Thursday, August 27, 2009


Just about anything is better than a poke in the eye with a stick, I now know this personally. I didn't disbelieve it before so it wasn't really necessary for me to learn this through experience. Oh well.

'deep' thoughts

So this came from one of those horrible "forward this or bad things will happen" emails but I liked most of the sentiments so I'm doing what I want with it.

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
FOUR. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.
FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.
SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.
EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
TEN.. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.
TWELVE. Tal k slowly but think quickly.
THIRTEEN! .. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'
FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
FIFTEEN. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.
SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
NINETEEN. When you realize you 've made a mist ake, take immediate steps to correct it.
TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice
TWENTY- ONE. Spend some time alone.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Still Summer Here!

Monday August 24, 2009
We got out of bed at 8, ate breakfast, Giselle cleaned her room and Paul cleaned the playroom and they played outside until 9 am. Then they came inside and started school for the day. Paul finished up about 9:45 (he was goofing off for a bit while I was outside watering plants) and Giselle got everything but her spelling done by noon. Then we packed up our pool bag and our water bottles and headed for Northwest Municipal Pool for the Annual Not-Back-To-School Homeschool Pool Party (see the picture in the post from earlier today). Giselle finished her spelling on the drive there and we stayed at the pool until 5:30. We were actually a bit disappointed with this year's Party turnout - 200 kids per the lifeguard's count - almost half the size of last year's and last year was pretty scant too. Then we stopped for dinner at Kerby Lane Cafe (pancakes for the kids) to wait out the traffic. We got home in time to play outside and do some more watering before bedtime prep and reading time.

Tomorrow we're taking Joe to Krause Springs - our pictures from going earlier this summer looked like so much fun that he wanted us to take him! We'll start school a little early at 8:30, head out at 9:30, and do some more school in the car. What she doesn't get done tomorrow she can bump to Wed if she wants.

The Not Back To School Pool Party 2009

Only home schoolers allowed

The Not-Back-To-School Party is an annual homeschool event (going on for over 12 years) where all the homeschoolers meet up at a city pool and throw a big huge pool party on the first day of public school. Kind of a blatent "Nya nya!" thing since it's still in the upper 90's here and those ps kids'll have homework when they get off the bus and we'll all still be at the pool where we've been since noon.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Vitamin C - the anti vitamin!

It's an antihistamine, an antibiotic, an antiviral, an anti-inflammatory, an antipyretic, and an antitoxin! Vitamin C is the anti vitamin! - Vitamin C Therapeutics

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Summer Jam at church

Summer Jam at church

Sugar substitutes and the potential danger of Splenda

I looked into what sweetener Sonic uses in their flavored teas. It's not listed on the web site but I called corporate and was told that it's sucralose, aka Splenda.
SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener, or sucralose, is made from a process that begins with sugar through a patented, multi-step process that selectively replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms. The result is an exceptionally stable sweetener without the calories found in sugar. After consumption, 70 to 80% of sucralose passes through the body without being broken down for energy.
I investigated further and came up with this: Sugar substitutes and the potential danger of Splenda .
I guess I'm not getting my half and half peach tea anymore, instead I'll get the plain peach tea and add my own organic agave nectar. Then again, who knows what the peach flavor is. I guess I'll go back to making my own organic peach tea with agave at home. I'll just reuse the giant styrofoam cup from Sonic - you can't go wrong with 44 oz of iced tea!

Making dog food

Salmon pate for the dog.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Going to California

Our last time to play with Claudia and the boys before they left for San Rafael. The fountains at The Hill Country Galleria.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

2nd lead poisoning case hits China, 1,300 sick

2nd lead poisoning case hits China, 1,300 sick - Yahoo! News

And I'm supposed to trust the safety of organic food coming from China?!?! If this crap is in the air then it's in the rain and it's on the food that grows there, organic or not. And it's in the fish that grow in the water there. And it's in the meat from the animals that eat the food that's grown there.
People, to be assured of the safety of the food you eat it in the US you must buy locally (preferably organic) and support the family farms!

coming back?

Now that my phone is maybe possibly correctly posting to Casa De Galletti, I may be posting here more often.
I'll have to see if the pictures come through.
Blog from my phone.

Austin Water Utility Plans Stage 2 Restrictions

Water Utility Plans Stage 2 Restrictions

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Another funeral

We aren't going to John Hughes' funeral but I'll rent 16 Candles this weekend in his honor. WGN should run a marthon of his movies since almost all of them were filmed in Chicago. A woman who was a teen when The Breakfast Club came out became pen pals with him. The following is a link to her wonderful tribute to him

Wiggly Party

They came,

We saw,

We met!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009


Sorry I haven't been here. When I've been online, I've been over on facebook hanging out with all of my old friends and some of my newer friends too. When I haven't been online we've been going to pools, going to VBS, going to Houston, and going to more pools, and playing with friends.
Tomorrow night is The Wiggles concert - we are SO excited!!