Wednesday, May 23, 2012
And when they were putting Jim in the ICU, which has the glass wall rooms just like Princeton-Plainsboro, he looked over at me and said "Sweetie, if you see a doctor with a bottle of Vicodin and a cane out in the hall...get him in here!"
Of course my doctor will be glad there are no more new episodes. I have started using doctor lingo like "Yes, I think there is lung involvement" or "Hey, Doc can we just give him steroids 'cause on House that really fixes a lot of stuff?"
The only thing I regret is Amber (Cutthroat B%&*+) dying. She was my favorite, you know, the cute girl version of House, and we all know that cute girls can be the meanest. The body count would be impressive if she were head of diagnostics.
I also loved the guest stars. I bet people were lining up to get a "House disease". James Earl Jones, Meatloaf, Carl Reiner, Elizabeth Mitchell, LL Cool J.
So first Monk, now House and only 6 more episodes of The Closer...after the summer I will not even need cable.
Well we can enjoy House for years to come...here at the Library! We have Seasons 1-7, with 8 coming soon.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The next morning Bella is up and walking. Still a little sore but mobile none the less. She is even eating Annabelle's (Jim's doggie) leftover kibble. Jim packs her up and takes her to see the doggie doctor. I had a doctor's appointment today too so I am not able to be there for the vet appointment. I am oddly relieved.
Anyway, I will NOT be reading the following books ever-----
Marley and Me by John Grogan
Crazy, neurotic dog with a heart of gold. Just like Bella.
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
Almost frozen kitten dropped in a library book drop in Iowa. Cat looks just like Atticus.
Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
About a blind cat...I would be dehydrated from crying.
A Friend Like Henry by Nuala Gardner
Autistic boy and the family pet.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
What a year this has been! I thought I would catch you up on all of the exciting events in the Todd-Bain household this year.
Well, we started work on the house in earnest this year. We are broke. This thing sure has turned into a money pit. I think the only thing holding it together was the termites holding hands singing "Cumbaya". So I am putting a lot of paint on it and hoping it will act as a binding agent. Yes buying an old house and fixing it up was my bright idea!!!!
Jim had a defibrillator installed in March. The cardiologist refuses to give me the remote to it...health care system!!!! He is not happy and complains that he is getting old and fat. It is like living with a Victoria Secret model, if the bathroom scales say bad things to him I have to tell him how pretty he is for 15 minutes. I also made him get a vasectomy. We had already met our out of pocket maximum so I figured we should get everything fixed...including HIM!
The kids are doing great! We have spent $0 on bail money this year. In 2010 Jim came home and said he needed my credit card because he had gotten the daily limit on his and it was still not enough to get his (always his child when she is bad) oldest out of jail.
Jessica (aka Pumpkin or the youngest girl child) is now the co-manager of The Body Shop. No, she does not fix cars, The Body Shop is a clothing store that caters to skinny girls who like to show skin. She did quit college though, she loves her job and just wants to work. She also got engaged last Christmas. I am still pretending it is a pop top off a soda can and even though they have a house together they sleep in separate rooms. Denial.
On the other hand Alison (second daughter) is back in school! I told Jim that my daughter quit college and his went back! They each take turns being the good child.
Jamie (third daughter, aka The Princess or Bear) bought a townhouse in Myrtle Beach. She loves the neighborhood. She is our financial guru child. She has already rented out a couple of the bedroooms. She is still a nurse and seems to be excited and happy about life.
Josh is now a middle schooler and math savant. He does not like Advanced Language Arts and I think has been getting pointers from Pumpkin on how to get kicked out. He is taking band this year. We have heard the theme from Jaws 50000 times!
Jim's mother turned 90 this year and the entire family gathered in Winston Salem for her birthday bash. She was something in her pink cowboy hat! Such a hoot!
We also adopted a kitten, Scout (aka Satan Kitty or Kitty Girl). She likes the new house and yard, plenty of room to chase birds and anything else that moves. She had a huge abscess between her eyes. We took her to the doctor and they asked if we wanted to put her "down". She was only 10 days old and an orphan so I guess she was in really bad shape. A little antibiotics, some gross puss draining and she was good as new. She likes to ride in the car and went with Jim to his office for a few days so he could feed her and give her meds.
Granny and Grandpa are happy, for them I guess. Grandpa is 84 so he is a little depressed and cranky because he cannot work a job or climb on the roof. He was even a little cranky to me! I am the Princess in their house so he is always sweet and loves to listen to me talk about my day. Cranky to me, I don't think so! I told Granny she needed to get him some of the happy pills from the doctor like she was taking or it would not be a good Christmas. A couple weeks later I came by for lunch to find out how their checkups went. She just smiled and said it was going to be a good Christmas! She got the doctor away from Grandpa and told him about the problem and he gave Granny a prescription. My Granny is dosing my PaPa! He hasn't been this happy in years!
