k_nic: (monkeys)
It's been an exhausting week.  The eldest started drum camp on Monday so it's been two trips each day to get her there and pick her up.  The total driving time each day is about 3 1/4 hours.  If the traffic is bad (summer break!), it's closer to four.  Last year there were some carpool opportunities we were able to take advantage of.  None this year.  My dad celebrated his birthday on Tuesday and decided he wanted to spent it with his grandchildren.  It was great seeing both my folks and having dinner out that night.  Travel plus family has just made for a very full week.  On top of that, I haven't been sleeping well.  Late nights of lasting daylight, open windows, and our poor pooch who's seemed very unsettled lately are to blame.  Thankfully I've only almost fallen asleep on the road once. 

The calendar for July hits the ground running on the 4th of July with a parade obligation in Kingston.  From there it's travel, travel, travel for the kids.  My brother-in-law apparently went overboard on fireworks this year.  The family picnic will be on the 5th.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.  That many conversations going on at one time is still hard for my brain to process though.  I might end up being the awkward individual in the corner with the glazed look on their face. 
k_nic: (elves)
Morning rounds complete. 

We had a relatively eventful trip down to see my folks for the Memorial Day weekend.  There was only one unexpected "I have to go potty.  Now Mommy!" along the way.  We streamed the national parade and were able to see my eldest as she marched with the rest of her band.  She gets home tonight around midnight.  "I can't wait to be home," she told me over text.  She has a little over 200 picture to share.  Looking forward to seeing them and her. 


May. 22nd, 2017 01:54 pm
k_nic: (elves)
I survived the parade on Saturday.  Was really looking forward to hearing the band but knew the price tag was going to be high with all the noise and chaos.  Spent most of Sunday in bed.  At least things are becoming somewhat predictable. 

The eldest is leaving on her trip to DC this Thursday.  So excited for her and the rest of her classmates.  They'll be marching in the Memorial Day parade as well as seeing the museums and monuments a few days beforehand.  We figured it was finally time to get her hooked up with a phone so she now has a shiny new toy cell phone to take with her.  I told her "Pictures.  Or I'm taking it back."  Finishing up the paperwork today.  Making sure the Is are dotted and Ts are crossed. 

k_nic: (monkeys)
Leslie - Done
Montoya - Done
Lily (note: may be WT public account now.)
Gordon (most likely purged)
Ray - Double check old content
Mike Bauer
Phil - Done
Jim - Double check old content
Spock(s) - Double check old content

Oct. 14

Oct. 14th, 2014 10:11 am
k_nic: (elves)
Me to AB: "You're turning into a little chunk."
Nat: "I'm a BIG chunk!" *Looks down at herself.* "Okay, maybe not. I'm a scrawny chicken thigh!"
k_nic: (turtle speed!)
Nat is very much interested in reading No Man's Land. It's been so long I can't remember if there's anything in it I wouldn't want her to read. Sounds like it's time to reread.

The plan

Jan. 27th, 2014 09:19 am
k_nic: (elves)
The older girls are currently working on a plan to "deal" with their brother.

It involves duct tape, jump ropes, a sleeping bag, and his chair at the dining room table. Or the bed post in his room.
k_nic: (monkeys)
Chris waited to tell me about the riots in Seattle until AFTER he'd gotten on the ferry. "I didn't want you to worry about me," he explained. I'm glad he did wait. The pictures make it look like a mass of craziness. Of course, it probably WAS a mass of craziness. And the whole point of it was what? I missed that part.
k_nic: (sock puppet)
Any number of reasons could have brought you here. A tip, a rumor, an invitation, an order, or maybe your own morbid curiosity. Perhaps you just happen to be in the right place at the right time.

The decrepit two story house stands at the corner of Cedar and Thomas, in a run-down part of town, on a lot that should have been leveled years ago. At one time, it would have been an owner's pride and joy, with an immaculate white picket fence and a wraparound porch. Now weeds rise up to consume it and the paint peels freely. Surprisingly, all the windows appear to be in tact and the steps leading to the front door are sturdy. There should be graffiti on every surface and in every nook and cranny. Neither pen nor paint has disfigured its decaying facade. Nailed to one of the support columns hangs a vacancy sign. Constant exposure to the weather has left it battered and faded. A fitting sign for a house that's been forgotten. Or has it? A faint light emanates from within.

The gate rests half open under the glow of a full moon.


Oct. 21st, 2011 08:58 am
k_nic: (elvis)
I'm going to share this because it's the tastiest thing EVER. I think I've made it three times in as many weeks.

Green Chili Breakfast Burrito Casserole

Breakfast burritos make a great morning meal. Fry up some eggs, sausage, onions and so on and wrap it in a tortilla. This casserole offers a twist on this standby, turning it into a green chili wet burrito layered lasagna-like thing. Trust me-it’s awesome.

Prep: 20 min, Bake 25 min

Serves 4-5

■1/2 pound sausage
■4 eggs scrambled
■3 medium potatoes, diced
■1/2 onion, diced
■1/2 green pepper, diced
■1 can of green chili sauce
■2 cups of Mexican cheese
■Flour tortillas


1. Fry up the sausage until it’s browned. Set aside.

2. Fry up the potatoes. When they’re almost done, add the peppers and onions, and fry everything until done. Season with whatever spices strike your fancy. I like to throw in paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and fajita seasoning.

3. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Cut the tortillas in half and create a layer on the bottom of the pan. You can tear them in various pieces to cover the bare spots, but don’t do too much overlap. Sprinkle in a layer of veggies, sausage, and eggs. Ladle on some of the green chili sauce. Sprinkle on some cheese. The depth and width of your pan and your desire will dictate how many layers you can make. But repeat the process at least once more, finishing with tortillas, sauce, and cheese on top.

4. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Taken directly from: http://artofmanliness.com/2010/02/04/5-hearty-winter-breakfasts-to-fill-your-belly/


Oct. 1st, 2011 01:36 pm
k_nic: (monkeys)
"How long have you two been married?"

Now I have to admit the line made me laugh out loud. BUT... I have to wonder. The phrase "You fight like married folk"... Where did it come from? I'm missing it in my marriage. And I'm perfectly okay with that! I married my best friend and I'm a very happy camper. So when did fighting like cats and dogs become the cultural normative perception of us married people?
k_nic: (Default)
I used to be a hardcore Marvel fan. Back when I was running around in pigtails. I have no recollection of how I came by them or how they got into the house. I do remember none of my hard earned weekly allowance went to purchasing them. My attraction could be summed up in one word: Storm. Tall, beautiful, and powerful. She was at the time the leader of the X-Men. Pretty awesome package. Looking back, the second part of that equation was more important to me. It was a hopeful message. That women could be successful. I don't know where those comics went. I certainly don't have them in my collection but I wish I did. I wouldn't hesitate to reread them and hand them off to my daughters if I thought them appropriate.

Graphic novels are an overlooked resource for helping kids to read. Even with zero vocabulary, kids can pick up a comic book and "get" the story just from the pictures. Their eagerness to further understand promotes the literary portion. Bubble dialog is short enough my kids didn't feel at all intimidated. Natalie and Emily couldn't get enough of "Asterix and Obelix" as toddlers. They still can't! "Tintin", "Garfield", "Calvin and Hobbes", "Spider-Man", and "Archie" are also highly popular. I would love to introduce them to a regular release comic book, one that can arrive in the mail. I wish "The Adventures of Batman and Robin" still existed.

My interest in Marvel didn't survive into adulthood. I'm still trying to figure that one out. As much as I'd LIKE to enjoy the universe, I don't. I haven't seen the X-Men movie series past the first installment. I enjoyed Iron Man but haven't seen the second one. DC has captured most of my interest over the last ten years. It was sparked by the first Batman movie (and by that I mean Keaton not Bale). It was trampled on by the movies that followed then reignited by Batman Begins. Then.... THEN... I got my hands on the novelization of No Man's Land by Greg Rucka. It was my first "comic book" since my childhood. I'd like to say for the record: Thank you Mr. Rucka. If I could only quote one name in association with the DC world, it would be yours. Long before I ever saw the comic book version of No Man's Land, I'd already imagined it in my head.

So... Controversy. Lots of it going on right now. I haven't gotten my hands on any of the new releases. I've heard some are good. Some are bad. Thanks to Kat, I've seen a couple excerpts. My very first thought upon seeing the last page of Catwoman was "Where are my kids?" I wanted to make sure they weren't standing over my shoulder as they so often do when I'm at the computer. Later on that evening, my husband and I had a conversation about sex and violence in popular culture. We, as a culture, are much more used to seeing violence than sex. He told me in Europe it's reversed. Our conversation didn't at any point include the perception or portrayal of women in comic books. I'll note here that he didn't see the art work. I'm not sure our conversation would have gone any differently if he had. And honestly, I'm not sure that bothers me.

I read comic books for a couple reasons:
1. I enjoy a good story. If the story or characters aren't engaging, I don't read them.
2. I enjoy a good, short story. Same as number one? Almost. My life is broken into little tiny pieces. I don't have time to sit down and read through a whole book at a shot most of the time.
3. I enjoy good artwork that augments a good story. Artwork doesn't make or break a story for me. I can enjoy it on its own merits but I don't pick up a comic book to look at just the pictures.
4. I like the concept of people battling for the forces of good despite the odds (be they overwhelming or not).
5. I like to see the good guys win.
6. Good characters and stories inspire my imagination.

My four cents. I'm interested in hearing what you have to say about your own views.
k_nic: (monkeys)
Deadpan Male and funny Female?

Coming up blank.

And does it worth nearly as well as the reverse?


Oct. 15th, 2009 11:39 am
k_nic: (monkeys)
I am pondering...

The winning combination of the deadpan female paired with the funny male.



I'm sure there's got to be more that I'm missing.
k_nic: (be of value)
Always ready to sign a photograph, greet you after a long line, and lend a happy smile. You were the Great Bird's Great Bird. Rest in peace, lady. You'll be missed.

k_nic: (monkeys)
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas... and a double bacon cheeseburger.


Note to self: You need to stop thinking with your stomach.
k_nic: (happiness)
When I was a kid, I used to get a catalog of ST and other science fiction stuff. Printed on newsprint. It was like the bible of all geekdom. I hadn't thought about it in YEARS but it came up in conversation last night while Chris and I went back and forth on canon.

And... They've now got a website!! I am happy as a clam.


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