Friday, February 29, 2008

time to think about camping!!!

It's that time of year again. The ground thaws, we change the clocks and have more daylight in the evening. The tress wake from their slumber and begin to show tiny green buds. Daffodils begin to join the crocus in a joyful morning greeting. We celebrate the resurrection of Christ and, in my family, the birth of a good portion of us.

On the tail end of this family birthday train is my birthday. We like to celebrate by going camping. It's a little early in the season, especially for tent campers like us, but if you head to the south your overnight temps are manageably low. Last year we headed WAY south, to St. Augustine, Florida. The state park was nearly deserted for our weekday trip and the beautiful expansive beach nearly ours alone. Feeling a bit nostalgic for that awesome trip, this year we're headed to Kiptopeke State Park at the western tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Kiptopeke is one of the few places on the east coast where the sun sets over the water, and if you're lucky, can even see the elusive green flash. The green flash is an experience I'm still chasing. I've listed all the details for this awesome trip on our Camperino site. Maybe some of our camping buddies will join us on this trip??

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

titling my blog

Did you notice that I have a title now? You can thank my husband for that. He told me I needed one and I came up with something terribly unimaginative. Then, my sister-in-law had a car accident. So I told him that perhaps I would write my next entry about how people here in the DC area drive like rabid lunatics and that anyone who had ever spent any time in other metro areas would certainly know this to be true. I think I claimed to have some additional insight into this fact that I intended to expound upon, but at the moment it eludes me. So he suggested Stating the Obvious, then said, no how about OVERStating the Obvious which I did not agree to as I do not believe I am actually overstating anything. Hence, my title was born.

Of course, he has yet to come up with a clever title for his blog.
It's an overcast day with showers likely in the afternoon.
Virginia, Maryland, and DC are having their primaries today.
Trees give life.
So do women.
Be well.

Monday, February 11, 2008

facials vs. manis & pedis

Ok, so I really don't get the whole manicure/pedicure craze. This may be due in part to my lack of disposable cash, and the fact that I use my hands in a more "active" way, but I really don't get it. Women go, let's say every two to three weeks to get their nails done and about every 4-6 weeks to get their toes done. I may be wrong with the specifics, but I imagine this adds up to at least $50 a month- probably closer to $60. Why not get a facial every two months? It's great for your skin, hugely relaxing, and you get an arm, shoulder, neck and face massage. It's a far more luxurious experience- not to mention the health benefits.

Every time I've gotten my nails done, they chip within the week, and the fake nail stuff always comes off or just feels weird. I know, for a nominal fee you can go in and they will retouch or repaint them for you. Sounds like a lot of time in a "salon" with noxious fumes to me. I get a private warm steamy room with relaxing music for a facial. I sit like cattle in a stall at a crowded nail salon where the service technician (generally) is talking or yelling to another technician in a foreign language, or suddenly speaking to me as I try to decipher what she is asking me. Hmmm. Not very relaxing to me.

So yeah, I don't get it. Just my opinion, but if I have money to spend on pampering and beautifying myself, I'm going for the facial everytime!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

bandwagon blogger

Everyone I know seems to have a blog. My husband keeps telling me I should have one. So, now I have a blog too.

I'm normally hugely anti whatever is the in thing, even if I was into it before it became hip. I'm fairly certain that this has something to do with me being a middle child in a family in which I was generally overshadowed by my older sister, mostly simply because she had 2.5 years experience on me in virtually every endeavor I embarked upon. So I'm affected with this need to set myself apart from the crowd. If you know me, then you probably already knew that about me.

I'm a mom to two AWESOME boys who continually astound me with their wit, creativity, and imagination and a wife to a man who does the same. I'm frequently humbled by my lot in life. I suppose the only thing I want for is a yard with mature trees (and a brook, but I'm probably pushing it there).

So that's me.