Well that about recaps our year. It was a pretty good one. My family put up with my craziness for another year. That always amazes me! When I said I was going to stop watching TV for a year, they laughed at first. Five days later they were not laughing, just avoiding eye contact. I resumed TV watching on day six. I am now working on another "year project". Jim says maybe we should have a year "projectless". Poor silly man.Where would the fun be in that? One day Josh will be in therapy saying his mother tried all these crazy ideas like no TV, no caffeine, saying yes to everything, no cable, no consumerism, cooking all year out of that crock pot lady cookbook, etc... and then he would sigh and say his stepdad was afraid of her because she would look crazy eyed. I am thinking this year "Staycation in SC". We can find a festival or something in South Carolina every weekend...what do ya think?
Happy holidays and I hope your new year is full of good, sweet things.
Ronda and Jim
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Halloween is but a memory. We went to White Lake for the annual festival and trick or treating. We had Shaggy, Fred, and Daphne from Scooby-Doo. Josh is getting a little too old for dress up so I made his costume. Well I really found the idea on the web and Amanda did the physical labor. He was "The Lame Excuse". We stapled post-it notes to his sweatshirt with excuses written on them. The dog ate my homework, etc…and the best part, we made him walk around hobbling, using a cane. I don't think he every got the "lame" part. My Grandpa loves coming up to scare kids and give out treats. Grandma is the candy police. You can hear her a block away screaming "Woodrow, do not give the kid in the robot costume any more candy. He has been by here three times already." Maybe Grandma was the one actually scaring the kids. What fun! I am hoping Bronson will be old enough to join the fun next year.
Note to self: eating five pounds of chocolate will make you sick. It is not just an urban legend.
Halloween weekend reading:
Tressed to kill by Lila Dare
Beautcians, tourist town in GA, dead snobby lady...totally my kind of read. What does that say about me?
How they croaked by Georgia Bragg
Distrbing details of the great deaths in history. Marie Antoinette, King Tut, Edgar Allen Poe to name a few. Grossest book! And I mean that in the best possible way.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Then a thought came to me...do we really have to have a new TV? Can we live without it? Well I am taking that as a personal challenge. NO more TV! I will not watch TV for the next 365 days. I will not go to a sports bar. If I go to my doctor's office I will sit away from the TV. I will be entertainment deprived for an entire year!
Just think of all the time I have wasted watching other peoples' lives instead of living! I have almost talked Jim into doing it too. I think he will join me when he finds out I will have to leave any room with a TV turned on. Josh is another story. I will have to give him time to think about it because the new season of Glee just started.
Oh well here goes nothing!!!!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Josh is now a big middleschooler! I am a little worried. They are going to actually let him walk from class to class unescorted? Have they not looked at his permanent record? In first grade Ms. Butler had to leave early so she sent the whole class to stay in another class for the last half hour of school. Josh walked by a side door and saw my grandfather outside waiting for him. Guess what he did...if you guessed "he quietly ducked out the side door, jumped in the car, and told my Pa Pa that they said he could go ahead and leave" you are the winner! I hope the middle school has really tight security.
The kid is already well versed in the art of the interrogation, he lives with a defense attorney for goodness' sake. Every time Jim questions him he just gets better at covering his tracks. By the time he is 15 we will have to have Kyra Sedgwick come by the house and question him about breaking curfew.
Jess is engaged so she is probably never coming home. I miss having her around. I have no one to blame for my clothes, hair straighter, etc...disappearing. Apparently I just lose everything! Although I have a plan to get her back. Every time she and Harrison disagree I do what mommies should never do...I call her up and tell her she was absolutely right, he was wrong and anytime she wanted to come home just let me know and I will help her pack. Jim is of course telling her that couples argue and you have to try and work through blah, blah, blah...whatever!
So this is what I am reading to get back in the school mood:
Murder by the Slice by Livia J. Washburn
Obnoxious PTO president is stabbed to death. I guess somebody really did not want to sell raffle tickets!
The Sixes by Kate White
I personally think Kate White is the next Sue Grafton which is the highest compliment I can give. She just needs to get back to Bailey Weggins. However, this is about a secret society of girls on a college campus. Do you think they are harassing girls who are not a size 6?
