The most requested thing for dinner around here? Noodles. With butter.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fast Breakfast

This is my current favorite breakfast. It's cheap, easy, yummy, and best of all, portable.

250 calories. Brought to you by Eggo and some chicken (who will not be named).

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring has sprung?

I just let the dog out to take care of his nightly business. He came back in with snow all over him. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, it's been snowing with the rain all afternoon and evening. I checked the grass more carefully- apparently the rain has given up and it is all snow now.
Some people think that the season changed on the 20th of this month.
The calendar doesn't really define the seasons around here.

Here in the Great Pacific Northwet, we have five different seasons. Let me explain, starting with the season that begins in August:

Road Construction (August, September and the first part of October. Give or take...)
Cold Rain (Last part of October, November and December.)
Colder Rain/Sometimes Snow (Approximately January, February and March.)
Warm Rain (Somewhere around April, May and June.)
Springish (July)

Of course, some of those seasons overlap depending on if we are experiencing La Nina, El Nino, or Del Taco.

My favorite months are September and October.

My least favorite month is March.
March is quite obnoxious. It starts with that silly time change, and descends into school pressures of impending high-stakes state tests, approximately 764,991 frogs croaking in nearby wetlands every single night, every bird in the western United States singing to wake me up before dawn every morning, neighborhood kids shrieking for no apparent reason, and the garage band next door playing until midnight on Saturday nights. March is loud.

March also brings allergies. Not for me, for everyone around me. Teaching 6th graders, I get to listen to the Kleenex box serenade all day. It's kinda gross. It snot that I don't feel sorry for the allergy sufferers, I just wish they could snarfle a little more quietly and wash their hands a little more often.

And, to top it all off, the grass has started to grow again. That means someone has to mow it.

Sigh. It's almost spring break, it's almost spring break, it's almost spring break...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.

Ab and I sleep with the sharks.
Her school took a field trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport last Thursday and Friday. We thought you might enjoy some pictures of our time there.
It's a very nice aquarium, and the staff did a fantastic job of organizing us and moving us to the right places at the right times. I highly recommend this sort of family outing. And if you ever go, bring an inflatable mattress. My foam backpacking mat just didn't help on the cold concrete floor.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

No, it doesn't.

Daylight Saving Time doesn't "save" anything.

It doesn't give us more daylight. The tilt of Earth's axis in spring and summer does that.

DST merely re-arranges the hours of daylight- taking one hour from the morning and putting it in the evening. Unnatural.

It would behoove us to be more cognizant of reality rather than following the totally incorrect and illogical statements of current pop culture. If I hear one more person say they can't wait to have one more hour of daylight, I'm going to be tempted to step on their toes or sneeze on them or something.