Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
My parents left Tuesday and we had a good time over the Memorial Day Weekend. I've realized that young children and older adults have something in common: they change in just a few months. I had seen my parents in January and I can see some difference in them.
I worked Tuesday and Wednesday and I feel so behind in everything. But, I loved working!!! Back soon!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
My meringue is a little dark, but this was so yummy and screams comfort food! It came out of the oven just as we were finishing our dinner.
Why do I like having company? I like the change in routine, I like having someone to hang out with and I like cooking for them. I will say, though, that my parents aren't hard to please when it comes to food (unlike the in laws). My parents grew up in rural Arkansas without a lot of money. They are used to eating simple food and leftovers. In fact, they really don't care for the kind of food that takes a while to prepare (except Beans and cornbread and good barbecue pork). It should be an easy weekend as far as food goes. I imagine we will do burgers on the grill with some baked beans (a favorite meal of mine). I would like to do something really yummy, but they aren't into ethnic stuff--unless you consider Chinese food. Ha! That's about as ethnic as they get. Heck, until my wedding, my mom had never had a bagel. Oh, I digress. Anyway, I should go clean the house and get ready for the company.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I can't believe it has been four years since his birth. He was the easiest baby and it's a good thing he wasn't my first, or I would have been duped in thinking that babies are a piece of cake. When he was around 15 months he started having the little tantrums and I was shocked (I've been lucky so far with both kids---not real tantrum throwers). I remember describing to the doctor that he was getting mad if he didn't get his way. Dr. Coggins smiled and replied, "He's normal, you have nothing to compare to (since Kendall only threw ONE tantrum, ever).
I really like him (of course, I love him). He's a lot of fun and likes to make people happy.
Monday, May 19, 2008
I took the kids in to see our pediatrician this morning. I thought for sure Clayton had "walking pneumonia" but he was OK. He was wheezing a bit so all that was prescribed for him was the nebulizer with some albuterol. I actually had done that last week at some point but Clayton didn't want to do it and I was too sick to sit on him and make him.
I took Kendall in because I thought for sure she had a sinus infection. She had been waking up in the mornings unable to open her eyes because they were matted shut. Plus, she had all that snot. She was telling people she had a 'snot problem.' Anyhoo, it turned out that she had an ear infection in her right ear--bad enough to treat. The doctor couldn't believe that she wasn't in pain. This doctor is great and he doesn't push the antibiotics and I don't request them unless they think they are absolutely necessary. So, for him to say it looked that bad and that she needed antibiotics, I felt like it must have been really bad. I almost didn't make an appointment for her today because I thought she was getting a little better. Glad I did. So, I took her back to school and she stayed there the rest of the day without any problems.
Since Clayton wasn't contagious, I went to play group today for lunch. I was sitting there with my cell phone out on the counter--just in case Kendall needed me to pick her up--when, all of a sudden, I got a text message. This is rather unusual for me. I checked it and it was from the guy that coaches my softball team from the hospital. "Was I going to make it to the game?" Wow! I had no idea there was a game tonight. I replied, "yes." He sent me another message telling me where and what field. Yay! So, after we left play group, I went to a store and bought myself some softball cleats. I've only been playing on this team for about 4 years. It was about time to get some cleats.
We didn't win tonight. We were missing some regulars and we had some new faces. It takes a couple of games to figure everyone out. I was content to play catcher since the other team was hitting really, really hard line drives. It is a non-competitive, coed league, but tonight it was looking like the real deal. I'm not into that. I want to have a little break from the kids and run and hit the ball and keep my teeth. Is that asking too much?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
My husband did burgers on the grill. It was nice to see people. My kids were good sports even though they didn't feel that great.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
And here are some pictures from Cambridge from this past weekend:
I think the bloom from the pink dog wood tree is my favorite of all the flowering trees in the spring.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Here is Nana enjoying herself. We all had Bellinis with our food.
Saturday afternoon, Pete and I got out by ourselves. We walked around Harvard Square and looked for a digital frame for his parents. Pete was also on a mission to get me my Mother's Day gift. Initially we were looking at Fondue stuff, but then it hit me, I wanted an iPod. So, he bought me one. Yay! Now, I am trying to figure it all out.
We made it back Sunday night after a long drive all day. I am still a little tired from the quick trip.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
For years, I have been bothered by the fact that there are all these little municipalities that have their own supervisor, accountant, secretaries, police departments, zoning and planning, administration, parks and recreation, etc. Why should our tax revenue go to support all these duplicate services when we could combine some services and save money.
The population for the metropolitan statistical area was 135,758 in 2000. The population of the areas I am speaking about was 77,049 in 2000. These areas include the State College Borough (pop.38,420), and College (pop.8,489), Ferguson (pop.14,063), Harris (pop.4,657), and Patton (pop.11,420) Townships. I think the property tax rate should be equalized among these areas so that all the rates are the same. If we eliminate some of the duplicate services and make each area pay the same rate, I think we could feel some tax relief for the citizens of this area.
It just makes since for us to consolidate and be one community. The Propery Tax burden in PA is 9th in the U.S. Let's bring that number down while still offering the same great services.