Monday, July 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
There was also the night I walked the dogs for 30 minutes because the cops were at my neighbor's house for a domestic complaint and I wanted to see who was going to jail. It took me a few minutes to get Jim to hush so I could hear better. Boy, I thought I knew all of the cuss words, but I was wrong...you can combine them in different ways to give them more zing! So spying on the neighbors would be chapter 2 (and I could spell out all the bad words in the book). ---Maybe I should cook for my dogs they sure do provide we with a lot of cover.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
|Winston and Atticus plotting|
Well, the children have Facebook pages, Jim has a Facebook page...I was really getting afraid that my guinea pig, Winston Churchhill or my satan kitty, Atticus Finch would have a Facebook page before I did! I swear they were whispering about something the other night.
So, yesterday in a moment of weakness I made my page...yeah! Now I have not had time to trick it out and add pics and stuff but I am on Facebook.
Please come be my friend...I am so afraid this will end up like middle school again and I will be in cyber space-- friendless, alone, abandoned.
Anywho...my page is http://www.facebook.com/rondatoddbain. Come and be my Facebook friend.
The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone)Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale by Susan Maushart
Facebook: The Missing Manual by Emily A. Vander Veer
Here are 5 tips before you go on Facebook----
1. Never check the "Remember me" box when logging onto the site. (Doing so puts your account at unnecessary risk and saves you very little time or effort.)
2. When you register for the site, use your actual birthday so that your friends will get an automatic heads-up a few days before the Big Day (all the better to fete you with).
3. Never add compromising photos or info to your Facebook profile; bosses, teachers, hiring managers, and others can use legitimate means to see your profile *even if* you think you've adjusted your privacy settings to prevent them.
4. If you're on Facebook to find a gig (or a date), be sure to sprinkle keywords liberally in your profile descriptions. Doing so ups the odds of your appearing in other members' searches.
5. Before you fill out your profile, first head to the main menu and click the "privacy" link (little-p) and follow the steps in Chapter 12 of the book to customize who gets to see how much of your personal information.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Sleepwalking in Daylight by Elizabeth Flock
Safer by Sean Doolittle
Paul and Sara move into their new house and are the victims of a break in the very first night. They become part of the neighborhood watch group and befriend the leader, Roger. Paul soon discovers that Roger is conducting secret surveillance of the neighborhood and questions him. Now Roger will do ANYTHING to make Paul go away.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
Ohh...."The Lincoln Lawyer" is followed by "The Brass Verdict" and finally by "Reversal" which is brand new! Also look for the movie in March and the fourth Mickey Haller book in April!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Well this year is going to be different! This year I will not ask Claire to buy "The White Trash Mom's Handbook". I will stop watching reruns of "My Name is Earl". I am going to stop (cut back on) reading books just because it is pink or has a high heel on the cover. I will no longer ask Josh if I have Google stamped on my forehead every time he asks me a question. I am going to smarten up in 2011.
The only Pulitzer Prize winning book I have ever read was "To Kill a Mockingbird". I have never read a National Book Award book. I have always tried to stay away from the "classics". Pat Conroy is the hardest author I have ever tried to read. Something has to change....only where to begin.
Friday, December 17, 2010
As a child, I didn't experience much in the way of family and I usually find myself somewhat taken aback to see one at close range. "The Donna Reed Show" this was not. People talk about "dysfunctional" families; I've never seen any other kind. --Kinsey Millhone
Thursday, October 28, 2010
OK...I really think the producers of "The Middle" are basing their show on my life...where is my check?
Ways we are like the Hecks:
- I have used a magic marker to color my roots, I even used a marker on a dress once
- My teenager was such a slacker in high school she almost added a fifth year to her high school experience
- Our youngest is a little "different" so every year we have to go in and explain his oddities and then we are perceived as over parenting and it takes the entire year for us to prove we are slackers
- The Hecks grocery shop at the "Frugal Hoosier" and Jim getting some groceries at Big Lots
- The kids drive me so insane that even though they started the yelling contest it ends with me foaming at the mouth looking, well insane
- We also talk about our day during commercials
Monday, October 25, 2010
I have also passed my love of all things Krispy Kreme to my loving family (I have been systematically brainwashing them over the years so I can rule the house). Jim likes Krispy Kreme coffee better than Starbucks...OK that is a little out there even for me, but he does take it black which to me is like drinking... well grumpy juice, so to each his own. Jess has gone through the drive thru so much she gets an employee discount on her iced coffee. Josh is a purest like me, just bring on the donuts! And if they are hot AHHHHHH!
It doesn't hurt that Krispy Kreme is a two minute drive from my house, although they have yet to implement my suggestion --- in addition to the "HOT" donuts sign in the window, it would really be great if they would get that spotlight beacon thingy, like the one Batman had. It would let us "donutties" when it is time to visit the mothership.
They even have donut books:
Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck
A mystery set in the North Carolina mountains. The book even has donut recipes and its author.s name is Jessica, not the main dead character. Finally!
