I've been lurking around here some in the late hours. I find that I have more time of my own than I anticipated, following the birth of my third son. Of course, I am not holding my breath...the free time can disappear just as quickly as it appears. :)

So, I'm there anyone out there, still? I know you are, and you, and a few others check in occasionally. That Pleonast is in decline seems evident, but, for some reason, I've got the itch. Just feel like being connected again, you know? Can this perhaps be a side effect of my iPhone withdrawal? Late night lunacy? Postpartem reclamation of life ambitions? Hmmm.... Anyway, I just feel like writing a little.

Here's to writing again....we'll see how long it lasts! I'm feeling invigorated, and desiring to make positive lifestyle changes...

so I'm flossing daily too.

Mid-year resolution.
  • sallyanne
    Hi! I check in periodically, too :)
    by sallyanne at 08/11/12 12:25AM
  • crazy_mama
    I'm still on here every now and then. I didn't know you had another baby boy. Congrats to you! Hope all is going well with you!
    by crazy_mama at 08/11/12 12:41AM
  • justg
    Pleo has a place in our lives! Sometimes 140 characters just isn't enough!
    I continue to avoid the deep end of the pool...
    Happy you are wading in...again. :)
    by justg at 08/11/12 6:06AM
  • curlie
    I still love keeping up with people here. :)
    by curlie at 08/11/12 10:21AM
  • justpeachy
    I didn't see you and yours this morning.:( We were there.
    by justpeachy at 08/12/12 3:52PM
  • mjintexas
    I'm always here. :) Why are you withdrawing from your iphone?! :)
    by mjintexas at 08/12/12 4:52PM
  • mjintexas
    Oh dear. That would make me very very sad!!
    by mjintexas at 08/13/12 11:41AM
  • hellosunshine
    Post complete. Welcome back a post from you. They are just always good. :0) My text number has declined significantly!
    by hellosunshine at 08/15/12 10:03AM
  • canardmom23
    Having four...still finding pleo time. It's amazing how you just get little breaks now and then but you appreciate them so much more.
    by canardmom23 at 08/22/12 10:54AM
  • justg
    LOL....your mind is like a steel-trap!!! Brownies, indeed!
    Desserts are not my thing to prepare...YOU, on the other hand.....
    Hope you are doing well. Eager to hear news about precious Vinny.
    by justg at 11/23/12 5:11PM

Rest in Peace

Steve Jobs

It's been a good run. I will miss you.
  • justg
    What a visionary.
    His contributions cannot be measured.
    Thank you for the post.

    by justg at 10/06/11 5:23AM
  • canardmom23
    My girls just got their first ipod shuffles and I imagine them to be more sturdy than a million CD's in a portable. Good man.
    by canardmom23 at 10/08/11 11:52AM
  • mjintexas
    Thanks for everything, Mr. Jobs.
    by mjintexas at 10/08/11 11:16PM

Now that I have a minute...

I had a whirlwind labor and delivery on Tuesday morning, resulting in the arrival at 4:50am of our sweet

Vincent Oliver Reed
7 lbs, 1 oz
20 inches long

We are all home now and settling into becoming a family of four. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for us at this time!

  • deusvitae
    by deusvitae at 08/19/10 12:08PM
  • justg
    Oh...he's beautiful, like his mom. So happy Vincent is here and you are home. xoxo
    by justg at 08/19/10 2:09PM
  • floorcoaster
    YAY!!! Congratulations!! I'm so thankful everyone is doing well!! Love you guys!! :D
    by floorcoaster at 08/19/10 5:12PM
  • justpeachy
    We are glad he is here and grateful that it was a whirlwind labor and delivery this time!
    by justpeachy at 08/20/10 10:00AM
  • zani128
    So precious!
    by zani128 at 08/21/10 10:26PM
  • curlie
    by curlie at 08/22/10 2:20PM
  • thehandoftheking


    by thehandoftheking at 08/22/10 9:21PM
  • sunnyd
    What a handsome little man! Enjoy the adjustment!! Hugs to all of you!!!
    by sunnyd at 08/23/10 2:13PM
  • crazy_mama
    So exciting. Would love to hear all the details of his birth. Congrats on a new little one!
    by crazy_mama at 08/23/10 11:05PM
  • mjintexas
    Yaaaaaay! Happy that everything went well. Looking forward to hearing from you again soon!
    by mjintexas at 08/25/10 4:14PM
  • sallyanne
    How wonderful!! Congratulations!
    by sallyanne at 08/27/10 11:02PM
  • canardmom23
    Congrats. He's perfect!
    by canardmom23 at 09/04/10 10:50AM
  • floorcoaster
    Thank you so much for the comments about EC and BLW. I LOVE EC. I can't wait to do it some more. Madeleine has a really nasty diaper rash/sore/thing that's preventing us from being diaper free (frustrating!!), but she's already learned so much. I can't wait to update again with more news on that front.

