfully maneuver around the approaching group. Now, the Munchkins all want four different kinds of cereal and Frances is just trying to keep them all under control. You hear lots of shouts of "Fruity Pebbles are monster food!" or "Only Grandma eats Grape Nuts because it keeps her BM's regular!" You finally meet in the middle and have to wait to get everyone situated so you can get to your Honey Nut Cheerios. Everyone knows that those grocery carts just don't pass with enough ease, especially with the Munchkins in spread formation. Thus, I have come to the conclusion that the Basket Trolley will be my shopping instrument of choice when it's available due to its success in maneuverability and efficiency. Because, let's face it, why go cart when you can have the trolley?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Texas Our Texas! All Hail the Mighty State

This past weekend we truly enjoyed a trip to Texas. We hadn't been there in 3 months and I must admit we were going through withdrawls. Before we had even crossed the state line, we had our eating agenda coordinated to include our must have meals prior to going back to Kentucky: the state of mediocre food. We ate Mexican, and then Mexican again, followed by Wings'n'More, Whataburger, Koppe Bridge, and Rudy's. It was all a symphony to the tastebuds.

We also got to take in some Aggie football at Kyle Field, even though we were outscored it was still a good trip. During the pre-game, I actually got a little misty eyed watching the "Welcome to Aggieland" Video and singing The Spirit. Ah, only I could be the one to get sentimental in the humid sweltering heat of College Station. We definitely don't miss that weather! Family and friends were abundant and we got to catch up with those that we love.

On a sidenote, we did drive all the way to Texas both coming and going in one day. If you're ever in the mood to do that, I would advise you to take a long look at your car and imagine yourself in it for 16 hours, then slap yourself in the face for even considering that idea. It's a long drive folks, but somebody's got to do it.