25 May 2008
So what's your "sick meal"?
21 May 2008
The requests for summer activities continues to grow. Right now, we have swim lessons twice a week. The list of future activities includes making jello wigglers, going to the beach, visit the library, go fishing, assembling jewelry, going to Maine to visit Grammie, Grampa, the Great Grandparents, and some fun days with cousins, swim at Aunt Mary's camp, and eat lobster.
As there is nothing on the job/moving front, we decided that since I have not been to Maine for a year, I am going to take the kids up there for a month. Florida is miserably hot in the summer and I may become certifiably insane if forced inside with two hyperactive kids for two and half months. In Maine, they can be outside and everyone will feel a bit better. PH will join us for two weeks during which he and I will take a trip to Quebec sans children (Thank you Grammie and Grampa!). We had thought we would be headed to Austria this summer, but with the current economy and our visit to Belgium, I nixed the trip knowing our pennies would stretch a bit further closer to home.
While I am very happy to have a month at home in Maine, I can't help but wish we had a new job and a move to plan. While we continue to send resumes overseas, we have realized that this may not happen for a very long time, and have had some serious conversations about how much we want to leave Florida. Along with the job search overseas, we have begun a search in Maine. It has the advantages of my family, a better education system, four defined seasons (well, there's not much spring I will admit, but autumn is spectacular), and it's right next to Canada so international visits are a car drive away. Yet, in doing this I feel a bit like we are giving up on a life overseas. A good friend reminded me that even in sending resumes to Maine, we could just as likely receive a positive response in Norway before receiving one from Maine. I guess for now it is up to Fate and man, do I hate letting someone else have the controls.
16 May 2008
And to celebrate, here's a day at Efteling in The Netherlands . . .
A Windmill, of course!
15 May 2008
CONSUMPTION ADVISORY FOR PIG FROG LEGS FOR EVERGLADES AND FRANCIS S.
TAYLOR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (WATER CONSERVATION AREAS 2 AND 3) IN PALM BEACH, BROWARD AND MIAMI-DADE COUNTIES
> TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida
> Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) jointly issued a
> consumption advisory today for pig frog legs taken from any part of
> the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area. This
> advisory covers all of Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) 2 and 3 due to
> elevated levels of mercury found in these frogs.
> This advisory provides information on quantities and time intervals
> for pig frog consumption. DOH recommends that women of childbearing
> age and young children eat no more than two 8-ounce (raw weight) meals
> of frog-leg meat per week from WCA 2A and WCA 2B and no more than one
> 8-ounce meal of frog-leg meat per month from WCA 3A North and WCA 3A
> South. DOH also recommends that women of childbearing age and young
> children eat no more than one 8-ounce meal of frog-leg meat per week
> from WCA 3B.
06 May 2008
I haven't disappeared. I just can't seem to connect the dots between my brain and the keyboard. And don't even ask about my emotions as the heat, the economy, the poor people of Myanmar, and the job search have the potential to send me over the edge. In case you wonder what I do with all my time (which seems to be the question to ask stay at home mothers and is rude - when I worked, no one asked me to account for my usefulness), here's the weekly run down. Forgive me, I'll try to get it together soon.
- Job search on computer for numerous, mind-numbing hours
- Draft curriculum vitae for review by "boss with perks"
- Search refrigerator for something that will resemble a dinner
- Water new tomato, pepper and cantaloupe plants in hope that the sun from hell will not kill them
- Attend various functions at school - this week the Spring Concert and the Mother's Day Picnic
- Listen to Hew's newest rendition on the harmonica - thank you Auntie H, I will seek full revenge on the next birthday of your kid
- Listen to KK sing the 50 states song repeatedly - can now list the 50 states
- Count down the number of days left at school - only 13
- Continue pursuit to find bottom of the laundry basket - still no success
- Review "work" with "boss with perks" once kids have gone to sleep. Must ask for raise.
- Scourge brain for something exciting to write about on neglected blog and instead post photos in place of real writing.