    We also love BLW. Talk about NO STRESS!! Except cleaning up the messes. I didn't mind the mess on the high chair or the floor, but I didn't love getting her clothes so messy. We started with just bibs, then tried having "mealtime clothes" but changing her so often was a pain. We ended up buying two Eat and Play Smocks from Baby Bjorn, and then clean-up was a breeze. She didn't always eat things that were super messy, so we could just spray off the smock and reuse it. If she eats yogurt or really anything that's similar, she wears it. You could always put down a mat under the high chair, then shake it off outside after meals. We used a towel for that purpose a lot. It IS messy, but it's SOOOOO worth it. Feel free to email with questions. When I did it, I only knew one person who had done it, and I asked her a TON of questions! Now baby eats really well and mealtime are so much fun. :)
    by floorcoaster at 03/02/11 12:27PM
  • whipsmile
    that's awesome! Thank you so much!

    And congratulations so much!!!!
    by whipsmile at 07/19/11 6:10AM
  • justg
    OK...our Vincent is WALKING...time for an update!!! :)
    by justg at 07/19/11 10:40AM

Now Accepting Applications

If you want to read my blog, you may apply via comment box below. Thanks!
  • flgatorgirl
    lol! Aren't all animals nude??
    by flgatorgirl at 05/05/09 3:47PM
  • franksinatra
    NUDE?!?!?! lol
    by franksinatra at 05/05/09 3:54PM
  • cecile
    ME! NOW! Please!
    by cecile at 05/05/09 4:26PM
  • justpeachy
    I wanta read, too!
    by justpeachy at 05/05/09 4:51PM
  • angenymity
    No, my cats are always modestly and purrfectly outfitted in Christian attire.
    by angenymity at 05/05/09 6:30PM
  • fotoguy
    Please kind lady, Pater-Warreni Mechanicus wishes to be among the priveledged class that is allowed the overwhelming joy and education of reading your most excellent blog.
    by fotoguy at 05/05/09 6:50PM
  • rachel
    My cat is a nudist. We're trying to convert her to more modest living but she refuses. Even to the point where she bathes openly in the living room, in front of company.

    I am so ashamed.
    by rachel at 05/05/09 7:21PM
  • hellosunshine
    Kayrfull..., I mite put a bumphur sticker on ur khar dat seyz. Sayv da newd kats. Feelyn modistee rawks.
    by hellosunshine at 05/06/09 7:32AM
  • hellosunshine
    /\ That wasn't really my a-game. No coffee yet this morning...
    by hellosunshine at 05/06/09 7:33AM
  • zani128
    I am applying....I should have an in being as how you were my bridesmaid! :)
    by zani128 at 05/06/09 3:40PM
  • franksinatra
    Cayenne sez I bees nakey awl da tiem. I awlso liek tew krash intew bwinds wile mommee sleepz.
    by franksinatra at 05/06/09 3:52PM
  • bromita
    please add me.
    by bromita at 05/06/09 8:36PM
  • crazy_mama
    Thanks for your comment. Most helpful. I'm trying to figure it all out and I'm thinking I just need to wait until he gets here and then we'll see what works best on his body and for his mommy!
    by crazy_mama at 05/09/09 11:49AM
  • justg
    Hey girl...happy First Mother's Day to you!!!
    by justg at 05/09/09 11:58AM
  • crazy_mama
    Where did you get the sample package? I would love to order one for us. Also where do you/did you order your diapers from?
    by crazy_mama at 05/09/09 2:54PM
  • franksinatra
    Happy Mother's Day!!! :)
    by franksinatra at 05/09/09 6:21PM
  • crazy_mama
    I am excited too. It all sounds so confusing and like alot more work but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it in no time. It's about time we started though since we are on baby #3!
    by crazy_mama at 05/09/09 7:28PM
  • skye
    Have a wonderful first Mother's Day!!!!! :)
    by skye at 05/09/09 8:05PM
  • g8trgirl
    Happy Mother's Day!!
    by g8trgirl at 05/10/09 3:00PM
  • justg
    Congratulations to you and your a-mazing students at the Latin Forum!!!
    So? Where was YOUR picture? Where was YOUR name?
    by justg at 05/11/09 6:00AM

Terrible World History

**The following is a "history" collected by teachers throughout the United States, from eighth grade through college level. Read carefully, and you will learn a lot of incorrect information**

The inhabitants of ancient Egypt were called mummies. They lived in the Sarah Dessert and traveled by Camelot. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere, so areas of the dessert are cultivated by irritation. The Egyptians built the Pyramids in the shape of a huge triangular cube. The Pyramids are a range of mountains between France and Spain.