Glazed America: a history of the doughnut by Paul R. Mullins
I think the book's title says it all!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The movie has Tim Curry who is just too funny as the butler and Lesley Ann Warren as the femme fatale. It also has that lady from Private Benjamin who was always yelling at Goldie Hawn.
It also has some hilarious quotes like...
Monday, August 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I was reading House Rules last night and Jess's (not mine, book Jess) body was being discovered. Jeez, did everyone decide Jess was the "it" name? So I immediately turned to the end to see how everything shook out, you never know with Jodi's books. Which brings me to the first book I read with Jess as a character...Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky. This book was about 4 teenage girls who enter a pregnancy pact....now what came first the book idea or the Bones episode. Anyway, one of the pregos was named...you guessed it. I am sorry but Jess had not graduated at this point and I had really been on her case to join a club in school...I was just hoping not anything like this! So I put that book in the trunk of my car so none of the bad juju would escape into the house.
So from now own I will have to read the blurb a little better because apparently when ever there is a Jess in a book nothing good will become of her! Humm...I have not read any books with Josh in them but as I typing this I am thinking that some aspiring writer has just named his next psycho....guess what?
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I am also a compulsive house hunter. I can always find somewhere better, nicer, cheaper, etc. to live. My realtor does not even take my calls anymore.
One night I was reading emails, posts and whatnot and came across this great site. Will Unwound. More importantly I saw his post on what to recommend if Hillary Clinton's assisstant called and wanted something for Madame Secretary to read. What a hoot!
We since I am accused of sometimes being in my on little world...I mean oil was leaking into the gulf at least a week before I knew about it, but I knew immediately when Rue McClanahan died (be sure to read My First Five Husbands so her memory can live on) I thought I could put my TV watching ability to good use...Ta-Da!!!! Here is my list of what to recommend to my favorite TV characters, Enjoy!
Also be sure to take a peak at Will's blog. Here is the Hillary entry:
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Whacked by Jules Asner
Dani Hale is a Hollywood TV writer. She has been dating Dave, a director, forever (two years!) After hacking into Dave's email and cell phone she discovers he is cheating with Hollywood's new "it" girl, Chloe. Dani dumps him but is completely devastated. I can relate to not getting out of bed, googling the ex and other silly things, all in the hope of discovering that he is just as miserable as you or at least hasn't married in the few short days you have been apart. Dani takes her need for revenge way too far...although it is fiction so a little wickedness is good.
Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron
David and Ivy Rose are expecting their first child in just a few weeks and are having a yard sale to make room. Their lives are turned upside down after a girl who went to school with them and is also pregnant, visits their yard sale and is never seen again...How well do you really know your husband? Or your wife for that matter?
At First Sight by Stephen J. Cannell
OMG...how did I end up with a boy book. I must have been off my meds. Maybe I picked it up thinking it was a Nicholas Sparks? Well it was not bad. Chick Best, a dot-com millionaire, is on the verge of bankruptcy. He has a high maintenance wife and a drug using teenage daughter. On Christmas vacation he becomes enamored with a beautiful woman by the pool. Chick befriends her and her husband all in an effort to be with her. Even when he returns from vacation he cannot stop thinking of her. The only problem is his wife and her husband...and Chick is going to solve both the problems.
Obedience by Will Lavender
A group of college students have an interesting assignment; given a set of clues they must find a missing girl named "Polly" by the end of term or she will be murdered. People who were part of "Polly's" life suddenly appear in reality. The students start wondering is "Polly" real and is the professor hiding something? The story moves at a breakneck pace to a shocking conclusion.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
- Runs 3 miles a day
- Carries a gun
- Was a police officer
- Has no family ties so the bad guys can't kidnap her grandmother or sister
- Has a black dress that she can roll up and put it in her purse and it never wrinkles (the fabric must be from the future)
- Is still in the 80's - no internet, no cell phone
- Kinsey is in her late 30's so she is a little older than Stephanie
- Has a Beetle (in U she has a Mustang...don't even get me started) which has a manual transmission so she cannot eat, shoot or anything else while driving
- Is kind of "abrasive"
- Has a great network of friends
- Obviously the criminals in New Jersey are stupid
- Has modern technology at her disposal
- Boyfriend is a cop
- Everyone knows everyone else in the burg so she can usually get herself out of trouble
- Unreliable transportation (cars are always blowing up)
- Must stop at every doughnut shop
- Mother freaks when she misses Friday night dinner, so no chasing bad guys on Friday night
- Everyone knows everyone so her mother finds out all of the bad stuff she does (Trenton is a little like Conway...I got in at 3 a.m. once and the phone started ringing, it was my grandmother..."Your cousin just rode by your house and your Jeep lights are on")
- Cannot be in good shape eating all of the fried chicken and doughnuts