The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the Bible, Guinesses, Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. On of their children, Cain, once asked, "Am I my brother's son?" God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Montezuma. Jacob, son of Isaac, stole his brother's birth mark. Jacob was a patriarch who brought up his twelve sons to be patriarchs, but they did not take it. One of Jacob's sons, Joseph, gave refuse to the Israelites.

Pharaoh forced the Hebrew slaves to make bread without straw. Moses led them to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Philatelists, a race of people who lived in the Biblical times. Soloman, one of David's sons, had 500 wives and 500 porcupines.

Without the Greeks we wouldn't have history. The Greeks invented three kinds of columns - Corinthian, Doric, and Ironic. They also had myths. A myth is a female moth. One myth says that the mother of Achilles dipped him in the River Stynx until he became intollerable. Achilles appears in The Iliad, by Homer. Homer also wrote The Oddity, in which Penelope was the last hardship that Ulysses endured on his journey. Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but by another man of that name.

Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock.

In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled the biscuits, the threw the java. The reward to the victor was a coral wreath. The government of Athens was democratic because people took the law into their own hands. There were no wars in Greece, as the mountains were so high that they couldn't climb over to see what their neighbors were doing. When they fought with the Persians, the Greeks were outnumbered because the Persians had more men.

Eventually, the Ramons conquered the Greeks. History calls people Romans because they never stayed in one place for very long. At Roman banquets, the guests wore garlic in their hair. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Nero was a cruel tyranny who would turture his poor subjects by playing the fiddle to them.

Then came the Middle Ages. King Alfred conquered the Dames. King Arthur lived in the Age of Shivery, King Harold mustarded his troops before the Battle of Hastings, Joan of Arc was canonized by Bernard Shaw, and victims of the Black Death grew boobs on their necks. Finally, Magna Carta provided that no free man should be hanged twice for the same offense.

In medevil time most of the people were alliterate. The greatest writer of the time was Chaucer, who wrote many poems and versus and also wrote literature. Another tale tells of William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple while standing on his son's head.

The Renaissance was an age in which more individuals felt the value of their human being. Martin Luther was nailed to the church door at Wittenberg for selling papal indulgences. He died a horrible death, being excommunicated by a bull. It was the painter Donatello's interes in the female nude that made him the father of the Renaissance. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented the Bible. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper.

The government of England was a limited mockery. Henry VIII found walking difficult because he had an abbess on his knee. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When Elizabeth exposed herself before her troops, they all shouted, "hurrah." Then her navy went out and defeated the Spanish Armadillo.

The greatest write of the Renaissance was William Shakespear. Shakespear never made much money and is only famous because of his plays. He lived at Windsor with his merry wives, writing tragedies, comedies and errors. In one of Shakespear's famous plays, Hamlet rations out his situation by relieving himself in a long soliloquy. In another, Lady Macbeth tried to convince Macbeth to kill the Kind by attack his manhood. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couplet. Writing at the same time as Shakespear was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.

During the Renaissance America began. Christopher Columbus was a great navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic. His ships were called the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Fe. Later, the Pilgrims crossed the Ocean, and this was known as Pilgrims Progress. When they landed at Plymouth Rock, they were greeted by the Indians, who came down the hill rolling their war hoops before them. The Indian squabs carried porpoises on their back. Many of the Indian heroes were killed, along with their cabooses, which proved very fatal for them. The winter of 1620 was a hard one for the settlers. Many people died and many babies were born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all this.

One of the causes of the Revolutionary Wars was the English put tacks in their tea. Also, the colonists would send their parcels through the post without stamps. During the War, the Red Coats and Paul Revere was throwing balls over stone walls. The dogs were barking and the peacocks crowing. Finally, the colonists won the War and no longer had to pay for taxis.

Delegates from the original thirteen states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin had gone to Boston carrying all his clothes in his pocket and a loaf of bread under each arm. He invented electricity by rubbing two cats backwards and declared, "A horse devided against itself cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

George Washington married Martha Curtis and in due time became the Father of Our Country. Then the Constitution of the United States was adopted to secure domestic hostility. Under the Constitution the people enjoyed the right to keep bare arms.

Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest president. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. When Lincoln was President, he wore only a tall silk hat. He said, "In onion there is strength." Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address while traveling from Washington to Gettysburg on the back of an envelope. He also freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation, and the Fourteenth Amendment gave the ex-Negroes citizenship. But the Clue Clux Clan would torcher and lynch the ex-Negroes and other innocent victims. It claimed it represented law and odor. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. The believed assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.

Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltare invented electricity and also wrote a book called Candy. Graity was invented by Isaac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the Autumn, when the apples are falling off trees.

Bach was the most famous composer in the world, and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.

France was in a very serious state. The French Revolution was accomplished before it happened. The Marseillaise was the theme song of the French Revolution, and it catapulted into Napoleon. During the Napoleonic Wars, the crowned heads of Europe were trembling in their shoes. The the Spanish gorillas came down from the hills and nipped at Napoleon's flanks. Napoleon became ill with bladder problems and was very tense and unrestrained. He wanted an heir to inherit his power, but since Josephine was a baroness, she couldn't bear children.

The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in the East and the sun sets in the West. Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. Her reclining years and finally the end of her life were exemplary of a great personality. Her death was the final event which ended her reign.

The nineteenth century was a time of many great inventions and thoughts. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of hundred men. Samuel Morse invented a code of telepathy. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species.
  • auntjennywren
    Hope you can come to Ladie's day April 28th! It should be a wonderful day of giving and getting encouragement! Sign up quick! :)
    by auntjennywren at 04/20/07 2:14PM
  • julieboo
    Of course I would be in for a get-together. Just let me know!
    by julieboo at 04/20/07 9:13PM
  • boss ribs hurt from laughing at this post.
    by boss at 04/22/07 6:59PM
  • justg
    Where are you little sister?
    by justg at 04/26/07 7:52PM
  • browngirl22
    I'm appalled, but entertained at the same time. I'm soooo excited you are coming to the wedding!
    by browngirl22 at 04/26/07 9:02PM
  • 71lespaulcustom
    FYI, May 18th is the marriage seminar, in case you wanted to avoid making any 20-somethings make a choice between two good events...
    by 71lespaulcustom at 05/01/07 8:07PM
  • fishing827
    yeah, that was a good time....your folks still got their antique glass side biz?
    by fishing827 at 05/01/07 9:58PM
  • julieboo
    We'll talk at church. I have such a crazy schedule that I fear this is going to be hard.
    by julieboo at 05/02/07 12:06AM
  • cecile
    Of course I'll share the week with you! :)
    by cecile at 05/02/07 8:59AM
  • flgatorgirl
    definitely want to have dinner w/you guys! talk to you tonite :)
    by flgatorgirl at 05/02/07 2:19PM
  • loislane
    How are you girl? This cracked me up!
    by loislane at 05/02/07 10:48PM
  • crazy_mama
    I would say so! That's what I was afraid of happening and I didn't want the pictures to be for my eyes only. I do have a few of her nursing for the first time which are special to me and someday she'll understand how special those pictures are too. I really loved having this girl there. She was so not in your face that I almost forgot she was even there. Major professional! Noelani is a sweet little girl and despite all the work of being a mommy she does say such funny stuff it really makes it all worth while.
    by crazy_mama at 05/03/07 8:52AM
  • joce
    Hi Angela - I just read your last post and I want you to know that you are one of the friendliest people I know. Always with a warm smile and sweet words. I hope I never overlooked you, I am so sorry if I did. I feel the same way now that I am at a new congregation, like everyone has there friends already and there's no room for one more. I know that's not true, but it's so easy to feel invisible, especially when Scott is friends with everyone and always leaves church in the most cheerful mood, and I'm holding back tears (or just letting them flow!).
    by joce at 05/03/07 3:35PM
  • joce
    I meant "their friends"...
    by joce at 05/03/07 3:35PM
  • joce
    I really do think that having children forms a bond with other moms because they know what you're going through. Motherhood is quite an adventure - one I feel like I have no clue what I'm doing most of the time. So, that honestly for me is when everything changed. Anyway, you are a wonderful person and I hope things get better. Miss you!! (and if you or you and david ever want to come to Tampa for the weekend we would love to have you!!)
    by joce at 05/06/07 2:41PM
  • rachel
    I'm excited about friday!
    by rachel at 05/07/07 10:34AM
  • justg
    so. do you think the newest member in class was 'sent' for you?
    by justg at 05/08/07 6:12AM
  • crazy_mama
    That spontaneous crying happens alot in our female filled house! Frederic's good about it though! I just wish I could bottle them up and keep them the age that they are. But I must say I would of bottled Noelani up at like 4 months old and there are so many things I would of missed (like talking, walking, hugs, her telling me she loves me, etc.) so I think about the fact that if I stopped them from growing up now what would I miss out of too!
    by crazy_mama at 05/08/07 5:04PM
  • floorcoaster
    HEY! I'm so glad to hear you love DAR! It's one of my missions in life to spread Dar love everywhere. :D Hope things are going well with you! Miss you!
    by floorcoaster at 05/11/07 11:50AM
  • cecile
    Did your cat recover from the "abuse" we gave it last night? Haha
    by cecile at 05/12/07 1:57PM